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Justice to the aged is this officer’s mission

Justice to the aged is this officer’s mission
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In an age where time is money, there is no wonder that in their mad rush for riches, today’s insensitive lots often tend to disregard their aged...

Nalgonda: In an age where time is money, there is no wonder that in their mad rush for riches, today’s insensitive lots often tend to disregard their aged parents. Despite the fact that their parents lived all their lives for the welfare of their wards, they are often left in lurch, with none to care for and nothing to eat.

In many other cases, often philanthropists and human rights activists come for their rescue. Here in Nalgonda, the messiah of such ill-starred senior citizens is none other than a government officer - RDO to be precise.

The officer, Venkatachary, has been implementing the maintenance and welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, bringing cheer to senior citizens of the division who have been neglected by their children and have been struggling for monthly expenses

Venkatachary became role model to his colleagues in implementing Senior Citizens Welfare Act successfully. As a part of the Act, he established a Legal Aid Clinic at RDO office and constituted a three-men committee to assist the victims of neglect.

The RDO issues notices to the sons and daughters on behalf of their abandoned parents and the concerned section’s Senior Assistant contacts the victims’ children over the phone and asks them to come for counselling which is conducted every Tuesday.

The main aim of counselling is to convince the children to keep their parents with him or pay monthly maintenance for their requirements. If anyone fails to follow the agreement of counselling, they are punishable as per the law, but there is a provision in the Act to go for appeal to the District Collector against the RDO’s instruction.

Venkatachary, speaking to The Hans India on Monday, said that from November 13, 2014 to October 31, 2015 as many as 26 complaints were received. Of them, 18 cases were disposed and four dropped, three were land disputes and one victim died. During the period of January 1, 2016 to the end of the year 32 complaints were received.

Of them, 22 were disposed, which include four dropped, three land disputes, three victims died and five cases are under enquiry. This year so far 24 complaints were received out of which 18 disposed including four dropped, one died and six under enquiry.

He further informed that he could get desired results after three to four sittings, adding that complainants included all section of society including class four employees to district level employees. “Senior citizens who have been abandoned or ignored by their children can approach me for justice,” he said.

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