About 9% of Delhi’s population is above 60 years of age, and close to 40 percent of these senior citizens live below the poverty line. They continue to face issues concerning safety and lack of basic amenities. The disintegration of the joint-family system has compelled them to take shelter in the limited number of Old Age homes in the city.
With no effective assistance coming from the administration, I realized that further help was needed to improve the situation. I constituted the Senior Citizens Federation of India under the guidance of my father and former Delhi Assembly Speaker Shri Charti Lal Goel, to give voice to the needs of the Senior Citizens in Delhi. The federation has been organizing demonstrations, workshops and meetings to raise the problems faced by the citizens living in their twilight years. Protests are held against the price hike, increasing number of crimes against elderly citizens, meager pension amount or other concerning issues. While conferences and workshops held to create awareness amongst the senior citizens about their rights and duties.
One such event is Senior Citizens’ Conclave which is held regularly at Talkatora stadium, to deliberate on the condition of a large number of senior citizens who are neither provided any support by the government nor by their own families. The first conclave was graced by Advaniji who shared his views on the issues faced by senior citizens and the ways through which senior citizens contribute to the development of the society. A booklet titled ‘Senior Citizen Information Book’ has been released in this regard.
Through conclave, a charter of demands is being put out, such as creation of a National Commission for Senior Citizens, fast track courts for speedy redresal of grievances, free medical insurance for those from the BPL segment, increase in monthly pension and recreational centers in residential colonies. Besides, it would be better if a mechanism is explored to use the unclaimed money from the accounts of deceased senior citizens for the welfare of other senior citizens.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been visiting parks and public places every morning to meet senior citizens and understand their issues and convince them to come together to form a group. A dedicated website www.seniorcitizenindia.org, launched by Smt. Najma Heptulla, former Dy. Chairperson of Rajyasabha, is already in place. The website was launched to create awareness about the various schemes and facilities provided by the government to the senior citizens. It also provides various emergency numbers for their reference. The website is a sincere attempt to draw people’s attention toward the plight of senior citizens. They have spent their entire lives shaping the society we live in; it is time we now extend a helping hand to them.
Vision for Delhi
My visions for Delhi stems from these inspiring words of Swami Vivekanada. I sincerely believe that Delhi has enough number of brave, bold men and women who can make it not only one of the best cities.
My vision for Delhi is that it should be a city of opportunities where peopleRead More
Changes required in
Delhi Villages Delhi has 369 villages which, though called as Urban Villages but, continue to suffer from developmental inequalities. The basic infrastructure is in such a sorrow state that some villagesRead More
Education empowers our children, making them strong enough to look after themselves in any given situation. A large role in delivering the education is played by our educational institutionsRead More
Power is the basis of human lives and is used in almost everything we have. Hence it's vital in the interest of social development and welfare that power reaches to common citizensRead More
Water, though being one of the most precious resources on the earth, is availabile in limited amount. Hence it's necessary that due management of the water resources is taken for the existence of life.Read More
Healthcare The Delhi government being the major health service provider is responsible for the healthcare services in Delhi but due to lack of planning and vision of Delhi governmentRead More
Pollution According to a Greenpeace study, New Delhi is the most polluted capital city in the world. The PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels have crossed the emergency levels of 500ug/m3.Read More
One must appreciate how Vijay Goel is working so hard and looking out for all sports. One can feel the change. Best wishes!
Simply will appreciate Vijay Goel's working style, witnessed his personal attention to west Delhi - Paschim Vihar ppl even at late hours.
No cricket with Pak until terrorism stops, says sports minister Vijay Goel Finally! Kudos for a much needed call!
Vijay Goel is a national leader with wider vision and worked on the ground in Delhi.
Vijay on Issues
Delhi Villages It's ironic that our national capital Delhi, which is often termed as a world-class metro, still has over 360 under-developed villages in it. These villages are detached from the city and seem unaware of the tremendous progress all around them.Read More
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. Hence it's imperative in the interest of societal development that its children and youth are well educated. It's a shame that Delhi despite being the capital of India is not fully literate whereas a small state like Kerala has attained 100% literacy.Read More
Water is vital for the existence of life but we need to realize that like all the other resources it is not unlimited and, going by the experts' opinion, the next war could be fought because of it.Read More
Housing To own a home, irrespective of the size, is a dream cherished by many. I understand this sentiment and that is why I championed the cause to help protect the applicants who were promised homes and felt cheated by the Delhi government.Read More
Power is one of the basic amenities of life happens to be a matter of great concern for the citizens of Delhi. Faulty meters, power shortage and inflated power bills are the most common grievances faced by every other citizen.Read More
Youth Development Youth is the backbone of our country's progress and we all need to work towards their overall development. Apart from providing training & employment in traditional careers I have always encouraged active youth participation in politics.Read More
I believe the youth is the backbone of our country's progress and I have always worked towards their overall development.Read More
Chandni Chowk I have a keen interest in exploring and learning about culture, traditions and Heritage. Chandni Chowk, my former parliamentary constituency, is a perfect example of the multicultural and multi-religious India.Read More