The Odisha government launched the Odisha State Senior Citizens Policy-2016
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the policy, which has focused on social, financial and health sectors of senior citizens.
The state government has decided to form a state council comprising various departments and several non-government organisations (NGOs) to ensure proper implementation of the policy.
Under the policy, framed by the department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD), emphasis has been given on health, financial and physical security, welfare and conveyance subsidy of the senior citizens.
The State’s finance department has already approved setting up a corpus of Rs 7.4 crore initially and set up old age home in each district.
Naveen Patnaik said the State government has already implemented Madhu Babu Pension Yojana and Barishta Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana (pilgrimage scheme for senior citizens) for the senior citizens of the state.