GUWAHATI, April 30 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has assured the senior citizens of Assam that the State Government would offer all the facilities and services to the elderly section of the citizens within the limits of the State�s financial resources.
Gogoi who was replying to a memorandum submitted to him on Saturday expressed his ignorance about the constitution of the State Council for Senior Citizens by the Social Welfare Department, as the file concerned did not come to him.
The Chief Minister, however, assured the delegation that he would talk to the Minister in charge of Social Welfare about the vital need for inclusion of representatives from the State senior citizens� association in the State Board.
The delegation led by Kamaleswar Bora, president of the Assam Senior Citizens� Association (ASCA) included DN Chakravartty, Tabiul Hussain and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. The delegation also mentioned about the urgency of implementation of the Maintenance of Parents and Welfare of Elderly Persons Act-2007.
The Chief Minister was also requested to raise the quantum of pension to the elderly persons of below poverty line (BPL), and to ensure that no undeserving persons were given the benefits only because of political manipulation.
Pensioners� meet: The annual general meeting of Assam Agricultural Universuty Pensioners� Association, Khanapara was held recently under the presidentship of Dr SC Talukdar, stated a press release. A new executive committee was formed with Dr CK Rajkonwar as president, Dr DK Lahon as vice president, SN Phukan as general secretary, Dr J Saikia as joint secretary and LK Baruah as Treasurer, the release added.