Noting that as there were seven police divisions in Bangalore, City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar on Saturday suggested that the Department for the Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens (DEDASC) create an equal number of helplines for the elderly.
Presently, there is only one helpline for the elderly, located in the Commissioner’s office.
Auradkar was speaking at a workshop on road safety organised on the occasion of “Senior Citizens’ Week” in the city. The programme was jointly organised by the Transport Department, police and DEDASC.
He suggested that the city’s seven divisions—East, West, North, South, Central, South-East and North-East— each headed by a deputy commissioner of police, should have a helpline for the elderly.
“The police department has muscle power and not money. We request DEDASC to set up helpline centres at the offices of deputy commissioners of police and depute a counsellor. We will cooperate and give space for the centres,” he said.
Furthermore, Auradkar said that the police were helpless when senior citizens approached them with personal problems such as property matters. He explained that the police did not have the requisite authority to deal with such cases and would direct people to go to the Revenue Department or Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.
“But senior citizens do not get solutions at those departments, and in turn, blame all government agencies,” he said. He urged DEDASC officials to conduct awareness and training programmes at government offices on these issues.
Helplines in all Districts by Nov
Jayavibhava Swamy, director, Department for the Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, has announced that all 30 districts in the State will get helplines for senior citizens by November.
He noted that funds for this purpose have already been sanctioned by the government in the State’s annual budget. Each helpline centre has been allotted `7.25 lakh.
He added that government would open three more old-age homes in Udupi, Yadgir and Ramanagara by the end of this year.
There are currently 54 old-age homes run by the Central government and 28 run by the State government across Karnataka.