The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will be soon hold meetings with the officials of City Grandalaya Samastha to set up libraries in day care centres and other required places, municipal commissioner MT Krishna Babu said.
Inaugurating an orientation programme on Aasara to strengthen the role of senior citizen associations and committees at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan here Thursday, he said GHMC was sharing an 8 per cent of its property tax towards library cess, which comes to around around Rs 50 crore. “The benefits and services of Grandalaya Samastha should reach all,” he said.
He explained that GHMC was making efforts to have more care centres for the benefit of the senior citizens. The commissioner opined that it was important to create awareness among senior citizens to come forward to avail the opportunities under Aasara scheme.
He appealed to citizens, who have completed 60 years of age, to join Aasara and share their vast experiences with the youth.
Babu said GHMC was the only corporation in the country which was taking a keen interest in the well being of its senior citizens who crossed 60 years, by opening day care centres with association of Residential Welfare Associations under the Aasara scheme. He said GHMC had allotted `6 crore in their budgetary provisions for the same.
Senior citizens pointed out that Aasara cards were not being issued since the last 3 months, which was inconveniencing them a lot. The commissioner enquired about the delay in issuing Aasara cards and directed the concerned officials to get it rectified on priority basis.