INDIAN GOVT LAUNCHES HELPLINE FOR SENIORS

DELHI : The intent of ‘Elder Line’ is to provide all senior citizens, or their well-wishers, with ONE platform across the country to connect and share their concerns, get information and guidance on problems that they face on a day-to-day basis, without having to struggle for it,” the official release on the matter read. This helpline also provides free guidance on pension-related concerns, legal issues, extends emotional support and even intervenes in cases of abuse and rescues homeless senior citizens.Elder Line is an initiative taken by Tata Trusts, philanthropy division of the Tata Group along with its partner Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation.

The initiative is significant in India as the country is likely to have ~20 per cent elderly population or more than 30 crore senior citizens by 2050. People in this age group face several mental, emotional, financial, legal and physical challenges and the pandemic has exacerbated these challenges.

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