Governor Mangubhai Patel has emphasized creating a social environment for the protection of the rights of the elderly. He stressed the need to guide the views of young people and inculcate good values in the future generation. He said ideological reflection should be carried out in schools and colleges regarding the rights of the elderly. He called for the initiative of coordinated efforts by the society’s intellectual group with the government for a happy future for the elderly.
Governor Patel was addressing the national seminar organized by the State and the National Human Rights Commission at the Noronha Academy of Administration and Management, Bhopal. On the program, the Governor received the first copy of the brochure “Rights of the elderly”, a compilation of articles by experts in the field for the public awareness of the rights of the elderly. The governor was welcomed with a shawl, Shriphal.
Governor Patel expressed concern about the decline in affable feelings between the younger generation and the elderly in the current scenario. He said it is necessary to make efforts to protect the rights of the elderly and to extend public awareness efforts to rural and disadvantaged sections. The Governor urged current and future alumni to unite and make efforts through voluntary organizations in an institutional form to create a social environment.
He urged the elders to guide the younger generation with their experience, pay close attention to physical and mental balance, maintain good health, adopt a lifestyle as their responsibility and live with the family members while maintaining a balance of speech and demeanor. Explaining through examples on creating an intimate atmosphere in the family, he said that children should be brought up with the life values of Indian culture.
In the educational program, it is necessary to make them aware of the sacrifice and the struggle of parents alongside the nation, society. By doing this, the future generation will be full of gratitude to parents for 365 days.
He explained with illustrations the pain that parents feel when children leave them after marriage while growing up. He said the seven-year-old boy of a couple who lived apart from his parents went missing for a few hours and they felt very helpless. They realized the pain of parents when abandoned by children after living with them for 25-30 years. During the seminar, Patel extended his best wishes on the occasion of World Population Day.
NK Jain, Chairman of the State Human Rights Commission, discussed the global and national perspective regarding the rights of older persons. He explained the legal arrangements and provisions. He said the neglect of the elderly who are the heritage of the culture in the turmoil of development and the discourteous behavior towards them is the devaluation of Indian moral values of life. Describes them as an indescribable suffering for the elderly.
Their protection and respect are the responsibility of government and society.
Member of the Commission, Sarabjit Singh introduced the subject in the welcome speech. Member Manohar Mamtani offered a vote of thanks. Commission Secretary Shobhit Jain, judges, officers, field staff from government and voluntary organizations and law students were present.