Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Celebrates International Day for Older Persons, Emphasizes Their Value to Society
Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of International Day for Older Persons, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his appreciation for senior citizens, referring to them as valuable assets to society. He emphasized the importance of learning from their wealth of experience and solutions, urging people to ensure the peaceful and dignified lives of older individuals. Patnaik noted the preciousness of senior citizens’ blessings and highlighted various welfare initiatives, including the addition of 4 lakh beneficiaries to the Madhubabu Pension Yojana. The state government has also made facilities like old age homes, geriatric wards, and physiotherapy centers available for senior citizens in different hospitals. Patnaik called for collective efforts to enhance the well-being and health of older persons.
Guest of Honour, Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of SSEPD, praised older individuals as guardians of society and emphasized the state government’s commitment to social security, health services, and improving the quality of life for senior citizens. Various schemes and programs of the department were highlighted during his speech.
Additionally, Anu Garg, Development Commissioner, and Soumendra Priyadarshi, Twin City Police Commissioner, shared their perspectives on the occasion. Sushil Kumar Lohani, Principal Secretary of the SSEPD Department, chaired the program, with Bratati Harichandan, Director of the department, presenting the activity report, and Dilip Roy, Special Secretary, extending a warm welcome to the guests. Capital Hospital, UNFPA, and Site Savers India organized a health checkup camp, eye camp, and awareness campaign as part of the event.