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Senior citizens assured of help

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HYDERABAD, OCT. 1. The Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda, has said the Government was committed to the welfare of senior citizens and all benefits due to them would be implemented in due course. Mr. Kanda was speaking at World Elders' Day celebrations organised by the Disabled Welfare Department and the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Senior Citizens' Organisations (FAPSCO) here on Friday. He told the gathering that the Chief Minister and other Ministers could not participate as the Election Code was in force. The Finance Minister, K. Rosaiah, attended as a senior citizen.

Mr. Kanda said that in view of the Election Code, the Government could not announce benefits to the senior citizens. "The Government is ready to help the senior citizens through its programmes," he said. The former High Court Chief Justice, A. Lakshmana Rao, said respect and affection for the elderly was declining.

The Chief Secretary released a book on the status of the implementation of NPOP in the State. The former Chief Justice released a directory of organisations and old-age homes.

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