Club for the aged, another noble initiative by Jharkhand government official – The New Indian Express
Express press service
RANCHI: Jamtara, who made headlines by equipping the 118 panchayats with community libraries by giving a makeover to dilapidated and unused old school buildings, is gearing up for something new.
It works on clubs or recreation centers for the elderly at the block level. Like the community libraries, it is the brainchild of Jamtara Deputy Commissioner Faiz Aq Ahmed Mumtaz.
He took the initiative to create clubs for the elderly with minimal expense. Once again he wants to use old buildings in block offices.
These clubs will appear in all six blocks – Nala, Fathepur, Jamtara, Narayanpur, Karmatand and Kundhit.
The buildings have been identified and renovation is underway. According to Ahmed, these centers will be exclusively for the elderly so that they can interact socially and lead a dignified life.
According to the deputy commissioner, the idea came to him after he encountered cases of depression in the elderly due to various social problems.
“There was a teacher who taught children even after retirement. After the death of his wife, he fell into depression and began to wait for her death. When he came to the notice of the district administration, we motivated him to live a normal life. I thought why not give the opportunity to live a dignified social life to the poor and the elderly by establishing such clubs at the block level,” Ahmed said. He added that health camps will also be organized in these clubs.
A committee will be formed with a block development officer as ex-officio secretary to ensure proper follow-up. You must be over 60 to join the club. The inhabitants are delighted to know about the initiative.
“Since the most miserable part of a person’s life is old age without anyone to take care of, this is a great initiative by the district administration,” said Nala Block social activist Vijan Rai. .
Elderly Bodi Lal Murmu said that although people from remote areas cannot come to these clubs, it will certainly be a great relief for those who live within 2-3 kilometers from the block offices.