Society must take care of its elders: President

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) There is a need to sensitise various strata of society towards the challenges being faced by elderly people, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.

Mukherjee, while presenting national awards for senior citizens, said it was important that institutions to provide geriatric care be established, strengthened and made more affordable for the common man.

The ‘Vayoshreshtha Samman-2015’ was given on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons.

“Facilities to provide institutional care to needy elderly people must be established in sufficient numbers. A robust legal framework implemented with vigour would help ensure the safety, security and well being of older people in our country,” he said.

The senior citizens too can play an important role in making their own lives fruitful and in enriching the society in which they live, the president added.

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