The adviser to the Prime Minister, TKA Nair,had said that the Centre has always been concerned about the genuine problems of senior citizens and the Seventh Pay Commission will look into the demands of pensioners. He added that "Several schemes benefiting the elderly and pensioners have been implemented by the government. The 7th pay commission will also look into the request and demand of pensioners. It is always our concern to endeavour into the genuine problems of elderly citizens. We have been taking different effective steps at the state, national and international levels for the ageing population of our country".
Nair was speaking at a seminar organised on World Elders Day by Akila Bharatha Mooththa Kudimakkal Matrum Pensionergal Koottamaipu (ABMKPK), a Tamil-Nadu based body for senior citizens.
The association also staged a rally from Jantar Mantar to Kamini Auditorium prior to the seminar demanding fare concessions and relaxations in health schemes, rent-free telephone for lone senior citizens and tax relief for senior citizens.
Speaking at the seminar, A Saminathan, ABMKPK President, said, "Our primary aim is to educate the people about the benefits being provided by the government. We have set up many offices in various part of the state for the purpose."
Putting forth another demand, he said, "Railways should provide 50 per cent fare concession for 58-year-old men and free travel by train for senior citizens above 80 years of age."
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