Jorawer Singh, Chandigarh, October 1, 2009: On the International day for the Elderly or the Senior Citizens’ Day as we call it, the Older Adults of the tricity gets a much awaited 24 X 7 helpline. The helpline number is 9888 9888 47. The helpline, to be monitored by a local NGO DadaDadi.org, will provide information and assistance related to varied needs of the senior citizens, from sending electricians, plumbers to legal aid and support in fighting for their cause.
“The response has been tremendous, with people calling for congratulating and also for sheer testing, besides telling their hordes of problem, affirms our belief that senior citizens really needed a support on this front” said Sukhbir Kaur, president of the NGO. As per the last census, Chandigarh alone will have about 68 thousand senior citizens with an equal number from adjoining Punchkula and Mohali who will benefit from this service.
As per official records, the Tricity has around 68,000 senior residents who will now be able to seek help at their doorstep. The NGO is also working on a tie-up with ambulance services to provide immediate assistance to the elderly, whenever needed which is expected to be operational by November end this year.