News : Pune Cops Reach Out to Senior Citizens with Helpline Number
Pune, India, Aug 17, 2016 -- In order to reach out to senior citizens in the city, the Pune Police have embraced technology with a bang. Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, while inaugurating a special helpline number (1090), also announced that various police stations had formed WhatsApp groups of senior citizens in their area.
"More than 400 such groups are now operational at the police station levels. These groups are moderated by the officers at their level,"she said.
Shukla said the police had also decided to make passport verification easier for senior citizens. Instead of senior citizens having to go to the police station, officers would now travel to the addresses to verify the same. "We have asked the police stations to conduct survey of senior citizens in their area and issue them identity cards," she said. This move, Shukla said, would help the police in providing security to senior citizens.
She said senior police inspectors had been asked to conduct regular meeting in housing societies with senior citizens to understand their concerns.
Estimates put the senior citizen population in the city at around 5-6 lakh. Many of them stay alone. While there are various welfare organizations for senior citizens, their security has been a cause of concern. Attacks on senior citizens, including murders, have rocked the city time and again. On radar are the newly developed areas where the miscreants can escape easily. Incidentally, Pune was known as Pensioners Paradise due to high population of retired government and defence personnel who had chosen to settle here.
Speaking about the helpline, Shukla said it would be operational 24×7 and was being run in collaboration with BSNL.
At present, the helpline will be run on a single line, but soon 30 dedicated lines will be operational for the helpline. "We want to assure the senior citizens about their safety and security,"she said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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