Two days’ National Roundtable on “ Building a Society for All Ages-The Issues and Concerns of Ageing in India”

This Roundtable was organized by ILC-I with the support of Gharda Chemicals Ltd on the 18th and 19th of August 2017 in Pune. Mr. Mathew Cherian, the Chief Executive Officer, Helpage India, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The President of ILC-I, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar presided over the Inauguration and the Chairman of ILC-I, Mr. Jayant Umranikar briefed the participants on the Concept of the Roundtable.

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), 2002, the ‘Gospel’ for the world of population ageing was adopted by the Second World Assembly on Ageing, at Madrid, fifteen years ago. India, was a signatory to MIPAA, which is the first global documented agreement recognizing the older people as integral contributors to the development of societies, and which makes it mandatory for the governments to comprehensively and holistically include ‘ageing’ in all social and economic development policies. To mark this occasion of MIPAA completing 15 years, ILC-I, which was privileged to have had its Founder President, the late Dr. S. D. Gokhale as one of the members of the Committee that drafted the MIPAA, organized this Roundtable. It is a little unfortunate that, the issues and concerns of the older persons or the senior citizens as they are more appropriately addressed in India, are only now visibly coming into focus on the Indian scenario.

Eminent and leading experts from India who worked for the cause of Population Ageing attended the Roundtable to take stock of and review the application or implementation of some of the identified issues and objectives of the three Priority Directions of MIPAA, in India.

These experts included Dr. G. Girdhar, former Director, UNFPA, Dr. Sanjay Kumar of UNFPA, Dr. Siva Raju, Dy. Director, TISS & Hon. Director, ILC-I, the eminent statistician Dr. Irudaya Rajan, the iconic geriatrician, Dr. Vinod Kumar, the gerontologist, Dr. Jacob John Kattakayam, Ms. Anupama Datta of HelpAge India, Dr. Aarti Nagarkar of the University of Pune among others. Representatives of Senior Citizens’ Organisations, NGOs, academicians  also participated in the Roundtable- Mr. D. N. Chapke, Mr. Borgaonkar, Mr. Sailesh Mishra, Dr. Nidhi Gupta, Mr & Mrs. Madhukar and Madhuri Pawar, Dr. Wazarkar, to name a few.

The former President of the International Federation on Ageing, Dr. K. R. Gangadharan delivered the Valedictory Address, urging all stakeholders to take forward this cause at all levels in India.

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