The president of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented “VayoshreshthaSamman – 2019” awards in New Delhi, as an honour to senior citizens and institutions for their services towards the cause of the elderly persons to mark the October 1 annual commemoration of ‘International Day of older Persons’, at a function organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment presided by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri ThaawarchandGehlot.
- VayoshreshthaSamman: Instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, this scheme of awards gradually upgraded to National Awards status, for institutions. The Awards are given to institutions /organisations / individuals from any part of the country with nominees invited from governmental as well as non-Governmental Agencies like National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) etc.
- The award is felicitated with the aim of strengthening older people’s legitimate place in the society.
- Two years ago, the social justice ministry also started “RashtriyaVayoshriYojana” which provides physical aids and assistive living devices like wheelchair, support sticks etc to elderly people of Below Poverty Line(BPL) category.