21st August, 2016 (MAINS)

TODAYs ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-IV

Q1. According to the United Nations, every fifth person in the world will soon be over the age of sixty. The world’s largest international organisation is trying to convince its member states to do something to cope with this growing problem. In the context of UN’s comment consider following sets of situations:

Context 1: A demographic revolution is taking place throughout the world indicating a phenomenal rise in the population of the elderly. The National Policy for Older Persons essentially envisages support from the State to the older persons to ensure their financial and food security, health care, the need for shelter as well as other needs of the older persons to improve the quality of lives of the older persons. The policy is useful for the older people who have been abandoned by their family members. But government cannot interfere within family where children are not taking care of their parents.

Context 2: Social isolation among seniors is alarmingly common, and will continue to increase in prevalence as the older population grows. Loneliness and social isolation can affect everyone but older people are particularly vulnerable after the loss of friends and family, reduced mobility or limited income.

In the light of the above context answer following questions:

(a) What are the limitations of the India’s National Policy for Older Persons?

(b) Can you list some of the common concerns of ageing population facing social isolation?

(c) Suppose you are next-door neighbour of few ageing people living in complete social isolation. What will be your reaction in this situation? What are the options available to you?  [20marks] 250 words.

Please write answer in the comments section.

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