Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (LocalWire): The elderly are the backbone of our social structure. Without them we cannot imagine a world of our own as they have seen the world and are always there to give us their valuable advice.
So, on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, today, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited organized an innovative event for the elderly loaded with games and recreation at Sahid Nagar Kalyan Mandap.
While during the preliminary session, state co-ordinator Patanjali Yuva Bharat Odisha, Pitambar Sahoo, addressed the senior citizens and demonstrated three ‘pranayams’ and three ‘asanas’ for healthy life.
Other events like musical chair, catch the ball, spoon and lemon race, sloka recitation, rangoli drawing, blowing balloons, bow and arrow and nail the tail were also organised.
BSCL general manager (Administration) Diptirani Sahoo and former councilor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Saswati Mishra gave away the prizes to various winners of the events and competitions.
Later, Sahoo said, ‘in this busy life when even elderly have become lonely at many homes yoga practice can make them physically and mentally fit.
The senior citizens can benefit immensely from yoga and they should adopt it as soon as possible.’
Professor Aditya Kumar Mohanty, president Sahid Nagar Senior Citizens Association, said ‘the initiative by BSCL will help senior citizens a lot and regular activities in future can spread the message of staying fit and healthy.’
Managing trustee of Kitchen Garden Association Maheswar Khillar was of the opinion that BSCL’s celebration of the International Day of Older Persons would inspire others to follow in the footsteps and thus others would be interested to organize events for the senior citizens across the city.
Professor GBN Chayani, secretary Sahid Nagar Senior Citizens Association said, ‘we will spread the message of these activities among the senior citizens so that continuous activities will be possible in Sahid Nagar and Satya Nagar area.’
BSCL and UNFPA have been working tirelessly to strengthen the social components of the Smart City Proposal with Humara Bachpan Trust as implementing partner.
Till date the focus had been on young and adolescent but now the attempt is to expand its reach to involve other age groups in the process.
In the same line this year BSCL is observing International Day of Older Persons.
Prior to the programme, discussions were held with senior citizens groups to share the idea and request them to be a part of the programme and share their expectations from a proposed recreation centre which will be opened in the IPSC Sahid Nagar very soon.