The economic and social fallout of the decline and breakup of the joint family system and it’s consequent neglect of both the normal and infirm elderly people have generated deep welfare concerns amongst a sizable segment of the law makers, public policy functionaries and non-governmental and civil society protagonists of human service provider. In keeping with this broad trend in social developments, we have remained deeply committed to the cause of geriatric care for quite sometime now. In the wake of the enactment of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and also in constant tune with LASWEB’s longstanding involvement in activities relating to provision of legal aid and psychological counselling services to the disadvantaged and distressed elderly people, concerted efforts have been made to develop a comprehensive project for construction of a shelter home for a selected number of senior citizens at the premises of a property it owned near Shakuntala Park area located at a close distance from the Behala Chowrasta joint in the south west fringe of Kolkata. The foundation stone of this shelter home, which has been named ‘Naba Nibas’, has already been laid in September, 2013 and construction work is scheduled to commence very shortly.
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