With every new episode of Satyamev Jayate on Star Pravah channel, Aamir Khan has
been offering something special for the society. Last Sunday, he not only
brought to light some of the incidences, where selfish children after grabbing
the property of their parents, have treated them inhumanly. Mr. Rath who was
invited by the host, as an expert to give details about different schemes
available to senior citizens in different states, stated that some of the state
governments neglected even those senior citizens below poverty line.
Giving the details about the implementation of schemes for the welfare of Senior
citizens, it was brought to the notice of viewers that only very few states like
Tamil Nadu and Goa took god care of the senior citizens. While other states paid
somewhere between Rs. 200 to Rs. 500/- only to those senior citizens above 65
years of age, who were below poverty line. Tamil Nadu Government paid Rs. 1000/-
and 20 Kgs to cardholders and 15 kgs more to those below poverty line. The Goa
government paid Rs. 2000/ - per month pension to all those above 65 years of
age, whether they were below poverty line or not.
This is not the only step taken by Goa Government, as Mr. Parrikar, the CM of
Goa has also introduced a scheme to help every girl child in the state, by
depositing Rs. 1 lakh to her bank account, when she attains 18 years of age. In
the earlier episode on injustice to girl child in our country, Aamir Khan should
have highlighted this aspect. But, Maharashtra Government should take a lesson
from Goa CM. The only IITan, who is chief minister of an Indian state, has
however not found much coverage for his work efficiency, in Indian media. His
recent visit to Mumbai on 7th July 2012 and his interaction with two senior
media persons, did not find any coverage on Marathi electronic channels . Isn't
that surprising ?
Besides showing this neglect towards the senior citizens, the 'Satyamev Jayate'
also boosted the morale of such people, by spotting some elderly people who
excelled in some of the sports. The video film of 91 year old Mr. Mahajan going
on a trek and over and above that attempting adventure sport .Mr. Mahajan was
himself present during the programme and when Mr. Khan introduced him, he
received standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience present in the studio.
The programme however, passed a valuable advice to all those senior citizens,
through an expert. And, it was to be wise and not to transfer property in the
name of their children, while they were still alive. "There was no guarantee
that the children would take care of their parents, after getting the benefits,"
said the expert.
The good news of Gujarat born Suneeta Williams from NASA, making a second trip
in six months to space, was highlighted by almost all Marathi news channels. Few
of her relatives in Gujarat were also shown distributing sweets on her latest
achievement. Suneeta will spend three months in space, the news reported.
Incidentally Suneeta has a personal record of spending about 29 hours outside
space shuttle, while carrying out her research during her previous trip. Now,
all eyes on her return from space.
Two more news that invited the attention of audience during the week. The first
one was about the investigations being carried out in connection with the murder
of Bollywood character artiste Laila Khan and her possible links with
underworld. The other being the molestation of a 20 year old woman by a mob, at
a public place in Guwahati and that too for almost half an hour. Now, the role
of a Journalist, who had shot a video of the incidence is also being
investigated, after a RTI activist alleged him for instigating the mob to molest
the woman. Now, we notice protest rally demanding stringent punishment to all
those involved in the incident, as only few have been arrested so far.
by Ulhas Shirke © MMW