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Source: The post is based on the article “Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana(AVYAY)” published in PIB on 19th July 2022.
What is the News?
The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment has informed Lok Sabha about the Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana(AVYAY).
What is Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana(AVYAY)?
Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Type: Central Sector Scheme
Aim: To improve the quality of life of the Senior Citizens by providing basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and entertainment opportunities and by encouraging productive and active ageing through providing support.
Sub Schemes/Components: 1) Integrated Programme for Senior Citizens (IPSrC), 2) State Action Plan for Senior Citizens (SAPSrC), 3) Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana(RVY), 4) Senior Able Citizens for Re-employment in Dignity(SACRED), 5) Action Groups Aimed at Social Reconstruction (AGRASR), 6) Senior-care Aging Growth Engine (SAGE)-Silver economy for Senior Citizens, 7) Elderline – National Helpline for Senior Citizen, 8) Channelizing the CSR fund for elderly care and 9) Training and capacity building for senior citizens.
About the Elderly Population in India
There has been a steady rise in the population of senior citizens in India. The number of elderly persons increased from 1.98 crores in 1951 to 7.6 crores in 2001, and 10.38 crores in 2011.
As per the Report of the Technical Group on Population Projections for India and States (2011-2036), the population of senior citizens in India is projected to increase from 10.38 crore in 2011 to 23 crores in 2036.
The total population of India is projected to increase from 121.10 crores in 2011 to 152.20 crores in 2036. Therefore the percentage of senior citizens against the total population is expected to increase from 8.4% to 14.9%.