In a move to reassure those staying outside India or the city and are unable to return now to be with their family, the Kolkata Police has assured them that they would extend help to all such senior citizens. In a tweet on Saturday, police commissioner Anuj Sharma wrote police would ensure that the elderly citizens received the required health facilities.
“Many fellow Kolkatans who live abroad have elderly relatives in Kolkata. Please contact us in need and we will do all we can to ensure your family stays healthy & safe. We will fight this battle together. Senior citizen helpline No. 9830088884,” tweeted Sharma, tagging chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Senior IPS officers at Lalbazar later stated that they would be extending the Pronam operations to cover the corona threat. “The community policing wing is already raising awareness among the elderly regarding corona virus. It is only natural that the kin of the senior citizens who have gone out of the city either to study or for jobs will be worried about their parents and other relatives back home. They can themselves call this helpline or their parents too can call us.”
“This will not be restricted to the Pronam members. Anyone in need to help some elderly in the city can contact us. Senior citizens feeling anxious of having to fight this disease from the confines of their home can call us,” said an officer from community policing.
Source: Times of India