Cops have started visiting the homes of senior citizens and enquiring about their health and needs and providing them with emergency contact numbers. The drive has started in several Covid-affected zones in Kolkata, Salt Lake and New Town. People, enlisted in the police-run elderly outreach initiatives, ‘Pronam’ in Kolkata and ‘Sanjh Baati’ in Salt Lake-New Town, are being contacted immediately.
In Kolkata, the drive has already started in south Kolkata, particularly the Jadavpur area, which has the highest number of containment zones. Bidhannagar Commissionerate that runs an elderly care programme in has also intensified their outreach programme.
In south Kolkata’s Covid-hit zones, an officer said, “From Saturday, we are calling up senior citizens, most often video calls. In each area, we are creating WhatsApp groups and asking seniors to send SMS, where the elderly people can always share their needs and concerns.” In Salt Lake, Anuradha Mondal, ADCP, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate and nodal officer of ‘Saanjh Baati’, said, “Since the beginning of lockdown, a dedicated team of cops has been calling up members regularly, checking about their health and supplying daily essentials to them whenever needed. We haven’t stopped it even for a day and intensified the process.”
New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is also forming a task force with Swapno Bhor to reach out to all senior citizens living in New Town with special focus on the gated communities.
The drive has started in Patuli, which along with Baghajatin, has a dozen of containment zones. There are 212 Pronam members in the area. Pronam is a city police-run elderly outreach initiative. At Regent Park, this number has reached around 600. “But the Covid situation has led many to contact us and these WhatsApp groups are already having 750 members,” said the officer.
Source: Times of India