SAGE initiative and SAGE portal to support India’s elderly launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot
NewDelhi: The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri ThaawarchandGehlot virtually launched the SAGE (Seniorcare Aging Growth Engine) initiative and SAGE portal for elderly persons today in the presence of Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri RamdasAthawale and Shri Rattan LalKataria. Secretary, Deptt of Social Justice , Sh R Subrahmanyam gave the introductory remarks.
The SAGE portal will be a “one-stop access” of elderly care products and services by credible start-ups. The SAGE portal will be opened for applications from 5th June, 2021 onwards. The start-ups will be selected on the basis of innovative products and services, which they should be able to provide across sectors such as health, housing, care centers, apart from technological access linked to finances, food and wealth management, and legal guidance.Addressing at the program today, Shri ThaawarchandGehlot said that that the Government, under the leadership of Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi has brought in several schemes for welfare of various sections of the society. He added that with the spirit of ‘SabkaSaathSabkaVikas and SabkaVishwas’, the Central government is making action plans for every age group and category.
Shri Gehlot explained that the number of elderly people is steadily increasing in our country, so there is a need to keep in mind that the elderly should remain happy, healthy, and financially and physically active for which a Senior Citizen Welfare Fund was started in 2016. Taking forward the service programs related to senior citizens, this Seniorcare Ageing Growth Engine (SAGE) portal has now been launched today. SAGE programme and SAGE portal have been launched with a view to help such persons who are interested in entrepreneurship in the field of providing services for elderly care, the Minister added.
Giving further details, ShThaawarChandGehlot said that on the recommendation of the committee set up for the purpose, uptoRs 1 crore will be given to Startups for elderly care.He urged the elderly persons to come forward and take advantage of the services to be provided by the up-coming start-ups and lead an active life full of dignity in society.
On this occasion, ShRamdasAthawale said that the Ministry tries to provide maximum facilities to the people and in this context, this portal for the elderly has been launched.
Mr Athawale remarked that the government has taken up the responsibility of guardianship of senior citizens and elderly persons. Therefore, our ministry will continue to try to make new schemes for senior citizens and SAGE is one such unique initiative in this direction.