In a bid to empower the senior citizens, Harmony for Silvers Foundation, an NGO founded by Tina Ambani, will honor 10 senior citizens from across the country for their contribution towards the society.
“Ageing doesn’t mean slowing down. In celebration of this fact, Harmony for Silvers Foundation will be proudly honoring 10 Silver achievers for their contributions towards the well being of the society,” The Foundation chairperson Tina Ambani said in a statement.
The winners of the first annual Harmony Silver Awards 2007 will be declared on the occasion of World Elderly Day.
The award will carry a cash reward of Rupees 51,000 and a citation for each winner.
“This award is the culmination of a process that began with the hot list of Silver achievers, featured in the Harmony magazine every January for the last four years,” Tina Ambani, wife of Anil Ambani, Chairman of Anil Dhirubahi Ambani Group (ADAG), said.
The Foundation believes it is only fitting that these men and women are honored on a public platform, bringing their work to centre-stage and showing the world what the elders can do, she added.
The Foundation aims at creating an environment where silvers, irrespective of their cultural beliefs, can retain their dignity and fulfill their potential.
The 10 awardees were selected by a panel comprising actor activist Shabana Azmi, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Rebiero, actor Rahul Bose amongst others and the awards will be given away by playback singer Asha Bhonsle. Amongst those selected for the award include a lady aged 87-years, who finally cleared her Secondary School examination after numerous failures. One person from Ladakh has succeeded in finding an innovative way of solving the severe water problem in the region.
Discovery of artificial limbs by another senior citizen from Jaipur has given new life to many.
“Every society has a social contract to fulfill to its Silvers. We owe them at least a basic level of financial and social security, healthcare, shelter, barrier-free movement, and an enabling social environment where they can fulfill their potential,” Tina Ambani said.
With this in mind, in July ’04, Harmony magazine published a cover story called ‘Silvers in the State’, highlighting what the government had done for the elderly in India – and what still remained to be done.
“In February 2005, our Foundation handed over its Silver Manifesto to the Finance Minister with a list of our recommendations on what needed to be done — across the board — for elderly in India,” she said.
“In February this year, we released a report, National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP): Taking it Forward (Review and Recommendations). The report reveals the present state of NPOP, voicing the need for its urgent implementation, and offers practical solutions for elderly,” Ambani said.
Harmony believes the elderly need to be aware of their rights and the power they yield, she added.