Chandigarh,09.04.16-Chandigarh Senior Citizens' Association celebrated its 20th Anniversary cum Baisakhi by organizing a special programme at Government Museum and Art Gallery today.


The Association, formed in April 1996, has blossomed over the years into one of the largest NGOs of its kind in India with a membership touching 1800 and with the number of beneficiaries several times that number. In addition, it has been in the forefront of spreading the senior citizens’ movement, having spawned or re-activated several city and district level associations particularly in Punjab. It was adjudged the Best Urban NGO in the country three years ago and Golden Years, its monthly newsletter, won the best House Journal award this year.


Sh Tajender Singh Luthra, IPS, IG Police (UT) Chandigarh, Chief Guest at the function, shared his experience on “Nigehbaan” a Community Policing Initiative conceived and implemented by him in Delhi under which citizens were motivated to install CCTV cameras to create a better security environment. He illustrated the talk with a Power Point presentation. It is an index of his success that from an initial, conservative, target of 5000 cameras in two districts he was able to  achieve an installation of over 1,63,000 all over Delhi in about a year.  The general consensus among the audience was that cameras were an indispensable deterrent for safety of vulnerable sections like senior citizens and women.


The Chief Guest gave away prizes for recent sports competitions to:


Ladies. Smt Harjit Bjnepal (Winner)

Gents.  Sh Baldev Raj Verma (Winner)

             Sh Ashok Kumar Vaid (Runner Up)


Ladies Below 70. Smt Kamlesh Datta & Smt Rama Gupta (Joint Winners)

Ladies above 70. Smt Vidya Sachdeva

Men Below 70. Sh Man Mohan Verma

Men above 70. Brig Keshav Chandra

Special (With knee replacement). Smt Harminder Kaur Ghai

Over 90. Sh Bachittar Singh


A special Baisakhi programme was presented by members of the Association.


Earlier, President Daljit Singh Grewal of CSCA introduced the Sh Luthra and brought out significance of the event.