1.1 Senior Citizens Bureau is a free guidance and information centre run by Senior Citizens for all age groups. The Bureau was found on 03-03-1996 by a group of Elders, imbued with the spirit of self-less service to the society, belonging to Probus Clubs and Several Senior Citizens Associations. It is registered under Society’s Act I GOT, with Regn. No. 370/2002 on 24.09.2002. It is a non profit voluntary organization, comprising Sr. Citizens, both retiring and retried professionals, employees and business persons. There is no bar in caste, creed, religion and sex.
1.2 Thanks to initiative of Mr. R. Venkatesan, IA&AS, the then President of Probus Club of Madras and the other Probus Clubs and Seniors Forums, the Bureau was first setup as Citizens Advice Bureau in March 3, 1996 in the same model as that of at London existing from the days of the second world war which then spread all over the world. The Citizens Advice Bureau, will henceforth be a division forming part and parcel of renamed and registered “Senior Citizens Bureau”
2.1 The bureau is governed by Memorandum of Association and Bye-laws/ It is run by an Executive Committee duly elected and governed by General Council. The funding is from the contribution received from members, sister clubs and other VOs. The account is audited annually and passed in the AGM. Then IT return is filed unfailingly. PAN Card id AAETS3576K
2.2 The Bureau is proud of its achievements. It successfully renders dedicated and honest service to the society, under the stewardship of its able leaders successively. Founder Chairman Major General Aban Naidu PVSM, AVSM, M-in-D, (former General Officer Commanding of Delhi Area and Military attache at Washington), took the Bureau to a great height with zeal, vision and mission, ably assisted by convenor Mr. R. Venkatesan, IA & AS, the founder Secretary General Mr. N. Subramanian, IRS, former Chairman of Central Bureau of Direct Taxes, and a host of other office bearers and panelists who had held very senior positions in various disciplines.
2.3 The Bureau is fortunate to have Er. V. Hariharan, FIE, Ex. President, Sundaram Fastners, Padmasri Dr. V.S. Natarajan, MD, FRCP, (Retd.) the renowned Geriatrician and Dr. Capt. M. Singaraja, BE, PGDBM, FIE, FIV, MSc(Psy), PhD as successive Chairpersons.
2.4 The list of first govering council members is furnished
Dr. Capt. M. Singaraja served as members of National Council for Older Persons (NCOP).and continues to serve in the Council of State, Regional and National Federations. He is invited to present papers in various Elder Issue in Natioanl & International Conferences. His field contribution to age care, elder welfare and intergenerational bonding is well recognized and rewarded by Rotary International R1 Dist 3230, HelpAge India, International longevity Centere (India), world U 3A(University of Third Age) Association of international universities of Third Age (Aiuta) etc. The Social Welfare Board and the Dept. of Social Welfare, GOT, in recognition of our contribution to the Senior Citizens and to the Society at large, have involved our Bureau in framing the State Policies and Rules for Senior Citizens as well as in many interactive programs.
Bureau provides free information and guidance through six departments such as Civic Affairs, Health Care, Legal, Personal Administration, Finance and Education. Each of these is headed by one SWC (Social Welfare Committee) member who is assisted by a panel of counsellors possessing Professional expertise and experience in the relevant field. Thousands of request letter Rural youth, Distributor, Advanced Senior Citizens, Disadvantaged People, singles, old Age Homes Were benefited.
A unique programme to treat the immobile senior citizens at their door steps by Geriatric/ Family Physicians and Para-medical staff, known as Geriatric House Call Project (GHCP) was launched on 17.02.2008. Anniversary of GHCP with Scientific session to Doctors is held every year. Bureau has been conducting special medical camps for elders periodically. Over hundreds of health care / Elder Welfare / Youth Programmes covering the following areas of health have been held.
(i) Asthma and Hypertension
(ii) Dental Health
(iii) Hearing disability
(iv) Geriatric Master Health Checkup
(v) Bone Mass detection
(vi) Rural Eye Camp
(vii) Prostate detection
(viii) Elder Care
(ix) Well Woman
(x) Geriatric Counselling
(xi) Memory Clinic
(xii) Psycho Therapy
(xvi) Healthy Bones & Healthy Arteries.
(xvii) Skin Diseases
(xviii) Geriatric Care Giving
(xix) Youth sensitising
(xx) career guidance
(xxi) character/ skill Development etc.,
(xxii) Annual free Multi Speciaity mega Health Camps
(xxiii) Free Periodical Lab Tests.
Senior Citizens Bureau conducted a six month course from September 2009 for imparting training in geriatric Nursing, supported by the Slum Clearance Board at a cost of Rs.1.1 Lacs. Dr. V.S. Natarajan was chosen to standardize and finalise a common syllabus for the course to be conducted by elected institutions of which SCB is also one. 25 candidates have been trained and absorbed by different institutions. Dr. Capt. M. Singaraja, organised the programme with indoor and outdoor hands on training.
7.1 We conduct programs to sensitize the youth for developing their skill and character to promote inter generation understanding, every year during the celebration of children’s day and World Elders Day / Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We visit institutions and address them in a get together and reward the winners. In 1999, field training, in Elder Care was imparted to Rotract Students.
7.2 We conduct a variety of competitions to promote togetherness of young and old on all such occasions. In 1998, about 600 students participated from schools and colleges in Kilpauk and Purasawakkam. Books, prizes and certificates were distributed in an impressive function held at MCTM HSS.
7.3 We conduct workshops and seminars to the Students and Elders periodically. One such programme was “Role of the Youth in Age Care”, jointly with Social Work Dept. of Stella Maris College on 29.1.2011 supported by Help Age India and Directorate of Social Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. As well as District Social Welfare Department.
8.1 We always take pain and effort to observe the World elders Day as community oriented with special focus on school and college students on October 1, every year. We throw open the floor to the public for a Quiz programme and question and answer session with the expert panelists of all our social welfare departments. Renowned public figures and eminent Senior Citizens will also address. There will be a cultural programme on Elder Issues.
8.2 Since 2006, World Elder Abuse awareness day is conducted involving the youth on 15th June every year. Pledge against Elder Abuse is taken by students and public. Signatures are collected from thousands of students and forwarded to the Government.
8.3 Anniversary of Bureau as well as LinkAge and AGM are organised in a grand manner. Awards are given to special school students.
8.4 Awards & Contributions are presented on special occasions regularly as follows:
• SCB award of Excellence to the public figure who serves for the cause of Senior Citizens
• SCB award of Recognition to Senior Members who have sighted 1000 (+) moons
• Cash Awards to indigent older persons
• Cash Awards to special school students
• Awards to winners of competition & participants of Cultural programmes (Students as well as members)
• Contribution to Prime Minister’s / Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
The Bureau has hosted its website www.seniorcitizensbureau.org, on 30.09.2006 during the celebration of World Elders Day at Raja Annamalai Hall, Esplanade, Chennai-108. The website was launched and inaugurated by Prof.A.S.Thambiah and Thiru V.K.Subburaj, IAS. The site was revamped and relaunched on 24.06.2017 during the celebration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day/Annual day of the Bureau. It was inaugurated by Dr.Mrs.A.Nirmala, Principal and Secretary of Ethiraj College for Women, in the august presence of Er.K.R.A.Narasiah. The content and coordination for designing/launching the website were the fruits of untiring efforts of Dr.Capt.M.Singaraja.
10.1 Every year we deliberate on useful themes and issues related to the Elders as well as to the Society during our Annual conference and special meets by inviting eminent professionals and create an awareness. Many VVIPsNIPs participated and encouraged us in various programmes.
10.2 Regular periodical cheer-up-visits to Hospitals and Old Age Rehabilitation Homes are organised and gifts are presented.
11.1 Membership is open to all persons of age 50 and above under the following categories subject to Bye- Laws and covers spouse also. Admission fee for all is Rs.50/-.
The separate subscription for the journal members is discontinued. The journals are posted to the Libraries, Government departments, Networking Associates and NGO's free of cost under a separate category of Honorary Members.
The membership number was allotted to other all categories in 2003-04, at random. The membership number doesn't indicate the Seniority/ Charter status. However, later on, the membership number is allotted according to the date of joining.
|Subscription||Age - <69||Age - 70 > 79||Age - >80|
|Bureau - Annual (SCB/AM)||500||500||500|
|Bureau - Life (SCB/LM)||3000||2000||1000|
|Donor Member (DM)||5000||3000||5000|
|Patron Member (PM)||10000||10000||10000|
|Institution Member (IM)||10000||10000||10000|
11.2 Name and Address of the Bank and Branch:
Account Holder’s Name: Senior Citizens Bureau
IFSC Code: IOBA 0000571
MICR Code: 6000 200 19
SB Account No: 057101000014780
Indian Overseas Bank, Kilpauk Branch (0571),
No 477, Kilpauk Garden Road, Chennai-600 010
11.3 The form of application for membership is attached separately. The same can be downloaded and used.
Donation to the senior Citizens Bureau is eligible for IT benefits under section 80 G. Members are also eligible for concession on the subsidised fees charged at health camps. Our Pan Card No. is AAETS 3576K. Our donors and contributors to Sun Shine Fund (SSF) are appreciated and held in high esteem
A Day-care Centre for the benefit of Senior Citizens, conceived as a pilot project by the Senior Citizens Bureau has been sponsored by Dr. Capt. M. Singaraja, 90/93, Rama Naicken Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 34 (behind Nungambakkam police station). The center was inaugurated by Maj. Gen. Aban Naidu, PVSM, AVSM, M-in-D, on 5th July, 2003, during Annual Day conference of the Bureau.
Late Maj Gen Aban Naidu, PVSM, AVSM, M-in-D
Dr.(Capt.) M. Singaraja (from 24.06.17)
Er. V. Hariharan
Padmasri Dr. V.S. Natarajan
Mr. C. Nagendra Prasad (From 24.06.17)
Mr T V NAGARAJAN
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Mr S Jayakumar
Er.V.S. Balakrishna Raja,
Mr T V NANDAKUMAR
Dr. R. Nirmala, MA(Acu)
Padmabushan Dr. Sarada Menon,
Mr. S. P. Ambrose, IAS,
Mr. R. Venkatesan, IA & AS,
Er. S. Ramalingam ,
Dr. Vayu Naidu, FRSA,
Mr. T.V. Hariharan,
MJF Lion Amruth Kumar, JP
Dr. T.S. Kanaka,
Dr. T.S. Ramaswamy,
Dr. P.S. Rajam,
Er. AK Chakaravarthy
Er. S. Ranganatha Rao,
Er. R. T. Namasivayam,
Mr. C. Panneer Selvam,
Mr. P.M. Pandian,
Mr. S. Prabhakaran,
Mr. R Ramakrishnan, (SBI),
Dr P. SETHUSESHAN
Your membership and donation lend support to the mission and vision of Senior Citizens Bureau. Let us empower the elders, speak in uni voice and enhance the human values.
Any suggestion for improvement of the site and monthly journal LinkAge is welcome.