A special occasion for senior citizens

Many senior citizens of Kolkata, police officials and members of Pronam came together to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Pronam recently.

The function was flagged off with the traditional lighting of a lamp and the cutting of an Anniversary cake by senior citizens of Pronam. Police officials of Ballygunge and Tollygunge Police Stations, Nayantara Pal Chowdhury, member, The Bengal, and others joined the senior citizens to sing songs with patriotic and humanitarian themes.

The Pronam Project, with over 15,000 elderly members from across Kolkata business district is aimed at providing support to the senior citizens of Kolkata, many of whom need special support due to their old age. The programme is initiated by The Bengal, an NGO of eminent Kolkatans, in association with Kolkata Police.

“I am thankful to the Kolkata Police for providing support and assistance to the elderly members of our society,” said Mr Sundeep Bhutoria, Secretary General, The Bengal.

The programme started with an introductory song by Smt Nupur Chatterjee and was conducted by Mr Gopal Krishna Taraphder, member of Pronam Project. Ms Sukla Taraphder, Administrative Officer of Pronam Project delivered the introductory speech. Many senior citizens were felicitated on the occasion with flowers and stoles. Mr Barun Samadder, Editor, Pronam Magazine, was also present.

Mr Ranjan Halder, Officer-in-Charge Ballygunge PS and Mr Debasish Naskar, Additional OC Ballygunge PS were also present in the programme. Mr Debojit Chatterjee, OC, Hare Street Police Station and Mr Nirupam Dutta, Anti-rowdy Officer of Ballygunge, PS, was present and sang folk songs with the elderly members. Mr Chatterjee, OC of Hare Street Police Station presented songs written by him.

Pronam has a dedicated 24-hour helpline hub for the senior citizens manned by specially trained Kolkata Police staff and executives for receiving emergency calls from senior citizens and take follow up action. Pronam also tries to sensitise the society about the plight of our elderly and extend support to them around the year.

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