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Maharashtra preparing policy for senior citizens

The draft policy includes provisions like setting up state-level welfare board and district co-ordination committees for senior citizens

 
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government is giving final touches to a policy for senior citizens and its draft will be placed before the Cabinet soon, reports PTI.
 
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told this to a delegation of senior citizens which met him recently.
 
Chavan assured the delegation that the Government would sympathetically consider their demands for health insurance scheme and increase in pension.
 
The Chief Minister said his Government has provided several facilities like pension for elderly persons from BPL families and free travel in MSRTC buses.
 
He said the draft policy includes provisions like setting up state-level welfare board and district co-ordination committees for senior citizens.
 
The delegation urged the CM to make provision for a separate Ministry for senior citizens' welfare, setting up recreation centres for them and lowering the age criteria for MSRTC bus travel concession to 60 from 65 years now.
 

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HC not to stay implementation of safety rules for school buses

The High Court while refusing to stay implementation of the safety rules for school buses said every parent is concerned about the safety of their children when they go to school and this of paramount importance

 
Mumbai: Refusing to stay implementation of the safety rules for school buses, the Bombay High Court has said safety of children is paramount and everyone should ensure it, reports PTI.
 
"Everybody should fall in line now. Every parent is concerned about the safety of their children when they go to school and this of paramount importance," a division bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Amjad Sayed said.
 
The bench was hearing a petition filed by School Bus Owners' Association challenging the safety rules on the grounds that it was technically not possible to follow them.
 
The petitioners sought an order restraining the government from initiating coercive action against them.
 
The court, however, refused to do so and posted the matter for further hearing on 10th September.
 
Government pleader DA Nalawade submitted the state's affidavit defending the policy. The affidavit by Satish Sahasrabudhe, Joint Transport Commissioner said that the provision for an additional exit door, which had been opposed by the bus operators, had been dropped in the final policy.
 
He further said that speed governors were awaiting a final decision by the state. He also added that the provision for fire extinguishers had been recommended by the fire department.
 

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Aviva Life launches Aviva Mobile for instant access

Aviva Mobile helps customers to locate branches, register grievances, update policy details and reach the insurer from anywhere at the click of a button

 
Mumbai: Aiming to help customers keep track of their investments on the move by downloading the application on any Android or smart device, private insurer Aviva Life Insurance on Wednesday launched Aviva Mobile, reports PTI.
 
"With Aviva Mobile, customers can locate branches, register grievances, update policy details and reach us from anywhere at the click of a button," Aviva Life Insurance COO Snehil Gambhir said in a release issued here.
 
Aviva Mobile also allows customers to access the latest stock market news, live cricket scores and get instant weather updates, the release said.
 

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