Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment as the nodal ministry for the cause of senior citizens, has been celebrating the International day of Older Persons since 2005 by conferring Vayoshreshtha Sammansto eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of elderly persons, especially indigent senior citizens.
In 2013, the Vayoshreshtha Sammans were upgraded as a “National Award”.
The Awards are given to institutions/organisations/individuals from any part of the country.
Given in 13 categories, nominations for the year 2019 awards have started.
International day of Older Persons (IDOP)
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1st October as the ‘International Day of Older Persons’.
It is celebrated every year to pay attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people.
The theme for the year 2018 celebration was " Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions".