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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Union Government set up a National Council for Senior Citizens - CURRENT AFFAIRS III

The Union Government of India on 1 February 2012 gave the approval for setting up a National Council for Senior Citizens. It will be headed by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. It will advice the Central and State Governments on issues related to welfare of senior citizens. The Council will suggest special policies and programmes for the physical and financial security of the senior citizens in the country.

 The Council will comprise of 20 members including the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment along with the oldest members from both the Houses of Parliament and distinguished personalities from different fields.

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission in 2008 recommended that the MAC be converted into the NCTC with personnel drawn from different intelligence and security agencies.

 A review of the current architecture of counter terrorism also revealed several gaps and deficiencies. A need was therefore felt for a single centre of control and coordination of all counter-terrorism measures.

The NCTC will have to ensure that it does not duplicate the roles of other agencies and work through the existing agencies in the country.

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