A brainstorming Meet on “ Making Smart Cities Age-friendly” was organized by ILC-I on the 15th of February 2015 at YASHADA at which the Hon’ble Guardian Minister of Pune, Mr. Girish Bapat ( Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Food & Drugs Administration for the state of Maharashtra) was the Chief Guest. The President of ILC-I, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, presided over the programme. Mr. Jayant Umranikar was the thought and inspiration behind this unique initiative.
All the leading stakeholders working in the field of population ageing, including- the Presidents of the All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON), the Federation of the Senior Citizens Organisations of Maharashtra (FESCOM) and the Association of Senior Citizens Organisations of Pune (ASCOP)- Mr. D. N. Chapke, Mr. N. V. Kodolikar, and Dr. R. T. Wazarkar respectively, and the former Presidents of AISCCON, Mr. Ramanbhai Shah and Dr. S. P. Kinjawadekar attended the Meet.Leading NGO representatives like Mr. Prakash Borgaonkar, Director, HelpAge India, Mr. Sailesh Mishra, President, Silver Innings, Dr. Vinod Shah, Founder-President, Janaseva Foundation, were proactive participants in this Meeting.
The then CEO & Director of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Limited (PMPL), Dr. Shrikar Pardeshi and a corporator from the Pune Municipal Corporation also spoke on the occasion.
The rationale behind this Meet was to come out with suggestions which through the Pune Declaration would be sent to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, urging him to integrate the component of age-friendly factors in his vision of building and developing 100 Smart Cities in India.
As Dr. Mashelkar said on the occasion, “We recommend that the Smart Cities become Cities with a Heart, Cities with a Human Face and not just Technology.” Age-friendly smart cities would benefit not just the older persons, but also children and the physically and mentally disadvantaged too, he added.
On the 21st of April, 2015, Mr.Umranikar, handed over the Pune Declaration to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Phadanavis.
On the 11th of June 2015, Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, ILC-I, met H. E. the Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. Vidyasagar Rao, at RajBhavan in Pune and discussed the Declaration in detail with him too.