Biren urges for proper care to elderly persons
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 1, 2018: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has urged to ensure proper care to elderly persons so that they may lead a secured, dignified and productive life stating that a large number of aged parents are neglected by their children and families.
He was speaking as the chief guest at International Day of Older Persons, 2018 observation organised by social welfare department at Multipurpose Hall, Near Bal Bhawan, Khuman Lampak in Imphal East today.
He said the state government had already cautioned its employees that they may face action through legal channel if they do not properly treat old-aged parents.
People, who do not give love, care and respect to their parents and elderly persons will never succeed in life, he added.
“The state government is now in active consideration to introduce an arrangement in which elderly persons whose age is 80 years and above may send their nominees to withdraw their pension on his/her behalf” said Biren.
He said said pensioners whose age is 80 years and above may sign an understanding with the concerned deputy commissioners to nominate a person for withdrawal of pension amount on behalf of the pensioner.
The chief minister stated that his government had launched the Maintenance Grant to homeless older persons who are sheltered at old aged homes under “Chief Ministergi Sotharabasing-gi Tengbang Scheme”. They are provided financial support of Rs 1000 per month per person, he added.
Biren noted that there has been a steady rise in the population of older persons in India. The number of older persons was 1.98 crore in 1951. The population of 60 years and above in India is projected to increase to 14.3 crore in 2021, he added.
Social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen said that serving elderly persons is like serving the Almighty. She informed that there are 15 old age homes run by different NGOs under social welfare department in the state. These homes ensure care, food, residence, medical attendance and treatment to all the inmates, she added.
Education minister Th. Radheshyam said everybody would become aged person one day, and nobody can skip this. Needless to say, people are emotionally, physically and financially weak when they become old-aged. As such, they need to be given proper care and love by their children and younger people so that they may lead a jubilant life till their death, he added.
Selected elderly persons were honoured by presenting gifts. A medical camp for elderly persons was also organised in coordination with directorate of health services as part of the celebration at the function venue.
The day was also observed at Kumbi.
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