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IMPHAL | Oct 1 : A policy for old aged persons who are of 80 years and above will be introduced so they may get their pension through their respective nominees after signing an agreement with the deputy commissioner (DC) concerned without going to banks.
Chief minister, N. Biren announced this during the observation of International Day of Older Persons, 2018 organised today at the multipurpose hall of Bal Bhavan Complex, Khuman Lampak, Imphal.
He said elderly persons are often neglected by their children. In their old age, elderly persons were found standing in queues in front of banks to get their pension amount. To free them of this inconvenience, the government is planning to set up a policy especially for the elderly persons of age 80 years and above. Under the policy, the nominee of the elderly person will sign an agreement with the concerned DC to get the pension on their behalf, he added.
He further said many elderly parents are not cared by their children, and cautioned the state employees to take care of their parents as he have received complaints from elderly persons that they are less cared by their children. If such employees are pointed out, state government will take necessary actions against the employee under legal terms, he added.
Biren said the state had launched the Maintenance Grant to Homeless Older Persons who are sheltered in Old Aged Homes under Chief Minister gi Sotharabasing-gi Tengbang Scheme. They are provided financial support of Rs 1000 per month per person, he added.
With the increasing number of population in the country, numbers of elderly person have also been increasing. 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, president of the function, said serving elderly persons is like serving the Almighty. She said there are 15 Old Age Homes ran by different NGOs under Social Welfare Department in the State. These homes ensure care, food, residence, medical attendance and treatment to all the inmates.
Education minister Th. Radheshyam as guest of honour of the function said everybody would become old someday and they also have to face the same of an aged person. Most of the elderly persons are mentally, physically and morally weak. To support them the children should take proper care of their parents, he added.
As a part of the programme, gifts were presented to the elderly persons by the dignitaries. A one day free medical camp was also organised for the elderly persons in coordination with Directorate of Health Services as part of the celebration at the function venue.
A group of children, who attended the function, were also administered pledge of giving love, care and respect to elderly persons and parents by the chief minister at the function.
In Tamenglong, International Old Age Day observation was held at Indoor Stadium Tamenglong district headquarter where district assistant, commissioner Tamenglong, Sharath Aroju attended as chief guest and gave honour to elderly grandmother during International Old Age Day organised by district Social Welfare Office, Tamenglong.
Chief medical officer, Tamenglong, Dr. Chambo Gonmei attended as guest of honour, president of Senior Citizen Tamenglong, Kiubuanang Gonmei, secretary of senior citizen, Tamenglong AG Miuthuan, DSWO Tamenglong, AS Robinson and CO DSWO, Tamenglong Singupngam Thaimei also attended the program and shared the dais.
The occasion was also held at Thoubal organised by District social welfare office Thoubal in association with Integrated Rural development and educational organisations Wangbal, Senior Citizen welfare forum Manipur and NGOs Implementing Aged Welfare Programmes in Thoubal District at the office of IRDEO, Wangbal.
The programme organised on the theme “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions” was attended by deputy commissioner, Thoubal district, Haobam Rosita as chief guest, president, SCWFM, Dr. M. Rajendra as president while DSWO Thoubal, A. Kameshwor, vice principal, SCWFM P.Kunjo, and secretary of the forum, S.Kameshon and president IRDEO Wangbal, M.Ibochou attended as guests of honours.
The new age Progressive farmers club, Khekman also observed the day at Khekman Jilla market.
Kangpokpi district joined the state in observing ‘International Day of Older Persons’ with the theme ‘Celebrating older human rights champion’ at the Multi-Purpose Hall, DC Office, Kangpokpi district headquarters.
Organised by District Social Welfare Officer, Kangpokpi in collaboration with the District Administration, Kangpokpi, the observation ceremony witnessed the attendance of DC Kangpokpi, Rangitabali Waikhom and chief medical officer, Kangpokpi district, Dr. Thangpa Serto as chief guest and functional president respectively while vice president, Senior Citizens Forum, Kangpokpi, Paokhosei Kipgen; addl. Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi, Joel G. Haokip shared the dais as guests of honour.
Around 250 old-aged persons above 80 years attended the event and the elderly persons were distributed a blanket each as a token of love, concern and respect by the District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO), Kangpokpi and the District Administration Kangpokpi.