Senior Citizen now official title at age 60 in
Sixty year old President makes the declaration after
Nov. 29, 2014 - The President of
Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, has declared the country's people aged
60 years or above as senior citizens. President Hamid, who turned 60 in
January, urged all to work sincerely to ensure social dignity and
security, and other facilities including food, clothing and treatment
for senior citizens.
The President said the number of elderly people is
increasing in the society because tremendous improvement of medical
science helped increase life expectancy.
The number of the country's total elderly people is
13,000,000 and this number will stand at 4 million by 2050.
"It means the size of the elderly people will be
around 20 percent of the total population . . . it would be the biggest
challenge to the country's social, economic and healthcare in the
future," he added.
Laying emphasis on keeping the elderly people
involved in the mainstream of the family, society as well as the state,
he said it is the responsibility of the society to give these elderly
people priority in getting all civic services, including hospitals,
banks, offices and courts.
"I'm declaring all elderly people of the society as
senior citizens of the country to pay respect to their contribution to
the society and state, he said.
Note: The first
meeting was held yesterday to begin preparing for the White House
Conference on Aging, which will take place in 2015 the
50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older American Act, as
well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
On November 17, 2013, the cabinet approved the
National Policy on Older Persons recognizing the elderly people as
senior citizens. President Dhaka said it is in line with United Nations
We've to keep in mind that a nation can move
forward with the joint efforts of young and old people. Here, the young
people are indispensable on one hand and the elder people are necessary
on the other, the president said.
Hamid continued, All expect that the young will
take the society forward through their work utilizing the experience of
the older citizens.
Terming the older citizens the pathfinders, the
president urged all to be sincere in ensuring the social respect and
security of the elderly people.
For this, we'll have to strengthen our traditional
family bonding we'll have to teach the children from their childhood to
respect the elderly people because this is our tradition, he added.
The President recalled the contribution of the
elderly people to the society and country with respect and said elderly
people are the society's respectable persons and they worked for
building families, society and country during the golden days of their
But affection to the elderly people is now
declining and they are now losing their authority and dignity in their
own families, he said, adding that many elderly people are facing social
insecurity because of financial hardship and deprivation of treatment
facilities, he said.
He added that the government has taken a number of
programs for the welfare of the elderly people. Old age allowance has
been introduced from 1997-98 fiscal year and the number of people
getting such allowance has increased to 2,722,000 from only 400,000, he
said, adding that the amount of allowance has been increased to Tk 400
from Tk 100
The President said he came to know that the cabinet
approved 'The National Policy on Elderly 2013' for the welfare of the
elderly people. The government has also enacted 'Feeding and Lodging to
Parents Act, 2013' and children are bound to ensure feeding and lodging
for their parents under this act, he added.
He expressed his happiness that a number of
organizations such as Probin Hitoishi Sangha, Centre for Rehabilitation
of Elderly People, Retired Government Employees Welfare Association and
Resource Integration Centre have been working for the welfare of the
The President urged the financial institutions
alongside the government and voluntary organizations, to take programs
under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the welfare of the
country's elderly people.
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