KATHMANDU:- The first National Senior Citizens’ Day was observed by organizing various programmes in the country on Sunday.
As per Cabinet decision to mark the Day, the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens organized a programme ensuring participation of Prime Minister, Ministers, social organizations and senior citizens. At the programme, the speakers reminded the role of senior citizens that they are rich in knowledge and experience, which the State needs to utilize.
The speakers also underscored the social security, health care and honour to the senior citizen from the State and social organizations.
Home Minister Balkrishna Khand reminded that government was committed to fulfilling its duty towards senior citizens- social security, honour, health care etc. For building modern, civilized and prosperous society, the experience and education of the senior citizens must be utilized, he stressed.
Similarly, Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Rajendra Prasad Shrestha viewed that the government had advanced various welfare programmes to fully implement the citizen’s fundamental rights. Government has made arrangement to provide senior citizen allowance to the people above 90 years, reaching their residences.
Minister for Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada informed that in addition to the central government, the province and local governments were also creating platforms, seating places and parks for the senior citizens for rest and stroll. Discussion was underway to establish a separate hospital dedicated to senior citizens.
Moreover, Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Uma Regmi also informed that works for the establishment of 50-bed senior citizen hospital and senior citizen homes capacious for 170 persons at Gothatar, Kathmandu, would be initiated within this fiscal year.
Even a message of best wishes sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari was read out at the programme.
Various personalities contributing to the welfare of senior citizens were honoured on the occasion.
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