Monday, December 5, 2022

Mnp observes International Day of Older Persons

Correspondent

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday stressed the need for a stringent Act to deal with those people who misbehave with their old age parents, in his speech on the occasion of “International Day of Older Persons.”
Like in other parts of the globe, International Day of Older Persons was observed in the state at various levels under the theme ‘The resilience and contributions of older women.’
In one of the observances hosted by the state social welfare department in Imphal’s Iboyaima Shumang Lila Shanglen, the chief minister expressed strong concern over the increasing inmates in the old age homes in the state.
“We should not encourage leaving our elders at old age homes unless it is absolutely necessary for elders with no relatives,” he said. He cautioned that such culture will make the state move backward and hinder its development.
He said that parents at their old age should be given respect and taken good care of. Making them feel insecure at their age can be termed as a crime against humanity, he added.
The chief minister appealed to people who keep their parents at old age homes, to take their parents back home and take good care of them.
He assured to provide required assistance for their living from the government side and warned legal action against those who force their parents to stay at old age homes.
The chief minister stated that the Central and the state government had taken up various schemes for the welfare of older persons.
The state government is also in process to increase the pension amount under Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme (MOAPS) and Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension (IGNOAP) from Rs 200 per month to Rs 1000 per month for beneficiaries of 80 and above years of age, he informed.
“Around 25,000 older persons will be benefited by this initiative costing about Rs 20 crore from the state exchequer,” he said.
He further informed that 16,000 additional beneficiaries had been provided old age pensions under MOAPS during the current financial year.
State health minister Dr Sapam Ranjan, in his speech, stated that elder persons were the ones who imbibed knowledge of our cultures and tradition to the younger generation since time immemorial.
“This has helped preserve our culture,” he added.
The International Day of Older Persons was being observed to give respect to elders, who had done everything for their younger generations and the society, state social welfare minister H Dingo, said in his speech on the occasion. He informed that the social welfare department was in the process of opening a cell exclusively to look into the matters related to inhuman treatment against older persons.
On the occasion, the chief minister also felicitated the state’s well known singer Konthoujam Bobin for his contribution in Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan campaign. He also felicitated other elder persons and took their blessings.

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