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Conference to highlight elders' plight

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: An organisation representing senior citizens plans to draw the attention of the government towards the plight of the elders by organising a conference.

“The government has not given due priority to senior citizens,” Chatra Bahadur Pradhan, general secretary of the National Senior Citizens’ Federation, said, highlighting the need to draw its attention towards the plight of the aged population. Representatives of the organisations working for the welfare of senior citizens will highlight the problems facing them at the conference, which will take place in Itahari on September 17.

Pradhan lamented that laws meant for the welfare of senior citizens have remained unimplemented. Senior citizens, whose population is 2.2 million, feel that the government has neglected them. They lack security and respect. Though they have have put their problems before the government through several forums, the government seems least bothered when it comes to solving them.

At a time when the country is gearing up for Constituent Assembly elections, the federation feels it is the right time to press political parties to address concerns of senior citizens as the latter are also a constituency that the parties cannot ignore.

Through the conference, the federation aims to bring to light problems facing the senior citizens and draw the government’s attention towards the same. It aims to make the government formulate policies and implement laws meant to ensure welfare of the elderly as soon as possible.

The organisations participating in the meet will highlight experiences and problems of the elderly. Through the conference, the federation also aims to strengthen the participating organisations at the district level.

The meet will focus on the attitude of youngsters towards senior citizens and the role the youth can play to ensure the seniors’

welfare.

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