Protesting senior citizens halt one-way traffic for hour

KATHMANDU: Agitating elderly citizens on Sunday enforced a one-hour one-way transport halt in front of the Min Bhawan-based Department of Transport Management in the Capital to press the government to address their demands.

A group of senior citizens has been protesting for last 30 months putting forth an eight-point charter of demands that includes an increment in monthly allowance, implementation of the 2011 Supreme Court mandamus that directed the government to ensure provisions of 50 per cent discount on transport fare and medical facilities as mentioned in the Senior Citizens' Act 2007, among others.

They slept on the road in a bid to halt the vehicular movement as a symbolic gesture of their protests against the government apathy towards their voices, said Senior Citizens Joint Struggle Committee Chairperson Maha Prasad Parajuli.

So far, public vehicles in Bhaktapur and Kathmandu have agreed to provide 50 per cent discount to senior citizens on transport fare.

As per the latest census, the population of people (above 60 years age) makes up around 2.2 million.