Minister of Communications and Information Technology Parbat Gurung said the government was ready to face any kind of challenge.

Addressing a reception organised today by the National Senior Citizens Fund and Social Welfare Council at Mangal Bazar of Lalitpur on the occasion of Nepali New Year 2078 BS, Minister Gurung, who is also the government spokesperson, said the government was worried whether the country would lose direction as the country's political scenario had been marred by chaos.

He said the incumbent government was working for the causes of people and the campaign for "Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali" was launched under the leadership of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Claiming that development endeavours had been accelerated from the central to the local level, the minister said the government was doing its best to take the country on the right track.

He said the budget for the upcoming fiscal would especially consider the social security issues of senior citizens.

"The government will leave no stone unturned when it comes to respecting senior citizens."

Lalitpur metropolis Mayor Chiribabu Maharjan said senior citizens needed respect and recognition while they were alive.

According to him, the metropolis has launched different schemes for the welfare of senior citizens.

Centenary person Satya Mohan Joshi was of the view that the society and nation should reap benefits from the learnings and experiences of senior citizens.

He pointed out the need to make collective efforts to ease the lives of senior citizens.

On the occasion, Minister Gurung, Mayor Maharjan and centenary person Joshi jointly launched the calendar of the year 2078 BS.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 15, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.