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Cabinet okays policy on old-age persons

Update : 17 Nov 2013, 10:26 AM

The cabinet on Sunday finally approved the “National Policy on Older Persons” on condition of vetting from the law ministry fixing the definition of “old persons” and keeping provisions of ensuring facilities for the older persons.

The approval came from the last regular cabinet meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Sunday.

According to the policy, people who are of 60 years or above will be treated as older persons. They will be treated as the senior citizens of the country, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

He said: “The cabinet has approved the draft of the policy on older persons. It will be sent to the law ministry for vetting. After receiving the vetting of the ministry, the ministry of social welfare will make the national policy public.

People of 65 years or above are considered as the senior citizens in all the developed countries in the world.  But, Bangladesh is giving the status of senior citizens to people who are 60 years old or above then that as per the old-age concept of the United Nations (UN),” he added.

The cabinet secretary also said Bangladesh has already launched allowances for older persons. Several programmes have been launched for the welfare of the old.

According to the new policy, some programmes will also be taken to ensure responsible and safe, workable atmosphere for the old.

“Some of the seats of all transports will be kept reserved for older persons. Old homes will also be established. The government will also take initiatives to attract the private sector in this regard,” he further said.

The cabinet also approved a draft of amending the “International Institute of Mother Language Act” keeping the provision of including a representative of the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in its board.

The initiative has been taken to get technical and training assistance from UNESCO.

After amending the law, the institute will be enlisted to the “B” category organisation list of UNESCO which will ensure the support from the organisation.

“Despite it being established as a Bangladeshi institute according to a local law, the institute will get the authority of using the name and logo of the UNESCO, if it is included into the list,” he added.

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