A woman waits to receive her monthlly old age allowance in north Bengal Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
A man and a woman waits outside a bKash shop Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
A woman rests on a bed in her shack Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
A group of women wait for their turn to receive their monthly allowance Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
People gather around a public servant to collect their monthly allowances Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
Senior citizens wait patiently to collect their monthly old age allowance in the northern part of Bangladesh recently.
The country had decided to take care of its aging population by introducing the Old Age Allowance Program in 1998. Initially, the program kicked off by providing five men – aged 65 and above – and five women – aged 62 and above – in each union parishad with Tk100 from a fund of Tk125 crore, according to Department of Social Services.
In the fiscal year (FY) 2009-2010, around 2.25 million got Tk300 per month from a fund of Tk810 crore. Currently in the FY 2019-2020, around 4.4 million elderly are receiving Tk500 per month from a fund of Tk2,640 crore set aside for this purpose only.
As the aging population doubled in a decade and increasing, are we efficient in taking care of our older generation?