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"The first responsibility towards the senior citizens is of the family‚ second of the government and third of the international community...."

BIRGUNJ: The State should come up with concrete and effective action plan and its proper enforcement for the rights and security of senior citizens, stressed participants at an interaction programme.


At a discussion programme organised here on Friday by District Public Health Office, Parsa on ‘Caretaking of senior citizens and support programme’m, participants underlined the need to capitalize the special experience of senior citizens in the nation-state building process, claiming they are not the problem rather the opportunity to contribute to the country’s development.


Stressing that joint family system is appropriate for the caretaking and protection of senior citizens, they further said it should be revisited and revitalised while the joint family culture has witnessed changes over time.


The first responsibility towards the senior citizens is of the family, second of the government and third of the international community, the participants underlined.


Speaking on the occasion were Public Health Officer of Parsa, Prem Chandra Jaiswal, civil society representative Suresh Upadhyay, among others.


Citizens above 60 are deemed senior citizen in Nepal. The population of this section of society is 1.47 million in Nepal according to the National Census-2058.


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Nepal of its own cannot run old age homes.It will have to be dependant on foreign assistance.Moey received for this purpose will be swindled by those who are supposed to run such institutions!I am very confident about it! What is the answer then? They should fend for themselves till they are able to fend for themselves and rest leave to god. bhimrajgurung, sinapa3bhairawa

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