Health Desk—July 10, 2017: The elderly citizens of Bangladesh who became physically disabled will get their allocated allowances delivered at home through a new mechanism.
There is also another plan to launch a social life insurance scheme to help the elderly people, they told a roundtable at the office of Bangla daily Prothom Alo in the capital on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Department of Social Welfare Nurul Kabir said the government had almost completed building a database of the elderly people who were getting old age allowances.
In his speech, lawmaker Habibe Millat, a member of the parliamentary standing committee on the social welfare ministry, said the government was currently running 145 social safety-net programmes, and around 31 lakh elderly people got the old age allowance.
MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam in this connection said the elderly people would be benefited more if the authorities fixed its drawbacks.
Prof MM Akash of Dhaka University suggested that the elderly could make a list of themselves on their own and submit it to the authorities concerned. This technique can make the process transparent, he said.
Among others, Prothom Alo Associate Editor Abdul Quayum, Wave Foundation Chief Executive Director Mohsin Ali, RIC Executive Director Abul Hasib Khan, National Development Programme Executive Director Mohammad Alauddin, and Coast Trust Executive Director Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, also spoke, on the occasion.