Muhith favours 65 years to be considered as age of senior citizen


DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for fixing 65 years instead of 60 for considering the age of a senior citizen, reports BSS

“It should not be 60 years, but at least 65 years to regard someone as a senior citizen,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a contract signing ceremony at the Sonargaon hotel in the city.

Among others, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed and Social Welfare Secretary M Zillar Rahman were present at the ceremony.

Department of Social Services and Universal Medical College and Hospital (former Aysha Memorial Hospital) signed the agreement for development of a senior citizen’s resort, first ever in Bangladesh, called “Obosor, My Dream Land” under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) method at Srimangal under Moulvibazar district.

Director General of the Department of Social Services Gazi Mohammad Nurul Kabir and Universal Medical College Hospital Chairman Priti Chakraborty signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

Muhith said he wants to see a change in the minimum age of a senior citizen during the present government’s tenure and urged all to spend their time with the elderly people in the old homes to enable them get some pleasure.

“Everyone should visit the old homes for providing pleasure to the senior citizen. It will also give us pleasure,” he added.

Asaduzzaman Khan said the younger ones should give time to the elder ones in the old homes to share their experiences in life. He said the existing 60 years should be raised as the life expectancy rate in the country has already gone up.

The home minister urged all to respect the senior citizen and take experience from them for development of the country.