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12:00 AM, September 05, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 05, 2012

Govt urged to form ministry for the elderly

A voluntary organisation yesterday urged the government to form a separate ministry for the elderly.
Bangladesh Probin Adhikar Forum (BPAF) also demanded that the government increases old age allowances, allocates reserved seats in public transports and introduces senior citizen's cards for welfare of the elderly people.
BPAF made the call at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club in the capital ahead of the International Day of Older Persons to be observed on October 1.
Speaking at the event, Ahmed Hossain, executive director of BPAF, urged the government to allocate khash land for building homes for the elderly persons across the country.
Rina Amin, member of BPAF, stressed the need for establishing separate wards in government and non-government hospitals to ensure health services for them.
BPAF has chalked out programmes to observe the International Day of Older Persons on October 1. The programmes include a procession from Jatiya Press Club to Muktangan at 10:00am, publication of a souvenir, a two-day festival and a free treatment camp for the elderly.
BPAF members Khandakar Saiful Islam, Advocate Kamal Parvez, Feroza Naznin, Md Yunus Ali and Md Kaiyum also addressed the press conference.

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