”The government of KPK has not yet provided 2.8m elderly citizens with their senior citizen cards”
It is said to be a violation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s senior citizen act (2014) that the KPK government has failed to prepare the senior citizen cards.
According to Dawn News, the government of KPK hasn’t been able to provide unique cards to around 2.8 senior citizens as more than half are disabled or suffer from other related problems.
It is said to be a violation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s senior citizen act (2014) that the KPK government has failed to prepare the senior citizen cards. Although, it’s a law that senior citizens should be provided with some facilities in order to ease their lives.
An elderly woman, Lal Burhan, belonging to a Kheshgi village known as Ahmadabad in the district of Nowshera, said: “Almost all senior citizens have been facing certain diseases and need on time and proper medical treatment, which majority of them can’t afford.”
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She further added that when children get married and have families of their own, they seldom take care of their aging parents. Lal Burhan works for the welfare of older people and currently runs a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) called Da Kali Gulona.
She additionally told us that more than a hundred elderly people had been registered with her NGO. She stated: ”I been visiting the social welfare department in connection with senior citizen card for the last two years but to no avail.”
Under the Senior Citizen Act KPK (2014), it is mentioned in section 9 that any person above the age of 60 years is eligible to apply for the senior citizen’s special card.
As mentioned in the respective law, certain privileges would be given to elderly people with special cards, including financial support (for the deserving ones), free entry to amusement parks, libraries, public parks and museums, concession in medical treatments as well as medicines and follow-up checkups, separate counters in hospitals, and a membership card of corps of senior citizens.
However, as mentioned by the sources, “no serious efforts have been made by the provincial government to ensure the privileges to senior citizens as per the law.”
It is also reported that the department of social welfare has directed the department of health to bring new innovate plans so that senior citizens can get free medical treatments. Nevertheless, a response has yet to come by the department of health.
The story first published in Dawn News.