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CM okays Senior Citizens Bill for welfare.

PESHAWAR -- Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved an ordinance for maintaining respect and dignity of senior citizens in the society and providing them relief in all sectors of life especially in the officialdom of the province.

He also directed for the early preparation of the draft of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Citizens Bill for the welfare, facilitation and honor of the people above the age of 60 years.

In this connection, he signed a summary of the ordinance here in his office for extending immediate benefits to the senior citizens. For formal approval and enforcement the ordinance has been sent to KP Governor. After the stamping of the signature of Governor the ordinance will be enforced across the province at once.

Under the ordinance all citizens including men and women above the age of 60 years will become deserving for several incentives.

The incentives include free journey in public transport, free treatment, allocation of special counters for them in hospitals and other institutions, free entry in parks and libraries while for childless and destitute senior citizens the establishment of Senior Citizens Homes.

Similarly all the registered senior citizens will also get the incentives of the provision of monthly stipends.

After the enforcement of the law in shape of ordinance with following the bill, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will take lead in the provision of facilities, ensuring the welfare, honor and respect of senior citizens, from other provinces.

This bill will be first legislation of its nature for senior citizens in the whole country.

The Chief Minister has directed the Department of Social Welfare for the preparation of Senior Citizens Bill, which has been chalked out with immediate effect. In last meeting of the provincial cabinet the draft of the bill was approved in principle.

However, on the directives of the Chief Minister a cabinet committee was constituted for making the bill comprehensive and realistic from all aspects.

He also directed the Social Welfare department that instead of wasting long time period for the approval of the bill, it should be enforced through ordinance as soon as possible to provide prompt relief to senior citizens.

For this purpose, he also directed the inclusion of one member each from opposition and treasury benches in its proposed advisory council.

Similarly, he urged the Department of Social Welfare for preparation of comprehensive welfare schemes for senior citizens.

He clarified that the dearth of funds will not be made any excuse in this regard.

The provincial government is presently paying a monthly stipend of Rs.500/- or Rs.6 thousands annually to each registered senior citizens in six backward and far-flung districts including Kohistan, Shangla, Battagram, Swabi, Karak and Tank while the Chief Minister has also directed the extension of the scheme to all districts of the province in next financial year.

The Social Welfare department has already completed the registration of senior citizens in the entire province.

Furthermore, Pervez Khattak has also directed the preparation of a piece of legislation for the welfare of special persons (disables) across the province. Under these directives all special children and persons in the province will be classified to make basic legislation for provision of free education, treatment and quota in scholarships and government employment.

Through the implementation of the legislations besides guaranteeing the welfare of all special persons, they would be made useful citizens of the society in the real context.
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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 6, 2014
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