Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Saturday warned people who abandoned their parents and forced them to stay at Old Age Homes, stating that such people should be punished by enacting a stringent law.
“Instances of keeping aged parents at old age homes have increased a lot. Such culture will make the state move backwards and hinder its development,” the Chief Minister said, while addressing a gathering here, on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons 2022 held at Iboyaima Shumang Lila Shanglen, Imphal East, in the presence of Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo, Health Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan and Additional Chief Secretary (Social Welfare) P. Vaiphei.
Biren also expressed that parents at their old age should be given respect and taken good care, adding that making them feel insecure at their age can be termed as a crime against humanity. The Chief Minister ruther appealed to those people who keep their parents at old age homes, to take their parents back home and take good care of them.
He assured to give required assistance for their living from the Government side. But the government will take appropriate legal action against those people who force their parents to stay at old age homes, the Chief Minister warned.
The Chief Minister maintained that the Central and the State Government had taken up various schemes for the welfare of older persons. He informed that the State Government is in process to increase the pension amount under Manipur Old Age Pension Scheme (MOAPS) and Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension (IGNOAP) from Rs. 200 per month to Rs. 1000 per month for beneficiaries of 80 and above years of age.
Around 25,000 older persons will be benefited by this initiative costing about Rs. 20 crore from the State exchequer, he said. He further informed that 16,000 additional beneficiaries had been provided old age pensions under MOAPS during the current financial year.
N. Biren continued that the State Government also introduced “Chief Minister’s Widow Pension Scheme” and 10,000 widows have been provided widow pensions of Rs. 500 per month.
He mentioned that the amount of Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension had also been increased from Rs. 300 to Rs. 500 per month by contributing State Top-Up of Rs. 200 per month.
Health Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan, while delivering his speech, stated that elder persons are the ones who imbibe knowledge of our cultures and tradition to the younger generation since time immemorial. This has helped preserve our culture. He continued the State Government has been taking up certain measures to take special care of older persons of the State.
Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo, delivering his presidential speech said, October 1 is observed as International Day of Older Persons every year to give respect to elders, who had done everything for their younger generations and the society. Older persons should be given respect and taken good care and the same thing should be made known to young generations.
He informed that the Social Welfare Department is opening a particular cell to look into the matters related to inhuman treatment against older persons. He appealed to the public to raise complaints to the Department if anyone happens to come across any such act of misbehavior or ill-treatment to elder persons.
During the programme, N. Biren felicitated the State’s well known singer Konthoujam Bobin for his contribution in Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan campaign. The Chief Minister also felicitated some selected elder persons and took their blessings.