Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | ePaper

Readers’ Forum

  • Print
Rights of senior citizens must be protected  

Due to the improved quality of life in Bangladesh, people now live longer. There is a sizeable ageing population in the country today and the number of people over 60 years of age is increasing rapidly. This should be seen as an emerging challenge as the elderly will have special needs and require different care-giving services.
Many elderly persons are neglected by their own children, who remain overburdened by their professional responsibilities. Meanwhile, there are insufficient seats in old homes to accommodate these senior citizens in need of care. We need to train and provide a larger number of caregivers for them.
Even the Parents Care Act 2013 has several disparities regarding the amount of money to be allocated to elderly citizens. The act needs to be implemented more stringently and efficiently. The concerned authorities should build more old homes and ensure that safety and maintenance standards are up to par. The private sector can also help by offering them appropriate job opportunities with decent income.

Zubair Khaled Huq
By email

More News For this Category

Solution to Rohingya crisis still a far cry

Terming it a very serious issue, newly appointed Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that he does not see any "easy" solution to the Rohingya crisis. "We'll have to face

Don't waste public money in the name of development projects

A Bridge built 22 years ago over a canal at Chilarkandi village in Moulvibazar's Kulaura upazila remains unused as it has no approach roads. The incident may be cited as

Transport crisis for BD working women

Helal Uddin Ahmed :The womenfolk of Bangladesh have played a glorious role in all national movements including the language movement of 1952, the mass upsurge of 1969 and the liberation

Preserve Syria's territorial integrity

Rayhan Ahmed Topader :In 2016, Turkey became the first country to deploy ground combat troops to fight the so-called Islamic State in Syria. Our military incursion severed the group's access

Sharing contents on social media

Vicky Kapur :Japanese billionaire and future space tourist Yusaku Maezawa's recently tweet promising a cash giveaway of one million yen each (about Dh33,700) to 100 randomly selected followers who had

Readers’ Forum

For hawker-free footpathsMost of the roads of Dhaka city were hawker-free for some days in the run up to - and in the aftermath of - the election. But now

City people spend more to maintain living standard

THE price of rice rose by around nine percent in the capital in 2018 compared to a year ago, while the cost of living increased by six percent, the lowest

Unplanned sand extraction from rivers to trigger mighty erosion

UNABATED sand lifting from the Dhaleshwari River in Tangail could result in losing vast locality to river erosion. Dhaleshwari, a tributary of the Jamuna, flows through Tangail Sadar and the

Shaping man's future thought process

Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin :Man's thought process is the result of a combination of his biological, hereditary neuro mechanism, the environment, belief system, educative process and technology. The biological neuro mechanism

What could change the dynamics of Brexit vote?

Laura Kuenssberg :"We're going to get smashed" - one government insider's apocalyptic prediction about one of the most important votes in recent political history, the big night next Tuesday when