Photo contest winners, elderly citizens honoured

IMPHAL, 1st Oct: Awards for Sanarik 2019 photo competition were distributed alongside the observance of International Day of Older Persons organised by social welfare department at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, here on Tuesday.
The Sanarik 2019 photo competition was organised by the department under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao mission. Sushan Khwairakpam, The People’s Chronicle/Poknapham senior reporter Thongam Premchand and Gandhi Naorem won the top three positions in the competition respectively. They were awarded cash prizes of Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively along with citation. Adhikarimayum Amarjit won people’s choice award and was awarded Rs 5000 along with citation. Altogether 37 contestants submitted entries for the competition.
Principal secretary (social welfare) V Vumlunmang and DC Imphal East Rangitabali Waikhom attended the event as chief guest and president respectively while DC Imphal West Naorem Praveen and social welfare director Ngangom Uttam was present as guests of honour.
Highlighting the reason for observing the day globally, V Vumlunmang urged the people not to treat elderly persons as a problem but show respect to them and treat with kindness. He pointed out that 8.5 per cent of the total population of the country and 10 per cent of the total population of the state are 60 years and older. Though Central and state governments provide old age pensions to such persons, many are still left out from the scheme. In the state over 2 lakh people are eligible for the scheme as per socio economic caste census. However, only 56,000 and 45,000 elders are covered by the central and state pension schemes respectively. The government received nearly 20,000 applications for old age pension scheme and separate fund has been earmarked to cover them under the scheme.
Besides, the government is seeking Centre’s approval to cover the eligible elderly persons based on SECC data under the central scheme, he informed. The department has also been organising assessment camps for elderly persons for health problems for providing necessary aid under Rashtriya Bayushri Yojana, he said. Elderly persons from different districts, who participated in the programme, were presented woollen clothes and a grand feast

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