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India: Manipur state marks International Day of Older Persons

Manipur State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh speaks at the celebration of International Day of Older Persons on October 1, 2022. (Photo supplied)

International Day of Older Persons was observed in the state of Manipur, North East India on October 1.  
The event took place at Iboyaima Shumang Lila Shanglen, in Imphal East Manipur.
The theme of the day was ‘’The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women’’ which was being organized by the Department of Social Welfare, Manipur. 

participants (Photo supplied)

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Manipur State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stressed the need for a severe act in Manipur to deal with those people who misbehave with their parents at old age and force them to stay in old age homes.

He also expressed that parents at their old age should be given respect and taken good care of, adding that making them feel insecure at their age can be termed a crime against humanity.
The Chief Minister appealed to those people who keep their parents in old age homes to take their parents back home and take good care of them. He promised to provide the necessary assistance for their survival. 
Every year on October 1, the International Day of the Elderly is observed. The United Nations General Assembly voted on December 14, 1990, to designate October 1 as International Day of the Elderly

During the program, the Chief Minister felicitated some selected elderly people and took their blessings. 

Every year on October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons is observed to honor the elderly who have sacrificed so much for their younger generations and society. 

Older people should be given respect and taken good care of, and the same thing should be made known to younger generations.

The function was attended by Principal Secretary (SW/GAD/Health & Family Welfare) V Vumlunmang and Imphal East DC Rangitabali Waikhom, and Imphal West DC Naorem Praveen.

Over 550 individuals from different districts of the state who are over the age of 60 took part in the function in which they were presented with simple gifts.

According to SECC data, there are two lakh elderly people in the state of Manipur.

According to Census 2011, India has 104 million older people (60+ years), constituting 8.6% of the total population.

Among the elderly (60+), females outnumber males. The global population aged 60 years or over numbered 962 million in 2017. The number of elderly people is expected to double again by 2050 when it is projected to reach nearly 2.1 billion. - Tungthang Zou


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