Nepali Congress wants govt to lower minimum age for ‘senior citizens’

Pushpa Bhusal

Kathmandu, July 14

The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has suggested that the government lower the minimum age one needs to pass so as to get recognised as a senior citizen to 65 years.

As the government has tabled a bill about senior citizens in Parliament defining people above 70 years of age as senior citizens, the opposition party has argued that the age threshold should be lowered considering different geographic conditions in various parts of the country.

Participating in a discussion on the bill at Women and Social Committee of Parliament on Sunday, the party’s whip Pushpa Bhusal demanded that the government revise the definition and provide various benefits to people above 65.

As the bill has categorised people above 80 as ‘too senior citizens’, Bhusal demanded that the category be scrapped. A lawmaker of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, Binu Kumar Shrestha, also supported Bhusal’s statement about the ‘too senior citizens’ category.



Published on July 14th, Sunday, 2019 3:19 PM

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