CAIRO - 2 October 2020: Social Solidarity Minister Neveen el Qabag has described the elderly people as the "dignity of Egypt", noting that 12 percent of the state's financial support is channeled to them with an annual budget worth EGP three billion.
In statements to "Extra News" TV on Thursday night, she estimated her ministry's aid to the elderly people’s clubs at EGP 7 million.
Qabag said the ministry has taken a number of important decisions on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons which is celebrated worldwide on October 1st of every year.
She said the first decision of the ministry is granting EGP 100 for as many as 409,000 beneficiaries of "Dignity" program during the month of October.
She also noted that the ministry has agreed with the transport ministry to allow free transportation for older persons over the age of 70, while a 50 percent discount will be granted to persons over 60 years old. The decision applies to public buses, railways and metro lines, she said.
She also said the older people are a great wealth that the state is seeking to benefit from, adding that the ministry has announced an investment certificate for elderly people under the name of "The Giving Back" from Nasr Social Bank.
Meanwhile, Qabag asserted that the ministry is attaching special importance to the most vulnerable categories especially the elderly people who are homeless, adding that it is carrying out a program for the homeless older people in 13 governorates.
The Finance Ministry has allocated EGP 113.5 million, under directives from President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, to support the homeless older people and develop seven nursing homes in cooperation with the civil society foundations, she added.
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