World Senior Citizens Day

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World Senior Citizens Day is celebrated every year on 21st August with the aim of honouring the elderly around the world.


History of the day :

  • The United Nations General Assembly had announced to celebrate this day on 14 December 1990.

  • International Senior Citizens Day was celebrated for the first time on 1 October 1991.

  • In the US, President Ronald Reagan signed this resolution on 19 August 1988, and on 21 August 1988, International Senior Citizens Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States.

  • Ronald Reagan was the first person to introduce Senior Citizens Day.

Importance of this day :

  • The number of elderly people globally is projected to double in the next three decades.

  • According to a United Nations report, by 2050, there will be 1.5 billion senior citizens worldwide.


Government of India schemes for the betterment of senior citizens :

  • Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana - This scheme is a social security scheme and pension plan. Launched - May 4, 2017

  • Varistha Mediclaim Policy - This Senior Citizen Health Insurance is a medical insurance plan for citizens in the age group of 60 to 75 years.

  • Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana - The objective of this scheme is to provide aids and assistive devices to those senior citizens belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category who are suffering from age related disability or disability. Launch - Year 2017

  • Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana - Launched - 14 August 2014

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