OPRN demands Govt to finalize Rules of Business


OPRN demands Govt to finalize Rules of Business (RoBs) and allocate funds for implementation of Senior Citizens Act 2021.

ISLAMABAD, June 6, 2024 – During the second quarterly meeting of the Older People’s Rights Network (OPRN), the participants urgently demanded that the Government of Islamabad Capital Territory on Rules of Business (ROBs) for Senior Citizens Act, 2021. Give the final shape. He emphasized that the pending ROBs have stalled the implementation of the law, and called for immediate action to ensure that adequate funds are allocated in the federal budget, and to implement the law. Be allowed.

The meeting was chaired by Syed Mueezuddin, Country Director, HelpAge International and coordinated by Mr. Tahir Hasnain, OPRN Coordinator and Senior Program Manager, Legal Rights Forum (LRF) and Mr. Muhammad Bilal, Advocacy Officer, HelpEdge. A comprehensive agenda at the meeting included a review of OPRN’s progress, review of action points from previous meetings, discussion of membership issues, strategies for advancing OPRN’s goals, an action plan for the upcoming quarter, and the World Activities included activities to mark Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

Syed Moeezuddin’s presence and insight provided valuable guidance, which greatly enhanced the effectiveness of the conversation. Mr. Tahir Hasnain gave a detailed review of progress on the previous meeting and action points, reiterating OPRN’s mandate for policy advocacy, awareness campaigns, and support services for the elderly in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Among the participants are Kashmir Development Foundation (KDF) ,REDO Foundation, Aurat Foundation, Friends Foundation, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), United Christian Organization (UCO), Spring, Next Generation Leaders, Women Welfare Association (WWA). Representatives were involved. Shad Foundation, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Initiative for People in Need (IPN). They made valuable suggestions on improving OPRN’s operations, advocacy efforts with policymakers, meetings with parliamentarians, and service delivery for older adults.

Kashmir Development Foundation, Managing Director, Saima Qadeer emphasized the importance of collective efforts for the enforcement of the Senior Citizens Act 2021, highlighting the need for grassroots awareness and advocacy with various stakeholders.

In the closing remarks, Syed Mueezuddin praised the development of the network and the commitment of the member organizations and emphasized the importance of joint work and collective wisdom. The meeting ended with an encouraging presence of the members and a vote of thanks to all.

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