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Rahul Manikaran , Trying to make this world a better place to l Dec, 06 2016

India will have over 372 million citizens above the age of 60 by 2050, yet there is no way to cater for their proper care or stop the abuse they go through


Abuse of elders in India is more rampant than we are willing to admit. Factors like loneliness, health issues and dependency combine to make ageing a terrifying time for seniors in India. But perhaps the biggest culprit in this scenario is the word retirement itself. Too long have the elderly have reconciled to a life sans self-respect. Even a concerted thought towards reversing this is probably worth much more than all the empty speeches and promises

Abuse of elders in India is more rampant than we are willing to admit. Factors like loneliness, health issues and dependency combine to make ageing a terrifying time for seniors in India. But perhaps the biggest culprit in this scenario is the word retirement itself. Too long have the elderly have reconciled to a life sans self-respect. Even a concerted thought towards reversing this is probably worth much more than all the empty speeches and promises

Shubham Singh , Dec, 06 2016


While in many western countries with an increasing proportion of elders and a decline in birth rate (like UK), the idea of doing away with the retirement age makes complete sense, but in a country like India, where unemployment is rampant and the youth itself is not getting enough opportunities to land in good jobs, this idea may be a bit far fetched. But this issue definitely demands more attention, given the twin issues of a spurting expenditure in pensions and a declining standard of living of elders. Maybe instead of completely doing away with a retirement age, the government can mull the idea of marginally increasing it to 62-65 from the current 60, which is very low according to international standards.

While in many western countries with an increasing proportion of elders and a decline in birth rate (like UK), the idea of doing away with the retirement age makes complete sense, but in a country like India, where unemployment is rampant and the youth itself is not getting enough opportunities to l


Anant , Dec, 06 2016


It may not be denied that increasing age may lead to decrease in working efficiency, hence an impediment to growth. So, it may help some but not in broad terms. However, Schemes like 'Anubhav' launched by the central govt. where the retired citizens will advise as to how the work should be done, is a welcome step towards self-dependence, plus the development schemes of the day should be implemented with utmost sincerity so that India, by 2050, becomes more able to take care of it's veterans.

It may not be denied that increasing age may lead to decrease in working efficiency, hence an impediment to growth. So, it may help some but not in broad terms. However, Schemes like 'Anubhav' launched by the central govt. where the retired citizens will advise as to how the work should be done, is


Ajay , Dec, 06 2016


EPFO is a good move and people show reluctance in almost every thing. But I am not suggesting to compel anybody to invest at gunpoint. India have to create a culture of investment rather than saving.We can learn something from AMerican in this department- There senior citizens are productive members of society- there money is invested in domestic as well as global market through various bonds.Even after global economic shocks- they are able to sustain themselves quite decently. On the other hand, EPFO do not cover all working population of India. and most of saving lying in low economic utility saving accounts or even at home or land.

EPFO is a good move and people show reluctance in almost every thing. But I am not suggesting to compel anybody to invest at gunpoint. India have to create a culture of investment rather than saving.We can learn something from AMerican in this department- There senior citizens are productive members


Ritwik , Dec, 06 2016


The exponentially growing population coupled with an increase in life expectancy has brought in the concern of an ageing population. While in some developed countries like UK and Japan this issue is magnified given the declining birth rates, in India too, despite the huge demographic dividend, this is a cause of concern. While the overall population of India will grow by 40 per cent between 2006 and 2050, the population of those aged 60 and above will increase by 270 per cent in the same period. An increasing dependency ratio would mean a fall in income generating population and an increase in expenditure. With increase in expenditure, government would obviously have to make up for it by increasing taxes on the producing population. The government and the civil society will have to come up with unique initiatives to address this issue.

The exponentially growing population coupled with an increase in life expectancy has brought in the concern of an ageing population. While in some developed countries like UK and Japan this issue is magnified given the declining birth rates, in India too, despite the huge demographic dividend, this