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Odisha News – Half of elders in #Odisha work out of eco compulsion #News
Bhubaneswar, Sept 3 (PTI) Nearly half of Odisha’s elderly population continue to work in their old age due to economic compulsion and only 20 per cent of them choose to do so, a study by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has found.

The report – ‘Status of Elderly in Odisha’, the first of its kind in the state, said 10 per cent of the elderly experienced abuse with the number of women being higher than that of men.

“Sadly most of the abuse was inflicted by family members particularly the sons,” said the report, released by Odisha Women and Child Development Minister Usha Devi here yesterday.

The report covers seven states having a higher proportion of elderly population in the country. Apart from Odisha, the other states covered in it are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal.

The encouraging observation in the study is that the coverage of national pension schemes is among the highest in these states.

Around 60 per cent of the elderly women from BPL households were availing of widow pension, while 44 per cent of the elderly men of the same category were receiving old age pension benefits.

The study in Odisha was part of a larger initiative ‘Building Knowledge Base on Population Ageing in India’ undertaken by UNFPA India in collaboration with Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. PTI