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Elderly in India part 2/4

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A woman rests in a temporary shelter in New Dehli.
A woman rests in a temporary shelter in New Dehli. Reuters/Desmond Boylan/Files

India’s senior citizens are not covered by any social security network. A small number of government employees and few private sector workers retire with pensions. The unorganized sector workers who form over 90 per cent of the work force are not covered by any sort of pensions. A major reason why they suffer abuse is that they depend economically on their children. An expanded social pension would undoubtedly improve the lives of older people and their households in India. But government support for those who are feeble remains appalling. RFI's correspondent Murali Krishnan examines the situation in this second report.

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