THE Fiji Pensioners Association and senior citizens of Fiji want just, fair and better treatment for citizens over 60 years of age.
In submissions to the Constitution Commission, Hari Jai Naicker proposed on behalf of the association that the new law seriously consider establishing a National Pension Convention. He said this could accommodate those reaching the pensionable age ensure they have a right to:
* A basic State pension set above the official poverty level;
* A reasonable accommodation with all necessity amenities;
* Free health care treatment based on clinical need and an annual comprehensive health check;
* Free long-term community care and services to assist living at home;
* Free nationwide travel on all forms of transport;
* Free education access to and participate in leisure and cultural activities; and
* Good services and benefits without age discrimination.
Mr Naicker said senior citizens needed to be fairly protected under the bill of rights of the nation and their benefits adjusted annually in the national budget according to the Retail Price Index (RPI).
"Our old age is generally associated with loneliness, idleness and rejection," he said.
"Therefore, we would like the government and other stakeholders to appropriately address the social issues pertaining to pensioners and senior citizens."
Mr Naicker some senior citizens had served the nation for more than 50 years and deserved a happy and dignified final journey of their lives.