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In the absence of a proper social security network in India, elderly women are more vulnerable to their male counterpart and what is more worrying is the fact that 10 per cent of them are living alone, a UN report said today.
Asserting that around 12.5 per cent of our population will be 60 years and older by 2030 and one fifth of India's population will be aged by 2050, the report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stressed upon the need to start planning for the demographic transition.
It highlights multiple vulnerabilities being faced by the aged in India, especially in terms of health, income, as well as the social and psychological aspects.
Union social justice and empowerment minister Thaawarchand Gehlot released the report titled, "Caring for our elders: Early Responses India Ageing Report 2017".
Diego Palacios, UNFPA Country Representative India and Country Director Bhutan said, "Everyone has a part to play for the well-being of elderly, including the government civil society, communities, and families. I would really like to thank the MSJE, Government of India for their continuous support to our efforts in bringing out this report.
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