Egypt makes public transport free for over the 70 in Cairo
London, Oct. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal has issued a decree allowing elderly people over the age of 70 to use public transportation for free in the governorate, a statement by Cairo governorate said on Saturday.
The statement added that commuters aged 60 to 70 years old can use public transport at a 50 percent discount in Cairo.
Elderly commuters can ride for free or use the discount by presenting a valid national ID to the conductor, the statement noted.
The governor said the decision aims to alleviate burdens on the elderly in gratitude for their service to the nation in various fields.
Meanwhile, Social Solidarity Minister Neveen el Qabag has described the elderly people as the “dignity of Egypt”, noting that 12 percent of the state’s financial support is channelled to them with an annual budget worth EGP three billion.
In a statement, she estimated her ministry’s aid to the elderly people’s clubs at EGP 7 million.
Qabag said the ministry has taken a number of important decisions on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons which is celebrated worldwide on October 1st of every year.
She said the first decision of the ministry is granting EGP 100 for as many as 409,000 beneficiaries of “Dignity” program during the month of October.
She also said the older people are a great wealth that the state is seeking to benefit from, adding that the ministry has announced an investment certificate for elderly people under the name of “The Giving Back” from Nasr Social Bank.