On Tuesday, the Venezuelan National Assembly discussed the draft of the Special Law on Family Responsibility for the Elderly in view of the serious humanitarian emergency in the country. During the debate, Karin Salanova, deputy of the Venezuelan National Assembly, denounced that out of at least 4 million older adults in the country only 10% receive a pension, and that thanks to the terrible crisis they are losing 1 to 2 kilos per month.
“Venezuela is immersed in one of the worst humanitarian emergencies ever experienced in the continent and the discussion of this law today is something that we recognize as part of the struggle of our fellow congresswoman, Addy Coromoto. Today this country is running out of young people as a result of the crisis,” she warned.
She explained that this new project is based on Parliament’s responsibility towards the most vulnerable people in Venezuelan society, including children and the elderly. “Today we see how grandparents have their dignity violated. They are forced to queue for miles to receive a pension, they have even had heart attacks and the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVSS) does not respond or have medicine to care for them. Now, they have invented a new Petro system that only these corrupt people who have plundered our country understand.”
Salanova said that Article 80 of the Constitution guarantees respect for human dignity, autonomy and social security benefits. She also recalled that the legitimate National Assembly approved the payment of the Elderly Ticket Basket in its first year. “That was not complied with, just as none of the laws have been enacted with for the benefit of the Venezuelan people, but we will continue to legislate to benefit Venezuelans and so that, once the rule of law is restored in Venezuela, no evil will come to continue violating the human rights of our citizens.”