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LETTER FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF UZBEKISTAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL WITH INFORMATION ON THE DECLARATION OF 2015 AS THE YEAR OF ATTENTION AND CARE FOR THE OLDER GENERATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN.

2015 "THE YEAR OF CARE FOR THE SENIOR GENERATION

In the Name of a Great Future, for the Sake of Every Citizen

Annual grand meetings in the O'zbekiston Palace of International Forums on the occasion of the anniversary of the Constitution of Uzbekistan have become a good tradition. President Islam Karimov sums up the development of state and social reforms, and determines the title of the next year.

Addressing the participants in a report entitled 'Our objective is to decisively move toward the development, democratic renewal and modernization of the country', the President of Uzbekistan emphasized, "The Day our Constitution was adopted, December 8, 1992, will remain a milestone in our history, a holiday that laid the groundwork for building an independent democratic state with a socially oriented market economy, and shaping a civil society with the key objective of ensuring human interests, rights and freedoms, with the rule of law, and equality of all the country's citizens under the law."

Traditionally, the meeting focused on the past stage of development and the progress achieved. In due time, the country completely drew the line at various forms of the so-called 'shocking therapy' unacceptable for local people, which offered all former Soviet republics to rush into a raging whirlpool of a market economy, hoping for its self-regulation, without well-thought programs and not taking into account the historical, national and traditional peculiarities. With such a policy it would be difficult to predict our future. The correctness of the way we have chosen, which is based on five principles, is primarily proved by the heights we have achieved in a historically short period of time on our way toward democratization and liberalization of the political, economic and humanitarian spheres of society, in the process of sustainable economic development and increasing the quality of life for the population. Since gaining its independence, Uzbekistan's economy has grown by almost five times, the income per capita by 8.7 times, while the country's population has increased by 1.5 times and on January 1, 2015 is expected to make up 31.5 million people. It is noteworthy that the country's external debt does not exceed 15 percent, and internal debt, namely the government's debt to the population, stands at zero. Exports and foreign exchange reserves grow steadily. Despite the ongoing global financial strains, annual GDP growth rate in Uzbekistan has been exceeding 8% over the past decade."

Speaking about the ongoing tremendous changes in Uzbekistan, the changing face of cities and villages, the growing welfare, President Islam Karimov pointed out the decisive role of drastic changes in people's consciousness and thinking in this process, their beliefs, attitudes towards the world and the future, qualitative growth of their political and legal culture. The head of state emphasized that the National Personnel Training Program, adopted 17 years ago, and the school development program, which have radically reshaped our attitude toward life, are deemed a key pillar and a strong foundation for attaining the above-mentioned goals. Uzbekistan intends to join the ranks of progressive and developed democratic states, to provide its people and posterity with a decent quality of life and prestige in the international arena. The long term 'Concept of intensifying democratic reforms and forming the civil society in the country' is a guide for the further policies.

Twenty-seven laws and dozens of legal acts have been approved in four years since the adoption of the Concept. The Basic Law has been amended. The amendments have significantly enhanced the role and importance of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) in the state administration system, strengthened its position and the capacity of the country's supreme legislative body in the formation and implementation of internal and foreign policy of the Republic. The principles, the procedure of formation, organization of activities of the Cabinet of Ministers, executive authorities have been changed accordingly. Besides, the amendments have expanded the powers and enhanced the responsibility of government to the parliament, and local authorities to the Councils of People's Representatives. The country has implemented a range of measures to strengthen the judicial control over the observance of the procedural rights of citizens at the stage of inquiry and investigation. The scope of application of the habeas corpus institution has been considerably expanded in the process of consistent development of the most effective mechanism of ensuring rule of law and fairness in the criminal justice. The measures taken to streamline the structure and organizational framework of courts of general jurisdiction, strengthen their human resources, and enhance the social protection of court officers, have had important implications.

Profound democratic reforms have been carried out in the system of formation and development of the electoral system. Adopted in recent years, the regulatory acts have significantly simplified the procedure of registration, establishment of NGOs, further streamlining of the institutional framework of self-government bodies in their work with young people and women, support of employment and vulnerable groups, and others. Analyzing the progress achieved, President Karimov touched upon the law on the openness of state authorities and administration, which was adopted in 2014 following an extensive legal experiment, and which caused big international response and appreciation of the expert community. The act has undoubtedly increased the responsibility of governing bodies for quality decision making.

Under the implementation of the 'Concept of intensifying democratic reforms and forming the civil society in the country', special attention has been paid to the issues of democratization and liberalization of the economy, creation of effective mechanisms of supporting small business and private entrepreneurship. More than 160, or 44% of licensing procedures, 19 or 25% of activities subject to licensing have been canceled in recent years under the laws on licensing procedures in business, on the competition, on guarantees of freedom of entrepreneurship (in new edition) and other legislative acts. The form and frequency of the statistical, tax and financial reports submitted by business entities to state authorities have been reduced 1.5 - 2 times. There is a favorable environment for extensive development of family business - a new form of business, which is fully consistent with the traditions of the Uzbek people. The speech highlighted the issues of national security in the face of growing geopolitical opposition, the escalating struggle for spheres of influence, radicalism, terrorism and extremism, the financial and economic crisis. In the context of the current situation, the President emphasized as follows: "... all of us need to soberly assess the situation, to mobilize all our forces and capabilities to face the challenges and make the appropriate changes and additions to our programs, especially the 'Concept of intensifying democratic reforms and forming the civil society in the country'."

The state's leader identified the further consistent deepening of structural reforms, continuous technical and technological extension of manufactures, and introduction of latest information and communication systems as priority tasks. "Solely the rejection of outdated manufactures and plants whose products do not cause any interest in the international today, and will not cause the interest in the domestic market tomorrow, the construction of cutting-edge enterprises and high-tech systems, the engines of economic growth, as well as consistent implementation of well thought-out and balanced program of modernization of basic industries and infrastructure is the vital policy for today. It can and should create a reliable access to the world export market for us, ensure stable financial and economic growth, and the high level and quality of life of the population."

Results achieved in state-building and in socio-economic reforms were achieved due to the laws and programs adopted in accordance with the basic principles and norms of the Constitution. The young country has made great strides which are widely recognized in the world. These facts thereby reaffirm the correctness of the path chosen by the country for its independent development.

Uzbekistan has achieved a significant progress in this field. The country has built absolutely new industries and high-tech manufactures from scratch. Our finished goods rank decent in the global market. Uzbekistan is proud of its car industry, including the manufacture of cars, trucks and specialized machinery, manufacture of engines and major component parts, as well as up-to-date agricultural machine engineering based on global designs, petrochemical and oil and gas industry, railway car engineering, consumer electronics, and pharmaceuticals. President of Uzbekistan also drew attention to the most critical problem, the solution of which predetermines the prospects and the future of our country, the increase of the level and quality of life and well-being of our people. There is a need to remove all the obstacles and limitations, and provide a complete freedom for the development of private property and enterprise. The country has achieved a significant progress in this direction. More than 31 thousand state owned companies in various sectors of the economy were transferred to private owners and shareholders. Many industries, such as agriculture, trade, all kinds of services, have been transferred into private property almost completely. The share of state ownership was minimized in the industries related to the consumer goods production like textiles, knitwear, leather and footwear, food, pharmaceuticals, furniture, as well as in the residential sector. The manufacture and service sectors take the lead in the performance and service growth rates.

The President has outlined some other objectives that must be addressed in the near future. There is a need to critically review and reduce the level of state involvement in the economy to strategically and economically reasonable extent. The objective assessment of the effectiveness of our corporate stock or associations requires the closest attention. As practice shows, a form of ownership when both domestic and foreign investors can be shareholders has proved to be most appropriate and suitable for Uzbekistan. Today, over four thousand ventures with foreign share from more than 90 countries successfully operate throughout the republic. Most importantly, the domestic and foreign investors do not just invest and distribute profits, but also co-manage their enterprises. A foreign founder invests in a joint venture primarily through cutting-edge technologies, advanced management and control. So the country is ready to maximize the scope of such enterprises. The grand meeting spotlighted the development of social infrastructure. Annually, the name of the next year is declared in the hall of O'zbekiston Palace. This is a pivotal moment, because it paves the way to the adoption of the national program, which, in turn, vectors the further growth of living standards, enhancement of authority of our motherland in the international arena. As a rule, such documents address a wide range of relevant issues, which somehow affect the interests of each citizen. 500-600 thousand children are annually born in Uzbekistan. The care for their health, upbringing and education predetermines the future. The comprehension of this axiom makes it clear how important it was to name 2014 The Year of the Healthy Child in this grand hall a year ago. 4.7 trillion soums and $260 million have been invested from different sources to meet the tasks of the program (currency rates of CB RU from 15.12.2014 1$= 2409.67 soums). Throughout the year, great importance has been attached to the improvement of reproductive health system, development of pediatric services. The national program on further strengthening of reproductive health, maternal health, children and adolescent health for 2014 - 2018 years has been approved.

Its implementation would contribute to growing our children physically healthy and spiritually mature, and generally bring the state youth policy to a higher level. The program has incorporated a wide range of different activities aimed at prevention of child morbidity and improvement of his health. For instance, it envisages the development of mother and child screening service. This year alone, owing to the timely identification of pathologies in screening centers, and appropriate treatment, more than 20 thousand children under risk were born healthy. Certain steps have been taken in the current year to improve the efficiency of education and training. Particular attention was given to pre-school and primary education, since these stages are crucial in terms of child's pursuit to knowledge, his willingness to learn and advance. The intensified introduction of advanced information and communication technologies, Internet, promotion of physical culture and sports among children, especially girls, has tangibly contributed to the progress.

Uzbekistan is a country of young people. People under 30 make up more than 60% of the population. That is why social programs of the previous years were mainly focused on children and youth. There is a century-old tradition of respect for elders, especially elderly people. So, it was decided to call the forthcoming 2015 the Year of Care for the Senior Generation. Coming up with the initiative, Islam Karimov said as follows: "It is the duty of each of us to constantly revere and care of our fathers, grandfathers, mothers, who are making an invaluable contribution to the establishment of peace, harmony and happiness in every family and stability in the society through their life experience, and by their own example, who are actively involved in the transformations in all spheres, especially in nurturing of a healthy generation in the spirit of our historical population, cultural values and good traditions."

The trend is obviously important. Presently, there are more than 2.8 million people aged over 60 years, 225 thousand people - over 80 years, 44 thousand -older than 90 years in the country. 8,700 people have stepped over a 100-year threshold. Most importantly, the number of elderly people is increasing. In the years of independence, the average age of the population increased from 67 years in 1990 to 73.5 in men and 75.8 in women. A new social program is about to be approved. Talking about its aims and objectives, the head of state said: "When developing the program, we have to aim at addressing the existing problems concerning the life of the elderly, strengthening of material and moral support, in a word, we should practically meet the name we have given to the coming year. Today, when we are establishing a working group to develop a new social program, it seems relevant to look back and review what has been done in recent years again. The currently functioning system should be the starting point for the further creation of better conditions for the full-fledged life of our mothers and fathers."

A large-scale work is underway across the country to fully support the older generation. The government budget has allocated more than 11.6 trillion soums for state pensions, and more than 105 billion soums for allowances this year alone (currency rates of CB RU from 15.12.2014 1$= 2409.67 soums). The President drew attention to the fact that currently the country's pension exceeds 41% of the average wage. The President stressed that such a concern of the elderly is observed in quite few countries. Representatives of the older generation are financially and morally supported by non-governmental organizations, social structures, and the scale of the support is constantly expanding. For instance, in 2013, the Nuroniy Foundation allocated 610 million soums for these purposes, and in the first nine months of 2014 - more than 553 million soums. The Mahalla Charity Fund supported veterans with over 1.5 billion soums in 2013, and with 1.6 billion soums in the first nine months of 2014.

Special needs of certain categories of elderly people are taken into account as well. For instance, this October a presidential decree introduced a regulation, which envisages granting 3,109 participants in the Second World War and 69,994 compatriot veterans of the labor front line with the opportunity to undergo free health rehabilitation in preventive and treatment institutions of the republic once a year at a time suitable for them. Summing up the implementation of the national program The Year of the Healthy Child, President Islam Karimov emphasized that district medical associations, the Republican Specialized Center of Cardiology, cancer clinics and regional hospitals have been equipped with modern medical equipment by means of $28.5 million of credit and grant funds of foreign financial institutions. It is worth noting that 2014 has marked the beginning of large-scale projects to be continued next year. The projects are equally important for improving medical services for children and elderly people. For instance, up-to-date X-ray machines and ultrasound scanners will enable doctors in district health institutions to diagnose and prescribe treatment for many diseases in the place of residence.

Reconstruction and overhaul of medical institutions will continue to contribute to improving the quality of care in the communities. This year, such work, worth nearly 410 billion soums, has been carried out in 137 district and regional medical institutions. Thus, the meeting has paved the way for new social initiatives aimed at further improving the quality of life and prosperity in Uzbekistan (currency rates of CB RU from 15.12.2014 1$= 2409.67 soums).

Source: "Uzbekistan Today" newspaper

UZBEK HEALTH RESORTS READY TO RECEIVE VETERANS

Since January 2, the health resorts of the country will receive the war veterans and veterans of labour front who are using the voucher issued in accordance with the presidential decree. The organization of leisure is planned in the manner so that each veteran will be able to improve their health in a convenient time during the year.

All the resorts of the country are included in the state program. The Federation of Trade Unions and department of therapeutic resorts in particular has done a lot of work. All our resorts are prepared for the meeting of veterans of war and labour front, says Nigora Nurmatova, Deputy Chief of the department of therapeutic resorts at the Federation of Trade Unions. Given that all the resorts have own medical specialisation, the elderly people have the opportunity to improve their health based on their needs.

Correspondent of Uzbekistan Today have investigated the real situation on the example of 'Chinobod' health resort in Tashkent. We work a lot to prepare for the veterants, we improved our infrastructure, conducted training as usually we serve people of younger age, says Eldar Zakirov, deputy chief physician of 'Chinobod'. We try to do everything to make them feel comfortable.

Preparation work has affected almost all services of the health resort. The emergency room have a special nurse who will help the patient if necessary and will accompany the patient during the whole course of recovery. Special wheelchairs are purchased for the people with the diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Veterans will live in a renovated one-story building with a ramp, near the dining room and the medical corps. The rooms are equipped with special warning systems so that people could call a nurse or doctor. The menu was prepare by the experienced cooks with nutritionists who took into account the health of travellers.

The medical service were also improve, although it has always been considered one of the strongest among the trade union resorts. The resort have hired a gerontologist, a specialist with years of experience who have studied at the Tashkent Institute of Advanced Medical. His mission is to help maintain the health of travellers. Veterans will not get bored. The number of music records and videos were purchased, taking into account the tastes of elder people. The list of activities features the meetings with writers and actors, prominent cultural figures, who were the celebrities in past.



Source: "Uzbekistan Today" newspaper

Uzbekistan spends 4.96 trln. soums and US$266.1m to implement programme “The Year of healthy children”

Uzbekistan directed 4.965 trillion soums and US$266.1 million to implementation of the state programme “The Year of healthy children”, the Ministry of Economy of Uzbekistan said (currency rates of CB RU from 26.01.2015 1$= 2430.17 soums).

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov with his resolution from 19 February approved a state programme “The Year of healthy children”.

According to the resolution, Uzbekistan planned to direct about 4.51 trillion soums and US$302.9 million to implementation of the state programme “The Year of healthy children”.

The programme consisted of seven chapters and 125 points, which covers all issues related to upbringing healthy and education children, strengthening family.



Source: UzDaily.com

Support all 365 days of year

UThis year, on the proposal of the President declared the Year of attention and care for the older generation. Speaking at the solemn meeting dedicated to 22th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov emphasized that the level of cultural development of any society is primarily determines the real attention and care of the elderly. Full attention to the veterans of production, the elderly have many organizations, implementing financial and moral support, including the Council of the Federation of Trade Unions.

Recently, the head of state adopted a decree "On measures to further strengthen the social support of veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945", according to which veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945 have the right once a year in terms acceptable to them for from the state budget to receive a course of improvement in health establishments of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Council of Federation of trade unions and government and economic management of the country. Council of the Federation of Trade Unions at the expense of developed status. On January sanatorium systems of trade unions of the country took the first war veterans and labor front, arriving to them under permits issued in accordance with the presidential decree. In order to create additional conditions for rehabilitation and recreation veterans of war and labor front, and improve the level and quality of care in the health resorts of the trade unions as much as possible on the lower floors closer to the treatment rooms arranged new modern branch of veterans of war and labor front. Carried out large-scale construction and renovation work. In particular, sleeping and medical buildings, bathrooms, showers adapted for the convenience of elderly people, the rooms are equipped with modern furniture. In addition, veterans are additional lighting and direct communication with the doctor on duty. There is also provided to physiotherapy treatment department, as well as massage rooms and of the procedures were located near the offices of veterans. To each of them additionally secured by qualified medical officer. This provides continuous monitoring of their health and well-being. And of course, deliberately came to power in sanatoriums special contingent. According to their wish of a dining room prepared diet foods rich in vitamins.

Each health resort further provided ten wheelchairs, and for ease of movement in the dining room, in the treatment rooms are laid special paths. Veterans can not live a day without fresh information and news. Because each room is equipped with a TV and radio, delivered periodicals. In addition, organizing the work on organizing meetings with the participation of three generations of veterans, rest in sanatoriums, there are concerts of famous artists and young performers, provided tourist excursions, visits to theaters.

In the tradition of the Council of Federation of Trade Unions to conduct an annual event "Unions - veterans." Within its framework, on the eve of the Day of Memory and Honor trade union organizations provide targeted assistance to the oldest. For example, last year it was granted 3,868 World War II veterans living in different regions of the country. And 60 people on on the eve of sacred holiday by free vouchers had a rest in sanatoriums "Turon", "Aktash," "Chartak", "Chinobod", "Botanika", "Buston", "Zaamin", "Kasansoy". Overall in 2014, 15 health centers, operating in the trade unions, improved their health almost 30 thousand pensioners and war veterans. This year, the republican health resort reopened its doors to them. Concern about the health of the older generation is a manifestation of respect and honor their great achievements.



Source: newspaper "Narodnoe slovo"

In Kiev held a presentation of the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation"

The event was organized by the Embassy of our country in Kiev on the basis of the Scientific and Practical Medical Center Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine with the participation of representatives of the Fund "For the gene pool of Ukraine" and the medical foundation EurAsia Heart (Switzerland).

During the presentation, the participants were given an explanation of the significance of the state program, the basic principles and items which are aimed at strengthening assistance and support from the state and society of the older generation, war and labor veterans. Following the meeting, the National Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of Ukraine, which was attended by representatives of the medical fund EurAsia Heart, discussed the implementation of humanitarian projects. In particular, during the May 2015 planned implementation: - Within the framework of the State program "Year of a healthy baby" surgery of children with congenital heart disease at no charge; - Within the framework of the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" heart surgery for older representatives of the republic on a free-of-charge basis. Presentation participants expressed their opinion on ongoing in our country focused work to address critical social and economic problems.

President of the Medical Foundation EurAsia Heart, Professor Paul Fokt noted that knows the healthcare system in Uzbekistan, as had the opportunity to visit the country in 2011 to participate in the International Symposium "The national model of maternal and child in Uzbekistan: achievements and prospects". According to him, the Government of Uzbekistan is doing everything possible to improve the quality of life of its people, including improving the healthcare system in the country and supporting the various segments of the population, including members of the older generation. According to him, Uzbekistan over the past 10 years has moved forward in all areas, particularly in health, where there is a constant and continuous process of development. This is evidenced by the implementation of a new state program, which has become a logical continuation of the previously developed State programs.

According to the director of the National Children's Center of Cardiology and Cardiac Health of Ukraine Ilya Yemets, respect, care and receive the blessing of senior and honorable representatives are a feature and centuries-old traditions of Uzbek people. According to him, during the years of Independence increase the level and quality of life of Uzbeks, increased material and moral support from the state. After all, what is today the republic - peaceful sky, the development of all walks of life - all thanks to the older generation of Uzbekistan, he said.



Source: IA "Jahon", Kiev

Save for future generations

Recently fund of Gallery of Fine Arts of Uzbekistan, which celebrated last year its 10th anniversary, replenished with new exhibits. One can acquaint with them here at the ongoing exhibition, which showcases the best examples of modern and national art.

The exhibition features about 50 works of painting, drawing and sculpture as famous artists and young talents. For example, the works of Nigora Sharafkhojaeva done in warm colors, celebrates the beauty and grandeur of national culture. The painting of Murod Karabaev attracts a lot of attention. The winner of the festival "Navqiron O'zbekiston", Nuriddin Rasulov's work will not go unnoticed. Among the exhibits are allocated sculpture Urash Urakov's "Traveler", Jalolitdin Mirtadjiev's "Waiting", Azamat Hotamov's sculptures made of bronze. Modern art represented by almost weightless, made of transparent plastic work "Splash" teacher of the Tashkent Architecture and Construction Institute sculptor Marina Borodina.

Sure, its great educational value: the works presented here, to encourage good, reveal the richness of national and universal values. And the names of their authors - talented artists of brush and chisel will be entered into the history of independent Uzbekistan. IA "Jahon"



Source: IA "Jahon", Kiev

The Future for the Senior Generation

The national program ‘The Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation’ has been approved. It has taken over social initiatives from The Year of a Healthy Child.

Annual grand meetings on the occasion of the anniversary of adoption of the Constitution in the International Forum Palace of Uzbekistan have become a good tradition. Citizens anticipate these events with a special feeling. The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan defines the name of the next year, after consultations with the participants, as he reviews the all-round development of the state and social reforms. It is important because it consequently gives the way to targeted state programs that identify the areas of further increase of the level and quality of life, and bolster the image of the homeland in the international arena. As a rule, these documents cover a wide range of relevant issues, which to a certain extent affect the interests of each citizen.

Nearly 500 - 600 thousand children are annually born in Uzbekistan. The future largely depends on the care about their health, upbringing, and education. The comprehension of this axiom makes it clear how important it was to call 2014 the Year of the Healthy Child. 4.7 trillion soums and $260 million was channeled from different sources to meet the challenges of the program (currency rates of CB RU from 2.03.2015 1$= 2460.32 soums). In 2014, the ‘State Program for Further Strengthening of Reproductive, Mother Adolescent and Child Health in Uzbekistan for 2014-2018’ was approved aimed at growing our children physically healthy and spiritually mature, and raising the state youth policy to a higher level in general. The program envisages a broad range of different activities aimed at prevention of child mortality and improvement of their health, accentuating the development of mother and child screening services. This year alone, more than 20,000 children at risk were born healthy owing to the timely identification of pathology in screening centers, and appropriate treatment. Pediatric institutions get reconstructed and fitted up with new equipment. Certain measures have been taken to make education and training more effective, focusing on pre-school and primary education, since these stages shape a child’s urge for knowledge, his willingness to learn and advance. A remarkable leap forward was achieved through the intensified introduction of advanced information and communication technologies, the Internet, promotion of physical culture and sports among children, especially girls.

Uzbekistan is a country of the young. People under the age of 30 make up more than 60% of the population. That is why social programs of the previous years, like the Year of the Family, the Year of Women, the Year of Health, the Year of the Younger Generation, the Year of Mahalla, the Year of Wellbeing and Prosperity were basically focused on children and youth. Meanwhile, a national tradition of respect for the elders, especially the elderly people has been living for centuries. Therefore, it was decided to name 2015 the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation. When proposing this, President Islam Karimov said as follows: «It is the duty of each of us to constantly revere and care of our fathers, grandfathers, mothers, whose life experience and example is making an invaluable contribution to the formation of an atmosphere of peace, harmony and happiness in every family, and stability in the society, who are actively involved in the transformations in all spheres, primarily in upbringing a healthy generation in the spirit of our nation, cultural values and good traditions.»

The direction is definitely important. Uzbekistan is home to more than 2.8 million people over the age of 60, 225,000 people over 80, 44,000 - over 90, and 8,700 have stepped up a 100th anniversary. Most importantly, the number of elderly people is increasing. In the years of independence, the average age of the population increased from 67 years in 1990 to 73.5 years, and specifically women - to 75.8 years.

Uzbekistan has adopted a new social program. It is aimed at addressing the existing problems in the life of the elderly, strengthening the financial support and countenance for them, in short, at practical implementation of the title of the year 2015.

It is worth looking back and reviewing what has been done in recent years, since the current system is actually the starting point for further creation of favorable conditions for the decent life of mothers and fathers. Speaking at the grand meeting on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan on ‘Our key objective is to resolutely move towards democratic renewal and modernization of the country’, President Islam Karimov drew attention to the fact that the current pension exceeds 41% of average monthly salary. The President emphasized that there are few countries that really care for the elderly like that.

Uzbekistan has been extensively supporting the older generation. In fact, this year alone the government budget has allocated more than 11.6 trillion soums for state pensions, and more than 105 billion for allowances.

The introduction of the defined contribution pension system a decade ago has proved effective in terms of financial support for older people. However, so far, only the young retirees could appreciate its effectiveness. Meanwhile, the idea is very promising. Throughout the time in employment 1% of salary is transferred to a special account in the National Bank. The accrued assets can be used at any time after the assignment of a state pension. Regular payment of pensions and benefits apparently ranks among the key pledges of welfare for the older generation. The recent technical and legislative solutions allow streamlining the system. For example, the launch of a single portal of interactive public services in pension processing allows ordering all the archive references that are needed to evidence the work experience in a particular organization, without leaving home. These and many other issues will be addressed under the forthcoming streamlining of the legislative and regulatory framework, which is aimed at creation of favorable organizational and legal conditions to enhance attention and care for the senior generation, and improvement of quality of their life.

This year will be marked by intensified targeted social protection and support for the elderly, especially veterans of war and labor frontline of 1941-1945, who made their contribution to the victory over fascism, as well as to the restoration of industries. It is worth to mention the contribution of nongovernmental organizations and social structures. For instance, in 2013, the Nuroniy Foundation allocated 610 million soums for these purposes, and about 700 million soums in 2014. The Mahalla Charity Public Foundation supported the veterans with over 1, 5 billion soums in 2013, and almost two billion soums in 2014.

This year, these organizations, partnered by local community committees, and other nongovernmental organizations and social structures, have been entrusted with expanding the scale of financial support and countenance for the older generation. Special needs of certain categories of elderly people are taken into account as well. In October 2014, a presidential decree provided all 3,109 Second World War participants and 69,994 compatriot veterans of the labor frontline with the opportunity for free rehabilitation in healthcare facilities of the republic once a year at a convenient time for them.

As of March, war and labor veterans will be able to get free trips to resorts in the community-based employment support and social protection centers, which will take into account the wishes of veterans, their diagnosis and specialization of the healthcare institution. The program covers 37 health resorts of the Council of Federation of Trade Unions, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Ministry of Health, as well as the best departmental and private resorts. Each of them undergoes a large-scale preparatory work, including equipping rooms with specialized additional equipment for the veterans, elaboration of a specific menu, and provision of a range of support services. Every single detail provides optimal comfort for the revered patients. Relatives received the right to submit a package of documents and application to an employment support and social protection center, and a center’s officer would bring a voucher to a veteran’s home. A schedule provides a comfortable geographical location of the resorts so that the elderly could improve their health close to homes. The list of resorts for veterans include 12 health resorts in the city of Tashkent and Tashkent region, five resorts in Navoi, Bukhara and Samarkand regions, four in Kashkadarya and Surkhandarya regions, three in Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions, ten in the Ferghana valley, and three in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm region.

Pursuing the development of social infrastructure the government has been following the principle of ‘no one should ever lack care and attention’. The problem of the lonely has been not acute in Uzbekistan like in other countries, since the neighbor tradition has been strong here. There are still the people who happened to stay without close relatives in old age. They are cared by the state. To this end, there is a social worker service under the Employment Support and Social Protection Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. The workers would help with cleaning, going to the pharmacy or store, carry to the doctor, or just accompany in leisure time. Depending on the amount of aid, the people that are served by social workers get additional allowances to their pensions to cover the cost of utilities. The institutions of state support for the lonely actively involve sponsors, who provide people with everything they need, and also arrange a diverse cultural life.

Employment support and social protection centers act as a platform for the state to provide the elderly and disabled people with supportive and technical means of rehabilitation on a preferential basis and reasonable terms.

There is a system of Sahovat and Muruvvat boarding homes, as well as boarding houses for war and labor veterans in need of constant care. The budget assigns great attention to improving social services in the institutions of this kind. This year it is envisaged to carry out construction and installation works in eight nursing facilities for the aged and those in need of constant care. The list of objects includes the construction and reconstruction of dormitories and outbuildings in seven Sahovat and Muruvvat houses in Bukhara, Surkhandarya, Syrdarya, Tashkent regions and the Tashkent city. It is projected to build a dormitory in the Tavaksai resort for the elderly, the disabled and war and labor veterans in Bostanlik District of Tashkent region. The protection of health as a key pillar has been in the spotlight. Quality medical care has become remarkably accessible over the past decade through the programs aimed at the development of rural health units and family clinics. The population is served by approximately three thousand up-to-date rural health units and 150 family clinics based on general medical practice. Today, investments are channeled to intensified development of the district and regional healthcare facilities.

The government keeps investing in the development of social infrastructure. In 2014, nearly 410 billion soums was allocated in overhauling and equipping 137 district and regional health facilities. This year, the investment program targets another 130 medical establishments with almost 500 billion soums. Their equipping will be continued. These medical institutions are essential in terms of early diagnosis and prompt treatment, including diseases of the old age - sight and hearing organs, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular diseases. Monthly health weeks contribute to this process. Depending on the complexity of the disease, the leading medical centers offer free treatment by the assignment. It is noteworthy that today, despite the high cost of high-tech medical services, they are available to low-income people and even the retirees. Socially vulnerable groups are subject to the voucher-based medical service system, which allows getting high-quality treatment subsidized by the state budget. Every year thousands of people from all over the country have the opportunity for a heart surgery, rehabilitation of vision, treatment of urological and other problems.

The work of national medical centers on the introduction of new high-tech methods of diagnosis and treatment of various diseases is worth of special mention. With the development of the national specialized centers of surgery, cardiology, therapy and medical rehabilitation, eye microsurgery and endocrinology, the high-tech medical care is getting more available in other healthcare facilities as well. Today, high technologies go ahead to the regions. For example, the Namangan Regional Cardiology Center has been provided with an x-ray endovascular device that allows accurate diagnosis of heart diseases and minimally invasive vascular surgery. The Nukus branch of the Republican Specialized Center of Eye Microsurgery was fitted out with advanced diagnostic and surgery equipment that allows a seamless surgery on lens replacement. The program assigns a big part to the leisure of the elderly, creation of conditions for their active participation in the public life, and upbringing younger generation. A range of activities is aimed at strengthening the role and authority of aged people in the family and society, in the cultivation of a sense of deep respect, reverence and care of parents and each elderly person in children and young people. Many activities in this direction have been initiated by the Ministry of Public Education, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, the Center for Secondary Special and Vocational Education. Educational institutions will hold various competitions of creative works, meetings with respected elders . Visitations of the veterans will be a part of the work. Much is being done to raise the quality of life and leisure of the elderly. It is planned to establish communication clubs in districts and local communities. Culture and leisure centers are expected to significantly contribute in this work. Nowadays, a large-scale package of measures on prevention of non-communicable diseases among the population is underway under the Health-3 project. In this context, intensification of physical activity is seen as essential. The new sports facilities that have been built over the recent years are chiefly designed for young people. Therefore, it is planned to continue working on making sports facilities suitable for older people, and for the development of family sports in general.

Considering the fact that many older people enjoy spending time at watching TV or attending entertainment events, it is envisaged to expand the broadcasting range, produce new thematic programs, performances and movies that meet the interests of the older generation, and hold targeted events in cinemas, theaters and other cultural and educational institutions. So, new social initiatives aimed at further improvement of the social status of older people have been launched, which would undoubtedly make the world more comfortable, kind and respectful for them in the near future



Source: Uzbek Today Newspaper

AN INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM OF SOCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR EACH ELDERLY PERSON

Within the framework of the state program "Year of attention and care for the older generation," starting from 2015, every lonely elderly and disabled person will be developed individual social assistance programs.

In Uzbekistan, the state provides a set of different types of social assistance and services for the elderly people and disabled free of charge. For example, home-based care workers at least twice a week visit a single elderly, and help in cleaning of the house, the delivery of food, medicines and other goods, they obtain necessary medical cares. Free voucher will be provided to old generation for a spa treatment in sanatoriums of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.

Due to the initiative of the government of the Republic, the State program provides the further improvement of services and assistance to the older generation of our country. Starting from 2015, the Centers of employment and social protection will deeper study the individual needs and problems of each single elderly person using advanced techniques of professional social work. Based on them, an individual program of social assistance for every need of the older generation will be developed. Social assistance and services according to individual programs will further enhance the socio-economic well-being of older generation in our country.



(Source: UzReport.uz)

THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN COVERING THE STATE PROGRAM "YEAR OF ATTENTION AND CARE FOR THE SENIOR GENERATION"

On March 12 in Tashkent held a scientific-practical conference on topic "The role and importance of the media in establishing an effective public control over the implementation of the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation".

The event was organized by Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan together with the Creative Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan, the Independent Institute for monitoring the formation of civil society, as well as the Public Fund for Support of NGOs and other civil society institutions under the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The aim of the conference was to discuss issues on the operational, quality and reliable media coverage of priority, the broad objectives set out in the State program of reforms, as well as further improvement of professional skills of journalists in the establishment of effective public control over the participation of state and economic structures, local authorities and non-profit organizations. It was attended by members of the government and management, managers of Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, hokimiyats of Tashkent city and all regions, representatives of public organizations, as well as journalists of the national and regional media. As was noted at the event, the main objective of large-scale reforms implemented in all areas, is to create a strong civil society based on democratic principles, human interests, improvement of the people and the country's development.

During the conference, participants were provided with detailed information on the activities of ministries and agencies responsible for the execution of the tasks set in the State program, which covers comprehensive measures to improve the quality of life of older people, expansion of providing them with material and moral support, improving the social, pensions and health care of elderly people. Journalists have set ourselves the task of appropriate substantive media coverage of comprehensive measures implemented under the program.

Participants noted that one of the positive qualities of the conference is the participation of representatives of central and regional media information services staff of state bodies, which allows scaling up the coverage of the stages of mainstream programs and the formation of a fair presentation of the measures implemented throughout the country.

At the end of the event, it was decided to hold similar conferences with representatives of the media in all regions of the country.



IA "Jahon"

TREATMENT FOR ALL

The Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan has undertaken measures to improve the quality of healthcare for elderly people under the “Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation” State Program.

In early 2015, the Ministry of Health launched major serious medical examinations of elderly people in an effort to detect chronic diseases, including hidden ones. The efforts have been undertaken by doctors of rural medical posts and city family clinics in collaboration with colleagues from central district clinics, where special teams of 7-9 doctors each have been put together. Each team includes a neurologist, an otolaryngologist, an ophthalmologist and a cardiologist.

Special emphasis is being placed on elderly people living in remote and hard-to-reach rural areas. They are being serviced by leading specialists of national specialized medical centers and medical higher education institutions.

In the future, all citizens with chronic diseases will undergo regular medical check-ups 2 to 6 times a year depending on an individual’s health condition. In-depth medical examinations are being provided for 1941–1945 war and labor front veterans. Following check-ups, they are not only given recommendations by doctors, but also free permits to sanatoriums and resorts across Uzbekistan.

To ensure that patients with widespread diseases in regions enjoy high-quality healthcare aid, doctors of national healthcare establishments will be traveling to regional multidisciplinary centers, where they will provide care for people from low-income families and lead master classes for local doctors. Plans also include introduction in regions of 70 new high-tech methods of diagnosing and treating ailments characteristic of elderly people. The rest of patients will receive treatment in republican healthcare institutions.



«Uzbekistan Today» newspaper

Support all 365 days of year

This year, on the proposal of the President declared the Year of attention and care for the older generation. Speaking at the solemn meeting dedicated to 22th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov emphasized that the level of cultural development of any society is primarily determines the real attention and care of the elderly.

Full attention to the veterans of production, the elderly have many organizations, implementing financial and moral support, including the Council of the Federation of Trade Unions. Recently, the head of state adopted a decree "On measures to further strengthen the social support of veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945", according to which veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945 have the right once a year in terms acceptable to them for from the state budget to receive a course of improvement in health establishments of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Council of Federation of trade unions and government and economic management of the country.

Council of the Federation of Trade Unions at the expense of developed status. On January sanatorium systems of trade unions of the country took the first war veterans and labor front, arriving to them under permits issued in accordance with the presidential decree. In order to create additional conditions for rehabilitation and recreation veterans of war and labor front, and improve the level and quality of care in the health resorts of the trade unions as much as possible on the lower floors closer to the treatment rooms arranged new modern branch of veterans of war and labor front. Carried out large-scale construction and renovation work. In particular, sleeping and medical buildings, bathrooms, showers adapted for the convenience of elderly people, the rooms are equipped with modern furniture. In addition, veterans are additional lighting and direct communication with the doctor on duty. There is also provided to physiotherapy treatment department, as well as massage rooms and of the procedures were located near the offices of veterans. To each of them additionally secured by qualified medical officer. This provides continuous monitoring of their health and well-being. And of course, deliberately came to power in sanatoriums special contingent. According to their wish of a dining room prepared diet foods rich in vitamins. Each health resort further provided ten wheelchairs, and for ease of movement in the dining room, in the treatment rooms are laid special paths. Veterans can not live a day without fresh information and news. Because each room is equipped with a TV and radio, delivered periodicals. In addition, organizing the work on organizing meetings with the participation of three generations of veterans, rest in sanatoriums, there are concerts of famous artists and young performers, provided tourist excursions, visits to theaters.

In the tradition of the Council of Federation of Trade Unions to conduct an annual event "Unions - veterans." Within its framework, on the eve of the Day of Memory and Honor trade union organizations provide targeted assistance to the oldest. For example, last year it was granted 3,868 World War II veterans living in different regions of the country. And 60 people on on the eve of sacred holiday by free vouchers had a rest in sanatoriums "Turon", "Aktash," "Chartak", "Chinobod", "Botanika", "Buston", "Zaamin", "Kasansoy".

Overall in 2014, 15 health centers, operating in the trade unions, improved their health almost 30 thousand pensioners and war veterans. This year, the republican health resort reopened its doors to them. Concern about the health of the older generation is a manifestation of respect and honor their great achievements.



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Always in good shape

In Jizzakh region inhabited by more than 60 people whose age has stepped hundred years. Among centenarians Elena Ukhova of mahalla "Navruz" in regional center. Although years are passing, but the veteran of labor raised three children, trying to keep herself in good shape.

Ukhova always cheerful, interested in reforms implemented in the country, interested in the situation in the world, meets with representatives of the younger generation. According to her, the secret of longevity is quite simple - an active lifestyle ( Elena tries to get up early, more to be in motion, to do any household chores), peace and tranquility in the country, the conditions created in the country for the older generation.

- The strength and courage also give attention and care on the part of relatives, neighbors, community organizations, local authorities, the state as a whole, - says long-living woman. - For example, on the eve of the Christmas holidays I was visited by representatives of regional governor's office, expressed their warm wishes, presented valuable gifts. Often I'm visited by local young people. I am glad that today's young men and women with worship relate to older people and always willing to help and assist. I admire the fact that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren have all the conditions for the acquisition of knowledge and skills, career development, unlocking the creative and intellectual potential. The feeling of satisfaction, to feel proud of their homeland also help overcome any age ailments, prolong life.

To this we can only add that the Uzbek people consider it their moral duty to take care of elders who have rich experience of life, made an invaluable contribution to the strengthening of peace, harmony and happiness in every family, social stability. Therefore, every year in the country increased levels of life expectancy, reduced the number of diseases that often overtake people in old age.



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When we sing, we getting younger

Even in 70 years old one may stay young in soul, perform on the big stage when the country concerned not only about the recovery of pensioners, veterans of war and labor, but also the organization of their cultural leisure.

One of the leaders in this area is a state enterprise "Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Complex" (NMMC), staff of which was encouraged by the initiative of the head of state to declare 2015 the Year of care and attention for the senior generation. Former employees of the plant and a number of other companies in the region, having retired, do not get bored, because for their active leisure created all necessary conditions. Some, for example, singing in the choir of the People's war and labor veterans of the Palace of Culture "Farhad", which is headed by Lyudmila Nazarenko.

Her repertoire of this collective includes patriotic, classical, folk and lyrical songs. There are already totaled more than 70 tracks. The choir is known not only in Navoi, but also in Tashkent, Samarkand and other cities of the country. Today, there are more than 40 people engaged in creative work . The eldest is 80 years old. - Chorus - an outlet for the elderly, - says Nazarenko. - They like to walk here, learn songs, sing songs. Together with the national Academic Choir also organize joint evening of vocal music. I must admit that elderly people set the tone in the Palace of Culture. They toured with concerts by region and country perform successfully at national festivals and competitions. Choir Prize winner of the Federation Council of Trade Unions, the Republican contest of choirs. Choir has 31 diploma and 6 degrees of urban and regional khokimiyats, the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Members of the team are full of creative strength and energy. This year they are working on updating the repertoire to please listeners with new solo and vocal numbers.

- When we sing, we are like getting younger - says member of the choir since its inception eighty-years-old Anna Don. - Its cheering up, pressure lowers, that is the key to good health. A kind of therapy. In addition, not only do we rehearse and perform, but also make friends, communicate with each other. Together we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries. We even have familial couples formed.

Grandmothers and grandfathers are singing also in Russian folk singing choir "Willow", which also set the tone and show an example to the younger participants. It should be noted that the plant veterans are honored guests of all celebrations. Recently, on the anniversary of HMP-1 were invited 130 people who have worked there all their life. Thanks to these people, who have grown a lot of highly skilled professionals and genuine professionals, NMMC has made significant industrial strides and today multiplies the number of significant achievements in Uzbekistan.



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Long-livers in Uzbekistan to get bonuses to pensions

Long-livers in Uzbekistan at the age of 100 or over will receive special bonuses at the size of equal to 100% of minimal salary to their pensions.

The decision was adopted in line with the decree of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov “On additional measures on further strengthening social protection and material support of elder generation” from 14 April 2015.

The decree said that monthly bonuses to pensions of the citizens at the age of 100 or over will be financed due to resources of the off-budget Pension Fund under the Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan.

Uzbek leader also entrusted to write-off the sum of overpaid pensions and benefits to the citizens at the age of 75 or higher, which were revealed in the result of checks of calculations on assigned pensions and benefits, as well as use of preferences, in 2015.



Source:UzDaily.uz

OSCE informed on the measures for social protection of the senior generation in Uzbekistan

The world community continues to get widely acquainted with the successes of Uzbekistan. In particular, at the headquarters of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna as an official document of the OSCE was spread the information about the declaration in Uzbekistan of 2015 as the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation".

It is reported that in order to provide the proper respect and the full support of the people of venerable age in 2015 in the Republic of Uzbekistan declared the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation".

"Showing respect, reverence and care for the older generation is an indicator of high spirituality and culture of the society, - said in material. - For centuries, these high moral qualities were inherent in the Uzbek people and the first years of independence the country became one of the priorities of state policy. Dynamic and balanced development of the economy is the basis for sustained improvements in the quality of life of the population, including the elderly. Only in 2014 for the full support of the older generation from the state budget has been allocated more than 11 trillion 618 billion soums for payment of pensions, more than 105 billion soums - for benefits. Each year, participants of the war and home front workers are helped to free medical care, spa treatment, providing other means necessary".

The article notes that in proclaiming 2015 the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" adopted relevant government program. It is aimed at further improving the quality of life of older people, enhancing the role of the older generation in the education of youth in the spirit of centuries-old values and traditions of Uzbek people.

"Within the framework of the State program will be enhanced, targeted social protection and support of the elderly, the list of social and personal services provided by representatives of venerable age, - stated in the document. - In order to ensure their well-being and decent living conditions increase the scale of their material and moral support from the mahalla Fund "Nuroniy" and other non-governmental organizations and social structures.

Particular attention is paid to improving the level and quality of health and social services for veterans and the elderly. In particular, for the implementation of measures to ensure that older and disabled people and supporting technical means of rehabilitation, strengthening the material-technical base of sanatorium-health institutions and social organizations. Along with this, will be organized a free rehabilitation of war veterans and labor front of 1941-1945 in health establishments of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Council of Federation of Trade Unions and other government and economic management".

In conclusion its emphasized that the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted measures to fully encourage members of the elder generation serve to them not only as material but also as great spiritual and psychological support.



Source:UzDaily.uz

"Dongfang Jiabao": "Uzbekistan is implementing the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation"

In Chinese newspaper "Dongfang Jiabao" ("The East Morning") published an article entitled "Uzbekistan is implementing the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation". It's author - director of international news department of this publication Wei Xing. The article says that in order to provide the proper respect and the full support of the people of venerable age in 2015 in the Republic of Uzbekistan "Year of attention and care for the senior generation".

Showing respect, reverence and care for the older generation is an indicator of high spirituality and culture of the society, - the author writes. - For centuries, these high moral qualities were inherent in the Uzbek people and from the first years of independence the country became one of the priorities of state policy.

Dynamic and balanced development of the economy is the basis for sustained improvements in the quality of life of the population, including the elderly. Only in 2014 for the full support of the older generation from the state budget has been allocated more than 11 trillion 618 billion soums for payment of pensions, more than 105 billion soums - for benefits. Each year, participants of the war and labor front are helped to free medical care, spa treatment, providing other necessary means".

Wei Xing said that this year the work on the development of the social sphere, providing targeted social protection lonely elderly, pensioners and the disabled, low-income families become even more widespread. It is noted that the implementation of good works in this direction will be determined by the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", approved by the President of Uzbekistan on February 18, 2015.

"This document is aimed at further improving the quality of life of elderly people, increasing the size of their material and moral support, improvement of social, pension and health care of older people, enhancing the role of the older generation in the education of youth in the spirit of centuries-old values and traditions of the people, - notes author. Within the program targeted social protection and support for older people will be enhanced, especially for veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945, the list of social and personal services provided to the elderly, especially single elderly and disabled. To ensure their well-being and decent living conditions increase the scale of their material and moral support from the mahalla Fund "Nuroniy" and other non-governmental organizations and social structures".

It is reported that special attention in the state program on improving the level and quality of health and social services for veterans and the elderly by providing a system recovery, expansion of preventive measures, coverage and access to modern methods of treatment, strengthening the material-technical base of sanatorium-health institutions and social organizations, specializing in serving the elderly.

In conclusion, the article Wei Xing wrote that taken in Uzbekistan comprehensive measures to stimulate the older generation used to them not only material but also great spiritual and psychological support. "The feeling of deep satisfaction and gratitude for the provided care and attention is reflected in a peaceful and quiet life of citizens, their confidence in the future, educating the young generation in the spirit of loyalty to the Motherland, the ideas of independence" - sums up the author.



IA "Jahon", Shanghai

The community of nations acquainted with the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation"

At the United Nations in Geneva among UN members distributed information material "2015 is declared in Uzbekistan as the 'Year of attention and care for the senior generation". The document notes that the "Uzbek model" of development, based on the five principles of reform and renewal of the economy developed by President Islam Karimov, and it has determined the course of the transformation of our country for many future years. Among its main priorities - the formation of the social protection system, based on a solid legal basis. A human, his life and dreams, hopes and concerns is always in the focus of the reform.

"Clear evidence of ongoing large-scale work in Uzbekistan for social protection of the population is the attention and care of the older generation, who made a great contribution to peace and tranquility, the strengthening of the economic potential of the country, - the document emphasizes. - This year, work on the development of the social sphere, providing targeted social protection for lonely elderly people, pensioners and the disabled people, low-income families will become even more widespread. Implementation of good works this year will be determined by the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", approved by the President of Uzbekistan on February 18, 2015. Its main goal - to further improve the level and quality of life of elder people, increasing the size of their material and moral support, improvement of social, pension and health care".

The document further provides information on planned measures to further strengthen the attention and care for the senior generation. In particular, it is planned to improve the system of pension and social support, the formation of the most convenient system for the elderly to provide them with public services, including obtaining various certificates and supporting documents. Along with this, targeted social protection and support for elder people will be enhanced, especially veterans of war and labor front 1941 -1945 years, the list of social and personal services provided for elder people, especially single elderly and disabled ones.

"This year, each participant in the war of 1941-1945 free of charge will be provided with a TV and mobile phone domestic production, the limit will receive a free local and long distance outgoing calls on a monthly basis at a rate of 60 minutes, without charging a monthly fee, - stated in the information material. - War veterans and labor front, heading for the health establishments of the country, once a year will be able to exercise their right to free travel on the railway transport, as well as discounts of 50% off the cost of travel by air transport. In addition, they have the opportunity to relax in the health and leisure institutions of state and economic management".

In addition, its reported on the planned arrangements for the livelihood and leisure of elderly. It is noted that in this area provides for the establishment in the districts and communities are for their clubs, the necessary conditions for physical culture and sports. For elder people, who are lonely and in need of social support, will be organized trips to various regions of the country to familiarize them with the historical sights.

It is emphasized that the implementation of these good deeds allocated more than $ 2 trillion soums and about $ 200 million



IA "Jahon", Geneva

Veterans and Elderly People Lavished with Attention and Care

Ahead of Remembrance and Honor Day, a string of events to honor 1941-1945 war and labor veterans and measures to improve living conditions for elderly people are under way across Uzbekistan.

In line with a Presidential Decree to award medals commemorating the 70th anniversary of World War II to war and labor veterans, local authorities and representatives of governmental and public organizations across the country are honoring people who went through the scourge of war and fought for peaceful life for our generation. Ninety-nine-year-old Uzbek citizen from Tashkent, Odil Fozilov, was honored with a medal, prize money and commemorative presents on behalf of President Islam Karimov by members of the Ministry of Defense.

“There is no greater happiness than living under a peaceful sky,” Fozilov says. “I am happy that we, war veterans, are never forgotten amidst daily chores.” The presidential decree “On additional measures to further enhance social protection and material support of the elderly generation” is indicative of proper attention. Citizens who have reached the age of 100 will now receive monthly payment worth a minimum salary in addition to their regular pensions. Starting from May 1, 2015, an updated list of categories is being introduced for people who are provided with monthly compensation for utilities payment.

“This year I turned a hundred. I am celebrating my birthday in the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation. With celebrations of Remembrance and Honor Day and the 70th anniversary of victory in World War Two and considering the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation State Program, I feel the immense attention and care that Uzbekistan lavishing on its veterans,” says Samandar Pardayev, resident of Qoraguppa neighborhood in Samarkand Region. “I recently learned that I will now be receiving benefits in addition to my regular pension. I am going to use it for the benefit of my grandchildren. I want them to be educated and be happier than me.” In Nukus, chairman of the Zhokorgy Kenes (Supreme Council), Musa Yerniyazov with his entourage, visited war and labor front veterans and honored them with medals.

Healthcare services for war veterans also receive a lot of attention. They benefit from in-depth medical checkups. Those who are unable to come to clinics are visited by doctors at home.

“I have no complaints about my health,” says 91-year-old war veteran Rajab Safarov from Bukhara Region’s Peshkun District. “A group of doctors has recently visited me at home. I was examined by a cardiologist, therapeutist, eye doctor, dentist, urologist, neuropathologist and trauma specialist. They prescribed some treatment, which I will be receiving at the local rural medical post.” In Bukhara Region alone, over 2,500 elderly people have been examined as part of the health week, among them 110 war and labor veterans. Following medical checkups, veterans are given not only consultations and treatment referrals but also free medication.

Moreover, throughout 2015 citizens, who had reached the age of 75 will have their debt written off for their excessly paid pensions and allowances revealed as a result of checking the correctness of their payment and they will be provided with benefits envisaged by legislation.

On the eve of May 9, Remembrance and Honor Day in Uzbekistan, all educational institutions across the country will be hosting peace lessons and various events commemorating the day. Therefore, war veterans and elderly people as a whole are very welcome guests at these schools.

“These days I have been invited to schools and colleges that are hosting events honoring our fellow countrymen who died in the war fighting to ensure freedom for our homeland. I am delighted to attend every event,” says war veteran Nigmatulla Sadullayev from Tashkent city’s Uchtepa District..“I consider it my duty to let the younger generation know the importance of peace. When you have peace, people can achieve progress and prosperity.”

VETERANS AWARDED WITH MEMORABLE JUBILEE MEDALS

Various enlightenment events and meetings of generations with the participation of the Second World War and labor front veterans being held in the framework of the execution of Presidential decree signed on 26 March 2015 about the preparation and conduct of a national holiday - Day of Memory and Honor, in all regions of our country.

One of such events under the motto "Feat, Duty, Firmness" was held in the Central Recreation Park named after Ghafur Ghulom. The event, organized by the Tashkent City Hokimiyat (Mayor's Office) together with the City Women's Committee, the territorial Council of the Nuroniy Fund, was attended by the representatives of state and public organizations, war and labor front veterans, cultural and art workers, students, as well as media men.

Deputy Hokim of the City of Tashkent - Chairperson of the City Women's Committee F.Abdurahimova and other speakers at the occasion noted that a special attention is paid under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to the issues of social protection of older generation, to the creation of worthwhile living conditions for them. Deep respect and reverence by the state being paid to the participants of the Second World War and the labor front.

Decrees of the President of our country on awarding with a memorable jubilee medal "Ikkinchi Jahon Urushidagi G'alabaning 70 Yilligi" (70th Anniversary of the Victory in the World War II)"of the citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan - veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945 signed 19 February this year, as well as the one on the encouragement of participants of the war of 1941-1945, inked 6 March 2015, are essential in the continuation and improvement of this noble work.

The National Program "Year of Reverence and Care for the Senior Generation" as well as a range of documents adopted to support the veterans, serve for the further enhancement of the scale of noble endeavors in this field.

At the festivity, on behalf of the President of our country, the veterans of the Second World War and the labor front were awarded with a memorable jubilee medal "Ikkinchi Jahon Urushidagi G'alabaning 70 Yilligi".

"We are immensely pleased with the attention and respect provided in our country, for the people of older generation," says 96-year-old Komil-ota Khudoyberganov living in the Beshqayraghoch mahalla of Uchtepa district. "The representatives of state and public organizations, doctors and the young people constantly visit us. For all this, we express our deep gratitude to the President of our country." A concert program, with the participation of children's creative collectives and famous artists, folklore ensembles and performances of young athletes, gave a festive mood to the event.

THE ORDER OF PURCHASING DISCOUNT TICKETS BY VETERANS WAS DETERMINED

Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Regulations on the procedure of granting the right to free travel on the railway transport and reduced fare on air transport to veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945, who are going to health establishments of the republic, according to www.norma.uz.

The document shall provide the right for free travel on the railway transport, as well as benefits in the form of a discount of 50% of the cost of travel by air transport there and back once a year for veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945, who are going to health establishments of the republic.

Veterans with a disability group I also have the right to purchase a ticket for a reduced fare for one accompanying person.

Tickets for the price reductions granted to veterans through authorized units of "Uzbekistan Railways" SJSRC and "Uzbekistan Airways" NAC. To get a ticket veterans should submit to the appropriate box office copies of passport, tickets to the health establishments of the Republic, issued by the district (city) center for the promotion of employment and social protection, copies of identity documents or a war veteran to participate in the work on the labor front in 1941-1945 .

FELICITY OF THE BRIGHT DAYS

An enlightenment event under the slogan "Nobody will be left out of love and care!" has taken place at the Alisher Navoi National Park of Uzbekistan for the participants of the Second World War and labor veterans

The festivity was organized by the Tashkent City Hokimiyat (Mayor's Office) in cooperation with a number of institutions under the motto "Feat, Duty, Firmness" under the aegis of the National Program "Year of Reverence and Care for the Senior Generation" and on the occasion of the Day of Memory and Honor marked May 9. The event left everyone with great impression.

Deputy Hokim of the City of Tashkent - Chairperson of the City Women's Committee F.Abdurahimova, the First Deputy Chairman of the Nuroniy Fund for the Social Support for Veterans of Uzbekistan Sh.Usmanov and other speakers at the occasion noted that a priority significance is attached in our country under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to human interests, to the display of respect and care for people of senior age, to the creation of worthwhile living conditions for them, to the protection of health and strong social security.

The National Program "Year of Reverence and Care for the Senior Generation" as well as a range of documents adopted to support the participants of the Second World War and the labor front, serve for the further enhancement of the scale of noble endeavors in this field. Decrees of the President of our country on measures to further reinforce social support for the veterans of 1941-1945 war and labor front, signed 13 October 2014, as well as the one on the encouragement of participants of the war of 1941-1945, inked 6 March 2015, defined new prospects for the manifestation of reverence and esteem for the people of older generation.

In the gracious efforts undertaken on this front, a particular emphasis is placed on the comprehensive use of the rich experience of distinguished aksakals and mothers in bringing up the younger generation. Because their counsels and directions have a tremendous importance in uplifting the spiritual state of young men and women and in fixing firmly the sense of responsibility in their hearts for the peace and calmness in the country and its future.

"I am boundlessly happy to have been awarded with a memorable jubilee medal "Ikkinchi Jahon Urushidagi Ghalabaning 70 Yilligi" (70th Anniversary of the Victory in the World War II)", says Abdurashid-ota Nurmuhamedov, participant of the Second World War, honorable teacher. "Thanks to conditions and opportunities created in our nation for the people of older generation, I recently improved my health at the Turon Sanatorium. Such respect and care inspire the human being even greater in our age and prolong his/her life. May our harmonious and blissful days be eternal!"

The war veteran Antonina Kolomintseva considers Uzbekistan her Motherland. During the Second World War, Antonina worked as a medical nurse and saved the lives of wounded soldiers.

"Owing to the reforms spearheaded by President Islam Karimov on the way of preserving the peace and calmness in Uzbekistan, representatives of all ethnic groups live in friendship and harmony, as one family, which is widely acknowledged today by the world community," Antonina Vasilyevna says. "In the postwar years I found my happiness in this country. I made family and became a mother. Today I live surrounded by love and respect in my native Uzbekistan, and I feel the care of my noble people every day. All this is worth the highest gratefulness." At the festive event, the war and labor front veterans were solemnly awarded memorable jubilee medals "Ikkinchi Jahon Urushidagi Ghalabaning 70 Yilligi" along with memorable gifts. Participants of the occasion were presented a concert show with the participation of masters of art as well as young musicians.

To Revere the Memory of the Fallen, to Care for the Senior Generation is Our Sacred Duty

At the initiative of President Islam Karimov, 9 May – the Day of Memory and Deference is widely celebrated in our country as a national holiday.

Memory is eternal, reverence is sacrosanct.

Peace and calmness, harmony and wellbeing are reigning in Uzbekistan. Such values and feelings as respect for the elderly, care for the juniors, kindness and nobility are getting fixed firmly in the hearts of people. Reverence for the memory of ancestors, continuation of their gracious deeds, deference for the senior generation that facilitates by example the consolidation of tranquility and cohesion in our society, the prosperity of the nation, have become an integral part of our life. Steadfast have been the endeavors dedicated to boost the health of the seniors and create all the favorable conditions for securing their welfare.

In accordance with the Decree of head of our state on measures to further reinforce the social support for veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945, signed 13 October 2014, the scope and scale of their social protection has been expanded even more. In particular, the veterans of war and labor battlefields have been granted the opportunity to enjoy a treatment course in sanatoria and health improvement institutions once a year for free.

On the initiative of President Islam Karimov, the year 2015 was announced in our country as the one of Consideration and Care for the Senior Generation. As part of the national program adopted in this respect, noble efforts have been underway designed to further uplift the standards and quality of life of the older generation people and enhance the scope of moral and material support for them.

The presidential decrees to award the citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan – veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945 with memorable jubilee medal “Ikkinchi Jahon Urushidagi Ghalabaning 70 Yilligi” (The Seventieth Anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War), inked 19 February 2015, and to encourage the participants of the 1941-1945 war, penned 6 March this year, have come to be a logical extension of the efforts undertaken to revere the representatives of the senior generation. In line with these documents, participants of the war were presented during solemn and festive events with jubilee medals, money rewards and holiday gifts. The decree signed 14 April 2015 by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on additional measures to further reinforce the social protection and material support for the senior generation has become a supplementary stimulus and an immense spiritual support for the veterans.

The celebration of the Day of Memory and Deference in the Year of Consideration and Care for the Senior Generation multiplies even more the significance of this holiday, which is marked extensively under the slogan “Jasorat, Burch, Matonat” (Courage, Duty, Heroism). On May 9, the Memory Square in the heart of Tashkent was crowded from the very early hours with veterans of war and labor, senators and lower house legislators, government members, military servicemen, and representatives of the wider public. Those gathered enjoy the tender music in the air.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov entered the square in the afternoon and laid a wreath, under the sounds of the military orchestra, to the monument of Mourning Mother.

The leader of Uzbekistan revered the memory of our compatriots fallen in the Second World War.

“Today, our people widely celebrate the unforgettable historic date – the seventieth anniversary of the Victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War,” President Islam Karimov said during a conversation with representatives of mass media. “I take this opportunity to congratulate on this glorious date primarily all our esteemed veterans who displayed courage and daring in that war, who labored selflessly on the home front, and the entire people of Uzbekistan. Without any doubt, our most critical duty is to pay tribute to those who, in the name of the current peaceful life and clear sky, fell in the battlefields. Today, everyone of us is well aware that the Second World War that took the lives of millions and millions of people, that left countless and boundless losses, pain and misery of loss, was the most ruthless and the bloodiest war in the history of the human race, and this truth is not to be forgotten in the world.

As natural as it is, every family, every person in our country is deeply conscious of how great the price had to be paid to achieve triumph over fascism, and aspire to preserve the peace and calmness in our land as the apple of the eye, the head of our state emphasized. That out of the total 6.5 million people residing then in Uzbekistan more than 1.5 million took part in the war per security, is rather suggestive of the fact that practically a fourth of our population fought with the adversary.

Despite the passage of as many as 70 years, every family nurtures the memory of around half a million of our compatriots died in that in that horrible war, in addition to the myriads of disabled returned from the battleground, women left widows and children orphans. We will never forget that the people of Uzbekistan, by steadily overcoming all the difficulties and predicaments of the war times, labored tirelessly day and night and thus made a tremendous contribution to the victory, Islam Karimov stressed. After all, is it possible to forget that our nation admitted about a million people evacuated to Uzbekistan, including children, and shared the last slice of bread they had, with words “You are not an orphan!”, and gave them not only the dwelling place, but also demonstrated the best possible human qualities toward them like compassion, generosity and nobility?

Humanism and spiritual values, kindness and breadth of soul of a people are manifest brightly in such thorny times. For their valor and bravery on the battlefield, 338 of our fathers and grandfathers were awarded the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”, while thousands and thousands of our compatriots were awarded combat orders and medals, and all this is a practical proof of the genuine heroism of our nation in the fight with fascism.

17 years ago, we announced the 9th of May– Victory Day as the Day of Memory and Reverence in our country, and today, with the passage of time, the life itself confirms how correct that decision was, President Karimov noted. We adopted it building on our national traditions and by deeply sensing that in the course of years and centuries, the memory of our nation who has witnessed loads of trials in its history and who never bowed its head before the enemy, will bear eternally the bright names of selfless sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives in the name of the freedom of the Motherland, the peaceful and tranquil life. Thus, it is really legitimate that the institution of the Day of Memory and Reverence by us has found the broadest possible endorsement by our citizens.

Trade Unions allocate 16.3 billion soums under the State program “The Year of Care for the Senior Generation”

The Council of Federation of trade unions of Uzbekistan held a press conference on the results of ongoing work in the framework of the State program “The Year of Care for the Senior Generation”.

As was noted, in the framework of the state program trade unions provide social support to 23 thousands of lonely elderly, pensioners and people with disabilities. For these purposes trade unions within partnership with employers have allocated 920 million soums.

At that, special sections for veterans had been opened in 15 resorts, which operate in the structure of trade unions. They are equipped with all extra facilities and all the necessary conditions. During the year, more than 10 thousand of veterans of war and labor front will have an opportunity to improve health in these sanatoria’s at the expense of the state budget. For 1000 people across the republic will be organized tourist trips to historical cities and sights of our country. For these purposes, trade unions allocated 120 million soums.

In addition, 420 elderly people and people with disabilities from all regions of the country will be given additional support and rehabilitation equipment by the trade unions. Nowadays, for the implementation of the State program "Year of attention and care for the older generation" trade union organizations of the country spent 16 billion 300 thousand soums.

PRIORITIES IN THE FIELD OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL SECURITY

In a joint project of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and United Nations Development Programme "Professional social services for persons with disabilities, and the elderly in Uzbekistan" conducted a functional analysis of the Ministry, according to the press service of the Ministry.

Functional analysis is one of the main methodological approaches in the evaluation of public administration. Its conduct reveals the function of such indicators as legislated and implemented, are fixed, but not implemented, are not fixed, but are executed, "missing" features

The analysis also provides the basis for decisions on improving the quality of public services, eliminating duplicate and redundant functions and contributes to the effectiveness of public servants.

In order to study the work in the field of labor law and social protection of the population in the leading European countries in a joint project for the functional analysis department invited expert Nenad Rava. During the activity of its services used by the governments of several European countries. On the basis of investigations Nenad Rava will make proposals to modernize and reform the activities of the Ministry with the resources available. Also, in order to discuss the strategic priorities in the field of labor and social protection with the concerned government and non-governmental organizations held a workshop on the theme "System priorities in employment and social protection".

It was attended by representatives of ministries and agencies, extra-budgetary Pension Fund, "Nuroniy" and other organizations.

The expert presented the presentations on the essence of his work and the description of the methodology of functional analysis.

PERSONAL EXHIBITION OF LEONID MARKIN

On June 10, 2015 at the International Caravanserai of Culture (ICC) of Ikuo Hirayama of Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan a personal exhibition of Leonid Markin to be held.

According to ICC, the exhibition will be devoted to the 80th anniversary of the artist and the Year of attention and care for the senior generation.

L.Markin is a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Uzbekistan, a participant of many national and international exhibitions. Among his works there are posters on the theme of environmental protection and human values. Sculpted miniatures on the stone created by the artist are also unique.

THE PRESENTATION OF UZBEKISTAN IN MAGDEBURG

In the capital of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt - city of Magdeburg hosted an information event dedicated to the implementation of the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" in Uzbekistan, as well as the modern development of our republic. It was organized within the framework of the international cultural festival Europafest.

Participants of the event were officials of Saxony-Anhalt, Magdeburg city major's office, the diplomatic corps operating in Germany, friendship societies, as well as cultural and humanitarian organizations and the media of the FRG.

They were informed about the main goals and objectives of the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", carried out in the framework of its measures to further improve the level and quality of life of older people, enhancing their material and moral support, the improvement of social, pension and health care.

The event was deployed presentation stand, telling about the rich historical and cultural heritage and modern development of Uzbekistan. It was represented by objects of folk art, examples of ceramic, textile, gold embroidery, lots of brightly illustrated books, brochures and booklets.

Uzbek pavilion visited by numerous guests, along with information about the culture and history of our people, also had the opportunity to taste dishes of Uzbek national cuisine.

Some of them shared their impressions with the correspondent of IA "Jahon".

Minister of State for European Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt Reiner Robra, welcoming the participation of our country in international cultural festival in Magdeburg, has expressed confidence that it will contribute to the further strengthening of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Germany and other European countries. He added that he is interested in the rich culture and traditions of the Uzbek people.

- It is noteworthy that for your country's State Program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" is based on the venerable respect to the elderly, and it is an integral part of a centuries-old culture of the Uzbek people, - he said.

Appreciating the significant economic, investment and tourist potential of Saxony-Anhalt, R.Robra expressed interest in developing long-term cooperation with Uzbekistan in their region in these areas.

- Investment opportunities in your country are of great interest to us, - he continued. - Therefore, we consider the possibility of organizing a trip of representatives of business circles of Saxony-Anhalt in Uzbekistan for more detailed information on economic and investment projects.

The representative of the German non-governmental organization Verbundnetz der Wärme Roland Ilse said that he was very impressed with the participation of Uzbekistan in the intercultural festival in Magdeburg. According to him, it gives broad German public good opportunity to get acquainted with the rich culture and traditions of Uzbekistan, modern life and tourist attractions of the country. R.Ilze praised the efforts of the Government of Uzbekistan to the full support of the older generation.

- Announcement of 2015 in Uzbekistan the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" has great practical value, - he noted. - These initiatives contribute to the consolidation of efforts in the community to address the specific and the most important social problems. Members of the older generation are making an invaluable contribution to the education of the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and respect for the historical and cultural heritage of the people. In this context, in Uzbekistan attention exerted to the senior generation could become an example for many countries.

IA "Jahon", Germany

TRADE UNIONS IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATE PROGRAM

"Year of attention and care for the senior generation"

At the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in our country 2015 was declared as "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", and therefore the relevant government program has been approved.

Trade union organizations of country conducted a systematic organizational and practical work to promote the implementation of the state program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation".

So, as part of its implementation Council of Federation of Trade Unions is actively involved in the development of legal documents, in particular, the draft of the Law "On social services for the elderly, the disabled and other categories of the population", the draft Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan "On the state program of further strengthening and development of system of social protection of single elderly, pensioners and disabled people in 2015-2020" and the draft Resolution of Cabinet of Ministers "On approval of the order of appointment and provision of social services and the formation of the individual program of social assistance for the elderly".

On May 9 - Day of Memory and Honor country's trade unions have provided each veteran and participant of the World War II of 1941-1945 with targeted financial assistance to improve their welfare and quality of life. In addition, 23 thousand single elderly, pensioners and people with disabilities receive social support. They are provided with food, medical supplies, repair of houses of war and labor front veterans is carried out, municipal services are paid.

Also, the Council of Federation of Trade Unions held an action "Trade Unions - to veterans", within which cultural events with the presentation of gifts has been organized for representatives of the elder generation and the elderly homes "Sahovat" and "Muruvvat". In order to render charitable sponsoring help on the eve of the national holiday Navruz, as well as on Day of Memory and Honor 18 houses "Muruvvat" and "Sahovat" received charitable assistance in amount of 31 million UZS. Within the framework of the State program in 15 sanatoriums of Trade Unions opened branches "Veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945". Additional and all the necessary conditions created for them. Department of "Participants in the war and the labor front" of trade union health resorts are equipped with modern medical equipment, soft and hard inventory.

Over the year in these sanatoriums more than 10 thousand veterans of war and labor front will improve their health at the expense of the state budget. In addition in these sanatoriums on free and preferential basis 6 thousand working pensioners, labor veterans, pensioners and unemployed pensioners to improve their health. About 5 billon UZS has been allocated for these purposes.

In addition, within the framework of the State program extensive work on the construction, reconstruction and repair of trade union sanatoriums is carried out. In particular, work is underway in the sanatorium "Turon" of Tashkent region, "Chimyon" of Fergana region, "Sitorai Mohi Hosa" of Bukhara region, "Kasansoy" of Namangan region and in rest homes "Ahmad al-Fargoni" of Fergana region, "Chodak" of Namangan region. In Jizzakh and Surkhandarya regions the construction of new health centers is carrying out.

Thus, it is planned to provide financial support and encourage 84 thousand elderly people by means of collective agreements of enterprises, organizations and institutions. Across the country for 1000 representatives of the senior generation will be organized tourist trips to historical cities and sights of our country.

On the part of trade unions 420 elderly and people with disabilities from all regions of the country receiving additional support and rehabilitation equipment - wheelchairs, hearing aids, prosthetic-orthopedic products. Two thousand lonely and vulnerable elder people will be presented to the domestic electrical appliances in the amount of 1 billion 500 million UZS. Providing such gifts will contribute to improvement of the quality of life and well-being of veterans of war and labor, representatives of the elder generation. Primary trade union organizations also held spiritual and educational activities, "round tables", meetings in labor collectives with the participation of veterans of war and labor, organized sports competitions among working pensioners in such sports as chess, checkers, table tennis and badminton.

To date, the implementation of the measures implemented under the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", the trade union organizations of the country allocated more than 16 billion UZS.

IA "Jahon"

(According to the press service of the Council of Federation Council of Trade Unions)

"SUMMER - 2015: COUNTRY OF HAPPY CHILDREN"

From the first days of independence, upbringing of harmoniously developed generation became one of the priorities of the state policy of Uzbekistan. Large-scale measures on the physical, intellectual and spiritual development of the younger generation are implemented. Systematic work on summer health improvement of children is among these measures.

In Uzbekistan, at the height of summer and holidays the younger generation is under the special attention of government agencies and trade unions. A series of measures are carried out across the country, which are aimed at complete recreation of schoolchildren and students of lyceums and colleges.

In particular, since the beginning of this year, the Federation of Trade Unions of Uzbekistan conducted systematic work on the coordination of high-quality preparations for the summer recreation season. The operational headquarters have been formed at the Council of Federation of Trade Unions (CFTU) and regional associations of trade unions.

The process of preparing for the season has been thoroughly studied and discussed by the CFTU Working Group. As a result, all issues related to the organization and holding of qualitative children's health season have been positively solved, system measures were implemented by administrations of local authorities. This year, the summer season is based on a carefully developed Concept of summer recreation and health of children, approved by the Government. On the basis of this document and the analysis of the practical work of recent years new systematic approaches have been introduced, which increase the quality and effectiveness of the children's health camps, contribute to a significant improvement of the organization of cultural activities, expand the scale of the entire infrastructure.

It is noteworthy that in the course of preparation for the season by the Council of Federation of Trade Unions in order to improve the work on the improvement of children in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent city conducted training and methodological workshops in which special attention was given to improving knowledge and skills of all employees and experts of these institutions. Specially developed manuals, guidelines, scenarios for the cultural, educational and sports activities have been prepared for these institutions. Based on the concept of rest and rehabilitation of children in Uzbekistan special attention is given to increasing the quality and quantity of specialized camps and the expansion of their activities. Today, health camps have become not just recreation establishments, where the younger generation is spending time fascinating - they serve as centers of their physical, intellectual and spiritual development.

Material-technical base of children's health camps has been significantly strengthened. In accordance with the annually adopted targeted programs of construction of new, reconstruction and overhaul of existing camps, for the past 3 years and 9 camps have been built and 45 camps have been repaired, and 27 camps have been reconstructed. Federation of Trade Unions have built children's camps in Tashkent, Navoi, Namangan, Samarkand and Khorezm regions. Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combine have constructed children's camp in Jizzakh, the Ministry of Internal Affairs - in Tashkent region, that have increased the capacity of camps up to 4856 places.

Issues of nutrition, health and safety of children are under special control. This year the menu will be even more varied, herbal teas to be added, which is rich in vitamins. This experience tested in the camp "Yulduzcha" of Samarkand region this year introduced in other camps. In addition, regular skilled medical care has been organized. Medical stations are fully provided with necessary medicines.

The current children's recreation season started on June 1. In the country activities 1149 camps, including 213 stationary, 795 day camps and 141 summer camps for teenagers have been organized. During the summer season rehabilitation of more than 287170 children is planned. For this purpose, more than 39 billion soums is allocated.

Under the special care of the state 4.6 thousand children from ecologically unfavorable regions - the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Khorezm and Surkhandarya regions, are provided with free vouchers to camps in Tashkent, Jizzakh, Samarkand, Kashkadarya and Tashkent regions. 50 thousand children from socially vulnerable families and 2 thousand children from orphanages "Mehribonlik", as well as children with disabilities will be provided free and discounted vouchers through collective contracts and agreements. Two thousand mothers and children to improve their health in sanatoriums of the trade unions. 600 children from poor families and orphans who live in the communities will also have the opportunity to recreate.

Particular attention is paid to the improvement of activities of day camps. They are created in the form of summer platforms, where on the basis of special programs cultural and educational, sporting events are held. Daily mode of their operation is set from 8 AM to 2 PM. Apart from these, together with the Center of secondary special and vocational education a number of ministries and organizations to implement innovations in the activities of summer camps for students in colleges and high schools over 14 years. This enables young men and women go through industrial practice, besides, they will organize cultural and educational activities and sports.

It should be noted that taking into account the interests of children activity of specialized camps is even more improved. This year their number reaches 220, including 14 - in the direction of intellectual development, 14 - military and sports, 14 - ecological and biological, 8 - social adaptation, 14 - technical and 14 - artistic creativity camps. Council of the Federation of Trade Unions in the children's camp "Quyoshli" of Tashkent region is traditionally organizing a camp of intellectual development. Free holiday and recreation for 500 winners of "Competition of Knowledge" in various subjects will be provided there. Similar camps will be organized in every region of the country.

The relevant ministries, departments and public bodies are involved in the organization and conduct of the summer season. In particular, to ensure public order and security the Ministry of Internal Affairs attached 1455 employees to the camps. Vehicles and communications equipment have been allocated for them. Ministry of public education has taken steps to provide children's camps with qualified teachers. Of course, in center of the attention - the organization of activity of circles in each children's camp. Also program of foreign language teaching has been extended, especially for specialized camps, where a lot of time devoted to educational activities.

The Ministry of Health is designed to control the quality of medical services, compliance with sanitary regulations. The Ministry of Culture and Sports is planning to organize cultural and educational activities with the participation of young performers and artists.

Events and activities scheduled for the summer season are aimed at increasing the spirituality of children, expanding their world-view, education in the spirit of patriotism. They will be based on the updated program. Among them the campaign "Independence in my destiny", "Uzbekistan - a country of happy children", "Trade Unions - to children". There will also be meetings and "round tables" with writers, artists, masters of sports, the elder generation. All children's camps will show 37 children's documentaries and feature films, cartoons, which were created especially for children. For the purposes of cultural, spiritual and moral education of children a republican creative contest is organized by the Federation Council of Trade Unions with the participation of relevant ministries and agencies to create children's songs, poems for use in the camps. More than 600 applications have been already received. More than 30 children's songs, 100 poems have been selected from the submitted works. All children's camp provided a collection of scenarios of events, workbooks and guidelines.

In general, to date a large-scale preparatory work has been done for the summer recreational season children in Uzbekistan. The younger generation has every opportunity to rest and improve their health, to learn a lot and improve their erudition. It’s because only harmonious development of young people, inspired by the care and attention, are able to multiply achievements of the country in the future and increase its authority at international level.

IA "Jahon"

(According to the press service of the Federation Council of Trade Unions)

TOUR FOR VETERANS

These days, a group of veterans living in the Republican boarding house for war and labor veterans, visited the village "Zangi-ota" and visited the mausoleum, according to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Uzbekistan.

The tour guide told about the history of mausoleum.

Reference: Zangi-ota mausoleum is located in the eponymous village, located to the south-west of Tashkent. Sheikh Ah-Hodge, also known as Zangi-ota and his wife Ambar Bibi are buried here. Sheikh was nicknamed Zangi-ota - "Dark Father" for his skin color. The mausoleum was built on the orders of Amir Temur.

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Lawmakers Discuss Welfare Measures

The deputies of the Legislative Chamber (lower house) of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan convened for a regular session on July 10.

The agenda of the lower house meeting included the bill on the sanitary-epidemiological welfare of the population, in its second reading, along with other issues that the Legislative Chamber has the power to deal with.

Earlier, all these issues had been deliberated on during meetings of all parliamentary groups of political parties and that of the Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan, as well as the “Bloc of Democratic Forces” that is made of deputy groups of the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan and the Milliy Tiklanish (National Rebirth) Democratic Party of Uzbekistan in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Particularly, the legislators pushed forward a number of proposals and recommendations on the draft law “On the Sanitary-Epidemiological Welfare of the Population”, deriving from the directions of their electoral platforms.

The regular session of the Legislative Chamber started, thus, from the article-to-article discussion of the draft law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the Sanitary-Epidemiological Welfare of the Population” that was worked out in accordance with the State Program “The Year of Healthy Child”. The objective sought from the bill is to regulate relations in the field of securing sanitary-epidemiological welfare of the populace. When elaborating the draft law, specialists examined the current state of the legislation on the sanitary supervision and law enforcement practice, the problems existing in this sphere, the experience of legal regulation of issues pertinent to providing for the sanitary-epidemiological welfare in a number of foreign nations.

As it was noted during the session, the normative basis for this sphere was founded on the Law “On State Sanitary Control” passed in 1992, which has helped ensure, first and foremost, the elevation of the quality of medical services provided to the population, prevention of the spread of infectious and parasite-caused diseases as well as the sanitary-epidemiological stability.

Notwithstanding the numerous positive results achieved in the field, a need has emerged to further perfect the legislation deriving from the requirements of the current days. This is the major reason behind the importance of adopting a new law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the Sanitary-Epidemiological Welfare of the Population”. It is noteworthy that the draft of the new bill, along with the improvement in the legal foundations in the sphere, introduction of sanitary norms and rules when conducting prophylaxis measures, creation of sustainable system of complying with hygiene rules, state supervision for the provision of sanitary-epidemiological welfare of the population, covers priority tasks related to bolstering the participation of civil society institutions and uplifting the responsibility of citizens in this process.

During the deliberations on the draft law, representatives of all parliamentary groups of political parties as well as the deputy group of the Environmental Movement of Uzbekistan spoke and unveiled their positions. T

he discussion of the bill is expected to be continued at the next meeting of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis.

Information Service of the Legislative Chamber

Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan

VETERANS ENJOY HONOR AND RESPECT

The event was attended by representatives of the State Customs Committee, members of the Association of veterans of the customs service and the national media journalists.

During the event, it noted that under the leadership of President Islam Karimov in our country special attention is paid to the social protection of the population, especially the elderly, creating for them decent living conditions. Announcement of this year in Uzbekistan as "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" and State Program, adopted in accordance with it, play an important role in expanding the scope and increasing the efficiency of work in this direction.

In particular, in the first section of the State program defined the further development of the legislative and regulatory framework aimed at creating favorable organizational and legal conditions for the strengthening of care and attention to elder people, and improve their quality of life, improvement of the pension system and social support forming the most suitable system for the elderly provide them with public services through the development of draft Law "On pension security of those performing military service in the police, customs authorities and their families".

According to information from group pension SCC, at the moment the number of pensioners in the customs bodies of more than 1800 people. This year, 42 employees of customs authorities were led on retirement with honor and respect. Lump-sum allowance, issued to them, accounted for 146.4 million soums.

On a constant basis financial support of 144 customs officers, who are retired, and the families of employees, who were killed in the line of duty.

In an interview with the news agency "Jahon" Chairman of the Association of veterans of the customs service of Uzbekistan Dehkanbaev Kudriddinov noted the following:

- Our association was established in 2002 for the social support for pensioners who have served in the customs authorities. In connection with the adoption of the State program "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", we have also developed an appropriate plan of action. In particular, we have made all possible assistance to veterans and seniors in the organization of the customs service improvement, solving housing and domestic issues, moral and financial support, congratulations on the occasion of national holidays, anniversaries and other events. In 2015, we visited and contributed financial assistance to 123 pensioners, 73 women retirees received award in amount of 7.3 million soums on International Women's Day. At the same time, this year our association has received 55 appeals with request of help and support Association of veterans and pensioners of the customs service. All appeals were considered and satisfied, for this direction 9.3 million soums was sent. Also, 33 pensioners were provided practical assistance in improvement of their health in hospitals and sanatoriums of the Ministry of interior affairs.

I would also like to say that in our country special attention is paid to conduct an effective dialogue between the veterans and future employees of the customs service, the use of the experience gained in the training and education of highly qualified personnel. Specifically themed lectures and meetings are organized with veterans service of the Supreme Military Customs Institute, during which the youth acquaints with the essence and significance of the customs service, its history and traditions, the importance of improving their skills and knowledge, including the study of foreign languages, leading healthy life and more.

Behruzjon Turaev, first year student of the Supreme Military Customs Institute:

- As you know, this year in our country is given more attention and care for the older generation. This can be seen everywhere - large-scale measures to improve the conditions and quality of life, all kinds of assistance and support. In our institute, these questions are not left unattended. For example, recently in our university held a meeting with veterans and pensioners of the customs service, during which they were awarded diplomas and badges.

In turn, representatives of the older generation have shared with us their experience, skills, and told about the intricacies and peculiarities of the customs service.

Their dedication, hard work and dedication is our highest benchmark to which we aspire. After all, an important factor in the choice of this profession is a commitment to ensuring the economic security of our country. We hope that in future we will be honored to carry out this duty.

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THE ELDERLY CARRY KINDNESS AND LIGHT

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BROAD RANGE OF MEASURES on further raising the level and quality of life of the elderly people, extension of their financial and moral support, improvement of social, pension and health care was empowered by the national program of the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation.

The document reinforces the targeted social protection and support of the elderly with the priority to the veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945, expands the list of social and personal services for the elderly, especially the lonely elderly and people with disabilities.

For example, this year, each participant of the war of 1941-1945 is provided with free domestically produced TV and mobile phone, free 60 minutes of local and long-distance outgoing calls per month without a subscription fee. Veterans of war and labor front, heading for the health resorts, are entitled with a free railway travel once a year.

The elderly have received and are using the opportunity of free access to cinemas, theaters, museums, concert performances and other cultural and enlightenment events. ‘Asr Bilan Yuzma-Yuz’ (Face to Face with the Epoch) rallies and other initiatives honor the people aged 100 years or older. The lonely elderly and those in need of social support are covered by the campaign that provides them with furniture and household items, clothing, fiction, and sets of table games.

Representatives of the older generation are also invited to tour historical sites in each region of the country, and to the regional contests like the ‘Best Mahalla’s Festive Area', and the ‘Older Generation as a Family Support’. The national program the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation has invested a total of 2.25 trillion soums and $229.6 million of equivalent for the implementation of these noble deeds.

ONE OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE NATIONAL PROGRAM comes to raising the level and quality of health and social services for veterans and the elderly, expansion of preventive measures, enhancement of coverage and accessibility of modern methods of treatment. The new year has started with the medical examination of the elderly in the rural health centers and family health centers across the country. It was carried out by general practitioners with the involvement of employees of central district clinics. Together with specialists from the leading republican specialized medical centers and medical institutes, general practitioners reached every one of 150,000 old people living in remote and inaccessible areas of the republic. The doctors examined the seniors domiciliary in case if they could not visit a hospital for health reasons. This way the veterans of war and labor front of 1941-1945, pensioners, the seniors with disabilities and the lonely elderly were fully covered with in-depth medical examination. Treatment of the examined people is currently underway at medical institutions. Nearly 3,000 elderly patients with complicated diseases of the joints, eyes, cardiovascular and other diseases that require the high-tech treatment, have been forwarded to the republican hospitals. The patients with the most common diseases undergo treatment at regional multidisciplinary medical facilities. The Ministry of Health and republican medical institutions have been working on the introduction of advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies at regional medical centers. To date, they have already performed about 300 demonstration operations and over 100 master classes. The state takes care of those who receive outpatient treatment. The procedure of preferential and free provision of medicines has been streamlined. The list of drugs provided to lonely pensioners and veterans of the war and labor front of 1941-1945 was replenished with modern drugs for treatment of various diseases.

As of 2015, war and labor veterans have received the opportunity to improve health once a year at the country’s best health resorts that provide special conditions for leisure with optimal use for health. Several thousand people have already used this opportunity. Different kinds of social organizations have been contributing to the implementation of the national program. For instance, ‘Soghlom Avlod Uchun’ International Charity Fund organized mobile medical and social aid teams to conduct in-depth medical examination of the population, particularly veterans, women and children, at the place of their residence. The awareness raising campaigns on healthy lifestyles have been organized for the benefit of the population. As a result of such actions, more than 95,000 residents of Karakalpakstan, the regions and the Tashkent city were examined in five months of 2015.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT MISSION OF THE NATIONAL PROGRAM is to bring the organization of life and leisure of seniors up to a new level, establish communication centers, interest clubs and conditions for physical culture and sports for them in districts and local communities. Recreation parks are in the spotlight. The program for 2015 schedules the construction of 29 new and reconstruction of 18 parks, six parks are overhauled and three are repaired. All the country’s 225 parks are currently arranging special areas for relaxation and comfort of the elderly, including conversation areas, grounds for playing chess and checkers, reading national and regional newspapers and magazines. Culture and leisure centers have been streamlining their activities as well. The Ministry of Culture and Sport and its social partners focus on supporting the folklore and ethnographic groups that comprise veterans, as they contribute to the preservation of traditions and customs of the peoples of Uzbekistan. Such teams are assisted in organizing concerts, purchasing musical instruments and costumes, providing facilities and rooms for rehearsals and performances. Culture and leisure centers also offer communication and interest clubs, where the elderly can watch popular movies and listen to classical music.

A TEAHOUSE is turning into a kind of a unique center of attraction for the older generation under the national program. Elders come there to talk, share the latest news, and watch special television programs, plays and films, so their establishment has been intensified this year. For example, a teahouse for seniors has been opened in the Akhmad Farghoni Park in Fergana. The comfortable place has become a nice gift for the veterans, because nothing can be compared with a heartfelt conversation over a cup of tea, playing chess, and watching TV with friends. Such teahouses are currently being built for elders in all districts and local communities of the region.

‘Golden Heritage’, a communication center for the elderly, has opened in Namangan. It was built by the regional office of the ‘Oltin Meros’ International Charity Fund with the support of sponsors. Occupying nearly a hectare, the buildings in the national architectural style and aiwans (verandas) around the fountain provide venerable mothers and fathers with nice conditions for relaxation and entertaining conversations. The rooms are equipped with a TV, a fridge and other accessories. The amateurs playing chess and checkers, reading newspapers and magazines, are offered separate rooms. There are tables for table tennis. Many fruit and decorative trees and the microclimate have caught the seniors’ fancy. The authorities improve conditions for active lifestyles. This issue has been addressed not only through the organization of competitions among the elderly in various sports. Every citizens’ assembly at a local community runs permanent health groups for the elderly, the people with disabilities and other categories of the population on the basis of the nearby sports facilities, educational institutions, medical offices, physical culture rooms at family polyclinics, as well as special sports facilities in festivity areas and maintenance centers. Local communities have been actively involved in the implementation of objectives of the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation throughout the country. For example, it has become a good tradition in Urikzor Mahalla of Yakkasaray district of Tashkent to organize trips to ancient cities and places of worship for the elderly, war and labor veterans. Respect and comprehensive support for the elderly, incorporation of their rich life experience in upbringing of the younger generation has been a priority.

Located on the territory of the local community, a small teahouse was fitted out with furniture, supplied with radio and periodicals. The Social Support Commission of the citizens' assembly has been strongly supporting the lonely elderly citizens, veterans of war and labor, ensuring the timely payment of pensions, issuance of benefits and other social allowances. For instance, seriously ill elders Mrs.Sodikova, Mr.Mirrahimov and Mrs.Umarova were assisted in timely payment of utility bills and treatment. Youngmen and women, the members of the Diligent Youth Club, regularly visit the elderly with no survivor care, help them with housekeeping.

The noble initiatives on assisting the older people have been carried out across the country. Respect for the elderly is a century-old feature of the Uzbek nation. It was preserved in the communities and has been developing and acquiring new dimensions.

The implementation of the national program the Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation has been gaining momentum. Each day brings positive news: a new festive area has been opened in a local community for the interesting leisure of elders, a meeting of two generations or a trip to Samarkand, an exhibition or competition. The unique document is designed not only for 2015, but for the years ahead, since all the attention and care of the dear veterans, embodiment of their noble features cannot by limited to any program or certain period of time, it will be in action forever, as long as life goes, families prosper, and the experience of the older generation is demanded in the upbringing of the youth. The feeling of deep satisfaction and gratitude for the attention and care is reflected in a peaceful and quiet life of people, and in their confidence in the future.

(Source: Uzbekistan Today)

UNDER LUSH GREEN TREES

The Tovoqsoy Sanatorium, one of the largest healthcare facilities affiliated with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, has an accommodating capacity of 400 people. The facility attracts citizens from all parts of the country. In terms of the number of vacationers, it also tops the list of 32 Uzbek sanatoriums, whose staff is working to implement a Presidential Decree on the organization of annual recreation for 1941-1945 war and labor veterans. In the first three months after the state program was launched, around 750 people of old age from Tashkent city and Tashkent region have vacationed in the sanatorium.

The moment you step through the gate of the Tovoqsoy Sanatorium in Tashkent Region, a recreation facility for elderly and retired people, those with disabilities and war and labor veterans, you find yourself in a unique spot with breathtaking scenery. The area is complete with lush green plane and fir trees, with water flushing through ditches and mountains arising in the horizon.

The Year of Attention and Care for the Senior Generation State Program has provided an impetus for previously started initiatives as can be seen in changes that our healthcare facility has undergone,’ says Abdurashid Nosirov, deputy head of the Tovoqsoy Sanatorium. “A lot of renovation is underway in the sanatorium, and vacationers will definitely enjoy better-quality conditions.”

The sanatorium was opened in 1985 on the premises of a former geriatric home. The local landscape suggests that this area was fated to become a recreation zone.

“Today as living standards have improved, we have had to rebuild and renovate it”, Nosirov says. “Three years ago, following a Presidential Resolution paving the way for better social protection and support of single elderly people, major renovations were launched here.”

In 2013, construction of a therapeutic block, once housed in a one-story building, was completed. Today, it is a modern two- storied building with an elevator, broad corridors and light offices furnished with cutting-edge diagnostics and treatment equipment. Patients admitted to this facility are those with digestive disorders and neurological and cardiovascular conditions.

Construction of a hydropathic facility is in progress at the sanatorium. Therapeutic baths with extracts of various salts, minerals and plants as well as therapeutic showers are part of the treatment methods that virtually all patients enjoy. The hydropathic facility will adjoin a brand new dormitory, which will create additional conveniences for vacationers. In the near future the administration is set to significantly improve conditions for vacationers. The first section of the new dormitory with a capacity of 90 beds has been completed. A second segment, with 110 beds, is expected to enter into service before the end of the year. Each ward will accommodate one to two people. The facility will have spacious halls with televisions.

The sanatorium has a tradition of organizing regular concerts by local pop stars. Very soon, these concerts will be staged in an amphitheater, the construction of which is nearing its completion.

Once the construction of new facilities is complete, the adjacent area will be further beautified. According to the administration, more gazebos, flower beds and fountains will be created.

(Source: Uzbekistan Today)

THE ORDER OF SURCHARGES TO 100-YEARS-OLD PENSIONERS HAS BEEN REGULATED

By Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of June 10, 2015 amendments and additions have been made to the Decree of the Cabinet "On approval of legal acts aimed at further improvement of the procedure for appointment and payment of state pensions", www.norma.uz says.

The Regulation on the procedure for fixing and payment of state pensions now has regulated the procedure for the payment of pension supplements for pensioners aged 100 years and more.

According to the document, in addition to bonuses, pensions of citizens of that age after May 1, 2015 to carry a monthly surcharge of 100% of the minimum wage.

It is noted that the surcharge is made regardless of the number and the size of pensions and bonuses to be paid to citizens of Uzbekistan, foreign citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in our country.

If there is a break between the end of the term of the temporary registration, residence permits and the next date of the temporary registration or a residence permit, the payment of pensions is continued by Pension Fund Department with the new date of temporary registration or a residence permit. At the same time pension payment continues with the time at which it was suspended, but not more than 12 months.

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PIERRE-EMMANUEL TOMNAN: "THE ATTENTION AND RESPECT FOR THE SENIOR GENERATION - INDICATOR OF HIGH SPIRITUALITY AND CULTURE OF THE UZBEK SOCIETY"

As previously reported, a photo exhibition was held at the Press Club of Brussels. It was devoted to social protection and attention to the senior generation in Uzbekistan. The event was organized by the diplomatic mission of our country at the European Union.

Speaking at the ceremony, President of the Press Club Brussels Jonathan Kapstein, noted that Uzbekistan has a rich history and culture, as well as national values and traditions, which still retained its originality.

- The independence has strengthened attention to the revival of centuries-old traditions of the Uzbek people, one of which is respect for the senior generation, provision of care and social protection, - he said. - Special attention should be paid to approved state program, under which targeted social protection and support of the elderly will be enhanced, the list of social and personal services provided to the elderly has been expanded, especially for single elderly and disabled people.

I am confident that the implementation of the document with the active participation of the entire population will further improve the comprehensive support of the people of respectable age, to improve their well-being. This once again confirms the correctness of the state policy of Uzbekistan is located in the heart of man, his rights and interests. Director of programs of the European Geopolitical Institute of International Relations (IERI) Pierre-Emmanuel Thomann, who has been studying the issues of Uzbekistan for years, said that each time visiting our country, he is astonished by the scale of reforms implemented in various spheres of society. In his words, at the dawn of independence, the country has chosen the evolutionary path of development, however, currently the changes in the country are rapidly going on.

- It is noteworthy that in Uzbekistan youth is hearkening to the advice and instructions of the senior generation. Their long experience is an important guide for further development, - he stressed. - Speaking about the development of civil society in Uzbekistan, I would like to note that the mahalla as self-government body plays an important role in the education of youth, preservation of ancient traditions and the consolidation of society. The careful preservation and strengthening of family ties, respect for elders is one of the important values of the Uzbek people.

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has repeatedly said that "there is no future without historical memory". These words have a deeper meaning and are very topical at the moment.

In this context, the announcement of 2015 as the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation" is very symbolic measure of spirituality and high culture of the Uzbek society and, undoubtedly, a positive example for many countries in the world.

IA "Jahon", Brussels

PHOTO EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO UZBEKISTAN OPENED IN BRUSSELS

The event was organized by the diplomatic mission of our country at the European Union. The opening ceremony was attended by senior officials of the European Union, the European Parliament, representatives of political, business, academic and cultural circles of Belgium, EU institutions, NATO and diplomatic missions accredited in Brussels, as well as the media.

Participants of the evening were informed that after independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has chosen its own model of development based on five pillars. Due to the successful implementation of this model in the past few years the country's economy grew by almost 5 times, per capita - 3.7 times, income of our people per capita - 8.7 times. It was emphasized that one of the main priorities of the "Uzbek model" of development is to create a solid social protection system that places the focus of the reform of man, his life and dreams, hopes and concerns.

- The independence has strengthened attention to the revival of centuries-old traditions of the Uzbek people, one of which is respect for the senior generation, provision of care and social protection, - he said. - Special attention should be paid to approved state program, under which targeted social protection and support of the elderly will be enhanced, the list of social and personal services provided to the elderly has been expanded, especially for single elderly and disabled people.

The participants got acquainted with the ongoing large-scale work in Uzbekistan to ensure the social protection of the older generation. In this regard, the importance of the initiative of President Islam Karimov to declare 2015 the "Year of attention and care for the senior generation", the goals and objectives adopted by the governments of the State Program. Information on activities aimed at improving the quality of life of older people, increasing the extent of their material and moral support, the improvement of social, pension and health care was provided.

The participants were also informed that during the years of independence, the country had taken systematic and consistent measures to strengthen and develop the legal framework for such an institution of civil society, as the mahalla, which is an integral part of the political, economic and spiritual life of society, the most important primary link of public government with strong creative potential. The keen interest of the audience called viewing specially prepared photo slideshows and video, demonstrating the attention given in Uzbekistan to full support of the older generation.

There was held a presentation of the first issue of the new monthly newsletter of the Uzbekistan's Embassy - "Uzbekistan Profile", devoted to this subject. The participants highly appreciated the ongoing transformation in Uzbekistan that improve social protection of the older generation, the role and status of mahalla in society and the family in solving the problems of social and state construction.

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COMPETITION "MY GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER - THE PRIDE OF MAHALLA!" IN FULL SWING

The competition, dedicated to the announcement in the current year in Uzbekistan "Year of attention and care for the senior generation". This is a competition for the best essay in schools, high schools and colleges that will be determined after May 24th.

Now the competition is in full swing. According to the center UZIFOCOM, it has already received about 100 works. Most active authors - from the Kashkadarya region. We began to catch up with the authors of Bukhara and Samarkand. We hope that other regions of Uzbekistan will take part in a good mental contest.

Accepted papers will be reviewed by a panel of employees of the Resource Center for Educational Network ZiyoNET.

The winners, to be announced on June 1 will receive valuable prizes:

• 1st place - TV;

• 2nd place - Tablet;

• 3rd place - Smartphone.

The best works will be published in the online media in Uzbekistan.

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"NO ONE WILL BE LEFT WITHOUT CARE AND ATTENTION!"

Social action under the motto launched yesterday across the country

By tradition, an event organized by the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan on the eve of the greatest and dearest holiday - 24th anniversary of independence of our Motherland, held with the participation of leading scientists and highly qualified doctors specialized medical centers, research institutes and medical schools. Their mission - to conduct an in-depth medical examination of war and labor veterans, people of venerable age. In addition, they are authorized to continue to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles, strengthening the youth knowledge and skills to create a healthy family, the prevention of various diseases.

Under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, created all the necessary conditions for a decent life of our nation, protection of motherhood and childhood, upbringing comprehensively healthy generation. Resolution of the President "On State program to further strengthen reproductive health, maternal health, child and adolescent in Uzbekistan for the period 2014-2018", an important factor in education physically and spiritually healthy generation, further strengthening of public health and through this - strengthening the foundations of healthy future of our country.

2015 Announcement by the President of our country the Year of attention and care for the senior generation has become a logical continuation of this noble work. Providing the necessary respect for the oldest, the center of attention, affect the spiritual education of the younger generation. Social action is another practical embodiment paid in our country, the social protection of citizens, in particular, the protection of public health. Only in 2014, thanks to such events clinical examination covered 6.5 million students of preschool educational institutions, schoolchildren, students of professional colleges and academic lyceums. Medical examinations to timely identify and effectively treat various types of diseases, preventing the transition to the chronic form. On account of the special women's health, well-being depends on the viability of offspring. As a result of the measures in this direction over the past 10 years the number of cases of children born with birth defects reduced by 1.3 times. The incidence of acute infectious diseases among children 6-15 years old decreased by 34.4 percent, pneumonia - by 49.7 percent, bronchitis - by 32.8 percent, scoliosis - by 32.7 percent.

In the current social action involved about 300 leading experts. They will visit all regions of the country and conduct a thorough medical examination of the population.

Events coverage and residents of the most remote areas. The action will take place in two stages - first qualified doctors of regional medical institutions organize medical check-ups in their regions, and at the second stage consultation with the participation of employees of the republican specialized medical centers, research institutes and universities.

The effective implementation of these measures contributes implemented in work with modern medical equipment of health facilities in the areas of hospitals in remote areas. Highly qualified doctors with the help of advanced equipment, with which each district and rural medical centers, conduct accurate diagnosis of patients. All this is the result of successive reforms undertaken for the development of the national health system. Only last year the works on construction, reconstruction and equipping of 133 medical institutions, including the Syrdarya Regional Oncology Center, the Republican Specialized Scientific and Practical Center of Pediatrics in Tashkent, Republican antituberculose hospital in Nukus and others. For these purposes more than 400 billion soums of budget funds and almost 30 million USD of foreign loans and grants.

- Such events allow pre-identify and effectively treat all sorts of diseases, contribute to the prevention of disability, reduce the mortality rate of mothers and infants, - Head physician of a multidisciplinary clinic Pskent district of Tashkent region Shahlo Rakhimova says. - In the framework of humanitarian action of our clinic employees are working shoulder to shoulder with newcomers from the capital luminaries of medicine, which contributes to the enrichment of valuable experience and mutual exchange of views.

On the arrival of highly qualified physicians in remote areas of the country, carrying out a medical examination of the villagers have been warned and are preparing to come to them. - Man is always in need of care and attention - disabled group II Valentin Kazakov says. - Under the leadership of our President, emphasis on the comprehensive support and encourage people with disabilities. On an ongoing basis free consultations, we provide medicines. For our health and rest are all conditions and opportunities, including every year provide vouchers to sanatoriums. For example, last year I took a free hospital treatment Khanabad. It is important to note that social action is carried out using modern diagnostic equipment, including fluoromobile, ultrasound machines and ECG. In-depth medical examinations are retirees, people with disabilities, lone elderly, children and women of childbearing age. In identifying the disease for each patient will be a special program of improvement and rehabilitation. It will provide outpatient population in district, regional hospitals and national medical institutions.

This year, unlike previous expanded the medical teams involved in social action. This includes surgeons, obstetricians, internists, pediatricians, neurologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngology, urology, orthopedics, trauma, dentists, dermatologists and specialists venereologists-dozen other areas. Carrying out a large-scale event in scope tangible results: increased medical culture of the population, approved by a healthy lifestyle among young people strengthened commitment to create a healthy family, the elderly - to live longer without losing activity. After all, as the President noted, the attention and full care for the young and the older generation - that we first see the manifestation of our faith in tomorrow, mark a huge, immutable respect for our people.

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