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News in brief: new members approved for NIC and MIRA

The first lady launched a National Elderly Action Plan.



Parliament on Monday approved the president’s nominees for vacant seats on the National Integrity Commission and the director’s board of the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority.

Ahmed Jihad, a retired colonel who served in the military for more than 30 years, was unanimously approved to the NIC – a watchdog for law enforcement bodies – with 78 votes in favour. Jihad’s name was put to a vote second after MPs voted against Shuaib Abdul Rahman.

Of the four individuals nominated by the president, parliament’s independent institutions committee recommended three nominees after a vetting and interviewing process. Dr Mariyam Shahneeza Nasir was third in the order of preference and the oversight committee decided not to recommend Hawwa Liusha.

A vacancy opened on the watchdog after the resignation of former NIC member Mohamed Farhad.

Mahzoom Saleem was unanimously approved for a five-year term on MIRA’s board of directors with 80 votes in favour.

First lady launches National Elderly Action Plan

First Lady Fazna Ahmed launched the National Elderly Action Plan 2019-2021 at a ceremony held on Monday morning at the Hotel Jen in Malé.

“The National Elderly Action Plan will see the implementation of the National Policy on Older Persons based on four primary areas of action; care and protection; independence and participation; health and wellbeing; and preparation for old age,” according to the president’s office. “The plan outlines ways to recognise socio-economic challenges to the elderly, ways to improve their wellbeing and protection and encourage their participation in the community.”

Gender, Family and Social Services Minister Shidhatha Shareef announced the decision to mark September 1 as National Grandparents Day.

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