MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s president on Monday defended a plan to offer pensions to indigenous folks beginning at age 65, in contrast with 68 for different Mexicans.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was elected final 12 months after campaigning to assist marginalized folks, stated those that query the concept ought to go to poor indigenous communities to see how residents reside.
He stated indigenous seniors in poor areas are sometimes in worse well being than city-dwelling counterparts as a result of a long time of onerous labor and poor diet.
“It is painful that a senior in the city, age 65, is better preserved than an indigenous person of 65 because they work, they eat poorly, they have to walk for kilometers and they suffer greatly,” Lopez Obrador stated. “How do we not give them special attention?”
Some criticized his plan for contemplating race within the provision of social advantages.
“Only a deeply racist government would parcel out a social program measuring aid according to people’s race,” tweeted Julen Rementeria, a senator representing the Gulf coast state of Veracruz for the conservative Nationwide Motion Celebration.
Lopez Obrador stated he regrets that focusing on indigenous folks for assist could be thought-about discriminatory.
“If giving preferential attention to indigenous people is racist, put me on the list,” the president stated.
Lopez Obrador defined that his plan would enshrine within the structure the indigenous seniors’ proper to obtain pensions at age 65.
He additionally envisions the fitting for poor kids with disabilities to get authorities stipends and for poor college students to obtain scholarships below a constitutional reform that his authorities will ship to lawmakers.