An amendment to the 3728 Act, which provides benefits to people 65 years and older in poverty now establishes that indigenous seniors will also be financially supported by government.
The Paraguayan Directorate of Non-Contributory Pensions (DPNC) issued regulations supplementing the new law. There are a number of outlined requirements for registration, as well as a designated system to determine whether the beneficiary was in poverty.
Studies conducted by the census identified that most Paraguayan indigenous people are in a state of poverty, especially adults of the communities. In response, the Ministry of Finance decided that the programme was universal for the indigenous elderly.
Following this decision, the system of registration for the indigenous elders programme was simplified. Now only basic details of the beneficiary are needed for registration.
The law allocates approximately 25% of current wages to the maintenance of people over 65 in poverty.