Updated at 7.50pm: More than 200 senior citizens called on the Government to revoke its proposals for asset assessment for the Old Age Allowance (OAA) on Thursday. The Elderly Rights League and the Society for Community Organisation expressed their discontent over what they saw as a Government attempt to cut elderly benefits. ''We are not asking for much support from the Government because we are not looking for a free lunch,'' said 80-year-old Lai Siu-yung, one of the 310,000 people who has received OAA since the benefit was first introduced in 1970s. ''All we want is for the Government to abandon its plan to assess our assets,'' she said. Ms Lai works from 5.40am to 8am folding newspapers to earn $50-$60 per day. She lives in poverty because her family members do not support her. After listening to their concerns, the Director of Social Welfare Carrie Lam Cheng Yut-ngor attempted to clarify the confusion over the OAA asset assessment plans. She assured the protesters that the Government had no plans to cut benefits. She reiterated Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's plan to spend more money to help old people living in poverty. ''People worried about OAA are missing the point because the real problem is that elderly people depend on $705 per month to cover living expenses,'' she said. ''What they need is Comprehensive Social Security Allowance or other social benefits to help them, not OAA.'' However, when asked for a guarantee that benefits would not be cut, Health and Welfare Bureau Principal Assistant Secretary Laurie Lo Chi-hong could only say that the Government would be reviewing the plan. ''We feel disappointed and upset about today's meeting because nothing was achieved,'' said one of the senior citizens' representatives, Kan Suk-ying. ''They didn't answer any of our questions or respond to our requests,'' she said. As well as asking the Government to abandon plan to assess pensioners' assets, the senior citizens requested raising the OSSA from the present rate of $705 per month for those over 70 years old, to $1,050 a month.