Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

20 NOV 2019
National Policy for Senior Citizens’ Welfare

The National Policy on Older Persons had been announced in 1999 for the welfare of elderly people.  Keeping in view the emerging trends in demographic, socio-economic, technological and other relevant fields in the country, the Ministry is drawing a National Policy for Senior Citizens, incorporating issues such as financial & food security, healthcare & nutrition, safety & security, housing, welfare etc.

 

Whereas, Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ (RVY) is a Scheme of this Ministry, launched in 2017, under which aids and assisted living devices are provided free of cost  to senior citizens who are suffering from age related infirmities/disabilities and belong to BPL category, to restore near normalcy in their bodily functions.

 

Consultation/comments on the draft Policy have been obtained from the concerned stakeholders such as Central Ministries/Departments/State Governments/UT Administrations/Members of the Civil Societies etc.

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

 

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Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
20 NOV 2019 4:53PM by PIB Delhi
Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Amendment Bill

The proposed ‘Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Amendment Bill’ has the following major salient features:

(i)  Definition of “children” and ‘parents’ has been expanded.

(ii)  Definition of ‘maintenance’ and ‘welfare’ has been expanded.

(iii)  Mode of submission of application for maintenance has been enlarged.

(iv)  Ceiling of Rs.10,000/- as maintenance amount has been removed.

(v)     Preference to dispose of applications of senior citizens, above eighty years of age, early has been included.

(vi)    Registration of Senior Citizens Care Homes/Homecare Service Agencies etc. have been included.

(vii)   Minimum standards for senior citizen care homes has been included in the Bill.

(viii) Appointment of Nodal Police Officers for Senior Citizens in every Police Station and District level Special Police Unit for Senior Citizens has been included.

(ix)  Maintenance of Helpline for senior citizens has been included.

 

Consultation/comments on the draft bill have been obtained from the concerned stakeholders such as Central Ministries/Departments/State Governments/UT Administrations/Members of the Civil Societies etc.

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

 

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