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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Senior citizens get maintenance rights in state

To ensure the dignity of elderly people, the UP government has adopted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, which gives legal rights to senior citizens for seeking maintenance from their kin.
"The government has adopted the Act under which parents and senior citizens have been given the legal right of maintenance", said SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary. As per the provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, children of a senior citizen have the obligation to maintain them so that they could lead normal life. For childless elderly persons, the onus of their maintenance will lie on the relative who is in possession of their property or who would inherit the same. The maximum monthly allowance will be specified by the state government, Chaudhary said.

Under the Act, a provision of constituting a maintenance authority under the chairmanship of sub-divisional magistrate has been made, he said. Under the Act, parents and senior citizens would have the right to get maintenance of maximum Rs 10,000 per month and district welfare officer would be nominated as the maintenance officer.

The SP spokesperson said that along with the setting up of old age homes, medical services would be provided to senior citizens in the hospitals on priority. He said the government has launched Rani Laxmibai pension scheme in which people living below poverty line would get a monthly pension of Rs 400 payable in two half-yearly installments.

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