Maharashtra government is giving final touches to a policy for senior citizens and its draft will be placed before the Cabinet soon.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told this to a delegation of senior citizens which met him on Tuesday.
Chavan assured the delegation that the government would sympathetically consider their demands for health insurance scheme and increase in pension.
The chief minister said his government has provided several facilities like pension for elderly persons from BPL families and free travel in MSRTC buses.
He said the draft policy includes provisions like setting up a state-level welfare board and district co-ordination committees for senior citizens.
The delegation urged the CM to make provision for a separate Ministry for senior citizens’ welfare,setting up recreation centres for them and lowering the age criteria for MSRTC bus travel concession to 60 from 65 years now.