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In a bid to protect the life and property of senior citizens, the Haryana government has notified an action plan regarding this. Disclosing the information, a spokesman of the Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department said that in case the son, daughter or legal heir of the senior citizens illegally occupy the house and try to deprive them of their property, they can contact the Sub-Divisional Magistrate or the District Magistrate concerned to get it vacated.
Instructions have been issued to Deputy Commissioners to get such unauthorized possession removed within 21 days of submission of the application.
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He said that police would also facilitate such senior citizens with the help of their neighbours, resident welfare associations, non-governmental organisations and volunteers. Every police station would constitute a committee of volunteers to remain in touch with them.
The police stations would have a separate register to record cases of atrocities being committed against parents and senior citizens. Also, such a report would be sent to the SP by the 10th of every month and it would be forwarded to the District Magistrate.
If the District Magistrate is of opinion that any son or daughter of a senior citizen is illegally occupying any property as defined in the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior citizens Act 2007, the District Magistrate shall issue a showcause notice.
In case parents or a senior citizen has transferred the property to an heir and are being neglected, he/she can apply to the Tribunal of the Sub Divisional Magistrate to withdraw or cancel the gift deed, so that the property could be returned to them. If parents or a senior citizens who are unable to maintain themselves with their income or the income received from the property, they have the right to get maintenance from their children or heirs. Apart from this, those found neglecting their parents can be imprisoned for three months or would have to pay a fine of upto Rs 5,000 or could be punished with both.