Finally,UP adopts law to protect its old

Last state to implement the Act under which tribunals will be set up to hear aged parents’ grievances.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: August 29, 2012 3:18:01 am

Last state to implement the Act under which tribunals will be set up to hear aged parents’ grievances

Old parents neglected by their children have something to cheer about. The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal to adopt “The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act,2007”.

With this,UP became the last state in the country to implement the Act.

The legislation is meant “to provide more effective provisions for maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens,guaranteed and recognised under the Constitution’’.

The state government will set up maintenance tribunals chaired by the sub-divisional magistrates to deal with the matters relating to the maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens. District magistrates will be its appellate authority.

“With the cabinet decision to adopt this Act,there will be a legal framework to address the grievances of parents and senior citizens across the state. Children,who ignore their parents,can be jailed for a period of three months or imposed fine or face both,” said Sadakant,Principal Secretary (Social Welfare). He said the government would soon notify the provisions of the Act.

A committee headed by Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani will examine ways for its proper implementation as well to stop its misuse.

Under the Act,“senior citizen” is defined as a person who is a citizen of India and has attained the age of 60 years,while “welfare” means provisions for food,health,care,recreation and other amenities for the senior citizen. A “senior citizen” includes a parent who is unable to maintain himself.

An important provision of this Act is that no legal practitioner can be involved by both the parties concerned in such matters. District Social Welfare Officer will be designated as the maintenance officer.

Under its provisions,government hospitals funded fully or partially by the government shall provide beds for all senior citizens. “Separate queues be arranged for senior citizens,” says another provisions of the Act.

OTHER decisions

Noida land back to Irrigation Dept

The cabinet cleared a proposal to allow the Irrigation Department to take back land measuring about 895 acres from Noida authorities. The land was transferred to NOIDA during the previous BSP government. The cabinet also cleared a proposal to fix accountability of those officers who played a role in the land transfer.

Honorarium for political detainees

A proposal to give Rs 3,000 per month as honorarium to political detainees,who were arrested and jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act and Defence of India Rules during late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule from 1975 to 1977,was cleared by the cabinet. The beneficiaries will be given free medical treatment in government hospitals,besides free passes to travel in government buses.

Land for HC judges

The cabinet cleared allotment of about 36,750 square metre land at Mushtkharja village in Allahabad’s Sadar subdivision for providing housing facilities to judges of the High Court.

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