The Maharashtra cabinet will soon discuss a policy to increase pension of and provide health insurance to senior citizens. The policy is similar to the national policy.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan assured a delegation of members of All India Senior Citizens Confederation (AISCCON) that the government was sympathetic to their needs and would soon discuss the policy. He said the draft of the senior citizen policy was in final stages.
Chavan is expected to attend a gathering of senior citizens in Pune on October 1 by which time a decision on the policy is likely.
D N Chapke,general secretary of AISCCON,said the Maharashtra government was yet to come out with a policy for senior citizens,though the Central government announced its policy in 1991.
He said AISCCON had also asked for a hike in government pension to Rs1,000. Under the current policy,seniors get Rs 400 from state governments and Rs 200 from the Centre. Issues such as starting old-age homes in each district,a separate department for senior citizens and free medical cover to those below poverty line were also discussed with the M, said Chapke.