Legal provisions for maintenance, care and welfare of senior citizens including parents is the prime obective of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, popularly known as Senior Citizens Act.
The Act mandates creation of Maintenance Tribunals to address complaints of Parents and Senior Citizens. All states need to notify Rules under this central legislation. Delhi for instance has Delhi Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules 2009, which has been amended to serve the interest of elderlies in a bid to help them lead a secure life.
The Act also mandates setting up of Old Age Homes as a social welfare measure by the State.
- The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 – English
- The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 – Hindi
Maintenance is now a legal right of every parent and senior citizen. Abandonment and neglect of seniors is a cognizable offence. The offender is liable to be punished with imprisonment or fine or both.
- Prepare a Will for your Property
- SUPREME COURT Judgments on Fraud and Deceit
- State Human Rights Commissions in India
- Jail for children who abandon parents
A Draft Bill on proposed amendments in The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 is pending in Parliament for approval. This Bill when approved will further amend the Seniors Act to bring more stringency in provisions for welfare of elderlies.
What is the difference between a Bill and an Act ?
You might have noticed that the Statement of Objects & Reasons uses the phrase the Bill instead of the Act.
Well, that is because the Statement of Objects & Reasons is prepared when the draft of proposed legislation in the form of Bill is introduced in Parliament for discussion and approval. After approval from both houses of Parliament this draft goes to the President for his assent.
Bill is actually another name for the draft of proposed legislation. It is only after obtaining President’s assent that the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.