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NHRC panel to look into issues of the elderly

Last Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010 - 18:45

New Delhi: The NHRC has constituted a
core group on protection and welfare of the elderly which
will review existing government policies on the subject,
assess the current status of enforcement of senior citizens`
rights and make recommendations in this regard.
"The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has
constituted a Core Group on the Protection and Welfare of
Elderly Persons," the Commission said in a statement today.

The terms of reference of the core group include
"review of the existing government policies, law, rules and
orders etc. and other material from human rights perspective
and making an assessment of current status of enforcement of
the rights of the elderly in different states and union
territories in India."

The 13-member core group will also identify "voids and
gaps" in the policy framework for implementation and suggest
measures to fill the same.

It will also identify "important" human rights issues
concerning the elderly and suggest appropriate measures for
"better" protection of their rights, NHRC said.

On the basis of its findings, the core group will
suggest plan of action for enforcement of the rights of
elderly persons.
It will also examine "best practices" in India and
abroad dealing with the care of elderly and take note of any
other issue which it will consider relevant to the subject.

The core group comprises representatives of leading
NGOs, hospitals, universities, research institutes and
societies working for the welfare of senior citizens in the


First Published: Friday, November 26, 2010 - 18:45
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