Senior citizens` grievances: Delhi govt opens 9 tribunals
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 21:02
Delhi: Elderly people in the national capital can now hope for better maintenance by their families as Delhi government on Thursday opened nine tribunals to address grievances of senior citizens relating to their well being.

The tribunals will ensure compliance of provisions of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 which provides for compulsory maintenance and welfare of senior citizens by their families.

Launching the tribunals on the occasion of international day for older person here, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her government will implement the provisions of the Act to ensure quality of life of senior citizens.

"It is a big step forward to offer a better life to the elderly people in the city," she said.

Dikshit said the nine Maintenance Tribunals would be functioning from nine Revenue Districts and each tribunal would have a chairman and two members.

Officials said senior citizens facing ill treatment can now approach these tribunals they will have the power to invoke penal provisions against the children or relatives who fail to take good care of the elders.

As per provisions of the act, sons and daughters who have abandoned their parents or ill treated them could face imprisonment of up to three months or a fine of Rs 5,000 or both.

Dikshit said the tribunals would meet twice in a week and address the grievances and various problems related to senior citizens.

She informed that her government is considering opening more tribunals in each sub-division of the capital.

The Act provides for compulsory maintenance, protection and welfare of parents and senior citizens so that they could lead a secure life of dignity, peace and security for them.

She said the Act would guide her government to undertake welfare measures for its aged citizens, which includes establishing old age homes, providing medical support and taking measures for protecting their life and property, which includes sensitisation and public awareness.

Dikshit exhorted all the stakeholders, the elderly, their heirs, and all relevant governmental agencies to come together to bring in a new era of happiness, hope and purpose in the lives of parents and senior citizens.

Social Welfare Minister M R Singhal said the Delhi government is providing Rs 1,000 monthly pension to the senior citizens above 60 years of age.

The Delhi government is running 18 recreation centres for the senior citizens and Dikshit said 50 more recreation centres would be constructed in the coming years.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 01, 2009, 21:02

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