Amidst the hustle and bustle to have a secure career and create a better future for the next generation, we often forget to take care of the ones who raised us. With the fast-moving professional world, it becomes difficult to spend quality time with our aged parents while keeping up to the ‘rat-race’. Also, giving in to the fact that most of us are willing to leave our country and settle abroad for a pocket satisfying CTC, it skips our mind to think about the aged parents who would have to spend the rest of their life alone and all by themselves.
Living alone can have several consequences, such as having problems with daily chores, restricted mobility, a requirement for emergency hospitalization, etc. Keeping such scenarios and the need for elderly care in mind, the Union Cabinet goes on to approving the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill or Amendment of 2019.
This 2019 bill was proposed to bring in minor changes in an attempt to enhance the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill that was passed in 2007.
The 2019 Bill
After the changes and additions made to the 2007 Bill, the 2019 Bill now holds –
- An expanded definition of ‘welfare’ and ‘maintenance’, ‘parents’ and ‘children’.
- The medium or way to submit the application for maintenance has been changed and now is enlarged.
- Mandatory registration for agencies or organizations offering senior citizen care.
- The maintenance amount ceiling of Rs. 10,000 has been eliminated.
- Helpline maintenance for both senior citizens.
- Maintenance of the required standards for nursing care at home
- Dispose of application of citizens who are above eighty years old.
- Should be appointed to Nodal Police Officers for Senior Citizens in every possible Police Station along with District level special Police Force/ Unit for elderly citizens.
- Mandatory registration for organizations providing elderly home care.
Besides, as per the Bill passed, individuals who have higher monthly wages are supposed to contribute more towards elderly care, violating which a fine of Rs. 5000 has to borne or imprisonment for three months, or in special cases both.
The Bill also states that senior citizens above the age of eighty can lodge a complaint in case of neglect by their children or if being refused to be paid the maintenance amount for elder care.
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