With an aim to increase the amount that is to be paid to parents and senior citizen, neglected or abandoned by their children, the Narendra Modi government is likely to introduce a legislation seeking a three-time hike from Rs 10,000/month to Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000/month. As per a report by Indian Express, the Central government will soon move amendments to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007, to increase the remuneration given to senior citizens (above the age of 60) and parents (irrespective of their age) by their children – who are not minors.
Latha Krishna Rao, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, said, “There are many who earn enough and can spare more than Rs 10,000 to provide for their parents. This is why we decided to increase the upper limit,”
Rao further said that the department is planning to introduce amendments in the monsoon session of the Parliament. As per the existing law, failure in making the payment of monthly maintenance can be punished with imprisonment of up to three months, the report added.
Children or legal successors, who are capable enough are under legal obligation to aid their parents/ senior citizen with monetary remuneration. Under the current law, parents who are not able to bear their monthly expenses or are abandoned or neglected can take up the issue to the subdivisional magistrate (SDM) against their children or kin who are to inherit their property.
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The Indian Express report further stated that ministry will also make it mandatory for all agencies and private firms, which presently follow varying age criteria, to uniformly observe 60 years and above. “We felt that it is necessary to have a standard age of 60 years everywhere, from the railways to airlines and insurance firms,” said Rao.
Rao also said that in India around 11 crore people are over the age of 60. Some other amendments have also been made on the recommendation of a committee set up earlier this year. A proposed amendment says that it will be mandatory for state governments to set up at least one old age home for 150 people in each district. As off now there are around 350 old age homes in the country and most of them are NGO-run, the report added.