Children will now have to pay alimony to elderly parents, preparation to present the maintenance bill again in Parliament
Amidst the changing social fabric, the care of the elderly is becoming a big challenge. At the same time, the government is preparing for a major change in the age-old law related to the maintenance of parents and the elderly, which will be made more strict. Under this, no person will be able to turn away from the care of the elderly. Failing to do so, he can be punished with imprisonment of six months and a fine. Along with this, preparations are also being made to change the alimony received by the elderly. This allowance will be determined according to the status and income of the children. Till now its maximum limit was proposed to be Rs 10,000 per month only.
Preparation of changes in the bill related to maintenance
After a long wait of about three years, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is preparing to move forward again regarding the changes in the Bill related to the maintenance of parents and the elderly. There is complete preparation to bring it in the winter session of Parliament. Though the bill was first introduced in Parliament in the year 2019, it was later referred to the Standing Committee. According to the officials associated with the ministry, many important changes have been made to this bill after the suggestion of the committee. In which the elders will not be left at the mercy of God. If no one serves them then the government will take care of them. For this, a framework will be set up in the country. In which mapping the presence of the elderly in each district, old age homes with medical facilities and a cell will be formed at the district level. Which will operate the facilities related to it.
Attention will also be given to the safety of the elderly.
Apart from this, in the proposed bill, attention has also been paid to the safety of the elderly living alone at home. Under this, a sub-inspector or a police officer of its equivalent rank will be nominated in each police station to look into the cases related to the elderly and keep their complete details. Who will keep a list of every such elderly living in the police station area? Along with this, the details of the people and neighbors who take care of them will also be kept. Significantly, the current law related to the care of parents and the elderly was made in the year 2007.
Not only sons and daughters, but they will also be able to take alimony from grandchildren and sons-in-law.
According to the proposed bill, parents will no longer be entitled to seek alimony only from their biological children, but now they will be able to seek alimony from grandchildren, sons-in-law, or relatives who will be claimants of their property. . At present, the total population of the elderly in the country is about 12 crores. It is estimated to reach around 33 crores by the year 2050. In such a situation, the government wants to keep the system related to the elderly in check.