Jagran Bureau, New Delhi. Finally, after a long wait, the way has been cleared for changes in the law related to the maintenance of parents and elders. Following the recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee, the government has completed preparations to introduce it in a new form in the winter session of Parliament, including several important provisions in the bill. At present, in the important provisions that have been included in the bill, the elderly will no longer be able to claim maintenance from their sons, daughters or grandchildren. This would include all such close relatives and relatives who would be entitled to their property. In the absence of children, such people will also be responsible for their care.

Anyway, the central government has made this law much stricter than before. In this, provision has also been made for six months jail for not taking care and protection of parents and elders. Earlier this provision was only for three months in jail. Along with this, giving a more comprehensive nature to this law, along with maintenance, their protection has also been included. According to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the biggest challenge before the elderly in the present time is security. Such cases are coming to the fore every day, in which elderly people living alone in homes are being targeted. The winter session of Parliament is starting from November 29, which will continue till December 23. Let us inform that the current law related to the care of parents and elders was prepared in 2007.

According to the officials associated with the ministry, on the recommendation of the parliamentary committee, the maximum limit of Rs 10,000 fixed for maintenance in the bill has also been done away with. Now it will be decided according to the status of the person. That is, if the income or business of the son is in crores, then the alimony will also be decided on the same basis. Old age homes have also been included in the new bill. Now it will be necessary to mobilize all the facilities favorable to them. Especially it will be mandatory to have health related facilities.

Existing law is out of date:

The government has taken this step at a time when the existing law has become obsolete. At the same time, the number of elderly people in the country is increasing rapidly.

At present, there are about 11 crore elderly people in the country. Their population is estimated to be around 33 crores by 2050.

Edited By: Tanisk