Centre likely to enact Welfare Bill for parents, elders: Minister

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Hyderabad, Nov 13 (UNI) Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar today said the Centre is likely to enact 'Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007' in the forthcoming Parliament Session.

Inaugurating the 'Asia-Pacific Consultation on Ageing Policies', organised by International Federation on Ageing and Heritage Foundation here, Ms Kumar said, ''the Bill has already been examined at length by a Parliamentary Committee and we are hopeful that it would be passed during the forthcoming session.'' Stating that the Bill would provide better medical facilities, institutionalise a mechanism for the protection of life and property of older persons, she said the old age homes and tribunals would be set up in every district after the bill was enacted.

Observing that India had taken initiatives in introducing welfare measures for elderly persons much before the adoption of 'Madrid International Plan of action of Ageing in 2002', the Minister underlined an urgent need to adopt a special package for elderly women, who outnumber old men in Asia-Pacific region.

The Ministry had launched a project called National Initiative on Care for Elderly (NICE) through National Institute of Social Defence for the formulation and development of projects and training of personnel in the field of old age care, she added.


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