New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) A Bill making it obligatory on the persons who inherit the property of their aged relatives to maintain them was today introduced in the Lok Sabha.
Introducing the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007 Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar said it was aimed at providing for more effective provisions for maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens by their wards.
The Bill provides for setting up separate tribunals at district headquarters where the old parents could move to claim proper maintenance from their children. And, those without children could take shelter at the Old age Homes, built by the governments across the country.
In case, the adopted wards maltreat their aged parents, they would be empowered to revert their will and take back their property.
The Minister said the Bill was necessitated because of growing incidence of children neglecting their old parents and even dumping ailing elderly persons at bus stands and railway stations.
The Bill aims to set up an appropriate mechanism for need-based maintenance to parents and senior citizens, better medical facilities and old age homes in every district. It also seeks for institutionalisation of a suitable mechanism for the protection of the life and property of older persons.
Though the parents can claim maintenance under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the procedure is both time consuming as well as expensive.