Old age homes: HC seeks affidavit from govt

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday directed the state government to file an affidavit explaining as to why the notification for establishing the old age shelter homes and tribunals for protecting the rights of aged people under the Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, has not been issued by it so far.


The court also sought explanation from the senior responsible officer of the state government to explain as to why the direction issued on January 10, 2014, by a division bench of this court for issuing the same notification within a month under the aforesaid Act was not complied with.

Hearing a PIL filed by one Zunaid Azad Ahmed of Moradabad district, a division bench comprising Justice Arun Tandon and Justice AK Mishra directed to hear this case on October 30, 2014.

Appearing for the petitioner, his counsel D K Tiwari informed about the pathetic condition of some aged people in the state, who have to face crisis when they are humiliated and sometimes even compelled to vacate their houses by none other than their own ungrateful children. In order to protect the rights of aged people and also to protect their interest, an Act named as Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, was passed by Parliament. It was also provided in the Act itself that a notification would be issued by the state government concerned for establishing the old age shelter homes for their welfare and tribunals for protecting their rights.

However, the petitioner’s counsel vehemently contended that despite passing of an Act and even after an order issued by a division bench of this court in this connection, no notification has yet been issued by the state government, which is a matter of serious concern.

 

Article Courtesy: TNN

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