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Govt enacts J&K Maintenance of Parents & Senior Citizen Act
12/15/2018 9:39:51 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 15: In order to provide a safe environment to old aged senior citizens, the Government of J&K has enacted J&K Maintenance Of Parents and Senior Citizen Act 2014 and framed it's rules for effective implementation under SRO 226.
Secretary, Social Welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone on Friday reviewed the modalities for ensuring effective implementation of J&K Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2014.
The Act provides for a comprehensive legal framework for elderly care system in the State including the establishment of Old Age Homes and Senior Citizens Welfare Fund. It also provides for constitution of Maintenance Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal, State Advisory Council and Conciliation Officers to address the issues of Senior Citizens. Executive Director/Secretary, State Social Welfare Board, Dr Khalid Hussain Malik informed the meeting that the proposals for the establishment of Maintenance and Appellate Tribunal have been moved to Planning/Finance Department by the Administrative Department.
It was decided that till formal appointment of Conciliation Officers, the concerned CDPOs shall be designated as Conciliation Officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction while District Social Welfare Officers shall be designated as Maintenance Officers in their areas of jurisdiction. The meeting also reviewed the modalities for constitution of State Advisory Council and District Committees for the effective implementation of the Act. Secretary Social Welfare called for effective implementation of the Act on the ground so that its benefits reach to the intended senior citizens in need of care. He said the project of old-age home at Jammu is in progress at a cost of Rs 9.73 crore and all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to identify land at the earliest for establishment of Old-Age Homes in their respective districts.
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