Tuesday, 29 April, 2008

THE MAINTENANCE AND WELFARE OF PARENTS AND SENIOR CITIZENS ACT, 2007

THE MAINTENANCE AND WELFARE OF PARENTS AND

SENIOR CITIZENS ACT, 2007

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 makes it a legal obligation for children and heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens. The Act was published in Gazette of India on 31.12.2007. The ACT is to be enforced by the State government concerned. The date on which the Act will come into force will be notified by the State government concerned in the Official Gazette.

State governments may set up maintenance tribunals in every sub-division to decide the level of maintenance. Appellate tribunals may be established at the district level.

Senior citizens who are unable to maintain themselves shall have the right to apply to a maintenance tribunal seeking a monthly allowance from their children or heirs.

If the senior citizen has transferred by way of gift or otherwise, his property, subject to the condition that the relative shall provide the basic amenities and basic physical needs to the senior citizen and such relative refuses or fails to provide such amenities and physical needs the said transfer of property shall be declared void by the Tribunal, if the senior citizen so desires . Here is the full text of the Act :

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