December 19, 2009

INDIA: `Uttar Pradesh state must form tribunal to address grievances of elderly'

. LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh / The Times of India / Elderly / December 19, 2009 The high court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh state government to constitute `maintenance tribunal' to hear and decide the grievances of senior citizens and old parents in Uttar Pradesh within six weeks. The order came in the wake of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, enacted by the parliament. A division bench of Justice Pradeep Kant and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by local lawyer, Aseem Chandra. It was said that the Parliament felt that the elderly and senior citizens of the country required care and attention and also protection of their life and liberty. It further felt that the young generation was failing in its duty to take adequate care of its elderly citizens, including parents, relatives or other members of the society, who have turned old and infirm. To eliminate the agony and sufferings of this section of society, the Parliament enacted a law in 2007, whereby state governments were required to constitute maintenance tribunal within six weeks of enforcement of the Act. The UP government has failed to do so till date, stated the petition. The petitioner demanded that the state government must forthwith establish and constitute the said forum as envisaged under section 7 of the 2007 Act. [rc] Copyright © 2009 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd