“Senior Citizen” means any person being a citizen of India, who has attained the age of sixty years or above. This age shall be uniformly applicable for availing the facilities and benefits for senior citizens including health, housing, travel, insurance etc. extended by the Central and State Government, Semi-Government and Private Organisations
Yes various protective rights have been legislated for the Senior Citizens as well the government has given various concessions to them.
- The legal right to claim maintenance is given under personal laws, Code of Criminal Procedure and Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
- Under the National Old-age Pension Scheme Central Government is to pay a pension of INR 200 to senior citizens belonging to the BPL household.
- The railway ministry provides a concession of 30% and 50% in railway fare to male and female senior citizen respectively above the age of 60 years.
- The Civil Aviation Ministry provides a concession up to 50% for male senior citizen above 65 years of age and female senior citizen above 63 years of age through the National Carrier and Air India.
This Act provides for maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens for ensuring their basic needs; safety and security and the rights guaranteed and recognised under the Constitution
A senior citizen who has transferred his property either moveable or immovable, by way of gift or otherwise, subject to the condition that the transferee (children, grandchildren or relative) shall provide him basic amenities and physical needs and thereafter such transferee reuses or fails to provide such promise, such transfer of property shall be deemed to have been made by fraud, coercion or undue influence and the court can declare such transfer as void.
Senior Citizens can file a complaint regarding the same and seek an appropriate order from the court.
No stamp duty is payable, it is simply through the order of the tribunal , the deed is declared as void.
Under Section 24, if anybody who is responsible for the care of the senior citizen leaves him/her in any place with the intention of wholly abandoning such person, is punishable with imprisonment of either 3 months or fine up to Rs.5000 or both.
Yes, the parents and grandparents not able to maintain themselves can ask maintenance from children, grandchildren or relatives.
An Application can be made to the tribunal under Section 4, giving details of person from whom maintenance is demanded.