State’s new policy for aged persons lowers age limit to 60 years for senior citizens

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2018 09:56:26


 

Staff Reporter,

 A total of 12 recommendations were made for Urban Development Department, which include special treatment to aged persons at Government Hospitals, concessions in taxes of Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils etc

Now onwards a person would be categorised as senior citizens on achieving the age of 60 years. Maharashtra Government has notified the change in its policy through a GR. Earlier, a senior citizen tag was granted after reaching the age of 65-years. As per the GR issued by Ministry for Social Justice and Special Assistance, the policy was structured focussing on the financial planning, health care of senior citizens so that they are able to face stress with aplomb.

For Public Health Department, 21 recommendations were made including addition of treatment for aged persons’ in public health programme. It also asked for establishment of memory clinics. A total of 12 recommendations were made for Urban Development Department, which includes special treatment to aged persons at Government Hospitals, concessions in taxes of Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils, establishment of four old aged homes in each district of the State, allowing additional Floor Space Index (FSI) in township for old aged homes.

The policy has laid down six guidelines for Home Department for safety and security of the old aged persons. Installing new help lines at offices of Police Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, emergency alert system, proper investigation of elderly abuse cases by police, updating of list of senior citizens living in police station area and immediate response to grievance of senior citizens is the important recommendation for Home Department. Other recommendations refer to establishment of separate senior citizens cell, and most importantly review of policy for aged persons after five years.