In a bid to protect the rights and welfare of senior citizens in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the state government is planning to bring about an amendment to the Uttar Pradesh Parents and Senior Citizens Maintenance and Welfare Rules-2014.
This amendment aims to make it easier for old parents or senior citizens to evict their children and relatives from their property if they are being harassed or oppressed.
The Chief Minister of UP has ordered the Social Welfare Department to seek advice from the Advocate General before presenting the amendment proposal to the cabinet.
Currently, the Central Government’s Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act from 2007 is applicable in the state and has been in effect since 2012. The rules for this act were established in 2014.
According to the proposed amendment, three new rules, 22-A, 22-B, and 22-C, will be added to the existing manual.
The aim of these rules is to provide a provision for evicting children or relatives from the property of senior citizens if they fail to take care of them.
Any senior citizen can apply to the Maintenance Tribunal for the eviction of their children or relatives, and if the order of eviction is not followed within 30 days, the tribunal can take possession of the property with the help of the police.
The police will be obligated to enforce the eviction order, and the tribunal will hand over the property to the senior citizen. The District Magistrate will then submit a monthly report of such cases to the government by the 7th of the following month. Additionally, senior citizens will have the right to appeal against the tribunal’s order to the Appellate Tribunal led by the District Magistrate.
These proposed amendments highlight the government’s commitment to protecting the rights and ensuring the well-being of senior citizens. By making the process of eviction easier, the government aims to provide a safer and more secure environment for elderly parents who may be facing harassment or mistreatment from their own children or relatives.