The Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is likely to be taken up in this monsoon session.
The Central government is continuously making changes to the rules made in the interest of the elderly and making them more beneficial. Meanwhile, the Centre is expected to bring a new rule for the care of parents and elders, and a decision on The Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is likely to be taken up in this monsoon session.
The monsoon session started on Monday. This time, it is believed that a decision can be taken on The Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill 2019. This bill was on the government’s agenda for a long time and that is why it wants to discuss this bill at the beginning of the monsoon session itself.
In December 2019, the Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill was passed by the Cabinet. The purpose of this bill is to prevent parents and senior citizens from being put in old-age homes. In this bill, provisions have been made to ensure the needs, safety, and security of senior citizens along with their maintenance and welfare. Keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, this bill can be passed in the Parliament in the current session. Many changes have been made to this bill before bringing it to Parliament.
The Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill cabinet has increased the space of children in December 2019. This includes children and grandchildren (excluding minors). Step-children, adopted children, and legal guardians of minor children have also been included in this bill. That is, if someone’s adopted child is a good caretaker, then he has also been included.
After this bill is passed, parents will have to pay Rs 10,000 as maintenance under the new law. This amount has been fixed by the government considering the standard of living and the income of the parents. Biological children, adopted children and step-parents have also been included in the law. The time for paying maintenance money was earlier kept 30 days but now it has been reduced to 15 days.