The state government will have to inform the Bombay high court on the measures it has taken to implement a special act for senior citizens and aged parents, within two weeks.
A division bench of justice Anoop V Mohta and justice NM Jamdar was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) that sought proper publicity for the Act and its effective implementation.
“Considering the scheme and object of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and as stated the Central Government has already reminded the state government to implement the provisions of the Act, what steps the state government has been taking and also with regard to the health facilities and/or other related facilities, including establishment of old age homes, need to be placed on record within two weeks,” said the order passed on Friday.
Non-profit group Mission Justice, which filed the PIL, sought directions be given to the state and Centre on implementing different aspects of the Act, which allows aged parents to apply for maintenance from their children, provisions for their medical care, setting up of old age homes, among other things. A senior citizen would be someone who has crossed 60 years of age.
“It is not being implemented till date,” said Mission Justice’s counsel Siddharth Murarka, while arguing in court on Friday. “Things like ill treatment of seniors can be reported. The government is duty-bound to take care.”
He argued the Act had not been effectively publicised till now. The matter has been posted for hearing on November 14.