A decade after the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007 came into force, SAS Nagar is yet to constitute district-level committees to ensure speedy redressal of complaints.
In a reply to an RTI application, the SAS Nagar administration admitted that “No committee has been constituted to date, but the process of setting up the same is in progress. SDMs were directed to send a report with regard to the members of the said committees, but even the report has not been received.”
“The committees were to be constituted within six months, but defeating the purpose, the administration has not put the system in place to date,” said advocate Pawan Sharma, a resident of Phase 2, who had moved the application last year, seeking information under the RTI Act.
It may be pointed out that initially, a committee was constituted under the social welfare officer, but it became defunct over the years as no complainants were approaching the panel.
MORE THAN MAINTENANCE, PARENTS SEEKING EVICTION
Most of the complaints filed with the district administration are about re-claiming gifted properties and eviction of children. There are about 20 such complaints with the administration. “In SAS Nagar that has flat culture, most of the complainants seek eviction from their children so that the portion of house can be put on rent to earn revenue. More than maintenance, the parents are seeking eviction,” said an official.
“We have four complaints pending, wherein parents have re-claimed the property that has already been transferred,” said SDM Lakhmir Singh. “Parents do not wish to get maintenance and demand that the transferred property be given back to them,” said SAS Nagar ADC Poonamdip Kaur.
ADMN TAKES A YEAR TO REPLY UNDER RTI
Advocate Pawan Sharma had moved an application seeking information about the constitution of committees. Following a rap from the state information commission, he was supplied the information on May 31.