The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, adopted by the Punjab government in July 2008, is a boon for parents who are rendered shelterless in old age.
Stating this here on Tuesday, deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said that though it was the moral duty of children to look after their parents, many leave their parents to fend for themselves. In such cases, parents can seek maintenance from children, he said.
The DC said the tribunals formed under the Act in Amritsar-I, Amritsar-II and Ajnala sub-division of Amritsar had pronounced landmark judgments under the Act to provide relief to 35 elderly persons. In the period from April to November last year, 14 aged persons in Amritsar-I, 16 in Amritsar-II and five in Ajnala benefited from the Act, he said.
Aggarwal said the government had constituted maintenance tribunals at the sub-divisional level and a senior citizen can approach this tribunal with an application for maintenance.
The DC said that to ensure strict compliance of the Act and ensure the safety and security of aged parents, the administration had incorporated a stringent provision in land registration deeds, which makes the transfer of property illegal or void if the elderly are not provided basic amenities by the beneficiaries. All sub-registrars and joint sub-registrars have been directed to include section 23 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizenship Act, 2007, in the registration deeds of property.