Senior Citizens Welfare Council On Anvil: Admin

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration may constitute a council of senior citizens at the state and district level for effective implementation of The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007.

According to the rules of the Act, the government may by order establish a council of senior citizens to advise it on effective implementation and to perform such other functions in relation to the senior citizens as the government may specify.

The council, according to the  rules, would comprise of minister Social Welfare, administrative secretaries of different departments like Social Welfare, Home, Finance, GAD, Health, Director General of Police, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Jammu, Inspector General of Police Kashmir and Jammu, specialists, activists, and eminent senior citizens.

The rules also provide that the government may also establish a committee of senior citizens in each district which will advise it on effective and coordinated implementation of the law and perform such other functions in relation to the senior citizens at the district level as the government may specify.

The rules also state that the Director General of Police shall take all necessary steps, subject to such guidelines as the government may issue from time to time, for the protection of life and property of senior citizens.

According to the rules, each police station shall maintain an up-to-date list of senior citizens living within its jurisdiction, especially those who are living by themselves

The police shall also promptly attend to complaints/problems by senior citizens and visit them as quickly as possible on receipt of a request of assistance from them, the rules state.

These rules have been unveiled for implementation of Act which became applicable to J&K from October 31, 2019.

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