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The Central Government is actively considering the recommendations of a committee set up to formulate a draft New National Policy on Senior Citizens. While Speaking at a function on the occasion of International Day of Older persons here today, Hon'ble Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Mukul Wasnik has said that the New Policy would address the changing needs of Senior Citizens and gear up for future Challenges. He said older persons are an integral part of our society as we need their expertise and wisdom. It is thus of paramount importance that we commit ourselves to the protection and promotion of their well being, their rights as senior citizens, particularly those who are in need of care. The Minister said the Government respects the rights and well being of the older people. The National Policy on Older Persons envisages State support to ensure food security, health care, social care, secure physical environment, equitable share in development, protection against abuse and exploitation, and availability of other services to improve the quality of their lives and we will go the extra mile to ensure that their rights are protected and promoted.
The Minister further told the gathering that Enactment of “The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007” is a major milestone in providing maintenance, shelter, health and security for senior citizens in the country. He said Concerted efforts have been made by the Ministry in persuading the State Governments/ UT Administrations to effectively implement various provisions of the Act. Shri Wasnik emphasized that an awareness campaign is the need of the hour to get the desired result from the Act.
The Minister also gave away awards to senior citizen for their contribution in various fields on the occasion.