New policy for senior citizens soon
Hyderabad: New Policy for Senior Citizens Soon, the NDA government was committed to ensure safety and well being of the senior citizens in the country and it would come up with a policy to suit the present requirements.
Hyderabad: The Central government would soon bring amendments to the national policy for senior citizens, said Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot.
Speaking at the 12th Global Conference organised by the International Federation of Aging here on Friday, the Union Minister said that the NDA government was committed to ensure safety and well being of the senior citizens in the country and it would come up with a policy to suit the present requirements.
“In India, as per the 2011 census, the above 60 years population is 10.4 crore, which is 8.6 per cent of the population. The figure is expected to reach 17.3 crore or 12.4 per cent of the total population by 2016,” he said.
In order to improve the quality of life of senior citizens, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had adopted a multi-pronged strategy which includes formulation of a National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) , enactment of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, he added.
He said the NPOP envisages State support to ensure financial and food security, healthcare, shelter, as well as protection of life and property in order to improve the quality of the lives of senior citizens.