The State Government should establish/set-up the old age homes at its own level instead of relying upon NGOs or Societies, the Bench observed.
The Uttarakhand High Court has issued a slew of direction for welfare and protection of rights of senior citizens in the state.
A bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lok Pal Singh issued the following directives while disposing of a PIL filed by the Senior Citizen Welfare Organization seeking directions for protecting the rights of the senior citizens as per the provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of the Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
Referring to various provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of the Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, the bench said that 11 years have elapsed since it was enacted, but till date enactment has not been implemented fully. “Once the law is enacted, it must be implemented in letter and spirit,” the bench added.
The bench observed: “Every senior citizen has a fundamental right to live with dignity. It is the duty cast upon the State Government to protect the life, liberty and property including dignity and decency of senior citizens. They cannot be permitted to be left unattended in the twilight of their lives. Ours is a welfare and socialist state and it is expected that every senior citizen should live in a dignified manner with the assistance to be provided by the State Government.”
The bench also said the state government should establish/set-up the old age homes at its own level instead of relying upon NGOs or societies. “It cannot be permitted to pass on the responsibilities upon the NGOs for better management of the old age homes. It is also the duty of the State Government to provide beds for all senior citizens in government/government aided hospitals. There is requirement of separate queues for senior citizens. The facility for treatment of degenerated diseases is required to be extended to senior citizens.”