Maintenance of Parents and Senior citizen is the responsibility of very person. In India the uncared senior citizens including parents who are unable to maintain themselves from their own resources or are abandoned by their children, can get the relief under an Act known as The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act. Under this Act, children and property heirs must take care of the maintenance of their parents/senior citizens. The purpose of enacting this Act was to fulfill the gaps in Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 has limited provision for maintenance of parents only and is silent on welfare measures. Whereas the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior citizen Act 2007, has provisions for maintenance and also look after the welfare of parents and senior citizens. It is a comprehensive Act. It has a broader scope and is not limited to the sphere of parent-child relationship only. The Act holds the State responsible for the implementation of welfare measures for senior citizen.
By bringing out the Maintenance and Welfare of parents and citizens Act, the Government has taken a small step towards bringing a smile to the faces of the elders of our society. As a nation, it is every citizens duty to ensure that Senior Citizens live a happy, healthy and secure life. We should always keep in mind that who took care of us in their youth and helped us to grow, we owe them a better tomorrow.
The act extends to the whole of India except the Sate of Jammu and Kashmir and it applies also to citizens of India outside India.