Senior Citizen population in India will be 12.4% of total by 2026


New Delhi, July 02: As per Census 2011, senior citizens comprise 8.57% of the total population. Projected population of Senior Citizens by the year 2026 is 12.4%. To ensure care and protection of this growing population of senior citizens, Government of India has enacted The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (MWPSC) Act in 2007 to ensure need based maintenance for parents and senior citizens and their welfare.

The Act inter-alia provides for maintenance of parents/ senior citizens by children/ relatives made obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals, Revocation of transfer of property by senior citizens in case of neglect by relatives, Penal provision for abandonment of senior citizens, Establishment of Old Age Homes for Indigent Senior Citizens, Adequate medical facilities  and security for Senior Citizens. The MWPSC Act, 2007 has been notified by all State Governments and UT Administrations, except Jammu and Kashmir, where the Act is not applicable, and Himachal Pradesh has its own Act.

For protection of senior citizens and parents, it has been informed by Government of NCT of Delhi, that under Section 22 of the Delhi Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Rules, 2016, the Government has included the provision for eviction of children or legal heirs from the self acquired property of parents/senior citizens, if parents/senior citizens are ill-treated and not maintained by such children/legal heirs. Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate shall issue such eviction order and has the powers to enforce the eviction order through Police.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria in Lok Sabha today.