A PIL was filed in the High Court seeking directions to the state government to implement the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and establish tribunals to deal with the cases of parents and senior citizens.
The petitioner, Marripalem Helping Hands Seva Sangam, represented by its president K Srinu of Visakhapatnam, submitted that under Section 7 of the Act, the state government has to establish one or more tribunals for each sub-division to deal with the cases for maintenance of parents, senior citizens and also relatives by their children and grandchildren, except minors. Besides, as per Section 19 of the Act, the state government has to establish one home in each district for aged persons by providing assistance to at least 150 poor in each home. Minimum necessities have to be provided to the poor persons in accordance with objectives of the Act, he added.
The petitioner society pointed out that several poor and old persons are suffering and are resorting to begging etc. due to non-implementation of the Act. Though a notification was issued in 2008, the government has failed to establish tribunals or homes, it said. Principal secretary to women development and child welfare and disabled welfare was named as the respondent.