Source: News Bharati English19 Jun 2017 14:45:02

New Delhi, June 19: The Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot chaired second meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens on Monday. Addressing on the occasion, he informed that the proposal regarding Schemes of Aadhaar Based Smart Card for Senior Citizens is under consideration for formulation of a scheme.

Gehlot said, the proposed Smart Card would contain all the relevant details including health related information. Also Rastriya Vayoshri Yojana for free of cost distribution of Physical Aids and Assisted- Living Devices to senior citizens belonging to BPL category was launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment which aims at providing senior citizens suffering from age related disabilities and infirmities. The scheme is being implemented through ALIMCO, a PSU under the Ministry.

He said that corpus of the Senior Citizens Welfare Fund comprise of any credit balance in any of the accounts under the small savings like Post Office Saving Schemes, Banks, etc. remaining unclaimed for 7 years from date of declaration as an inoperative account, shall be transferred by the Institution holding such amounts to the Senior Citizens Welfare Fund.

The Minister said that at present, there is no central legislation or executive order prescribing minimum standards for the services facilities to be made available in Old Age, Homes across sectors, either run by private, central or State Government/ UT. As a result, it has been observed that there are widespread disparities in the services offered and facilities available in various Old Age Homes.

“Therefore, it has been considered desirable that certain standards be evolved and prescribed for the Old Age Home, touching all facets of their functioning from infrastructure to facilities to manpower etc.”

“So that senior citizens get admitted to the home could legitimately expect certain level of standardized service. Action for evolving the standards and method of its statutory prescription is underway”, he added.