‘Odisha Senior Citizens Policy-2016’ Being Implemented For Social Security Of 39.8 Lakh Elderly Population

Bhubaneswar: While the 30 districts of Odisha have 39.8 lakh senior citizens, aged 60 -100+ years, and the Act for their maintenance and welfare as well as social security is being implemented since 2007, State Government has also been implementing its Odisha Senior Citizens Act, 2016.

The legal heirs or children who are neglecting their old parents are being penalized as per the Act and justice given to the aggrieved ones.

This has been informed in the ongoing Budget Session of 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) by Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability Minister Ashok Chandra Panda.

Replying to a question posed by BJD MLA Prasanta Kumar Jagadev, the Minister has informed the House that the population of senior citizens in Odisha as per the Census 2011 is 38.8 lakh.

District-Wise Distribution of Senior Citizens (60 – 100+ years):

Anugul District – 114459 senior citizens (both males & females)

Bargarh District – 155163 senior citizens (both males & females)

Baleshwar District – 213188 senior citizens (both males & females)

Bhadrak District – 143149 senior citizens (both males & females)

Boudh District – 41397 senior citizens (both males & females)

Bolangir District – 175962 senior citizens (both males & females)

Cuttack District – 278680 senior citizens (both males & females)

Debagarh District – 28797 senior citizens (both males & females)

Dhenkanal District – 122193 senior citizens (both males & females)

Ganjam District – 340460 senior citizens (both males & females)

Gajapati District – 44257 senior citizens (both males & females)

Jharsuguda District – 52223 senior citizens (both males & females)

Jagatsinghpur District – 135901 senior citizens (both males & females)

Jajpur District – 185483 senior citizens (both males & females)

Kendujhar District – 143972 senior citizens (both males & females)

Kendrapara District – 169309 senior citizens (both males & females)

Khordha District – 204845 senior citizens (both males & females)

Kandhamal District – 63443 senior citizens (both males & females)

Kalahandi District – 149616 senior citizens (both males & females)

Koraput District – 108756 senior citizens (both males & females)

Mayurbhanj District – 212916 senior citizens (both males & females)

Malkangiri District – 46495 senior citizens (both males & females)

Nayagarh District – 113702 senior citizens (both males & females)

Nabarangpur District – 89672 senior citizens (both males & females)

Nuapada District – 64549 senior citizens (both males & females)

Puri District – 185576 senior citizens (both males & females)

Rayagada District – 72607 senior citizens (both males & females)

Sambalpur District – 98822 senior citizens (both males & females)

Sundargarh District – 163970 senior citizens (both males & females)

Subarnapur District – 64886 senior citizens (both males & females)

Elaborating on it, the Minister also apprised the House that various departments have been entrusted with the duties of implementing ‘Odisha Senior Citizens Policy-2016’.

“As the children of some senior citizens are shrugging off their social and legal obligations, the Sections 7 (1) and 15 (1) of the ‘Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007’ are being enacted for which ‘Maintenance Tribunal’ & ‘Appellate Tribunal’ at the district level,” the Social Security Minister informed the members of the House.

He further informed, “While Section 6 of the Act has provision for punishment, Section 9 directs the neglecting children or legal heirs for remedy of maintenance per month up to a maximum amount of Rs 10,000.”