Old Age Homes Under Integrated Programme For Senior Citizens In 30 Odisha Districts: Minister

Bhubaneswar: In pursuance of The Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and Rule framed accordingly by Odisha Government, all the 30 districts of the State will be having Integrated Infrastructure Complex (Old Age Home) to ensure a peaceful life to the neglected and destitute senior citizens as well as widows and mentally retarded children.

This has been stated in the Assembly by the Minister for Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability.

The Minister also apprised the House that 286 cases have been registered in the State in the last 10 years out of which justice has been delivered to 119 neglected parents while the trial of 167 cases are underway.  

Talking to media, Minister Ashok Chandra Panda informed, “The State Government has also framed Rule basing on the Central Act of 2007 with regards to Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens. As per the provisions of the Rule, the aggrieved parents can file a case before the Sub-Collector and appeal for justice. The Appellate Authority is District Magistrate & Collector. The case can also be tried there for justice.”

He stated, “Around 286 cases of such nature were registered. Over 100 and something has been decided. Particularly in Puri district, one guilty was sent to jail for 25 days.”

“Around 44 Old Age Homes are functioning in the State. They are being maintained by the NGOs being aided by the Central Government. The NOC (No Objection Certificate) is being granted after inspection of infrastructure by the District Social Welfare Office (DSWO) and seal of approval of the District Collector,” he further informed.

Elucidating on the measures being taken, the Minister said, “Now the State Government has decided to set up Integrated Infrastructure Complex in 30 districts phase-wise. Each can accommodate approximately 150-200 senior citizens. All the expenditure will be borne by the State Government. At present it is being underway in 9 districts. Rs 62 crore has been allocated at the initial stage. The Integrated Infrastructure Complex will have vocational training, old age home, facilities for the mentally retarded children, also the widows and destitute will be facilitated. 25 acres of land is being demarcated for the purpose. The required land has been demarcated for three places while the rest six District Collectors have been asked to identify land for the purpose. Gradually all the 30 districts will be covered.”

“There is a need for old age home because the neglected parents and senior citizens could at least spend their last phase of life peacefully,” remarked the Odisha Social Security Minister.