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SENIOR CITIZENS – AN ISOLATED SECTION OF SOCIETY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON THE PLIGHT OF SENIOR CITIZENS IN INDIA

By Sakshi Madan


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Abstract
Aging is inevitable and undeniable. With aging comes a dwindle in productivity and performance. It is a conventional practice that the care of elderly is the responsibility of the family. However, the trends have changed. The joint family system has broken down to nuclear families. Thus, the aged are generally considered as a burden in this fast paced, modern and competitive world. The younger generations choose to neglect and abandon the older generations and so, the latter are forced to be destitute and sometimes even homeless and penniless with no means to fend for themselves. With no or little source of income and no capacity to take up work, they are often at the mercy of their families or other social institutions.
As far as the position in India is concerned, the conditions of the elderly are dreadful. Moreover, as per the Government Statistics, the population of the elderly is increasing at a rapid pace. Thus, it is the responsibility of the Government as the Parens Patriae to intervene and take stringent and quick measures for the betterment of the senior citizens. Although, the Government has come with various schemes but they are often rendered as toothless tigers owing to lack of awareness and literacy levels among the prospective beneficiaries.
This paper would mainly focus on the various initiatives of the Government, their efficacy including the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and the 2019 Bill. The Bill is the most awaited one but it has its own loopholes. Also, the author attempts to highlight the plight of senior citizens in India and focuses on analyzing the efficacy of steps taken by the Government to curb the problems of the elderly.
Keywords
Senior citizens, plight, maintenance, welfare schemes.

TypeResearch Paper
InformationLex Humanitariae: Journal for a Change, Volume II issue IV, Pages 194-204
ISSN 2582-5216
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