Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act

The Maintenance and Welfare of Senior Citizens Bill, 2007 makes it a legal obligation for children or heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens. Senior citizens who are unable to maintain themselves have the right to apply to a maintenance tribunal seeking a monthly allowance from their children or heirs. It also allow the state government to establish old age homes in every government.

The state government also sets the maximum monthly maintenance allowance, which cannot be more than Rs 10,000 per month.

Punishment for not paying the monthly allowance is Rs 5,000 or three months imprisonment or both. This bill extends to the whole of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Please click on a state below to download a PDF of the rules required by the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

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