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Approval of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill

Approval of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill

Ignoring parents or in-laws or inheriting ancestral property can be costly to the offspring. The amendment bill related to it will be introduced in the second phase of the budget session of Parliament starting on 8 March. It has stringent provisions to ensure the alimony of the elderly and dignified life.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019 introduced in the Lok Sabha two years ago, has been approved by the Parliamentary Standing Committee. The committee has described the system of including sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and adopted children or step-children or relatives in property category as a good step.

Now any such legal heir of childless elderly person will be within the scope of the child who holds the right to their property or the elderly can do so after death. If someone is a minor, his / her guardian will be held responsible for the alimony as a relative.

Clothing, housing, security, medical assistant, treatment and mental health are also being added to senior citizens’ welfare. 10 thousand for alimony. Month limit is being removed. The allowance will be determined according to the needs of the parents and the income of the child. There will be no capping on this.

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