The sons-in-law will also be responsible for the care of the elderly.
NEW DELHI: The government has decided to expand the definition of caregivers under Parent Maintenance and Welfare and the 2007 Law, making it not only biological children, but even sons-in-law and daughters-in-law who are responsible for caring after members of the family.
The amendments to the Law, approved by the Union cabinet on Wednesday, have been extended to include in-laws and grandparents, whether senior citizens or not. The bill, which is likely to be submitted to Parliament next week, proposes to eliminate the limit of 10,000 rupees for maximum maintenance, sources said.
Caregivers who fail to meet may face a prison sentence of up to six months instead of the current maximum of three months. It is proposed to broaden the definition of maintenance to include housing, security and protection. The amount of maintenance can be decided based on the income and living standards of the elderly and parents, children and family members.
In announcing the cabinet's decision, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said the bill aimed to guarantee the dignity of parents and the elderly. The proposed changes include adopted sons and stepsons and daughters. It is proposed to broaden the definition of senior citizens to include the uniform adoption of age criteria for all benefits granted by the central, state, semi-governmental and private sectors. It is known that the uniform age criterion comes with the warning that it will not adversely affect the existing benefits extended by these agencies to those under 60.
The amendment proposes a provision for the registration of nursing homes for the elderly and the central government will prescribe minimum standards for the establishment, operation and maintenance. The bill proposes to register the agencies that provide home care services. To reach the elderly, each police station will have to appoint a nodal officer.
It is proposed that the request for monthly allowance for maintenance and expenses for procedures be eliminated within 90 days from the date of receipt of the request by the Court (not from the date of notification of the notification as currently stipulated In the law). In addition, this request will be eliminated within 60 days in the case of older people who are over 80 years old.
In addition to this, the draft amendment proposes to expand the role of the extended maintenance officer to ensure compliance with the Court's order and also be the point of contact for the elderly/parents.
The officials of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment believe that it will guarantee the physical and mental well-being of parents and the elderly. It is considered that the draft amendment will make all interested parties accountable and accountable for the defense of the principles underlying the bill.