Now the problems of Senior citizens can be resolved immediately under the latest Act i.e. Senior Citizens Act. You please contact any of the local advocate and ask him to file necessary application before Sub Divisional Magistrate(SDO) seeking an injunction order against them and also get open the locked flats. Few FAQ's are as follows:
The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007
What are the important features of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007?
Ans. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 envisages providing need based maintenance to the parents/grand parents from their children. Tribunals will be set up for the purpose of settling the maintenance claims of the parents in a time bound manner. Lawyers are barred from participating in the proceedings of the Tribunals at any stage.
The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 also contains enabling provisions like protection of life and property of senior citizens, better medical facilities, setting up of old age homes in every district, etc.
What is the applicability of the Act?
Ans. The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir and it applies also to citizens of India outside India (Section 1(2)).
When will the Act come into force in the States?
Ans. The Act come into force in a State on such date as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint (Section 1(3)).
What is the definition of Child/children under the Act?
Ans. The Act defines "children" as son, daughter, grandson and granddaughter who are not minor.
What is the definition of Maintenance under the Act?
Ans. The "Maintenance" includes provision for food, clothing, residence and medical attendance and treatment.
What is the definition of a Senior Citizen under the Act?
Ans. A "senior citizen" means any person being a citizen of India, who has attained the age of sixty years or above.
Who are eligible for claiming maintenance under the provisions of the Act?
Ans. The Act provides that a senior citizen including parent who is unable to maintain himself from his own earning or out of the property owned by him, shall be entitled to make an application for claiming maintenance.
Whether a person other the claimant can file application on his/her behalf?
Ans. An application for maintenance may be made:-
- by a senior citizen or a parent, as the case may be; or
- if he is incapable, by any other person or organization authorized by him; or
- the Tribunal may take cognizance suo motu.
Whether there is any provision for the Tribunal to order subsistence allowance to the claimant during the proceedings?
Ans. The Tribunal may, during the pendency of the proceeding regarding monthly allowance for the maintenance under this section, order such children or relative to make a monthly allowance for the interim maintenance of such senior citizen including parent and to pay the same to such senior citizen including parent as the Tribunal may from time to time direct.