Punjab News Express/Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: Old is gold but it is not so when it comes to old people. This ‘gold’ may not lose its shine, the National Legal Services Authority has stepped in.Take note of systematic and continuous abuse of the old people, the National Legal Services Authority has announced two Schemes one for senior citizens and other for victims of acid attack.
The Chandigarh Administration has appointed two nodal officers for two schemes—NALSA (Legal Services to senior citizens) and to victims of acid attacks Schemes-2016. The Chandigarh State Legal Authority has written a letter to the Administration for appointment of nodal officers. Disclosing this to Daily Post Mr Mahavir Singh, Secretary Member, State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), Chandigarh said that the authority has also sought the assistance of Resident Welfare Associations.
Interns of the authority were deputed to conduct a survey to identify senior citizens first in city’s colonies and then in sectors. The survey would be completed by the end of this fiscal. Besides, the authority is also in touch with NGOs which are working for the protection of senior citizens. Mr Singh also stated that the authority would see what type of assistance senior citizens would require and the benefits of government schemes were reaching to each and every beneficiary. “The authority has also sought list of government schemes implemented by the Chandigarh Social Welfare Department,” he said.
Aim to provide easy access to them of various government schemes and programmes. strengthened legal aid services and representation at the national, state, district and taluka levels for senior citizens to provide them legal services. The scheme also provides enhance capacities at all levels of panel lawyers, para legal volunteers, legal services clinics, government officers and formation of task teams. The authority shall provide training to panel of lawyers to enable them to deal with cases of senior citizens.
Considering the need to protect the rights of senior citizens and constitutional objective, the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act-2007 was enacted. The SLSA and DLSA shall encourage the students to legal services clinics set up in colleges and universities to visit old age homes and provide legal services to them.
He further said that in the recent past it was observed that senior citizens were facing systematic and continuous abuse even from their children. As such every society and State recognized certain rights of the senior citizens, distinct from the rest of the society, he said.
The authority shall have database of all the existing central or state schemes, policies, regulations, policy directives concerning senior citizens and same will be published in the form of booklet for dissemination of information.
The authority shall also impart training to PLVs to sensitize and skilled them on how to deal with cases of senior citizens, revealed Mr Singh. Sensitization programmes will also include other stakeholders such as the government functionaries, police personnel and NGOs, he added.