Patna: Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has recommended the state government to establish an apex body at the state level to coordinate the efforts of various state and non-government institutions for welfare of senior citizens.
In a letter sent to the social welfare department, the BHRC has demanded a notification regarding maintenance tribunals for the effective implementation of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act.
The Act provides for constitution of tribunals at subdivisional level for ordering maintenance up to a maximum of Rs10,000, establishment of old age homes in districts, provisions for their medical care and transfer of property to be declared void in certain circumstances. Also, the tribunal at subdivision level should be headed by an officer not below the rank of an SDO, was to be constituted within six months from the date of commencement of the act. The appellate tribunal at the district level is to be headed by an officer not below the rank of district magistrate.