Published on: September 22, 2021



What : Award to eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of elderly persons, especially indigent senior citizens.

By : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

What is in news :  Kerala has bagged the Vayoshreshta Samman instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for geriatric care


What does constitution say about elderly care in India: Article 41 and Article 46 talk about elderly care in India. Though they are not enforceable in the court of law but create a positive and moral obligation on the state while enacting any law

Elderly care in laws :

  • Hindu marriage and adoption act, 1956: makes it mandatory for children to ensure maintains of their parents.
  • Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007: provides for a legal route to elderly who can seek maintenance legally from their children or heirs in case they refuse to take care.