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
MAHITI FOR PRELIMS :
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.