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Government Of Assam Social Welfare Directorate of Social Welfare (Social Justice and Empowerment Sector)

Senior Citizen Welfare Institutions

Assam has near about over 5 (five) lakhs of Senior Citizen as per the 2001 Census Report and in order to enable them with opportunities to lead a productive, pro-active, and healthy life, the Social Welfare Department with the help of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has taken various steps as follows:

  • Implementation of Maintenance of Parents & Senior Citizen Act, 2012 : Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 is a legislation enacted in 2007, initiated by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.,[1] to provide more effective provision for maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens. This Act makes it a legal obligation for children and heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens and parents, by monthly allowance. This Act also provides a simple, speedy and inexpensive mechanism for the protection of life and property of the older persons.
  • Formulation of the Assam State Policy for Senior Citizen, 2016
  • Constitution of the Senior Citizen  Welfare Council to Monitor & Advice on the Welfare of the Senior Citizens and also suggestions for improvement of the policies wherever necessary. 

Further two Old Age Homes specifically for male & female has been set up for institutional care of parents and Senior Citizens beside various NGO run Homes. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, has provided Grants in Aid to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for running Old Age Homes, Day Care Centers, Mobile Medical Services and Physiotherapy Center in the State of Assam. Moreover, the Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam has also established a Geriatric Ward in the Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati for the welfare of Senior Citizen.