Delhi High Court criticises state and central government for lack of senior citizens maintenance tribunal

The Delhi High Court criticised the Delhi state and central governments for their apathy towards creating the Senior Citizens Maintenance Tribunal.

The state and central governments were criticised by a bench of Chief Justices from the Delhi High Court. They said that it is deeply paining to see how the governments have been delaying the functioning of Senior Citizens Maintenance Tribunal or the Appellate Tribunal. The bench said that this has been causing a lot of difficulty to senior citizens in Delhi.

The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an activist Hemant Goswami. The PIL was seeking for a reconstitution of the Senior Citizen’s Tribunal under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

The PIL said that lack of the tribunal has led to many problems for senior citizens in Delhi. There were subjected to untold misery and harassment due to the inaction of governments.

The PIL also added that the current tribunal is not senior citizen friendly. Most of the officials are youngsters. They will not be able to understand the pain and problems of senior citizens. It has asked the Delhi government to make the tribunal functional as soon as possible.

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