Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
22 DEC 2021 5:04PM by PIB Delhi
National Council of Senior Citizens

The National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSrC) is an apex advisory body for advising the Central and State Governments on the entire gamut of issues related to welfare of senior citizens and enhancement of their quality of life with special reference to the following:- 

(i) Policies, programmes and legislative measures;

(ii) Promotion of physical and financial security, health, independent and productive living; and

(iii) Awareness generation and community mobilization.

One meeting of the Council has been held in the last 3 years.

Financial assistance is provided to NGOs/ Voluntary Organisations etc. under the scheme of Integrated Programme for Senior Citizens (IPSrC) for running and maintenance of senior citizen homes/continuous care homes etc. Third Party Evaluation of Integrated Programme for Senior Citizens (IPSrC) has been carried out  by Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA). The evaluation was carried out in 93 senior citizen homes of 8 States namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal. The Evaluation concluded that the Scheme of IPSrC is important not only in achieving the set objectives of providing essential amenities to senior citizens viz. food security, health security, financial security and human interaction; but also in fulfilling the expectations of the senior citizens of our society. Important recommendations of the evaluation included enhancement of grant in aid to NGOs, surprise inspections by the Ministry, identification of model old age homes, continuation of the Scheme.

Evaluation of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) Scheme (wherein assisted living devices are provided free of cost to eligible senior citizens) is being carried out by National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (NILERD) (an autonomous body under NITI Aayog).

No representation has been received from Pensioners Association/Non-Governmental Organizations in the Department for providing facilities, safety and security to senior citizens who are living alone.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Sushri Pratima Bhoumik in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.