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Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
29-November-2011 17:25 IST
National Policy for Senior Citizens

The Government had constituted a Committee on 28.1.2010 under the Chairpersonship of Smt. Mohini Giri, to inter-alia draft a new national policy on older persons. Other members of the Committee were:

(i) Shri. M. M. Sabharwal, President Emeritus, Helpage India;

(ii) Dr. K. R. Gangadharan, Chairman, Heritage Foundation;

(iii) Smt. Shielu Sreenivasan, President, Dignity Foundation;

(iv) Representatives of Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, Rural Development, Finance, Home and Women & Child Development; and

(v) Principal Secretaries/Secretaries in charge of Welfare of Senior Citizens of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

(vi) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment as Member Secretary.

The Committee submitted the draft National Policy on Senior Citizens 2011 on 30.3.2011 which inter-alia, accords priority to the needs of senior citizens aged 80 years and above, elderly women, and the rural poor. Some of the salient policy objectives are to:

• Mainstream the concerns of senior citizens, especially older women, and bring them into the national development debate;

• Promote income security, homecare services, old age pension, healthcare insurance schemes, housing and other programmes/ services;

• Promote care of senior citizens within the family and to consider institutional care as a last resort;

• Work towards an inclusive, barrier-free and age-friendly society;

• Recognize senior citizens as a valuable resource for the country, protect their rights and ensure their full participation in society;

• Promote long term savings instruments and credit activities in both rural and urban areas;

• Encourage employment in income generating activities after superannuation;

• Support organizations that provide counseling, career guidance and training services; etc.

The Committee also suggested the areas of intervention to be made by Central/ State Governments towards implementation of the policy objectives.

The draft Policy has been circulated to State Governments, seeking their comments. It has also been placed on the Ministry’s Website ( for information of the general public and feedback, if any. The draft policy will be finalized after the process of consultation with State Governments and concerned Central Ministries/ Departments is completed.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri D. Napoleon in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

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