In order to improve the standard of living of senior citizens, the government will soon come up with a national policy, which will focus on providing benefits of health care and accommodation to the elderly people. A note in this regard has been prepared and it will be taken up by the Cabinet soon, a source said. The note has been prepared by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry in consultation with various ministries and departments of the central government. The note has taken into consideration the changing demographic pattern, socio-economic needs of the senior citizens, social value system, the source added. This new and comprehensive national policy for senior citizens is based on the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999. As a person grows old, his or her health becomes a major issue.
Therefore, in the policy, special attention is being given to this aspect. The policy also talks about accommodation facilities for the senior citizens. Another major thrust of the policy is to make the society and its younger generation sensitive towards their elders and at the same time, involve them in taking care of them, the source said. According to the 2011 Census, the population of senior citizens in the country is 10.38 crore, which is about 8.6 per cent of the total population.
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