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Maha govt frames policy for benefit of senior citizens

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The has come out with a detailed for senior citizens which lists the concessions and benefits they are entitled to.

As per a resolution (GR) issued two days ago, police should draw up a list of senior citizens who are living alone (without children) under every police station's limits, and visit them once a month to inquire about their well-being.

Every district headquarters will have a helpline where senior citizens can call for help in emergency, the GR said.

Five per cent of the beds in hospitals attached to medical colleges will be reserved for senior citizens, the GR said.

Private medical colleges and hospitals run by trusts will give 50 per cent concession in treatment cost to senior citizens.

The is "expected to direct" all the civic bodies to extend concessions in municipal taxes to senior citizens, on the lines of similar concessions in Income Tax, the GR stated.

The Housing Department, while approving plans for residential buildings, will ensure that they provide for western-style toilets, anti-skidding flooring and toilet blocks with handlebars, the GR said.

Additional Floor Space Index (FSI) will be given for old age homes in the residential and non-residential complexes. Four plots of land will be reserved for old age homes in every district.

While allotting flats in housing societies, senior citizens will be given priority in allocation of ground floor flats, the GR says.

Speaking to reporters in today, for Social Justice said the eligible age limit for senior citizens has been brought down from 65 to 60 years.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 23:25 IST