Govt to act against those who abandon parents
Thiruvananthapuram: The government is planning to take action against those who are not willing to accommodate their parents back from old age homes. It also has directed the officials to find out such elderly people. The social welfare department has issued an order to take action against the children who do not take their parents with them.
The old age homes have been directed to find out the relatives of the inmates and record their personal details properly. There are 516 old age homes in Kerala which receive grant from the government. 16 shelter homes are run directly by the government. A total of 20,000 inmates are staying at these places.
The department has found that about 46 percent of them have close relatives including their own children. Majority of them left home following brutal treatment of the family. As per the law, those who have close relatives or children are not allowed admission in government granted old age homes.
Though the children of the abandoned persons are found out, they seem unwilling to take their parents back. Legal Service Authority and other volunteer organisations hold discussions with the children and relatives, but most of them are not ready to provide alimony and maintenance. Some of them are even government officials.
As per the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act passed in 2007 by the social welfare department, legal action, including imprisonment and penalty, can be awarded to the children who fail to take care of their parents.
Biju Prabhakar, special secretary of social welfare department, said that the complaints of the elderly persons are resolved in a short time. Along with this, it has been directed to take strict action in the case of old age home inmates, he added.