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Govt sets up district committees for effective implementation of law

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Maintenance, Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act, 2007

Srinagar: In a significant move, the Government of Jammu & Kashmir has constituted district committees for implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

The General Administration Department(GAD) has ordered that these committees would be headed by the concerned deputy commissioners and comprise of a DDC member to be nominated by chairperson of concerned district development council, superintendent of police concerned, chief medical officer concerned, district social welfare officer concerned and two prominent senior citizens to be nominated by the concerned deputy commissioner.

The moves after the J&K government constituted tribunals and appellate tribunals under the law which became applicable to Jammu and Kashmir from October 31, 2019 as per The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act.

According to an order, a copy of which is in possession of Kashmir News Observer (KNO), these committees will advise for effective and coordinated implementation of The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

These committees have been empowered to make recommendations to the Social Welfare department in this regard.

These panels can be asked to perform such other functions in relation to senior citizens at district level, as may be prescribed by the Social Welfare department from time to time.

According to the order, these committees shall meet at least once in every four months and that the tenure of non-official members in these committees shall be for a period of three years.

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