National Policy for Senior Citizens’ Welfare
The National Policy on Older Persons had been announced in 1999 for the welfare of elderly people. Keeping in view the emerging trends in demographic, socio-economic, technological and other relevant fields in the country, the Ministry is drawing a National Policy for Senior Citizens, incorporating issues such as financial & food security, healthcare & nutrition, safety & security, housing, welfare etc.
Whereas, Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ (RVY) is a Scheme of this Ministry, launched in 2017, under which aids and assisted living devices are provided free of cost to senior citizens who are suffering from age related infirmities/disabilities and belong to BPL category, to restore near normalcy in their bodily functions.
Consultation/comments on the draft Policy have been obtained from the concerned stakeholders such as Central Ministries/Departments/State Governments/UT Administrations/Members of the Civil Societies etc.
This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.