Grabbing the ancestral property and ignoring parents or in-laws may be costly for the children. The amendment bill related to this will be introduced in the second phase starting from 8 March of the budget session of Parliament. It has stringent provisions to ensure the alimony and dignified life of the elderly. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019 introduced in the Lok Sabha two years ago, has been approved by the Parliamentary Standing Committee. It has also given recommendations to ensure concrete implementation.
The committee described the system of inclusion of sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and adopted children or step-children or relatives in the property category as revolutionary. The committee admitted that in case of the absence of children born from the womb, elders will be able to claim their livelihood from these children in the property category.
The legal guardians of the grandchildren and minor children have also been approved as children and the father-in-law, mother-in-law and grandparents are also considered as guardians. Now any such childless elderly will be under the legal heir’s progeny who is the heir to their property or may be after death. If someone is a minor, his / her guardian will be held responsible for the alimony as a relative. Clothing, housing, security, medical assistant, treatment and mental health are also being added to senior citizens’ welfare. Monthly limit of alimony of Rupees 10 thousand is also being removed. The allowance will be determined according to the needs of the parents and the income of the child.