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NODAL MINISTRY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELFARE OF THE AGED MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPLOYMENT
A. NATIONAL POLICY ON OLDER PERSONS:
National Policy on Older Persons seeks to assure older persons that their concerns are national concerns and they will unprotected, ignored and marginalised. The National Policy aims to strengthen their legitimate place in society and help older people to live the last phase of their life with purpose dignity and peace. This policy provides a broad framework for inter sectoral collaboration and cooperation both within the government as well as between government and non-governmental agencies. In particular, the policy has identified a number of areas of intervention; financial security, health care and nutrition, shelter, education, welfare, protection of life and property etc. for the wellbeing of older persons in the country. Amongst others the policy also recognizes the role of the NGO sector in providing user friendly affordable services to complement the endeavors of the State in this direction.
While recognizing the need for promoting productive ageing, the policy also emphasizes the importance of family in providing vital non formal social security for older persons. (The National Policy on Older Persons 1999. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Government of India. Shastri Bhawan. New Delhi,1999)
The Implementation Strategy adopted for operationalisation of National Policy is as follow:
Plan of Action
The Plan of Action 2000-2005 to operationalise the National Policy on Older
Persons has been prepared by the ministry. The initiatives as per this Plan are
to be implemented by various Ministries. It is document with endless Possibilities,
which do not confine or restrict actions for its implementation. It has been circulated to all concerned Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations for implementation.
B. NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR OLDER PERSONS
A National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) under the chairperson of the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment has been set up since 1999 to operationalise the National Policy on Older Persons. There are 39 members in the Council. The NCOP is the designated office for receiving suggestions, complaints and grievances from individual older persons. A seen-member Working Group has also been constituted from amongst the members of NCOP.
D. SCHEMES OF THE MINISTRY:
In order to facilitate implementation of the National Policy, and to bring about a qualitative improvement in the programme intervention of the Ministry following schemes are being implemented: