Dignified pension for senior citizens

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/13/2018 11:25:50 AM IST

Supreme Court said that senior citizens should get a meaningful pension to live with dignity, and not just the equivalent of Rs 92 at current value. 

The apex court said the State was “obligated to ensure” that the right to live with dignity that includes reasonable shelter, health care, clothing and meaningful pension for elderly people without any means was “not only protected but are enforced and made available to all citizens”.

Noting that in real terms the value of Rs 200 being given as pension to elderly people since 2007 today stands at about Rs 92, the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta in their judgement said the provision for basic necessities can be made only if the elderly are provided with some pension which is meaningful. 

For this, the court directed the Centre and states to revisit the grant of pension to the elderly.

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