Monetary aid to grandfather
My maternal grandfather is alive and his only son expired a month ago. He was taken care by his only son. After his son's death, his daughter in law is not ready to continue to take care of him. Currently grandfather don't have any money deposit on his name or nor he has any income or any property. He has given all his money to his son long back. Is there anything we can do to help him to continue his living.
File A case against the Daughter in Law seeking maintenance.
The court will set up a monthly payment scheme to cater to the needs of the senior citizen within the first two hearings
You can force the daughter-in-law who is the widow of his late son to pay him monthly maintenance or to maintain him as per following Act.
The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007
What are the important features of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007?
Ans. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 envisages providing need based maintenance to the parents/grand parents from their children. Tribunals will be set up for the purpose of settling the maintenance claims of the parents in a time bound manner. Lawyers are barred from participating in the proceedings of the Tribunals at any stage.
The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 also contains enabling provisions like protection of life and property of senior citizens, better medical facilities, setting up of old age homes in every district, etc.
What is the applicability of the Act?
Ans. The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir and it applies also to citizens of India outside India (Section 1(2)).
When will the Act come into force in the States?
Ans. The Act come into force in a State on such date as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint (Section 1(3)).
What is the definition of Child/children under the Act?
Ans. The Act defines "children" as son, daughter, grandson and granddaughter who are not minor.
What is the definition of Maintenance under the Act?
Ans. The "Maintenance" includes provision for food, clothing, residence and medical attendance and treatment.
What is the definition of a Senior Citizen under the Act?
Ans. A "senior citizen" means any person being a citizen of India, who has attained the age of sixty years or above.
Who are eligible for claiming maintenance under the provisions of the Act?
Ans. The Act provides that a senior citizen including parent who is unable to maintain himself from his own earning or out of the property owned by him, shall be entitled to make an application for claiming maintenance.
Whether a person other the claimant can file application on his/her behalf?
Ans. An application for maintenance may be made:-
a. by a senior citizen or a parent, as the case may be; or
b. if he is incapable, by any other person or organization authorized by him; or
c. the Tribunal may take cognizance suo motu.
Whether there is any provision for the Tribunal to order subsistence allowance to the claimant during the proceedings?
Ans. The Tribunal may, during the pendency of the proceeding regarding monthly allowance for the maintenance under this section, order such children or relative to make a monthly allowance for the interim maintenance of such senior citizen including parent and to pay the same to such senior citizen including parent as the Tribunal may from time to time direct.
What is the time limit for disposing an application for claiming maintenance?
Ans. An application filed under subsection (2) of Section 5 for the monthly allowance for the maintenance and expenses for proceeding shall be disposed of within ninety days from the date of the service of notice of the application to such person. However, the Tribunal may extend the said period, once for a maximum period of thirty days in exceptional circumstances for reasons to be recorded in writing.
What is the monitoring mechanism for implementation of the Act by the States?
Ans. The Act has been enacted in pursuance of the provisions of Article 41 read with Entry 23 of the Concurrent List (Schedule VII) of the Constitution of India. State Governments are required to notify the Act and frame Rules for implementing the provisions of the Act. However, Section 30 of the Act enables the Central Government to give directions to State Governments for carrying into execution of the provisions of the Act. Further, Section 31 of the Act provides for periodic review and monitoring of the progress of implementation of the Act by the State Governments. The Ministry will act in accordance with these provisions to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of the Act by the States.
Has any timeframe has been prescribed for setting up of Tribunals by the States?
Ans. The State Government are required to constitute for each Subdivision one or more Tribunals as per the need within a period of six months from the date of the commencement of this Act.
What is the effect of the order of maintenance?
Ans. A maintenance order made under this Act shall have the same force and effect as an order passed under Chapter IX of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and shall be executed in the manner prescribed for the execution of such order by that Code.
Who can appeal to the appellate Authority under the Act?
Ans. Any senior citizen or a parent, as the case may be, aggrieved by an order of a Tribunal may, within sixty days from the date of the order, prefer an appeal to the Appellate Tribunal.
What is the time limit for an appellate authority to dispose of the appeal?
Ans. The Appellate Tribunal is required to make endeavours to pronounce its order in writing within one month of the receipt of an appeal.
Is there any penal provision for enforcement of maintenance order of the Tribunal?
Ans. Yes, the Maintenance Order given by the Tribunal will have the same effect as the maintenance order passed under Section 125 of Cr. PC. This will include imprisonment upto One month and also issue a warrant for levying the amount due in the manner provided for levying fines.
What are the provisions about revocation of will?
Ans. As per the provision of Act, a senior citizen can seek to revoke any property, which has been transferred in favour of children/relative on the condition that such children/relative would provide maintenance to him but are not providing the same. The tribunals are empowered to declare such transfers as void on the applications of such parent.
Is any penalty/imprisonment is for the children who abandon their parents?
Ans. Yes, the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 contains penal provisions to discourage abandonment of parents by their children by imprisonment for a term of 3 months and a fine upto Rs. 5000/or both on the children.
What are the similarities between Cr. PC 125 and the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007?
Ans. A parent can claim maintenance in the prescribed manner either from the Court under Cr. PC 125 or from the Tribunal set up under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007, if he or she is unable to maintain himself or herself. The penal provisions for enforcement of orders of maintenance under Cr.PC /Tribunal under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 are similar.
grandfather can claim maintenance under section 125 of Cr P C from his son, further,
he can also claim maintenance under another act namely maintenance and welfare of senior citizen act, in addition,
he can claim the benefit of free legal assistance by approaching concerned DISTRICT LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY.
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pls ignore my previous advice since son expired, I really not taken into consideration said point, pls clarify, whether he had any grand children?, if yes, age?
Pl file a petition in fmly court for compensation and maintenance under guardianship act against daughter in law u wil get support and protection from court by
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