Vastavam web:The union government of India wants to re-define the criteria to be considered as senior citizen to avail several benefits from public and private sectors. The Union government wants its Ministries and departments and private agencies to adopt 60 as the age at the which a person is classified a senior citizen. This is to address anomalies in extending benefits to the elderly. The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry is planning to bring in an amendment to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, to implement this change.
The Act defines senior citizens as any person who is a citizen of India and has attained the age of “60 years and above”. Air India is offering some concession for senior citizens in India and even the Indian railways, some road transport corporations also offering such discount for senior citizens.