Centre wants 60 to be senior citizen age limit everywhere
The Centre is considering a consistent "senior citizen" age limit across all sectors to ease access to benefits under government schemes.
If the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999, is replaced, the new norms will change prevailing rules, which have enforced different "senior citizen" definitions in different sectors, like insurance, railways and income tax.
The Centre wants 60 to be the new limit.
Government considers consistent senior citizen age limit
Different 'senior citizen' definitions across sectors
Presently, insurance considers those above 65 'senior citizens'; related concessions in railways apply to men over 60 and women over 58; and IT exemptions as well as old age pension are different for those above 60, compared to others over 80.
Regulation of old age homes also in consideration
The Centre informed the Supreme Court that it is also working on a system to regulate home care services for the elderly; one proposal it is considering is rating mechanism.
"The rating of facilities provided by home care services to senior citizens would enable them to make informed choices," said Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand.
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