Disburse pension, PPE, face masks to the aged: SC

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that pension to aged individuals ought to be disbursed on time and people dwelling in previous age properties be supplied with private protecting gear (PPE), sanitisers and face masks to guard them from COVID-19 pandemic.

A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan directed that “all old age people who are eligible for pension should be regularly paid pension and those identified older people should be provided necessary medicines, masks, sanitisers and other essential goods by respective states”.

It mentioned, “As and when any individual request is made, the same shall be attended to by the Administration with all promptness.”

“The caregivers of those old age homes should be provided personal protection and appropriate sanitisation should also be undertaken in the old age homes,” the Bench mentioned, directing all of the states to file their affidavits in 4 weeks.

The order got here on a PIL filed by former Law Minister and senior advocate Ashwani Kumar who submitted that it was needed that pension to the aged dwelling alone was launched on time through the unprecedented well being disaster. He additionally highlighted the necessity to present face masks, sanitisers and PPE to them.

On behalf of the Centre, senior advocate V Mohana submitted that states had been already making efforts on this regard and this was not an adversarial subject.

The prime court docket mentioned the aged folks ought to be given precedence within the admission within the authorities hospitals in view of their vulnerability for COVID-19. In occasion of any criticism, the hospital administration involved shall take instant steps to treatment their grievances, it added.

The Bench mentioned instructions issued by it in December 2018 within the matter ought to be applied holding in view the pandemic scenario prevailing within the nation.

In its December 2018 verdict, it had mentioned that statutory rights of over 10 crore aged individuals in India have to be recognised and applied.

It had directed the Centre to acquire info from all states and union territories concerning the variety of previous age properties in every district and had additionally recommended a relook on the pension for the aged in order to make it extra life like.

Emphasising on the social justice facet, it had mentioned the state was obligated to make sure that the proper to reside with dignity, shelter and well being of residents, together with the aged, weren’t solely protected but additionally enforced.

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