Tribunals to be set-up at sub-divisional level
By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday unveiled the rules guiding implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007 (M&WoP&SCA) in the Union Territory.
The Jammu & Kashmir Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2007, a copy of which is in possession of The Precious Kashmir, mandate constitution of one or maintenance tribunal in each sub-division of the UT.
“The government shall, by notification in the official gazette, constitute for each sub-division, one or more tribunals as may be specified in the notification for the purpose of adjudicating and deciding upon the order for maintenance under section 5 of the Act,” reads the rules.
According to the rules, the additional district magistrate/ sub-divisional magistrate concerned shall function as presiding officer of the Tribunal.
The government shall also constitute one appellate tribunal for each district for hearing appeals against the order of tribunal.
“The government shall, by notification in the official gazette, constitute for each district one appellate tribunal under section 15 of the Act, as may be specified for the purpose of hearing appeals against the order of the tribunal,” the rules state.
The appellate tribunal shall be headed by the concerned district magistrate.
According to the rules, it shall be the duty of the deputy commissioner to ensure that life and property of senior citizens of the district are protected and they are able to live with security and dignity.
The rules also state that the deputy commissioner shall oversee and monitor the work of maintenance tribunals and maintenance officers of the district with a view to ensure timely and fair disposal of applications for maintenance and execution of tribunals orders.