Senior Citizens in India
The elderly person who has crossed the age of 60 is called a senior citizen. Older age brings many difficulties to a person. The problems faced by Elderly Citizen have nicely explained at ” Problems of Senior Citizens in Kolkata, India “https://sbelderlycare.com/2020/01/17/problems-of-senior-citizens-in-kolkataindia-sb-elderly-care/
THE BENEFITS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN INDIA
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given benefits to Senior Citizens.
i) Two seats in the front row of State Road Transport Undertakings’ buses are reserved for Senior Citizens.
ii) Many State Govt gives fare concessions to the elderly persons.
2. Ministry of Railways:
i). Indian Railways provide 30% concession in all classes and trains including Rajdhani/Shatabadi
trains for both males and females aged 60 years and above.
ii) Indian Railways also have the facility of separate counters for Senior Citizens for
purchase/booking/cancellation of tickets.
iii) Wheel Chairs for use of older persons are available at all junctions, District Headquarters and
other important stations for the convenience of needy persons including the older persons.
iv) Ramps for wheelchairs movement are available at the entry to important stations.
v) Specially designed coaches with provisions of space for wheelchairs, handrails and specially
designed toilets for handicapped persons have been introduced.
3. Ministry of Civil Aviation:
i). Indian Airlines provides 50 percent concession to Senior Citizen on Normal Economy Class fare for
all domestic flights to Indian senior citizens who have completed the age of 65 years in the case
of male senior citizens and 63 years in the case of female subject to certain conditions.
ii). Air India is offering a discount of 55% to senior citizens of 60 plus on flights to USA, UK, and Europe
on economy class. Further, Air India has now decided to reduce the age of 60 plus for discount
on their domestic routes as well with immediate effect. For Identity card, 2 passport sized
photographs have to be submitted along with the form.
iii) Jetlite offers a discount of 50% on economy class for citizens of 65 years or above. One passport-sized photograph required on the form along with age proof.
iv). Jet Airways offers a discount to the elderly persons of 65 years or above.
For availing discounts on domestic flights, senior citizens have to fill up a discount form along with a
passport-sized photograph and Age proof certificate. Jet Airways also provides Senior Citizen I-Card
which is available in all ticket counters and requires 2 passports sized photographs and age proof
certificates. For the I-Card a very nominal amount is charged.
i) Faults/complaints of senior citizens are given priority by registering them under senior citizens
category with the VIP flag, which is a priority category.
ii) Elderly persons are allowed to register telephone connection under N-OYT Special Category,
which is a priority category.
iii) MTNL in NCR offers a discount of 25% on Rs. 250 per month Plan. The age must be 65 years or above.
5. . Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution:
i) Under the Antyodaya Scheme, the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families which also include older
persons are provided food grains at the rate of 35 kgs. per family per month. The food grains are
issued @ Rs.3/- per kg. for rice and Rs.2/- per kg. for wheat. The persons aged 60 years above
from the BPL category were given priority for identification.
(ii) Under the Annapoorna Scheme being implemented by the States/UT Administration, 10 kgs. of
food grains per beneficiary per month are provided free of cost to those senior citizens who
remain uncovered under the old-age pension scheme.
iii) State Governments gives priority to the Ration Cardholders who are over 60
years of age in Fair Price Shops for the issue of rations.
6. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:
i). Separate queues for elderly persons in hospitals for registration and clinical examination.
ii). Special Clinics, every Sunday between 10 am to 12 noon, for elderly persons available at the
following hospitals in New Delhi.
a) Lok Nayak Hospital
b) GTB Hospital
c) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital
d) Aruna Asafjahan Ali Hospital
e) Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital
f) Dr. Joshi Memorial Hospital
g) Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital
h) Ram Rao Tula Memorial Hospital
i) Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital
The services include health check-ups, operations, treatment of physically invalid, gynecology, ENT and
ophthalmology along with pathological and radiotherapy facilities.
V. Income Tax Benefits for Senior Citizens
i) The senior citizens aged between 60 years to 80 years, income up to Rs 3 lakh is exempt from income tax.
The super senior citizens, aged 80 years and above, income up to Rs 5 lakh are exempt from tax.
20 percent tax on income from Rs 500,001 to Rs 10 lakh is charged at and above Rs, 10 lakh is taxed at 30 percent.
iii) Similarly as also the Bank Fixed Deposit. Similarly, the citizen can also take advantage of the
Mediclaim Policy. In case a senior citizen or any member of his family suffers from serious medical
problems or suffers from some disability he can claim certain other deductions under the tax law.