Draft on ‘Maintenance of Parents Act’ to be finalized by Oct
DOT Desk:  The ‘Maintenance of Parents Act’ has been drafted with the obligation to ensure that every child must take proper care of his or her parents. The long-pending act has been directed to be finalized by October this year. To this end, the Ministry of Social Welfare has called an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday, reports Daily Bangladesh.  Earlier in September, the meeting of the Ministry of Social Welfare was informed that a draft has been made in this regard. An inter-ministerial meeting will have to be convened to finalize the draft.  About this, it was decided that the act should be finalized in the inter-ministerial meeting by October. Additional Secretaries (Planning, Development and Law), Heads of Agencies and Deputy Secretaries (Laws and Agencies) will take action in this regard.  It was learned that the Ministry of Social Welfare has made parental maintenance rules in 2017 under the ‘Maintenance of Parents Act, 2013’. The draft was later amended.  “Hopefully, we will be able to finalize the draft in the inter-ministerial meeting on October 20. In the meantime, the views of the stakeholders have also been taken.”
,” said Md. Gias Uddin Mughal, Joint-Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare (Law and Organization sub-branch).
The draft states that if the only son is away from work or in exile, the services of the parents must be ensured through a “suitable representative”. “Suitable Representative” here refers to any of the child’s close uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives or neighbors. Every child will take necessary steps to keep their parents with them.
If there is more than one child, it will be up to the parents to decide which child to live with. There will be support committees at the ward level across the country to check whether the child or his/her spouse is serving the parents properly. Besides, it has been mentioned in the draft that there will be committees at the union, municipality, upazila, district, city corporation and national level.
The draft also states that if a child or his wife does not ensure adequate maintenance and services, parents can complain to the support committee. After receiving the complaint, the committee will go to the spot and discuss with the parents and children.
If it is not resolved based on discussion, the committee will ask the parents to file a complaint. The court will dispose of the complaint within 30 days. Besides, the aggrieved person can appeal against the verdict of the court to the District and Sessions Judge or the Metropolitan Sessions Judge within 30 days.