The National Policy for Older Persons (NPOP) was announced in 1999 to reaffirm the commitment to ensure the well-being of the older persons. The policy envisages State support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons, equitable share in development, protection against abuse and exploitation, and availability of services to improve the quality of their lives. The primary objectives of the policy are:
- To encourage individuals to make provision for their own as well as their spouse’s old age.
- To encourage families to take care of their older family members.
- To enable and support voluntary and non-governmental organisations to supplement the care provided by the family.
- To provide care and protection to the vulnerable elderly people.
- To provide adequate healthcare facility to the elderly.
- To promote research and training facilities to train geriatric care givers and organisers of services for the elderly.
- To create awareness regarding elderly persons to help them lead productive and independent life.