Sharing the Responsibility of the Elderly: A Case of India

By Deepak Singhania.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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The global population is experiencing an increase in elderly people. At the same time, the Indian population pyramid is also experiencing the widening of old age cohort. With declining rates of fertility and an increasing life expectancy at the age of retirement, the demands from the old age cohort for various elderly needs are rising and are likely to continue till at least 2050. In response, it behooves three entities, i.e. the working age-group, the government, and the voluntary organizations, to provide for these demands. However, neither of these entities has proven adequate. It is not just a moral responsibility of the off-springs, in particular, or a welfare obligation of the society, at large, to cater to the elderly needs, but also, it is the right of old age people considering their contributions to the society. In this light, the present paper critically reviews the policies and programmes for elderly in India with particular reference to pension and social security.

Keywords: Old Age, Elderly, Pension, Healthcare, Insurance, Demography, Old Age Policies, Family Support, Life Expectancy, India

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.159MB).

Deepak Singhania

Research Scholar, Centre for Development Studies, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

My deep-rooted interest in combating poverty and other pressing issues of a developing country like India has brought me back to academics from a corporate job. Currently, I am pursuing my M.Phil. from the Centre for Development Studies in India, and my thesis is on an asset-based poverty approach. Prior to academics, I worked for three years in a sales and marketing consultancy firm which caters to market leaders like Toyota and Castrol. Later, I also had the opportunity to work as research assistant to Dr. D. C. Wadhwa on his book related to record-of-rights in land in India, which is under publication and contains a few chapters by me. I further wish to pursue my career in research in academics. My area of interest in research is developmental economics, using econometrics and game theory as tools.