NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar, who has filed a plea for protection of rights of senior citizens, today conceded that he had failed both as a minister and a parliamentarian in this regard.
“I have failed as a minister and a parliamentarian but I do not want to fail as a citizen,” he told a Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta during the hearing of a PIL by him raising issues of evolving acceptable solutions and schemes for protection of rights of the elderly and establishing old age homes in all districts.
When the bench asked how he had failed as a minister or an MP, Kumar responded by saying “collectively (failed)”.
The apex court after hearing him for some time asked the Government to look into the schemes for protection of rights of the elderly and apprise it as to how it could be implemented effectively across the country.
The bench said it would have an idea of the existing schemes only when the Government tells about them and their working. (AGENCIES)