Special Programmes/Concessions

Special educational programmes for senior citizens are available in the fields of art, culture, health and education. Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations (External website that opens in a new window) is well known for arranging computer education and yoga programmes for older people. Non-government organizations or NGOs like Art India Foundation (External website that opens in a new window) are involved in arranging painting programmes and pottery designing classes for senior citizens. Such activities help promote a healthy life. In this way, senior citizens can also put their free time to good use.

Treatment programmes are medication processes that are adopted to cure a particular ailment. Central and State Government (External website that opens in a new window) and other corporations also extend medical facilities to pensioners. These medical facilities help senior citizens lead a healthier and better life.

As far as income tax benefit is concerned, a higher deduction of Rs.60,000 under Section 80 DDB (Deduction in respect of medical treatment) of the Income Tax Act is allowed if expenditure for specified diseases is incurred for senior citizens. For more details on the deductions visit the Income Tax Department (External website that opens in a new window) website of the Government of India.