Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) is a social welfare scheme aimed at providing assistance to poor households in India, including the elderly, widows, and persons with disabilities. The scheme was introduced to ensure social protection for its beneficiaries and help alleviate poverty. Through NSAP, eligible individuals receive financial assistance in the form of pensions, helping to provide them with a basic level of social security. The scheme has played an important role in improving the living standards of disadvantaged groups in India.
Features of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme
This is a non-contributory pension scheme introduced by the Ministry of Rural Development under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) in 2007. Its primary objective is to provide social protection to eligible senior citizens in India. The scheme provides monthly pension to the beneficiaries. One of the key features of IGNOAPS is that it is a non-contributory pension scheme, which means that the beneficiaries are not required to contribute any amount in order to receive the pension.
To be eligible for the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
-> The applicant must be 60 years of age or older, regardless of gender.
->The applicant’s household must fall below the poverty line as determined by the government’s criteria.
->The applicant must be destitute and have no regular source of financial support from family members or any other sources.
-> BPL widows and BPL persons with severe and multiple disabilities in the age group of 60 -79 years are not eligible for this scheme.
The pension is given to eligible beneficiaries on a monthly basis.
Monthly Assistance: Rs.750/- for 60 to 79 age group and Rs. 1000/- for more than 80 years which also includes Rs. 500/- by State Government
How to Apply
In Gujarat State : To apply immediately in rural areas visit your Village Computer Entrepreneur (VCE) and in urban areas, visit your Mamlatdar Office.