National Social Assistance Programme(NSAP) for elderly, widows and persons with disabilities


Description

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Government of India This scheme provides financial assistance to the elderly, widows and persons with disabilities in the form of social pensions.

The Programme aims at ensuring a minimum national standard of social assistance in addition to the benefit that States are already providing.

The National Assistance Program consists of mainly five sub-schemes:

Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)

Eligibility: Individuals aged 60 years and above living below the poverty line

Amount: Rs. 200 per month for beneficiaries aged 60–79 and Rs. 500 per month for those 80 years and above.

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)

Eligibility: Widows aged 40 years and above living below the poverty line.

Amount: Rs. 300 per month (Rs. 500 for those 80 years and above).

Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)

Eligibility: Individuals aged 18 years and above with more than 80% disability and living below the poverty line.

Amount: Rs. 300 per month (Rs. 500 for those 80 years and above).

National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS)

In the event of death of a bread-winner in a household, the bereaved family will receive lumpsum assistance of Rs. 20,000 (US$290). The bread-winner should have been between 18–60 years of age. The assistance would be provided in every case of death of a bread-winner in a household.

Annapurna Scheme

This scheme aims to provide food security to meet the requirement of those senior citizens who, though eligible, have remained uncovered under the IGNOAPS. Under the Annapurna Scheme, 10 kg of free rice is provided every month to each beneficiary.

Objective

It aims to provie social assistance to elderly, widows, destitutesand persons with disabilities in the form of social pensions.

Eligibility

Under the Scheme, The following criteria should be fulfilled:

  1. Age of the applicant (male or female) is 65 years or above.
  2. The applicant is destitute in the sense of having little or no regular means of subsistence from his/her own sources of income or through support from family members or other sources. In order to determine destitution, the criteria if any, currently in force in the States/Union Territories may also be followed.
  3. The amount of Old Age Pension is Rs. 75/-per month per beneficiary for the purpose of claiming Central assistance.

Beneficiaries

Individual,Family,Women, Old age persons

Benefits

Financial Assistance.

How To Apply

Contact to Gram Panchayats/Municipalities

Sponsored By

Central Government of India

Ministry

Rural development Department

Date of Launch

15-August-1995

Valid Upto

31-May-2016

Status

Active

Sector

Women and Child



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