Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (Igoaps)

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A) INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OLD AGE PENSION SCHEME (IGOAPS)

Article 41 of the Constitution of India directs the State to provide public assistance to its citizens in case of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement and in other cases of undeserved want within the limit of its economic capacity and development. In accordance with the Directive Principles of State Policy, the Government of India introduced in 1995 the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) to lay foundation to a National Policy for Social Assistance for the Poor. The NSAP aims at ensuring minimum national standard for social assistance in addition to the benefits that state are currently providing or might provide in future. At present NSAP comprises Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS). National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) Annapurna, Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme.

MAIN FEATURES OF INDIRA GANDHI OLD AGE PENSION SCHEME

  1. The Union cabinet on 9th June 2011 cut the age limit for the IGNOAPS to 60 years from 65 years increasing the number of people that are eligible to benefit from the programme so, the age of applicant (male or female) shall be 60 years or higher for higher claiming central assistance.

  2. Government of India also increased the pension for 80 year olds and above to Rs. 500/- per month from Rs. 200/- per month. (Central Assistance)

  3. The applicant must belong to a household below the poverty line (BPL) accordingly to the criteria prescribed by the Government of India.

  4. The amount of old age pension will be Rs. 200/- per month per beneficiary for purpose of claiming central assistance.

  5. The number of eligible beneficiaries to be assisted under IGNOAPS will be determined as per the field report of all beneficiaries who satisfy the eligibility  criteria. (it is expected that the total number of eligible beneficiaries identified will match the estimation made by the Ministry of Rural Development)

  6. The states shall annually furnish a certificate that all eligible persons have been covered under IGNOAPS.

  7. The benefit under IGNOAPS is disbursed as far as possible on a monthly basis and preferable on 1st of each month.

  8. The pension is credited, where feasible into a post office or public sector bank account of the beneficiary.

  9. The database of all beneficiaries and the disbursement is made available in public domain. Gram Panchayat and Municipalities shall report every case of the death of the pensioner immediately after its occurrence to the Sanctioning authority.

The sanctioning authority shall ensure that payments are stopped thereafter.

The Sanctioning Authority shall have the right to stop/recover payments of any pension sanctioned on the basis of false or mistaken information about the eligibility.

B) INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL DISABILITY PENSION SCHEME (IGDPS)

The Union cabinet on 9th June 2011 cut the age limit for the (IGNDPS) Government of India from 18-64 years to 18-59 years for the purpose of claiming Central assistance, the following criteria shall apply:-

  1. The age of disabled shall be between 18-59 years.

  2. The applicant must belong to household Below the Poverty Line (BPL) according to the criteria prescribed by the Government of India.

  3. The applicant should be suffering from severe or multiple disabilities as defined in ‘persons with Disabilities Act 1995)’  (PwD Act, 1995) and the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental retardation and multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 (National Trust Act 1999) revised from time to time and any other guidelines issued by the Ministry of social justice and Empowerment in this regard.

  4. The amount of disability pension will be Rs. 200/- per month per beneficiary for purpose of claiming central assistance.

  5. The number of eligible beneficiaries to be assisted under IGNDPS will be determined as per the filed report of all beneficiaries who satisfy the eligibility criteria.

  6. The states shall annually furnish a certificate that all eligible persons have been covered under IGNDPS.

  7. The benefit under IGNDPS is disbursed as far as possible on a monthly basis and preferably on 1st of each month.

  8. The pension is credited, where feasible into a post office or public sector bank account of the beneficiary.

  9. The database of all beneficiaries and the disbursement is made available in public domain.

For the purpose of IGNDPS, various definitions given in the “persons with Disabilities Act 1995” and the National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral palsy, Mental retardation and multiple disabilities Act 1990, (National Trust Act 1990) have to be followed. These Acts define disability and persons with sever or multiple disabilities as follows

  1. clause (i) of section 2 of the PWD Act, gives definition of “disability’’ which means i) blindness ii)low vision iii) leprosy-cured iv) hearing impairment v) loco motor disability vi) mental retardation and vii) mental illness.

  2. Clause (t) of Section 2 of the PwD Act states that persons with disability means a person suffering from not less than forty percent of any disability as certified by medical authority.

  3. Clause (4) of Section 56 of the PwD Act defines persons with sever disability as a persona with eighty percent or more of one or more disabilities.

  4. Clause 2 (h) of the National Trust Act defines multiple disability” as a combination of two or more disabilities defined in clauses i) of section 2 of persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, protection of Rights and Full Participation )Act 1995.

The applicant of IGNDPS shall submit a medical certificate from medical authority as per the provision of clause (p) of section 2 of the PwD Act.

The state Government shall facilitate in obtaining the certificate of sever or multiple disability of such persons who applied for assistance under the scheme by inviting the medical authority at Blcok/Tehsil/Mandal level or as admissible so that distanced may not act as deterrent and such persons do not face harassment.

Gram panchayats and Municipalities shall report every case of the death of the pensioner immediately after its occurrence to the appropriate sanctioning authority. The sanctioning authority shall ensure that payments are stopped thereafter.

The Sanctioning authority shall have the right to stop/recover payments of any pension sanctioned on the basis of false mistaken information about the eligibility.

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