As per reports available, the number of beneficiaries covered under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme(IGNOAPS) scheme in Tamil Nadu with details of men and women and urban and rural area-wise separately is as follows:
This information was given by the Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Pradeep Jain ‘Aditya’ in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Salient features of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) are as follows:
(i) IGNOAPS was launched on 19th November 2007 by modifying eligibility criteria for old age pension under National Old Age Pension Scheme (NOAPS) from one ‘who is 65 years or higher and a destitute’ to one ‘who is 65 years or higher and belonging to a household below the poverty line according to the criteria prescribed by the Government of India’.
(ii) Under IGNOAPS Central assistance of Rs. 200 per month per beneficiary is provided and State Governments have been urged to contribute equally so that a pensioner could get at least Rs. 400/- per month.
(iii) Universal coverage of all eligible persons is envisaged under IGNOAPS. The coverage has since increased to 163 lakh from 87 lakh under NOAPS.
(iv) Pension under NSAP is to be disbursed through Bank/Post Office Accounts of beneficiaries, wherever feasible.
The responsibility of implementation of IGNOAPS is with the State Governments. Identification of beneficiaries, sanction of pension and disbursement of pension under IGNOAPS is done by the respective State Government. Funds are released to the States as Additional Central Assistance (ACA) by the Ministry of Finance.
AKT/ST/SAK (RSUQ 4296)
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