This 2016 legislation makes it a legal obligation to strengthen the legal aid and representation of senior citizens at the national, state, district and taluka levels. It ensures access to various Governmental Schemes and programmes to senior citizens, ensures authorities and institutions such as the Tribunals and the Appellate Tribunals establishes old age homes.
Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) was introduced in the year 2007, by the Ministry of Rural Development of India. This scheme aims to provide social protection for the eligible beneficiaries.
Under IGNOAP scheme, senior citizens of India will receive monthly pension.
Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme is a non-contribution pension. It means that the beneficiary does not have to contribute any amount to receive the pension.
The applicant must belong to household living below poverty line according to the government prescribed criteria.
The applicant must be destitute with 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.
Application form for IGNOAP.
Proof of age – The age certificate needs to be obtained from the concern medical officer and to be attested by the concerned Block Medical Officer.
Income certificate to be submitted.
Below Poverty Line (BPL) card in the name of Applicant should be submitted.
Bank pass book or Post office passbook.
Passport size photographs.
|S.No||Age of BPL Citizen||IGNOA Pension Amount|
|1||60 years to 79 years||Rs.200 per month|
|2||80 years and above||Rs.500 per month|
Note:There are different procedures and official websites for applying online for different states. To apply immediately in rural areas visit your Social Welfare Department and in urban areas, visit your District Social Welfare Officer
Step 1: Get an application form from Social Welfare Department in the concerned area.
Step 2: Fill all information in the Application form.
Step 3: Submit the application form along with all documents to the concerned Tehsil Social Welfare Officers. An applicant from urban area can directly submit the application to concern District Social Welfare Officer.
Step 4: Application will be scrutinized or verified by officers.
Step 5: Social Welfare department will recommend the beneficiaries to District Social Welfare Officer.
Step 6: The final sanction will be made by District Level Sanctioning Committee (DLSC).