DMPQ- Explain the provisions of National Old Age Pension Scheme (NOAPS).

The National Old Age Pension Scheme has been renamed as Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOPS) and formally launched on 19th November, 2007.
Under this Scheme, central assistance is available as per the following criteria:
 Age of the applicant (male or female) is 60 years or more.
 The applicant is a ‘destitute’ in the sense of having little or no regular means of subsistence from his/her own sources of income or through financial support from family members or other sources.
 Pension under IGNOAPS is now granted to a person who is 60 years or above and belongs to a household below the poverty line instead of only to destitute.
 The central contribution of pension under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) is Rs. 200/- per month per beneficiary up to 79 years and Rs.500/- per month per beneficiary from 80 year onwards and the State Governments may contribute over and above to this amount. At present old age beneficiaries are getting anywhere between Rs. 200/- to Rs. 1000/- depending on the State Contribution.

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