The Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme was introduced in 2009-10 as part of the National Social Assistance Programme to provide financial assistance to widows.
Widows between 40-59 years of age belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families are eligible for advantages under this Scheme.
The benefits under the Scheme include a monthly pension of Rs. 300 /- to the eligible person. Widows between 40-59 years of age belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families are eligible for benefits under this Scheme.
How To Apply
This Scheme has been brought under the purview of the Right to Public Services Act w.e.f. August 15, 2011. To get benefits the applicant has to submit two copies of the application in a prescribed format (format-1) along with photographs, BPL certificate, age certificate and proof of residence to the Block Office. The applicant should get the receipt for the application submitted which would help in availing the information regarding the progress of the application. The Sub Divisional Officer will give information on approval within a specified period. After approval, the Approval Order is sent to the Post Office, where a savings account is opened in the name of the beneficiary for making the payments. The amount of pension is deposited in the post office savings account of the beneficiary. In case of rejection, the applicant is duly informed. Contact to At the District level, Assistant Director, Social Security is the nodal person ensuring effective implementation of all the schemes and programmes of the Directorate. The Assistant Director, Social Security act as a crucial link between the State officials and Block level functionaries.