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Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme
The Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) is old age non-contributory pensions scheme which covers those Indians who are above 60 years of age and also who live below poverty line. This pension scheme is National Social Assistance Programme’s (NSAP) part that the Ministry of Rural Development launched in August, 1995.
All the individuals are eligible who are above 59 years of age and below poverty line to apply for the IGNOAPS.
All the beneficiaries of IGNOAPS of 60-79 years of age receive Rs. 200 as monthly pension. Those who are above the age of 80 years receive Rs. 500 as their monthly pension.
Computerisation of database & Operationalisation of NSAP-MIS
Hon’ble Finance Minister on the launching occasion of the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) indicated in his speech that all the efforts should be done in order to include every beneficiary’s details in computerized data base. There should be a system devised to credit the pension amount payable to every beneficiary directly to his account in a scheduled commercial bank or in Post Office. In compliance of these directions and for increasing the accountability and transparency in the implementation, it has been decided under NSAP’s various schemes to computerize each beneficiary’s data base. Accordingly, NIC has been entrusted with this project and also the software development. All the essential processes are captured by the software till termination from identification of the person. NSAP website has successfully placed the legacy date of about 1 crore beneficiaries. States have also been asked to start their operations of the software in the districts for the data base to be uploaded.
Monitoring of the Scheme
NSAP has introduced social audit and annual verification. By 30 June, all the states should complete their annual verification and by 30 September they should complete their social audit each year. Under NSAP, a checklist is provided for the scheme is provided to National Level Monitors (NLMs) at the time of their visits. It is advised to each NLM to visit the village, block and district level offices and meet beneficiaries, public representatives and the government functionaries to get the feedback on this schemes implementation under NSAP. Monthly meetings are organised in Delhi of the Division Head with each UT/State’s Nodal officers. A quarterly Performance Review Committee Meeting is held as well.