Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)

Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)

The scheme “Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)” is one of the five sub-schemes of the National Social Assistance Program (NSAP). BPL persons with severe and multiple disabilities in the age group of 18 to 59 years are eligible to apply under IGNDPS. A monthly pension of ₹200 is provided to the beneficiary.

The Government of India launched the National Social Assistance Program (NSAP) on 15 August 1995 as a fully funded centrally sponsored scheme aimed at the destitute, defined as a person who has no means of his own. There is little or no regular means of livelihood from own source. Through financial assistance from income or family members or other sources, to be identified by the States and UTs for the purpose of providing basic level of financial assistance.”Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) is being administered by the Ministry of Rural Development. This program is being run in rural as well as urban areas.

The NSAP represents a significant step towards fulfillment of the Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the Constitution of India which mandates the State to undertake a number of welfare measures within its means. Their objectives are to ensure adequate means of livelihood of the citizens, to raise the standard of living, to improve public health, to provide free and compulsory education for children, etc.

At present NSAP consists of five sub-schemes as its components –
a) Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
b) Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)
c) Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)
d) National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS)
e) Annapurna Yojana

Objectives of NSAP –

1. Provides social assistance benefits to poor families in the event of death, maternity or old age of the breadwinner.
2. Ensure minimum national standards over and above the benefits that states are currently providing or may provide in future.
3. To ensure uniform social security to the beneficiaries across the country without any hindrance.

Expansion to cover all eligible BPL persons –

In 2007, the scheme was expanded to cover all eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) persons.
A monthly pension of ₹200 is provided to the beneficiary.
The applicant must be a citizen of India.
The applicant must be living below the poverty line.
Applicant must be a Person with Disability (PwD).
The age of the applicant should be between 18 to 59 years.

Application Process offline

In rural areas, the beneficiaries of the NSAP scheme will be identified from the BPL list prepared by the States/UTs as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for BPL Census 2002.
In urban areas, the eligible beneficiaries for NSAP schemes will be identified as per the BPL list required to be prepared in connection with the Poverty Alleviation Program of the Ministry of Urban Housing and Poverty Alleviation.
Assistance under NOAPS, in addition to distribution of benefits through accounts of beneficiaries in banks or post office savings banks or through postal money orders, can also be distributed through public meetings such as Gram Sabha meetings in rural areas and neighbourhood/mohalla . committees in urban areas

required documents

  • Duly filled and self-attested application form (proforma given as per the annexures of the scheme guidelines).
  • Domicile Certificate
  • disability certificate
  • Residential Proof (Voter Card/Electricity Bill/Aadhaar Card)
  • Age Proof (School last attended or Birth Certificate issued through Municipal Authority or SHO or Medical Board)
  • aadhaar number
  • bank passbook
  • ration card
  • Affidavit duly attested by Judicial Magistrate/Executive Magistrate that he/she is not getting any pension/financial assistance
  • from any other source.
  • 3 passport size photographs of the applicant

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