The Department of Post has also taken the responsibility to disburse the MGNREGA wages and payment of benefits under various social security pension schemes like IGNOAPS
(Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme), IGNDPS (Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme) and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY Scheme), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Maternity Benefit Scheme etc.
For instance, the rate of pension paid by the Central Government under the IGNOAPS
is Rs.200 per month whereas the minimum amount required for one's subsistence at the poverty line is Rs.28.65 per day in urban areas and Rs.22.42 per day in rural areas which comes to about Rs.900 in urban areas and to about Rs.700 in rural areas.
At present 169 lakh persons above the age of 65 years and living below poverty line are receiving central assistance under IGNOAPS
As per information received from the Ministry of Rural Development, Old Age Pension is provided under the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS
) to the persons belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households of age of 60 years or more.
Review of the programme being implemented by different Ministries for the Welfare of Senior Citizens, such as IPOP, IGNOAPS
, NPHCE etc.
After attaining the age of 80 years, the beneficiary would be shifted to Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS
) for getting pension of Rs.500/- per month.