Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme : The scheme is known as ‘Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme’ (IGNWPS). It came into existence from February, 2009.

          2)      Eligibility Criteria of Beneficiary : For purpose of claiming central assistance, the following criteria shall apply :

                   a)    The age of the widow shall be between 40-64 yrs.

                   b)    The applicant must belong to a household below the poverty line according to the criteria prescribed by the Government of India.

          3)      Amount of pension : The central assistance under IGNWPS will be provided at the rate of Rs. 200 per month per beneficiary. The State Governments are urged to contribute at least equally towards the pension amount.

          4)      Specific condition regarding sanction of pension : Sanction of pension to a beneficiary has to be made only after placing the database of beneficiary in the public domain/website of the Ministry or State.

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