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Old age pension for the general public

National Old Age Pension (NOAP) Scheme

Under National Old Age Pension Scheme, Central Assistance is available on fulfillment of the following criteria
  • The age of the applicant (male or female) should be 65 years or more.
  • The applicant must be a destitute in the sense that he/she has no regular means of subsistence from his/her own source of income or through financial support from family members or other sources.
The amount of old age pension is Rs 75 per month. This scheme is implemented in the State and Union Territories through Panchayats and Municipalities. Both Panchayats and Municipalities are encouraged to involve voluntary agencies as much as possible in benefiting the destitute elderly for whom this scheme is intended.
(Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment, NSAP Guidelines for State Governments)

Old age and widow pension in Maharashtra

Under the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Anudan Yojana, an individual (female 60 years or above and males 65 years or above) can get Rs 100 per month if he/she has no source of income. If a woman is a widow and has one or more children below 18 years then she is eligible for a pension of Rs 250 per month. Under Indira Gandhi Bhumihin Vrudh Sheth-Majdoor Sahayay Yojana, an individual (female 60 years or above and male 65 years or above) gets Rs 100 per month. The beneficiary of this scheme must be a destitute and from a rural area.

Widow pension in Karnataka

The pension amount is Rs 75 per month. Age is no bar

Widow Pension in West Bengal

The pension amount is Rs 150 per month for widows below poverty line. There is no age bar.

Widow Pension in Kerala

Widow pension is Rs 110 per month. The person must be a destitute and her income per year must be below Rs 12,000. Age is no bar.

Old Age Pension Amounts
Name of the State Current amount of pension (Rs per month) Minimum age of eligibility (in years)
Andhra Pradesh 75 65
Arunachal Pradesh 150 60
Assam 60 65 (males) 60 (females)
Bihar 100 60
Gujarat 200-275 60-65 +
Haryana 100 60
Himachal Pradesh 150 60
Jammu & Kashmir 125 60
Karnataka 100 65
Kerala 110 65
Madhya Pradesh 150 60 (males) 50 (females)
Maharashtra 100 65 (males) 60 (females
Mizoram 100 65 (males) 60 (females)
Orissa 100 65
Punjab 200 65 (males) 60 (females)
Rajasthan 200-300 58 (males) 55 (females)
Tamil Nadu 150 60
Uttar Pradesh 125 60
West Bengal 300 60
West Bengal 300 60
Chandigarh 200 65 (males) 60 (females)
Delhi 200 60


A new scheme called Annapurna has been recently initiated by the Government of India under which free food grains up to 10 kg per month will be provided to such destitute older persons who are otherwise eligible for old age pension under the National Old Age Pension Scheme but are not receiving it and whose sons are not residing with them. However, it is yet to be implemented.
(Ministry of Rural Development with the assistance of Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies

Source : http://www.disabilityindia.org/oldage.cfm#p&fp