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Privileges and BenefitsOld age pension for the general public
National Old Age Pension (NOAP) SchemeUnder National Old Age Pension Scheme, Central Assistance is available on fulfillment of the following criteria
(Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment, NSAP Guidelines for State Governments)
Old age and widow pension in MaharashtraUnder 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 KarnatakaThe pension amount is Rs 75 per month. Age is no bar
Widow Pension in West BengalThe pension amount is Rs 150 per month for widows below poverty line. There is no age bar.
Widow Pension in KeralaWidow 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.
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.