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National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)

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  • March 12, 2021
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National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions; Welfare schemes 

In news

  • The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development recently submitted its report to the Lok Sabha. 
  • According to the report, the Centre must increase the “meagre” pensions provided for poor senior citizens, widows and disabled people. 

Key takeaways 

  • The Committee observed that under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), amount of assistance ranging from ₹200 to ₹500 per month is provided under its different components. 
  • The panel had also previously urged the increase in these pensions in its reports on the Department of Rural Development’s (DoRD) demand for grants in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Important value additions 

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) 

  • It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. 
  • It provides financial assistance to the elderly, widows and persons with disabilities in the form of social pensions.
  • Administered by: Ministry of Rural Development 
  • It consists of five sub-schemes:
    • Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
    • Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)
    • Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)
    • National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS)
    • Annapurna Scheme

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