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Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
03-December-2010 14:13 IST
Women Population above 60 Years of Age
While benefits from various welfare schemes/programmes can be accessed by women above 60 years of age, subject to their meeti

 

 While benefits from various welfare schemes/programmes can be accessed by women above 60 years of age, subject to their meeting laid down conditions under the respective scheme/programme, the Government has taken a number of specific initiatives for the benefit of older persons irrespective of their gender, such as:-

The National Policy on Older Persons was announced in 1999 which envisages State’s support to ensure financial & food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons to improve the quality of their lives. This, inter-alia, includes giving special consideration to widows in the matter of settlement of benefit accruing to them on the demise of their husband.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 was enacted on 31st December, 2007 which, among other things, provides for maintenance of parents and senior citizens by children/relatives, establishment of Old Age Homes, provision of adequate medical care & protection of life and property of senior citizens.

 Under the Central Sector Scheme of Integrated Programme for Older Persons, financial assistance is given to voluntary organizations for running and maintenance of old age homes, mobile medical units etc. for the destitute senior citizens and for setting up of Multi Facility Care Centre for Older Widow Women to provide full time shelter, care, training in income generating activities, conduct of religious programmes, yoga etc. to older widows.

 

            The Income Tax Act, 1961 provides higher basic exemption of Rs.1.90 lakh for the resident women tax payers. In case of any resident individual tax payer of 65 years or more, the basic exemption is even higher at Rs.2.40 lakh irrespective of the gender.

 

            The Indian Railways grants concession in fare to senior citizens of minimum 60 years, travelling for any purpose. The percentage element of concession for women is 50% while it is 30% for men. In addition, the National Aviation Company of India Ltd. offers a concession of 50% on the normal published fare in economy class to women of 63 years and above for travel on domestic sectors.

 Under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) that was launched in February, 2009, widow pension @ Rs. 200/- per month is provided to BPL widows in the age group of 40-64 years. The State-wise number of BPL widows getting pension is given as  under:

Sl.l No.

Name of States/UTs

Estimated number under IGNWPS

No. of beneficiaries Reported     under IGNWPS

    1

             2

                3

                           4

1

Andhra Pradesh

276314

393945

2

Bihar

385547

211585

3

Chhattisgarh

156038

95433

4

Goa

5101

 

5

Gujarat

128983

 

6

Haryana

31202

46972

7

Himachal Pradesh

10071

7957

8

J & K

4730

4620

9

Jharkhand

182707

182707

10

Karnataka

295476

325000

11

Kerala

109764

34244

12

Madhya Pradesh

304747

225085

13

Maharashtra

486058

160400

14

Orissa

306923

306923

15

Punjab

22584

13672

16

Rajasthan

155409

52057

17

Tamilnadu

357014

357014

18

Uttar Pradesh

584781

1121500

19

Uttarakhand

56179

9824

20

West Bengal

393447

355183

21

Arunachal Pradesh

2535

 

22

Assam

91326

 

23

Manipur

4675

4676

24

Meghalaya

5808

6749

25

Mizoram

1192

1192

26

Nagaland

2551

2551

27

Sikkim

994

333

28

Tripura

10605

26559

29

A&N Islands

1007

4568

30

Chandigarh

597

2977

31

D&N Haveli

902

 

32

Daman & Diu

297

43

33

NCT Delhi

22525

25913

34

Lakshadweep

184

 

35

Pondicherry

6018

16945

 

Total

   4404289

                              3996627

This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

           YSK:PM