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Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
09-December-2010 15:58 IST
Economic and Social Schemes for Elders
At present, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing the Scheme of Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) with a view to improve the quality of life of destitute senior citizens by providing financial assistance to non-governm

At present, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing the Scheme of Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) with a view to  improve the quality of life of destitute senior citizens by providing financial assistance to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for running and maintenance of old age homes, day care centres and mobile medicare units, multi-facility care centres for older widows, physiotherapy clinics for older persons, help-lines and counselling centres for older persons, sensitizing programmes for children particularly in schools and colleges, training of caregivers to the older persons, awareness generation programmes for older persons, etc.

 

       Under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Central assistance is given towards pension @ Rs. 200/- per month per beneficiaries to persons above 65 years belonging to a household below poverty line which is meant to be supplemented by at least an equal contribution by the States so that each beneficiary gets at least Rs.400/- per month as pension.

 

       Various concessions like income tax rebate, rail and air fare, special medical facilities, etc. are also provided to senior citizens by the Government.

 

       The budgetary provision vis-a-vis amount released under the Scheme of IPOP during the last three years and the current year is given as under:

(Rs. in crore)

Year

Budget Allocation

Amount Released

2007-08

22.00

16.13

2008-09

22.00

17.72

2009-10

22.00

19.72

2010-11

40.00

7.80*

*as on 6.12.2010

 

This information was given by Shri. D. Napoleon, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

 

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