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Government of India
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
07-March-2011 18:19 IST
Concessions and Facilities for Senior Citizens

National Policy on Older Persons, 1999 envisages State support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons, equitable share in development, protection against abuse and exploitation, and availability of services to improve the quality of their lives.

 

            The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing the Scheme of Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) under which financial assistance is provided to Government/ NGOs/ Panchayati Raj Institutions/ local bodies etc. for running and maintenance of old age homes, day care centres and mobile medicare units, etc.

 

            The Ministry of Rural Development is implementing the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) under which Central assistance is given towards pension @ Rs. 200/- per month to persons above 65 years belonging to a household below poverty line which is meant to be supplemented by at least and 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, bus and air fare; special medical facilities, etc. are provided to senior citizens by the Government. State-wise details of grants/financial assistance given for old age home during the last three years are given in the Table below:

 

Statement showing state-wise funds released and number of OAH assisted under the scheme of IPOP

 

Sl.No.

Name of the State

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

(As on 21.2.2011)

 

 

Amount released

No. of OAH assisted

Amount released

No. of OAH assisted

Amount released

No. of OAH assisted

Amount released

No. of OAH assisted

1.

Andhra Pradesh

344.43

88

321.23

68

347.81

86

182.65

49

2.

Assam

52.02

15

60.73

13

71.78

16

61.78

16

3.

Bihar

2.76

1

2.76

1

4.88

1

0

0

4.

Chhattisgarh

1.18

1

5.97

1

5.08

2

0

0

5.

Delhi

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

6.

Gujarat

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7.

Haryana

13.36

5

9.09

4

34.25

9

17.81

5

8.

Himachal Pradesh

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9.

Jammu & Kashmir

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10.

Karnataka

148.11

45

183.82

38

207.86

45

155.47

37

11.

Kerala

2.22

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

12.

Madhya Pradesh

8.01

2

8.98

2

9.23

5

0

0

13.

Maharashtra

21.77

10

32.47

9

27.69

8

29.26

7

14.

Manipur

66.02

24

57.96

12

56.80

15

60.06

13

15.

Nagaland

0

1

1.38

0

-

0

0

0

16.

Orissa

112.52

46

129.54

40

173.17

44

107.28

28

17.

Pudducherry

3.97

14

0

0

-

0

0

0

18.

Punjab

3.42

4

0

1

9.29

4

2.27

1

19.

Rajasthan

8.23

0

5.52

3

11.77

4

8.87

3

20.

Tamil Nadu

167.70

46

183.95

36

220.70

54

119.03

29

21.

Tripura

2.76

3

2.76

1

10.85

3

1.02

2

22.

Uttar Pradesh

33.73

10

18.03

4

65.31

21

55.69

18

23.

Uttarakhand

2.90

1

5.54

1

-

0

9.61

3

24.

West Bengal

66.62

20

136.72

24

111.41

27

58.86

16

25.

Mizoram

0

0

0

0

-

0

0

0

 

 

1061.73

328

1146.45

258

1367.88

345

869.66

227

 

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

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