Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
12 FEB 2021 5:10PM by PIB Delhi
Pension Scheme for Destitute Women

A number of schemes are implemented by the Government of India across all States/UTs, including Chhattisgarh, for providing assistance to widows and deserted women. The major schemes are as under:


Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme: Under this scheme, widow pension is provided to the widows belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. This is a sub-scheme under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) of Ministry of Rural Development. Under the scheme, Central assistance @ Rs. 300/- per month is provided to widows in the age-group of 40-79 years and the pension amount is enhanced to Rs 500/- per month on attaining 80 years.


SwadharGreh Scheme: The Ministry of Women and Child Development implements SwadharGreh Scheme which provides a supportive institutional framework for women victims of trafficking so that they could lead their life with dignity and conviction. Shelter, food, clothing, medical care, legal aid, and vocational training are provided to such women under the scheme.


Home for Widows: A Home for Widows has been set up in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh with a capacity of 1,000 inmates to provide widows a safe and secure place of stay, health services, nutritious food, legal and counselling services.


The beneficiaries under Schemes of National Social Assistance Programme are calculated on the basis of Poverty Ratio estimates 2004-05.


This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.