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					                           GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
                      MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
                     DEPARTMENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT

                                   LOK SABHA
                           STARRED QUESTION NO. 208*
                           TO BE ANSWERED ON 10.03.2011

                           National Old Age Pension Scheme

*208. SHRI NARAHARI MAHATO:
      KUMARI MEENAKSHI NATARAJAN:

       Will the Minister of RURAL DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:

(a)    the status of implementation of the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension
       Scheme;
(b)    the number of beneficiaries under the scheme, State-wise;
(c)    whether the States have been able to achieve the targets set out under the scheme;
(d)    the mechanism in place to monitor the implementation of the scheme; and
(e)    the steps taken by the Union Government to achieve the objectives of the
       schemes?

                                   ANSWER
                      MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
                         (SHRI VILASRAO DESHMUKH)

(a) to (e): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
 Statement referred to in reply to Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 208 for reply on
                                     10.03.2011

(a):    Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) was launched on
19.11.2007 by modifying the eligibility criteria for old age pension from ‘a destitute
person of 65 years and above’ to ‘a person who is 65 years and above and belonging to a
household below the poverty line’ and by renaming the then existing National Old Age
Pension Scheme (NOAPS) as Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme
(IGNOAPS). The scheme is implemented in all the States and Union Territories.
IGNOAPS is a component of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which was
transferred to State Plan in the year 2002-03. Under IGNOAPS, central assistance of
   200 per month per beneficiary is provided and State Governments have been urged to
make an equal contribution. At present 19 States are contributing Rs. 200 and above, 11
States are contributing between Rs.50 and Rs.200 and 5 States are not making any
contribution. Details of State contribution are given in Annexure.

(b)&(c): The number of beneficiaries covered under the scheme, State-wise as compared
to the estimated number of beneficiaries to be covered is given in Annexure. During
2010-11, 169 lakh beneficiaries were provided central assistance as compared to the
estimated number of 189 lakh beneficiaries.

(d):   The Schemes under NSAP, including IGNOAPS, are implemented by the State
Governments. Identification of beneficiaries and disbursement of assistance is the
responsibility of the State Governments. Implementation of NSAP is monitored through
Monthly Progress Reports, Nodal Officers Meetings and Performance Review Committee
Meetings.

(e):   States have been asked to identify all the eligible beneficiaries and adequate funds
have been provided to meet the requirement of central assistance. The number of
beneficiaries receiving central assistance have increased from 87 lakh under NOAPS
during 2006-07 to 169 lakh under IGNOAPS during 2010-11.

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                                                                        Annexure
 Annexure referred to in reply to Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 208 for answer on
                                      10/3/2011
                                        No. of     Achievement
                                    beneficiaries    percent
                     Estimated         covered
Sl    Name of       number of       during 2010-
No. States/UTs beneficiaries             11                      State Contribution
 1 Andhra Pr.             971709           971709          100            Nil
 2 Bihar                 2341267          2341267          100            Nil
 3 Chhattisgarh           530193           530193          100            100
 4 Goa                     11592              2734           24           800
 5 Gujarat                457296           279834            61           200
                                                             61     300(below 70
                                                                        years),
 6 Haryana                215198           130306                 500(above70 years
 7 Himachal Pr.            90619            90619          100            130
 8 J&K                    129000           129000          100            125
 9 Jharkhand              841976           676003            80           200
10 Karnataka              811726           797862            98           200
11 Kerala                 432300           176064            41            50
12 Madhya Pr.            1222212          1061033            87            75
13 Maharashtra           1937477          1057510            55           300
14 Orissa                1193176          1193176          100            Nil
15 Punjab                 166689           166689          100            250
                                                             88     300(below 75
                                                                  years), 550(above
16 Rajasthan              631040           558087                      75 years)
17 Tamilnadu             1015000           995237            98           200
18 Uttar Pradesh         3310152          3274780            99           100
19 Uttarakhand            193029           183501            95           200
20 West Bengal           1271631          1271631          100            200
21 Arunachal Pr.           26829            14500            54           Nil
22 Assam                  650748           596965            92            50
23 Manipur                 50714            50714          100            Nil
24 Meghalaya               73043            48112            66            50
25 Mizoram                 23747            23747          100             50
26 Nagaland                40462            40462          100            100
27 Sikkim                  15169            15169          100            200
28 Tripura                136592           136592          100            200
29 A&N Islands              5154              1063           21           300
30 Chandigarh               4350              4216           97           300
31 D&N Haveli               6956               944           14           300
32 Daman & Diu               630               130           21           300
33 NCT Delhi               94000            94000          100            800
34   Lakshadweep        480         36     8   100
35   Puducherry    15523         15523   100   400
     TOTAL         18917679   16929408

				
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