In these trying times, the Government of India has declared to give three months advance pension to senior citizens, differently-abled and widows. The central government has decided to give the advance pension in the first week of April. The appreciable move by the government has been taken in a bid to help citizens in these difficult times of COVID-19 attack. About 30 million pensioners will be benefited from this scheme. In a bid to help its citizens fight the deadly virus, the Government of India has rolled out a relief plan of about Rs. 1.7 trillion. This is roughly about 1% of India’s GDP. This is the largest relief package ever declared by the government.
The National Social Assistance Program (NSAP), is aimed at helping senior citizens, differently-abled and widows. Under the NSAP, Rs. 200 per month is given to the elderly population between the age group of 60-79 years and Rs. 500 per month is given to senior citizens above 80 years of age. Widows in the age group 40-79 will get Rs. 300 per month and those above 80 years of age will get Rs. 500 per month. Those who are differently-abled and in the age group 40-79 years, get Rs. 300 per month and Rs. 500 per month is given to those who are above 80 years of age. The Finance Minister of India has declared that the promised three months advance pension of Rs. 1000 will be given to the eligible pensioners in two installments over the next three months.