IGNDPS is a scheme for providing financial assistance to citizens with physical and mental disabilities and who are living below the poverty line. The scheme was introduced in February 2009 under the National Social Assistance Programme.
According to the Persons with Disability (PWD) Act 1995, disability means persons who are suffering from blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental illness and retardation, autism, cerebral palsy and even dwarfs. It also means that the person is suffering from not less than 40 % of any disability as certified by a medical authority.
In order to qualify for the scheme, the applicant:
Multiple disabilities means a person is suffering from a combination of two or more disabilities. Severe disability means a person is suffering from 80 % or more of any one or more disabilities.
IGNDPS provides benefits in the form of financial help to disabled beneficiaries. Central assistance is provided at the rate of:
The pension money is sent to the applicant’s home through Money Order or in cash in Gram Sabhas. It may also be credited to their bank or post office account.
Through the scheme, the Government of India aims to provide public assistance to differently-abled citizens without a source of income or family support and enabling them to financial independent. This welfare measure of the Government also fulfills the constitutional principles of Article 41 of the Directive Principles of State Policy.
The Union budget for the IGNDPS scheme is Rs 274.30 crores for the financial year 2017-18.
Application forms need to be filled up available free of cost at Gram Panchayats and Municipalities (also downloadable from the website). Authorized officials appointed by States also assist beneficiaries in form-filling, getting relevant records and certificates. On furnishing relevant documents, a disability identity card is issued. After verification and on being approved, beneficiaries will be issued a Pension Passbook and Sanction Order.
The documents required for getting benefits under IGNDPS are: