17th March, 2018

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme


The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) scheme initiated by the government is a step towards safeguarding the interests of Indian labour. The APY will benefit citizens by providing them security during their old age. Additionally it will also encourage the culture of investment and saving among the lower middle and poor strata of the society.

  • Those working in the unorganized sectors will have secured means to lead a dignified life.
  • The government has come up with a plan to offer pensions of 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 INR per month, depending on the contributions made by the beneficiary.



Every Indian citizen can subscribe to the APY scheme, if they fulfill the following criteria:

  • Applicant should be aged between 18 to 40 years
  • Applicant should not be a member of any other social security scheme
  • The person should have or must open a savings account in a bank
  • Applicant should have a mobile phone
  • Applicant shall be able to provide complete postal address at the time of application to receive bank statements regularly.

Benefits of the scheme

  • The APY will address the old age income security of the 88% of the total labour force, which is majorly engaged in unorganised sector.
    It will also encourage these workers to join the National Pension System.
  • The government offered financial benefits for the APY scheme holders who registered for the scheme from 1st June to 31st December, 2015. The government co-contributed 50% of the total contribution amount. However, this offer was an introductory one, and does not apply currently.

Documents required

Those applying for the APY scheme should have the following documents:

  • Savings bank account
  • Aadhaar Card/Aadhaar number
  • Mobile Number

How to Apply

  • Applicants have to approach the bank where they have their respective savings accounts
  • The next step is to fill in the APY form
  • Link it with your Mobile number or Aadhaar number
  • Sufficient balance should be available in the linked savings account to recover the monthly contribution


For more information on the APY scheme, please visit:


Toll Free Number : 1800222080

Mumbai Office 

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited
1st Floor, Times Tower, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400 013
Tel.(022) 4090 4242
Fax (022) 2495 2594/ 2499 4974

Kolkata Office
5th Floor, The Millenium, Flat No. 5W, 235/2A, Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata - 700 020
Tel.(033) 2281 4461 / 2290 1396
Fax(033) 2289 1945

Chennai Office
6A, 6th Floor, Kences Towers, #1 Ramkrishna Street, North Usman Road, T. Nagar, Chennai - 600 017
Tel.(044) 2814 3917/18
Fax(044) 2814 4593

New Delhi Office

409/410, Ashoka Estate Building, 4th floor, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi - 110 001
Tel.(011) 23705418 / 2335 3817
Fax(011) 2335 3756

Ahmedabad Office
Unit No. 407, 4th floor, 3rd Eye One Commercial Complex Co-op. Soc. Ltd., Above Vijay Sales Stores C. G. Road, Near Panchvati Circle, Ahmedabad - 380 006.
Tel.(079) 2646 1376
Fax(079) 2646 1375