For the longest time, India has struggled with the perpetual issue of poverty. Rural populace has, for decades, found themselves to be in a vicious cycle of poverty that they just cannot seem to break out of. In order to put an end to it for once, the government of India launched the National Social Assistance Programme which is a centrally sponsored scheme.
This scheme is to provide financial assistance to the elderly, widows and persons with disabilities in the form of social pensions.
Objectives of the National Social Assistance Programme
The primary objective of the National Social Assistance Programme or the NSAP is the fulfilment of the Directive Principle in Article 41 of the Constitution. The programme introduced a National Policy for Social Assistance of the poor. It aims to ensure a minimum national standard for social assistance. This comes in addition to the benefits that certain states are already providing or might provide in the foreseeable future.
A group of welfare schemes
The NSAP essentially is a group of schemes that aims to provide a comprehensive support system to anyone who needs it.
The schemes that fall under the NSAP are:
- The Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
- Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)
- Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)
- National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS)
These schemes, collectively offer an all-round social financial security to those who need it. The NSAP aims to target those weakened factions of the society that require assistance to get by.
With these schemes in place, one can lead a life with dignity and the assurance that the Government of India has their back.