New Delhi: The Government of India is expecting to nearly double it's coverage of the recently launched old age pension scheme from the targeted 87 lakh population to about 1.57 crore.
According to the Union Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, 15 states have so far responded to the Central Government's directive of identifying additional beneficiaries for the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), indicating the number of 33.23 lakh.
The state governments were asked to identifying additional beneficiaries for the IGNOAPS by using the BPL list of 2002 for rural areas and the corresponding list in urban areas.
The scheme launched by the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh on November 19, 2007 is expected to be a significant improvement over the old National Old Age Pension Scheme (NOAPS).
Informing this at a meeting with the Members of Consultative Committee on Wednesday, Prasad said that the Planning Commission has set up a Group of Experts to re-examine the criteria of BPL families with a view to extend its coverage to more deserving people.
The Minister also called upon all members of its Consultative Committee and Members of the Parliament to help in successful implementation of the scheme so that the benefit reaches out to the poorest of the poor in the country.
He further requested the Members to oversee the implementation of the project in their respective districts.