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In Tamil Nadu, the Old Age Pension Scheme had been introduced in the year 1962 and since then continuously it is being implemented. The guidelines for availing old age pension had been framed as per G.O.(Ms.) No.73, Finance Department, Dated 22.01.1962 and at various stages, Social Security Pension Schemes have been extended to all the vulnerable sections of the society such as differently abled persons, widows, agricultural labourers, poor farmers, deserted wives, unmarried woman of the age of 50 years and above who are destitute and poor. Currently, the Government is granting `1,000 per month as pension uniformly under all pension schemes. The allocation has also been increased substantially up to `4,029.78 crore in 2018-2019.

The eligibility criteria to avail assistance under the three pension schemes under National Social Assistance Programme

The important eligibility criteria for Social Security Pension Schemes fully funded by the Government of Tamil Nadu

The Government have also issued orders to disburse the Social Security Pension through banks on identification of beneficiaries through bio-metric smart cards. As on 31.03.2018, 29,20,030 beneficiaries are getting pension through banks.

Other Benefits to the pensioners

One saree per female pensioner/one dhoti per male pensioner is distributed twice a year i.e. on Pongal and Deepavali festivals to all the pensioners.

Distribution of Rice to beneficiaries

The beneficiaries under the above schemes are permitted to draw rice free of cost as per the following norms: - i. 4 Kgs of fine variety rice per month for those who do not take meals at the Anganwadi Centres.

ii. 2 Kgs of the fine variety rice per month for those who take meals at the Anganwadi Centres.