The National Family Benefit Scheme provides families with lump sum cash assistance on the death of the primary breadwinner.

NFBS is a component of the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). Under the scheme a lump sum relief in the amount of Rs. 10,000 for accidental death and Rs. 5, 000 for a death due to natural cause is released within a month upon application, to a family that has lost a primary bread winner. A primary breadwinner is a member of a family whose earnings contribute substantially to household income between the age group of 18–65 years. 

NFBS Court Order Summary

  1. A lump sum of Rs. 10,000/- has to be paid within four weeks of a breadwinner’s death through the local Sarpanch. (SC Order dated 28 November 2001)
  2. The benefit under the scheme cannot be withdrawn till until another order by any State Government or Union Territory. (SC Order dated 18 November 2004)

A mother of a BPL household with a recently deceased breadwinner. She is praying for cash assistance under NFBS.


National Family Benefit Scheme