The Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme covers all 65 years and above members of the population below the poverty line.

The central government gives Rs. 200 for the pension and urges state governments to contribute the same amount.

The implementation of the above provisions however is not fully observed. Its eligibility conditions vis-à-vis coverage varies from state to state.

Per state guidelines, old age pension beneficiaries shall get the benefit every month before seventh. But to certain extent, state governments often divert or delay the distribution of the cash grant released by the central government.

IGNOAPS Court Order Summary

  1. State governments shall complete the identification of persons entitled for a pension under IGNOAPS, and ensure that it is paid regularly. (SC Order dated 28 November 2001)
  2. Payment of the pension under the scheme shall be made before seventh day of the month. (SC Order dated 28 November 2001)
  3. The scheme shall not be discontinued without any preceding order from the Supreme Court. (SC Order dated 28 November 2001)
  4. The IGNOAPS grants paid by the Central Government to the State Governments under “Additional Central Assistance” shall not be diverted for any other purposes. (SC Order dated 27 April 2004)

An aged woman from the Lodha community, a primary tribal group in Orissa.


Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme