Kerala Widow Pension Scheme 2020

Widows, divorced women, and destitute women usually find it difficult to make a living around themselves, especially in the presence of responsibilities over their shoulders. Acknowledging the plight of such women, the government of Kerala decided to extend a helping hand.

The Kerala Widow Pension Scheme 2020 is a widow pension scheme that was originally implemented as Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme.

How can one apply for the scheme?

Applicants interested in applying for the scheme must know the following steps in the application process.

  1. In the prescribed application format, the applicant has to submit the application for pension to the concerned Grama Panchayat/Municipality/Corporation secretary.
  2. The enquiry into the application should ideally be within one month after the submission of application.
  3. The beneficiary list would then be sent to the district collector or the officer appointed by the district collector

Eligibility criteria for the Kerala widow pension scheme 2020

  1. The applicant should either be a widow or divorced or whose husband has been reported missing for over 7 years.
  2. The applicant should not have remarried
  3. If the applicant is found to be receiving benefits from any social welfare pensions, then the application would be considered invalid.
  4. The applicant should procure convincing proof of the fact that there is no one from his/her family to look after him/her.
  5. No person shall be considered eligible if the person resorts to habitual begging
  6. The applicant would not be considered eligible for the scheme if the person is admitted to a poor home.
  7. The applicant would not be considered if the family annual income of the applicant is or less than ₹100000/-

Steps to apply for the scheme

If you qualify for the benefits of the scheme, here is how you can go about it.

  • Click on the “Application forms” link which would be present under the “Downloads” section as shown below:
  • Applicants can also download the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme application form in PDF format as well.

In conclusion

The Government of Kerala is cognizant of the fact that a widow would have to face a lot of difficulties just to get by. In the absence of assistance, it gets really difficult for widows as they also have to go through immense financial and societal turbulence.

Through this scheme, the state government aims to contribute to the welfare of such women and empower them to be something more than what their present predicament forces them to be.

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Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.