Various Senior Citizen Welfare Scheme in India

Published on Jan 11 2012 // Headlines, Life Insurance 27,456 views

Various Senior Citizen Welfare Scheme in India

Various Senior Citizen Welfare Scheme in India provided by Government Of India. We have taken a list of services which each Govt India Ministry provides and helped our readers learn about them.

Ministry of Social Justice And Empowerment

Setting up of

  • Old Age Homes
  • Day Care Centres
  • Mobile Medicare Units through Grant in Aid to NGOs/ Voluntary Organizations

Scheme : Integrated Programme for Older Person

Benefits :

  • Providing support for the capacity building of senior citizens by establishing and maintaining Old Age Homes;
  • Day Care Centres;
  • Mobile Medicare Units and Non-Institutional services.
  • Popularise the concept of life through re-inforcement & strengthening of the ability & commitment of the family to provide care to older persons.
  • Productive ageing.
  • Preparation of old age.
  • Generating greater awareness on issues concerning older persons.

Scheme : Construction of old Age Homes & Multi Service Centres

Benefits :

  • Provide assistance for construction of old Age Homes & Multi Service Centres to Panchayati Raj Institutions, Voluntary Organizations and Self Help Groups.
  • 364 Old Age Homes; 311 Day Care Centres and 61 Mobile Medicare Units and 2 Non-Institutional services exist under both the schemes.

Ministry of Finance

  • Higher Rate of Interest
  • Personal Loan Scheme for Pensioners
  • Ashrya Deposit Plan
  • Higher Returns
  • Income Tax concession
  • Varistha Pension Bima Yojana
  • New Jeevan Akshay

Scheme :

LIC- ‘Varistha Pension Bima Yojana’

Eligibility : Persons aged 55 years and above.

Benefits : Guarantee an annual return of 9 % in the form of monthly pension scheme.

Scheme :

New Jeevan Akshay

Eligibility :

  • Minimum age of entry: 40 years last birthday
  • Maximum age of entry: 79 years last birthday
  • Minimum Purchase Price: Rs. 25,000

Conditions for availing:

  • Minimum Purchase Price: Rs. 25,000
  • Minimum Annuity Instalment: Rs. 250

Ministry of Civil Aviation

  • 50% Discount in Air Travel (subject to certain conditions)

Air Travel – Indian Airlines

Scheme : 50 % discount on normal economic class fare for all domestic flights to Indian senior citizens subject to certain conditions. Full IATT, PSF, Insurance Charges applicable.

Eligibility :

  • Indian male senior citizens of 65 years and above.
  • Indian female senior citizens of 63 years and above.

Document Needed :Age proof – Voter ID/Ration Card
Conditions for Availing:

  • Only Indian National residing in India
  • Round trip/Circle trip journey permitted
  • Minimum stay of 7 days at destination
  • Re-routing not permitted
  • Confirm tickets to be purchased at least 7 days prior to departure.

How to Avail :

  • Fill up the prescribed form
  • Attach a proof of age.
  • Enclose a minimum stay proof.

Air Travel – Air India

Scheme : 55 % discount on the domestic basic day fare for travel on Air India operated sectors in India.

Eligibility : Males of 65 years & above. Females of 63 years & above.

Document Needed : Age Proof: Only Passport

How to Avail :

  • No prescribed form.
  • Apply on a plain paper.
  • Attach an attested copy of passport.

Sahara India Airlines

Scheme : 50 % discount on basic fare for all domestic flights in economy class

Eligibility : Senior citizens of 62 years & above.

Document Needed : Age proof

How to Avail :

  • No prescribed form.
  • Apply on a plain paper with a proof of age

Jet Airways

Scheme : 50 % discount on basic fare for all domestic flights in economy class

Eligibility : Senior citizens of 65 years & above.

Document Needed : Proof of age: A certified copy of anyone of the following Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

  • LIC policy.
  • Voter identity card.
  • Birth certificate issued by authority.
  • Passport.
  • Ration Card
  • Driving License
  • Certificate from Employer of Public Sector Undertaking
  • Government Organisation
  • Photocopy of the document on residence proof
  • Two recent passport size photographs

Conditions for Availing :

  • To make an advance booking before 7 days.
  • To show a minimum stay of at least 7 days.

How to Avail :

  • Fill up the prescribed form
  • Apply on a plain paper with a proof of age.

Ministry of Railways

  • 30% Discount in Rail Travel
  • Rail Travel

Scheme : 30 % discount in all Mails/Express including Rajdhani/Shatabadi/Jan Shatabadi trains.

Eligibility : Senior citizens of 60 years and above.

Document Needed:

  • Date of birth certificate
  • Voter ID/ Driving License
  • Passport/Educational Certificate
  • Ration Card
  • Certificate from local government institution
  • Agency of bodies like panchayats, corporation or municipality

Conditions for Availing : To travel a distance of 500 km or more.

How to Avail :

  • Apply on the prescribed form
  • Show a proof of age at the concerned counter.
  • Telephone No. 1330 (Enquiry in English)
  • Telephone No. 1335 (Enquiry in Hindi)
  • Separate counter for senior citizens for purchase/booking cancellation of tickets by Indian Railways.
  • Around 8-10 seats reserved for senior citizens in only one of the compartments of the local trains in Mumbai

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

  • Road Travel concession in State Transport Buses in Chandigarh , Delhi , Kerala , Maharashtra , Punjab , Rajasthan
  • Road Travel Concession: Chandigarh

Scheme : 50 % travel concession in state buses to senior citizens.

Eligibility : A person of 65 years and above.

  • Road Travel Concession: Delhi

Scheme : Concession on all route bus passes.

Eligibility : Senior citizens of 65 years and above.

Document Needed : Age proof,Voter Card/Ration Card.

How to Avail :

  • Apply on the prescribed application form
  • Show a original proof of age.

Condition for Availing: Discount applicable on monthly passes only

  • Road Travel Concession: Kerala

Scheme : Free pass to travel in state buses.

Eligibility : Older persons who were freedom fighters.

  • Road Travel Concession: Maharashtra

Scheme : 50 % concession in Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses.

Eligibility : Older persons of 65 years and above.

Document Needed : Age proof, Voter I-Card/Certificate from the Tehsildar

  • Road Travel Concession: Punjab

Scheme : Free travel in state buses.

Eligibility : A person of 60 years and above.

  • Road Travel Concession: Rajasthan

Scheme : Concession of 25 percent in Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC)

Eligibility : A person of 65 years and above.

  • Reservation of Seat in State Buses:
  • Reservation of two seats for the senior citizens in the front row of the Delhi, Kerala and Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Buses.
  • 5 % reservation of seats in buses of Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), Goa for senior citizens.

Ministry of Law & Justice

  • Free Legal Aid
  • Subordinate/ High Courts ,Supreme Court
  • Legal Aid Help-Line
  • Speedier Disposal of Cases
  • Maintenance of Older Parents

Ministry of Rural Development

  • Schemes Transferred to States (2002-03)
  • State Pension Scheme
  • Annapurna
  • State Pension Scheme

Scheme : State Pension Scheme Varying levels of pension are available in various states.

Eligibility Criterion :

  • Senior Citizens of age varying from 60-65 years & above for different states.
  • For a handicapped individual is 55 years & above.
  • Resident of a particular place for at least 5 years.
  • Should not be getting any other economic help.

Document needed : Proof of age like Birth Certificate/Voter ID/Ration Card Declaration on a plain paper with two neighbours signing as witness and duly attested by the local MLA.

Conditions for Availing: Must have an account in a nearby bank or post office

  • Annapurna

Scheme : Free food grains (wheat or rice) up to 10 kg./month

Eligibility : Destitute elderly of 65 years and above.

Conditions for availing : Older persons otherwise eligible for pension but are not receiving it and whose sons are not residing with them.


Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

  • Antyodaya Programme

Ministry of Health

  • Sunday Clinic in Delhi
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