SCHEME OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO WIDOWS


Delhi Pension Scheme to Women in Distress (Widows, Divorced, Separated, Destitute, Abandoned Women)

Department of WCD, Delhi Government is implementing various Financial Assistance Schemes of Govt. of India and Govt. of Delhi for the benefit of different sections through Financial Assistance Cell.

Department of Women and Child Development is running two Financial Assistance Schemes for the benefit of widows / women in distress:-

1. Delhi Pension Scheme to women in Distress (Widow Pension)

2. Widow’s Daughter Marriage(WDM)


1) WIDOW PENSION SCHEME

AIMS AND OBJECTIVE

To provide social security by way of Financial Assistance to Widows, Divorced, Separated, Abandoned, deserted or Destitute women in the age group of 18 to 60 years who have no adequate means of subsistence and are poor, needy and vulnerable.

QUANTUM OF ASSISTANCE AND MODE OF PAYMENT FOR WIDOW PENSION.

The rate of assistance is Rs. One thousand five hundred per head remitted to the bank account of the beneficiary on a quarterly basis through ECS of RBI.

The assistance shall become payable from the next month of application.

INITIATIVES AND ACHIEVEMENT:

Under Delhi Pension Scheme to Women in Distress (Widow Pension) the present number of ongoing beneficiaries is 1,54,000.

2) WIDOW DAUGHTER MARRIAGE SCHEME

AIMS AND OBJECTIVE

To provide financial assistance to the poor widows for performing the marriage of their daughters(upto two daughters). To provide financial assistance to the guardians including Homes/Institutions or foster parents of an orphan girl for her marriage. This is a one time grant.

QUANTUM OF ASSISTANCE AND MODE OF PAYMENT FOR WIDOW’S DAUGHTER MARRIAGE SCHEME

Quantum of Assistance is Rs. 30,000/- only in the form of account payee cheque in the name of Applicant or through ECS.

INITIATIVES AND ACHIEVEMENT

Under Widow’s Daughter Marriage Scheme the number of cases during the Financial Year 2013-14 were 3024 and from April, 2014 to till January, 2015, are 1300.

COMMON ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR BOTH SCHEMES

(i) She has been residing in Delhi for more than 5 years preceding the date of application.
(ii) Her family’s annual income does not exceed than Rs. 60,000/- (Rs. sixty thousand).
(iii) She has a ‘singly- operated’ account in any bank for receiving the payment through electronic clearing system.
(iv) She is not receiving any pension from Central Govt./State Govt./MCD and/or NDMC or any other source for this purpose.

Besides the above mentioned criteria the following two criterias are essential under Widow’s Daughter Marriage Scheme
(a) The girl for whose marriage the Financial Assistance is sought, should be major on the date of marriage i.e., above 18 years of age
(b) In case of a Widow applicant the Financial Assistance can be granted for performing marriage upto two daughters only.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SECTION (WCD)
(updated till 20th May, 2015)

i. Widow Pension of 1577 cases for 4th quarter 2014-15 has been sanctioned.
ii. Pension of all ongoing cases (verified) of 4th Quarter was released by the end of March, 2015, after receiving Letter of Credit from Pr. Account Office.
iii. Under Widow’s daughter Marriage Scheme, 2452 cases have been sanctioned
iv. 20 Bar code scanners have been purchased for 10 Districts for seeding of Aadhar Numbers on DBT-Portal for Widow Pension Scheme