8 Things To Know About Vidhwa Pension Yojana

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What is Vidhwa Pension Yojana

Vidhwa Pension Yojana was launched by the central government for widows belonging to below-poverty-line (BPL) households.


Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme

The scheme is also known as the “Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme”. IGNWPS is one of the five schemes the central government offers under the National Social Assistance Programme.


State & Central Government Contribution

The central government pays Rs 200 per month for each beneficiary and states further add some amount. 

Contributions made by central and state governments

Pension Amount

Currently, the central government's contributions towards the pension scheme range from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000.

amount received


The age criteria vary from one state to another. In UP, women aged 18-60 are eligible; MP allows women above 40 years, provided they fall in the BPL category.

Eligibility age

Required Documents

Enrolling in this scheme requires ID and address proof, a photo, an income certificate, a death certificate, and bank account details.



The Social Welfare Department looks after the scheme in most states; however, states like Jharkhand, Karnataka, Assam, etc., have different implementing agencies.

Regulatory bodies

Beneficiary List

The beneficiaries are identified based on the BPL lists prepared and posted annually on the respective governments' websites.

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Listed Beneficiaries

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Pension Plan