Bihar State Government launched a scheme called ‘Lakshmibai Social Security Scheme’ for widows in 2007 to upgrade their social status in society.
What is the Lakshmi Bai Samajik Suraksha Yojana?
‘Lakshmibai Social Security Scheme’ has been started under the guidelines of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. This scheme provides widow assistance to the widows as a monthly security pension of Rs 300 which comes under BPL families of the state. The scheme has been started for the welfare of those whose age is 18 to 39 years or whose annual income is less than $ 60000. Women of 40 to 59 years of age are eligible for the scheme, but the income should be less than Rs. 60000. If age is more than 60 years then pension can be obtained but income should be less than Rs. 60000.
Features of the Lakshmi Bai Samajik Suraksha Yojana
- Under this scheme, a pension of 300 rupees will be given to the eligible female per month.
- 18-65 age group will be eligible and women above 65 are not eligible for the pension of the Lakshmibai Social Security Scheme.
- The female candidates of the age of 40 to 59 have been made eligible for the scheme but there is a catch their income should not exceed INR. 60000.
Eligibility for the Lakshmi Bai Samajik Suraksha Yojana
- The annual income of widow woman of 18-39 years of age living in BPL family should not exceed Rs 60000.
- The annual income of 40 to 59 years of widow women should be less than Rs.60000 / -.
- The annual income of widow woman older than 60 years is less than Rs. 60000.
- The woman whose age is more than 60 years and Lakshmi Bai is eligible for social security pension and is not in the list of BPL families.
- For the scheme, women should have a residence certificate from Bihar State.
How to register for the Lakshmi Bai Samajik Suraksha Yojana?
- Eligible and needy applicants will have to apply to the concerned Block Office’s RTPs counter
- The applicant is to apply to the block office in the prescribed form. The scheme is a part of the Public Service Guarantee Act from 15th August 2011.
The applicant should have the following documents for registration under this scheme
- Passport size photograph of the applicant
- BPL certificate or income certificate
- Birth certificate
- Domicile Certificate
- A savings account should be in the nearest post office.
With the necessary documents, the prescribed form will be given to the applicant after submission to the Block Officer. The receipt is useful for knowing the status of the submission form. If for any reason the form has been rejected, this applicant is notified. When the form is accepted, the acceptance order is sent to the post office and the pension is sent to the applicant’s account. After this, the applicant can withdraw the funds from the account.
Considering the facts that windows in India are not given much privilege if they are not working class people or have never worked before due to the child marriage or parents not being able to afford the cost of educating their daughters with the growing expense of education in the nation this scheme would really hold a huge benefit to those women who are not the bread winners of the family and have lost their husbands or support from family alternatively.