India/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.4 Social security frameworks

There have been some attempts by the Ministry of Culture to introduce social security measures. One such scheme is the Pension Grant, which provides financial assistance to persons distinguished in letters, arts and such other walks of life who may be in indigent circumstances and their dependents (as modified W.E.F. 01.04.2009):

  • To be eligible for assistance under the Scheme, a person’s contribution to art and letter, etc must be of significance. Traditional scholars who have made significant contribution in their fields would also be eligible notwithstanding the absence of any published works.
  • Personal income of the applicant (including income of the spouse) must not exceed INR  4000 per month.
  • The applicant should not be less than 58 years of age (this does not apply in the case of dependents). 

Chapter published: 22-04-2014