Bihar

Eligibility

60 years of age and above
Below the poverty line card
Local resident of the district
A destitute with meager or no income or support from family or any other source


Entitlement

200 per month
500 per month, for 80 years of age and above


Apply

Application form
2 photographs
Below Poverty Line (BPL) card (see status online)
Age certificate (birth registration)
Proof of Residence
E.P.I.C. number (only for online applications)


Submit

Online Application (view format offline)
Paper Application (2 copies) in person at the local block office


Process

The Sub Divisional Officer provides information on the status of approval of application. If approved, the approval order is sent to the Post Office where a savings account is opened and the pension is deposited in the name of the beneficiary. If rejected, the applicant must be informed.


Receive

Collect pensions from the post office savings account in the first week of the month 


Contact

Minister (Social Welfare)
Principal Secretary (Department of Social Welfare)
Director (Directorate of Social Security and Disability)
District Assistant Director (Social Security)
District Officials (Commissioner/District Magistrate)



Complain

Bihar Public Grievance Redressal
Janta Darbar Helpline +91 (0) 612 2201000
 

Penalty

For more inquiries call +91 (0) 612-2233333

 Right to Public Services Act, 2011 
 Appeal Process
 Appeal
 First Appeal 7 days
 Second Appeal
 7 days

The fine for any delay will be deducted from the designated officer or the first appeal officer and his subordinate staff. The State Public Service Delivery Commission will be the final appellate authority. 


Monitor

The elderly are more than 6.6 percent of the population in Bihar. 55 percent of them are estimated to live below the poverty line. 


News

Old-age question of pension pops up again (Subodh Varma, Times of India, 18 Dec 2013)