GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL
The State Government has decided to introduce Two new Old Age Pension schemes namely, Taposili Bandhu (Pension Scheme) for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Jai Johar (Pension Scheme) for Scheduled Tribe (ST).
And also decided to enhance the pension given under the existing Old Age, Widow and Disability pensions schemes where monthly pension is Rs 600 — Rs 750 to Rs 1000 per month.
Has further decided to bring all the new and existing Old Age pension schemes, Widow pension schemes and Disability pension schemes administered by the State Government, under one Umbrella Scheme for pensions, namely, the Jai Bangla Scheme 2020.
A. Introduction New Old Age Pension Schemes for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe:
The two new pension schemes being introduced under the Jai Bangla Scheme 2020 are Taposili Bandhu for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Jai Johar for Scheduled Tribe (ST). The guidelines for the two new schemes
(1) Taposili Bandhu and
(2) Jai Johar are as follows:-
All SC & ST persons above the age of 60 years are eligible under the scheme and shall receive a pension of Rs.1, 000 per month.
ii. Application of the Scheme —
(1) The Taposili Bandhu Scheme, shall apply to a person belonging to Scheduled Caste
(2) The Jai Johar Scheme, shall apply to a person belonging to Scheduled Tribe.
(1) The person has attained the age of 60 years as on 01.01.2020.
(2) The person is an ordinary resident of the State.
(3) The person is not a beneficiary under any other Social Security pension scheme or a recipient of Government pension or pension from any other organization.
iv. Method of applying —
(1)The intended beneficiary under the Scheme shall apply in the Pension Application Form for Jai Bangla Scheme prescribed for the purpose either on-line (www. iaibangiamb .eov.in) or through physical application.
(2)The Pension Application Form may be obtained free of cost from the following offices:
a) Office of the Block Development Officer in case of the applicant resides in the rural areas.
b) Office of the Sub-Divisional Officer in case of the applicant resides in MunicipaVNotified areas outside the areas of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, and
c) Office of the Commissioner. Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
v. Application Form for Pension shall be submitted to: –
(1)The Block Development Officer in case the applicant residing in the rural areas;
(2)The Sub-Divisional Officer in case of the applicant is residing in Municipal / Notified areas outside the areas of Kolkata Municipal Corporation; and the Commissioner, Kolkata Municipal Corporation in case the applicant residing in Kolkata Municipal Corporation area.
vi. Nodal Department:
The Taposili Bandhu Scheme shall be administered by the Department of Backward Classes Welfare and The Jai Johar Scheme shall be administered by the Department of Tribal Development.
vii. Verification of Application:
(1)All applications received by the concerned authorities shall be verified by the District Magistrate with respect to the eligibility criteria.
(2)Two supporting documents, one for age and the other for caste status is to be collected.
(3) Persons who do not have caste certificate can apply, but before sanction they have to provide caste certificate to the BDO/SDO/Commissioner, the details of which will be uploaded by the concerned office.
viii. Processing of Application:
(1)The Application Forms in prescribed format in respect of all applicants will be duly verified by the BDO/SDO or Commissioner of KMC, to ensure eligibility under the Scheme.
(2)All the eligible forms deposited physically shall be digitized and uploaded in the State Portal (www.iaibanala..gov.in) by the BDO/SDO or Commissioner of KMC.
(3)The BDO in case of rural areas and SDO in case of Municipal/Notified areas outside KMC will recommend the names of the eligible persons in digitized form to the District Magistrate through the State Portal.
The District Magistrate will then forward it to the Nodal Department i.e. Backward Classed Welfare Department or Tribal Development Department, as the case may be, through the State Portal.
(4)The Commissioner, KMC will recommend the names of eligible persons to the Nodal Department directly through the State Portal.
(5)The Nodal Department will sanction the pension and effect payment directly to the bank account of the beneficiary through the WBIFMS portal. The State Portal (www.iaibanala.wb.gov.in) will be integrated with WBIFMS for seamless flow of disbursement of pension on rt of every month.