National Family Benefit Scheme {राष्ट्रीय पारिवारिक लाभ योजना}

Updated on Jul 04, 2020

The Government of India launched the National Family Benefit Scheme for the whole country in August 1995. The aim was to offer instant aid for the families who belong to the BPL or Below Poverty Line and lost their sole bread earner cause of natural incidents or accidents. Until 2002 this scheme was fully funded by the central government. After that, it was given to the stated, and the respective state government still regulates it. The Social Welfare Department handles all the rules and regulations of the scheme.

Under this scheme, the families are provided with the one-time financial aid of twenty thousand rupees which have suffered the loss of the primary earner of the family. The family must be from the BPL category, which is Below Poverty Line, and the cause of death can be either natural or accidental. If there is no other source of income of the family, then, they will be helped financially. However, the deceased person must be in the age group of 18 to 64 years.

Eligibility Criteria

The people must have the following qualification in order to receive financial aid under this scheme:

  • The departed person must be the principal bread earner of the household, and the earning by him must be the only considerably causative to the whole family’s income.
  • The departed person must be in the age group of 18 to 64 years.
  • The household applying for this scheme must be under the Below Poverty Line.
  • There must not be any earning son in the family.

Objectives of the Scheme

The primary aim of the National Family Benefit Scheme is to give instant financial aid to the dependant of the departed person with a one-time financial aid of INR 20,000 for the family.

Documents Needed 

  • Address proof of the family who suffered the loss.
  • BPL scorecard.
  • Evidence that the departed person was the primary earning member of the house.
  • Proof of citizenship.

Implementation of the Scheme

The Directive principle of State Policy directs the states of India to regulate means for the poor people of the country to improve the quality of life. In Article 41, under the constitution of India, there are provisions for the residents of the country. They are facing cases of sickness, old age, unemployment and any disability which is economically capable by the government. According to these principles, the Government of India launched the National Social Assistance Programme in 1995 to help the poor people in the state with some aspects.

The National Family Benefit Scheme is one of the numerous scheme launched by the NSAP or The National Social Assistance Programme. The immediate aid of the project is being monitored by the nodal authority, which is the Social Welfare Department. The department of the Social Welfare is headed by the District Officer of the Social Welfare at the District Level, and the Tehsil Social Welfare Officer regulates the operations at the Tehsil level. The preset numbers of the beneficiaries assisted under this scheme are decided every month, and total targets are kept as records too. The districts are given the marks as per the number of receivers that are being benefitted every year. 

The NFBS or National Family Benefit Scheme has a straightforward operational feature. First, they identify the beneficiaries, and after authenticating them, there is no difficulty in providing the money to the people in need. However, this type of scheme is equally susceptible as the misuse of the given system can be a tough thing to handle. For that purpose, only the supervision and regular examination of the scheme is needed. These supervisions help in smooth regulation of the system, and this way, the deserving beneficiaries get what they deserve rather than someone taking the wrong advantage of the scheme.

Application of National Family Benefit Scheme

Any individual can download the form for the particular scheme, from the respective state or district online portal. The filled application form has to be submitted the appropriate officer of that designated post and for the respective government of the state. For the district level, the regulation of the scheme has been given to the Zilla Parishad. For the rural areas, the Gram Panchayat and Municipality will regulate the system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the National Family Benefit Scheme?

The National Family Benefit Scheme was launched to offer instant aid for the families who belong to the BPL or Below Poverty Line and lost their sole bread earner cause of natural incidents or accidents.

You can learn more about this scheme here.

Q. When was this scheme launched?

The National Family Benefit Scheme was launched in the whole country in August 1995.

Q. Who launched the scheme?

The Government of India launched the National Family Benefit Scheme.

Q. What is the main aim of the scheme?

The primary aim of the National Family Benefit Scheme is to give instant financial aid to the dependant of the departed person with the one-time financial assistance of INR 20,000 for the family.

Q. What is the benefit of the scheme?

Under this scheme, the families are provided with the one-time financial aid of twenty thousand rupees which have suffered the loss of the primary earner of the family.

Q. What is the eligibility for the scheme?

Under this scheme, the eligible families are provided with the one-time financial aid of twenty thousand rupees which have suffered the loss of the primary earner of the family. The family must be from the BPL category, which is Below Poverty Line, and the cause of death can be either natural or accidental. If there is no other source of income of the family, then, they will be helped financially. However, the deceased person must be in the age group of 18 to 64 years.

Q. What are the documents needed under this scheme?

The document needed for the scheme are address proof of the family who suffered the loss, BPL scorecard, proof that the departed person was the primary earning member of the house and Proof of citizenship.

Q. What is the amount of the financial aid given the government?

The deceased person’s family will receive one-time financial aid of twenty thousand rupees from the government. 


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WRITTEN BYVarsha Verma

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