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In order to strengthen the social security and fulfill the needs of weaker sections, the Union Finance Minister ShriPranab Mukherjee announced a hike of 37 percent in the allocation for National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) from Rs. 6,158 crore in 2011-12 to Rs. 8447 crore in 2012-13. In the Union Budget 2012-13 Shri Mukherjee announced the hike of monthly pension for BPL beneficiaries under Indira Gandhi Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300. The Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee also proposed to double the lumpsum grant given on the death of the primary bread winner of a BPL family in the age group 18 to 64 years from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 under the National Family Benefit Scheme.



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