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Social Aid


1. Financial Assistance under Social Aid Act

1.1 Payments under Social Aid Act are meanstested.

(a) A Social Aid is payable to-

(i) a claimant and his dependents where the claimant is temporarily or permanently incapable of earning adequately his livelihood due to any physical or mental disability or sickness or accident as certified by an approved medical practitioner.

(ii) needy families where the head of the household is in jail, police custody or in hospital.

(iii) needy women with dependents and who have been abandoned by spouse.​

1.2 Beneficiaries of Social Aid are also entitled to the following:

                                                              (a) Spectacles: A grant of Rs 5,000 on purchase of spectacles    ​           
                                                               Hearing Aids: A grant of Rs 10,000 per hearing aid ​​              *
                                                               Wheelchairs: A grant of Rs 10,000   

*to beneficiaries of Basic Pensions or S. Aid whose household income does not exceed       Rs 30,000

(b) refund of travelling by bus to attend medical treatment;

(c) funeral grant

(d) Examption of payment of fees for 2nd attempt of SC, GCE, HSC examinations to beneficiaries of S. Aid or Basic pensions who would have for S. Aid in lieu of their pensions, for their wards.

(e)  allowance for the purchase of rice and flour as follows:
      Rs 353 for himself/herself; and if he/she is head of household 
      Rs 353 for each member of the family and for beneficiary of Basic pension who would have qualified for S. Aid in lieu of their pensions, for their wards.
(f) allowance to victims of fire, cyclone refugees and flood (Not Means Tested).

(g)  payment of a rent allowance to a maximum of Rs 6000 up to 6 months to fire victims who occupy a rented dwelling

(h)  Dentures - An one-off payment of Rs 4,222 to beneficiaries of BRP whose household income does not exceed Rs 30,000

1.3 Special Allowance
(a) Payment of Incontinence Allowance to Beneficiaries who are bedridden and suffering from incontinence.

Every beneficiary certified, by the Doctor effecting Domiciliary Visit, to be bedridden and suffering from Incontinence, is paid a monthly allowance of Rs 1800. 

(b) Rent Allowance to Basic Pensions beneficiaries.

An rent allowance is paid to beneficiaries of Basic Pensions who live alone and pay rent. The amount payable is Rs 2286 per month.​