NEW DELHI, Oct 10: The Supreme Court has said that pension schemes under the National Social Assistance Programme suffered from "huge" implementation gaps, observing that the benecifiaries who were assured of a monthly sum of Rs 200 were not getting it.
The bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said that it (NSAP) appeared to be a "good scheme" backed with "good intention" but "nothing is delivering".
NSAP came into existence in 1995, and consists of schemes that deliver pension to the elderly, widows, and the physically challenged.
The apex court said that there was a lack of administrative structure for the implementation of old-age pension scheme meant to help nearly 12 crore people. Justice Lokur said that the focus has to be on "budgeting (adequacy of it), disbursement and utilisation." - IANS