National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) – Punjab Portal

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which came into effect from 15th August, 1995 represents a significant step towards the fulfillment of the Directive Principles given in Article 41 of the Constitution. The programme introduced a National Policy for Social Assistance for the poor and aims at ensuring minimum national standard for social assistance in addition to the benefits that states are currently providing or might provide in future [1]. NSAP at present comprises of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS), Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS), National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) and Annapurna Scheme.


The National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) aims to provide immediate assistance to those Below Poverty Line (BPL) families whose lone bread earner expires due to natural or accidental cause [2]. This scheme was funded entirely by the Government of India under centrally sponsored scheme till 2002-2003. Thereafter, it was shifted to State Sector and is currently in vogue under the same pattern. The instant Scheme is being implemented by the Department of Social Security throughout the state.

Under the NFBS, one time financial assistance of Rs.10000/ is being paid to the BPL family of deceased and which is having no substantial source of income thereafter. The clause here is that the deceased bread earner should be in the age group of 18-64 years.

Documents required at the time of submission of application are as under:

  • Death certificate of bread earner
  • Self-declaration document from the applicant

To apply online for National Family Benefit Scheme, Click Here




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