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Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana (AVYAY)

Focus: GS II: Government Policies and Inerventions

Why in News?

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing Integrated Programme for Senior Citizens (IPSrC), a component of Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana.

Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana:

Nodal : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

  • It is a Central Sector Scheme previously known as National Action Plan for Senior Citizens.
  • Its vision is to create a society where senior citizens can live a healthy, happy, and empowered life.
  • It has two components:
    • Integrated Program for Senior Citizens (IPSrC): It includes setting up homes to improve the quality of life of senior citizens, especially indigent senior citizens who lack basic amenities.
    • State Action Plan for Senior Citizens (SAPSrC): Each state/union territory is expected to frame its own action plan for the welfare of senior citizens.
  • Under IPSrC component, grant in aid is provided to NGOs/Voluntary Organisations (VOs) for running and maintenance of old age homes and Continuous Care Homes.
  • Five schemes have been launched under this umbrella scheme:
    • Poshan Abhiyan for the elderly
    • Livelihood and skilling initiatives for senior citizens
    • Scheme on promoting the silver economy
    • Awareness generation and capacity building for the welfare of senior citizens
    • Channelising CSR funds for elderly care.


February 2024