The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) is a welfare programme being administered by the Ministry of Rural Development. This programme is being implemented in rural areas as well as urban areas. The National Social Assistance Programme(NSAP) which came into effect from 15th August,1995 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme represents a significant step towards the fulfillment of the Directive Principles enshrined in Article 41 of the Constitution.
Article 41 of the Constitution of India directs the State to provide public assistance to its citizens in case of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement and in other cases of undeserved want within the limit of its economic capacity and development.
These are intended to secure for the citizens adequate means of livelihood, raise the standard of living, improve public health, provide free and compulsory education for children etc.
NSAP comprises of five schemes:
The government has earmarked Rs 9975 crore in budget 2018-19 for NSAP.
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