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Special Deputy Collector [SSS]
Ground Floor,District Collectorate
Nagapattinam 611 003
District Collectorate

Boat on FishingTourism Plays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

Agriculture Field One of the major economies of the District, Agriculture contributes a higher share of Rice Production in the State. We have raised so many important agricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton.  

social security schemes
  1. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension.
  2. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension.
  3. Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension.
  4. Destitute Widow Pension.
  5. Destitute Agriculture Labour’s Pension.
  6. Deserted Wives Pension
  7. Disabled Pension.
  8. Un-married women Pension.

social security schemes

The concept of social security has evolved over a period of time. In the primitive societies it was mankind's prime need to protect himself from the vagaries of nature like earthquakes, famines or even finding shelter and food in his day to day life. Societal groups were formed to confront and brave such hazards which turned into community living and formation of villages and also bringing in the concept of a family. These institutions provided whatever limited social security those societies needed and served them adequately.

The industrial revolution brought in its wake altogether a new set of needs for the workers. These workers living around factories were mostly dependent upon their wages for subistenance and sustenance. They had left their villages and families to come and work in the factories. In the event these workers were rendered jobless because of accident, injuries or sickness or may be their services were not required, they were to live on their savings or from help from the fellow workers. Such arrangements were found grossly inadequate and it was felt the civil society as a whole or the State was required to play a major role in providing much needed respite to workers under such circumstances. This is how the concept of social security kept evolving.

Prior to 1989, social security in Tamilnadu for the unorganised poor consisted of old age, physically handicapped and widow's pensions, an accident relief scheme for workers engaged in hazardous occupations, and a contributory insurance scheme for weavers in the cooperative sector. The oldest and the most known of these was the Old Age Pension (OAP) scheme, introduced in 1962 (age limit, 65) and later extended to the physically handicapped in 1974 (age limit, 45), to destitute widows in 1974 (age limit, 40), to agricultural labourers in 1981 (age limit, 60) and to deserted wives in 1986 (age limit, 30).


Destitute Physically Handicapped Pension Scheme inaugurated by the Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Dept., Govt. of Tamil Nadu in all the Districts to give pension to person aged 45 years and above whose permanent disability is 50% or more.

Kind of Assistance
Destitute Physically Handicapped persons whose disability is more than 50 percent and blind persons will be given Rs. 400/- per month.
Eligibility Criteria for Scheme
  1. The beneficiary age must not be below 45 years
  2. She/he must not have any source of income
  3. The beneficiary must not be a professional beggar
  4. The applicant may not receive any support from son or grandson aged above 20 years.
  5. If the District Committee constituted by the District Collector, District Social
  6. Welfare Officer and District Medical Officer recommend, Physically Handicapped Pension is sanctioned without any age limit
  7. There is no age limit for blind applicant.
  8. The applicant may not possessing any property more than a value of Rs. 5000/-.
  9. No Medical certificate is required by the physically handicapped persons who lost their both legs.
  10. Other benefits will also be provided by the govt. twice in a year, one in Deepawali and another in Pongal festival, One free dhoti for male candidates and one free saree for female candidate.
  11. All the beneficiaries are supplied daily with free Nutritious meal. 2 kg rice per month to those persons who are taking Nutritious Meal and 4 kg of rice per month to those who are not taking Nutritious meal are supplied at free of cost.
What is the Procedure to apply for the scheme
The Prescribed form can be obtained from the Taluk Office or in plain paper duly filled up and sent to the Tahsildar/ Special Tahsildar (Social Security Scheme)
Officers to be contacted to avail the benefits under the scheme:
  1. Tahsildar
  2. Special Tahsildar ( Social Security Scheme)
Time Limit for Process of Application
It will be processed in 30 days from the date of receipt of Application
For Complaint,In case of any grievances, it may be reported to
  1. Revenue Divisional Officer
  2. District Collector
Destitute Widow Pension Scheme

To assist widows with no source of income, the Government of Tamil Nadu launched the Destitute Widow Pension scheme for providing incentives to the destitute widows.

Poor widows of Tamil Nadu
  1. No age limit
  2. Must have no source of income
  3. Must not be a beggar by profession
  4. Must not hold property value more than Rs. 5,000/-
  5. Pension is given inspite of having legal heir of above 18 years of age
  6. Instead of getting the reports regarding the pension given to the widows from Village Administrative Officers and Revenue Inspectors, copy of resolution of Village Panchayat / Town Panchayat may be submitted
  7. If re-married, assistance shall not be given
A sum of Rs. 400/- per month
Upto 31st December, 2020
How to Avail
The beneficiary may approach the Tahsildar/Special Tahsildar (Social Security Scheme)
scheme Eligibility
Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension.
  • Age at 65 years and above
  • Beneficiary name has been included under Below Poverty Line List.
  • No income from any sources. Beneficiary have not working strength.
  • He is not in Beggar Business
  • Do not own any property values more than Rs.5000/
Indira Gandhi National Disabled Pension
  • Beneficiary age is Completed from 18 to 64
  • Disability at 80% and above
  • Beneficiary name has been included under Below Poverty Line List
  • No income sources.
  • He is not in Beggar Business
  • Do not own any property values more than Rs.5000/
Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension
  • Age Completed from 40 to 64
  • She have not remarriage
  • She has no income sources
  • Her name has been included under Below Poverty Line List.
  • Do not own any property values more than Rs.5000/
Destitute Widow Pension.
  • Age at 18 and above
  • She has no remarriage
  • Already She have aged sons without income
  • Living without any income and value of property not more than Rs.5000/
Disabled Pension
  • Aged at 45 and above. Disability at 60% and above.
  • The committee head by the Collector can relax and grant Pension in Special case even if he/she is below 45 years.
  • Not fit for any work
  • No sources of income
  • Property value not more than Rs.5000/
Destitute Agriculture Laboures Pension
  • Age at 60 years and above.
  • Living without income.
  • Not habitual Beggar.
  • Property value not more than Rs.5000/-
Deserted and Destitute Wives Pension
  • Should be of 30 years old and above
  • She is living in Prominent residence in Tamil Nadu
  • She has married in properly should be separately living for atleast five years without income and property value not more than Rs.5000
Destitute Spinsters Pension.
  • A Women has Completed age at 50 years and has not attend the marriage
  • She has no income and support way to living
  • She is not involved in Beggar Business
  • Property value not more than Rs.5000/
The Tamil Nadu Construction Workers Welfare Board

The Government of Tamil Nadu has been implemented its own legislation for the welfare of the construction workers and constituted Welfare Board. A number of schemes are being implemented under the Board which inter alia cover: Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme; Assistance for Education; Assistance for Marriage; Assistance for Maternity; Assistance to Family in case of Natural Death; Assistance for Funeral Expense; Assistance for Reimbursement of Cost of Spectacles and Old Age Pension.

The State of Tamil Nadu constituted Welfare Boards for various other categories of unorganized sector workers over the years. For the purpose of securing proper management of Boards, the Government amalgamated nine Boards with the Tamil Nadu Manual Workers Social Security and Welfare Board with effect from 21.07.2004. These Boards were specifically for the welfare of auto rickshaws and taxi drivers, washer men, hairdressers, tailors, palm tree workers, handicraft workers, foot wear and leather goods manufacturers and tannery workers, artists, and handloom and handloom silk weaving workers. The schemes similar to those being implemented for construction workers are being implemented for these workers.