Expert Panel suggests pension for widows from 18 years instead of the current 40

An expert panel headed by former finance secretary Sumit Bose recommends that widows be elligible for a one-time grant for remarriage and waivers for education fees and skill development. The group suggests that widows should receive pension from age 18 instead of the current 40. The proposal has welfarist implications as it calls for the universal coverage of pension schemes and also the annual revision of the amount based on a calculation of Consumer Price Index. The group also notes that extending widow pensions to the 18-39 year age group would also assist those women with young children. Source: