In rural areas, households headed by senior citizen have poverty ratio of 30.3% and in urban areas, households headed by senior citizen have poverty ratio
of 20.0% as per the estimate of Planning Commission. As a developing country, India has very little social security in place for senior citizens. Pension
coverage is as low as 11% of the entire workforce. About 65% of the aged in India depend on others for their day-to-day maintenance.
Dignity Foundation supports indigent senior citizens in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune by providing a month’s worth of basic dry provisions to the very poor
senior citizens who cannot fend for themselves. Senior Citizens call on Dignity Helpline or come and meet in person for ration support. Dignity Foundation
also reaches out to the slum localities through the Dignity on Wheels outreach programme and with the help of volunteers.
The Ration project takes off after a physical verification of the genuineness of the case by a Social Worker. Once a beneficiary if enrolled in the
programme, they receive ration month after month, without fail.