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Friday, 21 August 2015

APY Subscribers can make half-yearly, quarterly payments

To increase the subscription of the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) among informal sector workers and make the scheme more viable, the government has modified the flagship programme to give subscribers an option to make contributions on a monthly, quarterly or half-yearly basis, instead of only on a monthly basis earlier.

Also, the provision related to the discontinuation of payment of contribution has been substantially modified in favour of the subscriber, the finance ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“The account will not be deactivated and closed till the account balance with self-contributions, minus the government co-contributions, becomes zero due to the deduction of account maintenance charges and fees,” it said.
Besides, the penalty on delayed payment has been simplified to just R1 per month for contribution of Rs 100, or part thereof, for each delayed monthly payment instead of different slabs given earlier.

Similarly, a premature exit from the scheme before 60 years of age was not permitted earlier except in exceptional circumstances, — in the event of the death of the beneficiary or terminal disease. Now the modified provision permits the subscriber to voluntarily exit with the condition that he shall only be refunded the contributions made by him to APY, along with the net actual interest earned on his contributions (after deducting the account maintenance charges).

The other condition enabling voluntary exit is that the government co-contribution, and the interest earned on the government co-contribution, shall not be returned to such subscribers.

The APY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 9.


Friday, 7 August 2015

Pensions regulator PFRDA asks banks to process APY contributions quickly

Pensions regulator PFRDA has flayed banks for not adhering to timelines for processing contributions to recently launched Atal pension yojana (APY), which is among the key social security schemes launched by prime minister Narendra Modi in May.

The regulator has a daunting task of getting two crore subscribers for Atal pension yojana by this year end and as of now it has about five lakh subscribers enrolled. And tardy processing of contributions isn’t helping its cause much either. Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) administers the scheme and the institutional architecture of NPS is being utilised to enroll subscribers under Atal pension yojana.

In June 2015, there were several instances where subscriber contributions were delayed. PFRDA has warned that any overdue interest or subscriber compensation due to delay in processing may have to be borne by the concerned bank.

Under the schemes’ rules, banks are required to collect additional amount for delayed payments, such amount will vary from minimum Rs. 1 per month to Rs 10 per month.

Banks get an incentive for mobilising new accounts under Atal pension yojana and for promotion and development of the scheme as well. Under this particular scheme, a minimum pension amount is guaranteed by the government on the premise that certain parametres are met as per the guidelines. This is why timely remittance of funds and investment are crucial.

“It was observed that during June 2015, there were several instances where these timelines were not adhered by the banks. It may be noted that the delayed upload of contribution had also an adverse impact by way of overdue interest or increased monthly contribution for the subscribers due to change of age during the period of delay,” PFRDA said.

For example, a guaranteed Rs 5,000 monthly pension for a 35-year-old will require monthly investment of Rs 902. However, if the subscriber turns 36 during the period of delay, he/she will have to pay Rs 990 per month. PFRDA directed all the banks to adopt measures that will "streamline the process of contribution upload as per timelines."

Banks are required to generate the Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) immediately after submission of applications and the subscribers are to be provided with acknowledgment slip indicating the pension amount opted and PRAN.

PFRDA directed banks to upload files containing subscriber’s data and remittance of funds collected on the second day of PRAN generation. By the fourth day, contributions should be matched and booked and units need to be allotted.


Saturday, 18 July 2015

In July India's pension fund to start equity investments

NEW DELHI: Starting in July, India's state-run pension and social security fund will invest about $800 million in equities in the current fiscal year, labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said, in a long-awaited move that may help finance an ambitious privatization programme.

The more than $100 billion Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) intends to place an initial 1 per cent of its investments in exchange traded funds, increasing to 5 per cent of the annual total in equity products by March 31.



Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that Army can expect ‘good news soon’ on the issue of one rank, one pension (OROP). In the city for cantonment board meeting, the minister said: “Our commitment to implement the OROP remains intact. I cleared the file as soon as it came to my notice.”

When asked whether the issue could be put before Parliament in the monsoon session starting July 21, the minister said that it was difficult to give a time frame, as many ministries and departments are involved in its implementation.

“Since issues like OROP involve more than one ministry, there cannot be any time-frame for its implementation. I do not put myself in restrictive time-frame. It will be implemented soon, but how soon, I cannot tell. My department followed the time-frame despite difficulties,” he said.

Ex-servicemen have been protesting since June 14 to press for the implementation of OROP. At present, pension of retired army personnel is based on the pay commission recommendations at the time of their retirement. This leads to difference in pension for officers of the same rank who retire on different dates.

With OROP, those who retired earlier will draw the same pension as officers and jawans of the same rank who are retiring now. They would also be entitled to a year’s back pension at the new rate, which would be a windfall for pensioners.

The system will benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen, and is expected to cost the government around Rs 8,500 crore.


Saturday, 4 July 2015

PFRDA asked subscribers of NPS Swavalamban scheme to join the Atal pension yojana (APY)

Pension fund regulator PFRDA has asked subscribers of NPS Swavalamban scheme to join the Atal pension yojana (APY), which offers guaranteed minimum monthly pension of Rs 1,000-5,000 to the subscriber after 60 years.

NPS Swabhalamban scheme has significant amount of subscribers and if all them opt for newly launched Atal pension yojana, it will help PFRDA reach the 2-crore subscriber target for this year. NPS Lite and Swavalamban schemes combined have about 45 lakh subscribers with assets under management of over Rs 1,700 crore.

Both Swavalamban and APY schemes are quite similar in certain aspects. The NPS-Swavalamban model is designed to ensure ultra-low administrative and transactional costs, so as to make small investments viable.

Like the recently-launched Atal pension yojana, in Swavalamban also government contributes Rs 1000 per year to each account for five years. A Swavalamban account opened in the period 2013-2014 to 2016-2017 for example get the Swavalamban benefit up to 2016-17.

In the APY, the government would co-contribute 50 per cent of the total contribution or Rs 1000 per annum, whichever is lower, to eligible subscribers. Government co-contribution is available for five years, i.e. from 2015-16 to 2019-20 for the subscribers who join the scheme during the period from 1st June, 2015 to 31st December, 2015 and who are not covered by any statutory social security schemes and are not income tax payers.

"All subscribers of Swavalamban scheme between 18-40 years of age can opt to migrate to Atal Pension Yojana through their bank account," PFRDA said in a communique. "(Such) subscribers between 18 to 40 years of age may approach their bank branches to submit the APY application along with PRAN (permanent retirement account number) card for migration to Atal pension yojana.

The subscribers’ PRAN issued under Swavalamban scheme would continue to be retained in APY and new PRAN will not be issued," the pension fund regulator said. Swavalamban scheme subscribers without bank account will have to open a bank account and simultaneously submit the request for migration from Swavalamban to the Atal pension yojana to the bank, it added.


Friday, 19 June 2015

Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is a National Pension Scheme (NPS) Rules and FAQs

Atal Pension Yojana (APY) – Scheme Details

The Government of India is extremely concerned about the old age income security of the working poor and is focused on encouraging and enabling them to join the National Pension System (NPS). To address the longevity risks among the workers in unorganised sector and to encourage the workers in unorganised sector to voluntarily save for their retirement, who constitute 88% of the total labour force of 47.29 crore as per the 66th Round of NSSO Survey of 2011-12, but do not have any formal pension provision, the Government had started the Swavalamban Scheme in 2010-11. However, coverage under Swavalamban Scheme is inadequate mainly due to lack of guaranteed pension benefits at the age of 60 therefore, announced a new initiative called Atal Pension Yojana with guaranteed pension benefits. The new scheme is scheduled for launch on 1st June 2015. The Scheme is designed to convert the pension less society into pensioned society.

  1.      The APY will be applicable on all citizens of the country in the unorganised sector and the scheme is administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) through NPS. An income tax payer or who is covered under statutory social security schemes can also join APY but those subscribers will not be eligible for GoI co- contribution.
  2.      The Statutory Social Security Schemes not eligible for receiving Government Co- contribution under APY are as mentioned below:
  •      Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act,1952
  •      The Coal Mines Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act,1948
  •      The Seamen’s Provident Fund Act, 1966
  •      The Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund and Pension Fund Scheme Act ,1955
  •      The Jammu and Kashmir Employees’ Provident Fund Act, 1961.

  1.         Under the APY, subscribers would receive a fixed monthly pension of Rs. 1000 , Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000 , Rs. 4000 , Rs. 5000 at the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions, which itself would vary according to the age of joining the scheme. The minimum age of joining APY is 18 years and maximum age is 40 years. Therefore, minimum period of contribution by any subscriber under APY would be 20 years or more.
  2.      The APY will be applicable to all persons in the unorganised sector, who are not a part of any statutory social security schemes, subject to the condition that the benefit of Central Government Co-Contribution of 50 % of the subscriber contribution or Rs 1000 per annum, whichever is less, would be available to the subscribers for a period of 5 years, i.e from 2015-16 to 2019-20, who joins the NPS before 31st December, 2015 and who are not income tax payers. The existing Swavalamban subscriber, if eligible, may be automatically migrated to APY with an option to opt out.
  3. However, the benefit of five years of government Co- contribution under APY would not exceed 5 years for all subscribers. This would imply that if, as a Swavalamban beneficiary, he has received the benefit of government Co-Contribution of 1 year, then the Government co-contribution under APY would be available only 4 years and so on. Existing Swavalamban beneficiaries opting out from the proposed APY will be given Government co-contribution till 2016-17, if eligible, and the NPS Swavalamban continued till such people attained the age of exit under that scheme.
  4.      The existing Swavalamban subscribers between 18-40 years will be automatically migrated to APY. For seamless migration to the new scheme, the associated aggregator will facilitate those subscribers for completing the process of migration. Those subscribers may also approach the nearest authorised bank branch for shifting their Swavalamban account into APY with PRAN details.
  5.      The Swavalamban subscribers who are beyond the age of 40 and do not wish to continue may opt out the Swavalamban scheme by complete withdrawal of entire amount in lump sum, or may prefer to continue till 60 years to be eligible for annuities there under.
  6.      The prospective subscribers wish to join the scheme will have option to join the NPS as an individual as per the existing arrangements through Point of Presence (PoP) or through Aggregator, the applicant should have Aadhar and valid mobile number. Aadhar and mobile numbers are pre requisites for becoming part of APY. The prospective subscribers may also join the scheme without Aadhar but it should be submitted subsequently.
  7.      For joining the scheme, the prospective applicant should have a bank account or open an account. The bank account is to have facility of auto debit for enabling standing instructions to transfer the contributions on periodical basis, this will lead to reduction in contribution collection charges. The subscribers should keep the required balance in their savings bank accounts on the stipulated due dates to avoid any late payment penalty. Due dates for monthly contribution payment is arrived based on the deposit of first contribution amount. In case of repeated defaults for specified period, the account is liable for foreclosure and the GoI co-contributions, if any shall be forfeited. Also any false declaration about his/her eligibility for benefits under this scheme for whatsoever reason, the entire government contribution shall be forfeited along with the penal interest.
  8.      Under APY, the individual subscribers shall have an option to make the contribution on a monthly basis. Banks are required to collect additional amount for delayed payments, such amount will vary from minimum Re 1 per month to Rs 10/- per month as shown below:
  •      Re. 1 per month for contribution upto Rs. 100 per month.
  •      Re. 2 per month for contribution upto Rs. 101 to 500/- per month.
  •      Re 5 per month for contribution between Rs 501/- to 1000/- per month. iv. Rs 10 per month for    contribution beyond Rs 1001/- per month.
     9.       The fixed amount of interest/penalty will remain as part of the pension corpus of the subscriber.

    Operation of additional amount for delayed payments:
  1.         APY module will raise demand on the due date and continue to raise demand till the amount is recovered from the subscriber’s account.
  2.         The due date for recovery of monthly contribution may be treated as the first day /or any other day during the calendar month for each subscriber. Bank can recover amount any day till the last day of the month. It will imply that contribution are recovered as and when funds are available any point during the month.
  3.         Monthly contribution will be recovered on FIFO basis- earliest due instalment will recovered first along with the fixed amount of charges as mentioned above.
  4.         More than one monthly contribution can be recovered in month subject to availability of the funds. Monthly contribution will be recovered along with the monthly fixed due amount, if any. In all cases, the contribution to be recovered along with the fixed charges. This will be banks’ internal process. The due amount will be recovered as an when funds are available in the account.
  5.      The banks should ensure transfer the accumulated contributions under APY on the second day to the Trustee Bank which will in turn transfer the amount for further investment as per existing PFRDA regulations applicable for Trustee Bank.
  6.      All bank branches of Public/Private under CBS will be sourcing APY accounts and the banks will be adequately compensated for mobilization of eligible accounts as an incentive.
  7.      The banks may employ BCs/Existing non – banking aggregators, micro insurance agents, and mutual fund agents as enablers for operational activities. The banks may share the incentives received by them from PFRDA/GoI as deemed appropriate.
  8.      The subscribers shall submit the required application to the bank for enrolling under APY along with the required monthly contribution amount for the monthly guaranteed pension which is opted for.
  9.      The subscribers of APY, if they subsequently become part of any social statutory schemes, should inform the bank and opt out of the scheme with immediate effect. Those subscribers may also transfer APY account into other variants of NPS as per terms/conditions stipulated for the respective scheme. If they have decided to exit from the scheme, the GoI co-contribution shall be forfeited and own contribution will be refunded.
  10.      The amount collected under APY are managed by Pension Funds appointed by PFRDA as per the investment pattern specified by GoI. The subscriber has no option to choose either the investment pattern or Pension Fund.
  11.      APY scheme provides guaranteed pension for the subscriber and to the spouse with return of corpus to the nominees. Hence, the spouse details and nominee details are to be captured while sourcing the accounts, or to be updated as per requirement, along with their Aadhar to obviate any dispute regarding pension entitlements.
  12.      The subscribers are required to opt for a pension from Rs 1000- Rs5000 as per the chart and ensure payment of stipulated monthly contribution regularly. The subscribers can opt to decrease or increase pension amount during the course of accumulation phase. However, the switching option shall be provided once in year during the month of April.
  13.      Detailed APY contribution chart for different age level shall be supplied by PFRDA to all the banks for reference.
  14.      Each subscriber will be provided with an acknowledgement slip after joining APY which would invariably record the guaranteed pension amount, due date of contribution payment, PRAN etc. In case of defaulted payment for a month, the overdue amount will be recovered in the subsequent months along with penalty. For any gap in contribution subscriber can rejoin only with the pending contribution and the penal rate of interest /penalty.
  15.      Upon completion of 60 years, the subscribers will submit the request to the associated bank for drawing the guaranteed pension.
  16.      APY accounts opened from 1/6/2015 – 31/12/2015 are eligible for GoI co-contribution at the rate of 50% of the subscriber contribution amount with a cap of Rs 1000 per annum. However the scheme will continue after this date but Govt. Co-contribution will not be available. The GoI co-contribution is payable to eligible PRANs by PFRDA after receiving the confirmation from Central Record Keeping Agency at such periodicity as may be decided by PFRDA.
  17.      Periodical information to the subscribers regarding balance in the account, contribution credits etc. will be intimated to APY subscribers by way of SMS alerts. The subscribers will have the option to change the non – financial details like nominee’s name, address, phone number etc whenever required.
  18.      All subscribers under APY remain connected on their mobile so that timely SMS alerts can be provided to them at the time of making their subscription, auto-debit of their accounts and the balance in their accounts.
  19.      All banks to be registered with PFRDA and all their branches to act as the Points of Presence/collection directly from the subscribers or indirectly through the BCs including the NBFCs, MFIs and individuals to be appointed as BCs by the banks.
  20.      Banks will have the choice of uploading the data/information from individual branches or from their nodal centres depending on the nature of connectivity with the CRA with due regard to ease of operations.
  21.      Since APY is based on defined benefits, the Government co-contribution under APY, the gap funding incase of any deficit in the pension corpus of subscriber in granting fixed pension and promotional and development expenditure will be funded by grants from Government of India. Actuarial valuation shall be conducted on every 2-3 year to arrive at any gap may be fully provided for.
  22.      PFRDA may permit members of an existing non statutory social security scheme to migrate to NPS under such terms and condition as may be approved by the Government.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Atal Pension Yojana to boost New Pension System corpus by Rs 50K crore

MUMBAI: Pension fund regulator PFRDA is hopeful of increasing the corpus of New Pension System (NPS) by Rs 40,000-50,000 crore by the fiscal-end, driven by subscription to a newly launched social security scheme.

The Centre has launched Atal Pension Yojana (APY) targeted at people in the unorganised sector who wish to join NPS and are not a member of any other social security plan.

Assets under management (AUM) of NPS currently stands at around Rs 89,000 crore. The NPS corpus grew by 38 per cent over 2013-14 to around Rs 25,000 crore in 2014-15.

"We expect the AUM of NPS to grow by Rs 40,000-50,000 crore by the fiscal-end, which will be driven by the newly launched social security scheme Atal Pension Yojana," Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Chairman Hemant Contractor said this evening.

"Right now we have around 85 lakh accounts under NPS of which 17-18 lakh accounts were opened last year. The last one year's return for NPS was around 11.5 per cent," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event at BSE here.

Three social security schemes, including APY, were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kolkata in May.

However, unlike two of them - Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana - which have seen issuance of 10 crore insurance policies, APY has received lukewarm response (2.15 lakh accounts so far).

Elaborating on it, Contractor said, "We have been able to open 2.15 lakh accounts under APY within a period of 20 days since its launch."

Citing the reason for slow pace of subscription, he said, "Actually what happened was that the two insurance schemes were launched first and the Atal Pension Yojana was launched after 10 days.

"So, the initial momentum was towards the insurance schemes. And insurance, all said and done, is a simple product. In comparison to that, pension is a little expensive and also complicated product which needs to be explained to the customers," said Contractor, a former State Bank of India Managing Director.

"However, we are ambitious on APY now as we are hopeful of opening two crore accounts under the scheme by the fiscal-end," he said, adding "with all tax breaks (announced in the Budget 2015-16), we expect to get more NPS subscribers too."


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

6.7 cr people enrolled under 3 social security schemes in india

Nearly seven crore people have been enrolled as on day under the three social security schemes launched by Prime Minister Narandra Modi.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched three schemes -- Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY).

"They started in May 9 and today we are on. As of yesterday evening, PMSBY has reached 5.19 crore policies. In districts and countrysides it is a runaway success," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters.

PMSBY will offer a renewable one-year accidental death-cum-disability cover of Rs 2 lakh for partial/permanent disability to all savings bank account holders in the age group of 18-70 years for a premium of Rs 12 per annum per subscriber. The scheme is managed by general insurance firms.

Taking into account enrollment in other two schemes, the number has touched 6.7 crore.

The enrollment under the life insurance scheme PMJJBY handled by LIC has crossed 1.59 crore in 5 days, he said.

Under the pension scheme, APY as many as 70,000 people have joined, he added.

"Insurance social security schemes if they are a runaway success and if they have huge acceptability, then we are going to see how they can be strengthened in future," he added.

PMJJBY on the other hand will offer a renewable one year life cover of Rs 2 lakh to all savings bank account holders in the age group of 18-50 years, covering death due to any reason, for a premium of Rs 330 per annum per subscriber.

The scheme would be offered or administered through LIC or other Life Insurance companies willing to offer the product on similar terms on the choice of the bank concerned.

The pension scheme will focus on the unorganised sector and provide subscribers a fixed minimum pension of Rs 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 or Rs 5,000 per month starting at the age of 60 years, depending on the contribution option exercised on entering at an age between 18 and 40 years.

The period of contribution by any subscriber under APY would be 20 years or more.

The fixed minimum pension would be guaranteed by the government.


Saturday, 9 May 2015

PM Modi to launch social security insurance, pension schemes on May 9

On the lines of Jan Dhan mega rollout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch on May 9 social security insurance and pension schemes in Kolkata, while other ministers will unveil them in different cities.

"There would be simultaneous functions across various states with participations from chief ministers and cabinet ministers. It would be like Jan Dhan scheme launch so that we have maximum awareness in minimum time," Department of Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told PTI.

"The enrolment for insurance and pension schemes would begin after Prime Minister launches them. However, the insurance cover would be enforced from June 1," he said.

As it will be linked to bank accounts, the premium would get auto debited, Adhia said.

These schemes, to be launched by Modi, are aimed at providing affordable universal access to essential social security protection in a convenient manner linked to auto- debit facility from the bank account of a subscriber, as per a Finance Ministry statement.

These schemes were announced in the Budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28.

The two insurance schemes -- Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) -- will provide insurance cover in case of death as well as death/disability due to an accident. The pension scheme, Atal Pension Yojana (APY), will address old age income security needs.

PMSBY will offer a renewable one year accidental death-cum -disability cover of Rs 2 lakh for partial/permanent disability to all savings bank account holders in the age group of 18-70 years for a premium of Rs 12 per annum per subscriber.

The scheme would be administered through Public Sector General Insurance Companies or other General Insurance companies willing to offer the product on similar terms on the choice of the bank concerned, it added.

PMJJBY on the other hand will offer a renewable one year life cover of Rs 2 lakh to all savings bank account holders in the age group of 18-50 years, covering death due to any reason, for a premium of Rs 330 per annum per subscriber.

The scheme would be offered or administered through LIC or other Life Insurance companies willing to offer the product on similar terms on the choice of the bank concerned.

The pension scheme will focus on the unorganised sector and provide subscribers a fixed minimum pension of Rs 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, 4,000 or Rs 5,000 per month starting at the age of 60 years, depending on the contribution option exercised on entering at an age between 18 and 40 years.

The period of contribution by any subscriber under APY would be 20 years or more.

The fixed minimum pension would be guaranteed by the government.


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