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Monday, 4 July 2016

Swavalamban subscribers of micro-pension scheme can switch to APY: PFRDA

MUMBAI: Subscribers of micro-pension scheme 'Swavalamban', which closes tomorrow, can switch to the 'Atal pension Yojana' (APY) and retain the government's co-contribution, a PFRDA official said today.

'Swavalamban' scheme, which was launched by the UPA government in 2010-11, is a government-backed micro-pension scheme aimed at the unorganised sector and applicable to those who joined the National Pension Scheme (NPS).

Under the scheme, the government contributes Rs 1,000 per year to each NPS account for the first four years.

"However, this co-contribution of Rs 1,000 per annum by the government will not be there for the subscribers of both micro-pension schemes 'Swavalamban' and NPS Lite, which have together got 44 lakh subscribers under their fold and total assets under management of Rs 2,083 crore at present, from April 1 onwards," a senior official of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) told PTI.

"This 'Swavalamban' scheme has been replaced with APY which was launched in June last year and hence we are not accepting any fresh subscription under 'Swavalamban' scheme since then.

"PFRDA is offering to continue the government's co-contribution of Rs 1,000 per annum for next three years to all those 'Swavalamban' subscribers who opt to shift to APY from April 1," the official added.

Unlike 'Swavalamban', which was open to all those working in the unorganised sector, APY is applicable only to workers in the age group of 18-40 years.

APY has around 22 lakh subscribers and assets under management of Rs 492 crore.

Pension fund managers believe that the replacement of 'Swavalamban' scheme with APY will help them do more business.

"We at SBI Pension Funds do hope to see a similar or even better business growth due to PFRDA's decision to replace 'Swavalamban' scheme with APY in future," SBI Pension Funds' Chief Executive Shailendra Kumar said.


NPS shoot up 50% to Rs.1,07,802 crore as on December-end 2015

Thanks to the introduction of the Atal Pension Yojana, the National Pension System has seen a 43 per cent year-on-year jump in the number of subscribers to 1.13 crore as of December-end 2015, from about 79 lakh as of December-end 2014.

Increasing awareness among individuals about the need for financial security and stability during old age via pension has also seen the assets under management (AUM) of NPS shoot up 50 per cent to ₹1,07,802 crore as on December-end 2015 from about ₹72,000 crore as on December-end 2014.

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched on May 9, 2015 as a retirement savings product for the unorganised sector under the aegis of the National Pension System (NPS). Up to December-end 2015, about 18 lakh subscribers joined APY and their contributions amounted to ₹262 crore, according to Finance Ministry data. Under the APY, subscribers will receive a guaranteed minimum pension, ranging from ₹1,000 to ₹5,000 a month, at the age of 60, depending on their contributions, which itself would be based on the age of joining the scheme.

Minimum age

The minimum age for joining the 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.

The NPS has five schemes — three meant for employees of the Central government, State government, and private sector; NPS-Lite (meant for the poor and unorganised class of citizens); and APY.

As of December-end 2015, the AUM under the Central government (NPS has been made mandatory for all new recruits to the government — except armed forces — with effect from January 1, 2004) and State government categories accounted for about 90 per cent of the overall corpus of ₹1,07,802 crore. The AUM under the private sector and NPS-Lite categories stood at ₹8,887 crore and ₹1,988 crore, respectively. The NPS is a voluntary, defined contribution retirement savings scheme designed to enable the subscribers to make optimum decisions regarding their future through systematic savings during their working life.

Under the NPS, individual savings are pooled into a pension fund. These funds are invested by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) regulated professional fund managers as per the approved investment guidelines into a diversified portfolio comprising government bonds, bills, corporate debentures and shares. These contributions would grow and accumulate over the years, depending on the returns earned on the investment made.

At the time of normal exit from NPS, the subscribers can use the accumulated pension wealth under the scheme to purchase a life annuity from a PFRDA empanelled life insurance company, apart from withdrawing a part of the accumulated pension wealth as lump-sum.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Atal Pension Yojana: Regulator Eyes 70 Lakh New Subscribers in India

NEW DELHI: Pension regulator PFRDA is hopeful of enrolling at least 60-70 lakh new subscribers this fiscal to its Atal Pension Yojana (APY), a micro pension product primarily targeted at the unorganised sector. Since the launch of APY in July last year,  the number of subscribers for this product has touched 20 lakhs.

After more than three-hour long discussion with officers of public sector banks, post offices and micro finance, Hemant Contractor, Chairman of PFRDA said, “We are confident of doing much better this year as nearly 1,47,000 offices would distribute APY this year.”

The major concern the that was being raised by banks, post offices and micro finance institutions were the product requires lot of awareness among people and stressed the need for training of officers as well.   

Contractor’s optimism also came from the likely push that postal department for this product this fiscal. “About 20,000 post offices that are already networked under an IT platform (CBS) will start distributing APY. This will be big boost for APY,” Contractor said.

India Post had started APY distribution only from December last year. As on date, only about 1,000 post offices are offering APY, he said. Contractor said that 2015-16 saw huge response from individual subscribers with a record 1.3 lakh new subscribers opting for this products. This was more than the aggregate level recorded for the previous four years.

“The additional tax break of Rs 50,000 has been a real kicker. It has boosted interest in NPS,” the regulator  added.


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Atal Pension Yojana eligible for tax benefits as National Pension System

Contributions to the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) will now be eligible for the same tax benefits as the National Pension System (NPS), according to a circular released by the Income Tax department on Tuesday. The tax benefits include the additional deduction of Rs 50,000 under section 80CCD(1) introduced in last year's budget.

The APY is open to Indians aged between 18 and 40 years and has a minimum tenure of 20 years. Nearly 20 lakh subscribers have joined the scheme since its launch in June 2015. The APY replaced the NPS Lite or Swavalamban scheme, which got about 45 lakh subscribers in the past six years.

The biggest draw of the APY is that the government will contribute 50% of the contribution made by the investor for a period of five years. But this benefit will only go to subscribers who put in less than Rs 1,000 a year and those who join the scheme before 31 March 2016. Those with taxable income are also not eligible.

Most subscribers to the APY are small-ticket investors. Its AUM of Rs 328 crore is spread across 19.77 lakh accounts, so the average balance per account is only Rs 1,640. In comparison, the NPS Lite, which benefited from the market rally since 2010, has about Rs 1,982 crore lying in 44.63 lakh accounts, an average of Rs 4,440 per account.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

The finance ministry is examining a proposal by the PFRDA to exempt NPS withdrawals from payment of tax

The finance ministry is examining a proposal by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) to exempt national pension system (NPS) withdrawals from payment of tax, so as to bring it on par with the employee provident fund (EPF) scheme.

This will provide a level-playing field for the two pension schemes.

"We have made a proposal to the finance minister ahead of the Budget, where exemption of NPS withdrawals from tax is one of the key recommendations. It will be a game-changer for NPS resulting in a substantial increase in the assets under management with more private subscribers coming on board," said a PFRDA official.

The Seventh Pay Commission had also recommended an exempt-exempt-exempt (EEE) status for NPS, to bring it on a par with the EPF scheme in terms of tax-free withdrawals.

The pay panel also pitched for extension of co-contribution incentive by the government beyond 31 December to attract subscribers under Atal Pension Yojana

The government has so far got over one million subscribers on board

Currently, the EPF withdrawals after five years of completion of service are tax-exempt, while premature withdrawals before five years attracts tax ranging between 10 per cent and 34.608 per cent, barring exceptions.

The EPF enjoys 'EEE' status, while NPS accounts have exempt-exempt-taxed status, where any contributions to the schemes and its earnings are not taxed but amount received on withdrawal is taxed.

"There is indeed a case to provide EEE status to NPS, but the matter is still under examination," said a government official.

The finance minister had in his last budget provided employees the option of choosing between EPS and NPS, and a cabinet note for amendment of EPF and MP Act, 1952, has been sent to the law ministry for vetting.

Also, while the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation has been giving a return of 8.25-9.5 per cent to its subscribers, NPS has given a return of 9.2 per cent and NPS Lite has given a compounded annual growth return of 9.68 per cent.

Of the over Rs1,00,000 crore assets under management of NPS, 90 per cent falls under the central and state government schemes.

Meanwhile, the APY scheme got over one million subscribers on board by December. APY guarantees subscribers a monthly pension of Rs1,000, Rs2,000, Rs3,000, Rs4,000, or Rs5,000 in return for the contribution varying from Rs42 to Rs210 per month.

Under the scheme, the government contributes 50 per cent of the subscriber's contribution or Rs1,000 per annum, whichever is lower, to each eligible subscriber account for five years to 2019-20, who joined the NPS before 31 December 2015 and who are not income taxpayers.

Currently, eight pension fund managers manage private-sector funds and only three run by state-owned financial institutions are allowed to manage central and state government funds.

SBI Pension Funds, UTI Retirement Solutions, and LIC Pension Fund manage the government corpus. They also manage the private-sector corpus along with ICICI Prudential Pension Fund Management, Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund, HDFC Pension Management, Reliance Capital Pension Fund and the pension fund incorporated by Birla Sun Life Insurance.


NPS to submit applications online for settlement of withdrawal claims from April 1: PFRDA

Pension fund regulator PFRDA has made it mandatory for the subscribers of New Pension System (NPS) to submit applications online for settlement of withdrawal claims from April 1 next year.

According to a PFRDA directive, no request in physical form would be entertained with effect from April 1, 2016.

"It has...Been decided that with effect from April 1, 2016 only such withdrawal requests raised on online platform will be accepted at CRA (Central Recordkeeping Agency) system for further processing.

"Physical withdrawal request forms received at CRA will not be accepted for further processing," the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority said.

NSDL is the CRA for the NPS. A subscriber can exit NPS due to superannuation, premature exit and death.

PFRDA said it is committed to support the 'Digital India' campaign of the government and efforts were being made to make various NPS related services available on online platform.

Making withdrawal process online wherein subscribers can raise withdrawal request using online platform is one of the such initiatives, it said.

"This will make withdrawal process paperless to a great extent and seamless and exit claims of the subscribers can be settled in least possible time," it said.

NPS has been implemented for all government employees (except armed forces) joining Central Government on or after January 1, 2004.

Most of the State/UT Governments have also notified the NPS for their new employees. NPS has been made available to every Indian Citizen from May 2009 on a voluntary basis.

Further, from June 2015, the Atal Pension Yojana (APY), has been launched which has given the much required impetus to the social security schemes.

NPS and APY together have more than one crore subscribers with total Asset Under Management of more than Rs 1 lakh crore.

Meanwhile the retirement fund body EPFO is also in the process of providing facility of filing PF withdrawal claims online with an ultimate aim to process such applications with 24 hours of receiving it.


National Pension System (NPS) has soared to Rs 90,327 crore with the 1.15 crore subscribers

The total corpus of National Pension System (NPS) has soared to Rs 90,327 crore with the contribution of nearly 1.15 crore subscribers, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday. The total assets under management (AUM) are worth Rs 1.09 lakh crore while AUM per subscriber on average is Rs 95,000, a finance ministry statement said. "NPS had 1.15 crore subscribers with a total corpus of Rs 90,327 crore as on January 23, 2016," it said.

NPS subscribers of central government are 14.1 percent of the total subscribers while that of the state governments are 24.9 percent. The number of NPS subscribers in the central government is 16.11 lakh with a total corpus of Rs 34,754 crore. State governments contribute Rs 45,486 crore to the corpus, from their 28.59 lakh subscribers. There are 4.48 lakh NPS subscribers in the corporate sector and 1.28 lakh in the unorganised sector. The number of subscribers under Atal Pension Yojana (APY) 19.48 lakh. The pension fund regulatory body (PFRDA) completed two years of its statutory status on February 1, 2016 and to mark this occasion, it is observing NPS Service Week from February 1-6.

During the NPS Service Week, PFRDA will create awareness about the scheme, take efforts to reduce subscribers' grievances, update subscriber details and advise subscribers regarding benefits associated with Permanent Retirement Account among others. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) will also organise a Pension Conclave on February 4.


Thursday, 14 January 2016

New crop insurance Fasal Bima Yojana a boost for farmers : PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet today, as a boost to the farmers across the country.

In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said it was government’s gift to the farmers on the occasion of festivals of Lohri, Pongal and Bihu.
He expressed confidence that the new Crop Insurance Scheme will bring about a major transformation in the lives of farmers, saying it expands the definition of disaster and addresses whatever was lacking in the existing programmes.

“Farmer brothers and sisters, at a time when you are celebrating festivals like Lohri, Pongal and Bihu, the government has given you a gift in the form of Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme,” he tweeted hours after the Cabinet cleared the proposal.

“This is a historic day. I am confident that this scheme, which is inspired by the consideration of farmers’ benefit, will bring about a major transformation to the lives of farmers,” Modi added.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said the scheme includes successful aspects of the existing schemes and “effectively addresses” whatever was lacking in those schemes.

“The scheme has the lowest premium, it entails easy usage of technology like mobile phone, quick assessment of damage and disbursement within a timeframe,” he said.

The definition of disaster has been expanded to include aspects like flooding of crop and damage after harvest, Modi said, adding that “special attention” has been paid to several other aspects.
“It is easy to subscribe to the scheme and easy to benefit. So, do join it,” he told the farmers,

In order to provide relief to drought-hit farmers, the government today announced a new Rs 8,800 crore crop insurance scheme, with significantly lower premium, to cover for loss of crop to natural calamities.

Farmers will pay only 2 per cent of the premium fixed by insurance company for kharif foodgrains/oilseeds crops and 1.5 per cent for rabi foodgrains/oilseeds crops under thePradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

How to open NPS Account online in eNPS?

National Pension System – How to open an online NPS account – Step by Step by procedure discussed.

Government of India under National Pension System Trust enables opening online account.  The procedure for opening such account is given below:

  • Opening of Individual Pension Account under NPS (only Tier I / Tier I & Tier II)
  •  Making initial and subsequent contribution to your Tier I as well as Tier II account

For Account opening, you need to:

✔  Have a PAN Card, mobile number, email ID and an active bank account with enabled net baking facility

✔  Fill up all the mandatory details online

✔  Scan and upload your photograph and signature

✔  Make online payment (Minimum amount of Rs 500)

✔  Print the form, paste photograph & affix signature and submit the Form to CRA

Kindly note that the eNPS facility can not be used for enrolment under Atal Pension Yojana (APY).

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To open an Individual Pension account online.

National Pension Scheme Registration

✔  You must have a ‘Permanent Account Number’ (PAN) and a Bank account with any of the registered Point of Presence empanelled for KYC verification for subscriber registration through NPS

✔  Your KYC Verification in NPS will be done by your Bank selected by you during the registration process.

✔  You need to upload your scanned photograph and signature in *.jpeg/*.jpg format having file size between 4kb – 12kb.

✔  You will be routed to a payment gateway for making the payment towards your NPS account from Debit / Credit card or Internet Banking.

After successful payment of initial contribution, a Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) will be allotted to you. After online account opening process is completed,

➤  The PRAN Kit containing a PRAN Card, IPIN/TPIN, Subscriber Master Report, Scheme Information Booklet alongwith a Welcome Letter will be sent to your registered address.

➤  You need to take a printout of the form, paste your photograph (please do not sign across the photograph) & affix signature.

➤  You should sign on the block provided for signature.

➤  The photograph should not be stapled or clipped to the form.

➤  The form should be sent within 90 days from the date of allotment of PRAN to CRA at the following address or else the PRAN will be ‘frozen’ temporarily:

Central Recordkeeping Agency (eNPS),
NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited,
1st Floor, Times Tower, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg,
Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400 013

Please note that registration for APY cannot be done through www.enps.nsdl.com. For registration under APY please contact your Bank Branch.

Processing of subsequent nps contribution:

All existing subscribers (registered through both online and offline mode) can contribute in Tier I & Tier II account using ‘eNPS’. To contribute online, you need to

✔  Have an active Tier I / Tier II account

✔  Authenticate your PRAN using the OTP sent to your registered mobile number

✔  Pay through your Debit / Credit card or use Internet Banking option.

For queries please contact : 022 – 4090 4242 or write to: eNPS@nsdl.co.in

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