Centre Tweaks Atal Pension Plan

To address the longevity risks among the workers and to encourage voluntarily saving for retirement, last year government launched Atal Pension Yojana (APY).

  • The Centre has amended its ambitious pension scheme Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to give an option to the spouse to continue to contribute for balance period even in the event of the premature death of the subscriber.
  • After the death of both the subscriber and spouse, the subscriber’s nominee will be entitled to get the pension amount, as accrued till the age of 60 years of the subscriber.

Feedback On APY

  • The government had received feedback that the present provision under Atal Pension Yojana of handing-over the lump sum amount to spouse on the premature death of the subscriber is not preferred by many subscribers.
  • It was also highlighted that there is increasing demand to give an option to the spouse to continue contribution after the death of subscriber to enable him/her to draw pension when the deceased subscriber would have turned sixty.
  • Considering the feedback, the GOI has decided to give an option to the spouse of the subscriber to continue contributing to APY account of the subscriber, for the remaining vesting period, till the original subscriber would have attained the age of 60 years instead of present provision of handing-over lumpsum amount to spouse on the premature death (death before 60 years of age) of the subscriber.
  • The spouse of the subscriber will be entitled to receive the same pension amount as that of the subscriber until the death of the spouse.
  • After the death of both the subscriber and the spouse, the nominee of the subscriber shall be entitled to receive the pension wealth, as accumulated till age of 60 years of the subscriber.

Under APY, each subscriber, on completion of 60 years of age, will get the guaranteed minimum monthly pension, or higher monthly pension, if the investment returns are higher than the assumed returns for minimum guaranteed pension, over the period of contribution.

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