New Delhi: In a big news for subscribers of the National Pension System (NPS), the Pension Fund Regulatory And Development Authority (PFRDA) has revised the existing age of entry into NPS from existing 18-65 years to 18-70 years.
The PFRDA has advised CRAs to roll out the new feature for the benefit of Subscribers in a time bound manner. Also, CRAs need to disseminate the information and create awareness through SMS, Educational videos, FAQ, Email communication and creative contents as deemed fit, said PFRDA.
In response to the large number of requests received from the existing Subscribers to remain invested under NPS beyond 60 years or beyond their superannuation, and the desire from citizens above 65 years to open NPS, it has been decided to increase the entry age of NPS in the interest of Subscribers and benefit them with the opportunity of creating a long term sustainable pension wealth. The existing age of entry which is 18-65 years has been revised to 18-70 years, the PFRDA said.
Accordingly, PFRDA has revised the guidelines on entry and exit. Any Indian Citizen, resident or non-resident and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) between the age of 65-70 years can join NPS and continue or defer their NPS Account up to the age of 75 years. Those Subscribers who have closed their NPS Accounts are permitted to open a new NPS Account as per increased age eligibility norms.
These are the unique features and benefits of increased age of entry
A. Choice of Pension Fund (PF) and Asset Allocation:
The Subscriber, joining NPS beyond the age of 65 years, can exercise the choice of PF and Asset Allocation with the maximum equity exposure of 15% and 50% under Auto and Active Choice respectively. The PF can be changed once per year whereas the asset allocation can be changed twice.
B. Exit and withdrawals:
The exit conditions for subscribers joining NPS beyond the age of 65 years will be as under:
i. Normal Exit shall be after 3 years. The subscriber will be required to utilize at least 40% of the corpus for purchase of annuity and the remaining amount can be withdrawn as lump sum. However, if the corpus is equal to or less than ₹5.00 lakh, the Subscriber may opt to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth in lump sum.
ii. Exit before completion of 3 years shall be treated as Premature Exit. Under pre-mature exit, the Subscriber is required to utilize at least 80% of the corpus for purchase of annuity and the remaining can be withdrawn in lump sum. However, if the corpus is equal to or less than ₹2.5 lakh, the subscriber may opt to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth in lump sum.
iii. In case of unfortunate death of the subscriber, the entire corpus will be paid to the nominee of the subscriber as lump sum. The Investment and Exit features are provided at the Annexure for ready reference.
C. NPS Tier II Account:
The Subscribers are also eligible to open Tier II Account for investing their disposable income to optimize their returns which unlike Tier-I account can be withdrawn at any time.