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Salient features of Pension Bill


04 Sep, 2013 8:06p.m.

  1. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill 2011 will give statutory powers to the PFRDA, which was established in August 2003 as a regulator for the pension sector which followed private players entering.

  2. The passage of the bill could see pure pension products coming into the market. Currently pension products available in the market are a part of insurance packages.

  3. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011 seeks to promote the pension sector by establishing a regulator as India does not have a universal social security system.

  4. The Bill allows 26 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in pension funds

  5. In 2005, the UPA I government had earlier introduced a pension bill but it lapsed as the Lok Sabha's term got over before the legislation could be passed.

  6. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011 was reintroduced in the Lok Sabha in 2011 by the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and it was subsequently referred to a standing committee.

  7. PFRDA's National Pension System (NPS) was made mandatory for all new government recruits, except armed forces, joinig after January 1, 2004.

  8. The NPS was later opened up to all Indian citizens from 2009 on a voluntary basis.

  9. The NPS allows its subscribers to invest in stock markets but there is a cap on equity investment. The NPS also offers subscribers the option of selecting the fund managers of their choice.

  10. The pension bill could help channelize funds into building long-term assets for the country, including the infrastructure sector. The government wants to ease rules for insurance and pension sectors to allow them to invest in infrastructure, where it is seeking $1 trillion investment till 2017.

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