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Rs 1,000 per month pension under EPFO from Sept 1

The government's decision to fix pension entitlement of Rs 1,000 under the Employees' Pension Scheme 1995 (EPFS-95) will immediately benefit 28 lakh pensioners who get less than this amount at present.

The move to enhance the minimum wage ceiling for becoming a subscriber of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation to Rs 15,000 per month is expected to bring 50 lakh additional formal sector workers under the ambit of the body.

‘The government has notified enhancement of wage ceiling to Rs 15,000 per month, fixed minimum monthly pension at Rs 1,000 under EPS-95 and enhanced the maximum sum assured under the Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme to Rs three lakh,’ said EPFO Central Provident Fund Commission K K Jalan.

‘Now the maximum sum assured under the EDLI works out to be Rs 3.6 lakh including 20 per cent ad hoc benefit over the prescribed amount under the notification,’ added Jalan. This means that in case an EPFO subscriber dies, his family will be entitled to maximum sum assured of Rs 3.6 lakh instead of existing Rs 1.56 lakh.

Jalan said that the notification regarding minimum pension, wage ceiling and EDLI would be effected from September 1. Thus all pensioners getting less than Rs 1,000 per month would get at least this much pension from October.

The decision to provide the entitlement under EPS-95 was taken by the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on February 28. But it could not be implemented earlier because the model code of conduct came into force after the general election dates were announced on March 5.

The decision will immediately benefit about 28 lakh pensioners, including 5 lakh widows. In all, there are 44 lakh pensioners under the EPFO scheme. The EPFO's apex decision making body the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) had met on February 5 and decided to amend the EPS-95 scheme for the purpose.

According to the Government notification, the monthly minimum pension entitlement of Rs 1,000 will be available to beneficiaries from September 1 this year to March 31, 2015. It indicates that the government would have to make another notification in future to continue or enhance the minimum pension of Rs 1,000 under EPS-95.

Under the modified scheme, the minimum monthly pension for widows has been fixed at Rs 1,000 and for children at Rs 250 per month. Similarly the minimum pension entitlement for orphans has been fixed at Rs 750 per month.
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