March 22: Government has amended Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to give an option to the spouse to continue to contribute for balance period on premature death of the subscriber.
It has decided to give an option to the spouse of the subscriber to continue contributing to APY account of the subscriber, for the remaining period, till the original subscriber would have attained the age of 60 years instead of present provision of handing-over lump-sum amount to spouse on the premature death before 60 years of the subscriber, Finance Ministry said in a statement today.
“The spouse of the subscriber shall 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,” it said.
The changes were made based on the feedback received from various quarters which indicated that the present provision under APY of handing-over lump sum amount to spouse on premature death of the subscriber is not preferred by many subscribers, it said.
It has also highlighted the fact that there is growing 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 60 years of age, it added.
The government had launched APY to address the longevity risks among the workers in unorganised sector and to encourage the workers in unorganised sector to voluntarily save for their retirement last year.