Govt approves pension option for over 42,000 employees of public sector insurance companies

The pension benefit is applicable to those who have joined any of the Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSICs) on or before 28 June, 1995

Press Trust of India March 04, 2019 14:00:15 IST
Govt approves pension option for over 42,000 employees of public sector insurance companies
  • Govt decided to give one more pension option as retirement benefit to these left over officers who missed opportunity in the past

  • These employees had opted for contributory provident fund instead of the pension option

New Delhi: In a big bonanza to over 42,000 employees of public sector insurance companies, the government Saturday decided to give one more pension option as retirement benefit to these left over officers and staff who missed the opportunity in the past.

This benefit is applicable to those who have joined any of the Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSICs) on or before 28 June, 1995.

"Govt. approves one more pension option for leftover employees of Public Sector Insurance Companies who joined on or before 28.06.1995. To benefit 42720 employees including 10720 senior citizens," finance minister Arun Jaitley said in a tweet.

Govt approves pension option for over 42000 employees of public sector insurance companies

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These employees had opted for contributory provident fund instead of the pension option.

Of the total beneficiaries, 24,595 are of LIC and 18,125 of five general insurance companies -- GIC, New India Assurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, an official statement said.

"In order to mitigate the hardship of such employees of whom many have retired, Government has decided, as a welfare measure, to allow one more opportunity to employees of PSICs who joined service on or before June 28, 1995, to opt for the Pension scheme of their respective organizations, in lieu of Contributory Provident Fund," Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said.

The pension was introduced as a retirement benefit in PSICs with effect from June 1995, it said.

In April 1997, employees of LIC and General Insurance Companies namely GIC, New India Assurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, who joined service on or before 28 June 1995 were given another opportunity to opt for Pension as a retirement benefit.

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