Employee Pension Scheme (EPS)

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In India, Government have introduced several savings schemes such as NPS (National Pension Scheme), NSC (National Savings Certificate), PPF (Public Provident Fund), EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund), and EPS (Employees Pension Scheme) etc in order to cultivate savings habits in people.

This article is particularly focused on EPS (Employees Pension Scheme), its eligibility, contribution, calculations and its terms and conditions.

What is Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995?

Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) came into being in 1995 by replacing the FMS (Family Pension Scheme) and offering pension on disablement, widow pension, and pension for nominees.

In Employees Pension Scheme (EPS), only those employees are eligible to have an EPS account who is a member of an EPF account. Also, employers divert 8.33% from EPF account to an EPS account. Central Government also contributes 1.16% to an employees’ EPF account.

Also note that interest is not applicable in ones EPS account.

Employees can start receiving their pension from EPS only after the completion of 10 years of service. Employees who have attained 50 years of age are eligible for an early pension and 58 years of age for a regular pension.

Pension under EPS is for all one’s life, which employee himself will receive. And the spouse or children below the age of 25 years will be beneficiaries of the pension.

Availing the Pension

Under EPS, employees pension is divided into two categories:

  • One is for those employees who have joined prior to 15th November 1995 and
  • One for those employees who have joined post this date

Also, an employee becomes eligible for the scheme certificate is by the completion of 10 years of service and can claim the pension after attaining the age of 50 years and 58 years and can continue working but no fresh EPF contributions will be made.

EPS is considered to be a very convenient scheme as it allows withdrawal as long as they have not completed their 10 years of service. Also during the exit, the employee receives the employee and employer EPF contribution and the interest earned on it.

What is the Contribution for Employee Pension Scheme

Read the table below to know the contribution details from the employee and the employer towards EPF, EDLIS and EPS.

Schemes Employee ContributionEmployer Contribution
EPF (Employee Provident Fund)12%3.67%
EPS (Employees’ Pension Scheme)NIL8.33%
EDLIS (Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance)NIL0.5%
EDLIS administrative chargesNIL0.01%
EPF administration chargesNIL1.1%

How to claim the pension money under Employee Pension Scheme

In case if you have a scheme certificate of pension, you have to fill up Form 10 – D in order to get a regular pension. And if you have more than one scheme certificate, you can directly visit the EPF office and you will be required to attest your Form 10 – D by the bank manager.

In case you don’t have a scheme certificate of pension, which means you have not completed 9.5 years of service, you must claim a pension refund. In this case you are required to fill up Form 10 – C along with EPF withdrawal form and submit it through your employer.

Purpose of Employee Pension Scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to provide

  • Superannuation Pension – This pension is for the subscribers who has completed 20 years of service and retires after attaining the age of 58 years.
  • Retiring Pension – This pension is for the subscribers who have completed 20 years of service and retiring or ceases to be in employment before attaining the age of 58 years.
  • Short Service Pension – This pension is for the subscribers who have rendered 10 or more than 10 years of service.

Terms and Conditions of Employee Pension Scheme

Read the below mention steps to know the terms and conditions of EPS:

  • To have an EPS account, an employee cannot have more than one EPF account
  • An employee falls from the eligibility criteria once they turns 50 years old
  • An employee is required to complete minimum of 10 years of service in order to avail EPS scheme
  • Government contribution towards EPS account cannot be more than 1.16% of Rs 174.ss

Required Forms in Employees Pension Scheme

Read below to know about the Forms which an employee is required to fill and submit in order to avail different benefits under EPS

  1. Forms 10 C – Form 10 C is required to be filled by a beneficiary or a member to avail withdrawal benefits and scheme certificate.
  2. Form 10 D – Form 10 D is required to be filled by a member to avail pension after 58 years of age, also to avail pension before 58 years of age but after turning 50. Also to get a disability pension.
  3. Form 10 D – Another Form 10 D is meant to avail nominee or dependent pension or to avail family pension and also to avail children and orphan pension.
  4. Life Certificate – Pension beneficiaries are required to submit it life certificate every November to the manager of pension disbursing banks.
  5. Non – Remarriage Certificate – Widows are required to submit non – remarriage certificate every year to the manager of pension disbursing banks.

Read below to know the list of Nationalised Banks in which provision has been made for the retired employees drawing pension under Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

S.No.EPFO Regional OfficePension Disbursing Banks
1Delhi (North)PNB, SBI, IB, UBI,  HDFC, ICICI, AXIS
2Delhi (South)PNB, SBI, IB, UBI,  HDFC, ICICI, AXIS
3DehradunPNB, SBI
4GurgaonPNB, SBI, HDFC, ICICI, AXIS
5FaridabadPNB, SBI, HDFC, ICICI, AXIS
6JaipurPNB, Thar Gramin Bank, HDFC, ICICI, AXIS, SBBJ
7ShimlaPNB, SBI, AXIS
8LudhianaPNB, SBI, HDFC, AXIS
9ChandigarhPNB, SBI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
10BiharPNB, BOI, HDFC
11MeerutPNB, SBI
12KanpurPNB, SBI, HDFC, ICICI, AXIS
13HyderabadSBI, UBI, AB, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
14GunturSBI, AB, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
15NizamabadSBI, SY. BANK, Gramin BANK, UBI, AB, AXIS
16BhuvneshwerSBI, BOI, UCO Bank, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
17BangaloreSBI, CANARA, SY. BANK, CORP. BANK, VIJAYA BANK, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
18GoaSBI, BOI, HDFC
19GulbargaSBI, CANARA, SY. BANK, ICICI,CORP. BANK
20MangaloreSBI, CANARA, SY. BANK, CORP. BANK, VIJAYA BANK, AXIS
21PeenyaSBI, CANARA BANK, SY. BANK, CORP. BANK, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
22CoimbatoreSBI, IB, IOB, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
23KeralaPNB, SBI, IB, IOB, CANARA, SY. BANK, FED.BANK, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI, North Malabar Gramin Bank, SBT
24MaduraiSBI, IB, IOB, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
25TambramSBI, IB, IOB, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
26ChennaiSBI, IB, IOB, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
27RanchiPNB, BOI, UBI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
28JalpaiguriSBI, UBI, UCO, CBI, UBKG BANK
29KolkataPNB, UBI, HDFC, AXIS,ICICI
30GuwahatiSBI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
31RaipurPNB, SBI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI, CBI,
32BandraPNB, SBI, BOI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI, BOM, IB
33ThanePNB, SBI, BOI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
34KandivaliPNB, SBI, BOI, HDFC, AXIS,ICICI
35PunePNB, SBI, BOI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI, BOM
36NagpurPNB, SBI, BOI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
37AhmadabadSBI, DENA, HDFC
38SuratSBI, DENA, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI
39VadodaraSBI, DENA, HDFC
40IndorePNB, SBI, HDFC, AXIS, ICICI

Table Source:http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=124740

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