EPFO to restore commutation of pension
Providing relief to 6.3 lakh pensioners, retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has approved a proposal to restore commutation of pension, or advance part-withdrawal, under the Employees’ Pension Scheme.
The move would benefit the pensioners who had opted for commutation and got a lump sum amount at the time of retirement before 2009. The provision for commutation of pension was withdrawn by the EPFO in 2009.
Under the commutation, monthly pension used to be cut by one-third for the next 15 years and the reduced amount would be given in lump sum. After the 15 years, the pensioners were entitled to get the full pension.
“In a major decision, the [EPFO’s apex decision-making body] Central Board of Trustees in a meeting held at Hyderabad on August 21, approved a proposal to recommend for amendment in EPS-95 for restoration of commuted value of pension to pensioners after 15 years of drawing commutation, which will benefit about 6.3 lakh pensioners,” according to a statement by the EPFO.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said there was a demand for restoration of commutation of pension.
“Earlier, under EPS-95 [Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995], members were able to commute one-third of their pension for 10 years, which was restored after 15 years. This facility is available to government employees.”
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