1. What is Pension? Why do I need it?
A Pension provides people with a monthly income when they are no longer earning.
Need for Pension:
Decreased income earning potential with age.
The rise of nuclear family-Migration of earning members.
Rise in cost of living.
Assured monthly income ensures dignified life in old age.
2. What is Atal Pension Yojana?
Atal Pension Yojana (APY),
a pension scheme for citizens of India focussed on the
unorganised sector workers. Under the APY, guaranteed minimum pension of Rs.
1,000/-, 2,000/-, 3,000/-, 4,000 and 5,000/- per month will be given at the age of 60
years depending on the contributions by the subscribers.
3. Who can subscribe to APY?
Any Citizen of India can join APY scheme. The following are the eligibility criteria,
i The age of the subscriber should be between 18 – 40 years.
ii He / She should have a savings bank account/ open a savings bank account.
iii The prospective applicant should be in possession of mobile number and its
details are to be furnished to the bank during registration.
Government co-contribution is available for 5 years, i.e., from 2015-16 to 2019-20 for
the subscribers who join the scheme during the period from 1st June, 2015 to 31st
December, 2015 and who are not covered by any Statutory Social Security Schemes
and are not income tax payers.