9% Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana from LIC for Senior Citizens

LIC Varishstha Bima Pension Yojana for Senior CitizensLIC Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana for Senior Citizens

Central Government has re-launched Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (administered by LIC) on this independence day 15th August, 2014 for Senior Citizens. Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana provides 9% assured returns which are payable per month by way of pension. How good is Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana? What are the positives and negative about this Central Government Varishta Pension plan?

 

 

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Features of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

  • Scheme opens between 15th August, 2014 to 14th August, 2015 (1 year period)
  • Minimum age : 60 years
  • Single premium payable between Rs 66,665 to Rs 6,66,665
  • Pension amount of Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 depending on the single premium paid.
  • Assured return of 9% per annum, which is payable per month. Annualised yield works out to be 9.38%. This pension is payable for the lifetime of the individual.
  • One can exit from this option after 15 years
  • A pension can be received every month, quarterly, half yearly and yearly
  • The nominee gets invested amount back in case of death of the pensioner during.

 Positives of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

  • 9% assured returns per annum, payable every month. Yield works out to be 9.38% per annum.
  • Pension plan from Central Government, hence zero risk investment option.
  • Good for low income earned weaker section people who would have got low retirement corpus.
  • Policy administered by LIC. Their expertise would help in the smooth running of the plan.

Negatives of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

  • Investment cannot be closed before 15 years. In case you need money for an emergency, you cannot get your money back before this period. Do not park your emergency money into this.
  • Pension received is taxable. In case you have other income along with this pension, your post tax return could be very low.
  • Maximum pension limited to Rs 5,000 per month where you cannot meet your expenses during retirement.

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Alternatives to Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

  • One can consider taking a term insurance plan for the amount which you may intend (which the nominee would get in case of death of the insured) and balance, invest in a post office MIS scheme (offering 8.4% interest) or Post office Senior Citizens Saving schemes (SCSS) offering 9.2% or Bank FD for Senior Citizens offering 9.50% to 10% per annum. While your returns could be slightly lower side, these options are highly liquid in nature.
  • You can invest a partial amount of your retirement corpus in Varishta Pension Bima Yojana and balance in options indicated above. This way you would enjoy both the benefits.

LIC Chairman, SK Roy says “We are targeting 5 Lakh Senior Citizens under this scheme for the year 2014-15”

LIC would administer this pension plan and they expect Rs 10,000 Crores subscriptions, which would be used for the development of the country.

You can visit LIC website / LIC agent for subscribing to this pension plan.

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Suresh
LIC Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana for Senior Citizens

64 comments

  • DB

    I presume the returns are taxable but please confirm.  What about TDS? A leading newspaper in Maharashtra has mentioned tax free returns.

    • I already indicated. These are taxable returns. The details published in the form does not talk about tax free returns. Pls provide link which indicates this

  • A.K.MAHESHWARI

    GOOD INFORMATION EXCEPT – 1.  CAN A PERSON BUY MORE THAN ONE POLICY SUBJECT TO MAXIMUM LIMIT ?AND 

    2. WILL IT NOT BE USEFUL IN LONG RUN COMPARED TO BANK FD WHICH I THINK OFFERS MAX INTEREST FOR ONLY A LIMITED PERIOD OF 3 – 5 YEARS?

  • John Paul

    This is a very good Info but:

    What the differance between PPF and LIC? and which one is good?

    Thank you sir

    • LIC is for term insurance, pension plans etc. PPF is where you invest every month or year and would get maturity. This does not have risk cover i.e. if something happens to you, PPF would not pay any extra. Yo uwould get what you invested plus interest

  • Nabajit

    Hi Suresh,

    I love to read your articles and I am sure it helps lot of people like me. Like your other articles this too is very informative. Personally I would prefer the alternative option (mentioned above) considering it would help maintaining some liquidity in the money invested. However regarding the term insurance part, I don't think many providers will provide term insurance to senior citizens. Being an actuarial professional, I do know the risk of including them while pricing a term insurance policy. Do let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks!

    Nabajit

  • R Parikh

    You have not mentioned about TDS in your analysis which is very important for the kind of senior citizens that you have mentioned could consider invesing

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