In a welcome news for government employees, the Cabinet on Thursday (6 December) approved raising its contribution to the National Pension Scheme (NPS) to 14 per cent of basic pay from the existing level of 10 per cent, reported The Economic Times. The scheme has not yet been officially notified, pending the election process in Rajasthan.
As per this new plan, the minimum level of employee contribution will remain at 10 per cent. Employees will now be able to commute 60 per cent of the accumulated fund when they retire, up from the existing 40 per cent. Employees will also get the option to either choose equities or fixed income instruments for their funds to be invested.
Tax Incentives for employees’ contribution up to 10 per cent of basic pay has also been given the green light under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.
If employees decide to not commute any portion of their total fund at the time of retirement and transfer the whole amount to the annuity scheme, then their pension will be greater than 50 per cent of their last paycheque.
The changes are expected to come into force from the beginning of the next financial year, i.e. 1 April 2019.