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PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 – Notification dated 29.09.2020

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 29th September, 2020

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (EXITS AND WITHDRAWALS UNDER THE NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2020

No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8.—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 52 read with sub-clause(g), (h), and (i) of sub-section 2 of Section 52 of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013 (Act No.23 of 2013), the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority hereby makes the following regulations to amend the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) Regulations, 2015 namely, –

1. These regulations may be called the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Amendment) Regulations, 2020.

2. These shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette.

3. In the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) Regulations, 2015: –

(I). Sub regulation (h) of Regulation 6 shall be substituted as below-

Upon exit of a subscriber from tier-I of the National Pension System, the tier-II account of the subscriber shall also be simultaneously closed and amounts under the said account shall be paid to the subscriber or his nominees or legal heirs as the case may be.

Provided that except in the case of death of the subscriber, the Tier-II account activated by the Authority in accordance with National Pension Scheme Tier II-Tax Saver Scheme, 2020 notified by the Central Government shall be closed only after completion of lock-in period specified under the said scheme.

(II). Sub regulation (i) of Regulation 6 shall be substituted as below-

With respect to subscribers who have not submitted the withdrawal application as is required under regulation 7 and within one month from the date of attainment of the age of sixty years or the age of normal superannuation as the case may be, for withdrawal of benefits upon exit from national pension system, the accumulated pension wealth in the account of such subscriber (both under tier I and tier II) would be monetized and kept separately as per the guidelines or directions issued by the Authority for the said purpose. The income earned from such safe keeping of the monetized accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber shall form part of the benefits that the subscriber is entitled under the National Pension System. This provision shall apply in respect of such subscribers who have deferred the withdrawal of benefits or have partly withdrawn the benefits and have not taken the steps to completely withdraw the benefits as is required under the regulations and or in the guidelines or directions issued by the Authority for the purpose.

Provided that the above provision shall be applicable to Tier-II account activated by the Authority in accordance with National Pension Scheme Tier II-Tax Saver Scheme, 2020 notified by the Central Government, only after completion of lock-in period specified under the said scheme.

(III). Sub regulation (2) of Regulation 8 shall be substituted as below-

(i) A subscriber having a valid and active tier-II account of the Permanent Retirement Account can withdraw the accumulated wealth either in full or part, at any time by applying for such withdrawal, on such application form and in such mode and manner, as may be specified by the Authority in this behalf. There shall be no limit on such withdrawals till the account has sufficient amount of accumulated pension wealth to take care of the applicable charges and the withdrawal amount.

Provided that no withdrawal shall be allowed in Tier-II account activated by the Authority in accordance with National Pension Scheme Tier II-Tax Saver Scheme, 2020 notified by the Central Government, before the completion of lock-in period specified under the said scheme.

(ii) The Tier-II account shall stand automatically closed at the time of exit of the subscriber from the National Pension System, even if an application so specified for the purpose has not been received from the subscriber, and the accumulated wealth in such account shall be transferred to the bank account provided by the subscriber, while submitting his application for exit from the National Pension System.

Provided that except in the case of death of the subscriber, the Tier-II account activated by the Authority in accordance with National Pension Scheme Tier II-Tax Saver Scheme, 2020 notified by the Central Government shall be closed only after completion of lock-in period specified under the said scheme.

SUPRATIM BANDYOPADHYAY, Chairperson

[ADVT.-III/4/Exty./262/2020-21]

Footnote:

  1. The Principal Regulations, The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) Regulations, 2015 were published in the Gazette of India on 11th May, 2015 vide No. PFRDA/12/ RGL/139/8.
  2. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017 were published in the Gazette of India on 10th August 2017 vide No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8
  3. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 were published in the Gazette of India on 06th October 2017 vide No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8
  4. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 were published in the Gazette of India on 02nd February 2018 vide No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8.
  5. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2018 were published in the Gazette of India on 18th May 2018 vide No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8.
  6. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals Under the National Pension System) (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2019 were published in the Gazette of India on 19th Feb 2019 vide No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8.
  7. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2019. were published in the Gazette of India on 20th September 2019 vide No. PFRDA/12/RGL/139/8.

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