Delhi launches Pension Scheme for NRIs

The Indian government is promoting a new Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PILF) scheme in a bid to provide financial security to poor Indians working abroad.

Indian embassies have been told to help those wanting to subscribe to PILF, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said while launching the pilot scheme last fortnight.

Non-resident Indian organisations have been urged to promote the scheme.

PILF is for Indian workers aged between 18 and 50 who have a work permit or employment contract and whose passports carry the ‘Emigration Clearance Required’ stamp.

The worker has to pay Rs 5000 to become a member. The government will contribute Rs 2000.

If the person is a domestic help, the amount would be Rs 3000.

“The pension will commence after age 60. This is a life insurance scheme. It will help people save for old age and save for resettlement,” Mr Ravi said.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who spoke at the launch, said most of the poor working abroad generally returned minus savings.

There were 2.28 million people from Kerala working abroad in 2011, according to the Centre for Development Studies in New Delhi.

Nearly 40% of Kerala’s diaspora lives in the United Arab Emirates and 25% in Saudi Arabia.

Editor’s Note: The Scheme will also cover Non-Resident Indians living in New Zealand, including those on work permits and work visas, subject to eligibility rules and regulations. Former citizens of India would not be eligible.

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