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Varishtha Pension Scheme: FAQ

Rediff Business Desk | July 14, 2003 13:51 IST

TheLife Insurance Corporation of India's Varishtha Pension Bima Yojanais a government subsidised scheme for Indian citizens aged 55 years and above in the Union Budget 2003-04.

The much-awaited scheme was finallyunveiled on July 14.


  • Indian citizens aged 55 years and above are eligible.
  • Proof of age (school leaving certificate, driving license, passport) is required. If any of the standard methods of proving age is not available, then a self-declaration of one's age can be made on a stamp paper before a notary.


  • The scheme will provide an annual return of 9 per cent.
  • The pensioner will get pension during his entire lifetime.
  • Pension will be paid on a monthly -- or quarterly or half yearly or yearly -- basis, as desired by the pensioner.
  • In the event ofthe pensioner's demise, the premium paid by him will be returned to the nominee.

Pension amount and premium

  • Minimum pension will be Rs 250 and maximum pension will be Rs 2,000 per month.
  • For a monthly pension of Rs 250, a one-time premium (payable in lump sum) of Rs 33,355 will have to be made. For a monthly pension of Rs 2,000, a one-time premium of Rs 277,490.
  • If one opts for the maximum pension of Rs 2,000 a month, the one-time premium is reduced to Rs 266,670, a benefit of Rs 11,000.
  • An investment of Rs 100,000 would give a pension of Rs 750 monthly.
  • Premium to be paid by cheque, demand draft or banker's cheque payable on the branch of the bank which is member of the local clearing house.

Ceiling ofmaximum premium applies for family as a whole. (Family comprises spouse, minor children and dependents).

The difference between the actual yield earned by the LIC on the funds invested under the scheme and the assured return of 9 per cent would be reimbursed to the LIC by the government.


The pension earned, however, is not tax-free. Tax payable by the pensioner will depend on the income slabs/he belongs to. This pension will be added to the other income, if any, and tax, if applicable, will be levied thereon.

The Union Budget for 2003-04raised the tax rebate for senior citizens to Rs 20,000. As a result, their annual income of up to Rs 153,000 is now exempt from income tax.

In the case of senior citizens on pension the effective exemption limit would become Rs 183,000 because of the standard deduction of Rs 30,000.

They could get further relief by taking advantage of the tax rebate available under Section 88 of the Income Tax Act.

Self-declaration filed by senior citizens in regard to no deduction of tax at source is also accepted.

Where to get the form

The proposal form for the old-age pension scheme can be obtained at:

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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: Alternate nominee

The scheme should have the facility of alternate nominee. As the Scheme is for senior citizens above 55 yrs and is perpetual in nature, it ...

Posted by Devendra Mahtre

Sub: hi

hi friends, i feel that this POLICY is a HOT SELLIN CAKE for n e one above 55 yrs, PROVIDED a person as DISPOSABLE INCOME...however ...

Posted by Nirav

Sub: Facility for crediting the pension to the Bank Account of the individual

It is not mentioned anywhere that the Scheme provides for facility of direct credit of the pension amount to the bank account of the individual. ...

Posted by N.C.Krishnamurthy


Hi, It is ok as of the returns, but the fact that one cannot withdraw the amt(or any part of it)during his lifetime emergency is ...

Posted by JITA DAS

Sub: Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

The details read about the scheme states the EXIT OPTION is available after 15 years but there is nothing mention about the stability of the ...

Posted by Vipul Udeshi



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