There is no proposal under the Central government’s consideration to restore the old pension scheme.
“There is no proposal under consideration of government of India for restoration of old pension scheme,” Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad told the Lok Sabha in a written reply to a question by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi.
“The state governments of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand have informed the Central government and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) about their decision to restart old pension scheme (OPS) for their state government employees… The state government of Punjab on November 18, 2022, has issued notification regarding implementation of the OPS to the government employees who are presently being covered under the National Pension System (NPS),” he said in his reply.
Karad also said that the state governments of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand, have sent proposals to the Central government and the PFRDA to return the accumulated corpus of subscribers under NPS to respective state governments, but no such proposal has been received from the Punjab government.
As far as proposals from governments of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are concerned, the PFRDA has informed them that there is no provision under Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act 2013, read along with the PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) Regulations, 2015, and other relevant regulations, as amended from time to time, vide which the funds, which are already deposited both in the form of government contribution and employees’ contribution towards NPS, along with accruals, can be refunded and deposited back to the state government, Karad said in his reply.