VADODARA: Eyeing to capture a large but untapped market, the postal department has launched a pension scheme for the people working in unorganised sector across the country. People working in unorganised sector with a modest income can now invest in the postal department and secure their retired life apart from earning interest on the money they invest.
“Employees of government sector get pension benefits while those from private sector have employee provident fund (EPF) scheme. But, those working in unorganised sector and daily wage earners don’t enjoy such benefits. Hence, we have launched New Pension Scheme (NPS) for such people,” said Arvindkumar Joshi, Postmaster General, Vadodara region.
“People investing in our pension scheme can deposit at least Rs 500 or more every month till they retire. The money will be invested by mutual fund companies in stock market for getting good returns. When the investors retire they will be given monthly pension on the basis of accumulated amount,” Joshi told TOI.
Investors can put money in either a non-withdrawable account or a voluntary savings facility wherein money can be withdrawn in the middle of the scheme. A domestic money order scheme, too, has been launched by the postal department wherein people will be able to send money anywhere within the country within five minutes.
“We have started instant remittance service within the country wherein people can send amount between Rs 1,000 and Rs 50,000 to any place within minutes,” Joshi said.
source;The Times of India