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Entry age limit raised to 65 years for joining the National Pension Scheme

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New Delhi: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) announced that the upper age limit for joining the National Pension Scheme (NPS) had been raised to 65 years, from the current 60.

Chairman PFRDA Hemant Contractor made the announcement here at a conference on “Transferring Superannuation Funds to National Pension System”, saying the pension regulator`s board had already approved the change and it would be notified shortly.

“NPS is currently open for people between 18 and 60, and our Board has approved raising the age limit for joining to 65,” Contractor said.

“The scheme anyway has the option of continuing and making contributions up to the age of 70,” he added.

Explaining that the rationale behind government reforms in pensions is to facilitate “portability”, or the transfer of superannuation funds by making the NPS more attractive and customer-friendly.

Elaborating on the benefits of the NPS, Contractor said it is the “lowest-cost pension product in the world today”.

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