PFRDA discontinues credit card payment facility in Tier-II NPS Account

K.R. Srivats | | Updated on: Aug 04, 2022
Supratim Bandyopadhyay, Chairman, PFRDA

Supratim Bandyopadhyay, Chairman, PFRDA | Photo Credit: KAMAL NARANG

Intended to curb the misuse of credit cards by NPS subscribers in operation of Tier-II NPS account

You, as a NPS subscriber, cannot use your credit card as a mode of payment henceforth for subscription/contribution in Tier-II accounts of National Pension System (NPS). 

The pension regulator PFRDA has discontinued the facility of credit card payments in Tier-II NPS Account. A PFRDA official said that the latest move was intended to curb the misuse of credit cards by NPS subscribers in operation of Tier-II NPS account.

“The Authority has decided to stop the facility of payment of subscriptions/contributions using credit card as a mode of payment in the Tier-II account of NPS. Accordingly, all Points of Presence (PoPs) are advised to stop the acceptance of credit card as a mode of payment for the Tier-II account of NPS with immediate effect,” a PFRDA circular issued on Wednesday said.

Voluntary savings account

A Tier-II account acts as a voluntary savings account and only a Tier-I NPS account holder is eligible for opening a Tier-II NPS account. A Tier-II NPS account has flexible exit and withdrawal rules in comparison to Tier-I NPS account. There are no exit loads when funds are withdrawn from Tier-II account.

Tier-I NPS investment is a long-term one and the amount cannot be withdrawn until retirement. 

This is not the case with Tier-II account as you can withdraw money at any point in time. No minimum balance is required in an NPS Tier-II account. Also a NPS Tier-II account holder has an option to choose a different investment pattern from Tier-I. The funds can be moved to primary pension account (Tier-I) at any point.

A Tier-II NPS account can be opened with a minimum contribution of ₹1,000. Contributions after the opening of NPS Tier-II accounts can be in multiples of ₹250 without any upper limit. However, there is no mandatory annual contribution requirement in a Tier-II NPS account, unlike a Tier-I account where a subscriber must contribute a minimum of ₹1,000 each year. 

Although credit cards cannot be used for Tier-II account contributions henceforth, there is no restriction on payment through credit card for Tier-I account .

Growth in pension AUM

India’s pension assets under management are growing at 27-30 per cent compounded annual growth rate. Currently, pension AUM stand at over ₹7.4-lakh crore.

PFRDA Chairman Supratim Bandyopadhyay had in March guided that he expects the pension AUM to grow at robust 28-30 per cent this fiscal despite headwinds such as rising inflation and likely increase in interest rates in the country.

In 2021-22, total pension AUM had fallen short of the ₹7.5-lakh crore target the regulator had set for that year.

Published on August 04, 2022
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