Cabinet approves implementation of Swavalamban Scheme

     The Union Cabinet today approved the implementation of the Swavalamban Scheme to cover workers in the unorganised sector and to provide old age security to all sections of society. The proposal includes funding support of Rs. 1,000 crore over a period of four years i.e. upto 2013-14 as co-contribution to subscribers of the New Pension System (NPS) covered by the Swavalamban initiative. The funding may be required to be enhanced to a higher level should the subscriber enrolment exceed the expected number. The scheme will encourage people from the unorganized sector to voluntarily save for their old age. A higher level of New Pension System (NPS) enrolments from the informal sector will ensure old age income security for such subscribers in their post-retirement phase and, therefore, decrease the burden of the government on social security in the future. The NPS is the first major national scheme that aims to bring old age security to all sections of the society, especially the vulnerable sections. The government has also provided Rs.100 crore to be spent in 2010-11 and in the subsequent three years towards creation of public awareness about NPS and enlistment of subscribers under the Scheme. Under the Swavalamban Scheme ten lakh subscribers each in the four years beginning 2010-11 will be covered bringing the total number of subscribers to 40 lakhs.

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