Employees’ Provident Fund Organization ie EPFO account holders (EPFO Subscribers) can get a big gift soon. According to the report of ET Now Swadesh, the minimum pension (EPFO Pension) can be increased three times. It has been said in the report that a meeting of the Central Board of Trustees of EPFO is going to be held next month. The three-fold increase in the minimum pension is expected to be discussed in this meeting . The minimum pension can be increased from the present Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000.
According to the report, a committee headed by the Labor Secretary will submit its report in this matter soon. This decision will benefit about 6.5 lakh pensioners and 5 crore subscribers of EPFO.
There may be an increase in the limit of investment in equity Apart from this, the discussion on increasing the CBT equity limit from 15 percent to 25 percent will also be discussed in the meeting. Let us tell you that the labor union is not in favor of increasing investment in equity. Behind this, he is citing the uncertainty in the stock market as the reason.
Let us tell you that a few days ago, the Finance Ministry had announced 8.1 percent interest rate for the financial year 2021-22, giving a shock to the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization subscribers. This is the lowest level in four decades. For the financial year 2020-21, the rate of interest on EPF was 8.5 percent. The impact of this decision of the government will be on 65 million subscribers i.e. 6.5 crore jobseekers. In order to keep it attractive amid the declining interest rate, the government is considering increasing the limit of investment in the stock market from the EPFO fund.
Actually, debt funds are not getting the required returns, so efforts are being made to get the targeted return by increasing investment in equities. An important meeting of the Finance Investment and Audit Committee was held two weeks ago to consider this proposal. The proposal which will be presented by this committee will be presented before the EPFO Central Body of Trustees.
A meeting of the Central Body of Trustees is proposed in the last week of June. After the discussion on the proposal in this meeting, it will be sent to the Labor and Finance Ministry for final approval.