Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan

The Indian Government introduced the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan, a pension scheme that offers old age protection for workers of the unorganised sector. The scheme came into effect from 15 February 2019.
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PM-SYM is targeted towards workers from the unorganised sector such as rickshaw pullers, audio-visual workers, leather workers, washermen, domestic workers, rag pickers, cobblers, brick kiln workers, head loaders, mid-day meal workers, street vendors, home-based workers and individuals in similar occupations. A notification from the Indian Government on 7 February 2019 stated the eligibility criteria and the rules for the PM-SYM pension scheme. 

PM-SYM will be administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and will be a Central Sector Scheme. The implementation of the scheme will be through Common Services Centres eGovernance Sevices India Limited (CSC SPV) and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India. The pay-out of the pension will be handled by LIC.  

Eligibility Criteria for Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan 

Given below are the eligibility criteria that an individual must meet in order to subscribe to the scheme: 

  • Individuals must be between the ages of 18 years and 40 years. 
  • Monthly income of the individual must be Rs.15,000 or less. 
  • Individuals should not be covered under the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), or National Pension System (NPS). 
  • The individual must not be an income taxpayer. 
  • Individuals must have an active mobile number, an Aadhaar number, and a savings bank account. 

Benefits of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan 

Individuals are entitled to the below-given benefits under the contributory and voluntary pension scheme: 

  • Minimum Pension: Individuals who are a part of the scheme are entitled to receive a minimum pension of Rs.3,000 per month once they have attained the age of 60 years. 
  • Family Pension: If the subscriber passes during the tenure of this pension scheme, 50% of the family pension that they were getting under the scheme will now be provided to their spouse. Only the spouse of the subscriber is eligible for family pension. 
  • If the subscriber, who has been regularly contributing to the scheme, dies before the age of 60 years due to any cause, their spouse has the option of either continuing the scheme by making regular contributions or can exit the scheme as per the stated terms and conditions.  

Contribution towards Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan 

Contribution towards the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan scheme is made by the subscriber and the central government on a 50:50 basis. The contributions that are made by the subscriber are made by the subscriber will be auto-debited from either their bank account or their Jan-Dhan account. A predetermined amount, depending on the age of the subscriber, must be paid by the subscriber from the time of joining until he/she reaches the age of 60 years. The same contribution is made by the government as well.  

Given below is a table where the monthly contributions that must be made by the subscriber and government are mentioned: 

Age of entry Number of years of contribution  Monthly contribution by the subscriber (Rs.)  Monthly contribution from Central Government (Rs.)  Total contribution on a monthly basis (Rs.) 
E = C+D 
18  42  55  55  110 
19  41  58  58  116 
20  40  61  61  122 
21  39  64  64  128 
22  38  68  68  136 
23  37  72  72  144 
24  36  76  76  152 
25  35  80  80  160 
26  34  85  85  170 
27  33  90  90  180 
28  32  95  95  190 
29  31  100  100  200 
30  30  105  105  210 
31  29  110  110  220 
32  28  120  120  240 
33  27  130  130  260 
34  26  140  140  280 
35  25  150  150  300 
36  24  160  160  320 
37  23  170  170  340 
38  22  180  180  360 
39  21  190  190  380 
40  20  200  200  400 

Process of Enrolment & Facilitation Centres 

Subscribers who wish to join the scheme must have an Aadhaar number, a savings bank account, and an active mobile number. Individuals must visit the nearest CSC SPV and get themselves enrolled on a self-certification basis. Subscribers must provide their Aadhaar card, mobile number, and bank account details in order to enrol under this scheme. The contribution amount for the first month of the scheme must be paid in cash and a receipt will be given to confirm the payment. 

All LIC branches, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)/Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) offices, and Central and State Labour offices will help unorganised sector workers understand all the features and details of the scheme.  

Withdrawal & Exit from Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan 

This scheme features a flexible exit procedure considering the uncertain nature of employment of unorganised sector workers.  

The details for exiting the scheme are mentioned below: 

  • Only the beneficiary’s contribution along with the interest rate from the savings banks will be returned to subscribers if they leave the scheme within 10 years. 
  • If the subscriber exits the scheme after 10 years but before they attain 60 years of age, the beneficiary’s contribution along with the accumulated interest or the interest from the savings bank (whichever is higher) will be returned. 
  • If regular contributions are made towards the scheme, and the subscriber dies during the duration of the contributions, the spouse can continue towards the scheme by making regular payments or exit from the scheme by receiving the contribution of the beneficiary along with the interest of the savings bank or accumulated interest, whichever is higher. 
  • If the subscriber and his/her spouse die, the entire amount will be put back into the scheme.  
  • If the subscriber becomes disabled permanently, the spouse will be able to continue contributing towards the scheme or exit from the scheme by the receiving the beneficiary’s contribution and the interest of the savings bank or accumulated interest, whichever is higher  
  • The government can decide on other exit provisions as applicable. 

Pay-out of the Pension 

Individuals who join the scheme between the ages of 18 years and 40 years must contribute until they reach 60 years of age. Once individuals attain the age of 60 years, they are entitled to receive a pension of Rs.3,000 per month along with family pension, if applicable. 

Non-Payment 

If subscribers fail to make contributions on a regular basis, they can regularise their contributions by paying the outstanding dues and fines (if levied by the government.)  

Grievances 

Subscribers can contact the 24/7 customer care number - 1800 267 6888 – to register any complaints or grievances. Complaints can also be registered on the PM-SYM app or website. 

News About Pradhan mantri shram yogi maan dhan

  • PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PMSYM). It is a pension scheme aimed at the unorganised sector, After launching the scheme, PM Modi interacted with the beneficiaries in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He stated that more than 40 crore people will benefit from this plan. Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was also present at the launch.

    Under this policy, if the insured dies, his/her family members have the option of taking the monetary benefits of the plan or continuing the policy by joining it. More than 14.5 lakh workers of the unemployed sector have subscribed to the scheme so far. The scheme was announced in the 2019-2020 interim budget.

    Unorganized sector workers like domestic workers, rickshaw pullers, cobblers, ragpickers, landless labourers, handloom workers, leather workers, etc, who earn Rs.15,000 per month or less and are between the ages of 18 - 40 are eligible to enrol in this scheme. PMSYM is a fifty-fifty scheme where the beneficiary has to contribute the age-specific amount. The same amount is them contributed by the government. Each policyholder will receive Rs.3000 per month after reaching 60 year of age. If the policyholder dies before 60 years, his/her family can avail the pension or continue to contribute to the scheme.

    6 March 2019

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