Social security schemes safeguard underprivileged from financial vulnerability: FM Sitharaman
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said these schemes provide essential financial services to individuals from underprivileged backgrounds, thereby reducing their financial vulnerability.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said three social security schemes, including PMJJBY and PMSBY, aim to provide essential financial services to citizens, especially the underprivileged, and safeguard them against unforeseen risks, losses, and financial uncertainties.
Three social security (Jan Suraksha) schemes—Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), and Atal Pension Yojana (APY)—were launched on May 9, 2015.
The three schemes are dedicated to the welfare of the citizens, recognising the need for securing human life from unforeseen eventualisation and financial uncertainties.
To ensure that the people from the unorganised section of the country are financially secure, the government launched two insurance schemes—PMJJBY and PMSBY—and introduced APY to cover the exigencies in old age.
Speaking on the 8th anniversary of Jan Suraksha schemes, the finance minister said these schemes aim to provide essential financial services to individuals from underprivileged backgrounds, thereby reducing their financial vulnerability.
Citing data on the three schemes, Sitharaman said that PMJJBY, PMSBY, and APY have seen 16.2 crores, 34.2 crores and 5.2 crores enrolments done, respectively, till April 26 2023.
On the PMJJBY scheme, the finance minister said it provided crucial support to 6.64 lakh families who have received claims for Rs 13,290 crore.
Under the PMSBY scheme, Sitharaman said that more than 1.15 lakh families have received claims for Rs 2,302 crore. For both PMJJBY and PMSBY schemes, the simplification of the claim process has resulted in speedier settlement of claims.
"It is encouraging to see these schemes are implemented through a targeted approach to maximise their reach. Under the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our government is steadfastly dedicated to ensuring the advantages of these social security schemes reach every eligible individual across the nation," she said.
On the occasion, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat K Karad said the government has adopted a targeted approach for covering people in the rural areas and campaigns are organised throughout the country at each Gram Panchayat for providing coverage to eligible beneficiaries under the scheme.
PMJJBY offers life insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh in case of death due to any reason to people in the age group of 18-50 years having a bank or post office account, who give consent to join or enable auto-debit of premium.
On the other hand, PMSBY offers insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh for accidental death or total permanent disability and Rs 1 lakh for partial permanent disability to people in the age group of 18-70 years with a bank or post office account, who give consent to join or enable auto-debit of premium.
Last year, the finance ministry revised rates from Rs 330 to Rs 436 under PMJJBY and from Rs 12 to Rs 20 for PMSBY, effective June 1, 2022. The revision was undertaken because of the long-standing adverse claims experience by the schemes and to make them economically viable.
Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is open to all bank account holders in the age group of 18 to 40 years, who are not income taxpayers, and the contributions differ based on the pension amount chosen.
Subscribers would receive the guaranteed minimum monthly pension between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 after the age of 60 years, based on the contributions made by the subscriber after joining the scheme.
Edited by Suman Singh