Under pressure from competition, National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL), e-Governance infrastructure, has decided to drastically cut maintenance and account opening charges for subscribers of the National Pension System (NPS) from April 1.
Computershare joining the NSDL
as second Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) from February 15, the NSDL
will cut Permanent Retirement Account (PRA) annual maintenance charge to Rs 95 from Rs 190 and account opening fee to Rs 40 from the current Rs 50. It will also reduce transaction
fee from the current Rs 4.
e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd would be rationalising its charge structure W.E.F. April 1, 2017, which would be Rs 40 for PRA
opening, Rs 95 for PRA
Annual Maintenance and Rs 3.75 for each transaction," Pension Fund and Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) said.
The new entrant Karvy
has fixed the account opening charge at Rs 39.36, maintenance cost at Rs 57.63 and transaction
charge at Rs 3.36.
A CRA is responsible for recordkeeping, administration and customer service functions for all NPS
subscribers. The function includes receiving instructions from subscribers through the points of presence, transmitting such instructions to pension funds and effecting switching instructions received from subscribers.
further said Karvy
Computershare will start its operations, as second CRA, for servicing of accounts sourced through e-NPS
module of NPS
Trust with effect from February 15 and other distribution channels from February 21.
"It has been decided that Karvy
Computershare would be allowed to service the new accounts till March 31, 2017, and thereafter it would be allowed to function as a full-fledged CRA with interoperability functionality providing for an option to shift for existing subscribers of NPS
from April 1, 2017, onwards," the regulator said.
The subscriber would be provided with an option to choose between NSDL
e-governance and Karvy
"The criteria of allocation of subscribers shall be notified by the Authority from time to time having regard to the subscribers' interest," PFRDA
As on January 17, the overall number of NPS
and Atal Pension Yojna subscribers had crossed 1.42 crores with Asset Under Management (AUM) of Rs 1.61 lakh crore.