In case of an upgrade or downgrade, the bank has to be intimated by filling up a form and giving an authorisation to the bank.
APY Downgrade Online: Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has asked all banks to process upgrade or downgrade of pension amount requests of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers throughout the year with effect from 1st July 2020. However, any upgrade or downgrade can be done once in a financial year. Earlier this facility was available only during the month of April of every year.
This will enable the APY subscribers to increase or decrease their pension plans as per their changing income levels and capacity to pay APY contributions, which is very important to continue contributions in the scheme till 60 years.
Under the APY scheme, a subscriber would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs.1000 to Rs.5000 per month after attaining the age of 60 years, depending upon his contributions. The subscribers can opt to decrease or increase pension amount during the course of the accumulation phase, as per the available monthly pension amounts.
Illustratively, someone at age 30 looking to have a pension of Rs 1,000 from age 60, will have to contribute Rs 116 each month till age 60. However, at age 33 he or she decides to upgrade the APY pension account to say Rs 3,000 or Rs 5,000, it is possible to be upgraded. Similarly, the downgrade is also possible by reducing the pension amount from say Rs 4,000 to Rs 3,000.
In case of an upgrade or downgrade, the bank has to be intimated by filling up a form and giving authorisation to the bank for the additional contribution to be paid for Upgraded pension account. In case of a downgrade of pension account, the differential amount would be refunded to the subscriber through direct credit to the bank account (registered under APY). All the contributions into the APY are made either monthly, quarterly or half-yearly through the auto-debit facility from the savings bank account of the subscriber.
After the death of such subscribers, same pension amount would be paid to the spouse of the subscriber and on the demise of both subscriber and spouse, the accumulated pension wealth as accumulated till age 60 years of the subscriber would be returned to the nominee.
Online upgrade or downgrade APY account
For upgrading the APY pension account, one may visit the following link which enables the user to check the differential amount to be given or to be received as per the new pension amount chosen.
One has to enter the PRAN – Permanent Retirement Account Number and the new pension amount.
The monthly pension amount is the amount that you wish to get from age 60. It can be Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000, Rs 3,000, Rs 4,000, Rs 5,000.
Similarly, For downgrading the APY pension account, one may visit the following link and enter the PRAN- Permanent Retirement Account Number and the new pension amount.
Offline upgrade or downgrade APY account
To upgrade or downgrade the pension account offline, one has to fill a form and submit it to the bank where the account is registered. The form can be downloaded from the link
One will have to mention the revised pension amount in the form. The bank will then enter the revised contribution amount.
Earlier, from 1st of July, 2020 auto-debit of APY contributions has also started, which was stopped till 30th June, 2020 due to PFRDA’s circular issued on 11th April, 2020 for providing relief to the APY subscribers from out-break of Covid-19. As per current arrangements, if all the pending APY contributions due between April-August, 2020 get auto-debited from Savings account of the subscribers, latest by 30th September 2020, then no penal-interest would be charged to them.
There are a few functionalities available online for facilitating APY subscribers to access their APY accounts and get various forms without visiting their Bank branch. These functionalities include downloading Upgrade/ downgrade form, PRAN Card Printing, View/download of APY e-PRAN with complete subscriber’s details, Transaction Statement, APY Subscriber Information Brochure and Subscriber Details Modification Form.
The Atal Pension Yojana was launched by Government of India in the May, 2015 and is being administered by PFRDA. This scheme is open to all Citizens of India for joining who are in the age group of 18-40 years, through the bank-branches or post offices where they have their Savings Bank accounts.