LIC New Jeevan Shanti pension plan: Know benefits, eligibility, key features

LIC’s New Jeevan Shanti is a single premium plan wherein the policyholder has an option to choose between Single life and Joint life Deferred annuity.

Life Insurance Corporation’s (LIC’s) New Jeevan Shanti is a non-linked, non-participating, individual, single premium deferred annuity plan. Policyholders do not receive any bonuses or add-ons such as dividends in a non-participating life insurance plan as plan. The performance of non-linked plans, as the name suggests, are not market linked and their performance does not depend on the performance of underlying assets.

Annuity plans or commonly known as pension plans require policyholders to pay a lump sum or pay regular premiums to the insurance company. After retirement or deferment period, the policyholder receives steady income or may withdraw the entire corpus or in parts.

LIC’s New Jeevan Shanti is a single premium plan wherein the policyholder has an option to choose between Single life and Joint life Deferred annuity. The annuity rates are guaranteed at the inception of the policy and annuities are payable post deferment period throughout the lifetime of the annuitant. This policy allows two options: Deferred annuity for Single life and Deferred annuity for Joint life.

LIC’s New Jeevan Shanti: Death benefits and pension

There is no maturity benefit on this policy.

Benefits are paid on survival or on death based on option 1 or option 2 opted by the policyholder.

During the deferment period, in case of the death of the annuitant, the death benefit is paid. Death benefit as defined in the policy is higher of the purchase price plus Accrued Additional Benefit on Death minus total annuity amount paid till the date of death or 105% of Purchase Price.

Additional Benefit on Death is calculated as (Purchase Price *Annuity rate p.a. payable monthly) /12. Where annuity rate p.a. payable monthly shall be equal to Monthly tabular annuity rate and shall depend on the Option chosen, Age at entry of the annuitant(s) and the Deferment Period opted for. It is to be noted that this benefit shall accrue at the end of each policy month, till the end of Deferment Period only.

During the deferment period, death benefit as above shall be payable to nominee of the annuitant.

After the completion of deferment period, pension or annuity payments will be made in arrears as long as either of primary primary or secondary policy holders are alive, as per the chosen mode of annuity payment. On first death, of either of the covered lives, 100% of the annuity amount shall continue to be paid as long as one of the Annuitant is alive. On death of the last survivor, annuity payment shall cease immediately and death benefit as defined above shall be payable to nominee as per the option exercised by the policyholder.

The policy also provide an option for purchasing another annuity from death benefit effective at the date of death of the policyholder. Death benefit can also be paid in instalments over chosen period of 5 or 10 or 15 years instead of lumpsum amount.

Minimum and maximum purchase price

Minimum purchase price for the pension plan is Rs 150,000 while there is no limit on maximum purchase price. The minimum age o entry is 30 years and maximum age is 79 years. The policy is available for deferment period from 1 year to 12 years.

It is available in four annuity modes: monthly (Rs 1,000), quarterly (Rs 4,000), half-yearly (Rs 6,000), or annual (Rs 12,000). The pension shall be payable in arrears i.e. the annuity payment shall be after 1 year, 6 months, 3 months and 1 month from the date of vesting of annuity depending on whether the mode of annuity payment is Yearly, Half yearly, Quarterly and Monthly respectively.

Annuity rate provided on purchase price of over Rs 5 lakh

An annuity rate of 1.50% is given on purchase price of Rs 5 lakh to 9,99,999; 2.10% on purchase price of Rs 10,00,000 to Rs 24,99,999; 2.45% on Rs 25,00,000 to Rs 49,99,999; 2.60% for Rs 50,000,000 and Rs 99,99,999 and 2.70% on Rs 1 crore and above.

Loan against policy

The policy loan is allowed at any time after three months from the completion of policy (i.e. 3 months from the date of issuance of policy) or after expiry of the free-look period, whichever is later. Policy loan shall be available during as well as after deferment period subject to terms and conditions of the corporation in this regard.

For the loan sanctioned during the 12 months’ period commencing from 1st May, 2020 to 30th April, 2021, the applicable interest rate is 9.50% p.a. compounding half-yearly for entire term of the loan.

Pravesh Kumar is associated with Informalnewz since last 5 years and head content department. He has done bcom in finance and loves writing.

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