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IIM Lucknow and PFRDA Host Symposium on Building an ‘Atmanirbhar Pensioned Society’ for a Developed India

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LUCKNOW : Indian Institute of Management Luckknow in collaboration with the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA), hosted a symposium on ‘Atmanirbhar Pensioned Society for a Viksit Bharat.’ This significant event addressed critical issues and opportunities within the pension sector, fostering discussions to pave the way for a self-reliant, pensioned society in a developed India.

The event was graced by the esteemed presence of Dr. Vivek Joshi, Secretary (FS), Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Ms. Sumeet Kaur Kapoor, ED, PFRDA; Dr. Deepak Mohanty, Chairperson, PFRDA; along with senior leaders and dignitaries from the Ministry of Finance, IIM Lucknow, State Bank of India, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Kotak Mahindra AMC Limited, Delhi School of Economics, and Bank of India, among others.

India’s demographic dividend, with 65% of its population in the age group of 15 to 59 years, presents both unique challenges and opportunities. The elderly population, currently at 10%, is expected to grow to 20% by 2050. Furthermore, the old age dependency ratio is projected to increase from 15.7% in 2021 to 20.1% in 2031. Therefore, ensuring old age income security through pensions is not just a necessity but a significant area of focus.

In this context, the key objectives of the symposium included:

  • Engage with stakeholders and eminent experts to deliberate on critical pension sector challenges
  • Develop policy suggestions and action plans to enhance pension coverage and adequacy
  • Promote financial literacy and sustainable pension fund investments

The symposium served as a ‘Chintan Shivir,’ focusing on key pension sector issues such as adequacy, coverage, accessibility, affordability, financial literacy, pension fund investments and risk management, and optimal regulations. The goal of this event was to identify actionable steps to achieve an ‘Atmanirbhar Pensioned Society for a Viksit Bharat.’

Additionally, the symposium marked the release of the Compendium of PFRDA Act, Rules & Regulations 2024 and the Handbook of NPS Statistics 2024.

The symposium on ‘Atmanirbhar Pensioned Society for a Viksit Bharat’ featured three panel discussions featuring in-depth discussions on the economic significance of old age income security, highlighting its critical role in supporting the elderly population and contributing to economic stability. It also explored sustainable finance and ESG investment opportunities for pension funds, aiming to balance economic growth with environmental sustainability.

These included:

  • Panel discussion on “Fully Pensioned Society: Product, Coverage & Adequacy”: Chaired by Sh. M. P. Tangirala, Additional Secretary, DFS, MoF, Govt. of India, featuring Prof. Vikas Srivastava, IIM Lucknow, Prof. Mukul G Asher, Former Professor, Lee Kaun Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore, Ms. Mamta Shankar, WTM (Economics), PFRDA, Sh. Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary, DFS, MoF, and Sh. Dinesh Pant, ED Actuarial, LIC of India
  • Panel discussion on “Pension Fund Investments & Economic Development: Focus on Infrastructure & ESG”: Chaired by Prof. V Ravi Anshuman, IIM Bangalore, featuring Prof. Ashish Pandey, IIM Lucknow, Sh. Nilesh Shah, Kotak Mahindra AMC Limited, Prof. Ram Singh, Delhi School of Economics, and Sh. Dhirendra Kumar, Value Research
  • Panel discussion on “Financial Literacy & Retirement Planning”: Chaired by Sh. Surender Rana, DMD (ASF) SBI, featuring Prof. Ajay K Garg, IIM Lucknow, Sh. Dilip Asbe, MD & CEO, NPCI, Sh. M Karthikeyan, ED, Bank of India, and Sh. Ashok K Soni, ED, PFRDA

India’s robust public digital infrastructure, coupled with the JAM trinity (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) and the ‘vanchito ko variyata’ mantra, is instrumental in delivering pensions and achieving inclusive growth in ‘Amrit Kaal.’ Integrating pension literacy with financial literacy through media communication, engagement with FinTech companies, and outreach programs will help increase coverage from the current 37.16 crore beneficiaries of funded pension schemes to achieve pension saturation.

The symposium culminated in the formulation of policy recommendations and strategic plans to achieve a self-reliant, pensioned society, addressing the challenges and opportunities within the pension sector to create a more secure and prosperous future for all.

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