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Ravindra Question by Ravindra on Dec 25, 2023Hindi
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This is regarding enhanced pension EPS 95 by EPFO .I am a private sector employee and worked in 3 organizations including current organization. Applied online for enhanced pension through joint option form of EPFO. My first and current organization has approved this joint option form for service rendered in those companies. My second organization is closed and under liquidation. Approval of service of this closed organizations is not happening. I have requested in writing to Liquidator, EPFO also. Lot of grievances on different portal including PG portal were lodged but it is of no use though EPFO has instructed to liquidator to approve but no action and response by them. What is the option for me and solution for this issue. What should be my action for getting it approved. What are the provisions in rule . I have all the service related document of this closed organization. last date for approval by all employer is 31st December. Please guide. Regards Ravindra Pateria

Ans: Dear Ravindra Pateria,

I understand your concern and the urgency you feel regarding the approval of your enhanced pension under EPS 95 by EPFO. It's frustrating when bureaucratic processes become hurdles in securing what's rightfully yours.

Given that you've already taken steps by lodging grievances and reaching out to both EPFO and the liquidator, it might be helpful to escalate the issue further. You could consider writing a formal letter to EPFO, highlighting the urgency and attaching all the necessary documents as proof of your service with the closed organization.

Additionally, you might want to consult with a legal advisor or approach a local EPFO office directly. They might be able to provide guidance on the specific provisions and rules that govern such cases and suggest alternative ways to expedite the approval process.

Remember, persistence often pays off in such situations. Keep all your communications documented and follow up regularly. Wishing you the best in resolving this issue promptly.
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Here's how to estimate the corpus you'll need to maintain your current lifestyle after retirement:

1. Retirement period:

You plan to retire at 65 and expect to live till 75. So, your retirement period is 75 - 65 = 10 years.

2. Inflation adjustment:

You've rightly considered inflation. To estimate future expenses, we need to factor in inflation. A safe assumption for India is 5-7% inflation. Let's take an average of 6%.

3. Current monthly expenses:

You spend Rs 90,000 per month currently.

4. Future monthly expenses:

To find the monthly expense at retirement (at 65), we need to consider inflation for 26 years (39 years till retirement + 10 years retirement).

You can use an inflation calculator online or a simple formula:

Future monthly expense = Current monthly expense * (1 + Inflation rate)^number of years

In your case, Future monthly expense = Rs 90,000 * (1 + 0.06)^26 ≈ Rs 3,28,550 (approximately Rs 3.29 lakh)

5. Total corpus calculation:

Now you can calculate the total corpus needed. Here's a common approach:

Total corpus = Monthly expense * Number of years in retirement * 12 (months)

However, this method doesn't consider the fact that you'll be withdrawing money every month, reducing the corpus. A more accurate method is using the Time Value of Money (TVM) concept. There are online TVM calculators or Excel functions you can use.

Here's an alternative approach that provides a reasonable estimate:

Multiply the future monthly expense (Rs 3.29 lakh) by a factor considering inflation over the period. This factor can vary depending on your risk tolerance and investment strategy. A factor of 200 is often used as a conservative estimate.
Total corpus = Rs 3.29 lakh/month * 200 (factor) = Rs 6.58 crore (approximately Rs 658 million)

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• Daughter's future expenses: Your daughter will be an adult by the time you retire. While she won't be financially dependent, consider any potential future support you might want to provide for her education or marriage.
• Healthcare costs: Healthcare expenses tend to increase with age. Factor in potential medical needs during retirement.
• Debt: If you have any outstanding debt by the time you retire, you'll need to account for its repayment in your corpus calculation.
• Investment returns: The corpus amount assumes a certain rate of return on your investments. Research different investment options and their potential returns to refine your calculations.

Recommendation:

Consult a financial advisor for a personalised retirement plan considering your specific financial situation, risk tolerance, and investment goals. They can help you create a more comprehensive plan and suggest suitable investment strategies to achieve your corpus target.

Remember, this is an estimate. Regularly review your plan and adjust it based on changing circumstances.

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