New Delhi: In a big bonanza for over 42,000 employees of public sector insurance companies, the government on Saturday decided to give one more pension option as a retirement benefit to officers and staff who missed the opportunity in the past.

This benefit is applicable to those who joined any of the Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSICs) on or before June 28, 1995.

"Govt. approves one more pension option for left over employees of Public Sector Insurance Companies who joined on or before 28.06.1995. To benefit 42720 employees including 10720 senior citizens," finance minister Arun Jaitley said in a tweet.

These employees had opted for contributory provident fund instead of pension option.

Of the total beneficiaries, 24,595 are from LIC and 18,125 from five general insurance companies — GIC, New India Assurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Co Ltd and United India Insurance Co Ltd, an official statement said.

"In order to mitigate the hardship of such employees, many of whom have retired, the government has decided, as a welfare measure, to allow one more opportunity to employees of PSICs who joined service on or before June 28, 1995, to opt for the pension scheme of their respective organisations, in lieu of the Contributory Provident Fund," financial services secretary Rajiv Kumar said.

Pension was introduced as a retirement benefit in PSICs with effect from June 1995, it said.

In April 1997, employees of LIC and General Insurance Companies namely GIC, New India Assurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Co Ltd and United India Insurance Co Ltd, who joined service on or before 28 June 1995, were given another opportunity to opt for pension as a retirement benefit.

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