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Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana – Features, Benefits and Eligibility

The central government of India has launched a new life insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, for the growth of the poor and low income section of society. As a pure term insurance plan, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, is available for people between the age group of 18- 50 years.

PMJJBY is a renewal term insurance policy that, provides a yearly life insurance coverage of Rs. 2,00,000 in case of the demise of the insured person, at the most affordable premium rate of Rs. 330 per annum. In order to help you know more about the policy, we have discussed some of the key features and benefits offered by the policy.

Salient Features of Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana

  • The policy provides life coverage for 1 year.
  • The insured can renew the policy every year.
  • According to one’s own choice, the insured can walk out of the scheme at any time and rejoin it in future.
  • The policy offers a maximum sum assured of Rs2 lakh.
  • As compared to the other term insurance policy the plan offers very low premium rates per year i.e. Rs. 330. Moreover, the premium rate is equal for all age groups ranging from 18 to 50 years.
  • The claim settlement process offered by the policy is very simple and subscriber friendly.
  • There are certain cases under which the death benefit offered by the policy is terminated:-
  1. If the insured person is above 55 years.
  2. The policy holder is insured through different bank accounts.
  3. If the insured has inadequate balance in saving bank account to keep the insurance in force.

In case you fail to purchase the scheme in the initial years you can join the policy in the subsequent years by paying the annual premiums and submitting a self-attested health certificate.

Benefits Offered by Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana

  • Death Benefit- In case of demise of the insured person the PMJJBY provides a death coverage of Rs2,00,000 to the beneficiary of the policy.
  • Maturity Benefit- As this is pure term insurance plan, PMJJBY does not offer any maturity or surrender benefit.
  • Tax Benefit- The premium paid towards the policy is eligible for tax deduction under section 80C of Income Tax Act. In case the insurance holder fails to submit form 15 G/15 H then any life insurance proceeds exceeding Rs. 1,00,000 will be taxable by 2%.
  • Risk Coverage- PMJJBY provides a risk coverage of 1 year. Nevertheless, as this is renewable policy it can be renewed yearly. Moreover, the policyholder can also opt for a longer duration more than a year by auto debit option linked to your saving bank account.

The Eligibility Criteria of the policy are:-

  1. Any person aged between 18- 50 years having a saving bank account can join this scheme through participating banks.
  2. Even if you have multiple bank accounts, you can subscribe this scheme by only one saving bank account.
  3. In order to avail the benefits offered by the policy, it is mandatory to link your adhaar card to the participatory bank account.
  4. Insurance buyers joining the scheme after the primary enrolment period ranging from 31st August 2015- 30th November 2015 will have to submit a self-attested medical certificate as a proof that he/she is not suffering from any critical illness mentioned in the policy declaration form.

For the convenience of our buyers, here we have shown the policy details in the tabular form.

Entry Age

Minimum

Maximum

 

18 years

50 years

Maximum maturity age

55 years

Policy Term

1 years( Renewable yearly)

Sum Assured

Rs2,00,000

Premium amount

Rs330(inclusive of Rs41 towards administrative charges)

Lien period

45 days from the enrolment date into the scheme

 

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana is a very beneficial scheme that can be subscribed to by simply linking the adhaar card with the participating bank account. This scheme was open for subscription from 1st June 2015-31st May 2016. The subscribers can enroll themselves after this date as well, provided payment of full annual premium payment is made and health certificate is submitted. 

As a government-backed insurance policy with the minimum premium rates this plan is very advantageous for those individuals who have a low income. The plan efficiently secures the financial future of the individual and provides a backup so that they can fight against any kind of eventuality. There are three key features that make this plan very beneficial -

  1. The plan provides security to the family of the insured to cover any eventuality.
  2. The plan has the simplest process of enrollment and switching.
  3. With minimum premium rates offered by the policy, any individual, who is eligible, can subscribe to this policy without any hassles.

With all these benefits and features offered by the policy, this is certainly one of the best plans to purchase for the low-income section of the society.