LIC Jeevan Akshay VI is an immediate pension plan, which creates a regular income stream from the very next month of Investment. You may ask for Annuity as monthly, quarterly or annual payment mode option.
Immediate pension plans are important to study especially for those who have invested in some deferred pension plans of any insurer or even invested in NPS. Both these products, on maturity, mandate investors to put some of there accumulated money in the immediate pension plan and buy regular annuity option.
In this article, I will be reviewing the features and benefits of LIC Jeevan Akshay VI for readers to consider it one of the options while buying annuity from their pension products
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI – in Brief
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI is a guaranteed lifetime pension plan, which starts paying pension from the next month of the Investment or as per the mode was chosen. The other immediate pension plan launched by LIC backed by Government of India is Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana.
Unlike PMVVY, LIC Jeevan Akshay VI can be purchased by people aging 30 years and above, with a maximum age limit of 85 years. The rate of Interest is better in PMVVY but the tenure and the maximum investment limit is high in LIC Jeevan Akshay.
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI or any Immediate pension Plan for that matter, requires a Lump sum premium payment and depending on the Mode of receipt (Monthly/Quarterly/Half Yearly/Annually) you have chosen, starts paying the pension amount as per the annuity option you have opted for.
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI – Basic Features
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI can only be bought Online on lic website
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI – Death/Maturity/Surrender benefits
There is no death benefit attached to LIC Jeevan Akshay.
There is no Maturity benefit attached to Jeevan Akshay. However, if you have opted for “Return of Purchase Price” annuity option, you or your family as the case may be will get the purchase price back on completion of the term.
Being an annuity Plan there are no Surrender benefits attached as you cannot surrender the policy in between the policy term. This is what is mentioned in the product features too.
However, I have read some websites mentioning that in LIC Jeevan Akshay Plan, You are allowed to surrender the Plan in 2 conditions, provided you have bought the Policy under “Return of Purchase Price” annuity option. The conditions are:
- You have been moved to another country Permanently
- You get diagnosed with any of the specified Critical Illness.
But, it is advisable to confirm the surrender conditions from LIC office
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI – Annuity options
There are 7 annuity options in LIC Jeevan Akshay VI Plan. Below are the details
- Annuity Payable for Life at Uniform rate: The Pension/Annuity amount will remain same till you are alive
- Annuity payable for a certain term (5,10,15 or 20 years) and thereafter as long as the annuitant is alive: In this option, an annuity is paid for a certain period, irrespective of the Investor is alive or not, and thereafter till the annuitant is alive.
- Annuity for Life with the return of purchase price on the death of annuitant: This is something like bank FD with Interest payout. Where you will get the pension till you are alive and later on the Invested money will be returned to your nominee.
- Annuity Payable for Life increasing at a simple rate of 3% – In this option, your annuity will keep increasing at 3% annual simple rate. For e.g. you are getting a pension of Rs 20000 in the first year, 2nd year in this option you will get 20600, the third year the pension will be 21200…and so on. (HDFC Immediate annuity has 5% escalation clause)
- Annuity for life, with 50% payment to wife on annuitant’s death – Means if Rs 100 is the pension which the investor is getting, after his death, Rs 50 will be the pension paid to the spouse till she is alive
- Annuity for life, with 100% annuity to wife on annuitant’s death – Referring to the above example, the spouse will keep getting Rs 100 as annuity even after annuitant’s death.
- Annuity for life, then 100% annuity to the spouse, and then return of purchase price to the nominee.
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI – Annuity Rates
The below table shows, the INDICATIVE Annual payments, in the case of Rs 1.50 lakh of the Purchase price. Please note that along with the purchase price you will be charged with 1.8% of GST.
These are the indicative rates. The final rates at the time of actual purchase will apply
You may clearly see here that Higher the age, Higher will be the Pension amount and More you leave with the company, higher will be the pension amount.
The annuity rates in case of 30 years old for Option 1 and Option 7 comes out to be 6.81% and 6.47% respectively (Excluding GST)
The annuity rates in case of 70 years old for Option 1 and Option 7 comes out to be 11.76% and 6.68% respectively (Excluding GST)
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI – Should you Buy?
As I wrote above that in some cases you have no option but to consider immediate annuity plans. It is a mandatory buy in case of the new pension scheme and deferred pension plans. The question comes should you go with LIC Jeevan Akshay VI?
In my view, it is worth considering. Now days almost every insurer has this kind of product in their portfolio, I have reviewed HDFC Immediately pension plan earlier on this blog. You have to compare what you are getting from where and decide what suits you the best.
Some days back I read LIC Jeevan Akshay is being discontinued by LIC and it may be relaunched with revised rates. The same article says that this pension plan generates 25% of new premium income for LIC and is termed as a Cash cow for the insurer.
So I do not think to discontinue may even be a considerable option for LIC…but, yes In falling interest rate scenario, Rates may get revised soon.
LIC Jeevan Akshay VI offers returns that are half a percentage points more than the 10-year government securities.
But if the requirement is just to provide for or supplement monthly/Annual income, then you may also consider other fixed return instruments like Post office MIS, Senior citizen schemes and even Bank FDs.
Hope you are clear on the workings and features of LIC Jeevan Akshay VI Pension Plan. Feel free to ask your queries or doubts in the comments section below.