Great response to NPS from overseas Indians, says Indian government

The Central government has stated that they have received a great response from people of Indian origin holding citizenship of other countries to participate in the National Pension Scheme (NPS). 

 From 2016, NRIs were allowed to join and subscribe to e-NPS.
From 2016, NRIs were allowed to join and subscribe to e-NPS. Photo courtesy: PIB

“The scheme (NPS) was already a hit with Non-Resident Indians (NRI). And now with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) also allowed to participate, we have received several queries and compliments from such citizens who are either looking forward to returning to India or whose parents are still living in India. We expect this scheme to be a huge success,” said a senior official with the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

However, both OCIs and NRIs will not be allowed to open NPS Tier-II accounts. From 2016, NRIs were allowed to join and subscribe to e-NPS.

All OCIs, except those from Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible to apply under the scheme. An OCI is defined as a person who is a citizen of another country, but was a citizen of India at the time of, or at any time after, the commencement of the Indian Constitution; or who is a citizen of another country, but was eligible to be a citizen of India at the time of commencement of the Constitution.

The NPS is a government-run pension and investment scheme aimed at providing old age security. NPS was initially notified for Central government employees joining service on or after January 1, 2004, and subsequently adopted by state governments.

It was extended to all Indian citizens on a voluntary basis from May 2009, to corporates in December 2011, and to NRIs in October 2015. With the latest addition, any Indian citizen, resident or non-resident, and OCIs are eligible to join NPS till the age of 65. 

CtoI News Desk
CtoI News Desk – CtoI

Singapore-headquartered online media company targeting Indian Diaspora across Singapore, US, UK, UAE and India. Connected to India covers developments around NRIs. Covers arts, political, sports, finance, entrepreneurship, business, movies, dramas, entertainment and other news for Indians living worldwide.


Which team do you think will win IPL 2023?

  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Gujarat Titans
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Delhi Capitals
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • Lucknow Super Giants
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Punjab Kings
Write your story

Contribute an Article

Learn more