Section 18 in The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013

Title: Power of Authority to ensure compliance.

Description: If the Authority finds, after causing an inquiry to be made, that any person has violated, or is likely to violate, any provisions of this Act, or any rule or regulation made thereunder, the Authority may pass an order requiring such person to cease and desist from committing or causing such violation.

Title: Management by Administrator.

Description: (1) If at any time the Authority has reason to believe that the central recordkeeping agency or pension fund is acting in a manner likely to be prejudicial to the interest of subscribers, it may, after giving the central recordkeeping agency or pension fund, as the case may be, an opportunity of being heard, make a report thereon to the Central Government. (2) If the Central Government, after considering the report made under sub-section (1) is of the opinion, that it is necessary or proper to do so, it may appoint an Administrator to manage the affairs of the central recordkeeping agency or pension fund, as the case may be, under the direction and control of the Authority, in such manner as may be specified by notification.

Title: National Pension System.

Description: (1) The contributory pension system notified by the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance vide notification number F. No. 5/7/2003-ECB&PR, dated the 22ndDecember, 2003, shall be deemed to be the National Pension System with effect from the 1stday of January, 2004, and such National Pension System may be amended from time to time by regulations.— (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the said notification, the National Pension System shall, on the commencement of this Act, have the following basic features, namely:-- (a) every subscriber shall have an individual pension account under the National Pension System; (b) withdrawals, not exceeding twenty-five per cent. of the contribution made by the subscriber, may be permitted from the individual pension account subject to the conditions, such as purpose, frequency and limits, as may be specified by the regulations; (c) the functions of recordkeeping, accounting and switching of options by the subscriber shall be effected by the central recordkeeping agency; (d) there shall be a choice of multiple pension funds and multiple schemes: Provided that— (a) the subscriber shall have an option of investing up to hundred per cent. of his funds in Government Securities; and (b) the subscriber, seeking minimum assured returns, shall have an option to invest his funds in such schemes providing minimum assured returns as may be notified by the Authority; (e) there shall be portability of individual pension accounts in case of change of employment; (f) collection and transmission of contributions and instructions shall be through points of presence to the central recordkeeping agency; (g) there shall not be any implicit or explicit assurance of benefits except market based guarantee mechanism to be purchased by the subscriber; (h) a subscriber shall not exit from the National Pension System except as may be specified by the regulations; and (i) at exit, the subscriber shall purchase an annuity from a life insurance company in accordance with the regulations. (3) In addition to the individual pension account mentioned in clause (a) of sub-section (2), a subscriber may also, at his option, have an additional account under the National Pension System having the features mentioned in clauses (c) to (g) of sub-section (2) and also having the additional feature that the subscriber shall be free to withdraw part or all of his money at any time from the additional account.

Title: Central Recordkeeping Agency.

Description: (1) The Authority shall, by granting a certificate of registration under sub-section (3) of section 27, appoint a central recordkeeping agency: Provided that the Authority may, in public interest, appoint more than one central recordkeeping agency. (2) The central recordkeeping agency shall be responsible for receiving instructions from subscribers through the points of presence, transmitting such instructions to pension funds, effecting switching instructions received from subscribers and discharging such other duties and functions, as may be assigned to it under the certificate of registration or as may be determined by regulations. (3) All the assets and properties owned, leased or developed by the central recordkeeping agency, shall constitute regulated assets and upon expiry of certificate of registration or earlier revocation thereof, the Authority shall be entitled to appropriate and take over the regulated assets, either by itself or through an administrator or a person nominated by it in this behalf: Provided that the central recordkeeping agency shall be entitled to be compensated the fair value, to be ascertained by the Authority, of such regulated assets as may be determined by regulations: Provided further that where the earlier revocation of the certificate of registration is based on violation of the conditions in the certificate of registration or the provisions of this Act or regulations, unless otherwise determined by the Authority, the central recordkeeping agency shall not be entitled to claim any compensation in respect of such regulated assets.

Title: Point of presence.

Description: (1) The Authority may, by granting a certificate of registration under sub-section (3) of section 27, permit one or more persons to act as a point of presence for the purpose of receiving contributions and instructions, transmitting them to the Trustee Bank or the central recordkeeping agency, as the case may be, and paying out benefits to subscribers in accordance with the regulations made by the Authority from time to time in this regard. (2) A point of presence shall functions in accordance with the terms of its certificate of registration and the regulations made under this Act.