Citizens' Issues
HDFC Life Pension Ad: Taaki kal, bilkul aaj jaisa ho – How true!

HDFC Life Pension’s advertisement promises that your tomorrow will be just as today if you buy its pension plans. Well, tomorrow will surely be as messed up as today if you fall for it. The wise guy in the advertisement has got it all wrong—present and future

HDFC Life’s advertisement on its retirement product HDFC Life Pension has the ‘wise’ guy admonished by a friend for frequently changing his car. He tells the wise guy that after retirement there will be no salary. The wise guy responds that he will have money after retirement as he has purchased the HDFC Life Pension Plan. Taaki kal, bilkul aaj jaisa ho.

The wise guy has got his current priorities wrong with frequent changing of his car. He seems appropriately overweight too. He certainly has got his future messed up with his retirement planning. He would have been better off with putting money in the good old PPF (public provident fund), instead. The press release in the advertisement campaign states that it is targeting the younger audience to change the mindset. Beware of the campaign. If only you listen to your parents or grandparents rather than spending time in front of the idiot box, listening to the hardsell of an insurance company!


Here is math for the wise, overweight guy. The advertisement says that putting Rs5,000 per month for 20 years will earn lifelong retirement pension of Rs11,659 per month (pm). Well, good luck with retirement on Rs11,659 pm after 20 years. The value of that Rs11,659 after 20 years at 9% inflation? Only Rs2,081!


If he only puts Rs5,000 pm in PPF for 20 years (@8.8% pa), he may get lifelong pension of Rs19,045 pm. It is a whopping 64% higher pension amount than what HDFC Life’s slick advertisement offers. We are not even talking of mutual funds here. And if you end up with the HDFC Life Pension plan’s assured benefit of paltry 101% of all premiums, then your lifelong pension will be less than Rs8,000 pm. Thanks, for the misleading ad, cleared by the insurance regulator. By the way, have you seen a similar ad by mutual funds? No. Because mutual funds cannot advertise such promises.


Another version of the advertisement has the ‘wise’ guy chide his wife for spending. He says there are lots of expenses with children, promotion party, vacation, nephew and niece’s admission and renovation. Wife concedes and agrees to think before spending. The punch-line has the husband giving jewelry to his wife and tells her to go ahead with spending. It is because the wise guy has HDFC Life Retirement Plan.


The advertisement may actually be correct in a perverse way! If today’s priorities are messed up, then tomorrow should logically follow it. Taaki kal, bilkul aaj jaisa ho. How true!


Read - HDFC Life Pension: Are you keen on a 1% guaranteed return?



Suiketu Shah

4 years ago

This companies bank's top level office bearers is misusing the good image and name of the owners to cheat,fool and swindle officially,unofficially or otherwise anyone possible.Beware bigtime of HDFC Bank.


4 years ago

U can't assure anyone with the rate of return from equity over small , mid or long term .. what abt people who invest in Bluechip equity in 1929 just ahead of great depression , before 1987 crash , before Dot com bubble or before 2008 Financial crisis ... it include all time frame from small to middle to long term but one thing is similar in all these events ... No investor get even their principal amount back till now. they how they assure about highest NAV guranteed or say u will get 15%pa for next 20 year or say you need Rs 100000/- pm after 20 year if you want same livehood of Rs 3000/- pm ... how they know in future we will face inflation or deflation. Future of Finance sector is dark by the time every indian become educate HDFC need to invest 5000 PM so they can survive after 20 year.

jaideep shirali

4 years ago

I agree with the article, ads should not be misleading, as ULIPs deliver only in the long term. But to expect PPF rates to remain constant for 20 years is unrealistic. We have seen PPF rates come down from almost 12% to the current level. The comparison is flawed in that respect. I feel we need to have instruments with some equity component to deliver good returns over such long periods.



In Reply to jaideep shirali 4 years ago

True. PPF rates can go down in future. HDFC Life ad fine print has calculation wrt 8% for accumulation phase of 20 years. If we assume 8% PPF returns for 20 years, the annuity payment will be Rs17350 per month, which is 48% higher than HDFC Life lifelong pension. The gap is till too wide.


4 years ago

I loved your review of the advertisement. Keep it up. This calls for more, we want more of this :) There are many advertisements like this making tall claims. Need to post mortem them too...
Sujit Menon

ramchandran vishwanathan

4 years ago

There is lack of accountability from our regulator who clears such advertisements. Infact advertisements for financial products must be banned as they always mislead & missell products to customers. Also in a 10 second slot its not possible to communicate such a scenario 20 years later

Bharat Joshi

4 years ago

Do they really belive, THEY CAN FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME............Especially from the stable of MOST COVETED BANK.

anil garg

4 years ago

HDFC life are master in FOOLING you.You can have a MASTERS DEGREE of BEFOOLING given by HDFC LIFE university.

Nifty, Sensex continue to remain weak: Monday Closing Report

If the Nifty falls below 5,850, watch out for 5,825. A reversal will happen above 5,925

The market snapped its two-day losing streak and settled higher on gains in capital intensive sectors and the broader markets, which were underperformers last week. However, the market continues to remain weak. If the Nifty falls below 5,850, watch out for 5,825. A reversal will happen if the benchmark closes above 5,925. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) witnessed a volume of 50.39 crore shares and advance-decline ratio of 912:603.


The market witnessed a flat to positive opening even as its Asian peers were mostly up after the Group of 20 leaders in Moscow last week announced there would be no “currency war” and postponed plans to set new debt-cutting targets in an indication of concern about the fragile state of the world economy. The US markets closed mostly down on Friday on profit taking ahead of an extended weekend as the US markets will remain closed on Monday for the President’s Day holiday.


The Nifty added two points to resume trade at 5,889 and the Sensex started off at 19,496, up 28 points over its close on Friday. The market touched its intraday low in initial trade with the Nifty falling to 5,878 and the Sensex going back to 19,463.


However, buying interest in realty, PSU, realty, healthcare and oil & gas stocks led the market higher in subsequent trade. The benchmarks witnessed a cautious and gradual climb in the first half of the trading session as buying continued.


Index heavyweights as well as the broader markets saw gains extending in post-noon trade even as the key European markets opened lower as the outcome of elections in Italy, due next week, seem uncertain.


The Sensex hit its high at around 2.20pm with the index touching 19,554 while the Nifty hit its high a short while later at 5,911.  But a minor bout of profit taking saw the indices paring part of their gains in the last hour.


The market snapped its two-day losing streak, but closed with marginal gains on profit booking in late trade. The Nifty settled 11 points (0.18%) up at 5,898 and the Sensex added 33 points (0.17%) to 19,501.


The broader indices outperformed the Sensex today, as the BSE Mid-cap index gained 0.42% % and the BSE Small-cap index climbed 0.71%.


The top sectoral gainers were BSE Realty (up 2.08%); BSE Capital Goods (up 1.18%); BSE Power (up 1.03%); BSE Metal (up 0.49%) and BSE PSU (up 0.33%). The sectoral losers were BSE IT (down 0.49%); BSE TECk (down 0.47%); BSE Consumer Durables (down 0.22%) and BSE Oil & Gas (down 0.03%).


Seventeen of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The chief gainers were Tata Steel (up 2.49%); Hindustan Unilever (up 1.89%); Sterlite Industries (up 1.76%); Larsen & Toubro (up 1.57%) and HDFC (up 1.47%). The major losers were Jindal Steel (down 1.81%); Coal India (down 1.77%); ONGC (down 1.35%); Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (down 1.24%) and Bajaj Auto (down 1.17%).


The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—MMTC (up 8.71%) and Jaypee Infratech (up 5.99%).

The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—Jet Airways India (down 7.70%) and Havells India (down 1.97%).


The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Sahara Housingfina Corporation (up 19.98%) and Nath Pulp & Paper Mills (up 19.91%).

The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Chromatic India (down 19.99%) and JHS Svendgard Laboratories (down 16.67%).


Out of the 50 stocks listed on the Nifty, 29 stocks settled in the positive. The major gainers were DLF (up 4.95%); Jaiprakash Associates (up 3.62%); Tata Steel (up 2.87%); Power Grid Corporation (up 2.46%) and Reliance Infrastructure (up 2.16%). The key losers were JSPL (down 2.29%); Coal India (down 1.67%); TCS (down 1.44%); Bajaj Auto and UltraTech Cement Company (down 1.39% each).


Markets in Asia which were in full strength as the China and Taiwan resumed trade after a week’s holiday settled mostly higher as a weak yen boosted the outlook for exporters.


The Shanghai Composite gained 0.13%; the Jakarta Composite added 0.05%; the Nikkei 225 jumped 2.09%; the Straits Times rose 0.15%; the Seoul Composite inched 0.04% up and the Taiwan Weighted climbed 0.47%. Bucking the trend, the Hang Seng fell 0.27% and the KLSE Composite lost 0.43%.


At the time of writing, two of the three key markets in Europe were lower and the US stock futures were mixed with a positive bias. The US markets will remain closed today for a local holiday.


Back home, inflows from foreign institutional investors into equities on Friday were offset by withdrawals by domestic institutional investors. While FIIs were net investors of Rs247.30 crore, DIIs were net sellers of stocks totalling Rs245.98 crore.


The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has allowed the GVK Group's gas-based power plant in East Godavari to use diesel as an alternate fuel after the company said gas supplies from Reliance D-6 block was dwindling. The ministry, whose nod is required for any change in fuel use at power plants, changed its decision in the light of the oil ministry’s move last month to abolish subsidy for bulk diesel purchasers. GVK Power & Infrastructure, a group company, closed 4.60% higher at Rs12.50 on the NSE.


Wipro Infotech, the India and West Asia IT arm of Wipro, has bagged a 10-year contract from Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) for providing IT services for the new integrated terminal T2. Wipro will be responsible for providing managed services across the entire IT landscape at MIAL and delivering high availability and operational efficiency across all the critical airport processes. Wipro rose climbed 1.16% to close at Rs403.90 on the NSE.


Postal department should introduce RTI stamps or coupons, says activist

Indian Post spends Rs22.71 as handling cost for every postal order of Rs10 used for an RTI application. It is senseless to spend this amount and hence the Postal Department should introduce RTI stamps or coupons to avoid the losses, says activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) should take up with the Department of Posts the matter of introducing Right to Information (RTI) stamps or numbered RTI coupons in different denominations as mode of convenient and economical payment of RTI fees and copying charges, says an activist.


RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal said, “It is indeed senseless to ‘misuse' postal-orders to recover RTI fees of Rs10 where the handling cost of a postal-order (according to an RTI response) was as high as Rs22.71 for every postal order as per data available for 2005-2006.”


Following an intervention by the Central Information Commission (CIC), recently the DoPT has asked all government departments to inform in time about the additional payments for photocopying and other such charges to an RTI applicant.


The CIC pointed out that some Chief Public Information Officers (CPIOs) inform the RTI applicant about the additional fees under sub-section 7(3) of the RTI Act, at the fag end of the 30 days period prescribed for providing information under sub-section 7(1) of the Act.


In an official memorandum, the DoPT, said, “It is implied in the prescribed time limit that the demand for photocopying charges must be made soon after the RTI application is received so that the information seeker has time to deposit the fees and receive information within the prescribed 30-day period”.


The DoPT has issued the memorandum to all ministries from the central government and to chief secretaries of all state governments.


“Many a times, copying charges are waived under Section 7(6) of RTI Act because of the appeal-effect. In exceptional cases, especially in case of documents being voluminous, sometimes demand-letters are late by a couple of days beyond 30 days. To prevent a loss to the public authorities, amendment may be made to have copying charges halved instead of waiving these completely. This system will prevent free supply of large number of copied documents, sometimes in thousands, in case petitioners do not actually need these,” said Mr Agrawal.


The DoPT said, if the information sought is not voluminous or is not dispersed over a large number of files, computation of the photocopying charges should not be a time consuming task. “As soon as the RTI application is received, the holder of the information should decide about how much information to disclose and then calculate the photocopying charges so that the CPIO can immediately write to the information seeker demanding such fees,” it said.


However, the RTI activist said, “To prevent loss of man-hours and postal charges both for public authorities and petitioners, some initial number of copied documents may be provided free-of-cost with the RTI response even though RTI fees may be increased marginally and uniformly to Rs20.”


Mr Agrawal said, the authorities should not be allowed to misuse Sections 27 and 28 of the RTI Act by charging fees (like Rs500) other than specified by the DoPT. “Better is to repeal these often-misused Sections 27 and 28 of RTI Act for ‘One Nation-One (RTI) Rule’,” he said.


Here is the order issued by the DoPT regarding additional charges...



Babubhai Vaghela

4 years ago

My repeated request to Prime Minister to allow NEFT On Line RTI Fee payment has been turned down by bloody crook Dr Manmohan Singh.

Babubhai Vaghela

4 years ago

Why not uniform RTI Fee of Rs 10 for the entire India is the question that I have repeatedly asked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the last few years to no avail. Gang Leader of Corrupt & Crook PM is hell bent upon harassing & torturing We the People and encroaching upon our Freedom of Expression. Bloody shameless scoundrel.

nagesh kini

4 years ago

Yes, I've been consistently making use of the PO for RTI applications only for Central Govt. PSUs and RBI.
The postal authorities do not accept RTI applications for state govts.and municipal authorities.
The Post Offices then post the applications with cc to the applicant.
Yes, a lot of money can be saved if - the applications are FRANKED in the presence of the applicants with an acknowledgement stamp of the Post Office on the applicants' copy as is presently being done instead of attaching postal orders.
Today we have to waste time and energy in procuring Rs. 10 court fee stamps for state and local authorities. In stead RTI applicants should be routed through the POs.After all POs are GOI institutions.

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