default_top_notch
default_news_top
default_news_ad1
default_nd_ad1

Moon says change to national pension inevitable but must reflect people's wish

기사승인 2018.08.27  18:05:47

공유
default_news_ad2

President Moon Jae-in on Monday stressed the need to expand national pension payments, a move that would inevitably lead to a rise in premiums, but said any change must be based on a national consensus.

"The national pension, fundamentally, is an official welfare system operated by the government in which the people pay insurance premiums when they are making money and receive pensions when their income disappears in their old age," the president said in a weekly meeting in Seoul with his aides at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Moon's remarks came as the government is drafting a revision to the law on the national pension system, based on a recommendation submitted earlier by a state commission that stressed the need to increase pension premiums and reduce payouts to keep the fund from being depleted.

The president dismissed the fear of the pension fund running dry as hearsay.

"Because it is a system managed by the nation, there can never be a case where those who paid insurance premiums cannot collect payments as long as the nation exists," he said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.

President Moon Jae-in (second from L) speaks in a weekly meeting with his top presidential aides held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Aug. 27, 2018. (Yonhap)

The president said any change to the system will also be based on a national consensus, no matter how long the process takes.

"Because the people own the national pension system, the most important element in reforming the pension system is a social consensus," Moon said, noting similar processes in other countries often take more than a decade.

"I ask you to discuss the government bill on a premise that it will be pursued through active discussions between the government and the parliament and on a social consensus, no matter how long it takes," he added.

The president also stressed the need to expand benefits.

"Based on recent statistics, we may assume the number of (people) aged more than 65 years or 70 years and with no earned income is fast growing. And thus the government is moving toward a goal of increasing the post-retirement incomes of the people through the national pension, government allowances and retirement pension programs," he said. (yonhap)

Kim Sua edt@koreapost.com

<저작권자 © 코리아포스트 무단전재 및 재배포금지>
default_news_ad5
default_side_ad1
default_nd_ad2

인기기사

default_side_ad2

포토

1 2 3
set_P1
default_side_ad3

섹션별 인기기사 및 최근기사

default_side_ad4
default_nd_ad6
default_news_bottom
default_nd_ad4
default_bottom
#top
default_bottom_notch