PENSION – Tamil Nadu Government Pensioners : Conversion of drawal of pension under Public Sector Bank Scheme into Pilot Scheme
Government of Tamil Nadu
FINANCE [Pension] DEPARTMENT
G.O.No.268, Dated 18th September 2017.
(Hevilambi, Purattasi -2, Thiruvalluvar Aandu-2048)
PENSION – Tamil Nadu Government Pensioners – Conversion of drawal of pension under Public Sector Bank Scheme into Pilot Scheme – Orders – Issued.
In the Government order first read above, orders were issued to adopt Public Sector Banks Scheme for payment of Pension through Banks to the Pensioners with effect from 1st October 1988.
2. An announcement was made on the floor of Legislative Assembly by the Hon’ble Minister for Fishers, Finance and Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department, while moving the Demand for Grants during the year 2017-2018 that the pensioners who are drawing of pension from Public Sector Bank Scheme be transferred into Pilot Scheme under Treasury Control.
3. Consequent on the above announcement, the Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts in his letter 2nd read above has sent a detailed proposal that in the Pilot Scheme, all the Pensioners’ records are maintained at the respective Treasuries / Pension Pay Office and Pension disbursements are being made to Pensioners through Treasuries / Pension Pay Office, Chennai by ECS in the Pensioners Bank account directly and whereas, under the ‘Public Sector Bank Scheme” all the records of the Pensioners are maintained at the Bank concerned opted by the pensioners. Some of the Banks such as State Bank of India, Indian Bank, Canara Bank and Indian Overseas Bank are running the Centralized Pension Processing Office, from where the monthly pension is processed and the Pension amount is credited into the Pensioner’s respective savings bank accounts. The total number of Pensioners under “Public Sector Bank Scheme” is 79,114. Out of the 79,114 Pensioners, 64,082 Pensioners are drawing pension at Public Sector Banks routed through Pension Pay Office, Chennai and the remaining 15,032 Pensioners are drawing pension at Banks routed through District Treasuries and SubTreasuries
across the State.
4. The Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts has pointed out that due to the two different system of payment of pension, while developing e-pension software for the pensioners, the data in respect of pensioners who are drawing pension through Public Sector Bank Scheme which are available in different platform is not similar to the above software. Further the data of the above pensioner has to brought into one system for migration to IFHRMS project for effective pension management.
5. The Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts has further stated that while auditing the pension transaction at Banks, the Accountant General, Chennai, has pointed out many excess payments, which are not communicated properly to the respective Treasury / PPO and the said objections could not be settled for want of sufficient details.
6. The Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Treasuries & Accounts has also stated that the following difficulties were met by the pensioners/family pensioners under Public Sector Bank Scheme:-
i. The Bank staffs are not at all conversant with the upto date rules / fixation procedure and they are seeking the advice/
clarification from the respective Treasuries / Pension Pay Office. This involves cumbersome process as the pension
records have to be obtained from the banks.
ii. In respect of sanction of Family Security Fund the Banks are not sending the particulars of Family Security Fund deductions in time from the Bank which results in inordinate delay for sending the same to the Director of Pension.
iii. The Mustering period adapted in PPO/ Treasuries for the Pensioners under Pilot Scheme is from April to June every year
whereas it is November for “Public Sector Bank Scheme” pensioners at the Banks. This creates confusion among the
iv. The reports on monthly pension disbursement or any other details such as Pay Commission revision arrear paid, additional pension paid etc., could not be taken at a single point, as these details pertaining to Public Sector Bank Scheme Pensioners are not readily available in the PPO/ Treasuries. Similarly, it is also very difficult to collect the details of recovery of excess payments, remittance of undrawn pension etc., from multiple banks’ branches.
v. The un-drawn pension amount lying in the pensioner’s account is being adjusted towards the outstanding loan of the pensioner, which is considered as illegal, as the pensioner/ legal heirs cease to have the right of receipt of pension from the date following the date of the death of Pensioner/Family Pensioner. Hence, the payment after the death of pensioner is purely Government money
7. The Government after careful examination of the proposal of Principal Secretary/Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts have decided to accept for conversion of Pensioners who are drawing pension under Public Sector Bank Scheme to “Pension Pilot Scheme” to enable the consolidation and furnishing of all the Pensioners data required using the e-pension software which is now being followed in all the Treasuries and Pension Pay Office and issue orders accordingly.
8. The Commissioner of Treasuries and Accounts devise modalities for uniform adoption by Banks for conversion of pensioners from Public Sector Bank Scheme to Pension Pilot Scheme and ensure completion of entire process before 31.12.2017.
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT (EXPENDITURE).