“75 important rules related to Family pension” with a view to creating awareness among elderly pensioners.
1.When does family pension become payable?
Family pension becomes payable on death of
- (i) A serving Government servant after completion of one year of continuous service; or even before completion of one year of continuous service, provided the deceased Government servant concerned was declared medically fit immediately prior to his appointment; and
- (ii) On death of a pensioner, if he/she was in receipt of a pension, or compassionate allowance (on dismissal / removal from service), on the date of death.
2. What is the rate of family pension on death of a Government Servant during service?
The rate of family pension payable to the family on death of a Government servant during service is 50 per cent of the pay last drawn for a period of 10 years. Thereafter, the family pension is payable at the rate of 30 percent of the pay last drawn. Dearness relief, as admissible from time to time, is also payable on such family pension.
3. The Provision regarding enhanced family pension for a period of 10 years (instead of 7 years) was made applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2006. Was this provision also applicable in the case of a Government servant who died before 1.1.2006 and in respect of whom the family was receiving enhanced family pension as on 1.1.2006?
Yes, in such cases, the period of 10 years for payment of enhanced family pension would count from the date of death of the Government servant. These orders were, however not applicable in a case where the period of 7 years of payment of enhanced family pension had already been completed as on 1.1.2006.
4. Is there a requirement of any minimum service before death for payment of family pension at enhanced rate of 50% of last pay on death of a serving Government Servant?
Earlier, there was a requirement of minimum 7 years continuous service before death for payment of family pension at enhanced rate of 50% of last pay. This requirement has been dispensed with from 1.10.2019. The amended provision is also applicable w.e.f 1.10.2019, in respect of Government servants who died within 10 years before 1.10.2019.
5. What is the rate of family pension on death of a pensioner?
The rate of family pension payable to the family on death of a pensioner is 50 per cent of the pay last drawn for a period up to the date on which the retired deceased Government servant would have attained at the age of 67 years had he survived, whichever is less. Thereafter, the family pension is payable at the rate of 30 per cent of the pay last drawn. Dearness relief as admissible from time to time is also payable on such family pension.
There are many PAOs of Central Ministries who are conversant with the govt instructions pertaining to pension/family pension.They are also uptodate in this regard. However there is a PAO of a very important department working from the IV floor of AGCR Building New Delhi who is not thorugh with the rules relating to Pension/family pension . As a result the cases of many pensioners are unduly delayed by the Accounts Officers.Govt of India may initiate suitable steps against such PAOs with view to providing justice to pensioners/ family pensioners.