It has come to the notice of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare that the pension of deceased pensioners is not often revised based on the recommendation of Pay Commission etc and arrears of pension in respect of deceased pensioners are not paid by the Pension Disbursing Bank to the nominee.
In this regard, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare stated via a notification issued on April 6, 2022: “It is clarified that revised pension payment authority is required to be issued in respect of all pensioners/family pensioners who were alive as on 01.01.2016 and lifetime arrears is required to be paid to the families of such pensioners/family pensioners who died after 01.01.2016.”
Payment of Arrears in respect of deceased pensioner, in whose case; a valid nomination exists with the Pension Disbursing Authority/Bank. In this connection, attention is invited to para 21.5.1 of the new Scheme Booklet, (5th Edition, July 2021) which is reproduced below.
Cases where valid nomination exists:
The CPPC will enter the date of death of the pensioner in the disburser’s portion of the PPO and will retain this information on its database with suitable audit trail and in the register maintained in their software in the form as Annexure-IX. An entry for date of death of the pensioner will be made in pensioner’s half by PAHB. The pensioner’s half of PPO will then be returned to the nominee if family pension stands authorised through the same PPO; otherwise it will be returned by CPPC to CPAO along with the disburser’s half. The CPAO will up-date its record and transmit both halves of the PPO after keeping necessary note in their records to the PAO/AG who had issued the PPO for similar action and record. For payment of arrears to the nominee, he/she will be asked to apply for the same to the PAHB along with the pensioner’s half of the PPO showing the period of arrears. The PAHB, after verifying the fact that the payment is actually due to the deceased pensioner, and also the particulars of the nominee as given in the nomination, will intimate the CPPC along with pensioners portion of PPO for making payment by crediting the account of the claimant. The provision of this rule will apply mutatis mutandis to cases where the family pension ceases to be payable either due to death of the family pensioner, his/her remarriage/marriage or on the pensioner attaining the maximum age prescribed in the rules.
Cases where valid nomination does not exist:
In the absence of any nomination made by the pensioner, the arrear of his/her pension are paid as per procedure prescribed in the Government of India, Ministry of PPG & Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare New Delhi OM No. 1/22/2012-P&PW (E) dated 10.07.2013.
According to the notification from the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare dated 31.03.2022, “
The pensioner can, subsequently, modify the nomination (if nominee pre-deceases the pensioner, or otherwise) by submitting Form “A” in triplicate to the Pension Disbursing Authority. The Pension Disbursing Authority is required to return to the pensioner the duly attested duplicate copy of the nomination within thirty days of the receipt of nomination. The triplicate copy is to be sent to the Officer of the Department from where the pensioner had retired while the original copy of the nomination shall be recorded with the PDA.”
These are the frequently asked questions, according to the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare:
Who is eligible for pension?
A Govt. servant appointed in a pensionable establishment on or before 31.12.2003 and retires from Government service with a qualifying service of 10 years or more is eligible for pension (Rule 2, 49).
When can a Government servant apply for voluntary retirement?
Under Rule 48, a Government servant can apply for voluntary retirement after completion of 30 years of qualifying service. Under Rule 48-A, he can apply for voluntary retirement after completion of qualifying service of 20 years. Under FR 56 (k) he can apply for voluntary retirement an attaining the age of 50 years (for Gr. A & B) and 55 years (in other cases).
Is additional pension admissible to old family pensioners also?
Yes, the rates related to additional pension as applicable in the case of old pensioners hold good for family pensioners, as well.