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DoPPW: Family Pension Rules Simplified In Case of Death of Government Employee

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According to the official memorandum (OM) issued on 16th June 2021, the Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare (DoPPW) has ruled that the family pension may be granted to another eligible member of the family if the individual eligible for the family pension is indicted with murdering or assisting in the murder of a Government servant.

 

DoPPW: Family Pension Rules Simplified In Case of Death of Government Employee

According to the OM, "in cases where a person eligible to receive family pension is charged with the offence of murdering the Government servant or for abetting in the commission of such an offence and the payment of family pension to him/her remains suspended under Rule 54(11-C) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, family pension may be allowed to other eligible member of the family till the conclusion of the criminal proceedings in this regard. If the spouse of the Government servant is charged with the offence of murdering the Government servant or for abetting in the commission of such an offence and the other eligible family member is a minor child of the deceased Government servant, the family pension to such minor child shall be payable through a duly appointed guardian, and the mother or father of the minor child (who is charged with the offence) shall not act as guardian for the purpose of drawal of family pension."

According to OM issued by DoPPW "if the concerned person is subsequently acquitted of the charge, the family pension shall become payable to that person from the date of such acquittal and the family pension to other member of the family shall be discontinued from that date."

Regarding arrears of the family pension, DoPPW has further clarified that "in the cases where the payment of family pension has been suspended as per the provisions of Rule 54 (11-C) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, before the issue of this Office Memorandum, the arrears of family pension accruing from the date following the date of death Govt. Servant/Pensioner, shall also be paid to the other eligible family member of the Govt. Servant/Pensioner."

 

What is sub-rule (11-C) of rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972?

According to DoPPW, "In accordance with sub-rule (11-C) of rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, if a person, who is eligible to receive family pension on death of a Government servant or a pensioner, is charged with the offence of murdering the Government servant/pensioner or for abetting in the commission of such an offence, the payment of family pension remains suspended till the conclusion of the criminal proceedings instituted in this regard. In that case, family pension is neither paid to the person who is charged with the offence nor to any other eligible member of the family till the conclusion of the said criminal proceedings. If on conclusion of the criminal proceedings, the person concerned is convicted for the murder or abetting in the murder of the Government servant, he/she is debarred from receiving the family pension. In that case, the family pension becomes payable to other eligible member of the family, from the date of death of the Government servant. If, however, the person concerned is subsequently acquitted of the charge, the family pension becomes payable to that person from the date of death of the Government servant."

The above rules will take effect from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum, DoPPW said.

Story first published: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 9:55 [IST]
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