New Delhi: The Centre has requested all its departments to make sure that household pension begins inside a month of receiving claims from the household of a deceased authorities worker.
The Division of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare has additionally come out with detailed notes — one for workers beneath Outdated Pension Scheme and the opposite for these beneath Nationwide Pension System (NPS) — to facilitate expeditious disbursement of all entitlements of the household on the demise of presidency employees.
“As well as, worker’s contributions and returns thereon within the NPS pension corpus shall even be paid to the member of the family,” it mentioned.
The pinnacle of workplace will begin the method to sanction household pension and concurrently shut Everlasting Retirement Account Quantity (PRAN) beneath the NPS. Authorities contribution and returns thereon can be transferred into the federal government account, the order mentioned.
“The remaining quantity can be paid in a lump sum to the nominee or authorized inheritor as per PFRDA rules,” it mentioned.
Nationwide Motion for Outdated Pension Scheme (NMOPS) Delhi unit president Manjeet Singh Patel, who has been preventing for the scrapping of the brand new pension system to make sure staff get advantages of the previous pension scheme, mentioned the brand new order will present expeditious reduction to the affected households.
“We’re very blissful that the federal government has determined to provide an worker’s contribution and returns on it in his/her NPS pension corpus along with the household pension.
“We additionally request the Centre to make sure that staff get sole proper on their whole contribution and returns (besides’s the federal government contribution) in NPS corpus additionally in order that they’ll withdraw it as and when they need,” Mr Patel mentioned.
NMOPS is a non-profit organisation with over 13 lakh central and state authorities staff as its members.
The Division of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare order mentioned it was observed that the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of a number of authorities staff in the course of the latest surge.
“In lots of instances, the deceased staff have been the only bread-winners of their household and the casualties have left households devastated and in an pressing want of funds for livelihood.
“It’s, subsequently, incumbent on the federal government to make sure that the household pension and different entitlements in respect of the deceased staff are launched to their households expeditiously,” it mentioned within the order issued on Thursday.
It has requested all departments to strictly adjust to the foundations and directions and to make sure that cost of provisional household pension is commenced by the pinnacle of workplace instantly on receipt of the declare (with demise certificates) from the eligible member of the family and cost of provisional demise gratuity is made to the nominees/relations instantly after forwarding the case to the Pay and Accounts Workplace.
Concurrently, the motion could also be taken on a precedence foundation for disbursement of standard household pension by the financial institution and for cost of different entitlements of the household on the demise of the federal government worker, the division mentioned.
“It could be ensured that the PPO for household pension is issued and disbursement of standard household pension is commenced by the financial institution not later than one month of the receipt of the declare for household pension,” it mentioned.
All departments have been requested to submit a month-to-month report comprising particulars like title and designation of presidency servant died since January 1, 2020, the date on which provisional household pension and provisional gratuity have been sanctioned, the date on which PPO was issued, the date on which different entitlements have been paid and causes for the delays, if any, and remedial motion taken to keep away from delays in future, the order mentioned.
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