46. What is reduced pension?
Answer: Reduced pension is the part of pension which is payable after deducting commuted portion of the pension.
47. When can a Government servant apply for voluntary retirement?
Answer: 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 VR after complition of qualifying service of 20 years. Under FR 56 (k) he can apply for VR an attening the age of 50 years (for Gr. A & B) and 55 years (in other cases).
48. When will the gratuity withheld at the time of retirement be released?
Answer: The withheld amount of gratuity under sub-rule (5) of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, the retiring Government employees, shall be paid immediately on production of "No Demand Certificate" from the Directorate of Estates after actual vacation of the Government accommodation.
The Directorate of Estates shall ensure that "No Demand Certificate" shall be given to the Government employee within a period of fourteen days from the actual date of vacation of the Government accommodation and the allottee shall be entitled to payment of interest (at the rate applicable to General Provident Fund deposit determined from time to time by the Government of India) on the excess withheld amount of gratuity which is required to be refunded., after adjusting the arrears of licence fee and damages, if any, payable by the allottee and the interest shall be payable by the Directorate of Estates through the concerned Accounts Officer of the Government employee from the actual date of vacation of the Government accommodation up to the date of refund of excess withheld amount of gratuity.
49. What is the meaning of the following terms?
(a) Pension Disbursing Authority
(b) Pension Sanctioning Authority
(c) PPO Issuing Authority
Answer: (a) Pension Disbursing Authority: Bank Branch/Treasury/Post Office paying your pension
(b) Pension Sanctioning Authority: The authority who sanctioned your pension before forwarding the case to Accounts.
(c) PPO Issuing Authority: If you retired from HQ, the PPO issuing authority is head of accounts branch of that unit.
50. Whether older pensioners will get higher rate of pension?
Answer: Yes, from 1.1.2006, the quantum of pension/family pension available to old pensioners/family pensioners has been increased as follows:-
O.M.No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 2.9.2008
|Age of pensioner/family pensioner||Additional quantum of pension|
|From 80 years to less than 85 years||20% of revised basic pension/family pension|
|From 85 years to less than 90 years||30% of revised basic pension/family pension|
|From 90 years to less than 95 years||40% of revised basic pension/family pension|
|From 95 years to less than 100 years||50% of revised basic pension/family pension|
|100 years or more||100% of revised basic pension/family pension|
51. What is the method of computing pension?
Answer: Pension is now payable @ 50% of the last 10 months’ average emoluments or last pay drawn (emoluments), whichever is more beneficial to the retiring employee.
52. Is family pension available after remarriage ?
Answer: Family pension has now been made available even after remarriage to childless widow of the deceased employee subject to her earnings not exceeding the prescribed minimum family pension with DR.
53. Whether in the case of pensioners who are in receipt of more than one pension, the floor ceiling of Rs.3500 will apply to the total of all pensions taken together?
Answer: It was clarified in Deptt. of Pension & PW’s OM No.38/38/02-P&PW(A) dated 23.4.2003 that in respect of civil and military pension, the floor ceiling taking the two pensions together will not apply and the individual pensions will be governed by respective pension rules. These instructions would continue to apply in the context of revised floor ceiling of Rs.3500/-p.m. Accordingly, the floor ceiling will apply individually in the civil and military pension. In case, a person is in receipt of pension as well as family pension, the floor ceiling of Rs.3500 will apply individually to such pension and family pension.
54. Whether the element of disability pension and invalid pension will be combined or treated as separate identity?
Answer: The element of disability pension and invalid pension may be treated as distinct pensions. The invalid pension may continue to be regulated as per CCS(Pension) Rules subject to certain minimum amount * and the extraordinary disability pension may continue to be treated as a separate element and this should be fixed as per the degree of disability. This will be subject to the further condition that the amount of disability pension and invalid pension should in no case exceed the last pay drawn. These instructions would continue to apply in the context of revised minimum pension of Rs.3500/-. (*certain minimum amount refers to the amount calculated as per provisions of Rule 49(2)(c) of CCS(Pension) Rules.
55. Whether the provision of adding years in qualifying service for computation of pension is still in force?
Answer: The extent of benefit of adding years of qualifying service for computation of pension/related benefits has been withdrawn w.e.f. 2.9.2008.
56. Whether the provision of adding years in qualifying service has been withdrawn for calculating gratuity also?
Answer: Yes, w.e.f. 2.9.2008.
57. What is the revised quantum of ex-gratia lumpsum compensation to Civilian employees who die in performance of their bonafide official duties?
Answer: In modification of Deptt. Of Pension & PW’s OM No.45/55/97-P&PW(C) dated 11.9.1998 the ex-gratia lumpsum compensation to Civilian employees who die in performance of their bonafide official duties has been revised as under :
|(a) Death occurring due to accidents in course of Performance of duties||Rs.10.00 lakhs|
|(b) Death occurring due to accidents in course of Performance of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, anti-social elements,etc.||Rs.10.00 lakhs|
|(c) Death occurring:|
(a) enemy action in international war or border skirmishes and(b) action against militants, terrorists, extremists etc.
|(d) Death occurring:|
while on duty in specified high altitude, inaccessible border posts, etc. on account of natural disasters, extreme weather conditions.
58. Whether the additional pension/family pension available to old pensioners would be payable from the date of attaining age of 80 years or above or from the first day of the month in which the date of birth falls?
Answer: The additional quantum of pension/family pension, on attaining the age of 80 years and above, would be admissible from the 1st day of month in which his date of birth falls. For example, if a pensioner/family pensioner completes age of 80 years in the month of August, 2008, he will be entitled to additional pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.8.2008. Those pensioners/family pensioners whose date of birth is 1st August, will also be entitled to additional pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.8.2008 on attaining the age of 80 years and above.
59. Whether the period of 10 years for payment of enhanced family pension would also apply 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 ?
Answer: Yes. The period of 10 years for payment of enhanced family pension will count from the date of death of the Government servant. These orders will, however, not apply in a case where the period of Ten years for payment of enhanced family pension has already completed as on 1.1.2006.
60. From which date the Constant Attendant Allowance is payable?
Answer: Constant Attendant Allowance is payable from 1.1.2006.
61. Whether the pensioners who retired on disability pension before 1.1.2006 would also be entitled to Constant Attendant Allowance ?
Answer: Yes, the pensioners who retired on disability pension before 1.1.2006 and fulfilling the conditions mentioned in para 10.1 of O.M. No. 38/37/08- P&PW(A) dated 2.9.2008 would also be entitled to Constant Attendant Allowance.
62. Whether Dearness Relief will be admissible on Constant Attendant Allowance?
63. What would be the age to be used for commutation of additional commutable pension and which factor would be used for such additional commuted value of pension ?
Answer: The age reckoned for calculation of commuted value of pension at the time of original application for commutation of pension will apply for calculation of commutation value of additional commutable pension. However, as mentioned in the OM dated 2.9.2008, the commutation factor in the revised Table of Commutation Value for Pension will be used for the commutation of the additional amount of pension that has become commutable on account of retrospective revision of pay/pension.
64. From which date the reduction in pension on account of additional commutation of pension will take effect?
Answer: Reduction in pension on account of additional commutation of pension will be in two stages as per the provisions contained in Rule 6 of the CCS(Commutation of Pension) Rules,1981.
65. What will be the date of restoration of additional commutation of pension?
Answer: The commuted portion of pension shall be restored after 15 years from the respective dates of commutation as provided in Government of India decision No.1 under the Rule 10 of CCS(Commutation of Pension) Rules,1981. Necessary endorsement should be made on PPO.