Before India gained independence in 1947, the concept of pensions for government employees was prevalent during British colonial rule. The British Government provided pensions to civil servants who served in various administrative positions.
After independence, the government continued the practice of providing pensions to central government employees. The rules and regulations governing the pension system were based on the Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1950. The system was relatively simple, with pensions being based on the employee’s length of service and average emoluments.
In 1972, the government introduced the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, which standardized the pension system for central government employees. These rules established a uniform formula for calculating pension benefits and introduced the concept of a family pension for surviving family members of the deceased government employees.
In 1986, significant reforms were introduced to the pension system. The National Pension System (NPS) was launched, which marked a shift from the defined benefit pension system to a defined contribution system for new government employees. Under NPS, employees contribute a portion of their salary to their retirement account, and the government matches this contribution.
The Seventh Central Pay Commission, which was implemented in 2016, made several recommendations related to pension benefits. The commission recommended an increase in the minimum pension amount and the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for armed forces personnel, among other changes.
In recent years, there has been a significant push toward digitization and online services related to pensions. Government employees can now access their pension-related information, apply for pensions, and track their pension payments online through the Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) and other government portals.
The government has introduced various schemes and benefits for senior citizens, including higher interest rates on Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS), Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), and exemptions on income tax for certain pension income.
Tthe government continued to review and make changes to the pension system as needed. The COVID-19 pandemic also saw some relief measures and relaxation of rules for pensioners.
Rules of pension has been continuously changing to facilitate more benefits to the pensions and making the pension payment process easier. Such a change has been notified by the Govt recently by which all kind of pensioners in civil and military background may be benefitted. In this article we will know about this change in Pension Rules. You may read this in hindi also.
Ministry of Defence, Dept of Exservicemen Welfare (DESW) has notified on 05.01.2022 such a change based on the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP & PW) OM dated 16.06.2021.
What was the previous provision in Pension in the current matter.
As per the existing rules of pension of central govt pensioners , both for civil and military pensioners and Regulation 75 of Pension Regulations for the Army, Part I, 2008, in the event of a eligible member to receive ordinary family pension under these regulations is charged with the offence of murdering the serving personnel or for abetting in the commission of such an offence, the claim of such person including other eligible member or members of the family receive ordinary family pension , shall remain suspended till the conclusion of the criminal proceedings instituted against him. The claimant will not get any pension until the criminal case is finalized.
What changes came by this order in Pension payment.
As per DOP&PW letter dated 16.06.2021 and reviewed/implemented for Defence pensioners vide Ministry of Defence, DESW letter dated 05.01.2022, family pension is admissible to the other eligible member of family of such victim in the event of family pensioner is charged with the offence of murdering of the Govt servant or for abetting in the commission of such an offence. So, it is clear that the other eligible family member of such family will get the pension and need not to wait until finalization of the criminal case proceedings.
What Benefit you will get by this order.
The family members will not suffer with financial hardship in such a condition if arises due to such happenings with the family members of any Govt servants.
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