Drawing Pension Every Month ? Must Know these Regulatory Points

Drawing Pension Every Month ? Must Know these Regulatory Points 

Exservicemen, Medically boarded out and Family pensioners all are drawing pension every month. But, it has been noticed that the general concepts of pension and pensionary benefits entitled to them is not clear to them.  In order to spread knowledge among the pensioner fraternity, some vital points circulated by the Veterans Directorate of Indian Army is reproduced herewith.

Applicability of DR On Pension

DR is generally granted on basic pension at the rate specified by the Govt from time to time.  On salary, DA is entitled but on pension the same rate is applicable which is known as Dearness Relief (DR).  All kinds of pension  including Service Pension, Family pension, Invalid pension, Disability pension  are entitled to get DR.  In general DR is revised twice in a year ( generally in January and July every year).  Present rate of DR is 46% (upto 31 Dec 2023).  DR is authorised on both pensions if you are drawing two pensions.  DR is also entitled to Pension and employment in case of reemployed Ex Servicemen JCOs/OR joined in any Govt organisation.    For officers DR is not authorised on pension as they used to get pay protection benefit (Pay Fixation) on reemployment.

Gallantary Award  – Pensionary Benefit

Monetary Allce attached to Gallantry Decorations, be notified in the PPO & paid along with pension.
Awarded to the recipient and on his death, to his lawfully married widow till her remarriage / death.
When the award is made posthumously to a bachelor, the allowance shall be paid to father/mother.
When the award is made posthumously to a widower, the allowance shall be paid to son below 18 years or unmarried daughter.
The monetary allowance shall be paid in respect of all gallantry awards received by the individual.
No dearness relief is admissible on monetary allowance and the allowance is payable from the date of decoration.
Monetary allowance is payable only if the award is notified in the PPO.

Minimum Pension

If your basic pension is pensions calculated less than min pension of Rs 9000/- will be stepped up.  As per 7th CPC recommendation, minimum service/family pension should be 9000/- pm (basic).  Your pension as revised in 7th CPC should be in your latest corrigendum PPO.  After implementation of OROP-2, your pension, if revised should be as per Table No 7 (service pension ) and table No 93 (Disability element).

Qualifying service for pension

Condonation of deficiency in qualifying service by competent authority may be up to max 12 months. Linkage of full pension for 33 yrs of QS is dispensed with. Once a Govt servant has rendered the minimum qualifying service of 15 years for PBOR, pension will be calculated at 50% of emoluments last drawn or average of reckonable emoluments drawn during last ten months, whichever is more beneficial.

Precedence of Family pension

After Expiry of Family pensioner, next of Kin who will get pension ? Precedence of family pension- first to surviving spouse, eligible Child below 25 years of age, handicapped child, unmarried/widowed/divorced daughter and parents- in that order.

Note: Spouse incl legally separated

Widowed/divorced daughter need not return to parents home

Children born out of void marriage entitled, not their mother

Son eligible till 25 yrs/ employed/married whichever is earlier

For Handicapped children no bar on age/marital status. Should be unable to earn his livelihood.

Ordinary family Pension and Special family Pension

When a PBOR who is in receipt of any type of pension dies, his wife is entitled for ordinary family pension from the date next to the date of death of the PBOR. Similarly, when a PBOR dies in service and the cause of death is neither attributable nor aggravated by military service conditions, then ordinary family pension is granted to his wife. Ordinary family pension will start with PPO series F/NA (eg., F/NA/2606/1999 etc).

Scheme for Ordinary family pension was introduced in 1964. Benefit of this scheme was extended to all pre-1964 cases with effect from 22.9.1977 onwards. Subsequently, handicapped children, parents, widowed/divorced/unmarried daughters are covered under this scheme and allowed pension without any maximum age limit subject to certain conditions.

In OFP, parents eligible if income less than Rs 9000/ plus DA –For SFP/LFP no income criteria.

Furnishing of Family details and subsequent changes is responsibility of service personnel

Family pension on remarriage

OFP- Only childless widow to continue and her income less than Rs 9000/-plus DA. In case of Children, pension goes to the eligible child.

SFP/LFP- If maintaining children, pension continues; else pension will be shared

Pension of a widow who dies before establishing her claim, not allowed to her representatives.

SFP/LFP intended for support of all eligible members irrespective of in whose name it stands

Commutation of Pension

Commutation is generally admissible on service & disability elements.

Date of absolute commutation will be counted from the month commuted amount paid and may be different from date of retirement.

On increase of pension due to pay commission or OROP, Commutation recovery remains constant, DA always given on the full basic pension.

Commuted portion of pension restored automatically by PDA.

In case of ESM death before recovery, commuted amount not recovered from spouse pension.

Addl Old age Pension applicable to Service pensioners and Family pensioners

Above 80 yrs- 20%

Above 85 yrs – 30%

Above 90 yrs – 40%

Above 95 yrs – 50%

Above 100yrs- 100%

Note:  Family pensioner eligible for addl pension as per her age.

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