Change is the natural process and it occurs whenever it requires. Pension system has been upgraded several times since the independence. Regarding new rules of pension formulated by Govt of India, here is some important information. This Circular No 656 issued by PCDA Pension Allahaba regarding Relaxation in the requirements of LTA certificate for grant of family pension.
Salient feature of the circular are here :
In case of JC0s/ORs personnel, Record Offices are fully responsible to processing the claim in favour of genuine claimant and the PSAs satisfy themselves before issuing PPG that claimant is genuine and admissibility exists. Therefore, it is considered that if claimant is genuine and admissibility exists as certified by RO then grant of family pension should not be held up lbr want of LTA certificate.
The Family Pension may be granted after obtaining a certificate from the widow/claimant in the form of Affidavit/Indemnity Bond stating that “Her Husband/Deceased was a pensioner at the time of his/her death. He/She has neither been convicted/sentenced/remarried nor changed his/her nationality before death. If at a later stage he/she is found ineligible for grant of Family Pension, he/she will be liable to refund the entire amount with interest paid to his/her as Family Pension”. This certificate/affidavit should be witnessed by two Defence Pensioners.
New Rules regarding LTA and Family Pension PCDA Circular No 655
The original Letter issued by Defence Acounts Authority in pdf formate is available here :
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