Central Government Employees Pension during Pandemic: "This is very pertinent to the Central Armed Police Forces who are constantly on the move and whose Heads of Offices are located in cities different from where the Pay & Accounts Office is located," said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
Central Government Employees Pension: Here’s important news for Central Government Employees retiring during COVID-19 pandemic. In an official statement today, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said that the Central Government Employees retiring during COVID pandemic will be receiving “provisional” pension till their regular Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and other official formalities completed.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh said in the statement that after the Modi Government took over, the Department of Pensions had upgraded and equipped itself to deliver the PPO to the concerned employee without delay on the day of his or her superannuation. Also, in the last few years, taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on digitalization, the Department of Pension has also created a Portal, which could be accessed by any government employee approaching retirement to find out the status of his or her pension papers.
However, because of disruption in official work caused by COVID-19, some of the employees retiring recently may not have received PPO. For such retired employees, or who are to retire during the pandemic, Singh said that the government has decided to avoid a delay in the start of regular pension covered under CCS (Pension Rules) 1972. He added that the rules may be relaxed to enable seamless payment of “Provisional Pension” and “Provisional Gratuity” till the regular PPO is issued.
How provisional pension will be paid
An Office Memorandum (OM) issued by Department of Pensions, affiliated to the Ministry of Personnel, the payment of “Provisional Pension” will initially continue for a period of six months from the date of retirement.
The period of “Provisional Pension” may be further extended up to one year in exceptional cases.
The instructions of DoPT will also be applicable in cases where a government servant retires otherwise than on superannuation i.e. voluntary retirement, retirement under FR 56, etc.
Singh said that this decision has been taken considering that because of the constraints of pandemic and lockdown, a government servant may find difficulty in submitting his Pension Forms to the Head of Office or may not be able to forward the Claim Form in hard copy along with Service Book to the concerned Pay and Accounts Office in time.
The trouble is more for retiring employees when both the offices are located in different cities. This problem is faced a lot by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) who are constantly on the move and whose Heads of Offices are located in cities different from where the Pay and Accounts Office is located.