Retirement Benefits

Revision of Family Pension

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)
Third Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: 22nd July, 1999

Revision of Family Pension of pre-1996 deceased Government servants/pensioners - instructions regarding prompt revision.

  1. This Department has been receiving representations from Pensioners/Family Pensioners and various Pensioners' Associations regarding non-revision of Family Pension by the concerned Ministries/Departments/Offices due to non-availability of records especially in the case of pre-1986 retirees/death cases. Pensioners’ Associations have also pointed out that a large number of Family Pensioners may not have applied for revision as they may not be aware of the Government orders on the subject.

  2. The Government in its O.M. dated 17.12.98 have laid down that w.e.f. 1.1.96, Family Pension shall not be less than 30% of the minimum of the pay in the revised scale introduced w.e.f 1.1.96 of the post last held by the Pensioners/deceased Government servant. In view of this all the Ministries/Departments/Offices who are Pension Sanctioning Authorities may revise the Family Pension of all the Family Pensioners suo motto who have been sanctioned Family Pension by their office etc. immediately without waiting for tracing of the records and verification of details etc. However, subsequently if the records are available the pension may be calculated on the basis of Office Memorandums dated 10.2.98 and 8.5.98 and if this amount is more than 30% of the minimum of the revised scale, the Family Pension may be revised upwardly, otherwise pension already sanctioned 30% of the minimum of the revised pay scale should be allowed to continue.

  3. So far as Armed Forces family pensioners are concerned, separate instructions may be issued in this regard by the Ministry of Defence.

  4. Ministry of Agriculture etc. are requested to bring the contents of this OM in the notice of Heads of Departments/Controller of Accounts, Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and Subordinate Offices under them on top priority basis. All Pension Disbursing Authorities are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefit of the pensioners/family pensioners.

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

Copy to:  Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General with 200 spare copies

Department of Personnel and Training
Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances.

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