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Simplification of defence Pension process for permanently disabled children and dependent Parent

Simplification of defence Pension process for permanently disabled children and dependent Parent – Advance approval for grant of family pension for life – permanently disabled children and dependent Parent

Ministry of Defence has simplified the pension process for permanently disabled children/ siblings and dependents

No. 1(7)/2013-D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department  of Ex-Servicemen  Welfare
New Delhi

Dated:   15th May 2015


The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
0’he Chief of the Air Staff

SUBJECT: Simplification of Pension  process  for permanently   disabled   children/siblings   and dependent parents


The undersigned  is directed to refer to the provisions   contained in the GOI, MOD  letter  No  A/49601/   AG/PS-4  (e)/3363/B/D(Pen/Ser)  dated  27.08.1987    as modified  vide  this Ministry’s letter No.  906//A/D(Pen/Ser)/05   dated 13.08.2008  and No 02(03)/2010-D(Pen/Policy)  dated  17th January 2013 of the Department of Ex-Servicemen   Welfare  regarding  grant  of  Pension   to   old   parents  and  disabled children/sibling after the death of the pensioners/family pensioner. Certain difficulties are being experienced for grant of such pension.  The matter has been examined and it has  been  decided  to  further  streamline  the  process  of  grant  of  pension  to  old parents/disabled children sibling as under. The employee/pensioner/family pensioner may, at any time before or after retirement/ death of Armed Force Personnel, make a request to the Appointing Authority seeking advance approval  for grant of family pension  for  life  to  a  permanently  disabled  child/sibling  in  terms  of  provisions contained     in     GOI,  MOD  Letter  No.- A/49601/    AG/PS4(e)/3363/B/D (Pension/Services) dated 27.08.1987   as amended vide GOL MOD Letter No. 906/ AIDGPen/Sers)/05 dated 13.08.2008,  which are reproduced as under:

2.         Before allowing the family pension for life to any such son or  daughter, the appointing authority shall satisfy that the handicap is of such a nature so as to prevent him or her from earning his or her livelihood and the same shall be evidenced by a certificate obtained from a Medical Board comprising of a Medical Superintendent or a Principal  or a Director or Head of the Institution or his nominee as Chairman and two other members, out of which at least  one shall be a Specialist  in  the particular area of mental or physical disability  including mental retardation setting out, as far as possible, the exact mental or physical  condition of the child. As per GOI,  MOD Letter No.-   PN/7995/D(Pen/Pol)/2010   dated   01.10.2010,   the   family   Pension   to  the dependent  disabled siblings shall  be payable if the siblings were wholly dependent upon the Armed Force Personnel immediately before his or her death and deceased Armed Force Personnel is  not  survived  by a widow or an eligible child or eligible parents.

3(a).      In terms  of GOI, MOD  Letter No.  B/38207/  AG/PS4/931/B/D(Pen/Ser) dated 6.08:-1998   the-family  pension-to  the parents-shall-be-payable  if-the parents were wholly dependent  on the Armed force Personnel  immediately  before his  or her death and the deceased Armed force Personnel is not survived by a widow or an eligible child.

7.        The  authorization    as  indicated   above  shall  be made  in the  PPO  or by  issuing a revised   PPO  if  a child,    parents   or siblings   is  authorized   for  family   pension   after issue    of  the   PPO.    The   revised     PPO   shall   take   the  usual   route   to  the  Pension Disbursing      Authority.      The   Pension     Disbursing    Authority    shall   start   disbursing family   pension    to  the  permanently     disabled     child/sibling      or  dependent    parents after  the  death   of the pensioner/spouse/other        family   pensioner,   as the  case  may be, on the  basis   of the  PPO  /revised     PPO,    approval    of the  appointing   authority   and the death   certificates/s)      of  the  pensioner    and  other   family   pensioners    and  the  self-certificate   for income.

8.        Such    an   authorization       shall   become      invalid     in  case   a  person    becomes member   of  family   after   issue/amendment      of  such   PPO  and  is  entitled   to  family pension   prior   to  the  disabled     child/sibling/dependent         parents   at  the  time  of the death   of  the  Pensioners/spouse.        For  example,    the  pensioner    may  marry/remarry after  the  death  of first  spouse   or adopt  a child.   Such   spouse/child    may  be  eligible for  family    pension   at  the  time  of  death  of  the  pensioner    or  death/ineligibility     of the  spouse.   A child  adopted    by  the  spouse   of the  pensioner    shall  not  be  treated  as a member   of  the   Family   of the  deceased    pensioner.   A decision regarding  grant of family    pension    in  such  cases  will   be  taken   by  the  appointing    authority  in accordance  with provisions   of A151/80.

9.           In  order  to facilitate  the  prompt  payment  of the  family  pension  in such cases,  Armed  Force Personnel/pensioners/their   spouses  may open a bank account of such children/siblings/parents  and submit  the same to the Pension  Sanctioning authority   through the appointing   authority  for  inclusion   in the PPO /revised   PPO.

10.      This  issues  with  the concurrence  of the finance  Division  of this Ministry vide their UO No.  10(01)/2015/FIN/PEN     dated 24.03.2015.

11.         Hindi  version will  follow.

(Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Download Ministry  of Defence No.1(7)/2013-D(Pension/Policy) dated 15.05.2015