[T]he Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare(P&PW) has referred to the doubts by various user agencies regarding eligibility of the dependent parents of a deceased government Servant for family pension. The Ministry has clarified that in case the deceased government servant is not survived by a widow/widower or a child, the dependent parents become directly eligible to receive family pension. In cases where a deceased Government servant is survived by a widow/widower or a child, and the position changes subsequently because of death or re-marriage of the spouse and/or death or ineligibility of child/children, including a disabled child, the dependent parents become eligible for family pension.
The Ministry further clarified that, as per PPW Department’s OM. No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 02.09.08, a childless widow, subject to dependency criteria, is entitled to the family pension even after her re-marriage. In such an event, the parents of the deceased employee become entitled to the family pension only after the childless widow dies or when her independent income from all other sources becomes equal to or higher than that prescribed for dependency criterion under the Rules.
For complete details, download OM No. 1/2/2007-P&PW(E) dated 02.09.2011