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The Department of Pensions and Pensioner’s welfare (PPW) has expressed concern regarding large number of complaints received by the Department from various pensioners associations and individuals that the documents submitted by Pensioners for inclusion of names of family members or for age proof for claiming additional quantum of family members etc) are not accepted by the Heads of Office concerned. Complaints about inordinate delay of 2-3 years in settling the claims have also been received.
The Ministry has therefore, decided that, the documents indicated in para 5 of O.M., dated 21.05.09 may be relied upon by the Heads of Office for admitting claims of the family pensioners. In addition to these, the Aadhaar number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) may also be accepted by the Heads of Office/ Pension Disbursing Authorities as valid proof of identity. The date of birth of the applicant may also be ascertained at the time of sanctioning family pension as it may be required for deciding the quantum of additional family pension when the family pensioner attains the age of 80 years or above. In case the applicant is unable to submit any of the documents indicated above but claims family pension based on some other documentary evidence, such cases may be submitted to the administrative Ministry/Department.
The Ministry also considered the matter of inclusion of the name of dependent disabled child(ren) in the PPO during the life-time of the pensioner and clarified that neither dependence nor disability are bound to be permanent in nature. It has been decided that family pension would be sanctioned only when their turn comes to receive the family pension on the demise of the pensioner/ family pensioner subject to conditions in vogue.
for complete details, download the OM F.No.1/19/11-P&PW(E) dated 03.08.2011