Relief on death/disability of Government Servants under NPS
The Pension of the Government Employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 is regulated by the new defined contribution pension system (known as New Pension Scheme) notified by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) vide their O.M.No.5/7/2003-ECB 2 PR dated 22.12.2003.
2. On introduction of the New Pension Scheme, among others, the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972 and the Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules were amended on 30.12.2003. Under the amended rules, the benefits of Invalid Pension/Disability Pension and Family Pension/Extraordinary Family Pension/Liberalised Pensionary Award relief are not available to the Government Servants appointed on or after 1.1.2004.
3. Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) has subsequently clarified that the New Pension Scheme is replacement for only pension under normal circumstances and family pension in case of death of employees after retirement.
4. A high level task force (HLTF) constituted by the Government has recommended certain additional benefits that can be provided on death or discharge on invalidation/disability of a Government Servant covered by the new Pension Scheme. It is likely to take some time before the Rules regulating these benefits under the New Pension System are put in place.
5. Meanwhile, considering the hardships being faced by the employees appointed on or after 1.1.2004 who discharged on invalidation/disablement and by the families of such employees who have died during service since 2004, the President is pleased to extend the following benefits to Central Civil Servants covered by the New Pension Scheme on provisional basis till further orders:
(I) Retirement from Government Service on invalidation not attributable to Government duty:
(i) Invalid Pension calculated in terms of Rule 38 and Rule 49 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
(ii) Retirement gratuity calculated in terms of Rule 50 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
(II) Death in service not attributable to Government duty:
(i) Family Pension (including enhanced family pension) computed in terms of Rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
(ii) Death gratuity computed in terms of Rule 50 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
(III) Discharge from Government service due to disease/injury attributable to Government Duty
(i) Disability Pension computed in terms of Central Civil Services (Extraoridnary Pension) Rules.
(ii) Retirement gratuity computed in terms of the Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules read with Rule 50 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
(IV) Death in service attributable to Government Duty:
(i) Extraordinary Family Pension computed in terms of Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules and Scheme for Liberalised Pensionary awards.
(ii) Death Gratuity computed in terms of Rule 50 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
The employee/his family will also be paid dearness Pension/dearness relief admissible from time to time in addition to the above benefits, on provisional basis.
6. The above provisional payments will be adjusted against the payments to be made in accordance with the Rules framed on the recommendations of the HLTF and recoveries if any will be made from the future payments to be made on the basis of those rules.
7. The recommendations of the HLTF envisage payment of various benefits on death/discharge of a Government employee after adjustment of the monthly annuitised pension from the accumulated funds in the NPS account of the employee. Therefore no payment of monthly annuitised pension will be made to the employee/family of the employee during the period he/she is in receipt of the provisonal benefits mentioned in para 5 above.
8. In cases where, on discharge/death of the employee, the amount of accumulated funds in the NPS account have been paid to the employee/family of the employee, the amount of monthly annuitised pension from the date of discharge/death will be worked out in accordance with the rules/regulations to be notified by the Department of Financial Services/PFRDA and the same will be adjusted against the payment of benefits/relief after notified rules in this respect are in place.
9. These instructions will be applicable to the those Government Servants who joined Government Service on or after 1.1.2004 and will take effect from the same date i.e 1.1.2004.