Dearness Relief Orders along with DA orders – SCOVA Point

Additional Points for SCOVA Meeting to be held on 03.02.2015 – Issue of Dearnes Relief Orders along with DA Orders and other points

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has issued OM on four new agenda items which will be discussed in the meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOCA) under the Chairmanship on 3.2.2015.

The four fresh agenda points are given below…

1. Simultaneous issue of orders for the release of Dearness Allowances:

Based on the rise in Consumer Price Index, Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief are granted to serving employees and pensioners respectively with effect from 1st January and 1st July each year. The orders sanctioning DA are issued by the Finance Ministry and the orders sanctioning DR are issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after the same. While serving employees get the increase in cash after a couple of days from the date of issue of Office Memorandum, the pensioners get it after some days since the issue of O.M, for DR needs to be further approved by Department of Expenditure and CAG. As the payment of DA and DR is being made from the Consolidated Fund of India, the issuance of separate orders for the grant of DA and DR could be unnecessary.

2. Co-authorisation of Family Pension of permanently disabled children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings

As a policy initiative of DoPPW, the CPAO vide its O.M no. CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2013-14/252 dated 06.02.2014 allowed co-authorisation

of family pension of permanently disabled’ children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings. A similar benefit may be considered by Department of Defence and Ministry of Railways to its pensioners.

3. Non-adherence of extant rules with regard to submission of life certificate

Despite clear instructions from the Ministry of Finance,vide CPAO/Tech/Grievances/2010-11/531 dated 30.06.2011, it has been reported that some’ banks branches are insisting on personal appearance of pensioners for submission of life certificates along with PPOs. The extant rules now exempt personal appearance and the prescribed form is to be signed by any of the persons specified therein.The pensioners thus got put to untoward hardship in addition to stress and strain which could have been avoided. As such, Department of Financial Services is requested to take necessary steps to get the instructions complied with strictly without fail.

4. Provision of CGHS facility for life time to dependent disabled/mentally retarded children of Central Government Employees/Pensioners

a) In the “Definition of Family” under CGH_S,furnished in Ministry of Health & FW O.M. No. 3T-1/2009-C&P/CGHS (P) dated 23-2-2011, daughter as indicated at 51 No.5(ii) can avail the benefits till she starts earning or gets married irrespective of the age-limit, where as son indicated at 51. No. 5(iii) of the list, suffering from any permanent Physical/Mental disability is entitled to avail the facility “irrespective of age- limit”, and son’s marital status may not result in denial of CGHS facility to him ,in as much as there is no mention of marital status in the definition, unlike the definition at 51.5 (i) On the other hand, daughter suffering from any permanent disability (physical disability or mental retardation) loses the facility if she gets married as per the definition at 51. (5)(ii). Hence, the case of a physically disabled/mentally retarded daughter needs to be considered for extension of CGHS facility “irrespective of age-limit, even after her marriage” .

b) Further under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, by an amendment to explanations 1 and 3 after Sub-rule 6 of Rule 54, as communicated vide Department of Pension & PW’O.M. No. 1/33/2012-P&PW(E) dated 16-1-2013, mentally /physically disabled children have been allowed to continue to draw family pension even after their marriage thereby removing the condition of marital status for continued drawal of family pension.

c) Thus on the analogy of pension rules, mentally/physically disabled children (both son and daughter) of Central Government Employees/Pensioners may be allowed to continue to avail CGHS facilities even after their marriage by removing the condition of marital status now existing in respect of daughters only. The “definition of family” under CGHS would need to modified suitably.

Download Department of Pension and Pensioners’s welfare Office Memorandum No. F. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G) dated 15.01.2015


  1. I was Released from service in 1984.with disability 20% .as par existing rules how much should get.
    2-iam registered for treatmenent in ECHS Dehradun.but due sickness of me n wife who is hypoeriodism,hypertenson.,degeneration of big pelvis bone.
    so we both are hypersensetive to cold n are in kerala for six month every year.

    3- During this period we need regular treament from ECHSKochy..if we can take treament what is the procedure to get treatment n investigation as reqd for our ailment pl guide us as par existing rules.even regional ECHS are not clear about the same.
    4.each time iam coming to kochy ECHSI had been neglected by incharge ECHS kochy.
    5-i t may be due to partiality this officer is having for north indians.
    6-He says u north indians are a problem for us.ihave 420 patients to date.
    U are cordialy requested to pl guide the wY i can take treanent with humiliation.
    With regards
    20 jan,2015

  2. Sir,

    SUB: Pension anomaly of absorbed employees— Need for grant of Second pension option.

    I like to submit the following pension anomaly to the kind notice of the SCOVA for consideration in the interest of thousands of absorbed employees/pensioners, who counted their past service. These absorbees’ are seriously affected due to the anomaly arose (detailed below) on implementation of 6th CPC Report which is not settled for the past six years. The anomaly may kindly be examined and favourable action taken for the grant of second pension option to absorbed employees in the Seventh Central Pay Commission Report so that the rights of absorbed employees are protected.

    As per CCS Pension Rules 1972, whenever an employee is absorbed in a department, the absorbed employee has an option either to receive pro rata retirement pension benefits or to continue to have the pension benefit of combined service under parent department and absorbing department. The option shall be exercised within six months. In case of absorbees, who have got their service counted, their retirement benefits were paid by the parent departments concerned to the absorbing departments.

    But the various pension rules amended subsequently ( say after 1996 ) have extended the following additional pension benefits to the employees who opted pro rata pension, discriminating employees opted for combined service pension by counting their past service.
    1. Restoration of 1/3 rd commuted pension to the employees who opted for lump sum payment on absorption along with Dearness Relief wef 1999.
    2. Dearness Relief on pension from 1999 to all pro rata pensioners.
    3. The VI Central Pay Commission has granted full pension for 10 years’ service.

    Whenever discriminations are noticed, in the unforeseen circumstances such as change in pension rules, court orders, pay commission orders, condition of service etc, Government will usually provide an option to all concerned employees to exercise in the light of new rules so that there could not be any anomaly in the benefits due to them. By adhering this policy, the Public Sector Bank employees were permitted re-opening of pension option and enhancement in gratuity limits – Prudential Regulatory Treatment vide letter N.o.RBI/2010-11/400 DBOD.No.BP.BC.80/ 21.04.018/2010-11 dated 9.02.2011. The BSNL absorbees were also allowed to exercise second option for pro rata pension in several occasions considering their requests.
    Unfortunately, no option is given to the Central Govt employees’ absorbed in Autonomous Bodies, PSUs, banks etc, who counted their past service. Since they are put into heavy loss by VI Pay Commission, the absorbed employees may kindly be permitted to exercise second pension option for pro rata pension / lump sum payment on absorption / counting past service etc. If the pension settlement procedure appears to be complicated at this stage, the affected absorbees’, who counted their past service and opt for pro rata pension subsequently, shall be deemed as opted for lump sum payment on absorption, as one time measure, and pension benefits settled accordingly as given below.
    1.The Parent department shall pay 1/3 rd pension to absorbees’ after the 15 years of absorption.
    2. The absorbed department shall pay the retirement benefits received along with interest to absorbees.
    3. The Government shall grant two pensions to absorbed employees / pensioners i.e one from parent department and the other from absorbed department by considering The 6th Central Pay Commission’s improved/new benefits, like full pension for 10yrs service and the facts that Govt. granted One Rank One Pension (OROP) to Armed forces ( Judges granted it to themselves).
    With Regards,
    Chennai-89; Yours faithfully.
    27.01.2015 R.DEVARAJU.

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