Plea of Pre-2006 Pensioners rejected
Para 4.2 of the office memorandum F.No: 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 provides that fixation of pension will be subject to the provision that the revised pension in no case shall be lower than fifty percent of minimum of pay in the pay band plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.
It was clarified in the O.M dated 3.10.2008 that the pension calculated at 50% of the minimum of pay in the pay band plus grade pay would be calculated at the minimum of the pay in the pay band (irrespective of the pre-revised scale of pay) plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale.
The pension will be reduced pro-rata, where the pensioner had less than Rs.3500/- p.m. The fixation of family pension will be subject to the provision that the revised family pension in no case shall be lower than thirty percent of the sum of the minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay thereon corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner had retired.
In respect of representations in this regard, it was clarified in the OM dated 11.2.2009 that instuctions/clarifications issued were in consonance with the decision of the government on the recommendations of the sixth central pay commission and no change was required to made in this respect.
It is observed by DOPT that in spite of above clarifications, representations are still being received from pre-2006 pensioners for higher revised pension in terms of para 4.2 of the OM dated 1.9.2008. The pre-2006 pensioners are aggrieved by the method of taking minimum pay in the pay band for the purpose of calculating minimum pension. This is because multiple pre-revised scales have been merged into single pay band in the implementation of 6CPC. This aspect is well discussed in the following GConnect article.
In this OM dated 19.03.2010, it is informed by DOPT that these representations have been examined and it is reiterated that orders relating to revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners have been correctly issued as per the recommendations of the 6CPC and no change is required to be made in this respect.