Family Pension Yojana 2022: In the interest of government employees and pensioners, the Narendra Modi government at the Center has taken a big decision. There will be a big increase in the family pension benefits to the disabled children of a deceased government employee or pensioners. In this regard, instructions have been issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.
Family Pension Yojana 2022: There is big news for the people entitled to pension. The government has decided to increase the income limit for giving family pension to children/siblings suffering from mental or physical disabilities. Such children/siblings will be eligible for lifelong family pension, if their total income earned from sources other than this family pension is less than the family pension. That is, the pension will be made by combining 30% of the last salary received by the deceased government employee and Dearness Relief admissible thereon for the pensioner concerned.
In such cases, the benefit will be available from February 08, 2021. Presently handicapped children/siblings are eligible for family pension, if the total monthly income of the handicapped child/siblings from sources other than family pension does not exceed Rs.9,000/- plus dearness relief thereon.
Earlier, to provide relief to the families of bank employees, the government has approved the proposal of the Indian Banking Association to increase the family pension to 30% of the last drawn pay. With this move of the government, the family pension per family of bank employees has gone up from Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000.
In the 11th Bilateral Agreement on Wage Revision of Public Sector Bank Employees, which was signed by the Indian Banks Association (IBA) with the unions on November 11, 2020, increase in family pension and increase of employer’s contribution under the National Pension Scheme has been proposed. There was also an offer. It has been accepted. Earlier in this scheme there was a slab of 15, 20 and 30 percent of the last drawn salary of the pensioner. Its maximum limit was Rs 9,284/-. It was a very small amount. Not only this, the government has also approved the proposal to increase the contribution of employers from the existing 10% to 14% under the New Pension Scheme.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh told about this historic decision of the government that it is in line with the special emphasis laid by the Prime Minister on the dignity and care of such children.
Criteria will be made easier for dependents:
The Union Minister said that under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, the income criteria for the eligibility of children / siblings of a deceased government employee or pensioners for family pension will be simplified and liberalized. Instructions have also been issued in this regard. The Government is of the view that the eligibility criteria for family pension as applicable in the case of other members of the family cannot be applied in the same manner in the case of physically handicapped children/siblings.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that keeping this in view, the Government has reviewed the income criteria for eligibility of family pension in respect of children/siblings with disabilities and has decided that the families of such children/siblings The income linked criterion for eligibility of pension will be commensurate with the eligible amount of family pension in their case.
In such cases, the benefit will be available from 08 February 2021. Presently handicapped children/siblings are eligible for family pension, if the total monthly income of the handicapped child/siblings from sources other than family pension does not exceed Rs.9,000/- plus dearness relief thereon.
Family pension will continue for life:
The Union Minister said that the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare has issued instructions that a mentally or physically disabled child/sibling of a deceased Government servant/pensioner will be eligible for family pension for life, if his/her total income, In addition to family pension, is less than the eligible family pension at the normal rate i.e. equal to or less than 30 per cent of the last pay drawn by the deceased Government servant/pensioners plus the Dearness Relief Allowance sanctioned thereon.
Relief is being given for livelihood:
As per Rule 54(6) of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, a mentally or physically disabled child/sibling of a deceased Government servant or pensioner is eligible for family pension for life, if he is suffering from any such physical disability. is suffering, due to which he/she cannot earn his/her livelihood.
Presently, any member of the family, which includes physically challenged children/siblings, is considered to be earning his/her livelihood if his/her income from sources other than family pension is the minimum family pension i.e. Rs.9,000 and that but is equal to or more than the approved Dearness Relief Allowance.
This information is also important:
In cases where a child/sibling with a mentally or physically challenged child/sibling is not currently receiving family pension due to non-fulfillment of the earlier criteria of income, family pension shall be given to him/her if he/she fulfills the new criteria of income. and also fulfills other conditions for family pension at the time of death of Government servant or pensioners or previous family pensioners. However, financial benefits in such cases will accrue prospectively and no arrears will be paid from the date of death of Government servant/pensioners/previous family pensioners.
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