Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare through its Office Memorandum No. 1/19/96-P&PW(E) dt.19/7/2002 allowed family pension under the EPF Scheme 1995 and the FPS 1971 in addition to the Family Pension under Rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. This benefit is available from 27.7.2001. It means that all the widows of the re-employed ex-servicemen, whose husbands were drawing two separate pensions and died before 27.7.2001 and after 27.7.2001 are now eligible for two family pensions. In some cases, the re-employers such as the Nationalized Banks, PSUs like the Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, etc., who are having EPF scheme 1995 released the family pension to the widow immediately. After accepting this EPF scheme 1995 pension. But, still it appears that some banks are not implementing the same. Here is an example.
I’m Dharmalingam from Coimbatore ,Tamilnadu. My brother-in-law(late) Sgt.K.Sundararaj is an Ex-service man worked as Radio Technician in Air force. His enrolment in IAF on 01.10.1972 and discharged on 01.11.1987 (15 years service –Fulfilling the conditions of Enrolment)His date of birth 20.04.1953.Then he joined with the INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK on 1990 and expired on 29.11.2010 as Asst.Manager on IOB. He has a wife (my sister aged 50) and only a daughter aged 16 years studing 12th standard. Now my sister is receiving Defence Family pension from December 2010 (Rs.5657.00 Including DA &FMA). From the (IOB)bank side she receives a letter as stated below:
We refer to your family pension application and advice as follows.
The deceased pensioner was an ex service man and had declared that he had been drawing from Defence also. As per IBAs guide lines his family is eligible for family Pension either from Bank or from Defence. If you opts for family pension from Bank you are requested to submit a Certificate from Defence Record office stating that family pension will not be sanctioned to the family of deceased pensioner from their side. Alternatively if you opt sanctioned of family pension from bank ,we will inform The respective Defence Record Office that we have sanctioned family pension to the family of Deceased pensioner/EX service men for their necessary action under Sub rule13-B of rule 54 CCS(Pension)Rules. For enabling you take a decision we advise here under the amount family Pension you are eligible from Bank. Enhanced Bank family pension of Rs.7470+variable DA currently (49.90%) from 30.11.2010 to 29.11.2017 Ordinary family pension of Rs.3375 plus variable DA from 30.11.2017 In case you opts for the family pension from Defence, on receipt of the Option letter from you to this effect we will issue NOC to enable you claim family Pension from Defence. We will proceed further on receipt of your reply/option letter for family Pension from yourselves
And they asks a letter from her as ;
I refer my family pension application and wish to opt family pension from Indian
Overseas Bank only. Further I state that I have no objection on informing your sanction of
Family pension to respective defence pension record office.
Kindly guide me in this matter.
Your sister is entitled for second pension from IOB as per the following OM issued by the DOPT. Please take a print of the same and apply to the bank. The bank has written a letter to you basing on the IBA Circular No. PD/CIR/76/G2/1218 Dt. 30-10-1999 but the DOPT OM issued on 19.7.2002 effecting two pensions w.e.f. 27.7.2001.
All Ex-Servicemen are requested to circulate this OM and help the Widows of Defence personnel.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Dated 19th July, 2002
Subject: Grant of Family Pension under the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 and the Family Pension Scheme, 1971 in addition to Family Pension under Rule 54 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Notification No. 1/19/96-P&PW (E), dated the 27th July, 2001 published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) dated the 27th July, 2001, by which sub-rule (13-B) of Rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 was amended by insertion of the following proviso after the first proviso;
“Provided further that family pension, admissible under the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 and the Family Pension Scheme, 1971, shall however, be allowed in addition to the family pension admissible under these rules.”
2. The said amendment has come into force from the date of publication of the said notification i.e., the 27th July, 2001. Clarification has, however, been sought by some Ministries/ Departments as to (i) whether the said Notification is applicable only in respect of those persons who retired on or after 27.7.2001; (ii) whether the Notification would also apply in cases of family pensions which arose prior to 27.7.2001, i.e. where retirement/ death of a re-employed pensioner occurred before 27.7.2001; and (iii) in the event of the benefit being admissible in cases where retirement/ death of a re-employed pensioner occurred before 27.7.2001, whether the benefit is to be given w.e.f. 27.7.2001 only, i.e., the date from which the said Notification came into force.
3. It is clarified that the benefit of family pension under Family Pension Scheme, 1971 Employees Pension Scheme, 1995, in addition to the Family Pension under Rule 54 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, will be admissible in those cases also where retirement/ death of a re-employed Pensioner, who was covered by the Family Pension Scheme, 1971 or the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995, took place prior to 27.7.2001, besides covering those cases where retirement/ death of such a re-employed pensioner took place on or after 27.7.2001. The benefit of second family pension in cases of retirement/ death prior to 27.7.2001 of the re-employed pensioner covered by the Family Pension Scheme, 1971 or Employees Pension Scheme, 1995, will, however, be admissible only w.e.f. 27.7.2001, i.e., the date from which the said Notification came into force.
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