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State widens family pension scheme

By Our Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, AUG.2 .The Haryana Government today amended its Family Pension Scheme - 1964 to expand its scope.

An official note said this amendment would give benefit to the parents who were dependent on an unmarried Government employee or deceased, who left neither a widow nor a child at the time of his death; widowed or legally divorced daughters and son or daughter of a Government employee, who is suffering from any disorder or disability of mind or was physically crippled or disabled and unable to earn his living even after attaining the age of 25 years.

The amendment was made at a meeting of the State Cabinet here this morning under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister,Om Prakash Chautala.

According to the amendment, the family would include wife, in the case of a male employee, husband in the case of a female employee, minor sons would include children adopted legally before retirement, unmarried minor daughters, widowed or legally divorced daughters and the parents of an unmarried employee. Since a judicially separated wife or husband does not lose her or his legal status of wife or husband of the Government employee, they would be eligible for the benefit for the Family Pension Scheme -1964. The pension would be admissible in the case of widow or widower up to the date of death or remarriage, whichever is earlier; as well as son or unmarried daughter including widowed or divorced daughter until he or she attains the age of 25 years. It would be also admissible in the case of parents who were wholly dependent on the Government employee when he or she was alive, up to the date of death provided the deceased employee had left behind neither a widow nor a child provided that an unmarried daughter including widowed or divorced daughter will become ineligible for pension from the date of her marriage or remarriage. Also, the son or unmarried daughter including widowed or divorced daughter would become ineligible for pension if he or she starts earning livelihood.

Regarding the income criteria, the monthly earning in case of parents and widowed or divorced daughter should not be more than Rs. 2,550 per month. They would have to produce an annual certificate to this effect. The upper ceiling of family pension would be 30 per cent of basic pay of the deceased employee subject to a minimum of Rs. 1,913 per month. In case an employee is survived by more than one widow, the pension would be paid to them in equal shares. On the death of a widow, her share of the pension would become payable to her eligible minor child. If at the time of her death, a widow leaves no eligible minor child, the payment of her share of the pension would cease. In case an official is survived by a widow, but has left behind an eligible minor child from another wife, the eligible minor child will be paid the share of pension, which the mother would have received, if she had been alive at the time of death of the officer.

The amendment also provides that if the son or daughter of a Government employee is suffering from any disorder or disability of mind or is physically crippled or disabled to render him or her unable to earn a living even after attaining the age of 25 years, the family pension would be payable to such son or daughter for life subject to certain conditions. . The impairment of more than 40 per cent of any kind would be entitled for benefits. The disability is broadly of four types --- visual, locomotor, speech and hearing and mental disorders.

The Cabinet also approved the drafts of the Punjab Civil Services Volume- II (Haryana Second Amendment) Rules-2004 and Punjab Civil Services Volume-II (Haryana Third Amendment) Rules- 2004.

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