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Common Questions Asked in Defence Pension Adalats
By Pensioners/ Family Pensioners
My husband was a defence civilian and removed from service Am I
entitled for family pension?
|Answer:||Not entitled to family pension. However, if your husband was in receipt of compassionate allowance, you are entitled to family pension.|
|Question-No.2:||I am widow of a deserter and have not been sanctioned family
|Answer:||No family pension is admissible.
have given option and undertaking but my Pension Disbursement Agency is not
paying the fixed medical allowance.
medical allowance is paid with reference to the area where the pensioner is
residing. If the pensioner is residing in an area not covered by the CGHS, he is
entitled to payment of fixed medical allowance.
If the Civilian Pensioner is residing in an area covered by CGHS, he is
not entitled to payment of fixed Medical Allowance. As regards the payment of
fixed medical allowance in respect of Armed Forces pensioners they are entitled
to it subject to option and undertaking to be given by them that they do not
want to avail OPD medical facility at MH/MI Room.
|Question-No.3(II):||I am an ex-serviceman and re-employed in a Bank. My Pension Disbursement
Agency is not paying me fixed medical allowance on the ground that I am getting
medical facilities from the re-employing authority.
|Answer:||A person who is re-employed in Bank is not entitled to payment of Medical Allowance during re-employment since medical facility would be available in the Bank.|
|Question-No.4:||My family pension has been stopped on the ground of hearsay
allegation that I have remarried.
|Answer:||Family Pension should not be stopped on the basis of hearsay allegation
but the fact should be reported by the PDA to Pr. CDA(P) who will get the case
investigated and pass appropriate orders. In case the widow's family pension has
been stopped she should report the matter
to Pr. CDA (P) who will issue orders for continuance or otherwise of family
pension after investigation .
|Question-No.5:||Pensioner of the same rank, group & qualifying service who
was discharged from service from the same date is getting more pension than me.
|Answer:||Full details of colleague pensioner is required for checking the
entitlement and making comparison. However, generally there may not be any
variation between the pensions of those who are of the same rank, group,
qualifying service and are of the same date of discharge unless there is some
wrong fixation of pension.
|Question-No.6:||Whether the widows of Armed Forces Pensioners who are in
receipt of family pension under EPF scheme 1971, 1995 are entitled to family
pension from Army side also?
|Answer:||Yes. Previously the widows of Armed Forces Pensioners who were
in receipt of ordinary family pension under EPF scheme 1971, 1995 had to opt for
one pension which was advantageous. Now, the Govt. has liberalised family
pension scheme and they are entitled to family pension from Army side in
addition to family pension drawn
from EPF scheme 1971 or 1995. For this purpose, ROs will initiate pension claims
and submit them to PSAs for sanction of family pension. The benefit is available
w.e.f. 27.07.2001 in past cases and from the date following the date of death in
|Question-No.7:||What is the procedure for joint notification of family pension
in respect of Armed Forces Pensioners?
|Answer:||Joint notification of family pension simultaneously with service pension
in the same PPO in respect of PBOR commenced from 1.3.85 i.e. the PPOs notified
on or after 1.3.85 were issued sanctioning family pension with service pension.
However, this joint notification of family pension is done only in favour of
wife. Children, parents etc. are not covered under joint notification system.
Joint notification is also not done in cases of more them one wife or in cases
of re-employment. For those who were sanctioned pension prior to 1.3.85, in
their cases endorsement of family pension on the PPOs of living pensioners was
issued under Ministry of Defence Letter dated 30.06.88. For this purpose,
pensioner is to apply on Appendix I to MOD letter dated 30.06.88 with joint
photograph of spouse and send it to the concerned RO through his PDA. PDA after
verification of entries in the application will send it to RO concerned who will
send the application form to PSA for endorsement of family pension.
|Question-No.8:||What has the pensioner to do for restoration of commuted
portion of pension? From what date is it restored?
Commuted portion of pension is to be restored after 15 years from the
date of commutation. This restoration was introduced w.e.f. 1.4.85 i.e. those
who completed 15 years on or after 1.4.85, their pension was to be restored.
15 years is to be counted from date of discharge provided commutation was
sanctioned simultaneously with service pension in the same PPO.
where commutation was sanctioned subsequent to the date of discharge the
restoration of commuted portion of pension will be done on completion of 15
years from the date from which the amount of capitalized value is paid or
credited to the pensioner's account.
pensioner has to apply to his PDA through an application after completion of 15
years for restoration.
|Question-No.9:||What is the procedure for transfer of pension from one PDA to
|Answer:||If a pensioner is drawing pension from one PDA and desires that his
pension should be transferred to another PDA, he is simply to apply on Annexure
'C' of PSB Scheme Booklet of 1987 to his PDA from where he is getting pension,
giving full particulars of the PDA i.e. the name of specific treasury,
particular branch of the bank with Saving Bank Account Number etc. and the
present PDA will transfer his pension accounts to desired PDA. For transfer of
PDA, sanction/instructions from PCDA(P) is not required. However, while
forwarding pension documents to New PDA, the present PDA will intimate month and
year upto which pension has been paid to the pensioner and the month from which
pension is to be commenced by the New PDA. In all such cases Pension Sanctioning
Authority as well as Principal CDA(P) will be informed for updating their
|Question-No.10:||What procedure is to be
followed for revision of pension of Pre-86/Pre-96 Hony Commissioned Officers
under modified parity formula order?
Modified Parity Formula Orders issued by Govt. of India, Ministry of
Defence under their letter dated 07.06.99 envisage
that w.e.f. 1.1.96 service pension of a pensioner will not be less than 50% of
the minimum of the revised pay scale introduced w.e.f. 1.1.96 for 33 years
service. If the actual service plus admissible weightage is less than 33 years,
the service pension will be reduced proportionately. Similarly family pension
w.e.f. 1.1.96 will not be less than 30% of the minimum of the revised pay scale
introduced w.e.f. 1.1.96.
In case of PBOR, modified parity is beneficial only to Hony Commissioned
Officers. For revision under modified parity, pensioner should apply on
prescribed application form i.e. Annexure II to Govt. letter dated 14.07.98
(available with PDAs) to their PDA who will, after verification of particulars,
send the application to RO concerned. In Pre-86 cases the Record Office will
send the application form to the PAO concerned for notional fixation of pay as
on 1.1.86 (on Annexure IV). The Annexure II (along with Annexure IV where
applicable) is ultimately received by the Office of the Pr. CDA
(Pensions), Allahabad for issue of corrigendum PPO revising the pension.
|Question-No.11:||What is the procedure for
revision of Pension/Family Pension in respect of Pre-86/Pensioners/Family
|Answer:||For revision of pension/family pension of Pre-86Pensioners/Family
Pensioner, the individual is required to apply to his PDA on a prescribed
application form i.e. Annexure II to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter
dated 14.07.98. PDA will revise service pension as per Tables to the ibid MOD
letter with reference to rank, group and qualifying service of the pensioner
where OP (Original Pension) in his records tally with the OP shown in the
Tables. If OP does not tally, these cases will be referred to Pr. CDA(P) by the
PDAs who will fix revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.96 and issue clarificatory
instructions to PDA for eventual payment.
|Question-No.12:||What is the protection for
ordinary family pension, Special Family Pension and liberalised family pension
to the family of a Major General?
|Answer:||OFP/SFP/LFP in respect of
Major General was less than the corresponding family pension of a Brigadier
because of the fact that a Brigadier gets Rank pay which, added to basic pay,
becomes higher than the pay of a Major General. It has now been clarified by the
Govt. that family pension in respect of Major General will not be less than the
family pension of a Brigadier. All cases of Major General are being revised
|Question-No.13:||What are the revised rates
of disability element for 100% disability in pursuance of Vth CPC Govt. Orders?
Rates of disability element for 100% disability in r/o Armed Forces
Pensioners have been revised w.e.f. 1.1.96 as under:
The revised rates are applicable w.e.f. 1.1.96 to all the pensioners in
receipt of disability pension irrespective of the date of discharge i.e.
applicable to post 96 pensioners as well as Pre-96 Pensioners.
|Question-No.14:||To whom is rounding off
benefit of percentage of disability pension admissible?
In pursuance of Vth CPC recommendations, Govt. of India, Ministry of
Defence vide their letter dated 31.01.2001 have issued orders for revision of
disability pension in respect of Post 96 discharge/invalidment/death cases. For
purposes of grant of disability pension, following two criteria have been
In invalidment cases disability element will be computed as under:
DE on Discharge Release Cases:
In discharge release cases, no disability element shall be payable for
disabilities less than 20%. Rounding off benefit in such cases will not be
|Question-No.15:||Under Vth CPC orders
remarriage of widow even with a person other than real brother of the deceased
does not debar her from payment of special family pension. What is the exact
rule position in this regard?
Before Vth CPC orders a widow, recipient of special family pension, on
remarriage with real brother of the deceased was allowed special family pension.
In case of remarriage of widow with a person other than the real brother of the
deceased special family pension was discontinued from the date of marriage.
However, in case of liberalised family pension ordinary family pension was
payable on re-marriage with other than real brother.
Under Vth CPC orders applicable from 1.1.96 the position has undergone a
change. Now the payment of SFP to the widow in the event of remarriage will
depend upon the circumstances as to whether or not she has children and whether
she supports them after remarriage.
The above position is valid only when the widow is the nominated heir,
However, where first life award is sanctioned to parents, the payment of family
pension will be regulated as under: -
|Question-No.16:||Whether Dearness relief is
admissible to a re-employed pensioner?
Yes with the following conditions: -
Not admissible to class A Pensioners/Officers.
Admissible to PBOR and below class 'A' Pensioners.
Admissible w.e.f. 18.07.97
Admissible only when the pay on the re-employed post has
been fixed on the minimum scale of pay on which re-employed.
Whole of pension has been ignored while fixing his pay.
|Question-No.17:||What is the admissibility of Ex-gratia lump-sum compensation to the
families of Armed Forces personnel who are killed in action in international
wars or while taking action against extremists/anti-social elements/terrorists
etc. and those killed due to accidents?
lump-sum compensation is admissible to NOKs of Armed Forces personnel as under:
War Injury Pension is calculated in r/o Post 96 Invalidment/discharge cases?
pension consists of two elements: -
War Injury element
procedure for calculation of War Injury Pension on invalidment and discharge is
as under: -
War Injury Pension on Invalidment:
Service element in respect of Commissioned Officers will be calculated
with reference to pay drawn at the time of Invalidment but counting service upto
the date on which he/she should have retired in that rank in normal course
including weightage as admissible. Whereas in respect of PBOR service element
will be calculated on the basis of the rank and group and maximum length of
service for that rank.
War Injury Element:
WIE will be equal to reckonable emoluments last drawn for 100%
disablement. For lower percentage it will be reduced proportionately. However
aggregate of SE and WIE will not be more than last pay drawn.
War Injury Pension on discharge: -
Service element equal to service pension War Injury element Rs. 5200/-,
3800/- or 3100/-, for officers, JCOs & PBOR respectively, for 100% War
Injury. For lower % it will be proportionately reduced.
|Question-No.19:||Whether family pension may
be sanctioned to a handicapped child during lifetime of a pensioner who has no
wife or any other children.
|Answer:||No. Family Pension in this case may be sanctioned only when the
contingency arises. However, a note of such child will be kept in record of RO/HOO
|Question-No.20:||Whether reservists who have
opted for lump-sum gratuity in lieu of pension are also entitled to pension?
|Answer:||Yes. They are entitled to Ex-gratia pension @ Rs. 600/- pm w.e.f. 01.11.97 provided they have not received any rehabilitation assistance from the Govt. and are not in receipt of any other pension.|
|Question-No.21:||Whether a Sepoy who was
discharged from service in 1966 and awarded Sena Medal for gallantry is also
entitled to any monetary allowance.
|Answer:||Yes. He is
entitled to Rs. 250/- p.m. from 01.02.99 and not from 1966.
|Question-No.22:||Whether a PBOR pensioner
who has got his pension commuted to the extent of only 30% of pension can
subsequently commute the remaining 15%?
|Answer:||Yes. He can get
his remaining percentage of pension commuted.
|Question-No.23:||I was discharged from
service on 31.10.96 i.e. after 1.1.96 but my pension is lesser than pension of a
pensioner of my rank, group & qualifying service discharged in 12/97. I
should get the same pension under one rank, one-pension formula.
We are not aware of any Govt. letter regarding one Rank, one pension.
Govt. Orders on modified parity have been issued which do not envisage that
pension of all the pensioners of the same rank, group and qualifying service
will be the same.
In-fact pension in respect of PBOR is calculated on maximum of the pay of the rank and group in which last served. Since Pay Scales of those who are discharged on or after 10.10.97 are higher than of those who are discharged between 1.1.96 and 9.10.97, pensions of these two categories of pensioners differ.
|Question-No.24:||Whether Special Family
Pension in respect of JCO who has nominated his mother for pension may be
divided between mother and widow.
If the mother who is nominated heir does not support her daughter-in-law who
requests for division of SFP. The Pr. CDA (P) on the investigation and
recommendations of civil authority/BRO, may divide the Special Family Pension in
the ratio decided by him. But in no case widow's share will be less than the
Ordinary Family Pension.
|Question-No.25:||Continuance award of
Special Family Pension is admissible from which date and in whose favour is the
|Answer:||When Special Family Pension is sanctioned to widow and she becomes
disqualified or dies and it is sanctioned to father or mother it is called
continuance award of Special Family Pension. It is sanctioned from the date of
application by the parents.
|Question-No.26:||Whether in all cases
service element is payable along with disability element in disability pension
|Answer:||No. Those who are discharged from service on completion of their terms of engagement with service gratuity without earning a service pension, if found suffering from a disability which is accepted as attributable to or aggravated by service at 20% or above, may be sanctioned Disability Element in addition to service gratuity. Service element is not payable in such cases.|
|Question-No.27:||Whether restoration of commuted portion of pension is admissible to those
who were absorbed permanently in autonomous bodies/PSUs and have drawn lump-sum
capitalised value in lieu of pension?
|Answer:||Yes. Only 1/3rd portion of pension which was normally allowed
to be commuted may be restored after 15 years from the date of commutation and
dearness relief is also payable on this.
|Question-No.28:||In case of Naval Personnel
whole of the Boy Service is taken as qualifying service for pension. Do similar
orders exist on Air Force/Army side?
|Answer:||NO. However, the matter stands referred to Govt. for necessary orders.|
|Question No. 29:||Are two service pensions/family pensions admissible?|
|Answer:||Yes. However two pensions will be admissible for the services rendered in two organisations/Depts. Two family pension are admissible for two casualties. For example a mother who is in receipt of family pension for her husband may also get family pension for her son provided the son has left no widow/eligible child.|