Wed, May 25, 2022

a. List of Pensioners whose Identification is Due on SPARSH, since March' 2022, as on 23.05.2022.       b. Clarification on "Report Death" and "Initiate Family Pension" functionality available on "SPARSH" portal.       c. SPARSH Circular-11: Nomination of Departmental Admin for SPARSH (Defence Civilian) – regarding.       d. Official Channel of PCDA(P) on Youtube.      e. Kind attention to all SPARSH Pensioners.      f. Nomination of Nodal officers for SPARSH(Army Officers).      


Ordinary Family Pension

Ordinary family pension is payable to the widow and children of the officer who died/die while in service or after retirement with a retiring/disability/invalid/ special pension on account of causes which are neither attributable to nor aggravated by service.

Elegible Members of Family for Ordinary Family Pension

  1. Wife lawfully married before or after retirement
  2. A judicially separated wife
  3. Son below the age of 25 years and unmarried daughter (including those illegitimate and adopted legally before or after retirement) or till the date of earning livelihood whichever is earlier.
  4. Widowed/ divorced daughter upto the date of re-marriage and until the earning is not more than Rs. 3500/- + DR p.m. whichever is earlier.
  5. Parents wholly dependant when officer has not left behind a widow/ widower, eligible son or daughter or a widowed/ divorced daughter and the earning of the parent is not more than Rs. 3500/- + DR p.m. The beneficiary is required to furnish income certificate by themselves. The family pension to parents will be admissible with effect from 1.1.1998 but will cover cases where death occurred even prior to 1.1.1998)

In case of parents, the mother will receive the pension first. In addition to above, the following members are also eligible for ordinary family pension:-

  1. Handicapped children- son or daughter suffering from any disorder of disability of mind or physically crippled or disabled so as to render him unable to earn a living even after attaining the age of 25 years.
  2. Post retiral spouses.
  3. Children born out of void or voidable marriage
  4. Children born from divorced wife where conception took place before divorce.

For the purpose of grant of family pension, the Family has been categorized as under vide GOI, MOD letter No. 17(4)/2008(2)/D(Pen/Pol) dt 12-11-2008.


  1. Widow or widower, up to the date of death or re-marriage whichever is earlier;
  2. Son / daughter (including widowed daughter), up to the date of his / her marriage / re-marriage or till the date she starts earining or up to the date of death, whichever is earlier.

  1. Unmarried / widowed / Divorced daughter not covered by Category I above up to the date of marriage / re-marriage or till the date she starts earining or up to the death of death, whichever is earlier.
  2. Parents who were wholly dependent on the Armed Forces personnel when he / she was alive provided the deceased personnel had left behing neither a widow nor a child.

Family Pension to dependent parents, unmarried / divorced / widowed daughter will continue till the date of death.

Ordinary Family Pension in case of Missing Personnel Pensioners

Ordinary family pension in such cases is admissible to the eligible member of the family from the date of lodging FIR six months after the date of lodging FIR or expiry of leave of the officer who has disappeared, whichever is later.

Rates of Ordinary Family Pension

Normal Rate – The ordinary family pension at normal rate shall be calculated @ 30% of reckonable emoluments last drawn subject to a minimum of Rs. 3500/- p.m. and a maximum of 30% of the highest pay.

Enhanced Rate – Where on officer dies while in service or after retirement with pension having rendered not less than 7 years continuous qualifying service, the enhanced rate is payable as under.

Death in Service – The enhanced rate of ordinary family pension is payble for a period of ten years, without any upper age limit from the date following the death of the personnel, to the family of personnel who dies in service.

Death after Retirement – E.R is admissible for 7 years from the date of death of officer or upto the date he would have attained the age of 67 years which ever is earlier in case of officer's death after retirement. The amount of enhanced rate whall be the lowest of the following amounts:

  1. 50% of the reckonable emoluments
  2. amount of retiring/ invalid/ service element of disability pension

For this purpose, reckonable emoluments comprises of pay in pay band including grade pay, Military service pay and NPA, if any, last drawn.

Special Family Pension

Special Family Pension is admissible if the death of an officer whether during service or after retirement is caused due to the circumstances mentioned in category ‘B’ or ‘C’ .

There shall be no condition of minimum service on the date of death for grant of Special Family Pension.

The decision whether the cause of death is attributable to or aggravated by service or other wise rests with Government of India (now Service Hqrs. with effect from 14.8.2001.) Elegible Members of Family for Special Family Pension

  1. Wife (lawfully married before or after retirement) including a judicially separated life.
  2. Sons/Un-married daughters/ widowed/ divorced daughters (including those illegitimate and adopted legally) till he/she attains the age of 25 years or upto the date of his/her marriage/ re-marriage whichever is earlier. In case the eligible child is physically or mentally handicapped and unable to earn livelihood, the Special Family Pension would be admissible for life.
  3. Father
  4. Mother
  5. Brother till he/she attains the age of 25 years.
  6. Unmarried sister till he/she attains the age of 25 years.
Rates of Special Family Pension

Special Family Pension shall be calculated @ 60% of reckonable emoluments drawn at the time of death of the officer subject to a minimum of Rs. 7000/- p.m. irrespective of whether widow has children or not. There shall be no maximum ceiling on Special Family Pension. Emoluments will comprise pay in pay band, grade pay, MSP, NPA, if any, last drawn by the officer.

Special Family Pension on Remarriage of Widow

(i) If widow has children  
(a) If she continues to support children after re-marriage Full Special Family Pension continue to widow
(b) if she does not support children after re-marriage Ordinary family pension equal to 30% of the last pay drawn to the re-married widow. 50% of the Special Family Pension to eligible children.
(ii) If widow has no children Full Special Family Pension to widow

Dependent Pension to Parents and Brothers/Sisters

A claim for dependent’s pension arises in favour of parents/ eligible brothers and sisters (in the absence of parents) of the deceased officers who die under circumstances mentioned in category B or C as a bachelor or widower without children.
Conditions of Eligibility to Dependent Pension

  1. The parents/ eligible brothers/ sisters were largely dependent on the officer for support and are in pecuniary need.
  2. In case of parents, upto the date of death or in the case of female parent who re-marries- upto the date of re-marriage.
  3. In the case of brothers/sisters- upto the date he/she attains the age of 25 years or until she gets married, whichever is earlier. The dependents pension may be continued beyond 25 years if they are incapable of self-support by reason of mental or physical infirmity.
  4. There shall be no condition of “ means limit” for grant of dependent pension provided they were largely dependent on the deceased officer for support and are in pecuniary need. A self attested declaration on any normal paper shall be treated as sufficient proof for grant of dependent pension.

Rate of Dependent Family Pension

At a rate equal to 50% of the notional Special Family Pension that would have been admissible as per Para 46 above subject to a minimum of Rs. 3500/- p.m.

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