All ministries, departments, Controller General of Accounts as well as CMDs of pension disbursing banks have been asked to ensure that family pension should start within a month’s time of the government employees who died due to COVID.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh informed that all Secretaries have been asked to personally monitor the in-service death cases and ensure the start of family pension within a month of the receipt of claim and death certificate, on a periodic basis.
In the order, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) in the Union Ministry of Personnel has instructed “all Ministries, Departments, Controller General of Accounts as well as CMDs of Pension Disbursing Banks to ensure that the Family Pension is started within one month of the receipt of the claim from the eligible family member of a Government servant who has lost his or her life due to COVID.”
The Secretaries shall also nominate for this purpose, an officer of the respective ministry/department, whose name and contact details shall be reflected on the website for any family member to contact in case of delay.
At the same time, every ministry/department shall send a monthly position of such cases to the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, he added.