Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 27
The central authorities on Monday introduced that these workers retiring throughout COVID-19 pandemic would get “provisional” pension until their common Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and different official formalities accomplished.
Union Minister for Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh mentioned: “After the Modi Government took over, the Department of Pensions had upgraded and equipped itself to deliver the PPO to the concerned employee without delay and on the day of his or her superannuation”.
The Minister, nevertheless, mentioned, due to the disruption within the official work resulting from COVID pandemic and lockdown among the workers who had retired throughout this era “may not have been provided with PPO”.
“But, as an evidence of the present government’s sensitivity towards the pensioners and the senior citizens, a decision was taken that in order to avoid a delay in the start of regular pension covered under CCS (Pension Rules) 1972, the rules may be relaxed to enable seamless payment of ‘Provisional Pension’ and ‘Provisional Gratuity’ till the regular PPO is issued,” he mentioned.
As per the OM (Office Memorandum) issued by Department of Pensions, affiliated to the DoPT, the fee of “Provisional Pension” will initially proceed for a interval of six months from the date of retirement and the interval of “Provisional Pension” could also be additional prolonged as much as one yr in distinctive instances, an official assertion learn, whereas including that these directions “shall also be applicable in cases where a government servant retires otherwise than on superannuation i.e. voluntary retirement, retirement under FR 56, etc”.