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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Revision of Family Pension - Long Overdue

One may feel like hitting his or her head on the walls of Yogkshema and Parliament after reading Shri C H Mahadevan's reply to Shri Kishore,"Pitiable state of family pensioners" Shri Mahadevan has been writing often highlighting the pitiable treatment meted out LIC family pensioners.

5th CPC recommended that the family pension should be at uniform rate of 30% of pay for all categories of employees. It also recommended the removal of then existing ceiling of Rs.1250/- on family pension which ( as rightly opined by the CPC) operates harshly against the families, against surviving family members of the deceased employees. Ever since 01-01-1996, GOI family pensioners have been getting 30% of the pay recognised for pension of the employee.

Shri Mahadevan's example of arrears of a paltry sum of Rs.786/- to Shri Kishore on behalf his mother is as an eye opener.

As stated above. The GOI family pensioners got enhanced family pension from 01-01-1996, the date of their revision of pay and pension. The legal heirs are entitled to whatever is justifiably due to the pensioners as well as family pensioners.

In order to do fair justice to 12000 plus family pensioners, living or departed, it should be ensured to get family pension on par with GOI family pensioners. It should not be from a prospective date, it should be retrospectively from 01-08-1997, the date of revision of pay scales in LIC.

SN ( a 1992 pensioner )