PRESS BRIEF

In  accordance with Central Civil Services (Pension ) Rules, in the case of a mentally retarded son or daughter of a deceased Government servant/pensioner, family pension can be paid to a person nominated by the Government servant or the pensioner or his/her spouse.

It has come to the notice of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare that in some cases, the Banks are not allowing family pension in respect of a mentally retarded child through the person nominated by the pensioner or his/her spouse and they insist for a guardianship certificate issued by a court of law.

The provision for nomination is intended to avoid any hassles to the child suffering from a mental disability in obtaining the guardianship certificate from the court and in claiming family pension after the death of his/her parents. Insisting for a guardianship certificate by the Banks in such cases defeats the very purpose of  such nomination and also amounts to violation of the statutory provisions of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021.

The Department has, therefore, reiterated the provisions of the above rules. CMDs of all Pension Disbursing Banks have been advised to issue  suitable instructions to their CPPCs/Pension Paying Branches for payment of family pension in respect of a mentally retarded child through the person nominated by the  Government servant/pensioner/family pensioner in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Rules and not to insist for a guardianship certificate issued by a court of law in such cases.

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