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Penalty for pension denial

Bihar Human Rights Commission has awarded a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the widow of a retired government employee for denial of family pension by the treasury officer of Danapur sub-treasury.

The chairperson of the commission, Justice (retd) S.N. Jha, passed the order on Monday while hearing the complaint petition filed by Monaka Devi, who was denied family pension for about 28 months because of lapses on part of the Danapur treasury officer.

Jha ordered the Patna district magistrate to ensure payment of compensation was made within six weeks. “The amount to be paid as compensation to the complainant may be recovered from the salary of treasury officer of Danapur sub-treasury Chandra Prakash,” he added.

Devi, a resident of Bheraria village under Paliganj sub-division in Patna, had lodged a complaint with the commission alleging non-payment of family pension because of lackadaisical attitude of the Danapur treasury officer.

She said her husband Ram Janam Paswan retired from Jharkhand and got pension from Dhanbad treasury till April 30, 2010. Later, his pension was transferred to Bihar accountant-general’s office, which subsequently issued a fresh pension authority memo to the treasury officer of Danapur asking him to make the payment from May 1, 2010.

The commission observed: “Non-payment of pensions… adversely affects the pensioners’ right to life. In the facts and circumstances, the commission would quantify the amount of compensation to Rs 50,000. As there were latches on behalf of the treasury officer, Danapur, the amount may be recovered from him.”


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