New Delhi, Sept. 25: The Centre has issued a directive asking officials to seek only the minimum number of documents required for claiming family pension following complaints of unnecessary harassment.
In a memorandum issued last week, the department of pension and pensioners’ welfare asked all central government ministries and departments to “strictly” adhere to instructions so that relatives of deceased pensioners are not put through “any hardships”.
From the “representations received in this department it appears that some offices ask the applicant family pensioners for the documents not indicated” for the purpose, the memo said.
Spouses of deceased government servants are automatically entitled to family pension. They just need to submit the death certificate and a prescribed application form (Form 14).
If the spouse is also dead, other claimants such as dependent parents, dependent daughters or disabled children need to submit an income certificate along with the Form 14 and the death certificate.
They also need to submit documents to establish their identity, relation with the deceased pensioner and residential address. The documents that are “accepted” include PAN card, matriculation certificate, passport, CGHS health card, driving licence, voter’s ID card and Aadhaar number.
The voter’s ID card and Aadhaar number are accepted only in cases where a claimant certifies that he/she is not a matriculate and does not have any of the other documents required.
The claimant also needs to prove that no other surviving family member is eligible for the family pension. For this purpose, the claimant needs to submit documents such as marriage/death/income certificate of the other members.