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Family pension relief for disabled

New Delhi, Jan. 17: The Centre has amended the rules to allow disabled offspring of deceased government employees to continue receiving family pension even after their marriage.

The government had recently amended rules to permit family pensioners — children of a deceased government servant — to receive two family pensions.

Yesterday, the department of pension and pensioners’ welfare stated in a memo issued to all central ministries and departments that the Centre had amended relevant rules of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, to benefit family pensioners.

The old rule stated “an unmarried son or an unmarried or widowed or divorced daughter shall become ineligible for family pension” right “from the date he or she gets married or remarried”.

The rules made it incumbent on the children to furnish a document to the treasury or bank once a year certifying that he or she had not started earning their livelihood or married or remarried.

Now, the amended rule has made an exception for disabled children. It states that an unmarried son or an unmarried or widowed or divorced daughter, except a disabled son or daughter, shall become ineligible for family pension from the date he or she marries or remarries.

However, disabled family pensioners will have to furnish a certificate each year saying they have not started earning their livelihood.

Both these rules were amended by a December 27 gazette notification.

The memo stated that financial benefits in past cases would accrue with effect from September 24, 2012.