News of relief for Central Government Employees has finally come. Employees who were retiring in the Coronavirus pandemic as declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on Monday, that they will get provisional pensions till their Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and other formalities completed.
Realising that amid Pandemic and lockdown it would be quite difficult for the employees to submit pension forms to the Head of Office or they may not be able to transmit the claim form in hard copy along with service book to the concerned Pay & Accounts Office in time, especially when both the offices are at different regions, Union Minister Jitendra Singh told the media.
“This is very pertinent to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) who are constantly on the move and whose Heads of Offices are located in cities different from where the Pay & Accounts Office is located,” said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
He also said since the Modi government is in power, the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ have been upgraded and they are trying to make arrangements to deliver PPO to the employees as soon as possible, without the delay on the day of his or her superannuation.
They have also set up an online portal for the retired employees, where they can check the status of their pension documents.
The provisional pension for the employees retiring during the pandemic will be provided for six months from the date of retirement, and it can be extended during some exceptional cases for up to one year. The instructions of DoPT will also apply in cases of voluntary retirement, retirement under FR 56, and so on.
The delay caused by the regular CCS (Pension Rules) 1972, will be met by this provisional pension initiative.