New Delhi: The biggest concern of government employees is to get pension after their retirement. In order to get this pension, they are required to submit pension forms to the Head of Office as to which the government servants may find difficulty. With this, the Modi government has started an initiative for the retiring employees during the coronavirus epidemic in which they will be getting provisional pension after retirement. Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday, July 27 said that government employees, retiring during the Covid-19 epidemic will get a provisional pension amount till their regular pension payment orders (PPO) are issued and other formalities are completed. He said that this decision has been taken due to the pandemic and lockdown.
Government employees may have difficulty in submitting the pension form at the main office or they may not be in a position to submit the claim form with the 'service book' to the Pay and Account office concerned on time due to the current situation. The situation can get harsher for the employees if both the offices are located in different cities. Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions said that it is suitable for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) who move from one city to another constantly and for those whose head offices are located in different cities where their accounts office are located.
The Union Minister said that the pension and grievances welfare department has been developed after the Modi government came to power. The department has been prepared in such a way that it can give PPO to concerned employee from the day of retirement without any delay. Singh further said that the PPO could not be issued to some employees who retired during this period of pandemic followed by the lockdown because of disruption in official work. The Minister said that but the current government is sensitive about pensioners and senior citizens, hence to avoid delay in regular pension payments under CCS (Pension Rule) 1972, the rule can be relaxed so that payment of 'Provisional pension' and 'Provisional gratuity' till a regular PPO is issued without any hindrance.