FAQs - FAMILY PENSION
Q.1. How is the family pension started after the death of a pensioner?
Ans. In case of wife / husband, Family pension can be commenced by the pension disbursing authority on the basis of application made by family pensioner along with copy of death certificate, in case where the name of the beneficiary has already been mentioned in the pension payment order. However, if the name of the beneficiary is not mentioned in the PPO, then application is to be submitted to the head of office for obtaining fresh sanction.
In case of son / daughter, below the age of 25 years, Family pension is commenced only after obtaining a fresh sanction from the pension sanctioning authority (if the name of son/daughter is not mentioned on PPO).
Q. 2. Is a fresh authority letter necessary to start the family pension, in case of the spouse?
Ans. If the name of spouse is mentioned on the PPO, the spouse has to apply to pension disbursing authority for commencement of family pension.
Q. 3. To what extent is Enhanced Family Pension payable?
Ans. Enhanced family pension is payable up to attainment of 67 years of age of the pensioner or 7 year after the death of the pensioner, whichever is earlier.
Q. 4 Till what date is family pension payable?
· In case of wife / husband: Up to the date of death or remarriage, whichever is earlier.
· In case of son: Up to attaining 25 years of age.
· In case of daughter (including widowed / divorced daughter): Up to attainment of the age of 25 years or marriage whichever is earlier.
· In case of Physically / Mentally retarded children: Family pension is payable life long.
Q. 5. Can parents get family pension?
Ans. Yes, only fully dependent parents, where the family members i.e. spouse / son / daughter are not alive.
Q. 6. If a Government servant who has more than one wife dies, who gets family pension ?
Ans. Only the legally declared wives, are entitled for family pension.
Q. 7. Who gets family pension, if the deceased Government servant is survived by children who are below the age of 18 years?
Ans. The guardian of the children may submit claim on their behalf.
Q. 8. If a Government servant dies while on deputation or Foreign Service, who authorizes family pension?
Ans. Action for authorization of Family Pension / D.C.R.G. is to be taken by the head of office of the department, which sanctioned the deputation or sent him on Foreign Service.
Q. 9. If the widow/widower of a pensioner remarries, is she/he entitled for family pension?
Ans. If the deceased Government servant is survived by minor children eligible for family pension then the widow /widower may continue to draw pension on their behalf, but she/he is required to file a legal guardianship certificate.