Centre allows woman employees to nominate son, daughter for family pension
New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) In a path-breaking decision with far-reaching socio-economic impact, the Centre has allowed woman employees to nominate her son or daughter for family pension, instead of her husband, according to an official statement issued on Monday.
Previously, family pension was granted to the spouse of a deceased government servant or pensioner, while other family members became eligible only after the spouse’s ineligibility or demise, the statement said.
Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) has introduced an amendment to the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 2021, allowing female government employees or pensioners to grant family pension to their eligible child/children after their own demise, in place of of their spouse.
The amendment will address situations where marital discord leads to divorce proceedings or cases filed under laws such as the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, Dowry Prohibition Act or the Indian Penal Code, he said.
“In a path-breaking decision with far reaching socio-economic impact and in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy to provide equitable rights to women, the government has amended the long-standing established rule, thereby granting the woman employee the right to nominate her son or daughter for family pension, instead of her husband as has been practice so far,” said the statement issued by the Personnel Ministry.
Singh said, the amendment is in line with PM Modi’s policy of giving just and legitimate rights to the women functionaries in every sector.