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Automatic restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension and payment of Additional Pension/Family Pension: PDCA Circular No. 191

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension),
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014

Circular No.191
No. AT/Tech/070-XXV
Dated: 23.03.2017

Sub: Automatic restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension and payment of Additional Quantum of Pension/Family Pension.

Guidelines on “Restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension after 15 years of retirement” and “Payment of Addition Quantum of Pension/Family pension to Pensioners /Family Pensioners of 80 years of age and above” has already been issued vide this office Circular No. 165 dt. 22.02.2013 are reiterated as under:

1. Restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension after 15 years of retirement:-

(i) Where the commutation of pension is/was simultaneous with the retirement, the commuted portion of pension shall be restored after expiry of 15 years with effect from the date of retirement, if payment of commuted value of pension is made during the first month of retirement leading to appropriate reduction on account of commutation in first pension itself.

(ii) Where commutation of pension is applied and notified after the date of commencement of pension and commuted portion leads to a reduction in pension in second or subsequent month, the 15 year period for restoration of commuted portion will be reckoned from the date of payment of commuted value i.e. from the date on which reduction in pension on account of commutation become effective.

(iii) Further, where the commuted value is paid in more than one stages, the reduction in amount of pension in such cases shall be made from the respective dates of payment and commuted portion of pension of such
pensioners will also be restored in stages by pension disbursing authorities on completion of 15 years from the date of reduction in pension.

Note:- Restoration of 1/3rd commuted pension in respect of those pensioners who have commuted 100% pension on absorption in PSU/Autonomous bodies etc. will be made only through Corr PPO.

2. Payment of Additional quantum of pension/family pension to pensioners/family pensioners of 80 years of age and above:

(i) The procedure for payment of additional quantum of pension/ family pension to old pensioner/family pensioner has been provided in this office circulars No.57 dt. 27.9.2008, 68 dt. 28.7.2009, 72 dt. 24.9.2009, 75 dt. 25.11.2009, 83 dt. 12.10.2011, 397 dt.18.11.2008, 417 dt. 02.09.2009, 441 dt. 01.10.2010 and 470 dt.27.9.2011.

According to these, the additional quantum of pension/family pension on attaining the age of 80 years and above would be admissible at the below mentioned rates

Age of Pensioners/family pensionersAdditional quantum of pension/ family pension
From 80 years to less than 85 years20% of Basic Pension/family pension
From 85 years to less than 90 years30% of Basic Pension /family pension
From 90 years to less than 95 years40% of Basic Pension /family pension
From 95 years to less than 100 years50% of Basic Pension /family pension
100 years or more100% of Basic Pension /family pension

(ii) In cases where exact date of birth of pensioner/family pensioner is available in the PPO, the additional quantum of pension/family pension on attaining the age of 80 years and above, would be payable at the above mentioned rates from the first day of the month in which his/her date of birth falls.

(iii) However, in case the exact date of birth is not available either in the PPO or in the office records, but an indication regarding the age of pensioner /family pensioner is available, the additional quantum of pension/family pension shall be paid from the 1st January of the year following the year in which the pensioner / family pensioner has completed the age of 80 years and above, based on the FPO/Office records. For example if the records show that the pensioner/family pensioner has already completed the age of 80 years/ 85 years as on 1st January 2008, he/ she shall be allowed additional quantum of pension/family pension from 1st January 2008. No corrigendum PPO is required to be issued in such cases.

(iv) In case neither the exact date of birth nor the age is available either in the PFC or in the office records, the PDA will request the pensioner family pensioner to submit four copies of any of the following documents duly attested by a Gazetted officer/MLA to the PDA.

(a) PAN Card

(b) Matriculation Certificate (containing the information regarding date of birth)

(c) Pass Port

(d) CGHS/ECHS Card

(e) Driving license (if it contains date of birth)

(f) Election ID Card

(g) Aadhaar Number UIDAI

A. If the document submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner contains the information regarding exact date of birth, the additional quantum of pension/ family pension will be payable from the lst day of the month in which his/her date of birth falls. However, in case the exact date of birth is not available on the documents submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner but an indication regarding the age of pensioner / family pensioner is available therein, the additional quantum of pension/family pension shall be paid from the lst January of the year following the year in which the pensioner / family pensioner has completed the age of 80 years, 85 years etc. based on the documents submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner.

B. The FDA will make the additional quantum of pension/family pension, on provisional basis, up to a period of six months from the month in which the proof of date of birth/age is submitted by the pensioner/family pensioner. In all such cases, the PDA will immediately send one copy of each documents submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner to the Service HQrs / RO / HOO in r/o commissioned officers / PBOR / Defence Civilians respectively for verification and submission to concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities for formal notification of date of birth/age through corrigendum PPO.

C. The FDA Will make payment of additional quantum of pension/family pension beyond a period of six months only on receipt of a corrigendum PPO notifying the date of birth/age of pensioner / family pensioner.

In case, the pensioner / family pensioner is unable to submit any of the documents mentioned in para 2(iv) above, but claims additional pension based on some other documentary evidence, such cases will be submitted by the PDA to the Administrative Ministry through service HQrs(for Commissioned Officers)/Record Office (for PBOR)/HOO(for Defence Civilians) as the case may be. If Administrative Ministry is satisfied about the claim of the pensioner/family pensioner the same Will be authorized through corrigendum PPO. No. additional pension Will be released by the PDA until the corrigendum PPO is issued by the Pension Sanctioning Authorities.

However, representations/complaints from various agencies are still being received on the both subjects stating that PDA is not restoring commuted portion of pension even after completion of 15 years or not making payment of additional quantum of pension/ family pension to old aged pensioners/family pensioners. Accordingly, there is a need to develop a mechanism by the PDAs to restore the commuted portion of pension automatically after expiry of 15 years of retirement/reduction in pension on account of commutation become effective or for payment of additional pension automatically on attaining the age of 80 years or above as mentioned.

It is, therefore, requested that a mechanism may be established to restore the commuted portion of pension automatically after expiry of 15 years of retirement/reduction in pension on account of commutation become effective and for payment of additional pension automatically on attaining the age of 80 years or above as mentioned above.

sd/-
(Dhananjay Singh)
J t.CDA (P)
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