“Provisional” Pension To Government Employees Retiring During Covid-19 Pandemic, Says Union Minister Jitendra Singh
New Delhi: Government employees retiring during Covid-19 pandemic will be receiving “provisional” pension till their regular Pension Payment Order (PPO) is issued and other official formalities are completed, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions said on Monday.
In view of #COVID pandemic, to avoid delay in start of regular pension of retiring Govt employees, rules relaxed to enable seamless payment of provisional pension till regular PPO issued. Reiteration of the Narendra Modi Govt's sensitivity towards retiring seniors. pic.twitter.com/Osaf1ZBzzM
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) July 27, 2020
MoS Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Jitendra Singh, said that after the Modi government took over, the Department of Pensions had upgraded and equipped itself to deliver the PPO to the concerned employee without delay on the day of his or her superannuation. Besides this, in the last few years, taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on digitalization, the Department of Pension also created a portal, which could be accessed by any government employee approaching superannuation to find out the status of his or her pension papers, he said.
What is ‘provisional pension’?
The payment of ‘provisional pension’ will initially continue for a period of six months from the date of retirement and the period of ‘provisional pension’ may be further extended up to one year in exceptional cases.
As per the OM (Office Memorandum) issued by Department of Pensions, affiliated to the Ministry of Personnel, the payment of “Provisional Pension” will initially continue for a period of six months from the date of retirement and the period of “Provisional Pension” may be further extended up to one year in exceptional cases. These instructions shall also be applicable in cases where a government servant retires otherwise than on superannuation i.e. voluntary retirement, retirement under FR 56, etc.