Published On: Sat, Sep 19th, 2015

Centre raps ministries, depts for delay in processing pensions

New Delhi: The central government Wednesday rapped all its ministries and departments for delay in processing of pensions cases of retiring central government employees.

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions Jitendra Singh

Ministries and departments fail to issue service verification certificate after completion of 18 years of service and again 5 years before, the employee actually retire. Accordingly, all ministries and departments have now been asked to study the case of each soon-to be retiring employee to avoid such an occurrence.

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare under Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has written to all ministries on September 16 that they need to submit a report by October 15 in this regard and non-compliance with the statutory requirement of issuing the said certificate “may be viewed seriously”.

As per the existing rules, a certificate regarding ‘qualifying service’ is required to be issued by the Heads of Offices after completion of 18 years of service and again 5 years before the date of retirement of an employee. “It has been noticed that the certificates regarding qualifying service are not invariably issued to the central government employees as required under the rules,” the letter No.1/119/2013-P&PW(E) dated September 16 stated.

“It has been observed by this department that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring quite often get delayed on account of the issues relating to verification of service. Although detailed instructions regarding verification of service have been issued by DoPT and by this department, these instructions are not meticulously adhered to resulting in delay in sanctioning of retirement benefit of the employees,” said the above letter.

The letter specifies a format under which all ministries and departments have to furnish a statement now by October 15 regarding the status of issue of service verification certificates.

Each ministry has to specify the number of employees to whom the certificate has been issued after 18 years of their service and 5 years before their retirement, to whom the certificate is due and number of eligible employees in respect of whom the issue of certificates is in due process.

The government is streamlining the system of pension issue, including introducing an Aadhaar-based online ‘annual life certificate’ submission system.

TST

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