During the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the government of India has taken a big step on the employees who will be getting retired. To ensure that pensioners are not inconvenienced, the government has decided to issue “provisional” pension till their regular pension is issued. With this, the government has delayed the process of Pension Payment Order(PPO) for those who are supposed to get retired this year.
- Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said that the government employees can access to find out about their pension status and papers. The department of pension has a portal approaching superannuation.
- Due to the disruption of work and lockdown in Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Singh said that some of the employees will not receive their pension payment. So the government has provided the rules have been relaxed to enable seamless payment of “Provisional Pension” and “Provisional Gratuity” till the regular PPO is issued.
- 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.
- The decision is taken in order to relax the employees during Covid-19 pandemic because government servant may find difficulty in submitting his pension forms or may not be able to forward the Claim Form in hard copy along with Service Book in time, particularly when both the offices are located in different cities.
- The order has been passed to the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOPPW) has directed all offices maintaining GPF (General Provident Fund). In order to pay Provident Fund on time, they are requested to complete all credit entries of the accounts and also accruing interest to the employees two years before retirement and then one year before retirement.