Family Pension to physically handicapped/mentally disabled children: Clarification by Railway
RBE No. 120/2012
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
New Delhi, dated: 25.10.2012.
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)
Subject: Clarification regarding payment of family pension to physically handicapped/mentally disabled children.
A reference has been received from one the Zonal Railways seeking clarification on certain issues relating to grant of family pension to a son/daughter of a deceased Railway servant suffering from any disorder/disability of mind/mentally retarded or physically crippled/disabled and is rendered incapable of earning a living even after attaining the age of 25 years of age, in terms of provisions contained in Rule 75(6) of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW), and the issues raised are clarified as under:-
Whether the clarification given by Board vide
letter of even number dated 15.01.2010 will be effective from the date of issue
of the letter or the similarly placed past cases will also be covered.
(a) The past cases as indicated in letter of even number dated
15.01.2010 will also be covered under the said instructions. The financial benefits will accrue from the
date the family pensioner becomes entitled to the family pension irrespective
of whether the injury/handicap occurred/ manifested and whether the same was
certified by the competent medical authorities before or after attaining the
age of 25 years.
Whether the Board’s clarification of even number dated
15.01.2010 are also applicable in the case of physically disabled/mentally
handicapped son/daughter of CPF/SRPF(C) retirees who are eligible for grant
of Ex-gratia payment for life on fulfillment of the same very condition as
specified for such son/daughter of the government servant government servant
governed by the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993. If applicable then from which date the
clarification will be effective i.e. whether past cases will also be covered
and from which date the financial benefit will accrue in their cases.
(b) The clarification contained in this letter and letter
of even number dated 15.01.2010 will equally apply in the case of similarly
placed children of CPF/SRPF(C) beneficiaries.
2. This disposes of Eastern Railway’s letters No. E787/0/Pen/Pt-XXV dated 20.07.2012 & 10.19.2012.
(Mrs. Sukhender Kaur)
Joint Director Finance (Estt.)