Simplification of pension payment procedure- first identification of pensioner for release of pensionary awards: PCDA Circular No. 653
Government of India
Ministry of Defence (Finance)
O/o THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 653
The Officer In Charge
(Army HQr/Air HQr/Naval HQr/PCDA(O)/ROs/PAOs(ORs)
Subject: – Simplification of pension payment procedure- first identification of pensioner for release of pensionary awards- reg.
A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter 3(01)/2015-D(Pen/Pol) dated 09.04.2021 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action, which is self explanatory.
2. As per provisions laid down Gol, MoD letter no. 3(01)/2015-D (Pen/Pol) dated 09.04.2021 in order to remove discrepancy in the rule position regarding requirement of first identification for commencement of pension, it has been decided that life certification of retiring pensioner either physically or otherwise (through biometric or life certificate) is not required for release of gratuity, Commuted value of pension, Ex-gratia payments, monthly pension etc. where the payment is to be disbursed through SPARSH application.
3. In view of the above, it is intimated that the Record Offices will be responsible for ensuring that action for cancellation of PPO is taken immediately in case where death of individual occurs before discharge/retirement from service. This is necessary to avoid any overpayment or payment of gratuity to parties other than the nominee. In case any excess payment occurs in such cases, the same shall be adjusted against payment due to subsequent family pensioners), as per the existing orders on the subject.
(Rajendra Kumar Gupta)