Fam­ily Pen­sion for Women Who Lose Par­ents while Di­vorce Case Is On

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment has stepped in to help women who suf­fer on ac­count of In­dia’s long-drawn di­vorce pro­ce­dure that makes them in­el­i­gi­ble to get fam­ily pen­sion in lieu of a gov­ern­ment em­ployee par­ent who has passed away be­fore the case is de­cided.

Although the pen­sion will start from the date the di­vorce is granted, women will no longer be in­el­i­gi­ble for the pen­sion just be­cause of the death of the par­ent in ques­tion dur­ing the course of the di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.

This fol­lows a mod­i­fi­ca­tion in rules about two weeks ago af­ter in­ter­ven­tion at the high­est quar­ters in gov­ern­ment and con­sul­ta­tions be­tween the per­son­nel min­istry headed by PM Modi and the De­part­ment of Ex­pen­di­ture headed by fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley. All min­istries h ave b e e n in­formed of the rule change. As per gov­ern­ment rules till 2004, fam­ily pen­sion could only be granted to de­ceased gov­ern­ment em­ployee’s spouse and af­ter his or her death to the de­pen­dent son or daugh­ter below 25 years of age. In 2004, the rule was changed to stip­u­late that there will be no age re­stric­tion in the case of the di­vorced or wid­owed daugh­ter who shall be el­i­gi­ble for fam­ily pen­sion even af­ter at­tain­ing 25 years of age. An in­come stip­u­la­tion was fixed to qual­ify for get­ting this pen­sion. The fam­ily pen­sion would end once the par­ents passed away and none of the chil­dren qual­i­fied for the pen­sion on ac­count of the son or daugh­ter be­ing mar­ried or them be­ing above 25 years of age.

The pen­sion will start from the date the di­vorce is granted

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