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