Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Divyang children of a deceased government servant and pensioner will get major hike in the Family Pension emoluments. He informed that the instructions to this effect have been issued by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare. Briefing about this landmark decision, Dr Singh said, it is in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special emphasis on the dignity and care of such children. He said, this decision seeks ease of living and better economic conditions for the Divyang or disabled survivors, who require greater medical care and financial assistance.
He said, the Government has reviewed the income criteria for eligibility for family pension in respect of a child and sibling, suffering from a disability. It was decided that the income criteria for eligibility for family pension to such children and siblings shall commensurate with the amount of the entitled family pension in their case. The Minister, has issued instructions that such child who is suffering from a mental or physical disability, shall be eligible for family pension for life, if his or her overall income, other than family pension, is less than the entitled family pension at ordinary rate of 30 per cent of the last pay drawn by the deceased Government servant and pensioner plus the Dearness Relief admissible thereon.
In the case of a child and sibling, suffering from a mental or physical disability, who is presently not in receipt of a family pension due to non-fulfilment of the earlier income criteria, family pension shall be granted to him or her, if he or she fulfils the new income criteria and also fulfilled the other conditions.