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CPAO: Simplification of pension procedure submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant

CPAO: Simplification of pension procedure submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant

CPAO

CPAO/ IT&Tech/ 11(Vol-VI)/ Simplification/ 2018-19/ 01
01.04.2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Simplification of pension procedure-submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant along with pension papers & Handing over of PPO booklet to Pensioners by Head of Office - reg.

The Scheme for Payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners through Authorized Banks’, issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office provides for an undertaking to be submitted by the retiring Government servant/pensioner to the pension disbursing bank before commencement of pension. The pensioner undertakes to refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled.
2. In view of the above Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare issued instructions vide its O.M. No. 1/27/2011-P&PW(E) dated 07.05.2014 which were also communicated through this office O.M. No. CPAO/Tech/ Simplification /2014-15/53 dated 28.05.2014. These provisions are reiterated below:
  • It has been established that the first payment of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. One, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and two delay on part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of the undertaking.
  • The required undertaking may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Government servant along with Form 5 and other documents before his retirement. This undertaking shall be forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order by the Accounts Officer/CPAO following the usual procedure.
  • The pensioner would no longer be required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension. Therefore, after ascertaining that the Bank’s copy has been dispatched by the Central Pension Accounting Office, the pensioner’s copy of the Pension Payment Order (PPO) may be handed over to him at the time of retirement along with other retirement dues. This should be feasible in all cases where the Government servant had submitted pension papers within the time-limits prescribed in the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972.
  • However, if any employee posted at a location away from the office of the Head of Office or who for any other reasons feels that it would be more convenient to him to obtain his copy of PPO from the bank, may inform the Head of Office of his option in writing while submitting his pension papers.
3. Pay & Account Office/Head of Office should not wait for the copy of PPO (SSA) for confirmation of the dispatch of the same by CPAO to bank for handing over of the pensioner’s copy to the retiring government servant along with other retirement dues. PAO/HOO may confirm the dispatch of Banks Copy of PPO by visiting CPAO’s website i.e www.cpao.nic.in - See your PPO Status.

4. It has been observed that pensioner’s portion of the PPO is not being handed over to the pensioner, but being sent to the bank through CPAO. It seems that the timeline for submission of finalizing the pension cases as mentioned in the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are not being adhered to by HOO/PAO.

5. All Pr. CCAs/CCA/ CAs/AGs (with independent charge)/JS (Admin) are requested to issue instructions to all Pay and Accounts Offices/ Head of Offices under their jurisdiction to ensure timely submission of pension papers so that the correct procedure is followed strictly. Timeline for finalization of pension cases as prescribed in CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 is annexed herewith.
This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pension).

Encl.: Annexure
(Praful Dabral)
Sr. A.O. (IT & Technical)

Steps to complete the pension case as prescribed in in CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972


Steps to complete the pension case as prescribed in in CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972

(Annexure-1 of CPAO letter Simplification of pension procedure-submission of undertaking by retiring Government servant and Handing over of PPO booklet by HOO)
Annexure-1
Timeline of finalizing the pension cases

1. Rule-58 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
Undertake the work of preparation of pension paper by the HOO.
One year before the date of retirement on superannuation or on the date on which he proceeds on leave preparatory to retirement.

2. Rule-59 of CCS Pension Rules, 1972
Timelines for completion of two stages of preparation of paper.
Not later than eight months prior to the date of retirement

3. Rule-59 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
Forwarding Form-5 to retiring govt. servant of superannuation advising him to submit the form duly completed in all respect.
Not later than six months prior to the date of his retirement

4. Rule-59 (A) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
Forwarding Form-5 to the retiring govt. servant other than superannuation
Should be forwarded before retirement but after the approval of such retirement by the competent authority or the retirement has become effective.

5. Rule-60 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
Completion of pension papers by HOO.
i) Superannuation: Completion of Part-I of Form-7 by HOO.
ii) other than superannuation
Not later than four months before the retirement Within 3 months after submission of Form-5 by the Govt. servant.

6. Rule-61 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
Forwarding of pension papers to Accounts Officer by HOO.
i) Superannuation
ii) other than superannuation
Not later than four months
Not later than three months after the date of submission of Form-5

7. Rule-65 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972
Authorisation of pension and gratuity by the Accounts Officer of PAO.
One month in advance of the date of retirement of the Govt. servant.

The Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Amendment Rules, 2019

The Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Amendment Rules, 2019

Maternity_Benefit_Act_2019
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 29th January, 2019

G.S.R. 57(E).- Whereas a draft of certain rules further to amend the Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Rules 1963, among other rules, were published as required by sub-section (1) of section 28 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (53 of 1961), in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, sub-section (i) vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Labour and Employment number G.S.R. 413(E), dated the 23rd April, 2018, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby, within a period of three months, from the date on which copies of Official Gazette containing the said notification were made available to the public;
And whereas copies of the said Official Gazette were made available to the general public on the 23rd April, 2018; And whereas the objections and suggestions received on the said draft rules from the public have been considered by the Central Government;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 28 of the said Act, the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Rules, 1963, namely:-
  1. These rules may be called the Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Amendment Rules, 2019.
  2. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Rules, 1963, for rule 16, the following rule shall be substituted, namely: -
‘16. Annual return.- (1) The employer of every mine or circus shall, on or before the 1st day of February in each year, upload a unified annual return in Form X online on the web portal of the Central Government in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, giving information as to the particulars specified, in respect of the preceding year:
Provided that during inspection, the inspector may require the production of accounts, books, register and other documents maintained in electronic form or otherwise

Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-rule, the expression “electronic form” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (r) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000).

(2) If the employer of a mine or circus to which the Act applies sells, abandons or discontinues the working of the mine or circus, then, he shall, within one month of the date of such sale or abandonment or four months of the date of such discontinuance, as the case may be, upload online, on the web portal of the Central Government in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, a further unified return in Form X referred to in sub-rule (1) in respect of the period between the end of the preceding year and the date of the sale, abandonment or discontinuance.’

No. Z-20025/23/2018-LRC]
MANISH KUMAR GUPTA, Jt. Secy.

Note: The Maternity Benefit (Mines and Circus) Rules, 1963 was published in the Gazette of India vide notification number G.S.R.1642, dated the 5th October, 1963 and lastly amended vide notification number G.S.R.435(E) dated the 29th May, 2015.

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