The government has issued an important order highlighting key rules pertaining to provisional pension, gratuity and payment of interest. This comes as a relief for pensioners whose regular pension gets delayed after retirement.
“Payment of Provisional Pension and gratuity under Rule 62 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 2021 in case of delay in issue of PPO authorizing regular pension,” the government stated in the office memorandum dated February 23, 2022.
According to Rule 65 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021 also provides that in all cases where pension or family pension or gratuity has not been sanctioned or is delayed, interest will be paid on arrears of pension or family pension or gratuity.
According to Rule 62 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021, payment of provisional pension must not continue beyond the period of six months from the date of retirement of the government.
In view of the provisions of Rule 62 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021, the Accounts Officer has to treat the provisional pension as final and issue a pension payment order immediately on the expiry of the period of six months provided in the rule.
The government has emphasized that pension should not be discontinued under any circumstances if a PPO for regular pension could not be issued by the Accounts Officer till the expiry of the aforesaid period of six months.