The Pension Group headed by an I.A. & A.S. Officer of the rank of Deputy Accountant General / Senior Deputy Accountant General deals with Verification and Authorisation of Pension Claims of
All Tamil Nadu State Government Employees
Staff of Non-government Educational Institutions (including schools of local bodies) who are eligible for Pension under Tamil Nadu Government Rules.
Pension cases of All India Service Officers borne on Tamil Nadu State cadre
High Court Judges who retire from Madras High Court
Chairman, Vice-chairman and members of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission.
Staff of other Governments drawing pension in Tamil Nadu
Persons other than government servants like Indigent Artist pension, Tamil Scholar Pension, Journalist Pension, Indigent Sports Person Pension, Sanskrit Scholar Pension
Books for Reference
Tamil Nadu Pension Rules 1978 with Appendices deals with Rules applicable to All Government Servants appointed to Services and Posts in connection with the affairs of the State which are borne on pensionable establishments with certain exceptions.
Appendix VI of Tamil Nadu Pension Rules 1978 deals with High Court Judges (conditions of Service) Act 1954.
All India Services (DCRB) Rules 1958 deals with pension cases of All India Service Officers
Rules and orders on Pension Scheme for staff of Non-Government Educational Institutions published in 1983 in the form of a Booklet by Tamil Nadu Government, Department of Education, Science and Technology.
Madras Treasury Code contains the Rules and orders regarding payment of Pension.
TNPSC Regulations for Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Member, TNPSC.
Processing of Pension application
Procedure for Submission of Application by the Pensioner and the Process involved in the payment :
Family Pension Application
1. Pension Application - 3 copies
5.Attested copies of legal heir ship certificate and death certificate
6.Income certificate (from all sources of the individual) issued by Revenue authorities
7.Non remarriage certificate duly countersigned by any Gazetted officer(also in respect of widowed/divorced daughter for GO 325 cases)
8.Guardianship certificate issued by Court of Law, if payments is to be authorized through Guardian on behalf of minor/mentally retarded children
9.Medical certificate issued by Senior Civil Surgeon of the same discipline where payment is to be authorized to physically handicapped children
10.Copy of First Information Report in respect of missing employee/pensioner cases
11.Nomination for GPF/DCRG
12.Death Certificate of first wife or copy of court orders for divorce
13. Proof of II marriage
14.Proof of Date of Birth in the case of children (born through I wife/II wife)
15.Copy of adoption deed in case of adopted children
16.Copy of Medical certificate in the case of Mentally Retarded children17.PPO Number if any allotted by this office
4. Covering letter by the forwarding authority.
5. If the proposal is for revision of pension, the PPO No of the pensioner and the present residential address and the Treasury from where he/she is drawing pension alongwith the living status of the pensioner should invariably be noted in the revised proposals
Authorisation of Pension
Classes of Pension
Superannuation Pension - A Superannuation pension is granted to a Government Servant entitled or compelled by rule, to retire at a particular age.
Retiring Pension – A Retiring Pension shall be granted to a Government Servant who retires, or is retired, in advance of the age of superannuation in accordance with provisions of Rule 42
Pension on absorption in or under a corporation, company or body - A Government Servant who has been permitted to be absorbed in a service or post in or under a corporation or company wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Government etc., and if such absorption is declared by the Government in the Public interest shall be granted Pro-rata Pension vide Rule 34 of TN Pension Rules.
Invalid Pension - A Government Servant who is declared by the appropriate medical authority to be permanently incapacitated for further service in accordance with the instructions on the subject, may be granted invalid pension.
Compulsory Retirement Pension – A Government servant compulsorily retired from service as a penalty may be granted by the competent authority pension or gratuity or both at the rate not less than two-thirds and not more than full compensation pension or gratuity or both admissible to him on the date of his Compulsory retirement
Compensation Pension – A Government servant is entitled to get compensation pension owing to the abolition of his permanent post.
Compassionate Allowance – A Government Servant who is dismissed or removed from service shall forfeit his pension and gratuity. If the case is deserving of special consideration, a compassionate allowance can be sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Rules. The Compassionate allowance shall not exceed two thirds of pension or gratuity or both found admissible with reference to the qualifying service rendered by him.
Commencement of Qualifying Service - Qualifying Service of a Government shall commence from the date he takes charge of the post to which he is appointed either substantively or in an officiating or temporary capacity.
Condition subject to which service qualifies
The service of a Government servant shall not qualify for pension unless his duties and pay are regulated by the Government.
Service means service under the Government and paid by the Government from the Consolidated Fund of the State or a local fund administered by that Government but does not include service in a non-pensionable establishment.
Temporary Central Government servants on deputation to the State, on getting absorbed under this Government will be allowed to count the period of continuous temporary service under the Central Government immediately preceding the service under this Government.
Service as an Apprentice does not qualify for pension
Counting of Service on contract is governed by Rule14*
Counting of Pre-retirement civil service in the case of re-employed government servant is governed by Rule 15*
Counting of Military Service rendered before civil employment is governed by Rule 16*
Counting of war service rendered before civil employment is governed by Rule 17*.
Counting of period spent on leave – All leave during service for which leave salary is payable and extra-ordinary leave granted on medical certificate shall count as qualifying service
Counting of period spent on training – The Government may by order, decide whether the time spent by a Government servant under training immediately before appointment to service under the government shall count as qualifying service.
Counting of periods on suspension – A period of suspension does not count towards qualifying service unless the authority competent declares so.
Forfeiture of service on dismissal or removal – entails forfeiture of past service
Counting past service on reinstatement - can be counted as qualifying service
Forfeiture of service on Resignation – Resignation from a post entails forfeiture of past service unless resignation has been submitted to take up another appointment with the proper permission.
Effect of interruption in service - In the absence of specific indication to the contrary in the Service Book, an interruption between two spells of civil service by a Government servant shall be treated as automatically condoned.
Addition to Qualifying service in special circumstances may be permissible according to the provisions of Rule 27*.
(*Tamil Nadu Pension Rules 1978)
Emoluments mean and include
i) Pay ii) Special pay, if any, and iii) Personal pay iv) Dearness Pay (being 50% of Pay & PP) etc wef 01/012006, if any.[GO Ms No:105 dt 07/02/2006]
Any other remuneration which may be specially classified as emoluments by the Government.
Average emoluments shall be determined with reference to the emoluments of last ten months.
If during the last 10 months of his service a Government Servant had been absent from duty on leave, for which leave salary is payable, or having been suspended had been reinstated without forfeiture of service, the emoluments which he would have drawn had he not been absent from duty or suspended, shall be taken into account for determining the average emoluments.
If during the last 10 months of service, a Government Servant had been on extraordinary leave or had been under suspension, the period whereof does not count as service, the said period shall be disregarded in the calculation of the average emoluments and equal period before the 10 months period shall be included.
In the case of Government Servant who was on earned leave during the last 10 months of his service and earned an increment which was not withheld, the increment shall be included in the average emoluments.
In respect of persons retiring on or after 01/07/1996 (Vide G.O.Ms.No.461 dt.31/07/1996. G.O.Ms.No.496 dated 01/08/2006 and G.O.Ms.No.127 dt.11/04/2007)
Calculation of Pension
The amount of pension is calculated based on the total qualifying service and the average emoluments drawn during the last ten months by a Government Servant.
With effect from 01/10/1979, 50% of average emoluments is regarded as Full Pension of a retiring government servant, if he has rendered not less than 30 years of Qualifying service. If the qualifying service is less than 30 years, pension will be calculated proportionately vide Rule 43 of TNPR read with GO 245 dated 19/07/2018.
If the service rendered is less than ten years, no pension is payable. Only Service Gratuity in lump sum in lieu of pension is admissible.
The amount of pension finally determined shall be expressed in whole rupees and where the pension contains fraction of a rupee, it shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.
The minimum rate of Pension w.e.f. 1.10.2017 is Rs.7850/- per month
In addition to pension, other allowances includes
To whom it is payable
When a Government Servant dies while in service or after retirement, family pension is payable to the Family.
The Family for the purpose of Family Pension means –
Wife / husband
Unmarried Sons / Daughters including widowed / divorced daughters up to the age of 25 years
In cases where the individual leaves behind neither a widow/widower nor a child, widowed or divorced daughter and then parents are entitled to normal rate of Family Pension.
Except in the case of widow /widower the grant of family pension is subject to the condition of income criteria of Rs.7850/p.m.
Where the children of the deceased earn not less than Rs.7850/p.m. or where the parents were not wholly dependant on the Government Servant, no family pension is payable.
Family pension is payable only to one person at a time except in respect of twin children and more than one widow, if the Government servant is a Muslim and in respect of others, family pension is payable to the legal wife and the children of other wives, in case of illegal marriages.
No nomination facility is available for family pension
As per GO 325, family pension is admissible to unmarried/widowed/ divorced daughters and Transgender children of a Government servant who are beyond 25 years with effect from 28/11/2011
Dual family pension- As per GO 290,civil family pension is admissible for those families who are already in receipt of Military Family pension with effect from 02/09/2016
Calculation of Family Pension:-
Family pension is calculated at two rates
Enhanced Rate -- Enhanced Rate of Family Pension is calculated at 50% of emoluments last drawn and in case of death after retirement, it should be restricted to the pension admitted to the individual. The enhanced rate of family pension is payable for a maximum period of 7/10 years ( in the 7th Pay Commission as per GO 313) and not beyond the notional date on which the deceased would have attained the age of 65 years ("Applicable only if service rendered is not less than 7 years")
Normal Rate -- Normal Rate of Family Pension is calculated at 30% of the Emoluments last drawn
The minimum rate of Family Pension is Rs.7850/- per month from 01/10/2017.
If the Head of Office is of the opinion that a Government Servant is likely to retire before his pension or gratuity or both can be finally assessed and settled in accordance with the provision of the Rules, he shall sanction Provisional Pension based on the qualifying service and emoluments determined by him. The Provisional pension so sanctioned, shall be drawn and disbursed by him until final pension is authorised by Accountant General.
Similarly, in respect of Government Servants against whom departmental or Judicial Proceedings may be pending, the Head of Office shall pay the provisional pension based on the sanction issued by the competent authority. The Provisional Pension will continue to be paid till final orders are issued by the Government. In respect of self drawing officers, provisional pension is authorised by the Accountant General (A & E) based on sanction issued by competent authority.
The Provisional pension should not exceed the maximum pension which would have been admissible on the basis of the qualifying service up to the date of retirement of the Government Servant
Payment of provisional pension made shall be adjusted against final retirement benefits sanctioned to such Government Servant upon conclusion of any departmental or judicial proceedings but no recovery shall be made where the pension finally sanctioned is less than the provisional pension or the pension is reduced or withheld either permanently or for a specified period.
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