The Center, in its recent move, changed the decades-old policy of suspending family pension to the spouse of a deceased government employee if accused of murdering the employee or of promoting commission of such an offense.
Under the new rule, other eligible family members would be entitled to receive family pension until the end of the criminal proceedings against the spouse of the deceased employee. In the event that the spouse is found not guilty of the murder charge, the family pension will be payable to him from the date of acquittal.
According to the provisions of the Central Public Services (Pensions) Regulations 1972, if a person entitled to a family pension on the death of a government employee or pensioner is accused of murdering the employee of the State or of a pensioner or of having assisted in the commission of such an offense, the payment of the family pension remains suspended until the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.
In these circumstances, the family pension is not paid to the defendant or to any other eligible member of the family until the closure of the case.
If, at the end of the criminal proceedings, the person concerned is convicted of murder or aiding and abetting the murder of an official, he or she will no longer be able to receive the family pension.
In this case, the family pension would become payable to another eligible family member from the date of the official’s death. But if the person concerned is subsequently acquitted of the criminal charge, the family pension becomes due to him from the date of the death of the employee or pensioner.
However, denying the payment of a family pension to any other member of the family, in particular dependent children or parents who are not charged, until the end of the criminal proceedings, was not considered to be justified.
Since the finalization of the criminal proceedings can take a long time and the children or eligible parents of the deceased employee may suffer for lack of financial support under the family pension, the issue was taken up by the Department. pension and retiree protection with the Department of Legal Affairs for a review.
It has now been decided that in cases where a person entitled to a family pension is accused of the offense of murdering an official or of assisting in the commission of such an offense and the payment of the family pension to him remains suspended, family pension may be granted to another eligible family member until the case is concluded.
In the event that the other eligible number is a minor child of the deceased official, the family pension of the latter must be paid through a duly appointed guardian.
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