Payment of life-time arrears – Nomination by pensioners under the Payment of Arrears of Pension Rules, 1983

Nomination by pensioners under the Payment of Arrears of Pension Rules 1983

No. 1/2(40)/2022-P&PW (E)
Government of India
Minisry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3″ Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi,
Dated March 31, 2022

To
The CMDs of Pension Disbursing Banks CPPCs of Pension Disbursing Banks

Subject: Nomination by pensioners under the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 for payment of life-time arrears

I am directed to say that in accordance with the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 notified on 10.09.1983 (Annexure-1), pensioners who retired before the notification of the Rules were required to submit nomination to the respective Pension Disbursing Authority. Every employee who retired or will retire after the notification of the Rules, was/is required to submit the nomination, in triplicate, in Form “A” to the Head of Office or the Department from where he retired/ is retiring. The Head of Office is required to return a duly attested duplicate copy of the nomination in Form “A” to the pensioner. The triplicate copy of the nomination is to be passed on to the Pension Disbursing Authority along with the Pension Payment Order, through the PAO/CPAO.

2. The pensioner can, subsequently, modify the nomination (if nominee pre-deceases the pensioner, or otherwise) by submitting Form “A” in triplicate to the Pension Disbursing Authority. The Pension Disbursing Authority is required to return to the pensioner the duly attested duplicate copy of the nomination within thirty days of the receipt of nomination. The triplicate copy is to be sent to the Accounts Officer of the Department from where the pensioner had retired while the original copy of the nomination shall be recorded with the PDA. If any arrears of pension accrue after the death of a pensioner, such arrears of pension are paid to the person in whose favour a nomination under the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983 exists.

3. Representations have been received in this Department from some pensioners/pensioners’ associations that, quite often, when pensioners submit their nominations to the Pension Disbursing Authority (PDA), there is reluctance on the part of the bank staff to accept these nominations as they are not quite conversant with the above rules. Further, in case a nomination is accepted by the bank, the pensioner is not aware of its safe custody and its retrieval when needed because he is not sure whether the nomination has been fed into the system of the Bank.

4. The matter has been examined in this Department. The procedure for submission and acknowledgement of nominations for life-time arrears of pension is well defined in the Payment of Arrears of Pension (Nomination) Rules, 1983. All retiring Government employees are mandatorily required to submit the nomination for arrears of pension in Form A while filling up the pension papers. This nomination is then forwarded to the Pension Disbursing Authority along with the PPO.

5. In most cases, the problem of non-availability of nomination may be due to improper handling of the nominations by the Banks, as the Banks may not be keeping a proper record of the nominations. The problem may also arise if the nomination submitted at the time of retirement becomes invalid on account of the nominee predeceasing the pensioner or for some other reason and the pensioner fails to submit a fresh nomination to the Bank in Form A or the staff in the Bank Branches does not accept the nomination due to ignorance.

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