Fact Check: Is the Government Really Considering a Minimum Pension Increase?

In a reply to the query regarding Minimum Pension Increase, Government clearly said in Parliament that there is no proposal to increase Minimum Pension or Family Pension.

Is the Government Really Considering a Minimum Pension Increase ?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE)

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2200
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.08.2023)

MINIMUM PENSION

  1. SHRI L.S. TEJASVI SURYA:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) the details of the number of persons receiving pension, family pension, etc., from the Government departments, Governmental agencies and organisations per year and the total amount of pension to be provided to such retired persons, State-wise along with the minimum amount of pension to be provided to each person;

(b) whether the Government is considering to increase the minimum pension taking into account the changing prices over the years and if so, the details thereof; and

(c) whether any departmental, ministerial and inter-ministerial discussion has been conducted in this regard and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a): On the basis of the information provided by the Central Pension Accounting Office (for Civil Pensioners), Office of Controller General of Defence Accounts (for Defence Pensioners), Department of Telecommunications (for Telecom Pensioners), Railway Board (for Railway Pensioners), and Department of Posts (for Postal Pensioners), the details regarding the pensioners and family pensioners receiving pension and expenditure involved during the year 2022-23 under the Union Government are given as under:

Total Number of pensioners in India

S.No.DepartmentNo. of PensionersNo. of Family PensionersExpenditure for the year 2022-23 (Rs. In crores)
1.Civil Pensioner78050936147640,811.28
2.Defence Pensioner2331388835043125269.42
3.Telecom Pensioner31799212076612448.00
4.Railways Pensioner85605866971055034.00
5.Post Pensioner1952981064678214.85
 Total44812452093462241777.55

The amount of minimum pension/ family pension under the Central Government is rupees 9000 per month.

(b) & (c): There is no proposal to increase the amount of minimum pension/ family pension. The pensioners/ family pensioners are entitled to dearness relief, based on changes in prices, from time to time.

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