The state government of Assam announced on 20 August 2017 that it would be launching a new scheme called Scheme for Compassionate Family Pension (CFP) in place of Compassionate Appointment, as the former approach didn’t serve the objective due to practical difficulties.
Elaborating on the same, the state government released an official statement, which read, “It has been noticed that the existing compassionate appointment policy did not fully serve the objectives and often the legal heir fails to get an appointment immediately due to practical difficulties such as lack of educational qualifications and non-availability of vacancies.”
Other Cons of Compassionate Employment
• Only five cent vacancies can be filled under such appointment.
• Further, a standing high court ruling states that if the next of kin of a deceased doesn’t get appointment within three years of the employee’s death then, that person cannot claim the appointment later on.
• Other problems include, the deceased employee’s next of kin cannot get a post where his guardian worked even if he/she has the required qualification.
Hence, CFP has been brought on in place of providing compassionate appointment to the next of kin of the deceased employee. It was promised in the budget speech of 2017-18, which was made by State Finance Minister Himanata Biswa Sarma. If it gets the Cabinet nod, it will be effective from April 2018.
Key Guidelines of the Scheme:
• Where the employee dies before superannuation, the family pension equal to 100% of the last pay drawn by the deceased employee be paid for a period up to the date of ‘deemed superannuation’ of the deceased employee, which is the date on which the employee would have superannuated had he been alive.
• The last pay drawn for this purpose is the last basic pay (pay in the pay band plus grade pay). Over and above, the Compassionate Family Pensioner will get the applicable Dearness Relief and other Relief amounts as admissible in the normal family pension.
• This CFP fixed at 100% of the last pay drawn will be revised periodically as and when normal pension/family pension are revised.
• On attaining the date of deemed Superannuation; the CFP will be converted into normal Family Pension. This normal family pension shall be fixed at 50% of CFP from the date of deemed superannuation till 67 years of age of the deceased employee.
• During this period of 7 years, the normal family pension will be revised periodically as and when normal pension is revised.
• Further, on completion of above period of 7 years, the normal family pension will be reduced from 50% to 30% till the applicable eligibility as per the Assam Services (Pension) Rules, 1969 (as amended from time to time).
• If the parents or other eligible family members are not looked after by the Compassionate Family Pensioner, on receipt of such complaint from them, the competent authority will issue orders apportioning the Compassionate Family Pension appropriately among the other eligible family members.
• However, the Compassionate Family Pensioner ceases to get the CFP at 100% of the last pay drawn if the Compassionate Family Pensioner happens to be ineligible for normal family pension as per Assam Services (Pension) Rules, 1969 (as amended from time to time).
• The applicable definition of family of the employee dies-in-harness will be the definition of family that is given in the Assam Services (Pension) Rules, 1969 (as amended from time to time).
• CFP scheme is not applicable for Voluntary retirement/resignation or any other cases and ‘an employee dies-in-harness’ is the sole criteria. The cause of the death of the employee-in-harness can be anything, either natural or unnatural.
The new scheme will be applicable to all employees of the state government, all others as eligible under Assam Services (Pension) Rules, 1969, all state government employees under NPS category and All India Services officers borne on Assam cadre.
Who: Assam Government
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