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Divorced daughter to get family pension if case filed before death of pensioner

Singh also said in press briefing here that the women government employees who have commissioned surrogacy will now be entitled to maternity leave

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 23:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Jitendra Singh,Pension,Pensioner
Jitendra Singh, MOS for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister Office talk with media person after the high level meeting on Kashmir issue with a Prime Minister at 7RCR, in New Delhi, India.(Hindustan Times File Photo)

Minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh on Monday said a divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension if her divorce case was filed before the death of pensioner or family pensioner. As per the amended rules, even if the judgment in the divorce case comes after the death of the pensioner or family pensioner, she will still be eligible for family pension.

Singh also said in press briefing here that the women government employees who have commissioned surrogacy will now be entitled to maternity leave. The employees can avail of paid maternity leaves up to 26 weeks.

Few days back, the personnel ministry wrote to all central government departments informing them about a Delhi high court order passed in 2015 in this regard. The court ruling came on a petition by a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher who became mother of twins after commissioning surrogacy. She was denied paid leave on the contention that as she was not the biological mother. Before the high court issued guidelines in this regard there were no applicable rules for grant of paid maternity leave to female government employees. The personnel ministry had advised all central government departments to give wide publicity to the Delhi high court order.

The minister also announced that Constant Attendant Allowance on disability pension has been increased from Rs 4,500 per month to Rs 6,750 per month.

He said these steps will promote romote gender equality and provide equal financial benefit to women. These are not only financial reforms, but also social reforms keeping in mind the futuristic society, he added.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 23:10 IST