Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh has said that rules have been relaxed for divorced daughters to receive Family Pension. He said, now a daughter will be entitled to receive the Family Pension even if the divorce had not finally taken place, but the divorce petition had been filed by her during the lifetime of her deceased parent employee or pensioner. Disclosing this while briefing the media about some of the important reforms brought in by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, Dr Singh said, the earlier rule provided for payment of Family Pension to a divorced daughter only if the divorce had taken place during the lifetime of the deceased parent pensioner or his spouse. He said, the new circular will not only bring ease in the life of pension receiving individuals but also ensure respectable and equitable rights for the divorced daughters in the society. Dr Singh said, orders have
also been issued for grant of Family Pension to a Divyang child or sibling even if the Disability Certificate is produced after the death of the pensioner parent but the disability had occurred before the death of the parents. Similarly, to bring ease of living for the Divyang pensioners, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Attendant Allowance for the helper has been increased from 4,500 rupees per month to 6,700 rupees per month.

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BJP President JP Nadda announces new team ofnational office-bearers

BJP President J. P. Nadda today announced a new team of party’s national office-bearers. The list of 12 National Vice Presidents includes Dr. Raman Singh from Chhattisgarsh, Vasundhara Raje Scindia from Rajasthan, Radha Mohan Singh from Bihar, Raghubar Das from Jharkhand and Mukul Roy from West Bengal. The list of eight General Secretaries, a crucial organization position in the party, has five new faces with Bhupender Yadav, Arun Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya being retained. The party has included Dushyant Kumar Gautam, D. Purandeswari, C. T. Ravi, Tarun Chugh and Dilip Saikia in the list of the National General
Secretaries. B. L. Santhosh continues to remain as National General Secretary of the organization. V. Satish, Saudan Singh and Shiv Prakash continue to be the National Joint Secretaries. The BJP has also announced the appointment of Rajesh Aggarwal as a Treasurer of the party. Party MP Tejasvi Surya has been made the President of the party’s youth wing.
The party has also expanded its list of Spokesperson to 23, with MP Anil Baluni as the Chief Spokesman and its media head. The others’ names include Sambit Patra, Sudhanshu Trivedi, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.

Addressing 75th UNGA, PM Modi emphasizes India’s commitment in united fight against COVID-19 Pandemic

The Prime Minister informed that even during the difficult times of COVID pandemic, the Indian pharmaceutical industry has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries. He assured that as the largest vaccine producing country, India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting the COVID pandemic. Starting from January next year, India will also fulfil its responsibility as a Non-Permanent Member of the Security Council. Mr Modi said, India will always speak in support of peace, security and prosperity. He emphasized that India will not hesitate in raising its voice against the enemies of humanity like terrorism.

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Surbhi Saxena edits the daily Current Affairs News.
The author is qualified member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

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