Amidst the gifts of DA and bonus to central employees, the government has also issued a stern warning. In this, it has been said to be vigilant about work and not to be careless and in doing so, instructions have been given to stop pension and gratuity after retirement. At present, this order will be applicable to the central employees, on which the states can also implement.
The Central Government has said in a notification issued recently that if the Central employees are found guilty of any serious offense or negligence during their service, then their gratuity and pension will be stopped after retirement. These instructions have been issued under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rule 2021. The Central Government had recently changed Rule 8 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 2021, in which these new provisions have been added.
Information about the changes in the rules from the Center has also been sent to all the concerned authorities. In this it has been said that if the information of the guilty employees is received, then action should be initiated to stop their pension and gratuity.
Who will take action
– President who has been involved in the appointing authority of the retired employee. They will have the right to stop gratuity or pension.
Secretaries who are attached to the Ministry or Department under which the retiring employee has been appointed. They will also have the right to stop pension and gratuity.
If an employee has retired from the Audit and Accounts Department, then the CAG will have the right to stop the pension and gratuity of the guilty employees after their retirement.
Such action can be taken
According to the change in the rules on October 7, the competent authorities will have the right to stop the pension or gratuity or both partly or wholly of the found guilty employees. If any departmental or judicial action is taken against these employees during the job, then it will also be necessary to inform the concerned officers. If an employee is re-employed after retirement, then the same rules will apply to him.
If an employee has taken the payment of pension and gratuity after retirement and is found guilty, then full or partial amount of pension or gratuity can be recovered from him. It will be assessed on the basis of loss caused to the department. If the authority wants, the pension or gratuity of the employee can be stopped permanently or even for some time.
Suggestions will have to be taken before the final order Any authority will have to take suggestions from the Union Public Service Commission before giving the final order. Further, in any case where pension is withheld or withdrawn, the minimum amount should not be less than Rs 9000 per month, which is already prescribed under Rule 44.