Delay in enrolment to contributory pension scheme: govt orders employees to pay Rs 3.25 lakh

SN Jayaprakash 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has directed the employees, who had delayed the procedures of the contributory pension scheme, to pay a compensation of Rs 3.25 lakh to a beneficiary’s wife. The beneficiary had died before being added into the contributory pension scheme.

This is for the first time the government ordered employees to pay compensation for impeding pension. The action has been taken based on the complaint lodged by the wife of a deceased clerk in the health department to the assembly committee for the welfare of women and children.

The statutory pension was replaced by the contributory pension for those who entered government service on or after April 1, 2013. The complainant’s husband joined the health department as an office attendant on May 25, 2015. In the same year, he was appointed as clerk at the civil supplies department via Public Service Commission. Meanwhile, he could not join the contributory pension scheme. Hence, his family could not claim any concessions after he died on February 1, 2021.

Following a probe, the assembly committee found lapses on the side of certain employees in including beneficiaries in the contributory pension scheme. The committee informed the consumer commissioner to estimate the amount which the beneficiary would have obtained (along with interest) if the procedures were carried out on time. The employees who were liable for the delay have to pay this amount as compensation. The finance department has issued the order by approving the report.

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