Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
Date: 19th April, 1999
|Counting of past service on mobility of employees from
Central /State Government Departments to Central/State Autonomous Bodies -acceptance of
belated options for counting of past service.
concept of counting of past service on mobility of employees from Central Government
Departments to Central Autonomous Bodies and vice-versa came into existence vide
order issued under DP&AR O.M. No.28/10/84-PU dated 29.8.84. The above orders
were made applicable to the employees of State Autonomous Bodies moving over to Central
Government Department/Central Autonomous bodies and employees of State Government
Departments to Central Autonomous bodies and vice-versa vide
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare O.M. No.28/10/84-P&PW/Vol.II dated the
7th February, 1986 and subsequent orders issued on the dates various State
Governments agreed to the reciprocal arrangement. Under the provisions of above orders,
employees who were absorbed prior to 31.3.87 were required to exercise option for counting
of past service within one year of absorption or within one year of the issue of orders as
the case may be. Despite the clear instructions contained in above orders which were
widely circulated to all Ministries/Departments, Department of Pension and
Pensioners Welfare is receiving large number of representations from individual who
want to get their past service counted by surrendering pro-rata pensionary
benefits already drawn by them although they did not opt for counting of past service
within the stipulated time period and the usual excuses are that they were not aware of
Ignorance of Rules could not be an acceptable reason for re-opening of a case after years.
It has now been decided that Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare may
consider only such selective cases where it is established that the Government orders with
regard to options were not circulated to the field formations/offices by the
administrative Ministry where applicant had been working. In such cases, administrative
Ministry concerned should clearly record a certificate to that effect and also certify
that the lapse regarding non-circulation is being investigated and action is being taken
by them to fix responsibility. In future, no case relating to exercising of belated
options will be considered unless the above condition is met.
All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above instructions to the notice
of all the offices/field formations working under their administrative control.
Ministries/Departments and Organisations in the mailing list of Department of Pension
& Pensioners Welfare.