Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
New Delhi, the
31st October, 2002
Subject: Grant of dearness relief to Central Government
pensioners/family pensioners- Revised rate effective from 01.07.2002.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this
Department's OM No. 42/2/2002-P&PW (G) dated 22.03.2002 sanctioning
the installment of dearness relief admissible from 01.01.2002 and to say
that the President is pleased to decide that dearness relief shall be paid
to the Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners to compensate them
for the rise in cost of living beyond average Consumer Price Index 306.33
(as on 01.01.1996) at the rate of 52% w.e.f. 01.07.2002 in supersession of
the rate mentioned in the OM dated 22.03.2002 referred to above.
2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family
Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out
of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service pensioners (iv)
Railway pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners
and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan,
who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of
Pakistan, who are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.1275/-
p.m. in terms of this Department's OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated
3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lumpsum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous
body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted
portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of
this department's OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also
be entitled to the payment of DR @ 52% w.e.f. 01.07.2002 on full pension
i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received
on the date of restoration had he not drawn lumpsum payment on absorption
subject to fulfilment of the conditions laid down in Para 5 of the O.M.
dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this
Deptt.ís O.M. No. 4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated 12.07.2000 refers.
4. The surviving CPF beneficiaries who had retired from service between the
period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia @ Rs.600/-
p.m. with effect from 01.11.1997 under this Departmentís O.M.
No. 45/52/97-P&PW (E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to Dearness Relief
@ 52% w.e.f. 01.07.2002.
5. The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of Ex-gratia
payment in terms of this department's OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW (E) dated
16.12.1997 will be paid DR @ 44% w.e.f. 01.07.2002.
The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired
from service prior to 01.01.1986 or who had died while in service prior to
01.01.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs.605/- p.m.
Central Government Employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are
in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs.654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs.703/- and Rs.965/-.
6. Payment of dearness relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to
the next higher rupee.
7. Other provisions governing grant of dearness relief in respect of employed
family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be
regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department's
OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 02.07.1999. The provisions relating to
regulation of DR where pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension
will remain unchanged.
8. In the case of retired Supreme Court and High Court Judges necessary orders
will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.
9. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authority, including
the nationalised banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of dearness relief
payable in each individual case.
10. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are
requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioner etc. on the basis of
above instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the
Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in
view of letter No.528-TA,II/84-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller
and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and
Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64(ii)(CGL)/81 dated
the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its
subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.
11. In their application to the employees belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts
Department these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.
12. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of
Expenditure vide their U.O. No. 606-EV/2002 dated 31.10.2002.
All Ministries/Departments to the Government of India.