‘Even if divorce case is on, women to get family pension’

The married daughter of a central government employee, who is no more, will get family pension even during the pendency of a divorce case, the Centre has said.

Existing rules allow divorced daughters to get family pension only if a decree of divorce had been issued by the competent court during the life time of at least one of the parents.

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has recently changed rules to help such women facing divorce cases in court.

The decision comes as the government was receiving grievances from various quarters that the divorce proceedings take years before attaining finality. Family pension is given to a spouse of a dead government servant or to dependent children.

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