SRINAGAR: The state government on Thursday directed all concerned officers to send pension papers of an employee to accountant general six months before the retirement.
The accountant general recovers amount from pensionary benefits in cases where the retirees have drawn excess salary.
“The basic policy of the government is to ensure that a pensioner gets his pension as soon as he retires. In order to achieve this objective, it is once again enjoined upon the administrative secretaries of the departments to impress upon all the drawing and disbursing officers under their control to adhere to the circular instructions issued from time to time in letter and spirit,” reads an order issued by director (Codes) here, adding that the officers concerned must ensure that pension papers are sent to the accountant general six months ahead of an employee’s retirement month.
The director said the priority should be accorded to the cases of those employees who are to retire within next three to four years.
In case the accountant general points out recovery of any amount during the course of assessing the pension, the director said, the concerned head of the office or DDO shall be responsible and a pay drawn in excess be recovered from the defaulter. “The biggest drawback in this regard brought into the notice by the Accountant General is, that, instead of the person committing the mistake, the pensioner suffers. The departmental authorities actually responsible for incorrect fixation of pay are not held accountable,” the director said, underlining that such an approach makes employees, especially Class IV and Non-Gazetted, to suffer by way of huge recoveries.