Pensioners not to visit AG’s Office for depositing documents

Pensioners not to visit AG’s Office for depositing documents
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Finance department issues instructions

SRINAGAR: Taking serious note of the pensioners and family pensioners being put to avoidable hardships for furnishing requisite information/data to Accountant General (A&E) J&K for fixation of pension under Formulation-11, the state government on Wednesday made it clear that the cases are to be forwarded to the AG’s office by the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities/Head of Offices instead of handing over the same to the concerned pensioners/ family pensioners.
Giving details, Principal Secretary to Government, Finance Department, Navin K Choudhary, said the department has been receiving complaints for last few days that old age pensioners were facing difficulties in submitting their pension cases for revision to Accountant General’s office where long queues had been seen for the past few days.
He said “accordingly circular instructions have been issued by the Finance Department today that the pensioners/family pensioners need not approach Accountant General’s office for submitting their cases for revision of pension under the formulation.
“Consequent upon the issuance of rationalisation of pension structure for pre 01.01.2016 pensioners/family pensioners vide OMNo: A/Misc (2008)-temp-1236 dated: 14.06.2018 concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities/Head of Offices were advised to furnish requisite information/data to Accountant General (A&E) J&K Srinagar/Jammu for fixation of pension under Formulation-11.However, it has been observed that concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities/Head of Offices instead of forwarding the cases themselves to Accountant General J&K have been handing over the cases to concerned pensioners/ family pensioners which obviously put the senior citizens to avoidable hardships,” said an order issued by the finance department in this regard here on Wednesday.
It said, the issue was reviewed in the finance department and it has been reiterated that the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authority/Head of Offices will submit the requisite information/data to the nearest Treasury, who shall forward the same to the concerned Saddar Treasuries/ District Treasuries.
“The Saddar Treasury Officers/District Treasury Officers shall be responsible for depositing the cases of pensioners/family pensioners in the office of Accountant General (A&E) J&K Srinagar/Jammu for formal pension revision,” it said adding “however, it is clarified that submission of cases for fixation of pension by pensioners/family pensioners under Formulation-I1 is purely optional and not compulsory”.
The pensioners/family pensioners who are already getting equal or higher pension/family pension when compared to due pension under Formulation-11 need not to submit the cases for revision of pension to Accountant General(A&E) J&K, Srinagar/Jammu, it said.