Monday, December 21, 2015

Guidelines for transfer of pension accounts - Minister replied in Rajya Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 1032
ANSWERED ON 08.12.2015
Guidelines for transfer of pension accounts
1032 Smt. Renuka Chowdhury
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-

(a) whether the Government is aware that the bankers generally discourage the pensioners not to transfer their pension / family pension accounts, if so, the reasons therefor; and


(b) the steps taken by the Government to formulate regulations / guidelines with regard to the transfer of pension account within a specified time period to the bank near to residence of the pensioner and ensure that in case of failure of bankers to do so, the concerned bank responsible for delay / failure shall compensate the pensioner?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(a) to (b): The Public Sector Banks(PSBs) have informed that they do not discourage the pensioners / family pensioners to transfer their pension account / family pension account. PSBs have further informed that extant guidelines with regard to the transfer of pension accounts within the specified time period to the Bank near the residence of the pensioner are being followed.

Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) has informed that detailed procedure for transfer of pension payment from one branch/bank to another has been outlined in para 16 of ‘Scheme For Payment Of Pensions To Central Government Civil Pensioners By Authorised Banks’ read with ‘Accounting & Operating Procedure for Central Pension Processing Centre (CPPC) of authorized banks for pension disbursement to Central Government (Civil) Pensioners’ issued by CPAO in February, 2012.

There are total 42 CPPCs; 28 for each authorized bank and 14 for SBI which credit the pension direct to the pensioners account. Accordingly after establishing CPPCs by the banks, transfer of account falls broadly under two categories i.e. from one branch to another branch of the same bank and from one bank to another bank. If the transfer of account pertains to shift between two branches of the same bank, CPPC of the bank coordinates the continuity of disbursement of pension without any break and pensioners can operate his account from the new branch as usual. If the transfer involves shifting of the account to another bank, the original Pension Payment Order is forwarded by the CPPC of old bank to the CPPC of new bank along with transfer application and a certificate of last payment made. On receipt of the application along with original document, the CPPC of the new bank activates the new pension account and credits the pension on due date.

CPAO has also informed that they have not received any case for payment of compensation to the pensioner for delay / failure of Bank in transfer of pension account.

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