Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare issued fresh guide lines in supersession of their OM No.1/28/04-P&PW(E) dated 31/03/2009 regarding Grant of family pension to the dependent family members of a Government SErvant/Pensioner reported missing vide Memo No.1/28/04-P&PW (E) dated 02/07/2010. According to the earlier guidelines grant of family Pension to the eligible family members whereabouts are not known, after a period of one year, or Government servants who have been kidnapped by insurgents/terorists, after a period of six onths, reckoned from the date of registration of the FIR with the Police Authorities. Now the matter has been considered in the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare i consultation with Ministry of Finance (Dept. Of Expenditure). It has been observed from the earlier instructions issued in this regard by the department that the same do not make any distinction between the purpose of grant of family pension. It has accordingly been decided that the family pension/retirement or death gratuity to the eligible familymembers of a Government servant/Pensiner reported missing and whose whereabouts are not known, may be sanctioned after a period of six months from the date of registration of an FIR with the Police. This however, would be subject to the instructions regarding grant/disbursal of retirement or death gratuity, etc. as contained in the above OMs rferred above.Please click the below link to get the order copy.