The government will immediately change the Civil Service Rules, allowing families of civil servants, who die while serving the government, to claim all pensions.
The new provisions will have a retrospective effect, a minister told ENT on condition that anonymity. This means the family of civil servants, who have died while in service before the introduction of the latest legal provisions, will soon be able to find the full amount of pensions. The decision to effect this was taken at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, according to the minister.
At present, pensions are given to government officials who retire at the age of 58 or those who have completed 20 years of service. Once they die, their family will qualify for 50 percent of their pension. At present, 50 percent of pensions are also given to families of civil servants who die while serving the government.
This new provision was introduced to benefit the Yubraj Dahal family, the deputy secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Council of Ministers, who died in an air dynasty helicopter accident on February 27 in Taplejung district. He accompanied the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, who also died in a helicopter accident.
Dahal previously worked as the chief executive of the cities of Khadbari, Ilam and Damak. KP Sharma Oli has brought Dahal to his office after he became prime minister, because he was impressed with his performance in the City of Damak, according to Dahal’s colleague Jeebnath Khanal.
“Since his death, the government has been looking for options to support his family, who are financially very weak,” the minister said. “But we can do very little. This is why we decided to change the Civil Service Rules. “The Cabinet’s latest decision has paved the way for the Ministry of Public Administration and Federal Affairs to begin the process of amending the regulation. The new provisions will benefit all people hired by the government and the state, including military and police officials.
However, this is expected to increase government pension obligations. The government recently introduced a contribution pension scheme after spending on pension benefits began to surge. The government has allocated Rs 46.86 billion for pension expenditure in the current fiscal year, up 34 percent from the last fiscal year.