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Other Benefits




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The features of the various other benefits and the conditions under which they are admissible are briefly explained hereunder.

7.1  Encashment of Leave

Previously a retiring Government employee or the legal heir in the case of death while in service is entitled to the encashment of the earned leave at his / her credit on the date of retirement or death subject to a maximum of 240 days. The leave salary includes pay , D.A, H.R.A, and C.C.A. The rate of leave salary shall be the monthly salary he/she was drawing on the date of retirement or death. In case of unearned leave on private affairs, the entitlement for encashment is upto a maximum of 180 days and the leave salary will be on the basis of half pay for 90 days. It shall be drawn by the head of office or by the self drawing officers. This is applicable to the retirement on medical invalidation, voluntary and compulsory.( Leave rule 7, G.O.No. 1072 Fin 18.08.1972, 161 P & AR 12.02.1986, 999 P & AR 30.10.1987,345 P & AR 31.07.1990,488 Fin 12.08.1996 ).

7.2   Special Provident Fund cum Gratuity

(i) Under the scheme the Government employee has to subscribe a sum of rupees 20 per month till the subscription with interest thereon adds upto rupees 10,000. On retirement, the actual amount subscribed together with interest and contribution by Government of rupees 10,000 will be paid to the employee. In case of death of an employee, the Government's contribution of Rs.10,000 will not be paid and only his accumulation with interest will be paid. The nomination has to be made but in its absence, the nomination made for the Gratuity scheme shall be sufficient for the purpose. Those retired on medical invalidation and voluntary retirement are eligible for the Government contribution of Rs.10,000. No dues shall be recovered from this amount. (G.O.No.136 Fin 29.02.1984, L.R.No.113297 / 83- 1 Fin 27.11.1984, 351 Fin 25.04.1994, G.O. 429 Fin 15.9.2000).

(ii) Government have introduced a new Tamilnadu Government Employees Special Provident-cum - Gratuity Scheme, 2000 with effect from 1.10.2000. This Scheme is optional for the existing employees and compulsory in respect of employees joining on or after 1.10.2000 (G.O. No. 504 Fin 2.11.2000).

a) The existing employees at their option may subscribe at Rs.50p.m. till one month prior to the date of their retirement/death, they will be paid actual amount of subscription recovered from them along with Interest thereon. They will not be eligible for Government contribution.

b) In respect of those who join service on or after 1.10.2000, they have to subscribe compulsorily at Rs. 70 p.m. till one month prior to date of their retirement. Employee retiring on superannuation, voluntary retirement and medical invalidation will be paid the actual amount of subscription recovered from them along with Interest thereon plus Government contribution of Rs. 10,000. In all other cases including death while in service, the actual subscription made by them till then, together with Interest thereon alone will be paid

7.3  Settlement of G.P.F. accumulations

From the year 1991,an employee is permitted to withdraw 90% of his accumulations during the period of 12 months prior to retirement without assigning reason for the withdrawal. Hence normally such final withdrawal maybe in order of 10% of accumulation and this has to be done based on the authorisation of the Accountant General. If one has not opted for withdrawal of 90% of the amount, then the entire amount has to be drawn on the authorisation of the Accountant General. Application for final withdrawal has to be submitted four months prior to the date of retirement. In case of death, the amount shall be paid to the nominee. No dues shall be recovered from the amount. ( G.P.F. Rule 31, G.O.535 Fin 19.07.1991, Letter 39068 / 96 / 02 Fin 05.06.1995 ).

7.4  T.A. to go to Native Place

T.A. at the rates admissible as for transfer to his Grade will be paid on the date of retirement or death for going to native place to settle down. This is normally admissible from the head quarters. Claim may be made for the journeys from the place of death restricting to the claim from headquarters. (T.A. Rule 110 ).

7.5  Advance for meeting the Funeral Expenses of Deceased Government Employee

Government have introduced Tamil Nadu Government Servant Family Benefit Fund Scheme in 1974 to ensure a lump sum payment to the family in the event of death of an employee and it was subsequently called as Tamil Nadu Government Servant Family Security Fund Scheme. Under this Scheme, any of the family members will be given an advance of Rs.5000 from this fund to meet the funeral expenses of the deceased Government employee. The Head of Office can immediately pay the amount to the family. The advance shall be deducted from the final lump sum payment.(G.O.355 Fin 08.02.1978 G.O.217 Fin 24.04.1997).

7.6  Transport Expenses on the Dead body of the Official to the Native Place

The body of the deceased employee who dies while in service may be transported at the Government expense to the place of residence or to the place of cremation or to the native place as desired by the members of the family. Departmental vehicle may be used for this purpose and in case it is not available, a vehicle may be hired at Government cost. While in service includes while on leave. The concession is also admissible if the employee expired while taking treatment at Headquarters, or at other stations including outside state or on tour or while under suspension. If charges on hire of vehicle are met by the family of the deceased, the charges can be got reimbursed. If the employee dies while on foreign service the foreign employer shall bear the cost.( G.O. 2630 Home 14.10.1972, 2985 H 13.12.1981, 101 H 17.04.1986 702 H 10.03.1980, 402 H 23.02.1990, Memo 742963 / 72 - 10 H 04.05.1973, 420 P&AR 27.09.1990 ).

7.7  Lump sum Payment on Death of Government Employee

Government have introduced Tamilnadu Government Servant Family Benefit Fund Scheme in 1974 to ensure a Lump sum payment to the family in the event of death of an employee and it was subsequently named as Tamilnadu Government Servant Family Security Fund Scheme. Under this scheme the employee has to pay the contribution by deduction in the pay bill a sum of Rs.20 per month and in the event of death the nominee is entitled to get a sum of Rs.1Lakh after deduction of any advance drawn towards funeral (See para7.6 ). The nomination will be pasted in the service book. The nomination may be made in the order of wife / children / widowed / daughter-in-law / children of son. In case of female employee husband / children / widow & children of deceased son. Step children, legally recognised adopted child are also eligible for nomination. In case of UNMARRIED EMPLOYEES the order for nomination will be father / mother / brothers & step brothers below 18 years age / unmarried sisters, widowed sisters including step sisters. In case he / she gets married, the nomination is treated cancelled and has to file a fresh nomination. Employees having no family are not eligible to join the fund. Otherwise the scheme is compulsory. Even if the employee is retired and dies before 12 midnight on that day the nominee is entitled to receive the amount. If none of the nominees are alive, the amount shall lapse to the Government. The amount is not liable to court attachment or for any recovery except the advance if any paid. If one of the legal heirs is convicted in a criminal case, he is not entitled for the amount. ( G.O.No. 1515 Fin 03.12.1973, 75 Fin 21.11.1975, 265 Fin 01.08.1985, 704 Fin 10.07.1989, 690 Fin 24.10.1981, 899 Fin 14.05.1986, 399 Fin 14.05.1986, 31 Law 19.01.1977, 501 Fin 14.08.1986, 1055 Fin 28.12.1993, 197 Fin 16.04.1997 ).

7.8  Relief Under Government Employees House Building Advance Special Family Benefit Fund Scheme

A monthly subscription of 1% of monthly installment of repayment of advance (Principal and Interest) shall be made till superannuation. In the event of employee dying in harness, the entire amount of due from him towards the repayment of House building advance together with interest upto the date of his death shall be met from the fund and recovery from the individual or his family is waived. The Collector or the authority who sanctions the advance shall be competent authority for sanction the adjustment in respect of the outstanding dues. ( G.O.613 Housing & Urban Dev., 30.04.1986 ).

7.9   Educational Concession to the Children of the Deceased

The Children of the deceased employee are exempted from paying tuition fees beyond P.U.C. or Plus Two and special fees in arts, science and other Technical institutions till they obtain a degree or till their marriage in case of female children which ever is earlier, irrespective of the financial status of the bereaved family. If the distance between the native place and the college is more than 2 Km., hostel fees are also reimbursable, provided it is outside the city limit and cannot be approached by regular bus or rail. This is admissible for studies in the evening colleges also if one is not employed. It is also admissible for studies in recongnised institutions outside the state. If the child is already a degree holder no further concession is admissible. If the pupil fails to pass the examinations in the first attempt in a particular class, the concession will be withheld pending subsequent promotion to the next higher class. The concession is admissible for English medium Higher Secondary School by way of exemption from paying the fees. The children may avail of this concession or any other concession, scholarship sanctioned by Government which ever is advantage and in addition avail merit scholarship of Government of India. The children are also eligible book allowance at the prescribed rates from I to XII standards except in case of post Matriculation and Anglo Indian Schools. The Pension sanctioning authority will give an eligibility - cum - entitlement card and this will enable the head of the institution to the admit the children without demanding fees.

( G.O. 1699 Edn 14.09.1978, Letter 50491 / 78 - 3 Edn 07.12.1978, 864 Edn 21.05.1980, 888 Fin 12.05.1982, Letter 104176 / 82 - 1 Edn 20.11.1982, Letter 109168 / 82 - 2 Edn 09.04.1983, 1275 Edn 07.08.1987 ).

7.10  Compassionate Ground Appointments

Government has introduced a scheme of employment assistance to the family of the deceased employee to help it in the indigent conditions. The eligible members are listed and one of them are to be appointed depending on the qualifications and vacancies available. There is no relaxation of qualification for such appointment but the age limit could be relaxed. When an eligible person is studying, he has to apply for appointment under this scheme but his case shall be considered after his getting the required qualification.

The eligible members for such appointments are

Wife, Son, Unmarried daughters, Adopted son or Adopted unmarried daughters, husband, divorced daughter, Widowed daughter, married but deserted daughter.

The Ineligible members for such appointments are

Brothers, sisters, family of temporary employee. The eligible member should apply to the head of office where the deceased employee was working at the time of death. He should have the prescribed qualification. Upper age limit for wife / husband is 50 years. In other cases, the maximum age limit is 35 years from 11.01.1998. In case of SC / ST candidates the relaxation of age limit may be allowed. The rule of reservation need not be followed in such cases. Application should be made within 3 years from the date of death of the employee. The compassionate ground appointment could be made by ousting a temporary candidate. The compassionate ground appointee should not be ousted otherwise than for want of vacancy. This applies to the dependents of medically invalidated employees, if he was invalidated before completing 53 years of age.

( G.O.225 Lab 15.07.1972, 560 Lab 03.08.1977, Memo 312575 /76 -2 Lab 31.12.1976, 15672 / 78 -2 Lab 04.05.1978, 2521 Lab 07.11.1981, 1025 Lab 21.11.1976, 2607 Lab 20.11.1981, 48726 / 82 -2 Lab 04.10.1982, 46571 / 82 - 3 Lab 24.11.1982, 22130 / 83 - 4 Emp 27.08.1983, 1114 Lab 28.12.1983, 0654 SW 23.04.1987, 2899 Lab 23.12.1988, 554 Lab 09.04.1990, 567 Lab 11.04.1990, 101806 / 90 - 1 Fin 04.10.1991, 155 Lab 16.07.1993, 334 P& AR 02.09.1993, 57630 / 93 - 3 Lab 27.07.1994, 321 P & AR 07.12.1994, 120 Lab 26.06.1995, 9 Lab 19.01.1998, 20 P & AR 02.02.1998).

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