Govt may not axe 145-year-old pension law

The Centre may not axe a 145-year-old law that provides shield against attachment of pension of former presidents, Supreme Court judges, MPs and its retired employees.

The Pensions Act, 1871, has been under consideration for past some time in accordance with the policy of the Central government to repeal obsolete laws. The government has decided to axe over 1,000 such archaic laws.
However, the act had to be excluded from the list of obsolete laws to be repealed as some of its provisions provide security to the pensioners against attachment of pension.

A meeting was recently called by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions to elicit views of select ministries on the proposal to scrap Pensions Act or to amend rules regulating various pensions given by them, according to minutes of the meeting.

The representative from Department of Financial Services (DFS) suggested that instead of amending a large number of acts and rules to secure pensions against attachment, the existing Pensions Act, 1871, may be amended to repeal only those provisions in the act which have since become irrelevant or redundant.

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