MoD relaxes pension norms for divorced daughters of veterans

MoD relaxes pension norms for divorced daughters of veterans

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has relaxed the eligibility criterion for divorced daughters of army veterans to receive family pension.

The divorced daughter of a soldier would be eligible for the family pension if the divorce proceedings were initiated during the lifetime of the soldier or the spouse.

This is an improvement from the existing rule where completion of the litigation during the lifetime of at least one of the pensioners is mandatory for the daughter to receive the pension.

The government has been receiving grievances from various quarters as divorce proceedings take many years.

"There are many cases in which the divorce proceedings of a daughter of a government employee or pensioner had been instituted during the lifetime of one or both but none was alive by the time the decree of divorce was granted," the ministry said.

It has now been decided to grant family pension to the divorced daughter of an armed forces personnel in such cases where the divorce proceedings were filed in a competent court during the lifetime of the pensioner or the spouse but divorce took place after their death.

The family pension would commence from the date of divorce, the ministry said.

This is the second welfare measure for soldiers approved by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in recent weeks.

Earlier, she ordered relaxing the norms for widows of gallantry award recipients to receive the monetary allowance.

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