(23) Pension Rules

 Introduction of Pension Scheme in CSIR

 (23.1.1) The Governing Body of the CSIR, has been pleased to decide that the Government of India Pension Rules, as liberalised and amended or clarified from time to time, shall apply :

 

(a)      to all regular Council servants other than contract officers, re-employed pensioners and purely temporary and daily wages staff, who enter service on or after the date of issue of this letter, and

(b)      to all Council servant who were in service on 5.11.60 and who opt for these benefits in preference to their existing retirement benefits.

 

  1. Council servants referred to in para 1(b) above shall, on or before 31.7.1961, exercise an unconditional and unambiguous option on the prescribed form, electing the pensionary benefits or retaining their existing retirement benefits under the CSIR Contributory Provident Fund Rules as the case may be.  Any such employee from whom an option form showing the employee's option is not received within the above mentioned time limit or whose option is incomplete or conditional or ambiguous, shall be deemed to have opted for the pensionary benefits.  Where, however, any employee has died on or after 5.11.1960 without exercising any option for the pensionary scheme, he will be deemed to have continued on the CPF system.
     

  2. In the case of an employee who opts for pensionary benefits the Council contribution and interest thereon credited to his CPF account will revert to Council immediately the option is exercised, and the account shall be converted into a non-contributory Provident Fund account from the date the account was opened.  The existing CSIR CPF rules except to the extent they relate to the crediting of council's Contribution to the Fund will continue to be in force irrespective of the fact that the employee has opted for pensionary benefits and the employee will continue to make compulsory contribution to the Fund under those rules.  Ale service of the employee opting for pension shall be deemed to have been in the pensionable establishment from the commencement of the employee's service, irrespective of the period of service for which the employee might have subscribed to the CSIR CPF Fund, and shall count for pension in the manner and to the extent provided for in the pension rules of the Government.

  3. The option once exercised will be final and irrevocable.

  4. In the case of officers appointed on contract they will be entitled to the CSIR Contributory Provident Fund benefits till they are confirmed against a permanent post.  On their confirmation, they will be allowed an option for pensionary benefits, to be exercised within a period of three months from the date of issue of the orders of their confirmation.  In these cases also the option once exercised will be final and irrevocable.

(Ref-CSIR Office No. 291 & letter No. 5/96/60-PC, dated the 24th Mar., 1961)                                                 
(23.1.2)Introduction of pensionary benefits in the CSIR-Confirmation of contract officers

Office Order No. 291 forwarded vide No. 5/96/60-PC dated the 24 March, 1961 (Para 23. 1. 1), provides that the officers appointed on contract will be entitled to the CSIR Contributory Provident Fund benefits till they are confirmed against a permanent post when they will have the right to exercise option for pensionary benefits.  It has 6een decided to consider the cases of contract officers for confirmation after they have completed five years of service and before they complete 10 years of service.  I am to request you to forward the necessary recommendations in respect of contract officers serving in your Laboratory/Institute at an early date.

(CSIR letter No. 16(9)/61 -E.I. dated the 30th March, 1961)

 (23.1.3) Counting of service rendered under the CSIR scheme towards pension.

 In continuation of office Order No.29 1, dated 24.3.1961 (Para 23. 1. 1), it has been decided that the service rendered under the C.S.I.R. schemes will count towards pension in the Council on the absorption of such staff in regular establishment without any break in service and on their subsequent confirmation against permanent posts.  The Council's contribution with interest thereon credited to their C.P.F. Fund account during scheme service will revert to the Council.

 (Ref OM No. 1/10/61 -Pen, dated the 29th Nov., 1961)

(23.1.4) Exercising of fresh option by Central Government employees subscribing to Contributory Provident Fund, to come over to pensionable service.

 Enclosed is a copy of Government of India, Ministry of Personnel and Training, Administrative reforms and public Grievances and Pension, (Department of Personnel Training), New Delhi O.M.No.F.3(1)- Pension, -Unit/85 dated 6th June, 1985 (Not printed) on the subject for information and necessary action.  This may be given wide publicity.

 It is provided in this circular that the option should be exercised within a period of SIX MONTHS from the date of issue of O.M. i.e. 6-.6-1985 by all those who are still borne on C.P.Fund Scheme of the CSIR.  The contents of the O.M. may be brought to the notice of all the concerned Council servants individually who are on C.P.F. Scheme of the CSIR and their signatures in token of having done this be obtained and kept on record.

 The option should be exercised within the stipulated period and option should-be unequivocal and unconditional.  The option may be taken in duplicate which should be signed by the Head of Office and then pasted in the Service Book/Record.  Necessary Office Memorandum may please be issued in respect of those who opt to come over to the pension scheme of the CSIR.

 (CSIR letter No. 1(11)/84-PEN/91, the dated, 3rd July 1985.)

 (23. 1.5) Grant of option to the families of the employees who die in harness to come over to Pension Scheme.

     The Government of India, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) New Delhi O.M.No. 1(16)EV/84 dated 29.10.84 (Not printed) on the above subject was forwarded to the Heads of all National Labs./Instts under CSIR endorsement No. 1(11)/84-PEN/83, dated 20th March 1985.  It has been decided therein that the cases for allowing an option to the families of those employees who die in harness while in service to come over to pension from CPF, may be decided by the "Administrative Authorities" concerned.

 Of late, references are being received from Labs./lnstts. seeking sanction of CSIR for change of option sought by the families of the deceased employees.  After careful consideration in consultation with Finance Wing of CSIR Hqrs., it has been decided that such permissions to the families of the deceased may henceforth be accorded by the Heads of National Labs./Instts. upto the level of Scientist "E.II" except Common Cadre staff where reference may be made to CSIR Hqrs.

 (CSIR letter No. 14(23)/Misc./85-E.II, the dated, 30th Jan. 1986)

 (23.1.6) Superannuation benefits to CSIR Scientists/Directors retiring as Secretary to Govt of India.

 CSIR Scientists/Directors of National Laboratories/ Institutes are sometime appointed as Secretary to Govt. of India on deputation and in the exigencies of public interest they are retained there till their retirement or beyond.  In such case, under the normal rules, they are entitled to pensionary benefits on the basis of their pay that they would have drawn in CSIR. This causes undue hardship to the Scientist concerned.

The Governing Body of the CSIR in its 116th meeting held on 14-3-1988 has approved that Scientist/Director of the National Laboratories/Institutes appointed as Secretary to Govt. of India and retiring on superannuation from the Govt. be allowed pensionary benefit by CSIR based on pay drawn by him/her in Government, on the date of superannuation in CSIR.

 (CSIR letter No.,17(179)/88-E.II(U-3), the dated, 30th May, 1988)

 (23.1.7) Grant of option to the families of the deceased CSIR employee for coming over to CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

 In partial modification of this office letter No. 14(23)/85-E.II dated 30th Jan., 1986 (Para 23.1.5), it has been decided in consultation with Financial Adviser, CSIR that henceforth Directors/Heads of National Laboratories/Institutes will be competent to permit the families of the deceased Council employees upto the level of Scientist-"F" (except Common Cadre staff) died while on CPF, to opt for CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

 (CSIR letter No. 14(4)/90-E.II, the dated, 10th April, 1991)

 (23.1.8) Extension of pensionary benefits to the Scientists appointed on contract and Directors of National Laboratories/Institutes.

 Keeping in view the larger interests of mobility of Scientific talent among the various S&T/R&D Departments/Organisations in the country, a Committee was constituted to look into the matter for extending grant of pensionary benefits to the Scientist appointed on contract and Directors of National Laboratories/Institutes, within the frame work of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.  The recommendation made by the Committee and subsequently concurred in b-y the IFA were placed before the Governing Body at its meeting held on 22.2.1991. In pursuance of the approval accorded by the Governing Body in the aforesaid meeting, it is notified for information, guidance and necessary action to all concerned that the service conditions of Scientists appointed on contract from open market; on foreign service/lien/EOL basis from other Departments/Organisations on deputation basis(if permissible under the Recruitment Rules); existing Scientists continuing on contract basis; and Directors appointed from open market; Directors appointed on Foreign Service/Lien/EOL basis from other Organisations on deputation basis (If permissible under the Rules) and existing Directors continuing on CPF system wi ill be regulated as per the enclosed guidelines approved by the Governing Body, as mentioned above.  Specimen of the terms and conditions in respect of Scientist appointed on contract and Directors are enclosed for reference.  Also a specimen of the option to be exercised by the Scientist appointed on contract/Directors on 6 years tenure basis, either in favour of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 or to continue under CPF Rules is enclosed for necessary action.  A copy of this notification may kindly be kept in the library and also displayed on the Notice Board for wide circulation.

(CSIR letter No. 17(197)/90-E.II, dated the 14th May, 1991)

 Guidelines About the Line of Action to Modify the Terms and Conditions of Offer of Appointment/Agreement/Contract in Respect of Scientists/Directors on their Appointment in CSIR Service.

1.       APPOINTMENT OF SCIENTISTS (OTHER THAN DIRECTORS)

A.    Direct Recruitment From Open Market (induction From Other Than Government/lsemi Government/autonomous Bodies Etc.

There is no objection to keep them on probation as per usual procedure.

 A suitable clause may be inserted in the offer of appointment that at the time of initial appointment option will be given to the Scientists either to be governed by CPF or Pension under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.  Option will be exercised with one month from the date of joining which will be notified and pasted in Service Book for record.

 The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is exercised within the stipulated period, he shall be deemed to have opted for pension scheme as per CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

 B.    Appointment on Foreign Service/lien Basis

 They may be kept on probation as per practice during foreign service/lien period.

 In case of absorption, it should be notified and thereafter option of the Scientist concerned obtained either to be governed by CPF or Pension under CCS(Pension) Rules 1972.  This option will be exercised within one month from the date of notification for absorption orders which will be pasted in the Service Book for record.

 The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is exercised within the stipulated period, he shall be deemed to have opted for pension scheme as per CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

 In case of absorption, counting of past service will be regulated as per extant Government of India orders on the subject.

 C. Deputation (If Permissible Under the Recruitment Rules)

 Scientists will not be kept on probation.

 Absorption in CSIR service after following the normal procedure prescribed for recruitment will be notified and thereafter Scientist concerned will be given an option either to be governed by CPF Rules or Pension under CCS(Pension) Rule, 1972.  This option will be exercised within one month from the date of notification of absorption in CSIR service.

 The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is exercised within the stipulated period, he shall be deemed to have opted for pension scheme as per CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

 In case of absorption, counting of past service will be regulated as per extant Government of India orders on the subject.

 D.   Existing Scientists

 For the existing Scientists who are governed by CPF scheme of the CSIR as per clause 111 of their terms & conditions, modified clause III of the terms and conditions shall be notified to the individual Scientists with the stipulation that they should furnish their written consent in favour or against the modification in the terms and conditions to their respective heads of offices.

 The written consent so received shall be pasted in the service record of the individual.

 Simultaneously the individual shall also be furnished with an option form to opt either for pension as per CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 or to continue under the existing CPF scheme of the CSIR as per existing terms and conditions.  The individual shall be required to exercise his option and submit the option form duly completed to their respective heads of offices with in three months from the date of issue of such notification.

 The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is received the individual shall be deemed to be governed by the existing terms & conditions viz CPF Scheme.

 2. DIRECTORS

 A.      Direct Recruitment From Open Market i.e. Induction Made Not Through Any Government/semi Government/Autonomous Body Etc.

 They will not be kept on probation.  The term "contract" may be replaced by the term "Tenure" wherever it occurs in the offer of appointment, terms & condition and service agreement to be executed by the appointee.

 They may be asked to exercise an option within one month from the date of initial appointment whether to be governed by CPF or Pension under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

 The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is exercised within the stipulated period, he shall be deemed to have opted for pension scheme as per CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

 B.    Appointment Made on Foreign Service/Lien/EOL Basis

They will be not kept on probation.

 Word "Contract" may be replaced by the word "Tenure" in the offer of appointment, terms & conditions and service agreement to be executed by the individual concerned. In case of absorption, it may be notified and option given to the individual concerned whether to be regulated by CPF or Pension under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.  This option will be exercised within one month from the date of issue of absorption orders. The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is exercised within the stipulated period, he shall be deemed to have opted for pension scheme as per CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.In case of absorption, counting of past service will be regulated as per extant Government of India orders on the subject. 

C.       Deputation Basis (If Permissible Under the Rules)

       They will not be kept on probation. In case of absorption after following the normal prescribed procedure of recruitment, option may be given to the individual concerned either to be governed by CPF or Pension under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1971, This, option will be exercised within one month from the date of issue of absorption orders. The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is exercised within the stipulated period, he shall be deemed to have opted for pension scheme as per CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.In case of absorption as above, counting of past service rendered in the previous Department will be regulated as per extant Government of India orders on the subject. The amended terms & conditions for the aforesaid appointments are enclosed.

 D.    Existing Directors.

For the existing Directors who are governed by CPF scheme of the CSIR as per present term & conditions, modified terms and conditions shall be notified to the individual Directors with the stipulation that they should furnish their written consent in favour or against the modification in the terms and conditions. The written consent so received shall be pasted in the service record of the Director. Simultaneously, the Director shall also be furnished with an option form to opt either for pension as per CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 or to continue under the existing CPF Scheme of the CSIR as per existing terms and conditions.  The individual shall be required to exercise his option and submit the option form duly completed to the CSIR within three months from the date of issue of such notification. The option once exercised shall be treated as final.  In case no option is received the individual shall be deemed to be governed by the existing terms & conditions viz. CPF Scheme.

          (CSIR circular.  No. 17(197)/90-E.II., dated, the 14th May, 1991)