The BMC has now included unmarried employees in its ambit of staff whose parents get pension benefits in case of the employee's death.
The BMC says it has agreed to follow the state government’s circular regarding the same.
So far, the 'immediate family' - usually the wife or children - of the BMC employees are entitled to pension benefits after the employee's death. Parents of employees were not included in the beneficiary list so far.
The state government had issued a circular on 22 January 2015 stating that parents of deceased government employees, who were not married, would be entitled to pension benefits. The BMC however was not following the same rules. Congress former corporator Ram Ashish Gupta demanded that the BMC too start implementing the same rules in the civic body.
According to the BMC Pension Rules (1953), act 88(4), the wife of a male employee, the husband of a woman employee, minor son and unmarried daughter get a pension. But now, single employee’s parents have been added as beneficiaries. The BMC General Administration department deputy commissioner Sudhir Naik said that certain changes will be made to the rules 59 (4) of BMC pension rules (1953).
Naik added that the said consideration has been sent to the standing committee for approval.