He also said divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension if divorce case has been filed before the death of pensioner/family pensioner, even though the judgment has been passed after the death of the pensioner/family pensioner.
Briefing media at a press conference organised by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here,he also announced that Constant Attendant Allowance on disability pension has been increased from Rs 4,500 per month to Rs 6,750 per month.
The Minister said these were revolutionary steps forward and will promote gender equality and provide equal financial benefit to women. These are not only financial reforms, but also social reforms keeping in mind the futuristic society, he added.
Dr Singh said the emphasis of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on the welfare of weaker sections. The focus of the Budget this year has been on the senior citizens, he added.
The Minister also highlighted other initiatives of the Government such as Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, Start up India, Stand up India and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yoajna.
Various achievements of DoPT were highlighted on the occasion including electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS) launched on Good Governance Day i e December last year, Online System for Monitoring of Disciplinary Proceedings launched for expediting the proceedings against government employees involved in corruption cases and Certificates of Excellence for RTI Request & Appeals Management Information System in various categories.