Ordinary Family Pension


It is governed by the provision of “Family Pension Scheme-1964” which was introduced WEF. 01-01-1964 vides Army Instruction No. 2/S/64 replaced vide AI-51/80.
The benefit of this scheme has also been extended from 22-09-1977 to the families of Armed Forces Personnel of those who retired/died before 31-12-1963 vides GOI, MOD No. F 6(2)/85/1689/B/D (P/S) dt 08-08-85.

Conditions for Admissibility

  1. In the cases governed by the FPS-1964, OFP is granted to the family of a diseased soldier who dies while in service or after retirement, if at the time of death/ invalidment while in service, he had rendered continuous service of one year or in case of death after retirement, he was in receipt of service pension/ disability pension/invalid pension/special pension etc.
    W.E.F. 27-01-1979 the condition of one year continuous service at the time of death/invalidment of service personnel has been waived vides AI-51/80.
  2. OFP will be granted to the NOK of the deceased soldier whose death is for causes neither attributable to nor aggravated by military services.

    Category - I

  1. Lawfully married widow or widower and also judicially separated widow/widower where separation is not on the ground of adultery upto date of death or remarriage, whichever is earlier
  2. Son/daughter (including widowed daughter), including those who born from void marriage or legally adopted or handicapped and whose earning is not more than the prescribed minimum limit and who is below the age of 25 years, upto to the date of his/her marriage/remarriage or till he/she starts earning or till the age of 25 years, whichever is earlier. The benefit of legally adopted son/daughter to be given on or after 18-01-93.
  3. Category - II

  4. Unmarried/widowed/Divorced daughter, not covered by Category-I above, upto the date of marriage/remarriage or till the date she starts earning or upto the date of death, whichever is earlier. However Unmarried daughter is eligible on or after 06-09-2007 and widowed/ divorced daughter on after-25-08-2004 beyond the age of 25 yrs , if her earning is less than minimum prescribed limit and she is still leaving as unmarried/widowed/divorced life. Handicapped child, who is unmarried and who is unable to earn his/ her livelihood due to his/ her disability beyond the age of 25 yrs. Previously this benefit is restricted to child of those person. Who retired/ died on or after 30.09.1974. However wef. 20-05-87, this benefit has been extended to the child of those pers also who retired or died before 30-09-74.
  5. Parents who were in fact wholly dependent on the soldier when he was alive provided the deceased personnel had left behind neither a widow/widower, nor an eligible child and whose combined (both parents) earning is not more than Rs 2550-pm W.E.F-01-01-1998 and minimum family pension with D.R WEF 01-01-2006. Mother will be given first preference if both parents are alive. It is admissible wef 1.1.98 (financial benefit).
  1. Family pension to the member of category-II shall be payable only after the other eligible members in category-I have ceased to be eligible to receive family pension and there is no disable child to receive the family pension.
  2. Grant of F.P. to children in respective categories shall be payable in order of their date of birth and younger of them will not be eligible for family pension unless the next above him/her has become ineligible for grant of F.P. in that category.
  3. The dependency criteria for the purpose of F.P. shall be the minimum family pension along with D.R. thereon.
  4. The childless widow of a deceased personnel shall continue to be paid family pension even after her remarriage for PBORs who retires/ died on or after 1.1.2006, subject to the condition that the family pension shall cease once her independent income from all sources become equal to or higher than the minimum prescribed family pension in the central Govt. The family pensioner in such cases would be required to give a declaration regarding her income from other sources to the PDA every six months.

  1. where an individual is survived by more than one widow, the pension will be paid to them in equal shares. On the death of a widow her share of the pension will become payable to her eligible child. Provided that if widow leaves no eligible child, the payment of her share of the pension will not lapsed but shall be payable to the other widows in equal shares, or if there is only one such other widow, in full to her.
  2. Para 9(a)

  3. Where an individual is survived by a widow and has also left behind an eligible child/children from another wife who is not alive, the eligible child of the deceased wife, shall be entitled to the share of pension which the mother would have received if she had been alive at the time of the death of the individual, provided that on the shares of OFP payable to such a child or widow ceasing to be payable , such shares shall not lapse but shall be payable to other widow or child otherwise eligible in equal shares, or if there is only one widow or child, in full share to such widow or child.
  4. Para 9(b)

  5. Where an individual is survived by a widow and has also left behind an eligible child/children from a divorced wife or wives , the eligible child or children shall be entitled to the share of pension which the mother would have received if she had not been divorced at the time of the death of the individual, provided that on the share or shares of OFP payable to such a child or widow ceasing to be payable , such shares shall not lapse but shall be payable to other widow or child otherwise eligible in equal shares, or if there is only one widow or child, in full share to such widow or child.
    Children born out of a void marriage in terms of sec 11 of Hindu Marriage Act 1955 shall be entitled to share the OFP if otherwise eligible, though their mother would not have been eligible for the same had she been alive at the time of death of her husband on account of her marriage being null and void under section 11 of of Hindu Marriage Act 1955.
    Except as provided as above, the OFP shall not be payable to more than one member of the family at the same time.
    Note- The financial effects of restoration of full share payable on or after 16-02-91.

Rate of Ordinary Family Pension


The Ordinary Family pension in respect of reservist who has opted for lump sum gratuity in lieu of pension. Under rule 155 & 156 of PR Part-I 1961 edition, Ex - Gratia family pension @ Rs. 150/- p.m. was made admissible to her family w.e.f. 1.1.92. The rate has been revised to Rs. 605 p.m. wef 1.11.97

Normal Rate of O.F

For those who become non-effective on or after 1.1.64 but before 28.2.73
Auth - AI-2/S/264
MinimumMaximum
Pay below Rs. 200/-30% of payRs. 25/- p.m. raised to Rs. 40/- p.m. wef 1.3.70--
Pay Rs. 200 to Rs. 799/-15% of payRs. 60/- p.m.Rs. 96/-
Pay Rs. 800/- and above12% of payNilRs. 150/-

For those who become non-effective on or after 1.1.73 including those who died on 31-12-72 but before 1-1-1986.
Auth - AI-8/S/76
MinimumMaximum
Pay below Rs. 400/-30% of payRs. 60/- p.m.Rs.100/-
Pay Rs. 400 to Rs. 1199/-15% of payRs. 100/- p.m.Rs. 160/-
Pay Rs. 1200/- and above12% of payRs. 160/- p.m.Rs.250/-

For those who become non-effective on or after 1.1.86 but before 1-1-96
Auth - GOI. MOD No. 1(5)/87/D(P/S) dt 30-10-87
MinimumMaximum
Pay below Rs. 1500/-30% of payRs. 375/- p.m.450/-
Pay Rs. 1500/- to Rs. 2999/-20% of payRs. 450/- p.m.600/-
Pay Rs. 3000/- and above15% of payRs. 600/- p.m.Rs. 1250/-

For those who become non-effective on or after 1-1-96
Auth - GOI. MOD No. 1(6)/98/D(P/S) dt 03-02-98.
MinimumMaximum
In all cases30% of payRs. 1275/- p.m.--

For those who become non-effective on or after 1-1-2006
Auth - GOI. MOD No. 17(4)/200(2)8/D(Pen/Pol) dt 12-11-2008.
MinimumMaximum
In all cases30% of payRs. 3500/- p.m.--

Note - Modified Parity of OFP


  1. As on 01-01-1996 :-

  2. OFP shall not be less than 30% of the minimum pay in revised scale introduced wef.1-1-96
    It is not benefited where the minimum reckonable emoluments, in the revised scale
    RATE OF OFP (NORMAL RATE) UNDER MODIFIED PARITY WEF 01-01-96
    RankGroup Prior to 1-1-73ABCDEFGH

    From 1-1-73

    A

    B

    C

    D

    E(GD OF DSC)

    RS

    RS

    RS

    RS

    RS

    NB SUB

    1560

    1440

    1395

    1395

    1320

    SUB

    1851

    1731

    1686

    1686

    1619

    SUB MAJOR

    2175

    2025

    2025

    2025

    1980

    HONY LT

    RS 3150

    HONY CAPT

    RS 3255


  3. As on or after 01-01-2006:-

  4. OFP shall not be less than 30% of the sum of the minimum of the pay in revised pay band and corresponding grade pay including MSP and X-gp pay where applicable wef.1-1-2006
    Rate of OFP (Normal rate) under modified parity wef 01-01-2006

    Rank

    Sepoy

    Naik

    Hav

    Nb Sub

    Sub

    Sub Maj

    Hony Lt

    Hony Capt

    Pre-1973

    A

    B-H

    A

    B-H

    A

    B-H

    A

    B-H

    A

    B-H

    A

    B-H

    Post- 1973

    A

    B-E

    A

    B-E

    A

    B-E

    A

    B-E

    A

    B-E

    A

    B-E

    Post 10.10.97

    X

    Y-Z

    X

    Y-Z

    X

    Y-Z

    X

    Y-Z

    X

    Y-Z

    X

    Y-Z

    Post 01.01.06

    X

    Y

    X

    Y

    X

    Y

    X

    Y

    X

    Y

    X

    Y

    Rs.

    3500

    3500

    3500

    3500

    3500

    3500

    5070

    4650

    5190

    4770

    5250

    4830

    8100

    8310

Enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension


Where an individual who dies while in service after having rendered not less than 7 yrs continuous QS, or who dies after discharge/invalidment with a pension, OFP shall be granted at ER as following:-
  1. Who died as a pensioner:-

  2. the family shall be granted for a period of 7 yrs from the date following the death of the individual or upto the 65 yrs (67yrs w.e.f. 13-5-98 for those who retired under revised age of retirement as per notification issued by GOI No.250122/2/97-ESST.(A) dt.13-5-98) or till death, whichever is earlier.
  3. Who died during service:-

  4. the family shall be granted for a period of ten years, without any upper age limit from the date following the date of death of the personnel. This is not applying in cases where the period of 07 years for payment of ER has already been completed as on 01-01-2006.
The amount of ER of OFP shall be the lowest of the following:-
  1. 50% of reckonable emolument as defined below.
  2. The amount of service/invalid pension/SE of disability pension/special pension (before commutation).
  3. Double the amount of normal rate of OFP
Note - Modified Parity :-The revised enhanced family pension as on 1-1-96 will be 50% of the minimum revised pay with CA of the rank and group or the revised pension admissible in accordance with the provision as per AI 51/80 as amended from time to time , whichever is least. In no cases the total enhanced family pension will be allowed more than twice the consolidated/revised normal rate of family pension or service pension