I have received many questions about whether Family Eligible for Assistance Package Prior to financial assistance policy 2004? The Finance Department Punjab has issued a notification in this regard on 01-06-2006. As per the policy letter, the employees who expired before 10th Nov 2004 are not covered under the assistance package.
Eligibility of Assistance Package Prior to financial assistance policy 2004
I am directed to refer to the Policy instructions issued vide this Department’s Notification of even number dated 10th November 2004 and to say that due to some ambiguity in para-3 of the said notification Some clarifications have been sought from different quarters with respect to date of effectiveness of the Policy. It is accordingly clarified that:-
- The policy was notified on 10-11-2004 and takes effect prospectively from that date onwards.
- Deceased Civil servants, who expired before the issue of this notification are not covered by this policy. The financial assistance sanctioned in this favor was in the nature of ex-gratia grants-in-aid approved by the competent authority on case to case basis, without prejudice. There was no concept of extension of the policy to back-dated cases.
- In order to remove any ambiguity in para-3 of the said notification the sentence that “All the cases initiated by or under process in the administrative Department may be disposed of accordingly” may please be deemed deleted.
- Further, necessary action may kindly be taken accordingly.
As per the above Notification only the employees who died while in service on or after 10-11-2004 come under this policy. The families of the employees who expired prior to this date will not get any financial assistance.