Clarification of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA).

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066

CPAO/ IT&Tech/Revision (7th CPC)/ 19.Vol-III( E)/2019-20/66

05.08.2019

Office Memorandum

Subject:-  Clarification of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA).

Attention is invited to D P&PW OM No. 4/ 02/ 2019-P&PW (D)/42694 dated-1st July, 2 019 wherein it is mentioned that the pensioners may be allowed FMA w.e.f. the date of application for FMA, if FMA otherwise admissible to them.

Instructions issued by the OM ibid is reproduced as under:-
SL NO.ISSUECOMMENTS OF DOPPW
1Whether the effective date of
payment of FMA in respect of the
pensioners who retired before
01.12.1997 is the date of retirement
or the date of submission of application.
The order were issued vide this
Department’s OM No. 45/57/97-P&PW (C)
dated-19.12.1997 wherein FMA was granted.
The existing pensioners had to opt for
medical allowance and an undertaking was
required to be submitted by the claimant.
Hence, the orders are being implemented from 01.12.1997. If a person has retired earlier and has opted for the FMA and given undertaking at the time of issue of OM, then the FMA should be paid from 01.12.1997.
After 19.12.1997, several further orders/
clarifications were issued regarding Fixed
Medical Allowance (FMA). Therefore,
it is difficult to accept that the pensioner
was not aware of the admissibility of the
FMA w.e.f.01.12.1997. In view of this, those
pensioners who retired before 01.12 .1997
and did not exercised the option for FMA
immediately after the issue of OM dated-
19.12.1997 would not be entitled to FMA w.e.f.
01.12.1997. However, they may be allowed
FMA w.e.f. the date of application for FMA,
if FMA otherwise admissible to them.
2 .Whether the effective date of
payment of FMA in respect of
the pensioners who retired after
01.12.1997 is 01.12.1997 i.e. date
of implementation of order or the
date of submission of the application
by the pensioner.
In the OM dated-19.12.1997, it has been
mentioned that in case of future retirees,
the option shall be obtained by the Head
of Office alongwith the pension papers and
in case the retiree opts for medical allowance,
the FMA is payable from the following month
after the date of superannuation. If the retiree
opts later on or gives his option later, then the
FMA is to be given from the date of application.
After 19.12.1997, several further
orders/clarifications were issued regarding
Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA). Therefore,
it is difficult to accept that the retiree/ pensioner
was not aware of the admissibility of the FM A.
In case of retirees/ pensioners who retired
after 01.12.1997 did not exercise the option
for FMA immediately on retirement, the FMA
would not be admissible to them from the date
of the month following the month of retirement.
However, they may be allowed FMA w.e.f. the
date of application for FMA, if FMA otherwise
admissible to them.
 All Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs/ AGs/ Administrators of UTs and Heads of CPPCs of the authorized banks are requested to intimate the concerned to abide by the instructions issued by D P&PW.

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pension).

(Praful Dabral)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

Source:https://finmin.nic.in/

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