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Latest! Central Government Employees Must Know This to Get Their Withheld Gratuity; Know How it is Calculated...

Out of around 49 lakh central government employees, all of them are entitled to various benefits, such as pension and gratuity. However, the latter is payable to a retiring government servant and is a one-time lump sum payment. It requires a minimum of 5 years qualifying service and eligibility to receive service gratuity/pension.

Adding to it, any employee's retirement gratuity is calculated at 1/4th of a month's Basic Pay plus Dearness Allowance drawn on the date of retirement for each completed six monthly periods of qualifying service, as explained by the pension department on its website.

Also, CG employees should know that there isn't a minimum limit for the amount of gratuity. The retirement gratuity payable for qualifying service of 33 years or more is 16-times the Basic Pay plus DA i.e. subject to a maximum of Rs 20 lakhs.

How Central Government employees can get their gratuity amount?

CG employees must note that, to get their gratuity amount, they must produce a 'No Demand Certificate' to the department. A government employee gets this certificate only after clearing any pending dues on account of the licence fee for government accommodation, advances, over-payment of pay and allowances among any other dues.

Then, the Head of Office assesses these dues and intimates the Accounts Officer two months in advance of the date of retirement so that these are recovered from retirement gratuity before payment. Also, "The recovery of Licence Fee beyond that period is the responsibility of the Directorate of Estates and if for any reason, final dues cannot be assessed on time, then 10% of gratuity is withheld from gratuity on the basis of a commutation from the Directorate of Estates in this regard," as mentioned on the pensioners' portal @ pensionersportal.gov.in.

 Gratuity is given to an employee in following 3 cases:

1. Death Gratuity

It is also a one-time lump sum payment to the nominee or family member of the government servant on his/her demise. In this situation, there is no stipulation in regard to any minimum length of service rendered by the deceased employee. Entitlement of death gratuity is calculated as:

The maximum amount of Death Gratuity admissible is Rs 20 lakhs w.e.f. 1.1.2016.

2. Service Gratuity

It is admissible at the rate of 1/2 a month's basic pay last drawn plus DA for each completed six monthly periods of actual qualifying service rendered. This one time lump sum payment is different from retirement gratuity and is paid over and above the retirement gratuity.

 3. Retirement Gratuity

A government employee who has finished 5 years of qualifying service and is eligible for service/invalid gratuity or pension of any type, will get retirement gratuity equal to 1/4 of reckonable emoluments (Pay, plus DP including classification allowance if any) subject to a maximum of 16 times of the emoluments, subject to a maximum of Rs 20 lakhs.

 CG employees must know that the withheld amount of gratuity under sub-rule (5) of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, is paid to the retiring employees immediately on production of "No Demand Certificate" from the Directorate of Estates after he/she vacates the government accommodation allotted to them.



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