Dept of Personnel and Training against scrapping Pensions Act
The Department of Personnel and Training has decided against scrapping a 145-year-old law, which exempts pension from being "attached or sequestered", though a bill seeking its abrogation from statute book has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
Earlier, the DoPT had asked the Law Ministry to include the Pensions Act, 1871 in the repealing bill so it could be removed from the statute book. One of the key provisions of the law is that it exempts pension from attachment by any court. But later, it wrote to the Law Ministry to remove the Act from the repealing bill.
After its passage in the Lok Sabha, the Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 is pending in the Rajya Sabha.
The Law Ministry is the nodal agency for repealing laws which have lost relevance on Sunday.
A senior government functionary said that perhaps the realisation that there is no other law in the country which protects pensions led to decision against scrapping the Act.
After the DoPT's request, the Law Ministry approached the Union Cabinet to clear an official amendment to remove the Pensions Act from the repealing bill.
Section 11 of the Act states that "No Pension granted or continued by government on political considerations, or on account of past services or present infirmities or as a compassionate allowance, and no money due or to become due on account of any such pension or allowance, shall be liable to seizure, attachment or sequestration by process of any court at the instance of a creditor, for any demand against the pensioner, or in satisfaction of a decree or order of any such court."