In an OM dated March 3, 2023, the DoPPW earlier stated, “It has now been decided that, in all cases where the Central Government civil employee has been appointed against a post or vacancy which was advertised/notified for recruitment/appointment, prior to the date of notification for National Pension System i.e. 22.12.2003 and is covered under the National Pension System on joining service on or after 01.01.2004, may be given a one-time option to be covered under the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 (now 2021).”
Those central government employees whose appointment was made against the posts or vacancies advertised or notified for recruitment before the notification for NPS i.e. 22.12.2003 are eligible to switch to the old pension within November 30, 2023.
For those Central Government employees who have changed jobs
What about those employees who have been covered by the National Pension System (NPS) and changed their jobs after the cut-off date? In the latest OM, the DoPPW said that those Central Government employees who are included under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 in terms of OM dated 03.03.2023 for their appointment against any post/service in Central Government and moved to another Central Government service through proper channel would continue to be governed under the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.
However, the case of an employee of the state government/autonomous body moved to Central Government service on or after 01.01.2004 after tendering technical resignation from their previous service would examined as a case of counting of past service on mobility to Central Government service on or after 01.01.2004.
“Those Government servants who are eligible to exercise the option in accordance with… above, but who do not exercise this option by the stipulated date, shall continue to be covered by the National Pension System,” DoPPW said earlier.For those Central Government employees who have retired
Will the Central Government employees who have retired from service before the issue of these instructions be eligible to switch to OPS from NPS? Answering this, DoPPW said, “It is, therefore, clarified that there is no restriction on applicability of aforesaid OM dated 03.03.2023 to Central Government employees who are otherwise eligible for coverage under OPS and who have already retired from service. Since, in this case, the employee has already availed benefits under NPS, the Government contribution and return thereon under the NPS would require to be refunded along with interest thereon by the Government servant in order to avail the benefit under CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, in case, he is found eligible for coverage under old pension scheme in terms of DoPPW OM dated 03.03.2023.”