The long-awaited government order announcing the revised pension for State government employees has finally arrived.

The State government has issued the order pertaining to revision in the pension for those employees who retired between June 1, 1988 and December 31, 1995 based on the Fourth Tamil Nadu Pay Commission pay scales. This follows orders passed by the Supreme Court of India directing the State government to implement the revision in January this year.

The government order has brought in much joy and relief to pensioners who were waiting for a hike for over six years now. Nearly two lakh pensioners across the State are likely to benefit from the revised pension.

The association’s general secretary S.M. Chellaswamy said this would help senior citizens to be more financially independent and also bear mounting expenditure particularly towards medical care. “I expect my pension to go up by Rs. 5,000. Pensioners may start getting revised pension in a couple of months,” said Mr. Chellaswamy who retired from government service in 1995.

Members of the Tamil Nadu Elders’ Welfare Association said the revision would translate to a hike anywhere between 18 per cent and 136 per cent from the existing pension, depending on the basic pay. An additional dearness allowance would be calculated and added to the pension amount.

A press release said pensioners must visit the offices where they last served and convey their consent to the concerned authorities. Those who draw pension through the Pension Pay Office may approach the Pension Pay Officer.

They may do so only after receiving a copy of authorisation on the revised pension from the office of Accountant General, based on the proposal sent by authorities in the offices where they last served.