The Centre has decided to provide officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) with a one-time opportunity to receive benefits under the old pension scheme if they were appointed before December 22, 2003, the cut-off date for notification of the national pension system (NPS).

The move is based on different court decisions granting benefits under the former defined benefit pension system to government employees recruited on or after January 1, 2004 for positions/vacancies advertised for recruitment prior to the introduction of NPS.

The Centre stated that it received representations in this regard from officials of the All India Services (AIS) – the IAS, IPS, and IFoS.

The matter has been examined in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, and it has been decided that AIS officers who were appointed against a post/vacancy that was advertised/notified for recruitment prior to the date of notification of NPS (i.e. 22.12.2003) and who are covered under NPS on joining service on or after 01.01.2004, may be granted a one-time option to be covered under the provisions of the old pension scheme…,” said the order issued by the PMO.

As a result, members of the AIS chosen through civil service examinations in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Indian Forest Service test in 2003, are eligible to be covered by these regulations, it noted.

“This option may be exercised by the concerned service members no later than November 30th, 2023,” added the order issued on Thursday.

The members of service, who are eligible to exercise the option in accordance with these instructions but who do not exercise this option by the stipulated date, shall continue to be covered by NPS, it added. The option once exercised shall be final, the order said.

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