Provided that the State Government may relax the condition regarding residence where the condition causes undue hardship.
Whereas tue Governor is satisfied that is expedient to provide for old age pension to Weavers under co-operative fold in West Bengal.
Now, therefore, the Governor is pleased hereby to make the folling reles:-
Short Title - These rules may be called the West Bengal Pension Rules for Weavers, 1990
These rules shall come into effect from the first December, 1990.
Definitions - In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires -
"application" mean as application for pension for weavers
"form" means a form as may be prescribed by the State Government
"Secreatary" means the Secretary to the Government of West Bengal, Department of Micro & Small Scale Enterprise & Textiles
"State Government" means the Government of West Bengal in the Department of Micro & Small Scale Enterprise & Textiles
"relations" means -
Son, Son's - Son
Husband / Wife, and
Conditions of receipt of pension for weavers (a) A weavers shall be entitled to receive pension under these rules if he satisfies the following conditions:
He has attained 60 years of age and is a resident of West Bengal
He is a weaver member of a handloom co-operative society
He has worked for at least 10 years under the co-operative society
He has no source of income and he is not in a position to earn his livelihood
He has been parmanentaly incapatitated for work due to physical or mental infirmity
He has no relatrion who can maintain him
He has been a reaident of West Bengal for not less than ten years on the date of malding the application
Provided that the State Government may relax the condition regarding reaidence where the condition causes under hardship
He is not receiving any pension from State Government or Government of India
When only the year of birth is known, 1st July of that year or when the month only is known 16th of the month is to be taken as the date of birth.
Application - (1) Application on forms may be obtained free of charge from the office of the Handloom Development officer of the area where the application reaides.
(2) An application for Pension shall be addressed to the Handloom Development Officer.
Verification of application - (1) On receipt of an application, the Handloom Development Officer shall forward the same to the Panchayat Samity who shall cause it to be enquired into by such of their member of members as mau be selected by them within 15 days from the date of receipt of the application and shall thereafter place the application with the report of enquiry before the Khudra Silpa Tran-O-Janakalyan Sthayee Samity of the Panchayat Samity. The Sthayee Samity shall, after due consideration, send the application and the report thereon to the Handloom Development Officer concerned with its specific recommendation for a final decision.
(2) In respect of applications received from persons residing in municipal areas the application should be forwarded to the Chairman of the Municiaplty who after due enquiry shall be place the application with report before the Board of Commissioner within 15 days and after due consideration in the Commissioners' meeting the Chairman of the Municipality shall sent the application and the report thereon to the Handloom Development Officer concerned for a final decision.
(3) WHile verifying the age of the applicant for pension for weavers anyone of the documents like the Birth Registration Certificate, Horoscope ("Thikuji" "Kusti" of "Janampatrika"), certificate from a Shcool, College or Secondary Board or any other recognised educational Institute, Certificate from the Sabhapati or a Panchayet Samity, Certificate from the Chairman of a Government Medical Officer amy be treated as a valid document for proof of age.
Section of Pension - (1) On receiving back the application as per provision of Rule 5, the Handloom Development Offcier shall consider the application, the enquiry report and the recomendation of the Sthayee Samity of the Panchayat Samity or the Municipality as the case may be and thereafter second sanction of pension with effect from the first day of the month flollowing the date of his order, if the applicant is eligible for pension under rules 3.
(2) The State Government shall have power to fix the maximum number of weavers who would get pension in respect of territorial jurisdiction of a Handloom Development Officer.
(3) Where the maximum number of pensioners have been fixed by the State Government in accordance with the sub- rule 2 above, the Handloom Development Officer shall sanction pension in such a manner that the said maximum number is not exceeded at any point of thime.
Provision fro funds - (1) Necessary funds for pension for weavers will be met out of the budget provision of Micto & Small Scale Enterprises & Textile Department, Funds will be allotted to the Handloom Development Officers for expenditure in this connection.
(2) The Handloom Development Officer concerned shall be the drawing and disbursing Officer.
Payment of Pension - Pension sanctioned under these rules shall bna paid by the Handloom Development Officer/s by postal money orders, the remittance charges being borne by the State Government.
Stopping or with-holding or pension - Government may, after giving the pensioner an opportunity of being heard, stop or withhold pension if -
it is subsequently found on enquiry to have been sanctioned on mistaken grounds, or
the conditions for the granct of pension no longer exist.
Information about change of address -
A pensioner shall notify to the Handloom Development Officer and to the Panchayat Samity and change to his residence or address.
Information about death -
On an intimation of the death of a pensioner, the Handloom Development Officer shall take steps to have necessary enties made in his own records and to inform the Accountant General, West Bengal, and also the Treasury / Sub-Treasury concerned. In the case of death of a pensioner, the amount of pension due to him till the date of his death shall lapse, unless the State Government derict otherwise.
Commutation - Pensions under these rules shall not be commutable.
Officers to viait areas -
The Handloom Development Officer may deputee one or more officers to visit, as often as may be possible but not less than once in every six months, the area in which a pensioner is recorded to live so as to be satisfied that the pensioner is alive and continues to be eligible for pension.
Registers to be maintained -
A register shall be maintained in the office of the Handloom Development Officer containing particulars as to the name, address and age of the applicant, name of the recomending authority and his recommendation, number and date of order, amount of pension sanctioned, the name of Sub-Treasury / Treasury / Calcutta pay and Accounts officer, wherefrom the pension is payable and such other relevant information as is considred necessary. This register and other relevant records relating to pension cases for weavers shall be open to inspection by any officer of the Government of West Bengal as may be nominated by the Micro & Small Scale Enterprises & Textile Department of this Government.