03 September 2021
According to family pension rules, 1972, for the purpose of granting family pension, the family will include spouse, children, parents, and disabled siblings but the eligibility to receive pension can be changed according to new rules ad notified by the government. The rules also mention the eligibility of parents when they can get the pension of the deceased child.
According to rule, family pension shall be payable to parents if they were wholly dependent on the government servant and he has not left behind any widow or eligible children and if the pension is admissible, it will be payable to the mother of the deceased and in case she is not there, then to the father. As mentioned by you, the father of your deceased cousin was already a retired government servant and was benefiting pension from his service and therefore was not wholly dependent on your cousin and therefore the government is correct and denying the pension to them.