WIDOWS' AND ORPHANS' PENSION SCHEME (Armed Forces) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of Widows' and Orphans' Pension Scheme.

3. Contributors to the Pension Scheme.

3A. Extension of the Pension Scheme to include members who are continuing in service, or who have retired or died.

3AA. Persons to whom the provisions of sections 3, 3A and 3B shall apply.

3B. Extension of time limit to become a contributor to the Pension Scheme.

3C. Extension of the Pension Scheme to the members of the Volunteer Force, Regular Reserve and Volunteer Reserve of the Armed Forces.

3D. Extension of the Pension Scheme to the members of the Armed Forces who become disabled due to injuries sustained whilst performing operational duties.

3E. A Person who becomes a member of the Armed Forces after the coming into operation of this section, to be a contributor.

3F. Definition of the member of the Regular Reserve Force for the purpose of sections 3C, 3D and 3E.

4. Regulations for the Pension Scheme.

5. Pensions to be a charge on the Consolidated Fund.

6. Contributions not to be assigned or attached.

7. Minister in charge of Public Administration to make regulations.

8. Interpretation.

9. Retrospective effect of certain provisions of this Act.

18 of 1970,

18 of 1985,

55 of 1999,

29 of 2009.

AN ACT to establish and maintain a scheme for the grant of Pensions to Widows and Children of deceased members of the Armed Forces and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 24th March, 1970]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Widows' and Orphans' Pension Scheme (Armed Forces) Act.

2. Establishment of Widows' and Orphans' Pension Scheme.

There may be established, in accordance with the regulations, a Widows' and Orphans' Pension Scheme for the grant of pensions to the widows and orphans of deceased members of the Armed Forces who have been, or are deemed to have been, contributors to such Pension Scheme.

3. Contributors to the Pension Scheme.

(1) Any person who became a member of the Armed Forces on or before September 30, 1968, and who continues to be such member after that date may before the prescribed date elect to be a contributor to the Pension Scheme:

Provided that where such person dies before the prescribed date and without making an election under the preceding provisions of this subsection, he shall, if he leaves a wife or child or a wife and child or a wife and children, be deemed to have elected to be a contributor to the Pension Scheme.

(2) Any person who has become or becomes a member of the Armed Forces on or after October 1, 1968, shall be a contributor to the Pension Scheme.

(3) An election made under subsection (1) shall be final.

3A. Extension of the Pension Scheme to include members who are continuing in service, or who have retired or died.

(1) Any person who became a member of the Armed Forces on or before September 30, 1968, and who continued to serve as such member after the said date, or who may have subsequently retired, and who under the provisions of subsection (1) of section 3, had elected not to be a contributor to the Pension Scheme established in accordance with the regulations, may, within a period of two years from the date of coming into operation of this section, elect to be a contributor to the said Pension Scheme:

Provided that, where any person who was a member of the Armed Forces in the circumstances specified above, has died prior to the coming into operation of this section, or dies before making an election under the preceding provisions of this subsection, such person shall if he leaves a wife or child, or a wife and child, or a wife and children, be deemed to have elected to be a contributor to the Pension Scheme.

(2) Any person who elects to become a contributor, or in the case of persons who are deemed to have elected to become contributors to the Pension Scheme, the person administering the affairs of such deceased person shall, pay to the Scheme all arrears of contributions for the period commencing from October 1, 1968, until the date of election, retirement or death, as the case may be, with interest thereon at four per centum per annum.

(3) An election made under the provisions of subsection (1) shall be final.

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