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Government to make disability pension for defence forces at par with civilians

Sep 6, 2017 09:54 IST
Government to make disability pension for defence forces at par with civilians

The Union government has accepted the recommendations of National Anomaly Committee that parity with civilians for the grant of disability element to the defence forces under the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) should be maintained.

The move was undertaken after an increased request from the armed forces to revert back to the percentage-based regime for disability pension instead of the slab-based system conceived under the 7th CPC.

The Ministry of Defence had referred the matter to the NAC in order to decide methodology for calculation of disability element of the disability pension under the 7th CPC.

With this, the Government has decided to continue with an earlier system of disbursing disability pension and not to go ahead with a new regime recommended by the 7th CPC.

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Background

The armed forces personnel had felt that the new slab-based system would result in a reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing as well as future retirees compared to percentage-based disability pension.

The force personnel were also upset as civilian pensioners were to be paid pension according to the earlier percentage system.

New Scheme for Defence Veterans

The Ex-Servicemen Health Contributory Scheme (ECHS) has launched Complaint and Litigation Reduction Scheme (CLRS) for grievance redressal of veterans and their dependents.

The scheme will assist the Defence Ministry to increase focus on the formulation of caring policy and implementation initiatives preserving time and resources of veterans who have served the nation in a selfless manner.

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