On 4th September 2017, the government has notified a new set of rules for disability pensions for the armed forcesin New Delhi. The government has accepted the recommendations of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) that disability pension to the defence forces will be granted as per regulations under the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) should be maintained.
Introduction of the new scheme for disabled army personnel:
i. The armed forces have been pressing to revert to the percentage-based sytem for the disability pension and were strongly opposing the slab-based system put forth by the 7th CPC.
ii. The Ministry of Defence referred the matter to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to decide the methodology for calculation of disability element of disability pension under the 7th CPC.
iii. The National Anomoly Committee has recommended that parity with civilians for grant of disability pension which was granted to the defence forces under the 6th CPC shall be maintained.
iv.The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW) under the defence ministry said that the recommendations of the NAC have been considered by the government.
New scheme for the disabled army personnel:
i.The rules governed by the Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) instituted in 2006, stated that disability pensions arising from battle injuries, or disabilities attributable to military service, should be calculated on a “percentage basis”, related to the last pay drawn.
ii.Under the 7th CPC scheme, disability pensions will be calculated according to a “slab system” that made the disability pension drawn by civilians greater than the one drawn by their military counterparts.
iii. Now as the disability pension scheme for defence personnel has been reverted to the 6th CPC the percentage basis calculation will come to effect as demanded by the defence persons.
Introduction of grievance redressal:
- The Ex-Servicemen Health Contributory Scheme (ECHS) has launched ‘Complaint and Litigation Reduction Scheme (CLRS)’, for the grievance redressal of veterans and their dependents.
- “This will assist us in our increased focus on formulation of caring policy and implementation initiatives preserving the time and resources of our veterans who have served the nation in a selfless manner,” an army official said.
Other Static Information:
- The present Chief Minister of India is Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman.