Disability pension for defence forces at par with civilians: Government
The Union Government has accepted recommendations of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to maintain disability pension for defence forces in parity with civilians under 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
With acceptance of recommendations of NAC, Government will not go ahead with new disability pension parity regime recommended by 7th CPC and continue earlier system of disbursing disability pension.
The armed forces were pressing for reverting to percentage-based regime for disability pension and were strongly opposed to slab-based system conceived by 7th CPC. They felt that new slab-based system would result in reduction in amount of disability pension for existing as well as future retirees compared to percentage-based disability pension. They were also upset as civilian pensioners were to be paid pension according to earlier percentage system. To address the issue, Defence Ministry had referred this matter to NAC to decide methodology for calculation of disability element of disability pension under 7th CPC.
Complaint and Litigation Reduction Scheme
The Ex-Servicemen Health Contributory Scheme (ECHS) has launched Complaint and Litigation Reduction Scheme (CLRS) for grievance redressal of veterans and their dependents. It will assist Defence Ministry to increase focus on formulation of caring policy and implementation initiatives preserving time and resources of our veterans who have served the nation.