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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Service element : civilian employees now at par with defence personnel

Disability pension in the defence services as well as the civil services consists of two elements – service element and disability element. While service element is related to the length of service (proportionately reduced for service below pensionable span) subject to a minimum of Rs 3500 at 6th CPC rates, disability element is linked to the percentage of disability.

With effect from 1973, there was no minimum service requirement for earning a service element in the defence services and a person with even one single day of service was made entitled to service element.

There is no requirement for a minimum qualifying service for earning a service element for civil employees too under the CCS (EOP) Rules, however this was true only for operational disabilities. For non-operational disabilities for diseases such as hypertension etc, there was a minimum requirement of 10 years of service on the civil side to earn a service element though practically this did not matter much since normally civil employees are not prematurely discharged on medical grounds as routinely as is in the case of defence services.

However now the govt has abrogated the minimum requirement of 10 years’ service for earning a service element on the civil side even for non-operational disabilities and placed them at par with defence retirees.

A welcome step indeed for disabled personnel from the civil services.

The letter, which has financial effect from 01-01-2006, can be accessed by clicking here.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sir, could you please provide me a link to the authority/ letter(for Defence Pensioners) under which service element is payable to disability pensioners irrespective of the qualifying service (for attributable/ aggravated cases and percentage > 20%)

Anonymous said...

A well written article "When a Soldier Cries"

by Major General Mrinal Suman, AVSM, VSM, PhD has been put on Comdt BPSingh blog ,www.indiancpmf.blogspot.com .is worth reading by all.

Anonymous said...

Dear Major Navdeep,

Thanks for the update.It is amazing the speed with which the civilians are being brought not only at par with the Defence personnel but actually going ahead. Atleast this is what one can make out from this OM as well as the one issued on 30.09.10 ( where they have not only removed the anamolies for diffrent Cat of disabilities but given them higher rates. )Where as we are still awiating the response from Defence side.I have nothing against civilians getting what they are , but Defence Personnel are also human beings who may be fighting more perhaps,so why we are given less. Looks life we are dispensable and even our disabilities are of lesser degree, when compared, although both might have lost a limb each.Any further news in response to OM dated 30.09.10 from Defence authorities. Eagerly awaiting hopefully some good news.

GURDEEP SINGH(Retd )
GROUP CAPTAIN

rajkumar said...

I THINK PREVIOUS COMMENT IS UNNECESSARY . WHAT IS GIVEN TO CIVILIANS now was already available to armwd forces . what is big deal for civilians and what is the loss for armed forces , why such negativity . i request Maj Navdeep that while raising the issues of armed forces please also inculcate a feeling that while there are some issues yet to be resolved yet defense forces in general are not inferior or second class citizens of india .
while reading the blog and comments
i some time feel that this blog is spreading a inferiority complex or disappointment , non satisfaction or negativity among defence forces . I highly respect Maj Navdeep for raising the issues of defence forces . But if a person from outside develope a feeling that every thing in defence forces is bad and people from armed forces are are second class citizens , Govt is doing noting about them etc. etc. , then in my view, many brilliant youth may distract from joining the armed forces .This i am very sure is never the aim of Maj navdeep .

So my most humble request is to spread a message that Look , though we get less and we shall raise our voice to have our right full dues , but we are never negative , we are are not disappointed , we will give our best to our country .

I also appeal to all specially officers , pl do not be overtly negative in ur comments . This blog is followed by many PBORs many aspiring youth to join army as well as civillians .Thanx
JaiHind

satwinder said...

Dear Sir,
i am a ltcdr serving in indian navy. I have a query that whether flying allowance and technical allowance will also increase by 25% in case da crosses 50%
ltcdr s j singh

grampa said...

Here is a clarification to what Rajkumar said.
The civilians have been granted the 'Broad-banding of Disability' and payment of Disability Element as 'a percentage of basic emoluments' since 01 Jan 96; Whereas this benefit,for Armed Forces personnel retired with similar disability, has been extended wef 01 Jan 06.

Gp Capt BV Rao (Retd)

amit said...

dear rajkumar,
pl understand, as an offr in army
we do our best to our abilities to ensure to present a cheerful face but the fact remains that there is a growing feeling now that it is this very tendency of glossing over the hardships and showing a happy face that has caused a misconception that army in peace time is all party and no work. further unlike our civilian counterparts, we don't have any associations to take on our cause and best of all talking about pay and perks still makes an officer considered as moneyminded so the net effect is we keep getting a raw deal and if somebody raises an issue people like u cut us off saying it spreads negativity.
have a heart ,
either be proactive and do something for the forces without making them beg for it or give them a forum where raising issues for their welfare is not considered negative ,
amit

Anonymous said...

Facts must be reported.
Impact whether it is
Negative / positive has to be left to the readers judgement.
It is a fact that defence authorities have NOT issued orders for pre 1-1-06 retired defence employees and their families for granting casualty pensionary awards based on percentage basis in lines with the OM dated 30-9-10 ( for civil employees).
Let us hope that some speedy action is taken by the auth concerned.

rajkumar said...

@amit
in my view the impression u want to create that everything is bad for army is not correct .
only few issues r left to be sorted out as raised by armed forcesand we can count them on fingers .

as far as othere issues r concerned the situation is equally worse for civilians .

so my only worry is not to paint a bad picture of armed forces .
thanks

Anonymous said...

Refer comments of Rajkumar and Amit.
I do appreciate the views of both .
At the same time , we should understand that concerns /voices are raised only for unresolved issues.
and issues that do not need any considerations and appear to be just formally repeating orders already issued for civilians should NOT take as long as the concerned defence auhorities are taking in the case of granting casualty pensionary awards to defence employees and their families; is a cause of concern and MUST be raised at all possible levels.

rajkumar said...

@ 1.27 pm anonymous

yes i totally agree with u.
we must focus more on the issue concerned . we must not cry at the drop of a hat that govt is doing nothing for armed forces etc etc .
such behavior affect the seriousness of the issue . if we paint everything as govt v/s armed forces or civillians v/s armed forces then we shall not reach any where . in india the speed of govt functioning is slow . this affect both armed forces as well as civil . i hope to take my view in correct perspective .

thanx

Anonymous said...

Dear Navdeep

you may like to publish my comments , forwarded to u earliar now, because some people still feel that defence personnel are crying for nothing and that they are better off than civilians. It is only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.It is almost three months and no orders have been issued to remove the disability parity. if the Govt is slow why they are so prompt only in case of civilians.
There are far too many cases where defence personnel are being deprived of their rightful dues.
thanks
GURDEEP SINGH.
GROUP CAPTAIN (Retd )

Colonel DS Hoonjan (Retd) said...

I believe the MOD is to refix the pension of all pre 2006 officers as already done in the case of PBORs and as given in the OM dated 30-9-10.It appears that any policy letter on disability may be issued thereafter.
Everyone involved on this issue is keenly watching the outcome but ironically it has taken unduly long time.
Also the outcome of Rank pay has the direct bearing on pension. Hopefully the final order of the Supreme Court may come out on 03 Jan 2011. And if the earlier order is not repealed then all these orders will get delayed by another three to six months. But then it will cheer up every one!!!!!
There is no negativity in discussing the ongoing issues and comparing ourselves with anyone but then there is always a benchmark to draw comparison. However, what pinches is the TIME. Govt is dishing out all facilities which were in the domain of armed forces without addressing the issues of retired community. This is the reason which is probably causing frustration.

Colonel DS Hoonjan (Retd) said...

I believe the MOD is to refix the pension of all pre 2006 officers as already done in the case of PBORs and as given in the OM dated 30-9-10.It appears that any policy letter on disability may be issued thereafter.
Everyone involved on this issue is keenly watching the outcome but ironically it has taken unduly long time.
Also the outcome of Rank pay has the direct bearing on pension. Hopefully the final order of the Supreme Court may come out on 03 Jan 2011. And if the earlier order is not repealed then all these orders will get delayed by another three to six months. But then it will cheer up every one!!!!!
There is no negativity in discussing the ongoing issues and comparing ourselves with anyone but then there is always a benchmark to draw comparison. However, what pinches is the TIME. Govt is dishing out all facilities which were in the domain of armed forces without addressing the issues of retired community. This is the reason which is probably causing frustration.

rajkumar said...

@Colonel DS Hoonjan (Retd) said...

i think now the the discussion has taken more pragmatic way .

Colonel DS Hoonjan (Retd) said...

Well, the next date of the rank pay case in the Supreme Court is 24 Jan 2011. It may turn out to be good in the last.

Anonymous said...

See this link for application of MACPS for HAG. Fantastic NEWS hope it is applicable for Defence ALSO.

DOPT OM dated 24 Dec 2010.

http://gconnect.in/orders-in-brief/macp-for-central-government-civilian-employees-with-hag-scale-of-rs-67000-79000.html

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 24Ih December. 2010
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Modified Assured Career. Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central
Government Civilian Employees - Extension of the benefits to Officers of
HAG Scale of 167,000-79,0001-.
*****
Reference is invited to the Department of Personnel & Training's O.M. of even
number dated the lgth May, 2009, wherein the financial upgradation under the
Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) has been allowed upto the
highest grade pay of 412000 in the Pay Band 4. Consequent upon introduction of the
new HAG scale of 167,000-79,000 in replacement of 437,400-67000 with grade pay
of 412000 in PB4, it is clarified that the benefits of financial upgradation under the
MACPS shall be available to aforementioned HAG scale also.
2. All MinistriesIDepartments may give wide circulation to the contents of this O.M.
for general guidance and appropriate action in the matter.
3. Hindi version would follow
Director (Estt.1)
Tel.No.23092479
To
1.

PT said...

Hi! Navdeep,
Does the Civil Servant go through a Pre entry Medical check? If not is it correct to treat a non service disability the same way for them as for the servicemen?
Best Wishes..Maj(retd)P.T.Choudary

Navdeep / Maj Navdeep Singh said...

@Maj PT Choudhary.

All civilian employees undergo a medical examination and it is not something so unique for armed forces personnel.

Anonymous said...

Sir, I have been selected in armed forces headquarter for clerical cadre through ssc exam...if you could please tell me the inhand salary and benefits as well as facilities that will be provided to us.