The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) functioning under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has again proved its pro-public and proactive approach.
All ambiguities emanating from the last revision of the definition of ‘Ex-Serviceman’ (as provided in the rules of 1979 last majorly amended in 1987) have been attempted to be rectified.
The notification for redefining the term ‘Ex-Servicemen’ has been issued and can be downloaded and accessed by clicking here.
On a first glance, the following are the apparent changes:
(a)The new notification covers aspects of all level of posts, that is, Group A, B, C and D.
(b)Those released on reduction of establishment are also now covered.
(c)Territorial Army pensioners of both categories, that is, those who earn pension after continuous service or in broken spells, would be covered.
(d)All gallantry awardees covered.
(e)Boarded out recruits in receipt of disability pension covered.
(f)Adjustment and modalities of reservation vis-à-vis other reserved categories fully explained and specified.
(g)Age relaxation for all levels of posts specified unambiguously including for Competitive Examinations.
Though one major apparent slip-up that appears visible from the notification is that while personnel released with ‘attributable’ disabilities have been mentioned in the notification, those released with ‘aggravated’ disabilities have not been mentioned. Although in the case of personnel of the Army Postal Service (APS), both attributable and aggravated categories have been specifically mentioned. Perhaps the Services and the Ministry of Defence need to take this up immediately with the DoPT.
An earlier post on this blog on the definition of ‘Ex-Serviceman’ through the ages can be accessed by clicking here.