Friday, October 14, 2016
PARRIKAR SENDS DISABILITY PENSION ISSUE TO ANOMALIES COMMITTEE
New Delhi, October 13
Def Min Manohar Parrikar on Thursday put a lid on the raging controversy of military personnel getting lower disability pensions than civilians by referring the matter to an ‘anomaly committee’ of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
Parrikar’s move means the controversial notification issued by the Ministry of Defence on September 30 — that resulted in lower disability pensions for non-battle injuries, has been kept in abeyance.
A statement of the MoD said, “The representation of the Service Headquarters (official lingo for three armed forces) has been referred to the Anomaly Committee of 7th CPC for consideration.”
The 7th CPC recommended a fixed slab-based system for determining the disability pension for Defence Forces, which was accepted by the government. A system that allowed a percentage of basic pay be paid for non-battle disabilities was followed in the 6th CPC. This was the case for Defence Forces as well as civilians.
The armed forces have represented that the percentage based system should be continued for calculating disability pension for Defence Services as their civilian counterparts are getting the same benefit as was available under the 6th CPC.