Norms for disability pension, compensation relaxed

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 01, 2021 Published on January 01, 2021

Union Minister Jitendra Singh   -  THE HINDU

Removes 10-year mandatory service requirement for 50% disability pension

The government has decided to extend “Disability Compensation” for all serving employees, if they get disabled in the line of duty and are retained in service in spite of such disablement, stated an official release. This was informed by Union Minister of State, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh.

The order will particularly provide a huge relief to young Central Armed Police Forces personnel such as CRPF, BSF, CISF who are more at risk of such disability in the line of work, it added.

NPS also covered

The Department of Pensions in the Ministry of Personnel said the employees covered under the National Pension Scheme will also get benefits.

So, if a government servant gets disabled in the line of duty and is still retained in the service despite disablement, a lump sum compensation will be paid by arriving at the capitalised value of the disability element, it said.

Eligibility eased

The Ministry of Personnel recently did away with minimum qualifying service of 10 years for pension, if a government servant is incapacitated due to bodily or medical infirmity and retired from government service. So, employees will get an invalid pension at 50 per cent of the last pay, even if they had not completed the minimum qualifying service of 10 years.

In yet another reform in the Pension Rules, a decision was also taken to provide a pension at the enhanced rate to the family of an employee who died during service before completing the requisite service of minimum service years.

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Published on January 01, 2021
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