7th Pay Commission: Centre announces new reforms for government employees| Check key reforms, who will benefit and more here
7th Pay Commission-7th CPC Latest News Today: In a significant development, the Centre has decided to bring in some reforms for the armed forces, including Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Border Security Force (BSF), among others.
These reforms are related to 'disability compensation' and pension rules.
Reform in 'disability compensation'
7th Pay Commission: The central government has decided to extend 'disability compensation' to all its serving employees. It will be applicable if they get disabled in the line of duty and are still retained in service despite their disability. This is in line with the efforts of the government to simplify the rules and rectify discriminatory clauses. Source: Reuters
Who will benefit?
7th Pay Commission: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday (January 1) said that this change will bring a huge relief to the young Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel including Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Border Security Force (BSF), among others. He said that disability in the performance of duties was generally reported in their case due to hostile and difficult work environment and constraints in job requirements. Source: PTI
Objective of the reform
7th Pay Commission: The minister added that the ultimate objective of the new initiatives was to provide ease of living to government servants even after they have become pensioners or family pensioners or elder citizens. Now, the government servants covered under the NPS will receive the benefits under Rule (9) of Extraordinary Pension (EOP), after the new order was issued by the Department of Pensions in the Ministry of Personnel. Source: Reuters
Attempt to remove anomaly in service rules
7th Pay Commission: It is to be noted that the new order would remove an anomaly in service rules while considering the hardship faced by certain employees. The earlier provision for disability benefits under the Central Civil Services (CCS) (EOP) rules did not give compensation to the employees who got appointed on or after January 1, 2004 and were covered under the National Pension System (NPS). Source: Reuters
Minimum qualifying service of 10 years for pension done away
Amendment in Rule 38 of CCS (Pension) Rules
Pension at enhanced rate
7th Pay Commission: In addition, another reform in the Pension Rules was also taken. A decision was also taken to amend the rule and provide pension at enhanced rate to the family of an employee who died during service before completing the requisite service of minimum seven years, it said. "As a result, now the family pension of 50 per cent of the last pay is also admissible to the family of employees who die even before completing seven years of service," the statement added.