The National Anomaly Committee has recommended that parity with civilians for grant of disability element which was granted to Defence Forces under 6th CPC shall be maintained.
Revision of Disability Pension under 7th CPC
Disability element of disability pension for Defence Forces pensioners shall also be revised by multiplying the existing rate of disability element as had been drawn on 31.12.2015 by factor of 2.57 to arrive at revised rate of disability element as on 1.1.2016. The amount of revised disability element so arrived shall be rounded off to next higher rupee.
The dearness relief sanctioned by the Government from 1.1.2016 shall also be paid on rates of disability element and monthly ex-gratia award to Cadet (Direct), revised in accordance with the provision of Govt of India, Min of Def, Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare letter No. 17(01)/2017(01)/D (Pension/Policy) dated 04 Sep 2017. The Constant Attendant Allowance shall now be admissible at an enhanced uniform rate of Rs 6750/- per month, irrespective of the rank with effect from 1.7.2017.
Facilities for Disabled Ex-Servicemen Through NHFDC
The benefits which NHFDC is willing to extend to the Defence personnel with disabilities are given below:
Loans at concessional rate to soldiers with a disability and the recommended agencies for loan distribution are Department of Indian Army Veterans for Army, Department of Air Veterans for Air Force and Department of Ex-Servicemen Association for Naval personnel.
Issue of Janaushadhi shops under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna (PMBJP) which visions Quality Medicines at affordable prices (Government rates ie at highly subsidised prices)
Implementing Agency. The NHFDC is the interface between the beneficiary and Govt including provisioning of all assistance required. The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) under the administrative control of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Min of Chemicals and Fertilisers Govt of India is the implementing agency for PMBJP including the issue of licenses for running of the medicine outlets and provision of an initial corpus of Rs 50,000.
The disabled soldiers under the scheme have been exempted from holding a B. Pharm degree; however, the same is to be offset by way of a waiver from the Govt in the form of hiring of a person with B Pharm qualification for the said utility. The scheme of PMBJP being a self-employment scheme is being dealt with by director-general of Resettlement and its subordinate offices at various Command HQs. As and where required, the services of the offices of Rajya Sainik Boards and Zila Sainik Board will also be incorporated.
Clarification regarding equivalence to graduation certificate
Issued and Requisite Qualification to In-Service Teacher belonging to Ex-Servicemen Category. In terms of Govt of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department letter No. F.No. 1-22/2012-EE-4(P) dated 23 Aug 2017, an Ex-Servicemen who is a matriculate and possesses Indian Army Special Certificate of Education or the corresponding certificate in the Navy and Air Force and has put in not less than 15 years service in the Armed Forces has been issued Corporal Certificate of Indian Air Force under Scheme-A, should be treated as also having qualified 10+2 with 50% marks. (The minimum eligibility qualification programme through ODL conducted by any institution providing training for an untrained in-service teacher working in schools in accordance approval of NCTE).
It will enable the untrained in-service primary teachers from ex-serviceman category to undergo D.El.Ed. programme through ODL mode.
Lump sum refund of overpayment of pension to the Govt account
At present, pay bank branches are making the recovery of excess payment at/overpayment from the pensioners at the rates not exceeding 1/3rd of the net (pension & relief ), payable each month without the sanction of the competent authority and without the consent of pensioner, higher instalment after obtaining the consent of the pensioner and lump sum against the arrears due on account of revision, without the sanction of the authority and consent of pensioner.
Remittance of excess payment/overpayment of pension in instalment causes loss to the Government. Accordingly Reserve Bank of India has now issued guidelines that whenever any excess payment/overpayment of pension is detected, the entire amount thereof should be credited to the Govt. account in one lump sum immediately.