Defence Pension Rules – Stay Updated

The various types of pension awards admissible to JCOs/OR are as follows: –

(a) Service Pension Min qualifying regular service 15 years for JCOs/OR.

(b) Reservist Pension Min qualifying service 9 years regular and 6 years reserve, total 15 Years combined qualifying service.

(c) Invalid Pension If not eligible for Service/Disability pension & qualifying service is ten yrs or more and discharged on medical grounds. (Modification in minimum qualifying service done in 2020 where the indl is fully incapaciated for civil service and military service both.

(d) Disability Pension If disability is attributable to or aggravated by military service & disability percentage is 20% or more. In Case of medical invalid, minimum 1% disbility is required.

(e) Family Pension The widow / Next-of-Kin will get Ordinary, Special or Liberalized Family Pension depending upon the circumstances of death.

(f) Gratuity The amount of gratuity will differ as per length of service and the circumstances of discharge i.e. Retirement with pension / without pension, Medical Invalidment, Death etc.

(g) Ex-gratia payment One time lump sum payment for families of Defence service personnel who die during the performance of their bonafide official duties.

(h) Constant Attendance Allowance Given on Medical Board’s Recommendation for 100% disabled ex-servicemen drawing disability pension.

(j) Special Pension and Gratuity – As decided by Govt. Sanction of Army/Navy/Air Force pension and related benefits have evolved over the years towards liberalized pension system. It is the endeavour of the Government of India to broaden the pension structure, address the anomalies arising from implementation of different Pay Commissions, and reduce the gaps. The evolution of Armed Forces pension over a period of time up to the recent Cabinet Secretary’s recommendation are discussed here :

(a) Payment of Death cum Retirement Gratuity (DCRG) was introduced w.e.f. 10.09.1970.(b) Payment of Monetary Allowances attached to various gallantry awards, War Injury Pension and Liberalised Family Pension was introduced w.e.f. 01.01.1972.

(c) Payment of Dearness Relief (DR) on Pension and Family Pension (FP) were introduced w.e.f 01.08.1973 and 01.10.1975 respectively.

(d) Implementation of Supreme Court Judgment extending the benefit of the liberalised Pension formula to the pre 31.03.1979 pensioners. This revision is applicable with effect from 01.04.1979.

(e) Payment of Adhoc ex-gratia to the pre 01.01.1973 pensioners. This element is payable with effect from 01.09.1984.

(f) The restoration of commuted portion of pension was introduced w.e.f.01.04.1985.

(g) Revision of Pension as per IV Pay Commission recommendations to the pre 01.01.1986 pensioners. This revision is applicable with effect from 01.01.1986.

(h) Payment of one time increase (OTI). This additional element is payable to pre 01.01.1986 pensioners. This element is payable with effect from 01.01.1992.

(j) Revision of Pension as per V Pay Commission recommendations to the pre -01.01.1996 pensioners. This revision is applicable with effect from 01.01.1996.

(k) Payment of Fixed Medical Allowance was introduced w.e.f. 01.12.1997.
(l) Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme was introduced w.e.f. 01.04.2003.
(m) Revision of Pension (i.e. Improvement in Pension) to Personnel other than Officer Rank to pre 01.01.2006 pensioners. This revision is payable with effect from 01.01.2006.

(n) Revision of Pension as per VI Pay Commission recommendations to the pre – 01.01.2006 pensioners. This revision is applicable with effect from 01.01.2006.

(o) Revision of Pension as per Cabinet Secretary’s Committee recommendations to Personnel other than Officer Rank to pre – 01.01.2006 pensioners. This revision is applicable with effect from 01.07.2009.

(p) Revision of Pension as per Cabinet Secretary’s Committee recommendations to Personnel other than Officer Rank to pre – 01.01.2006 pensioners which was earlier effective from 24 Sep 12 has been made w.e.f 01.01.2006.

(q) One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been implemented w.e.f 01.07.2014 vide PCDA (P) Circular No. 555

(r) Removal of 33 yrs conditionality vide PCDA (P) Circular No. 568.
(s) Grant of DP to Pre-2006 retirees, who have gone on Pre-mature retirement (PMR) vide GoI MoD letter No. 16(05)/2008/D(Pension/Policy) dated 19 May 17.
(t) Grant of benefit of broad-banding of DP w.e.f 01.01.2016 to all past retirees vide PCDA (P)

Circular No. 596.

(u) Revision of Pension as per Cabinet Secretary’s Committee recommendations to Personnel other than Officer Rank to pre – 01.01.2006 pensioners which was earlier effective from 24 Sep 12 has been made w.e.f 01.01.2006.

Special provision on Pension wef  7th  CPC

(v) Revision of Pension as per VII Pay Commission recommendations to the pre – 01.01.2016 pensioners. This revision is applicable with effect from 01.01.2016.

(w) As per PCDA (P) Circular No. 570, PDAs have revised pension in respect of all Pre-2016 retirees with a multiplication factor of 2.57 over the pension drawn by them as on 31 Dec 15 (Option-II of 7th CPC).

(x) However, as per Govt orders, the revision of pension vide Option-I (Notional Pay Fixation method) is pending. Govt has issued the Concordance Tables on 17 Oct 18, but its implementation is Pensioners’ Hand Book for JCOs/OR pending for want of simplified LPC-DS and comprehensive software module by PCDA (P) Allahabad Circular No. 608 refers. Corr PPO would be issued by PSA to all Pre-2016 retirees giving details of their pensions as per both Option-I & II and most beneficial option would be the revised pension in 7th CPC for all Pre-2016 retirees. However, O/o CGDA has confirmed that Notional Pay Fixation method will not be beneficial to 95% Veterans. It may benefit only those who have retired wef 01 Jul 14 to 31 Dec 15 and those who were drawing pension higher than OROP.

NOTE: PCDA (P), Allahabad, deals with sanction/revision of all types of pension awards of Army / Navy & Air Force Personnel Personnel retired/discharged/died prior to 01.11.1985. In respect of personnel retired/discharged/ died on or after 01.11.1985, pensionary awards are being made by Jt CDA (Air Force), Subroto Park, New Delhi -110 010.

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