Henceforth, all serving Central-government employees who are rendered disabled in the line of duty and retained in spite of their disability, will receive ‘disability compensation’. This move will benefit young personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and so on.
Earlier, such a compensation was not available to those government staff who joined duty on or after January 1, 2004 and were covered under the National Pension System (NPS). Now, even employees covered under NPS will be eligible for extraordinary pension or EOP. That means, if a government servant is rendered disabled while performing his/her duties, and if the disability results from rendering government service, and if that employee is allowed to continue working despite disablement, she/he will receive a lump sum compensation.
This amount will be equal to the capitalised value of the disability element, with reference to the commutation table applicable at the time.
Also, a government servant will be eligible for pension even if she/he has not served for 10 years (as was the rule earlier) and has been rendered incapable of service due to some medical condition or disability. That means, invalid pension at 50 per cent of the last pay will be provided to employees even if they have not served for 10 years.
Additionally, pension will be provided at enhanced rate to the family of employees who die during service, before rendering the required service of a minimum of seven years. The family pension will be 50 per cent of the deceased employee’s last pay, even if she/he passes on before completing the minimum tenure of seven years.