7TH CPC MINIMUM PAY
Minimum Pension for JCOs/ ORs
The 7th Pay Commission has received various demands from Defence Personnel. One of the important demand relating to Defence Pensioners is about Minimum Pension.
“Minimum pension should be fixed at 75 percent of reckonable emoluments for JCOs/ Other Ranks or a compulsory early retirement compensation package or lump sum amount”.
The Services, in the JSM, have sought enhancement of the Service Pension to 75 percent of last drawn reckonable emoluments for JCOs and ORs.
In case enhancement of pension to 75 percent of last drawn reckonable emoluments is not granted for JCOs/OR, the Services have sought a compulsory early retirement compensation package or compulsory lateral absorption in government or PSU as an alternative.
7th CPC Analysis and Recommendations
Service pension for all categories of employees has been fixed at 50 percent of the last pay drawn.
The recommendations in relation to pay of both the civilian and defence forces personnel will lead to a significant increase in the pay drawn and therefore in the ‘last pay drawn’/‘reckonable emoluments.’
It is also to be noted that in the case of defence forces personnel, in particular all JCOs/ORs, the last pay drawn includes the element of Military Service Pay, which is also taken into account while reckoning pension.
The Commission has Report of the Seventh CPC 402 Index also recommended an increase in Military Service Pay.
The increase in pay and MSP will automatically and significantly raise the level of pension of JCOs/ORs, since pension is related to the last pay drawn/ reckonable emoluments.
Therefore the Commission does not recommend any further increase in the rate of pension for JCOs/ORs.