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Disability pension for forces under old formula, for now (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Controversy over disability linked pensions in defence forces)

Ministry’s order
The Defence Ministry ordered implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on pensions but added the disability pension component will be paid as per the old system until the pay panel’s Anomaly Committee comes out with a solution.

A ministry order, issued on the eve of Diwali, said on the issue of disability pensions — which is presently on percentage basis but the panel has recommended making it slab based — has been submitted to the Anomaly Committee, and, for now, the old system will continue.

Implication of the order
As per the order, for those who started getting pensions before January 1, 2016, revised pension will be calculated by multiplying by 2.57 the old pension drawn in December 2015. 

Background
A soldier getting disability pension as a percentage of his salary will get a fixed slab-based amount if the pay panel’s recommendation implemented. 



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