Benefits of Pay Commission to ex servicemen – Rajya Sabha Q&A
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
QUESTION NO 2580
ANSWERED ON 19.03.2018
Benefits of Pay Commission to ex servicemen
2580 Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state :-
(a) the total number of reserve ex-servicemen being given pension after ten years of service;
(b) whether they also got the benefit of pension hike and allowances like other pensioners;
(c) if so, whether they have also been given the benefit of recommendations of 4th, 5th and 6th Pay Commissions constituted by Government and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) whether these reserve soldiers come under the category of ex-servicemen; and
(e) if so, the details of reasons for keeping them deprived of benefits of Pay Commissions as extended to the ex-servicemen?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE
(a) to (c): A reservist who is not in receipt of service pension is granted, on completion of the prescribed combined colour and reserve qualifying service of not less than 15 years, a reservist pension equal to 2/3rd of the lowest pension admissible to a Sepoy.
Reservist pension is linked to lowest pension admissible to a Sepoy as such the hike in pension of Sepoy in various Pay Commissions is also passed on to Reservist pensioners. Further, the rates of minimum Reservist pension had been revised in various Central Pay Commissions (CPCs) as under:-
(i) Rs.375/- w.e.f. 1.1.1986 in 4th CPC,
(ii) Rs.1275/- w.e.f. 1.1.1996 in 5th CPC,
(iii) Rs.3500/- w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in 6th CPC and
(iv) Rs.9000/- w.e.f. 1.1.2016 in 7th CPC.
Dearness Relief as applicable from time to time is also admissible on Reservist pension.
(d) & (e): Only those Reserve soldiers come under the category of Ex-servicemen who fulfil the conditions as laid down in Ex-Servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979 as amended vide Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions notification bearing no.36034/1/2006-Estt.(Res.), dated 04 October, 2012.