The 7 Pay Commission sought the views of
the government in this regard. The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare
stated that the VI CPC had recommended calculation of Pension Report of the
Seventh CPC recommended pension @ 50 percent of last pay or the average
emoluments (for last 10 months) whichever is more beneficial. The Commission
also recommended delinking of pension from qualifying service of 33 years.
Effectively the dispensation on pension has already been liberalised by the VI
CPC. Further the recommendations of this Commission 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.’
Therefore the Commission does not recommend any further increase in the rate
of pension and family pension from the existing levels. Quantum of Minimum
Pension should Equal the Minimum Wage. In representations/depositions before
the Commission it has been stated that the existing minimum pension fixed at
Rs.3,500 is low and it has been argued that minimum pension be fixed equal to
minimum pay for sustenance.
The Commission sought the views of the government in this regard. The
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare stated that as per the orders
issued after V CPC, the minimum pension in the government was Rs. 1,275. The
normal revised consolidated pension of a pre-2006 pensioner is 2.26 of the prerevised
basic pension. The revised minimum pension of Rs. 3,500 is much more
than 2.26 time of the pre-revised pension of Rs. 1,275. Further the
recommendations of this Commission in relation to pay of personnel will lead to a
significant increase in the minimum pay from the existing Rs.7,000 per month to
Rs.18,000 per month. This, based on the computation of pension, will raise
minimum pension from the existing Rs.3,500 to Rs.9,000. The minimum pension
based on the recommendations of this Commission will increase by 2.57 times
over the existing level.
In Civil APPEAL 1123 OF 2015 THE HONOURABLE Supreme Court has clearly
stated that pension is not a bounty, it should be 50% of the pay and there can be no
question of capacity to pay.
Hence we demand revision in pension, family pension and the principle of one
rank one pension. Please note that today many officers salary is less than the
pension of their parents who are Central Govt Pensioners.