CAG asks defence ministry to carry out a study on disability pensions

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has requested the Union defence ministry to perform an evaluation of the motives of incapacity amongst infantrymen at the returned of its locating that nearly 40% of officials, and 18% of employees beneath officer rank (PBOR) who retire each yr are drawing incapacity pensions.

These info emerged after the countrywide auditor tested incapacity pensions dispensed to navy employees who have been discharged from carrier among 2015-sixteen and 2019-20.

“The percent of employees retiring with incapacity to the overall retirees ranged among 36% and 40% in case of officials, and among 15% and 18% in case of PBORs,” the CAG stated in a file tabled in Parliament on Monday.

A scientific downgrade following a incapacity entitles a soldier to higher retirement blessings. On an average, for the equal rank, a incapacity pension may be 20% to 50% greater than a regular one, plus the earnings tax exemption.

The CAG file stated that many of the navy officials who have been granted incapacity pensions, the proportion of these from the scientific wing became considerably better. It additionally flagged worries approximately incapacity pensions being presented as a result of life-style sicknesses inclusive of diabetes and hypertension.

“Further, 22% and 13% of the incapacity pensions granted to officials and PBORs, respectively, have been completely at the grounds of life-style sicknesses. The ministry may also make certain that whole database with all applicable data is maintained to perform an evaluation of the principle motives of incapacity, inclusive of life-style sicknesses many of the defence forces, for viable corrective action,” the file added.

In December 2014, the military`s senior-maximum physician stated officials nearing retirement have been abusing incapacity blessings for better and tax-loose pensions, caution approximately the “alarming fashion” of genuinely in shape officials exploiting the welfare degree through getting themselves positioned withinside the decrease scientific class.

“I would love to apprise you of an alarming fashion evolving withinside the offerings in regards to claims for incapacity pension being desired through senior officials of the rank of lieutenant standard and foremost standard, and their equivalent,” Lieutenant General BK Chopra, then director standard of Armed Forces Medical Services, stated in a letter to the defence secretary.

“These senior officials, who've stayed in Shape-1 scientific class at some point of their careers, all of sudden present (themselves) with sicknesses…on the fag quit in their carrier,” stated the communique dated December sixteen, 2014.

Officials then stated the claims for incapacity pensions shot up considerably withinside the years following the implementation of the 6th pay fee file in 2006 that more desirable blessings.

“A specified scrutiny of facts confirmed that earlier than 2006, hardly ever any pinnacle officials claimed incapacity pensions. But through 2015, approximately 21% of them have been claiming it. If a person has a incapacity, they need to claim it in advance in carrier and now no longer some months earlier than retirement,” Chopra had in advance stated.

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