ANOMALY IN GRATUITY SSC Vs PC OFFICER

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ANOMALY IN GRATUITY SSC Vs PC OFFICER
 A short service commissioned (SSC) officer is entitled to only a Terminal Gratuity at the rate of ½ a month’s emoluments for every completed six monthly period of service vide GOI MOD letter no. 1(6)/98 (Pension/Services) dated 03 Feb 98 regarding implementation of Fifth Pay Commission recommendations. However, a permanent commissioned (PC) officer who opts for premature retirement after 10 years of service is entitled for both the DCRG/Retirement gratuity (eligible after 5 years of service) and the Retiring/Service gratuity (eligible after 10 years of service). This amounts to PC officer getting greater terminal benefits on opting for premature retirement after 10 years of service as compared to SSC officer retiring after 10 or more years of service, in spite of all other service conditions during the service of 10-14 years being exactly the same (in fact, service incurs more expenditure on the training of a PC officer than a SSC officer because he is supposed serve till the age of retirement   The only difference being that at the time of induction, one is commissioned as a short service officer and the other as a permanent commissioned officer. Hence, presently as per GOI MOD letter no. 1(6)/98 (Pension/Services) dated 03 Feb 98 a prematurely retiring PC officer gets approximately 67% more terminal benefits than a SSC officer for a service of 10-14 years and the SSC officers are, on the contrary losing monetarily as compared to a permanent commissioned officer, which goes against the spirit of short service commission and the GOI letter ibid since rationale for separately spelling out the terminal gratuity for SSC officers in 1998 (when the SSC scheme was only 7+3 years) was to adequately compensate a SSC officer more as against a permanent commissioned officer who opts for premature retirement after 7 years of service. (As per the random calculations based on the GOI letter ibid, a SSC officer gets about 17% (approximately) more terminal benefits than a prematurely retiring PC officer for a service up to10 years). In view of the above, since now the SSC tenure is increased to 10-14 years, the GOI MOD letter no. 1(6)/98 (Pension/Services) dated 03 Feb 98 needs to be revised as per the latest Sixth Pay Commission recommendations which is not done inadvertently till date. Finally, it is requested that the matter be examined to issue necessary amendment to the existing orders and request to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities to issue necessary amendments in the GOI letter ibid at the earliest so that at the end of their SSC tenure, SSC officers are granted terminal benefits proportionately more compared to a PC officer who opts for premature retirement at the end of the same length of service as per the spirit in 1998 of the GOI letter ibid.

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