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The object of the Scheme is to grant appointment on compassionate grounds to adependent family member of a Government servant dying in harness or who is retired on medical grounds, thereby leaving his family in penury and without any means of livelihood, to relieve the family of the Government servant concerned from financial destitution and to help it get over the emergency.
  A) To a dependent family member of a Government servant who-
  a) dies while in service (including death by suicide); or
is retired on medical grounds under Rule 2 of the CCS (medical examination) Rules 1957 or the corresponding provision in the Central Civil Service Regulations before attaining the age of 55 years (57 years for erstwhile Group ‘D’ Government servants); or
is retired on medical grounds under Rule 38 of the CCS( Pension) Rules ,1972 or the corresponding provision in the Central Civil Service Regulations before attaining the age of 55 years (57 years for erstwhile Group ‘D’ Government servants).
  B) of a member of the Armed Forces who-  
  a) dies during service; or  
  b) is killed in action; or  
  c) is medically boarded out and is unfit for civil employment.  
  Note I. Dependent family Member means
  a) spouse; or
  b) son (including adopted son); or 
  c) daughter (including adopted daughter); or 
  d) brother or sister in the case of unmarried Government servant 
  e) member of the Armed Forces referred to in (A) or (B) of this para,  
who was wholly dependent on the Government servant/member of the Armed Forces at the time of his death in harness or retirement on medical grounds, as the case may be
  Group ‘C’ or Group ‘D’ posts against the direct recruitment quota.
The family is indigent and deserves immediate assistance for relief from financial destitution; and
Applicant for compassionate appointment should be eligible and suitable for the post in all respects under the provisions of the relevant Recruitment Rules.
Upper age limit could be relaxed wherever found to be necessary. The lower age limit should, however, in no case be relaxed below 18 years of age.
Secretary in the Ministry /Department concerned is competent to relax temporarily educational qualifications as prescribed in the relevant recruitment rules in the case of appointment at the lowest level e.g. Group ‘D’ or LDC post, in exceptional circumstances where the condition of the family is very hard provided there is no vacancy mea t for compassionate appointment in a post for which the dependent family member in question is educationally qualified, S8uch relaxation will be permitted up to a period of two years beyond which no relaxation of educational qualifications will be admissible and the services of the person concerned, if still unqualified, are liable to be terminated.
Where a widow is appointed on compassionate ground to a Group ‘D’ post, she will be exempted from the requirement of possessing the educational qualifications prescribed in the relevant rules provided the duties of the post can be satisfactorily performed by her without possessing such educational qualifications.
In deserving cases even where there is already an earning member in the family, a dependent family member may be considered for compassionate appointment with prior approval of the Secretary of the Department/Ministry concerned who, before approving such appointment, will satisfy himself that grant of compassionate appointment is justified having regard to number of dependants, assets and liabilities left by the Government servant, income of the earning member as also his liabilities including the fact that the earning member is residing with the family of the Government Servant and whether he should not be a source of support to other members of the family.
In cases where any member of the family of the deceased or medically retired Government servant is already in employment and is not supporting the other members of the family of the Government servant, extreme caution has to be observed in ascertaining the economic distress of the members of the family of the Government servant so that the facility of appointment on compassionate ground is not circumvented and misused by putting forward the ground that the member of the family already employed is not supporting the family.
Cases of the missing Government Servant are also covered under the scheme for compassionate appointment subject to the following conditions:-
A request to grant the benefit if compassionate appointment can be considered only after a lapse 2 years from the date from which the Government servant has been missing, provided that:
    i - an FIR to this effect has been lodged with the Police,
    ii - the missing person is not traceable, and
    iii - the competant   
  b) This benefit will not be applicable to the case of a Government Servant:-
    i - who had less than two years to retire on the date from which he has been missing; or
    ii - who is suspected to have committed fraud, or suspected to have joined any terrorist organization or suspected to have gone abroad
Compassionate appointment in the case of a missing Government Servant also would not be a matter of right as in the case of others and it will be subject to fulfillment of all the conditions, including the availability of vacancy, laid down for such appointment under the scheme;
While considering such a request, the results of the Police investigation should also be taken into account; and
  e) A decision on any such request for compassionate appointment should be taken only at the level of the Secretary of the Ministry/Department concerned.
The proforma as in the Annexure may be used for processing the cases of compassionate appointment. Administration Section of the CAO’s office and Air HQ should forward the applications to CAO/R-I duly filled who will further process the cases. CAO/R-I places the case before the Board of Officers which meets Quarterly viz. June, September, December and March.
A person appointed on compassionate grounds under the scheme should give an undertaking in writing(as in Annexure) that he/she will maintain properly the other family members who were dependent on the Government servant/member of the Armed Forces in question and in case it is proved subsequently (at any time) that the family members are being neglected or are not being maintained properly by him/her, his/her appoinment may be terminated forthwith.
When a person has been appointed on compassionate grounds to a particular post, the set of circumstances, which led to such appointment, should be deemed to have eased to exist. Therefore,-
he/she should strive in his/her career like his/her colleagues for future advancement and any request for appointment to any higher post on considerations of compassion should invariably be rejected.
an appointment made on compassionate grounds cannot be transferred to any other person and any request for the same on considerations of compassion should invariably be rejected.
The inter-se seniority of persons appointed on compassionate grounds may be fixed with reference to their date of appointment. Their interpolation with the direct recruits/promotees may also be made with reference to their dates of appointment without disturbing the inter-se seniority of direct recruits/promotees.
Date of joining by a person appointed on compassionate grounds whall be treated as the date or his/her regular appointment.
Appointments made on grounds of compassion should be done in such a way that persons appointed to the post do not have the essential educational and technical qualifications and experience required for the post consistent with the requirement of maintenance of efficiency of administration.
It is not the intention to restrict employment of a family member of the deceased or medically retired Group’D’ Government servant to a Group’D’ post only. As such, a family member of such Group’D’ Government servant can be appointed to a Group’C’ post for which he/she is educationally qualified, provided a vacany in Group’C’ post exists for this purpose.
The scheme of compassionate appointments was conceived as far back as 1958. Since then a number of welfare measures have been introduced by the Government which have made a significant difference in the financial position of the families of the Government servants dying in harness/retired on medical grounds. An application for compassionate appointment should, however, not be rejected merely on the ground that the family of the Government servant has received the benefits inder the various welfare schemes. While considering a request for appointment on compassionate ground a balanced and objective assessment of the financial condition of the family has to be made taking into account its assets and liabilities (including the benefits received under the various welfare schemes mentioned above) and all other relevant factors such as the presence of an ear ning member, size of the family, ages of the children and the essential needs of the family, etc.
Compassionate appointment should not be denied or delayed merely on the ground that there is reorganization in the Ministry/Department/Office. It should be made available to the person concerned if there is a vacany meant for compassionate appointment and he or she is found eligible and suitable under the scheme.
Requests for compassionate appointment consequent on death or retirement on medical grounds of Group’D’ staff may be considered with greater sympathy by applying relaxed standards depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
Compassionate appointment will have precedence over absorption of surplus employees and regularization of daily wage/casual workers with/without temporary status.
Any request to increase the upper age-limit of 55 years for retirement on medical grounds prescribed in para 2(A) (b) and (c) above in respect of Group’A’/’B’/’C’ Government Servants and to bring it at par with the upper age-limit of 57 years prescrined therein for Group ‘D’ Government Servants on the ground that the age of retirement has recently(May,1998) been raised from 58 years to 60 years forGroup’A’/’B’/’C’Government servants(which is at par with the age of retirement of 60 years applicable to Group’D’ Government Servants) or on any other ground should invariably be rejected so as to ensure that the benefit of compassionate appointment available under the scheme is nor misused by seeking retirement on medical grounds at the fag end of one’s career and also keeping in view the fact that the higher upper age-limit of 57 years has been prescribed therein for Group’D’ Government servants for the reason that they are low paid Governments who get meager invalid pension in comparison with others.
(Authority: DoP&T OM No. 14014/94-Estt(D) dated 09 Oct 1998)
Family Pension (basic excl. DA & Allowances)
    (i) Upto Rs.3500 20
    (ii) 3501-4500 18
    (iii) 4501-5500 16  
    (iv) 5501-6500 14
    (v) 6501-7500 12
    (vi) 7501-8500 10
    (vii) 8501-9500 08  
    (viii) 9501 and above 06  
  2 Terminal Benefits
    (i) Upto Rs.400000 10
    (ii) 400001-475000 09  
    (iii) 475001-550000 08  
    (iv) 550001-625000 07  
    (v) 625001-700000 06  
    (vi) 700001-775000 05  
    (vii) 775001-850000 04  
    (viii) 850001-925000 03  
    (ix) 925001-1000000 02  
    (x) 1000001 and above 01  
  3 Monthly Income of earning member ( s ) and income from property
    (i) No income 5
    (ii) Upto Rs.3500 4  
    (iii) 3501-4500 3  
    (iv) 4501-5500 2  
    (v) 5501-6500 1  
    (vi) 6501 and above 0  
  4 Movable/Immovable Property (latest market value in Rs.)
    (i) Nil 10  
    (ii) Upto 200000 08  
    (iii) 200001 - 400000 06  
    (iv) 400001 - 700000 03  
    (v) 700001 and above 01  
  5 No. of dependents
    (i) 3 and above 15
    (ii) 2 10
    (iii) 1 05  
  6 No. of unmarried daughters
    (i) 3 and above 15
    (ii) 2 10  
    (iii) 1 05  
    (iv) None 00
  7 No. of Minor Children
    (i) 3 and above 15
    (ii) 2 10  
    (iii) 1 05
    (iv) None 00  
  8 Left Over Service
    (i) 0-5 Yrs 02  
    (ii) Over 5 upto 10 yrs 04  
    (iii) Over 10 upto 15 yrs 06  
    (iv) Over 20 yrs 10  
    (Authority: MOD ID No. 19(4)/824-99/1998-D(Lab) dated 09 Mar 2001)
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