There is nothing new for us in the report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. However, it has maintained status quo in terms of facilities for persons with disabilities. These provisions are enumerated in Chapter 9.6.9.
- In recognition of the singular responsibility faced by differently abled women in raising their children, the Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been enhanced from the present rate of Rs. 1,500 pm to Rs. 3,000 pm
- Transport Allowance at double the normal rate has been retained, and the minimum amount has been increased from Rs. 1,000 pm to Rs. 2,250 pm
- Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy have been kept at double rate for differently abled children
- Constant Attendance Allowance has been enhanced from Rs. 4,500 pm to Rs. 6,750 pm
- Special Disability Leave has been subsumed in Work Related Illness and Injury Leave (WRIIL), with improved provisions
- Educational Concession, hitherto available only to the children of Defence personnel killed/missing/disabled in action, has been extended to similarly placed personnel of CAPFs, Indian Coast Guard, RPF and police forces of Union Territories mutatis mutandis
In addition, in Chapter 9.6.10, the CPC has made the following suggestions “that can go a long way in improving the working environment for these employees.”
- In our interactions, it has been highlighted that easy access, particularly to toilets, remains an issue of concern. Hence, it is suggested that Guidelines and Space Standard for Barrier Free Built Environment for Disabled and Elderly Persons, issued by CPWD, Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment, should invariably be followed while designing new government premises. Their application in the existing offices may also be explored.
- Every ministry should have a Welfare Committee, with due representation of differently abled employees, to address their concerns.
- The grievance redressal machinery should be strengthened and made more effective.