Conveyance Allowance at the rate of 5% of basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs.120/- per month. 6th CPC 3.1.7 Facilities available in Government of India prior to Recommendations 6th CPC were as follows: (i) Relaxation in upper age limit of up to 10 years when recruitment is made through open competitive examinations and of 5 years when recruitment is made otherwise through competitive examination. (ii) As far as possible, they are to be posted near their native places. (iii) Exemption from typing test in case of clerical posts. (iv) Transport allowance at double the normal rates. (v) An employee who acquires a disability during his service cannot be dispensed with or reduced in rank. (vi) Promotion cannot be denied to a person merely on the ground of his/her disability. (vii) Employees who are disabled or incapacitated on account of causes attributable to or aggravated by Government service are eligible for special benefits under the CCS (Extraordinary) Pension Rules. 3.1.8 The 6th Central Pay Commission has considered benefits to the disabled employees of the Central Government in following manner. (i) Number of Casual Leave available for employees with disabilities should be 12 days as against 8 days for other employees. (ii) Aids and appliances like Dictaphones, Braille writing equipments, CD player/tape recorder, low vision aids and other learning equipments that will enable the employees with disabilities to discharge their official functions better should invariably be made available free of charge. (iii) The office environment should be made user friendly for employees with disabilities. (iv) A higher interest subsidy (4%) has been recommended for automobile loans for employees with disabilities in the relevant chapter. (v) Liberal flexi hours should be allowed for these employees. Concept of flexi week should be introduced in their case wherein these employees will need to put in the stipulated hours of duty every week which can be calculated with reference to their time of arrival and departure in the office and the number of days they actually attend the office. This is necessary because these employees face difficulties in commuting and also are susceptible to higher medical problems necessitating frequent hospital visits. As such, maintaining regular working hours in their case poses many problems that can be alleviated by liberal flexi hours. This will not have any adverse effect on their output or productivity as they will still need to put in the stipulated weekly hours of duty prescribed. (vi) Women with disabilities have to face even higher problems while looking after their children. An extra allowance of Rs.1000 per month (to be called Special Allowance for Child Care) is recommended for women with disabilities. The allowance shall be payable from the time of child’s birth till the child is two years old. It will be payable for a maximum of two children. This allowance will go up by 25% every time the DA crosses 50%. Education allowance for disabled children of Government employees shall be payable at double the normal rates prescribed. (vii) Higher Transport allowance at double the rates subject to a minimum of Rs.1000 p.m. for persons with disabilities employed in the Government. Demands 3.1.9 A group of disabled employees placed their demand to allow them Disability Allowance in lieu of the present benefit of Conveyance Allowance. There is also demand to provide extra allowance for disabled women employees to take care of children up to the age of two years. Recommendation 3.1.10 After consideration of all the aforesaid factors and the present scenario in Assam, the Commission recommends benefits to the disabled employees as follows: i) Disability Allowance may be given to the disabled employees at the rate of Rs. 500/- per month. ii) Child Care Allowance at the rate of Rs. 500/- per month is recommended for disabled women employees to take care of child up to attaining the age of two years. This allowance is admissible up to two children. iii) Introduction of Disability Pension for all disabled employees of the State Government at the rate of 50% of the amount admissible as Disability Allowance. iv) Provision regarding 3% quota for disabled candidates should be implemented in letter and spirit. v) As far as possible, disabled employees may be posted near their native places. vi) An employee who acquires a disability during the service period cannot be dispensed with or reduced in rank provided he/ she is performing duties. vii)Number of Casual Leave available to the disabled employees may be 12 days as against 8 days for other employees. viii) Interest subsidy of 4% is recommended for disabled employees only to purchase disabled friendly conveyance (car/two wheeler) which costs higher due to modifications. ix) Aids and appliances like Dictaphones, Braille writing equipments, CD player/tape recorder, low vision aids and other learning equipments that will enable the employees with disabilities to discharge their official functions better may invariably be made available free of charge. x) The office environment may be made user friendly for employees with disabilities by construction of ramps, modified toilets etc.
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