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					                  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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