Scheme for Compassionate Appointment – Merit Points and revised procedure for Selection

Appointment on compassionate grounds of a dependent of a deceased departmental employee: DOP

Scheme for compassionate appointment – Relative merit points and revised procedure for selection – Ministry of Defence D(Lab) circular


Ministry of Defence


Sub: Scheme for compassionate appointment – Relative merit points and revised procedure for selection.

The undersigned is directed to say that the Department of Personnel & Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is the nodal department for Government of India’s Scheme for compassionate Appointment. While considering requests for compassionate appointment, a balanced and objective assessment of financial condition of the families of the applicants has to be made taking into account the assets and liabilities and other relevant factors. The main object of the Scheme is to alleviate the family of the deceased government servant/member of the Armed Forces from indigence and help it get over the emergency. Accordingly, vide Ministry of Defence I.D. No.271/93/D(Lab) dated 2.11.93, Ministry of Defence had developed a 100-point weightage system containing various parameters/attributes to decide the most deserving cases amongst the large number of Defence ID No. 19(4)/824-99/1998-D(Lab) dated 9.3.2001. Consequent upon implementation of the 6th CPC Report, parameters of all these attributes were further revised in 2010 vide MoD note No. 19(3)/2009/D(Lab) dated 22.1.2010 and 14.5.2010. Presently, the attributes on 100-points scale are – Quantum of Family Pension (20 Points); Terminal Benefits (10 points); Monthly income of family from other sources (05 points); Movable/immovable property held by the family (10 points); No. of dependents (15 points), No. of unmarried daughters (15 points); No. of minor children (15 points) and Left over service (10 points). As per the practice, compassionate appointment is given to the highest score earner.

2. Now, consequent upon implementation of the 7th CPC pay structure, the financial parameters are required to be revised again. Certain organisations/ formations under Ministry of Defence have been requesting for revision of relative merit points and procedure for selecting the most indigent applicant(s) for compassionate appointment after death/medically boarding-out of the Government servant/member of the Armed Forces on whose income the family was wholly dependent.

3. As per 7th CPC structure, the minimum pension stands revised from Rs.3,500 p.m. (as per 6th CPC) to Rs.9,000 p.m. which approximately comes out to be 2.57 times the old pension. The Govt. of India have also approved this factor of 2.57 for working out revised pay, based on which DCRG, Family Pension and Leave encashment are calculate. Accordingly, the monetary parameters/attributes such as Family Pension, Terminal Benefits, Monthly income of earning member(s) and income from property and latest market value of the Movable/Immovable property have been revised by the multiplying the fitment factor of 2.57 or so, for arriving at the present-day weightage points. However, other non-monetary parameters/attributes viz. No. of Dependents, No. of Unmarried Daughter, No. of Minor Children and Leftover Service have been kept unchanged.

4. Accordingly, with the approval of the competent authority, various parameters on the 100-points scale of weightage system stand revised as under with immediate effect:-

(a)     Basic Family Pension / Monthly Amount received under National Pension System

(20 points)

Upto      ₹ 9,000            20
  ₹09,001 – 11,500            18
   ₹11,501 – 14,000            16
  ₹14,001 – 16,500            14
₹16,501 – 19,000            12
₹19,001 – 21,500            10
₹21,500 – 24,000            08
₹24,000 – 26,500            06
₹26,501 – 29,000            04
₹29,001 – 31,500            02
₹31,501 and above            00

b) Lump sum amount received by the family on death of Govt. servant (i.e.DCR Gratuity, GPF/PPF A/c balance, Leave Encashment, CGEGIS,LIC/PLI etc.)/ Lump sum Amount received under NPS etc.

(10 points)

Upto   ₹10,00,000             10
₹10,00,000 – 11,87,500              09
₹11,87,501 – 13,75,000              08
₹13,75,001 – 15,62,500              07
₹15,62,501 – 17,50,000              06
₹17,50,001 – 19,37,500              05
₹19,37,501 –  21,25,000              04
₹21,25,001 – 23,12,500              03
₹23,12,501 – 25,00,000              02
₹25,00,001 – 26,87,500               01
₹26,87,501 and above              00

(c)  Annual income from movable/immovable property as well as Annual income earned by other member(s) of the family

(05 points)

 Nil 05
₹1-1,05,000 04
₹1,05,001  – 1,35,000 03
₹1,35,001 – 1,65,000 02
₹1,65,001 – 1,95,000 01
₹1,95,000 and above 00

(d)  Movable/immovable property of the family (Latest Market Value including Fixed Deposit/Bank balance etc. but excluding the lump sum amount received as mentioned in (b) above

(10 points)

Nil            10
Upto ₹5,00,000            08
₹05,00,001 – 10,00,000            06
₹10,00,001 – 15,00,000            04
₹15,00,001 – 20,00,000            02
₹20,00,001 and above             00

(e)  No. of dependents

(15 points)

              1               5
              2               10
           3 and above               15




(f)   No. of unmarried daughters

(15 points)

                None               0
                     1                5
                     2                10
               3 and above                15


(g) No. of minor children

(15 points)

                 None              0
                    1               5
                    2               10
         3 and above               15

(h) Left over service

(10 points)

Upto 5 years              2
Over 5 years & upto 10 years              4
Over 10 years & upto 15 years              6
Over 15 years & upto 20 years              8
Over 20 years              10

(Total 100 points)

5. the revised guidelines will take place with immediate effect. However, cases already considered by the Boards of Officers constituted for considering requests for compassionate appointment as per the previous guidelines need not be re-opened.

6. However, for considering belated requests for compassionate appointment where the death/disablement of Govt. servant/member of Armed Forces took place long ago, weightage points towards ‘Terminal Benefits’ may be awarded in the following manner:-

(a) For cases where death of the deceased Govt. servant occurred prior to 9.3.2001, parameters of ‘Terminal Benefits’ given in MoD ID note dated 2.11.1993 will be applicable:

(b) For cases where death of the deceased Govt, servant occurred on or after 9.3.2001 till 21.1.2010, parameters of ‘Terminal Benefits’ given in Mod ID note dated 9.3.2001 will be applicable: and

(c) For cases where death of the deceased Govt. servant occurred on or after 22.1.2010 till 31.12.2015, parameters of ‘Terminal Benefits’ given in MoD ID note dated 22.1.2010 will be applicable.

7. All the concerned are advised to strictly follow these weightage points and guidelines keeping in view the instruction issued by the DoP&T/MoD, from time to time for assessing comparative merit of the applicants for compassionate appointment.


Director (Estt. & CP), Govt. of India

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