7th Pay Commission: Some of the payments during employment are clear to an employee but not to the members of the family. Pension and Gratuity are one of them.
7th Pay Commission: Some of the payment details and rules during employment are clear to employees but not to the members of their family. This especially involves Pension and Gratuity. Out of these two, gratuity is more complex for the family members of the government employees. So, rationalisation of gratuity is something that both government employees and their family members should know.
As per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, if a government employee dies in less than one year of his or her services, the rate of death gratuity is two times of his or her monthly emoluments. These emoluments would increase to six times if the government employee has died in the service period of more than one but less than five years of services,
The 7th Pay Commission panel recommendations on gratuity ceiling and its indexation that central government accepted said, “The Commission recommends enhancement in the ceiling of gratuity from the existing Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh from 01.01.2016. The Commission further recommends the ceiling on gratuity may increase by 25 per cent whenever DA rises by 50 per cent.”
Currently, central government workers with five or more years of service are eligible for tax-free gratuity after leaving the job or at the time of superannuation under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. The 1972 Act was enacted to provide for gratuity payment to employees engaged in factories, mines, oilfields, plantations, ports, railway companies, shops or other establishments.
For further information to the formal sector employees, the central government has amended the Payment of Gratuity Bill in 2017 paving the way for doubling the limit of tax-free gratuity to Rs 20 lakh and empowering the government to fix the ceiling of the retirement benefit through an executive order. The Rajya Sabha passed the bill, which was approved by the Lok Sabha on March 15, 2018.