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    Master Circular on Compassionate Appointment Scheme 2022 | DOPT Om on Compassionate Appointment | Dated 02nd August 2022

     F.No. 14014/1/2022-Estt. (D)

    Government of India

    Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

    (Department of Personnel & Training)

    North Block,New Delhi

    Dated the 02nd August, 2022


    Subject:- Master Circular on Scheme of compassionate appointment - regarding.

    Download Compassionate Master Circular 2022 in PDF

    The undersigned is directed to say that consolidated instructions on Scheme for “Compassionate Appointment under Central Government” was issued vide this Department’s O.M. No.14014/02/2012-Estt.(D) dated 16.01.2013. Subsequently a few instructions on compassionate appointments under the Central Government have been issued. It has been decided to consolidate all instructions issued till date, -in this Master Circular, under easily Comprehensible heading for benefit of ready reference.

    The number and date of the relevant Office Memorandum have been mentioned below each para. The relevant O.M can be accessed from this Department’s website https://dopt.gov.in under heading Notifications- OM. & Orders- 13 Establishment- Compassionate Appointment.

    2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned for information, guidance and necessary action,


    1. OBJECT

    The object of the Scheme is to grant appointment on compassionate grounds to a dependent family member of a Government servant dying in harness or who is retired on medical grounds, thereby leaving his family in penury and without any means of livelihood, to relieve the family of the Government servant concerned from financial destitution and to help it get over the emergency.


    To a dependent family member —

    (A) of a Goverument servant who —

    a) dies while in service (including death by suicide); or

    (b) "is retired on medical grounds under Rule 2 of the CCS — (Medical Examination) Rules 1957 or the corresponding provision in-the Central Civil Service Regulations before attaining the -age of 55 years (57 years for erstwhile Group ‘D’ Government servants); or

    (c) is retired on medical grounds under Rule 38 of the CCS Pension) Rules, 1972 or the corresponding provision in the Central Civil Service Regulations before attaining the ageof 55 years (57 years for erstwhile Group ‘D’ Government servants); or

    B)  ofa member of the Armed Forces who —

    (a) dies during service; or

    (b) is killed in action; or

    (c) is medically boarded out and is unfit for civil employment.

    Note "Dependent Family Member" means:

    (a) Spouse; or

    (b) son(including adopted son); or

    (c) daughter (including adopted daughter); or

    (d) brother or sister in the case of unmarried Government servant or

    (e) member of the Armed Forces referred to in (A) or (B) of this para,

    who was wholly dependent on the Government servant/ member of the Armed Forces at the time of his death in harness or retirement on medical grounds, as the case may.be.

    Note III “Government servant” for the purpose of these instructions means a Government servant appointed on regular basis and not one working on daily’ wage or casual or apprentice or ad-hoc or contract or re-employment basis.

    Note MI "Confirmed work-charged staff". will also be covered by the term Government servant’ mentioned in Note II above.

    Note IV "Service" includes extension in service (but not re-employment) after attaining the. normal age of retirement in a civil post.

    Note V “Re-employment" does not include employment of ex-serviceman before the normal age of retirement in a civil post.


    (a) Joint Secretary in-charge of administration in the Ministry/Department concerned,

    (b) Head of the Department under the Supplementary Rule 2(10) in the case of attached and subordinate offices.

    (c) Secretary in the Ministry/Department concerned in special types of cases,

    4, POSTS TO WHICH SUCH APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE Group ‘C’ posts against the direct recruitment quota.


    (a) The family is indigent and deserves immediate assistance for relief from financial destitution: and

    (b) Applicant for compassionate appointment should be eligible and suitable for the post in all respects under the provisions of the relevant Recruitment Rules.


    Compassionate appointments are exempted from observance of the following requirements:- 

    (a) Recruitment procedure i.e. without the agency of the Staff Selection Commission or the Employment Exchange.

    (b) Clearance from the Surplus Cell of the Department of Personnel and Training/Directorate General of Employment and Training,

    (c) The ban orders on filling up of posts issued by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure),


    (a) Upper age limit could be relaxed wherever found to be necessary. The lower dge limit should, however, in no case be relaxed below 18 years of age.

    Note: Age eligibility shall be determined with reference to the date of application and not the date of appointment;

    Note  Authority competent to take a final decision for making compassionate appointment in a case shall be competent to grant relaxation of upper age limit also for making such appointment.

    (b) In exceptional circumstances Government may consider recruiting persons not immediately mecting the minimum educational standards. Government .

    may engage them as trainees who will be given the regular pay bands and grade pay only on acquiring the minimum qualification prescribed under the recruitment rules. The emoluments of these trainees, during the period of their training and before they are absorbed in the Government as employees, will be equal to the lowest/first cell (minimum) of Pay Level-I Rs. 18,000-56,900 (pre-revised -1S pay band). In addition, they will be granted all applicable Allowance, like Dearness Allowances, House Rent Allowance and Tiznsport Allowance at the adinissible rates. The same shall be calculated on the minimum of Pay Level-1, The period spent in Pay Level-I by the. future recruits will not be counted as service for any purpose as their regular service will start only aftér-they are appointed in the Group ‘C’ post after acquiring minimum educational qualifications.

    The pay of those governed by the 1S scale under 6th CPC Pay Rules may be revised by. using the Fitment Factor of 2.57 for placement in Level-1 in conformity with the Rule 7. of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016. All pre-revised pay stages lower than pre-revised pay of. Rs.7,000 in the pre-revised 1S scale shall not be considered for determining the benefit of bunching, on the same lines as has been clarified by this Department's |O.M dated 03.08.2017 on application of the benefit on account of bunching. This will

    be effective from 01.01.2016. [Para 1 of O.M. No.14014/2/2009-Estt.(D)

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