Thursday, 22 March 2018

Dear Friends,

Kindly read Maj Gen, SG Vombatkere letter to Secy DESW dated 25.3.2017, pasted BELOW for info.

He had also filed WP 18444/2017 in High Court of Karnataka, and obtained an order restraining the PDA (Canara Bank) from imposing Aadhaar as a pre-requisite (in his case, since it was not a PIL) for disbursing pension.




25 March 2017


Major General S.G.Vombatkere, VSM

475, 7th Main Road

Vijayanagar 1st Stage

Mysuru-570017; Karnataka

Tel:0821-2515187; Mobile:94804-75925



The Secretary

Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

Ministry of Defence

New Delhi-110011

Advance Copy by E-mail to: <>; <>;

Sent by e-mail 25/03/2017; 10:07 AM

SubjectAadhaar as identity document for Defence Forces pensioners

ReferenceGazette of India Extraordinary Notification No.672 dated March 6, 2017


1. The Notification under reference requires Defence Forces (“military”, for short) pensioners “... to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication”, so as to enable pensioners to “get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner”, and “... provide [them] convenient and hassle free pension benefits ...”.

2. The present system of disbursement of military pension is through banks functioning as Pension Disbursing Authority (PDA). The PDA banks establish the identity of every military pensioner after going through previously established know-your-customer (KYC) procedures which include obtaining PAN, Proof of Identity & Proof of Address. This system is already working conveniently and seamlessly. In fact, the data used by banks for KYC is precisely the primary data which UIDAI uses to enrol a person for Aadhaar. Hence I respectfully submit that there is no need for a military pensioner to obtain Aadhaar in case he does not already possess the Aadhaar number.

3. The Notification under reference clearly expresses that military pension is a benefit; the word “benefit” in fact occurs 12 times in the Notification. Here I would respectfully like to bring to your notice that military pension is neither a benefit nor a service, but a right. In this connection, I draw your attention to the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, Civil Appellate Jurisdiction Civil Appeal No.1123 of 2015, arising out of SLP(C) No.321 of 2015. Also, paragraph 20 of the Judgment delivered on 17.12.1982 in D.S.Nakara & Others vs Union of India (WP Nos. 5939-5941 of 1980), reads as follows:

... the decision of the Constitution Bench in Deoki Nandan Prasad v. State of Bihar and Ors,

wherein this Court authoritatively ruled that pension is a right and the payment of it does not depend upon the decision of the Government but is governed by the rules, and a Government servant coming within those rules is entitled to claim pension.”

4. Further, a Constitution Bench of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India passed an Interim Order dated 15.10.2015 in W.P. (C) No.494/2012, which reads as follows:

5. We will also make it clear that the Aadhaar card scheme is purely voluntary and it cannot be made mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this Court one way or the other”.

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5. Since the matter has not as yet been finally decided by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, its Interim Order continues to remain in force. However, the Notification under reference, which reads: “An individual eligible to receive the pension benefits is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication”, makes Aadhaar enrolment obligatory and not voluntary. Thus, the Notification under reference is in violation of the above quoted Interim Order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, and in contempt of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.

6. In view of the foregoing, I request you to immediately issue a fresh Gazette of India Notification cancelling the Notification under reference, and resuming status quo ante until the matter is finally heard and decided by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India.

Yours faithfully,

Major General S.G.Vombatkere

Monday, 19 March 2018

Dear Veteran Brothers Please update yourself....!!

Dear Veteran Brothers

Please update yourself....!!

1. Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs.100 was introduced w.e.f. 01.12.1997.

2.Fixed Medical Allowance @ Rs.1000 was increased w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

3. ECHS members not eligible for Medical Allowance.

4. ECHS facility is now extended to the dependents of ex-recruits boarded out are drawing Disability pension.

5. ECHS made compulsory for those discharged after 01.04.2003.

6. There is no fee for pre 1.1.96 pensioners to join this scheme.

7. From 1.1.96 to 31.3.2003 they have to pay to join this scheme.

8. From 29.12.2017 the rates have been increased. (From Recruit to Hav rank Rs. 30,000, From Nb.Sub. to Hon.Capt and Equivalents. Rs.67000 & for all Officers Rs.1,20,000)

9. If you are having 32 KB individual white card, you can use up to Dec 2020.

10. If you are having Temporary ECHS slip, you have to apply for NEW Card.

11. If you have lost your ECHS card, you have to apply on line for new card.

12. If you are a member of ECHS make sure that you are not paid Fixed Medical Allowance.  If you are paid, wirte a letter to the bank to stop it, otherwise your ECHS Card will be suspended.

13. War disabled pensioners & widows are exempted from paying ECHS contribution.

14. If you are having old 16Kb (Red colour combined card), you have to change it before Sep 2018.

15. Keep note of your PPO No and always give your particulars like Rank, Group, Qualifying Service and date of birth in case of any query.

16. Always keep your pension account jointly with your Spouse. (E or S or F or S basis)

17. All family pensioners must give nomination to their pension accounts.

18. Update your pass book entries regularly.

19. Collect Pension slip from bank every month and keep it safe.

20. Link your Aadhaar Number and PAN number with your Pension account.

21. Name of your spouse in the PPO and in the Bank account must be same.

22. If your and your spouse date of birth is not with your Bank, please submit your school certificate, Aadhaar card, PAN Card, Voter ID to the Bank for recording your Date of Birth.

23. Do not forget to give Life Certificate to the Bank in November every year.

24. All Pre 1.4.1985 pensioners must make sure that their Spouse name is there for family pension.  If not, apply for endorsement of family pension immediately through ZSB to your Records office.

25. All pre 1.4.1985 pensioners, who do not have pension book or PPO copy, please apply to bank and get a copy

26. If a pensioner dies before the age of 67,his spouse should get the same pension as her husband.  From the date of death till the deceased attains age of 67 or for 7 Years whichever falls early.

27. The pensioners who completed 80 years of age are eligible to get 20% increase in their basic pension as additional pension.  If you are not getting, you have to apply to the bank with the proof of date of birth.

28. EPF Pension in addition to Defence Pension Family pension allowed w.e.f. 27.07.2001

29. ESM can draw two pensions separately without any ceiling w.e.f. 01.01.1996.

30. DR. for re-employed ex-servicemen with some conditions w.e.f. 18.07.1997.

31. DR. is admissible to employed family pensioners without any condition w.e.f. 18.07.1997.

32. Minimum Ordinary Family Pension as per 7th CPC  is Rs.9,000+ DR  w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

33. Minimum Special Family Pension as per 7th CPC is Rs. 17,990 w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

34. Compensation for Delayed payment of Pension/Arrears to be paid w.e.f. 01.10.2008.

35. Improvement in pension for ORs & JCOs as per CDA Circular 430 w.e.f. 01.07.2009.

36. Additional pension is payable after 80 years on both the pensions, if any one drawing two pensions.

37. Additional pension is applicable for WIP/Disability Pension/Lib.FP & SFP.

38. Joint notification of family pension was introduced from 01.03.1985.  Those who do not have    joint notification for family pension, they have to apply immediately.

39. Dual family pension is payable from 24.9.2012. as per CDA Cir.504 dt.17.01.2013.  The families of ESM who were drawing two pensions and died before 24.9.2012 were denied dual family pension at that time.  As per CDA Cir.504, they are eligible for two family pensions.

40. W.E.F. 01.07.2009 the concept of Broad banding of percentage of disability/War injury Shall be extended to Armed Forces Pensioners who were invalided out of service prior to 01.01.1996 and are in receipt of disability/war injury pension as on 01.07.2009.

41.Broadbanding for all pensioners is applicable wef 01.01.2016(Circular 596)

42. The Cap on maximum WIP i.e. not to exceed emoluments last drawn has been removed w,e,f, 01.07.2009.

43. Liberalised family pension came into existence from 01.02.1972.

44. If you are having disabled children, unmarried daughters, widowed daughters, you must apply for Part II order (POR) for pension benefits on later dates.

45. Always check your pension with your Rank, Group, Qualifying service and date of birth.

46. Apply for financial assistance for disabled children from  KSB if you are not getting from anywhere.

47. If you have lost your ESM ID Card, you have to apply for duplicate from Zilla Sainik Board.

48.Your full date of birth must be recorded in your Aadhaar Card.  Your mobile number also to be linked to your Aadhaar card.  Visit Aadhaar permanent enrolment centre for any change.Nowadays banks are also entrusted to be Aadhaar enrolment centre.

49. ADLR Scheme Funeral Grant Rs.10,000 w.e.f. 08/07/2016. Paid by Canteen.

50.Zilla Sainik Board pays Rs.5000 funeral grant.

51. Dignified Last Rites grant from Army/Navy/Airforce HQs amount differs.

Note:- There are many more to know shall keep updating.

Regards and Jai Hind 🙏🇮🇳🙏

Friday, 16 March 2018

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2018

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2018
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 15th March, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Grant Of Dearness Allowance to Central Government – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/9/2017- E-II (B) dated 20th September, 2017 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 5% to 7% of the basic pay with effect from 2018.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2018.

6. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are Auditor concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller General of India.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Click to view Finmin DA order Jan 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Implementation of the Government Decision on the recommendation of the Cabinet Secretary's Committee - Revision of pension in respect of Personnel below Officer Rank (PBOR) discharged prior to 01.01.2006. Dated 08.03.2018

Indian Military Veterans

Implementation of the Government Decision on the recommendation of the Cabinet Secretary's Committee - Revision of pension in respect of Personnel below Officer Rank (PBOR) discharged prior to 01.01.2006. Dated 08.03.2018

So far, the following  Air force Trades were Treated under  Group Z.


This anomaly is now rectified and these Trades are brought under
Group ' Y'   with effect from  10-10-1997.

All affected Air veterans may approach their PDAs for getting revised.

Please wait for the CDA circular.

Autority: MOD Ltr.No: 1( 4)/ 2012/ D/ (Pension/ Policy)  dated 8-3-2018. Please click here

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Indian defence forces out of funds, won't sustain 10-day war, says Parliam

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Image for representation (Reuters)
Image for representation (Reuters)
Parliament Standing Committee has said in its report that the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy does not have enough funds to buy new weapons systems required to fight a 10 day intense war, pay for liabilities already committed to or meet its recurring expenditures.
Deposing before the committee of the Parliament, the Vice Chief of Army Staff Sarath Chand has said, "Funds allocated is insufficient and the army is finding it difficult to even stock arms, ammunition, spares for 10 day intensive war. All the three services are expected to be prepared for at least 10 days of intense battle."
General Chand has told the committee that allocation of Rs 21,338 crore for modernisation is insufficient. Paying for liabilities carried over the previous year 2017 will hardly leave any funds for new schemes (acquisition of new weapon systems) in 2018-19.
Recently, to cut the red-tape and speed-up the process of acquisition the government has allowed the Vice-Chief of Army Staff make emergency purchases of Rs 14,000 crore.
Shockingly, the committee found that no separate allocation was made in this regard. The money has to be allocated from within the Army's Budget, thereby leaving no choice but to re-prioritize expending the budgetary resources by way of going slow on some planned acquisitions, reducing the spending etc.
The committee has found that little has been achieved to protect military installations and bases that are increasingly under attack from Pakistan based terrorist.
The committee has said that government needs to move beyond inquiries and policy announcements and make tangible progress.
"The Committee cannot help expressing unhappiness with the state of affairs in the Ministry with regard to existing scenario of 'perimeter security' of defence establishments and installations, including offshore establishments. The Sunjuwan attack underscores the need for speedy measures," the committee said.
The shortfall of funds for army alone has shortfall is staggering Rs 42,512.14 crore.
"Keeping in view the increasing threat perception, which includes various occurrences of external strife and internal dissidence such as Doklam, increased external activities in Tibet over a year, rampant cross border firing, militant activities etc the current budget is not supportive to the inevitable needs of the Army," the committee observed.
Similarly the Navy has been allocated only 70 per cent of the funds that it had asked for. Against a projected need of of Rs 11,320.39 crore, the allocation has only been to the extent of Rs 7,985.06 crore.
The Committee observed that the allocation amounts to an increase of only Rs 220 crore over Revised Estimate of 2017-18, which works out to a rise of only 2.84 per cent.
The committee after consulting the Indian Navy has said that the increase would not even cater to the inflationary pressure. Matters such as maintaining the requisite armament level as well as emergency procurements would indeed require more funds.
Interestingly, the Committee has found that the Budget has also not factored in the impact that GST will have on the naval expenditure.
The Parliamentary committee has said the Indian Navy has been given only Rs 20,003.71 crore for modernization and new weapon platforms whereas the Navy wanted at least of Rs 33,458.38 crore for the capital segment, the allocation made has been Rs 20,003.71 crore. And, shockingly, it is Rs 5000 crore short when it comes to paying for committed liabilities-liabilities that have incurred in previous years to be paid in the current financial year.
This amounts to a huge shortfall of almost 40 per cent of the budget projected as required and "will indeed have a cascading impact on the operational preparedness and technological upgradation of the Navy"
The government has provided for either GST or export duties that are now levied on the equipment bought from abroad. There would be an additional burden of taxes due to the new taxation laws.
On this count, the Committee have gathered that in 2016-17 the customs duty paid was to the tune of Rs 943.62 crore, which has since hiked up to Rs 1,614.28 crore in 2017-18.
"This amount has not been reimbursed to the Air Force during the year," the committee has observed.
Like the other two services that IAF too is severely cash strapped. The committee has found that IAF is short by at at least Rs 6,400 crore when it comes budgeted revenue expenditure.
While the IAF had asked for Rs 1,14,526 crore only Rs 65,891 crore have been allocated. In a scathing remark the committee says the budget does not reflect the intent of achieving even the strategic objectives.

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