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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Disability/Casualty Awards revised with arrears from 01 Jan 2006

Disability/Casualty Awards revised with arrears from 01 Jan 2006 rather than 24 Sept 2012, by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, expect orders for defence pensioners soon In July last year, the Central Government had issued orders revising the pensions of central govt pensioners after removal of the anomaly of ‘minimum of pay band’ versus ‘minimum of pay within the pay band’ from 01-01-2006 rather than the artificial future cut-off date of 24-09-2012. This was based on the decision of various High Courts as affirmed by the Supreme Court. This was followed by orders by the Ministry of Defence for military pensioners in September. The parallel rates for disability and casualty awards however had not been revised by the Central Government w.e.f 01-01-2006 and the file had remained pending with the Ministry of Finance. The orders have now been issued by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) and all disability and death related benefits now stand revised from 01-01-2006 rather than 24-09-2012 and arrears shall be released for the period 01-01-2006 till 23-09-2012 to all affected retirees. The orders can be downloaded by clicking here. The DoPPW is the nodal ministry for issuance of such orders and similar orders would now be notified by the Railways and the MoD after suitable amendments, for their own retirees/family pensioners in due course.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

6TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS : FULL PENSION ON COMPLETION OF 20 YEARS (AFTER DELINKING OF 33 YEARS TO EARN FULL PENSION)

Indian Military Veterans


Dear Veterans,

1.    As is known, w.e.f. 01.01.2006, the 6th CPC had recommended full pension for all Central Govt Employes after 20 years completed service (after de-linking the earlier mandatory condition of 33 years service). 

2.  But, the Govt of India, vide MIN OF DEF ORDER NO.17(4)2008(1)D(PEN POLICY) D/D 11.11.2008and through the PCDA Implementation CIRCULAR NO.397 DATED 18.11.2008, not applied the above 6th CPC condition in r/o Pre-2006 ORs/JCOs of the Armed Forces. (Of late this was revised vide PCDA CIRCULAR NO.547 DATED 11.9.2015

3. To bridge the gap of pensions of pre-&post-2006 Armed Forces Pensioners, the Govt of India, issued another Order of 8.3.2010 through PCDA Circular No.430 of 10.3.2010, thereby enhancing the basic pensions of pre-2006 AF Pensioners. (Here, the weightage of service was enhanced for ORs.)

4.   Yet again, the Govt of India, through an Order of 17.1.2013, got issued anotherCIRCULAR NO.501 OF 17.1.2013, further enhancing the basic pensions of pre-2006 AF Pensioners. (The CoS again increased the weightage of service for ORs/JCOs). Another CIRCULAR NO.547 DATED 11.9.2015 was also issued revising the pension of AF Pensioners wef 1.1.2006. Accordingly, as per the above orders, the pension of pre-1.1.2006 pensioner (e.g.my self - rank - SGT, Gp III/Y, QS - 18.5years) is as determined below:-

A) As per Order 11.11.08/Cir 397  :  Existing Pen : 1730/- (as on 31.12.2005)
                                                     Existing Pen : Rs.2813/-(With DP),                                                                   Revised Pension : Rs.4239/- wef 1.1.2006
B) As per Cir 547                         : Enhanced Pension : Rs.4775/-wef 1.1.2006 

C) *Modified Pen as per Cir 430       :  Revised @ Rs.5647/- wef 1.7.2009.

D) *Rev Pen as per CoS Cir 501        : Revised @ Rs.6108/- wef 24.9.2012.

(*The pension was calculated with CPC pay scale/GP/MSP, vide GoI, MOD Order No.17(4)2008(2)/D (pen Policy) dated 18.8.2010, through the PCDA CIRCULAR NO. 471 OF 30.09.2011 corresponding to maximum of pay in V CPC scale, adding weightage to actual no of years of service in the rank at the time of retirement).

5.   In terms of above orders, my basic pension fixed/revised as per criteria as given below:- 

a) Rs.15210/2 x24.5(18.5+6yrs wtg)/33 yrs =Rs.5647/-  wef 1.7.2009 and 

b) Rs.15210/2 x 26.5(18.5+8 Yrs wtg)/33 yrs = Rs.6108/- wef 24.9.2012.     

6.   In the backdrop of filing of a case in Supreme Court against the Govt orders and the SC Verdict to implement 20 years service for earning full pension, the Govt of Min of Personnel, Pen Welfare, had issued an Order on 06.4.2016 vide ORDER NO.38/37/08-P&PW DATED 6.4.16for grant of full pension to all CG Pensioners. Consequently, the PCDA issued a CIRCULAR NO.C-149 DATED 8.4.2016 extending this benefit to all Civilian employees in MOD.  

7.    The MOD issues a detailed order in respective of Armed Forces pensioners and then the PCDA issues a circular containing the tables, rank/group and no.of completed years (QS) for earning pension. In the Govt of India orders/PCDA circulars mentioned in para 4 above, certain weightage of number of years of service was added to the actual years of service rendered by the AF pensioners. 

8.   In all probability, for implementing the above Orders (DPP&W) as a sequel to the SC Verdict, the Govt of India MOD,  might withdraw the existing facility of adding weightage of years of QS to pensionable service to AF Pensioners. The Govt might at the same time, pro-rata reduce the pension of all those pensioners having less then 20 years of service. If that happens, the following might be my Basic Pension(for 18.5 years of QS, Sgt rank in Gp III/Y) w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and subsequent dates shown below:-

a) Rs.15210/2 x 18.5(actual QS)/20yrs = Rs.7035/- wef 1.1.2006 to 30.6.09.  
    Actual pension granted as per Cir 547 :  Rs.4775/- wef 1.1.2006 to 30.6.09.  
    (Diff.being Rs.7035 - 4775)        : Rs.2260/-(1.1.06 to 30.6.09=42 months)

b) Rs.15210/2 x 18.5 (actual QS)/20yrs+ Rs.7035/- wef 1.7.2009 to 23.9.2012 
    Actual pension granted as per Cir 430: Rs.5647/- wef.1.7.2009to 23.9.12.
   (Diff.being Rs.7035 - 5647) : Rs.1388/-(1.7.09 to 23.09.12=39months appx.)

c) Rs.15210/2 x 18.5 (actual QS)/20yrs+ Rs.7035/- wef 24.9.2012 to 30.4.16. 
    Actual pension granted as per Cir 430 : Rs.6108/- wef.24.9.12 to 30.4.16.
    (Diff.being Rs.7035 - 6108)  : Rs.1388/-(24.09.12 to 30.4.16 =41months).

9.   As I mentioned, this is a probability and guesswork at the best. We have to wait for the GoI, MOD orders and subsequent issuance of the tables by the PCDA, for the correct picture/exact amount of the basic pension,on above count.


10.  Till then, happy blogging.

SGT GAVINI VN VET, BLOGGER
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CAUTION/NOTE : These are purely probable figures worked out on guess only by the blogger. The details worked out in para 8 are also not based on any Govt/PCDA criteria and hence not to be taken as authoritative and authentic and the views expressed herein and the calculations done are as per personal knowledge of the blogger. Please double click on the relevant orders/circulars
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(Source : The GoI Orders and PCDA circulars are from their respective websites)  

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

DOPT requested UPSC not to insist for an Identity Certificate for appointment in Government service

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DOPT requested UPSC not to insist for an Identity Certificate for appointment in Government service

No. 18011/2(s)/2016-Estt. (B)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
**********
New Delhi, Date: 08th April, 2016.
To
Secretary,
Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi — 110069.
Subject: Attestation Form for verification of character and antecedents prior to appointment in Government service — regarding.
Sir,
A large number of officers are appointed in Government of India through selection process conducted by recruiting agencies like UPSC. Once the list of successful candidates are recommended by these agencies, the appointing authorities undertake an exercise of verification of the character and antecedents of the candidates for which the recommended candidates has to fill up an Attestation Form on which the verification is carried out. At present, the Attestation form includes Identity Certificate.
2. The undersigned has been directed to advice UPSC not to insist for an Identity Certificate and to dispense away with this provision (of the Identity Certificate) in future.
3. This may also be posted on UPSC’s website for information of all concerned.
4. This has the approval of Secretary (P).
Yours faithfully,
(N. Sriraman)
Director

Original Copy

Revised rates of Allowances can be included in 7th Pay Commission Arrears calculation?

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Revised rates of Allowances can be included in 7th Pay Commission Arrears calculation?
7th CPC Pay and Arrears Calculator and Allowances
The Central Government employees know the fact from their past experience that the Allowances will not be given retrospective effect whenever it is got implemented. In Previous Pay Commissions, the increased amount in Allowances like HRA and TA will not be added in the Arrears because all the revised rates of Allowances are paid with effect from the date of Notification issued.
If the Notification issued on 1st July 2016, it is not sure whether the government will implement the revised rate of Allowance from January 2016. The Central Staffs will be at loss of six Months Arrears in respect of revised rates of Allowances if it is implemented with effect from the date of issue of Notification. Difference in the Basic Pay alone will be paid as Arrears. Finally, the period of delay in issuing Notification will make the CG Employees lose their increased amount in Allowance for that particular period.
It is upto the bargaining power of Government and Federations that decides the effective date for payment of Revised Allowances
It is therefore, now the expectation of central government employees focused especially on date of Notification and amount of Arrears they will be getting after the implementation of 7th pay commission. They now started calculating the 7th pay commission arrears. Until now it is not clear that when will the notification be issued for implementation of pay panel report.
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Incorporation of Aadhaar number in fresh Pension Payment Orders (PPOs)

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI – 110066
PHONES: 26174596, 26174456, 26174438
CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2016/07
07.04.2016
Office Memorandum
Subject: Incorporation of Aadhaar number in fresh Pension Payment Orders (PPOs).
Attention is invited to CPAO OM No. CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2015-16/1770 dated 07.03.2016 (Annex-I) and D.O. letter dated 30.07.2015 from CGA to all Secretaries (Civil Ministries) regarding incorporation of Aadhaar number in the fresh PPOs (Annex-II). In this context, it is observed that progress in incorporation of Aadhaar numbers in the fresh PPOs has been very low. For the period July, 2015 to March, 2016 out of 25608 total fresh PPOs received in CPAO, only in 1907 (7.45%) cases Aadhaar number was mentioned.
2. In view of Aadhaar Cards numbers crossing 100 crores marks and implementation of Aadhaar linked Biometric Attendance System in most of the central government offices, it is very unlikely that a retiring government servant will not have Aadhaar number. Further, DOPT vide its OM No. Z-20025/9/2014-Estt (AL) dated 03-11-2014 (Annex-III) had requested all Ministries/Departments to ensure that the Service Book of all employees have an entry of Aadhaar number.
3. In view of above, all Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAs are once again requested to take up the matter with JS (Admn) and Heads of Offices of respective Ministries/ Departments to arrange for providing Aadhaar number in all pension papers to be submitted to concerned PAOs to enable them to incorporate the same in PPO booklets.
(Sanjai Singh)
Chief Controller (Pension)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Independence and objectivity of thought and action

Indian Military Veterans
An interesting article by Tim Dunne on Military Justice in Canada (Military Justice, past its “best-before” date) was published inFrontline Defence.

While referring to Justice LeSage’s ‘independent review’ of the system of military justice, the author states the following regarding the inputs made available to the Justice and then asks a very pertinent question:

“...In his foreword, Justice LeSage noted the cadre of professionals who provided “valuable comments, recommendations and observations that have helped […] shape the content of the Report. That list includes Colonel Patrick K. Gleeson (Deputy Judge Advocate General/Chief of Staff); Colonel Michael Gibson (Deputy Judge Advocate General – Military Justice); and numerous other members of JAG, who undertook “the considerable challenge of educating me, regarding the military justice system.” He also added Major Patrick Vermette (Directorate of Law – Military Justice – Strategic) “who shepherded us through all the base visits, was unwavering in his patience, courtesy, and providing me with invaluable information and guidance throughout this process.”
This begs the question, with so much participation by Judge Advocate General legal staff in educating Justice LeSage, just how independent was his “independent review”?
Sadly missing from the list of educators and advisors is an advocate for the sailors, the soldiers and the air force personnel whose lives are so profoundly affected by the National Defence Act...”
Why I have reproduced the above is because the same reminds me of the praise showered by the Seventh Central Pay Commission in its foreword on a member of the Indian Defence Accounts Service for his intricate knowledge of defence financial matters which helped the commission in “determining the pay structure for the defence services”.

And what about those who were affected, those who were at the receiving end?

Source: http://www.indianmilitary.info

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 1.1.2016

Indian Military Veterans


F. No. 42/06/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi – 110003 Date: 11th April, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2016.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 28th September, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125% w.e.f. 1st January, 2016.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97- P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 125% w.e.f. 1.1.2016 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfilment of the conditions laid down in pars 5 of the O.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97- P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/1/2016-E.II(B) dated 07th April, 2016.

11. Hindi version will follow

(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


(Source- http://pensionersportal.gov.in/ thro 90 paisa blogspot)

7th Pay Commission – Get minimum wage of Rs 24,000/-

Indian Military Veterans

Karanaka Confederation
There are various reports on 7th Central Pay commission on the media on fitment formula,  arrears being paid as bonds , these reports are totally wrong and unwanted , these confuse the Central Government Employees, if you read the below table it is quite clear that  a Group “C” employee shall get.
The true picture, as per the 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240 to  Rs  3500/ increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000 to   Rs 6500/ increase per month.
The Empowered Committee is  likely to rectify and change the fitment formula in that case , As per media reports  the committee may recommend a minimum wage of Rs 20000/- or Rs 21000/- against the demand of Rs 26,000/ of the staff side , the Central Government Employees (Group “B” & Group “C” ) and shall get a salary increase of just Rs 4000/ to Rs  16000/- only , that is also too meager considering the aspect of price rise and modern day expenditures, Secondly  arrears of six months if the 7th CPC is implemented shall be only Rs 8000/- per month on average per employee per month , for six months it will just at Rs 50000/- per employee only , this amount will not affect the Central Government finances ,
 7th Central Pay commission arrears statement
Taking into account only the pay not the allowances
Basic  PayGrade PayTotal PayExisting Pay  1/1/2016 fit  formula 2.257th CPC Pay Rs  18000 fit formula 2.57Diff in pay per monthif Min wage  Rs 20000 fit formula 2.86Diff in pay per monthif Min wage is Rs 21000 fit formula 3.01Diff in pay per month
52001800700015750179902240200204270210005250
70002400940021150241583008268845734282007050
10000420014200319503649445444061286624260010650
140004600186004185047802595253196113465580013950
180004800228005130058596729665208139086840017100
210005400264005940067848844875504161047920019800
300006600366008235094062117121046762232610980027450
So don’t believe any news paper reports, Secondly there is no change in allowances expect HRA, that too its rates are reduced by the 7th CPC and also many allowances have been withdrawn. This is saving for the Government.
Hence we should not bother too much on these reports, instead we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we get at least get a minimum wage of Rs 24,000/- ( 50 % wage hike without  allowances)  , as allowances are not taken into pension  benefit.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Pre-2006 central govt retirees to get pension hike

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Pre-2006 central govt retirees to get pension hike

Pre-2006 central govt retirees to get pension hike
New Delhi: Pre-2006 pensioners will now get a hike in pension, in addition to the arrears, as the Centre has done away with a provision of having 33-year service for earning full pension.
The Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare has decided that the revised consolidated pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall not be lower than 50 per cent of the minimum of the pay in the pay band and the grade pay even if they had served for less than 33 years at the time of retirement.
As per rules, a central government servant is entitled to receiving superannuation pension on completion of at least 10 years of service. With effect from January 1, 2006, pension is calculated with reference to average emoluments — the average of the basic pay drawn during the last 10 months of service or last basic pay drawn whichever is higher.
Before 2006, for service of less than 33 years, amount of pension was proportionate to the actual service broken into completed half-year periods.
Several petitions were filed in Central Administrative Tribunal and in Supreme Court against this.
“The arrears of revised pension would be payable with effect from January 1, 2006,” said the government order No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) issued on April 6.
All ministries have been asked to revise pension of all those pre-2006 pensioners who had rendered less than 33 years of service at the time of retirement. Revised Pension Payment Orders in all these cases may also be issued immediately, it said.
PTI
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WhatsApp Could Soon get Banned in India – In India, companies need to follow the country’s rules and adhere to specific types of encryption.

Indian Military Veterans

whatsappWhatsApp could have accidentally entered into troubled waters here in India by enabling its end-to-end encryption for all. The new security feature by WhatsApp is not what is required by the Indian telecom rules and WhatsApp could face a ban, if the rules are not adhered to. But not yet.
According to the reports of leading web portal, the Indian rules state online services are only permitted to use up to 40-bit encryption and If they need to use higher encryption standards, they need to seek permission from the government. WhatsApp on the other hand offers 256-bit key for encryption of all chat messages.
After Apple’s problems with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone for retrieving encrypted data splat all over the internet, tech giants such as Apple and Google backed Apple’s decision on refraining to help the FBI to unlock the device. The major reason for Apple not helping the FBI was user’s data privacy and security norms. But the FBI managed to crack open the phone without any help from Apple, which is not a big question if the user’s data is even secure and private anymore.
In India, companies need to follow the country’s rules and adhere to specific types of encryption, which WhatsApp does not currently use. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption on its chat service means that WhatsApp or anyone else won’t be able to crack open its contents.  Only the sender and the recipient are able to read the encrypted data.
Why is it not possible for WhatsApp to help decrypt users’ messages? “No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us,” WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and BrianActon wrote on their blog.
On Tuesday April 05, WhatsApp, which has more than a billion users, said it has introduced encryption to all its services.”Encryption is one of the most important tools, governments, companies and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement,” WhatsApp said in the blog post.
However, as for the Indian rules, online services are only permitted to use up to 40-bit encryption. If they need to use higher encryption standards, they need to seek permission from the government, and the way WhatsApp is setup, it seems a bit too difficult to obtain the same. In order to get the required permissions and green flags from the Indian Government, WhatsApp needs to submit the encrypted message keys, which sadly, they too actually don’t have.
Hence, indirectly, all those who are currently using the updated WhatsApp app in India are actually using it illegally, says the report.
WhatsApp’s use of encryption has already caused friction in Brazil, where authorities recently arrested and then released a Facebook Inc. executive after the company said it was unable to unscramble a user’s encrypted messages. That’s because end-to-end encryption automatically encodes each message with an algorithm that can only be unlocked by the sender and recipient.
Countries like India are currently looking to pass new policies on the new encryption standards. But it is presently unclear whether these new policies will bring new requirements on WhatsApp.
The big question now is that, will India allow WhatsApp to continue in India or will it enforce a new OTT regulation which will put encrypted services like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and others into the grey zone?

ne Rank One Pension – A status report on 2.4.2016

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One Rank One Pension – A status report on 2.4.2016

One Rank One Pension
A status report

Government of India notified the OROP scheme vide order dated 7th November 2015 delineating the principles of OROP scheme and the implementation process. This was followed by detail order on CROP scheme dated 3rd February 2016 enclosing 101 tables of revised benefits under the scheme, which were made available to various categories of Defence forces pensioners and family pensioners. A circular was also immediately issued on 4th February 2016 to all pension disbursing authorities containing detail instructions for making revised payments under the scheme.

2. The Defence Accounts Department was closely associated with the OROP scheme and undertook the following activities in the entire process-Collection, collation and presentation of variety of data and records of Defence pensioners for working out the financial implications.

Assisting the DESW/ MOD and PMO in finalizing the principles for rolling out the CROP scheme.

Working out more than 100 tables of various categories of pensioners revising the rates of pensions under OROP and formulation of government letter on the OROP.

Issue of detailed payment instructions to all payment authorities for time bound payments.

Initiating a dialogue with Banks who account for 75% Defence pension disbursements and closely monitoring release of payments well before the prescribed timelines.

The DPDOs became the first disbursing agency to have credited the revised benefits under OROP in a record time to the accounts of 2,21,205 Defence pensioners on 29th February 2016 amounting to Rs. 354 crores.

3. All the offices dealing with pension matters right from PCDA(P), PCDA (Navy), CDA/JCDA(AF), CDA (PD), CDA Chennai, the Aashraya team and the DPDOS rose to the occasion and carried out the tasks assigned to them in the most professional manner and well within the times-lines so prescribed. The agencies in the department worked as a well-knit team in a collaborative effort.

4. Another first was the dialogue, which was initiated with all the Public Sector Banks in advance taking them on board in the massive exercise of ensuring that time bound payments are made to lakhs of Defence pensioners. The mandate could be achieved successfully by advance planning, concerted follow up action and continuous dialogue with all stakeholders.

The latest update on release of pension benefits under OROP is enclosed.

Authority: www.cgda.nic.in

A letter from Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)

Indian Military Veterans
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
1.    A status report is put up by Department of Defence Accounts who are patting themselves on their contribution to disbursement of OROP arrears.
2.   The brief statistics reveal the following:-
      (a)  Number pensioners disbursed OROP Arrears as on
 02 Apr 2016     = 16,08,341
      (b)  Amount Disbursed by all PDAs          =  Rs 2898.48 crores only
3.    Even assuming there are 21 lakh pensioners, then even by stretch of  imagination the total disbursement will not exceed Rs 4,000 crores.
4.   Then how is DAD personnel have been saying total OROP burden is Rs 7500 crores for the year 2015-16?
 5.  Just think over. Status report of OROP disbursement as on 02 Apr 2016 is enclosed. My assessment that DAD personnel are most unprofessional, irresponsible and non accountable is proved. 
regards,
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)
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