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Friday, 23 September 2016

Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’: PCDA Circular No. 566

Indian Military Veterans
Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’: PCDA Circular No. 566
OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI CHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No.566
Dated: 16.09.2016
Subject :- Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’.
Ref :- This office Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016 & Circular No. 557 dated 17.03.2016.
Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAS) are aware that as per this Office Circular NO. 555 dt. 04.02.2016, pension of Armed Forces Personnel iS to be revised w.e.f. 01.07.2014 by the PDAS as per tables attached with this Circular. PDAS have reported some difficulties on certain points while implementing the scheme Of ‘OROP’. Clarification in the matter is as under:-
(i) Revision of pension in respect of Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l who later on promoted to the Rank of Hony Nb Sub :- It is Clarified that pension of Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l, who got pensionary benefits of Nb-Sub rank but later on promoted to the rank of Hony. Nb-Sub for which Corr. PPOS were issued revising the rank as Hony. Nb-Sub. Pension in such cases Shall be revised to the rank of Nb-Sub.
(ii) Revision of pension under OROP in r/o Fly. Sergeant: – The rank of Fly. Sergeant has not been mentioned in the equivalence of ranks in Appendix – ‘Y’ of this Office above mentioned Circulars. It iS hereby Clarified that rank of Fly. Sergeant iS equivalent to JWO of the Air Force and Naib Subedar of the Army. Hence, pension of Fly. Sergeant Shall be revised from the Tables of Naib Subedar
2. All other terms and conditions in the matter shall remain unchanged.
3. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination
across the all concerned.
sd/-
(C.B.Yadav)
DCDA (Pensions)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

DA from 1st July 2016 will be 3% if DA not merged taken in to account

DA from 1st July 2016 will be 3% if DA not merged taken in to account –

DA merger on 7th Pay Commission implementation was 125% against the actual DA entitlement of 125.75 as on 1st January 2016 –

Staff Side JCM writes to Govt Secretary, NCJ writes to Secretary, Ministry of Finance on computing DA from July 2016

No.NC/JCM/2016 Dated: September 6, 2016
The Secretary(Expenditure),
Ministry of Finance, (Government of India), North Block, New Delhi-110 001

Dear Sir,

Sub: Future computation of Dearness Allowance and adoption base index figure to Revised Minimum Wage – Regarding

The revised pay structure, as recommended by the 7th CPC, was given effect as on 01.01.2016 as per the Government’s Notification. The Dearness Allowance, which was computed at 125% ( i.e 125.75 fraction of 0.75 being ignored), got merged with Pay as on that date. The 7th CPC has not indicated as to what base figure of AICPI(IW) the Revised Wages will relate to hereafter wards. As you are aware, the actual DA that was due as on 01.01.2016 was 125.75. It is only due to the practice of ignoring fraction; the DA was determined at 125%. No doubt, the said practice had not been impacting very much except for the postponement of the benefit by six months. It is, therefore, necessary that, Revised Wages are related to a base index figure equivalent to actual Dearness Allowance percentage of 125 that stands merged as on 01.01.2016. This is more so due to the fact that there is no possibility of the ignored fraction of 0.75 being reckoned for any computation in future. We, therefore, request that, 12 monthly average, which stood at 261.33 as on 31.12.2015, may be taken at 260.46, which would provide the exact percentage of DA at 125. The future percentage increase in DA in other words may be computed with the base figure of 260.46. The next instalment of DA, which has become due as on 1.07.2016 if computed on the above basis of 260.46, shall work out to 3.28%. On ignoring the faction, the DA with effect from 01.07.2016 shall be 3%. We, request you to kindly take the above into account and issue orders for grant of 3% DA w.e.f. 01.07.2016.  Sincerely yours (Shiva Gopal Mishra) Secretary (Staff Side) National Council (JCM) Source : ncjcmstaffside Try GConnect DA Calculator using this link IRTSA Memorandum on the issue of DA from July 2016 Subject: Dearness Allowance – Regarding – Carrying over of ignored fractions Reference: Para 7 of Resolution of MOF GOI Notification No. 1-2/2016-IC Dated 25-7-2016 We have to submit as under for the kind consideration of the Committee of Secretaries on Allowances in respect of the recommendation of 7th CPC made vide Para 8.17.37 its Report about Dearness Allowance (DA): 1. The existing formula for DA is unjust and weighed heavily against the employees. 2. All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers), considered for determination of DA, is defective in so far as the weightage given to various items is arbitrary and not based on present day requirements of the employees or Pensioners. 3. By changing the base year to 2016 whatever advantage that had emerge out of the 7th Pay Commission will be neutralized (for example the rise of DA as on 1-7-2016 worked out to be 7% on previous base year which would have come to Rs.490 on the old Minmum Basic Pay of Rs. 7000 but it would now be only Rs. 360 i.e. 2% of new minimum Basic Pay of Rs. 18000). 4. Most importantly, the fraction of %age rise is totally ignored while declaring the revised DA. This considerably erodes the real wage every time the DA is revised. (For example the %age rise of Price Index from 1-1-2016 works out to be 2.92 but the DA as per existing system would be only 2% thus resulting in 0.92% erosion of Pay & Pension in the very first year of 7th CPC) This is against the Law of Averages which lays down the principle that for rounding off the fraction below half may be ignored and the fraction more than half should be rounded off to the next higher point. In any case, the fraction ignored in previous half year should be added in the next half year (for example the Average Price Index was 125.83 at the end of December, 2016. But the fraction of 0.83 was ignored and Pay rise was given only on 125%. The balance of 0.83% should be added to 2.92 for calculation the DA from July, 2016 thus DA @ 3% instead of 2% fro 1-7-2016). 5. It is, therefore, requested as under: a) Weight-age given to various items in the All India Consumer Price Index, may please be modified as per present day requirements. b) Fraction which was/is ignored for the previous half yearly slab of DA (say in January, 2016) may please be added for calculating the next slab of DA (in July, 2016). Source: IRTSA

HOMAGE TO URI SHAHEEDS AND SOME GOOD NEWS - "REPORT MY SIGNAL" EMAIL 186/2016 - LIST 8

Dear All,

FYI
please Best Wishes, A Sunder Rajan ----- Forwarded Message ----- REPORT MY SIGNAL 20 Sep 16.

Dear Indian Military Veterans and Veer Naris, Jai Hind. May the soul of our great soldiers, who got killed at Uri may rest in peace. May God give strength to the near-ones and dear-ones of these brave shaheeds, to bear the irreparable loss. Secondly. An SMS just received by me, regarding 7 CPC and a few other issues is also appended below. In service of Indian Armed Forces Veterans of All Ranks & Families Around the World Chander

Kamboj ---------- From: Amit Bhadhuri Sent: 20 September 2016 To: REPORT MY SIGNAL (CS KAMBOJ)

Subject: REST IN PEACE

Dear Brig. Kamboj Sir, Please print this in the IESM blog- The names and the ranks of the 18 Indian Army Soldiers, martyred in Uri on 18th Sept 2016 by Paki terrorists. May their souls live in eternal piece. Amit Bhadhuri Ex-CISF ​ & NRI​ 1st CISF Course

------- COPY OF SMS JUST RECEIVED FROM GP VK GANDHI, SEC GEN IESM Quote ==

Highlights from the horse’s mouth regarding implementation of 7 CPC for Services. Five anomalies pointed out to MoD (RM) for resolution prior to implementation of 7 CPC.

These are NFU, entry level pay for each rank, enhancement of MSP of JCOs and OR to Rs 10,000/-.

Increase in the number of rows in each level to prevent stagnation in rank due to non portion & grant for MSP to Gen Offrs to overcome pay anomalies of Brigs getting more pay than Maj Gen or grant of special to Gen Offrs to overcome the problem. It has been impressed upon RM that since NFU can’t be given from retrospective date, notional grant of NFU should be given to Brigs & Cols so that basic entry pay in 7 CPC can be fixed correctly.

This is mandatory to avoid functional problems in Arms/ Services where Defence civilians are employed.

RM is pursuing the issues with MoF. Last week directions were received from Def Secy to implement the 7 CPC.

The Three Chiefs are firm that these five anomalies need to be settled prior to it’s adaptation. Thereafter, MoD should resolve the balance 37 anomalies in a time bound manner. A letter to this effect is being sent in a day or two.

Some Additional Issues. 200 Bed Veterans’ Wing being set up in Army Hosp. Gen Degree College for wards of Army wards to overcome high cut offs in Delhi colleges is being set up. OROP Pensions. Equalisation to be done on OROP pension and not 6 CPC pension. Multiplication factor of 2.57 (with OROP) to be applicable.

Above good news shared by offr returning from Retiring Offrs’ Chief’s Farewell. The COAS and AG informed the gathering that 7 CPC is not being implemented by Svcs as directed by Def Secy. Fight will continue ... This appears to be genuine. Unquote

(SOURCE : VIA GP E-MAIL FROM ASUNDER RAJAN VET)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

7th Pay Commission Latest News: Committee for allowances to submit report this week; no likely hikes in allowances!

7th Pay Commission Latest News: Committee for allowances to submit report this week; no likely hikes in allowances!

The Committee for allowances was constituted in July this year and was given four months to submit its report about weather allowances should be hiked or not.

New Delhi, September 19: The special committee that was appointed to look into the allowances recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission, will submit its report this week. The Committee headed by the Union Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, has reportedly finalised the report and it will be submitted to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this week. However, the conclusions that the committee has reached regarding the anomalies in the allowances have not yet been ascertained.
The Committee was set up in July this year, after it was announced that the recommendations of the Pay Commission will be implemented from this financial year itself.

The Committee to look into allowances was constituted with the aim of looking into "the provision of allowances other than dearness allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations”, as well as any other issue related to the matter. The allowances had been a major bone of contention amongst majority of the central government employees, along with the defense personnel too. After expressing dissatisfaction on the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, the forces chiefs had openly denied to implement the recommendations, until the anomalies and pay gaps between their allowances and the allowances of the civil servants were addressed.

However, last week the chiefs had reportedly agreed to accept the implementation of the recommendations, after Air Chief Marshall Arup Raha had met with the Union Defence Minister Manohar Prrikar, who had assured him that all concerns of the forces will be addressed.

Defence forces to accept salaries after Air Chief Arup Raha meets Manohar Parrikar Raha, along with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, met with Parrikar last week, where the latter has assured him that their concerns will be taken up at the highest level.

The three services had, on September 9, issued letters to their formations, saying that they have asked the government to hold 'in abeyance' the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission, given the 'unresolved anomalies'.

The letter was clear indication of a possible and impending confrontation between the forces and the central government. However, Parrikar played the diplomat, assuring the chiefs that the government cared for the forces and that their concerns will be addressed.

Central government employees had started pressurizing the government to relook its recommendations that abolished 51 allowances and subsumed 37 others, out of the 196 allowances that were present earlier. A committee was constituted in June last year, to look into allowances when it cleared the recommendations, with respect to basic pay hikes of central government employees and pensioners. Another point of contention was about the timing of the implementation of the hikes and allowances- while the government approved the implementation of the pay hikes, retrospectively from January 1, 2016, it excluded the allowances, which were to be implemented prospectively. However, the employees unions demanded that the allowances also be implemented retrospectively. The Committee was given four months to submit its report on allowances. It has met two times and has interacted with representatives of central government employees, besides gathering responses on other platforms as well and it's ready to support it's report within two months. However, sources have said that the Committee is likely to go along with the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, in relation with the allowances too. The proposal to hike allowances (if any) will be placed before the Finance Ministry in October.

7th pay commission ready to be implemented but Armymen, veterans not enthused

DEHRADUN:

The seventh pay commission whose provisions are going to be implemented from October 1 after a long wait has not satisfied Army personnel especially veterans who feel that the status of the defence forces "has taken a big dip" especially in comparison to paramilitary forces and bureaucrats. The commission's recommendations which were initially rejected by all three chiefs of the tri-services have only been accepted after the ministry of defence (MoD) gave its assurance of sorting out the various anomalies. Sources said that defence minister Manohar Parrikar spoke to the service chiefs following which they decided to heed his advice on implementation of the pay commission. The commission's implementation had been halted on September 9 when the three chiefs had written to the MoD about the apparent anomalies.

TOP NEWS HEADLINES Condemning Uri terror attack, France, Russia score direct hits against Pakistan 20 Sep 2016, 19:31 2 encounters, 10 terrorists killed:

Army takes on infiltrators in J&K 20 Sep 2016, 16:53 Live updates: 1 jawan killed in Handwara encounter 19 Sep 2016, 07:57 US to Pak: Take steps to deal with terror groups 20 Sep 2016, 18:17 2 days after terror attack, Pak troops open fire along LoC in Uri 20 Sep 2016, 15:52

Among the major anomalies pointed out by the services are non functional upgrade (NFU), NFU pay fixation, military service pay (MSP), and common pay matrix for civilian and military services and allowances. Grant of NFU, a long standing demand of the forces, is for officers who are denied promotions due to the lack of vacancies in the steeply-pyramidal structure of the armed forces so that they do not lose out on pay grades, as their batch mates are promoted. "IFS and IPS officers, as also those from organized Group A civil services, now get NFU after the 6th pay commission like IAS officers. But the armed forces have been kept out of it," said a senior serving officer.

"This adversely impacts the morale of serving military officers. It also creates command, control and functional problems because even organizations that work closely with the military like DRDO, Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineer Services and the like get NFU," he added.

Another demand is the placement of all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade) pay-scale like directors-general of police. "As of now, only 33% of Lt-Gens are in the HAG+ scale. The status of all Lt-Gens with that of DGPs must be restored," the officer added.

Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners etc. (Civilian)

Pcda circular No153 & 154

Old outstanding Demand on a/c of TA/LTC/PT Claims

Old outstanding Demand on a/c of TA / LTC / PT Claims

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF DEFENCE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS) TRANSPORTATION SECTION 10-A,S.K.BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA- 700 001

E-mail ID:cda-cal@nic.in website:www,pcafys.nic.in
Phone No:(033) 2248-5077 to 5080 Extn-571/594, FAX No.: (033) 2248-0991

No:T/1/72/Circular-33 Dated: 31-08-2016

To All Group Controllers & Br.Accounts Offices. Sub: Old outstanding Demand on a/c of TA/LTC/PT Claims. During scrutiny of Super Review Report, it has come to notice that a large amount of Outstanding Demands on a/c of TA / LTC /PT Claims is lying unajusted for more than one year. In case of a few Branch Accounts Offices, the demand is lying outstanding for several years. Further, it is noticed that intimation in regard to recovery/deposit of debit amount on a/c of passing of TA / LTC / PT Final Adjustment Claim is not being received by this office regularly from all Branch Accounts offices. Hence, it is requested to all concerned to carry out periodical review of Outstanding Demand in r/o advances paid by your office and debit balances as per debit memo forwarded by Main Office, so that the demand is liquidated forthwith. Further, it is requested to forward recovery intimation of debit balance to this office invariably on monthly basis.
Sd/- Dy.Controller of Accounts (Fys.)

Source :http://pcafys.nic.in/

Monday, 19 September 2016

7th Pay Commission – to be Implemented from October 1 – Army men, veterans not Happy

7th Pay Commission – to be Implemented from October 1 –

Sources said that defence minister Manohar Parrikar spoke to the service chiefs following which they decided to heed his advice on implementation of the pay commission. The 7th pay commission whose provisions are going to be implemented from October 1 after a long wait has not satisfied Army personnel especially veterans who feel that the status of the defence forces “has taken a big dip” especially in comparison to paramilitary forces and bureaucrats. The 7th pay commission recommendations which were initially rejected by all three chiefs of the tri-services have only been accepted after the ministry of defence (MoD) gave its assurance of sorting out the various anomalies.

Sources said that defence minister Manohar Parrikar spoke to the service chiefs following which they decided to heed his advice on implementation of the pay commission. The 7th pay commission implementation had been halted on September 9 when the three chiefs had written to the MoD about the apparent anomalies. Among the major anomalies pointed out by the services are non functional upgrade (NFU), NFU pay fixation, military service pay (MSP), and common pay matrix for civilian and military services and allowances. Grant of NFU, a long standing demand of the forces, is for officers who are denied promotions due to the lack of vacancies in the steeply-pyramidal structure of the armed forces so that they do not lose out on pay grades, as their batch mates are promoted.

“IFS and IPS officers, as also those from organized Group A civil services, now get NFU after the 6th pay commission like IAS officers. But the armed forces have been kept out of it,” said a senior serving officer. “This adversely impacts the morale of serving military officers. It also creates command, control and functional problems because even organizations that work closely with the military like DRDO, Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineer Services and the like get NFU,” he added. Another demand is the placement of all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade) pay-scale like directors-general of police. “As of now, only 33% of Lt-Gens are in the HAG+ scale. The status of all Lt-Gens with that of DGPs must be restored,” the officer added.

Source: Times of India

IT IS HIGH TIME WE TOOK THIS ASYMMETRIC WAR INTO AND DEEP INTO PAKISTAN

Dear All,

Two good news articles in the aftermath of Uri Attack, that I found worthwhile reading. http://www.firstpost.com/india/uri-terror-attack-dear-govt-if-you-choose-to-strike-keep-media-jingoists-out-3009714.html http://swarajyamag.com/defence/will-the-uri-attack-mark-the-point-of-change-of-modis-pakistan-policy Charu Sharma (A fauji kid) =============================================================

Uri terror attack:
Dear govt,
if you choose to strike, keep media jingoists out - By Akshaya Mishra As provocations go, this is as big as it can get. The attack on the infantry battalion at Uri in Baramulla district, which claimed lives of 17 soldiers, stands out for its brazenness and in-your-face quality. “Yes, we have done it. We will do it again, and again. What can you do?” This, clearly, is the question and statement as well, from the perpetrators to the Indian authorities. Now, it’s for the government to respond. If the response is not adequate and proportionate to the damage caused, then it could end up with egg on its face.

Smoke rises from the Army Brigade camp in Uri on Sunday. PTI While it is being called a terror attack, it almost looks like an act of war. Blaming non-state actors backed by the Pakistani establishment won’t suffice anymore. Producing a bulk of literature to indicate Pakistan’s direct or indirect involvement in the attack won’t help either. We have been through this drill before. It has taken us nowhere. It is also obvious that the aggressive posturing of the government towards the country, at least in words, has not changed the ground realities a bit. According to media reports, infiltrations bids have increased – 90 till June end this year compared to 29 the corresponding period last year and attacks on security personnel have been more audacious. The strategy to shame Pakistan before the global community for its support to terrorist groups has its limitations. This is for the simple reason that the global community may not have the same eagerness as earlier in intervening in conflicts in this region. Most countries are caught in their own domestic problems, particularly on the economy front, and are not likely to go beyond lip service. The countries that actually matter – China and the US – have vested interests, geopolitical and economic, in Pakistan and are fully aware of its character. So, by raising Balochistan orhuman rights violations in PoK repeatedly in international fora, India would not be winning too many tactical points. After the Uri provocation, the government needs to go beyond the routine response. If it does not, it would end up looking miserable – the mismatch between its rhetoric and reality would come across stark. So what’s the response going to be? The war option may look impressive to the government’s captive, hungry-for-macho-action audience but it’s never an easy one. Hot-pursuit could be a consideration. Whatever it is, the response has to be tough, tactically sound and finally, effective. Before the government and security think tanks confabulate on it, here’s a piece of advice. Follow a course of action, by all means, choose your time to strike if strike you must, but don’t let media jingoism guide or cloud your line of thinking. The hankering for muscular action and irrational rant on Kashmir appears to have hurt the country badly. By bracketing the Valley with Pakistan persistently and virtually running a hate campaign against the Kashmiri agitationists, a section of the media might actually have brought both into a closer embrace than earlier. It didn’t help that this view was endorsed directly or indirectly by a section within the ruling establishment. That the Kashmir situation threatens to go from bad to worse to unmanageable – the direct result of the sense of alienation created by these forces – is difficult to dispute. To handle the matter, the government requires a policy more than rhetoric. And every policy requires a sense of discretion. Those involved must display it by keeping the bunch of chest-thumping patriots out of the scene. Foreign policy and neighbourhood diplomacy are serious matters. The government must realise this. (SOURCE-F.India)
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Will The Uri Attack Mark The Point Of Change Of Modi’s Pakistan Policy?

17 soldiers of the Indian Army were killed today (18 September) in attack on army camp in Uri, in Baramuula district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian army has said that the attack was carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed and that all those involved were foreigners.

The Uri attack is being described as an act of war. The Indian response, thus, has to keep in mind this reality. The only appropriate response in this situation has to necessarily be sustained & unequivocal. India can’t meet the challenge of an unreasonable and rabid, anti-status-quo Pakistan by offering compromises and goodwill. Pakistan has to be defeated both psychologically and militarily. You don’t win against a fascist force by signing “peace in our time” deals. With Pakistan, which is dedicated to bleeding us with a thousand cuts, peace is not even an option – except for the photo-ops, which have their own value. So far the war has been fought on Pakistan’s terms; it is time to prosecute the war on more even terms. The immediate question that follows is: what will Pakistan do once we pursue this policy? Will whatever we do increase the risks of formal war or reduce it? No policy is without risk. India’s current stand on not doing anything has, in fact, raised the level of Pakistani ambition – leading it to believe, as it did in 1948 and 1965, that it is winning the war. “Hans ke lenge Pakistan, ladke lenge Hindustan” is still the dream of Pakistan’s delusional army. Risk-aversion, thus, increases the risk of Pakistani aggression, even assuming this aggression is only through non-state actors. The truth is this: avoiding risk is the riskiest strategy of them all.
(This piece is based on an earlier piece published in Swarajya.)

(Source- Via e-mail from A Sunder Rajan, Vet)

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Accounting and Payment by PAO – Air Travel

Accounting and Payment by PAO – Air Travel

Air Travel- Accounting and Payment by PAO
Government of India Controller General of Defence Accounts Ulan Batar Road,
Delhi cantt – 110066
(Defence Travel System, E – Ticketing Project)
Phone No.: 011-26108268/26163404 /Fax No.: 011-26163403 No. Mech/EDP/861/E-T /Air Dated: 15/09/2016 To, The PCsDA/CsDA,

Subject: Air Travel- Accounting and Payment by PAO

Reference: HQrs Office letter no. Mech/EDP/861/E-Ticketing!Phase-III dated-21-12-2015.

It is intimated that under the e-Ticketing system- wherein Rail Tickets are being booked in lieu of warrants, an Air travel module has also been launched in collaboration with Balmer Lawrie to cover all types of moves like Temporary Duty, Permanent Transfer, LTC All India and LTC Home Town. Air tickets are being booked through DTS since 11 September 2015 by various units across Services under different PAOs. The payment procedure as agreed between CGDA and Balmer & Lawrie is post payment.
2. All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA{Fys) along with this HQrs office has been issued two set of tokens/login-id for this purpose.
(a) One set of Token /Login-Id for DAD Employee: – For booking of Air Tickets i.e. Master Booker Tokens and Competent Authority Approval Tokens for booking of Air Tickets for entitled DAD officers (already issued during training in the Jan, 2016).
(b) PAO tokens for generating and downloading of system generated booking details /Bills and invoices of air tickets booked for DAD entitled officers for payment. Such Tokens (Issued recently) cannot be used for booking of Air Tickets.

3. Process of Booking of Air Tickets: As mentioned in para 2(a) above, one set of Token/Login Id has already been issued for DAD Employee for profile creation of all officer/staffs entitled to travel by Air and booking of Air Tickets. Air Tickets. Initially, profiles of all the officers/staffs working under jurisdiction of each PCsDA/CsDA and PCA(Fys) need to be created for booking of Air Tickets. The creation of profile is a onetime process and need not be done again. When an officer/staffs will be transferred from one PCsDA/CsDA to another, in such case his profile need to be “Transferred out” by the old office and accordingly his new office will perform the activity of “Transfer in” of such officers/staffs. All such activities like profile creation, editing of profile, Air Travel Booking request and cancellation request are performed by master booker /Booker token. At the same time, Approval/Approving token is used for approval of all such request as forwarded by the master booker token through DTS system. Accordingly, once travel request is approved by Competent Authority/Approving Authority, Master Booker/Booker Token can book the Air Ticket as per Travel Regulation and Movement Sanction.

4. Process of Payment of Air Tickets to Balmer Lawrie & Co.: – As mentioned above, the booking of Air Tickets has been launched in collaboration with Balmer Lawrie, the payment procedure as agreed between CGDA and Balmer & Lawrie is post payment. Following steps are involved in processing of payment of Air Tickets to Balmer Lawrie & Co.
(a) Online Accounting and Payment Module for Air Travel: – As mentioned in para 2(b) above, Air Ticket booking details and voucher for Air Ticket booked during a particular period can be generated by logging in to the PAO Module for further processing of payment to Balmer & Lawrie Co.
(b) Preparation of Punching Medium: – After generation of the voucher by logging-in to the PAO Module, PCsDA/CsDA will prepare Punching Medium to compile under respective code head as per classification hand book.
(c) Payment Through NEFT: – After preparation of Punching Medium and Daily Payment Sheet, PCsDA/CsDA will make payment of the due amount through NEFT or through any other process is being followed in their offices. (d) Voucher Settlement: – After payment PCsDA/CsDA will log-in to the PAO Module and will mark against each invoices as payment done.
(e) Voucher Acknowledgement: – All payment will be acknowledged by Balmer & Lawrie through System and PCsDA /CsDA will be able to download Receipt voucher of payment from the system.

4. Claim Submission: – As the Air Ticket booked through system is given to the officer is as good as advance to the officer/staff serving in the PCsDA/CsDA offices, traveler will submit his final claim within one month after completion of the journey along with original boarding pass and a copy of the Air Ticket booked through DTS

5. In this regard it is intimated that PCsDA/CsDA who are not having PKI tokens (One set of Booking Token with two tokens (One for Master Booker/Booker Token and another for Approval Token)) for booking of Air Tickets through DTS and one PKI token (PAO Token) for generation of voucher and processing payment are requested to intimate to this HQrs office for issuing of the same. PCsDA/CsDA/PCA(Fys) offices in possession of one set of PKI token (One for Master Booker/Booker token, another for Approval token) are requested to start booking of Air Tickets through DTS immediately.

Jt. CGDA (IT&S) has seen.
Sd/- Deepak Kumar
Sr.ACGDA(IT & S)

Source : cgda.nic.in

New Pension System (NPS) and its implementation

 New Pension System (NPS) and its-implementation:
Railway Board Order enclosing the PFRDA's letter No. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39 dated 01.08.2016:-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAILWAY BOARD) RBA No. :54/2016 No. 201 6/ AC-II/ 21 / 7
New Delhi, dated: . 16.08.2016
General Managers, FA&CAOS and CPOs, All Indian Railways. and PUs
Sub: New Pension System (NPS) and its-implementation.
Please find enclosed PFRDA’S letter no. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39 dated 01.08.2016 on the above subject.
In this regard, the "following has been desired:
i. Distribution of comprehensive brochure prepared by PFRDA for government Sector subscribers.
ii. Updation of contact details Of all the underlying offices in the records of CRA for better communication flow.
iii Setting up of dedicated NPS Cell iv. Displaying related information on the website of n the Ministry and incorporating the same link in the ‘Employee’s corner’ As regards
(iv.) above, all, the important instructions issued by Accounts Dte are available on the Indian Railway’s website as under: www.indianrailways.gov.in
↓ About Indian Railways
↓ Railway Board Directorates
↓ Accounts
↓ Instructions on NPS Kindly ensure circulation of these instructions so that the subscribers and nodal. offices are aware of initiatives taken for their benefit. DA: As above (Amitesh Kumar Sinha) Director Finance/CCA Railway Board PFRDA R.V. Verma Member
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, First Floor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutab Institutional Area, Katwaria Sarai New Delhi-110016
FILE NO. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39 01st August, 2016
Dear ______________
Subject: National Pension System (NPS) and its implementation.

I am writing in the context of the National Pension System (NPS) and its implementation in theCentral Government sector - Ministries & departments including the Central Autonomous Bodies under their jurisdiction. I would like to highlight the important measures taken by PFRDA in strengthening the systems, in the interest of the ultimate beneficiary - the subscriber and other stakeholders.

2. After the passage of PFRDA Act, 2013, various regulations have been framed by PFRDA under the ambit of the Act. The basic purpose of framing regulations is to ensure protection of subscriber interest. Prominent ones among the regulations are PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulations, 2015 and PFRDA (Exits Withdrawals under the NPS) Regulations, 2015. You will appreciate that PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulations, 2015, had laid down clear guidelines with respect to redressal of subscriber grievances. Further, Exit Regulations of PFRDA have specified the provisions and process relating to exit and withdrawal in detail.
3. It has been PFRDA’S endeavour to take various initiatives from time to time in order to simplify and improve the operational issues in National Pension System (NPS) for ease of transaction for subscribers. Towards this end, we have introduced a number of new functionalities under NPS architecture such as simplification of account opening, withdrawal, grievance management etc. In this regard, recently many new functionalities have been released by the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) to ease operations for the benefit of subscribers and nodal offices. The details of the functionalities released recently for the nodal offices under Govt. Sector are enclosed as Annexure A
. 4. As our main focus is on the subscriber, around whom the entire system revolves, we have also provided several facilities to them for easing the process and making them more user friendly. The following are the important initiatives taken in this direction:
(i) SMS and email alerts,
(ii) Centralized Grievance Management System (CGMS) with a pre-determined turnaround time for resolution of grievances related to different services. (iii) Call Centre facility.
(iv) Periodic consolidated SoT (Statement of Transactions)
(v) Web based access to all subscribers to view SoTs and facility to modify certain data like mobile number & email id on their own.
(vi) Subscriber awareness programs at various locations and centers. In addition to the above, several new functionalities have also been introduced in the CRA system for the benefit of the subscribers. The details of the same are enclosed as Annexure B.

5. We would very much appreciate if the Central Government ministries departments may undertake the following measures to enhance the effectiveness of the system:
(a) Distribution of comprehensive brochure prepared by PFRDA for government sector subscribers (copy enclosed).
(b) Updation of contact details of all the underlying offices in the records of CRA for better communication flow.
(c) Setting up of a dedicated NPS Cell (d).Displaying NPS related information on the website of your Ministry and incorporating the same in link like ‘ Employee’s corner’.

6. We feel that there is urgent need to disseminate more information among the dealing officials -Pay & Accounts Offices(PAOs) Drawing & Disbursing officers (DDOs) of the CG Ministries & Departments for resolving the concerns and covering the gaps. We have recently engaged Crux Management Services Pvt. Ltd. as a training agency for imparting training to the nodal officers of CG Ministries/ Departments. We request you to nominate maximum number of DDOs from your Ministry to the training programmes which PFRDA is coordinating. Besides, workshops may be organized by CG Ministries & Department for their respective nodal offices also in order to increase subscriber awareness and for imparting operational knowledge to PrAOs/PAOs/DDOs, wherein PF RDA and CRA officials may also participate. We are confident that the implementation of NPS and streamlining .of the process is receiving your due attention. You may like to convene regular meetings to review the implementation of NPS and the new fun'ctionalities which wrll go a long way in ensuring smooth implementation of NPS. PFRDA will be glad to provide all necessary support and cooperation. Should your office need further clarifications, they are welcome to contact Sh. Ashish Kumar, General Manager at ashish.kumar@pfrda org.in.
With Regards,
Yours sincerely
sd/- (R.V.Verma)
Mr. S. Mookerjee,
Financial Commissioner
Ministry of Railways,
Room No.232, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi - 110001.
Encl.: A/a Annexure A The details of the functionalities released recently for the nodal offices under Govt. Sector Functionality for nodal offices on Tier-II operations and voluntary contribution processing under Tier-IThe Govt. sector Nodal Offices have now been provided with utility for activating the Tier II account and its operation for all Government employees.
The Government subscribers (mandatorily covered under NPS) can also approach their “associated Nodal Office for making additional investment (Voluntary Contributions) in their PRAN - Tier I account in order to claim tax benefits. Upload of unequal contribution for Govt. employeesIn, case of Govt.‘ sector employees, the Nodal Office is required to prepare and upload the contribution file wherein the Employee and Employer Contribution are equal for each subscriber. This functionality will now allow the Nodal Offices to prepare and upload contribution files where Employer and Employee contribution amount are not. same due to various exceptional reasons. Insertion of QR Code facility on backside of PRANFor new PRAN cards, a Quick Response (QR) code will be inserted, which when scanned on a smart phone will enable easy access to CRA website for any information on NPS. Grievance resolution by monitoring office in CRA systemIn case of Govt. sector Nodal offices, only the PAOs/DTOs can provide resolution remarks for the grievances raised against them by ' their associated subscribers in Central Grievance Management System (CG-MS) module. However, the mapped Pr.AOs/DTAs can only monitor the status of the grievances (using ‘Token No') raised against underlying PAOs/DTOs. Now, with the new facility made available in the CRA system, the Pr.AOs/DTAs can verify whether the PAO/DTO hasresoived the grievance. Pop - Up window for resolution of pending grievance in CRA systemTo aid the Nodal Offices, a pop-up alert is displayed on the home page immediately after the User logs in to CRA website (www.cra-nsdl.com). The pop-up displays the count of grievances pending (if any) for more than 30 days. The User has two options i.e., either to resolve the grievances immediately by selecting the option ‘Resolve Now’ (which will guide the user to 'grievance resolution' screen) or to select 'Resolve Later’ to continue with regular operations and provide resolutions to the grievances later, The pop-up window is a reminder to all the Nodal Offices which have any grievance pending for resolution beyond 30 days in Central Grievance Management system (CGMS) module. Functionality for capturing bank details and contact details of the nodal offices‘A facility has been provided to Nodal Offices of Central Govemment to enter the contact details of their Nodal Officer (along with details of alternate Nodal Officer) and the Bank account details of respective Nodal Office in CRA system. This will help Trustee Bank and CRA to identify the nodal offices for better coordination. Login facility for, DDOs in CRA systemThe DDOs c an login the CRA system using User ID & I-PIN (password). The DDOs can generate their l-PIN by capturing a request through instant reset option in the CRA system (www.cra-nsdl.com) and getting it authorized by their associated Nodal Office (PAOs/DTOs). This facility has been granted to the DDOs to enable them to view various reports, which is quite helpful in day to day functioning. Annexure B Features released recently for NPS Subscribers 1. Mobile App Mobile App for NPS' is nowavailable to the Subscriber's in ’Google Play Store’ as NPS by NSDL e-Gov’ for installation and use. The following features are available to the Subscribers in Mobile App: a) Transaction Statement: Using this feature, Subscriber will be able to raise the request for Transaction Statement for a. particular financial year. The statement will be sent to the Subscriber’s registered mail ID at end of the day. b) Account details view: Subscriber can view his / her NPS account details. c) Statement of Holding view: Details of scheme Wise units alongwith latest NAV and the total value of the schemes (as on date) is available. d) View of last 5 contributions: Details of the last five contributions credited will be available i.e.,‘ credit date, tier type, amount and. contribution remarks. e) Change in contact details (Telephone/ Mobile no./ email ID): At present, Subscriber can change his/ her contact details in CRA system using login credential. The same feature has been extended in Mobile App. f) Change password/ Security Question: Subscriber can add / modify his her password and set security question (for password reset) through Mobile App. Subscriber will also be able to reset his/ her password by answering secret questions. g) Notifications: Notifications, if any, from CRA will be available to the Subscriber. Short messages will be displayed here. 2. Change of address using Aadhaar authentication The Subscribers can now update/modify their address on their own using Aadhaar based authentication. After logging in CRA, Subscriber will use the menu Update Address”. After clicking on the menu ”Update Address”, Subscriber will prevode the Aadhaar No and "click on the ’submit’ button. 'On clicking on submit button, ' an OTP will be sent to Subscriber’s mobile. Once the Subscriber authenticates by submitting the OTP, address details from Aadhaar system will be fetched and updated in the CRA system. In this process, Subscriber will be able to update permanent as well as correspondence address. At present, this feature has been made available to All Citizens of India and Corporate sector. It will be extended to Government Subscriber Shortly. 3. Scheme Preference change facility The NPS Subscribers associated to All Citizens of India (UoS), Corporate sector and Government sector (for Tier‘SII-only) can now change their Scheme Preference after logging in. An OTP will be sent to the Subscriber (on their registered mobile number) once Subscriber topts to change his / her Scheme Preference. After authentication is done with OTP, the Subscriber can change their PFM, Asset Class, Allocation ratio, Scheme Options. 4. Tier II activation through eNPS Any subscriber having Tier I account in NPS can now activate Tier II account online through eNPS. To initiate the Tier‘II activation, Subscriber has to enter his/her PRAN, DOB and PAN. An OTP will be generated and will be sent to the registered mobile number. Subscriber has to enter the OTP and proceed for Tier II activation under 5. KYC re-verification using Aadhaar authentication A Subscriber whose Bank has not confirmed (rejected) his / her KYC verification request can now update the address details and confirm KYC using Aadhaar based authentication. The Subscriber need to simply go to eNPS site, click on Update details and proceed. 6. Facility to contribute Online Subscribers are contributing through online mode using eNPS portal of. NPS Trust. Now, a facility has been made available to contribute online by Subscribers using IPIN credentials in CRA system. Subscriber can login into the CRA system and click to ”Contribution” menu. On submission, the Subscriber will be redirected to eNPS contribution page from Where he / she can contribute as per existing process of eNPS. 7. Withdrawal from Tier II account At present, for Withdrawal from Tier II account, the NPS subscribers are required to visit the branch of the' Point of Presence (POPS) or Nodal Office which is mapped to him / her. Now, the NPS Subscribers have a facility to initiate Withdrawal request from Tier II account using their login credentials and OTP authentication on registered mobile number. 8. Online IPIN generation The eNPS Subscribers can now access the CRA system immediately after registering without waiting for physical I-PIN to be despatched. Facility is now available where the Subscriber will generate I-PIN instantly and access his/her NPS account. Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/accounts/downloads/circular/2016/RBA%2054.pdf

7th Pay Commission minimum pay and fitment factor – IRTSA Memorandum to Committees of Secretaries

7th Pay Commission minimum pay and fitment factor – IRTSA Memorandum to Committees of Secretaries – Minimum Pay of Rs. 22,100 and fitment factor of 3.15 are to be fixed IRTSA Memorandum to Govt on fixation of Minimum Pay & Fitment Factor of 7th CPC INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION
Additional Secretary (Expenditure), Government of India, North Block, New Delhi-110001
For kind consideration of the Committee of Secretaries – On Minimum Pay & Fitment Factor of 7th CPC Subject: MINIMUM PAY & MULTIPLE FACTOR AFTER 7TH CPC Reference:
i) Para 10.1.67 of Report of 7th Pay Commission
ii) Para 3 & 4 of Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25-7-2016 of Govt of India on 7th CPC Report
We have to make the following submissions for the kind consideration of the Committee for regarding Minimum Pay and Fitment / Multiplication Factor: 1. MODIFICATIONS ACCEPTED BY SUPREME COURT & PRESENT DAY REQUIREMENTS IGNORED BY 7TH CPC FOR DECIDING MINIMUM PAY BY Dr. W. AYKROYED FORMULA
a) The Minimum Pay Fixed at Rs.18000 by the 7th CPC is very much unjust and meager and ignores the accepted norms in this regard.
b) The Minimum wage of Rs.18000 proposed by 7th Pay Commission is based on Dr Aykroyed formula for Minimum Need Based Wage which was adopted by 15th Indian Labour Conference held in 1957. This needed to be updated as per present day requirements. As per law of natural justice and as per directions of the Supreme Court of India issued as long back as in 1991 in the case of Reputekos Brett & Co. Vs Workers & others.
c) Prescribed provision of 25% to cover education, recreation, festivals & medical expenses has been reduced to 15% by 7th CPC. Similarly provision for housing has been reduced from prescribed 7.5% to 3% which are totally inadequate, unjust and unrealistic..
d) In para 4.2.8, Step-1, 7th CPC indicated that a family is comprising of three consumption units, as per norms set by 15th Indian Labour Conference (ILC) in 1957.
e) Computing husband as one unit, wife as 0.8 unit and two children each below the age of 14 as 0.6 unit is very much inadequate and 15th ILC had not considered maintenance of aged parents. f) Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 make it a legal obligation for children and heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens and parents, by monthly allowance.
g) It is therefore, necessary that while calculating cost for maintenance household the aged parents should also be considered as 2 Units besides the husband, wife, two Children as consumption units per family and the same should be taken at least as four (if not five) instead of three.
h) Dr. W. Aykroyd formula on food & other requirements and associated requirements specified by 15th ILC shall be applied for 4 consumption units per family.
i) Minimum Pay works out to be Rs.24,000 (instead of Rs.18000 recommended by the 7th CPC) and the multiple factor 3.43 (instead of 2.57 recommended by the 7th CPC)
j) Table-1 of 7th CPC for calculation of minimum pay needs to be redrawn as under by keeping 4 consumption unit per family: Table-1 Calculation of Minimum Pay as on 01.01.2016 for four consumption unit per family Per day PCUUnitPer month 4 PCUUnitPrice/Unit \ R s.Expenses R s. 1Rice/Wheat475gm57.00kg25.931478.01 2Dal (Toor/Urad/Moong)80gm9.60kg97.84939.26 3Raw Vegetables100gm12.00kg58.48701.76 4Green Vegetables125gm15.00kg38.12571.80 5Other Vegetables75gm9.00kg32.80295.20 6Fruits120gm14.40kg64.16923.90 7Milk200ml24.00l i t re37.74905.76 8Sugar/Jaggery56gm6.72kg37.40251.33 9Edible Oil40gm4.80kg114.02547.30 10Fish3.33kg268.38894.60 11Meat6.67kg400.902672.67 12E gg120no.4.27512.40 13Detergents etcR s/month388.41388.41 14Clothing7.33m eter164.881208.57 15 T otal (1-14) 12290.97 16 Fuel, Electricity, Water Charges 3072.74 17 Total-(15) divided by 0.8 15363.71 18 Marriage, Recreation, Festivals, etc. 2711.24 19 Total-(17) divided by 0.85 18074.95 20 Provide for Skill by adding 25% to (19) 4518.74 21 Sum (19+20) 22593.69 22 Housing @ 698.77 23 Total-Divide no.21 by 0.97 23292.47 24 Step up of 3% on No.23 as DA is projected at 125% on 01.01.2016 698.77 25 Final Minimum Pay as on 01.01.2016 (23+24) 23991.24 26 Rounding off 24000

2. MINIMUM PLUS DA WITH 40% FIXATION BENEFIT
a) 40% fixation benefit was given over 4th CPC scale to 5th CPC scale in general to all the scales.
b) 40% of maximum of 5th CPC scale was given over 5th CPC scale as fixation benefit in general in 6th CPC scales.
c) But, only 14.29% (i.e even less than 15%) of basic pay has been given as fixation benefit is after the 7th CPC over 6th CPC pay, which is grievously inadequate.
d) Table-2 given below gives the comparison on fixation benefit given after 6th CPC & after 7th CPC. Table-2 5 t h CPC 6 t h CPC % increase from 5th CPC Pay + DA to 6th CPC Pay 6th CPC Pay + 125% DA 7th CPC Pay % increase from 6th CPC Pay + DA to 7th CPC 5th CPC Pay 5th CPC Pay + DA 86% PB GP 6th CPC Basic Pay 2750 5115 PB-1 1800 7000 36.85% 18000 14.29% 3050 5673 PB-1 1900 7730 36.26% 22050 19900 13.68% 3200 5952 PB-1 2000 8460 42.14% 24507 21700 19.66% 4000 7440 PB-1 2400 9910 33.20% 25389 25500 15.18% 4500 8370 PB-1 2800 11360 35.72% 30996 29200 16.18% 5000 9300 PB-2 4200 13500 45.16% 35186 35400 16.54% 7450 13857 PB-2 4600 17140 23.69% 42525 44900 22.50% 7500 13950 PB-2 4800 18150 30.11% 51314 47600 12.83% 8000 14880 PB-2 5400 21000 41.13% 59063 53100 16.37% 8000 14880 PB-3 5400 21000 41.13% 63882 56100 18.73% 10325 19205 PB-3 6600 25350 32.00% 66150 67700 16.58% 12000 22320 PB-3 7600 29500 32.17% 81302 78800 17.05% 14300 26598 PB-4 8700 46100 73.32% 94248 118500 14.24% 15400 28644 PB-4 8900 49100 71.41% 145215 131100 19.91% 14300 26598 PB-4 10000 53000 99.26% 153059 144200 35.21%

e) The Multiple Factor of 2.57 proposed by the Pay Commission for Pay Fixation is totally unjust, inadequate and arbitrary especially keeping in view the high inflation (in real terms and wage rise in the organized sector including the PSUs after two revisions in PSUs since the Sixth CPC. The Fixation Benefit needs to be at least 40% – as after the last two Pay Commissions and the Common Multiple Factor may please be fixed at least (Pay+DA) + 40% of Pay + DA, ie. 3.15 times of 6th CPC basic pay. Table -3 showing calculation of new pay which will be equal to Pay + Pay fixation benefit equal to 40% of 6th CPC Pay + DA 1Minimum Pay (6th CPC)7000 2D A @ 125%8750 3Pay + DA15750 4Fixation benefit (40% of Pay + DA) & Proposed increase in real wage6300 5New Pay (3+4)22050 6Increase in basic pay (in Rs.) (5 – 1)15050 7No . of times increase in basic pay3.15 8Real wage no. of times increase1.40 k) Minimum Pay works out to be Rs.22,100 (instead of Rs.18000 recommended by the 7th CPC) and the multiple factor 3.15 (instead of 2.57 recommended by the 7th CPC)

3. MINIMUM PAY BY MERGER OF DA EVERY TIME THE DA RISES BY 50% a) Merger of DA with Pay & Pension was always done every time the DA crossed 50%, except after the Sixth Pay Commission and that norm justifiably needs to be restored. b) Minimum Pay as on 1-1-2016 would be Rs.19,687 if DA was merged with Pay when the DA crossed 50% (from 1-1-2011) and when it crossed 100% even without any relief or fixation benefit of 7th CPC and the Minimum Pay would be Rs. 22,483 or say 22,500 with 14.29% of total emoluments Fixation benefit given by the 7th CPC (which itself was the lowest ever after any CPC) – as per detailed calculations submitted below:
4. a) Minimum Pay after DA Merger at 50% & 100% and with 14.29% rise. 7000×1.5 = 10500 x 1.5 = 15750×1.25 = Rs.19687×1.1429 = 22500.272 or say Rs.22000
b) Fitment Factor after DA Merger at 50% & 100% and with 14.29% rise = 22500 / 7000 = 3.21 times of BP
c) Even if the Merger of DA was done only once after it crossed 50% (on 1-1-2011), Minimum Pay as on 1-1-2016 would have been Rs.18375 (without any relief or fixation benefit of CPC) and Rs.20984 or say Rs.21000 with 14.2% Fixation benefit given by the 7th CPC as per details below:
d) Minimum Pay after DA Merger at 50% & 100% and 14.2% rise: = 7000 x 1.5 = 10500 x 1.75 = 18375 x 1.1429 = Rs.21000.7875 or say Rs.21000.
e) Fitment Factor after DA Merger at 50% and 14.2% rise 21000 / 7000 = 3 times of BP
f) All the foregoing calculations of Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor are linked to only 14.2% rise of wages as inherent in the recommendations of 7th CPC – which is the lowest ever rise after a Pay Commission in recent years.
g) The minimum Pay may please be fixed as Rs.22500 and the multiple factor for revision of Pay and Pension may please be fixed as 3.21.
4. It is, therefore, requested that, in view of above submissions:
a) Minimum Pay may please be fixed as Rs.24,000 and the multiple factor 3.43, by modifying Dr.W.Aykroyed Formula & 15th ILC norms by duly taking into account Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. (or)
b) Minimum Pay be fixed as Rs.22,100 and the multiple factor 3.15 by giving 40% fixation benefit for the 6th CPC Pay & DA. (or)
c) Minimum Pay may please be fixed as Rs.22500 and the multiple factor for revision of Pay and Pension may please be fixed as 3.21, by merging the DA with Pay whenever it crossed 50% with fixation benefit of 14.2% equitant to the rise recommended by 7th CPC.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours faithfully,
Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary,
IRTSA Download IRTSA Memorandum IRTSA/CHQ / Memo CPC MF / 2016-16 dated 14.09.2016

LETTER SENT TO DM BY AFVA

Hon Raksha Mantri Ji,

I am writing you after seeing the impasse over 7 CPC between services and our infamous bureaucracy, though we still have bureaucrats like Ms. Damyanthi contrary to public perception. I was quite confused whether to stand with your direction to Chiefs for implementing 7 CPC or to stand with my White Uniform, which don up in my golden age (19yrs to 34 yrs), for saying no to 7 CPC due to following reasons:
1. Your directions to chiefs was against the interest of services as degradation of services has reached at breaking point now. So I can not stand with it.

2. The anomalies raised by Service Ch
iefs contained no element for Jawans, especially ORs as it seems that ORs are the richest cyclist who still goes to office using a second hand bicycle. If you want to see it, just have a morning walk in & around of Gopinath area in Delhi Cantt. To especially mention here that I too had a second bicycle for going to Naval Dockyard from Navy Nagar in Mumbai.I could not afford a Bajaj Chetak even. So we collectively decided to denounce both directives. I would request you to ask question from Service Chief - as if there are no anomalies in JCO / ORs status and perks ? And if they say no, then you straight shoot next question- Did you ask ? When draft of recommendation for pay commission was being prepared in SHQ, we have submitted the anomalies of JCO / ORs but they did not lend their ears on any of them. No JCO / ORs are spoken with and their representation is zero in all communication related to them. Below is opinion of JCO / ORs for your consideration for current impasse:

a) There should be no MSP for ranks above Lt-Colonel and its equivalent in navy and air force. This is so because ranks from Sepoy to Lt-Colonel are actual person who faces military hardship on ground.
b) MNS does not qualify for earning MSP as they neither have truncated carrier nor they face any threat or military hardship

c) MSP should be equal for all as hardship is equal for all as the principle say "equal pay for equal work"

d) NFU, if accepted, should be made applicable to all rank and files of the defence forces otherwise no to all. If given only to selected class, it will further strain the relationship between officers and Jawans.
DL-33 Sir,

your intervention is required urgently on this Delinking of 33 yrs order because it has been six month and not yet finalized. Even OROP chart preparation did not take this much time. As DoPPW has clarified that PBORs should be paid on notional maximum, kindly issue the direction accordingly so there is no play inserted in the circular. As festive season and marriage season is coming up, people are waiting for the circular. Many has their daughter's marriage or son marriage in coming month. So We all urge to you to issue necessary direction in this regard on top priority. It will be of much beneficial to JCO / ORs

Regards
​Santosh Kumar Singh
Ex-Petty Officer (IN)
General Secretary- AFVA

Govt should form a committee with Armed Forces representation to remove 82 pay anomalies - By Brig Arun Bajpai (Retd)

Since the time Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley lost to his Congress rival and an ex-serviceman Captain Amarinder Singh - the ex-Maharaja of Patiala from the Amritsar seat in Punjab, having large number of veterans two years back, somehow the finance ministry is always putting spokes in the Armed Forces pay and allowances. It could be just a perception but it is sticking.
After only granting a diluted OROP to the Armed forces, despite ex-servicemen's agitation at Jantar Mantar, now 36 anomalies have been inflicted on them by the great Seventh Pay Commission led by a retired Supreme Court judge who was himself disgruntled from the Armed Forces because reportedly he was denied accommodation in the Cantonment area post retirement, as it was not allowed in rules.
This brings the total anomalies against the Armed Forces to 82 with 46 coming down from the Fifth Pay Commission. How can a country neglect their Armed Forces like this and still feel that it can be a super power?Agreed that Prime Minister Modi went all the way to Siachin to meet the troops which no other PM has done and he has also sanctioned construction of the Armed Forces memorial which Congress government never bothered and which is so close to the Armed Forces heart, but surely the Armed Forces' bread and butter cannot be neglected. It is important to understand that for the Armed Forces, which won four wars for the country and which is always roped in by the civilian government in aid to civil authorities, may it be floods, earthquakes or out of control internal insurgency, the forces have never let it down. Despite this sterling performance, the status of the forces is continuously been brought down by the successive Pay Commissions. In desperation and last ditch effort last month, three services chiefs have written a joint letter direct to Prime Minster Modi to sort out the grievances of the armed forces. This is a justified move. The three Chiefs have also asked the Modi Government to keep in abeyance the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission report for the Armed Forces till these anomalies get sorted out. What is stopping the Modi government from forming a committee under able politicians with the Armed Forces representation to sort out the 82 anomalies in a time bond manner. It is worth remembering that the 33 lakh civilian employees of the central government have already begun to get their new enhanced salaries under 7th Pay Commission with effect August 2016 this year that also include arrears with effect 1 Jan this year. (Source- http://www.merinews.com/article/govt-should-form-a-committee-with-armed-forces-representation-to-remove-82-pay-anomalies/15919430.shtml&cp )

Saturday, 17 September 2016

FLASH : FLASH :: 7TH CPC IMPASSE C0NTINUES ::: THE LATEST Latest fwd as received. ...

FLASH : FLASH :: 7TH CPC IMPASSE C0NTINUES ::: THE LATEST

Latest fwd as received. ...

Just came back from a pn (presentation) given by Brig Rao DDG Pay Commission Cell. Msg (messages) floating in Whats App or other social media are baseless.

The fact Army accepts to implement Pay Commission is given to media by Def Secy and not by RM. RM is in favour of addressing the anomalies. Chiefs told him that Defence forces will wait but implement it after sorting out the anomalies. Like dt by 15 Nov

So dont expect it before 01 Jan 2017.

All newspapers clippings have been rel (released) by MoD not by Military or by RM.
REGARDS,
A Sunder Rajan

(Source:Via Gp E-mail from A Sunder Rajan Vet)

Military agrees to accept new pay scales from Oct 

 Fourteen lakh military personnel will get their new salaries under the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) from October 1, with the three Service chiefs agreeing to wait for the government to separately resolve the “core pay anomalies“ at a later date.Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, in his capacity as chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, on Friday directed the Army , Navy and IAF headquarters to issue the requisite orders and instructions for implementation of the 7th CPC immediately , defence ministry sources said. This comes after defence minister Manohar Parrikar's assurance to the Service chiefs -ACM Raha, General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Admiral Sunil Lanba -that he would strive to resolve their “core pay anomalies“ at the earliest by taking them up with PM Narendra Modi. “Parrikar has already discussed the matter with the PM,“ said a source. The flurry of activity comes after the Service headquarters on September 9 issued signals to their personnel around the country that they had asked the government to keep in “abeyance“ the implementation of the 7th CPC for them till the persisting core anomalies were resolved, as first reported by TOI last week. Upset with the signals, Parrikar had summoned the Service chiefs to ask them to dispel the notion that a con frontation was brewing between the government and the armed forces. Consequently , ACM Raha had issued a statement that said, “The defence minister is seized of all the issues and has assured to resolve them at the earliest. The Services are satisfied with the response.“ The armed forces for long have maintained that successive pay commissions have degraded their status, parity and equivalence as compared to their civilian counterparts, and the 7th CPC was no exception. The 33 lakh central government civilian employe es have already begun to get their enhanced salaries under the 7th CPC -along with arrears from January 1 -from this month onwards after their new pay-scales were earlier notified by the government. But the three Services till now had kept the September 6 notification issued by the Centre for them on hold because it did not address any of their main issues. “Anomalies of the 6th CPC, incidentally , have not been resolved till now despite promises. Let's see if they are resolved now,“ said an IAF officer. (SOURCE- TOI NEW DELHI - http://epaperbeta.timesofindia .com/Article.aspx?eid=31808& articlexml=Military-agrees-to- accept-new-pay-scales-from- 17092016015030 )

IN *SELF DESTRUCTION OF A GREAT NATION* - "WHERE IS THE ADMINISTRATION, IF THE ARMY HAS TO DO EVERYTHING? WHY IS THEN THE GOVT SPENDING POORMAN'S MONEY ON THEM" :: BY COL RAJA CHANDRA (RETD)

India is the only country where there are 400+ Lt Gen rank wearing police officers (Army has 83 Lt Gens, though being 1.3 million). Out of 400 plus DG and ADG post officers, 40 plus are drawing salary equivalent of Army Commander from 25 years of service till they retire (even DG NDRF having strength less then 5 infantry battalions draw Army commanders salary).
Another astonishing fact is that indian police is only organisation in world to wear Rank batches of Lt Col in 2 years of service after two years of probation and trg. Our Majors and Lt cols address these 2 yrs mocked police boys as sir and maam, and our senior officers force this wrong precedence in name of liaison with civ auths. Indian soldiers shouldn't be denied their due rights. Read this post and you will know that DC's, SPs and SDM's hide themselves behind curtains in calamities. I had an opportunity to glance through IDSA study which has been extensively quoted by the Pay Commission to deny or scale down the dues to Armed Forces personals.
But I am surprised that the IDSA study did not mention that in US and UK soldiers get their pensions at the rate of 75% of their salary. Also when the US & European nations deploy their soldiers in war like situation or disaster relief operations they do not pay income tax. I wish the study had made the mention that even while fighting kargil war officers and JCos paid the income tax, same is the case for J&K and NE insurgency. I was told that the income tax is also charged from the last salary of a martyr. which is nothing short of national shame I wish these facts should have been included in the 7cpc. Since the IDSA study compared the purchasing power of other country soldiers vis a vis India. But the pay commission did not use this analogy while calculating and doling out three increments to IAS , IPS & IFS. An army officer gets 31500/-- for serving in Siachen but a central cadre officer gets 50000 to 70000 for serving in so called difficult areas such as Shillong, Imphal and Guwahati @ 30% of their salary (In Spite of the acknowledgement made by pay commission cell that most difficult area to serve with no parallel is Siachen). During Uttrakhand Disaster relief operations, three DCs were literally not available during the critical days of disaster. Same was the case with SDMs and tehsildars. The SDM who was deputed to go to Kedarnath emerged only after five days of relief operation in vogue. DC prefered to park himself inside the Joshimath camp so that public can't reach him. When DC was forced to go and see the condition on ground, the gentleman did not get down from the helicopter fearing that he might not be allowed by public to board the helicopter. DC uttarkashi did not feel safe to visit and see the conditions of pilgrims at Gangotri and harsil. The pilgrims kept asking "where is the administration, if the army has to do everything why is government spending poormen's national wealth on them" It is sad that the public of India does not even know why a soldier defy the logic and conventions? Why does he risk his life? In-spite of the fact that there is no written rule where a soldier is suppose to die while performing his duty, yet he does so. It is ethos, traditions and character of soldiers that prompt them to do so. Second factor is because he knows he is not a government servant, he is an elite and serves the nation. He also knows that he is the last bastion and pillar which nation is dependent upon. Every other department has failed and and can fail, but nation can still recover. But if the soldiers fail, the nation will fail. No other government agency can redeem it. it is elitism that separates soldiers from the rest. Unfortunately over a period of time the elitism has been killed and soldier is repeatedly told he is a government servant that too semi skilled. Whereas soldering is most complex, technical and skilful job which is unparalleled. I must quote the examples of US/ Uk and other countries. When the body of a martyr is brought back to US. The captain of the aircraft makes the announcement prior to taking off "we are privileged to fly back martyr ---xyz--- on his last journey back home" On arrival of the body of the martyr on US soil and his native place.water canon salute is given. Crew line up on tar to pay last respect. The CEO or the highest authority of the air port receives the body along with the Guard. All passenger stand in line till body is moved out. But when the body of Maj Varadarajan was being flown from Srinagar to Chennai, the Captain was requested by the officer accompanying the body to announce that maj Vardrajan is on board on his last journey back home, the captain of the aircraft refused to announce that he is privileged to fly the martyr on his last journey back home, saying it will send a kind of bad feeling and omen to people flying and thus he will not do so. Incidentally there was another pilot who wrote small message of regretting such an incident. The body of soldiers are taken from the cargo gate which is indeed an insult. And we continue to accept it without highlighting it. It is only Mr Chandrashekher MP Rajya Sabha who is fighting a lone battle. We need to introspect and make the nation aware that Profession of soldiering is not routine government job. It is different an elitism is must or else, we will have soldier also behaving like other government staff such as the famous DCs of Uttrakhand. Can nation afford soldiers behaving like government servants? I don't think so. I heard in the news today that Drs did not turn up in Chennai, the government staff in haryana did not turn up for their duties...... But soldiers did their best whole day. Is it that their lives are not precious? (SOURCE - VIA E-MAIL)

Seventh Pay Commission: Order issued for soldiers to get revised salaries from September

The development came after Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, along with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, met with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar earlier this week.

Sources said that during the meeting with the chiefs, Manohar Parrikar told them that the government cares for the forces and all concerns raised by them will be addressed. (Source: File) Satisfied with assurances by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha has issued directions to all service headquarters asking them to issue orders for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. This means that the soldiers will receive their new salary in their pay in September. The development came after Raha, along with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, met with Parrikar earlier this week. Parrikar assured them that the “anomalies” they pointed out in the 7th Pay Commission will be taken up at the “highest level”, defence sources said.

In a surprising move, the three services had on September 9 issued letters to their formations, saying they have asked the government to hold “in abeyance” the implementation of the CPC in view of the “unresolved anomalies”. Sources said that during the meeting with the chiefs, Parrikar told them that the government cares for the forces and all concerns raised by them will be addressed. They said that Parrikar even got the gazette notification announcing the 7th Pay Commission amended to make sure the military retains its edge over the Central Armed Police Forces. The Defence Ministry had recently notified the 7th Pay Commission. Sources pointed out that a cabinet notification cannot be corrected before it is notified. “The anomalies committees are meant to correct the shortcomings,” sources said. The forces argue that the anomalies lower the status and pay parity of forces vis-a-vis their counterparts in the police and civilian administration.

7th Pay Commission – Armed Forces Bows Down – Agree to Implement

7th Pay Commission – Armed Forces Bows Down – Agree to Implement –

The defence ministry had issued an order implementing the SPC on September 5 without the key issues addressed. After a week-long difference of opinion over the implement enhanced salaries under the 7th Central Pay Commission pay, the armed forces have heeded the advice of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha has issued directions to all service headquarters asking them to issue orders for implementation of the 7th pay commission. The implementation had been stopped on September 9 after the three services issued letters to their formations saying they have asked the Government to hold “in abeyance” the implementation of the CPC in view of the “unresolved anomalies”.

The defence ministry had issued an order implementing the SPC on September 5 without the key issues addressed. Following this the three services expressed their severe displeasure on some of the provisions of the SPC which they say would further downgrade the status of the forces with respect to their civilian counterparts and police. The services issued a note issued to all personnel stating that they were “constrained” to request the government to hold the implementation of the 7th pay commission award “in abeyance” in view of anomalies which need to be resolved. The development came after Raha, along with Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, met with Parrikar earlier this week. Parrikar assured them that the “anomalies” they pointed out in the 7th Pay Commission will be taken up at the “highest level”, defence sources said.

The ‘unresolved anomalies’ had surfaced in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) notification issued on September 6. On September 12, Parrikar had asked the forces to implement the pay commission and grievances, if any, can be taken up latter. Four key anomalies flagged by the services are Non Functional Upgrade (NFU), NFU pay fixation, Military Service Pay (MSP), common pay matrix for civilian and military services and allowances.

Source: IE

THE CPCs RECOMMENDATIONS, ALWAYS, UNFAVOURABLE TO MILITARY : THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL - BY LT GEN HARWANT SINGH, (RETD)

CHANDIGARH:

All Pay Commissions had former judges as presiding officers, so one expected them to judge for themselves and not just accept what the secretaries, who are IAS officers, fed them. These presiding officers have been visiting military formations and units in field areas to see for themselves, the environments and conditions under which troops live and the nature of their work. Unfortunately, the military as a good host, has been laying out the red carpet for them and putting them up in well appointed guest rooms, which are quite apart from the accommodation and facilities available to the majority of the officers. So they carried a completely wrong impression of our living conditions in field areas and working environments therein. In economic life, happiness is relative and not absolute. How could anyone, if blessed with an unbiased mind, fail to take note of the issues of early retirement, extremely limited scope for career advancement, disturbed family life, the element of risk to life and limb etc so palpably evident in the case of defence personnel. Factors taken into account in every democracy, the world over is termed as 'the X factor' and appropriately compensated. How is it that all the chairmen of the Central Pay Commissions, (CPCs) starting with the 3rd CPC, (which dropped the pension of defence personnel from 70 to 50 % and increased the civilian pension from 30 to 50%t of the last pay drawn), so completely failed to exercise their own judgment. And in the process overlook such visible issues. Does all this reflect on the quality of our judicial cadres or is it that only those were selected who would accept what is fed to them by the secretaries of these commissions.
As for themselves ( these secretaries from the IAS ) the case can best be summed up with the Punjabi saying, ‘anna whanday raorian mur mur apneyan nu deh’ (one blinded by family affinity distributes goodies to only his own ilk). These secretaries cornered maximum benefits for their own cadre,s with the chairmen being none the wiser. Take the case of grant of Non Function Financial Upgradation (NFFU).
If any service deserved to be granted the NFFU, it is the militarybecause of the very early retirement and extremely limited scope for advancement in career, even if one overlooks hard living conditions and risk to life and limb etc. Yet it is only the military that was denied NFFU while it was granted to over four dozen central services: something even the dim witted cannot miss. And yet our worthy judge of the 6th CPC remained oblivious of this fundamental flaw in his final judgement. Mishandling of this one issue of NFFU makes a complete nonsense of the Sixth CPC report, even if one is to overlook over two dozen anomalies relating to the pay and allowances for the military. Did these justices ever looked into the composition of the team of over 100 officers assembled each time, to work out the nitty gritty of the report and notice that there has never been a defence services officer in these teams, though the defence services form the largest group after the Indian railways: an overall 30% of the total strength being considered. While much of the forests in the country have disappeared, wild life greatly depleted and well forested hills in the Himalayas a rare sight, yet being part of the lot assembled to work out the details in the report, they positioned themselves alongside the top bracket, with the chairmen remaining oblivious of these manipulations. How could these representatives of the judiciary on whose wisdom and fair play the nation places so much of its faith, allow the committees, whose chairmen they were,to act with repeated bias and hand out such an unfair deal to the military. The chairman of 7th CPC informs us that the job of an IAS officer is difficult as he has to deal with 'Sarpanches' and others in public. If only these worthies had done their job with dedication and honesty, there would have been no Red Corridor, running right through the centre of their country, consisting of over 200 districts, where the Indian governments writ does not fully run. The 7thCPC has given even higher allowances to civil officials for the hardship of living in comfortable bungalows, and much less to the military soldiers living in the comfort of a bunker or a tent at some remote high altitude location that has life threatening high altitude sickness built into the situation. These judges are selected by the bureaucracy and there lies the catch. Carrots are always part of the establishment. How is it that not one amongst them has been able to judge for himself, display fairness, go into the details placed before him and do justice to the military! At the other end the top brass of the army has completely failed to abide by the advise given to them as they marched through Chetwode Hall.("The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time." ) They repeatedly let down the rank and file. At last this attitude appears to be changing! Hopefully persistently! The present assignment of Justice Reddy, concerning One Rank One Pension (OROP), does not require months and months to complete the work, where there are only four main issues which are simple and straightforward. These are easy to resolve, and require no specific skills and certainly not much time. Nor does it call for touring the whole country to get the same views from every one. These issues are so simple, so why this façade of inter-acting with ex-servicemen all over the country and seeking presentation after presentation from endless ex-servicemen associations and individuals. No one need expect much from Justice Reddy. It is a mere repeat of the same old charade of constituting committees of secretaries where the outcome is pre-determined.

(The author is a former Vice Chief of Army Staff)

(Source- Via Gp e-mail from Chander Prakash, (Vet) http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/OldNewsPage/?Id=8739&CPCs:/The/Devil/Is/In/The/Detail

Sunday, 11 September 2016

MILITARY UPS ANTE ON PAY ANOMALIES : WANT PAY REVISION HELD UNTIL ANOMALIES SOLVED - BY RAJAT PANDIT

The armed forces have upped the ante in their ongoing struggle for resolution of “core anomalies“ in their salary packages by asking the Centre to keep in “abeyance“ the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) for them.
The Army , Navy and IAF headquarters have also issued signals to their 14 lakh personnel to hold their peace till they get the Centre to resolve the persisting anomalies.
Though couched in conciliatory terms, the signals are reflective of the widespread outrage in the military over how successive panels have degraded its status, parity and equivalence compared to civilian counterparts.
For instance, one of the signals issued on Friday -to personnel deployed in different operational commands, formations and units around the country -says: “In the interim, personnel are expected to display maturity and patience, and not be swayed by hearsay or speculative reports from any quarter.“
“The signals are meant to calm down restive personnel by telling them the Service HQs are raising with the government the pay anomalies that need to be resolved.
Otherwise, in these days of social media, personnel can easily fall prey to rumours,“ said an officer.
As was first reported by TOI last month, the three Service chiefs -Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Admiral Sunil Lanba -had also written to PM Narendra Modi in a last-ditch effort to get their concerns addressed.
The 33 lakh central government civilian employees have already begun to get their new enhanced salaries under the 7th CPC -along with arrears from January 1 -from this month onwards after their new pay-scales were earlier notified by the government.The notification for the armed forces, in turn, was issued on Tuesday .
But it merely deleted the controversial line that held additional levels were being added to the defence pay matrix to “maintain parity“ with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like BSF , CRPF and the like.
“In effect, military officers, who were earlier equated with the IPS if not the IAS, have been reduced to the level of the paramilitary ,“ said another officer.
TOI last month, the three Service chiefs -Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Admiral Sunil Lanba -had also written to PM Narendra Modi in a last-ditch effort to get their concerns addressed.
The 33 lakh central government civilian employees have already begun to get their new enhanced salaries under the 7th CPC -along with arrears from January 1 -from this month onwards after their new pay-scales were earlier notified by the government.
The notification for the armed forces, in turn, was issued on Tuesday . But it merely deleted the controversial line that held additional levels were being added to the defence pay matrix to “maintain parity“ with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like BSF , CRPF and the like.“In effect, military officers, who were earlier equated with the IPS if not the IAS, have been reduced to the level of the paramilitary ,“ said another officer.

One of the main anomalies raised earlier was the “artificial suppression of entry-level pay in each rank“ for the armed forces. Another issue is the denial of higher military service pay (MSP) for junior commissioned officers (JCOs).

(SOURCE : TIMES OF INDIA, HYDERABAD)

Armed forces reject pay panel Army, Navy, IAF:First Resolve ‘anomalies’

Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 10

In an embarrassment to the Modi government, the armed forces have rejected the salary and emoluments recommended by the Seventh Central Pay Commission, pleading that its implementation be put on hold in view of the “unresolved anomalies” that lowered the status of the forces vis-à-vis their counterparts in the police and the civil administration. The Ministry of Defence had issued the notification on September 6 after taking into account a letter by the three services chiefs on the issue of pay parity, among other things. This notification was exclusively for the forces. In the past 24 hours, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force have issued separate letters to inform senior commanders and the troops about the decision of the top brass. The Chiefs of Staff Committee had met on September 7 to discuss the issue. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to take a decision on the matter on Monday. Earlier, the notification for enhanced pay for the forces had been held up as the issues raised by the three services were being studied. The main “anomaly” is that the formula adopted for determining the basic pay for the armed forces is different from the one for other Central government employees. As a result, in each rank the service officers have been awarded lower pay scales. In March, the MoD had told an empowered panel that the status, pay and allowances of the armed forces be kept above the other “fighting” arms of the government.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF ESM COMMUNITY

As received.

With Respect to the last para of the trail mail, I would like to quote. Few statements which has been made by the CGDA and PCDA pensions during pension adalat at Parvanoo . Due to quoted as understood by some veteran who had attended the meet there. A statement as such made by CGDA certainly carry a lot of prior inputs to us and There is a rethink on the date on which the basic is to be taken (is it 1/1/2006 or is it Jul 2014/31 Dec 2015 for deriving the new pension as per 7CPC wef 1/1/2016. From the CGDA's statement itself it comes out that the multiplication factor (FF) of 2.57 has to be changed to 2.89 for accommodating the OROP basic in the 7CPC implementation . This gives us food for thought and few more bashings on inevitables/virtual realities : Read through a fwd on CGDA/PCDA discussions at Parvanoo quoted below : Message as received. Message as received is received is forwarded. Today I went to Tarn Taran to attend the pension adalat. It was possibly the first time the highest ranking officers came. It was organised by 7 Inf Div. The CGDA, Mr Kohli who belongs to Naushara Pannuan, about 15 km from Tarn Taran. CGDA (PENSIONS) and CGDA WESTERN COMD were present. Had an opportunity to spend 20 minutes with the CGDA. Issues discussed as under. 1. 7 CPC pension award. Most, including myself were under the impression that our pensions go up by 2.57 times the pension as on 31 Dec 15. The CPC award is 2.57 times 01 Jan 2006. Now this works for civilians. Not for Faujis. I was left clueless. Anyway the MoD and MoF are in the final stages of resolving the complication. According to him if we are to get the equivalent of 2.57 times as for civilians we should get 2.89 times of 2006 pension. Hence the problem. 2. 33 Year pension case is also having similar problems for us. Civilians have no problems because their pay is based on pay bands and pensions also accordingly. In our case earlier last 10 months average and after 2006 pay in last rank or last pay drawn. To be honest i wish I had deeper knowledge of these complicated issues. However this is in the final stages of govt approval. The tables will again take time at cgda. Reason we got increases in 2006, 2009, 2012 and OROP in 2014. All these have to be factored when arriving at arrears since 2006. Office of DPDO is under winding up process. The staff of cgda has come down from about 28000 to 19000. Since computerization has made things easier and all individual data is with cgda pensions, the office of DPDO will be wound up slowly. Some sort of help desks will come up which are easily accessible where just the problem is fed and the pcda will answer the query.
Brig Inder Mohan Singh

(Source- Via gp e-mail from Col Latif Vadakkayil (Retd)

SERVICES UNHAPPY WITH PAY PANEL ORDER : CHIEFS OF STAFF ARE LIKELY TO SEEK THE INTERVENTION OF THE PRIME MINISTER TO GET ANOMALIES RECTIFIED

By Dinakar Peri Updated: September 8, 2016

An implementation order on the Seventh Pay Commission for Military personnel was issued by the Defence Ministry early this week. However, with key anomalies raised by the Services remaining unaddressed, the three Chiefs of Staff are likely to seek the intervention of P M Narendra Modi. While the Seventh Pay Commission has been implemented for civilian government employees, the separate order required for the defence services was not issued as the Chiefs of Staff had written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Mr. Modi over discrepancies that were not cleared by the empowered committee appointed to look into concerns. “While the small concerns have been taken care of, the major concerns put forward have not been addressed,” sources in the defence services said. The commission’s recommendations had disconcerted the Services as they were equated on a par with the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), which they said reduced their status. “The notification corrects the issue of parity,” one official said. As per procedure, the three Services have to now issue individual service instructions. “The process is likely to take 15 to 20 days and the new salary would be reflected in this month’s salary,” the official added. Service chiefs briefed The three Chiefs of Staff were on Wednesday given detailed presentations on the implications of the implementation in its present form. While the exact course of action is yet to be finalised, the chiefs are likely to seek Mr. Modi’s intervention and have the issue addressed by the Group of Ministers (GoM). “They will speak to Mr. Parrikar and are likely to write to Mr. Modi that the matter be taken up by the GoM,” sources said. The service instructions are likely to be delayed till the issue is addressed. The Services are likely to ask the defence ministry to put the specific instructions on hold till the anomalies are sorted, sources added. The services had on several occasions raised four key issues in addition to others, which they perceive reduce the status of the armed forces with respect to their civilian counterparts. These relate to the Non Functional Upgrade (NFU), NFU pay fixation, Military Service Pay (MSP) and the common pay matrix for civilian and military services.

(Source - The Hindu)

Defence Pay Matrix

Dear Veterans,

            This is with reference to your query on Defence Pay Matrix.

Defence Pay Matrix.   The pay matrix is for various ranks from serving Sepoys to Service Chiefs. If you see the top of the horizontal part of the matrix, it says Pay Band. That is the pay band of 6th CPC. For ranks from Sepoy to Brig it had four pay bands. PB-1 is for OR, PB-2 is for JCOs, PB-3 for Officers up to rank of Maj and PB-4 for ranks from Lt Col to Brig. There after you see for Lt Gens (HAG) in pay scale of Rs 67000 – 79000, Lt Gens (HAG+) of Rs 75500 – Rs 80,000, Army Cdrs at Rs 80,000 and Service Chiefs at Rs 90,000 in 6th CPC scales. You see old grade pay of all ranks as per 6h CPC in the next row. For Officers it is from Rs 5400 of Lt to RS 10,000 for Maj Gens.   

Levels. Now Come to Levels. They start from Level 3 for Sepoys and goes up to Level 18 for Service Chiefs. Lt Cols at 12A, Cols at 13 and Brig at 13A is what we will restrict for easier understanding of the pay matrix. You can also interpret Level as rank.

 Stages. Under Level vertically down, you will find 1 to 24 for Sepoys to Majors which are known as Stages. That is the number of increments you earned in the last rank. For Lt Cols stages has gone up from 18 to 21, for Cols it is enhanced from 16 to 19 and for Brig it is enhanced from 14 to 16. If you the Gazette Notification issued earlier, it talked about stages increased for the ranks of Lt Col to Brig to bring their pay scale at par with CAPFs.

Pay Fixation in 7th CPC of Serving Personnel as on Jan 2016

Pay in Dec 2015. The Gazette talks about fixation of pay of serving personnel. Suppose there is a Brig whose basic pay + grade pay of 6thCPC as in Dec 2015 is Rs X then multiply this figure with 2.57 (already they are drawing 2.25 due to DR being 125%). For that you see Level 13A for Brig. If a Brig is newly promoted on Dec 2015 and his pay in pay band + grade pay is Rs X then his pay as on Jan 2016 is Rs 1,39,600. Suppose there is a Brig with few increments already drawing basic pay +grade pay of Rs 62,000 as in Dec 2015. You multiply Rs 62,000 with 2.57 to Rs 1,59,340. See in the column under Level 13A for Brig whether Rs 1,59,340 is available. The cell closest to Rs 1,59,340 is Rs 1,61,800 at Stage 6 (vertically below Level). So his pay matrix (pay in pay band + grade pay) is Rs 161800. Add Rs 15,500 of MSP and his total Def Pay is Rs 1,77,300. Suppose he were to retire in Jan 2016 then his pension is Rs 177300/2 = Rs 88,650.This is based on pay in pay + grade pay of Rs 62,000 which is taken as a sample and is not the Correct figure. You have to see actually what that Brig was drawing as on Dec 2015. So do not go by what pension figure I am giving.

Pension of Pre – 2016 Pensioners. 7th CPC at Chapter 10.2.87 at page 418 & 419 clearly mention that pension be worked out by Increment method or 2.57 method. Since Increment method requires PCDA (O) Pune to intimate the number of increments earned in the last rank of any one (say Brig as in your case), they pension be paid as per 2.57 method. In case Increment method is more beneficial then the difference be paid as arrears later. Therefore in my assessment your pension in 7th CPC = OROP pension x 2.57 (you are supposed to have retired in 2013). If you have served as Brig for long time and your pension is beneficial in Increment method as and when PCDA(O) Pune intimates the number of increments you earned in the rank of Brig, then PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad will work out and if they find Increment method is more beneficial then they will give you arrears. When ?

   So do not waste your time trying to analyse Pay fixation of Serving Personnel. Multiply your present OROP pension with 2.57 and be happy with that new pension w.e.f Jan 2016. So wait Circular containing detailed tables (like they did for OROP)  to come from PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad hopefully by Diwali.

warm regards,

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