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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Revision of pension of pre 2006 pensioners

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Biggest news of 2016 for Central Government pensioners

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Most readers would be aware that the orders regarding calculation of pension of pre-2006 retirees based on minimum of pay within the pay band for each separate grade/rank and not on minimum of the pay band itself, with arrears from 01-01-2006 rather than 24-09-2012, were issued for Central Government pensioners in July 2015 by the Government as per the decision of the Delhi High Court, which essentially followed a decision of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, and then upheld by the Supreme Court. The High Court had held that the anomaly (though later removed by the Government itself from 24-09-2012) had to be removed from the date of the inception of the anomaly, that is, 01-01-2006. Similar orders were later issued by the Ministry of Defence.

On a similar analogy, many decisions by various Benches of the Central Administrative Tribunal (and then upheld by the High Courts) were rendered de-linking the service requirement of 33 years for grant of full pension for pre-2006 retirees at par with post-2006 retirees for whom there is no such requirement. Some Special Leave Petitions preferred by the Government against such orders were also dismissed, though not by way of detailed decisions. The Punjab  Haryana High Court had also passed a detailed verdict on the same subject for pensioners of the Central Armed Police Forces. Till date, the pensions of pre-2006 pensioners with less than 33 years of service (including weightage) were being calculated by way of proportionate reduction.

Through this earlier post dated 22-01-2016, in view of multiple queries in this regard, I had informed by way of general information that the matter of issuance of orders on this subject for similarly placed retirees was being examined by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of Finance.

The Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare has now issued universal orders giving effect to the judicial decisions of the High Courts and has removed the requirement of 33 years service for full pension. Now, irrespective of length of service, all pre-2006 pensioners shall be eligible for full pension as is admissible to those pre-2006 pensioners who had rendered 33 years or more service including weightage. Full arrears are also admissible with effect from 01-01-2006. The biggest gainers would be voluntary retirees and those released from service on medical grounds or before completing full service. The orders can be downloaded by clicking here. Similar orders should now be issued for defence pensioners also by the Ministry of Defence.

We must again place on record extreme gratitude to the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare functioning under Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions which has once again taken a stand for all Central Government pensioners and ensured issuance of universal directions just on simple dismissal of a Special Leave Petition by the Supreme Court even without a detailed order. One cannot also help but compare this with the attitude of the Ministry of Defence which continues to file appeals against its pensioners and disabled pensioners based on artificial distinctions even when the law has been fully settled by the Supreme Court in a plethora of detailed landmark decisions and which also militates against the grain of the opinion expressed by the highest of political executive, including the Prime Minister. I however maintain and retain full hope that the current Raksha Mantri would be able to rein in the unruly horses.  

Jai Hind. 

Source: http://www.indianmilitary.info

Proposed format of the Service Book for Central Government Employees – Dopt

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Modernization of Service Book
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi. 5th April. 2016
Subject: Modernization of Service Book
The undersigned is directed to state that there is a proposal to modernize the Service Book to make it user friendly. The proposed format of the Service Book is annexed herewith.
2. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to offer the comments, if any, within 15 days of this 0M.
Encl: As above
(Mukul Ratra)
Director
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OROP Pension Arrears Calculator for JCOs/ORs including Honorary Commissioned Officers

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MHA for pay on par with Army for paramilitary: Presentation to ECoS for 7th CPC implementation Read more: http://www.staffnews.in/2016/04/mha-for-pay-on-par-with-army-for.html#ixzz458hOm1NT Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike Follow us: @StaffNews_In on Twitter | cgenews on Facebook

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MHA for pay on par with Army for paramilitary

NEW DELHI: Drawing a parallel with defense forces, Rajnath Singh-led home ministry, has recommended equivalent pay for a second in command (2IC) in central paramilitary to that of a lieutenant colonel in the army. At present, there is a difference of Rs 40,000 in their salaries "despite operational role of both ranks being similar in nature," the home ministry informed the empowered committee of secretaries (E-COS) in its recent discussion.

In its presentation before the ECOS, the MHA also batted for a 'special pay' on par with the army. The defence forces get a special allowance in the form of military service pay (MSP) over and above their salaries.


While recommending a 'CAPF service pay', the home ministry said, "CAPF fulfills all attributes required for MSP, which includes separation from family.

They are the key pillars of internal and border guarding, handle warlike situation and continuously engaged in operations."

According to an MHA official, the proposal for a 'CAPF special pay' was earlier mooted before the 7th pay commission last year. However, it was shelved at the last minute.

He also stated that the CAPF has raised nearly 40 demands, which were examined at the MHA, before recommending 11 of them to E-COS.

While terming it to be a "great morale booster" for the forces, the home ministry in its recommendation also sought additional leave travel concession (LTC) for CAPF personnel serving in high altitude on par with defense forces that will "facilitate personnel to visit at least twice to their families on government cost," MHA said in its representation.

Home ministry also sought to address the problem of stagnation among the paramilitary by proposing that modified assured career progression scheme (MCAP). It shall be allowed four times at an interval of 8, 16, 24 and 32 instead of 3 times at an interval of 10, 20,30 years. "At present, it takes 20-22 years for them to get their first promotion and this has also led officers to quit. As many as 9,300 personnel quit ITBP, CISF, SSB BSF, CRPF, due to non-friendly working conditions," said an official. 

The government also advocated for a better leave structure for the personnel who are deployed for counter-insurgency operations across the country.

Read at: Economic Times

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Good News! 7th Pay Commission: Salary hike implementation to push up GDP

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By: Reetu Sharma 

  New Delhi, April 6: 
The central government employees are ardently waiting for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission as a final date has yet not been decided for the same. 

RBI in a report on Monday has revealed something which is a bit worrisome as well as brings some good news. The report reveals that implementation of the 7CPC will put an upward pressure of 1-1.5 per cent on inflation, but is expected to boost GDP by around 40 bps (basis points increase) during the current fiscal, RBI said in a report today.

 At the same time, the central bank remained confident of meeting its March 2017 retail inflation target of 5 per cent. "Assuming that the government implements the 7th Pay commission recommendations by the second quarter of 2016-17, CPI (Consumer Price Index) inflation could be, on average, 100-150 bps higher than the baseline in 2016-17. 

 Its impact is expected to persist up to 24 months," Governor Raghuram Rajan said in the a report released along with the monetary policy document. 

The report, however, noted that the pay hike will boost GDP by around 40 bps during the current fiscal. The pay hike impact will also jack up food prices, the report said, adding that "food prices could
 consequently increase, leading to inflation rising above the baseline by 80-100 bps in 2016-17, even assuming effective government policies relating to food stocks, procurement and minimum support prices". 

On achieving the inflation target (6 per cent in January this year), the Governor said inflation has evolved along the projected trajectory and the January 2016 target was met with a marginal undershoot.

 "Going forward, CPI inflation is expected to decelerate modestly and remain around 5 per cent in FY17 with small inter-quarter variations," he said, but warned that there are uncertainties surrounding this inflation path emanating from recent unseasonal rains, the likely spatial and temporal distribution of monsoons, the low reservoir levels by historical averages, and the strength of the recent upturn in commodity prices, especially oil.

 Persistence of inflation in certain services warrants watching, mainly due to pay hikes, he said, while there will be some offsetting downside pressures stemming from tepid demand in the global economy. But the government's effective supply-side measures keeping a check on food prices, and "the government's commendable commitment to fiscal consolidation" will have a salutary impact on inflation. 

On growth, which it has retained at 7.6 percent for this fiscal, the report said, "The uneven recovery in growth in FY16 is likely to strengthen gradually in FY17, assuming normal monsoons, the likely boost to consumption demand from the implementation of the pay commission and OROP, and continuing monetary policy accommodation."

  The gross value add growth projection for 2016-17 is retained at 7.6 per cent, "with risks evenly balanced". 

The Centre, in January this year, had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. 

OneIndia News

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-salary-hike-implementation-push-up-gdp-know-more-about-rbi-report-2062399.html

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