Monday, 11 April 2016

Incorporation of Aadhaar number in fresh Pension Payment Orders [PPOs]

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Incorporation of Aadhaar number in fresh Pension Payment Orders PPOs

NEW DELHI – 110066
CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2016/07
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Incorporation of Aadhaar number in fresh Pension Payment Orders [PPOs].
Attention is invited to CPAO OM No. CPAO/Tech/leevan Pramaan/ 2015-16/ 1770 dated 07.03.2016 (Annex-l) and DO letter dated 30.07.2015 from CGA to all Secretaries (Civil Ministries) regarding incorporation of Aadhaar number in the fresh PPOs (Annex-II). In this context, it is observed that progress in incorporation of Aadhaar numbers in the fresh PPOs has been very low. For the period July, 2015 to March, 2016 out of 25608 total fresh PPOs received in CPAO, only in 1907 (7.45%) cases Aadhaar number was mentioned.
2. In view of Aadhaar Cards numbers crossing 100 crores marks and implementation of Aadhaar linked Biometric Attendance System in most of the central government offices, it is very unlikely that a retiring government servant will not have Aadhaar number. Further, DOPT vide its OM No. Z-20025/9/2014-Estt (AL) dated-03.11.2014 (Annex-III) had requested all Ministries/ Departments to ensure that the Service Books of all employees have an entry of Aadhaar number.
3. In view of above, all Pr. CCAs/CCAs/CAS are once again requested to take up the matter with IS (Admn) and Heads of Offices of respective Ministries / Departments to arrange for providing Aadhaar number in all pension papers to be submitted to concerned PAOs to enable them to incorporate the same in PPO booklets.
Encl:- As above

(Sanjai Singh)
Chief Controller (Pension
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Dearness Allowance to Railway employees Revised rates effective from 01.01.2016. Read more: Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike Follow us: @StaffNews_In on Twitter | cgenews on Facebook

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Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees Revised rates effective from 01.01.2016: Railway Board Order RBE No. 32/2016

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
RBE No.32/2016
New Delhi, dated 08.04.2016
The GMs/CAO(R).
All Zonal Railways & Production Units,
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees Revised rates effective from 01.01.2016.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 24.09.2015 PC-VI/356 RBE No.115/2015) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125 % with effect from January, 2016.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No. PC-V1/3, RBE No 106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

Jt.Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

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Vague News about implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is Posted in Internet

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Vague News about implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is Posted in Internet
Any news about implementation of 7th pay commission recommendation is the Hottest topic of discussion at all offices of Central Government. To encash this interest of cg servants, all the Media has focused on publishing vague news about latest development in 7th pay commission. To what extent it is true is debatable issue. But whatever the news posted in Social Media and News Media about the seventh CPC recommendation never missed to draw the attention of cg employees.
Just two lines are enough to make a hot news to publish to attract the attention of viewers. Readers has to verify whether the news published on pay panel report is true or not.
A news published recently in a Reputed News Website says that the Empowered Committee would propose Minimum Pay Rs.20000/-.
The article states, “According to reports, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) is planning to propose a minimum pay of Rs 20,000 instead of Rs.18,000 as proposed earlier”.
But there was no point in that article that on which basis the minimum pay would be fixed at Rs.20000/-. These type of imprecise news are keep coming in many news blogs now.
The NCJCM Staff side said that the ECoS has just observed the concerns raised by them in the Meeting. They insisted that Minimum Pay should be raised to Rs 26000/- instead of Rs 18000. In fact, is was told that the ECoS has not been given any power to commit any thing on modifying the recommendations.
The next one is the news about implementation date of 7th Pay commission recommendations.

One Rank One Pension – A status report on 2.4.2016

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One Rank One Pension – A status report on 2.4.2016
One Rank One Pension
A status report
Government of India notified the OROP scheme vide order dated 7th November 2015 delineating the principles of OROP scheme and the implementation process. This was followed by detail order on CROP scheme dated 3rd February 2016 enclosing 101 tables of revised benefits under the scheme, which were made available to various categories of Defence forces pensioners and family pensioners. A circular was also immediately issued on 4th February 2016 to all pension disbursing authorities containing detail instructions for making revised payments under the scheme.
2. The Defence Accounts Department was closely associated with the OROP scheme and undertook the following activities in the entire process-Collection, collation and presentation of variety of data and records of Defence pensioners for working out the financial implications.
Assisting the DESW/ MOD and PMO in finalizing the principles for rolling out the CROP scheme.
Working out more than 100 tables of various categories of pensioners revising the rates of pensions under OROP and formulation of government letter on the OROP.
Issue of detailed payment instructions to all payment authorities for time bound payments.
Initiating a dialogue with Banks who account for 75% Defence pension disbursements and closely monitoring release of payments well before the prescribed timelines.
The DPDOs became the first disbursing agency to have credited the revised benefits under OROP in a record time to the accounts of 2,21,205 Defence pensioners on 29th February 2016 amounting to Rs. 354 crores.
3. All the offices dealing with pension matters right from PCDA(P), PCDA (Navy), CDA/JCDA(AF), CDA (PD), CDA Chennai, the Aashraya team and the DPDOS rose to the occasion and carried out the tasks assigned to them in the most professional manner and well within the times-lines so prescribed. The agencies in the department worked as a well-knit team in a collaborative effort.
4. Another first was the dialogue, which was initiated with all the Public Sector Banks in advance taking them on board in the massive exercise of ensuring that time bound payments are made to lakhs of Defence pensioners. The mandate could be achieved successfully by advance planning, concerted follow up action and continuous dialogue with all stakeholders.
The latest update on release of pension benefits under OROP is enclosed.
orop status report

7th CPC Pension Arrears Calculator from Jan 2016

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7th CPC Pension Arrears Calculator from Jan 2016 : The recommendations of this 7th Pay Commission in relation to pay of personnel will lead to a significant increase in the minimum pay from the existing ₹7,000 per month to ₹18,000 per month. This, based on the computation of pension, will raise minimum pension from the existing ₹3,500 to ₹9,000. The minimum pension based on the recommendations of this Commission will increase by 2.57 times over the existing level.
We provide a simple tool to calculate the pension and the arrears with input your basic pension of 6th CPC…
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7th Central Pay Commission and the Arrears

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“In the past, since the Pay Commission recommendations were enforced with years of retrospective effect, the government had refused to release the arrears for allowances”

The Pay Commission for Central Government employees is constituted once every ten years to revise their pay and allowances. The previous Pay Commission was implemented in the year 2006. The most recent one, the 7th Pay Commission, had submitted to the Central Government its report in 2015. The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are expected to come into effect from June or July this year. They are also very likely to have a retrospective effect from January 1, 2016 onwards.

In the event that it comes into effect from January 1, many are convinced that the government is very likely to not release the arrears for House Rent and Transport allowances, this time also. But, some of our readers vehemently oppose this stand.

The recommendations of 6th Pay Commission was implemented and the revised salaries were given only with effect from 01.01.2006. But the allowances are given only after 1.9.2008. It was originally meant to be implemented on January 1, 2006 including all allowances. The allowances, particularly HRA and TA were calculated from September 1, 2008 onwards. The government refused to give the 32-months arrears on HRA and Transport allowance.

This time, the slogan was “Pay Commission without arrears.” Despite it all, four months have passed. The government servants are not responsible for the delay, but they say that the government must pay the arrears on HRA and travel allowance this time from the implemented date.

This is why, in our 7th CPC Arrears Calculator, we have mentioned as two stages that the total approximate arrears and actual arrears.

Similarly, the readers have expressed their opinions about the various deductions, including CGEGIS, GPF, and NPS.

Some say that the arrear amount has to be calculated only after deducting the subscriptions of CGEGIS. And also, the arrear calculations must be made after deducting like Minimum GPF contributions and, the subscription of New Pension Scheme. We would like to state that we are making efforts to incorporate all these views. We would also like to thank our readers for giving us such wonderful and thought-provoking feedback.

The intention behind designing a calculator to find out the salaries, pensions and allowances of the Central Government employees, the serving members of the armed forces and the pensioners, is to give the readers a simple and as-accurate-as-possible method of calculation.

Our exclusive calculator links are given below…

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.

A word of caution- This change would not affect the concept of One Rank One Pension (OROP) applicable with effect from 2014 since while this development is based on 50% of minimum emoluments introduced by the 6th Central Pay Commission for each grade, the concept of OROP is based on live data of actual pension based on real time emoluments as per length of service of in-service personnel. Readers are hence requested not to mix up the two dispensations which operate by way of separate dynamics.

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.

Lost Bombay photographs

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This is probably the best mail I have ever received. I will cherish this.  am sure you have seen some of these before, but a collection of this in one place is awesome.      

To all my Bombay friends , 
once you are on the blog, have a look at other links for museums, kanheri caves,.....
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The Indian Army Family

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Indian Military Veterans
09 April 2016
 Dear Friends,
1.         As we went along our Protest Movement at Jantar Mantar and across the Country, many other Organisations and segments of Society joined in and encouraged us with their support. We are thankful to them. We are now entering into our broader phase of the Movement to incorporate nation building issues, actions and activities. Some of the issues in our thoughts and planning are as under:–
a)    Through the efforts of one of the Defence Child Sh. Mukesh Anand, Cancer Detection Mobile Labs owners have volunteered to assist us in the Management of Cancer. It was encouraging to see one of the Mobile Vans being placed at Jantar Mantar on 03 Apr 2016 during the Rally. We will be sending a number of vans to the States, starting with Punjab. These will be managed by the ESM at various locations in Punjab.
b)   Provision of Instructors for skill development in villages and cities across the Country.
c)    Provision of HRD Instructors in Govt Schools in villages and cities. ESM can prove to be great asset in the development of personality of the youth of India and make them good human beings and good leaders.
d)   Development, maintenance and upkeep of both sides of the National Highways across the country. ESM are best suited for the job and can play an important role in this issue.
e)   Efficient Management of Dairies and Agriculture Research and Development.
f)    We also have given thought to taking an effective and efficient part in Governance. Slogan has been given “Panchyat at Parliament”. We will take part in the village Panchyatto Parliament in Elections. Some encouraging results to share. In Bhiwani district (Haryana) out of 191 Panchayats which went in for Election, 45 Panchayat Sarpanches ESM fought the Elections and all 45 have won. 19 ESM in Jhajjar (Haryana) and 16 Ambala (Haryana) have also won.
g)   We will take part in all State Elections using our collective Vote Power. Punjab will be our start point. We as Sainik Samaj will forge pre poll alliance with suitable groups/Parties.
h)   Other aspects of our participation in Nation Building will be added as we go along.
i)     We have moved forward in making the slogan of our honourable PM Sh Lal BahadurShastri “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” to become effective and efficient. Many farmers Organisation and United Front of ESM (Jantar Mantar) have joined together to fight for our Justice, respect and rights.

Larger SC Bench to decide on AFT orders

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Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 18
The Supreme Court has referred the case pertaining to the jurisdiction of high courts over orders passed by the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) to a larger bench after observing that prima facie the apex court’s decision of March 2015 barring the high courts from hearing appeals against AFT orders may be contrary to the law laid down by of a seven-bench Constitutional Bench. The larger bench would be constituted by the Chief Justice of India. Taking up a petition that sought that appeals against AFT orders be heard by the high courts, the SC has held that it would be appropriate that the matter be heard by a larger bench of three judges. The case would now be heard on December 3. The SC judgement of March had ruled that high courts did not have jurisdiction to review AFT orders and any appeal against AFT orders would lay directly with the apex court. Section 31 of the AFT Act provides that appeals cannot be filed in the SC unless the case involves a “point of law of general public importance”. The SC has also held that issues such as pension, promotions, pay scales, etc. do not fall in the category of “public importance”. The March order had virtually deprived serving and retired petitioners from the armed forces, many of them aged and disabled soldiers, the right to appeal against AFT orders, thereby making the AFT the first and last court to redress their grievances.

Govt staff may be asked for invest part of 7th pay commission hike in bank bonds

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New Delhi: Government is looking at a scheme for encouraging its employees to invest part of their 7th pay commission salary hike in a fund which would be used for recapitalisation of state-owned banks.
High income government official, according to officials, could be roped in to invest in the fund by offering lucrative incentives like tax break or higher return.
As per the proposal, higher income government staff from the rank of section officer may be asked to shell out 50% of increased salary towards bank capitalisation bonds, the officials said.
Top officials of the finance ministry had preliminary discussion over the issue last week, officials said. However, no decision has been taken yet, they said, adding that Committee of Secretaries is looking into the matter and various alternatives are being considered.
This proposal is being considered to find more resources for recapitalisation of public sector banks which are saddled with gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of Rs.3.61 trillion at the end of December 2015, as against Rs.39,859 crore in the private sector.
Gross NPA ratio as percentage of advances rose to 7.30% while for private banks, it stood at 2.36% as of December-end.
RBI has asked public sector banks to clean up balancesheets by March next year. Cleaning to books would require additional capital infusion than what has been envisage in the ‘Indradhanush’.
Last year, the government had announced a revamp plan ‘Indradhanush’ to infuse Rs.70,000 crore in state-owned banks over four years, while they will have to raise a further Rs.1.1 trillion from markets to meet their capital requirements in line with global risk norms Basel-III. In line with the blueprint, PSU banks were given Rs.25,000 crore in the last fiscal and an equal amount is planned for the current fiscal.
As per the plan, Rs.10,000 crore each would be infused in 2017-18 and 2018-19. It is believed that the government provided as much as Rs.70,000 crore in the Union Budget 2016-17 for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission for 47 lakh government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
While the Budget did not provide an explicit overall provision number, the government had said the 7th Pay Commission hike has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries and Budget numbers were credible.
Implementation of the pay commission report in toto is to cost the government Rs.1.02 lakh crore.

Armymen took govt for a ride for disability pension

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NEW DELHI: One rank, one pension (OROP) for military veterans may be fine but the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) has found that the number of senior officers, especially brigadiers and above, claiming disability pension witnessed a major jump after the payout for disability was increased by the last pay panel. 

Observing that there was "an upward trend in personnel superannuating with disability element at senior levels", while it had gone down for jawans and junior commissioned officers (JCOs), the pay panel recommended junking the regime implemented after the Sixth CPC and a return to the earlier, more equitable, "slab based system". 

There have been several cases in recent years of senior officers, which include even a former Army chief, taking the pension system for a ride by claiming higher disability pension. 

The pay commission questioned the rationale of awarding disability pension to officers as a percentage of their last pay drawn as it had resulted in high ranking officers, brigadiers and above, claiming disability since the payout went up. 

The pay panel found that officers retiring with disability in the armed forces increased from 13% in 2007-08 to 20% in 2013-14. 

On the other hand, jawans and JCOs were less affected by disability and a lesser number of them were drawing disability pension. The percentage of JCOs/other ranks retiring with disability actually decreased from 19% in 2007-08 to 7% in 2013-14. 

"Implementation of the Sixth CPC recommendations resulted in a substantial increase in the disability element. For 100% disability, at the minimum level, for jawans, it went up from Rs 1,550 to Rs 3,138, a little over double while at the highest level, among officers, it went up from Rs 2,600 to Rs 27,000, by more than 10 times," the pay panel said. 

The shift from slab-based system to a percentage-based regime for disability pension after implementation of the Sixth CPC's recommendations was contrary to the tenets of equity, in so far as treatment of disability element between officers and JCOs/ORs was concerned, the pay panel said. 

"The commission is, therefore, of the view that the regime implemented post-Sixth CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommends a return to the slab-based system," it said while giving suggestions on reverting to the slab rates. 

To examine recent trends in disability cases, the pay panel had sought data — total number of pensioners superannuating with disability element each year — from the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). 


Govt set to give permanent status to top post in Indian military

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Govt set to give permanent status to top post in Indian military

  • Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2016 09:32 IST
The Narendra Modi government is set to create a post of permanent chairman, chiefs of staff committee (COSC) — a four-star officer who will be the single-point military adviser to the Centre — four years after a recommendation by the Naresh Chandra task force on higher defence reforms.

The Narendra Modi government is set to create a post of permanent chairman, chiefs of staff committee (COSC) — a four-star officer who will be the single-point military adviser to the Centre — four years after a recommendation by the Naresh Chandra task force on higher defence reforms.
Top government sources confirmed to Hindustan Times that the process of appointment of chairman, COSC, would begin after Modi’s in-principle approval next week. It is understood that a presentation on higher defence reforms and future air power planning will be made before the PM on April 12. The proposal has already been vetted by the cabinet secretary, national security adviser and defence minister.
“Once the presentation is cleared by the Prime Minister, a formal proposal will be moved for approval in the cabinet committee on security (CCS). The entire exercise should be over in a couple of months,” a senior official said.
The government envisages the permanent chairman to have a two-year tenure and equivalence in rank and protocol with the army, navy and air force chiefs of staff.
Selected on the basis of merit and from any of the three arms, the officer will be responsible for all military hardware acquisition processes, tri-service command in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, cyber command, special forces, and for inculcating “jointmanship” within the forces for optimum utilisation of resources.
A single- point military adviser’s post in the form of chief of defence staff was proposed by the K Subrahmanyam Committee set up by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee gover nment after the 1999 Kargil war.
In 2011, the UPA regime revisited higher defence reforms under a committee led by former cabinet secretary Naresh Chandra. The committee, which submitted its report in 2012, recommended a watered down version of the CDS and called it the PCOSC (permanent chairman of the COSC).

“The whole idea behind appointing a PCOSC is to break down silos within armed forces and create synergy in the fighting force. The problem with the existing separate military headquarters is that there is a turf war between the three wings with each seeing things with its own perspective and requirement,” a senior official said.

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