Thursday, 5 May 2016

Facilities including allowances and salaries to Defence Personnel deployed at difficult terrain in border areas: Lok Sabha Q&A

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ANSWERED ON: 29.04.2016
Facilities to Defence Personnel


Will the Minister of
DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether incidents of casualty of soldiers deployed at higher altitude have increased due to natural calamities;

(b) if so, the details thereof and the corrective measures taken by the Government in this regard;

(c) whether defence personnel deployed at difficult terrain in border areas are being provided adequate facilities including allowances and salaries;

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(e) whether the Government proposes to enhance the facilities including allowances and salaries being provided o soldiers deployed in such areas and if so, the details thereof?



(a) to (d): The details of the soldiers who lost their lives in Siachen Glacier during the last three years and the current are as under:

Year: Soldiers martyred
2013: 10
2014: 8
2015: 9
2016 (till 31st March): 14

Troops being posted in high altitude areas are trained in ‘Basic & Advance’ skills in mountains and snow bound areas. Troops posted in Avalanche Prone Areas’ are subjected to series of training in the field formation area. Medical equipment exists in all posts to cater for emergencies.

Best quality of winter clothing and equipment is procured to prevent weather related casualties. Modern means of conveyance like snow scooters are utilized to ensure timely reaction to any eventuality and reduce fatigue. A number of specialized equipments have also been deployed in the avalanche prone areas.

Weather conditions prevailing in the sector are closely monitored by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment stations at Sasoma and Srinagar. The weather warnings issued are religiously followed in terms of restrictions on operation / administration related movement.

Adequate compensation is being provided to defence personnel deployed at difficult terrain in border areas in the form of Salaries and Compensatory Allowances in the form of Siachen Allowance, Highly Active Field Area Allowance / Field Area Allowance / Modified Field Area Allowance and High Altitude (Uncongenial Climate) Allowance depending upon the classification of area concerned. These allowance are in addition to the Military Services Pay (MSP) being paid to Defence Services personnel.

(e) Salaries paid to the Defence Personnel does not depend upon area of deployment and are same as per rank and structure. However, certain allowances vary as per area of deployment and are also revised from time to time.

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Minimum Pension

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The Government has notified a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 vide Notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E), dated 19th August, 2014 effective from 01.09.2014 for the year 2014-15 which is continued beyond March, 2015 without any break.

However, no proposal is under consideration of the Government at present for providing inflation-linked Dearness Allowance (DA) to pensioners of EPS, 1995. The issue of index-linking of pension by fully neutralizing inflation was considered by the Expert Committee constituted by the Government in the year 2009 for review of EPS, 1995 and the same was found not feasible in the case of a funded scheme like EPS, 1995 wherein the contribution of the employer and Government is at a fixed rate of 8.33 per cent and 1.16 per cent respectively. Therefore, the value of benefits cannot be left open-ended by linking it with inflation which is variable.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


7th Pay Commission – NFIR Ultimatum to Jaitely – If grievance not met – Trains will be off the track from 11 July

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu has requested Union finance minister Arun Jaitley for a financial assistance of about Rs 32,000 crore to absorb impact of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. “I would therefore earnestly request you to help the ministry of Railways and hand-hold it for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations,” Prabhu said in a letter addressed recently to Jaitley. “This may be done either through compensation of loss for coaching services (Rs 31,727 crore in 2013-14) or directly by virtue of a revenue grant matching the amount of the 7th CPC’s liability placed upon the Railways for the next three to four years.” Western railways employees union General Secretary Mr. Mahurkar said in a press conference in Nagad, if the recommendations of the railway minister Mr. Prabhu are not met or not accepted, the rails will come to a crashing halt on July 11. He added that about 1.5 lakhs of RPF jobs are vacant. He further reiterated, the security forces of railways work 24 hours, they should be paid accordingly, based on their commitment, which is not happening, he said. Railway Minister Mr. Prabhu has conveyed the grievances of railway staff to the finance minister Mr. Jitley, however it looks like he is in no mood to listen the plight of the railway staffs. so the employees are forced to take further devastative action, he added. In the 6th CPC the increase in the wages was 54% but the 7th pay commission has recommended only 14.3% increase. Its a crime against employees, he added. Mahurkar also objected to the implementation of new pension scheme for the employees from April 1 2014. He added, on 9th June we will issue a notice for strike, if our demands are not met, from 11th July the railway employees will go on indefinite strike.

Source: Dainik Bhaskar

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