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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Personal Computer Advance up to Rs.50,000

Indian Military Veterans
 No. 12(1)/E.II(A)/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
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New Delhi, the 7th October,2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Grant of advances- Seventh Pay Commission recommendations- Amendment to Rules 21(5) of Compendium of Rules on Advances to Government Servants.
The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of the decision taken by the Government on the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations relating to advances, the existing provisions of Compendium of Rules on Advances – 21(5) relating to Personal Computer Advance are amended as per the amendments attached.
2. These orders will take effect from the date of issue of this O.M. The cases where the advances have already been sanctioned need not be reopened.
3. The other interest bearing advances relating to Motor Car Advance and Motorcycle/Scooter/Moped Advance will stand discontinued.
4. In so far as persons serving in Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
5. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the amendments to the notice of all its attached and subordinate offices for their information.
Hindi version of this O.M is enclosed.
(Pankaj Hazarika)
Director, E.II (A)
AMENDMENT TO COMPENDIUM OF RULES ON ADVANCES TO GOVERNMENT SERVANTS, 2005.
CONDITIONS OF GRANT OF COMPUTER ADVANCE:
Rule 21(5)
AdvanceQuantumEligibility criteria
Personal Computer AdvanceRs.50,000 or actual price of PC, whichever is lower.All government employees

IN HOT PURSUIT OF PROMISES : A REALITY CHECK (Will this Govt issue orders for another ‘surgical strike’ on the anomalies/issues by engaging directly with the Armed Forces and leaving implementation to the bureaucracy?)

Indian Military Veterans

           Angst over the state of pay, allowances, pensions, and retirement benefits of serving personnel, Veterans, and widows of deceased personnel of the Armed Forces respectively has become, not unreasonably, in recent times a perennial condition. It appears that the Govt which is also the Competent Authority in bureaucratic language, does not find the restricted fundamental rights, and sacrifices of Armed Forces personnel adequate enough to justify matching by positive action the promises of equality and justice in benefits.


The marginal improvements in compensation often after protracted deliberations on files, some times nudges of the Courts, do not match the glory of those whose lives and limbs were lost or were at stake for the sovereignty of the nation.

The CLASSIFICATION, CONTROL & APPEAL RULES, 1965 definition is as follows: -
In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to article 309 and clause 5 of article 148 of the Constitution read with Rule 6 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, and in supersession of paragraph 2 of the notification of the Government of India in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms number S.O. 5041 dated the 11th November, 1975 as amended by the notification of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) number S.O. 1752 dated the 30th June, 1987, and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby directs that with effect from the date of publication  of this order in the Official Gazette, all civil posts under the Union, shall be classified as follows :-
Sl.No.
Description of Posts
Classification of posts
1.
A Central Civil post carrying a pay or a scale of pay with a maximum of not less than Rs. 13,500
Group A
2.
A Central Civil post carrying a pay or a scale of pay with a maximum of not less than Rs. 9,000 but less than Rs. 13,500
Group B

The file –pushers found it very simple and easy to bestow benefits like the Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (colloquially known as NFU) on themselves quoting the 6th CPC, and smug in the satisfaction that they made the recommendations, they ‘examined’ it, and they found it worthy of selective implementation with a definition of Organised Group ‘A’ services tailored to keep out the officers of the Armed Forces vide OM No. I-11019/12/2008-CRD issued by DOP & T on 20 Nov 2009. The ‘surgical strike’ in this OM was Para 1 (iii) “At least 50% of the vacancies in Junior Time Scale (JTS) in such services are required to be filled by direct recruitment.” JTS is the scale into which newly commissioned officers enter. In other words, does it mean that only 50% of vacancies will have to be set aside for newly commissioned officers and the rest will have to filled by promoting Gp B (JCOs) to JTS? 

Sadly, the Competent Authority (whether UPA-1 or UPA-2 or NDA-2) has not challenged this prejudice against the Armed Forces, the one institution that has defended the Nation’s sovereignty and integrity at the peril of their lives.
         
The growing disenchantment in now being reflected on the politicians who, though the Competent Authority, are led by the bureaucrats. The disenchantment is reflected in appeals before the Armed Forces Tribunals, High Courts, and the Supreme Court. It is also the reason for fratricide and disobedience of rules, regulations, even misappropriation. Shorn of the aiguillettes, collar tags, and dialectics, an objective analysis on CPC related matters shows that it is some what like the sequel to movies (the box office success ones) or serials on TV (that rely on TRPs), with one difference, the continuity is apathy.

Episode - 1 was the 2008 edition post the 6th CPC. The then Chiefs of the Armed Forces expressed their anguish and sought permission of the Govt not to implement the Govt’s orders (Resolution) on inconsistent recommendations of the CPC pointing out 46 anomalies (some of which are actually demands). The then Raksha Mantri gave assurances of redress and corrective action. The Govt went ahead and implemented the Resolution and left the Armed Forces and Veterans and Widows to approach the AFT and the Courts for redress.

A Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by then External Affairs Minister considered the apprehension and rendered a report. In the face of festering discontent, the UPA constituted two Committees chaired by the Cabinet Secretary (CSC) to consider the issues. Members of CSC 2009 and CSC 2012 quoted the report of the GoM quite extensively to back up their “Not Recommended.” Nothing more could have been expected from two committees of bureaucrats, even if headed by the Cabinet Secretary, for it would be blasphemous to think out of the ‘precedent’ box (that foundation of the bureaucracy) let alone think differently from a GoM.

The RM disappointed the Armed Forces by being too insipid and timid, but things have not improved considerably. His classic was “Wait” when NFU issue was referred to him in minute on MoD file provided in a reply (F No. 35 (11)/2013/D (Pay/Services, received vide ibid reply date 08 Oct 2013).

 The UPA Govt announced approval for One Rank One Pension (OROP) on 17 Feb 2014. OROP was presented, perhaps as a reaction to the pre-election promises which raised hopes and aspirations from September 2013 onwards.

Implementation of OROP is cited as one example of ‘caring for Armed Forces Veterans’ by this Govt and though it was denied for 67 years by the previous governments including NDA–1, (which brings me to that mischievous thought – if OROP was prevalent till 3rd CPC as is bandied about, how is it 67 years!) 

Some Veterans raised aspirations, often coloured in hues of misrepresentation [before 3rd CPC pension was 70%, that OROP was in existence when actually it was Standard Pension i.e One amount (Rs 300) for One rank (Capt) irrespective of the qualifying service above 20 years)], and mis-quoting of Koshyari Committee report’s recommendation on annual equalisation (The Koshyari Report only records the  submission made by Army and Air Force representatives for either a 5 yearly equalisation or Pay Commission to Pay Commission equalisation. Neither of them is in the recommendations of the Koshyari Committee Report at Para 11) and much else.

for information through the RTI Act, 2005 brought out the script, the screenplay and the comments and opinions of various officers up the chain in the decision making apparatus known as MoD. It will, if the pattern of Episode – 1 persists, show that Armed Forces placed a list of anomalies/demands, the Govt/MoD conceded some, the Govt/MoF overruled some of those, and finally a sagacious decision will be taken to pass the responsibility to the 7th Central Pay Commission for a ‘holistic view.’ On reads how ‘holistic’ that view was.

History will, however, record a first to the credit of this Govt. It is the setting up of the One Man Judicial Commission (OMJC) to adjudicate on Govt order on OROP. The OMJC is an improvement on the Cabinet Secretary Committees (CSCs).

So, other than OROP (or its diluted or adulterated version, depending on the opinion of reticent or vociferous critics) what are the other promises that this Govt has fulfilled? Pension fixation w.e.f 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012? No, that was a consequence of a Supreme Court ruling in S-29 pensioners’ case. What about deletion of the pro-rata deduction for pre 1.1.2006 pensioners as it was applicable to post 1.1.2006 pensioners? No again, it was the Supreme Court’s order in the MO Inasu case. 

Episode – 2 is the 2016 edition, with one change in the script. The present Chiefs of the Armed Forces express their anguish and have sought permission of the Govt not to implement the Govt’s orders (resolution) on inconsistent recommendations of the CPC pointing out another list of anomalies (some of which may again actually be demands). The Raksha Mantri gives assurances of redress and speedy corrective action. The Govt goes ahead and issues the Resolution and leaves the Veterans and Widows to approach the AFT and the Courts for redress. The one change in the script is that a serving officer has approached a High Court for redress.    

          Future requests for information through the RTI Act, 2005 will bring out the script, the screenplay and the comments and opinions of various officers up the chain in the decision making apparatus known as MoD. It will, if the pattern of Episode – 1 persists, show that Armed Forces placed a list of anomalies/demands, the Govt/MoD conceded some, the Govt/MoF overruled some of those, and finally a sagacious decision will be taken to pass the responsibility to the 8th Central Pay Commission for a ‘holistic view.’

          It will need the Govt’s decision, like the strike on terrorist launch pads, to achieve any effect on the bureaucracy. In the strike on the terrorists’ launch pads, the Govt trusted the capability, the ability, and the intelligence of the Armed Forces to deliver the desired results, befitting a Govt that means what it says and is ready to take a hard, deliberate, and well thought of decision, including using the perfect tools (the Armed Forces in this case). The Armed Forces vindicated the confidence of this Govt.

Will this Govt issue orders for another ‘surgical strike’ on the anomalies/issues by engaging directly with the Armed Forces and leaving implementation to the bureaucracy. 

Will the Govt to live up to the promises made to the Armed Forces by another ‘surgical’ decision? 

Hold your breath & watch this space.

Jai Hind, Jai Jawan

(Source-Aerial view)

7th CPC details

Dear Veterans,

Govt of India, Ministry of Defence have issued a resolution dated 30 Sep 2016 notifying pensions of Armed Forces Pensioners w.e.f Jan 2016. The same is attached. From the approval of Govt of India mentioned at Ser No 1 of Annexure to ibid Resolution the pensions are enhanced to 2.57 times pension as on Dec 2015.

Common sense and military knowledge will force you to come to this conclusion. All OROP beneficiaries are drawing pension w.e.f Jul 2014 as in Dec 2015.

Hence the pension w.e.f. Jan 2016 is 2.57 x OROP pension which I have been arguing since the time OROP has been announced on 05 Sep 2016 by hon'ble Raksha Mantri.

We have made the calculations of latest pension with DR @ 0% and arrears thereof w.e.f. Jan 2016 for JCOs /OR.

The pension for the period Jan to Jun 2016 be enhanced once DR for the period Jul to Dec 2016 is announced by the Govt of India before Diwali.

warm regards,

Revision of Enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forces Pensioners

Indian Military Veterans
IMPORTANT CIRCULAR
Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
REGISTERED
Circular No. 567
To,
Dated: 16.09.2016
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
2. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks including IDBI Bank
3. Nodal Officers, ICICI/ HDFC/ AXIS/ IDBI Banks
4. Managers, All CPPCs
5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal 6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
7. The CDA (PD), Meerut
8. The CDA, Chennai
9. The Director of Treasuries, All States…
10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, RK puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi 11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
12. The Post Master Kathua (J&K)
13. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair
Subject: Revision of Enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forces Pensioners.
Reference: This office Circular No. 494 dated 19.03.2013 and Circular No. 397 dated
18.11.2008.
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A copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(14)/2012-D(Pen/Pol) dated 14th June, 2016 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action which is self explanatory.
2. As per above GOI, MOD letter Dated 14th June, 2016, the minimum guaranteed enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of eligible family of Pre-2006 Armed Forces Pensioners shall be revised w.e.f. 01.01.2006 on the basis of the minimum of fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 1/S/2008, SAI 2/S/2008 & SAI 4/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy and Air Force. The revised consolidated enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 (consolidated as per Para-4 of GOI, MOD letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008) in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forces Family Pensioners shall not be less than 50% of the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band. In case, where full revised pension is otherwise not authorized to a retired employee in terms of 6th CPC orders, the enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension shall also be restricted to that amount. The amount of revised enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension in no case shall be less than thirty percent of the minimum of the fitment table for the Rank or thirty percent of the minimum of fitment table in case of HAG and above.
3. However, in case of consolidated enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension calculated as per Para- 4.1 of GOI, MOD letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008 is higher than the family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the higher rate shall be continued.
4. Table showing minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band corresponding to the pre-revised scale, from which the pensioner/ deceased Government servant had retired/ died, is enclosed herewith as Annexure ‘A’ to ‘F’ to facilitate the Pension Disbursing Agencies for payment of revised Enhanced Ordinary Family Pension in terms of GOI, MOD letter dated 14th June, 2016.
5. In all cases, where fixation of enhanced rate of family pension in terms of above GOI, MOD letter is more beneficial, the Pension Disbursing Agencies are hereby advised to pay revised rate of enhanced Ordinary Family Pension accordingly. All other terms and condition shall remain unchanged. However, if the Pension Disbursing Agencies are in any doubt about the fixation of enhanced rate of family pension, such cases may be referred to concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities with full details.
6. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be allowed from 01.01.2006 up to 23.09.2012.
7. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.
ARMY (PBORs)
Revised Pay structure – Junior Commissioned Officers (including Honorary Commissioned Officers), Non-Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of Regular Army, DSC and TA
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Circular No 567

Dear Veterans,
The circular is for family pensioners. Widows are called family pensioners as they do not like to be called widows.
Their pension is dependent upon their late husband depending upon his rank, qualifying service and group X or Y (JCOs/OR).
The Enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension (ER-OFP) is applicable for those widows or family pensioners whose husbands died and they get the same pension as their husbands for a period of seven years if he is an Ex-Serviceman or 10 years if he was a serving soldier whose death is declared as Non - Attributable or Non Aggravated by Military Service.
The second condition is ER-OFP is limited to 67 years of age of husband. Whichever is earlier is treated as the limit of period.
For example :
(a) Serving soldier dies at the age of 35 years on 08 Oct 2016 and his death is not attributable or nor aggravated by Military service. His widow will get ER-OFP till 07 Oct 2026 as that is earlier than 67 years of age. Thereafter she will get 60% of ER-OFP. This is known also as OFP. His last drawn emolument are say Rs 20000 pm then his pension if he were to retire is Rs 10000 and his wife will get Rs 10000 for 10 years to help her bring up her children and settle them. Thereafter it is reduced to 60% i.e. Rs 6000 pm.
(b) ESM dies at the age of 40 years on 08 Oct 2016. His wife is eligible for ER-OFP for seven years and this will end on 07 Oct 2023. Thereafter she will get 60% of ER-OFP. This is known also as OFP.
(c) ESM dies on 08 Oct 2016 at the age of 64 years. His wife will get ER-OFP for three years only i.e. 07 Oct 2019 as he is already 64 years old. In this case seven years do not count.
(d) ESM like me who is 68 years old dies on 08 Oct 2016. His wife does not get ER-OFP as her husband is already 68 years old and he should have ensured his children are settled. Govt of India in their wisdom feels that if one can not settle his children at 67 years of his own age, then he will never be able to settle his children.
The Circular 567 gives what is the amount of ER-OFP for each rank. 
warm regards,
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)
94931 91380
TSEWA-140

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