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Sunday, 23 July 2017

SCHOLASHIPS BY KENDRIYA SAINIK BOARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF ESM/WIDOWS

SCHOLASHIPS BY KENDRIYA SAINIK BOARD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF ESM/WIDOWS OF THE RANK OF HAVILDARS & BELOW AND EQUIVALENT RANKS IN NAVY AND AIR FORCE FOR THE FY 2017-18

PLEASE READ THE SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS CAREFULLY, IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE PLEASE APPLY YOU WILL GET RS.12000 FOR ONE CHILD AND RS.24,000 FOR TWO CHILDREN. DO NOT MISS IT.

AIM
To provide scholarship to up to a maximum two dependent children. of ESM or their widows up to the ranks of Hav in the Army and equivalent in Navy and Air Force and widows for PG degree course. This is applicable for classes 1 to 12 of school and undergraduate classes of a degree college. This is admissible to widows who wish to pursue 2 years PG courses. This is not applicable for any of the professional or technical courses/degrees.

ELIGIBILITY
(a) The applicant Must be an ESM/Widow/Orphan dependent.
(b) The applicant should be of the rank of Havildar or equivalent and below.
(c) The child should have passed the previous class.
(d) The application should be recommended by the Zilla Saink Board. (e) The applicant should not be drawing education allowance from state govt. or his employer.

APPLICATION FORM
The application should be made on line in www.ksb.gov.in web site. The following documents are required.

(a) Service document/Discharge containing personal particulars/service particulars and family particulars.
(b) ESM/Widow ID card..
(c) Mark sheet of child/children.
(d) Part II order wherever applicable.
(e) Self certificate. (Model is given here) (f) Details of Bank account.
(g) Copy of Aadhaar card.

CUT OFF DATES FOR THE FY 2017-18

FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FROM 1ST STD. TO 9TH STD…………………30.09.2017

FOR CLASSES 10TH AND 12TH ……………………………………… 30.10.2017

FOR UNDERGRADUATE CLASSES…………………………………30.11.2017.

Those who want help to apply, please send the above documents with the following particulars.

FOR REGISTRATION
1. Pass port size photo of the applicant.
2. Name
3. Service No.
4. ESM ID Card No.
5. Type of Service: Army/Navy/Air force/Coast Guard
6. Rank
7. Name of Rajys Saink Board (RSB)
8. Name of Zilla Saink Board (ZSB)
9. Date of Birth of applicant.
10. Date of enrolment.
11. Date of Discharge.
12. Date of death of ESM if applicable.
13. Father’s name/Husband’s name
14. Email id.
15. Mobile No.

FULL ADDRESS
House No. Street /Name
Town Village: City State District Pin Code.

Is your bank account linked with the Aadhaar ? Say Yes/No

Name of Bank Account Holder.
Banke Name Branch Name
Account No.
IFSC CODE
Pensioner/None Pensioner.

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE TO BE SCANNED AND UPLOADED
1. Service document/Discharge book (Within 1 MB)
2. ID Card of ESM/Widow.
3. Mark sheet/School progress Card child/children.
4. aaDetails of Bank a/c No. (in PNB/SBI Only) and IFSC Code.
5. Aadhaar Card copy
6. Part II order wherever necessary.
7. A Self certificate. (Model given below)

  MODEL CERTIFICATE FROM SCHOOL/COLLEGE

Certified that Miss/Master________________________________son/daughter of Ex No.__________________Rank___________
Name________________________________is studying ___________(class/course) in this school/institute(Academic Year 2017-18). His/Her date of birth as per this institute records is _____________.
He/She had studied in ___________(Class) during Academic Year 2016-17 and marks obtained by the student are appended below:-
Ser No.
Subject
Maximum Marks
Marks obtained
Percentage of Marks
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

This certificate is issued for applying for scholarship from Kenddriya Sainik Board, New Delhi.

Dated:

(Signature of Principal/Head Master with Seal) Office Seal SELF CERTIFICATE

Certified that, I neither applied nor received any scholarship/grant for my following Children for the academic year 2016-17 / 2017-2018 from any source. Sl.No. Name Class in which studied.

1. _______________________________
2. _______________________________

Signature of the Ex-serviceman/Widow/Dependent No., Rank, Name and Address _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________

ENHANCEMENT OF SPECIAL PENSION TO BLINDED EX-SERVICEMEN.

The Rate of Special Pension to Blinded Ex-servicemen is increased from Rs.500 to 4000 with effect from 01-06-2017.

Affected veterans may approach their Banks. Dear veteran brothers, please pass on this information to the affected Blind veterans in your area. This will be a noble service.

Authority: GOI. MOD ltr No: 161/KSB/ policy/ SPL PEN/ C dated 8-6-2017.

Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and Telegraph Department

No.S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)EHS

Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Deprtment of Health & Family Welfare CGHS(P)/EHS
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 011 Dated the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and Telegraph Department

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned to draw attention to the Office Memorandum No. S-11011/46/95 -CGHS D-II/CGHS(P) dated 1st August 1996 and to state that it has now been decided to revoke the OM dated 1.8.1996, in compliance of the orders of Hon’able Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench dated 12th July 2005 in O.A.No 563/2004 and 590/2004 and Order dated 01.06.2017 in C.P./180/21/2017 arising out of OA No. 180/563/2004 between Central Government Pensioners Association (Kerala) and Ors. Vs UOI & Others.

2. The retired employees of Post and Telegraph Department shall hereinafter, be entitled to the CGHS facility, irrespective of whether they were members of CGHS prior to retirement or not, subject to the payment of prevalent subscription for availing themselves of this facility as per rules in the case of other Central Government pensioners.

3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to Government of India

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Aadhaar as identity for receiving Pension by Defence Pensioners – Gazette Notification

Aadhaar as identity for receiving Pension by Defence Pensioners – Gazette Notification for use of Aadhaar as identity document to receive pensionary benefits in respect of Armed Forces Personnel

Aadhaar as identity for receiving Pension by Defence Pensioners –
Defence Ministry Notification REGD. No. D. L.-33004/99 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare )             NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 6th March, 2017

S.O. 747(E).—Whereas, the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity; And, whereas, the payment of pension is given to retired Defence Forces pensioners/ Family Pensioners (hereinafter referred to as beneficiaries) by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence in the Government of India under the Pension Regulations for Army, 1961, the Pension Regulations for Air Force, 1961, and the Pension Regulations for Navy 1964 and the pension is disbursed to beneficiaries through Pension Disbursement Agencies; And, whereas, the aforesaid benefit of pension involves recurring expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India; Now, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of the section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to the said Act), the Central Government hereby notifies the following, namely: —
1. (1) An individual eligible to receive the pension benefits is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.
(2) Any eligible beneficiary entitled to receive pension benefits, who does not possess the Aadhaar Number or, not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, but desirous of availing pension benefits is hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment by 30th June, 2017, provided he or she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such individuals shall visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at UIDAI website www.uidai.gov.in) to get enrolled for Aadhaar.
(3) As per regulation 12 of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means which requires an individual to furnish Aadhaar is required to offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar and in case there is no Aadhaar enrolment centre located in the respective Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means is required to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the existing Registrars of Unique Identification Authority of India or by becoming Unique Identification Authority of India registrar: Provided that, till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary of pension benefits, benefits shall be given to such individuals subject to the production of the following identification documents, namely:

(a) Ex-servicemen Card issued by the concerned authorities; and
(b) (i) If he or she has enrolled, his or her Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip; or
(ii) a copy of his or her request made for Aadhaar enrolment, as specified in sub-paragraph
(2) of paragraph 2 below; and any of the following documents, namely :-
(i) Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India; or
(ii) Permanent Account Number Card issued by Income Tax Department; or
(iii) Passport; or
(iv) Driving License issued by Licensing authority under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988); or
(v) Certificate of Identity having photo issued by a Gazetted officer or Tehsildar on an official letter head; or
(vi) Address card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts; or (vii) Kisan Photo Passbook; or
(viii) any other document as specified by the Ministry of Defence: Provided further that the above documents shall be checked by an officer specifically designated by the Ministry of Defence for that purpose.
2. In order to provide convenient and hassle free pension benefits to the beneficiaries, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means shall make all the required arrangements including following; namely:-
(1) Wide publicity through media and individual notices shall be given to beneficiaries of pension benefits to make them aware of the requirement of Aadhaar under the scheme and they may be advised to get themselves enrolled at the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centres available in their areas by 30th June, 2017 in case they are not already enrolled and the list of locally available enrolment centres shall be made available to them. (2) In case, beneficiaries of pension benefits are not able to enrol due to non-availability of enrolment centres in the near vicinity such as in the block or tehsil or taluka, the Ministry through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means is required to create Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations and the beneficiaries of pension benefits may register their request for Aadhaar enrolment by giving their name, address, mobile number with Ex-Servicemen Card and other details specified in the proviso to clause (b) sub-paragraph
(3) of paragraph 1 with their Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means or through the web portal provided for the purpose. 3. This notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all States and Union Territories except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir. Provided that this notification shall not be applicable for following categories of Pensioners or Family Pensioners, namely:—
(i) NRI who resides in other or foreign country,
(ii) Overseas settled Indian who is citizen of other or foreign country,
(iii) Nepal Domiciled, Burmese and similar categories of defence pensioners.

[F. No.14(2)/2014/D(P/P)(Part-I)]
RAVI KANT, Jt. Secy.

Friday, 14 July 2017

3 Types of Pension to Armed Forces Completely Tax Free!

Armed forces of this country – be it Army, Navy, Air Force or CRPF or BSF and others are doing great service in the most difficult circumstances.

1. Disability Pension is Tax Free & TDS Free!
Armed Forces personnel get the disability pension, which is aggregate of two components-disability pensions and service pension. On the question of its being tax free, the first thing to note is the fact that the tax exemption on the disability pension is not provided under section 10 or anywhere in the Income Tax Act. The disability pension has been made tax-free by executive instructions of the government.

2. Pension Received by Gallantry Award Winners or His Family
The pension received by gallantry award holder and also family pension received by the member of the family of gallantry winner’s is tax free as per section 10(18) of the Income Tax Act. Read the provision below : 10 (18) Any Income By Way Of— (I) Pension Received By An Individual Who Has Been In The Service Of The Central Government Or State Government And Has Been Awarded “Param Vir Chakra” Or “Maha Vir Chakra” Or “Vir Chakra” Or Such Other Gallantry Award As The Central Government May, By Notification77 In The Official Gazette, Specify In This Behalf;
(II) Family Pension Received By Any Member Of The Family Of An Individual Referred To In Sub-Clause (I). Explanation — For The Purposes Of This Clause, The Expression “Family” Shall Have The Meaning Assigned To It In The Explanation To Clause (5); Section 10(18) l Gallantry Award Notification No. SO 1048(E), dated 24-11-2000, as amended by Notification No. SO 81(E), dated 29-1-2001. 119. Income by way of pension received by an individual who has been in service of Central Government or State Government and has been awarded any gallantry award In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (i) of clause (18) of section 10 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby specifies the gallantry awards for the purposes of the said section, mentioned in column 2 of the table below awarded in the circumstances as mentioned in corresponding column 3 thereof.
Sl. No. Name of gallantry award Circumstances for eligibility

1 Ashok Chakra When awarded for gallantry.
2 Kirti Chakra – do –
Shaurya Chakra – do –
Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak When awarded to civilians for bravery displayed by them in life saving acts.
5 Uttam Jeevan Raksha Medal – do – Jeevan Raksha Padak – do –
President’s Police Medal for Gallantry When awarded for acts of exceptional courage displayed by members of police forces, Central police or security forces and certified to this effect by the head of the department concerned.
8 Police Medal for Gallantry – do –
Sena Medal When awarded for acts of courage or conspicuous gallantry and supported by certificate issued to this effect by relevant service headquarters. 10 Nao Sena Medal – do –
Vayu Sena Medal – do –
Fire Services Medal for Gallantry When awarded for acts of courage or conspicuous gallantry and supported by certificate issued to this effect by the last Head of Department.
13 President’s Police and Fire Services Medal for Gallantry – do –
President’s Fire Services Medal for Gallantry – do –
President’s Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry – do –
Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Gallantry – do –

What is the Meaning of Family for Exemption Purpose The meaning of family members is Explained under Section 10(5) of the Income Tax Act.
(i) the spouse and children of the individual; and
(ii) the parents, brothers and sisters of the individual or any of them, wholly or mainly dependent on the individual
3. Pension for Death on Duties of Armed Forces Personnel Section 10(19) of the Income Tax Act provides that amount of pension received by the family members of armed forces personnel including Para-military personnel who dies in certain circumstances in course of performing his /her duties, shall be tax free. The excerpt of the provision is given below: (19) family pension received by the widow or children or nominated heirs, as the case may be, of a member of the armed forces (including paramilitary forces) of the Union, where the death of such member has occurred in the course of operational duties, in such circumstances and subject to such conditions, as may be prescribed What are Condition Prescribed? Section 10(19) speaks of exemption of family pension when the death of Armed Forces or Para-Military personnel – has occurred in the course of operational duties in certain Circumstance which is prescribed in Rule 2 BBA
(I) Acts Of Violence Or Kidnapping Or Attacks By Terrorists Or Anti-Social Elements;
(Ii) Action Against Extremists Or Anti-Social Elements;
(Iii) Enemy Action In International War; (Iv) Action During Deployment With A Peace Keeping Mission Abroad;
(V) Border Skirmishes;
(Vi) Laying Or Clearance Of Mines Including Enemy Mines As Also Mine Sweeping Operations;
(Vii) Explosions Of Mines While Laying Operationally Oriented Mine-Fields Or Lifting Or Negotiation Minefields Laid By The Enemy Or Own Forces In Operational Areas Near International Borders Or The Line Of Control;
(Viii) In The Aid Of Civil Power In Dealing With Natural Calamities And Rescue Operations;
(Ix) In The Aid Of Civil Power In Quelling Agitation Or Riots Or Revolts By Demonstrators. What Precaution Must Be taken for Exemption Deceased Family? As per Rule 2BBA (2), obtain a certificate from the Head of the Department where the deceased member of the Armed Forces (including paramilitary forces) last served, or the service headquarters, as the case may be, that the death of such member has occurred in the course of operational duties in circumstances mentioned above.

Regards,

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Definition of Ex-Servicemen

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Definition of Ex-Servicemen

 
Those who were released between 01 Jul 66 and 30 Jun 68 (both days inclusive) 
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union, has been released therefrom otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
(Authority : Min of Home Affairs Notification No F.14/26/64-Estt(D) dated 11 Oct 1966)
Those who were released between 01 Jul 68 and 30 Jun 71 (both days inclusive) 
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union for a continuous period of not less than six months and released there from otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
(Authority : Min of Home Affairs Notification No 14/11/68-Estt(D)/Estt(C)dated 13 Feb 69)
Those who were released between 01 Jul 71 and 30 Jun 74(both days inclusive) 
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as a combatant or not) in the Armed Forces of the Union and has been released therefrom otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
(Authority : Cabinet Secretariat, Department of Personnel Notification No 13/3/71-Ests(C) dated 14 Oct 71)
Those who were released between 01 Jul 74 and 30 Jun 79(both days inclusive) 
ESM means a person who has served in any rank(whether as a combatant or non-combatant) in the Armed forces of the Union,for a continuous period of not less than six months after attestation and has been resleased therefrom otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.
(Authority : Cabinet Secretariat, Deptt. of Personnel & Administrative Reforms Notification No 13/24/73-Estt(C) dated 26 Oct 74)
Those who were released between 01 Jul 79 and 30 Jun 87(both days inclusive) 
Any persn who has served in any rank(whether as combatant or not)in the armed forces of the Union for a continuous period of not less than six months after attestation if discharged for reasons other than at their own request or by way or dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency and not less than five years service if discharged at own request.
(Authority : Deptt. of Personnel & Administrartive Reforms Notification No 39016/10/79-Estt(C ) dated 15 Dec 79)
Those who were released on or after 01 Jul 87 
Any person who has served in any rank (whether as combatant or not) in the armed forces of the Union and was relesased/retired with any kind of pension from Defence Budget or released on completion of specific terms of engagement with gratuity otherwise than at his own request or by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency.
(Authority : DOP&T OM No 36034/5/85-Estt(SCT) dated 14 Apr 87)
Personnel of Territorial Army 
Who are pension holders ;for continous embodied service, persons with disability attributable to military service and gallatry award winners retired on or after 15 Nov 86.
(Autority : DOP&T OM No 36034/5/85-Estt(SCT) dated 14 Apr 87)
Personnel of Army Postal Service 
Personnel of Army Postal Service , who are a part of regular Army and retire from such service (that is directly from APS without reversion to P&T Department) with a pension or who have been released from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service or circumstances beyond their control and awarded medical or other disability pension shall come within the definition of ex-servicemen
(Authority : Min of Defence OM No 9(52)/88/D)(Res) dated 19 Jul 89)
Note : As per Govt. of India, Min of Def/Deptt. of ESW OM No 1(9)/2010/D(Res-I) dated 20/21 Jul 2011, personnel who were on deputation in APS for more than six months prior to 14 Apr 87 would also be considered as ex-servicemen with all consequential benefits.
Recruits – Who are boarded oput/released on medical grounds and granted medical/disability pension. However, the operation of the OM has been kept in abeyance for issuance of notification by DOP&T.
(Authority : Min of Def/Deptt of ESW OM No 12/1/2005/D(Res) dated 01 Feb 2006)
Cadets 
Disabled Cadets have not been accorded the status of ex-servicemen.
(Authority : Min of Def ID No 12/1/2005/D(Res) dated 02/05 Sep 2011)
 Note : The eligibiloity of the person to the status of ex-servicemen will be governed by the definition in vogue at the time of his discharge and will not be affected by the changes in the definition subsequent to the discharge.
(Source- Govt employ diary)

Govt to soon come out with fresh norms for disability pension based on recommendation of a committee headed by former Adjutant General of the Army, Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal (Retd).

Monday, 3 July 2017

Ministry of defence will not challenge disability pension for soldiers

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CHANDIGARH: In a significant move, the ministry of defence (MoD) has decided not to challenge court orders asking the defence forces to give disability pension to its soldiers. The move will affect thousands of soldiers who have suffered disability during military service or died because of a disability while in service.




MoD has told defence services headquarters to grant 'absolute sanction' for disability pension in cases of personnel have been granted relief of disability pension by courts and tribunals.

Despite a settled legal position and directions by the SC, HCs and various benches of the Armed Forces Tribunal, authorities often denied soldiers disability pension on grounds that were seen as 'hyper-technical' or hairsplitting. The benefits were denied declaring disabilities as "neither attributable to, nor aggravated by military service" (popularly known as NANA cases).

Legal experts say that in many cases defence authorities would appeal against a lower court's order in the Supreme Court for what were small increases in the pension.

TOI has reported several such cases where disabled soldiers or their family members were deprived of the pension. In one case, a widow from Himachal Pradesh whose husband was posted on guard duty at the Indo-China border, died while relieving himself was denied the disability pension.

MoD's June 29 letter has now asked military authorities to grant disability pension as per law laid down by the Supreme Court. In 2013, the Supreme Court in the Dharamvir Singh versus Union of India case had held that for acceptance of a disease as attributable to military service, conditions are to be satisfied that the disease has been arisen during the military service and caused by the conditions of employment in military service.

The MoD letter, however, has not issued directions to withdraw pending appeals. It has asked the authorities to issue 'absolute sanctions' after dismissal of pending appeals.

Increasing litigation against disabled soldiers and other personnel had led to the constitution of a committee of experts by then defence minister Manohar Parrikar
It comprised former Adjutant General Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal, former Military Secretary Lt Gen Richard Khare, Punjab and Haryana high court lawyer, Maj Navdeep Singh, former head of the army's legal branch, Maj Gen T Parshadand Kargil disabled veteran Maj D P Singh.

The committee had come down heavily on the ministry and defence services stating that most appeals emanated of an 'ego-fuelled' approach, rather than accepting the law laid down by Supreme Court and other courts. The panel had asked MoD to withdraw all pending appeals since the law was well settled and also to concede pending cases of disability pension on a case to case basis.

Major Navdeep Singh said while the move will end a dark chapter of mindless appeals, MoD should show magnanimity and withdraw all appeals against disabled soldiers.

Centre To Soon Come Out With Fresh Norms For Disability Pension

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Centre To Soon Come Out With Fresh Norms For Disability Pension

The decision has been taken in view of the long-standing demand of the armed forces that the current system of determining disability pension needs an overhaul.

Centre To Soon Come Out With Fresh Norms For Disability Pension
Any personnel with more than 75 per cent disability will be considered 100 per cent disabled.
The government has decided to remove existing "anomalies" and come out with a specific percentage-based system for granting disability pensions to Army, Navy and Air Force personnel sustaining injuries in the line of duty.

The decision has been taken in view of the long-standing demand of the armed forces that the current system of determining disability pension needs an overhaul.
Official sources said the government has finalised a new slab-based system which is aimed at addressing most of the concerns of the armed forces that is expected to reduce litigation against the government.

Under the existing mechanism, 30 per cent of the last salary minus the dearness allowance is given as disability pension to those sustaining 100 per cent disability.

The pension amount reduces depending on specific percentage of the injury and sources said the affected personnel often take legal recourse, alleging discrepancies in determining quantum of injury.

As per the new slab-based system, security personnel with 20-50 per cent disability will be considered 50 per cent disabled while those with 50-75 per cent bracket will come under the 75 per cent disabled category.

Any personnel with more than 75 per cent disability will be considered 100 per cent disabled.

So all the eligible disability pensioners will be considered under three broad categories and accordingly pensions will be determined.

"It will be a robust system and will address long-pending grievances of the armed forces," a senior official said.

Explaining the new system, he said, "Any person with 50 per cent disability will get half of the total pension being given to a person with 100 per cent disability under existing mechanism."

The government had started giving disability pension with effect from January 1, 2006 to those who had taken pre-mature retirement due to injuries sustained in line of duty.

The changes being introduced to calculate disability pension are based on recommendation of a committee headed by former Adjutant General of the Army, Lt Gen (retd) Mukesh Sabharwal.

The mandate of the committee was to suggest remedial measures to reduce litigations and disputes in various courts relating to disability pension. 

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Friday, 30 June 2017

PCDA Pension Circular No 167

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Implementation of NANA cases (Disability) - MOD Letter

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Implementation of orders for NANA cases (Disability)
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7TH CPC ALLOWANCES : PRESS NOTE BY FINANCE MINISTRY (GOVT OF INDIA)

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7TH CPC ALLOWANCES : PRESS NOTE BY FINANCE MINISTRY (GOVT OF INDIA)

PRESS NOTE
      The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017 and shall affect more than 48 lakh Central Government employees.
       While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received. The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27th April, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.
7th CPC recommendations on Allowances
       The 7th CPC had adopted a three-pronged approach in examining a total of 197 allowances which involved an assessment of the need for continuation of each allowance, appropriateness of the set of people covered by the allowance and rationalisation which involved clubbing of allowances with similar objectives. Based on the examination on these lines, the 7th CPC recommended that 53 allowances be abolished and 37 be subsumed in an existing or a newly proposed allowance.
For most of the allowances that were retained, the 7th CPC recommended a raise commensurate with inflation as reflected in the rates of Dearness Allowance (DA). Accordingly, fully DA-indexed allowances such as Transport Allowance were not given any raise. Allowances not indexed to DA were raised by a factor of 2.25 and the partially indexed ones by a factor of 1.5. The quantum of allowances paid as a percentage of pay was rationalised by a factor of 0.8.
       A new paradigm has been evolved to administer the allowances linked to risk and hardship. The myriad allowances, their categories and sub—categories pertaining to civilians employees, CAPF and defence personnel have been fitted into a table called the Risk and Hardship Matrix (R&H Matrix). The Matrix has nine cells denoting varying degrees of risk and hardship with one extra cell at the top named as RH – Max to include Siachen Allowance. Multiple rates applicable to individual allowances will be replaced by two slab rates for every cell of the R&H Matrix.
Modifications approved by the Cabinet
       The modifications approved today were finalised by the E-CoS based on the recommendations of the CoA. The CoA had undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations before finalising its recommendations. It had interacted with Joint Consultative Machinery (Staff side) and representatives from various staff associations. Most of the modifications are on account of continuing requirement of some of the existing arrangements, administrative exigencies and to further the rationalization of the allowances structure.
Financial Implications
     The modifications approved by the Government in the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances will lead to a modest increase of 21448.23 crore per annum over the projections made by the 7th CPC. The 7th CPC, in its Report, had projected the additional financial implication on allowances at 229,300 crore per annum. The combined additional financial implication on account of the 7th CPC recommendations along with the modifications approved by the Cabinet is estimated at 230748.23 crore per annum.
Highlights of Cabinet approval on Allowances
1.Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:
     Government has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC. The decision to retain these allowances has been taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy. It has also been decided that 3 of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities. This has been done on account of the unique nature of these allowances. The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th CPC. This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in Railways, Posts, Defence and Scientific Departments.
2.House Rent Allowance
     HRA is currently paid @ 30% for X (population of 50 lakh & above), 20% for Y (5 to 50 lakh) and 10% for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities. 7th CPC has recommended reduction in the existing rates to 24% for X, 16% for Y and 8% for Z category of cities. As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than 5400, 3600 and 1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of 18000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh employees belonging to Levels 1 to 3.
     7th CPC had also recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in government accommodation and get HRA.
3. Siachen Allowance
       7th CPC had placed Siachen Allowance in the RH-Max cell of the R&H Matrix with two slabs of 221,000 and 231,500. Recognizing the extreme nature of risk and hardship faced by officers / PBORs on continuous basis in Siachen, the Government has decided to further enhance the rates of Siachen Allowance which will now go up from the existing rate from (14,000 to 30,000 per month for Jawans & JCOs (Level 8 and below) and from 21,000 to 42,500 per month for Officers (Level 9 and above). With this enhancement, Siachen Allowance will become more than twice the existing rates. It will benefit all the soldiers and officers of Indian Army who are posted in Siachen.
4. Dress Allowance
     At present, various types of allowances are paid for provisioning and maintenance of uniforms/outfits such as Washing Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance, Outfit Allowance etc. These have been rationalised and subsumed in newly proposed Dress Allowance to be paid annually in four slabs @ 5000, 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 per annum for various category of employees. This allowance will continue to be paid to Nurses on a monthly basis in view of high maintenance and hygiene requirements. Government has decided to pay higher rate of Dress Allowance to SPG personnel keeping in view the existing rates of Uniform Allowance paid to them (which is higher than the rates recommended by the 7th CPC) as also their specific requirements. The rates for specific clothing for different categories of employees will be governed separately.
5. Tough Location Allowance
Some allowances based on geographical location such as Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance (SCRLA), Sunderban Allowance & Tribal Area Allowance have been subsumed in Tough Location Allowance. The areas under TLA have been classified into three categories and the rates will be governed as per different cells of R&H Matrix and will be in the range of 1000 – 5300 per month. The 7th CPC had recommended that TLA will not be admissible with Special Duty Allowance (SDA) payable in North-East, Ladakh and the Islands. Government has decided that employees will be given the option to avail of the benefit of SCRLA at pre-revised rates along with SDA at revised rates.
6. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all employees:
  1. Rate of Children Education Allowance (CEA) has been increased from
    2150 per month / child (max. 2) to 2250 per month / child (max.2). Hostel Subsidy will also go up from 4500 per month to 6750 per month.
  2. Existing rates of Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been doubled from 1500 per month to 3000 per month.
  3. Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians has been increased from 2000 – 10000 (Grant) to 10000 – 230000 (Grant).
7. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and Security Agencies
i. The 7th CPC has recommended abolition of Ration Money Allowance (RMA) and free ration to Defence officers posted in peace areas. It has been decided that Ration Money Allowance will continue to be paid to them and directly credited to their account. It will benefit 43000 Defence. 
ii.Technical Allowance (Tier – I & II) are paid to Defence officers belonging to technical branches @3000 per month and 4500 per month. 7th CPC has recommended that Technical Allowance (Tier – II) be merged with Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence personnel. In view of the specific requirements of Defence Forces for the Defence personnel to keep pace with changing Defence requirements and technologies, the Government has decided not to discontinue Technical Allowance. The list of courses for these allowances will be reviewed to remain in sync with the latest technical advancements in Defence.
iii. The facility of one additional free railway warrant (Leave Travel Concession) presently granted to personnel of Defence Forces serving in field/high altitude/CI Ops shall also be extended to all personnels of CAPFs and the Indian Coast Guard.
iv. Rates of High Altitude Allowance granted to Defence Forces and CAPF personnel will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from 2810 – 16800 per month to 2700 — 25000 per month.
v. Field Area Allowances are granted to Indian Army, Air Force & CAPF The rates of Field Area Allowances (Modified Field, Field & Highly Active) will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from 21200 – 212600 per month to 26000 – 216900 per month. Classification of field areas for this allowance will be done by Ministry of Defence for Defence personnel and by Ministry of Home Affairs for CAPFs.
vi. The rates of Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance, granted to Defence and CAPFs while deployed in counter — insurgency operations will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from 23000 -Z11700 per month to 26000 — Z16900 per month.
vii. Rates of MARCOS and Chariot Allowance granted to marine commandos of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from 210500 – 215750 per month to 217300 — 225000 per
viii. Rates of Sea Going Allowance granted to personnel of Indian Navy will
be governed by the R&H Matrix. The twelve hour conditionality for determining the eligibility of Sea Going Allowance has been reduced to four hours. The rates will go up from 23000 – 27800 per month to 26000 — Z10500 per month.
ix. Rates of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) Allowance granted to CRPF personnel deployed in Naxal hit areas will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from 28400 – 216800 per month to Z17300 — 225000 per month.
x. Rates of Flying Allowance granted to flying branch and technical officers of Defence Forces will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from 210500 – 215750 per month to 217300 — 225000 per month. It has been extended mutatis mutandis to BSF Air Wing also.
xi. Rates of Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel have been increased from 29000 — 230000 (Grant) to Z10000 — 230000 (Grant).
xii. Aeronautical Allowance, presently paid to personnel of Indian Navy, has been extended to Indian Coast Guard. The rate of this allowance has been increased from 2300 per month to 2450 per month.
xiii. Rates of Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Z1500 / 23000 per month to Z4100 / 25300 per month.
xiv. Rates of Territorial Army Allowance have been increased from 2175 -Z450 per month to 21000 – 22000 per month.
xv. Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel have been increased from 22000 – 24500 per month to 24500 – 29000 per
xvi. Rates of Detachment Allowance have been increased 2165 – 2780 per day to 2405 — 21170 per day.
xvii. Rates of Para Jump Instructor Allowance have been increased from 22700/3600 per month to 26000 / 10500 per month.
xviii. Special Incident / Investigation / Security Allowance has been Rates for Special Protection Group (SPG) have been revised to 55% and 27.5% of Basic Pay for operational and non — operational duties respectively.
8. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Indian Railways
i. Rates of Additional Allowance have been increased from 2500 / 1000 per month to Z1125 / 2250 per month. This has also been extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards also @2750 per month.
ii. In view of strenuous nature of the job, new Allowance namely Special Train Controller’s Allowance @5000 per month for Train Controllers of Railways has been introduced.
9.Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Nurses& Ministerial Staffs of Hospital
i. Existing rate of Nursing Allowance has been increased from 4800 per month to 7200 per month.
ii. Rate of Operation Theatre Allowance has been increased from 360 per month to 540 per month.
iii.Rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance / Patient Care Allowance have been increased from 2070 – 2100 per month to 4100 — 5300 per 7th CPC recommendations modified to the extent that it will be granted to Ministerial staff also.
10. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Pensioners  
i. Rate of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners has been increased from 500 per month to 1000 per month. This will benefit more than 5 lakh central government pensioners not availing CGHS facilities.
ii. The rate of Constant Attendance Allowance granted on 100% disablement has been increased from Rs. 4500 per month Rs. 6750 per month.
11. Allowances to Scientific Departments
i. The recommendations of 7th CPC to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance has not been accepted. In order to incentivize the supporting employees in Space and Atomic Energy sector, the rate of Launch Campaign and Space Technology Allowance has been increased from 27500 per annum to 11250 per annum. Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted employees of Department of Atomic Energy will also continue to be paid at the enhanced rate of 11250 per annum.
ii. The 7th CPC had placed Antarctica Allowance, paid to the Scientists and other members undertaking the expedition to Antarctica under the Indian Antarctic programme, in the RH-Max Cell of the R&H Matrix. The rates of the RH-Max Cell recommended by the 7th CPC were less than the existing rates of Antarctica Allowance which is currently paid on per day basis. Considering the specific nature of these expeditions and to provide appropriate increase in rates, Government has decided to keep Antarctica Allowance out of the R&H Matrix and the allowance will continue to be paid on per day basis as per existing practice. The Rates of Antarctica Allowance will go up from 1125 per day (Summers) and 1688 per day (Winters) to 21500 per day (Summers) and 2000 per day (Winters).
12. Allowances paid to D/o Posts
The recommendations of 7th CPC to abolish Cycle Allowance, granted mainly to Postmen and trackmen in Railways, has not been accepted. Keeping in view the specific requirement of this allowance for postmen in Department of Posts and trackmen in Railways, the cycle allowance is retained and the rates have been doubled from 90 per month to 180 per month. This will benefit more than 22,200 employees.
Conclusion
While increasing the rate of allowances affecting the central government employees, especially the Defence, CAPF and Coast Guard personnel, the staff of Railways, Postal department and nursing staff, the total number of allowances have been rationalized from 197 to 128. Thus, the Government has shown a great deal of fiscal prudence and at the same time addressed the genuine concerns of the employees and responded to some of the administrative exigencies necessitating the modifications.

(Source- CG Govt employees blog - http://www.govtempdiary.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/7CPC_Allowances_PressNote28062017.pdf )

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