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Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year Greetings - 2018

Dear Veterans,

Wishing you and family all the happiness and success in the ensuing year 2018.
Coming year should prove to be the best one ever.

Capt & Mrs KS Ramaswamy.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Confusion between Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP) and Military Service Pay (MSP) and the need to ignore unnecessary rumours and false hopes

Confusion between Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP) and Military Service Pay (MSP) and the need to ignore unnecessary rumours and false hopes

There are certain messages floating on social and other media that the Supreme Court of India has passed directions to pay ‘Military Service Pay’ with effect from January 2006 rather than from 2008 as was granted by the Government. This is incorrect and there are no such directions.
People are probably confusing the recent judgment on Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP) with the concept of Military Service Pay (MSP). Even otherwise, de hors the absence of any such decision, no parallel can be drawn between the two issues.

As explained in the post of 12 December 2017, the Sixth Central Pay Commission had recommended the implementation of the ‘Modified Assured Career Progression’ Scheme (MACP) providing for the grant of three financial upgradations of pay at the gap of 8, 16 and 24 years of service in case of stagnation, for the defence services.

The Special Army Instructions (SAI) on the subject had also been issued with effect from 01 January 2006 and which contained therein the stipulation of MACP. However later, despite the existence of the said SAI, another fresh letter was issued by the Government stating that MACP will be prospectively implemented from 01 September 2008. Hence ultimately, unlike other pay related modalities which were implemented with effect from 01 January 2006, MACP was implemented with effect from 01 September 2008, thereby not including in its scope the personnel who were released from service between the two dates.

The Chandigarh Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) however ruled that the pay commission had granted all pay and pension related benefits from January 2006 and the prospective implementation was only effectuated for ‘allowances’ and hence MACP was also to be implemented from January 2006 since it pertained to upgradation of pay. While ordering so, the AFT had followed the decision of the Punjab & Haryana High Court which had earlier ruled upon the implementation of improved pay-scales of defence personnel from 1996 rather than 1997 in an anomaly emanating out of the Fifth Pay Commission.
The decision of the AFT was challenged by the Government in the Supreme Court but the Apex Court dismissed the appeal filed by the Union of India thereby upholding the grant of MACP from 01 January 2006 rather than 01 September 2008.
The aspect to be noted however in the above is that in case of MSP, the pay commission had itself noted that it shall be applied prospectively without any arrears (Para 2.3.12 of the 6th Central Pay Commission Report). Further when the SAI 1/S/2008 was issued, while it applied benefits of all modalities from 2006 (including MACP), it had specifically stated in Paragraph 5(d) that arrears of MSP shall only be paid with effect from 01 September 2008.

There was no such negative stipulation for MACP. Further MACP was a replacement for the earlier ACP while MSP was completely a new element. Hence, as the above would show, while the MACP was applied from 2006 but later tacitly retrospectively withdrawn and made applicable from 2008- an action was at the heart of the debate in Courts, there was no such controversy with regard to MSP which was always meant to be paid prospectively from September 2008. Though at the surface both issues might appear to be similar to the untrained eye, there is actually absolutely no parallel between the concepts of MACP and MSP, and hence it is in the interest of sanity to ignore messages being circulated that MSP arrears will be paid to all personnel with effect from 01 January 2006. One should avoid forwarding such messages since it may promote unnecessary litigation and propel false hopes.

The above is not in the form of legal advice but merely my humble opinion since a litigious society is not in anybody’s interest.

Source:-  www.indianmilitary.info

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Why government's FRDI Bill will have huge implications for India like demonetisation and GST

Let's see the pros and cons of the proposed legislation.

After demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Narendra Modi government is going to introduce yet another controversial measure: the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017, purportedly to pave the way for a comprehensive resolution framework for specified financial sector entities.
The bill is supposed to deal with bankruptcy situation in banks, insurance companies and financial sector entities. This is the first time that a legislation of this sort has been proposed in India. Like the note-ban and GST, this measure too is going to impact the masses in a big way. Also, this policy too is as politically divisive as demonetisation and GST were.

Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has already declared war against the proposed FRDI Bill which is set to be introduced in Parliament soon. Other Opposition parties, including the Congress, are also likely to join the anti-FRDI chorus. This would be yet another fiscal policy issue that will end up dividing the political class in a big way. But the question is: Should the government ignore the burgeoning opposition to this proposed legislation and use its majority in Parliament to go ahead with it? Let's see the pros and cons of the proposed legislation. Benefits The government claims the FRDI Bill aims to protect the depositors' money in state-run banks and there is no need to create any fear psychosis.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley harped on this point while replying to a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Supplementary Demand for Grants - Second Batch for 2017-18, introduced in the house in August.

In his 2016-17 budget speech, Jaitley had said that a systemic vacuum exists with regards to bankruptcy situations in financial firms and that a comprehensive code on resolution of financial firms will be introduced as a bill in Parliament during 2016-17. The government believes that the bill seeks to protect customers of financial service providers in times of financial distress and also help encourage discipline among the financial service providers by putting a limit on the use of public money to bail out distressed entities. It also seeks to decrease the time and costs involved in resolving distressed financial entities.

a) A large number of retail depositors can benefit as the FRDI Bill seeks to decrease the time and costs involved in resolving distressed financial entities and help in maintaining financial stability in the economy by ensuring adequate preventive measures as well as provide necessary instruments in an event of crisis.

b) It will provide a comprehensive resolution framework for the economy and inculcate discipline among financial service providers in the event of financial crisis.

c) It promotes ease of doing business in the country, improves financial inclusion and increase access to credit, which may lead to the reduction of the cost for obtaining credit.

d) It would give increased access to finance enhancing enterprise growth, which in turn leads to preserving employment, growth and the creation of new job opportunities.

The problems Now here are the main points of objections to the legislation:

a) The bill's biggest red rag is its controversial provisions of a "bail-in" clause which suggests that depositors' money could be used by failing financial institutions to stay afloat.

b)The Resolution Corporation (rescue body), which is proposed under the bill, can use public money in case the bank starts to sink. The bill empowers the rescue body to decide the amount insured for each depositor. The rescue body can cancel even the Rs 1 lakh insurance that depositors get under the current law and a bank can even declare that they don't owe them any money at all.

c) People are worried that if this bill is passed in Parliament, the depositors' rights may go down the drain, but that is ONLY if the bank is going down the drain, and that is a rare scenario.

d) It seeks to place the entire financial structure of the country at the mercy of the government. The Resolution Corporation has been given powers that override those vested in the RBI, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and even the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Besides, the measures initiated by the corporation cannot be challenged in court, including the Supreme Court.

e) The legislation proposes to amend the SBI Act in order to insert a clause for its liquidation which gives rise to apprehensions that in due course the government might even take recourse to privatisation of the SBI.

So, what next?
Yes, the government of the day is well within its powers to bring in whatever legislations it deems fit. But eventually, all such measures have to have a nod from the biggest and the highest court: the people's court. The ultimate test of a government lies in the people's acceptance of its policies. The government must always be mindful of the age-old dictum: "State tax should be such which should not prove to be a burden on the subject; the King should behave like those bees which collect honey without causing harm to the tree." The proposed FRDI bill may be a fiscal policy and not a tax as such but the government must remember it should not cross the threshold of the general public's acceptance levels.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS-2017

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS-2017

Dear Christian Veteran brothers and families,

" WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY CHRISTMAS "

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

WHY DO POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS DESPISE THE INDIAN DEFENCE FORCES SO MUCH??


By  Wg Cdr Vinod Nebb (Retd) VrC Bar

WHY DO POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS DESPISE THE INDIAN DEFENCE FORCES SO MUCH??

Dear People Of India,

1 We are Indian Army Soldiers. Countries like USA and UK and most other advanced democracies, having Armies facing conflict situations, venerate the men and women who serve in the Defence Forces. The UK parliament has even passed a law called Armed Forces Covenant, which is an expression of the moral obligation that Government and the nation owe to the defence forces community. The covenant acknowledges that members of the defence forces sacrifice most of the freedoms guaranteed to an ordinary citizen, and often face dangerous, life threatening situations. It recognises that soldiers' families play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of their men. The are indeed given sovereign rights - even a Member of Parliament gives right of way to a soldier. It is only in India where our men and women of the forces have to suffer the humiliation of being compared and brought lower than the discredited bureaucracy, nay even lower than paramilitary forces.

In the United States, 15 presidents have served in the Army/Army Reserve , 9 in State Militias, 6 in the Navy/Naval Reserve, with 2 presidents having serving in the Continental Army. In addition, eight presidents served during World War II, while seven served in the military during the American Civil War. That was the kind of military service they did before becoming the President and Commander in Chief of the US of America. No wonder they respect their Defence Forces and their Veterans. Compare this with our pot bellied, pampered politicians and bureaucrats who have never seen even the back of a street fight. They feed off the govt treausury, without a moments thought for the starving farmers, deprived average citizens & soldiers who unquestioningly lay down their life for the nation.

2.     Your Defence Forces  cannot be compared with the IAS,  IPS, BSF, CRPF, ITBP,  CISF , NSG,  Railway Protection Force, Rapid Deployment Force or the State Armed Police Forces. A Nation can have only one Military. The renowned sociologist Morris Janowitz had famously said: “The intimate social solidarity of the military profession is both envied and resented by civilians.” A bureaucrat is in no way comparable to a man or woman who serves in the Defence Forces. Nowhere is this comparison even attempted, not in the United States, nor United Kingdom nor China. It’s laughable, and making that comparison is ludicrous. Neither can the Defence Forces be compared or equated to other police forces of a Country. So why are we, who are as patriotically Indian as you, discriminated against? It is because we bring order where there is chaos, and we seriously question the corruption rampant in bureaucracy & polity!

3.   WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO YOU AND TO NO ONE ELSE BECAUSE :

        (a)  WE  HAVE PLEDGED TO PROTECT YOU, AND WE ALWAYS KEEP OUR WORD !

        (b) WE  ARE SURE THAT YOU LOVE US & WE KNOW THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT THE INDIAN MILITARY IS THE LAST BASTION OF HOPE FOR INDIA, WHEN THE GOVT MACHINERY, IAS,  IPS, BSF, CRPF, ITBP,  CISF , NSG,  Railway Protection Force ALWAYS FAIL----- AND IF WE ARE EMASCULATED & FINALLY THE DEFENCE FORCES FAIL; INDIA WILL BE LOST.      

PLEASE KNOW ABOVE FACTS.

4. THE GOVT, FINANCE MINISTRY AND THE IAS/IPS LOBBY IS DENYING YOUR SOLDIERS "OROP" UNDER THE PLEA OF FINANCIAL SCARCITY. FOLLOWING EXPOSE THIS LIE AND WILL TELL YOU HOW THE BUREAUCRACY HAS ALREADY SECURED ITSELF DESPITE THIS 'SCARCITY':

        (a)  OROP ALREADY EXISTS FOR 100% OF THE BUREAUCRATS, JUDICIARY & ALL PARLIAMENTARIANS.

     (b) ON OTHER HAND, IN 1973, PENSION OF DEFENCE FORCES WAS DEVIOUSLY BROUGHT DOWN  FROM 70% to 50%, WHILE THEIRS WAS RAISED  FROM 30% TO 50% IN THE 3rd PAY COMMISSION.

        (c) IN THE 6th PAY COMMISSION THEY CLEVERLY INTRODUCED NON FUNCTIONAL UPGRADATION (NFU) - A SYSTEM BY WHICH ALL IAS, IPS OFFICERS & GROUP A SERVICES  (LESS DEFENCE FORCES) WOULD RETIRE AT THE HIGHEST PAY SCALE -THEREBY GIVING THEM HIGHEST PENSION, OF A SECRETARY TO GOVT, PLUS OROP. THEY COMPLETELY LEFT THE DEFENCE FORCES OUT OF IT.

     (d) THE IAS ,IPS  and the CENTRAL SERVICES  also gave themselves ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION (ACP) - BUT AGAIN LEFT FORCES OUT OF IT . BY DOING THIS , THEY BROUGHT US DOWN SEVERELY AND HAVE MADE THE FORCES LEAST LUCRATIVE AND LEAST HONOURABLE JOB. Without doubt the aim was to downgrade & denigrate the Defence Forces of India. OUR ENEMIES ARE HAPPY AND WATCHING THIS GREAT DRAMA, WITH GLEE ! Do you know that till date  a DIG was an appointment between a Lt Col and a Colonel. Now a Colonel (who commands 1000 soldiers) has been equated with Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG). The rank of a DIG (who has never commanded more than 50-100 men in his entire service) is now officially equal to a Brigadier. Both are now on a Grade Pay of Rs 8900. Because of the machinations of the Govt and the Central Services to run down the Military.

         (e)   THEY CAN  "DONATE"  $ 1 BILLION TO MONGOLIA, DONATE 1.25 LAC CRORE TO A STATE VOTE BANK, LET SCAMS OF LACS OF CRORE IN GOVT , IPL AND BCCI, give bailouts of hundreds of LAKHS to AIR INDIA, have subsidised food in Parliament Canteen, free travel, free calls, free jaunts abroad, BUT feel poor when it comes to Rs. 8,300 crores for the Defence Forces personnel who are "FORCED" TO RETIRE YOUNG SO THAT THE NATION CAN SLEEP EASY.

      
         
5.  It is not just Modi's promise but a four decade old promise; AN APPROVED PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE (KOSHIARY ) REPORT, A FAVOURABLE SC JUDGMENT (Maj Gen Vains ) and a promise by all Govts since 1984. So why this turn about?

6.  YOU, AS A CITIZEN, CANNOT REMAIN INSULATED  AND SEE VETERANS AND WIDOWS IGNORED AND THE STATUS AND PARITY OF THE INDIAN DEFENCE FORCES vis-a- vis  OTHER GOVT SERVANTS DISTORTED. AND THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING SINCE 1947 !!

7.  GOD FORBID IF YOUR OWN SON or DAUGHTER or RELATIVE IS IN THE FORCES ~~ WOULD YOU STILL FEEL THE SAME ?? WILL YOU SEND YOUR NEXT GENERATION TO THE DEFENCE FORCES NOW??

8.  IN EXCHANGE OF GUARANTEED SOVEREIGN PROTECTION, MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS UNDER ARTICLE 14 OF THE CONSTITUTION ARE DENIED TO ONLY THE DEFENCE FORCES. SERVING SOLDIERS ARE BARRED FROM FORMING UNIONS, ORGANISING STRIKES, PROTESTS ETC - FOR REASONS OF DISCIPLINE , BUT REST OF THE COUNTRY CAN GET WHAT THEY WANT ANY TIME BY RESORTING TO RIOTING, RAIL-ROKO etc!

9.   HAVE WE EVER FAILED YOU IN PEACE,  WAR OR TERRORISM, RIOTS, FLOODS, EARTHQUAKE IN BHUJ, KEDARNATH ETC?? JUST  LAST WEEK, EVEN THE SMALL SCALE  RIOTS IN GUJARAT COULD NOT BE CONTROLLED BY THE POLICE OR THE PARA MIL FORCES ( !! ) AND THE ARMY DID THE JOB !!

CAN THIS  NATION SURVIVE WITHOUT ITS DEFENCE FORCES  ??

REMEMBER SALARY MAKES US DO OUR JOB - WE HAVE FAMILIES & PARENTS TO TAKE CARE OF, AND CHILDREN TO EDUCATE -BUT ITS HONOUR AND RECOGNITION THAT IMPELS US TO EMBRACE DEATH WILLINGLY WHILE EXECUTING OUR JOBS. THE POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS HAVE DISHONOURED US.

Please circulate to your friends & family, so that we rise as one nation to stop this discrimination, and politico - bureaucratic rot & loot, that is eating our great nation.

Cabinet hikes Siachen hardship allowance to Rs 42,500 per month for soldiers

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced a hike in hardship allowance for soldiers serving in Siachen, increasing it above the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
Finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley, briefing media after a meeting of the Cabinet, said the hardship allowance for officers would be increased to Rs 42,500 per month.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that it should be increased from present Rs 21,000 to Rs 31,500 permonth. The forces were unhappy with the decision, as comparatively, a civilian bureaucrat draws 30% of his salary as “hardship allowance”.
For JCOs and Other Ranks, the hardship allowance for Siachen will be Rs 30,000 compared to the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation of Rs 21,000. The JCOs and ORs were getting Rs 14,000 per month as hardship allowance for Siachen at present.
Jaitley also said that for the defence personnel in peace areas, ration money allowance will now be given in “cash” and it will be directly transferred to their bank accounts.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

MISMATCH OF SPOUSE NAME IN THE PENSION RECORDS

MISMATCH OF SPOUSE NAME IN THE PENSION RECORDS

Off late it has become a big problem for some aged pensioners and the unfortunate widows to correct a small spelling mistakes in their names to get pension.  For example, for a question asked by a record office clerk “What is the name of your wife”  the Sepoy says VANI.  The record clerk writes it as VENI.  The Sepoy has no access to see what is written. He comes to know about this small spelling mistake when he applies for Endorsement of family pension.

There was no system of endorsement of family pension in the PPO of the pensioners who retired before 1.4.1985.  Later in the year 1987, the CDA Allahabad issued circulars to apply for endorsement of family pension in a prescribed format.

Due to communication gap, many pensioners did not apply for endorsement of family pension and died leaving behind their spouse to run pillar to post for sanction of family pension now.

Many pre-86 pensioners, while filling up their pension papers have not taken due care to fill up the correct name of their spouse as per their spouse’s school records.  They have just given the name without verifying any educational records of their spouses.  This has resulted enormous variation from their original educational records.  The level of education of most of the spouses of the Other Ranks also was below primary school level. They were not having any authentic record of their name in any documents like School certificate, voter IDs, PAN Cards etc.

Moreover the names of the south Indian Ladies such as VANI, KUTTI, ANANDHI, PRIYA always undergo spelling error while writing in English by Hindi speaking staff at the record offices.  For example, the name VANI  is simply written as VENI, KUTTI is written as KUTTY,  ANANDHI  is written as ANANDI.  Since the records are not easily accessible, the error goes unnoticed.  This comes to light only after retirement and that too, when the pensioner opens a Bank account for his spouse as per present Aadhaar Card, Voter ID etc.  There comes the mismatch of name between pension record name and the bank account name.  The bank does not accept VANI  and VENI  as one person.  PPO says Veni and the Bank account says Vani.  The bank refuses to credit pension.  Now it is a very log procedure to correct this spelling mistake.

Generally all the record offices ask the following documents for changing name even for a small spelling mistake as shown above.

1.      An application for change of spouse name.

2.      Publish the change of name in any news paper’s advertisement (in English) and submit the concerned full page of the same in original.

3.      An affidavit (in original) duly issued by Notary Public for change of name

4.      Self declaration (for change of spouse name)

5.      A copy of Date of birth proof (PAN Card/ECHS Card/Aadhaar Card/Matric Certificate)

After submitting the above documents, the Record Office will publish Part II order/NE POR.  Only then your application will be forwarded to CDA(P) for issue of Corr. PPO. This process will take more than six months. Till the time the widow cannot get pension. This is the situation.

The Specimen for News paper Advertisement and Self Declaration for change of name will be published in the next posting.  

My friend's wife name is Krishna Veni.  But it is written by the record clerk as Krishna Wayne in the pension records.  For the past six months he is running pillar to post for correcting the same.  He is 73 years old now. 

CAN WE NOT SIMPLIFY THIS PROCEDURE ?

THINK IT OVER

PLEASE HELP AGED PENSIONERS 

Friday, 15 December 2017

LATEST INFORMATION FOR REGISTERATION  AS EX-SERVICEMEN   IN DSS BOARD./ZILLA SAINIK BOARD.

LATEST INFORMATION FOR REGISTERATION  AS EX-SERVICEMEN   IN DSS BOARD./ZILLA SAINIK BOARD.

As per latest news from Dept.of ESM Welfare,  Those who are retiring/ Discharged  recently are to Register their Name in their DSS Board-on line  from Now onward.

For existing Ex-Servicemen , They have to visit their DSS Board with their Original PPO, Discharge Book, Aadhar card, PAN card  and Bank Pass Book . These Documents  will be  scanned  and uploaded  and our DATAs will be registered.

Note:-
The readers  of this Blog are requested to convey this information to other veterans  also in your areas.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

New Grievance Portal Launched



PCDA Pension has lauched on internet a new grievance portal to lodge grievance of the pensioners. This is already on this website. Pensioners are requested to complete the required details before submitting the complaint / grievance for its redressal. E-mail grievance lodged after 3-11-2017 will not be entertained.

Extension of deadline till 31.3.18 for submission of Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by client to the reporting entity

Indian Military Veterans
Extension of deadline till 31.3.18 for submission of Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by client to the reporting entity 
After considering various representations received and inputs received from Banks, it has been decided to notify 31st March, 2018 or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity. Necessary notification in this regard has been issued.

It may be recalled that earlier Under the provisions of Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, published in the Extraordinary Gazette of India vide G.S.R. 538 (E) dated 01.06.2017, it was provided that

i)                    In case the client, eligible to be enrolled for Aadhaar and obtain a Permanent Account Number does not submit the Aadhaar number or the Permanent Account Number at the time of commencement of an account based relationship with a reporting entity, the client shall submit the same within a period of six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship. Provided that the clients, eligible to be enrolled for Aadhaar and obtain the Permanent Account Number, already having an account based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification, the client shall submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31st December, 2017.
(ii)        In case the client fails to submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number within the aforesaid six months period, the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client.  Provided that in case client already having an account based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification fails to submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31st December, 2017, the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client.


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ncome Tax Exemption 5 lakhs to Pensioners – Clarification “Exemption of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum to pension income”

Indian Military Veterans

Shiv Pratap Shukla

D.O.No.370150/9/2017-TPL MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA NEW DELHI – 110001
 14th November, 2017
Dear Dr. Tharoor ji,

Kindly refer to your D.O.letter No. DO/ST/09/2017/986 dated 26.09.2017 requesting for providing exemption of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum to pension income.

I have got the matter examined. Currently, the basic exemption limit for individual tax payer is Rs. 2,50,000. However, considering the specific needs of the senior citizens, the basic exemption limit for a senior citizen above 60 years is fixed at Rs.3,00,000 and for very senior citizen i.e. above 80 years, the same is fixed at Rs. 5,00,000.

Therefore a pensioner who is a senior citizen is not required to pay any income-tax if his total income, including pension, does not exceed Rs. 3 lakhs. Similarly, a pensioner who is very senior citizen is not required to pay tax if his total income, including pension, does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000. 

However, the suggestion that pension up to Rs. 5 lakhs per annum should be exempt in all cases would require amendment to the existing provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

Accordingly, the proposal would be examined during the exercise for the ensuing Union Budget, 2018 and the outcome would be reflected in the Finance Bill, 2018.

With regards, 
Yours sincerely,
(Shiv Pratap Shukla)

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, 
Member of Parliament (LS) 116, 
Block B, 
Parliament House Annexe Extension, New Delhi – 110001

ESM GROUPS MEETING WITH RAKSHA MANTRI SMT N SITHARAMAN : 12 DEC 2017

Indian Military Veterans


Dear All,

Today the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Ms Nirmala Seetharaman had a meeting of Ex Servicemen Associations, the meeting was attended by the following :-

1.   Lt Gen Balbir Singh Yadav, President, IESL.+919811411261.
2.   Brig SKS Rana, President Legal Cell,  TSEWA, +919810281035.
3.   Col Ajit Singh Rana, President North Zone, Haryana and Delhi, TSEWA, +91 9650804787
4.   Col HN Handa, Chairman,  Disabled War Veteran’s (India)  +919811920190
5.    Nb Sub GS Sidhu, President, AFVAI. +919810233443
6.   Nb Sub Diwan Singh, Gen Secy, AFVAI. +919811522783
7.   JWO Ashok Tanwar, Jt Secy, AFVAI. +919399371679
8.   Sigmn DS Sheoran. National Ex Servicemen Coordination Committee.+91-9350089279

All members who attended the meeting unanimously decided to meet under the leadership of Lt Gen Balbir Singh Yadav and it was communicated by him that all Ex Servicemen Association are an apolitical organisations and do not have any affiliation with any Political Party. All Ex Servicemen have full faith in the Govt of the day and have allegiance to the Govt of India. 

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri expressed deep satisfaction on this communication by the ESM. Certain other points pertaining to ESM welfare were also brought to her notice. To name a few,  

 a) Point regarding Judgements pronounced by the Hon’ble Supreme Court should be made universally applicable to similarly placed persons as it would benefit the ESM living in the remote areas as neither they can afford the cost of litigation nor can they get to know the benefits accrued. 

b) Col Handa brought out few points about the disabled persons and their problems. 

c) It was also brought out by Lt Gen Balbir Singh Yadav that a structured meeting should be held with the ESM at regular interval to which Col Handa mentioned that there is an existing order of 2015 regarding holding regular interaction with ESM. 

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri immediately announced that first meeting in the series would be held in Jan 2018 and the Hon’ble MoS for Def would Chair the meeting.

Hon’ble RM also mentioned that she was fully seized with the Justice Reddy OMJC report and has had two presentations on the report. She has to further obtain more clarity on the points which Justice Reddy has added in the report beyond the points which were given to him as terms of reference. She would be able finally come out with the announcement after some more time.

It was also brought out by her that she is also fully concerned about the Rank equation with the civilians and she informed that she had just finished a meeting with the 3 Service Chiefs on the subject. 

She opined that the Rank earned by the Service Personnel cannot have any equation and it is totally incorrect to equate any rank with any designation or appointment of the civilians, she announced that MoD would be shortly issuing a letter on the subject.

In the end a vote thanks was communicated for granting audience to the ESM associations at a short notice and thereafter the meeting ended.

Have A Wonderful Day.

Fond regards,

Brig SKS Rana, VSM

(Source : Via Gp e-mail Col SSSohi (Retd)

Important decision for ranks other than Commissioned Officers who retired between 01-01-2006 and 30-08-2008

Important decision for ranks other than Commissioned Officers who retired between 01-01-2006 and 30-08-2008

The Sixth Central Pay Commission had recommended the implementation of the ‘Modified Assured Career Progression’ Scheme (MACP) providing for the grant of three financial upgradations of pay at the gap of 8, 16 and 24 years of service in case of stagnation. Unlike other pay related modalities which were implemented with effect from 01 January 2006, the MACP was implemented with effect from 01 September 2008, thereby not including in its scope the personnel who were released from service between the two dates.

The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) had however ruled that the pay commission had granted all pay and pension related benefits from January 2006 and the prospective implementation was only effectuated for ‘allowances’ and hence the MACP was also to be implemented from January 2006 since it pertained to upgradation of pay. While ordering so, the AFT had followed the decision of the Punjab & Haryana High Court which had earlier ruled upon the implementation of improved pay-scales of defence personnel from 1996 rather than 1997 in an anomaly emanating out of the Fifth Pay Commission. The decision of the AFT was challenged by the Government in the Supreme Court but the Apex Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Union of India thereby upholding the grant of MACP from 01 January 2006 rather than 01 September 2009.

This will affect the pay and pensionary benefits of those personnel who retired during the said period.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Armed Forces Veterans' Rally: 14th January 2018

Armed Forces Veterans' Rally: 14th January 2018
Venue: Manekshaw Centre/Harbaksh Stadium, Delhi Cantt.

The Armed Forces Veterans' Day in India will henceforth be celebrated every year on the 14th January. This commemorates the date of the retirement of the first ever Field Marshal for the Indian Armed Forces Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE.
The coming 14th Jan will thus be a big day and the Veterans all over the country will be celebrating it as per their own formation programs.
Delhi has planned this event in a very big way.
Our Raksha Mantri and the three Services Chiefs will be attending. The program will start at 10 AM and will end with a high tea for the attending veterans & families. Snacks etc will be available at the venue on payment as well.
Stalls will be put up by almost every agency connected with the welfare of the Service Veterans. The DAV and the AFA will be there at full strength.
All veterans of the Indian Armed Forces residing in Delhi NCR / outside are invited. It will be nice and appropriate to wear your medals and the entitled side caps. Family pensioners are also invited. Please come prepared with your documents and their xerox copies for resolving your queries on the spot, or later on, as the case may be.
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This year, it is an Indian Air Force Show.
Let's make it a grand success.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

7th Pay Commission Could be Last CPC, Government Mulling Pay Hike When DA Crosses 50%

New Delhi, Dec 8:

The 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC could be the last commission to formulate salaries and pension of central government employees as the Centre may not form any pay commission in future. The government is also mulling to revise salaries of its 4.8 million employees and 5.2 million pensioners when Dearness Allowance (DA) crosses 50 per cent. Notably, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended that the government should review the salary of central government employees every year rather than forming new pay commission after the long period of ten years.

Instead of forming new central pay commission after the 7th Pay Commission, the government is likely to revise salaries and allowances when DA crosses 50 per cent, said a Sen Times report quoting Finance Ministry sources. “The government’s objective is to keep central government employees salaries and allowances in balance with prices in the market, so pay and allowances will be hiked when DA crosses 50 per cent,” sources were quoted as saying. They said the 7th Pay Commission could be the last central pay commission and the department of expenditure will be responsible to regularly monitor salaries and allowances of central government employees. “The department of expenditure will submit a report in respect of pay hike when DA crosses 50 percent to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” they said.

Earlier in an interview, Justice AK Mathur, who led the 7th Pay Commission, said, “The government should review the salary of central government employees every year looking into the data available to it and based on the price index.” The 7th Pay Commission recommended that the pay matrix may be reviewed periodically without waiting for the long period of ten years. According to the Finance Ministry officials, the government is contemplating the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission and may not appoint any pay commissions in future to suggest salary hike and other perks for all central government employees and pensioners.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

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They Died For Us, Do Not Cut Their Children's Study Fund, Writes Naval Chief

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They Died For Us, Do Not Cut Their Children's Study Fund, Writes Naval Chief
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NDTV has learnt that the Defence Ministry is taking a re-look at the decision.
NEW DELHI:  Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has written to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, requesting the government to withdraw an order that limits the education reimbursement to the children of soldiers who are missing, disabled or killed in action. 

In his letter, Admiral Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, writes "this small gesture would assure the families of our brave women and men that the nation cares for them and their sacrifices are truly appreciated by the government."

"These personnel have made the supreme sacrifice for the country and the provision of educational concessions to their wards is a small gesture to recognise their commitment to the defence of the country," Admiral Lanba, who is senior-most among the three service chiefs currently, adds.
The children of soldiers killed in action, those missing or disabled were previously given a full reimbursement of tuition fees, hostel charges, cost of books, cost of uniforms and clothing. This has now been capped to Rs. 10,000 in an order that was issued by the government on July 1. 

According to estimates, nearly 3,400 children of armed forces personnel were impacted by the decision. 

NDTV has learnt that the Defence Ministry is taking a re-look at the decision. Sources in the ministry say "the Defence Ministry is seized of the matter", though it is unclear if and when the government will reverse its order. 

The reimbursement of the education expenses of children of soldiers killed in the line of duty was first introduced two days after the armed forces won the 1971 war which led to the creation of Bangladesh. This was a gesture to convey the country's gratitude and support towards the children and widows of soldiers killed in the war. 

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