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Thursday, 16 November 2017

haryana govt house tax exemption for ex servicemen

Ex-servicemen, kin made to wait over 5 hours for meeting Governor

Covai Post Network November 15, 2017

Members of Kovai Ex-Servicemen and Widows Welfare Society who came to submit a petition to Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit were kept waiting for a long time here on Wednesday.They had come meet the Governor and submit petitions on issues they were facing. Most of them were ex-servicemen and widows of army personnel who died while protecting the country.Association additional secretary C Velmurugan said, “We were waiting from morning 7:30 am to meet the governor and present our issues. We were made to wait till 1 pm.”Police personnel deployed for security did not respond to their requests. “We are senior citizens and without considering this, we were made to wait for a long time,” he added.
In their petitions, they alleged that most of the Central Government schemes for the welfare of ex-servicemen and their dependants were not being implemented by the State Government.Velmurugan said the State Government should follow the reservation policies in appointing ex-servicemen and their wards. Despite being qualified, they were not being the jobs, he said.Governments in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab had exempted families of ex-servicemen from paying property tax, Velmurugan said.The demands included free bus pass for ex-servicemen and their wives above the age of 60.

Despite the order to provide housing facility for ex-servicemen near Malumichampatty in the district four months ago, no action had been taken, he alleged.

Banking Facility For Senior Citizen And Differently Abled Persons

Banking Facility For Senior Citizen And Differently Abled Persons – RBI Notification dated 09.11.2017

Banking Facility for Senior Citizens and Differently abled Persons – RBI Circular

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA RBI/2017-18/89 DBR.No.Leg.BC.96/09.07.005/2017-18 November 9, 2017

All Scheduled Commercial Banks (including RRBs)
All Small Finance Banks and Payments Banks

Dear Sir/ Madam

Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies – October 4, 2017- Banking Facility for Senior Citizens and Differently abled Persons Please refer to Paragraph 8 of Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies, released by Reserve Bank of India on October 4, 2017 as part of Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2017-18, a copy of which is enclosed. It has been observed that there are occasions when banks discourage or turn away senior citizens and differently abled persons from availing banking facilities in branches. Notwithstanding the need to push digital transactions and use of ATMs, it is imperative to be sensitive to the requirements of senior citizens and differently abled persons.

2. In view of the above, banks are required to put in place appropriate mechanism with the following specific provisions for meeting the needs of such customers so that they are able to avail of the bank’s services without difficulty.

(a) Dedicated Counters/Preference to Senior Citizens, Differently abled persons Banks are advised to provide a clearly identifiable dedicated counter or a counter which provides priority to senior citizens and people who are differently abled including visually impaired persons.
(b) Ease of submitting Life Certificate As per extant guidelines issued by Department of Government and Bank Accounts, in addition to the facility of Digital Life Certificate under “Jeevan Praman” Scheme (refer circular DGBA.GAD.H-2529/45.01.001/2014-15 dated December 9, 2014), pensioners can submit physical Life Certificate form at any branch of the pension paying bank. However, it is observed that often the same is not updated promptly by the receiving branch in the Core Banking Solution (CBS) system of the bank, resulting in avoidable hardship to the pensioners. It is, therefore, advised that banks shall ensure that when a Life Certificate is submitted in any branch, including a non-home branch, of the pension paying bank, the same is updated/ uploaded promptly in CBS by the receiving branch itself, to avoid any delay in credit of pension.

(c) Cheque Book Facility
(i) Banks shall issue cheque books to customers, whenever a request is received, through a requisition slip which is part of the cheque book issued earlier. (ii) Banks are advised to provide minimum 25 cheque leaves every year, if requested, in savings bank account, free of charge.
(iii) Banks shall not insist on physical presence of any customer including senior citizens and differently abled persons for getting cheque books.
(iv) Banks may also issue cheque books, on requisition, by any other mode as per bank’s laid down policy. It is further clarified that providing such facility in BSBDA will not render the account to be classified as non-BSBDA (c.f. Bank’s response to query number 14 and 24 of our circular “DBOD.No. Leg. BC.52/09.07.005/2013-14 dated September 11, 2013 on Financial Inclusion – Access to Banking Services – BSBDA – FAQs”).

(d) Automatic conversion of status of accounts Presently, in some banks, even fully KYC – compliant accounts are not automatically converted into ‘Senior Citizen Accounts’ on the basis of date of birth maintained in the bank’s records. Banks are advised that a fully KYC compliant account should automatically be converted into a ‘Senior Citizen Account’ based on the date of birth available in bank’s records.

(e) Additional Facilities to visually impaired customers Banks are advised that the facilities provided to sick/old/incapacitated persons vide Paragraph 9 of our Master Circular DBR.No.Leg.BC.21/09.07.006/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on Customer Service in Banks (regarding operations of accounts through identification of thumb/toe impression/mark by two independent witnesses and authorising a person who would withdraw the amount on behalf of such customers) shall also be extended to the visually impaired customers.

(f) Ease of filing Form 15G/H Banks are advised to provide senior citizens and differently abled persons Form 15G/H once in a year (preferably in April) to enable them to submit the same, where applicable, within the stipulated time.

(g) Door Step Banking We have issued instructions on Doorstep Banking vide circularDBOD.No.BL.BC.59/22.01.010/2006-2007 dated February 21, 2007 under Section 23 of Banking Regulation Act, 1949. However, in view of the difficulties faced by senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and differently abled or infirm persons (having medically certified chronic illness or disability) including those who are visually impaired, banks are advised to make concerted effort to provide basic banking facilities, such as pick up of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from account, delivery of demand drafts, submission of Know Your Customer (KYC) documents and Life certificate at the premises/ residence of such customers.

3. Banks are advised to implement these instructions by December 31, 2017 in letter and spirit and give due publicity in their bank branches and website.

Yours faithfully
(Saurav Sinha)
Chief General Manager

FLASH NEWS. .OROP...AND A BREAK THROUGH..TALKS WITH GOVT

As Recd

FLASH NEWS. .OROP...AND A BREAK THROUGH..TALKS WITH GOVT..HOPEFULLY THE STALEMATE OVER AND SOLUTIONS FOUND..RGDS CDR SHARAN AHUJA SJA 

MAJ GEN SATBIR SINGH (RETD) CHAIRMAN IESM MEETS RM TODAY 15 NOV 2017 IN HER OFFICE IN SOUTH BLOCK ...IN A CORDIAL AND POSTIVE.. ATMOSPHERE.  MEETING LASTED ABOUT 30 MIN.. GEN SATBİR BROUGHT THE FOLLOWING. TO THE NOTICE OF THE RM..

....*   Actual OROP as approved by Two Parliaments.

*   As per the Approved Definition again By Two Parliaments.MOS Def gave out the same Definition on 02 Dec 2014 in Parliament.

*   Implemented OROP has four Anomalies which need to be corrected.

*   Mr Parikar worked out 8300 cr to implement full OROP.

What has been implemented is Average Model of 5500 cr.The gap is only 2800 cr.

*  Other issues briefly touched were

    @  Widows pensions

    @   Reservists  "

     @Martyr's Memorial

     @ ECHS

      @ Veterans Hospitals

      @  Covenent Act

      @ Disability Pensions..........4. JUSTICE REDDY'S REPORT PENDING FOR OVER 13 MONTHS..THE RM ASSURED OF NECESSARY ACTION AT THE EARLIEST..IESM LOOKS FORWARD FOR A POSITIVE ACTION SOON..RGDS. Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd) Chairman IESM

Sunday, 12 November 2017

AFT I B OF TSEWA GOING TO BE FILED SOON IN AFT DELHI FOR HIGHER PENSION FOR OFFICERS FROM JAN 2006 TO JUN 2014

FOR INFO 

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Dear Sir,

1.    Pre – 2006, 53 Maj Gens filed a case in AFT Chandigarh (OA 100/2010) praying that their pension fixed in Jan 2006 (in 6th CPC) is at the minimum of Rs 30,350 for their rank and their increments earned at the time of retirement (in 5th CPC) have been ignored by Govt of India and they draw pension in Jan 2006 less than even Brigadier who retired in Jan 2006. Their prayer is to consider their increments in fixing pension in Jan 2006.

2.   AFT Chandigarh was pleased to direct Govt of India to refix notional pay in Jan 2006 considering their increments so that there is no difference in pension between Pre – 2006 Maj Gens and Post – 2006 Maj Gens for the same length of service. The Govt of India after protracted correspondence implemented the judgment of AFT Chandigarh and all Pre – 2006 Maj Gens started getting much higher pension than Rs 30,350 w.e.f. Jan 2006.

3.   Seeing this judgment of AFT Chandigarh, T SEWA also filed a similar plea in AFT Delhi. Pre – 2006, 1049 petitioners including 250 impleaders joined this case in Sep 2015. Lead Petitioner is Brig SKS Rana, VSM.  Due to such a huge number of petitioners, the Govt advocate kept getting adjournments on the plea that he has to examine all the 1049 records. Hence there is delay in getting judgment in our favour. Our plea is simple: Give the 1049 petitioners the same benefit of higher pension w.e.f Jan 2006 considering their increments at the time of their retirement in 5th CPC which AFT Chandigarh gave to Pre – 2006 Maj Gens.

4.   Good News.  14 Maj Gens including one R Adm and One AVM also filed a similar case in AFT Delhi in 16 Apr 2016 and were lucky to get judgment in their favour on 12 Feb 2017. The judgment of AFT Delhi is based on judgment of AFT Chandigarh. They are to be paid higher pension from Jan 2006 to Jun 2014 with 9% interest from date of filing their case in AFT Delhi. I calculated the arrears from Jan 2006 to Jun 2014 of the 14 General Officers after the Govt of India gave sanction to enhance pensions w.e.f Jan 2006. PCDA (O) gave LPC to 12 Maj Gens and PCDA of IAF and Navy also gave LPC to one R Adm and one AVM respectively enhancing pension from Rs 30350 to Rs 35660 (highest depending upon the number of increments earned and the last pay drawn at the time of retirement in 5th CPC). I am attaching 16 MS PP slides explaining the method of notional pay fixation and you can see the bonanza these 14 Maj Gens got. The arrears for the period Jan 2006 to Jun 2014 range between Rs 2,36,751 to Rs 6,02,950.

5.    Who are Going to be Biggest Beneficiaries?.  In Army, infantry, Armd Corps and Mech Infantry officers get their promotions faster than their course-mates from AOC and EME. Similarly Naval officers get their promotions faster than their NDA course mates of Army and IAF. You get higher pension w.e.f. Jan 2006 if you have got more increments or how early you got your promotion to your next last rank.  

6.   Period of Arrears. It is from Jan 2006 to Jun 2014. OROP comes into effect from Jul 2014.

7.    AFT – 1B. AFT 1 was filed in AFT Delhi in Sep 2015 and  T SEWA was given OA – 34/2016. We are sure to win in view of judgment given in favour of 14 Maj Gens. There is a demand from many Officers of the rank of Capt to Maj Gen who could not join AFT – 1 for various reasons now to join in a similar case if permitted. Considering their genuine demand T SEWA has opened sequel to AFT – 1 (OA – 34/2006) titled AFT – IB.

9.    All India Coordinator. Cmde Sudheer Parakala, Vice President, T SEWA has been kind enough to be All India Coordinator for AFT – I B. You are requested to contact him at his e-mail id: commodore_parakala@yahoo.co.ukand also can speak to him at 98490 57767. He will send you legal documents which you are required to fill and dispatch the hard copies to his postal address. He is also CC to this mail.

10.    Legal Fees. Since it is common cause we fixed very low legal fees of Rs 5,000 per officer. For single ladies of deceased officers, it is Rs 3,000. You are required to send cheque in favour ofTSEWA –AFT  alongwith the hard copies of legal documents to Cmde Sudheer Parakala. On the envelope kindly mention AFT – 1B for easier identification. We will NOT accept NEFT or Internet banking remittance as we are unable to locate the sender as our bank does not give any details of such money transfers.

11.    Last Date. We will close AFT – 1 B the moment we reach 100 petitioners or by 30 Nov 2017 whichever is earlier. Thereafter if there is still demand then we will open AFT – 1C. Earlier we file the case in AFT Delhi, earlier we are likely to get a judgment.

12.    Eligibility. All Officers from the ranks of Capt to Maj Gen including Hony Lt & Hony Capt and wives of the deceased officers of three services of these ranks are eligible to join the case.

13.    Refund. T SEWA spends almost Rs 9 lakhs per annum on salaries to staff members, maid, telephone / mobile charges, electricity, water, stationery and other recurring expenditure. Anyone who wants to withdraw from the legal case will be refunded Rs 4,500 /2700 (single ladies) before the legal documents are sent to Delhi by 07 Dec 2017. Thereafter we are unable to make any refund as we pay full legal fees to our advocate who will not permit you to withdraw.

14.    List of Litigants. Though Cmde Sudheeer Parakala will endeavor to send you a confirmation of receipt of your legal documents by e-mail, we will put up the list of petitioners in our T SEWA Blog (www.tsewa.org) before we send the documents to Delhi for filing in AFT Delhi. For any queries once we send our documents to Brig SKS Rana, VSM, President, Legal Division, T SEWA, you are requested to contact him. He is CC to this mail and his mobile no is :9810281035.

15.   Non- Members. Since our advocate gives us the concession of very low legal fees, non-members will be admitted to AFT – IB only after they become members of T SEWA. Membership form will be sent to such non - members. When you approach Cmde Sudheer Parakala, kindly mentione your T SEWA membership No. Unless you become a member of  T SEWA you will not be included in this legal case. Membership form also will  be sent to you. You are required to fill it up in CAPITAL LETTERS and affix a joint photo with your spouse and enclose a copy of your first PPO (not Corr PPO). Unless copy of PPO is enclosed AFT Delhi will not treat as an Ex-Serviceman.

16.    My job is over once I sensitize the environment about legal case and an All India Coordinator is identified. I do NOT deal with legal cases thereafter. You are requested to contact Cmde Sudheer Parakala, All India Coordinator for any information about the legal case. I am unable to answer any queries and therefore request you to spare me. If you still want to correspond then do contact Col Dr GB Sethi, General Secretary T SEWA (9440859877)  and Lt Col  G Parvathesam, Treasurer T SEWA (9490941822) for any information on the legal cases. They are CC to this mail.

17.   May God grant us Victory in 2018 and may all get our entitled emoluments.

Warm Regards,

Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)

9493191380 (Mobile connectivity is very poor in my residential complex)
040-48540895

Whatsapp: 9052345814

Saturday, 11 November 2017

VERY USEFUL INFORMATIONS TO SENIOR VETERANS

USEFUL INFORMATION TO OUR SENIOR VETERANS-70YS AND ABOVE.

Reserve Bank has understood the difficulties and hardships faced by Senior Citizens of above 70years of age, accordingly RBI has instructed the Banks as under:

“BANKS ARE INSTRUCTED TO DISBURSE PENSION, AND OTHER BANKING TRANSACTIONS INCLUDING OBTAINING OF LIFE CERTIFICATE TO SENIOR CITIZENS OF 70 YEARS .AND ABOVE AT THEIR DOOR STEPS “

Banks are advised to implement these instructions by December 31, 2017 in letter and spirit.

AUTHORITY: Circular :DBOD No:BL BC 59/22.01.010/2006-2007 DT. 21-2-2007.

Our veteran brothers are requested to note the same and pass on to other Senior veterans.

AFT – 30: Incorrect method of pension fixation by Notional Pay Method for Pre – 2016 Armed Forces JCOs /ORs and Family pensioners

Dear JCO and OR veterans

Sir,
1. As promised I am sending this mail to sensitize you how you have been cheated of your legitimate pension by the incorrect method of Notional Pay Fixation of Pension of Pre – 2016 Pensioners. Once you go through this long mail and see the calculations you will realize how much pension you will lose. You have to fight to get your correct pension. If you cannot understand this mail then do not hesitate to speak to me.

2. The Govt of India approved pension to all pre – 2016 Armed Forces Pensioners w.e.f Jan 2016 in 7thCPC by two methods as under;- (a) Method 1. Notional Pay Method. (b) Method 2. 2.57 Method

3.    2.57 Method
All pre – 2016 pensioners have been revised pension of Dec 2015 and multiplying it with 2.57. Suppose you are a Havildar, Group Y with 24 years of service and retired in 2005, your OROP pension as on Jul 2014 is Rs 7808 pm + DR at that time. Your pension in Jan 2016 is Rs 7808 x 2.57 = Rs 20,067 pm + DR @ 5% as on today. You are drawing this pension minus commutation if you have not yet completed 15 years of repayment.

4. Notional Pay Method.
Whenever a pensioner retired, the basic pay with stagnation increments if any is to be brought to the minimum of pay in the next CPC and finally arrive at notional pay as on Jan 2006. Multiply it by 2.57 and see the figure closest to it in Defence Pay Matrix for the rank. That is the Notional pay and add MSP of Rs 5200 for JCOs /OR + X group pay of Rs 6,200 if diploma is recognized by AICTE ( All India Council of Technical Education) or Rs 3600 if diploma is not recognized by AICTE. 50% of (Notional pay + MSP of Rs 5200 + Tech pay of Rs 6200 or 3600) is the pension as on Jan 2016 by this Notional Pay Method.

5. Pension Fixation as on Jan 2016.
Govt of India approved fixation of pension as on Jan 2016 by the method which gives higher pension out of 2.57 method or Notional Pay Method. Govt of India, Min of Def gave a policy letter on this method vide their letter No: 17(01)/2017/(02)ID(Pension/Policy) dated 05 Sep 2017.
You can see four illustrations how pension of pre – 2016 JCOs and OR (Naik of 3rd CPC, Hav of 4thCPC, Nb Sub of 5th CPC and Sub of 6th CPC) have been arrived at by Notional pay method. The letter says this method is not beneficial for pre – 2013 pensioners. Only Subedar Sahib who retired in 30 Sep 2013 is benefitted by Notional pay method. Disagreement of Stand of Govt of India on Notional Pay Method for Pre – 2016 Armed Forces Pensioners.

6. All Armed Forces pensioners are sanctioned OROP as in Calendar year 2013. It simply means whenever you retired (1976 or 1986 or 1996 or pre – 2013) you are deemed to have retired in calendar year 2013 and your pension is same as average of Maximum and Minimum of JCOs / OR of your rank, your length of service and your group X or Y and your classification allowance.
The tables of pension in OROP have been given in Circular 555 of PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad.

7. Therefore your pension by notional pay method is to be worked out not from Jan 2006 as was done by Min of Def but from Jul 2014 in OROP.

For example the pension of Havildar with 24 years of service of Y Group has pension in OROP of Rs 7808 pm (Circular 555 of PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad where as it is only Rs 4,684 as on Jan 2006 (vide Govt of India, Ministry of Defence letter No: 1(04)/2015(II) – D(pen/policy) dated 03 Sep 2015.

Notional pay as on Jul 2014 = Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP Pension = 0.50 x (Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP)

Pay in pay band + Grade pay = (2 x pension) – MSP of Rs 2000 For Havildar, Y Group with 24 years of service = Rs 2 x 7808 – 2000 = Rs 13,616
Notional Pay in Jan 2016 = Rs 13616 x 2.57 = Rs 34,993
Notional pay in Def Pay Matrix = Rs 35,900
Total Notional pay with MSP of Rs 5200 = Rs 35900 + 5200 = Rs 41,100
Pension by Notional Pay Method = 0.50 x (41100) = Rs 20,550
Pension by 2.57 Method = Rs 7808 x 2.57 = Rs 20,067

Gain by Notional Pay Method = Rs 20550 – 20067 = Rs 508 + DR @ 5%

8.    I projected this case to Brig SKS Rana, VSM, President, Legal Division of TSEWA. He consulted two advocates of TSEWA and today he informed me that both the advocates of TSEWA have confirmed that the case is fit for filing in AFT Delhi. 9. Detailed Calculations.I have worked out the pension by Notional pay method for all JCOs /OR and found that this method gives higher pension than 2.57 method. The calculations are given in the attachment. I as Brig with 32 years’ service gains only by Rs 390 In Jan 2016.

Yet, I am joining the legal case to be filed in AFT Delhi as a matter of principle and to tell the Government of India dominated by babus of IDAS and IAS that even if get Re 1 less, I will drag them to the court of law. So do not just worry about the small amount of increase in your pension when we win the case in AFT Delhi. You do not know how it will affect your pension in Jul 2019 in next OROP.

10. Disclaimer.The details of gain in pension if we win the case in AFT Delhi is a one man job. Needless to say it is a very tedious job. I have done checking and rechecking. I am likely to have made some mistakes in my calculations. You are to check my calculations in the attachment. If you find any mistake in my calculations, do point them out. It is your responsibility to see what I have done is correct. Don’t blame me later.

11. The Notional Pay method is correct for Civilians as their pensions were not enhanced after Jan 2006. On the other hand the pension of faujis has been enhanced w.e.f. Jul 2014 by OROP. Therefore the method adopted for civilians cannot be applied to faujis.

12. Eligiblity (a) All pre – 2016 retired JCOs and OR (Sepoy to Sub Maj) irrespective date of retirement. (b) Wives of deceased Officers of the ranks of Sepoy to Sub Maj irrespective date of retirement.

13. Legal Fees. (a) Sepoy – Rs 2,000
(b) Naik & Hav – Rs 2,500
(c) JCOs (Nb Sub to Sub Maj) – Rs 3,000 (d) Wives of Deceased JCOs – Rs 1,000 (e) Wives of deceased Sepoys to Havildars – Nil (No legal fees. It will be paid by TSEWA from donations received as a welfare measure to these ladies who get very less pension)

14. Mode of Remittance of Legal Fees. Cheque or by NEFT or Internet Banking facility.

15. Details of our Account for Remittance of Legal Fees by Internet Banking / NEFT. (a) Account No: 35238730663
(b) Name of Account : TSEWA –AFT
(c) Name of Bank : SBI, Bhaskar Rao Nagar, Sainikpuri (PO), Secunderabad
(d) IFSC : SBIN 00015568

Note: All those interested to remit money through internet banking and NEFT are requested to intimate to Col Dr GB Sethi, General Secretary and
Lt Col G Parvathesam, Treasurer your transaction details including bank from where you did NEFT, your account no, your rank & name.

16. Nomenclature.This case is given No : AFT – 30: Incorrect method of pension fixation by Notional Pay Method for Pre – 2016 Armed Forces JCOs /OR and Family pensioners. All those who are likely to gain pension as on Jan 2016 by the Notional pay method are welcome to join the case soon to be filed in AFT Delhi. You are requested to contact Col Dr GB Sethi, General Secretary, TSEWA at gb_sethi@yahoo.co.in and mobile no : 9440859877 to join the legal case. He will send you legal documents like vakalatnamas and two undertakings by e-mail. You are requested to sign them and send them by post with a cheque for various amounts of legal fees mentioned in para 12 above in favour of TSEWA –AFT and dispatch your documents (hard copy) to the following address till we are able to find an All India Coordinator :-

Col Dr GB Sethi (Rtd) General Secretary, TSEWA 143, Vayupuri Park Link Road, Near 2nd Cross Road Sainikpuri (PO) Secunderabad – 500094

17. All India Coordinator. Lt Col KP Radhakrishnan form Bengaluru volunteerd on my request to be All India Coordiantor. His e-mail id is : radhakrishnan_kp@yahoo.com and his mobile no is : 94483 50925and land line no is 080-25830710 18.

Lead Petitioner.As per the requirement of AFT Delhi, one of the petitioners has to be a lead litigant in whose name the case is to be filed. For example Hvl AB Singh and 102 others Vs Union of India. He is to have a Delhi NCR address.

19. Humble Request.I humbly request petitioners to kindly take up the job of Lead petitioner. You have to attend AFT Delhi along with our advocate when the case comes up for hearing All expenditure you incur for postage or travel or telephone charges etc will be fully reimbursed. Unless we get a Lead petitioner, TSEWA may not be able to file the case. All of us will continue to suffer till eternity. I can assure the amount of goodwill you will get after the case is filed and when we win the case cannot measured by any amount of money.

20. Govt of India letter dated 05 Sep 2017 shows how you have been taken for right royal ride. Unless you wake up from deep slumber and fight for your right, you will continue to suffer financially.

21. Filing of Case in AFT Delhi. It may please be understood the legal fees is deliberately kept so low to make it affordable. We need to get 100 petitioners for this case to be economically viable. Do not therefore keep pestering us asking us to when we will file the case. It may take three months as lot of hard work goes in collecting legal documents, preparing legal brief and memo of parties, checking documents at five stages right from the time we receive the documents to filing them in AFT, Delhi.

22. Responsibilty of TSEWA. Our responsibility is limited to get you the judgment. Thereafter petitioners have to take up a case individually with their service HQ through Record Offices to get their dues. However TSEWA will render all possible help to get Corr PP enhancing your pension as on Jan 2016 but that be treated as bonus.

23. Instant Result. Some JCOs and ORs want the case to be filed tomorrow and get the judgment day after tomorrow. The advocates do not argue our case free. Unless we pay them decent sum, they will not take up our case. You cannot get judgment at Rs 1,000 to Rs 3000 and in a jiffy. So do not join our case if you want judgment on your lap like Maggie noodles in 2 mins.

Warm regards,
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)
President, TSEWA
11 Oct 2017

Why did Senior Officers like Chiefs of Army, Navy and the Air Force kept on accepting anomalies?


              Were We "Downgraded Status-wise" Already !

          Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:16 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Col Sushil Chilimbi" chunirupa

Following is a post from a serving Major (name being with-held). If what he states are facts, the Chiefs have forfeited any claims towards allegiance from Officers and PBORs. And as a corollary, the fight should now be against the unholy caboodle of Chiefs by the effected lot.What the Babus designed is now fait accompli due to the ineptitude, servility or plain apathy of our military hierarchy.

Veterans have neither the leverage nor locus standi in combating the injustice and slight of this magnitude smeared right on the face of the Services.

Sushil.

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1. MS Branch had issued a letter equating Capts & Majors with Section Offrs, why are they not cancelling it?

2. PS Directorate had issued an RTI reply that JCOs are not Gazetted, why are they not cancelling it? 

3. SD Directorate had published an Army Order allowing civilians to use higher designations, why are they refusing to amend it ? 

4. AG’s Coord Offr is a civ, promoted from Jt Dir to Director last year, but he uses the designation as DDG (Coord), why is AG allowing   it? 

5. Similarly all civ Directors have started writing DDG/ADG/PD. Why is it being allowed by others too?

6. The JCOs are being issued with identity SLIPs applicable to Gp C employees, why are they not issuing Blue coloured SLIPs which are applicable to Gp B Gazetted civilians?

7. Naib Subs who are Gazetted have been placed in lower Pay Levels than civilians non-gazetted. Why is it not being taken up as an unacceptable anomaly ?

8. A Col has been disallowed writing of CR of Civ Jt Dir & Brig disallowed writing CR of a civ Dir, why has it been accepted & implemented, & why it is not being corrected?

9. Cols & Brigs are being sent on deputation to RAW & Embassies on 2nd & 3rd Gp A equiv Posts, why is not being corrected?

10. Lt Cols are not being allowed to call/receive visitors in their Offices, while civ Jt Dirs & sr PAs are allowed. Why is it not being rectified?

11. For Various office related allwces, Capts & Majs have been equated with Sec Offrs & Lt Cols with lowest Gp A, why is it not being rectified?

12. In joint confs/ mtgs, why are Lt Cols & Cols being made to sit along Dy Dirs & Jt Dirs respectively?

13. Why is MoD contesting NFU & refusing to even discuss pay anomalies issues? 

14. As per WoP, Lt Gen is higher than Addl Secy, why did they accept DGMO as Member under Addl Secy? 

15. As per PMO Directive of 2008, an HPC was to be set up on equiv issue, why did they accept this MoD equiv committee instead ?

16. Why is the offrs cadre restructuring Committee has not ben detailed for decades, while it is mandated by Govt every 5 yrs? Civs have done 3 cadre restructurings in last 16 yrs.

Friday, 10 November 2017

WELFARE SCHEMES (ARMY VETERANS)

WELFARE SCHEMES MANAGED BY REHABILITATION AND WELFARE SECTION (CORPUS)

DIRECTORATE OF INDIAN ARMY VETERANS (DIAV)

1.         R&W Section(Corpus)/DIAV provides education grant to the wards of soldiers who die in harness.  It  also includes suicide cases and there is no bar on number of children.  Education grant is presently available for the academic year 2017-18.  Last date of submission of documents is   30 Nov 2018.  Application forms can be sent directly to R&W Section, and there is  no requirement of authentication from  Zila Sainik Board. Details of welfare schemes/grants are as under :- 

(a)        PHYSICAL CASUALTY (FATAL)

                                                                                 

Welfare Schemes

Amount

Education Grant                                                          Class 1st  onwards including suicide cases. 

Class I to Class VIII

Rs   10,000/-

Class IX to Class XII

Rs   14,000/-

Graduation

Rs 20,000/-

Post Graduation

Rs 25,000/-

Professional Course

 Rs 50,000/- (Maximum)

Widow Higher Education.                                       
 Widows of soldier who die in harness.

Graduation

Rs 20,000/-

Post Graduation

Rs 25,000/-

Professional Course

 Rs 50,000/- (Maximum)

One time Computer Grant. 
For wards and widows pursuing graduation and above.

Rs 35,000/-            

Daughter’s Marriage/Re-marriage of widow/

Orphan Son’s marriage.

Rs 1,00,000/-          

(b)        PHYSICAL CASUALTY (DISABLED)

                                                                                 

Welfare Schemes

Amount

Modification of Car/Modified Auto scooter       Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.

Rs 70,000/-(Maximum)

Wheel Chair/ Second issue of Wheel Chair.       Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.

Rs 50,000/- (Maximum)

Motorised Wheel Chair
   Soldiers disabled while  in service.  Forquadriplegic cases only.

Rs 2.25 Lacs (Maximum)       
 (Case to case basis)

Modification  of  Bathroom.

Soldiers who get disabled while in service with 100% disability and wheel chair bound.

Rs 40,000/-

(c)        BATTLE CASUALTY (FATAL)

            Welfare Schemes

Amount

Education  Grant .                                                                   After first degree course

Post Graduation

Rs 25,000/-

Professional Course

Rs 50,000/-(Maximum)

Widow Higher Education.                                                  

Graduation

Rs 20,000/-

Post Graduation

Rs 25,000/-

Professional Course

 Rs 50,000/- (Maximum)

One time Computer Grant.                                  For wards and widows  pursuing graduation and above.

Rs 35,000/-            

Daughter’s Marriage/Re-marriage of widow/Orphan Son’s marriage.

Rs 1,00,000/-          

(d)        BATTLE CASUALITY (DISABLED)

Welfare Schemes

Amount

Education Grant.                                                               After first degree course

Post Graduation

Rs 25,000/-

Professional Course

Rs 50,000/-(Maximum)

Modification of Car/Modified Auto scooter        Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.

Rs 70,000/-(Maximum)

Wheel Chair/ Second issue of Wheel Chair.    Soldiers disabled while  in service.  The individual should be an amputee/ paraplegic  or who requires support for walking, clearly spelt out by the Army medical authority.

Rs 50,000/- (Maximum)

Motorised Wheel Chair  
Soldiers disabled while  in service.  
 For quadriplegic cases only.

Rs 2.25 Lacs (Maximum)                   (Case to case basis)

Modification  of  Bathroom.

Soldiers who get disabled while in service with 100% disability and wheel chair bound.

Rs 40,000/-

Daughter’s Marriage/ Re-marriage of widow/Orphan Son’s marriage.

Rs 1,00,000/-          

2.          Documents to be submitted for education scholarship are as under :-

(a)          Application form duly countersigned by the Principal of the school/college.

(b)          Fees receipts in original for the academic year 2017-18.

(c)          Copy of the mark sheet of the class passed, as on Mar 2018.

(d)          Copy of the service booklet to include the details of wards.

(e)          A cancelled cheque of the bank account..

(f)           Mobile number must be mentioned and should be in use.


3.      There is only one form for the education grant, one time computer grant and widow higher education. Application forms can be downloaded from their website                www.indianarmyveterans.gov.in.

4.         Contact details are as under :-

            Director (Corpus)

            Rehabilitation and Welfare Section

            Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV)

            AG’s Branch, Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)

            Adjacent to Central Org ECHS

            104, Cavalry Road, Delhi Cantt -110010

            Tele No  :  33344 (Army)

            Tele - 011-25674067 (Civil)       Email    rnwcorpus@gmail.com

Col RK Nayar (Veteran)
Mob no -9818993868 
Director ( Corpus ) 
R&W, Section, DIAV.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

2018ல் அரசு பொது விடுமுறை நாட்கள் 23. எந்தெந்த நாட்கள் தெரியுமா..?

இதன்படி, அரசு அறிவித்துள்ள 23 அரசு விடுமுறை நாட்கள்... விடுமுறை நாட்கள்:

1. ஆங்கில புத்தாண்டு - 01.01.2018- திங்கள் 2. பொங்கல் - 14.01.2018- ஞாயிறு
3. திருவள்ளுவர் தினம் - 15.01.2018 - திங்கள்
4. உழவர் திருநாள் - 16.01.2018- செவ்வாய் 5. குடியரசு தினம் - 26.01.2018 - வெள்ளி
6. தெலுங்கு வருடப் பிறப்பு -18.03.2018-ஞாயிறு
7. மகாவீர் ஜெயந்தி - 29.03.2018 - வியாழன் 8 புனித வெள்ளி - 30.03.2018- வெள்ளி
9. வங்கிகள் ஆண்டு கணக்கு முடிவு (வணிக/ கூட்டுறவு வங்கிகள் ) 01.04.2018 - ஞாயிறு 10. தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு மற்றும் டாக்டர் அம்பேத்கார் பிறந்த நாள் - 14.04.2018- சனி 11. மே தினம் - 01.05.2018 - செவ்வாய்
12. ரம்ஜான் - 15.06.2018- வெள்ளி
13. சுதந்திர தினம் - 15.08.2018- புதன்
14. பக்ரீத் -22.08.2018- புதன்
15. கிருஷ்ண ஜெயந்தி -02.09.2018 ஞாயிறு 16. விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி - 13.09.2018 - வியாழன்
17.மொகரம் 21.09.2018- வெள்ளி
18. காந்தி ஜெயந்தி - 02.10.2018 - செவ்வாய்
19. ஆயுத பூஜை - 18.10.2018- வியாழன
் 20. விஜயதசமி - 19.10.2018- வெள்ளி
21. தீபாவளி- 6.11.2018- செவ்வாய்
22. மிலாது நபி -21.11.2018- புதன்கிழமை 23. கிறிஸ்துமஸ் -25.12.2018- செவ்வாய்

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Opinion piece for The Quint: Civil-Military Rank Equation

Opinion piece for The Quint: Civil-Military Rank Equation- Need for a Calmer Approach  My opinion piece for The Quint today: Civil-Military Rank Equation: 

Need for a Calmer Approach Navdeep Singh A point to point equation of military ranks and civil grades has always been a subject of controversy. But then things have taken an unpleasant turn in the recent past. While it is true that a sense of entitlement of both military and civil staff must not be allowed to prevail, it is equally valid that undue advantage of proximity to the decision making process must not become the order of the day.

The political executive thus, must, reach a fair solution without any favour to any side. While many military veterans have adopted the route of heavy emotional rhetoric in articulating their views on this subject, I sincerely feel, with all due respect to the said thought process, that a solution, if any, would only be possible in an environment of mutual trust, discussion and logic, irrespective of who is in power, and not by sharp statements against other services or professions or expressing a persecution complex. It is true that the military has been put to a disadvantage in the past in various aspects, but it is equally correct that many anomalies have been resolved, some fully, some partially, and most such positive movement took place by means of dialogue and processes of law and by personalities who mostly remained behind the curtains, and sometimes unsung. The Historical Perspective Traditionally there always was a broad parity of pay progression between Class-I Civil Services (Now known as Group A) and the Commissioned Cadre of the Defence Services.  There was also a broad parity between the career progression of the Indian Police Service and the Defence Services, except at higher ranks. Moreover, there was established relativity between Lieutenant Colonels, Conservators of Forests and Superintending Engineers. Till the 3rd Central Pay Commission (CPC), there was not much of a problem in equivalence and it was broadly accepted that the Junior Time Scale (the starting grade of directly appointed Class I Officers) was equal to a Lieutenant, the Senior Time Scale (Under Secretary to Govt  of India) was equal to a Captain, the Junior Administrative Grade (Deputy Secretary to Govt of India/Joint Director) was at par with a Major, the Selection Grade (now Director to Govt of India) was equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel. The 4th CPC introduced a separate form of pay system for the Defence Services than the Civil Services with a running pay scale with separate component of ‘rank pay’ being introduced for defence officers but civil officers maintaining distinct pay scales for each rank as per the earlier system. This was the start point of the controversy with no “scale to scale” rough comparison now available for each analogous rank. Skewed equation by 6th CPC The 6th CPC, for the first time, brought the problem sharply out in the open. On Page 73 of the 6th CPC Report, the commission reproduced a chart of analogous military and civil grades wherein it pegged the Group A Junior Time Scale with a Lieutenant as well as a Capt, the Senior Time Scale with a Major, the Junior Administrative Grade with a Lt Col, the Selection Grade with a Colonel and a DIG with a Brig. There were however many infirmities in the chart. For example, while only one of the Civil Selection Grade scales (Director) was reproduced and shown against a Colonel, the other civil Selection Grade scales (For example the IPS Selection Grade of Rs 1650-1800) were not reproduced at all and also not reflected with the closest military counterpart of Lt Col (Rs 1750-1950). The rank of Capt was shown equivalent to Senior Time Scale (Under Secretary to Govt of India) in the 3rd CPC table but suddenly shown reduced below STS in the 4th CPC table and clubbed with a Lieutenant and Junior Time Scale. Needless to say, there was no government order downgrading a Captain from the earlier level. There were other infirmities too, for example, the scale of a DIG wrongly shown analogous to a Brigadier in the 3rd CPC chart was actually that of the then existing grade of Additional IG which was later merged with IG, and so on. The data, hence, was cherry picked and projected as such to throw the entire equation into disarray.  Formation of a Group of Ministers Due to the downgradation of military ranks by the 6th CPC, the Government decided to form a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into the issue. The GoM ultimately recorded that the pay of a Lt Col should be hiked to denote his/her position above a Deputy Secretary to Govt of India/Joint Director but below a Director and a Colonel. The recommendations were accepted by the Cabinet. The controversy was hence settled to an extent, though not to the complete satisfaction of the defence services who had wanted the restoration of status of Lt Col to Director Level Officers since both had similar attributes of pay and length of service. The GoM also endorsed the formation of a High Level Committee to further resolve the issue. To be honest, even the demands of the military before the GoM were not justified at a few levels. For example, the defence services had demanded the pre-4th CPC restoration of the rank of Capt to Senior Time Scale and that of Major to Junior Administrative Grade, forgetting in the bargain, that by this time due to difference in promotion timelines on account of change in rules, while a defence officer was promoted to the rank of Capt in 2 years, a Group A civil officer took 4 years to reach Senior Time Scale, ditto for Major at 6 years and Junior Administrative Grade at 9 years and such an equation would have led to an undue advantage to the defence services. The current controversy The current controversy was triggered in October 2016 when the Chief Administrative Officer of the MoD, the controlling officer for the cadre of the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQCS), issued a one-sided memo, downgrading the status of military ranks even below the already depressed levels articulated by the 6th CPC. The memo equated a Colonel with a Joint Director of the AFHQCS (a Joint Director was otherwise equated with a Lt Col by the 6th CPC and later a Joint Director was placed in-between a Major and a Lt Col by the GoM). Further the memo equated a Director with a Brigadier though a Director had clearly been equated with a Colonel both by the 6th CPC as well as the GoM and approved as such by the Cabinet. The Major General and Joint Secretary to Government of India equivalence misnomer Over the years, if not by design, the sheen of the military rank has suffered by default. Major General (today with 32 years of service) has traditionally been pegged at par with Joint Secretary to Govt of India (currently 19 years of service) but it is unfortunate how this has come about. The genesis of this incorrect equation emanates from the fact that pre-independence, the Secretarial hierarchy was in the order of Assistant Secretary to Govt of India (Stage 1), Under Secretary (Stage 2), Additional Deputy Secretary (Stage 3), Deputy Secretary (Stage 4), Joint Secretary (Stage 5), Additional Secretary (Stage 6) and Secretary (Stage 7). A Major General was equated with Joint Secretary which was a Stage 5 position in the hierarchy and even the length of service was similar. However, over the years, the nomenclatures in the Central Secretariat setup/Central Staffing Scheme were altered and appointments re-designated as Under Secretary (Stage 1), Deputy Secretary (Stage 2), Director (Stage 3), Joint Secretary (Stage 4), Additional Secretary (Stage 5), Secretary (Stage 6) and Cabinet Secretary (Stage 7). Hence, while the “Maj Gen = Joint Secretary” equation was cleverly maintained on paper as before, it was not realized that the erstwhile Stage 5 of the secretarial hierarchy was now Additional Secretary and hence Maj Gen should have retained his 5th  position, that is, Additional Secretary of date. Also, the equation of Joint Secretaries to Govt of India and Major General was not with regard to all officers in the pay of Joint Secretary, but only with those officers who were currently holding the appointment of Joint Secretary to the Govt of India on being empanelled as such in the Centre. Similar has been the case if compared with other services. For example, the highest Police Rank in a State, the IG, was equated with a Brigadier/Major General, today, there are four pay grades in the Police above a Brigadier and three above a Maj Gen. This is not to say that other cadres should stagnate, but is simply to put across that when such upward mobility occurs, there should be a parallel mobility or merger of scales on the military side too. Slide over the times on cadre revisions While a Lt Col, Conservator of Forests and Superintending Engineer of the Central Engineering Services (SE) were historically at par, today, after the 7th Central Pay Commission, a Lt Col in Pay Level 12A is a step below an SE in pay (Pay Level 13), and two steps below a Conservator (Pay Level 13A). The slide has been inexplicable over the times with status being gently nibbled over the years. Moreover, as explained above, whenever there has been any cadre improvement, while civil posts have moved up and merged with higher grades due to better cadre mobility and upgradations, military ranks have stagnated and have been clubbed and bunched with lower grades. Many examples come to fore. The erstwhile police rank of Additional IG which was roughly equal to a Brig now stands merged with an IG and enjoys the pay of a Maj Gen and that of Additional DIG in the Central Armed Police Forces which was equal (in fact slightly lower) in pay to a Col now stands clubbed with a DIG, today drawing the pay of a Brig. In the Military Engineering Services, the rank of Additional Chief Engineer on the civil side was equated with a Colonel and held interchangeable appointments. Later, in the 2000s, the said rank was merged in the grade of Chief Engineer and is today enjoying Pay Level 14 which is the pay granted to a Maj Gen. The Senor Administrative Grade-II roughly equated with a Brigadier was merged with Senior Administrative Grade-I and today both are known as ‘Senior Administrative Grade’ (SAG) simpliciter and are in the pay of a Maj Gen. While logically, both Brigadiers and Major Generals should have hence been equated with SAG, but today the rank of Brig stands relegated below SAG. The Military also needs to readjust While the slide of the sheen of the military rank is more than evident, it is not that the military has not contributed to it. Over the years, the military establishment has believed in placing senior officers on junior appointments and used military staff in a manner not befitting the rank held, thereby itself projecting a wrong equation to the world at large. It also needs to be empathetically iterated that civilians who have worked shoulder to shoulder with the military in mixed organisations have also at times not been given due respect and regard to their experience, age, seniority and maturity. Such mistrust and friction militates against organisational fabric and national ethos. If the officers of the defence services expect respect and sensitivity towards their standing in society, similar should be their own attitude towards civilian peers in mixed organisations and indeed towards other civil officers who are also serving the same nation and the same flag with utmost sincerity. Any sense of entitlement or superiority on part of the military in this regard, is therefore highly incongruous and misplaced. The role of the Political Executive While no entity, including the military, should be allowed to steal a march over other counterparts, the political executive and higher bureaucracy must insulate itself from any advantage sought to be achieved by key appointments due to functional proximity with power centres. Ironically, and contrary to popular belief, most of such problems have not arisen between the military vis-a-vis the IAS or other Group A services but with support cadres which were meant to assist the military in their secretarial requirements to enable the defence services in focussing upon their core areas. Crudely put, it is a case of the grass eating the hedge. Though I am not very sure if and when this vexed issue would be resolved to the complete satisfaction of all, but yet I am sanguine that with political maturity and deftness, the abrasion between various cadres can be brought down to minimal levels and though a point to point comparison may never be possible, the solution perhaps lies in evolving an approach with an approximate pay and status progression keeping in view the historical parities and length of service between the Commissioned Cadre and other Group A services of the Government of India. And here is where I differ with some of my esteemed veteran friends, for I strongly believe that the key to this is the creation of an environment of mutual trust and convincing the political executive that while the final decision is that of the elected leadership, all that needs to be ensured is a say of all stake holders in the decision-making process leading to justice and equity to all sides, and the same can only be achieved by logical presentation and not by shouting down or ascribing motives or antagonizing every entity who might have a difference of opinion or a divergent view on a recommended solution, and in the bargain losing all friends by burning bridges with emotional rhetoric to a point of no return without any semblance of balance. --- Major Navdeep Singh is a practicing lawyer at the Punjab & Haryana High Court and the founder President of the Armed Forces Tribunal Bar Association, at Chandigarh. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Letter from Brig C S Vidyasagar, Sir

Dear Veterans,
1.    I do not have time to comment on issues other than grievances of ESMs and veernaris. Yet seeing the views and anguish of many veterans in the social media, I am tempted to give my views. You may not accept them. I have tried to find out why we cannot exploit our potential to our advantage. I come to some conclusions based on my observations how Armed Forces and veterans are being treated after BJP came to power in the Centre in May 2014. I could be totally wrong in my deductions.

I find the main reason for not achieving unity amongst the veteran community is : We, the officer cadre, underestimate the potential of our JCOs and OR. Let me illustrate with live examples in T SEWA.

2.   Our Vice – President is Sgt Lawrence Joseph. He carries out his duties very well. He needs a bit of guidance and has been helping in growth of T SEWA through his IAF connections.

3.   Hav Harish Asthana from Corps of Signals is President, T SEWA, UP. He got many ESMs and veer naris their pensionary benefits by interacting with banks, CPPCs and Record Offices. Even some of our senior officers cannot do what Hav Harish is doing.

4.   JWO Milan Das is our President, T SEWA, CPENGRAMS. What a Lt Gen cannot get his Corr PPO in four years, JWO Milan Das gets it in just three weeks’ time is spite of doctors advising him not to use his fingers.

5.   WO Thiru Chelvam is our President, T SEWA, Tamilnadu. In spite of his hearing deficiency and eye problem he works so hard to get relief to many ESMs and veernaris of their legitimate entitlements.

6.   HFO Annapureddy Venkata Reddy resolves many of grievances of ESMs and veernaris by liaising with many agencies.

7.   Sgt RR Unni, President, T SEWA, Palakkad Dist of Kerala is a live wire. You have to see him to believe what he can achieve.

8.  Nk M Reddappa Reddy is President, T SEWA, Chittoor Dist of Andhra Pradesh. He spent his own money to get uniforms made for Ex-Servicemen for Republic Day parade 2017 in Tirupati and his Ex-Servicemen contingent got the Second Prize in the entire Andhra Pradhesh and proved that ESM at their advancing age can beat many marching contingents of various police and other organisations.

9.  If we are able to accept these JCOs and NCOs as our leaders and forget of their ranks, then and then only ESMs can be brought under one umbrella.

10.   History proved no political party can survive on old antics. See the Congress today. The fate of BJP will  be similar to Congress in the days to come. Mr Narendra Modi ran Gujrat with help of few IAS offices and disregarded his council of ministers. He is an autocrat. None can dissent with him.
Look at his achievements. 
(a) Reduction of interest rate on small savings hitting the middle class badly
(b)  High fuel prices compared to our neighbouring countries in spite of fuel prices coming down in international market.
(c )  Helping Adanis and Ambanis to build their empire. Recently TRAI, a Govt controlled organization reduced the interconnect charges on mobile communications benefitting Reliance’s JIO. This means AirTel and Vodafone spend thousands of crores on infrastructrure such as towers etc and Reliance without spending any money gets use of their network by paying pittance of interconnect charges.
(d) Demonetisatoin did not get any black money but only put to 130 crores Indians to untold misery for almost one year.
(e)  28% tax in the form GST on certain items thereby pushing prices of many items.
(f)  Banks are burdened with NPA thanks to corporates not returning loans taken and BJP Govt does nothing to penalize such loan defaulters.
(g)  Lowering status of group A Armed Forces officers vis – a – vis Group B Inter Service HQ cadre personnel. It is like making officers junior to JCOs.
(h)   Taking away entitled rations from Officers in peace stations which was in vogue for the last three decades.
(j)   Equating a Maj Gen of Armed Forces with Group B Principal Director in Min of Def.
(k)  NFU approved on the plea of bureaucrats that they have acute stagnation when 100% IAS officers become Joint Secretary to Govt of India at 17 years of service where as 0.6% Armed Forces officers to become Maj Gen at 30 years’ service. But Mr Modi does not find it fit to give NFU to Armed Forces where there is terrible stagnation in higher ranks.
(l)  Every ministry gets cadre review every 5 years upgrading their posts but in Armed Forces in last 70 years only three cadre reviews have taken place.
(m)   All these political parties and bureaucrats have exploited the inability to voice the grievances of Armed Forces as they cannot form association. Try and do these with Civilian Grade four employees.
(n)  Not even examining recommendations of Justice L Naraimha Reddy committee on resolving anomalies in OROP even though report is gathering dust since Sep 2016.
(o)   Not involving pay commission cells whenever any benefit is to be given but unilateral orders are issued by Min of Def. Anomalies from 3rd CPC are getting piled up with anomalies in 4th CPC, 5th CPC, 6th CPC and now 7th CPC. When Armed Forces have demanded that anomalies of previous CPCs be looked into the Min of Def issues gazette notification and not Special Army / Navy /Air Force Instructions which has been the norm all these years.
(p) Do you want me list out insults being heaped on Armed Forces by Modi ji and his chosen bureaucrats?
(q)   Mr Modi has perfected the photo ops of going on Diwali to remote areas, meet the Armed Foces personnel, have a cup of tea, distribute sweets and next day Min of Def lowers staus of Military.

11.   Very sad to see many senior Officers have become modi bhakts. They chant slogan that there is no alternative to Mr Modi. But my conviction is you will get nothing from BJP now or in future if our ESMs in Himachal vote for this party in the 2017 State elections.
12.   Is laying mats for International Yoga day, constructing bridges for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar event at Jamuna River bank against orders of National Green Tribunal, collecting garbage of tourists in high Himalayas and constructing three foot over bridges in Mumbai jobs of Armed Forces?
13.    They selected third senior most Army Cdr as Chief and what do you expect this worthy to protect his own service?
14.   Unless we scrutinize every action of BJP govt and how they systematically trample Armed Forces in a pre-planned manner and sensitize our community, we will blindly vote for BJP and then cry that we have been degraded and downgraded. Do not forget sir, BJP and Congress are two sides of the same coin who depend upon bureaucrats to run the country. They have the highest degree of antipathy and distrust of Armed Forces. But they know how to use Armed Forces to bail out civic administration from nonperformance and irresponsibility. Col Ajit Rana graphically described Panchukula Marathon where DM climbed a fence and ran away from rampaging devotees of Ram Rahim. DGPs, Addl DGPs, DIGs and Superintendents of Police who draw NFU ran away from scene. It is only one Major and 120 infantry men saved Pachkula.
15.   Let me assure you, Sir, if all ESMs forget their rank and treat everyone whether he is an Army Cdr or a Sepoy as his equal and come under one banner, faujis can come to power in 2019 on their own steam or with support from like minded parties. As per figures of Kendriya Sanik Board of Min of Def the population of ESM and Veeraris are 31 lakhs. 13.5 lakhs are serving soldiers. In 10 states ESM are the predominant electorate. They can form Government in their states without any support from anyone. But when will faujis realize their vote power?
16.    I doubt very much whether this is feasible in next 100 years.
17.    That is the reason T SEWA adopts other route of AFTs to get our legitimate demands through.

Warm regards,

Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)
040-48540895
493191380

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Why OROP is important for ex-servicemen Col Dabby S de Mello (Retd)

The concept was formulated after deliberations keeping all stakeholders in the loop. It was approved by both UPA- as well as NDA-dominated Parliaments. Ex-servicemen protesting for OROP at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, recently. PTI Aquestion often asked: “Why One Rank One Pension (OROP) only for military retirees?” Before attempting an answer, it is important to know that the acronym OROP is not an entirely a correct definition of the issue. It should have been “Same Rank, Same Service Tenure, Same Pension” — SRSSTSP.
Since it would have been quite a mouthful, the term OROP became common. OROP, the genesis Maj-Gen Rajinder Singh ‘Sparrow’Shergill,  a Cavalry Officer, hero of Zojila and twice Mahavir Chakra awardee, after his retirement and, as a sitting MP in the early eighties, spoke thus in Parliament: "I have the honour to state that I retired from the army as a Maj-Gen and have two sons serving in the army. Assuming that they also retire as Maj-Gens and, after retirement, if they stayed under the same roof as I, the sons would be getting more pension than their father because the father retired earlier. What a dichotomy!" Mrs Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister heard the General Officer with rapt attention and understood what he spoke.

A sharp woman, she was immediately convinced in principle and realised the dilemma of Maj-Gen ‘Sparrow’, and that of all military retirees, needed holistic consideration/re-evaluation. The same day in 1983, she constituted a committee headed by KP Singhdeo, a Brigadier in Territorial Army and a sitting MP from Odisha, to examine the issue and suggest measures to bring parity in pensions of the past and future defence retirees, on a basic premise of natural justice, that no senior may be brought lower than his junior — a concept which is now understood as One Rank One Pension.

The present government, in its pre-election gambit to woo ex-servicemen in 2013, promised to fulfill this long overdue and legitimate entitlement. However, in a display of bad faith, on November 7, 2015, the NDA government drove the last nail in the coffin by diluting and granting a falsely labeled OROP. Why OROP only for military retirees? Any organisation that has service conditions similar to that of the soldiers of the Defence Forces has a rightful case for OROP.

The average soldier retires at young age of 35, just when his domestic responsibilities are waxing, and risks both his life and limbs as part of his duty and obligation to the nation. His fundamental rights are curtailed by the law, under sovereign guarantee that his needs will be cared for and therefore he has no institution to fall back to except the government. Unlike the police and every other organization in India, soldiers are prohibited from forming unions or associations to fight for justice. Not to mention the type of hard field service locations that he has to endure, and implications on his family, affecting financial life, and, looming early retirement.

The latter is because the state requires a young and fit force, and because its pyramidal structure cannot absorb him, he is let go in the prime of his life.  In a nutshell, OROP to the military retirees is meant basically to compensate for their mandatory early retirement. Why no OROP to other uniformed services Regarding no OROP to other uniformed services Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) like BSF, CRPF, ITBPF etc, the answer is in the questionnaire:
(a) Irrespective of their rank, they can serve up to 57 years unlike the military personal who are made to retire at 35 and upwards depending upon their rank.
(b) The CAPF are assured minimum three promotions, but for defense forces, there is no such assurance. The service conditions of Defence Forces and CAPF too are different.  The concept of “One Rank One Pension” was formulated after deliberations keeping all stakeholders in the loop.
The concept was approved by two Parliaments, UPA- as well as NDA-led, but even after more than three years of the latter, it is yet to be implemented in its entirety. The government brazenly continues to deny the ex-servicemen (ESM) their due- their promised OROP, not realising that today's soldier is tomorrow’s ESM and his morale is the nation's biggest strength. It is neither statesmanship nor good governance and is not in the overall interest of the security of India. 
Why are faujis still protesting? If the NDA government loftily claims that OROP to military retirees has been granted, then why are faujis still protesting? It is because the government, in November 2015, arbitrarily altered the approved definition of OROP, equalised the pension of the past defense pensioners by giving them one time raise and maliciously termed it as OROP. The veterans felt let down at that sellout and decided to continue their peaceful protest from Jantar Mantar, asking the government for the approved and promised OROP in its entirety. Surely they are not foolish enough to continue to agitate if the actual OROP had been granted.

The NDA government should well heed the warning: the defence fraternity of near five crore is a formidable electorate. Military veterans (many of them war-decorated), mostly in their twilight years, have been protesting peacefully from a footpath near Jantar Mantar for the past 28 months, asking the government to fulfill the promise of granting them correct OROP.  The government continues to remain in denial mode. The exservicemen have no one to fall back to except their civilian brethren. Shouldn’t the people of the country sit up, lend their ears and peacefully be their voice too? For, didn't these retired soldiers keep you all safe when they were young and in active service?

(Source- The Tribune)

Friday, 3 November 2017

JCOs are gazetted officers; cancels earlier note

November 02, 2017 15:49 IST

In a significant move that will benefit over 64,000 personnel, the Army has said junior commissioned officers are gazetted officers, cancelling its earlier note that described them as 'non-gazetted' officers.

The decision by the Army two days ago comes amid growing resentment from a large section of its personnel over issues relating to pay-parity and ranking.

In an official note, the Army headquarters has cancelled a communication issued in response to a Right to Information application in 2011 which had stated that the JCOs are non-gazetted officers, according to documents accessed by PTI.

 

Highly placed official sources said the Army committed a 'major mistake' in 2011 on the status of the JCOs and now the Army headquarters has removed the ambiguity and made it clear that JCOs are gazetted officers.

The clarification will benefit over 64,000 JCOs who are ranked in three categories -- Naib Subedar, Subedar and Subedar Major.

The 2011 note had triggered widespread outrage among the JCOs.

Asked how the Army headquarters made the 'mistake' in 2011, classifying the JCOs as non-gazetted officers, a senior Army official said there are separate definitions of officers and the JCOs in the manual of military law and it could have been a case of misinterpretation of the rule book.

The issuance of the letter is also seen as a message by the Army to the government to address grievances of a section of the Army personnel over what they call 'disparity' in the current pay band.

The issue of status equivalence between military officers and their civilian counterparts was discussed at the recently concluded Army Commanders' conference.

Asked whether the Army headquarters will send a fresh communication to the RTI applicant who had filed the query about status of the JCOs in 2011, the Army refused to comment.

Defence Ministry sources last week had said that it was seriously examining the long-standing issue relating to status equivalence between military officers and their civilian counterparts.

There has been growing resentment among the military officers who have been insisting that the current status equivalence was flawed and that government must address their concerns.

As per the current pay structure, the subedar majors and subedars are part of the pay band for gazetted officers but there has been discrepancies there as well, said an official.

The Naib subedars whose number of around 55,000 get salary under non-gazetted category, he said.

The matter is among the main issues being examined as part of the pay and allowances anomaly.

Last year, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had set up a high-level committee to look into the issue.

Sandeep Pandit

TSEWA 394

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Implementation of orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in pre-2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony Rank of Nb Sub Cases

F.No.3(8)/2013/D(Pension/Legal) Government Of India Ministry Of Defence Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare D (Pension/Legal) Sena Bhawan, New Delhi Dated 30th October,2017

To

The chief of the Army Staff

Subject: Implementation of orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in pre-2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony Rank of Nb Sub Cases.

The Hon’ble supreme Court in the following cases has decided:-

(a) Ex Hav (Hony Nb Sub) Virender Singh & 4 Ors. Who retired prior to 01.01.2006, filed OA No.42/2010 before Hon’ble AFT (RB) Chandigarh seeking the benefits of fitment in the pay grade of Nb Sub in accordance with Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12 June 2009. The Hon’ble AFT, vide its order dated 08 February,2010 ordered to grant the benefit to the petitioners with instructions to release the entitlement of pension and arrears w.e.f. 01.01.2006. Civil Appeal filed by the UOI to assail AFT order dated 08 February,2010 was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 13 December,2010.

(b) In a similar case, Civil Appeal No.4677/2014 was filed by the UOI in the Hon’ble supreme court in Ex Hav (Hony NB Sub) Subhash Chander Soni’s (OA 3305/2013) case. Hon’ble Supreme court vide its order dated 20 May 2015 has dismissed the appeal and held that “we are not inclined to entertain this appeal, which is dismissed accordingly.”

2. In view of the above judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court, matter for implementation of orders of Hon’ble Courts/AFTs in respect of Armed Forces Personnel in Hony Nb Sub cases was taken up with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for consideration. Deptt. of Expenditure has agreed to implement those orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs.

3. Accordingly, I am directed to convey the approval of Competent Authority in Ministry Of Defence for implementation of orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in Pre-2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony rank of Nb Sub cases, by Service Hqrs. as under:-

a) Service Hqrs may implement the orders of Hon’ble courts/AFTs in Hony Nb Sub cases by issuing absolute sanction keeping in view of the orders of Hon’ble Apex court, quoted at para 1 above.

b) In those Hony Nb Sub Cases in which conditional sanctions have been issued by the Service Hqrs. with the approval of competent authority in MoD, Service Hqrs may convert conditional sanction into absolute sanction at their level with the approval of competent authority at Service HQ. No interest shall be payable as per Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 20.05.2015 in the case of UOI Vs Subhash Chander Soni.

4. The benefit regarding grant of pension of Naib Subedar to pre-2006 retired Havildars who were granted Honorary rank of Naib Subedar after their retirement, as ordered by the Courts/AFTs, would be applicable only in case of revision of pension as indicated in MoD order No 1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12.06.2009 and not for retirement gratuity, encashment of leave, composite transfer grant etc.

5. The amount involved on account of implementation of Court/AFT orders will be booked under charged expenditure.

6. This issues with concurrence of Department of Expenditure, Ministry Of Finance vide I.D.Note No.140/E-V/2017 dated 05.06.2017 and MoD (Fin/Pen) U.O.No.10(6)/2012/Fin/Pen/2012 dated 08.09.2017.

(Ajay Kumar Agrawal)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India Tele:23015650

(Source : Govt Employees news blog)

A REMINDER TO GIVE LIFE CERTIFICATE JEEVAN PRAMAAN

All pensioners getting pension from Banks are to give Life Certificate in the month of November each year. If you are not giving your Life Certificate your pension will be stopped.

You can visit your Bank personally with your PPO, Pass book and Aadhaar Card for giving life certificate. After submitting Life Certificate please collect printed acknowledgement from the bank and keep it safe.
If you are unable to visit your Bank, or you are staying away from your how town, you can submit your Life Certificate from any of your Bank branches with the above documents. You can also give your Life Certificate from Common Service Centre (CSC) located near to you. You will be asked to identify with your finger impression with Aadhaar, PPO No. and SB Account No. and Bank. You have to pay small charges for that. You will be given a printed Jeevan Pramaan Life certificate with your Aadhaar Photo with a Jeevan pramaan ID. Simultaneously this certificate will be made available to your bank. With help of the Jeevan Pramaan ID, you can take print out of your Life Certificate from any where and hand over to your bank.

YOUR AADHAAR CARD, PPO NO. AND BANK PASS BOOK IS A MUST FOR GIVING LIFE CERTIFICATE.

THOSE WHO WANT MORE DETAILS MAY VISIT www.jeevanpramaan.gov.in

THE READERS OF THIS BLOG, PLEASE HELP AGED AND BEDRIDDEN PENSIONERS TO SUBMIT LIFE CERTIFICATE WITHIN THIS MONTH OF NOVEMBER. 2017.

Free MBBS seat- ESM

Important Announcement 

Two free seats (boy n girl each) offered for MBBS at SSR Medical College, Mauritius for wards of Armed Forces killed in action (martyrs). Free tuition, hostel n one to  and fro airfare by college authorities incl Ru 3500/- monthly stipend. 

Proposal recd from MoD.

Eligible candidate to submit application with scanned copies of 12th CBSE/ Board Marks Sheet, Education Concession Certificate, PPO, NEET-2017 Score Card, Eligibility Certificate from ZSB/RSB and Eligibility Certificate from MCI ( refer MCI website) by 15 Dec 2017. Short notice regretted. Selection through BOO under AG's Branch. Email above documents atawescolleges@gmail.com

Request circulate in your WA gps, Regiments, formations, veterans gps etc.

Regards,

Director Colleges AWES

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Circular No. 586 Dated: 25th September, 2017

Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions) Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014

Circular No. 586 Dated: 25th September, 2017

To,
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, ICICl/ 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 Post Master Camp Bell Bay
14. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Armed Forces Pensioners/ Family Pensioners in such cases where date of retirement is prior to 01.04.2003 and who had opted not to avail medical facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/ MI Rooms and are not members of ECHS.

Reference: 1). This office Circular No. 544 dated 04.06.2015, Circular No. 451 dated 21.02.2011 and Circular No. 208 dated 27.07.1998.
2). GOI, MoD letter No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th August 2017. Copy of GOI, MoD letter No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th August, 2017 on the above subject, which is self-explanatory, is forwarded herewith as annexure to this circular for further necessary action at your end.

2. In terms of Para-1 of GOI, MOD letter dated 29th August’ 2017, the fixed medical allowance has been enhanced from Rs.500/- pm to Rs. 1000/- pm with effect from 01.07.2017. Ex-Servicemen who retired after 01.04.2003 have to become member of ECHS compulsorily and are not eligible to draw Fixed Medical Allowance. However, Pre-01.04.2003 retirees have the option of either joining the Scheme or draw Fixed Medical Allowance as per the extant rates.

3. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance as brought out in this Office Circular No. 208 dated 27.07.1998 quoted under reference shall continue to be in force. PDAs are requested to please review the cases and revise the Fixed Medical Allowance in all the affected cases accordingly.

4. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.
No. Grants/Tech /0164/III
Dated: 25th September, 2017
(Nasim Ullah)
Asst. Controller (P)

(Source : Govt Employees News)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR EX-SERVICEMEN*

*Family Pension Eligibility*
1. Un Married Daughter of Ex.Serviceman is Eligible for Family Pension after demise of Ex.Serviceman & His Wife Irrespective of their Age till the Marriage she is Eligible for Family Pension.
2. Divorced Daughter of Ex.Serviceman also Eligible for Family Pension (Subject to condition she should submit Financial Condition Report)
3. Widow Daughter also Eligible for Family Pension (Subject to condition that she should submit Financial Condition Certificate from Revenue Authorities)
4. Disabled Children of Ex.Serviceman are also eligible for Family Pension...
For Disabled children.
a) Part-II Order is must.
b) you should submit the Disability Certificate from MH or Medical Board and endorsement of Family Pension should be done in the Concern Records through Sainik Welfare Office....

5. obtain your monthly pension payment slips from Bank
6. Kindly register your phone number and email & pan card with your Bank Account . You will get pension break up from the month of April/ may
7.. Whenever there is any additional credits or debits like
a). Payments of Instalments of OROP,
b). Payment of Arrears under DL-33;
c). Payment of Arrears of 7th CPC,
d). DR Arrears etc., Calculated Sheet has to be obtained and whenever there are Debits entries like TDS etc., Form-10 or Form-16 have to be obtained from PDA Bank.
8. Submit in written to your PDA Bank/Branch that you are a Senior Citizen and the Tax exemption limit is Rs.3 lakhs, accordingly the TDS also will be reduced.

9. Since DL-33 Arrears are relating to previous FY-AY Years (2006-2014), you may file your IT returns distributing the said amount of TDS, claiming REFUND of the deducted TDS amount.

10. Do not forget to convert your pension A/c immediately into Joint A/c (E or S) along with your wife.

11. please take care that family name is notified correctly in PPO and in revenue records like aadhar, pan card etc. If there is any correction please rectify through your record office.
12. Government of India is insisting for joint accounts because of the difficulties faced by widows. If everything is correct Bank will commence widow's pension in the same month itself...

13. Notify family pension in the PPO or any authorised letter from pension sanctioning authority is mandatory for commencing the widow pension. earlier only hand written PPOs are there. kindly notify family pension through your record office. Date of birth of the family and original pensioner should be notified by your record office or PSA.
*Joint Bank Account*
(a). joint accounts are opened such that any one can take pension. either or survivor mode.
(b) it will be very easy for Bank for opening of family pension 
*NOTE:*
some pensioners think that if we open joint account everything is finished without noting the name of family pensioner in the ppo Which is not correct.... without notifying the correct name of the spouse the Bank will not give Family Pension (Even joint Account is there in the Bank).

Please note above Points for easy to get Family Pension otherwise its very difficult for widow to get the Family Pension....

*DUAL FAMILY PENSION*
Previously After retirement from Armed forces if Ex servicemen joined in state/central Government job then after he retired from that post he will get two Pensions I.e., one from Military side and second one is from Civil side as he is eligible for two pensions but if an Ex servicemen Expired wife (spouse) is eligible only one family pension i.e., Military pension or Civil Family pension either one only eligible....
in the year 2013 Government of India (MOD) has issued orders that the wife(spouse) also eligible two family Pensions and CDA Allahabad also issued circular No.504 the widow is eligible both the pensions i.e., Military pension as well as Civil pension with effect from 24th September, 2012.
Telangana State Government has also issued Orders duly sanctioning Dual Family Pension (if widow opt military pension on the death of Ex.serviceman).

*NOTE*
Even Now many Ex.Servicemen and widows of Ex.Serviceman  are not Aware of the above rules so kindly give wide publicity among all Ex.serviceman & their families on this...

Regards

Friday, 13 October 2017

Tamilnadu issues pay revision order

Tamilnadu issues pay revision order

Fitment factor of 2.57 shall be applied uniformly to all employees while fixing pay of existing employees in the pay matrix, irrespective of their present grade pays or corresponding new levels.

Pay plus grade pay of an employee at any level as on 1-1-2016 (Pay in the Pay Band + Grade Pay) shall be multiplied by a factor of 2.57 for the purpose of fixing the pay in the pay matrix.

DEARNESS ALLOWANCE:
In the revised pay structure, dearness allowance shall be sanctioned to State Government employees whenever granted by the Central Government to its employees at the same rates and from the same dates. Accordingly, the dearness allowance under the revised pay structure shall be as indicated below: 1. 1-1-2016 0 [Zero]
2. 1-7-2016 2% of Basic Pay
3. 1-1-2017 4% of Basic Pay
4. 1-7-2017 5% of Basic Pay

Date of effect- The revised Pay Level for regular Government employees and employees on special time scales of pay / Consolidated Pay / Fixed Pay / Honorarium shall take notional effect from 1st January, 2016 with monetary benefit from 1st October, 2017.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Income Tax 2017-18 (Assessment Year 2018-19) – Tax Structure, Exemption and Deductions

Indian Military Veterans


Income Tax 2017-18 (Assessment Year 2018-19) – Income Tax Structure, Exemption and Deductions available to Personal Income Tax Payers

PART I: Income Tax Slab for Individual Tax Payers & HUF (Other than Senior Citizens)

INCOME SLABTAX RATE
Income up to Rs 2,50,000*No tax
Income from Rs 2,50,000 – Rs 5,00,0005%
Income from Rs 5,00,000 – 10,00,00020%
Income more than Rs 10,00,00030%
Surcharge: 10% of income tax, where total income exceeds Rs.50 lakh up to Rs.1 crore.
Surcharge: 15% of income tax, where the total income exceeds Rs.1 crore.
Cess: 3% on total of income tax + surcharge.
*Income tax exemption limit for FY 2017-18 is up to Rs. 2,50,000 for individual & HUF other than those covered in Part(II) or (III)
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PART II: Income Tax Slab for Senior Citizens (60 Years Old Or More but Less than 80 Years Old)(Both Men & Women)

INCOME SLABTAX RATE
Income up to Rs 3,00,000*No tax
Income from Rs 3,00,000 – Rs 5,00,0005%
Income from Rs 5,00,000 – 10,00,00020%
Income more than Rs 10,00,00030%
Surcharge: 10% of income tax, where total income exceeds Rs.50 lakh upto Rs.1 crore.
Surcharge: 15% of income tax, where the total income exceeds Rs.1 crore.
Cess: 3% on total of income tax + surcharge.
*Income tax exemption limit for FY 2017-1 is up to Rs. 3,00,000 other than those covered in Part(I) or (III)

PART III: Income Tax Slab for Senior Citizens(80 Years Old Or More) (Both Men & Women)

INCOME SLABTAX RATE
Income up to Rs 2,50,000*No tax
Income up to Rs 5,00,000*No tax
Income from Rs 5,00,000 – 10,00,00020%
Income more than Rs 10,00,00030%
Surcharge: 15% of income tax, where total income exceeds Rs.1 crore.
Cess: 3% on total of income tax + surcharge.
*Income tax exemption limit for FY 2017-18 is up to Rs. 5,00,000 other than those covered in Part(I) or (II)
There is also a tax rebate of up to Rs.2,500 for a taxable income up to Rs. 3.5 lakhs.

Deductions available under Chapter VI A (Section 80)

SECTIONDEDUCTION ONFY 2016-17
Section 80C
  • Investment in PPF
  • Employee’s share of PF contribution
  • NSCs
  • Life Insurance Premium payment
  • Children’s Tuition Fee
  • Principal Repayment of home loan
  • Investment in Sukanya Samridhi Account
  • ULIPS
  • ELSS
  • Sum paid to purchase deferred annuity
  • Five year deposit scheme
  • Senior Citizens savings scheme
  • Subscription to notified securities/notified deposits scheme
  • Contribution to notified Pension Fund set up by Mutual Fund or UTI.
  • Subscription to Home Loan Account Scheme of the National Housing Bank
  • Subscription to deposit scheme of a public sector or company engaged in providing housing finance
  • Contribution to notified annuity Plan of LIC
  • Subscription to equity shares/ debentures of an approved eligible issue
  • Subscription to notified bonds of NABARD
Rs. 1,50,000
80CCFor amount deposited in annuity plan of LIC or any other insurer for pension from a fund referred to in Section 10(23AAB).
80CCD(1)Employee’s contribution to NPS account (maximum up to Rs 1,50,000)
80CCD(2)Employer’s contribution to NPS accountMaximum up to 10% of salary
80CCD(1B)Additional contribution to NPSRs. 50,000
80TTA(1)Interest Income from Savings accountMaximum up to 10,000
80GGFor rent paid when HRA is not received from employerLeast of rent paid minus 10% of total income Rs. 5000/- per month 25% of total income
80EInterest on education loanInterest paid for a period of 8 years
80EEInterest on home loan for first time home ownersRs 50,000
80CCGRajiv Gandhi Equity Scheme for investments in EquitiesLower of – 50% of amount invested in equity shares or Rs 25,000
80DMedical Insurance – Self, spouse, children
Medical Insurance – Parents more than 60 years old or (from FY 2015-16) uninsured parents more than 80 years old
Rs. 25,000
Rs. 30,000
80DDMedical treatment for handicapped dependant or payment to specified scheme for maintenance of handicapped dependant
  • Disability is 40% or more but less than 80%
  • Disability is 80% or more
    • Rs. 75,000
  • Rs. 1,25,000
80DDBMedical Expenditure on Self or Dependent Relative for diseases specified in Rule 11DD
  • For less than 60 years old
  • For more than 60 years old
  • For more than 80 years old
  • Lower of Rs 40,000 or the amount actually paid
  • Lower of Rs 60,000 or the amount actually paid
  • Lower of Rs 80,000 or the amount actually paid
80USelf suffering from disability:
  • Individual suffering from a physical disability (including blindness) or mental retardation.
  • Individual suffering from severe disability
    • Rs. 75,000
  • Rs. 1,25,000
80GGBContribution by companies to political partiesAmount contributed (not allowed in cash)
80GGCContribution by individuals to political partiesAmount contributed (not allowed in cash)
80RRBDeductions on Income by way of Royalty of a PatentLower of Rs 3,00,000 or income received

Income or loss on House Property – Section 24 of Income Tax Act 2017 (Income Tax Exemption on interest paid on Housing Loan)

Consequent upon enactment of Finance Act 2017, the maximu limit of interest paid house property has been capped at Rs.2 lakh, whether or not the house is self occupied or rented out. Earlier if the house property is Rented out, there was no maximum limit in deducting interest paid on housing loan from the income of the tax payer.

List of Exempted Income under Section 10 of Income Tax Act (Subject to certain conditions

  1. Agriculture Income [Section 10(1)]
  2. Perquisites and Allowances paid by Government to its Employees serving outside India [Section 10(7)]
  3. Gratuity [Section 10(10)]
  4. Commuted value of pension received [Section 10(I0A)]
  5. Amount received as leave encashment on retirement [Section 10(10AA)]
  6. Retrenchment compensation paid to workmen [Section 10(10B)]
  7. Retirement Compensation from a Public Sector Company or any other Company [Section 10 (10C)]
  8. Income by way of tax on perks [Section 10(10CC)]
  9. Any sum received under a life insurance policy [Section 10(10D)]
  10. Payment from Statutory Provident Fund [Section 10(11)]
  11. Payment from Recognised Fund [Section 10(12)]
  12. Payment from Superannuation Fund [Section 10(13)]
  13. House Rent Allowance [Section 10(13A) Read with Rule 2A]
  14. Scholarship [Section 10(16)]
  15. Pension received by certain winners of gallantry awards [Section 10(18)]
  16. Family pension received by family members of armed forces including para military forces [Section 10(19)]

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