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Friday, 30 June 2017

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Cabinet decisions on allowances of Government Employees: To be paid with effect from 01 July 2017

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Cabinet decisions on allowances of Government Employees: To be paid with effect from 01 July 2017
Here is a gist of today’s major cabinet decisions for allowances of Central Government employees based on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, in layperson terms:

1. Total number of allowances decreased from 197 to 128. To be paid with effect from 01 July 2017.

2. An additional Cell for Siachen introduced in the Risk and Hardship Matrix. The amount enhanced to Rs 42,500 for Officers and Rs 30,000 for ranks other than Commissioned Officers. The rates recommended by the 7th CPC were Rs 31,500 and Rs 21,000 respectively.

3. HRA rates decreased to 24%, 16% and 8% for X, Y and Z cities respectively. However the rates to go up to 27%, 18% and 9% and then 30%, 20% and 10% whenever the rates of DA touch 25% and 50% respectively. The HRA would however remain protected at 30%, 20% and 10% for the lowest possible pay under the Government and would not hence be less than Rs 5400, Rs 3600 and Rs 1800 for any employee.

4. Newly proposed Dress Allowance to be paid @Rs 5000, 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 per year to employees of various categories. This subsumes all other uniform related allowances.

5. Ration Money Allowance (RMA) not abolished but will be paid directly with the salary in lieu of actual rations to officers posted in peace. Will update readers once there is more clarity on this issue.

6. Facility of One additional Railway Warrant extended to CAPFs and Coast Guard.

7. Field Area Allowances to be regulated @Rs 6,000-16,900. Counter Insurgency Allowance also at the same rates.

8. MARCOS and Chariot Allowance to Marine Commandos and also COBRA Allowance to CRPF personnel in Naxal areas to be granted @Rs 17,300-25,000.

9. Flying allowance @Rs17,300 to 25,000, also extended to BSF’s Air Wing.

10. Deputation Duty Allowance ceiling for defence personnel increased from ₹2000 - ₹4500 per month to ₹4500 - ₹9000 per month.

11. Fixed Medical Allowance for pensioners increased to Rs 1000 per month and Constant Attendant Allowance increased to Rs 6,750.

FLASH - FLASH : THE CABINET APPROVED 7TH PAY ALLOWANCE



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FLASH - FLASH : THE CABINET APPROVED 7TH PAY ALLOWANCES


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The Union Cabinet on June 28 cleared all the 7th Pay Commission Allowances with 34 amendments to the recommendations. This move will impact close to 50 lakh government employees and will result in what the government calls a “modest increase of Rs 1448.23 crore per annum over the projections made by the 7th Central Pay Commission. The commission had its projected the additional financial implication on allowances at Rs 29,300 crore per annum. The combined additional financial implication is hence estimated at Rs 30748.23 crore per annum.
Here are the highlights of Cabinet approval on 7th Pay Commission Allowances:

1. Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:

The government has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th Central Pay Commission. The decision to retain these has been taken for specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy. It has also been decided that three of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities considering the unique nature of these allowances. The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th Central Pay Commission. This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in Railways, Posts, Defence and Scientific Departments.

2. House Rent Allowance

HRA is currently paid at 30 per cent for X (population of 50 lakh and above), 20 per cent for Y (5 to 50 lakh) and 10 per cent for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities. The panel recommended reduction in the existing rates to 24 per cent for X, 16 per cent for Y and 8 per cent for Z category of cities. As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than Rs 5400, Rs 3600 and Rs 1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated at 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent of the minimum pay of Rs 18000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh employees belonging to Levels 1 to 3.
The panel also recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA crosses 50 per cent and to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. Keeping in view the current inflation trends,  it was decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in government accommodation and get HRA.

3. Siachen Allowance

The 7th pay panel had placed Siachen Allowance in the RH-Max cell of the R&H Matrix with two slabs of Rs 21,000 and Rs 31,500. Recognising the extreme nature of risk and hardship faced by those deployed on a continuous basis in Siachen, it was decided to enhance the rates of Siachen Allowance  from the existing rate from Rs 14,000 to Rs 30,000 per month for Jawans & JCOs (Level 8 and below) and from Rs 21,000 to Rs 42,500 per month for Officers (Level 9 and above). With this, Siachen Allowance will become more than twice the existing rates. It will benefit all the soldiers and officers of Indian Army who are posted in Siachen.

4. Dress Allowance

The different types of allowances paid for provisioning and maintenance of uniforms/outfits have been rationalised and subsumed into a newly proposed Dress Allowance. This will be paid annually in four slabs of  Rs 5000, Rs 10,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 per annum for various category of employees. Nurses will continue to get this on a monthly basis in view of high maintenance and hygiene requirements. The government has decided to pay higher rate of Dress Allowance to SPG personnel keeping in view the existing rates of Uniform Allowance paid to them. The rates for specific clothing for different categories of employees will be governed separately.

5. Tough Location Allowance

Some allowances based on geographical location such as Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance (SCRLA), Sunderban Allowance and Tribal Area Allowance have been subsumed in Tough Location Allowance. The areas under TLA have been classified into three categories and the rates will be governed as per different cells of R&H Matrix and will be in the range of Rs 1000 – Rs 5300 per month. The pay commission had recommended that TLA will not be admissible with Special Duty Allowance (SDA) payable in North-East, Ladakh and the Islands. The Cabinet has decided that employees will be given the option to avail of the benefit of SCRLA at pre-revised rates along with SDA at revised rates.

6. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all employees:

(i) Rate of Children Education Allowance (CEA) has been increased from Rs 1500 per month / child (maximum two) to Rs 2250 per month / child (maximum two). Hostel Subsidy will also go up from Rs 4500 per month to Rs 6750 per month.
(ii) Existing rates of Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been doubled from Rs 1500 per month to Rs 3000 per month.
(iii) Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians has been increased from Rs 2000 – Rs 10000 (Grant) to Rs 10000 – Rs 30000 (Grant).

7. Recommendations for allowances paid to Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and Security Agencies

i. The commission has recommended abolition of Ration Money Allowance (RMA) and free ration to Defence officers posted in peace areas. It has been decided that Ration Money Allowance will continue to be paid to them and directly credited to their account. It will benefit 43,000 Defence officers.
ii. Technical Allowance (Tier – I & II) paid to Defence officers belonging to technical branches will now be merged with Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence personnel. “In view of the specific requirements of Defence Forces for the Defence personnel to keep pace with changing Defence requirements and technologies, the Government has decided not to discontinue Technical Allowance. The list of courses for these allowances will be reviewed to remain in sync with the latest technical advancements in Defence,” the notification said.
iii. The facility of one additional free railway warrant (Leave Travel Concession) now granted to personnel of Defence Forces serving in field/high altitude/CI Ops shall also be extended to all personnel of CAPFs and the Indian Coast Guard.
iv. Rates of High Altitude Allowance granted to Defence Forces and CAPF personnel will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 810 – Rs 16800 per month to Rs 2700 – Rs 25000 per month.
v. The rates of Field Area Allowances (Modified Field, Field & Highly Active) will now be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 1200 – Rs 12600 per month to Rs 6000 – Rs 16900 per month. Classification of field areas for this allowance will be done by Ministry of Defence for Defence personnel and by Ministry of Home Affairs for CAPFs.
vi. The rates of Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance, granted to Defence and CAPFs while deployed in counter – insurgency operations will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 3000 – Rs 11700 per month to Rs 6000 – Rs 16900 per month.
vii. Rates of MARCOS and Chariot Allowance granted to marine commandos of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 10500 – Rs 15750 per month to Rs 17300 – Rs 25000 per month.
viii. Rates of Sea Going Allowance granted to personnel of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The 12-hour conditionality for determining the eligibility of Sea Going Allowance has been reduced to four hours. The rates will go up from Rs 3000 – Rs 7800 per month to Rs 6000 – Rs 10500 per month.
ix. Rates of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) Allowance granted to CRPF personnel deployed in Naxal hit areas will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 8400 – Rs 16800 per month to Rs 17300 – Rs 25000 per month.
x. Rates of Flying Allowance granted to flying branch and technical officers of Defence Forces will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 10500 – Rs 15750 per month to Rs 17300 – Rs 25000 per month. It has been extended mutatis mutandis to BSF Air Wing also.
xi. Rates of Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel have been increased from Rs 9000 – Rs 30000 (Grant) to Rs 10000 – Rs 30000 (Grant).
xii. Aeronautical Allowance, now paid only to personnel of Indian Navy, has been extended to Indian Coast Guard. The rate of this allowance has been increased from Rs 300 per month to Rs 450 per month.
xiii. Rates of Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from Rs 1500 / Rs 3000 per month to Rs 4100 / Rs 5300 per month.
xiv. Rates of Territorial Army Allowance have been increased from Rs 175 – Rs 450 per month to Rs 1000 – Rs 2000 per month.
xv. Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel have been increased from Rs 2000 – Rs 4500 per month to Rs 4500 – Rs 9000 per month.
xvi. Rates of Detachment Allowance have been increased Rs 165 – Rs 780 per day to Rs 405 – Rs 1170 per day.
xvii. Rates of Para Jump Instructor Allowance have been increased from Rs 2700/3600 per month to Rs 6000 / 10500 per month.
xviii. Special Incident / Investigation / Security Allowance has been rationalised. Rates for Special Protection Group (SPG) have been revised to 55 per cent and 27.5 per cent of Basic Pay for operational and non-operational duties respectively.

8. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Indian Railways

i. Rates of Additional Allowance have been increased from Rs 500 / 1000 per month to Rs 1125 / 2250 per month. This has also been extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards also at Rs 750 per month.
ii. In view of strenuous nature of the job, new Allowance namely Special Train Controller’s Allowance of Rs 5000 per month for Train Controllers of Railways has been introduced.

9. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Nurses & Ministerial Staffs of Hospital

i. Existing rate of Nursing Allowance has been increased from Rs 4800 per month to Rs 7200 per month.
ii. Rate of Operation Theatre Allowance has been increased from Rs 360 per month to Rs 540 per month.
iii. Rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance / Patient Care Allowance have been increased from Rs 2070 – Rs 2100 per month to Rs 4100 – Rs 5300 per month. The 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations modified to the extent that it will be granted to Ministerial staff also.

10. Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Pensioners

Rate of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners has been increased from Rs 500 per month to Rs 1000 per month. This will benefit more than five lakh central government pensioners not availing CGHS facilities.
i. The rate of Constant Attendance Allowance granted on 100 per cent disablement has been increased from Rs 4500 per month to Rs 6750 per month.

11. Allowances to Scientific Departments

i. The recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance has not been accepted. In order to incentivize the supporting employees in Space and Atomic Energy sector, the rate of Launch Campaign and Space Technology Allowance has been increased from Rs 7500 per annum to Rs 11250 per annum. Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted employees of Department of Atomic Energy will also continue to be paid at the enhanced rate of Rs 11250 per annum.
ii. The 7th Central Pay Commission had placed Antarctica Allowance, paid to the Scientists and other members undertaking the expedition to Antarctica under the Indian Antarctic programme, in the RH-Max Cell of the R&H Matrix. The rates of the RH-Max Cell recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission were less than the existing rates of Antarctica Allowance which is currently paid on per day basis. Considering the specific nature of these expeditions and to provide an appropriate increase in rates, Government has decided to keep Antarctica Allowance out of the R&H Matrix and the allowance will continue to be paid on per day basis as per existing practice. The Rates of Antarctica Allowance will go up from Rs1125 per day (Summers) and Rs1688 per day (Winters) to Rs1500 per day (Summers) and Rs2000 per day (Winters).

12. Allowances paid to Department of Posts

i. The recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission to abolish Cycle Allowance, granted mainly to Postmen and trackmen in Railways, has not been accepted. Keeping in view the specific requirement of this allowance for postmen in Department of Posts and trackmen in Railways, the cycle allowance is retained and the rates have been doubled from Rs 90 per month to Rs 180 per month. This will benefit more than 22,200 employees.


 (SOURCE- INDIAN EXPRESS)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Pensions : Armed Forces Personnel Pension Regulations

Pensions : Armed Forces Personnel Pension Regulations
This Division administers
(i) Pension Regulations for the Army(PRA), 1961, revised as PRA, 2008 (ii) Pension Regulations for the Air Force, 1961, and
(iii) Navy (Pension) Regulation, 1964.

It also deals with Entitlement Rules for Casualty Pensionary Awards, 2008. Kinds of Pension Pension Division deals with policy matters relating to pensionary matters of Defence Forces Personnel which includes:-
1. Service Pension is granted @ 50% of emoluments last drawn or average of reckonable emoluments during the last 10 months, whichever is more beneficial subject to minimum of Rs. 9000 /p.m. The minimum qualifying service to earn pension is 20 years in case of Commissioned Officer and 15 years in the case Personnel Below Officer Rank.
2. Ordinary Family Pension is granted @ 30% of reckonable emoluments last drawn subject to a minimum of Rs.9000/- p.m. (in case of natural death of the individual).
3. Special Family Pension is granted at a uniform rate of 60% of reckonable emoluments last drawn by the deceased. (in case of death of a individual attributable to military service).
4. Liberalized Family Pension is granted equal to the reckonable emoluments last drawn by the deceased (to the families of personnel killed in war or war like operations,counter-insurgency operations, encounter with terrorists etc.) 5. Disability Pension matter has been reffered to Anomaly committee-Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

6. War Injury Pension The rates of War Injury Element for 100% disability for various rank shall be equal to the reckonable emoluments last drawn in case of invalided out and 60% of reckonable emoluments last drawn in case of discharge, which would be proportionately reduced where disability is less than 100%.

Processing of appeal
A Defence Forces Personnel, who is boarded out on medical grounds or is discharged / released / retires in low medical categories has the right to appeal against the denial of disability pension within a period of six months from the date of rejection of his initial claim. He will submit his claim to his Record Office(JCO /ORs) / Service Hqrs (Commissioned Officers), which, in turn, will forward the same to Service Hqrs, as the case may be, to place it before the Appellate Committee. Similarly, right of appeal is available to next of kin to Defence Forces Personnel, whose initial claim for Special Family Pension has been rejected.

This Committee comprises of:-
Chairman : DDG(PS)/equivalent rank in Air Force and Navy Members :
(a) DDG(Pens), Office of DGAFMS :
(b) DFA (Pension) :
(c) Dir PS-4 / equivalent rank in Air Force and Navy. In case the individual is not satisfied with the decision of the Appellate Committee for First Appeal, he has right to make another appeal through his Record Office(PBOR)/Service Hqrs(Commissioned Officers), which, in turn, will forward the same AG/PS, Army Hqs or equivalent in Navy/Air Force along-with all the records to place it before the Second Appellate Committee on Pension.
This committee comprises of:-
Chairman : Vice Chief of Army Staff or equivalent in Navy & Air Force.
Members :
a. Addl. DGPS or equivalent in Navy & Air Force.
b. DGHS (Rep of DGAFMS )
c. Joint Secretary & Addl. FA, MoD (Fin) d. Judge Advocate General of the Service other than to which the appellant belongs.

After consideration of all relevant issues involved in the case, the Appellate Committee will give its decision by upholding or rejecting the appeal.

Processing of Pension claims
The process for grant of pension is initiated by the Unit where the individual is posted, 18 months ahead of discharge/retirement. JCO's/ORs is attached with the concerned Record Office(RO) for completion of pension documents one month prior to discharge/ retirement. Pension claim is initiated by the concerned RO in the case of PBOR and by Service Hqrs in case of Commissioned Officers and is forwarded to the respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities for notifying the Pension Payment Order (PPO). PPO is notified by Pr. Controller of Defence Accounts (Pen), Allahabad, in the case of Army personnel, Pr. Controller of Defence Accounts (Navy), Mumbai in the case of Naval personnel and Controller of Defence Accounts (Air Force), New Delhi in respect of Air Force personnel. A pensioner can approach his Pension Disbursement Agency on any working day after the date of retirement for getting his pensionary dues.

Defence Pensioners and disbursement agencies
There are 24 lakhs Defence pensioners and approximately 55,000 pensioners are added every year. The pension is disbursed across the country by approximately 45000 branches of the Public sector branches, 640 Treasury offices of the various State Governments, 61 Defence Pension Disbursing offices, two Post offices, Five Pay Accounts Offices of Indian Embassy, Nepal. PCDA(Pension) Allahabad is centrally responsible for accounting and audit of such pension payments, which amounts to approximately Rs. 45,495 crores during the year 2013-14.

Defence Pension Adalat
A large community of Ex-servicemen specially Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR) and their families are settled in the interiors as also remote areas. The lack of awareness at the ground level both at the end of the pensioners as well as amongst the local authorities specially the disbursing agencies leads to generation of grievances either on delays in disbursement or on incorrect payments. Defence Pension Adalats provide a credible forum for redressal of grievances of the defence pensioners near to their place of residence/work. Reforms in disbursement of pension is a continuous process. The whole idea is to make the life of the defence pensioners dignified and hassle free so that they can get their due entitlement promptly without running from pillar to post. Since representatives of concerned organizations are present in the Adalat, it is possible to take appropriate decisions on the spot to the extent possible. The Adalat disseminates latest information, order circulars, procedures, forms and formats not only to the pensioners but also to various local authorities like Banks and Treasury offices etc besides providing clarification of doubts on pension provisions and procedures. Six such Adalats are held in a year.

D (Pension Grievances)
D (Pension Grievances) receives on average representations around 600 to 1000 in a month from Ex-Servicemen. These are examined by the concerned Dealing Hand and referred to the concerned agencies for redressal manually with a copy to the individual so that he should know as to where his case has been referred. States have also been requested to set up grievance redressal mechanism for the ex-servicemen. Further, around 500-700 online grievances are also being received through pgportal.gov.in, an online grievance redressal mechanism, which are being processed electronically with the concerned organization/Service Hqrs who redress the grievance of the ex-servicemen and status of redressal is also updated in the portal. By this, the petitioner can see the status of his grievance electronically by simply clicking their registration number in the pgportal.gov.in.

Process for disposal of Court cases
The Legal Notices and Writ Petitions/Original Petitions, relating to pensionary matters, filed in various Courts are forwarded to the respective Service Hqrs for defending the case on behalf of UoI and others and to take necessary action for filing counter reply, briefing the Govt. Counsel and attending the Court’s hearings. Powers for implementation or otherwise of the Court cases have been delegated to the Service Hqrs who in turn have re-delegated the powers to lower formations like line directorate/Records Offices, etc. Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court is, however, processed by them with Ministry of Law through Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. DP&PW is also consulted wherever necessary.
Status of recommendations of 7th CPC The Government order No. 17(01)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) regarding implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for revision of pension of pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners/Family Pensioners has been issued on 29.10.2016.

(Source- http://www.desw.gov.in/pensions )

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