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  • Friday, 11 January 2019

    7th Pay Commission: This is how Modi Cabinet may soon make Central government employees happy

    7th pay commission: A senior finance ministry official told zeebiz.com/hindi that the government is sympathetic to the demands of the central government employees and wants to extend the economic benefit to them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already indicated in this regard stating that the salary of these employees has not increased as per their demand, therefore minimum pay can revised.

    7th Pay Commission: This is how Modi Cabinet may soon make Central government employees happy

    7th pay commission: After showering 10 per cent reservation benefits in jobs and educational institutions for the general category on the economic basis, the Narendra Modi government is likely to please about 68 lakh central government employees who have been demanding hike in pay as well as fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th pay commission report. According to sources, the government in its next cabinet meeting may discuss the issue related to the 7th CPC and take a decision to increase minimum pay from present Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 per month, besides hiking the fitment factor.
    A senior finance ministry official told zeebiz.com/hindi that the government is sympathetic to the demands of the central government employees and wants to extend the economic benefit to them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already indicated in this regard stating that the salary of these employees has not increased as per their demand, therefore minimum pay can revised. The sources further said that the fitment factor which is now 2.57 per cent can also be raised to 3.68 per cent. Another official indicated that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would rather please lower rung employees more than middle rung staff. Those employees who come under pay level matrix of 1 to 5 can have salary hike from present Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000, as the government is not in favour of increasing it beyond the recommendations of 7th pay commission report. On the contrary, the central employees seek three times pay hike, but that is not commensurate with their demands. Employees unions, however, demanded hike of 3.68 times to put the minimum salary at Rs 26,000. Notably, the government is also working on a system for 68 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners, wherein it is planning an automatic hike in salary if dearness allowance (DA) reaches over 50 per cent of the basic pay. This system may be initiated as an automatic pay revision system.

    Wednesday, 9 January 2019

    Assured Decent Last Rites Scheme (ADLRS)

    ADLRS
    Assured Decent Last Rites Scheme (ADLRS) was launched in May 2006 to provide all willing veterans a honourable funeral as a befitting tribute/farewell from the Army during their last journey. This scheme is an endeavour by the Indian Armed Forces to ensure that the veterans get an honourable funeral and a befitting farewell from the Defence Services during their “last journey”. In a well-knit Indian society, the need for an outside agency to conduct the desired rituals and provide financial assistance for performing the last rites may just not arise. But instances are there where the family/society fails to live up to the situation. It is here, that the Army as an organization needs to step in, in recognition of the services rendered and to further boost the morals of the veterans, by conveying the message that the Army is there to look after them till the end.
    Concept
    The basic thematic consideration behind this scheme is that it is our moral obligation to ensure decent last rites to the veterans who were once our comrade-in-arms. The concept in nutshell entails having an organization for ADLR Scheme at each CSD Canteen where veterans are attached. On intimation of the demise of a veteran, the field staff will move to his residence, contact his family members and provide ‘on the spot’ assistance required by the family and where situation demands, will organize the last rites themselves. They will also inform other veterans of the area, the time and place of last rites. The field staff will assist the family in organizing a decent funeral and lay a wreath on behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) where possible. Depending on the status of the deceased, the Welfare Officer will organize a befitting farewell by raising the level to the Station Commander. The scheme will, primarily be, financed and executed by the CSD Canteen on which the deceased veteran was last dependent.

    Guidelines And Procedural Aspects
    Eligibility. All willing veterans including officers, JCO’s and OR and their widows irrespective of service (Army/Navy/ Airforce/Assam Rifles) holding valid canteen cards and are dependent on the Army run CSD Canteen will be eligible for ADLR Scheme. The Army veterans, who are dependent on Air Force, Navy CSD Canteen and are willing to the said scheme, may be advised to get themselves registered with the nearest Army run canteens so as to avail of the benefit.
    A grant of upto Rs 10000/- (Rupees ten thousand only) will be paid soonest on receipt of information of the death of the veteran/ receipt of the death certificate within one year to the next of kin for assisting in organizing decent and honourable last rites of the veteran. In the absence of next of kin (NOK) or on the request of the family the responsibility of organizing the last rites will be taken on by the field staff.
    For more effective implementation, the NOK/dependent/relatives of the deceased will contact Army Est/Unit located in the close proximity and the amount will be paid by the unit to the NOK. The said amount will be re-imbursed to the unit from the dependent URC of the veteran.
    If the death of the veterans occur at a station, which is different from that of dependent canteen, or the veteran not being registered with a local canteen then following to be implemented:-
    • If a veteran passes away in a different station, he will be paid ADLRS amt by the nearest canteen. This amt can be claimed from the dependent canteen of veteran later on.
    • In case a veteran is not registered with Canteen for ADLRS, he will be paid ADLRS amt by the nearest Stn HQ.
    Process for Claiming ADLR

    The following Documents would be required to be submitted by the next of kin of the deceased veteran to the dependent CSD for claiming ADLRS
    • Death Certificate                                                                        – 02 Copies
    • Identity Card of Card Holder                                                        – 02 Copies
    • Identity Card of Next of Kin                                                          – 02 Copies
    • Passport Size photograph of Next of Kin                                     – 03 Copies
    • NOK Registration form(Click Here to Download                      – 02 Copies
    • Photocopy of front page of Bank Passbook                                – 02 Copies
    • Cancelled Cheque leaf showing IFSC and MICR code of Bank   – 01 Copy
    Disclaimer: The above are only guidelines, for actual process contact Dependent CSD Canteen/Veterans Cell or visit Indian Army Veterans Portal by clicking here

    Thursday, 20 December 2018

    MEETTE MEETTE BATHOM SUN RAHA HE, MEETTAYI NAHI THO JOOTTAYI HOGA


    PRESIDENT TN JOVA MEETS SBI LIASON OFFICER MAJ GEN ESWARAN

    Veteran Mohanarangan Had a cordial discussion with AGM CPPC along with Maj.Gen Eswaran who is appointed as Pension Liason Officer SBI South India and Arivarasu sir. DSP account issues has been discussed and will be taken up with DGM SBI for converting Pension Account to DSP account. He has convinced him the need to get the interest rate reduced since those who are availing are ESM society. Hope some thing may come out soon.

    Tuesday, 11 December 2018

    Monday, 10 December 2018

    WHO FEEL LET DOWN & BY WHOM

    Army Personnel Feel Let Down by Govt’s Refusal to Hike Military Service Pay
    MSP is given besides salary in recognition of the condition and hardship faced by the armed forces while performing their duties.
    Image for representational use only. Image Courtesy: Indian Express
    The government’s rejection of a long-standing demand of the armed forces for higher Military Service Pay (MSP) for around one lakh personnel, including Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO's), has left many upset in the Armed Forces.
    The MSP is given besides salary in recognition of the condition and hardship faced by the armed forces while performing their duties. This concept was introduced in India in the Sixth Pay Commission.
    Around 1.12 lakh military personnel, including 87,646 JCOs and 25,434 personnel of equivalent rank from the Navy and the Indian Air Force will be impacted by the decision. The armed forces this time round had sought a hike from Rs 5,500, as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission in 2016, to Rs 10,800 per month in MSP for JCOs and other low-ranking officers in Army, Indian Air Force and Navy. Had the proposal gone through, the financial spending would have amounted to Rs 610 crore.
    The MSP has two categories, including one for officers and another for JCOs and jawans. The Seventh Pay Commission had fixed Rs 5,200 as MSP per month for JCOs and jawans. This special allowance was fixed at Rs 15,500 for officers between Lieutenant-rank and Brigadier-rank.
    The Army has been pressing for granting an MSP of Rs 10,800 for the JCOs, arguing that they are gazetted officers (Group B) and play a very vital role in command and control structure of the force. “JCOs perform a crucial role in the overall command structure and are the link between officers and men. It was not the right thing to treat the JCOs on a par with the jawans as regards granting MSP since JCOs are gazetted officers with long years of service” a source serving in the Indian Army told Newsclick who did not wish to be named.
    Sources also claim that the Army Headquarters is anguished over the rejection of higher MSP to JCOs and the Defence Ministry is also miffed. In 2016, the three service chiefs had taken up salary-related issues including the "anomalies" in MSP with the 7th Pay Commission as well as with the top echelon of the government.
    Subsequently, the Army had taken up the issue strongly with the Defence Minister and the three services as well as the Defence Ministry were on the same page on the issue.
    “On the rationale for MSP, soldiers and their civilian counterparts in Central Government services cannot be compared given the fact the nature of duties performed by jawans and JCOs are more difficult. It is in this context that the armed forces for long were demanding a separate MSP for JCOs,” another military serviceman told Newsclick.
    Retired Major Priyadarshi told Newsclick, “Legally, military nurses are paid an MSP Rs 10,800 as proposed in the 7th Pay Commission. Military nurses and JCOs are both Grade B officers, therefore JCOs are also entitled to a similar MSP. It is a very disappointing decision by the Government which has time and again claimed to be “for the army” and defence personnel.”
    The Army operates in all kinds of terrain and weather conditions ranging from Siachen where temperatures range from minus 10 to minus 30, hot deserts of Rajasthan, inaccessible areas along the 750-km long Line of Control with Pakistan and 4,000-km Line of Actual Control facing China from Ladakh in the north to Arunachal Pradesh in the east. Similarly, Navy and IAF perform operational duties in tough conditions.
    Priyadarshi further said that “the attitude of the Indian Government highlights the sad state of civilians towards the military servicemen.JCOs must be given due importance in recognition of their key role and to keep their morale high.”

    Thursday, 6 December 2018

    7th CPC Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers

    7th CPC Military Service Pay (MSP)

    Govt Rejects Main Demand

    7th CPC Military Service Pay (MSP) - Govt Rejects Main Demand

    Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers.
    As per the media news today, the Army Headquarters was very upset over the decision of the Finace Ministry. Around 1.12 lakh military personnel including 87,646 Junior Commissioned Officers and 25,434 personnel of equivalent rank from the Navy and the India Air Force will be impacted by the decision.
    The Defence Force Personnel, particularly the JCOs in Army, demanded to increase the MSP from Rs.5500 to Rs.10000. Earlier the 7th Central Pay Commission has recommended MSP Rs.5200 to JCOs.(Table shown the rates of MSP recommended by 7th CPC)
    7th Central Pay Commission has applied a common multiplication factor of 2.57 on MSP of JCOs and ORs. As per methodology, the MSP has been raised to Rs.5200 pm from Rs.2000 pm.
    The long pending demand on MSP that the commission forgot to consider that both JOCs and Equivalents are also Group 'B' Officers.
    Whereas, the Group 'B' officers in Military Nursing Service, MSP had been fixed Rs.10800 pm. All JCOs and ORs (Combatants) demanded to raise the MSP to Rs.10000 pm at par with MNS Officers.
    The 7th CPC recommended the rates of MSP was as follows:
    DesignationExisting Rate of MSPRecommended by 7th CPC
    Service Officers600015500
    Nursing Officers420010800
    JCO / ORs20005200
    Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air Force10003600

    MSP will continue to be reckoned as Basic Pay for purposes of Dearness Allowance, as also in the computation of pension. Military Service Pay will however not be counted for purposes of House Rent Allowance, Composite Transfer Grant and Annual Increment.
    The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects e.g., intangibles linked to special conditions of service, conducting full spectrum operation including force projection outside India's boundaries, superannuation at a younger age and for the edge historically enjoyed by the Defence Forces over the civilian scales, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only.