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  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    PCDA Circular No.618: 7th CPC Casualty Pensionary Awards for Defence Forces Pensioners/family pensioner - Minimum Pension @ Rs.18000/- w.e.f. 01.01.2016

    Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions)
    Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
    Circular No. 618
    Dated: 13/03/2019
    To,
    The Chief Accountant, 
    RBI, Deptt. Of Govt. Bank Accounts, 
    Central office C-7, Second Floor, 
    Bandre- Kuria Complex, P B No. 8143,
     Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
    1. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks including IDBI Bank
    2. Nodal Officers, ICICl/ HDFC/ AXIS/ IDBI Banks
    3. Managers, All CPPCs
    4. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
    5. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
    6. The CDA (PD), Meerut
    7. The CDA, Chennai
    8. The Director of Treasuries, All States
    9. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, RK Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi
    10. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
    11. The Post Master Kathua (J&K)
    12. The Post Master Camp Bell Bay
    13. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair
    Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Provisions regulating Casualty Pensionary Award for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners-regarding.
    Reference: This office Circular No. 570 dated 31.10.2016, Circular No. 582 dated 5.09.2017, Circular No. 585 dated 21.09.2017 and Circular No. 584 dated 07.09.2017.
    Copy of GoI, MoD letter No. 16(3)/2017/D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th January 2019 on the above subject, which is self-explanatory, is forwarded herewith as annexure to this circular for further necessary action at your end.
    2. As per ibid Govt. letter, it has been decided that following minimum ceiling shall be applied to the under mentioned casualty pensionary awards:
    a. The Disability/Liberalized Disability/War Injury pension (i.e. total of service element plus disability/liberalized disability/war injury element as the case may be), shall be subject to minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month irrespective of degree of disability of the personnel.
    b. The amount of special family pension,admissible to the families of Armed Forces personnel, shall be subject to a minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month.
    c. The amount of liberalized family pension, admissible to the Child/Children of Armed Forces Personnel, shall be subject to a minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month.
    3. All other provisions stipulated in above mentioned circulars which are not affected by the provisions of this letter, shall remain unchanged.
    4. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2016
    5. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all along with Defence pensioners and pension Disbursing Agencies.
    No.Grants/Tech/05/LXXXI
    Dated: 13/03/2019
    (Sandeep Thakur)
    Addl CDA (P)

    Sunday, 17 March 2019

    VOPians Pay HOMAGE TO OUR BELOVED FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER SRI MANOHAR PARRIKAR WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN SANCTIONING OROP


    Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former defence minister, has passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Parrikar was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in February 2018 and had been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi and New York since.

    From an RSS pracharak to a Union Minister, the technocrat-turned politician was known for his administrative acumen and clean image, which left an indelible mark on the politics of the tiny state. A Mumbai IIT graduate in metallurgical engineering and among the first members of BJP in Goa, Parrikar was instrumental in raising the profile of his party from its just four members in state assembly in 1994 to its present status as a ruling party in the state assembly.

    Friday, 15 March 2019

    Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) - Revised rates effective from 01.01.2019

    No. 1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services)
    Government of India
    Ministry of Defence
    New Delhi, the 11th March, 2019
    To
    The Chief of the Army Staff
    The Chief of the Air Staff
    The Chief of Naval Staff
    Subject : Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) - Revised rates effective from 01.01.2019.
    Sir,
    I am directed to refer to this Ministry's letter No. 1(2)/2004-D(Pay/Services) dated 18th September 2018, on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank, including Non-Combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 9% to 12% with effect from 01.01.2019.
    2. The term 'basic pay' in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.
    3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Pay rules of Defence Force Personnel.
    4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.
    5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2019.
    6. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their Dy. No. 63-PA dated 07.03.2019 based on Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M. No. 1/1/2019-E-II(B), dated 27th February 2019.
    Your faithfully,
    (Arun Kumar)
    Under Secretary to the Government of India

    PCDA Circular 619: Deletion of note of conditional sanction printed in PPOs of Pre-01.01.2006 retirees Havildar granted Hony Rank of Naib Subedar

    Office of the Prinapar CDA(Pensions)
    Draupadi Ghat, fillafia6ad- 211014
    Circular No. 619
    Dated: 14/03/2019
    Subject: Regarding deletion of note of conditional sanction printed in PPOs of Pre-01.01.2006 retirees Havildar granted Hony Rank of Naib Subedar in compliance of Honbie High Courts and AFTs orders.
    In compliance of various court orders, conditional sanctions were being issued by AG/P5-4 (Pen/Legal), IHQ (Mob), New beihi in respect of Pre-01.01.2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar for implementing Gol, Mob letter dated 12.06,2009 in their cases. Accordingly, corrigendum PPOs were/are being issued notifying their pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 @ Rs. 8450/- for Group “X” and ( Rs. 7750/- for Group .Y and “Z as per the provisions of ibid Mob letter by this office. These Corrigendum PPOs have a Note containing that condition as “The sanction will, however, be subject to the final outcome of appeal, if any filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. In the event, the appeal is decided in favour of liaI, the petitioners shall be liable to refund the entire amount paid to him under the ibid sanction”.
    1. Of late, it has been observed that large number of such cases of pre 01.01.2006 retiree Hcivildar granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar for grant of pension in terms of Gol, Mob letter dated 12.06.2009 were decided by the various Courts/AFTS. Now, AG/PS- 4 (Pen/Legal), IHQ of Mob, New beihi has started converting conditional sanction into absolute sanction by deleting the ibid contents as printed in Note of Corrigendum PPO of these cases. Large number of such type of sanctions for deleting conditional sanction are being received in this office from Record Offices concerned for issuing Corr. PPO for deleting that Note of conditional sanction in respect of pre-01.01.2006 retiree Havildar granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar.
    2. As large number of Corr. PPOs are to be issued in such cases without any financial bearing or other changes, as such, it has been decided by the competent authority that the note The sanction will, however, be subject to the final outcome of appeal, if any filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. In the event, the appeal is decided in favour of UoI, the petitioners shall be liable to refund the entire amount paid to him under the ibid sanction” as printed in the respective PPO of those pre-01.01.2000 retirees Havildars granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar issued in compliance of the Court/AFT orders. may be treated as deleted.
    3. It is further reiterated that deletion of ibid note will be applicable only where Service Pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 @ Rs. 8450/- for Group X and @ Rs. 7750/- for Group and Group Z were notified in compliance of various Courts/AFTS orders in respect of Pre-01.01.2006 retiree Havildar granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar and not in other cases.
    4. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.n
    sd/-
    (Sandeep Thakur)
    Addl CbA (P)

    Wednesday, 6 March 2019

    DOPT ORDER FOR PAYMENT OF 3% MORE DA TO CENTRAL STAFF W.E.F 01/01/2019


    No. 42/04/2019-P&PW(D)
    Government of India
    Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
    Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

    3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
    Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
    Dated the 06th March,2019
    OFFICE MEMORANDUM
    Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 01.01.2019-reg
    The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/06/2018- P&PW(G) dated 18.09.2018 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 9% to 12% w.e.f 01.01.2019.
    2. These rates of DR will be applicable to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners including Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/Autonomous Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.II dated 23.06.2017 for restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners (v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension (vi) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government Pensioners from Burma/ Pakistan, in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 2313/2008-P&PW(I3) dated 11.09.2017.

    3. The payment of Dearness Relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

    4. The payment of arrears of Dearness Relief shall not be made before the date of disbursement of pension/family pension of March,2019.

    5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

    6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

    7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

    8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.
    9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

    10. This issues in accordance with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 1/1/2019-E.II(B) dated 27th Feb,2019.

    Hindi version will follow.
    (Charanjit Taneja)
    Under Secretary to the Government of India

    Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    Cabinet Approved 3% Additional DA from Jan 2019 for Central Government Employees and Pensioners

    Total 12% DA from Jan 2019 for CG Employees
    Union Cabinet today approved to hike 3% additional Dearness Allowance to all group of Central Government employees with effect from 1st January 2019.

    As per the decision taken in the cabinet meeting today (19.2.2019), 3 percent additional Dearness Allowance approved to all Central Government employees and Pensioners with effect 1.1.2019. The total Dearness Allowance will be 12%.

    Usually the decision taken on DA by March 1st or 2nd week only. This is the unusal announcement, due to Lok Sabha election. The formal orders issued soon by the Ministry of Finance

    Monday, 18 February 2019

    INVITATION FOR FORMING FEDERATION OF PBOR ASSOCIATIONS AT JM


    Friends taking a step forward, we propose to form a federation of veteran soldiers associations and for this we plan to have a meeting on 24 Mar 2019 at 11 AM, venue will be Jantar Mantar New Delhi.
    We invite all soldiers led associations to come on one platform and make a federation of associations. (Those associations which are directly or indirectly controlled by officers are not welcome)
    In this meeting all participating associations will be considered at par with each other and from each association one or two (as decided during the meeting) members will be nominated by member associations to form the core committee. This core committee will further take decisions about all rallies, protests, hunger strikes etc. These decisions will be biding to all the member associations.
    Here we would also like to clarify that if 10 associations form the federation and the core committee thus formed takes a decision to go for a hunger strike to press our demands then the turn will be distributed among all the 10 associations e.g. If core committee decides for a 100 days hunger strike, then each association will have to sit on hunger strike for 10 days. It is also clarified that all associations will have to take the responsibility and it cannot happen that for the sake of joining the federation you give your name and when it comes to responsibility and duty you shy away, as you don't have any members to sit on dharna or hunger strike. But by showing wrong numbers you have joined the Federation and want to have your say in all the decisions, all such individuals and associations will have to tie up with other associations and work under their bye-laws.
    All member associations will get representation in the core committee, with representation they will also have to accept the responsibilities too. All veteran soldiers led associations, who want to be a part of this federation can send their views to boparai46@rediffmail.com by 28 Feb 2019. In your views you can also put in your thoughts of how you would like this federation should be run and the best practices as per you. This will help the core committee to have all the views in front of them and formulate the bye-laws for the federation.
    (Important Notice :- This post itself is to be taken as a formal invitation to join the United Front)
    First step with the consent of everyone
    Harbhal Singh
    General Secretary,
    Saabka Sainik Sangharsh Committee
    +91 98141 66992
    boparai46@rediffmail.com

    Monday, 11 February 2019

    IS IT A SCRIPT OF A SERIAL FOR BAILING OUT THIS GOVT

    Revised minimum wage recommended by the respective pay Commission after negotiation with the Staff Side JCM

    NJCA Circular dtd. 09-02-2019

    NJCA

    National Joint Council Of Action
    4, State Entry Road, New Delhi- 110055
    No.NJC/2019/7th CPC
    February 9,2019
    To
    All Constituents of NJCA
    Dear Comrades,
    A delegation of the National JCA consisting of Com. M. Raghaviah, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Com. Guman Singh, Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Com. Ashok Singh, Com. L.N. Pathak, and Com. R.N. Parasar met the honourable Home Minister on 8th February, 2019 at 9.30 Am. The delegation conveyed to the honourable Home Minister, the discontent and anger of the central Government employees over the dishonouring the assurance held out by the group of minister headed by him on 30 th June, 2016 in the matter of the upward revision of the minimum wage and fitment formula.
    They pointed out the honourable home minister that on all previous occasions, the Government had revised the minimum wage recommended by the respective pay Commission after negotiation with the Staff Side JCM. The growing concern of the Central and state Government employees manifested in large scale mobilisation of the newly recruited employees over the new contributory Pension scheme was also brought to his notice.
    The employees and officers who are recruited in Central Government service after 1.01.2004 are extremely agitated over the meagre amount of annuity they are entitled to receive even after paying huge amount of subscription to the scheme devoid of cost indexation. Family pension protection ect. The delegation also brought to the notice of the honourable Minister that the number of employees and officers who are presently covered by the new scheme has crossed over 50% of the total strength and the demand for bringing back the old Pension scheme has gained momentum. It unfortunate
    that the Government did not heed even to the modest suggestion made by the Staff Side before the pension committee to the effect to guarantee a minimum amount of annuity to those who are covered under the new scheme. The delegation also stated that they are constrained to belive of a concerted effort on the part of the Government to kill the negotiating forum JCM as repeated pleading made to revive the joint consultative Machinery has not been responded.
    They pointed out that the National Council of the JCM met about 9 years back and the meetings of the Standing committee and national Anomaly Committee has been few and far between . Since no meetings are convened at the apex level, the departmental Councils had also become defunct, they added. In other words, they said that there has been virtually no interaction worth the name between the Government and the employees organisation , which has proliferated the litigation and in most of the cases, the Government has lost out in the Courts. They also pointed out that the official side had been taking extremely nugatory attitude and had not been acting upon even on the verdicts of the Supreme Court.
    The Honourable Home Minister gave a patient hearing and recalled the interaction he had with the Staff side earlier, when an assurance to revisit the quantum of minimum wage and fitment formula had been held out . He assured the delegation that he would cause a discussion of the matter with the Honourable Prime Minister.
    The National JCA met later at the Staff side office when Com. M.S. Raja and Com. Giriraj Singh joined the meeting. The issues were discussed at length, especially taking into account the ensuing general Election in the country. The meeting finally decided to organise the following programme of actions.
    13th March 2019
    A massive demonstration cum dharna will be organised under the auspices of the National JCA to highlight and focus the demand for the withdrawal of the new Pension scheme and restoration of the old Pension scheme for Central Government employees. The National JCA will simultaneously write to all Political parties to make their stand clear on the issue of the New Pension scheme in their respective manifesto. The National JCA will spcarhead a campaign amount the employees for the acceptances of the demand by the political parties. The dharna will be at jantar Mantar and the same will be participated by the employees working in and around Delhi besides the NJCA leaders. On the same day, similar dharna and demonstrations will be held in front of all Central Government offices throughout the country. The employees will also be requested to wear black badges projecting the demand for the withdrawal of the NPS.
    28th MARCH 2019
    A protest day long dharna will be organised at jantar Mantar on 28.03.2019, in which all the National council members will take part. A huge demonstration will also be organised on the same day in front of the dharna venue in which the employees working in and around Delhi will take part. The dharna will highlight the need to revive the JCM forum and thus constant and continuous inter action between the Government and the employees. It will also focus the intolerable attitude of the official side even in issuing orders, where the supreme Court has given the verdict in favour of the employees. The Cabinet Secretary will be informed of this decision well in advance.
    Copy of the letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary is enclosed. All participating organisations are requested to make the programme a grand success. The NJCA will meet again on 28.03.2019 to discuss of the future course of action to be mounted in the days to come.
    With greetings,
    Yours faithfully,
    sd/-
    (Shiva Gopal Mishra)
    Convener
    Source: Confederation