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  • Wednesday, 26 July 2017

    MSP INCLUDED IN THE LATER NOTINGS & THEY TRIED TO EXCLUDE BUT COULD NOT SUCCEED

    -Page 11/N-
    Ministry of Defence
    D (Pay/Services)
    Reference Defence (Finance) Note at Page-10/N. 
              This is regarding implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). A copy of Department of Expenditure Note no. 1-2/2016-IC dated 28.6.2016 along with copy of the minutes of meeting of Cabinet held on 29.6.2016 has been received from Ministry of Finance, D/0 Expenditure, Implementation Cell for implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) – issue of Resolution and revised rules – reg. The previous Resolution issued by the Government at the time of 6th CPC is at Flag/’A.’  The Ministry of Finance has issued the Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC on 25.7.2016 (Copy at Flag/’B.’)
    2.       Some of the important recommendations in respect of the Defence Personnel (PBOR) are mentioned below: -
              (i)      Implementation of the revised pay structure will be w.e.f 01.01.2016;
    (ii)      Pay related matter;
    (a)      The existing system of Pay Band and Grade Pay has been replaced with separate Pay Matrices for both Defence and Military Nursing Services personnel.
    (b)             Fitment of each employee in the new Pay Matrix would be done by multiplying his/her basic pay on the date of implementation by a factor of 2.57.
    Note-1        With regard to fixation of pay in the new Pay Matrix as on 01.01.2016, the existing pay (Pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay) in the pre-revised structure as on 31.12.2015 shall be multiplied by a factor of 2.57. The figure so arrived at is to be located in the Level corresponding to employee’s Grade Pay in the new Pay Matrix. If a Cell identical with the figure so arrived at is available in the appropriate Level, that Cell shall be the revised pay; otherwise the next higher cell in that Level shall be the revised pay of the employee.
    Note -2       After fixation of pay in the appropriate Level as specified in Note-1 above, the subsequent increments shall be at the immediate next Cell in that Level.
    -Page 12/N-
    ®       General recommendations on pay recommended by the Commission have been accepted with the following exceptions in Defence Pay Matrix in order to maintain parity in pay with Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
    3.                  The index of Rationalisation of Level 13A (Brigadier) in Defence Pay Matrix may be revised upward from 2.57 to 2.67.
    3.                  Additional 3 stages in Levels 12A (Lt Col), 3 stages in Level 13 (Colonel) and 2 stages in Level 13A (Brigadier) may be added appropriately in the Defence Pay Matrix.
    iii.      Increase in Military Service Pay (MSP) of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) from Rs 2000/- to Rs 5200/- p.m. MSP would be counted only for Dearness Allowance (DA) and Pension purposes; 
    iv.      There will be two dates for grant of increment viz, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of the existing date of 1st July. However, an employee will be able to avail annual increment only on one of these two dates depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgradation;    
    3.                  Recommendations on Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) would be referred to a Committee comprising Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Personnel & Training etc. The Committee would submit its report within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision on Allowances is taken based on the recommendations of this Committee, all Allowances would continue to be paid at existing rates in the existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2016 i.e. status quo would be maintained. 
                       vi.      Arrears of Pay would be paid during the current financial year.
    vii.     Recommendations not relating to pay and allowances and other administrative issues specific to department/cadres/posts would be examined separately as per the Transaction of Business Rules/Allocation of Business Rules.
    3.       It is further stated that after examining the minutes of meeting of Cabinet held on 29.6.2016, a draft Resolution was prepared in anticipation and submitted for approval. The proposal has been approved by AS ® vide Note -2/N. Subsequently, the file was sent to Defence (Finance) for their concurrence and vetting of the Draft Resolution vide Note 3/N. However, Defence (Finance) vide their Note on page 4/N returned the file stating that the Resolution needs to be authenticated before concurrence is given. Vide note on page 9/N the file was again sent to Defence (Finance) after authentication of Resolution for vetting of the draft Resolution in respect of Defence Personnel (PBOR). Now, Defence (Finance) has given its concurrence vide their Note (Note Page 9/N) dated 3.8.2016.
    4.       In view of the above, the file is submitted for kind approval of Defence Secretary. Thereafter, the file will be referred to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) for vetting the Resolution.
    Sd/-----------
    3/8/16
    Section Officer (P/S)
    US (P/S)  on leave
    DS (AG-II) Def (Finance) have vetted draft resolution. The file is submitted for kind approval of Secretary (Defence) please.                  Sd/------------------ 4/8/16
    JS (E)           Sd/---------- 4/8/16
                       (V Anandarajan) JS (Estt)/CAO 
    AS (K)         Sd/------------- (Suresh Kumar) AS (K) & CVO 4.8.16
    Defence Secretary           Appd           Sd/-------- 8/8/16
    JS (E)           Sd/------------ 8/8/16
    DS (AG-II) Sd/------------- 8/8/
    US (P/S)     Sd/----------9/8/16
    SO (P/S)     Sd/---------- 9/8
    Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Expenditure (IC Cell)         Sd/-----------9/8/2016

    THE FILE NOTINGS REVEWALS HOW MSP WAS DENIED EARLIER BUT RESTORED LATER

    File Notings Resolution 2 (E)
    File No. 1(7)/2016/D (Pay/Services)
    -1-
    Ministry of Defence
    D (Pay/Services)
    Subject: Resolution containing decisions of Government on recommendations of VII CPC relating to PBORs of Armed Forces
              A copy of Department of Expenditure No. No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 28.6.2016 along with a copy of the minutes of meeting of Cabinet held on 29.6.2016 has been received from Ministry of Finance, D/o Expenditure, Implementation Cell for implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) – issue of Resolution and revised rules-reg. The previous Resolution issued by the Government at the time of 6th CPC is at Flag ‘A.’
    2.       Some of the important recommendations in respect of the Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) are mentioned below: -         
    (i)      Implementation of the revised pay structure will be w.e.f 01.01.2016;
    (ii)      Pay related matter;
              (a)      Minimum pay would be Rs 18, 000/- p.m.;

              (b)     The existing system of Pay Ban and Grade Pay has been replaced with three separate Pay Matrices for Civil, Defence and Military Nursing Services personnel.

    (c)      Fitment of each employee in the new Pay Matrix would be done by     multiplying his/her basic pay on the date of implementation by a factor of 2.57.
    (d)     The minimum Pay at each Level corresponding to successive Grade Pay, from PB-2 onwards has been enhanced by a variable Index of Rationalisation (IOR) )ranging from 2.57.to 2.81 depending upon the increasing role, responsibility, and accountability. 
    (e)      General recommendations on pay recommended by the Commission have been accepted without any material alteration.

    iii.      Increase in Military Service Pay (MSP) of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) from Rs 2000/- to Rs 5200/- p.m would be counted only for Dearness Allowance
    iv.      Rate of increment would be 3%. There will be two dates for grant of increment viz. 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July. However, an employee will be able to avail annual increment only on one of these two dates depending on the date of appointment, promotion, or grant of financial upgradation.
    v.       Recommendations on Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) would be referred to a committee comprising of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Personnel and Training etc. Till a final decision on Allowances is  taken based on the recommendations of this Committee, all Allowances would continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised w.e.f 1.1.2016 i.e., status quo would be maintained.
    vi.      Arrears of Pay and Pensionary benefits would be paid during the current financial year.
    vii.     Recommendations not relating to pay, pension and allowances and other administrative issues specific to department/cadres/posts would be examined by the concerned Ministries/Departments as per the Transaction Rules/Allocation of Business Rules.   
    3.       We have not yet received the requisite resolution from Ministry of Finance regarding civilian personnel. The resolution to be issued by the MoD in respect of the Defence Personnel (Personnel Below Officer Rank) has been prepared in anticipation and placed opposite for consideration.
    Sd/------------------
                                                                                          (Laxmi Balasubramanian)
    SO D (Pay/Services)
    15/7/16
    US (P/S)                                  Sd/----------- 15.7.17
    DS (AG-II)                              Sd/----------- 18/7
    JS (E)                                       Sd/----------- (Ashok Dongre) 18.7.16
    AS (R)                                      As proposed. 
    JS (E)                                       Sd/---------- (Ashok Dongre) 20.7.16
    DS (AG-II)                              Sd/-----------
    US (P/S)                                  SD/------------
    SO D(P/S)
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    Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    Govt clips wings of Armed Forces Tribunal in new rules

    Armed Forces Tribunal, AFT, Defence Secretary, High Court, CJI, India news, Indian Express news
    The Union government has changed the rules governing appointment in the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), giving more powers to the Defence Secretary who would now have a role in ordering inquiries against members of the tribunal and their removal. Contravening a Constitutional Bench judgement of the Supreme Court which directed the placement of tribunals under the Law Ministry, the new rules reiterate that the AFT will function under the Ministry of Defence which, incidentally, is the ministry against which all orders of the AFT are to be passed.

    The rules also reiterate the role of the Defence Secretary in selecting the Members of the tribunal and even consultation with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) has been abrogated. The Defence Secretary and other bureaucrats would now have a role in ordering inquiries against members of the tribunal and their removal, which could only be undertaken by a Supreme Court judge till now.

    The facilities and benefits of retired High Court Judges appointed as Judicial Members have been downgraded to regular Group A (Class I) officers of the Central Government. While the SC had directed a longer tenure for tribunal members without a provision for re-appointment to ensure independence, the new rules have decreased even the existing tenure to 3 years and have provided for re-appointment by a selection committee, of which the Defence Secretary is a member. This, despite the fact that the Defence Secretary is the first respondent party in all litigation in AFT.

     While the existing provisions barred the post-retirement employment of members with the government, the new rules specifically allow such employment. Under the new rules, any advocate with 10 years of practice can be appointed as the AFT Chairperson while the lower appointment of Judicial Member can only be held by a High Court Judge.

    Chairman of All Indian Ex-servicemen Welfare Association and a practising advocate at AFT’s Chandigarh bench, Bhimsen Sehgal, said that the amendment to rules was wrong and it will degrade the status of the appointees. “Nobody will come forward to become a member of the AFT in view of such rules. Further, the AFT should come under the ambit of the Minstry of Law and not Ministry of Defence. It cannot function independently as all infrastructure is provided by MoD,” he said.

     Sources say that the government had notified the rules even when the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the central government in 2012 to place the AFT under the Law Ministry and also to recast the selection committee. When the UPA Government had approached the SC with a Special Leave Petition, the apex court had refused to stay the judgement and had only agreed to stay the contempt proceedings in the HC.
    http://indianexpress.com 

    Saturday, 8 July 2017

     Rs 4 crore compensation to officer court-martialled 26 years ago
    LUCKNOW: In a landmark judgment, Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has ordered the defence ministry to pay Rs 4 crore compensation to an officer who was court-martialled 26 years ago.
    While reinstating the service of second lieutenant SS Chauhan, the AFT also asked the army to deposit Rs 1 crore with the Army Central Welfare Fund within a period of four months.
    Chauhan, of the Sixth Rajput Battalion, was posted in Srinagar when he was courtmartialled after being declared a deserter and mentally unstable.
    Quashing the court-martial of Chauhan, Justice DP Singh and Air Marshal Anil Chopra asked the defence ministry to reinstate the of ficer and provide him promotional avenues up to the stage of lieutenant colonel for the purpose of arrears of salary, pension benefits and rank.
    "Keeping in view... mental pain, agony and humiliation suffered by the petitioner, it is a fit case where the petitioner should be awar ded exemplary compensatory cost," the bench observed.

    Chauhan, who hails from UP's Mainpuri district, was court-martialled on November 4, 1991, and the order was approved by the then General Officer Commanding-inChief, Srinagar. The officer reportedly landed in trouble when he recovered 147 gold biscuits weighing around 27.5kg during a search operation in Srinagar on April 11, 1990.
    In his petition, Chauhan pointed out that the gold biscuits were recovered from a house in the presence of other soldiers and were handed over to his seniors.
    During the trial, the tribunal observed that Chauhan's senior officers implicated him in false cases to ensure that the recovery of gold could be concealed from the government.
    Justice Singh and Air Marshal Chopra directed the chief of the army staff to look into the matter. 

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com 

    Thursday, 6 July 2017

    OROP CASE HEARING LIKELY ON 05/07/2017

    SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
    Case Status Status : PENDING
    Status of : Writ Petition (Civil)    419    OF   2016
    INDIAN EX SERVICEMEN MOVEMENT AND ORS   .Vs.   UNION OF INDIA AND ORS 
     
    Pet. Adv. : MR. BALAJI SRINIVASAN   Res. Adv. : MUKESH KUMAR MARORIA 
    Subject Category : MATTERS PERTAINING TO ARMED FORCES & PARA MILITARY FORCES
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    Last Listed on : 05/07/2017

    Last updated on 06-07-2017

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017

     
     Tuesday, 4 July 2017 | 06:20:31 PM

    Low military service pay: Petition in Orissa HC


    A petition was filed in the Orissa High Court on Monday by former Defence personnel against the Finance and Defence Ministries against being aggrieved over the low pay given to soldiers, sailors and airmen since September 1, 2008.
    The petitioners stated that because of this, each individual ex-Serviceman pensioner (JCO,OR) lost a minimum Rs 31,0700 (without DA) in the last 109 months and, thus, they subsequently also lost the benefits of OROP and the 7th  Central Pay Commission recommendations which is  linked to this Military Service Pay whereas the real benefit is availed only by the Commissioned Rank Officers.
    This is great injustice and can demoralise both serving and retired Junior Commissioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and the other ranks of the three services, pointed out the petitioners.
    If in India an organisation like military, the Government cannot bring uniformity in single allowance, i.e., Military Service Pay which represents persons wearing uniforms then the country would never reach the basic objectives of the Constitution that are equality, justice, fraternity, freedom and liberty as enumerated in its preamble, the petitioners stated.

    http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar 

    Monday, 3 July 2017

    Govt to soon come out with fresh norms for disability pension

      Business Standard
    Press Trust of India|New Delhi
     The has decided to remove existing "anomalies" and come out with a specific percentage-based system for granting disability pensions to Army, Navy and Air Force personnel sustaining injuries in the line of duty.
    The decision has been taken in view of the long-standing demand of the armed forces that the current system of determining disability pension needs an overhaul.

    Official sources said the has finalised a new slab-based system which is aimed at addressing most of the concerns of the armed forces that is expected to reduce litigation against the
    Under the existing mechanism, 30 per cent of the last salary minus the dearness allowance is given as disability pension to those sustaining 100 per cent disability.
    The pension amount reduces depending on specific percentage of the injury and sources said the affected personnel often take legal recourse, alleging discrepancies in determining quantum of injury.
    As per the new slab-based system, security personnel with 20-50 per cent disability will be considered 50 per cent disabled while those with 50-75 per cent bracket will come under the 75 per cent disabled category.
    Any personnel with more than 75 per cent disability will be considered 100 per cent disabled.
    So all the eligible disability pensioners will be considered under three broad categories and accordingly pensions will be determined.
    "It will be a robust system and will address long-pending grievances of the armed forces," a senior official said.
    Explaining the new system, he said, "Any person with 50 per cent disability will get half of the total pension being given to a person with 100 per cent disability under existing mechanism."
    The had started giving disability pension with effect from January 1, 2006 to those who had taken pre-mature retirement due to injuries sustained in line of duty.
    The changes being introduced to calculate disability pension are based on recommendation of a committee headed by former Adjutant General of the Army, Lt Gen (retd) Mukesh Sabharwal.
    The mandate of the committee was to suggest remedial measures to reduce litigations and disputes in various courts relating to disability pension.

    (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


    Saturday, 1 July 2017

    COMMEMORATION OF KARGIL HERO

    Eighteen years after we lost our son in the Kargil war your mail was most thoughtful. Thanks. It is this support that has sustained us through these years. Young men like Vijyant did what the nation expected of them –their duty.  Actually, the war in Kargil brought the best in the Indian nation –those like Capt Vijyant, who fought bravely and fell honorably to redeem India `s sanctity& the countrymen who showered their love & their support for the brave hearts. We of course feel proud though we also live with the pain of a young son lost as any other parent, every day of our life.

    Kargil is already a distant memory. We don’t want the legacy of the young men like Capt Vijyant to fade and be lost to a coming generation of Indian, who have a right to know what their previous generation did and be inspired. With this in mind we created this web site. We therefore request u to kindly pass this site on to all ur friends & relatives. So far as u are concerned we have no doubt that as and when India needs, you, you will rise to greater heights. However, for & from those heroes and martyrs a few lines; -
                 WE ARE DEAD SHORT DAYS AGO WE LIVED
       SAW SUN RISE FELT SUNSET GLOW
                  LOVED AND WERE LOVED AND NOW WE LIE
       ON THE SLOPES WHERE YELLOW ROSES GROW.
    TAKE UP OUR FIGHT WITH THE FOE,
    To U WITH FALLING HANDS WE THROW    
                  THE TORCH BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH………………….
    Thanks, Yours’s
    Col & MRS V N Thapar
    Col V N Thapar