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  • Saturday, 15 June 2019

    Rajnath forms committee to work on modalities of revising pension under OROP

    Business Standard 
    has constituted a committee to work out the modalities and methodology of the implementation of next revision of pension under (OROP), the Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
    "reviewed the working of DESW including the welfare schemes being extended to the ex-servicemen, widows and dependents. A committee was also constituted today to work out the modalities and methodology of the implementation of the next revision of pension under OROP," the statement said.
    All three services will have their representation in the committee which will give its report within a month.
    According to the statement, the was briefed by various officials.
    "In a free-flowing interaction, Minister expressed his general satisfaction but also gave certain directions to the department and sought a response in a time-bound manner," the statement said.

    Thursday, 13 June 2019


    Sri Rajnath Singh.                                            
    Defence Minister of India.
    Through: PA to Defence Minister.                       
                                                                                 13 June 2019
    I, on behalf of millions of Ex-servicemen and their families of India congratulate you for adorning the prestigious mantle of Defence Minister of India. We feel that after multiple changes on the important post of Defence Minister in the previous government, the new government on its onset has put the baton to the able and strong hands of an ironman. We admire you as a man of principle, who has in-depth knowledge and insight into Defence preparedness of India as well as the problems of serving men and Ex-servicemen.
    Sir, from the viewpoint of an ex-serviceman may I be allowed to raise a few concerns of ex-servicemen and veer naris  which are listed below. These are the concerns of the serving soldiers as well, as today's serving soldier would be tomorrow's ex-serviceman.
    1.  OROP Revision: 
    The last government implemented OROP with effect from 01.07.2014 and notified in clear terms that OROP be revised after every five years. The revision of OROP ought to be implemented  automatically from 01.07.2019. But sadly, no preparatory work could be initiated by Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) for want of policy direction from Ministry of Defence.
    Sir, as per the reply I received from CGDA (by my RTI application), CGDA has raised multiple queries to Ministry of Defence about the modality of implementation, the base year of calculation etc, for which they are yet to get any reply. In such a situation the OROP revision is heading for an indefinite delay.
    2. One Man Judicial Commission Report:
    Sir, I do not want to elaborate on the constitution of OMJC and subsequent fate of its report in the hands of high level scrutiny committee. The report still remains under examination and none of us know why is it delayed indefinitely. I understand that the Government has every right to accept or reject a commission report. But if some of the recommendations of the OMJC are accepted by the Government, it is logical that they should be reflected in the revision of OROP. Keeping the report under a wrap will only complicate the whole process.
    3.  Multiple Court Cases:
    Sir, I regret to mention that in many occasions ex-servicemen had to knock at the doors of a Court of Law to get their rightful dues. And even after getting a favourable judgment, the benefits were extended to the litigants only and no universal orders / notifications were issued by the authority to extend the benefit to similar cases. Sir, is it possible by thousands and thousands of affected ex-servicemen spread over the rural areas of our country to seek remedy from a court of law?
    4. Equal MSP:
    Sir, Military Service Pay was introduced by VI Pay Commission. By definition this benefit was extended to all jawans, officers and MNS (Military Nursing Service) considering the rigour and dangerous service conditions of military service. The VII pay commission also recognized this and recommended MSP as a unique element of pay for defence services. Now all JCOs and other ranks get equal MSP irrespective of their rank or basic pay.
    But there exists wide difference in the quantum of MSP among jawans, MNS and Officers. A personnel in MNS, who is never exposed to any combat duty or any dangerous situation gets almost double the amount received by a jawan. An officer gets almost three times more than a jawan. It is an irony that a jawan who is at the forefront of war or war-like situation and who is in the first line of enemies' and terrorists' fire gets the least MSP. Respective Pay Commissions overlooked this great anomaly and the Government never stepped in to correct it.
    Sir, these are the major concerns of ex-serviceman community. There is growing indignation amongst ex-servicemen that every political party swear by the patriotism of Armed Forces, but when it comes to the welfare and benefit of its personnel, the government often buckles under the pressure of civilian bureaucracy  and deny them of their rightful dues.
    Sir, we strongly believe and hope that with the fine acumen of a strong administrator like you most of the above anomalies will be rectified soon.
    Jai Hind.                                                                   
    Yours Faithfully 
    Manananda Biswas
    Vice Chairman,
    JCO/ORS Veterans Welfare
    Association of India

    Tuesday, 14 May 2019

    MACP is entitled from the date of completion of 10/20/30 years and not from 01.09.2008 - Delhi High Court Order

    W.P.(C) 3549/2018

    ..... Petitioner
    Ms. Asha Jain Madan, Advocate with
    Mr. Mukesh Jain, Advocate.
    ..... Respondents
    Ms Archana Gaur and Ms Ridhima
    Gaur, Advocates for UOI.
    O R D E R
    1. There are three prayers in this writ petition - one is for a direction to the Respondents to grant the Petitioner the benefit of the first Assured Career Progression ('ACP') Scheme with effect from October, 1999, when the Petitioner had actually completed 12 years of service instead of 30th December, 2000. The second is that the benefit of the MACP should be granted with effect from October, 2007 (instead of 1'1 September, 2008), when the Petitioner completed 20 years of service. The third prayer is that the benefit of the MACP should be given by placing the Petitioner in the scale of Sub Inspector ('SI') i.e. Rs.5500-9000 (pre-revised).
    2. As far as the first prayer is concerned, the same has already been granted by the Respondents to the Petitioner. As far as the second prayer is concerned, the issue is covered in favour of the Petitioner by the judgment dated 8th December, 2017 of the Supreme Court in Union of India v. Balbir Singh Turn (2018) I I SCC 99. The Supreme Court has in the above judgment clarified that the benefit of the MACP which was on the basis of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission to be extended with effect from 1st January, 2006 and not from 1st September, 2008, as was directed by the Respondents.

    3. As regards the fixing of the correct pay scale of the Petitioner, it is seen that in BSF/General Duty, there is no post of ASI/General Duty in the pay scale of Rs.4000-100-6000 (pre-revised) which had been converted into Pay Band-I i.e. 5200-20200 in the grade pay of Rs.2800 having pay band of 8560 with the total pay (basic pay) of Rs.11360. Thus, in the case of the Petitioner, the second financial upgradation was required to be given in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 (pre-revised). Since this was not granted to other similarly placed as the Petitioner, writ petitions were filed in this Court. A series of judgments have been passed by this Court in those writ petitions, as a result of which the Respondents extended the benefit of financial upgradation in the pay scale of Rs.5500-9000 to all personnel who had completed 24 years of regular service during the period 9th August, 1999 to 31st August, 2008.

    4. The counter affidavit of the Respondents does not dispute the applicability of the judgment of the Supreme Court in Union of India v Balbir Singh Turn (supra) or the applicability of the other orders of this Court, including the order dated 18th December, 2015 in W.P.(C) No.11725 (Digamber Singh ASI v UOI) concerning the appropriate pay scale for the purposes of grant of the MACP benefits.
    5. Consequently, this Court directs as under:
    1. The Petitioner would be given the benefit of the MACP with effect from October, 2007 instead of 1st September, 2008; and
    2. The above benefit will be given by placing the Petitioner in the pay scale of of Sub Inspector i.e. 5500-9000 (pre-revised).
    3. The appropriate orders will be issued and the arrears will be paid to the Petitioner within a period of 12 weeks from today, failing which the Respondents will be liable to pay simple interest @ 6% per annum on the arrears for the period of delay.
    6. The petition is disposed of in above terms. No costs.
    I.S.MEHTA, J.
    MAY 01, 2019

    Saturday, 4 May 2019


    S U P R E M E C O U R T O F I N D I A
     Writ Petition(s)(Civil) No(s). 419/2016 
    VERSUS UNION OF INDIA & ORS Respondent(s)
     (WITH IA 33253/2017 FOR AMENDMENT OF WRIT PETITION) Date : 01-05-2019 
    This petition was called on for hearing today.
     UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following O R D E R
     During the course of the hearing, the principal submission of the petitioners is that the recommendation of the Koshyari Committee for thegrant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) was endorsed by the Budgetary Speech of the Finance Minister on 17 February 2014 and by the Minister of Defence on 26 February 2014, following which the Controller General of Defence Accounts was directed to work out modalities. This was further re-affirmed on 10 July 2014 by the Finance Minister and on 2 December 2014 by the Minister of State for Defence. However, the Union government, on 7 November 2015, while implementing OROP adopted a modified definition of the expression under which the gap between the rates of pension of current and past pensioners would be bridged at“periodic intervals”. The petitioners have highlighted specifically three aspects of the anomalies which have arisen. They are summarised in a written note of submissions tendered before the Court, which is extracted below: “(i) Fixation of Pension on calendar year of 2013 instead of FY of 2014: Fixation of pension as per calendar year 2013 would result in past retirees (pre 2014) getting less pension of one increment than the soldier retiring after 2014. (ii) Fixation of pension as mean of Min and Max pension: Fixing pension as mean of Min and Max pension of 2013 would result different pensions for the same ranks and same length of service and the past retiree would get 1.5 increment lesser on account of such fixation.For example, if 8(i) and (ii) are implemented, two soldiers who have served for same length of years, holding the same rank will draw different pension. A Sepoy (Group Y) who retired prior to 31 Dec2013 will get Rs.6665 p.m. and another Sepoy (Group Y) who retired on and after 1 Jan 2014 would get Rs 7605 p.m. Further, on account of such implementation, a higher rank Naik soldier who retired before 31 Dec 2013 would draw a lesser pension of rs.7170p.m., than a junior rank Sepoy who retired after 1 Jan 2014 as his pension would be Rs.7605. This fact is illustrated by a tabular chart which is enclosed. (See Pg.1, CC). Therefore, implementation of this new definition of OROP defeats the very principle of OROP by creating a class within a class of the same officers, which in practice tantamounts to one rank different pensions. This is also contrary to the judgment by this Hon’ble Court in Union of India v SPS Vains, (2008) 9 SCC 125. Another fallacy in the new definition of OROP which detracts from the principle of OROP is: (iii) Pension Equalization every five years: It is submitted that Pension equalization every five years would result in the grave disadvantage to the past retirees.” Certain concrete examples have been indicated in charts which are annexed to the note submitted before this Court by Mr Huzefa Ahmadi, learned senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners. At this stage, we are of the considered view that it would be appropriate if the Union government scrutinizes the grievances which are placed before the Court in the above note. It would be appropriate and in the interest of justice if these concerns, which have been expressed on behalf of personnel, who have served the nation as members of the Armed Forces of the Union before retirement, are duly considered by the Union government at an appropriate level. We would expect the government to seriously consider the grievances and to determine whether and, if so, to what extent, justice canbe provided for the satisfaction of all concerned.
     List the Writ Petition on 6 August 2019.

    Wednesday, 1 May 2019


    Today 1 May 2019, OROP case was heard by bench of Honourable justice Chandrachud and Honourable justice Hemant GUPTA in Honourable Supreme Court. Our case was listed at S no 1 but
    Honourable justice decided that they want to hear the arguments in detail and will attend to OROP after lunch.
    During hearing Honourable Justice recounted the anomalies introduced in OROP released by GOI vide letter dated 7 Nov 2015.
    Honourable justice also recorded that word AUTOMATIC equalisation of Pension for past pensioners has been replaced by GOI with word PERIODIC equalisation (five years) in the letter dated 7 Nov 2019. This is the main anomaly along with fixing of pensions of past pensioners one and a half increment behind with respect to present pensioners ( post 2014). Honourable justice questioned the Govt lawyer why equalisation cannot be done automatically? Govt lawyer Mr Rana Mukherjee replied that veterans want equalisation as a running scale on touch of a button. To this our counsel Mr Hujefa Ahmadi replied that though it is possible to achieve instant equalisation with latest computing technology in India but veterans will be happy with yearly equalisation in rates of pensions.
    OROP counsel Mr Hujefa also quoted examples by showing tables how these anomalies are adversely affecting  morale of veterans and lowering izzat and status of past pensioners. It was conveyed succinctly that with these anomalies today a senior rank Naik (past pensioner) is getting less pension than junior rank Sepoy (retired post 2014). Similarly armed forces widows have been getting lesser pensions than post 2014 widows.
    Honourable Justice also accepted that life of armed forces personnel is very difficult at Siachen glaciers and in wild deserts apart from their early retirement. They were also considerate to note that soldiers are also boarded out on minor disability and hence their working conditions are very harsh. Govt should do everything to mitigate their difficulty.
    Govt attorney was asked to approach Govt and get the response of Govt on the way forward to solve these anomalies and to redress veterans grievances.
    Honourable justice advised Govt attorney that Govt must call veterans for discussion and find a mutually acceptable solution to these anomalies.
    Honourable Justice gave an order accordingly and fixed next date of hearing on 6 Aug 2019.

    Wednesday, 24 April 2019


    Today 23 Apr OROP case was argued by our lawyer Mr Hujefa Ahmadi in HSC. Strong arguments were given by our lawyers. Honourable justice Chandrachud and justice Shah understood plea of exservicemen  wanted to understand how veterans are getting affected with this Govt version of OROP. Gp CAPT Gandhi explained to Honourable justice that veterans have been denied firstly given less pension by one and half increment, second veterans have not been given full benefit of 7 CPC and thirdly they have been denied full benefit of delinking of 33 yr rule.
    Honourable justice fully understood our problems and are favourable to our problems. Arguments are still incomplete and will be further argued on next Wednesday 1 May.

    Tuesday, 16 April 2019

    One Rank One Pension to all Pre-01.06.1953 Defence pensioners and their families: PCDA Circular No. 622

    Circular No. 622
    Dated: 03.04.2019
    1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt, Bank Accounts, Central Office, C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
    2. CMDs, All Public Sector Banks.
    3. The Nodal Officers, ICICI/HDFC/AXIS/IDBI Banks
    4. All Managers, CPPCs
    5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
    6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
    7. The CDA (PD), Meerut :
    8. The CDA, Chennai
    9. The Director of Treasuries, All States
    10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, R K Puram; and Tis Hazari, New Delhi.
    11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
    12. The Post Master, Kathua (J&K); and Camp Bell Bay.
    13. The Principal Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair.
    Subject:- Implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ to all Pre-01.06.1953 Defence pensioners and their families.
    Reference:- Gol, MoD letter No. 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)-Part-ll dated 3rd Feb 2016 (Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016), Circular 557 dated 17.03.2016, Circular 580 dated 05.07.2017, Circular 581 dated 02.08.2017 and Circular 591 dated 13.11.2017.
    Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs) are aware that as per this office Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016, pension of Armed Forces Personnel is to be revised w.e.f. 01.07.2014 by the PDAs as per tables attached with the circular.
    2. In continuation of the same, the rates of ordinary family pension, Special Family Pension, 2nd life award of SFP, Liberalized Family Pension, 2nd life award of LFP, Disability/Liberalized disability element for 100% Disability, War Injury Element for 100% disability (Invalid out cases) meant for post -53 retirees JCOs/ORs of Regular Army of Group “Y” may be allowed to the families of pre-53 retirees under OROP scheme.
    3. Further, cases where data is not available with PDAs, the same may be referred to PCDA(P) Allahabad for issue of Corr. PPOs.
    4. In view of the above, this office Circular No. 591 dated 13.11.2017 stands cancelled in toto.
    5. This Circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination of all concerned.
    No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXX
    Dated: 03.04.2019 
    (Sushil Kumar Singh)
    Addl. CDA (Pensions)

    Wednesday, 20 March 2019


     It is an accepted fact there is erosion of money value.The salaried class are badly affected by this phenomenon.In order to contain   this loss to a certain extent  due to depletion of money value Dearness Allowance is introduced.In the long run Dearness Allowance also become insufficient to safe guard money value & purchasing power due to unforeseen economic conditions, Pay revision is resorted to make up loss of money value & purchasing power beyond the ambit of dearness allowance .Now coming to the subject of pension, Supreme court has already  declared that Pension is not a bounty, it is differed wages for the services reentered & a right. Although Dearness allowance is given in pension also to make up the erosion of money value & purchasing power, but discriminated from salaried successors by denying pension updation during wage revision, even though pension is a differed wage as declared by Hon Supreme Court.Hence this is a case which comes under Article 226.


    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
    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.
    Dated: 13/03/2019
    (Sandeep Thakur)
    Addl CDA (P)

    Sunday, 17 March 2019


    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
    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.
    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
    (Sandeep Thakur)
    Addl CbA (P)

    Wednesday, 6 March 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
    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


    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

    Monday, 11 February 2019


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

    NJCA Circular dtd. 09-02-2019


    National Joint Council Of Action
    4, State Entry Road, New Delhi- 110055
    No.NJC/2019/7th CPC
    February 9,2019
    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,
    (Shiva Gopal Mishra)
    Source: Confederation

    Sunday, 10 February 2019

    6th CPC Pension Revision – Order for Post 01.01.2006 JCOs/ORs granted Honorary Commission as Lieutenant and Captain

    Government of India/Bharat Sarkar
    Ministry of Defence
    Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
    Dated 6th February 2019
    The Chief of the Army Staff
    The Chief of the Navil Staff
    The Chief of the Air Staff
    Subject : Implementation of the Government decision on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission – Pension of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) discharged from service on or after 01.01.2006.
    The undersigned is directed to refer to the provisions contained in this Ministry’s letter No.17(4)/08(2)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 18.08.2010 as amended vide this Ministry’s letter No.17(4)/2008/D(Pen/Policy) dated 20.09.2012 under which a note below Para 3(v) of the ibid MoD letter dated 18.08.2010 was inserted regarding non-applicability of provisions of letter dated 18.08.2010 to JCOs granted Honorary Commission as Leiutenant and Captain.
    2. Further, in supersession of the provision contained in this Ministry’s letter No.17(4)/2008(2)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 20.09.2012, letter No.1(15)/2012/D(Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 was issued under which it was decided that the provisions of MoD letter dated 18.08.2010 are also applicable to post 01.01.2006 JCOs/Ors granted Honorary Commission as Lieutenant and Captain with effect from 24.09.2012.
    3. The President is now pleased to decide that provisions of this Ministry’s letter dated 18.08.2010 shall also be applicable to post 01.01.2006 JCOs/ORs granted Honorary Commission as Lieutenant and Captain. The notional pay in the revised pay structure for these ranks shall be worked out by adding pay in the revised pay band corresponding to the Fixed pay of Fifth CPC (in terms of Para 9(a) (i) of SAI 1/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy & Air Force)” plus the Grade pay and Military Service Pay introduced under Sixth CPC revised pay structure.
    4. In view of the above, the note below Para 3(v) of this Ministry’s letter No. 17(4)/08(2)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 18.08.2010 inserted vide this Ministry’s letter No. 17(4)/2008(2)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 20.09.2012 may be considered as deleted.
    5. The financial benefit in past cases shall be granted from 01.01.2006 or date of discharge/invalidment, whichever is later. In this regard, concerned PSA’s would suo-moto issue Corr PPO based on the data of post 2006 retired Hony Commissioned Officers held with them.
    6. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.
    7. This issue with the concurrence of the Finance Division of this Minister vide their ID No.10(15)/2015/FIN/PEN dated 02.01.2019
    8. Hindi version will follow.
    (Manoj Sinha)
    Deputy Secretary to the Govt. Of India

    Sunday, 3 February 2019

    Piyush Goyal’s claim on OROP misleading, say veterans

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     NEW DELHI, February 03, 2019 22:46 IST

    They claim several allowances have not been sanctioned

    In his Budget speech last week, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said the government had implemented the long-pending One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme and increased other allowances for soldiers. But the remark has not enthused the veterans. A section of them says several other allowances, like Non-Functional Upgrade (NFU), have not been sanctioned yet.
    “The previous government announced it [OROP] in three Budgets, but sanctioned a mere ₹500 crore in the 2014-15 interim Budget; in contrast, we have already disbursed over ₹35,000 crore after implementing the scheme in its true spirit,” Mr. Goyal had said.
    Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement chairman Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retired), who has been spearheading a protest for removing the anomalies in OROP, said the comments were “misleading.” “Mr. Goyal is misleading the ex-servicemen and the nation. He has not given the break-up of the ₹35,000 crore that he said was disbursed.”
    As for the other allowances, Mr. Goyal had said the government had also announced a “substantial” increase in the Military Service Pay of all service personnel, and in the special allowances given to naval and Air Force personal deployed for high-risk duties.
    The NFU has been one of the core anomalies, raised by the services, in the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, which are yet to be implemented for the services. The matter is in the Supreme Court.
    Maj. Gen. Singh explained that as per the calculations, OROP entailed ₹5,500 crore a year on the government in the current form and ₹8,300 crore if it was implemented as per the accepted definition. As for the arrears, OROP had been implemented since 2014, and the arrears were for only two years. “So the figure of ₹35,000 crore is misleading, and Mr. Goyal should explain it.”

    Friday, 1 February 2019

    IT SLABS FOR CURRENT AY 2019-2020 & NEXT AY 2020 -2021

    1. Tax Rates for an Individuals for the AY 2019-20:

    Tax Rates for Individuals


    Rates of Income Tax

    Individual (Age less than 60 Years)

    Senior Citizen (Age above 60 Years)

    Super Senior Citizen (Age above 80 Years)
    Up to Rs. 2,50,000
    Rs. 2,50,000 to Rs. 3,00,000
    Rs. 3,00,000 to Rs. 5,00,000
    Rs. 5,00,000 to Rs. 10,00,000
    Above Rs. 10,00,000