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  • 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


    Government announced hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP*) and One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue resolved


    The issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been resolved and the Government also announced substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high risk duties.
    Ministry of Finance
    Defence budget hiked to Rs. 3,05,296 crore
    Rs. 3,05,296 crore have been provided in the Budget Estimates for 2019-20, compared to Rs. 2,82,733 crore provided in 2018-19 Budget Estimates. The figures were revised to Rs. 2,85,423 crore in the Revised Estimates of 2018-19. While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20 in Parliament today the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal Sh. Piyush Goyal said "Our Defence Budget will be crossing Rs.3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20. For securing our borders and to maintain preparedness of the highest order, if necessary, additional funds would be provided."
    On the issue of strengthening Defence and National Security, the Interim Budget 2019-20 states that our soldiers protect our borders in tough conditions and they are our pride and honour. The Finance Minister Sh. Goyal said that due care has been taken of their honour. He said that the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) which was pending for the last forty years has been resolved.
    He said "The previous Governments announced it in three budgets but sanctioned a mere Rs.500 crore in 2014-15 Interim Budget; in contrast we have already disbursed over Rs.35,000 crore after implementing the Scheme in its' true spirit. The Government also announced substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high risk duties."