Monday, May 29, 2017

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Extension of 7th CPC benefits and grant of Dearness relief to Pensioners of Autonomous (Statutory) Bodies under department of commerce

BHARAT PENSIONERS' SAMAJ
(All India Federation of Pensioner's Association)
Registered No.2023 of 1962-63)
Member International Federation on Ageing. Toronto (Canada)
2/13-A-LGF Backside, Jangpura - 'A'.
New Delhi - 110014

No.SG/BPS/PSU/Pen/017/4
Dated 26.5.2017

To
The Honourable MOS (independent Charge)
Ministry of Commerce a. Industry GOI
Udyog Bhawan . New Deihi
(For the Kind attention oi Ms N.Sitaraman

Sub: Extension of 7th CPC benefits and grant of Dearness relief to Pensioners of Autonomous (Statutory) Bodies under department of commerce
Ref:: OM F-20016/04/2016.E.III Department of Commerce E Section Dtd 23/25 May 2017  Click to view

Madam.

Bharat Pensioners Samaj the largest Federation of pensioners which represent over 10 lac Civil Pensioners is shocked to read the contents of your Ministry's Commerce department OM F-20016/04/2016.E.III Departments of Commerce E- Section Dtd 23/25 May 2017.

Madam, undersigned is directed to bring to your notice that the Pensioners oi Autonomous (Statutory) Bodies under the Department oi Commerce of the Ministry under your lrind control have been getting CPC benefits right from 1st CPC to 6th CPC. The Pensionary benefits to these pensioners so far (upto 6th CPC) were being paid in terms of CCS(Pension) Rules. 1972 as amended from time to time along with other Autonomous Bodies, viz, CSRI (Council oi Scientific and Industrial Research - and Central Power Research
Institute {Ministry of Power).

Undersigned beg to bring to your notice the recent OM No 5-t (428)2017-PD dated 11.05.2017 vide which all benefits of 7th CPC along with the benefit of Dearness Relief have been extended to the Pensioners/ Family pensioners of DSIR &CSIR.

In view of the above-mentioned fact OM F-20016/04/2016. E.III Department of Commerce E. Section Dtd
23/25 May 201 7 is discriminatory and thus Bharat Pensioners Samaj request you to kindly review the said OM so that the Pensioners/Family Pensioners of Autonomous (Statutory) Bodies of the Department of Commerce of the Ministry under your kind control are not discriminated against.

Thanking you in anticipation

With warm regards

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
Er. S.C. Maheshwari
Source: Bharat Pensioner Samaj Blog

Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members.

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14-Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi-l 10066

No: WSU/39(1)2017/Housing Scheme/4106

Date: 24.05.2017

To
All Addl. CPFC (HQ/ Zone),
Regional P.F. Commissioners-incharge of
Regional Offices.

Sub: Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members.

Ref: HO circular dated of even numbers dated 21.04.2017, 02.05.2017 & 19.05.2017

Sir,

Please refer to the above said subject.

There are a number of State Housing Boards or other authorities owned by the Government which construct and sell houses. In certain cases their houses remain unsold. Considering this, it is advised that RPFCs-incharge of ROs should contact all such Housing Board/authorities in their jurisdiction and persuade them for allotment of such unsold houses directly to the PF Workers’ Cooperative Societies but EPFO shall not recommend or be associated in the agreement with any particular housing agency/housing society. RPFCs should also discuss the issue with PF Workers’ Union and employers of establishments for formation of cooperative societies so that the concerned society may also negotiate with such Housing Board/ authorities.
Accordingly, it is advised that provisions of paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 be given due focus and publicity by all such possible means in the interest of the workers.
Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(K.L. Taneja)
Addl. Central P.F. Commission (Housing)

Source: epfindia.gov.in

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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7th Pay Commission: PM Modi wants employees to get higher allowances, arrears soon

 The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will personally intervene to look into the issue of arrears and allowances as per the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission. The PM would wait for the suggestions made by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries

 Modi won't let down employees

 For the 52 lakh central government employees, they see a last hope in Modi. They say that he is particular about good governance and for that the employees need to be happy. If their demands on higher allowances and arrears are not met soon, then the employees would be unhappy and this could affect governance. Sources tell OneIndia that the PM himself will take an interest in the matter and will have the issue resolved soon.

 Modi wants no delay 

The PM is currently busy with several engagements. He however would spend time on the issues being faced by the employees, sources also say. He would wait for the report of the E-CoS. Following this the same would be placed before the Union Cabinet. Modi himself would take a call on the matter. The source also added that the government is of the view that even if handing out higher allowances and arrears will put some pressure on the exchequer, it would still be worth it. Modi has communicated several times to the Finance Ministry that he does not want to see the central government employees unhappy.

 Lavasa recommendations favourable 

The Ashok Lavasa committee constituted last year to study the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances, submitted its report on April 28 this year. In his report he is said have to given a favourable recommendation for the central government employees. Currently the issue being looked into by the E-CoS.

 Last hope is Modi 

Even the National Joint Council of Action, a joint body of Union of Central Government employees feel that Modi is the last hope. They are confident that he will not let them down. Shiv Gopal Mishra, the NJCA chief said, "We will approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi if our demands on higher allowances are not met. He too is of the opinion that Modi would not let the central government employees down at any cost.

What Finance Ministry said 

The Finance Ministry in a statement said, "Modifications have been suggested in some allowances which are applicable universally to all central government employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories such as railwaymen, scientists, defence forces personnel, postal employees, doctors, nurses and many more".

The 7th Pay Commission examined 196 existing allowances after which it recommended the abolition of 51 and subsuming of 37 other allowances with the existing ones.

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-pm-modi-wants-employees-get-higher-allowances-arrears-soon/articlecontent-pf27774-2446509.html
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REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL CLAIMS TO PENSIONERS UNDER CS (MA) RULES, 1944 AS DIRECTED BY VARIOUS CATS/COURTS - REGARDING.

No. 5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:-Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts - Regarding.

            The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2.         It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a)         Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:

1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.

2). Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout of CGHS and avail any other medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non -CGHS areas:

1). They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month

2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS “city after“making the required subscription.

3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3.         In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4.         further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA


Source: http://cghs.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=4663

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7th Pay Commission: Lavasa committee takes positive view on allowances, HRA

The meeting on allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission will be held on June between the Empowered Committee of Secretarites (E-CoS) and Arun Jaitley. With central government employees waiting for a key update on allowances, sources say that the Ashok Lavasa committee has taken a favourable view on sticking points such as House Rent Allowance and other allowances.

The central government employees have been complaining about an inordinate delay on an announcement regarding allowances. However government sources say that the process would speed up following the meeting with Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on June.

The Ashok Lavasa committee has taken a favourable view on sticking points such as House Rent Allowance. The 7th Pay Commission had given its recommendation of reducing the HRA for Central Government employees, depending upon the type of cities they live in. For those living in metro cities, the Pay Panel suggested bringing down the HRA from 30 per cent to 24 per cent. it also suggested reducing the HRA for Central Government employees living in villages.

Most demands will be accepted

During a meeting of the National Joint Council Chief Shiv Gopal Mishra and the Cabinet Secretary it was informed that the demands would be reviewed. Mishra was informed that all the demands would be reviewed. An assurance that all the demands would be accepted was also made.

On arrears

 The NJCA has raised doubts on whether the demands on arrears on higher allowances will be accepted by the government. There would be further discussions on this. Sources indicate that the central government employees may have to wait a few weeks more for a proper update on the same.

Anguish, grief and frustration

After the meeting the Cabinet Secretary, P K Sinha assured that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will go through the Ashok Lavasa report. The NJCA chief also gave a letter on inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Ashok Lavasa-led Committee on
allowances.

The NJCA chief and several other expressed their anguish over various pending demands such as minimum wages and revision of fitment formula. The Committee on Allowance headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had submitted its review report to Arun Jaitley last month.

What next on 7th Pay Commission allowances

Anguish, grief and frustration
The 7th Pay Commission was constituted in 2014 and it was implemented in June 2016. The Cabinet Secretary has said that he has fixed June 1, 2017, for the perusal of the report of the Allowances Committee by the ECoS. Soon after a memorandum will be sent to the Cabinet for consideration. After the Ashok Lavasa committee submitted its report on an allowance, the ECoS is expected to hold a discussion to look into the demands on arrears and allowances and a demand of increase in minimum wage.

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-lavasa-committee-takes-positive-view-on-hra-2445421.html

Friday, May 26, 2017

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7th Pay Commission update: Central government employees clueless about allowance recommendations

The central government employees are truly unaware about the allowances they will get - they do not know when will the reformed structure for allowances will finally be implemented, or what reforms have been made in structure in the first place.

A letter submitted by National Council (Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees to Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha reflected that the central government employees have not been told about the recommendations by Lavasa Committee about allowance reforms under the 7th pay commission.

"The Committee on Allowances took longer time while finalizing its recommendations, but it is a matter of deep regret that, even after submission of the report by the said committee, the same has not been made available to the Staff Side (JCM), therefore, we do not know what recommendations have been made by the said committee," stated the letter undersigned by secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra.

"Staff Side (JCM), therefore, requests that the recommendations of the Allowances Committee should be made available to the Staff Side (JCM). Moreover, it would be highly appreciated that, the Allowances should be implemented without any further delay, and the date of the implementation should be w.e.f. 01.01.2016," the letter further read.

The 7th pay commission had recommended that 52 allowances out of a total of 196 should be abolished completely and 36 allowances should be merged with existing ones instead of being treated with separate identities. The Lavasa Committee was formed to look into these changes regarding allowances and to address the representations sent in by various staff associations and ministries.

Now, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will go through the review report by Ashok Lavasa-led Committee of Allowances on or before June 1 and will let their findings be known by the same date, according to reports. It will then be consolidated and sent to the Cabinet for final approval.

The recommendations include several issues of conflicts between the government and staff, like House Rent Allowance, arrears on delayed allowances and increase in basic pay. The Lavasa Committee has made suggestions for the central government employees on matter like HRA, TA, DA and such. Here's a look:

House Rent Allowance (HRA)

The 7th pay commission has suggested that HRO should be reduced for central government employees irrespective of their place of deployment. For employees living in metros, the 7th CPC has recommended their HRA be reduced to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of basic pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively against the outgoing rates of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

The Lavasa Committee has suggested the rates be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA is more than 50 per cent, and revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when it is more than 100 per cent.

Arrears on revised allowances

The recommendations made by the 7th CPC regarding salaries and pensions have been approved by the Cabinet in June last year, but those about allowances have been put on hold considering the radical changes suggested. Employees and pensioners are getting paychecks and pensions according to the new pay scale. That is not the case with allowances, though, which are being paid on old rates.

Central government employees have demanded that the changes regarding allowances should be put into effect from January 1, 2016 and relevant arrears be paid against the allowances.

Hike in basic pay

The central government employees were disappointed with the marginal pay hike in their salaries and pensions. They have been depending on the recommendations by the Committee of Allowances to bump up the pay scale for their benefit.

Read at:http://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/7th-pay-commission-update--central-government-employees-clueless-about-allowance-recommendations/story/253033.html
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Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – bunching of stages in the revised pay structure-DoPT

No.20011/1/2016-AIS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 25th May, 2017

To,
The Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs
The Joint Secretaries (Admn.) of all Ministries/Departments.

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – bunching of stages in the revised pay structure-reg.

Sir,

I am directed to say that after revision of pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2016, the pay of a member of Service drawing pay at two or more stages in pre-revised Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale and gets fixed at same Cell in the applicable Level in the new Pay Matrix, one additional increment shall be given for every two stages bunched and the pay of member of Service drawing higher pay in pre-revised structure shall be fixed at the next vertical Cell in the applicable Level as per the Proviso (a) to Rule 4 (A) of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016

2. However, this Department has been receiving queries from various Ministries/Departments/State Governments for fixation of pay in respect of members of Service whose pay gets fixed at the same Cell,in the applicable Level in the new Pay Matrix. The matter was clarified vide OM No.13021/1/2016-AIS-I (Pt.2) dated the 10th October, 2016 (copy enclosed). It is once again clarified that as per Rule 4 (A)(ii) of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016, in cases of fixation of pay of IAS officers drawing pay at two or more stages in the pre-revised Pay Band and Grade Pay gets fixed at the same Cell in the applicable Level of the Pay Matrix, one additional increment may be given for every two stages bunched so that the pay of the member of Service drawing higher pay in the pre-revised structure is fixed at the next vertical Cell in the applicable Level.

Illustration:

If two members of Service drawing pay of Rs.53000 and Rs.54590 in the GP 10000 are to be fitted in the new pay matrix, the member of Service drawing pay of Rs.53000 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs.1,36,210 and the member of Service drawing pay of Rs.54590 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs. 1,40,296. Revised pay of both should ideally be fixed in the first cell of level 14 in the pay of Rs. 1,44,200 but to avoid bunching the member of Services drawing pay of Rs.54590 will get fixed second cell of level 14 in the pay of Rs.1,48,500.

2. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

Yours faithfully,

(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/20011_1_2016-AIS-II-25052017.pdf
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INTENSIFY STRUGGLE AGAINST NPS-CONFEDERATION NEWS


CIRCULAR DATED 24.05.2017

INTENSIFY STRUGGLE AGAINST NPS
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
AND
ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
JOINTLY ORGANIZE
NATIONAL CONVENTION ON NPS
ON 10th June 2017 Saturday


Time – 2 PM to 6 PM

Venue:   MPCU SHAH AUDITORIUM, CLUB ROAD, LUDLOW CASTLE, CIVIL LINES, DELHI – 110054 (Near Civil Lines Metro Station)


About 1000 delegates from all affiliates/states will participate.

As per the decision of the joint meeting of Confederation and AISGEF, it is decided to organize a National Convention on NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) at New Delhi on 10th June 2017 at MPCU Shah Auditorium from 2 PM to 6 PM. The main intention of the National Convention is to intensify the struggle against the NPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) and also against large scale outsourcing of Government functions. Eventhough initially the convention is organized by Confederation and AISGEF only, many other like-minded organisations in many public sector undertakings like Banks, Insurance, BSNL, Pensioners organisations etc. shall join the struggle in future and efforts are on to make it a bigger platform and biggest movement against the NPS and outsourcing which are imposed as a part of policy offensives of those Governments implementing neo-liberal reforms.


Out of 1000 delegates AISGEF will mobilise 650 and Confederation 350. All affiliates organisations and C-O-Cs of Confederation shall mobilise delegates from all states. Major organisations shall mobilise maximum (NFPE – 100, ITEF-50, Audit-20, Civil Accounts-20, Atomic Energy-10, Ground Water Board-20, others – 5 each, C-O-Cs-Delhi – 50 others – 5 each). Please start the mobilization and campaigning now onwards to ensure participation of delegates as per the above quota from all organisation and also from all states.


Detailed future course of programme of action will be announced in the Resolution to be adopted in the National Convention. As almost 40 to 50% of the Central an State Government employees comes under the purview of NPS, efforts may be made to reach out to all those younger generation employees and to ensure their full participation in the struggle programmes to be announced by the National Convention.

NEXT PHASE OF STRUGGLE PROGRAMME ON 21 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION
HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS
IN FRONT OF ALL MAJOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT ALL IMPORTANT CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY


(During lunch hour or any convenient time to be decided locally)
ON 22nd JUNE 2017, THURSDAY

As already reported the entire Central Government employees and pensioners are very much aggrieved and agitated over the totally indifferent and negative attitude of the NDA Government against their genuine and legitimate demands. Their anger and protest was visible in the 16th March 2017 one day strike and also in the mass dharna organized in front of Finance Minister’s office and other state/District Centres on 23.05.2017. As the dominant organisations in the NJCA and also JCM National Council Staff Side are not ready for reviving the deferred indefinite strike, the entire employees and pensioners including Autonomous body employees and Pensioners are looking at Confederation as the only organisation of hope which is sincere to their cause.


As the next phase of our agitation, Confederation National Secretariat has decided to organize HUMAN CHAIN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS ON 22.06.2017, Thursday, in front of all major Central Government offices at all major Centres. The time can be either lunch hour on any other convenient time fixed locally. Leaders of all fraternal organisations who are supporting our cause may also be invited to be a part of the human chain.

Maximum participation of employees and pensioners may be ensured in the programme. The draft pledge (Oath) to be taken by the participants of the human chain (which may be announced by one leader through sound amplifier and repeated by all participants) will be exhibited in the Confederation website shortly. The same may be translated to local language and printed copies distributed to all participants of the human chain. Big and long banners are to be exhibited in front of the human chain with name of Confederation and demands prominently written on it. If possible a meeting of all participants may be arranged after the pledge (after the human chain) and leaders may address such meetings. Maximum publicity should be given through print and electronic media and also social media.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob &Whatsapp – 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Implementation of Revision of Pension of Pre 1.1.2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners-CPAO

DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI – 110066

CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision (7th CPC)/19.Vol-III/2016-17/37

Dated:25/05/2017

Office Memorandum

Implementation of Revision of Pension of Pre 1.1.2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners in pursuance to DP&PW OM 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 12th May 2017 and Ministry Of Finance (Deptt.Of Expenditure) OM No.1(13)/EV/2017 dated 23rd May, 2017.

1. Reference is invited to DP&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12-05-2017 regarding revision of pension of Pre-2016 retirees under 7th CPC. As per Para 4 of this OM, it has been decided that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central Civil Pensioners/Family Pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired/died prior to 01.01.2016, may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formula e approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time shall be strictly followed. 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per the first Formulation. In the case of family pensioners who were entitled to family pension at enhanced rate, the revised family pension shall be 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 and shall be payable till the period up to which family pension at enhanced rate is admissible as per rules.

2. As per Para 18 of this OM, the Pension Sanctioning Authority would impress upon the concerned Head of Office [HOO) for fixation of pay on notional basis and issue revised authority at the earliest. The revised authority will be issued under the existing PPO number and would travel to the Pension Disbursing Authority through the same channel through which the original PPO had travelled.

3. Reference is also invited to Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) OM No.1(13)/EV /2017 dated 23-May,2017 mentioning procedural points of action to be taken by concerned agencies including Pension Accounting Authorities & PAOs.

4. To facilitate early revision of pension and monitoring timely progress in this regard as required by aforesaid OM, course of actions are brought out below:

i.List of all the live cases available in CPAO along with details of last pay [wherever available] due for pension revision under 7th CPC will be provided to the Pay and Account 0fficers (PAOsJ in their logins under CPAO website www.cpao.nic.in by 31st May, 2017 to provide the details to concerned Head of Offices within 3 days and coordinate with them for getting the revised pension cases at the earliest. PAOs/HOOs may also check their records to verify actual number ofcases.

ii.In the meanwhile, since all the service records/details of the pensioners are available with the respective HOOs from where they retired/died, HOOs are required to check their records and start revising the pension in terms of Para 4 of the aforementioned OM of the DP&PW forrhwith. Pr. CCAs/CCAs /CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs may monitor number of such cases received at PAOs and submit a report to CPAO by 31st May,2017.

iii. For the expeditious revisions of these pension cases, CPAO has developed an e-revision utility which has facility of sending online revision authorities from PAOs to CPAO under the digital signatures of PAOs. PAOs are required to revise pension cases through e-revision utility. Since under this utility, revision authorities would be sent under the digital signatures, pension processing PAOs are urgently required to arrange digital signatures and their registration on PFMs, if not done so far. In unavoidable circumstances to avoid delay, PAOs may process the pension cases manually as hitherto and send the paper based revision authorities to CPAO in the format given at Annexure.

iv. The list as mentioned at (i) above will also be provided under the logins/dashboard of chief controller of accounts and joint secretary (Admn)/Adma in charge of the Ministries/Departments on CPAO website. Joint Secretary (Admn)/Admn in charge may also distribute the list of pension cases to the HOOs falling under their administrative control and monitor the progress of Pension revisions at HOOs level. similarly, Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs may keep a watch on the progress of the revision of cases received from HOOs to PAOs.

v. To facilitate effective monitoring of progress of revision at each level i.e. CCA/JS(Admn)/PAO, relevant progress reports would be available on CPAO website under logins/dashboards of respective authorities. On the basis of these reports, periodical review meetings may be held at the Ministry/Deptt./Organization level.

vi. In those cases, where 2.57 multiplication method of pension fixation is beneficial under DP&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii) dated 4/08/2016, revised pension authority under 2.57 multiplication methods will also require to be issued by HOOs/PAOs for updation of records at CPAO & Banks as well as for information of pensioners by CPAO. However, HOOs/PAOs while revising the pension may prioritize the cases which are beneficial to the pensioners under pay fixation method. To cover large number of cases, in less time Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs & JS(Admn) of Ministries/Deptts./Organization may identify the cases where revisions may be effected easily without involving multiple steps e.g.revisions of pension of those pensioners who retired/died during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.12.2015 and whose pension is already fixed under 6th CPC.

vii. Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs may nominate a Nodal Person/Key Resource Person (KRP) to coordinate with CPAO regarding any issues related with pension revisions and use of e-Revision utility. In case of any difficulty in the use of e-Revision utility Sh.Davinder Kumar, Technical Director, NIC, CPAO may be contacted on Telephone No.011-26715338 and email-kumardavinder@nic.in. If required, officials of Ministries/Departments/PAOs may also visit CPAO on every Wednesday to resolve their issues related with pension revisions.

In view of the above, Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs are requested to follow the above guidelines and issue necessary instructions to their PAOs for early revision of Pre-2016 pension cases under 7th CPC. They are further requested to Coordinate with their JS(Admn)/Admn in charge/HODs for timely submission of revised pension cases by the HOOs to PAOs and monitor the progress in this regard.

This issues with the approval of controller General of Accounts.

(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts

Source:http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_IT_Tech_Rev_7thCPPC_19.vol-III_2016-17_37.pdf
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Extension of 7th CPC benefits and grant of Dearness Relief to Pensioners of Autonomous/Statutory bodies under Administrative Control of Department of Commerce

F.No. F-20016/04/2016-E-111
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Department of Commerce
E.III Section

Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi-110107
Dated: 23rd / 25th May, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Extension of 7th CPC benefits and grant of Dearness Relief to Pensioners of Autonomous/Statutory bodies under Administrative Control of Department of Commerce.

The undersigned is directed to refer to e-mail dated 14th May, 2017 (copy enclosed) received from Pensioners’ Associations of Statutory/Autonomous Bodies of Central Government on the above subject and to say that the 7th CPC orders issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare are not applicable to the pensioners of Autonomous/Statutory bodies.

2. The concerned administrative Divisions dealing with Autonomous/Statutory bodies under Department of Commerce are, therefore, requested to take necessary action accordingly.

(Amitabh Dwivedi)
Deputy Secretary

Source  : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers-Confederation


confederation
Ref: Confdn/Genl/2016-19

Dated – 25.05.2017

To,

The Secretary
Department of Personnel & Training
Government of India
North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

Sub:- Revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual Labourers – reg.

The minimum wage payable to Temporary Status Casual labourers is revised, every time when the minimum pay of Central Government employees is revised. Eventhough the notification revising the minimum pay of Central Government employees with effect from 01.01.2016 was issued by Government on 25.07.2016, the minimum wage of Temporary status Casual labourer is not yet revised. Pending revision, they are being now paid the minimum wage as per the 6th CPC wage revision.

It is requested that necessary action may be taken for revision of minimum wage payable to Temporary status Casual labourers working in various Central Government department.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General &
Standing Committee Member
National Council JCM

Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in
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EMPANELLED HOSPITAL CLAIMS : OPHTHALMIC PROCEDURES-ECHS

Central Organisation,ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated Headquarters
Ministry Of Defence(army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt – 110010

B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy
18th May 2017

UTI-ITSL
15533/1, Above Farico Show Room
1st Floor, Old Madras Road
Halasuru, Bangalore,
Karnataka – 560008

EMPANELLED HOSPITAL CLAIMS : OPHTHALMIC PROCEDURES

1. It has been noted with concern while scrutinizing claims of an Eye Centre that ECHS had been billed more than the hospital rates. It was also observed that for ocular investigations the hospital was billing ECHS at twice the CGHS rates (stating that the CGHS rates are for one eye). It has been clarified the CGHS rates for Ophthalmology investigations are for both eyes unless specified”.


2. As per provisions of MoA and para 4(b)(x) of Gol MoD letter NO.24(8)/03/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 19 Dec 2003, the hospital cannot bill ECHS more than the hospital rates. It should be ensured by Regional Centre’s that the rate list of the hospital is taken whenever MoA is being renewed. The rate list attached with MoA should not have a rate more than CGHS rate/Hospital rate. wherever the hospital rate is below CGHS rate it should be reflected with an asterisk (*) on the rate list attached with MoA.

3. BPA to check the claims of such hospital (including settled claims) which have not been processed correctly and the excess amount paid post implementation of CGHS 2014 rates if any would be recoered from the pending claims of the hospitals.

4. The RCs are directed to ensure no additional charges/extra charges than CGHS/ECHS or actuals whichever is less to be paid to the hospital. It is also requested RCs to accordingly review the pending claims (i.e not settled claims) of the hospitals not restricted to ophthalmic claims and those with observations be returned to BPA for correct processing.

5. Please ack.

Sd/-
(IVS Gahlot)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD ECHS

Source:http://echs.gov.in/images/pdf/med/med163.pdf
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Pay anomaly in the Supervisory Cadre of Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways-NC JCM LETTER

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: May 24, 2017

The Jt. Secretary(Pers.),
Department of Expenditure,
Room No.39-A, North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Madam,

Sub: Pay anomaly in the Supervisory Cadre of Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways, and pay disparity with other Supervisory Cadres of the Central Government Services

While deposing before the 7th CPC, this Federation brought to the notice of the Commission that,subsequent to the acceptance of the VI CPC recommendations a peculiar anomaly arosewhere a junior drawing higher Grade Pay than the senior in the cadre of Section Officer(Accounts). The Committee of the 7th Pay commission observed that the above anomalous situation purely arose on circumstantial grounds and needs to be rectified. Thus in its report, the Commission found merit in the above contention and recommended that Seniors must be given the benefit of stepping up and further in line with their recommendations for Organized Accounts Cadres, it further recommended that“Section Officer (Accounts) Railways in GP Rs.4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ service, to the existing GP Rs.5400(PB-2), viz., Level 9 in the Pay Matrix, on non-functional basis.(Ref.: Para No.11.40.83 of 7th CPC).

The 7th Central Pay Commission acknowledged that the skill sets of the Organized Accounts Cadres are fairly higher and the organized accounts cadres have to compulsorily pass various stringent examinations for promotions. Moreover, Sr. Section Officers(A/Cs) had been assigned complete parity with Section Officers(S.O.) of the Central Secretariat Service(CSS) and they had been granted the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500(S-12) w.e.f. 01.01.1996 in accordance with 6th CPC. Further, it was also noted that parity between Organized Accounts Cadres and the cadre of Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting non-functional upgradation to GP Rs.5400(PB-3) after four years of service to Section Officers of CSS only. The Commission also noted that, non-functional up-gradation from GP Rs.4800 to GP Rs.5400(PB-3), on completion of four years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the Government of India in 2008. The Commission also found no reason and justification to deprive this benefit of upgradation to GP Rs.5400 to the Officers of the Organized Accounts Cadres who are in GP Rs.4800.

“Thus, the Pay Commission recommended that, all officers in the Organized Accounts Cadres (in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organization, Railways, Post and Telecommunications), who are in GP Rs.4800, should be upgraded, on completion of four years’ service to GP Rs.5400(PB-2), viz. pay level 9, in the pay matrix”. (Ref. Para 11.12.140 of 7th CPC).

To utter dismay, the Government of India, while accepting the recommendations of the Pay Commission on upgrading of posts, left out the Ministry of Defence and Railways for non-functional upgradation to GP Rs.5400(PB-3) after four years of service for the categories of AAOs(Finance Division of Defence, Ministry of Defence) and Senior Section Officer(Accounts), Senior Travelling Inspector(Accounts) and Senior Inspector(Store Accounts), Ministry of Railways, with the remarks that, “it will be examined by DOPT for taking a comprehensive view in the matter”. The DoP&T took almost nine months and transferred the issue on 7th April, 2017 to the Ministry of Finance(Expenditure). In other words, benefit of upgradation to GP Rs.5400 after completion of four years of service has been granted to all other Organized Accounts Cadres of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organization and Post and Telecommunications.

The Ministry of Defence in their recent ID Note No.369/C/2017 dated 23.03.2017 also recommended that, “above benefit be extended to the Assistant Accounts Officer(AAO) of Defence Accounts Department”. On the other hand, DoP&T, in their communication ID Note No.1198678/16-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 02.02.2017 to the Executive Director, Pay Commission-III, Ministry of Railways, advised the Ministry of Railways to consult Department of Expenditure since revision of pay scales comes under the administrative domain of the Department of Expenditure in terms of Government of India(Allocation of Business) Rules. It shows the indifferent approach of government of India towards Railway Accounts Employee.

This issue has been elaborated and explained in the tabulated format at Annexure `A’.

The Supervisory Cadre of the Accounts Department of the Railways is also entrusted with the responsibilities of presenting the Railway Accounts on widely accepted of accrual based Accounting in addition to presenting the Government Accounts as per requirements laid down in the Constitution of India, as announced by Hon’able Minister of Railway, Shri Suresh Prabhu, in his budget speech.

It would be highly appreciated, if the benefit of grant of GP Rs.5400 is extended to Supervisory Cadre of the Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways, on completion of four years of service in GP Rs.4800, who are the only left in this case. This will also end pay disparity between the Organized Accounts Cadres of the Government of India.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.

Comradely Yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com
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Regarding allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status.

No. 01-07/2016-SPB-1
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001.

Dated: 22 May, 2017

To,

1. All CPMsG
2. All PMsG
3. Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National postal Academy, Ghaziabad
4. All Directors, PTC
5. All Directors, Postal Accounts
6. Controller, Foreign Mails, Mumbai
7. Heads of all other Administrative Offices.

Subject: Regarding allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status.

Sir,

Reference is invited to Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I of even No. dated 12.09.2016 vide which clarifications in respect of Casual Labourers with temporary status were issued. The Directorate has received references from Postal Circles seeking clarification as to whether GPF account numbers should be allotted to Temporary Status Casual Labourers covered under the Scheme formulated vide Directorate’s letter No. 45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991.

2. In this regard, it is clarified that Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 restores the provisions of the scheme as it existed prior to this Department’s letter no. 45-6/2005-SPB-I dated 02.09.2005. Since, the benefit of GPF was available to temporary status Casual Labourers prior to 02.09.2005, GPF account numbers may be allotted to such Casual Labourers for the purpose of contribution in GPF including those Temporary Status Casual Labourers who have not been regularized as yet. In this context, provisions of abovesaid letter, dated 12.09.2016 may also be taken into consideration.

Yours faithfully,

(Satya Narayana Dash)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Order copy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts

No. 5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:-Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts - Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2. It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a) Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:
1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.

2). Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout cf CGHS and avail anyother medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non -CGHS areas:

1). They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month

2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS “city after“ making the required subscription.

3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3. In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4. further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA

Source: http://cghs.gov.in/showfile.php?lid=4663

Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-

No. 4-3/2017-Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Pension Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001
23rd May, 2017

To

All Head(s) of Circles
All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (P)
APS Headquarter
Head of PLI and BD Directorate
Director, Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad
All Directors of Postal Training Centres

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc-reg.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to say that based on the decisions of the Government, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has issued O.Ivl. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 for fixation of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners to the higher of the two formulations. A copy of the OM. is circulated herewith for information and necessary action.

2. The pension/family pension of all pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners shall be revised in line with instructions contained in the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.05.2017. The higher of the two formulation i.e. (i) the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with DoP&PW O.M. dated 4.8.2016 or (ii) the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.5.2017, shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f 1.1.2016. It shall be the responsibilities of the Head of Department and concerned Director of Accounts (Postal) to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f 1.1.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority.

3. As envisaged in the DoP&PW O.M., the Pension sanctioning Authority (PSA) would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest. The information can be obtained in Proforma A. Based on notional pay so fixed, the revision proposal will be sent by Pension Sanctioning Authority to concerned DA (P) to apply necessary checks and issue revised authority under the existing PPO number. To facilitate fixation of notional pay, DA (P) will provide copy of PPO/pension papers to concerned PSA immediately on requisition. All PSAs will maintain records of processing cases of retirees year-wise in Proforma 8. DA (P) will maintain data of proposal received and authority issued in software as has been done in case of 6th CPC revision of PPOs.

4. Since there will be large number of cases for revision, concerted efforts of all authorities will be required to accomplish the task. It is requested to take immediate action for revision of pension/family pension at the earliest.

This issues with approval of Secretary (Posts).

Yours faithfully,
Encl: As above
(Smriti Sharan)/
Dv. Director General (Estt.)

Source:http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=2376

Amendments in the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – DoPT

No.F.14021/3/2016-AIS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi,
Dated :19/22.05.2017

(i)The Chief Secretaries of All States/UTs
(ii) JS(P), Ministry of Home Affairs North Block, New Delhi
(iii) JS(IFS), Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

Subject: Amendments in the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – reg.

Sir/Madam,

The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated the 16th May, 2017 has made certain changes in the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The following changes are relevant for All India Service officers:

(i) The Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 13 of Civil Pay Matrix shall be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. Accordingly, the Civil Pay Matrix as contained in Schedule-III of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 08.09.2016, IPS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated the 23.09.2016 and IFS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 28.09.2016 shall be revised as at Appendix-I (copy enclosed)

(ii) The provision contained in Rule 7 of the aforesaid Rules shall be revised to the extent that the benefit of pay protection in the form of personal pay of officers posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme, as envisaged therein, shall be given effect from 1st January, 2016 instead of 25th July, 2016. Further, this benefit shall also be extended to officers from Services under Central Staffing Scheme, coming on deputation to Central Government, on posts not covered under Central Staffing Scheme.

Accordingly, the Rule 7 of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 08.09.2016, IPS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated the 23.09.2016 and IFS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 28.09.2016 shall be revised as under:

7. Pay protection to officers on Central deputation. –

“If the pay of the AIS officers posted on deputation to the Central Government, is fixed in the revised pay structure, either under these rules or as per the instructions regulating such fixation of pay on the post to which they are appointed on deputation, and happens to be lower than the pay they would have been entitled to had they been in their parent cadre and would have drawn that pay but for the Central deputation, such difference in the pay shall be protected in the form of Personal Pay with effect from the 1st January, 2016”.

2. The State Government is requested to furnish their comments on the proposed amendments immediately and positively by 26th May, 2017. If no reply is received by this time, it would be presumed that the State Government concurs with the said amendments.

3. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/14021_1_2016-AIS-I-22052017.pdf
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Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.— reg.

No.14021/4/2016-AIS(II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, the 19th May, 2017

To,

The Chief Secretaries of
All States/Union Territories.

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.— reg.

To,

The Chief Secretaries of
All States/Union Territories.

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.— reg.

Sir,

I am directed to say that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare by its OM No. 38/37/2016- P&PW(A) dated 12th May, 2017 (copy enclosed) has issued the necessary detailed order on the above mentioned subject.

2. The applicability of the provisions of the aforesaid Office Memorandum of the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare to the members of All India Services has been considered and it has been decided that the provisions contained in the aforesaid Office Memorandum issued by the Department of Pension & Pensioners shall be equally applicable Mutatis-Mutandis to members of All India Service governed by the All India Service (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958.

Encl : as above.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Kavitha Padmanabhan)
Deputy Secretary (Services)

Source: http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/14021_4_2016-AIS-I-19052017.pdf

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Government Working towards Developing Indigenous Defence Manufacturing Capability

The Government is working towards progressively reducing dependency on foreign manufacturers and developing the defence capabilities indigenously. This was informed by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre while addressing a seminar, jointly organised by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today.

Dr Bhamre further said, “We have included a new procurement category called the Buy Indian – IDDM (Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured) category in the DPP [Defence Procurement Procedure]. This would be the most preferred category for procurement and it is expected to promote indigenously designed products and bring significant investment in defence R&D.”

Speaking of partnership with defence industry, Dr Bhamre informed that “The Government of India has been working on formulating a ‘Strategic Partnership’ model for creating capacity in the private industry on a long term basis.” The Government had constituted a task force with experts from various fields to recommend criteria and prescribe methodology for selection of Strategic Partners. The report submitted by the task force has been examined at length and Government shall be issuing the policy for selection of strategic partners shortly.

Alleviating concerns of the industry, the Minister said, the exchange rate variation protection has been made applicable for the Indian private sector at par with public sector undertakings for all categories of capital acquisitions. The preferential treatment given to DPSUs in excise duty/custom duty has been discontinued, as per the revised policy; all Indian industries (public and private) are subject to the same kind of exercise and custom duty levies. This would ensure a level playing field between the private and public sector. Another step that the Government has taken is to remove the custom duty exemption on import of defence equipment to encourage ‘Make in India’.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, while giving keynote address, said, “The modernisation plan of the IAF is being pursued with an aim to give impetus to ‘Make in India’ and to beef up the defence manufacturing base. We in IAF are keen to see that ‘Make in India’ initiative gets converted to a reality.”

Speaking about self-reliance the Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said, a high degree of indigenisation has been achieved in the field of radars and all the radars planned for induction in future are from Indian firms. The IAF is completely self-reliant in the field of software applications and a number of projects are functioning successfully on software developed by Indian firms.

The CII National Defence Committee member, Shri Pratyush Kumar also addressed the gathering. Senior officials of Ministry of Defence and the IAF were present at the seminar.

NW/DK/Rajib
(Release ID :162053)

Monday, May 22, 2017

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Grant of Disability Element to Armed Forces Personnel

No. 16(05)/2008/D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi-110011 
Dated 19th May 2017
To,
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject: Grant of Disability Element to Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability attributable to or aggravated by Military Service and subsequently proceeded on premature/ voluntary retirement prior to 01.01.2006.

Sir,
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's letter No. 16(5)/2008/ D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th September 2009 wherein disability element/ war injury element have been allowed to such Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability and retired/ discharged voluntary or otherwise in addition to retiring/ service pension or retiring/ service gratuity, subject to condition that their disability was accepted as attributable to or aggravated by military service and had foregone lump sum compensation in lieu of that disability.

2. In terms of Para- 3 of the above referred letter the provisions stated above are applicable to the Armed Forces Personnel who were retired/ discharged from service on or after 01.01.2006. Armed Force Tribunal (Principal Branch) New Delhi in CA No. 336 of 2011 vide their order dated 07.02.2012 have struck down Para-3 of this Ministry's above letter.

3. The issue of extension of above benefit to the Pre-2006 retired/ discharged Armed Forces Personnel, who were retained in service despite disability attributable to or aggravated by military service, was under active consideration of Government. Now, the President is pleased to decide that all Pre- 2006 Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability and retired voluntarily or otherwise will be allowed disability element/war injury element in addition to retiring/ service pension or retiring/ service gratuity, subject to the condition that their disability was accepted as attributable to or aggravated by military service and had foregone lump sum compensation in lieu of that disability. Further, concerned Armed Forces Personnel should still be suffering from the same disability which should be assessed at 20% or more on the date of effect of this letter.

4. Implementation of these orders is expected to be arduous and challenging. Documents like Medical Board proceedings, retention of the personnel in service despite disability, option of individual foregoing lump sum compensation and non-payment of lump sum compensation would be required in all cases which may not be available at the end of Pay Accounting Authorities/ Record offices and Pension sanctioning authorities readily. In such cases, pensioners/ family pensioners may be asked to produce the copies of relevant documents to the Executive authorities in support of their claims.

5. The claim for grant of disability element/ war injury element in affected cases will be submitted to the PSA concerned by PCDA(O) Pune/ NPO/ AFCAO/ Record office along-with copy of medical board/ fresh medical board proceedings showing extent of disability applicable as on date of effect of this letter in respect of Commissioned officers/ JCOs/ ORs. It will be responsibility of PCDA(O) Pune/ NPO/ AFCAO and Record office to confirm payment/ non-payment of lump sum-compensation in lieu of disability element to Commissioned officers and JCOs/ ORs. A sanction showing extent of disability and its attributability/ aggravation due to Military service in terms of MOD letter No. 4684/DIR(PEN)/ 2001 dated 14.08.2001 would be issued by the Service HQrs in case of Commissioned Officers and sanction would be issued by ON C Record office in case of JCOs/ ORs.

6. The corrigendum PPOs granting disability element/ war injury element in all affected cases will be issued by respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities.

7. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2006.

8. Pension Regulation of all the three services will be amended in due course.

9. This Issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry their letter I.D. No 10(3)2012/FlN/PEN dated 19th May 2017.

10. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/default/files/element_2.pdf

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Central government employees pay hike: Here's what you should know about revised structure under 7th Pay Commission

Earlier in May, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its go ahead for modifications in the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission (7th CPC) over method of pension revision of pre-2016  pensioners  and  family  pensioners.

The benefit of the proposed modifications would be available with effect from 1st January, 2016.  It  will  benefit  over  55  lakh  pre-2016  civil  and defence pensioners and family pensioners. However, with the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs 1,76,071 crore.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations.

Pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a multiplication factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations according to the 7th CPC recommendations.

In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners,Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner.

Disability Pension for defence pensioners

The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.
     
The decision will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entail an additional expenditure of approximately Rs 130 crore per annum.

Meanwhile, central government employees would have to wait for yet another week to receive any update on the revised allowance structure as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) is expected to convene next week to ponder on the recommendations before being presented before the Union Cabinet for their nod.

The 7th pay commission had proposed a total of 196 allowances; a Committee of Allowances was formed under the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to screen them.

On April 24 this year, the Committee submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, recommending that 52 allowances suggested by the pay commission be entirely scraped and 36 of them be incorporated with other allowances instead of dealing with them separately.

Read at:http://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/central-government-employees-pay-hike-heres-what-you-should-know-about-revised-structure-under-7th-pay-commission/story/252535.html

7th CPC Revised Civilian Pay Matrix: Gazette Notification dated 16.05.2017

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Expenditure)
RESOLUTION

New Delhi, the 16th May, 2017

No. 1-2/2016-IC.—Whereas, vide its Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC notified in the Gazette of India, dated the 25th July, 2016, the Government of India accepted the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in respect of the categories of employees covered in the Terms of Reference contained in its earlier Resolution No.1/1/2013-E.III(A) dated the 28th February, 2014.

And, whereas, the Government has considered it necessary to make the following changes in the recommendations of the said Seventh Central Pay Commission in respect of the said categories of employees, namely:—

(1) The Defence Pay Matrix, (except Military Nursing Service (MNS)), which has 24 stages shall be extended to 40 stages similar to the Civil Pay Matrix;

(2) The Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 12A and 13 of Defence Pay Matrix shall be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. The Defence Pay Matrix (except MNS) shall, accordingly, be revised;

(3) To rectify the factual errors appearing in Level 10B and Level-12 of the pay matrix of MNS and in view of the changes in the IOR in the Defence Pay Matrix, the first stage of corresponding Levels of Pay Matrix of MNS shall also change. Accordingly, the Pay Matrix (MNS) shall be revised;

(4) The IOR of Level-13 of Civil Pay Matrix shall also be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. Accordingly, the Civil Pay Matrix as contained in Annexure-1 mentioned in para 6 of the aforesaid Resolution dated the 25th July, 2016 shall be revised. The revised Civil Pay Matrix is at Appendix-1;

(5) The provision contained in para 13 of the aforesaid Resolution dated 25th July, 2016 shall be revised to the extent that the benefit of pay protection in the form of personal pay of officers posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme, as envisaged therein, shall be given effect from 1st January, 2016 instead of 25th July, 2016. Further, this benefit shall also be extended to officers from Services under Central Staffing Scheme, coming on deputation to Central Government, on posts not covered under Central Staffing Scheme.

ORDER

Ordered that this Resolution be published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary.

Ordered that a copy of this Resolution be communicated to the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, State Governments, Administrations of Union Territories and all other concerned.


R. K. CHATURVEDI, Jt. Secy. 

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LTC NEWS-Admissibility of flexi fare/dynamic fare on performance of journey in Shatabdi /Rajdhani /Duronto trains

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
T SECTION
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA 700001

No: T/1/72/Circular-40
Date:12/05/2017
To
1. The Secretary, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Rd, Kol - 700 001
2. All Sr. General Managers / All General Managers
Ordnance / Equipments Factories and allied Establishments
3. All Group ntrollers & Br. SAO/AOs.
4. The OIC, N-VIII Section(Local)

Sub: Admissibility of flexi fare/dynamic fare on performance of journey in Shatabdi /Rajdhani /Duronto trains

Attention is invited to the Govt. of India, DoPT clarification issued vide OM no. 31011/3/2016-Estt.(A-IV) dated 17/04/2017 (copy enclosed) regarding admissibility of flexi fare/dynamic fare while booking tickets in Rajdhani /Shatabdi /Duronto trains for the purpose of LTC. Flexi fare/dynamic fare applicable in those trains shall be admissible for the journey performed by these trains. The dynamic fare component shall not be admissible in cases where a non-entitled Govt servant travels by air and claims reimbursement for the entitled class of Rajdhani /Shatabdi /Duronto trains. Such Govt servant will get reimbursement of fare after deducting the dynamic fare component.

Now it has been decided by this office that a copy of the ticket(s) with dynamic fare component is required to be produced alongwith the claim(s) for the reimbursement of the flexi fare/dynamic fare for both official duty and LTC purposes as this fare is subject to change and increases based on slabs.

Kindly ensure maximum / wide publicity of the above points within your jurisdiction for effecting compliance.

Controller of Accounts (FYs) has approved.

Sd/-
Dy. Controller of Accounts (Fys.)

Source: http://pcafys.nic.in/files/FlexiFare18517_1.pdf

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7th pay commission-Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5.


Important Circular

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
PAY TECH SECTION
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA: 700001

Part I O.O. No. AT/05
Dated 16/05/2017

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(All Cs FA, Br AO)

Subject: Implementation of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016: Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5.

Ref: CGDA New Delhi No. AT/II/2702/Clar dated 28/04/2017.

Please refer to HQrs Office letter cited under reference (copy enclosed). The issue of availability of option to enter the 7th CPC w.e.f. 01.07.2016 ( i.e., from the date of next increment in terms of proviso l of rule 5) to those employees who got promotion/upgradation in a higher grade between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 has been clarified.

2. Affected cases may be dealt with accordingly.

Encls : As above.

sd/- 
Asstt. Controller of Accounts (Fys)

Source: http://pcafys.nic.in/files/CCS(RP)Rule18517.pdf


Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

No. AT/II/2702/Clar
Dated: 28 Apr 2017

To
All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)/CsFA (Fys)
(Through NIC mail server)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016: Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5.
Reference: This office UO Note of even No dated 28-02-2017.

As per this office UO Note cited above, the issue of availability of option to enter the 7th CPC w.e.f. 01-07-2016 (i.e., from the date of next increment in terms of proviso 1 of rule 5) to those employees who have got promotion / upgradation in a higher grade between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 had been referred to MoD along with an illustration (given below) of pay fixation of an employee who got financial upgradation on 17-01-2016 in the grade pay of Rs 5400/- (PB 2); MoD was requested to examine the issue and clarify the matter w.r.t. illustrative pay fixation.

2. The illustrative pay fixation forwarded to MoD/ D (Civ-I) is as follows:
follows:

Pay as on 01-01-2016 in the pre-revised pay structure in PB 2 (Rs 9300-34800) will grade pay Rs 4800/-Rs 25980/- (20280 + 4800)
Date of grant of MACP in PB 2 with grade pay Rs 5400/-17-01-2016
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 by granting difference of gradeRs 25680/- (20280 +5400)
Pay on 01-07-2016 on accrual of annual increment @ 3% of Rs 25080/- (20280 + 4800) {Rs 752.4 rounded off to Rs. 760/-}Rs. 25840/- (21040 +4800)
Promotional increment @ 3% on grant of MACP on 01-07-2016Increment Rs. 775.2 rounded off to Rs.780/-
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 in the pre-revised structure in PB 2 (Rs 9300-34800) by granting promotional increment and grade pay of Rs 5400/-Rs 27220/- (21820 + 5400)
Amount arrived at by multiplying the existing pay as on  01-07-2016 with the fitment factor of 2.57 (the individual opted for fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules 2016 w.e.f. 01-07-2016)Rs 69855.4
Revised pay fixed as per Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 in the new pay matrix in level 9 w.e.f. 01-07-2016Rs 71300/-

3. Now MoD/ D (Civ-I) has intimated that the illustrative pay fixation as provided above seems to be correct and in consonance with the provisions mentioned in CCS (RP) Rules 2016.

4. Affected cases may be dealt with accordingly.

This has the approval of Add] CGDA (PP&W).

sd/-
(Vinod Anand)
Sr ACGDA (P&W)


Source:http://pcafys.nic.in/files/CCS(RP)Rule18517.pdf
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Revision of Casualty Pensionary award in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Force Officers-PCDA

Office of the Principal CDA (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad - 211014

REGISTERED

Circular No. 576
Dated: 27th February, 2017

Subject: Amendment to GOI, MOD letter No.16(01)2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 18th May 2016 issued for revision of Casualty Pensionary award in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Force Officers and JCO/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners.

Reference: This office Circular No. 560 dated 08.06.2016.
(Available on this office website www.pcdagension.nic.in)

Copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 16(01)/2014-D(Pen/Pol) dated 16th January, 2017 is forwarded herewith for further necessary action at your end.

2. Minimum of fitment table for the rank ‘MWO’ group ‘X’ has been amended in Annexure-B (Air Force) attached with the GOI, MOD letter No. 16(01)2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 18th May 2016 (circulated vide Circular No. 560). Accordingly, Special Family Pension, 2nd Life Award of Special Family Pension, Liberalized Family Pension & 2nd Life Award of Liberalized Family Pension in respect of MWO ‘X’ have also been revised.
For:
RankMin. of fitment tableSFP2nd Life Award of SFP LFP2nd Life Award of
MWO217901307465372179013074

Read:
RankMin. of fitment tableSFP2nd Life Award of SFP LFP2nd Life Award of
MWO217901318265912179013182

3. It is requested that all affected cases may please be revised at your end and pension may be revised accordingly.


4. These orders/ instructions may please be provided/ circulated to all Pension Disbursing Authorities (DPDOs/ Paying Branches/ Treasuries/ PAOs etc.) under your jurisdiction to ensure the revision at the earliest.

5. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

6. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.

No. Gts/Tech/05/LXXVIII
Dated: 27th February’ 2017

(S C Saroj)
Sr. Accounts Officer (P)

Source:http://pcdapension.nic.in/7cpc/Circular-576.pdf
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Delay in first payment of pensionary awards and revised pension-PCDA Circular

Office of the Principal CDA (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014

REGISTERED

Circular No. 575
Dated: 20th February, 2017

To,

All Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs)
O/C, All Record Offices

Subject: Delay in first payment of pensionary awards and revised pension after issue of initial/ corrigendum PPOs due to delayed dispatch / processing of PPOs by the Record Offices and Pension Disbursing Agencies i.e. Bank CPPCs, Treasuries and DPDOs etc.

(Available on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in)

It has come to the notice of this office that payment of pension is getting delayed due to delay in dispatch of PPOs to the Pension Disbursing Agencies by the Record Offices. It has also come to the notice that delay is occurring at the end of Pension Disbursing Agencies too in disbursement of first payment of pensionary awards. Revised pension after issue of corrigendum PPOs also needs to be paid expeditiously by completing necessary action at the end of ROS and PDAs.

2. The matter was taken up with the ministry and PMO office by some pensioners and it has been desired that payment of pensionary benefits may be released without delay and time taken in dispatch/ processing of PPOs may be minimized.

3. In view of above, all ROs and PDAs are requested to avoid delay in dispatch/processing of PPOs, so that DCRG, Commuted value of pension, pension in case of 1st payment and revised pension in the case of corrigendum may be credited to the pensioner’s account immediately.

4. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners, Pension Disbursing Agencies and Record offices (ROs).

No. Gts/Tech/079/LIX
Dated: 20th February 2017

(S C Saroj)
Sr. Accounts Officer (P)

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/7cpc/Circular-575.pdf
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Clarification on implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission- (PCDA

Office of the Principal CDA (Pension)
(Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014

REGISTERED

Circular No. 574
Dated: 20th February, 2017

Subject: Clarification on implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

Reference: This office Circular No. 570 dated 31 .10.2016.
(Available on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.iAn)

In terms of Para-9 of GOI, MOD letter dated 29th October’ 2016, the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations relating to methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred to the Anomalies Committee. The disability element which was being paid to Pre-2016 Defence Pensioners as on 31.01.2015 will continue to be paid till decision on the recommendations of Anomalies Committee is taken by the Government. Accordingly, disability element will be continued @ which was paid as on 31.12.2015 (i.e. 119% DR), but mean while before the implementation of the 7th CPC, dearness relief (DR) has been increased @ 125% w.e.f. 01.01.2016 and paid to the pensioners.

2. The matter regarding recovery on account of payment of excess dearness relief, additional pension on disability pension & war injury element was raised by various Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs) after the issue of this office Circular No. 570 dated 31.10.2016 on the basis of GOI, MOD letter No. 17(01)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) dated 29th October’ 2016 regarding implementation of 7th CPC.

3. Now, it has been decided that recovery of excess amount, if any, paid on account of payment of DR @ 125% instead of DR 119% while working out disability element/ war injury element and recovery of additional pension on disability element/ war injury element paid w.e.f. 01.01.2016 to pensioners who attainted the age of 80 years and above will be withheld till further orders.

5. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdagension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.

No. Grants/Tech/7th CPC/0181/II
Dated: 20th February, 2017

(S C SAROJ)
Sr. Accounts Officer (P)

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/7cpc/Circular-574.pdf
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Ex-Gratia lump sum compensation- Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Office of the Principal CDA (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad 211014

REGISTERED

Circular No. 573
Dated: 01st February’ 2017

To
The O I/C,
Records/ PAO (ORs)

Subject: Ex-Gratia lump sum compensation- Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Reference: This Office Circular No. 438 dated 16.07.2010, Circular No. 402 dated 30.12.2008 and Circular No. 228 dated 03.05.1999.

Copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 20(2)/2016/D(Pay/Services) dated 2nd November, 2016, which is self explanatory, is forwarded herewith for further necessary action at your end.

2. Consequent upon issue of GOI, MOD letter dated 2nOI November, 2016, the families of the Defence Service Personnel who die in harness in the performance of their bonafide official duties shall be entitled to Ex-Gratia Iump-sum-compensation at revised rate as mentioned in ibid Government letter.

3. The conditions governing payment of Ex-Gratia Iump-sum-compensation in terms of the ibid Government letter and the guidelines to be observed have been given in the Annexure attached with the GOI, MOD letter No. 20(1)/98-D(Pay/Services) dated 22nd September’ 1998 and Corrigendum No. even dated 12th April’ 1999 (Circulated vide this office Circular No. 228 dated 03.05.1999).

4. The order shall apply to all cases of death in harness occurring on or after 01 .01 .2016. In so far as cases of death, which occurred prior to 01.01.2016, are concerned, shall be regulated and finalized in terms of the orders and instructions in force prior to issue of these orders.

5. In view of the above, you are requested to submit all affected cases of Ex-Gratia lump-sum-compensation where death occurred on or after 01.01.2016 to the OI/C, G-4 Section of this Office along with the statement of case with supporting documents viz detailed statement of case, Special Casualty report approved by Competent Authority, FIR and/ or Court of Inquiry proceedings etc. including Sheet Roll indicating interalia the PPO No. wherein Special Family Pension/ Liberalized Family Pension and Ex-gratia have been granted earlier. In cases, where death occurred on or after 01.01.2016 and Ex-Gratia lump- sum-compensation has already been sanctioned at old rate, the same may be referred to this office on revised LPC-Cum-Data Sheet and Sheet Roll for issue of corrigendum PPO at new revised rates.

6. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

7. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.

Please acknowledge receipt.

No. Gts/Tech/0114/ Spl-XXXVII
Dated: 01st February’ 2017

(S C Saroj)
Sr. Accounts Officer (P)

Source:http://pcdapension.nic.in/7cpc/Circular-573.pdf