Friday, June 14, 2019

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh forms committee on soldiers’ pensions, asks for report in a month

New Delhi, June 14

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday morning took the decision of equalisation of pensions of retired soldiers under the One Rank One Pension (OROP) formula. He has formed a committee to work out the modalities and method of the next revision of pension under OROP.
The Committee will he headed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA). It will have representatives from all three armed forces besides other stakeholders. The committee has been asked to submit its report in a month’s time. It will make specific recommendations on the matter.
The Tribune was the first to raise the issue in its edition dated June 14 (read that story here).
The issue cropped up as the CGDA had asked the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare in the Ministry of Defence to clarify “whether any logic exists to initiate the process of OROP revision (equalisation) once the pension of past and current pensioners was equated on January 1, 2016”.
The revision in 2016 was done following the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). In other words, the CGDA asked if pension should be revised now, that is five years from the original OROP cut-off date, or should it be revised later since it was revised from January 2016.
This meant pension of almost 25 lakh retired soldiers hanged in the balance.
The OROP for soldiers was implemented with effect from July 1, 2014, and a gazette notification said pension would be equalised after five years—that is July 1, 2019. The term ‘equalised’ means all soldiers who retired in the same rank and with the same length of service will be on par in terms of pension.
Retired soldiers have pointed out that increase in pension under the 7th CPC is not ‘equalisation’ of pension under OROP.  Under OROP, pension is ‘equalised’ and not ‘revised’. Upward revision of pension due to implementation of the 7th CPC should not in any way be linked to the OROP equalisation.
In the ongoing fiscal, Rs 1,12,080 crore has been allocated for defence pensions. The services are literally weighed down by the bulging ‘establishment’ costs—salaries and pensions. The salaries of the three services and the civilians work out to be Rs 1,19,559 crore and now form 37 per cent of the budget of Rs 4,31,011 crore. Salaries and pensions take up more money than what is allocated for modernisation.
(Source - The Tribune)



(Source : The tribune)


The following mail recd from RK Singh Air veteran is reproduced below for the information of all:- 
The E-PPOs of Air Force pensioners are issued by JCDA, Subroto Park, New Delhi. JCDA has now started issuing E PPO for 7th Pay Commission, starting from Air Mshl and then going down the ranks. Earlier only paper PPOs were issued.

JCDA may not entertain any direct communication from the air veterans. So, therefore, for veterans the contact point is Dte of Air Veterans. SMC Building, Subroto park, New  Delhi. One can send a mail to them on their mail ID or write a letter to them or speak to them on telephone. 

Pl visit the IAF website or for details and contact numbers.

R K Singh, Air Veteran 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
Circular No. 618
Dated: 13/03/2019

  1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kuria Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
  2. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks including IDBI Bank
  3. Nodal Officers, ICICl/ HDFC/ AXIS/ IDBI Banks
  4. Managers, All CPPCs
  5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
  6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
  7. The CDA (PD), Meerut
  8. The CDA, Chennai
  9. The Director of Treasuries, All States
  10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, RK Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi
  11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
  12. The Post Master Kathua (J&K)
  13. The Post Master Camp Bell Bay
  14. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair
Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Provisions regulating Casualty Pensionary Award for Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners-regarding.
Reference: This office Circular No. 570 dated 31.10.2016, Circular No. 582 dated 5.09.2017, Circular No. 585 dated 21.09.2017 and Circular No. 584 dated 07.09.2017.

Copy of GoI, MoD letter No. 16(3)/2017/D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th January 2019 on the above subject, which is self-explanatory, is forwarded herewith as annexure to this circular for further necessary action at your end.

2. As per ibid Govt. letter, it has been decided that following minimum ceiling shall be applied to the under mentioned casualty pensionary awards:

a. The Disability/Liberalized Disability/War Injury pension (i.e. total of service element plus disability/liberalized disability/war injury element as the case may be), shall be subject to minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month irrespective of degree of disability of the personnel.

b. The amount of special family pension,admissible to the families of Armed Forces personnel, shall be subject to a minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month.

c. The amount of liberalized family pension, admissible to the Child/Children of Armed Forces Personnel, shall be subject to a minimum of Rs.18,000/- per month.

3. All other provisions stipulated in above mentioned circulars which are not affected by the provisions of this letter, shall remain unchanged.

4. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2016.
5. This circular has been uploaded on this office website for dissemination to all along with Defence pensioners and pension Disbursing Agencies.

Dated: 13/03/2019
(Sandeep Thakur)

DA from Jan 2019 @ 12%: MoD Order for Armed Forces Officers and PBOR including NCs(E)

No. 1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi, the 11th March, 2019

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

Your faithfully,
(Arun Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

 Please go to MoD Website for original order.


Saturday, February 2, 2019



Coram :Hon'ble Mr Justice S Ravindra Bhat & Hon'ble Mr.Justice Deepa Sharma



".....There is honour in A Soldier you hear it when he talks,
       There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes, 
       There is loyalty in A Soldier that he will not compromise.
       There is something in A Soldier that makes him stand apart,  
       There is strength in A Soldier that beats from his heart.
        A Soldier is not a title any man can be hired to do,
        A Soldier is the soul of that man buried deep inside of you.

        A Soldier's job isn't finished after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week, 
        A Soldier is always A Soldier even while he sleeps.

        A Soldier services his country first and his life is left behind,
        A Soldier has to sacrifice what comes first in a civilians's mind....."

                                                                      --Angela Goodwin.

(Source : The judgement)