Wednesday, May 31, 2017


After speaking to the JS (ESW) today, we feel confident that our issues though slightly delayed are on track and orders  likely to be issued shortly.

The Judicial Commission Recommendations contained the issue of Actual Service rendered instead of full service for those invalided out as per 1972 letter and the working of Service element of Lts, Capts, Majors based on notional pay are now in the final stages before approval.

As regards 7CPC recommendations, the Draft Government letter is awaited besides clearance of some aspect in regards old age pay etc. The composite orders will include the issue of broad banding as recommended by 7 CPC besides other disability entitlements based on percentage system.

​Col H N Handa​
Disabled War Veteran's (India)


Monday, May 29, 2017


                                                                                                                                                                                       Dated:  27 May 2017          

TO : Shri Narendra Modi                                                                                         Hon’ble, Prime Minister of India                                                                      Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)                                                                          New Delhi – 110 001
Hon’ble Prime Minister,

Jai Hind!

1.    With concern and anguish, I wish to bring to your notice a trend which has set in our Country to defame Military and pass remarks or make statements which are not only defamatory but demeaning and character assassination of the soldiers.  These utterances and statements by some Political personalities are heard by the Nation, consequently the people will lose faith and trust in the Military, the last Bastion of the Country.  These happenings are having for reaching effect on the morale of the Army and destabilizing the mental balance of dedicated and loyal soldiers.

2.   Remarks or utterances by the political class and the media against the Army are not being taken lightly by the rank and file which makes the bulk of the armed forces fabric. A few discredited utterances are listed below:

(a) The Indian Army Rapes and abducts 
(b) Husbands stay at border & wife becomes mother! Words to that effect.
(c) Sainik joins Army to die for which he is paid for or words to that effect.      (d) Saink daaru and cheap canteen ke liye aata hai   or words to that effect.
(e) The army is required to prove that they have carried out surgical strike.

3.  There is an unwritten agreement between the soldiers and the Nation; while the soldier will protect the integrity and sovereignty of the Nation even at the peril of his life, the Nation will provide him the weapons and other wherewith all and the right leadership while in service, give him the Respect, Dignity and Justice when he is retired and when he is no more to look after his family in a manner that they feel privileged to be the family of a soldier.  This unwritten agreement is under serious threat.  Surgical measures are required to be taken to restore the Respect, Dignity & Justice to the Soldiers.

4.  The Indian Army is apolitical , and is secular in every sense hence it is requested to ensure that  henceforth no utterances are made for or against in public or in any media.  The Army needs to be respected and admired by action and display of courtesies. Negative comments are to be made only after establishing the facts. 

5.   In todays utterances, If an FIR is not lodged against the CPM leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, and  we do not hear a positive response we would be constrained to go to the people of India throughout  the Country.

With regards,
Yours Sincerely,

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)                                                               Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen Jantar Mantar &             Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM)                         Mobile: 9312404269, 01244110570       
Copy to:- 

Shri Arun Jaitley,                                   Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, 
104, South Block, New Delhi-110011

For information and action please.
General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM

Chief of the Army Staff                          
Integrated HQs of Min of Def (Army) South Block, New Delhi-110011

For information and action please.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM,     PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC

Chief of the Air Staff                               Integrated HQs of Min of Def(A F) Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011

Our request as above.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM,AVSM,ADC  Ch
ief of the Naval Staff  & Chairman

Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC) HQs of Min of Def(Navy)               South Block, New Delhi -110011

Our request as above.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017


(First published on Friday, 28 April 2017)

The IAS, unlike its progenitor the ICS, will bequeath few memories other than those of Chief Secretaries getting raided for disproportionate assets or being voted the most corrupt by their own colleagues. But as the service now heads for an inevitable merger with either the Vivekananda Foundation or the Observer Research Group, it is heartening to note that it will leave behind at least one innovative institution—the Official Dinner (or OD).

There are two major practitioners of the OD: 

The Army and the IAS. The former has an advantage in the matter of finding funds (and reasons) for justifying ODs, because it can debit all expenses to Raising Days, Regimental Days and Shobha Des, but the IAS has to be more inventive because it is under the ever watchful gaze of some whistleblower or CAG just waiting to ambush them with a book titled THE ACCIDENTAL INVITEE or NOT JUST A DINER-THE DIARY OF A NATION’S AUTONOMOUS GOURMET. 

It is for this reason that the IAS is given a higher pay scale than the Armed Forces: explaining the loss of a dozen tandoori chickens from the pantry of Hotel Holiday Home requires far more management skills than accounting for a dozen missing jawans on the LOC.

Recruits to the IAS are initiated into the arcane ritual of the OD in the Academy at Mussoorie. Its presiding capo di tuti capi (or Director) hosts mock ODs frequently where the basics are spliced into their DNA. 

I still remember two of them: one, “never open your mouth till the food is near it”, which perhaps explains why the IAS is so reluctant to open its collective mouth and speak out.

The second rule stipulated that one should never speak ACROSS the table, but only to the persons on either side, even if the guy on the left happened to be a carbuncle from the IFS or the bloke on the right a blister from the IPS, and one was desperate to chat up the lady across the table with a view to marrying her because she had been allotted one’s home state (UP, in most cases) while said one was exiled for life to Nagaland.

We were also taught the difference between a butter knife and a fish knife (the former for marinating one’s political bosses and the latter for gutting colleagues), between a soup spoon and a dessert spoon (the former for raking it in and the latter for being politically correct). 

The uses of the versatile “chamcha” is something we discovered for ourselves later, and adopted as the most valuable of all cutlery

The most draconian rule was that when the Director stopped eating and put down his knife and fork, everyone stopped eating too. Since the Director, as befitted a Godfather, was the first to be served and the 400th probationer served about 20 minutes later, by the time the former finished masticating about 200 of us had not even sniffed the soup. This accounts for the fact that the IAS is always first in line at the feeding trough: it’s a hard lesson learnt well.

Since the IAS controls 600 districts, 100 Ministries and a few thousand programmes, finding a reason for throwing an OD is never a problem. 

There are a few, however, that deserve special mention:

THE PSU (PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKING) DINNER: Held after every Board meeting, it is meant to console the officers for the huge losses they have notched up. Intended to occupy the commanding heights of our economy, our PSUs were dislodged from there even quicker than the Pak soldiers from the heights of Kargil. Now in the valley of death their officers will not go, however, without a fight- sorry, bite- hence the dinners, slotted under “ Any other item” in the agenda.

THE EAP (EXTERNALLY AIDED PROJECT) DINNER: EAPs are a kind of international CSR where other countries give us moneys as aid, and then take them back through consultancies, technology transfer and equipment. We are usually left with only enough money to host a dinner every quarter, on which we spend every remaining dime lest they take that back too.

THE CENTRAL TEAM DINNER: When Secretaries in Govt. of India can no longer stand their wives’ cooking they usually take off to a state to “review progress” on various schemes. The review consists of visits to temples, golf resorts, shopping on the Mall and a seven course dinner at night. The strong batch-mate network and an innovative menu ensures glowing reports for the state govt.

THE FAREWELL DINNER: Modelled on the Last Supper, it is given for senior officers who are about to kick the waste-bin- i.e., retire. It even has a Judas in attendance- the guy who is hoping to succeed the retiree. There is, however, a notable departure from the Biblical allusion: whereas Christ went on to a glorious crucifixion and rose again on the seventh day, the IAS worthy rises again the very next day, reemployed in some Commission or Tribunal. The farewell dinner is usually organised by Judas himself to ensure that the retiring potentate is artfully stopped from coming back into the service. It is not surprising, therefore, that on occasion officers have to be brought screaming and shouting to their farewell dinners. In my case the Chief Secretary had to send a bulldozer to ensure my presence (actually, the roads were snowed in, but I have a sneaking suspicion the CS was covering all contingencies!).

THE RAJ BHAVAN DINNER: No IAS officer ever wants to attend one of these ghastly death-watches, but an invitation from the Governor is actually an order. We go to such dinners half choked by “bandh galla” coats originally tailored in the Academy when we were chinless wonders, now wrapped around Adam’s apples of the extra large variety which would have shocked both Eve and the serpent. These dinners are solemn, if not funereal, affairs; the victuals are really quite good though the only spirit in attendance is one of nationalism. Ministers bump into senior bureaucrats, the Governor bumps into the furniture and everybody escapes as soon as he can after the national anthem has been played for the third time.

All ODs share two traits. One, there has to be a Chief Guest, who is generally a senior Minister or the Chief Secretary: although having one dampens the evening, it is a tactical necessity to ensure that Finance doesn’t object to the bill when presented. The Chief Guest (at least in Himachal, which I haunted like Banquo’s ghost for 35 years) just HAS to wear either a maroon (BJP) or green (Congress) Himachali cap, depending on which party is in power. The smarter ones have now started investing in Aam Aadmi caps, just in case.

Second, and this is something Mr. Vinod Rai may like to look into when he has time from his six current assignments, is a peculiar feature in all OD bills: the number of chickens consumed ! The per capita average is two, which appears high even if we factor in the disappearance of all other shades of meats post Yogi Adityanath. Are IAS chaps such solid trenchermen, what with their selection grade ulcers and apex scale haemorrhoids ? Not really. 

The answer lies in the fact that since all liquor is impermissible at govt. dinners, and cannot be so billed, therefore this Hippocrene beverage is billed as chickens ! A peg of single malt is worth a whole chicken, a scotch two legs, a shot of rum is equivalent to a wing, a glass of wine equals a breast (its for the ladies, see) and so on. 

Quite ingenious, and definitely deserving of the two additional increments the IAS gets over its peers. 

And this also provides the answer to that much asked question: Why did the pair of chickens cross the road? Answer: they didn’t want to become a single malt !

Now that I live on a pension and am unable to cross that road too often I generally make do with KFC chicken nuggets.

(Source - Via Gp e-mail from Sudhir Vombatkere Veteran)

Dear Class of 2017…I encourage you to surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self - Bill Gates, Influencer Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dear Class of 2017…(If ESM are not part, their children are!!)

Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree.

Between your commencement speaker and every aunt and uncle at your graduation party, I am sure you are getting a lot of advice. At the risk of piling on, I thought I would share a few thoughts.

New college graduates often ask me for career advice. I was lucky to be in my early 20s when the digital revolution was just getting under way, and Paul Allen and I had the chance to help shape it. (Which explains my lack of a college degree—I left school because we were afraid the revolution would happen without us.) If I were starting out today and looking for the same kind of opportunity to make a big impact in the world, I would consider three fields.

One is artificial intelligence. We have only begun to tap into all the ways it will make people’s lives more productive and creative. The second is energy, because making it clean, affordable, and reliable will be essential for fighting poverty and climate change. The third is the biosciences, which are ripe with opportunities to help people live longer, healthier lives.

But some things in life are true no matter what career you choose. I wish I had understood these things better when I left school. For one thing, intelligence is not quite as important as I thought it was, and it takes many different forms. In the early days of Microsoft, I believed that if you could write great code, you could also manage people well or run a marketing team or take on any other task. I was wrong about that. I had to learn to recognize and appreciate people’s different talents. The sooner you can do this, if you don’t already, the richer your life will be.

Another thing I wish I had understood much earlier is what true inequity looks like. I did not see it up close until my late 30s, when Melinda and I took our first trip to Africa. We were shocked by what we saw. When we came back, we began learning more. It blew our minds that millions of children there were dying from diseases that no one in rich countries even worried about. We thought it was the most unjust thing in the world. We realized we couldn’t wait to get involved—we had to start giving back right away.

You know much more than I did when I was your age. Technology lets you see problems in ways my friends and I never could, and it empowers you to help in ways we never could. You can start fighting inequity sooner, whether it is in your own community or in a country halfway around the world.

Meanwhile, I encourage you to surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. Melinda does that for me, and I am a better person for it. Like our good friend Warren Buffett, I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, and by the difference I make in other people’s lives.

If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be a copy of The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker. After several years of studying, you may not exactly be itching to read a 700-page book. But please put this one on your reading list to get to someday. It is the most inspiring book I have ever read.

Pinker makes a persuasive argument that the world is getting better—that we are living in the most peaceful time in human history. This can be a hard case to make, especially now. When you tell people the world is improving, they often look at you like you’re either naïve or crazy.

But it’s true. And once you understand it, you start to see the world differently. If you think things are getting better, then you want to know what’s working, so you can accelerate the progress and spread it to more people and places.

It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved, and you’re moved to act on that belief.

This is the core of my worldview. It sustains me in tough times and is the reason I still love my philanthropic work after more than 17 years. I think it can do the same for you.

Good luck to all of you. This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it. 

This post originally appeared on Mic.

(Source : Via Gp e-mail from YR Raghavan Veteran)

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Copied from another group.
I have edited it for brevity. This part of the article makes interesting reading:
"We are the only Cadre who do not have a Gp B Sp Service/ Cadre. We therefore need to do away with SSC entry & instead have Gp B entry for about 50% Offrs at Nb Sub level who would rise up to the level of Lt Cols/ Cols. We need to turn our SSC Academies into JCOs Academies. We need to drastically reduce the strength of our Commissioned Offrs cadre. This is what Govt has been expecting from us since long. Consequently, lot of our Cadre mgt issues will automatically fall into place."

A bit long article received as written by someone else. Kindly do read it through carefully!                                                                                         ________________

This clearly defunct the Army Chiefs Claim of we being of higher status than civilians.
There is a message floating around giving Positives of 7 CPC. Unfortunately most of the allowances therein are waiting orders. It is imperative that the Army Chief should prove his point by tabulating and showing how our status is higher than civilians.
The Positives are a mere comparison of gains of 7 CPC over 6 CPC. That is not enough. We need a edge over them and that needs to be shown via a table.

Is the Army Chief willing to do that?

Only for Fauji Gps

Dust having finally settled on 7 CPC notifications, here is a summarized analysis of implications of 7 CPC on Pay & Status of Def persons. Little long, but a must read for all Def personnel, so as to remain aware of issues involved.
There is no denying the fact that we all are being handsomely paid by the Govt. However, two questions that need to be answered are - Firstly, whether we are being paid comparatively similar emoluments in equal No of years of service, and secondly, whether our Status/ Equivalence based on Pay has been protected or otherwise.
Let us first analyze the emoluments.
The 7 CPC has universally multiplied the existing 6 CPC Basic Pays of all Central Govt employees by a factor of 2.57, without any exceptions. Overall there is a net increase of approx 14.5% in salary of all employees. However, instead of resolving the existing 6 CPC anomalies, the 7 CPC created certain additional anomalies for Defence personnel, thereby adversely affecting their pay & status. Of these additional anomalies, only three which were legally untenable have been resolved -- one related to disparity in Disability Pensions, second related to Maj Gens getting lower pay than Brigs and third Def Pay Matrix having max 24 stages in comparison to 40 for civilians, which was resulting in stagnation of direct entry Havs & JCOs.
1. The definition of MSP has been altered to our disadvantage.
2. JCOs have not been given their entitled MSP of Rs 10,000. NFU has been declined to us.
3. The change of IOR for Level 13 from 2.57 to 2.67 benefits civilians more as they will now get an additional jump of over 4000 when they move up from Level 12 to 13. Since we move to Level 13 via 12A, to stages higher than the entry cell, our entry Pay in 13 will remain almost same with minor adjustments.
4. Xxxxx
5. There are so other many allowances which are not mentioned in CPC Reports indicate they have been granted to civilians through admin orders.
6. While civilians are entitled to claim all applicable Defence allowances, reciprocity of civil allowances has not been extended to Def personnel, thereby depriving us of a number of such allowances. To name a few, HQ Allowance, Laptop Allowance, Mobile Allowance, Spl Duty Allowance, Spl Area Allowance, Briefcase & Newspaper Allowance (made applicable to us only in Delhi), Spl Allowance, Local Allowance, Furniture Allowance, Domestic Servant Allowance, Grade Allowance, Tour Allowance, and so on. Most of these are linked to Grade Pays/ Pay Levels. We hope that Allowance Committee takes care of some of these issues.
7. Xxxxxxxxxxxxx
8. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
9. Our 7 CPC Pay Rules have been signed by the same gentleman who signed the 18 Oct 2016 letter comparing a Principal Director with Maj Gen, Brig with Director, Col with Jt Director and Lt Col with Dy Director (lowest Gp A designation). This status Equivalence is the unstated reason why our JCOs have been given MSP equal to Sepoys.
10. As per various MoD communications, which we failed to take cognizance of, our JCOs have been declared non-gazetted and equivalent to Gp C employees, despite an Act of Parliament (Sec 3 (xii) of AA 1950, DSR Para 151), according them Gazetted Gp B Equivalent status. In Services HQ, they have been issued with Grey Colour identity SLICs which are applicable to Gp C employees. Even civilian Assistants (Gp B Non-Gazetted) are now being issued with Pink Colour SLICs giving them higher status than our JCOs. While the Pay Scales/ Gde Pays of Assts and Section Offrs (SOs) were increased twice by Govt after 5 CPC & 6 CPC Gazette Notfns based on JCM representations, our JCOs & NCOs stood stagnated & degraded in their notified pay scales. Sadly, we failed to take cognizance of these aspects and cried hoarse only for Offr related issues. So, status wise, there is no doubt that 7 CPC has further degraded the Def pers.
Reasons, why are we not getting what we perceive as justified?
I think we are failing to address the root cause and ending up panting our anger against CPCs. Though our Pay Cells have put in earnest efforts, but the underlying causes are too complex and beyond their mandated charter. We need to first identify and address the root cause of all our anomalies, rather than keep fighting with CPCs every time. As Pay & perks of Central Govt employees are directly related to their status in Govt hierarchy, the root cause lies in our degraded Status Equivalence which has defacto been established within MoD & its various organs. Equivalence is also linked to our cadre restructuring issues, cadre restructurings of civilians and handling of other aspects related to inter-sé functional relationships with civs. It is a sad narrative that these issues do not specifically form anyone’s charter of responsibilities in any of Services HQ/ HQ IDS. PPOC which has been mandated to deal with these issues have no permanent structures to function effectively. Setting up of temp Pay Cells has not helped the cause. Add to it the short tenures of our Gen offrs, during which they are busy either plotting their own careers or post retirement rehabilitation, with no vision/ concern/ involvement for real issues affecting Services, while civs continue to entrench themselves deeper and deeper. The situation gets further compounded by the attitude of our Senior offrs who think that since they have come up by climbing a greased malkhamb pole, why should their juniors be provided with an alternative ladder? And the thought process of upwardly mobile middle level offrs who think why should they ruffle the settled feathers and burn their fingers, let someone else do it for them!! As a result, we haven’t done our Cadre Restructuring for decades, while Civ cadres are doing it almost every five years.
Is there a way ahead? Yes, there always is.

1. Firstly, we need to set up one separate permanent Dte in each Services HQ/ HQ IDS (Why not a Joint cell?) which specifically deals with our Pay issues, Equivalence aspects, WoP, our Cadre Restructurings and issues of Civ cadre, as all these five aspects are very closely inter-linked. None of these issues can be handled in isolation/ separately in a justifiable manner. The COSC & PPOC need to enforce their mandate and exercise the authority vested in them by Cabinet on various issues listed in their Charter, instead of shying away from decision making due to some strange apprehensions.

2. The COSC needs to interact directly with PM to ensure early setting up of HPC for defining Equivalence, for resolution of outstanding anomalies and for restructuring of MoD as well O/o JS (E) & CAO.
3. MoD needs to have min of 1/3rd Def Offrs. Xxxxxxxxx
4. Xxxxxxxxx
5. Xxxxxxxxx
A word about our overall Offrs future cadre structure.
We are the only Cadre who do not have a Gp B Sp Service/ Cadre. We therefore need to do away with SSC entry & instead have Gp B entry for about 50% Offrs at Nb Sub level who would rise up to the level of Lt Cols/ Cols. We need to turn our SSC Academies into JCOs Academies. We need to drastically reduce the strength of our Commissioned Offrs cadre. This is what Govt has been expecting from us since long. Consequently, lot of our Cadre mgt issues will automatically fall into place.
Is all above possible?
Yes, I think it is very much possible, provided we keep ourselves aware and contribute to the issues in whatever manner possible, wherever we are. Every voice makes a difference. And, if issues get stuck up in bureaucracy/ own senior hierarchy, parallel cases for seeking redress through Judicial means need to be explored without any delay.
Awareness is already spreading. I am sure things will definitely turn positive in future.

(Source- F/B a/c of Achuthan Raghavan)

Saturday, May 13, 2017







Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated, the 12th May, 2017

Office Memorandum

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

The undersigned is directed to say that the 7th Central Pay Commission,in its Report, recommended two formulations for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners. A Resolution No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 04.08.2016 was issued by this Department indicating the decisions taken by the Government on the various recommendations of the 7th CPC on pensionary matters.

2. Based on the decisions taken by the Govt on the recommendations of the 7th CPC, orders for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners in accordance with second Formulation were issued vide this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016. It was provided in this OM. that the revised pension/famiiy pension wet. 112016 of pre-2016 pensioners/ family pensioners shall be determined by multiplying pension/family pension as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the recommendations of the 6th CPC, by 2.57.

3. In accordance with the decision mentioned in this Department’s Resolution No. 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) dated 04.08.2016 and OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016, the feasibility of the first option recommended by 7th CPC has been examined by a Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Pension Pensioners’ Welfare.

4. The aforesaid Committee has submitted its Report and the recommendations made by the Committee have been considered by the Govt. Accordingly, it has been decided that 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. White fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formulae 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 wet. 1.1.2016 as per the first Permutation. 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. The amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee.

5. It has also been decided that higher of the two Formulations is the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with this Dept’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) d/d 04.08.2016 or the revised pension/ family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 above, shall be granted to pre-2016 central civil pensioners as revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016. In cases where pension/family pension being paid w.e.f. 1.1.2016 in accordance with this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016~P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 happens to be more than pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 above, the pension/family pension already being paid shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016.

6. Instructions were issued vide this Department’s OM No. 45/86/97-P&PW(A) (iii) dated 10.02.1998 for revision of pension! family pension in respect of Government servants who retired or died before 01.01.1986, by notional fixation of their pay in the scale of pay introduced with effect from 01.01.1986. The notional pay so worked out as on 01.01.1986 was treated as average emoluments/last pay for the purpose of calculation of notional pension/ family pension as on 01.01.1986. The notional pension/family pension so arrived at was further revised with effect from 01.01.1996 and was paid in accordance with the instructions issued for revision of pension/family pension of pre-1996 pensioners/family pensioners in implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.

7. Accordingly, for the purpose of calculation of notional pay w.e.f. 1.1.2016 of those Government servants who retired or died before 01.01.1986, the pay scale and the notional pay as on 1.1.1986, as arrived at in terms of the instructions issued vide this Department’s OM 45/86/97~P&PW(A) dated 10.02.1998, will be treated as the pay scale and the pay of the concerned Government servant as on 1.1.1986. in the case of those Government servants who retired or died on or after 01.01.1986 but before 112016 the actual pay and the pay scale from which they retired or died would be taken into consideration for the purpose of calculation of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 in accordance with para 4 above.

8. The minimum pension with effect from 01.01.2016 will be Rs. 9000/- per month (excluding the element of additional pension to old pensioners). The upper ceiling on pension/family pension will be 50% and 30°16 respectively of the highest pay in the Government (The highest pay in the Government is Rs. 250,000 with effect from 01.01.2016).

9. The pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with provisions of Para 4 and 5 above shall be treated as 'Basic Pension' with effect from 01.01.2016. The revised pension/family pension includes dearness relief sanctioned from 1.1.2016 and shall qualify for grant of Dearness Relief sanctioned thereafter.

10. The existing instructions regarding regulation of dearness relief to employed/re-employed pensioners/family pensioners, as contained in Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM. No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999, as amended from time to time, shall continue to apply.

11. These orders would not be applicable for the purpose of revision of pension of those pensioners who were drawing compulsory retirement pension under Rule 40 of the CCS (Pension) Rules or compassionate allowance under Rule 41 of the CCS (Pension) Rules. The pensioners in these categories would continue to be entitled to revised pension in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s OM. No. 38/37/2016~P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4.8.2016.

12. The pension of the pensioners who are drawing monthly pension from the Govt on permanent absorption in public sector undertakings/autonomous bodies will also be revised in accordance with these orders. However, separate orders will be issued for revision of pension of those pensioners who had earlier drawn one time lump sum terminal benefits on absorption in public sector undertakings, etc. and are drawing one-third restored pension as per the instructions issued by this Department from time to time.

13. in cases where, on permanent absorption in public sector undertakings/autonomous bodies, the terms of absorption and/or the rules permit grant of family pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 or the corresponding rules applicable to Railway employees/members of All India Services, the family pension being drawn by family pensioners will be updated in accordance with these orders.

14. Since the consolidated pension will be inclusive of commuted portion of pension, if any, the commuted portion will be deducted from the said amount while making monthly disbursements.

15. The quantum of age-related pension/family pension available to the old pensioners/ family pensioners shall continue to be as follows-

Age of pensioner/family pensionerQuantum of pension
From 80 years to less than 85 years20% of revised basic pension/ family pension
From 85 years to less than 90 years30% of revised basic pension/ family pension
From 90 years to less than 95 years40% of revised basic pension/ family pension
From 95 years to less than 100 years50% of revised basic pension/ family pension
100 years or more100% of revised basic pension/ family pension

The amount of additional pension will be shown distinctly in pension payment order. For example, in case where a pensioner is more than 80 years of age and his/her revised pension is Rs.10,000 pm, the pension will be shown as (i) Basic pension = Rs.10,000 and (ii) Additional pension = Rs.2,000 pm. The pension on his/her attaining the age of 85 years will be shown as (i).Basic Pension = Rs.10,000 and (ii) additional pension = Rs.3,000 pm. Dearness relief will be admissible on the additional pension available to the old pensioners also.

16. A few examples of calculation of pension/family pension in the manner prescribed above are given in Annexure-I to this OM.

17. No arrears on account of revision of Pension/Family pension on notional fixation of pay will be admissible for the period prior to 1.1.2016. The arrears on account of revision of pension/family pension in terms of these orders would be admissible with effect from 01.01.2016. For calculation of arrears becoming due on the revision of pension/ family pension on the basis of this O.M., the arrears of pension and the revised pension/family pension already paid on revision of pension/family pension in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 shall be adjusted.

18. it shall be the responsibility of the Head of Department and Pay and Accounts Office attached to that office from which the Government servant had retired or was working last before his death to revise the pension! family pension of Pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners with effect from 01.01.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority. The Pension Sanctioning Authority would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest 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.

19. These orders shall apply to all pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension before 1.1.2016 under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, and the corresponding rules applicable to Railway pensioners and pensioners of All India Services, including officers of the Indian Civil Service retired from service on or after 1.1.1973. A pensioner/family pensioner who became entitled to pension/family pension  with effect from 01.01.2016 consequent on retirement/death of Government servant on 31.12.2015, would also be covered by these orders. Separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence in regard to Armed Forces pensioners/family pensioners.

20 These orders do not apply to retired High Court and Supreme Court Judges and other Constitutional/Statutory Authorities whose pension etc. is governed by separate rules/orders.

21 These orders issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their ID. No. 30~1l33(c)/2016-IC dated 11.05.2017 and ID. No.30-1133(c)/2016-IC dated 12.05.2017.

22. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

23. Ministry of Agriculture etc. are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of Heads of Department/Controller of Accounts. Pay and Accounts Officers, and Attached and Subordinate Offices under them on top priority basis. All Ministries/Departments are requested to accord top priority to the work of revision of pension of ore-2016 pensioners/family pensioners and issue the revised Pension Payment Authority in respect of all ore-2016 pensioners,

24. Hindi version will follow.    

                                                                                (Harjit Singh)