Saturday, February 22, 2020


Dear all,

Good news for all Pre-1.1.2006 Havildars granted Hony Nb Sub rank. They are now granted revised pension/dis. pension/dis.element etc. of Hony Rank of Nb Sub w.e.f. 1.1.2006.

Also they may note that they will get their revised pensionDP/DE at OROP rate w.e.f. 1.7.2014.

Furthermore, they will get 7 CPC pension/DP/DE (OROP x 2.57 mul fac) w.e.f.1.1.2016.

No.  1(13)/2016/ D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi, dated 21st February, 2020
To : The Chief of the Army Staff
Subject: – Revision  of  pension  of  Pre-01.01.2006 retiree  Havildar  granted  Hony Rank of Nb Subedar.
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No. 1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12.06.2009 according to which “Honorary rank of Naib Subedar granted to Havildars will be notionally considered as a promotion to the higher grade of Naib Subedar and benefit of fitment in the pay band and the higher grade pay will be allowed notionally for the purpose of fixation of pension only.” This provision was applicable for Havildars granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar retired on or after 01.01.2006.
2. A section of  Pre-2006 retiree Havildars granted Hony rank of Naib  Subedar approached various courts for implementing the provision of this Ministry letter dated 12.06.2009 in their cases. Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh vide their order dated 2 7.10.2017 in OA No. 2755 of 2013 filed by Ex Havildar (Hony Nb Sub) Hoshiar Singh, allowed the benefit of Go!, MoD letter No. 1(8)/2008-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12.06.2009 to all Pre- 2006 Havildars granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar w.e.f. 01.01.2006. Further, pension revision tables for Hony Naib Subedars in pursuance of Govt. policy letter dated 08.03.2010 and 17.01.2013 were also quashed and respondents  were  directed  to prepare these tables afresh taking into account the aspect that the benefit under GoI, MoD letter dated  12.06.2009 was to be granted.3. The issue has been examined in the Ministry and undersigned is directed to say that Government has decided to implement the Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh order dated 27.10.2017 referred above.  The  provision  of  GoI,  MoD  letter  No.  1(8)/2008- D(Pen/Policy) dated 12.06.2009 is hereby extended w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to  Pre-2006 retiree Havildars who were granted Hony rank of Naib Subedars. Further, as per the directions of Hon’ble Court the tables meant for Hony Nb Subedar for implementation of GoI, MoD letter No. PC 10(1)/2009-D(Pen/Pol) dated 08.03.2010 and GoI, MoD letter No. 1(13)/2012 / D(Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 circulated vide PCDA (P), Allahabad Circular No. 430 dated 10.03.2010 and Circular No. 501 dated 17.01.2013 respectively are hereby quashed. However, to extend the benefits of these Govt. orders tables are hereby prepared afresh and attached with this letter.
4. All Pension Disbursing Agencies handling disbursement of pension to Defence pensioners are hereby authorized to carry out revision of  service  pension/special pension/invalid pension/service element of disability pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006, 01.07.2009 and 24.09.2012 to the affected pensioners in the category of Pre-01.01.2006 retiree Havildar granted Hony rank of Naib Subedar drawing pension with 15 years or more qualifying service in terms of these orders without calling for any application from the pensioners and without any further authorization from the PCDA (Pension), Allahabad and pay the arrears on account of such revision. If rate of pension mentioned in various orders issued earlier by this Ministry in respect of Hony. Nb Subedar happens to be more beneficial than the rates as per attached tables, then the same will not be revised to the disadvantage of the pensioners.
5. No arrears on account of revision of pension based on notional fixation of pay shall be admissible for the period prior to 01.01.2006.
6. Pension of Hony Nb Subedars who are in receipt of Special Pension, Invalid Pension and Service Element of Disability Pension for less than 15 years of qualifying service would also need to be revised in terms of these orders. However, Pension Disbursing Agencies shall refer such cases to the PCDA (Pension), Allahabad for issuing of Corr. PPO.
7. No commutation of pension will be admissible on additional amount of pension accruing as a result of revision under these orders.
8. Notional fixation of pay in terms of these orders will not affect the entitlement of retirement Gratuity already determined and paid with reference to rules in force at the time of discharge/invalidation.
9. Any over payment of pension coming to the notice or under process of recovery shall be adjusted in full by the Pension Disbursing Agencies against arrears becoming due on revision of pension on the basis of these orders.
10. If a pensioner to whom the benefit accrues under the provisions of this letter has died/ dies before receiving the payment of arrears, the Life Time Arrears of pension (LTA) shall be paid as usual manner.
11. All other terms and conditions of this Ministry letter No. PC  10(1)/2009- D(Pen/ Pol) dated 08.03.2010 and No. 1(13)/2012/D(Pen/ Pol) dated 17.01.2013 shall remain unchanged.
12. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has concurred the proposal with following conditions:
(i) The revised pension of an honorary rank Naib Subedar who had retired before 01.01.2006 shall not exceed that of an honorary rank Naib Subedar who retired on or after 01.01.2006.
(ii) The revised pension of an honorary rank Naib Subedar who had retired before 01.01.2006 shall not exceed that of a regular Naib Subedar who retired either before or after 01.01.2006.
13. This issues with the concurrence of M/o Finance, D/o Expenditure vide their ID No. 1(13)/EV/2019 dated 05.02.2020 and the Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 10(06)/ 2012/ Fin/Pen dated 20.02.2020.
14. Hindi Version will follow.
(Ashok Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Copy to :
As per standard list
MoD(Finance/ Pension)
CGDA, New Delhi
(Source : Staffnews blog)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Dear Veterans,
Today on 10 Feb 2020, OROP case came up for hearing in court number 8 of Justice Dr Chandrachud and justice Indu at s no 49. 

Our turn came at 1240. 

Hon'ble Justice expressed that this case is serious and affects our gallant soldiers and their morale and he would like to hear it in detail. Our lawyers pressed that we would need just 30 min to conclude our final arguments. Govt lawyer requested for time. 

Honourable Justice expressed that he would like to hear this case for final disposal.
Our lawyer requested for early date but Govt lawyer resisted&requested for time

Honourable justice fixed 24 Mar for hearing and final disposal of OROP case.
Our lawyers further requested for case to be listed as priority and be listed at early serial number. This request was accepted by Honourable Justice.
Next date for final disposal of OROP petition is 24 Mar 2020.
Large number of ESM came to Supreme Court to show their solidarity.
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Vice Chairman IESM. 
10 Feb 2020 
Time 1307 from Supreme Court of India.

(Source- Via e-mail)

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Defence ministry to directly disburse Rs 51,000-crore pension, benefitting 24 lakh ex-servicemen Getting rid of the ‘middleman’, Defence Ministry's ambitious plan will do away with the earlier process of banks that used a disbursement agency.

NEW DELHI: Getting rid of the virtual ‘middleman’, the Defence Ministry is implementing an ambitious plan to credit Rs 51,000 crore worth of pensions directly into the accounts of ex-servicemen, doing away with an earlier process of banks – mostly state owned – being the disbursement agency.

Faced with the mounting pressure of thousands of complaints and grievances on pensions being wrongly calculated or distributed unevenly, the MoD has sanctioned a new policy to directly send money to pensioners through the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) process.

Initial estimates by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) indicate that an annual saving of over Rs 180 crore will be effected through this change by cutting out the 32 banks – 28 Public sector and 4 private sector - that were earlier the distribution agency for pensions.

More importantly, the MoD believes that implementing a centralized system will do away with a majority of grievances that pensioners bring up on disbursement of funds. “An analysis of grievances received at the Ministry or at CGDA office or at PCDA (Pension) office reveal that more than 95% of the complaints pertain to pensioners drawing their pension from the banks. The task of addressing these grievances and providing services to pensioners to their complete satisfaction is an arduous one,” a note on the new system says.

At present more than 24.16 lakh pension accounts – and growing - are active throughout the nation that received close to Rs 51,000 cr per year. Out of these, 18 lakh pensioners are serviced through banks and the MoD pays Rs 960 a year to the banks as transaction fees for each account.

“If all pensioners are brought under the centralised PDA system where MoD will credit pension in pensioners Bank accounts through NEFT/RTGS, saving of Rs 180 cr could be achieved,” the note says.

Officials said that to start with, all new pensioners in the Navy and Air Force will get disbursements through this new system directly into their bank accounts. Pensioners will need to indicate a joint bank account of their choice along with their Aadhar number. The Army, which has the largest chunk of pensioners, will get the new system by August.

Friday, February 7, 2020


Dear friends and esm association's office bearers, 

Please read carefully. 

Many of you don't know soon CPPCs of banks will stop pensions probably from 01 Apr 2020 and centrally pensions will be credited to your account by CDA Allahabad only. 

Presently 72 CPPCs by all banks and 50 DPDOs are handling 31 lakhs ESM pensioners issues. Now you will have one single CPPC at Allahabad handling all pension issues directly. I already posted ksb letter to RSBs . 

DG CDA Allahabad proposed in lastyear to Govt, that he can save handling charges by banks by him doing the same job. Govt thrust upon, KSB accepted responsibility with out taking feedback from RSBs. All directors RSBs have opposed. 

But Sec KSB felt otherway and not even conducted annual directors meet since 2017. ZSBs and DPDOs will act as pension service centres. 

I told them pension is specialised, even in CDAs, people who gained experience only handle even in State or Central Offices. Now DGCDA Allahabad, wants ZSB clerks to handle and liase with them. 

As ZSB clerk doesn't know including ZSWO on pension ( types and categories)  maximum they will upload individual query and pray that your turn comes out of 31 lakhs ESM pensioners. 

He even wanted ZSBs to handle Def civilians also. It may add another 12-13 lakhs. DGCDA wants to create own empire and must have claimed 24/7 call centre will be set up  etc. 

In my view, this done without taking feedback from any ESM associations including six nationally recognised ESM associations. 

Unless, we all raise ESM difficulty to MoD/DMA under CDS, and through known Service Senior Officers and ESM Association's by sending written letters to appropriate Political Leadership, this damage will be difficult to retrieve. 

Till 1990s, ESM used to get pension through State Treasuries and DPDOs. Then Bank System came and reasonably stabilized.  

People who are convinced can take a pen and represent to Central Government Authorities. 

Incidentally, the same DGCDA who said OROP is not fair and Heading the Committee on this issue. Please understand, he has direct link to PMO, hence top down approach in this issue. 

My duty is to inform ESM and you can judge what is good for you. 

You can check from other State ZSB staff , Colleagues and Friends, Retd officers.  

Commodore MVS Kumar retd, Fwd as received on WhatsApp

(Source : Via e-mail)