Saturday, September 05, 2015

Government Announces One Rank One Pension Scheme for Ex-Servicemen

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

The Government has announced the One Rank One Pension scheme for the Ex-Servicemen. This was announced by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar here today. The following is the statement of the Defence Minister: 

“Government of India respects its Defence Forces and Ex-Servicemen for their valour, patriotism and sacrifices. The Government is proud of their devotion to duty and bravery. Our forces, besides vigilantly and gallantly defending the nation, have displayed exemplary standards of courage and bravery in natural calamities, law and order situations and other difficult circumstances. 

The issue of “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) has been pending for nearly four decades. It is a matter of deep anguish that the various governments remained ambivalent on the issue of OROP. In February 2014, the then Government stated that OROP would be implemented in 2014-15, but did not specify what OROP would be, how it would be implemented or how much it would cost. An estimated Rs. 500 crore provided for OROP in the budget presented in February 2014 by the then government was not based on any thorough analysis. It is pertinent to mention that the then Minister of State for Defence in 2009 had, in reply to a question, informed Parliament that there are administrative, technical and financial difficulties in implementing OROP. It is for these reasons that the present government took some time to fulfil its promise. 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has, on various occasions, reiterated the Government’s commitment to implement OROP for Ex-Servicemen under military pension. As stated above, the previous government has estimated that OROP would be implemented with a budget provision of a mere Rs. 500 crore. The reality, however, is that to implement OROP, the estimated cost to the exchequer would be Rs. 8,000 to 10,000 crore at present, and will increase further in future. 

The Government held extensive consultations with experts and Ex-Servicemen. The main argument for OROP is that the Defence personnel retire early and thus are not able to get the benefits of serving till normal retirement age. Despite the huge fiscal burden, given its commitment to the welfare of Ex-Servicemen, the Government has taken a decision to implement the OROP. 

In simple terms, OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, regardless of their date of retirement. Future enhancements in the rates of pension would be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of current and past pensioners at periodic intervals. 

Under this definition, it has been decided that the gap between rate of pension of current pensioners and past pensioners will be bridged every 5 years. 

Under the OROP Scheme: 

The benefit will be given with effect from 1st July, 2014. The present government assumed office on 26th May, 2014 and therefore, it has been decided to make the scheme effective from a date immediately after. 

Arrears will be paid in four half-yearly instalments. All widows, including war widows, will be paid arrears in one instalment. 

To begin with, OROP would be fixed on the basis of calendar year 2013. 

Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners retiring in the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of minimum and maximum pension in 2013. Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected. 

Personnel who voluntarily retire will not be covered under the OROP scheme. 

In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years. 

It is estimated that the expenditure on arrears alone would be ten to twelve thousand crores of rupees. Apart from the fact that the previous government had provided for only Rs. 500 crore in the budget, it is noteworthy that the Koshiyari Committee had accepted the estimate of Rs. 235 crore as additional financial burden to implement OROP. The present government has accepted OROP in true spirit without being constrained by these inaccurate estimates. 

OROP is a complex issue. A thorough examination of interests of retirees of different periods and different ranks is needed. The inter-service issues of the three Forces also require consideration. This is not an administrative matter alone. Therefore, it has also been decided that a One Member Judicial Committee would be constituted which will give its report in six months. 

Prime Minister Shri Modi has fulfilled his commitment and approved OROP for Armed Forces personnel. Ministry of Defence will soon issue detailed Government Order.” 
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Friday, September 04, 2015

Revision of pension of pre-2006 Commissioned Officer pensioners/ family pensioners.

No 1(04)/2015(l)-D(Pen/Pol)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Pension/Policy)

New Delhi, Dated: 3rd September, 2015

To
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

Subject:Revision of pension of pre-2006 Commissioned Officer pensioners/ family pensioners.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No, 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Pol) dated 11.11.2008 as amended, issued in implementation of government decision on the recommendations of the Sixth CPC for revision of pension/ family pension in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forces pensioner/family pensioners. As per provisions contained in Para 5 therein, with effect from 01.01.2006 revised pension and revised ordinary family pension of all pre-2006 Armed Forces pensioners/ family pensions determined in terms of fitment formula laid down in Para 4.1 above said letter dated 11.11.2008, shall in no case be lower than fifty percent and thirty percent respectively, of the minimum of the pay band plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired/ discharged/ invalided out/died including Military Service Pay where applicable.

2. The above minimum guaranteed pension was revised,vide GOI. MOD letter No. 1(11)/ 2012/D(Pen/Pol) dated 17.01.2013 with effect from 24,09,2012, at the rate of minimum of fitment table for the Rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment table annexed with SAI 2/S/2008 and SA]. 4/S/2008 as amended, plus Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired / discharged/ invalided out/died including Military Service Pay.

3. Now, after issue of GOI, Ministry of Personnel. PG & Pensioners, Department of Pension & Pension Welfare OM No. 38/37/08-P & PW (A) dated 30.07.2015, it has been decided that the pension/family pension of all pre.2006 pensioners/family pensioners may be revised in accordance with Para 2 with effect from 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012.

4. In case the consolidated pension/family pension calculated as per Para 4.1 of this Ministry’s letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)/O(Pen/Pol) dated 11.11.2008 is higher than the pension/ family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same (higher consolidated pension/family pension) will continue to be treated as basic pension/ family pension.

5. Accordingly, revised tables indicating minimum guaranteed pension / ordinary family pension for Indian Commissioned Officers which is annexed with GOI, MOD letter No.1(11) 2012-D(Pen/ Policy) dated 17.01.2013, shall be effective with effect from 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012. Pension Disbursing Authorities are hereby authorized to step up the pension/ family pension of the affected pre-2006 pensioners/ family pensioners with effect from 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012 and arrear of pension/ family pension will be paid.

6. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

7. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be allowed from 01.01.2006 to 23.09.2012.

8. This issues with concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 22(5)/2015/Fin/Pen dated 25.08.2015 and Ministry of. Finance, Department of expenditure vide their ID No. 1(12)/EV/2015 dated 2.9.2015.

9. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
R. K. Arora
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

List of Authorities empowered to issue caste/community certificates- Information on the complete list — regarding

F. No. 36028/1/2014-Estt.(Res.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Reservation-I) Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated September 3, 2015

To
The Chief Secretaries of all the
State Governments/ Union Territories

Subject: List of Authorities empowered to issue caste/community certificates- Information on the complete list — regarding

Madam/ Sir

As you are aware, the Government of India has issued instructions vide Office Memorandum No. 36012/22/93-Estt.(SCT) dated 15.11.1993 and Office Memorandum No. 36012/6/88-Estt.(SCT) dated 24.04.1990 prescribing the following authoritie’s who are competent to issue caste certificates for the members belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) category:

(i) District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/Collector Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ 1 st Class Stipendary Magistrate/ Sub Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate/Executive
Magistrate/Extra Assistant Commissioner,

(ii) Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate,

(iii) Revenue Officer not below the tank of Tehsildar and

(iv) Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides.

2. It has come to the notice of the Government that in some States, offices/ officers, other than those prescribed above, have been authorized to issue caste/ social status certificates.The complete list of these said new offices/ officers is not available centrally.

3. It is, therefore, requested that the list of officers/offices authorized by the State Government/ Union Territory to issue caste/ social status certificates, alongwith the copies of the relevant Notifications to that effect, may please be provided to this Department at an early date.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/36028_1_2014-Estt.Res.-03092015.pdf
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Is there a Hike in Bonus this year - for Central Government employees?

In a letter from Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr S. Agarwal conveyed this good news to Sri Vijesh Upadhyay, Genl. Secy., Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangha.

After a long time Central Govt. Employees are going to get higher amount of bonus this year. Earlier, the ceiling for bonus was Rs 3500/- per month. From this year, the ceiling is going to be increased as Rs 10,000 per month.

We have enclosed the letter.
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

One day training programme for dealing Assistants/Section Officers dealing with Pension related matters.

MOST IMMEDIATE
REMINDER/TIME BOUND

NO 56-1/2015 -P&PW Desk (C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

New Delhi, the 1st September, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: One day training programme for dealing Assistants/Section Officers dealing with Pension related matters.

In continuation of this department’s OM of even number dated 26th August, 2015 on the above mentioned subject, the undersigned is directed to say that no nominations for the training programme, on pension matters to be held between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM on 21st September, 2015 at Auditorium No.2, Ground Floor, Institute of Secretariat Training & Management, JNU Campus (Old), New Delhi- 110067, have been received in the department.

The training programme will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State (Personnel & Pension). Ministry of Agriculture etc. are, therefore, requested to ensure nomination of at least two suitable functionaries of appropriate seniority and dealing with Pension Matters to attend the above training course. The nominations in the Proforma given overleaf should reach the undersigned latest by 10th September, 2015 positively. You may also send the nomination through e.mail at seemagupta@nic.in

Sd/-
(Seema Gupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/OneDayTrainingProgramme.pdf
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