Friday, February 27, 2015

SCOVA 26th minutes


DOPW has drawn the minutes to suit their convenience, omitting what members actually discussed. All objections to draft minutes overruled.

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Minutes of the 26th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 03.02.2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.
The list of participants is at Annexure-A


2. At the outset Joint Secretary (Pension) welcomed Hon’ble MOS (PP), Secretary, Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, representatives of Pensioners Associations and the participating officers of various Ministries/Departments. It was stated that SCOVA is a multi- party forum and a platform for sharing views. Under the able leadership of the Hon’ble Minister, the Department will continue to streamline the various policy issues for the benefit of the pensioners.

3. Thereafter, Hon’ble MOS (PP), Chairman, SCOVA, welcomed all participants to the meeting. He said that presently the number of pensioners is more than the number of employees in service. Hence, there is a large pool of experience which can be utilized in a constructive manner. MOS (PP) also mentioned that the Department has been able to effectively deliver on most of what was promised. Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) has been increased from ` 300 to ` 500, online grievance monitoring system CPENGRAMS is being used to keep the number of outstanding grievances to a minimum, BHAVISHYA (online pension sanction and payment tracking system) has been extended to 25 Ministries/Departments. MOS(PP) also stated that the Pensioner’s Portal is a part of the e-governance system which is in itself a priority of the present Government. He said that initiative “Sankalp” had immense potential to contribute to the welfare of pensioners who could continue to contribute to the society after their retirement. Regarding the issue of agenda points suggested by the various Pensioners Associations being summarily rejected, it was informed that due importance was attached to all agenda points. However, owing to time constraints some of them are taken up for discussion during the SCOVA meeting and the items which were specific to a particular Department were forwarded to the concerned Ministries/Departments for taking necessary action. Hon’ble MOS(PP) emphasized that each Department should look at the pensioners as their own responsibility and treat them as their family members.
It was pointed out by Pensioners’ Associations that there has been delay in payment of the enhanced amount of Fixed Medical Allowance in several Postal Circles. The instructions of Department of Posts to Postal Circles for accessing the orders from the website of DoP&PW and send the copies to the Pension Disbursing Offices without delay are not being followed. A suggestion was made that the Heads of Postal Divisions (instead of the designated Officer in Postal Circle Offices) may be authorised to download the relevant order from the website of DoP&PW and send the copies to the Head Post Offices to effect timely payment to the Pensioners.

4. Thereafter, the Action Taken Report of 25th SCOVA meeting and Fresh Agenda items of 26th SCOVA meeting were taken up for discussion.

5. Discussion on ATR of 25th SCOVA meeting:-
i) Sl.No 1 of ATR: Status of issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 pensioners.
a) CPAO informed that 29,615 cases were pending for revision. Despite several efforts, no further information was coming forth in respect of the pre- 1990 PPOs. They have approached banks and pensioners to obtain the missing information. CPAO was advised to hold meetings with individual Ministries and sort out cases issue wise so that solutions could be worked out and the pendency brought down to zero. CPAO was also advised to discuss the issue with Ministry of Railways and Department of Defence who had shown remarkable progress and brought down the pendency to Nil.
(Action: CPAO)
b) One of the Pensioner Association intimated that a number of cases were still pending in the Maharashtra Circle post offices. The Department of Posts intimated that they would consider delegating authority of revision to sub-post offices. In case of Patiala Circle, date of birth of spouse is not indicated in the revised PPOs. In respect of the comments of other Pensioners Associations, they were requested to give specific case wherein revised authority has not been issued.
(Action: Department of Posts)
c) The Ministry of Railways informed that only 5000 cases are pending where no records are available and revised PPOs could not be issued. However, the Pensioners Association informed that in Firozpur, Ambala and Delhi revised PPOs in some cases have not been issued. Ministry of Railways was therefore asked to reconfirm their figures of revised PPOs.
(Action: Ministry of Railways)
d) Department of Telecommunications informed that as on date 867 cases are pending and out of which 665 cases pertain to BSNL. Necessary action to revise these are being taken.
(Action : Department of Telecom)
e) D/o Ex-Servicemen Welfare informed that revised PPOs have been issued in most of the cases. This was refuted by the Defence Pensioner Association. Pensioners Associations were requested to give the list of the pending cases to the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare, which will take the matter with CGDA. However, CGDA was asked to also reconfirm their figures.
(Action: Ministry of Defence)
Jt. Secretary (P) requested all the Ministries/Departments to issue revised authorities for all pending cases before the next SCOVA meeting so that this item could be closed finally.
On the issue of Pension Adalat, the associations wanted that they be allowed to represent the cases of the illiterate family pensioners. It was clarified that they could very well represent the cases as individuals and not as representatives of Pensioners’ Associations. Pension Adalats were being held regularly by Survey of India for their organization, and Ministry of Defence were also conducting the same regularly hence the item may be closed.
(ii) Sl.No 2 of ATR :- Broad Banding of Disability Element for Pre-1996 cases.
The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare informed that the orders have been issued. The Department was advised to speedily implement the orders so that the benefit could percolate to all concerned pensioners, it was therefore decided to close the matter.
(iii) Sl.No 3 of ATR:- Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing at non-CGHS areas.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare intimated that the EFC Memo has been recast and has been sent to IFD for approval. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was advised to expedite a decision in this respect.
One of the pensioner association requested that the prosthesis issued to the orthopedically disabled may also be considered for insurance for easy replacement/repairs thus saving expense.
(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)
 (iv) Sl.No 4 of ATR:- Dedicated day for pensioners.
It was pointed out that in the case of Defence Pensioners, though a mechanism had been created in September, 2014 no meetings were held. The Ministry of Defence representatives were requested to hold regular meetings. Since, most of the Departments have set up institutional mechanism for meeting with the pensioners, the agenda item was closed.

(v) Sl.No 5 of ATR :- Special Family Pension for the Widows of Disabled War Veterans.
The Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare informed that the matter is being reconsidered by CGDA. One of the Pensioners Associations clarified that this issue is only for the war disabled veterans invalided out of service who are very few in number and deserved empathetic consideration. To hasten the process DoPPW may take up matter with the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.
(Action: - D/o of Ex-servicemen Welfare ,CGDA and DoPPW)

(vi) Sl.No 6 of ATR :-
(a) The Orders of Ministry of Health reiterating that all the pensioners are at liberty to opt themselves with any of the nearest CGHS hospital/ dispensary may be widely circulated.
Arbitrary orders dated 01/08/1996 and 01/09/1996 issued by Ministry of Health and Director of CGHS may be withdrawn and the benefit of CGHS facilities be allowed to the pensioners of Department of Post and Department of Telecom.
(b) Medical facilities for existing P&T pensioners.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare intimated that various issues including the issue relating to extension of CGHS facility to P&T pensioners is likely to be considered in a meeting of the Committee of Secretaries to be held shortly. As regards, the orders dtd 01.08.1996 and 01.09.1996, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that the matter was still sub-judice.
(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)

(vii) Sl.No 7 of ATR:- Anomaly in fixation of pension to DoT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001.
It was informed that since the last SCOVA meeting, two meetings were held with the officials of Department of Telecom on 29.09.2014 and 30.12.2014 and Department of Telecom was advised to expedite the details/Reply sought in DoPPW’s ID Note dtd 28.02.2014.Department of Telecom informed that the BSNL is collecting the requisite information sought by DoPPW from corporate offices of BSNL/MTNL. Department of Telecom was advised to send a reply to DoPPW within a fortnight.
(Action: D/o Telecom & DoPPW)

(viii) Sl No.8 of ATR :- Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners.
It was informed that the proposal has been approved by Department of Expenditure,
in principle. Department of Telecom informed that as per the advice of the Department of Expenditure a Cabinet Note has been prepared and sent to their IFD for approval. Department of Telecom was advised to finalise the draft Cabinet Note and circulate it to the concerned Ministries by the end of February,2015.
(Action: D/o Telecom & D/o Expenditure)
(ix) Sl.No 9 of ATR :- Extension of benefit of upgraded Grade Pay to pre-2006 retirees of S-12 grade.
D/o Expenditure had earlier observed that the benefit to grade pay of the 4600/- could not be extended to those who retired from the S-12 pay scale before 01.01.2006 as it was an upgraded scale. However, the Department of Expenditure has since sought to re-examine the issue and the relevant file on the issue has been forwarded by DoPPW to D/o Expenditure for reconsideration on
22.01.2015. D/o Expenditure was advised to expedite a decision in this regard.
(Action: D/o Expenditure & DoPPW)

(x) S.No.10 of ATR :- Extension of benefit of OM dt. 28.1.2013 w.e.f 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012
It was informed that the matter is sub-judice and the next date of hearing in the SLP No 36148-50/2013 in the Hon’ble Supreme Court was fixed for 17.02.2015.
(Action: D/o P&PW)

 (xi) S.No 11 of ATR:- Stepping up of Disability Element on the basis of Fitment Tables.
D/o Ex-Servicemen Welfare intimated that the matter is pending with CGDA. They were advised to meet the CGDA personally to expedite the case in one month.
(Action: D/o Ex-servicemen Welfare)

(xii) S.No 12 of ATR:- Income Certificate to be produced by the Family Pensioner.
Ministry of Railways have already reiterated their instructions. They were advised to display these instructions on the website. The item may therefore be closed.

(xiii) S.No 13 of ATR:- Extension Counter of CGHS Wellness Centre at Srinagar and Upgradation of facilities at CGHS Wellness Centre at Jammu including Construction of CGHS Hospital on the plot of land allotted by J&K Govt. at Jammu.
Various issues concerning CGHS including the above issue, were discussed by JS(P), DoPPW in a meeting with AS& DG(CGHS). Various suggestions for providing a centre at Srinagar had been considered in the meeting. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed that while there were huge resource constraints, overall CGHS reforms were being looked into by the Committee of Secretaries (COS). Regarding upgradation of CGHS Wellness Centre at Jammu, it was informed that computers had been procured and supplied. Funds have been released and the procurement of other equipment was being processed. The work is expected to be completed shortly.
Regarding posting of an additional doctor at the CGHS Wellness Centre at Jammu, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was advised to explore the possibility of taking the services of a doctor from the State Govt. on deputation.
(Action: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare)

(xiv) S.No 14 of ATR:- Delay in family pension to next eligible family member in case of death of widow.
There is no case pending in DoPPW and no specific case was intimated by the SCOVA members, the item may therefore be closed.

(xv) S.No 15 of ATR:- Extension of CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees -Issue of follow up order by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare & fixation of rates of contribution & ward entitlement by DoT.
Department of Telecom informed that since the pay structure in BSNL and Central Govt. was different, the orders of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding ward entitlement on the basis of pay band/grade pay could not be made applicable in the case of BSNL retirees. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare requested Department of Telecom to suggest alternate mechanism for the retirees of BSNL. Department of Telecom was advised to send a proposal to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in this regard in a month’s time.
(Action : Ministry Health and Family Welfare, Department of Telecom)

6. Discussion on Fresh Agenda Points for the 26th SCOVA meeting:-
(26.1) Simultaneous issue of orders for the release of Dearness Allowance
Department of Expenditure intimated that although they do not propose to issue common order both for DA and DR, the proposal could be considered and a copy of the approved Cabinet Note may be forwarded to enable the DoPPW to issue orders at an early date. No separate approval of Ministry of Finance would be required thereafter for issue of DR orders.
(Action: D/o Expenditure and DoPPW)
(26.2) Co-authorisation of Family Pension of Permanently disabled children/dependent parents and permanently disabled siblings.
The Ministry of Defence were asked to proactively take up the issue and finalise the case within a week.
(Action: Ministry of Defence)
(26.3) Non-adherence of extant rules with regard to submission of life certificate.
Regarding complaints in respect of submission of life certificate, SCOVA members were requested to give specific cases. CPAO was advised to give wide publicity to their Toll Free number so that the complaints could be lodged.
(Action:- CPAO and D/o Financial Services)


(26.4) Provision of CGHS facility for life time to dependent disabled/mentally retarded children of Central Government employees/ pensioners.
Ministry of Health was advised to examine the suggestion for extension of CGHS facilities to married disabled/mentally retarded daughter on the analogy of continuation of family pension to such children even after marriage. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare intimated that they will examine the issue.
(Action:- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

7. Concluding, Secretary (P) stated that the public grievance module CPENGRAMS has been streamlined and lot of improvements have come after its merger with CPGRAMS. The website of the Department has all the latest orders available at the click of the mouse. He urged the SCOVA members to help the pensioners above 80 to get their Adhaar numbers so that they could exercise the online “Jeevan Pramaan” facility which would be of immense help to them. He urged the Department of Telecom to resolve the pending issues with BSNL at an early date. Finally concluding MOS(PP) indicated that Inter Departmental Communication should extend even beyond SCOVA and each Department should look at their pensioners as their responsibility and take out time for communicating or meeting with them.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015


OROP PCDA Circular 533: Improvement in pension of JCOs/ ORs of Armed Forces retired/ discharged/ invalided out of service prior to 01.01.2006.



OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 533
Dated: 21th January 2015.

Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Services Personnel and Ex Servicemen-Improvement in pension of JCOs/ ORs of Armed Forces retired/ discharged/ invalided out of service priorto 01.01.2006.

Reference: This Office Circular No. 501 dated 17th January 2013 [click to view].

A copy of corrigendum of Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1 (13)/2012/D (Pen/Policy) dated 25th November 2014 [View] on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action, which is self explanatory.

2. The rates of improved pension in respect of Honorary Commissioned Officers of DSC were inadvertently left out in Ministry‘s letter No. 1(13)/2012/D (Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 which has circulated vide this office Circular No 501 dated 17th January 2013.The same have now been included and are provided in above cited corr GOI, MOD letter. The rate of pensionas indicated in Table No. 6 (Army), attached with MoD letter No.1(13)/2012-D(Pen/Policy), dated 17.01.2013 in respect of pre-01.01.2006 JCO/OR retirees who have been granted honorary Commissioned Officer rank, are equally applicable to Honorary Commissioned Officers of DSC. The new Table No. 11 (A) (DSC) has been added for Honorary Commissioned Officers of DSC as Annexure to the above cited corr GOI, MOD letter of 25th Nov 2014.

3. Further, the revised rates of pension relating to NCs (E) as indicated in Table-I (Army), may be applied in Table No. 19 (Air Force) for NCS (E) TINDAL and HEAD TINDAL in place of existing rates.

4. Further, In Columns 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Table No. 13 (Navy), for ranks Art-IV and Art IIH, for the period post 10.10.1997 read “group X“ for “group A".

5. In view of the above, all Pension Disbursing Agencies are hereby authorized to review such case and step up the pension of the affected Pre-2006 pensioners with effect from 24.09.2012, as per these orders.

6. All other subsidiary payment instructions will be the same as already circulated vide this office circulars quoted under reference. All nodal agencies are requested to circulate this circular to all concerned under their jurisdiction. It is also requested that all PDAs may download the same from this office website for immediate implementation of the government orders to revise the pension w.e.f 24.09.2012.

Please acknowledge receipt.

No. Grants/Tech/0167/XIX
Dated: 21.01.2015
ACDA (P)


Source/View/DownloadCircular-533


Dopt Clarification on Definition of a Dependent Family Member – Whether ‘married son’ can be considered for compassionate appointment?



G.I., Dep.of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.14014/02/2012-Estt(D), dated 25th February, 2015

Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment ‘D’ Section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Compassionate Appointment

Definition of a Dependent Family Member

S.No. Question and Answer
60. Whether ‘married son’ can be considered for compassionate appointment?


Yes, if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this Department’s O.M. dated 16th January, 2013. This would be effective from the date of issue of this FAQ viz. 25th February, 2015 and the cases of compassionate appointment already settled w.r.t. the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013, may not be reopened.

Sr.No.13 of the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013 may be deemed to have been modified to this extent.

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16

Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - inclusion of NonPracticing Allowance (NPA) in revision of pension of retired medical officers, dt 18.2.15



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pensions for Elderly Should Be Linked to Real-Value: Rajan Gov. RBI

Indian Express
·         Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pensions for Elderly Should Be Linked to Real-Value: Rajan

PANAJI: RBI governor Raghuram Rajan Friday said that ideally, pensions for the elderly should not just be inflation-indexed but also indexed for real-value (which adjusts for the effect of inflation).

He said this while stressing the need for curbing inflation as it works as a tax against those in their twilight years.

Speaking during an ongoing lecture series here, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor also made a case for equity-linked pension while admitting that as India gets richer, pension in the current form does not help preserve the status of an individual like it used to a decade ago.

"The government can create a minimal pension, which it has in a number of areas, especially for the very poorly off in society. But going forward we have to develop better methods of savings. Savings that ensure... that your pensions are not just inflation-indexed, but even real-value indexed," Rajan said.

He also said that to ensure that pensions are indexed at real value, linking the pension corpus to equity was important.

"So in those kinds of saving plans I think some amount of equity is very important," Rajan said.

The top official also admitted that in contemporary India, with its upward rising economic trajectory, mere pensions could not alone could not guarantee the same economic solace as they used to in the past.

"But there's another aspect to pensions which are a source of concern for the elderly, that is the country is becoming richer so a pension today does not preserve the same status even if it is inflation indexed, that it would have got you 10 years ago because everyone else is moving ahead," he said.

Rajan said that it was imperative to arrest inflation, because it ended up taxing those in the twilight years of their lives.

"I hope that unlike China we will grow wealthy before we grow old. China unfortunately is growing old before it really gets wealthy.

"Hopefully, we will not face the same situation. So we should be prepared and therefore pensions I think are one extremely issue today," the RBI governor added. 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Improvement in Pension of JCO/OR retired/discharged/invalided out of service prior to 1.1.2006 with respect to CSC 2012 dated:25.11.2014


No.1(13)2012/D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Dated; 25th November,2014
To
The Chief of the Army Staff,
The Chief of the Naval Staff,
The Chief of the Air Staff.

CORRIGENDUM
Subject:- Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen - Improvement in Pension of JCO/OR retired / discharged /invalided out of service prior to 1.1.2006.


Sir,
While issuing this Ministry's letter No. No.1(13)/2012-D(Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 [Click here] the rates of improved pension in respect of Honorary Commissioned Officers of DSC could not be included therein inadvertently.  The same are provided as indicated below:-

[i] The rates of pension as indicated in Table No.6 (Army), attached with MoD letter No.1(13)/2012-D(Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 [Click here] in respect of pre-1.1.2006 retirees JCO/OR granted honorary Commissioned Officer rank, are equally applicable to Honorary Commissioned Officers of DSC. Accordingly, the new Table No.11 (A) (DSC) has been added for Honorary Commissioned Officers of DSC as Annexure

[ii] Revised rates of pension relating to NCs (E) as indicated in Table-l [Army], may be applied in Table No.19 (Air Force) for NCs(E) TlNDAL and HEAD TINDAL in place of existing rates.

(iii) in Columns 2,3, 4 and 5 of Table No.13 (Navy), for ranks Art-IV and Art III-l; for the period post 10.10.1997 read "group X" for "group 'A'".

2. The provisions ofthis letter shall take effect from 24.9.2012.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 10(11)/2012/FlN/PEN dated 15.10.2014.

Hindi version will follow.

(Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary(Pension/Policy)

Annexure
revised+pension+pre+2006+retirees+jco+or
Revised Pension in respect of Pre 1.1.2006 retirees JCO/OR granted honorary Commissioned Officer (DSC)

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/D%28Pension-Policy-1%29-25-Nov-2014.pdf

NEXT DATE OF DESTINY 17 MARCH 2015

NEXT DATE OF DESTINY 17 MARCH 2015

DEAR  FRIENDS,

FIRST TIME THE  BIG BUNCH OF CASES - 53 IN ALL - HAD COME UP BEFORE THE BENCH.

VITAL QUESTION APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN RAISED BY THE HONOURABLE BENCH :  HOW ALL THE  CASES IN SUCH A BIG LOT CAN BE SIMILAR? - THE GOVT COUNSELS APPEARED TO HAVE FUMBLED TO ANSWER. THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY SR COUNSEL WITH THEM AS THEY WERE NOT EXPECTING THE BUNCH OF CASES  AT SL NO 206 OF SUPPL. LIST TO COME UP TODAY .

 (A FEW OF US HERE FAR AWAY SITTING BEFORE THE COMPUTER AND WATCHING THE PROGRESS (VN & NSR & NAGARAJAN R AT DIFFT PLACES) WERE ASTONISHED AT THE PACE AT WHICH THE CASES WERE BEING DISPOSED AND IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE THAT THIS BINCH REALLY CAME UP AT 02 30 PM!)

AS USUAL, GOVT COUNSELS SOUGHT TIME . THE HSC HAS OBLIGED. 

NDH APPEARS TO BE 17 MARCH 2015.

LET US HOPE FOR THE NEXT D-DAY.
THIS WAS THE BEST DAY EVER SO FAR.......A BEGINNING HAD BEEN MADE.......

WE GAIN CONFIDENCE THAT HSC CAN NOT BE SO EASILY HOOD-WINKED BY THE DIVIDE AND LINK TECHNIQUE OF THE BABUDOM. LET US HAVE LITTLE MORE PATIENCE .

ALL THE BEST PRE 2006 PENSIONER COMMUNITY.

VN

Exemption from physical appearance for the purpose of life certificate