Thursday, July 30, 2015

S.C.Maheshwari Secy. Genl BPS speech at Convention of Pensioners' Association at Vijayawada on 26.7.20115

Sub:- Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - reg. OM dated 30.07.2015

S.C.Maheshwari Secy. Genl BPS speech at Convention of Pensioners' Association at Vijayawada on 26.7.20115

Respected veteran leaders & Sr colleagues on the Dias, leaders and  representatives of various Central Govt; State Govt. and PSU pensioners organizations , Brothers & sisters,
I thank you all to have invited me and to be with you this morning.
I am aware you all are eager to know what  transpired in the BPs meetings with 7th CPC & what is the expected  outcome.
 Well before the constitution of 7th CPC BPS went over different parts of the country and after consulting our stake holders identified common issues, dotted down clinching justification for each of the issues, mustered support of NCJCM (staff side) and submitted a comprehensive memorandum to the 7th CPC. BPS on the invitation of the 7th CPC has had  3 opportunities  to explain & to tender evidence on the issues raised by it. We explained to pay commission, that pensioners' only aspiration is to have a peaceful and healthy life with dignity. Dignity as guaranteed by the Constitution &  pronounced by the Apex court  as far back as D S Nakra vs UOI. i.e pension is a deferred wage & not a largesse, pension w/o any cut-off date/or discrimination based on date of retirement  should be sufficient to enable pensioner to live with the standard he/she had been living while in service. We explained that healthcare is a Fundamental right of ex employee as pronounced by the apex court on 27.10.1995 in the case   Consumer education and Research Centre  Vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922) and that it is in the National interest to provide free adequate hassle free preventive & curative medical attendance & treatment to Sr Citizens or else by 2050 India will be a Nation of poor limping oldies as by then 25% population will be 60+
 But what we are getting?  Discrimination ,disparities & neglect.
 Every time, months before CPC recommendations are out. Media creates a misleading  hype! "CG Employees/Pensioners will be richer after Pay comm; recommendations . Pension& salaries will go up 4 times, country's finances will derailed etc etc.
A wrong perception is created , as if alms are being doled out!
 What we actually  get as revised pension ?
Existing basic Pension+ DR+ fitments benefit = revised pension i.e. about 40% rise in pension for about 90% of pensioners after a long wait of 10 yrs or so. The fitments benefit, in fact is part of squeezed DR . DR which govt. pays  during intervening period of two pay commissions is never sufficient  as the very method of calculating ALL INDIA CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR INDUSTRIAL WORKERS is fraught with discrepancies. 100% neutralization is an illusion. This was accepted by  the then deputy chairman planning comm. Sardar Montek  Singh Alluwaliah in his statement to PTI on27.2.2008(published in National dailies on 28.2.2008).In short the Pay & Pension hike which Pay Commission gives, is just a compensation for all round price hike during the past 10yrs & nothing else. Pension has been our Service condition we have contributed for it by way of foregoing 8.33% of our salary Per month matching Govt contribution to PF, Worked hard for the development of the country accepting lower pay scales which were intentionally designed to cater to pension to be paid after retirement. Pension is our deferred wage. It is definitely not a defined benefit.
7th CPC as we understand has classified pensioners in two broad categories i.e. Defense Pensioners & Civil Pensioners. For representing civil Pensioners in final round of discussion Pay comm. had short listed Bharat  Pensioners Samaj.
We are satisfied that the 7th CPC listened to us patiently & appreciated our view point on several important issues such as ratio between min & max. paid to be brought back to 1:8. upward revision  of pension  to 67/65% of last drawn. Full parity in pension/ carrying forward w/o break the  modified parity formula enunciated by 5th CPC. Common multiplication factor to apply uniformly to all, need for downward revision of age for  additional pension, additional pension to start from the age of 65 yrs. Removal of  discrimination with those who retire on 31.12 & 30.06,modification of NPS to ensure that min pension shall not be less than 50% of last drawn, DR merger with pension whenever it goes above 50%, 7th CPC recommendations should apply to all w/o cut of date,7th CPC recommendations should apply to  BSNL pensioners since governed by CCS(pension rules), Defence civilian  pensioners should get ex-service men status, full pension for 20yrs QS to pre 2006 retirees also, Commuted portion of pension to be restored in 12yrs,gratuity w/o any restriction of max. limit ,full pension to family pensioners for 10 yrs w/o any cutoff date &discrimination, Pension to be tax free. Pooling together the health facilities/schemes of different departments, uniform application & widening the spread-over of CGHS without discrimination such as CGH/non CGHS areas/CSMA rules, removal of discrimination against pensioners of postal & other departments. Periodical  revision of CGHS rates to match market conditions, regulatory authority for healthcare facilities. Issuing Smart Cards to all pensioners for hassle free cashless treatment in medical emergencies with all India validity in all empanelled hospitals of CGHS,ECHS,RELHS , State govt. as well as in super specialty hospitals which have been allotted land on concession rates. Upward revision of FMA to Rs 2000PM. Improvement in grievance redressal mechanism etc.etc.
Friends, 7th CPC has   finished recording evidence & is now drafting its recommendations.  We have done our duty well by representing  our issues in a forceful manner, Chairman CPC approach has been positive & we expect positive outcome.  
But Government of India’s Policy is explicit as seen from the Budget documents. This Government is anti employee and Pro-employer.  Freight charges on Coal, Petroleum product etc. have been increased health care budget is slashed, service tax enhanced &Swatch Bharat cess introduced, prices of essential commodities  increasing .The Interest rates are  coming down. We  Pensioners’ will pay excess price on essential commodities, receive less interest on savings, will pay more taxes and will not get any tax relief, interim relief or DR merger . 
On the other hand. Wealth Tax abolished. Income tax rates for corporate assesses reduced .  Already Estate duty & Gift Tax stand abolished benefiting the rich. But no provision has been made for implementation of VII Central Pay Commission recommendations, though the Government of India  has promised implementation from 1.1.2016.
The Fourteenth Finance Commission projected an increase in Pension Payment  by 30% in 2016-17 & annual increase rate of 8% thereafter. Thus we may not be getting desired relief through 7th CPC. Middle class should take care of itself says the Finance minister. We should be able to understand the writing on the wall- "Bad days ahead".
India considered to be a bright spot in Global economy but is pushing its Pensioners to poverty through  anti middle class attitude .
GOI has spent  100s of crores on Administrative reforms, e governance  and is now striving for digital India. But in reality our grievances on CPENGRAMS are being closed without resolving. Concerned officers do not read our e.mail. Ministers & even Secretaries have no time to listen to our representations. It take weeks & weeks to get few minutes appointment.
What is the way out?
Pensioners who with their spouses  account for over 33 million Voters & who are part of larger community of over 120 million Sr citizens are not helpless? With their vast knowledge & experience they are a large section of intelligent voters among 120 million Sr citizens voters are spread in every nook and corner of the country. They can very well be the opinion formers. Pensioners are Sr Citizen first. Issues i.e. Financial security, Healthcare & social security are common to entire community of Sr. Citizens.
We are  transforming into an institution. Hence, horizon is expanding; reach is widening; vision though far, is visible and much clearer
 This is the time consolidate ourselves to ensure that no injustice is  done to us.
BPS suggests 3 C  formula i.e. Communicate, Co-ordinate & Consolidate”
1. Communicate: World has changed & is constantly changing we too need to change ourselves. Even developed countries have realized that moving alone is not  possible any- more  and have started communicating with other countries. Same is true for pensioners organizations instead of wasting time & energy in raising new or reviving dormant organizations we need to form strong conglomerate of existing live  Federations and Associations. As main aspirations i.e. Financial, Social security & healthcare  are common, this is possible. To achieve it  communication is the basic tool . So communicate amongst yourself , with your members, affiliates, associates, MOU partners, with Civil Society , National / local leaders ,with Media and with the employees retiring in next six months. Spread awareness about,  what pensioners did for the country & are still doing for the civil Society. Apprise Civil Society about their service conditions,  entitlements as per Constitution, Supreme court pronouncements . Empower Pensioners & Pensioners to be with information, knowledge & network to interconnect. Aggressively use Social Media & modern digital technology to interact among yourself & with the civil society to enable  them  to understand pensioners/family pensioner’s  issues & the deficient areas.

2. Co ordinate: Coordinate not only to seek govt. support in deficient areas but  to develop systems which may enable all of us to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence. To explain it further I narrate  a real life small story " one day at about 9.30 in the night I received a call from a family pensioner from Dimapur in 'Nagaland' .The  lady pleaded for help, she was having health problem with no body to look after her, I took her details & contacted Genl. Secy.NFRPA at Guwahati in 'Assam', giving the details & assistance required, comrades at Dimapur were informed accordingly, help reached, lady in medical  distress was shifted to Lumding Rly Hospital (Nagaland) from where she was referred to Prambur Rly hospital Chennai in 'TN'. I passed on the details to   Secy.  Genl. AIFPA at Chennai who attended on the patient , contacted doctors & pursued treatment.  Though due to legal hurdles we were not obliged with 100% success but the lady today is alive, wkg for family pensioners &realises  that she is not alone, she  has a  large family of Pensioners Brothers and sisters. Comrades, if we have to survive with dignity then such should be our system of  mutual  confidence, interdependence & coordination that non of us feel lonely &helpless.
 Share information, technology and resources with Affiliates/Associates MOU partners/sister organizations &members .Coordinate and provide support to members, affiliates and associate associations. Coordinate & stand shoulder to shoulder with the administration & fellow citizens during National emergencies and  natural calamities. Launch and participate in  welfare activities such as organ donation for the good of civil society.

3.Consolidate:  Inspire more & more pensioners/Associations/Federations  to come together. Strive to bring all C.G; State, PSU, EPS95 pensioners/family pensioners together.  Inspire sister organizations sign MOUs to jointly & severally struggle  for  resolving common issues. BPS, AIFPA,NFRP Palghat & AISCCON have been successfully wkg with such an agreement. I  invite other  like minded  pensioners organizations to join. BPS today has over 15 lac audience on Social media platform, let us utilize the facility for pensioners' cause. We throw it open to all like minded organizations. Add more & more , friends , viewers & followers  on  Social media pages . Share pensioner's related posts as much as possible.
Due to age & ailments,  traditional agitational   methods like Dharnas, Demonstrations  etc are losing sheen for pensioners . Let us blend old & new techniques, strengthen presence  on social media to highlight pensioners issues & deficient areas  . Streamline & inter- link available resources like publications, websites, Blogs, Groups, Face book, Twitter, You Tube etc. BPS has launched a pilot project 'PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA' under which publications of like minded  Pensioners organizations who willingly provide us their publications in pdf format upto 5MB are being uploaded on BPS website, Blog, Face book, Twitter & BPS 1955 yahoo group.

 Let us make best use of modern technology /opportunities combined with traditional methods to consolidate ‘Elderly Vote Power’, the ultimate weapon & panacea for all our ills.

Comrades, we are not a helpless or a useless lot. Neither we are a liability to the society or a burden on  the exchequer. We are an asset for the civil society & the Govt.

We can still turn the TIDES. With  'elderly vote power' we have the ability to change Govt. Even in our death we have the capacity to give life to 5 persons (by organ donation )
We may not live to see the end results but it is our responsibility to give correct direction & a road map to pensioners of tomorrow.
Brothers & Sisters I request  you to consider the suggestion for adoption.

Jai hind
Er,.S.C. Maheshwari
Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Friday, July 24, 2015

Another victory fr BPS

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Improvements made in the Common Written Examination for recruitment in Regional Rural Banks(RRBs) for the posts of Office Assistants(Multipurpose), Officers Scale-I, II & III

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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
10-July-2015 20:31 IST
Improvements made in the Common Written Examination for recruitment in Regional Rural Banks(RRBs) for the posts of Office Assistants(Multipurpose), Officers Scale-I, II & III

The Common Written Examination for recruitment of Office Assistants (Multipurpose), Officers Scale-I, II & III in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) is being conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS). Government was receiving various queries from the candidates/RRBs/NABARD regarding some shortcomings in recruitment process.  In this regard, the Government has made the following improvements for making the recruitment process smooth.

IBPS will now handle all direct recruitments for RRBs in different posts / scales including the conduct of interviews and issue of final result.So as to ensure fair selection process, the interview Boards have now been made independent of the Bank Management and would be decided by IBPS in consultation with NABARD.  The candidates will now indicate their choices for the RRBs, in order of preference based on proficiency in local language as prescribed by the concerned RRB at the time of application. The local language proficiency would be checked at the time of interview.  The upper age limit for Officers Scale-I has now been raised from 28 years to 30 years to make it in consonance with that for Public Sector Banks.

The above changes will facilitate the fair selection process, eliminate the possibility of multiple selection and also reduce the attrition rate in RRBs. This will enable those candidates to apply for the posts of Office Assistant and Officer Scale-I in RRBs, who have not studied the local language at 10th Standard but have proficiency in the local language. The candidates between the age group of 28 and 30 years will now be able to apply for the post of Officer Scale-I in RRBs.


Sub: Restriction on Issuance of Manual Refunds by Assessing Officers: Reg

F.No. DGIT(S)IDIT(S)-3/AST/Manual Refunds/85/2015-16 
All the Pr. Chief Commissioner of Income-tax / Chief Commissioner of Income Tax
All the Commissioner of Income-tax (CO)
Sub: Restriction on Issuance of Manual Refunds by Assessing Officers: Reg

Kindly refer to the above subject.

2. The functionalities for passing orders u/s 143(1)(a)/ 143(3)/ 154/ appeal effects/ penalty etc. exist on the system and, progressively, AOs are mostly issuing orders on the system from AY 2011-12 onwards. The CBDT has repeatedly instmcted that in all cases orders must be passed on the system. This has also been stressed in the Central Action Plan for each year. Further, all charges including LTUs and Central Charges are now covered by Refund Banker scheme. However, instances continue to come to the notice of the CBDT where the Assessing Officers have issued manual refunds even in cases which have been processed on AST.

3. In certain exceptional time-barring cases the CBDT has allowed processing of Returns of Income in Online TMS. The AST Instruction No. 135 dated 2oth March 2015 provides for processing of following categories of returns for A.Y. 2013-14 in Online TMS.

  • Category 1

Sr No -  Category of cases
I. - PAN under migration
II. - PAN is deleted in de-duplication process.
III. -  PAN is under de-duplication restoration.

  • Category 2:

S.No -  Category of cases
I - Invalid PAN mentioned in the return
II-  PAN is not available
III - Name in PAN database does not match with name in Return of Income
IV - Return with one PAN issued to two different entities OR someone filing a return quoting the PAN of original holder and this wrong return is processed first in AST/CPC/TMS , therefore the System will not allow processing of Return of original PAN holder.
V - Any other contingency in AST not allowing the processing of such return even with valid PAN.

4. As per the aforementioned instruction, refunds can be issued via refund voucher printing facility for Online TMS Category 1 cases only. Subsequent to the issue of refunds, the information regarding processing and refund issued, if any, needs to be integrated with AST. However, for the Online TMS Category 2 cases, refund via refund voucher printing facility or integration with AST is not possible, as the correct PAN details are not available.

5. Only in cases where the initial underlying order is passed outside the system, the subsequent orders cannot be passed in the AST system and therefore in such cases refund cannot be issued through Refund Banker. As discussed in para 2 above, from AY 2011-12 onwards, most orders u/s 143(1) and subsequent orders are already on AST system. 

6. It is therefore decided by the CBDT that henceforth no manual refund should be issued in a case which has been processed on AST. In cases referred to in paras 4 & 5 or in exceptional cases, manual refunds may be issued with the following safeguards:

i. It is mandatory for AO to take Approval by Range head for refunds upto Rs. 1 lakh and approval by ClT for refund above Rs. 1 lakh and record reasons as to why manual refund was necessary.

ii. Mandatory quoting of PAN, AY and Bank account number on the Cheque.

iii. No manual refund will be permitted if a prior manual refund for same PAN, AY and amount has already been encashed.

7. For control purposes, a separate lTD functionality/screen is being rolled out vide this instruction to capture important details for manual refunds (other than using print refund voucher functionality where details are already captured in the system) issued by the Assessing Officer(s). The Assessing Officer(s) are advised to mandatorily fill these details before issuance of any manual refund from the date of issue of this instruction. Range Heads are advised to ensure that the Assessing Officers duly fill all the details for such manual refunds as provided in the functionality before issuance of any such manual refund.
The path of this functionality is as under:

“ITD->AST->Others->Manual Refund Details”

For monitoring by supervisory officers, the data of refunds issued manually and entered by the Ao5 in this new screen will be matched with the data of such refunds encashed as per OLTAS database regularly to identify cases that have not been entered by AOs through MIS feature that will be launched shortly.

This process would continue till a separate functionality is developed in ITBA.

8. The CIT(COs) are requested to ensure that all the Assessing Officers are enabled under Refund Banker Scheme as per new Jurisdiction Order issued after restructuring w.e.f. 15.11.2014. It also needs to be ensured that the old jurisdictions are dis-continued immediately.

9. For any clarifications/ difficulties user is advised to lodge ticket with Helpdesk for resolution. Any queries on this issue can also be addressed to Shri Ashish Abrol, Addl.DlT(S) 3(1)

10. This issues with the approval of Chairperson, CBDT.

Yours faithfully,

(Ramesh Krishnamurthi)
Addl. DGIT(S)-3, New Delhi


76th Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Recommendation regarding suo-motu disclosure under Section 4 of Right to Information Act, 2005.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnet, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block,
New Delhi, dated the 9th July,2015.

Subject: 76th Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Recommendation regarding suo-motu disclosure under Section 4 of Right to Information Act, 2005.

Reference is invited to this Department's Office Memorandum No.1/6/2011-IR, dated the 15th April,2013 wherein all Ministries / Departments were advised to appoint a senior officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary and not below the rank of Additional HoD in case of attached offices for ensuring compliance with the proactive disclosure guidelines. Subsequently, vide O.M.No.1/1/20-13~IR dated 21st October,2014, all Ministries / Departments were requested to take action to upload the replies to RTI applications and first appeals on their respective websites. in this context, the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has, in Para 4.40 of its 76th Report, inter-alia made the following observation / recommendations:

"The direction given by DoPT in their guidelines for  implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act which required appointment of a Joint Secretary rank officer as the Nodal Officer should be followed in letter and spirit. The Committee feels that all Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations themselves must encourage suo-motu disclosure of relevant information. The Committee suggests the publishing of RTI requests and their replies on the websites of the Departments so that duplicity of requests is avoided. All Departments must make an analysis of information which is sought most often from applicants and provide it on their website as suo-motu disclosure.

2. The above mentioned recommendations of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice are hereby brought to the notice of all Ministries / Departments and Public Authorities for strict compliance. 

3. The contents of this O.M. may also be brought to the notice of Attached Subordinate Offices and Public Sector Undertakings for necessary compliance.

(Devesh Chaturvedi)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India



Central Organization, ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Defence (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110010


07 Jul 2015


1. Refer Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS/ dated 04 Aug 2004, vide which Medical Officers at ECHS Polyclinics were not authorized to issue medical certificates to ECHS beneficiaries.

2. Considering the inconvenience being faced by ECHS beneficiaries, it has been decided that the Medical Officers at ECHS Polyclinics are authorized to issue Medical Certificates to ECHS beneficiaries for following purposes:

(a) Advising bed rest due to any illness.
(b) Fitness certificate to resume duties after undergoing treatment.
(c) Fitness certificate for joining any school/college/private job.
(d) Fitness certificate for membership of swimming pool/ Gym.

3. The ECHS Polyclinics will lay down the timings for issue of such certificates as it should not hamper the treatment to ECHS beneficiaries.

(Mohan Singh)
Offg Dir Med


Grant of increment for those who have completed one year on the day of superannuation

Dated: July 6, 2015
The Secretary(Personnel),
Department of Personnel & Training,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,
North Block,
New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of increment for those who have completed one year on the day of superannuation

We solicit your kind reference to item No.14 of the 43rd Meeting of the National Council, demanding grant of one  increment in the case of those persons who complete one year on the day of their superannuation. The issue was discussed several occasions, but was not agreed upon by the Official Side. The Official Side took the stand that the completion of the stipulated one year being the day on which the official retires, he cannot be granted one increment for having completed one year only the next day and for doing so, one has to be on duty. The fact that the official has completed the requisite one year for earning an increment was unfortunately glossed over. The Staff Side was also told later that the case filed by one of the officials in the Central Administrative Tribunal against denial of increment was turned by the Court. No doubt, grant of increment in a deserving case is an executive decision and no court will be able to compel the Executive to exercise their powers in a particular manner. In fact, the Government ought to have appreciated the fact that the demand is on justified ground and the technicalities should not have come in the way to deny justice. 

We now send you a copy of the GO issued by the Government of Tamilnadu, granting one increment on the date of superannuation in the case of those personnel who have completed one year of service. In the light of the decision of the Government of India that the grant of increment can be resorted to even in the case of a person who has completed at least six months in order to bring in uniformity in the date of increment of all Government employees as per the recommendation of the 6th CPC, earlier stand of the Official Side is not at all tenable. Since there had been no meeting of the National Council for the past five years, this matter could not be pursued through discussions.

We request you to kindly consider the matter afresh, especially in the background of the GO. of the Government of Tamilnadu and issue orders to settle the justified demand. 

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Encl: As above

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, .2009 - Grant of notional increment to Government Sen/ants who retires on superannuation on the preceding day of increment due date - Orders - Issued.

Dated: 31-12-2014.
Thiruvalluvar Aandu, 2045.
1. G.O.Ms.No.234,FINANCE (PC) Department, dated: 1-6-2009.
2. G.O.Ms.No.123,FINANCE (PC) Department, dated: 10-4-2012.


As per the provisions under Fundamental Rules 26 (a), the annual increments of the Government Servants are regulated in four quarters viz. 15th January, 15th April, 1st July and 1st October. However, there is no provision in the Fundamental Rules to sanction annual increments in the case of the Government Servants who have rendered one full year of service and retires on superannuation on the last date of completion of one year and their increment due date falls on the next day of superannuation. As such an anomalous situation arises in the case of those Government Servants who retires on the 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December, as the case may be, inspite of the fact that they haVe completed one full year of service which are countable for increment as per Fundamental Rules 26(a), (b), (bb), (c) and (d) as the case may be, and on the date 'of retirement.

2) The above issue was-brought to the notice of Pay Grievance Redressal Cell constituted in the Government Order second read above by several Employees Association for due rectification. The Pay Grievance Redressal Cell, among others, has recommended that “when date of increment of a Government Servant falls due on the day following superannuation on completion of one full year of service, such service may be considered for the benefit of a notional increment purely for the purpose of pensionary benefits and not for any other purpose. Such concession may be made applicable prospectively”.

3) After careful consideration, the Government have decided to accept the above recommendation of Pay Grievance Redressal Cell. Accordingly, the Government direct that a Government Servant whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation, on completion of one full year of service which are countable for increment under Fundamental Rules 26, be sanctioned with one notional increment at the rate as described under rule 6 of Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 2009, purely for the purpose of pensionery benefits and not for any other purpose. The above concession of sanction of notional increment shall take prospective effect from the date of issue of this order.

4) Necessary amendment to the Fundamental Rules shall be issued by Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department separately.

Source: Confederation

SC gives Centre 6 more weeks to implement OROP - The court will hear the case next on August 24.

SC gives Centre 6 more weeks to implement OROP - The court will hear the case next on August 24.

The Supreme Court has given the Centre six more weeks to comply with its 2008 judgment ordering the implementation of the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) principle for retired armed forces personnel.

On Wednesday, a bench led by Justice T S Thakur posted the matter after six weeks on a request made by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, who asked for some more time to enable the government to do the needful.

This may be the final opportunity for the government to ward off initiation of a possible contempt proceeding over its failure to comply with the seven-year-old judgment.

On February 16, the court had reminded the NDA government of its promise to implement OROP in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “This was part of your manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. You must keep your word,” the bench had observed while hearing a contempt petition, filed by retired Major General S P S Vains.

Vains has dragged the Defence Ministry to the court, demanding immediate implementation of the OROP scheme.

While posting the matter after three months, the bench had in February said: “We make it clear that no further time will be granted for the purpose of implementation of the impugned judgment.” However, on Wednesday, the bench accorded yet another opportunity to the government after the ASG said modalities of the implementation of the OROP were being devised. The court will hear the case next on August 24.

Read at: Indian Express



09 Jul 2015

Lt Gen I Sikand, VSM, ADC
Engineer-in- Chief’s Branch
Integrated HO MOD (Army),
Kashmir House, New Delhi-110011


Respected Sir,

1. I am compelled to address this to your good-self regarding some important points, which invite immediate attention and solution.

2. LDC TO UDC PROMOTION IN COMMANDS: The condition of Central, Western and Northern Commands regarding promotion of LDCs is of course pathetic. . No promotion has been ordered by Central Command since 2010. In this connection, a copy of CC letter No 901819/ Exam/ 665/ BID (1) dt 17 Jun 2015 is attached for instant 3 reference. It reflects that Central Command was almost in ihibernation since 2002 as they have no record thereafter and the command has awaken for opening the case only after addressing the issue vide our letter referred therein (Copies attchd). CE WC has not conducted DPCs for the year 2014-15 & 2015-16. It DG (Pers) in the meeting held on 15 Apr 2015 promised to circulate the seniority lists by 30 Apr 2015 and thereafter DPC will be conducted at once. But, as of now, it appears no efforts about holding the DPC. So is the case of Norterrn Command, DPC of LDC for the years 2014-15 & 15-16 not yet done?


Your good-self has adopted zero tolerance policy for implementation of postings and a cell has been set up in all the commands to monitor them. The Association has the humble submission to your good-self
to set up a cell for monitoring of year-wise DPCs of all Gp “C” & Op B" (Non-Gazeted) Cadres also. All the commands are very punctual for issuance of posting orders, and posting orders are occurring on war foots. The CML only came into the existence owing to non-conduction of yearwise DPCs. Take the fresh example of WC. They have not conducted DPC of LDC of 2014-15 and carrying out the CML on the basis of establishment sanction of 2014-15 which unethic itself. 

If the DPC of 2014-15 would have been carried out on time, then there was no necessity of feeling about CML as LDC of 14-15 would have been promoted and placed in position. Central Command is only carrying out CML postings without giving promotion. Thtér "Pers" deptt should be renamed as "Pers Posting”.


After 6th CPC all Gp ’D’employees were amalgamated in Gp "C" and designated them as MTS. But, in M.E.S recruitment rules for MTS has not been devised till date. Peon, Daftry and Ferro printer have not been promoted since 2008. However, E-in-C’s Br has already issued a letter to all Commands to promote them on old recruitment rules, but it is regretted to say that no Command has implemented these orders. They also need natural justice.

4. CML POSTINGS : Postings under CML are carried out in only MES. Under this policy, mostly wrong postings are ordered. The examples of WC & CC has already been mentioned supra. The necessity arising of CML is felt when DPCs are not conducted regularly and timely. SWC carried out CML postings from fixed the CML. A copy of this Association letter No AIMESAC&MSA/ SWC/2015 dt 26 May 2015 attached. Although, they have given the reply vide letter No 34326/Assn/472/EIB(S) dt 29 May 2015, but have not mentioned about the establishment sanction auth under which CML carried out.(Copy attchd). It is further submitted that posts are remained unfilled and abolished later. The abolition of posts is agreed to department rather than the promotion. 

5. The Association has addressed these issue to your goodself time and again but the fate of them is unknown to us. I hope your good self would now take cognizance of it and we are hopeful of some positive results on grounds.

6. Although the present DG (Pers) is very sympathetic to address our grievances, but it is imperative on our part to bring these points to the kind notice of Hon’ ble E-in-C please. 

Thanking you,

Your's faithfully
(Brij Kishore)
Encl : As above Gen Secretary