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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A word of thanks to the members and readers

I, Vinod Luthra, thank all the members of this blogs and readers for viewing and offering their views and suggestions. It encourage me to update and accommodate the view of the members and its viewers.
Thanks and regarded for the support.

Vinod Luthra

Sunday, September 1, 2013

LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE UPA GOVERNMENT

Veterans of all the military wings have represented their demand for OROP but neither this govt.has will nor any priority for this.

There was no scare city of funds because lot of funds have gone into corruption and populous schemes like MNREGA or food security. And now they will be needing the funds for general/as sly election. So the OROP have taken a back seat till election.                                        

But this govt.still have a chance to announce as policy in principal to be executed by the next govt.

I hope they will grab the opportunity.

18March 2014

Now that the UPA government has agreed to implement OROP, no other government at.the center will be able to implement it immediately  and may find difficultwith different views from its allies so it is important UPA is again voted back to power and given a chance to implement and fulfill its promise of OROP and others.

This is my personal view and not an appeal to vote.

Vinid Luthra

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Revised Pension w.e.f. 24.9.2012(OROP)

The latest revision of pension of ex-servicement w.e.f. 24.9.2012 is a welcome decision of the government to give some reliefe but falls too short of OROP demand of ex-servicemen. It will of course be debated and protested after thorough study of the recommendation of the committee,

The latest revised pay structure is available on 'suvigya' (click on the link on the left of this blog)

Please write your comments/suggestions here.


Monday, October 29, 2012

A General and a Sepoy

Have you ever come across an incidence when a General is working shoulder to shoulder with rather working under the guidance of a Sepoy. This is not the beauty of our democracy but of the discipline, dedication and humbleness of our Armed forces and coordination between the ranks.There are many Armed forces associations of ex-servicemen where officers and other ranks work shoulder to shoulder.but a General working under the guidance of a Sepoy is unique.

I salute to Gen. VK Singh who has set an example as an honest officer for the cause he feels to the closest of his heart while in service and continued his commitment even after his retirement unlike many others who refrained from it for want of some material benefits from the government He is an inspiration and motivation for the younger officers of the Armed Forces.

A picture perfect A General(V K Singh) sitting with a Sepoy (Anna Hazare) sitting on the same dais for the same cause - Anti corruption movement. 

I wish them as well all those working with them for the sole cause - removal of corruption from public life and inculcation of discipline among the people, good luck.

Jai Hind..

Monday, September 24, 2012

OROP


The Union Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for benefits to ex-servicemen on four issues.   The financial implications of the improvements made as per the Cabinet decision on the four items are broadly estimated at Rs.2300 crore per annum.  The details are as follows:

I.             One Rank One Pension:

On One Rank One Pension, the demand of the Defence Forces and Ex-Servicemen Associations is that uniform pension be paid to the Defence Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. 

            The difference in the pension of present and past pensioners in the same rank occurs on account of the number of increments earned by the defence personnel in that rank.  There is also a difference between the pension of pre 1.1.06 and post 1.1.06 retirees belonging to a particular rank.  The UPA Government on two previous occasions has taken decisions to narrow the gap between the present and past pensioners, particularly those belonging to the ranks of JCOs and Other Ranks.

            On the issue of One Rank One Pension, the following have been approved by the Cabinet:

(i)         Bridging of the gap in the pension of pre 1.1.06 and post 1.1.06 JCO/OR retirees by determining the pension of pre 1.1.06 retirees on the basis of notional maximum for ranks and groups across the three Services as in the case of post 1.1.06 retirees.  In addition, the weightage of qualifying service in the ranks of Sepoys,Naik and Havaldar would be increasedby two years for both pre and post 1.1.06 retirees.
(ii)        The pension of pre 1.1.06 Commissioned Officer pensioners would be stepped up with reference to the minimum of fitment table for the ranks instead of theminimum of pay band.
           
These are expected to largely meet the demands of the defence pensioners on one rank one pension. 

II.                   Enhancement of Family Pension :

(i)                   The pension of pre - 1.1.2006 family pensioners(Commissioned Officers, Honorary Commissioned Officers, JCOs/ORs ) be stepped up based on the minimum of the fitment table instead of the minimum of the Pay Band;

(i)            Establishing linkage of the family pension with the pension of JCOs/ORs, in those cases where the death takes place after the retirement of the JCO/OR since such a JCO/OR drew a pension based on the maximum of the pay scales, 60% of the pension applicable to JCO/OR pensioners would be granted to the family pensioner in case of normal family pension calculated a 30% of last pay drawn. Accordingly, based on the rank, group and length of service of the deceased JCO/OR pensioner, his pension would first be determined on notional basis. In cases where death of JCO/OR took place afterretirement, the family pensioners in receipt of normal family pension would become entitled to 60% of the said pension determined on notional basis and those in receipt of enhanced family pension will beentitled to 100% of this pension. Similar entitlements would be determined in the case of Special Family Pension; and

(ii)                 The family pensioner of the JCO/OR would be granted pension arrived at on the basis of the family pension worked out as per the formulation at (i) above or the pension on the basis of stepping upwith reference to the minimum of the fitment table, whichever is beneficial. Further, the linkage of family pension with retiring pension be applied in the case of post 1.1.2006 family pensioners of JCOs/ORs also.

III.           Dual Family Pension:
Dual family pension would be allowed in the present and future cases where the pensioner drew, is drawing or may draw pension for military service as well as for civil employment.


IV.          Family pension to mentally / physically challenged children of armed forces personnel on marriage:

Grant of family pension to mentally/physically challenged children who drew, are drawing or may draw family pension would continue even after their marriage.

The above recommendations made by the Committee on pension issues of Ex-Servicemen may be implemented from a prospective dateand payment made accordingly.

Source : PIB



Thursday, August 23, 2012

IT deductions by Banks



Some veterans have reported that some banks specially state bank of India has deducted the advance tax from the monthly pension of veterans in the first quarter of this year. It is a wrong procedure and banks are not supposed to deduct IT without informing the pensioner. This is normally done in the month of January in case the pensioner has not deposited the form 15H (details of expected total income and savings in the scheme which save the tax). A pensioner thus can reduce Rs 120000 from the taxable salary of the financial year. All veterans are requested to approach their bankers and submit form 15H to avoid unnecessary deduction of tax from the monthly pension.

The issue had been taken up with SBI and the instructions were issued by the head office SBI has issued instruction to the branches not to deduct TDS without the permission of the pensioner. But some over-active branch managers have started deducting the TDS for this ye
ar without the permission of the pensioner. The issue has once again been taken up by the Gp Capt S Phatak with Head Office of SBI.

All veterans must check their monthly pension and ensure that banks are giving them full pension and ensure that TDS is not being deducted.

(An article by Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM on FB)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Prime Minister on Independence Day

We all expected some good news from the Prime Minister on Independence Day but once again the matter of OROP was postponed because of varied reasons.That included non submission of report by the committee by due date,overlapping of some more important issues and also the demise of Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh. We hope soon some positive announcement will be made from the PMO.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

one rank one pension (OROP) by 15 August.



An Article by Anil Kaul in Tehlka(08.08.2012)
VETERANS, MY friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood: never.”
Albert Camus’ words are ringing true in case of Indian army veterans, who are threatening to intensify their four-year-old agitation unless the government accepts their demand for one rank one pension (OROP) by 15 August.
One rank one pension implies uniform pension for army personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement, and mandates that any future enhancement in the rates of pension be automatically passed on to past pensioners. The demand was raised way back in 1981 and still remains unresolved. The six-member committee under Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth that has been looking into it, has been asked by the government to finalise its recommendations and submit a report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by 8 August. The PM is likely to announce some welfare measures for defence veterans including ‘one-rank-one-pension’ on 15 August. It has already been discussed in detail by a Rajya Sabha Petition Committee headed by Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. Given below are some examples how the recommendations of the Koshiyari committee negate the very spirit of pension laid down by the Supreme Court — that it is not pay but payment for services rendered — and parity in its allotment.
1. “The pre 1 Jan 2006 retirees get the same pension as the post 1 Jan 2006 retirees by matching the three factors that govern the pensions of ex-servicemen i.e. the rank, the length of service and the trade (in case of all ranks below officer ranks only). After this is affected, any future increases be automatically applied to old pensioners. The family, disabilities and dependents’ pensions be included for the purpose of this definition. This, however, does not mean the grant of pensionary benefits such as DCRG and additional value of commutation pension.”
This definition, by no stretch of imagination, includes annual increments in pensions as is given to serving soldiers.
2. Notwithstanding the Rajya Sabha Committee Report that was presented on 19 December 2011, in 2013, a post 2006 retiree Brigadier (equivalent to a deputy secretary) will get more pension than a post 2006 retiree Major General (equivalent to a joint secretary). The protection clause for the Major Generals would have to be applied or Military Service Pay will have to be extended to Major Generals. This is the mess created by the government in the 6th Central Pay Commission. Now compare this with pre 2006 retirees. The pension of a post 2012 retiree Colonel (equivalent to a director), on both time scale and selection grade is Rs 35,841, whereas a pre 2006 retiree Major General’s pension is Rs 26,700. You cannot have three rank juniors getting more pension than the seniors. OROP is being demanded for army personnel because it is a rank-based hierarchy, whose terms and conditions are different from other professions. As such armymen under the same rank and with same years of service should get the same pension irrespective of their dates of retirement and should continue to get it in perpetuity. But in their desperation to fool the unwary veterans, the bureaucrats have added the point of annual increment in pension as per the serving soldiers to the award of OROP. But ex-servicemen (ESM) don’t want annual increment in pensions. A serving soldier gets annual increment for a year’s service, how can a pensioner claim the same for his retired service? OROP, as per the definition given, means full parity with the latest rates of pension for past pensioners. Once granted there are no increments till a revision by a CPC.
3. Successive governments in the past have claimed that OROP was untenable and meeting it would cost a bomb. The anomaly was created by the 5th and 6th Pay Commissions. The Congress had promised OROP in its poll manifesto in 2004. However, the UPA government rejected the OROP demand in December 2008, after which ex-servicemen returned their gallantry medals to the President. Following protracted protests, a committee was set up under Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar to review the OROP issues. On the panel’s suggestion, the Centre has now agreed to substantially hike the pension of JCOs and other ranks. The pension of such personnel who retired before 10 October, 1997 will be brought at par with the pension of those retired after that date. The pension of those who retired before 1 January, 2006 — including the 1997 group — will be substantially hiked to come close to those who retired after the cut-off date of 1 January, 2006. This is not OROP but near parity.
Soldiers rightfully deserve better than this after the sacrifices they make. The government needs to address this trust deficit in all earnest. Half-hearted measures won’t help.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Suvigya : Steps to calculate your pension


Suvigya - A software for Defense Pensioners

Sir,

Follow :

step 1. click on 'suvigya'  - you are visitor No....

step. 2.click PBOR    and   Pre or post 2006

step 3. click more than/less than 15 years

step.4. Air force/ Navy/Army

step5. fill up the details correctly (date of discharge is the last day of the month.i.e 30 ,31 29 or 28 

step.6. you will get pension as on 01.6.96

step 7. confirm

Result : you will get your pay as on 01.7.2009

Add : DA 65% = Pension as on today.

Hope you will be able to act.

Regds.

Vinod Luthra

Friday, July 13, 2012

Constitution of an Anomalies Committee


The defence community would be pleased to know that the Prime Minister’s office has directed the constitution of an anomalies committee to look into many vital anomalies affecting serving and retired personnel and also their families.

The best part of the directions signed this week is that the committee is to submit its recommendations within a month and the implementation of the accepted recommendations may also be announced on 15 August 2012, thereby marking a radical signal of positivity.

Though a chunk of the bureaucracy in the Ministry of Defence was not inclined to let any such committee come through, this has been possible due to multiple channels of Track-II diplomacy and the stellar efforts of the Chairman COSC and the Pay Cells of the three services which evoked direct response from the Raksha Mantri who then took it upon himself to get this committee approved from the Prime Minister personally and directly without being blinded by comments of lower bureaucracy of the MoD.

The only negative offshoot is that the committee does not have any serving or retired military member and that a proper consultative process was not initiated before identifying the anomalies which required immediate examination. Ideally, the stake-holders should have been a part of the process.

Howsoever we may view the development, many important issues such as Non-Functional Upgradationenhancement of pensions of widows, One Rank One Pension, enhancement of Grade Pay of Lt Cols / Cols / Brigs, universalisation of scales, grant of HAG+ to all Lt Gens, removal of pay anomalies of other ranks etc have been listed in the charter of the committee.

It is however surprising that while the PM had directed that the constitution of the committee may be publically announced, the same has not been done by the staff at MoD till date despite the fact that the directions were conveyed by special courier (by hand) to the MoD for immediate action by the PMO.