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Pension Scheme for Armed Forces

Whether Government proposes to restore the old Pension Scheme for Armed Forces that was in vogue till 1971

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 5651

ANSWERED ON: 07.04.2017

Pension Scheme for Armed Forces

RAGHAV LAKHANPAL

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government proposes to restore the old pension scheme of the Armed Forces that was in vogue till 1971 which clearly defined pension as 70 per cent of last pay drawn and if so, the details thereof;

(b) the time by which the Government plans to set up a committee to review the present pension scheme which pegs pension at 50 per cent of last pay drawn;

(c) if so, the details thereof; and

(d) the other steps taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE) IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

(a) No, Madam. Under the old pension scheme, the concept of standard period of service and standard rate of pension was in vogue for Armed Forces personnel. In this scheme, standard retiring pension, service pension were related to Rank and the prescribed length of service but it was neither linked to the emoluments nor to the service beyond the prescribed period of standard service.

(b) There is no such proposal.

(c) & (d): Does not arise.

Source: Loksabha

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Cabinet approved leave encashment up to 180 days to Defence personnel

Cabinet approved leave encashment up to 180 days in respect of those Defence personnel who died or were invalidated out of service between 30.12.1991 to 29.11.1999 with less than 15 years of service

Cabinet approves encashment of accumulated leave to certain Defence Services Personnel who died or were invalidated out while in service between 30 December 1991 to 29 November 1999 with less than 15 years of service

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved leave encashment up to 180 days in respect of those Defence personnel who died or were invalidated out of service between 30.12.1991 to 29.11.1999 with less than 15 years of service.

The decision will benefit the families of 9777 Officers and other personnel of Defence Services who died or were invalidated out of service during this period. This period is very significant as a large number of casualities took place during the Kargil conflict (“Operation Vijay”) and in counter insurgency operation in J&K and North East during the period.

Source: PIB

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132 Armed Forces Hospitals

Army Hospitals

There are 132 Armed Forces Hospitals in the country.  The State / UT-wise number of such hospitals is as under:

S. No. State Number of Armed Forces Hospitals
Army Air Force Navy
1. Andhra Pradesh - - 1
2. Arunachal Pradesh 1 - -
3. Assam 5 2 -
4. Bihar 2 - -
5. Goa 1 - 1
6. Gujarat 5 - -
7. Haryana 3 - -
8. Himachal Pradesh 6 - -
9. Jammu & Kashmir 11 - -
10. Jharkhand 2 - -
11. Karnataka 1 1 1
12. Kerala 2 - 2
13. Madhya Pradesh 6 1 -
14. Maharashtra 9 - 2
15. Manipur 1 - -
16. Meghalaya 1 - -
17. Nagaland 2 - -
18. Odisha 1 - 1
19. Punjab 9 1 -
20. Rajasthan 10 1 -
21. Sikkim 1 - -
22. Tamil Nadu 3 1 -
23. Telangana 2 1 -
24. Tripura 1 - -
25. Uttarakhand 5 - -
26. Uttar Pradesh 12 3 -
27. West Bengal 7 1 -
28. Andaman & Nicobar Islands - - 1
29. Delhi 2 - -
Total: 111 12 9

There are 98 Field Hospitals, which are located in different parts of the country based on operational requirement.  In addition, one Military Hospital is being raised at Likabali, Assam and approval has been granted for raising a Military Hospital at Panagarh, West Bengal.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sunil Kumar Singh in Lok Sabha today.

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Women Personnel of the Armed Forces

Women Personnel of the Armed Forces

The number of women officer’s (excluding medical and dental branch) in all the three wings of defence forces is as under:

Army
(as on 1.1.2017)

Navy
(as on 16.3.2017)

Air Force
(as on 1.3.2017)

1528

469

1581

The details of women officers (excluding medical and dental branch) recruited during the last four years and the current year, Service-wise, are as under:-

Year

Army

Navy

Air Force

2013

127

50

144

2014

104

57

155

2015

72

35

223

2016

69

43

108

2017
(till March)

35

01

14

In 2011, the Government  approved consideration of women Short Service Commission Officers (SSCOs) for grant of permanent commission along with men SSCOs in specific branches in the three services viz. Judge Advocate General (JAG), and Army Education Corps (AEC) of the Army and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force, Naval Constructor in Navy and Accounts Branch in Air Force.

In March 2016, approval has been accorded for induction of women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers as Pilots in Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) stream and in the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) cadre.  The inductions are planned commencing from mid-2017.

The IAF has revised Short Service Commission (SSC) scheme to induct women into the fighter stream on an experimental basis for a period of five years.  The first batch of three women officers were commissioned into the fighter stream on June 18, 2016.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Tiruchi Siva in Rajya Sabha today.

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Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

Ordnance Factory Board

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was established in 1979. It is a departmentally run production organization functioning under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence and manufactures Arms, Ammunitions, Artillery Guns, Tanks, Combat Vehicles, Troop Comfort items and other equipment required by the Armed Forces. It serves as a dedicated production base for military hardware needs of the Armed Forces, with a view to achieve self-reliance in defence preparedness of the country.

Performance of OFB in terms of value of issue during the last three years and current year is as below:

(Rs. in Crore)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
(till February 2017)
11,123 11,364 13,047 12,426

 

 

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Laxmi Narayan Yadav in Lok Sabha today.

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Chief of Defence Staff

Chief of Defence Staff

Creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was recommended by Group of Ministers in 2001. A decision in this regard was to be taken after consultation with political parties. The consultation process however is not yet complete as all political parties have not responded. Subsequently, Naresh Chandra Task Force on National Security recommended creation of the post of Permanent Chairman Chief of Staff Committee in 2012. Both the proposals are simultaneously under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ravneet Singh in Lok Sabha today.

PIB

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President accepts Parrikar’s resignation, Jaitley gets additional charge of Defence

President accepts Parrikar’s resignation, Jaitley gets additional charge of Defence

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted Manohar Parrikar’s resignation from the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution.

As advised by Prime Minister Modi, the President has directed that Arun Jaitley, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence, in addition to his existing portfolios.

This development as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form the government in Goa under the leadership of Parrikar, who will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister tomorrow.

Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government in the coastal state last night after he submitted a letter of support of 21 legislators. Three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents have pledged support to Parrikar.

The BJP, which won 13 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly, managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority under Parrikar.

The Congress got 17 seats in the recently concluded polls.
ANI

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Promotion to the grade of Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts (Higher Administrative Grade+)

Promotion to the grade of Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts (Higher Administrative Grade+)

Office of the Controller General Of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt – 110 010

Tele No.011-25674810
No.AN-I/1201/1/XXVII

Fax No.011-25674781
Dated: 02.03.2017

To

  1. The PCDA (R&D), New Delhi
  2. The PIFA (Army-M), New Delhi
  3. The PCDA, New Delhi

Subject: Promotion to the grade of Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts (Higher Administrative Grade+).

The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the following two officers for promotion to the grade of additional controller General of Defence Accounts of the India Defence Accounts service in the pay scale of Rs.75500-80000 (HAG+) 6th CPC/Level 16 of pay matrix (7th CPC)

Sl.No Name of Officers Present Office
1 Shri Upendra Sah (IDAS : 1983) The PCDA (R&D), New Delhi
2 Shri R S Rana (IDAS:1983) The PIFA (Army-M), New Delhi

The promotion shall be with immediate effect or from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, whichever is later and until further orders. It may please be ensured before relief of the officer that no disciplinary/criminal case is pending against the officer and the officer is not under suspension.

  1. It is, therefore, requested that the above named officers may please be relieved of their present duties immediately with the request to assume charge as Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts in the office of CGDA, Delhi Cantt on promotion. TA/Joining time as admissible under the rules is authorized.
  2. The blank MTPAR form is enclosed for initiating the MTPAR of the officer till date of relief from the present charge/post. The same may please be handed over to the officer after completing Part I of the form with the request to complete the Part-II (Self Appraisal)and submit the same to the respective Reporting Officer, within 15 days from the date of relief, under intimation to the HQrs office. The officer may also be informed that if he fails to submit his appraisal within the aforesaid period, action would be initiated to get the MTPAR reported by the Reporting Officer without his self appraisal.
  3. Copy of the office Order regarding his relieving may please be forwarded to this HQrs. Office.

(Sham Dev)
Jt.CGDA (Admin)

Signed Copy

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Owning a House Becomes Easier for Army Personnel

Owning a House Becomes Easier for Army Personnel

1. Army personnel by virtue of deployment in remote areas find it extremely difficult to invest time in buying a good house, therefore, to fulfill this essential need and meet the aspirations, AWHO has come up with a pragmatic business model called the ‘Private Industry Collaborative Business Model’ which will facilitate acquiring houses from reputed private builders at discounted prices for Army personnel & Veer Naris. A Pilot Project is being undertaken in Delhi/ NCR and based on its success, similar ventures will be executed in other locations.

2. Major advantages of this concept are detailed market research to identify the most suitable builder/ project, negotiations for price reduction, due diligence and buyer friendly terms & conditions. Prop Equity, a leading Real Estate Data & Analytics Consultant firm has been selected after a prolonged process to undertake the facilitation process forward.

3. This historical MoU was signed by Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, Chairman (Ex-Officio) AWHO and Mr Samir Jasuja, MD, Prop Equity Analytics on 3rd Mar 2017.

Source: PIB

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whether Government has any proposal to extend same benefits to paramilitary forces at par with army?

‘Benefits to paramilitary forces at par with army’ issue raised in Parliament :

whether Government has any proposal to extend same benefits to paramilitary forces at par with army?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-710
ANSWERED ON-08.02.2017

Benefits to paramilitary forces at par with army

710 . Shri A. Vijayakumar

(a) whether Government has any proposal to extend same benefits to paramilitary forces at par with army;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether there is any such pending demand by paramilitary forces; and

(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI KIREN RIJIJU)

(a) to (d): The proposals from Central Armed Police Force for grant of benefits at par with Army include, inter-alia, Risk & Hardship Allowance, Para Military Service Pay, Discontinuation of New Pension Scheme etc. The CAPF personnel are entitled for pension and other pensionary benefits as per Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1972, which are different from the pension rules applicable to Ex-servicemen. The 7th CPC has not recommended grant of Para Military Service Pay to the CAPFs. The 7th CPC has recommended a common regime of Risk and Hardship Allowance for Army and CAPFs which is under consideration of the Committee on Allowances.

Authority: www.rajyasabha.nic.in

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Grievance Redressal Mechanism for the Jawans

Grievance Redressal Mechanism for the Jawans

Government of India has implemented a web based Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) in all its Ministries / Departments including the Ministry of Defence. This system provides online access to all citizens including the jawans and other Armed Forces personnel to lodge their grievances with the Ministry of Defence. The CPGRAMS system allows the Ministry to monitor the grievances and ensure their time bound redressal by the organisations / institutions concerned of the Ministry.

The Armed Forces also have systems in place for the redressal of grievances of their personnel. The procedures for dealing with statutory and non-statutory complaints and representations have been laid down under various sections of The Army Act, 1950; The Navy Act, 1957; The Air Force Act, 1950 and the regulations and orders issued on the subject. There are also informal mechanisms in place for redressal of grievances in the Armed Forces like the sainik sammelans, personal interviews, suggestion boxes, informal meetings, etc.

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Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 for persons re-employed in Railway service after retirement from Defence Forces

Treatment of Military Service Pay(MSP) while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways: Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
No.E(G)2013/EM 1-5

New Delhi, dated 16/01/2017

The General Secretary,
N.F.I.R.,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055.

Dear Sir,

Sub:  Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 for persons re-employed in Railway service after retirement from Defence Forces – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to NFIR’s letter-(No.II/35/Pt. XIII dated 23/11/2016 on the above subject and to state that as decided in the meeting with representatives of NFIR in the meeting held in ED/IR’s room on 27/9/2016, reference has been made to DOP&T for seeking clarification, duly incorporating the-views of NFIR (copy enclosed). Their reply in the matter is awaited despite a reminder dated 4/1/2017.

Instructions have also been issued to GMs/Zonal Railways, Production Units etc. vide letter [No. E(G)/2013/EM 1-5 dated 15/12/2016] (copy enclosed) for strictly complying with the instructions contained in Board’s  letter No. E(G)2013/EM 1-4 dated 24/7/2013 regarding treatment of Military Service Pay (MSP) while fixing the pay of ex-servicemen re-employed on the Railways.

DA: As above

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
for Secretary Railway Board

Source: NFIR

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Grant of revised rates of Bhutan Compensatory Allowance (BCA) in respect of DAD personnel posted in Project Dantak (Bhutan)

Grant of revised rates of Bhutan Compensatory Allowance (BCA) in respect of DAD personnel posted in Project Dantak (Bhutan)

Controlier General of Defence Accounts, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt. – 10

No.13012(4)/79-AN-XIV/BCA-III

Date: 05-01-2017

All PCDA/CDA/PCA (Fys)

(Through CGDA Web Site)

Sub: Grant of revised rates of Bhutan Compensatory Allowance (BCA) in respect of DAD personnel posted in Project Dantak (Bhutan).

A copy of Government of India, Ministry of Defence (Finance), New Delhi letter No.11(2)/C/2000(2324) dated 21.12.2016 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for your information, guidance and necessary action please. The revised rates of BCA are admissible specific to the DAD officers/officials drawing Grade Pay mentioned for different categories, as stated in the ibid Ministry letter.

No.11(2)/C/2000 (2324)

Ministry Of Defence (Finance)

DAD (Coord), Room No.24-A, South Block

New Delhi, 21st December,2016

To

The controller General Of Defence Accounts

Delhi Cantt. 110 010.

Sub: Grant of revised rates of Bhutan compensatory Allowance (BCA) in respect of DAD personnel posted in project Dantak (Bhutan)

Sir,

I am directed to refer to CGDA’s Office UO No.13012($)/79/AN-XIV/BCA-III dated 19.09.2016 and this Ministry’s letter NO.11(2)/C/2000(1183) dt.27.5.2015, on the above mentioned subject and to convey the sanction of the President of India to the revised rates w.e.f 01.04.2014 and 01.04.2015 of Bhutan Compensatory Allowance (BCA) to the employees of the Defence Accounts Department Serving with Project Dantak in Bhutan at par with General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) employees serving under project Dantak in Bhutan in terms of letter of Govt. of India, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, BRDB, New Delhi bearing No.BRDB/03/71/2010/GE-I dt. 01.08.2016. The revised rate of BCA after adhoc increase with effect from 01.04.2014 and 0104.2015 for different categories are given as under:

 

Sl.No

 

DAD Officers/Officials

(Amt. in Rs.)

BCA rate per month with effect from

01.04.2014 01.04.2015
1 Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs. 10000/- p.m. and above Rs.1,17,964/- Rs.1,25,697/-
2 Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.8700/- p.m. and above but less than Rs.10000/- p.m Rs.1,12,865/- Rs.1,20.292/-
3 Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.6600/- p.m. and above but less than Rs.8700/- p.m Rs.1,07,344/- Rs.1,14,439/-
4 Other Group ‘A’ Officers drawing Grade Pay of Rs.5400/-p.m. and above but less than Rs.6600/- p.m Rs.99,180/- Rs.1,05,540/-
5 Group ‘B’ Gazetted Officers drawing Grade pay of Rs.4600/- p.m. and above but less than Rs.6600/- p.m Rs.69,089/- Rs.73,234/-
6 Non Gazetted Staff drawing Grade Pay of Rs.1900/- p.m. and above but less than 4800/- p.m Rs.59,233/- Rs.62,787/-
7 Staff drawing Grade Pay less than Rs.1900/- p.m Rs.31,303/- Rs.33,181/-

2. The slab deduction prescribed in BRDB letter NO.BRDB/03/71/92/GE-I dt.01.12.1999 has been removed from Bhutan Compensatory allowance (BCA) vide MEA order No.E.IV/235/3/2010 dated 14.7.2014, Corrigendum No.E.IV/235/3/2010 dated 21.7.2014 as conveyed vide BRBD letter No.BRDB/03/71/2010/GE-I dated 2.3.2015

3. All other terms and conditions for drawal of Bhutan Compensatory Allowance including depression of 6% for Officers and 4% for personnel Below Officer Ranks as stipulated in BRDB’s letter No.BRDB/03/71/91/GE-1 dated 22nd September 2006 shall remain unchanged

4. This issues with the concurrence of Addl FA(AK) & JS as IFA(DAD), vide Dy.No.3024/Addl FA(AK)&JS dated 15.12.2016.

Yours faithfully,

(Rita Dogra)

Director (DAD-Coord)

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Cash Payment of Dec Salary in Storm Affected Area – BPMS

Cash payment of Salary in Storm Affected Area

Disbursement of salary in cash in the Storm (Vardha) affected area of Chennai – Representation of Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS)

PRIORITY

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-II)

Subject : Disbursement of salary in cash in the Storm (Vardha) affected area of Chennai – Representation of Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS)

Defence Civilian Employees Federation BPMS has address letter ref. no. BPMS/MoD/Payment/186(8/1R) dated 27 Dec.2016 (copy enclosed) to the MoD, on the above subject. It has been informed that the storm Vardha has caused enormous damage in the Chennai Area. The disruption of the electricity supply has adversely affected the banking services, thereby causing economic hardship to the Central Government employees working in and around the affected area. It has been requested that the serving employees in the Chennai area may please be paid the salary for the month of Dec 2016 in cash.

In view of the position reported by BPMS, it is apprehended that the ATM systems and the computer network may not be functioning in the storm affected area, which may not be allowing the public to access the electronic banking facilities. It is felt that the hardship being experienced by the affected employees should be addressed with due sensitiveness. It is suggested that necessary instructions may please be issued to the pay disbursing authorities, located in the storm affected area, to explore the possibility of disbursing the salary for the month of Dec 2016 to the Government employees in cash, in accordance with the ceilings/instructions prescribed by the Government

(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary (Civ)

Encl: BPMS letter dt 27 Dec. 2016

Source : http://www.bpms.org.in/

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Representation of Defence Civilian Employees Federations regarding misinterpretation of Revised Pay Rules 2016 leading to incorrect pay fixation of employees

Representation of Defence Civilian Employees Federations regarding misinterpretation of Revised Pay Rules 2016 leading to incorrect pay fixation of employees

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence
D (Civ I)

Subject: Representation of Defence Civilian Employees’ Federations regarding misinterpretation of Revised Pay Rules 2016 leading to incorrect pay fixation of employees – reg

The Defence Civilian Employees’ Federations have reported that the Accounting Authorities in the Defence Estts.are misinterpreting the provisions of CCS(RP) Rules,2016 leading to anomalous pay fixation of the defence employees. The Federations have demanded that clarification may be issued to the Defence Estts. to enable them to issue correct pay fixation orders of the employees, on the basis of the options exercised by them.

2. Taking into account these reports, MoD has sent a proposal to MoD (Finance) to seek clarification about the manner of fixation of pay through illustrations prepared by this office The said proposal for seeking clarification has been sent to MoD(Finance) on 5.12.2016. A copy of this proposal is enclosed for information. In view of the complaints of incorrect pay fixation in defence establishments, it is requested that tile clarification on this subject from Ministry of Finance/ MoD (Finance) may please be communicated to various Accounting Authorities under the control of CGDA to avoid any inconsistencies in the matter of pay fixation

sd/-
(Pawan Kumar)
Under Secretary
Tele.23012414

Source: http://bpms.org.in/

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Women in Defence Forces

Women in Defence Forces

Press Information Burea
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

09-December-2016 15:37 IST

Women in Defence Forces

The total held strength of defence personnel vis-a-vis the total number of female officers (excluding medical and dental branch) in all the three wings of defence forces is as under:

 

Army Navy Air Force
Total officers (as on 1.1.2016) PBOR (as on 1.1.2016) Women officers(as on 1.7.2016) Total officers(as on 6.12.2016) Sailors(as on 6.12.2016) Women officers(as on 6.12.2016) Total officers(as on 1.12.2016) Airmen(as on 1.11.2016) Women officers(as on 1.12.2016)
41162 1159093 1512 9356 57031 453 11948 128898 1584

 

The Government has been taking steps to make Short Service Commission (SSC) more attractive which in turn is also expected to encourage the intake of women officers in the Armed Forces. Further, few more branches / streams have been opened for induction of women as SSC officers.

The details of women officers (excluding medical and dental branch) recruited during the last three years, Service-wise, are as under:

 

Year

Army Navy

Air Force

2013

127 50 144
2014 104 57

155

2015

72 35

223

 

On experimental basis, the Government has inducted three women Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) in Air Force into the fighter stream on 18.6.2016. This experimental entry scheme for women in fighter stream will be valid for 5 years from the date of issue of Government of India letter dated 2.12.2015. However, presently there is no proposal with the Government to induct women officers for combat duties in Army or for deployment of women onboard warships.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. Thokchom Meinya and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Initial pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in Defence Forces

Initial pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in Defence Forces, retired before attaining the age of 55 years and have been appointed on re-employment basis in civilian posts – Regarding.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No.E(G)2013/EM 1-5

New Delhi, dated 7/12/2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Initial pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in Defence Forces, retired before attaining the age of 55 years and have been appointed on re-employment basis in civilian posts – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to a demand by the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), a recognised Federation of Railwaymen, who have requested that the initial pay of non-commissioned ex-servicemen (PBOR) who are re-employed on the Railways should be fixed by taking into account the service endered by them in the Defence Forces. They are insisting that the fixation done in the minimum of the scale of the re-employed post should be according to the procedure laid down in para 4 (b) (ii) of DOP&T’s OM s dated 31/7/86 as amended vide OM dated 11th November 2008, 5th April 2010 & 8th November, 2010. The Federation states that the content of these OMs clearly states that the Pay of re-employed former Defence Forces Personnel should be fixed as per Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008 i.e. at the same stage of their last basic pay drawn at the time of retirement i.e. allowing one increment (in the post held at the time of retirement) for each year of service the ex-servicemen has rendered at the time of retirement with the proviso that the pay thus fixed does not exceed:-

(a) The pay drawn prior to retirement for non-commissioned officer of all three forces like Army, Navy and Air Force (Sub para 2 (ix) of Para 3 & Para 4 (b) (ii) of OM dated 31st July 1986 are relevant).

(b) Para 5 of DOP&T’s OM No. 3/13/2008-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 11th November, 2008 stipulated enhancement of existing ceiling of Rs. 26000/- for drawal of pay plus gross pension on re-employment to Rs. 80,000/- p.m.

2. However, their attention was drawn to the provisions in DOP&T’s OM No. 3/1/85-Estt.(pay-II) dated 31st July 1986 and OM NO. 3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 5th April 2010, governing initial pay fixation, inter alia, of re-employed ex-servicemen who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in Defence Forces and retired before attaining the age of 55 years and have been appointed on re-employment basis in the Railways. As per these orders, the initial pay of such re-employed pensioners is to be fixed in terms of provisions of Central Civil Services (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 issued by Department of Personnel and Training vide OM No. 3/1/85-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 31/7/1986 as amended from time to time.

3. It is to be seen that revised provision contained in Para 2 of OM dated 5th April 2010 revising the contents of Para 4(d)(i) of CCS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 provides that in case of ex-servicemen who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in the Defence Forces and in the case of civilians who held posts below Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement before 55 years of age, the entire pension and pension equivalent of retirement benefits shall be ignored, i.e. no duduction on this count is to be made from the initial pay fixed on re-employment. Also, in terms of the Para 4(a) and Para 4(b)(i) of CCS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, as amended vide DOP&T’s OM No. 3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay.II) dated 5/4/2010, the initial pay on re-employment of such pensioners shall be fixed as per the entry pay in the revised pay structure of the re-employed post applicable in the case of Direct Recruits appointed on or after 1/1/2006 as notified vide Section II, Part A of First Schedule to CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. As is explicit, these instructions do not provide for protection of last pay drawn before retirement, in such cases. Therefore, the fixation of pay of re-employed ex-servicemen is being done accordingly on the Railways.

4. However, the Federation does not agree with the above contention and desires that the pay of ex-Defence Forces personnel re-employed in Railways should be fixed in accordance with the clarification issued vide DoP&T’s OM dated 5th April, 2010 in Para 3 (iv) & (v) which contain clarifications duly stating that the pay of the ex-servicemen, re-employed in the Central Government Organizations will be fixed in accordance with the provision contained in DoP&T’s OM No. 3/13/2008-Estt.(pay-II) dated 11/11/2008 after exercising option in the manner laid down in Rule 6 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 and the fixation of pay is to be regulated in accordance with the provisions of Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules 2008.

The Federation has further pointed out that the initial pay of a re-employed military pensioner and a direct recruit cannot be the same in view of the fact that the pay of the re-employed Defence Forces Pensioner is to be done as per the provisions of Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 applicable to direct recruits – the two entrants being independent and have no co-relation with each other.

5. After protracted correspondence and discussion of the issue between NFIR and the concerned officials of this Ministry, as NFIR are still not convinced with the official stand on this issue and insisting on implementation of Para 3 (iv) and (v) of DoP&T’s O.M. Dated 5/4/2010. Hence, it was decided to refer the matter to DOP&T for clarification.

6. In the light of the position as brought out above, DOP&T are requested to clarify specifically as to whether the contention of NFIR that the pay of non-commissioned ex-servicemen (PBOR) who retire from the Defence Forces before attaining the age of 55 years, and are subsequently re-employed on the Railways should be fixed by taking into account the service rendered by them and last pay drawn in the Defence Forces, is in order, or the procedure being followed on the Railways i.e. fixing the pay of such re-employed ex-servicemen as per the entry pay in the revised pay structure of the re-employed post applicable in the case of Direct Recruits appointed on or after 1/1/2006, without any pay protection is correct.

7. An early reply in the matter is solicited.

 

(S. Pal)
Jt. Dir. Estt. (Genl.)
Shri A.K. Jain,
Deputy Secretary (Pay),
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,
Department of Personnel and Training,
North Block,
New Delhi.

Source: NFIR

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Permanent Commission to Women

Permanent Commission to Women

Eligible women officers who are being inducted into Ground Duty branches are considered for grant of permanent commission at par with their male counterparts based on a gender neutral policy with uniform Qualitative requirements (QRs).

Permanent commission (excluding Medical and Dental Branch) have been granted to 10177 officers in the IAF as on 01.12.2016.

A total number of 336 women officers (excluding Medical and Dental branch) have been granted permanent commission till date.

The criteria for allotting permanent commission (PC) in the IAF are based on a gender neutral policy. The eligible officers for grant of PC are considered by a Board of Officers constituted at Air Headquarters based on their suitability, willingness, medical category, availability of vacancies and position in merit etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shrimati Poonamben Maadam in Lok Sabha today.

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GUIDELINES OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE FOR PENALTIES IN BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH ENTITIES

GUIDELINES OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE FOR PENALTIES IN BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH ENTITIES

(A) Introduction
A.1 It is imperative that the highest standards of propriety be maintained throughout the process of procurement of defence equipment.

A.2 The procurement process needs to proceed without loss of credibility and therefore, there is a need to put in place appropriate measures to deal with acts of impropriety.

A.3 The following paragraphs lay down the policy and guidelines for Levy of Financial Penalties and/ or Suspension/Banning of business dealings with entities seeking to enter into contract with/having entered into a contract for the procurement of goods and services by the Ministry of Defence.

A.4 In applying the measures provided for under the guidelines, the concerned authorities shall be guided by the need to ensure probity, transparency, propriety and compliance in the defence procurement process. Equally, the concerned authorities shall also ensure fairness, impartiality, rigour and correctness in dealing with entities, keeping in view the overall security interests of the country.

(B) General
B.1 Ministry of Defence will include Department of Defence, Department of Defence Production, Departement of Defence Research & Development, HQ, IDS, Armed Forces Headquarters and their attached/subordinate offices.

B.2 “Entities” will include companies, trusts, societies, as well as individuals and their associations with whom the Ministry of Defence has entered into, or intends to enter into, or could enter into contracts or agreements.

B.3 All firms/companies which come within the sphere of effective influence of the entities shall be treated as its allies firms. In determining this, the following factors may be taken into consideration:-
(i) Whether the management is common or the majority interest in the management is held by the partners or directors of the entities.
(ii) Majority shares are owned by the entity, their directors/shareholders and by virtue of this it has controlling voice.

B.4 Effect of actions, viz., levy of financial penalties and/or suspension/banning of business dealings with an entity in accordance with these guidelines may, with the approval of the competent authority also apply when an entity participates in the procurement process as member of consortium.

B.5 The competent authority for the purpose of these guidelines will be Raksha Mantri.

B.6 The Competent Authority may constitute Committees as necessary, to examine and make recommendations on any matter provided for under the guidelines.

(C) Causes for Suspension and Banning of Business Dealings with Entities
C.1 The competent authority may levy financial penalties and/or suspend/ban business dealings with an entity for one or more of the grounds listed below:-
a) Violation of Pre-Contract Integrity Pact (PCIP) (where such PCIPs are entered into between the Ministry of Defence and an entity).

b) Resort to corrupt practices, unfair means and illegal activities during any stage of bid/contract to secure a contract, even in cases where PCIP is not mandated.

c) Violation of Standard Clause in the contract of agents/agency commissions.

d) If national security considerations so warrant.

e) Non-performance or under performance under the terms and conditions of contract(s) or agreement(s) not covered in grounds listed in (a) to (c) above in accordance with provisions in contract or agreement.

f) Any other ground for which the competent authority may determine that suspension or banning of business dealings with an entity shall be in the public interest.

(D) Suspension
D.1 Suspension of business dealing with an entity may be ordered by the competent authority pending a full proceeding into allegations or facts related to any grounds enumerated in paragraph C.1 (a) to (f) above.

D.2 The competent authority may suspend business dealings with an entity when it refers any complaint against the entity to CBI or any investigating agency or when intimation is received regarding initiation of criminal investigation or enquiry against any entity.

D.3 An order of suspension of business dealings with an entity will be issued for such period as the competent authority may deem fit. The period of suspension shall not ordinarily exceed one year. A review of the Order of suspension of business dealings with an entity shalll be undertaken within six months of the issue of such an Order and before expiry of the period specified therein. The suspension of an entity may be extended beyond the period of one year, on the order of the Competent Authority for subsequent periods of six months each. The total period of suspension of business dealings with an entity shall not exceed the maximum period of banning of business dealings with an entity for the same cause of action.

(E) Effect of Suspension of Business Dealings with an Entity
E.1 An order of suspension of business dealings with an entity shall result in immediate ineligibility of the entity from participating in future bids. No RFP will be issued to such an entity.

E.2 Any on-going procurement process, where L1 determination has not yet been done, will be progressed after excluding the bid involving an entity with which business dealings are suspended. In case there are only two bidders, one being the entity with which business dealings are suspended, the procurement will be progressed as per extant provisions of DPP after excluding such an entity.
E.3 Any on-going procurement process where the lowest bid involves the entity with which business dealings are suspended by order of competent authority, will be held in abeyance till decision of revocation of such order or banning of business dealings with the entity or till expiry of the validity of the existing bid, whichever is earlier. Extension of the validity of the bid involving such entity will not be permitted. On expiry of the bid validity, the procurement process will be terminated and fresh procurement process, if required, may be initiated. In cases of operational urgency, the procurement process may be foreclosed prior to the expiry of the bid validity and a fresh process initiated, excluding the entity with which business dealings are suspended.
E.4 Order of suspension of business dealings with an entity may be extended to its allied firms by specific order of the competent authority.

(F) Banning of Business Dealings with an Entity/Debarment of an Entity
F.1 Banning of business dealings with an entity may be ordered by the competent authority on acceptance of misconduct related to any of the grounds enumerated in paragraph C.1 (a) to (f) above by the entity or establishment of such misconduct by a competent court/ tribunal/ authority
F.2 Banning of business dealings with an entity may be ordered by the competent authority on receipt of information regarding filing of charge-sheet in the court of law by CBI or any other investigating agency.
F.3 The order of banning of business dealings with an entity will be issued for such specified period as the competent authority may deem fit. For the grounds listed in paragraph C.1 (a) to (d) above, the period of banning of business dealings with an entity shall not be less than five years. For the grounds listed in paragraph C.1 (e) and (f) above, banning of business dealings may be resorted to if, in the view of the competent authority, the grounds for action are such that continuation of business dealings with the entity would be detrimental to public interest. In such cases, the period of banning of business dealings with an entity shall not ordinarily exceed three years. The period of Banning of business dealings with an entity in both the categories will be inclusive of period of suspension of business dealings with an entity, if any, for the same cause of action. In exceptional cases and those involving national security considerations the competent authority may order a longer period of banning of business dealings with an Entity, as deemed appropirate.

(G) Effect of Banning of Business Dealings with an Entity/Debarment of an Entity
G.1 An order of banning of business dealings with an entity shall result in immediate ineligibility of the entity, from participating in future bids of a specified period with effect from the date of such order. No RFP will be issued to such an entity.
G.2 Any on-going procurement process where L1 determination has not yet been done will be progressed after excluding the bid involving entity with which the business dealings are banned. In case there are only two bidders, one being the entity with which business dealings are banned, the procurement will be progressed as per extant provisions of DPP after excluding such an entity.
G.3 Any on-going procurement process where the lowest bidder involves an entity with which business dealings are banned, will be terminated and fresh procurement process, if required, may be initiated.

G.4 Orders of banning of business dealings with an entity may be extended to its allied firms by specific order of the competent authority.
(H) Employees / Agents of an Entity

H.1 Any employee or agent of an entity, who is convicted for any act of impropriety, will not be allowed to engage in any bid process in any capacity with the Ministry of Defence, any time in the future.

H.2 Any employee or agent of an entity with which business dealings are suspended or banned and who is involved in a case of alleged impropriety for which investigation or judicial proceedings is in progress, will not be allowed to engage in any bid process in any capacity with the Ministry of Defence even after the expiry of the period of suspension / banning of business dealings with the entity.

(I) Miscellaneous
I.1 The entity with which business dealings are suspended or banned, may with the approval of competent authority, participate in the future RFPs for spares, upgrades, maintenance etc for the equipment/weapon systems supplied earlier by it, if the equipment which is the object of the Contract is a proprietary item and there are no available alternate sources of supply.

I.2 In cases wherein Transfer of Technology (ToT)/Licensed production has been taken in the past for manufacturing of equipment/weapon systems in India from the entity with which business dealings are suspended or banned, may with the approval of the competent authority, participate in the future RFPs related to components/ rotables/ additional items of such equipment/ weapon systems for which the TOT/Licensed production has been taken.

I.3 Any contract(s) related to the procurement process(es) in connection with which business dealings with an entity have been suspended will be held in abeyance. Any contract(s) related to the procurement process(es) in connection with which business dealings with an entity have been banned, shall be cancelled. However, other contracts involving such entity shall continue unless a decision to the contrary is taken by the competent authority, on a case by case basis.

I.4 If it becomes necessary on grounds of national security and operational preparedness / export obligations, to deal with an entity with which business dealings have been suspended or banned, in a procurement process and which is the only source that can supply/manufacture an equipment/weapon systems, the Competent Authority will be approached for approval of issuance of RFP or conclusion of contract with such an entity. Certificates (as provided in Annexure-I) signed by the Vice Chief of the service concerned / CISC / Additional Secretary (Defence Production) will be placed before the Competent Authority. SHQ / Department of Defence Production may propose special conditions to conclude a contract with such an entity.

I.5 The entity with which business dealings have been suspended or banned will not be permitted to transact contracts or agreements under a different name or division either through a transfer of assests of such an entity to another legal entity or otherwise.

I.6 An updated list of entities with which business dealings have been suspended or banned by the competent authotity and/or against which financial penalties have been imposed shall be maintained on the official website of the Ministry of Defence.

(J) Application
J.1 These guidelines shall come into force with immediate effect.

Annexure-I

(Refers to Para-1.4 of draft Guidelines)

CERTIFICATE***
1) The
…………………………………………………………………………………. [equipment/weapon system] is inescapably required for national security and operational preparedness / export obligations and no other alternative/combination of equipment/weapon system can fulfil the requirement.

2) The …………………………………………………………………………………………….. [equipment/weapon system] is not availbale from any other source.

3) It is absolutely necessary to deal with …………………………………………………………………………… [name of the entity] with which business dealings have been suspended or banned for meeting the instant requirement.

**Certificates as above, signed separately by the Vice Chief of the Service concerned / CISC, are to be placed before the Competent Authority.
**Certificate for inescapable requirement on account of export obligations, signed by AS (DP) is to be placed before the Competent Authority.

Authority: www.mod.nic.in

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RBI asks banks to be cash-ready for pensioners, armed forces

RBI asks banks to be cash-ready for pensioners, armed forces

RBI has asked banks to ensure cash supply for pensioners and armed forces in the wake of limited currencies in the market following cancellation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The Reserve Bank said demand for cash from government officials and pensioners is expected after electronic payment of their salary or pension.

Banks are, therefore, advised to take appropriate steps in order to meet this likely demand for cash, RBI said.

It also asked them for arrangements at military outposts for cash requirements of armed forces.

Source : economictimes

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