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Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is the guaranteed Pension Scheme of Government of India administered by PFRDA

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Easy to Explain Benefits drive Atal Pension Yojana (APY) backed by Government of India’s Guarantee;The Subscriber base under APY has crossed 1.24 crore mark; More than 27 lacs new subscribers have joined the Scheme during the Current Financial Year 2018-19

02 NOV 2018

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is the guaranteed Pension Scheme of Government of India administered by PFRDA.

The Subscriber base under APY has crossed 1.24 crore mark. The Govt of India guarantees the pension benefits. The Scheme is very easy to understand and it is very transparent. More than 27 lacs new subscribers have joined the Scheme during the current financial year, i.e. 2018-19. States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are the top contributors in APY enrollment. The Scheme allows any Indian Citizen between the age group of 18-40 years to join through the bank or post office branches where one has the savings bank account. The table below shows State wise enrollment, gender wise distribution and coverage along with the latest population in those States.

The State wise potential, that is eligible population that can be covered under APY, and gender wise distribution of population as on 27th Oct 2018 is given below:

S.No STATE POPULATION BETWEEN AGE GROUP 18 TO 40 Number of APY Subscribers as on 27.10.2016 Percentage of Population Covered under APY Total Female Subscribers Percentage of Female Subscribers Total Male Subscibers Percentage of Male Subscribers Total Transgender Subscribers Percentage of Transgender Subscribers Total
1 ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS 168,753 1,856 1 715 39 1,141 61 0 0 1,856
2 ANDHRA PRADESH & TELANGANA 34,832,527 1,128,032 3 565,804 50 561,843 50 385 0 1,128,032
3 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 542,212 4,507 1 1,936 43 2,571 57 0 0 4,507
4 ASSAM 12,291,862 250,783 2 109,481 44 141,259 56 43 0 250,783
5 BIHAR 35,484,731 1,116,119 3 559,297 50 556,707 50 115 0 1,116,119
6 CHANDIGARH 473,489 19,408 4 6,383 33 13,023 67 2 0 19,408
7 CHHATTISGARH 9,675,449 194,442 2 77,620 40 116,810 60 12 0 194,442
8 DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI 161,941 6,689 4 1,350 20 5,337 80 2 0 6,689
9 DAMAN & DIU 134,502 4,697 3 735 16 3,962 84 0 0 4,697
10 DELHI 7,266,256 205,759 3 67,330 33 138,376 67 53 0 205,759
11 GOA 595,087 28,951 5 10,480 36 18,468 64 3 0 28,951
12 GUJARAT 23,827,045 591,045 2 179,603 30 411,318 70 124 0 591,045
13 HARYANA 10,104,539 278,199 3 75,688 27 202,460 73 51 0 278,199
14 HIMACHAL PRADESH 2,685,526 79,964 3 27,241 34 52,711 66 12 0 79,964
15 JAMMU & KASHMIR 4,775,045 47,614 1 12,025 25 35,551 75 38 0 47,614
16 JHARKHAND 11,967,910 258,688 2 128,426 50 130,239 50 23 0 258,688
17 KARNATAKA 25,359,036 915,260 4 389,509 43 525,564 57 187 0 915,260
18 KERALA 11,943,218 276,115 2 151,103 55 124,961 45 51 0 276,115
19 LAKSHADWEEP 25,877 295 1 80 27 215 73 0 0 295
20 MADHYA PRADESH 27,234,721 662,515 2 226,775 34 435,630 66 110 0 662,515
21 MAHARASHTRA 45,274,703 1,000,604 2 354,301 35 646,088 65 215 0 1,000,604
22 MANIPUR 1,140,447 8,031 1 3,833 48 4,198 52 0 0 8,031
23 MEGHALAYA 1,068,987 9,049 1 3,705 41 5,344 59 0 0 9,049
24 MIZORAM 432,946 5,798 1 3,089 53 2,709 47 0 0 5,798
25 NAGALAND 783,664 7,214 1 2,986 41 4,228 59 0 0 7,214
26 ODISHA 16,118,865 398,416 2 161,799 41 236,501 59 116 0 398,416
27 PUDUCHERRY 512,040 23,991 5 12,601 53 11,381 47 9 0 23,991
28 PUNJAB 11,134,889 381,405 3 120,374 32 261,003 68 28 0 381,405
29 RAJASTHAN 25,277,598 569,052 2 173,965 31 394,957 69 130 0 569,052
30 SIKKIM 264,461 6,828 3 2,606 38 4,221 62 1 0 6,828
31 TAMIL NADU 29,069,600 968,372 3 529,395 55 438,679 45 298 0 968,372
32 TRIPURA 1,503,503 28,786 2 12,544 44 16,240 56 2 0 28,786
33 UTTAR PRADESH 71,289,176 1,790,481 3 594,235 33 1,195,808 67 438 0 1,790,481
34 UTTARAKHAND 3,810,712 122,871 3 40,855 33 81,997 67 19 0 122,871
35 WEST BENGAL 36,688,732 709,869 2 324,163 46 385,522 54 184 0 709,869
TOTAL 463,920,049 12,101,705 3 4,932,032 41 7,167,022 59 2,651 0 12,101,705

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Procedure for extending the benefits of Old GPF / Pension Scheme to those casual workers covered under the Scheme of 1993 and regularized on or after 01.01.2004

Old GPF / Pension Scheme to those casual workers regularized on or after 01.01.2004 – Procedure for extending the benefits: Instructions by CPAO

CPAO

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066

CPAO/IT&Tech/Clarificarion/P&PW/13 (Vol-III)/2018-19/68

13.07.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject : Procedure for extending the benefits of Old GPF / Pension Scheme to those casual workers covered under the Scheme of 1993 and regularized on or after 01.01.2004.

It has been observed that the pension cases of casual labour who were regularized on or after 01.01.2004 and eligible for old GPF/Pension Scheme vide DOPT OM No.49014/2/2014-Estt(C) dated 28.07.2016 have not been processed by the concerned Ministries/Departments. In order to avoid the hardship to the pensioners all the Ministries/Departments/PAOs have been requested to finalise the pension cases of the pensioners after following the procedure below:

1) Deptt. may issue the order that the old GPF Scheme/ Pension Scheme is applicable to the concerned official.

2) CPAO may be requested through concerned Pay & Accounts Office to stop Provisional Pension after cancellation of PPO, if issued.

3) NSDL may be requested by the concerned PAO to deposit the NPS subscription, Govt. Contribution plus interest thereon into the Govt. Account through ERM of NSDL.

4) On receipt of the amount it may be classified by the concerned PAO as below:

Sl.No Component Head of Account
i) Adjustment of employee’s contribution in Accounts Amount may be credited to the individual,s GPF Account and the account may be recast permitting upto date interest as applicable from time to time (FR-16 & Rule 11 of GPF Rule)
ii) Adjustment of Government contribution under NPS in Accounts To be accounted for as [-) Dr.to object Head “70 Deduct Recoveries under major Head 2071 – Pension and Other Retirement Benefits” and Minor Head “911 Deduct Recoveries of Overpayment” (Para 3.10 of List of Major Minor Heads)
(iii) Adjustment of increased value of subscription account of appreciation of investment May be accounted for by crediting the amount to Govt. Account under Major Head “0071- Contribution and Recoveries towards pension and Other Retirement Benefits” and Minor Head “800-Other Receipts”.
(Note under the above Major Head in List of Major Minor Heads)

5) GPF and Pension case of the concerned official may be processed as per the GPF Rules and CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 after adjusting the Provisional Pension paid to the pensioner, if paid.

This issues with the approval of the Chief Controller (Pensions).

(Praful Dabral)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

Source: cpao.nic.in

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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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Pension Scheme for SSC Officers

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 4987

ANSWERED ON: 31.03.2017

Pension Scheme for SSC Officers

KRUPAL BALAJI TUMANE
BHAVANA GAWALI (PATIL)
HARIOM SINGH RATHORE

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government proposes to start a pension scheme for the Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in the defence sector;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government proposes to sanction pension for the defence personnels serving less than fifteen years and if so, the details thereof;

(d) whether the Government has received any representation from the Military Service Pensioners Association in this regard and if so, the details thereof and the action taken by the Government in this regard; and

(e) whether the Government proposes to launch any other welfare schemes for the military personnels who had served for less than fifteen years and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

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

(a) & (b): At present, the Short Service Commissioned officers granted commission from other rank are entitled to pension on completion of 12 years of qualifying service. However, Short Service Commissioned officer who is granted commission from direct civil life is entitled to Terminal Gratuity only. There is no new proposal under consideration.

(c) Presently there is no such proposal.

(d) No, Madam.

(e) At present, there is no such proposal.

Source : Lok Sabha

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Confederation of Central Government employees: PRESS STATEMENT Dated 2nd September 2016

Confederation of Central Government employees: PRESS STATEMENT Dated 2nd September 2016

PRESS STATEMENT
Dated 2nd September 2016

The initial report received at the Confederation Central Head Quarters indicate the participation of about ten lakhs Central Government employees in today’s nationwide general strike action of the Indian Working Class. Earlier, endorsing the call of the Central Trade Unions, the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers had called upon the Central Government employees to take part in the one-day strike to compel the Government to withdraw the anti-people and anti-labour neo-liberal policies pursued by the Central Government.

Offices of the Postal, Income Tax, Ground Water Board, Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Printing and Stationery department, Botanical Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, RMS offices, census department, Indian Space Research organization, Central Government Health Scheme, Atomic Energy, Medical Stores depots, Film Institute of India, AGMARK, Indian Council for Medical Research, Film division and various other autonomous scientific and research institutions etc. remained closed and the work completely paralysed.

The strike also affected the functioning of various offices of Indian Audit & Accounts department, Civil Accounts, Central Excise and Customs, CPWD etc. Total civilian employees of various Defence organisations and Defence Accounts Departments participated in the strike. The Strike was total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Andhra, Telangana, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, North Eastern states, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and 70 to 80% in other states.

The Central Government employees were particularly unhappy over the totally negative attitude of the NDA Government towards their demands while implementing 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations. Ban on creation of new posts, non-filling up of about six lakhs vacant posts, introduction of New Contributory Pension Scheme, non-regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and casual, contract workers, ceiling on compassionate appointments, rejection of the demand for increase in the minimum wage and fitment formula, reduction in the percentage of House Rent Allowance, abolition of 52 allowances etc. are some of the retrograde measures taken by the Central Government.

The Confederation National Secretariat Congratulates the Central Government employees, who undertook intensive campaign to make the strike a grand success. The Confederation salutes all its members for their whole hearted participation in the strike and making it an unprecedented success.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General

Confederation

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Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as per the table below:

Sl. No. Category of freedom fighters Present amount of pension (per month) Enhanced amount of pension(per month)
1. Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/ spouses Rs.24,775/- Rs.30,000/-
2. Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spouses Rs.23,085/- Rs.28,000/-
3. Other Freedom Fighters/ spouses including INA Rs.21,395/- Rs.26,000/-
4. Dependent parents/ eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time)

Rs.3,380/- (dependent parents)

Rs.5,070/- (daughters) 50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the Freedom Fighter i.e. in the range of Rs.13,000/- to Rs. 15,000/-

The revised scale shall take effect from 15.08.2016.

The existing Dearness Relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was hitherto applied to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, is being discontinued and replaced by the Dearness Allowance system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year.

All freedom fighters and spouses and dependent parents/eligible daughter pensioners of deceased freedom fighters drawing pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 would be benefitted by the decision. So far, total 1,71,605 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents have been sanctioned pension under the scheme. At present 37,981 freedom fighters and their eligible dependent pensioners are covered under the scheme. Of these, 11,690 are freedom fighters themselves, 24,792 are spouses(widows/widowers) and 1,499 are daughter pensioners.

In 1969, Government of India introduced the ‘Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners Pension Scheme’ to honour the freedom fighters who had been incarcerated in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. In 1972, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of our Independence, a regular scheme for grant of freedom fighters’ pension was introduced. Thereafter, with effect from 01.08.1980, a liberalized scheme, namely the ‘Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme’ is being implemented. Besides the freedom fighters, spouses (widows/widowers), unmarried and unemployed daughters (upto maximum three at any point of time) and parents of deceased freedom fighters are eligible for pension under the scheme.

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Union Minister of State Reply – No proposal to introduce any new pension scheme for retired Central Government employees

Union Minister of State Reply – No proposal to introduce any new pension scheme for retired Central Government employees

Schemes for Retired Employees

The pension of Central Civil Government servants appointed on or before 31.12.2003 is governed by the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972 or the corresponding Pension Rules of other Services/Departments such as All India Services and Railways.

The Central Civil Government Servants appointed on or after 01.01.2004 are governed by the Defined Contribution-based Pension Scheme under the National Pension System.

The personnel belonging to the Defence Services continue to be eligible for pension under Defined Benefit Pension Rules applicable to defence personnel.

There is no proposal to introduce any new pension scheme for retired Central Government employees.

This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Smt. Rekha Verma in the Lok Sabha today.

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Provision of Minimum Pension of Rs.1000 per month the Pensioners under the Employees Pension Scheme 1995

Provision of Minimum Pension of Rs.1000 per month the Pensioners under the Employees Pension Scheme 1995 

Office Of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central Command)
Cariappa Road, Cantt., Lucknow, Pin code – 226002

No.PT/3088/CGDA/Vol-VI

Date: 19-05-2016

To,

1. The Area Accounts Office (CC) Allahabad
2. The Area Accounts Office (CC) Kanpur
3. The Officer in-Charge Pay-I/II/III & Store Audit (Local)

Sub: Provision of Minimum Pension of Rs.1000 per month the Pensioners under the Employees Pension Scheme 1995 – publicity of.

Ref: HQr Office letter No.AT/V/DAD/15001/EPS-1995 dated 10-05-2016.

Please find enclosed a copy of Ministry of Defence. D (Civ-II) Section ID No.20(1)/2016/D (civ-II) dated 01-04-2016 received from HQr office regarding the subject matter is forwarded herewith for your information and necessary action please.

Encl: As above

sd/-
ACDA(PT)

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Office of the Controller General Of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt. – 110010

No.AT/V/DAD/15001/EPS – 1995

Dated: 06-05-2016

To

All PCDAs/CDAs
PCDA(CC)Lucknow

Sub: Provision of Minimum Pension of Rs.1000 Per month the pensioners under the Employees pension Scheme 1995 – publicity of.

Please find enclosed a copy of Ministry of Defence, D (Civ-II) Section ID No.20(1)/2016/D (Civ-II) dated 01.04.2016 on the above mentioned subject is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action please.

Encls: As stated above.

sd/-
Rajesh Sharm
S.A.O. (AT/P)

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Ministry Of Defence
D(Civ-II) section

Subject: Provision of Minimum Pension of Rs.1000 Per month the Pensioners under the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 – publicity of

The Employees Provident Funds & Misc Provision (EPF&MP) Act gives the framework for operating three important social security schemes for the workers of the country. These Schemes are (i) The Employees Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme 1952; (ii) The Employees Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995; and (iii) The Employees Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme, 1976. Under the provisions of the Employees pension scheme, 1995, pension security is provided for the employees who joined on or after 16.11.1995. In order to provide a bare minimum amount as pension which may help towards social security of EPS Pensioners, the Govt had started providing a minimum pension of Rs.1000/- p.m. to the pensioners under the scheme initially form 1.9.2014 for the year 2014-15.

sd/-
(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary

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Ministry Of Defence (Finance)
DAD – Coord

Room No.24-A, south Block, New Delhi

Sub: Provision of Minimum Pension of Rs.1000 Per month the Pensioners under the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 – publicity of.

A copy of Ministry of Defence D(Civ-II) Id bearing No.20(1)/2016/D(Civ-II) dated 01.04.2016 on the above mentioned subject is forwarded herewithfor information and necessary action please.

sd/-
(Rajesh Kalia)
SO (DAD Coord)

Source: http://pcdacc.gov.in/

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Tamilnadu State Govt Employees Contributory Fund (CPF) for 2014-15 and 2015-16

Tamilnadu State Govt Employees Contributory Fund (CPF) for 2014-15 and 2015-16

Govt of Tamilnadu has issued an Abstract regarding interest for Contributory Pension Scheme be fixed at 8.7% for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

GOVERNMENT OF TAMILNADU

Abstract

Pension-  Contributory  Pension  Scheme-  Employees  contribution  and

Government  contribution-  Rate  of  interest  for  the  year  2014-2015  and 2015-2016 – Orders – Issued.

FINANCE (PGC) DEPARTMENT

G.O.Ms.No.183                                                                                                       Dated: 26.06.2015

 

Read:

1.    G.O.Ms.No.222,    Finance    (Pension)    Department, dated.3.6.2008.

2.   G.O.Ms.No.38,  Finance  (PGC)  Department,  dated 11.2.2013.

3.   G.O.Ms.No.155,  Finance  (PGC)  Department,  dated 9.5.2013.

4.    G.O.Ms.No.106, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 28.4.2014.

5.   G.O.Ms.No.129, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 27.4.2015.

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ORDER:

In  the  Government  orders  first  to  third  read  above  orders  were issued fixing the rate of interest for accumulations at the credit of the subscribers   to   Contributory   Pension   Scheme   for   the   period   upto  31.03.2014.

2.  In the Government orders fourth and fifth read above, the rate of interest for General Provident Fund was fixed at the rate of 8.7% for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

3.   The Government now direct that the rate  of  interest on  the accumulations at the credit of the subscribers to the Contributory Pension Scheme be fixed at 8.7% for the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

4.   The above rate of interest will remain until further orders are issued in this regard.

 

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K. SHANMUGAM
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

Download Govt of Tamilnadu G.O.Ms.No.183 dated 26.06.2015

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PFRDA: ATAL PENSION YOJANA – BENEFITS AND FEATURES

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority
First Floor, ICADR Building, Plot No 6, Institutional Area Phase II,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070

ATAL PENSION YOJANA – BENEFITS AND FEATURES

1. Anybody in the age group of 18-40 years can join !!

2. You can choose your pension plan from Rs 1,000/- to Rs 5,000/- per month.

3. Your contribution depends on your age and the pension plan you choose!

4. You can be a member of any existing PF/Pension scheme such as EPF/PPF/Govt. pension and still join APY!

5. You can be an Income tax payer and still join APY.

6. For (4) and (5) above, Govt. Co-contribution is not available but Govt. guarantee for pension will be available!

7. Govt. Co-contribution of 50% of subscribers’ contribution or Rs 1,000/- per annum, whichever is lower will be available for five years only to subscribers joining by 31st December 2015.

The monthly contribution chart for different age groups and pension amounts is given below:

 

Joining Age Years of Contribution

Indicative Monthly Contribution under APY (Rs.)

Monthly pension of Rs. 1000. Indicative return of corpus Rs 1.70 lacs Monthly pension of Rs. 2000. Indicative return of corpus Rs3.40 lacs Monthly pension of Rs. 3000. Indicative return of corpus Rs 5.10 lacs Monthly pension of Rs. 4000. Indicative return of corpus Rs 6.80 lacs Monthly pension of Rs. 5000. Indicative return of corpus Rs 8.50 lacs
18 42 42 84 126 168 210
19 41 46 92 138 183 228
20 40 50 100 150 198 248
21 39 54 108 162 215 269
22 38 59 117 177 234 292
23 37 64 127 192 254 318
24 36 70 139 208 277 346
25 35 76 151 226 301 376
26 34 82 164 246 327 409
27 33 90 178 268 356 446
28 32 97 194 292 388 485
29 31 106 212 318 423 529
30 30 116 231 347 462 577
31 29 126 252 379 504 630
32 28 138 276 414 551 689
33 27 151 302 453 602 752
34 26 165 330 495 659 824
35 25 181 362 543 722 902
36 24 198 396 594 792 990
37 23 218 436 654 870 1,087
38 22 240 480 720 957 1,196
39 21 264 528 792 1,054 1,318
40 20 291 582 873 1164 1454

 

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FORM AT YOUR BANK BRANCH

For more information, Please call on our APY Toll free No. 1800110069

Source: PFRDA

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One Rank One Pension Scheme to Cost Exchequer Rs. 7,500 – 10,000 Crore

‘One Rank One Pension’ Scheme to Cost Exchequer Rs. 7,500 – 10,000 Crore

NEW DELHI: Implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme, the long-standing demand of Armed Forces veterans, is likely to cost the exchequer Rs. 7,500 crore to Rs. 10,000 crore, Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said today.

The government has already made it clear that One Rank One Pension (OROP) will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014, the Minister of State for Defence told reporters in Chandigarh.

He said that the Defence Ministry had recently forwarded to the Finance Ministry the cost which the scheme’s implementation would entail.

“It is likely to cost us somewhere between Rs. 7,500 crore to Rs. 10,000 crore,” he said, adding that the previous UPA government had made a mere announcement with regard to OROP.

“During the past four to five months, we have gone deep into this. We have calculated the entire cost now,” he said.

On being asked about Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed’s statement that his government will proceed with phased removal of AFSPA after consulting the Army, Mr Singh said that it is true that the Army has expressed its reservations about it.

The Army had yesterday said it was against any move to dilute the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

“One thing is clear that there cannot be any unilateral decision on this,” he said.

He said that gradual withdrawal is everybody’s hope, “though that can only be possible when peace returns to the state.”

Responding to another question, Singh said that he would like the PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir to be given a chance to deliver.

“Before people start taking potshots at us, I would say let we be given a chance to deliver. If we fail, then may be, people have the right to criticise,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Singh said that more Sainik Schools would be set up in various states of the country so that students could be trained to become competent officers to serve the Armed Forces which faces a shortfall of 7,500 officers.

He said that efforts will also be made to woo people to join the Army in areas where joining the force was a tradition.

Source: NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/one-rank-one-pension-scheme-to-cost-exchequer-rs-7-500-10-000-crore-749632?ndtv_prevstory

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One Rank One Pension Scheme

One Rank One Pension Scheme

Press Information Bureau Government of India
Ministry of Defence

13-March, 2015

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation have been discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. Financial implication could be calculated, once the modalities are finalized and approved by the Government.

Possible amendments to the pension policies are being examined with a view to reduce litigation for removing disparities in pension of various ex-servicemen.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Mullappally Ramachandran and others in Lok Sabha today.

DM/NAMPI/HH/RAJ

- PIB

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Pension Scheme for Military Personnel and Financial Assistance from Raksha Mantri’s Discretionary Fund (RMDF): Lok Sabha Q&A

Pension Scheme for Military Personnel and Financial Assistance from Raksha Mantri’s Discretionary Fund (RMDF): Lok Sabha Q&A:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 852
ANSWERED ON 27.02.2015

PENSION SCHEME FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL

852 . Premachandran Shri N.K.
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government proposes to introduce pension scheme for short service candidates and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government proposes to sanction pension for military personnels having less than fifteen years of service, if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government received a representation from Military Service Pensioners Association in this regard;

(d) if so, the details thereof and the action taken by the Government thereon;

(e) whether the Government proposes to introduce welfare scheme for military personnels having less than fifteen years of service; and

(f) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (RAO INDERJIT SINGH) IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

(a) At present, the Short Service Commissioned officers granted commission from other rank are entitled to pension on completion of 12 years of qualifying service. However, Short Service Commissioned officer who is granted commission from direct civil life is entitled to Terminal Gratuity only. There is no new proposal under consideration.

(b) Presently there is no such proposal.

(c) No, Madam.

(d) Does not arise, in view of (c) above.

(e) & (f): There are certain welfare schemes, administered by Kendriya Sainik Board for non- pensioners. Details are enclosed as per Annexure. There is no proposal at present to introduce any new welfare scheme.

WELFARE SCHEMES
KENDRIYA SAINIK BOARD

1. Financial Assistance from Raksha Mantri’s Discretionary Fund (RMDF):

Ser Grants Amount

(in Rs)

(a) Penury Grant (65 Yrs):

(Non-Pensioners upto Hav Rank)

1,000/-pm

(life time)

(b) Education Grant:

(i)Boys/Girls upto Grdn.

(ii)Widows PG

(Non-Pensioners upto Hav Rank)

1,000/-pm
(c) Officer Cadet Grant (for Cadets of NDA only):

(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Hav Rank)

1,000/-pm
(d) Disabled Children Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-pensioner upto Hav Rank))

1,000/-pm
(e) House Repair Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Hav Rank)

100% Disabled ESM.

Orphan Daughter (of all ranks)

20,000/-
(f) Marriage Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Hav Rank)

Widow Re-Marriage Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Hav Rank)

16,000/-
(g) Funeral Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Hav Rank)

5,000/-
(h) Medical Grant:

(Non-Pensioners upto Hav Rank)

Medical Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-pensioner upto Hav Rank Nepal)

30,000/-

(Max)

(i) Orphan Grant:

(Pensioner/Non-pensioner All Ranks)

Daughters of ex-servicemen till she is married.

One Son of ex-servicemen upto 21 years of age.

1,000/-pm
(j) Vocational Training Grant For Widows:

(Pensioner/Non-Pensioner upto Hav Rank)

20,000/-

(One time)

 

2. Serious Diseases (Listed Only) Grant from AFFD Fund:-

 

(a)Serious Diseases:-

Angioplasty, Angiography, CABG, Open Heart Surgery, Valve Replacement, Pacemaker Implant, Renal Implant, Prostate Surgery, Joint Replacement and Cerebral Stoke.(b)Other Diseases: Where more than Rs.1.00 Lac has been spent on treatment.

75% / 90% of total expenditure (Officer and PBOR respectively). Upto a maximum of Rs. 1.25 Lac.
(c)Dialysis and Cancer treatment: 75% / 90% of total expenditure (Officer and PBOR respectively). Upto a maximum of Rs.75,000/- per FY only.

Annexure Source: http://164.100.47.132/Annexture_New/lsq16/4/au852.htm

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EPFO Pension Scheme: Age Limit May Be Raised

EPFO Pension Scheme: Age Limit May Be Raised

New Delhi: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s trustees in a meeting on Thursday will consider a proposal to raise the age limit from 58 to 60 years for vesting of pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS-95).
At present, a formal sector worker covered under the EPS-95 can make contributions towards the pension scheme till the age of 58 years and can claim pension after that.

The Pension Implementation Committee (PIC) has recommended an increase in the age for vesting pension to 60 years, while suggesting that the actuary should be asked to develop a model to give incentive to those persons who opt for drawing pension at the age of 60 years.
An actuary analyses financial consequences of risk after studying uncertain future events, particularly of concerns to pension and insurance plans.

Raising the age limit would reduce the deficit in pension fund and would increase the pension benefits of members as there would be two additional years of service, as per the agenda listed for the meeting of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s apex decision making body – Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

According to a report of the valuer on the scheme, increasing the age limit would reduce the shortfall in the pension fund to the extent of Rs 27,067 crore.

The level of deficit is not a matter of concern, though it is recommended that the retirement fund body should look into investment returns more carefully and not increase benefits without consulting the actuary, and do sensitivity analysis more frequently, the valuer has suggested.

As per the the valuer, appointed by EPFO, net liability or deficit is Rs 10,855 crore as of March 31, 2012, Rs 6,712.96 crores as of March 31, 2013 and Rs 7,832.74 crore as of March 31, 2014.

It is also proposed by the committee to increase the short service pension entitlement age from 50 years to 55 years. This measure would reduce the shortfall in pension fund to the extent of Rs 12,028 crore.

At present, members can ask for fixing pension at attaining the age of 50 years provided they have served for at least 10 years.

It is also proposed that the pensionable salary should be determined on the basis of 36 months average wages immediately preceding the date of exit from the scheme in place of existing 60 months.

It may be noted that there is no bar of any kind for contributing towards other social security schemes run by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) – Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952 and Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme 1976.

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Pension scheme in NVS

Pension scheme in NVS

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1612

ANSWERED ON-08.12.2014

Pension scheme in NVS

1612 . Shri Arvind Kumar Singh

 

(a) whether Government is aware of the fact that the retired teachers and officials of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) are leading a precarious life after retirement, as the provision for pension was not available to the employees who joined before 2004, prior to introduction of New Pensions Scheme;

(b) whether Government is planning to provide pensions to such retired teachers and officials;

(c) if so, by when such pension would be disbursed and the details thereof; and

(d) if not, the reasons therefor?

 

ANSWER

 

MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SMT. SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI)

 

(a) to (d) The employees of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti had been given the benefit of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) scheme since its inception. Subsequently, the Government had approved introduction of New Pension Scheme (NPS) for all regular employees of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) joining on or after 01.04.2009. However, those employees who joined NVS on regular basis before 01.04.2009 were given the option vide NVS’s notification dated 04.08.2009 either to continue with the existing Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) scheme or to join the New Pension Scheme. This option was to be exercised latest by 03.11.2009. Thus, the Government has already provided post retirement benefits of either CPF Scheme or NPS to the employees of NVS including teaching and non-teaching staff.

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Clarifications regarding introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

Clarifications regarding introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

F.No.W-02/0017/2014-DPE-(WC)-GL-XI/14
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Entcrpnscs Bhawan

BLock No.14, CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi, the 21st May, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Clarifications regarding introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department OM No.2(70)/08-DPE (WC) dated 26.11.2008 and 2(70)/08-DPE (WC) datcd 2.4.2009 regarding pay revision of executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSEs w.e.f. 1.1.2007 which inter-alla provides guidelines regarding Superannuation benefits including Pension and Post Superannuation Medical Benefit Scheme of the CPSES, DPE has been receiving certain queries in this regard. The following clarifications may be kept in mind while finalizing the Pension and Post Superannuation Medical Benefit Scheme of the CPSEs:

i) The condition of 30% of Basic Pay + DA for superannuation benefits as prescribed in DPE O.Ms. dated 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009 and as amended from time to time, are to be followed strictly.

ii) These schemes (pension and post-superannuation medical benefits) would be subject to the factors like affordability, capacity to pay and sustainability of the CPSE.

iii) Government budgetary support would not be provided to operate these Schemes.

iv) It is to be ensured that by implementing the 2007 pay revision, which would include these two schemes, the dip in Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the year 2007-08 should not exceed 20% in respect of executives & non-unionized supervisors of CPSE.

v) Since the effective date of 2007 pay revision in CPSE is 01.01.2007, the proposed scheme(s) may be introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2007 or a subsequent date for the regular employees who were on the rolls of CPSE as on that date and for the employees recruited thereafter. If a regular employee does not want to contribute to the proposed scheme, he/she should have an option.

vi) Contribution of CPSE to these schemes is limited to such extent that the contribution to the total superannuation benefits which include PF and Gratuity also is limited to 30% of Basic pay plus DA. This may be reviewed every year based on the profitability/affordability of the CPSE. Contribution every year by CPSE should not be guaranteed for these two schemes.

vii) An employee should have put in a minimum of 15 years service rendered in continuity in CPSE(s) at the time of superannuation, and benefits would be allowed by a CPSE from where the incumbent has superannuated.

viii) The services rendered in thc Government prior to joining CPSE would not count for the purpose of computation of total service in a CPSE required for availing the benefits of this scheme.

ix) As regards Board level executives, who are contractual appointees, they too can enjoy the benefits under these schemes provided their total period of service rendered in continuity in CPSE(s) including the period at Board level in a CPSE is not less than 15 years, at the time of superannuation.

x) In the event of any employee resigning from the services of CPSE and joining another CPSE having broadly similar schemes, the entire amount of employer’s and employee’s contribution along with interest accrued thereon can be transferred to such CPSE. However, employees who resign from CPSE to join another CPSE, not having similar schemes, or any organization not being a CPSE (irrespective of whether such scheme exists in that organization), shall not be allowed the benefit o transferring their accumulated fund under these schemes. However, the employee’s contribution along with accrued interests shall be refundable to the employee.

xi) Benefits of the schemes should not be extended lo employees posted on deputation to CPSE from Central/State Government.

xii) In case a regular member of the scheme dies/becomes permanently disabled & incapacitated, leading to cessation of his/her service, before putting in 15 years of service in a CPSE prior to superannuation, he/she may be given the benefits as admissible under these schemes.

xiii) Cases of VRS/VSS for which specific scheme have been framed would be examined in terms of such specific schemes of VRS/VSS of the Government applicable in respect of employees of CPSEs. Benefits under these schemes would not accrue to VRS/VSS optees automatically.

xiv) At the time of superannuation, an employee may opt for Annuities from any of the designated Annuity Saving Service Providers to provide the pension and/or post retirai medical benefits.

xv) The admissibility of benefits under these schemes to the employees against whom disciplinary proceedings are pending at the time of superannuation is to be regulated as per the Conchict, Discipline & Appeal Rules of the CPSE.

xvi) In cases of resignation (excluding resignation covered under ‘technical formality clasue’) and compulsory retirement, removal, dismissal because of disciplinary proceedings. the annuity would be based only on member’s contributions, if any, and interest thereon.

xvii) DPE O.Ms. dated 08.07.2009 and 20.07.2011 relate to the creation of a Corpus for the CPSE employees who retired before 01.01.2007. There is, thus, no link between pension and post-superannuation medical benefit schemes and the corpus mentioned in OMs. dated 08.07.2009 and 20.07.2011.

xviii) These schemes will be under a “defined contribution scheme” and not under a “defined benefit scheme”. Subject to the Contribution made by the CPSE within the prescribed ceiling, and based on affordability, the benefit to the individual executive would be determined based on the accumulated amount.

xix) There should be no provision of ‘commutation’, since provision of pension in 2007 pay revision guidelines was introduced so that employees have a social security and would get a substantial monthly pension after superannuation.

sd/-
(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

Source: www.bsnleuchq.com
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Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time: BCPC meeting for 7th CPC Memo

Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time. – BCPC, Chennai Camp has authorised Secretary General to include five points in 7th CPC memorandum. Confederation published the details of Central Government Pensioners Organisations meeting

BHARAT CENTRAL PENSIONERS CONFEDERATION

Camp: Chennai
Date: 14.06.2014

As scheduled the meeting of the representatives of various Central Government Pensioners Organisations took place today in Chennai. The meeting was presided over by one of the Vice Chairman of BCPC Comrade R.L.Bhattacharyya. 31 representatives from fifteen Organisations participated in this meeting. This meeting was called to discuss all the amendments and suggestions received on the draft memorandum prepared by BCPC and exhibited in the websites. Two organisations viz., All India Railway Retired Employees Federation, Secunderabad led by Comrade Y.N.Sasthry and All India Federation of Pensioners Associations, Chennai led by Comrade Balasubramanian have sent their written suggestions for amendment of the Draft Memorandum. Some of the representatives on the spot gave their suggestions either in writing or even verbally.

All these suggestions etc were frankly considered and either incorporated or ignored on the basis of consensus reached in the meeting.

It was also agreed that the memorandum should be submitted to the 7th CPC on certain fundamental issues relating to Pensioners so that these could be focussed and claimed serious consideration by the pay commission. It was also decided that some issues which were pressed hard by the representatives should also find place in this memorandum as miscellaneous items. Further it was decided that a separate Memorandum should be prepared by departmental specific Pensioners organisations like Postal Pensioners, BSNL Pensioners, Railway Pensioners etc, which should form Part – II of the Memorandum.

The final draft of the Common Memorandum would be finalised before 22nd June and would be placed in the websites of both the NCCPA and BPS. All Organisations are requested to post their comments and convey them through emails to NCCPA (nccpa.hq@gmail.com) latest by 25th June, 2014. After considering these comments, the final Memorandum will be prepared and submitted to 7th CPC on behalf of BCPC and all the participating organisations by 30th June, 2014.

A summary of the proceedings of this meeting is also attested.

Having succeeded in finalising a common memorandum on pensioners  related issues, the first step in the direction of uniting the pensioners has been taken. More than submission of this Memorandum to the Pay Commission, we should present it before the mass of pensioners all over the country and educate them as to why these fundamental issues have been raised with emphasis rather than raising all and sundry issues before the pay commission. The meeting unanimously accepted this approach and authorised the Secretary General to finalise with the following five points prioritised:

   Scrapping the New Pension Scheme and PFRDA.

Parity of Pension between the past and future pensioners.

Periodical revision of pension once in 5  years in future.

Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time.

Quantum of pension @ 67% of the Last Pay Drawn or 10 months average whichever is greater and additional pension for older pensioners.

Comprehensive cashless as well as hazzle free medicare scheme for all pensioners without any discrimination.

This memorandum represents the aspirations of the entire community of pensioners and therefore it is primarily meant to be addressed to them if the Commission does not impart justice on the issues raised by us in this memorandum. The membership should be prepared and united for appropriate action to back these demands.

It is hoped that all Pensioners Organisations would endeavour to involve the entire membership in  pursuance of these goals, which we have raised before the Pay Commission.

Comradely Yours,
(S.K.Vyas)
Secretary General

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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Government okays salary cap hike for EPF; threshold for savings raised from Rs 6,500 a month to Rs 15,000

Government okays salary cap hike for EPF; threshold for savings raised from Rs 6,500 a month to Rs 15,000

NEW DELHI: Employees earning upto Rs 15,000 a month will soon come under the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) net, with the Narendra Modi government approving a hike in the threshold for mandatory PF savings from Rs 6,500 a month to Rs 15,000.
Though the Manmohan Singh government had approved the hike in the EPF threshold this February after years of deliberations, the change couldn’t be notified before the election code of conduct kicked in.

Another UPA decision to assure a minimum monthly pension of Rs 1,000 for members of the employees’ pension scheme run by EPFO, in its final weeks in office, was also not notified before the polls.

Ministry officials had sought a fresh approval on the salary ceiling hike from the new minister for labour and employment Narendra Singh Tomar.

“The minister has approved the higher salary ceiling for mandatory EPF savings, and we will issue a notification soon for it to become effective,” said a senior government official aware of the development.

The ministry is also learnt to be examining if the minimum Rs 1,000 pension promise is sustainable.
The finance ministry, which had approved the pension promise with great reluctance and several conditionalities, had only provided funds to finance the bonanza for 2014-15.

At a board meeting in February, officials had warned that the pension assurance may have to be rolled back next year as there was no funding support beyond the first year. But their concerns were over-ruled by the previous labour minister Oscar Fernandes, who was the board’s chairman.

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO oversees the retirement savings of over 8 crore members at present and the number could go up sharply as those earning between Rs 6,500 and Rs 15,000 will come under its fold once the new rules are notified and implemented.

The EPFO’s present ceiling for statutory contributions is a mere Rs 6,500 per month – lower than the minimum wage prescribed across the country.

Twenty-four percent of an employee’s salary (up to the ceiling) is mandatorily deducted and parked with the PF office.

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New Pension Scheme: Corpus up to Rs 2 lakh can be fully withdrawn at retirement

New Pension Scheme: Corpus up to Rs 2 lakh can be fully withdrawn at retirement

New Pension Scheme (NPS) holders can withdraw the entire fund on retirement if the total amount is Rs 2 lakh or less. The Finance Ministry has notified the change.

“When, on superannuation, a request is received from a subscriber, other than the subscriber under NPS-Lite Swavalamban Scheme, having pension wealth of two lakh rupees or less, he/she may opt for withdrawal of total pension wealth,” according to a Finance Ministry gazette notification . At present, over 4,400 accounts have accumulated amounts of Rs 2 lakh or lower. Out of these, nearly 680 have made a request for withdrawal.

Normally, an individual can exit either at or after the age of 60. However, from March 2013, subscribers were allowed to stay invested till the age of 70, but with some conditions such as no-contribution or part-withdrawal between the ages of 60 and 70.

ANNUITY PROBLEM

At the time of exit, 60 per cent of the total amount is given as lump sum, while 40 per cent is used to purchase an annuity, which provides lifetime pension to an employee and his dependent parents/spouse at the time of retirement. The problem was that the accumulated amount was inadequate for pension payouts. The thinking is that accumulated funds of less than Rs 2 lakh are not enough to purchase an annuity or annuity providing for a decent monthly income.

Now, subscribers, with pension wealth of Rs 2 lakh or less, will have to make a request for an ‘opt-out’ option. Those who have not made a request for withdrawal as lump sum may like to continue, which is why a specific ‘opt out’ option is being proposed, rather than a default option.

NPS is a contributory scheme that was made mandatory for Union Government employees (except those joining the Armed Forces) joining on or after January 1, 2004. Under the scheme, an employee contributes 10 per cent of his/her salary and dearness allowance and an equal contribution is made by the Union Government.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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Details on Freedom Fighters Pension: Reply by Government in Lok Sabha

Details on Freedom Fighters Pension: Reply by Government in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2921
ANSWERED ON   27.08.2013

FREEDOM FIGHTERS PENSION

2921 . Shri O. S. MANIAN
VIKRAMBHAI ARJANBHAI MAADAM
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-

(a) the total number of freedom fighters, their widows and the eligible dependents who are receiving pension under the `Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980` separately, State/UT-wise including Andhra Pradesh;

(b) the total number of applications received/pending/rejected for grant of pension to the freedom fighters and their dependents along with the reasons for pendency and the steps taken to clear all the pending applications, State/UT-wise;

(c) whether the Government has received requests from freedom fighters and their dependents to increase the monthly pension under the scheme;

(d) if so, the details thereof and the action taken thereon; and

(e) the other measures taken by the Government to address the grievances/problems of freedom fighters and their dependents?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI R. P. N. SINGH)

(a): As per the data furnished by Public Sector Banks and State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, about 49,000 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents from various States/UTs including Andhra Pradesh are drawing Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension through the Public Sector Banks and State Treasuries.

(b): Receipt and disposal of claims for grant of Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension is a continuous process. No application, complete in all respects and recommended by the State Government is pending except 108 re-verification reports from Government of Andhra Pradesh which relate to applications for sanction of samman pension for participation in Hyderabad Liberation Movement. These verification reports alongwith applications for sanction of samman pension which meet the eligibility criteria are required to be considered by the Screening Committee of Eminent Freedom Fighters.

(c) & (d): Representations from various Freedom Fighters Organizations and individuals have been received from time to time to revise Swatantrata Sainilk Samman Pension Scheme. The Basic Pension of the Central Samman Pensioners was last revised in the year 2006. In addition to the basic pension, Central Samman Pensioners receive dearness relief, which is revised every year, on the basis of twelve monthly average increase in All India Consumer Price Index. With effect from 01.08.2012, Samman Pension is Rs. 16775/- per month, which includes basic pension of Rs. 6, 330/- plus dearness relief of 165% (? 10, 445/-). DR revision is due w.e.f. 01.08.2013. At present, there is no proposal under consideration to increase the pension of the freedom fighters.

(e): There exists a Committee of Eminent Freedom Fighters, chaired by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, to look into issues relating to welfare of the freedom fighters.

Source: Loksabha
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