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Additional relief on death/disability of Government Servants covered by the Defined contribution pension scheme (NPS)

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Additional relief on death/disability of Government Servants covered by the Defined contribution pension scheme (NPS)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(G)2018/PN 1-7

New Delhi, Dated 16-04-2018

The General Manager (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.
(as per standard mailing list)

 

Sub: Additional relief on death/disability of Government Servants covered by the Defined contribution pension scheme (NPS)

 

References is invited to Railways Board’s letter No.2016/AC-II/21/7 dated 27-11-17 (copy enclosed) wherein it has been highlighted that grant of pension/family pension to NPS beneficiaries has not commenced on some of the Zones/Units. Board has taken a serious note of the aforesaid delay.

 

2. As already brought out in the attached letter, instructions have been issued from time to time for making provisional pension payment to eligible NPS beneficiaries by the Railways and Joint procedure order has been put in place duly signed by the personnel Department and the Accounts Department to ensure smooth disposal settlement of such cases.Relevant instructions have been reiterated vide Board’s letter dated 02.01.17 (RBA No.1/2017) a compendium of circulars compiled by PFRDA has also been uploaded on the website of Indian Railways (RBA No.162/2017).

 

3. It is accordingly desired that pension/family pension cases of NPS beneficiaries should be processed immediately without delay so that payment of pension in such cases commences at the earliest.

 

(Dr.Anand.S.Khati)
Eecutive Dir.Estt.(G)
Railway Board

 

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Common mistakes by PAOs in processing of Revision of Pension under 7th CPC

Common mistakes by PAOs in processing of Revision of Pension under 7th CPC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II,BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHl-110066
PHONES:26174596,26174450,26174438

CPAO/1T&Tech/Revision(7th CPC)/19.Vol-III (D)/2017-18/12

19.04.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Common mistakes by PAOs in processing of Revision of Pension under 7th CPC .

7th CPC Pension Revision cases are to be settled in a time bound manner. This office is receiving more than 3000 pension revision cases on daily basis. However, it has been observed that about 5 to 10 percent cases are returned by this office to PAOS due to Various discrepancies. The reasons to return are indicated by this office in each case. To facilitate the PAOs, a list of common mistakes made by PAOs has been prepared and enclosed herewith at Annexure-A.

In view of above all the PAOs are requested to ensure that 7th CPC revision cases are sent correctly to CPAO to speed up the processing of the same in a time bound manner.

Encl: As abov

(Md.Shahid Kamal Ansari)
Asstt. Controller of Accounts)
Ph No 011‐26103074

ANNEXURE-A

  1. DATE OF DEATH OF PENSIONER NOT MENTIONED IN COLUMN 3(b. (FAMILY PENSION CASE)
  2. APPLICABILITY OF COMMUTED PENSION MAY BE CHECKED WHETHER ITIS APPLICABLE OR NOT.
  3. CLASS/CATEGORY OF PENSI0N UNDER COLUMN 1(g) MAY BE CHECKED.
  4. NOTIONAL PAY SHOWN UNDER COLUMN 3(e) MAY BE CHECKED.
  5. PAY/NOTIONAL PAY SHOWN IN COLUMN 3(e) ,DOES NOT MATCH WITH PAY FIXED UNDER 7th CPC AS SHOWN IN COLUMN 4(a).
  6. LEVEL AND INDEX UNDER COLUMN 4(a)MAY BE CHECKED.
  7. BASIC PENSI0N IS NOT MATCHING WITH THE LAST PAY DRAWN AS PER 7TH CPC.
  8. PAY MATRIX FOR LEVEL-13 MAY BE CHECKED WITH REFERENCE T0 REVISED PAY MATRIX IN TERMS OF MINISTRY OF FINANCE (DEPTT OF EXPENDITURE) RESOLUTION DATED‐ 16.05.2017
  9. PAY MATRIX FOR LEVEL‐ 14 MAY BE CHECKED WITH REFERENCE T0 REVISED PAY MATRIX IN TERMS OF DEPTT.OF PENSION & PENSIONERS WELFARE OM DATED- 13.09.2017

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Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners

Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners: Clarification thereof.

Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners

O/o the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension)
Draupadighat, Allahabad-211014
Circular No. 200

No. AT/Tech/263-XXIII

Dated: 12/04/2018

Sub: Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners: Clarification thereof.

Ref: This office Circular No. 166 dated 07/03/2013, Circular No. 173 dated 07/04/2014 and Circular No. 179 dated 12/05/2015.

Provisions for payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners is laid down in Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners Welfare) OM No.45/73/97-P85PW(G) dated 02/07/1999 issued under this office Important Circular No. 07 dated 13/08/1999. As per the ibid OM, before 18/07/ 1997, in terms of the existing orders, Dearness Relief to pensioners and family pensioners is to remain suspended during the period a pensioner/family pensioner is re-employed/employed under the Central or State Govt. or in a Statutory Corporation/Company/Body/Bank under them in India or abroad. The above facts are also applicable to the pensioners and family pensioners permanently absorbed in Statutory Corporation/Company/Body/Bank under the Central or State Government.

2. Representations from various agencies as well as pensioners/family pensioners including Pension Disbursing Agencies are being received for clarification on Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners. The matter has been examined in this office and following points are clarified.

3. However, w.e.f. 18/07/ 1997, it has been decided by the Govt that:

(i) In so far as re-employed pensioners are concerned, the entire pension admissible is to be ignored at present only in the case of those civilian pensioners who held post below Group ‘A’ and those ex-servicemen who held post below the ranks of Commissioned Officers at the time of their retirement. Their pay, on re-employment, is to be fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which they are re-employed. Such pensioners will consequently be entitled to Dearness Relief on their pension.

(A) For this purpose, the Central Government Departments concerned, including subordinate organizations. State Government, Corporation/ Company/ Body/ Bank etc. employing a Central Government pensioner shall be required to issue of certificate indicating the following:

(a) The re-employed pensioner retired from a civil or military post in the Central Government and was holding a post not included in classified as group ‘A’ or a post below the rank of commissioned officer in the armed forces;

(b) The entire amount of pension sanctioned by the Central Government was ignored in fixation of the pay on re-employment i.e. no part of the pension was taken into account in such fixation of pay in the pay scale of the post in which the Central government retired / retiree was re-employed / absorbed; and

(c) The pay of the re-employed/absorbee was/is fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which he had/ has been initially re-employed after his retirement from the Central Government.

(d) If the pay fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments and no protection of the last pay drawn is being given.

(B) In the cases where PBOR (below Commissioned Officer) retired before attaining the age of 55 years and re-employed thereafter and their pay fixed at a higher stage because of advance increments and no protection of the last pay drawn were given, the pay should be treated as fixed at a minimum for the purpose of ignoring the entire pension and allowing Dearness Relief on pension. For benefit of advance increments, the policy for the same should exist in the re-employing department and a copy of such policy matter should be enclosed with the required certificate. But, after granting benefit of advance increments, the last pay drawn by the pensioner is protected, the pensioner in such case will not be entitled for dearness relief on pension.

Illustration 1: A Military pensioner was drawing the pay of Rs. 6,330 in the pay scale of Rs. 5,770-140-8,290 from 01/07/2002 and retired from service on 31/ 10/2002 before attaining the age of 55 years. He was granted a military pension of Rs. 3,165. He was re-employed in a Civil Post on 01/12/2003 in the pay scale of Rs. 5,000-150-8,000. The post which the pensioner held in the Army before retirement is a non-commissioned post. If his pay is fix for Rs. 5,600 / – after granting 4 advance increments in re-employed post, then he will be entitled for dearness relief on pension as his pay fix for Rs. 5,600/- in re-employed post is less than Rs. 6,330/- already drawing in the Army before retirement. However, if his pay is fix for Rs. 6,500 / – after granting 10 advance increments in the re-employed post, then he will be not entitled for dearness relief on pension as his pay fix for Rs. 6,500 / – in re-employed post is more than Rs. 6,330 / – already drawing in the Army before retirement as his last pay has been protected.

Illustration 2: If the pensioner quoted in Illustration 1 above is re-employed in a Civil Post in the pay Scale of Rs. 7,500-250-12,000, his pay is required to be fixed at the minimum of the pay scale of the re-employed post for payment of dearness relief on pension. Any advance increment granted in such situation, will disqualify dearness relief on pension.

(ii) In all other cases of re-employed pensioners, no dearness relief shall be admissible on pension during the period of their re-employment.

(iii)

(A) In terms of the existing orders on the subject, the pay of re-employed pensioners who held Group ‘A’ post or posts of the ranks of Commissioned Officers at the time of their retirement is to be fixed at present

  • at the same stage as last drawn before retirement or, if there is no such stage, at the stage next above the pay last drawn;
  • at the maximum of the pay scale, if the pay last drawn is more than the maximum of the pay scale of the post in which re-employed;
  • at the minimum of the pay scale of the post in which re-employed, if it is more than the pay last drawn.

(B) Further, the pay on re-employment is required to be fixed after ignoring only a portion of the pension as revised time to time received for the previous employment. In view of the fact that (i) the pension is taken into account in such cases and not entirely ignored; (ii) The pay in the post of re-employment is not required to be fixed at the minimum of the scale in all cases; and (iii) Dearness Allowance at the rates applicable from time to time is also admissible on the pay fixed in terms of the orders on the subject, these re-employed pensioners will not be entitled, in addition, to any Dearness Relief on their pension.

(iv) Disability element of disability pension is also a type of pension. As such dearness relief on such service / disability pension (including disability element) during re-employment is required to be regulated as per the above procedure.

(v) Payment of dearness relief where discontinued due to re-employment, shall become admissible only with effect from the date they cease to be re-employed. The Pension Disbursing Authority shall require such a pensioner to produce certificate of cessation of re-employment from the office in which the pensioner had been re-employed.

(vi) However, dearness relief is payable to those re-employed pensioners who get consolidated pay without dearness allowance, consolidated fee, daily wages, or elected as Members of Legislative Assembly or Parliament, Ministers / Deputy Ministers of Central or State Government, Indian Red Cross Society and Extra Departmental Agents in the Department of Post.

(vii) As regards employed family pensioners, since the family pension received by the eligible dependents of Central Government employees is, in any case, not taken into account in determining their pay on employment, Dearness Relief at the rates applicable from time to time shall be admissible on their family pension.

(SANDEEP THAKUR)
Addl. CDA (Pensions)

Source: PCDA(P)

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One day Agitational Programme on 24.04.2018 on Minimum Guaranteed Pension under National Pension System (NPS)

BPMS

REF: BPMS/ 17th TC/ NPS/ Cir/ 33

Dated: 31.03.2018

To,
The Office Bearers and CEC Members
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh &
The President/ General Secretary
Unions affiliated to the federation

Subject: One day Agitational Programme on 24.04.2018 on Minimum Guaranteed Pension under National Pension System (NPS).

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sadar Namaskar

It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities. As all of you know that the Central Executive Committee Meeting of this federation was held on 26, 27 and 28 March 2018 in Dehu Road, Pune where it was decided to hold one day agitational programme on 24.04.2018 on Minimum Guaranteed Pension under National Pension System (NPS).

A resolution to this effect was also passed in the CEC Meeting held at Hyderabad during September 2015 and subsequently several correspondence were made. However, in spite of lapse of such a large time, no tangible action has been seen from the Govt side on the issue.

Therefore, in absence of any concrete step from the Govt side on the issue it becomes necessary to register our displeasure over the lethargic attitude of the Government and register our protest to constrain the machinery to redress the Grievance.

Hence, you are requested to hold one day agitation programme on 24.04.2018 using all feasible and effective trade union instruments like Gate Meeting, Use of Black Badges, Slogan Shouting, publicizing of programme at humongous level through posters/ hoardings/ banners/ pamphlets/ social media so that the issue may be resolved at the earliest. Further, you are requested to submit a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister of India through proper channel on 24.04.2018.

With regards,

Brotherly yours
S/d,
(M P Singh)
General Secretary

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7th CPC Disability Pension

7th CPC Disability Pension

Disability Pension

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:- The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post 6th CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system. The slab rates for disability element for

100 percent disability would be as follows:-

Ranks Levels Rate per month (INR)
Service Officers 10 and above 27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar Majors / Equivalents 6 to 9 17000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents 5 and below 12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents

The above recommendation was accepted and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly.

The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continued for civil side which resulted in an anomalous situation. The issue was accordingly referred to the Anomaly Committee. The Anomaly Committee recommended that parity with civilians for grant of disability element which was granted to the Defence Forces Personnel under 6th CPC may be maintained which was approved by the Cabinet. Government order in this regard has been issued on 4th September, 2017.

Source: Lok Sabha

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Pension Rates under CPF

Pension Rates under CPF

The Central Government employees who are covered by CPF Rules (India) 1962 and who retired on or after 01.01.1986 are not entitled to any monthly pension/ex-gratia amount. However, the Government employees under CPF who retired between 18.11.1960 and 31.12.1985 are entitled to monthly ex-gratia amount of the following rates:

 

S.

No

Group of Service to which CPF retirees belonged at the time of

retirement

Enhanced amount of basic monthly ex-gratia
1 Group A Service Rs. 3,000
2 Group B Service  Rs. 1,000
3 Group C Service  Rs. 750
4 Group D Service  Rs. 650
5 Widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary  Rs. 645

Dearness ex-gratia equal to 50% of the amount of ex-gratia and Dearness Relief, as notified from time to time as per 5th Central Pay Commission series, on the sums of amount of ex-gratia and dearness ex-gratia is being paid to them. There is no proposal to increase the aforesaid rates.

Source: Lok Sabha

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Equal Basic Pension Under 7th CPC

EQUAL BASIC PENSION UNDER SEVENTH CPC

The 7th Central Pay Commission had recommended two formulations for revision of pension of employees who retired before 01.01.2016 and the employees were given option to choose whichever

formulation was beneficial. As per the first formulation, the Commission recommended for revision of pension based on notional pay arrived at by adding the number of increments an employee had earned in the appropriate level while in service.

This formulation was later on examined by a Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. The Committee recommended that instead of counting of increments earned in the retiring scale and applying directly to the 7th Pay Commission Pay Matrix, a more scientific and rational method would be to refix pay in each successive Pay Commission as per the formula for revision of pay right up to the 7th Pay Commission.

This method of fixing notional pay and pension would benefit a larger number of pensioners as compared to the increment method which benefits only a select segment of pensioners who served for a longer period in the retiring scale without being promoted to a higher grade. This has been accepted by the Government and appropriate orders have been issued.

Source: Lok Sabha

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Equal basic Pension under 7th CPC – Lok Sabha Q&A

Equal basic Pension under 7th CPC – Lok Sabha Q&A

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION No.6447
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018/CHAITRA 16, 1940 (SAKA)

EQUAL BASIC PENSION UNDER SEVENTH CPC

6447: SHRI P. K. KUNHALIKUTTY
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) has recommended option-I for ensuring equal basic pension to pre – 2016 and post – 2015 pensioners retiring from similar/equal posts and stages and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government has finally not accepted that recommendation and if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the steps taken/being taken by the Government to ensure that such similarly placed pensioners get equal basic pension from 01.01.2016?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE
(SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)

(a) to (c) The 7th Central Pay Commission had recommended two formulations for revision of pension of employees who retired before 01.01.2016 and the employees were given option to choose whichever formulation was beneficial. As per the first formulation, the Commission recommended for revision of pension based on notional pay arrived at by adding the number of increments an employee had earned in the appropriate level while in service. This formulation was later on examined by a Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.

The Committee recommended that instead of counting of increments earned in the retiring scale and applying directly to the 7th Pay Commission Pay Matrix, a more scientific and rational method would be to refix pay in each successive Pay Commission as per the formula for revision of pay right up to the 7th Pay Commission. This method of fixing notional pay and pension would benefit a larger number of pensioners as compared to the increment method which benefits only a select segment of pensioners who served for a longer period in the retiring scale without being promoted to a higher grade.

This has been accepted by the Government and appropriate orders have been issued

Source : Lok Sabha

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Dos and Don’ts concerning Photographs to be submitted with Pension Forms

Dos and Don’ts concerning Photographs to be submitted with Pension Forms

Furnishing three copies of joint photographs (or separate photographs) with wife or husband by the Pensioner to Head of Office while filling up/uploading the pension forms

F.No.4/13/2018-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi

Dated: 06-04-2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Furnishing three copies of joint photographs (or separate photographs) with wife or husband by the Pensioner to Head of Office while filling up/uploading the pension forms-regd.

 

The undersigned is directed to say that as per CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, the Central Government Civil Pensioner is required to submit-(a) Three copies of joint photograph (or separate photographs) with wife or husband (duly attested by Head of Office) (b) Three copies of passport size photograph of disabled child/siblings/dependent parents, if applicable (duly attested by Head of Office) alongwith Form 5 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 for affixing on Pension Payment Order. Further, after 1-1-2017, the Central Government Civil Pensioners are required to submit the pension forms through Bhavishya i.e. online pension sanction and payment tracking system.

 

2. The following guidelines should be strictly followed while filling up/uploading the pension forms in Bhavishya. Details of Dos and Don’ts conceming photographs are as under:

Dos and Don’ts concerning Photographs to be submitted with Pension Forms

Do-and-Donts-pension-form

3. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(Sanjay Wadhawan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel. No. 24655523

Source: http://www.pensionersportal.gov.in/

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Current Pension rate of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) pensioners

Current Pension rate of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) Pensioners

Ministry of Finance
Current Pension rate of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) pensioners

The Central Government employees who are covered by CPF Rules (India) 1962 and who retired on or after 01.01.1986 are not entitled to any monthly pension/ex-gratia amount. However, the Government employees under CPF who retired between 18.11.1960 and 31.12.1985 are entitled to monthly ex-gratia amount of the following rates:

S.
No
Group of Service to which CPF retirees belonged at the time of retirement Enhanced amount of basic monthly ex-gratia
1 Group A Service Rs. 3,000/-
2 Group B Service Rs. 1,000/-
3 Group C Service Rs. 750/-
4 Group D Service Rs. 650/-
5 Widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary Rs. 645/-

Dearness ex-gratia equal to 50% of the amount of ex-gratia and Dearness Relief, as notified from time to time as per 5th Central Pay Commission series, on the sums of amount of ex-gratia and dearness ex-gratia is being paid to them. There is no proposal to increase the aforesaid rates.

This was stated by Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

PIB

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Policy for Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants

“Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants Under Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) (Pension) Rule, 1972″

Policy for Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants

The provisions under Fundamental Rules (FR) 56(j), Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (CCS) (Pension) Rule, 1972 and Rule, 16(3) (Amended) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) [AIS (DCRB)] Rules, 1958 have laid down the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of non-performing Government servants.

Up to January, 2018, a total of 21,195 Group ‘A’ and 47,039 Group ‘B’ officers have been reviewed, out of which provisions of FR 56(j) and relevant rules were invoked/recommended against 83 Group ‘A’ and 128 Group ‘B’ officers, including 15 officers of All India Services.

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

Source: PIB

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Clarification regarding applicability of standard deduction to pension received from the former employer

Standard Deduction Applicable for Pensioners – Clarification

Ministry of Finance
Clarification regarding applicability of standard deduction to pension received from the former employer

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified that the pension received by a taxpayer from his former employer is taxable under the head “Salaries”. The Finance Act, 2018 has amended Section 16 of the Income-tax Act, 1961(“the Act”) to provide that a taxpayer having income chargeable under the head “Salaries” shall be allowed a deduction of Rs 40,000/- or the amount of salary, whichever is less, for computing his taxable income. Accordingly, any taxpayer who is in receipt of pension from his former employer shall be entitled to claim a deduction of Rs 40,000/- or the amount of pension, whichever is less, under Section 16 of the Act.

Earlier, the representations were received seeking clarification as to whether a taxpayer, who receives pension from his former employer, shall also be eligible to claim this deduction.

Source: PIB

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BHAVISHYA – Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System

BHAVISHYA – Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System

An Initiative of Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

BHAVISHYA

Department of P&PW has introduced an online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System called ‘BHAVISHYA‘. Actions for timely payment of retirement dues and issue of Pension Payment Order (PPO) start one years before the date of retirement of the employee. There are a number of intervening stages and the system will pinpoint delays at each stage to enable timely interventions. The tracking can be done by the retiring employee as well as the administrative authorities.

In addition, forms required during the process are available in electronic format. The retiring employee can fill the forms online. It facilitates the administrative authorities by processing the claims and passing on the calculated amounts and other details to the Pay and Accounts Offices. The new system will also capture personal information, service data and contact details like mobile number and e-mail etc. The retiring employees will be kept informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/E-mail.

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has implemented an online system called ‘BHAVISHYA‘ for retiring central government civil employees. The system provides for on-line tracking of pension sanction and payment process. Tracking can be done by the individual as well as the administrative authorities for all actions preparatory to grant of pension and other retirement benefits. This is in line with the priorities of Government to ensure transparency and accountability in systems and processes.

At present, Bhavishya is implemented in main secretariat of 89 Ministries/ Departments except Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Post, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Tele communication and some security related sensitive organizations.

There is no such proposal to revamp the payment of pension through Public Sector Banks. However, the data base for the existing pensioners is being updated by the Authorized Banks for pensions’ payment once in a year through master data reconciliation with Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) and from time to time based on the Special Seal Authority (SSA) issued by CPAO to Central Pension Processing Centers (CPPCs) of Banks.

The Authorized Banks submit the report of payment of pension through e-scrolls to CPAO after making the payment of pension. Life Certificate is submitted by the Central Civil Pensioners/ Family Pensioners in the month of November every year and excess payment of pension may happen if the pensioner dies before the coming November, i.e., the next due date of submission of Life Certificate. If excess/ wrong payment of pension is paid to the pensioner by Public Sector Banks then entire amount is recovered by the Banks from the pensioners/ family pensioners as per the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in this regard. During the financial year 2016-17, an amount of about Rs. 73 crore was received/ recovered from the Authorized Banks by the Central Pension Accounting Office in respect of central civil pensioners/family pensioners.

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Aadhaar is not compulsory to get Pension

Aadhaar is not compulsory to get Pension

Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies

Adhaar is not mandatory to get pension: Dr Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today. The SCOVA meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and the last such meeting was held on January 12, 2017.

During the meeting, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the SCOVA which was first constituted in July, 1986 would be completing 32 years this year. He said this platform has gone a long way in addressing in a focused manner issues related to Pensioners.

He said that today’s interaction was very meaningful and stimulating, thus reflecting on the working of DoP&PW. The Minister while assuring the representatives of pensioners’ Associations said that it was no more mandatory to have one’s Adhaar Card to get his/her pension.

The Minister said that the Department of Pensions has brought out a series of OMs to benefit the Pensioners/Family Pensioners in the last 12 months including enhancing of minimum pension from Rs.3500/- to Rs.9000/- per month; the ceiling
of gratuity has been increased from the existing Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs; the rates of ex-gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the families of employees who die in performance of duty has been increased from existing Rs. 10-15 lakhs to
Rs.25-45 lakhs. He also said that divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension if divorce case has been filed before the death of pensioner/family pensioner, even though the judgement has been passed after the death of the pensioner /family
pensioner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that this Government has given relief to the senior citizens and Pensioners in the Budget 2018-19 by allowing Standard Deduction of Rs. 40,000/- per year to the Pensioners and given exemption on tax on account of interest income from bank savings accounts has been increased to Rs. 50,000/ from Rs. 10,000/- per year. Deduction on account of health insurance premium which was earlier allowed at maximum of Rs.30,000/- has now been increased to Rs. 50,000/- in the case of Senior Citizens/Pensioners.

While addressing the meeting he said that we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. Dr.
Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. The Minister
also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process.

In the meeting, discussions were held on the action taken report of the 29th SCOVA meeting. Further many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners, Health Insurance Scheme for
pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS area, Special “Higher” Family Pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners, issue relating to CGHS Wellness Centre, Dehradun
etc. The Minister directed for the prompt and time bound redressal of the grievances of the pensioners and said that we should have sympathetic attitude towards them.

The Secretary, DoP&PW, Shri K.V. Eapen and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Source: PIB

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Major Changes in NPS including Withdrwal Norms

Major Changes in NPS including Withdrwal Norms

Three major changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal norms

Relaxation of Norms for NPS

The Government of India has recently made three changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal norms.

The details are as under:

Partial withdrawal during the service: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), with an objective to  meet the subscriber’s sudden financial requirement enrolled under NPS, has liberalized norms for partial withdrawals which also include reduction of requirement of minimum years of being enrolled under NPS from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining. Suitable amendments were made through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017 and the same has been notified on 10.08.2017.

Increase in the joining age under NPS: With an objective to allow individuals (under NPS-All Citizen Model and Corporate Sector Model) who are in the age bracket between 60 years and 65 years to join NPS system. Suitable amendments were made through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 and the same has been notified on 06.10.2017.

Exit in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber: With an objective of facilitating easy exit & withdrawal in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber covered under NPS, PFRDA has made suitable amendments through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 and the same has been notified on 02.02.2018.

This was stated by Shri Ship Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

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Simplification of Pension Procedure – Submission of Life Certificate

CPAO/IT&Tech/Bank Performance/37(Vol.III)/2017-18/208

19.03.2018

Subject: Simplification of Pension Procedure – Submission of Life Certificate

Attention is invited to CPAO’s 0M No. CPAo/Tech/Simplification/2012-13/325 dated-18.02.2013 on the above subject whereby it was decided to submit the life certificate to any branch of the authorized bank through which pension of pensioners/family pensioners is being disbursed. Format of acknowledgement to be given by the Life Certificates receiving branch to the pensioner/family pensioner was circulated vide this office OM No.CPAO/lT&Tech/Scheme Booklet/2015-16/1666 dated-16.10.2015 which was reiterated vide OM No.CPA0/lT&Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2015-16/ 1680 dated-09.11.2 015.

But, it is observed that bank branches are still not providing the acknowledgement of Life Certificate to the pensioners/family pensioners. Moreover, it has been observed that they do not forward the same to their CPPCs, resulting in stoppage of pension/ family pension which causes undue financial hardship to the pensioners/ family pensioners.

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs and Heads of Government Business Divisions of all the authorized banks are requested to issue necessary instructions to all their branches to provide the acknowledgement of Life Certificate to the pensioner/family pensioner without fail and forward the same to the concerned CPPCs for necessary action.

sd/-

(Md.Shahid Kamal Ansari)

(Asstt. Controller of Accounts)

Authority: www.cpao.nic.in

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Deduction of Income Tax at the time of making payment

Deduction of Income Tax at the time of making payment

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

CPAO/IT &Tech/Bank Performance/37 (Vol-II)/2017-18/ 204

09.03.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Deduction of Income Tax at the time of making payment.

It is observed that some of the banks are not following the guidelines of the Income Tax Act regarding tax deduction on pension payments. Pensioners have raised grievances relating to the deduction of income tax at the fag end of the year causing undue financial hardship to the pensioners. Moreover, there is considerable delay in the issuance of Form-16 to the pensioners and in some cases, Form-16 are not being issued to the pensioners.

In view of the above, all Heads of CPPCs are advised to deduct the income tax at the time of each payment itself and issue Form-16 by 31st of May every year and follow the Income-tax guidelines issued from time to time.

(Md. Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Asstt. Controller of Accounts)
Ph No.011-26103074

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Finance Minister to inaugurate the Centralized GP Fund Module of PFMS for all the Central Government Employees and ePPO Module of PFMS for complete end -to -end electronic processing of Pension cases tomorrow

Finance Minister to inaugurate the Centralized GP Fund Module of PFMS for all the Central Government Employees and ePPO Module of PFMS for complete end -to -end electronic processing of Pension cases tomorrow

28 FEB 2018

On the occasion of 42nd Civil Accounts Day tomorrow, the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs , Shri Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the Centralized GP Fund Module of PFMS for all the Central Government Employees. The centralized GPF module meets a long standing demand of the Central Government Employees for a mapping of GPF Accounts with the unique Employee ID thereby facilitating online application for GPF advances and withdrawals with online access to the employee’s current GPF balances. The module will streamline GPF accounting and transfer of balances.

During the Inaugural Session, the Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley will also inaugurate the ePPO module of PFMS for complete end -to -end electronic processing of Pension cases. The ePPO includes the integration of the BHAVISHYA application of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and the PARAS application of CPAO with PFMS for seamless processing of Pension cases thereby eliminating delays and errors involved in manual processing.

A function is being organized tomorrow at D.S. Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan Complex, New Delhi to mark the 42nd Civil Accounts Day.

The Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley will be the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session. The Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan will preside over this Session. The Secretary (Expenditure), Shri A. N. Jha and the Controller General of Accounts(CGA), Shri Anthony Lianzuala will be the other dignitaries at the Inaugural Session.

It may be mentioned here that the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley had earlier graced the 40th Civil Accounts Day function on March 1, 2016 in which the Hon’ble President of India was the Chief Guest. The Union Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley had also very graciously inaugurated the ‘Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan’, the new building of this office on September 14, 2016.

Earlier, the Finance Minister had been kind enough to launch the mandatory use of PFMS for Central -Sector schemes monitoring (Oct 2015), the Non -Tax Receipts Portal (NTRP) (Feb 2016) and the Web Responsive Pensioners’ Service of the Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) (September 2016).

The Union Government initiated a major reform in Public Financial Management in 1976. The Audit and Accounts functions were separated by relieving the Comptroller and Auditor General of his responsibility of preparation of Union Government accounts. The accounting function was brought directly under the control of the Executive. Consequently, the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) was established. The ICAS was carved out from the Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA & AS), initially through the promulgation of an Ordinance amending the C & AG’s (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 1976. Later on, the Departmentalization of Union Accounts (Transfer of Personnel) Act, 1976 was enacted by Parliament and assented to by Hon’ble President of India on 8th April, 1976. The Act was deemed to have come into force with effect from 1st March, 1976. Accordingly, the ICAS is celebrating March 1 every year as the “Civil Accounts Day”.

Since its inception the ICAS has steadily grown in stature and now plays an important role in the management of public finances of the Union Government

Other highlights of the 42nd Civil Accounts Day function are

* Inauguration of the Centralised GPF and ePPO modules of PFMS

Reforms in public financial management are a continuous process. Structural changes take place in the economy and in the functioning of government which demand accounting data on public finances to be available to decision makers, often on real time basis. This demand for faster information can only be met through adoption of technology. Recognizing this need, the Service has since its inception, been a pioneer in the use of Information Technology in Payments, Accounting and Financial Reporting.

* Keynote address by Shri N. K. Singh, Chairman, Fifteenth Finance Commission (FFC)

Shri N. K. Singh, Chairman, FFC will deliver the keynote address at the Plenary Session from 12.00 PM to 12.50 PM on the topic “Managing Public Finances for a resurgent India”. The Address will be of tremendous significance in the context of fiscal discipline efforts of the Union and the States that would be required to achieve fiscal consolidation.

* Address by Shri Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India

The post-lunch session (2:00 PM -2:50 PM) will feature a talk by Shri Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India on the topics “Leveraging Information Technology for an efficient receipt and payment system of the Government of India”. As the head of the premier accredited and aggregator bank for Government business, the views of Chairman, SBI on the subject would be of immense significance especially in the context of implementation of the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) with a seamless integration with the banking systems.

Concluding session

This Session will be an Open House Session where Service Officers will interact for a way forward on issues relating to Accounts, IT and Internal Audit.

PIB

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CPAO: Timely commencement of family pension in favour of spouse by banks in the event of death of the pensioners

Timely commencement of family pension in favour of spouse by banks in the event of death of the pensioners.

CPAO

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI:‐110066
PHONES:26174596,26174456,26174438

CPAO/IT&Tech/Bank Performance/37 Vol III(PF)/2017‐18/191

30.01.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Timely commencement of family pension in favour of spouse by banks in the event of death of the pensioners.

Attention is invited to this office OM No CPAO/Tech/Bank Performance/2016‐17/255 dated-27.02.2017 whereby Heads of all the CPPCs and Government Business Divisions of the Banks were advised to Commence the family pension to the spouse immediately on receipt of death certificate of the pensioner,proof of spouse age/date Of birth and under taking of recovery of excess payment latest within a month.

However, analysis of reports prepared in CPAO regarding time taken in conversion of pension to family pension in Favour of spouse of deceased pensioners shows inordinate delay in many cases.The details of these cases are available in CPPC logins http://eppo.nic.in.

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs and Government Business Divisions of the banks are advised to review the latest position and ensure compliance of the above instructions and submit the status report to CPAO alongwith reasons for delay by 9th February,2018 positively by e‐mail at vijay.cpao@gmail.com.

It is further, requested to give the acknowledgement of receipt of application and death certificate to the Family pensioner regarding commencement of family pension.

(Subhash Chandra)
(Controller of Accounts)
Ph. No. 011-26174809

To,
1. Heads of CPPCs of all Banks
2. Heads of Government Business Division of all Banks

Source: CPAO

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ECHS – Signing of online Generated Temporary slip from online smart card Application

ECHS – Signing of online Generated Temporary slip from online smart card Application

Central Organisation, ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt – 110 010
31 Jan 2018

Tele: 011-25684645
Telefax: 011-25682392
Email:jditechs-mod@nic.in

B/49711-NewSmartCard/AG/ECHS

All Regional Centers

SIGNING OF ONLINE GENERATED TEMPORARY SLIP FROM ONLINE SMART CARD APPLICATION

1. Refer this organisation letter No. B/49711-NewSmartCard/AG/ECHS dated 23 Jan 2018.

2. In the new system all the applicants, except old card holders are being issued online generated temporary slip with details of each family member of the applicant. A sample of the online generated temporary slip is attached for reference.

3. The online generated temporary slip is to be activated by the OIC Parent Polyclinic. He will sign the Temporary Slip after verifying any of the following documents:-

(a) PPO / Pension Book of ex serviceman / family pensioner.
(b) Service Book / Discharge Book of ex serviceman / family pensioner.
(c) Date of birth of dependents as per discharge book / dependent cards.

4. The Temporary Slip will be valid for a period of three months from the dated of issue. The validity of the temporary slip subsequently can be extended further for periods of three months at a time only after checking the online status of the application.

5. The online generated temporary slip as well as the old temporary slip or old card as the case may be is required to be submitted at Stn HQ, at the time of collection of New Smart Card.

6. For Regional Centres only. Please disseminate contents of this letter to all ECHS Polyclinics and Stn HQs in your AoR by fastest means for immediate action.

7. For MP-8 only. Please disseminate contents of this letter to all Record Offices of the Army for information.

8. This letter supersedes all the letters issued by this organisation prior to this date on subject.

S/d,
(Rakesh Sharma)
Col
Jt Dir (Stats & Automation)
for MD ECHS

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