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Dr Jitendra Singh to inaugurate first Pension Adalat tomorrow

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Dr Jitendra Singh to inaugurate first ‘Pension Adalat’ tomorrow

Pensioners for outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ to be awarded

Mobile App to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal also to be launched

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 will inaugurate the first ‘Pension Adalat’ here tomorrow. He will also award the Pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ – a platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with Government. Moving ahead from e-governance to m-governance, a Mobile App has been created to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal which will also be launched by Dr Jitendra Singh tomorrow. As a measure of welfare to the pensioners of Government of India, a workshop on Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) of 300 retiring Central Government employees is also scheduled to be held. The event is being organized by Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.

The objective of this workshop is to create awareness about the post-retirement entitlements as well as an advance planning for life after retirement. There will be four interactive sessions which will cover inter-alia, the road map to retirement, medical facilities for pensioners, re-engagement of retired people for voluntary social activities under ‘Sankalp’. There will be another session on Income Tax and other benefits for senior citizens as well as investment and financial planning for retired people and the Importance of writing a Will.

The Pension Department in this programme will launch the first of a series of Pension Adalats which is being convened with the objective of bringing on a common table the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative, wherever relevant, so that such cases can be settled across the table within the framework of extant rules.

The Mobile App to be launched tomorrow will be extending all the services meant for the pensioner, which are currently available on the Pensioners’ Portal of the department, to the mobile handset. With this App, a superannuating Central Government official will be able to monitor the progress of his pension settlement, and retired officials will be able to self-assess their pension through the pension calculator and will also be able to register their grievances, if any, and get updates on orders issued by the Department.

The ANUBHAV AWARDS 2017 will be presented to 17 pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments. Anubhav scheme had been instituted on the call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to encourage retiring/retired employees to submit their experiences while working in the government with the objective to create an institutional wealth for the government for future governance as well as to enthuse and inspire the future generations of government officials in their respective assignments.

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Cabinet approves release of additional 1% Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2017

Cabinet approves release of additional 1% Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2017

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for release of additional 1% Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners. It will be applicable from 01.07.2017.

The release of the additional instalment of DA represents an increase of 1% over the existing rate of 4% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be Rs.3068.26 crore per annum and Rs.2045.50 crore in the financial year 2017-18 (for a period of 8 months from July, 2017 to February, 2018). This will benefit about 49.26 lakh Central Government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

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Expected DA from Jan 2018 for CG Employees and Pensioners

Expected DA from Jan 2018 for Central Govt Employees and Pensioners

The All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for July, 2017 increased by 5 points and pegged at 285. The Index increased by 1.79% between June, 2017 and July, 2017 when compared with the increase of 1.08% for the corresponding months of last year.

Dearness Allowance for CG Employees and Pensioners with effect from 1.1.2018 may be enhanced by 2% or 3% [Total DA percentage 7%(5% + 2%) or 8%(5% + 3%)]

Expected DA from Jan 2018 for CG Employees and Pensioners

Expected DA from Jan 2018 for CG Employees and Pensioners

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7th Pay Commission for Defence Pensioners calculation example for Major

7th Pay Commission for Defence Pensioners calculation example for Major.

S.
No
Description 1st Case
1 Date of Retirement 26.05.1976
2 Rank Major
3 Qualifying Service 30/06/01
4 Scale of Pay (or Pay Band & G.P) at the time of Retirement OR Notional Pay scale as on 1.1.1986. for those retired before 1.1.1986 2300-100-3900-150-5100 Rank Pay – 1000
5 Pay on retirement OR Notional pay as on 1.1.1986 for those retired before 1.1.1986 3400 (Basic Pay) + 600 (Rank Pay) 4000
6 Pension as on 01.01.2016 before revision 23815
7 Family Pension as on 01.01.2015 before revision 14289
8 Family pension at enhanced rate as on 01.01.2016 before revision (if applicable) NA
9 Revised pension by multiplying pre-revised pension by 2.57 61205
10 Revised family pension by multiplying pre-revised family pension by 2.57 36723
11 Revised family pension at enhanced rate by multiplying pre-revised enhanced family pension by 2.57 NA
12 Pay fixed on notional basis on 1.1.1996 11600 (Basic Pay) + 1200 (Rank Pay) 12800
13 Pay fixed on notional basis on 1.1.2006 23810 (PIPB) + 6600 (Gr.Pay) + 6000 (MSP) Rs. 36410
14 Pay fixed on notional basis on 1.1.2016 80400 (PIPM)+15500(MSP) 95900
15 Revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per first formulation 47950
16 Revised family pension w.e.f. 1.2016 as per first formulation 28770
17 Revised family pension at enhanced rate w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as oer first formulation NA
18 Revised pension payable (Higher of S.No.9 and 15 61205
19 Revised family pension payable (Higher of S.No. 10 and 16) 36723
20 Revised family pension at enhanced rate payable (Higher of S.No. 11 and 17) NA

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Contribution for Life Time CGHS Card for Pensioners

Contribution for Life Time CGHS Card for Pensioners

LIFE TIME CARD : CGHS Card for Central Government Pensioners – Contribution as above depending on the Last grade pay at the time of retirement. Choice is with the individual. One can apply for Life time card by paying 10 years contribution together or one can apply for one year, two years etc. by paying for that applicable period.

The Plastic Cards (which are identity cards), would hereinafter be issued with validity till the pensioner beneficiary is entitled for CGHS benefits. In respect of pensioner CGHS beneficiaries, who have paid CGHS contribution for ‘Rest of Life’ CGHS facilities, the Plastic Cards would, hereinafter, be issued for ‘Rest of Life’.

The ownership of CGHS Card can be transferred in the name of spouse on submission of required documents.

No extra payment to be made, in case of life time cards.

However in other cases one has to pay 10 years subscription for life time card For example, if the spouse had contributed for seven years before he expired , balance payment for the remaining three years is to be paid for a life time card.

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Implementation of Government’s decisions on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission-Revision of Pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc- Procedural actions for revision

7th CPC Pension Revision of pre-2016 pensioners – Application not required from Pensioners – Department should take suo-moto action

F.No. 4/23/2017-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated 25th, July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decisions on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission-Revision of Pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc- Procedural actions for revision.

The undersigned is directed to say that orders for revision of pension of pro-2016 pensioners/family pensioners by notional pay fixation in the 7th Central Pay Commission Matrix have been issued vide this Department’s O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 Subsequently, concordance tables for fixation of revised pay and pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners have also been circulated vide this Department’s O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 06.07.2017.

2. Attention Of Ministries/Departments is invited to Para-18 of this Department’s O.M. No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12/05/2017 whereby responsibility has been cast on Head of Department and Pay and Pay and Accounts Office attached to the office from which the Government servant had retired or was working last before his death to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners with effect from 01.01.2016

3, It has however, come to the notice of this Department that the process of revision of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners has not been started by a large number of Ministries/Department/Organizations/Offices. It has also brought to the notice of this Department that pensioners/family pensioners are being asked to make a formal application for revision of their pension/family pensioners. The instructions issued by this Department do not provide for submission of application by individual pensioners/family pensioners for revision of pension/family pension Ministries/Departments, etc. are, therefore, once again requested to suo moto proceed to process the revision cases immediately to avoid delays in issuance of revised PPOs of pre-2016 retirees.

4. All the Ministries/Departments are also requested to furnish the status of revised cases as on 16-08-2017 in the enclosed proforma so as to reach this Department latest by 31-08-2017.

(Sanjay Wadhawan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: Bharat Pensioners Samaj

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Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and  Telegraph Department

Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and  Telegraph Department

No.S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)/EHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
CGHS(P)/EHS

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110011
Dated the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of post and  Telegraph Department

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention the Memorandum No.S-11011/46/95-CGHS D-II/CGHS(P) dated 1st August 1996 and state it has now been decided to revoke OM dated 1.8.1996, in  compliance of the Orders of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench dated 12th  July 2005 in O.A.N0. 563/2004 and 590/2004 and dated 01.06.2017 in C.P/180/21/2017 arising aut of OA No.180/563/2004 between Central Government Pensioners’ Association (Kerala) and Ors. Vs UOI & Others.

2. The retired employees of Post and Telegraph Department shall hereinafter, be entitled to  the CGHS facility, irrespective of whether they were members of CGHS prior to retirement or  not, subject to the payment Of prevalent subscription for availing themselves of this facility as  per rules as in the case of other Central Government pensioners.

3.  This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to Government of India

Source: Confederation

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The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement

The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement 

CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision(7th CPC)/19.Vol-III/2017-l8/68

14/07/2017

Office Memorandum

Subject:- The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement regarding.

Attention is invited to Ministry of Finance, Dcpartment of Expenditure Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated-6th July, 2017 on the above subject whereby it has been decided to revise the existing rates of following allowances for Pensioners:

Sl.No. Name of the Allowance Existing Rates  Revised Rates
1. Fixed Medical Allowance Rs.1000/- Rs.500/-
2. Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement Rs.4500/-  Rs.6750/-

These revised rates are payable w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs/Government Business Departments of all the banks are requested to arrange to credit the pensions/family pensions to the bank accounts from the month of July, 2017 onwards, for the respective pensioners who are already being paid above allowances, with the revised rates without waiting for any specific/separate authority from CPAO for such Pensioners.

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

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(Subhash Chandra)
(Controller of Accounts)

Authority: http://cpao.nic.in/

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Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.

7th CPC Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Civilian Pensioners: PCDA Circular No. C-168 (In amendment of C-164)

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)

DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No. C-168

No: G1/C/0199/Vol-I/Tech

Dated: – 10 .07.2017.

To,
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(All Head of Department under Min. of Defence)

Subject: – Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.

Reference: – (i) GOI, Deptt. of P&PW O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A), dt. 6th July, 2017.

(ii) This office important circular no. C-164, bearing no.G1/C/0199/Vol-I/Tech, dated 30th May 2017.

GoI, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has issued a CONCORDANCE TABLE vide O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A), dated 6th July, 2017 for revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners based on notional pay fixed as on 01.01.2016. A copy of the same has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for easy accessibility of all concerned. This table should be used to arrive at notional basic pay in the pay matrix of 7th CPC.

2. Reference of this office DO letter of even no. dt. 02/06/2017 is also invited, under which it was requested to all HODs that a Nodal Officer may be nominated who can be contacted for expediting the process and resolving any issue which is encountered. Details such as telephone number, mobile no., email -id etc. may kindly be intimated immediately if not already done, by email to gograntonecivil.dad[at]hub.nic.in .

3 Reference may kindly be made to this office circular no. C-164 dated 30.05.2017 wherein methodology for revision of pension consequent upon issue of GOI, DP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A), dated 12.05.2017 was conveyed. Several queries in form of letter, email, phone calls are being received for clarification of certain provisions of the ibid circular. It has been decided, therefore to circulate such clarification through this circular. Hence, topic wise clarifications are appended below:-1

a). HOO Code:

(i) At Para 20 of the circular C-164 dated 30.05.2017, it was mentioned that HOO code shall to be obtained by sending email to pcdapedp.cgda@nic.in in the prescribed proforma duly signed by Head of Office (HOO) and Head of Department (HOD). It has been seen that request for HOO code allotment is being received in this office in very sparse manner. Since, this code is mandatory for preparation of LPC-cum- Datasheet and also for transmission of PPOs to Head of Offices, it is requested to impress upon the Head of Offices functioning under your jurisdiction to kindly forward the request for allotment of HOO code immediately in prescribed manner. It is worthwhile to mention here that the term ‘Head of Department’ refer to organization such as OFB, AOC, ENG., DRDO, AF, Navy, DAD, Coast Guard etc. and Head of Office indicates the Unit (say a Factories under OFB, a laboratories under DRDO etc.) which are required to send claim for pension sanction/revision to this office. It is also planned to soon modify existing LPC-cum- Datasheet which is presently being used for processing regular pension claims for other types of pension including superannuation etc. Therefore, timely allotment of HOO Code will avoid any delay in preparation of pension claims.

(ii) It may be kept in mind while filling HOO registration form that column ORGANISATION should be filled with organisation code(as being filled in 1st column of existing LPCs) of HOD. For example if HOD is Factory organisation then ORGANISATION Column shall be filled as : 01.

(iii) It has been observed that in some cases HOO Code has been allotted, but the same isshowing error while filling LPC-cum- Datasheet through Utility because the leading zero is dropped and then the code consists of 5 digits only. The utility has been updated and the revised version of the utility is now available on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in .

b) LPC-CUM-DATA SHEET

(i). HOO Name (Column2):- It has also been observed that in the field of ‘HOO Name’ name of officer holding that appointment is mentioned. In this regard, attention is invited to filling instructions of Column 2 which mentions clearly that the column will be filled with ‘office name’ of the pensioners. For example if Govt. employee retired from HQ CWE SHIMLA HILLS JUTGAON CANTT SHIMLA, this column shall be filled as HQ CWE SHIMLA. In no case, name of the officer who is Head of the Unit or appointed to act as HOO under Delegation of Financial Power Rules 1976 should be mentioned.

(ii) In the field of PPO no., slashes ‘/’ are also being indicated. While it is clearly mentioned in filling instruction that PPO no. should be filled without slashes. For example if PPO no. is C/MISC/10250/2016, it should be filled as CMISC102502016 .

(iii) Date of Birth, Date of Appointment and Date of Retirement should be filled in (MMDDYYYY) format. For example if Date of Birth is 5th February 1950 it shall be filled as 02/05/1950. Alternatively calendar facility provided in the utility may be used.

(iv) It has been observed that pay scale at the time of retirement is not being filled in the corresponding column as provision mentioned under the caption ” PAY DETAILS”. For example: if, Govt. employee retired under 4th CPC in Pay scales 5900-200-7300 with last pay drawn 6100/- all columns from 4th CPC Pay Scale and onward should be filled properly. For example :-

4th CPC Scale (as 01.01.1986) : 31 (5900-200-7300)
4th CPC Pay/Notional Pay (as 01.01.1986) : 6100
5th CPC Pay (as 01.01.1996) : 29 (18400-500-22400)
5th CPC Pay/Notional Pay (as 01.01.1996) : 18400
6th CPC Pay Band(as 01.01.2006) : 4 (PB-IV)
Grade Pay (as 01.01.2006) : 10000
6th CPC Pay/Notional Pay (01.01.2006) without grade pay : 44700
7th CPC Level of Pay : L14
7th CPC Pay Index : 1
7th CPC Notional Pay (as on 01.01.2016) : 144200

(v) Basic Pension as on 01.01.2016 (Column 29) It has been observed that in some cases this column is filled with 50% of notional pay as on 01.01.2016, which is not correct. Filling instruction in this regard is very clear, this column is meant to reflect basic pension as on 01/01/2016 as per pre-revised scale of 6th CPC. In other words pensionary entitlement under 6th CPC should be multiplied by 2.57 and this results need to be reflected in this column.

(vi) Name of PDA (Column 45) : As per filling instructions if PDA is Bank (Code-9), then filling of Column no. 45 to 51 i.e. PDA Station, Name of Bank, Bank Account no., IFSC code of Paying Branch and BSR Code of CPPC must not be left blank.

c) Vetting of Data Sheet

(i). At Para 20 of the circular C-164 dated 30.05.2017, it was mentioned that in the annexed proforma of LPC-Cum-Data Sheet, the claim will be forwarded along with all concerned documents by the H.O.O/H.O.D to PCDA (Pension) Allahabad after getting it vetted from PAO/LAO attached. In this connection it is clarified that it is not necessary to get LPC-cum- Datasheet vetted by both authority i.e by PAO and LAO. Any one of the two may vet the LPC-cum- Datasheet before forwarding to this office.

4. In view of the foregoing, Head of Departments are requested to issue suitable instructions (along with copy of this circular) to all the Head of Offices under their administrative control to ensure that claims on the subject matter are floated in accordance with clarification given in above Paras without delay. It is further requested that HOD’s may evolve suitable mechanism to monitor progress in forwarding of LPC-cum-Data Sheet by their sub -offices functioning as on Head of Office.

(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)
Dy. CDA (P)

No: G1/C/0199/ Vol-I/Tech
Dated: 10 /07/2017

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/

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Provide monthly pension slips alongwith break up to pensioners/ family pensioners.: CPAO’s instructions to Bank

Provide monthly pension slips alongwith break up to pensioners/ family pensioners.: CPAO’s instructions to Bank

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

CPAO/IT & Tech/Simplification/11( Vol-IV)/2016-17/49

12.06.2017

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Problems being faced by the pensioners / family pensioners regarding credit of pension amount into their Bank Accounts.

Attention is invited to CPAO’s OM NO. CPAO/Tech/Bank Performance/2015-16/60 dated-14.06.2016 for better pensioner services by banks and minimize grievances/complaints from pensioners related to pension payments. Inspite of issuing frequent instructions, number of representations are received from pensioners/family pensioners experiencing difficulties relating to delays and incorrect amount of pension being credited in their bank accounts. The pensioners have also complained about the recovery of excess amount from their bank accounts.

 

All measures should be taken for efficient pension delivery to avoid such grievances and Heads of CPPCs and Heads of Govt. Business Divisions are again requested to provide monthly pension slips alongwith break up to pensioners/ family pensioners and invariably at the time of commencement of pension and thereafter whenever there is change in quantum of pension.

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

sd/-
(Krishna Sharma)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

To,
1) Heads of CPPCs of Banks
2) Heads of Government Business Division of Banks

Source: cpao.nic.in

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7th Central Pay Commission and Pensioners: Petitioning Prime Minister of India

7th Central Pay Commission and Pensioners: Petitioning Prime Minister of India

Petitioning Prime Minister of India
7th Central Pay Commission and Pensioners

By Venu Gopal India

The 7th Central Pay commission in its recommendations have suggested that Pre-2016 pensioners should be compensated for the number of increments they were drawing in their retiring pay scale by giving 3% of basic pension per increment. This is a very beneficial step as far as pensioners are concerned because they will get increased pension. The increments in the retiring pay scale is earned as a result of a life time of service, 35 or 40 or more years of service in government posts.

The cabinet had generously accepted this recommendation of giving 3% per increment to the pensioners. Then one government official had pointed out that the necessary data for implementing this is not available. This is not true. all the relevant information of the pensioner is recorded and replicated in at least four places. In the original Pension Payment Order issued to the pensioner, in the head quarter of the office from which the pensioner had retired, the Central Pension Accounting Office, New Delhi and the Central Pension Processing Cell of the bank from which the pensioner gets the pension. An injustice is done to all the 52 lakh pensioners by denying them the benefit of the increments that they have earned by a life long service in Government establishments.

Hence it is requested that the Option 1 of the 7th CPC which takes into account the increments while fixing the pension be implemented and justice is done to the 52 lakhs Central Government Pensioners.

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister of India

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Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts

Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts

No. 5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2. It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a) Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:

1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.

2). Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout cf CGHS and avail anyother medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non – CGHS areas:

1). They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month

2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS “city after” making the required subscription.

3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3. In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4. Further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA

Source: [CGHS.GOV.IN]

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Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare dated 12.5.2017

Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017

No.1(13)/EV/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 23rd May, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 – Regarding.

The Ministries/Departments of the Central Government are aware of the orders issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW) contained in their OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.5.2017 regarding revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees. In terms of para 4 thereof, the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired/died prior to 1.1.2016 may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. The said OM further provides that this will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the formula for revision of pay. 50% of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016.

2. The Ministries/Departments are aware that actual implementation of the aforesaid order contained in the OM dated 12.5.2017 of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare involves a procedure for revision of pension of such pensioners, which covers a number of agencies like the Heads of Departments/Heads of Offices, under whose administrative control a particular pensioner had worked before retirement/death, the concerned PAOs, pension accounting organizations like CPAO in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting organizations pertaining to pensioners in Ministries of Railways, Defence and Department of Posts, etc. Therefore, a coordinated action amongst these agencies is required to ensure that revision of pension in such cases is processed expeditiously.

3. Accordingly, while the substantive matter pertaining to revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 Central Government retirees concerns Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as already provided in their aforesaid OM dated 12.5.2017 and any further substantive order thereon issued by them, there are certain procedural actions which need to be taken by the concerned administrative agencies in each Ministry/Department as well as the pension accounting organisations like the Central Pension Accounting Office under the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure; Controller General of Defence Accounts under the Ministry of Defence and similar pension accounting organisations under the Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts etc so that appropriate implementation of the orders of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as per their OM dated 12.5.2017 is carried out expeditiously.

4. In order, therefore, to put the procedural issues in this regard in perspective and to provide for coordinated action amongst the concerned agencies, the following procedural points of action are to be taken by the concerned agencies as brought out below:

(A) Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance

(i) The fitment tables for fixation of notional pay will be worked out by the Department of Expenditure and provided to Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare for appropriate guidelines for the purpose of issue of any further substantive order in the matter.

(B) Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

(i) The appropriate guidelines/ instructions for revision of pension based on fitment tables for notional pay will be issued for use by the pension revising administrative authorities, PAOs and pension accounting organisations in the Central Government.

(C) Pension Accounting Authorities

(i) The Central Pension Accounting Office in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting offices in the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts etc., shall pass on the available and relevant data of live pensioners to the concerned PAOs by 31.05.2017, if such data is already available with them. This action will be completed within two weeks. In cases where the data is not available, the same will be obtained by the pension accounting offices from the disbursing banks and shall be passed on to the concerned PAOs. This action will be taken up simultaneously and completed within four weeks.

(ii) The pension accounting offices, while passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, may also devise a suitable mechanism for electronic revision, as far as possible, to enable PAOs to process the cases of pension revision expeditiously.

(iii) The central pension accounting offices like the CPAO, at the time of passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, shall send a few illustrative examples on pension revision in such cases to the pension disbursing Banks to enable them to consider suitable changes in the software, if necessary, for the purpose.

(D) Pay & Account Office (PAO)/Head of the Department.

(i) The concerned PAOs, on receiving data from the pension accounting organizations, shall immediately, and not later than 3 days from the receipt of data, pass on the data to the concerned administration/establishment Branches/Heads of the Office (HOO)s under various Heads of Department (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments. The HOOs will also check their records to ascertain the actual numbers of retirees.

(ii) The concerned administration/establishment branches/Heads of Offices (HOO) under various Heads of Departments (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments shall take action to revise the pension in case of retirees who had worked under their administrative control, based on the orders issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 and any further order containing the fitment table providing for notional pay, after due verification of the relevant records.

(iii) In cases where records are readily available with the HoD/DDO, the action to process revision of pension shall be initiated forthwith and not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the list of pensioners by the PAOs from the CPAO. In such cases, revised pension cases will be sent to the PAOs for further necessary action by the concerned administrative Branches/HOOs, which normally process the pension cases in case of employees under their administrative domain on their retirement/death.

(iv) In cases where records are not readily available, the concerned HOOs/HODs will ensure appropriate action for verification of such cases and ensure expeditious revision of pension as per the prescribed procedure and passing on the same to PAOs for further necessary action.

(v) On receipt of revised pension cases from the administrative/establishment branches, the PAOs shall take further appropriate action expeditiously and pass on the duly verified pension revision authorities to the pension accounting offices like the CPAO, which will in turn take further action to issue necessary instructions/authority to the disbursing Banks without delay.

(vi) Once the revised pension authority is received by the Banks, they will ensure timely payment of revised pension and arrears, if any, to the accounts of pensioners.

5. In order to ensure effective monitoring of the progress of pension revision based on the procedure outlined above, a monitoring mechanism will also be followed as brought out below:

(i) DOP&PW will periodically monitor the Ministry-wise progress of pension revision. For this purpose, Ministry-wise details would be made available by the respective pension accounting organisations, viz, CPAO, CGDA, etc, to the Department of P&PW.

(ii) The progress of pension revision at the HOD/HOO level will be monitored by the concerned JS(Admn) of the Ministry/Department on a weekly basis. This will be included as one agenda in the Senior Officers Meetings (5OM) in each Ministry/Department.

(iii) CPAO and similar pension accounting organisations shall place online a dashboard of the progress of revision of pension cases with PAOs, CCAs, nodal authorities of Ministries/Departments and Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.

(iv) In order to ensure timely action on the part of Chief Controller of Accounts/Controller of Accounts/PAOs and Pension Accounting Organisations, a weekly progress meeting shall be held at the level of Chief Controller of Pension and this shall be monitored on monthly basis by Controller General of Accounts, CGDA and similar levels in the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, etc.

sd/-

(Amar Nath Singh)

Director

Source: [Click here from Finmin Website]

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Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

DOP&PW is likely to issue Fitment Tables & Ready Reckoners soon for Revised Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners as per OM Dated 12-5-2017 – as requested by RSCWS & BPS – to avoid delay in implementation of orders due to delay in issuing the Revised PPOs by the PSAs – i.e. the Offices from which the Pensioner Retired.

Copy of Memorandum to Secretary Pension for issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners as per DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017

RAILWAYS SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE SOCIETY
CHANDIGARH
(Estd. 1991, Regd. No. 1881 – Under Registration of Societies Act)

No. RSCWS/ CHQ/CHD/

Dated:16-05- 2017

Secretary, GOI,
Department of Pension, GOI,
Patel Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

Subject: Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Regarding: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners. Reference: DOP&PW OM NO.38/37/2016-P&. PW(A) Dated 12-5-2017

Kind attention is invited towards the DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017 regarding Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission – Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners.

Incidentally, Fitment Tables and the Ready Reckoners have not been issued with the said orders as was done after every Pay Commission – both in respect of the Pay and Pension.

This will make the Revision of Pension very difficult, and time consuming as Notional Pay has to be fixed from one Pay Commission to the next since the Retirement of the employee for Revising their Pension as per Notional Pay in the Pay Matrix of 7th CPC.

This will substantially delay the issue of Revised PPOs and implementation of the said orders this time, causing hardship to the old Pensioners.

It is, therefore, earnestly requested that

i) Scale-wise Fitment Tables and Ready Reckoners may please be issued early for the Pensioners who had retired in the regimes of various Pay Commissions (especially those who retired from Pay Scales of Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Pay Commissions.

ii) A dedicated Software may please be posted on the Pensioners Portal for the Revision of pension of pre-2016 & post-2016 pensioners/family pensioners and for expeditious issue of the Revised PPOs and for placing them on the Internet.

Yours truly,
(Harchandan Singh),
Secretary General, RSCWS.

Copy for information and kind consideration:

i) Mrs. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

ii) Shri Harjit Singh, Director, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

iii) Shri Prem Kumar, Senior Consultant (PP), Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, 3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

Source: RSCWS

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7th CPC Pension Calculation as per Gazette Notification on 12.5.2017 with Illustrations

7th CPC Pension Calculation as per Gazette Notification on 12.5.2017 with Illustrations

As per the Gazette Notification issued by the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare on 12.5.2017, the revision of Pension Calculation for Pre-2016 Pensioners are given below with some illustrations. We provided simple steps in the tables with details of calculation of pension.

calculation of pension

calculation of pension

calculation of pension

calculation of pension

Note: 4th CPC to 5th CPC Calculation detail given below:

Basic Pay  as 1.1.96 : 1210
DA as on 1.1.96 : 1791 (148%)
First I.R.100: 100
Second IR 10% of BP subject to Min 100: 121
Pay DA and IR on 1.1.96: 3222
40% of BP: 484

Total: 3706
Next Stage in New Scale: 3710
New Pay on 1.1.96: 3710

Authority: As per Govt Notification on 12.5.2017

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Staff Selection Commission wants to engage Retired CG Staffs in its Examination Activities

Staff Selection Commission wants to engage Retired CG Staffs in its Examination Activities

Central Government Employees will be engaged as Inspecting Officers and of the Flying Squad for conducting/ supervising of examinations of Staff Selection Commission at various Centres Places. The retired officials will also be paid honorarium. DoPPW has issued a Notice to all Retired Central Staffs and requested them to register in SANKALP

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare i.e DoPPW has been requested by Staff Selection Commission (HQ), New Delhi for a list of central government pensioners for engaging them as Inspecting Officers and of the Flying Squad for conducting/supervising of examinations of Staff Selection Commission at various Centres/places. The retired officials will also be paid honorarium.

2. DoPPW has launched the intiative “SANKALP” for retired central government civil pensioners/retiring employees for voluntary activities for useful intervention in society so that their skill, expertise and knowledge can be used.

3. Al the employees retiring from the BHAVISHYA system hereby requested to register themselves on “SANKALP”. For this. they can visit our website i.e www.persmin.gov.in/pension.asp and www.pensionersportal.gov.in

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Modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits approved by the Cabinet on 3rd May, 2017

Modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits approved by the Cabinet on 3rd May, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs.84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1stJanuary, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore. Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:

1. Revision of pension of pre -2016 pensioners and family pensioners

The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approvalof the Cabinet. The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor. It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29thJune, 2016,the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.

In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of thetwo formulationsas per the 7th CPC recommendations.

In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner. The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases. The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases. The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies.

2. Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners

The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6thCPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.

The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension.

The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entailan additional expenditure of approximatelyRs.130 crore per annum.

3. Changes in Pay Structure and Revision of the three Pay Matrices:

The Cabinet, while approving the 7th CPC recommendations for their implementation on 29thJune, had made two modifications in the Defence Pay Matrix as under:

(i) Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 13A (Brigadier) may be increased from 2.57 to 2.67.

(ii) Additional 3 stages in Levels 12A (Lt. Col.) , 3 stages in Level 13 (Colonel) and 2 stages in Level 13A (Brigadier) may be added.

The Cabinet has now approved further modifications in the pay structure and the three Pay Matrices, i.e. Civil, Defence and Military Nursing Service (MNS). The modifications are listed below:

(i) Defence Pay Matrixhas been extended to 40 stages similar to the Civil Pay Matrix: The 7th CPC had recommended a compact Pay Matrix for Defence Forces personnel keeping in view the number of levels, age and retirement profiles of the service personnel.Ministry of Defence raised the issue that the compact nature of the Defence Pay Matrix may lead to stagnation for JCOs in Defence Forces and proposed that the Defence Pay Matrix be extended to 40 stages. The Cabinet decisionto extendthe Defence Pay Matrix will benefit the JCOs who can continue in service without facing any stagnation till their retirement age of 57 years.

(ii) IOR for Levels 12 A(Lt. Col. and equivalent)and 13(Colonel and equivalent)in the Defence Pay Matrix and Level 13 (Director and equivalent)in the Civil Pay Matrix has been increased from 2.57 to 2.67: Variable IOR ranging from 2.57 to 2.81 has been applied by the 7th CPC to arrive at Minimum Pay in each Level on the premise that with enhancement of Levels from PayBand 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and onwards, the role, responsibility and accountability increases at each step in the hierarchy. This principle has not been applied in respect of Levels 12A (Lt. Col. and equivalent), 13 (Colonel and equivalent) and 13A (Brigadier and equivalent) of Defence Pay Matrix and Level 13 (Director and equivalent) of the Civil Pay Matrix on the ground that there was a disproportionate increase in entry pay at the level pertaining to GP 8700 in the 6thCPC regime. The IOR for Level 13A (Brigadier and equivalent) in the Defence Pay Matrix has already been revised upwards with the approval of the Cabinet earlier. In view of the request from Ministry of Defence for raising the IOR for Levels 12 A and 13 of the Defence Pay Matrix and requests from others, the IOR for these levels has beenrevised upwards to ensure uniformity of approach in determining the IOR.

(iii) To give effect to the decisions to extend the Defence Pay Matrix and to enhance the IORs, the three Pay Matrices -Civil, Defence and MNS -have also been revised. While doing so, two calculation errors noticed in the MNS Pay Matrix have also been rectified.

(iv) To ensure against reduction in pay, benefit of pay protection in the form of Personal Pay was earlier extended to officers when posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) with the approval of Cabinet. The benefit will also be available to officers coming on Central Deputation on posts not covered under the CSS.

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Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits

Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits

7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).

The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs.1,76,071 crore.  Some of the important decisions of the Cabinet are mentioned below:

1. Revision of pension of pre – 2016 pensioners and family pensioners

The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet.  The modified formulation of pension revision approved by the Cabinet will entail an additional benefit to the pensioners and an additional expenditure of approximately Rs.5031 crore for 2016-17 over and above the expenditure already incurred in revision of pension as per the second formulation based on fitment factor.  It will benefit over 55 lakh pre-2016 civil and defence pensioners and family pensioners.

While approving the implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the changed method of pension revision recommended by the 7th CPC for pre-2016 pensioners, comprising of two alternative formulations, subject to the feasibility of the first formulation which was to be examined by the Committee.

In terms of the Cabinet decision, pensions of pre-2016 pensioners were revised as per the second formulation multiplying existing pension by a fitment factor of 2.57, though the pensioners were to be given the option of choosing the more beneficial of the two formulations as per the 7th CPC recommendations.

In order to provide the more beneficial option to the pensioners, Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of the Committee, which has suggested revision of pension based on information contained in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) issued to every pensioner.  The revised procedure of fixation of notional pay is more scientific, rational and implementable in all the cases.  The Committee reached its findings based on an analysis of hundreds of live pension cases.  The modified formulation will be beneficial to more pensioners than the first formulation recommended by the 7th CPC, which was not found to be feasible to implement on account of non-availability of records in a large number of cases and was also found to be prone to several anomalies.

2. Disability Pension for Defence Pensioners

The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.

The issue of disability pension was referred to the National Anomaly Committee by the Ministry of Defence on account of the representation received from the Defence Forces to retain the slab-based system, as it would have resulted in reduction in the amount of disability pension for existing pensioners and a reduction in the amount of disability pension for future retirees when compared to percentage-based disability pension.

The decision which will benefit existing and future Defence pensioners would entail an additional expenditure of approximately Rs. 130 crore per annum.

Source: PIB

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Family pension to freedom fighters

Family pension to freedom fighters

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1502
ANSWERED ON-15.03.2017

Family pension to freedom fighters

1502 . Shri R. Vaithilingam

(a) whether it is a fact that the Centre is giving family pension to the freedom fighters;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether Government is considering to revise and increase family pension; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR)

(a) to (d): Yes Sir. The Centre is giving family pension to the eligible dependents of the freedom fighter pensioners under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980, administered by Ministry of Home Affairs. As per the provisions of this Scheme, after death of the freedom fighter pensioner, his/her spouse(widow/widower) and after death of spouse, his/her unmarried & un-employed daughters (up to maximum of three such daughters at any point of time) and thereafter, mother or father of the freedom fighter pensioner are granted dependent family pension.

The freedom fighter pension/family pension has already been revised and increased recently by the Central Government with effect from 15.08.2016. The amount of pension being given under this scheme to different categories of freedom fighters and their dependents are as at Annexure. Dearness Allowance/Relief as given to the Central Government Employees/pensioners has been made applicable to the freedom fighter pensioners also.

Annexure

Monthly Amount of Pension provided under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980

Sl.No Category of freedom fighters Amount of pension before the enhancement on 15.08.2016 including Dearness Relief (Per Month) Present amount of pension after the enhancement with effect from 15.08.2016(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/-

Source: RAJYA SABHA Q&A

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EPF pensioners to get medical benefits: Bandaru Dattatreya

EPF pensioners to get medical benefits: Bandaru Dattatreya

New Delhi: Nearly 58 lakh people Employees Provident Fund pensioners will now get medical benefits, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in the Lok Sabha today.

“Regarding the pensioners, we are going to give the pensioners benefit under the ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation) to those who are retired pensioners. We will be providing all medical services to the retired pensioners. 58 lakh pensioners will be benefited,” he said.

Dattatreya was replying to a debate on a private member’s resolution moved by RSP member N K Premachandran on ‘Steps To Ensure Welfare of Employees Provident Fund Pensioners’.

A meeting of the EPFO Board yesterday had on its agenda a proposal to provide health insurance scheme to pensioners of the Employees Pension Scheme through Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

Although the board agreed in principle to approve the proposal but a final call would be taken on this in the next meeting of the CBT.

Earlier, back of the envelop calculations done by ESI had estimated Rs 200 monthly premium per person for providing health cover under its scheme to the EPFO pensioners.

The proposal is aimed at providing health cover to EPFO pensioners, who get very little amount as pension and hence healthcare is out of their reach.

Hukum Narayan Yadav (BJP), while participating in the debate, demanded pension for farmers and agricultural labourers.

Participating in the discussion, Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena) said that unclaimed pension fund of around Rs 27,000 crore which has been deposited should be utilised for the people.

Ravindra Kumar Rai (BJP) said that Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was of view that policies of the country should be according to the country and added the present government under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi “we are leading the same direction.”

Contending that the present government wants to spread the ray of hope for those who are suffering from destitute, Rai said “We are not working for the political intent but with social ethos.”

He also suggested that in every district some amount should be kept aside for the needy which should be allocated to them when there is a need.

Pashupati Nath Singh (BJP) said the unclaimed fund of about Rs 27,000 crore lying with EPFO belongs to poor and it should be utilised to provide relief to the poor only.

Poor people due to lack of awareness or information about rules for drawal could not withdraw so it is lying unused with the the EPFO, he said.

Government has taken various steps to make India a pensioned society, he added.

Due to efforts of the government, the shift of PF fund from one organisation to other has become seamless, said Jugal Kishor Sharma (BJP).

PTI

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