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Monday, January 28, 2013

Enhancement of Pensions : orders for civilian pensioners also issued today


Close on the heels of the orders for enhancement of pensions issued for defence retirees, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) has issued similar orders for civilian pensioners today.

The pension for civilian pensioners would now not be less than 50% of the minimum of pay within the pay band (minimum of fitment table) rather than the minimum of the pay band itself, plus of course the applicable Grade Pay.

Though the orders have been issued in pursuance of the cabinet approval granted to the report of the committee of secretaries, it is actually in line with the judgement of the Central Administrative Tribunal for civilian pensioners and the Armed Forces Tribunal for defence pensioners.

Of course while the above judgements have granted the financial benefit with effect from 01 January 2006, the government has granted it from 24 Sep 2012, which is prima facie illogical since when an anomaly is rectified, it is to be rectified from the date of the inception of the particular anomaly and not from a future artificial date.

Much credit goes to Mr V Natarajan, President Pensioner’ Forum, Chennai, for continuing the fight for civilian pensioners. I’m sure in light of the fact that we’ve reached till here, justice to the fullest extent should not now be too far.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

No one is benefited by this order since the 50% of the basic pension is subject to pro rata to 33 yrs of service, the linking of 33 years of service was removed wef Jan 2006.

so it should be with out pro rata.

JOSE Mathew

Col Pardaman Singh said...

Here comes similar orders for civilians on expected lines. It is nothing but in line with CAT judgement.They have also been given the benefit of removalof anomaly wef 24 Sep 12 & not from 1 Jan 06 as should have logically been done for both civilians &armed forces.

Col Pardaman Singh

chowpc said...

Para 9 says'These orders will take effect from the date of approval by the Government, i.e.24.9.2012. There will be no change in the amount of revised pension/family pension paid during the period 1.1.2006 and 23.9.2012, and, therefore, no arrears will bepayable on account of these orders for that period'.This needs clarification.
chowpc

Natarajan V said...

Dear Maj Navdeep Singh,

MY GRATEFUL THANKS TO YOU/ YOUR BLOG-SUPPORTERS FOR THIS PODT OF YOURS HIGHLIGHTING THE ISSUE OF THE ORDERS FOR ENHANCEMENT OF PENSION OF PRE 2006/1996 ETC PENSIONERS OF ALL SCALES.

IT WAS A PLEASURE TO LEAD THIS CAMPAIGN SIDE BY SIDE WITH YOU/ RETD LT CDR AVTRA SINGH JI WHO FOUGHT FOR SIMILAR ENHANCED PENSION (SCPC MOD PARITY)AND BOTH YOUR GROUPS ARE THE ONES TO SCORE THE VICTORY EARLIER IN THE AFTs WHICH PAVED THE WAY FOR ISSUAL OF THE EARLIER ORDERS FOR THE PRE 2006 RETD COM OFFICERS ABOUT 12 DAYS BACK!

GREAT! - REGARDS- V NATARAJAN

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Natarajan and Maj Navdeep Sirs,

Congratulations and Very Many Thanks for your tireless efforts for having achived this.

However, legal efforts to receive arrears wef 01-01-2006 and closing the vast gap in pre 06 Maj and Lt Col and also the affected Group A civ officer's pension, needs to be taken to its logical end. This could become attainable before forthcoming Gen Election for Loksabha. Else this shall get carried forward to VII CPC and out come could be well predicted by you both wise and knowledgable dignitories in this subject.

Mr Natarajan Sir, its heartening to experience the humility and attitude of gratitude you radiate in your communication in this blog, with utmost love and regards to the service community, veterans and their genuine causes. Thanks for the efforts you continue for smooth going of all veterans (Ser+Civ). I think agony and pain to servive post retirement is same for all.

B'regards,

Lt Cdr (Retd)Ramakrishna

Anonymous said...

Navdeep sir, please clarify. since 33 yrs for full pension is dispensed with wef 01.01.2006 and since then full pension(50%) is admissible on completion of 20 yrs service. does weightage in years for each rank is still added to calculate the amount of pension ?. rgds. beniwalg@ymail.com

kms said...

I have a personal question.I retired
as a civilian Gazettd officer from Min of Defence in the pre revised pay scale of 2000-3500 and last pay drawn was 3700 basic including 2 increments due to stagnation. My basic pension was fixed at rs 1850.I had put in 35 yrs service and retired in feb 1993. Could u pl help me as to how I could be beniefitted with these orders. I shall be extremerly grateful.My e mail ID is kmsb75@gmail.com
Thank u so much pl

kms said...

I have a personal question.I retired
as a civilian Gazettd officer from Min of Defence in the pre revised pay scale of 2000-3500 and last pay drawn was 3700 basic including 2 increments due to stagnation. My basic pension was fixed at rs 1850.I had put in 35 yrs service and retired in feb 1993. Could u pl help me as to how I could be beniefitted with these orders. I shall be extremerly grateful.My e mail ID is kmsb75@gmail.com
Thank u so much pl

Ex-Sgt.P.Vigneshwar Raju said...

Sir,
I wonder why this prorata issue is being introduced by the govt. The minimum pension in respect of armed forces as well as civilians was already decided by the pay commission and govt by its resolution. AFT also has given the same judgement. The minimum pension in no case less than 50% of the minimum of basic pay of present employee. When it clearly says 'no case' it has to be no case. No further conditions can be imposed, it is nothing but fleecing the pensioners.

PBOR said...

sir kindly convey my thanks and good wishes to Mr V Natarajan, President Pensioner’ Forum, Chennai

Col Venkatesh VT (Retd) said...

The following extract is copied from Govt order of 27 Dec 2012.
"Hon'ble Kerala High Court passed on 5.10.1998 in case of Major
A.K..Dnanapalan and as the said Order of the Hon' ble Kerala High Court di.
5.10,1998 is for re-fixation of pay as on 1.1.1986, and as this sanction is in
compliance with the judicial pronouncements, it is clarified there shall be
no change in respect of Special instructions of-Army,- .Navy and Air Force"
The govt itself has admitted that it is re fixation & not just adding or subtracting some figure.
Re fixation involves re fix of basic pay due to the change in total emoluments to fit into the pay commission recommended pay scale
Just a food for thought

Imayan said...

When the CAT order indicates effective date as 1.1.2006, wherefrom an arbitrary date viz. 24 sep 12 comes ?
Can this anomaly be mentioned before CAT ?

Anonymous said...

the baboos cheated veterans by linking 33 years and 10 month minimum seniority. this has been abolished since 2006. with out this provision, the bridging the gap is an eye washing exercise . we must move to court. this is only affecting defence personal. because, the civilian who joins even at the age of 32 will get full pension because he retires at 60 with 28 years of service. a defence person will never serve upto 60 years. so only fauji is affected

Jose Mathew

fixit said...

Important order passed by the aft kochi on dual family pension. Please read the hindu 5 feb.

Imayan said...

We have to fight out the arbitrary date viz.24 Sep 12
and
adoption of 20 years as the minimum service for past , present and future retirees.

How do we go about ?
Any advice from Legal Eagles in our community of sufferers ?
Imayan

fixit said...

Pls ref my prev comment,
"The Kochi Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal termed irrational a rule that prohibits survivors of deceased military pensioners from drawing concurrently, military and civil family pension from the government.

“There does not appear to be any rationale behind this scheme. The [military] pension as also the family pension is granted in lieu of the services rendered by the pensioner during the service period and is not in any way a bounty or a charity depending upon the sweet will of the employer, rather, a legal right of the pensioner and the family pensioner (sic)… in our view, the family pensioners need to be kept at par with military pensioner…,” the Bench comprising judicial member Shri Kant Tripathi and administrative member Lieutenant General (retd) Thomas Mathew observed in a recent judgment. It directed the Centre to grant military family pension to widows of 12 deceased military pensioners regardless of family pension drawn by them from banks where their husbands served after retirement from military service.

Directive to Centre

It also instructed the Union government to issue a corrigendum pension payment order (PPO) entitling a former Corporal’s wife to family pension.

The Centre had earlier turned down family pension requests of the military widows in question holding that they were not entitled to dual family pension, one from the military and the other from the banks, national and private, where their husbands worked. It was also maintained that certain provisions of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules prohibited grant of two family pensions — for military service and for a civil post — if the applicant was in receipt of family pension from a government, a PSU, an autonomous body, or a local fund controlled by the Union government or a State."

Tukaram V Manerajurikar said...

@Fixit Dual Family Pension has been sanctioned and circulated vide Cir. No. 504 dated 17.01.2013.

Accts Sat Paul Mittal School said...

Dear Maj Navdeep Singh,

Will you please clarify the status that is any new orders are going to come for ex-servicemen too for implementable date w.e.f 01.01.2006 instead of 24.09.2012.

Reply Requested.

Rajeev Behal

Imayan said...

Dear Navdeep Singh and Natarajan,
Are we to accept the arbitrary date of 24 Sep 12 ?
Why do we have to suffer silently ?
Imayan

Imayan said...

I want to "SHOUT" against the arbitrary date viz.24 Sep' 2012 ?
When CAT has pronounced the date as 1.1.2006, how does babus refix it as 24 Sep' 2012 ? Denial of 6 years and 9 months of benefits--quite a loss !
Will you all join me in this
"SHOUT" ?
How do we go about,friends ?

Imayan