Friday, 20 October 2017

Information to be provided to Dte of Air Veterans

The Dte of Air Veterans has requested all pre-1.1.2016 Family pensioners and pensioners vide its letter of 13 Oct 2017, to provide the following information (in the format) together with self-attested copies of PPOs, Aadhar Card, PAN Card and a cancelled cheque of the pension account.

It may be sent by post to Director (AV-II), Directorate of Air Veterans, Air HQ (SP), 1st Floor, SMC Building, Subroto Park, New Delhi - 110010 or by email to dav.officers@gov.in



INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE F'ILLED BY AIR VETERANS/FAMILY PENSIONERS
FOR REVISION OF PENSION UNDER 7th CPC

Sl No
Details Required Details to be filled bv Pensioner

1
Name of the Officer
2
Service Number

3
Rank

4
Branch

5
Date of Birth
6
Date of retirement

7
Death of Death (for Family Pensioner)
8
Amount of pension drawn at the time of retirement
9
Full postal address with PIN code
10
Aadhaar Card Number
11
PAN
12
Email ID
13
Mobile Number(s)
14
Bank Account Number
15
IFSC Code of Paying Bank
16
Bank Address

17
Original PPO No.

18
Corrigendum PPO Numbers
19
Disability PPO No.

20
Latest Corr PPO No. of Disability

21
War Injury Element % if any
22
Disability element % if any

23
Service element as on 31 Dec 15

24
Disability Element as on 31 Dec 15

25
LFP/SFP/OFP granted in case of family pensioner)

26
War injury element as on 31 Dec 15 (if any)
27
Family pension share % (in case of division of family pension % share)
28
Whether pension notified as per court order (Yes/No). If Yes mention PPO number

29
Name of spouse
30
Date of birth

31
PAN number
32
Aadhaar Card Number
33
Mobile Number
34
Email ID




Date:                                                                             Signature of Pensioner

   

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wishing the Honourable Defence Minister/Raksha Mantri a Happy Diwali



Dear Honourable Defence Minister/Raksha Mantri,



          Vanakkam



         Our family (of about 18 lakh Family Pensioners and Pensioners of the Armed Forces and their families) together wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali.



          This is not my first letter to any Defence Minister/Raksha Mantri. I wrote to and later discussed the OROP matter with Shri Manohar Parrikar on 8th October 2015. I have also written to the honourable Prime Minister on the same subject.

           Having  read in the media reports of your teaching the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) how to say “Namaste,” I am sure you will use your sorely needed teaching skills in the Ministry of Defence.



It was nice to see the honourable PM spend his Diwali with Army personnel as he had done all Diwalis since 2014 and to to see you in the A & N islands amongst Army, Navy, and Air Force officers. 

The smiles in Gurez and in A & N, on the occasion of Diwali, the festival of lights, did not dispel the widespread gloom and silence (which has nothing to with the Apex Court’s ban on fire crackers) in the houses of Veterans and Family pensioners.


The Non-Functional (Financial) Upgradation (NFU) issue will be decided by the Apex Court on 26th October 2017 and your Ministry has sought 3 months more from the Lok Sabha Committee on Government Assurances on the OROP related One Man Judicial Committee's Report. So I will steer clear of that.


Your esteemed self might wish to ask, “So what does that has that to do with my teaching skills?” You will need them, as I wrote earlier, to teach the MoD’s Department of Ex-Serviceman (DESW), the Defence/Finance (Def/Fin) and Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) something called welfare and care for the families and Veterans who have given life, limb and decades of their lives in the service of the nation, that is India, but above all you will need to teach them to be truthful.



The answer lies in subsequent paragraphs on just one of the many aspects of suffering that family pensioners and Veterans have endured, and will continue to endure, especially after being shown the light at the end of the ever lengthening tunnel by promises made in Rewari in September 2013.


You might not be aware but a Director in the MoD denied information (on file notings on the Pay Resolutions for Officers and Other Ranks of the Armed Forces dated 5th September 2016) on the grounds that it "can be used to create disturbance/unrest in the Armed Forces." The poor Director & First Appellate Authority  appeared to ignore the truth that personnel of Armed Forces, Family Pensioners and Pensioners suffer worse treatment from the MoD and yet have retained their equanimity. And, in contradiction to the Director's misgivings, even two months after the RTI disclosure was placed in the public domain, there has been neither unrest nor disturbance in the Armed Forces. But, I digress.    



On 6th July 2017, that is more than three months prior to Diwali, the Civilian pensioners of the Govt of India were rewarded for services rendered to the nation by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare providing them with Concordance tables for revising their pensions (F No. 38/37/2016-P & PW (A) dated 6th July 2017 refers).But the Family pensioners and pensioners are denied a similar Diwali.



To the matter at hand, in reply to RTI online request for information registration No. DEXSW/R/2017/ 50548 dated 31st August 2017 on the progress of issue of concordance tables for Armed Forces pensioners, the Deptt of Ex-Servicemen replied vide No. 237/RTI/D (P/P)/2014 dated 13th September 2017 that the  above mentioned concordance tables had been sent to CGDA vide PB to ID No. 17(1)/2016- D(Pen/Pol) dated 13th July 2017 for further necessary action.  



As the O/o CGDA did not deign to provide a reply to a simultaneous RTI online request for information on concordance tables vide registration number CGDFA/R/2017/50306 dated 31st July 2017, a First Appeal registration No. CGDFA/A/2017/60061 dated 13th September 2017 was filed.



In the order No. CPIO/AT/2017/HQ/I/328/Appeal dated 11th October 2017, the First Appellate Authority of the o/o CGDA communicated online on 12th October 2017, stating that the “desired concordance tables for notional fixation pay of Armed Forces pensioners are awaited from the Ministry of Defence.” 



It may be relevant to note that the PCDA (Pension), a subordinate office of the CGDA has issued Circular No. 585 dated 21st September 2017, quoting GoI (MoD) letter No. 17 (01)/2017/(02)/D(Pension/Policy) dated 5th September 2017! And Para 3 of the Circular states, inter-alia, “Revised pension/family pension of all Armed Forces Personnel who retired/died prior to 01.01.2016 shall be revised by fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died……”



And the same Para 3 is repeated in yet another circular (with no number) issued by PCDA (Pension) vide letter No. G-1/M/01/ICOs/7th CPC/Vol. II/2017 dated 29th September 2017.



The Armed Forces pensioners and Family pensioners will continue to suffer in silence for a few more months to get the correct pensions. 

On the other hand, the civilian staff of the MoD enjoy a well lit Diwali along with Defence Civil Pensioners, who have been granted the enhanced pension forthwith vide Para 5  of PCDA (Pension) Circular C-169 dated 11th July 2017 i.e. within 6 days (holidays included).



So, honourable Defence Minister, now you understand why I request you to teach the officers in MoD and its affiliates like O/o CGDA to treat Armed Forces pensioners with the same alacrity as they have done with Defence Civilian pensioners.



Satyam Ev Jayate is the nation’s motto. Should it also not be applicable to the MoD and CGDA’s officers?

 

Happy Diwali



Jai Hind

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The OMJC Saga, Next Episode



Online RTI Request Form Details
RTI Request Details:-

RTI Request Registration number DEXSW/R/2017/50519
Public Authority Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

Personal Details of RTI Applicant:-

Deleted by applicant

Request Details :-

Description of Information Sought

Please refer to proviso to Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act, 2005 which states “

“Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a
State Legislature shall not be denied to any citizen.”

2. Therefore, please provide information by way of copies of file notings in which replies to the Committee on Govt Assurances, Lok Sabha on the Assurance given during the 11th Session (2017) of the 16th Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 4992 dated 31.03.2017 regarding Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension have been processed.

3. Please also provide details of the officers of DESW or MoD who have been assigned the responsibility and accountability to examine the report of the
Judicial Committee.

Reply from Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

RTI Matter/Speed Post
No. 237/RTI/2014/D (P/P) – Part II
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
D (Pen/Policy
New Delhi, dated 11.10.2017
To

Subject: Seeking Information Under RTI Act 2005

Sir,

          Please refer to your online RTI application bearing Reg No. DEXSW/R/2017/50519 dated 27.09.2017 received in thisa office from Nodal Officer/DESW through online RTI portal.

2.      The requisite information in respect of aforesaid RTI application is as under: -

          1.       No information has been sought.

2.      Copies of noting and correspondence part of relevant file No. 9(17)/2017/D (Pen/Pol) contain 38 pages. You are, therefore, requested to furnish a Demand Draft/IPO in favour of “Account Officer (DAD), Ministry of Defence (Civil)” amounting to Rs 76/- @ Rs 2/- per page as additional fee.

3.       The Report of Judicial Committee on OROP is under examination at various levels in the Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare including MoD (Finance) (Pension). Therefarter, the approval of DoE will require to be obtained before approval of competent authority is taken.   

3.                 Deputy Secretary (Pension), Room No. 236, B Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi, Tele-fax No. 011-23015609, email-id ds-pension@desw.gov.in is the appellate authority.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-----------------
Manoj Sinha
CPIO and Under Secretary to Govt of India

Remittance of Additional Fee

From

S Y Savur
--------
 Ref: Addl payment/DEXSW/R/2017/50519       17th October 2017

To,

Shri Manoj Sinha,
Under Secretary and CPIO,
Department Of Ex-Servicemen Welfare,
Ministry of Defence,
B Wing, Sena Bhawan
New Delhi -110106

Sub: Additional Payment towards photocopying charges:


Please refer to RTI Online request No. DEXSW/R/2017/50519 and No. 237/RTI/2014/D (P/P) – Part II dated 11th October 2017 received online on 12th October 2017.

2.      As required, State Bank of India Demand Draft No. 007404 for amount of Rs 76/- (Rupees Seventy six) in favour of Account Officer (DAD), Ministry of Defence (Civil) payable in New Delhi is enclosed for further necessary action.

I wish you, your staff and your families A Very Happy Diwali and a very prosperous and happy year ahead.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/---------------

(S Y Savur)

 
Online RTI Request Form Details
RTI Request Details:-
RTI Request Registration number DEXSW/R/2017/50524
Public Authority Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

Personal Details of RTI Applicant:-
Deleted by applicant

Description of Information Sought

Please provide copies on file notings on the examination by DESW on Report of the (Justice Reddi) Judicial Committee on OROP in reply to Unstarred Question No. 4992 dated 31.03.2017 from the Committee on Government Assurances of the Lok Sabha.

Please also refer to proviso to Section 8 (1) (j) of RTI Act, 2005 wherein information provided to the Parliament or State Legislature cannot be denied to a citizen of India.         

Reply from Deptt of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

RTI Matter/Speed Post

F No. 237/RT2014/D (P/P) – Part –II
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
D (Pen/Policy)
New Delhi, Dated 16.10.2017


To
          Shri S Y Savur

To

Subject: Seeking Information Under RTI Act 2005

Sir,

          Please refer to your online RTI application bearing Reg No. DEXSW/R/2017/50524 dated 29.09.2017 received in this  office on the subject cited above.

2.      In this regard, please find enclosed herewith a copy of File Noting No. 1 to 6 of F No. 9(17)/2017/D(Pen/Pol) for Lok Sabha Unstarred Q No. 4992 dated 31.03.2017 consisting of 06 pages.
Yours faithfully,
Sd/-----------------
Manoj Sinha
CPIO and Under Secretary to Govt of India

F No. 9 (17)/2017/D(Pen/Pol)

Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
D (Pension/Policy)

Sl. No 1 (R)-p.1-2/c


          Lok Sabha Provisional Starred Question Dy No. 23471 asked by MP (Lok Sabha) for answer on 31.03.2017 regarding Judicial Committee on OROP.

2.      The text of the Question is as under: -

(a)     The objective of forming a one man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP);

          (b)     The details of the key recommendations of the 
          Committee;

(c)     Whether the Government has implemented the recommendations of the Committee;

          (d)     If so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons   
           therefore;  and 

(e)     The time by which the report is going to be made available in the public domain?

3.       In respect of the Questions above, we may seek the inputs from O/o CGDA for part (a) to (e). Accordingly, a draft letter is placed opposite for approval/signature, please.

          Submitted please.
Sd/--------------
24.03.2017         

SO (P/P)    Vacant

Sr AO (AS) (P/P) Sd/------------ 24/3

US (Pen/Pol)      Sd/------------ 24/3/

Sr AO (A)

-2-

          Lok Sabha Provisional Starred Question Dy No. 23471 admitted as Unstarred Questions No. 4992 by Shri Deepender Singh Hooda, MP (Lok Sabha) for answer on 31.03.2017 regarding Judicial Committee on OROP. 

2.      The text of the question is as under: -

          (a)     The objective of forming a one man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP);

          (b)     The details of the key recommendations of the Committee;

(c)     Whether the Government has implemented the recommendations of the Committee;

       (d)     If so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefore;
        and 

(e)     The time by which the report is going to be made available in the public domain?

3.       In respect of the above question, the inputs from O/o CGDA was sought vide MoD ID of even number dated 24.03.2017. The comments from O/O CGDA is still awaited.

4.      In regard to part (a) to (e) of the question, it may be replied as “The Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) was appointed to look into the anomalies arising out of the implementation of OROP. The Committee has submitted its Report to Government on 26.10.2016 which is still under examination.”

5.       A draft reply for the Question has been attempted and placed opposite for approval please.

          Submitted please
Sd/-------------
28.03.2017

SO (P/P)    Vacant

Sr. AO (AS) (P/P)                  Sd/---------- 28/3
US (P/P)                                 Sd/--------- 28/3
DS (Pen)                                 Sd/---------- 28/3
JS (ESW)                                Sd/---------- 28/3/17
Secretary (ESW)                    Sd/---------- 28/3/17   
Hon’ble RRM                         Sd/---------- 28.3.17
Secy (ESW)                            Sd/---------- 1/4/17
JS (ESW)                                Sd/---------

-3-

          D (Parl) has intimated vide their ID Note No. H.11012/45/2017/D (PARL) dated 12.05.2017 regarding Assurance Given during 11th Session (2016) of 16th Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 4992 dated 31.03.2017 on “Judicial Committee on OROP” asked by Shri Deepedner Singh Hooda, MP (LS).

2.      The text of the question is as under: -

(a)     The objective of forming a one man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP);

          (b)     The details of the key recommendations of the 
          Committee;

(c)     Whether the Government has implemented the recommendations of the Committee;

         (d)     If so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefore;
         and 

(e)     The time by which the report is going to be made available in the public domain?

3.       The reply given is placed at p 17/c. The Question has been treated as an Assurance. The Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) was appointed to look into the anomalies arising out of the implementation of OROP. The Committee has submitted its Report to Government on 26.10.2016 which is still under examination. 

3.1.    The Assurance is required to be fulfilled within a maximum permissible time limit of 3 months from the date of reply given to Parliament Question i.e. by 30.06.2017. Since fulfilment of the Assurance is likely to take some more time, we may have to obtain extension of time limit for further period of 3 months for fulfilment of the above mentioned Assurance.         

4.      Kind approval of Hon’ble RRM is solicited for seeking extension of time for 3 months from Lok Sabha Sectt, as per draft O.M. placed opposite, please.

          Submitted please
Sd/-------------
Takdeer Hooda ASO
23.05.2017

Sr AO (AS) (P/P)                                      Sd/----------- 23/5
US (Pen/Pol)                                   Sd/----------- 23/5
JS (ESW)                                         Sd/-----------23/5
Secy (ESW)                                      Sd/----------- 24/5

Hon’ble RRM                                   Sd/------------ 24.5.17

Secy (ESW)                                      Sd/-------------- 24/05/17
JS (ESW)                                         Sd/------------- 24/5/17
US (P/P)                                          Sd/-------------25/5
Sr AO (AS)

-5-
Reference preceding note.

          D (Parl) has intimated vide their D (Parl) has intimated vide their ID Note No. H.11012/45/2017/D (PARL) dated 12.05.2017 regarding Assurance Given during 11th Session (2016) of 16th Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 4992 dated 31.03.2017 on “Judicial Committee on OROP” asked by Shri Deepedner Singh Hooda, MP (LS).

2.      The text of the question is as under: -

 (a)     The objective of forming a one man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP);

         (b)     The details of the key recommendations of the 
         Committee;

(c)     Whether the Government has implemented the recommendations of the Committee;

        (d)     If so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefore; 
         and 

(e)     The time by which the report is going to be made available in the public domain?

3.       In regard to part (a) to (e), it was replied that the Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) was appointed to look into the anomalies arising out of the implementation of OROP. The Committee has submitted its report to the Government on 26.10.2016 which is still under examination. A copy of the reply so furnished in the Lok Sabha is placed at p 17/c.

4.      Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs have intimated that the above mentioned answer given to the Question has been treated as an Assurance stating that the Promise made for (a) to (e) is, ït was inter-lia stated that the Committee has submitted its Report to the Government of 26.10.2016 which is still under examination.”  The Assurance was required to be fulfilled within a maximum permissible time limit fo 3 months from the date of reply given to Parliament Question i.e. by 30.06.2017. Extension of 3 months has already been taken vide this office letter No. 9 (17)/2017/D (Pen/Pol) dated 25.05.2017 (page 31/c).    

5.       A meeting was held on 11.07.2017 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Raksha Mantri to review the status of OROP payment’s report submitted by OMJC to the Govt and orders were issued on 19.07.2017 constituting an Internal Committee to examine the recommendations of OMJC with respect to feasibility and financial aspects and the Committee will submit its report within two months.

6.      Since fulfilment of the Assurance is likely to take some more time, we may have to obtain extension of time limit for further period of 3 months beyond 30.09. 2017 for fulfilment of the abovementioned Assurance.

7.       Kind approval of Hon’ble RRM is solicited for seeking extension of time for 3 months beyond 30.09.2017 from Lok Sabha Sectt, as per draft O.M. placed opposite, please.

          Submitted, please

Sd/--------------
Takdeer Hooda, ASO
07.09.2017

Sr AO (VVS) (P/P)                                   Sd/------------- 7/9/2017
US (P/P)                                                    Sd/------------ 7/9/
DS (Pen)                                                    Sd/---------- 7/9
JS (ESW)   Proposal at para 7 above is recommended for approval pl
                   Sd/------------08/9/19
 Secretary (ESW)                            8/9/17

Hon’ble RRM                          11/9/17

Secy (ESW)         Sd/ IX/9
JS (ESW)
DS (Pen)              Sd--- 12/9
US (Pen/Pol)      Sd/---- 13/9/

                                                                - to be continued