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Indianexserviceman: DEFENCE PENSION MELA AT TIRUNELVELI

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indianexserviceman: DEFENCE PENSION MELA AT TIRUNELVELI: DEFENCE PENSION MELA AT TIRUNELVELI. A Defence Pension Mela was arranged by the HQ ATNK&K Area at Ex-servicemen Canteen at Tirunelv...

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ANNOUNCE the 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION (CPC)

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Pre-Budget talks: Unions press for pay commisison


ANNOUNCE the 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION (CPC)-JOINT RECOMMENDATIONS OF TRADE UNIONS.


Pressing for a people-friendly Budget for 2013-14, trade unions today urged Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his team to announce the constitution of the seventh pay commission along with raising the income tax threshold to Rs 5 lakh in a year from the present Rs 2 lakh.

The demand was raised by the unions at a pre-Budget consultations in the North Block, even as the government is struggling hard to rein in its fiscal deficit.

After the meeting, Harbhajan Singh Siddhu of Hind Mazdoor Sabha said already seven years of the sixth pay commission have passed and any new commission will take two-three years to study.
"The revision of wages and various service conditions of the government employees is already due. Constitution of the seventh Pay Commission be announced in the Budget," joint recommendations of trade unions, including CPI (M)-affiliated CITU, CPI-linked AITUC, INTUC of the Congress and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh to the Finance Minister said.

Also, the unions have demanded the income tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs 5 lakh per annum and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities should be exempted from the income tax net in totality.

At a time when the government is trying hard to raise FDI cap in insurance sector to 49% from the current 26%, the unions raised objections to the move.

As the government struggled to meet its disinvestment target of Rs 30,000 crore this financial year, the memorandum said stake sale of profit making PSUs "be stopped forthwith" and budgetary support be given for revival of potentially viable sick PSUs.

On the poor sentiment in the economy, the unions called for massive investments by the government in the infrastructure sectors "in order to stimulate the economy and to make the market look up".

Chidambaram emphasised on the need to revive investment in manufacturing and services sector in order to create higher job opportunities, an official statement said.

Unions called for higher government spending to create more jobs and guarantee consistent income to the people, special allocation for creation of a welfare fund for protecting interests of unorganised workers.

Increasing the scope of MGNREGA to urban areas and raising the minimum period of employment under the UPA flagship programme from 100 days to 200 days were other demands of the unions.

Chidambaram said due to the steps and measures taken by the government in the last few months, there seems to be a change in the investment sentiments both in public and private sectors.

In order to curb inflationary pressure, the unions called for a ban on forward trading of commodities along with rationalisation of taxes on petroleum products.

For mobilisation of resources the unions suggested higher taxes for the "rich and affluent".

"A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree," their representation said adding that taxes on luxury goods should be increased and indirect taxes on essential commodities be reduced.

Source:Business- Standard

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AIRF demands 7th pay commission with 50% or more basic pay hike.

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The All India Railwaymen's Federation (AIRF) demanded that the central government should set up the seventh pay commission. The government should allot Rs 50,000 crore over the next five years to revive the ailing railways. This was among the 38  emands put forth by the AIRF. The AIRF also demanded that over 2.5 lakh posts under various categories in Indian Railways should be filled up.

This was announced by the AIRF general secretary Shiva Gopal Mishra while addressing a conference in connection with the 88th annual general conference of AIRF. He said that the basic pay of the government employees should be increased by a minimum of 50% in the seventh pay commission. He also slammed the Union finance ministry for delaying the funds being granted to the railways and said several demands were accepted by the railway board, but have been kept pending by the finance ministry. Mishra also warned the government that if it fails to meet the demands of the railway men, then they would resort to a strike.

East Coast Railway Shramik Union general secretary Ch Gandhi said AIRF wanted sanction of additional posts commensurate with increase in number of trains and workload, removal of anomalies of sixth central pay commission, a stop to outsourcing of perennial nature jobs, limiting of duty hours to a maximum of seven hours a day and increase in rate of special duty allowance by 25 %.

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AI CPI-IW at 215; 80% DA likely from Jan 2013

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The All-India CPI-IW for September, 2012 was announced yesterday. It rose by 1 point and pegged at 215 (two hundred and fifteen). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by only 0.47 per cent between August and September as compared with 1.55% between the same months a year ago.

The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from food items which increased by 0.87 per cent, contributing 0.68 percentage points to the total change. At item level, largest upward pressure came from Rice, Wheat & Wheat Atta, Grinding Charges, Arhar Dal, Eggs-Hen, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk-Buffalo, Tea (readymade), etc. Miscellaneous items like Electricity Charges, Fire wood, Medicine (Allopathic), etc. also put upward pressure in total change.

The Dearness allowance which is calculated based on the CPI-IW is likely to be 80% from January 2013
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MOD ISSUES TWO MORE ORDERS ON PENSION

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The below mentioned TWO letters have been issued today by the Ministry of Defence to improve the pensionary benefits of defence personnel in pursuance to the report submitted by the Committee of Secretaries as approved by the Cabinet.

The financial benefit of all these letters has been provided from 24 September 2012.

1.   Implementation of the Government decision on the recommendations of
Committee on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-
Servicemen– Pension / Family Pension of Personnel Below Officer
Rank (PBOR) discharged from service on or after 01.01.2006.

Please click here for read the Circular

2.     Implementation of the Government decision on the recommendations of Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen – Revision of provisions regulating Causality Pensionary awards for Post -2006 JCOs/ORs.

Please click here for read the Circular

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Defence Line - Military Justice Reforms - 19 Jan 2013

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Grant of family pension for life to handicapped children of Armed Forces Personnel.

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VERY HAPPY NEWS for handicapped children of Armed Forces Personnel


The long awaited Government order is released  family pension for life to handicapped children of Armed Forces Personnel.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Please Click here for
Circular No. 505  Dated: 17TH January 2013

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MOD ISSUES LONG AWAITED ORDERS ON PENSION

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(Updated) Committee of Secretaries Report, as approved by the Cabinet, implemented. Letters issued.

The below mentioned letters have been issued today by the Ministry of Defence to improve the pensionary benefits of defence personnel in pursuance to the report submitted by the Committee of Secretaries as approved by the Cabinet.

The financial benefit of all these letters has been provided from 24 September 2012.

1. Improvement in pension of pre-2006 released Honorary Officers, JCOs and other ranks:
 Pensionary weightages have been increased for Sepoy, Naik and Havildar to 12, 10 and 8 years respectively.
The pensions of Honorary commissioned officers have also been increased.
Please Click for Circular No 501

2. Increase in pension and family pension in case of commissioned officers:
The pension and family pension of commissioned officer retirees has been enhanced based on the minimum of the fitment table (+ Grade Pay + Military Service Pay) rather than the pay band itself.
  Please Click for Circular No 500              

3. Increase in family pension of post-2006 and also pre-2006 JCOs and other ranks:
Changes have been incorporated in the family pensionary modalities of both pre as well as post2006 cases.
Please Click here for Circular No 502

4. Improvement in Casualty Pensionary Awards for pre-2006 commissioned officers, JCOs and other ranks:
Minimum guaranteed Special Family Pension, Liberalized Family Pension, Dependant Pension (Special) and Second Life Awards shall now be determined on the basis of the minimum of fitment table for each rank as per the applicable Special Army/Navy/Air Force Instructions (+ Grade Pay + Military Service Pay + X Group Pay if applicable) rather than the minimum of the pay band itself.
Please click here for Circular No 503

Any doubts or clarifications on the above may NOT please be directed towards me through email or phone and should be simply posted on the comments section of this blogpost.

Thank You.

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DUAL (TWO) FAMILY PENSION ORDERS ISSUED BY MOD

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GOOD  NEWS FOR RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES



The long awaited Government order is released for DOUBLE pension  for families of  deceased Re-employed Ex-Servicemen.

that is, the Government has decided to allow TWO family pensions, where the pensioner Drew,  is Drawing  or may draw two pensions from military and / or Civil employment

Govt.Order No.01/ 33 / 201-P & PW (E)  dated 16-01-2013.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Please click here for
Circular No. 504. Dated: 17thJanuary 2013.

The affected families can now represent their cases to the respective authorities.



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Judgement by the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court on the functioning of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT)

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Links to press-reports on the landmark decision of the High Court related to the functioning and independence of the AFT, in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by me, as published by various newspapers, are provided below.

I thank everyone for wholeheartedly supporting me in this uphill, and actually continuing, task.

Thanks. to http://www.indianmilitary.info/

The Tribune

Daily Post

The Hidustan Times


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Permanent Account Number-Explained

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Permanent Account Number-Explained
 
WHAT IS PAN?

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department, to any "person" who applies for it or to whom the department allots the number without an application.

PAN enables the department to link all transactions of the "person" with the department. These transactions include tax payments, TDS/TCS credits, returns of income/wealth/gift/FBT, specified transactions, correspondence, and so on. PAN, thus, acts as an identifier for the "person" with the tax department.

PAN was introduced to facilitates linking of various documents, including payment of taxes, assessment, tax demand, tax arrears etc. relating to an assessee, to facilitate easy retrieval of information and to facilitate matching of information relating to investment, raising of loans and other business activities of taxpayers collected through various sources, both internal as well as external, for detecting and combating tax evasion and widening of tax base.

A typical PAN is AFZPK7190K.

First three characters i.e. "AFZ" in the above PAN are alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ Fourth character of PAN i.e. "P" in the above PAN represents the status of the PAN holder. "P" stands for Individual, "F" stands for Firm, "C" stands for Company, "H" stands for HUF, "A" stands for AOP, "T" stands for TRUST etc. Fifth character i.e. "K" in the above PAN represents first character of the PAN holder's last name/surname. Next four characters i.e. "7190" in the above PAN are sequential number running from 0001 to 9999. Last character i.e. "K" in the above PAN is an alphabetic check digit.

WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE PAN?

It is mandatory to quote PAN on return of income, all correspondence with any income tax authority. From 1 January 2005 it will be mandatory to quote PAN on challans for any payments due to Income Tax Department.

It is also compulsory to quote PAN in all documents pertaining to the following financial transactions :-

(a) sale or purchase of any immovable property valued at five lakh rupees or more;

(b) sale or purchase of a motor vehicle or vehicle, [the sale or purchase of a motor vehicle or vehicle does not include two wheeled vehicles, inclusive of any detachable side-car having an extra wheel, attached to the motor vehicle;]

(c) a time deposit, exceeding fifty thousand rupees, with a banking company ;

(d) a deposit, exceeding fifty thousand rupees, in any account with Post Office Savings Bank;

(e) a contract of a value exceeding one lakh rupees for sale or purchase of securities;

(f) opening a bank account;

(g) making an application for installation of a telephone connection (including a cellular telephone connection);

(h) payment to hotels and restaurants against their bills for an amount exceeding twenty-five thousand rupees at any one time ;

(i) payment in cash for purchase of bank drafts or pay orders or banker's cheques for an amount aggregating fifty thousand rupees or more during any one day;

(j) deposit in cash aggregating fifty thousand rupees or more with a bank during any one day;

(k) payment in cash in connection with travel to any foreign country of an amount exceeding twenty-five thousand rupees at any one time.

PAN – LEGAL FRAMEWORK

The legal authority for allotment and use of the new series of PAN is derived from Section 139A of the Income-tax Act, 1961. This section lays down the framework for PAN, e.g, who is required to apply for PAN, who else can apply for PAN, who will allot PAN, transactions where PAN is required to be quoted, use of PAN in TDS certificates and TDS returns, that one person can have only one PAN and the manner of applying for PAN.

The manner of applying for PAN is laid down in Rule 114 of the Income-tax Rules, 1962. This rule, amended in 2003, also specifies the copies of documents required to be submitted along with the PAN application as proof of identity and address of the PAN applicant.

Rule 114B lists down the documents in which PAN is required to be quoted while entering into specified transactions/activities. Persons who do not have PAN are exempted from quoting PAN on furnishing a declaration in Form 60. Rule 114C lists the persons to whom section 139A does not apply. These are persons who have agricultural income by furnishing declaration in Form 61, non-residents, and Central Govt./State Govt. and Consular offices, where they are payers.

Penalty of Rs.10,000/- is imposable u/s 272B for failure to comply with the provisions of section 139A.

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DA Calculator

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| Video | Govt's bonanza for retired Jawans is nothing but eyewash | India Videos | - India Today

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| Video | Govt's bonanza for retired Jawans is nothing but eyewash | India Videos | - India Today

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Good seenaries

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World's greatest hotel spas.  Discover a new you in the New Year.

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LIBERALISED SPL / का अनुदान. परिवार अविवाहित / विधवा / तलाकशुदा बेटियों को पेंशन

LIBERALISED / विशेष परिवार पेंशन के अनुदानअविवाहित / विधवा / तलाकशुदा बेटियों

भारत, रक्षा मंत्रालय, पूर्व सैनिक कल्याण विभाग की सरकार ने अनुदान के लिए Liberalised / विशेष पारिवारिक पेंशन के आदेश अविवाहित / विधवा / तलाक दे दिया है (25 वर्षों से परे) बेटियाँ अब तक पहले के रूप में अन्य निर्धारित शर्त की पूर्ति के अधीन करने के लिए जारी किया था.

आदेश (2) No.2 / 2012 / डी (पेन / पीओएल) सरकार भारत के रक्षा मंत्रालय, पूर्व सैनिक कल्याण विभाग, नई दिल्ली 14 December2012 दिनांक के लिए
यहां क्लिक करें. 

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தயாராகிறது மசோதா நிலத்தடி தண்ணீருக்கும் இனி விலை|Use bottled water prices should be based on water should be considered; - Dinakaran

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தயாராகிறது மசோதா நிலத்தடி தண்ணீருக்கும் இனி விலை|Use bottled water prices should be based on water should be considered; - Dinakaran

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ECHS - NEWS : MEDICAL

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NEWS : MEDICAL

NEW INJECTION

1. Very Soon will see new policy.
2. This will ensure that our veterans receive an optimum level of medical service, with better connectivity to health scheme services, from any part of the country. The helpline numbers are (Toll Number : 080-43004300) and (Toll free : 1800-103-8666) or you can also send query via SMS on (+919714794300) and through E-mail to contact@echs.gov.in.

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ECHS - LATEST NEWS

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ECHS : SOP FOR BILL PROCESSING

1. ECHS has been launched to provide comprehensive Medicare to all ESM in receipt of pension or disability pension, as also to his/her dependents, which include wife/husband,legitimate children and wholly dependent parents. The Scheme is also applicable to NOK’s of deceased pensioners who are drawing family/special family /liberalized family pension.
2. This document lays down guidelines for processing of bills pertaining to empanelled Hospitals/Nursing Homes/Diagnostic Centers wherein an ECHS beneficiary has been referred to for treatment, in case of non-availability of accommodation or required facility for treatment in the Service hospital.
CLICK HERE.......
ECHS LAUNCHES EBOOK ON : ONLINE BILL PROCESSING.......................
Sd/- xx xx xx
Authority:- Central Org ECHS letter B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS Oct 2012
NEWS : HELPLINE

ECHS QUERY A PHONE CALL AWAY

1. Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), since inception in 2003, is dedicated to healthcare and well being of Armed Forces Veterans. With a diverse beneficiary base of approximately 36 Lakh Veterans, spread across the country, an Endeavour is being made to resolve the medical care related queries, through a phone call. The ECHS will run a 24X7 helpline, which will provide simplified solutions to veterans on health care issues.
2. This will ensure that our veterans receive an optimum level of medical service, with better connectivity to health scheme services, from any part of the country. The helpline numbers are (Toll Number : 080-43004300) and (Toll free : 1800-103-8666) or you can also send query via SMS on (+919714794300) and through E-mail to contact@echs.gov.in. These services is being run by Health Care Info Exchange, a total health care service provider.

GRANT OF EX-SERVICEMEN (ESM) STATUS TO CADETS

1. It has been clarified by the Govt of India, Min of Def vide their letter No 12/1/2005/D(Res) dated 05 Sep 2011 that ex-cadet/disabled cadet who were boarded out on medical grounds do not have ex-servicemen status.
2. You are requested to disseminate the same at all levels.
Sd/- xx xx xx
Authority:- Central Org ECHS letter B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS Sep 2011

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Kulwant Singh Gill is new NDA commandant

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Kulwant Singh Gill is new NDA commandant
January 01, 2013
Pune :  Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill Tuesday took over as the new commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA) here, an official said.

Gill was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1977 and has more than 7,000 hours of accident-free flying to his credit.

Gill is also a qualified flying instructor. He was also a member of the seventh and eighth Indian expeditions to Antarctica.

He has been awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in 1990 and the Yudh Seva Medal in 2005, apart from the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2010.

In a career spanning 35 years, Gill has commanded various frontline bases and was also the Contingent Commander for the first UN mission to Congo, the official said.

While commanding Air Force Station Leh, he was instrumental in re-commissioning of two airfields. During his command, Air Force Station Leh was declared the 'Pride of Western Air Command'.

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Nepal Army Chief To Be Conferred Honorary Indian Army General Rank

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Nepal Army Chief To Be Conferred Honorary Indian Army General Rank

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ECHS HELPLINE

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ECHS HELPLINE


1. Indian Military Veterans efforts to make ECHS services more efficient, transparent and responsive for our veterans we have implemented a 24 x 7 helpline supported by a dedicated call Centre.
2. This exclusive helpline has two numbers toll number is 080-4300-4300 and toll free is 1800-103-8666. The call center provided solutions to our Ex-servicemen on all types ECHS queries like enrollment/empanelled hospital/treatment procedure/claim/policy etc. The helpline is acting as a single point contact to answer the ECHS queries of ESM effectively.
3. In addition, ECHS Helpline is also welcoming ESM queries through SMS on their dedicated number 09741494300, wherein ex-servicemen can ask their query through normal text and send a SMS to get a response on the same through SMS.
4.  Our ECHS Helpline by introducing the Ambulance and Bed Boarding Services in the immediate future. With introduction of ambulance service the Helpline will be able to provide Ambulance to the ex-servicemen in case of an emergency. The provisioning of ambulance will be payable by the veteran utilizing it. To call the ambulance ESM has to register his demand at 080-4300-4300.
5. With the introduction of Bed Boarding System, the Ex-servicemen would be able to get the updated information on available beds in the empanelled hospitals of ECHS.
6. All these facilities would now be available throughout India through a single number support i.e. 080-4300-4300

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GRANT OF FAMILY PENSION TO CHILDLESS WIDOW OF ARMED FORCES OFFICERS AND PERSONNEL BELOW OFFICER RANK

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GRANT OF FAMILY PENSION TO CHILDLESS WIDOW OF ARMED FORCES OFFICERS AND PERSONNEL BELOW OFFICER RANK
 1.         The childless widow of a deceased Armed Forces personnel shall continue to be paid family pension even after her remarriage subject to the condition that the family pension shall cease once her independent income from all sources becomes equal to or higher than the minimum prescribed family pension in the Central Government.
  2.         Consequent upon receipt of certain references from various quarter seeking clarification regarding applicability of above mentions in cases where death of a employee took place prior to 1.1.2006 and childless widow of the deceased employees got remarried before or on after 1.1.2006, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, new Delhi vide their OM NO 1/4/2011-P&PW(E) dated 1st April, 2011 has decided in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) that the childless widow of a deceased employee who expired before 1.1.2006, shall also be eligible for family pension irrespective of the fact that the remarriage of the widow had taken place prior to/on or after 1.1.2006 subject to fulfillment of other conditions.  The financial benefits in such cases has, however, been allowed from 1.1.2006.
 3.         The matter has been examined in this Ministry and it has been decided that the provisions of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, New Delhi above said OM dated 1st April 2011 shall mutatis mutandis apply to the Armed Forces Personnel.

 Authority : Government of India Ministry of Defence Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare Letter No. 1(6)/2011(Pen-Policy) dated 06th Jan 2011.

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EXEMPTION OF HOUSE/PROPERTY TAX SERVING/EX-DEFENCE PERSONNEL

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EXEMPTION OF HOUSE/PROPERTY TAX SERVING/EX-DEFENCE PERSONNEL
 Municipal Authorities of Mehsana and Junagadh Districts in Gujarat State have granted complete exemption of House/Property Tax to serving and Ex Defence personnel residing in the area.  Municipal authority of Jamnagar District has also granted partial exemption of House/Property Tax to serving and Ex Defence personnel residing in their area.  Affected personnel may contact concerned District Municipal Authority / District Sainik Board for assistance. 

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Pension plan for forces by January: Antony

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Pension plan for forces by January: Antony

NEW DELHI: Defence minister A K Antony on Tuesday said the order for implementation of the recently-announced Rs 2,300 crore pension package for ex-servicemen and their families will be issued next month.

Addressing the parliamentary consultative committee on defence, Antony said this was the third time in the last four years that the government had "systematically improved the post-retirement benefits for ex-servicemen".

Ex-servicemen, however, are angry with the government for trying to project the Rs 2,300-crore pension package as the fulfillment of their long-pending demand for one-rank, one-pension (OROP), which basically means payment of uniform pension to personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement.

The minister described the "twin tasks" of improving pension and medical benefits for ex-servicemen as "subjects of prime concern" and "an ongoing process".

Outlining the measures taken to improve healthcare benefits for retired soldiers, he said, "The government has been trying to expand the delivery mechanism and simplify procedures so that the ex-servicemen get the required medical benefits without hassles."
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Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

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Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme – Online Bill Processing launched in 5 cites - Chandigarh, Delhi, Trivendrum, Secunderabad and Pune
Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) has been launched to provide comprehensive Medicare to all ESM in receipt of pension or disability pension, as also to his/her dependents, which include wife/husband, legitimate children and wholly dependent parents. The Scheme is also applicable to NOK’s of deceased pensioners who are drawing family/special family /liberalized family pension.

3. The aim of the Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is to provide comprehensive and quality medical care to Armed Forces Veterans (AFV). The following categories are eligible for availing the facilities on membership:-
(a) Ex-servicemen drawing Pension/ Disability Pension.
(b) Widows drawing Family Pension.
(c) Spouse of pensioner.
(d) Unemployed sons below 25 years of age.
(e) Unemployed and/or unmarried daughters.
(f) Dependent parents whose income is less than Rs. 3500/- per month.
(g) Mentally / Physically challenged children for life
(h) New born baby up to 03 months based on birth certificate.

Facilities

4. Medical facilities are to be provided through a network of 426 Polyclinics spread across the country, established over the years. Basic outdoor services will be provided at the Polyclinics. In case further management is required, referral will be made from ECHS Polyclinics to Armed Forces Medical Services Hospitals, Empanelled Private Hospitals/ Dental
and Diagnostic Centers as applicable. These referrals can only be made by authorized staff of the Polyclinics.

5. Empanelment of Hospitals/Nursing homes and Diagnostic Centers is carried out after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). Expenditure incurred on services provided by an Empanelled Hospital /Dental / Diagnostic centre will be paid directly to them by ECHS as per approved rates.

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Loss of Pension Payment Order - Issue of duplicate copy thereof.

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Loss of Pension Payment Order - Issue of duplicate copy thereof.

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Payment of Pension through Authorized Banks-Credit of pension to Joint bank account operated by a pensioner with his/her spouse

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Payment of Pension through Authorized Banks-Credit of pension to Joint bank account operated by a pensioner with his/her spouse

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TOLL TAX EXEMPTION TO EX-SERVICEMEN

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TOLL TAX EXEMPTION TO EX-SERVICEMEN



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Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Amendment Rules, 2012

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Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Amendment Rules, 2012

Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Amendment Rules, 2012. have been issued. .Please click here for the original letter.

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ECHS NEW ALL INDIA CARD

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ECHS NEW ALL INDIA CARD


All those having old card are requested to get new All India  ECHS CARDS by submitting an application with all your details CLICK HERE for application form. New card can be used any where in India.

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DISCUSSION ON OROP IN HEADLINES ON 16 Dec 2012

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All-India CPI-IW for November stands at 218, 80% DA likely from Jan '13

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All-India CPI-IW for November stands at 218, 80% DA likely from Jan '13

The All-India CPI-IW for November, 2012 was announced yesterday. It rose by 1 point and pegged at 218 (two hundred and eighteen). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by only 0.46 per cent between August and September as compared with 0.51% between the same months a year ago.  Last two month also saw a 1 point growth. With this, the Dearness allowance which is calculated based on the CPI-IW is likely to be 80% from January 2013. The index for the month of December has to be available, which will be declared at January end, for exact calculation. However the figure is likely to remain at 80% unless some drastic changes which are not normal. The announcement is likely to be made in the month of February.

The largest upward contribution to the change in current index came from food items which increased by 0.86 per cent, contributing 1.01 percentage points to the total change. At item level, largest upward pressure came from Rice, Wheat Atta, Goat Meat, Milk, Onion, Potato, Tea (readymade), Snack Saltish, etc. The other items like Cooking Gas, Medicine (Allopathic), Bus Fare, Auto Rickshaw Fare, Flower/Flower Garlands, Tailoring Charges, etc. also put upward pressure in total change.

The prices were found to ease for the  Pulses and Products with a decline of 0.38 per cent, causing a reduction of 0.03% points to the total change. Vegetable & fruit items like Cauliflower, Radish, Palak, Brinjal and Orange put downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 9.55 per cent for November, 2012 as compared to 9.60 per cent for the previous month and 9.34 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 10.85 per cent against 9.91 per cent of the previous month and 7.61 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Mysore recorded the largest increase of 7 points followed by Vijaywada (6 points) and Guntur, Tiruchirapally, Coimbatore and Bengluru (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 3 points in 10 centres, 2 points in 6 centres and 1 point in 20 centres. Nagpur centre reported a decline of 2 points and other 9 centres registered a fall of 1 point each. Rest of the 19 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 41 centres are above All-India Index and other 36 centres’ indices are below national average. Puducherry’s index remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of December, 2012 will be released on Thursday, January 312013.
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No New Year parties for armed forces

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No New Year parties for armed forces 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31
The Army, the Indian Air Force and the Navy have cancelled their respective New Year celebrations to express solidarity with the sombre national mood following the death of 23-year-old gang-rape victim.

The New Year parties of the forces are a big draw in the national capital, big cities like Mumbai and even the smaller cantonment towns. Army Headquarters issued an advisory to all the commands to cancel the New Year celebrations.

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh and his wife Bubbles Singh will visit patients at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here and Base Hospital on the New Year. The Navy has cancelled all functions, said officials, adding that all the commands have been informed of the decision. IAF officials said the main function was scheduled at the auditorium in New Delhi that has been cancelled and a message has been sent to all the commands.

Several state governments, hotels, clubs and business houses have either cancelled or toned down the celebrations.

Prez says no to celebrations
President Pranab Mukherjee has decided not to take part in New Year celebrations or receive greetings in person.

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Revision of PPOs in respect of pre-2006 pensioners

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Revision of PPOs in respect of pre-2006 pensioners

No. 1/20/2011-P&PW (E) (Vol.III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 2nd November, 2012.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of PPOs in respect of pre-2006 pensioners-meeting notice reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the minutes of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting held on 27.09.2012 and meetings of HODs of Ministries/Departments under the CPAO network, who have largest pendency of unrevised PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners and family pensioners held on 28.8.2012 and 24.9.2012 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension, AR&PG). This Department's O.M. of even number, dated 17.8.2012 and 30.8.2012 and-0.M. No.42/45/2012- P&PW(G), dated 10.10.2012 refer.

2. It may be recalled that in the meeting of 28.8.12, Ministry of Home Affairs agreed to reduce the pendency to less than 5000 by the end of December, 2012. Ministry of Urban Development agreed to reduce the number to 1000 by this period. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting agreed to bring down the pendency to 50%. Other Ministries agreed that pendency figures will be reduced to less than 500 by the end of December, 2012.

3. This is for information that in the meantime, this Department has issued O.M. No.1/23/2012-P&PW(E), dated 13.9.12 regarding change in date of birth or age of family pensioner and dated 27.9.2012 on applicability of instructions regarding acceptance of date of birth/age for additional amount of family pension in the case of revision of PPOs.

4. The CGA has informed that the life certificate has been amended to include the current postal address and telephone no. of the pensioner. The CGA has also informed that the CPAO has made available to the Ministries details of all live pensioners from the electronic scrolls submitted by the Banks. The CPAO has again issued advertisement in leading national and regional dailies to co-inside with the date of submission of life certificate by pensioners.

5. It is hoped that the actions indicated in Para 3 and 4 will facilitate revision of PPOs to a great extent.  Therefore all Ministries/Departments are requested to renew their efforts and achieve their targets set for December, 2012 and under all circumstances complete the task before 31st March, 2013

Encl: as above
Sd/-
(Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary

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Government Orders on Cabinet Decision on Pensionary Benefits to Ex-Servicemen to be Issued Next Month

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Government Orders on Cabinet Decision on Pensionary Benefits to Ex-Servicemen to be Issued Next Month

Describing the twin tasks of improving the pensionary and medical benefits for ex-servicemen as ‘subjects of prime concern’ and ‘as an ongoing process’, the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today announced that the orders authorizing payment to ex-servicemen and their families accruing from the recent cabinet decisions, hiking pension and other benefits amounting to nearly Rs.2300 crores per annum, would be issued next month.

Addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, here, Shri Antony said this is the third time in the last four years that the Government have systematically improved the post-retirement benefits for ex-servicemen.

Outlining the slew of measures taken by the MoD for improving the health care benefits of ex-servicemen, Shri Antony said the Government has been trying to expand the delivery mechanism and simplify procedures so that the ex-servicemen, who have given their best years of life for the security of the nation, get the required medical benefits without hassles.

He said under the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), which has been in operation since April 2003, 227 polyclinics were initially approved by the Government. In 2010, another 199 polyclinics were sanctioned by the Government out of which 99 polyclinics have become functional and 100 polyclinics are under various stages of operationalization. The scheme is presently been implemented to 326 functional polyclinics. At present, the scheme has over 41 lakh beneficiaries including 13 lakh ex-servicemen and over 28 lakh dependents. The reach and coverage of the scheme is evident from the fact that in 2011-12, 90 lakh patients were attended to at the polyclinics. Shri Antony expressed confidence that with the commissioning of the remaining polyclinics the bulk of the ex-servicemen population throughout the country would be covered by the scheme.

Shri Antony said there is still a long way to go as presently, ECHS facilities are available only in 339 districts out of a total of 659 in the country. The delivery of medicare at polyclinics is also hampered by the shortage of staff and non-availability of the prescribed medicines.

Taking part in the discussion, the Members of Parliament urged the Government to prepare a roadmap to ensure that medical facilities are available to ex-servicemen in every district of the country. They also called for greater transparency in the process. Some Members pointed out that there is inordinate delay in settling the bills of private hospitals which should be ameliorated through technological means. Taking note of the rapid growth of healthcare facilities in the private sector in recent years and the innovative steps taken by some organizations and hospitals, the Members suggested that the Government should adopt the best practices readily available outside the government sector rather than handling the situation in a conservative fashion which is neither efficient nor cost-effective.

Replying to some of the queries of the Members, the Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh said the government is veering towards a ‘dashboard approach’ so that the healthcare mechanisms can be monitored online on a day-to-day basis by the administrators. He said the government’s efforts will always be to put a smile on the face of the ex-servicemen because they deserve it.

Members of Parliament who attended the meeting included Shri Navin Jindal, Shri GajananDharmshi Babar, Shri SS Ramasubbu, Shri Gopal Singh Shekhawat, Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Shri Harsh Vardhan, Shri Kailkesh N. Singh Deo, Shri Sultan Ahmed, Shri Ram Chandra Khuntia, DrMahendra Prasad, Shri Ishwarlal Jain, Smt. AmbikaSoni and Shri PiyushGoyal.

The Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma, Secretary Department of Defence Production Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Shri Vijay Chibber, Secretary Defence Finance Smt. PritiMohantyand other officials of the Ministry of Defence also attended the meeting.

Source:pib

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