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Salary Income – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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1.What is considered as salary income?
 S​ection 17(1)​ of the Income-tax Act defines the term ‘salary’. However, not going into the technical definition, generally whatever is received by an employee from an employer in cash, kind or as a facility [perquisite] is considered as salary.
​2.What are allowances? Are all allowances taxable?
Allowances are fixed periodic amounts, apart from salary, which are paid by an employer for the purpose of meeting some particular requirements of the employee.  E.g., Tiffin allowance, transport allowance, uniform allowance, etc.
There are generally three types of allowances for the purpose of Income-tax Act – taxable allowances, fully exempted allowances and partially exempted allowances.​
3.​ My employer reimburses to me all my expenses on grocery and children’s education. Would these be considered as my income?
​Yes, these are in the nature of perquisites and should be valued as per the rules prescribed in this behalf.​​
​4. During the year I had worked with three different employers and none of them deducted any tax from salary paid to me. If all these amounts are clubbed together, my income will exceed the basic exemption limit. Do I have to pay taxes on my own?
​Yes, you will have to pay self-assessment tax and file the return of income.​
​5. Even if no taxes have been deducted from salary, is there any need for my employer to issue Form-16 to me?
​Form-16 is a certificate of TDS. In your case it will not apply. However, your employer must issue a salary statement.​
6. ​Is pension income taxed as salary income?
​Yes. However, pension received from the United Nations Organisation is exempt.​​
7. ​Is Family pension taxed as salary income?
​No, it is taxable as income from other sources.​
​8. If I receive my pension through a bank who will issue Form-16 or pension statement to me- the bank or my former employer?
​​The bank.​
​9. Are retirement benefits like PF and Gratuity taxable?
​​In the hands of a Government employee Gratuity and PF receipts on retirement are exempt from tax. In the hands of non-Government employee, gratuity is exempt subject to the limits prescribed in this regard and PF receipts are exempt from tax, if the same are received from a recognised PF after rendering continuous service of not less than 5 years.​
​10. Are arrears of salary taxable?
​Yes. However, the benefit of spread over of income to the years to which it relates to can be availed for lower incidence of tax. This is called as relief u/s 89 of the Income-tax Act.​​
​11. Can my employer consider relief u/s 89 for the purposes of calculating the TDS from salary?
​​Yes, if you are a Government employee or an employee of a PSU or company or co-operative society or local authority or university or institution or association or body. In such a case you need to furnish Form No. 10E to your employer. ​​
​12. My income from let out house property is negative. Can I ask my employer to consider this loss against my salary income while computing the TDS on my salary?
​Yes, however, losses other than losses under the head ‘Income from house property’ cannot be set-off while determining the TDS from salary.​​
13. ​Is leave encashment taxable as salary?
​​It is taxable if received while in service. Leave encashment received at the time of retirement is exempt in the hands of the Government employee. In the hands of non-Government employee leave encashment will be exempt subject to the limit prescribed in this behalf under the Income-tax Law.​
14. ​Are receipts from life insurance policies on maturity along with bonus taxable?​
As per  section 10(10D), any amount received under a life insurance policy, including bonus is exempt from tax. However, following receipts would be subject to tax:
1.Any sum received under sub-section (3) of  section 80DD; or
2.Any sum received under Keyman insurance policy; or
3.Any sum received in respect of policies issued on or after April 1st, 2003, in respect of which the amount of premium paid on such policy in any financial year exceeds 20% (10% in respect of policy taken on or after 1st April, 2012) of the actual capital sum assured; or
4.Any sum received for insurance on life of *specified person (issued on or after April 1st 2013) in respect of which the amount of premium exceeds 15% of the actual capital sum assured.
* Any person who is –
i)  A person with disability or severe disability specified under section 80U; or
ii) suffering from disease or ailment  as specified in the rule made under  section 80DDB.
Following points should be noted in this regard:
  Exemption is available only in respect of amount received from life insurance policy.
 Exemption under  section 10(10D) is unconditionally available in respect of sum received for a policy which is issued on or before March 31, 2003.
Amount received on the death of the person will continue to be exempt without any condition.​
Source : Income tax India.gov.in

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Income Tax Rates For Assessment Year 2015-16

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The rates of income-tax as applicable for Assessment Year 2015-16 for the following category is given below:-
1) in the case of every individual below the Age of Sixty Years
2)  For a resident senior citizen (who is 60 years or more at any time during the previous year but less than 80 years on the last day of the previous year, i.e., born during April 1, 1935 and March 31, 1955)
3)  For a resident super senior citizen (who is 80 years or more at any time during the previous year, i.e., born before April 1, 1935)—

Income Tax Rates For Assessment Year 2015-16

This part is applicable to a Resident Individuals below the age of 60 Years
Net income rangeIncome-tax ratesSurchargeEducation cessSecondary and higher education cess
Up to Rs. 2,50,000NilNilNilNil
Rs. 2,50,000 – Rs. 5,00,00010% of (total income minus Rs. 2,50,000) [see Note 1]Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000Rs. 25,000 + 20% of (total income minus Rs. 5,00,000)Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Rs. 10,00,000 – Rs. 1,00,00,000Rs. 1,25,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 10,00,000)Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
AboveRs. 1,00,00,000Rs. 28,25,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 1,00,00,000)10% of income-tax [see Note 2]2% of income-tax and surcharge1% of income-tax and surcharge
ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015-16
• For a resident senior citizen (who is 60 years or more at any time during the previous year but less than 80 years on the last day of the previous year, i.e., born during April 1, 1935 and March 31, 1955)
Net income rangeIncome-tax ratesSurchargeEducation cessSecondary and higher education cess
Up to Rs. 3,00,000NilNilNilNil
Rs. 3,00,000 – Rs. 5,00,00010% of (total income minus Rs. 3,00,000) [see Note 1]Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,000Rs. 20,000 + 20% of (total income minus Rs. 5,00,000)Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Rs. 10,00,000 – Rs. 1,00,00,000Rs. 1,20,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 10,00,000)Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Above Rs.1,00,00,000Rs. 28,20,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs.1,00,00,000)10% of income-tax [see Note 2]2% of income-tax and surcharge1% of income-tax and surcharge
ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015-16
• For a resident super senior citizen (who is 80 years or more at any time during the previous year, i.e., born before April 1, 1935)—
Net income rangeIncome-tax ratesSurchargeEducation cessSecondary and higher education cess
Up to Rs. 5,00,000NilNilNilNil
Rs. 5,00,000 – Rs. 10,00,00020% of (total income minus Rs. 5,00,000)Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Rs. 10,00,000 – Rs. 1,00,00,000Rs. 1,00,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 10,00,000)Nil2% of income-tax1% of income-tax
Above Rs. 1,00,00,000Rs. 28,00,000 + 30% of (total income minus Rs. 1,00,00,000)10% of income-tax [see Note 2]2% of income-tax and surcharge1% of income-tax and surcharge
Notes :
1. Rebate under section 87A – A resident individual (whose net income does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000) can avail rebate under section 87A. It is deductible from income-tax before calculating education cess. The amount of rebate is 100 per cent of income-tax or Rs. 2,000, whichever is less.
2. Surcharge – Surcharge is 10 per cent of income-tax if net income exceeds Rs. 1 crore. It is subject to marginal relief (in the case of a person having a net income of exceeding Rs. 1 crore, the amount payable as income tax and surcharge shall not exceed the total amount payable as income-tax on total income of Rs. 1 crore by more than the amount of income that exceeds Rs. 1 crore).
3. Education cess – It is 2 per cent of income-tax and surcharge.
4. Secondary and higher education cess – It is 1 per cent of income-tax and surcharge.
• Alternate minimum tax – Tax payable by a non-corporate assessee cannot be less than 18.5 per cent (+SC+EC+SHEC) of “adjusted total income” as per section 115JC
source: Income taxindia.gov.in

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Pay Parity for Defence Personnel in Seventh Pay Commission

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The three Services, in the Joint Services Memorandum submitted by them to the Seventh Central Pay Commission have projected following major parity issues:

• Review and enhancement of Grade Pay of Service Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBORs);
• Initial Pay fixation of Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier equivalents;.
• Placing of all Lieutenant General / equivalent in Higher Administrative Grade + (HAG+) scale;
• Grant of Non-Functional upgradation to Defence Services Officers; and
• Common Pay Scales for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) / Other Ranks (ORs).
The principle of One Rank One Pension has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for its implementation have been discussed with various stakeholders.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Ajay Sancheti in Rajya Sabha today.

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Government Reply on 7th Pay Commission and its Interim Report

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-230
ANSWERED ON-25.11.2014

7th Pay Commission

230 . SHRI SHANTARAM NAIK
a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;
b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;
c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;
d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;
e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and
f) if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER
SHRI JAYANT SINHA
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations.
(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.
(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.

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One rank one pension: Good news on its way Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/feature/one-rank-one-pension-good-news-on-its-way-1594149.html

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For many ex-servicemen the wait has been a long one. Their demand and fight for One Rank One Pension will become a reality soon. 
Sources tell OneIndia that the defence ministry is working over time to ensure that the same is implemented in quick time. 
1 rank 1 pension: Good news on its way
Manohar Parrikar, the defence minister of India was recently quoted as saying that the announcement of its implementation would be made in 4 to 8 weeks. 

Significance of OROP 

It is an equal demand for pensions. If an officer has retired last year and there is an increase in the pensions the following year owing to enhancements by the pay commissions then it is implemented only prospectively. Basically if an officer has retired in 1990 in the current scenario he is not entitled for an enhanced pension if the same is implemented during the later years. The argument has been that the pension for officers of the same rank should remain the same at all times. This the ex servicemen had demanded as the costs of living was going up and the hike in pensions should benefit all and not just those who have recently retired.

 Red tape 

The government has time and again assured the ex servicemen that the OROP will be implemented. It was promised during the elections and even the Prime Minister had said that he was blessed to be the one implementing it. However there are certain teething issues that the government is facing on this front. Several ex servicemen say that they have done the rounds of various offices several times. However there has never been any clear response. They also have stated several times that the government or the political class needs to step on the gas pedal to push this issue through. 

Budgetary allocation 

Government sources say that the finance minister had already allocated Rs 1000 crore for the OROP. This itself is an indication that the government is committed to the cause. We agree there have been delays but work is on in full throttle now to dismantle all those bureaucratic hassles which had slowed down the process. 
The government says that unlike the previous regime we will not just make announcements and then forget about it. There are 24 lakh pensioners and all of it has to be taken into consideration. 
There was also a bit of a delay as when the government took over it had appointed one man to handle both defence and finance. However now with the new defence minister taking charge this issue is being exclusively looked into. All bureaucratic hassles have been wiped out and an exclusive team is working on it, sources in the ministry informed. 

Read in Hindi: वन रैंक वन पेंशन के लिए बस कुछ दिनों का इंतजार और

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/feature/one-rank-one-pension-good-news-on-its-way-1594149.html

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Defence Pension Adalat

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As per the Annual action Plan of Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) Allahabad will organise the 127th Defence Pension Adalat at Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on 22 nd and 23 rd December, 2014 for redressal of grievances of Defence pensioners including Defence Civilians drawing pension through PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, TOs’ and DPDOs in the State of Gujarat and adjoining areas.
 

Objective

 
Any Defence Pensioners including Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian Pensioners and their families having any specific grievances relating to sanction or disbursement of Defence pension are requested to submit their representation, in writing, in duplicate to :

Sri Ashish Sen,

Pension Adalat Officer
O/o Principal CDA (Pensions),
Draupadi Ghat,
Allahabad-211014, 


format of the representation is given on this website. Applicants are advised to apply as per the format, for easy processing of their applications.

  1. Applications can either be sent by post or by E-Mail
  2. Photocopies of Pension payment order, Corr PPO, discharge certificate (wherever required) and other documents must be enclosed
  3. Each application will be allotted a unique Adalat Registration Number. The same should be quoted in all future correspondence.
  4. Incomplete and unsigned representations will be rejected.
The Date of the Pension Adalat on 22 nd & 23rd December, 2014 at WALKAR HALL, AHMEDABAD CANTT.
TA/DA expenditure will not be reimbursed to the pensioners/individuals attending the Adalat for redressal of their pension related problems.

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No proposal to reduce central retirement age : Govt. assures in Rajya Sabha

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No reduction in retirement age
There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees. 

The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission. 

The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today. 
Click here for the PIB Press Release

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TO THE POINT - OROP DELAY ; TV DISCUSSION ON HEADLINES TODAY

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Thousands of ex-servicemen are concerned over the government's delay in implementing 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme. 

Not only has the scheme been delayed, the government has also said that it will not be implemented in full.

In this episode, we ask - Is the government betraying the armed forces by failing to follow through with its promises?

PLEASE CLICK TO WATCH TV DISCUSSION ON HEADLINES TODAY ON OROP

Published on Dec 16, 2014

One rank one pension: Good news on its way Read : One India News

For many ex-servicemen the wait has been a long one. Their demand and fight for One Rank One Pension will become a reality soon. Sources tell OneIndia that the defence ministry is working over time to ensure that the same is implemented in quick time. Manohar Parrikar, the defence minister of India was recently quoted as saying that the announcement of its implementation would be made in 4 to 8 weeks.

Significance of OROP 

It is an equal demand for pensions. If an officer has retired last year and there is an increase in the pensions the following year owing to enhancements by the pay commissions then it is implemented only prospectively. Basically if an officer has retired in 1990 in the current scenario he is not entitled for an enhanced pension if the same is implemented during the later years.

The argument has been that the pension for officers of the same rank should remain the same at all times. This the ex servicemen had demanded as the costs of living was going up and the hike in pensions should benefit all and not just those who have recently retired.

Red tape 

The government has time and again assured the ex servicemen that the OROP will be implemented. It was promised during the elections and even the Prime Minister had said that he was blessed to be the one implementing it. 

However there are certain teething issues that the government is facing on this front. Several ex servicemen say that they have done the rounds of various offices several times. However there has never been any clear response. They also have stated several times that the government or the political class needs to step on the gas pedal to push this issue through.

Budgetary allocation 

Government sources say that the finance minister had already allocated Rs 1000 crore for the OROP. This itself is an indication that the government is committed to the cause. We agree there have been delays but work is on in full throttle now to dismantle all those bureaucratic hassles which had slowed down the process. 

The government says that unlike the previous regime we will not just make announcements and then forget about it. There are 24 lakh pensioners and all of it has to be taken into consideration.

There was also a bit of a delay as when the government took over it had appointed one man to handle both defence and finance. However now with the new defence minister taking charge this issue is being exclusively looked into. All bureaucratic hassles have been wiped out and an exclusive team is working on it, sources in the ministry informed.


Read in Hindi: वन रैंक वन पेंशन के लिए बस कुछ दिनों का इंतजार और

(Source- CG Employees blog)

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PENSION PROMISE IN PERIL? Military veterans claim babus are thwarting PM Modi's poll pledge of one-rank-one-pension by inflating its cost estimates

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Dec 14 2014 : The Times of India (Pune)                                                                               


                                        

 
Roman emperor Augustus started the tradition of military pensions in 13 BC, when every legionary who had fought 20 years for Rome was guaranteed a pensionfor-life. It set the bar for modern armies, and independent India continued the British tradition of financially privileging military service until the mid-1970s, when soldiers were paid more than civilian bureaucrats, in service and after retirement. All that changed with the Third Pay Commission, which brought military salaries in line with civil services, and while soldiers have long complained about political control over the military in independent India mutating into bureaucratic control, a row over the NDA's promise for one-rank-one-pension (OROP) for military veterans is raising questions about the government's ability to translate its intent into action.
 
Fifteen months after Narendra Modi first demanded it immediately after being anointed the BJP's PM candidate, 10 months after the UPA government granted it, five months after NDA's finance minister Arun Jaitley confirmed it and almost two months after the PM told soldiers in Siachen that it was his “destiny that onerank-one pension has been fulfilled“, military veterans are questioning why the promise has still not been implemented.
NUMBER GAMES
 
Put simply, OROP means that every pension-eligible soldier who retires in a particular rank deserves the same pension, irrespective of date of retirement. Currently, soldiers who left the armed forces more recently receive more than those who did earlier, because successive pay commissions hiked salaries. Two days after he was anointed BJP's PM-candidate in September 2013, Modi vehemently supported the OROP demand at a veterans' rally in Rewari. With roughly 12 lakh veterans also constituting a huge vote-bank, UPA government approved the demand in February 2014, and it was reaffirmed by NDA in July, when finance minister Arun Jaitley specifically provisioned Rs 1,000 crore in his 2014-15 budget (within an overall defence pensions budget of Rs 51,000 crore). Yet, it remains stuck in bureaucratic wrangling.
 
At the heart of the problem are bureaucratic disagreements over costs. The finance ministry told a parliamentary committee in 2011 that it would cost Rs 1,300 crore a year while defence ministry pegged annual cost estimates at Rs 3,000 crore. Yet, now that OROP has been approved, the Comptroller of Defence Accounts has reportedly put the bill as high as Rs 9,300 crore per annum (see charts).
 
Defence minister Manohar Parikkar has held stakeholder meetings to resolve the crisis, most recently on December 10, with no clear solution yet. Veterans' groups are perplexed at the changing goalposts, blaming the bureaucracy for being obscurantist. Says Lt Gen SK Bahri (retd), chairman, Alliance of Ex-Service men Organisations: “The bureaucracy is fighting a rear-guard action. It is not difficult to find funds but our problem is the lower bureaucracy which can stop anything in the ministry . We are fighting an internal enemy .“
 
Veteran groups, fighting the OROP battle for at least two decades, claim they don't have the ears of the leadership.“Whatever the bureaucracy tells them, they believe,“ says Lt Col Inderjit Singh, chairman, All-India Ex-Services Welfare Organisation. Reassuring doubters, Parrikar was recently quoted as saying that “the government is seriously considering implementing the one-rank-one-pension policy“ and the “announcement will be made in four to eight weeks“.
 
His words may reassure veteran groups who have been organizing protest rallies. Their social media networks are full of invective and a growing sense of “betrayal“ and “disillusionment“, which is fast gaining a political edge. The fight for OROP, in this narrative, is turning into a new cipher for the ever-present military trope of overbearing bureaucrats being allowed to ride rough-shod over them in a defence ministry that is still not integrated with service headquarters, as in other liberal democracies.
 
The problem is that different departments used different formulas to calculate costs but as Major Navdeep Singh, advocate in Punjab and Haryana High Court points out, “the directive to break this logjam has to come from the top“. “There seems to be an anti-services sentiment in the lower bureaucracy ,“ he adds, “but higher echelons must overrule such disputes.“
SOLDIERS vs CIVILIANS
 
The case for OROP is predicated on military terms of service being much harsher than those for civil services. Most soldiers retire between 35-37 years of age, while officers below brigadier-or-equivalent do so at 54, with limited re-employment options. Civil servants, in contrast, retire at 60.
 
Moreover, the Sixth Pay Commission granted the facility of what bureaucrats call “non-functional upgrade“ (NFU) to officers in all-India Group A services.This is a sort of `pay-promotion', allowing them, under certain conditions, to draw higher pay than their rank, without actually being promoted. Almost all civil servants benefit from this while defence services officers do not, even as their career pyramid is much steeper.Only 0.8% of defence officers make it to the rank of major general after 28 years of service, compared with a much higher rate of civil servants who are eligible to become joint secretaries at 19 years of service. As Major Navdeep Singh says, veterans see NFU as a sort of “OROP by backdoor for civil servants“.
 
Many distinguished veterans argue that they are only asking for what was promised to them, pointing to the aphorism of Chankaya, the architect of the Mauryan empire, who is said to have advised his prodigy Chandragupta Maurya thus: “The day a soldier has to demand his dues will be a sad day for Magadha.From then on you have lost all moral sanctions to be King."

(Source-TOI Pune)

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Working on legalising defence agents and middlemen: Manohar Parrikar

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IndiaToday.in  New Delhi, December 12, 2014 | UPDATED 16:29 IST 

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Hotel Taj Mansingh in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Chandradeep Kumar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the NDA government is working on legalising lobbyists or middlemen who represent various arms manufacturers across the world and whose hobnobbing with respective governments in New Delhi have led to massive controversies in the past. "There should not be any kickbacks. We are working on legalising defence agents and middlemen. Whether you call them middlemen or agents or lobbyists or representatives, they should be formalised and legalised," Parrikar said at Agenda Aaj Tak held at Hotel Taj Mansingh in New Delhi. Watch LIVE coverage

"There should be legal agreements and if contracts are broken, there should be prohibitive penalties," he said. "I cannot accept a soldier losing his life while loading his gun. I promise accountability in defence ministry," he added. "A clear cut policy will be in place by January on having representatives for defence purchases," Parrikar said at Agenda Aaj Tak.


On the controversial one-rank-one-pension policy, which the NDA government had promised in its Lok Sabha election manifesto, Parrikar said, "The government is seriously considering implementing the one rank one pension policy. The announcement will be made in four to eight weeks."

Shortly after taking over as Defence Minister last month, Parrikar had said that the speedy implementation of defence deals stuck in the mire of corruption, through transparent processes, is his top priority. He said that most defence procurement deals were stuck because of "lobbying and vested interests and kickbacks" citing the acquisition of VVIP Agusta Westland choppers, and procurement of imported fighter planes as an examples.

On Pakistan, the Defence Minister said, "I believe there should be a strong response to Pakistani terrorists. Pakistan is pushing terrorists in India." "There has to be some strong response which will for once and for all end or at least reduce these blatant attacks," he said. When asked what his government has done to prevent the attacks, he said, "Ask me in six months what we have done."

The former Goa Chief Minister was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to head the sensitive defence ministry last month after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held additional charge of the portfolio for more than five months.

(Source- indiatoday.-aaj-tak )

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BRIEFING ON MEETING WITH DM ON 1Oth DEC 2014

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A special meeting was called by RM on 10 Dec 14 to which reps of         3 recognized Ex-servicemen Associations, including DIWAVE, were invited. The officials who attended the meeting included DG(PS), DGR, MD (ECHS), Secretary KSB, AFA, Joint CGDA and JS (ESW), in addition to RRM and Secy (ESW). 


2.Stating that the primary focus of meeting was OROP, RM sought     the  views of the Associations on the issue . We responded that the organization that is spearheading the issue is IESM who had already briefed him yesterday and that we had nothing more to add.


3. After listening to Lt Gen Balbir Singh, President IESL’s arguments,   RM stated that the implementation of OROP was not in doubt as it was  a solemn commitment of the Govt and BJP. The only question was of modalities for future increases i.e. dynamic adjustments or in slabs.      A view was expressed that while granting increments until end 2015, the 7th CPC could be asked to give formula for future adjustments. On the question of expenditure figures, it was pointed out that whatever   be the amount, it would not appear significant when compared with Rs.12500 crores as the cost of each DA installment which is twice a year. Also, a commitment is commitment, whatever be the cost.


4. After hearing pros and cons, RM indicated that he was in a better picture and that while he would not like to bind himself with a time frame, he is keen to take final decision as soon as possible.


5. Before the meeting ended, we did bring to RM’s attention 2 priority issues – a. Attitude and functioning of DESW and b. The dire need to reduce litigation by effecting 4-5 changes in current pension policies.   It was decided that a small group comprising DIWAVE reps and DESW officials would discuss the issues and put up recommendations to RRM & RM. RM indicated that he would have no hesitation in withdrawing legal cases if so warranted. Also, by end Jan15 he would call another meeting on such issues.


6. With reference to some reports about Shri Harbans Singh, former   Dir /JS Pensions likely to be brought back, we made it clear that such   a step would be retrogressive, because of his anti-veteran approach   and the fact the he alone was responsible for proliferating mindless litigation against the disabled and war widows. The point was taken note of.


(Source- Voice of Pensioners blog)

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IESM MEETING WITH RM on 09 Dec 14

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Posted: 09 Dec 2014 06:56 PM PST
Dear Members

As you aware that IESM had planned agitation from 3 Dec to 16 Dec with a rally on 7 Dec and medal return on 16 Dec 14 to remind the Government to fulfill the promises made by BJP in their manifesto. Though many veterans advised to delay the agitation but IESM was steadfast to resume the agitation because undue delay in issuance of notification on OROP.

Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar met IESM delegation on 1 Dec 14 and advised IESM that he would be ready to work as conduit between Govt and IESM and will arrange a meeting with RM soon to discuss OROP and its implementation. Based on the assurances IESM decided to postpone the planned agitation and decided to give a chance to negotiations. IESM got some welcome messages from ex-servicemen and some rebuttals for postponing agitation. However GB IESM had taken this decision in light of some positive information given to them by Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar. IESM firmly believes that doors for consultations should never be closed.

A meeting was arranged by Sh Rajeev Chandrashekhar MP Rajya Sabha for IESM delegation to meet Sh Manohar Parikarr Raksha Mantri at 1420h on 9 Dec 14. Maj Gen Satbir Singh Chairman and Gp Capt VK Gandhi Gen Sec IESM met Raksha Mantri at Parliament house. After initial introductions, We came straight to OROP and its implementation. Concept of OROP and its historical back ground was explained to him. He asked many questions to clear his doubts and these were satisfactorily answered. IESM very clearly explained the concept of yearly increments for pensioners and explained that without this OROP has no meaning. However once an ESM reaches top of his pay band he would not be entitled to further increments. This aspect was elaborately explained. Honorable RM also touched upon the differing figures of funds required to meet OROP. IESM delegation explained that this must have been worked out by the responsible officers in MOD at the time of approving OROP. However fig given by Army Hq seems to be more reasonable. Moreover this is not the task of IESM or ESMs to work out the figures. IESM stressed upon that definition of OROP is sacrosanct can not be diluted. It stands approved by Parliament.

The meeting lasted for 30 min and IESM delegation got a feeling that the thought process of RM was positive. RM did not make any negative comment or any serious objection about OROP and its implementation. IESM delegation explained to RM that ESMs are getting restless about this undue delay in issuance of notification of OROP. Government needs to issue notification without any delay preferably within this year. Though RM did not make any commitment but delegation is hopeful that Govt is likely to make announcement on OROP very soon may be within one month. This would a very good news for complete veteran family.
Regards
Gp Capt VK Gandhi VSM
Gen Sec IESM

(Source-Voice of Pensioners)

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Cong accuses Centre of ignoring one rank, one pension issue

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Indian Military Veterans


New Delhi, December 9
The Congress today accused the Centre of ignoring the one rank, one pension (OROP) issue of retired defence personnel. Raising the issue in Lok Sabha today afternoon, Congress MP From Rohtak, Deepnder Hooda said the OROP had been announced in the Interim Budget in February this year, but was yet to be implemented.

Hooda accused the bureaucracy of trying to dilute the original meaning of OROP as  defined by the Koshiyari Committee, which was the petition committee of the Rajya Sabha. Hooda asked the government to come out and announce the implementation of OROP. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the matter merited a short discussion in the Lok Sabha .
(Source-Tribune News Service)

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TO THE POINT - OROP DELAY ; TV DISCUSSION ON HEADLINES

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Indian Military Veterans



Thousands of ex-servicemen are concerned over the government's delay in implementing 'One Rank, One Pension' scheme. 

Not only has the scheme been delayed, the government has also said that it will not be implemented in full.

In this episode, we ask - Is the government betraying the armed forces by failing to follow through with its promises?

PLEASE CLICK TO WATCH TV DISCUSSION ON HEADLINES TODAY ON OROP

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Government should clarify stand on One Rank One Pension Scheme: Deepender Singh Hooda

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A Congress member on Tuesday urged the government in the Lok Sabha to clarify its stand on the One-Rank One-Pension scheme and implement the same without delay.
Raising the issue, Deepender Singh Hooda alleged that some bureaucrats are trying to change the definition of One Rank One Pension (OROP) causing concern among 32 lakh ex-servicemen awaiting the scheme's implementation. "The government must clarify its stand at the earliest and must not delay in implementing the OROP scheme in the name of either falling into a bureaucratic trap or wanting to maintain the fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the GDP," Hooda said.
It was estimated that implementation of the scheme, brought during the previous UPA rule, would cost about Rs 9,000 crore. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said there should be a discussion on implementation of One Rank Open Pension scheme. Sonaram Choudhary (BJP) raised the issue of farmers inhabiting the border areas. He said relief should be provided to farmers whose land has been utilised for fencing the border in Rajasthan, particularly in Barmer.
In 1994-95 onwards, the government installed barbed wire fencing at a distance of 150 yards from the pillars on the Indian border. According to him, peasants of Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer districts who were illiterate, did not take any initiative to get the right to cultivate their ancestral lands.
He demanded that these peasants, whose lands fall between the pillars and the fencing, should be given alternative land or compensation at market rate. Saugata Roy (TMC) raised concerns over Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme implementation.
He said it is a demand-driven scheme but instead of responding to rural demands for work, the government wants to make it allocation based. "The government propose to further restrict who gets work and where by restricting it to only 200 districts," he noted.

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