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I-Tickets on Defence Travel System can be Collected at any PRS Counter by Defence Personnel

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20-October, 2015 I-Tickets on Defence Travel System can be Collected at any PRS Counter by Defence Personnel For hassle-free collection of i- tickets by Defence Personnel booked on the Defence Travel System on Indian Railways, the Indian Railways now affords the facility of collection of the booked i-tickets from any Computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter of Indian Railways. Earlier, the i-tickets could be collected by the Defence Personnel at the journey originating station only. Now it has been liberalized and it can be collected from any PRS counter in the country. However, the i-tickets can be printed only once. This liberalized facility will be a big help to defence personnel. With a view to phase out the Defence Warrant System, the Indian Railways commenced the Defence Travel System on its e- ticketing portal of IRCTC in 2009. The i-ticket now can be collected from any PRS counter by the defence personnel on showing one of the ten prescribed proofs of identity allowed for undertaking journeys on e-tickets. If some other person collects the tickets on behalf of the defence personnel, then he/she must produce any of the ten prescribed proofs of identity in original along with photocopy of the ticket-holding defence personnel.  The Railways has also issued format of receipt to be given by the Defence Personnel while collecting the i-ticket from the Railway counter which specifies inter alia details such as PNR Number and Transaction ID on Defence Travel System. The Railway has also mitigated certain other problems encountered in booking of i-tickets for the Defence Personnel through facilities like auto cancellation of fully waitlisted e-tickets, allowing of booking of tickets on defence travel system during first thirty minutes of opening of reservation disallowed for all other ticketing agents. **** PIB

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Simplification of procedure for Form No.15G & 15H - regarding

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Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Central Board of Direct Taxes PRESS RELEASE New Delhi, 30th September, 2015 Subject: Simplification of procedure for Form No. 15G & 15H - regarding Tax payers seeking non deduction of tax from certain incomes are required to file a self declaration in Form No. 15G or Form No.15H as per the provisions of Section 197A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’). In order to reduce the cost of compliance and ease the compliance burden for both, the tax payer and the tax deductor, the Central Board of Direct taxes has simplified the format and procedure for self declaration of Form No.15G or 15H. The procedure for submission of the Forms by the deductor has also been simplified. Under the simplified procedure, a payee can submit the self-declaration either in paper form or electronically. The deductor will not deduct tax and will allot a Unique Identification Number (UIN) to all self-declarations in accordance with a well laid down procedure to be specified separately. The particulars of self- declarations will have to be furnished by the deductor along with UIN in the quarterly TDS statements. The requirement of submitting physical copy of Form 15G and 15H by the deductor to the income-tax authorities has been dispensed with.The deductor will, however be required to retain Form No.15G and 15H for seven years. The revised procedure shall be effective from the 1st day of October, 2015. The Notification issued Vide S.O. No.2663(E) dated 29th September 2015 is available on the website of the Department at www.incometaxindia.gov.in (Shefali Shah) Pr. Commissioner of Income Tax (OSD) Official Spokesperson, CBDT Source:- http://irsofficersonline.gov.in/Documents/OfficalCommunique/19302015125642.pd

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INORDINATE DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP) AS PER ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THE HON’BLE RAKSHA MANTRI TO DEFENCE PERSONNEL 20 Oct 2015

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INORDINATE DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP) AS PER ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THE HON’BLE RAKSHA MANTRI TO DEFENCE PERSONNEL 20 Oct 2015 INORDINATE DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP) AS PER ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THE HON’BLE RAKSHA MANTRI TO DEFENCE PERSONNEL Dear Veterans Letter to RM and three chiefs dated 20 Oct 2015 is enclosed herewith for your information and widest circulation please. With regards, Yours Sincerely, Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM Mobile: 9312404269, +0124 4110570 Email: satbirsm@gmail.com ========================================================================================== URGENT ATTENTION OF RM 20 Oct 2015 Shri Manohar Parrikar Hon’ble Raksha Mantri 104, South Block, New Delhi INORDINATE DELAY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONE RANK ONE PENSION (OROP) AS PER ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THE HON’BLE RAKSHA MANTRI TO DEFENCE PERSONNEL Hon’ble Raksha Mantri 1. Further to our letters dated 18 Sep 15, 20 Sep 15 and 30 Sep 2015. 2. With concern, we wish to bring to your notice that the Govt Notification for the Implementation of OROP has not yet been issued. During the announcement made by you on 05th Sep 15, you had assured the country that Govt Notification will be issued within a month. Subsequently, you stated that it would be issued before Navratri which started with effect from 13 Oct 15. Once again, you have changed the goal post by stating that the OROP Notification will be issued after the Bihar Elections. 3. Mr Raksha Mantri, this is a serious cause of concern to us since we the defence personnel have been trained to operate on time bound schedules. Imagine! If the responses at the border, in counterinsurgency operations or during the War, are delayed at various levels of Military in a similar manner as the MoD is now procrastinating in the issue of Govt Notification of the implementation of OROP. 4. We, the defence fraternity are anguished at the apathy and neglect being demonstrated by the Govt. 5. Mr Raksha Mantri, you are also aware that there are seven serious shortcomings in the statement made by you on 05thSep 2015 as brought out by us in our above quoted letters. In case the same is persisted by the Govt, it will not be OROP. In fact, it will totally kill the approved definition of OROP. 6. You are also aware that the Prime Minister himself had assured the soldiers that actual OROP would be implemented for the Defence Personnel. It is not Good Governance that after the Scheme has been sanctioned by the Govt as a concept in perpetuity eighteen months ago, it has not yet been implemented. This is also betrayal of faith. 7. We urge you to issue the Govt Notification for the implementation of OROP after the removal of all seven shortcomings already pointed out in our above quoted letters at the earliest. 8. We also are aghast at the recent statement on OROP made by one of your Colleague Minister, Col Rajayavardhan Rathore who had also once upon a time worn the uniform of a soldier. He also seems to have forgotten the Chetwode credo enunciated at the IMA Central Hall. 9. Mr Raksha Mantri, any Country which does not respect its soldiers is doomed to fail. Today is the 127th day of relay Hunger Strike at Jantar Mantar and other locations in the Country. We have not been considered worth a meeting to address our issue of OROP. I request for an urgent meeting with you at the earliest, which may please be granted. With regards, Yours Sincerely, Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM Mobile: 9312404269, +0124 4110570 Email: satbirsm@gmail.com Copy to :- General Dalbir Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC Chief of the Army Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Army) South Block, New Delhi-110011 You are requested to jointly and strongly take up the issue with the Govt. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC) Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force) Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011 Our request as above. Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADCChief of the Naval Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy) South Block, New Delhi -110011 (Source- Via e-mail)

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OROP agitation needs a midcourse correction

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I am a pre-Sino-Indian war vintage infantry officer and have intently observed the entire OROP (One Rank One Pension) issue and agitation. The OROP demand, by the Indian Armed Forces Retirees (AFR) fondly called the veterans, from all angles, was more than justified. The inordinate delay in its acceptance, therefore, did give a reason to the AFR to feel vexed, restive and askance. OROP demand implies that an AFR, with same rank and same length of service, be entitled to same pension irrespective of the date of his/her retirement.This demand has a distant geography, long history, varied chemistry and wide ranging reaction from within the community of the Veterans as also from without. Geographically a somewhat similar call, known as Bonus Demand, was successfully made by the AFR after the First World War in the United States. In India OROP demand started with an anguish among the AFR subsequent to the recommendations of the Third Central Pay Commission (CPC) in 1973 when the pension of the AFR was reduced from 70% of the last pay drawn to 50%,while the pension of the civilian Government employees was increased from 30% to 50%. The timing of this drastic downward revision of the pension also added fuel to the fire. It was done shortly after the Indian Armed forces had achieved a decisive victory over the Pakistan army in erstwhile East Pakistan, capturing over 90,000 Pakistani Prisoners of War and creating a new nation, Bangladesh. EXPLAINED: One Rank One Pension  The inflationary impact of the successive CPC brought increasing financial difficulties to the AFR. Majority of the AFR, retiring in their late thirties and early forties, with growing family responsibilities, faced serious pecuniary constraints. Thus in early eighties the OROP demand, seen as a big hope for a better future, became a mass rallying point for the millions of AFR, AFR widows and War Widows. The beginning of the OROP movement with appeals, signature campaigns in blood and the heart-breaking return of the war and gallantry medals to the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, the President of India, was well in the right direction. But it was insensitively ignored. Fortunately the tide changed and in the run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections the OROP demand was earnestly taken cognizance of by the Prime ministerial candidate of the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) Naredndra Modi. He declared his support for the demand in a mammoth Ex-Service Men (ESM) rally at Rewari in Haryana. He promised to implement it if voted to power. Sadly, after Modi’s announcement, the issue was politicized by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), then in power, who allocated a paltry sum of Rs 500 Crores, in an attempt to garner the ESM votes. Shri Narendra Modi, after winning an absolute majority in the elections repeated his commitment to grant the OROP in his 2015 Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, under the National flag, viewed by 125 crore people of the nation. Still the OROP demand was turned, by some zealous veterans, into an acrimonious, defiant and confrontational agitation. Undoubtedly, in our Land of “JAI JAWAN”, the common man holds the Indian Armed Forces and the Veterans, in very high esteem. He imposes great faith and confidence in Indian Jawans’ gallantry, apolitical mind set and their will to sacrifice for the safety, security and welfare of the nation. He fully endorses the democratic right of the veterans to demand an optimum compensation and welfare measure from the state. But, he also expects that they maintain discipline, decorum, and a dignified frontier. He does not mind the Dharana and Bhookh Hartal of the striking groups of government servants and other union bound wage earners but he certainly feels uneasy if the Veterans engage in such agitation. It is in this context that the ongoing OROP agitation by the Ex Servicemen at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, merits an evaluation. As it stands today, many veterans feel that they should have gone about the OROP demand differently and earned the support and admiration of the society and the Government of the day by setting a new model of demand projection through meaningful social service.The management of OROP demand should have had a socially constructive line of approach. The AFR assembling for the demand being disciplined, educated, brave, bold, tough and hardworking should not have taken to the street. Under the bold banner of the OROP, the AFR could well have galvanized the Swachha Bharata Abhiyan started by the Prime Ministers in designated areas spread over weeks and fortnights. The AFR doctors, with OROP band around their arms, could have started medical checkup camps and other health programs. The AFR from the Armed Forces technical services, with bold OROP embossed Gandhi cap on head, but with due care that their mission did not end up in photo sessions for the print media and TV channels, could have rendered technical help to the administration by providing free quality service in mechanical, electrical, legal, postal, police and public transport and supply departments. OROP demanding veterans thus, spread far and wide, in large numbers in towns and cities of the country, over a period of time, would have, without exception, immortalized for themselves the good will and an everlasting gratitude of the nation. There is a strong feeling that the OROP movement has gone astray. The veterans have lost their halo of being a cut above citizen of the motherland. Let us not forget the path shown by the father of the Nation, who taught us the lesson of constructive movement. Though somewhat late, the convenors of the OROP agitation may,for the larger reputation of the veterans, like to think of a mid course correction and change the format of the residual OROP movement.

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Centre: OROP, pay panel won't hit fiscal math

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Implementation of One Rank, One Pension and increase in salary due to the 7th Pay Commission won't impact the Centre's fiscal maths, minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha said after a brainstorming session between more than 10 eminent economists and the government. The meeting also deliberated on India's agriculture scenario, the importance of raising productivity and on the need for banking and financial sector reforms. The brainstorming, which was held ahead of the 2015-16 Union Budget, was facilitated by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Advertisement OROP is likely to result in an outgo of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore this financial year. The 7th Pay Commission report in December is expected to recommend a rise in salary of central government employees. Though it is early to speculate on the exact impact of the commission's report, a statement tabled by finance minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament had said the Centre's salarly bill will rise by 9.6 per cent to Rs 1,00,619 crore with implementation of the recommendations. The rise will be 15.8 per cent to reach Rs 1.16 lakh crore in the next financial year, according to the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework Statement tabled by him. “We are in a very good shape as far as fiscal management is concerned. That was appreciated by all economists,” Jayant Sinha said. He made it clear the government’s fiscal position was strong enough to bear the impact of OROP and implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. The government has deferred a fiscal roadmap laid by the previous government by a year and committed to reduce the deficit at 3.9 per cent of GDP for the current financial year against 3.6 per cent planned earlier. The finance ministry has already said it expected the overall tax collections this financial to fall 5-7 per cent short of the Budget Estimate, largely due to less-than-projected direct tax collections. This is despite the excise duty on petroleum products raised, sops to the auto and capital goods sector being rolled back and service tax increased from June, leading to 36 per cent rise in indirect tax collections during the first half of the current financial year. While the need to up investment cycle by raising capital expenditure and pressures of OROP and the pay commission's recommendations would increase expenditure, subdued global crude and other commodities prices would help the government rein in subsidies. At the start of the discussion, NITI Aayog, vice chairman Arvind Panagariya, outlined the steps already taken and those underway by the Center and states to improve investment climate in the country. "The emphasis mainly was on the measures to improve the Ease of Doing Business, opening up of the economy, the FDI in insurance and defence, auctions in coal and mineral mines, skill development, infrastructure, labour market reforms and modern bankruptcy law," an official statement released later said.The focus on agriculture comes at a time when the country is reeling under the impact of the second consecutive year of drought in some parts and falling commodity prices. “There were four major points of discussion: agriculture, fiscal expenditure, financial sector reforms and how to create more jobs in manufacturing sector and services,” Sinha said. “It was mainly a brainstorming meeting, broadly focused on the current state of the economy. Importantly, this has happened well before the time pre-Budget consultations usually happen. A lot of ideas were discussed related to the Budget, economy, the challenges and the priorities for the government,” said an economist, who participated in the meeting but did not wish to be named. “We had some of India’s most eminent economists and commentators there. Obviously, it is very early in the cycle to start the consultation. But we felt if there were good ideas, we could incorporate them even in this financial year. Obviously, for the preparation of the current Budget, we could begin the work on that right now,” Sinha said. “It was very good interaction and we look forward to incorporating much of this for this financial year as well as the coming fiscal.” There were several topics that came up, he said, adding, “One very important topic that we spent time on is agriculture and what we could do to increase productivity in agriculture.” The meeting also dwelt at length on fiscal expenditure and how to ensure fiscal expenditure, particularly public investment, could be as productive as possible. “The third major area that we spoke about is obviously the financial sector... more credit for agriculture, MSMEs and what could we do further to strengthen our banks. The final area we spent time on is how to ensure we are able to create more jobs for young people, whether it is in the manufacturing sector or the service sector,” he said. Apart from Panagariya, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel, Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal were present in the meeting. Economists and academicians including Subir Gokarn, director of research at the Brookings Institution India; Ajit Ranade, chief economist, Aditya Birla Group; and Rajiv Lall, vice-chairman, IDFC Ltd, along with Sajjid Chinoy, Vallabh Bhansali, Neelkanth Mishra, Bakul Dholakia and Tushar Poddar also participated in the meeting.

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A letter from Brig Sivasankar Vidyasagar

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Dear Col Babu Pappachan Sir, Thank you so much for your initiative to get details. I can understand your frustration. I have been Director Sainik Welfare, A.P, as I told you, for six years from 2006 to 2012. I found employees in this department in A.P are bureaucratic in nature. For them it is a job and not service. They come at 1030 hrs and pack up their bags by 1630 to leave at 1700 hrs come rain or hailstorm. What kind of welfare they do I know being an insider. I know Director Sainik Welfare, Kerala who used to meet me in many meetings held in KSB & DGR , Delhi and in South Zone KSB meetings. Pl don't expect much from them. Sir, I do understand the limitation of SMS. But even Govt of India is employing this medium to educate the farmers. If a widow in a remote village in Kerala gets some information on her mobile she feels wanted and has the confidence that someone is helping her. I will definitely come to Kerala, God's Own Country. You can plan my visit to various districts of Kerala in the month of January 2016 as I am committed in Tamilnadu in Dec 2015. I will pay for my travel in various parts of Kerala. Kindly intimate me my itinerary by end of Nov 2015 so that I can do rail reservation to reach a central place in Kerala in Jan 2016. Sir, the exercise we have undertaken is very slow, laborious and frustrating one. We do not get volunteers the way we expected. But after some movement, it will quicken the pace. This is because people have lost faith in the so called NGOs who do nothing. They suspect our intentions. But by actions we prove them wrong. Pl, send e-mails, Facebook messages, Whatsapp posts of seeking volunteers to be District Coordinators, Tehsil Coordinators and Village Coordinator. Many JCOs and NCOs and even OR use these social media extensively. I have no doubt Kerala being the most literate state, we will achieve success. Even if our experiment succeeds in one district and one tehsil and one village we are happy. Slowly it will spread like wild fire. Nb Sub Shanmugam of Virudhunagar rang me up today and said " We will pay for your train fare or even air fare. Pl come and educate us on 13 Dec 2015, Sunday at Virudhnagar. We will make all arrangements for your talk". I made all my reservation from Secunderabad to Chennai and onto Virudhnagar to be in time there for my talk on 13 Dec, Sunday. As I have a day halt in Chennai on 12 Dec 2015, Saturday, Col TN Raman is organising a meeting with JCOs , OR widows in Chennai (on 12 Dec 2015). Seeing this Lt Col Krishnan, a fellow Bombay Sapper who hails from a place near Virudhnagar tells me to cancel my reservation from Chennai to Virudhnagar on 12 Dec as he wants to attend my talk in Chennai on 12 Dec and then accompany me to place short of Virudhnagar. Col Sundar wanted me to visit Vellore, Arani and Tiruvnnamalai on my return trip. He told me not to go back to Hyderabad from Chennai on 14 Dec 2015. He told me to change my plans and stay put in Tamilnadu for few more days. I am overwhelmed at this kind of reception to my simple mail in the net. I am going to Bhubaneswar to give talk to retired officers at the invitation of Maj Gen Basant Mahapatra, JSW 5 Course and former GOC 33 Mech Div on 14 Nov, Saturday. Mrs Shakuntala Bhandarkar, wife of a martyred officer, wants me to come to Belgaum to give a talk to War Widows of Karnataka after I come back from Bhubaneswar any day after 18 Nov 2015. So, Sir, once people trust your good intentions, everything will fall in their place. But we must have patience. My humble advice to you is to get one or two District Co-Ordinators, one to two Tehsil Co-Ordiantors and one or two Village Co-Ordinators. Let us start with simple exercise of telling them as to what is their pension arrears from Jan 2006 to 23 Sep 2012. Let them give us simple data of what is their pension as on Jan 2006 (to be found from bank pass book of the period Apr - Jun 2009), pension as on Jul 2009 (to be found in bank pass book of the period Aug to Dec 2009) and finally what is their pension as on 24 Sep 2012 ( to be found out from bank pass book in the period Nov - Dec 2012 or Jan to Mar 2013). These three bit of data is good enough to calculate their pension arrears. Even rank, no of years of qualifying service and X or Y Gp is not required. If we are able to give them their pension arrears, then you will phone will not stop ringing. Then you see flood of SMSs coming to you which will keep you busy. I am sending 26 tables of JCOs, OR and Widow for pension arrears from Jan 2006 to 23 Sep 2012. Refer to them and give a reply immediately. Then you see what will happen. Babu sir, I assure you in very short time, you will become a house hold name in Kerala. And that is what I want. In your mails make your mobile no appear prominent. Let me assure you no one troubles you in late night hours. ESMs and Widows are extremely sensible. Pl do not under estimate them. regards, Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd) 9493191380 Like

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