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Why Don’t We Make OROP Tables And Give It To Govt Of India To Implement OROP?

, by indianmilitaryveterans

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri way back in Feb 2015 informed the country that the financial burden on OROP is Rs 8,293 crores and not Rs 500 crores as announced by UPA-II Govt in their interim budget on 17 Feb 2014 i.e almost one year back. He was confident of this figure. This financial outgo of implementation of OROP must have been given to him by Secretary (Def Fin) in Min of Def. What is not understandable is when the Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary in their report to the Cabinet in 2012 turned down OROP merely because of financial burden how come UPA – II and NDA – II Govts alloted tiny budget of Rs 500 crores and Rs 1000 crores respectively in their budgets presented to hon’ble Parliament on 17 Feb 2014 and in Jul 2014? On what basis Rs 8,293 crores has been arrived at? CGDA knows how many pensioners of all ranks from all three services with varying lengths of service are drawing pension from various PDAs. It is not rocket science to arrive at total OROP cash outgo if benefit for each pensioner is know and totalled up. CGDA does not take the trouble but only works out on rank wise the OROP effect. Therefore one thing is crystal clear i.e. CGDA has tables of OROP. They knew the financial implication right from Jul 2012. Why CGDA is not able to give out tables of OROP pensions four months from the time OROP announcement has been made by hon’ble RM (on 05 Sep 2015) indicates a few interferences anyone can draw : Delay payment of OROP benefit as long as possible so that financial burden is shifted from Financial year 2014-2015 to 2016-2017. Complicate OROP so much by base year to be 2013, pension fixation at average of Maximum and Minimum to get an excuse saying that data is not readily available. Hence delay in issue of OROP tables and remittance of revised pensions if possible to financial year 2018-19 and thereafter with installation of new Govt in May 2019 say Good Bye to OROP and achieve aim of denial of OROP. No intention of implementation of OROP during reign of NDA – II Govt. Hon’ble Fin Min indicated growth of GDP by 1.5% to meet cash requirement to implement OROP and 7th CPC. This indicates pay-out will definitely be not even in financial year 2016-17. Therefore the alternatives to veterans are:- Work out OROP tables and show to whole country that if this can be done by veterans themselves why not DAD with horde of staff computers, software etc do it? File PIL in hon’ble Supreme Court by showing true colours of Govt of India and CGDA as to how OROP tables can be issued and how OROP can be set in motion. Then how do we go about it ? Q1. Who will work out OROP tables rank wise and length of service wise like PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad does it? A1. TSEWA will undertake provided veterans from Sepoy of 15 years’ service to Lt Gen HAG + who retired in 2013 furnish the following four pieces of information which is readily available with them in their PPOs :- (a) Rank. (b) Group (X, Y, Z). (c ) Date of Retirement. (d) Amount of pension as given in PPO. Q2. How much time is required to make OROP tables with simple MS Excel? A2 Just three weeks Can I expect our veterans retired in 2013 to give me the information sought at your earliest so that TSEWA can take next course of action (not by gheraos or relay hunger strikes). Now I have thrown the ball in your court. All those who receive this mail read this blog post to kindly put it in their own mail groups so that I start getting details sought in this mail and we put out OROP tables in public domain. {Addendum}: Many veterans of pre -2006 retirees are sending their details. Not required by me. Govt of India wanted to take up pensions of pre – 2006 retirees equal to those who retired in calendar year 2013 in OROP. If we know the pensions sanctioned for those retirees ( of 2013) then we can make OROP pension tables ourselves. I therefore request all Officers, JCOs and OR who retired in calendar year 2013 (i.e.from Jan 2013 to Dec 2013) to furnish me the following information:- Rank. Date of Retirement ( must be from Jan 2013 to Dec 2013). Length of total service (15 years to 40 years). Pension sanctioned without commutation ( as given in your PPO). Group (X, Y, Z) for JCOs and OR. This will help me making OROP tables for pre – 2006 retirees from Sepoy to Lt Gen HAG+ plus

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Financial obligations due to implementation of OROP and 7th CPC Recommendations in the coming financial year

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Finance Minister Finance Minister: Due to various policy measures undertaken by the present Government, Indian Economy has achieved robust growth rate despite volatility and uncertainty in global economy; asks Captains of Indian Trade and Industry to come forward and make increased Private Investment especially in Infrastructure Sector . The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that in the first half of the Current Financial Year 2015-16, the Indian Economy has achieved robust growth rate despite volatility and uncertainty in global economy. He said that this was made possible by a slew of policy measures undertaken by the present Government including enhanced public investment, kick starting stalled projects, improving the status of financial inclusion significantly, improving governance through systematic changes like open auction of natural resources like coal and spectrum in a transparent manner, and greater fiscal federalism and improving business environment through reforms in policies and regulation among others. Shri Jaitley said that the current level of growth rate of our economy and sound fiscal fundamentals present better growth prospects for the next Financial Year 2016-17 as well. The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was making the Opening Remarks during his third Pre-Budget Consultative Meeting with the representatives of Industry and Trade Groups here today. The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that the Government will continue to expand public spending even during the next financial year despite the major financial implications of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission which reduced the share of the Central Government by 10% and its forthcoming financial obligations due to implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) and 7th Pay Commission Recommendations in the coming financial year. He asked the representatives of Business and Trade Sector to increase the private sector spending especially in infrastructure sector. Various suggestions were received during the aforesaid Consultative Meeting. Major recommendations include higher investment in irrigation and rural infrastructure sector as this will increase the spending capacity of the rural people which in turn will create demand for various items and increased economic activity. Other suggestions included focus on disinvestment of public sector undertakings by the Government to raise additional revenue and to reduce Government borrowings which, in turn, will make more money available for the private sector to borrow. Other suggestions included reduction in subsidy outflows and direct payment of fertilizer subsidy to farmers. Suggestions were made that 7th Pay Commission recommendations be implemented in staggered manner and tax collections be increased by expanding the base. It was suggested that Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) by withdrawn in calibrated manner, tax exemptions and allowances be withdrawn while tax rate may be rationalised in order to bring transparency, certainty and less discretion to make the tax administration more transparent and efficient. Tax incentives be given for use of debit and credit card, payment of utilities be made mandatory by cheques or through e-payment, clarity of policies by CBEC & CBDT to its field offices to avoid any discrepancies and discretions in tax administration and implementation of GST at the earliest.  Other suggestions include measures be taken to revive private sector investment especially in infrastructure sector through NIIF, use of Infrastructure Finance Companies like IIFCL to rebuilt the capacity of the private infrastructure sector by making it easier for them to raise funds. Bank guarantees be replaced by ‘bid bonds’ or ‘surety bonds’ for companies which, in turn, will help them getting credit at reduced cost and removal of cess and surcharges etc. Other suggestions include measures to attract youth to agriculture sector by making farming highly mechanized and improving productivity. For this ‘Agriculture Equipment Banks’ may be set-up, segments of land be made in three categories, viz, barren land, single crop land and multi-crop land and separate rules for dealing with each category may be made. Start-up parks for attracting young entrepreneurs be set-up on the line of IT parks. Suggestions were made that in order to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Ease of doing Business’ successful, measures may be taken to reduce the cost of doing business for which we need to improve infrastructure and reduce credit cost. To deal with the problem of NPA, recapitalization of banks be done through offering of shares to public. As regards tax matters, it was suggested that no appeal should be made where the two consecutive orders are in favour of the assesse except in rare situation and assesses may not be asked to deposit in case of first appeal and be asked to deposit only in case of second appeal. It was suggested that measures be taken to generate demand in real estate sector which will in turn boost the steel and cement sectors which are major sectors for employment generation. Other suggestions include raise in exemption limit in case of income tax be raised from Rs. 2.00 lakh to Rs. 5.00 lakh, corporate tax be reduced to 25%, nominal rate of interest be charged on delayed payments, rationalization of exemptions and allowances and reduction in tax rates, reduction in corporate tax be extended to partnership firms etc. It was suggested that measures be taken to uplift the power sector which is facing a challenging time, credit to MSME sector be boosted, Mid Day Meal Scheme may be scrapped due to large scale seepages and non-transparency in the implementation of the same. Suggestions were made to boost the exports, especially the MSME exports. It was suggested to boost e-commerce in mobile payment to achieve the goal of cashless economy, guidelines be issued for removal of anomalies in case of taxes being imposed by different States on e-payment and e-commerce. It was suggested to reduce customs duty on set-top boxes from 10% to 5%,and media entities be included for carry forward of losses in case of merger among others. Along with the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley, the Pre-Budget Consultative Meeting with the representatives of Industry and Trade Groups was also attended among others by Shri R.N. Watal, Finance Secretary, Shri Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, DEA, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, Ms. Anjuly Chib Duggal, Secretary, Financial Services, Shri Amitabh Kant, Secretary, DIPP and Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA). The representatives of the Industry and Trade Groups present during the meeting included Shri Sumit Mazumdar, President, CII, Shri Sunil Kanoria, President, ASSOCHAM, Shri Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI, Shri R. Chandrasekhar, Chief Economist, NASSCOM, Shri Ajay Piraman, Piramal Enterprises Ltd, Shri S.C. Ralhan, President, FIEO, Shri R Seshasayee, Vice Chairman, Ashoik Leyland, Shri Ashish Gupta, Consulting CEO, Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), Shri P.K. Shah, Chairman, EEPC India, Shri G. Venkatesh Babu, LANCO Anpara Power Ltd, Shri Sangam Kurade, President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), Shri Abhishek Tiwar, Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE), and Shri Girish Srivastava, Secretary General IBF among others. Source: PIB News

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