Saturday, 2 July 2016

Implementation of 7th Pay Commission Recommendations – revision of Central Civil Pension Cases

Indian Military Veterans

NEW DELHI – 110066
CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision(7th CPC)/19.vol-III/2015-16/59
Dated 29th June 2016
Subject: Implementation of 7th Pay Commission Recommendations – revision of Central Civil Pension Cases.
A large number of pension cases would be due for revision consequent to the implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. Revision of such large number of cases would not be possible in short span of time unless the same are done electronically under digital signatures of the PAOs. Further, this will also streamline and make all future revision process digital & efficient.
2. To meet the requirement of pension revisions through digitally signed revision authorities, a system is under development/testing by CPAO. In this system, digitallly signed Revision Authorities will take place of the physical revision authorities so far being received from PAOs. For signing these authorities, digital signatures of all the PAOs dealing with pension cases and their registration in CPAO website would be required. CPAO had already requested all the Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs and Administrators of UTs vide its OM.No.CPAO/Coor/(99)/2015-16/1018 dated-21.12.2015 followed by OM.No.CPAO/Coord/(99)/2015-16/1048 dated 12.01.2016 (Copies enclosed) for obtaining of digital signatures of all pension processing PAOs. However, progress in this regard has been very slow and still many PAOs have not obtained the digital signatures.
3. In view of above, all Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs and Administrators of UTs are requested to review the status in this regard and arrange the digital signatures for the remaining PAOs urgently latest by 5th July, 2016 to avoid any inconvenience at later stage. As soon as the testing of system is over, step by step process of digital signature registration on CPAO website and schedule of training on the new system for PAOs/AAOs and dealing hands will be intimated.
4. Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs and Administrators of UTs are further requested to certify the availability of digital signatures for their all pension processing PAOs under their login in CPAO website.
5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.
Encl: As above.
(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts

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Central strike from July 11 likely to be deferred, Union is waiting Govt. assurance

Indian Military Veterans

The proposed indefinite strike of Central Govt. employees in protest of "negligible increase" of salary may be deferred for some time. National Joint Council of Action, the umbrella body of Central associations will decide the fate of strike on Tuesday. 

"They have fixed the minimum wage at a meagre Rs 18,000 in the 7th Pay Commission. In the last Pay Commission, the basic pay was Rs 7,000. They multiplied it by 2.57 (fitment formula) and came to Rs 18,000. We are demanding 3.68 fitment formula," Shivgopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railway Men Federation and Convenor of Joint Council of Action (NJCA), toldIANS.
"As many as 33 lakh government employees, excluding the defence personnel, will go on strike if we do not get some kind of assurance from the government to reconsider the decision. The major contention is on the minimum wage, which we are demanding to be Rs 26,000," KKN Kutty, President of CCGE and general secretary of national coordination committee of pensioners association, told IANS.
"We had a meeting with a group of ministers, including the Home Minister (Rajnath Singh), Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) and Railway Minister (Suresh Prabhu) on the evening of June 30. They said it will be considered and will be referred to some committee," said Mishra.

"We are waiting to hear back on this from the government by July 4 evening or July 5. In our meeting, it was only a verbal commitment. If the government gives us specific details like which committee will review, etc. then we will defer the strike. We have a meeting on July 5 to decide on the strike," Kutty said.
However while the fate of the strike is still unknown, a central government junior staffer on the condition of anonymity told IANS: "I don't think much will come out of the strike. The only thing the government might do is increase the allowances slightly, that's it."
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the parent body of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has also expressed its "dissatisfaction" at the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations.
"A huge gap has been created between the minimum and the maximum wage after the government approved the Seventh Pay Commission Report's recommendation," BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told IANS earlier.
However, BMS is not expected to go on strike as it is not a part of the NJCA.
The Union Cabinet has decided to constitute three separate committees, including one to look into the anomalies likely to arise out of enforcement of the commission's report.

OROP- Kya Paya Kya Khoya: Cdr Ravindra Pathak

Indian Military Veterans

Kya Paya Kya Khoya

The views expressed here are entirely my own and not as a member of any organization.

It has been a long struggle for OROP for the veterans, spread over period of almost 42 yrs. Whilst the demand was languishing in the files of Babudom it is only in 2008 when the Indian Ex Servicemen Movement took up the issue did it resurface and how much it impacted all those involved and associated with it is well known.

Having been associated with the movement for a while I often thought: what have we achieved and what have we lost. I am penning my thoughts at random as they come to mind.

The struggle had many who were affected by it namely the Indian Ex Servicemen Movement (IESM), the Government of India, the two political parties, etc I will cover in a free flow of thoughts.

The IESM over the years was in the acknowledged leadership role for the fight and it was able to achieve at least partly what it had set out to get. Regrettably, ever since the issue of notification by the GOI it has become somewhat of a pariah with no one willing to talk to it due its policy of continued agitation mode.

So what have been the achievements of IESM?
Creation of awareness among the veterans of their rights leading to setting up of grievance mechanisms by Army and Air force while the Navy has just started with tentative steps
A new-found life in the various ESM orgs
Awareness among politicians that united veterans would now be a force to reckon if they are allowed to unite.

The last two parts of IESM achievements have actually to my mind worked against it as first the ESM NGO became very aggressive and started to try and usurp the funds which the movement has managed to collect as voluntary donations and the political parties made is a ESM point to ensure that they do not unite. For this both the ESM org and politicians have tried all tricks known to them.

The IESM has also erred. 

The response of IESM to the 5 th September 2015 notification was ill thought out. Acknowledgement was needed then, probably with caveat and keeping room open for further negotiations. But IESM failed there miserably. 

Was there a failure on the part of IESM in targeting the bureaucracy? Well that is debatable but surely the empire struck back with the notification, which certainly was not to the RM’s liking and yet read out by him. It’s often said we are our worst enemy. To an extent this has happened in recent times. And who took advantage? The Bureaucrat.  Ironically, without working too hard. IESM MADE their own enemies.

IESM, probably in their enthusiasm of the support they got, forgot to look at the tight rope Modi has to walk to get his targets met. He inherited a lethargic bureaucracy unwilling to change and no hold barred highly stung miniscule but effectively disruptive Congress. He has a handful cleaning the muck of last 67 years with very limited talent and true followers of his within the party and the cabinet and it would only have been wise to have acknowledged his positive role in the OROP saga.

In army, and even in Naval manoeuvres, we rely on 'one foot on ground’, a 'pivot' round which we manoeuvre. IESM needed to have retained that 'pivot' - RM to my mind was one? They dislodged him thoughtlessly.

Next is the Veteran himself.
Largely ignorant veterans are happy that something has come through but are not aware of what they should have got. The veteran has been largely charged up with emotions for the failure of the GOI to give true OROP even though one must admit that against odds and substantial opposition from within the cabinet and the bureaucracy the Modi-Parikkar combine has been able to at least accept the need for OROP and have partly delivered.

Modi and the RM are reportedly unhappy with the fact that largely they have not got credit for the OROP that they claim to have given. Even if one accepts getting OROP, even though partly, due to them the fact remains that the undue delay in its implementation, the kind of statements made at various stages by various ministers and the prime minister himself, has led to anger and though some politically correct ESM Orgs have thanked them, at least in one such thanksgiving routine, they were asked if they were really happy. It is learnt that whilst making a presentation to Reddy Committee some ESM organizations started with we are Happy to---. Justice Reddy is reported to have leaned forward, lowered his spectacles and exclaimed- Really?

The BJP has been looked upon as someone who came to power on the large support from ESM, rightly or wrongly. The way the ESM were treated after the elections, forced to sit for Hunger strike, fast unto death, sit on relay hunger strike and hold protest rallies across the country and of course the police action has only added fuel to fire and has forced some of the veterans to look at election interference as a new tool to get their dues.

The Congress knew full well that they would not return to power after the last elections and as one-upmanship, declared OROP knowing well that they would not have to carry the burden of implementing it. Mere tokenism was resorted to in normal Congress style. They did manage to put Modi in a corner but lost all sympathy of veterans except their diehard loyalist much like their political loyalists.

The CGDA organization has been the greatest loser in the entire story, what with theirpoor drafting of circulars, perceived to be playing a negative role in making the tables and then the errors in the tables where they had to issue clarifications within a month or so, speaks poorly of their ability to deliver. This has been so since the 6 CPC implementation but has been aggravated by issue of poorly drafted circulars during the OROP struggle. This is gone to such an extent now that people are demanding that CGDA is restricted to their basic task of Audit and accounts rather than meddling with policy matters.

The DESW has always been seen not as a welfare agency for the veterans but more as being anti veterans. They have not endeared themselves to veterans any better during the OROP struggle where they even allowed a lower formation working as auditor to check tables and calculations made and approved by the RM. Their penchant for filing appeals in courts has been well known. It is learnt that even after the current RM took control of the Department, things have only marginally improved. Look at the delay in issuing the circular for doing away with 33 yrs rule. No wonder there is a clamour for reorganization of the department with a mix of some veterans and serving being inducted. One only hopes that it does not become a pure defence manned organization.

How have the serving been affected? This is the most dangerous part of the story of the OROP saga.

With the social media and its easy access, more awareness amongst the serving of their rights and realization that they have been let down not only by the Bureaucrat–politico combine but also by their own has had very adverse effect within the services. Through court cases, they have realized that they have been short changed for a long time. The clear indicator of this is the number of cases in AFT and the ultimate being the NFU case by a serving officer. To a large extent it is the failure of Modi and his team of RM+FM (combined) first, then FM and RM that allowed the whole issue to be delayed as usual, thereby causing unwanted heartburn and a feeling of being let down not only of the veterans but also the future veterans. If stories are to be believed, large number of dissatisfied serving are there now in the forces. This is where the security of the country has taken its biggest hit.

The serving senior officers have taken a major hit in all this by not taking a firm stand and with the new found awareness among the veterans and serving and the spread of social media they will have to unlearn old dictates of human behaviour and management and do a complete rethink on the way to handle a more enthused, knowledgeable and active veterans and the serving as well. If things don’t change it will be to the peril of the security of the country.

Let us hope the GOI learns its lesson and also teaches it to the bureaucracy to change their attitude. The Experts committee appointed by the RM has minced no words in regard to the need to change in attitudes all-round.

To summarize I feel ESM may have gained financially from OROP, but in the process there have been large changes in the environment in terms of awareness among Veterans and serving ,hopefully a realization that the HR functions have to undergo change in the armed forces from the past and the finality that ESM will remain disunited and the Bureaucrat-politico combine will continue to exploit us. However the biggest looser is  the national security has  been the victim and it would take years to mend ways.

It is not a all lost situation and I feel confident that the present PM –RM combo will be able to re-establish the status of armed forces in the country.
(Cdr Ravindra Pathak)


Indian Military Veterans

The 7th Central Pay Commission: only cool heads shall prevail

What good is the mind of a man if it’s run by another ~ Prince

There are some individuals who remarked that I did not stoutly condemn the regressive ‘recommendations’ of the 7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC) insofar they pertain to the Armed Forces. Some even floated some kind of a conspiracy theory stating that I was ‘supporting’ the ‘recommendations’ since I was a Member of a Committee constituted by the Defence Minister to look into the resolution of service and pensionary issues, forgetting in the bargain that I and other Members were a part of the same in an Honorary apolitical capacity and the said Committee is no longer in existence since we submitted our recommendations way back in November 2015, and those recommendations, currently under active examination, were highly objective, and could not, by any stretch of imagination, be termed pro-government (or anti-government for that matter). We were given a task which was undertaken honestly, objectively, without fear or favour and without any interference from any quarter.

Having said that, though I do not wish to think much about theories of fertile minds who wish to politicize such important issues, let us get some things clear here.

Firstly, it is a fact that there were some totally absurd recommendations rendered by the 7th CPC. And it is also a fact that I had fully brought them out on my blog and those posts can be perused to get an idea about some of the faulty parts of the 7th CPC. In fact, some observations of the 7th CPC were not just illogical, but also factually incorrect and against law laid down by Constitutional Courts. Some of these issues were discussed on this bloghere, and also here. If that was not enough, the total benefit recommended by the 7th CPC, to both civil and military employees, was meagre, to say the least. 

Secondly, on 29th June 2016, the cabinet approved some of the recommendations of the 7th CPC, and contrary to rumours being spread, many regressive recommendations have NOT been approved by the Government. To take a few examples, the anomalous allowances recommended for the military vis-a-vis other services have NOT been accepted and it has rather been directed that existing dispensation shall continue till the anomalies are removed and allowances rationalized by a Committee constituted for the said purpose. The recommendation for discontinuance of rations has also NOT been accepted by the Government. The recommendation of reduction of disability benefits has also NOT been accepted by the Government, and as I understand, shall be analysed by one of the constituted Committees. In case there still remains any anomaly pertaining to our disabled soldiers, rest assured it shall be legally contested with full force. The divided recommendation on  Non-Functional Upgradation has also NOT been accepted by the Government and shall now again be examined administratively, which is not a good step in my opinion, but better than being rejected by the Cabinet- the window for resolution is still open.

Thirdly, in my humble opinion, the focus since yesterday has been on the faulty recommendations of the 7th CPC, which is old news, rather than what has been finally accepted. Messages and mails have been generated based on the recommendations and not the final acceptance. The issuance of implementation instructions could not have been kept in abeyance till the resolution or consideration of all anomalies of multiple services and hence execution of the entire Report was not even being expected at this stage. Also rather than focussing on only the financial aspects, I feel that the spotlight should be more on the insidious aspects such as the degradation of status which interestingly is a legacy of the 6th CPC and also the services’ own doing in many instances. Moreover, our attempts should be on due representation of the defence services on the anomaly committees set up by the Government or representation of experts in the field rather than only officers who are guided by noting sheets prepared by the lower echelons of the bureaucracy. Long existing anomalies have not yet been resolved, and day by day, the list is getting longer.

Fourthly, blind forwarding and acceptance of the content of group messages and disinformation campaigns can result in unnecessary frustration and disaffection which must be avoided at all costs. In my perception, rather than shooting from the hip in the dark, issues need to be identified and a step by step course for resolution be charted for their redressal. In a democracy, we have the right to express ourselves against what we perceive to be unjust, but then my only request is that the projection should be based on the right data and facts. I do not feel it’s an unreasonable request that hot-headed comments may be controlled since the modalities are not even out yet in black and white and specific problem areas have not even been duly identified.

Coming back to the start point of this post, I would wish to remind readers that my approach has been consistent in this regard (See the disclaimer on this blog above) and similar myth-busters were posted by me at the time of the 6th CPC also. For one such example, you may have a look at this post of May 2008.

Thank You. Stay Calm!

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If it is good enough for Motorists to be booked for using their mobile phones while driving, Pedestrians should also be booked for using their phones while walking in a public place!

Just think of the money the Government will make and the lives that might be saved!!
Looking at the attached video you will have to agree that the smarter the phone the dimmer the individual using it.

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7th CPC - Example for calculation

Indian Military Veterans
Dear All Veteran,
    7th CPC at page No 418 of their report at para 10.2.87(ii) clearly mentioned that the basic pension fixed in 6th CPC is to be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at pension in 7th CPC. 

   They give two illustrations. One for Colonel and another one for Havildar.

   The illustration says revised pension of Col who retired in Mar 2006 with basic pension of Rs 30505 (based on grade pay of Rs 8700) will have revised pension of Rs 30505 x 2.57 = Rs 78398.

   Similarly  the Hav with GP of Rs 2800 and basic pension of Rs 8950 will have revised pension of Rs 8,950 x 2.57 = Rs 23002.

     The 7th CPC recommended at page 411 in para 10.2.55  disabled soldiers be fixed Disability element at the following rates for 100% disability:-
   (a) Officers            -  Rs 27000 pm
   (b) JCOs               -  Rs  17,000 pm
   (c)  OR                  -  Rs   12,000 pm

    But I reiterate that we must wait for the SAI 1/S/2016 to fix pay of serving soldiers. The minimum of the table for each rank will tell us how much pay the serving soldier will get. 50% of that would be our pension as per judgment of hon'ble Supreme court. In that case the MSP would be taken into account.


Reduce ATM Transaction Charges

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Govt. proposed to reconsider Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula

Latest Update – NJCA has issued a statement on 01.07.2016

Following is the statement released by National Joint Council of Action
"We are to inform you that the NJCA had a discussion with Government of India, i.e. 30.06.2016 over cetain demands contained in our Charter of Demands. In the meeting following Ministers were present:-
Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minsiter
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Railway Minister
Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSR
On behalf of the NJCA the following participated in the discussion:-
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Convener NJCA
Shri M. Raghavaiah, Chairman NJCA
Shri K.K.N. Kutty, Member NJCA
Shri C.Srikumar, Member NJCA
The government has proposed to refer the issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula to a committee for reconsideration.
The NJCA will await communication in this regard from the Government.
The NJCA will again meet on 6th July at 11:00 hrs, in JCM office, 13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi, for taking appropriate decision."


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Grievance Status

Status as on 01 Jul 2016
Registration Number:PMOPG/E/2016/0224758
Date of Receipt:27 Jun 2016
Received by:Prime Ministers Office
Forwarded to:Director G
Contact Address:Room No.206-II, South Block
New Delhi
Contact Number:23011896
Grievance Description:RESPECTED PM SIR,


The War Inquiry Commission was appointed by the President of Pakistan in December 1971. In its secret report (which was never made public in Pakistan), the commission, headed by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan, Hamoodur Rahman, held the Pakistani generals for widespread atrocities, other abuses of power by them and a complete failure in civilian and martial-law leadership responsible for the loss of East Pakistan. The report dwells on a range of sins: killing of thousands of Bangladeshis - both civilians and “Bengali” soldiers - rape, pan smuggling, looting of banks in East Pakistan, drunkenness by officers, even an instance of a Brigadier “entertaining” women while his troops were being shelled by Indian troops. It recommended a string of court-martials and trials against top officers. Nothing ever happened. The army’s role in splintering Pakistan after its greatest military debacle was largely ignored by successive Pakistani governments. The Commission examined nearly 300 witnesses and hundreds of classified army signals between East and West Pakistan. The final report was submitted on October 23, 1974, detailing political, administrative, military and moral failings of the then Pakistan. The Report PDF Versio Introduction download Cabinet note download Press release download Chapter 1 download Chapter 2 download Chapter 3 download Chapter 4 download Chapter 5 download Annexure download ============================================= IT CONTAINS VIVID DETAILS OF EXCESSES COMMITTED BY PAK ARMY OFFICERS. RESTORING DUE RECOGNITION TO INDIAN ARMED FORCES FOR LIBERATING BANGLADESH (I WAS GIVEN SANGRAM MEDAL WITH NO BENEFITS)             AIR VET GV NARAYANA HYDERABAD
Current Status:CASE CLOSED
Date of Action:01 Jul 2016
Details:suggestive in nature



Indian Military Veterans
Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,
1.         Many Veterans and family pensioners are calling me and inquiring about 7th CPC pension. Their questions are :-
(a)  Q1.   Are we going to get higher pension w.e.f Jan 2016 as per 7th CPC? Or am I going to get only in 2021 now that my OROP was given in 2016 hence next hike is only after five years.
            (b)  Q2.   What would my pension in 7th CPC if I am eligible?
©   Q3.   What is going to be DR w.e.f Jul 2016 and what will be my pension w.e.f Jul 2016.
(d)  Q4.  What about MSP which is now enhanced to higher amounts in 7th CPC? Will it not become effective in 7th CPC?
(e ) Q5.  Will my pension go up in 2017?
(f)  Q6.   I have not got my OROP pension. Then how my pension is fixed in 7th CPC Scales of pension?
2.         All are valid questions undoubtedly. Actually we should not be anxious to know these things so early. Based on detailed instructions from Min of Finance (Expenditure) and Min of Personnel, Pensions & Public Grievances and Ministry of Defence (ESW), PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad will issue tables for all types of pensioners based on Govt’s approved recommendations of 7th CPC. Since many queries have come with a request to throw some light on these genuine doubts, I endeavour to give you answers as per my understanding. I could be wrong. Questions and my answers are given in succeeding paras.
3.   Q1. Are we going to get higher pension w.e.f Jan 2016 as per 7th CPC? Or am I going to get only in 2021 now that my OROP was given in 2016 hence next hike is only after five years.
4.   A1. All those who got higher pension in OROP are eligible to get pension in 7th CPC. My argument was always that though we are pre – 2006 retirees, Govt of India treats as if we retired in calendar year 2013 for the purpose of pension in OROP. Those who are pre – 2006 retirees till Jun 2014 are eligible to get OROP as per Govt notification on OROP. Hence Govt of India cannot have two sets of pensioners i.e pre – 2014 retirees and post – 2014 retirees. All are to be given 7th CPC. My argument was trashed by few saying we will get pension hike only in 2021. But hon’ble Finance Minister and hon’ble Raksha Mantir have categorically stated all those who benefitted from OROP will also get pension hike w.e.f Jan 2016 in 7thPension scales.
5.  Q2. What would my pension in 7th CPC?
6.  A2.  Firstly your pension is dependent upon pension of a soldier of your rank, with same length of qualifying service with same group who retired in Jan 2016 in 7th CPC scale. To know his pension you have to see what his Last Drawn Emoluments in 7th CPC are. His Last Drawn Emolument (basic pay + grade pay + MSP) in Jan 2016 in 6th CPC scale (without DR) be multiplied by 2.57. Once his pay in 7th CPC as on Jan 2016 is known then 50% of it is his pension. You also will get the same pension.
So your pension would be 50% (Pay in matrix + MSP). He would have drawn pay in 6thCPC scale as on Jan 2016. That last pay drawn in Jan 2016 in 6th CPC (pay in pay band + grade pay + MSP) is to be multiplied by 2.57 without adding DR @ 125% to get his revised pay as on Jan 2016 in 7th CPC. 50% of that would be his pension. Therefore you have to find out what is the last pay drawn of your counterpart in Jan 2016. Multiply it by 2.57 and then halve it to get pension. As a rough guide your pension in OROP is Average of Maximum and Minimum of those retired with same length of qualifying service, same group. Then you have to add increments @ 3% from 2013 to Jul 2015 (same pay in Jan 2016 as increment is given only in July of every year). Then halve it to get your pension. To avoid complication it is better to assume your pension in 7th CPC could be roughly 2.57 x OROP pension.
            Suppose your basic pension (without DR) as on Jan 2016 is Rs 10,000 due to OROP. Then your pension with DR is 10,000 (Basic Pension) +12,500 (DR) = Rs 22,500. Now with multiplication factor of 2.57 you can reasonably be sure to get your pension as on Jan 2016 at Rs 10,000 x 2.57 = Rs 25,700. But my own reasoning is it is going to be more than this due to increments not added @ 3% from 2013 to 2015.
Therefore my advice is wait for the tables of pension of 7th CPC from PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad like they issued for OROP i.e. Circular 555 instead of wasting time on making tables as per your understanding. It would be better firstly to make tables for pay of serving soldiers in SAI 1/S/2016 and then work out the pension as per those tables for all ranks which is 50% of the Last Drawn Emoluments. Otherwise same problem which happened in 6th CPC will be repeated.
7.  Q3. What is going to be DR w.e.f Jul 2016 and what will be my pension w.e.f Jul 2016?
8.  A3.  As convention DR for the first half year of calendar year 2016 is 0%. Once the Govt of India announces DR for half year ending Dec 2016, then add that to your pension as on Jan 2016. Suppose your pension in 7th CPC as on Jan 2016 is say Rs 20,000  and DR is 5% from Jul to Dec 2016 then your pension as on Jul 2016 is = Rs 20000 + 0.05 x 20000 = RS 21,000 pm till Dec 2016.
9.   Q4. What about MSP which is now enhanced to higher amounts in 7th CPC? Will it not become effective in 7th CPC?
10.   A4. Like I said in my answer 2, the MSP is already included in Last Drawn Emoluments of serving soldier.  His pension is 50% of Last Drawn Emoluments. You cannot again add 50% of MSP to your pension in 7th CPC.
11.   Q5. Will my pension go up in 2017?
12.   A5. No Sir. It will remain same till Jan 2021. Govt of India has not given you a true OROP where your pension is same as that of soldier with your rank, your qualifying service and group gets in 2017 or 2018 or 2019. The pension of soldier who retires in 2017 will go up because of his annual increment. Similarly pension of soldier who retires in 2020 will be much higher than yours though both of you are of the same rank, same qualifying service and same group. What Govt of India gave us is Modified parity and not OROP. TSEWA believes something is better than nothing. Since our pension went up w.e.f Jul 2014 thanks to OROP and now it will go up further in 2016 thanks to 7th CPC we are much better off. Assume OROP was not granted our pension would have been what we were drawing as on 24 Sep 2012 multiplied by 2.57 which is much lesser than what we are going to get. Hence TSEWA thanked Govt of India for their version of OROP which is Modified parity. When we reach Jan 2021 our pension again will go up as if we retired in Jan 2021.  Till then what we will get as increase in our pension is only due to six monthly DR.
13. Q6. I have not got my OROP pension. Then how my pension is fixed in 7th CPC Scales of pension.
14.  A6.  Unless your pension in OROP is fixed it cannot be enhanced to 7th CPC scale. You have to approach your Record Office / Service HQ to send your qualifying service and Group to PCDAs. PCDAs in turn must send that information to CPPCs of banks. I am told 7.5 lakh pensioners have not been paid OROP arrears till date as their qualifying service and Group are not known to CPPCs of banks. So your suffering will continue for some more time. But the silver lining is TSEWA is constantly taking up this case with appropriate authorities and results are showing. But once your qualifying service and Group are received by CPPCs of banks you will get OROP arrears, 7th CPC arrears and new pension. So you have to wait for some more time.
 Please do NOT waste your time in making tables of pension in 7th CPC. Let PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad issue Circular for pensions as per 7th CPC.
Brig CS Vidyasagar (Rtd)

Struggling With Filing Of Tax Return? Here Are 10 Steps To Do It Online - InstaNews

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Struggling With Filing Of Tax Return? Here Are 10 Steps To Do It Online - InstaNews
Hue Wire 2016-06-29 10:02
If your income is above Rs 5 lakh, you have to file the income tax return online.
If your income is above Rs 5 lakh, you have to file an income tax return online. The last date of filing income tax return is generally July 31 every year. You still have a lot of time so why keep it for the last moment. Follow these easy steps and e-file your income tax return.
Here is a 10-point guide:
1) To e-file your income tax return, you will have to register yourself on the Income Tax Department’s website using your personal details. Your permanent account number (PAN) will be your user ID.
2) There are two ways of e-filing your income tax return. First, you can go to the download section and select the requisite form, save it on your desktop and fill all the details. Click on ‘generate XML’. Then go to the website again and click on the ‘upload XML’ button. You will have to first log into to upload the XML file saved on your desktop and click on submit.
3) You can go to the quick e-file section of the website. Log in and select the form and the assessment year for which you are filing return and fill in all the details.
4) You have to select the forms on the basis of the source of your income. In case of an individual with salary, pension income, income from one house property or income from other sources excluding lottery, you have to select Form ITR-1, also known as ‘SAHAJ’. If you have capital gains, you will have to file Form ITR-2.
5) You will have to keep a few documents such as your PAN number, Form 16, your interest statement, tax deducted at source (TDS) details and investments proves handy while e-filing your income tax return.
6) From this year, an additional column called “AL” has been added, in which you will have to disclose the value of your assets and liabilities at the end of the year, in case your income for the year is more than Rs 50 lakh.
7) You can also download your Form 26AS, which is your consolidated tax statement summarizing tax paid against your PAN. You can validate your tax return with Form 26AS to check you tax liability.
8) On submitting the form, an acknowledgement number is generated in case the return is submitted using digital signature. If the return is submitted without a digital signature, an ITR-V is generated and is sent to your registered email ID. ITR-V is an acknowledgement that your return has been submitted.
9) You will have to send the signed ITR-V to the centralized processing centre in Bengaluru within 120 days of filing the return to complete the tax filing process.
10) You can also e-verify (don’t have to send the ITR-V to Bengaluru office) your return through electronic verification by using the e-verify return option on the website. You can also use the net banking, Aadhaar-based one-time password to e-verify it.


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