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Revision of Pension of All Pre-2006 Major Generals and equivalent ranks: Implementation of Hon'ble AFT Chandigarh Order in [OA No. 100/2010 Maj Gen SPS Vains & 52 Others] 

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Revision of Pension of All Pre-2006 Major Generals and equivalent ranks: Implementation of Hon'ble AFT Chandigarh Order in [OA No. 100/2010 Maj Gen SPS Vains & 52 Others] 

DESW Order:-
No. 4(110)2007/D(Pen/Legal) Vol. IV Government of India Ministry of Defence Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare D (Pension/Legal) Sena Bhawan, New Delhi, dated 16.04.2018

To
The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension)
The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Navy)
The Joint Controller of Defence Accounts (Air Force)

Subject: Implementation of Hon’ble AFT Chandigarh order dated 04.03.2010 passed in CA No. 100 / 2010 filed by SPS Vains (Retd.) & 52 Others.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Govt. of India, MoD, Deptt. of Ex-Servicemen Welfare’s letter No. 4(140)2010/ D(Pen/ Legal) Vol. III dated 10.08.2015 issued for implementation of Hon’ble‘Armed Forces Tribunal, Chandigarh’s order dated 04.03.2010 directing respondents to implement the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 09.09.2008 rendered in SLP (Civil) No. 12357 of 2006 [Union of India Vs SPS Vains (Retd.) and 52 others] in the matter of fixation of pension of the pre-2006 retiree petitioners. As per ibid sanction the benefit of revision of pension to Maj Gen SPS Vains (Retd.) and 52 other petitioners was to be paid w.e.f. 01.01.2006 after notional fixation of pay in the revised 6th CPC Pay Scales in terms of SAI 2 / S/ 2008 and corresponding instructions for equivalent ranks in Navy and Air Force.

2. It has now been decided to allow similar benefit of‘revision of pension /family pension to all Major Generals and equivalent ranks of Navy and Air Force who retired/died prior to 01.01.2006.

3. Para 4 of the ibid sanction letter No. 4(140)2010 / D(Pen/ Legal) Vol. III dated 10.08.2015 may be treated as deleted.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Fin/ Pen) vide their U.O. No. 17(04)/2015/Fin/Pen dated 03.04.2018 and Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their ID No. C-44/E-V/2008-Vol. II dated 28.03.2018.

(Ajay Kumar Agrawal)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Op-ed in DNA : Rising disabilities in the military

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Op-ed in DNA :

Rising disabilities in the military- a misdirected approach Below reproduced is an op-ed published today by the "DNA" on rising disabilities in the military. 

Rising disabilities in the military- a misdirected approach Navdeep Singh Earlier this year, in a tragic coincidence, four officers of the Indian Army passed away on account of cardiac arrests, in different parts of India, on the same day. Between that day and today, many more non-operational disease-related deaths have been reported, and the same have been spiralling upwards since the past many years.

The military is always perceived to be fitter, stronger and healthier than the civil populace. But this, sadly, is a myth. When compared to civilian government employees, members of the military and other uniformed forces face a considerably higher stress and strain of service which affects health in a detrimental manner, a fact which is universally recognized by all major militaries. Incurring a disability while in service entitles soldiers to disability benefits on retirement and higher death benefits to the family in case of death, and the applicable rules provide a presumption of ‘service-connection’ of disabilities which are acquired during service.
However, in order to avoid such payouts, the system has been wrongly branding such disabilities as “neither attributable to, nor aggravated by military service” which is not only against ground realities, but also against rules and decisions of Constitutional Courts. Though the Courts, the highest of political executive, Government’s legal advisors, Committees set up by the Defence Ministry and also the military medical authorities have time and again ordained sensitivity towards such disabilities, liberal grant of disability pensions and also withdrawal of appeals filed by the Ministry against disability benefits of its own disabled soldiers in the Supreme Court, it is highly unfortunate that the hands of senior political leadership and higher bureaucracy have been restrained by misleading and mischievous file notings initiated by lower bureaucracy to deny such benefits to soldiers and projecting them as somewhat greedy.

To take an example, to elicit a negative response from the top, the financial entities of the Defence Ministry have instilled a feeling that such disabilities can occur in civilians too and hence uniformed personnel do not require any special dispensation- a thoroughly erroneous supposition.
Firstly, file initiators have hidden from the hierarchy that this thought-process militates against the basic entitlement rules which list even conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and neurosis as diseases affected by stress and strain of service. Moreover, what is glossed over is the fact that there are many unique stressors in the military and hence any parallel sought to be drawn with civil employees on this subject is inherently flawed.
For example, soldiers and officers of uniformed services spend most of service away from family and lead regimented lives under strict military law, often in barracks and predominantly away from society. There is also an acute inability of fulfilling domestic and familial commitments. Freedoms are curtailed which may seem innocuous to the untrained eye but it takes a toll on a person’s health. Illustratively, even when posted in a ‘peace’ area, to undertake regular activities such as visiting the market a soldier needs to seek permission, sign multiple forms and be back in time for the roll call.

A soldier is not available to provide or receive emotional support when required, even sexual needs remain unfulfilled. Again some seemingly benign examples- what does a person do when one’s child gets hurt? Kiss and hug the child, hold the child close, a luxury not obtainable by members of the uniformed forces. What does one do when there is a property dispute or any other administrative requirement? Follow it up with the local authorities and courts, something impracticable for men and women of the forces since they mostly remain away from home.
The list is endless. All such factors give rise to a feeling of helplessness leading to stress and strain thereby aggravating the mental and physical conditions of soldiers and this also is the reason which prompted the Supreme Court to once remark that a soldier remains torn between the call of duty and family commitments. It is however lamentable that financial entities of the Defence Ministry are able to tide over rules, binding judicial dicta and also political will and are able to elicit incorrect reactions from decision-makers.

Apart from soldiers, a tirade was unleashed against senior officers of the military stating that high ranking officers have also been granted disability benefits. But why not? If a General is suffering from a disability known to be aggravated by stress and strain of service, why should she or he be denied because of rank? Some senior officers are at an even higher risk because of an elevated age bracket and greater responsibility. There have been multiple examples of Generals in the recent times suffering cardiac arrests and undergoing heart and other procedures due to extreme stress, can such live examples be brushed aside? People also speak of cases of senior officers hiding their disabilities in order to remain eligible for promotions. If true, then it is purely an administrative infraction for which remedy lies elsewhere and this has no connection with disability benefits which are purely linked with a person’s physical condition at the time of joining service vis-a-vis retirement.
Moreover, it also means that the system needs to plug the holes in the annual medical examinations and at the same time harmonize and rationalize its promotional policies, make them practical and bring them in line with modern times so that people do not hide their medical status.   With a sensitive and sensitized Defence Minister, one hopes that the law as ordained by Courts, recommendations of experts and the word of the political executive prevail ultimately, and not sadistic file notings of penny-counting accountants who bring a bad name to the establishment and avoidable distress to the military community. The focus also should shift to improving the health profile of the military in wake of heavily stressful conditions, and not saving money through a ham-handed approach.                          
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Ex-servicemen bodies can’t collect donations

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Tribune News
Service Chandigarh,
April 16

After 22 years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revised the parameters for according recognition to ex-servicemen associations. It has incorporated several new conditions that pertain to generation of funds, contact with foreign entities and conduct on the social media.
The ministry has introduced a clause explicitly stating that the acts, charter and conduct of the ex-servicemen associations should not be for anti-government activities or for acts prejudicial to national interest and security.
While the earlier letter on the subject was silent on generation of funds, the fresh letter issued last month stipulates that no other source of fund is allowed to be collected by an association, except subscriptions.
This, according to some ex-servicemen, implies that donations by individuals or organisations as well as grants from institutions have been barred.
The MoD has also prohibited associations to be associated with any foreign government or company/conglomerate and under no circumstances should they accept any donations or pecuniary benefits from any foreign concern or entity.
Prior to this, associations were simply debarred from addressing any communication to or entering into any correspondence with any foreign authority except through the government, which had the right to withhold it, if necessary, a condition that continues under the new orders.
Besides the aforementioned conditions, several old clauses such as associations having a pan-India presence with a minimum membership of 1 lakh and all three services being fairly represented, faith in democratic principles, non-political charter with resorting to religious, caste social and linguistic lines and having the sole interest to project issues concerning ex-servicemen have been reiterated in the new letter. Such conditions were last revised by the MoD in January 1996. There are about 25 lakh ex-servicemen and 60,000 widows of ex-servicemen in the country and many of them are members of various associations.
In recent times, some of these associations have been involved in public protests over issues pertaining to benefits, status and welfare.

MoD’s new rules

Ex-servicemen associations cannot collect funds from other sources except subscriptions Barred from associating with any foreign government or company/conglomerate Should not indulge in any commercial activity and only one bank account per association will be allowed Must inform govt about all social media accounts 

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FINANCIAL ASSISSTANCE FOR DAUGHTERS MARRIAGE/WIDOWS REMARRIAGE

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FINANCIAL ASSISSTANCE FOR DAUGHTERS MARRIAGE/WIDOWS REMARRIAGE

The scheme provides financial assistance to Pensioners/non pensioner ESM up to the rank of Hav or equivalent in the Navy/Air Force for two daughters Rs.50000 each w.e.f. 1.4.2016.

ELIGIBILITY

1. Applicant must be ESM or his widow.

2. Should be of the Rank of Hav /Equivalent and below.

3. The daughter should be above the age of 18 years.

4. Should not have obtained this grant from any other source.

DOCUMENTS TO BE UPLOADED

1. Discharge book. (Must have entry regarding his daughter in the discharge book)

2. Proof of age of daughter.

3. Proof of marriage Certificate from Registrar/Village sarpanch.

4. Self certificate from applicant.

5. Bank account details.  (Only SBI or PNB)

6. Aadhaar Card of ESM and his Daughter.

7. Photo of ESM.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 6 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF MARRIAGE.

ONLY ON LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.

Visit www.ksb.gov.in for more details.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ESM IN PENURY

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ESM IN PENURY

Penury is provided @ Rs.4000 per month from 01.04.2017 per head for life time for non pensioner esm and widows from AFFD Fund by KSB.

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS

1. Must be a non-pensioner ESM or his widow.

2. Should be of the rank of Hav/equivalent from Navy/Air Force and below.

3. Should be above the age of 65 years.

4. Should be recommended by ZSB.

5. Should have account in SBI or in PNB.

DOCUMENTS TO BE UPLOADED

1. Discharge book.

2. Age proof it it is not available in Discharge booik.

3. ID Card of ESM/Widow.

4. Bank pass book front page.

5. Certificate of penury obtained from VAO.

6. Aadhaar Card of ESM/Widow.

7. Photo of the ESM/Widow.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH ONLINE ONLY.

MUST BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY.

THIS GRANT IS PAID IN ONE INSTALMENT IN LUMP SUMP.

Visit www.ksb.gov.in for more details.

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How to apply for PAN Card Online Permanent Account Number 

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PAN card can be said as one of said as one of the most important proof document in India where it should be needed to open a bank account or for any other verification purpose. 

PAN card is a valid proof of identity in India and it can be issued to citizens of India (including minors), non-resident Indians (NRIs), and even foreign citizens.

Here are basic and easy steps to apply for PAN card online :-
Documents need to Apply for PAN
Online :- 

Identity proof documents (one of):

Elector's photo identity card
Ration card having photograph of the applicant
Passport Driving licence
Arm's license
Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India
Photo identity card issued by the Central Government or State Government or a Public Sector Undertaking Pensioner Card having photograph of the applicant Central Government Health Scheme Card or Ex-servicemen Contributory Heath Scheme photo card
Certificate of identity in original signed by a Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor or a Gazetted Officer, as the case may be
Bank certificate in original on letter head from the branch (along with name and stamp of the issuing officer) containing duly attested photograph and bank account number of the applicant

Age proof document (one of) :

copy of the following documents of not more than three months
old electricity bill
landline telephone or broadband connection bill
water bill
consumer gas connection card or book or piped gas bill
bank account statement
depository account statement
credit card statement
copy of post office pass book having address of the applicant
passport passport of the spouse
voter ID card
latest property tax assessment order driving licence
domicile certificate issued by the Government
Aadhaar card issued by the UIDAI allotment letter of accommodation issued by the Central Government or State Government of not more than three years old property registration document certificate of address signed by a Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor or a Gazetted Officer employer’s certificate in original

Proof of date of birth (one of):

birth certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any office authorised to issue Birth and Death Certificate by the Registrar of Birth and Deaths or the Indian Consulate as defined in clause (d) of sub section (1) of section 2 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955)

pension payment order
marriage certificate issued by Registrar of Marriages
matriculation certificate
passport
driving licence
domicile certificate issued by the Government
affidavit sworn before a magistrate stating the date of birth

Cost to get an PAN Card Online :-
Indian citizens, applying for a new PAN card costs Rs. 116 (plus online payment charges or around Rs. 5).
The fee is Rs. 1,020 for foreign citizens (with around Rs. 5 as online payment charges).

Process to Apply for PAN Card Online :-

You can apply for a PAN card online either via NSDL or UTITSL websites. Both have been authorised to issue PAN cards in India. For this tutorial, we will show you how to apply for a PAN card via the NSDL website. On the page linked in the previous step, you will see a form titled Online PAN application.
Under Application Type select New PAN - Indian Citizen (Form 49A). If you’re a foreign national, select New PAN - Foreign Citizen (Form 49AA).
Select the category of PAN card you need. For most people, this will be Individual. Now fill in your personal details such as name, date of birth, mobile number, etc., enter the captcha code and click Submit. Now you have three choices — authenticate via Aadhaar to avoid sending any documents, scan documents and upload them via e-sign, or to physically submit documents. We chose to authenticate via Aadhaar as all it needs is an OTP and payment. If you don’t want that option, the steps for the other two are similar except the part where you have to send documents. Enter all details such as Aadhaar number (optional) as requested on screen, and click Next. This step requires you to fill in your name, date of birth, address, etc. Do that, and click Next. Now you will hit the banana skin that’s the AO code (Assessing Officer code). This looks complicated but is actually quite simple. Just select one of the four choices at the top — Indian Citizens, NRI and Foreign Citizens, Defence Employees, or Government Category. Then under Choose AO Code, select your state and area of residence. Wait for a few seconds and you will see a full list of AO codes in the box below. Carefully scroll and look for the category that applies best to you. There are different categories for companies, non-salaried people, government servants, private sector employees, etc. If you don’t know which category you fall under, contact a chartered accountant to find out. Click on the correct AO code and it’ll be auto-filled in the form above. Click Next. Select the documents you have submitted as proof of age and residence from the drop-down menu, fill in required details, and then click Submit. At last you will be redirected to the payment page and you can choose one of many common online payment methods. The fee for PAN card applications for Indian citizens is Rs. 115.90 inclusive of all taxes. A small fee is added to this as online payment charges so the total works out to around Rs. 120. Post payment you will be asked to authenticate via Aadhaar OTP, or submit documents via e-sign, or to physically send the documents to NSDL. email acknowledgement from NSDL about your application and your PAN card will be couriered to you once the application has been processed. Keep the acknowledgement number for the safety for further procedings.

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VARIOUS TYPE OF FAMILY PENSIONS

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Dear Sir,

Many ESMs and Family Pensioners keep asking me the difference of various type of family pensions and how much the wife of deceased soldier. I feel it is better to give with illustrations so that it is easy to understand.

The difference of various type of family pensions are given below:

Let us take the pay of say Havildar is Rs 36,000 per month. With this let us understand how his wife will get various type of pensions.

Enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension

Death in Service which is not Attributable or Aggravated by Military Service

Or

When the husband dies as an Ex-Serviceman or

Assume husband dies while in service on 15 Mar 2018 and death is Not Aggravated Nor Attributed to Military Service. If husband’s age is say 40 years then pension to wife is same as pension if the husband is alive for a period of 7 years (15 Mar 2018 + 7 = 14 Mar 2025) i.e. 50% of Last Pay Drawn i.e. Rs 0.50 x 36000 =

Rs 18000 + Dearness Relief

 

 

If age of husband as an Ex-Serviceman is 62 years and death is on 15 Mar 2018 then Enhanced Rate of Ordinary Family Pension is restricted to 67 years of age i.e. five years or 14 Mar 2018 + 5 years = 14 Mar 2023.Amount of Pension isRs 18,000 + Dearness Relief

Ordinary Family Pension (OFP)

If Ex-Servicemen dies at the age of 67 or more

60 % of what her husband would have drawn had he been alive. Rs 0.60 x 18000 = Rs 10,800 pm + Dearness Relief

Special Family Pension (SFP)

When a serving solider dies and his death is attributed or Aggravated by Military Service. Parents areNOTdependent upon the soldier.

The widow is permitted to remarry

The widow gets 60% of Last Pay drawn.

If Last Drawn Pay is Rs 36,000 then widow will get Rs 0.60 x 36000 = Rs 21,600 + Dearness Relief

 

When a serving solider dies and his death is attributed or Aggravated by Military Service. Parents are dependent upon the soldier with income from all sources is less than Rs 9,000 + Dearness per month.

The widow is permitted to remarry

In case the in-laws are dependent upon the soldier then Branch Recruitment Officer adjudicates division of Special Family Pension between Widow and in – laws. Maximum amount given to in-laws is 50%. In that case the widow will get Rs 0.50 x 21600 = Rs 10800 + Dearness Relief per month. In-laws also will get Rs 10,800 + Dearness Relief pm.

On death of both in-laws the widow will get 100% of pension.

The income from all sources of income of in-laws should be less than Rs 9000+ Dearness Relief per month.

Liberalised Family Pension (LFP)

When a soldier dies in war or war like operations, the widow is awarded.

The widow is permitted to remarry

If in – laws are NOTdependent upon the soldier

The LFP is 100% of Last Pay Drawn.

If Last Pay Drawn is Rs 36000 then the widow gets pension of Rs 36,000 + Dearness Relief per month

 

If in-laws are dependent upon the soldier and the income from all sources is less than Rs 9,000 + Dearness Relief per month

In case the in-laws are dependent upon the soldier then Branch Recruitment Officer adjudicates division of LIberalised Family Pension between Widow and in – laws. Maximum amount given to in-laws is 50%. In that case the widow will get Rs 0.50 x 36000 = Rs 18,000 + Dearness Relief per month. In-laws also will get Rs 18,000 + Dearness Relief pm.

On death of both in-laws the widow will get 100% of pension.

The income from all sources of income of in-laws should be less than Rs 9000+ Dearness Relief per month.

 

Warm Regards.

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VARIOUS TYPES OF PENSION FOR EX-SERVICEMEN

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Dear Sir,

I keep getting the same question again and again. What is my pension?

The difference of various type of pensions are given below: Let us take the Last Pay Drawn (Matrix pay + Military Service Pay) of say Havildar is Rs 36,000 per month. With this, let us understand how the Ex-Serviceman will get various type of pension

Service Element of Pension

To earn pension JCOs / OR are to serve for a minimum period of 15 years.

 

For personnel from Administrative Trades they should serve for minimum period of 20 years.

 

Service Chiefs are authorized to condone shortage of service by one year in exceptional cases.

 

Officers are to serve for a minimum period of 20 years

 

Pension is 50% of Last Pay Drawn.

Pension of Havildar

 = 0.50 x 36000 =

Rs 18,000 + Dearness Relief.

Old Age Pension

Old Age pension is 20% of Last Pay Drawn (Matrix Pay + MSP) if he is 80 years and less than 85 years.

If age is between 85 and less than 90 years = 30%

 

If age is between 90 years and less than 95 years = 40%

 

If age is between 95 and less than 100 years = 50%

 

If age is 100 or more years of age = 100%

 

Dearness relief is also authorized on old age pension.

Disability Element for Disabled Soldier

Disabled soldier gets two elements.

One is service element for the number of years of service put in.

Second one is the Disability Element for the disability sustained which is attributed or aggravated by military service.

Disability should be minimum 20%

Broad banding is given to all disabled soldiers w.e.f. Jan 2016 vide Circular 596 of PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad

20 to 49%   -   50%

50 to 75%   -   75%

75% and above – 100%

Disability Element (DE) is 30% of Last Pay Drawn for 100% Disability.

DE of Havildar who is given 50% Disability  = 36000 x 0.30 x 0.50 =

Rs 5,400 pm + Dearness Relief

If percentage of disability is 75%, then

DE = 36000 x 0.75 x 0.30 = Rs 8,2100 + Dearness Relief  per month

If percentage of disability is 100% then

DE = Rs 36000 x 0.30 = Rs 10,800 + Dearness Relief per month

 

War Injured Element (WIE) if solider is Retained in Service

If a soldier is injured in war or war like operations, he is given war injury element (WIE). There are two type of war injury elements.

One is WIE if the soldier is retained in service , then WIE is 60% of Last Pay Drawn for 100% disability

WIE for Havildar Retained in Service and whose Last Pay Drawn is Rs 36,000 is = 0.60 x 36000 = Rs 21,600 pm + Dearness Relief per month

 

If a soldier is not retained in service and invalided from Service , then WIE is 100% of Last Pay Drawn for 100% disability

WIE of Havildar Invalided= Rs 36000 + Dearness Relief per month

Warm Regards,

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CONTACT DETAILS OF DIRECTORATES DEALING WITH EX-SERVICEMEN

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CONTACT DETAILS OF DIRECTORATES DEALING WITH EX-SERVICEMEN

WE have gathered the Addresses and contact details of all directorates dealing with issues pertaining to Exservicemen and their families. Please do download it and keep it where it can be readily accessed. It could be of help at some time.

Kendriya Sanik Board
West Block IV, Wing 5,
RK Puram
New Delhi – 110 066

Subjects dealt with: Welfare of Veer Naris /Disabled Soldier, Air/Rail Travel Concession, Reservation of seats in professional institutes, telephone connection etc.

Ceremonial & Welfare Directorate AG’s Branch
IHQ of MoD (Army) 153A,
Kashmir House,
Rajaji Marg,
DHQPO, 
New Delhi – 110 011
Director: 01123794985 , Jt..Dir: 01123794377
Tele Fax :01123794985
e-mail:randwection@sify.com

Subjects dealt with: Release of one time grant from Army Central Welfare Fund (ACWF). Assist the Veer Naris& Disabled Soldiers for other benefits.
Benefits from Army Welfare Corpuses.

Ceremonial & Welfare Directorate (CW-3)
AG’s Branch,
IHQ of MoD (Army) 206G
South Block DHQ PO, 
New Delhi – 110 011
Telephone 011-23012662

Subjects dealt with : Education Scholarship for Children of Battle Causalities.
Ceremonial & Welfare Directorate (CW-5)
AG’s Branch,
IHQ of MoD (Army) 402,
A Wing, Sena Bhawan,
DHQ PO ,
New Delhi –110 011
Telephone 011-23012662

Subjects dealt with : Rehabilitation training courses for disabled soldiers (Battle Casualties).

. Welfare Complex
IHQ of Mod (Army) 210, 
South Block, 
DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110 011
Telephone 011-23375152
Fax 011-23018183

Subjects dealt with: For release of one time grant of Rs.6,000/- from Welfare Complex and Queries/Clarification thereof. Penury, Education Scholarship for Children of ESM/Widows.

. Army Welfare Education Society
Building No.202,
FDRC Complex
APS Shankar Vihar
Delhi Cantt – 110 010
Director 011-26152642
Fax 011-26151564

Subjects dealt with: Admission in Professional Courses for Widows/Wards of Battle Casualties.

. Director Man Power (MP-5)
AG’s Branch,
IHQ of MoD (Army) 85,
Second Floor, Wing VII West Block III,
R K Puram,
New Delhi – 110662
Telephone 011-23375475, 26195662
Fax 011-26106329

Subjects dealt with: Publication of occurrences and submission of various claims relating to officers.

. Army Group Insurance Fund
AG’s Branch,
IHQ of MoD (Army)
Rao Tula Ram Marg,
Post Box No.14
New Delhi – 110 057
Col Coord: 011-26142369
Director Claim – 011-26145709
Exchange 011-26142749,26151031
Asst Director Claims: 011-26142897
Fax – 011-26148471

Subjects dealt with : Army Group Insurance Benefits.

. Directorate General Resettlement
West Block IV, Wing 1, 
RK Puram,
New Delhi – 110 066
Director Employment : 011-26192352
Fax : 011-26192350
Director Self Employment:
011-26192355, Fax: 011-26192356

Subjects dealt with: Assistance for self employment and resettlement.

. Quarter Master General’s Branch
IHQ of MoD (Army)
438, B Wing, 
Sena Bhawan
DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110 011
Telephone : 011-23375237
011-23375238

Subjects dealt with: Provision for retention of Government accommodation.

. Army Officers Benevolent Fund (Accts Sec)
AG’s Branch, IHQ of Mod (Army)
279A, South Block
DHQ PO, 
New Delhi – 110 011
Tele Fax – 011-23792382

Subjects dealt with: AOBF grant for NOKs of deceased officers/Disabled IMB/RMB

. Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO)
AG’s Branch, IHQ of MoD (Army)
Kashmir House, Rajaji Marg,
DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110 011
Secretary AWHO 
Telephone – 011-23074202

Subjects dealt with: Provision of AWHO Flats

. Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO)
Room No.53, West Block III
RK Puram,
New Delhi – 110 066
Telephone – 011-26186075,26100241
Toll Free – 1800-11-9922

Subjects dealt with: Placement of Veer Naris/Disabled Soldiers in Private Sector and to provide second career to retiring/retired army personal.

. Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme
Maude Lies,
New Delhi – 110 010
Telephone -011-25683418, 25684846
Telephone -011-26192362
Website: www.dgrindia.com27

Subjects dealt with : Medical facilities of Veer Naris/ESM

. Additional Directorate General Personnel and Services
ADG PS (PS-5)
AG’s Branch,
IHQ of MoD (Army) 419,
A Wing, Sena Bhawan,
DHQ PO, 
New Delhi – 110 011
Telephone -011-23792557

Subjects dealt with : All matters pertaining to pension.

. PCDA (Pension)
Draupadi Ghat,
Allahabad (UP) – 211014
Telephone – 0532-2622618
0532-2622698,2622699
Fax: 0532-2621549

Subjects dealt with : All matters pertaining to pension.

. OIC Defence Pension Liaison Cell (DPLC)
HQ MP, C&A Sub Area,
Allahabad(UP) – 211001
Telephone - 0532-229-6219

Subjects dealt with: Liaison related to pension matter from PCDA(P),Allahabad

. ADG/Personnel and Services
AG’S Branch
IHQ of MoD (Army) 434
A Wing,
Sena Bhawan
DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110 011
Telephone – 011-23018699 Mil-33334
ADG CW TELE 011-23018108
Dir AG/CW 5 Tele 011-26195662

. Army Officer’s Benevolent Fund
Ceremonial & Welfare Directorate
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated HQ of MoD (Army)
Room No17-B West Block III
RK Puram,
New Delhi 110066
Tele 011-26196217

Subjects dealt with: Platinum Grant

. AWWA Head Office
Dir (Welfare)/ President ,
AWWA Secretariat 210, 
South Block,
IHQ of MoD (Army)
New Delhi – 110011011-23012897,
www.awwa-india.org27, presidentawwa@awwa-india.org

. Veterans Cell 
DDG Veterans Cell
Room No 278, South Block 
IHQ of MoD(Army),
NEW DELHI – 110011
Tele: 23010608, 23016798 , 1800 116644
www.armyveteranscell@gmail.com102

Subjects dealt with: To ensure a time bound response to various issues/grievances concerning “Veterans‟, a single window set up has been established under DG (MP & PS)

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Standard Deduction Applicable for Pensioners

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Standard Deduction Applicable for Pensioners – Clarification Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Finance--05.04.18 05-April-2018 13:55 IST

Clarification regarding applicability of standard deduction to pension received from the former employer The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified that the pension received by a taxpayer from his former employer is taxable under the head “Salaries”. The Finance Act, 2018 has amended Section 16 of the Income–tax Act, 1961(“the Act”) to provide that a taxpayer having income chargeable under the head “Salaries” shall be allowed a deduction of Rs 40,000/- or the amount of salary, whichever is less, for computing his taxable income.
Accordingly, any taxpayer who is in receipt of pension from his former employer shall be entitled to claim a deduction of Rs 40,000/- or the amount of pension, whichever is less, under Section 16 of the Act.   Earlier, the representations were received seeking clarification as to whether a taxpayer, who receives pension from his former employer, shall also be eligible to claim this deduction.

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Defence Ministry Asks ECHS for Details on 'Theft' of Data of 50 Lakh Ex-Servicemen

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence has now asked the managing director of its Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to provide details to it on the media report on a private vendor taking away the personal data of nearly 50 lakh ex-servicemen and related issues. But while the ministry has noted in the letter that “data regarding ex-servicemen is a sensitive issue” and its safety and security has to be ensured by the commanding officer of ECHS, the nature of questions clearly shows that ministry is not certain if the vendor has returned the data, stored or retained a copy of it, or worse, shared it with a third party. “All due diligence in this regard is a must,” it added. The Wire had earlier on March 23 reported how the Ministry of Defence had admitted that it was unsure whether or not a private vendor has fled with the personal data of about 50 lakh ex-servicemen and noted that it “cannot comment whether a copy of the same has been retained by the company or not”.

The report was based on queries filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI) by activist Commodore (Retd.) Lokesh K. Batra. It had noted how while responding to the questions about the maintenance of data on ex-servicemen at ECHS, its joint director (information technology) had said that in the “system of Smart Card which was in vogue till May 2015, the biometric data (left & right thumb impression only) of the individual was stored in the Smart Card”.

The ECHS had further stated that “the Smart Card was in the custody of the individual” and that “no biometric data was stored in the system”. ECHS was unsure if vendor had retained a copy of data However, it was the remaining part of the reply which had was a cause of concern. The data pertained to ex-servicemen of all ranks and the ECHS official had admitted: “The other personal data as per the contract stipulation was handed over to the ECHS on termination of contract. ECHS cannot comment whether a copy of the same has been retained by the company or not.”
The ministry has in its letter of April 2 noted how Batra had raised the matter with it on March 26 following media reports. It said Commodore Batra has enclosed a few links of media reports regarding his apprehension of “breach of trust by M/s SITL, the private vendor, for taking away the personal data of nearly 50 lakh ESMs with whom an agreement was signed by ECHS for preparation of the smart cards for ECHS beneficiaries”. Agreement was signed in 2004, renewed in 2010 The letter by the ministry has now pointed out that the initial memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed with M/s SITL on January 27, 2004 and the MoA for the contract was renewed on May 31, 2010. In light of the issue at hand that concerns the safety and security of the data pertaining to lakhs of ex-servicemen, the Ministry has now asked ECHS to submit its response on four major points of concern.
However, as each of these points illustrate, neither the ministry nor ECHS are certain if the vendor had returned all the data on termination of the contract, if it had copied the data and most worryingly, if it had shared the data with a third party. ‘Get confirmation that all data handed over to ECHS on termination of contract’ First of all, it has asked the ECHS, which comes under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, to “get confirmation that no biometric / personal data of ECHS beneficiaries is available with M/s SITL and all the data as per the contract agreement was handed over to the ECHS on termination of the contract.”

ECHS told to confirm from vendor if it had retained a copy of the data It has also asked ECHS to “get a confirmation from M/s SITL that a copy of the above data has not been retained / stored by their company”. The ECHS has also been directed to ensure that a copy of the agreement signed between ECHS and M/s SITL and the renewed agreement was made available to the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. Vendor to also be asked to confirm that information was not disclosed to a third party Finally, the ministry has also asked ECHS to get a confirmation from M/s SITL that they have not disclosed information relating to biometric/personal data of ECHS beneficiaries to any third party and there is no breach of trust on the part of M/s SITL as per the provision of both the MoAs.

Interestingly, instead of ordering a probe in the matter, the MoD has only asked ECHS to “get a confirmation” on each of these points from the vendor itself. It is indeed difficult to fathom if the vendor would disclose the factual position considering violation of any of the norms would amount to breach of trust. However, as the letter shows, the ministry believes that the vendor would make a truthful disclosure.

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