Friday, May 2, 2014

Grant of One Rank one Pension to Paramilitary Forces - Para Military Forces Retired Officers Association, Chandigarh

Grant of One Rank one Pension to Paramilitary Forces - Para Military Forces Retired Officers Association, Chandigarh
PARAMILITARY FORCE RETIRED OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION (REGD.) CHANDIGARH
(Registration No 3089 of 2000)
P.S. Bedi DIG (Retd) BSF
 Chairman 
2186, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh -160022
Ph:(0172)-2615048 2604002
Email:psbedi03@yahoo.co.in
S.C.SharmaIGP(Retd)CRPF
President 
Flat- F-23,Galaxy Apprts,
HBH, Sector 43,
GURGAON-122003
Mob:9878579488,08447060604 Email:scsharma1948@gmail.com
HarbhajanSinghDIG(Retd) CRPF 
General Secretary
A-302, Rishi
Apartments, Zirakpur-
140 603
Mob:9878375611
Email:hb_singh1947@hotmail.com
No. PMFROA/2014/02/ 05
24 February, 2014
MEMORADUM
Grant of One Rank one Pension to Paramilitary Forces
The PARAMILITARY FORCES RETIRED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, CHANDIGARH, hailed the grant of ‘ ONE RANK ONE PENSION’ to the three wings of the defence service personnel , and termed it as the right move on the part of the government. However, they rued the govts apathy for not extending the same to the Paramilitary Forces,{ Armed Forces of the Union of India under Ministry of Home Affairs, viz Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Assam Rifles ( A R )}. These Armed forces have the same structural features, same command and control elements, serve under similar harsh service conditions, and are subject to stringent legal provisions as per their respective Acts under which these forces were raised, as the army. In spite of the similarities in the duties performed by the PMFs, these forces are deprived of privileges extended to defence services and discriminated in numerous ways, as listed below:
(a). The Paramilitary Forces had been raised under the Central Acts of the Parliament, and designated as ‘ Armed Forces of the Union’, and placed under the control of Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA), in view of international ramifications. For example, BSF was raised under the BSF Act, 1968 (Act 47 of 1968).This Act is almost a replica of the Army Act. Similar is the case with other forces which constitute the Armed Forces of the Union (as per their respective Central Acts). It was later that MHA added the word ‘Police’ before the actual designation of these central forces, to forestall any international ramifications. However, the service conditions of all these forces are akin to the army, with same stringent conditions of service, as applicable to the Army.
(b) The ‘ Armed Forces’ or the ‘Central Armed Police Forces’( CAPFs), are deployed to safeguarding the nation externally as well as internally, ensuring the security of the borders of India, and for maintaining internal peace and are placed under the control of Ministry of Home Affairs. The task very much akin to Defence services.

(c) The command structure of CAPFs is similar to the army, and so is its rank structure, except that the ranks in CAPFs have different nomenclature ( Commandant, Deputy commandant, Assistant commandant, Subedar, S I etc). The command and control system in a battalion of CAPF is also similar to the army battalion. Under these conditions, when the juniors start getting more pension than the seniors, it violates the hierarchy of command system, as is applicable to all Armed Forces, whether under the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Home Affairs. It is a well establish dictum based on the Supreme Court judgement of 1982 and accepted by the Central Govt, that,” pension is not a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer. It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past services rendered”. In another judicial ruling, it has been stated that different criteria for grant of unequal pay / pension for the same rank on the basis of cut-off date of retirement violates Article 14 (equality before law) of the constitution. All pensioners irrespective of rank are entitled to same pension. In the case of defence services, the govt has, rightfully, realized the truth of this fact, and given succor to the pre-2006 defence pensioners to come up to the level of their post 2006 retirees of equivalent rank and status by granting them ‘One rank one Pension’. However, the personnel of CAPFs, who have equitable dispositions, command structure, rank system and nature of duties are grossly ignored, discriminated and forced to face the ignominy of far less emoluments vis-à-vis their juniors retiring post-2006. The govt has also termed the retired personnel of CAPFs as ‘ex-servicemen’ on the analogy of defence forces, vide Govt of India, MHA, O M No 27011/100/2012-R&W, dated 23 Nov, 2012 . Denial of any incentive to the ex-servicemen of CAPFs as extended to the ex-servicemen of Defence Armed Forces is most unfair.

(d) The CAPFs, such as BSF, ITBP, SSB, A R are deployed on the borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar, and CRPF is actively engaged in counter insurgency operations, Naxalite menace, and also manning high altitude posts in the north-east. BSF, CRPF, ITBP and A R have been actively engaged in the wars that have taken place in the past (1965, 1971 and Kargil Operations in 1999). These forces have suffered heavy casualties in the wars, dealing with trans-border crimes, in anti-Naxalite operation and other such activities. These duties are akin to the army, which is also responsible for the guarding of the borders, and are responsible for security of the nation. In fact, in J & K and in the North-eastern states of India, the CAPFs are deployed side by side with the army, at times, on the same location and high altitude mountain features. They perform their duties in most adverse conditions coupled with threat to their life either by enemy action, insurgents and the climatic hazards in high altitude, deprived of domestic life, which leads to deterioration of the physical and mental ability.
(e) Because of the similarity in the nature of deployments and performance of duties with the defence services, especially the army, the personnel of Central Armed Forces require high standard of physical fitness. To ensure a young profile, these personnel are compulsorily retired at a younger age of 57 years, compared to their civilian and Police counterparts where the normal retirement age is 60 years . The normal superannuation age of the Defence Forces (Army, Navy & Air Force) ranges from 40 to 57 years. No compensation for earlier retirement in the pension/ emoluments is granted to the CAPF personnel for their early retirement, as is applicable to the personnel of defence services.
(f) In spite of the fact that the service conditions of CAPF personnel are akin to the Defence Armed Force personnel, they are not compensated with any additional incentives or allowances, as in the case of army. An Army jawan, posted in Leh or Ladakh gets Military Service Pay, for reasons that he is a part of army, but a BSF jawan or a ITBP jawan, serving under same conditions and in the same location, surviving in sub-zero temperatures is deprived of the same , without any potent reasons. It is the harsh conditions of service, and their performance which should matter, and not the name of the wing of the Force, of which these personnel are part of. Denial of ‘One Rank One Pension’ to the Armed Forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs is discriminatory, arbitrary, illegal and unjustified.
(g) The CAPFs are doubly discriminated. On the one hand, they are employed on duties akin to the army, without the incentives, applicable to Armed forces placed under Ministry of Defence, and on the other hand, by being dubbed as a Police Force, are equated with the Civil Service. Here also, they are deprived of certain privileges extended to civil servants and the Police, such as Non Functional Up gradation (NFU) etc, on the analogy that they are Armed Forces, governed by specific rules. On one hand, personnel of these Forces are pressurized to face the hazards of serving in most hostile and difficult areas, face the bullets of the enemy, insurgents etc, without any incentive, and on the other hand they are the losers on the financial front granted to certain category of civil employees and Police.
These are only a few instances of the discrimination against the CAPFs, which are agitating the minds of pre-2006 retired personnel of CAPFs, leading to frustration. It is high time that the govt pays attention to mitigate the discrimination of pre-2006 pensioners of CAPFs vis-a -vis defence services pensioners, and consider extending the grant of ‘ONE RANK ONE PENSION’ to the Armed Forces of Union of India under Ministry of Home Affairs at par with Armed Forces under Ministry of Defence.
Sd/-
(B S KANG) DIG(Retd) CRPF
Past Chairman, 
1002 sector 39 B Chandigarh Ph: 0172-2691396
E mail:
Sd/-
(A.S.SIDHU)IG(Retd)CRPF Executive Director
85 Phase 2,
Mohali:92165-02212 ask1@rediffmail.com
Sd/- 
(P S BEDI) DIG (Retd) BSF,
Chairman 
2186 Sector 35 C Chandigarh 0172-2604002
psbedi03@yahoo.co,in
Sd/-
(HARBHAJAN SINGH) DIG(Retd)CRPF
General Secretary
A-302 Rishi apartments, Zirakpur
Ph: 98783-76511
E mail: hb_singh19472hotmail.com
Sd/-
(G S SANDHU) DIG(Retd)BSF 
Executive Member
309 Shivalik City, Mohali
Ph: 94172-14868
E mail:guravtarsandhu18@gmail.com

Source:  www.pmfretiredofficers.com

7th CPC News - Feedback of the meeting of Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra GS/AIRF with panel of 7th Pay Commission

7th CPC News - Feedback of the meeting of Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra GS/AIRF with panel of 7th Pay Commission 
A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation 
No.AIRF/405(VII CPC) 
Dated: April 30, 2014
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,
Dear Com.
Reg.: Meeting with the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission
Today I had an Introductory Meeting with the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, Hon'ble Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur in the afternoon, Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary and Shri Vivek Rae, Member, Pay Commission, were also present on this occasion. While offering welcome to Hon'ble Justice Mathur, I explained in brief the peculiar working of the Railwaymen in keeping the wheel of the Indian Railways moving round-the-clock 24x7 in all weathers and climatic conditions as also about their aspirations from the VII CPC. I also told him that the VII CPC has also been established only after the strike ballot conducted by us, but what we find that the lower level staff is not getting legitimate benefits which they deserve,

Ms Meena Agarwal also made a brief mention about the functioning of the Indian Railways and the nature of duties of the Railwaymen.
Hon'ble Justice Mathur assured us that the VII CPC would try to do their best in improving upon various service conditions and wage structure etc. of the Railwaymen and asked us to submit our views in our Memorandum, to be considered by the VII CPC.
Ms Meena Agarwal, Secretary, Seventh Pay Commission, vide her D.O. letter No.7CPC/19/Memorandum/ 12 dated 29.04.2014(photocopy enclosed for ready reference) has sought our detailed Memorandum to be submitted to the VII CPC by 30th June, 2014.
Apart from the above, I also met Ms Meena Agarwal on 25th April, 2014 and requested her to extend time frame for replying the Questionnaire relating to VII CPC.
Further development in the matter shall be advised to you promptly.
With fraternal greetings!
Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra) 
General Secretary
Encl: As above [7th CPC Questionnaire]
Source: AIRF
[http://www.airfindia.com/7th%20CPC/Feedback%20of%20GS%20meeting%20with%207th%20cpc%20panel_30.04.2014.pdf]

AICPIN for the month of March 2014 - Stands at 239 - Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)- March 2014

AICPIN for the month of March 2014 - Stands at 239 - Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)- March 2014


Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment 
30-April-2014 19:02 IST
 
Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)- March 2014 

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for March, 2014 increased by 1 points and pegged at 239 (two hundred and thirty nine). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.42 per cent between February, 2014 and March, 2014 compared with the rise of 0.45 per cent between the same two months a year ago. 

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food Group contributing 0.99 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Wheat, Goat Meat, Milk (Buffalo), Vegetables and Fruit items, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Poultry, Eggs (Hen), Onion, etc. putting downward pressure on the index.
The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.70 per cent for March, 2014, as compared to 6.73 per cent for the previous month and 11.44 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.50 per cent against 13.21 per cent of the previous month and 14.98 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. 
At centre level, Bokaro recorded the highest increase of 8 points each followed by Godavarikhani & Chhindwada (7 Points each), Rangapara Tezpur (6 points) and Kanpur & Durgapur (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 3 points in 6 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 points in 22 centres. On the contrary, Quilon and Guwahati reported a decline of 5 points each followed by Coimbatore (3 points), 2 points in 3centres and 1 point in 6 centres. Indices of 16 centres observed no change. 
The indices of 36 centres are above All-India Index and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Tiruchirapally centre remained at par with all-India index. 
The next index of CPI-IW for the month of April, 2014 will be released on Friday, 30 May, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source: http://www.labourbureau.gov.in.

DRAFT REPLY TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION QUESTIONNAIRE - SUGGESTION, ADDITION AND ALTERATION, IF ANY, CALLED FOR.

DRAFT REPLY TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION QUESTIONNAIRE - SUGGESTION, ADDITION AND ALTERATION, IF ANY, CALLED FOR.
Dear Comrade,
            We place hereunder the draft reply to the questionnaire issued by the 7th CPC.  We want you to go through the same and make suggestions to enrich it further.  We propose to place the same at the staff side meeting of the National Council on 6th May, 2014.  The final version as formulated by the Staff Side will also be published on7th May. 2014.  We have to arrive at a consensus taking into account all shades of opinions.


The replies are drafted to make it as brief as possible.  It covers only common issues. The staff side National Council will be submitting a detailed memorandum later as and when it is called for by the 7th CPC.  The said memorandum will be drafted taking into account the views of all organizations including pensioners organisations. Department specific issues are to be covered by the memorandum submitted by the respective departmental organizations.  Since there will be very short time available for submission of memorandum, in view of the overall time frame of 18 months  all affiliates are requested to finalize their approach and prepare the memorandum and keep it ready for submission without loss of time.
            It will be our endeavor that on common issues, complete unanimity of opinion emerges amongst all Federations of Central Govt. employees.
Suggestions may be sent by e-mail to confederationhq@gmail.com
With greetings,
Yours fraternally
S. K. Vyas                                             K. K. N. Kutty                                       M. Krishnan
Advisor                                                President                                             Secretary General
Mob: 09868244035                             Mob: 09811048303                             Mob: 09447068125
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Grant of Risk/Hardship based allowances to CAPFs personnel as per the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission—Regarding

Grant of Risk/Hardship based allowances to CAPFs personnel as per the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission—Regarding

No.E-27018/2/2011-Estt.II
Dated: 28 th April 2014
To
The ADG/APS,
The IsG (NS & NES).

Sub: Grant of Risk/Hardship based allowances to CAPFs personnel as per the recommendations of Sixth Central Pay Commission—Regarding

Kindly refer to FHQrs letter No.E-12013/1/10-Estt.11/4490 dated 04/12/2009 and letter of even No.(515) dated 23/02/2011 regarding admissibility for grant of Risk/Hardship allowance for CISF personnel posted in PSUs, Airports in J&K and NE region.

2. The matter was taken up with MHA and MHA has now intimated vide their letter No.11- 27012/25/CF-62360/2010-PF.1 dated 16/04/2014 that proposal for Risk/Hardship allowance for C1SF personnel deployed at PSUs, Airports in J&K and NE region has not been agreed to.

3. In view of the above, it is requested to give instructions to all Unit Commander’s under your jurisdiction to stop giving Risk/Hardship allowance with immediate effect.

4. A consolidate compliance report may be forwarded to FHQr (Estt Branch) by 30th April 2014 positively.
(Shikha Goa)
Dy.inspector General (Pers)
Source: http://www.cisf.gov.in
[http://www.cisf.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/1601.pdf]

Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC – Areas falling within Urban Agglomeration of a city but within different districts may be termed as ‘same station’ for the purposes of LTC Rules

Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC – Areas falling within Urban Agglomeration of a city but within different districts may be termed as ‘same station’ for the purposes of LTC Rules

CIRCULAR

Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts (Fys)
10A, S. K. Bose Road, Kolkata — 700001
No. Pay/Tech-I/LTC/2014/04
Dated: 25.04.2014
To
All Controllers of Finance and Accounts (Fys)

Sub : Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC

In continuation to CGDA, Delhi Cantt. letter No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTC dated 28- 05-2013 circulated under this office Circular No. 063/AN/VIII/LTC/XIV dated 28-06-2013 on the above subject, HQrs. Office has further clarified vide No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTCNol-II dated 04-03-2014 (copy enclosed) that areas falling within Urban Agglomeration of a city but within different districts may be termed as ‘same station’ for the purposes of LTC Rules.

The same may please be circulated to all Branch Accounts Offices under your jurisdiction for information, guidance and necessary action.
Asstt.Controller of Accounts(Fys)

Controller General of Defence Accounts,
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

No. AN/XIV/14162/TA/DA/LTC/Vol-II
Dated : 04/03/2014
To
The P C of A(Fys)
10 A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata

Subject: Clarification on definition of Hometown LTC.

Reference: Your Office letter No. Pay/Tech-I/LTC dated 25.11.2013.
The matter has been examined in the light of extant rules on the above subject and the facts brought out under your letter cited above.

2. In this regard, attention is invited to GoI, M.F. O.M. No. 21011/13/89- E.II(B), dated 20.12.89 also reproduced under Rule 5 of FRSR Part IV DA , DR and HRA Rules which clearly stipulates that – “the phrase ‘same station’ includes all places which are treated contiguous to the qualified city/town in terms of paras 3(b)(ii) and Para 3(b)(iii) and those places which are included in the Urban Agglomeration of a qualified city”.

3. In terms of the above OM, areas falling within Urban Agglomeration of a city but within different districts may be termed as’same station”for the purposes of LTC Rules. Hence, practice being followed by your office is in consonance to the rules.
(Upendra Kumar)
For CGDA
Source-http://pcafys.nic.in/files/HT%20LTC.pdf

Allowances and Special Facilities to Civilian Employees of the Central Government serving in NER, A&N Islands and J&K – Finmin Orders

Allowances and Special Facilities to Civilian Employees of the Central Government serving in NER, A&N Islands and J&K – Finmin Orders

No.24(18)/K.Coord/2013
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th April, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Allowances and Special Facilities to Civilian Employees of the Central Government serving in the States of the North Eastern Region (including Sikkim) and in the union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar, lakshdweep group of Islands – Extension of the benefits related to Retention of Telephone Facility at the Last Station of Posting to Civilian Employees posted in Ladakh region of the State of Jarnrnu & Kashmir- Implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission-reg.

With a view to attracting and retaining competent officers for service in the North-Eastern Region (NER), Andman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands and Lakshadweep group of Islands, consolidated orders relating to Allowances and Special facilities to the Civilian Central Government employees posted in those areas were issued vide this Department’s OM No.11(2)/97-E.II(B) dated 22.07.98 as amended from time to time.

2. The Sixth Central Pay Commission had inter-alia recommended that all concessions allowed to Government Employees in NER be also extended to the Government Employees posted in Ladakh. On acceptance of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the President is now pleased to decide that concession related to Retention of Telephone FAcility at the Last Station of Posting as per para (xi) of this Department’s OM No.11(2)/97-E-II(B) dated 22.07.98, as amended from time to time, shall extend to the Civilian Central Government Employees posted in Ladakh region of the State of Jammu & Kashmir also.

3. This Order will take effect from September 1st, 2008.

4. In respect of persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, this Order issue in consultation with Comptroller and Auditor general of India.

5. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(Sudha Krishnan)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/telephone/allowance_telephone_NER_leh.pdf]

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