Friday, July 25, 2014
First Published: 09:52 IST(25/7/2014) | Last Updated: 09:59 IST(25/7/2014
The hope of “achhe din” is fast fading for the defence fraternity. The babudom has once more flummoxed the political executive. The very essence of “one rank, one pension (OROP)” is being reinterpreted to the soldier’s great disadvantage. OROP is not largesse for a hard and risk-filled life but merely part compensation for very early and compulsory retirement, and extremely limited avenues indeed for career advancement. As opposed to this, not only the civilian counterparts have abundant posts in higher appointments but also they retire at a ripe old age with considerable scope for re-employment.
, non-functional upgradation (NFU) granted by the babus to themselves is an outright plunder of the exchequer and is to the complete exclusion of the defence services.The struggle for OROP goes more than a quarter century back. Though successive governments have held out the promise of implementing it, each in turn, under various excuses, has retracted from its commitments. Taking advantage of politicians’ naivety of matters military and disinclination to understand the underlying rationale for the OROP demand, the bureaucracy has been frightening them of a trumped up vision of a cascading effect on the civil services. Obviously, the finance minister does not seem to know what it means to be retired at 35 or so and then left in the sun to dry.
The life expectancy of a grade-four civil employee is around 72 years, whereas in the case of a soldier, it is 62 years, notwithstanding the fact that a soldier is physically fit when he retires.
Then what shortens his life span? He is packed off on a meagre pension (due to his short period of service and, thus, not getting to the top of his pay band) when his family commitments just about start.
In monetary terms and at the existing pay scales and without taking into account the likely increases that the next three pay commissions may bring about, a soldier retiring today would, at his present scale of pension, get about Rs. 37 lakh less than a Class-4 employee of the central government when both reach 60, the age at which the class-4 employee retires. One wonders if the finance minister, given his legal background, is able to weigh the evidence on record adequately.
India is perhaps the only democracy where veterans had to resort to hunger strike and deposit medals to make a series of uncaring governments see the injustice being meted out to them. Yet there has been no positive outcome and the defence fraternity continues to suffer at the hands of callous and uncaring governments.
DEFINITION BEING REINTERPRETED
The very definition of OROP, earlier accepted by defence minister AK Antony, others, and parliamentary committee headed by Bhagat Singh Koshiyari is being reinterpreted by the babus in the ministry of defence, to the great disadvantage of defence retirees. Simply defined, OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension passed on automatically to past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pensions of the current and the past pensioners.
A different range of figures to meet the requirement of OROP are being projected by the babus to scare the finance minister. Whatever be these figures, it is more an issue of justice and fair play.
This injustice to soldiers was taken in hand soon after independence and has been unrelenting in content and scope since then.
Of course, the governments have been following the policy of divide and rule. When the new pay code was introduced, it excluded the Kings Commissioned Officers, (KCIOs) because they were occupying the top echelons of the army and could protest. Later the service chiefs have been excluded from the fall in status, pay and allowances to which the rank and file has been subjected in a sustained and unremitting manner.
Perhaps the finance minister is not alive to the fact that the babus are leading him into a situation where he would diminish the credibility of his own prime minister, who had committed to the grant of OROP, as known.
(The writer, a former deputy chief of the army staff, is a security issues commentator. Views expressed are personal.)
(Source- Hindustan times)
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Here is the true typed copy of Rank Pay letter dated 24 Jul 14 –second instalment in compliance with the opinion dated 03 Sep 13 of the Attorney General for India – has been issued.
Two more issues remain - minimum of pay for each rank and the top of the integrated pay scale for consideration of the Hon'ble Supreme Court.
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, Dated the 24th July 2014
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff
Sub: Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Order dt 4th September, 2012 in IA No. 9 of 2010 in Transfer Petition (C) No. 56 of 2007 Union of India and Others versus N. K. Nair & others, etc
I am directed to refer to this Ministry Order No. 34 (6)/2012-D(Pay/Services) dt 27th December 2012 regarding implementation of subject Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and to state that as per legal opinion tendered by the Learned Attorney General of India, the sanction of the Government is hereby accorded to modify the provisions of this Ministry’s ibid order as under:
(i) The existing para 6 will be renumbered 6 (A) and would stand revised as under:
In the twelfth line after the word ‘(integrated scale),’ the words “as on 1.1.1986” will be substituted by “w.e.f. 1.1.1986.”
(ii) A new para 6 (B) will be added as follows:
6(B) Sanction of the Government is hereby also communicated to modify certain provisions of Special Army Instructions No. 2/S/1998 dated 19th December 1997 and the corresponding Special Instructions pertaining to Navy and Air Force both bearing Nos. 2/S/1998 dated 19th December 1997, in so far as they relate to deduction of Rank Pay for fixation of revised pay of the concerned officers of Army, Navy and Air Force in the revised scale w.e.f. 01.10.1996. The modifications/amendments in SAI 2/S/1998 and corresponding instructions for Air Force and Navy are as under:
(a) The existing para 5(a)(ii) would read as under:
(ii) After the existing emoluments have been so increased, there shall be no deduction of Rank Pay. Thereafter, the officer’s pay will be fixed in the revised scale at the stage next above the amount thus computed
(iii) A new para 6(C) will also be added in ibid MoD letter as follows:
6(C) The pay fixation formula w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as laid down in SAI 2/S/2008 and the corresponding Special Instructions applicable to the Air Force and Navy has also been examined in light of the legal opinion tendered by the Learned Attorney General. In the methodology of pay fixation of revised pay w.e.f. 1.1.2006, Rank Pay has not been deducted and has been taken into account along with Basic Pay in the pre-revised scale to arrive at the new, revised pay in the relevant pay band w.e.f. 1.1.2006 whereupon Grade Pay has also been given and an additional component of Military Service Pay (MSP) at Rs 6000 p.m. is also admissible to the Armed Forces upto the rank of Brigadier/eq. As such, the pay fixation formula w.e.f. 1.1.2006 for the relevant officers of the Armed Forces as laid down in the relevant instructions does not require any change.
(iv) Existing Para 7 will be replaced with the following:
7. Except to the extent of modifications as stated in MoD letter No. 34(6)/2012-D (Pay/Services) dated 27.12.2012 and as amended vide this letter, the aforesaid Army Instructions 1/S/87 dated 26.05.1987 and corresponding Navy and Air Force Instructions both bearing No 1/S/87 dated 11.06.1987 and 26.05.1987 respectively as amended from time to time and Special Army Instructions No. 2/S/98 of 19.12.1997 and the corresponding Special Instructions in case of Navy and Air Force both bearing No. 2/S/98 dated 19.12.1997 as amended from time to time, there shall be no change in the provisions of the aforesaid Special Army, Navy and Air Force Instructions of 1987 and 1997 pertaining to the implementation of the recommendations of the 4th and 5th Central Pay Commission.
(v) Existing para 8 will be replaced with the following:
8. As the aforesaid Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court passed on 04.09.2012 read with their earlier order dated 08.03.2010 has upheld the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court passed on 05.10.1998 in case of Major A K Dhanapalan and as the said order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court dated 05.10.1998 is for re-fixation of pay without deduction of Rank Pay w.e.f. 1.1.1986, and as this sanction is in compliance with these judicial pronouncements and the legal opinion of the Learned Attorney General on this issue, it is clarified that there shall be no change in respect of Special Army Instructions of Army, Navy and Air Force issued on 11.10.2008 (Army) and 18.10.2008 (Navy and Air Force) for implementation of the recommendations of the 6thCentral Pay Commission, except to the extent of the need for the fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2006 necessitated due to the fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.01.1986 and 01.01.1996 in terms of these orders.
(vi) All other provisions of the MoD letter No. 34(6)/2012-D(Pay/Services) dated 27.12.2012 remain unchanged.
2. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their UO No. 1(76)/2013-AG/PA (310-PA) dated 23.07.2014 and Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure vide their UO No. 94466/E.III (A)/2014 dated 09.07.2014
Under Secretary to the Government of India
List of addressees omitted
(Source/Courtesy- Aerial view Blog)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley submitted a report to a question in Lok Sabha on 18th July 2014 about the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in Defence Forces. He said, there is presently no such proposal to increase the retirement age of soldiers below the rank of officers in the defence forces. And the details of the retirement age of various category of officers and soldiers in the defence forces (excluding Armed Forces Medical Services) at present, are as under:
|General||62 years or3 years of tenure whichever is earlier||Sub Major||54 years or 34 years* of service or4 years of tenure whichever is earlier|
|Lt. Gen||60 years||Subedar||52 years or 30 years*of service|
|Maj. Gen||58 years||Naib Subedar||52 years or 28 years*of service|
|Brigadier||56 years||Havildar||49 years or 26 years*of service|
|Colonel||54 years||Naik||49 years or 24 years*of service|
|-||-||Sepoy Gp (X)||42 years or 19 years*of service|
|-||-||Sepoy Gp (Y)||48 years or 22 years*of service|
Note 1: In all categories below officer ranks, age limit or service limit whichever occurs earlier is applicable for retirement. Note 2: Above information does not cover officers of certain specialised branches.
|Admiral||62 years or3 years of tenure whichever is earlier||Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) I and II||57 years|
|Vice Admiral||60 years||Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and below||52 years|
|Rear Admiral||58 years||-||-|
|Commodore/ Captain (Education)||57 years||-||-|
|Commodore/ Captain||56 years||-||-|
|Lt. Commander and below||52 years||-||-|
Air Force: Retirement age of Airmen is 57 years. Retirement age for officers is as given below:
(i) Permanent Commissioned Officers:
|Air Chief Marshal||62 years or 3 years of tenure whichever is earlier|
|Air Marshal||60 years|
|Air Vice Marshal||58 years|
|Air Commodore||(i) 56 years for Flying Branch|
|(ii) 57 years for other branches|
|Group Captain (Select)||(i) 54 years for Flying Branch|
|(ii) 57 years for other branches|
|Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale)||(i) 52 years for Flying Branch.|
|(ii) 54 years for Ground Duty Branches other than education and meteorological branches.|
(iii) 57 years for Education and Meteoro-logical branches.
(ii) Branch Commissioned Officers: 57 years.
Various measures taken by the Government for the welfare of soldiers and officers include improvement in living and working conditions through provision of better infrastructure and facilities, additional family accommodation, facilities for movement of troops from border areas and liberalised leave policy, deployment of psychological counsellors for psychological counselling, provisions for medical and health care as per extant rules, provisions to address the educational needs of service personnel and their wards, Group Insurance Scheme, Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities, establishing a grievance redressal mechanism and Schemes / Programmes for pre and post retirement training, re-employment and self-employment of ex-servicemen etc.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri C. P. Narayanan in Rajya Sabha today.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Politicians are bad, bureaucrats are spineless and
partial, history taught in schools is rubbish,businessmen fuel corruption in politics, public sector
is tragic, journalists are the worst of the lot,"sold for a bottle of whisky;" and The Judiciary, "I'm not allowed to speak."
Thus spoke the Chief Election Commissioner in a thundering two – hour sermon to the students of the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) at Ghaziabad on Wednesday. Mr. Seshan was invited by the students to speak on the role of business houses in elections.
Mr. Seshan reiterated his views on his erstwhile colleagues of theIndian Administrative Service (IAS) but singled out those from UP and Bihar.
"They have no moral fibre; from the Chief Secretary down to the Patwari in the village, no one is impartial," he said."Their backbone is comprehensively broken; and nowhere is it as comprehensively broken as in " UP and Bihar."
The former civil servant went on to conclude that brains were not required to enter the privileged service. He then recalled that he scored 190 marks out of 200 in history, more than his score in physics, to qualify for the IAS. Mr. Seshan took pains to elaborate his bio - data after the hosts declared that the man needed no introduction. He has two birthdays: May 15 and December 15, one of them being the "official birthday".
He wrote his school - leaving exam and the intermediate exam twice the first time the papers had leaked in 1947). (MAY BE IN BETWEEN DOB GOT CHANGED)
Mr. Seshan recalled his stint at the Planning Commission. The government had earlier found him "unsuitable" for the post of Cabinet Secretary, so he went to the Planning Commission — as OSD, which meant "Officer in Search of Duty". He felt that "In Mr. Hegde's 11, I was the 12th man."
Once in the Planning Commission, he returned his office clock as nothing began on time; a week later, he returned his office calendar as no meeting was held on schedule.
After the self - introduction, the Chief Election Commissioner revealed the historian within him, and urged the aspiring managers to be proud for being an Indian. He narrated the wonders of the ancient Indian civilisation.
"India was a great country long before others stopped living in caves. You belong to easily the most unsurpassable culture ... but what passes as history in text books is rubbish."
The medieval history of India didn't have a profound impact on him. "After 650 AD, Indian history reads like Santa Barbara."
The contemporary Indian society is a sad story for Mr. Seshan. What is not corrupt in this country? India's central vice is corruption; the centrality of corruption is election corruption; and the centrality of election corruption is the business houses.
He said that a lady had told him that she spent Rs. 55 lakh for an election in Delhi for a constituency of 50,000 voters. "But she was defeated, she came and told me the winner had spent even more."
Another tragedy for the nation, Mr. Seshan declared, was the public sector. "Indian public sector was the greatest management calamity to hit any country ever.
"The only bigger calamity Mr.Seshan could think of was the Indian Press. "The journalists are sold for a bottle of whisky."
When a student said that it was the same press which had told the world about his greatness, Mr. Seshan said,"If my chastity is being proclaimed by prostitutes, I don't want such chastity."
(Source-BC Vasundhara blog)