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Pension Fixation for Pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners based on Notional Pay Fixation as per Government decision

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Pension Fixation for Pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners based on Notional Pay Fixation as per Government decision

Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc 

No.4-3/2017-Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Pension Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001
23rd May, 2017
To
All Head(s) of Circles
All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (P)
APS Headquarter
Head of PLI and BD Directorate
Director, Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad
All Directors of Postal Training Centres

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc-reg.

Sir/Madam,
I am directed to say that based on the decisions of the Government, Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has issued O.Ivl. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 for fixation of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners to the higher of the two formulations. A copy of the OM. is circulated herewith for information and necessary action.

2.The pension/family pension of all pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners shall be revised in line with instructions contained in the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.05.2017. The higher of the two formulation i.e. (i) the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with DoP&PW O.M. dated 4.8.2016 or (ii) the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.5.2017, shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f 1.1.2016. It shall be the responsibilities of the Head of Department and concerned Director of Accounts (Postal) to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f 1.1.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority.

3.As envisaged in the DoP&PW O.M., the Pension sanctioning Authority (PSA) would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest. The information can be obtained in Proforma A. Based on notional pay so fixed, the revision proposal will be sent by Pension Sanctioning Authority to concerned DA (P) to apply necessary checks and issue revised authority under the existing PPO number. To facilitate fixation of notional pay, DA (P) will provide copy of PPO/pension papers to concerned PSA immediately on requisition. All PSAs will maintain records of processing cases of retirees year-wise in Proforma 8. DA (P) will maintain data of proposal received and authority issued in software as has been done in case of 6th CPC revision of PPOs.

4.Since there will be large number of cases for revision, concerted efforts of all authorities will be required to accomplish the task. It is requested to take immediate action for revision of pension/family pension at the earliest.

This issues with approval of Secretary (Posts).

Encl: As above

Yours faithfully,
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(Smriti Sharan)
Dv.Director General (Estt.)

Authority: India Post


Revision of Pension as per New Formulation to Pre-2016 Railway Pensioners and Family Pensioners

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Revision of Pension as per New Formulation to Pre-2016 Railway Pensioners and Family Pensioners

Implementation of 7th CPC modified recommendations for revision of pension of Pre-2016 Railway Pensioners

Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners

PC-VII No. 20/2017
R.B.E. No.: 49 /2017

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. 2016/F(E)III/1(l)/7
New Delhi, Dated : 22.05.2017
The GMs/FA&CAOS,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12th May, 2017 on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis-mutandis on the Railways also. Rule 40 and 41 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M., correspond to Rule 64 and 65 of the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993 respectively.

2.The Railway Board’s instructions corresponding to the DOP&PW’s instructions referred to in their aforesaid O.M. dated 12.05.2017 (enclosed) are given under:
s/d,
(G. Priya Sudarsani)
Joint Director, Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board

Authority: Railway Board

Source: BPS

Exemption of Pension/ Family Pension received with Gallantry Award

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Exemption of Pension/ Family Pension received with Gallantry Award

Circular No.188
No. AT/Tech/228-VIII
Dated: 06.02.2017
Sub: Exemption of Pension/ Family Pension received with Gallantry Award.

This office is receiving representations from various agencies stating that PDAs are deducting the Income Tax on pension/family pension of the Defence Pensioners/Family Pensioners who have been granted with Gallantry Awards

2. The issue has been examined and it is found that Chapter-III of Income Tax Act-1961, which provides, vide section 10 (18) inserted by the Finance Act-1999 we. f. 01.04.2000 that incomes which do not form part of total income for the purpose of Income Tax includes the following

(i) pension received by an individual who has been in the service of the Central Government or State Government and has been awarded “Param Vir Chakra” or “Maha Vir Chakra” or “Vir Chakra” or such other gallantry award as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf:

(ii) family pension received by any member of the family of an individual referred to in sub-clause (i).

3. In view of the above all Pension Disbursing Authorities are advised to allow the benefit of exemption of Income Tax to the pensioners/family pensioners mentioned at 2(i) & (ii) above.

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(Dhananjay Singh)
Jt.CDA (P)


Non transfer of Pension files from banks to other PDAs: PCDA Circular 190 dated on 16.3.2017

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Non transfer of Pension files from banks to other PDAs: PCDA Circular 190 dated on 16.3.2017 
Circular No. 190
No. AT/Tech/70-XXV
Dated:16.03.2017
To,
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI Deptt. of Govt. Bank Accounts,
Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B
No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai-400051.
2. The Manger CPPC of Public Sector Banks including IDBI
3. The Nodal Officers (ICICI/ AXIS/HDFC Bank).

Sub: Non transfer of Pension files from banks to other PDAs.

This office is receiving representations from pensioners/family pensioners stating that they have submitted applications to their banks for transfer of their pension account to other PDA, however, banks are not
transferring their pension account to the new PDAs.

In this regards, attention is drawn to para 3 of  "Scheme for Payment of Pension of Defence Pension’ by Public Sector Banks” which clearly provides that pensioner will have the choice to draw their pension from any PDA. Further in para 7 of above scheme, procedure for transfer of pension account from one PDA to another PDA has been laid down. Similar provisions for transfer of pension account alongwith necessary supporting documents from one PDA to another PDAs are available in para 93.1, 93.3 and 94 of Defence Pension Payment Instruction 2013.

Non-transfer of pension account of pensioner/family pensioners, if opting, is not only a violation of provisions laid down but also reason of cause of dissent in pensioner/family pensioner. It is, therefore, requested to transfer pension account of pensioners/family pensioners to the new PDA on priority as and when pensioner/family pensioner opts for the same.

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(Abhishek Singh)
ACDA (P)

Automatic restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension and payment of Additional Quantum of Pension/Family Pension

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Automatic restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension and payment of Additional Quantum of Pension/Family Pension

Circular No.191
No. AT/Tech/070-XXV
Dated: 23-03-2017
To,
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI Deptt. of Govt. Bank Accounts,
Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B
No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai-400051
2. The Director of Treasuries of all state …….
3. The Manger CPPC of Public Sector Banks including IDBI
4. The Nodal Officers (ICICI/ AXIS/HDFC Bank)….
5. The CDA (PD) Meerut……….
6. The CDA-Chennai……….
7. The Pay & Accounts Officers…………
8. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal.
9. The DPDO…………
10. The Post Master…………..

Sub: Automatic restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension and payment of Additional Quantum of Pension/Family Pension.

Guidelines on “Restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension after 15 years of retirement” and “Payment of Addition Quantum of Pension/Family pension to Pensioners /Family Pensioners of 80 years of age and above” has already been issued vide this office Circular No. 165 dt. 22.02.2013 are reiterated as under:

1. Restoration of Commuted Portion of Pension after 15 years of retirement:-

(i) Where the commutation of pension is/was simultaneous with the retirement, the commuted portion of pension shall be restored after expiry of 15 years with effect from the date of retirement, if payment of commuted value of pension is made during the first month of retirement leading to appropriate reduction on account of commutation in first pension itself.

(ii) Where commutation of pension is applied and notified after the date of commencement of pension and commuted portion leads to a reduction in pension in second or subsequent month, the 15 year period for restoration of commuted portion will be reckoned from the date of payment of commuted value i.e. from the date on which reduction in pension on account of commutation become effective.

(iii) Further, where the commuted value is paid in more than one stages, the reduction in amount of pension in such cases shall be made from the respective dates of payment and commuted portion of pension of such
pensioners will also be restored in stages by pension disbursing authorities on completion of 15 years from the date of reduction in pension.

Note:- Restoration of 1/3rd commuted pension in respect of those pensioners who have commuted 100% pension on absorption in PSU/Autonomous bodies etc. will be made only through Corr PPO.

2. Payment of Additional quantum of pension/family pension to pensioners/family pensioners of 80 years of age and above:

(i) The procedure for payment of additional quantum of pension/ family pension to old pensioner/family pensioner has been provided in this office circulars No.57 dt. 27.9.2008, 68 dt. 28.7.2009, 72 dt. 24.9.2009, 75 dt. 25.11.2009, 83 dt. 12.10.2011, 397 dt.18.11.2008, 417 dt. 02.09.2009, 441 dt. 01.10.2010 and 470 dt.27.9.2011.

According to these, the additional quantum of pension/family pension on attaining the age of 80 years and above would be admissible at the below mentioned rates :-
(ii) In cases where exact date of birth of pensioner/family pensioner is available in the PPO, the additional quantum of pension/family pension on attaining the age of 80 years and above, would be payable at the above mentioned rates from the first day of the month in which his/her date of birth falls.

(iii) However, in case the exact date of birth is not available either in the PPO or in the office records, but an indication regarding the age of pensioner /family pensioner is available, the additional quantum of pension/family pension shall be paid from the 1st January of the year following the year in which the pensioner / family pensioner has completed the age of 80 years and above, based on the FPO/Office records. For example if the records show that the pensioner/family pensioner has already completed the age of 80 years/ 85 years as on 1st January 2008, he/ she shall be allowed additional quantum of pension/family pension from 1st January 2008. No corrigendum PPO is required to be issued in such cases.

(iv) In case neither the exact date of birth nor the age is available either in the PFC or in the office records, the PDA will request the pensioner family pensioner to submit four copies of any of the following documents duly attested by a Gazetted officer/MLA to the PDA.

(a) PAN Card

(b) Matriculation Certificate (containing the information regarding date of birth)

(c) Pass Port

(d) CGHS/ECHS Card

(e) Driving license (if it contains date of birth)

(f) Election ID Card

(g) Aadhaar Number UIDAI

A. If the document submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner contains the information regarding exact date of birth, the additional quantum of pension/ family pension will be payable from the lst day of the month in which his/her date of birth falls. However, in case the exact date of birth is not available on the documents submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner but an indication regarding the age of pensioner / family pensioner is available therein, the additional quantum of pension/family pension shall be paid from the lst January of the year following the year in which the pensioner / family pensioner has completed the age of 80 years, 85 years etc. based on the documents submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner.

B. The FDA will make the additional quantum of pension/family pension, on provisional basis, up to a period of six months from the month in which the proof of date of birth/age is submitted by the pensioner/family pensioner. In all such cases, the PDA will immediately send one copy of each documents submitted by the pensioner / family pensioner to the Service HQrs / RO / HOO in r/o commissioned officers / PBOR / Defence Civilians respectively for verification and submission to concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities for formal notification of date of birth/age through corrigendum PPO.

C. The FDA Will make payment of additional quantum of pension/family pension beyond a period of six months only on receipt of a corrigendum PPO notifying the date of birth/age of pensioner / family pensioner.

D. In case, the pensioner / family pensioner is unable to submit any of the documents mentioned in para 2(iv) above, but claims additional pension based on some other documentary evidence, such cases will be submitted by the PDA to the Administrative Ministry through service HQrs(for Commissioned Officers)/Record Office (for PBOR)/HOO(for Defence Civilians) as the case may be. If Administrative Ministry is satisfied about the claim of the pensioner/family pensioner the same Will be authorized through corrigendum PPO. No. additional pension Will be released by the PDA until the corrigendum PPO is issued by the Pension Sanctioning Authorities.

However, representations/complaints from various agencies are still being received on the both subjects stating that PDA is not restoring commuted portion of pension even after completion of 15 years or not making payment of additional quantum of pension/ family pension to old aged pensioners/family pensioners. Accordingly, there is a need to develop a mechanism by the PDAs to restore the commuted portion of pension automatically after expiry of 15 years of retirement/reduction in pension on account of commutation become effective or for payment of additional pension automatically on attaining the age of 80 years or above as mentioned.

It is, therefore, requested that a mechanism may be established to restore the commuted portion of pension automatically after expiry of 15 years of retirement/reduction in pension on account of commutation become effective and for payment of additional pension automatically on attaining the age of 80 years or above as mentioned above.

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(Dhananjay Singh)
J t.CDA (P)

Grant of Disability Element to Armed Forces Personnel - DESW Orders issued on 19.5.2017

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Grant of Disability Element to Armed Forces Personnel - DESW Orders issued on 19.5.2017

Grant of Disability Element to Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability attributable to or aggravated by Military Service and subsequently proceeded on premature/ voluntary retirement prior to 01.01.2006

No.16(05)/2008/D(Pension/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi-110011 Dated 19th May 2017

To,
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Subject: Grant of Disability Element to Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability attributable to or aggravated by Military Service and subsequently proceeded on premature/ voluntary retirement prior to 01.01.2006.

Sir,
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry's letter No. 16(5)/2008/ D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th September 2009 wherein disability element/ war injury element have been allowed to such Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability and retired/ discharged voluntary or otherwise in addition to retiring/ service pension or retiring/ service gratuity, subject to condition that their disability was accepted as attributable to or aggravated by military service and had foregone lump sum compensation in lieu of that disability.

2. In terms of Para- 3 of the above referred letter the provisions stated above are applicable to the Armed Forces Personnel who were retired/ discharged from service on or after 01.01.2006. Armed Force Tribunal (Principal Branch) New Delhi in CA No. 336 of 2011 vide their order dated 07.02.2012 have struck down Para-3 of this Ministry's above letter.

3. The issue of extension of above benefit to the Pre-2006 retired/ discharged Armed Forces Personnel, who were retained in service despite disability attributable to or aggravated by military service, was under active consideration of Government. Now, the President is pleased to decide that all Pre- 2006 Armed Forces Personnel who were retained in service despite disability and retired voluntarily or otherwise will be allowed disability element/war injury element in addition to retiring/ service pension or retiring/ service gratuity, subject to the condition that their disability was accepted as attributable to or aggravated by military service and had foregone lump sum compensation in lieu of that disability. Further, concerned Armed Forces Personnel should still be suffering from the same disability which should be assessed at 20% or more on the date of effect of this letter.

4. Implementation of these orders is expected to be arduous and challenging. Documents like Medical Board proceedings, retention of the personnel in service despite disability, option of individual foregoing lump sum compensation and non-payment of lump sum compensation would be required in all cases which may not be available at the end of Pay Accounting Authorities/ Record offices and Pension sanctioning authorities readily. In such cases, pensioners/ family pensioners may be asked to produce the copies of relevant documents to the Executive authorities in support of their claims.

5. The claim for grant of disability element/ war injury element in affected cases will be submitted to the PSA concerned by PCDA(O) Pune/ NPO/ AFCAO/ Record office along-with copy of medical board/ fresh medical board proceedings showing extent of disability applicable as on date of effect of this letter in respect of Commissioned officers/ JCOs/ ORs. It will be responsibility of PCDA(O) Pune/ NPO/ AFCAO and Record office to confirm payment/ non-payment of lump sum-compensation in lieu of disability element to Commissioned officers and JCOs/ ORs. A sanction showing extent of disability and its attributability/ aggravation due to Military service in terms of MOD letter No. 4684/DIR(PEN)/ 2001 dated 14.08.2001 would be issued by the Service HQrs in case of Commissioned Officers and sanction would be issued by ON C Record office in case of JCOs/ ORs.

6. The corrigendum PPOs granting disability element/ war injury element in all affected cases will be issued by respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities.

7. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2006.

8. Pension Regulation of all the three services will be amended in due course.

9. This Issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry their letter I.D. No 10(3)2012/FlN/PEN dated 19th May 2017.

10. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully
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(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix: BPS

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Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix: BPS
No.SG/BPS/7PC/10
Dated : 22/05/2017
Additional Secretary,
GOl, DOP & PW, 
3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan,Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003
(For the kind attention of Ms Vandana Sharma)

Madam.
Subject: Issue of Fitment Tables for Revision of Pension as per Notional Pay in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

Reference: DOP&PW OM No. 38/27/2016-P& PW(A) Dated 12-5-2017 - View 

Under signed is directed to say that implementation of the said OM dtd 125.2017 will be as difficult as Option 1 would have been. Unless Fitment Tables/Ready recknors are issued and pending issue of revised PPOs, PDAs are instructed to pay revised pension with reference to LPD given in the PPO on the basis of which PDA initially started payment of Pension. This will avoid hardship/ harassment to pensioners, would minimize chances of corruption and ensure speedy compliance as issue of revised PPOs especially by the Department of Post and the Ministry of Railways may take years.

It is. therefore. earnestly requested that

i) Scale wise Fitment Tables/Ready reckoners may be issued early in case of Pensioners retired during the regime of various Pay Commissions such as 4th 5th & 6th

ii) A dedicated Software may be provided to all PSAs for the Revision of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners and for expeditious issue of revised PPOs 

iii) Ministry of Railways and the department of Post may be requested to expedite digitization of all PPOs and to make these available online as has been done by CPAO.

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours truly,
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Secretary General. Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Copy for information and n/a : To Secy. GOI Department of AR.PG and Pensions , 5th floor, Patel
Bhawan. Parliament street. New Delhi 110001

Source: BPS

Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts

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Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts

No.5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:-Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts - Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2. It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a) Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:

1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.

2) Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout cf CGHS and avail anyother medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non - CGHS areas:

1) They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month

2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS “city after“ making the required subscription.

3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3. In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4. Further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

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(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA

Authority:  www.cghs.gov.in

7th CPC Revised Pay Matrix - Pay Protection to officers on Central Deputation: DoPT Order

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7th CPC Revised Pay Matrix - Pay Protection to officers on Central Deputation: DoPT Order

No.F.14021/3/2016-AIS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, dated the 19th/22nd May, 2017

To
(i)The Chief Secretaries of All States/UTs
(ii)JS(P), Ministry of Home Affairs North Block, New Delhi
(iii)JS(IFS), Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

Subject: Amendments in the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – reg.

Sir/Madam,

The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated the 16th May, 2017 has made certain changes in the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The following changes are relevant for All India Service officers:

(i) The Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 13 of Civil Pay Matrix shall be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. Accordingly, the Civil Pay Matrix as contained in Schedule-III of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 08.09.2016, IPS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated the 23.09.2016 and IFS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 28.09.2016 shall be revised as at Appendix-I (copy enclosed)

(ii) The provision contained in Rule 7 of the aforesaid Rules shall be revised to the extent that the benefit of pay protection in the form of personal pay of officers posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme, as envisaged therein, shall be given effect from 1st January, 2016 instead of 25th July, 2016. Further, this benefit shall also be extended to officers from Services under Central Staffing Scheme, coming on deputation to Central Government, on posts not covered under Central Staffing Scheme.

Accordingly, the Rule 7 of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 08.09.2016, IPS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated the 23.09.2016 and IFS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 28.09.2016 shall be revised as under:

7. Pay protection to officers on Central deputation -

“If the pay of the AIS officers posted on deputation to the Central Government, is fixed in the revised pay structure, either under these rules or as per the instructions regulating such fixation of pay on the post to which they are appointed on deputation, and happens to be lower than the pay they would have been entitled to had they been in their parent cadre and would have drawn that pay but for the Central deputation, such difference in the pay shall be protected in the form of Personal Pay with effect from the 1st January, 2016”.

2. The State Government is requested to furnish their comments on the proposed amendments immediately and positively by 26th May, 2017. If no reply is received by this time, it would be presumed that the State Government concurs with the said amendments.

3. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

Yours faithfully,
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(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.dopt.gov.in



7th CPC Bunching Benefit to Assistant Accounts Officers – NFCAA writes a letter to CGA

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7th CPC Bunching Benefit to Assistant Accounts Officers – NFCAA writes a letter to CGA

N.F.C.A.A. LETTER TO C.G.A.
No:- NFCAA/HQ/A-2/2017
Dated: 22.05.2017
To,
Shri Anthony Lianzuala,
Controller General of Accounts,
Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure,
4th Floor, GPOA, Block-E, INA,
New Delhi – 110023

Subject: – Extension of the benefit of bunching to Assistant Accounts Officers as per the recommendations of 7CPC.

Sir,
I have been directed to draw your kind and personnel attention to the All India Civil Accounts Employees Association Category-II letter No:- AICAEA Cat-II/CHQ/2017/27 dated 27.04.2017 (Copy enclosed) on the above mentioned subject and state that, it is nearly eight months the Implementation Cell of Department of Expenditure vide order No:- 1-6/2016-IC dated 07.09.2016 has conveyed its decision to implement the recommendation of 7CPC regarding the bunching benefit to entitled employees and officers, but the Assistant Accounts Officers of Civil Accounts Organization have not yet been extended the benefit inspite of an order issued by your office in this respect. As such the Assistant Accounts Officers have become aggrieved due to non-receipt of their legitimately due benefit.

Therefore, on behalf of this federation, I seek your kind intervention into the matter so that the issue is settled at the earliest.

Four your kind and early favorable action this federation shall be highly thankful to you.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

(V. Bhattacharjee)
Secretary General

Source: http://nfcaahqnd.blogspot.in/

11th Bipartite News – Bottlenecks in the commencement of Salary Revision Negotiations in Banking Industry – AIBOC Circular

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11th Bipartite News – Bottlenecks in the commencement of Salary Revision Negotiations in Banking Industry – AIBOC Circular

BOTTLENECKS IN THE COMMENCEMENT OF SALARY REVISION NEGOTIATIONS IN BANKING INDUSTRY

We have today sent a communication to Hon’ble Finance Minister of India on the captioned subject. A copy of the same is enclosed for information.

2. All our members/affiliates are requested to await further developments in this regard.

With greetings,
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(D.T.Franco)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Text of the Letter

Letter No: AIBOC/2017/19
Dated: 20/05/2017
Shri. Arun Jaitley,
Hon’ble Minister for Finance,
Government of India,
NEW DELHI.

Dear Sir,

BOTTLENECKS IN THE COMMENCEMENT OF SALARY REVISION NEGOTIATIONS IN BANKING INDUSTRY

We are sorry to bring to your kind notice that even though the Government of India has been insisting for an early salary revision settlement at the industry level between the Indian Banks Association and the United forum of Bank Unions, there has been an unnecessary delay due to certain avoidable difficulties created by the Management of few banks in the Banking industry. It is historical that the salary revision in the Banking industry takes place once in 5 years through bilateral negotiations between the associations/unions and the Indian Banks Association covering over 10 lac workforce in the entire banking industry. During the last five decades we have concluded 10 bipartite settlements and the 11th one is now expected to take off. The first round of meeting was held between the IBA and the constituents of the United Forum of Bank unions on 2nd May, 2017 but without any concrete progress. One of the major hurdles that we are now encountering is in respect of the ‘mandate’ to be given by the member banks to the Indian Banks’ Association. A few of the banks have given a conditional mandate creating a chaotic and confusing situation in the negotiations, by insisting that they are allowing mandate for discussions only upto officers of scale III and that the remaining scales will have to be left to the discretion of the Bank.

2. The Banking Industry is overwhelmingly under the control of the Government of India due to the historical decisions taken by the Government of India during 1969 and 1980. The Nationalization of Banks was in the best interests of the economy and to take Banking facilities to the nook and corner of the country. We have seen the great contribution made by the banks during the last several decades due to this consolidation and ownership by the Central Government. But there was one area which was causing serious industrial relations crisis in the Banks at frequent intervals. Different banks had different service conditions and compensation system creating serious problems in the area of HR management. It was at this stage that the Government of India appointed Pillai Committee for the purpose of standardization of the scales and grades and also to bring parity amongst the Public Sector banks. After a thorough study of the service conditions that existed in those days, the Pillai Committee submitted a comprehensive report aiming at standardization and uniformity in the service conditions of the Officers in the Banking Industry. Thereafter, the Government of India introduced the recommendations of the Pillai Committee in the Banks for ensuring standardization and parity amongst the Public Sector Banks. Thus, a well-developed pattern was established over the next rounds of bipartite system in carrying forward the attempts made by Pillai Committee for the purpose of standardization of the salary scales and compensation system in the Banking industry. The Pillai Committee had recommended 4 grades and 7 scales which has now become a regular feature in all the Public Sector banks including the State Bank of India.

3. The Officers’ organizations have been negotiating with the Indian Banks Association in respect of all these 7 scales over the last several bipartites. Thus, the industrial relations have been cordial and harmonious as far as the salary structure and compensation systems were concerned as they were being discussed and settled through bilateral negotiations at the industry level. The present decision of some of the Banks, in particular the bigger Banks, seem to create a similar disparity which was prevailing earlier to distort the broad parity that is prevailing in the banking industry by attempting to retain the right of decision in regard to the scale IV and above in the banking industry. This will defeat the very purpose of the Pillai Committee’s attempt in ensuring parity and the subsequent objectives of the bilateral settlement.

4. We have conveyed our sentiments to IBA in our informal discussions and have requested them to ask all the Banks to give an unconditional mandate for negotiations on all scales rather than restricting it up to scale III alone. We therefore request your kind intervention in the matter so that the issue could be resolved without any further escalation on this issue which may affect the smooth conduct of negotiations.
Please treat the matter as urgent.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely, 
SD/-
(D. T. Franco)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Source: www.aiucbof.com

Allowance Committee Report: Empowered Committee will submit memorandum after 1.6.2017 to consideration of Cabinet

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Allowance Committee Report: Empowered Committee will submit memorandum after 1.6.2017 to consideration of Cabinet

Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India)

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: May 23, 2017
All Constituents of Staff Side(JCM)

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary (Government of India)

Today I met the Cabinet Secretary(Government of India) and handed him over a copy of our letter regarding inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Ashok Lavasa Committee on Allowances.

Also shown him our anguish regarding other demands, pending with different committees, such as Minimum Wage, Fitment Formula and NPS, etc. etc.

The Cabinet Secretary said that, he has fixed date of 1st June, 2017 for perusal of the report of the Allowances Committee by the Empowered Committee, and soon after that, he will send a memorandum to the Cabinet for their consideration.

This is for your information.

Comradely Yours,
sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Source: AIRF

Revision of Pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees based on fitment tables for notional pay – Procedural action taken by Finance Ministry

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Revision of Pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees based on fitment tables for notional pay – Procedural action taken by Finance Ministry

“Revision of pension based on fitment tables for notional pay will be issued for use by the pension revising administrative authorities, PAOs and pension accounting organisations in the Central Government.”

“Once the revised pension authority is received by the Banks, they will ensure timely payment of revised pension and arrears”

Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017

No.1(13)/EV/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 23rd May, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 – Regarding.

The Ministries/Departments of the Central Government are aware of the orders issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW) contained in their OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.5.2017 regarding revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees. In terms of para 4 thereof, the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired/died prior to 1.1.2016 may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. The said OM further provides that this will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the formula for revision of pay. 50% of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016.

2. The Ministries/Departments are aware that actual implementation of the aforesaid order contained in the OM dated 12.5.2017 of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare involves a procedure for revision of pension of such pensioners, which covers a number of agencies like the Heads of Departments/Heads of Offices, under whose administrative control a particular pensioner had worked before retirement/death, the concerned PAOs, pension accounting organizations like CPAO in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting organizations pertaining to pensioners in Ministries of Railways, Defence and Department of Posts, etc. Therefore, a coordinated action amongst these agencies is required to ensure that revision of pension in such cases is processed expeditiously.

3. Accordingly, while the substantive matter pertaining to revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 Central Government retirees concerns Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as already provided in their aforesaid OM dated 12.5.2017 and any further substantive order thereon issued by them, there are certain procedural actions which need to be taken by the concerned administrative agencies in each Ministry/Department as well as the pension accounting organisations like the Central Pension Accounting Office under the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure; Controller General of Defence Accounts under the Ministry of Defence and similar pension accounting organisations under the Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts etc so that appropriate implementation of the orders of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as per their OM dated 12.5.2017 is carried out expeditiously.

4. In order, therefore, to put the procedural issues in this regard in perspective and to provide for coordinated action amongst the concerned agencies, the following procedural points of action are to be taken by the concerned agencies as brought out below:

(A) Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance

(i) The fitment tables for fixation of notional pay will be worked out by the Department of Expenditure and provided to Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare for appropriate guidelines for the purpose of issue of any further substantive order in the matter.

(B) Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

(i) The appropriate guidelines/ instructions for revision of pension based on fitment tables for notional pay will be issued for use by the pension revising administrative authorities, PAOs and pension accounting organisations in the Central Government.

(C) Pension Accounting Authorities

(i) The Central Pension Accounting Office in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting offices in the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts etc., shall pass on the available and relevant data of live pensioners to the concerned PAOs by 31.05.2017, if such data is already available with them. This action will be completed within two weeks. In cases where the data is not available, the same will be obtained by the pension accounting offices from the disbursing banks and shall be passed on to the concerned PAOs. This action will be taken up simultaneously and completed within four weeks.

(ii) The pension accounting offices, while passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, may also devise a suitable mechanism for electronic revision, as far as possible, to enable PAOs to process the cases of pension revision expeditiously.

(iii) The central pension accounting offices like the CPAO, at the time of passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, shall send a few illustrative examples on pension revision in such cases to the pension disbursing Banks to enable them to consider suitable changes in the software, if necessary, for the purpose.

(D) Pay & Account Office (PAO)/Head of the Department

(i) The concerned PAOs, on receiving data from the pension accounting organizations, shall immediately, and not later than 3 days from the receipt of data, pass on the data to the concerned administration/establishment Branches/Heads of the Office (HOO)s under various Heads of Department (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments. The HOOs will also check their records to ascertain the actual numbers of retirees.

(ii) The concerned administration/establishment branches/Heads of Offices (HOO) under various Heads of Departments (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments shall take action to revise the pension in case of retirees who had worked under their administrative control, based on the orders issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 and any further order containing the fitment table providing for notional pay, after due verification of the relevant records.

(iii) In cases where records are readily available with the HoD/DDO, the action to process revision of pension shall be initiated forthwith and not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the list of pensioners by the PAOs from the CPAO. In such cases, revised pension cases will be sent to the PAOs for further necessary action by the concerned administrative Branches/HOOs, which normally process the pension cases in case of employees under their administrative domain on their retirement/death.

(iv) In cases where records are not readily available, the concerned HOOs/HODs will ensure appropriate action for verification of such cases and ensure expeditious revision of pension as per the prescribed procedure and passing on the same to PAOs for further necessary action.

(v) On receipt of revised pension cases from the administrative/establishment branches, the PAOs shall take further appropriate action expeditiously and pass on the duly verified pension revision authorities to the pension accounting offices like the CPAO, which will in turn take further action to issue necessary instructions/authority to the disbursing Banks without delay.

(vi) Once the revised pension authority is received by the Banks, they will ensure timely payment of revised pension and arrears, if any, to the accounts of pensioners.

5. In order to ensure effective monitoring of the progress of pension revision based on the procedure outlined above, a monitoring mechanism will also be followed as brought out below:

(i) DOP&PW will periodically monitor the Ministry-wise progress of pension revision. For this purpose, Ministry-wise details would be made available by the respective pension accounting organisations, viz, CPAO, CGDA, etc, to the Department of P&PW.

(ii) The progress of pension revision at the HOD/HOO level will be monitored by the concerned JS(Admn) of the Ministry/Department on a weekly basis. This will be included as one agenda in the Senior Officers Meetings (SOM) in each Ministry/Department.

(iii) CPAO and similar pension accounting organisations shall place online a dashboard of the progress of revision of pension cases with PAOs, CCAs, nodal authorities of Ministries/Departments and Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.

(iv) In order to ensure timely action on the part of Chief Controller of Accounts/Controller of Accounts/PAOs and Pension Accounting Organisations, a weekly progress meeting shall be held at the level of Chief Controller of Pension and this shall be monitored on monthly basis by Controller General of Accounts, CGDA and similar levels in the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, etc.

sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

Authority: http://finmin.nic.in/

Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – Clarification reg

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Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – Clarification reg
D.O.No.AIRF/MACPS
Dated: May 22, 2017
Dear Shri Mittal Ji,

Sub: Recommendations of 7th CPC on benchmark for the purpose of MACPS – Clarification reg.

Ref.: Railway Board’s letter No.PC-V/2016/MACPS/1 dated 19.05.2017

This issue has been discussed with you on several occasions individually as well as jointly, where I mentioned that, the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to us that, the Railways being working under different working conditions, and for operation of the trains, a flow process system is in vogue, that is the reason, in the selections for various posts and categories; benchmarking system had been introduced after VI CPC when DoP&T issued instructions that, financial upgradation under MACPS should be based on “Very Good” benchmark. Even DoP&T agreed that the same benchmark should be used for MACPS which is in vogue for selection in case of the Railway employees.

Now, it is a matter of utter surprise that, on the reference as well as reply from the DoP&T, the Railways had issued instructions for “Very Good” benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS. This issue is very sensitive and will definitely create lots of agitations because, in the MACPS benchmark of “Very Good” will be considered for consecutive three years. In most of the cases employees will be deprived of from MACPS. Since Railways are working in a flow process system, wherein, instead of individual contribution, joint contribution of the employees has their weightage.

We sincerely hope that, you will kindly intervene in the matter and as has been advised by the Cabinet Secretary, the same benchmark, which is prevalent for selection should be in vogue in case of MACPS also.

Yours sincerly,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

Inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Committee on Allowances – NC JCM Staff Side

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Inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Committee on Allowances – NC JCM Staff Side

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: May 23, 2017
The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Inordinate delay in implementation of the report of the Committee on Allowances

It is a matter of regret that, in spite of all the persuasions made by the Staff Side(JCM) there is inordinate delay in finalization of recommendations of the Ashok Lavasa Committee on Allowances. More than one year and three months have passed after implementation of the report of the VII CPC, but the employees are still getting allowances at the old rates as had been recommended by the VI CPC.

The Committee on Allowancestook longer time while finalizing its recommendations, but it is a matter of deep regret that, even after submission of the report by the said committee, the same has not been made available to the Staff Side(JCM), therefore, we do not know what recommendations have been made by the said committee.

Staff Side(JCM), therefore, requests that the recommendations of the Allowances Committee should be made available to the Staff Side(JCM).

Moreover, it would be highly appreciated that, the Allowances should be implemented without any further delay, and the date of the implementation should be w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

With Kind Regards!

Comradely Yours,
sd/-
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com

Mass Dharna in front of Finance Ministry Office a Resounding Success – Confederation

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MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

23rd MAY 2017
MASS DHARNA IN FRONT OF FINANCE MINISTER’S OFFICE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

ABOUT 3000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS RALLIED IN FRONT OF NORTH BLOCK, THE CENTRE OF GOVERNANCE OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

AN OUTBURST OF PROTEST, ANGER, RESENTMENT AND DISCONTENTMENT AGAINST THE BETRAYAL OF NDA GOVERNMENT

The mass dharna organized in front of Union Finance Minister’s office at North Block, New Delhi was a thundering success. Inspite of repeated intervention of the police authorities and also denial of police permission in the last minute, employees and pensioners poured in thousands from all parts of the country and defeated the attempt of the authorities to prevent the Confederation from conducting the dharna at the declared venue, North Block, the centre of governance of Govt. of India. About 3000 employees and pensioners participated. As South Block and North Block are highly protected security zone in Delhi, during the last more than 15 years, no agitational programme could be organized near South/North Block. The dharna participants included employees from various affiliates of Confederation, Central Government Pensioners Associations, Autonomous body employees and pensioners. As a mark of solidarity and support of Central Secretariat employees, the leaders of Central Secretaries Employees Associations also participated in the mass dharna. The demands raised in the 21 point charter of demands of Confederation submitted to Government during the 16th May 2017 strike was highlighted. The demands included honour assurance given by the Group of Minister’s on 30.06.2016 to NJCA leaders, Increase minimum wage and fitment formula, grant revised allowances including HRA and Transport Allowance from 01.01.2016, Implement option-I parity recommended by 7th Pay Commission for pre-2016 pensioners, Implement positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report on GDS and grant Civil Servant Status to Gramin Dak Sevaks, Regularise casual, Part-time, contingent, daily-rated and contract workers and grant equal pay for equal work, withdraw stringent conditions imposed on MACP promotions, Scrap PFRDA Act and withdraw NPS, stop outsourcing, Fill up all vacant posts, remove 5% condition on compassionate appointments, upgradation of pay scale of LDC/UDC, parity in pay to stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial staff in subordinate offices and in all organized accounts cadres with that of Central Secretariat staff etc.

The mass dharna programme was presided by Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President, Confederation. Coms: M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation, R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE, Asok Kumar Kanojia, President, ITEF, Tapas Bose, President, Audit & Accounts Associations, R. Seethalkshmi, Convenor, Women’s Sub Committee, M. K. Kaushik, Ghanashyam, Central Secretariat Employees Association, Worlikar, National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees, Srikrishna Sharma, Central Government Pensioners Association, Rajasthan, Jaipur, Giriraj Singh, President, NFPE & COC Delhi addressed the huge gathering. Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee, Secretary General, Civil Accounts Employees Association & General Secretary, COC Delhi welcomed the dharna participants and Com. Geetha Bhattacharjee, National Secretariat member, offered vote of thanks. The mass dharna commenced at 11 AM and concluded at 2.30 PM. Slogans condemning the betrayal of the Group of Ministers were shouted.

The successful mass dharna once again proved that it is Confederation and Confederation alone is dare enough to fight against the betrayal of the NDA Government and also against all injustices meted out to the Central Government employees and Pensioners. The unprecedented success of the 16th March 2017 one day strike and the 23rd May 2017 mass dharna programme is a clear message to the Government that Confederation shall not rest, till the genuine and justified demands of the Central Government employees and Pensioners are settled.

Let us march forward to our next programme i.e; HUMAN CHAIN of Central Government Employees and Pensioners in all major cities in front of all important offices on 22nd June 2017.

Yours faithfully,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob & Whastapp: 09447068125
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/



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