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Pension related complaints

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Pension related complaints

Public and pension matter grievances received are generally related to various service issues. Pension grievances relate to non-payment/delay in payment of pensionary benefits, delay in revision of pension/family pension etc. All such grievances are required to be redressed in a decentralized manner by the Ministries/ Departments concerned as per work allocation under the Allocation of Business Rules, 1961.  Grievances relating to State Governments are forwarded to them for appropriate action.

As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, any grievance, including a pension grievance, is required to be redressed within a period of 2 months by the concerned Ministry/Department/Organization to which it pertains and in case it is not possible, an interim reply with reasons for delay is required to be provided.

Grievance disposal is monitored through review meetings with the representatives of Central Ministry/Department/Organisation. Reviews of grievances of Ministries/Departments are also undertaken every month during meetings conducted on PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) platform. An Electronic Dashboard for Secretaries has been created showing the consolidated status of grievances disposed and pending on CPGRAMS. Weekly reminders through SMS are also sent for pending grievances.   

When an official is allocated the work of redress of grievances, it is part of his/her responsibility, and action, if required, can be taken against the erring officials for dereliction of duties as per the relevant Service Rules.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today.


Criminal cases against officers - DoPT

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Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Criminal cases against officers

CBI has registered 139 cases against Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS) & Indian Foreign Services (IFS) officers during the last three years since 1.1.2014 to 30.11.2017 which are at various stages.

The Government is taking various steps as under for minimizing the chances of any corruption in public services which includes: 

The All-India Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969 has been amended to include the provision of conclusion of enquiry and submission of report within a period of six months from the date of receipt of order of Inquiring Authority.

In order to ensure probity amongst government servants, Ministries/Departments/Cadres have been asked to regularly review the officers/officials (including those belonging to IAS, IPS, IRS& IFS) under the provisions of FR-56 (J)/Rule 16 (3) of AIS (DCRB) Rules 1958. The position is reviewed at the level of this Department as well as Cabinet Secretariat. As per information provided by Cadres, provisions of FR-56 (J)/Rule 16 (3) of AIS (DCRB) Rules 1958 have been invoked/recommended against 72 Group A officers (including those belonging to IAS, IPS, IRS & IFS) and 125 Group B officers.

Regular review is undertaken for expediting disposal of pending disciplinary proceedings and for expeditious disposal of pending sanction of prosecution cases within the stipulated timeframe by the respective Cadres/Departments.
In order to speed up disposal of the case pending trial, 92 additional Special Courts for CBI have been set up.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha today.

Minority Youths in Armed Forces

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Minority Youths in Armed Forces

Recruitment in the Armed Forces is based on merit and is open to all citizens irrespective of class, caste, community, region or religion.  As such the record of data of recruitment in the Armed Forces on the basis of caste, community, region or religion is not maintained.

Various actions are taken to attract more applicants to join the Armed Forces.  These include sustained image projection, participation in career fairs and exhibitions and publicity campaign to create awareness among the youth on the advantages of taking up a challenging and satisfying career.  Further, Government has taken various steps to make Armed Forces’ jobs attractive including improvement in promotion prospects in the Armed Forces.

Further, to compensate for the unique aspects of defence service including the extreme conditions in which defence personnel are required to operate, Military Service Pay (MSP) has been provided for upto the level of Brigadier and equivalent. Consequently, while the pay on initial induction of a civilian employee at the lowest pay level (in Level-1) is Rs.18,000/-, the pay on initial induction of a defence force personnel, who gets inducted at their lowest pay level which is Level-3, inclusive of MSP will be Rs.26,900/-.  Similarly, while the pay for a civilian Officer inducted in Level-10 would be Rs.56,100/-, the pay for a defence service officer inducted in level-10, inclusive of MSP will be Rs.71,600/-.

Compensation by way of allowances is also paid for the unique Risk and Hardship borne by defence personnel.  Further, benefits in cash and kind are also admissible to Defence Service Personnel including (i) Free rations or Ration Money Allowance in lieu of free rations (ii) tax concessions available in Canteen Stores Depot (iii) Concession vouchers for travel in Railway and by Air.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamrein a written reply to ShriSirajuddinAjmalin LokSabha today.

DELHI HIGH COURT IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT ON MACP

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IMPORTANT - DELHI HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT ON MACP


Honorarium for Armed Forces Personnel

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Ministry of Defence
Honorarium for Armed Forces Personnel

Government has enhanced the monthly monetary allowances attached to Pre-Independence and Post-Independence Gallantry Awards with effect from 01 August 2017.  The details of which are as under:

Pre-Independence Gallantry Awards
Gallantry Awards
Previous rate of Monetary Allowance
(Rupees per month)
Revised rate of Monetary Allowance
(Rupees per month)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
4,000
8,000
Indian Order of Merit (IOM)
4,000
8,000
Indian Distinguished Service Medal (IDSM)
4,000
8,000
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
2,800
6,000
Military Cross (MC)
2,800
6,000
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for Officers
2,800
6,000
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
2,800
6,000
Military Medal (MM)
2,800
6,000
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) for Other Ranks
2,800
6,000
JangiInam
500
1,000

Post-Independence Gallantry Awards
Gallantry Awards
Previous rate of Monetary Allowance
(Rupees per month)
Revised rate of Monetary Allowance
(Rupees per month)
ParamVir Chakra (PVC)
10,000
20,000
Ashoka Chakra (AC)
6,000
12,000
MahaVir Chakra (MVC)
5,000
10,000
Kirti Chakra (KC)
4,500
9,000
Vir Chakra (VrC)
3,500
7,000
Shaurya Chakra (SC)
3,000
6,000
Sena / Nao Sena / Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).
1,000
2,000
 This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamrein a written reply to ShrimatiPoonambenMaadamin LokSabha today.

Family Pension to Divorced Daughters

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Ministry of Defence
Family Pension to Divorced Daughters

There is no such proposal.  However, vide Ministry of Defence letter dated 17.11.2017, divorced daughter is now eligible for ordinary family pension for life subject to fulfilment of the following conditions:-

When widow / widower of Defence personnel and eligible children below 25 years of age have ceased to be eligible to receive family pension and there is no disabled child to receive family pension.
Divorced daughter was dependent on defence personnel / pensioner or his / her spouse i.e. if decree of divorce had been issued by the competent court during life time of at least one of the parents or even the divorce proceedings had been filed in a competent court during the life time of the personnel / pensioner or his / her spouse but the divorce took place after their death.
She is not earning equal to or more than the sum of minimum family pension and dearness relief thereon.
As and when received, requests from divorced daughters for grant of family pension are replied in accordance with the existing policy.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri P. Nagarajanin Lok Sabha today.

General Provident Fund (GPF) Interest Rate from January 2018 to March 2018

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General Provident Fund (GPF) Interest Rate from January 2018 to March 2018

Resolution - accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the GPF and other similar funds - 2017, w.e.f. 1st January, 2018 to 31st March, 2018

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)
F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

New Delhi, the 1st January, 2018

RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.6% (Seven point six per cent) w.e.f. 1st January, 2018 to 31st March, 2018. This rate will be in force w.e.f.1st January, 2018 . The funds concerned are:—
1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

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(Anjana Vashishtha)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)
Authority: www.dea.gov.in

Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways

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Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD )
No.E(P&A)I-2016/RT-16
RBE No.205/2017
New Delhi Dated: 26.12.2017
The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways including
Production Units etc.

Sub: Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) vide OM No. A.12034/1/2017- CHS-V dated 30.09.2017 has communicated (i) post-facto approval of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors of Indian Railway Medical Service; (ii) approval of Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental doctors under Ministry of Railways to 65 years; and (iii) that Doctors shall hold the administrative post till the date of attaining the age of 62 years.

2. Accordingly, the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways is enhanced from 60 years to 65 years.

3. Doctors shall hold administrative posts till the date of attaining the age of 62 years and thereafter their services shall be placed in Non-administrative positions.

4. Consequent upon enhancement of the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors, all Zonal Railways/Production Units are requested to review the vacancies arising from retirement in regard to direct recruitment as well as promotion so that there is no over recruitment or litigation or review DPCs because of change in “Zone of Consideration” as a result of reduction in the number of retirement vacancies.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

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(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director Estt. (P&A)-I
Railway Board

Authority: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in

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