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Welfare of Senior citizens in India

October 29, 2011 2 comments

    The National Policy on Older Persons, 1999 envisages State support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons to improve the quality of their lives.The Ministry of Social Justice &Empowerment is implementing the scheme of integrated programme for Older Persons under which financial assistance is provided to Non-Governmental Organisation, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Local Bodies,etc. for running and maintenance of old age homes. An amount of Rs 60.73 lakh, Rs.52.02 lakh and Rs. 67.18 lakh were released to NGOs in Assam for running and maintenance OAHs under the scheme during 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 respectively.
Besides, Various concessions/Facilities like income tax rebate; concession in rail and air fare; separate queue for older persons and geriatric clinic in several government hospitals, etc.are provided to senior citizens by the Central Government.


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Revision of pension of pre-1996 and pre-2006 retired employees of scale Rs.6500-10500 w.r.t. Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-.

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment
RBE No.141/2011

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

No. F(E)III/2008/PN1/12 New
 

Delhi, Dated:10.10.2011.

The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Indian Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Revision of pension of pre-1996 and pre-2006 retired employees of scale Rs.6500-10500 w.r.t. Grade Pay of Rs.4600/-.

1.   A doubt has been raised by one of the Zonal Railways as to whether pension/family pension of pre-2006 retirees, who retired from the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500, will be stepped up w.r.t. Grade Pay of Rs. 4600 in the light of the decision of Department of Expenditure vide their O.M. No. 1/1/2008- IC dated 13th November,2009 w.e.f.1.1.2006 to grant revised Grade Pay of Rs. 4600 in lieu of Rs. 4200 to those who were in pre-revised pay scale of Rs.6500-10500.

2.  This issue has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, and it is clarified that pre-2006 retired employees who were in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 are not entitled for stepping up of their pension and family pension with reference to the revised Grade Pay Rs.4600/-

3.  Please acknowledge receipt.

 

sd/-
( S.Sreeram)
Joint Director Finance(Estt.),
Railway Board.

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Updated Version of Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System for Better Services to The Pensioners

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Updated Version of Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System for Better Services to The Pensioners

      The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has been implementing a web based Mission Mode Project namely “Pensioners’ Portal” under the National e-Governance Plan since March, 2007. Under the same the Department has Centralized Pension Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS) vide which the pension related grievances of various Ministries are forwarded to the respective Ministries/Department for early redressal
.
   The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare with the help of NIC has developed an updated version of CPENGRAMS, which is based on integration of the data base of Centralized Public Grievances Redressal and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), under the administrative control of Department of AR&PG and the CPENGRAMS, administered by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare. Under the updated version the pension related grievances will be combined with other grievances and therefore receipt from multiple sources will not be there for the Ministries/Departments. This will also facilitate disposal of grievances for all Ministries/Departments who can now log on to CPGRAMS and look into the pension grievances. Earlier they had to log on to CPENGRAMS & CPGRAMS separately.


  To make all the Departments/Ministries/Orgainisations aware of this updated version, this Department organised a function here today, which was addressed by Shri V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State (PP) for Home Affairs. He stressed the need of sensitizing the officers involved in the process of grievance redressal to avoid any hardship to pensioners. On this occasion NIC also made a presentation of the updated version before the audience. Nodal Officers from approximately 99 Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations attached to the work relating to pensioners’ grievances redressal mechanism attended the ceremony.

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Dearness Relief to all Central Government pensioners.

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

F. No. 42/15/2011-P&PW(G) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, 
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003 
Dater 5th October, 2011

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners — Revised rate effective from 1.7.2011.

1. The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s 0M No. 42/15/2011-P&Pw(G) dated 29th March, 2011 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 51% to 58% w.e.f. 1st July, 2011.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid Out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (y) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s 0M No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s 0M No. 23/3/2008-P&Pw(B) dated 15.9.2008.
3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum  amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s 0M No. 4/59/97-P&pw (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 58% w.e.f. 1.7.2011 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the 0.M. dated 14.07,98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s 0M No.4/29/99-P&pw (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained In this Department’s 0M No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s 0M No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension, will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.
8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21M May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of expenditure conveyed vide their 0M No. 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 5th october, 2011.

s/d 
(S. P. Kakkar) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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“Resolve Ex-Servicemen Pension Grievances Quickly”: – A.K. Antony

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment


Antony’s Message to Defence Accounts on Annual Day 


The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today asked senior Defence Finance officials of his Ministry to consider the satisfaction level of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) pensioners as the benchmark of their performance. Addressing the 264th Annual Day Celebration of the Defence Accounts Department (DAD) here today, Shri Antony pointed out that his office still continues to receive several pension settlement related grievances. 

“True, most of these cases were a baggage from the past as a consequence of Pay Commission recommendations and Cabinet decision on pay and pension hike, yet these needed to be addressed at the shortest possible time,” Shri Antony said. “Ultimately, the taste of the pudding lies in its eating,” he quipped adding that “the veterans deserved their due as they had sacrificed the prime of their life safeguarding our borders.” 

The Defence Minister hoped that the two IT projects ‘Sangam’, for pension payment, and ‘Dolphin’ related to monthly pay system for the Other Ranks (OR) in Army, will facilitate quick disbursal of dues to the serving ORs and ESM. “You must strive to provide enhanced customer satisfaction through hassle-free service and prompt and accurate payment of dues to the soldiers and their dependents.” Project ‘Sangham’ has fulfilled a long-pending demand of our ESM. 

Commending the DAD for launching of its two IT projects – ‘Vishwak’ and ‘Bhawan’, Shri Antony said, “You should strive to utilise this advantage to assist the Services in achieving their goals.” Underlining the need for transparency in accounting procedures, the Defence Minister observed, “In today’s era of globalisation, accountability has acquired new connotations. Accountability is no longer restricted to quantitative techniques and financial inputs and outputs. It has become an integral part of good governance, with several aspects like integrity, transparency, responsiveness and sustainability becoming a part and parcel.” 

On the occasion, the Shri Antony also presented the Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence for the year 2011. The Excellence Award for Software Development was bagged by CGDA (IT Wing Team) headed by Shri S Murali Krishnan, which has developed Project ‘Suvigya’ (Pension inquiry system), Project ‘Aashraya (pension disbursement system) and Project ‘Darpan’ (Defence Accounts Receipts and Payments Analyses). CDA Secunderabad, Secunderabad team headed by Shri Y Rajareddy was awarded the Excellence Award for Project ‘Dophin’, an online PBOR Monthly Pay System. PCDA (Central Command) team headed by Shri HH Mishra also bagged the Excellence Award for launching of Monthly Pay System and its implementation on all Pay Accounts Offices. 

Secretary, Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Shrimati Neelam Nath, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Nand Kishore and Additional CGDA Ms UG Antony were among the dignitaries present at the function. 

Sitanshu Kar/PK/NN 
(Release ID :76384)



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Extension of WBHS,2008 to retired members of AIS

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment
Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
Audit Branch
Medical Cell
No. 9021-F (MED)   Dated the 16th Sept, 2011.

Notification

    From some time past, the Government has been considering extension of  benefits of the West Bengal Health Scheme, 2008 to the retired members of All India Services who rendered services in the affairs of the State and not enrolled under the  Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).  Now, the Governor is pleased to extend the benefits of the West Bengal Health  Scheme, 2008 to such retired members of All India Services on payment of one-time  contribution of Rs. 40,000/- (Rupees Forty Thousand) only.  The respective Pension Sanctioning Authority will enroll the names of such  pensioners following the provisions of the West Bengal Health Scheme, 2008 for the  pensioners. The said Authority will also settle the claims for reimbursement. Except  one-time contribution, all other terms and conditions of the Scheme will remain the  same.

By order of the Governor,
Sd/-
(C.M. Bachhawat)
Principal Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal,
Finance Department.


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One Rank One Pension

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment


   Pension improvement is an ongoing process. Considerable improvements have been made in the pensions of armed forces personnel.

   A Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary to look into the issue of ‘One Rank One Pension and other related matters’. After considering all aspects of the matter, the Committee did not find it feasible to recommend One Rank One Pension. However, keeping in mind the spirit of the demand, several other recommendations to substantially improve pensionary benefits of Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) and Commissioned Officers were made, which have been accepted by the Government and orders in implementation of all the recommendations have been issued. These are available at http://www.pcdapension.nic.in. Implementation of these orders has not only significantly reduced the gap between the past and the current pensioners but has also considerably improved the pension of ex-servicemen including disabled ex-servicemen.
As per yearly statement of booking of Defence Pension Expenditure during year 2009-10 & 2010-11, the entire amount allotted for Defence Pension Expenditure has been booked in full and no amount is lying unspent.

   This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Jyoti Mirdha and others in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB

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