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                                                                                               CIRCULAR NO. 282
No. Gts/Tech/0162-XXV
Office of the Pr. CDA (P)
Allahabad
Dated : 06 -08-2001

 

To 

The Treasury Officer
The Post Master Kathua (J & K), Camp Bell Bay
(Andaman & Nicobar)
The Defence Pension Disbursing Officer
Pay and Accounts Officer
Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. of Govt., Bank Accounts, Mumbai – 400051

All Link Branches of PSBs

 SUB   :           Rationalisation of Pension Structure for Pre-1996 Armed Forces Pensioners – Implementation of Govt. decision on recommendations of V CPC.

 REF:           This office important circulars (i) No. GTS/Tech/0162-III dt. 23.12.97 forwarding a copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(2)/97/D(Pen/Sers) dt. 24.11.97, (ii) GI/M/01/ICO-Vol-XXIV dt. 3.7.98, (iii) Gts/Tech/0162-IX dt. 13.8.98, (iv) Gts/Tech/ 0162-XXIII dt. 10.10.2000. 

        A copy of GOI, MOD New Delhi letter No. PC-1(2)/97/D(Pen-C) dt. 16.5.2001alongwith its corr. Dated 31.07.2001 is enclosed.  

2.   GENERAL GUIDELINES:
  
         Implementation of its provisions regarding revision of various elements of pension may be done keeping in view the following general guidelines:-  

(i)        APPLICABILITY These orders are applicable to all Pre-96 Armed Forces Family/Disability/War Injury Pensioners who were/are in receipt of Special Family Pension/Liberalised Family Pension /Dependant/Disability/War Injury Pension as on 1.1.96.

(ii)    NON APPLICABILITYThe provisions of this letter do not apply in the following cases: -

(a)              Gallantry Awards, such as Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra etc. Amount of Gallantry Awards sanctioned or notified either separately or with special family pension/liberalized family pension will not be taken into account for revision of SFP/LFP under these orders.
(b)            UK/HKSRA pensioners/family pensioners.

(c)            KCIOs who are in receipt of pension in Pound or Sterling as on 1.1.96.

(d)            Persons in receipt of Compassionate Allowance/Guzara/ Reservists Allowance or any other allowance on which relief is not payable.

(e)            Ex-gratia family pension @Rs.150/- pm to the families of the deceased reservist covered by Govt. of India, Min. of Defence order No. 1(7)/92/D(Pen/Sers) dt. 30.3.92 revised to Rs.605/- pm w.e.f 1.11.97 under MOD Letter No. B/40029/AG/PS-4(d)/1/B/D (Pen/Sers) dt. 7.1.99.

(f)             Families of Artificers Skilled Non-Combatants (Enrolled) of the Corps of EME who are in receipt of Rs.150/-pm as Ex-Gratia payment w.e.f 1.1.92.

g)            Family pensioners of Armed Forces Pensioners who are in receipt of ordinary family pension.
 

(iii)              DUE/DRAWN STATEMENTS
All the payments already made beyond 1.1.96 shall be adjusted by preparing due and drawn statements.  A suitable entry regarding revised special family pension/Liberalised family pension/disability pension should be made in check register/payment register/ pension payment scroll/pension certificate etc. 

(iv)             OVER PAYMENTS/RECOVERY OF
From the arrears payable under this Govt. letter dt. 16.5.2001, PDA should deduct any overpayment already detected or under process of recovery.  

(v)              LIFE TIME ARREARS (LTA)
Where a pre-96 special family pensioner, Liberalized family pensioner, disability pensioner was alive on 1.1.96 but died on or after 1.1.96 life time arrears payable to the heir will be revised in terms of these orders and paid to the legal/nominated heir. For detailed instructions in this regard please refer to para 21.1 of Government of India, Ministry of Defence letter dated 14-7-98 (circulated under our letter No. Gts/Tech/0162-IX dated 13-8-98).  

(vi)             NO REVISION WHERE PRE-REVISED PENSION IS MORE BENEFICIAL
In cases where pension has been finally sanctioned under the pre-revised orders and if it happens to be more beneficial than the pension becoming due under these orders, the pension already sanctioned shall not be revised to the disadvantage of the pensioners. 

(vii)            ELEMENTS TO BE REVISED BY PDAs  

(a)            Special Family Pension (Para 2 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).  

(b)            Dependent Pension (Para 3 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).  

(c)             Dependent Pension (Liberalised) (Para 4 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).  

(d)            Liberalised Family Pension (LFP) (Para 5 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).  

(e)            Disability Pension (Para 6 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).  

(f)              Constant Attendance Allowance (Para 9 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).  

(viii)            ELEMENTS NOT TO BE REVISED BY PDAs  

(a)            War Injury Pension (Para 7 & 8 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).

(b)            Special Family Pension/Liberalized Family Pension on remarriage of widow (Para 10 of GOI letter dt. 16.5.2001).

(c)             Second life award (special family pension) and second life award (liberalized family pension)  

(ix)             SUO-MOTO REVISION 
 
The Pension Disbursing Agencies may take action to revise the pension in respect of the elements indicated in (vii) above, suo-moto, without waiting for any application from the pensioners and without reference to this office.

 3.          GUIDELINES FOR REVISION OF SPECIFIC ELEMENTS:                     

(i)           SPECIAL FAMILY PENSION IN RESPECT OF PBOR AND COMMISSIONED OFFICERS  
In the first instance, special family pension will be consolidated in terms of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(2)/97/D(Pen/Sers) dt. 24.11.97 (circulated under our circular No. Gts/Tech/0162-III) dt. 23.12.97). The Special Family Pension, so consolidated, irrespective of the date of the award shall not be less than 60% of the minimum pay in the revised scale of pay introduced w.e.f 1.1.96 of the rank (in the case of commissioned officers), rank and group (in the case of PBOR) held by the deceased at the time of death subject to the minimum of Rs.2550/-pm. Table 1and  Table 2  give the minimum pay for different ranks of Commissioned Officers and the corresponding values of Spl. Family pension. The corresponding tables in respect of PBORs are table 3 table 4 and table 5 . 

  (ii)          DEPENDANT PENSION (COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ONLY)        
 
In case of pensioners in receipt of Dependant pension as on 1.1.96, pension will be consolidated in terms of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(2)//97/D(Pen/Sers) dt. 24.11.97. However, dependant pension so consolidated irrespective of the date of award, shall not be less than 50% of the special family pension worked out on the minimum pay in the revised scale of pay introduced w.e.f 1.1.96 of the rank held by the deceased Officer at the time of death subject to a minimum of Rs.1275/-pm. Please see Table 1 and Table 2 

 (iii)             LIBERALISED FAMILY PENSION (LFP) (APPLICABLE BOTH FOR PBOR AND COMMISSIONED OFFICERS) 
In the case of the pensioners in receipt of Liberalised Family Pension as on 1.1.96, pension will be consolidated in terms of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(2)/97/D(Pen/Sers) dt. 24.11.97. However, the liberalized family pension, so consolidated, irrespective of the date of award shall not be less than the reckonable emoluments calculated on the minimum pay in the revised scale of pay introduced w.e.f 1.1.96 of the rank (in case of Commissioned Officer), rank and group (in case of PBOR) held by the deceased at the time of death. Please see Tables 1 and 2   in respect of Commissioned Officers and
table 3 table 4 and table 5  in respect of PBOR.  

Note :   Minimum revised pay and classification allowance with effect from 1.1.96 for PBOR are given in Annexure A ,Annexure B & Annexure C of this Circular.  

(iv)             DEPENDANT PENSION (LIBERALISED) (APPLICABLE TO COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ONLY)
In case of pensioners in receipt of Dependant Pension (Liberalised) as on 1.1.96, pension will be consolidated in terms of GOI, MOD letter No. 1(2)/97/D(Pen/Sers) dt. 24.11.97. However, the Dependant pension (Liberalised) so consolidated, irrespective of the date of award shall not be less than 75% (in case both parents are alive) and 60% (in case of single parent/Dependant brother (s) and sister (s)) of the Liberalised Family Pension worked out on the minimum pay in the revised scale of pay introduced w.e.f 1.1.96 of the rank held by the deceased Officer at the time of death. Please see Tables 1 and Table 2.

(v)              DISABILITY PENSION
For pensioners in receipt of disability pension as on 1.1.96, w.e.f 1.1.96 the rates of disability element for 100% disability in non-battle casualty cases shall be as under:-

RANK Amount Per Month of disability element for 100% Disability    

1

Commissioned Officer and Hony. Commissioned Officer of Army, Navy and Air Force, Including MNS, TA and DSC 

Rs. 2600/=  

2

  Junior Commissioned Officers of Army and equivalent ranks of Navy and Air Force including TA and DSC.

 Rs. 1900/=  

3

Other ranks of three services including TA and DSC.  

  Rs. 1550/=  

  Where the disability of a pensioner is less than 100% but not less than 20%, the rates of disability element shall be proportionately reduced.  

        Concordance table showing existing rates and revised rates of disability element for various ranks and different percentages is given in Table No. 6.  

Note 1:
   Special Family Pension in respect of PBOR has been notified under 'F' series of PPO w.e.f 1951. Prior to this, Special Family Pension was notified through Pension Circular wherein the nature of family pension was indicated. Liberalised Family Pension in respect of PBOR has been notified under "F/BC" series of PPOs (Ordinary family pension notified under F/NA series of PPOs should not be revised in terms of these orders).

In the case of Commissioned Officers, Special Family Pension/ Liberalised Family Pension has been notified under "M", and "M/F" series of PPOs and dependant pension under "M/ Dep" series of PPOs. However, the nature of pension has also been clearly indicated in the body of the PPOs.  

Note 2:   In the case of PBOR where pay group is not available in the PPO/PC/Descriptive roll and discharge certificate of the deceased, it may be called for from the concerned Record Office. The letter from the Record Office, intimating the group of the pensioners, should be attached with the PPO for future reference. Pending receipt of the information regarding the group of the pensioner, his/her pension may be provisionally revised assuming the pensioners to belong to the lowest group (i.e. Group E). On receipt of information regarding the correct group from the Record Office, the pension should be suitably revised.

List of addresses of all the Record Offices are available in the Annexure to Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter dt. 14.7.98.  

Note 3: Existing special family pension/liberalised family pension, dependant pension (Liberalised) and Dependant Pension being drawn by the family pensioners w.e.f 1.1.96 might have already been consolidated by the PDAs in terms of G of I. MOD letter dt. 24.11.97 under reference.  

 
Disability pension in respect of pensioners retired between 1.1.86 and 31.12.95 is supposed to have been revised taking into account the service element and disability element in terms of Govt. letter dt. 24.11.97. As a result of issue of the Govt. letter dt. 16.5.2001, service element will be exclusively revised in terms of para 4.1.1 of Govt. letter dt. 24.11.97 and disability element will be revised in terms of para 6 of the Govt. letter dated 16.5.2001 (Table No. 6) and both the elements will be added to arrive at disability pension payable w.e.f. 1.1.96. The new rates of D.A. shall be payable on total of both elements taken together.

In the case of Pre 86 pensioners, the service element of PBOR is supposed to have been revised as per the tables provided with the Govt. letter dated 14.7.98. In their cases their disability element payable w.e.f. 1.1.96 will be revised as per Para 6 of the Govt. letter dated 16.5.2001 (Table No. 6) and new rates of D.A. shall be payable on total of both the elements.

As regards Commissioned Officers, the service element of disability pension has already been revised by issue of Corrg. PPOs by this office. In their cases, their existing disability element payable w.e.f. 1.1.96 onwards may be revised as per Para 6 of the Govt. letter dated 16.5.2001 (Table No. 6) and new rates of D.A. shall be payable on both the elements taken together.  

Model examples for revision of disability pension  are given in Annexure E
(in respect of Commissioned Officers : Post ’86-Pre ‘96 & Pre'86 and PBOR : Pre ’86 & Post ’86-Pre ‘96.) pensioners

If these consolidations/revisions have already been carried out, no further consolidation is required to be done by the PDAs at this stage.


Note 4:        In case of special family pension/liberalised family pension, where the pension has been divided between two or more eligible members of the family, revised special family pension/liberalised family pension worked out as above shall be divided in the same ratio in which it was initially divided.

Note 5:        While revising Dependant Pension it should be ascertained from the PPO as to whether it was sanctioned for single parent or for both parents. The  corresponding rate of Dependant Pension should be taken from the relevant columns of Table 1 and
Table 2.

Note 6:        The amount of disability element already commuted out of pre-revised disability element should be deducted from the revised disability element till restoration of commuted portion of pension.  

(vi)           CONSTANT ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE
With effect from 1.1.96, Constant Attendance Allowance, in all eligible battle/non battle casualty cases shall be paid at the revised rate of Rs.600/- pm irrespective of the rank.  

(vii)            DEARNESS RELIEF  
Dearness Relief shall be admissible on the revised rates commencing from 1.7.96 at the rates sanctioned from time to time vide Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension (Deptt. of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare) Office memorandum No. 42/2/97-P&PW (G) dt. 27.10.97. While calculating dearness relief on disability pension, service element and disability element, both will be taken together. 

4.          CASES TO BE REFERRED TO OTHER AUTHORITIES  

(i)               WAR INJURY PENSION  
   
             (Mentioned in paras 7 & 8 of Govt. letter dt. 16.5.2001)                 

The PDA should not revise the cases of this nature but should refer such cases to the Record office in the case of PBOR. However, in the case of Commissioned officers such cases should be sent to the authorities as indicated below:

  (a)    Pr.CDA (P) Allahabad:  

a)    Cases pertaining to Commissioned officers of the Army.

b)    Cases pertaining to the Commissioned officers of the Navy who died in service or who retired prior to 1.11.85 and in whose case the pension being revised was notified by Pr. CDA(P).  

c)    c)   Cases pertaining to the Commissioned officers of the Air force who died in service or who retired prior to 1.11.85 and in whose case the pension being revised was notified by Pr. CDA(P).  

(b)       CDA (Navy), Mumbai:
Cases pertaining to the Commissioned Officer of the Navy who died in service or who retired on or after 1.11.85. 

(c)   CDA (AF), New Delhi  
Cases pertaining to the Commissioned Officers of the Air Force who died in service or who retired on or after 1.11.85.  

(ii)     RESTORATION OF SPECIAL FAMILY PENSION/ LIBERALISED FAMILY PENSION ON REMARRIAGE OF WIDOW  
Widows in receipt of Special Family Pension/Liberalised Family Pension who re-marry on or after 1.1.1996 can now apply for restoration of their pension.

The Pension Disbursing Agencies should not regulate such cases themselves but advise the widow to apply to the Record Office (in case of widow of PBOR) along with details of 
(i) late husband name and original PPO No. & year, 
(ii) The PPO No. and year granting Special Family Pension/Liberalised Family Pension to the widow, 
(iii) The PDA from which pension was last drawn 
(iv) Date of re-marriage and the date from which pension was stopped 
(v) Details of children from previous marriage, and whether the widow continues to support the children. 
The certificate regarding supporting/non-supporting of children should be countersigned by the Zila Sainik Board or by any of the authorities mentioned in Para 9 of the Pension Payment Instructions (extract enclosed).  


In the case of widows of Commissioned Officers, the widow should apply, along with requisite information/certificate, to the relevant authority as mentioned in sub-paras (I) to (III) of Para 4 (i) above.  


(iii)         REVISION OF SECOND LIFE AWARD(SFP) AND SECOND LIFE AWARD (LFP) IN RESPECT OF PBOR INCLUDING NCs(E).  

The Pension Disbursing Agencies should not regulate such awards themselves, but advise the pensioners in receipt of second life Award (SFP or LFP) to apply to the Record office concerned alongwith details of    

(i)    Name of original receipting of FP and original PPO No. & year 

(ii)    The PPO No. and year granting second life award of SFP/LFP to the pensioner           

(iii)   The details of his/her PDA from which pension is being drawn.


(iv)    Calculation sheet  (as per specimen attached as Annexure- D) in respect of pension revised under these orders may please be sent by name to Shri Jamuna Ram, Sr. AO, OI/C Audit/Coordination Section of this office separately for further necessary action.  

(v)             In cases where the PDAs are in doubt regarding the revision in individual cases, the concrete cases with full details of pensioners and PPO number may be referred to this office viz  OI/C GI/Mily Section in case of Commissioned Officer and OI/C G-3 Section for disability pension and OI/C G-4 Section for special family pension and liberalised family pension of P.B.O.R. by name.  The names of OI/C of the above sections are given as under:-

Officer-in-charge, G1/Mily

Shri V.S. Pandey, SAO  

Officer-in-charge, G3     

Shri B.P. Dwevedi, AO  

Officer-in-charge, G4  

Shri I.C. Srivastava, SAO

     

(H.V. DUBEY)    
DY. CDA (Pensions)

Copy to  :    

1.                The Dy. Secretary, Govt. of India, Ministry of PPG & P (Deptt. of P&P W) Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi

2.                Director (Pension), Govt. of India, Min. of Defence, D(Pen/Sers), Sena Bhawan, Wing "A", New Delhi.

3.                Army HQrs, AG'S Br. PS4(b) DHQ PO New Delhi - 11.

Please refer to Para 4(ii) of this Circular regarding restoration/regulation of Special Family Pension/Liberalized Family Pension of widows who re-marry or on after 1.1.1996. A wide publicity may please be given to this provision since in most cases, pensions have already been stopped and it would be difficult for the widows to know about this new rule. Advertisements in Newspapers, T.V. as well as publicity through the Zila Sainik Boards may be required. Also the Zila Sainik Boards may be instructed to countersign (after due investigation) the widow’s certificate regarding support/non-support of minor children from the first marriage. Necessary instructions may also be issued to the Record Offices regarding processing of the widow’s claim (in case of PBOR) before onward transmission to this office. Action taken in this regard may kindly be intimated to this office.  

4.                AHQ GS., Branch TA Directorate, DHQ PO New Delhi -110 011.

5.                Naval HQrs. PP&A, DHQ PO, New Delhi.

6.                Air HQrs Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi.

7.                Air HQrs, AD PP&R-3, West Block-VI, R.K.Puram, New Delhi - 66.

8.                CGDA West Block-V, R.K.Puram, New Delhi - 66

9.                Director of Treasuries, All State Govts, and Finance Secretaries, Union Territories.

           10.           All Record Offices. On receipt of request from PDAs, ROs will provide Pay group from sheet Roll and a copy of letter sent to PDA will also be endorsed to Audit section of Pr. CDA (P) Allahabad in order to make an endorsement in the master set of PPOs held in C.H. Section.  

In case where PDA is not authorised to revise i.e. WIP,LFP/SFP, Second life cases, re-marriage after 1.1.96, RO will initiate a claim with service documents for revision to Pr. CDA(P) Allahabad or CDA(N) or DCDA (AF) as the case may be as explained in Para 16 above.

            11.           Director General, Post & Telegraphs, New Delhi.

            12.           CDA(Navy) No.1 Cooperage Road, Mumbai - 400 039.

            13.           CDA(AF) West Block-V, R.K.Puram, New Delhi - 110 066

            14.           DCDA(AF) Subrato Park, New Delhi -10

            15.           CDA 506 Anna Salai, Teynampat, Chennai -18

            16.           CDA(PD) Belvedere Complex, Ayudh Path, Meerut -01

            17.           Jt. CDA (PD) Teynampet, Chennai -18

            18.           Zonal office (PD) Tigris Road, Delhi Cantt -10

            19.           All other CDAs

            20.           Zonal Officer (PD), 8/1,8/2 SET Road Jalandhar Cantt.

            21.           Zonal Officer (PD), Aramgarh Area, Opposite PWD Rest House Pathankot.

            22.