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No orders for 7th Pay Commission Pay Revision for Autonomous bodies yet - Finance Ministry Clarification

Finance Ministry clarification on  the Applicability of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in respect of Autonomous/Statutory Bodies

Department of Expenditure issued a communication regarding Applicability of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in respect of Autonomous/Statutory Bodies

F. No. 1/1/2016-E.III (A) (eFTS-298581/2016)

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
 Dated 17th November 2016

Subject: Applicability of the revised pay scales based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government-regarding.

All the Financial Advisors of various Ministries/Departments under the Central Government are aware that the recommendations of the Central Pay Commissions are not directly applicable in case of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government. Therefore, once the recommendations of the Central Pay Commissions are accepted and implemented by the Central Government in respect of Central Government employees, separate orders are issued by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, regarding extension of the orders applicable to the Central Government employees to the employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded [controlled by the Central Government, based on the stipulations and conditions laid down therein. This was the practice adopted at the time of the 4th, 5th & 6th Pay Commissions. A reference is made to this Ministry's OM No. 7/23/2008~E-IIIA dated 30.9.2008 issued at the time of 6th Central Pay Commission.

2. No orders have so far been issued by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure in regard to applicability of the orders issued by the Government regarding revised pay scales based on the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of the employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government. The matter is under consideration. As and when a decision is taken regarding applicability of the revised pay scales based on the 7th Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government in respect of the Central Government employees, in case of such employees, appropriate orders will be issued for its applicability in respect of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government. Till such time, revised pay scales shall not be extended in respect of such employees.

3. This issues with the approval of Finance Secretary.


(Ashok Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

7th Pay Commission Anomaly Committee - Agenda Item relates to Disability Pension

7th Pay Commission Anomaly Committee - Agenda Item relates to Disability Pension

Agenda for 1st Anomaly Committee of 7th CPC is given below:

AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION IN THE ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 11.00 A.M. ON 01.12.2016 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY, DoPT)

The Agenda for discussion pertains to the issue of demand of Defence Forces Personnel for restoration of the percentage-based methodology for the calculation of Disability Pension to the Defence Forces Personnel. The 7th CPC has recommended a slab-based methodology for calculation of Disability Pension for them. As per their demand, while the 7th CPC has recommended slab-based system for calculation of Disability Pension for the Defence Forces Personnel, it has not made any recommendation for the civilians which continues to be percentage-based. Therefore, their contention is that the proposed slab-based Disability Pension system will lead to an anomaly between the Civilian side and the Defence Forces Personnel.

It has been decided to refer the matter for urgent consideration before the National Anomaly Committee.

2. The recommendations of the 7th CPC on this issue is contained in para no. 10.2.55 which is at Annexure-I.

3. The justification for the recommendation given by the 7th CPC in paras 10.2.49 to 10.2.51 are at Annexure-II, III & IV.

4. The representatives from the Defence Forces Personnel in a meeting held on 11.11.2016 have inter alia contended that:

a) That the 7th CPC-recommended slab-based Disability Pension System will, if implemented, lead to an anomaly between the civilian side and the Defence Forces Personnel because the civilian side will continue to be governed under a percentage- based system.

b) The basis of the 7th CPC recommendations for introduction of the slab-based system for the Defence Forces Personnel, viz. that the percentage of officers retiring with disability element has increased, is erroneous. According to their contention between 5th & 6th CPC, the number of retirement cases with disability element has, in fact, fallen as below:

Rank 5th CPC Regime Range (Slab Based) 6th CPC Regime Range (Percentage Based)
Lt. Col. 12% to 38% 7.5% to 21.2%
Col. 4.8% to 24.9% 3.3% to 23.3%
Brig. 4% to 17% 2.7% to 21.6%
Maj. Gen. 4% to 17.5% 0% to 16.5%
Lt. Gen. 10% to 50% 0% to 15.4%

c) 7th CPC has erroneously assumed that the slab-based system would benefit the lower ranks by narrowing down the gap between the maximum and the minimum. As per their conclusion, except for benefitting a miniscule number of Defence Forces Personnel who would get invalidated out in the lower ranks of service, the slab- based system would be detrimental to most ranks in all superannuation cases.

5. Point-wise inputs on the contention received from the D/o Ex-Servicemen Welfare at Annexure-V are briefly as under:

a) 7th Pay Commission has recommended slab-based system for disability element of disability pension for Defence Forces Pensioners. However, the 7th CPC has not made any recommendation for the civilians. The existing system of disability on percentage-based system would, therefore, continue in civil side. This has led to an anomalous situation.

b) A comparative statement indicating the percentage of retirees with disability during 5th CPC era when slab-system was prevalent vis-a-vis retirees with disability during 6th CPC when percentage system was placed, is as under:

Ranks Percentage of retirees with disability during 1996 to 2005 (5th CPC)
Percentage of retirees with disability during 2006 to 2015 (6th CPC)
Lt. Col/Equivalent 2.04%-18.3%
7.5%-21.2%
Colonel / Equivalent 1.56%-17.38%
3.3%-23.3%
Brigadier / Equivalent 2.08%-17.42%
2.7%-21.6%
Major
General / Equivalent
0.0%-11.27%
0.0%-l 6.5%
Lt. General/Equivalent 0.0%-21.88%
0.0%-15.4%

It could be seen from the data given by CGDA office that percentage of retirees for commissioned officers have increased in 6th CPC regime vis-a-vis 5th CPC.

c) Pre 2016 retirees 
The comparison between slab and percentage system of disability element for pre-1.1.2016 retiree pensioners have been made with reference to pay last drawn by migrating the same in 7th CPC pay structure and also by working out the disability element by linking the same with revised sendee pension under 7th CPC. The statements indicating rank wise, qualifying sendee wise status in both the said scenario are attached as Annexure- V('D' and 'C') respectively. The statement indicates that all commissioned officers are at disadvantage in case the slab recommended by 7th CPC is implemented. However, in case of JCO/ORs, lower ranks are getting benefited under slab rates.

Further the details of 1,09,988 JCO/OR retirees have also been analyzed on actual basis as data for these pensioners were readily available. It could be seen from the outcome tabulated as Annexure-V('D'), that lower ranks of JCO/OR are getting benefited especially Sepoy, Naik & Naib Subedar. Out of 1,09,988 records of JCO/OR processed, 85,640 (77.86%) pensioners would get benefited under slab rates. It is also intimated to the Ministry that pension for all pre-1.7.2014 retirees have been revised under OROP orders. It has been observed/analyzed that the pension of JCO/OR pensioners who are drawing pension on OROP rates (pre-2006 retirees and post-2006 retirees who retired upto 2009-10), are getting benefitted under slab rates of disability pension.

Post 2016 retirees 
For post-1.1.2016 retirees, no comparison has been made as notification relating to pay entitlement are not yet finalized. However, based on the recommendations of 7th CPC, it could be visualized that future progression in new pay structure percentage-based system would definitely be beneficial for post-7th CPC retirees in all ranks.

6. The matter is placed before the National Anomaly Committee for consideration.
Annexure-'I'
Para No. 10.2.55 


The feature that stands out when the historical evolution of the regime relating to disability pension is studied is the shift from slab-based system to a percentage based disability pension regime consequent to the implementation of the 6th CPC's recommendations. This move has been contrary to the tenets of equity insofar as treatment of disability element between Officers and JCOs/ORs is concerned borne out by the fact that the ratio of maximum to minimum quantum of compensation for disability across the ranks is now disproportionately high at 8.6. The Commission is, therefore, of the considered view that the regime implemented post 6th CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommends a return to the slab-based system. The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:

Rank
Levels
Rates (in Rs. per month)
Service Officers
10 and above
27,000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar Major/Equivalent
6 to 9
17,000
Subedar/Equivalent
Naib Subedar/Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents
5 and below
12,000
Naik/Equivalents
Sepoy Equivalents
Annexure-'II'
10.2.49: The notable facts about the disability payout regime are:
a) There was a gradual rationalization in the number of slabs from eight, prior to 3rd CPC to three after the 4th CPC.

b) The ratio of maximum to minimum quantum of compensation for disability across the ranks witnessed a decline from 4.85 prior to the 3rd CPC to 1.67 post 5th CPC. As a consequence of the implementation of the recommendations of the percentage based system based on the 6th CPC Report the ratio of the maximum to minimum was reversed and now stands at 8.60.

c) Implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations resulted in a substantial increase in tire disability element. For 100 percent disability, at the minimum level, i.e., for ORs, it went up from Rs. 1,550 to Rs. 3,138, i.e., a little over double and at highest level amongst officers from Rs. 2,600 to Rs. 27,000, i.e., by 10.38 times.

d) Disability pension consists of two elements viz., service element and disability element. While the service element was linked with the qualifying service, disability element was not. Therefore, for the same level of disability, the service officer invalided out and one who served on and retired in due course, got the same quantum of disability element.
Annexure-'III'
10.2.50 To examine the recent trends in disability cases, the Commission sought data and further clarifications with regard to all cases of pensioners with disability element. The total number of pensioners superannuating with disability element, each year, from 2007-08 to 2013-14, as provided by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) is tabulated below:

Financial Year JCOs/ ORs Commissioned Officers Total Total JCO/OR Retirees Total Officer Retirees
2007-08
9,355
285
9,640
49396
2096
(18.9)
(13.6)
(18.7)
2008-09
6,908
318
7,226
50913
2118
(13.6)
(15.0)
(13.6)
2009-10
2,644
284
2,928
39133
1712
(6.8)
(16.6)
(7.2)
2010-11
1,840
316
2,156
38209
1678
(4.8)
(18.8)
(5.3)
2011-12
4,765
321
5086
48201
1626
(9.9)
(19.7)
(10.2)
2012-13
5,837
327
6,164
53446
1643
(10.9)
(19.9)
(11.2)
2013-14
4,037
318
4,355
55901
1606
(7.2)
(19.8)
(7.6)

Annexure-IV
10.2.51:- The following trends are discernible:
a. As a percentage of the total officer retirees, the number of officers retiring with disability has increased in 2013-14, as compared to 2007-08 (13.6 percent to 19.8 percent).
b. The percentage of JCOs/ORs retiring with disability is, on the other hand, decreasing (18.9 percent to 7.2 percent).
c. The percentage of officers retiring with disability is considerably higher than JCO/ORs retiring with disability.
ANNEXURE-V
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
D(Pension/Policy)

Subject: 1st Anomaly Committee Meeting to be held on 1/12/2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P) on calculation of Disability Pension for Defence Forces personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Department of Personnel & Training OM No. 11/2/2016-JCA(Pt) dated 15th November 2016 on the above subject.

2. Point-wise inputs for the agenda note on the issues raised by the representatives from the Defence Force Personnel raised in the meeting held on 11.11.2016 are as under:

(a) 7th Pay Commission has recommended slab based system for disability element of disability pension for Defence Forces Pensioners. However the 7th CPC has not made any recommendation for the civilians. The existing system of disability on percentage based system would therefore continue in civil side. This has led to an anomalous situation.

(b) A comparative statement indicating the percentage of retirees with disability during 5th CPC era when slab system was prevalent vis-a-vis retirees with disability during 6th CPC when percentage system was placed , is as under:

Ranks Percentage of retirees with disability during 1996 to 2005(5th CPC) Range of retirees with disability during 2006 to 2015(6th CPC)
Lt. Col/ Equivaqlent
2.04%-18.3%
7.5%-21.2%
Colonel/ Equivalent
1.56%-17.38%
3.3%-23.3%
Brigadier/ Equivalent
2.08%-17.42%
2.7%-21.6%
Major General/ Equivalent
0.0%-11.27%
0.0%-16.5%
Lt. General/ Equivalent
0.0%-21.88%
0.0%-15.4%

It could be seen from the data given by CGDA office that percentage of retirees for commissioned officers have increased in 6th CPC regime vis-a-vis 5th CPC.

(c) Pre 2016 retirees 
The comparison between slab and percentage system of disability element for pre- 1.1.2016 retiree pensioners have been made with reference to pay last drawn by migrating the same in 7th CPC pay structure and also by working out the disability element by linking the same with revised service pension under- 7th CPC. The statements indicating rank wise, qualifying service wise status in both the said scenario are attached as Annexure – B & C respectively. The statement indicates that all commissioned officers are at disadvantage in case the slab recommended by Seventh CPC is implemented. However in case of JCO/ORs, lower ranks are getting benefitted under slab rates.

Further the details of 1,09,988 JCO/OR retirees have also been analysed-on actual basis as data for these pensioners were readily available. It could be seen from the outcome tabulated as Annexure - D, that lower ranks of JCO/OR are getting benefitted especially Sepoy, Naik & Naib Subedar. Out of 1,09,988 records of JCO/OR processed, 85,640 (77.86/0) pensioners would get benefitted under slab rates. It is also intimated to the Ministry that pension for all pre-1.7.2014 retirees have been revised under OROP orders. It has been observed/ analysed that the pension of JCO/OR pensioners who are drawing pension on OROP rates (pre-2006 retirees and post- 2006 retirees who retiree upto 2009-10), are getting benefited under slab rates of disability pension.
Post 2016 retirees


For post-1.1.2016 retirees, no comparison has been made as notification relating to pay entitlements are not yet finalized. However, based on the recommendations of 7th CPC, it could be visualized that future progression in new pay structure percentage based system would definitely be beneficial for post-7th CPC retirees in all ranks.
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary (Pen/Policy)
Shri D K Sengupta
Deputy Secretary
DoPT, North Block, New Delhi
MoD ID 3840/D(Pen/Pol)/2016 dated 22 November 2016

Brief of the 1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

Brief of the 1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

Sub: Brief of the 1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

The first meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P), Government of India, to discuss the issue of calculation of Disability Pension for Defence Forces Personnel as per recommendations of the 7th CPC, which was attended by the Member Staff Railway Board and the Secretaries from other departments of the Government of India.

 AIRF was represented by the undersigned and Com. J.R. Bhosale, Treasurer AIRF while Army personnel were represented by the officials of all the three wings of the defence. At the outset, I urged upon the Secretary (DoP&T), to frame the definition of the "Anomaly", which has been already demanded by the Staff Side, NC/JCM.

This is in respect of report of the VII CPC, which has granted slab system on Disability Pension for the Defence Personnel, which was far short of the existing disability pension for the army officers. We explained the life of the army personnel and their cases of disability in the enemies’ action.

After threadbare discussions we urged upon the Official Side to see that there is no drop in the disability pension for any of the categories of the army personnel and paramilitary forces, rather they should be well compensated for their best they are giving for defending our motherland.

Source: AIRF

1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee

The 1st meeting of the National Anomaly Committee was held on 01.12.2016 on the anomaly of calculation of the disability pension for Defence Forces Personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th CPC. The representative of the Armed Forces made a presentation in the meeting demanding that the recommendations of the 7th CPC to grand disability pension on a slab system if implemented will lead to an anomaly between the civilian side and the Defence Forces Personnel because the civilian side will continue to be governed under a percentage based system. After studying the presentation, the Staff Side of NC-JCM has suggested that the slab system will be beneficial to the lower Rank personnel and hence both the slab system and percentage system may be accepted by the Govt. on an optional basis, alternatively the slab amount recommended by 7th CPC can be increased to avoid the anomalous situation. Secretary (P) informed that the issue would be further studied in consultation with CGDA.

Source: Confederation

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