Saturday, 29 November 2014

Implementation of OROP: Defence Minister has responded to a letter from Mr. Chandrasekhar, MP

Friday, November 28, 2014

Responding to a letter from Mr. Chandrasekhar MP about the delay in the implementation of OROP, the Defence Minister has responded reaffirming the commitment of the Government on OROP and has stated that modalities are being examined with the highest consideration. 

Text of Letter from Mr. Chandrasekhar & Response from Defence Minister reproduced below:-

Response from Defence Minister


DO No. 12(15)/2014/D (Res.II)/3529-F/RM/14
08 October, 2014

Dear Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar,

This is in continuation of my predecessor’s DO letter No. 1531/VIP/RM/2014 dated 13.06.2014 in response to your letter dated 09.06.2014 regarding the issues concerning Welfare of Armed Forces Veterans and their families.

The matter has been examined. The Government is committed to the implementation of the principle of One Rank One Pension. The modalities for implementation are presently under consideration. The definition of OROP as mentioned in para (a) of your letter is the same as has been conveyed to CGDA. A Working Group was set up under CGDA with representation from the three Services and concerned Departments of Ministry of Defence which had several rounds of discussions on the modalities but were unable to reach a consensus. I assure you that the matter is receiving our highest consideration.

The matter regarding construction of a National War Memorial is being processed on priority. Regarding National Commission for War Memorials as M/o Defence has no policy to set up or support war memorials at regional level, there is no proposal to constitute such a Commission.

The Government has created the Department of Ex. Servicemen Welfare in the Ministry of Defence in 2004 in order to pay focused attention to the welfare and resettlement of ESM. It is mandated to formulate and implement various policies and schemes for the welfare and resettlement of Ex. Servicemen in the country. The main focus is on the welfare of Ex. Servicemen and their dependents, ESM resettlement through pre and post retirement training, re- employment, self-employment and health care. The tasks are being undertaken through the Directorate General Resettlement, Central Organisation ECHS and Kendriya Sainik Board.

The State Governments are also obliged to cater to the needs of ESM & their widows and have set up Zila Sainik Boards & Rajya Sainik Boards for the purpose. They are providing various benefits to them.

There is, therefore, no proposal to introduce an Armed Forces Covenant.

With regards,

Yours sincerely
(Arun Jaitley)

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Letter from Mr. Chandrasekhar:-

Member of Standing Committee on Finance
Member of Consultative Committee on Finance
Member of Parliamentary Forum on Youth
Co-Chairman, Vigilance 8. Monitoring Committee, Bangalore Urban District
Vice Chairman, National Military Memorial Management Trust, Bangalore

09 June, 2014

Sub. : Caring for our Armed Forces who are serving our Nation

Congratulations on assuming the office of the Defence Minister of India.

You are well aware of the service and sacrifices made by our Armed forces personnel who are protecting the nation at the borders as well as fighting enemies within. Through this letter, I would like to draw your attention to some of the important issues concerning the welfare of our Armed Forces veterans, which need to be addressed at the earliest.
1. One Rank, One Pension (OROP)
There is an urgent need for the new government to address the concerns and apprehensions of the large Veteran and Ex-Servicemen community about a decision taken by the UPA government on the implementation of OROP.

a) The Order issued by the Ministry of Defence to the Controller General Defence Accounts (CGDA) dated 26 February, 2014, on the implementation of OROP, does not mention the accepted definition of OROP i.e., "OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension, to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners".

b) The Order does not mention the execution order i.e., "pensions of past defence retirees will be equal to that of a person with same rank and length of service and same group retiring w.e.f. 01 Apr 2014, and future enhancement in the rates of pensions will be automatically passed to the past pensioners”.

Given the past experience, the Veterans, ex-servicemen and their families fear that failure to clearly define OROP in this Order to CGDA will open the issue to wrong interpretation.

Therefore, I urge the Government to issue a further explicit clarification to the Defence Ministry’s order to CGDA on the points raised above, at the earliest.
2. National Military Memorial in Delhi and a National Commission for War Memorials of India
The long standing demand of the Armed Forces for a National Military Memorial in Delhi, to honour the past, current and future soldiers who serve and lay down their lives for the country, continues to remain unresolved.

Such a memorial will be a befitting tribute and a symbol of grateful thanksgiving and honour from the citizens of the country to these brave men and women of our Armed Forces, who risk life and limb in their line of duty. It is also a place for the families and descendants of these heroes to visit and remember with pride and honour the sacrifices made. Importantly, such a memorial will serve as a beacon of inspiration to the young and upcoming generation of India - a generation in whom we are bestowing so much hope for the future of our great country.

Additionally, I also urge the Government to institute a National Commission for War Memorials of India - along the lines of the Commonwealth Trust War Graves Commission - to address the pathetic situation of the war memorials in existence in the country - at the earliest.
3. Armed Forces Covenant
The nation's commitment to respect and support its Armed Forces is an unwritten pact between society and the Armed Forces, and this pact has been reinforced by custom and convention since time immemorial. Centuries ago, Kautilya, the great political strategist, wrote to Chandragupta Maurya on the importance of having a pact between society and military: ”The day the soldier has to demand his dues will be a sad day for Magadha. For then on that day, you will have loss all moral sanction to be king”.

Therefore, the country needs to demonstrate its commitment to the well-being of the members of our armed forces and their families. It is the duty of the nation to ensure that the Armed Forces personnel and their families have the support they need and are treated fairly and with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

As you are aware, a military covenant is an agreement under which the state pledges a duty of care towards its military personnel in return for the sacrifices that they make, The covenant officially applies only to the Army, but its core principles are taken to extend to the Air Force and the Navy.

The Government should seriously consider introducing an Armed Forces Covenant. As I had mentioned in my letter to you dated 05 June, 2014, l have introduced a Private Members' Bill which the government could consider adopting as a Bill/law. Such a law/legislation would instill a sense of encouragement in the personnel of the Armed Forces, and will go a long way in assuring them that the nation truly values their sacrifices & services.

The Armed Forces constitutes a truly unique and dedicated group of people, whose sense of selfless service, duty and nationalism is a matter of great pride and dignity. These proud men and their families have served our nation selflessly, with a certain belief that the nation and their people will look after them when their turn comes to be looked after.

I urge you to look into and resolve these long pending and rightful demands of our Armed Forces and veterans, at the earliest.

Yours Sincerely,


Shri Arun Jaitley
Hon'ble Minister of Defence
Government of India
New Delhi

Age Before Duty: Babus to Retire at 58 Instead of 60

| New Delhi | November 27, 2014 1:23 am

The Narendra Modi government is planning to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from the present 60 to 58. (Reuters)

In a move that would help curb the relentless increase in the Centre’s non-Plan spending and ease the way for infusion of more young blood and professionalism into the country’s largely moribund bureaucracy, the Narendra Modi government is planning to reduce the retirement age of central government employees from the present 60 to 58.

The move that comes at a time when the Seventh Pay Commission is mulling another sharp boost to the pay structure of the Centre’s 5-million-strong workforce is also aimed at creating the requisite space for lateral entry of technically qualified professionals into the government, official sources told FE.

The retirement age was last revised in 1998, when the then NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee raised it from 58 to 60 years. The last UPA government had reportedly considered enhancing the retirement age further to 62 just before the general elections, but dropped the move.

The superannuation age was increased from 55 to 58 way back in 1962.

The total wage and salaries bill of the central government, excluding PSUs but including the railways, rose sharply between 2008 and 2010 due to the revised pay scales (along with payment of arrears) implemented as per the Sixth Pay Commission’s proposals.

The wage bill rose from Rs 1.09 lakh crore in 2007-08 to Rs 1.4 lakh crore in 2008-09, and further to Rs 1.7 lakh crore in 2009-10, before the growth moderated to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in 2010-11. The government spent Rs 2.54 lakh crore in wages and salaries in 2013-14. The railways (with 1.4 million employees), defence (civil), home affairs, India Post and revenue account for more than 80% of the total spending of the Centre on pays and allowances.

Thanks to successive pay commissions, the salaries and other emoluments of government employees have, on average, more than doubled in every decade since independence even though lack of sufficient performance incentives is still considered to be a drawback.

A merger of 50% of the dearness allowance with the basic salary, likely to be part of the Seventh Pay Commission’s award, which is to implemented from 2016, is expected to hike the Centre’s wage bill by a third and strain its fiscal situation. In February this year, the government hiked DA to 100%, from 90%, benefiting both its employees and 3 million pensioners.

The Centre’s expenditure on pension stood at Rs 74,076 crore in 2013-14 and the estimate for the current fiscal is Rs 81,983 crore. However, growth in the outgo on pension is expected to moderate due to the National Pension System based on the concept of defined contribution, launched in January 2004. The NPS has been accepted by large sections of central government employees and most state governments have shifted their employees to the new system.

According to Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE Ratings, reducing the retirement age will give the government an opportunity to outsource more jobs, including by bringing in people as temporary consultants, who will then have to be paid only a fixed salary but not pension or provident fund. Their salary component will then show up as administrative costs, rather than as wage bill.

The finance ministry is weighing the pros and cons of the proposal to cut the retirement age. The move, sources said, is also in line with the BJP’s manifesto, which had promised to rationalise and converge ministries, departments and other arms of the government, open up government to draw expertise from industry, academia and society and tap the services of the youth in particular to contribute to governance.

Ceiling Limit for Purchasing Goods in CSD Canteens

Friday, November 28, 2014

Parliament Question & Answer - Ceiling of purchasing in 'Military Canteens'

Yes, there is ceiling for purchasing grocery items in CSD Canteens for all categories card holders.

Canteen Stores Department (CSD) Canteens, which is familiar to known as Military Canteens, every card holder can only purchase within the limit and minimum of Rs.3500 per month. This topic discussed in Parliament today, Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar said in a written reply to a question regarding this subject as follows…

“Ceiling for purchasing goods in military canteens has been prescribed taking into account the budgetary allocation to the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) by the Government, actual need / requirement of the individual and their purchasing power. For ceiling purpose the officials have been divided into 5 categories as mentioned under :-

The ceiling was revised on 21st August 2006 and again on 27th October 2008 to be effective from 1st January 2009. At present no change in the ceiling limit is proposed.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Hearing of Contempt Petition No. 328 of 2013 Postponed to 12 Dec 14

T.P.(C) NO. 56/2007 VS BHATI

Contempt Petition (Civil) 328/2013

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Next Date of Listing 12/12/2014

OROP will be implemented once the modalities are approved: Latest statement in Rajya Sabha

The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.: MoD's reply in Rajya Sabha on undermentioned Starred Question

ANSWERED ON 25.11.2014
Implementation of One Rank One Pension policy

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state :-

(a) whether Government’s decision to grant pension to the retired personnel of the Defence Forces as per “One Rank-One Pension (OROP)” formula has since been implemented; if so, the details thereof;

(b) if not, the reasons for the delay; and

(c) by when this scheme is likely to be implemented?

(a) to (c) : A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.


(a) to (c) :  The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government.  The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government.  It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

Revision of 43% and 45% Commuted Portion of Pension of Pre 2006 Armed Forces Absorbees

Revision of 43% and 45% commuted portion of pension of pre 2006 Armed Forces absorbees who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous bodies - Stepping up of notional full pension with effect from 24.9.2012: DESW Order

No 1(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi Dated 16 October, 2014
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

Subject: Revision of 43 % and 45% commuted portion of pension of pre 2006 Armed Forces absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous bodies - Stepping up of notional full pension with effect from 24.9.2012 reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer this Ministry's letter No I(4)/07/D(Pen/Policy) dated 1 21.8.2009 amended vide letter No 1(4)/2007-D(Pen/Policy) dated 9.2.2011 regarding revision of restored amount of commuted portion of pension as well as notional full pension with effect from 1.1.2006 in respect of pre 2006 Armed Forces Personnel absorbees who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Bodies and have become entitled for restoration of 45% of pension in the case of PBOR and 43% of pension in the case of Commissioned officers. The payment of dearness relief and additional pension to old pensioners are regulated on the basis of the notional full pension.

2. A Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary was constituted. by the Government to consider various issues of Armed Forces. The said Committee had recommended to determine minimum guaranteed pension at fifty percent of the minimum of the fitment tables for the rank in the revised pay structure introduced under Sixth CPC. In case of JCO/OR, the Committee had recommended to determine revised pension equal to fifty percent of the highest of Notional pay in the revised pay structure of Sixth CPC corresponding to the maximum of pay scales of Fifth CPC across the three Services for the rank & group. Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide that with effect from 24th September 2012, the notional full pension of the commissioned officers absorbee pensioners determined in terms of this Ministry's above said letter dated 21.8.2009 shall be stepped up to fifty percent of the minimum of the fitment tables for the rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 2/S/2008 as amended (for regular commissioned officers), SAI 4/S/2008 as amended (for commissioned officers belonging to AMC/ADC/RVC and were in receipt of NPA) and equivalent instructions for Navy & Air Force, plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired/discharged including Military Service Pay where applicable. The President is also. pleased to decide that with effect from 24th September 2012, the notional full pension of the JCO/OR absorbee pensioners determined in terms of this Ministry's above said letter dated 21.8.2009, shall also be stepped up to fifty percent of the notional maximum of the fitment tables for the rank and group in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 1/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy & Air Force, plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had discharged including Military Service Pay and ’X’ Group pay where applicable. The amount so determined shall be reduced pro-rata where the Armed Forces absorbee had less than the maximum required service to earn full pension. While determining revised full pension in terms of these orders, weightage in qualifying service shall not be allowed, as hithertofore.

3. No arrears of dearness relief and additional pension on notional full pension would be payable for the period prior to 24.9.2012. Cases in which the pension of the Armed Forces absorbee pensioners drawing notional full pension in terms of this Ministry's letter dated 21.8.2009, happens to be more than the notional full pension determined in terms of these orders, such absorbee pensioners shall continue to draw the beneficial award. However, if a Armed Forces absorbee pensioner to whom the benefits under these orders accrue has died/dies before receiving the payment on account of arrears, the life time arrears (LTA) will be disposed of as per the extant orders.

4. The other terms and conditions prescribed vide this Ministry's above mentioned letter dated 21.8.2009 as amended, which are not affected by the provisions of this letter, shall remain unchanged. Pension Sanctioning Authorities shall revise notional full pension of absorbee pensioners' suo moto by issue of revised Pension Payment orders, where the restored pension has already been revised in terms of this Ministry's above said letter dated 21.8.2009.

5. These orders issue with the concurrence of MoD (Finance/Pension) vide their ID No 31(08)/09/Fin/Pen dated 17.07.2014

Hindi version of this order will follow.

Yours faithfully

[Prem Parkash]
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)

One Rank One Pension - Update

Informed sources indicate the following: -

1. CGDA Kum Vandana Srivastava is reportedly of the opinion that the decision to call one or more meetings of the Joint Working Group, of which she is the Chairperson, is now with MoD (DESW) as there isn't any agreement on the methodology to be adopted.

2. CGDA's calculations allegedly have 1.1.2006 as the bottom line and they have produced calulations that make the initial figure of Rs 500 crore the final figure. It appears that repeated and recorded assurances of the former FM and RM that more funds would be provided have either been ignoredor misunderstood.

3. Hopefully, to factor in the Rs 1000 crore more allotted in the budget 2014-15 not perplex the CGDA's thought and calculation process.

4. PPOC has reportedly met and decided that CGDA would be requested to convene the Working Committee so that the OROP matter would/could proceed further.

5. It is also reported that Chief of Air Staff has met the Prime Minister a couple days ago and briefed him on OROP and other matters agitating the Veterans.

6. Service HQ maintain that OROP as on 31.3.2014 to be implemented from 1.4.2014 is estimated to require not more than Rs 5000 crore.

Please consider these points also: -

A In 2011 in submissions to the Koshiyari Committee, the following were brought out: -

By MoD/DESW on 27.5.2011 - Implementing OROP would mean an outgo of Rs 3000 crore based on calculations by CGDA

By DOE/MoF on 15.7.2011 and 01.8.2011 - If implemented from 1.1.2006 it would mean Rs 1300 crore outgo of which Rs 1065 crore would be for JCOs/ORs & equivalent and Rs 235 crore for officers (the figures quoted by ex-JWO Hardev Singh in his comment to another). DoE/MoF went on to expand the expenditure that would be incurred @ 10% increase per annum as:

2012-13 Rs 1430 crore

2013-14 Rs 1573 crore

2014-15 Rs 1730 crore

2015-16 Rs 1903 crore and

by a 25% increase in 2016-17 Rs 2379 crore due to 7th CPC recommendations

By Dept of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare that civilians demand of OROP (but what rank?) would mean an outgo of Rs 7480 crore in 2011 and Rs 62,218 crore in 2016-17 @ Rs 8000-9000 crore per annum.

B Cabinet Secretary headed Committee of Secretaries, on 17.8.2012 estimated the annual expenditure to be Rs 1400 crore with an initial outgo of Rs 8000 to 9000 crore.

All anomalies have since been forwarded to 7th CPC for resolution. No comments on the Committee of Secretaries and their acumen.

C CGDA's figures of Rs 9100 crore appears to be to, quote former US President George W Bush, create shock and awe in the Raksha Mantri.

CGDA has calculated OROP on the basis, for just one example, that all Colonels & equivalents have retired/will retire with 30 years or more of service. This has enabled to arrive at the inflated figure of Rs 9100 crores. It is known that many Colonels & equivalents (and other personnel) quit at the earliest for they will have better prospects & get better salaries in the private sector if they are younger.

D If Service HQ work on the principle of OROP - One Rank One Pension i.e. no differentiation between X and Y groups for JCO/OR, and every Defence pensioner JCO/OR gets X group pension it should mean an outgo of about Rs 7200 crores.

And if there are different pensions for X & Y groups, the total outgo would be between Rs 4500 and 5000 crores.

P.S: Please divide Rs 1500 crores by 33 lac Veterans to get an approximate idea of the amount that could be paid

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement — Revision of Form 25.

No.27012/3/2014-Estt (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi the 19th November, 2014


Subject: Procedure for grant of permission to the pensioners for commercial employment after retirement — Revision of Form 25.

1. The undersigned is directed to refer to Rule 10 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 and to say that retired Government servants proposing to take up commercial employment within a year of retirement are required to seek permission from the Government. They are required to apply for permission in Form 25 of CCS(Pension) Rules. Form 25 prescribed under the said rule has since been reviewed with a view to simplify the procedure. The revised Form 25 is enclosed.

2. The revised form incorporates the conditions prescribed in clauses (b) to (f) of sub-Rule 3 of Rule 10. There is now no requirement for obtaining an affidavit as prescribed in Para 2(d) of this Departments’ 0M No. 27012/5/2000-Estt.(A) dated 5th December, 2006.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.

4. Formal Notification of Rules will follow.
(G. Jayanthi)
The revised Form 25 being not available in JPEG format, it is not enclosed.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Process of getting digital life certificate issued for Pensioners at

Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:01:58 +0530
Subject: Process of getting digital life certificate issued for Pensioners at

Provisions regarding payment of pension to defence pensioner/family pensioners on the basis of Life Certificates: Life Certificate issued online by a Government Agency as a result of Aadhaar Biometric Authentication will also be accepted as a valid certificate: PCDA (P) Circular:-

Important Circular No.176
Dated: 17.11.2014
Subject: Payments on the basis of Life Certificate
1. Provisions regarding payment of pension to defence pensioner/family pensioners on the basis of Life Certificates are provided in Defence Pension Payment Instructions 2013.

2. As per the extant procedure, pensioner who does not appear in person for one or other reasons can produce a Life Certificate as in Form No. 5 of Appendix 11 to DPPI 2013 from one of the authorities mentioned at items I to XIX of para 69 of ibid Instructions during the month of November every year. Similar provisions are available in Scheme for payment of pensions of Defence Pensioners by Public Sector Banks. This causes hardship particularly to those who are aged and/or infirm Pensioners. Besides, the existing system is prone to misuse by way of fraudulent withdrawls causing loss to the exchequer.

3. To overcome above causes /situation, the Department of Electronics & IT, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India has developed "Jeevan Pramaan Digital Life Certificate" Portal (

4. In view of the above, it has been decided that with immediate effect a Life Certificate issued online by a Government Agency as a result of Aadhaar Biometric Authentication will also be accepted as a valid certificate. This document may be accessed through a website ( to be notified separately) by the Pension Disbursing Agency without insisting either on personal appearance of the pensioner or Life Certificate by the competent authority referred above.

No. AT/Tech/ 30/XVI
Dated: 17.11.2014


Process of getting digital life certificate issued for Pensioners at

Step 1 : Pensioner needs to have In Aadhaar number for getting digital Life certificate issued.

Step 2 : Pensioner needs to enrol and biometrically authenticate himself/herself using one of the following methods:-

a) Download application prepared for generating digital life Certificate from on any Android Tabiet/Smartphone or Windows PC. Procure a low cost finger print scanner/iris scanner from the market and plug it on USB port of the Tablet/Smartphone/Pc. Using the above application, Pensioner will be able to enrol and bio-metrically authenticate in real time from the comfort of their homes by giving his/her Aadhaar number and other details their pension bank account.

b) Pensioner can visit a nearby CSC center, Bank Branch or any Government office whose details are provided under 'locate center" on and bio-metrically authenticate in real time by giving his/her Aadhaar number and other pension details related to their pension bank account.

c) If the pensioner is already enrolled on the system, next time he gives his Aadhaar number, he would only be required to authenticate his bio-metric for updating date of his digital life certificate.

Step 3 : After successful submission of digital life Certificate pensioner will be sent a SMS on his/her mobile giving the transaction id. Pensioner will be able to download computer generated life certificate from using this transaction id tor their records.

Step 4: Bank Branch can be informed about submission of your digital life certificate in one of the following ways:-

a) Bank can login on and can search manually for Pensioner's life certificate either by giving Aadhaat number, Bank Account number or Transaction id.

b) Core Banking Systems of Banks will be able to automatically download life certificate details from the digital life registration repository and update life status in Pensioners bank account.

c) Pensioner's digital life certificate can be sent to respective branch of the Bank by sending an email or forwarding the link through SMS to download life certificate from the website.

Reminders through sms will be sent to the pensioners enrolled on for timely submission of their digital life certificates.

Jeevan Pramaan is a biometric enabled digital service for pensioners. Pensioners of Central Government, State Government or any other Government organization can take benefit of this facility.

More than 1 Crore families in India can be classified as pensioner families, where the pension disbursed by the various government bodies forms the basis for their income and sustainability. There are about 50 lakhs pensioners of the Central Government and a similar number of the various State and UT Governments and various other governmental agencies. This includes pensioners from the various public sector enterprises. In addition to this Army and Defence Personals drawing pension exceeds 25 lakhs.

One of the major requisite for the pensioners post their retirement from the service, is to provide life certificates to the authorized pension disbursing agencies like the bank, following which their pension is credited to their account.  In order to get this life certificates the individual drawing the pension is required to either personally present himself/ herself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or have the Life Certificate issued by authority where they have served earlier and have it delivered to the disbursing agency.

This very requirement of personally being present in front of disbursing agency or getting a life certificate often becomes a major hurdle in the process of seamless transfer of pension amount to the pensioner. It has been noted that it causes a lot of hardship and unnecessary inconvenience particularly for the aged and infirm pensioners who cannot always be in a position to present them in front of the particular authority to secure their life certificate. In addition to this a lot of government employees post their retirement choose to move to different location either to be with their family or other reasons, hence causing a huge logistical issue when it comes to accessing their rightful pension amount.

Digital life Certificate for Pensioners scheme of the Government of India known as Jeevan Pramaan seeks to address this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing the life certificate. It aims to streamline the process of getting this certificate and making it hassle free and much easier for the pensioners. With this initiative the pensioners requirement to physically present himself/herself in front of disbursing agency or the certification authority will become a thing of the past benefiting the pensioners in a huge way and cutting down on unnecessary logistical hurdles.

How it Works

Jeevan Pramaan uses the Aadhaar platform for biometric authentication of the pensioner.

A successful authentication generates the Digital Life Certificate which gets stored in the Life Certificate Repository. The Pension Disbursing Agencies can access the certificate on-line.

  • Enrol Yourself. Download the PC/ Mobile application or alternatively visit the nearest Jeevan Pramaan Centre to get your self registered. Provide necessary information like Aadhaar number, Pension Payment Order No., Bank Account No., Bank Name and your Mobile number. 
  • Aadhaar Authentication. Provide your biometrics, either a finger print or Iris and authenticate your self. (Jeevan Pramaan uses the Aadhaar Platform for on-line biometric authentication ) 
  • Life Certificate. After a successful authentication a SMS acknowledgement is sent to your mobile number including your Jeevan Pramaan Certificate ID. The certificates are stored in the Life Certificate Repository for making it available any time and any where for the pensioner and the Pension Disbursing Agency. 
  • Access your Certificate. You can download a PDF copy of the certificate from the Jeevan Pramaan website by providing the Jeevan Pramaan ID or Aadhaar number. 
  • Pension Disbursing Agency. The Pension Disbursing Agency can access the Life Certificate from the Jeevan Pramaan website, and download the same. 
  • Electronic Delivery. The Life Certificates can also be electronically delivered to the Pension Disbursing Agency, without any manual intervention. (Pension Disbursing Agency can get in touch with our team, to enable the e-delivery facility ) 
Get a Certificate
Getting a digital Life certificate is hassle free and can be obtained through various Jeevan Pramaan Centres which are being operated by CSCs, Banks, and Government offices or by using the client application on any PC/mobile/tablet.

Download the PC / Mobile / Tablet application or visit the CSC on-line application to register for a Life Certificate.
  • PC Windows 7 OS 32 & 64 bit.
  • Mobile Android 4.0 and above
  • CSC On-line CSC on-line Web application.
  • Offices Central & State Government Offices
Pension Disbursing Agency Sign up to download certificates
Phone: (91)-11-49754975
SMS: JPL to 7738299899
get list of Jeevan Pramaan centre near your pincode
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Sign up to download the Life Certificate.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Update on NFU & Other anomalies

Monday, 17 November 2014

Aerial View  

This may set at rest all speculation on why NFU is still hanging.
Received 72 pages of information (32 pages of notings and 40 pages of correspondence).
Skimmed through to find out if any Chief - COAS, CNS or CAS - did not want NFU for any of the myriad reasons.
Notings indicate that, 
(a) While proposals on pension related issues were forwarded to the Cabinet and approved on 24 Sep 12 (strikes a bell??), proposals in respect of serving Defence personnel were not submitted by MoD (Def Secy) till 14 Jun 13.
(b) MoD and Deptt of Exp, MoF acted on the directions on Cabinet Sectt and PMO to refer pay related issues of serving Defence Forces personnel to the next Pay Commission as far back as 16 Jul 13.
Therefore the following have been sent to 7th CPC on 25 Aug 14: -
1. Common pay scales for in-service JCOs/ORs.

2. Initial pay fixation of Lt Cols/Cols/Brig and equivalents.

3. Review and enhancement of Grade Pay.

4. Placing of all Lt Gens in HAG+ scale, and

5. Grant of Non-Functional upgradation (NFU) to Armed Forces personnel.

P.S: The 72 pages are being typed, will be proof-read and placed on this blog (hopefully!) by 20 Nov 14.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

4 Worms In Church

Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol...

The second worm in cigarette smoke...Dead...

Third worm in chocolate syrup...Dead...
Fourth worm in good clean soil...Alive
So the Minister asked the congregation, "What did you learn from this demonstration?"

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,
"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service
Today is International Disturbed People's Day.
Please send an encouraging message to a disturbed friend...Just as I've done.
"Hang in there sunshine,
you're special!"