PCDA Circular No 557 – Implementation of One Rank One Pension – PCDA Clarification
OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Subject: Implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’pensioners.
Reference: This office circular No 555 dated 04.02.2016.
A comprehensive list of maximum term of engagement for JCOs/ORs was enclosed as Appendix-X to this office Circular No. 555 dated 4.2.2016 has been slightly amended as under:-
|Naik (Regular Army)||1.6.1953 to 30.11.1976
1.12.1976 to 29.5.1998
30.5.1998 till date
|Naik (DSC)||1.6.1953 to 30.11.1976||22 years||20 years|
|Hony captain (DSC)||B low Exceptions –||5.72.1972 to 31.12.19 2||5.02.1972 to 31.12.1972|
2. Similarly, slightly amended comprehensive list of equivalence of ranks in the three services of Armed Forces is enclosed as Appendix ‘Y’ to this Circular which would substitute the Appendix-‘Y’ of the Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016.
3. PDAs have reported some difficulties on certain points while implementing the scheme of ‘OROP’. Necessary clarification in the matter is as under:-
|1.||In the absence of qualifying service, it
would be extremely difficult to revise
LFP/ SFP as per CircularNo. 555?
|In case, any information regarding qualifying
service, rank, group etc., is not available withPDAs, such cases may be referred to PensionSanctioning Authorities concerned in the proforma enclosed as Annexure–‘A’ to theGovt. Letter No. (1)/2014/D (Pen/Policy)–Part–II dated 3rd Feb, 2016. AllPDAs are therefore, requested to sendAnnexure–A both in hard and soft copy by name to Shri Ram Ji Mishra, Sr. AO (Sangam Cell) on e–mail ID:[email protected]. Meanwhile, as an interimmeasure, if qualifying service is not available
in case of family pension, minimum family pension rate payable for that particular rank and group w.e.f. 01.07.2014 (as per Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016) may be paid.
|2.||In the absence of Group/ Qualifying
service, revision as per Circular 502 was done by revising family pension for the lowest group in the start of thetable. Now in the present OROP orders,the tables start from 0.5yrs and therefore caseswhere group/ Q.S. is not available cannot be revised.
|If the group of the service pensioner is not
available in the PPOs/ Corrigendum PPOs, pension of lowest group (i.e. for group Y forthe time being) for that rank and qualifying service may be paid until receipt of clarification from the PSAs concerned.
|3.||It is not clear whether the LTA is
payable in one lump sum or 4 equalinstallments?
|Arrears on account of revision of pension and
LTA from 1.7.2014 to 02.03.2016 shall be paid by the Pension Disbursing Agencies in four equal half–yearly instalments and not inlump– sum. However, all the family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/ Liberalized Family Pension and allGallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment as per Para 17 ofthe Circular No.
555 dated 04.02.2016.
|4.||PDAs find it extremely difficult to
identify HAG+ rank?
|The rank of Lt. Gen (HAG+) was introduced
after 01.01.2006. Hence, rank of Lt. Gen (HAG+) is found only in Post–01.01.2006 cases. In such cases, pay scale for that ranki.e. Rs. 75500–80000 is mentioned in thePPO. For Pre–2006 cases, pension of HAGwill be payable to retired Lt. Generals, unless retired in the rank of ArmyCommander or equivalent. Same applies toequivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy.
|5.||Tables 97–101 give the revised pension
payable in respect of Pre–01.06.1953 and State Forces pensioners. Whether family pensioners of the above category (particularly State Force pensioners) are entitledfor OROP revision and if so atwhat rates?
|Rates shown in Table No. 97–101 attached
with Circular No. 555 are forPre–01.06.1953 retirees. These tables are showing Service Element/Service Pension rates. Cases of Family/ Disability/ War Injury Pension in r/o Pre–01.06.1953retirees shall be submitted to thisoffice for revision through Corr PPO.The same applies to State Forces pensioners.
|6.||No equivalence has been prescribed
|The Cadets are granted monthly ex-gratia and
same is treated differently from pension and therefore, cases ofCadets are regulated separately as per the existing provisions. HenceCircular No. 555 is not applicable in case of Cadets.
|7.||Annexure E to F to Circular No. 500
dated 17.01.2013 gives the ratesfor revised pension payable to Pre–96
EC/SSC Officers and to Post–96
EC/SSC Officers. It is commontable irrespective of Pre or Post– 96 retirees. Whether pension shall be revised for Pre–96 EC/SSC Officers as per Table 5
& 6 ofCircular 555?
|As per Govt. letter No. 12(1)/2014/
D(Pen/Policy) Part–II dated 07.11.2015 “OROP implies that uniform pension to be paid to the Defence Forces Personnel retiring in the samerank with the same length of service,regardless of their date of retirement.”
The pension of all past pensioners will be determined according to the above principle.
|8.||It is mentioned that Corr PPOs have
been issued admitting pensionfor the rank of Lt. Col. In respectof Major with
21 years Qualifying Service. Thenhow to revise the pension forMajor (post 96 cases) with 21years Qualifying Service?
|All substantive Majors retired on or after
1.1.1996 but before 01.01.2006, who had completed 21 years of commissioned service and weregranted pay of Lt. Col. as per Para
5(a) (iii) and 5 (a) (iv) of Special ArmyInstruction 2/S/98. Such Majors have been allowed the benefit of revision of pension as per rates of Lt. Col. under 6th CPC on the authority of GoI, MoDDeptt. of Ex-Service Welfare letter No. 1(13)/2009/D(Pen/Policy) dated 24thsept 2012. In these cases, Corr PPO’s have been issued by concerned PSAsrevising pension under 6th CPC.Pension of such Majors may also berevised as per the table applicable to Lt.Col. However, in case of any doubt, the case may please be referred to PSAs concerned for clarification.
|9.||Whether PDAs are authorized to revise
the pension to Subedar Majorgranted ACP I & ACP II for the rank of Hony Lt and HonyCaptain?
|In case ACP is granted, pension of next higher
rank will be admissible to the pensioner. In case of Subedar Major who got ACP–I, pension may be revised for Hony. Lt. But it is notlikely that ACP–II is granted to aSubedar Major, so if any case ofSubedar Major with ACP-II comes intothe knowledge, the same may beforwarded for clarification.
10. The difference between Artificer III-I
13. Whether the amount mentioned in