If it is true that GOI seriously considering to hike the retirement age of Central Government Employees as has been reported in some news papers, such an announcement cannot made till the election process to 5 states are completed i.e till 15th May. Therefore the employees who are due to retire upto May 2011 cannot be benefited out of this decision. There is also a strong school of thought that the retirement age should not be increased beyond 60 years. They are of the opinion that it will increase the level of unemployment in the country and the youth will feel frustrated. The level of efficiency will also come down with the increased age and those who are below in the ladder will get unmotivated due to lesser avenues for promotion. Let us see what happens after 15th May.
Please post this to all your friends for support to the people in JAPAN who are the victims of Earthquake and tsunami. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them all during this devastating disaster.GOD bless them all.thank you……..
I say this because of these draft RTI Rules officially floated by the DoPT on which objections have been sought.
The government proposes to limit RTI applications to 250 words and to one subject. While restricting each application to one subject is understood, it is not comprehensible as to what would be achieved by restricting applications to a word limit. It sometimes becomes extremely important to provide a background of the information sought so as to enable the Public Information Officer to efficiently cull out the same, in other cases the description of the documents / files / records sought itself is so longish that it takes a few extra words. A rule like this would further make the entire process subjective and contingent on the whimsical interpretation of various authorities.
This blog which was launched on 26th January 2010 as a community blog for CSIR/NAL retirees got its 10000th hit just a few minutes ago. This is indeed an achievement in seven and a half month’s time of its launch. I thank you all for this achievement and encouragement.
A BIG THANKS!! – M.Prabhakaran
On careful analysis of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 and the instructions issued thereunder, one will find that there are 2 category of pensioners as follows:
Category I: Those who were never eligible for addition to Qualifying service on their retirement for the purpose of computing pension and gratuity. Those who retire on superannuation pension and on retirement pension under Pension Rule 48, on compulsory retirement pension [FR 56(J)& Pension Rule 48 B] and invalid pension fall under this category. Their pension and gratuity are sanctioned on the basis of the actual service rendered by them in Government.
Category II: Those who were eligible for addition to qualifying service of not exceeding 5 years subject to the condition that the total qualifying service rendered by the Government servant does not in any case exceed thirty-three years and it does not take him beyond the date of superannuation. Those who have retired with retirement pension[FR 56(K) & Pension Rule 48A and Pension Rule 29] fall under this category. This benefit of addition to QS was rightly made available only to those who retired earlier than superannuation. The intention to differentiate was clear based on sound principles of “give and take”. Their pension and gratuity are sanctioned by adding QS as above. However GOI has withdrawn this provision retrospectively effective from 01.01.2006.
In terms of DOPT OM dated 02.09.2008 modified subsequently by DOPT OM dated 10.12.2009 those who retire after 01.01.2006 on completion of 10/20 years are eligible for full pension equivalent to 50% last pay drawn or average emoluments. The above OM have also withdrawn the benefit of addition to QS hitherto available to pensioners under Category II , above. After the issue of the above OM , different departments have interpreted the provision differently. Even within the same department there were different opinions. Most of them felt that those who retire on superannuation alone are eligible for full pension on completion of 10 years and all others only on completion of 20 years of service although such an interpretation is not supported by any orders.
What should be the objective and scientific interpretation of the above term 10/20 years of QS ?
To my mind the most scientific and objective interpretation of the above term is that pensioners under Category I will get full pension only if they complete 20 years of service. Those who have completed more than 10 years but less than 20 years of QS should get pro rata pension on the basis of their actual service. If an employee superannuated after 10 years he should get 10/20 times of full pension which will amount to 25% of last pay drawn or average emoluments whichever is beneficial.
Those pensioners who fall under Category II should be paid FULL PENSION after completion of 10 years of service. Let me explain the logic behind such assumption. Under FR 56(K) and Pension Rules 29 one will have to complete at least 15 years of service to become eligible for retirement. FR 56(k) stipulates that one should have joined service before attaining 35 years of age and can retire only after attaining 50 years of age, which obviously means that he would have completed a minimum of 15 years of QS. Similarly Pension Rule 29 specifically stipulates that one should have completed at least 15 years of service to opt for retirement. With the addition to QS of 5 years, both of them will have a QS of 20 and more years of QS, had this provision not withdrawn retrospectively. Such an assumption will also ensure that those who retired on grounds of inefficiency, medical invalidation and without any element of “give and take”, like superannuation are not treated at par with others who opt to retire earlier than the age of superannuation.
I hope that the GOI issue necessary clarifications immediately in this regard.
While rejecting the merger of DA (beyond 50%) with Basic Pay, the 6CPC has recommended the increase in Allowances of up to 25%.
In all probability the DA payable will cross 50% mark in Jan 2011. The serving personnel will be benefited straight away by way of 25% increase in allowances payable to them . How will this benefit be extended to pensioners as they do not draw any allowances at all?
This can be done only by increasing the DR payable on pension by 25% of Basic Pension.
Who will bell the cat? We should start raising this issue right away in appropriate forums so that we will have clarity by January 2011, when the DA/DR payable is likely to cross 50% mark.
Thanks for the excellent support that I received for the blog from every one of you. 100 posts in 25 categories and 1200 views is what this blog achieved just in over 2 months of it’s launching on 26th Jan 2010.
Hope to have your continued support and patronage. I would appreciate if you could invariably post your comments on each post that you view, in future. The input will be of immense help.
With Best Regards