2 minute readPension hiked for veteran medics with NPA boost

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The Ministry of Defense has announced the inclusion of Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) as a factor for retired doctors of the armed forces.

Following a Supreme Court ruling in the matter of KC Bajaj vs Union of India in November 2013, and consequent compliance of the order by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW), the defense ministry has also now issued orders for NPA to be taken into account when calculating the pension of retired doctors.

According to the order dated July 31, 2015:

“It has now been decided that in case of pre-1996 retired Medical officers of Armed Forces, NPA @ 25% shall be added to minimum scale of pay as on 1.1.1996 while determining minimum guaranteed pension/family pension in terms of this Ministry letter No1 (1)/99(Pen/Sers) dated 07.06.1999 subject to the ceiling that pay plus rank pay plus NPA shall not exceed 29,500/-.”

“It has also been decided that in case of pre-2006 retired Medical officers of Armed Forces NPA @ 25% shall be added to the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus the grade pay and Military Service Pay, where applicable, while determining minimum guaranteed pension/family pension from 1.1.2006 in terms of Para 5 of this Ministry letter No 17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008 subject to the ceiling that pay plus grade plus Military Service Pay wherever applicable and NPA, shall not exceed Rs 85,000/-.”

“Similarly, for revision of pension/family pension with effect from 24.9.2012, NPA @ 25% shall also be added to the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 2/S/2008 and equivalent instructions for Navy and Air Force, plus Grade pay and Military Service Pay, where applicable, for determining minimum guaranteed pension in terms of this Ministry’s letter No 1 (11)/2012-D(Pen/Policy) dated 17.1.2013, as modified vide letter dated 25.11.2014 subject to the ceiling that pay plus grade pay plus Military Service Pay wherever applicable and NPA, shall not exceed Rs 85,000/-.”

View the complete order on NPA addition for military doctors.

  2 comments for “2 minute readPension hiked for veteran medics with NPA boost

  1. SurinderKumarJoshi
    September 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Order for Inclusion of 25% NPA to the minimum scale of pay (in
    case of AMC veterans) is the result of court battles. Govt. should not claim
    any credit for it. This unfortunate situation arose because of partisan
    attitude on the part of Military leadership (Non-AMC) as well as negative
    attitude of bureaucrats, with the silent indifference of politicians.
    Bureaucrats have been fooling the soldiers at every step, in every possible
    way, since long. They would never feel ashamed of their conduct.
    I retired in 2000. The arrears of 15 years have been
    credited into my account, now, after the bureaucrats got a kick from the
    judiciary.
    The stalemate in negotiations about the OROP, too, I am
    sure, is because of the resistance from the bureaucrats. There only concern is
    promoting their own clan, and that too at the cost of defence forces,
    paramilitary forces, even IPS.
    Modi Ji must understand clearly that because of the wrong
    advice by bureaucrats, the Govt. will lose not only the money but their
    face as well as the goodwill the soldiers (both serving/ retired) had for the
    Govt. Already Rahul Gandhi, Jethmalani and others have started
    fishing in troubled waters. Any further delay in sorting out the mess created,
    the trouble makers may succeed in instigating the ESM and further widen the
    trust deficit between the soldiers and the Govt., may be for long times to come.
    ESM leadership, too, rather than indulging in brinkmanship,
    should review their position pragmatically and dispassionately. Being veterans
    of many wars, they would understand better that in some situations a tactical
    retreat/shift can get better results.
    Lt Col S K Joshi, AMC ( Retd)

  2. SurinderKumarJoshi
    August 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you Stratpost for the GOOD news. Thanks to the SCI for doing justice to the soldiers. On their own, the bureaucrats would have never agreed.

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