SPONSORSHIPS, PENSION AND HRA NEWS

Sponsorships

DGR has a MoU/understanding with few ministries to afford dedicated resettlement schemes to ESM. One such avenue is offered by Ministry of P&NG through all the Oil Marketing Companies wherein company owned company operated (COCO) retail outlets of the oil marketing companies like IOCL, HPCL and BPCL are offered to defence candidates on a contract basis for a period of three years for the permanent COCO outlets and one year for the temporary COCO outlets with provision of extending the contract period further by one more year (i.e. two years maximum put together).

Until 2016, this scheme was open to only ESM officers and the names were sponsored only by DGR.However, with the new guidelines issued by oil marketing companies in 2017, the JCO’s of the three Armed Forces have also become eligible for this scheme and the names can be sponsored by ZSB/RSB also. Thus, there is a requirement of involving the ZSB and RSB, KSB to ensure pan India registration of JCO’s and ensure timely submission of names to oil companies. JCOs should be below 60 years of age, minimum 10th pass, have not availed any other benefit from DGR/RSB/ZSB. Havildar’s (Hony Naib Subedar) & equivalent ranks will not be eligible for the said scheme in terms of Para 17g(b) of Defence Services Regulations, Vol-1. DGR letter No. 1422/DGR/SE-2/COCO/Gen dated 03 May 2017 refers.

Disbursement of Central Government pension through Public Sector Banks-Issue of Pension Slips to Defence Pensioners: (Ref. DGBA.GAD. H-17663/45.05.031/ 2006-07 dated June 12, 2007). It has been decided in consultation with the Office of Chief Controller of Defence Accounts and the Department of Ex-Servicemen welfare, Ministry of Defence to issue pension slip to Armed Forces Personnel/Defence Civilian pensioners including family pensioners on par with the existing system as applicable to Central Government Pensioners (Civil).

Recording of PPO Number in the Passbook of Pensioners/Family Pensioners

This is to alleviate the difficulties reported by pensioners/family pensioners to get duplicate Pension Payment Orders (PPO) in case of missing of original PPO, transfer of pension account from one bank/branch to another bank/branch, commencement of family pension to spouse or dependent children after the death of pensioner, etc. Necessary instructions have already been issued to all authorised banks by CPA and Principal Controller of Defence Accounts vide their Circular No. 185 dated November 28, 2016. All agency banks are advised to record the PPO number on the passbook of pensioners/family pensioners.

House Rent Allowance
7th CPC had also recommended that HRA rate will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%,18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%.In view of the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in Government accommodation and get HRA.

New Email IDs of Directorate of Air Veterans(DAV) for IAF Pensioners

DAV has created separate email IDs for veteran officers, airmen and NCs(E) for expeditious disposal of their pension related issues. The new email IDs are:

  1. Officers: dav.officers@gov.in
  2. Airmen: dav.airmen@gov.in
  3. NCs (E): dirav.nce@gov.in

These new email IDs will be functional wef 01 Jul 2017. All air veterans are requested to use the above mentioned email IDs for their queries in their specific category i.e. officers, airmen or NCs(E) respectively. The erstwhile e-mail id dav@iaf.nic.in will only be used for handling queries/information of general nature.

1 Comment
  1. Compliments Sir,
    As JCOs are also now eligible & I have also forwarded my name to Dy. Dir. ZSW Una (H.P) recently for COCO scheme.
    As per ZSWO my name have been forwarded to DGR as per guidelines.
    Kindly guide about further procedure.

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