options for pre 2006 pensioners recommended by 7th pay commission.


While making either retrograde recommendations on many issues and perpetuation of 6th CPC recommendations on a number of issues, there is some relief to Pre-2006 Pensioners in the matter of fixation of pension. Many pre-2006 pensioners are requesting CHQ to give details of this recommendation.
The 7th CPC has recommended two options as follows:
1. Like all others they can opt for fixation by multiplication of their existing basic pension (including commuted pension) by 2.57 factor. For example if the basic pension to a pre-1996 pensioner retired in pay scale 3000-4500 (and drawn 9 increments in that scale before retirement) was fixed under 4th CPC as Rs.1940/-; and prefixed from 1.1.2006 as Rs.12543/-; then now by multiplying this basic pension 12543 X2.57 = 32,236/- as new basic pension w.e.f 1.1.2016.
2. Option 2: The present minimum of pay scale corresponding to 4th CPC pay scale of 3000-4500 is 67,700. Add 9 increments notionally to this @ 3%x 9=27% that comes to 20,700/- to a total of Rs.88,400 notionally; 50% of this notional pay is 44,200/-; The pre-2006 pensioner can opt for this amount of 44,200/- as new basic pension from 1.1.2016.
This recommendation of adding the number of increments earned in the pay scale before retirement of a pre-2006 pensioner is more or less like the increments being added to Armed Forces Pensioners under OROP system; Definitely an improvement formula to pre-2006 pensioners. Only thing short of full parity between past and future pensioner is the denial to grant the benefit of any upgraded pay scale granted to the same cadre by successive pay commissions.

Compensation to customers for call-drops to be implemented from 1st January, 2016.

TRAI chief tells telecom companies not to insult subscribers.

       R.S.Sharma, chairman of the TRAI, has told the telecom  companies not to insult subscribers. On the issue of  paying compensation for call-drops, some of the telecom                       companies have told that subscribers would deliberately drop calls, to claim compensation. “Are your telling me that 50 crore people in this country will run to get   Rs.3 through a call drop every day?, asked  the TRAI Chairman.


                      R.S. Sharma, Chairman, TRAI, has refuted the claim of the    telecom companies that they would face Rs.54, 000 cror annually by way of compensation to call-drops. According           to the TRAI, the telecom companies may lose Rs.800 crore   annually on this count. The TRAI has stated that its tests  conducted in June and September showed no improvement i   the call-drop situation. TRAI would make another set of  tests in December and the ‘call-drop’ compensation to  consumers will be implemented from 1st January 2016.

US takes responsibility to fix climate – President Obama


In his speech at the Paris Summit on Climate Change, which is attended by 150 nations’ heads,  US President Barack Obama has stated that US embraces responsibility to fix climate. As the second top most emitter country of greenhouse gases, it is correctly the responsibility of US to take the lead. But so far, US has not done much to reduce emission of greenhouses gases, but was compelling the developing countries like India to do so.

Let us hope that the assurance is not a passing remark and will be implemented

People protest world-wide demanding action for reducing gas emissions


At the time when 150 nations’ heads are meeting in Paris Summit to discuss about the climate change and how to reduce gas emissions, protest rallies are being held in many countries demanding the summit to take concrete decisions to reduce the greenhouses gases so that the world is saved from the coming catastrophe.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in his speech in the summit, India is suffering much more due to climate change, even though it is  far behind in the list of countries emitting greenhouse gases. it is to be noted that the developed countries like US are leading the gas emissions.