The Defence Accounts Department is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the pay accounts of million plus Jawans and JCOs of Indian Army. The Pay Accounts Offices (PAOs) of this department are at the forefront of the concerted efforts that are being put in to ensure that these men get their correct dues within reasonable time frame.
An important requirement to meet the expectations of the end user and ensuring their contentment is that the JCOs/ORs understands their dues and their entitlement. If they further appreciate the processes involved in acceptance or denial of any dues, it would equip them with enough knowledge to have better awareness to contest entitlement inconsistencies, if any.
This handbook was conceptualized with the aim to provide more grasp on the rules of entitlement as well as to have complete transparency of procedures in the PAOs. This first edition contains all the procedures right from the inception stage of publishing and processing of the daily Part II orders, till the final processing and disbursement of entitlements.
The book also details the functional boundaries and constraints of PAOs. The chapters are so ordered that they lay down entitlement parameters in a user-friendly manner. Each of the chapter seeks to enlighten the JCOs/OR on the documentary and procedural requirements for processing an entitlement.
The audit and procedural requirements behind processing of Contingent Bill items, AFPP Fund claims, MACPs, transfer/deputation, leave/TD etc., are all detailed in distinct chapters of the handbook. The deductions from pay and allowances, bank account details, etc. are also elaborated in the book.
In a unique separate chapter interpretation of the Monthly Pay Slip has been elaborated. It details item-wise description of notifications provided in the Pay Slip, which, it is expected, would not only ameliorate grievances of Jawans at the inception stage but also give him confidence regarding legitimacy of the entitlements so granted. A chapter on general FAQs is also included for assistance and ready reference.
The book has sought to cover all the parameters of pay and allowances of JCOs/ORs, incorporating the 7th CPC entitlements as well, wherever available on the date of publication. This book in pdf format is also available on the website of PAO (OR) AMC & 11 GRRC as well as of PCDA (CC), Lucknow.
Air Marshal C Harikumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Reviewing Officer, with Air Vice Marshal R Radhish, Commandant, CAW, Directing Staff and Award Winners of 41st HACC.
A Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and HDFC Bank on the Defence Salary Package on April 3, 2018. The first MoU between HDFC Bank and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed on 13 Mar 2015. The current MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families.
The signing in ceremony was chaired by the Director General (MP&PS), Lt Gen S K Saini and was attended by the top dignitaries of HDFC Bank headed by Ms Smita Bhagat, Head Government Business and Branch Banking.
Currently Indian Army has MoUs on Defence Salary Package with 11 public and private sector banks. MoUs are considered for inception and renewal with banks on analyzing their utility and suitability to the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. Army is hoping that this MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired Army personnel who are having their accounts with HDFC bank and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.
Under the current MoU apart from other benefits the Army personnel will get free personal accident death cover and free permanent disability cover of Rs 30 lakhs, free educational cover of upto Rs 1 Lakh per year for four years for education of dependent child in case of accidental death of defence personnel and 100% processing fees waived for car loans and personal loans.
Under the aegis of Vajra Corps a mega Ex-Servicemen rally was organised by the Pine Division at Military Station Solan for the Veterans, Veer Naris and Widows from various districts of Himachal Pradesh. The rally witnessed huge response from Ex-Servicemen with as many as 1225 turning up to reaffirm their bond with the profession of Armed Forces. The General Officer Commanding, Pine Division graced the occasion alongwith Commander, Victory for Certain Brigade.
The rally was attended by serving officers of the Indian Army and civil administration officials. The primary aim of the rally was to reach out to the Veterans and War Widows of Armed Forces and resolve their service and other civil administration related grievances. A number of counters were set up to extend the facilities to the Ex-Servicemen including various stalls from the Record Offices to resolve pension anomalies and other stalls like ECHS, PCDA, Zila Sainik Board and Resettlement. A medical camp was also organised to meet the medical needs of attendees and a Grievance Resolution Cell by the civil administration to resolve the problems of Ex-Servicemen. The other attractions of the rally were Military Band display and cultural programme.
The year 2018 is being celebrated by Indian Army as 'The Year of War Disabled' and keeping with the traditions of the services, the disabled soldiers were felicitated during the rally. A total of 3 modified auto scooters, 2 wheel chairs and various grants were distributed to the disabled Veterans. In addition to this, 34 Veer Naris and 94 Widows were also felicitated.
While addressing the Veterans, General Officer Commanding, Pine Division reiterated the various facilities being extended to Veterans by the Indian Army as well as the Central and State Governments. He reassured the gathering that all out efforts are being made by the Army and Civil Administration to resolve the grievances of Ex-Servicemen. He thanked the Civil Administration in extending whole hearted support for successful conduct of the rally.
The overwhelming response from Veterans and on the spot resolution of their grievances is a testimony to the fact that the rally went far in achieving its stated aim of welfare of Ex-Servicemen.
Directorate of Resettlement Zone (North) (DRZN) established DGR stall in Veteran's Rally organised at Sunderbani and Dharamshala on March 11-23, 2018 respectively. This was part of the 'Awareness Drive' carried out by DRZN as its pro-active step in maximum outreach to veterans to assist and enable them in decision making process towards second career opportunities.
Deputy Director, DRZ (North) addressed the gathering of Veterans/ Veer Naris/ Widows/ Dependents and explained them in detail about the various DGR schemes and process of registration with DGR to avail benefits of the schemes. Self Employment schemes which offers veterans certain amount of flexibility and a chance to be their own boss was highlighted. Self employment opportunities include schemes for Coal Loading & Transportation, ESM & Widows/ Disabled Tipper Attachment scheme, Allotment of Mother Dairy milk booth & Safal vegetable shop and management of COCO outlets and CNG station. In addition entrepreneurship schemes under PMEGP was also covered for those veterans desirous of setting up their own business venture with the help of soft loans.
Information Brochure and leaflets on the various DGR schemes were also distributed amongst the Veterans and were encouraged to avail benefits of the schemes.
- Col Ashok Mishra and Col NN Joshi
The Valedictory function of the 41st Higher Air Command Course (HACC) was conducted on March 27, 2018 at the College of Air Warfare, Secunderabad. Air Marshal C Harikumar Param, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command was the Chief Guest for the function. 41st Higher Air Command Course commenced on June 27, 2017 with strength of 54 officers of the rank of Group Captain and equivalent from all the three services. The course aimed to educate the officers in the development and employment of Aerospace Power and its applications in joint operations at the operational and strategic level. In his valedictory address, the Chief Guest stressed upon the need for imaginative thinking and innovative solutions to overcome the varied security challenges facing the nation today. He also presented the 'Air Chief Marshal LM Katre Trophy' for Best Overall Performance in the Course to Group Captain Sagar Paranjpe and other trophies to meritorious officers.
The Mechanised Infantry Regiment celebrated its 39th Raising Day with great fervour, enthusiasm and fanfare in Lucknow Cantonment on April 4, 2018. The celebrations began in the morning by paying homage to the martyrs, wherein Lt Gen JK Sharma, Chief of Staff, Central Command, the senior most serving officer of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment in the station laid a wreath at Smritika War Memorial. All officers of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment and Brigade of the Guards posted in Lucknow were in attendance during the solemn ceremony. The veterans of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment were represented by Brig KK Tiwari (Retd) who also laid a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of all the veterans.
A brain child of Gen K Sunderji , the Mechanised Infantry Regiment is one of the youngest Regiments of the Indian Army formed post 1965 war. The Mechanised Infantry Regiment has participated in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, Operation Rakshak in Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. It also specialises in United Nation Peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Congo, Angola, Sudan, Ethiopia & Eriteria, Sierra Leone and Lebanon. The Regiment has a special distinction of operating even in high altitude and the most gruelling terrains of Ladakh & Sikkim. The regiment has a glorious past with a large number of its officers and men having made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the motherland.
On the occasion of National Maritime Day, a wreath laying ceremony was jointly conducted by Indian Navy and officials from Information & Cultural Department, Government of West Bengal at the Lascar War Memorial, Hastings, in Kolkata on April 5, 2018.
The War Memorial is a towering structure built in the honour of 896 Lascars who died fighting for the British Navy during the First World War. The 100 ft memorial built in the Indo-Mughal style has prows of an ancient galley (ship) projecting from each side and is capped by four mini minarets and a large dome. Along the façade are undulating lines symbolizing waves. The memorial was designed by William Ingram Keir. The Lascar War Memorial was unveiled to public by the then Governor of Bengal, Lord Lytton, on February 6, 1924.
The memorial is being maintained by Indian Navy and has been recently restored under the guidance of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
It was a momentous occasion for Chennai to welcome Korea Coast Guard Ship Badaro commanded by Superintendent OH Taeog, participating in INDO-KOREA Joint Exercise 2018. As part of proposed establishment of the Memorandum of Understanding, a joint exercise between Korea Coast Guard (KCG) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) named, Sahyog – Hyeoblyeog 2018 was conducted at Chennai on April 5, 2018.
Historic cultural links between Indian and the Republic of Korea have laid the foundation of vibrant bilateral relations between the two countries. These include the growing economic engagements and military interactions for enhancing cooperation between the two coast guards for Search and Rescue Operations and other maritime law enforcement tasks.
The exercise provided an opportunity to the Coast Guards of both countries to train in an integrated manner for the Search and Rescue Operations. Both the forces jointly planned, trained and executed a series of well developed anti-piracy scenario and its subsequent rescue in a combined Coast Guard Operation of both countries. Experts from both sides also held academic discussions to share each other's experiences on varied topics for international benefit.
It also showcased the remarkable contribution of Indian Coast Guard in developing its strength to respond the search and rescue operations in a very efficient manner. Director General Rajendra Singh, DGICG and Commissioner General KCG Park Kyung Min was in Chennai to oversee the Joint exercise.
Military Hospital Secunderabad celebrated World Health Day with this year's WHO theme "Universal Health Coverage: Everyone Everywhere". It began in the morning with Brigadier D Vivekanand, Commandant, Military Hospital Secunderabad flagging off the cycle rally with the aim to promote awareness with the help of placards about healthy lifestyle habits and how they can be achieved. It was followed by poster display which comprised of various health related topics such as exercise, dietary advice, addiction prevention and rehabilitation, mental health among other things.
A seminar was conducted at Dhanvanthari auditorium on ''Universal Health Coverage: Everyone Everywhere'' educating the health statistics of our country, the problem in health care and their solutions.
A team of Health care professionals of Military Hospital, Secunderabad and School of Nursing carried out a brief lecture followed by demonstration on CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to several family members at Safilguda and Meadows lines MES accommodations of Secunderabad garrison.
A major contract through capital procurement route, for procurement of 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) has been signed. The impending requirement of the Indian Army for effective BPJs, has been met after successful conduct of stringent field evaluation trials.
The contracted BPJs have contemporary and state-of-the-art specifications with added protectional level and coverage area. These ergonomically designed BPJs have modular parts, thereby providing immense protection and flexibility to soldiers operating in different operational situations ranging from long distance patrolling to high risk room intervention scenarios. The new BPJs will provide 360 degree protection to the soldier in combat, including from latest hard steel core bullets.
The concerns for BPJs for the Indian Army, have been raised at the highest levels, even in the civil domain and media reports amidst heightened security situation, along the borders and in the hinterland in the disturbed areas. The provisioning of this operationally urgent and very critical equipment concerning personal ballistic protection, will boost the confidence of the soldier and provide moral ascendency to security forces.
The case was processed as a 'Buy Indian'. The provision of these new BPJs was done by Indian manufacturers who were successful in the trials. This has given an impetus to the 'Make in India' initiative of the Government, and provides confidence that the Indian Industry is capable of fulfilling the requirements of Indian Army for its personal protective equipment.
Naib Subedar Vishnu Saravanan of Madras Engineer Group and Centre, Bangalore participated in the Europa Laser Sailing Championship held at Ancona, Italy from March 30 to April 3, 2018 and won silver medal in the Laser Category.
Nb Sub Vishnu Saravananwas born in 1999 in Pune. His father Subedar Saravanan being Wind Surfing Sailor & Coach he started his initial training at CME, Pune under the guidance of his father. In a very short period with his own interest and guidance he participated in several National & Youth Category and won medals. Seeing the interest and talent of the individual he was enrolled into Boys Sports Company, MEG & Centre in 2014.
After joining Boys Sports Coy the performance of the individual rose and he participated in the Youth Asia Cup and won silver medal. He also participated in thirty international events with thirteen 'top three' finishes. He participated in ten Senior and Youth National championships and won gold medals in all the categories. His sister Ramya Saravanan also excels in sailing along with him, she is also an International Sailor. Based on the outstanding performance he was enrolled into MEG & Centre as Junior Commissioned Officer in the year 2017.
He participated in the Europa Laser Sailing Championship held at Ancona, Italy from March 30 to April 3, 2018 and won silver medal in the Laser Category. He attended selection trials for Asian Games/ Championship in Chennai from April 16-22, 2018.
World Tuberculosis day is universally observed on March 24 every year. The theme for this year was 'Wanted : Leaders for a TB free World'.
Awareness programmes on Tuberculosis were organised at the Military Hospital and KV No. 2 for the troops and their families and students of the school, on Saturday March 24, 2018. The speakers at the events were Brigadier NS Narain Commandant Military Hospital Ahmedabad, Capt Shalini Gupta Medical Officer, Health Supervisory Staff Mr PK Vaghela and HH Darji of Station Health Organisation, Ahmedabad.
Activities like Lectures, Video show, quiz, health exhibition and distribution of pamphlets on Tuberculosis were also undertaken to improve awareness and sensitize the importance of bringing behavioral and attitudinal changes that would meaningfully contribute towards preventing the spread of the disease.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman