Eligible ESM and Serving Soldiers Submit Option Form by 18 Nov 2023 to get Benefit

Eligible ESM Serving Soldiers Submit Option Form by 18 Nov 2023 to get Benefit

Benefit of Pay revision under 7th CPC is still exist and you may get a huge benefit on your pay and pension by opting the suitable option as per Army, Navy and Air Force Pay Rules 2017. You need to read the provision carefully and understand , examine and opt the best one for you.

As per Rules 5 & 6 of Army, Navy and Air Force pay Rules, 2017 officers and PBOR can exercise option to come over to the revised pay structure effective from 01 Jan 2016. The option was to be exercised within one hundred and eighty days. (Read the pay rule 5 and 6 mentioned at the bottom of this article)

Subsequent to implementation of MoD OM No. 4)/2021/D(Pay/Services dated 04 Jun 21 (Rule 10 of Pay Rules, 2017) viz. regarding exercise/re-exercise option of Pay Fixation/Financial upgradation on or after 01 Jan 2016 (exercise of option for pay fixation on date of Promotion or date of Next Increment), a case for seeking extension of a fresh opportunity to seek to revised (7′” CPC) Pay Structure was taken up with MoD.

With this regard, Gol MoD vide letter No. 1 (4)/2017/D (Pay/Services) dated 23 May 23 has approved the provision to exercise/Re-Exercise option for pay fixation in respect of those Officers/personnel who have been promoted between 01 Jan 16 and 03 May 2017 and desire to exercise/re-exercise the option of pay fixation for transition to 7′” CPC.

पूर्व सैनिक और सेवारत सैनिक लाभ पाने के लिए 18 नवंबर 2023 तक Option फॉर्म जमा करें
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You may cjheck your date of promotion and eligibility accordingly that if your date of promiotion falls under the date range i.e 01 Jan 16 to 03 May 17 and are likely to be affected. As the option is to be exercised before 18 Nov 23 the veterans / serving soldiers may check their beneficial option and form may be forwarded to the concerned authority accordingly. The option form for Army Retired PBOR should be submitted directly to the Record Office, for Officers, IHQ, MoD, for Air Force and Navy, directly to the Concerned Service HQ for reconciliation and processing, if applicable.

It is pertinent to note that the option has to be exercised on or before 18 Nov 2023. Further option form received after 18 Nov 2023 will not be actioned. Blank option form annexed below is to be filled and signed by the Retd. Officer concerned, and forwarded by fastest means to the concerned Service HQ.

A detailed notification and approval of MoD is available here in PDF form at the bottom of this article.

Army Pay Rules 2017 and equivalent service (Pay) rules applicable to Navy and Air Force

Rule 5. Drawal of pay.–

(1) Save as otherwise provided in these rules, a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank shall draw pay in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the rank to which he is appointed (including under Modified Assured Career Progression); Provided that a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure, until the date on which he earns his next or any subsequent increment in the existing pay structure, or until he ceases to hold his rank or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure. Provided further that in case a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank has been placed in a higher grade pay between the 1 st day of January 2016 and the date of notification of these rules on account of promotion, he may elect to switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion.

Explanation.–
(i) For the purpose of this rule the option to retain the existing pay structure shall be admissible only in respect of one existing Pay Band and Grade Pay.
(ii) The aforesaid option shall not be admissible to any Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank appointed to a post on or after the 1 st day of January, 2016, whether for the first time in government service or by transfer from another post and he shall be allowed pay only in the revised pay structure.

(2) (i) Military Service Pay is a compensation for the various intangible aspects linked to the special conditions of service in Army; (ii) Military Service Pay shall be admissible on drawal of pay in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix, at the rate of Rs 15,500 for Honorary Commissioned Officers, and Rs 5,200 for all Junior Commissioned Officers/ Other Ranks; and (iii) Military Service Pay shall be counted as pay for the purpose of computation of dearness allowance and pension;

(3) (i) Group ‗X‘ Pay is a fixed amount admissible to a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank of Group ‗X‘, because of his higher educational qualification vis-à-vis a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank of Group ‗Y‘;

(ii) The Levels for same ranks in trade Group ‗X‘ and trade Group ‗Y‘ shall be same. Group ‗X‘ Pay shall be admissible on drawal of pay in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix at;

(a) a higher rate of Rs 6,200, for Group X‘ trades which requires a qualification equivalent to a diploma recognised by All India Council for Technical Education; and

(b) a lower rate of Rs 3,600, for other Group ‗X‘ trades, but not having a technical qualification recognised by All India Council for Technical Education; (iii) when a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank in relevant Group ‗X‘ trades drawing a lower rate of Group ‗X‘ Pay acquires a higher technical qualification equivalent of a diploma recognised by All India Council for Technical Education, he shall be admissible to higher rate of Group ‗X‘ Pay with the approval of concerned Competent Authority;

(iv) when a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank is re-mustered from Group ‗Y‘ to Group ‗X‘, he shall be admissible Group ‗X‘ Pay as applicable under sub–clause (ii) above; and (v) Group ‗X‘ Pay shall be counted as pay for the purpose of computation of dearness allowance only.

Equal Disability Pension for Officers and Jawans : Defence Ministry Commented

Rule 6. Exercise of option.–

(1) The option under the provisions to rule 5 shall be exercised in writing in the form appended to these rules so as to reach the concerned Pay Accounts Office within one hundred and eighty days of the date of notification of these rules, or where revision in the existing pay structure is made by any order subsequent to the date of notification of these rules, within one hundred and eighty days of the date of such order. Provided that;

(i) In the case of a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank who is, on the date of such notification or, as the case may be, date of such order, out of India on leave or deputation or foreign service or active service, the said option shall be exercised in writing so as to reach the Pay Accounts Office within one hundred and eighty days of the date of his taking charge of his post in India; and

(ii) Where a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank is under suspension on the 1 st day of January, 2016, the option may be exercised within one hundred and eighty days of the date of his return to his duty, if that date is later than the date prescribed in this sub-rule;

(2) The option, along with an undertaking appended to these rules, shall be intimated by a Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank to the Pay Accounts Office.

(3) If the intimation regarding option is not received by the Pay Accounts Office within one hundred and eighty days of the date of notification of these rules, the Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Rank shall be deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised pay structure with effect from the 1 st day of January, 2016.

(4) The option once exercised shall be final.

Note 1.– Junior Commissioned Officers/ Other Ranks whose services were terminated on or after the 1st day of January, 2016 and who could not exercise the option within the prescribed time limit, on account of discharge on the expiry of the sanctioned strength, release, resignation, dismissal or discharge on disciplinary grounds, are entitled to exercise option under sub-rule (1).

Note 2.– Junior Commissioned Officers/ Other Ranks who have died on or after the 1 st day of January, 2016 and could not exercise the option within the prescribed time limit, are deemed to have opted for the revised pay structure on and from the 1 st day of January, 2016 or such later date as is beneficial to their dependents, if the revised pay structure is more favourable and in such cases, necessary action for payment of arrears shall be taken by the Pay Accounts Office or Depot Battalion or Record Office.

Note 3.– Junior Commissioned Officers/ Other Ranks who were on Annual Leave or any other leave on the 1 st day of January, 2016, which entitled them to leave salary, shall be entitled to exercise option under sub-rule (1).

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