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7th Pay Commission Air Force Pay Rules 2017 for PBOR – Definitions

7th Pay Commission Air Force Pay Rules 2017  for PBOR – Definitions – Personnel Below Officer Rank – Gazette Notification Ministry of Defence dated 03.05.2017

Gazette Notification for Defence regarding 7th Pay Commission Army Pay Rules 2017 for PBOR – Fixation of pay in the revised pay structure

[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA PART-II SECTION 4] EXTRAORDINARY

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (Department of Defence) NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the  3rd May, 2017

SRO                 . In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the President hereby makes the following rules, namely:

1.    Short title and commencement.– (1) These rules may be called Air Force Pay

Rules, 2017.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 1st day of January, 2016.

2.    Application.–

(1)  Save  as otherwise  provided  by or under  this rule,  these  rules  shall  apply  to Honorary  Commissioned  Officers,  Master  Warrant  Officer, Warrant  Officer,  Junior Warrant Officer, Sergeant, Corporal, Leading Aircraftsman,  and Aircraftsman, who were on the effective strength of the Air Force as on the 1st day of January, 2016; and Recruits in Air Force undergoing training.

3.       Definitions.–          In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a)      “existing basic pay” means pay drawn in the prescribed existing Pay Band and Grade Pay but it does not include any other types of pay like Special Pay, Military Service Pay, Group ‘X’ Pay etc;

(b)      “existing Pay Band and Grade Pay”   in relation to Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman means the pay band and the grade pay applicable to the rank held by him (including under Modified Assured Career Progression) as on the date immediately before the notification of these rules, in a substantive capacity;

Explanation.–  For the purpose of clauses (a) & (b) the expressions “existing basic pay”, “existing pay band and grade pay” in respect of a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman who, on the 1st  day of January, 2016, was on deputation out of Indian Air Force or on leave or on

foreign service, or who would have on that date officiated in one or more lower ranks but for his officiating in the higher rank, shall mean such basic pay, pay band and grade pay in relation to the rank which he would have held but for his being on deputation out of Indian Air Force or on leave or on foreign service or as the case may be, but for his officiating in that rank;

(c)   “existing pay structure” in relation to a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading   Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman   means   the   present system of pay band and grade pay as per the Sixth Central Pay Commission applicable to the rank held by him (including under Modified Assured Career Progression) as on the date immediately before the coming into force of these rules, in a substantive capacity;

(d) “existing Military Service Pay” in relation to a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman means the amount of Military Service Pay applicable to the rank held by him as on date immediately before coming into force of these rules;

(e)    “existing Group ‘X’ pay” in relation to a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman means the amount of Group ‘X’ Pay applicable to him as on date immediately before coming into force of these rules;

(f)       “existing  emoluments” mean the sum of (i) existing basic pay; (ii) existing Military Service Pay; (iii) existing Group X Pay; and, (iv) existing dearness allowance at the index average as on the 1st day of January, 2016;

(g)       “Pay Matrix” means the Matrix specified in Part A of the Schedule, with Levels of pay arranged in vertical cells as assigned to corresponding Pay Band and Grade Pay;

(h)      “Level” in the Pay Matrix, means the Level corresponding to the existing

Pay Band and Grade Pay specified in the Part A of the Schedule;

(i)       “pay in the Level” means the pay drawn in the appropriate Cell of the

Level as specified in Part A of the Schedule;

(j)   “Military Service Pay” in relation to a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading   Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman   means   the   Military Service  Pay  applicable  to  the  rank  held  by  him  on  drawal  of  pay  in  the prescribed level in the pay patrix;

(k)  “Group ‘X’  pay” in relation to a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman means the Group ‘X’ pay applicable to him on drawal of pay in the prescribed level in the pay matrix;

(l)       “revised pay structure” in relation to a rank means the pay matrix and the levels specified therein corresponding to the existing pay band and grade pay of the rank (including under Modified Assured Career Progression);

(m)     “basic pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed level in the pay matrix;

(n)      “revised  emoluments”  means  the  sum  of  (i)  basic  pay;  (ii)  Military

Service Pay; and, (iii) Group ‘X’ Pay; and

(o)      “Schedule” means a schedule appended to these rules.

4.       Level of ranks.– The Level of ranks shall be determined in accordance with the various Levels as assigned to the corresponding existing pay band and grade Pay (including under Modified Assured Career Progression) as specified in the Pay Matrix and the level in pay matrix corresponding to the rank of a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman is specified in Part B of the Schedule.

5.       Drawal of pay.– (1) Save as otherwise provided in these rules, Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman 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 Warrant Officer /Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman 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       Warrant       Officer

/Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman has been placed in a higher grade pay between the 1st 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  under  the  provisions  of  this  rule  shall  be  admissible  only  in respect of one existing pay band and grade pay.

(ii) The aforesaid option will not be admissible to any Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman appointed to a post on or after the 1st  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 Air Force;

(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       other       Warrant       Officers/       Sergeant/Corporal/Leading

Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman;

(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 Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman of Group ‘X’ only, because of his higher educational qualification vis-à-vis a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman 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 Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman 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 Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman is re–mustered from Group ‘Y’ to Group ‘X’, he shall be admissible Group ‘X’ Pay as applicable under sub-clause (ii) above;

(v) Group ‘X’ Pay shall be counted as pay for the purpose of computation of dearness allowance only;

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