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AIR FORCE PAY RULES 2017- GAZETTE NOTIFICATION


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

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

(Department of Defence)
NOTIFICATION

New Delhi,

Dated :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,

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

2.Application–

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

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

“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;
“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;

“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;

“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;

“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;
“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;
“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;
“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;

“pay in the Level” means the pay drawn in the appropriate Cell of the Level as specified in Part A of the Schedule;
“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;
“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;
“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);
“basic pay” in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed level in the pay matrix;
“revised emoluments” means the sum of (i) basic pay; (ii) Military Service Pay; and, (iii) Group ‘X’ Pay; and
“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; Also Read : Notification of Pay Rules, 2017 in respect of PBORs of the Defence Force Air Force Officers

(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 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
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;

6. Exercise of option

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 Air Force Central Account Office New Delhi 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
Provided that;

(i)in the case of a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman 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 Air Force Central Account Office New Delhi within one hundred and eighty days of the date of his taking charge of his post in India; and,

(ii)Where a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman is under suspension on the 1st 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 Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/ Aircraftsman to the Air Force Central Account Office New Delhi.

3.If the intimation regarding option is not received by the Air Force Central Account Office New Delhi within one hundred and eighty days of the date of notification of these rules, the Warrant Officers/ Sergeants/Corporals/Leading Aircraftsmans/Aircraftsmans shall be deemed to have elected to be governed by the revised pay structure with effect from the 1st day of January, 2016.

4.The option once exercised shall be Final.

Note 1.– Warrant Officers / Sergeants/ Corporals/ Leading Aircraftsmans / Aircraftsmans 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.– Warrant Officers/ Sergeants/ Corporals/ Leading Aircraftsmans/ Aircraftsmans who have died on or after the 1st 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 1st day of January, 2016 or such later date as is most 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 Air Force Central Account Office or Air Force Record Office or Directorate of Air Veterans New Delhi.

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

7.Fixation of pay in the revised pay structure

The pay of a Warrant Officer/ Sergeant/Corporal/Leading Aircraftsman/Aircraftsman who elects, or is deemed to have elected under rule 6 to be governed by the revised pay structure on and from the 1st day of January, 2016, shall, unless in case the President by special order otherwise directs, be fixed in the following manner:

The pay in the applicable Level in the pay matrix shall be the pay obtained by multiplying the existing basic pay by a factor of 2.57, rounded off to the nearest rupee, and the figure so arrived at shall be located in that level in the pay matrix, and if such an identical figure corresponds to any cell in the applicable level of the pay matrix, the same shall be the pay, and if no such cell is available in the applicable level, the pay shall be fixed at the immediate next higher cell in that applicable level of the pay Matrix.
If the minimum pay or the first cell in the applicable level is more than the amount arrived at as per clause (i) the pay shall be fixed at the minimum pay or the first cell of that applicable level.

Source: http://mod.gov.in/writereaddata/AirforcePayRules.pdf


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