Saturday, 25 March 2017

Committee on Allowances of 7th CPC : 3rd Reply in Parliament on 24.3.2017


Committee on Allowances of 7th CPC : 3rd Reply in Parliament on 24.3.2017

In Lok Sabha on 24th March 2017, the Minister of State for Finance Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal explained in written form to various questions regarding the submission of report of Committee on Allowances.
Already two times (10th March and 22nd March) replied in the Parliament about this issue and the same type of answer given by the minister on 24th March also.

"The Committee on Allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016. The Committee is to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to allowances are warranted and if so, in what form.

The Committee has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receives demands in this regards. All the demands have been diligently examined. The Committee has already held 13 meetings so far and interacted with the representatives of Central Nodal Ministries, National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) and officers and representatives of employee associations of Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Home Affairs, Railways, Defence and Department of Posts.

The Committee has taken more time than was initially prescribed in view of the large number of demands received. The Committee is now in the process of finalizing its Report.

Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee."

Authority: Lok Sabha

OFB Circular: Restriction of Overtime Working


OFB Circular: Restriction of Overtime Working 

Instruction No.3502/2017/Per/Policy

ORDNANCE FACTORY BOARD
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
AYUDH BHAVAN
10-, SHAHEED KHUDIRAM BOSE ROAD
KOLKATA -  700 001
TEL: (033) 22485077-80
TELEFAX: (033) 22437822
No.32/OT/Per/Policy
Dated: 244-03-2017
(Through OFB Comnet)
To,
The Sr.General Managers/General Managers/Head of Units of
All Ordnance Factories/Units

Sub: Restriction of Overtime Working -  regarding
Ref:  No.32/OT/Per/Policy dated 10-08-2016.

The matter regarding detailment of employees in various OFs/Units has been reviewed at OFB. Now, it has been decided that, in addition to the existing guidelines for sanction of OT working as communicated vide circular indicated at Ref. above, there shall be no detailment of employees on overtime working on Sundays/Holidays except in respect of essential staffs related to maintenance, security, fire brigade etc. for the 1st Qtr. of next Financial Year i.e. from April 2017 to June 2017. For subsequent quarters, separate orders will be issued after review at OFB.

02. All OFs/Units are, therefore, requested to comply with the above decision of OFB positively while granting Overtime working to their employees w.e.f. 01-04-2017 to 30-06-2017.
[Dr.(Smt.) Vani A Singh]
Director/Admin
For Director General, Ordnance Factories
OFB-Circular

Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016


Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016

Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016


Though the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 has been on the statute book since more than 28 years, the same could not be made operational because of certain inherent defects. With a view to providing effective regime for prohibition of benami transactions, the said Act was amended through the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016. The amended law empowers the specified authorities to provisionally attach benami properties which can eventually be confiscated. Besides, if a person is found guilty of offence of benami transaction by the competent court, he shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than one year but which may extend to 7 years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to 25% of the fair market value of the property.

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 came into effect from1st November, 2016. Several benami transactions have been identified since the coming into effect of the amended law. Show cause notices for provisional attachment of benami properties have been issued in 140 cases involving properties of the value of about Rs. 200 crore. Out of these, provisional attachment has already been effected in 124 cases. The benami properties attached include deposits in bank accounts and immovable properties.

The Government has put in place empowered institutions for efficient implementation of the amended law. In exercise of powers conferred under sub-section (2) of section 28 read with section 59 of the amended Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, vide Notification No. SO 3290E, dated 25.10.2016 the Central Government has notified specified Income-tax authorities to act as Initiating Officer, Approving Authority and Administrator in respect of benami transactions. Further, vide Notification No. SO 3288E, dated 25.10.2016, the Adjudicating Authority has been notified

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

One Rank One Pension Scheme


One Rank One Pension Scheme

One Rank One Pension Scheme OROP


Around 3200 representations for addressing the anomalies on One Rank One Pension (OROP) were received from individuals / Associations which were examined and issues referred to the Judicial Committee on OROP for its recommendations. The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016.

Pension Grievances Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the pensioners / family pensioners regarding non-payment of OROP benefits and taking up the matter with the concerned offices e.g. Controller General of defence Accounts (CGDA), Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension) and Pension Disbursing Agencies (Banks) for redressal of their grievances in a time-bound manner. Service Headquarters and CGDA also have dedicated grievances Directorates / Cells for redressal of the grievances of Ex-Servicemen. Disposal of the grievance is monitored at the highest level in the Government.
Annual Financial implication on account of grant of OROP is estimated at Rs. 7,488.70 Crore and Rs. 10,925.11 Crore towards arrears for the period of 01.07.2014 to 31.12.2015.

The status of payment to the Defence Forces Pensioners / Family Pensioners on account of implementation of OROP order, as on 27.02.2017 are as under:-

No. of cases paid (1st instalment and lump sum payments)Amount disbursed
(Rs. in crore)
No. of cases paid 2nd instalmentAmount disbursed
(Rs. in crore)
19,93,8154,076.9515,57,9502,298.21

As per Government order dated 07.11.2015 on OROP, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.
Personnel who opt to get discharged after 07.11.2015 on their own request under Rule 13(3)1(i)(b), 13(3)1(iv) or Rule 16B of the Army Rule 1954 or equivalent Navy or Air Force Rules will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Mullappally Ramachandran and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Ordnance Factory Board


Ordnance Factory Board

Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was established in 1979. It is a departmentally run production organization functioning under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence and manufactures Arms, Ammunitions, Artillery Guns, Tanks, Combat Vehicles, Troop Comfort items and other equipment required by the Armed Forces. It serves as a dedicated production base for military hardware needs of the Armed Forces, with a view to achieve self-reliance in defence preparedness of the country.

Performance of OFB in terms of value of issue during the last three years and current year is as below:
(Rs. in Crore)
2013-142014-152015- 162016-17
(till February 2017)
11,12311,36413,04712,426


This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Laxmi Narayan Yadav in Lok Sabha today.

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