Sunday, 23 November 2014

Aadhar enabled bio-metric attendance system – Early leaving is also to be treated as late coming…

Aadhar enabled bio-metric attendance system – Early leaving is also to be treated as late coming…

Government introduces Aadhar enabled bio-metric attendance system

The Centre on Friday decided to phase-out manual attendance system and use an Aadhar enabled bio-metric attendance system (AEBAS) in all its offices.

“It has been decided to use an Aadhar enabled bio-metric attendance system in all offices of the central government, including attached and sub-ordinate offices, in India,” said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

Aadhar is a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the central government.

The system will be installed in the offices located in New Delhi by this year end.

In other places this may be installed by January 26, 2015, it said.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide technical guidance for installing the system, the order said.

The equipment will be procured by the ministries or departments as per specifications of DeitY on Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) rate contract from authorised vendors.
The expenditure will be met by the ministries or departments concerned. “The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly,” it said.

The bio-metric attendance system is only an enabling platform. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. which will continue to apply, the order said.

As per existing instructions, half a-day’s casual leave should be debited for each day of late attendance, but late attendance upto an hour, on not more than two occasions in a month, and for justifiable reasons may be condoned by the competent authority.

“Disciplinary action may also be taken against government servants who are habitually late. Early leaving is also to be treated in the same manner as late coming,” the instructions said.

All central government ministries and departments have been asked by the DoPT to follow the orders which comes into force “with immediate effect”.

Source: DDI News

Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service – Pensioners Portal Orders

Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service – Pensioners Portal Orders

No.45/3/2008 – P&PW (F)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated 20, November, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Special benefits in cases of death and disability in service – Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension of Pre-2006 disability pensioners/Family Pensioners – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that the pension of pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension as on 1.1.2006 under the CCS(EOP) Rules was to be revised in accordance with Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare OM NO.38/37/2008-P&P&W(A) dated 1.9.2008. Accordingly, instructions were issued vide this Department OM of even number dated 30th September 2010 for extension of benefits of modified parity to past pensioners’ for revision of disability pension/family pension covered under CCS(EOP) Rules.

2. Further, orders were issued vide this Department’s OM No.38/37/2008-P&PW(A) dated 28th January, 2013 for further stepping up of normal pension/family pension to 50%/30% of the sum of minimum pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scales from which the pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment table annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM NO.1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August 2008. The question of extending this benefit to pre-2006 disability pensioner/family pensioner covered under the Central Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules has been under the consideration of the Government. It has now been decided that the pension/family pension of pre-2006 disability pensioners/family pensioners covered under CCS(EOP) Rules would be further stepped up as under:-

I. Family Pension for Categories B & C

(a) Where the deceased Government servant was not holding a pensionable post: 40% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay (in the case of below HAG scale)! minimum Basic pay in the revised Scale of Pay (in the case of HAG and above) applicable from 1.1.2006 corresponding to the
scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1!2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 subject to a minimum of Rs.4550!– 2-

(b) Where the deceased Government servant was holding a pensionable post: 60% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay (in the case of below HAG scale )/ minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale of Pay (in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1.1.2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 subject to a minimum of Rs.7.000/-

In case where the widow dies or remarries, the children shall be paid family pension at the rates mentioned at (a) or (b) above, as applicable, and the same rate shall also apply to fatherless/motherless children. In both cases, family pension shall be paid to children for the period during which they would have been eligible for family pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules. Dependent parents/brothers/sisters etc. shall be paid family pension one-half the rate applicable to widows/fatherless or motherless children.

II. Family Pension under Categories D & E

Family pension shall be calculated as the minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay and minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale of Pay (in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1.1.2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008.

(a) If the Government servant is not survived by his widow but is survived by child/children only, all children together shall be eligible for family pension at the rate of 60% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay and minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale of Pay( in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1.1.2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 subject to a minimum of Rs. 7000/-

(b) When the Government servant dies as a bachelor or as a widower without children, dependent pension will be admissible to parent without reference to pecuniary circumstances, at the rate of 75% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay and minimum Basic Pay in the revised scale of pay(in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1.1.2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008, if both parents are alive, and at the rate of 60% if only one of them is alive.

III. Disability Pension for Categories B & C

(a) Disability pension would comprise of a service element equal to 50% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay (in the case of below HAG scale)/minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale (in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1-1-2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008, to be reduced proportionately, if the employee did not have required qualifying service for full pension, plus disability element equal to 30% of the same basic pay, for 100% disability.

(b) For disability less than 100%, disability element shall be reduced proportionately. In cases of disability pension where permanent disability is not less than 60%, the disability pension (i.e. total of service element plus disability element) shall not be less than 60% of the minimum of pay in the Pay
Band plus Grade Pay ( below HAG scale) or the minimum basic pay in the revised Scale of pay (in case of HAG and above) corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated so” August, 2008 , subject to a minimum of Rs. 7000/- per
month.

IV. Disability Pension for Category D

(a) Disability pension would comprise of a service element equal to 50% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay ( in the case of below HAG scale)/minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale of Pay (in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1.1.2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated so” August, 2008, subject to proportionate reduction in case his qualifying service up to the deemed date of retirement falls short of full qualifying service and disability element equal to 30% of the same minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay (in the case of below HAG scale)/minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale of Pay ( in the case of HAG and above) as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 subject to the condition that the aggregate of service and disability element shall not be less than 80% of the minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay/minimum Basic Pay, in case of HAG and above, applicable from 1.1.2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated so” August, 2008 for 100% disability.

(b) For lower percentage of the disability, proportionate reduction would be made in disability element as provided in OM dated 3.2.2000 as amended vide O.M. No.45/3/2008-P&PW (F) dated 18.11.2008.

V. Disability Pension for Cases under Category E

(a) Disability pension would comprise of a service element equal to 50% of minimum of Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay (in the case of below HAG scale or the minimum Basic pay in the revised Scale of pay (in case of HAG and above) applicable from 1-1-2006, corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 subject to proportionate reduction in case his qualifying service upto deemed date of retirement falls short of full qualifying service and disability element equal to the same minimum of pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay ( in the cases of below HAG scale) or the minimum Basic Pay in the revised Scale of Pay (in case of HAG and above) corresponding to the scale of pay last held by the employee, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 for 100% disability.

(b) For lower percentage of the disability, proportionate reduction would be made in disability element as provided in OM dated 3.2.2000 as amended vide O.M. NO.45/3/2008-P&PW (F) dated 18.11.2008.

3. In the case of Disability pension/Family pension calculated as per para 4.1 of OM NO.38/37/2008-P&PW(A) dated 1.9.2008 is higher than the disability pension/family pension calculated in the manner indicated above, the same (higher consolidated disability pension/family pension) will continue to be treated as basic disability pension/family pension.

4. These orders shall take effect from 24.9.2012. There will be no change in the amount of revision disability pension/family pension paid during the period 1.1.2006 to 23.9.2012, and, therefore, no arrears will be payable on account of these orders for that period.

5. All other terms and conditions in the O.M. dated 3.2. 2000, as amended vide O.M. No.45/3/2008-P&PW (F) dated 18.11. 2008 and 30.09.2010 shall remain unchanged.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their 10 No.481/EV/2014 dated 3.9.20145-

7. In so far as persons belonging to the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

8. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of these orders to the notice of Controller of Accounts/Pay and Accounts Officers and Attached and subordinate Offices under them on a top priority basis. All pension disbursing officers are also advised to prominently display these orders on their notice boards for the benefits of disability pensioners/family pensioners.

8. Hindi version will follow.
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(Tripti P Ghosh)
Director
Source: www.persmin.gov.in

Aadhar Based Bio-Metric Attendance System for all Central Govt Employees before 26.1.2015

Aadhar Based Bio-Metric Attendance System for all Central Govt Employees before 26.1.2015

Introduction of Aadhar Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

No: 11013/9/2014- Estt (A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated 21st November 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Introduction of AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System

It has been decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached/ sub-ordinate Offices, in India. The system will be installed in the offices located in Delhi/ New Delhi by 31st December 2014. In other places this may be installed by 26th January 2015

2. The equipment will be procured by the Ministries/ Departments as per specifications of DeitY on DGS&D Rate Contract from authorized vendors. The expenditure will be met by the Ministries/ Departments concerned under their O.E. The manual system of attendance may be phased out accordingly.

3. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) will provide the technical guidance for installing the system. The equipment already procured by DeitY have a built in AMC of three years. The Ministries/ departments may ensure that the equipment being procured by them have similar provision.

4. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. which will continue to apply. As per extant instructions, (contained in DoPT O.M. No: 28034/8/75- Estt-A dated 04-07-1975; No:28034/10/75-Estt-A dated 27-08-1975; No: 28034/3/82 —Estt-A dated 05-03-1982) half—a-day’s Casual Leave should be debited for each day of late attendance, but late attendance upto an hour, on not more than two occasions in a month, and for justifiable reasons may be condoned by the competent authority. In addition to debiting Casual Leave (or Earned Leave, when no CL is available). Disciplinary action may also be taken against government servants who are habitually late. Early leaving is also to be treated in the same manner as late coming.

5. These orders come into force with immediate effect.

6. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned.
(J.A Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)

Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Pensioners enhanced from Rs.300 to Rs.500: Pensioners Portal Order

Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Pensioners enhanced from Rs.300 to Rs.500: Pensioners Portal Order
No.4/25/2008-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110 003, Dated the 19th November, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to say that at present Fixed Medical Allowance is granted to the Central Government pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme administered by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and corresponding health schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments for their retired employees for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued vide this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 26.05.2010 for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs. 100/- to Rs. 300/-p.m. w.e.f. 1.092008.

2. The demand for further enhancement of FMA has been under consideration of the Government for some time past. Sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- per month. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be as contained in this Departments’ OMs No.45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 19.12.97, 24.8.98, 30.12.98 and 18.8.99.

3. These orders will take effect from date of issue of this OM.

4. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their ID. Note No 588l/E.V/2014 dated 22.10.2014 and in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India vide their UO No. 174 Staff(Rules)/02-2011 dated 12.11.2014.

5. Hindi version will follow.
(Harjit Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: http://persmin.gov.in/dopt.asp

Dopt orders regarding Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures

Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures – Observances of proper procedure.
F.No. 11013/2/2012-Estt.A
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi
Dated November 19th , 2014

Subject: Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures — Observance of proper procedure.

The Members of Parliament and State Legislatures as the accredited representatives of the people occupy a very important place in our democratic set-up. In connection with their duties, they often find it necessary to seek information from the Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India or the state Governments, or make suggestions for their consideration or ask for interviews with the officers.

2. The guidelines concerning official dealings between Administration and Members of Parliament and State Legislatures have been issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and reiterated from time to time. The provisions of the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure regarding prompt disposal of communications from MPs have also been reiterated from time to time. However, keeping in view the instances of occasional non-observance of the above guidelines, a need was felt by the Committee of Privileges of the Lok Sabha for consolidating and reiterating the existing instructions, Accordingly, revised comprehensive guidelines were issued by this Department vide Office Memorandum No. 11013/4/2011-Estt.(A) dated 1″ December 2011 (copy enclosed). A copy of former Secretary (P)’s D.O. No. 11013/4/2011-Estt.(A) dated 9th October, 2012 reiterating the said instructions is also enclosed for ready reference.
3. The Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha in Paragraph 63 of its First Report tabled in the Lok Sabha on 06.02.2014 has recommended that this Department may sensitise all civil servants and officials in various Ministries and Departments particularly under them for strict compliance of the instructions relating to official dealings issued in this regard between the Administration and the Members of Parliament.

4. The Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha at its first sitting held on 28 October, 2014, also felt that the consolidated instructions/ guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) on 1 December, 2011 on Official Dealing between Administration and Members of Parliament need to be again circulated to all concerned Executive Functionaries.

5. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to ensure that the above basic principles and instructions are followed by all officials concerned, both in letter in spirit. Violation of the guidelines laid down on this subject will be viewed seriously.

6. Chief Secretaries of all States/ UTs are requested to circulate these instructions to all State Government officials at the State/ Division and District levels and to periodically review implementation.
(J . Vaidyanathan)
Director (Establishment)
Source :Dopt

Timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings – Rule 10 of CCS(CCA)Rules


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Dopt has instructed to all Ministries/Departments on the subject of ‘Suspension’ under the rule of 10 CCS(CCA)Rules, 1965…

F.No.11012/17/2013-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi – 110001
Dated November 18th, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Service (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 — Instruction regarding timely review of suspension

Rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, deals with the provisions of suspension. As per the rule, a Government servant may be placed under suspension, in the following circumstances:

(a) where a disciplinary proceeding against him is contemplated or is pending; or
(b) where, in the opinion of the authority aforesaid, he has engaged himself in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the State; or
(c) where a case against him in respect of any criminal offence is under investigation, inquiry or trial:

2. A Disciplinary Authority may also consider it appropriate to place a Government servant under suspension in the following circumstances. These are only intended for guidance and should not be taken as mandatory:-

(i) Cases where continuance in office of the Government servant will prejudice the investigation, trial or any inquiry (e.g. apprehended tampering with witnesses or documents);

(ii) where the continuance in office of the Government servant is likely to seriously subvert discipline in the office in which the public servant is working;

(iii) where the continuance in office of the Government servant will be against the wider public interest [other than those covered by (i) and (ii)] such as there is public scandal and it is necessary to place the Government servant under suspension to demonstrate the policy of the Government to deal strictly with officers involved in such scandals, particularly corruption;

(iv) where allegations have been made against the Government servant and preliminary inquiry has revealed that a prima facie case is made out which would justify his prosecution or is being proceeded against in departmental proceedings, and where the proceedings are likely to end in his conviction and/or dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement from service.

3. In the first three circumstances the Disciplinary Authority may exercise his discretion to place a Government servant under suspension even when the case is under investigation and before a prima facie case has been established. Suspension may be desirable in the circumstances indicated below:-

(i) any offence or conduct involving moral turpitude;
(ii) corruption, embezzlement or misappropriation of Government money, possession of disproportionate assets, misuse of official powers for personal gain;
(iii) serious negligence and dereliction of duty resulting in considerable loss to Government
(iv) desertion of duty;
(v) refusal or deliberate failure to carry out written orders of superior officers In respect of the types of misdemeanor specified in sub-clauses (iii) and (v) discretion has to be exercised with care.

3. Rules 10(6) and 10(7) of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965, deal with review of the suspension cases. The provision for review within ninety day is applicable to all types of suspensions. However, in cases of continued detention, the review becomes a mere formality with no consequences as a Government servant in such a situation has to continue to be under deemed suspension. A review of suspension is not necessary in such cases.

4. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that in cases of prolonged suspension period, the courts have pointed out that the suspension cannot be continued for long and that inspite of the instructions of DoP&T, the Disciplinary Authorities are not finalizing the disciplinary proceedings within the stipulated time. Also, in such cases the Government is unnecessarily paying subsistence allowance without extracting any work and if, on the culmination of the disciplinary proceedings, the charged officer is exonerated from the charges, the Government has to unnecessarily pay the full salary and treat the period of suspension as on duty etc.. It is, therefore, desirable that timely review of suspension is conducted in a just and proper manner and that the disciplinary proceedings are finalized expeditiously.

5. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring the existing instructions on timely review of suspension and expeditious completion of disciplinary proceedings to the notice all concerned under their control.

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(J.A.Vaidyanathan)
Direct(Establishment)
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_17_2013-Estt.A-III-18112014.pdf]

Acceptance of Digital Life Certificate based on Aadhaar Biometric Authentication as a valid life certificate

Acceptance of Digital Life Certificate based on Aadhaar Biometric Authentication as a valid life certificate
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi 110 066

CPAO/Tech/Amdt.-Sch.Book/2014-15/720
dated: 14.11.2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Reference is invited to Correction Slip No.12 dated-10.11.2014 issued to facilitate acceptance of digital life certificate based on Aadhaar Biometric Authentication. The detailed process off getting digital life certificate issued for pensioners to be followed by banks and pensioners is hereby enclosed for necessary guidance.

2 This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

Encl: 1. Correction Slip No.22 dated-10.11.2014 [see below]

2. Process of digital life certificate issued for Pensioners.
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(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (Tech)
To.
Heads of CPPC of all banks
Heads of Government Business Division of all banks

Correction Slip -22
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot II. Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi 110066
CPAO/Tech/Amdt-Sch.Book/2014-15
dated: 10.11.2014

Amendment to the Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Banks (Fourth Edition. 3rd December, 2004)

Correction Slip -22
Addition under Part 15.2 as S.No. (xiii)
(xiii) A life Certificate issued online by a Government Agency as a result of Aadhaar Biometric Authentication will also be accepted as a valid certificate. This document may be accessed through a Website (to be notified separately) by the Pension Disbursing Agency without insisting either on personal appearance of the pensioner or Life certificate by the competent authority referred above.

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(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (Tech)

Authority- Approval of Controller General of Accounts in file No. 1(7) /CPAO Scheme Booklet/ 4th Edition/2005/TA on date 10.11.2014.

Income Tax exemption may raise further – Finance Minister

Income Tax exemption may raise further – Finance Minister

May raise tax exemption limit further: Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that he does not favour burdening the salaried and middle-class with more taxes but would go after the evaders in widening the net.

In fact, he would encourage more money being put in the pockets of tax payers that will lead to spending and collection of more indirect taxes.

“This widening of the tax base. What does it mean? I pay the same indirect tax as my attendant. Our volume of consumption may be different. So everybody is paying indirect taxes.

"And literally almost half your taxes are indirect taxes today. He pays excise, he pays customs duty, he pays service tax. Now as far as income tax is concerned, to bring those who evade tax is widening the tax net, I am all for it," the minister said in an interaction with PTI journalists at PTI headquarters.

He was replying to a question on whether his budget would look at widening the tax base to maximise revenue.

Jaitley, who will be presenting his first full fledged budget in February, said that in his last budget he had increased the tax exemption limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh and would even raise it further if he had more money.

"After all what are we talking about Rs 2.5 lakh today means, taking all the deductions which we have given, somebody up to Rs 3.5-4 lakh does not have to pay tax. So we have reached the situation broadly.

"One earning Rs 35,000-40,000 per month, if the person puts some money for savings, (he) won't have to pay tax. But people falling in this bracket say that they don't save anything with salary of Rs 35,000-40,000 (with) the present cost of living, the transport cost, the fees of children and so on," Jaitley said.

Therefore, the minister said, he was against reducing the exemptions to widen the tax net. "Then that's not my approach," he added.

"So I am quite willing, if I had my way and I had more money in my pocket, I would like to expand. But today the revenue position is challenging. Last time I gave several concessions, which were actually beyond my means.

"But it's all fine to bring those who evade tax under the tax net. But to bring this vulnerable section into the tax net, that can't be the policy today. In fact if you put additional money in their pockets and allow them to spend, then I collect correspondingly more indirect taxes so I will rather encourage more economic activity."

On black money within the country, he said: "It is huge quantity and more easily traceable. Because you go to real estate, you go to land, you go to mining, you go to jewellery, you go to luxury goods, you will find the domestic (black money). You go to educational institutions, you will find it there. Therefore to trace out the buyers and the recipients is also easy."  


Source: TOI http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/May-raise-tax-exemption-limit-further-Arun-Jaitley/articleshow/45240535.cms

Stepping up of notional full pension to Armed Forces absorbees – Revision of 43% and 45% commuted portion of pension of pre 2006

Stepping up of notional full pension to Armed Forces absorbees – Revision of 43% and 45% commuted portion of pension of pre 2006

Revision of 43 % and 45% commuted portion of pension of pre 2006 Armed Forces absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous bodies – Stepping up of notional full pension with effect from 24.9.2012

Desa Blog published the orders on its blog yesterday and we here produce the same for your convenience…

Revision of Commutation Portion of Pension of Pre-2006 Retirees
No 1(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

New Delhi Dated 16 October, 2014
To.
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

Subject: Revision of 43 % and 45% commuted portion of pension of pre 2006 Armed Forces absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous bodies – Stepping up of notional full pension with effect from 24.9.2012 reg.

Sir,
The undersigned is directed to refer this Ministry’s letter No I(4)/07/D(Pen/Policy) dated 1 21.8.2009 amended vide letter No 1(4)/2007-D(Pen/Policy) dated 9.2.2011 regarding revision of restored amount of commuted portion of pension as well as notional full pension with effect from 1.1.2006 in respect of pre 2006 Armed Forces Personnel absorbees who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Bodies and have become entitled for restoration of 45% of pension in the case of PBOR and 43% of pension in the case of Commissioned officers. The payment of dearness relief and additional pension to old pensioners are regulated on the basis of the notional full pension.

2. A Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary was constituted. by the Government to consider various issues of Armed Forces. The said Committee had recommended to determine minimum guaranteed pension at fifty percent of the minimum of the fitment tables for the rank in the revised pay structure introduced under Sixth CPC. In case of JCO/OR, the Committee had recommended to determine revised pension equal to fifty percent of the highest of Notional pay in the revised pay structure of Sixth CPC corresponding to the maximum of pay scales of Fifth CPC across the three Services for the rank & group. Accordingly, the President is pleased to decide that with effect from 24th September 2012, the notional full pension of the commissioned officers absorbee pensioners determined in terms of this Ministry’s above said letter dated 21.8.2009 shall be stepped up to fifty percent of the minimum of the fitment tables for the rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 2/S/2008 as amended (for regular commissioned officers), SAI 4/S/2008 as amended (for commissioned officers belonging to AMC/ADC/RVC and were in receipt of NPA) and equivalent instructions for Navy & Air Force, plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired/discharged including Military Service Pay where applicable. The President is also. pleased to decide that with effect from 24th September 2012, the notional full pension of the JCO/OR absorbee pensioners determined in terms of this Ministry’s above said letter dated 21.8.2009, shall also be stepped up to fifty percent of the notional maximum of the fitment tables for the rank and group in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 1/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy & Air Force, plus the Grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had discharged including Military Service Pay and ’X’ Group pay where applicable. The amount so determined shall be reduced prorata where the Armed Forces absorbee had less than the maximum required service to earn full pension. While determining revised full pension in terms of these orders, weightage in qualifying service shall not be allowed, as heretofore.

3. No arrears of dearness relief and additional pension on notional full pension would be payable for the period prior to 24.9.2012. Cases in which the pension of the Armed Forces absorbee pensioners drawing notional full pension in terms of this Ministry’s letter dated 21.8.2009, happens to be more than the notional full pension determined in terms of these orders, such absorbee pensioners shall continue to draw the beneficial award. However, if a Armed Forces absorbee pensioner to whom the benefits under these orders accrue has died/dies before receiving the payment on account of arrears, the life time arrears (LTA) will be disposed of as per the extant orders.

4. The other terms and conditions prescribed vide this Ministry’s above mentioned letter dated 21.8.2009 as amended, which are not affected by the provisions of this letter, shall remain unchanged. Pension Sanctioning Authorities shall revise notional full pension of absorbee pensioners’ suo moto by issue of revised Pension Payment orders, where the restored pension has already been revised in terms of this Ministry’s above said letter dated 21.8.2009.

7. These orders issue with the concurrence of MoD (Finance/Pension) vide their ID No 31(08)/09/Fin/Pen dated 17.07.2014

Hindi version of this order will follow.
Yours faithfully
[Prem Parkash]
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)
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Government convenes all Party meet on CSAT exam issue

Government convenes all Party meet on CSAT exam issue

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs


23-November-2014 19:57 IST
    Government convenes all Party meet on CSAT exam issue

    Parties to submit their views on five issues in two weeks
    Parties appreciate government’s approach on the sensitive issue


The Government today discussed the issues concerning the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) with leaders of various parties in both the Houses of Parliament. The meeting was convened by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in pursuance of the assurance given by the Government during the last Budget session of Parliament. Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely, Minister of State in PMO Dr.Jitendra Singh, Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs –Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi besides leaders of 26 parties represented in both the Houses of Parliament.


Shri Rajnath Singh and Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the CSAT issue is a sensitive one and the Government would like to have the benefit of considered views of all parties.

A detailed presentation was made by Secretary (DoPT) on the origin and evolution of the civil services examination over the years being conducted every year by the Union Public Services Commission. Dr.Jitendra Singh sought the views of different parties on five proposals. This followed expression of views by leaders of various parties, who said they need to consult their party colleagues in the sensitive matter.

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu informed the leaders that they will be circulated a detailed note in the matter in three days and suggested that may furnish their views in two weeks on the following five issues:

1.On continuation of English Language Comprehension Skills in Paper – II

2. Reduced weightage of analytical component

3. To make Paper-II qualifying

4.Revert back to Optional Paper

5. Any other alternative.

Several leader complimented the Government for its approach in the sensitive matter.

Source: PIB

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