Friday, 31 July 2015

Removing Anomaly in Pensions of Ex-Servicemen

Removing Anomaly in Pensions of Ex-Servicemen

Removal of anomaly, if any, in the pension being given to the various categories of ex-servicemen is a continuous process. Such anomaly is redressed, as and when it comes to the notice of the Government.

The policy of “One Rank One Pension” has been adopted by the Government to address the pension disparities. The modalities for implementation of OROP are under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

A Pension Grievance Cell exists in the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare. Grievances received by this Cell are examined and redressed in coordination with the agencies concerned in the matter. A system of holding Pension Adalat is in place to provide a credible forum for redressal of grievances of the defence pensioners. Officers concerned of every organisation involved remain present in the Adalats and the grievances are redressed on the spot. A computerized pension enquiry project “Suvigya” has been developed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA).

It is an online pension enquiry system which would enable the ex-servicemen to know their entitlements of pension. A pensioners’ grievance cell exists in the Office of Principal Controller of defence Accounts (Pension), Allahabad.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri D.P Tripathi in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 30 July 2015.

Source : PIB News

Promotion Policy for Women Officers in the Armed Forces

Promotion Policy for Women Officers in the Armed Forces

The details of the extant promotion policy for women officers in the armed forces, service-wise is as follows:
Army: Presently, Women Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) of all Arms / Services are eligible for substantive promotion to non-select ranks of Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel on completion of 2, 6, and 13 years of reckonable commissioned service respectively, at par with Men SSCOs. Women officers granted Permanent Commission are eligible for promotion in the Select Ranks (Colonel & above) based on the same criteria as applicable to Male officers.

Navy: In the Indian Navy, officers are eligible for substantive promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander and Captain (Time Scale) after completion of 2 years as Sub Lieutenant, 4 years from the date of promotion of Substantive Lieutenant, 11 years from the date of promotion of Substantive Lieutenant and 26 years of reckonable commissioned service respectively. Promotions on these lines are subject to officers fulfilling other criteria as per extant rules. This policy is equally applicable to both men and women officers.

Air Force: The promotion policy for men and women officers in IAF is same. Promotion upto the non-select rank of Wing Commander and Group Captain (TS) is based on the years of service and minimum performance criteria and the same is applicable for men and women officers. Officers are eligible for substantive promotion to the rank of Flt. Lieutenant, Squadron Leader, Wing Commander and Group Captain (Time Scale) after completion of 2 years, 6 years, 13 years, and 26 years of reckonable commissioned service respectively. Promotions on these lines are subject to officers fulfilling other criteria as per extant rules. From the rank of Group Captain (Select) and above the promotion is based on selection process as per the promotion policy in vogue which is common for both men and women.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Shadi Lal Batra in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 30 July 2015.

Source : PIB News

Thursday, 30 July 2015

What are the expectations of the Central Government employees from the 7th Pay Commission?

What are the expectations of the Central Government employees from the 7th Pay Commission?

“It is impossible for the 7th Pay Commission to fulfill all the demands of the Central Government employees. The question is – will it at least address the concerns of majority of them?”

The media is full of unconfirmed reports on the submission of 7th Pay Commission report to Central Government. Recently in an interview with a leading English newspaper, Neelakanth Mishra, India equity strategist of Credit Suisse expressed his strong opinions about the 7th Pay Commission and the implementation of its recommendations.
The big question is – what are the expectations of the Central Government employees from the 7th Pay Commission?
In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Neelkanth Mishra said that there are possibilities of a 40% hike in the salaries of Central Government employees. He believed that the 7th Pay Commission will submit its report to the Government in the month of September and the recommendations will be implemented next year.
The employees are likely to get a hike of 30-40%. This time around, the implementation wouldn’t be like it was previously, during the 6th Pay Commission, due to the amount of arrears (it is worth mentioning that the arrears dues were paid in two installments during the 6th Pay Commission). He said that the economic status of Central Government employees would increase enough to afford a car.

His forecast has to be taken seriously. On August 15, 2008, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced that the 6th Pay Commission will come into effect from September onwards. More than the salary hike, the employees were curious to know about the arrears and how they were going to get it, because the sum was huge.

The employees didn’t make such a huge fuss about the increment they had received. Instead of small hike that was added to the salary, they were more interested in the lump sum arrears. Since it was impossible to clear 30-months’ arrears in a single payment, the government was forced to release it in two installments.
But this time, the government is particular about giving an increment in salary and allowances without keeping any pending arrears. Therefore the employees are curious to know about their salary hikes.

Source: www.cgstaffnews.in

Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees

Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees.
“As per Recruitment Rules (SRO) the age of the candidates should be between 18 to 32 years and as per OFB/MOD instructions age relaxation is granted for Ex-Trade Apprentices of Indian Ordnance Factories the period for which they had undergone training under the Apprentices Act, 1961″.
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

REF: BPMS / OFB / RR / IEs / 22 (7/2/L)
Dated: 28.07.2015
To,
The DGOF & Chairman,
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S K Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Relaxation of Age in recruitment of Industrial Employees.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that applications from eligible citizens of India are being invited by Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories for filling up the vacancies in Group ‘C’ Industrial Employees (IEs) in the Pay Band of Rs. 5200 – 20200, Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- plus allowances as admissible to Central Government employees. As per Recruitment Rules (SRO) the age of the candidates should be between 18 to 32 years and as per OFB/MOD instructions age relaxation is granted for Ex-Trade Apprentices of Indian Ordnance Factories the period for which they had undergone training under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
Due to above relaxation, an Ex-Trade Apprentice of general category of Ord Fy gets 03 yrs age relaxation and he is eligible to apply for the Semi Skilled post upto the age of 35 (32 + 03) yrs, whereas a general candidate after passing National Trade Certificate (NTC) from any ITI undertakes his Apprenticeship of 01 year from any Ord Fys may get age relaxation of 01 year and he is eligible to apply for the same post upto the age of 33 (32+01) years only. This discrimination of age relaxation is causing discontentment amongst the Ex-Trade Apprentices of Ord Fys.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary instructions regarding age relaxation for recruitment of Semi-Skilled so that Ex-Trade Apprentices whether they have undergone entire apprenticeship of 03 yrs in Ord Fys or they have undergone apprenticeship of 01 year in Ord Fys after passing 02 yrs NTC from ITI may be equally benefitted and age relaxation may be granted for the period of training obtained from ITI plus apprenticeship in Ord Fys, i.e., eligible upto the age of 32 + 2+1= 35 yrs.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary
Source: BPMS

Fix minimum wage with provisions of indexation – Item No.5 Charter of Demands

Fix minimum wage with provisions of indexation – Item No.5 Charter of Demands
Item No.5.
Fix minimum wage with provisions of indexation.

(i) Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.

The 7th CPC was set up in 2013 by the then Government consequent upon the continuous struggles  undertaken by the Central Government under the leadership of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers. Under its banner various struggles were carried out from December, 2010 till the announcement of the setting up of the 7th CPC. During this period, the Confederation organized one day strike on 12th December, 2012 and again two day strike action on12th and 13th February, 2014. As per the terms of reference, the Commission is to submit its report within 18 months. If they abide by the stipulated time frame, its report must be available by the end of August, 2015. In this context, the formulation made before the Commission untidily by all organizations of the Central Government, especially those participating in the National negotiating forum of JCM is worth reproducing.

All previous Pay Commissions were of the opinion that wages cannot be determined on any single principle but has to be based upon a combination of all the enunciated principles or those principles are to be factored into the process of quantification. Since the Government as an employer had not been able to grant the need based minimum wage to its own employees till date we are of the opinion that the 7th CPC must endeavour to compute the wage structure on 15th ILC norms. We suggested two other principles to be factored in to the quantification of pay beyond the minimum level. We enumerate hereunder the factors to be taken into account:

1) The Need-Based Minimum Wage concept to compute pay at the minimum level.

2) The intrinsic value of the job content of each grade and post at the intermediary level to be assessed by an expert committee. Pending finalization of such a study, the Commission may maintain the presently existing vertical and horizontal relativities.

3) To take into account the outside rates to determine the pay package at senior levels of bureaucracy but maintain the ratio between the minimum and maximum at 1 : 8 (MTS: Secretary to Govt. of India).

We make the above suggestion, being just and reasonable on the following grounds:
1. The Fair Wage Committee has held that an industry which is incapable of paying minimum wage has no justify to exist.
2. 86% of Central Government Employees are industrial or operational workers.
3. The need based minimum wage concept formulated by Dr. Aykhroyd and approved by 15 ILC was considered the most important principle in computing salary of Government employment especially of those lower level functionaries, by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th CPC.
4. It is only the fear of a heavy financial implication and the incapacity of the Indian economy at the relevant point of time, to meet the extra expenses the 2nd, 3rd and 4th CPCs were constrained to alter the formula itself with the opinion of certain nutritional experts. The legitimacy provided to Dr. Aykhroyd formula by the 15th ILC (in which the representative of Labour, Employers and Government participated) was not available for any other conceptual frame work proposed by any other “experts”. The 4th Pay Commission cited the per capita net national product increase over the years to justify lower minimum wage than what could have been as per the ILC norms. It could be seen that the earlier Pay Commissions had adopted a different principle other than the Dr. Aykhroyd formula due to financial constraints.
5. Despite elaborately detailing the concept of living wage and the amendment to the preamble of the Indian Constitution, the 4th CPC stated that the per capita net national income increase if factored would not allow them to fix the minimum wage at a higher level than Rs.750/-.
6. Even though no specific reference on the adoption of the concept of need based minimum wage was made by the Government, the 5th CPC did dwell upon it. They advocated that the 25% addition suggested by the Supreme Court to enable the worker to meet the expenses, viz., children education, medical requirements, social obligation connected with festivals, marriages, etc. must be added to arrive at the minimum wage. However, they computed the minimum wage discarding the same principle but made the percentage increase of the per capita net national product over a period of ten years as the base (or the constant relative income criterion as the most equitable norm). In order to arrive at the minimum pay, the Commission added 30.9% over the emoluments of a lowest paid employee as on 1.1.1996.
7. The 6th CPC adopted the 15th ILC norms to compute the minimum wage but made several changes to the concept Viz., the retail prices of the commodities, which goes into the reckoning was altered; the stipulated 10% for housing and 25% for social obligations, medical, children education, etc. were discarded on the plea that separate allowances had been granted. Dr. Aykhroyd had factored 7.5% as housing component in the computation of minimum wage. The question of incorporating the cost of requirement for medical, education and other social obligation was the subject matter of litigation before the Supreme Court. The Hon’ble Court directed that 25% of the minimum wage so computed must be added as a factor for the above requirement of a worker, which had not been taken into account by the ILC norms.
The contention of the 6th CPC that since children education allowance, Medical and house rent allowances are specially granted to the Central Govt. employees, the same must be taken out of the reckoning is not only wrong but also amounts to contradiction of a stand taken by the Highest judiciary of the country- Supreme Court. The 6th CPC has failed to take note of the fact that the allowances, be it HRA, Children Education allowance or Medial, granted are awfully insufficient to meet the requisite expenses. Had it not been the case, the 3rd CPC also ought to have taken the similar stand adopted by the 6th CPC. The computation appearing in page No. 60, Chapter 6 (3rd CPC report) establishes our view in the matter.

We have given in Table (.5.1..) the computation of minimum wage as per 15th ILC norms. The retail prices of the commodities/articles are the average of the retail prices ruling as on 1.1.2011 at the following cities:
1. New Delhi,2 Mumbai, 3. Chennai, 4. Kolkata, 5 Hyderabad, 6. Bhubaneswar, 7. Thiruvananthapuram, 8. Bangalore.

The minimum wage as per our computation works out to Rs.20,856/-. This must be the minimum wage for the unskilled worker as per the ILC norms. In Central Government employment presently there is no unskilled labour. The lowest level of employment is multiskilled worker/employees. The minimum educational qualification prescribed is either ITI or matriculation (10th Standard). The percentage increase of the wages of a skilled worker to that of an unskilled worker on an average had been more than 25% all throughout. We have therefore added 25% to arrive at the minimum pay for the lowest employee in Government service, which comes to Rs. 26,071/- , i.e. Rs. 26,000/- when rounded off.

Incidentally, we may mention that the minimum wages at the level of an unskilled worker as per recent wage agreement in Coal India Ltd. Is Rs.29697/-. The per-capita Net National Product increase at factor cost between – (2004-05 – 2011-12) years as per the Economic Survey for 2012-13 presented to Parliament is 57.55..%. This, if applied to the present wage at the lowest level shall work out to Rs.22857/-. For the reasons stated in the preceding paragraphs and more specifically for the reason that the Government has presently the capacity to pay as detailed in this memorandum, we request the 7th CPC to recommend the minimum pay to be assigned to the lowest level of Group C functionary in Government of India service at Rs. 26,000/-.

Another important issue, we took with the Government was the inclusion of the Grameen Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department within the ambit of the consideration of the 7th CPC. The Government did not concede our demand. The Postal Department had been objecting to this demand consistently on the plea that the Grameen Dak Sewaks were not civil servants. They had, therefore, resorted to setting up separate committees to consider the service conditions and wage rise of the Extra Departmental Agents, or Grameen Dak Sewaks. It must be stated with some satisfaction that during the negotiation that took place with the organizations of the Postal employees on the eve of the commencement of the indefinite strike action, the Postal Department had to agree to recommend the acceptance of this demand to the Government, though belatedly.

Despite the said belated suggestion made by the Postal authorities, there had been no positive response from the Government of India till date with the result the GDS, a significant segment of the Postal Department will be denied the wage revision along with the other Central Government employees, if immediate steps are not taken by the Government to ask the Commission to consider their case within a stipulated time. We give hereunder the reasons we have advanced for inclusion of GDS within the purview of the 7th CPC.

Grameen Dak Sewaks constitutes the single largest chunk of the postal workforce. Without them perhaps the rural postal system in the country will break down. The dedicated service of the Grameen Dak Sewaks keeps the postal department operational throughout the year.The system of Extra Departmental Agency was introduced by the colonial British rulers to reduce the running expenses of the postal system in the country. The exploitative system continued even after independence. By excluding the Gramin Dak Sewaks from the purview of inquiry of the Pay Commission, the Government wanted the system to continue as a means to reduce the running expenses of the Postal Department. The exclusion is sought to be made on the specious plea that the GDS are not Civil Servants.

The Government’s contention on this score had been the subject matter of judicial scrutiny. The Honourable Supreme Court has held that the Extra Departmental Agents are holders of Civil post. The 4th Central Pay Commission also held the same view and asserted that their service conditions must be inquired into by the Pay Commission. However, when the 5th CPC is constituted, Government set up a Committee under Justice Talwar to look into their case. The Government did not implement many of the recommendations of the Talwar Committee. It is in this context we plead that the Gramin Dak Sewaks must be brought within the purview of the 7th Central Pay Commission and justice rendered to them.

Source: Confederation

Charter of Demands and Explanatory Notes – All India Strike on 2.9.2015

Charter of Demands and Explanatory Notes – All India Strike on 2.9.2015

CHARTER OF DEMANDS.

1. Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market

2. Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation. (iii) No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts

3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measure for violation for labour laws. Against Labour Law Amendments

(viii) No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

4. Universal social security cover for all workers

(v) Scrap PFRDA Act an re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme. (6)Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs. 3000/- P.M. for the entire working population.

5. Fix minium wage with provisions of indexation.

(i) Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.

6. Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs. . Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.

(v) No outsourcing, contractorisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.

7. Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.

(ix) Remove the ceiling on payment on bonus

8. Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting applications; and immediate ratification of ILO Convention C 87 and C 98.

(vi) Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.

9. Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.

(ii) No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways, Defence Establishment and no corporatization of Postal services.

10 Remove arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointment.

11. Ensure five promotions in the serve career.

Source: Confederation
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No Holidays for Central Government Offices – Funeral of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will be held at 11 AM at Rameswaram on 30.7.2015

No Holidays for Central Government Offices – Funeral of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will be held at 11 AM at Rameswaram on 30.7.2015

The Home Ministry in an official statement confirmed that “State funeral of former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be held with full military honours on July 30 (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu,”

WIRELESS MESSAGE
CRASH
FROM : HOME NEW DELHI

TO : CHIEF SECRETARIES OF ALL STATE GOVERNMENTS & ADMINISTRATORS OF UNION TERRITORIES.

REPEAT :  SECRETARIES TO GOVERNORS/LT. GOVERNORS  OF ALL STATES/UNION TERRITORY ADMINISTRATIONS

No.3/3/2015 – PUBLIC
DATED : 28th July, 2015

IN CONTINUATION OF MINISTRY’S WIRELESS MESSAGE OF EVEN NUMBER DATED 27.7.2015 ANNOUNCING THE DEATH OF DR.A.P.J, ABDUL KALAM, FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA, IT IS INFORMED THAT THE STATE FUNERAL OF DR. ABDUL KALAM WILL BE HELD AT RAMESWARAM, TAMIL NADU WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS ON 30th JULY, 2015 (THURSDAY) AT 11.00 AM
sd/-
(SATPAL CHOUHAN)
JOINT SECRETARY TO THE GOVT OF INDIA
Copy for information and necessary action:
1) Secretary, Ministry Of Defence, South Block, New Delhi.
2) Chief Secretary, Govt. Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
3) Collector, Ramanathpurarn, Tamil Nadu, Chennai.

Authority : www.mha.nic.in

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HOLIDAY – Government Holiday on 30.07.2015 as a mark of respect to Late Thiru A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India under Negotiable Instruments Act – Orders issed

HOLIDAY – Government Holiday on 30.07.2015 as a mark of respect to Late Thiru A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India under Negotiable Instruments Act – Orders issued.

PUBLIC (PROTOCOL-I) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No.1005
Dated: 28.7.2015
(Manmatha Aadi – 12, Thiruvalluvar Andu 2046)
Read
From the Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi Wireless Message No.3/3/2015-PUBLIC, dated 27.7.2015.
ORDER
The Government of Tamil Nadu announce with profound regret the death of Thiru A.P.J. Addul Kalam, Former President of India on 27.07.2015 at Shilong. The Government have decided to declare a Public Holiday on the day of funeral i.e. on 30.07.2015 for all educational Institutions and for all Government / Private Establishments under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, as a mark of respect to the former President.
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

IBA Clarification on Paternity Leave, Encashment on LFC, Re-fixation of Pay and Special Allowance

IBA Clarification on Paternity Leave, Encashment on LFC,  Re-fixation of Pay and Special Allowance
ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION
Singapore Plaza, 164, Linghi Chetty Street, Chennai – 600001

CIRCULAR No.27/120/2015/31
To
ALL UNITS AND MEMBERS:
27th July, 2015

Dear Comrades,

We reproduce hereunder the IBA’s Circular No.1120 dated 25-7-2015 providing clarification on the following issues referred to them.

1. Paternity Leave of 15 days can be availed by the employees within 6 months even if the date of delivery of the child was before 1-6-2015.

2. No leave is required to be taken for the purpose of encashment on LFC.

3. For Re-fixation of Pay for Ex-servicemen employees joined/joining the Banks on and from 1-11-2012, Special Allowance of 7.75% + DA will not be reckoned/included.

4. Special Allowance of 7.75 % + DA thereon will be included for encashment of PL on LFC/retirement.

5. Benefit of advancement of stagnation increment by one or two years for those who passed JAIIB/CAIIB/Graduation after reaching 19th/20th Stage shall be effective from 1st November, 2012.
With greetings,
Yours comradely,
sd/-
C.H.VENKATCHALAM
GENERAL SECRETARY
IBA CIRCULAR
HR & Industrial Relations
No.CIR/HR&IR/2015-16/XBPS/1120
July 25, 2015
Designated Officers of Member Banks which are parties to the BPS

Dear Sir/Madam,
X BP SETTLEMENT – CLARIFICATIONS

1. Paternity Leave:
Clause 32 of the X Bipartite Settlement provides the benefit of Paternity Leave w.e.f. 1.6.2015 to male employees with less than two surviving children for 15 days during his wife’s confinement and may be combined with any other kind of leave except Casual Leave. The leave may be availed upto 15 days before or upto 6 months from the date of delivery of the child.

Clarifications: The leave may be granted to an employee even where the date of delivery of the child was prior to 1.6.2015, provided, however, that the leave is availed within six months from the date of delivery. Further, the leave shall be sanctioned 15 days before the delivery or up to 6 months after the delivery.

2. Leave Fare Concession:
Clause 19 (iv) of IX Bipartite Settlement dated 27.4.2010 provided that an employee encashing the facility of Leave Fare Concession shall proceed on leave for a minimum period of one day.

Clarifications: Clause 19 (iv) of X Bipartite Settlement dated 25.5.2015 does not have this provision and hence with effect from 1.6.2015, employees may be allowed the facility of encashing of Leave Fare Concession without the requirement of availing Leave for this purpose.

3. Treatment of Special Allowance for fixation of Pay for Ex-Servicemen re-employed in Banks: Under Clause 9 of the X BPS, Special Allowance at the rate of 7.75% of the Basic Pay with applicable DA thereon will be paid w.e.f. 1.11.2012.

Clarification: Queries have been received as to whether the same is to be reckoned for the purpose of encashment of PL on LFC/retirement, Overtime, and while pay fixation of Exservicemen joined the service of the Banks on or after 1.11.2012. It is clarified that the Special Allowance is to be reckoned at the time of PL encashment on LFC/retirement, the same shall not be reckoned for the purpose of fixation of pay of Ex-servicemen who are remployed in Banks on or after 1.11.2012.

4. Adjustment/advancement of stagnation increment to employees who acquire JAIIB/CAIIB/ Graduation: Clause 11 of X BPS dated 25.5.2015 provides that in case where the non-subordinate employees as on the date of this Settlement, has already acquired JAIIB (Part-I) or CAIIB (Part-II)/ Graduation after reaching maximum of the scale of Pay (in case of JAIIB/ CAIIB/ Graduation) or after reaching 19TH stage of scale of Pay (in case of CAIIB/Graduation), and has not earned increment(s), otherwise entitled on account of acquiring such qualification, when there were no increments to provide in the scale of pay of those employees, the stagnation increment in such cases may be advanced by one year or two years as the case may be.

Clarification: Non-subordinate employees who acquires such qualification after reaching the 19th or 20th stagnation, their next immediate stagnation increment may be advanced accordingly by one/two years as the case maybe, w.e.f. 1.11.2012 or the actual date of such advancement whichever is later.
Member banks may please be guided as above.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
K Unnikrishnan
Deputy Chief Executive
Source: www.aibea.in

Proposal for seeking one time relaxation in respect of LTC 80 claims of Defence Civilian Employees

MOD invites LTC Claim Details for one time relaxation – BPMS

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-I)
Subject : Proposal for seeking one time relaxation in respect of LTC 80 claims of Defence Civilian Employees
Defence Civilian Employees’ Federations are pursuing the above issue in the meetings of the JCM Departmental Council wherein they have informed that many Defence civilian employees while availing LTC by Air to destinations like A&N Islands, J&K and NER, did not follow the instructions regarding purchase of these air tickets only from the booking counters/websites of Air India or from the Authorized Travel Agents [M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC]. A number of employees being first time travellers by air, did not observe these instructions due to ignorance. As a result, there administrative authorities have rejected their claims under LTC 80 submitted by them after performing the journey. To resolve this issue, the employees Federations have approached this Ministry and have requested to take up the matter to DoP&T with recommendation that:
 
a) Claims of Group C and B employees who are otherwise not entitled for Air Travel, in case they have availed LTC 80 by purchasing Air tickets from other than the authorized agents may be considered as a one time measure and a relaxation may be granted to pass their LTC claims as a special case;
 
b) For such employees who have purchased Air Tickets prior to 26 Sep 2014 from other than authorized agents to travel to A&N Islands, in their case, the LTC claim may be restricted to their entitled class in Steamer/Ship
 
2. The DoP&T have communicated vide their letter No.31011/6/2015-Estt.A IV dated 1st July addressed to JCM, National Council, that it would not be feasible to relax the LTC rules as a one-time measure. However, cases of individual hardship as recommended by Ministries/ Departments would be considered on a case to case basis.
 
3. Accordingly, it is proposed to take up the matter with the DoP&T for a decision on the LTC claims submitted by the defence civilian employees where the air tickets have not been purchased by these employees in accordance with the Government instructions. It is requested that the details of such cases may please be furnished in the enclosed proforma latest by 17 Aug 2015, along with views/comments, so that a consolidated proposal could be sent to the DoP&T for consideration of one time relaxation.
Encl : Proforma
Sd/-
Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary (Civ)
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One Time Relaxation for LTC claim: BPMS Circular

(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 09415733686, 09235729390, 09335621629, WEB : www.bpms.org.in
REF: BPMS / CIR / LTC / 01
Dated: 27.07.2015
To,
The Office Bearers / CEC Members,
President / Secretary of the Unions
Affiliated to BPMS
Subject: One Time Relaxation for LTC claim

Dear brothers & sisters,
Namaskar

You may be aware of that Shri S N Batwe, Patron/BPMS highlighted some of the following issues related to LTC, thereupon vide letter No. BPMS / DoP&T/ LTC / 50 (7/2/R), Dated 10.11.2014 this federation requested the DoP&T as well as MOD to consider the issues sympathetically :-
 
(i) Earlier { DoP&T F.No. 31011/412007-Estt.(A), dated 02.05.2008} the Group ‘B’ Central Government employees were entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport but now {vide DoP&T O.M. No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV), dated 26.09.2014} only eligible Government servants may travel from their place of posting or nearest airport, hence necessary clarification was required so that the Group ‘B’ employees may be entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport;
 
(ii) Vide DoP&T F.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt (A), Dated 30.04.2012 the Air travel relaxation under LTC for NER was extended for 02 yrs from 01.05.2012, i.e., applicable upto 01.05.2014 and vide DoP&T F. No. 31011/2/2003-Estt.A-IV, dated 15.06.2012 the Air travel relaxation under LTC for J&K was extended for 02 yrs from 18.06.2012, i.e., applicable upto 18.06.2014 whereas this order grants the relaxation for air travel w.e.f. 26.09.2014. There were some of the employees who have travelled by Air under LTC in the intervening period, i.e., 01.05.2014 / 18.06.2014 and 26.09.2014 in anticipation of extension of such relaxation as per prevailing practice. To mitigate the financial hardships of such employees, the DoP&T O.M. No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV), dated 26.09.2014 should have retrospective effect, i.e., 01.05.2014.
 
(iii) Some of the defence civilian employees while availing LTC by Air to destinations like A&N Islands, J&K and NER, did not follow the instructions regarding purchase of their air tickets only from the booking counters/websites of Air India or from the Authorized Travel Agents [M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC] and their LTC claims are not being allowed. Hence, one time relaxation is required to settle these cases.
 
Now, Min of Defence is considering the case (iii) and invited the details from concerned authorities. Hence, all are requested to forward their details through proper channel in given format only.
 
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS & Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Source : BPMS

Requirement of getting prior permission for going abroad on private visit – Dopt Orders on 27.7.2015

Requirement of getting prior permission for going abroad on private visit – Dopt Orders on 27.7.2015

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.11013/8/2015-Estt.A-III, dated July 27th 2015

Subject: Requirement of taking prior permission for leaving station/ headquarters for going abroad while on leave.

Undersigned is directed to refer to the Office Memorandum mentioned in the margin and to say that as per the existing instructions, when Government servant applies for leave for going abroad on a private visit, separately prior permission of the Competent authority for such visit is also required. While granting such permission, many factors are required to be kept in view. For example, permission may be denied in the interest of security. Individuals facing investigation/inquiry on serious charges, who may try to evade apprehension by police authorities, or facing the inquiry, may also not be permitted to leave the country. On the other hand, it is also desirable that requests of Government servants for such permission are dealt with expeditiously.

2. Keeping the above in view, it has been decided that requests for permission for private visits abroad may be processed in the attached formats. As clarified vide the OM dated 1st September, 2008, the competent authority for granting permission will be as per instructions issued by the Cadre Authority/administrative Ministry/Department. In the absence of any such instructions, it is the leave sanctioning authority. In case due to specific nature of work in a Department, administrative exigencies, or some adverse factors against the Government servant etc., it is not expedient to grant permission to the Government servant, such decision for refusal should not be taken below the level of Head of Department. It may be ensure,: that the decisions are conveyed to the Government servants within 21 days of receipt of complete application to the competent authority. Any lacunae in the application should be brought to the notice of the Government servant within one week of the receipt of the application. In the event of failure on the part of the competent authority to communicate its decision to the Government employee concerned with 21 days of receipt of the application, the employee concerned shall be free to assume that permission has been granted to him.

3. If in case some modifications are considered necessary due to specialised nature of work handled by any organisation, changes may be made with the approval of this Department.

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PM condoles the passing away of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

PM condoles the passing away of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

“India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President and above all an inspiring individual. Rest in peace Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Dr. Kalam…my mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him.

Dr. Kalam enjoyed being with people; people and youngsters adored him. He loved students and spent his final moments among them”, the Prime Minister said.

PIB News

MPs demand hike in salary but widows of defence personnel get only Rs.3,500: Anna Hazare gives 2 months deadline for OROP

MPs demand hike in salary but widows of defence personnel get only Rs.3,500: Anna Hazare gives 2 months deadline for OROP implementation

Anti-corruption crusader joins ex-servicemen protest: The Hindu

The ex-servicemen protesting non-implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme got a shot in the arm as Gandhian activist Anna Hazare joined them at Jantar Mantar on Sunday.

Mr. Hazare, a former soldier, came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming him. He accused him of ignoring the aspirations of the people and said there was an “immediate need” for the Centre and the Delhi government to “resolve their issues”.

Speaking from the dais of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen, the veteran anti-corruption crusader said “mere assurances” served little purpose and set a two-month deadline for the implementation of the scheme. “They [Mr. Modi and the BJP] told us in Rohtak that the OROP would be implemented as soon as they came to power. But nothing has happened so far. We will hold rallies in Ludhiana on August 2, in Rohtak on August 9 and in Maharashtra on August 23 to create awareness about OROP. On October 2, we will protest at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on One Rank One Pension,” Mr Hazare said.

Hits out at MPs

Criticising MPs’ demand for a hike in salary, he said they get several benefits but widows of the defence personnel get only Rs. 3,500.

“MPs want a salary hike despite the fact that they get air fare, Class AC 1 ticket in trains, a bungalow, vehicles and a salary of Rs.50,000. And we have wives and mothers of the defence personnel who get Rs.3,500-Rs.4,500. Is this justice and is this our freedom?” he wondered.

Read at: The Hindu

Monday, 27 July 2015

MOD invites LTC Claim Details for one time relaxation – BPMS

MOD invites LTC Claim Details for one time relaxation – BPMS

One Time Relaxation for LTC claim

(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 09415733686, 09235729390, 09335621629, WEB : www.bpms.org.in
REF: BPMS / CIR / LTC / 01
Dated: 27.07.2015
To,
The Office Bearers / CEC Members,
President / Secretary of the Unions
Affiliated to BPMS

Subject: One Time Relaxation for LTC claim
 
Dear brothers & sisters,
 
Namaskar
You may be aware of that Shri S N Batwe, Patron/BPMS highlighted some of the following issues related to LTC, thereupon vide letter No. BPMS / DoP&T/ LTC / 50 (7/2/R), Dated 10.11.2014 this federation requested the DoP&T as well as MOD to consider the issues sympathetically :-

(i) Earlier { DoP&T F.No. 31011/412007-Estt.(A), dated 02.05.2008} the Group ‘B’ Central Government employees were entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport but now {vide DoP&T O.M. No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV), dated 26.09.2014} only eligible Government servants may travel from their place of posting or nearest airport, hence necessary clarification was required so that the Group ‘B’ employees may be entitled to travel by Air from their place of posting or nearest airport;

(ii) Vide DoP&T F.No. 31011/4/2007-Estt (A), Dated 30.04.2012 the Air travel relaxation under LTC for NER was extended for 02 yrs from 01.05.2012, i.e., applicable upto 01.05.2014 and vide DoP&T F. No. 31011/2/2003-Estt.A-IV, dated 15.06.2012 the Air travel relaxation under LTC for J&K was extended for 02 yrs from 18.06.2012, i.e., applicable upto 18.06.2014 whereas this order grants the relaxation for air travel w.e.f. 26.09.2014. There were some of the employees who have travelled by Air under LTC in the intervening period, i.e., 01.05.2014 / 18.06.2014 and 26.09.2014 in anticipation of extension of such relaxation as per prevailing practice. To mitigate the financial hardships of such employees, the DoP&T O.M. No. 31011/ 3/ 2014-Estt.(A-IV), dated 26.09.2014 should have retrospective effect, i.e., 01.05.2014.

(iii) Some of the defence civilian employees while availing LTC by Air to destinations like A&N Islands, J&K and NER, did not follow the instructions regarding purchase of their air tickets only from the booking counters/websites of Air India or from the Authorized Travel Agents [M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC] and their LTC claims are not being allowed. Hence, one time relaxation is required to settle these cases.

Now, Min of Defence is considering the case (iii) and invited the details from concerned authorities. Hence, all are requested to forward their details through proper channel in given format only.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS & Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-I)

Subject : Proposal for seeking one time relaxation in respect of LTC 80 claims of Defence Civilian Employees

Defence Civilian Employees’ Federations are pursuing the above issue in the meetings of the JCM Departmental Council wherein they have informed that many Defence civilian employees while availing LTC by Air to destinations like A&N Islands, J&K and NER, did not follow the instructions regarding purchase of these air tickets only from the booking counters/websites of Air India or from the Authorized Travel Agents [M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC]. A number of employees being first time travellers by air, did not observe these instructions due to ignorance. As a result, there administrative authorities have rejected their claims under LTC 80 submitted by them after performing the journey. To resolve this issue, the employees Federations have approached this Ministry and have requested to take up the matter to DoP&T with recommendation that:

a) Claims of Group C and B employees who are otherwise not entitled for Air Travel, in case they have availed LTC 80 by purchasing Air tickets from other than the authorized agents may be considered as a one time measure and a relaxation may be granted to pass their LTC claims as a special case;

b) For such employees who have purchased Air Tickets prior to 26 Sep 2014 from other than authorized agents to travel to A&N Islands, in their case, the LTC claim may be restricted to their entitled class in Steamer/Ship

2. The DoP&T have communicated vide their letter No.31011/6/2015-Estt.A IV dated 1st July addressed to JCM, National Council, that it would not be feasible to relax the LTC rules as a one-time measure. However, cases of individual hardship as recommended by Ministries/ Departments would be considered on a case to case basis.

3. Accordingly, it is proposed to take up the matter with the DoP&T for a decision on the LTC claims submitted by the defence civilian employees where the air tickets have not been purchased by these employees in accordance with the Government instructions. It is requested that the details of such cases may please be furnished in the enclosed proforma latest by 17 Aug 2015, along with views/comments, so that a consolidated proposal could be sent to the DoP&T for consideration of one time relaxation.

Encl : Proforma
Sd/-
Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary (Civ)
Source : BPMS

Demand to removal of stagnation in services and timely promotions – Central Secretariat Services Forum

Demand to removal of stagnation in services and timely promotions – Central Secretariat Services Forum
Central Secretariat employees demand timely promotions

Central Secretariat employees have demanded removal of stagnation in Services and facilitation of timely promotions. A deputation of “Central Secretariat Services Forum” led by its Convenor, Shri D.N.Sahoo called on Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State Personnel, here today and thanked him for his positive and cooperative response to all their grievances in the past one year and expressed the hope that he would also find a way out to overcome the anomaly in Services which has been adversely affecting them for the last several years. They also handed over a memorandum to him.

Dr Jitendra Singh assured that the problems and grievances faced by the employees will certainly be resolved and observed that the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) had, on his instructions, sent a favourable proposal in support of their demands but there were certain technical queries from the Finance Ministry which are also in the process of being replied.

Dr Jitendra Singh said the Modi Government took over with a pledge for ‘maximum Governance, minimum Government’ and adopted several radical measures to simplify governance and provide a comfortable and work-friendly environment for its officials. It is in the same spirit that the officials of different Secretariat Services are also intended to be made comfortable and achieve a sense of esteem through timely promotion and befitting status in their service career, he added.

The members of the deputation submitted to Dr Jitendra Singh that as per the Central Secretariat Service Rules, promotion from Under Secretary to Deputy Secretary, for example, requires only five years of approved service in a total of about 30 years of service period but the irony is that several of the employees who have already put in 20-22 years of service are still awaiting promotion and many of them attain superannuation as Under Secretaries or even Section Officers. They said that since there is no financial implication involved and Dr Jitendra Singh has the reputation of being sympathetic to the cause of employees, it is hoped that their grievances will be addressed in the justify earnest.

Among the members of the deputation were S/Shri Pradeep Kumar Singh, R.P.Gupta, V.Sreekumar, Mrityunjay Jha, Ashok Kumar, Manoj Kumar Singh, Brajesh Sikka, Kumar Manoj Kashyap, R.P.Sati, Ujjwal Kumar and P.K.Sharma.

Source: PIB News

Is there any connection between the report of 7th CPC and OROP announcement?

Is there any connection between the report of 7th CPC and OROP announcement?

“Is there any connection between the submission of report of 7th CPC to Central and the announcement of OROP to Defence Personnel?”

The 7th Pay Commission has announced through on its portal last month that the task was given by the Government to the commission will be completed within the time frame and the commission will submit its recommendations before September this year to Central Government.

Some believe that the two reports could be linked.

“The 7th Pay Commission is all set to submit its report to the Government before August 15.”
“The Prime Minister is expected to announce the implementation of OROP in his Independence Day address to the nation.”

According to unofficial sources, the 7th Pay Commission is going to submit its report to the Government before August 15. The fact that the commission has completed its work much ahead of its deadline is indeed commendable. This is the first time in the history of Pay Commissions that a Commission has completed its report ahead of its deadline. Pay Commissions are synonymous with arrears. Last time, 20-month arrears were paid in two installments. If the new Pay Commission’s recommendations are implemented on time, it would be another first – the first to not have any pending arrears.

On June 24, the Pay Commission itself said on its website that the report-preparation is in its final stage, and that work will be completed on schedule. The announcement was welcomed by Central Government employees, and helped clear lot of doubts in their minds.

www.gservants.com has plenty of unconfirmed reports on various issues related to the 7th Pay Commission, including a minimum basic pay of Rs.21000, removal of the Grade Pay system that was introduced by the 6th Pay Commission, and a uniform 2.86 multiplication factor for all grades. The website also said that the leaders of railway employees federation had informed that the 7th Pay Commission will submit its report on August 30. This created tremendous excitement among Central Government employees.

Meanwhile, a popular English newspaper reported that the Pay Commission will submit its report towards the end of October.

In the midst of all these uncertainties, there comes another unconfirmed report that the recommendations will be submitted well before August 15. It adds that the Prime Minister will also announce the OROP scheme in his Independence Day speech.

We have been unable to find out if the 7th Pay Commission has any recommendations on OROP. But, there is wide expectation that the report will have some suggestions related to it.

Expected DA from July to Dec 2015

Expected DA from July 2015 – To wait for the month of June AICPIN data that will be released on July 31 to find out.
Expected DA from July to Dec 2015

What will the additional Dearness Allowance increase be from the month of July to Dec 2015? One has to wait for the AICPIN data for the month of June 2015 that will be released on July 31 to find out.
Central Government employees are not the only ones who are eagerly waiting to find out what the DA percentage hike will be from July to December 2015. Central Pensioners and employees of the banking sectors too are curious to know. Additionally, the employees are working under state governments are also covered in this circle.

It has almost been confirmed that there will be a 6% hike in DA this time. But, it will be absolutely confirmed once the June AICPIN statistics is revealed. The fluctuations of the June AICPIN is not expected to dramatically affect the fate of July’s DA hike, but it will have some impact on the DA hike that will be announced for January 2016.

You can understand this better if you refer to the table given below:

Expected DA from July 2015

Saturday, 25 July 2015

CGHS Rates for Dental Treatment Procedure: Corrigendum dated 21-7-2015

CGHS Rates for Dental Treatment Procedure: Corrigendum dated 21-7-2015


F. No. S-11011/34/2015-CGHS (HEC)
Ministry of Health 85 Family Welfare
Directorate General of Health Scheme
(Hospital Empanelment Cell)
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
Dated .21st July, 2015
CORRIGENDUM
Subject: - Change in approved treatment procedure mentioned at Sr. No. 216 in CGHS approved rate list.


With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to OM No. 8-1 1045/36/2012-CGHS (HEC) dated 01.10.2014 whereby CGHS treatment procedures were notified along with their rates for Delhi/ NCR, by Government for empanelled hospitals under CGHS.
In this regard it has been decided with approval of competent authority to revise the treatment procedure mentioned at Sr. No. 216 as follows:-

Sr. No. of CGHS List Presently mentioned as To be read as
216 Removable partial denture-Acrylic based-more than 3 teeth  Removable partial denture- Acrylic based-more than 3 teeth /per tooth

Rate of Rs.264/- for Non-NABH and Rs.304/- for NABH HCOs at Sr. No. 216 would remain the same.


D. C. J oshi
Director (CGHS)

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File1107.pdf

Friday, 24 July 2015

Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant for each year – Regarding

Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant for each year – Regarding
F. No. 11013/7/2014-Estt.(A-III)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated July 23rd, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by the Public Servant for each year – Regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 11013/3/2014 Estt.(A) dated the 17th February, 2015 regarding submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants under the Central Civil services (Conduct) rules, and the Lokapl land Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and to say that as per the rule 18 (1) (i) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, every Government servant shall on his first appointment to any service or post submit a return of his assets and liabilities, in the form prescribed by the Government, giving the full particulars of movable, immovable and valuable property and debts and other liabilities, etc.. Similarly, Government servants other than newly appointed, belonging to Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ are required to submit an annual return in prescribed form giving full particulars of the immovable property inherited/ owned/ acquired by him/ her or held by him/her on lease/ mortgage either in his/ her own name or in the name of any member of his/ her family or in the name of any other persons.

2. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (Lokpal Act) notified by the Government  requires all public servants to declare, on first appointment and subsequently every year, a declaration of his/ her assets & liabilities. In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section

(1), clause (k) and clause (I) of sub-section (2) of Section 59 read with section 44 and 45 of  the Act, this Department has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014. The form for declarations is at Annexure-I. All Government servants i.e., belonging to Group A, Group B, Group C and erstwhile Group D, are now required to furnish the declaration of their assets & liabilities in the enclosed format.

3. Vide D. 0. No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV-B dated the 30th April, 2015, this Department has informed all concerned the time-lines for filing the returns regarding assets and liabilities under the Lokpal Act, which are as follows:
(i) The first return under the Lokpal Act (as on 1st August, 2014) should be filed on or before 15th October. 2015;

ii) The next annual return under the Lokpal Act, for the year ending 31st March. 2015 should be filed on or before 15th October 2015; and

(iii) The annual returns for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31st July of that year.
4. It is, therefore, requested that all concerned may be suitably advised to file the return within the time indicated in paragraph 3. It is relevant to state here that as per section 45 of the Lokpal Act, if any public servant wilfully or for reasons which are not justifiable, fails to (a) to declare his assets; or (b) gives misleading information in respect of such assets and is found to be in possession of assets not disclosed or in respect of which misleading information was furnished, then, such assets shall, unless otherwise proved, be presumed to belong to the public servant and shall be presumed to be assets acquired by corrupt means.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)
Tel: 23093176
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Jammu and Kashmir government women employees can now get 2-years child care leave

Jammu and Kashmir government women employees can now get 2-years child care leave

Srinagar: In a major welfare measure for women employees in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government today approved Child Care leave for them for a period of two years to look after their children.

The Government issued a notification allowing the Child Care leave for its women employees. As per the new provision, a women employee can avail a maximum period of 730 days of child care leave during her entire service for taking care of her two eldest children, an official spokesman said.

He said the leave can be taken to look after the children’s education, illness and other similar requirements. The spokesman said after approval by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the Finance Department has issued the notification incorporating the child care leave in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Leave) Rules.

During the period of child care leave, a woman employee shall be paid leave salary equal to pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave and the child care leave can be combined with any other kind of leave, the spokesman said.

However, the leave shall not be granted for more than three spells in a calendar year, he said. The spokesman said though child care leave can be claimed only after completion of probation period by the employee, yet as a humanitarian gesture, some minimum child care leave can be allowed to a probationer in certain extreme circumstances.

The present PDP-BJP coalition Government in its first budget had announced that the child care leave shall be introduced in the State Leave Rules so that the difficulties faced by working mothers is resolved and women employees get this benefit at par with Central Government employees.

PTI

Recruitment against Sports Quota on the basis of medal winning position in All India Inter University Championships only through Open Advertisement Quota.

Recruitment against Sports Quota on the basis of medal winning position in All India Inter University Championships only through Open Advertisement Quota.

RBE No.81/2015
Clarification/Corrigendum No.59
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No.2015/E(Sports)/4(1)/11/Open Adv.
New Delhi, dated 16th July, 2015
The General Managers (P),
All Zonal Railways including
CLW, DLW, ICF, RCF, RWF, Metro Railway/Kolkata,
The CAO(R), DMW/Patiala,
ThG DG, RDSOz/Lucknow.
 
Recruitment against Sports Quota on the basis of medal winning position in All India Inter University Championships only through Open Advertisement Quota.

Board’s letter no. (i) 2010/E (Sports)/4(1)/1 (policy) dated 31-12-2010 (RBE No: 189B/2010) and clarifications/ corrigendum issued thereto.

(ii) 2012/E(Sports)/4(1)/1/Policy Clarification dated 18.04.2012 (RBE No.52/2012).
During the Presidents Secretaries Meeting (PSM) of Railway Sports Promotion Board, held at Rail Bhawan on 18.05.2015, it was decided to stop recruitment of sports persons against sports quota through Talent Scouting, on the basis of medal winning position in All India Inter University Championships, as per Board’s policy letters mentioned above- The proposal has accordingly been considered and approved by Railway Board.

2. It is, accordingly, advised that for all future recruitment (from the year 201-16 onwards) in Grade Pay Rs. 1900/2000 in scale Rs.1900/2000 in scale Rs.5,200-20,200 (PB-I) against sports quota on the basis of medal winning performance (at least 3rd position) in All India Inter University Championships may only be considered for recruitment against Open Advertisement Quota. However, in such cases where trials have already been conducted for recruitment through Talent Scouting, before the date of issue of this letter, the some may be finalized as Per Policy.

3. This issues with approval of Board (MS).
(Rakesh Rawat)
by Director, Estt.(Sports)
Source: NFIR

7th Pay Commission must rationalise India’s obese and unwieldy bureaucracy

7th Pay Commission must rationalise India’s obese and unwieldy bureaucracy

The Seventh Pay Panel report should press for the rationalisation of government salaries and making bureaucracy leaner and more efficient.

The four-member Seventh Central Pay Commission, led by former Supreme Court Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, will soon come up with its recommendations to determine a salary structure for central government employees. As always, the salary structure is supposed to be linked to “the need to attract the most suitable talent to government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system”.

Salaries in government must perforce be benchmarked to the income of the general population as also those of private sector employees. According to a World Bank survey, the average salary of a government employee in the UK during 1995-2000 was £19,000 per year – 1.4 times the average income of British citizens. This ratio was 1.0 in Indonesia, 1.2 in China, 1.4 in the US, 1.5 in South Korea and so on. The average annual income of government employees in India on the other hand was as much as 4.8 times the average income of the Indian citizen.

A disproportionately liberal remuneration package in comparison with the private sector generates an unhealthy clamour for government jobs and distorts the labour market. The bureaucracy also enjoys a plethora of perks such as residential bungalows, cars, a retinue of personal staff and so on, all of which put additional burden on the state exchequer.

An obese and unwieldy bureaucracy is the single most pernicious malady afflicting governance. It clogs the channels of communication, leads to delays, diffusion of responsibility, and spiralling costs. Foreign investors find it harrowing to do business in India on account of what Arun Shourie calls multiple silos in which ministries function, thereby creating a sclerotic system.

Thanks to regular cadre restructures and inter-service competition, the bureaucracy has seen a steady expansion. In 1947 the number of secretariat departments at the Centre was 18. Today, the number of Secretary level officials is over 150. There are as many Additional Secretaries or equivalent, not to speak of a battalion of Joint Secretaries. The authorised IAS cadre strength now exceeds 6,150 – up from 1,230 in 1951.

In the corporate world slimming a workforce by a tenth of its size is standard practice. Why shouldn’t governments do it too if needed? Sweden and Canada have done it and yet managed to retain effective public services. In 1993 then US President Bill Clinton had laid out a blueprint aiming at reducing the federal work force by 2,52,000, designed to bring about a savings of $108 billion over a five-year period.
Recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission (CPC-V) had included a 30% reduction in government jobs over a period of 10 years; reduction of the number of Secretary level posts from 90 to 30; abolishing 3,50,000 vacant posts; pruning the current five to six administrative layers to not more than two; functional multi-tasking and so on. But these recommendations got a quiet burial.

The Indian state today has a lopsided staff structure. Ninety-five per cent of its employees belong to categories ‘C’ and ‘D’. In most states, almost three-fourths of all government employees are parasitical support staff such as peons, chowkidars, drivers and clerks. Nothing has really happened on CPC-VI’s recommendation to phase out Group ‘D’ staff, most of whom are unskilled and sometimes even illiterate.
Government today needs more specialists, fewer generalists. Several senior positions can be better filled by short-term contracts, enabling lateral entry of technocrats, professionals and entrepreneurs to supplement and strengthen a system dominated by the general elite.

Pay panels impose no small burden on the country’s finances. The central fiscal deficit under the impact of CPC-VI jumped from 2.5% in 2007-08 to 6.5% in 2009-10. Post-CPC-V, the annual wage bill of central government employees rose from Rs 21,885 crore in 1996-97 to Rs 43,568 crore in 1999-2000. Likewise, state governments’ expenditure on salaries increased from Rs 51,548 crore to Rs 89,813 crore during the same period, compelling 13 states to seek central help to pay staff salaries.

Again, post CPC-VI, and between 2007-08 and 2013-14, the annual wage bill of central employees more than doubled to Rs 1,15,000 crore. The wage bill of government staff in the states jumped to Rs 2,86,000 crore from Rs 1,36,000 crore. A World Bank study revealed that “employees have effectively captured control over state spending in health and education, and diverted most of it to themselves through salaries, with negative consequences for service delivery”.

While the aam admi – the peasant, the stone breaker, the daily wage earner, the rural landless, the urban slum dweller – toils, these entitled babus take their place in government for granted. No hearts should bleed for privileged government employees battening on their inflation-indexed dearness allowance installments.

Is the Seventh Central Pay Commission listening?
The writer is former Managing Director, Container Corporation of India

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Guidelines of regularization of GPRA in the name of the eligible spouse / ward of the allottee in the event of death/retirement/transfer

Guidelines of regularization of GPRA in the name of the eligible spouse / ward of the allottee in the event of death/retirement/transfer
 


No.12031/1/2013-Pol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 108.
Dated the 17th July, 2015
 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines on regularization/ allotment of alternate general pool residential accommodation in the name of the eligible spouse / ward of the allottee in the event of death/retirement/transfer of the allottee.

Vide instructions of this Directorate O.M. of even number dated 18.2.2014, guidelines on regularization / allotment of alternate general pool residential accommodation in the name of the eligible spouse / ward of the allottee in the event of death/retirement/transfer of the allottee were issued. On review of the said guidelines, it is found that the issue related to regularization of general pool residential accommodation in the name of eligible spouse/ward of allottee, who owns a house at the place of posting or his / her family owns a house at the place of posting, but his /her policy is covered by allotment of that house has not been inadvertently incorporated in the OM dated 18.2.2014.

2. Therefore, paragraph 2(iv)(f)(i) of the said guidelines is modified and shall be read as below instead of existing entries in the OM dated 18.2.2014:

    “Where the allottee or any member of his / her family owns a house at the place of posting where regularization is being sought. However, either one type below accommodation or same accommodation may be regularized in the name of ward / spouse only in case his / her date of priority was covered on the date of retirement of the retiring allottee or on the date of death of the deceased allottee, irrespective of the fact that they are house-owner at the place of their posting subject to the condition that the licence fee is charged on house owing allottees of general pool residential accommodation as per the guidelines from time to time; and.”

(Swarnali Banerjee)
Deputy Director of Estates(Policy)

Source: http://www.estates.nic.in/WriteReadData/dlpolicyorders/PolicyOrders20180.pdf

LTC advance – 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey

LTC advance – 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey

Period for applying LTC advance

A Government servant can draw the Leave Travel Concession advance 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey.

Indian Railways has fixed the advance reservation period as 120 days excluding the date of journey w.e.f. 01.04.2015 for all long distance mail/express trains as well as Shatabdi Express trains.

The issue of any change in instructions relating to drawal of advance for LTC has to be decided keeping in view all factors including changes made by the Railways, as well as financial implications.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Kiranmay Nanda in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Child Care Leave to West Bengal Female Teachers at par with Central Government Employees

Child Care Leave to West Bengal Female Teachers at par with Central Government Employees

Already granted Child Care Leave for maximum period of 2 years (730 days) with effect from Jan 2012 to the female employees of State Government. Now, this 2 years leave facility may be granted to female teachers and non-teaching employees, who are having minor children, working under State Govt/Non Govt aided Schools. The detailed order has been uploaded in the WB Finance Portal and the same reproduced is given below for your ready reference…

Government of West Bengal
Finance (Audit) Department
‘Nabanna’
Howrah – 711 102
No.5560-F(P)
Dated, the 17th July, 2015
MEMORANDUM

The matter regarding extension of benefit of the Child Care Leave for a maximum period of 2 (two) years i.e. 730 days to the regular female teaching and non-teaching employees of Government sponsored/Non-Govt. aided Schools, Boards, District Primary School Councils, School Service Commission as well as to the regular female employees of Panchayat Raj and other Local Bodies, Undertakings, Corporations, Statutory Bodies was under active consideration of the State Government.

Now after careful consideration, the Governor is hereby pleased to decide to extend the said benefit to the regular female employees of the educational institutions, establishments, organizations, entities etc. as mentioned above subject to the following conditions –
i) The same will be admissible during the entire period of service for taking care of upto 2 (two) children upto 18 years of their age whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness etc.

ii) During the period of such leave, the female employees shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

iii) It may not be granted in more than 3 (three) spells in a calendar year.

iv) It may not be granted for less than 15 days in a spell.

v) Child Care Leave shall not be debited against the leave account.

vi) It may be combined with leave of the kind due and admissible.

vii) Child Care Leave should not ordinarily be granted during the probation period except in case of certain extreme situations where the leave sanctioning authority is fully satisfied about the need of Child Care Leave to the probationer. It may also be ensured that the period for which such leave is sanctioned during probation is minimal.

viii) Other terms and conditions as applicable to sanctioning Earned Leave shall be applicable in the matter of sanctioning Child Care Leave. ix) An account for the purpose shall have to be maintained under proper attestation by the leave sanctioning authority.
2.This order shall take effect from 1st August, 2015.”

3. Necessary amendments in the relevant rules or regulations or bye-laws as applicable may be made by the concerned administrative department in due course.
Sd/-
A. K. Das
O.S.D. & E.O. Joint Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal
Source: www.wbfin.nic.in
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Purchase of Car through CSD – Discontinuing Centralised Car Sanction Process

Purchase of Car through CSD – Discontinuing Centralised Car Sanction Process

Centralised Car Sanction by CS Dte on behalf of the QMG is being discontinued with effect from 20 Jul 2015 and individual will process the car sanction through the CSD Depots as hither- to- fore prior to Jan 2012. The detailed order has been published by CS Dte on behalf of QMG.

DISCONTINUING CENTRALISED CAR SANCTION FOR PURCHASE OF CAR THROUGH CSD
Tele: 2309 3660

Integrated HQ of MOD (Army)
Quartermaster General’s Branch
Dy Dte Gen Canteen Services
Army Headquarters
Room No. 14A, L-1 Block,
Church Road, New Delhi- 110001
No. 96410/Q/DDGCS/
13th July 2015
To
All Head Quarters including OFB & KSB

DISCONTINUING CENTRALISED CAR SANCTION FOR PURCHASE OF CAR THROUGH CSD

1. Refer following letters:-
(a) This HQ letter No 96410/Q/DDGCS dated 15 Apr 2011.
(b) This HQ letter No 96410/Q/DDGCS dated 16 Jan 2012

2. Due to budgetary constraints, the car sanction was centralised in Jan 2012. However, due to the improved Budgetary allocations, the centralised Car Sanction by CS Dte on behalf of the QMG is being discontinued with effect from 20 Jul 2015. Individual(s) will process the car sanction through the CSD Depots as hither-to-fore prior to Jan 2012. The new indent form to be submitted to CSD Depot is att at Appx and also can be downloaded from www.csdindia.gov.in/www.indianarmy.nic.in. Guidelines for purchase of four wheeler from CSD is also enclosed.

3. The countersigning authorities and CSD Depots will exercise due diligence while scrutinising the documents to verify the authenticity of applicant and ensure that only eligible category avail this facility as enunciated vide our letter No 95286/SG/Q/DDGCS dated 29 Apr 2015 (Copy att). The onus of correctness of application will be on both applicant and countersigning authority to prevent any misuse/malpractice of this facility. Each application will be vetted by CSD Depot for orrectness in all respects. In case any malpractice/misuse is noticed, strict disciplinary action will be initiated.

4. This Letter be given vide publicity inculuding display in the notice boards in Station HQs Zila Sainik Boards and URCs for information of all concerned.
sd/-
(Vivek Siwach)
Lt Col
Joint Director
Canteen Services
for DDGCS
Source: http://csdindia.gov.in/

CSD Car purchase order

Finance Ministry issued orders on upgradation of cities / towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance

Finance Ministry issued orders on upgradation of cities / towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance
The new and revised list of cities & towns has been declared by the Finance Ministry today for the purpose of House Rent Allowance on the basis of Census 2011.
House Rent Allowance to Central Government employees is now calculated on the basis of the population census of 2001. The cities and towns are classified as X, Y, and Z, based on their population. Employees in these towns are eligible for 30%, 20% and 10% House Rent Allowances respectively.

Population census is conducted once every ten years. The most recent census was held in 2011. Official information and findings of the Census was sent by the registrar General & Census Commissioner to the Finance Ministry a long time ago.

There is no denial in the fact that the Confederation of Central Government Employees has been constantly demanding this upgrading. The Confederation had, on 28.04.2014, sent a letter to the Finance Ministry. The letter said that even though the 2011 Census Report CD was received, there is no official announcement from the Government in this regard. The letter also demanded that a revised HRA and TA be implemented immediately in the reclassification of cities and towns on the basis of 2011 Census. On 30.07.2014, the Finance Ministry had, in reply to the mail, said that steps are being taken to implement the revised HRA and TA rates to the Central Government employees of these cities and towns.

Now, Finance Ministry issued orders on re-classification / upgradation of cities / towns on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of House Rent Allowance to Central Govt employees with effect from 1.4.2015.
G.I. Min. of Finance, Dept. of Exp. O.M.No.2/5/2014-E.II(B), dated 21.7.2015

Subject : Re-Classification / Upgradation of Cities / Towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Central Government employees.

Reference is invited to this Department’s O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 relating to grant of House Rent Allowance (HRA) to Central Government employees on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) whereby a list of cities / towns classified as “X”, “Y” and “Z” for the purpose of grant of HRA was enclosed as Annexure. The matter relating to re-classification of cities / towns on the basis of Census-2011 for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees has been considered by the Government.

2. The President is pleased to decide that in supersession of all the existing orders relating to classification of cities/towns for the purpose of grant of HRA to Central Government employees, cities/towns shall now be re-classified as “X”, “Y” and “Z” for the purpose of HRA as enumerated in the Annexure to these orders.

3. Consequent upon implementation of the recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission, certain cities / towns were placed in a lower classification as compared to their existing classification for HRA purpose, vide this Department’s O.M. No.2(30)/97-E.II(B) dated 03.10.97. However, these cities/towns were allowed to retain their existing higher classification, vide Para 3 thereof; and further extended vide O.M. No.2(21)/E.II(B)/2004 dated 16.03.2005 & O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 07.01.2009. As other cities / towns to which protection of retaining earlier higher classification was allowed, got upgraded during the intervening period and as on date only two cities i.e. Ajmer in Rajasthan and Durgapur in West Bengal were retaining such protection. Consequent upon upgradation of these two cities also on the basis of their population as per Census-2011, provisions contained in Para 3 of this Department’s O.M. No. 2(30)/97-E.II(B) dated 03.10.97 which Were allowed to further continue vide O.M. dated 16.03.2005 & 07.01.2009, stand withdrawn/discontinued.

4. Special orders allowing continuance of HRA at Delhi (‘X” class city) rates to Central Government employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, NOIDA and Gurgaon, at Jalandhar (“Y” class city) rates to Jalandhar Cantt., at “Y” class city rates to Shillong, Goa & Port Blair vide this Department’s O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008, and continuance of HRA at par with Chandigarh (“Y” class city) to Panchkula vide this Department’s O.M. No.2(13)/2008-E.II(B) dated 04.03.2011, shall continue to be applicable till the recommendations of 7th CPC are considered by the Government.

5. These orders shall take effect from 1st April, 2015.

6. The Orders will apply to all civilian employees of the Central Government. The orders will also be applicable to the civilian employees paid from the Defence services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the comptroller & Auditor General of India.
Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

7th CPC contemplates to recommend the Compensatory City allowance again

7th Pay Commission contemplates to recommend the Compensatory City allowance again

Sources said that the 7th CPC may recommend the Compensatory City allowance in its report for Central Govt employees. Upto 5th Pay Commisson, CCA has been granted to all CG Employees and we all know that the 6th CPC has abolished. The NC JCM Staff Side strongly suggested in its memorandum to introduce again the CCA to submitted to 7th Pay Commission earlier. The unconfirmed sources said, the CCA will come with two criteria as granting in the 5th CPC.

The Compensatory City allowance has been granted to Central Government employees since the First Central Pay Commission. This allowance was sanctioned to compensate for the high cost of living in bigger cities classified as such for grant of house rent allowance. Upto 3rd CPC it used to be certain percentage of pay for different pay ranges and different classified towns. The 4th and 5th CPC, however, recommended lump sum amounts as CCA. 5th CPC in para 106.10 (Pge 1582) of their report has commented that :
“We also do not support the demand for making CCA a percentage of basic pay because this amounts to admitting a firm and casual relationship between CCA and income.”
When it is admitted that CCA is essentially an allowance given to offset the imperfection in Dearness allowance as a measure of relative expensiveness of classified Cities, it really becomes an additional DA. When the DA is at a percentage of Pay, how can CCA not be fixed as a percentage of pay. The basis on which the lumpsum amount of CCA was recommended by the 4th and 5th CPCs had also not been disclosed and therefore, it appears to be an arbitrary decision.

The 6th CPC on the other hand recognised that the only two factors viz. accommodation and transportation contribute to high cost of living in classified towns. They, recommended the revised HRA and Transport allowance to adequately compensate for relative expensiveness of the classified cities. In view of that contention, they stated that the CCA stands subsumed in Transport allowance. We are unable to agree with the idea of subsuming CCA in Transport allowance as recommended by the 6th CPC on the consideration that the relative expensiveness in bigger cities is only on account of problems of accommodation and transportation. There are various other factors due to which the expensiveness of a particular city either increases or decreases. CCA was a component in determination of overtime allowance prior to the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations. By allowing this to be subsumed in the transport allowance, it became difficult to factor the CCA component in the computation of over time allowance.
For these reasons, we propose the Commission to recommend the following rates of City Compensatory allowance
7cpc-Compensatory-City-allowance

Source: http://7thpaycommissionnews.in/

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