Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Good news expected soon for Central Government Employees: Bonus Hike

Good news expected soon for Central Government Employees: Bonus Hike


As per reliable sources, Election Commission has given it’s nod for issuing ordinance on “Payment of Bonus Act

Now the matter will go to cabinet and after it’s approval, necessary ordinance will be notified soon.
Earlier Government decided to raise the ceiling of Rs 3500/- per month to Rs 10,000/- per month.
Central employees may cheer for higher bonus this year

After long times Central Govt. employees are going to get higher amount of bonus this year. Earlier, the ceiling for bonus was Rs 3500 per month. From this year, the ceiling is going to be increased to as high as Rs 10,000 per month. In a letter from Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr S. Agarwal conveyed this good news to Sri Vijesh Upadhyay, Genl. Secy., Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangha.
Bonus

Source: http://paycommissionupdate.blogspot.in

Seventh Pay Commission to offer realistic view on salaries and allowances

Seventh Pay Commission to offer realistic view on salaries and allowances

The Sixth pay commission was constituted in 2006 and in the normal course, the government was expected to announce the next pay commission after a gap of 10 years. The fifth came in 1996. But with the UPA government’s image battered by a spate of corruption scandals, the date had been advanced by two years in order to recover some lost ground with the electorate.

The UPA government justified the early constitution of the commission on the ground that it will take around two years to submit its recommendations. The Sixth pay commission, for example, was constituted in October 2006 and the Centre implemented it ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, showering central government employees with a big pay hike bonanza.

The Sixth pay commission had recommended a 20 to 40 per cent jump in salary. This cheered the employees, but wreaked havoc with the government’s finances as the fiscal deficit soared to 6 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The consequent burden of arrears on the central government was Rs 28,160 crore on a salary base of Rs 44,360 crore.

The cash-strapped government had disbursed the arrears in two instalments with 40 per cent given out in 2008-09 and 60 per cent in 2009-10. The arrears contributed significantly to the Centre overshooting its target in 2008-09, ending the year with a fiscal deficit of 6 per cent of GDP against the budgeted 2.5 per cent.

The fiscal deficit rose to 6.4 per cent of GDP in 2009-10 as pay commission arrears pushed up the expenditure at a time when the government was battling slowdown in revenues. With the Seventh pay commission, the situation is headed in the same direction and the country will eventually have to face the music of this populism.

Accordingly, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to offer realistic view on increase of salaries and allowances of central government employees.
The pay panel may definitely bring also toll on the exchequer as government has to manage expenditures of One Rank One Pension (OROP) for ex-sevicemen before Seventh pay commission expenditures.
It is expected that the central government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore after Seventh pay commission will come into effect.
This OROP announcement will have a significant impact on Seventh pay commission report badly, especially in salary hike and increasing allowances,” said a pay panel official.

“We have to look financial health of government before submitting our report. We have to save financial position of government to run the nation smoothly. We are not only to work for pay hike.” he added.

However, the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission, may be implemented by NDA government before the announcement of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states assemblies’ election in May 2016.

“The central government will decide execution time of the pay commission’s proposals after the pay panel submits its report, which will be possible pre-election “special packages” for West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which are all due for polls by May 2016,” an official of the Finance Ministry said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to submit its report in December. The Commission has already completed discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services and is in the process of finalising its recommendations.
The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission are scheduled to come into effect from January 1, 2016.
TST

Streamlining Action on Pension grievances-uploading of replies given by the Ministries/Departments to the petitioner on CPENGRAMS

Streamlining Action on Pension grievances-uploading of replies given by the Ministries/Departments to the petitioner on CPENGRAMS
No. 55/6/2015-P&PW(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi,
the 29th September, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Streamlining Action on Pension grievances-uploading of replies given by the Ministries/Departments to the petitioner on CPENGRAMS.
It has been observed that in most of the cases of pension related grievance, the Ministries/Departments/Organizations do not upload the replies to the petitioner on the portal and close the cases. It is therefore requested that in case, any letter or orders etc, are issued by the concerned Ministry/Department/Organization for redress of the grievance or for not acceding the request of the petitioner for valid reasons, the same may also be uploaded on the portal CPENGRAMS.
 
 
It is again reiterated that since effective grievance redress mechanism is a priority of the Government, the quality of disposal is important and a well reasoned speaking reply should be furnished to the petitioner before closure of grievance an a copy of the same be uploaded on CPENGRAMS.
(Seema Gupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: Pensioners Portal
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ppwc_290915.pdf]

OROP: Why ex-servicemen continue to protest

OROP: Why ex-servicemen continue to protest

The definition of OROP accepted by the government in Parliament has equal pension for officers retiring in the same rank with equal length of service.
The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it has complied with a 2008 judgment regarding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) on Tuesday, but almost three weeks after the government announced an OROP roll out, the ex-servicemen’s agitation at Jantar Mantar is far from dying down. The ex servicemen claim that the government-announced scheme is anything but OROP.
The definition of OROP accepted by the government in Parliament has equal pension for officers retiring in the same rank with equal length of service. In his September 5 announcement, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that OROP would be implemented with retrospective effect from July 2014 and with 2013 as the base year. What this essentially meant was that that the veterans’ pensions shall match the pensions of those retiring in 2013 and that they would be given the arrears from July 2014.

The government also announced a one-member judicial committee to address the likely anomalies in the scheme. Most importantly, the scheme, written order of which is slated to be rolled out within a month, will involve revision of pensions every five years.
The government’s interpretation of OROP is unacceptable to the ex- servicemen community. They believe that each of these clauses is a violation of the basic definition of OROP as outlined by the Bhagat Singh Koshiyari Committee in 2012.
For instance, the five-year revision of pensions implies that a veteran’s pension will remain unchanged for five years. This will create multiple pensions for officers of one rank given that for five years – the gap between two revisions – many new retirees will leave the services with different pensions.
The ex-servicemen jokingly term the government’s five-year revision proposal as One Rank Many Pensions and still demand an annual revision.
Disagreement also continues over the judicial committee, as the ex- servicemen are seeking a five-member committee rather than the proposed one-man committee — with three of their own members, one representative from the government and one nominated member.
Last but not the least, there is a strong distrust of the bureaucracy. In fact, the government’s announcement to omit premature retirees from OROP – a clause which was reversed later – was viewed by veterans as a “last minute effort by bureaucrats to create troubles” in OROP.
For its part, the government has remained silent on the subject since its announcement of the roll out on September 5. Everything now depends on its final call in the order expected in October.

Source: Indian Express

HOUSE BUILDING ADVANCE for Central Government Employees

HOUSE BUILDING ADVANCE
  
Housing Loan for Central Government Employees…

General Rules for HBA :-
The advance granted to all permanent Central Government Employees.
The advance granted, who has completed minimum 10 years continuous service.
The advance granted for construction / purchase of house / plot.
The advance granted for purchase of ready-built house / flats.
The advance granted for buying a plot or flat under Co-operative Schemes.
The advance granted for enlarging existing accommodation.
The advance granted for purchase of houses / flats under Self Financing Housing Schemes and Co-operative Group Housing Schemes.

General Conditions for HBA :-
Employees should not have availed of any loan or advance for the purpose from any other Government sources.

Employee or spouse or minor child should not already own a house.

Cost Ceiling :-
Cost of the house (excluding cost of the land) should not exceed 134 times of the Basic Pay, subject to a minimum of Rs.7.5 lakhs and a maximum of Rs.18 lakhs. (If both husband and wife are working central government services, the pay of both of them will be taken into consideration for calculating the cost ceiling).

Sanction Amount :-
The amount of House Building Advance admisssiable for employees is 34 times of the Basic Pay or Rs.7.5 lakhs or cost of the building or repaying capacity, whichever is least.

RATE OF INTEREST :-
(Note: No interest is chargeable beyond the date of retirement / death of the Government Servant.)

HBA
sanctioned amount
26-7-90 to
15-12-97
16-12-97 to
31-3-2001
1-4-2001 to
31-3-2002
1-4-2002 onwards
Rs. 25,000/-
7.5%
7.5%
6.5%
6%
Rs. 50,000/-
7.5%
7.5%
6.5%
6%
Rs. 75,000/-
9%
9%
8%
7.5%
Rs. 1,00,000/-
9%
9%
8%
7.5%
Rs. 1,25,000/-
10%
9%
8%
7.5%
Rs. 1,50,000/-
10%
9%
8%
7.5%
Rs. 2,00,000/-
11%
11%
10%
9.5%
Rs. 2,25,000/-
11.5%
11%
10%
9.5%
Rs. 2,50,000/-
12%
11%
10%
9.5%
Rs. 5,00,000/-
….
11%
10%
9.5%
Rs. 7,50,000/-
….
12%
11%
10.5%

(Note: The advances carry interest from the date of payment of the first installment and is calculated on the balance outstanding on the last day of each month.)

Income Tax Rebate for HBA :-
Repayment of Principal sum of H.B.A. is exempt u/s 88 of Income Tax Act.
Exemption for Interest portion of HBA is admissible up to maximum of Rs. 1,50,000/-.
If any individual has drawn House Building Loan from any other financial institution, at the end of the year he should obtain a certificate from that financial institution showing repayment of loan details. In that repayment of Principal sum and Interest portion should be clearly mentioned. Accordingly income tax rebate can be taken on principal sum and interest sum.
Interest is calculated on the balance of HBA outstanding on the last day of the month i.e. on the IBB just like calculation of interest on advance for purchase of conveyance, etc.
Interest on H.B.A. is exempt u/s 24(b) of Income Tax Act.


Family Planning Concession for HBA: –
Concessional interest to Central Government Employees for promoting Small Family Norms. – The rate of interest will be half per cent less for an employee who undergoes sterlization.

Review of Suspension: Suspension of Government Servant before expiry of 90 days

Review of Suspension: Suspension of Government Servant before expiry of 90 days

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt 110010

No.AN/XIII/13006/Vol-XXII
Dated 22.09.2015
To
The PCsDA/CsDA
PCA(Fys)/CFAs(Fys)
PIFAs/IFAs
(Through Website)
Subject : Suspension of Government Servant-Review of Suspension
As per provisions contained in Rule 10 of CCS(CC&A) Rules, 1965 suspension of a Government servant is valid only for 90 days unless it is extended after review before expiry of 90 days. It has been observed by the MoD D(Vigilance) that the suspension order has been struck down on the ground that the same had not been reviewed by the reviewing authority before expiry of 90 days.
2. Therefore the Ministry has directed that the provisions of Rule 10(6) and 10(7) of CCS (CC&A) Rules, 1965 which provide for review, modify and extension of the suspension should strictly be observed in all such cases to avoid quashing of orders on technical grounds rather than on merits (copy attached)
3. In this context attention is also invited to DOPT OM No. 11012/4/2003-Estt. (A) dated 07.01.2014 containing review instruction and HQrs letter no. AN/XIII/13007/2A/Vol-IX dated 09.07.2014 regarding constitution of review committee.
4. It is requested that all such cases of suspension/review of suspension of Govt. servant may be reviewed on monthly basis in the light of above provisions/guidelines.
Please acknowledge receipt.
(V.K. Vijay)
C V O / Jt. CGDA


Most Immediate
Ministry of Defence
D(vigilance)
*******

Subject : Suspension of Government Servants – Review of Suspension order.

Attention is invited to Rule 10 of CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965 relating to Suspension of Govt. Servant by the competent authority on account of disciplinary proceedings pending or contemplated against him, or his engagement in activities prejudicial to the interest of the security of the State, or case pending against him in any criminal offence, or his detention or conviction in a criminal case. The suspension is valid only for 90 days unless it is extended after review for a further period before the expiry of 90 days. Of late the suspension order has been struck down on the ground that the same had not been reviewed by the competent reviewing authority before the expiry of 90 days while it remained in force.
2. It is hereby urged that the provisions of Rule 10(6) and Rule 10(7) of CCS(CCA) Rules, 1965 which provide for review, modify and extension of the suspension of the accused should be strictly observed in all such cases to avoid quashing of orders on technical grounds rather than on merits. Such cases may be reviewed on monthly basis by administrative sections of various civilians cadres of Ministry of Defence.

(Atul Kumar Singh)
Director (Vig)
Source: CGDA
[http://cgda.nic.in/adm/circular/suspension24092015.pdf]

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Payment of Overtime allowance to C&W Staff of Mechanical Department escorting trains

Payment of Overtime allowance to C&W Staff of Mechanical Department escorting trains

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No.E(LL)/2015/HER/6
New Delhi, dated: 17-09-2015
The General Manager,
NFIR
3 chelmsford Road,
New Delhi.
Sub: Payment of Overtime allowance to C&W Staff of Mechanical Department escorting trains.
Sir,
The undersigned is directed to refer your letter No.I/8/Part. I dated 05.08.2015 regarding above mentioned subject requesting therein to issue the suitable guidelines to Zonal Railways for payment of Overtime Allowance and Night Duty Allowance to C&W staff of Mechanical Department escorting trains.
In this regard, it is mentioned that Western Railway has been replied to vide Board’s letter of even number dated 17.07.2015. A copy of the Board’s reply to Western Railway is enclosed.
DA:As above
For Secretary, Railway Board.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No.2015/E(LL)/HER/6
New Delhi, dated: 17.7.2015
The General Manager,
Western Railway,
Mumbai.
Sub: Payment of Overtime allowance to staff escorting train no.19301/19302 Indore – Yashwantpur Express- Ratlam Div.
Ref: Railway’s letter No.E/HER/487/RTM/387 dt. 03.6.2015.
In Reference to Railway’s letter, referred to above, it is stated that the instructions issued under Letter No.E(LL)/73/HER/26 dt. 13.1.1977 has not been superseded, As such the existing instructions may be followed.
(Ashutosh Garg)
For Deputy Director Estt. (LL)
Railway Board
Source : NFIR
[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UREZBSG95cWJxRkk/view]

Maharashtra government hikes coverage amount of group insurance for its employees

Maharashtra government hikes coverage amount of group insurance for its employees

Mumbai: In a landmark decision, the Maharashtra government has decided to increase the coverage amount of its group insurance policy for its employees.


The BJP-led government has also decided to allow newly appointed women employees to avail a maternity leave, which was earlier not allowed.

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the government has decided to increase the the coverage amount of its group insurance policy from Rs 1,20,000 to Rs 3,60,000 for class III employees.
Whereas for class IV employees, the new insurance coverage will be Rs 2.40 lakh which was earlier Rs 60,000.

“The state employee organisations were demanding to increase the insurance policy coverage and hence the decision was taken,” Mungantiwar told reporters here.

He said that the monthly insurance premium will also increase and will be Rs 360 for class III and Rs 240 for class IV employees.

“The new changes will come in force from January 1, from the day of anniversary of the ‘government employee group insurance scheme’. The difference of the premium amount will be deducted from the salary of employee from November 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015,” Mungantiwar said, adding that the scheme will benefit 4.70 lakh state government employees.

He said the government has also decided to let women employees avail maternity leave, even if they have not completed at-least two years in service, as stipulated earlier.

“Earlier it was mandatory for women employees to have completed two years in government services to avail 180 days of paid maternity leave. Employee who had completed more than a year and less than two years were allowed to take maternity leave, but half their salary was deducted,” Mungantiwar said.

“Now even newly appointed government employees will be allowed to take paid maternity leave,” the minister said.
PTI

7th Pay Commission: Non-secretariat staff upset over pay disparity with secretariat staff



7th Pay Commission: Non-secretariat staff upset over pay disparity with secretariat staff

New Delhi: As the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to submit its report on raising the salaries and allowances for central government employees to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley within December, non-central secretariat staff across the country are a seething lot.




In fact, the Assistants and Section Officers get pay grade Rs 4600 and Rs 4800 in central Secretariat service while the Assistants and Section Officers of non-central secretariat service get pay grade Rs 4200 and Rs 4600 respectively. Not only this but also the non-functional pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 (PB-3)+Rs 5400 (Grade Pay) is admissible to the Section Officers of the central Secretariat service on completion of 4 years service in that grade but no such system for the Section Officers of non-central secretariat service and this has led to much heartburn of non-central secretariat staff.

Non-central secretariat staff reiterated their demand to ensure parity with the central Secretariat staff, they seemed unsure about whether or not the Seventh Pay Commission would accept their pay anomalies which, they added, they had demanded such type of pay parity before Sixth Pay Commission also and the commission accepted it but the government didn’t give its nod about it.

Before Sixth Pay Commission implementation, the respective pay scales of Rs 6500-10500 and 5000-8000 existed for Assistants in central Secretariat and non central Secretariat and pay scales 7500-12000 and Rs 6500-10500 existed for Section Officers in central Secretariat and non central Secretariat. The Section Officers in central Secretariat also got the pay scale of Rs.8000-13500 on completion of four years service in the lower scale of 7500-12000 while pay scale of Section Officers of non-central secretariat service was never upgraded in the same post.

A newly recruited Group A officer begins with the pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 (PB-3)+Rs 5400 (Grade Pay) but central Secretariat service staff begin their group A service on the promotion of Under Secretary with the pay scale of Rs 15600-39100 (PB-3)+Rs 6600 (Grade Pay).

Complaints have been raised against the above the anomalies in the Seventh Pay Commission.

Alleging that the central government has taken a number of steps time to time to give higher pay to the central Secretariat service staff at the cost of non-central secretariat service staff.

The non-central secretariat service staff raised their voice to get paid equally as their counterparts central Secretariat staff before Seventh Pay Commission. The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to advice to make a equal in pay disparity with central secretariat staff but it is the big matter, will the government accept it without a question?

TST

Denial of payment of HRA, Transport Allowance etc. to trainees appointed on compassionate ground in Grade Pay 1900/- in artisan category etc-reg

Denial of payment of HRA, Transport Allowance etc. to trainees appointed on compassionate ground

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

No PC-V/2015/PNM/NFIR/1
New Delhi, dated 21.09.2015

The General Secretary
NFIR
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055

Sir
Sub:- Denial of payment of HRA, Transport Allowance etc. to trainees appointed on compassionate ground in Grade Pay 1900/- in artisan category etc-reg. (PNM/NFIR item No.11/2015)

The undersigned is directed to refer to the minutes of the separate meeting held on 15.07.2015 on the leftover PNM/NFIR items and to state that,DoP&T’s OM dt.03.04.2012 have been adopted by the Board vide letter dt. 14.09.2012 (RBE No.102/2012) issued by its Estt. Dte. Accordingly, the matter has been examined in consultation with Estt. Dte. of Railway Board and they have clarified that Board’s instructions dt. 14.09.2012 applies exclusively in cases, where candidate being considered for appointment on Compassionate grounds are not meeting the minimum qualification for entry into the Government service that is, in Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- and the word ‘trainees’ have been coined only for this limited purpose. It has nothing to do with trainees (who get stipend and not salary) in various posts of Grade Pay Rs.1900 & above, where it is mandatory for persons to complete the training successfully, before joining a working post.

In view of the above position Federation’s demand is not feasible for acceptance.

Yours faithfully,

for Secretary / Railway Board

Source : NFIR
[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7USFJBZURFeThRblhvWWJkVWNCN1FFMkZ6eEI4/view]

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2015.

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2015.
F. No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date : 28th Sept, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 1.7.2015.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014- P&PW(G) dated 27th April, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% w.e.f. 1st July, 2015.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensloners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are lndian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs. 3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department’s OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department’s OM No. 23/3/2008- P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.

3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department’s OM No. 4/59/97- P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 119% w.e.f. 1.7.2015 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the a.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and reemployed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CPL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/3/2015-E.II(B) dated 23rd September, 2015.

11. Hindi version will follow.
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

Compulsory Retirement under CCS Rules ; Central Government employees over 50/55 worried

Compulsory Retirement under CCS Rules ; Central Government employees over 50/55 worried

“Compulsory Retirement under CCS Rules – Following are the consequences of a law imposed by DoPT.”

The Armed Forces, Railways, Defence, and Deaprtment of Post are among the largest employers under the control of the Central Government. The largest among them, the Railways, employs more than 13 lakh employees. In all, the Central Government employees more than 34 lakh, and has more than 38 lakh pensioners on its list.

The Centre has now ordered the implementation of an old and forgotten law. According to Section 56 (J) and 56 (I) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972, the performances of those between the ages of 50 and 55, and those who have completed 30 years of service must be reviewed by senior officers once every three months, vis. Jan to Mar, Apr to Jun, Jul to Sep and Oct to Dec. All the departments have been ordered to review the performances and implement this rule immediately. And also advised to constitute a Review Committee consisting of two Members at appropriate level.

Relevant orders to this effect were issued on September 11. Senior officials and employees of various departments are confused and terrified following the orders.

Some claim that the government has taken this step to stifle the indefinite strike to be held in November. The Central Government employees union and the railway employees’ union claim that, armed with this rule, the government can send home workers under the compulsory retirement scheme.

The order quoted, “If conduct of a government employee becomes unbecoming to the public interest or obstructs the efficiency in public services, the government has an absolute right to compulsorily retire such an employee in public interest.”

Worse hit due to the new rule are the senior and experienced members of the staff. These employees are already affected by denial of increments and de-promotions. The federations claim that the Centre is treating these experienced employees as unreliable and talentless manpower and is hell-bent on terminating their services.

The government is conspiring to use this law and give compulsory retirement to employees over the age of 50/55 by branding them as unfit for work. The law also makes it possible for the government to find faults with their work.

The move is intended to intimidate the employees into not participating in the indefinite strike in November.

Source: 90paisa.org

Tax Payers: No Extension in Due Date of Filing of Returns and Audit Report; Due Date Continues to be 30th September, 2015

No Extension in Due Date of Filing of Returns and Audit Report; Due Date Continues to be 30th September, 2015; Tax Payers and Practitioners are Advised not to give any Credence to any Fake or Fraudulent Order about Extension of Date

The Income Tax Department has clarified that circulation of Fake order dated 26.9.2015 for extension of due date for filing of Audit report and return of Income for Assessment Year 2015-16 is fraudulent. The Government has not extended the due date for filing of returns and audit report due by 30th September 2015. Tax payers and practitioners are advised not to give any credence to the fraudulent order.

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that a fake order dated 26th September 2015 supposedly under Section 119 of the Income-tax Act 1961 under the signature of one Upmanyu Reddy, Under Secretary to the Government of India is in circulation. The fake order extends the due date for filing of audit report under section 119 of the Income-tax Act to 15 October 2015.

It is clarified the order is fraudulent. The Government has not extended the due date for filing of returns and audit report due by 30th September 2015. Tax payer and practitioners are advised not to give any credence to the fraudulent order purportedly signed by one Upmanyu Reddy.

PIB

Monday, 28 September 2015

2nd SEP 2015 – Historic Strike was a grand success in almost all the sectors of working clasw

EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER OCTOBER-2015

2nd SEPTEMBER-2015 –A HISTORIC STRIKE
2nd September 2015. Historic Strike was a grand success in almost all the sectors of working class whether it is Government Sector, Public Sector, Private Sector – organized or unorganized. Crores and crores workers have taken part in it and established so many mile stones in the history of working class movement. The grand success of this strike in strategic fields like Road transport, Coal Mines, Petroleum, Power, Tele Communication is one of the important phenomenas.

This strike was organized by the sponsoring Committee of all Central Trade Unions pursuing 12 points Charter of Demands including withdrawal of anti Labour Laws amendments and FDI in strategic sectors, in protest against lend acquisition Ordinance and Bill and peasants distress and for changing the neo-liberal path of development.

The strike was the result of hard labour of the thousands of Trade Union activists who mobilized and launched vigorous campaign for the months together..

This strike of crores of workers has given clear indication to present Central Government that now the worker has awakened and he is not going to allow the attacks and dangers being unleashed on him in the pursuance of neo-liberal economic policies.

This time this strike was a grand success among Central Government Employees.

In Postal except some circles it was grand success and better than the previous strikes. It shows that the Postal Workers are also not agreed to accept the proposals and recommendations submitted by Task Force Committee headed by T.S.R. Subramanian Ex. Cabinet Secretary as Chairman who laid out a road map of corporatization and Privatization of Department of Post. This is also culmination of anger and protest of Postal Employees that the 50% Work force of this Department i.e. Gramin Dak Sevaks, who are not treated as Civil servant. The demand of NFPE and PJCA for inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC has not been accepted by Government of India. The Cadre restructuring proposals of all Cadres of Postal; were agreed long back but not being implemented. Thousands and thousands of posts in all Cadres are also not being filled besides vigorous pursuance by the NFPE and PJCA.

The PJCA comprising NFPE, FNPO, AIPU-GDS (NFPE) and NUGDS has viewed very seriously with grave concern the totally negative attitude of the Government of India and Department of Post and has decided to go on indefinite strike from 23rd Nov-2015 on the above demands.

NFPE appeals to the entirety of Postal, RMS and GDS Employees to start preparations justify now to make the indefinite strike from 23rd November-2015a grand success to compel the Government of India and Department of Post to concede our demands. Nothing in past has been achieved without struggle and nothing is going to be achieved without struggle. So unite and fight and achieve.

UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND STRUGGLE FOR UNITY.
Working Class Zindabad
Postal Workers Zindabad.

Source: National Federation of Postal Employees

A Readers’concerns of false news about 7th pay commission recommendation

A Readers’concerns of false news about 7th pay commission recommendation

One of our readers  Shri.Jai Kishan Desais‘ concerns of false News items posted in media recently about 7th pay commission recommendations is given below..

“….The Central Government employees are fed up with the false news items that keep coming about 7th Pay Commission which are published in Dailies and blogs and in Social Media recently. Baseless Predictions, groundless assumptions, imaginary calculators, truth less articles and to this extreme… Dubious Projects are also being published about 7th Pay commission recommendation

What is the reason behind these false report keep coming in News Media and Blogs? What is the intention which prompt them to publish these rubbish articles regarding 7th pay commission in their websites?
The intention behind publishing these article is not to give the correct information to central government employees but promoting their websites using the trending news and key words. Among central government employees the attracting word now is 7th pay commission, 7th pay commission pay scale and date of submission of 7th pay commission report.

Recently the articles which have been published in some leading news websites showed their lack of knowledge in the matters of service condition of central government employees and 7th pay commission.
The main focus of these articles are attracting people to their website and to increase the ranking in search results. Merely promoting their websites in search results, they started publishing articles which has no value and bearing misleading facts. The same old story repeated in every articles published

Recently many articles, which are published in websites about the recommendation of 7th pay commission, are nothing more than gimmicks. One article posted in a blog says ….

        7th pay commission recommendations for …
> Children education Allowance will be Rs.40 to 50
>  Allowance for disabled children will be Rs.100/-
> Hostel Subsidy will be Rs.300/-
7th pay commission recommendation


This News went viral in Social Media and surprisingly many websites posted this information without knowing that it was recommended by Fifth Pay Commission.
pay commission recommendation of CEA 

This News went viral in Social Media and surprisingly many websites posted this information without knowing that it was recommended by Fifth Pay Commission.
pay commission recommendation of CEA

Another Example is, in a leading website the story mentioned below was published

“There will be 5 to 6% performance-based increment every year and those who are under-performing could retire by 55 years of age or after 30 years of service, added sources. House Rent Allowance could also be hiked by 10% to 30%”

7th PAy commission recommendation of HRA
It seems that those who wrote these articles didn’t know not even the existing rates of allowances paid to central government employees, but they try to impress the central government employees by their prediction about the Pay scales and Allowances of 7th pay commission going to be recommended in future.
It is the readers’ responsibility to identify these websites and to keep themselves aware of it.
  • Jai Kishan Desai, Pune

COMPULSORY RETIREMENT AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE/ON REACHING 50 YEARS OF AGE?VIEWS OF EMPLOYEES

COMPULSORY RETIREMENT AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE/ON REACHING 50 YEARS OF AGE?VIEWS OF EMPLOYEES

Recently, the Central Government Employee’s Welfare Ministry released an announcement which has created panic and commotion among the central government employees.

In the announcement it has been said that senior officials have to analyse the service record and decide whether employees who have completed thirty years of service or reached their 50th year should continue their service or be advised to leave service after three months notice.

Does it take a management to learn that an official or an employee is unfit to continue in service when he has reached his 50th year? Does it take thirty years of continuous service to assess the efficiency of an employee?
Can’t the ability of an employee be learnt during his probation period? Leaving an employee at such times and trying to force him out of service when he is old appears rather inhumane.

When problems like educations expenses of children, marriage and housing loan afflict employees, the announcement of compulsory retirement will certainly be a great shock.

Hence, Central Government should provide an explanation about the announcement and help clear the doubts of the central Government Employees. Changes have to be made at the beginning itself. If the Central Government brings changes at a very late period then the purpose for which it released this very announcement would become futile and ineffective. On the contrary, it will only lead to a loss of trust that employees have on the Central Government.

Source: 7-paycommission.in

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Expected Dates for 7th pay commission Report

Expected Dates for 7th pay commission Report

Comrades,
There are lot of enquiries about the 7th CPC report submission. Let us examine the following facts.
1) The 7th CPC had issued following statement in July 2015 in its website http://7cpc.india.gov.in/ . Even today the same status is existing.

“Further to the memorandum received from a variety of Organisations, Federations, Groups representing civil employees in the Government of India as also from the Defence Services, the Commission has had fruitful and wide ranging discussions on relevant issues with all stakeholders. Such interactions have now been concluded. Valuable inputs have been received and the work of compilation and finalization of the report is underway, so that the Commission completes its task in the time frame given to it. Accordingly, any future requests for meeting with the Commission will not be entertained.”

This shows clearly that the 7th CPC wanted to present its report on 28th August 2015 itself with no extension of time.

2) On August 7, 2015 National Council (Staff Side) Secretary Comrade Shiva Gopal Mishraji met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur and Secretary, Mrs. Meena Agarwal. It was assumed that the report of the VII CPC, as was promised for 28th August this year, may be delayed by one month.

This shows that the 7th CPC was delayed only one month..

3) Many news papers including Danik Bhaskar, Times of India, NDTV CNN IBN, Hindu etc had reported that the 7th CPC will be submitting its report on 30th September 2015 itself.

4) The 7th CPC chairman had informed in a PTI interview Justice Ashok Kumar Mathurji had stated that “The Commission will submit its report by the end of September,”

5) The Hon’able Finance Minister had also informed the 7th CPC report will be submitted shortly.

6) The 7th Pay Commission has asked for a two month extension from the government. That the Commission is hoping that the government would take a call on One Rank One Pension, so they could modulate their own formulation in terms of pay revision. Now the one rank one pension issue has been resolved, but the formal orders are not issued, it will be issued only next month. After the issue of the OROP orders then 7th Pay Commission will submit its report.

7) Now four month extension of term of 7th Central Pay Commission is made the Union Cabinet chaired by the Hon’able Prime Minister, gave its approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission by four months up to 31.12.2015. The Government had issued notification on 8th September “The Commission will make its recommendations by 31st December, 2015. It may consider, if necessary, sending reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalized.”

8) Now the delay in submission of report and its implementation will be there and actual benefit of 7th CPC will occur only from April 2016. As Government will constitute its own committee to study the implementation of the 7th CPC report and issuing orders. It will benefit the Government as allowances effective date may be from April 2016 instead of January 2016.

9) When will the 7th CPC submit its report? There are three possibilities now on submission date.
a) If the 7th CPC feels that the assigned work has been completed it can submit its report any time, it’s only up to the 7th CPC and the Central Government. If the 7th CPC report is completed and ready for release as per paper reports then in these case the 7th CPC can directly submit its report to the Finance Ministry on 30th September without publishing the report in public due to Bihar elections. If election commission gives clearance then the 7th CPC report will be made public.

b) There is one more possibility is that the 7th CPC report will be submitted after Bihar elections ie after November 6th.

c) Last option is that report will be submitted only in December 2015 only.

We sincerely hope the 7th CPC report will be submitted at the earliest and the Central Government will implement the report at the earliest, so that the aspiration of the Central Government employees are taken care by the Central Government.

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

7th Pay Commission likely to recommend up to 30% pay hike

7th Pay Commission likely to recommend up to 30% pay hike

7th Pay Commission likely to recommend up to 30% pay hike – There will be 5 to 6% performance-based increment every year and those who are under-performing could retire by 55 years of age or after 30 years of service, added sources. House Rent Allowance could also be hiked by 10% to 30%.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modifications. As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services.

The 7th Pay Commission is ready with its report and is expected to hand over the recommendations to the Central Government any time now. The Department of Personnel and Training will examine the recommendations and consult the Finance Ministry on them. After which the recommendations will be implemented from January 1, 2016.

We have information from reliable sources, which if true, will make the Central Government employees happy. The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend a substantial pay hike which could be up to 30% or even more, said sources on Thursday.

There will be 5 to 6% performance-based increment every year and those who are under-performing could retire by 55 years of age or after 30 years of service, added sources. House Rent Allowance could also be hiked by 10% to 30%.

The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union Cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was to end. Headed by Justice AK Mathur, the Commission was appointed by the previous UPA government in February 2014.

Source: CNN IBN

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 01.07.2015

DA from July 2015 for Railway Employees – Railway Board Order for increase of DA from 113% to 119% with effect from July 2015
Payment of Dearness Allowance (119%) to Railway employees w.e.f 01.07.2015
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
(RAILWAY BOARD)


S.No.PC-VI/356
RBE No.115/2015
No.PC-VI/2008/I/7/2/1
New Delhi, dated 24/09/2015
The GMs CAO(R)
All zonal Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees – Revised rates effective from 01.07.2015

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 13.04.2015 (S.No.PC – VI 349, RBE No.35/2015) on the subject mentioned above. The president is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% with effect from 1st July, 2015.

2. The provisions contained in para 3,4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI.3, RBE NO.106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

Sd/-
(M.K.Panda)
Jt. Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board.
Railway Board Signed Copy

Friday, 25 September 2015

7th Pay Commission: Salary rises should be based on performance

7th Pay Commission: Salary rises should be based on performance

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend to rise the salary of central government employees should be based on performance in the office, rather than just time served.

The central government urged the Seventh Pay Commission to make proposal for enhanced pay and special incentives as performance based annual increments.

Appraisals for government employees were introduced since British period but didn’t affect pay. Eight years ago, the Sixth Pay Commission asked to link the performance of central government employees with their pay.

The Sixth Pay Commission had carried out a study through the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, on a performance-based incentive system, to ostensibly improve the performance outputs of Central government employees.

The study was aimed at working out a model whereby a base salary is attached to each post based on skills and responsibility and simultaneously, a second component would be payable over and above the salary on the basis of the productivity and performance of employees, either individually or as a group.

The government employees believe pay should reflect the cost of living while private sector workers believe pay should reflect performance.

Accordingly, the Narendra Modi government plans to move towards making increment programmes based on performance rather than on time-served through the Seventh Pay Commission and automatic annual incremental pay progression would be scrapped in central government ministries and departments.

The original idea behind performance incremental pay is that every central government employee takes a while to become fully competent in a role, so government can reward them as they grow in competence and experience.

Despite the government having powers to withhold increments, but nowadays, very few do, so there is a culture of government employees moving up the pay scale irrespective of their performance.

The bottom line is if government doesn’t get rid of automatic incremental progression, the government can’t control pay, and that is what the Modi government has realised.

The central government employees can play a vital role in this way in nation building.

Therefore, the Seventh pay commission may recommend up to 5 percent performance-based increment instead of automatic annual increment for central government employees.

TST

Grant of CSD Canteen Facilities to retired Defence Civilians: CGDA’s instructions

Grant of CSD Canteen Facilities to retired Defence Civilians: CGDA’s instructions
Consequent to the grant of CSD Canteen Facilities to the Defence civilians Pr. Controllers/Controller to nominate an Officer for countersigning the application forms 

Pr. Controllers/Controller to nominate an Officer for countersigning the application forms received from the retired Defence Civilians for grant of CSD Canteen facilities

Pr. Controllers/ Controllers are requested to nominate an Officer not below the rank of an Under Secretary to Govt of India or equivalent for countersigning the application forms received from the applicants of Defence Civilians for grant of CSD Canteen facilities.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEFENCE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
No.AN/VIl/7089/CSD/ Corr
Dated : 21.09.2015
To
1. All PCsDA/ CsDA
2. PCA(Fys) Kolkata

Subject: Grant of CSD Canteen Facilities to retired Defence Civilians,

Reference : This office letter of even No dated 14.08/2015

A copy of the DDGCS letter 96301/Q/DDGCS/Policy dated 12.08.2015 regarding CSD Canteen facilities to retired Defence Civilians. is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action. The letter is to be given wide publicity by displaying on the notice boards/ websites.

2. Further, attention is invited to point 7 and 9 of the letter wherein action to be taken on the part of the Department from where the Officer/ employee has retired has been mentioned. The Pr. Controllers/ Controllers are requested to nominate an Officer not below the rank of an Under Secretary to Govt of India or equivalent for countersigning the application forms received from the applicants.

The orders should be promulgated and the details be forwarded to DDGCS, Army Headquarters, New Delhi.
(Sangeet)
Dy.CGDA(AN)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Centre notifies hike in dearness allowance to 119%

Centre notifies hike in dearness allowance to 119%

New Delhi: Centre notified its decision to raise dearness allowance (DA) to 119%, from 113%, benefiting 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners including dependents.

The union cabinet had decided on 9 September, to release an additional instalment of DA and dearness relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 1 July 2015. Thus, the central government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 119% of the basic with effect from 1 July 2015.

“…the President is pleased to decide that DA payable to central government employees shall be enhanced from existing rate of 113% to 119% with effect from 1 July 2015,” the Finance Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/3/2015-E-II-(B) dated September 23, said.

According to the official order, the additional instalment of DA payable under these orders shall be paid in cash.
In regard to armed forces personnel and railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the ministry of defence and ministry of railways, it said.

The government has estimated that the combined impact on exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be Rs 4,436.76 crore in the remaining months of the current financial year and Rs 6,655.14 in a year.
The DA rate increase is based on an average of 12-month consumer price index-industrial workers (CPI-IW) from 1 July, 2014 to 30 June, 2015. This is in line with the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

In April, the government had hiked DA by six per cent to 113 per cent of their basic pay with effect from January.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Seventh Pay Commission will shortly submit its report to the government and will consider this amount of DA in its recommendations. Recently, its term was extended till December 31.

The commission was constituted in February 2014 and was to submit its recommendations within 18 months.
TST

DA Order July 2015 – Finmin issued orders for the payment of DA at 119% from 1.7.2015

DA Order July 2015 – Finmin issued orders for the payment of DA at 119% from 1.7.2015

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015
No.1/2/2015-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 23rd September, 2015.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/2/2015-E-II (B) dated 18th September, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113% to 119% with effect from 1st July, 2015.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1(3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Sd/-
(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

DA ORDER 2015 FROM 1.7.2015 ENGLISH

IBA’s Circular on Stagnation Increments to Clerical Staff – AIBEA

IBA’s Circular on Stagnation Increments to Clerical Staff – AIBEA

ALL INDIA BANK EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION
Central Office: “PRABHAT NIVAS” Regn. No.2037
Singapore Plaza, 164, Linghi Chetty Street, Chennai-600001



Circular Letter No.27/148/2015/44
Date 23-9-2015


Dear Comrades,

IBA’s Circular on Stagnation Increments to Clerical Staff

Further to the 10th BP Settlement, some of our units have been seeking clarification on implementation of the provisions relating to sanction of Stagnation Increments. We had taken up the issue with IBA for issuing their Circular to the Banks and accordingly IBA has now issued their Circular No. 1377 dt. 22-9-2015. Copy of the said Circular is furnished herein for the information of our units and for follow up with the respective managements.

With greetings,

Yours Comradely,

sd/-
C.H.VENKATACHALAM
GENERAL SECRETARY

7th Pay Commission to submit report soon

7th Pay Commission to submit report soon
New Delhi: Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, and will soon submit report to the Finance Ministry.

Earlier in August, the government had extended Commission’s term by another four months till December 31 to give recommendations.

“The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon,” according to sources.

The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union Cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was coming to an end.

Headed by Justice A K Mathur, the Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel’s recommendations after some modifications.
As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.
PTI

7th Pay commission likely to introduce health insurance

7th Pay commission likely to introduce health insurance 

New Delhi: In a move that could benefit more than 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners, the Seventh Pay commission is planning to propose to introduce health insurance scheme to replace Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) at highly subsidized rates.

7th-Pay-Commission
Seventh Central Pay Commission Chairman Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur

The pay panel has already held detailed discussions about this with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services.

The pay panel will ask the central government to urge the insurance industry to come up with feasible health insurance solution for the central government employees and pensioners. The IRDA, the insurance regulatory body of India, will be compelled to ask the health insurance companies to offer a basic insurance to every central government employee and pensioner, regardless of age or medical condition and are not allowed to make a profit off this basic insurance.

The serving central government employees in non-CGHS areas are provided healthcare facilities under the CS(MA) Rules, 1994, but pensioners are not covered under these rules.

The pensioners are, however, entitled to a fixed medical allowance of Rs 500 per month. The pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have the option to become a CGHS member in any CGHS-covered city of their choice to avail the medical facilities under the CGHS Scheme.

Health insurance would be available for central government employees and pensioners till death, with the insured employees and pensioners will have to pay 50% of the premium from their salaries and pensions and the remaining 50% premium may be paid by the central government.

The health insurance would cover a family of six the employee and pensioner himself or herself, the spouse, two children and two parents. The maximum sum assured for family in a year could up to Rs 5 lakh.
Under the CGHS, the annual per capita expenditure is more than Rs 5,000. In contrast, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which caters to the rural masses, spends just Rs 180 per head.

The CGHS is financed mainly through the Centre’s tax revenues. Though beneficiaries do contribute a share of their wages towards premium, ranging from Rs 600 to Rs 6,000 a year depending on their pay scale, this accounts for just about 5 per cent of the total expenditure. The government shells out the remaining 95 per cent.

So, the central government also wanted for ending the CGHS in its current form and to move to an insurance-based health scheme to cut costs.

TST

Status of MACP in the 7th pay commission

Status of MACP in the 7th pay commission

Newspapers continuously update us with news about the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission which holds the highest expectation levels at present. From such sources, we come to know that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are going to be submitted on 31st of October and they may come to force from 1/4/2016.

Pay structure is very important and equally important is the promotion policy.

Assured Career Progression (ACP) which was introduced in the 5th Pay Commission, provided some comfort for the employees who suffered from lack of promotions for long years. Before this, promotion was just an illusion. Labour Unions and Federations of the Central government employees got these benefits for us after much struggle.

In the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, which came after this, ACP was changed to MACP (Modified Assured Career Progression) and it provided an opportunity for employees who were not promoted for the last ten years to enter the next Grade Pay.

In this, the benefit was very small as 1800, 1900, 2000, 2400, 2800, 4200, 4600, 4800 (excluding 2800-4200). Many issues in this method of Grade Pay still lie unresolved before the National Anomaly Committee.

Hence, lakhs of Central Government employees expect a favourable change in MACP at least through 7th Pay Commission. During his or her service period, an employee must have at least five promotions. This has been an important plea of the Central Trade Unions.

The benefit of the first MACP has to be given after 8 years of continuous service and the benefit of the successive MACP has to be given after 7,6,5 and 4 years of continuous service.

If the benefits of MACP were such, certainly all the central government employees will be highly encouraged and will work hard to make all the Central Government plans and activities a great success.

This will definitely increase the productivity of the Central Government and the associated industries. Due to this, the relationship between the government and the employees will become more harmonious and there will be a peaceful working environment.

Source-http://centralgovernmentemployeesportal.blogspot.in/2015/09/status-of-macp-in-7th-pay-commission.html

50% DA Merger and Retirement age 58 : Rumor Spreading in Social Networks

50% DA Merger and Retirement age 58 : Rumor Spreading in Social Networks

Order for Merger of 50% DA, Retirement age news.
Recently rumour mill went overdrive in social media with the following news that

1. Central Government decided to merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015.

2. It went on to say that age of Retirement will be on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58 Years whichever is earlier.

The 7th CPC is expected to submit its report shortly and due to Bihar elections the Central Government cannot take any policy decisions in this regard. Hence it is clarified that none of the above news are correct.

Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Highlights of 7th Pay Commission Report Spreads on Social Media and Leading Websites

Highlights of 7th Pay Commission Report Spreads on Social Media and Leading Websites

Rumors on 7th Pay Commission Report – Highlights of the report spreads on Social Media and Leading Websites
Photograph of 7th Pay Commission’s Document Spreads like Wildfire on Social Media
“A copy of one of the important letter pertaining to the 7th Pay Commission surfaced in the social media yesterday.”

A crucial document containing the signatures of four members, including the chairman and secretary of the 7th Pay Commission was released on the Social Media, creating a buzz. The document, titled “Report of Seventh Central Pay Commission Highlights” contained the seal of the Central Government, stated that it would be submitted on September 1, 2015. The report showed three pages of the document. At the end of it, there were signatures, along with names and designations of four members of the Pay Commission, including the chairman and secretary.

The document also contained the recommendations of Revised Pay Scale Structure for all groups of Central Government employees. In addition to abolishing the Grade Pay Structure, the new minimum pay scale has been fixed at Rs.21,200. There is also indicated to provide a six percent annual increment.

There is brief information on HRA, CEA, Pay Fixation and Increment. There is no information about the person/s who had released the document. Most importantly, the information provided in the document is hard to believe.

The 7th Pay Commission was all set to submit its report to the Central Government towards the end of September, but the Centre has given it an extension of four more months. According to the government, the decision was made after the committee requested for additional time to prepare the final report.

For the past few weeks, the curiosity of Central Government employees about the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission has increased. This is reflected by the increased searches on the internet for any information on the new Pay Commission. They are eagerly reading up all kinds of reports, analysis, and comments on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on topics like new pay scale, promotions, and revised allowances. They are also expressing their opinions on such articles.

There is nothing wrong in writing articles about the 7th Pay Commission based on personal opinions and aspirations. But, there is nothing funny about producing a fake document and releasing it on the internet.

Source: http://www.cgstaffnews.in/

DA Over 100% – Admissible of supplementary claims for difference on arrears of TA/DA

DA Over 100% – Admissible of supplementary claims for difference on arrears of TA/DA

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
RBE No. 108/2015
No.F(E)I/2015/AL-28/46
New Delhi, dated 21.09.2015
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Payment of difference on arrears of TA/DA arising out of Railway Board’s letter No.F(E)I/2011/AL-28/18 dt.29.4.14.

One of the Railways has sought clarification regarding a supplementary claim for difference of TA/DA arising out of enhancement of Dearness allowance upto 100% w.e.f. 1.1.14 after issue of Board’s letter No.F(E)/2011/AL/28/18 dt. 29.04.14.

2. The matter has been examined in Board’s office and it is clarified that where TA/DA has been paid at old rates supplementary claims for difference of TA/DA would be admissible in respect of official tours made on or after 01.01.14 consequent to increase in the rates of TA/DA by 25%, w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

3. This disposes of South Eastern Railway’s letter No.ENG/Bills/TA&DA/604 dated 25.08.2015.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

5. Hindi version is enclosed.
(Sonali Chaturvedi)
Dy. Dir. Finance (Estt.)II
Railway Board.
Source : NFIR
View order

An analysis of extending the term of 7th Pay Commission

An analysis of extending the term of 7th Pay Commission – GServants

Pros and Cons of extending the term of 7th Pay Commission

Recently the central government announced the extension of term of 7th pay commission by four months till 31st December 2015. By the time there were news started coming about seventh Pay Commission that it would ask one month extension to submit the report, Unexpectedly the central government itself granted four month extension to 7th central pay commission in its Cabinet Meeting held on 26th August 2015

One day before the announcement made by central government on granting extension to the pay commission, according to PTI news report, Justice A.K.Mathur, Chairman, 7th Pay Commission, said that by the end of September 2015 the Pay commission report would be submitted to the government.

Why the central government granted four month extension when the commission itself if asked one month time?

What will happen if the 7th pay commission submits its reports on 31st December 2015?
Before to answer that, It will be very useful to know that what happened in sixth pay commission, after submission of report and how much time it took to get announced the implementation of pay commission recommendation.
  • The Sixth Central Pay commission was set up by Union Cabinet of India on 5th October 2006. The Commission, headed by Justice B.N.Srikrishna.The Other members of the commission were Prof. Ravindra Dholakia, Mr. J.S.Mathur and Member-Secretary Ms Sushama Nath, IAS.
  • The Pay Commission submitted its report to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on 24 March 2008.
  • The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government headed by Manmohan Singh, approved the Sixth Pay commission recommendations with some modifications. In the cabinet meeting held on 14th August 2008, the Union Cabinet headed by Manmohan Singh gave its approval for implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.
  • It was announced that the revised pay scales will come into effect from 1/1/2006 and revised rates of allowances from 1/9/2008.
    The Gazette Notification for implementation of sixth pay commission published on 29th August, 2008.
From the above reference it is known that after submission of report it will take six month time to get its approval from Central Government for implementation of pay commission recommendation.
The decision of extending the term of seventh pay commission could be a major blow to central government employees by the way as follows
1. The 7th pay commission has been made to submit its report on 31st December 2015. The stipulated time is extended as 22 Months instead of 18 months for 7th pay commission to submit its report

2. As the central government would like to ground upon the Precedents and it will take six month time from the date of submission of report to announce its approval for implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations

3. So the Cabinet approval for implementation of 7th pay commission recommendation will be granted by the Month of June 2016

4. Only the Revised Pay Scale will come into effect from 1.1.2016
5. The revised rate of allowances will come into effect from prospective date that is with effect from the day of Order is issued.

6. So the central Government employees will be losing the benefit of revised rate of allowances for the period of six months , which they supposed to get from 1.1.2016, provided the order for implementation of 7th pay commission will be issued on 1.7.2016.

Clarification regarding fixation of pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years

Clarification regarding fixation of pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defence Forces.

FILE NO. 01-01/2011-PAP
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND I.T.
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS (ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION)
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI-110001.

THE: 15th September, 2015.
TO
All Chief Postmasters General,
Chief General Managers, PLI, BD&MD,
Deputy Director General (PAF), Postal Dte.,
All General Managers(Finance),
All Directors of Accounts (Postal),
The Director Postal Staff College of India, Ghaziabad,
All Directors of PTCs.

Sub: Clarification regarding fixation of Pay of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to forward herewith a copy of clarification issued by the Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi, DoPT ID Note No. 1101965/2015-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 28th August 2015 on the subject cited above, for kind information and further necessary action at your end.

2. Clarification may be circulated to all sub-ordinate offices concerned, with direction to dispose all cases of pay fixation of re-employed ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before, attaining age of 55 years and who hold post below commissioned officer rank in the Defense Forces, in light of clarification issued.

Enclosed: As above
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Major S.N. Dave)
Assistant Director General(Estt.)

Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (Pay-II)
Reference preceding notes

D/o Posts may please refer to their proposal on preceding page seeking clarification regarding fixation of pay of re-employed/ex-servicemen pensioners retiring before attaining the age of 55 years, who held posts below commissioned officer rank in the Defence Forces and also whether the last pay drawn before retirement is subject to protection.

2. The. matter has been examined in this Department. It is pointed out that paras 4(a), 4(b)(i) and 4(d)(i) of DOS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986 as amended vide this Department’s OM. No.3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay.ll) dated 5.4.2010, provide that in case of ex-servicemen
who held post below Commissioned Officer rank in the Defence Forces and in the case of civilians who held posts below Group ‘A’ posts at the time of their retirement before 55 years of age, the entire pension and pension equivalent of retirement benefits shall be ignored, that is, no deduction on this count is to be made from the initial pay fixed on re-employment. Also, in terms Of the Para flin) of CCS (Fixation of Pay of Re-employed Pensioners) Orders, 1986, as amended vide this Department’s O.M. No.3/19/2009-Estt.(Pay.ll) dated 5.4.2010, the initial pay on re-employment shall be fixed as per the entry pay in the revised pay structure of the re-employed post applicable in the case of direct recruits appointed on or after 1.1 .2006. as notified vide Section II, Part A of First Schedule to CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. These instructions do not provide for protection of last pay drawn before retirement, in such cases.

3. Deputy Secretary (Pay) has seen.
sd/-
(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary (Pay)
D/o Posts [ADG (Estt.)], Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
DoPT ID Note No. 1101965/2015-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 28th August 2015

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