Friday, 13 February 2015

Meeting on Amendment in EPF & MP Act, 1952

Meeting on Amendment in EPF & MP Act, 1952

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
12-February-2015

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya Chairs Tripartite Meeting on Amendment in EPF & MP Act, 1952

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya has chaired the tripartite meeting on the proposed amendments to Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act’ 1952 in New Delhi yesterday.


The main proposal for amendments in the Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act’ 1952 are to bring the threshold of coverage from 20 employees to 10 employees. This will ensure a wider coverage and extension of social security benefits to hitherto uncovered areas. The ‘Schedule of Industries’ provided in the Act has already grown to more than 182 industries. The Government proposes to do away with the ‘Schedule of Industries’ and come up with a ‘Negative List’. It is also proposed to reduce the size of the CBT to make it an active decision making body. In order to remove the discretion, a limit of 5 years has been proposed in regard to assessment of dues against the establishment. However, to reduce the problems arising out of ex-parte assessments etc., a new appellate provision by appointment of Appellate Officer has also been proposed. To avoid protracted litigation, provisions for compounding of offences in deserving cases has been introduced. Uniformity in regard definitions of ‘Wages’ is proposed to be introduced in line with the ESI Act. The Government of India is also contemplating promulgation of a comprehensive Labour Code on Social Security to bring together all legislations relating to social security.
The representatives of prominent trade unions like CITU, AITUC, INTUC, BMC, AICCTU, HMS and TUCC attended the meeting. Representatives of important employers’ associations like FICCI, CII, CIE, PHDCCI, ASSOCHAM etc. attended the consultations. Officers from Ministry of Labour & Employment and other Ministries of Central Government and NITI Aayog were also present.

The Unions and Associations welcomed the Government’s proposal to widen the coverage of EPF & simplification of procedures required for compliance. There was some disagreement regarding reduction in the size of CBT both from Employers’ and Employees’ side.

The Minister responding to suggestions from participants, stated that number of members of CBT will not be reduced and there will be no restriction on the number of terms of members of Central Board of Trustees. He also stressed the need to reduce the threshold limit for application of the EPF & MP Act’ 1952 to 10 employees from the existing 20 employees. He also announced that cards will be provided to unorganized sector workers, one house will be provided to every family of the contributory member. He also promised that Bill for Social Security for Unorganised Sector workers will be brought in. Concluding the discussion, he stated that all the suggestions received during the consultation will be considered while finalizing the Bill.

Source : PIB

Pre-retirement Counselling Workshop on 26th February, 2015

Pre-retirement Counselling Workshop on 26th February, 2015

Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003

PRE — RETIREMENT COUNSELLING WORKSHOP

Important message for employees retiring within the next six months

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare is organizing a Pre-retirement counselling workshop on 26th February, 2015 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM in the Conference Room-II, India International Centre, 40, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi-110003. The employees of Government of India retiring within the next six months are hereby informed that they may attend the workshop. Confirmation with Name, Ministry & Phone No. may be sent at the email address mkumar.mol@nic.in. The persons desirous of attending the workshop are also requested to bring their PAN and Aadhar No.


US (Sankalp)
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Phone No.24641627
Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PRC_260215.pdf

Enhancement of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of pre- 2006 JCO/OR family pensioners

Enhancement of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of pre- 2006 JCO/OR family pensioners.
Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen – Enhancement of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of pre- 2006 JCO/OR family pensioners.

No.1(14)2012/D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Dated: 25th November, 2014
To
The Chief of the Army Staff,
The Chief of the Naval Staff,
The Chief of the Air Staff.
CORRIGENDUM

Subject:- Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries 2012 on the issues related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex-Servicemen – Enhancement of Ordinary Family Pension in respect of pre- 2006 JCO/OR family pensioners.

Sir,
Kindly refer to MoD letter No.1 (14)/2012/D[Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013 on the captioned subject, enclosing therewith tables indicating the rates of ordinary family pension.

2. The provision of enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension could not be reflected in the body ofthe main letter hence the following lines may be inserted below para 3 of the MOD letter No. 1 (14)/2012/D[Pen/Policy] dated 17.01.2013:-

Similarly, the minimum guaranteed enhanced rate of ordinary family pension in respect of family members of pre-2006 JCO/ORs including honorary Commissioned Officers and Non-Combatants (Enrolled) of Army, Navy. Air Force, DSC 8: TA, shall be determined as 50% of the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI/1/8/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy & Air Force, plus the grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired discharged / invalided out/ died including Military Service Pay and ‘X’ Group Pay, wherever applicable.”

3. Amendments in Table No.2 (Army) – following additions/deletions may be carried out in table No.2 (Army) attached with MoD letter No.1 [14]/2012/D(Pen/Policy] dated 17.01.2013
[i] Columns in 5th horizontal row from above were not numbered properly. Hence, Column Numbers 1 to 32 from left to right may be marked therein. Further, in Co1 No.6 [for Hony. Naik, Gp-Z) & Col. No.9 (for TS Naik, Gp-Z) for Q.S. 20 years the existing figure 3628 may be read as 3500.

(ii) in Co1.No.9 (for TS Naik, Gp-Z), the rate for Q.S. 24.5 years and above, is deleted. Similarly, in Col No.15 (for Hony. Hav, Gp-Z) rates for Q.S. of 26.5 years and above is deleted.

(iii) Following figures may be inserted in column 12 in respect of Naik Group Z for respective Qualifying service as mentioned against each in the table below:
Q.S. Naik, Group-Z
26.5 3599
27 3599
27.5 3656
28 3711

4. Amendment in Table No.4 (Navy) (attached with MOD letter No.1 (14]/2012/D[Pen/Palicy] dated 17.01.2013):- the existing figures in the respective columns may be replaced by the figures as mentioned in the table below:-
Q.S. Art.IV
Co1.No.8
Q.S. Art.III-1
Col.No.12
27.5 5405 22 4989

24.5 5378
25 5469
27 5834
27.5 5925

5. Amendment in Table No.5 (Air Force) [attached with MOD letter No.1 (14)/2012/D[Pen/Policy) dated 17.01.2013): the existing figure in the respective column maybe replaced by the figure as mentioned in the table below:-
Q.S. AC, Group-X
(Col.No.1)
16
6225

6. The provisions ofthis letter shall take effect from 24.9.2012.

7. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 10(11)/2012/FlN/PEN dated 15.10.2014.

Hindi version will follow.
[Prem Parkash)
Under Secretary[Pension / Policy)

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/D%28Pension-Policy%29-25th-Nov-20140001.pdf

Promotion of UDCs of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) to the Assistant’s Grade of Centrai Secretariat (CSS) on Ad-hoc basis

G.I., Dep. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.111112015-CS. II(S), dated 12.2.2015

Subject: Promotion of UDCs of Central Secretariat Clerical Service (CSCS) to the Assistant’s Grade of Centrai Secretariat (CSS) on Ad-hoc basis

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments O.M. No. No.1211/2011-CS.I( (B) dated 27th January 2015 wherein a list of 1552  officials was circulated. Compliance report was also sought from the  cadre units with regard to their inclusion in the SL 2003(extended) UDC  grade. All the cadre units have given these report to effect that the officials  have been included in SL 2003(extended) and stand promoted.

2. As per the O.M. No, 7/4/2013-CS.I (A) dated 23.1.2015 it has been reported that there are about 2500 vacancies in the Assistant grade of CSS. Since, it would take some more time to fill up the DR vacancies of COLE 2013 and 2014, it has been decided to grant ad-hoc promotion to the grade of Assistants to those officials figuring in the list attached to O.M. No. 12/1/2011-CS.II(B) dated 27th January 2015. After excluding from the list of 1552 officials, due to retirement, VRS, resigned, not fit from vigilance angle promoted earher etc. about 1400 officials are ripe for promotion.

3. AH the Cadre Units are requested to consider the cases of UDCs who are figuring in the Select List 2003(extended) (as per list attached to O.M. 12/1/2011-CS. P1(B) dated 27th January 2015) and presently working, for Ad-hoc promotion to Assistant Grade and to issue promotion orders
accordingly subject to their fitness and clearance from vigilance angle. To the extent the vacancies are available In the individual cadre units, Ad-hoc appointees shall continue to work in the same cadre unit. In case there are no vacancies to accommodate the ad-hoc appointees, such of these officials shall be re-deployed by this division to other cadre units where there are surplus vacancies. This ad-hoc promotion would be initially for a period upto 30-06-2015 or until further orders or till regular Assistants become available through the normal mode of recruitment as prescribed under the CSS Rules, whichever is earlier.

4. The above category of officials may be promoted / appointed as Assistants on ad-hoc basis, after assessing their suitability for promotion by screening the records (APARs) of the officials after ensuring that these officials are clear from the vigilance. The ad-hoc promotion/appointment is subject to following conditions:

I) The ad-hoc appointment shall not confer on the appointees any justify to continue in the grade indefinitely or for inclusion in the select list or to claim seniority in the Assistant Grade of CSS;

ii) Ad-hoc appointments may be terminated at any point of time without giving any reason therefore;

iii)The appointment on ad-hoc basis will take effect from the date of taking over charge of the post of Assistant of CSS.

iv) The ad-hoc appointees would attend and qualify the mandatory training as and when nominated by CS.I (Training) Section of this Department, (if not already done), failing which they shall have no claim for inclusion in the regular select list of Assistant.

5. The willingness of the Officials on deputation as to whether they are willing to revert bacic to the Cadre with a view to avail of the promotion will be obtained by the Ministry / Department from where the Official(S) have proceeded on deputation.

6. Procedure rewarding deployment of surplus officials:

A cadre unit consists of sub-cadre units as well. Choices of the UDCs of the sub-cadre who are to be promoted as Assistant may be obtained and deployed In the cadre units/sub-cadre units. For example, if 10 UDCs are covered In the list who are to be promoted as Assistant and only 6 posts are available in the cadre unit and sub-cadre unit put together, the 6 ad-hoc Assistants (Senior most) shall be allotted as per their choices and the details of the remaining 4 officials (Junior most) alongwith their preferences shall be sent to CS.II Division for their onward deployment in those cadre units where there are surplus vacancies. The DPC proceedings and the promotion of the officials as Ad-hoc Assistants in the manner as indicated above shall be completed as quickly as possible and no case later than 18.02.2015. The details of the surplus officials who could not be accommodated in the cadre unit/sub-cadre unit shall be sent to CS II Division before 19.02.2015 positively.

7. All the cadre units are requested to take necessary action and the whole process may be completed on top priority basis within 18.02.2015. A copy of the appointment order may be endorsed to this Department. A report indicating the name and details of the UDCs who have been appointed/promoted to the post of Assistant on ad-hoc basis as well as those who have not been found fit, with reasons therefore, may be sent to this Department by 19th February. 2015 in the prescribed proforma enclosed.

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