Monday, 31 October 2016

Government relaxes norms for overstay beyond official foreign tour

Government relaxes norms for overstay beyond official foreign tour

New Delhi: Government has relaxed the 50 per cent norm for overstaying abroad after official visit, by allowing bureaucrats to avail a four-day holiday if their official tour is of less than 8 days.

Under the earlier norms, bureaucrats travelling abroad on official tour could seek leave for staying abroad up to 50 per cent of the duration of visit, subject to a maximum of 15 days.

It has been decided that in case of official visit/tour abroad (including training and excluding study leave) where the period of deputation is less than 8 days, the government official may be granted ex-India leave for a maximum period of 4 days, said the office memorandum issued by the Department of Expenditure in the Finance Ministry.

The memorandum, however, clarified that in respect of official visit/tour abroad, including training for more than 8 days, the limit of 50 per cent ex-India leave will continue.

It further said, that during ex-India leave the closed holidays, like Saturday, Sunday, etc, may be pre-fixed/ suffixed subject to the condition that no extra financial implications like payment of hotel charges/per-diem allowance are involved.

Earlier this year, the Ministry had said that bureaucrats can go on a maximum four overseas trips in a calendar year, and that Secretaries should undertake such travels only when no one else can be deputed.
Secretaries to government departments had also been barred from travelling abroad during a Parliament session unless absolutely unavoidable. Also, Secretary and the Minister of a department cannot be abroad at the same time.

The foreign travels of bureaucrats have to be authorised by Screening Committee of Secretaries (SCoS).

 PTI

Crediting of enhanced Medical Allowance to the pensioners account by Banks.

Crediting of enhanced Medical Allowance to the pensioners account by Banks.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI 110066

CPAO/IT&Tech/Clarification/2016-17/13.Vol-V1/160

Office Memorandum

Subject: Crediting of enhanced Medical Allowance to the pensioners account by Banks.

During the workshop for banks on monitoring the pensioners grievances through "Web Responsive Pensioners Service" organised on 03.10.2016 a query was made on requirement of Special Seal Authority for crediting Medical Allowance at the enhanced rate based on orders issued by DP&PW from time to time. ln this context, attention is invited to para 4.5.2 (copy of the extract attached) of Accounting and 0perating Procedure for Central Pension Processing Centre of Authorised Banks for Pension Disbursement to Central Government (Civil) Pensioners issued in Feb,2012 wherein it has been provided that CPPC should have direct access to the website of the Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare and Ministry of Home Affair, so that these are regularly browsed and orders on Dearness Relief issued by various Departments are acted upon immediately.

CPPCs of all the banks are advised to follow the same instructions for revising the Medical Allowance of the pensioners already drawing the same as and when the rate of Medical Allowance is enhanced by DP&PW without requiring for any Special Seal Authority from CPAO.

Encl: As above
(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)
To,
1. Heads of CPPCs of all Banks.
2. Heads of Government Business Division of all Banks.

Source: cpao.nic.in

An Appeal for participation in the agitational programmes of confederation for realisation of 20 point charter of demands

An Appeal for participation in the agitational programmes of confederation for realisation of 20 point charter of demands

No. Confdn/Genl/ 2016-19
28-10-2016
AN APPEAL TO CCGGOO
To
Com: S. Mohan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Government
Gazetted Officers Organisations (CCGGOO)
Chennai Email id-smohan1958@gmail.com

Dear Comrade,
Sub: An Appeal for participation in the agitational programmes of confederation for realisation of 20 point charter of demands.

As yoy are aware, the general attitude of the Central Government towards the demands of the Central Government employees, especially demands related to 7th Central pay Commission, is totally negative. Even the assurance given by three group of Ministers in the wake of an impending indefinite strike from July 11th 2016, that the minimum pay and fitment formula will be revised, is not yet implemented, eventhough the promised time frame of four months are almost over. All the revised allowances including HRA and Transport Allowance is not paid yet. The one and the only favourable recommendation of 7th CPC ie; option -I party for pensioners is not accepted on the plea of  "non-feasibility". All anomalies are pending. Government is deliberately dealying and denying the legitimate benefits of the Central Government employees which is due from 01-01-2016. You may agree that the position is equally applicable to Gazetted officers also.

In the above circumstances/the National Secretariat of /confederation of Central Government employees and workers has decided to organise phased agitational programes culminating in strike action. Demonistrations are conducted in front of all offices on 20-10-2016, next phase is mass dharna at all important centres on 7th November 2016, Third phase is massive Parliament March on 15th December 2016.

I request you to consider the above situation and also the programmes of action of Confederation and to call upon your affiliates to participate in the Parliament March on 15th December 2016 under the banner of CCGGOO, in good number

Awaiting favourable response,
Your's fralindly
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125
Email. mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Source: Confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Income Tax 2016-17 : All Salaried Employees to declare deductions and savings under Form 12BB


Income Tax 2016-17 : All Salaried Employees to declare deductions and savings under Form 12BB : Download Form 12BB as a Word, Excel or PDF file- All Employees to file Declaration under Form 12BB to claim deduction for savings under Section 80 C, payment of house loan interest under Section 24, and HRA exemption under Section 10

The Finance Act, 2015 had introduced section 192(2D) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) wherein the person responsible for making payment of salary (employer) was obliged to collect the necessary evidence or proof in the prescribed form and manner to allow any claim for any deduction and/or tax saving investments. However, the relevant rules and form were yet to be prescribed. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has come out with the relevant rules1 and also prescribed the form i.e. Form 12BB, in which salaried employees would now be required to furnish evidence of claims and tax saving investments to the employer.

Download Form 12BB as a PDF file for declaring your deductions and savings to your Employer
Download Form 12BB as a Word File
Download Form 12BB as Excel File

Till Finance Act 2016, there was no standard format for salaried employees for filing declaration with their employer to claim deduction for savings under Section 80 C, payment of house loan interest under Section 24, and HRA exemption under Section 10. In the absense of single declaration form, employees had to submit proof for each investment made in the year.

As a relief to employees and also to employer, Income Tax Department has introduced a new Form 12BB. This form, applicable from June 1, 2016, will act as a single entity that you can use to declare your to claim deduction for savings under Section 80 C, payment of house loan interest under Section 24, and HRA exemption under Section 10.

Deductions that can be declared under Form 12BB:

The standard Form 12BB is for all salaried Employees to claim tax deductions. You use can use it to claim deductions for leave travel allowance (LTA/LTC), house rent allowance (HRA), interest paid on home loans, and all other tax deductions pertaining to Chapter VI-A of the Income Tax Act.

House Rent Allowance (HRA):

With form 12BB, you can claim any HRA tax deductions under Section 10 (13A) of the Income Tax Act. Along with 12BB you will need to provide the relevant rent receipts for this deduction. You will also need to submit the name and address of the landlord. In the event the aggregate rent paid by you exceeds Rs 1 lakh, you will also need to submit the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of your landlord.

Amount claimed under Leave travel Concession (LTC)

With Form 12BB, you need to furnish amount and provide evidence of expenses made towards your travel. Unlike in the past, it is now mandatory to provide proof of all travel expenses in the form of receipts for your claim.

Interest on home loan under Section 24:

Earlier to claim deduction for interest paid on home loan, we have to submit interest certificate from the concerned bank. Now, in addtion to the same we will have to fill up Form 12BB to claim deductions under Section 24 of the Income Tax Act.

Savings / deductions under Chapter VI-A:

All tax deductions under Section 80C, Section 80CCC, and Section 80CCD, as well as other sections like 80E, 80G, and 80TTA come under Chapter VI-A of the IT Act. For deductions, fill up Form 12BB and provide details and proof of your investments and expenditures incurred related to the relevant section you are seeking deductions under.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Rs 5,500 crore paid as first OROP installment: PM

Rs 5,500 crore paid as first OROP installment: PM

Kinnaur: The first installment of nearly Rs 5,500 crore has been paid for implementing the OROP scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said while asserting that he has “fulfilled the promise” he made to ex-servicemen on the issue that has been hanging fire for the last 40 years.

The Prime Minister, while celebrating Diwali with army and ITBP personnel in Sumdo here, over 270 km from state capital Shimla, also lauded the role of the security force personnel guarding and protecting the country.

“Spent time with our courageous @ITBP_official & Army Jawans at Sumdo, Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh. Jai Jawan! Jai Hind!,” he tweeted.

Earlier in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio, he saluted the valour of the armed forces and lauded their sacrifice while dedicating the festival of Diwali to them.

“The OROP was not about just Rs 200 or Rs 500 crore, but Rs 10,000 crore… After I became the PM, and decided that I had to do (implement) it, the entire government lost sleep over it… It was not possible for the government to pay in one go, so I requested the ex-servicemen to accept it in four instalments.

“The money will reach them in four installments. Nearly, Rs 5,500 crore has been paid as the first installment,” Modi said.

He said the issue had been pending for “40 years” as certain people in the previous governments “did not know” about OROP (scheme), and therefore “only Rs 500 crore was allocated” for the purpose.

Modi also said that many people thought that if the scheme was not implemented, a section of “ex-servicemen would turn against the government”.

The Prime Minister, on his way to Sumdo, met civilians at Himachal’s Chango village, close to the Sino-Indian border.

“Made unscheduled stop at Chango village, close to Somdu, to wish people on Diwali. Was deeply touched by the impromptu reception & their joy,” Modi tweeted.

“The Prime Minister spent time with ITBP jawans and personnel of Dogra Scouts of army at Sumdo on border of Kinnaur and Spiti, and distributed sweets to them,” an official said.

Modi also met personnel of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), a branch of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), entrusted with construction and maintenance of border roads and also executing the Rohtang Tunnel project, the official said.

After coming in power in 2014, the Prime Minister had celebrated his first Diwali with soldiers posted in Siachen, and in 2015, he celebrated it at the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.

PTI

7th CPC Defence Pension Calculation Method with Illustrations


7th CPC Defence Pension Calculation Method with Illustrations

DESW Order No. 17(01)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) Dated on 29.10.2016, Annexure-A (Refer Para 5.1)

Illustrations:

(i) Pensioner ‘A’ retired as Col. (T8) at last pay drawn of Rs. 48730/- plus Grade pay Rs. 8700/- plus MSP Rs. 6000/- on 30.9.2009 under the 6Ih CPC regime in Pay Band-IV.
 
Sl. No. Particulars Amount in Rs.
1 Basic Pension fixed in 6th CPC at the time of retirement (w.e.f. 1.10.2009) 31,715
2 Existing Pension on 31.12.2015 (after re-fixing under OROP Scheme) 36,130
3 Revised Pension fixed under 7th CPC (using a multiple of 2.57 of SI No. 2 above) 92,855

(ii) Pensioner ‘B’ retired as Havildar Group ’E’ at last pay drawn of Rs. 13307- on 30.6.1994 under the 4th CPC regime in the Pay Scale of Rs. 1020-2541270-30-1420: 

Sl. No. Particulars Amount in Rs.
1 Basic Pension fixed in 4th CPC at the time of retirement (w.e.f. 1.7.1994) 629
2 Basic Pension revised in 6th CPC 5,023
3 Existing Pension on 31.12.2015(after  re-fixing  under OROP  Scheme.) 7,808
4 Revised Pension fixed under 7th CPC (using a multiple of 2.57 of SI No. 3 above 20,067

(iii) Family pensioner ’C’ of capt with qualifying service of 20 years 06 months (Post 2006) 

Sl. No. Particulars Amount in Rs.
1 Ordinary Family Pension fixed in 6th CPC (w.e.f. 24.9.2012) 9,687
2 Existing Ordinary Family Pension on 31.12.2015(after re-fixing under OROP Scheme) 9,687
3 Revised Ordinary Family   Pension fixed under 7th CPC (using a multiple of 2.57 of Sl No. 2 above) 24,896

(iv) Family pensioner ’D’ of Lt. Col with qualifying service of 25 years 07 month(Post 2006)

Sl. No. Particulars Amount in Rs.
1 Special Family pension fixed in 6th CPC w.e.f. 20.2.2014 37,788
2 Special Family Pension  on 31.12.2015(after re-fixing under CROP Scheme) 39,376
3 Revised Special Family   Pension fixed under 7th CPC (using a multiple of 2.57 of Sl No. 2 above) 1,01,197

(v) Pensioner ‘E’ retired as Lt. Col with qualifying service of 20 year 06 month and basic pay of Rs. 49260, MSP Rs. 6000 and Grade pay Rs. 8000. His disability is 30% (Post 2006):

Sl. No. Particulars Amount in Rs.
1 Basic Pension fixed in 6th CPC at the time of retirement (w.e.f. 24.9,2014.) 31,630
2 Existing Pension on 31.12.2015(after re-fixing under OROP Scheme) 31,305
(Not beneficial)
3 Existing Pension on 31.12.2015(after re-fixing under OROP Scheme) 31,630
4 Revised Pension fixed under 7th CPC (using a multiple of 2.57 of Sl No. 3 above) 81,290

Authority: http://www.desw.gov.in/

7th CPC Defence Pension : DESW Orders issued on 29.10.2016


7th CPC Defence Pension : DESW Orders issued on 29.10.2016

Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission  Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioner/Family Pensioners

No.17(01)/2016-D(Pen/Pol)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi
Dated 29th October 2016
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioner/Family Pensioners.

Sir
The undersigned is directed to state that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, notified vide Government of India, Ministry of Defence Resolution No.17(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy) dated 30th September 2016 based on Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare Office Resolution No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 4th August, 2016 and Office Memorandum F.No.38/37/20l6-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4th August,2016, sanction of the President is hereby accorded to regulate the Pension/Family Pension of all Pre-1.1.2016 pensioners/family pensioners of the Defence Forces with effect from 1.1.2016 in the manner indicated in succeeding paragraphs. Separate Orders will be issued by this Ministry in respect of Defence Force Personnel who retired/died on or after 1.1.2016 and for revision of disability element in respect of Pre-2016 Defence Pensioners.

2. Applicability : These orders shall apply to all Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension as on 1.1.2016 under the Pension Regulations of the three Services/ State Forces and various Government orders issued from time to time.

3. Non-Applicability : The provisions of this letter do not apply to the following categories:
(i) Gallantry awardees drawing only monetary allowance attached to the award, such as Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra etc.
(ii) United Kingdom/Hong Kong & Singapore Royal Army( UK/HKSRA) Pensioners.
(iii) Persons in receipt of Compassionate Allowance, Guzara, Reservist Allowance or any other Allowance on which dearness relief is not admissible.
(iv) Reservists in receipt of Ex-gratia payment at Rs 750/- per month covered under Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 1(06)/2010-D(Pen/Policy) dated 22”d Nov 2013.
(v) Families of the deceased Reservists in receipt of Ex-gratia family pension at Rs 645/- per month covered by Govt. of India Ministry of Defence letter No.1 (06)/2010-D (Pen/Policy) dated 22nd Nov 2013.

4. Definitions : (a) ‘Existing Pensioner’ or ‘Existing Family Pensioner’ means a pensioner who was entitled to/drawing pension/family pension on 31.12.2015. This will also include a pensioner/family pensioner who became entitled to pension/family pension with effect from 1.1.2016 consequent upon retirement/discharge/death of Defence Forces Personnel on 31.12.2015. For the purpose of family pension, it also covers members of family to those who retired/discharged prior to 1.1.2016 and in whose case family pension had not commenced as the pensioner was alive on 31 .12.2015.

(b) Existing Pension means the basic pension inclusive of commuted portion of pension, if any, due on 31.12.2015 and covers all kinds of pension viz. Retiring/Service/ Special/Reservist/Invalid Pension/ Service element of Disability/ Liberalized Disability Pension/ War Injury Pension. This will also include Pension/Family Pension which became due with effect from 1.1.2016 consequent on retirement/discharge/ death of Defence Force Personnel on 31.12.2015.

(c) Existing Family Pension means the basic family pension drawn on 31.12.2015 under the Pension Regulations of the three Services/ State Forces and other orders issued on the subject from time to time. It also covers Special Family Pension/ Dependent Pension/2nd Life award of Special Family pension and Liberalized Family pension sanctioned in battle and non-battle casualty cases.

(d) ‘Pension Disbursing Agency’ (PDA) means Treasury, Post Office, Pay and Accounts Office. Defence Pension Disbursement Office (DPDO), Indian Embassy, Nepal and authorized Public Sector/Private Sector Banks.
 (a) ‘Pension Sanctioning Authority’ (PSA) means PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad, PCDA (Navy) Mumbai, and CDA (AF) Delhi, as the case may be.

5. Revision of Pension : 5.1 For existing pensioners, who have retired/died before 01.01.2016, the revised pension/family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the Basic Pension (before commutation)/Basic Family Pension (exclusive of Dearness Relief) as had been drawn as on 31.12.2015 by 2.57 to arrive at revised pension under 7th CPC. The amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee. The Disability Element will be regulated as per Para 9. Illustrations for revision of pension are annexed in Annexure-A attached to this letter…

5.2 For this purpose, the existing Pension/Family Pension will be the Basic Pension(before commutation)/ Basic Family Pension only without the element of Additional Pension (referred to at Para 12) available to the old pensioners/ family pensioners of the age of 80 years and above. The Additional Pension!Family Pension payable to the old pensioners/family pensioners will be worked out in accordance with Para 12 of this order.

5.3 Since the revised pension will be inclusive of commuted portion of pension, if any, the commuted portion will be deducted from the said amount while making monthly disbursements.

5.4 Minimum and Maximum Pension:The minimum basic pension with effect from 01.01.2016 will be Rs. 9000/- per month (excluding the element of additional pension admissible to old pensioners). The upper ceiling of pension/ family pension will be 50% and 30% respectively of the highest pay in the Government (The highest pay in the Government is Rs. 2,50,000/- with effect from 01.01.2016).

5.5 The revised Pension/Family Pension arrived at as per paragraph 5.1 includes dearness relief sanctioned from time to time by the Government.

6. Where the revised Pension/Family Pension in terms of paragraph 5.1 above works out to an amount less than Rs. 9000/-, the same shall be stepped up to Rs. 9000/-. This will be regarded as Pension/Family Pension with effect from 11.2016.

7. The existing instructions regarding regulation of Dearness Relief to employed/ re-employed pensioners/family pensioners, as contained in Department of Pension 6 Pensioner’s Welfare OM. No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999 and as amended from time to time, shall continue to apply.

8. Applicability to Permanent absorbees in PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies: Pension of a Defence Forces Personnel who has been permanently absorbed in Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body will be regulated as under:

8.1 Pension: Where the Defence Force Personnel on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous Body continues to draw pension separately from the Government, the pension of such absorbees will be revised in terms of these orders. in cases, where the Defence Forces Personnel has drawn one time lump-sum terminal benefits equal to 100% commutation of the pension and has become entitled to the restoration of 43% / 45% commuted portion of pension as per the orders issued by this Ministry from time to time, such cases will not be covered by these orders. Orders for regulating pension of such pensioners will be issued separately.

8.2 Family Pension: In cases, where on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies, the family pension is being drawn by the family of the PSU absorbee under the orders applicable to the Defence Forces, the same will be revised in accordance with these orders.

9. Disability Element:The implementation of 7th CPC recommendations relating to methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred to the Anomalies Committee. The disability element which was being paid to ore-2016 Defence Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 will continue to be paid till decision on the recommendations of Anomalies Committee is taken by the Government.

10. Following elements will continue to be paid as separate elements in addition to the Pension/Family Pension revised under these orders. These payments will not be taken into account for the purpose of revision as well as for applicability with regard to the minimum limit of Pension/Family Pension is. Rs. 9000/- per month.
(i) Monetary Allowance attached to Gallantry Awards such as Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra etc.
(ii) Constant Attendant Allowance (CAA), matter to be examined by Committee comprising Finance Secretary and Secretary(Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Posts, Health & Family welfare, Personnel & Training and Chairman Railway Board as members. Till a final decision is taken on the recommendation of the Committee, Constant Attendant Allowance shall be paid at the existing rates.

11. Where a pensioner is in receipt of Disability/ Liberalized Disability/ War Injury Pension, the minimum limit of Rs. 9000/- will be applicable to Service Pension/Service Element. Disability/ War Injury Element will be payable in addition to Service Pension/Service Element.

12. Additional Pension for Pensioners of age 80 years and above: The quantum of Additional Pension/Family Pension available to the old pensioners/family pensioners shall be as follows:
additional-pension-defence


The amount of additional pension will be shown distinctly. For example, in case where a pensioner more than 80 years of age and his/her revised pension in terms Para 5.1 above is Rs.1000/-pm, the pension will be shown as (i) Basic pension: Rs 10000 and (ii) Additional Pension Rs 2000 p m (20% of revised basic pension Rs 10000). The pension on his/her attaining the age of 85 yrs will be shown as (i) Basic Pension = Rs 10000 and (ii) additional pension = Rs 3000 pm. Dearness relief will also be admissible on the additional pension available to old pensioners.

(Note: The additional Pension will not be admissible on Disability Element Liberalized Disability Element / War Injury Element of Disability/Liberalized Disability/ War Injury Pension.)

13. Ex-gratia awards to Cadets in cases of disablement
The following ex-gratia award shall be payable subject to the same conditions as hitherto in force in the event of invalidment of a Cadet (Direct) on medical grounds due to causes attributable to or aggravated by military training:
(i) Payment of monthly ex-gratia award of Rs. 9000/- per month;
(ii) Payment of ex-gratia disability award @ Rs. 16200/- per month for 100% disability during the period of disablement. The amount will be reduced proportionately from the ex-gratia disability award in case the degree of disablement is less than 100%;

14. Dearness Relief: The revised Pension/Family Pension as worked out in accordance with provisions of Para 5.1 read with Para 6 and additional pension wherever payable under Para 12 above shall be treated as “Basic Pension” with effect from 1.1.2016 for the purpose of calculation of dearness Relief sanctioned thereafter by the Government.

15. Revision of Pension for employed/re-employed pensioners: The revision of pension in respect of employed/re-employed Commissioned Officer and Personnel Below Officer Rank pensioners will also be carried out as per methodology provided in Para 5.1 ie. their Basic Pension as on 31.12.2015 will be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at revised Pension as on 01.01.2016. The revised pension so arrived at will be the Basic Pension with effect from 1.12016. However, Dearness Relief beyond 1.1.2016 will not be admissible to employed/re-employed Commissioned Officer pensioners and Personnel Below Officers Rank pensioners, whose pay on re-employment has been fixed above the minimum of scale of pay of the re-employed post during the period of employment/ re-employment.

16. Methodology for Implementation and Reporting
16.1. All Pension Disbursing Agencies handling disbursement of pension to the Defence Pensioners are hereby authorized to pay pension/family pension to existing pensioners/family pensioners at the revised rates in terms of Para 5.1 above without any further authorization from the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities.

16.2 It is considered desirable that the benefit of these orders should reach the pensioners as expeditiously as possible. To achieve this objective, it is directed that all Pension Disbursing Agencies should ensure that the revised pension and the arrears due to the pensioners in terms of Para 5.1 above is paid to the pensioners or credited to their account in one installment within two months from the date of issue of the letter.

16.3 A suitable entry regarding revised pension with effect from 1.1.2016 fixed in terms of Para 5.1 above, as the case may be, will be recorded by the Pension Disbursing Agencies in the Pension records of the pensioners viz. Pension Payment Order, Check Register/Pension Payment Scroll Register. An intimation regarding disbursement of revised pension may be sent by the Pension Disbursing Agencies to the Office of PCDA (P), Allahabad in prescribed Annexure to these orders so that records can be updated. A hard copy of the said Annexure-B may invariably be provided by the PDAs to the pensioners concerned for their information. An acknowledgement shall be obtained by the Pension Disbursing Agencies from Office of PCDA (Pensions), Allahabad in token of receipt of the requisite Annexure.

Miscellaneous Instructions
17. If a pensioner/family pensioner to whom benefit accrues under the provisions of this order, has already died before receiving the payment of arrears, the LTA will be disbursed in the following manner:
(i) If the claimant is already in receipt of Family Pension or happens to be the person in whose favour Family Pension already stands notified and the awardees has not become ineligible for any reason, the LTA under the provisions of this letter should be paid to such a claimant by the PDAs on their own.
(ii) If the claimant has already received LTA in the past in respect of the deceased to whom the benefit would have accrued, the LTA under the provisions of this letter should also be paid to such a claimant by the PDAs on their own.
(iii) If the claimant is a person other than the one mentioned at (i) & (ii). above, LTA will be paid to the legal heir/heirs as per extant Government orders.

18. No commutation will be admissible for the revised pension accruing as a result of this revision. The existing amount of pension commuted, if any, would continue to be deducted from the revised pension while making monthly disbursements.

19. Revision of Pension/Family Pension under these orders will not affect the amount of Retirement Gratuity/ Death Gratuity already determined and paid to the pensioners/ family pensioners with reference to rules in force at the time of discharge/death.

20. Any overpayment of pension coming to the notice or under process of recovery shall be adjusted in full by the Pension Disbursing Agencies against arrears becoming due on revision of pension on the basis of these orders.

21. The revision of pension/ family pension of Defence pensioners arrived in the above manner shall be subject to the findings and recommendation of the committee set up with the approval of the Cabinet to examine the feasibility of increment based formulation recommendation of 7th CPC for revision of pension and decision of the Government thereon if any.

22. These orders issue with the concurrence of the Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 10(6A)/2016/FIN/PEN dated 29.10.2016
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(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Government notifies revision of pension of defence forces pensioners

Government notifies revision of pension of defence forces pensioners

New Delhi: The government on Saturday has notified revised pension of pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

As per the order, for the pre January 1 pensioners, the revised pension w.e.f. January 1 shall be determined by multiplying the basic pension/basic family pension as had been drawn as on December 31 by 2.57 to arrive at revised pension under the seventh CPC.

The implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendation relating to methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

The disability element which was being paid to pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners as on December 31 will continue to be paid pending decision on the recommendations of the Anomaly Committee.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Railway Unions demand 3% DA hike


Railway Unions demand 3% DA hike

New Delhi: Expressing “dissatisfaction” over over the announcement of 2 per cent increase in dearness allowance by the government, railway unions have demanded it be raised to 3 per cent.

We have expressed dissatisfaction over the announcement of a meagre 2 per cent rise in DA by the Central government from July 1, 2016, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen M Raghavaiah said.

Ahead of Diwali, the Centre has announced 2 per cent dearness allowance for Central government employees effective from July.

“Central government employees and pensioners have been waiting eagerly for the announcement of DA since September 2016. But we are disappointed that the government has announced only 2 per cent whereas the 12-month average of Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, works out to be 2.92 per cent,” Raghavaiah said and added “The Government ought to have been considerate in announcing this half-yearly hike in DA and rounded off to 3 per cent.”

All India Railwaymen Federation General Secretary S Gopal Mishra said 2 per cent DA is not satisfactory and it should be raised to 3 per cent.

PTI

Defence personnel to get disability pension under old norms

Defence personnel to get disability pension under old norms

New Delhi: Under attack for introducing slab-based disability pension, Defence Ministry today said armed forces personnel would continue to get such pension based on percentage system till the Anomaly Committee came out with a report on the issue.

There was widespread criticism from opposition parties and the military establishment over a letter issued on September 30 which had introduced a slab-based system, as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission, for determining the disability pension for defence forces.

Following this, the Ministry had referred the matter to the Anomaly Committee.

However, there was confusion as to what system would be used to determine disability pension.

Till the Committee comes out with a report, existing percentage system will be used to determine disability pension, defence sources said.

Earlier, the Defence Ministry had said the 7th CPC had recommended a slab-based system for determining disability pension, which was accepted by the government.

A percentage-based system was followed under the 6th CPC regime for calculating disability pension for defence forces personnel as well as civilians.

What the military personnel are upset about is that civilians will continue to be paid pension according to the earlier percentage system, which means that a civilian employee will get higher disability pension than his military counterpart.

ANI

Friday, 28 October 2016

Confederation: Autonomous Bodies invited to join the Confederation’s agitational programme

Autonomous Bodies invited to join the Confederation’s agitational programme
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi- 110001
No. Confdn/Genl/2016-19
Dated : 28.10.2016

AN APPEAL TO EMPLOYEES & ORGANISATIONS OF GOVT. OF INDIA AUTONOMOUS BODIES
To
All Organisations & Employees of
Govt. of India Autonomous Bodies.

Dear Friends and Comrades,
As you are aware, the extension of benefits of revised pay structure as per CCS (RP) Rules 2016, to employees working in autonomous bodies, is still pending. There is total uncertainty regarding grant of 7th CPC benefits. Bonus payment is also pending. Everything depends upon the policy decision of the Government. The employees of autonomous bodies are totally upset, frustrated and disappointed. Discontentment of the employees are growing day by day. As the autonomous bodies are scattered all over the country, a joint struggle by them alone is not an immediate possibility.
It is in this background, the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers has decided to include the demand for wage revision of autonomous employees also in its charter of demands and agitational programmes. Accordingly mass demonstrations were conducted in front of all offices on 20-10-2016. The next phase of programme is mass dharna on 7th November 2016. Third phase is massive Parliament March on 15th December 2016 at Jantar Mantar (Parliament Street), New Delhi.
I request all the organisations and employees of autonomous bodies to join the Confederation’s agitational programme so that Government will understand your anger, protest and discontentment. I appeal to you all, to participate in the Parliament March on 15th December 2016, with your flags, banners and placards. Let the message go to the Government that the employees of autonomous bodies will not continue to keep silent and may be forced to go for direct action, including strike if situation warrants, for their legitimate demands.
Come one, Come all, Come in hundreds and thousands.
Let us make the Parliament March a historic success.
Govt. will not be allowed to indefinitely delay or deny our rights.

Fraternally Yours,
M. Krishnan,
Secretary General, Confederation
Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Enhancement of ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia Bonus payable to Gramin DAk Sevaks from Rs.3500/- to Rs.7000

Enhancement of ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia Bonus payable to Gramin DAk Sevaks from Rs.3500/- to Rs.7000/- Reg 

GDS Bonus Enhancement Order Issued From Fy 2014-15.

GDS-ex-gratia-BONUS


A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT FOR GRAMIN DAK SAVEKS (GDS) IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS ORDERS OF ENHANCED CEILING OF BONUS @ RS 7000/- FOR GDS ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF POST
NFPE & POSTAL JCA ALWAYS STAND FOR THE CAUSE OF GD


Shining Victory For Nfpe , Aipeu Gds And Postal Jca Including Fnpo & Nugds .

Recognised Gds Union's General Secretary Shri Mahadevaiah Withdrawn The Strike Decision Even Before Orders Are Issued.

Nfpe & Aipeu -Gds , Postal Jca Including Fnpo & Nugds Served Two Days Strike Notice On 20.10.2016 And Took A Firm Stand That We Will Not Withdraw The Strike Decision Till Orders Are Issued .

Secretary , Department Of Posts Held Discussion With Postal Jca And Requested To Withdraw The Strike Decision .

Postal Jca Refused To Withdraw . Shri Mahadevaiah Withdrawn The Strike Decision On 24.10.2016 Itself Without Waiting For The Decision Of The Finance Ministry And Govt And Ran Away From The Battlefield Half Way Fearing Withdrawl Of Recognition Facilities.

Confederation & Jcm Staff Side Extended Full Support And Discussed The Case In The Jcm Standing Committee Meeting With The Government On 25.10.2016..
Yours Fraternally

R.N.Parashar
Secretary General, NFPE

Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in

Implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission: Defence Civilian

Implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission – Procedure for revision of pension in respect of Defence Civilian (including DAD, GREF and Cost Guard employees) who retired on or after 01-01-2016.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD 211014
Toll Free No. 1800-180-5325

Important Circular No: C-156
No:-GI/C/0199/Vol-I/Tech.
Dated: 05/10/2016

Subject: Implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission : Procedure for revision of pension in respect of Defence Civilian (including DAD, GREF and Cost Guard employees) who retired on or after 01-01-2016.

Reference:  In continuation of this office circular no. C-154 dated 04-08-16. (This circular is available on the website of this office www.pcdapension.nic.in)

The Govt. of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Deptt. of Pension & Pensioners Welfare in their O.M. No 38/37/2016-P&PW (A) (i) dated, the 4th August, 2016 have issued orders for implementing Govt’s decision on the recommendations of Seventh CPC revising provisions of pension/commutation of pension with effect from 1-1-2016. As the Govt. order takes effect from 1.1.2016, pensionary benefits already granted to the individuals who retired on or after 1-1-2016 need to be revised under the subject order.

2. For the purpose of revision of pensionary awards in respect of Govt. servants who retired on or after 1.1.2016 and in whose cases PPOs have been issued, Data Sheet viz Appendix-‘I’ (Post-01.01.2016) is introduced and enclosed to this circular alongwith details instructions for filling up of the Data Sheet (Appendix-I). 3. In this connection, Data Sheet viz Appendix-'I' (Post-01.01.2016) alongwith instructions are forwarded herewith for transmission of the same to the lower formation/unit/HOO under your control. The unit/formation declared as H.O.O. may be instructed to use the data sheet alongwith supporting documents as per the revised procedure. Additional copies of data sheet and instruction, if required, may please be prepared /printed at your end for circulation.

4. The pension claims requiring revision under these orders may please be forwarded to SAO, O/IC G1/Civil Section, O/o the Pr. C.D.A. (P.), Allahabad 211014.

(Abhishek Singh)
ACDA (P)


Source: pcdapension.nic.in

7th Pay Commission Revision of pay scale for the ESIC Employees

7th Pay Commission Revision of pay scale for the ESIC Employees

ESIC-7th-CPC

HEADQUARTERS
EMPLOYEES STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
(An ISO 9001-2000 certifed organisation)
PANCHDEEP BHAWAN C.I.G MARG New Delhi - 2

No.A-27/17/1/7th CPC/2016-E.III

Dated: 26.10.2016

MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Central Government - Revision of pay scale of the employees of the Corporation- Reg.

The ESI Corporation in its 169th meeting held on 06-09-2016 has given approval to amendment of the First Schedule of the ESIC (Staff and Conditions of Service) Regulations, 1959 giving effect to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations in the ESI Corporation, as accepted by the Central Government. The said approval of the Corporation has been ratified by the Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoL&E) as communicated vide their letter No.A-11014/01/2016-SS-I dated 25.10.2016.

2. In accordance with the above, the revised level as well as the initial pay in the new pay matrix corresponding to the existing pay in the Pay Band and Grade Pay applicable to various categories of employees of ESI Corporation are given at Annexure - 1 & 2.

3. A copy of the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 as notified by the Central Govt. vide Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) Notification No.GSR-721(E) dated 25.07.2016 (may please be downloaded from Government portal) may be referred to for the purpose of fixation of pay in the revised level of pay as well as the initial pay in the new pay matrix. The revised level of pay in the new pay matrix along with the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 may kindly be brought to the notice of all employees immediately. The employees may exercise their options in writing in the prescribed proforma given at Annexure – 3 within three months of the issue of this Memorandum as per Rule 5 & 6 of the CC5 (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. It should be ensured that the contents of this order are noted by all employees including those who are on leave and those who have since retired from the services of the Corporation after 01.01.2016 so that the need for extending the date for exercising the option does not arise. The option once exercised shall be final.

4. Following guidelines are given for expediting the fixation of pay in the revised pay matrix regulating the payment of arrears of pay as a result of implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
(i) Those employees, who give timely option to switch over to the revised level of pay in the new pay matrix, their pay may be fixed in the level corresponding to the applicable pre-revised Pay Band plus Grade Pay. Pay and allowances for the month of November, 2016 may be drawn and paid on the basis of revised pay matrix and the applicable existing pre-revised allowances after deduction of enhanced subscription to the Provident Fund, which will be calculated with reference to the revised basic pay. In so far as the employees who have joined on or after 01.01.2004 are concerned, the enhanced deduction under the New Pension Scheme will be calculated w.r.t. the revised Basic Pay and DA thereon.

(ii) In terms of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, there shall be two dates for grant of increment namely, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July, provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment either on 1st January or 1st July depending on the date of his appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgradation. The increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) during the period between the 2nd day of January and 1st day of July (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of January and the increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under MACPS during the period between the 2nd day of July and 1st day of January (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of July. For drawing the annual increment, the rule position stated in the respective CCS (RP) Rule, 2016 may be referred to.

For fixation of pay, the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No. 1-5/2016-IC dated 29.07.2016 may be referred to (This may please be downloaded from the Government portal). In order to ensure correct and systematic fixation of pay in the revised pay matrix, a proforma for the purpose (Statement of Fixation of Pay) annexed with the said Government of India O.M. dated 01.08.2016 is enclosed (Annexure- 5). The statement should be prepared in triplicate and one copy thereof should be pasted in the Service Book of the Government servant concerned and another copy made available to the concerned accounting authorities for post-check. Attention is also invited in this connection to the Government decision contained in Government Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016 (This may please be downloaded from Government portal), which may be referred to.

(i) Bills may be drawn separately in respect of arrears of pay and allowance for the period from 1st January, 2016 (or the date opted by the employee) to 31st October, 2016. The arrears, computed after deduction of subscription to GPF and NPS on revised Basic Pay, may be paid in one installment. DDOs will ensure that action is taken simultaneously with regard to Corporations’ contribution towards enhanced subscription of New Pension Scheme, minimal level of GPF. Income Tax, as may be due, shall be deducted before payment of arrears.

(iv) The revised pay structure effective from 01.01.2016 includes the Dearness Allowance of 125% sanctioned from 01.01.2016 in the pre-revised pay structure. Thus, Dearness Allowance in the revised pay structure shall be zero from 01.01.2016. The rate and the date of effect of the first installment of Dearness Allowance in the revised pay structure shall be as per the orders to be issued in this behalf in future, by the Government of India.

(v) The decision on the revised rates and the date of effect of all Allowances (other than Dearness Allowance), based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission are yet to be notified by the Government of India. Until then, all such Allowances shall continue to be reckoned and paid at the existing rates under the terms and conditions prevailing in the pre-revised pay structure as if the existing pay structure has not been revised under the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 issued on 25.07.2016.

(vi) With a view to expediting the authorization and disbursement of arrears, it has been decided that the arrear claims may be paid without pre-check of the fixation of pay in the revised pay structure. The facility to disburse arrears without pre-check of fixation of pay, will not, however, be available in respect of those Corporation employees who have relinquished service on account of dismissal, resignation, discharge, retirement, etc., after the date of implementation of the Pay Commission’s recommendations but before the preparation and drawl of the arrear claims as well as in respect of those employees who had expired prior to exercising their option for the drawl of pay in the revised pay structure.

(vii) The requirement of pre-check of pay fixation having been dispensed with, it is not unlikely that the arrears due in some cases be computed incorrectly, leading to overpayments that might have to be recovered subsequently. Therefore, the Drawing and Disbursing Officers should, therefore, make it clear to the employees under their administrative control, while disbursing the arrears, that the payments are being made subject to adjustment from amounts that may be due to them subsequently should any discrepancy is noticed later. For this purpose, an Undertaking (Annexure-4) may also be obtained in writing from every employee at the time of disbursement of the arrears upto October, 2016 to the effect that any excess payment that may be found to have been made as a result of incorrect fixation of pay in the revised pay scales I pay matrix, will be refunded by him / her to the Corporation either by adjustment against future payments or otherwise.

(viii) Officer In charge of Finance and Accounts Branch of each Field Office is hereby authorized to concur the pay fixation for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations as accepted by the Central Government, wherever Joint Director (Finance) is not posted. Pay as per the above instructions is to be fixed and arrear shall be drawn for employees from place of their present posting. Thereafter, copy of “Due and Drawn” statement may be sent to the concerned offices (where the official has been working since 0101.16), immediately after release of arrears, for making necessary entries in the relevant registers.

(ix) Since the funds for payment of October, 2016 salary (second limit) has already been released on 24.10.2016 to all accounting units, requisition of funds in response to this Memorandum may be raised separately with Finance & Accounts Division of Hqrs. Office, for early disbursement of arrears.

Receipt of this Memorandum may kindly be acknowledged. Hindi version follows.

Encl.: As above

(S.K. SINHA)
DIRECTOR

Original Source: www.esic.nic.in

7th CPC Revision of Minimum Wage : JCM seeks Finance Minister intervention

7th CPC Revision of Minimum Wage : JCM seeks Finance Minister intervention

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi 110001
E-mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
No.NC/JCM/2016 Dated: October 26, 2016

Hon'ble Minister for Finance,
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India),
New Delhi

Respected Sir,
We solicit your kind reference to the discussions; the representatives of the Staff Side JCM had with you on 30th June 2016 in the wake of impending strike action that was to commence from 11th July 2016. Hon'ble Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, your goodself, Hon'ble Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Hon'ble MoSR, Shri Manoj Sinha, on having detailed deliberations with the Staff Side, had appreciated that, the Central Government employees were not generally happy with the decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June 2016, while accepting the recommendations of the 7th CPC, particularly in the matter of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula. After detailed discussions it was agreed by your goodself and other Hon'ble Ministers present in the meeting that, the government would address the grievances of the employees, whereupon the NJCA had decided to defer the "Indefinite Strike". Accordingly, a committee was set-up to consider the demand of Revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula with a mandate to finalize its report within four months.

We (Staff Side) interacted with the said committee, headed by Shri P.K. Das, Addl. Secretary (Expenditure), on 24.10.2016. It would be quite appropriate to bring to your kind notice that, we have felt, during the course of meeting, that, the proceedings of the committee are extremely disappointing and are left with the impression that, the committee is dilly-dallying the issue.

We are, therefore, left with no option, but to address this communication with the fervent hope that, your goodself will direct the said committee to interact with the Staff Side in a fruitful manner and arrive at a mutually agreeable proposal on the issues of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.

We have full trust and believe that, the government would honour the decision taken in the meeting held on 30.06.2016 in your benign presence, and suitable direction will be given to the committee to complete the assigned task within the stipulated timeframe in a satisfactory manner.

It would be the most unfortunate development, we regret to state, if we are constrained to tread the path of struggle once again in the event of the committee not coming up with a satisfactory settlement.

With Kind Regards!
Yours faithfully
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source :ncjcmstaffside.com

National Emblem on the Identity Card of pensioners

National Emblem on the Identity Card of pensioners

No. 41/21/2000-P&PW-(D)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS WELFARE
LOK NAYAK BHAVAN, KHAN MARKET,
NEW DELHI, DATED THE 26TH October, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Issue of Pensioners’ Identity Card to pensioners - reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions for issue of Identity Card to pensioners have been issued from time to time. In this Department’s OM of even numbers dated 25.7.2013, it was inter alia mentioned that it would not be necessary to have the National Emblem on the Identity Card of pensioners.

2. The matter has been reconsidered in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs keeping in view the provisions of State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rule, 2007. Ministry of Home Affairs have indicated that they have no objection to the issue of Identity Card to retired Government personnel/pensioners with State emblem. The instructions/clarifications issued by this Department's OM in this regard stand modified to this extent.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to keep the above in view while issuing Identity Cards to pensioners who retired from the Central Government Civil Service. This provision will not be applicable in respect of the pensioners retired from the Autonomous Bodies, etc. Such autonomous bodies can, however, use their own logo on the Identity Cards, in accordance with the relevant instructions.
(Harjit Singh)
Director

Pension Orders

Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service Group "A"

Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service Group "A"

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the first Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) with the following salient features:
(a) Reduction of the total strength of the cadre from 420 to 376.

(b) Creation of one Apex level post of Controller General of Communication Accounts (CGCA).

(c) Creation of one additional HAG+ level post taking the grade strength to 2.

(d) Creation of two additional HAG level posts taking the grade strength from 6 to 8.

(e) Creation of 18 additional SAG level posts taking the grade strength from 37 to 55.

(f) Reduction in JAG level posts from 111 to 90.

(g) Reduction in STS level posts from 198 to 86.

(h) Creation of 21 JTS level posts taking the grade strength from 67 to 88.

(i) Creation of 46 Posts to be operated as Reserves


Background:

Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service Group ‘A” was constituted in 1972 and caters to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Department of Posts (DoP).

In Department of Telecommunications, the IP&TAFS performs the functions of assessment and collection of license fee/ spectrum usage charges, spectrum auction, USO scheme monitoring and subsidy management, exchequer control, budgeting, accounting, pension disbursement, internal audit and finance advice. In the Department of Posts, the IP&TAFS is entrusted with the functions of finance advice, budgeting, tariff and costing, accounting and internal audit.

There has been a paradigm shift in the role of Department of Telecommunications as well as the Department of Posts in recent years. In the Telecom sector, the role of the Department of Telecommunications has transformed from primarily being a Service provider, Regulator and Policy maker into the present structure whereby the Department is primarily responsible for Policy making, Licensing and Universal Service Obligation. Receipts from Department of Telecommunications, primarily License Fee, Spectrum Usage Charges and Spectrum Auction Value constitute one of the largest source of non-tax revenue for the Government of India.

Similarly, the bundle of services offered by Department of Posts has undergone a quantitative and qualitative change and the Department has ventured into areas of retailing, banking, insurance, digitizing operations etc. Further, the audit mechanism in both the Departments needs to be strengthened.

These facts coupled with the stagnation in various grades of the service necessitated a review of the structure of IP&TAFS.

PIB

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cabinet approves release of an instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 01.07.2016


Cabinet
Press information Bureau,
Government of India
27-October, 2016 15:55 IST

Cabinet approves release of an instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government  employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 01.07.2016

The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2016 representing an increase of 2% of the revised Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5622.10 crore per annum and in the Financial Year 2016-17 for the period of 8 months (i.e. from July 2016 to February 2017), it would be Rs.3748.06 crore. About 50.68 lakh Government employees and 54.24 lakh pensioners will be benefitted.

PIB

Dearness Allowance hiked by 2% for central government employees, pensioners

Dearness Allowance hiked by 2% for central government employees, pensioners
Dearness allowance is provided to employees and pensioners to minimise the impact of price rise on their earnings.

The Cabinet on Thursday approved the 2 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and pensioners, effective from July 1, 2016. The proposal to hike the DA was granted during the Cabinet meeting today afternoon at the Prime Minister’s Office. The announcement, which comes ahead of Diwali, is set to bring cheer to around 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners in the country.

Dearness allowance is provided to employees and pensioners to minimise the impact of price rise on their earnings. Earlier this year, the government hiked dearness allowance by 6% to 125 % of the basic pay. It was later merged into the basic pay, based on the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission Panel.

Source: indianexpress.com

EPFO joins network of Common Services Centers


EPFO joins network of Common Services Centers

To expand the reach of convenience offered to EPF members, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has joined the network of Common Services Centers (CSC). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EPFO and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited (CSC SPV) on 25th October 2016. The MoU is initially for a period of five years.

To start with, the pensioners of Employees Pension Scheme of EPFO can submit their digital life certificates via Jeevan Pramaan Patra programme through a large number of points of Presence (PoP) of CSC networking in addition to those available at EPFO offices. The pensioners living in remote areas can avoid cost and inconvenience of travelling down to the EPF offices or their banks for filing paper based life certificate. In near future, it is also planned to enable various other online services namely aadhaar seeding with Universal Account Number (UAN), e KYC operated upload and update facility, UAN card related services and online claim related services.

Common Services Centers (CSC) network is one of the largest government approved online service delivery channel in the world. CSC are broadband enabled rural service delivery points established by District e Governance Societies (DeGSs), selected by the State Governments, for aggregating content and offering relevant Government to Customers (G2C), Business to Customers (B2C), Business to Business (B2B) and other services. More details about Common Services Centers (CSC) and its network can be accessed at csc.gov.in

EPF subscribers may access these services at their convenience from the nearest CSC network.

PIB

Grant of of ad-hoc bonus for RPF/RPSF Personnel for the financial year 2015-16


Grant of of ad-hoc bonus for RPF/RPSF Personnel for the financial year 2015-16

Grant of ad-hoc bonus for 30 days to Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ RPF/RPSF Personnel for the financial year 2015-16. The calculation ceiling has been enhanced to Rs.7000 with effect from 1.4.2016.

The benefit will be admissible subject to the following and conditions:- Only those Group C & D RPF/RPSF personnel who were in service on 31.3.2011 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2015-2016 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible personnel for period of continuous service during the year ranging from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded to the nearest number of months).

The quantum of ad-hoc bonus will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate ad-hoc bonus for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will there after be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000/- (where actual average emoluments exceed 7000), ad-hoc bonus for thirty days would work out to 7000x30/30.4 = Rs.6907.89 (rounded off to Rs.6908/-).

All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

In the matter where the aforesaid provisions are silent, clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s letter No.E(P&A)II-88/Bonus-3 dated 29.12.1988, as amended from time totime, would hold good.

All the Group C & D RPF/RPSF personnel. regardless of whether they are in uniform or out of uniform and regardless of place of their posting, shall be eligible only for ad-hoc bonus in terms of these orders.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the fallowing Joint Secretary level appointments in the Pay Band of Rs.37,400 - 67,0001- (PB-4) with Grade Pay of Rs. 10,000

Appointment of Joint Secretaries to the GOI.
No.33/13/2016-EO(SM-I)
Government of India
Secretariat of the
Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the 26th October, 2016

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the fallowing Joint Secretary level appointments in the Pay Band of Rs.37,400 - 67,0001- (PB-4) with Grade Pay of Rs. 10,000/- :

(1) Ms. Reena Sinha Puri, IRS (IT:87), as Joint Secretary & FA, Ministry of Coal, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Ms. Sujata Prasad, ICAS(1983);

(2) Shri Ram Phal Pawar, IPS (WB:1988), as Joint Secretary, NATGRID under the Ministry of Home Affairs, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri Rajiv Arora, lAS (HY:1987);

(3) Ms. Indira Murthy, CSS, as Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, by upgradation of a Director level post for two years, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri Rajneesh Tingal, CSS;

(4) Shri Ravi Kant, IOFS (1986), as Joint Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, from Ihe dale of assumption of the charge of the post, for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Ms. K Damayanthi, lAS (AP:1993);

(5) Shri Rajneesh Tingal, CSS as Joint Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals from the date of assumption of the charge of the post for a period of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Shri M. Ariz Ahammed, IAS(AM:95);

(6) Ms. Sarada G. Muraleedharan, IAS(KL :1990), as Director General (JS level), NIFT under Department of Textiles, on lateral shift basis, from Ministry of Panchayati Raj, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for the balance period of her overall seven year central deputation tenure or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Shri Sudhir Tripathi, lAS (JH:1985) by keeping the Recruitment Rules for the post of Director General, NIFT in abeyance and treating the post as Non-CSS;

(Rajender Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 23092187
26.10.2016
To
All Secretaries to the Government of India.

DoPT Order

2% Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees and Pensioners due from July 2016 may approve in the Union Cabinet Meeting

2% Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees and Pensioners due from July 2016  may approve in the Union Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet may approve 2% DA today

Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees and Pensioners due from July 2016 is likely to be approved in the Union Cabinet Meeting to be held  today (27.10.2016).

As per the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission on Dearness Allowance formula, Central Government is all set to declare 2% Dearness allowance and Dearness relief to be effective from July 1, 2016.

Table of AICPIN - All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers BY 2001-100 from Jan 2016 to Jun 2016 are indicated in the table with average of 261.4

DA-FROM-JULY-2016


 Calculation of Dearness Allowance from July 2016 as shown in the table

Month / Year B.Y. 2001=100 12 Months Total 12 Months average % Increase over 261.4 DA
with Decimal
DA %
Jan-16 269 3152 262.67 1.26 0.48 0.48
Feb-16 267 3166 263.83 2.42 0.93 0.93
Mar-16 268 3180 265 3.59 1.37 1
Apr-16 271 3195 266.25 4.84 1.85 1
May-16 275 3212 267.67 6.26 2.39 2
Jun-16 277 3228 269 7.6 2.91 2

Report of one-man judicial committee on OROP submitted on 26.10.2016

Report of one-man judicial committee on OROP submitted on 26.10.2016

Justice Reddy committee on OROP submits report

The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) submitted its report to the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, here today. The Central Government had appointed the committee under the Chairmanship of Justice L Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.

The judicial committee had held hearings at around 20 cities/towns across the country and interacted with cross sections of Ex-Servicemen as well as their associations. The committee also received 704 representations from individuals and various Ex-Servicemen associations and had held extensive interactions with all stakeholders before submitting its report.

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Prime Minister concerned over grievances of EPF beneficiaries


Prime Minister concerned over grievances of EPF beneficiaries

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed concern over the large number of grievances of labourers and EPF beneficiaries and said a system should be in place under which the process of finalisation of retirement benefits for all employees can begin a year in advance.

“Discussed methods of redressal of grievances pertaining to the Labour & Employment Ministry and how technology can play a big role in this,” Modi tweeted after his monthly meeting of PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation), an ICT-based platform where he interacts directly with top officials of the Centre and states to discuss implementation of programmes and schemes.

During the meeting, he expressed “concern at the large number of grievances of labourers and EPF beneficiaries” and said the government must be sensitive to labourers needs.

“Governments have to be sensitive to the needs & grievances of the workers, who toil day & night and have a major role in India s progress,” he added.

He said that in a democracy, the labourers should not have to struggle to receive their legitimate dues and requested introduction of a system so that the process of finalization of retirement benefits for all employees can begin a year in advance, a PMO statement said.

In case of an untimely death, he said the papers should be completed within a specified time, and officers should be made accountable for the same, the statement added.

During the meeting, Labour Secretary outlined the improvements brought in the grievance redressal system, such as introduction of online transfer of claims, electronic challans, mobile applications and SMS alerts, linking UAN to Aadhaar numbers, introduction of tele-medicine and empanelling of more super-speciality hospitals.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of e-NAM (Electronic National Agriculture Mandi) initiative which began in April this year with 21 mandis spread over 8 states.

Officials said it has now expanded to 250 mandis spread over 10 states, the PMO statement said.

13 states have completed the process of amending the APMC Act, the meeting was told, after which the Prime Minister urged the remaining states to quickly make the required changes in the APMC Act, so that e-NAM could be enabled across the country.

He said the farmer can benefit only if ‘Assaying’ and ‘Grading’ facilities are made available, so that the farmer can market his produce in mandis across the country.

He also invited Chief Secretaries of states to give their suggestions on e-NAM.

PTI

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

7th CPC Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula: Gist of Meeting held on 25.10.2016 about Allowances, 7th CPC to Autonomous Bodies, GDS Bonus and other issues


7th CPC Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula: Gist of Meeting held on 25.10.2016 about Allowances, 7th CPC to Autonomous Bodies, GDS Bonus and other issues

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, new Delhi - 110001

CIRCULAR DATED 26TH OCTOBER 2016

REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA
2ND MEETING OF THE GROUP OF SENIOR OFFICERS WITH JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE

DISAPPOINTING

REVISION-MINIMUM-PAY-FITMENT-FORMULA

2nd Meetings of the Group of Senior Officers (Constituted as per the assurance given by Group of Minister to NJCA) to discuss the grievances arising out of recommendations related to 7th Central Pay Commission, was held with JCM (NC) staff side on 24.10.2016 at 4 PM. The staff side explained in detail the justification for modification in the minimum pay and fitment formula, which was already explained in the memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015 and also in the presentation made before Joint Secretary Implementation Cell and Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary.

From the response of the Senior Officers, it is not clear whether they are mandated to submit a proposal on increasing the Minimum Pay and Fitment formula to Government, as assured by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016. Eventhough, the time frame of four months is almost over, the urgency and seriousness was lacking on the part of the Group of officers. It seems that that Government is adopting a delaying tactics or to deny the assured increase. Perhaps, they may recommend an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula at a later date, but it is quite uncertain.

Confederation National Secretariat after reviewing these developments has decided to intensify the campaign and agitational programmes demanding the Government to honour its assurance given to NJCA leadership and also to settle the 20 point charter of demands. Make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme a grand success. Ensure maximum participation of employees in the 15th December 2016 massive Parliament March. Get ready for strike.

ALLOWANCE COMMITTEE MEETING ON DOP&T SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES
Meeting of the Allowance Committee to discuss the DOP&T Specific allowances was held on 25.10.2016. Secretary, Department of Personnel Chaired the meeting. Important allowances like Children Education Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Overtime Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Dress Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Patient Care Allowance, Family planning Allowance, Risk Allowance etc. are discussed. The Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and interacted with staff side on certain points. No commitment on any allowance was given.


JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL : STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
The JCM (NC) Standing Committee meeting under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel was held on 25.10.2016. All agenda items were discussed. Some of the items are - JCM functioning, Compassionate appointments, amendment to the definition of anomaly, Changing MACP conditions, Ex-Servicemen pay fixation, Pay fixation option on promotion after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016, GDS bonus enhancement to 7000/-, casual labour regularization and bonus enhancement, filling up of vacancies, upgradation of LDCs to UDCs, one time relaxation of LTC-80 availed by air by purchasing tickets from other than authorized agents, Restoration of Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance and Advance of leave salary, grant of entry pay recommended by 6th CPC to the promotes, reimbursement of actual medical expenditure incurred by the employees in a recognised hospital etc.

Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and clarified certain points. No final decision was taken on any of the agenda items. Gist published below. Minutes will be published later. It was informed that based on the discussion, each item will be examined further and decision will be taken.


AUTONOMOUS BODIES : EXTENSION OF 7TH CPC REVISED PAY STRUCTURE AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS
The issue was raised in the JCM Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 by the staff side. The official side informed that an overall review regarding the performance and financial viability etc. of each Autonomous body is being carried out by the Government. Only after completing the process decision regarding extension of 7th CPC revised pay structure and pensionary benefits, Bonus etc. will be taken. Extension of the benefits depends upon the policy decision of the Government. Hence the official side has not told any time frame for final decision. It is likely to be delayed.

Confederation has already included the demands of the employees of the autonomous bodies in its 20 point charter of demands. All Unions/Associations/Federation and employees of all autonomous bodies are requested to understand the gravity of the situation and make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme and 15th December 2016 Parliament March a grand success. Join the Parliament March with your flags, banners and placard with demands. Let the Government understand the discontentment and protest of employees and pensioners of Autonomous bodies. There is no short-cut to get our justified demand accepted by the Government.


GDS BONUS ENHANCEMENT TO 7000
This issue was discussed in the JCM Standing Committee meeting as a notified agenda. The official side informed that the file is still under process in the Finance Ministry and a decision is yet to be taken. Once the approval of the Finance Ministry is given the proposal is to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.
All affiliates and C-O-Cs are once again requested to extend full support and solidarity to the proposed Postal Strike on 9th & 10th November 2016, demanding bonus calculation ceiling limit enhancement to 7000/- for GDS and immediate payment of revised wages to casual labourers from 01.01.2006. Conduct solidarity demonstration in front of important Postal/RMS office on 9th & 10th November 2016.

GIST OF THE JCM STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 25.10.2016

Meeting was held under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel. Items discussed and outcome is given below.

1. JCM FUNCTIONING
Decision: After discussion Secretary (P), assured that the JCM would be activated and steps may be taken to hold regular meetings of JCM at National and Departmental level.

2. COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT:
Decision: The demand of the staff side to remove 5% ceiling would be considered after studying the various. Supreme Court Judgments and the decisions of previous National Council JCM meetings.

3. RESTORATION OF INTEREST FREE ADVANCES WITHDRAWN BY THE GOVERNMENT BASED ON 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS
Decision: The demand of the staff side to restore Festival advance, Natural Calamity advance and leave salary advance will be examined further.

4. AMENDMENT TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “ANOMALY”
Decision: The proposal given by the staff side would be considered is consultation with Department of Expenditure.

5. FIXATION OF PAY OF RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN
Decision: The anomalies in the fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen is under consideration of DOP&T.

6. OPTION FOR THOSE TO BE PROMOTED AFTER 25.07.2016, I.E. AFTER THE NOTIFICATION OF CS (REVISED PAY) RULES 2016.

Decision: This issue would be considered by the Implementation Cell of 7th CPC.

7. WITHDRAWL OF NEW CONDITIONS FOR THE GRANT OF MACP
Decision: The demand of the Staff Side for withdrawl of “Very Good” grading would be re-examined. Some more items related to Ministry of Defence was also discussed.

8. BONUS CEILING TO BE RAISED TO 7000 FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAK EMPLOYEES OF POSTAL DEPARTMENT
Decision: Revision of Bonus ceiling for GDS and Casual Labourers would be considered by Department of Expenditure.

9. REGULARISATION OF CASUAL LABOURERS
Decision: The proposal of the staff side for regularization of all casual labourers would be considered after considering various Supreme Court judgements.

10. FILLING UP OF EXISTING VACANT POSTS
Decision: Since there is no ban on recruitment, vacancies can be filled up. Instructions in this regard will be issued once again.

11. UPGRADATION OF THE POSTS OF LOWER DIVISION CLERKS TO UPPER DIVISION CLERKS
Decision: The demand of the staff side would be considered in consultation with other Ministries.

12. GRANT OF ONE TIME RELAXATION TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE AVAILED LTC-80 AND TRAVELLED BY AIR BY PURCHASING TICKETS FROM OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED AGENCIES
Decision: The proposal of Ministry of Defence in this regard is under examination of DOP&T

13. GRANT OF ENTRY PAY RECOMMENDED BY 6TH CPC TO THE PROMOTEES UNDER THE PROVISION OF CCS (RP) RULES 2008
Decision: - The Judgment of Chennai CAT and Principal Bench New Delhi would be examined by DOP&T and Department of Expenditure.

14. REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY THE EMPLOYEES IN A RECOGNIZED HOSPITAL
Decision:  A separate meeting would be held by the Health Ministry with the staff side to discuss this demand.
Fraternally yours,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
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E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Source: Confederationhq blog

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