Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Cabinet approved 6% DA and DR for Central Govt Employees and Pensioners due from 1.1.2016

Cabinet approved 6% DA and DR for Central Govt Employees and Pensioners due from 1.1.2016
Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016
DA-DR-Central-Government-Employees-Pensioners

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
23-March, 2016

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 119 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be of Rs. 6796.50 crore per annum and Rs.7929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017).

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Vacancies of Assistant Director (Section Officer) and Assistant of CSS in Regional Offices of Staff Selection Commission – regarding

No.21/3/2015-CS-I(S)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, the 22nd March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Vacancies of Assistant Director (Section Officer) and Assistant of CSS in Regional Offices of Staff Selection Commission – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 30.11.2015, wherein vacancies of Assistant Directors (Section Officer) and Assistants of CSS in various regional offices of Staff Selection Commission were circulated. As no applications have been received against the following posts, it has been decided to re-circulate these vacancies:

Sl. No. Name of the post SSC Regional
Office
No. of vacancies
1. Assistant Director (SO) Raipur 01
2. Assistant Raipur 01

2. Ministries/Departments are once again requested to circulate these vacancies among CSS officers and forward applications of willing officers to CS-I Division, DoPT by 15th April, 2016. The applications should be submitted in the format enclosed. While forwarding applications, vigilance status of the officer should also be indicated.
(Chandra Shekhar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Ph:24624046
To
All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India
(Under Secretary (Admn.Estt.))

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Training programme of Cook Category for Canteen Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens – Nominations from Ministries/Departments

Training programme of Cook Category for Canteen Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens – Nominations from Ministries/Departments
IMMEDIATE
No.25/1/2013-Dir.(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
*****
Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, dated 22nd March, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Training programme of Cook Category for Canteen Employees of Non-Statutory Departmental Canteens – Nominations from Ministries/Departments – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 10th July, 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that various Ministries/Deptts. were requested to forward nominations of the canteen employees to impart training. The training programme is mandatory and will be organized in the Institute of Hotel Management/FCIs located across the country. The duration of the training programme would be 6 days. The schedule dates of training programmes would be intimated accordingly. TA/DA for trainees as admissible will be borne by the respective Ministry/Department.

2. The Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi has intimated that they are organising two programmes for Cook Category starting from 18.04.2016 and 25.04.2016 and the dates of subsequent programmes would be informed in due course of time.

3. It is requested that all the Ministries/Department’s may please forward nominations of canteen employees in the enclosed proforma – I to the Department of Personnel and Training by 04.04.2016.
(Abhay Jain)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel. No. 24646961
Encl As above.

To
1.All Ministries/Department of the Government of India as per standard list. (Director/Deputy Secretaries Incharge, Administrative Division/Wing) for necessary action/further dissemination to all concerned establishments under them.
2. Sh. Alok Shivpuri, Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, New Delhi.
3. Ministry of Tourism (Shri Vijay Kumar, Consultant), C-1, Hutments, Dalhousie Road, New Delhi.

Proforma-I
Name of the
Ministries/Departments/Offices —————————————-

(For Delhi
S.No. Designation Name of the
Employee
Remarks
1. Halwai-cum-Cook

2. Asstt. Halwai-cum-Cook

3. Canteen Attendant


DOPT Circular

Personal information under RTI Act

Personal information under RTI Act

The Department of Personnel and Training have been impressing upon the public authorities to disclose maximum information proactively, so that public at large need not file RTI applications to seek information held by the public authorities.

In this regard, it was brought to the notice of the public authorities from time to time that they may not disclose personal information of an individual as it does not serve any public interest.
Some of the stakeholders have objected to disclosure of personal information as it would put the lives of the information seekers at risk.

Based on directions from High Court of Kolkata in the matter of Shri Avishek Goenka Vs UOI and in the interest of stakeholders, the DOPT is inviting comments from the stakeholders on draft OM within 15 days. These comments may be sent to Shri R.K. Girdhar, US (RTI) through e-mail only at usrti-dopt@nic.in.

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7th Pay Commission Latest News: MACP benchmark ‘Good’ to be continued

7th Pay Commission Latest News: MACP benchmark ‘Good’ to be continued

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Central Government Employees have been demanding since the the 7th Pay Commission submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the removal of the provision of benchmark ‘Very Good’ for MACP, which has been recommended from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ by the Pay Commission.

The Finance Minister sources said the Empowered Committee of Secretaries on the 7th pay commission recommendations headed by cabinet secretary P K Singh, was not ‘rigid’ on the issue. “There is scope for solution of all outstanding issues including this through discussions.”

All central government employees unions’ discussed with the official of Implementation Cell of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, in their office to removal the ‘Very Good’ benchmark provision from the pay commission report before its implementation.

The employees unions’ pressed for removal of ‘Very Good’ clause instead of ‘Good’ for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) in the 7th Pay Commission report, which it termed as “unconstitutional” and “anti-government employees” as the commission proposed “withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark ‘Very Good’ either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.”

“The provision of the benchmark for MACP from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ on recommendations of the Pay Commission is under review. The Ministry is considering for continuing existing ‘Good’ batchmark for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) after discussions with all stakeholders,” the sources told The Sen Times.

The Sources said that the government wanted to finalise all the issue before June, it’s not possible as a bit more time is needed.

They, however, confirmed that government would settle the all matter within June, ‘come what may’.
The 7th Pay Commission has recommended in November the minimum basic pay of central government employees is Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum is Rs 2.25 lakh per month, its increased the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8.

The government set up a 13-member Empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha for processing the report of the 7th Pay Commission, which will submit its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by June end for cabinet nod, the sources added.

The implementation cell of the Pay Commission in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee and it is looking into the anomalies of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, will sent its report to Empowered Committee in June, sources informed us.

Tax benefit available under National Pension System (NPS)

Tax benefit available under National Pension System (NPS)

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B- 14/A, Chhatrapati shivaji Bhawan
Qutab Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi – 110 016

PFRDA/23/CORP/20/5
25th February, 2016
Dear sir,
Subject: Tax benefit available under National Pension System (NPS)

You would be aware that under the National Pension System (NPS), the subscribers can avail of tax benefit under Sec 80CCD(1), up to 10% of their salary (Basic+DA) which is capped at Rs.1.50 lakhs under section 80CCE. From FY 2015-16, an additional tax deduction over and above the Rs.1.5 Lakhs, is available only to subscribers of NPS if they invest upto Rs.50,000 in NPS under Sec 80CCD(IB) of the Income Tax Act. any citizen of India including persons covered under old defined benefit pension scheme can open NPS account on voluntary basis and avail of the tax benefits u/s 80 CCD (IB) by contributing additionally Rs.50,000/- to NPS.

2. This additional tax benefit on investment upto Rs.50000/- provides an opportunity not only to those employees who are mandatorily covered under NPS, but also to all other employees who may be covered under old pension scheme/provident fund/superannuation fund, as well as to any other Indian citizen between 18 to 60 years of age, to avail of this tax benefit by opening an NPS account on voluntary basis and by investing the required amount.

3. PFRDA has provided an easy and convenient way to subscribe to NPS by recently introducing eNPS, which any individual can make use of to join NPS. A new subscriber can adopt the following eNPS methods for joining NOS:

(a) Using Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI which is authenticated through OTP received from UIDAI on the registered mobile of the applicant. In this case, the subscriber can instantly get himself/herself registered. He/she has to simply visit the eNPS module in NPS Trust website at www.npst.org.in.

(b) Using PAN and net banking of the selected bank chosen by the subscriber. In this case KYC verification is done by the Bank. The NPS account gets activated only after KYC verification by Bank. He/she has to go to eNPS module in NPS Trust website at www.npstrust.org.in.

4. A new subscriber can also open an account physically through any of the Points-of-Presence-Service Provider (POP-SP). The list is available on www.pfrda.org.in.

5. Therefore, your employees who are not NPS members can open their NPS account, and make contributions using any of the three options mentioned above. Existing NPS subscribers can also make additional contributions to avail of the tax benefit by using any of the options as stated above.

6. Contribution upto Rs.50,000 in NPS for the additional tax benefit in the current year has to be made by 31-03-2016 and it is important that this message be conveyed to all your staff members and employees right upto the level of DDOs/DTOs, at the earliest. This will definitely help in their tax planning.

7. We request you to disseminate the above information to all concerned.

with regards,

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(Mamta Rohit)
Chief General Manager


Source: pcdacc.gov.in

Age limit for entry into various entry schemes in Army & Shortage of Officers in Army

Age limit for entry into various entry schemes in Army & Shortage of Officers in Army

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2423
ANSWERED ON: 11.03.2016

    Shortage of Officers in Army

KIRTI (JHA) AZAD
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether there is a shortage of Officers in the Indian Army against the total number of sanctioned posts for officers, if so, the details thereof;

(b) the age limit of officers in combat and combat support cadres at present; and

(c) whether the Government is considering to lower the age limit of officers in combat and combat support cadres, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

    ANSWER


MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SHRI MANOHAR PARRIKAR)

(a) to (c): A statement is attached.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2423 FOR ANSWER ON 11.3.2016

(a) In Army (excluding Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Service), as on 01.07.2015, against the authorized strength of 49,631 officers, held strength of officers was 40,525 with a shortage of 9,106 officers.

(b) Age limit for entry into various entry schemes in Army is as under:

S. No.     Entry scheme     Age limit
(i)     National Defence Academy     16½ to 19½ years
(ii)     Combined Defence Services     19 to 22 years
(iii)     Technical Graduate Course Entry     20 to 27 years
(iv)     National Cadet Corps Special Entry
[Short Service Commission (Non Technical)]     19 to 25 years
(v)     University Entry Scheme     18 to 24 years (pre-final year)
19 to 25 years (final year)
(vi)     Short Service Commission (Non Technical)     19 to 25 years
(vii)     Short Service Commission (Technical)     20 to 27 years
(viii)     10 + 2 (Technical Entry Scheme)     16½ to 19½ years
(ix)     Army Cadet College (from Other Ranks)     20 to 27 years
(x)     Special Commissioned Officers (from Other Ranks).     28 to 35 years.

(c) Presently, there is no proposal to lower the age limit for entry of officers in Indian Army.

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