Tuesday, 5 April 2016

7th Pay Commission award to stoke inflation, push up GDP: RBI report

7th Pay Commission award will put an upward pressure of 1-1.5 per cent on inflation, but is expected to boost GDP by around 40 bps during the current fiscal, RBI said in a report today.

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At the same time, the central bank remained confident of meeting its March 2017 retail inflation target of 5 per cent.

“Assuming that the government implements the 7th Pay commission recommendations by the second quarter of 2016-17, CPI inflation could be, on average, 100-150 bps higher than the baseline in 2016-17. Its impact is expected to persist up to 24 months,” Governor Raghuram Rajan said in the a report released along with the monetary policy document.

The report, however, noted that the 7th Pay Commission award will boost GDP by around 40 bps during the current fiscal.

The 7th Pay Commission award impact will also jack up food prices, the report said, adding that “food prices could consequently increase, leading to inflation rising above the baseline by 80-100 bps in 2016-17, even assuming effective government policies relating to food stocks, procurement and minimum support prices”.

On achieving the inflation target (6 per cent in January this year), the Governor said inflation has evolved along the projected trajectory and the January 2016 target was met with a marginal undershoot.

“Going forward, CPI inflation is expected to decelerate modestly and remain around 5 per cent in FY17 with small inter-quarter variations,” he said, but warned that there are uncertainties surrounding this inflation path emanating from recent unseasonal rains, the likely spatial and temporal distribution of monsoons, the low reservoir levels by historical averages, and the strength of the recent upturn in commodity prices, especially oil.

Persistence of inflation in certain services warrants watching, mainly due to 7th Pay Commission award, he said, while there will be some offsetting downside pressures stemming from tepid demand in the global economy. But the government’s effective supply-side measures keeping a check on food prices, and “the government’s commendable commitment to fiscal consolidation” will have a salutary impact on inflation.
On growth, which it has retained at 7.6 percent for this fiscal, the report said, “The uneven recovery in growth in FY16 is likely to strengthen gradually in FY17, assuming normal monsoons, the likely boost to consumption demand from the implementation of the pay commission and OROP, and continuing monetary policy accommodation.”

The gross value add growth projection for 2016-17 is retained at 7.6 per cent, “with risks evenly balanced”.

PTI

Educational qualification for recruitment to Group ‘C’ posts in S&T Departments on the Railways

Educational qualification for recruitment to Group ‘C’ posts in S&T Departments on the Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 25/2016
No. E(NG) II/2001/RR-1/6
New Delhi, Dated : 7.03.2016
The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units
Chairmen/ Railway Recruitment Boards.

Sub: Educational qualification for recruitment to Group ‘C’ posts in S&T Departments on the Railways.

Attention in invited to this office letter of even number dated 29/8/2014 (RBE No. 92/2014) and 17/6/2015 (RBE No. 66/2015) prescribing minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to the post of Junior Engineer and Senior Section Engineer in various departments on the Railways. Minimum educational qualification for open market recruitment to post JE/SSE in S&T Department has been prescribed as under:-

Junior Engineer (Signal)Junior Engineer (Tele) Junior Engineer (Drawing, Design & Estimation) PB-2, Rs. 9300-34800(GP: Rs. 4200) Three years Diploma in (a) Electrical/ Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering OR (b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Electrical/Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering from a recognized University/ Institute.
Sr. Section Engineer (Signal)Sr. Section Engineer (Tele.) Sr. Section Engineer (Drawing, Design & Estimation) PB-2, Rs. 9300-34800(GP: Rs. 4600) Four years Bachelor’s Degree in (a) Electrical /Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering or M.Sc. Electronics OR (b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Electrical/Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering from a recognized University/ Institute.
  1. Pursuant to references received from field units, review of the same has been undertaken in consultation with Signal & Telecommunication Directorates of this Ministry and it has been decided by the Board that henceforth minimum qualification for open market recruitment stand modified as under:-
Junior Engineer (Signal)Junior Engineer (Tele) Junior Engineer (Drawing, Design & Estimation) PB-2, Rs. 9300-34800(GP: Rs. 4200) Three years Diploma in (a) Electrical/ Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering/ Computer Science & Engineering/Computer Science/ Computer Engineering OR (b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Electrical/Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering from a recognized University/ Institute.
Sr. Section Engineer (Signal)Sr. Section Engineer (Tele.) Sr. Section Engineer (Drawing, Design & Estimation) PB-2, Rs. 9300-34800(GP: Rs. 4600) Four years Bachelor’s Degree in (a) Electrical /Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering/Computer Science & Engineering/ Computer Science/ Computer Engineering or M.Sc. Electronics OR (b) a combination of any sub stream of basic streams of Electrical/Electronics/ Information Technology/ Communication Engineering from a recognized University/ Institute.

3. These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitment for the above said categories where notification has been published will be governed by past instructions on the subject.

4. Advance Correction Slip (ACS) to Indian Railway Establishment Manual, Volume-I (Revised Edition – 1989), First Re-print Edition, 2009 will follow.

Please acknowledge receipt
(This disposes of West Central Railway’s letter No. WCR/HQ/Rectt/122/CG/12/14-15 dated 29/6/2015)

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt (N)-II
Railway Board
Source: NFIR

Compulsory Retirement – Cracking down on CG Employees

Since the exercise is believed to have been kicked off at the instance of the Prime Minister’s Office, chances are that several more employees may be shown the door.

Compulsory Retirement – Cracking down on CG Employees – While there was always a rule to compulsorily retire bureaucrats, the rule applies to only those who are at least 50 years old.

CG employees may get 3-4 times the salaries of their private sector counterparts, especially at the lower-to-medium levels, but the security of tenure that they enjoyed is now under threat because of the compulsory retirement threat.

A study for the 7th Pay Commission found a fresh government nurse earned 3.4 times her private sector counterpart, a teacher 2.7 times and a driver 2.3 times. While there was always a rule to compulsorily retire bureaucrats, the rule applies to only those who are at least 50 years old – on grounds of either corruption or inefficiency, this has rarely been used.

According to The Economic Times that reported the use of an obscure Rule 56(j) to sack 15 customs and central excise officials —including two at the level of commissioners—this was last invoked three decades ago. Indeed, a few months before it demitted office in 2014, the UPA government reiterated the rule, but it did precious little about it. The NDA reissued the order last September, but made its intentions clear since, while doing so, the order excerpted various Supreme Court judgments on this – in other words, CG employees were warned that the highest court in the land had ruled in favour of this in the past.

In the case of State of Gujarat vs Umedbhai M Patel, the SC had ruled that “whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest”. It then went on to say, according to the DoPT circular, “For better administration, it is necessary to chop off dead wood, but the order of compulsory retirement can be passed after having due regard to the entire service record of the officer.”

Since the exercise is believed to have been kicked off at the instance of the Prime Minister’s Office, chances are that several more employees may be shown the door.

However, there are enough checks since there will be review panels before the compulsory retirement and then there is the process of appeal to the tribunal as well as to the courts.

Source: FE

CSD Canteen facility to Defence Family Pensioners – DDGCS letter issued on 10.3.2016

CSD Canteen facility to Defence Family Pensioners – DDGCS letter issued on 10.3.2016

Grant of Canteen Facilities to the Family Pensioners of Retired Defence Civilians: DDGCS letter
Annexure-I
Integrated HQ of MOD (Army)
Quartermaster General’s Branch
Dy Dte Gen Canteen Services
Wing-III, West Block-III, RK Puram
New Delhi – 66
No. 95350/Q/DDGCS/POLICY/15/2016
10 Mar 2016

GRANT OF CANTEEN FACILITIES TO THE FAMILY PENSIONERS OF RETIRED DEFENCE CIVILIANS

1. Further to this HQ letter No. 96301/Q/DDGCS/Policy dated 12 Aug 2015.

2. Govt of India, MoD vide letter No. 8(14)/2015 dated 04 Mar 2016 has extended Canteen facilities to family pensioners of retired Defence Civilian employees. The procedure for processing of application will be as per this Dte letter No. 96301/Q/DDGCS/Policy dated 12 Aug 2015. The applicant must write Family Pensioner of retired defence civilian on the application form.

3. All HQ are requested to disseminate this letter to all Fmns/Units/URCs in their jurisdiction.
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(MP Varghese)
Col
OIC Smart Card Cell
Canteen Services
For DDGCS
Source: http://www.aimesccgdea.org/index.php

Order issued on 10.10.2016
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Order issued on 31.17.2015
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Declaration of assets filing of Returns by public servants on or before 15.4.2016


Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 — filing of Returns by public servants on or before 15th April, 2016 – regarding

No. 407/02/2016-AVD-IV(Lok Pal)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: the 2nd April, 2016
Office Memorandum

Subject: Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 —filing of Returns by public servants on or before 15th April, 2016 – regarding

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the provisions of section 44 of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 whereby every public servant i.e. all categories of public servants as defined under section 2 (0) read with section 14 (1) (a) to (h) of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities. The timelines for filing the declarations/information/annual returns under the said Act are as under:
i. The first return of assets and liabilities as on 1st August, 2014 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – on or before 15th April, 2016

ii. The annual return of assets and liabilities as on 31st March, 2015 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – on or before the 15th April, 2016.

iii. The annual return of assets and liabilities as on 31st March, 2016 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – on or before 31st July, 2016.

iv. The annual return of assets and liabilities for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31st July of that year.
The aforesaid timelines have already been intimated vide this Department’s OM No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) dated 28.03.2016 ,

2. All Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure compliance of the aforementioned provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and in this regard inform and sensitize the societies/Association of persons/trusts under their administrative/financial control about the requirement of the law and deadlines for filing of necessary declarations/returns. To facilitate smooth compliance & information/provisions of section 44 of the Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act, 2013, this department has already placed in the public domain all the relevant rules framed under the said Act, forms in which declarations are required to be made, FAQs etc..

3. This may please be accorded due priority keeping in view that the declarations & returns for the years 2014 & 2015 are required to be filed by all public servants by 15.04.2016 mandatorily.
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(Jishnu Barua)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India
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Authortiy: www.persmin.gov.in

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