Thursday, 14 April 2016

OROP Anomalies : Write your views and suggestions to MoD and DESW

OROP Anomalies : Write your views and suggestions to MoD and DESW

Public Notice for addressing anomalies on One Rank One Pension (OROP)

F. No. 12(39)/2015/D(Pen/Pol)(Part-V)
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare
D(Pension/Policy)

New Delhi, Dated 13.04.2016
Public Notice for addressing anomalies on One Rank One Pension (OROP)

Government of India, Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare vide notification No. 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Pol)/Part-II dated 07.11.2015 issued orders for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for Defence pensioners. Detailed implementation orders of OROP with 101 tables containing revised pensions of different ranks and categories have also been issued by MoD, DESW vide order No. 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)-Part-II dated 03.02.2016 and uploaded on the website of DESW at www.desw.gov.in. The Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs) have been authorized to carry out revision of pension of pre 1.7.2014 pensioners drawing pension as on 1.7.2014 in terms of MoD order dated 3.2.2016 with applicable rates of Dearness relief without calling for any applications from the pensioners and without any further authorization from the Pension Sanctioning Authorities concerned.

2. All affected Defence Forces pensioners of various categories, Pensioners’ Association and all concerned authorities are requested to take note of these orders for their information and further necessary action.

3. In order to take cognizance of anomalies that may arise in implementation of OROP orders, its implication on service matters including inter-services issues, Government has appointed a one-member Judicial committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court vide MoD notification No. 12(01)/2014-D (pen/Pol)-Part¬II dated 14th December, 2015.

4. Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, Defence Pensioners’ Associations can submit their representation, suggestions/views on the revised pension as notified under above orders, to the MoD, DESW through post or by email at addresses mentioned below by 29th April 2016
Postal Address: Under Secretary/D(Pension/Policy)

Room No. 220A, ‘B’ Wing
Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011
Email ID: us-pen-pol@desw.gov.in
(R.K. Arora)
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)
Tele: 01123012973
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Authority: www.desw.gov.in

NFIR write to Railway Board to settle the issue of stepping up of pay of Seniors drawing less pay than the Juniors

NFIR write to Railway Board to settle the issue of stepping up of pay of Seniors drawing less pay than the Juniors

Stepping up of pay of Seniors drawing less pay than the Juniors consequent on fixation of pay due to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations between Direct Recruits and Promotees – item no. 8 and para no. 20 & 21 of the Record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM held on 7th May 2014

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110055
Dated: 11/04/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Stepping up of pay of Seniors drawing less pay than the Juniors consequent on fixation of pay due to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations between Direct Recruits and Promotees – item no. 8 and para no. 20 & 21 of the Record Note of the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM held on 7th May 2014.

NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/6th CPC/Main10/Pt. 11 dated 10/11/2014 addressed to Secretary/DoP&T and copies endorsed to Secretary (Pers), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and Secretary (E), Railway Board.

(ii) DoP&T’s O.M. No. 1046768/2015-Estt(Pay-1) dated 9th March, 2015 addressed to Railway Ministry and copy endorsed to NFIR.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/6th CPC/Main10/Part 11 dated 15/04/2015 & 02/03/2016.

(iv) Railway Board’ s letter No.PC-VI/2010/I/RSRP/1 daIed 22/03/2016.

The’reply vide Board’s letter dated, 22/03/2016, in response to NFIR’s letter dated 02/03/2016, is disappointing as the Railway Board have failed to appreciate the situation narrated by the Federation to the Secretary, DoP&T in its letter dated 10/11/2014, to which the DoP&T responded as under:-

“Department of Expenditure had, after the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee, allowed stepping up of pay to promotees with reference to Direct Recruits subject to certain conditions, including there being an element of direct recruitment, an actual junior receiving more pay etc. They’ however, decided that no general order be issued. Accordingly, Ministry of Railways may take up the matter with the Department of Expenditure for issuing of instructions, if any”.

It is needless to mention that the action as mentioned above is needed to be taken at the level of Railway Ministry (Railway Board) for which reference needs to be made to the Department of Expenditure for the purpose of issuing instructions in favour of Railway employees. This is also clear from the fact that the issue was raised in the Standing Committee meeting of NC/JCM held on 07th May 2014 refer Item No. 8 (Para 20 & 21) of the record note of the meeting. Federation is sad to point out that the Railway Board instead of taking action as per the minutes of Standing Committee meeting of NC/JCM has acted differently and have sent a copy of Board’s instructions dated 17/02/2010 to the Federation, which are not at all related to the issue involved. however without examining the issue in consultation with the Department of Expenditure.

Federation once again desires to re-iterate that already a period of more than one year has passed, unfortunately, the action needed to be taken in the matter at Board’s level has not been taken yet.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to take action as indicated by the DoP&T and formulate a proposal to the Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) in consultation with the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Central Government Employees to declare family assets for three years by July

Central Government Employees to declare family assets for three years by July

Central government employees were today told to file details of their assets and liabilities, along with that of their spouses and dependent children, as part of mandatory obligations under Lokpal Act by July.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked secretaries of all Central government ministries and chief secretaries of state governments to ensure that employees working under their control file the declarations in time, under its OM No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B).

The move comes as the deadline for filing of these returns was yesterday extended for the fifth time, till July 31.

Employees have to file three declarations–one each for 2014, 2015 and 2016. There are about 50 lakh Central government employees.

The declarations under the Lokpal law are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules.

Employees have to give details like cash in hand, bank deposits both in domestic and in foreign, investment in bonds, debentures, shares and units in companies or mutual funds, insurance policies, provident fund, personal loans and advance given to any person or entity, among others.

They also have to declare expensive furniture, fixtures, antiques, paintings and electronic equipment if the total current value of any particular asset in any particular category (e.g. furniture, fixtures, electronic equipments) exceeds two months’ basic pay or Rs one lakh.

As per rules, notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, every public servant shall file declaration, information and annual returns pertaining to his assets and liabilities as on March 31 every year or on or before July 31 of that year.

For 2014, the last date for filing returns was September 15 of that year. It was first extended till December 2014, then till April 30, 2015 and third extension was up to October 15. The date was then extended to April 15, this year for filing of returns for 2014 and 2015.

Now it has been extended till July 31, 2016 and employees have to file one returns each for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by this new date.

PTI

All Banks asked to calculate 6% Dearness Relief for central government pensioners

All Banks asked to calculate 6% Dearness Relief for central government pensioners

All banks have been asked to calculate revised amount of pension following the recent six per cent hike in Dearness Relief (DR), the Centre has said.

The President is pleased to decide that the DR payable to central government pensioners and family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119 per cent to 125 per cent with effect from January 1, 2016,” an order issued by Ministry of Personnel, Public grievances and Pensions said.

“It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalised banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case,” the order F.No.42/06/2016-P&PW(G) issued on Monday said.

There are about 58 lakh pensioners.

The Union Cabinet had on March 23, approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to central government employees and DR to pensioners from this year onwards to compensate for price rise.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be of Rs 6,796.50 crore per annum and Rs 7,929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017).

The offices of Accountant General and authorised pension disbursing banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of this instruction without waiting for any further orders from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India, the order said.

PTI

Rajasthan government announced 6% hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) of its employees.

Rajasthan government announced six per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) of its employees.
Rajasthan-Government-DA-HIKE


Dearness Relief (DR) for the pensioners has also been increased by six per cent. The DA hike would be effective from January 1, 2016, a release said.

The prevalent DA of the state government employees was 119 per cent and has been increased to 125 per cent of the basic pay.

Nearly eight lakh employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners would be benefited by these hikes, it said.
DA hike would also be applicable for employees of the Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads, among others.
The increased DA would be paid in cash from April 1.

The arrears on account of the increased DA from January 1 to March 31 would be credited in the GPF accounts of the employees appointed before January 1, 2004 while the arrears of the hiked DA for the three months would be paid in cash to the employees appointed after January 1, 2004.

The increased Dearness Relief to the pensioners and family pensioners would also be paid in cash.
The burden on the state exchequer would be Rs 1,120 crore in the current financial year.

PTI

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