Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis alongwith of posting of a Deputy Secretary

Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis alongwith of posting of a Deputy Secretary- furnishing of personal information regarding.

No.4/11/2015-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi -110003
Dated the 19th April, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Promotion of Grade-I (Under Secretary) officers of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis along with posting of a Deputy Secretary – Furnishing of personal information thereof.

The undersigned is directed to say that promotions of officers of Grade-I (Under Secretary) of CSS to the Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) on ad-hoc basis along with posting of a Deputy Secretary are likely to be made shortly.

2. The officers who are to be considered for promotion/posting is at Annexure-I. Details of vacancies that will be available on 01.05.2016 in DSlDirector grade of CSS is at Annexure II.

3. The officers may exercise their choices as per RTP latest by 21.04.2016 (01:00 PM) in the format at Annexure-III. The options should be furnished to Under Secretary, CS-I (D), Department of Personnel and Training through e-mail (uscsoned@gmail.com ). If option is not received from the officers who are in the cadre by 21.04.2016, it will be presumed that the officer concerned has no specific choice and posting will be decided by the Placement Committee accordingly. In case the officers who are on deputation do not furnish their choices by the stipulated time, it will be presumed that they are not willing to repatriate to the cadre to avail ad-hoc promotion and their names will be considered in future only on receipt of  written communication conveying their willingness to repatriate to the cadre to avail promotion.

4. The officers before submission of options should ensure that data in their respect is complete and update in the web based cadre management system (cscms.nic.in). If the data is not complete, it should be first got updated before submission of option.
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Telefax: 24629413
To
Officers listed at Annex.1



Source: Persmin

Incomplete Data in Web Based Cadre Management System for CSS Officers of Under Secretary


Incomplete Data in Web Based Cadre Management System for CSS Officers of Under Secretary

No.21/1/2016-CS.I (U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated the -19 th April 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Incomplete Data in Web Based Cadre Management System for CSS Officers of Under Secretary

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. No.21/1/2016-CS.1 (U) dated 26.02.2016, 08.03.2016 and 30.03.2016 on the subject mentioned above and to say that out of 398 Under Secretaries, information in respect of 58 Officers only have been received.

2. It is, therefore requested that the particulars of retaining Officers in the prescribed format, duly certified by the Admn. Division, may be forwarded at the earliest in order to enable this Department to complete the experience details in the web based cadre management system.
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India
Tel: 24629412
To
The Deputy Secretary/Director (Admn)
Ministries/Departments

DoPT

Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners – PCDA pension circular

Affected Pre-2006 Pensioners will get arrears from 1.1.2006 due to qualifying service issue – PCDA Circulars on 8.4.2016

The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) issued an order regarding the arrears payment for the affected pre-2006 pensioners with effect from 1.1.2006.

“All pension disbursing authorities (PDAs) are therefore, requested to revise the pension in affected cases in terms of Govt. OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A), dated 06-04-2016 w.e.f 01.01.2006. Payment made w.e.f. 01.01.2006 will be adjusted against the arrears now being paid and these cases may be reflected in the monthly account sent to this office as ‘change item’.”

Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners – PCDA pension circular C-149
OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD – 211014
Toll Free No. 1800-180-5321
Circular No: C-149
No:-GI/C/0198/Vol-V/Tech
O/o the Pr.C.D.A. (Pensions)
Draupadighat Allahabad – 211014
Dated:- 08/04/2016

To,
The Treasury Officer
The PO-Master, Kathua, Srinagar (J&K)
The PO-Master, Campbell Bay (Andman & Nicobar)
The Defence Pension Disbursing Officer
————————————–
Pay & Accounts Officer
————————————–
Military & Air Attache, Indian Embassay, Kathmandu, Nepal (through Gorkha Record Officer, Kurnaghat, Gorakhpur)

Director of Accounts, Panji (Goa)
Finance Secretary, Gangtok, PO-I, Thimpu Bhutan
The General Manager (Nodal Officer, PSBs)
All Managers, CPPC of Public Sector Banks.
All Managers, CPPC of Authorized Private Banks.

Subject: Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners – reg.
 Reference: This officer Important Circulars No. 102 dated 11.02.2013 & C-144 dated 14-08-2015.

Attention of all Pension Disbursing Authorities is invited to above cited circulars wherein instructions had been issued for implementation of GOI, Ministry of P,PG and Pensions, Deptt of P&PQ OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A,) dated 28 January, 2013 w.e.f 01.01.2006. According to these orders “The revised pension of the pre-2006 pensioners shall not be less than 50% off the minimum of the pay band + grade pay, corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which pensioner had retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008, Subject to the pension so arrived will be reduced pro-rata, where the pensioner had less than the maximum required service for full pension as per rule 49 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 as applicable before 1.1.2006 and in no case it will be less than Rs. 3500/- p.m”.

(2) Now, GOI, Ministry of P, PG and pension, Dept of P&PW have further issued order under their OM No. 38/37/08 P&PW (A) dated 6th April, 2016, that “The revised consolidated pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall not be lower than 50% of the sum of minimum of the pay in the Pay Band and the Grade Pay (wherever applicable) corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale as per fitment table annexed to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No. 1/1/2008-IC dated 30th August, 2008 without pro-rata reduction of pension even if they had qualifying service of less than 33 years at the time of retirement.” Accordingly, Para 5 of the OM dated 28.01.2013 would stand deleted. The arrears of revised pension would be payable with effect from 01.01.2006.

(3) In case the consolidated pension calculated as per Para 4.1 of OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 01-09-2008 is higher than the pension calculated in the manner indicated in the OM dated 6th April, 2016, the same (higher consolidated pension) will continue to be treated as basic pension.

(4) All other conditions as given in OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 1.9.2008, as amended from time to time shall remain unchanged.

(5) All pension disbursing authorities (PDAs) are therefore, requested to revise the pension in affected cases in terms of Govt. OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW (A), dated 06-04-2016 w.e.f 01.01.2006. Payment made w.e.f. 01.01.2006 will be adjusted against the arrears now being paid and these cases may be reflected in the monthly account sent to this office as ‘change item’.

(6) Where the PDAs are in doubt in regulating the payment of revised pension under these orders, the cases with full details of pensioner and PPO number etc. may be referred to Audit Section of this office for advice and further action.
sd/-
(Dr.Upinderbir Singh)
Dy. CD A (P)
Click to view the original order
Authority: www.pcdapension.nic.in

Central government is set to recruit 2.2 lakh central government employees over a period of two years

Central government is set to recruit 2.2 lakh central government employees over a period of two years from March 1, 2015, despite the Centre’s announcements from time to time on a freeze in fresh recruitments.

The central government’s actual staff on March 1, 2015 was 33.05 lakh, which increased to 34.93 lakh in 2016 and is estimated to grow to 35.23 lakh by March 1, 2017, according to the budget estimates for 2016-17.

This includes the railways — which has not added a single worker to its strength of 13,26,437 in the last three years — but excludes the defence forces.

The biggest increase of 70,000 is projected in the revenue department which comprises income tax and customs, central excise and service tax, followed by central paramilitary forces, projected to rise by 47,000. The strength of the home ministry, excluding paramilitary forces, has increased by 6,000.

The cabinet secretariat, a fairly small department assisting the government, will add 301 employees, going up from 900 in 2015 to 1,201 by March 1, 2017. The I&B ministry added nearly 2,200 personnel in the last two years.

The personnel ministry, which manages government staff, added 1,800 jobs in the last two years, the urban development ministry 6,000, mines ministry 4,399 and department of space 1,000.

However, the financial allocation for salaries and allowances for the revenue department has not shown any major difference, for the reason that the department has not been able to recruit personnel due to slow progress in the cadre restructuring exercise.

Some departments have faced downsizing. Interestingly, there has been a cut in the department of rural development, the focus area of the government, where the strength has come down from 538 in 2015 to 472 in 2016-17.

A major reason for the spurt in hiring is that many departments faced acute staff crunch in Group B and C categories due to a moratorium on fresh recruitments for the past several years.

A lot of the new appointments have been in these categories. Vacancies have piled up over the years. More than six lakh posts are vacant in various central government ministries, according to the personnel ministry.

On second thought, DoPT does not want to scrap Pensions Act

On second thought, DoPT does not want to scrap Pensions Act

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has decided against scrapping a 145-year-old law, which exempts pension from being “attached or sequestered”, though a bill seeking its abrogation from statute book has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Earlier, the DoPT had asked the Law Ministry to include the Pensions Act, 1871 in the repealing bill so it could be removed from the statute book. One of the key provisions of the law is that it exempts pension from attachment by any court. But later, it wrote to the Law Ministry to remove the Act from the repealing bill.

After its passage in the Lok Sabha, the Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015 is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The Law Ministry is the nodal agency for repealing laws which have lost relevance today.

A senior government functionary said that perhaps the realisation that there is no other law in the country which protects pensions led to decision against scrapping the Act.

After the DoPTs request, the Law Ministry approached the Union Cabinet to clear an official amendment to remove the Pensions Act from the repealing bill.

On March 23, the Union Cabinet cleared the official amendments, paving way for the passage of the bill in the upper house. After being cleared by the Rajya Sabha, the bill will travel back to the Lok Sabha to clear the official amendments.

Section 11 of the Act states that “No Pension granted or continued by government on political considerations, or on account of past services or present infirmities or as a compassionate allowance, and no money due or to become due on account of any such pension or allowance, shall be liable to seizure, attachment or sequestration by process of any court at the instance of a creditor, for any demand against the pensioner, or in satisfaction of a decree or order of any such court.”

Another official amendment cleared by the Union Cabinet relates to the Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015. The bill, cleared by the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha, seeks to repeal The Punjab Appropriation Act among other laws. But the Punjab Appropriation Act has already been repealed by the Punjab Legislative Assembly and “inadvertently” became part of the Appropriation (Acts) Repeal Bill, 2015.
The two bills seek to scrap a total of 1,053 Acts which have become redundant and are clogging the statute books.

PTI

New EPF Rules to Come into Force after April 30

New EPF Rules to Come into Force after April 30

On Feb 10, 2016, the ministry of labour and employment made sweeping changes in the EPF rules restricting the withdrawal of EPF corpus. EPFO rules restricting withdrawal of employees’ provident fund will come into force after April 30.

New EPF Rules to Come into Force after April 30 – The government has deferred the implementation of the new rule till April 30, 2016.

EPFO rules restricting withdrawal of employees’ provident fund will come into force after April 30. This means that in case you are unemployed for 2 months or more and want to withdraw your full EPF you can do so only within the next 15 days. After that the withdrawal amount will be restricted and you will be able to get the full amount only when you turn 58.

On Feb 10, 2016, the ministry of labour and employment made sweeping changes in the EPF rules restricting the withdrawal of EPF corpus.

Hitherto, a member of EPFO could withdraw 100% of the accumulated corpus if unemployed for a period of 2 months or more. The accumulated corpus is a sum of employer’s contribution, employee’s contribution and the interest earned on them. Of course, the person needs to have accumulated some EPF in a previous employment to have a corpus to withdraw at all.

However, the new EPF rules have restricted the amount of withdrawal that a member can make. Under the new rule, a member after being unemployed for 2 months or more can withdraw only his own contribution and the interest earned on it. He can’t withdraw the corpus generated from the employer’s contribution along with the interest earned on it. A member in the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) can withdraw the full Employee Provident Fund (EPF) corpus only after attaining the age of 58 years. So, if you are jobless for 2 months or more and wish to withdraw the full EPF corpus, you just have 15 days to get it out.

The government has deferred the implementation of the new rule till April 30, 2016. From May 1, till 58 years of age you can withdraw only your own contribution in EPF which equals 12% of your basic salary plus the interest if unemployed for 2 months or more. The employer’s contribution plus the interest accumulated will be withdrawable only once you attain the age of 58 years.

We consider a hypothetical scenario wherein a person after being employed for 20 years becomes jobless in the month of Jan, 2016. Assuming his basic salary as Rs 25000 per month for the whole period his own contribution in EPF would be Rs 3000 per month. If he contributes for 20 years, his own contribution of Rs 7.20 lakh (12%*25000*12*20) will yield him a corpus of ​approximately Rs 19 lakh which includes the interest on his contribution.

What’s more, the employer’s contribution of Rs 4.20 lakh will grow to Rs 11.50 lakh approximately which includes the interest component too. In this case, we have assumed an interest rate of 9% per annum compounded yearly for the whole period. As he became jobless in Jan, he is unemployed for a period of more than 2 months as on date.

Under the current rule, if he withdraws his EPF corpus before May 1, then he can withdraw the full corpus of Rs 30.5 lakh. However, if he doesn’t withdraw before May 1, he can take out his own contribution and interest of Rs 19 lakh even after this date provided he remains jobless. However, the remaining Rs 11.50 lakh can be withdrawn only after he reaches the age of 58 years. You can however, withdraw 90% of the employer’s contribution plus interest at the age of 57 years. Importantly, the erstwhile rule of zero interest on inoperative accounts was quashed from April 1. Hence the employer’s contribution lying idle in the EPF account till the age of 58 years will continue to earn interest.

Source: Economic Times

Attestation Form for verification of character and antecedents prior to appointment in Government service

Verification of character and antecedents prior to appointment in Government service, SSC requests UPSC to accept provisional Identity certificate.

DOPT requests UPSC not to insist for an Identity Certificate for appointment in Government service and to dispense away with provisional Identity Certificate

Department of Personnel & Training OM on Identity Certificate while appointment in Government Service.
No. 18011/2(s)/2016-Estt. (B)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
**********
New Delhi, Date: 08th April, 2016.
To
Secretary,
Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi — 110069.

Subject: Attestation Form for verification of character and antecedents prior to appointment in Government service — regarding.

Sir,
A large number of officers are appointed in Government of India through selection process conducted by recruiting agencies like UPSC. Once the list of successful candidates are recommended by these agencies, the appointing authorities undertake an exercise of verification of the character and antecedents of the candidates for which the recommended candidates has to fill up an Attestation Form on which the verification is carried out. At present, the Attestation form includes Identity Certificate.

2. The undersigned has been directed to advice UPSC not to insist for an Identity Certificate and to dispense away with this provision (of the Identity Certificate) in future.

3. This may also be posted on UPSC’s website for information of all concerned.

4. This has the approval of Secretary (P).
Yours faithfully,
(N. Sriraman)
Director
Download DoPT circular No. 18011/2(s)/2016-Estt. (B) dated 08.04.2016

Long term and short term foreign training programmes under DFFT during 2016-17

F. No. 12037/41/2015-FTC
Government of India
Department of Personnel & Training
Training Division
Block No. IV, 3rd Floor, Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi-67 Dated 12.04.2016
To
1. The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/ UTs.
2. The Secretaries of all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Subject: Long term and short term foreign training programmes under DFFT during 2016-17 – reg.

Sir/Madam,
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s letters of even number dated 23.03.2016 and dated 11.04.2016 on the above mentioned subject, and to make the following further clarifications in the matter:

i) As per para 12 of letter dated 23.03.206, for the long term training programmes, namely, MPA Mason Programme (Harvard University), Masters in Public Policy (Cambridge University), Masters in Public Health (John Hopkins University) and Masters in Public Policy (Blavatnik School, Oxford University), interested officers apply directly to the university and undertake admission/selection process as stipulated by the university as a private individual. Once an officer is selected by these Universities, he/she may apply for sponsorship under the DFFT Scheme through their respective controlling authorities along with requisite clearances. Under this, long term programme on Master of Public Policy at Princeton University has been added. Since tuition fee and stipend are given by the University for MPP at Princeton University, eligible officers will be paid air fare on actual basis, subject to entitlement of officers and economy instructions issued by MoF/DoPT from time to time.

ii) The programmes under LSE and LKY, as mentioned in para 3 of the letter dated 11.03.2016 are long term programmes, where, officers having confirmed admissions will be provided full funding if eligible under the DFFT scheme and subject to the availability of slots;
Yours faithfully,
(Deepika Lohra-Aran)
Dy. Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 26168197

Charter of Demands – NFIR requested to the CRB for special initiative related to 7th Pay Commission

Charter of Demands – NFIR requested to the CRB for special initiative related to 7th Pay Commission
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NFIR
National Federation of India Railwaymen
No. II/95/Part VIII
Dated: 13/04/2016
The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub : NFIR’s Charter of Demands – reg

Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES (R.B.) dated 11/01/2016
(ii) NFIR’ s letter No. IV/NJCA(N)/2014-Part I dated 23/01/2016
(iii) NFIR’s letrer No. IV/NFIR 7th CPC/CORRES (R.B) dated 12/01/2016
(iv) NFIR’s letter No. II/95 Part VIII dated 12/02/2016
(v) NFIR’s letter No. II/95/Part VIII dated 14/03/2016.
(vi) NFIR’s lefferNo. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES (R.8.) dated 11/04/2016.
(vii)Railway Board’ s letter No. 2015/E(LR)/I1/1/8 dated 08/03/2016
(viii) Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/E(LR)II/2 dated 14/15-03-2016.

Kind attention is invited to the references cited above on the pending issues of Railway employees as also the issues arisen consequent upon retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC.

During the. meeting of Empowered Committee of secretaries held on 1St March 2016 under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, the JCM (Staff Side) Members have explained on 26 point Charter of Demands and “Strike Decision” in the event negotiated settlement is not reached. After hearing the JCM (Staff Side) Members, on each issue listed in the Charter of Demands, the Cabinet Secretary said that adequate time is needed to facilitate inter-departmental consultations to crystallize the issues to be processed further. Responding to the suggestion of Cabinet Secretary, the “strike date” has been deferred, hoping that there will be a negotiated settlement on the demands by the end of May 2016.

There are many Railway specific issues which were discussed at the level of CRB & MS on 23/08/2013, 07/02/2014, 20/07/2015, 01/10/2015, 04/02/2016 & 08/02/2016. Consequently, records note of discussions were circulated. In this connection, kind attention is invited to Railway Board’s references No. 2013/E(LR)-IU1/15 dated 02/09/2013, 2013/E(LR)II/1/17 dated 18/02/2014, 2015/E(LR)IU13/3 dated 07/08/2015, 2015/E(LR)II/1/8 dated 27/10/2015, 2015/E(LR)II/1/8 dated 30/11/2015, 2015/E(LR)II/1/8 dated 08/03/2016 & 2016/E(LR)II/1/2 dated 14/15-03-2016.

It is however noticed that commitments given by the Board pursuant to discussions are yet to be implemented. Some issues dealt in the Fast Track Committee meetings and Running Staff issues discussed in the Joint Committee Meetings are yet to be resolved satisfactorily. Orders for stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted prior to 01/01/2006 have not been issued yet even though SLPs were dismissed by the Apex Court.

The delay in finalizing the pending issues is contributing serious unrest among staff of various categories. Added to this situation, the negative and retrograde recommendations of the VIIth Central Pay Commission have generated anger and frustration among Technicians, Technical Supervisors, Running Staff, Safety categories staff, Supervisory Officials, Railway common categories staff etc.

You are aware that in the interaction meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries held on 30th March 2016 under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary, the Federations have explained the uniqueness of Railways and complex and difficult nature of working of Railway employees and the need for modification of 7th CPC recommendations and also rectification of VI CPC anomalies by implementing the agreements reached with the Railway Ministry. The need for exemption of Railways from National Pension System (NPS) and the communications sent by Hon’ble Railway Ministers to this effect to the Hon’ble Finance Minister have also been apprised to the chairman of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries on 30th March, 2016.

As the time is running out, the NFIR once again requests the CRB to kindly take special initiative towards resolving the issues through negotiated settlement at the earliest for preserving industrial peace in the Railways.
Thanking You,
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
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