Thursday, 9 June 2016

INDEFINITE STRIKE NOTICE SERVED TO CABINET SECRETARY

INDEFINITE STRIKE NOTICE SERVED TO CABINET SECRETARY
35 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO COMMENCE INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11TH JULY 2016.

40 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS ALSO WILL JOIN THE PROTEST ACTION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

LARGEST PARTICIPATED STRIKE ACTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO BEGIN AT 6 AM ON 11TH JULY 2016.

PRESS STATEMENT OF CONFEDERATION

PRESS STATEMENT
Dated: 9th June, 2016


As per the decision taken by the NJCA (National Joint Council of Action of Central Government Employees Organisations), Confederation of Central Government employees and workers and all its constituent Associations/Federations in the Postal, Income Tax, Audit, Accounts, Ground Water Board, Printing and Stationery, Survey Departments, Atomic Energy, Central Secretariat, Central Excise and Customs etc. served the strike notice on their respective head of Departments today the 9th June, 2016. At Delhi massive demonstrations were held at Dak Bhawan, Central Revenue Building (ITO) and many other places. The NJCA includes all Associations and Federations of Departments of the Government of India, including Defence and Railways, Postal, Income Tax, Audit, Accounts etc. About 35 lakh Central Government employees are expected to take part in the indefinite strike action which as per the notice will begin from 11th July, 2016. The indefinite strike has become necessary due to the non settlement of the charter of demands submitted to the Government by the NJCA in December, 2015. (Enclosed is the charter of demands and the NJCA letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary on10.12.2015).

The 7th Central Pay Commission submitted its report on 19th November, 2015, after a delay of three months from the stipulated period of 18 months given to them. The three months delay was also caused by the intervention of the Present Finance Minister. It is now more than six months the report is with the Government. The entire 35 lakh workers and the Civil Servant pension community was extremely unhappy

over the recommendations of the 7th CPC which did not address the core issues presented before them and

the wage revisions suggested by the Commission was the lowest in the post independent history of the country. A meagre rise of 14% alone was recommended by the Commission to be effective for a long period

of ten years. The Government has so far failed to take note of the anger and anguish of the employees in the

matter as the wage rise recommended in the face of the unprecedented rise in the inflation during the period

between 2oo6 and 2016. The Government did not either grant any interim relief or even a small financial

benefit in the form of merger of DA which at the setting up of every earlier Pay Commission the Government

had adhered to.

The strike which commences on 11th July, 2016 shall be the largest participated strike action in the independent India as more than 35 lakhs civil servants are expected to join the strike action.

The entire pension community belonging to Civil Pensioners have decided to join the struggle for the Government has indicated that it will not be able to implement the recommendation of the 7th CPC concerning pensioners on the flimsy ground that relevant document required for the revision might not be available with them.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
7th-CPC-Character-of-Demands-Strike

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Minimum wage and Fitment formula

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Minimum wage and Fitment formula

The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71 against 7th CPC recommendation of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57.

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Confederation of Central Government Employees, Karnataka Branch analyses how 7th CPC minimum wage is fixed and why employees are on the losing side.

7th Pay Commission has adopted a formula for fixing the minimum wage and fitment formula in its recommendations. As per this recommendations Basic Pay in Central Government Service has been fixed as Rs. 18000 while highest pay has been fixed as Rs. 2,50,000. As far as existing employees are concerned, the a uniform multiplication factor of 2.57 has been arrived at which has to be multiplied with the existing basic pay of an employee to get the revised basic pay. However, Confederation of Central Government Employees reports that the prices for various essential commodities taken by the 7th Commission for arriving at minimum wage and fitment formula are on the lower side and consequently actual economic inflation in the past 10 years has not been factored in to the recommended 7th CPC pay and allowances.

The following is the analysis of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka Branch with regard to Minimum Wage and Fitment formula adopted by 7th Pay Commission.


Minimum wage and Fitment formula
Comrades,
The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57. The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to Rs 3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to Rs 6500/- increase per month. After deductions & income tax the net increase will be just from Rs 500/- to Rs 3000/- only .
This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up.

There are various reports on 7th Central Pay commission on the media reports on minimum wage of Rs 21000/- & fitment formula of 3.00, (which is at 34% wage hike against the 14% wage hike recommended by the 7thCPC).

The Empowered committee of Secretaries have not finalised any such minimum wage and fitment formula, the meeting is scheduled on 11th June 2016.

Please go through minimum wage as on 1/1/2016 using the prices as on 1/7/2015 of the Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi.
Sources website : http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/QueryReport.aspx

Minimum Wage as per Government  Prices  as on 1/7/2015
Rice  fine/Wheat 42.75 32.45 1387.2375
Dal / Pulses 7.2 112.96 813.20
Raw Vegetables 9 112.96 1016.64
Green Vegetables* 11.25 26.78 301.275
Other Vegetables* 6.75 50 337.5
Fruits 10.8 45 486
Milk Dairy 18 97.92 1762.56
Sugar 5 41.85 209.25
Edible Oil 3.6 142.42 512.712
Fish 2.5 231.67 579.175
Meat Mutton 5 401.95 2009.75
Egg 90 4.68 421.2
Detergents* 1 250 250
Clothes 5.5 279.34 1536.37
Total

10809.6695
Housing @ 7.5%

810.65
Miscellaneous @ 20%

2161.93
Total

13782.2495
Additional @ 25%

3445



17227.2495
Grand Total –


Minimum pay for unskilled worker in the erstwhile Group D

17227
Additional @ 25% for Group “C”

4306.75
Minimum pay for skilled worker in the erstwhile Group “C”

21533.75
 Rounded off to Rs 22000/-


Add 6%  for DA = 125%  difference

646
Actual Minimum wage as on 1/1/2016

22179.75

We should add 10% for difference between retail price and Government rates.  It is clear that we should get minimum wage of Rs 24500 and fitment formula is 24500/ 7000 is 3.40 that is 50% wage hike .
The 7th CPC had provided wrong prices for example

Rice/Wheat Rs 25.93 per kg Dal (Toor/Urad/Moong) Rs 97.84 per kg.

If correct prices were adopted by the 7th CPC and correct methodology is adopted we would have got better minimum wage and fitment formula,

Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50 % wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit.
Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never.  Serve strike notice on 9th June 2016.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Revision of Casualty Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Defence Pensioners – Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners / Family pensioners


PCDA advises Pension Disbursing Agencies to step up the casualty Pensionary Award of the affected Pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners

Revision of Casualty Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Defence Pensioners – Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners / Family pensioners.

PCDA has released a Circular No.560 dated 08.06.2016 revising the Casualty Pension in respect of Pre-2006 Officers & family pensioners.

Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
Circular No. 560
Dated: 08.06.2016
To,
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second
Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
2. All CMDs, Public Sector Banks including IDBI Bank
3. Nodal Officers, ICICI/ HDFC/ AXIS/ IDBI Banks
4. Managers, All CPPCs
5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
7. The CDA (PD), Meerut
8. The CDA, Chennai
9. The Director of Treasuries, All States.
10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, RK Puram and Tis Hazari, New Delhi
11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
12. The Post Master Kathua (J&K)
13. The Post Master Camp Bell Bay
14. The Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair

Subject: Revision of Casualty Pensionary awards in respect of r/o Pre-2006 Armed Forced Officer and JCOs/ ORs Pensioners/ Family pensioners.

Reference: This office Circular No. 503 dated 17.01.2013,    Circular No.542 dated.27.05.2015, Circular No. 547 and 548 dated 11.09.2015.
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Copy of GOI, MOD letter No. 16(01)/2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 18th May, 2016 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for further necessary action at your end.

2. As per provisions contained in GOI, MOD letter No. 17(4)/2008(1)D (Pen/Policy)/Vol-V dated 15.02.2011 issued in implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of 6th CPC, under which minimum guaranteed rates of various casualty pensionary awards for Pre-2006 Armed Forces Officers and JCOs/ ORs have been provided on the basis of the minimum of the pay in the pay band plus Grade Pay, Military Service Pay & ’X’ Group Pay where applicable. After issue of GOI, MOD of letters No.1(11)/2012/D(Pen/Pol) dated 17.1.2013, No.1(04)/2015(I)- D(Pen/Pol) dated 03.09.2015 and No.1(04)/2015(II)-D(Pen/Pol) dated 03.09.2015, the basis of the minimum guaranteed pension under Modified Parity has been changed as minimum of the fitment  table for the rank in the revised pay structure issued for implementation of recommendation of 6th CPC instead of the minimum of the pay band.

3. Further, in respect of disability pensioners, the minimum guaranteed rates of Disability Element/  Liberalized  Disability Element/  War  Injury  Element were already  revised  w.e.f. 24.09.2012 vide GOI, MoD letter No. 16(01)/2014/D(Pen/Pol) dated 10.04.2015 at the rates of the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay structure issued for implementation of recommendation  of  6th CPC  instead  of  minimum  of  the  pay band.  Similarly,  the  minimum guaranteed Special Family Pension, Dependant Pension (Special), Liberalized Family Pension, Dependent Pension (Liberalized) & Second Life Awards (in case of JCOs/ ORs in respect of pre-2006 family pensioners of Commissioned Officers and JCO/ORs were also revised with reference to minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay band w.e.f.  24.09.2012 vide GOI, MOD letter No 1(16)/2012/D(Pen/Pol) dated 17.01.2013.

4. Accordingly,  the  rates  of  Casualty  Pensionary  Awards of  all  Pre-2006  Disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners shall be revised with effect from 01.01.2006 on the basis of minimum of fitment table for the rank in the revised Pay Band as indicated under fitment tables annexed with SAI 1/S/2008 & SAI 4/S/2008 as amended and equivalent instructions for Navy and Air Force.

5. General Guidelines: Implementation regarding revision of various elements of pension may be done keeping in view the following general guidelines:

(i) Applicability:  These  Orders  are  applicable  to  all  Pre-2006  Armed  Forces  Officer, JCOs/ORs and their families who were/ are in receipt of Disability Pension/ Liberalized Disability Pension/ War Injury Pension, Special Family Pension/ Dependent Pension (Special)/ Liberalized Family Pension/ Dependent Pension (Liberalized)/ Second Life Award  of SFP/ LFP(in case of JCOs/ ORs ) on 01.01.2006 and onwards.
(ii) Non Applicability:
The provisions of this letter do not apply in the following cases: –
a)  UK/ HKSRA pensioners.
(b) KCIOs who are in receipt of pension in Pound or Sterling as on 01.1.2006.
(c) Persons in receipt of Compassionate Allowance/ Guzara/ Reservists Allowance or any other allowance on which relief is not payable.
(iii) Due/ Drawn Statements:
All  the  payments  already  made  shall  be  adjusted  by  preparing  due  and  drawn statement.  A  suitable entry regarding revised  Special  Family  Pension  /  Dependent  Pension (Special)/ Liberalized Family  Pension/ Dependent Pension (Liberalized ) /Second Life Award (in case of  JCOs/ ORs ) and Disability Pension/ Liberalized Disability Pension/ War Injury Pension should be made in Check Register/ Payment Register/ Pension Payment Scroll/ Pension Certificate etc.
(iv) Over Payments/ Recovery of:
Any over payment 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.
(v) Life Time Arrears (LTA):
If a pensioner to whom benefit accrues under the provisions of this letter, had already died on or after 01.01.2006, the PDAs will itself revise the pension as per this order and LTA may be paid to the family pensioners or his/ her heir. Payment of LTA shall, however, be regulated as per the extant Government orders on the subject matter.
(vi) No Revision where Pre-revised Pension is more beneficial:
In cases where pension has been finally sanctioned under the pre-revised orders and if it happens to be more beneficial than the pension becoming due under these orders, the pension already sanctioned shall not be revised to the disadvantage of the pensioners.
(vii) No additional Commutation –
No commutation will be admissible for the additional amount of pension accruing as a result of this revision. The existing amount of pension commuted, if any, would continue to be deducted from the consolidated pension while making monthly disbursements.
(viii) Elements to be revised by the Pension Disbursing Agencies:
     (a) Disability Element/ War Injury Element   (ANNEXURE- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7)
     (b) Special  Family  Pension/  Liberalized  Family  Pension/  2nd    life  Award (JCOs/Ors) (ANNEXUREA, B, C)
     (c) Special    Family    Pension/    Liberalized    Family    Pension/    Dependent    Pension

(Commissioned Officers)  (ANNEXURE– D)

Note-1: The amount of Disability Element already commuted out of pre-revised disability element should be deducted from the revised disability element till restoration of commuted portion of pension.
2: Tables given as Annexure 1 to 7 are for 100% disability/War Injury Element. For disability/War Injury Element lesser than 100%, the same shall be proportionately reduced.
3: The rounding off benefit for disability percentage, if applicable, under rules shall also be given.


(IV) Dearness Relief:
Dearness Relief shall be admissible on the revised rates sanctioned from time to time vide Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension (Deptt. of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare) while calculating dearness relief on Casualty Pensionary Award.

6. Cases to be referred to concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities:

(a) Disability Pension:
In cases where permanent disability is not less than 60%, the Disability Pension (i.e. total of Service Element revised in terms of Para-2.1 of GOI, MOD letter dated 04.05.2009 as amended from time to time plus Disability Element) shall not be less than 60% of minimum of the fitment   table   for   the   rank   in   the   revised  pay   structure   issued  for   implementation   of recommendation  of 6th   CPC  corresponding  to  the  pre-revised  scale  held  by Armed  Forces Personnel at the time of retirement/ discharge/ invalidment, subject to minimum of ` 7,000/- p.m. In such cases where aggregate of service element and disability element is less than 60% of minimum of the fitment table, such cases are required to be stepped up to 60% of minimum of the fitment table. As the corrigendum PPO will be required to be issued by the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities therefore, these cases shall be referred to the respective Pension Sanctioning Authorities for revision of pensioner.

(b) Liberalized Disability Pension:
In cases where aggregate of Service Element (i.e. total of Service Element revised in terms of Para-2.1 of GOI, MOD letter dated 04.05.2009 as amended from time to time plus Disability Element) is less than 80% of the minimum of the fitment table for the rank in the revised pay structure issued for implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC, corresponding to pre-revised scale held by Armed Forces Personnel at the time of retirement/ discharge/ invalidment, such cases may be stepped upto 80% of minimum of the fitment table. As the corrigendum  PPO  will  be  required  to  be  issued  by  the  concerned  Pension  Sanctioning Authorities,  therefore,  these  cases  shall  be  referred  to  the  respective  PSAs  for  revision  of pension.

(c) War Injury Pension:

All cases of War Injury Pension, irrespective of their qualifying service shall be forwarded to the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities through respective Record Offices in  ANNEXURE attached to this circular as the restriction of aggregate of War Injury Pension (Service Element plus War Injury Element) with reference to minimum of fitment table in the revised pay structure applicable from 01.01.2006 is applied till 30.06.2009.   However, the same is removed with effect from 01.07.2009 vide  GOI,  MOD letter No.  10(01)/D(Pen/Pol)/2009/Vol.II dated 19.01.2010.   In such cases, Pension Disbursing Agencies may not able to revise the War Injury Element as well as Service Element under these Government orders; therefore, such cases shall also be referred to the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities for revision of War Injury Pension through corrigendum PPOs or issue of instructions as the case may be.
Other cases:
7.           In cases, where Pension Disbursing Agencies are in doubt regarding the revision in individual case, the concrete cases with full details of pensioners and PPO number may be referred to:-

(i)            Pr. CDA(P) Allahabad:
All types of cases pertaining to the Commissioned Officers(Army) and Air Force & Navy (retired prior to 01.11.1985) to the O I/ C, G-1/ Military Section O/o the PCDA(Pensions) Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014 and O I/ C, G-3 Section for disability pension /War Injury Pension pertaining to the JCOs/ORs (Army) & Air Force/Navy personnel(invalided out/discharge prior to 01.11.1985). The details of officers to whom cases will be referred are as under: –

(a)  Shri H.P.Verma,Sr.AO OI/C
G-1/ Military Section
O/o the PCDA(Pensions) Draupadi  Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
For cases pertaining to All Commissioned Officers(Army) and Air Force   &   Navy   (retired   prior   to
01.11.1985).
(b)  Shri Abhijit Kundu, Sr.AO OI/C
G-3 Section
O/o the PCDA(Pensions) Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad- 211014
For cases pertaining to All JCOs/ORs(Army) and Air Force/ Navy personnels (invalided out/discharged prior to 01.11.1985)

(ii)         PCDA (Navy), Mumbai:
Cases pertaining to the Commissioned Officers and PBORs of the Navy retired on or after 01.11.1985 may be forwarded to;
Smt. Vandana Shetty, Sr.AO
O/o the PCDA (Navy) Mumbai-400039

(iii)         CDA (AF), New Delhi:
Cases pertaining to the Commissioned Officers of the Air Force and PBOR  retired on or after 01.11.198 may be forwarded to;
Shri Ravinder Grover,Sr.AO                   Officers (Air Force)O/o the Jt.CDA (Air Force) New Delhi-110066  For Commissioned
Shri Amar Singh,Sr.AO        O/o the Jt.CDA (Air Force) New Delhi-110066  For JCOs/ORs (Air Force)

8. Pension  Disbursing  Agencies  are  hereby authorized to step  up  the  casualty Pensionary Award of the affected Pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners whose existing pension is less than the rate of pension indicated in Annexures attached to this Circular.


9. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

10. The provisions of this letter shall take effect from 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be allowed from 01.01.2006 up to 23.09.2012.

11. This  circular  has  been uploaded  on this  office  website  www.pcdapension.nic.in  for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.

No. Gts/Tech/05/LXXVI, Dated: 08.06.2016
(Nasim Ullah)
Asst. Controller (Pensions)

References from Ministries/Departments seeking advice of the DoP& T regarding further course of action to be taken on the order of Tribunal/Courts

No. 43011/4/2015-Estt(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 07 th June, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- References from Ministries/Departments seeking advice of the DoP& T regarding further course of action to be taken on the order of Tribunal/Courts.
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The Ministries/ Departments make references to this Department seeking advice regarding the course of action to be taken on the order of Tribunal / Courts. Generally, if the directions of the Tribunals / Court is not in consonance with the policy of DoP&T, the administrative Ministry / Department concerned is advised for filing an appeal / review in the High Court in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs. In a few of these cases,the advice of the Department of Legal Affairs is contrary to the advice of the DoP&T.

Under such circumstances, the administrative Ministries / Departments make a second reference to DoP&T and DoLA for resolving the matter. The matter has been considered in the DoP&T and it also discussed with DoLA and representatives of Department of Revenue, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, who have in the recent past made a few references of this type. In order to avoid second reference and to effectively deal with Court Cases, it has been decided that the following course of action may be followed:-
(a) Wherever the direction of the Tribunal or court is not in consonance with the policy of DoP&T, the DoP&T may not insist on the Administrative Ministry obtaining the advice of Department of Legal Affairs.
(b) In all the cases filed in Tribunals/Courts, the administrative Ministry shall defend the policy of DoP&T as laid in various OMs and instructions by filing an appeal or review in the appropriate court.
(c) The Ministry of Law and Justice to designate a counsel for each Ministry so that the court cases are defended well.
(d) The Administrative Ministry / Department must ensure that an officer of the level of Under Secretary or above is present in the court when important issues having policy issues or contempt petitions come up for hearing in the court.
(e) Where necessary, DOP&T while giving advice on the references pertaining to court cases, will indicate that an officer of DOP&T shall be co-opted for briefing ASG. In such cases, the administrative Ministry/Department shall fix an appointment with ASG and inform this Department in advance accordingly (i.e., venue, date and time).
(f) Wherever there is a case of delay, the Administrative Ministry may fix responsibility for the same.
2. While defending court cases, as far as possible the DoP&T, Ministry of Law and line Ministry / Department should be on the same page and put up arguments on behalf of Union of India in a coherent manner and uphold the policy of the Government applicable in the relevant case.

(Rajesh Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
DoPT Circular

Retention of names on offer for Central Deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme for the year 2016

IMMEDIATE
No. 32/2016-E0 (MM.II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 25th May, 2016
To
1. The Chief Secretaries of the State Governments
(As per list enclosed)
2. All Cadre Controlling Authorities of Group ‘A’ Services
(As per list enclosed)

Sub: Retention of names on offer for Central Deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme for the year 2016 – reg.

Sir/Madam,
Please refer to this Department’s D.O. letters of even number and No. 33/2016-E0 (MM.II) both dated 17th December, 2015 regarding sponsoring of the names of eligible officers for appointment in the Government of India under the Central Staffing Scheme for the year 2016.

2. As per directions of the ACC, the names of officers, for being placed on offer are to be obtained from the State Governments/Cadre Controlling Authorities in two tranches.

3. It is, therefore, requested to kindly sponsor the names of officers to this office, for retention under the Central Staffing Scheme for the 2nd tranche. Kindly give this circular wide publicity amongst the eligible officers under your administrative control. As far as possible the application may be forwarded by 31st, July, 2016.

4. The applications of willing officers (including those pending from 1st tranche of 2016) may be forwarded to this Department after due scrutiny at the earliest. A copy of the D.O. letter dated 17th December, 2015 is enclosed with this letter.
Yours faithfully
(Jagannath Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary (MM)
DoPT Circular

PIL seeks review of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme

PIL seeks review of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme

A plea filed in the Delhi High Court has asked for the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme to be reviewed and a public hearing to take note of the grievances of ex-servicemen.

Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath have now ordered for the PIL to be listed before another Bench on Thursday.

The PIL has also sought extension of the term of the one-man commission of L. Narasimha Reddy, who was former Chief Justice of the Patna High Court. The Commission was instituted to review the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme after several veterans of the Army objected to it.

Filed by ex-serviceman S.P. Singh, the PIL sought directions to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Commission “to give an effective public hearing to those affected or aggrieved by implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP)”.

According to the petition, a letter from the Ministry of Defence dated April 13, 2016, said: “Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners, Defence Pensioners’ Associations can submit their representation, suggestions/views on the revised pension as notified, to the MoD, through post or by email within 15 days i.e. by April 29, 2016”.

‘Notice not published’

The petitioner also claimed that the notice was not published in newspapers, as a result of which most people did not know about it. It also said that the time given to submit grievances and suggestions was very little, and that asking those the scheme will affect to forward their grievances to the Ministry was “unfair and in violation of principles of natural justice”.

It also said that the mechanism for consultation only allowed written representations, which violated “the basic concept of effective hearing”.

The petition also said that the Central government did not provide the address and contact information of the Commission despite “repeated requests”, due to which those affected by the scheme would not be able to put their objections before it ahead of the mid-June deadline.

Source: thehindu

Opening a postal bank account just a phone call away

Opening a postal bank account just a phone call away

Post Offices are going to function as Commercial Banks. Postman are going to act as mini ATM. Pensioners & account holder will get benefited

Postal Bank to be launched soon – Minister says postal bank account can be opened by just dialing designated phone number – Swiping Machines to be carried by Postmen for transaction at place of account holder

NEW DELHI: Opening a postal bank account is just one phone call away and if you are a pensioner, the money will reach at your door step through your friendly postman. These are a few of the many customer friendly initiatives approved last week by the Postal Board.

Aimed at making postal banking a major commercial success, the board has identified a number of touch points that required ease of customer interface. Customers will soon be able to drop cheques in those forgotten red post boxes, to deposits money in their postal account. In order to open postal bank accounts, all a person has to do is call a number that will be announced soon. This call will be diverted to the local postman of the area. The postman will speak to the called number that will be displayed on his smartphone/tab, (to be soon issued to all post man) and fix an appointment to visit the caller.

He will take pictures of the necessary documents on his smart phone/tab and get it processed at the postal bank. Union Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Post Ravi Shankar Prasad has received the decisions taken by the board and is understood to have approved them.

The major support that postmen will offer is to the more than 5.5 million pensioners in India, who will soon get the benefit of receiving pensions at their door steps, delivered by their postman. “We have a target to launch these services before March 2017,” sources in the Department of Post said.

Among other benefits to customers include Core Banking Systems at all the places of historical, cultural and tourist importance, as well as all state capital cities. Which means that all the facilities that are available at major postal offices will be available to them The core banking system at all major post offices are in advanced stages of connecting to CBS.

New roles galore

  • The post man will also act as a mini ATM, to help the old and infirm to deposit and withdraw money
  • Postmen will carry hand held card swipe machines that will accept deposits and also withdraw money, if a prior request is made
  • The Department of Port is aiming at a launch date before March 2017
  • 5.5 million pensioners will get the benefit of receiving pensions at the doorstep, delivered by postmen
  • The post man will also act as a mini ATM, to help the old and infirm to deposit and withdraw money
  • Postmen will carry hand held card swipe machines that will accept deposits and also withdraw money, if a prior request is made
  • The Department of Port is aiming at a launch date before March 2017
  • 5.5 million pensioners will get the benefit of receiving pensions at the doorstep, delivered by postmen
Source:  newindianexpress.com

Government to promote Hindi in central government offices

Government to promote Hindi in central government offices

In a bid to promote the use of the Hindi language, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the use of Hindi would be encouraged in central government offices, and in North East and South India to make the language more popular.

Chairing a meeting of Hindi Advisory Committee, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that, in spite of government’s emphasis on increased use of Hindi in official work, still a lot needs to be done in this direction.
Singh said that Hindi has the capacity to serve not only as a common medium of communication for whole country, but it also carries high stakes for youngsters who aspire for jobs in corporate sector and multi-national companies where knowledge of Hindi is given an additional weightage during selection.

Friday’s meeting was held with the motive to promote the use of Hindi language in central administration.
Minister of State for Personnel Singh said the move does not aim to impose Hindi, but to inspire voluntary adoption of the language in the larger interests of administration and ease of governance.

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Central government employees getting 4th place in non-athletic events to get incentives

Central government employees getting 4th place in non-athletic events to get incentives

Central government employees achieving even the fourth position in a non-athletic sporting event will now be entitled to special incentives.

The Ministry of Personnel has changed a six-year-old rule in this regard ahead of Rio Olympics 2016, scheduled to begin in August 5.

In the case of non-athletic or equivalent sporting events, individuals or members of teams achieving first and second positions in the finals and both the losing semi-finalists achieving third and fourth places shall be said to have achieved excellence for the purpose of grant of incentives or increment, it said in a new order.

However, the grant of incentives to those achieving third and fourth positions is subject to a condition that more than three individuals or teams have participated in the sporting event.

“This benefit, however, is allowable to only one individual or team, if the number of individuals or teams that participate in a sporting event is less than three,” the ministry said.

The period of participation in a national or international sporting event, including the time spent in travelling to and fro, by central government employees are considered as working days and they are entitled to salary.
They also get special casual leave of 30 days in a year.

As per a 2010 rule, sports persons participating in sporting events (both individual and team events) of national and international importance would be treated as having achieved excellence for the purpose of grant of increment if he or she achieves first, second or third position in the finals of the events.

PTI

Ayush ministry may request centre to declare International Yoga Day a public holiday

Ayush ministry may request centre to declare International Yoga Day a public holiday

New Delhi: Ayush ministry may request the Union government to declare the International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21, as a public holiday if such a demand comes, Ayush minister Shripad Naik said today.

Speaking ahead of the second IYD celebrations, he said that his ministry would consider such a demand and request Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the interest of promoting a practice with multiple benefits to the masses.

“It is not needed, nobody has demanded that. Last year, also no such demand came. But if the demand comes, I will request the Prime Minister to do so.

“Yoga’s time is early morning. It will go on around 8 am.

There is no need of a holiday but if there is a demand for that, we will request the government,” Naik said during National Health Editors’ Conference on the theme – ‘Yoga for Holistic Health Recent Researches’ here.

June 21 this year falls on Tuesday while last year, it fell on a Sunday.

He also dismissed the controversy related to chanting of Om during the event and it has not been made compulsory.

“There is always some opposition whenever some good work is done. There is no opposition this year to it. We have not made it compulsory. Without OM, yoga cannot be complete. We have made those people who are opposing understand this and it seems they have understood,” he said.

A fresh controversy had broke out recently over the UGC’s directive asking universities and colleges to follow Ayush ministry’s yoga protocol that begins with chanting of ‘Om’ and some Sanskrit sholakas during Yoga Day celebrations on June 21.

Both the government and BJP, however had insisted that last year’s protocol has been maintained and no changes have been made. “There is no compulsion to chant ‘Om’,” the Ministry had earlier said.

Asked about the controversy which had erupted over performing of ‘Suryanamaskar asana, the minister said that this particular ‘asana’ had not been kept last year and this year, it will not be performed.

“The Surya namashkar asana, last year also we had not taken it. Its a complex exercise. It is difficult to do in 45 minutes and for people who are new to the exercise.

Therefore we have not kept this one,” Naik said.

PTI

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