Tuesday, 21 June 2016

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Two more Committee Meetings likely to happen soon

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Two more Committee Meetings likely to happen soon

Even as 7th Pay Commission Empowered Committee is in the process of finalising its report, Staff Side Associations are relentlessly trying for Negotiations with Govt before final decision on increase in pay and allowances is taken by Cabinet 

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Two more Committee Meetings in the offing before final decision on 7th CPC implementation is taken by Government

Latest developments in the process of 7th Pay Commission report by Empowered Committee indicates that decision by the Committee would not be taken as quickly as it was expected earlier.

India.com, a news website from Zee News Group reports that Empowered Committee has called for more data from 7th Pay Commission implementation cell, the administrative wing appointed by govt to process 7th CPC report, after the meeting held last week.

To look into these data and to decide further increase in minimum pay and fitment factor over and above recommended by 7th Pay Commission, two more Empowered Committee Meetings may be held, India.com reports.

Consequently, final decision of Cabinet on implementation of 7th Pay Commission may not be taken this month. However, news sources close to finance ministry indicates that final decision on 7th Pay Commission report may not take much longer. If the Empowered Committee continues to process the report without any break which is the case now, its report would be submitted within a month, after which Cabinet will take its final call.

Earlier, many media reports suggested that Empowered Committee is likely to take a decision of increasing the minimum of Central Government Employees to Rs. 23,500 as against Rs. 18,0000 proposed by 7th Pay Commission.

7th Pay Commission had arrived at the additional burden of Govt on increase in Salary and pension at 23.55 % and 24 % respectively as Rs 73,650 crore for Central Government Employees, Defence Personnel & Pensioners and Rs 28,450 crore for Railway Employees and Pensioners.

Now, it is needless to say, additional increase over and above the pay and allowances recommended by 7th Pay Commission would require more allocation for Central salary than the Budget Estimates.

Source: India.com (Zee News Group)

On 7th Pay Commission implementation, private investment, Air India and more, here’s what govt is mulling over

On 7th Pay Commission implementation, private investment, Air India and more, here’s what govt is mulling over


Besides the government staff, economic analysts are keenly awaiting when and how the Centre will implement 7th Pay Commission award, which has implications for government finances (with estimated outgo of Rs 74,000 crore in FY16) as well as on inflation.

Also, with private investments yet to show decisive signs of picking up, the government has the difficult task of keeping the tempo in public spending, especially capital investments, at a time it is losing the benefits of low crude oil prices.

Finance secretary Ashok Lavasa speaks on these issues in an interview to FE’s Prasanta Sahu. Excerpts.

GDP growth in FY16 was put by the Central Statistics Office at 7.6%, with the growth in the last quarter coming in at 7.9%. Private consumption has been the growth driver. Despite the efforts by the government, private investors are yet to shed their diffidence. Among infrastructure sectors, highways, railways etc. have seen a turnaround but mainly because of government investment. How far is this model sustainable given the Centre’s (limited) fiscal capacity?
Many infrastructure projects, in which private sector has been involved, have started moving. In highway sector, for example, the hybrid annuity model has started attracting investors. As we go forward, we feel that the initiatives that have been taken by the government – to improve the ease of doing business and integrate various clearances – would give a push to private-sector investments. In infrastructure sectors, where the government plays a key role in awarding contracts etc, we are seeing positive results too. If all the factors are favourable, the GDP growth could be close to 8% this year.

The questions about GDP data refuse to wither away. Manufacturing GDP growth and the IIP (industrial production) data aren’t quite compatible, even if one considers the fact that apart from output, value addition is now being captured more efficiently.

The Q4 results of some of the major companies show that their EBITDA has increased. The variation between manufacturing growth (9.3% in FY16) and IIP (2.4%) was mainly due to the fact that some sectors did well while some did not.

How important are lower interest rates in reviving demand?
I think it’s a question of giving a boost to demand. Sometimes people may have more expectation than what RBI could do (in terms of lowering rates). The RBI has had to consider various factors and take a considered view. It is not possible to please all people all times. It is fair to expect that whatever lowering (of rates) has been done by RBI, finds an expression in the retail lending rates. I think the governor is right in saying full transmission has not happened of the central bank’s (cumulative 150 bps) rate cut since January 2015.

What will be the guiding framework of the “prospective planning” that will replace five-year Plan?
We could divide it into three parts: the period till which one can have some predictability on availability of resources, that will be, say, a three-year action plan. Beyond this, there will be medium-term (seven-year) Plan. Besides, there can be a prospective plan for theb period till 2030. In the prospective plan, what you already have is sustainable development goals, which are part of the international commitments. Niti Aayog will look at integration of issues and prospective planning while department of expenditure will make the fund allocations for various programmes.

Will substantial additional provision be needed to meet the Pay Panel-related outgo in FY17?
It will be too early and premature to say whether budgetary provision is not adequate or not. No one knows to what extent the government will accept the Pay Commission’s report. But, there is a provision in the budget to take care of the impact of the pay commission award (According to sources, FY17 budget has provision of about Rs 54,000 crore for honouring the pay panel’s award, but Lavasa refused to comment on this ).

Will Niti Aayog’s reported suggestions on strategic disinvestments in a clutch of PSUs including Air India be taken forward this year?
We haven’t so far received the recommendations you are referring to. We have to explore all forms of divestment and strategic sale is of course one of them. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management will be looking at all possibilities and deciding on which unit to be put on privatisation or disinvestment or strategic sale mode.

Is there any move to monetise surplus land with defence, railways and ports bodies?
This is not to be done as a central government policy. The railways have been trying to monetise land. Certainly, this is one source of revenue, but it may be not a very significant source. Whenever an entity decides to take up any piece of land for monetisation, it has to consider all the legal issues, physical condition, its own plans of utilising and ultimately, if there is a market for that (in case of sale/leasing out).

Source: FE

Frequent asked questions (FAQs) on the issue of residence/domicile and caste/tribe certificates

Frequent asked questions (FAQs) on the issue of residence/domicile and caste/tribe certificates

Q.1. What is the purpose of issuance of Residence/domicile certificate to the students belonging to SC/ST and other than SC/ST while they are studying in Class V/VIII?
Answer: The residence/domicile certificate is to be issued by the concerned authority of State Government/Union Territory to certify that the person bearing the certificate is a domicile/resident of State/Union Territory to whom the certificate being issued. Such certificate is issued as proof of residence to avail domicile/resident quota in educational institutions and in the State/Central Government services and also in the case of jobs where preference to local candidates is available as per Government of India instructions issued from time to time.

Q.2. Who will be eligible to be issued the Residence/Domicile as well as Caste/Tribe certificates ?
Answer: SC/ST students will be eligible to be issued the Domicil certificate and also Caste/Tribe Certificate, as the case may be. Other students will be eligible to be issued only the Residence/Domicile certificate.

Q.3. What is the objective behind issuance of residence domicile certificates and caste/Tribe certificates at School level?
Answer: In order to avoid difficulties faced by the SC/ST students, it has been proposed that “Caste or Tribe Certificate” and also the Domicile certificate may be issued to SC/ST students and only a Residence Certificate may be issued to other than SC/ST students all over the country, while studying in Class V or Class VIII, as an annual exercise. The State Government can choose either Class V or Class VIII to issue this certificate. Once Class V or VIII is chosen, the endeavour should be to issue it to all the students studying in that particular class.

Q.4. Who will assist the students in getting the necessary documents/papers filled as an annual exercise for issue of Residence and also Caste/Tribe certificate?
Answer: The Head Master/Principal of the School in which the students are studying would get the necessary documents/papers filled up from the students studying in Class V/VIII as an annual exercise for issue of Resident and also Caste/Tribe Certificate. The School Head Master/Principal will get the documents collected from all the SC and ST students and also other than SC/ST students and arrange to submit them to the relevant State Government authority/revenue authorities for making the requisite certificate.

Q.5. What would be the proposed time frame set up for completing the exercise for issuance of residence/domicile certificates and caste/tribe certificates to the students studying in VNIII classes?
Answer: A window of two months in September/October or any other time frame decided by the concerned State Government/Union Territory may be allocated /decided for completing this exercise.

Q.6. What is the objective behind the issuance of caste certificates to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes?
Answer: The main objective of issuance of caste/tribe certificate is to facilitate access of bona-fide candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to the reserved posts and services under the State/Central Government and secure admission in educational institutions and other facilities being provided by the State/Central Government to them.

Q.7. How much time would be taken by the State authorities for issuance of such certificates?
Answer: The concerned Revenue/State Government authorities would scrutinize/verify the documents and issue the relevant certificates preferably within a period of 30 — 60 days.

Q.8. Who would be the custodian of such certificates?
Answer: Once the certificate is made, it may be given to the students in cellophane cover, as far as practicable, though the School authorities and would be kept with the students for safe custody for availing the benefits/concessions and facilities available to the concerned category of students. It can also be uploaded on E-locker facilities, wherever such facilities are available in the States.

Q.9. How can the authenticity of data be verified ?
Answer: The State Government may also try to get the information of students fed into the Meta Data to be made online and may link it to Aaadhar enabled data, if feasible. Sincere efforts be made to issue these certificates alongwith Aaadhar Number.

Q.10. What remedy is available to the students if their application for issuance of residence/domicile and caste/tribe certificate is rejected?
Answer: If the application of any student is rejected for issuance of the relevant certificate, the reasons will be provided and provision for one time appeal may be allowed by the State authorities. The procedure for appeal would be decided by the concerned State Government authorities.

Q.11. Who will be responsible where acceptance for SC/ST domicile certificate is mandatorily done through Citizen Services Centres?
Answer: In states where acceptance for SC/ST domicile certificate is mandatorily done only through Citizen Service Centres, it will be the responsibility of the Headmaster of the School for collection of the documents and ensuring that the application is digitally sent to the concerned authorities from the nearest Citizen Service Centres. If there is already a time limit prescribed by the State authorities through executive order or regulation for issuing such certificates, then such time frame may be adhered to.

Q.12.What is the existing procedure for issuing of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe certificates? Who is the competent authority to issue the same?
Answer: Caste certificates are issued by the concerned State Government authorized authorities. Each State Government/UT administration has laid down its own procedure for issuance of certificates. Efforts are being made to standardize the format of the certificate as far as possible. Wherever feasible, efforts be made to issue the certificate in bilingual including the language (s) of the State. The Central Government accepts the certificates issued by the following authorities on the prescribed format:-
(1) District Magistrate / Additional District Magistrate/Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional Deputy Commissioner/Deputy Collector/Ist Class stipendiary Magistrate/Sub Divisional Magistrate/Taluka Magistrate/Executive Magistrate/Extra Assistant Commissioner.
(2) Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief  residency Magistrate/Presidency Magistrate.
(3) Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar and
(4) Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate and /or his family normally resides.
Instructions have been issued recently vide 0.M.No.36011/1/2012- Estt.(Res.) dated 8th October 2015 providing that where a candidate belonging to a Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes is unable to produce a certificate from any of the prescribed authorities, he/she may be appointed provisionally on the basis of whatever prima-facie proof he/she is able to produce in support of his/her claim subject to his/her furnishing the prescribed certificate within a reasonable time and if there is genuine difficulty in his/her obtaining a certificate, the appointing authority should itself verify his/her claim through the District Magistrate concerned.

Q.13. What are the points/facts/factors taken into account by the competent authority while issuing residence/ domicile and caste/Tribe certificates?
Answer: The certificate issuing authority should verify and ensure that:
(i) the caste or the tribe to which the candidate claims to belong to is included in the Presidential Orders issued from time to time under Articles 341 and 342 of the Constitution;
(ii) the candidate belongs to the said caste/tribe;
(iii) the candidate ordinarily resides in the concerned State or part of
that State etc. (The term ‘ordinarily resides’ has the same meaning as in section 20 of the Representation of Peoples Act 1950).

Q.14. What is the procedure adopted for verification of antecedents and claims of the applicants before issue of such certificates and how the place of permanent abode of the applicant
is ascertained?
Answer: States/UTs have their own procedure for verification of antecedents and claims of the applicants to belong to a Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe including ascertainment of the permanent residence of the candidates.

Q.15.What are the guidelines that have been issued to the appointing authorities in regard to scrutiny and verification of caste certificates of candidates at the time of their entry into Government
Answer: The Government of India has issued instructions regarding scrutiny and verification of the caste certificates of the candidates at the time of initial appointment and promotion against reserved vacancies. This Department re-iterated the instructions vide O.M. No.36011/3/2005-Estt. (Res.) dated 9th September 2005.  5 .These guidelines would ensure that the benefit of reservation goes to genuine Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates only and reserved vacancies are not occupied by unscrupulous non-SC/ST candidates.

Q.16. Whether the Government contemplates to draw a permanent mechanism to look into the anomalies that have crept into the whole procedure of issuance, verification and cancellation of SC/ST certificates and also for initiating disciplinary and penal action against holders/producers of the false caste certificates?
 Answer: The caste certificates are issued, verified and cancelled by the authorities of the respective State Governments. Each State Government has its own system/procedure in this regard. However, if it is found that a Government servant had produced a false caste certificate in order to secure appointment, action against him/her is required to be taken as per instructions contained in the Department of Personnel & Training’s 0.M.No.11012/7/91-Estt.(A) dated 19-5-93 which provides that wherever it is found that a Government servant, who was not qualified or eligible in terms of the recruitment rules etc. for initial recruitment in service or had furnished false information or produced a false certificate in order to secure appointment, he should not be retained in service. If he/she is a probationer or a temporary Government servant, he should be discharged or his services should be terminated. If he/she has become a permanent Govt. Servant, an inquiry as prescribed in Rule 14 of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 may be held and if the charges are proved, the Government servant should be removed or dismissed from service.

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Appointment to the post of Stenographer Grade ‘D’ of CSSS on compassionate ground- Proposed Revised Guidelines

No.6 /6 /20 13-CS-II (C)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 21st June, 2016.

Subject: Appointment to the post of Stenographer Grade ‘D’ of CSSS on compassionate ground- Proposed Revised Guidelines-reg.

This Department has been receiving references regularly from various Ministries/Departments participating in Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) seeking clarification on the existing guidelines on compassionate appointment in the grade of Stenographer Gr. ‘D’ of CSSS, issued vide CS-II Division’s O.M. No. 10/2/98-CS-II dated 03.12.200 I, in pursuance of various guidelines/instructions issued by the Establishment Division of this Department and also with respect to modalities to be followed while making compassionate appointments to the grade of CSSS.

2. In view of above, a need has arisen to frame and issue revised guidelines on the subject. The matter has been examined in this Department at length and the draft revised guidelines have been prepared and are enclosed as Annexure to this O.M. Before the guidelines are finalized and implemented, all stakeholders including Ministries/Departments participating in CSSS) are requested to offer their comments/views/suggestions, if any, in this regard latest by 05th July, 2016 to the undersigned. Comments/views/suggestions may also be sent at the email address kameshwar.mishra@nic.in.

Encl: Proposed Revised Guidelines.
(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

ANNEXURE to O.M. No.6/6/2013-CS-II(C) dated 21st June, 2016
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Draft Revised Guidelines for appointment to the post of Stenographer Grade CD of esss on compassionate ground

i. The compassionate appointments are to be regulated by the O.M. No. 14014/02/2012-Estt.D dated 16.01.2013 of this Department.

ii. It is an enabling provision to provide support to the family of a deceased  Government servant, wherever desirable. The requisite assessment with regard to desirability of a candidate, based on the financial destitution and the indigent condition of the family of the deceased Government Servant, whose dependent family member is being considered for compassionate appointment, would be made by the Competent Authority in the concerned cadre unit.

iii. Compassionate appointments are to be made against regular vacancies and up to a maximum of 5 % of the vacancies falling under the vacancies of Stenographers Grade ‘0’ for the relevant Select List Year.
iv. The objective of compassionate appointment is to provide instant relief to families facing hardship due to death of an earning member. Keeping in view this objective, the persons may be appointed, if found deserving by the concerned cadre unit, subject to 5% ceiling of total regular vacancies in Steno Grade ‘D’ for the relevant year.

v. The appointment is subject to the fulfillment of eligibility conditions by the candidates, except for specific relaxation provided in the O.M. No. 14014/02/2012-Estt.D dated 16.01.2013 and instructions issued there under. As per the CSSS Rules 2010, educational qualification for a person for being considered for appointment as Stenographer Grade ‘0’ is 10+2 pass. The candidates will also be required to appear and qualify skill test (Stenography test) conducted by SSC which will be of qualifying nature.

vi. The concerned cadre units will scrutinize the applications received for compassionate appointment and intimate the details of deserving candidates on merit basis to this Department. This Department will prepare a merit list on centralized basis and consider the candidates for examination of skill test who
are having the knowledge of skill, i.e. typing and shorthand, for compassionate appointment against the 5% of vacancies earmarked for compassionate appointment.

vii. The candidates who qualify the skill test would be appointed subject to fulfillment of other terms and conditions. They will be included in the Select Year of the Year in which they are appointed and will be placed below all the other regularly appointed candidates of that Select List (Direct Recruits).

viii. As regards the candidates who qualify the skill test but do not get appointment due to unavailability of vacancies, their seniority would be considered for appointment in the following year on the basis of their seniority and they need not reappear at the skill test.

ix. The candidates who fail to qualify in the quarterly examination shall not be considered for appointment to the post of Steno Grade ‘0’ in csss. However, they may pass the Steno exams within 2 years as and when ssc holds the examination.

Source: Persmin

Highlights of PM Modi's address at International Yoga Day celebration in Chandigarh

Highlights of PM Modi's address at International Yoga Day celebration in Chandigarh

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the second International Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PM Modi addressed thousands of people gathered for asanas at Chandigarh's Capitol Complex. Over 30, 000 people, including 100 differently-abled children, participated in the event, which began at 6.30am. The theme of this year's event is to 'Connect the Youth'. Here are the highlights from the PM's address on Yoga Day:
  • Yoga talks about what you will get in this life. It is not a science of afterlife
  • This is a day linked with good health and now it has become a people's mass movement
  • The way mobile phone has become a part of life, you can make yoga a part of your life too
  • The UN is celebrating International Yoga Day all over the world. It was started last year on India's request. This day was picked as it is the longest day and the Earth is closest to the Sun
  • I really feel some people don't fully understand the power and benefits of Yoga
  • The world supported the idea of International Day of Yoga. All sections of society came together in this endeavour
  • This is a day linked with good health and now it has become a people's mass movement
  • Yoga is not about what one will get, it is about what one can give up
  • With zero budget, yoga provides health assurance. Yoga does not discriminate between rich and poor
  • Important to integrate yoga with our lives. Do not wait, make yoga a part of your life
  • Let's make yoga more popular globally. Let India produce good yoga teachers
  • Today more and more gynaecologists are recommending yoga for pregnant women
  • Yoga will connect you to yourself, which is vital in these times when everyone is so busy
  • Let's focus on one thing in the coming days, how to mitigate diabetes through yoga. Diabetes can surely be controlled through yoga

Today on the second International Yoga Day, on behalf of the Indian Govt, I am announcing 2 awards. Next year, on this day these awards will be given on behalf of India: (a) Best contribution to yoga internationally (b) Best contribution to yoga within India 

Source: TOI



No. NJCA/2016
Dated: June 20, 2016
All Constituents of the NJCA

Dear Comrades,

To review the situation and consider the developments and take appropriate decision, the National JCA will meet on 25th June 2016 at 11.30 hrs.in JCM Office, 13-c, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi.

You are requested to attend above cited meeting of the NJCA.

With Fraternal Greetings,
Comradely yours
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
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