Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment - Review of FAQs dated 30.05.2013/25.02.2015 with regard to married son

F.No.14014/02/2012-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 05th September, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment — Review of FAQs dated 30.05.2013/25.02.2015 with regard to married son.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department's O.M. No.14014/6/1994-Estt.(D) dated 09th October, 1998 and OM of even number dated 16th January, 2013 vide which Consolidated Instructions on compassionate appointment were issued.

Subsequently, vide FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 it has been clarified that married sons are not considered as dependent family member and hence not eligible for consideration for compassionate appointment. The clarification with regard to married son as stipulated in FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 has been reviewed vide FAQ No 60 of even number dated 25.02.2015 as under:-

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60Whether 'married son' can be considered for compassionate appointment?Yes, if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this Department's O.M. dated 16th January, 2013. This would be effective from the date of issue of this FAQ viz. 25th February, 2015 and the cases of compassionate appointment already settled w.r.t. the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013, may not be reopened. Sr.No.13 of the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013 may be deemed to have been modified to this extent.

2. Pursuant to various Court Orders, the clarification/FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 and FAQ No. 60 dated 25.02.2015 has been further reviewed in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs. It has been decided that married son can be considered for compassionate appointment if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this Department's O.M. dated 16th January, 2013.

3. FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 and FAQ No. 60 dated 25.02.2015 stands withdrawn from the date of their issue.

4. The cases of compassionate appointment rejected solely on the grounds of marital status in terms of FAQ No. 13 dated 30.05.2013 during the intervening period i.e. w.e.f. 30.05.2013 to 25.02.2015 in respect of married son may be
reopened/reconsidered against vacancies occurring after issue of this OM.

5. Hindi version will follow.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)
Phone No. 23092479
See the circular

Constitution of a Committee to review the Long Term Contracting (LTC)

Constitution of a Committee to review the Long Term Contracting (LTC)

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway board
No. ERB-I/2016/23/42
New Delhi,dated 09.08.2016
ORDER

Reference Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)’s letter No.2010/RS(G)/779/9 dated 08.1.2016 regarding implementation of the policy of long term contracting on Indian Railways.

2. Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee to review the aforesaid policy of Log Term Contracting (LTC) on Indian Railways. The Committee will consist of the following:-
(i) Exe. Director/RS(S), Railway Board …. Convenor
(ii) Exe. Director/ME(W), Railway Board….. Member
(iii) Exe. Director/EE(RS), Railway Board….. Member
(iv) Exe. Director/Finance(S), Railway Board….. Member

3. The Terms of reference of the Committee will be as under:-
“To review the policy of Log Term Contracting (LTC) to make it more implementable over a wide number of items to bring the real benefit of improvements in quality, cost, economy and superior compliance.”

4. The Committee should submit its report by the End of August, 2016.

5. The Headquarters of the Committee will be at New Delhi.

6. RS(G) Branch of Railway ‘Board will be the Nodal Branch for functioning of the Committee. ‘Therefore, all related works/issues including ParI. Questions, RTI cases, their execution and other formalities should be dealt with by the Nodal Branch,

7. The Convenor and Members of the Committee will draw TA/DA as per extant Rules
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(M.M Rai)
Deputy Secretary (Estt)
Railway Board
Source : NFIR

7th Pay Commission: Licence to splurge

7th Pay Commission: Licence to splurge

Beneficiaries of the payout tell us how they plan to spend the money coming their way

With the festive season around the corner, the stock markets and consumer goods sector are upbeat about the expected payout from the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations. About Rs.1-lakh crore worth of money will land in the pockets of more than one crore Central government employees and pensioners this year — as salaries, allowances and pension benefits.

About two-thirds of that amount would have already kicked-in — as payment of eight-month arrears of salary — spelling cheer for consumer goods manufacturers. This year, the 7th CPC had recommended a pay hike of 23.5 per cent for Central government employees.

How are the beneficiaries of this bounty planning to spend it? Here’s a quick survey.

Loan repayment
“I just received about eight months of arrears along with my salary,” confirmed Kulwinder Singh, an employee with Prasar Bharati’s Doordarshan Television Network. The newly-revised salary is applicable from January 1 of this year. “The amount is not substantial in absolute terms. I will use the amount to make future payments relating to a recent land purchase,” says Singh. Overall, he is happy with the extent of the hike.

Kripasankari Srivatsa, working at the office of the Accountant General (A&E) of Tamil Nadu, has similar plans. “I had taken an education loan a few years ago to sponsor my daughter’s education abroad. I will pre-pay a part of this loan.”

The last time, Central government employees got a hike, things were different. The 6th CPC-recommended salaries — notified in 2008-09 but paid retrospectively from January 1, 2006 — was quite a big amount in real terms for the employees. “It was equivalent to 30 months of arrears and was quite a bounty,” recollects Asif Mirza (name changed), working with the Income Tax Department. Also, the extent of hike was higher than it has been this time, averaging 35 per cent. This time around, about Rs.70,000 on average would have been doled out to about one crore employees as arrears this month. Mirza plans to buy the long-coveted 42-inch LED TV while his colleagues have diverse plans — buying gold jewellery, electronic items or a four-wheeler.

Perking up demand
About 30 per cent of Central government employees earn less than Rs.30,000 a month, while another 45 per cent earn in the Rs.30,000-50,000 range and another 12 per cent between Rs.70,000 and Rs.1 lakh a month, according to reports.

The salary hike following the 7th CPC recommendations would lead to massive reshuffle in composition of Central government employees under various income brackets, according to a report from ICICI Securities. With the salary hike, there would be a 20 per cent reduction in the number of employees in the earning-less-than-Rs.30,000 bracket — in favour of those in the Rs. 30,000-50,000 bracket (6 per cent) and Rs.50,000-75,000 bracket (14 per cent).

Typically, as the income level rises, spending on essential items such as food plateaus, while that on discretionary items goes up. While such payments were made last time in 2008 following the 6th CPC recommendations, there was a pick-up in sales of personal transport like cars and jeeps, jewellery, travel and tourism. Additionally, consumer durables like washing machines, air-conditioners and refrigerators saw a boost in demand.

“During the last pay hike, the lumpsum amount was big enough to buy myself a car,” recollects Mirza. With the increment not being as big this time, it is likely that low-ticket items such as cooking and household appliances get the initial boost in demand.

Moreover, the age profile of the employees has a bearing on the extent of spending.

Take, for instance, Vikram Malhotra, a 75-year-old retired police officer, who feels he is in the last lap of life. “I don’t look forward to saving much and plan to replace my old car with a new one.” Another retiree from BARC plans to mostly save the bounty by investing in fixed deposits towards medical emergencies.
“Not counting chickens before they hatch,” he reasons. According to reports, almost half of the one crore beneficiaries of the 7th CPC are pensioners.

Also, among the working Central government employees, about 30 per cent are in the 52-60 age bracket.
And they are unlikely to be very liberal with their wallets unlike the youngsters.

“I am planning to move into a three-BHK rented flat with better amenities than the one I am currently staying in,” says Mani Subramanian (name changed), a Central government employee. Some of his colleagues are contemplating buying a flat in the suburbs, with improved income levels.

As income level increases, households typically tend to spend more on rent. Those who own flats already look to refurbish it. “I am planning to paint my house as well as change the flooring,” says Supriya Mule (name changed), another Central government employee. Housing and related sectors such as building materials (tiles, etc) are, therefore, expected to get a leg-up.

However, this time around, given the extent of payout, it’s more likely that the rental yield might go up first.
The current macro-economic situation is partly favourable and partly non-conducive. On the one hand, interest rates are lower.

This, in turn, could spur demand for buying consumer items on credit.

Prabhu Das, for instance, plans to buy an LG 450 litre fridge by making initial payments from the 7th Commission payouts and going for a loan to make the rest of the payments.

However, with consumer inflation remaining high, it’s likely that the consumer might curb spends to adjust to the uncertain price scenario. Not the least, the threat of the central bank increasing interest rates to control inflation could play spoilsport.

Moreover, it is likely that the spending would be made not at one go but over a period of time, say, 9-12 months.

And with the revisions of the State governments likely round the corner — state governments usually replicate the recommendations of central CPC with a lag — the Indian consumption story could get a good thrust.

Source: thehindu

7th Pay Commission – CG Employees Step up Pressure – At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for non-formation of High Level Committee

7th Pay Commission – CG Employees Step up Pressure – At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for ‘non-formation of High Level Committee’.

7th pay commission To obtain the views of the National Council (Staff Side) (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission relating to Allowances, the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance (Expenditure), Government of India, with the National Council (Staff Side) JCM.

At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for ‘non-formation of High Level Committee’. According to them it was agreed to in July by the Group of Ministers (Government of India) for settling the issue of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor. The unions want the ‘minimum wage’ for Central employees to be fixed at Rs. 26,000 as opposed to Rs. 18,000 recommended by the 7th Pay Commission (CPC).

“The Secretary, Finance (Expenditure) told that, the committee constituted under the chairmanship of Addl. Secretary (Exp.) with J.S. (Pers.), JS (Estt.) and JS(Imp.) as Members has been made only for this purpose. Let us believe that, after the meeting, report of the said committee would be sent to the Government of India for its acceptance’’, Mr. Mishra, secretary (Staff Side) of the National Council/Joint Consultative Machinary, noted.

At the meeting, the unions made a strong case for implementation of the allowances to be decided by the Committee from January 1, 2016.

Besides, they wanted that House Rent Allowance be fixed at range 10 to 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting, children education allowance of Rs. 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs.10,000. All these allowances should be tax exempt.

Staff Side demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance. The issue of special duty allowance was also raised for Northeastern region.

They also demanded, ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ of Rs. 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation, review of overtime allowance, small family allowance and dress allowance.

“Various Departmental Allowances, which have been abolished, should be allowed to continue, like Breakdown Allowance in the Railways and Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Postal Department employees”, Mr. Mishra noted.

Separately, M. Ragaviah, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen - NFIR (an affiliate of INTUC) said, “While there has been no commitment from the Chairman and Official Side of the Committee, the Finance Secretary however stated that further meetings will be held and in the meantime the JCM (Staff Side) may list out common issues and send the same to the Joint Secretary (Imp) and equally Departmental specified issues be sent through the respective Administrative Ministries for examination”.

Source: The Hindu

Income Declaration Scheme 2016 – Government issues Clarifications in the form of Sixth Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Income Declaration Scheme 2016 – Government issues Clarifications in the form of Sixth Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 (the Scheme) provides an opportunity to persons who have not paid full taxes in the past to come forward and declare their undisclosed income and assets. The Scheme has come into effect from 1.6.2016 and is open for declarations up to 30.9.2016. The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 Rules (the Rules) have been notified on 19.5.2016. The amount payable under the Scheme can be paid in instalments viz. 25% of the total amount payable by 30.11.2016; another 25% by 31.3.2017 and balance 50% by 30.9.2017.

In order to address concerns of the stakeholders and to clarify the queries relating to the provisions of the Scheme, the Rules have been amended from time to time and six set of circulars (FAQs) have been issued. The following major issues addressed through Rules and FAQs are as under:
• The information in respect of a valid declaration is confidential and shall neither be shared with any law enforcement agency nor shall be enquired into by the Income-tax Department.
• The assets declared under the Scheme are to be valued at cost of acquisition or at fair market price as on 1.6.2016 as determined by the registered valuer, whichever is higher. However, an option for valuation of registered immovable property on the basis of stamp duty value of acquisition adjusted with the Cost Inflation Index has also been provided.
• Credit for unclaimed TDS made on declared income shall be allowed.
• Neither any capital gains tax nor any TDS shall be levied on transfer of declared benami property from benamidar to the declarant without consideration.
• The amount of fictitious liabilities recorded in audited balance sheet and not linked to acquisition of an asset can be disclosed under the Scheme as such.
• The period of holding of declared registered immovable assets shall be taken on the basis of the actual date of registration.
• The valuation report obtained by the declarant from a registered valuer shall not be questioned by the department. However, valuer’s accountability will remain.
• No adverse action shall be taken by FIU or the income-tax department solely on the basis of the information regarding cash deposit made consequent to the declaration under the Scheme.
• No enquiry/investigation shall be made in respect of the undisclosed income and assets declared under the Scheme even if the evidence of same is found subsequently during course of search or survey proceedings (circular No.32 dated 01.09.2016).
Further, vide Circular No. 31 dated 30.8.2016 an option has been provided to the declarants to file the declaration under the Scheme electronically under digital signature with the Commissioner of Income-tax, Centralised Processing Centre, Bengaluru [CIT(CPC)]. In case the declarant exercises the said option the declaration shall not be shared with the jurisdictional Principal Commissioner/Commissioner under the Income-tax Act.

In view of the fact that all the major queries and concerns of stakeholders have already been addressed by issue of circulars (FAQs) and also to provide stability and certainty to the Scheme, it is envisaged that no further clarifications on the Scheme shall be issued.

It is reiterated that the Scheme closes on 30.09.2016. The extension of the scheme is out of question.

PIB

Meeting of the Committee to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances

Meeting of the Committee to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances – September 1, 2016, North Block, New Delhi
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(Imp)/Allowances/2016
Dated: 02.09.2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Meeting of the Committee to examine the recommendations of 7th CPC regarding Allowances – September 1, 2016, North Block, New Delhi-reg.

The meeting of the Committee was held on 1st September, 2016 at Room No. 72, North Block, New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expr) to discuss on 7th CPC allowances. The JCM (Staff Side) Standing Committee Members have participated in the meeting. All the Standing Committee Members (Staff Side) expressed their serious disappointment over non-fulfillment of the assurance given by the Finance Ministry on 6th July 2016 for setting up High Level Committee to examine 7th CPC issues mainly – Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.

The Leader Staff Side & General Secretary, NFIR Shri M. Raghavaiah has explained to the Finance Secretary, the discussions held between JCM (Staff Side) Leaders & Senior Ministers namely S/Shri Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Suresh Prabhu and Shri Manoj Sinha on the night of 30th June, 2016 and subsequent meeting held on 6th July, 2016 with Union Home Minister. He further explained that an assurance was given to appoint a High Level Committee to examine the issues relating to Minimum Wage, Multiplying Factor and other allied issues and accordingly Finance Ministry had issued statement on the night of 06th July, 2016 that a High Level Committee will be constituted. Pursuant to this assurance, the Strike action was deferred by the NJCA/JCM (Staff Side). He conveyed that the non-fulfillment of assurance is causing disappointment among employees. He requested the Chairman of the meeting to take initiative for ensuring that the assurance given is fulfilled.

He also expressed disappointment over non-holding of National Council (JCM) meetings since the last six years, resulting accumulation of grievances.

On the “Allowances”, he urged upon the 7th Chairman to consider granting 30%, 20% & 10% of 7th CPC Pay, for the staff working in X, Y & Z Cities/Towns w.e.f. 01/01/2016. He also contended that the date of effect of the Allowances should be January 1, 2016.

Mr. Raghavaiah has also highlighted the 7th CPC aberrations on Transport Allowance and requested to take action for rectification. He said that Fixed Medical Allowance be revised upwardly. He invited the special attention of the Finance Secretary to Para 8.2.5 of the 7th CPC recommendation which is retrograde and needed to be rejected as the same would cause harm to staff. He cited the case of PCO Allowance, Special Allowance for announcing duties, Special Incentive allowance etc., admissible in railways which are required to be continued and hiked

President/NFIR Shri Guman Singh, Working President Shri R. P. Bhatnagar, Vice President Shri K.S. Murty also spoke and stressed upon the need to continue the existing Allowances like Break Down Allowance in Railways. They also expressed serious disappointment over non-revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.

While there has been no commitment from the Chairman and Official Side of the Committee, the Finance Secretary however stated that further meetings will be held and in the meantime the JCM (Staff Side) may list out common issues and send the same to the Joint Secretary (Imp) and equally Departmental specified issues be sent through the respective Administrative Ministries for examination.

The above is for information of Affiliates.
Yours faithfully
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(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

Regulation of entitlement of Passes & PTOs till issue of orders on the basis of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016

Regulation of entitlement of Passes & PTOs till issue of orders on the basis of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No. E(W)2016/PS5-1/8
New Delhi, dated 31.08.2016
The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways &
Production Units.

Sub: Regulation of entitlement of Passes & PTOs till issue of orders on the basis of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

Ref: Board’s letters No.E (W) 2008/PS5-1/38 dated 06.01.2011 & 3.02.2011.
Revised pay limits for entitlement of Passes & PTOs as well as travel entitlements linked with the Grade Pay were introduced vide Board’s above referred letters, consequent to implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations.

2. Pursuant to the notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, Railway servants shall draw pay in the revised pay structure in the Level applicable to the post to which appointed, and the Grade Pay Component has been done away with. The issue regarding linking of the Level of posts for pass entitlement on the revised pay structure is under consideration. Hence, till further orders, Grade Pay in the pre-revised scales i.e. 6th Central Pay Commission’s scale shall continue to be the basis for gradation and related entitlement on all kinds of Passes as well as PTOs.

3. In respect of persons appointed to different posts on or after 01.01.2016, the notional Grade Pay which they would have drawn in the pre-revised pay structure should be taken into account for fixing their pass entitlement.
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(V. Muralidharan)
Dy. Director Estt. (Welfare)-I
Railway Board
Source: Indian Railways

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