Saturday, 15 October 2016

7th Pay Commission: Central government employees likely to get fatter allowances before Diwali


7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees likely to get fatter allowances before Diwali

Once the notification issued, the revised allowance recommended by the 7th Pay Commission will be given to central government employees and pensioners from October or November.

The notification for the implementation of the fatter allowances under 7th Pay Commission recommendations is likely to be issued within two weeks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government. Once the notification issued, the revised allowance recommended by the 7th Pay Commission will be given to central government employees and pensioners from October or November on the eve of Diwali. The special committee on allowances, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, will soon submit its report to the Finance Ministry. It is expected that central government employees and pensioners will start getting higher allowances from their October or November salaries or pensions.

The 7th pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. However there was resentment among employees over suggestions to scrap some allowances. The government while issuing the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission had announced to set up a special committee to examine the recommendations on allowances. The special committee was ready with its report, but the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley couldn’t get enough time to discuss the matter, which delayed the matter further.

The government is now preparing to issue notification for the implementation of the fatter allowances under 7th Pay Commission recommendations before end of the October. “Once issues by the Ministry, the notification will be given higher allowances benefits to 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners,” said a finance ministry official. The special committee on allowances will now submit its report soon, after which notification will be issued.

“Finance Minister Arun Jaitley returned home now from a working visit to Canada and US and the committee on allowances is likely to submit its report to Finance Minister within two-three days,” the official said. The government had earlier announced that until the special committee submits ints report on higher allowances, allowances are to be paid according to the existing rates under the existing pay structure. According to reports, while the special committee is likely to stick with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will propose a hike of 2 per cent in the dearness allowance (DA).

According to the 7th Pay Commission notification, central government employees will get 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, which is the lowest in 70 years. The Cabinet also approved the increase in minimum pay Rs 18,000 from existing Rs 7,000.

Source: india.com

Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis


Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis

F.No. 7/1/2016 EO(MM-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 13th October, 2016
To,
All Secretaries,
Ministries/Departments of Government of India

Subject : Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non-CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

Sir/ Madam,
It is proposed to fill up five(5) vacancies of Deputy Secretary/Director level posts in the National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

2. The officers who are working at DS/Director level in different Ministries/Departments under the Central Staffing Scheme/Non Central Staffing Scheme will be eligible to apply for these posts. If the officer is selected for the post, it will be treated as a 'lateral shift', which would entail additional tenure of three years as per the special dispensation allowed for appointment in NITI Aayog that permits total deputation tenure up to 8 years on shift to NITI Secretariat or vice versa. The +3 option would be available only to those officers who are already working on a CSS/Non-CSS post. The additional tenure is subject to completion of two years on the present stint on the CSS/Non-CSS post and availability of cadre clearance. In the absence of cadre clearance (for +3 tenure), the tenure will be restricted to the balance period of four/five years central deputation tenure.

3. The post may be circulated amongst the officers working at Deputy  Secretary/Director or equivalent level under the Central Staffing Scheme/Non Central Staffing Scheme in the Government of India on priority basis. Names of the willing and eligible officers who can be spared by the Ministries/Departments may be forwarded to this Department along with the approval of the Minister-in Charge, cadre clearance(for +3 tenure), vigilance clearance, detailed bio-data in the enclosed proforma and attested copies of ACR(s) for the period for which they have worked under CSS/Non-CSS. The officers who had applied earlier against circular dated 4.7.2016, need not apply again.

4. It is requested that the application(s) of the eligible officer(s) may please be forwarded so as to reach this Department within 3 weeks from the date of issue of this circular.
Yours faithfully,
(J. Srinivasan)
Director(MM)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in

Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners (JCOs/ ORs and Commissioned Officers) : PCDA Circular 568 on 13.10.2016


Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners (JCOs/ ORs and Commissioned Officers) : PCDA Circular 568 on 13.10.2016
PCDA Circular 568



Circular No.568
Dated:13.10.2016
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 Pr. Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair

Subject: Revision of pension of Pre-2006 pensioners (JCOs/ ORs and Commissioned Officers) - delinking of qualifying service of 33 years for revised pension.

Reference: This office Circular Nos. 547 dated 11.09.2015, 548 dated 11.09.2015, 549 dated 30.09.2015, 551 dated 28.12.2015, 554 dated 14.01.2016, 562 dated 13.06.2016 and , 567 dated 16.09.2016.

A copy of GOI, MOD letter No.1(2)/2016-D(Pen/Pol) dated 30th September 2016 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information and necessary action which is self explanatory.

2. Prior to issue of the above letter dated 30th September, 2016, the minimum guaranteed pension was revised w.e.f. 01.01.2006 as per GOI, MOD letter No.17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/ Policy) dated 11.11.2008 circulated vide this office Circular No. 397 dated 18.11.2008. Further, it was revised vide this office Circular Nos. 547 dated 11.09.2015 and 548 dated 11.09.2015. Similarly, the minimum guaranteed pension of Ordinary Family Pension was revised vide this office circular Nos. 397 dated 18.11.2008, 494 dated19.03.2013 and 567 dated 16.09.2016. Now, consequent upon the issue of the above Govt. letter dated 30th September 2016 , the consolidated revised pension ordinary family pension of all Pre-2006 Armed Forces pensioners/ Family pensioners w.e.f.1.1.2006 shall not be less than 50% and 30% respectively of the minimum of the pay in the Pay band plus Grade Pay corresponding to the pre-revised scale from which the pensioner had retired/ discharged/ invalided out/ died including Military Service Pay and ‘X’ group pay, if any, without pro-rata reduction of pension even if they had rendered qualifying service of less than 33 years at the time of retirement.

3. The revised consolidated enhanced rate of Ordinary Family Pension w.e.f. 01.01.2006 (consolidated as per Para-4 of GOI, MOD letter No.17(4)/2008(1)/D(Pen/Policy) dated 11.11.2008) in respect of Pre-2006 Armed Forces Family Pensioners shall not be less than 50% of the minimum of the fitment tables for the rank in the revised pay band.

4. Revised tables indicating minimum guaranteed retiring/ service pension and ordinary family pension have been annexed to this letter as follows:-

Annexure- A for Commissioned officers (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Annexure- B for JCOs/ ORs Pensioners (Army)
Annexure- C for JCOs/ ORs Pensioners (Air Force)
Annexure- D for JCOs/ORs Pensioners (Navy)

5. Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs) are hereby authorized to step up the pension/ family pension of the affected pre-2006 pensioners where the existing pension being paid to the pensioners, is less than the rate of pension indicated in above said annexure.

6. The provisions of above Govt. letter shall take effect form 01.01.2006 and arrears, if any, shall be payable from 01.01.2006. Further, the Pension/ Family pension of the Armed Force Personnel has been revised a number of times in past vide various letters issued by Ministry of Defence, therefore, if pension already revised w.e.f. 01.01.2006, 01.07.2009, 24.09.2012 & 01.07.2014 (OROP) under respective Govt. orders happens to be more than this amount, then Retiring/ Service and Family Pension as per above orders will continue to be paid as basic pension during that period.

7. Prior to issue of above Govt. letter dated 30th September, 2016, this office has issued corrigendum PPOs on the basis of annexures mentioned in previous circulars for revision of minimum guaranteed pension for less than 15 years and 20 years of qualification service for JCOs/ ORs and Officers respectively. Now, consequent upon issue of the above Govt. letter dated 30th September, 2016, the revision of service element for less than 15 years and 20 years of qualification service for PBORs and Officers respectively will also be revised as per this circular only. Therefore, the Annexure for revision of service element as required by previous circulars is not necessary.

8. It is also mentioned that all cases of service element/ service pension in respect of War Injury Pensioners will be revised by the Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs). Therefore, the revision claims in respect of War Injury pensioners called for vide this office Circular No. 562 dated 13.06.2016 has been dispensed with henceforth.

9. Further, no table for Hony. Naik, Hony. Havildar and Havildar granted Hony. rank of Nb Subedar has been indicated. It is hereby clarified that since Hony. Rank of Naik, Havildar and Havildar holding Hony rank of Nb Sub are drawing pay in the pay scale of Sepoy, Naik and Havildar respectively, therefore, they are entitled for modified parity with reference to substantive rank held at the time of retirement/ discharge/ invalidment except Naik (TS) who draws the pay of Naik. Naik (TS) should be entitled for modified parity with respect to Naik rank.

10. Provisions of this circular will also be applicable to pensioners of TA and DSC (irrespective of single or dual pension).

11. LTA and Additional Pension will be regulated as per extant orders.

12. All other terms and conditions shall remain unchanged.

No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXIV
Dated:13.10.2016

sd/-
(C B Yadav)
Dy. Controller (Pensions)
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Authority: http://www.pcdapension.nic.in/

Government to come up with national policy for senior citizens soon

Government to come up with national policy for senior citizens soon

New Delhi: In order to improve the standard of living of senior citizens, the government will soon come up with a national policy, which will focus on providing benefits of health care and accommodation to the elderly people.

A note in this regard has been prepared and it will be taken up by the Cabinet soon, a source said.

The note has been prepared by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry in consultation with various ministries and departments of the central government.

The note has taken into consideration the changing demographic pattern, socio-economic needs of the senior citizens, social value system, the source added.

This new and comprehensive national policy for senior citizens is based on the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999.

As a person grows old, his or her health becomes a major issue. Therefore, in the policy, special attention is being given to this aspect. The policy also talks about accommodation facilities for the senior citizens.

Another major thrust of the policy is to make the society and its younger generation sensitive towards their elders and at the same time, involve them in taking care of them, the source said.

According to the 2011 Census, the population of senior citizens in the country is 10.38 crore, which is about 8.6 per cent of the total population.

PTI

FinMin warns tax officials of action against GST protest


FinMin warns tax officials of action against GST protest

New Delhi: In the run-up to GST rollout, the finance ministry has warned tax officials of disciplinary action if they go ahead with planned protests, including taking mass casual leave, on the budget day.

The All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers is opposed to any assessee of excise and service tax being moved to states in the new GST regime and has given notice for protest that includes lunch hour dharnas and mass casual leave on the budget day.

The revenue department on October 10 issued an order asking officials not to go on any protest and cited service rules that bar such action.

“GST is a major tax reform. All decisions will be taken by the GST Council, keeping in mind the interest of all concerned – the tax payer and officers. Against this background, you are advised to refrain from proposed course of action,” it said.

The order cited service rules that do not permit participation in demonstrations and strikes.

The service rules attached with the order stated that “disciplinary action should be taken against the prominent participants in the ‘gherao’ by striking officers, and absence from work on account of participation in such a protest should be treated as “unauthorised absence involving break in service”.

“The absence should not be regularised as leave of any kind,” the service rules said.

Rule 7 cited in the order states that no government service shall “engage himself or participate in any demonstration which is prejudicial to the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state…”

The association plans to hold lunch hour dharnas on November 9, wearing black badge in office on December 7, day-long protest on January 5 and mass casual leave on budget day by all officers.

In its memorandum to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the association said the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and its officers and employees have experience and expertise of more than 70 years in handling excise and service tax “which is missing with state officers”.

It wanted that “none of the assessees of central excise (to be levied CGST on supply of goods) and service tax (to be levied CGST on supply of services) should be transfered to states for the purpose of levy and collection of CGST by the officers of states”.

“All central excise and service tax assessees falling above the annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh should necessarily be controlled by the Centre and its officers only. No need to say we require a strong and powerful Centre in our federal system,” it added.

It wants CBEC and its officers only to collect C-GST and I-GST. “State government officials should be allowed to collect only SGST on intra-state supply of goods and services,” the body proposed.

PTI

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