Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Historic announcements on ending corruption and black money by PM; Five hundred and one thousand rupee notes will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight

Historic announcements on ending corruption and black money by PM; Five hundred and one thousand rupee notes will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight

In a historical move that will add record strength in the fight against corruption, black money, money laundering, terrorism and financing of terrorists as well as counterfeit notes, the Government of India has decided that the five hundred and one thousand rupee notes will no longer be legal tender from midnight, 8th November 2016.

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the RBI to issue Two thousand rupee notes and new notes of Five hundred rupees will also be placed in circulation.

Notes of one hundred, fifty, twenty, ten, five, two and one rupee will remain legal tender and will remain unaffected by the decision today.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi made these important announcements during a televised address to the nation on the evening of Tuesday 8th November 2016. He said that these decisions will fully protect the interests of honest and hard-working citizens of India and that those five hundred and one thousand rupee notes hoarded by anti-national and anti-social elements will become worthless pieces of paper.

The Prime Minister said the steps taken by the Government would strengthen the hands of the common citizens in the fight against corruption, black money and counterfeit notes.

Fully sensitive to some of the difficulties the common citizens may face in the coming days, the Prime Minister has announced a series of steps that will help overcome the potential problems.

Persons holding old notes of five hundred or one thousand rupees can deposit these notes in bank or post offices from 10th November onwards till 30th December, the Prime Minister announced. There are also some limits placed on the withdrawals from ATMs and bank for the very short run.

Shri Modi stated that on humanitarian grounds notes of five hundred and one thousand rupees will be accepted at government hospitals, pharmacies in government hospitals (with prescription of a doctor), booking counters for railway tickets, government buses, airline ticket counters, petrol, diesel and gas stations of PSU oil companies, consumer cooperative stores authorized by the state or central government, milk booths authorized by state government and crematoria, burial grounds.

Shri Modi emphasized that there is no restriction on any kind of non-cash payments by cheques, demand drafts, debit or credit cards and electronic fund transfer.

In his address the Prime Minister shared the insight into how the magnitude of cash in circulation is linked to inflation and how the inflation situation is worsened due to the cash deployed through corrupt means. The Prime Minister added that it adversely affects the poor and the neo-middle class people. He cited the example of the problems being faced by the honest citizens while buying houses.

A time-tested commitment to eradicate black money

The Prime Minister has time and again said that the Government is committed to ensure that the menace of black money is overcome. Over the past two and a half years of the NDA Government, he has walked the talk and led by example.

The very first decision of the Prime Minister led NDA government was the formation of a SIT on black money.

A law was passed in 2015 on disclosure of foreign bank accounts. In August 2016 strict rules were put in place to curtail benami transactions. During the same period a scheme to declare black money was introduced.

The efforts have borne fruit. Over the past two and a half years, more than Rs. 1.25 lakh crore of black money has been brought into the open.

Raising the issue of black money at the world stage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again raised the issue of black money at the global forum, including at important multilateral summits and in bilateral meetings with leaders.

Record growth in last two and a half years

The Prime Minister said that the efforts of the Government have led to India emerging as a bright spot in the global economy. India is a preferred destination for investment and India is also an easier place to do business in. Leading financial agencies have shared their optimism about India’s growth as well.

Combined with this, Indian enterprise and innovation has received a fillip due to the 'Make in India', 'Start up India' and 'Stand up India' initiatives that seek to celebrate enterprise, innovation and research in India.

The historic announcements made by the Prime Minister will add value to the already thriving efforts of the Central Government.

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MOU on Defence Salary Package Signed between Indian Army and Corporation Bank

MOU on Defence Salary Package Signed between Indian Army and Corporation Bank

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and Corporation Bank on the Defence Salary Package today. The signing ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma, and was attended by top officials of Corporation Bank headed by Mr Gopal Murli Bhagat, Executive Director.

The MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families and includes free / concessional services including free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards, Unlimited transactions on all ATMs including that of other Banks. Some important features of the MoU include Personal Accident Insurance Cover of Rs 5 & 10 lacs, Air Insurance Cover of Rs 5 to 50 lacs and Term Life Insurance Cover of Rs 5 & 10 lacs. All the facilities are also extended to the pensioners except Term Life Insurance Cover.

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7th Pay Commission to increase President's salary

7th Pay Commission to increase President's salary
The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and the corresponding salary hikes are currently being implemented, with effect from 01.01.2016. The minimum salary has been raised to Rs.18,000 per month, and the maximum salary offered now stands at Rs.2.5 lakhs. The salary of the first Citizen of India, the President, is lower than the maximum wages paid by the Central Government.

All the announcements published by the Central Government are made in the name of the President. He is also the Chief Commander of all the three forces - the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy. All the cabinet decisions become law only after the President gives his approval. But, ironically, some employees of the Central Government draw larger salaries that he does!

The President of India currently gets Rs.1.5 Lakhs per month. But the Central Cabinet secretary earns Rs.1 Lakh more than him. The Central Government Secretaries earn Rs.2.25 Lakhs per month. With so many officials drawing higher salaries than the President, therefore, it has now been decided that the President’s salary ought to be raised.

The President shall henceforth be paid Rs.5 lakhs per month, more than three times the salary that he currently makes. This will come into effect from January 2017 onwards. He shall be entitled to a lifetime pension of Rs.1.5 Lakhs. His wife shall draw pension of Rs.30,000 per month. The Vice President currently makes Rs.1.10 Lakhs per month. His salary is going to be increased to Rs.3 lakhs per month.

The President’s salary was previously revised in 2008. It was increased by three times from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1.5 Lakhs. Circumstances have changed so much, necessitating another threefold increase of salary. Usually, the hike in the President’s salary is also accompanied by increase in the salaries of the Prime Minister, ministers, and the Members of Parliament. A demand for salary hikes is expected to be presented soon in the Parliament.

Central Government Employees disappointed for poor pay, allowances

Poor 7th Pay Commission Pay and allowances - Central Govt Employees disappointed

Poor 7th Pay Commission Pay and allowances - Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka expresses disappointment of Central Government Employees

Central Government Employees disappointed for poor pay, allowances

New Delhi: Central government employees are feeling let down by the political authority of the country for denying them their due in terms of better monthly salary and allowances.

Despite representations to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Finance Minister, Railways Minister, Departmental heads and Committees set up by the government to look into the pay and allowances related grievances, the employees have expressed utter disappointment that they have not been heard so far.
“ We had sought a minimum pay of Rs 26,000, they gave us Rs 18,000. After every meeting they do not say anything. We ask, how much you can improve upon, you tell us how much you can go, buy they don’t say anything, said K. K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of Central Government employees and Workers, on the discussions the union has had over Allowances.

“There is no discussion in real terms, they simply listen to us and do not commit anything. We think the political authority, we don’t know, it could be Prime Minister, has not authorized the bureaucracy to commit anything to us,”added Kutty.

When around 33 lakh central government employees threatened to go on strike on July 11 protesting the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, the Finance Ministry had agreed to set up Anomalies Committee, and Allowances Committee who would be mandated to go through the fine print of the 7th Pay Commission.
Even after the formation of 22-member Anomalies Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) with members from both the official and staff side, and Allowances Committee headed by Finance Secretary, no settlement on the wage hike or allowances issue appears in sight.

The Government is yet to set up the high level committee on minimum wage, fitment formula revision and other main demands of central government employees as assured by Cabinet Ministers in July 2016.
The National Joint Council of Action, a front formed by six government staff unions, including Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE), All India Defence Employee Federation and National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association representing the staff side of the central government employees have even threatened to go on a large scale agitation and hold a march up to the Parliament on December 15, if government fails to improve on pay and allowances over what has been implemented under 7th Pay Commission.

As per the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, central government employees got 14.27 percent hike in basic pay at junior levels, which is said to be the lowest in 70 years.

The salary hikes of government employees indeed appear meager when compared to the 100 percent hike expected by the Members of Parliament soon.

The point not to be missed is that, while the salaries of central government employees were revised after 10 years, the MPs’ salaries were last revised in 2010.

Source : karnatakacoc

Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC - option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension

7th Pay Commission Commutation of Pension - Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension - Railway Board Order

Railway Board issued an order regarding Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension.
PC-VII No.08/2016
RBE No.128 /2016
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA. (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)/8
New Delhi, Dated: 02.11.2016.

The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC - option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension.

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DOP&PW)'s No.O.M. No.42/14/2016-P&PW(G) dated 24th October 2016 on the above subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis and mutandis on the Railways also. Rule 10 of of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981 corresponds to Rule 11 of Railway Services (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1993 DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 04.08.2016 referred to in the enclosed O.M., was adopted on Railways vide letter of even number dated 12.08.2016.

2. Since, DOP&PW’s O.M. dated 04.08.2016 was circulated on Railways vide Board’s letter of even number dated 12.08.2016 the option mentioned in Para 3 of O.M. dated 24.10.2016 may be given to Railway employees who retired between the period 01.01.2016 and 12.08.2016.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Sanjay Prashar)
Deputy Director Finance(Estt.) III,
Railway Board

Download PC-VII No.08/2016 RBE No.128 /2016 No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)/8, dated 02.11.2016

F.No.42/14/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date: 24th Oct, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC - Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension.

The undersigned is directed to state that in pursuance of Government's decision on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission, orders have been issued for revision of provisions regulating pension/gratuity/commutation of pension etc. vide this Department’s OM 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 04.08.2016. In para of the said OM, it has been mentioned that there will be no change in the provisions relating to commutation values, the limit upto which the pension can be commuted or the period after which the commuted pension is to be restored.

2. As per Rule 10 of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, an applicant who has commuted a percentage of his final pension and after commutation his pension has been revised and enhanced retrospectively as a result of Government’s decision, the applicant shall be paid the difference between the commuted value determined with reference to enhanced pension and the commuted value already authorised. For the payment of difference, the applicant shall not be required to apply afresh.

3. References have been received in this Department that many pensioners who retired after 01.01.2016 and have drawn pension/commuted value of pension based on their pre-revised pay/pension do not wish to commute the pension which has become additionally commutable on revision of pay/pension on implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC. the matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), It has been decided that those pensioners who retired from 01.01.2016 till 04.08.2016 i.e. the date of issue of orders for revised pay/pension based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC may be given an option, in relaxation of Rule 10 of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, not to commute the pension which has become additionally commutable on revision of pay/pension on implementation of recommendations of the 7th CPC. The Cases where the additional pension after 7th CPC has already been commuted will not be re-opened.

4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure ID No.192/E.V/2016, dated 30.09.2016.
(Suiasha Choudhury)
Director(Pension)
Railway Board.

Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2016 Result Declared

Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2016 Result Declared

The following are the lists, in order of merit of 126 candidates who have qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2016 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in February, 2016 and SSB interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the 142nd Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course i.e. 201/16 F/PC.

There are some common candidates in the three lists for various courses.

The number of vacancies, as intimated by the Government is 200 for Indian Military Academy [including 25 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate (Army Wing) holders], 45 for Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala -[ General Service] including 06 vacancies reserved for NCC 'C' Certificate holders](Naval Wing) and 32 for Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.

The Commission had recommended 92, 31 and 03 as qualified in the written test for admission to the Indian Military Academy/ Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy respectively. The number of candidates finally qualified are those after SSB test conducted by Army Head Quarters.

The results of Medical examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists.

Verification of date of birth and educational qualifications of these candidates is still under process by the Army Headquarters. The candidature of all these candidates is, therefore, Provisional on this score.
Candidates are requested to forward their certificates, in original, in support of Date of Birth/Educational qualification etc., certificates claimed by them, along with Photostat attested copies thereof to Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters, as per their first choice.

In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters.

These results will also be available on the UPSC website at http.//www.upsc.gov.in However, marks of the candidates will be available on the website after completion of its complete process i.e. after declaration of final result of Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) for Combined Defence Services Examination (I)-2016.
For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation Counter near Gate 'C' of the Commission's Office, either in the person or on Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours & 17:00 Hours on any working days.

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Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation


Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation - reg.
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No.I/5(C)/Pt.I
Dated: 04/11/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub : Admissibility of House Rent Allowance in the event of non-acceptance or surrender of railway residential accommodation - reg.

Ref.: (i) NFIR's PNM item No.40/2012
(ii) NFIR's letter No. 1/5(c )/Part I dated 22/02/2016, 25/04/2016 & 01/08/2016
(iii) Railway Board’s Letter No.E(P&A)-II/2012/FE2/4 dated 31/10/2016.

With reference to reply received vide Board's letter dated 31/10/2016, the Federation desires to convey as follows :

(a) NFIR vide agenda item No.40/2012- last para, had demanded that condition mentioned in para 3 in Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-99/HRA-2 dated 16.03/2000 should be waived off or withdrawn.

(b) Federation also demanded that provision as mentioned in para 2 of the agenda item be made applicable to all categories of railway employees whether they belong to "Essential" or "other than Essential" categories.

It seems, the Railway Board have not examined the above issues with positive mind, taking ground reality into account with regard to availability of railway residential quarters, their condition for human occupation or otherwise. Due to total failure in maintenance of existing railway quarters on Zonal Railways, many quarters became totally outdated, unfit for occupation and overdue for demolition.

The main problem is that when the employee has vacated the quarters, he is denied HRA till the said quarter is physically occupied by another employee. This needs to be addressed.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Tamil Nadu Fundamental Rules - Rule 101(a) - Maternity Leave - Enhancement of maternity leave from 6 months (180 days) to 9 months (270 days) - Orders issued

ABSTRACT

Tamil Nadu Fundamental Rules - Rule 101(a) - Maternity Leave - Enhancement of maternity leave from 6 months (180 days) to 9 months (270 days) - Orders issued

PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS (FR.III) DEPARTMENT

G.O.(Ms.) No.105
Dated: 07.11.2016
Read:
1. G.O.(Ms.) No.51, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (FR-III) Department, dated 16.05.2011.
2. G.O.(Ms.) No.61, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (FR-III) Department, dated 16.06.2011.
3. G.O.(Ms.) No.138, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (FR-IV) Department, dated 19.11.2013.


ORDER:
In the Government orders first and second read above, orders were issued enhancing the maternity leave from 90 days to 180 days to married women Government servants, with less than two surviving children, which may be spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation, with full pay, at the option of the women Government Servant. Accordingly, in the Government Order third read above, Rule 101(a) of the Fundamental Rules was also amended.


2. The Government, after careful consideration, based on the announcement made in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly by the Hon'ble Chief Minister on 01.09.2016, under rule 110 of the Legislative Assembly Rules order that the maternity leave admissible to married women Government Servants with less than two surviving children, which is 6 months (180 days) at present, be enhanced to 9 months (270 days), with full pay, which may be spread over from the pre-confinement rest to post-confinement recuperation, with full pay, at the option of the women Government Servant. The women Government Servants who proceeded on maternity leave, prior to the date of issue of this order and continue to be on that leave as of now, are also eligible for availing maternity leave upto 9 months (270 days), in total.

3. Necessary amendments to the Fundamental Rules will be issued separately.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

S.SWARNA
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
Authority: www.tn.gov.in

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