Sunday, 30 April 2017

Dearness Relief Order for PSU / Autonomous body from 1.1.2017

Dearness Relief Order for PSU / Autonomous body from 1.1.2017

F.No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
 
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date:27th April, 2017
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 
Subject :- Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3rd restored commuted portion of pension. – Revised rate effective from 1.1.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16th December,2016 and the OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 07.04.2017 and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) to the Central Government employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3rd restored
commuted portion of pension shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 132% to 136% w.e.f. 01.01.2017.

2.These employees will be entitled to the payment of DR @ 136% w.e.f. 01.01.2017 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfilment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the OM.
dated 14.07.98 as amended from time to time. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department’s OM No.4/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refers.

3.Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

4.Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

5.It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

6.The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor
General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

7.In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

8.This issues in pursuance of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 1/3/2008-E.II(B) dated 07th April, 2017.

9.Hindi version will follow.
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(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Order Copy

AICPIN for the month of March 2017

AICPIN for the month of March 2017
No. 5/1/2017-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 28th April, 2017
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – March, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for March, 2017 increased by 1 point and pegged at 275 (two hundred and seventy five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.36 per cent between February, 2017 and March, 2017 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.37 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 0.58 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Goat Meat, Milk, Pure Ghee, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, French Beans, Peas, Tomato, Banana, Apple, Sugar, Cooking Gas, Medicine (Allopathic), Bus Fare, Toilet Soap, Tooth Paste, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Wheat, Arhar Dal, Gram Dal, Black Gram, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Besan, Mustard Oil, Chillies Dry, Gourd, Lady’s Finger, Potato, Tea (Readymade), Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 2.61 per cent for March, 2017 as compared to 2.62 per cent for the previous month and 5.51 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation remained static at 1.71 per cent and it was 6.16 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Godavarikhani reported the maximum increase of 5 points followed by Mercara, Tripura, Rourkela, Faridabad and Madurai (4 points each). Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 5 centres, 2 points in 16 centres and 1 point in 21 centres. On the contrary, Bokaro, Chennai and Varanasi recorded maximum decrease of 3 points each. Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 16 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 32 centres are above .All-India Index and other 41 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Amritsar, Jabalpur, Jalandhar , Vishakhapathnam and Coonoor centres remained at par with A11-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of April, 2017 will be released on Wednesday. 31st May, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in
S/d,
(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Safeguarding the career prospect of Group A, Gr. B and Gr. C officers in all Central Govt. Departments by granting timely promotions

Safeguarding the career prospect of Group A, Gr. B and Gr. C officers in all Central Govt. Departments by granting timely promotions

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GAZETTED OFFICERS’ ORGANISATIONS

Confederation/Corres/2016-17/16
Dated: 20.03.2017
To
Dr.Jitendra Singh,
Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charge),
PMO & Development of North Eastern Region,
Government of India
New Delhi.

Respected Sir,

Sub: Safeguarding the career prospect of Group A, Gr. B and Gr. C officers in all Central Govt. Departments by granting timely promotions – request regarding.

Kindly refer to the burgeoning impasse created in all Central Govt. Departments in respect of promotions in Gr. A, Gr. B and Gr. C cadres following the DoPT OM dated 30.09.2016 on reservation.

The process of holding DPC meetings for promotion from Gr. B to Gr. A cadres in all Departments was aborted by the UPSC immediately after the OM.No 36012/11/2016-Estt(Res) Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Department of Personnel and Training dated 30.09.2016, in connection with the pending SLP/Contempt Petition in the case of Jarnail Sngh vs Lachhmi Narain Gupta in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, was issued. The UPSC categorically refused to hold any DPC to any grade having reservation element, unless the said OM is further clarified by DoPT to its satisfaction. It is learnt that the UPSC had sought clarification from DoPT immediately after the issuance of the said OM, and that no clarification has so far been issued by the DoPT.

As the UPSC is considered as the nodal agency for accepting various Instructions/OMs/Circulars issued by the Govt. of India time to time in relation to promotion and holds DPCs accordingly, the refusal of UPSC to hold DPC of any grade having reservation element unless the said OM is further clarified by DoPT has barred all cadre-controlling authorities in all Departments to hold DPCs for promotion in various Gr. B and Gr. C cadres As a result, all regular promotions into Group A, Group B and Group C cadres all over the country have been stalled

As a matter of fact, as the cut-off date for counting of mandatory residency period in all cadres is fixed on 1st of April by the DoPT, the seniority and due career prospect of many officers/officials across various Departments would suffer irreparably if the normal promotion is not accorded to them on or before 31.03.2017. And if it happens, these unfortunate officers will lose at least one year for all consecutive promotions in their career for no fault of themselves.

As per our understanding of the subject, until the DoPT issues clarification of the OM dated 30.09.2016 and help the UPSC to decide the future course of action in respect of promotions in Gr. B to Gr. A cadres in various Departments, neither the vacancy position at various levels in Departments would improve nor the career prospects of officers/officials would be protected.

In view of the above, we are constrained to seek the intervention of the Hon. Minister in directing the DOPT to clarify the issues raised by the UPSC so that the promotions of Officers/Officials who serve the Government of India do not suffer unjustifiably.

We do trust that the Honourable Minister will render justice to those who serve the Government of India

Thanking You,
Yours Sincerely,
S/d,
(S. Mohan)
Secretary General
Signed Copy

EPF members now required to submit self-declaration for advance in case of illness of members/ dependents

EPF members now required to submit self-declaration for advance in case of illness of members/ dependents
Press Information bureau
Ministry of Labour & Employment
28-April, 2017 12:51 IST

EPF members now required to submit self-declaration for advance in case of illness of members/ dependents

EPF members will now only be required to submit a self-declaration for the advance in case of illness of members/ dependents. Differently abled members will also get advance on the basis of self-declaration. A member will no longer be required to submit any medical certificate or any other certificate or document or proforma whatsoever to avail advances under paragraph 68-J or under paragraph 68-N of EPF Scheme 1952.

Ministry of Labour & Employment has amended Paragraph 68-J and Paragraph 68-N of Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme, 1952 and It will come into force from the date of its publication in the official Gazette. According to it, a member would only be required to submit a self-declaration, which has already been included in the composite claim form, to avail advance under the EPF Scheme in case of illness of members/ dependent and also in case of differently abled members.

This is in continuation of initiatives taken by EPFO as part of next phase of its e-governance reforms with a view to make the services of EPFO available to its stakeholder in an efficient and transparent manner. An administrative order was issued on 20.02.2017 in the matter of Introduction of Composite Claim Forms (Aadhar and Non-Aadhar ) to replace existing Claim Forms No. 19, 10C & 31 and Forms No. 19 (UAN), 10C(UAN) & 31 (UAN). EPFO has since implemented Universal Account Number (UAN) for its subscribers. It is now possible for subscribers, who have seeded their UAN with Aadhar Number and Bank account details, to submit claim forms directly to EPFO without the attestation of employers.

Source:PIB news

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) effective 01.01.2017 onwards

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) effective 01.01.2017 onwards

No. 144/2016-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communication
Department of Posts (Establishment Divislon)/P.A.P. Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110001
Dated : 27.04.2017

To,
All Chief Postmaster General
All G.Ms. (PAF)/Directors of Accounts (Posts),

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) effective 01.01.2017 onwards-reg.

Consequent upon grant of another instalment of Dearness Allowance with effect from 1″ January, 2017 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 1/3/2008-E-II (B) dated 07.04 2017, duly endorsed vide this Department’s letter No. 8-02/2011-PAP dated 12.04.2017, the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GM) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the same rates as applicable to Central Government Employees with effect from 01.01.2017. It has, therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 132% to 135% on the basic Time Related Continuity Allowance, with effect from the 1″ January, 2017.

The Dearness Allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks.
The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head “Salaries” under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No14/FA/2017/CS dated 27/04/2017.
S/d,
(K.V. Vijayakumar) ,
Assistant Director Ge erai (Estt.)
Signed Copy

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Demands pertaining the 7th CPC Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Allowances, NPS, Pre-2016 Pensioners - Employees are in dark about development - INDWF's All India Demand Week from 24.04.2017 to 29.04.2017 with Charter of Demands


Demands pertaining the 7th CPC Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Allowances, NPS, Pre-2016 Pensioners - Employees are in dark about development - INDWF's All India Demand Week from 24.04.2017 to 29.04.2017 with Charter of Demands

INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
Estd 1959 (Recognised by Govt. of India)

No. INDWF/Demand Week/M of D/2017
Date: 18.04.2017
To
Secretary to Government of India
Ministry of Defence,
South Block,
New Delhi 110001

Sub: Conducting of Agitation Programme for settlement of Charter of Demands of Defence Civilian Employees - reg.

Sir,
Indian National Defence Workers Federation in its 21st Conference held on 21nd and 22nd March, 2017 unanimously resolved to conduct agitation programme from 24.04.2017 to 29.04.2017 in order to demand Ministry of Defence and Government of India to settle the demands.

INDWF being one of the constituent organisations of National Council (JCM) under the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees. NJCA deferred the proposed Indefinite Strike which was to commence from 11.07.2016 based on the assurances given by the group of Ministers Chaired by Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Home Minister that Government will constitute committee on on Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Allowances, NPS and Pre-2016 pensioners. It was also the National Council (JCM) within 4 months. However, even after more than 6 months it is regretted to note that none of the demands of the NJCA pertaining to 7th CPC are accepted by the Government Employees in genera and Defence Civilian Employees in particular.

In addition to the above, it is to be pertinent to mention that the Government is going ahead very fast to privatise and outsource the entire defence production activities. We are in dark about the development which is taking place about the letter received from Hon'ble Prime Minister's office to the Department of Defence Production and OFB asking various information's of the production activities of the above unhelpful attitude and decision of Government of India and Ministry of Defence, the Defence Civilian Employees are very much agitated in this regard. Therefore, the Indian National Defence Workers Federation has decided to observe All India Demand Week from 24.04.2017 to 29.04.2017 by holding gate meetings, demonstration, wearing demand badges and submit memorandum for your favourable consideration and for early settlement of these demands.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Stop privatisation and outsourcing of Defence Production and withdraw 100% in Defence

2. Fill up all the existing vacancies including freezed vacancies during the period of ban on recruitment considering the increased work load.

3. Withdraw NEW PENSION SCHEME (NPS) for the Defence Civilian Employees and extend Defined Pension facilities at par with Armed Forces personnel as per CCS Pension Rules 1972 ensuring 50°/o pension on the last pay drawn and also extend Family Pension. Disability pension.

4 Regularise all the Casual. Contract, Outsource employees, Part time employees employed in permanent and perennial jobs.

5. Withdraw arbitrary decisions of stopping detailment of employees on Sundays/Holidays working in Ordnance Factories in order to achieve the projected targets.

6. Early implementation of granting of Allowances on 7m CPC Pay scales on HRA, TA and Other Allowances. Revise the Minimum Pay, implement 7th CPC recommendation of Option-I for pensioners and accepted by Government regarding pension of pre-2016 Pensioners without any further delay

Yours Sincerely.
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary
Copy to
1) Secretary (DP)
Department of Defence Production
South Block, New Delhi.

2) Secretary & Chairman,
Department of Defence Research & Development.
DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi 110 105.

3) All Heads of Directorates.
DGOF & Chairman. OFB, DGQA, E-in-c's Branch, COP Navy
AOP Air Force, AG Army HQs

Source: http://indwf.blogspot.in/

Pensioners were not required to visit the bank to activate their first payment of pension: CPAO


Pensioners were not required to visit the bank to activate their first payment of pension: CPAO

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAVA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110068

CPAO/IT&Tech/ Simplification/2016-17/11Vol-VI/18
24.04.2017
Office Memorandum

Subject:- Requirements from pensioner for credit of first pension to his/her account by bank.

Attention is invited to CPAO's OM No.CPAO/Tech/Simplification/2014-15/52 dated- 28.05.2014 whereby it was intimated to all concerned that pensioners were not required to visit the bank to activate their first payment of pension. It was also intimated that undertaking for recovery of excess/over payment of pension had been made a part of PPO. Inspite of these instructions, banks used to insist on pensioners to physically appear in the bank before commencing first payment of pension. Consequently, CPAO had issued instructions vide OM No. CPAO/Tech/Life Certificate/2014-15/99-175 dated-28.07.2014 that banks should not insist on the pensioners to issue life certificate at the time of first credit of pension. They were also advised to identify the pensioner with reference to information already available with bank obtained through KYC at the time of opening of bank account. The above instructions were reiterated by 0M No. CPAO/Tech/Bank Performance/2014-15/45 dated-02.06.2016.

However. it is observed that banks are still insisting upon the pensioners for completion of formalities like submission of life certificate, letter of Undertaking and certificate of non-employment to credit their first payment and other dues to their pension account resulting into inconvenience to the pensioners defeating the very purpose of simplifying the pension procedures.

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs and Heads of Government Business Divisions of all the banks are advised to ensure that instructions issued by CPAO are followed by CPPCs and paying branches and any inconvenience to pensioners are avoided.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.
(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

7th Pay Commission: Government ready to implement Higher Allowances

7th Pay Commission: Government ready to implement 'Higher Allowances'

New Delhi: Giving the hint that government is all set to implement higher allowances, Finance Ministry sources said that ‘higher allowances' will have no impact on inflation.

Finance Ministry sources today said the government is ready to implement the higher allowances from May after receiving the report of Committee on Allowances.

"Over 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners will benefit by final report on allowances," the sources added.

After the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016 in respect of basic pay and dearness allowances, the Committee on Allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was constituted in June last year.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 52 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, which triggered resentment among central government employees that governments complied with formation of the Committee on Allowances.

It's been almost ten months and the Committee on Allowances has not yet set a date for the submission of the report on allowances to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. However, the committee was initially given four months time to submit the report to Finance Minister.

4% Additional Dearness Allowance (DA) for Tamilnadu State Government Employees from Jan 2017


4% Additional Dearness Allowance (DA) for Tamilnadu State Government Employees from Jan 2017
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The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Government today announced a four percent of Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners with effect from January 2017.

Today the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has declared an another installment of additional 4% Dearness allowance with effect from Jan 2017 to the employees working under Tamil Nadu Government. Following the announcement, the existing percentage 132% is increased to 136% from Jan 2017.

Following the Central Government, the state government has declared DA to its employees from the existing rate of 132% to 136% with effect from 1.7.2016 as per existing basic pay.

Detailed order is awaited.

Reconsideration of extension of without voucher facility to Retired Employees


Reconsideration of extension of without voucher facility to Retired Employees

BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
Admn. Section
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
New Delhi 
No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-22/14
Dated: April 11, 2017
Office Memorandum

Sub: Reconsideration of extension of without voucher facility to Retired Employees.
Ref: No. 7-8/2010/EF/Part/1 dated 5.9.2011.

Facility of extension of without voucher facility was withdrawn vide guidelines conveyed vide letter No. 7-8/2010/EF/Part/1 dated 5.9.2011, as expenditure control measure. To mitigate the hardship in submission and following up of medical claims by retired employees, the Competent Authority has approved revival the facility only to retired employees, as per the guidelines issued vide letter No. BSNL/ADMN/l dated 28.2.2003 under para 2.1.1.

The entitlement under this option will be 50% of the admissible amount (annual outdoor ceiling prescribed) and will be paid in four equal instalments at the end of each quarter. The amount payable is taxable as per the applicable Rules.

The decision will however will be reviewed after 6 months.
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(Raj Kumar)
Assistant General Manager (Admn.IV)
Signed Copy

Clarification on billing queries in respect of CGHS Rate List 2014

Clarification on billing queries in respect of CGHS Rate List 2014
ESIC

U-16/30/580/2016-Pro.Cell(SST)/WUL-290

Dated: 05/04/2017

To,
Director (Med.) Delhi, Director (Med.) Noida
MS's- All ESIC Hospitals
SSMC's/SMC's- All States

Sub: Clarification on billing queries in respect of CGHS Rate List 2014- reg

Sir/Madam,
As per policy, ESI Corporation follows listed rates of CGHS for clearing bills of Empanelled Hospitals. In this context, ESIC Headquarters is receiving numerous representations from field units as well as tie-up hospitals regarding issues pertaining to defined CGHS package rates. As per clarifications received from CGHS Hqrs, New Delhi, the decisions are as under:

S.No. / Queries Raised / Decisions

1.Whether 10% deduction on rates admissible for General Ward is done for Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy Echocardiography, Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography.

No deduction or enhancement for Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy Echocardiography, Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography.

2.Whether immunosuppressant therapy for Kidney Transplantation (Related) is included within the package rates.

Yes, the rate is inclusive of immunotherapy.

3.Whether any charges for the consumable (balloon) are to be paid additionally over the package rate for Balloon Mitral Valvotomy/PTMC- (CGHS 547)

No additional Charges need to be paid.

4.Whether charges for the dye/medicine are to be paid additionally over the Package rates for Radio-Isotope Therapy- (CGHS 1364-1370)

Rates are inclusive of the dyes. No additional charges need to be paid.
These instructions will be valid from 01.04.2017.

This issues with the approval of Director General.


Your faithfully
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(Dr.Sangeeta Mathur)
Dy. Medical Commissioner (SST)

Authority: http://esic.nic.in/

11th Bipartite - Next Wage Revision in Public Sector Banks


11th Bipartite - Next Wage Revision in Public Sector Banks

D.O.No. 4/2/2/15/IR
Girish Chandra Murmu, IAS .
Additional Secretary
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services
Jeevan Deep Building, 3rd Floor,
10, Parliament Street,
New Delhi-110 001
March 21, 2017.
Dear MD/CEO
Kindly refer to this Department's letter dated 12.01.2016, 24.08.2016, 21.10.2016 and 21.12.2016 addressed to all Public Sector Banks ( PSBs) whereby PSBs were requested to initiate the steps taken for smooth conclusion of next wage revision of the employee within time frame. However, it is seen that several Banks are yet to proceed in the matter.

2. May I request PSBs to kindly look into the matter and to conclude the next wage revision prior to the effective date i.e. 01.11.2017
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(G.C. Murmu)
The Chief Executives of all Public Sector Banks

Authority: http://financialservices.gov.in/

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No imposition of Hindi language by Central Government


No imposition of Hindi language by Central Government
There is a report in a section of media that the Central Government is trying to impose Hindi language. In this regard reference was given to the Resolution issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Official Language and it was alleged that it has been made mandatory for Members of Parliament and Ministers knowing Hindi to deliver their speeches/statements in Hindi.

The Committee of Parliament on Official Language was constituted in 1976 and is working since then. This Committee has submitted 9 parts of its report. The 9th part of the Committee's report was submitted to the President of India on 2nd June, 2011. The then Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Committee had given 117 recommendations. As views of all state governments and Ministries/Departments of the Central Government were to be invited on the Committee's recommendations, it took time before the recommendations were considered and accepted by the President.

Recommendation No. 105 is as follows "All dignitaries including Hon'ble President and all the Ministers especially who can read and speak Hindi may be requested to give their speech/statement in Hindi only."

The Central Government while accepting the above mentioned recommendation has issued a Resolution dated 31st March 2017. The Recommendation by the Committee is amply clear as it is in the form of a request and does not entail any form of Order/Instruction. The aforementioned recommendation is in pursuance with Constitutional and Statutory provisions regarding the progressive use of Official Language Hindi. Also, the recommendation is based on the policy of propagation; promotion of Official language through motivation & inspiration which is in line with the Government's Policy.

It is clarified that such media reports are unfounded and devoid of facts.

PIB

Online Statement Of Transaction (e-SOT) and the e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers; More than 45 lacs subscribers to be benefited


Online Statement Of Transaction (e-SOT) and the e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers; More than 45 lacs subscribers to be benefited.

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of transaction(e-SOT) and also the e-PRAN card have been launched. More than 45 lacs APY subscribers are likely to be benefitted. The APY subscribers can visit the website: www.npscra.nsdl.co.in or www.npstrust.org.in under the Atal Pension Yojana Section to avail these value added facilities.

By providing the APY/PRAN Acct details and Savings Bank Account number details, the APY subscriber can view one's APY Account Statement. Even for the APY subscriber who does not have his APY PRAN number readily available can also avail these facilities by providing one's Date of Birth and Savings Bank Account number details. This online tool enables the Subscribers to view his complete details of APY account like transaction details, pension amount, pension commencement date, nominee name, associated bank name etc. Even though the feature is a self-servicing tool but the service providers can also access the feature on behalf of their customer to improve the quality of customer service. APY Subscribers can print their e PRAN card and get it laminated for their future reference if needed. In case of any changes in the demographic details in the APY account, the subscribers can re-print their e-PRAN which shows the updated subscriber records.

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) Scheme is being implemented through 235 APY-Service Providers all over the country consisting of 27 Public Sector Banks (PSBs), 19 private banks, 1 foreign bank, 56 Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), 109 District Cooperative Banks (DCBs), 16 State Cooperative Banks(SCBs), 6 Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) and the Department of Posts. All the APY-SPs are partners in achieving the APY outreach through-out the length and breadth of the country. Presently, there are more than 45 lacs subscribers registered in the Scheme. About 10000-15000 APY subscribers are getting enrolled into the Scheme every day.

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 09th May, 2015 and became operational from 1st June, 2015. APY is available for all citizens of India in the age group of 18-40 years. Under the APY, the subscribers would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 per month from the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions, which depends on the age of the subscriber at the time of joining the APY. The Same amount of pension is paid to the spouse in case of subscriber's demise. After the demise of both i.e. Subscriber & Spouse, the nominee would be paid with the pension corpus. There is option for Spouse to continue to contribute for balance period on premature death of subscriber before 60 years, so as to avail pension by Spouse. There are tax benefits at entry, accumulation and pension payment phases. If the actual returns on the pension contributions during the accumulation phase are higher than the assumed returns for the minimum guaranteed pension, such excess returns are passed on to the subscriber, resulting in enhanced scheme benefits.

PIB

Allowances Committee Report and Financial Expenditure


Allowances Committee Report and Financial Expenditure

Comrades,
The Central Government Civilian Employees numbering around 36 lakhs employees and Defence forces numbering around 15 lakhs are waiting for a long period for the allowances committee to submit its report and almost 10 months have passed , the allowances committee has not submitted its report so far , the patience of the Central Government Employees is almost over , the main demand of the CG employees is house rent allowance , the expenditure towards the HRA is just at 4.15 % of the total expenditure , the breakup of pay and allowances is pay including DA constitute about 80% and all allowances together constitute around 20% of the total expenditure, even if the 7th CPC recommendations are accepted the HRA expenditure shall be at just 9% of the total expenditure, even if the staff side demands of the HRA is accepted the total expenditure shall not cross 10%, let us examine the following facts.

The total expenditure towards pay & allowances for 36 lakhs Central Government employees for the year 2015-16 is Rs 1,50,028.57 ( in crore) , Out of the total expenditure of 1,50,028.57 crore, the percentage expenditure on Pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and other allowances are Pay Rs 55,162.69 crores (36.77%) , DA Rs 64,304.33 crores (42.68%) , allowances constitute Rs 30561.55 crores of which HRA Rs 6,225.14 crores ( 4.15% ) and. Transport Allowance constitute Rs 6186.05 crores and other allowances 16.22% respectively.

Out of the total expenditure of Rs 6,225.14 crore on HRA in 2015-16, the HRA expenditure for X class cities is Rs 2287.80 crore which is around 36.75% of the total expenditure on HRA.

Number of Sanctioned Posts is 36,49,468 and Number in Position is 32,28, 921 vacant posts is 4,20,547 , the Defence forces constitute around 15 lakhs with an Indian Army strength of 11 lakh.

Pay commission views : Para number 16.3

16.3 The increases in allowances relate to the following:

a) House Rent Allowance (HRA): This accounts for the principal increase in the expenditure on allowances since it is calculated as a percentage of the basic pay and the rise in basic pay based on recommendations of the Commission would be reflected as increased HRA. The expenditure on account of HRA is likely to go up from Rs.12,400 crore to Rs.29,600 crore, an increase of Rs.17,200 (138.71%). This figure also includes an expenditure of Rs.3,700 crore that is likely to occur on account of the expansion in coverage of HRA benefiting personnel serving in the CAPFs (this figures include all Central Government employees including Defence employees)

Hence the additional expenditure towards allowances will not financially impact the Central Government as already 70% of the 7th CPC expenditure has been borne out by the Government, only additional expenditure of just around 30% that is Rs 30,000 crores has to be met by the Central Government. even if 7th CPC report is fully implemented the expenditure towards pay and allowances shall not exceed 10% of the total revenue We hope the Government understands the sentiments of the Central Government employees and announce the revised allowances immediately after the arrival of the Honorable Finance Minister from his official tour to US and Russia, which he is expected to return from foreign assignments on 27th April 2017.
Comradely yours
(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/

Implementation of new process of GPF advance and withdrawal payments to BSNL employees


Implementation of new process of GPF advance and withdrawal payments to BSNL employees.

BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
Corporate Office,
CA Cell, 1st Floor,
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan,
Janpath, New Delhi- 110001.

No. 500-57/2016-17/CA-I/Vol.VII (PT)
Dated 18.04.2017
To
The CGMs,
All BSNL Circles,
Sub:- Implementation of new process of GPF advance and withdrawal payments to BSNL employees- reg.

It has been decided that GPF advance and withdrawal payment to BSNL employees will be done through CCA office. The procedure to be followed through ERP system is enclosed herewith. It has been decided that after implementation of new process, no payment for GPF advance/withdrawal to BSNL employees shall be made by BSNL, all payments shall”be made by concerned Pr. CCAs/CCAS only. The implementation in the CCAs will be carried out in 2 phases, the schedule of the circles is tabulated below:

Sl.No.1st Launch2nd Launch
1AssamAndman & Nicobar
2BiharAndhra Pradsesh
3ChhattisgarhJammu & Kashmir
4.Corporate OfficeKarnataka
5GujaratKerala
6HaryanaKolkata Telephones
7Himachal PradeshMaharashtra
8JharkhandOdisha
9Madhya PradeshTamil Nadu
10RajasthanUP (East)
11UttaranchalUP (West)
12West BengalOthers

The first launch will tentatively be held on 20th of April 2017 at West Bengal CCA, wherein the participants will also include Assam, Bihar, and Jharkhand. North and West zone will follow during the last week of April. The 2?d launch dates will be informed in due course of time. The respective circles are requested to coordinate with respective CCAs & make all necessary arrangements in this regard and confirm to this office for smooth implementation of new process PAN India.

Encl: As above
S/d,
(P D Chirania)
GM (CA)
Signed Copy

Trade test for promotion in artisan categories


Trade test for promotion in artisan categories



No.II/6/Part 7

Dated : 22.04.2017


The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Trade test for promotion in artisan categories-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 21/2015.
    NFIR's letter No. II/6/Part 6 dated 15/09/2014.
    NFIR's letter No. II/6/Part 7 dated 25/04/2016.


In the separate meeting held on 11th January, 2017 between the Federation and the Railway Board on PNM items, the subject matter under Agenda Item No. 21/2015 was discussed, consequently it was decided to convene separate meeting of the Federation with the AM/Mechanical & AM/Electrical. Though more than three months passed there has been no progress on the subject.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to expedite action.


Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary


Source : NFIR

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Drawl of arrears - 7th CPC pay fixation Government servant who is on leave on the 1st day of January, 2016


Drawl of arrears - 7th CPC pay fixation Government servant who is on leave on the 1st day of January, 2016
HEADQUARTERS
EMPLOYEES STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
An [so 9001-2000 certified organisation)
PANCHDEEP BHAWAN CIG MARG NEW DELHI

No. A-27/17/1/7th CPC/2016-E.III
Dated:- 27.02.2017
To,

The Regional Director,
Regional Office,
ESI Corporation,
Chennai

Sub:- Drawl of arrears - 7th CPC pay fixation -reg

Sir,

Kindly refer to your letter No.51/A/27/17/1/7th CPC/2016/Admn.II/Part file dated 22.11.2016 on the above cited subject.

In this regard, I am directed to invite your attention to Rule 7(3) of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 as per which 'A Government servant who is on leave on the 1st day of January, 2016 and is entitled to leave salary shall be entitled to pay in the revised pay structure from 1st day of January, 2016 or the date of option for the revised pay structure'.

Accordingly, an employee who is entitled to leave salary shall be entitled to pay in the revised pay structure from 01.01.2016, the arrears are also payable from 01.01.2016 provided the employee is entitled for leave salary.

This issues with the concurrence of Fin. & A/c's.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(J. SRIVASTAVA)
ASST. DIRECTOR
Signed Copy

Grant of 1st Class Privilege Pass to the ASMs GP 2800/- upgraded to GP 4200/- (PB-2)/7th CPC Pay Level 6


Grant of 1st Class Privilege Pass to the ASMs GP 2800/- upgraded to GP 4200/- (PB-2)/7th CPC Pay Level 6

NFIR



No. I/15/Part III
Dated: 22/04/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of 1st Class Privilege Pass to the ASMs GP 2800/- upgraded to GP 4200/- (PB-2)/7th CPC Pay Level 6-reg.

Ref: Railway Board's letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016.

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to letter No. E(W) 2008/PS 5-1/38 dated 06/01/2011, according to which employees working in GP 4200/- (PB-2) have been made eligible to receive 1st Class Privilege Pass. In this context, NFIR desires to convey that with the upgradation of the posts of ASM (GP 2800/PB-1) to GP 4200/PB-2 pursuant to implementation of the recommendations of 7th CPC as communicated vide Board's letter dated 02/08/2016, cited under reference (Note 2 of Annexure 13) the ASMs have been upgraded from VIth CPC GP 2800 to GP 4200/- (PB-2) consequently placed in 7th CPC Pay Matrix level 6 with effect from 01/01/2016. They are therefore eligible for 1st class pass automatically. Reports received at this that on a few Zonal Railways, the 1st Class Pass entitlement is being denied on the plea that separate orders have not yet been issued by the Railway Board.


In this connection, NFIR re-iterates that Board's instructions dated 06/01/2011 are very clear and therefore Zonal Railways should not deny 1st Class Privilege Pass to those ASMs who have been placed in GP 4200 (PB-2)/Pay Matrix Level 6.


NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue clarification to the Zonal Railways for granting 1st Class Privilege Pass to those ASMs placed in GP 4200/Pay Level 6 without causing any hurdle. Copy of clarificatory instructions may be endorsed to the Federation.


Yours faithfully
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Trade test for promotion in artisan categories


Trade test for promotion in artisan categories

NFIR

No.II/6/Part 7
Dated : 22.04.2017


The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Trade test for promotion in artisan categories- reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 21/2015.
    NFIR's letter No. II/6/Part 6 dated 15/09/2014.
    NFIR's letter No. II/6/Part 7 dated 25/04/2016.


In the separate meeting held on 11th January, 2017 between the Federation and the Railway Board on PNM items, the subject matter under Agenda Item No. 21/2015 was discussed, consequently it was decided to convene separate meeting of the Federation with the AM/Mechanical & AM/Electrical. Though more than three months passed there has been no progress on the subject.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to expedite action.


Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary


Source : NFIR

Monday, 24 April 2017

Promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 33-1/3% quota - Minimum eligibility condition of service for selection


Promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 33-1/3% quota - Minimum eligibility condition of service for selection.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA/BHARAT SARKAR,
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS/RAIL MANTRALAYA
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.E(NG)I-2015/CFP/8
The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways &
Production Units etc.
(As per standard list).
New Delhi, dated 21.04.2017

Sub:- Promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against 33-1/3% quota - Minimum eligibility condition of service for selection.

In terms of provisions contained in Para 189 of IREM, Vol.I, Railway servants in erstwhile Group 'D' categories for whom no regular avenue of promotion exists, 33-1/3% of the posts in the lowest grade of Commercial Clerks, Ticket Collectors, Trains Clerks, Office Clerks, Stores Clerks etc. are eligible for promotion on completion of 3 years continuous service, which is relaxable for SC/ST employees who are eligible on completion of probation in recruitment grade, which is 2 years (Para 104 of IREM).

2. One of the Federations (NFIR) have raised an item in the PNM forum to prescribe two (02) years residency condition for promotion from GP Rs.1800 (Level-1) to GP Rs.1900 (Level-2) against the above quota. The issue has been examined by the Board and it is now decided, that henceforth, staff will be eligible for promotion against 33-1/3% quota on completion of 2 years continuous service in the relevant grade on successful completion of probation period, irrespective of the fact whether such staff belong to GEN/OBC/SC/ST. These instructions will be effective from date of issue.

Please acknowledge receipt.
(M.K. Meena)
Deputy Director Estt.(N)
Railway Board
Signed copy

Women Advocacy Programme in the Unions


Women Advocacy Programme in the Unions
NFIR
No. IV/ITF/2017/Part V
Dated: 22/04/2017
The General Secretaries of Affiliated Unions of NFIR
Brother,

Sub: Women Advocacy Programme in the Unions-reg.

Our women representatives Ms.Sunita Dhiman (URMU) and Ms. Similal Sridhar Singh (SRES) have recently participated in Women's Advocacy Development meeting organized by the ITF at Kathmandu (Nepal) on 29th & 30th March 2017 and after deliberations, the conclusions drawn in the meeting have been conveyed to the Federation for taking action.

One of the important decisions of the Kathmandu meeting was "formation of Women Advocacy Committees" at Zonal level in aid of working women and also for their empowerment. The Advocacy Committee should consist of:

  • Union activist who has proficiency in the rules, labour laws etc,
  • A Group of NGOs working on Women issues,
  • Should be able to seek support of Police Department whenever required,
  • Should be capable of making alliance with other Unions on common issues such as violence against women,
  • Could seek help from students Union in the educational institutions.

NFIR, therefore, advises the affiliated Unions to set up the "Advocacy Committee" at the earliest and convey the names to the Federation as well to the office of ITF, New Delhi. List of names may also be made available to NFIR's Media Centre. It may be noted that the Committee should invariably be constituted within a fortnight.

Yours fraternally
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

Date of next increment in revised Pay Structure under Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules - 2008

Rounding off the amount of increment to next multiple of 10 for the year 2006, 2007 & 2008 - CGDA Orders

Re-Fixation of Pay in terms of CCS(RP) Rules,2008

Re-Fixation of Pay in terms of CCS(RP) Rules,2008- Date of next increment in revised Pay Structure under Rule 10 of the CCS(RP) Rules-2008

OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
10-A, S.K.BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA -  700 011

PART II OFFICE ORDER NO:576
Dated: 06-04-2017

Sub: Re-Fixation of Pay in terms of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 - Date of next increment in revised Pay Structure under Rule 10 of the CCS (RP) Rules - 2008.

fixation carried out as per CGDA New Delhi letter No.Admin 14/14162/6th CPC/Corr/Urgent-XVII dated 19-02-2014 regarding rounding off the amount of increment to next multiple of 10 for the year 2006, 2007 & 2008.

Asst. Controller of Accounts (Fys)
For P.C.Of A (Fys) Kolkata
Authority: http://www.pcafys.gov.in/

1NameS.B.No.DESGNA/C No.DOD
H P PANDEYSA832746407-11-2016
BASIC AS ON 01.01.2006 RS7600DNI01-04-06PAY SCALE5500-175-9000
GRADEPROM/INCRBAND PAYGRADE PAYBASICPAY BAND
01-01-0614140420018340PB-II
01-07-0614700420018900PB-II
01-07-0715270420019470PB-II
01-07-0815860420020060PB-II
3rd MACP25- 08-0816470480021270PB-II
01-07-0917110480021910PB-II
01-07-1017770480022570PB-II
01-07-1118450480023250PB-II
01-07-1219150480023950PB-II

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Leave Travelling Concession (LTC) and Travelling Settlement

Leave Travelling Concession (LTC) and Travelling Settlement

LTC-TA-Settlement
Free Thinker:

My daughter asked me whether the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister can avail LTC (Leave Travelling Concession). I said, "most probably they can, they are also government employees". She further asked whether they actually claim. I told her, "not sure whether they claim or not, but years ago I read in the newspaper that one PM was in Kerala on a vacation". Again, not very sure whether he avail LTC or not.

The stories of travel settlements are available everywhere. Even a story of settlement claim by Hanumanji came up; the dealing assistant refused to clear Hanumanji's file and put many objections - he is not entitled to fly; he was not supposed to bring a mountain; he did not clear the mountain till date; moreover, no travel documents are submitted; his flying included foreign land; he flew without passport and visa etc. etc. Nobody could over-rule the objections put by the dealing assistant. Hanumanji went to Ramji for help. As usual Ramji told him, 'please don't drag me into this'; he asked Hanumanji to go to Laxmanji. Hanumanji went to Laxmanji for his indulgence. Laxmanji called the file and overruled all the objections with the following replies: though he is not entitled to fly, he flew on emergency; as he is not a medical practitioner he could not identify the plant (medicinal) , so he brought the mountain in good faith; for clearing the mountain a different Department will look into; as far as his foreign trips are concerned he got the oral order from the highest competent authority; the file is cleared and needful must be done immediately.

It must be a fact that 99 percent of the employees avail LTC. Leave Travelling Concession is given to all the State and Central government employees. Generally, they can avail it once in two years or in other words 2 times in 4 years (which is officially called a block year). Most of the government employees enjoy this facility. First because this is an opportunity for the whole family (dependent members) of the government employee to travel together and have fun together or go to their home-town or home-village. It is not mandatory to travel together, but in most of the cases they do travel together.Some may travel by Air or some may travel by Train or by Bus according to their position/level in the government hierarchy. Even within the Air category some are entitled for the Executive or 'J' class and some are for the 'Y' or Economy class. For the Railways, the categorization is made on the basis of entitlement - AC1, AC2, AC3, First class, Sleeper, etc. Even for the buses there are hierarchical categories - First class, Deluxe, Non-Deluxe, Ordinary etc.

One retired Babu who was dealing with the settlement of Travel expenses and LTC claims narrated a story of group LTC fabrication. Many families of government employees used to go to Vrindavan along with their family availing LTC. There were many tour operators for Vrindavan. Actually, they were the bus owners who conducted group trips to Vrindavan. One trip is for about 20 days. Many government employees went to Vrindavan on LTC through these tour operators. Objections were put; they must have traveled by government transport; it is a packaged trip (fare part unclear); no prior approval was taken to travel by private buses (tour operators) etc. These objections were cleared by the higher authority saying that the fare part of the claim may be segregated and settle the claims.( Travel by private buses allowed ).

Then a roaring business had started; for instance, "Trip to Vrindavan and nearby places on LTC" by such and such Tour Operator. Many did not go but started claiming LTC for their entire family, submitting bogus bus tickets from these private tours and travels. It became a rampant nuisance and almost had turned into a scandal. One internal enquiry was set up to look into such doubtful claims.

The proprietor of the concerned tour operator was summoned to examine the tickets allegedly issued by his firm; whether they actually issued those tickets. He saw the tickets and said "these are fake". Then the claimants were called to defend themselves. They went to the highest authority to save their jobs. Then the competent authority issued an order saying that for the unreliable tickets other credible evidences of their respective travels must be submitted. Consequently, the hell loose large; some brought Jamuna water in a bottle, some brought Bal Gopal figurines, Radha-Krishna pictures, some brought photographs (studio made) clicked in Vrindavan & Mathura; some brought Vrindavan chandan, Vrindavan stone, Vrindavan chaadar etc. After examining these credible evidences the settlements were allowed. These evidences are still kept for future reference and 'precedence'. These days LTC/travel claims are easily verified on the click of a mouse as a result of massive computerization and 24-hour internet. So be careful while settling your bogus claims and fake bills.

Source: The Sangai Express

Saturday, 22 April 2017

7th Pay Commission: Allowance Report In Ending Stage, Committee members are busy in notes preparation

7th Pay Commission: Allowance Report In 'Ending' Stage, Committee members are busy in notes preparation

7th-Pay-Commission-allowance-committee-7thCPC
NDTV Profit News :
The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.

The Ashok Lavasa committee examining 7th pay recommendations on allowances is in the final stage of preparing its report, which is likely to be submitted to the government soon, a top employee union official said. The allowance committee is in the process of preparing notes for it to be taken up by the government, he added. There has not been any official word on whether the allowance committee has been submitted. The government had earlier said that the decision on allowances will be taken after the committee on 7th pay commission recommendations submits its report. Earlier, another union official had attributed the delay in submission of the report to non-availability of allowance panel members. "I believe that there has been some delay in the finalisation of the report as some allowance panel members were outside the country on an official visit," the union official said.

The allowance committee had held a meeting in this regard on April 6 which some employee union officials termed as "conclusive". The 7th pay commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.

The 7th pay commission had recommended that house rent allowance or HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on the type of city. The 7th pay commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent. With regard to allowances, employee unions have demanded HRA at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent.

At a meeting held on March 28, the allowance committee on 7th pay commission recommendations had sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of some allowances. The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. But the 7th pay commission's recommendations relating to allowances were referred to the Ashok Lavasa committee.

Meanwhile, a delegation of faculty members of various universities had on April 19 approached the UGC seeking redressal of their demands including the request to make public a committee's report on the 7th pay commission. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar had earlier said that a committee to review the recommendations made by a UGC panel on implementation of the 7th pay commission in educational institutions has been formed.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi told bureaucrats: Do not use social media for self- promotion or spend too much time online


Prime Minister Narendra Modi told bureaucrats: Do not use social media for self- promotion or spend too much time online

Use social media for public service and not self-promotion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told bureaucrats on Friday, even as he pulled up a section of officials who he said spent too much time online.

"If the social media is used for announcing the date for the anti-polio vaccination then it’s very good," Modi said in his address to bureaucrats on the 11th civil service day, asking officials to make better use of online interaction tools.

"But giving two drops of polio vaccine and then circulating the photo through social media should not be done," he added.

Modi has more than 29 million Twitter followers with whom he constantly interacts besides using the 140-character interface to highlight government programmes.

The Prime Minister said the power of social media should be used only for people’s welfare and public causes.

"I see officers of district level so busy on social media that most of the time is spent on this (social media)," Modi said.

Modi said he was aware of the power of social media but added that at his meetings with bureaucrats through video conferences, he has often seen them busy taking pictures of the meeting on their mobile phones

Source : http://www.hindustantimes.com

Filling up of the various posts of CSSS required to be filled up in the Office of GST Council Secretariat of Department of Revenue under Department of Expenditure


Filling up of the various posts of CSSS required to be filled up in the Office of GST Council Secretariat of Department of Revenue under Department of Expenditure

No.25/32/2014-CS-II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
3rd Floor, LokNayakBhawan,
New Delhi-110 003.
Dated the 21st April, 2017
Office Memorandum

Subject: Filling up of the various posts of CSSS required to be filled up in the Office of GST Council Secretariat of Department of Revenue under Department of Expenditure-reg

The undersigned is directed to refer to GST Council D.O. letter No. D.O.F No.50/Encadrement/GST Council/2017 dated 24.03.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to say that following posts of CSSS are required to be filled up after encadrement of these posts in the Department of Expenditure for further posting in the Goods and Service Tax Council, Department of Revenue:-

S.NoGradeNo. of postOffice
1.Principal (PPS)02GST Council, New Delhi
2.Private Secretary (PS)06
3.Personal Assistant (PA)01

2. All the Cadre units of CSSS are requested to give publicity of the vacancy circular and applications of willing officers for filling up the said posts of PPS, PS and PA may be forwarded along with personal particulars in the enclosed proforma immediately but not later than 28.04.2017.

3. Before forwarding the application(s), the vigilance status of the officer(s) concerned may also be ascertained and a certificate to that effect may also be forwarded along with. It should also be ensured that the data in respect of officer applying for the post is completed/updated in all respects in the web based cadre management system i.e. cscms.nic.in.
(Pradeep A)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel: 24623157
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Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 & ATS in respect of NAC meetings held after 6th CPC


Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 & ATS in respect of NAC meetings held after 6th CPC

F.No.11/1/20156-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 21st February, 2017
To
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary,
National Council Staff-Side (JCM),
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi.

Subject:- 1. Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016- ATS reg.
2. ATS in respect of NAC meetings held after 6th CPC

Sir,
I am directed to refer to the discussion held in the Standing Committee meeting on 25.10.2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary(P) in DoPT, and to send herewith a copy of an Action Taken Statement (ATS) in respect of 19 items on which discussion was held in that meeting. The information in respect of the other items also discussed in the same meeting will be sent upon receipt of the ATS from other Ministries/Departments which is still awaited.

2. Additionally, as discussed in the same meeting, a copy of the ATS on the items discussed in the first 4 meetings of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) during the 6th CPC regime, and as circulated with the O.M. no. 11/1/2015-JCA dated 19.06.2015 is also being sent herewith once again for your perusal.
A regards the ATS of the two NAC meetings held on 29.05.2015 and 09.06.2015 they are being sent separately.

3. Holding the next meeting of the Standing Committee is also under consideration. It is, therefore, requested that new agenda items which the Staff-Side consider for discussion in the next meeting may be sent to the DoPT urgently.

Encl: As above
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary, JCA
Click to view the detailed report of points discussed in last 4 NAC Meetings

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

Whether Government proposes to restore the old Pension Scheme for Armed Forces that was in vogue till 1971


Whether Government proposes to restore the old Pension Scheme for Armed Forces that was in vogue till 1971
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 5651
ANSWERED ON: 07.04.2017

Pension Scheme for Armed Forces

RAGHAV LAKHANPAL
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government proposes to restore the old pension scheme of the Armed Forces that was in vogue till 1971 which clearly defined pension as 70 per cent of last pay drawn and if so, the details thereof;
(b) the time by which the Government plans to set up a committee to review the present pension scheme which pegs pension at 50 per cent of last pay drawn;
(c) if so, the details thereof; and
(d) the other steps taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE) IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) No, Madam. Under the old pension scheme, the concept of standard period of service and standard rate of pension was in vogue for Armed Forces personnel. In this scheme, standard retiring pension, service pension were related to Rank and the prescribed length of service but it was neither linked to the emoluments nor to the service beyond the prescribed period of standard service.
(b) There is no such proposal.
(c) & (d): Does not arise.

Source: Loksabha

Friday, 21 April 2017

Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016

Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016.

7thCPC-Pay-Matrix-level-pay-fixation


 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
  (RAILWAY BOARD)
New Delhi,
dated: 31.03.2017
To
The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 56

Sub: Option for pay fixation in the 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the Railway employees promoted during the period 01.01.2016 to 31.12.2016.

Please refer to your letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC(Imp)/2016/R.B./Part I dated 06.01.2017, wherein it has been demanded that opportunity for revision of option for those staff promoted after the date of notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 (i.e 28.07.2016) and also for those staff promoted between 01.01.2016 and 31.12.2016 to switch over o 7th CPC Pay Matrix from the date subsequent to date of Railway Board’s notification be provided.

2. In this context it is stated that option for switching over to 7th CPC has been circulated and clearly specified under Rule 5 of RS(RP) Rules, 2016. Further, instructions for exercising the ,revised option in respect of officials who had Promotion/financial upgradation and had already exercised the option between the date of,effeet of recommendation (01.01.2016) and date of promulgation of RS(RP) Rules, 2Q3.6 ( 2016) has also been issued vide Board’s letter RBE No 124/2016 dated 20.10.20,16.1t, has already been notified under Rule 5 of RS(RP) Rules and further in the option form ctrculated along with RS(RP) Rules that the employee can elect to continue on ay Aa d and Grade Pay of his substantive/officiating post until the date of his next increment  at any subsequent increment raising he pay to particular limit or from the date of his promotion/upgradation.

3.Form the above, it can be appreciated that employee can continue such time, till promotion or vacation of the post and no cut off date (like 31.12.2016 mentioned in the reference) has been specified. However, the option exercised is final and one time dispensation has been extended to those promoted between 01.01.2016 and 28.07.2016 can not be extended in other cases. Decision on permitting further revision of option once taken can not belaken unilaterally by Ministry of Railways alone and needs to be taken by Ministry of Finance as it is a general policy matter pertaining to all Government employees.

S/d,
For Secretary,Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
S.No. 6/PC-VII
File No. PC-VII/2016/1/6/2   

RBE No.:124 /2016
New Delhi, dated: 20.10.2016
The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units, (As per mailing list)

Sub: - Fixation of pay and grant of increment in the revised pay structure - clarifications - regarding.

Following the notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, Railway Board has received references seeking clarifications regarding various aspects of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure as also pay fixation and grant of increment in future under revised pay structure. These matters have been considered by Ministry of Finance and the points of doubts are clarified as under:-

Sl. 
No.
Point of doubtClarification
1.As per the provisions of FR 22 (I)(a)(1), the Government Servants (other than those appointed on deputation to ex- cadre post or ad-hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion/appointment or from the date of next increment.Some    of  the  employees,  promoted between  01.01.2016   and the date of notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 had opted for their pay fixation  on promotion/financial up-gradation under MACPS from the date of their next increment in the lower grade. Consequent upon notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 28th July, 2016, the option submitted by such employees has now turned out to be disadvantageous.
Whether such employee may be allowed to revise their option under FR 22 (l)(a)(1) at this stage.
Under the changed circumstances after notification of RS(RP) Rules, 2016, the employee   may   be  allowed to exercise   revised     option   for fixation   of     pay  under    FR 22(I)(a)(1). Such   revised  option shall    be  exercised  within   one month   of  issue    of   this  letter. Option so revised shall be final.
Whether employees appointed/ promoted/granted financial upgradation during 02.01.2015 and 01.07.2015 will be entitled to grant of one increment 01.01.2016Since, the provisions of RS(RP) Rules, 2016 are effective from 01.01.2016, no increment Shall be allowed on 01.01.2016 at the time of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.

S/d,
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board
NFIR

7th Pay Commission: Demanding higher allowances is realistic says Finmin

7th Pay Commission: Demanding higher allowances is "realistic" says Finmin

7th Pay Commission higher allowances
New Delhi: The central government employees unions demanding higher allowances, a realistic view of what government can afford, the Finance Ministry sources have confirmed.

Speaking to senior Finance Ministry sources were keen to the demands being met, insisting the work of the ‘Committee on Allowances’ to submit its final report within May, will determine what is doable.

"The government has a lot of pressures on the purses this year and higher allowances obviously is a key one. Demands are reasonable and realistic. But the government will not be held hostage," said one senior source last night.
They told "The issue of higher allowances is currently under consideration by the 'Committee on Allowances'.
In line with their mandate, the committee will produce a report within May.

This report will form the basis of negotiations with the central government employees unions. Any higher allowance settlement emitting from these negotiations must be affordable and sustainable.

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, has told cabinet secretary that the higher allowances must be given with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

The committee will have regard to the national finances before accepts NJCA above demand, the source said.

The central government employees unions had threatened to call for nationwide strike in May due to delay in implementation of higher allowances.

In response to this, the sources said, "the government expects the 'Committee on Allowances' to report by May or even before then. They are going to be very difficult discussions and negotiations."

The 'Committee on Allowances', headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was formed in July last year for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

The committee was initially given four months time to submit the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Later, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017 but committee has not yet submitted its report.

The central government employees got theirs arrears of basic pay arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries. The hike in basic pay has been made effective from January 1, 2016 but they are still awaiting for the higher allowances.

The employees now get all allowances except dearness allowance, according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

Outsourcing of Accounting Services in the Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board


Outsourcing of Accounting Services in the Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board.

Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board
Department of Personnel and Training (Registration No. 2621)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Government of India
361, B-Wing, 3rd Floor
Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi- 110003
No.20/2/2013-14-CCSCSB
Dated : 18.04.2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Outsourcing of Accounting Services in the Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board.

Quotations for providing the accounting services on contract basis (for 3 years) are invited from Experienced Accounting Firms for maintenance of accounts of the Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board (A Society registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860). The firms must have at least 3 years experience in maintaining accounts of Government run institutions/societies. The Turnover of the society is around 2 to 3 crores per annum. Quotations may be submitted by 25.04.2017 in sealed cover along with all relevant documents regarding experience etc. The details of job requirement as well as Term & Conditions of the contract are attached.

Raju Bagga
Assistant Secretary

Details of job requirement for providing Accounting Services

1. The representative of the firm, well versed in the accounting procedures on tally software, will be made available in the CCSCSB during the normal office hours as all working days for looking after the day to day accounting work.

2. The representative of the firm will prepare the final accounts including the balance sheet of the society at the closing of the financial year and will assist in getting the same audited by the Chartered Accountants of the Society as well as from the auditors of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and Internet audit.

3. The representative of the firm will help in preparing the Annual Budget of the Board.

4. The representative of the firm will attend CCSCSB's meeting as and when annual report/annual accounts are discussed.

5. The representative of the firm will study audit observations in respect of accounts of CCSCSB for the past period, maintain the records as per audit observations and also help in replying the audit observations.

6. The representative of the firm will make enrolment as well as payment of contribution of EPF & ESI and will file the return of ESI & EPF on behalf of CCSCSB & will provide full consultancy on related to EPF & ESI.

7. The representative of the firm will process filling of Income TaxlTDS return and undertake all other work relating to accounts/accounting procedures/statutory requirements.

8. The representative of the firm shall ensure that all the accounting correspondence is replied to without any delay. The firm will give timely reminder to individual/dealers/institutions/RSB's etc regarding  information/documents/demands etc.

9. The CCSCSB will provide computer, printer, scanner, stationery and the accounting software (Tally) for undertaking the accounting work.

10. The representative of the firm will handle VAT- Returns, Registration, Renewal& GST (when applicable).

11 . The representative of the firm will assist in Tax Audit including 26AS, 3CB, 3CD etc.

12. The representative of the firm will prepare the Salary of Board Employees, including statutory deductions.

13. No extra amount would be paid for any new regulation/rule enforced by Govt. is
view of accounting related issue.


Term and Conditions of the contract

1. The period of contract would be 3 years and the contract will not be renewed after the expiry of said period. Instead fresh quotations will be called where the firm already doing the job can also apply.

2. The firm will quote the monthly amount including service Tax to be charged from CCSCSB for providing accounting services. No request for increase in this amount shall be entertained during the entire period of 3 years engagement.

3. The firm shall ensure that its employees maintain discipline & exemplary behavior while working in CCSCSB.

4. The firm shall abide by all the prevalent labour law while deputing their employees for the work in CCSCSB.

5. On termination of the engagement period, the firm shall return all papers, documents and other proceedings belonging to and including those which are expected to be retained by the Board.

6. The engagement period can be terminated before its expiry by either of the parties serving one month notice on the other. CCSCS, However, reserves the right to terminate the contract with immediate effect foe the following reasons:
i. Due to misbehavior by the representative of the firm.
ii. On receipt of adverse repot from security/intelligence agencies or
police sources.
iii. Breach of trust and involvement in any fraud, misappropriation or
embezzlement directly or indirectly by the firm or staff members.
iv. Any other reason on account of which the continuance of the
engagement is considered determinate to the interests of CCSCSB
7. In case of any dispute between the firm and the Board, the matter shall be put up to the President of the Board and his decision shall be final.

Source : DoPT Ordes

National Council JCM Standing Committee to be held on 3rd May 2017 - Confederation Items


National Council JCM Standing Committee to be held on 3rd May 2017 -  Confederation Items

ITEMS FOR THE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM STANDING COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON 3rd MAY 2017 - CONFEDERATION ITEMS.

Coms. K. K. N. Kutty, M. Krishnan and M. S. Raja will represent Confederation in the Standing Committee meeting.

1. Removing the anomalous situation in the representation in the JCM.

The JCM was set up as a machinery to enable the employees to hold discussions with the Government and avoid confrontation and strike. At the beginning all the non-gazette employees had representatives at the JCM, National, Departmental and regional level Councils. However, in the case of CSS and CSSS the Government had permitted even the Group B. Gazetted officers at the level of the Section officers to have representations both at the National and Departmental levels as a special case taking into account the characteristics of their job content. The classification of posts in Central Civil services underwent change thereafter. The Class I, II, III and IV were assigned the nomenclature of Group A B C and D. Later, the Department of Personnel introduced Group B Non Gazetted as another category. They specifically prohibited the Group B Non-gazetted category of officials from the purview of the JCM. Most of them became Group B Non Gazetted due to the assigning of higher scale of pay by the Successive Pay Commissions or by the Government in appreciation of their representations. It could be seen that there had been no change either in the level of responsibilities or in the duties assigned to these categories. They continue to do the job as was the case earlier i.e. at the time of setting up of the JCM. Precluding them from the JCM scheme was therefore not only untenable but also resulted in their grievances not being able to be presented at the highest negotiating forum. After the 6th CPC recommendations were accepted and implemented most of the grades and cadres with the Grade Pay of Rs. 4200 and 4600 were classified as Group B.Non-Gazetted. The entire Group D cadres were abolished and the functions in most of the Departments were either outsourced or contractorised. The reclassification of the erstwhile Group C Cadres as Group B. Non Gazetted resulted in their having no representation in the council. We, therefore, request that the matter must be reviewed to ensure that the cadres and grades which had representation when the JCM was initially set up is not taken out of the scheme. In other words, all non-gazetted cadres must have representation in the JCM with the special exceptions in the case of CSS and CSSS.

2. Recognition under CCS(RSA) Rules, 1993. Inordinate delay in the grant of recognition Streamlining procedure and fixing time frame for taking decision.

The revamping of the recognition rules in 1993 resulted in the promulgation of the new rules. After procrastinated discussions in the JCM, certain difficulties and problems emanating from the new rules were sorted out. It was decided that all Federations/Unions/Associations must seek fresh recognition under the new rules. Procedure to ascertain whether an organsiation seeking recognition does have at least the support of 35% of the members was also evolved in the form of obtaining declaration from the members by the respective organisation. The Department of Personnel was to approve the constitution of one organisation in each department, and the respective Ministries were to scrutinize the bye-laws and constitution of the other organizations to ensure that the provisions of the constitution so drafted is in consonance with the conditions and rules laid down . It has been reported to us by many organizations that the concerned Ministry/Department is taking enormous time to complete the formalities and afford recognition. Specifically in the case of the National Library Employees Association, Chief Controller of communication, Department of Telecommunication and Directorate General of Mine Safety Associations the recognition issue is pending for a long time. We, therefore, request that the Department of Personnel may fix a time frame for the grant of recognition. If the concerned Association/Union is not entitled for the grant of recognition, the same may be communicated to them in writing with the reasons for the rejection.

3. Central Government health Scheme. Empanelling of hospitals - streamlining the procedure to provide in-patient treatment to the beneficiaries.

The demand placed by the Staff Side earlier to set up CGHS hospitals at all CGHS centres could not be acceded to by the Government due to the prohibitive cost involved. The alternate method of empanelling and recognizing private hospitals for the benefit of CGHS subscribers, who require in-patient treatment, received the appreciation from all concerned. However, the tendering procedure evolved and due to many other reasons, the number of such hospitals in almost all centers except Delhi came down very heavily and in certain places it was reduced to one or two at the maximum. This apart, some of the recognized and empanelled hospitals do not have even basic facilities to treat the patients. In certain other cases, the hospitals which were recognized and were functioning well and catering to the requirement of the CGHS beneficiaries refused to entertain the patients as there had been huge pending bills, the payment of which had not been received by them. To illustrate the point further, we send along with this a Note we have received from the Central Government Pensioners Association , Kerala. We, therefore, request you to

(a) Ensure that each CGHS Centre five private reputed hospitals are recognized for the purpose of general treatment; The Government may hold bilateral negotiations on the basis of a pre-determined norms.

(b) Recognize at least three super specialty hospitals in each centre so that the patients who suffer from chronic diseases, Cardiac problems and cancer related illness could get immediate treatment without hassles.

(c) Some mechanism is evolved that the bills are not allowed to pile up and the recognized hospitals are made the payment within a fixed time frame.

4. Payment of equal pay to equal work to the workers/employees engaged in all Government officers either through contractors or directly as daily rated/contingent/casual workers as per the direction of the Supreme Court.

Please refer to the judgement delivered by their Lordship in the Supreme court in Civil Appeal No. 213 of 2013 in the case of State of Punjab Vs. Jagjit Singh and others. The Honourable Supreme Court have cited the obligation of the Government of India to abide by the International covenant on Economic , social and Cultural rights 1966 to which the Central Government is a signatory. We reproduce the provisions of Article 7 of the Covenant.

Article 7.
The States Parties to the present covenant recognize the right of every one to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensures in particular :

(a) Remuneration which provides all workers as a minimum, with:

(i) Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind, in particular women being guaranteed conditions of work not inferior to those enjoyed by men, with equal pay for equal work;

(ii) A decent living for themselves and their families in accordance with the provisions of the present covenant;
(b) Safe and healthy working conditions;

(c) Equal opportunities for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no consideration other than those of seniority and competence;

(d) Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodical holidays with pay as well as remuneration for public holidays.

The Honourable Supreme Court has also cited various Previous rulings and judgments of the Court under Article 141 of the Constitution and directed the State of Punjab to provide equal pay for equal work to all daily wage employees, adhoc appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like. In conclusion the Court has decided that all such employees are entitled for wages at the minimum of the pay scale.

We, therefore, request that the Government may issue explicit instructions that the employees/workers engaged on casual/contingent/temporary/daily rated basis including those through contractors are given the wages at the rate of the minimum of the lowest pay scale and a scheme for regularization of such appointees is drawn so that these employees would be absorbed as permanent workers over a period of time.

5. Extending the benefit of pension revision to the employees and officials who are absorbed in the Central Public Sector undertakings.

In the case of Civil Servants who are initially on deputation to Central Public sector undertaking but later absorbed in those organsiations and who had drawn lump sum payment by commutation of their central pension, orders are yet to be issued by the Government extending the benefit of pension revision of 7 th CPC recommendation to them. We request that the requisite orders may please be issued without further loss of time.

6. Revision of Ex-gratia to CPF/SRPF (C)retirees.

In acceptance of the demand of the Staff side at the National Council, JCM, ex-gratia payments were made to the CPF/SRPF© retirees. These rates fixed in 1088 was revised on 1.11. 1997 and again in 2006. Presently the rates are as under:
Group A. Rs. 3000
Group B. Rs. 1000
Group C. Rs. 750
Group D. Rs. 650.
Taking into account the fact that pay and pension were revised on the basis of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendation a revision of rates of the ex gratia to the CPF/SRPF© retirees whose number is dwindling every day is warranted. We, therefore, request that the rates may be appropriately revised applying the very same rationale adopted in the case of civil pensioners.

7. Dispense with the practice of ignoring the fraction while computing the Dearness allowance.

For the sake of easy computation of DA the practice of ignoring the fraction was initiated. The quantum loss to the beneficiaries in the beginning was meagre. Now that the administrative difficulties which promoted for ignoring the fraction has been greatly eased due to computerization and taking into account the loss for six months is no more meagre, it is necessary that the practice is dispensed with. For example, the next installment of DA is likely to be 2.95%whereas the orders would be issued for grant of only 2% in the case of an employee, whose basic pay is Rs. 50,000, the loss per month in that case would be Rs. 475/-. It is pertinent to mention in this connection that in the case of Bank employees, the practice of ignoring the fraction is not followed. We, therefore, request that the DA hereafter be computed without ignoring the fraction.

8. Include unmarried sister in the definition of family for family pension.

The scope of Family pension under Rule 52 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 was extended to the dependent disabled siblings (brother and sister) of Central Government servants/pensioners vide DOP & pW O.M. No. 1/15/2008-P&PW (E) dated 17th August, 2009. There are cases wherein an employee/pensioner remains unmarried and leaves behind dependent unmarried sister/sisters. Though cases of such types may be few and far between, nonetheless, such hapless ladies need to be taken care by the Government lest they should be left to fend for themselves, after the death of Government Servant/pensioner on whom they were fully dependent before his/her death. We request to include dependent unmarried sister/sisters in the definition of family for the purpose of family pension.

9. Removal of conditions of being at the CHQ for a few days in a month to claim the Transport allowance.

Transport allowance was introduced as a compensation for those working in the classified towns to meet the ever increasing conveyance expenses in connection with the travel between office and residence. Employees had to per force take accommodation in suburban areas as the cost of renting houses had become prohibitive. However, it was not appreciated that burden of the expenses had been more in the case of low paid employees as the senior officers could afford houses within the city or were provided with quarters nearer to their offices. Logically the higher rates ought to have been recommended for the lower paid employees. Initially there was a condition that those who were residing within one KM from the office should not be entitled for transport allowance. This condition was later removed. In many organizations, employees are required to be in field formations on duty for months together. Viz. Central Ground Water Board, survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, Postal workers and certain segment of the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department etc. Because of the condition stipulated that the employees must be at the Head Quarters for certain number of days in a month, many of them are denied transport allowance as the exigencies of work entrusted to them make them to be away from H.Qrs for months together. The denial is, therefore, a double punishment in as much they are to be away from their family and also are asked to bear the financial loss due to the denial of transport allowance. This apart, once the Transport allowance is denied they automatically do not become entitled for City Compensatory allowance also. We, therefore, request that this condition may be removed for the grant of Transport allowance.

10. Fill up vacant posts. Restore the Regional level recruitment for lower level categories of employees say Up to Level. 6.

We refer to the 7 th CPC report, Chapter 3, Annexure 1.Page No. 40 and 41 Where the vacancies in different cadres in various departments of the Government of India is indicated. This gives an alarming picture in respect of certain departments. The situation has worsened thereafter and the vacancies have piled up consequent upon which enormous workload has been imposed on the existing employees and also increased the outsourcing of various functions and contractor employment and engaging daily rated workers. The Staff selection Commission, which is the recurring agency for all Civil departments of the Government except the Railways and Postal organizations, ( to some extent) had not been able to cope with the task. This apart, the earlier practice of recruiting personnel through regional level examination has now been dispensed with. Because of all India recruitment especially for the lower level posts, certain difficulties both administrative as also to the recruited personnel have arisen. Those who are so recruited are often posted to places outside their home states. They are to suffer financially and socially. They find it difficult to cope with the strange situation in an alien place. Since most of them are posted to lower level grades, the remuneration is not good enough to meet the expenses in the place of posting and help their parents financially. They seek transfer immediately after joining creating administrative difficulties. They turn out to be de-motivated workers, disturbed and become incapable of giving their best to the task assigned to them. We, therefore, request that steps may be taken to fill up all existing vacancies in the Government service and resort to regional recruitment to the posts at least up-to the level 6 so as to improve the well functioning of the Governmental Departments.

11. Delegation of authority to the State Welfare Co-ordination Committee to determine at least 5 holidays.

Of the 17 holidays, the State welfare co-ordination Committee have presently authority to determine only three holidays from the given list. There are quite a number of holidays, which are State specific and are nevertheless important to the residents of that State. While the entire people of the State celebrate and observe those occasions or festivals, the Central Government offices would remain open with no customers visiting. Conversely, some of the all India holidays will have no relevance to a particular State and the Central Government offices on that occasion remain closed. To address this issue, we feel it would be better if the Government of India increases the Number of holidays, which could be determined from among the list by the concerned State Welfare Co-ordination Committees. We, therefore, request that the number of holidays to be chosen by the State Welfare Co-ordination Committee may be increased from the present three to five.

12. Grant of revised option under the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

Under the CCS(Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, officials are given option to come to the new pay scale either on 1 st January, 2016 or any other date which would be beneficial to them. The said option was to be exercised within three month of the promulgation of the notification. Many of the employees have exercised option without fully understanding the entire gamut of benefit or loss. On fixation of pay as per the option, they have faced objected from the concerned Zonal Accounts officers stating that the fixation of pay has been erroneous. In a similar situation and at the instance of the Staff Side, the government allowed the revision of that option vide F/No. /14/2010/EIII(A) dated 5th July, 2010. We, therefore, request that necessary orders may kindly be issued as was done in 2010 allowing the officials to revise the option if such revision is beneficial to them.

13. Transport allowance in the case of Physically handicapped person at the double rate and deduction of the same if one is on short leave. To be dispensed with.

Transport allowance is admissible for physically handicapped persons at the double the rates as per the extant instructions on the subject. This is provided for the reason that the physically handicapped person has to take the help of another person to travel and reach the office. However, if the physically handicapped person is on leave (EL, HPL etc) proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper is deducted. Normally transport allowance is denied only when a person is on Earned leave for a period exceeding one month. There appears to be no rationale to deduct the proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper in the case of physically handicapped person. Either a clarification may be issued to dispense with the practice if the same has been initiated by the Zonal Accounts officers on an interpretation of the rules. If the pertinent rule itself has to be amended, the same may be done as no helper can be asked that he must suffer and sacrifice the allowance because the physically handicapped persons for some domestic reason could not go to office on a particular day in a month.

14. DISCREPANCIES IN THE AMOUNT IN VARIOUS STAGES IN THE PAY LEVELS OF PAY MATRIX INTRODUCED AS PER CCS (Revised Pay) RULES 2016, CONSEQUENT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF 7th CPC RECOMMENDATIONS.

7th CPC has recommended that the rate of increment will be 3% of the Revised Pay and Govt. has accepted the recommendation. But, contrary to this, in many pay levels in the pay matrix, annual increment is less than 3%. Rounding of the increment to the nearest 100 rupees instead of next 100 rupees resulted in working out of the increment to less than 3%. This also results in the employees drawing less pay for their entire service and also drawing less pension after retirement for life. As 7th CPC itself recommended that increment rate will be 3%, in any case, increment should not be less than 3% at any stage. Hence to set right the discrepancy, increment should be rounded off to the next 100 rupees instead of to the nearest 100 rupees.

15. REMOVAL OF THE 3% CONDITION FOR GRANT OF BUNCHING INCREMENT IN THE PAY LEVELS OF 7th CPC PAY MATRIX.

Under the existing orders of the Finance Ministry the grant of bunching increment to an official is subject to the condition that the difference of higher pay and lower pay should not be less than 3% of the revised basic pay. There is no logic in imposing such a condition for bunching by the Finance Ministry. If the difference between the higher pay and lower pay is less than 3%, it is not due to the fault on the part of the employees. It is due to the faulty increment rate at each stage of the pay level in the pay matrix , as the amount of increment is rounded off to the nearest 100 rupees instead of the next 100 rupees. Hence it is requested that the condition of 3% difference between the higher pay and lower pay may be removed for grant of bunching increment.

16. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON "EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK" IN ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

The two judge bench of the Supreme Court in its landmark judgement delivered on 20th October 2016 has held that the temporarily engaged employees such as daily wage employees, adhoc appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like are entitled to minimum of the regular pay scale on account of performing the same duties, which are discharged by those engaged on regular basis against sanctioned posts. Action may be taken to implement the above judgement in all central Government departments by extending the benefit of "equal pay for equal work” to all similarly placed casual and contract workers.

17. EXTENSION OF BENEFITS OF REVISED PENSION RULES -2016 IN RESPECT OF PENSIONERS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMOUS BODIES.

Orders revising the pension of Central Government pensioners was issued by the Government in August 2016. But extending the same benefit to autonomous body pensioners is yet to be issued, even though seven months are over. It is requested that action may be taken for implementation of the revised pension structure in respect of autonomous body pensioners also. It may also be noted that one installment of Dearness Relief payable from 01.01.2016 is also not yet paid to autonomous body pensioners, even though the DA from 01.01.2016 is already paid to autonomous body employees long back.

18. ENSURE PARITY IN PAY SCALE OF ALL STENOGRAPHERS , ASSISTANTS AND MINISTERIAL STAFF IN SUBORDINATE OFFICES AND IN ALL ORGANISED ACCOUNTS CADRES WITH CENTRAL SECRETARIAT STAFF BY UPGRADING THEIR PAY SCALES.

The question of parity, as has been rightly pointed out by 7th CPC , is a settled matter .It is the Department of Personnel which is the Cadre Controlling department of Central Secretariat Cadre that unsettle the parity every time. What is required is to grant higher pay scale at par with Ministerial and Stenographer cadres of Central Secretariat and the similarly placed cadres in the field and subordinate offices and IA&AD and Organised Accounts cadre.

19. GRANT OF ONE ADDITIONAL INCREMENT TO THOSE OFFICIALS WHO RETIRE FROM SERVICE ON 30th JUNE AND 31st DECEMBER AFTER COMPLETING ONE FULL YEAR SERVICE IN THEIR PAY SCALE.

As per the existing orders , an official retiring from service on 30th June or 31st December after completing one full year service are not eligible to draw their next increment. on the technical grounds that on 1st July or 1st January which is the normal increment date, the official is not in service or cease to be a Govt. servant. It is requested that, in such cases, as the official has completed one year service, one additional increment may be granted to the last pay drawn by the official.

20. Counting OF PRE-APPOINTMENT INDUCTION TRAINING PERIOD AS QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADATION UNDER MACP SCHEME.

As per MACP orders "service rendered on adhoc/contract basis before regular appointment on pre appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning as qualifying service for financial upgradation under MACPS". It is requested that pre-appointment induction training period followed by regular appointment may be reckoned as qualifying service for grant of MACPS, as it is already counted as qualifying service for the purpose of increment.

21. ENSURE CASHLESS MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES TO ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS IN ALL RECOGNISED GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS.

22.REVISION OF OVERTIME ALLOWANCE AND NIGHT DUTY ALLOWANCE WITH EFFECT FROM 01.01.2016 BASED ON 7th CPC PAY SCALES.

23.REJECT STIPULATION OF 7th CPC TO REDUCE THE SALARY TO 80% FOR THE SECONDLY YEAR OF CHILD CARE LEAVE (CCL) AND RETAIN THE EXISTING PROVISION

24. COUNTING OF LOSS OF PAY PERIOD (WITH OUT MEDICAL CERTIFICATE) AS QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR GRANT OF FINANCIAL UPGRADING UNDER MACPS.

25. ENHANCEMENT OF BONUS CEILING LIMIT OF CASUAL LABOURERS CONSEQUENT ON ENHANCEMENT OF BONUS CALCULATION CEILING OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES.

At present , casual labourers are paid Rs. 1200 as maximum bonus. This amount was fixed when the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Govt. employees were enhanced to 3500. As the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Government employees is enhanced to 7000, it is requested that the ceiling of casual labourers may also be enhanced.

26. NON-GRANT OF ELIGIBLE PAID WEEKLY OFF AND COMPENSATION FOR NATIONAL HOLIDAYS TO CASUAL LABOURERS - c/o SALAR JUNG MUSEUM HYDERABAD.

In spite of clear orders from DOP&T , the full time casual labourers who are working in the Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad under Ministry of Culture , are not being granted eligible paid weekly off and compensation for National holidays. Necessary instructions may be issued to the authorities concerned to implement DOP&T orders in letter and spirit.

27. GRANT OF CORRESPONDING 7th CPC PAY SCALE TO THOSE OFFICIALS WHO ARE APPOINTED ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS AND DRAWING PRE-REVISED PAY (WITH OUT GRADE PAY) FOR WANT OF MATRICULATION QUALIFICATION.

As per DOP&T orders , those compassionate appointment candidates who do not posses 10th standard qualification are to be appointed in the minimum pay scale (without grade pay) till they acquire 10th standard qualification. The minimum pay of such candidates fixed as per 6th CPC pay scale is yet to be revised. Action may be taken to revise the minimum pay as per 7th CPC recommendations.

28. GRANT OF PAY SCALE OF DRIVERS OF LOK SABHA SECRETARIAT TO DRIVERS WORKING IN OTHER CENTRAL GOVT DEPARTMENTS.

29. REVISION OF THE RESTORED ONE - THIRD PENSION AND NOTIONAL FULL PENSION OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY ABSORBED IN AUTONOMOUS BODIES AND HAVE DRAWN ONE TIME LUMPSUM TERMINAL BENEFITS EQUAL TO 100% OF THEIR PENSION AND HAVE GRANTED RESTORATION OF ONE - THIRD COMMUTTED PORTION OF PENSION.

In the Pension revision orders issued by Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare on 4th August 2016, it is stated that the cases of the above mentioned category of Pensioner's is not covered by the 4th August orders and that orders for regulating pension of such pensioners will be issued separately. Even though seven months are over, the orders revising the pension of above category of pensioners is yet to be issued. Action may be taken to expedite orders.

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