Wednesday, 31 May 2017

AICPIN for the month of April 2017


AICPIN for the month of April 2017

AICPIN
No. 5/1/2017-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st May, 2017
Press Release

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

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2017 increased by 2 points and pegged at 277 (two hundred and seventy seven). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.73 per cent between March, 2017 and April, 2017 when compared with the increase of (+) 1.12 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 (+) 1.21 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Goat Meat, Milk, Pure Ghee, Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, French Beans, Gourd, Green Coriander Leaves, Methi, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Banana, Apple, Husk Melon, Lemon, Mango, Tea (Readymade), Cooking Gas, Kerosene Oil, Medicine (Allopathic), Toilet Soap, Barber Charges, Washing Soap, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Mustard Oil, Eggs (Hen), Chillies Dry, Garlic, Lady’s Finger, Parwal, Tomato, Torai, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 2.21 per cent for April, 2017 as compared to 2.61 per cent for the previous month and 5.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 0.67 per cent against 1.71 per cent of the previous month and 7.55 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Tiruchirapally reported the maximum increase of 10 points followed by Marcara (6 points) and Rourkela, Doom-Dooma Tinsukia, Mariani-Jorhat, Rangapara-Tezpur, Angul-Talcher and Mundakkayam (5 points each). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 2 centres, 3 points in 17 centres, 2 points in 12 centres and 1 point in 14 centres. On the contrary, Himachal Pradesh and Quilon recorded maximum decrease of 5 points each. Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 1 centre, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 13 centres indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and other 44 centres indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2017 will be released on Friday, 30th June, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of CSIR


Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of CSIR

COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
Anusandhan Bhawan, 2, Rafi Marg, New Delhi- 110001 

No: 5-1(428)/2017-PD
Dated: 11.05.2017
From Joint Secretary (Admn.)
To : The Directors/ Heads of all
National Labs/Instts. of CSIR
Hqrs,/Complex/Centres/Units

Sub : Implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation to Pensioners / Family Pensioners of CSIR - reg.

Sir/Madam,
l am directed to state that Secretary, DSIR & Director General, CSIR has approved the endorsement I adoption of the following Office Memoranda issued by Govt. of India in CSIR relating to implementation of 7th CPC recommendations in respect of Pensioners / Family Pensioners for information, guidance and compliance:
Sl. No.
Office Memorandum
Subject
01.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW (A)(i) dated 4th August, 2016.
Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of provisions regulating pension / gratuity / commutation of pension / family pension / disability pension / ex-gratia lump-sum compensation etc
02.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.38/37/2016- P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4th August, 2016.
Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners / family pensioners etc
03.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.42/15/2016- P&PW(G) dated 16th Nov, 2016.
Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 01.07.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission.
04.
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare OM No.42/15/2016- P&PW(G) dated 07th April,2017.
Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 01 .01.2017

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
(Manuel Thomas)
Sr. Deputy Secretary
Policy Division

7thcpc-pensioners-csir-order


Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Allotment of Residence), Rules 1998 - matter pertaining to unauthorized overstayal in KVS Staff Quarters.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Allotment of Residence), Rules 1998 - matter pertaining to unauthorized overstayal in KVS Staff Quarters.

KVS

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
F.11013-1/2013-KVS (Admn-I)
Dated 29.05.2017
The Deputy Commissioner,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices

Subject: Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Allotment of Residence), Rules 1998 - matter pertaining to unauthorized overstayal in KVS Staff Quarters.

Sir/Madam,
KVS has encountering with the problem of unauthorized overstayal by some of its employees who do not vacate the staff quarters occupied by them at the time of retirement/ superannuation. In some cases KVS also faced the difficulty in implementing recovery from the retired employees. In the matter of employees superannuated with CPF scheme the situation would be more complex.

Now, with a view to have better administrative control over the smooth allotment / vacation of staff quarters by the employees of KVS, the competent authority KVS has decided to introduce an administrative arrangement with immediate effect as under:

a) The authority concerned at various establishments of KVS, will inform the competent authority in Finance Division, at least 03 months in advance, about retention of staff quarter by any employee working under his/her control and superannuating/ retiring from KVS.

b) The authority competent to approve pension, will order to retain an amount equal to 10% of the gratuity subject to the maximum of Rs. 50,000/- (Fifty thousand) from the employee concerned. The amount will be withheld in the form of Security/Caution Deposit. The amount so deducted will be refunded to the retiree within 30 days from date of vacating the quarter after recovery .of all dues of KVS. In case the employee vacates the quarter within the permissible period, in that situation, the employee will be refunded the amount due to him by adding the interest gained by KVS from his/ her gratuity amount.

c) This may be circulated among all Kendriya Vidyalayas, with proper acknowledgement, functioning rider your administrative jurisdiction.
(Dr.E.Prabhakar)
Joint Commissioner (Pers)
KVS Order

Replacement of 6th CPC GP i.r.o. Sr. SE & Loco Pilots, Stepping up of Pay i.r.o. Loco Inspectors, Upgradation of Post: Discussed in Meeting with Chairman,Railway Board on 29.05.2017

Replacement of 6th CPC GP i.r.o. Sr. SE & Loco Pilots, Stepping up of Pay i.r.o. Loco Inspectors, Upgradation of Post: Discussed in Meeting with Chairman,Railway Board on 29.05.2017

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
Meeting with CRB
(29.05.2017)

(a) Agreed decisions not implemented:
(i) Replacement of 6th CPC GP Rs. 4600 (PB-2) with GP 4800 (PB- 2) for Sr. Section Engineers and other Inspectorial/Supervisory Officials in the Railways.
(ii) Replacement of 6th CPC GP 4200/- PB-2 (with GP 4600/- PB-2) in respect of Loco Pilots (Mail/Exp).
(iii) Stepping up of pay of Loco Inspectors inducted to prior 01/01/2006 on remaining 6 1/2 Zones in Indian Railways.
(iv) Upgradation of Apex Group 'C' posts to Group 'B' (Gaz).

(b) Contentious issues:
(i) Induction of Course Completed Act Apprentices in the railways in Safety category vacancies in GP 1800/-.
(ii) Absorption of staff working in Quasi Administrative units/offices in Railways - Restoration of policy decisions of 1973 & 1977 (which were arbitrarily cancelled in the year 1997).
(iii) Inter Railway request transfer cases of former Defence Forces Personnel re-employed in Railways and also applications of widows/widowers - Exemption from 5 years minimum service condition - GS/NFIR's letter No. II/14/Part VII dated 23/02/2017 to Hon'ble MR.

(c) Vacancies in Railways:
Staff over-burdened due to heavy vacancy position, particularly in safety and public image categories system suffering badly.
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (N.F.I.R.)
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
No. II/95/Pt.X
Dated 30/05/2017
President & General Secretary/NFIR met CRB on 29/05/2017 and discussed the above issues & urged upon him to intervene for satisfactory redressal.

C/-II/14/Pt.VIII, II/94/Pt.III/1B, IV/RSAC/Pt.VIII.
C/-10/2012 (DC), 16/2009 (DC).
C/- 36/1998 (PNM)
Media Centre/NFIR
sd/-
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

7th Pay Commission - What about Performance Related Pay?

7th Pay Commission - What about Performance Related Pay?


Like its predecessors, the 7th Pay Commission too has waxed eloquent about performance-related pay (PRP) but without suggesting concrete and satisfactory appraisal tools.

To be sure, PRP is any day difficult to design and implement, especially for not-for-profit and non-revenue producing service organisations which most of the government ministries are.

However, it is the job of any commission or expert body for that matter to go beyond generalities (lest they become banalities) and come up with concrete and implementable measures.

In a factory, usually payment per unit is considered to be a strong motivator to produce more, either individually or as a group though in a group there is the danger of laggards benefitting at the expense of hard workers.

But at the supervisory and managerial levels, the work is mostly qualitative, which defies precise and satisfactory measurement so as to be amenable to PRP. This however has not deterred the tribe of HR managers.

A company typically rewards excellence with commission based on turnover or profits, though there is a carping criticism that profit can be increased through expedients - by sacrificing quality, fleecing customers, scrimping on discretionary spends like ads and R&D - that are inimical to long-term survival and growth.
ESOP or employees stock options address this concern because managers and directors eschew the tempting option of short-term expedients in the dawning realisation that they bear down on long-term growth.
There is no reason why a beginning cannot be made with the Indian Railways, the largest employer, by corporatising all its divisions and rewarding employees through PRP such as profitability, turnover, ESOP, etc.

Tax departments and its officials too can be appraised on the strength of tax collections, though target-setting at the pain of repressive measures must be eschewed. The system of rewards based as percentage of tax collected from crooks, practised widely when the late VP Singh was finance minister, is worthy of emulation despite the fear of harassment because India has an independent judiciary to check high- handedness.
And non-revenue producing departments and ministries perforce have to be appraised on non-revenue touchstones. Home ministry, human resources ministry etc. are the quintessential pure-play service organisations sans revenue.

But all such departments can be judged by the quality of services they render to the public as evidenced by feedback from them. RTI queries are often probing and result in court proceedings. A department and an officer can be judged on the basis of public perception of his performance and response to queries.
That is why RTI should never be rolled back, though there is a view that it often works at cross purposes with the official secrets law despite the exceptions provided to cocoon government and its employees from public scrutiny, mainly on security grounds.

A dispassionate appraisal of government employees is also marred by political interference. Location of a railway station or introduction of a train on an uneconomic route etc. happen, thanks to political interference. Transfer of key police personnel and unbalanced budgets once again take place, thanks to cynical political considerations and interference.

It would therefore not be wrong to pine for the American-style presidential system where government departments are administered by secretaries handpicked by the president and who generally are not politicians.

It is the US president who is answerable to the Congress and not the secretaries at the helm of each ministry, but they obviously can continue only if they retain the president's confidence. Such a dispensation lends itself to appraisal of the entire ministry including the minister at the helm.

In the Westminster-style parliamentary system India has adopted on the other hand, political interference is ingrained and cannot be wished away unless the Prime Minister leads by example and reads the riot act to his ministers.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable difficulties, successive pay commissions have been guilty of skirting the issue and holding out just homilies, whereas their job was to get down to brass-tacks.

Source: dailyo

Permission to leave office early to Muslim Railway employees during the Holy month of Ramzan

Permission to leave office early to Muslim Railway employees during the Holy month of Ramzan

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

CIRCULAR

During the Holy month of Ramzan, the time of Iftar coincides with setting of the sun, which takes place quite early.

It has, therefore, been decided that those Muslim Railway employees who observer fast and are required to travel a long distance to their residence for Iftar, may be allowed to leave office early, wherever feasible.
No. 2017/G/35/1
Dated : 30.05.2017
Sd/-
(P.S.Meena)
Director (General Admin.)
Railway Board
Source : NFIR

Emergency Treatment at outside locations/stations: Order for Railway Beneficiaries


Emergency Treatment at outside locations/stations: Order for Railway Beneficiaries

SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY
Chief Medical Director
Rail Nliayam
Secunderabad-500025
No MD 438/pdhey
Dated: 10.04.2017
Sub: Emergency Treatment at outside locations/stations - reg.

Where there are no referral hospitals. Railway Beneficiaries can get admitted to the nearest private hospitals in case of emergency and should inform Authorised Medical Authority and CMS/MD within 24 hrs for arranging advance payment as per extant rules, if emergency is proved.
Sd/-
Dr K.H.K.Dora
Chief Medical Director
Copy to: MD/ CH / LGD for information pl.

Source: IRTSA

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Revision of pay of the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities / Bodies consequent to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations

Revision of pay of the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities / Bodies consequent to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.

7thCentralPayCommission

No. 3/4/2016-Estt.(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block,
New Delhi
Dated the 30th May, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of pay of the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities / Bodies consequent to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations.

This Department had, vide OM No. 3/ 6/ 97-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 29th January 1998, issued guidelines regarding perquisites and some important terms and conditions for the Chairpersons and Members of the Regulatory Authorities and allied matters.

2. These guidelines were applicable to Chairpersons and Members of existing Regulatory Authorities also, appointed subsequent to the issue of these guidelines, unless there is a constitutional or statutory obligation to the contrary. As per the aforesaid guidelines, the Chairperson would be eligible for pay not exceeding Rs. 26,000/ - p.m. (fixed) and Members would be eligible for pay scale not exceeding Rs.22400-525-24500. The pay will be fixed in accordance with the prevailing orders, i.e. pay minus pension.

3. After implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, in order to attract expertise available outside the Government, the full time Members of TRAI, CERC, IRDA, SEBI and CCI were granted consolidated pay packages vide orders of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. Replacement scales of Rs.80,000/- p.m. and Rs.37400-67000 (PB-4) with Grade Pay of Rs. 12000/- (since replaced with HAG scale of Rs.67000-79000) were granted respectively to Chairpersons and Members of all other Regulatory Authorities / Bodies.

 4. The 7th CPC has looked into the emoluments structure, including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind of the members of Regulatory Bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament, and have given their recommendations in Chapter-13 of their Report. As per recommendations of the 7th CPC, as accepted by Government of India, and also as intimated by Department of Expenditure vide OM No. 394959/ E.IIIA/ 2017 dated 211d March 2017, the pay and allowances of Chairperson and fulltime Members of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Competition Commission of India (CCI), Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA), Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERAI), Railway Development Authority (RDA) and Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) which have been de-linked from Government salaries will be governed by the orders issued by the Department of Expenditure.

5. In respect of existing Members of remaining Regulatory Bodies set up under the Acts of Parliament, the 7th CPC has recommended normal replacement pay. This has also been accepted by the Government of India vide Resolution No.1-2/ 2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016. Accordingly, the existing Chairpersons as well as future appointees would be eligible for basic pay not exceeding Rs. 2,25,000/- (Level 17 of Pay Matrix) in revised pay structure and the existing Members as well as future appointees would be eligible for basic pay not exceeding Level 15 of Pay Matrix in the revised pay structure.

6. Existing instructions provide that Chairperson and Member(s) who on the date of his / her appointment to the Regulatory Authority/ Statutory Body/ Tribunal was in the service of the Central/ State Government shall be deemed to have retired from such service with effect from the date of his / her respective appointment as such Chairperson/ Member. In case such officers are in receipt of pension, the same shall be deducted in accordance with the prevailing orders applicable to the reemployed pensioners.

 7. The rates of all allowances shall be as admissible to Government employees of corresponding Level from time to time.

8. These orders shall take effect from 01.01.2016.
(A.K. Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
To All Ministries/Department (As per standard list attached)

Source: http://dopt.gov.in

Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment - immediate action

Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment -  immediate action
NFIR

  NFIR
No. II/95/Part X
Dated: 27/05/2017
The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Heavy vacancy position on Indian Railways leading to unbearable additional burden and serious staff discontentment - immediate action - requested

NFIR brings to your kind notice that due to accumulation of vacancies in lakhs in safety as well other than safety categories, the systems are suffering very badly and employees are heavily over burdened. Serious discontentment and unrest is prevailing among staff as they are heavily over burdened with the additional workload on account of non-filling of vacancies.

Non-creation of additional posts for maintenance of newly created assets has further aggravated the situation. New stations are opened for traffic on some Zonal Railways, but sadly new posts of Operating Staff (Station Master, Points Men etc.,) have not been created. Likewise, new Railway Lines have been opened for traffic but unfortunately safety category posts have not been sanctioned and above all, safety category vacancies continued unfilled. On some stations, no pointsmen are available while at some stations, the station masters are managing with single Points Man, facing heavy stress while performing train passing duties.

Complaints have also been received that periodic rests are denied to staff on some Zones,leave refused due to shortage of staff and at the same time shortcut methods are being resorted to for denying payment of Over Time Allowance etc.

In C&W, S&T, TRD, TRS and Diesel Organizations, there is heavy shortage of staff as the norms/yard sticks are not being followed, consequently staff are put to sufferings. There is also heavy shortage of Supervisory Staff in the Technical and Operational categories. On some Zones, the shortage of Track Maintainers is so heavy that for patrolling duties, Tiack Maintainers are not available. It is no exaggeration to frankly state that crisis situation has developed on Railways mainly on account of heavy shortage of staff.
NFIR wants to convey to the CRB without mincing words that any delay in filling the vacancies and creating new posts in safety categories for maintaining newly created assets would cause serious setback to the Railways' efficiency. The Federation further conveys that the Railway employees are very restive, extremely unhappy and angry over the failure of Railway Board in filling the vacancies.

Federation therefore, requests you to kindly take a realistic view and see that approval is given for filling vacancies and creating new posts immediately to save the Railways and equally preserve healthy industrial relations
Yours faithfully
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

7th Pay Commission: Latest updates on higher allowance

7th Pay Commission: Latest updates on higher allowance
7th Pay Commission allowances


New Delhi: The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will finally take up higher allowance report on June 1, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, secretary of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, who met the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.

The 'Committee on Allowances', which examined the 7th pay commission's recommendations on allowances, submitted its report to the finance minister Arun Jaitley on April 27.

The committee on allowances has suggested some modifications in some allowances that are applicable universally to all employees as well as certain other allowances which apply to specific employee categories, the finance ministry said in a statement.

However, the Committee's report on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission hasn't made public.
The committee on allowances report is being currently examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha set up to screen the 7th pay commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet.

In June 2016, the government approved 14% pay and pension hike for central government employees and pensioners under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The decision on allowances was postponed at that time because the 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 52 allowances and subsuming of another 36 allowances into larger existing ones out of total 196 allowances. Employee unions were opposed.

Accordingly, the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016 in respect of basic pay and dearness allowances, other allowances continued to be paid at old rates.
So, the finance minister Jaitley referred allowances to the committee on allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in June last year.

The 7th Pay Commission also recommended slashing the House Rent Allowance (HRA) from 30, 20 and 10 per cent to 24, 16 and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) demanded the government to implement higher allowances without further delay with effect from January 1, 2016.

The NJCA also demanded HRA at the rate of 30%, 20% and 10% instead of 24, 16 and 8%.

NFIR: Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE - Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale


Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE - Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale: NFIR
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
No. II/6/Part 7
Dated: 27/05/2017
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Filling up 50% of DR Quota vacancies through GDCE - Eligibility to staff in same Grade Pay/Pay Scale-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-92/PM2/ 16 dated 20/08/1993.
(ii) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-2001/PM2/ 12 dated 21/01/2002.
(iii) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)I-201 1/PM1/2 dated 12/09/2014
16/09/2014.

The extant instructions provide opportunity to the staff who fulfill the conditions of educational qualification etc., laid down for direct recruitment, to appear for GDCE against 50% DR Quota vacancies for pursuing their career. The policy decision of Railway Board Vide letters cited under reference does not give opportunity to the staff of same Grade Pay/Pay Scale to apply for GDCE and face examination for the same Grade Pay/Pay Scale post as the provision allows only those in the lower Grade Pay/Pay Matrices Level.
The above subject was also discussed informally with the Director General (Personnel) on 26th May 2017.
NFIR is of the view that the staff of the same Grade Pay/Pay Matrices should also be made eligible to volunteer and appear for GDCE as is allowed in the case of those working in the lower Grade Pay/Pay Matrix Level. NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly review the extant instructions and modify the same to facilitate those who are in the same Grade Pay avail the opportunity of GDCE. It is also requested that GDCE be made as a regular scheme for filling 50% DR Quota vacancies annually by the Zonal Railways etc., to facilitate talented and highly educated staff to avail the scheme for improving their career.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Monday, 29 May 2017

Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure


DOPT Clarification on 7th CPC bunching of stages in the revised pay structure

7TH-CENTRAL-PAY-COMMISSION-PAY-STRUCTURE

 No.20011/1/2016-AIS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi, dated the 25th May, 2017
To,
The Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs
The Joint Secretaries (Admn.) of all Ministries/Departments.

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure-reg.

Sir,
I am directed to say that after revision of pay scales w.e.f 01.01.2016, the pay of a member of Service drawing pay at two or more stages in pre-revised Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale and gets fixed at same Cell in the applicable Level in the new Pay Matrix, one additional increment shall be given for every two stages bunched and the pay of member of Service drawing higher pay in pre-revised structure shall be fixed at the next vertical Cell in the applicable Level as per the Proviso (a) to Rule 4 (A) of the IAS (Pay) Rules, 2016

2. However, this Department has been receiving queries from various Ministries/Departments/State Governments for fixation of pay in respect of members of Service whose pay gets fixed at the same Cell,in the applicable Level in the new Pay Matrix. The matter was clarified vide OM No.13021/1/2016-AIS-I (Pt.2) dated the 10th October, 2016 (copy enclosed). It is once again clarified that as per Rule 4 (A)(ii) of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016, in cases of fixation of pay of IAS officers drawing pay at two or more stages in the pre-revised Pay Band and Grade Pay gets fixed at the same Cell in the applicable Level of the Pay Matrix, one additional increment may be given for every two stages bunched so that the pay of the member of Service drawing higher pay in the pre-revised structure is fixed at the next vertical Cell in the applicable Level.

Illustration:
If two members of Service drawing pay of Rs.53000 and Rs.54590 in the GP 10000 are to be fitted in the new pay matrix, the member of Service drawing pay of Rs.53000 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs.1,36,210 and the member of Service drawing pay of Rs.54590 on multiplication by a factor of 2.57 will expect a pay corresponding to Rs. 1,40,296. Revised pay of both should ideally be fixed in the first cell of level 14 in the pay of Rs. 1,44,200 but to avoid bunching the member of Services drawing pay of Rs.54590 will get fixed second cell of level 14 in the pay of Rs.1,48,500.

2. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.
Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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Atal Pension Yojana (APY) reaches 53 lakhs subscribers base


Atal Pension Yojana (APY) reaches 53 lakhs subscribers base 

235 Banks and Department of Post involved with APY implementation
97.5% of the subscribers contributing at monthly intervals; 51.5% subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs. 1000
The subscribers base under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached about 53 Lakhs. At present 235 Banks and Department of Post are involved with the implementation of the scheme. Besides the branches of the banks and CBS-enabled offices of India Post, quite a few banks are sourcing subscribers through their internet banking portals in a paperless environment.

The APY Scheme follows the same investment pattern as applicable to the NPS contribution of Central Government employees.  During the year 2016-17, it has earned a return of 13.91%.

With a view to empower the APY subscribers, new functionalities have been developed where under a subscriber can view and print the ePRAN card and Statement of Transactions. Further, the subscriber can register complaints/ grievance by providing his/ her PRAN details on https://npslite-nsdl.com/CRAlite/grievanceSub.do.

Presently males account for 62% of the subscribers and female for about 38%. Most of the subscribers have opted for monthly contribution; about 97.5% of the subscribers are contributing at monthly intervals, about 0.8% at quarterly intervals and about 1.7% at half yearly intervals.

A majority of the subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs. 1000/-.  Presently 51.5% subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs.1000/- and 34.5% of the subscribers have opted for a monthly pension of Rs.5000/-. Pension amount wise segmentation of the subscribers is shown in Figure 1.

APY-PFRDA

Figure 1: Pension amount wise segmentation of the APY subscribers

The Atal Pension Yojana became operational from 1st June, 2015 and is available to all the citizens of India in the age group of 18-40 years. Under the scheme, a subscriber would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs.1000 to Rs. 5000 per month, depending upon his contribution, from the age of 60 years.  The same pension would be paid to the spouse of the subscriber and on the demise of both the subscriber and the spouse, the accumulated pension wealth is returned to the nominee.

PIB

CPAO OM on 7th CPC Revision of Pre-2016 Pension in pursuance to DP&PW OM dt 12.05.17 and MoF OM 23.05.2017


CPAO OM on 7th CPC Revision of Pre-2016 Pension in pursuance to DP&PW OM dt 12.05.17 and MoF OM 23.05.2017
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI - 110066

CPAO/IT& Tech/Revision (7th CPC)/19.Vol-III/2016-17/37
Dated:25-05-2017
Office Memorandum

Implementation of Revision of Pension of Pre- 1.1.2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners in pursuance to DP& PW OM 38/37/2016-P& PW (A) dated 12th May 2017 and Ministry Of Finance (Deptt.Of Expenditure) OM No.1(13)/EV/2017 dated 23rd May, 2017.

1. Reference is invited to DP& PW OM No.38/37/2016-P& PW(A) dated 12-05-2017 regarding revision of pension of Pre-2016 retirees under 7th CPC. As per Para 4 of this OM, it has been decided that the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central Civil Pensioners/Family Pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired/died prior to 01.01.2016, may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formula e approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time shall be strictly followed. 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per the first Formulation. In the case of family pensioners who were entitled to family pension at enhanced rate, the revised family pension shall be 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 and shall be payable till the period up to which family pension at enhanced rate is admissible as per rules.

2. As per Para 18 of this OM, the Pension Sanctioning Authority would impress upon the concerned Head of Office [HOO) for fixation of pay on notional basis and issue revised authority at the earliest. The revised authority will be issued under the existing PPO number and would travel to the Pension Disbursing Authority through the same channel through which the original PPO had travelled.

3. Reference is also invited to Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) OM No.1(13)/EV /2017 dated 23-May,2017 mentioning procedural points of action to be taken by concerned agencies including Pension Accounting Authorities & PAOs.

4. To facilitate early revision of pension and monitoring timely progress in this regard as required by aforesaid OM, course of actions are brought out below:

i.List of all the live cases available in CPAO along with details of last pay [wherever available] due for pension revision under 7th CPC will be provided to the Pay and Account 0fficers (PAOsJ in their logins under CPAO website www.cpao.nic.in by 31st May, 2017 to provide the details to concerned Head of Offices within 3 days and coordinate with them for getting the revised pension cases at the earliest. PAOs/HOOs may also check their records to verify actual number ofcases.
ii.In the meanwhile, since all the service records/details of the pensioners are available with the respective HOOs from where they retired/died, HOOs are required to check their records and start revising the pension in terms of Para 4 of the aforementioned OM of the DP& PW forrhwith. Pr. CCAs/CCAs /CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs may monitor number of such cases received at PAOs and submit a report to CPAO by 31st May,2017.

iii. For the expeditious revisions of these pension cases, CPAO has developed an e-revision utility which has facility of sending online revision authorities from PAOs to CPAO under the digital signatures of PAOs. PAOs are required to revise pension cases through e-revision utility. Since under this utility, revision authorities would be sent under the digital signatures, pension processing PAOs are urgently required to arrange digital signatures and their registration on PFMs, if not done so far. In unavoidable circumstances to avoid delay, PAOs may process the pension cases manually as hitherto and send the paper based revision authorities to CPAO in the format given at Annexure.

iv. The list as mentioned at (i) above will also be provided under the logins/dashboard of chief controller of accounts and joint secretary (Admn)/Adma in charge of the Ministries/Departments on CPAO website. Joint Secretary (Admn)/Admn in charge may also distribute the list of pension cases to the HOOs falling under their administrative control and monitor the progress of Pension revisions at HOOs level. similarly, Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs may keep a watch on the progress of the revision of cases received from HOOs to PAOs.

v. To facilitate effective monitoring of progress of revision at each level i.e. CCA/JS(Admn)/PAO, relevant progress reports would be available on CPAO website under logins/dashboards of respective authorities. On the basis of these reports, periodical review meetings may be held at the Ministry/Deptt./Organization level.
vi. In those cases, where 2.57 multiplication method of pension fixation is beneficial under DP& PW OM No.38/37/2016-P& PW (A) (ii) dated 4/08/2016, revised pension authority under 2.57 multiplication methods will also require to be issued by HOOs/PAOs for updation of records at CPAO & Banks as well as for information of pensioners by CPAO. However, HOOs/PAOs while revising the pension may prioritize the cases which are beneficial to the pensioners under pay fixation method. To cover large number of cases, in less time Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs & JS(Admn) of Ministries/Deptts.
/Organization may identify the cases where revisions may be effected easily without involving multiple steps e.g.revisions of pension of those pensioners who retired/died during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.12.2015 and whose pension is already fixed under 6th CPC.

vii. Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs may nominate a Nodal Person/Key Resource Person (KRP) to coordinate with CPAO regarding any issues related with pension revisions and use of e-Revision utility. In case of any difficulty in the use of e-Revision utility Sh.Davinder Kumar, Technical Director, NIC, CPAO may be contacted on Telephone No.011-26715338 and email-kumardavinder@nic.in. If required, officials of Ministries/Departments/PAOs may also visit CPAO on every Wednesday to resolve their issues related with pension revisions.

In view of the above, Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/AGs/Administrators of UTs are requested to follow the above guidelines and issue necessary instructions to their PAOs for early revision of Pre-2016 pension cases under 7th CPC. They are further requested to Coordinate with their JS(Admn)/Admn in charge/HODs for timely submission of revised pension cases by the HOOs to PAOs and monitor the progress in this regard.
This issues with the approval of controller General of Accounts.
Sd/-
(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts
Source: www.cpao.nic.in

Pay anomaly in the Supervisory Cadre of Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways, and pay disparity with other Supervisory Cadres of the Central Government Services


Pay anomaly in the Supervisory Cadre of Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways, and pay disparity with other Supervisory Cadres of the Central Government Services

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: May 24, 2017
The Jt. Secretary(Pers.),
Department of Expenditure,
Room No.39-A, North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Madam,
Sub: Pay anomaly in the Supervisory Cadre of Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways, and pay disparity with other Supervisory Cadres of the Central Government Services

While deposing before the 7th CPC, this Federation brought to the notice of the Commission that,subsequent to the acceptance of the VI CPC recommendations a peculiar anomaly arosewhere a junior drawing higher Grade Pay than the senior in the cadre of Section Officer(Accounts). The Committee of the 7th Pay commission observed that the above anomalous situation purely arose on circumstantial grounds and needs to be rectified. Thus in its report, the Commission found merit in the above contention and recommended that Seniors must be given the benefit of stepping up and further in line with their recommendations for Organized Accounts Cadres, it further recommended that "Section Officer (Accounts) Railways in GP Rs.4800 should be upgraded, on completion of four years' service, to the existing GP Rs.5400(PB-2), viz., Level 9 in the Pay Matrix, on non-functional basis.(Ref.: Para No.11.40.83 of 7th CPC).

The 7th Central Pay Commission acknowledged that the skill sets of the Organized Accounts Cadres are fairly higher and the organized accounts cadres have to compulsorily pass various stringent examinations for promotions. Moreover, Sr. Section Officers(A/Cs) had been assigned complete parity with Section Officers(S.O.) of the Central Secretariat Service(CSS) and they had been granted the pay scale of Rs.6500-10500(S-12) w.e.f. 01.01.1996 in accordance with 6th CPC. Further, it was also noted that parity between Organized Accounts Cadres and the cadre of Section Officers of CSS was disturbed by granting non-functional upgradation to GP Rs.5400(PB-3) after four years of service to Section Officers of CSS only. The Commission also noted that, non-functional up-gradation from GP Rs.4800 to GP Rs.5400(PB-3), on completion of four years of service, has been accorded to a number of posts by the Government of India in 2008. The Commission also found no reason and justification to deprive this benefit of upgradation to GP Rs.5400 to the Officers of the Organized Accounts Cadres who are in GP Rs.4800.
“Thus, the Pay Commission recommended that, all officers in the Organized Accounts Cadres (in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Defence Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organization, Railways, Post and Telecommunications), who are in GP Rs.4800, should be upgraded, on completion of four years' service to GP Rs.5400(PB-2), viz. pay level 9, in the pay matrix”. (Ref. Para 11.12.140 of 7th CPC).

To utter dismay, the Government of India, while accepting the recommendations of the Pay Commission on upgrading of posts, left out the Ministry of Defence and Railways for non-functional upgradation to GP Rs.5400(PB-3) after four years of service for the categories of AAOs(Finance Division of Defence, Ministry of Defence) and Senior Section Officer(Accounts), Senior Travelling Inspector(Accounts) and Senior Inspector(Store Accounts), Ministry of Railways, with the remarks that, “it will be examined by DOPT for taking a comprehensive view in the matter”. The DoP&T took almost nine months and transferred the issue on 7th April, 2017 to the Ministry of Finance(Expenditure). In other words, benefit of upgradation to GP Rs.5400 after completion of four years of service has been granted to all other Organized Accounts Cadres of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, Indian Civil Accounts Organization and Post and Telecommunications.

The Ministry of Defence in their recent ID Note No.369/C/2017 dated 23.03.2017 also recommended that, "above benefit be extended to the Assistant Accounts Officer(AAO) of Defence Accounts Department”. On the other hand, DoP&T, in their communication ID Note No.1198678/16-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 02.02.2017 to the Executive Director, Pay Commission-III, Ministry of Railways, advised the Ministry of Railways to consult Department of Expenditure since revision of pay scales comes under the administrative domain of the Department of Expenditure in terms of Government of India(Allocation of Business) Rules. It shows the indifferent approach of government of India towards Railway Accounts Employee.

This issue has been elaborated and explained in the tabulated format at Annexure 'A'.

The Supervisory Cadre of the Accounts Department of the Railways is also entrusted with the responsibilities of presenting the Railway Accounts on widely accepted of accrual based Accounting in addition to presenting the Government Accounts as per requirements laid down in the Constitution of India, as announced by Hon'able Minister of Railway, Shri Suresh Prabhu, in his budget speech.

It would be highly appreciated, if the benefit of grant of GP Rs.5400 is extended to Supervisory Cadre of the Accounts Department, Ministry of Railways, on completion of four years of service in GP Rs.4800, who are the only left in this case. This will also end pay disparity between the Organized Accounts Cadres of the Government of India.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
Comradely Yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com

Three years of Modi government: A report card


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
President's Secretariat
26-May-2017 12:14 IST
Three years of Modi government: A report card

The record of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during its three years in power has been impressive, judging by macroeconomic parameters, especially inflation.
Politically too, the BJP has seen unprecedented ascendancy by wresting back power in Uttar Pradesh in March after a gap of 15 years and expanding its electoral footprint to the North-East. This in part explains why Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains India's most popular political leader.
Still, controversies associated with the actions of fringe saffron groups have left the BJP vulnerable to criticism. The next general election is due in 2019 and, to a large extent, the outcome will depend on Modi's management of the optics and his government's ability to generate jobs to meet the growing aspirations of voters.
Here is a look at the key themes of the NDA's three years in power.

CONNECTIVITY

Positive

1. New integrated transportation initiative for roads, railways, waterways and civil aviation.
2. Sagarmala and Bharatmala programmes for the construction of new ports and expressways.
3. UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) regional connectivity scheme with fares starting at about Rs2,500.

Negative

1. Increasing number of railway accidents.
2. 23km per day of highway construction achieved vis-a-vis a target of 41km.
3. Air India's finances are still precarious. The national carrier is still grappling with legacy issues.

TERROR, DEFENCE AND FOREIGN POLICY

Positive

1. Carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, resumed cordon and search operations in more than 20 villages in Shopian.
2. Combing operations launched against Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "neighbourhood diplomacy" falling in place as relations with Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka look up.

Negative

1. No strategy to pre-empt rebel attacks on security personnel in districts where Maoists are active.
2. Ties with Pakistan and China are icy despite Prime Minister Modi making trips to both countries (a December 2015 stopover in the former).
3. Relations with Russia - India's once time-tested friend - too seem to be in the doldrums.

FARMERS

Positive

1. New crop insurance scheme and higher funding for irrigation to counter weather risks.
2. Set an ambitious goal to double farm incomes in real terms by 2022, moving away from the historical focus on increasing production.
3. Initiated a range of marketing reforms to create a "one nation, one market" in agriculture.

Negative

1. Decline in wholesale prices of vegetables and pulses has dented farm incomes.
2. A loan waiver in Uttar Pradesh led to a moral hazard problem and delay in repayment of loans in other states.
3. Acute drought in southern states led to a spike in farm suicides.

GREEN ECONOMY AND ENERGY

Positive

1. Push for electric vehicles.
2. Rs42,000 crore unlocked for afforestation with Parliament passing The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016.
3. Clean and renewable energy generation gets a boost.

Negative

1. Neglect of the forest and wildlife sectors. Decisions pending on a national forest policy, definition of forests, inviolate forest areas and a national wildlife action plan.
2. Activists allege that the government is favouring industries and indiscriminately giving green clearances, ignoring the toll taken on the environment.
3. Ganga clean-up is yet to gather momentum.

Positive

1. Got states on board to introduce the goods and services tax (GST), the biggest tax reform since independence.
2. Crackdown on black money leads to a surge in 2016-17 tax receipts, number of return filers.
3. Merger of railway budget with Union budget and shifting budget presentation date to 1 February from 28 February.

Negative

1. Demonetisation drive led to short-term cash crunch, hit small and medium enterprises.
2. Pending cases of retrospective taxation on past transactions still unresolved.
3. Inability to bring back black money stashed away abroad by citizens.

POLITICS

Positive

1. Getting unanimity on the economic reforms agenda with high parliamentary productivity.
2. Series of electoral gains puts the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on the political forefront.
3. Expanding voter base of the BJP to Dalits and other backward classes, focus on expansion in the North-East.

Negative

1. Failure to get consensus on reform policies like a proposed land bill.
2. Allegations of toppling elected state governments.
3. Problems within the NDA: the Peoples Democratic Party (Jammu and Kashmir), Shiv Sena (Maharashtra) and Telugu Desam Party (Andhra Pradesh) are annoyed with the BJP leadership.

EMPOWERMENT - SOCIAL SAFETY, EDUCATION, JOBS, GENDER

Positive

1. Graded autonomy to promote quality in education.
2. Slew of social security measures to benefit the working class.
3. Six months of paid maternity leave for working women.

Negative

1. The Women's Reservation Bill is still pending.
2. New Education Policy still to be formulated.
3. Job creation yet to pick up pace.

MINDSET CHANGE

Positive

1. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched to eliminate open defecation and promote cleanliness.
2. Soviet-style five-year plans come to an end; 15-year vision, three-year action plan come into play.
3. Cashless economy.

Negative

1. Hyper-nationalism as seen through the lens of social media trolling and rise of vigilante groups with little regard for human life.
2. Rise of vigilante groups with political agendas who attack minorities.
3. In spite of stricter laws, greater awareness and even campaigns, violence against women continues unabated.

DIGITAL AND COMMUNICATIONS

Positive

1. Improving e-infrastructure, e-participation and government e-services for addressing transparency.
2. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) - a payment system that allows mobile-enabled money transfers between bank accounts. Promotion of the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) for a less-cash economy.
3. Leveraging Aadhaar for improving service delivery to citizens.

Negative

1. Call drops continue despite mobile phone services providers promising improvement.
2. Drop in digital payment transactions with the easing of a cash crunch that followed the demonetisation of high-value banknotes in November.
3. Leakage of Aadhaar data.

OPTICS

Positive

1. Doing away with the red beacon - a symbol of so-called VIP culture - from all government vehicles.
2. Extending support to ending the practice of triple talaq.
3. Introducing the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (save the girl child, educate the girl child) scheme.

Negative

1. Rise of vigilante groups called Gau Rakshaks, who target people suspected of harming cows or consuming beef.
2. Launch of the anti-Romeo squads in Uttar Pradesh, ostensibly to protect women from harassment, but seen widely as moral policing.
3. Ghar Wapsi (homecoming), aimed at promoting the conversion of non-Hindus to Hinduism, and campaign against Love Jihad, allegedly practised by Muslim men to win over Hindu women.

7th Pay Commission: No scope to change in higher allowances


7th Pay Commission: No scope to change in higher allowances

7th CPC

New Delhi: Finance Ministry sources today said on condition of anonymity, there is no scope to change in higher allowances, which were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

The sources came up with the remark while talking to us about hiking of allowances of all central government employees and officials by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Those who will hope over these issues will gain nothing but no change in 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances are very much hiking possible, they added.

Replying to a question, the sources said, "The demand of central government employees to hike in allowances than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is likely not to be considered by the secretaries panel."

"The central government finally decided not to give any facility to central government employees better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Accordingly, the government stuck with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on pay scales and advances and its implementation have been made forcefully.
Moreover, the government is now engaged in forceful implementation of allowances, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission," the finance ministry sources added.

The sources also said that the quantum of allowances may not vary from those proposed by the 7th Pay Commission as the committee on allowances headed by Finance Secretary stuck with the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations on allowances.

The Government will not necessarily be bound by the findings of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries on allowances, the sources confirmed.

"The Empowered Committee will make its proposal," source said. "government will make the decision."
In late June, after implementing the 7th Pay Commission proposals on salary and pension, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the 'Committee on Allowances', headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October to give the report but this got delayed.

The decision on allowances was postponed because the 7th Pay Commission wanted a number of these to be abolished or subsumed. Employee unions were opposed.

The 'Committee on Allowances' submitted its report to finance minister Arun Jaitley on April 27.
However, the Committee's report on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission haven't made public.
The report on allowances is now examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and after it, it will be placed before the Cabinet.

Shiv Gopal Mishra, secretary of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, met with the Cabinet Secretary recently for inordinate delay on implementation of allowances.

The Cabinet Secretary assured Mishra that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries is likely to take a final decision on higher allowances by June 1.

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

The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley: Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an efficient tax system which not only checks tax evasion but also helps evolving India to become very strong society


The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley: Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an efficient tax system which not only checks tax evasion but also helps evolving India to become very strong society

FM inaugurates the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) Campus in Bengaluru today

Inaugurating the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) Campus in the Bengaluru today, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that Indirect Taxation regime in the country will play a key role and is undergoing a vital change.  He said that the present multiple taxation system is transformed into the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and all the taxes are amalgamated. Speaking further, the Finance Minister said that the new GST regime will come into effect from July 1, 2017. GST is an efficient tax system which not only checks tax evasion but it also help evolving India to become very strong society.

Speaking further on the occasion, the Finance Minister Shri Jaitley said that the new Indirect Tax is a product of federal India. He added that the Centre and the States will jointly administer and decide the taxes.  Coordination between taxation authority of Centre and States is also important. He said that the tax training academy NACIN, which has come-up in Bengaluru to impart training to officers of Central and State Governments and PSUs has to play a vital role.

Participating on the occasion, Smt.Vanaja N. Sarna, Chairperson, CBEC highlighted the contributions of NACIN.  Shri D.P.Nagendra Kumar, Principal Director General, NACIN, gave an overview of the new NACIN Complex.  Shri S.Ramesh, Member (Admn.), CBIC welcomed the dignitaries on this occasion while Shri P. K. Dash, Pr. Additonal Director General, NACIN, proposed vote of thanks.

PIB

Status Report on implementation of OROP benefits as on April 30,2017

Status Report on implementation of OROP benefits as on April 30,2017



Till 30.04.2017, a sum of Rs. 4,141.99 crores and Rs. 2,363.32 crores have been paid towards first installments & second installments of OROP arrears to 20,31,893 Ex- Servicemen/family pensioners and 15,87,643 Ex-Servicemen respectively. Further, a sum of Rs. 1,902.18 crores has also been paid to 13,04,353 ExServicemen as third installments of OROP arrears.

Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members


Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members

Employees Provident Fund Organisation
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, 14-Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066

No: WSU/39(1)2017/Housing Scheme/4106
Date: 24.05.2017
To
All Addl. CPFC (HQ/ Zone),
Regional P.F. Commissioners-incharge of
Regional Offices.

Sub: Withdrawal under paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 for housing needs of the PF members.
Ref: HO circular dated of even numbers dated 21.04.2017, 02.05.2017 & 19.05.2017

Sir,
Please refer to the above said subject.
  1. There are a number of State Housing Boards or other authorities owned by the Government which construct and sell houses. In certain cases their houses remain unsold. Considering this, it is advised that RPFCs-incharge of ROs should contact all such Housing Board/authorities in their jurisdiction and persuade them for allotment of such unsold houses directly to the PF Workers' Cooperative Societies but EPFO shall not recommend or be associated in the agreement with any particular housing agency/housing society. RPFCs should also discuss the issue with PF Workers' Union and employers of establishments for formation of cooperative societies so that the concerned society may also negotiate with such Housing Board/ authorities.
  1. Accordingly, it is advised that provisions of paragraph 68-BD of EPF Scheme, 1952 be given due focus and publicity by all such possible means in the interest of the workers.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(K.L. Taneja)
Addl. Central P.F. Commission (Housing)
Source: epfindia.gov.in

Payment of Over Time Allowance to the JEs (AC) performing running/ maintenance duties on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains


Dated: 24.05.2017
No. I/8/Part I
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Payment of Over Time Allowance to the JEs (AC) performing running/ maintenance duties on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains-reg.

Ref:  General Manager (Personnel), Eastern Railway's letter No. E.740/0/Migo (Policy) dated 04/05/2017 to Railway Board.

On Eastern Railway, the Jr. Engineers (AC) GP 4200/- (6th CPC)/Pay Level 6 (7th CPC) are deployed to man Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains along with the team of staff for ensuring safe and efficient maintenance standards. Unfortunately, these JEs are denied payment of Over Time Allowance since the last over three months, while the staff work under them on running maintenance are granted Over Time Allowance.

In the above context, the General Manager (P), Eastern Railway has addressed a letter to Railway Board vide No. E. 740/0/Misc (Policy) dated 04/05/2017 seeking Railway Board's approval for allowing payment of OTA to the Electrical JEs escorting the Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express Trains and discharging duties.

The Federation wants the Railway Board to appreciate that the role of Electrical JEs on Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains are not to be compared with other Supervisors so far as nature of duties are concerned as these JEs while discharging their duties of leading the team on Rajdhani/Shatabdi Trains, are always engaged and confined to their work under severe stress and tension to ensure safety, punctuality and efficient running and maintenance on the entire train formation to the comfort of passengers, thus they are not free to adjust their duties while on board, unlike those Supervisors who perform stationary duties. The CEE, Eastern Railway has also confirmed this view as mentioned in Eastern Railway’s letter dated 04th May 2017.

NFIR further states that the Board's letter No. E(LL)70/HER/16 dated 04th January 1972 classifying Electrical Chargemen in scale Rs. 250-380 (AS) or above as Supervisor under HOER is not relevant to the category of Electrical JEs who perform duties on running trains i.e. Rajdhani and Shatabdi and whose duties are totally different to that of those Supervisors of GP 4200/Level 6 (7th CPC) performing duties in the Sheds/Depots.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to accord approval for payment of OT Allowance to Electrical JEs escorting Rajdhani/Shatabdi Express Trains for ensuring running maintenance and accordingly issue instructions to the General Manager, Eastern Railway etc., to ensure payment of Over Time Allowance.
DA/As above

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

Eastern Railway
(Personnel Department)
17, N. S. Road, Kolkata -700 001
No. E.740/0/AAisc (Policy)
Kolkata,
Dated :04.05.2017
Director Estt.(LL)
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) Govt. of India
New Delhi.

Sub: Grant of Overtime Allowance to Supervisors.

A doubt has been arisen regarding the entitlement of Overtime Allowance (OTA) tothe category of Junior Engineers in GP Rs. 4200 (Level-6) working under Electrical Department deployed in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Exp. along with maintenance &. AC staff. The matter has been considered in consultation with Electrical Department of this Railway (CEE/ER), keeping in view the extant guidelines mentioned as under:
1.In terms of extant provisions laid down in RS (Hours of work and period of rest) Rules, 2005, Railway servants classified as "Supervisors" and "Excluded" under Hours of Employment Regulations are holding a position of responsibility and are employed mainly in a supervisory character and comparatively free to adjust their hours of duty & work during such hours and are thus not entitled to overtime allowance.
2.As per Board's letter no. E(LL)70/HER/16 dated 04/01/1972, the category of Electrical Chargeman in Rs. 250-380 (AS) or above, in-charge of electrical examination and maintenance units has been classified as 'Supervisor' under HOER.

3.However, the CEE/ER is of view that nature of the duty of an Electrical JEs, as escorting Supervisors, is in no way comparable to those who are working as such on stationary duties because while discharging the duties of leading the team in a train like Rajdhani/Shatabdi Exp, they are always engaged and confined with their work under severe stress and tension to run train maintaining safety, punctuality and requisite passengers' comfort and thus, not free to adjust their duty hours while on board. Hence they should be entitled to "Single (BARE) Rate Overtime".

4.As the issue involves pan Indian Railways implications, Board is requested to examine the entitlement to OTA to Electrical JEs deployed in Rajdhani/Shatabdi Exp. to be calculated' as per Para 2(c) of RBE No. 29/2010 in its true perspective and communicate the decision in this regard.

This issues with the approval of CPO (Admn.) and Accounts and in consultation with associated Accounts.
S/d,
U.Lahiri,
Dy.Chief Personnel officer/R,
for General Manager (p)
Phone No.24103 (Rly.)
Source : NFIR

Upgradation of the posts of Sr. SO (A/cs)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA in the Railways as recommended by 7 CPC - clearance of DoP&T


Upgradation of the posts of Sr. SO (A/cs)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA in the Railways as recommended by 7 CPC - clearance of DoP&T
NFIR

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B/Part I
Dated: 26.05.2017
Special attention: Executive Director/PC-II

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Upgradation of the posts of Sr. SO (A/cs)/Sr. TIA/Sr. ISA in the Railways as recommended by 7 CPC - clearance of DoP&T-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 15/2013.

Railway Board's letter No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 dated 02/08/2016 (RBE No. 93/2016) to the GMs etc.

NFIR's letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 12/09/2016 & 15/11/2016 & 26/11/2016 addressed to Board.

Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to the correspondence cited under reference. Federation also invites Board’s attention to DoP&T’s ID Note No. 1198678/18- Estt/11405 dated 2nd February 2017 to the Ministry of Railways (EDPC-II).

In this connection, Federation re-iterates that the Ministry of Finance vide resolution dated 25th July 2016 had referred the 7th CPC specific recommendation (Para No. 11.40.83, 11.40.124 of. 7th CPC) to DoP&T for examination. Sadly, the DoP&T has given reply stating that the revision of pay scales and pay structure does not come under the administrative domain of DoP&T and has advised the Railway Ministry to consult Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance for the purpose.

NFIR also vide letter dated 26/11/2016 had sought copies of the references made by the Railway Ministry on the subject but unfortunately till date the copies have not been made available. Federation also desires to know the Board’s initiative for ensuring implementation of 7th CPC recommendation.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to kindly make available copies of the references made to DoP&T/MoF. The Federation further requests that appropriate communication may be sent to the DoP&T/MoF seeking approval for implementation of 7th CPC recommendation relating to upgradation of CMA, CMS, ACM & SSO (Accounts).
Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

Friday, 26 May 2017

Allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status: Clarification by DoP


Allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status: Clarification by DoP
No. 01-07/2016-SPB-1
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001.
Dated: 22 May, 2017
To,
1. All CPMsG
2. All PMsG
3. Director, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National postal Academy, Ghaziabad
4. All Directors, PTC
5. All Directors, Postal Accounts
6. Controller, Foreign Mails, Mumbai
7. Heads of all other Administrative Offices.

Subject: Regarding allotment of GPF Account Numbers to Casual Labourers with temporary status.

Sir,
Reference is invited to Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I of even No. dated 12.09.2016 vide which clarifications in respect of Casual Labourers with temporary status were issued. The Directorate has received references from Postal Circles seeking clarification as to whether GPF account numbers should be allotted to Temporary Status Casual Labourers covered under the Scheme formulated vide Directorate’s letter No. 45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991.

2. In this regard, it is clarified that Directorate’s letter No. 01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 restores the provisions of the scheme as it existed prior to this Department’s letter no. 45-6/2005-SPB-I dated 02.09.2005. Since, the benefit of GPF was available to temporary status Casual Labourers prior to 02.09.2005, GPF account numbers may be allotted to such Casual Labourers for the purpose of contribution in GPF including those Temporary Status Casual Labourers who have not been regularized as yet. In this context, provisions of above said letter, dated 12.09.2016 may also be taken into consideration.

Yours faithfully,
(Satya Narayana Dash)
Assistant Director General (SPN)
Source: [Department of Posts]

Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc

Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc

No. 4-3/2017-Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Pension Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001
23rd May, 2017
To
All Head(s) of Circles
All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (P)
APS Headquarter
Head of PLI and BD Directorate
Director, Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad

All Directors of Postal Training Centres

Sub: Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of pension of pre- 2016 pensioners/family pensioners etc-reg.

Sir/Madam,
I am directed to say that based on the decisions of the Government, Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare has issued O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017 for fixation of pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners to the higher of the two formulations. A copy of the OM. is circulated herewith for information and necessary action.

2. The pension/family pension of all pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners shall be revised in line with instructions contained in the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.05.2017. The higher of the two formulation i.e. (i) the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with DoP&PW O.M. dated 4.8.2016 or (ii) the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of the DoP&PW OM. dated 12.5.2017, shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f 1.1.2016. It shall be the responsibilities of the Head of Department and concerned Director of Accounts (Postal) to revise the pension/family pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f 1.1.2016 in accordance with these orders and to issue a revised pension payment authority.

3. As envisaged in the DoP&PW O.M., the Pension sanctioning Authority (PSA) would impress upon the concerned Head of Office for fixation of pay on notional basis at the earliest. The information can be obtained in Proforma A. Based on notional pay so fixed, the revision proposal will be sent by Pension Sanctioning Authority to concerned DA (P) to apply necessary checks and issue revised authority under the existing PPO number. To facilitate fixation of notional pay, DA (P) will provide copy of PPO/pension papers to concerned PSA immediately on requisition. All PSAs will maintain records of processing cases of retirees year-wise in Proforma 8. DA (P) will maintain data of proposal received and authority issued in software as has been done in case of 6th CPC revision of PPOs.

4. Since there will be large number of cases for revision, concerted efforts of all authorities will be required to accomplish the task. It is requested to take immediate action for revision of pension/family pension at the earliest.

This issues with approval of Secretary (Posts).
Yours faithfully,
Encl: As above
(Smriti Sharan)/
Dv. Director General (Estt.)
Source: [Click here to view full O.M]

Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts


Reimbursement of Medical Claims to Pensioners under CS(MA) Rules 1944 as directed by various CATs and Courts
No. 5.14025/23/2013-MS.EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated the 29 September, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub:- Reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts - Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that various references are being received in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the above mentioned subject. it is hereby clarified that CS (MA) Rules, 1944 are not applicable to pensioners till date.

2. It is further informed that the following options to avail medical facilities are available to Central Government pensioners:

a) Pensioners residing in CGHS covered areas:
1) They can get themselves registered in CGHS dispensary after making requisite contribution and can avail both OPD and IPD facilities.
2). Pensioners residing in CGHS areas cannot optout cf CGHS and avail anyother medical facility {i.e. Fixed Medical Allowance). Such pensioners, if they do not choose to avail CGHS facility by depositing the required contributions, cannot be granted Fixed Medical allowance in lieu of CGHS.

b) Pensioners residing in non - CGHS areas:
1). They can avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.500/- per month
2) They can also avail benefits of CGHS- [OPD and IPD] by registering themselves in the nearest CGHS "city after" making the required subscription.
3) They also have the option to avail FMA, for OPD treatment and CG HS for IPD treatments after making the required subscriptions as per CGHS guidelines.

3. In view. of the above, reimbursement of medical claims to pensioners under CS (MA) Rules, 1944 as directed by various CATS/Courts, need not be referred to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The respective Administrative Department/Ministry may take their own decision in this regard.

4. Further, all Departments/Ministries are requested to intimate their employees proceeding for retirement regarding the above options for medical facilities available to the Central Government pensioners.

5. This issues with the approval of competent authority.
(SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA
Source: [CGHS.GOV.IN]

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