Sunday, 8 January 2017

Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel
URGENT
Office of the CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 10
No.AT/I/1498-Army/II
Dated: 05-01-2017

To
The PCDA (CC) Lucknow, PCDA (WC) Chandigarh, PCDA (SC) Pune, PCDA (NC) Jammu, PCDA Bangalore, CDA Patna, CDA Jabalpur, CDA Chennai, CDA Secunderabad, CDA Guwahati, CDA (Army) Meerut

The PCDA(O), Pune
The PCDA(N), Mumbai
The CDA(AF), New Delhi

Subject: Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

MoD, D(Pay/Services) Letter No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services) Dt. 23rd Nov, 2016 regarding payment of enhanced rate of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel @ 132% with effect from 1st July, 2016 received through PS-3(A), AG's Branch is forwarded herewith for your necessary action please.

2. It is requested that necessary action in regard to above cited MoD letter be taken urgently.
Jt. CGDA (P&W) has seen.
(Vinod Anand)
Sr.ACGDA (P&W)
Signed Copy

29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS(PP) - Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting

29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS(PP) - Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting

F.No. 42/16/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date: 06th Jan, 2017
To
All the Pensioners Associations included in the SCOVA vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

Subject: 29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon'ble MOS(PP) - Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even no. dated 26th Dec,2016. The date, time and venue of the 29th SCOVA meeting is as under:

Date : 12th January, 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 11:00 am
Venue : Committee Room-A
Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi

2. It is requested that the name and telephone no. of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to the undersigned. It is further requested to bring copy of PPO and also duly Idled Mandate Form (copy enclosed) so that TA/DA reimbursement would be made through e-payment mode afterwards.

3. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
(Sujasha Choudhur)
Director(P)
Source: http://persmin.nic.in/Pension.asp

Transfer of posts of CSSS to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Transfer of posts of CSSS to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

F.No-24/01/2014-CS.1 (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS.I(P) Section
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 3rd January, 2017
Order

The Competent Authority in Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) hereby allocates the under mentioned posts, of CSSS to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

S.NoDesignation/PostService to which belongsNo. of PostRevised Strength of PA grade in DOPTRemarks
1.PACSSS0398Posts created vide DoP&PW's letter No
: 11013/2/2015-adm.I
dated 13.07.2016

2. These posts have been adjusted against the surplus posts of P.A grades, surrendered by NITI aayog.

(K.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Copy to
1. Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare Lok Nayak Bhawan New Delhi w.r.t letter No. A-11013/2/2015/ Ad-I dated 13.72016
2. Department of Personnel & Training Admin.IV Section. North Block, New Delhi w.r.t OM No. A 11013/1/2016 ad.IV dated 19.07.2016
3. Department of Expenditure (Ms. Sangita Toppo, US) North Block, New Delhi w.r.t their 10 No. 2864811 E/C 1.12016 dated 9.11.2016
4. Deputy Secretary {CS.II)/Under Secretary(CSSS)

DoPT Order 2017

Grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence - BPMS

Grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence - BPMS
Defence - BPMS

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
05-January-2017 17:08 IST
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh delegation meets Dr Jitendra Singh

A delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh’s Industrial Unit, "Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh", held a meeting with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence. The delegation also requested the Minister to issue directions to expedite the follow-up pertaining to LTC cases pending in the DoPT.
The members of the delegation sought to draw Dr Jitendra Singh's attention to an earlier meeting with him wherein they had brought to his notice that there is 5.85 lakh sanctioned strength of Defence Civilians, but the existing strength is only 3.98 lakh as mentioned in the report of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Thus, there is a deficiency of 1.87 lakh civilian manpower and there are about 20,000 aspirants who are seeking appointment on compassionate grounds. The members of the delegation recalled that Dr Jitendra Singh had given a positive response to them and subsequently also written to the Defence Minister to take cognizance of the issue.

As per an OM of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), there is a provision to give compassionate appointment to one of the dependants for the survival of the family in case the employee unfortunately dies during the service period leaving the family behind. But the provision for such appointment is limited to 5% of the vacancies, as a result of which, according to the members of delegation, a large number of wards are kept waiting for appointment on compassionate ground because of the ceiling.

The delegation referred to an earlier letter written by Dr Jitendra Singh to the Minister of Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar wherein the former had requested for intervention by the Defence Ministry so that the DoPT could accordingly proceed in the matter. They requested Dr Jitendra Singh to take up the issue once again with the Ministry of Defence so that their demand could be addressed. Dr Jitendra Singh assured the members of delegation that he would again seek the views of the Minister of Defence and try to work out whatever feasible.

Enhancement of reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes

ESIC Employees enhancement of reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes.
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
EMPLOYEES’ STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
(ISO 9001-2008 CERTIFIED)
PANCHDEEP BHAWAN, C.I.G MARG, NEW DELHI - 110002.
E-mail : med1-hq@esic.in, Website : www.esic.nic.in

File no, Pt.V-13(14)38/09-Med.I(ESIC/SC)
Dated: 5.1.2017
To,
All SSMCs /SMCs/DMD / DMN/RDs / MSs, ESI Corporation
All Principal Secretary Labour/ Health (dealing State ESI scheme)
All DIMSs/AMOs, State ESI Scheme

Sub: Enhancement of reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes.

Sir / Madam,
Under ESIC 2.0, ESIC, is expanding its medical services with improved quality and equipping its own as well State run. facilities to maximize the medical benefits for ESI beneficiaries. During the meetings held with the State Govts, it was opined that reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure is insufficient to rollout the medical benefits under ESIC 2.0.

Accordingly, ESI Corporation in its 170th meeting held on 15th December, 2016 has approved the enhancement of ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes, as under:

a) Increase in per capita ceiling of sharing expenditure with State Governments u/s 58 (3) from Rs. 2150 to Rs. 3000 per IP with sub ceiling of Rs. 1250 for "Administration" and Rs, 1750 for "Others” for the year 2017-18.

b) From 2018-19 "Administrative" sub-ceiling will be increased in line with CPI within the overall ceiling of Rs. 3000/- per capita.

c). The ceiling of Rs. 3000/- will be fixed from 2017-2018 to 2019-20 and reviewed annually from 2020-21 on the basis of WPI and expenditure pattern of the States.

d). The State Govt. shall present Project Implementation Plan (PIP), in accordance with the guidelines issued by ESIC time to time, by 31st October every year for the next financial year for its inclusion of the Budget of the Corporation. The PIP should contain the proposal for next Financial year and the progress made during the first six months of the current year.
i. No scheme should be included which has not been duly approved by the ESIC,
ii. Should it be proposed, during the course of a financial year, to finance any scheme which has not been included into the estimates of that year, the sanction of the ESIC shall he obtained to the method for financing it.
iii. The funds shall not be appropriated for expenditure on any item which has not been approved,
iv. The PO ESIC, is authorised to re-appropriate funds from one primary unit of appropriation to another.
e) Funds for 2017-18, will be released as per current ceiling of Rs.2150/- for the first quarter. However, the PIPs for the year 2017-18 should be submitted by 31st January, 2017 to the ESIC for release of fund as per revised ceiling.

f) The plan submitted would be duly monitored by ESIC, for effective impiementation. The funds shall be released on quarter]y basis in accordance with the letter No. V-24/11/10/2001-Med-I issued on 19th April, 2016.(enclosed).

This is for your information and further necessary action.
Yours Sincerely,
(Dr. Naveen Saxena)
OSD, MEDICAL
Order Copy

Posting of Direct Recruit Assistant Section Officers in CSS

Posting of Direct Recruit Assistant Section Officers in CSS
Most Urgent
F.No.7 /15 /201 6-CS.I(A)
Governmen t of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, Dated the 6th January, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Posting of Direct Recruit Assistant Section Officers in CSS

At present, 121 direct recruit Assistant Section Officers are undergoing Foundational Training organized by ISTM commencing from 19.12.2016. These DR ASOs will be posted to participating Ministries / Departments of CSS.

2. All the Ministries/Departments concerned are, therefore, requested to furnish the vacancy position in the grades of Section Officer and Assistant Section Officers as on 28.02.2017 in the format given below only bye-mail at kumar.m13@nic.in by 20.01.2017 positively. While calculating vacancies in ASO grade, it may be taken into account that 81 DR-ASOs at present, undergoing foundational training at Hydera bad will join the concerned Ministries/Departments of CSS on 23.0l.2017. Their nominations to Ministries/ Departments have been uploaded on this Department's website vide order of even number dated 27.12.2016.

1Name of Cadre Unit
2Vacan cies as on 28.02 .2017
SO GradeASO grade
2(i)Sanctioned strength (including recent encadrements approved by DoPT)
2(ii)Number of officers in-position as on 28.02.2017 (including regular/adhoc)
2(iii)Vacancies as on 28.02.2017
3Number of ASOs already adjusted against available vacancies in SO grade under GFR 254.
4Total number of ASOs required as on 28 .02.2017

3. In case of no response by stipulated date is received it will be presumed that Ministry/Department does not require more Assistant Section Officers at present.
(K.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
To,
All Ministries/Departments of CSS (through website of this Department)
DoPT order

Central Government Employees are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation

Central Government Employees are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation

The actual increase on account of implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is still not fully available to Central govt Staffs.

The recommendation of 7th Pay Commission has been implemented with effect from 1.1.2016 and the revised salary is being paid from this effective date. The Central Government, after implementing the Pay Panel report, hasn’t announce any decision about Allowances even after 12 months, created frustration among central government employees.

The Pay Commission is constituted once in Ten Years to revise the Pay and Allowances and Pension for Govt Servants and Pensioners. Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission was formed and it submitted its report to the Government on 19-11-2015. The Government Accepted the Report without any major changes and announced on 29.6.2016 that it would be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.
Since the increase in salary which is paid from 1.1.2016 was very less, it has demolished the expectations of CG Staffs.

Very important aspect in revising Pay and Allowance is House Rent Allowance. The rates of HRA is determined based on the Population of the Cities in which the Govt Servants are working. Accordingly, 10,20 and 30% of Basic Pay is paid as HRA in Sixth CPC. The 7th CPC has recommended to revise it as 8%, 16% and 24%.

The Unions and Federations demanded to increase the HRA rates or at least to restore the Sixth CPC rates. Hence the Government has announced that a committee would be constituted to examine the Allowances, until then all the Allowances would be paid in Sixth CPC rates.  As a result of this, HRA is being paid in old rates (Sixth CPC ) along with revised 7th CPC Basic Pay to CG Staffs. Now the CG Staffs have realized that very purpose of forming a high-level committee is not for resolving the issues but it is a delaying tactics.

Consequent to Pay Revision, the major increase in Salary is used to come from HRA only. Though one year is completed after the implementation of 7th CPC recommendation, the Government is delaying to take the decision over allowances. Due to this, the CG staffs are losing monitory benefits considerably
For example ..

The increase in Pay and HRA of a Government servant who is drawing Rs.10000 in pre revised scale is given below …

6th CPC
Basic PayDA (125%)BP + DA10% HRA20% HRA30% HRA
100001250022500100020003000
 7th CPC  
Basic PayDA (0%)BP + DA10% HRA20% HRA30% HRA
25700025700257051407710
 Hike
3200157031404710

If the Monthly salary of Government servant with 10Years of service is Rs.22500, now the Actual increase of his salary is only Rs. 3200. Through this example it is quite obvious that, one can get the real increase in salary only after the HRA is paid in 7th CPC revised rates.

Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments - BPMS

Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.

BPMS-Payment-Overtime-Allowance-OTA-7thCPC


Ref: BPMS/MOD/OTA/43A(7/2/R)
Dated: 03.01.2017
To,
The Deputy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
'B' Wing, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110011

Subject: Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to the Anomalies Committee meeting held on 26.12.2016 under the Chairmanship of AS(J) Shri J Rama Krishna Rao wherein we have reflected our concern over the delay in the revision of statutory nature allowance (Over Time Allowance under the Factories Act, 1948) in defence establishments.

In turn, the AS(J) pleased and instructed to resolve the matter of the payment of Over Time Allowance as per revised pay consequent to implementation of 7th CPC recommendations.

Meanwhile, OFB has already submitted its views on the subject matter which is contrary to the statutory provisions and the copy of the OFB’s letter is enclosed for your perusal.

Therefore, you are requested to take necessary action so that the issue of the payment of overtime allowance in defence establishments on the revised pay of 07th CPC may be resolved without further delay.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
Sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Click to view the letter
Source: BPMS

Certificate of re-marriage/marriage-reg

Certificate of re-marriage/marriage-reg

No.1/1/2016-P&PW (E)/23913
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
19th December,2016
OFFICE  MEMORANDUM

Sub: Certificate of re-marriage/marriage-reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Annexure XXVI of the Scheme Booklet of the O/o CGA, which is a proforma for Certificate of Re-marriage/Marriage. As per the Scheme Booklet, this certificate is to be submitted once every six months in May and November By widowers and unmarried daughters, This is required to be countersigned by ‘a responsible officer or a well-known person.

2. This department has received request from Pensioners Union of Railway Employees, Chennai. (copy enclosed) stating that the widows of the deceased employees are required to submit the certificate countersigned by a responsible officer or a well-known person. More often the widow, when approaches the show-called responsible officer/well-known person, are being harassed. They feel that the present stipulation of getting counter signature is not only unwarranted but also an affront to the womanhood in the context of atrocity against women rampant in the country. This is inconsistent with acceptance of certificates with self-attestation.

3. Therefore, the Union has requested to eliminate the provision of counter signature from others duly accepting self attested certificates.

4. This department has also received representations against provision for submission of these certificates every six months, which had been forwarded to the CPAO for further necessary action. as general references.

5. This department has already allowed submission of self-certificate for non-marriage and declaration of income vide OM dated 21st July, 1999, re-iterated vide OM dated 8th December, 2011 and 20th September, 2012 (copies available at www.persmin.nic.in ) Rule 54 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 has been amended to allow submission of marital and income certificates only once a year.

6. In view of the foregoing, Central Pension Accounting Office, Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare and Ministry of Railways are requested to make suitable changes to their respective forms for the above certificate.
sd/-
(D.K.Solanki)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Ph: 24644632
Signed copy

Pilot run of e-Revision Utility of CPAO for 7th Central Pay Commission Revision of Pension

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TR1KOOT-11, 31-11KAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-11006
Phones 25174596,28174456,26174438

CPAO/IT & Tech/Revision/ 7th CPC/2016-17/19.VOL-III/207
23.12.2016
Office Memorandum

Subject: Pilot run of e-Revision Utility of CPAO for 7th Central Pay Commission Revision of Pension.

Revision of about 9.5 lakhs Pre-2016 pension cases & 16000 post-2016 cases have become due as per recommendations of 7th CPC. As per instructions of DP&PW dated 4/08/2016, pension cases of Pre-2015 pensioners have been revised by the banks by applying the multiplication factor of 2.57.However, pension of post-2016 pensioners needs to be revised by concerned PADs. At present, these cases are being revised through COMPACT and physical authorities are sent to CPAO for authorization of pension. As COMPACT does not provide the facility of sending online Revision Authorities under the digital signatures of concerned PAOs to CPAO, CPAO has to wait for physical Revision Authorities for the validation of PAOs’ signature and special seal. Due to this, the process of pension revision becomes time consuming which ultimately slows down the whole process of revision. To overcome this problem, CPAO has developed online e-revision utility to take care of 7th CPC Pension Revision with the facility of sending digitally signed Revision Authority under the digital signatures of PAOs to CPAO.

2.11 has been decided to start the pilot run of new utility in 8 PAOs i.e. PAD, CRPF, New Delhi, PAO, CISF, New Delhi and PAO, BSF New Delhi of MHA; PAO, NDIZ and PAO , Food Zone of UD; PAO, CWC in Water Recourses; Pr. AO/PAO , New Delhi in External Affairs and ZAD, CBDT New Delhi in CBDT. These PAOs are first required to register their digital signatures in PFIVIS (if not already registered) in order to process and send the revised authority to CPAO. e- Revision utility may be accessed on CPAO’s website http://cpao.nic.in/wrap.php?p=html/E-Revision.html Step by Step process flow for processing of revision cases in the new utility may be downloaded from CPAOs website at http://cpao.nic.in/wrap.php?p=html/E-Revision.html

3. in view of the above, you are requested to instruct your PAOs selected for pilot run to use new utility of CPAO for revision of Post- 2016 pension cases w.e.f. 1st January, 2017 and extend full support to make the trial/pilot successful. In case of any difficulty in use of this utility Sh. Davinder Kumar, Technical Director, [SIC, CPAO may be contacted on Telephone No. 01126715338 or through email - kurnar.davinder@nic.in.
Subhash Chandra
Controller of Accounts
Signed copy

Confederation postponed the One Day Strike from Feb 15th to March 16th 2017

Confederation postponed the One Day Strike from Feb 15th to March 16th 2017


Confederation-Strike


MOST IMPORTANT

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi- 110001

Dated : 05th January,2017
To
(1) All National Secretariat Members
(2) Chief Executives of all Affiliated Organisations
(3)General Secretaries of all C-O-Cs

Dear Comrades,
As Assembly elections to five States are scheduled to be held from February 4th to March 11th (including declaration of results) and as February 15th is also poll date in two states , the National Secretariat of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has decided to postpone the proposed ONE DAY STRIKE on February 15th to MARCH 16th 2017 THURSDAY.

As 13th March is holiday for Holi in North India and the celebrations are to continue on 14th also, the strike date is fixed as 16th March. There is no change in the 10th January Mass Dharna Programme.
All those Organisations who had served the strike notice as February 15th shall give a letter to their Head of the Departments intimating the postponement of the strike to 2017 March 16th , showing reasons as mentioned above, WITHOUT FAIL.

Those organisations who have not yet served the Strike Notice should serve the notice before 15th January 2017 WITHOUT FAIL.

Regarding already announced campaign programme of National Secretariat members , if necessary , dates may be rescheduled by the National Secretariat members in consultation with the concerned C-O-Cs.

General Secretaries of C-O-Cs are also requested to contact IMMEDIATELY, the concerned National Secretariat members and finalise the date of campaign programme. Intensive campaign should be conducted by all C-O-Cs and Affiliated Organisations in all States, especially in those states where elections are declared, so that employees and general public will become aware of the totally negative attitude of the Central Government towards the legitimate demands of the Central Government Employees and Pensioners.

The betrayal of the Group of Cabinet Ministers of NDA Govt by not fulfilling their assurance given to NJCA leaders on 30th June 2016, should be exposed.
M.Krishnan,
Secretary General ,
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.
Mob & Whats App: 09447068125.
Email : mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Source : http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

11th Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Public Policy and Management (PGD-PPM) at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

No. T-13012/I/2016-LTDP
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Training Division)
Block-IV, 3rd Floor, Old JNU Campus,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110067
Dated: 5th January, 2017
To
1. Secretaries (All Ministries/Departments in Government of India)
2. Chief Secretaries to all State Governments
3. Administrators of Union Territories
4. Directors General/Directors of State & Central Training Institutions

Subject: 11th Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Public Policy and Management (PGD-PPM) at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.

Madam/Sir,
The Department of Personnel and Training has been sponsoring Post- Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management (PGD-PPM) at the Management Development Institute Gurgaon. The 11th programme is scheduled to commence from 24th April, 2017 (Monday).

2. This programme has been designed as a high quality programme with a set of core courses as well as a range of electives. It includes an international module of about Two weeks' duration at a foreign university.

3. Please find enclosed herewith particulars of the programme along with terms and conditions for officers admitted to the programme. I would request you to kindly circulate the programme amongst your officers and encourage as many as possible to apply. The details of the programme are available on the website of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
http://dopt.gov.in/ -> About Us -> Wings and Divisions in DoPT -> Training ->Programmes PGDPPM, MDI-Gurgaon and on the website of MDI Gurgaon i.e. www.mdi.ac.in.

4. The nominated Officers will be required to develop a Policy Paper on the issue to be identified in consultation with the Ministries/Department/State Government etc. where they are presently working. This policy paper will have to be submitted by the officer to their respective Ministries/Department/State Government etc. at the end of the programme. The Ministries/Departments/States will also nominate a Nodal Officer of the rank of JS or above to the Government of India for mentoring and guidance to the sponsored officer for developing the policy document and coordinating with MDI-G in the matter

5. Nomination of suitable officers, in the prescribed proforma, may please be sent to this Department through the appropriate Cadre Controlling Authority so as to reach us on or before 24th February, 2017. ominations received after this date will not be considered. The nominations would be scrutinized and officers fulfilling the conditions of eligibility will be called for an interview by MDI-G. The interview dates and time will be intimated to the officers by MDI-G. In order to save time, the officers are permitted to send an Advance Copy of their application directly to this office/MDI-G. The officers will also be called for interview based on their advance applications.

However, final selection will be subject to receipt of his/her formal application, duly recommended by their cadre controlling authorities along with Vigilance Clearance. Therefore, it is in the interest of the officers to get their applications routed through their Cadre Controlling Authority as early as possible.
6. Further details of this programme may be ascertained from School of Public Policy & Governance, Management Development Institute, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Sukhrali, Gurgaon-122007 (Haryana) Telephone: 0124-4560553, E-mail Id: pawan@mdi.ac.in, website: www.mdi.ac.in.

7. All Ministries/Departments/ State GovernmentslUTs/CCAs etc. are advised to give wide publicity to the programme and upload this circular on their websites for the information of all concerned.

DoPT

Retired Central Employees Win War in Supreme Court - Alas! Stalled by the Government : Pension News

Retired Central Employees Win War in Supreme Court - Alas! Stalled by the Government : Pension News

Three decades after their battle began, and despite a victory in the Supreme Court in September, several thousand retired central government employees are yet to get their pension restored.

Unwilling to let the octogenarians celebrate with pension benefits, the Centre filed a review petition in the top court last month and decided to implement the restoration subject to its outcome. The Union ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions issued an office memorandum on December 21to give former central government employees who had litigated for years, including K Ganesan, a spearheading litigant who died during the process, this bittersweet news.

The issue centres around a pension rule that permitted central government employees to shift en masse from the 1960s to the 1980s to public sector undertakings (PSUs) that needed experienced workers at the time. To aid and promote the move, the Centre allowed the employees to avail of 100% lump sum pension in advance for 15 years.

The rules had till then permitted a partial one third commutation. Acomplicated formula is at work for pension calculations.Essentially, such employees who had claimed a lump sum upfront in a particular year, went on to fight for restoration of pension (effectively arrears) as per service years, after accounting for the lump sum payment made earlier. The issue was a fight against effective downgrade of pension slabs.

Several legal battles ensued, beginning in 1983. In 1987, the SC first allowed one-third restoration for Central government employees after a 15-year period, and a decade later extended the benefit to those who had shifted to PSUs.

K Ganesan, who was with the finance ministry and in 1986 moved to BHEL, a PSU, after availing of lump sum pension in advance, launched a fight in the Madras high court.In 2007, the court upheld the plea.

It significantly held that the Centre cannot wipe away the rights of an employee for restoration. It said an employee remains a pensioner under the Pensions Act, 1871. Navi Mumbai resident Satish Kate, part of another association and who worked with the Indian Bureau of Mines and retired in 2006 from Indian Oil Corporation, is among those awaiting restoration.

"Many of the 7,000-odd pensioners are aged over 80. They may not live to enjoy pension in their lifetime if the legal battle continues," he said. " The SC order applies to all of us who were absorbed by PSUs.The PM heads the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pension.”

Source: TOI

30 lakh to benefit from new EPF limit

30 lakh to benefit from new EPF limit

new EPF limit


The move will help 1.2 crore people who will now be eligible for health care benefits.

The Centre's move to increase the wage ceiling for employee coverage under the Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, to Rs 25,000 per month from the existing Rs 15,000 per month limit is expected to benefit a larger working population and include approximately 30 lakh more workers to the Employees State Insurance (ESI) pool.

The move would also benefit 1.2 crore more people who will now be eligible for health care benefits at more than 1,500 clinics and hospitals run by the ESIC directly or indirectly. Earlier as of March 31, 2016, there were around 2.1 crore persons who were insured under the ESI Act and a total of over 6 crore beneficiaries. Employees and employers contribute to the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation at the specified rates, which are currently, 1.75 per cent of the wages (employee’s contribution) and 4.75 per cent of the wages (employer’s contribution) paid/payable in respect of the employees in every wage period.

However, the increased wage ceiling is expected to pose a challenge to employers in terms of the wage costs to be borne by them, said Nishith Desai Associates, legal and tax councillors.

Employers, it noted, would now be required to make provisions of cash benefit and health insurance for an extended employee population who draw wages up to Rs 21,000 per month. It also sees this as a challenge for the government to ensure that the quality of medical facilities (including hospital infrastructure) provided under the ESI Act are improved such that the desired benefit is achieved. It is a positive move with the objective of expanding the ambit of social security schemes to a larger working population.

OROP: 99% pensioners will get benefits by January-end, says Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minster Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that around 20 lakh pensioners have been paid the benefits of One Rank One Pension (Orop) so far, and more than 99 percent of cases will be settled by January-end.

One Rank One Pension to Ex-Servicemen: 99% pensioners will get benefits by January-end, says Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi: Defence Minster Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that around 20 lakh pensioners have been paid the benefits of One Rank One Pension (Orop) so far, and more than 99 percent of cases will be settled by January-end.

"So far, we have already paid the benefits to more than 19,70,000 pensioners. Around 68,000 pension cases were in scrutiny in December. The targeted time schedule was end of December and 13,000 cases are sent to pension dispersing authority," Parrikar said at a press conference.

"With that I think almost 99 percent of the eligible cases will be settled probably by January. One percent is not being able to trace them, probably dead," the minister said.

Parrikar said he has "instructed all the agencies to go and find out such cases".

"Rs 6,300 crore has already been dispersed as arrears and the current payments are ongoing for the current period. Total back arrears will be around Rs 10,800 crore of which Rs 6,300 crore has been disbursed," he said.

Orop for retired armed forces personnel was announced on 5 September, 2015.

The scheme took 2013 as the base year to calculate pensions and date of implementation was 1 July, 2014. The period for review was kept at five years.

Source: firstpost.com

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