Friday, 10 February 2017

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 : Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir


Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 : Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)

Attention is invited to the DoPT O.M. No.31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV) dated 13th January 2017 wherein it is stated that Facility to travel on LTC by private airlines to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) under the special dispensation scheme was allowed for a period of one year. This facility ended w.e.f.28.11.2015 and was re-introduced on 01.06.2016. It has been decided to allow the claims of those Government employees who had travelled by private airlines to Jammu & Kashmir on LTC during the gap period of 28.11.2015 - 31.05.2016. This shall be subject to the condition that tickets have been booked through the authorized modes and at LTC-80 fare or less and other conditions perscribed in DoPT’s O.M. No.31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV) dated 28.11.2014.

Kindly ensure maximum/wide publicity of the above points within your jurisdiction for effecting compliance.
sd/-
Asstt.Controller of Accounts (Fys.)
Authority: http://pcafys.nic.in/

AIRF: Regularization of the Act Apprentices in the Railways


AIRF: Regularization of the Act Apprentices in the Railways

No.AIRF/134
Dated: February 9, 2017
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Regularization of the Act Apprentices in the Railways

During the course of discussion, in a Joint Meeting held yesterday, i.e., on 08.02.2017, Chairman Railway Board indicated that, Act Apprentices, would be regularized in the Railways, against 20% Quota, by holding their exam separately through the RRCs.

This is for your information.
Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF

7th Pay Commission: How Jaitley saved Crores of Rupees this Financial year


7th Pay Commission: How Jaitley saved Crores of Rupees this Financial year.

It has been more than six months since the Narendra Modi government cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission

Government employees are, however, yet to enjoy the full benefits of the recommendations with the decision on allowances still to be announced.

The 7th pay commission recommendations cover more than one crore government employees and pensioners. The commission recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay.

HOW MR. ARUN JAITLEY SAVED CRORES FOR THE GOVERNMENT:

1. The hike in basic pay has resulted in a marginal increase in the total salary drawn by government employees. This is because allowances form a sizeable chunk of their pay.

2. Till date, the government has not made announcements on when exactly does it plan to start giving out the allowances to its employees.

3. The government had asked the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances.

4. The government has given the committee an extension up to February 22, 2017 to submit its report on higher allowances. In October last year, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had said the committee was ready with its report.
However, no extension of period was asked by the committee, but still the government delayed the implementation by this extension.

5. The government’s dilly-dally on allowances has largely been attributed to demonetisation and the Assembly elections in five states. The 7th Pay Commission has recommended scrapping 53 of the 196 allowances, and merging a few others.

6. The hiked salary, as per the recommendations of the pay commission, is given in two parts. The increase in the basic salary is calculated from the time the government implements the recommendations of the commission, i.e. on a back date basis. As a result, employees are eligible for arrears on their basic pay.

7. The increase in allowances, however, is applicable from the date the government decides to disburse it. Therefore, government employees are not entitled to arrears.

8. Usually, once the recommendations of the pay commission are approved, the increase in basic pay is followed by an increase in allowances.

9. It is widely believed that the government will decide on a hike in allowances once the Assembly elections are over. In other words, employees can expect to get allowances from April, which marks the beginning of the new financial year.

So, finally the government has acted smart, the government has effectively saved a lot of money this financial year by not making an announcement on allowances. Government employees, on the other hand, have expressed their disappointment over being denied the full remuneration for a long time, but who cares about it!

Source: India Today

KV School: 10,285 teaching posts lying vacant in Kendriya Vidyalayas: Government


KV School: 10,285 teaching posts lying vacant in Kendriya Vidyalayas: Government

New Delhi: As many as 10285 posts of teachers have been lying vacant in the Central government run Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country as on January, the government said today.

This information was given in the Lok Sabha by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in a written response to a member’s question.

Of these vacancies 4,296 posts have been lying vacant since 2014-15, 2,019 are vacant since 2015-16 while 3,970 have been vacant since 2016-17, the minister said.

He gave details as per which the HRD ministry has held an exam for filling upto 6,205 vacancies through direct exam while remianing vacancies would be filled up through Limited Department Examination.
Responding to another question Javadekar gave details as per which there are 17,006 vacancies of professors, 10,926 of Associate Professors and 6,080 of Assistant professors in various Central Universities.

PTI

Government Hopeful of Passing GST Bills in next phase of Budget Session


Government Hopeful of Passing GST Bills in next phase of Budget Session

New Delhi: Government is hopeful of getting the supporting legislations of Goods and Services Tax (GST) passed by Parliament in the second phase of the Budget session for rolling out the new indirect tax regime by July.

Replying to a question on GST bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Thursday said, “That is on the plate. GST council is meeting on 18th and it will be decided after that, but we are hopeful that supporting GST bills will be passed in the next phase of the session.”

The government is hopeful of getting Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) draft legislations approved at the next GST Council meeting on February 18 and bring them in the second half of the ongoing Budget Session along with GST Compensation Act.

While the CGST will subsume central taxes of excise, central sales tax and service tax, IGST is to be charged on movement of goods and services from one state to another.

States will also have to enact SGST or State Goods and Service Tax laws with minor variation incorporating state based exemptions.

Also, a GST Compensation Act needs to be approved by Parliament to provide for compensation to states that lose revenue because of implementation of GST in the first five years.

The GST bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session last year.

PTI

7th Pay Commission: Why government not to implement higher allowances?


7th Pay Commission: Why government not to implement higher allowances?

7TH-PAY-COMMISSION

New Delhi: Despite all that has been said about the higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, an important issue for central government employees has now been strangely absent from the government agenda.

First, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had claimed it must implement after four months of the basic pay hike but it failed to come true.

More than 14 to 15 months have passed since the 7th pay commission report was submitted and seven months have elapsed since the union cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for salary hike of central government employees, but the they are still awaiting the higher allowances.

The government has given higher basic pay in August 2016 with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but the hike in allowances other than dearness allowance referred to the 'Committee on Allowances' headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa for examination as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

Accordingly, existing allowances are now paid to the central government employees according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said in October 2016, "We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up."

But the government gave extension to the committee up to February 22, 2017 on the pretext of demonetisation and the government said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing higher allowances.

The announcement of assembly elections in five states has given an excuse for the government as it cannot announce pay hikes till the model code of conduct is in place up to March 8.

The government is using delaying tactics to save the government money to pay higher allowances without arrears from August 16.

The delay in implementation of the higher allowances has caused tremendous irritation and frustration among employees.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP may have to face a backlash in the assembly elections in the five states, two of which is ruled by the party either directly or in alliance. Thus, not properly implementing of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations would amount to strike to blow to the BJP in polls.

TST

Union Home Minister receives a cheque of Rs. One Crore for CRPF Welfare Fund


Union Home Minister receives a cheque of Rs. One Crore for CRPF Welfare Fund

The Managing Director of LG Electronics India, Mr. Kim Ki Wan handed over a cheque of Rupees One Crore to the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh here today towards contribution to the CRPF Welfare Fund, which is dedicated to the soldiers. Mr. Kim said the Company, in its 20th year of inception, salutes the spirit of Indian soldiers who courageously sacrifice their lives to protect the country.

The contribution is part of the #KarSalaam initiave, dedicated to Indian soldiers, launched by the Company prior to the Republic Day last month. The campaign invited the whole nation to come forward and send their wishes to the Indian Armed Forces. LG rolled out this campaign through radio, digital, outdoor and activities at shopping malls to capture the messages and wishes of the citizens of India for our soldiers. The company also engaged the people through social media platforms and encouraged them to share their wishes on the microsite www.karsalaam.in, where more than 1,93,000 wishes written by citizens of the country were collected from all across the country.

PIB

Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act Release of funds to YASHADA, Pune


Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act Release of funds to YASHADA, Pune

F.No.14/13/2016-IR
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 06th February, 2017
To
The Pay & Accounts Officer
Pay & Accounts Office
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi

Subject: Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of RTI Act Release of funds to YASHADA, Pune.

Sir,
I am directed to convey the sanction of the President to make a total payment of Rs.3,62,050/-
(Rupees Three lakhs sixty two thousand fifty only) to Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of  Development Administration, Pune towards Setting up of Help Line on RTI.

2. The details of sum, being released, alongwith the conditions attached thereto are furnished in the Annexure.

3. The expenditure of Rs.3,62,050/- will be met from the Major Head 2070 - Other Administrative Services, 41.01-Propagation of Right to Information Act, 41.01.31 - Grants-in-Aid under Demand No.64 for the year 2016-17.

4. The amount of Rs.3,62,050/- may be released electronically through RTGS as per the Bank details mentioned below. IDBI BANK, Account No. 062104000065663, IBC Code: IBKL0000062

5. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide their CF No. 3126672 dated the 03.02.2017.
Yours faithfully,
(M.M Maurya)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel: 23040401

Annexure to Sanction Order No.14/13/2016-IR
Dated 06th February, 2017
The fund of Rs.3,62,050/- is subject to the following terms and conditions:
(i) This grant is released for the Setting up of Help Line on RTI;

RTI Activities Amount (Rs.)
I. Awareness Generation for RTI Setting up of Help LineI. Computer System
II. Sony PS3 Wireless and noise cancelling headsets
III. Broadband Telephone Line
IV. Stationery
V. Furniture
VI. Manpower (Honorarium Rs.165000/ month )(Dec, 2016-
March, 2017)
VII. Software
VIII. Database and Storage
IX. Miscellaneous Expenditure
X. Administrative Charges @15% (on sub-total from point I
to IX)
75,99013,446
30,000
12,000
15,000
33,000
90,000
20,000
25,390
47,224
Total 3,62,050
(ii) The General Financial Rules, 2005 should be followed while incurring the expenditure.

(iii) Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, Pune should furnish to this
Department for record and audit, Utilization Certificate in GFR 19-A Form duly countersigned
by the Head of the Institute along with Achievement-cum-Performance Report as required
under Rule 212 of General Financial Rules, 2005.

(iv) The unutilized amount of grant, if any, may be surrendered to this Department by a Demand
Draft drawn in favour of "Under Secretary (Cash), DOPT payable at New Delhi.

(v) There should not be any overlap of activities under any other Scheme.
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Source: ccis.nic.in

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