Friday, 7 April 2017

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2017

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2017

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F.No.42/15/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date : 07th April, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16th Nov, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% w.e.f. 1.1.2017.

2. These orders apply to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners (v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension.

3. These orders shall not be applicable on following categories
(i) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance.

(ii) Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and are in receipt of 1/3 restored commuted portion of pension.

(iii) CPF beneficiaries, their widows and eligible children who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised vide this Department’s OM 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27.06.2013.

Separate orders will be issued in respect of the above categories.

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

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

6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

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

8. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, 11/34-80-11 dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CPL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

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

10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No.1/3/2017-E.II(B) dated 30th March, 2017.

11. Hindi version will follow.
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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Authority: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/

7thCPC: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances

7th CPC Allowance Committee Report - Next Cabinet approval sought
Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 6th April, 2017

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Ph: 23382286
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-2016(Allowances)
Dated: April 7, 2017
All Constituents of NC/JCM(Staff Side),

Dear Comrades!
Sub: Conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances
As you are aware, conclusive meeting of the Committee on Allowances was held yesterday, i.e. on 6th April, 2017. We hope that, report of the said committee will be submitted to the Cabinet within a week's time.

Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/

Fee hike in Kendriya Vidyalayas - Academic year 2017- 18

Academic year 2017-18 - Fee hike in KV Schools

Fee hike in Kendriya Vidyalayas - Academic year 2017- 18

In Rajya Sabha Minister of State for HRD replied to a question yesterday regarding increasing the fee structure of KV Schools.

"Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has informed that the Sponsoring Authorities of 3 Project Sector Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) have marginally increased their fee structure w.e.f. the academic year 2017-18. In one KV i.e. KV Rourkela Steel Plant, Rourkela, the onetime admission fee has also been revised from Rs. 250/- to Rs.2000/-.

The names of the project KVs which have increased their fee structure are KV, Korba No. 2 NTPC; KV, Rourkela Steel Plant, Rourkela; & KV No. 2, Survey of India, Uppal.

KVS has permitted the sponsoring authorities of the Project Sector KVs to adopt a differential fee structure to enable them to generate the required funds to meet the recurring and non-recurring expenditure for running and maintaining the KVs opened under their sponsorship."

Revision of ECHS Rates for Empanelled Hospitals, Diagnostic Laboratories and imaging centres, Mumbai


Revision of ECHS Rates for Empanelled Hospitals, Diagnostic Laboratories and imaging centres, Mumbai

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Central Organisation, ECHS
Adjutant General's Branch
Integrated Headquarters
Ministry Of Defence (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110 010
B/49773/AG/ECHS/Rates/Policy
05 April 2017
IHQ Of MoD (Navy) Dir ECHS (N)
Air HQ (VB)/DPS
HQ southern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Eastern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Central Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Northern Command (A/ECHS)
HQ South Western Command (A/ECHS)
HQ Andaman & Nicobar Command (A/ECHS)

REVISION OF ECHS RATES FOR EMPANELLED HOSPITALS, DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES AND IMAGING CENTRES, MUMBAI

1. Refer GOI MoD ID No 22A ($*)/2007/US/WE/D (Res) dt 19 Aug 2010.
2. CGHS rates were revised for all cities except Mumbai in 2014.
3. CGHS has vide its OM S-11011/222017/CGHS-HEC dt 03 Apr 2017 revised the rate of Mumbai from 2010 to Delhi 2014 rates as an interim measure.

4. Regional Centre ECHS Mumbai would disseminate the new rates to empanelled hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres, SEMO’s Stn HQr’s & ECHS polyclinics.

5. The provedures and CGHS package rates of Delhi shall hereafter be treated as ECHS package rates for hospitals, diagnostic laboratories & imaging centres under Regional centre ECHS Mumbai and the rates would be applicable from the date of issue of this letter.
(IVS Gahlot)
Col
Dir (Med)
for MD ECHS
Government of India
Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of CGHS

No.S-11011/22/2017/CGHs-HEC
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi 110 011
Dated the 3rd April, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of CGHS package rates for empanelled hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres under CGHS, Mumbai

with reference to the above mentioned subject attention is drawn to the Office Memoranda Nos.S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D-II/Hospital Cell dt. 15.11.2010 and S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D-II/Hospital Cell (Part- I) dt. 11.04.2011 vide which CGHS package rates have been prescribed for empanelled hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres under CGHS, Mumbai and to state that it has now been decided by competent authority to revise the CGHS package for empanelled HCOs under CGHS, Mumbai as per 2014 CGHS rates of Delhi as an interim measure, till further orders.

A list of the procedures and package rates of CGHS Delhi, which shall hereafter be treated as CGHS package rates for hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres empanelled under CGHS, Mumbai is enclosed.

Encl. As above
(Dr.D.c.Joshi)
Director, CGHS
Signed Copy

Is RBI's Monetary Policy is concerned with 7th CPC House Rent Allowances hike?


Is RBI's Monetary Policy is concerned with 7th CPC House Rent Allowances hike?

Central Government Employees are eagerly waiting for hike in allowances as per 7th Pay Commission. The 7th Pay Commission recommended the rates at which HRA is to be paid to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively for Class X, Y and Z cities and towns respectively of new Basic pay (pay in the pay band plus grade pay multiplying by the fitment factor of 2.57). The existing rates of HRA for these cities and towns were 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent of Basic pay (pay in the pay band plus grade pay) respectively.

Yesterday RBI has issued its First Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2017-18. Paramnews has analyzed this report in view of early approval of allowances committee. This report has stated that the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations will not upset fiscal maths as additional expenditures will be offset by either surplus revenues or expenditure cuts. Accordingly, a view has been expressed, this time too RBI seems neutral on prohibiting to hike the allowances specially House Rent Allowances.
HERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS TO BE POINTED OUT
  • Can we Say RBI plays the vital role in implementing 7th CPC House Rent Allowances?
  • Whether Govt. had taken RBI’s report to delay the hike in HRA as per 7th CPC Recommendation?
To Find the above we should have a recap on RBI Monetary Policy Report From April 2016 to First Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2017-18.

As per RBI Projected Monetary Policy Report April 2016:-

The implementation of the CPC's recommendations could impact inflation and growth through:
a) the direct impact of the proposed increase in the house rent allowance (HRA);
b) indirect effects operating through consumption to aggregate demand; and
c) inflation expectations channel
According to RBI The higher HRA would have a direct and immediate impact on headline CPI through an increase in housing inflation. As RBI assumed a rate of increase in the HRA as proposed by the 7th CPC is implemented from early 2017-18 onwards and the State Governments implement a similar order of increase with a lag of one quarter, CPI inflation could be 100-150 bps higher than the baseline for 2017-18. We can better understand in the below given chart by RBI.

7thCPC-CPI inflation


The implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) awards can have a significant bearing on the inflation trajectory through both direct and indirect channels shown by RBI in below given chart.

 

RBI also assumed that the impact of the pay awards is likely to be seen over a period of two years. Compared to the 6th CPC awards, increase in the housing index would be more quick and continuous and indirect effects are likely to be smaller. Moreover, outgo of arrears under 7th CPC awards would be substantially lower but HRA rates would automatically increase when the dearness allowance of the employees crosses threshold levels3.

In the broad sense, as we see the above points projected by the RBI, we can easily say that due to the reason that the Govt has stopped giving 7th CPC House Rent Allowances and constituted the Committee on Allowances under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The special committee on allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is expected to recommend more than double House Rent Allowance (HRA). The committee on allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is likely to propose a increases ranging between 106 per cent and 122 per cent in HRA for all categories of employees. The government was also expected to start giving HRA by October 2016, including all allowances, once again a report from the RBI ?

RBI governor Urjit Patel announced in the last bimonthly monetary policy on December 7, it seems that higher allowances, if at all, will not come before March 2017 i.e. the next financial year. As the RBI Governor said that disbursement of salaries and arrears under 7th Pay Commission award has not been disruptive to inflation outcomes, he added that the extension of two months given to the Ministry of Finance to receive the notification on higher allowances under the Pay Commission's award, could push it's fuller effect into the next financial year, rather than this financial year.

As many as 14 meeting have been held between the Committee on Allowances and the central government employees' unions so far on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission, but no consensus could be reached.

Various Media Reports are claiming that the report will be approved by cabinet after the ongoing Budget session of Parliament is over on April 12.

The finance secretary-led panel, which is giving final touches to the reworked allowances based on the 7th pay panel's recommendations, will hold its final meeting shortly, according to various sources.

The panel met for over three hours on Wednesday to deliberate on the subject. "Decisions are broadly taken on allowances pending a final review. But these will be announced only after current Budget session ends on April 12 to avoid any controversy," another source said.

But the questions remain here:-
  • What "Decisions" will be broadly taken on House Rent Allowances?
  • When "These" will be announced ?
  • Whether the Govt. is waiting for "RBI" nod for good time? If yes, then when does the good time appear ? or
  • Is it pending due to "MCD Election" ? After 05 may 2017.
  • Is Govt waiting for Budget session of Parliament is over ? After April 12 2017.
  • Is Govt waiting for RBI Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2017-18 ? After June 07, 2017.

Non-payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016


Non-payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016-reg

Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110 055
Affiliated to
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VII
Dated: 15/03/2017
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

The Financial Commissioner (Railways),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Non-payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016-reg.
Complaints are being received quite frequently from the Zonal Railways that the Running Staff retired on or after 01/01/2016 have not yet been paid pensionary dues duly adding 55% to their 7th CPC Pay Matrix. It is further learnt that due to IPAS problems, almost on all the Zonal Railways, revised pensionary benefits have not been paid and the Administration has also not taken initiatives to solve the technical problem in co-ordination with the CRIS.

NFIR requests kind intervention in the matter so as to see that the retired Running Staff (from 01/01/2016 onwards) are paid retiral benefits duly reckoning 55% of pay as part of 7th CPC pay. Incidentally, Federation also conveys that all those retired Running Staff are entitled for pension arrears on revision of their present pension with the 55% addition of pay element.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Board (MS & FC) to take immediate action in resolving this issue in co-ordination with CRIS.

Action taken in the matter may kindly be advised to the Federation in due course.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.2015/AAC-II/21/11
New Delhi, dated 30.03.2017
FA&CAO,
Western Railway
Mumbai

Sub: Non-Payment of retirement benefits to the Running Staff retired on or after 01.01.2016.
Please find enclosed NFIR's letter no.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part VII dated 15.03.2017 on the above subject which is self explanatory.

It is requested to kindly examine the same for taking further action in consultation with CRIS under intimation to Board's Office.

DA: As above
(V.Prakash)
joint Director Accounts
Railway Board
Signed Copy

Declaration of Holiday on 14.4.2017 on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - DoPT Orders


Declaration of Holiday on 14.4.2017 on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - DoPT Orders
F.No.12/6/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Establishment (JCA-2) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 5th April, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2017 -  Birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Friday, the 14th April 2017, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.
(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
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Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

90 days paid leave for sexual harassment complainants at government


90 days paid leave for sexual harassment complainants at government

New Delhi: Paid leave of up to 90 days can be given to a woman government employee who has complained of sexual harassment at her workplace while the inquiry is pending, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, he said leave up to a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female government servant during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

The leave granted shall not be debited against the leave account, said Singh, who is the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

PTI

Online Facility for Settlement of Claims in EPFO

Online Facility for Settlement of Claims in EPFO

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has taken various steps to provide various online services like for claims of provident fund, final settlement, withdrawals and pension fund withdrawal, etc. to its members in a quick and transparent manner. However, no specific date has been fixed. Receipt of transfer claims online has already been introduced by EPFO.

The claims other than transfer claims are received manually but processed on Computer Systems and the benefits credited to members by way of Core Banking Solution (CBS) and National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) to their bank account.

Out of 120 field offices of EPFO, 110 field offices have already been connected with a central server.
This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

PIB

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