Friday, 2 June 2017

Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC Anomalies for consideration in the Departmental Anomaly Committee


Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC Anomalies for consideration in the Departmental Anomaly Committee

7th CPC Anomalies

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. PC-VII/2016/DAC/1
New Delhi, dated 25/05/2017
The General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi - 110055.

The General Secretary
National Federation of
Indian Railwaymen,
3 Chemsford Road,
New Delhi - 110055

Dear Sirs,
Sub:- Extension of time limit for forwarding of 7th CPC Anomalies for consideration in the Departmental Anomaly Committee - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that in partial modification of this Ministry’s letter of even no. dated 05.10.2016, the time limits for receipt and disposal of anomalies, as mentioned in paragraph 4 of the letter are amended as under
(i) The time limit for receipt of anomalies is extended by three months from the date of expiry of receiving anomalies: i.e. from 04.04.2017 to 04.07.2017; and

(ii) The time limit for disposal of anomalies is extended by three months from the date of expiry of one year for the date of expiry of one year from the date of its constitution i.e. from 04.10.2017 to 04.01.2018.
Yours faithfully,
For Secretary, Railway Board

Signed Copy

7th Pay Commission Allowances related report submitted to Cabinet by Empowered Committee Secretaries

7th Pay Commission Allowances related report submitted to Cabinet by Empowered Committee Secretaries

Highest HRA at 27% as against 30% demanded by Staff Side


As per Zee Business News report, Empowered Committee of Secretaries has presented its report on 7th Pay Commission Allowances to Cabinet for its approval. It is further reported that Cabinet is likely take crucial decision on this issue involving around 50 lakh Central Government Employees during next Week.
Earlier, the Lavasa Committee appointed by the Govt for examining the Allowances related recommendations of 7th Pay Commission submitted its report to Govt recently. Following the usual procedure of examination by Empowered Committee of Secretaries in the case of Financial decision to be taken by Cabinet, the report relating to 7th Pay Commission allowances was also examined by Empowered Committee.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) has submitted its report on higher allowances like House Rent Allowance (HRA), Dearness Allowance (DA) and Transport Allowance (TA) under 7th Pay Commission (7th CPC) to Union Cabinet, sources told Alok Priyadarshi of Zee News.

However, the demand of the central government employees that HRA of 10%, 20% and 30% on revised 7th CPC Pay based on classes of cities was not considered in favourably, reports Zee News. Instead, Empowered Committee have recommended highest HRA slab ranging between 25%-27% of the basic as against demand of 30%

7th Pay Commission has earlier recommended house rent allowance at the 24%, 16% and 8% of the 7th CPC revised Basic Pay for Class X, Class Y and Class Z cities respectively.

If the report of the Empowered Committee is acceptable to the Cabinet, it more likely that final decision on revision of 7th Pay Commission Allowances will be taken by Cabinet next week.

15th Meeting of the GST Council to be held tomorrow, 3rd June, 2017


15th Meeting of the GST Council to be held tomorrow, 3rd June, 2017

Approval of amendments to the draft GST Rules and related forms and Finalisation of the rates of tax and cess on the remaining commodities are on the Agenda among others for tomorrow's meeting.

The Union Minister for Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley will chair the 15th Meeting of the GST Council scheduled to be held tomorrow, i.e., Saturday, 3rd June, 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital. This meeting is important because it is likely to finalize the rates of tax and cess to be levied on the commodities remaining after the fitment exercise in the 14th GST Council Meeting. Besides it, approval of amendments to the draft GST Rules and related Forms are also on the agenda among others of the aforesaid one day meeting. The meeting is likely to be attended by the Finance Ministers of different States/UTs being the member of the GST Council along with the senior officers.

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National Pension System - New Functionalities to provide benefits of subscribers and nodal offices


National Pension System - New Functionalities to provide benefits of subscribers and nodal offices

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) takes various initiatives from time to time in order to simplify and improve the operational issues in National Pension System (NPS) like new functionality development under NPS architecture, simplification of account opening, withdrawal, grievance management etc. In this regard, recently many new functionalities have been released by the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) to provide the ease of operation for the benefit of subscribers and nodal offices. These are detailed below:

Functionalities for NPS subscribers:

S.NFunctionalitiesBrief Description
1
Online Submission of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Declaration
In-order to facilitate quick FATCA compliance, facility to submit online FATCA Self-declaration has been provided to the subscriber in their CRA login (www.cra-nsdl.com). The information regarding the said functionality is also made available on CRA websites. The steps to be followed by the subscriber to submit online FATCA self-declaration are also available on the website.
2
Interoperability between CRAs

Karvy Computershare Pvt. Ltd. (KCRA) was selected as a second CRA under NPS. Now, Subscribers/ Nodal Offices have option to open permanent retirement account with either of the CRAs. The existing Subscriber can also select CRA of his/her choice. To facilitate migration of Subscriber across CRAs (Karvy- CRA to NSDL- CRA and NSDL-CRA to Karvy- CRA), the CRA Interoperability functionality has been developed. The Subscriber will be required to approach target CRA to initiate the shifting request, the target CRA will facilitate the shifting request under NPS. Inter CRA shifting request will be allowed once in a financial year.
3.
New features under eNPS

1. Hindi version of eNPS module
The bilingual version of eNPS module has been developed for convenience of NPS Subscriber. The Subscriber shall have option to choose the desired language option (either English or Hindi) for Registration and/or Contribution through eNPS.
2. eSign for Aadhaar based Registration
In case of registration through Aadhaar, it was mandatory for Subscriber to submit physical Application Form within 90 days of completion of registration under eNPS. eSign facility (Aadhaar e-KYC services) has been integrated with eNPS platform to enable the Subscriber to sign his/her PRAN Application electronically. This process has eliminated the requirement of submission of physical documents to CRA.
3. New Payment Gateway - Bill Desk
In eNPS, along with SBI ePay, Bill Desk has been integrated as the second Payment Gateway Service Provider. This will help the Subscriber to make payment through any service provider as per his/her choice by selecting the available payment options. Addition of Billdesk as new payment gateway has ensured participation of new banks which were not part of SBl e-Payment gateway especially AXIS Bank and HDFC Bank.
4.
New features in NPS Mobile App

1. Tier II Withdrawal
Subscriber can now initiate Tier II account withdrawal under NPS using Mobile App. The Subscriber will log into the App with their User ID and password. An option to select Tier II withdrawal and generate One Time Password (OTP) is available in Mobile App. On entering the correct OTP, Subscriber will have an option to select mode of Withdrawal - (i) lump sum (amount), or (ii) scheme wise units. Once the option is selected and relevant details are submitted by the Subscriber, the same will get executed in the CRA system and funds will get transferred to Subscriber's Bank Account registered with CRA.
2. Aadhaar Seeding
The Subscriber can now link his/her Aadhaar to NPS account using Mobile App. The Subscriber will log into the App with his/her User ID & password and select the option of ‘Add/Update Aadhaar Number'. The option will be available to the Subscriber to provide his/her Aadhaar. Once Aadhaar is entered, the details of Subscriber registered under NPS will get authenticated with details available in UIDAI database. Post authentication, an OTP will be sent to the Subscriber's mobile number registered with UIDAI. The Subscriber will enter the OTP and on entering the correct OTP, Aadhaar will get seeded for the PRAN.
3. Reset password using OTP
Subscriber can now reset his/her password using Mobile App through OTP. The Subscriber is required to enter his/her PRAN, Date of Birth and set his/her new password and generate OTP. On entering the correct OTP received on his/her mobile (registered with CRA), the password becomes active. This option is in addition to the option of resetting password using secret question.
5.
New features under Atal Pension Yojana (APY)

1. ePRAN Card and Transaction Statement
The facility to download and/or print ePRAN Card and Transaction Statement is made available to APY Subscriber. The APY Subscriber can access their ePRAN Card and Transaction Statement through CRA NPS Lite website (www.npslite- nsdl.com). The Subscriber have an option to search their ePRAN Card and Transaction Statement with/without PRAN details. The Subscriber are then required to provide minimum details like PRAN and Bank Account Number or Subscriber Name, Bank Account Number and Date or birth registered in the CRA system under APY.
2. Alert for Grievances
An Email/SMS alert (along with Token No.) is sent to APY Subscriber on generation and resolution of a grievance in CRA system.
Functionalities for Nodal Offices:
S. N.FunctionalitiesBrief Description
1.
Online Subscriber Registration by DDOs
The facility to register Subscriber online using Online PRAN Generation Module (OPGM) is made available to Drawing and Disbursing Office (DDOs) for Government Sector. The DDOs can capture the Subscriber registration details online in the CRA system.  The details entered by DDO needs to be verified by associated PAOs. On verification of registration details in the CRA system, PRAN gets generated online. This facility is an extension to the functionality already available with Pay & Account Offices (PAOs).
2.
Enhancement in Central Grievance Management System (CGMS)

1. Standard Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) along with answers against respective query category are now available to Subscriber & Entity (raising grievance on behalf of NPS Subscriber) in CGMS. The Subscriber raising any query through CGMS will have a provision to view the FAQs & relevant answers based on the category of grievance selected.
2. The fortnightly email alerts are sent to the Nodal Office for pending grievances. Now, these alerts are enhanced to have the details of all pending grievances.
3. A facility is provided to Nodal Office under NPS Lite and APY to download the pending referrals for associated Subscriber. Also, email alerts will be sent to NPS Lite and APY Offices for all grievances raised & resolved during the day.
4. The fortnightly email alerts will be sent to Oversight Offices under NPS Lite and APY regarding the grievances which are pending for more than 15 days under CGMS.
3.
Error Rectification Module (ERM)

An ERM request can be processed by the Nodal Office through whom the contributions were uploaded in CRA system. In addition, now in case of State Govt., the facility to perform a single ERM transaction on behalf of all the underlying Nodal Offices is provided to the Oversight Office. This will save efforts and time of multiple ERM requests being captured by different Nodal Offices.
4.
Online Corporate Registration

A facility for online registration is enabled for Corporates through eNPS platform. Corporate is required to provide the requisite registration details and select a POP for association and submission of the relevant documents for further processing. The registration details captured by the Corporate are to be authorized by associated POP.
5.
Retirement Adviser:

The Retirement Advisers (RAs) are appointed by PFRDA to engage in the activity of providing advice on NPS thereby to extend the reach of NPS. The RAs can be an individual, registered partnership firm, body corporate, or any registered Trust or society. The online platform has been developed and released in the CRA system to facilitate registration of an individual/entity as RA.
6.
Withdrawal Reports / MIS in Nodal Office login

Additional reports related to Withdrawal have now been made available to Nodal Offices for better monitoring:
a) Physical withdrawal forms received but online withdrawal request not processed
b) Non Receipt of Physical Forms for online withdrawal processed cases
c) Online withdrawal requests pending for authorization
7.
New CRA Toll Free Helpline

Dedicated toll free number (1800222081) is made available to Nodal Offices for contacting CRA regarding their general queries / complaints. This is in addition to an existing toll free number (1800222080) available for NPS Subscribers.

Source : PIB

Gratitude expressed on the Govt decisions on the VII Central Pay Commission recommendations


Gratitude expressed on the Govt decisions on the VII Central Pay Commission recommendations

7thCentralPayCommission-news

No.SG/BPS/17/2017
Dated: 31.5.2017
To
Dr.Jitendra Singh
Hon'ble Minister of State,
(Independent Charge)
Govt. of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,
New Delhi - 110001

Sub: Gratitude expressed on the Govt decisions on the VII Central Pay Commission recommendations - reg.

Respected Sir,

1. Bharat Pensioners Samaj a conglomerate of over 725 Pensioners Associations while expressing its gratitude to Govt. of India for the benevolent decision on the VII Central Pay Commission recommendations on the revision of Pension based on the 'Notional Pay' on last pay drawn basis.

2.Sir, the VII Central Pay Commissions recommendations as well as benefit of revised 'Dearness Relief' have not been implemented in respect of Pensioners retired from the Central Government autonomous bodies under various Central Ministries of Govt of India undertakings and Public Sector undertakings who are eligible to received Pension under CCS(Pension)Rules from the Govt. of India. Kindly order the early revision of Pension with Dearness Relief at the revised rates.

3.  The VII Central Pay Commission has recommended the extension of CGHS benefits to Postal Pensioners as well as takeover of remaining Postal Dispensaries. The VII Central Pay Commission also recommended the introduction of comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme for the Central Government employees and pensioners. These recommendations remain unimplemented so far. The excessive revision of CGHS subscription also causing hardships to the Pensioners.

The Hon'ble Minister may kindly order the examination of these issues and order remedial measures at his earliest convenience.

Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
S.C.Maheshwari
Genl Secy. Bharat Pensioners Samaj
Source: BPS

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: Information for All


Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: Information for All

It has come to the notice of Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD), Government of India that certain unauthorized sites/organizations/ NGOs/individuals are distributing illegal forms in the name of cash incentive under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme. The scheme has no provision for individual CASH TRANSFER COMPONENT by Government of India. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme focuses on challenging mindsets and deep rooted patriarchy in the societal system, strict enforcement of PC&PNDT Act, advancing education of the girl child: focus is on issues of women empowerment on a life cycle continuum. It is not a DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) scheme.

The Ministry of Women & Child Development has taken up this matter with the State Government Authorities where this illegal activity has taken place namely, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The warning has been broadcast several times by this Ministry on print media as well as electronic media to this effect. The Ministry had advised that no personal details should be shared in this regard and no one should subscribe to such fraudulent scheme.However, still some people are falling prey to such frauds and paying money or disclose personal details in name of such non-existent benefit being falsely offered in the name of BBBP scheme. The general public is therefore, once again advised not to fall prey into this fake and fraudulent information.

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Invitation of Applications for the Internship Scheme of the Department of Economic Affairs for the year 2017-18

Invitation of Applications for the Internship Scheme of the Department of Economic Affairs for the year 2017-18
Most Immediate

No. A- 48011/19/2016- Admn.I
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs\
(Administration Division)

Room No.-234, North Block, New Delhi
Dated : 30.05.2017.

Subject : Invitation of Applications for the Internship Scheme of the Department of Economic Affairs for the year 2017-18 - regarding.

Department of Economic Affairs has the mandate to carry out not only the economic diplomacy but also to build and maintain the economic health of the country, which essentially envisages close interaction with various financial institutions, both domestic and international.

2. The need for an Internship Scheme for the Department has been felt for quite some time, which is beneficial to both the Department and the intern. The Internship Scheme will ensure interaction with various financial institutions, both domestic and international.

3. The interns especially from reputed Economic Institutes/ Schools are expected to be instruments par excellence in adding flavour to the functioning of the Department. DEA shall assign to an intern specific assignment from an area administered by the Department. Such area could be Capital Market, Economic Reforms at macro level, Development Assistance to India from multilateral/bilateral financial institutions/ countries, Exchange Management, Foreign Investment in India and Indian Investment abroad, Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy, Tariff Policy, Domestic Regulations, Inflation Management, Debt Market Operation and Debt Management (External & Domestic), Small Savings, Modernisation of Budget Documents etc.

4. The objective and guidelines/ salient features of the Internship Scheme of the Department of Economic Affairs are given below:

Objective
  • To familiarize the selected candidates with the overall process of formulation of economic policies of the Government at macro level.
  • The internship is neither a job nor any such assurance thereof in the Department of Economic Affairs.
Eligibility
Candidates with Graduation degree in first class and pursuing Post Graduation in Economics from Universities/ Institutions of National and International repute are eligible to apply for the internship.
Duration
Duration of internship is up to six months at different points of time during a financial year (other than December to February)
Token Remuneration
Token remuneration @ Rs.10,000/- per month per intern, payable on satisfactory completion of their internship and on submission of their Report/Paper.
Declaration of Secrecy
Interns are required to furnish to the Department a declaration of secrecy before reporting for the internship
Logistic Support
Interns will be provided with the necessary logistics support, i.e. office space and computer with internet facility
Submission of Paper
The interns will have to present to the concerned Head of Division Report/ Paper on the allotted subject at the end of the internship.  Simultaneously, they are required to give to the concerned HoD their mandatory feedback on their experience of the Programme.
Certificate of Internship
Certificate will be issued to the interns on satisfactory completion of their internship and on submission of their Report/Paper.
How to apply
Interested and eligible students may apply on-line in response to this advertisement by 6.00 P.M. of 19th June, 2017 by clicking on the following link:
Selection
All the applications received through on-line process will be considered by the Selection Committee of DEA. The actual offer of Internship may be sent to 15 the selected candidates.

5. In order to allocate the selected applicants, as per their interests, to various Division, it is suggested that the applicants should go through the website of the Ministry of Finance and indicate in their application the name of Division and three topics of their interest, in order of preference, on which they would like to work upon during their internship. The details of the works assigned to different Divisions in DEA are available on the website of the Ministry of Finance (http://www.finmin.nic.in and http://dea.gov.in).
sd/-
(Rajani Ranjan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source : finmin

Representation from Government servant on service matters

Representation from Government servant on service matters-reg

GOVERNMENT-SERVANT-SERVICE-MATTER

Office of the Controller of General of Accounts
Ulan Batar Raod, Palam, Delhi Cant-110010
No.AN/XIII/13006/Vol-XXII
Dated : 30.05.2017
To
All Pr.Controllers/Controllers
All PIFAs/IFAs

Subject: Representation from Government servant on service matters-reg.
Reference: This HQrs letter bearing No. AN/XIII / 13700(435)/2015 dated 02.09.2015.

It has been observed that certain Government servants are representing directly or through their relatives etc. on service matters to the Prime Minister, Minister, Secretary and other higher authorities.

2. As per existing instructions, wherever, in any matter connected with his service rights or conditions, a Government servant wishes to press a claim or to seek redressal of a grievance, the proper course for him is to address his immediate official superior, or Head of his office, or such other authority at the appropriate level who is competent to deal with the matter in the organization. Suitable guidelines in the matter have already been issued vide HQrs Office letter cited under reference. (Copy attached)

3. Therefore, it is reiterated that as per DOP&T OM bearing No.11013 / 08 / 2013-Estt. (A-III) dated 31.08.2015 "Such submission of representations directly to other authorities by-passing the prescribed channel of communication, has to be viewed seriously and appropriate disciplinary action should be taken against those who violate these instructions. This can rightly be treated as an unbecoming conduct attracting the provisions of Rule 3(1) (iii) of the CCS (Conduct) Rules,1964. It is clarified that this would include all forms of communication including through e-mails or public grievances portal etc."

4.In view of above all concerned authorities are requested to bring the existing instructions/rules to the notice of all concerned for compliance.

This issues with the approval of the CVO.
S/d,
(Brij Kishore)
For CGDA
Source : CGDA

Pensioners donate fund for martyrs

Pensioners donate fund for martyrs

In a noble and humane gesture, elder citizens from among the pensioners donated fund for military and paramilitary martyrs to 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.

Led by Secretary General of “Bharat Pensioners Samaj”, Shri S.C. Maheshwari, the senior, superannuated citizens met Dr Jitendra Singh here yesterday and handed over to him a cheque of the amount collected by them through donations by different pensioners. They said, they were contributing this amount to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the specific purpose of welfare and care of the families of the martyrs from the military and paramilitary forces, who were sacrificing their lives in anti-terrorist operations.

The letter accompanying the cheque stated that "Bharat Pensioners Samaj", a conglomerate of 725 pensioners associations, reiterates its resolve to stand solidly behind the government and urges that those who insult our men in uniform or hamper the army operations against terrorists, should be dealt with an iron hand.

Appreciating the gesture, Dr Jitendra Singh said, regardless of the amount donated by the senior citizens, the matter of fact is that the value of the amount is many times more than it appears to be, for the simple reason that it has been collected with a sense of impeccable patriotism and it has been contributed from the most hard-earned pension drawn by some of our senior citizens.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, we are proud of the Indian Army which is among the best forces in the world and we are also eternally indebted to the supreme sacrifices made by our army personnel. The sacrifices of a soldier, he said, cannot be compensated by any amount of money, but yet, a gesture like this is only meant to reaffirm our commitment to the motherland and to those bravehearts who laid down their lives so that we could live.

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