Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Review of CSS Officers (Deputy Secretary/Director)under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972


Review of CSS Officers (Deputy Secretary/Director)under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972
No. 3/8/2015-CS-I(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi -110003
Dated the 16th January, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Review of CSS Officers(Deputy secretary/Director) under FR 56 (j) and Rule 48 of CSS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even no. dated 26.02.2016 on the subject mentioned above (copy enclosed) and to say that next meeting of the Review Committee is likely to be held shortly. As the information/inputs are necessary to under take review of the officers, it is requested that the same may be furnished to this Department in the prescribed format (indicated at Annexure-I).

2. It is, therefore, requested that information/inputs may please be provided at the earliest so that the cases may be submitted for the consideration of the Review Committee.

3. This may please be accorded Priority.
(Debabrata Banrejee)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: DoPT

Reservation for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities


No.36035/02/2017-Estt (Res)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 15th January, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Reservation for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities - reg.

With enactment of THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2016' from 19th April, 2017 and notification of THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES RULES, 2017' on 15th June, 2017, the following instructions are issued in line with the provisions made therein regarding reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities, as defined under Section 2(r) of the Act against the posts and services of the Central Government.

2. QUANTUM OF RESERVATION

2.1 In case of direct recruitment, four per cent of the total number of vacancies to be filled up by direct recruitment, in the cadre strength in each group of posts i.e. Groups A, B and C shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities.

2.2 Against the posts identified for each disabilities, of which, one per cent each shall be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities under clauses (a), (b) and (c) and one per cent, under clauses (d) and (e), unless otherwise excluded under the provisions of Para 3 here in under:-
(a) blindness and low vision;
(b) deaf and hard of hearing;
(c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;
(d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
(e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness

3. EXEMPTION FROM RESERVATION:
If any Ministry/Department in the Central Government considers it necessary to exempt any establishment or any cadre or cadres fully or partly from the provisions of reservation for persons with benchmark disabilities, it shall make a reference to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities giving full justification for the proposal, who having regard to the type of work carried out in any Government establishment by notification and subject to such condition, if any, as may be specified in the notification, in consultation with the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) may exempt any Establishment or any cadre(s) fully or partly from the provisions of reservation for persons with benchmark disabilities.

4. ADJUSTMENT AGAINST UNRESERVED VACANCIES:

4.1 In the category of posts which are identified suitable for persons with benchmark disabilities, a person with benchmark disability cannot be denied the right to compete for appointment by direct recruitment against an unreserved vacancy. Thus a person with benchmark disability can be appointed by direct recruitment against vacancy not specifically reserved for the persons with benchmark disability, provided the post is identified suitable for persons with benchmark disability of the relevant category.

4.2 Persons with benchmark disabilities selected without relaxed standards along with other candidates, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible candidates with benchmark disabilities which will thus comprise of candidates with benchmark disabilities who are lower in merit than the last candidate in merit list but otherwise found suitable for appointment, if necessary, by relaxed standards.
 
5. CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY:
A person who wants to avail the benefit of reservation will have to submit a certificate of disability issued by a Competent Authority. Such certificate in the event of selection of such person for any post, will be subject to such verification/re-verification
as may be decided by the competent authority.

6. COMPUTATION OF NUMBER OF POSTS TO BE RESERVED:

6.1 The number of posts to be reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities in case of Group C posts shall be computed on the basis of total number of vacancies in the cadre strength of Group C posts, in the establishment, although the recruitment of the persons with benchmark disabilities would only be against the category of posts identified suitable for them. The number of vacancies to be reserved for the persons with benchmark disabilities in case of direct recruitment to Group 'C' posts in an establishment shall be computed by taking into account the total number of vacancies arising in Group 'C' posts for being filled by direct recruitment in a recruitment year both in the identified and non-identified category of posts under the establishment. Since reservation, wherever applicable, for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities is provided computing total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in identified category of posts as well as unidentified category of posts, it may be possible that number of persons appointed by reservation in an identified category of post may exceed four per cent.

6.2 Reservation for persons with benchmark disabilities in Group 'A' or Group 'B' posts shall be computed on the basis of total number of vacancies occurring in direct recruitment quota in the cadre in all the Group 'A' posts or Group 'B' posts respectively, and the computation of total vacancies shall include vacancies arising in the identified and non-identified category of posts.

7. EFFECTING RESERVATION - MAINTENANCE OF ROSTERS:

7.1 Every Government establishment shall maintain group-wise a separate vacancy based 100 point vacancy based reservation roster register in the format given in Annexure for determining/effecting reservation for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities - one each for Group 'A' posts filled by direct recruitment, Group 'B' posts filled by direct recruitment and Group 'C' posts filled by direct recruitment.

7.2 Each register shall have cycles of 100 points and each cycle of 100 points shall be divided into four blocks, comprising the following points:

1st Block - point No. 01 to point No. 25
2nd Block - point No. 26 to point No. 50
3rd Block - point No. 51 to point No. 75
4th Block - point No. 76 to point No.100

7.3 Points 1, 26, 51 and 76 of the roster shall be earmarked for persons with benchmark disabilities - one point each for four respective categories of disabilities. The Head of the establishment shall ensure that vacancies identified at SI. No.1, 26, 51 and 76 are earmarked for the respective categories of the persons with benchmark disabilities. However, the Head of the establishment shall decide the placement of the selected candidate in the roster register.

7.4 All the vacancies arising irrespective of vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities shall be entered in the relevant roster. If the vacancy falling at point no. 1 is not identified for the Person with Benchmark Disability or the Head of the establishment considers it desirable not to fill it up by Persons with Benchmark Disabilities or it is not possible to fill up that post by the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities for any other reason, one of the vacancies falling at any of the points from 2 to 25 shall be treated as reserved for the person with benchmark disability and filled as such.

7.5 Likewise, a vacancy falling at any of the points from 26 to 50 or from 51 to 75 or from 76 to 100 shall have to be filled by the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. The purpose of keeping points 1, 26, 51 and 76 as reserved is to fill up the first available suitable vacancy.

7.6 There is a possibility that none of the vacancies from 1 to 25 is suitable for any category of the person with benchmark disability. In that case two vacancies from 26 to 50 shall be filled as reserved for persons with benchmark disabilities. If the vacancies from 26 to 50 are also not suitable for any category, three vacancies shall be filled as reserved from the third block containing points from 51 to 75. This means that if no vacancy can be reserved in a particular block, it shall be carried over into the next block

7.7 After all the 100 points of the roster are covered, a fresh cycle of 100 points shall start.

7.8 If the number of vacancies in a year is such as to cover only one block (say 25 vacancies) or two (say 50 vacancies), the category of the persons with benchmark disabilities should be accommodated as per the roster points. However, in case, the said vacancy is not identified for the respective category, the Head of the establish

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7th CPC : Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)


7th CPC : Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance)

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board
PC-VII No. 87
RBE No. 208/2017
New Delhi, Dated: 02.01.2018
No.E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/Genl-5
The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - Grant of Extra Work Allowance (abolition of existing Library Allowance).

Ref:   (i)  Board's letter No. E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 30.04.2010 (Annexure-A-9).
(ii) Ministry of Finance’s OM No. 13-3/2016-E.III(A) dated 20.07.2017.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to abolish  Rajbhasha Allowance (payable as a Special Allowance to Sr.Scale,J.A. Grade and S.A Grade officers entrusted with the administrative control of Hindi works) as a separate allowance. The eligible employees will now be governed by the newly proposed "Extra Work Allowance", which shall be governed as under:

a. Extra Work Allowance will be paid at uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.

b. An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before  same employee is deployed for similar duties again.

c. This allowance not be combined i.e. if the same employee  is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add-on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payable will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.

2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.
S/d,
(Anil Kumar)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)-I
Railway Board.
 Source: NFIR

Children Education Allowance : Format of Certificate from School


Children Education Allowance : Format of Certificate from School

FORMAT OF CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE
CEA-School-Certificate-Format


Children-education-allowance-School-Certificate-Format

Monday, 15 January 2018

7th CPC: MoH&FW removed monetary ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government /State Government Municipal Hospitals

7th CPC: MoH&FW removed monetary ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government /State Government Municipal Hospitals

No. S.11011/11/2016- CGHS (P)/EHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
EHS Section
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 5th December, 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of rates of subscription under Central Government Health Scheme due to revision of pay and allowances of Central Government employees and revision of pension/ family pension on account of implementation of recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. 

The undersigned is directed to draw attention to Para 3 (F) of this Ministry’s OM No. 5.11011/16/2016-CGHS (P)/EHS, dated 09.01.2017 regarding monetary ceiling for direct consultation with specialist in Central Government/State Government/Municipal Hospitals, wherein it was mentioned that ”The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government / State Government / Municipal Hospitals will continue at the existing rates until revision of the same after consultation with Ministry of Finance."

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it has been decided to remove monetary ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government /State Government Municipal Hospitals and there is no bar on direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government/State Government/Municipal Hospitals.
3. Other contents of the above said OM will remain unchanged.
(Rajeev Attri)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Guidelines for posting of Dy. CSOs in HQ and Sr. DSOs in Division - Railway Board

Guidelines for posting of Dy. CSOs in HQ and Sr. DSOs in Division - Railway Board

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board
No. 2017/Safety (DM) 19/1
New Delhi, Dated: 20.09.2017
General Managers
All Zonal Railways.

Sub: Strengthening of Safety Organization at Zonal and Divisional Level.

Ref: RB Letter of even no. dated 28.03.2017.

Board issued comprehensive guidelines for posting of Officials in Safety Organisation vide letter under reference. Based on the feedback received from Zonal Railways, it is felt that there is a need to streamline the process of posting officials and strengthen the safety organisation. The following procedure needs to be adopted for posting of Officers in division and HQs.

i. Posting of Dy. CSOs in headquarters.
a) CSO shall be assisted by four Deputy HOD rank officers.
b) Posting of Dy. CSOs in Headquarters shall be done with the approval of PED (Safety).
c) While submitting the proposal to Board for consideration, CSOs, should ensure that the officer is chosen carefully in consultation with the PHOD concerned and with the approval of General Manager.
d) Officer recommended should have a good record of service (very good and above) with minimum 3 years in open line working of that department. Names of at least 2 or 3 suitable officers should be recommended along with their confidential reports for last five years and vigilance clearance.
e) Tenure of the officers should be 3 years from the date of posting. In case it has to be extended beyond 3 years, PED/Safety’s prior approval shall be obtained.
ii. Posting of Sr. DSOs in the Division.
a) General Manager shall decide the Department wise distribution of Sr.DSOs in such a way that not more than 2 officers (excluding the post of CSO) from each of the 5 disciplines may be normally be posted as Dy. CSOs/SrDSOs (i.e. both the Headquarters and Divisional posts taken together) on a particular Zonal Railway.
b) Officer recommended shall have good record of service (very good and above) with minimum 3 years in Open line working of that department and should be free from vigilance cases.
c) Concerned departmental PHOD shall recommend names of two or three officers to be posted as Sr.DSO, Personnel Department should process the posting through CSO along with their confidential reports for last five years and vigilance clearance.
d) CSO will recommend one officer for consideration of General Manager.
e) Tenure of Sr.DSO should be three years from their date of posting. In casetenure has to be extended beyond three years, prior consent of CSO and approval of General Manager needs to be obtained.
On need basis, Zonal Railways shall review the present incumbents and replace them suitably. These guidelines are issued with the approval of the Board (MT and CRB).
(P.Srinivas)
Director Safety-III
Railway Board
Copy to: Chief Safety Officers, All Zonal Railways for information please.

Leveraging for maximizing Digital Life Certification

PCDA Circular No. 196 : Leveraging for maximizing Digital Life Certification

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), Draupadi
Ghat, Allahabad -211014
Circular No. 196
No. AT/Tech/30-XIX
Dated: 10.01.2018
To,
1. The Chief Accountant, RBI Deptt. of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai-400051
2. The Director of Treasuries of all state …….
3. The Manger CPPC of Public Sector Banks including IDBI
4. The CDA (PD) Meerut……….
5. The CDA-Chennai……….
6. The Nodal Officers (ICICI/ AXIS/HDFC Bank)….
7. The Pay & Accounts Officers…………
8. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal.
9. The DPDO…………
10 The Post Master…………..
Sub: Leveraging for maximizing Digital Life Certification.

Since, Aadhaar Act has now mandated by Govt. of India and the pensioner is required to furnish Aadhaar was for using the Aadhaar information. Therefore, Pension Disbursing Authorities are advised to obtain the consent of all the defence pensioners/family pensioners drawing their pension/family pension from their offices as per the sample Template for Jeevan Pramaan / Digital Life Certificate enclosed herewith.

Encl: As above.
S/d,
(Shubash Kumar)
DCDA (P)
Sample Consent Template for Jeevan Pramaan/Digital Life Certificate- I < Name of the Aadhaar holder >, the holder of Aadhaar number < < xxxx-xxxx-xxxx > >, hereby give my consent to < (Name and Address of PDA) > to use my Aadhaar Number and Fingerprint/Iris/OTP for annual identification and generation of Digital Life Certificate(DLC). I also give my consent for sharing my Aadhaar number and my DLC with my < (Name of PDA) > for e-KYC and authentication from UIDAI through Meit/NIC/NPCI/other ASA.

< (Name of PDA) >………. has informed me on behalf of Meit/NIC/NPCI/other ASA that during authentication, Meit/NIC/NPCI/other ASA shall submit my information to UIDAI and that my core
biometrics (Fingerprint and/or Iris scans will not be stored/shared). I have also been informed that the information submitted to < (Name of PDA) >………. shall not be used for any purpose other than that mentioned above or as per any requirement of law.

(Signature)
Name:…..……………………………………
Rank/Designation:………………………
Personal No./Regimental No………..
PPO No.:……..……………………………

Saturday, 13 January 2018

PCDA Circular .197 – Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Deptt. Of ESW

PCDA Circular .197 – Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Deptt. Of ESW


Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), Draupadi
Ghat, Allahabad-211014

Circular No. 197
No. AT/Tech/30-XIX

Dated: 10.01.2018

To,

    The Chief Accountant, RBI Deptt. of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai-400051
    The Director of Treasuries of all state ……………
    The Manger CPPC of Public Sector Banks including IDBI
    The CDA (PD) Meerut……………….
    The CDA-Chennai…………….
    The Nodal Officers (ICICI/ AXIS/HDFC Bank)…………
    The Pay & Accounts Officers…………………
    Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal.
    The DPDO………………………
    The Post Master……………..

Sub: Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Deptt. Of ESW .

**************

Consequent upon introduction of Aadhaar Act, 2016, an individual eligible to receive the pension benefits is required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

However, Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare Notification No. 14(2)/2014/D (P/P)(Part-I)(copy enclosed) published in Gazette of India in 03.03.2017 vide No. S.O.747(e), provides that, till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary of pension benefits, benefits shall be given to such individuals subject to the production of certain identification documents as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E).

In view of above, all the Pension Disbursing Authorities are advised to check the identification documents, as mentioned in above Notification No. S.O. 747(E), produced by defence pensioners, till Aadhaar is assigned to the pension beneficiaries. Especially as per clause b(i) and (ii) of notification No. S.O. 747(E).

S/d,
(Shubash Kumar)
DCDA (P)
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MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(Department of Ex- Servicemen Welfare)
NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 3rd March, 2017

S.O. 747(E).—Whereas, the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity;

And, whereas, the payment of pension is given to retired Defence Forces pensioners/ Family Pensioners (hereinafter referred to as beneficiaries) by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence in the Government of India under the Pension Regulations for Army, 1961, the Pension Regulations for Air Force, 1961, and the Pension Regulations for Navy 1964 and the pension is disbursed to beneficiaries through Pension Disbursement Agencies;

And, whereas, the aforesaid benefit of pension involves recurring expenditure from the Consolidated

Fund of India;

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of the section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to the said Act), the Central Government hereby notifies the following, namely: —

(1) An individual eligible to receive the pension benefits is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

(2)  Any eligible beneficiary entitled to receive pension benefits, who does not possess the Aadhaar Number or, not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, but desirous of availing pension benefits is hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment by 30th June, 2017, provided he or she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such individuals shall visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at UIDAI website www.uidai.gov.in) to get enrolled for Aadhaar.

(3)          As per regulation 12 of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means which requires an individual to furnish Aadhaar is required to offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar and in case there is no Aadhaar enrolment centre located in the respective Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means is required to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the existing Registrars of Unique Identification Authority of India or by becoming Unique Identification Authority of India registrar:

Provided that, till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary of pension benefits, benefits shall be given to such individuals subject to the production of the following identification documents, namely:

(a)          Ex-servicemen Card issued by the concerned authorities; and

(b)  (i) If he or she has enrolled, his or her Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip; or

(ii) a copy of his or her request made for Aadhaar enrolment, as specified in sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 2 below; and

any of the following documents, namely :-

(i)            Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India; or

(ii)           Permanent Account Number Card issued by Income Tax Department; or

(iii)          Passport; or

(iv)         Driving License issued by Licensing authority under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988); or

(v)          Certificate of Identity having photo issued by a Gazetted officer or Tehsildar on an official letter head; or

(vi)         Address card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts; or

(vii)        Kisan Photo Passbook; or

(viii)       any other document as specified by the Ministry of Defence:

Provided further that the above documents shall be checked by an officer specifically designated by the Ministry of Defence for that purpose.

2. In order to provide convenient and hassle free pension benefits to the beneficiaries, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means shall make all the required arrangements including following; namely:-

(1)  Wide publicity through media and individual notices shall be given to beneficiaries of pension benefits to make them aware of the requirement of Aadhaar under the scheme and they may be advised to get themselves enrolled at the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centres available in their areas by 30th June, 2017 in case they are not already enrolled and the list of locally available enrolment centres shall be made available to them.

(2)          In case, beneficiaries of pension benefits are not able to enrol due to non-availability of enrolment centres in the near vicinity such as in the block or tehsil or taluka, the Ministry through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means is required to create Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations and the beneficiaries of pension benefits may register their request for Aadhaar enrolment by giving their name, address, mobile number with Ex-Servicemen Card and other details specified in the proviso to clause (b) sub¬paragraph (3) of paragraph 1 with their Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means or through the web portal provided for the purpose.

3. This notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all States and Union Territories except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir. Provided that this notification shall not be applicable for following categories of Pensioners or Family Pensioners, namely:—

(i)            NRI who resides in other or foreign country,

(ii)           Overseas settled Indian who is citizen of other or foreign country,

(iii)    Nepal Domiciled, Burmese and similar categories of defence pensioners.

[F. No. 14(2)/2014/D(P/P)(Part-I)]
RAVI KANT, Jt. Secy.

Source : PCDA

Friday, 12 January 2018

Central Civil Services (Leave) Second Amendment Rules, 2017

Central Civil Services (Leave) Second Amendment Rules, 2017

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 1st January, 2018

G.S.R.08(E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 read with clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) Second Amendment Rules, 2017.-(2) They shall come into force on the dale of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules. 1972 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in rule 54, in subrule (3), the words and subject to the other conditions laid down in rule 57 being satisfied, draw study allowance in respect thereof”‘ shall be omitted.

3. In the said rules, in rule 56,-
(a) in sub-rule (1) for the words "House Rent Allowance and Study Allowance as admissible in accordance with the provisions of Rules 57 to 60. the words and House Rent Allowance" shall be substituted.
(b) in sub-rule (4), the words "as envisaged in sub-rule (2) of Rule 57," shall be omitted;
(c) sub-rule (5), shall be omitted.
4. In the said rules, rule 57, 58 and 59 shall be omitted.

5, In the said rules, in rule 60, in sub-rule (2), the words "and the Study Allowance" shall be omitted.

6. In the said rules, in rule 63, in sub-rule (1), in clause (i), the words "Study Allowance" shall he omitted.
[F.No.13023/1/2017-Estt.(L)]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy.
Note :

The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide number S.O.940 dated the 8th April, 1972 and have been subsequently amended as follows :

Source: DoPT

Revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners pursuant to Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC - Concordance Tables for pension revision to the former Running Staff-reg.

Revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners pursuant to Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC - Concordance Tables for pension revision to the former Running Staff-reg.

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.-Part II
Dated: 11/01/2018
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners pursuant to Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC - Concordance Tables for pension revision to the former Running Staff-reg.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/F(E)III/1(1)/7 dated 11/07/2017.

Railway Board’s attention is invited to the instructions issued vide Board's letter dated 11/07/2017 (RBE No. 66/2017) vide which DoP&PW’s orders together with Concordance tables for revision of Pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners have been circulated. The Concordance Tables circulated by the Board, unfortunately do not cover the pension revision of former Running Staff as no separate tables in favour of them staff have been circulated so far. Reports received by the Federation (NFIR) reveal that the Pension/Family Pension of pre-2016 Running Staff is not being revised by the Zonal Railways due to non-provision of separate Concordance Tables by the Railway Board.

In this connection, NFIR desires to clarify that in case of former Running Staff Pension/Family Pension is required to be calculated taking into account the Basic Pay + 55% add on pay element. A sample calculation sheet of the Pension in the case of pre-2016 Running Staff is enclosed as Annexure to this letter for appreciation and quick action.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to communicate the Concordance Tables to the Zonal Railways for revision of Pension/Family Pension of former Running Staff. It is also urged that the Concordance Tables be finalized on the basis of specimen (vide Annexure to this letter) and instructions issued to the GMs of Zonal Railways.

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

Annexure to NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.-Part II
Running Staff retired on 31/12/2005.      
Basic Pay=Rs. 9525
On 01/01/2006=Rs. 9525 x 30% = Rs. 2858
Pay on 31/12/2015=Rs. 9525 + 2858 = 12383 x 2.26     = Rs. 27985
Notional Pay on 31/12/2015=27985 + GP 4200/-
Pay on 01/01/2016=Rs. 27985 x 30% = 8396
Rs. 27985 + 8396 = 36,381 + GP 4200 = 40,581
Rs. 40,581 x 2.57 = 1,04,294/-
Pay element (55%)=Rs. 1,04,294 x 55% = Rs. 57,362
Settlement pay=Rs. 1,04,294 + 57,362 = 1,61,656
Monthly Pension=Rs. 1,61,656 ÷ 2 = 80,828

Source : NFIR

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement – Pre-Retirement Counseling

Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement – Pre-Retirement Counseling

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
MoS (Personnel) Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop “Sankalp’

Retiring employees should carry forward the Government’s flagship programmes – says Dr. Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the services of superannuating and retired employees should be gainfully utilized to carry forward the flagship programmes of the Union Government led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Addressing the Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) Workshop ‘Sankalp’ for the retiring employees of Ministries/Departments, organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the superannuating employees can be inducted into advisory bodies of their respective offices and also to dispose of grievances. Due to increasing life expectancy, an active life lies ahead of an employee at sixty years of age and the individual is at his prime capacity and energetic. Retirement should rather be viewed as the beginning of a new innings, he said. Such interactive workshops should come out with ideas on how best the services of retired employees can be utilized, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said for the first time this Government has cared for Pensioners as much as for the working employees. Minimum pension has been raised to Rs.1,000, Jeevan Pramaan biometrics introduced for submitting digital Life Certificate, more than 1,500 obsolete rules scrapped and the Anubhav platform introduced for the first time for retiring employees to share their experience.

In his address, Shri KV Eapen, Secretary, DOP&PW and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), said the DOP&PW has so far registered more than 2,000 pensioners and conducted Pre-Retirement Counselling for more than 3,300 employees under the Sankalp project. The Department has registered 19 Pensioners’ Associations and 16 NGOs to involve Central Government Pensioners in social activities.

The PRC workshops target retiring personnel two to two-and-a-half years before the retirement date. Topics covered are (i) Formalities to be covered for timely payment of retirement dues (ii) Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement (iii) Preparation of Will (iv) CGHS facilities after retirement and (v) Post-retirement opportunities through Sankalp.

The “Sankalp’ programme has been initiated by the Department towards this end and a web portal of the same name has also been launched. Pensioners, Pensioner Associations and NGOs can register on the website http//www.pensionersportal.gov.in/sankalp.

There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000 including defense, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners.

FAQ on Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners (Updated 22.12.2017)

FAQ on Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners (Updated 22.12.2017)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners
(Updated as on December 22, 2017)

Scheme for Payment of Pension to Central Government Pensioners by Authorised Banks

Pension schemes/rules are formulated by the respective Central Government Ministries/Departments. A link to some of such schemes are available at www.rbi.org.in under Notifications> Master Circulars>Banker to Banks>Disbursement of Pension by Agency Banks. The Reserve Bank of India (the Reserve Bank) oversees disbursement of pension by its agency banks in respect of all Central Government Departments. In the process, it receives queries/complaints from pensioners in regard to fixation, calculation and payment of pension including revision of pension/Dearness Relief, transfer of pension account from one bank branch to another, etc. The Reserve Bank has analysed the queries/complaints, and put them in the form of answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. It is hoped that these will cover most of the queries/ doubts in the minds of pensioners.

1. Can the pensioner draw his/ her pension through a bank branch?

Yes. Even the Government employees earlier drawing their pension from a treasury or from a post office have the option to draw their pension from the authorized bank’s branches.

2. Who is the pension sanctioning authority?

The Ministry/ Department /Office where the Government servant last served is the pension sanctioning authority. The pension fixation is made by such authority for the first time and thereafter the refixation of pay, if any, is done by the pension paying bank based on the instructions from the concerned Central/ State Government authority.

3. Is it necessary for the pensioner to open a separate pension account for the purpose of crediting his/ her pension in authorized bank?

The pensioner is not required to open a separate pension account. The pension can be credited to his/her existing savings/ current account maintained with the branch selected by the pensioner.

4. Can a pensioner open a Joint Account with his/ her spouse?

Yes. All pensioners of the Central Government Pensioners can open Joint Account with their spouses.

5. Whether Joint Account of the pensioner with spouse can be operated either by ”Former or Survivor” or “Either or Survivor”.

Yes, the Joint Account of the pensioner with spouse can be operated either as ‘‘Former or Survivor” or “Either or Survivor”.

6. Whether a Joint Account can be continued for family pension after death of a pensioner?

Yes, the banks should not insist on opening of a new account in case of Central Government pensioner if the spouse in whose favour an authorization for family pension exists in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) is the survivor and the family pension should be credited to the existing account without opening a new account by the family pensioner for this purpose.

7. What is the minimum balance required to be maintained in the pension account maintained with the banks?

RBI has not stipulated any minimum balance to be maintained in pension accounts by the pensioners. Individual banks have framed their own rules in this regard.

8. Who sends the Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) to the authorized bank?

The concerned pension sanctioning authorities in the Ministries /Departments/ forward the PPOs to bank branches wherefrom the pensioner desires to draw his/her pension. However, on implementation of CPPCs, pension sanctioning authorities have started sending PPOs to the CPPCs of the bank instead of bank branch.

9. When is the pension credited to the pensioner’s account by the paying branch?

The disbursement of pension by the paying branch is spread over the last four working days of the month depending on the convenience of the pension paying branch except for the month of March when the pension is credited on or after the first working day of April.

10. Can a pensioner transfer his/ her pension account from one branch to another branch of the same bank or to the branch of another bank?

Pensioner can transfer his/ her pension account from one branch to another branch of the same bank and from one authorized bank to another authorized bank within the same centre or at a different centre;

11. Whether the paying branch has to maintain a detailed record of pension payments made by it in the prescribed form?

Yes. The pension paying branch/ CPPC is required to maintain a detailed record of pension payments made by it from time to time in the prescribed form duly authenticated by the authorized officer.

12. Can the pension paying bank recover the excess amount credited to the pensioner’s account?

Yes. The paying branch before commencement of pension obtains an undertaking from the pensioner in the prescribed form for this purpose and, therefore, can recover the excess payment made to the pensioner’s account due to delay in receipt of any material information or due to any bonafide error. The bank also has the right to recover the excess amount of pension credited to the deceased pensioner’s account from his/her legal heirs/nominees.

13. Is it compulsory for a pensioner to furnish a Life Certificate/Non-Employment Certificate or Employment Certificate to the bank in the month of November? If so, how can this requirement be complied with?

Yes. The pensioner is required to furnish a Life Certificate / Non – Employment Certificate or Employment Certificate to the bank in the prescribed format in the month of November every year to ensure continued receipt of pension without interruption. The pensioner can also present himself / herself at any branch of the pension paying bank for being identified for issue of life certificate. In case a pensioner is unable to obtain a Life Certificate on account of serious illness / incapacitation, bank official will visit his / her residence / hospital for the purpose of obtaining the life certificate.

There have been complaints that life certificates submitted over the counter of pension paying branches are misplaced causing delay in payment of monthly pensions. In order to alleviate the hardships faced by pensioners, agency banks were instructed to mandatorily issue duly signed acknowledgements. They were also requested to consider entering the receipt of life certificates in their CBS and issue a system generated acknowledgement which would serve the twin purpose of acknowledgement as well as real time updation of records.

A pensioner having Aadhar number can alternatively submit Jeevan Pramaan, a digital life certificate introduced by the Government of India. For obtaining this, he / she will have to enrol and biometrically authenticate himself / herself by downloading the application generating digital life certificate from the website jeevanpramaan.gov.in or other means described on the website. Once digital life certificates in the form of Jeevan Pramaan are fully implemented, pension paying branches will be able to obtain information about the digital life certificate of their pensioner customers by logging on to the website of Jeevan Pramaan and searching for the certificate or by downloading through their Core Banking Systems. Pensioners will also be able to forward to their bank branches by email/sms the relative link to their digital life certificate.

14. Who is responsible for deduction of Income Tax at source from pension payment?

The pension paying bank is responsible for deduction of Income Tax from pension amount in accordance with the rates prescribed by the Income Tax authorities from time to time. While deducting such tax from the pension amount, the paying bank will also allow deductions on account of relief to the pensioner available under the Income Tax Act. The paying branch, in April each year, will also issue to the pensioner a certificate of tax deduction as per the prescribed form. If the pensioner is not liable to pay Income Tax, he should furnish to the pension paying branch, a declaration to that effect in the prescribed form.

15. Can old, sick physically handicapped pensioner who is unable to sign, open pension account or withdraw his/ her pension from the pension account?

A pensioner, who is old, sick or lost both his/her hands and, therefore, cannot sign, can put any mark or thumb/ toe impression on the form for opening of pension account. While withdrawing the pension amount he/she can put thumb/toe impression on the cheque/withdrawal form and it should be identified by two independent witnesses known to the bank one of whom should be a bank official.

16. Can a pensioner withdraw pension from his/ her account when he/she is not able to sign or put thumb/toe impression or unable to be present in the bank?

In such cases, a pensioner can put any mark or impression on the cheque/ withdrawal form and may indicate to the bank as to who would withdraw pension amount from the bank on the basis of cheque/withdrawal form. Such a person should be identified by two independent witnesses. The person who is actually drawing the money from the bank should be asked to furnish his/her specimen signature to the bank.

17. When does the family pension commence?

The family pension commences after the death of the pensioner. The family pension is payable to the person indicated in the PPO on receipt of a death certificate and application from the nominee.

18. How the payment of Dearness Relief at revised rate is to be paid to the pensioners?

Whenever any additional relief on pension/family pension is sanctioned by the Government, the same is intimated to the agency banks for issuing suitable instructions to their pension paying branches for payment of relief at the revised rates to the pensioners without any delay. The orders issued by Government Departments are also hosted on their websites and banks have been advised to watch the latest instructions on the website and act accordingly without waiting for any further orders from RBI in this regard.

19. Can pensioners get pension slips?

Yes. As decided by the Central Government (Civil, Defence & Railways), pension paying banks have been advised to issue pension slips to the pensioners in prescribed form when the pension is paid for the first time and thereafter whenever there is a change in quantum of pension due to revision in basic pension or revision in Dearness Relief.

20. Which authority the pensioner should approach for redressal of his/ her grievances?

Branch/CPPC is the point of referral for the pensioner. Pensioners can approach the nodal officer(s) designated by the respective banks who would be holding regular meetings at different locations in their jurisdiction on lines of Pension Adalat. They can also contact the bank through toll free dedicated pension line of the respective bank to seek information related to their queries/complaints. In case of deficiency in service offered by the bank, pensioner can approach the concerned Consumer Education and Protection Cell at respective Regional Office of RBI and Banking Ombudsman under whose jurisdiction the bank branch, where the pensioner holds the account, falls.

21. Where can a pensioner get information about the changes in the pension/Dearness Relief or any pension related issue?

The pensioner can visit the Official Website of the concerned Government Department as also Reserve Bank of India Website (www.rbi.org.in) to get the information about pension related issues.

22. Whether a pensioner is entitled for any compensation from the agency banks for delayed credit of pension/ arrears of pension?

Yes. A Pensioner is entitled for compensation for delayed credit of pension/arrears thereof at the fixed rate of 8% per annum (since October 1, 2008) and the same would be credited to the pensioner’s account automatically by the bank on the same day when the bank affords delayed credit of such pension / arrears etc. without any claim from the pensioner.

These FAQs are issued by the Reserve Bank of India (The Reserve Bank) for information and general guidance purposes only which cannot be quoted in any legal proceeding and will have no legal purpose. It is not intended to be treated as legal advice or legal opinion. The Reserve Bank will not be held responsible for actions taken and/or decisions made on the basis of the same. For clarifications or interpretations, if any, readers are requested to be guided by the relevant circulars and notifications issued from time to time by the Reserve Bank and the Government.

Authority: www.rbi.org

Form No. 16 for Pensioners : Issue Certificate of Tax Deducted in Form 16 to the Pensioners

Form No. 16 for Pensioners : Issue Certificate of Tax Deducted in Form 16 to the Pensioners

Clarifications regarding use of Form No. 16 for pensioners where pensioners are drawing their pensions through banks – CBDT Circular No.761, dated 13.1.1998

1184. Clarifications regarding use of Form No. 16 for pensioners where pensioners are drawing their pensions through banks

1. The attention of the Board has been drawn to certain difficulties being faced by pensioners drawing their pensions through banks where the tax deduction at source certificate in the prescribed Form No. 16 is
some-time denied to them on the ground that no employee-employer relationship exists between the banks and the pensioner. At times, objections have also been raised by the banks on the premise that Form No. 16 relates to deductions from salaries and not from pensions. In other cases, the certificates have been denied on the ground that the bank was not aware of any other income which the pensioner may have had.

2. The matter has been considered by the Board. It is hereby clarified that :—

(a) as per section 17(1)(ii) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the term ‘salary’ includes pension;

(b) once tax has been deducted under section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the tax-deductor is bound by section 203 to issue the certificate of tax deducted in Form 16. No employee-employer relationship is necessary for this purpose;

(c) the certificate in Form No. 16 cannot be denied on the ground that the tax deductor is unaware of the payees’ other income.

3. These clarifications may be brought to the notice of all concerned, especially the banks in your region.

Circular : No. 761, dated 13-1-1998

Abolishing of uploading of scanned copy of PAN Card at the time of registration of establishment

Abolishing of uploading of scanned copy of PAN Card at the time of registration of establishment

No.CAIU/011(2)2018/PAN Card
Date: 08.01.2018
To

All Additional Central P.F. Commissioner (Zones),
All Regional P.F. Commissioner In-charge of ROs.

Sub:- Abolishing of uploading of scanned copy of PAN Card at the time of registration of establishment - regarding.

Madam/Sir,

At the time of registration of an establishment, employer has to upload digitally signed copy of PAN card. There is a mandate of Ease of Doing business to eliminate the requirement of submitting scanned copy of PAN card at the time of registration.

2. In this regard, it is informed that the requirement of uploading the scanned copy of PAN card at the time of registration of establishment has been examined and online system has been put in place for verifying details of PAN directly from the Income Tax Department. Hence, it has been decided by the competent authority that there is no need to upload the scanned copy of PAN card at the time of registration of establishments. Information Services Division has already carried out necessary modifications in the software accordingly.

3. The field offices are, therefore, advised not to insist on the copy of PAN card at the time of registration of a new establishment.

Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(S.C. Goyal)
Addl. Central P.F. Commissioner-II (CAIU)

AIBEA & AIBOA : Joint Massive Signature Campaign

AIBEA & AIBOA : Joint Massive Signature Campaign

SAVE BANKING INDUSTRY - JOINT SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN - TARGET ONE CRORE
ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION

Circular No.1/VII/2018
January 8, 2018
To:
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

Comrades,

SAVE BANKING INDUSTRY
JOINT SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN
TARGET - ONE CRORE

The present Government at the centre with the focussed approach is targeting the "main nerve centre" of economic activity of our Nation [ie] our Industry, to carry out their plan of actions. Some of them are - broadly;

1. INFUSION OF CAPITAL TO BANKS: The Government conceded our demand but they are attached the conditions of reforms [ie] consolidation through mergers etc.

2. RECOVER THE BAD LOANS THROUGH STRINGENT MEASURES: In order to silence the strong voice of the people at large, an amendment to Banking Regulation Act - "Insolvency and Bankruptcy code" was brought in. 12 top accounts amounting more than Rs.2,52,000 crores is pending before National Company Law Tribunal[NCLT] for adjudication.

Through the NCLT total money will not come back to the Banks but accommodation of the big defaulters would certainly take place.

3. ACCOMMODATION OF THE BAD LOAND DEFAULTERS AND PENALISE THE COMMON MAN / DEPOSITORS: The earning to a financial Institution is mainly through lending operations. When the bad loans are increasing, earnings are declining.
To cover the future loss, the exercise of provisioning is taking place. Small depositors are to be paid increased rate of interest, to encourage the savings. But the present position is not favourable to small investors. In the name of non-maintaining the minimum balance in the accounts, depositors are penalised by levying charges and the income earned through this method is more than the real banking transactions.

4. BRANCH EXPANSION IS THE NEED OF HOUR NOT BRANCH CLOSURE: We have proved that the favourite issue of "financial inclusion" has been brilliantly implemented by Bankmen across the country thereby nearly 21 crores of accounts have been added with a total deposit of over Rs.70000 crores. We need branch expansion to cater the requirements of the common people of this country. At this point of time, Government is seriously pursuing the issue of mergers of Banks. 5 Associate Banks mergers with SBI had already led to closure of 1000 branches . Further 200 to 300 branches, SBI is planning to close down.

5. WITHDRAW FRDI BILL: Untimely introduction of the bill by the present Government has kick started the flight of Bank deposits to mutual fund. Leading Bank- SBI- has released an advertisement in social media instigating the small investors to invest in mutual funds instead of savings, through Bank accounts. The "bail in" clause has created sufficient fear and loss of confidence in Public Sector Banks.

Comrades, our Joint signature campaign has to be actively pursued and hit the target of getting the common people involved in the noble tasks of "Saving the Banking Industry" thereby "saving the Nation".

Plunge into vigorous campaign as the time at our disposal is too short and also precious.

Yours comradely,
sd/-
/S.NAGARAJAN/
GENERAL SECRETARY
Source: http://www.aiboa.org/

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Dopt

Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Dopt

No.11012/15/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the January 10, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Comments regarding.

The Department intends to issue instructions on the above mentioned subject. Before the instructions in the Draft O.M. (Copy enclosed) are finalized, all stakeholders, Ministires/Departments are requested to offer their comments/views, if any, in this regard latest by 25th January, 2018 at the email address nitin.gupta@nic.in.

sd/-
(Nitin Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Budget 2018 – Will income tax limit raise to Rs 3 or 5 lakh?

Budget 2018 – Will income tax limit raise to Rs 3 or 5 lakh?

“The tax slab is expected to be raised in favour of government employees”

According to information available, the annual budget, to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1, could have some sops for the middle-class families.

Post the Seventh Pay Commission, most government servants now find themselves within the tax slab. For a number of years now, government servants have been demanding that the tax-exemption slab be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs. The current exemption stands at Rs. 2.5 lakhs. There is a five percent tax on the income in the Rs. 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs bracket.

There are prevalent talks that the government could revise the slabs. This could come as a big boon for middle income groups, especially the salaried class who are suffering due to acute inflation. No changes were made in the tax slab last year, but the tax of 10 percent on the Rs. 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs slab was brought down to five percent.

The budget, to be presented next month, is expected to reduce the tax on the Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs slab to 10 percent (it currently stands at 20 percent). This could spell huge relief to the salaried class.

Similarly, the tax on the Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs slab could be reduced to 20 percent (currently stands at 30 percent). A tax of 30 percent is collected on the amount exceeding Rs. 20 lakhs. Tax rate on this slab is the lowest in India when compared to most other countries.

There is currently no exclusive tax slab for those earning between Rs. 10 lakhs and 20 lakhs, and those earning more than Rs. 10 lakhs automatically end up paying 30 percent in taxes.

The income tax department could raise the tax slab in order to provide relief to the salaried class that continues to suffer from the rise in prices of essential commodities due to inflation.

There are, however, some unconfirmed reports that claim that the tax slab is not likely to be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs.

Turnover of Canteen Store Department (CSD)

Turnover of Canteen Store Department (CSD)

Details of turnover made by the Army’s Canteen Store Department (CSD) canteen during the last three years

Turnover of CSD

Turnover of Canteen Stores Department (CSD) for the past 3 years is as under:

Year
Turnover in Crores
2014-15
Rs.13709.32
2015-16
Rs.15781.73
2016-17
Rs.17156.26

No restriction has been put on entitlement of the beneficiary. However, instructions have been issued to Unit Run Canteens (URCs) for local restrictions on bulk purchases to prevent pilferage.

Cabinet approves Cadre review of Group 'A' Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force

Cabinet approves Cadre review of Group 'A' Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Cadre review of Group 'A' Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).  It provides for creation of 25 posts of various ranks from Assistant Commandant to Additional Director General ranks to enhance the supervisory staff in Senior Duty posts of CISF.

The restructuring of the CISF Cadre will result in increase of Group 'A' posts from 1252 to 1277 with increase of 2 posts of Additional Director General, 7 posts of Inspector General, 8 posts of Deputy Inspector General and 8 posts of Commandant.

Impact:

After creation of these Group 'A' posts in CISF, the supervisory efficiency and capacity building of the Force would be enhanced. Timely creation of proposed posts in the Cadre Review of Group 'A' posts in the Force will enhance its supervisory as well as administrative capabilities.

Background:

The CISF came into existence through the CISF Act 1968 amended in 1983 declaring the Force as Armed Force of the Union. The original charter of CISF was to provide protection and security to the property of Public Sector Undertakings. The Act was further amended in 1989, 1999 and 2009 to enlarge the charter of duties and security cover to Private Sector Units and other duties that may be entrusted by the Central Government.

The CISF came into existence in 1969 with a sanctioned strength of only three Battalions. The CISF does not have a Battalion pattern like other CAPFs, except 12 Reserve Battalions and HQRs. Currently, the Force is providing security cover to 336 Industrial Undertaking (including 59 Airports) spread all over the country.  The Force, which had made a beginning with a sanctioned strength of 3192 in 1969, has grown to a strength of 1,49,088 as on 30.06.2017. The CISF has its Headquarters at Delhi. The Organization is headed by the DG which is an Ex-cadre post.

Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy


100% FDI under automatic route for Single Brand Retail Trading

    100% FDI under automatic route in Construction Development
    Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India
    FIIs/FPIs allowed to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market
    Definition of ‘medical devices’ amended in the FDI Policy


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to a number of amendments in the FDI Policy. These are intended to liberalise and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country. In turn, it will lead to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, income and employment.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major driver of economic growth and a source of non-debt finance for the economic development of the country. Government has put in place an investor friendly policy on FDI, under which FDI up to 100%, is permitted on the automatic route in most sectors/ activities. In the recent past, the Government has brought FDI policy reforms in a number of sectors viz. Defence, Construction Development, Insurance, Pension, Other Financial Services, Asset reconstruction Companies, Broadcasting, Civil Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Trading etc.

Measures undertaken by the Government have resulted in increased FDI inflows in to the country. During the year 2014-15, total FDI inflows received were US $ 45.15 billion as against US $ 36.05 billion in 2013-14. During 2015-16, country received total FDI of US $ 55.46 billion. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of US $ 60.08 billion has been received, which is an all-time high.

It has been felt that the country has potential to attract far more foreign investment which can be achieved by further liberalizing and simplifying the FDI regime. Accordingly, the Government has decided to introduce a number of amendments in the FDI Policy.

Details:

Government approval no longer required for FDI in Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT)

    Extant FDI policy on SBRT allows 49% FDI under automatic route, and FDI beyond 49% and up to 100% through Government approval route. It has now been decided to permit 100% FDI under automatic route for SBRT.

    It has been decided to permit single brand retail trading entity to set off its incremental sourcing of goods from India for global operations during initial 5 years, beginning 1st April of the year of the opening of first store against the mandatory sourcing requirement of 30% of purchases from India. For this purpose, incremental sourcing will mean the increase in terms of value of such global sourcing from India for that single brand (in INR terms) in a particular financial year over the preceding financial year, by the non-resident entities undertaking single brand retail trading entity, either directly or through their group companies. After completion of this 5 year period, the SBRT entity shall be required to meet the 30% sourcing norms directly towards its India’s operation, on an annual basis.

    A non-resident entity or entities, whether owner of the brand or otherwise, is permitted to undertake ‘single brand’ product retail trading in the country for the specific brand, either directly by the brand owner or through a legally tenable agreement executed between the Indian entity undertaking single brand retail trading and the brand owner.

Civil Aviation

As per the extant policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under Government approval route in the capital of Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49% of their paid-up capital. However, this provision was presently not applicable to Air India, thereby implying that foreign airlines could not invest in Air India. It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India subject to the conditions that:

    Foreign investment(s) in Air India including that of foreign Airline(s) shall not exceed 49% either directly or indirectly

    Substantial ownership and effective control of Air India shall continue to be vested in Indian National.

Construction Development: Townships, Housing, Built-up Infrastructure and Real Estate Broking Services

It has been decided to clarify that real-estate broking service does not amount to real estate business and is therefore, eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route.

Power Exchanges

Extant policy provides for 49% FDI under automatic route in Power Exchanges registered under the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Power Market) Regulations, 2010. However, FII/FPI purchases were restricted to secondary market only. It has now been decided to do away with this provision, thereby allowing FIIs/FPIs to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market as well.

Other Approval Requirements under FDI Policy:

    As per the extant FDI policy, issue of equity shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. is permitted under Government approval route. It has now been decided that issue of shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. shall be permitted under automatic route in case of sectors under automatic route.

    Foreign investment into an Indian company, engaged only in the activity of investing in the capital of other Indian company/ies/ LLP and in the Core Investing Companies is presently allowed upto 100% with prior Government approval. It has now been decided to align FDI policy on these sectors with FDI policy provisions on Other Financial Services. Thus, if the above activities are regulated by any financial sector regulator, then foreign investment upto 100% under automatic route shall be allowed; and, if they are not regulated by any Financial Sector Regulator or where only part is regulated or where there is doubt regarding the regulatory oversight, foreign investment up to 100% will be allowed under Government approval route, subject to conditions including minimum capitalization requirement, as may be decided by the Government.

Competent Authority for examining FDI proposals from countries of concern

As per the existing procedures, FDI applications involving investments from Countries of Concern, requiring security clearance as per the extant FEMA 20, FDI Policy and security guidelines, amended from time to time, are to be processed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for investments falling under automatic route sectors/activities, while cases pertaining to government approval route sectors/activities requiring security clearance are to be processed by the respective Administrative Ministries/Departments, as the case may be. It has now been decided that for investments in automatic route sectors, requiring approval only on the matter of investment being from country of concern, FDI applications would be processed by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) for Government approval. Cases under the government approval route, also requiring security clearance with respect to countries of concern, will continue to be processed by concerned Administrative Department/Ministry.

Pharmaceuticals:

FDI policy on Pharmaceuticals sector inter-alia provides that definition of medical device as contained in the FDI Policy would be subject to amendment in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. As the definition as contained in the policy is complete in itself, it has been decided to drop the reference to Drugs and Cosmetics Act from FDI policy. Further, it has also been decided to amend the definition of ‘medical devices’ as contained in the FDI Policy.

Prohibition of restrictive conditions regarding audit firms:

The extant FDI policy does not have any provisions in respect of specification of auditors that can be appointed by the Indian investee companies receiving foreign investments. It has been decided to provide in the FDI policy that wherever the foreign investor wishes to specify a particular auditor/audit firm having international network for the Indian investee company, then audit of such investee companies should be carried out as joint audit wherein one of the auditors should not be part of the same network.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Government is planning to abolish the system of formation of Pay Commission in future? Lok Sabha

Government is planning to abolish the system of formation of Pay Commission in future? Lok Sabha

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure 

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3164

TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE JANUARY 05, 2018
PAUSHA 15, 1939 (SAKA)

NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE
QUESTION

3164. SHRI CH. MALLA REDDY:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) under the 7th Central Pay Commission has submitted its interim report, if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government is planning to abolish the system of formation of Pay Commission in future, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(c) whether the Government is considering to adjust the salaries of its employees and pensioners Deafness Allowance (DA) that crosses the 50 per cent mark, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) whether the Department of Expenditure planning to take the responsibility to regularly monitor salaries and allowances of central government employees and recommend the changes if needed, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)
(a): The National Anomaly Committee set up by the Department of Personnel Training in August, 2016 following the decision of the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission has not yet met.

(b) to (d): No such proposals are at present under consideration.

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DA @ 3.4% wef 01.01.2018 to Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in CPSEs - Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2017

DA @ 3.4% wef 01.01.2018 to Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in CPSEs - Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2017

No. W-02/0039/2017-DPE (WC)-GL-IV/18
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block 14, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 3rd January, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)- Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2017 - Payment of IDA at revised rates-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Para 7 and Annexure-III (B) of DPE’s OM dated 03.08.2017 wherein the rates of DA payable to the Board level and below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSEs have been indicated. The next installment for revision of rates of DA is due from 01.10.2017. Accordingly. the rate of DA payable to the executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSEs is as follows:.

(a) Date from which payable: 01.01.2018

(b) Average AICPI (2001=100) for the quarter Sept. 2017 - Nov. 2017

    Sept. 2017 - 285
    Oct... 2017 - 287
    Nov, 2017 - 288
    Average of the quarter - 286.67

(c) Link Point: 277.33 (as on 01 .01.201 7)

(d) Increase over link point: 9.34 (286.67 minus 277.33)

(e) DA Rate w.e.f. 01.01.2018: 3.4% [09.34 +277.33) x 100]

2. The above rate of DA i.e. 3.4% would be applicable in the case of IDA employees who have been allowed revised pay scales (2017) as per DPE O.M. dated 03.08.2017, 04.08.2017 and 07.09.2017.

3. All administrative Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the CPSEs under their administrative control for necessary action at their end.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

DA from Jan- 2018 @ 283.1% Board level posts and below Board level posts including Non-unionised supervisors in CPSE - Scales of Pay 01.01.1997


DA from Jan- 2018 @ 283.1% Board level posts and below Board level posts including Non-unionised supervisors in CPSE - Scales of  Pay  01.01.1997

F. No. W-02/0004/2014-DPE (WC)-GL-II/l 8
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block 14. CGO Complex
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 3rd January, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject - Board level posts and below Board level posts including Non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)- Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.1997 - Payment of IDA at revised rates regarding

In modification of this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 05.10.2017, the rate of DA payable to the executives of CPSEs (1997 pay revision) is as follows:

a) Date from which payable: 01.01.2018

b) Average AICPI (1960=100) for the quarter Sept. ’2017 - Nov.’ 2017

    Sep,2017 - 6508
    Oct, 20 l 7 - 6552
    Nov, 2017 - 6572
    Average of the quarter - 6544

c) Link Point : 1708 (as on 01.01.1997)

d) Increase over link point: 4836 (6544-1708)

e) Revised DA Rate w.e.f. 01.01.2018: 283.l% [(4836+1708) x 100]


2. These rates are applicable in the case of IDA employees, whose pay have been revised with effect from 01.01.1997 as per DPE O.M. dated 25.06.1999.

3. All Administrative Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the CPSEs under their administrative control for necessary action at their end.
(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

Payment of DA to Board level/below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors following IDA scales of pay in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on 1987 and 1992 basis

DA from Jan-18 to Board level/below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors of IDA scales in CPSE on 1987 and 1992 basis

F.No. W- 02/0003/2014-DPE (WC)-GL.-I/18

Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block 14, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi- 110003
Dated 3rd - January, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject - Payment of DA to Board level/below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors following IDA scales of pay in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on 1987 and 1992 basis.
 
The undersigned is directed to refer to para No.3 of this Department's OM. No. 2(50)/86-DPE (WC) dated 19.07.1995 wherein the rates of DA payable to the executives holding Board level post have been indicated. In accordance with the DA scheme spelt out in Annexure-II of the said OM, the installments of DA become payable from 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, 1st October, every year based on the price increase above quarterly Index average of 1099 (1960 = 100)

2. ln continuation of this Department's OM. of even No. dated 06.10.2017, the rates of DA payable to the executives of CPSEs holding Board level post, below Board level post and Non-Unionized Supervisors following 1DA pattern of 1992 pay scales may be modified as follows:-

(a) Date from which payable: 01.01.2018

(b) AICPI (Linked to 1960=100) for the quarter Sept.2017 - Nov. 2017

    Sept,2017 = 6508
    Oct., 2017 = 6552
    Nov, 2017 = 6572
    Average of the quarter = 6544

(c) Increase over link point : 5445 (6468-1099)

(d) % increase over link point: 495.4% (5445/1099*100)

DA Rates for various Pay Ranges
Basic Pay Per /Month DA Rates
  • Upto Rs. 3500 - 495.4% of pay subject to minimum of Rs. 10890/-
  • Above Rs. 3500 and Upto Rs. 6500 - 371.5% of Pay subject to minimum Rs. 17339/-
  • Above Rs. 6500 - and Upto Rs. 9500 - 297.2% of pay subject to minimum Rs. 24148/-
  •  Above Rs. 9500 - 247.7% of pay subject to minimum of Rs. 28234/-
3. The payment on account of dearness allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

4. The quantum of lDA payable from 01.01.2018 at the old system of neutralization @ Rs. 2.00 per point shift for increase of 76 points, may be Rs. lS2/- and at AICPIN, Rs. 6544 DA payable may be Rs. 1 1677.75 to the executives holding Board level post, below Board level post and non- unionised supervisors following IDA pattern in the CPSEs of 1987 pay scales.

5. All administrative Ministries/Department of Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the CPSES under their administrative control for necessary action at their end.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

Monday, 8 January 2018

All the CSS/CSSS Officers to file the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2017 (as on 31.12.2017)


All the CSS/CSSS Officers to file the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2017 (as on 31.12.2017)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF  PERSONNEL,  PUBLIC  GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
D.O.No.142/47/2015-AVD.I/D (Pt.)
NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001
5th January, 2018
Dear Sir/Madam,

All the Group 'A' officers of CSS/CSSS cadre are required to submit their annual Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) of the previous year, latest by 31st January of the current year, as per Rule 18 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Accordingly IPR-2017 as on 31.12.2017 is due to be filed latest by 31.01.2018.

2. In this context, CS Division vide their OM No. 26/01/2017-CS.I(PR/CMS) dated 21.12.2017 and 22.12.2017 has requested to all the CSS/CSSS Officers to file the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2017 (as on 31.12.2017) well in time, latest by 31.01.2018, through Web Based Cadre Management System only.

3. It may please be noted that Vigilance Clearance to Group 'A' Officers of CSS/CSSS cadre for the purpose of (a) empanelment; (b) any deputation for which Vigilance Clearance is sought; (c) appointment to the post of sensitive post, assignments to training programmes (except mandatory training), is examined as per the guidelines contained in DOP&T OM No 11012/11/2007-Estt.A dated 27.09.2011. As per the guidelines, non submission of IPR-2017, as on 31.12.2017 latest by 31.01.2018 would invite denial of Vigilance Clearance to the Group 'A' Officers of CSS/CSSS cadre, during the year 2018.

4. In view of the above, I would be grateful if necessary instruction in this regard is immediately issued to all Group 'A' Officers of CSS/CSSS cadre in your jurisdiction.
Yours sincerely
(Devesh Chaturvedi)
Source: DoPT

NO STOPPAGE OF DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION DUE TO NON-LINKING OF AADHAAR GOVERNMENT


NO STOPPAGE OF DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION DUE TO NON-LINKING OF AADHAAR GOVERNMENT

pension-aadhaar


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2997
ANSWERED ON: 05.01.2018

DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION
SADHU SINGH

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the disbursement of Central Government Pension to many beneficiaries have been stopped due to non-linking of same with the Aadhaar number and if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise including Punjab;

(b) whether the Government proposes to exempt beneficiary patients suffering from leprosy or any other grave disease and hence unable to provide their biometric details and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;

(c) the other steps taken by the Government to facilitate such beneficiaries patients; and

(d) whether the Government is considering some alternative option for such beneficiary patients and if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

(a) to (d): The Government has not issued any instructions for stopping disbursement of pension to Central Government pensioner due to non-linking of the pension account with the Aadhaar number.

Instructions have been issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) from time to time that in view of the difficulty faced by old and infirm pensioners, banks should make concrete effort to provide the facility of obtaining life certificate from the premises/ residence of such pensioners. The instructions also provide that in case of sick and infirm pensioners, personal appearance may be exempted if a life certificate in the prescribed form signed by some specified authorities is produced on the behalf of Pensioners.

Further, all Pension Disbursing Banks have also been advised by DoP&PW that where the finger prints of a pensioner are not accepted by the system, the alternate mechanism of biometric, i.e. Iris scanning, may be used in such case. In case, however, it is not possible to have Digital Life Certificate either through finger prints or through Iris scanning, the physical life certificate submitted by the pensioner may be accepted to avoid any harassment to the pensioner. In no case a pensioner should be returned without accepting his life certificate on account of non-acceptance of his biometric by the system.

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