Monday, 31 December 2018

Allowance to Armed Forces


Ministry of Defence
Allowance to Armed Forces
31 DEC 2018
Taking note of the rigours of military life, the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had recommended an additional, separate element of Pay for the Defence Forces called Military Service Pay (MSP) which the CPC intended would also maintain the edge enjoyed by the Defence Forces over the civilian scales. The Commission was of the view that the rate of MSP as a percentage of the existing pay has to be maintained in case of officers (up to the level of Brigadier / equivalent) as well as PBORs because the difficulties faced in field situations by both these categories are similar.

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had considered all aspects with regard to applicability of MSP including the rates while making its recommendations. This was done after considering the views of the Services in the matter. The 7th CPC has consciously decided not to create additional categories of personnel for the grant of MSP or to disturb the slab rates for the four categories for which it is being paid up to the level of Brigadiers. The Government after carefully considering the recommendations of the 7th CPC in respect of MSP has accepted and notified the same.

Besides MSP, Service personnel are entitled to several other allowances such as High Altitude Allowance, Field Area / Modified Field Area Allowance, Counter Insurgency Allowance etc which are paid based on risks and hardships involved at a location / in an operation.

Engine-wise capacity and interval in years allowed as regards vehicle PURCHASE for officers and jawans:

Eligibility
S. No.CategoryCCPeriodicity
(a)Officers (including Retd / Widows) 3000Once in Four Years.
(b)JCOs granted Honorary Commission & Equivalent (including Retd & Widows) 2500Once in Seven Years.
(c)JCOs & Equivalent(including Retd & Widows)2000Once in Service and Once after Retirement. First Car after ten years of Service. Gap between purchases of Two Cars to be Ten years. If the late husband had purchased a car each while in service / after retirement then the widow will not be eligible to buy a car. In case late husband had purchased only one car then widow can buy one car through CSD after gap of 10 years from the date of last purchase.
(d)OR & Equivalent(including Retd & Widows)1800Once in Service and Once after Retirement. First Car after ten years of Service. Gap between purchases of Two Cars to be Ten years. If the late husband had purchased a car each while in service / after retirement then the widow will not be eligible to buy a car. In case late husband had purchased only one car then widow can buy one car through CSD after gap of 10 years from the date of last purchase.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and others in Rajya Sabha today.

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Grant of Disability Pension


Ministry of Defence
Grant of Disability Pension
31 DEC 2018
As per Ministry of Defence order dated 31.01.2001, Armed Forces Personnel who retire voluntarily / or seek discharge on request are not eligible for any award on account of disability. Provided that Armed Forces Personnel who are due for retirement / discharge on completion of tenure, or on completion of service limits, or on completion of the terms of engagement or on attaining the prescribed age of retirement, and who seeks pre-mature retirement / discharge on request for the purpose of getting higher commutation value of pension will remain eligible for disability element.
Further, Armed Forces personnel who are retained in service despite disability, which is accepted as attributable to or aggravated by Military Service and have forgone lump sum compensation in lieu of that disability, may be given disability element / war injury element at the time of their retirement / discharge whether voluntary or otherwise in addition to Retiring / Service Pension or Retiring / Service Gratuity. These provisions are effective from 1.1.2006

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sanjay Seth in Rajya Sabha today.

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Promotion of sports among rural youth


Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Promotion of sports among rural youth
31 DEC 2018
'Sports' is a State subject and promotion of sports in the country, including promotion of Sports among rural youth is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) concerned. The Central Government complements/supplements the efforts of the State Governments and the NSFs. Government is already running several schemes to increase participation of the rural youth in sports.

The Khelo India Scheme implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports provides for promotion of sports among entire population including rural youth. Also, the scheme has a dedicated vertical, viz., Promotion of rural and indigenous/tribal games which provides for financial assistance to NSFs / Non Government Organizations (NGOs) etc for promotion of sports in the country including rural areas. Under this vertical, various NSFs have been provided financial assistance to hold competitions in various parts of the country including those in rural areas. During the period from January to October 2018, a total number of 36 such competitions / exhibition events had been held.

Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is implementing following sports promotional schemes across the country to identify talented sports persons in the age group of 8-25 years and nurture them to excel at national and international competitions:
  • National Sports Talent Contest Scheme (NSTC)
  • Army Boys Sports Company (ABSC)
  • SAI Training Centre (STC)
  • Special Area Games (SAG)
  • Extension Centre of STC/SAG
  • Centre of Excellence (COE)
  • National Sports Academies (NSA)
Many of the sports persons identified under SAI Sports Promotional Schemes belong to the rural, tribal, backward, coastal and inaccessible hilly areas of the country and are provided with training facilities in the form of expert sports coaches, requisite playing facilities, boarding & lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical/insurance and stipend as per the approved norms.

In addition, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), an autonomous organization under aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, undertakes programmes such as Block and District level Sports Meets, providing sports material to Youth Clubs etc., for popularizing and encouraging sports and develop competitive spirit among youth including rural youth. During 2017-18, a total 2965 Block level sports meets and 556 District level sports meets were conducted by NYKS.

The Government does not have any proposal for starting programme in addition to already existing programmes to increase participation of the rural youth in sports.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today.

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Organizing Mass Dharna by the constituent members of (CCGGOO) in solidarity with the two days Strike called by CCGE&W


CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GAZETTED OFFICERS' ORGANISATIONS
NO CCGGOO/2018-19/
Dated: 27.12.2018
To
The Cabinet Secretary
Govt. of India,
Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New delhi-110004

Sir,
Sub: Organizing Mass Dharna by the constituent members of (CCGGOO) in solidarity with the two days Strike called by CCGE&W - intimation reg.

Your kind attention Is drawn to the two days' strike call given by the Confederation of Central Government Employee and Workers (CCGE&W) on 08th &. 09th January, 2018 In support of 10 paints Charter of Demands. The Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers' Organisations (CCGGOO), the apex body (or all Central Government Gazettld Officers' service associations, endorses all the demands included in the Character for the overall benefit of the Gazetted Officers of Central Government, Central Government employees, the entire working class of the country and the fellow countrymen as a whole.

To convey the full solidarity with the striking Central Government employees, it has been decided that all constituent service associations of CCGGOO In different Central Government Departments will organize 'Mass Dharna' on both the strike days across the country.

We would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to the Government of India through your good office to consider the justified demands of CCCE&W positively.
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(BHASKAR BHATTACHARYA)
Secretary General
Source: Confederation

Manual for procurement of Goods, 2017 and Manual for Procurement of Consultancy other Services, 2017


Manual for procurement of Goods, 2017 and Manual for Procurement of Consultancy other Services, 2017
No. F .1/36/2018-PPD
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Procurement Policy Division
516, Lok Nayak Shavan,
New Delhi. Dated 28th December, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Manual for procurement of Goods, 2017 and Manual for Procurement of Consultancy & other Services, 2017.

It may be recalled that the Department of Expenditure in 2017 had issued a set of two Manuals on 'Policies and Procedures for Procurement of Goods' and 'Procurement of Consulting & Non- Consulting Services', in conformity with the General Financial Rules (GFR), 2017. These Manuals have been prepared in consonance with the fundamental principles of transparency, fairness, competition, economy, efficiency and accountability. Efforts have been made to cover all major aspects of procurement in these Manuals in a user-friendly manner. The manuals are the outcome of extensive consultations in two stages with Ministries/Departments and other organizations. These manuals are available on the website of Department of Expenditure.

2. These Manuals provide generic guidelines which would be useful for the procuring officials working in various Ministries! Departments as operating instructions and would bring about greater transparency and predictability in Government procurement procedures and help in improving the ease of doing Business with Government. Ministries! Departments are advised to supplement these manuals to suit their local/specialized needs, by issuing their own detailed manuals (including customized formats); Standard Bidding Documents and Schedule of Procurement Powers to serve as detailed instructions for their own procuring officers.

3. The above referred Manuals may be brought to the notice of all concerned officers under your Ministry/ Department, Attached! Subordinate offices and Autonomous Bodies engaged in the work of procurement directly or indirectly. Such officers may also be encouraged to attend one week residential free procurement training at National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM). The calendar of training is available on the website of this Department as well as NIFM.
(Ujjwal Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel. : 24621305
Email: kn.reddy@gov.in
To
Secretaries of All Central Government Ministries/ Departments

Source: DoE

Whether the Government is planning to reconsider the Old Pension Scheme on optional basis for Central Government Employees?

NPS To OPS - Revert to Old Defined Benefit Pension System - Parliament Q&A on 28.12.2018

National Pension System to Old Pension Scheme

NPS-to-OPS-New-Pension-System-Old-Pension-System

In Parliament on 28th December 2018, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla said that there is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.
The detailed report of Questions and Answers are given below for your information…

Lok Sabha Un Starred Question No.2954

(a) Whether the Government is planning to reconsider the Old Pension Scheme on optional basis for Central Government Employees on heavy demand of employee associations across the country and if so, the details thereof;

(b) Whether the Government has received any representation from various State Governments and employees' associations in this regard and if so, the details thereof along with the other major changes demanded by the employee associations and the reaction of the Government thereon;
Representations have been received which inter alia also include the demand that the Government may revert to old defined benefit pension system. However, due to rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

(c) Whether the Government has decided to raise the Government contribution in National Pension System (NPS) to 14 per cent from existing 10 per cent and if so, the details thereof along with the increased financial liabilities of the Government thereon;
Yes, the mandatory contribution by the Central Government for Tier I accounts of its employees covered under NPS has been enhanced from the existing 10% to 14%. The employees' contribution rate would remain at the existing 10%. As informed by the Department of Expenditure, the impact on Government exchequer on account of enhancing the mandatory contribution by the Government for its employees covered under NPS from 10% to 14% is estimated to entail an additional financial impact of Rs. 2840 crores on Central Government in the next immediate financial year (2019 2020).

(d) The details of cases of family pension sanctioned so far to the families of deceased Central Government employees and the payment of compensation made for non-deposit or delayed deposit of contributions under the NPS;
Number of Family Pensioners getting pension through Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) by authorised Bank under National Pension System- Additional Relief (NPS-AR) as on 30.11.2018 is 4,779.

(e) whether the Government has decided to stop pension scheme to all the Government employees including Government/Public Undertakings organization, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; and
The Government of India vide notification dated 22.12.2003 had introduced the National Pension System (NPS) (earlier known as New Pension Scheme) for its employees and made it mandatory for all new recruits of the Central Government (excluding armed forces) who joined service on or after 01.01.2004. The old defined benefit scheme was withdrawn by the Government for Central Government employees (excluding armed forces) joining service on or after 01.01.2004. There is no proposal to stop the pension scheme for Government employees.

(f) The amount/percentage of the budget consumed every year to pay pensions to employees serving in Government jobs in the country?
As informed by the Department of Expenditure, the details of Budget consumed during 2017-18 to pay pension to pensioners and Budget for financial year 2017-18 are as under:

Budget consumed
HEAD OF ACCOUNTSAMOUNT (IN CRORES) (PROVISIONAL)
2071 Pension & other retirement benefits145745.07
3001-101 Indian Railways Pensionary charges 366.85
3002-11 Indian Railways Pensionary charges1996.97
3003-11 Indian Railways Pensionary charges21.07
3201-07 Pension-Postal Services8511.33
Grand Total156641.29

Budget for the financial year 2017-18 under NPS-AR is as under:
Budget Estimate 2018- 19Expenditure 2018- 19Budget Estimate 2017- 18Expenditure 2017- 18
Rs. 90.20 crRs. 59.71 cr (as on 30.11.2018) Rs. 66.21 crRs. 65.65 cr

Source: https://loksabha.nic.in/

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 - opportunity for revision of option to come over to revised pay structure


Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 - opportunity for revision of option to come over to revised pay structure
railway-revised-pay-structure


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
PC-VII No. 123
File No. PC-VII/2018/RSRP/1
RBE No.19/2018
New Delhi, dated 17.12.2018
The General Managers/CAOs(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 - opportunity for revision of option to come over to revised pay structure.

Please refer to Rule 5 & 6 af RS(RP) Rules,2016 regarding exercise of option to come over to revised pay structure effective from 01.01.2016 as notified by the RS(RP) Rules,2016. The said option was to be exercised within 3 months of the date of notification i.e. 28.07.2016 of the said Rules. The Rule 6(4) thereof provides that the option once exercised shall be final.

2. In this context, it is stated that Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their permitted opportunity to Government Servants to revise their initial option in terms of Rule 5 & 6 of CCS(RP) Rules,2016. These orders issued by Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure shall be applicable mutatis mutandis in Railways with respect to RS(RP) Rules, 2016.

3. The 'three months' period mentioned in para 3 of aforesaid OM of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure dated 12.12.2018 shall be three months from the date of issue of these instructions.

4. The matter has also been raised by both recognised Staff Federations AIRF and NFIR.

5. Hindi version will follow.
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, PayCommission-VII
Railway Board
Source: NFIR

Enhancement of Combined Reservation Quota of lower berths for Senior Citizens and Female Passengers


Ministry of Railways
Enhancement of Combined Reservation Quota of lower berths for Senior Citizens and Female Passengers
29 DEC 2018
Ministry of Railways has decided that the combined reservation quota of lower berths earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers 45 years of age and above and pregnant women may be enhanced.
At present, the following combined reservation quota of lower berths is earmarked in Sleeper, AC-3 tier and AC-2 tier classes for senior citizens, female passengers 45 years of age and above and pregnant women:-

ClassNo. of lower berths per coach
Normal Mail/Express trainsRajdhani/Duronto/ fully AC  Express trains
Sleeper6-
3AC34
2AC33

Revised combined reservation quota of lower berths earmarked for senior citizens, female passengers 45 years of age and above and pregnant women has been enhanced as under:-

ClassRevised(No. of lower berths per coach)
Normal Mail/Express trainRajdhani/ Duronto/fully AC trains
Having single coach of the classHaving more than one coach of the class
Sleeper67-
3AC445
2AC344

As Illustration Comparison of Number of Lower Berths Earmarked Under Combined Quota Meant for Senior Citizens, Female Passengers 45 Years & Above and Pregnant Women As Compared to Earlier Provision

Train No.Sleeper3AC2AC
No. of coachesNumber of lower berthsNo of coachesNumber of lower berthsNo. of coachesNumber of lower berths
EarlierRevisedEarlierRevisedEarlierRevised
12860Geetanjali Express148498268268
12230 Lucknow Mail848565152041216
12952 Mumbai Rajdhani ExpressNANANA11445551520

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More than 61 lakh beneficiaries enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana during the last two years till date


Ministry of Women and Child Development
More than 61 lakh beneficiaries enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana during the last two years till date
28 DEC 2018
The Government has approved Pan-India implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), a Centrally Sponsored Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme, on 17.05.2017 for implementation across the country with effect from 01.01.2017. The scheme is implemented through web based Management and Information System (MIS) Software, viz. Pradhan MantriMatruVandanaYojana-Common Application Software (PMMVY-CAS) which was launched on 01.09.2017. The effective implementation of the scheme has just completed one year and hence, no impact assessment study of the scheme has been undertaken so far.

In order to expedite the implementation the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) regional review meeting cum workshops as well as national level workshops are conducted regularly for highest level monitoring. Monitoring is also undertaken through video conferences with all the States/ UTs so as to ensure maximum participation by all officials at the State/ UT level. The scheme is implemented through web based Management and Information System (MIS) Software, viz. Pradhan MantriMatruVandanaYojana- Common Application Software (PMMVY-CAS) which is used as an effective tool for regular monitoring of the scheme.

The details of number of women enrolled, number of women paid cash incentives and total amount transferred as cash incentives during the financial years 2017- 18 and 2018-19 (as on 10.12.2018) under the Pradhan MantriMatruVandanaYojana (PMMVY) (uploaded on PMMVY-CAS as on 10.12.2018)

2017-182018-19 (As on 10.12.2018)
No. of Beneficiaries enrolled
No. of Beneficiaries PaidTotal amount transferred
(Rs. in Lakhs)
No. of Beneficiaries enrolledNo. of Beneficiaries PaidTotal amount transferred
(Rs. in Lakhs)
 
25,70,00911,08,92928,413.7935 ,57,49438,79,2851,39,459.20

This information was given by Minister for Women and Child Development Smt.Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Foundation Stone Laying of three ESIC Dispensaries at Mayur Vihar Ph- I, Noida Phase-II and Sector - 22, Noida


Ministry of Labour & Employment
Foundation Stone Laying of three ESIC Dispensaries at Mayur Vihar Ph- I, Noida Phase-II and Sector - 22, Noida
28 DEC 2018

Foundation stone laying of ESIC Dispensary at Mayur Vihar Ph- I:
Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment laid the Foundation Stone of 5 Doctors’ ESIC Dispensary at Phase-I, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi in the august presence of Shri Mahesh Giri, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Shri Bipin Bihari Singh, Mayor, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, Ms. Kiran Vaidya, Dy. Mayor, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and Shri Raju Dhingan, MLA today.

During his address, Shri Gangwar informed that the proposed 5 Doctors' ESI Dispensary will be spread in a plot area of 6800 sqm. and will provide OPD and Laboratory services. Due to steady increase in attendance of patients and opening of Homeopathic Services, X- ray facilities, Physiotherapy service in the existing ESIC dispensary, this new dispensary is very much needed to provide better medical facilities to the beneficiaries of Mayur Vihar and surrounding areas.

He also informed about recently launched "Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna" of ESIC. This scheme is a relief payable directly to the Bank Account of Insured Persons in case of unemployment and while they search for new engagement.He further informed about the decision to allow non- IPs to avail treatment at under utilised hospitals of ESIC after paying nominal charges. After construction of this dispensary, ESIC National Training Centre will also be shifted here.

Shri Mahesh Giri, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha in his speech welcomed the opening of new ESIC dispensary at Mayur Vihar and thanked Union Govt. for this.

Foundation stone laying of ESIC Dispensaries at Noida Phase-II and Sector - 22, Noida:
In a separate event held at Noida Phase-II Shri Gangwar laid the Foundation Stone of ESIC dispensaries at Noida Phase-II and Sector - 22, Noida in the august presence of Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Environment, Forest & Climate Change.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma welcomed the opening of new ESIC dispensaries at Phase-II, Noida and Sector - 22, Noida. Dr. Sharma highlighted the importance of well being of workforce. He also raised a demand to establish an ESIC dispensary at Greater Noida for the workers residing there.

During his address, Shri Gangwar informed about the latest initiatives of Central Govt. started for providing social security cover to workers. He also informed about the ongoing recruitment process under ESIC, in which around 5000 vacancies for different posts are being filled. He also assured to look into the demand of constructing a new dispensary in Greater Noida area.

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Railways: 40% concession in passenger fare to Transgender Senior Citizens


40% concession in passenger fare to Transgender Senior Citizens

Transgender Senior Citizens

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
(Commercial Circular No.74 of 2018)
No.TC-II/2161/2015/SRC/Policy/3
New Delhi, dated 14.12.2018
Principal Chief Commercial Managers,
All Zonal Railways.

Sub: 40% concession in passenger fare to Transgender Senior Citizens whose age are 60 and above.

Ref: (I) Commercial Circular No.18 of 2011 dated 13.05.2011
(ii) Commercial Circular No. of 52 of 2016 dated 29.06.2016

As per S.No.38 of IRCA Coaching Tariff No. 26 Part-I (Vol.II) concession is admissible to Men Senior Citizens of the age of 60 years and above and 58 years & above in case for Women–Senior citizens of Indian Nationality. The element of concession is 40% for Men Senior Citizens and 50% for Women Senior Citizens.

2. As an interim measure till finalization of uniform policy by Ministry of Law & Justice, it has now been decided to grant of 40% concession in passenger fare to Transgender (T) Senior Citizens of the age of 60 years and above.

3. This will be implemented with effect from 01.01.2019.

4. Other terms and conditions shall remain the same.

5. CRIS & IRCTC may make necessary changes in the software.

6. Necessary instructions shall be issued to the all concerned.

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

(Shelly Srivastava)
Director Passenger Marketing
Railway Board

Delivery of letters under Pradhan Mantri, Jan ArogyaYojna (PMJAY) on Sunday - NFPE


Delivery of letters under Pradhan Mantri, Jan ArogyaYojna (PMJAY) on Sunday - NFPE

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771 e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
Mob: 9718686800 / 9810853981 website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com

No. PF-66/2018
Dated  28.12.2018
To
Sri. A. N. Nanda
Secretary (P)
Department of Posts
DakBhawan, New Delhi - 110001

Sub: Regarding delivery of letters under Pradhan Mantri, Jan ArogyaYojna (PMJAY) on Sunday.
Ref: Dte. No. 59-01/2018-BD dated 21st October 2018.

Sir,
Your kind attention is invited towards Directorate letter no. as referred above under which orders have been issued to make delivery of the letters under Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojna (PMJAY) on Sunday.

In this connection we want to bring to your kind notice that now a days it has become the order of the day that on each and every Sunday officials are being engaged in various works like delivery of some important letters, some melas to achieve targets in various schemes, various meetings on new and premium schemes and other schemes of the Department. The officials of Department of Posts are now deprived from their basic right of availing weekly off.

Now the delivery of PMJAY letters has been entrusted to the staff which is very much causing troubles and sufferings to the employees.

It is also worth mentioning here that no off or any type of compensation is granted to the officials attending duty on Sunday and holiday. This shows apathetic attitude of the officers of Department.
Already Postal Employees are suffering a lot after implementation of CBS, CSI, IPPB, RICT, Aadhar, Passport, PNOP and other schemes.

It is therefore requested to kindly cause suitable instruction to all not to deprive the employees to avail their weekly offs and this practice should be ended.
With regards,
Yours sincerely,
(R. N. Parashar)
General Secretary
Source: http://nfpe.blogspot.com/

Friday, 28 December 2018

Departmental proceedings against Government Servants - Procedure for consultation with the Union Public Service Commission : DoPT

Departmental proceedings against Government Servants - Procedure for consultation with the Union Public Service Commission

No. 39011/08/2016-Estt(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Date: 28th December, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Departmental proceedings against Government Servants - Procedure for consultation with the Union Public Service Commission - reg

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 39011/12/2009-Estt(B) dated 10.05.2010 on the subject mentioned above vide which a Proforma/Checklist was forwarded to all Ministries/Departments for referring disciplinary cases to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in terms of Article 320(3) (c) of the Constitution of India read with Regulation 5 of the UPSC (Exemption from Consultation) Regulations, 1958 (as amended from time to time).

2. The Proforma/ Checklist has been revised in consultation with UPSC so as to ensure that there are no shortcomings while sending the requisite information/ documents to the Commission. It is also expected that the complete reference is received in the Commission at least three months prior to the retirement of the charged officer in case of minor penalty proceedings and at least six months prior to retirement in case of major penalty proceedings in order to get advice of the Commission and the implementation thereof. Wherever the time is less than three months/ six months from the retirement of the Government servant, cogent reasons justifying late submission of case to UPSC are also required to be indicated.

3. The modified Proforma/Checklist for forwarding disciplinary cases to the  UPSC is enclosed for guidance! compliance by all concerned.

Encl: As above
(Pramod Kumar Jaiswal)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. No.: 23093175

Download the PROFORMA / CHECK LIST FOR FORWARDING DISCIPLINARY CASES TO THE UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

7th CPC MACP Anomalies- NFIR

7th CPC MACP Anomalies- NFIR
7th-CPC-MACP-Anomalies
Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the staff who are in same Grade Pay for more than 20 years
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Raod, New Delhi - 110055
No.IV/MACPS/09/Par-II
Dated: 24/12/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of financial upgradation under MACPS to the staff who are in same Grade Pay for more than 20 years-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No.l/2011.

(ii) Action Taken Statement provided to NFIR during its PNM meeting held with the Railway Board 10/11-05-2018

The subject was discussed in a separate meeting held between the NFIR and Railway Board on l6/10/2017. During discussions, the Official Side conveyed that reply from DoP&T has been received and shared with the Federation. The Official Side further stated that the DoP&T has not agreed to the proposal. Responding to the version of Official Side, NFIR insisted that such of the staff who have completed more than two decades from the date of first promotion and stagnated, should be granted 3rd financial upgradation straightaway under MACPS and requested the Railway Board to make another reference to DoP&T for which suitable examples will be made available by the Federation for referring the matter again to DoP&T.

In this connection, Federation furnishes below a few cases of employees as to enable the Railway Board to apprise to the DoP&T, the cases of no promotion for over two decades.

RWF, Yelahanka:

l. Shri M.N. Indrashekar, appointed as Jr. CMA on 26/07/1983 – regularized on 26/07/1984 in GP 4200/-. He was promoted to GP 4600 on 20th May, 1986 (1st promotion) – granted financial upgradation with GP 4800/- on 01/09/2008 instead allowing 3rd financial upgradation with GP 5400 (PB-2) in view of no promotion for over 2 decades.

2. Shri K.S. Dutta Shivrama, appointed as CMA on l8/11/1985 in GP 4200/-, promoted to GP 4600/- on l8-11-1986 – granted financial upgradation in GP 4800/- on 01/09/2008 instead allowing GP 5400, having stagnated for over 2 decades.

3. Shri R.P. Suresh Kumar appointed as CMA on 19/12/1985 in GP 4200, promoted to GP 4600/- on 28-02-1989 granted financial upgradation in GP 4800/- on 0l/09/2008.

South Central Railway:

4. Shri Kamal Kumar Kuley, appointed a CMA in GP 4200/- on 18/12/1983, and got promoted to GP 4600/- on 0l/01/1984, granted financial upgradation in GP 4800/- on 01/09/2008 instead granting GP 5400 due to stagnation for over 2 decades from the date of first promotion.

5. Shri Amulya Kumar Dhali, appointed as CMA on 31/12/1982 in GP 4200/-, promoted to GP 4600/- on 01/01/1984 and got MACP in GP 4800/- on 0l/09/2008 instead GP 5400, for having stagnated for more than 20 years from the date of promotion.

Federation believes that above illustrations are sufficient to justify the demand for grant of MACP benefit to the staff in GP 5400/- as the staff suffered without promotion for over two decades and also to all similarly situated staff who have been in the same Grade Pay for more than two decades. A copy of the reference made to the DoP&T may be made available to the Federation for takine further action.
Yours faithfully,
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(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Demand on Higher Military Service Pay (MSP) - Parliament Q&A MILITARY SERVICE PAY


Demand on Higher Military Service Pay (MSP) - Parliament Q&A MILITARY SERVICE PAY

In a written reply to a question regarding Military Service Pay in Parliament on 26.12.2018, the Minister of State for Defence Shri Subhash Bhamre said that the MSP was raised by the identical fitment of 2.57.

We reproduced the answer and given below for your information…

“Taking note of the rigours of military life, the VI Central Pay Commission (CPC) had recommended an additional, separate element of pay for the Defence Forces called Military Service Pay (MSP), which the CPC intended would also maintain the edge enjoyed by the Defence Forces over the civilian scales.

The VII CPC has consciously decided not to create additional categories of personnel for the grant of MSP or to disturb the slab rates for the four categories for which it is being paid up to the level of Brigadiers. This was done after considering the views of the Services in the matter. MSP was raised by the identical fitment of 2.57 which was applied for pay structure approved by the VI CPC. The recommendations of the VII CPC were accepted by the Government.
Government has recently approved a proposal to establish Armed Forces Special Operations Division which is designed as a tri Services organisation.”

High Court Direction on MSP

On 12th March 2018, question raised by a member in Parliament related to MSP. Whether Government is considering to grant Military Service Pay (MSP) equally to all ranks in the light of Hon’ble High Court’s direction in writ Petition No. 6607/2017 of ‘Voice of Ex- Servicemen Society’?
The concerned Minister replied as follows…

“Hon”ble Delhi High Court in its order dated 28th November, 2017 has not given any specific direction to grant Military Service Pay (MSP) equally to all ranks. It may be informed that the Hon’ble Court in its order mentioned that the conduct of the petitioners in withholding material information and at the same time, trying to invoke equities under Article 226 of the Constitution of India is deprecated.

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) had considered all aspects with regard to applicability of MSP including the rates while making its recommendations. The Government after carefully considering the recommendations of the 7th CPC in respect of MSP has accepted the same and have already been notified.”

7th CPC Recommendation on MSP

7th CPC Report Para 5.2.22 says…

5.2.22 Military Service Pay (MSP): The defence forces personnel, in addition to their pay as per the Matrices above, will be entitled to payment of Military Service Pay for all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. The Commission recommends an MSP for the four categories of Defence forces personnel at Rs 15,500 for the Service Officers, Rs 10,800 for Nursing Officers, Rs 5,200 for JCO/ORs, and Rs 3,600 for Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air Force per month. MSP will continue to be reckoned as Basic Pay for purposes of Dearness Allowance, as also in the computation of pension. Military Service Pay will however not be counted for purposes of House Rent Allowance, Composite Transfer Grant and Annual Increment.

17.10 Military Service Pay (MSP): The Defence forces personnel will continue to be entitled to payment of Military Service Pay for all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. The MSP per month recommended is as follows:

i. Service OfficersRs 15,500
ii. Nursing OfficersRs10,800
iii. JCO/ ORsRs 5,200
iv.Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air Force Rs 3,600

Cabinet approves listing of certain unlisted CPSEs on Stock Exchange


Ministry of Finance
Cabinet approves listing of certain unlisted CPSEs on Stock Exchange
28 DEC 2018
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to list the following seven Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) on the Stock Exchange through Initial Public Offering (IPO) /Further Public Offer (FPO):
  • Telecommunication Consultants (India) Ltd.[TCIL]- IPO
  • RailTel Corporation India Ltd. - IPO
  • National Seed Corporation India Ltd. (NSC) - IPO
  • Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Limited (THDC) - IPO
  • Water & Power Consultancy Services (India) Limited [WAPCOS Ltd.] - IPO
  • FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals (India) Limited [FAGMIL]- IPO
  • Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL) - FPO
The listing of CPSEs on the exchange shall unlock their value and encourage investor participation in the CPSEs. Further, Alternative Mechanism comprising of the Finance Minister, Minister of Road Transport & Shipping and the Minster of concerned administrative ministry has been empowered to decide on extent, mode of disinvestment, pricing, time etc. of listed CPSEs (including CPSEs to be listed in future).

The scope of eligibility criteria for listing of CPSEs has been expanded. CPSEs with positive net worth and net profit in any of the immediately three preceding financial years shall be eligible for listing on the Stock Exchange

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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non-CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis - DOPT

Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/Non-CSS posts to National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis - DOPT

No. 7/3/2018 EO(MM-ll)

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(Office of the Establishment Officer)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated December, 2018
To,
All Secretaries,
Ministries/Departments of Government of India

Subject: Appointment of officers working in the Ministries/Departments under CSS/NonCSS posts to National Institution for Transforming lndia(NITI) Aayog under Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

Sir/ Madam,

It is proposed to fill up vacancies of Deputy Secretary/Director level in the National Institution for Transforming lndia(NITI) Aayog under the Central Staffing Scheme on lateral shift basis.

2. The officers who are working at DS/Director level in different Ministries/Departments under the Central Staffing Scheme/Non Central Staffing Scheme/ex-cadre posts will be eligible to apply for these posts. If the officer is selected for the post, it will be treated as a 'lateral shift', which would entail additional tenure of three years as per the special dispensation allowed for appointment in NITI Aayog that permits total deputation tenure up to 8 years on shift to NITI Secretariat or vice versa. The +3 option would be available only to those officers who are already working on a CSS/Non-CSS post/ex-cadre post at the centre. The additional tenure is subject to completion of two years on the present stint on the deputation post and availability of cadre clearance. In the absence of cadre clearance(for +3 tenure), the tenure will be restricted to the balance period of four/five years central deputation tenure.

3. The post may be circulated amongst the officers working on deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director or equivalent level on Central Staffing Scheme/Non Central Staffing Scheme/ex-cadre posts in the Government of India on priority basis. Names of the willing and eligible officers who can be spared by the Ministries/Departments may be forwarded to this Department along with the approval of the Minister-in-Charge, cadre clearance(for +3 tenure), vigilance clearance, detailed bio-data in the enclosed proforma and attested copies of ACR(s).

4. It is requested that the application(s) of the eligible officer(s) may please be forwarded so as to reach this Department by 20.01.2019
Yours faithfully,
(J. Srinivaan)
Director(MM)
Tel 23092842
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Recommendations of 7th CPC - Payment of Risk & Hardship Allowance for Track Maintainers working in construction s organization.

Recommendations of 7th CPC - Payment of Risk & Hardship Allowance for Track Maintainers working in construction s organization.

NFIR

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/Allowance/Part II
Dated: 24/12/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Recommendations of 7th CPC - Payment of Risk & Hardship Allowance for Track Maintainers working in construction s organization - Reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No.87/2017) No. PC-VIII/ 2017/I7/5/4 dated 1/08/2017 (RBE (P), E.C. Railway vide letter

(ii) Railway Board's clarification issued to GM No. PC-VII/ 2017/I7/5/4 dated 25/10/2018.

Federation desires to bring to the kind notice of Railway Board that consequent to the acceptance of recommendations of 7th CPC relating to grant of Risk & Hardship Allowance to Track Maintainers, the Railway Board vide letter dated 10/0812017 (RBE No. 87/2017) issued instructions to the GMs of Zonal Railways to grant Risk & Hardship Allowance to the Track Maintainers of Indian Railways as per Cell R3 H2 of Risk and Hardship Matrix @ Rs 2700/- p.m. per person. The 7th CPC in its ;eport mentioned that the "Track Maintainers-I, II, III and IV of lndian Railways should be granted Risk & Hardship Allowance in view of hardship faced by these categories of employees".

It has however been brought to the notice ofthe Federation that on a reference received from GM (p), E.C. Railway, thelailway Board vide letter dated25ll0l2018 addressed to GM (p), E.C. Railway, has clarified that the Track Maintainers working in Construction Oiganizations are not eligible for grant of Risk and Hardship Allowance. Federation does not agiee with the unjustifieJ view taken by the Railway Board and the same is unacceptable to NFIR due to the following reasons:-
  • Track Maintainer is essentially required to work on Rail tracks, whether under Open line or in the Constructions Organizations.
  • In the Construction Organization, the Track Maintainers are required to perform duties of laying of rails, sleeper, points, and crossing in a programmed way and for completing work within targeted periods. Hardship and Risk is involved in their duties.
  • It needs to be appreciated that the Track Maintainer by designation, has been granted Risk and Hardship Allowance, therefore denying Risk and Hardship Allowance to the desisnated Track Maintainers working in Construction Organizations is improper.
The duties performed by the Track Maintainers working in Construction organization as mentioned above justify payment of Risk and Hardship Allowance in accordance with Board's instructions dated 10/0812017 (RBE No. 87/2017). The erroneous clarification of the Railway Board vide letter dated 25/10/2018 therefore needs to be withdrawn immediately.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to review the case and withdraw Board's letter dated 25110/2018. Action taken in the matter may be apprised to the Federation.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Single Central Government Male Employees to get Child Care Leave - Gazette Notification issued

Single Central Government Male Employees to get Child Care Leave - Gazette Notification issued

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

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 11th December, 2018

G.S.R. 1209(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 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) (Fourth Amendment) Rules, 2018.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972,
(A) in rule 28, in sub-rule (1) for clauses (a), (b) and (c), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely:-

"(a) The leave account of every Government servant (other than a military officer) who is serving in a Vacation Department shall be credited with earned leave, in advance’ in two installments of five days each on the first day of January and July of every calendar year.

(b) In respect of any year in which a Government Servant avails a portion of the vacation, he shall be entitled to additional earned leave in such proportion of twenty days, as the number of days of vacation not taken bears to the full vacation, provided the total earned leave credited shall not exceed thirty days in a calendar year.

(c) If, in any year, the Government servant does not avail any vacation, earned leave will be as per Rule 26 instead of clauses (a) and (b).";

(B) in rule 29, for sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:—
"(1) The half pay leave account of every Government servant (other than a military officer and a Government servant serving in a Vacation Department) shall be credited with half pay leave in advance, in two installments of ten days each on the first day of January and July of every calendar year.”;

(C) in rule 43-C. (a) for sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely”;
"(1) Subject to the provisions of this rule, a female Government servant and single male Government servant may be granted child care leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a maximum period of seven hundred and thirty days during entire service for taking care of two eldest surviving children, whether for rearing or for looking after any of their needs, such as education, sickness and the like." ;

(b) for sub-rules (3) and (4), the following sub-rules shall be substituted, namely:-

"(3) Grant of child care leave to a female Government servant and a single male Government servant under sub-rule (1) shall be subject to the following conditions, namely:-

(i) it shall not be granted for more than three spells in a calendar year;

(ii) in case of a single female Government servant, the grant of leave in three spells in a calendar year shall be extended to six spells in a calendar year.

(iii) it shall not ordinarily be granted during the probation period except in case of certain extreme situations where the leave sanctioning authority is satisfied about the need of child care leave to the probationer, provided that the period for which such leave is sanctioned is minimal.

(iv) child care leave may not be granted for a period less than five days at a time.

(4) During the period of child care leave, a female Government servant and a single male Government servant shall be paid one hundred percent of the salary for the first three hundred and sixty five days, and at eighty percent of the salary for the next three hundred and sixty five days.
Explanation.-Single Male Government Servant' means – an unmarried or widower or divorcee Government servant.";

(D) for rule 44, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

"44. Work Related Illness and Injury Leave:-

The authority competent to grant leave may grant Work Related Illness and Injury Leave ( herein after referred to as WRIIL) to a Government servant (whether permanent or temporary), who suffers illness or injury that is attributable to or aggravated in the performance of her or his official duties or in consequence of her or his official position subject to the provisions contained in sub-rule (1) of rule 19 of these rules, on the following conditions, namely :

(1) Full pay and allowances shall be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalisation on account of WRIIL.

(2) Beyond hospitalization, WRIIL shall be governed as follows:

(a) A Government servant (other than a military officer) full pay and  allowances for the six months immediately following hospitalisation and Half Pay for twelve months beyond the said period of six months. The Half Pay period may be commuted to full pay with corresponding number of days of Half Pay Leave debited from the employees leave account.

(b) For officers of Central Armed Police Forces full pay and allowances for six months immediately following the hospitalisation and full pay only for the next twenty four months.
(c) For personnel below the rank of officer of the Central Armed Police Forces full pay and allowances, with no limit regarding period.

(3) In the case of persons to whom the Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 applies, the amount of leave salary payable under WRIIL shall be reduced by the amount of compensation paid under the Act.

(4) No Earned Leave or Half Pay Leave shall be credited during the period that employee is on WRIIL.".

(E) rules 45 and 46 shall be omitted.
[F. No. 11020/01/2017 -Estt(L)]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI Jt. Secy.

Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) & Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to Group 'C' & 'D' (non-ministerial) Railway employees working in Railway Hospitals & Health Units/Clinics.

Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) & Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to Group 'C' & 'D' (non-ministerial) Railway employees working in Railway Hospitals & Health Units/Clinics.
NFIR
No. I/5(g)/Part VI
Dated: 24/12/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) & Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to Group 'C' & 'D' (non-ministerial) Railway employees working in Railway Hospitals & Health Units/Clinics.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 1212016.
(ii) Board's letter No. 2015lH-lll0/10/FIPCA dated 14/03/2016 addressed to CMD. Central Railwayy.
(iii) Board's letter No. E(P&A)II-98/FIW-6 Vol. (RBE No. 3612016.
(iv) Board's letter No. E(P&A)IV2017/AL-4 dated GM (P), Central Railway.
(v) NFIR's letterNo. U5(g)lParI VI dated 08/09/2018
(vi) Railway Board's letter No. E(P&.A)IU}0l8Avlisc./4

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to NFIR's PNM agenda item No. 1212016 and the correspondence cited under reference.

In this connection, Railway Board vide letter dated 1310912018 conveyed to the Federation that a Committee had been constituted to find out if any other category of staff working in Railway Hospitals Hlealth Units is eligible for HPCA/PCA and the recommendations of the Committee are being processed for further necessary action. Consequently, NFIR vide its letter dated 1910912018 requested the Railway Board to make available a copy of the recommendations of the Committee to facilitate the Federation to go through the same and make appropriate suggestions. A period of more than three months passed, copy of the Committee's report has not been made available to the Federation.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to please provide a copy of the recommendations of the Committee early for Federation's perusal for discussing further, with the Board.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Payroll Reporting in India: An Employment Perspective - Coverage and Sources of data


Payroll Reporting in India: An Employment Perspective - Coverage and Sources of data

Employees' Provident Funds Scheme: September, 2017 to October, 2018
PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES OF SUBSCRIBERS AS PER EPFO RECORDS (IN NUMBERS) 

Employees-Provident-Funds-2017

 Coverage and Sources of data

1. The Employees Provident Fund Scheme (EPF) is a mandatory savings scheme under the Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. It is managed under the aegis of Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). It covers every establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed (and certain other establishments which may be notified by the Central Government even if they employ less than 20 persons each), subject to certain conditions and exemptions as provided for in the Act. The pay ceiling is Rs.15000/- per month. Persons drawing pay above Rs. 15,000 are exempted or can be enrolled with some permission or on voluntary basis. The number of members subscribing to this scheme gives an idea of the level of employment in the formal sector. The data on subscribers-new members, exited members and those subscribers that re-started their subscription is sourced from EPFO. More details are available at www.epfindia.gov.in.

2. The Employees State Insurance Act, 1948 is applicable to non-seasonal, manufacturing establishments (other than a mine subject to the operation of the Mines Act, 1952 (35 of 1952), or a railway running shed) employing 10 or more workers. For health and medical institutions, the threshold limit is 20 or more workers. ESI Scheme for India is an integrated social security scheme tailored to provide socio-economic protection to the workers in the organized sector and their dependents, in contingencies, such as Sickness, Maternity and Death or Disablement due to an employment injury or occupational hazard. The wage ceiling is Rs.21000/- per month. Beneficiaries are termed as Insured Persons (IP) and a new IP number can also arise due to change in employment. Employees may cease to pay contribution due to wage exceeding the statutory ceiling of Rs.21000/- per month or owing to resignation, death, retirement or dismissal. The number of subscribers of this scheme also gives an idea of the level of employment in the formal sector. Data is sourced from Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and the information may have an element of duplication with EPF data and is thus not additive. More details are available at www.esic.in.

3. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PRFRDA)'s National Pension scheme (NPS) is an easily accessible, low cost, tax-efficient, flexible and portable retirement savings account. Under the NPS, the individual contributes to his retirement account and also his employer will co-contribute for the social security/welfare of the individual. NPS is designed on defined contribution basis wherein the subscriber contributes to his account, there is no defined benefit that would be available at the time of exit from the system and the accumulated wealth depends on the contributions made and the income generated from investment of such wealth. Any citizen of India, whether resident or non-resident, individuals who are aged between 18 - 60 years as on the date of submission of his/her application can subscribe to the scheme. From 1st January 2004, the central and the state governments have adopted this scheme for new employees except for armed forces. This was extended to other establishments from 2009 onwards. More details are available at www.pfrda.org.in.

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Inauguration of renovated & upgraded 100 beded ESI Hospital in Bhubneswar


Ministry of Labour & Employment
Inauguration of renovated & upgraded 100 beded ESI Hospital in Bhubneswar
24 DEC 2018

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the renovated and upgraded 100 bedded ESI Hospital, Bhubaneswar (Odisha) to the Nation from IIT Campus, Bhubaneswar along with the basket of different projects of Govt. of India on 24.12.2018 (Monday).

The other dignitaries to grace the occasion were Professor Ganeshi Lal, Governor, Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha, Shri Jual Oram, Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India and Dr. (Prof.) Prasanna Kumar Patasani, MP, Bhubneswar.
In his address, the Prime Minister said that the existing 50 bedded ESI Hospital Bhubaneswar has been renovated & upgraded to 100 bedded hospital with a project cost of Rs. 73 crore (aprox.). Equipped with all the modern facilities, this hospital will provide good medical care to beneficiaries under ESI Scheme of Bhubaneswar area. He said that the Central Govt. is working to provide the good quality medical care to every citizen of India. For this purpose, Wellness Health Centres are also being opened under 'Ayushman Bharat Yojana' to provide medical care in the remotest part of India.
The other projects inaugurated/foundation laid during the event were of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India, etc.

ESI Scheme in India

The Employees' State Insurance Corporation is a pioneer Social Security organization providing comprehensive social security benefits like reasonable Medical Care and a range of Cash Benefits in times of need such as employment injury, sickness, death etc. The ESI Act applies to premises/precincts where 10 or more persons are employed. The employees drawing wages up to Rs.21, 000/- a month are entitled to health insurance cover and other benefits, under the ESI Act. The Act now applies to over 10.33 lakh factories and establishments across the country, benefiting about 3.43 crores Insured Persons/Family Units of workers. As of now, the total beneficiary population of ESI Scheme stands over 13.32 crores. Ever since its inception in 1952, the ESI Corporation has, so far, set up 154 Hospitals, 1500/148 Dispensaries / ISM Units, 815 Branch/Pay Offices and 64 Regional & Sub-Regional/Divisional Offices.

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DoE: Switch over from Petrol and Diesel vehicles to Electric vehicles for hired vehicles in Secretariats/Attached offices of Ministries and Departments of Government of India located in Delhi


DoE: Switch over from Petrol and Diesel vehicles to Electric vehicles for hired vehicles in Secretariats/Attached offices of Ministries and Departments of Government of India located in Delhi
F.No.2S(7)/E.Coord.l2017
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E.Coord Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 22nd December, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Switch over from petrol and diesel vehicles to electrical vehicles for hired vehicles in Secretariats/Attached offices of Ministries and Departments of Government of India located in Delhi

Keeping in view the policy thru st of the Government that by 2030, 30% of the total vehicle fleet in the country will be electrical for the reason of its being environmental friendly, cost effective and substitute for fossil fuels, Ministries/Departments are encouraged to switch over to electrical mobility from petrol and diesel cars in respect of vehicles taken on lease/hire for official purpose.

2. Accordingly, all the Ministries/Departments may aim at replacing the petrol and diesel cars hired by Ministries/Departments in their Secretariats and attached offices (located in Delhi) through contractors by electric cars for mobility in Delhi. In cases where existing contracts for hiring of petrol/diesel vehicles have come to an end, Ministries/Departments may consider fresh contract for hiring electric vehicles.

3. To facilitate Ministries/Departments a framework of the draft agreement which the Ministries/Department may adopt for entering into contract for lease/hiring of electric vehicles is annexed. Ministries/Departments are at liberty to amend the conditions of the draft agreement as per the type of lease/hiring (Wet or Dry) entered into with the service provider.
(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
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Source: DoE

Monday, 24 December 2018

Stagnation Increment - Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 pensioners

Stagnation Increment - Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 pensioners
"Benefit of additional increment has been granted to those officers who were serving as on 1.1.2016. Those who retired/died before 1.1.2016 are, therefore, not eligible for increment after retirement for the purpose of pension."

No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110 003
Dated the 21st December, 2018
Office Memorandum

Subject: Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 pensioners - Stagnation Increment regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7th CPC, orders were issued vide this Deptt's OM of even number dated 12.5.2017 for revision of pension/family pension in respect of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners by notionally fixing pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which the Government servant / pensioner retired/died. Concordance tables for fixation of notional pay / pension of pre-2016 pensioners were issued vide this Department's OM of even number dated 6.7.2017.

2. References/representations have been received in this Department seeking clarification on the applicability of the OM dated 7.9.2016 for the purpose of notional pay fixation and revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2016. The matter has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure). It is clarified that the benefit of additional increment has been granted to those officers who were serving as on 1.1.2016. Those who retired/died before 1.1.2016 are, therefore, not eligible for increment after retirement for the purpose of pension.

3. This issues with the approval of Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No.1(3)/V-V/2018 dated 4.9.2018 and 1.D. No.1(3)/V-V/2018 dated 28.11.2018
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(S.K. Makkar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

7th CPC: Dress Allowance to officials discharging Prosecution functions on provisional basis

Dress Allowance to officials discharging Prosecution functions on provisional basis(7th CPC) - Railways
7th CPC Dress Allowance

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
Pc-VII No. 124
RBE No. 199/2018
File No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/7(Pt.)
New Delhi, Dated: 21.12.2018
The General Managers/ CAOs(R),
AB Indian Railways and Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Dress Allowance to officials discharging Prosecution functions on provisional basis.

Consequent to the decision taken by the Government of lndia on the recommendations of the 7th CPC, Kit Maintenance Allowance, Shoe Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Washing Allowance, Robe Allowance and Robe Maintenance Allowance have been subsumed into a single Dress Allowance and orders in this regard have been issued vide Board’s order No. PC-VII/2017/J/7/5/7 dated 03.10.20 17 (PC-VII No. 64/ RBE No. 141/2017).

2. A separate Prosecution Cadre is also being fonned in the Indian Railways. While formalisation of the Cadre is awaited, officials presently designated as Public Prosecutors and Assistant Public Prosecutors continue to perform prosecution related duties, including Court appearances. References are being received from Railways on payment of separate Dress Allowance to such officials as they are no longer part of the Railway Protection Force.

3. The matter has been considered in Board's office. While the Prosecution Cadre sanction and formation is being followed up with the Department of personnel & Training, it is nevertheless a fact that Public Prosecutors/Asst. Public Prosecutors as designated presently continue to perform prosecution related duties that involve appearing in Court. Accordingly, all such Public Prosecutors/Asst. Public Prosecutors who are actually attending Courts in performance of their official duties may be paid Dress Allowance @ Rs. 10,000 per annum provisionally as governed by all instructions/terms and conditions issued under Board’s Order No. PC-VII/2017/I/7/5/7 dt. 03.10.2017 (circulated as RBE No. 141/2017).

4. These orders will be taken up for review as and when the Prosecution Cadre is formally notified.

5. This issues with the approval of Board (MS and FC).

Hindi version will follow.
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director(Pay Commission) VII
Railway Board

Non-Practicing allowance of Government Doctors - Loksabha

Non-Practicing allowance of Government Doctors - Loksabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1960
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21sT DECEMBER, 2018

NON-PRACTICING ALLOWANCE OF GOVERNMENT DOCTORS
1960. SHRI MD. BADARUDDOZA KHAN:

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the doctors of Government hospitals are doing private practice despite taking non-practicing allowance, if so, the reaction of the Government thereto indicating the number of the doctors doing private practice across the country including West Bengal;
(b) whether any steps are being taken by the Government to control it, if so, the details thereof; and
(c) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY)

(a): Health being a state subject, information pertaining to the doctors doing private practice across the country including West Bengal is not centrally maintained. As per Rule 13 of CHS Rules, 2014, persons appointed to the Central Health Service shall not be allowed private practice of any kind whatsoever including any consultation and laboratory service.
In one case reported from Central Government Health Services(CGHS) Delhi, disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the concerned officer as per rules and procedure of the Government.

(b) & (c): As and when any instance of private practice by a Central Health Service doctor is brought to the notice of this Ministry, appropriate action is taken in the matter as per rules and procedure of the Government.

Source: Loksabha

India Posts: Income Tax benefits from Post Office Saving Schemes

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 Income Tax benefits from Post Office Saving Schemes
Interest rates on these post office saving schemes move in line with the government's interest rates on small savings schemes.India Post or Department of Posts, which runs the postal network of the country, offers a number of saving schemes with income tax benefits. Using these saving schemes, investor can claim a deduction up to Rs. 1.5 lakh in a financial year from taxable income under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Interest rates on these post office saving schemes move in line with the government's interest rates on small savings schemes, which are revised on a quarterly basis.

Here are post office saving schemes that offer tax benefits:

Post Office Time Deposit (TD) or Fixed Deposit (FD) account
In a post office fixed deposit (FD), one can deposit a lump sum of money for a specific period and avail of features like guaranteed returns and choice of interest payout. Post office time deposit (TD) or Fixed Deposit (FD) account offers interest rates across four maturities: one year, two years, three years, and five years, noted India Post on it's official website- indiapost.gov.in. The investment under 5 years fixed deposit qualifies for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961, mentioned India Post.

Post Office Public Provident Fund (PPF) account
Post office Public Provident Fund (PPF) account offers an investment avenue with decent returns coupled with income tax benefits. For the quarter ending December, PPF accounts fetch an interest rate of 8 per cent per annum. Interests on deposits are compounded on an annual basis, which means that it is added to the principal amount every year, noted India Post. PPF comes under the exempt, exempt, exempt (EEE) category of tax status. This means that returns, maturity amount and interest income are exempt from income tax. Deposits qualify for deduction from income under Section 80C of Income Tax Act.

Post Office Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) account
Post Office Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) serves as an investment avenue and helps in generating wealth for a successful retirement life. SCSS earns an interest rate of 8.7 per cent per annum, which is payable from the date of deposit on March 31/ September 30/December 31 in the first instance and thereafter, interest are payable on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31. Tax Deducted At Source (TDS) is deducted at source on interest if the interest amount is more than Rs. 10,000 per annum. Investment under this scheme qualifies for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 from April 1, 2007.

Post office National Savings Certificates (NSCs)
Post Office National savings certificates (NSCs) fetch an interest rate of 8 per cent per annum. This interest is compounded annually but payable at maturity. An NSC of Rs. 100 will offer Rs. 146.93 on maturity after five years. NSCs have a lock-in period of five years. Deposits in the National Savings Certificate qualify for deduction under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.

Via: NDTV

NPS Withdrawal Norms


Ministry of Finance
NPS Withdrawal Norms
21 DEC 2018

National Pension System (NPS)
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has changed the norms for withdrawal of National Pension System (NPS) subscribers. Keeping in view the possibility of sudden financial needs of the subscribers, the requirement of minimum period under National Pension System (NPS) for availing the facility of partial withdrawal from the mandatory Tier-I account of the subscriber has been reduced from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining w.e.f. 10th August, 2017. The minimum gap of 5 years between two partial withdrawals has also been removed w.e.f. 10th August, 2017. A subscriber is eligible for three partial withdrawals during the period of subscription under NPS, each withdrawal not exceeding twenty-five percent of the contributions made by the subscriber and excluding contributions made by the employer. There is, however, no restriction on withdrawals from the Tier-II account of the subscriber.

The extent and purpose for which partial withdrawals from the Tier-I account under NPS are permissible are as under:

Purpose
  • for higher education and marriage of his or her children including a legally adopted child;
  • for the purchase or construction of a residential house or flat in his or her own name or in a joint name with his or her legally wedded spouse. In case, the subscriber already owns either individually or in the joint name a residential house or flat, other than ancestral property, no withdrawal under these regulations shall be permitted;
  • for treatment of specified illnesses: if the subscriber, his legally wedded spouse, children, including a legally adopted child or dependent parents suffer from any specified illness, which shall comprise of hospitalization and treatment in respect of the following diseases:
(a) Cancer;
(b) Kidney Failure (End Stage Renal Failure);
(c) Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension;
(d) Multiple Sclerosis;
(e) Major Organ Transplant
(f) Coronary Artery Bypass Graft;
(g) Aorta Graft Surgery;
(h) Heart Valve Surgery;
(i) Stroke;
(j) Myocardial Infarction;
(k) Coma;
(l) Total blindness;
(m) Paralysis;
(n) Accident of serious/ life threatening nature.
(o) Any other critical illness of a life threatening nature as stipulated in the circulars, guidelines or notifications issued by the Authority from time to time.
  • Towards meeting the expenses by subscriber for skill development/re-skilling or for any other self-development activities.
  • Towards meeting the expenses by subscriber for establishment of own venture or any start-ups.
  • To meet medical & incidental expenses arranging out of disability or incapacitation suffered.
Limits
The subscriber should have been in the National Pension System at least for a period of three years from the date of his or her joining;
The subscriber shall be permitted to withdraw accumulations not exceeding twenty-five per cent of the contributions made by him or her and standing to his or her credit in his or her individual pension account, as on the date of application for withdrawal;

Frequency
The subscriber shall be allowed to make partial withdrawals for a maximum of three times during the entire tenure of subscription under the NPS. There is, however, no minimum time gap now stipulated between two partial withdrawals.
This was stated by Shri Ship Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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New Settlement Rules of SEBI


Ministry of Finance

New Settlement Rules of SEBI
21 DEC 2018
SEBI has introduced the SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 that have been notified on 30.11.2018 and will come into effect from 01.01.2019. On the date of commencement of these Regulations the existing SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 shall stand repealed.

In pursuit of the objectives of SEBI (to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of and to regulate the securities market), as new challenges arise it is important to have a convergence or integration of the quasi-judicial processes within SEBI with the alternate dispute resolution process, to bring forth a more effective harmonized scheme to operate without any conflict and delay. The SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 introduced a mathematical and transparent system of calculating the settlement amount. However over a period of time it was noticed that there was a need for revision due to changes in securities laws, new products and increase in settlement amounts.

SEBI constituted a High Level Committee under the Chairmanship of Retd. Justice A. R. Dave (Supreme Court of India) to examine the SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 and comprehensively re-work the regulations after taking into account developments in domestic and foreign jurisdictions. The SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 provide a more effective mechanism, the essential concomitants of a legal proceeding, without compromising on deterrence or providing equitable remedies to the affected investors.

The Settlement process is an alternative enforcement process that is beneficial to the alleged defaulter, investors and the regulator. Settlement allows the enforcement proceedings to be finalized at the earliest without a long drawn litigation while ensuring that the investors' rights are protected. The SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 inter alia provide the following:-
  • Disclosure related violations are settled after making the required disclosures;
  • Refund to investors is made wherever required in compliance with securities laws;
  • Investors are provided the required exit or purchase option in compliance with securities laws;
Thus the SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 are likely to make all settlements transactions relating to investors more transparent.

This was stated by Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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