Friday, 2 March 2018

INDWF: Minutes of National Anomaly Committee Meeting


INDWF: Minutes of National Anomaly Committee Meeting

F.No.11/2/2016-JCA-I(Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 16 February, 2018
To
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary, Staff-Side
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for, Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi- 110001

Subject: Minutes of the Meeting held on 11.01.2018 to discuss the admissibility of the agenda items received from the Staff Side, NC (JCM) for discussion in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Sir,
Please find enclosed a copy of the Minutes of the meeting held under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Establishment) on Thursday the 11th January, 2018 at 1500 hours in Room No. 190, conference Room, North Block, New Delhi with the representatives of Staff Side, NC(JCM) for information and necessary action.

2. As per discussion in the above meeting, Staff Side may please reconsider their views on Item No. 7. A copy of the recording during the meeting enclosed for per usual.
Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(D.K. Sengupta)

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. 23040255

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 11.01.2018 TO DISCUSS THE ADMISSIBILITY OF THE AGENDA ITEMS RECEIVED FROM THE STAFF SIDE FOR DISCUSSION IN THE NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE (NAC) FOR THE 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shri G.D. Tripathi, Joint Secretary (Establishment), Department of Personnel & Training with the representatives of Staff Side of the National Anomaly Committee and senior officers from the other Ministries/Departments concerned at 3.00 p.m. on 11.01.2018 in Room No. 190, North Block, DoPT, New Delhi to consider the admissibility of the 18 items of anomaly forwarded by the Staff-Side of the National Council of JCM for settlement through discussion at the NAC constituted after the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The list of participants is at Annexure.

2. The Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Staff-Side of the National Anomaly Committee and asked Deputy Secretary (JCA) to briefly inform the participants the purpose for convening this meeting.

3. Deputy Secretary (JCA) informed that following the acceptance of the recommendations - to the extent they have been - of the 7th Central Pay Commission by the Government, the National Anomaly Committee has been constituted by DoPT. Subsequently, on receipt of a representation from the Staff Side, NC(JCM), the definition of what would constitute an anomaly has been revised and notified. Therefore, as per the revised scope of definition, anomaly will include the following cases;
a) Where the Official-Side and the Staff-Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Seventh Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason;

b) Where the maximum of the Level in the Pay Matrix corresponding to the applicable Grade Pay in the Pay Band under the pre-revised structure as notified vide CCS(RP) Rules 2016, is less than the amount an employee is entitled to be fixed at, as per the formula for fixation of pay contained in the said Rules;

c) Where the Official side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that the vertical and horizontal relativities have been disturbed as a result of the 7th Central Pay Commission to give rise to anomalous situation.
4. Deputy Secretary (JCA) mentioned that a letter dated 16.08.2017 had been received from Secretary, Staff-Side proposing to discuss 15 items in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). Subsequently, another letter dated 31.08.2017 was also received proposing 3 additional items. On examining these 18 items against the three (03) yardsticks as stated in para-3 above, it was felt that while some agenda items clearly fall within the definition of 'anomaly', there are a few which cannot be termed 'anomaly' as such, bordering more, as they are, on the side of 'demands'. There are a few more which apparently by virtue of affecting the interests of one Department should rather be taken up at the Departmental Anomaly Committee. On sharing the findings of this Preliminary examination with the Secretary, Staff-Side, a communication was received from him suggesting inter-alia, besides giving their own reasons for retaining the same agenda - except one item - for the NAC deliberations, that a meeting be convened to discuss and finalize the items so as to to avoid delay in convening the NAC meeting.

5. The Chairman then requested the leader of the Staff-Side and other members to put across their points of view on the issue.

6. The Leader, Staff-Side, thanked the Chairman for convening the meeting at the suggestion of Secretary, Staff-Side and initiated the discussion by emphasising that the next meeting of the National Council under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary should be held urgently as more than 7 years have passed since the last such meeting was held. He referred to the background against which the JCM scheme has been institutionalized and stressed that the purpose of JCM is to avoid confrontation between the Government and its employees. He requested that the sentiments of the Staff-Side may be conveyed to the Cabinet Secretary so that the meeting of the National Council, JCM may be held without any further delay. He also suggested that the Cabinet Secretary should meet the Standing Committee of the National Council, JCM soon after the Republic Day celebrations so that the deliberations can be be held on all pending issues. The Leader, Staff-Side further stated that there are many issues arising out of the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations which are still to be settled to the satisfaction of the Staff-Side. He particularly mentioned about the recommendations relating to New Pension Scheme, Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, etc.

7. Secretary, Staff-Side also expressed similar views about lack of interaction between the Official-Side and the Staff-Side. He mentioned that the institutions of JCM machinery has become defunct and stated that the meetings of the Standing Committee and the National Council, JCM should be called without any further delay. He also mentioned that the Group of Ministers had met the staff representatives and given some assurances for favourable consideration regarding the Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula. But even after 1-1/2 years, no decision has been conveyed by the Government. He regretted that inspite of the report submitted by NPS Committee, nothing fruitful has been done for bringing new pensioners under defined and guaranteed pension scheme. He stated that based on the assurance given by the group of Ministers, the Staff Side had deferred the call for strike but now it is getting very difficult for them to control the resentments of the staff. He stressed the need for frequent interactions so that each side can appreciate the other's views. He also mentioned that no decision has yet been conveyed on the 6th CPC related unresolved anomalies which, the Staff-Side feels, should be sent for arbitration as the Staff-Side has recorded its dissatisfaction on them.

(Action: D/o Pension & JCA Division, DoPT)
8. The Staff-Side members representing M/o Defence stated that they are on a hunger fast joining with the 4 lakhs Defence Civilian Employees to protest against the various decisions taken by Ministry of Defence against their interest. They lodged their protest aginst what they called 'arbitary' policy decisions made by the Government about outsourcing of jobs hitherto done in the ordince factories, converting Army Base Workshops to GOCO Model, closure of Station Workshops, Military Farms and Depots under Army Headquarters thereby rendering 31,000 Employees surplus including 9000 employees of Military Engineer Service, granting Uniform Allowance to the soldiers by stopping the practice of getting them stitched through almost 12000 Employees in 5 Ordnance Factories etc. This is against the assurance given by the Defence Ministry in the past to the Staff Side that the jobs being performed by ordnance factories would be outsourced. They also protested against the violation of the direction of Cabinet Secretary by the Ministry of Defence in that the Staff Side has not been consulted before deciding on outsourcing, closure, merger, declaring manpower surplus etc. They demanded that MoD may be directed to immediately hold discussions with the Staff Side and settle the issues in the interest of the Defence Industry and its employees
(Action: M/o Defence)
9. The Staff Side also raised the following issues:-
a) The demand of the Staff Side for extension of the date of option for switching over to 7th CPC Pay Scales from a date on which the employee got promotion/MACP is not yet settled. Necessary instructions may be issued in this regard.

(Action: Establishment Division, DoPT)
b) The Report of the NPS Committee even though submitted to the Government in August, 2017 the Staff Side is not yet given a copy of the same. The same may be given to the Staff Side and a meeting may also be held with the Staff Side by the Government before taking any decision on the recommendations of the NPS Committee.

(Action: D/o P & PW)
c) The Staff Side also pointed out what they felt arbitrariness of the decision of the Government to close down the various printing presses without even holding any discussion with the Staff Side. The employees have been asked to immediately get themselves, relived and join at faraway places. They added that assurances were given by the Cabinet Secretary at the National Council that the Government would discuss the problems faced by the staff and resolve the same in all cases when the Government decides to wind up any of its functions.
(Action: M/o Urban Development)
10. The Chairman stated that he has taken note of all the concerns expressed by the Leader, Staff-Side, Secretary Staff- Side and the other representatives of the Staff-Side. He stated that the work on finalizing the comments on the Agenda for the meeting with the National Council, JCM has been going on and another two weeks would be required to finalize the comments and thereafter the convenience of the Cabinet Secretary would be sought so that the meeting of the Standing Committee can be held in the month of February, 2018. He stated that the purpose of today's meeting was to familiarize with the issues as well as to arrive at a mutually agreed decisions as to which of them should be taken up for discussion and settlement at the NAC so that the first meeting can be convened at the earliest. He further emphasised that the items on which the Government, has held a view different from that of the 7th CPC would not be taken up for discussion at the NAC since the Government decisions on them are well-thought-out and conscious ones. However, where there is a disagreement between what has been recommended and what the 7th CPC should have recommended as part of its policy/principles would figure in NAC discussion.

11. It was seen that there are seven (7) proposed items which clearly fall within the definition of 'Anomaly'. At the conclusion of the discussions, the following was agreed to in respect of the remaining eleven (11) items:

Item No.DescriptionDecision
1Anomaly in computation of minimum wageIn view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re-examine.
23% Increment in all stagesIn view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
6Remove Anomaly due to index rationalizationIn view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Divison will re-examine
7Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option No.1 in pension fixationSent back to Staff-Side for reconsideration of its views
10Minimum PensionThe Staff-Side will take up this issue with the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare separately. This will not be treated as an anomaly.
11Date of effect of Allowances- HRA, TransportAllowance, CEA etcThil will be taken up separately as an item in the Standing Committee meeting
12.Implement the recommendation on Parity in Pay Scale between Sr. Auditors / Sr. Accountant of 1A & AD and organized Accounts with Assistant Section Officer of CSS.As this was already under examination in the Department of Personnel & Training it would not be taken up fordiscussion in NAC at this stage. If it remains undecided at the later stage,
it will be included for discussion in NAC.
13Parity in pay scales between Assistants/Stenographers in field/ subordinate offices and Assistant Section Offices and Stenographers in CSSThe Staff-Side, NC (JCM) will provide additional details
15Technical Supervisors of RailwaysThe Staff-Side, NC(JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Railways.
16.Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence, Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers.The Staff-Side, NC (JCM) will take up this issue at the Departmental Anomaly Committee of Ministry of Defence. JCA Division willwrite to Ministry of Defence in this regard.
18.Anomaly in the grant of DA instalment w.e.f.01.01.2016In view of the response of Secretary, Staff-Side, the JCA Division will re- examine.

12. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE PRE- NATIONAL

ANOMALY COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL (JCM) HELD ON 11/01/2018

S.No.Staff-SideOfficial-Side
1Shri Shiv Gopal MisraShri G.D. Tripathi
2.Shri M. Raghavaiah,Shri Amar Nath Singh
3Shri Rakhal Das GuptaShri Harjit Singh
4Shri J.R. BhosleMs. Sujasha Choudhury
5Shri Guman SinghMs. Nirmala Dev.
6Shri C.SrikumarShri Jaya Kumar.G.
7Shri K.K.N. KuttyShri A.K. Jain
8Shri Sankara RaoShri Charanjit Taneja
9Shri R. SrinivasanShri Rajeev Kumar Bahree
10Shri R.P. BhatnagarShri Ram Gopal

Source : INDWF

Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in Chennai - Website link and Email address


Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools in Chennai - Website link and Email address

KV SCHOOLS

The details of KV Schools in Chennai are given below for your information…
There are 43 schools in and around Chennai.

 School name, website link and email address…
S.No. Name of KV Website address
1 ARAKKONAM No.1 www.kvarakkonamone.tn.nic.in
2 ARAKKONAM No.2 www.kvthakkolam.tn.nic.in
3 ARUVANKADU www.kvavk.tn.nic.in
4 AVADI AFS www.kvafsavadi.tn.nic.in
5 AVADI CRPF www.kvcrpfavadi.tn.nic.in
6 AVADI HVF www.kvhvfavadi.tn.nic.in
7 AVADI OCF www.kvocfavadi.tn.nic.in
8 ANNA NAGAR www.kvannanagar.tn.nic.in
9 DGQA www.kvdgqachennai.tn.nic.in
10 ASHOK NAGAR www.kvashoknagar.com
11 CLRI www.kvclrichennai.tn.nic.in
12 GILL NAGAR www.kvgillnagarchennai.tn.nic.in
13 IIT CAMPUS www.kviitchennai.tn.nic.in
14 ISLAND GROUNDS www.kvislandgrounds.tn.nic.in
15 MINAMBAKKAM www.kvminambakkam.tn.nic.in
16 COIMBATORE www.kvcoimbatore.tn.nic.in
17 DHARMAPURI www.kvdharmapuri.tn.nic.in
18 DINDUGAL www.kvgandhigram.tn.nic.in
19 KALPAKKAM No.1 www.kvkalpakkamone.tn.nic.in
20 KALPAKKAM No.2 www.kv2kalpakkam.tn.nic.in
21 KARAIKKAL* New KV
22 KARAIKUDI www.kvkaraikudi.tn.nic.in
23 MADURAI No.1 www.kv1madurai.tn.nic.in
24 MADURAI No.2 www.kv2madurai.tn.nic.in
25 MANDAPAM www.kvmandapam.tn.nic.in
26 NAGERCOIL www.kvnagercoil.tn.nic.in
27 NEYVELI Yet to be created
28 OOTACAMUND www.kvindunagar.tn.nic.in
29 PERAMBALUR* www.kvperambalur.tn.nic.in
30 PONDICHERRY No.1 www.kvno1jipmer.nic.in
31 PONDICHERRY No.2 www.kvpucpdy.nic.in
32 RAMESWARAM www.kvrameswaram.tn.nic.in
33 SIVAGANGA www.kvsivaganga.tn.nic.in
34 SULUR AFS www.kvsulur.org
35 TAMBARAM No.1 www.kv1tambaram.tn.nic.in
36 TAMBARAM No.2 www.kv2tambaram.tn.nic.in
37 THANJAVUR AFS www.kvthanjavur.tn.nic.in
38 THIRUVANNAMALAI www.kvtvmalai.tn.nic.in
39 TRICHY No.1 www.kvtrichyone.tn.nic.in
40 TRICHY No.2 www.kvtrichy2.tn.nic.in
41 VIJAYANARAYANAM www.kvvijayanarayanam.tn.nic.in
42 VIRUDHUNAGAR* www.kvvirudhunagar.tn.nic.in
43 WELLINGTON www.kvwellington.tn.nic.in

Source: https://90paisa.blogspot.in

AICPIN for the month of January 2018 - Expected DA July 2018


AICPIN for the month of January 2018 - Expected DA July 2018

No.5/1/2018-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
'CLEREMONT', SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 28th February, 2018
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - January, 2018

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2018 increased by 2 points and pegged at 288 (two hundred and eighty eight). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.70 per cent between December, 2017 and January, 2018 when compared with the decrease of (-) 0.36 per cent for the corresponding months of last year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 3.99 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Goat Meat, Poultry (Chicken), Tea (Readymade), Pan Leaf, Doctor's Fee, Medicine (Allopathic), Cinema Charges, Bus Fare, Petrol, Flowers/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Rice, Wheat & Wheat Atta, Gram Dal, Eggs (Hen), Fish Fresh, Onion, Brinjal Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, French Bean, Gourd, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Sugar, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.11 per cent for January, 2018 as compared to 4.00 per cent for the previous month and 1.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 3.36 per cent against 4.32 per cent of the previous month and 0.34 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Nasik reported the maximum increase of (16 points) followed by Nagpur (11 points), Pune, Lucknow and Goa (10 points each), Kodarma and Amritsar (9 points each), and Coonoor, Agra and Chandigarh (8 points each). Among others, 7 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 6 points in 1 centre, 5 points in 5 centres, 4 points in 1 centre, 3 points in 6 centres, 2 points in 7 centres and 1 point in 8 centres. On the contrary, Quilon recorded a maximum decrease of 6 points followed by Siliguri and Madurai (5 points each). Among others, 4 points decrease was observed in 3 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 8 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. Rest of the 6 centres' indices remained stationary.

The indices of 36 centres are above All-India Index and 40 centres' indices are below national average. The index of Varanasi and Jabalpur centres remained at par with All-India Index. The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2018 will be released on Wednesday, 28th March, 2018. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

(ANIL KUMAR NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Cabinet approves Amendments to Housing and Telephone Facilities Rules, Constituency Allowance Rules and Office Expense Allowance Rules for MPs


Cabinet approves Amendments to Housing and Telephone Facilities Rules, Constituency Allowance Rules and Office Expense Allowance Rules for MPs.
28 FEB 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved Amendment to (i) The Housing and Telephone Facilities (Members of Parliament) Rules, 1956 (ii) The Members of Parliament (Constituency Allowance) Rules, 1986, (iii) The Members of Parliament (Office Expense Allowance) Rules, 1988. The details are:

Increase in the monetary ceiling of furniture at residence of Members of Parliament from Rs. 75,000/- (Rs. 60,000/- for durable and Rs. 15,000/- for non­durable) to Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rs. 80,000/- for durable and Rs. 20,000/- for non­durable) w.e.f. 01.04.2018 which shall be increased after every five years commencing from 01.04.2023 on the basis of Cost Inflation Index provided under clause (v) of Explanation to section 48 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

Broadband internet facility may be provided to Members of Parliament w.e.f. August 2006 against 10,000 surrendered call units per annum on land line connection. The facility of broadband internet to Members of Parliament is already in practice since August, 2006 and it will now be incorporated in ‘the Housing and Telephone Facilities (Members of Parliament) Rules, 1956 for its regularization through its amendment with retrospective effect by inserting a new rule.

Wi-fi zone with monthly tariff plan of Rs. 1700/- from 1.9.2015 to 31.12.2016 and Rs. 2200/- from 1.1.2017 onwards may be created in the Members residential areas for providing high speed internet connection (FTTH connection). This facility will be in addition to the existing broadband facility. For this purpose, three new sub-rules are to be inserted in ‘the Housing and Telephone Facilities (Members of Parliament) Rules, 1956.

Increase in the Constituency Allowance for Members of Parliament from Rs. 45,000/- per month to Rs. 70,000/- per month w.e.f. 1.4.2018 which shall be increased after every five years commencing from 01.04.2023 on the basis of Cost Inflation Index provided under clause (v) of Explanation to section 48 of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

Increase in the Office Expense Allowance for Members of Parliament from Rs. 45,000/- per month (Rs. 15,000/- for expenses on stationary items and postage plus Rs. 30,000/- for a computer literate person engaged by Member of Parliament for obtaining secretarial assistance) to Rs. 60,000/- per month (Rs. 20,000/- for expenses on stationary items and postage plus Rs. 40,000/- for a computer literate person engaged by Member of Parliament for obtaining secretarial assistance) w.e.f. 01.04.2018 which shall be increased after every five years commencing from 01.04.2023 on the basis of Cost Inflation Index provided under clause (v) of Explanation to section 48 of the Income -tax Act, 1961.

The decision of the Cabinet shall be conveyed to the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament for making amendments in the relevant rules which shall be get approved and confirmed by the Chairman of the Council of States and the Speaker of House of the People and will be published in the Official Gazette.

Additional financial implication on account of the decision taken by the Cabinet would be Rupees 39,22,72,800/- (Rupees Thirty nine crores, twenty two lakhs, seventy two thousand & eight hundred) approximately of recurring expenditure and Rupees 6,64,05,400/- (Rupees Six crores, sixty four lakhs five thousand & four hundred) approximately of non-recurring expenditure.

Background:
Article 106 of the Constitution provides that the Members of either House
of Parliament shall be entitled to receive such salaries and allowances as may from time to time be determined by Parliament by law. Consequently, the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act (MSA Act) was enacted in 1954 (Act 30 of 1954). Section 9 of the MSA Act provides for constitution of a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament for the purpose of making rules under the Act. The Joint Committee has the powers to make rules after consultation with the Central Government to provide for all or any of the matters enumerated in the said section.

PIB

Another Blow to Central Government Employees - NDA Govt to Reject Arbitration Awards


Another Blow to Central Government Employees - NDA Govt to Reject Arbitration Awards

On 15.02.2018, Finance Minister, Sri Arun Jaitley has moved following resolutions in the Parliament to reject the two ARBITRATION AWARDS which are in favour of Central Govt Employees.

(1) Grant of HRA for the period from 01.01.1996 to 31.07.1997 based on revised pay.

(2) Revision of rates of Transport Allowance.

M. Krishnan
SG Confederation
Parliamentary Bulletin Part- II
No. 57541Thursday, February 15, 2018Legislative Section
Government Resolution
Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs  has given notices of the following Resolutions which have been admitted:
  1. "That this House approves the proposal of the Government to reject the Award given on 6th April, 2004 by the Board of Arbitration in C.A. Reference Case No.2 of 2002, regarding grant of House Rent Allowance to the Central Government employees for the period from 01.01.1996 to 31.07.1997 at pre-revised rates but with reference to revised pay, in terms of Para 21 of the Scheme for the Joint Consultative Machinery and Compulsory Arbitration for Central Government employees (JCM) as the implementation of the Award which involves an expenditure of approximately Rs.1000 crores, will lead to diversion of scarce resources from development expenditure to non-productive expenditure and will, thus, adversely affect the National Economy."
"That this House approves the proposal of the Government to reject the Award given on 24thNovember, 2005 by the Board of Arbitration (BoA) in C.A. Reference Case No.3 of 2004, regarding revision of rates of Transport Allowance to the Central Government employees in terms of Para 21 of the scheme for  Joint Consultative Machinery and Compulsory Arbitration, as the implementation of the BoA Award from the date of Award viz.24.11.2005 to 31.08.2008 which involves an expenditure of Rs.1232 crores, will lead to diversion of scarce resources from development expenditure to non-productive expenditure and will, thus, adversely affect the National Economy."Desh Deepak Verma

Secretary-General

Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 retired Running Staff


Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 retired Running Staff

NFIR

No.II/35/Part XIV
Dated:26/02/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Special attention: Executive Director (IR)
Dear Sir,
Sub: Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 retired Running Staff-reg.

Ref: Railway Board's letter No. D-43/34/2017-F(E) III dated 24/01/2018.

Railway Board have issued orders vide letter dated 24/01/2018 with regard to Pension Revision/Parity in the case of pre-2016 retired Running Staff on Indian Railways. Federation feels sad to note that these instructions have not been endorsed to NFIR and no copy has been sent officially till date even though more than a month has passed. There have also been number of instances in the past when the important instructions mainly relating to establishment matters/staff issues not being endorsed to the Federation and this shows that there is some discrepancy in the working machinery in the Railway Board's Office.

While expressing our unhappiness over the failures as above, NFIR requests the Railway Board to arrange to tighten the mechanism and see that all letters/instructions are endorsed to the NFIR and hard copies thereof delivered promptly.

So far as the contents of Board's letter dated 24th January, 2018 are concerned, prima-facie, it is observed that the illustrations as well the principles adopted are not in conformity with the Government's decision, resulting denial of legitimate pension revision and disappointment among retired Running Staff. These are required to be reviewed and the Federation will separately convey through another letter to the Railway Board, pointing out the deficiencies in the "illustrations" issued as Annexure to Board's letter dated 24th January, 2018.

Federation further urges that the instructions dated 24/01/2018 be kept in abeyance, pending detailed review.
Yours faithfully,
S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Clarification Regarding Release of Funds to Prasar Bharti

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Clarification Regarding Release of Funds to Prasar Bharti

MAR 2018

It has come to the notice of the Ministry that a deliberate, sinister, motivated campaign has been launched by some elements to wrongfully tarnish the image of the Ministry of I&B by reporting that money to Prasar Bharti is not being released after December, 2017 as a retaliation to Prasar Bharti not obeying certain dictates of the Ministry. The misinformation is based on ill-will and incorrect appreciation with half baked facts and is tantamount to causing loss of reputation of the Government in public eyes. It is patently defamatory in nature. Hence, it is important to bring the following facts to light:

Fiscal prudence and accountability is the very fulcrum of the functioning of any Government organisation. Prasar Bharti is as much bound by the General Financial Rules (GFR) of the Government of India as any Ministry or any organisation receiving grants-in-aid from the Government. As per the provision of GFR, any autonomous organisation receiving Grant-in-Aid must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry, clearly bringing out the physical and financial targets with timelines for activities to be done by utilising the said grant during that financial year. For the record, irrespective of repeated reminders from the Ministry, no MoU has been signed by Prasar Bharti.

As an example of how fiscal accountability leads to curbing of wasteful expenditure, the following point illustrates it:

By bringing in Human Resource Information System (HRIS) in Prasar Bharti, at repeated insistence of the Ministry, exact amount of expenditure on employees has been worked out and this has resulted in savings to the tune of nearly Rs. 30 cr per month for the salary head (Rs. 360 cr a year). The Sam Pitroda Committee had also suggested a number of measures such as manpower audit etc. to enhance financial discipline. Hence, we are hopeful that following similar footsteps, together a lot can be done to enhance transparency and accountability.

However, the Ministry would like to re-iterate that the Government remains committed to protect the interest of all Prasar Bharti employees.

PIB

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980-Table of Benefits for the saving fund for the period from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018


CGEGIS Table of Benefits from Jan to Mar 2018

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980-Table of Benefits for the saving fund for the period from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018

No.7(2)/EV/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 27th February, 2018
Office Memorandum

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 Tables of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018 - reg.

The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme- 1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 01.01.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry's 0M of even number dated 17.03.2017, for the quarter from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate of 7.6% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department of Economic Affairs as per their Resolution dated 01.01.2018, are enclosed.

2. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto, the first Table of Benefits for the savings fund of the scheme is based on the subscription of Rs.10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs. 15 p.m. w.e.f. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table of Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 p.m. for those employees who had opted out of the revised rate of subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

3. These orders are in respect of Table of Benefits for the period from 01.01.2018 to 31.03.2018.

4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.
sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Director
 Source: www.doe.gov.in

Clarification on Purchase of Air ticket - DoE Orders dt.27.2.2018


Clarification on Purchase of Air ticket - DoE Orders dt.27.2.2018

No.19024/22/2017-EIV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 27th February, 2018
Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments' O.M No, 19024/22/2017-E.IV dated 19.07.2017 regarding guidelines on Air travel where the Govt. of India bears the cost of passage. As per this 0.M., Ministries/Departments were asked to ensure that these instructions are given adequate coverage and were to be circulated to all so that ‘lack of knowledge’ of the rules is not cited as an excuse. In spite of these instructions, a large number of cases for relaxation of air travel guidelines due to purchase of air ticket from unauthorized travel agents, are still being received in this Department.

2. The matter has been re-considered and it has been decided that all such cases of air travel where tickets have been purchased after issue of this Department's O.M. dated 19.07.2017, seeking relaxation of air travel guidelines pertaining to purchase of air ticket from authorized agent, should have the approval of Secretary of the Administrative Ministry before referring the same to Department of Expenditure.

This is issued with the approval of Secretary Expenditure.
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(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.doe.gov.in

Source: Finmin Orders

Finance Minister to inaugurate the Centralized GP Fund Module of PFMS for all the Central Government Employees and ePPO Module of PFMS for complete end -to -end electronic processing of Pension cases tomorrow


Finance Minister to inaugurate the Centralized GP Fund Module of PFMS for all the Central Government Employees and ePPO Module of PFMS for complete end -to -end electronic processing of Pension cases tomorrow
28 FEB 2018

On the occasion of 42nd Civil Accounts Day tomorrow, the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs , Shri Arun Jaitley will inaugurate the Centralized GP Fund Module of PFMS for all the Central Government Employees. The centralized GPF module meets a long standing demand of the Central Government Employees for a mapping of GPF Accounts with the unique Employee ID thereby facilitating online application for GPF advances and withdrawals with online access to the employee's current GPF balances. The module will streamline GPF accounting and transfer of balances.

During the Inaugural Session, the Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley will also inaugurate the ePPO module of PFMS for complete end -to -end electronic processing of Pension cases. The ePPO includes the integration of the BHAVISHYA application of the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare and the PARAS application of CPAO with PFMS for seamless processing of Pension cases thereby eliminating delays and errors involved in manual processing.

A function is being organized tomorrow at D.S. Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan Complex, New Delhi to mark the 42nd Civil Accounts Day.

The Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley will be the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session. The Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan will preside over this Session. The Secretary (Expenditure), Shri A. N. Jha and the Controller General of Accounts(CGA), Shri Anthony Lianzuala will be the other dignitaries at the Inaugural Session.

It may be mentioned here that the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley had earlier graced the 40th Civil Accounts Day function on March 1, 2016 in which the Hon'ble President of India was the Chief Guest. The Union Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley had also very graciously inaugurated the ‘Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan', the new building of this office on September 14, 2016.
Earlier, the Finance Minister had been kind enough to launch the mandatory use of PFMS for Central -Sector schemes monitoring (Oct 2015), the Non -Tax Receipts Portal (NTRP) (Feb 2016) and the Web Responsive Pensioners' Service of the Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) (September 2016).

The Union Government initiated a major reform in Public Financial Management in 1976. The Audit and Accounts functions were separated by relieving the Comptroller and Auditor General of his responsibility of preparation of Union Government accounts. The accounting function was brought directly under the control of the Executive. Consequently, the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) was established. The ICAS was carved out from the Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA & AS), initially through the promulgation of an Ordinance amending the C & AG's (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 1976. Later on, the Departmentalization of Union Accounts (Transfer of Personnel) Act, 1976 was enacted by Parliament and assented to by Hon'ble President of India on 8th April, 1976. The Act was deemed to have come into force with effect from 1st March, 1976. Accordingly, the ICAS is celebrating March 1 every year as the "Civil Accounts Day".
Since its inception the ICAS has steadily grown in stature and now plays an important role in the management of public finances of the Union Government.

Other highlights of the 42nd Civil Accounts Day function are

* Inauguration of the Centralised GPF and ePPO modules of PFMS
Reforms in public financial management are a continuous process. Structural changes take place in the economy and in the functioning of government which demand accounting data on public finances to be available to decision makers, often on real time basis. This demand for faster information can only be met through adoption of technology. Recognizing this need, the Service has since its inception, been a pioneer in the use of Information Technology in Payments, Accounting and Financial Reporting.

* Keynote address by Shri N. K. Singh, Chairman, Fifteenth Finance Commission (FFC)
Shri N. K. Singh, Chairman, FFC will deliver the keynote address at the Plenary Session from 12.00 PM to 12.50 PM on the topic "Managing Public Finances for a resurgent India". The Address will be of tremendous significance in the context of fiscal discipline efforts of the Union and the States that would be required to achieve fiscal consolidation.

* Address by Shri Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India
The post-lunch session (2:00 PM -2:50 PM) will feature a talk by Shri Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India on the topics "Leveraging Information Technology for an efficient receipt and payment system of the Government of India". As the head of the premier accredited and aggregator bank for Government business, the views of Chairman, SBI on the subject would be of immense significance especially in the context of implementation of the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) with a seamless integration with the banking systems.

Concluding session
This Session will be an Open House Session where Service Officers will interact for a way forward on issues relating to Accounts, IT and Internal Audit.

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