Monday, 17 December 2018

Minimum Pension - Employees Pension Scheme - for the pensioners under Employees Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995.


Ministry of Labour & Employment
Minimum Pension
17 DEC 2018
As regards Employees Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995, a minimum pension of Rs. 1,000/- per month has been prescribed with effect from 01.09.2014 for the pensioners under Employees Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995.

In the case of Atal Pension Yojana (APY), depending upon the pension plan selected, each subscriber under APY shall receive a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month or Rs. 2000 per month or Rs. 3000 per month or Rs. 4000 per month or Rs. 5000 per month, after the age of 60 years until his/her death. If the actual returns during the accumulation phase are higher than the assumed returns for minimum guaranteed pension, such excess will be passed on to the subscriber. As such, the minimum pension depending upon the pension plan selected by the subscriber is fixed under the APY. Under National Pension System (NPS), there is no ceiling fixed for minimum pension.
Further, a High-Empowered Monitoring Committee has been constituted for complete evaluation and review of the EPS, 1995.

There is no provision for Dearness Allowance in EPS, 1995, as it is a self-funded scheme with fixed contributions. Further, Dearness Allowance is not applicable under NPS and APY as the pension under both depends upon the accumulated corpus at the time of exit which is market linked.
This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess

Ministry of Labour & Employment
Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess
17 DEC 2018

Pursuant to the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court contained in its judgement dated 19.03.2018 in W.P. (C) No. 318/2006, the Central Government has formulated a model welfare scheme for BOC workers which, inter alia, envisages following maternity benefit, out of the BOCW welfare cess fund, for those BOC workers who are not covered under Ayushman Bharat:-
(i) Paid maternity leave to registered construction workers ranging from 90 days to 26 weeks for up to two deliveries.
(ii) Rs.6000/-per delivery for up to two deliveries to the wife of the registered construction workers, which will be in addition to any other benefit received from any Government Scheme in this regard.
The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 provides safety, health and welfare measures for the building and other construction workers. For the purposes of the above said Act, a cess is levied and collected at the rate of 1% of the cost of construction by the State Governments under the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996. The States, through their respective State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Boards, constituted under BOCW Act, utilize the cess fund in terms of Section 22 of BOCW Act, 1996. The States and Union Territories have collected around Rs. 45473.1 Crore and have spent an amount Rs. 17591.592 Crore upto 30.9.18.

The Welfare Schemes funded from BOCW welfare cess fund are exclusively for the building and other construction workers. Diversion of the cess fund for welfare of other category of workers is not permissible under the BOCW (RECS) Act, 1996.

Utilization of Cess Fund under Section 22 of the Building and Other Construction Workers (RECS) Act, 1996 Act and the registration of building and other construction workers as beneficiary under section 12 of the said Act is done by the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Boards.

Besides the above, the Government is implementing various Acts and Schemes to provide social security and welfare benefits to workers, both in the organised and unorganised sector. The social security to the workers in the organized sector is provided mainly through five Central Acts, namely, the Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948, the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, the Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923, the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 and the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.

In order to provide social security benefits to the workers in the unorganised sector, the Central Government is implementing Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008, to provide welfare schemes in matters relating to life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits, old age protection to the unorganised workers. Various Ministries/Departments of the Central Government are implementing such social security schemes like Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (Ministry of Rural Development); National Family Benefit Scheme (Ministry of Rural Development); health and maternity schemes (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare). The Central Government has also converged the social security scheme of Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (AABY) with Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) to provide life and disability coverage to the unorganised workers depending upon their eligibility. These converged schemes give coverage of Rs.2 lakhs on death at premium of Rs.330/- per annum and coverage of Rs.2 lakhs on accidental death at premium of Rs.12 per annum, besides disability benefits as per the scheme. The annual premium is shared on 50:50 basis by the Central Government and the State Governments. These schemes are implemented and monitored by Life Insurance Corporation of India and the concerned State Governments.

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Incentives to Industries in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North Eastern States


Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Incentives to Industries in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North Eastern States
17 DEC 2018
Twenty-one projects are under implementation or have been completed in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North Eastern States including six projects in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Mizoram and Tripura.This information was given by Minister of State for Commerce & Industry C. R. Chaudhary in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has been implementing many schemes for providing incentives to industries in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North Eastern States including Sikkim.

The scheme for Jammu & Kashmir provides Central Capital Investment Incentive at the rate of 30% of the investment in plant & machinery with an upper limit of Rs. 5 crore). Central Interest Incentive at the rate 3% interest on working capital for 5 years and Central Comprehensive Insurance Incentive (Reimbursement of 100% insurance premium for 5 years are also available. The scheme is in force from 15.6.2017 to 31.3.2022.

The scheme for Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand provides Central Capital Investment Incentive at the 30% of the investment in plant & machinery with an upper limit of Rs. 5 crore and Central Comprehensive Insurance Incentive (Reimbursement of 100% insurance premium for 5 years). The scheme is in force from 1.4.2017 to 31.3.2022.

The scheme for North Eastern states including Sikkim provides (i) Central Capital Investment Incentive (30% of the investment in plant & machinery with an upper limit of Rs. 5 crore), (ii) Central Interest Incentive (3% interest on working capital for 5 years), (iii) Central Comprehensive Insurance Incentive (Reimbursement of 100% insurance premium for 5 years), (iv) Income Tax Reimbursement of centre's share for 5 years, (v) GST reimbursement of Central Govt. share of CGST & IGST for 5 years, (vi) Employment Incentive under which additional 3.67% of the employer's contribution to EPF in addition to Govt. bearing 8.33% Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) contribution of the employer in PMRPY and (vii) Transport incentive on finished goods movement by Railways(20% cost of the transportation), by Inland Waterways Authority (20% of the cost of transportation) & by air (33% of cost transportation of air freight) from the station/port/airport nearest to unit to the station/port/airport nearest to the destination point.

Under this scheme a single unit can avail overall benefits up to Rs. 200 crore.

Scheme of Budgetary Support to the eligible units located in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and North Eastern States including Sikkim under Goods and Service Tax Regime extends benefits of GST reimbursement of central government share of CGST&IGST to the industrial units for the residual period to them which were earlier availing excise exemption in the pre-GST regime. The scheme is in force from 01.07.2017 till 30.06.2027.

In addition, under this scheme, DIPP is implementing Modified Industrial Infrastructure Up-gradation Scheme (MIIUS) to upgrade common industrial infrastructure in industrial parks, estates and areas in the country including green field projects in backward areas including NER.

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DoPT: Rule 18 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964- regarding standard forms for intimation/ permission under the rules and expenditure incurred on repairs or minor construction work in respect of immovable property


DoPT: Rule 18 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964- regarding standard forms for intimation/ permission under the rules and expenditure incurred on repairs or minor construction work in respect of immovable property - regarding.

F. No. 11013/2 /2018-Estt.A-JJI
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-Ill Desk
North Block, New Delhi - 110001
Dated J December, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rule 18 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964- regarding standard forms for intimation/ permission under the rules and expenditure incurred on repairs or minor construction work in respect of immovable property - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that in accordance with the provisions of sub - rule (2) of the Rule 18 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964, all Government servants coming within the purview of these Rules are required to make a report to the prescribed authority before entering into any transaction of immovable property in their own name or in the name of a member of family. If the transaction is with a person having any official dealings with the Government servant, the Govt. Servant is required to obtain prior sanction of the prescribed authority. Sub-rule (3), ibid provides that all Govt. servants should give an intimation to the prescribed authority within one month of entering into any transaction of movable property, the value of which exceeds the monetary limits prescribed in that Rule. In case any such transaction is with a person having official dealing with the Government servant, prior sanction of the prescribed authority is necessary. All requests for obtaining prior sanction and making intimation about transactions in immovable and movable property may be made in the enclosed standard Form I and Form H, respectively.

2. Further, this Department's O.M. No. 11013/9/89-Estt.(A) dated 27/11/1990 provides, inter-alia, that where the expenditure incurred on repairs or minor constructions work in respect of any immovable property belonging to a Government Servant is estimated to exceed Rs. 10,000/-, intimation to the prescribed authority was necessary. These instructions have been reviewed and in supersession of the said O.M., it has now been decided that in respect of the expenditure incurred on repairs and minor additions to an immovable property by a Government servant, an intimation shall be necessary to be given to the prescribed authority only if the estimate exceeds the limit prescribed in Rule 18(3) of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. However, prior sanction of the prescribed authority should be obtained in all cases regardless of amount involved, where the transaction regarding the material purchases or contract for such repairs or minor construction, is with a person with whom the Government servant concerned has official dealings.

4. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all administrative authority under their control.

5. In so far as the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Departments are concerned, this O.M. issues after consultation with Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

6. Hindi version will follow.
(Satish Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: DoPT

7CPC: Benefit of Protection of Pay - Fixation Detail Table - Pcafys


7CPC: Benefit of Protection of Pay - Fixation Detail Table - Pcafys

Benefit of Protection of Pay in r/o Shri G.K. Baranwal, IDAS, DCDA
Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts (Fys) has published an order on 5.12.2018 through its official website regarding the benefit of pay protection for Shri G.K.Baranwal, IDAS, DCDA with detailed refixation pay table. We reproduced the table and given here for your information…

Shri G.K.Baranwal, IDAS, DCDA A.O. OEF KanpurDATE OF JOINING26.05.11
Pay Fixed on date of Joining (26.05.2011)DatePay Fixed at Pay Band + Grade Pay
26.05.1116230/- + 5400/-
01.07.1116880/- + 5400/-
01.07.1217550/- + 5400/-
01.07.1318240/- + 5400/-
01.07.1418950/- + 5400/-
Pay Fixed on date of Promotion (15.04.2015)15.04.1518950/- + 6600/-
01.07.1520440/- + 6600/-
Pay Fixed 7th CPCDateBasic Pay Fixed Under RPR 2016 & Pay Level
20440/- + 6600/- (6th CPC)01.01.1669700/- (L-11)
01.07.1671800/-
01.07.1774000/-
01.07.1876200/-
Note: DNI on 01/07/2019 if otherwise in order.
7TH CPC PAY MATRIX TABLELEVEL 10 TO 12 (GRADE PAY 5400 TO 7600)
PBPB-3 (15600-39100)
GP540066007600
Level101112
1561006770078800
2578006970081200
3595007180083600
4613007400086100
5631007620088700
6650007850091400
7670008090094100
8690008330096900
9711008580099800
107320088400102800
117540091100105900
127770093800109100
138000096600112400
148240099500115800
1584900102500119300
1687400105600122900
1790000108800126600
1892700112100130400
1995500115500134300
2098400119000138300
21101400122600142400
22104400126300146700
23107500130100151100
24110700134000155600
25114000138000160300
26117400142100165100
27120900146400170100
28124500150800175200
29128200155300180500
30132000160000185900
31136000164800191500
32140100169700197200
33144300174800203100
34148600180000209200
35153100185400
36157700191000
37162400196700
38167300202600
39172300208700
40177500

Source: Pcafys

NPS Applicable to NVS Employees w.e.f. 1.4.2009


NPS Applicable to NVS Employees w.e.f. 1.4.2009
The New Pension Scheme introduced for the Central Government employees w.e.f. 1.1.2004, was made applicable to the regular employees of NVS w.e.f. 1.4.2009.
Pension benefit to teachers of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas

The option to switchover to the GPF Scheme was available only to the employees of those institutions which were in existence as on 1.1.1986. Since the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) was registered as a society only on 28.2.1986, the option of switchover to GPF scheme was not applicable to the employees of NVS.

The employees of NVS had been given the benefits of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) scheme since its inception. The New Pension Scheme (NPS), which was introduced for the Central Government employees w.e.f. 1.1.2004, was made applicable to the regular employees of NVS w.e.f. 1.4.2009. Those employees who had joined NVS on regular basis before 1.4.2009 were given an option to continue with the existing CPF scheme or to join the NPS.

The option was to be exercised by 3.11.2009. Those employees of NVS who have opted for and are covered under the NPS, are entitled to the benefits envisaged under this scheme. Thus, the teachers of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are already entitled to benefits of either the CPF scheme or the NPS scheme having regard to the option exercised by them.

This was stated by Shri Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 13.12.2018.

National Pension System Trust (NPS Trust) - Processing of Partial Withdrawal request

National Pension System Trust (NPS Trust) - Processing of Partial Withdrawal request

Public Notice - Processing of Partial Withdrawal requests in system latest by 31.12.2018
National Pension System Trust (NPS Trust)

Are you an NPS subscriber who has applied for partial withdrawal from PRAN but has yet to receive the funds?

If yes, please read and act upon the following message immediately:

An NPS subscriber is permitted to make partial withdrawal for specified purpose after three years of joining. If the subscriber has applied for partial withdrawal, the completed hard copy form and documents are also required to be submitted to the concerned nodal office for verification and authorization. In absence of submission of the hard copy form and documents to the nodal office, the online partial withdrawal request will remain pending in the system and the subscriber will not receive the funds.

As per advisories issued by the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA) on 06 December 2018, in case of all partial withdrawal requests captured in the system till 30 November 2018, the required forms, information and documents need to be submitted to the respective nodal offices immediately so that verification and authorization can be completed latest by 31 December 2018. The nodal offices will be: Pay & Accounts Office (PAO) / District Treasury Office (DTO) / Drawing & Disbursing Office (DDO) for the government sector subscribers and Points of Presence (PoPs) for subscribers in other sectors. If a request for partial withdrawal is not authorized in the system by 31 December 2018, it will be treated that the subscriber is no longer interested to seek partial withdrawal and the application / request will be considered as withdrawn.

You are therefore requested to liaise with your nodal office to ensure your online partial withdrawal request, supported by hard copy application and other documents, is duly processed by them well before 31 December 2018.

In case you face any issues with your nodal office in the above matter, you can approach NPS Trust (along with your Permanent Retirement Account Number - PRAN and your own & your nodal office's contact details) via email: grievances@npstrust.org.in

Source: NPS Trust

Bank Employees Wage Revision - UFBU Meeting 12.12.2018

Bank Employees Wage Revision - UFBU Meeting 12.12.2018

Bank Employees Wage Revision
UFBU Meeting 12.12.2018

In today's UFBU meeting the discussion revolved around two issues:

A) The issue of extending fraternal support by UFBU constituents to AIBOC on 21st December'18.

B) The view of all constituents on the decision of AIBOC of not taking part in further talks, and also to seek opinion of each affiliate whether they would be taking part in talks should IBA convene any meeting.

On the first issue, there was no unanimity amongst constituents, hence, UFBU Convenor left the decision to individual affiliates.

We are happy to share that some affiliates openly expressed their support and also agreed to join the Dharna at Delhi scheduled on 14th December'18

AIBOC also categorically stated that in future we will also take a call on extending fraternal support, should any affiliate call for a strike or announce any agitational program.

On the second issue, all other affiliates expressed that they would be joining future talks.

UFBU Convenor, requested AIBOC to reconsider the decision of not taking part in further talks.

During the deliberation, AIBOC clarified it's position that we are firm and resolute in our stand of going ahead with the strike and not taking part in further talks unless the mandate issue was settled.

We also expressed that after assessing the impact of our strike, we will take stock, discuss with all our affiliates and chalk out our future course of action.
General Secretary.
AIBOC

Lok Sabha: Procedural Impediments of CGHS Beneficiaries

Lok Sabha: Procedural Impediments of CGHS Beneficiaries

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 780
ANSWERED ON: 14.12.2018
Procedural Impediments of CGHS Beneficiaries
JANARDAN SINGH SIGRIWAL

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

(a) whether the Government has made it mandatory for the CGHS beneficiaries who have been referred to CGHS empanelled hospitals, to report back to the concerned wellness centre to endorse investigations advised by the specialists at empanelled hospitals and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government has taken note of inconvenience and harassment being faced by CGHS beneficiaries who have to visit dispensaries time and again for endorsement of such investigations and if so, the reaction of the Government thereto;

(c) whether the Government has received representations in this regard and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) the corrective measures taken/ proposed to be taken by the Government to simplify/change the procedure in this regard in the interest of sick people, pensioners and serving employees?

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

(a) & (b): Yes; The Government vide its Office Memorandum No. Z.15025/117/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS, dated the 15th January, 2018 permitted all CGHS beneficiaries to seek OPD consultation from Specialists at Private Hospitals empanelled under CGHS after being referred by any Medical Officer/CMO of CGHS Wellness Centre. After consultation at empanelled hospitals beneficiary shall report back to concerned Wellness Centre, where Medical Officer/CMO would endorse listed investigation and issue medicines.

The Government has reviewed the matter and issued revised guidelines.

(c): Yes; some representations were received for permitting investigations on the advice of Specialist of Private Hospitals empanelled under CGHS.

(d): The guidelines for referral issued vide Office Memorandum No. Z.15025/117/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS, dated the 15th January, 2018 have been modified vide Office Memorandum No. Z.15025/117/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS, dated the 10th December, 2018 and the following modifications have been made in the interest of sick people, pensioners and serving employees:-
  • The referral shall be valid for consultations upto 3 times in the same hospital within 30 days.
  • CGHS beneficiaries have been permitted to consult upto 3 Specialists, if required during a single visit.
  • Investigations advised by Specialist of Private Empanelled Hospitals may be undertaken if they are required in emergency as certified by Specialist without endorsement by CGHS.
Source: LokSabha

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