Wednesday, 24 April 2019

GPF benefit to the employees who are governed under the NPS scheme recruited on or after 1-1- 2004


GPF benefit to the employees who are governed under the NPS scheme recruited on or after 1-1- 2004

No.NC-JCM-2019/Pension/NPS
April 23 , 2019
The Secretary
Government of India
Department of Pension and Pensioners welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan.
Khan Market, New Delhi.

Sir,
Sub : GPF for those who have been recruited on or after 1-1-2004.

Ref : Item No. 5 of the agenda point discussed in the 47th meeting of National Council (JCM) held under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary on 13th April 2019.

You are aware that the Staff side of the National Council JCM is repeatedly demanding for withdrawing the NPS and re introduce the defined Guaranteed pension scheme under the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 to the employees who have been recruited on or after 1-1-2004. However pending the same the staff side has represented for extending the benefit of GPF for those employees who have been appointed on or before 1-1-2004 and governed under NPS on an optional basis. In the 47th National Council JCM meeting held on 13-4-2019, the Staff side reiterated their demand and requested that the GPF scheme may be extended to the NPS employees who opt for the same as an additional saving benefit. The Cabinet Secretary desired that the demand of the Staff Side may be considered favorably. Your good self has also assured that the demand of the Staff side would be considered and decision taken at the earliest.

In view of the above we submit the following justification for extending the GPF benefit on optional basis to the employees who are governed under the NPS scheme.

The advantage of GPF to the employees is as follows:

(1) The interest rate for GPF accumulation is 8% as on date.
(2) Advances from GPF is permissible for the following purposes.
  • Illness of self, family members or dependants.
  • Education of family members or dependant of the subscriber. Education will include primary, secondary and higher education, covering all streams and educational institutions.
  • Obligatory expenses, viz. betrothal, marriage, funerals or other ceremonies.
  • Cost of legal proceedings
  • Cost of defence
  • Purchase of consumer durables
  • Pilgrimage and visiting places of eminence. This will include any travel and tourism related activities.
(3) Apart from the advances as mentioned above GPF subscribers are entitled for withdrawals from GPF for the following purposes.

(i) Education : This will include primary, secondary and higher education covering all streams and institutions.
(ii) Obligatory expenses, viz. betrothal, marriage, funerals, or other ceremonies of self or family members and dependants.
(iii) Illness of self, family members or dependants.
(iv) Purchase of consumer durables.
(v) Housing including building or acquiring a suitable house or a ready built flat for his residence.
(vi) Repayment of outstanding housing loan.
(vii) Purchase of house site for building a house.
(viii) Constructing a house on a site acquired.
(ix) Reconstructing or making additions on a house already acquired.
(x) Renovating, additions or alterations of ancestral house.
(xi) Purchase of motor car/ motor cycle/ scooter etc. or repayment of loan already taken for the purpose.
(xii) Extensive repairs / overhauling of motor car.
(xiii) Making deposit to book a motor car / motor cycle / scooter, moped, etc

Apart from the above tax deduction under section 80C is also available. Annual statements will be issued on the 1st of April every year.

From the above it is amply clear that the GPF is more advantages to the employees than the Tier-II scheme of NPS. Therefore as stated by the staff side in the National Council JCM meeting held on 13 -4-2019 it is once again reiterated that the GPF scheme may be extended to the willing NPS employees who opt for the same. Necessary orders in this regard may please be issued at the earliest.

A copy of your instructions may please be endorsed to this Office.

Thanking you
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary
Source: NPS

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Minimum educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in the Medical Department on the Railways


Minimum educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in the Medical Department on the Railways

NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No.II/1/2019
Dated: 22/04/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Minimum educational qualification for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Gr. III in the Medical Department on the Railways.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 52/2018.
(ii) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 22/05/2015 (RBE No. 49/2015) and 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 54/2018).
(iii) NFIR's letter No. II/1/2018 dated 08/05/2018.
(iv) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)II/2001/RR-1/45 dated 21/01/2019 addressed to GS/NIFIR.

Federation does not accept the reply of Railway,Board vide letter dated 21/01/2019 on minimum educational qualification for Open Market Recruitment to the post of Pharmacist Grade-III in the Medical Department on Railways as the reply being misleading, illogical and not in conformity with the instructions issued by the nodal ministry viz., Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through the Gazette of India dated 14th March, 2015, wherein notification issued by the CGHS Division dated 11th March, 2015 under G.S.R. 51 has been circulated to all the Ministries/Department to adopt and implement the same.

Federation re-iterates that through Gazette Notification dated 11th March, 2015, recruitment Rules (with the approval of the President) to the post of Pharmacist Grade-III from Open Market were published which superseded all previous instructions. The revised recruitment rules are as follows:-

(a) 12th Class Pass with Science subjects (Physicso Chemistry and Biology), or equivalent from a recognized Board or University.
  • Diploma in Pharmacy from recognized institution and registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and
  • Two years' experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948; and
OR
(b) Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) from a recognized University or equivalentq and
  • Registered as a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
Though the Federation communicated with regard to revision in the academic/technical qualification and experience for recruitment to the post of Pharmacist vide Federation's letter dated 28/05/2015, Railway Board failed to take corrective action.

Despite NFIR's letter dated 08/05/2018 and PNM Agenda Item No. 52/2018 (sent to Railway Board on 26/06/2018), Railway Board again failed to modify its instructions dated 05/04/2018 (RBE No. 54/2018) and not incorporated the following provision.

Two years experience as Pharmacist in any recognized Hospital or Pharmacy after duly registered as Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948.
(portion of part (a) above)

2. Further, the views expressed by the Railway Board that the pay structure of GP 2800/Level-5 is appropriate to the Pharmacist category Grade-III at entry level in Railways is unjustified in view of the fact that the DoP&T vide O.M. No. AB-14017/27/2014-Estt. (PR). dated 20th January, 2015 issued detailed guidelines for prescribing educational qualification and requisite experience in respect of various posts for appointment by direct recruitment etc. On going through these guidelines, it is noted that the two years period of experience when attached to a post having Bachelor's Degree/Diploma qualification in the professional area, the incumbents are to be placed in GP 4200 + PB-2 and not in GP 2800/- in PB-1.

NFIR again requests the Railway Board to kindly review its decision and issue modified instructions duly improving the minimum educational qualification for Open Market Recruitment to the posts of Pharmacists Grade-II in the Medical Department on Railways and also consider grant of entry GP 4200 to the Pharmacists Grade III.

DA/As above
Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Total subscribers that contribute throughout the month - NPS - NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM


Total subscribers that contribute throughout the month - NPS - NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM

Age Band Total Existing Subscribers contributing during the month
(Table A)
-MaleFemaleTransgenderNON IRATotal
18-21 Years 22,501 7,514 - - 30,015
22-25 Years 2,80,574 74,554  - - 3,55,128
26-28 Years  5,91,061 1,52,324  3 - 7,43,388
29-35 Years  17,03,030 4,79,873 9 - 21,82,912
>35 Years  16,94,343  5,48,911 10  - 22,43,264
NON- IRA - -  - 15,976 15,976
Total 42,91,509 12,63,176 22  15,976  55,70,683


New Subscribers contributing during month (Table B)
Central Govt
Male Female Transgender NON- IRA Total
462 63 - - 525
2,569 347 - - 2,916
2,319 382 - - 2,701
2,012 393 - - 2,405
869 260 - - 1,129
- - - - -
8,231 1,445 - - 9,676


New Subscribers contributing during month (Table B)
State Govt
Male Female Transgender NON- IRA Total
2,606 1,459 - - 4,065
10,164 4,310 - - 14,474
7,298 3,571 - - 10,869
11,830 7,079 - - 18,909
13,001 6,258 - - 19,259
- - - 2 2
44,899 22,677 - 2 12,381


New Subscribers contributing during month (Table B)
Non-Govt (Corporate Sector)
Male Female Transgender NON- IRA Total
85 60 - - 145
2,313 1,158 - - 3,471
1,987 629 - - 2,616
3,374 475 - - 3,849
4,622 539 2 - 5,163
- - - - -
12,381 2,861 2 - 15,244

  1. PRAN association with respective sectors is as on March 31, 2019
  2. Central Govt and State Govt includes Central and State Autonomous Bodies respectively.
  3. All types of Contribution credit is considered in the above data.
  4. As DOB and Gender of Subscriber is not available for NON IRA PRANs, additional category "NON IRA" is included in the above tables.
  5. Table A refers to unique PRANs receiving credit (in the reporting month) for Central/State and Corporate Subscribers, irrespective of type of contribution.
  6. Table B refers to unique PRAN receiving first credit (in the reporting month) in respective sectors, irrespective of type of contribution. This data is subset of data in Table A.
  7. NPS was launched on 01 Jan'04 and was aimed at individuals newly employed with central and state government, but excluding. ones in the armed forces.
  8. "Non-Govt" refers to Corporate sector employees".
  9. Includes NSDL CRA & KARVY CRA data.
  10. Non - Govt PRAN data may not necessarily represent new employment as there may be some persons who were in employment earlier but have opened PRAN now.

Railways - Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme RELHS-97


Railways - Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme RELHS-97

NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI . 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (lTF)
No.II/13A/Part II,
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Retired Employees Liberalized Health Scheme (RELHS-97) - reg.

Ref: Railway Board's letter No. 2011/H/28/1/RELHS/Court Case dated 31/05/2012.

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to the instructions issued vide Board's letter dated 31/05/2012 wherein the Railway Board had decided to allow pre-March 2009 retirees to be members of the RELHS-97 and also for post March 2009 onwards, the retirees shall be the Members of the Scheme. The Railway Board while allowing pre-March 2009 retirees the RELHS-97 Membership without any time limit, had imposed restriction of one year for March, 2009 onwards retirees to become Members of the Scheme.

Instances have been brought to the notice of the Federation by our affiliated Unions that on many Zonal Railways/PUs there are good number of retired Railway employees or their dependent family members belonging to the period post March 2009 and upto 3110512012 who could not avail the opportunity during the one year period, are now requesting to joining the Scheme. These retired employees or their dependent families have been living in rural areas and were unaware of the provision for joining RELHS-97 at that point of time. Some of our affiliated Unions took up the issue aI Zonal level in the PNM forum where the same has been pending for more than two years due to the reason that decision on this subject is required to be given by the Railway Board. Federation feels that the Railway Board would appreciate the circumstances under which the retired employees could not join the Scheme when opportunity was provided.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly consider the above points and issue modified instructions to enable the retired employees/ widows who retired during the period March, 2009 upto 31/05/2012 to join as members of RELHS-97 without any time limit. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to the Director General (RHS), Railway Board, DFCC Building, Tilak Bridge, Pragati Maidan, Metro Bhavan, New Delhi for information and necessary action please.

Copy to the General Secretary, NCRES, Allahabad with reference to letter No. 104A/NCRES/19 dated 07/04/2019.

Copy to the General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR (expect NCRES).
Media Centre / NFIR.

Source : NFIR

Revision of Pension/ Family Pensioners of Pre 01.01.2016 and Post 01.01.2016 retired employees of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study


Revision of Pension/ Family Pensioners of Pre 01.01.2016 and Post 01.01.2016 retired employees of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla

F.NO.6-1/2019-U.3
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Higher Education
U.3 Section
Room No. 519, 'C -Wing
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: April 12th, 2019
To,
The Director,
Indian Institute of Advanced Study,
Rashtrapati Nivas,
Shimla -171005

Subject:Revision of Pension/ family pension of Pre-01.01.2016 and Post 01.01.2016 retired employees of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla -reg

Sir,

I am directed to refer to the Government's decision regarding provisions regulating pension including the revision of pension/ family pension of Pre-01.01.2016 retired employees of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (HAS), Shimla on the recommendations of 7th Central pay Commission issued vide Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 04.08.2016, 12.05.2017, 06.07.2017,18.07.2017 and 13.09.2017.

2. The DoP&PW (as per aforesaid OMs) has provided for following manner of revision of pension/family pension:

As per 2nd formulation (recommended by 7th CPC), vide para - 4.1 of O.M. dated 04.08.2016, as follows:

For existing pensioners, who have retired before 01.01.2016 the revised pension/ family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the existing pension/family pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of 6th Central pay Commission (CPC) recommendations, by 2.57. The amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee.

As per 1st formulation (recommended by 7th CPC), vide para - 4 of O.M. dated 12.05.2017,as follows:

The pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 may be revised by notionally fixing the pay of pensioners 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 pensioners retired/ died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis, the pay fixation formulae approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time shall be strictly followed. 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 as per the first formulation. In the case of family pensioners who were entitled to family pension at enhanced rate, the revised family pension shall be 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 and shall be payable till the period up to which family pension at enhanced rate is admissible as per rules. The amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee.

3. The DoP&PW's above mentioned OM dated 12.05.2017 vide para-5,further maintains that higher of the two Formulations i.e. the pension/family pension already revised in accordance with this Department's OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 or the revised pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of OM dated 12.05.2017, shall be granted to pre- 01.01.2016 pensioners as revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016. In cases where pension/family pension being paid w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in accordance with this Department's OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (ii) dated 04.08.2016 happens to be more than pension/family pension as worked out in accordance with para 4 of OM dated 12.05.2017, the pension/family pension already being paid shall be treated as revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

4. Accordingly, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (HAS), Shimla may workout the pension/family pension of its pre-01.01.2016 pensioners/family pensioners as per the formulations discussed above read with other principles enunciated in Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare's O.M. No. 38/37/2016- P&PW(A) (ii) dated 12.05.2017 and 06.07.2017 and subsequent OMs dated 18.07.2017 & 13.09.2017.

5. In the case of those employees who retired/died before 01.01.1986, the pension may be worked out on lines with these concordance tables given in Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 06.07.2017 based on their notional pay as on 01.01.1986, which was fixed in accordance with this Department's OM No. 45/86/97- P&PW(A) (iii) dated 10.02.1998.

6.The revision of pension and pensionary benefits such as gratuity etc. to those pensioners who retired on or after 01.01.2016 shall be done as per Department of Pension and Pensioner's Welfare O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) (I) dated 04.08.2016. The revision of pension and pensionary benefits such as gratuity etc. are to be made applicable to only those who are already covered with the schemes which are in accordance with the similar schemes for Central Government employees.

7. This order is applicable in only those cases where such pension schemes have already been adopted with prior approval of Government of India/Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the benefits was applicable as per Sixth CPC.

8. In case the Institute has fixed the pension in a manner different from the above formulations, the same may have to be reworked by the Institute and necessary adjustment be made.

9. Any excess payment made on account of incorrect fixation of pension or any other excess payment made shall be adjusted/ recovered against the future payments due or otherwise to the beneficiary.

10.The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (HAS), Shimla is hereby advised to review its user charges for increase in its internal revenue generation to take up a part of the pensionary burden.

11.This issues with the approval of the Integrated Finance Division vide its note Diary No. 1143 dated 02.04.2019.

12.Hindi Version will follow.
(Sanjay Kumar Singh)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Download the Order here

Monday, 22 April 2019

Music and Dance Competition for wards of Central Government Employees - DoPT Orders 2019


Music and Dance Competition for wards of Central Government Employees - DoPT Orders 2019
18/3/2017 -18-CCSCSB
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES CULTURAL AND SPORTS BOARD

Room No. 361 , B Wing, 3rd Floor
lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Date: 22.04.2019
CIRCULAR

Sub: Music and Dance competition for wards of Central Government Employees

Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board proposes to organise the Music and Dance competition for wards of Civilian Central Government Employees working at New Delhi at C.S.O.I. Auditorium on 21-22 May, 2019. The entry for the competition should be sent in the prescribed form to the Board's Office latest by 15th May, 2019 at Room No. 361 , 3rd Floor, lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi-11 0003 or by email at sportsdopt@gmail.com .

2. The Competition will in held in the following categories:
S.No.CategoryAge CategoriesBorn BetweenDuration
Music05-08 years15.05.2011 to 14.05.20143-5 Minutes
1.Instrumental Music
2.Classical Music (light + vocal) 09-12 years15.05.2007 to 14.05. 2010
3.Folk Music
Dance13-16 years15.05.2003 to 14.05.2006
1.Folk Dance
2.Western Dance
3.Classical Dance

3. Decision of the judges will be final and no appeal against their decision would be entertained.

4. For further queries, Ms. Neelu Suri (9910983139) Convener, CCSCSB (Music, Dance and Short Play) may be contacted .

The circular may be given wide publicity.
(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Secretary (CCSCSB)
To
The Welfare Officer of all Ministries/Departments
Area Welfare Officer of all Government colonies

Central Civil Services Cultural & Sports Board
(Department of Personnel & Training)

Application form for Music & Dance Competition
(Attach two Photograph)
  1. Name of Participant :
  2. Date of Birth/Age :
  3. Name of Parents/Guardian :
  4. Telephone number of Parents/Guardian:
  5. Category in which to participate :
  6. Official Address of Parents/Guardian:
    (Enclose copy of I.D. Card of the parent and copy of CGHS Card of children)
  7. Residential Address:
(Signature of Parents/Guardian)

Undertaking

I understand that Board will take sufficient care about the general safety of the children during the competition. I shall not hold the CCSCSB responsible for any accident/casualty during the competition.
(Signature of Parents/Guardian)
Dated:

Note. The competition would begin at 10:00 AM on both the days

i. Each participant should be accompanied by his/her guardian during competition.
ii. Food/Eatables will not be available in the premises of auditorium. Parents are requested to make their own arrangements.
iii. All the parents may ensure that their wards are dressed decently.
iv. Participation/Merit Certificates may be collected from Board's Office after two weeks of the event.

Source: DoPT

Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of RS(RP) Rules, 2016


Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of RS(RP) Rules, 2016.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No.PC-VII/2018/R-U/23
New Delhi, dated: 18.04.2019
To
The General Secretary
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 55.

Sub: Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in context of RS(RP) Rules,2016.

Ref: NFIR’s letter No.1/2/Part IV dated 13.11.2018.

Please refer to NFIR’s letter quoted above requesting Board to give 90 days’ time for exercise of option for fixation of pay on DNI instead of ‘one month’ period as circulated vide Board’s letter RBE No. 142/2018 dated 20.09.2018 from the date of issue of these orders on the ground that these orders have not been circulated by the Zonal Railways and the Divisions to field units with the result that the staff are unable to exercise option in time.

With respect to above, it is stated that general instructions relating to revised pay structure which are applicable to all central government employees issued by Ministry of Finance (MoF) are adopted in Railways in mutatis mutandis manner. The letter under question was also uploaded on Board’s website on date itself and also circulated amongst all concerned including Zonal Railways/Production Units, Board’s branches, Members of the Staff Council, NFIR, AIRF and other, staff associations. Federation may appreciate that MoF’s circulars/orders already remains in circulation before adopted in Railways, as such Railway employees have even more time to go through such circulars/orders in comparison to other central government employees. Further, no Railway has made any reference bringing on record delayed circulation in this regard.

In view of the above, unilateral deviation from MoF’s stipulation is not feasible.
sd/-
For Secretary, Railway Board
Source: NFIR

Income Tax department revises the (Form 16) TDS certificate format issued by employers

Income Tax department revises the (Form 16) TDS certificate format issued by employers

The Income Tax department has revised Form 16 by adding various details, including income from house property and remuneration received from other employers, thereby making it more comprehensive to help check tax avoidance.

It will also include segregated information regarding deductions under various tax saving schemes, investments in tax savings instruments, different allowances received by the employee as well as income from other sources.

Form 16 is a certificate issued by employers, giving details of employees’ TDS (tax deducted at source) usually by mid June and is used in filing I-T returns.

The revised Form, which has been notified by the Income Tax department, will come into effect from May 12, 2019. This means the income tax returns for financial year 2018-19 will have to be filed on the basis of revised Form 16.

Among other things, the revised Form 16 will also include details of deductions in respect of interest on deposits in savings account, and rebates and surcharge, wherever applicable.

The I-T department has already notified income tax return forms for fiscal 2018-19. Salaried class and those who do not have to get their accounts audited, will have to file their ITRs by July 31 this year.

Meanwhile, the income tax department has also modified Form 24Q, which is furnished by employer to the tax department. It will include additional details like Permanent Account Number (PAN) of non- institutional entities from whom the employee has taken loan for buying or constructing housing property.

Nangia Advisors (Andersen Global) Director Sanjoli Maheshwari said the Form 16 and 24Q have been amended with an intent to make them more elaborative and informative. The same has been done in order to bring the Forms in parity with latest changes made in ITR Forms such as disclosure of standard deduction and exemptions claimed under section 10.

“Earlier, where the disclosure of various deductions were mentioned in a consolidated manner, ranging from 80C, 80CCD, 80E, 80G would now be required to be disclosed separately. These specific disclosures would provide ease to the tax authorities in understanding the various components of income of the taxpayer and thereby, facilitating the conduct of scrutiny more precisely,” Maheshwari said.

The changes in Form 24Q will further help in identifying any fabricated transaction undertaken with an aim of tax avoidance, she added.

PTI

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Government will soon be able to implement long - term demand for military personnel

Government will soon be able to implement long - term demand for military personnel.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has agreed to examine a long-standing demand by the army personnel to exempt ration money and the risk and burden of taxation in accordance with the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Changes to existing regulations are likely to benefit from paramilitary jawans of the CRPF, BSF, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

These changes can be announced by the Government in the next full 2019 Budget, tabled by the new government at the Center. In all, 9 lakh security staff will benefit from the move. In its report, the 7th Pay Commission stated that the allowance given to jawans as a free ration must be exempted from income tax.

Central government employee unions made several requests regarding the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, including increasing the basic pay rise fitting factor. While not all the requirements were met, the Center and state governments implemented several pay increases.

In addition, as part of the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations, the MP government increased the pensioner dearness allowance (DA). From May, the revised DA will apply. After the 2019 Lok Sabha elections the government will take a definitive decision on the delays from January 2018 to April 2019.

DA is a cost of living adjustment allowance, calculated to compensate for the rise in prices resulting from inflation, as a fixed percentage of a person's base salary or pension.

Under the 7th Pay Commission, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions approved recently an increase for highly skilled central government employees. The onetime incentive given to employees will result in a five-fold increase if they acquire a higher degree while serving in their own departments in accordance with the notification. Those with new higher education qualifications would be awarded a sum of Rs 2,000-Rs 10,000.

In March, the government of Uttarakhand also announced a 3% increase in the DA, which amounts to 12%. The decision would benefit more than 2.5 lakh public servants and pensioners. From 1 January 2019 the order will be retrospectively applicable. The state government also announced to waive off pending water bills estimated at Rs 70 crore of around 10,000 people rehabilitated at New Tehri due to the construction of the Tehri dam.

Via: Central Government News

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) and Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff

Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) and Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff.

NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No. IV/RSAC/2018
Dated: 18/04/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Request for reckoning the Additional Allowance granted to Loco Pilot (Mail), Loco Pilot (Passenger) and Mail Guard for the purpose of computation of retirement benefits to Running Staff.

Ref:
(i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 08/2011.
(ii) NFIR's letter No. IV/RSAC/Con./Part VIII dated 13/10/2017.
(iii) Railway Board's letter No-E(P&A)II-2011/FE2/2 dated 11/12/20l7.

Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to NFIR's PNM Agenda Item No. 08/2011, Federation's letter and Railway Board's reply thereon, iited under reference.

The Railway Board through Action Taken Statement during NFIR's PNM meeting held on 10th/11th May, 2018 conveyed that the issue has been referred to the Ministry of Finance vide Board's letter dated 14/09/2016 and reminders vide dated 22/11/2016, 16/02/2017 and 17/05/2017 have also been sent to the Ministry of Finance (DoE), but however reply was still awaited. Railway Board may kindly appreciate that this is more than eight years old PNM Item without finality.

NFIR, therefore requests the Railway Board to kindly make special effons for obtaining approval of Ministry of Finance in order to finalize this long pending PNM Item.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to the Executive Director, PC-I, Railway Board, DFCC Building, Tilak Bridge, Pragati
Maidan, Metro Bhavan, New Delhi.
Copy to the Executive Director (IR), Railway Board, New Delhi.
Copy to the General Secretaries of Zonal Unions of NFIR.
File No.8/2011 (PNM).
File No. IV/NFIR/RSAC-JC.

Source: NFIR

Variable Dearness Allowance - Minimum Wages effect from 1.4.2019 - Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Orders

Variable Dearness Allowance - Minimum Wages effect from 1.4.2019 - Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Orders 

F.No.1/8(3)/2019-LS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner(C)
New Delhi
Dated: 27/3/2019
ORDER

In exercise of the powers conferred by Central Government vide Notification No. S.O. 188(E) dated 19th January, 2017 of the Ministry of Labour and Employment the undersigned, hereby revise the rates of Variable Dearness Allowance on the basis of the average consumer price index number for the preceding period of six months ending on 31.12.2018 reaching 301.33 from 288.33 (base 2001 = 100) and thereby resulting in an increase of 13 points for Industrial Workers as under. This order shall come into force w.e.f. 01.04.2019 :-

Category of workerRates of V.D.A. Area wise per day (in Rupees)
A B C
Unskilled615040
Semi-Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisor665747
Skilled/ Clerical736657
Highly Skilled797366

Therefore the minimum rates of wages showing the basic rates and Variable Dearness Allowance payable w.e.f. 01 04 2019 will be as under :-

Category of workerRates of wages including V.D.A. Area wise per day
(in Rupees)
A AreaB AreaC Area
Unskilled523+61= 584437+50= 487350+40= 390
Semi-Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisor579+66= 645494+57= 551410+47 = 457
Skilled/ Clerical637+73= 710579+66= 645494+57= 551

The VDA has been rounded off to the next higher rupee as per the decision of the Minimum Wages Central Advisory Board.

The classification of workers under different categories will be same as in Part­ I of the notification, whereas classification of cities will be same as in the Part-II of the notification dated l9th January, 2017. The present classification of cities into areas A, 8 & C is enclosed at Annexure 1 for ready reference.
sd/-
(RAJAN VERMA)
CHIEF LABOUR COMMISSIONER(C)

Appointment on compassionate grounds - review of extant instructions relating to acquisition of higher qualification


Appointment on compassionate grounds - review of extant instructions relating to acquisition of higher qualification.

NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No.II/1-A/2018
Dated: 18/04/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir.
Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds - review of extant instructions relating to acquisition of higher qualification - reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR's PNM Item No. 32/2016.
(ii) Railway Board's letter No. E(NG)II/2003/RC-1/Genl/4 dated 02/04/2004 & 15/06/2007.
(iii) NFIR's letter No. IIl/1-A/Pt. 20 dated 26/04/2016.
(iv) Railway Board's reply vide letter No. E(NG)II/2003/RC-1/Genl/4 dated 20/06/2017.
(v) NFIR's lefter No. II/1-A/Pt.20 dated 10/07/2017.
(vi) Railway Board's reply received vide letter No. E(NG)II/2003/RC-1/Genl./4 dated 20/06/2017.
(vii) NFIR's letter No. II/1-A/2018 dated 22/01/2019.

A copy of Federation's letter dated 22/01/2019 requesting the Railway Board to review instructions issued vide Board's letter dated 15/0612007 superseding instructions dated 02/04/2004 (as a result of DC/JCM decision) is enclosed. Federation had requested the Railway Board to hold discussions at the level of Member Staff in case the Railway Board has divergent view on NFIR's demand contained in PNM Agenda Item No. 3212016. Federation feels sad to state that though a period of over three months has passed, there is no communication, nor meeting has been fixed by the Railway Board.

Federation re-iterates that the Board's order dated 15/06/2007 is violative of the DC/JCM agreement besides being arbitrary, therefore Board's letter dated 0210412004 is required to be restored.

NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to kindly see that the matters are rectified or alternatively, meeting be fixed early to discuss the PNM subject.

DA/As above
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Friday, 19 April 2019

Regarding transfer of NPS to GPF


High Court Order transferring NPS Subscription into GPF account

Regarding transfer of NPS to GPF

Government of India
Office of the director (Accounts)
Ministry of Home Affairs
Pay and accounts office, C.R.P.F
Plot No.14, PSF-2 Sector-23, Rohini,
New Delhi - 110085

No.PAO/CRPF/MHA/NPS/DA-I(1)/2018-19/797
Dated, the 15 March,2019,
To
The IG (Admin),
Directorate General, CRPF,
CGO Complex
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003

Subject: Reg.transfer of NPS to GPF.

I am to say that various cases for transferring NPS subscriptions into GPF account have been received to this office after order of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in respect of WP(C) No.3834/2013 and WP(C) No.2810/2016 vide which benefits of Old pension Scheme are extended to personnel joined in the year 2004. As there is a large number of subscribers under this kind of transfer and many requests are received along with information of office orders issued by various authorities (i.e., The Commandants, The DIGs, The IGs, etc.,). In this regard, it is requested to issue appropriate orders to concerned formation to send these cases with the following documents(02 copies of each):
  • Necessary administrative approval from the administrative Head of the Department;
  • Application(in the format enclosed) duly filled by the subscriber;
  • Month-wise details of NPS subscriptions duly certified by the DDO;
  • Copy of office documents such as court order etc, related to counting of previous Government service rendered before 01.01.2004;
  • Copy of order vide which previous service of the subscriber is counted(if applicable);
  • Copy of technical resignation of the subscriber(if applicable);
  • and cases should be sent only after NPS subscription is stopped and GPF subscription is started from salary.
Further, the cases should be sent through the Administrative Head of Department to this office. There are some instances where offices are asking subscribers to apply for re-issue of PRAN card for submission with the case for NPS to GPF transfer. In this regard it is to inform that only if PRAN card is available it may be sent and there is no need for re-issue the PRAN card for this purpose. The details of PRANs are available in pay and service related records. The cases can be forwarded to Principal Accounts Office, MHA for further processing only after the aforementioned documents are received.
Yours faithfully,
Sr. Accounts Officer (NPS)
nps-to-gpf

NFIR - Special Allowance to Nursing Superintendents working in Operation Theatre/Intensive Care Unit-revision of Allowances

NFIR - Special Allowance to Nursing Superintendents working in Operation Theatre/Intensive Care Unit-revision of Allowances

No.I/5(g)/Part VI
Dated: 18/04/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Special Allowance to Nursing Superintendents working in Operation Theatre/Intensive Care Unit-revision of Allowances-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 1-B/2012.
(ii) Railway Board’s OM No.E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 09/07/2010 and 08/10/2013.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(g) dated 08/11/2012 & no.1/5 (g)/Pt.V dated 02/09/2013 and 13/01/2014.
(iv) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare letter no. Z.28015/2012013 – N dated 17th October 2013 copy endorsed to NFIR.
(v) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2012/FE-4/1 dated 23/01/2014.
(vi) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(g)/Part V dated 21/10/2014, 20/10/2015, 30/05/2017 & letter No. I/5(g)/Part VI dated 20/09/2017.
(vii) O.M. No. Z.28015/52/2017-N dated 27th September, 2017 issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to all ministries/departments (Government of India).
(viii) NFIR’s letter No. I/5 (g)/Part VI dated 16/10/2017.
(ix) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/MH-1 dated 27/12/2017.
(x) NFIR’s letter No. I/5(g)/Part VI dated 05/01/2018.
(xi) Railway Board’s letter No. E(P&A)I-2012/FE-4/1 dated 27/02/2018 to GS/NFIR

The Railway Board vide reply sent to the Federation under letter dated 27/02/2018 (NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No. 1-B/2012) on payment of Special Allowance to Nursing Personnel working in Operation Theatre/Incentive Care Units etc., has admitted that the issue is still under consideration in consultation with MoH & FW, the nodal Ministry, whose reply is still awaited despite several reminders and the Ministry of Railways cannot take decision for revision of rates of the Special Allowance from Rs. 120 p.m. to Rs. 360 pm. unilaterally and that as and when such a communication is received from MoH & FW, the rates will be revised. Similar position has also been conveyed to the Federation during NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 10/11-05-2018 through Action Taken Statement as the Agenda Item could not be discussed due to paucity of time. Federation feels sad that though a period of more than ten months passed, there has been no progress in the matter, while the subject is under discussion since over six years.

In this connection, Federation places following points for consideration in order to take independent decision on the issue:-

The 6th CPC vide Para No. 4.2.81 relating to Miscellaneous Allowances made following recommendation :-

“Similarly, rates of Allowances specific to different Ministries/Departments/ Organizations not covered in this report will also be doubled. The rates of these Allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%”.

The above recommendation of the 6th CPC was accepted by the Government as notified in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary-29/08/2009.

Consequently, the operation Theatre Allowance (Special Allowance) to Nursing Personnel working in the Operation Theatres/ICUs etc., should have been doubled from Rs.120 p.m. to Rs.240 p.m. w.e.f. 01-09-2008. This amount should have been revised to Rs.300 p.m. w.e.f 01-01-2011 due to DA hike upto 50%. Similarly, the Special Allowance should have again been revised to Rs.360 p.m. w.e.f. 01-01- 2014 as the DA touched 100% of pay.

It is noteworthy to appreciate that the Railway Board have issued orders independently, revising the rates of Operation Theatre Allowance and other Specialized Allowances to the Nursing Personnel working in the Railway Hospitals vide letter dated 27-12-2017, consequent upon acceptance of the recommendations of 7th CPC.

Note: Railway Board may also take into account that many Nursing personnel have since retired after 01-09-2008, therefore they should also be covered for payment of the Special Allowance.
Federation also brings to the notice of Railway Board that the first O.M.vide No.E(P&A)I- 2009/SP-1/Genl/1 dated 09-07-2010 was sent by the Railway Ministry to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare i.e more than nine years ago which shows that abnormal delay had already been caused in the matter while the Allowance as per the 7th CPC recommendations have already been implemented.
NFIR again requests the Railway Board to consider the above points and accord approval, revising the Special Allowance from Rs.120 p.m to Rs.240 p.m., Rs.300 p.m and Rs.360 p.m. to the Nursing Personnel with effect from the dates mentioned above. A copy of the order may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

DoPT: Online generation and recording of Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) on SPARROW


DoPT: Online generation and recording of Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) on SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Window) of Group 'A', 'B' and 'C' officers- Extension of timelines for completion of APAR online for the year 2018-19.

No.21011/02/2015-Est(A-II)-Part II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi - 110001
Dated the 18th April 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Online generation and recording of Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) on SPARROW (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Window) of Group 'A', 'B' and 'C' officers- Extension of timelines for completion of APAR online for the year 2018-19.

The undersigned is directed to say that a large number of officers of the Central Government Ministries/Departments have been deputed for election duty in the General Election to the Lok Sabha, 2019. It is understood there would be practical difficulties in recording of APAR online as per the target dates prescribed in DoPT O.M.No.21011/01/2005-Estt.(A)(Ptll) dated 23rd July, 2009, through SPARROW platform, for officers deputed for election duty.

2. The matter has been examined in this Department and it has been decided with the approval of competent authority that the target dates prescribed in O.M. dated 23rd July, 2009 be relaxed as one time measure only for online generation, filling up of self-appraisal, reporting, reviewing and acceptance of APAR for the year 2018-19 through SPARROW portal for all Group 'A', 'B' and 'C' officers. The revised target dates for online recording and completion of entire APAR process for the year 2018-19 is enclosed as Annexure. This relaxation is subject to the condition that no remarks shall be recorded in the APAR for the year 2018-19 after 31.12.2019.Where the reporting, reviewing and the accepting authority fail to record their comments within the time frame, the officer reported upon may be assessed on the basis of the overall record and self-assessment for the year, if he has submitted his self-appraisal within stipulated time.
(Jayashree Chellamani)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

All Ministries /Departments/ Cadre Controlling Authorities of the Government of India.
Annexure

Annexure to DoPT O.M. No.21011/02/2015-Est(A-II)-Part II dated 18th April, 2019 Time schedule for generation and recording of APAR for the year 2018-19 online through SPARROW web portal for Group 'A, 'B' and 'C' officers

S.No.ActivityDate by which the activity to be completed
1Submission of self-appraisal to the reporting officer30th June, 2019
2Forwarding of report by reporting officer to reviewing officer31st July, 2019
3Forwarding of report by Reviewing Officer Administration/APAR Cell or the acceptin authority (wherever provided)31st August, 2019
4Appraisal by accepting authority, wherever provided15th September, 2019
5(i) Disclosure of APAR to the officer reported upon where there is no accepting authority(ii) Disclosure of APAR to the officer reported where there is accepting authority15th September, 2019
25th September, 2019
6Receipt of representation, if any, on APAR15 days from the date of communication
7Forwarding of representation to the competent authority
(iii) where there is no accepting authority for APAR
(iv) Where there is accepting authority for APAR
3th September, 2019
31st October, 2019
8Disposal of representation by the competent authorityWithin one month of the date of receipt of representation by the competent authority
9Communication of the decision of the competent authority on the representation by the APAR CellWithin 15 days of finalization of decision by competent authority
10End of entire APAR process, after which the APAR will be finally taken on record31st December 2019

Source: DoPT

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Enhanced the Ignorable Part of Pension from Rs.4,000 to Rs.15,000 with effect from 1-1-2016

Enhanced the Ignorable Part of Pension from Rs.4,000 to Rs.15,000 with effect from 1-1-2016

Enhancement of ignorable part of pension from Rs.1,500/- to Rs.4,000/- in the case of Commissioned Service Officers

Re-employment – Fixation of pay of re-employed pensioners –
Enhancement of ignorable part of pension from Rs.4,000/- to Rs.15,000/-
in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding
Group-A posts who retire before attaining the age of 55 years – Orders –
Issued.

GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU

FINANCE [PENSION] DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No.98, Dated 7th March 2019.
(Vilambi, Maasi-23,,Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2050)

ABSTRACT

PENSION – Re-employment – Fixation of pay of re-employed pensioners –Enhancement of ignorable part of pension from Rs.4,000/- to Rs.15,000/- in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding Group-A posts who retire before attaining the age of 55 years – Orders – Issued.

Read the following:-
1. G.O.Ms.No.304, Finance (Pension) Department, Dated: 30-12-2014.
2. From the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Department of Personnel and Training O.M.No.3/3/2016-Estt.(Pay II), dated 01-05-2017.

ORDER:

In the Government Order first read above, orders have been issued for enhancement of ignorable part of pension from Rs.1,500/- to Rs.4,000/- in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding Group-A posts who retire before attaining the age of 55 years on their re-employment with effect from the date of issue of order.

2. In the Office Memorandum second read above, the Government of India inter-alia has enhanced the ignorable part of pension from Rs.4,000/- to Rs.15,000/- with effect from 1-1-2016 in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding Group-A posts who retire before attaining the age of 55 years on their re-employment in Central Civil Service.

3. The Government, after careful consideration, on the analogy of the orders issued by the Government of India, have decided to extend the orders of the Government of India in the reference second read above to such officers in the State Government. Accordingly, the Government hereby enhance the ignorable part of pension from Rs.4,000/- to Rs.15,000/- (Rupees fifteen thousand only) in the case of Commissioned Service Officers and Civil Officers holding Group A posts who retire before attaining the age of 55 years on their re-employment in the State Service.

4. These orders shall take effect from the date of issue of this order.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)
K.SHANMUGAM
ADDITIONAL CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

Transfer under Rule 38 against vacancies reported for filling up through Direct recruitment examination conducted by Staff Selection Commission

Transfer under Rule 38 against vacancies reported for filling up through Direct recruitment examination conducted by Staff Selection Commission

No. 12- 1/2019-SPN-II(Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Personnel Division)

DakBhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi - 110 001
Dated: 12th April, 2019

To
1 All Chief Postmasters General / Postmasters General

  1. Chief General Manager, BD Directorate / Parcel Directorate / PLI Directorate
  2. Director, RAKNPA / GM, CEPT / Directors of all PTCs
  3. Addl. Director General, Army Postal Service, New Delhi
  4. All General Managers (Finance) / Directors Postal Accounts / DDAP
 Subject: - Considering transfer under Rule 38 against vacancies reported for filling up through Direct recruitment examination conducted by Staff Selection Commission.

Sir/Madam,
As per guidelines for transfer under Rule 38 of Postal Manual Volume-IV, vacancies left over after considering transfer cases are reported for filling up through Direct recruitment / LDCE. Moreover, transfer under Rule 38 is considered only against concerned mode of recruitment and category of an employee seeking transfer.

It is observed that Circles are not considering transfer requests against reported vacancies presumably for the reason that candidates in relevant category will be allocated on completion of examination process.

Examination process is a time consuming affair and the concerned unit has to wait for almost two (2) years for appointment of a candidate from the date of reporting of vacancies by Circles. Resultantly, inspite of availability of vacancies in a Circle, officials from other Circles seeking transfer are waiting for vacancy to arise in subsequent recruitment year.

Request for transfer under Rule 38 is made by an employee on personal grounds, primarily for joining their family who are away from their workplace.

The matter has been examined in detail and it has been decided as under:

a) Before consideration of transfer under Rule-38 as per the schedule for the year 2019, which will cover the vacancy to be occurred in 2020 recruitment year (01.01.2020 ta 31.12.2020), all applications pending till 31.03.2019 may be considered even if vacancy for Direct Recruitment through SSC/Examinations conducted by the Department has been reported/earmarked.

b) While considering the applications as at (a) above, the following shall be taken into consideration:-

  • Transfer against vacancy reported or earmarked for Direct Recruitment through Staff Selection Commission (SSC) can be considered if the application was received prior to end of the recruitment year for which vacancy has been reported. [E.g. Applications received till 31.03.2018 can be considered only if relevant category of vacancy has been reported for 2017-18 recruitment year or subsequent recruitment years.] As on date, vacancy has been reported to SSC for (i) CGL 2017, (ii) CGL 2018, (iii) CHSL 2017, (ii) CHSL 2018 examinations.
  • Transfer against vacancy earmarked for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination ODCE) / Competitive Examination limited to Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) can be made only if the examination for relevant recruitment year is yet to be held by relevant Circle (s), i.e. in case of inter-Circle transfer, examination should not have been held in both Circles. Transfer against vacancy of a recruitment year can be considered only if the application was received prior to end of the relevant recruitment year as explained above.
  • Guidelines circulated vide Directorate communication No.141-141/2013- SPB II dated 31.01.2014 shall be followed for vacancy available till 31.12.2018. Guidelines circulated vide Directorate Communication No. 141- 141/2013-SPB II dated 31.07.2018 shall be followed for vacancy available during 2019 recruitment year (01.01.2019 to 31.12.2019).
  • Since transfer under Rule 38 is permissible against relevant category of vacancy, (“e.g. SC/ST/ OBC/UR candidate against SC/ST/ OBC/UR vacancy respectively), instructions issued by the Government for appropriate representation of SC/ST/OBC, etc. should be followed.
  • An official belonging to a particular category in Circle-X can be transferred to CircIe-X only if Circle-Y has reported vacancy for that category in the relevant recruitment year and after approval of the transfer under Rule-38, relevant category of vacancy of Circle-Y will be transferred to Circle-X for allocation of relevant category of candidate. [E.g. An OBC candidate of Circle-X applied for transfer in July 2018 can be transferred to Circle-Y only if Circle-Y has reported OBC vacancy for 2018 or 2019 recruitment year. After approval of the transfer of the official under Rule-38, one (1) OBC category of vacancy will be reduced from the total number of OBC vacancy reported by Circle- Y and consequently one (t) OBC category of vacancy will be added to the total number of OBC vacancy reported by Circle-Y for allocation of candidate.

  • (vi) This will be a one time exercise to be completed by Circles by 15.05.2019. After completion of the exercise, Circles shall inform the details of inter Circle transfer made, category-wise, against vacancy reported for Direct Recruitment through SSC. For vacancy earmarked for examinations conducted by Directorate, revised vacancy status shall be communicated to DE Section of the Directorate. For examination conducted at Circle level, concerned Circle will take appropriate action.

Yours faithfully,
(Muthuraman C)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Election Duty Allowance - Rate of Remuneration to the Officials Deployed on Election Duty

Election Duty Allowance - Rate of Remuneration to the Officials Deployed on Election Duty

ELECTION MATTER/MOST URGENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, DELHI
F. No.: CEO/B&A/109(48)/200828435-89
Dated: 02.04.2019
ORDER

With the concurrence of the Finance Department, GNCTD, to the rates approved by the Election Commission of India, vide U.O. No. DSF-V /296 dated 25-03-2019 and DSF-V/343 dated 29-03-2019, the rates of remuneration to be paid to the staff deployed on Election Duty for the General Election to LokSabha-2019 are as under :-

Sl.
No.
Designation of Officers
/Officials
Minimum Rate
of remuneration
1Sector OfficerRs. 5000/- lumpsum
2Master TrainerRs. 2000/- lumpsum
3Presiding Officer/ Counting Supervisor / Reception Supervisor350/- per day or part thereof
4Polling Officers/Counting Asstt. / Reception Assistant250/- per day or part thereof
5Class-IV150/- per day or part thereof
6Packed Lunch and/or Light Refreshment 150/- per day or part thereof
7Video Surveillance.  Team, Video Viewing Team Accounting Team, Expenditure Monitoring Control Room and cell Centre Staffs, Media Certificate and Monitoring Committee, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Team, Expenditure Monitoring CellClass-I/II (Rs. 1200/- lumpsum)

Class-III (Rs. 1000/- lumpsum)

Class-IV (Rs. 200/- lumpsum)
8Micro ObserverRs. 1000/- lumpsum
9Assistant Expenditure ObserverRs 7500/-lumpsum for full time duty and for partial duration on pro-rata basis.
The above mentioned rates are equally applicable to police personnel actually deployed on polling booths/counting centres.

The above rates are payable to the staff for attending class, collecting polling material as well as attending duty on the polling day/counting day.

The letter of the Commission communicated vide this office letter No. F.CEO/Admn/104(2)/2013/Cir/16980-94 dated 20-03-2014 inter-alia direct that keeping in view the long hours of duty, the day next to the day of polling is also to be treated as period on Election duty. Accordingly, polling staff shall be paid for maximum 4 days for training collecting polling materials ete. And 2 days for polling day, subject to the condition that such number of training are actually attended and record.

Reserve staff shall be paid 4 days for training and only 1 day for polling day.

Reception duty staff may be paid remuneration for 2 days i.e. 1 day for training and 1 day for attending the duty on reception counter on polling day.

Voter assistance booth staff may be paid remuneration equal to Polling officers i.e. Rs.250/-per day for 2 days i.e. 1 day for training and 1 day for attending the duty on polling day.

Counting duty staff (including statistical staff) may be paid remuneration for 2 days i.e. 1 day for training and 1 day for attending the duty on counting day.

MTS / Class-IV /Volunteers deployed for assisting voters with disabilities will be paid remuneration @ Rs. 150/-per day for 2 days i.e. one day for training and 1 day for attending the duty on polling day.

If same Micro-Observer is deployed for polling day as well as on counting day, it will be treated as separate duty and remuneration will be paid accordingly.

The staff deployed on polling stations/counting centers may be provide with packed lunch and/or light refreshment @ Rs. 150/- per head per day. In case of difficulty in respect of providing packed lunch, a cash payment @ Rs. 150/-per head may be paid to poll/counting staff. Further, police Personnel deployed on election work on poll/counting day including mobile parties/Home Guards/Forest Guards/Gram Rakshak Dal/NCC Sr. Cadets/Ex-army/Central Police Force may be provide with packed lunch/refreshment or payment in lieu thereof as is being given to Polling/Counting Personnels. No refreshment charge should be paid to the reserve parties for polling day as they can be spared immediately, if they are not needed on that day.

All the Assistant Expenditure Observes and Executive Magistrates (Team In-chage) of Flying Squad Deployed are to be reimbursed Rs.500/- (Rupees Five Hundred only) as a fixed amount on account of Mobile Recharge for whole election process.

The above rates may be strictly adhered to and all personnel on election duty be well apprised of these rates during training etc.

All the DEOs/Ros are requested to ensure that the officers/staff deployed on Election Duty for the General Election to Lok Sabha-2019 are paid accordingly and following conditions are to be followed.
a) All codal formalities be observed.
b) All ECI and FDs guidelines be followed.
c) No duplicate payment is to be made
d) The responsibility rests with the CEO Office and DEOs concerned with regard to payment of each paisa in the right perspective.
The actual expenditure booked on this account may be intimated to Audit Officer, CEO (HQ) as the same is to be conveyed to Finance Department, as per the approval.
(SATENDRA KUMAR)
ELECTION OFFICER (ADMN.)

OROP - Implementation of One Rank One Pension to all Pre-01.06.1953 Defence pensioners and their families

OROP - Implementation of One Rank One Pension to all Pre-01.06.1953 Defence pensioners and their families

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)

Circular No. 622
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Dated: 03.04.2019
To,
  1. The Chief Accountant, RBI, Deptt. Of Govt, Bank Accounts, Central Office, C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai- 400051
  2. CMDs, All Public Sector Banks.
  3. The Nodal Officers, ICICI/HDFC/AXIS/IDBI Banks
  4. All Managers, CPPCs
  5. Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
  6. The PCDA (WC), Chandigarh
  7. The CDA (PD), Meerut :
  8. The CDA, Chennai
  9. The Director of Treasuries, All States
  10. The Pay and Accounts Officer, Delhi Administration, R K Puram; and Tis Hazari, New Delhi.
  11. The Pay and Accounts Office, Govt of Maharashtra, Mumbai
  12. The Post Master, Kathua (J&K); and Camp Bell Bay.
  13. The Principal Pay and Accounts Officer, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair.
Subject:- Implementation of ‘One Rank One Pension’ to all Pre-01.06.1953 Defence pensioners and their families.

Reference:- Gol, MoD letter No. 12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy)-Part-ll dated 3rd Feb 2016 (Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016), Circular 557 dated 17.03.2016, Circular 580 dated 05.07.2017, Circular 581 dated 02.08.2017 and Circular 591 dated 13.11.2017.

Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAs) are aware that as per this office Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016, pension of Armed Forces Personnel is to be revised w.e.f. 01.07.2014 by the PDAs as per tables attached with the circular.

In continuation of the same, the rates of ordinary family pension, Special Family Pension, 2nd life award of SFP, Liberalized Family Pension, 2nd life award of LFP, Disability/ Liberalized disability element for 100% Disability, War Injury Element for 100% disability (Invalid out cases) meant for post -53 retirees JCOs/ ORs of Regular Army of Group “Y” may be allowed to the families of pre-53 retirees under OROP scheme.

Further, cases where data is not available with PDAs, the same may be referred to PCDA(P) Allahabad for issue of Corr. PPOs.

In view of the above, this office Circular No. 591 dated 13.11.2017 stands cancelled in toto.
This Circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination of all concerned.

No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXX

Dated: 03.04.2019
Sd/-
(Sushil Kumar Singh)
Addl. CDA (Pensions)
Source: PCDA

7th CPC Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners from 01.01.2019

7th CPC Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners from 01.01.2019

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners- Revised rate effective from 01.01.2019 under Seventh CPC
KENDRIYA VlDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, lnstitutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016

F.110230(Misc)2016/KVS(HQ)P&I/1615
Dated: 15.04.2019
The Manager (instt.),
State Bank of India,
Main Branch (4th Floor),
Parliament Street,
New Delhi

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/ family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 01.01.2019 under Seventh CPC

Sir/Madam,
It is to state that the Govt of India, Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare has issued an Office Memorandum No.F.No.42/04/2019-P&PW(D) dated 06th March 2019 regarding the revision of rates for Dearness Relief to Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (drawing pension under Seventh CPC) from 9% to 12% w.e.f. 01.01.2019.

You are, therefore, requested to comply with the same for all cases of Pensioners/family pensioners of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.

This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(A.K.Srivastava)
Assistant Commissioner (Finance)

Department of Posts: Regarding premature closure of RD/TD/MIS accounts


Department of Posts: Regarding premature closure of RD/TD/MIS accounts

No: - 8-01/2016-Inv.
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Investigation Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001,
Dated: 11 April, 2019.
To
All Heads of Circles/All Heads of Regions

Sub: Regarding premature closure of RD/TD/MIS accounts.

I am directed to convey the observation of competent authority made during a recent review meeting of Loss & Fraud cases held in Directorate on 27.03.2019. In some of the fraud cases committed in the past the modus operation adopted was premature closure of RD/MIS/TO accounts without the knowledge of the depositors by making payment to agents or by crediting the amount to fake POSB accounts. Therefore, the competent authority has desired that premature closure of RD/TD/MIS and others scheme may be allowed only if depositors are personally present. You are therefore requested to issue necessary instructions to all concerned to ensure this.

(C.R Ramakrishnan)
Director (Investigation)
Source: NFPE

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of contribution under National Pension System (NPS) during 2004-12


DoE: Compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of contribution under National Pension System (NPS) during 2004-12
No.1(21)/EV/2018
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(E-V Branch)
North Block, New Delhi
the 12th April, 2019

Subject: Compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of contribution under National Pension System during 2004-12

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the guidelines issued by Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide OM No.1(7)/2003/TA/Part file/279 , dated 02.09.2008 for streamlining of procedure for remittances of contributions under the
National Pension System (NPS) by PAOs/CDDOs and NCDDOs which provides, inter-alia, the detailed procedure for t he purpose of crediting of the NPS contribution to the NPS Trustee Banks so as to ensure that the contribution is credited to the NPS regulatory system as per the timelines prescribed therein without delay.

2. Based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and the recommendations of a Committee of Secretaries, as set up in pursuance of the decision of the Government contained in para 15 of the Resolution of this Department bearing No. 1-2/2016-IC dt. 25.7.2016 to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the NPS, the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, has issued a Notification F. No. 1/3/2016-PR dt. 31.1.2019, clause 1(2)(x), 1(2)(xi) and 1(2)(xii) thereof provides as under:

Compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of contribution under National Pension System during 2004-12
(a) In a ll cases. where the NPS contributions were deducted from the salary of the Government employee but the amount was not remitted to CRA system or was remitted late, the amount may be credited to the NPS account of the employee along with interest for the period from the date on which the deductions were made till the date the amount was credited to the NPS account of the employee, as per the rates applicable to GPF from time to time, compounded annually.

(b) In all cases where the NPS contributions were not deducted from the salary of the Government employee for any period during 2004-201 2, the employee may be given an option to deposit the amount of employee contribution now. In case he opts to deposit the contributions. now, the amount may be deposited in one lump sum or in monthly installments. The amount of installment may be deducted from the salary of the Government employee and deposited in his NPS account. The satre may qualify for tax concessions under the Income Tax Act as applicable to the mandatory contributions of the employee.

(c) In all cases where the Government contributions were not remitted to CRA system or were remitted late (irrespective whether the employee contributions were deducted or not), the amount of Government contributions may be credited to the NPS account of the employee along with interest for the period from the date on which the Government contributions were due till the date the amount is actually credited to the NPS account of the employee, as per the rates applicable to GPF from time to time. Instructions to this effect may be issued by the Department of Expenditure/Controller General of Accounts. All such cases of delay may be resolved with in a period three months.
3. In pursuance of the aforesaid provisions of the said Notification dt. 31.1.2019, all the Ministries/Departments are required to ensure that the decisions, as contained therein insofar as these relate to the issue of delayed credit of NPS contribution to CRA system, are carried out in respect of Central Government employees under their administrative purview in consultation with the concerned Financial Advisors and the respective pension accounting organizations, i.e., Controller General of Accounts in respect of Central Civil Ministries/Departments, Railway Accounts in respect of Ministry of Railways, P&T Accounts in respect of employees of Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunication and the Controller General of Defence Accounts in respect of Defence Civilians.

4. While carrying out the above decision contained in the afore said notification dt 31.1.2019, it has to be ensured that the modalities for implementing the same are uniform across the pension accounting organizations and, therefore, for this purpose, the office of Controller General of Accounts of this Department shall be the nodal organization for laying down the modalities. Accordingly, the office of Controller General of Accounts shall issue guidelines for the purpose. The concerned Financial Advisor shall be the central point for the purpose in the respective Ministries/Departments.

5. It is likely that the concerned Ministries/Departments need data and information from the Central Record keeping Agency, namely, NSDL, to carry out the above decision in respect of employees under their administrative domain. In order, therefore, to facilitate such action by the Ministries/Departments, the CRA shall look into its record and in all cases which are covered under the decision contained in the aforesaid Notification dt. 31.1.2019, it shall pass on such employee-wise details , on its own, to the concerned Head of the Office and DDO/PAO, where the employee is currently posted within 15 days of the date of issue of these orders so that the desired and timely action gets initiated by the Ministries/Departments.

6. In their application to the employees working in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Office of Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

7. Hindi version of this order is attached.
(Amar Nath Singh)
Director
Source: DoE

Examination for Confirmation of Enrollment of GST Practitioners

Ministry of Finance
Examination for Confirmation of Enrollment of GST Practitioners

Posted On: 16 APR 2019

The National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) has been authorized to conduct an examination for confirmation of enrollment of Goods and Services Tax Practitioners (GSTPs) in terms of the sub-rule (3) of Rule 83 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017, vide Notification No. 24/2018-Central Tax dated 28.5.2018.

The GSTPs enrolled on the GST Network under sub-rule (2) of Rule 83 and covered by clause (b) of sub-rule (1) of Rule 83, i.e. those meeting the eligibility criteria of having enrolled as sales tax practitioners or tax return preparer under the existing law for a period not less than five years, are required to pass the said examination before 31.12.2019 in terms of Notification no. 03/2019-Central Tax dated 29.01.2019. Two such examinations for such GSTPs have already been conducted on 31.10.2018 and 17.12.2018. The next examination for them shall be conducted on 14.06.2019 from 1100 hrs to 1330 hrs at designated examination centers across India.

It will be a Computer Based Examination. The Registration for the exam can be done by the eligible GSTPs on a Registration Portal, link of which will be provided on NACIN and CBIC websites. The Registration Portal for exam scheduled on 14.06.2019 will be activated on 21st May, 2019 and will remain open up to 4th June, 2019. For convenience of candidates, a help desk will also be set up, details of which will be made available on the registration portal. The applicants are required to make online payment of examination fee of Rs. 500/- at the time of registration for this exam.

Pattern and Syllabus of the Examination

PAPER: GST Law & Procedures:
Time allowed: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Number of Multiple Choice Questions: 100
Language of Questions: English and Hindi
Maximum marks: 200
Qualifying marks: 100
No negative marking

Syllabus:
  1. Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017
  2. Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017
  3. State Goods and Services Tax Acts, 2017
  4. Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017
  5. Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017
  6. Central Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017
  7. Integrated Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017
  8. All State Goods and Services Tax Rules, 2017
  9. Notifications, Circulars and orders issued from time to time
Note: As GST Law and Procedures are still evolving, the various items of the above syllabus will be considered as on 1.4.2019 for the purpose of this Examination.

PIB

General Provident Fund interest at the rate of 8% from 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019 - DEA Resolution


General Provident Fund interest at the rate of 8% from 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019 - DEA Resolution

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)
F.NO. 5(2)-B(PD)/2019
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

New Delhi, the 3rd April, 2019
RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2019-2020, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8% (Eight percent) w.e.f. 1st April, 2019 to 30th June, 2019. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st April, 2019. The funds concerned are:

The General Provident Fund (Central Services). The Contributory Provident Fund (India). The All India Services Provident Fund. The State Railway Provident Fund. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services). The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.
sd/-
(Akhilesh Kumar Mishra)
Director (Budget)
To,
The Manager, (Technical Branch)
Government of India Press, Mayapuri, Delhi.
F.No.5(2)-B(PD)/2019

Copy forwarded to all Ministries/Departments of Government of India, President’s Secretariat, Vice-President’s Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, Union Public Service Commission, Supreme Court, Election Commission and NITI Aayog.

Source: dea.gov.in

Monday, 15 April 2019

One time contribution for ECHS membership and entitlement of Ward in empanelled Hospitals/ Medical facilities in respect of World War II veterans, ECOs, SSCOs and Pre-Mature Retires

One time contribution for ECHS membership and entitlement of Ward in empanelled Hospitals/ Medical facilities in respect of World War II veterans, ECOs, SSCOs and Pre-Mature Retires.
 
No.17(11)/2018/WE/D(Res-I)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE)
B WING, ROOM No.221
SENA BHAVAN, NEW DELHI
Dated 12th April, 2019
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

Subject : One time contribution for ECHS membership and entitlement of Ward in empanelled Hospitals/ Medical facilities in respect of World War II veterans, ECOs, SSCOs and Pre-Mature Retires.
Sir,
In continuation of MoD letter No.17(11)/2018ANE/D(Res-I) dated 7.3.2019, I am directed to convey the sanction of the Government prescribing one time contribution for ECHS membership and entitlement of ward in empanelled hospitals / medical facilities in respect of World War-II Veterans, Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs), Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs) and Pre-mature Retirees (PMR) and their spouses as under :-

S.No.RankOne time contributionWard entitlement
a.Recruit to Havildars of Army & equivalent Ranks in Navy & Air ForceRs. 30,000/-General
b.Nb Sub/ Sub/ Sub Maj. and equivalent Ranks in Navy & Air Force (including Hony Nb Sub/MACP Nb Sub and Hony Lt/Capt)Rs. 67,000/-Semi Private
c.All OfficersRs. 1,20,000/-Private

2. All other provisions of this Ministry’s letter referred above, unaffected by this order, will remain unchanged.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their U.O. No.31(02)/2019/Fin/Pen dated 12.04.2019.
Yours faithfully,
(A.K. Karn)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele Fax: 23014946

GPF to be introduced to willing NPS employees- AIDEF Circular


General Provident Fund (GPF) to be introduced to willing National Pension System (NPS) employees- AIDEF Circular

ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES’ FEDERATION

Special Circular No.72
Date : 13.04.2019
As already informed to you the meeting of the National Council (JCM) was held on 13/04/2019 under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary. AIDEF was represented by Comrades C. Srikumar, K.Balakrishnan and R.S.Reddy. After the introductory remark by the Cabinet Secretary the Staff Side raised the following issues:
  1. The 47th Meeting of the National Council (ICM) is being Called by the Chairman after a period of 9 years. The last i. e. the 46th meeting of the National Council (JCM) was held on 15 May 2010. Under the JCM Scheme the Ordinary meetings of the National Council shall be held as often as necessary, and not less than once in four months. Special meetings can also be called by the Chairman or on a request from the Staff Side. Unfortunately between 1999 and as on date only 7 meetings are held, which means within a period of 20 years only 7 times the National Council has met. This is a clear proof of violation and dilution of the JCM Scheme. Since the National Council of JCM is not functioning, the Departmental Council JCM’s under the Chairmanship of the Secretaries of the Concerned Departments are also not taking place. Therefore I request the Chairman to take a serious note of the situation and a decision may be taken to hold regular meetings of the National Council, its Standing Committee and also the Departmental Council JCM meetings and the decision may be communicated to all Departments.
  2. When the JCM Scheme came in to effect from 1966 all the Non- Gazetted employees were allowed to participate in the JCM Scheme. However due to upgradation of various Group C Posts to Group B these categories are now exempted from the JCM Scheme. The Staff Side is demanding for review of the same and to permit all Non Gazetted employees irrespective of their pay should be allowed to participate in the JCM Scheme.
  3. In the past due to repeated discussions in the National Council JCM, the Cabinet Secretary has written a D.O. Letter to all the Secretaries that before implementing any decisions to privatize, Outsource and closures, downsizing, corporatization, rationalization etc the staff side of the Departmental Council JCM should be consulted and their views may be kept in mind while framing such policy decision. However arbitrary decisions are taken especially by Ministry of Railway’s, Defence, Printing and Stationery, Postal and other departments for privatizing the work being done by permanent employees, closure of many units etc. This has resulted in total Labour unrest and series of agitations are being held including strike action. It is therefore requested that all these activities against the interest of employees may be stopped immediately and the entire issue may be discussed in the Departmental Council JCM meetings with the Staff Side.
  4. After the submission of the 7th CPC recommendations, the Central Government Employees were very much disappointed and there was an all around dissatisfaction since the 7th CPC has not taken into account the proposals of the Staff Side in determining the minimum pay and corresponding fitment factor. The 7th CPC has also rejected our demand to scrap the NPS implemented for employees recruited on or after 1/1/2004. In this backdrop the National Joint Council of Action of the Central Government employees have issued an Indefinite Strike Notice on the Government. A meeting was convened under the Chairman ship of Hon’ble Home Minister Sh. Rajnath Singh in which other three Senior Ministers including the Finance Minister and Railway Minister were also present. The meeting was held on 30th of June 2016 and based on the assurance given by the senior Ministers that the demands of the Central Government employees would be considered by a high Level committee, the strike was deferred. It is unfortunate that the commitment given to the NJCA was never honored and the discontentment amongst the Central Government employees still prevails. It is therefore urged upon the Government that the commitment of the Group of Ministers may be honoured in letter and spirit and Government may come forward to restore the negotiations with the NJCA for reaching an agreement on the following demands. - a. Enhancement of Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor w.e.f. 1.1.2006 - b. Scraping of NPS and restoration of guaranteed Pension under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. - c. Option No. 1 recommended by 7th CPC for employees who retired prior to 01/01/2016.
  5. The Staff Side are repeatedly representing to grant one more option to switch over to 7th CPC pay scale from a date subsequent to 25/07/2016. Even though there is no much financial implication, the Department of Expenditure is not extending the benefit. This issue needs to be considered favourably.
  6. Inspite of the Government orders for grant of entry pay to the employees promoted on or after 1/1/2006 prescribed for direct recruits in the pay band is not yet implemented in many of the Departments for want of certain clarifications from Department of Expenditure. The issue was discussed in the last Standing Committee meeting and it was assured that necessary clarifications would be issued. However the same has not yet been issued.
  7. Due to non functioning of JCM and non acceptance of genuine demands of the Central Governments employees there is a multiplicity of litigation on service matters including MACP issues like date of implementation of MACP from 1/1/2006, MACP in promotional hierarchy, Annual Increment to employees retired on 30th June and 31st December etc. In majority of the cases the judgements have gone in favour of the employees and as usual the Government drag the employees up to Supreme Court and even after Establishing the Law on service matters by the Supreme Court the benefits are restricted only to the petitioners. A separate meeting with Staff Side may be held so that the demand for implementation of various Court judgements on service matters can be settled and the number of litigations can be reduced.
  8. The Defence Industry like Ordnance Factories, DRDO, Units under Army and Navy etc. are under serious attack. The entire policy decision needs to be reconsidered and all these Defence Establishments should be strengthened and developed.
  9. One time relaxation of LTC-80 cases, where employees have purchased Air Tickets from other than authorized Agents is pending for quite some time. The same may be considered favourably.
  10. Compassionate Appointment to the wards of employees who dies/medically invalidated on accidents while performing Government duty should be given over and above the 5% quota.
  11. Outsourcing of permanent Jobs which are being performed by erstwhile Group “D” Employees should be stopped and all the vacancies should be filled up

Decision on Agenda Points/ Points Raised in the meeting

  • Judgement of Supreme Court on service matters where policies are involved will be made applicable to all the similarly placed Employees.
  • GPF to be introduced to willing NPS employees.
  • Government seriously and positively considering the demand of allotment of salary budget separately to Ordnance Factories.
  • Stepping up of pay will be permitted in MACP.
  • Services of Temporary Status Employees of GSF Cossipore will be regularized.
  • Government Orders on Risk Allowance and Night Duty Allowance will be issued soon.
  • Relaxation of Educational Qualification for Compassionate Appointment to wife of employees medically boarded out from service would be considered.
  • Regarding residency period for promotion from one post to another, the Staff Side should forward a detailed proposal.
  • Grant of 90% Medical Advance for conventional diseases would be considered by Ministry of Health.
  • Proposal for relaxation of LTC-80 is under consideration.
  • Revision of pension to employees those who were compulsorily retired would be considered.
  • The provision of “Wherever feasible” given in the Government order for grant of HRA without NAC would be considered.
  • 13.Regarding implementation of Arbitration Awards separate meeting would be held with staff side.
  • The decision on applicability of CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 to the workers of the Defence Ministry would be taken within a month. 15. The Demand for creation of NFSG grade in cadre of UDC / Stenographers in all offices outside Secretariat is under consideration of the Government.
  • Reimbursement of Medical expenditure involved for over stay in the Hospital, because of infection / side effects would be considered by the Ministry of Health.
With Greetings,
(C.SRIKUMAR)
General Secretary
Source : AIDEF Circular

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Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

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