Thursday, 31 October 2019

DoPT - Filling up of one post of Director, Level-13 pre-revised PB-4 deputation basis in Central Hindi Training Institute

DoPT - Filling up of one post of Director, Level-13 pre-revised PB-4 deputation basis in Central Hindi Training Institute

DoPT Orders 2019

F.No.21/07/2019-CS-I(P)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
(C.S.I Division)
2nd Floor, 'A' wing,
Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market,New Delhi
Dated 24 October, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Filling up of one (01) post of Director, Level-13, Rs.1,23,100- 2,15,900 (pre-revised PB-4, Rs.37,400 - 67,000 + 8700 in deputation basis in Central Hindi Training Institute, New Delhi, a subordinate office of Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs.

The undersigned is directed to circulate the Office Memorandum No.14034/17/2019 dated 22nd October, 2019 (along-with enclosures) received from Ministry of Home Affairs who have invited the services of suitable officer urgently for appointment to the post of Director, in Central Hindi Training Institute, a subordinate office of the Department of Official Language Ministry of Home Affairs on deputation basis, in the revised pay scale Pay Matrix Level-13, Rs.1.23.100 - 2.15.900 (Pre-revised PB- Rs.37.400 - 6700 + Grade pay of Rs.8700)

2. It may be noted that cadre clearance from C.S.I Division will be required in case of Under Secretary and above level officers of CSS applying for deputation.

3. In case of any further clarification, applicants are requested to contact the concerned Ministries / Departments.

Also check: Latest DoPT Orders 2019
(Sanjay Kumar Das Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
To,
All Ministries / Departments (through DOPT’s website)

latest-dopt-orders-2019-hindi


Source: DoPT

Kamlesh Chandra Committee on giving preference to Casual Labourers in selection to Gramin Dak Seva posts - DOP order

Preference to Casual Labourers in selection to GDS posts – Department of Posts Instructions

No.17-31/2016-GDS
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg.
New Delhi-110 001

Dated: 30.10.2019

Office Memorandum

    Subject : Implementation of recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee on giving preference to Casual Labourers in selection to GDS posts-reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 14.26 of GDS Committee on giving preference to Casual Labourers in selection to GDS posts. The Committee observed that, the scheme of employing casual labourers is not in vogue from 01.09.1993 onwards and those eligible among those who were selected before 01.09.1993 would have been selected to eligible posts by now. Department has earmarked 25% of vacancies for them for recruitment as Multi Tasking Staff in Post/Mail Offices as per Recruitment Ru1es. The committee is of the view that there is no need to notify GDS vacancies to Casual Labourers as of now. Such a provision will indirectly pave the way for backdoor entry of ineligible candidates to GDS service. Department may examine this aspect.

2. The matter has been examined and following orders are issued:-

(i) As per the scheme for Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularisation, temporary status is granted to those Casual Labourers who were in employment as on 10.09.1993, subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. Such Casuai Labourers who complete 3 years of service are to be treated at par with temporary MTS employees and are entitled to various benefits viz. leave, holidays, CGEGIS, GPF, Medical aid, LTC etc. and counting of temporary service after regularization for retirement benefits. Further, engagement of Casual Labourers is not permissible after the cutoff date.

(ii) There is already provision in the Recruitment Rules of MTS 2018 issued vide Directorate letter no.37-33/2009-SPB-I dated 27th August 2018 giving preference to Casual Labourers for regularization in service on seniority basis. Department has earmarke d. 25% of vacancies for Casual Labourer. If Casual Labourers are engaged as GDS, there may be a scenario wherein a Casual Labourer, who was about to get regularized as per the Recruitment Rules 2018 of Multi Tasking Staff, may not be considered for regularization as MTS.

(iii) In view of the above, it has been decided by the Competent Authority that, GDS vacancies should not be notified for Casual Labourers from the date of issue of this OM.

3. The above instructions will come into effect from the date of issue of this O.M

4. Hindi version will follow

(SB Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)

Procedure for OTP based Refund against cancelled or Waitlist (WL) ticket in IRCTC Train Ticket Booking

IRCTC Rail Ticket Booking – Facility of OTP based refund against cancelled or WL ticket

Procedure for OTP based Refund against cancelled or Waitlist (WL) ticket in IRCTC Train Ticket Booking


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways

29-October-2019 16:41 IST

"OTP Based Refund against Cancelled Ticket or Fully Waitlisted Dropped Ticket Booked by IRCTC Authorised Agents"

Indian Railways introduces a new OTP based refund system for tickets booked through authorized railway ticketing agents. This is aimed to bring in a transparent and customer friendly refund system for reserved e-tickets which are cancelled or which are fully waitlisted dropped tickets. This new system will be implemented by Indian Railways PSU, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC).

The OTP (One time Password) will be received as SMS on the registered mobile number of the passenger (provided by the customer/passenger to the agent at the time of booking). The customer/passenger will be required to share the OTP with the agent who booked the ticket, for getting the refund amount.

Through this user friendly facility, passenger will come to know about the exact refund amount received by agent on his behalf against cancelled ticket or fully waitlisted dropped ticket.

The objective of the scheme is to streamline the cancellation refund process further so that cancellation amount is refunded timely to the customer by the agents.

Customers are advised:

  1.     To provide correct mobile no. of one of the passengers to the IRCTC authorised agent at the time of booking reserved rail e-tickets.
  2.     To ensure that the agent records   his or her mobile no. correctly at the time of booking reserved rail e-tickets.
  3.     To note that only IRCTC authorised agents are permitted to book reserved rail e-tickets to the customer
  4.     And to note that OTP based refund for cancelled tickets or fully waitlisted dropped tickets, will be processed only if the ticket is booked through IRCTC authorised agents.

Procedure for OTP based Refund against cancelled or Waitlist (WL) ticket in IRCTC Train Ticket Booking

Any Indian citizen, resident or non-resident and OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India) are now eligible to join NPS

Any Indian citizen, resident or non-resident and OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India) are now eligible to join NPS

Any Indian citizen, resident or non-resident and OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India) are now eligible to join NPS



Ministry of Finance

PFRDA permitted now Overseas Citizen of India to enroll in NPS at par with Non-Resident Indians

30 OCT 2019

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has now permitted Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) to enroll in National Pension Scheme (NPS) at par with Non-Resident Indians vide Circular No: PFRDA/2019/19/PDES/3 dated 29th October 2019. The Government vide notification S.O. 3732(E) dated 17th October, 2019 on Foreign Exchange Management (Non-debt Instruments) Rules, 2019 of Dept. of Economic Affairs, has specified that an OCI may subscribe to the National Pension System governed and administered by PFRDA, provided such person is eligible to invest as per the provisions of the PFRDA Act and the annuity/accumulated saving will be repatriable, subject to FEMA guidelines.

Contributions made towards NPS are eligible for an additional tax deduction under section 80CCD(1B) upto Rs. 50,000 which is over and above the Rs 1,50,000 limit of deduction available under sec 80CCD(1). In the Union Budget 2019, the tax exemption limit for lumpsum withdrawal on exit/maturity from NPS has been increased from the present 40% to 60% under section 10(12A) of the IT Act and the remaining 40% of the corpus is already tax-exempt as it is mandatorily utilized for annuity purchase.

About PFRDA:

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) is the statutory Authority established by an enactment of the Parliament, to regulate, promote and ensure orderly growth of the National Pension System (NPS) and pension schemes to which this Act applies. NPS was initially notified for central government employees joining service on or after 1st Jan 2004 and subsequently adopted by almost all State Governments for its employees. NPS was extended to all citizens of Indian on voluntary basis from May 2009 and to corporates in December 2011 and to Non-Resident Indians in October 2015.

As on 26th October 2019, the total number of subscribers under NPS and Atal Pension Yojana has crossed 3.18 crores and the Asset under Management (AUM) has grown to Rs. 3,79,758 crores. More than 66 lakhs government employees have been enrolled under NPS and 19.2 lakhs subscribers have subscribed to NPS in the private sector with 6,812 entities registered as corporates.

PFRDA in its endeavor to promote and develop NPS has taken several initiatives towards increasing the pension coverage in the country. Now, any Indian citizen, resident or non-resident and OCIs are eligible to join NPS till the age of 65 years.

Source – PIB

Closure of offices surrounding Patel Chowk on 30.10.2019 and 31.10.2019

DoPT Orders 2019

Closure of offices surrounding Patel Chowk on 30.10.2019 and 31.10.2019

IMMEDIATE

No.12/16/2016- JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA) Section

North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 29th October, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Closure of offices surrounding Patel Chowk on 30.10.2019 and 31.10.2019 – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that the Delhi Police have intimated about the visit of the Hon’ble President of India at Patel Chowk on 31.10.2019 to pay floral tributes at the Statue of Sardar Patel on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

2. To make elaborate law & order/ security arrangements, the buildings surrounding Patel Chowk are required to be sealed after conducting anti-sabotage checks. These office buildings (as per list attached) are required to be vacated at 1500 hours on 30.10.2019 so that rooms are sealed after conducting regular anti-sabotage checks. The arrangements by Delhi Police will continue till 0930 hours on 31.10.2019.

Also check: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2020

3. Accordingly, Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring this to the notice of all concerned for information/necessary action.

(S T Selvi Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

DoPT Order – Closure of offices surrounding Patel Chowk on 30.10.2019 and 31.10.2019
Source: DoPT

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Drawal of next increment under Rule 10 of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016


Drawal of next increment under Rule 10 of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016

Drawal of next increment under Rule 10 of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016

No.4-21/2017-IC/ E.IIIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure


North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated the 29th October, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Drawal of next increment under Rule 10 of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para 8(i) of the Ministry of Home Affairs U.O. No. 300/14/Pr.A.O./Admn/ MHA/23/2018-19/456 dated 29.04.2019 seeking clarifications regarding drawal of next increment, referring the instructions contained in Department of Expenditure Office Memorandum No. 4-21/2017-IC/E.IIIA dated 31.07.2018, as to whether an employee promoted or getting financial upgrdation on 01.07.2016 and granted two increments i.e. first annual increment and second promotional increment, is eligible for his next increment after completion of six months period on 01.01.2017 or after expiry of one year period on 01.07.2017.

Also check: 7th Pay Commission Annual Increment for Central Government Employees

2. The matter has been examined in this Department. In terms of the instructions contained in this Department’s above referred O.M. dated 31.07.2018, the employees who are getting promotion/financial upgradation on 1st July and receiving the benefit of two increments i.e. the first annual increment due on 1st July and the second notional increment on account of promotion, will accrue their subsequent increment on the following 1st January, after completion of six months period.

(Ram Gopal)
Under Secretary (E.IIIA)

Also read: Fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in the lower post

Grant of 3rd financial upgradation under MACP scheme to superintendents


Grant of 3rd financial upgradation under MACP scheme to superintendents

Grant of 3rd financial upgradation under MACP scheme to superintendents


F. No. A-23011/125/2016-Ad.IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated 9th October, 2019.

To,

All Pr. Chief Commissioners/ Principal Director Generals under CBIC
All Chief Commissioner/ Director Generals under CBIC

Subject: Defending the CAT/Court cases on the issue of grant of 3rd Financial Upgradation under MACP Scheme to Superintendents who were granted non-functional grade pay in grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2

Sir,

I am directed to forward a copy of order dated 12.04.2019 of the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench in OA No. 912/2016 filed by Dileep Kumar with request that the said order may be cited/referred to while defending the CAT/Court cases pending in your Zones/ Commissionerate/ Directorate on the subject of grant of 3rd Financial Upgradation under MACP Scheme to Superintendents who were granted non-functional grade pay in grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2.

Also check: IMPLEMENTATION OF HONARABLE SUPREME COURT ORDER ON MACP SCHEME – CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NEWS

Encl: As above.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
Under Secretary to the Government of India

O R D E R

Per: Hon’ble Mr. Ashish Kalii; Judicial Member

The applicant joined the service under the respondents as Inspector of Central Excise. He was granted 1st and 2nd financial upgradations w.e.f. 9.8.1999 and 22.6.2008. Later he was promoted to the post of Superintendent of Central Excise w.e.f. 24.9.2002 and as the upgradation – benefits were already given under ACP scheme he was not eligible for any benefits at the time of promotion. The applicant was granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB-2 of Rs. 9,300-34,800/- w.e.f. 24.9.2006 on completion of four years of service as Superintendent. Since the applicant was not granted any further promotion he is eligible for 3rd financial upgradation under the MACP scheme. Applicant submitted a representation to the respondents in this regard. However, the respondents in reply to the above representation given him a copy of the letter dated 18.2.2015 (Annexure A10) stating that since the Pay and Accounts Officer has raised objection in granting financial upgradation under the MACP scheme in the Grade Pay of Rs. 6,600/- to those Superintendents who had been granted the Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB-2 on completion of four years service had sought a clarification from the Ministry and further the Hon’ble High Court of Madras has remitted the matter to the Department of Personal, Public Grievances and Pension for fresh consideration with directions to consider the issue in extension. Respondent No. 1 examined the matter and issued Annexure A8 clarification. However, the respondents have denied the benefit of 3rd financial upgradation under the MACP scheme to the applicant on the wrong interpretation of paragraph 81 of Annexure Al OM dated 19.5.2009 (Annexure A3). Being aggrieved the applicant has filed the present OA with the following relief:

Also check: MACP guidance as per recommendations of the 7th CPC

    8.I This Honourable Tribunal may be pleased to declare that the provisions of para 8.1 of Annexure I to the OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt(D) dated 19.5.2009 is not applicable in the case of the applicant and he is eligible for the 3rd financial upgradation in Grade Pay of Rs. 6,600/- in PB- 3 as per the MACP scheme and direct the respondents to grant and disburse to the applicant the financial benefits within a reasonable period as decided by the Hon’ble Tribunal.8.2 This Honourable Tribunal may be pleased to declare that the Grade pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB-2 granted under the CCS (RP) Rules to the Superintendents of Central Excise on completion of four year service is not a financial upgradation falling under the purview of the MACP scheme.

2. Notices were issued to the respondents. They entered appearance through Shri P.R. Sreejith, ACGSC who filed a detailed reply statement contending that the applicant joined the Department as Inspector of Central Excise on 22.6.1984. He was granted 1st and 2nd financial upgradation under the ACP scheme w.e.f. 9.8.1999 and 22.6.2008 respectively. He was promoted as Superintendent of Central Excise w.e.f. 24.9.2002 and further was granted Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB-II in the scale of Rs. 9,300-34,800/- w.e.f. 24.9.2006 on completion of four years service as Superintendent. Respondent No.1 vide letter dated 21.7.2010 has clarified that the benefit of non-functional upgradation granted to the Superintendent (Group-B) officers on completion of 4 years of service would be treated/viewed as an upgradation in terms of paragraph 8.1 of Annexure to OM dated 19.5.2009 (Annexure A3) and the same would be offset against one financial upgradation under MACP scheme. The applicant was granted Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB-II as non-functional upgradation w.e.f. 24.9.2006 and was afforded the benefit of fixation of pay under FR 22. The respondents would submit that the post/grade at S-15 has been placed at PB- II with Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- and next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay band and grade pay is PB-III with Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/-. Paragraph 8.1. of Annexure of MACP scheme provides that consequent upon the implementation of the 6th CPC’s recommendations, grade pay of Rs. 5,400/- is now in two pay bands viz., PB-2 and PB-3. The grade pay of Rs. 5,400/- in PB-2 and Rs.5,400/- in PB-3 shall be treated as separate grade pays for the purpose of grant of upgradation under MACP scheme. The non-functional Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- granted to the applicant in PB-II after completion of 4 years regular service as Superintendent is to be treated/viewed as an upgradation in terms of respondent No. 1 clarifications. The respondents further contended that the judgments/orders relied on by the applicant is not applicable to the facts and circumstances of the present case. Respondents pray for dismissing the OA.

3. We have heard the applicant who appeared in person and the learned Central Government counsel appearing for the respondents in the matter. We have also perused the argument notes submitted by the applicant. Perused the records.

4. It is also undisputed that the Superintendents of Customs and Central Excise are having two Grade Pays in PB-2 i.e. one with Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- and another with Grade Pay of Rs 5400/-. The officials become entitled to Pay Band 2 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- only after they complete 4 years of service as Superintendents in the Grade Pay of Rs.4800/-.

5. MACP Scheme has brought systemic changes to the then existed ACP Scheme. Both the Schemes were to alleviate the drudgery of lack of promotional avenues of the government servants for a long time. Under the ACP Scheme, financial upgradation in the promotional scale were given on completion of 12 years and 24 years respectively without promotion whereas in the MACP scheme three financial upgradations counting from a direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years respectively whenever a person has spent 10 years continuously in the same Grade Pay. The MACP Scheme envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of recommended revised Pay Bands under the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008. It is also to be noted that the Grade Pay at the time of financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme can, in certain cases where regular promotion is not between two successive grades, be different than what is available at the time of regular promotion and in such cases the higher Grade Pay attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre will be given only at the time of regular promotion. It is further to be noted that the Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- is now in two Pay Bands viz; PB2 and PB3. Para 8.1 of the MACP Scheme states:

    8.1 Consequent upon the implementation of sixth CPC’s recommendations , grade pay of Rs.5400 is now in two pay bands viz., PB-2 and PB-3. The grade pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2 and Rs.5400 in PB-3 shall be treated as separate grade pays for the purpose of grant of upgradations under MACP Scheme.

6. Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- is given to Superintendents of Central Excise, on completion ·of their 4 years’ service in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs.4800/-. Applicant joined the service as Inspector 22·06.1984 and he was granted 1st ACP benefits in the grade of Superintendent i.e. PB-2 Rs. 9,300-34,800/-­ plus Grade Pay of Rs. 4,800/-. Later he was promoted as Superintendent of Central Excise w.e.f. 24.9.2002. Since the applicant was already granted 1st financial upgradation under ACP scheme he was not eligible for any benefits at the time of promotion. However, on completion of four years service as Superintendent applicant was granted non-functional upgradation in PB-2 Rs. 9,300-34,800/- plus Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/- w.e.f. 24.09.2006. The applicant was granted 2nd financial upgradation under the ACP scheme w.e.f. 22.06.2008 on completion of 24 years of service in PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100/-­ with Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/-. Therefore, the applicant has been granted three financial upgradations as stated above. The respondents contend that the placement of the applicant in the Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- in Pay Band 2 under NFG (non-functional upgradation) has to be treated as a separate Grade Pay for the purpose of grant of upgradation under the MACP Scheme.

7. Financial upgradations under the schemes of ACP and MACP are policy decisions of the Government of India and they are to be implemented strictly in terms of the schemes. Any interpretation inconsistent with the scheme cannot be acceded to Paragraph 8.1 of the MACP scheme as quoted above which in unambiguous terms state that Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- in PB- 2 and the Grade Pay of Rs.5400 in PB-3 are to be treated as separate Grade Pays for the purpose of grant of financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme. In the 6th CPC revised pay structure after completion of 4 years of service in the PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs. 4,800/- a higher Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- is granted in Pay Band-2 itself. As per para 8.1 of the MACP scheme such placement in higher Grade Pay has to be treated as a separate Grade Pay for the purpose of MACP Scheme. Therefore, the applicant had already undergone 3 financial upgradations. Hence now the applicant cannot be considered for the 3rd financial upgradation as it would be contrary to the MACP Scheme. Ignoring the granting of non-functional Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- in PB-2 for the purpose of MACP is not in accordance with the government policy and hence is not correct.

8. In the light of the above discussion, we hold that there is no merit in the above Original Applications. The Original Application is dismissed. Parties shall suffer their own costs.

CGA - Revised requirements for the registration of former Government officials who are ready to work as consultants


CGA - Revised requirements for the registration of former Government officials who are ready to work as consultants

No. G-25014/10 1/2018-19/ M F.CGA /IAD/491-529
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CONTROLLER GENERAL OF ACCOUNTS
MAHALEKHA NIYANTRAK BHAWAN
E-BLOCK, GPO COMPLEX, INA , NEW DELHI – 110023

Dated: 11/10/2019

CORRIGENDUM

Subject: Revised terms and condition for the enrolment of retired Government officials willing to be worked as consultant

In continuation of this office OM No. G-25014/13/20 I 5- I 6/M F.CGA/IAD/250-288 dated 08.07.2015 regarding revised proforma and terms and conditions for the enrolment of retired Govt. officers willing to work as consultant, the following term s and condition may be read as

i. Serial Number 2:

“A retired official will be eligible for enrolment as consultant within one year from the date of retirement” and

Also check: Revised proforma for the enrolment of retired Government officials willing to be hired as consultants – CGA Orders

ii. Serial No. 14(a)

“The consultant must not assign or sub-contract any part of the services”.

As such the retired Govt. servant has to apply for enrolment or his name as consultant within one year of his retirement failing which his request will not be considered for enrolment. However prescribed proforma and other terms & conditions envisaged in the above OM dated 08.07.2015 will remain same.

This issues with the approval of the Controller General of Accounts.

(Mohan Deep)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IAD)

To,

  1.     All Pr.CCAs./CCA s/CAs/FC (holding independent charge)
  2.     The Sr. Accounts Officer, ITD Sect ion, Office of CGA for uploading at CGA’s website under IAD icon.
CGA - Revised requirements for the registration of former Government officials who are ready to work as consultants

 Source: CGA

Eligibility of Person with Disabilities (PwD) candidates to appear in LDCE for Inspector Posts


Eligibility of Person with Disabilities (PwD) candidates to appear in LDCE for Inspector Posts

Eligibility of Person with Disabilities PwD candidates to appear in LDCE for Inspector Posts


No. 7-17/2008-SPN-II
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(Personnel Division)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 18th October, 2019
To,
  1. All Chief Postmasters General / Postmasters General
  2. Chief General Manager, BD Directorate / Parcel Directorate / PLI Directorate
  3. Director, RAKNPA I GM, CEPT I Directors of all PTCs
  4. Addl. Director General, Army Postal Service, New Delhi
  5. All General Managers (Finance) / Directors Postal Accounts / DDAP
Subject: Eligibility of Person with Disabilities (PwD) candidates to appear in LDCE for Inspector Posts.

Sir/Madam,
I am directed to refer to above mentioned subject and to say that vide Department’s O.M. no. 12-10/2017-SCT dated 01st April, 2019, post of Inspector Posts has been identified suitable for Persons with following benchmark disabilities
Low Vision (LV,), Hard of hearing (HH), One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL), One Ann and One Leg (OAOL), Lep1·osy cured, Dwarfism, Acid attack victim. Multiple disabilities from amongst disabilities mentioned above.
Prior to identification of Inspector Posts suitable for PwD, such candidates were not allowed to appear in the LDCE for Inspector Posts. However, with identification of Inspector Posts suitable for PwDs, it has been decided to allow PwD candidates with identified disabilities to appear in LDCE for Inspector Posts. However, It may be noted that at present reservation is not available to PwD candidate for promotion to higher level posts.

Also check: Grant of benefit of pay fixation at time of promotion to Inspector posts

This may be brought to the notice of all concerned.
Yours faithfully,
(Muthuraman C)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Madras High Court Order - Notional increment of pensionary benefits

Madras High Court Order - Notional increment/re-fixation of pensionary benefits

Notional-Increment-Pensioner-Benefits-Madras-High-Court-Order


F.No.A-23011/36/2013-Ad.IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 18 October, 2019
To,
All Pr. Chief Commissioners / Chief Commissioners / Director General under CBIC,

Subject: Grant of notional increment / re-fixation of pensionary benefits as per Hon’ble Madras High Court Order in WP No. 15732/2017 in the case of Sh.P.Ayyamperumal - regarding.

Sir/Madam,

1. I am directed to inform that the Order dated 15.09.2017 of the Hon’ble High passed in the matter of P.Ayyamperumal’s case (WP No.15732/ 2017) is in personam and not in in rem. Therefore, the CBIC has implemented the High Court’s order in personam after dismissal of review petition filed in the Supreme Court, for petitioner only which would not be quoted as precedent in future.

2. A number of cases on the similar grounds are pending at various fora, and similar demands from other similarly placed officers could also arise after Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Order dated 08.08.2019 in R.P.(C) No.1731/2019. Keeping this in mind, a request was made to DoPT seeking their opinion about the future course of action to be taken in case pertaining to similarly placed applicants and non ­applicants.

Also check: Grant of one notional increment/pension benefits to retirees those who retired on 30th June as per Madras High Court Order

3. DoPT has now informed that Deptt. of Legal Affairs have observed that:
"It is very clear that the judgment of Hon’ble High Court of Madras passed in the matter of Sh. P.Ayyamperumal is in personam and not in rem."
4. Based on the above, DoPT has informed that in so far as other similar cases are concerned, the same may be defended on following grounds:-

4.1 In so far as P. Ayyamperumal case is concerned, it is stated that the judgment of Hon’ble High Court of Madras is in personam.

4.2 Further, the case of Sh. M Balasubramaniam referred by Hon’ble High Court in it’s judgment in P. Ayyamperumal case is related to Fundamental Rules of Tamil Nadu Government whereas P. Ayyamperumal case relates to Central Government Rules.

4.3. It is relevant to mention here that in a similar matter, Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad in year 2005, in C.Subbarao case, has inter-alia observed as under:

In support of the above observations, the Division Bench also placed reliance on Banerjee case (supra). We are afraid, the Division Bench was not correct in coming to the conclusion that being a reward for unblemished past service, Government servant retiring on the last day of the month would also be entitled for increment even after such increment is due after retirement. We have already made reference to all Rules governing the situation. There is no warrant to come to such conclusion. Increment is given (See Article 43 of CS Regulations) as a periodical rise to a Government employee for the good behavior in the service. Such increment is possible only when the appointment is “Progressive Appointment” and it is not a universal rule.

Also read: Grant of Notional Increment on completion of 12 Months of Service

Further, as per Rule 14 of the Pension Rules, a person is entitled for pay, increment and other allowances only when he is entitled to receive pay from out of Consolidated Fund of India and continues to be in Government service. A person who retires on the last working day would not be entitled for any increment falling due on the next day and payable next day thereafter (See Article 151 of CS Regulations), because he would not answer the tests in these Rules.

Reliance placed on Banerjee case (supra) is also in our considered opinion not correct because, as observed by us, Banerjee case (supra) does not deal with increment, but deals with enhancement of DA by the Central Government to pensioners. Therefore, we are not able to accept the view taken by the Division Bench. We accordingly overrule the judgment in Malakondaiah case (supra).

4.4 In addition, subsequent to the judgment of Hon’ble High Court of Madras in P. Ayyamperumal’s case, Hon’ble CAT Madras Bench vide its orders dated 19.03.2019 in 0.A. No. 310/00309/ 2019 and O.A. No. 310/00312/ 2019 and Order dated 27.03.2019 in O.A. No. 310/00026/ 2019 has also dismissed the similar requests related with notional increment for pensionary benefits.

5. Accordingly, it is requested that all the pending / future court cases on the similar issue should be defended/ dealt with adequately on the above lines.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(A.K. Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

DoPT Notification regarding RTI Rules 2019

Notification regarding RTI Rules 2019

DoPT Orders 2019

DoPT Orders 2019 - RTI Rules 2019

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

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 24th October, 2019

G.S.R. 810(E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by clauses (ca) and (cb) of sub-section (2) of section 27 of Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:-
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY

Short title and commencement.- (1) These rules may be called The Right to Information (Term of Office, Salaries, Allowances and Other Terms and Conditions of Service of Chief Information Commissioner,Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission, State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioners in the State Information Commission) Rules, 2019.

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

2. Definitions.- (1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires, -

(a) “Act” means the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005);
(b) “Central Information Commission” shall have the same meaning assigned to it under clause (b) of section 2 of the Act ;
(c) “Chief Information Commissioner” and “Information Commissioner” shall have the same meaning assigned to it under clause (d) of section 2 of the Act;
(d) “State Chief Information Commissioner” and “State Information Commissioner” shall have the same meaning assigned to it under clause (l) of section 2 of the Act;
(e) “State Information Commission” shall have the same meaning assigned to it under clause (k) of section 2 of the Act.
(2) The words and expressions used and not defined under these rules, but defined in the Act shall have the same meaning as respectively assigned to them in the Act.

CHAPTER III

TERM OF OFFICE, SALARIES, ALLOWANCES AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND INFORMATION COMMISSIONER IN THE CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION

3. Term of office.- The Chief Information Commissioner, or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall hold office for a period of three years from the date on which he enters upon his office.

4. Retirement from parent service on appointment.- The Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, who on the date of his appointment to the Commission, was in the service of the Central or a State Government, shall be deemed to have retired from such service with effect from the date of his appointment as Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

5. Pay.- (1) The Chief Information Commissioner shall receive a pay of Rs. 2,50,000 (Rupees two lakh and fifty thousand)(fixed) per mensem.
(2) An Information Commissioner shall receive a pay of Rs. 2,25,000 (Rupees two lakh and twenty five thousand) (fixed) per mensem.
(3) In case the Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, at the time of his appointment is, in receipt of any pension, the pay of such Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be reduced by the amount of that pension including any portion of pension which was commuted and pension equivalent of other forms of retirement benefits excluding pension equivalent of retirement gratuity;

(4) In case the Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, at the time of his appointment, is in receipt of retirement benefits in respect of any previous service rendered in Corporation established by or under any Central Act or State Act or a Government company owned or controlled by the Central Government or the State Government, his pay in respect of the service as the Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be reduced by the amount of pension equivalent to the retirement benefits.

6. Dearness Allowance. - The Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be entitled to draw dearness allowance at the rate admissible to an officer holding a post carrying the same pay in the Central Government, as revised from time to time.

7. Leave.- (1) The Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be entitled to rights of leave as per admissibility to an officer holding a post carrying the same pay in the Central Government, as revised from time to time.

(2) In case the Chief Information Commissioner, the competent authority to sanction the leave shall be the President of India and in case of the Information Commissioners, the Chief Information Commissioner shall be the competent authority.

8. Cash Payment in lieu of unutilised Earned Leave.- The Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be entitled to encashment of fifty per cent. of earned leave to his credit at the time of completion of tenure:

Provided that for a Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner, as the case may be, who had retired from the service of the Central or a State Government prior to appointment as a Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner, as the case may be, the aggregate period for which the encashment of unutilised earned leave shall be entitled shall be subject to a maximum period as per admissibility to an officer holding a post carrying the same pay in the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, as revised from time to time.

9. Medical Facilities.- The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be entitled to medical treatment and Hospital facilities as provided in the Central Government Health Scheme and at places where the Central Government Health Scheme is not in operation, the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner shall be entitled to medical facilities as provided in the Central Service (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944.

10. Accommodation.- (1) The Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be eligible subject to availability, to the use of official residence from the general pool accommodation of the type as admissible to an officer holding a post carrying the same pay in the Central Government on the payment of the license fee at the rates prescribed by Central Government from time to time.

(2) Where Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner is not provided with or does not avail himself of the general pool accommodation referred to in sub-rule (1), he may be paid House Rent Allowance at the rate admissible to an officer holding a post carrying the same pay in the Central Government.

11. Leave Travel Concession, Travelling Allowance, Daily Allowance.- The Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioners, as the case may be, shall be entitled to leave travel concession, travelling allowance and daily allowance as admissible to an officer holding a post carrying the same pay in the Central Government as far as may be, apply to the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner, as the case may be.

Source: DoPT

Monday, 28 October 2019

Provision for granting Special Casual Leave for the Women employees working in the Central Government Organizations


Provision for granting Special Casual Leave for the Women employees working in the Central Government Organizations

Central-Government-Women-Employees-Special-Casual-Leave

NFIR

No.II/10/Part I
Dated: 24/10/2019
The Cabinet Secretary,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110004

Dear Sir,

Sub: Provision for granting Special Casual Leave for the Woman employees (45 years of age and above) working in the Central Government Organizations - reg.

The Government of India is aware that with the increased efficiency levels among women in every walk of life, more importantly in the Government sector, a good number of female candidates has been joining services in various organizations of the Central Government in different capacities at all levels ranging from Group 'C' to Group 'A'. While many of them have been performing duties efficiently, their physiological condition changes when they reach certain age which is a natural phenomenon. Federation desires to bring to your kind notice that there is need to consider granting Special Casual Leave for the Women employees of 45 years age and above working in the Central Government services due to the reason that they face hormonal imbalances at the menopause stage which hampers the physical and mental health of women. Therefore provision for granting Special Casual Leave for those Woman employees of 45 years age and above including those who undergo Hysterectomy Operation needs to be considered.

Also check: 7th Pay Commission Leave Rules

NFIR, therefore, requests the Cabinet Secretary to kindly intervene and get the matter examined for making provision for granting Special Casual Leave to the Woman employees of Central Government services in the above mentioned situations.

Also read: TYPES OF LEAVE ADMISSIBLE: Leave Rules - CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972

Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary / NFIR &
Leader JCM (Staff Side)
Copy to the General Secretaries of affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Media Centre / NFIR .

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7CPC latest clarification on MACP Scheme - 7th CPC MACP Rules and Regulations - Latest Dopt order


7CPC latest clarification on MACP Scheme - 7th CPC MACP Rules and Regulations - Latest Dopt order

7th-CPC-latest-clarification-MACP-Scheme-DoPT-order

New Promotion Rules for Central Government Employees - Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP)

Central Government accepted the new 7th pay commission promotion rules and implemented for all groups of Central Government employees

Originally adopted by the 5th Pay Commission in 1996 and subsequently by the sixth pay commission, the system for the guaranteed promotion has adjusted the 12 and 24 year requirements to 10, 20 and 30 years.

Also check: MACP FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES - DOPT CONSOLIDATED GUIDELINES

If a worker is not promoted for a period of 10 years, he or she moves to the next tier of the pay hierarchy under the MACP rule.

Now the DoPT has now given a significant order in detail regarding the promised promotional structure.

The OM recommends that the 7th Pay Commission should continue to administer the MACP Scheme 10, 20 and 30 years earlier.

The employees move into the next level of the hierarchy in the new pay matrix. As recommended, all positions, including Group A posts, whether individually or not, will be able to benefit from the Scheme.

However, the services of the organized group "A" are not covered by the scheme. MACPS may proceed in this manner, except for representatives of Organized Group's' A' Programs, to extend to all workers up to HAG level.

The Government has considered and approved the recommendations of MACPS's Seventh Central Pay Commission. At the age of 10, 20 and 30 the MACPS will continue to be administered. The worker must transfer to the next pay level in the current pay matrix system directly under the program.

The specified Benchmark shall be' Very Good' for the granting of financial improvement under the MACP Scheme for all rates.

No increase in the pay level for junior employees would be admissible as a result of pay fixation under the MACP scheme, more than for seniors.

Applicability of Rule 31 of Railway Service Rules 1993 for counting service period paid from contingencies for calculation of pension, gratuity on retirement


Applicability of Rule 31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993 for counting service period paid from contingencies for calculation of pension, gratuity on retirement

Railway Rule 31


No. 11/35/2018
Dated: 23/10/2019
The Secretary (E)
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Applicability of Rule 31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993 for counting of service period paid from contingencies for calculation of pension, gratuity on retirement - reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No: 27/2011.
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No. 2016/ E(LR)I/NM1-12 dated 14/12/2016.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. II/35 Part XIII dated 19/12/2016.
(iv) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2014/ CL/RWF/6 PNM - NFIR dated 17/05/2017 .
(v) NFIR’s letter No. 11/35/2018 dated 09/06/2018 &.06/11/2018.
(vi) Railway Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/2014 /RWF/CL/6 PNM-NFIR dated 21/12/ 2018.
(vii) PCPO / RWF’s letter No. RWF/ G0-26/566 dated 08th March, 2019 to Secretary (E), Railway Board.
(viii) Railway Board’s letter No E(NG)II/ 2017/ER/CL/4 dated 15/05/2019 addressed to GM(P) RWF.

Kind attention is invited to the Federation’s demand to consider applicability of Rule No. 31 of Railway Service (Pension) Rules 1993 for counting of service period paid from contingencies for calculation of retirement gratuity in favour of former casual labour who were paid wages for contingency and absorbed subsequently in Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka vide NFIR’s Agenda Item No. 27/2011. Federation takes note that though the Railway board vide letter dated 15/05/2019 issued half-baked clarification to RWF Authorities with reference to PCPO, RWF’s letter dated 08th March,2019 without mentioning NFIR PNM Agenda Item pending since the last about eight years since the year 2011.

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In this connection, NFIR re-iterates that the Apex Court in its Judgement / Order in Civil Appeal No. 3938 of 2017 [ arising out SLP (C) No. 23723 of 2015 dated 24th March, 2017] gave following directions (in para 55) for compliance:-
  1. the casual worker after obtaining temporary status is entitled to reckon 50% of his services till he is regularized on a iegular/temporary post for the purposes of calculation of Pension.
  2. the casual worker before obtaining the temporary status is also entitled to reckon 50% of casual service for purposes of pension.
  3. Those casual workers who are appointed to any post either substantively or in officiating or in temporary capacity are entiled to reckon the entire period from date of taking charge to such post as per Rule 20 of Rules, 1993.
Federation feels disappointed that the clarification dated 15/05/2019 is inadequate due to the fact that instructions covering above points have not been incorporated for taking action by all Zones/ PUs to settle similarly placed cases including those of RWF, Yelahanka.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to consider and issue modified instructions to the General Managers of Zones / PUs & RWF citing NFIR’s PNM meeting discussions.

A copy of the instructions may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

6th CPC DA Rate Revised from 154% to 164% effective from July 2019 - Finmin issued Orders


6th CPC DA Rate Revised from 154% to 164% effective from July 2019 - Finmin issued Orders
 
DA Rate as per 6th CPC from July 2019

DA Rate as per 6th CPC from July 2019


6th Pay Commission DA Rate Revised from 154% to 164% effective from July 2019 - Finmin issued Orders
No. 1/3(1)/2008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 25th October, 2019.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2019 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre revised pay scale / Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. o. 1/3(1)/2008-E.II(B) dated 8th March, 2019 revising the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) w.e.f. 01.01.2019 in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing 154% to 164% w.e.f. 01.07.2019.

Also check: 6th CPC Entry Pay Structure for Direct Recruits

3. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M.No.1(3)/2008-E.ll(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries / Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.
Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
To
All Ministries / Departments of the Government of India (as per standard distribution list).
Copy to: C&AG, UPSC, etc.(as per standard endorsement list).

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5th CPC pre-revised pay scale for Central Government Employees DA Order w.e.f 01.07.2019


5th CPC pre-revised pay scale for Central Government Employees DA Order w.e.f 01.07.2019
5th CPC DA Rate Revised from 295% to 312% from July 2019
5th CPC DA Rate Revised from July 2019


No. 1/3(2)/2008-E, II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block,
New Delhi
Dated the 25th October,2019.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2019 to the employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 1/3(2)/2008-E.II(B) dated 8th March, 2019 revising the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) w.e.f. 01,01.2019 in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central, Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing 295% to 312% w.e.f. 01.07.2019.

Also check: DA Order from July 2019 in 7th pay commission

3. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M.No.1(13)/97-E.II(B) dated 3rd October, 1997 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries / Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Payment of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) Dearness allowance effective from 1st July 2019

Payment of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) Dearness allowance effective from 1st July 2019

GDS Employees Dearness Allowance 2019

Payment of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) Dearness allowance effective from 1st July 2019

F.No. 14-312016-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communication
Department of Posts
(Establishment Drvision)/ P.A.P. Section

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001.
Dated : 24th October, 2019

To,
AIl Chief Postmasters General Postmasters General
Chief General Manager, BD Directorate/Parcel Directorate/ PLI Directorate
Director RAKNPA/ GM CEPT/ Directors of AII PTCs,
AddI. Director General, Army Postal Service, R.K. Puram, New Delhi
AII General Managers (Finance)/ DAP/ DDAP

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) effective from 01.07.2019 onwards -reg.

Consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness Allowance with effect from 1st July, 2019 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 1/3/2019 E-II (B) dated 14.70.2019, duly endorsed vide this Department’s letters No. 8-1/2016-PAP dated 15.10.2019, the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the same rates as applicable to Central Government Employees with effect from 01.07.2019. It has,therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be at the same rates as payable to Central Government Employees i.e.@ 17% (percent) with effect from the 1st July, 2019.

Also check Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) effective from 01.07.2018 onwards

2. The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head “Salaries”under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing vide their Diary No. 106/FA/2019-CS dated 23. 10.2019.

(S.B.Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

BSNL MTNL Merger - Union Cabinet approved the proposal of BSNL and MTNL

BSNL MTNL Merger - Union Cabinet approved the proposal of BSNL and MTNL

BSNL MTNL Merger - Union Cabinet approved
Cabinet

Union Cabinet approves revival plan of BSNL and MTNL and in-principle merger of the two

Spectrum of 4G to be allocated to the Telecom PSEs

Funding through capital infusion of over Rs 20,000 Crore

Sovereign guarantee for long term bonds of Rs 15,000 Crore

Union Government to bear cost of attractive VRS

23 OCT 2019
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for revival of BSNL and MTNL by administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services, debt restructuring by raising of bonds with sovereign guarantee, reducing employee costs, monetisation of assets and in-principle approval of merger of BSNL & MTNL.

Also Read: Claim of BSNL on account of pay & allowances etc. to its employees working on loan basis in DoT/Field Units

The following was approved by the cabinet:-
  1. Administrative allotment of spectrum for 4G services to BSNL and MTNL so as to enable these PSUs to provide broadband and other data services. The said Spectrum will be funded by the Government of India by capital infusion in these PSUs at a value of Rs 20,140 Cr in addition; the GST amount of Rs 3,674 Cr to this spectrum value will also be borne by the Government of India through Budgetary resources. By using this spectrum allotment, BSNL and MTNL will be able to deliver 4G services, compete in the market and provide high speed data using their vast network including in rural areas.
  2. BSNL and MTNL will also raise long-term bonds of Rs 15,000 Cr for which sovereign guarantee will be provided by the Government of India (GoI). With the said resources, BSNL and MTNL will restructure their existing debt and also partly meet CAPEX, OPEX and other requirements.
  3. BSNL and MTNL will also offer Voluntary Retirement to their employees, aged 50 years and above through attractive Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), the cost of which will be borne by the Government of India through budgetary support. The ex-gratia component of VRS will require Rs. 17,169 Cr in addition, GoI will be meeting the cost towards Pension, Gratuity and Commutation. Details of the scheme will be finalised by BSNL/MTNL.
  4. BSNL and MTNL will monetise their assets so as to raise resources for retiring debt, servicing of bonds, network upgradation, expansion and meeting the operational fund requirements.
  5. In-principle merger of BSNL and MTNL
It is expected that with the implementation of said revival plan, BSNL and MTNL will be able to provide reliable and quality services through its robust telecommunication network throughout the country including rural and remote areas.

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General Provident Fund interest rate of 7.9% (Seven point nine percent) w.e.f. 1st October, 2019 to 31st December

General Provident Fund interest rate of 7.9% (Seven point nine percent) w.e.f. 1st October, 2019 to 31st December

GPF Interest Rate 2019

GPF General Provident Fund interest rate


(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 21st October, 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 7.9% (Seven point nine percent) w.e.f. 1st October, 2019 to 31st December. This rate will be in force w.e.f.1st October, 2019. The funds concerned are:

Also check: General Provident Fund interest at the rate of 8% from 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019 - DEA Resolution
  1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
  2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
  3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
  4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
  5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
  6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
  7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
  8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
  9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
  10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India

MACP FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES – DOPT CONSOLIDATED GUIDELINES

MACP FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES – DOPT CONSOLIDATED GUIDELINES

MACP DoPT Orders 2019

No.35034/3/2015-Estt.(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi -110001
Dated the 22nd October, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT:- CONSOLIDATED GUIDELINES REGARDING MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES.

The Seventh Central Pay Commission in Para 5.1.44 of its report, recommended that Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. In the new Pay matrix, the employees will move to the immediate next Level in the hierarchy. As per the recommendations, the Scheme will be available to all posts, including Group “A” posts, whether isolated or not. However, Organised Group “A” Services will not be covered under the Scheme. In other words, MACPS will continue to be applicable to all employees up to HAG level, except members of Organised Group ‘A’ Services.

2. The Government has considered the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for continuation of MACPS and has accepted the same. The MACPS will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. Under the Scheme, the employee will move to immediate next Pay Level in the new Pay Matrix.

3. The Scheme shall continue to be applicable to all regularly appointed Group “A”(except officers of the Organised Group “A” Services), “B”, and “C” Central Government Civilian Employees. Casual employees, including those granted ‘temporary status’ and employees appointed in the Government on adhoc or contract basis shall not qualify for benefits under the aforesaid Scheme. The details of the MACP Scheme and conditions for grant of the financial upgradation under the Scheme are given in Annexure-1.

4. A Screening Committee shall be constituted in each Department to consider the case for grant of financial upgradations under the MACP Scheme. The Screening Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and two members. The members of the Committee shall comprise officers holding posts which are at least one level above the level in which the MACP is to be considered and not below the rank of Under Secretary equivalent in the Government. The Chairperson should generally be a level above the members of the Committee.

5. In cases where the Appointing Authority is the President and the Screening Committee is constituted in the Secretariat of the Ministry /Department, then the power to approve the recommendations of the Screening Committee is delegated to the Secretary of such Ministry or Department. In cases where the Appointing Authority is the President and the Screening Committee is constituted in an organization (for e.g., field office, attached/subordinate office, etc), then the power to approve the recommendations of the Screening Committee is delegated to the Head of such organization. In all other cases, the power to approve the recommendations of the Screening Committee shall be with the Appointing Authority.

Also check: MACP guidance as per recommendations of the 7th CPC

6. In order to prevent undue strain on the administrative machinery, the Screening Committee shall follow a time-schedule and meet twice in a financial year. Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half of a particular financial year (April-September) shall be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July shall process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half of the financial year (October.,.March).

7. In so far as . persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Departments are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

8. Any interpretation/ clarification of doubt as to the scope and meaning of the provisions of the MACP Scheme shall be given by the Department of Personnel and Training (Establishment-D). The MACP Scheme continues to be effective from 01.09.2008.

9. No stepping up of pay in the level would be admissible with regard to junior getting more pay than the senior on account of pay fixation under MACP Scheme.

10. Hindi version will follow.

(A. Bhattacharya)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
MACP FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES – DOPT CONSOLIDATED GUIDELINES


Annexure-I


O.M. No.35034/3/2015-Estt.(D) dated 2.10.2019

1. There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years services, respectively, or 10 years of continuous service in the same Level in Pay Matrix, whichever is earlier.

2. The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher level in the hierarchy of the Pay Matrix as given in PART A of Schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. Thus, the level at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases where regular promotion is not between two successive Pay Levels, be lower than what is available at the time of regular promotion. In such cases, the higher level attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre/organisation will be given only at the time of regular promotion.

3. The financial upgradations under the MACPS would be admissible up-to level 15 in the Pay Matrix, corresponding to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG).

Also read: MACP – All about Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme applicable to Central Government Employees after implementation of 7th Pay Commission

4. (i) Benefit of pay fixation available _at the time of regular promotion shall also be allowed at the time of financial upgradation under the Scheme [as prescribed in Para 13 of CCS(Revised Pay Rules), 2016].

(ii) There shall, however, be no further fixation of pay at the time of regular promotion if it is in the same pay level as granted under MACPS.

(iii) However, at the time of actual promotion if it happens to be in a post carrying higher pay level than what is available under MACPS, then he shall be placed in the level to_ which he is promoted at a cell in the promoted level equal to the figure being drawn by him on account of MACP. If no such cell is available in the level to which promoted, he shall be placed at the next higher cell in that level. The employee may have an option to get this fixation done either on the date of promotion or w.e.f. the date of next increment as per the option to be exercised by him.

5. Promotions earned/upgradation granted under the MACP Scheme in the past to those grades which are in the same Level in the Pay Matrix due to merger of pay scales/upgradations of posts recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission shall be ignored for the purpose of granting upgradations under Modified ACPS. The benefit of merger will accrue w.e.f. the date of notification of the Recruitment Rules for the relevant post.

6. Fixation of pay on grant of financial upgradation under MACPS on or after 01.01.2016 shall be made as per Rule 13 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 issued vide Department of Expenditure notification dated 25th July, 2016 and in terms of provisions contained in DoP&T OM No. 13/02/2017-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 27.07.2017.

6.1 In cases where financial upgradation had been granted to Government Servants in the next higher Grade Pay in the hierarchy of Grade Pays as per the provisions of the MACP Scheme of 19th May, 2009, but whereas as a result of the implementation of Seventh CPC’s recommendations, substantive post held by him in the hierarchy of the cadre has been upgraded by granting a higher Pay Level in such cases the MACP already granted to him prior to 7th CPC shall be refixed in the revised pay structure at the next higher level of Pay Matrix. To illustrate, in the case of Postal Inspector (GP 4200/-) in Department of Posts, who was granted 1st MACP in the Grade. Pay of Rs; 4600/- in PB-2, he will now be granted (grade pay of Rs 4800 in the pay band PB-2) Level 8 of the Pay Matrix consequent upon upgradation of the post of Postal Inspector from GP of Rs. 420,0 to GP of Rs. 4600/Level 7 in the Pay Matrix. However, all the financial upgradations under the Scheme should be done strictly in accordance with the hierarchy of Levels in the Pay Matrix as notified vide CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016.

7. With regard to fixation of his pay on grant of promotion/ financial upgradation under MACP Scheme, a Government servant has an option under FR22 (1) (a) (1) to get his pay fixed in the higher post/ Pay Level either from the date of his promotion/upgradation or from the date of his next increment viz. 1st July or 1st January, subject to provisions in the Scheme.

8. Promotions earned in the post carrying same Pay Level in the promotional hierarchy as per Recruitment Rules shall be counted for the purpose of MACPS.

9. ‘Regular service’ for the purposes of the MACPS shall commence from the date of joining of a post in direct entry grade on a regular basis either on direct recruitment basis or on absorption/re-employment basis. Service rendered on casual, adhoc/ contract basis before regular appointment on pre-appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning. However, past continuous regular service in same/another Central Government Department in a post carrying same pay level in the Pay Matrix prior to regular appointment in a new Department, without a break, shall also be counted towards qualifying regular service for the purposes of MACPS only (and not for the regular promotions). However, benefits under the MACPS in such cases shall not be considered till the satisfactory completion of the probation period in the new post.

10. Past service rendered by a Central Government employee in a State Government/Statutory Body/Autonomous body/Public Sector organization, before appointment in the Central Government shall not be counted towards Regular Service.

11. ‘Regular service’ shall include all periods spent on deputation/foreign service, study leave and all other kinds of leave, duly sanctioned by the competent authority.

12. The MACPS shall also be applicable to work charged employees, if their service conditions are comparable with the staff of regular establishment.

13. Existing time-bound promotion scheme, including in-situ promotion scheme, or any other kind of promotion scheme existing for a particular category of employees in a Ministry/Department or its offices, may continue to be operational for the concerned category of employees, if it is decided by the concerned administrative authorities to retain such Schemes, after necessary consultations or they may switch-over to the MACPS. However, these Schemes shall not run concurrently with the MACPS.

14. The MACPS is directly applicable only to Central Government Civilian employees. The Scheme may be extended to employees of Central Autonomous/Statutory Bodies under the administrative control of a Ministry/Department subject to fulfillment of conditions prescribed in DOPT’s OM No. 35034/3/2010-Estt.(D) dated 03.08.2010.

15. If a financial upgradation under the MACPS is deferred and not allowed after 10 years ina level, due to the reason of the employees being unfit or due to departmental proceedings, etc., this would have consequential effect on the subsequent financial upgradation which would also get deferred to the extent of delay in grant of first financial upgradation.

16. On grant of financial upgradation under the Scheme, there shall be no change in the designation, classification or higher status. However, financial and certain other benefits which are linked to the pay drawn by an employee such as HBA, allotment of Government accommodation shall be permitted.

17 (i). For grant of financial upgradation under the MACP Scheme, the prescribed Benchmark shall be ‘Very Good’, for all levels. This shall be effective for upgradations under MACPS falling due on or after 25.07.2016 and the revised benchmark shall be applicable for the APARs for the year 2016-17 and subsequent years.

17(ii). While assessing the suitability of an employee for grant of MACP, the Departmental Screening Committee (DSC) shall assess the APARs in the reckoning period. The benchmark for the APARs for the years 2016-17 and thereafter shall be ‘Very Good’. The benchmark for the years 2015-16 and earlier years• shall continue be as per the MACP guidelines issued vide DoPT O.M. dated 19.05.2009:

    “The financial upgradation would be non-functional basis subject to fitness in the hierarchy of grade pay within the PB-I. Thereafter for upgradation under the MACPS the benchmark of ‘good’ would be applicable till the grade pay of Rs. 6600/- in PB-3. The benchmark will be ‘Very Good’ for financial upgradation to the grade pay of Rs. 7600 and above.”

For example, if a particular MACP falls due on or after 25.07.2016, the following benchmarks for APARs are applicable:


APAR for the yearBenchmark grading for MACP for Level 11 and belowBenchmark grading for MACP for Level 12 and above
2013-14 and earlier yearsGoodVery Good
2014-15GoodVery Good
2015-16GoodVery Good
2016-17Very GoodVery Good
2017-18 and subsequent yearsVery GoodVery Good

18. In the matter of disciplinary/ penalty proceedings, grant of benefit under the MACPS shall be subject to rules governing normal promotion. Such cases shall, therefore, be regulated under the provisions of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 and instructions issued thereunder.

19. The MACPS contemplates merely placement on personal basis in the immediate higher Pay Level /grant of financial benefits only and shall riot amount to actual/functional promotion of the employees concerned. Therefore, no•reservation orders/roster shall apply to the MACPS, which shall extend its benefits uniformly to all eligible SC/ST employees also. However, the rules of reservation in promotion shall be ensured at the time of regular promotion. For this reason, it shall not be mandatory to associate members of SC/ST in the Screening Committee meant to consider cases for grant of financial upgradation under the Scheme.

20. Financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be purely personal to the employee and shall have no relevance to his seniority position. As such, there shall be no additional financial upgradation for the senior employees on the ground that the junior employee in the grade has got higher pay/ Level under the MACPS. However, in cases where a senior Government servant granted MACP to a higher Grade Pay before the 1st day of January, 2016 draws less pay in the revised pay structure than his junior who is granted MACP to the higher Level on or after the rst day of January, 2016, the pay of senior Government servant in the revised pay structure shall be stepped up to an amount equal to the pay as fixed for hisjunior in that higher post and such stepping up shall be done with effect from the date of MACP of the junior Government servant subject to the fulfillment of the following conditions, namely:-

    (a) both the junior and the senior Government servants belong to the same cadre and they are in the same pay Level on grant of MACP;

    (b) the existing pay structure and the revised pay structure of the lower and higher posts inwhich they are entitled to draw pay are ientical;

    (c) the senior Government servants at the time of grant of MACP are drawing equal or more pay than the junior;

    (d) the anomaly is directly as a result o.f the application of the provisions of Fundamental Rule 22 or any other rule or order regulating pay fixation on such grant of MACP in the revised pay structure:

    Provided that if the junior officer was drawing more pay in the existing pay structure than the senior by virtue of any advance increments granted to him, the provisions of this sub rule shall not be invoked to step up the pay of the senior officer.


21. Pay drawn in the level of Pay Matrix under the MACPS shall be taken as the basis for determining the terminal benefits in respect of the retiring employee.

22. In case an employee is declared surplus in his /her organisation and appointed in the same pay-scale or lower scale of pay in the new organization, the regular service rendered by him/ her in the previous organisation shall be counted towards the regular service in his/her new organisation for the purpose of giving financial upgradation under the MACPS.

23. In case of transfer ‘including unilateral transfer on request’, regular service rendered in previous organisation /office shall be counted alongwith the regular service in the new organisation /office for the purpose of getting financial upgradations under the MACPS. However, financial upgradation under the MACPS shall be allowed in the immediate next higher Pay Level in the Pay Matrix as given in CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. Wherever an official, in accordance with terms and conditions of transfer on own volition to a lower post, is reverted to the lower Post/ Grade from the promoted Post/ Pay Level before being relieved for the new organisation/office, such past promotion in the previous organisation/ office will be ignored for the purpose of MACPS in the new organisation/office.

24. If a regular promotion has been offered but was refused by the employee befote becoming entitled to an upgradation under the scheme, no financial upgradation shall be allowed as the employee has not stagnated due to lack of opportunities. If,however, financial upgradation has been allowed due to stagnation and the employees subsequently refuse the promotion, it shall not be a ground to withdrw the financial upgradation. He shall, however, not be eligible to be considered for further financial upgradation till he agrees to be considered for promotion again and in such case, the second or next financial upgradation shall also be deferred to the extent of period of debarment due to the refusal of promotion.

25. Cases of persons holding higher posts purely on adhoc basis shall also be considered by the Screening• Committee alongwith others. They may be allowed the benefit of financial upgradation on reversion to the lower post

26. Employees on deputation need not revert to the parent Department for availing the benefit of financial upgradation under the MACPS. They may exercise a fresh option to either draw pay in the level of Pay Matrix attached to the post held by them on deputation or the pay in the pay level admissible to them under the MACPS, whichever is beneficial. In case, the employee opts to draw pay in the pay level admissible to him/her under the MACPS, the.deputation (duty) allowance shall be regulated in terms of the instructions issued by DoPT vide O.M. No.2/11/2017-Estt.(Pay II) dated 24.11.2017, as amended from time to time.

27. Illustrations

A. (i) If a Government servant in Level 2 gets his first regular promotion in the Level 4 on completion of 8.years of service and then continues in the Level for further 10 years without any promotion then he would be eligible for 2nd financial upgradation under the MACPS in the Level 5 after completion of 18 years (8+10years).

(ii) (a) In case he does not get any promotion thereafter, then he would get 3rd financial upgradation in the Level 6 on completion of further 10 years of service i.e. after 28 years (8+10+10).

(ii) (b) However, if he gets 2nd promotion after 5 years of further service to the grade say in the Level 7 [i.e. on completion of 23 years (8+ 10+5years)], then he would get 3rd financial upgradation in Level 8 after completion of 30 years.

(iii) (a) If he gets 2nd promotion before 20th year (say 19th year), then he gets 3rd MACP, at the end of 29th year, (i.e. 10 years from 2nd promotion) provided he does not get 3rd promotion.

(iii) (b) If he gets 2nd promotion after 20th year (say in 23rd year), and there is no 3rd promotion before 30 years, then he may be allowed 3rd MACP at the end of 30 years.

B. If a Government servant in Level 2 is granted 1st financial upgradation under the MACPS on completion of 10 years of service in the Level 3 and 5 years later he gets 1st regular promotion in Level 4, the 2nd financial upgradation under MACPS (in the next level w.r.t. level held by Government servant) will be granted in Level 5 on completion of 20 years of service. On completion of 30 years of service, he will get 3rd MACP in the Level 6. However, if two promotions are earned before completion of 20 years, only 3rd financial upgradation would be admissible on completion of 10 years of service in Level from the date 2nd promotion or at 30th year of service, whichever is earlier

C. If a Government servant has been granted either two regular promotions or 2nd financial upgradation under the ACP Scheme of August, 1999 after completion of 24 years of regular service then only 3rd financial upgradation would be admissible to him under the MACPS on completion of 30 years of service provided that he has not earned third promotion in the hierarchy.

Deputy Secretary

Source: DoPT

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