Friday, 1 February 2019

BUDGET SUMMARY WITH MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INTERIM BUDGET 2019-20

Ministry of Finance

BUDGET SUMMARY WITH MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INTERIM BUDGET 2019-20
INTERIM BUDGET 2019-20 PRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT TODAY HAS A MAJOR SCHEME FOR FARMERS AND PROVIDES FOR INCOME TAX SOPS

THIS INTERIM BUDGET IS TO BE VIEWED AS A MEDIUM FOR A PROGRESSIVE PATH FOR THE COUNTRY, THE FINANCE MINISTER SAYS
SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL SAYS GOVERNMENT HAS BROUGHT DOWN AVERAGE INFLATION TO 4.6%, LOWER THAN THE INFLATION DURING THE TENURE OF ANY OTHER PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.
01 FEB 2019
Interim Budget 2019-20 was presented in Parliament today by the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal. Besides having a major Scheme for the farmers, it provides tax sops and sets the Developmental Agenda for the years to come.
A New Deal for 12 Crore Small and Marginal farmers with direct income support, a path breaking Pension initiative for 10 Crore unorganized sector workers, exempting income up to Rs 5 lakhs from Income Tax, reforms in stamp duty, highest ever budgetary allocation of Rs 3 lakh crore for Defence, record allocation of funds at Rs 58,166 crore for North Eastern Areas, a new AIIMS for Haryana, single window clearance for Indian film makers at par with foreigners and higher budgetary allocations for Education, Health, Infrastructure and for the welfare of weaker sections including Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, a Separate Department of Fisheries for welfare of 1.5 crore fisherman are some of the major highlights of the Interim Budget 2019-20.
Major Schemes
New Scheme- namely "Pradhan Mantri KIsan SAmman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)" to extend direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6,000 per year to farmer families, having cultivable land upto 2 hectares is announced.
While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20, the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal said that "our Government is launching a historic programme PM-KISAN with an outlay of Rs.75,000 crore for the FY 2019-20 and Rs.20,000 crore in the Revised Estimates of FY 2018-19".
Under this Government of India funded Scheme, Rs.2,000 each will be transferred to the bank accounts of around 12 crore Small and Marginal farmer families, in three equal installments. This programme would be made effective from 1st December 2018 and the first installment for the period upto31st March 2019 would be paid during this year itself, Shri Piyush Goyal said.
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To provide sustained and focused attention towards development of Fisheries, the  Government has decided to create a separate Department of Fisheries. Finance Minister said that through the measure, the Government wants to promote further growth over 7% to promote livelihood of about 1.45 crore people dependent on the sector.
The Finance Minister announced 2% interest subvention to the farmers pursuing the activities of animal husbandry and fisheries, who avail loan through Kisan Credit Card. Further, in case of timely repayment of loan, they will also get an additional 3% interest subvention.
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Allocation of Rs.750 crore for Rashtriya Gokul Mission has been announced for the current year itself. Setting up of "Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog" to upscale sustainable genetic upgradation of cow resources and to enhance production and productivity of cows has also been announced. The Aayog will also look after effective implementation of laws and welfare schemes for cow.
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To provide pensionary benefits to at least 10 crore labourers and workers in the unorganised sector a new Scheme called 'Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan' is announced.The Finance Minister said thatwithin next five years it would be one of the largest pension schemes of the world. A sum of Rs.500 crore has been allocated for the Scheme. Additional funds will be provided as needed, Shri Goyal added. The scheme will also be implemented from the current year, he said.
Tax Benefits
Individual taxpayers having taxable annual income up to Rs.5 lakhs will not be required to pay any income tax. The Finance Minister said that persons having gross income up to Rs. 6.50 lakhs are not required to pay any income tax if they make investments in provident funds, specified savings and insurance etc. Additional deductions such as interest on home loan up to Rs. 2 lakh, interest on education loans, National Pension Scheme contributions, medical insurance and medical expenditure on senior citizens etc, are also provided for in the Interim Budget 2019-20. Thus tax benefit of Rs. 18,500 crore is proposed to be provided to an estimated 3 crore middle class and small taxpayers comprising self employed, small business, small traders, salary earners, pensioners and senior citizens.
For salaried persons, Standard Deduction is being raised from the current Rs.40,000 to Rs.50,000. This will provide additional tax benefit of Rs. 4,700 crore to more than 3 crore salary earners and pensioners.
Exemption on levy of income tax on notional rent on a second self-occupied house is also now proposed. Currently, income tax on notional rent is payable if one has more than one self-occupied house.
TDS threshold on interest earned on bank/post office deposits is being raised from Rs. 10,000 to Rs.40,000.
TDS threshold for deduction of tax on rent is proposed to be increased from Rs. 1,80,000 to Rs.2,40,000 for providing relief to small taxpayers.
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The Finance Minister says that the Government wants the GST burden on home buyers to be reduced and accordingly the GST Council was moved to appoint a Group of Ministers to examine and make recommendations in this regard at the earliest.
Shri Goyal said that soon, businesses comprising over 90% of GST payers will be allowed to file quarterly return.
Inflation
The Finance Minister said that the Government has been successful in bringing down average inflation to 4.6% over last five years, which is lower than the inflation during the tenure of any other Government. In fact Inflation in December 2018 was down to 2.19% only. Shri Goyal said if we had not controlled inflation, our families would have been spending around 35-40% more today on basic necessities such as food, travel, consumer durables, housing etc. The average rate of inflation during previous five years 2009-2014 was a backbreaking 10.1%, he pointed out.
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Fiscal Deficit
The fiscal deficit has been brought down to 3.4% in 2018-19 RE from the high of almost 6% seven years ago, the Finance Minister mentioned.  He said, the Current Account Deficit (CAD), against a high of 5.6% six years ago, is likely to be only 2.5% of GDP this year. "We contained the fiscal deficit notwithstanding the Finance Commission's recommendations increasing the share of the States from 32% to 42% in central taxes, which we accepted in the true spirit of cooperative federalism, thereby transferring significantly higher amounts to the States", Shri Goyal said.
Growth and FDI
The Finance Minister Shri Piyush Goyal stated that a stage for high growth in decades to come, has now been set, after a wave of next generation path breaking structural reforms over the last five years, including introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other taxation reforms.
The country witnessed its best phase of macro-economic stability during the last five years. "We are the fastest growing major economy in the world with an annual average GDP growth during last five years higher than the growth achieved by any Government since economic reforms began in 1991. From being the 11th largest economy in the world in 2013-14, we are today the 6th largest in the world", the Finance Minister asserted in his Opening Remarks  of his Budget speech.
Shri Goyal said that due to such a stable and predictable regulatory regime, growing economy and strong fundamentals, India could attract massive amount of as much as $239 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) during the last 5 years, when most of the FDI was allowed to come in through the automatic route.
Enhanced allocations for major Schemes
Announcing an allocation of Rs.60,000 crores for MGNREGA for Budget Estimates 2019-20,  the Finance Minister said that additional allocations will be made, if required.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is being allocated Rs.19,000 crore in BE 2019-20 as against Rs.15,500 crore in RE 2018-19. During the period 2014-18, a total number of 1.53 crore houses have been built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, he announced.
By March, 2019, all households will be provided with electricity connection.  Till now, 143 crore LED bulbs have been provided in a mission mode which has resulted in saving of Rs.50,000 crore for the poor and middle class.
He said through the world's largest healthcare programme, Ayushman Bharat, to provide medical treatment to nearly 50 crore people in the country,  around 10 lakh patients have already benefited through free treatment for medical treatment which would have otherwise cost them Rs. 3,000 crore. Lakhs of poor and middle class people are also benefiting from reduction in the prices of essential medicines, cardiac stents and knee implants, and availability of medicines at affordable prices through Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras, the Finance Minister added.
Shri Goyal also said that 14 of the 21 AIIMS operating or being established in the country presently have been announced since 2014. He also announced setting up of a new - the 22nd AIIMS in Haryana.
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Allocation for Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) is being increased from Rs.23,357 crore in RE 2018-19 to Rs.27,584 crore in BE 2019-20.
A substantial increase is proposed in the allocation for welfare of the Scheduled Castes  and Scheduled Tribes. The allocation of  Rs.56,619 crore  made in BE of 2018-19 for Scheduled Caste, further increased to Rs.62,474 crore in RE is proposed to be enhanced to Rs.76,801 crore in BE for 2019-20, an increase of 35.6% over BE of 2018-19. For the Scheduled Tribes also, proposed allocation in 2019-20 BE is Rs.50,086 crore as against Rs.39,135 crore in BE 2018-19, an increase of 28%.
The Finance Minister said that a Welfare Development Board to frame special strategies for the benefit of the  hard-to-reach De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities will be set up under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. He said that a Committee under NITI Aayog will also be set up to complete the task of identifying De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities not yet formally classified.
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Shri Goyal said under the Ujjwala Yojana aiming delivery  of 8 crore free LPG connections, more than 6 crore connections have already been given and the remaining will get free gas connections by next year.
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The Finance Minister announced that a National Artificial Intelligence Portal will also be developed soon as a part of the National Programme on 'Artificial Intelligence'.
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The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion will now be renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade.
The Finance Minister stated that the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), created by the present Government two years ago, resulted in average savings of 25-28% and the platform will now be extended to all CPSEs. Transactions of over Rs. 17,500 crore have taken place so far.
The Finance Minister announced that for the first time, the country's Defence Budget will be of over Rs.3 lakh crore.
The Finance Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal pointed-out that domestic air traffic passengers have doubled during the last five years, leading to large number of jobs also being created. The number of operational airports has crossed 100 with the commissioning of the Pakyong airport in Sikkim.  Arunachal Pradesh came on the air map recently and Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram have come on India's rail map for the first time.
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Capital support from the budget for Indian Railways is proposed at Rs.64,587 crore in 2019-20 (BE). The Railways' overall capital expenditure programme is of Rs. 1,58,658 crore. The Finance Minister, who is also holding the portfolio of Railway Ministry, announced that the Operating Ratio is expected to improve from 98.4% in 2017-18 to 96.2% in 2018-19 (RE) and further to 95% in 2019-20 (BE).
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India's installed solar generation capacity has grown over ten times in last five years. Stating this, Shri Goyal said that "our commitment to promote renewable energy is reflected in setting up the International Solar Alliance, the first treaty based international inter-governmental organisation headquartered in India. This sector is now creating lakhs of new age jobs, he added.
The Finance Minister announced that in Entertainment industry, which is a major employment generator, regulatory provisions will now rely more on self-declarations. To promote entertainment industry, the Single window clearance for ease of shooting films, now available only to foreigners, will also be made available to Indian filmmakers. "We will also introduce anti-camcording provisions in the Cinematograph Act to control the menace of piracy", he said.
Saying that "We are poised to become a Five Trillion Dollar Economy in the next five years and aspire to become a Ten Trillion Dollar Economy in the next 8 years thereafter", Shri Piyush Goyal said that there has been a Growth of 18% in Direct Tax Collections in 2017-18 and increase in tax base by as many as 1.06 crore people filing income tax returns for the first time in FY 2017-18, mainly on account of demonetization.
Shri Goyal said that he is proposing, through the Finance Bill, necessary amendments to levy Stamp duties on one instrument relating to one transaction and get collected at one place through the Stock Exchanges. The duty so collected will be shared with the State Governments seamlessly on the basis of domicile of buying client, he said.
In all the total expenditure is to increase from Rs.24,57,235 crore in 2018-19 RE to Rs.27,84,200 crore in 2019-20 BE.  A rise of Rs.3,26,965 crore or approximately 13.30%. This reflects a high increase considering low inflation. The fiscal deficit of year 2019-20 is estimated to be 3.4% of GDP.
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The Finance Minister pointed out that after completion of the fiscal deficit consolidation programme, the Government would now focus on Debt consolidation. He said "We have maintained the glide path towards our target of 3% of fiscal deficit to be achieved by 2020-21. India's Debt to GDP ratio was 46.5% in year 2017-18. The FRBM Act prescribes that the Debt to GDP ratio of the Government of India should be brought down to 40% by 2024-25. "Along with completion of the fiscal deficit consolidation programme, we will now focus on Debt consolidation", he added.
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Government announced hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) and One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue resolved

Government announced hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) and One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue resolved

Our Soldiers Protect Our Borders in Tough Conditions - FM

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The issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) has been resolved and the Government also announced substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high risk duties.
Ministry of Finance
Defence budget hiked to Rs. 3,05,296 crore
Rs. 3,05,296 crore have been provided in the Budget Estimates for 2019-20, compared to Rs. 2,82,733 crore provided in 2018-19 Budget Estimates. The figures were revised to Rs. 2,85,423 crore in the Revised Estimates of 2018-19. While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20 in Parliament today the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal Sh. Piyush Goyal said "Our Defence Budget will be crossing Rs.3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20. For securing our borders and to maintain preparedness of the highest order, if necessary, additional funds would be provided."
On the issue of strengthening Defence and National Security, the Interim Budget 2019-20 states that our soldiers protect our borders in tough conditions and they are our pride and honour. The Finance Minister Sh. Goyal said that due care has been taken of their honour. He said that the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) which was pending for the last forty years has been resolved.
He said "The previous Governments announced it in three budgets but sanctioned a mere Rs.500 crore in 2014-15 Interim Budget; in contrast we have already disbursed over Rs.35,000 crore after implementing the Scheme in its' true spirit. The Government also announced substantial hike in the Military Service Pay (MSP) of all service personnel and special allowances given to Naval and Air Force personnel deployed in high risk duties."

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HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET 2019


HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET 2019

Tax
1. Within 2 years, Tax assessment will be done electronically
2. IT returns processing in just 24 hours
3. Minimum 14% revenue of GST to states by Central Govt.
4. Custom duty has abolished from 36 Capital Goods
5. Recommendations to GST council for reducing GST rates for home buyers
6. Full Tax rebate upto 5 lakh annual income after all deductions.
7. Standard deduction has increase from 40000 to 50000
8. Exempt on tax on second self-occupied house
9. Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194A has increased from 10000 to 40000
10. Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194I has increased from 180000 to 240000
11. Capital tax Benefit u/s 54 has increased from investment in one residential house to two residential houses.
12. Benefit u/s 80IB has increased to one more year i.e. 2020
13. Benefit has given to unsold inventory has increased to one year to two years.

Other Areas
14. State share has increased to 42%
15. PCA restriction has abolished from 3 major banks
16. 2 lakhs seats will increase for the reservation of 10%
17. 60000 crores for manrega
18. 1.7 Lakh crore to ensure food for all
19. 22nd AIIMS has to be opened in Haryana
20. Approval has to be given to PM Kisan Yojana
21. Rs. 6000 per annum has to be given to every farmer having upto 2 hectare land. Applicable from Sept 2018. Amount will be transferred in 3 installments
22. National kamdhenu ayog for cows. Rs. 750 crores for National Gokul Mission
23. 2% interest subvention for farmers pursuing animal husbandry and also create separate department for fisheries.
24. 2% interest subvention for farmers affected by natural calamities and additional 3% interest subvention for timely payment.
25. Tax free Gratuity limit increase to 20 Lakhs from 10 Lakhs
26. Bonus will be applicable for workers earning 21000 monthly
27. The scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan, will provide assured monthly pension of Rs. 3,000 with contribution of Rs. 100 per month for workers in unorganized sector after 60 years of age.
28. Our government delivered 6 crores free LPG connections under Ujjawala scheme
29. 2% interest relief for MSME GST registered person
30. 26 weeks of Maternity Leaves to empower the women
31. More than 3 Lakhs crores for defence
32. One lakh digital villages in next 5 years
33. Single window for approval of India film makers

BUDGET 2019 - Income upto Rs 5 Lakh to get full tax rebate

BUDGET 2019 - Income upto Rs 5 Lakh to get full tax rebate
 
Ministry of Finance
Income upto Rs 5 Lakh to get full tax rebate; higher standard deduction proposed
Relief of over Rs 23,000 crore to estimated 3 Crore small and middle class tax- payers
TDS threshhold on interests on small savings raised
Boost to housing and real estate sector
FM announces a slew of tax reliefs for middle class and small tax payers
01 FEB 2019
Individual taxpayers having taxable annual income up to Rs.5 lakhs will get full tax rebate and therefore will not be required to pay any income tax. While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20 in Parliament today the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal said “Because of major tax reforms undertaken by us during last four and half years, both tax collections as well as tax base have shown significant increase, achieving a moderate taxation- high compliance regime. It is, therefore, just and fair that some benefits from the tax reforms must also be passed on to the middle class taxpayers”

As a result, the Finance Minister added that even persons having gross income up to Rs. 6.50 lakhs may not be required to pay any income tax if they make investments in provident funds, specified savings, insurance etc. In fact, with additional deductions such as interest on home loan up to Rs.2 lakh, interest on education loans, National Pension Scheme contributions, medical insurance, medical expenditure on senior citizens etc, persons having even higher income will not have to pay any tax. This will provide tax benefit of Rs.18,500 crore to an estimated 3 crore middle class taxpayers comprising self employed, small business, small traders, salary earners, pensioners and senior citizens.

STANDARD DEDUCTIONS RAISED
For salaried persons, Standard Deduction is being raised from the current Rs.40,000 to Rs.50,000. “This will provide additional tax benefit of Rs.4,700 crore to more than 3 crore salary earners and pensioners”, the Finance Minister informed.

TDS THRESHHOLD INCREASED
Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) threshold on interest earned on bank/post office deposits has been proposed to be raised from Rs.10,000 to Rs.40,000. Shri Goyal said, "This will benefit small depositors and non-working spouses". Further, the TDS threshold for deduction of tax on rent has also been proposed to be increased from Rs.1,80,000 to Rs.2,40,000 for providing relief to small taxpayers.

MORE RELIEF TO RESIDENTIAL HOUSES
It has been proposed to exempt the levy of income tax on notional rent on a second self-occupied house. Currently, income tax on notional rent is payable if one has more than one self-occupied house. Shri Goyal announced the relief considering the difficulty of the middle class having to maintain families at two locations on account of their job, children’s education, care of parents etc.
Further, the Finance Minister proposed to increase the benefit of rollover of capital gains under Section 54 of the Income Tax Act from investment in one residential house to two residential houses for a taxpayer having capital gains up to Rs. 2 crore. This benefit can be availed once in a life time. For making more homes available under affordable housing, the benefits under Section 80-IBA of the Income Tax Act is being extended for one more year, i.e., to the housing projects approved till 31st March, 2020. Also, for giving impetus to the real estate sector, the Finance Minister proposed to extend the period of exemption from levy of tax on notional rent, on unsold inventories, from one year to two years, from the end of the year in which the project is completed.

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Budget 2019 : Income Tax exemption limit raised to Rs. 5 lakh


Budget 2019 : Income Tax exemption limit raised to Rs. 5 lakh
Budget 2019 Income Tax exemption
Finance Minister Piyush goyal has proposed that individuals with income upto Rs 5 lakh will not have to pay any income tax for FY2019-20.
In the previous budgets also, the Narendra Modi led-government provided tax relief to taxpayers. In Budget 2014, the minimum tax-exemption limit was raised from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. Along with that deduction, limit under section 80C was hiked by Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh and deduction on interest paid on a housing loan to Rs 2 lakh.
Currently, income up to Rs 2.5 lakh for resident individuals (age below 60 years) is exempt from tax. Similarly, for senior citizens aged 60 years and above but below 80 years, income up to Rs 3 lakh is exempt from tax. Income up to Rs 5 lakh is exempt from tax for super senior citizens (age 80 years and above).

In Budget 2017, Jaitley slashed the tax rate for income between Rs 250,001 and Rs 5 lakh to 5 per cent from 10 per cent earlier. This rate cut gave a tax relief of Rs 12,500 to every taxpayer.
Income tax rates for individuals below 60 years is as follows: No tax on income up to Rs 2.5 lakh, 5 per cent tax on income between Rs 250,001 to Rs 5 lakh; 10 per cent tax on income between Rs 500,001 and Rs 10 lakh; and 30 per cent tax on income above Rs 10 lakh.

For senior citizens (aged 60 years or above but less than 80 years), income up to Rs 3 lakh is exempt from tax. Income from Rs 300,001 to Rs 5 lakh is taxed at 5 per cent, from Rs 500,001 to Rs 10 lakh at 20 per cent and above Rs 10 lakh at 30 per cent.

For super senior citizens, aged 80 years and above, income up to Rs 5 lakh is exempt from tax. Income from Rs 500,001 to Rs 10 lakh is taxed at 20 per cent and above Rs 10 lakh is taxed at 30 per cent.

DoPT Order 2019 - Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India

DoPT Order 2019 - Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India
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No.36039/1/2019-Estt (Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
dated the 31st January, 2019
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India.

In continuation of this Department's Office Memorandum of even number dated 19.01.2019, the following instructions are issued in consultation 'with' Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Department of Legal Affairs regarding reservation for EWSs not covered under the reservation scheme for SCs/STs/OBCs in respect of direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India.

2. QUANTUM OF RESERVATION
The persons belonging to EWSs who, are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs shall get 10% reservation in direct recruitment in civil posts and services in the Government of India

3. EXEMPTION FROM RESERVATION:
3.1 "Scientific and Technical" posts which satisfy all the following conditions can be exempted from the purview of the reservation orders by the Ministries/ Departments:
(i) The posts should be in grades above the lowest grade in Group A of the service concerned.
(ii) They should be classified as "scientific or technical" in terms of Cabinet Secretariat [OM No. 85/11/CF-61(1) dated 28.12.1961], according to which scientific and technical posts for which qualifications in the natural sciences or exact sciences or applied sciences or in technology are prescribed and, the
incumbents of which have to use that knowledge in the discharge of their duties.
(iii) The posts should be 'for conducting research' or for organizing, guiding and directing research'.
3.2 Orders of the Minister concerned should be obtained before exempting any posts satisfying the above condition from the purview of the scheme of reservation.

4 CRITERIA OF INCOME & ASSETS:

4.1 Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs and whose family has gross annual income below Rs 800 lakh (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as EWSs for benefit of reservation. Income shall also include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession, etc. for the financial year prior to the year of application.
Also persons whose family owns or possesses any of the following assets shall be excluded from being identified as EWS, irrespective of the family income:-
i. 5 acres of agricultural land and above;
ii. Residential at of 1000 sq ft. and above;
iii. Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities;
iv. Residential, plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.
4.2. The property held by a "Family" in different locations or different places/cities would be clubbed while applying the land. or property holding test to determine EWS status.
4.3 The term "Family" for this purpose will include the person who seeks benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.

5. INCOME AND ASSET CERTIFICATE ISSUING AUTHORITY AND VERIFICATION OF CERTIFICATE:

5.1 The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority. The Income and Asset Certificate issued 'by any one of the following authorities in the prescribed format as given in Annexure-I shall only be accepted as proof of candidate's claim as 'belonging to EWS: -
(i) District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional' Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate! Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
(ii) Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
(iii) Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar and
(iv) Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides.

5.2 The Officer who issues the certificate would do the same after carefully verifying all relevant documents following due process as prescribed by the respective State/UT.

5.3 The crucial date for submitting income and asset certificate by the candidate may be treated as the closing date for receipt of application for the post, except in cases where crucial date is fixed otherwise.

5.4 The appointing authorities should, in the offer of appointment to the candidates claiming to be belonging to EWS, include the following clause :-
"The appointment is provisional and is subject to the Income and asset certificate being verified through the proper channels and if the verification reveals that the claim to belong to EWS is fake/false the services will be terminated forthwith without assigning any further reasons and without prejudice to such further action as may be taken under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code for production of fake/false certificate."
The appointing authority should verify the veracity of the Income and asset certificate submitted by the candidate through the certificate issuing authority

5.5 Instructions referred to above should be strictly followed so that it may not be possible for an unscrupulous person to secure employment on the basis of a false claim and if any person gets an appointment on the basis of such false claim, her/his services shall be terminated invoking the conditions contained in the offer of appointment

6. EFFECTING RESERVATION - MAINTENANCE OF ROSTERS:

6.1 Department of Personnel and Training had circulated Office Memorandum No.36012/2/96-Estt(Res) dated July 2, 1997 regarding implementation of post based reservation roster. The general principles for making and operating post based reservation roster would be as per the principles laid down in the said Office
Memorandum.

6.2 Every Government establishment shall now recast group-wise post-based reservation roster register for direct recruitment in accordance with format given in Annexure II, III, IV and V, as the case may be, for effecting 10% reservation for EWSs interpolating them with the SCs, STs and OBCs. While fixing roster point, if the EWS roster point coincides with the roster points of SCs/STs/OBCs the next available UR roster point has been allotted to the EWSs and also the principle of "squeezing" has been kept in view. While drawing up the rosters, the cadre controlling authorities may similarly "squeeze" the last points of the roster so as to meet prescribed 10% reservation.

6.3 Where in any recruitment year any vacancy earmarked for EWS cannot be filled up due to non availability of a suitable candidate belonging to EWS, such vacancies for that particular recruitment year shall not be carried forward to the next recruitment year as backlog.

6.4 Persons belonging to EWS selected against the quota for persons with benchmark disabilities/ex-servicemen shall be placed against the roster points earmarked for EWS.

7. ADJUSTMENT AGAINST UNRESERVED VACANCIES:
A person belonging to EWS cannot be denied the right to compete for appointment against an unreserved vacancy. Persons belonging to EWS who are selected on the basis of merit and not on account of reservation are not to be counted towards the quota meant for reservation.

8. FORTNIGHTLY/ANNUAL REPORTS REGARDING REPRESENTATION OF EWS:
The Ministries/Departments shall send single consolidated fortnightly report including their attached/subordinate offices beginning from 15.2.2019 as per format at Annexure-VI -.
From 01.01.2020, the Ministries/Departments shall upload data on representation of EWSs in respect of posts/services under the Central Government on the URL i.e. www.rrcps.nic.in as on 1st January of every year. All Ministries/Departments have already been provided respective usercode and password with guidelines for operating the URL

9. MAINTENANCE OF REGISTER OF COMPLAINTS BY THE GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHMENT:

9.1 Every Government establishment shall appoint a senior officer of the Department as the Grievance Redressal Officer.

9.2 Any person aggrieved with any matter relating to discrimination in employment against any EWS may file a complaint with the Grievance Redressal Officer of the respective Government establishment. The name, designation and contact details of the Grievance Redressal Officer may be displayed prominently on
the website and in the office of the concerned establishment.

10. LIAISON OFFICER:
Ministries/Departments/Attached and Subordinate Offices shall appoint Liaison Officer to monitor the implementation of reservation for EWSs.

11. The above scheme of reservation will be effective in respect of all direct recruitment vacancies to be notified on or after 01.02.2019.

12. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the above instructions to the notice of all appointing authorities, under their control. In case of any difficulty with regard to implementation of the provisions of this OM, the concerned authorities may consult DOP&T through their administrative Ministry/Department.

Encl: As above
(G. Srinivasan)
Director
Ph.No.011-23093074
Source: DoPT

Railways: Revised travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP)

Railways: Revised travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP)

RBE No. 16 /2019
(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. E(W)2016/PS5-1/8
New Delhi, dated 31.01.2019
The General Managers (P)
All Zonal Railways &
Productions Units.

Sub: Revised travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes and Post Retirement Complimentary Passes (PRCP).

Consequent to implementation of 7th CPC’s recommendations and notification of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules - 2016 (RSPR) w.e.f. 01.01.2016, the matter regarding linking of travel entitlements on Duty Passes, Privilege Passes/PTOs and PRCP with the ‘Pay Level in Pay Matrix’ (PLPM) has been examined in consultation with Commercial and Finance Dtes. The Competent Authority has accorded his approval for. the revised travel entitlements on status (i.e. Gazetted/Non-gazetted) cum PLPM basis as indicated in Annexure-I (for Duty Pass) and Annexure-II (for Privilege Pass/PRCP).

2. In all other respects, the extant provisions of Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition-1993) will continue to apply.

3. The revised travel entitlements would take effect from 01.01.2016. Accordingly, PRCP/Widow Pass travel entitlement of the railway servants retired/deceased in the interregnum shall be re-fixed by the Pass Issuing Authorities.

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

5. Hindi version will follow.

Encl: Annexures I & II.

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(V. Muralidliaran)
Dy. Director Estt. (Welfare)-I
Railway Board

NFIR: Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Retired Running Staff- Improper instructions of Railway Board


Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Retired Running Staff- Improper instructions of Railway Board
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
No.II/35/2018
Dated:28-01-2019
The Secretary(E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Retired Running Staff- Improper instructions of Railway Board - reg.

Ref: (i) GS/NFIR’s letter to Railway Board vide no.II/35/Part XIV dated 15-01-2018
(ii) Railway Board’s letter No.D-43/34/3017-F(E)III dated 24-01-2018
(iii) NFIR’s letter No.II/35/Part XIV dated 12-02-2018 & 26-02-2018 addressed to CRB.
(iv) NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No.9 sent to Railway Board on 26-06-2018
(v) DoP&PW O.M.No.38/17/18-P&PW (A) dated 1st June 2018 to Railway Board.
(vi) Railway Board’s O.M.No.D-43/34/2017-F(E)III,dated 23-05-2018 & 16-08-2018 to Department of pension & Pensioners welfare Lok Nayak Bhawan, New delhi
(vii) NFIR’s letter No.II/35/2018 dated 19.09.2018 to Railway Boards.

Federation vide its letter dated 15-01-2018 provided to the Railway Board sample concordance tables for revision of pension cases of pre-01-01-2016 retired Running Staff. Railway Board vide letter dated 24-01-2018 have however issued instructions for revision of pension of pre-2016 retired Running Staff. The Federation vide its letter dated 26-02-2018 had pointed they be withdrawn as the same do not ensure correct revising of pension fixation of pre-2016 retired Running Staff. Federation also cited various provisions of DoP&PW and also those contained in IREM. Consequently, Railway Board vide O.M.dated 23-05-2018 sought clarification from DoP&PW to which the DoP&PW vide O.M.dated 01st June 2018 wanted few illustrations of the formulation so as to compare the pay/pension as on 01-01-2016 as per Railway Board’s instructions dated 24-01-2018 with pay and payable pension as suggested by our Unions.

Federation has come to know that the detailed information sought for by the DoP&PW has since been conveyed by the Railway Ministry vide OM dated 16-08-2018, but however progress in the matter is yet to be apprised to the Federation.

In this connection, NFIR also invites kind attention of the Railway Board to PNM Agenda item No.9 (sent to Railway Board on 26-06-2018) discussions on which are yet to take place. Federation however gives below additional points for consideration:-
  • Pay of General Category staff in Grade 5500-9000 on 31-05-2015 with 3 stagnation increments (i.e 9525/- Rs.56900) as on 01-01-2016
  • Likewise the Notional Pay of Running Should be fixed as Rs.56900 + 30% i.e. Rs.73,970. Thus, retirement benefit of Running Staff would then be calculated on Notional pay i.e. Rs.73,970 + 55% – Rs.1,14,659 and payable pension comes to Rs.57329.50
  • whereas, as per Railway Board’s order 30% pay element is not to be added on Rs.56900 and retirement benefit calculated on Rs.56900 + 55% divided by 2 i.e. Rs.56900 + 31295 = 88195 divided by 2 i.e. Rs.44090 hence a loss of Rs.13,229 in pension.
NFIR, therefore, once again requests the Railway Board to furnish proper illustrations to the DoP&PW for obtaining clear clarification for arriving at actual entitled pension to the retired Running Staff. A copy of the reference made to the DoP&Pw may also be provided to the Federation.

Yours faithfully
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

7th CPC Breakdown Allowance - Denial of payment to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3: NFIR


7th CPC Breakdown Allowance - Denial of payment to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3: NFIR
Registration No. : RTU/Nnn/31/2012
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI - 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)
No.1/5(g)/Pt.V
Dated: 28/01/2019
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff working in GP 2000/Level 3 of 7th CPC-reg.
Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 dated 30/08/2017 (RBE No.106/2017).
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part V dated 11/04/2018.
(iii) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II-2017/BDA-1 dated 14/09/2018 (RBE No.138/2018).
(iv) NFIR’s letter No.1/5(g)/Pt.V dated 22/09/2018.

Vide letter dated 22/09/2018 Federation had requested the Railway Board to issue modified instructions for payment of Breakdown Allowance to the staff with Grade Pay 2000 who have been denied the same on the basis of their higher Grade Pay.

In this connection, NFIR reiterates that the Break Down Allowance is granted to the Technical and other safety category staff as compensatory Allowance as they are expected to perform extraordinary duties, therefore they should be granted this Allowance based on the pay actually drawn by them without any condition/restriction.

While enclosing copy of letter dated 22/09/2018, NFIR once again requests the Railway Board to consider the points brought out by the Federation and issue instructions allowing enhanced rate of Break Down Allowance to those staff with GP 2000 (6th CPC)/Pay Level 3.

A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.

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

Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Personnel - AIRF


AIRF: Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Personnel
A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD, NEW DELHI- 110055
No.AIRF/101
Dated: January 28, 2019
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Personnel

Ref.: MoH&FW's F.No.Z.28015/53/2017-N dated 28.09.2018

The Nursing Staff who have been in possession of BSc. Degree were being paid "Qualification Pay" (two additional increments) even after implementation of recommendations of the VII CPC. However, after implementation of VII CPC recommendations, no revision of additional increment, as mentioned-above, being paid to the Nursing Staff, as has been done so far. This is causing heart burning to the said category of staff.

It is understood that, the issue is already being taken-up by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare(Government of India) for the Nursing Staff working in other than Railway Hospitals.
It is, therefore, requested that, the matter may be looked into on priority for revision of additional increments in consonance with the recommendation of the VII CPC in case of Nursing Staff, working in Railway Hospitals, as "Qualification Pay".

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRFINDIA

Extension of benefits of 7th CPC to the pensioners and family pensioners of Autonomous


Extension of benefits of 7th CPC to the pensioners and family pensioners of Autonomous Bodies

F.No. K-58015/9/2018-Plant-Coord
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Department of Commerce
[Plantation Division]
Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated 27th December, 2018
To
The Dy. Chairman. Tea Board, Kolkata
The Secretary, Coffee Board, Bengaluru
The Executive Director. Rubber Board, Kottayam
The Chairman, Spices Board, Kochi.

Subject :- Extension of benefits of 7th CPC to the pensioners and family pensioners of Autonomous Bodies under the control of Department of Commerce - regarding.
Sir,

In continuation of this Department’s letter No 5/20/2008-Plant (Coord) (part) dated 15.5.2018 and 16.7.2018 conveying therein approval of extension of benefits of 7th CPC to the pensioners and family pensioners of Commodity Boards viz Tea Board, Coffee Board, Rubber Board and Spices Board w.e.f 1.1.2018, the Competent Authority has further approved the extension of the benefits of 7th CPC to the pensioners/family pensioners of these Commodity Boards w.e.f. 01.01.2016

2. In this regard, it is directed that the Pension Corpus created by Coffee Board, Rubber Board and Spices Board should be utilized for meeting the liabilities towards payment of pension arrear from 1.1.2016 The pension liabilities of Tea Board amounting Rs.4.50 crore should be met from their Revolving Corpus for extending the benefits of 7th CPC to the pensioners/family pensioners of Tea Board w.e.f 01.01.2016

3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority and in concurrence with Finance Division vide their Dy. No 417/FD/2018 dated 27th December, 2018.
Yours faithfully,
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(M. S. Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: Confederation

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