Thursday, 14 February 2019

Guaranteed Pension to the Central Government Employees governed under NPS

Guaranteed Pension to the Central Government Employees governed under NPS

File No. PFRDA/16/3/29/0081/2017-REG-PF
Date: 13th February ,2019
To
Shri C.SriKumar
General Secretary

All India Defence Employee’s Federation
S.M.Joshi Bhavan, Survey No.81,
Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Road,
Khadki, Pune - 411 003

Subject: Guaranteed Pension to the Central Government Employees governed under NPS - reg.

Dear Sir,
We refer to your letter No.94/1094/NPS/AIDEF/19 dated 1st February, 2019 regarding subject mentioned above.

In this regard, we inform that the Authority is in process of designing a scheme providing minimum assured returns to the NPS subscribers in terms of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act,2013, in consultation with the Pension Funds Actuaries and Financial Sector Regulators. The Proposal is under active deliberation and being workout in best possible way. It is proposed that the final proposal would be put up for stakeholder consultation in our website once the same is ready and feedback would be received from all concerned before finalizing the proposal.
The Authority would notify such minimum assured scheme once finalized with the approval of the Government.

This is for your information.
Yours sincerely,
(Venkateswarlu Peri)
Chief General Manager

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (Pm- Sym) to be Implemented from February 15

Ministry of Labour & Employment

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (Pm- Sym) to be Implemented from February 15
14 FEB 2019
Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) will be rolled out by the Ministry of Labour and Employment tomorrow i.e. 15.02.2019. The scheme announced in the Interim Budget was notified by the Ministry recently. As many as 42 crore workers are estimated to be engaged in the unorganized sector of the country.

The unorganised workers mostly engaged as home based workers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washer men, rickshaw pullers, landless labourers, own account workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, beedi workers, handloom workers, leather workers, audio- visual workers and similar other occupations whose monthly income is Rs 15,000/ per month or less and belong to the entry age group of 18-40 years are eligible for the scheme. They should not be covered under New Pension Scheme (NPS), Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) scheme or Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). Further, he/she should not be an income tax payer.

Following are the salient Features of PM-SYM:
  • Minimum Assured Pension: Each subscriber under the PM-SYM, shall receive minimum assured pension of Rs 3000/- per month after attaining the age of 60 years.
  • Family Pension: During the receipt of pension, if the subscriber dies, the spouse of the beneficiary shall be entitled to receive 50% of the pension received by the beneficiary as family pension. Family pension is applicable only to spouse.
(iii) If a beneficiary has given regular contribution and died due to any cause (before age of 60 years), his/her spouse will be entitled to join and continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme as per provisions of exit and withdrawal.

Contribution by the Subscriber: The subscriber’s contributions to PM-SYM shall be made through ‘auto-debit’ facility from his/ her savings bank account/ Jan- Dhan account. The subscriber is required to contribute the prescribed contribution amount from the age of joining PM-SYM till the age of 60 years. The chart showing details of entry age specific monthly contribution is as under:

Entry AgeSuperannuation AgeMember's monthly contribution (Rs)Central Govt's monthly contribution (Rs)Total monthly contribution (Rs)
(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)= (3)+(4)
18605555110
19605858116
20606161122
21606464128
22606868136
23607272144
24607676152
25608080160
26608585170
27609090180
28609595190
2960100100200
3060105105210
3160110110220
3260120120240
3360130130260
3460140140280
3560150150300
3660160160320
3760170170340
3860180180360
3960190190380
4060200200400

Matching contribution by the Central Government: PM-SYM is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme on a 50:50 basis where prescribed age-specific contribution shall be made by the beneficiary and the matching contribution by the Central Government as per the chart. For example, if a person enters the scheme at an age of 29 years, he is required to contribute Rs 100/ - per month till the age of 60 years. An equal amount of Rs 100/- will be contributed by the Central Government.

Enrolment Process under PM-SYM:
The subscriber will be required to have a mobile phone, savings bank account and Aadhaar number. The eligible subscriber may visit the nearest CSCs and get enrolled for PM-SYM using Aadhaar number and savings bank account/ Jan-Dhan account number on self-certification basis.
Later, facility will be provided where the subscriber can also visit the PM-SYM web portal or can download the mobile app and self-register using Aadhar number/ savings bank account/ Jan-Dhan account number on self-certification basis.

Enrollment agencies: The enrolment will be carried out by all the Community Service Centers (CSCs). The unorganised workers may visit their nearest CSCs along with their Aadhar Card and Savings Bank account passbook/Jandhan account and get registered themselves for the Scheme. Contribution amount for the first month shall be paid in cash for which they will be provided with a receipt.

Facilitation Centres: All the branch offices of LIC, the offices of ESIC/EPFO and all Labour offices of Central and State Governments will facilitate the unorganised workers about the Scheme, its benefits and the procedure to be followed, at their respective centers.
In this respect, the arrangements to be made by all offices of LIC, ESIC, EPFO all Labour offices of Central and State Governments are given below, for ease of reference:
  1. All LIC, EPFO/ESIC and all Labour offices of Central and State Governments may set up a “Facilitation Desk” to facilitate the unorganised workers, guide about the features of the Scheme and direct them to nearest CSC.
  2. Each desk may consist of at least one staff.
  3. They will have backdrop, standi at the main gate and sufficient number of brochures printed in Hindi and regional languages to be provided to the unorganised workers.
  4. Unorganised workers will visit these centres with Aadhaar Card, Savings bank account/ Jandhan account and mobile phone.
  5. Help desk will have onsite suitable sitting and other necessary facilities for these workers.
  6. Any other measures intended to facilitate the unorganised workers about the Scheme, in their respective centers.
Fund Management: PM-SYM will be a Central Sector Scheme administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India and CSCs. LIC will be the Pension Fund Manager and responsible for Pension pay out. The amount collected under PM-SYM pension scheme shall be invested as per the investment pattern specified by Government of India.

Exit and Withdrawal: Considering the hardships and erratic nature of employability of these workers, the exit provisions of scheme have been kept flexible. Exit provisions are as under:
  • In case subscriber exits the scheme within a period of less than 10 years, the beneficiary’s share of contribution only will be returned to him with savings bank interest rate.
  • If subscriber exits after a period of 10 years or more but before superannuation age i.e. 60 years of age, the beneficiary’s share of contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • If a beneficiary has given regular contributions and died due to any cause, his/ her spouse will be entitled to continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit by receiving the beneficiary’s contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • If a beneficiary has given regular contributions and become permanently disabled due to any cause before the superannuation age, i.e. 60 years, and unable to continue to contribute under the scheme, his/ her spouse will be entitled to continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme by receiving the beneficiary’s contribution with interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • After the death of subscriber as well as his/her spouse, the entire corpus will be credited back to the fund.
  • Any other exit provision, as may be decided by the Government on advice of NSSB.
Default of Contributions:
If a subscriber has not paid the contribution continuously he/she will be allowed to regularize his contribution by paying entire outstanding dues, along with penalty charges, if any, decided by the Government.

Pension Pay out:
Once the beneficiary joins the scheme at the entry age of 18-40 years, the beneficiary has to contribute till 60 years of age. On attaining the age of 60 years, the subscriber will get the assured monthly pension of Rs.3000/- with benefit of family pension, as the case may be.

Doubt and Clarification: In case of any doubt on the scheme, clarification provided by the JS& DGLW will be final.

PIB

BSNL Employees 3 Days Strike from 18-02-2019 to 20-02-2019


BSNL Employees 3 Days Strike from 18-02-2019 to 20-02-2019
12- Feb 2019
AUAB rejects the proposal of the Management for deferring the salary for the month of February 2019 - AUAB also rejects the appeal of the Management to withdraw the strike

A meeting between the AUAB and the BSNL Management was held today at 17.30 hrs. Shri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL, Ms.Sujatha.T Ray, Director (HR & Finance) and Shri A.M.Gupta GM (SR) were present. From AUAB, Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, Com.Chandeswar Singh, Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA., Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSBNLEA, Com.Pathak, AGS, AIGETOA., Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com.H.P.Singh, Dy. GS,BSNLOA and Com.S. Sivakumar, President, AIBSNLEA participated.. The CMD, BSNL explained the serious financial crisis being faced by the BSNL and appealed for the cooperation of the AUAB, for deferring payment of the salary for the month of February 2019. The AUAB representatives firmly rejected the request of the CMD, BSNL. They told in one voice that payment that the payment of salary of employees should not be deferred. Thereafter, the CMD, BSNL said that the 3 days strike called on by the AUAB from 18-02-2019 will be self-defeating and appealed to call off the strike. The representatives of the AUAB rejected the appeal of the CMD, BSNL and reaffirmed that the strike will take place at any cost. They told the Management that the repeated assurances given by the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications are not implemented by DoT and that the strike will now take place successfully.. The AUAB told the HB Management in categorical term that there is no question of going back from the decision to go on strike.

Source: Confederation

DoPT order: Filling up of the post of Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi (Additional Secretary level) in the Level 15 of the pay matrix Rs. 1,82,200-2,24,100/- on deputation basis

DoPT order: Filling up of the post of Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi (Additional Secretary level) in the Level 15 of the pay matrix Rs. 1,82,200-2,24,100/- on deputation basis

No. 2401110312018-Estt (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi, 13th February, 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Filling up of the post of Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi (Additional Secretary level) in the Level 15 of the pay matrix Rs. 1,82,200-2,24,100/- on deputation basis.

The undersigned is directed to say that it is proposed to fill up the post of Chairman, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) in the Staff Selection Commission (Hqrs) at New Delhi in the Level 15 of the pay matrix Rs.1,82,200-2,24,100/- (Additional Secretary level). The eligibility criterion is given in Annexure-l.
  1. Application of only such officers will be considered as are routed through proper channel and are accompanied with (i) bio-data in the proforma at AnnexureII; (ii) clear photocopies of the up-to-date APAR dossier of the officer containing APARs of at least last five years, duly attested by a Group 'A' officer (if original APAR could not be sent); (iii) An attested Statement indicating the grading in the APAR during the last five years (iv) cadre clearance; (v) clearance from vigilance and disciplinary angle; and (vi) statement giving details of major or minor penalties, if any, imposed on the officer during the last ten years.
  2. All Ministries/Departments and the State Governments/UTs are requested to forward the applications of willing and eligible officers in the prescribed proforma to :- Section Officer (Estt-B-l), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training), Room No. 215-C, North Block, New Delhi-110001, so as to reach this Office, on or before IS /04/2019.
  3. The applications of only those officers may be forwarded who, in the event of their selection, would immediately join the duties of the post, and whom the concerned authorities would be in a position to relieve immediately. The application once forwarded would not be allowed to be withdrawn. Applications received after the prescribed date or not accompanied with the required certificates/documents will not be entertained.
(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
To
The Secretaries, all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India (By Name)
Chief Secretaries of all State Government/ Lt Governors, Union Territories.

ANNEXURE-I
Eligibility Criterion for the post of Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi.

1.Name of Post: Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, New Delhi.
2. Scale of pay: Level 15 of the pay matrix Rs. 1,82,200-2,24,100/-.
3. Eligibility: Officers of the Central Government (including officers of the All

India Services and Central Group 'A' Services) :-

(a) (i) Holding analogous post on regular basis in the parent Cadre or Department;
or
(ii) with three years' service in the grade rendered after appointment thereto on a regular basis in the Level 14 in the pay-matrix (Rs.1,44,200-2,18,200) or equivalent in the parent cadre or Department; and

(b) Possessing the following educational qualifications and experience, namely:-
(i) Post Graduate Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or Institution; and
(ii) fifteen years' experience in dealing with Service, Administrative, Vigilance, Establishment and Financial matters.

4. Period of Deputation: The person appointed as Chairman of Staff Selection Commission shall hold office for a period of five years or till he/she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, provided that in case a serving officer appointed as Chairman, Staff Selection Commission retires on superannuation before completing the tenure of five years, he may be considered for appointment on re-employment terms for the remaining period of tenure subject to the upper age limit for 65 years.

5. Age Limit:- The maximum age limit for appointment by deputation shall not be exceeding 59 years on 15/04/2019.

Source: DoPT

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