Thursday, 14 March 2019

Suggestion to include the right of Central Government employees in your party's election manifesto regarding the scrapping of the National Pension System

Suggestion to include the right of Central Government employees in your party's election manifesto regarding the scrapping of the National Pension System

Proposal to include in the election manifesto of your party with regard to the scrapping of the National Pension System

"If you will be able to indicate your intention to replace the present new contributory scheme with the old Statutory Pension structure, in your manifesto, it might help immensely to elicit the support of the Central Government employees and their family members to your party candidates in the ensuing general election."
Proposal to include in the election manifesto of your party with regard to the scrapping of the National Pension System


 NJCA
National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi - 110055
No.NC-JCM-2019/NPS
March 8, 2019
To
The Chief Executive,
All Recognised National and State level Political Parties

Sub:- Proposal to include in the election manifesto of your party with regard to the scrapping of the National Pension System which has taken away the pension right of Central Government Employees

Dear Sir /Madam,

We write this on behalf of the organisations of the Central Government employees participating in the Joint Consultative Machinery, set up by the Government of India in 1960s as a negotiating forum to settle various demands and grievances of the employees through discussions. In the meeting that was held on 8th February, 2019, of the Standing committee of the National Council, Staff Side, it was unanimously decided that I in my capacity as the Secretary, Staff side National Council, must write to you to draw your kind attention to one of the most significant demands of the Central Government employees i.e. to replace the newly introduced contributory pension scheme with the old statutory defined Pension system and also to restore the GPF Scheme which was withdrawn by the Government. I have been asked to seek your support to this vital demand of the employees especially of the young workers who have entered government service after 1.1 .2004 and obtain an assurance from you that you will accede to the demand for the withdrawal of the New contributory scheme to replace it with the old Statutory pension system if elected to power in the ensuing general elections to constitute the 1 i 11 Lok Sabha. Before going into the difficulties being faced by the employees governed under the New Contributory Pension Scheme which is at present christened as “National Pension System (NPS)”, I would like to invite your attention to the historical judgment delivered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court by a 5 Member Bench consisting of Hon’ ble Chief Justice Y.B.Chandrachud. The Hon’ble Supreme Coutt in this case has analyzed in detail the entire issue of Pension. The most impotant portion of the above historical judgment is reproduced below for your kind consideration please.

“From the discussions 3 things emerge
 (i) that pension is neither a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweeting of the employer and that it creates a vested rights subject to 1972 Rules which are statutory in character, because they are enacted in exercise of powers conferred by the proviso to Article 309 and Clause (5) of article 148 of the constitution,
(ii) that Pension is not an ex-gratia payment but it is a payment for the past service rendered and
(iii) it is a social welfare measure rendering socio economic justice to those who in the heyday of their life ceaselessly toiled for the employer on an assurance that in their old age they would not be left in the lurch.”

As you are aware Sir/Madam, that the new contributory pension scheme was introduced by the then NDA Government in 2004 initially through an executive fiat. Later, rather much later, a bill was introduced in the Parliament to enact the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority. After the promulgation of the Notification in 2004, many State Governments adopted the scheme to cover their employees, the only exception being the State of West Bengal presently. The ostentatious reason adduced at the time of promulgation of the Notification and thereafter at the time of the introduction of the PFRDA bill, was the ever increasing financial outflow on pension account, which makes fiscal deficit management difficult. Prima facie the said reason appeared to be true as the quantum of outflow on account of Pension had been on increase. But the fact that it had always been on rise was concealed as also the one that as a percentage to the GDP, the pension payment had been continuously dwindling over the years.

The employees organisations had been pointing out to the Government that the desired objective of containing pension outflow would not come about for the next four decades. When the probable drastic reduction in pension under the new scheme was raised by the Staff Side in the National Council, the Government stated that under the new dispensation, employees will become entitled more annuity than the then existing entitlement of Pension, this assurance was given in writing by Government in the Standing Committee Meeting of the National Council (JCM) held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Personnel) on 14th December, 2007 and went on to assure the Government’s intervention if things turns out otherwise. It is also pertinent to mention here that the Government has exempted the Armed Force Personnel from the NPS and they continue to be in the old Pension Scheme. If the NPS is so attractive then why the Government has exempted them from NPS. This is a clear proof that the NPS is vety much detrimental when compare to the old Pension Scheme.

The scheme is presently in vogue for the last 15 years. A few employees who were originally recruited as casual workers but got regularised later (retired before completion of the 33 or 35 years of service.) They were given a paltry amount as pension amounting to less than Rs, 2000. Had they been covered under the old Pension scheme, they would have certainly got more than 20,000 as pension. The new scheme has thus become “NO pension scheme’. The new scheme has thus created consternation of a very high order amongst the employees as they rightly feel that their hard earned savings are in effect compulsorily channelled to benefit the corporate entities. Since the Govt. will have to contribute equal amount or more (now 14%)the same would act in future as a real drain on the resources of the Government and will cause hardship in the form of increased tax liability. The anger and discontent of the employees have manifested itself in huge demonstrations and such other programmes and some of them have even resorted to strike action.

We are proud to mention that our principled opposition to the scheme right from the beginning, when it was introduced by the then NDA Government, has now been vindicated as it neither benefits the subscriber nor the Nation. Incidentally we may point out that in the wake of the 6th CPC, Government agreed to set up an expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr.Gayatri, at the Indian institute of social sciences to look into all aspects of the New Pension scheme. The committee has clearly indicated that the new scheme will draw more funds from the exchequer in the coming 40 years, before any reduction in the outflow could be brought about.

We fervently feel that the new contributory scheme must be replaced by the old Pension Scheme under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. If you will be able to indicate your intention to replace the present new contributory scheme with the old Statutory Pension structure, in your manifesto, it might help immensely to elicit the support of the Central Government employees and their family members to your party candidates in the ensuing general election.

We shall also be grateful for favour of a word in response to this communication from your end.
With kindest regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Convener
Source: ncjcmstaffside.com

Election Commission: Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies from 64 - Dhrangadhra AC and 85 - Manavadar AC in the State Legislative Assembly of Gujarat


Election Commission
Schedule for bye-elections to fill casual vacancies from 64 - Dhrangadhra AC and 85 - Manavadar AC in the State Legislative Assembly of Gujarat
14 MAR 2019
The Election Commission of India has decided to hold bye-elections to fill casual vacancies from 64 - Dhrangadhra AC and 85 - Manavadar AC in the State Legislative. Assembly of Gujarat.

After taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls, etc., the Commission has decided to hold the bye-elections to these 2 Assembly Constituencies following the same schedule as for the relevant Parliamentary Constituency as per the programme mentioned as under:

Sl No.EventDate
1Issue of Notification28.03.2019
2Last date of making Nominations04.04.2019
3Scrutiny of Nominations05.04.2019
4Last date for withdrawal of Candidatures08.04.2019
5Date of Poll23.04.2019
6Counting of Votes23.05.2019
7Date before which election shall be completed27.05.2019

ELECTORAL ROLL
The electoral rolls of the Assembly Constituencies where bye-elections are being held have been revised with reference to 01.01.2019 as the qualifying date.

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) & VVPATs
The Commission has decided to use EVMs & VVPATs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.

IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS
In consonance with the past practice, the Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye- elections at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-elections.

MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly Constituencies going for bye-elections is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/6/INST/2016/CCS, dated 29th June, 2017 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government for the State concerned.

PIB

Clarification on applicability of "Very Good" benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS - DOP

Clarification on applicability of "Very Good" benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS - DOP

MACP

No.7-8/2016-PCC (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi - 110001
Dated: 13.03.2019
To
All Chief Postmasters General/Postmasters General.

Sub : Clarification on applicability of "Very Good" benchmark for financial upgradation under MACPS and consideration of "Good" benchmark for the previous years before 25.07.2016.

This office is in receipt of large number of references consequent upon the clarification issued vide DG Posts' letter of even number dated 02.07.2018 on the above mentioned subject, regarding allowing opportunity of making representation against 'good' benchmark and relaxation of benchmark for MACPS.

2. In this context, it is reiterated that opportunity of making representation against the APAR which are post 2009 cannot be given as it is already disclosed to the employees in APAR process.

3. Further, the benchmark for the purpose of financial upgradation under MACP was enhanced from 'good' to 'very good' w.e.f. 25.07.2016 i.e prior to 25.07.2016 the benchmark was ‘good’ for MACPS. As such, the 'good' grading of APAPRs for the period prior to 25.07.2016 may be considered for financial upgradation under MACPS. However, the "very good" benchmark applicable w.e.f. 25.07.2016 cannot be relaxed for MACPS.

4. All concerned may be informed accordingly.
(S.B.Vyavahare)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Tel. No. 011-23096629
Email-adggds@indiapost.gov.in

DA to Armed Forces Officers and PBOR from Jan 2019

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) - Revised rates effective from 01.01.2019

DA to Armed Forces Officers and PBOR from Jan 2019

DA to Armed Forces Officers and PBOR from Jan 2019

No. 1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, the 11th March, 2019
To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff

Subject : Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) - Revised rates effective from 01.01.2019.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to this Ministry's letter No. 1(2)/2004-D(Pay/Services) dated 18th September 2018, on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank, including Non-Combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 9% to 12% with effect from 01.01.2019.

2. The term 'basic pay' in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of Pay rules of Defence Force Personnel.

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2019.

6. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their Dy. No. 63-PA dated 07.03.2019 based on Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M. No. 1/1/2019-E-II(B), dated 27th February 2019.
Your faithfully,
(Arun Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Cabinet approves issue of Notifications for "General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019"

Cabinet approves issue of Notifications for "General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019"
13 MAR 2019

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the "General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019" - for issuance of statutory notifications under under sub-section(2) of Section 14 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951". It provides for calling upon the parliamentary constituencies to elect Members to the House of the People, on the dates to be recommended by the Election Commission of India in its Proceedings.

Impact:
The issuing of notifications would begin the election process for constituting the Seventeenth House of the People.

PIB

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

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