Friday, July 21, 2017

NPS: Extension of benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)-regarding.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSION)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD-211
Circular No C-170 

No.G1/C/MISC/NPS-II/Tech 
O/o the PCDA (P), Allahabad
Dated: 13-07-2017 

Sub: – NPS: Extension of benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)-regarding.

Ref:- This office Circular No. 79 dated 29/10/2010 and No. 110 dated 12/08/2013

Benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System) has been extended vide Govt. of India, Ministry of PPG & P, Deptt. of P&PW in their O.M. No. 7/5/2012-P&PW (F)/B dated 26.08.2016 (copy enclosed)on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to employees covered by Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972. The Ministry has further clarified vide O.M.No.28/03/2017-P&PW(B) dt. 18/05/2017, that CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 are otherwise not applicable to the Central Government employees covered under NPS. Hence, they would obviously not be eligible for Service Gratuity or Pension under the CCS (Pension) Rules.

2. The phrase ‘terms and condition’ in the ibid O.M. dated 26.08.2016 refers to the requirement of qualifying service, the rates on which retirement gratuity is to be paid, the limit of amount of gratuity, nominations, disciplinary provisions, etc. in the CCS(Pension) Rules. All these condition would be equally applicable for grant of gratuity to employees covered under NPS. The decision to extend retirement gratuity and death gratuity vide the O.M. dated 26.08.2016 is absolute and not provisional. Separate rules on gratuity for Central Government employees under NPS would be framed in due course.

3. Now, it has been decided that to submit the claims of above beneficiaries for Retirment Gratuity and Death Gratuity, the following procedures shall be adopted by HOO and Pay Audit Controllers:-

i. H.O.O. will prepare a claim in case of NPS beneficiaries going to retire in accordance with the procedure as prescribed for Defence Civilian Personnel appointed before 01.01.2004 and will submit the same along with service boom and all the relevant documents (Which is required in case of pre 01.01.2004 Cases) to PAO concerned i.e.LAO/RAO. The Permanent Retirement account No. (PRAN) of the concerned Government Servant Allotted by National Security Depository limited (NSDL) will also be indicated. In cases where PRAN has not been allotted by NSDL to a NPS subscriber being non-effecting account as on 0104.2008, permanent pension account No.(PPAN) allotted to subscriber will be indicated.

ii. PAO will carry all necessary checks with reference to the entries in service book and as admissible under the OM No.38/41/06 P&PW (A) dated 05.05.2009 (already circulated under this office circular no.79 dt. 29-10-2010) to ensure that entries made in claim are in as per records in the service book of the individual. After signing and affixing the seal, the PAO concerned i.e.LAO/RAO will pass on the claim to the PCDA(P) Allahabad. The service book will be returned by PAO to HOO concerned.

iii.HOO will also maintain a separate register for recording entries for PRAN /PPAN No., Name of Government Servant, PPO No. and awards notified.

iv. On receipt of PPO from PCDA(P) Allahabad, HOO will check the same and after recording the entries in the register retransmit PDA’s copy to PDA, Pensioner copy to Pensioner and retain
HOO copy for their own record.

v. Other procedures prescribed for pre 01-01-2004 pensioner will also be followed by the HOO in case of NPS beneficiaries.

4. In view of the foregoing, you also are requested to issue suitable instructions (along with copy of this circular) to all the Head of Offices under your administrative control to ensure that claim on the subject matter henceforth are floated in accordance with instructions given in above Para.

(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar) 
Dy.CDA (P) 

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/pcdapension/6cpc/Circular-c170.pdf
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Difficulties being faced by the Family pensioner at the Pension Disbursing Agency (PDA) about furnishing of Non-Marriage Certificate.

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension),
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad-211014
Circular No.192

No. AT/Tech/30-XVIII 
Dated: 06.07.2017

Sub: Difficulties being faced by the Family pensioner at the Pension Disbursing Agency (PDA) about furnishing of Non-Marriage Certificate.

Instructions for payment of family pension and submission of Non-Marriage/Re-Marriage certificates from defence family pensioners (including Defence civilian family pensioners) are provided in Para 39 of DPPI-2013 and para 12.3 & 12.4 of Scheme for Payment of Pension of Defence Pensioner by Public Sector Banks revised edn. 01.01.1987.

Periodicity of submission of Non-marriage/ re-marriage certificate for various kinds of recipients of family pension is different. Difference in periodicity of submission of certificate was a cause of inconvenience to the family pensioners and was attracting representations from various agencies. Accordingly, the matter was referred to the competent authority to consider the periodicity of submission of Non-marriage/ re-marriage certificate for all kinds of recipients of family pension as once a year. The competent authority has advised that certificate may be sought for from the family pensioners at the time of annual identification.

In view of the above, all the pension disbursing authorities are advised to seek submission of non-marriage certificate from all kinds of recipients of family pension at the time of annual identification (i.e. in the month of November each year).

(Sandeep Thakur)
Jt.CDA (P)

Source : http://pcdapension.nic.in/pcdapension/6cpc/Circular-192.pdf

Grant of Extra Work Allowance in 7th pay commission-

No.12-3/2016-E.III(A)
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E.III-A Branch

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20th July, 2017


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Grant of Extra Work Allowance- (abolition of existing Caretaking Allowance, Extra Duty Allowance, Flag Station Allowance, Flight Charge Certificate Allowance, Library Allowance, Rajbhasha Allowance and Special Appointment Allowance) - decision of the Government on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC).

The undersigned is directed to say that the decisions of the Government on various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and in the light of the recommendations of the Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary have since been notified vide Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC, dated 6th July, 2017.

2. As mentioned in the Appendix-II of the said Resolution, dated 6th July, 2017, the existing allowances viz. Caretaking Allowance (SI. No. 22 of Appendix-II, as at present governed under this Department’s OM No. 7(21)/2008/E.IIIA dated 22.9.2008), Extra Duty Allowance (Sl. No. 57 of Appendix-ll), Flag Station Allowance (SI. No. 64 of Appendix-II), Flight Charge Certificate Allowance (SI. No. 65" of Appendix-ll), Library Allowance (SI. No.100 of Appendix-II), Rajbhasha Allowance (SI. No. 136 of Appendix-ll) and Special Appointment Allowance (SI. No. 157 of Appendix-II) have been abolished as a separate allowance and the eligible employees are now to be governed by the newly proposed Extra Work Allowance.

3. Accordingly, the above allowances shall stand abolished and the President is pleased to decide that the eligible employees shall now be covered under a new Extra Work Allowance which shall be governed as under:

a) Extra Work Allowance will be paid at a uniform rate of 2% (two percent) of the basic pay per month.

b) An employee shall receive this allowance for a maximum period of one year, and there should be minimum gap of one year before the same employee is deployed for similar duties again.

c) This allowance shall not be combined i.e. if the same employee is performing two or more such duties and is eligible for 2% (two percent) allowance for each add-on, then the total Extra Work Allowance payabale will remain capped at 2% (two percent) of basic pay.

4. In respect of the existing Special Appointment Allowance, which stands abolished, apart from the existing eligible employees, Assistant Sub-Inspector (Radio Mechanic), Assistant Sub Inspector (Radio Operator) and Sub Inspector (Radio Mechanic) are also to be included in the list eligible for Extra Wok Allowance at the rate of 2% of Basic Pay per month with the conditions recommended by the 7th CPC.

5. These orders shall effective from 1st July, 2017.

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issues after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

sd/-

(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India
Source  :http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/7%20CPC%20orders_Extra%20Work%20Allowance_English_1.pdf

Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016

F .No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(D).Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 21st July, 2017

Corrigendum

Subject: Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 6048/2010 and Civil Appeal No. 6371/2010.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even no. dated 23-06-2017 on the above subject. As per the said OM, the benefit of the orders of Hon’ble High Court of Madras dated 02-08-2007 and the Orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 01-09-2016 would be extended to all similarly placed absorbee pensioners. Accordingly, the words “absorbee petitioners” in para 8 of the above OM may be read as “absorbee pensioners”.

Sd/-
Director

To

All Ministries/ Departments of Government of India (As per standard mailing list)

Copy to

(l) Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Pocket-9, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi-110124.

(2) Controller General of Accounts, Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan, GPO Complex, Block E, Aviation Colony, INA Colony, New Delhi-1 10003

(3) Chief Conroller (Pension), Central Pension Accounting Office, Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi - 110 066.

(4) CMDs of All Pension Disbursing Banks.

(5) NIC, DoP&PW for uploading on the Website.

Source: http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/ABSORBEE_21JULY2017.pdf
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - Construction Projects - Grant of Project Allowance.

No.6/1/2017-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - Construction Projects - Grant of Project Allowance.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission by the Government, the President, is pleased to decide that, in modification of this Ministry's -O.M. No. 20011/5/73-E.II(B) dated.17.01.1975 as amended from time to time and OM. No. 6(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29.08.2008 on the subject mentioned above, the Central Government employees shall be paid Project Allowance, which has been covered in the Risk/Hardship Matrix, at the following revised rates:-
Level in Pay MatrixCell NameRate per month(Rs.)
Level 9 and aboveR3H2 3400
Level 8 and belowR3H22,700

3. The term ‘Pay Level’ in the revised pay structure means the ‘Level in the Pay Matrix.

4. In respect of those employees who opt to continue in their pre-revised pay- structure, corresponding Grade Pay in the prescribed pay band as indicated in CCS(Revised) Pay) Rules, 2016 would determine the allowance under these orders.

5. These rates shall increase by 25 per cent whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent.

6. All other terms and conditions governing the grant of this allowance shall remain unchanged.

7 These orders shall take effect from 1st July, 2017.

8. These orders shall also apply to the. civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be charge-able to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates in regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

9. In so far as the employees. working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Hindi version is attached.

sd/-
(Annie George Mathew)

Source:http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/Project%20allowance%20Eng_0.pdf

Implementation of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Conveyance Allowance

F.No. 19039/03/2017-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMEORANDUM

Subject : Implementation of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Conveyance Allowance.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission and in supersession of this Department OM No. 19039/2/2008-E.IV, dated 23rd September, 2008 the President is pleased to revise the rates. of Fixed Conveyance Allowance admissible under SR~25 to Central Government employees as indicated below:
Average Monthly Travel on Official DutyFor Journey by Own Motor CarFor Journeys by other Modes of Conveyance
201-300 km1680556
301-450 km2520720
451-600 km2980960
601-800 km36461126
>800 km45001276
2. These rates shall automatically increase by25% whenever the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

3. Conditions and provisions mentioned in SR 25 shall continue to apply

4. These orders will be effective from 1st July, 2017

5. In so far as the staff serving in the. Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General'of India.

Hindi version is attached.

sd/-
(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/Convey.%20Allow.%20Eng_0.pdf

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

No.4/34/2017-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare)

3rd Floor. Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market. New Delhi-110 003.
Dated the 19th July, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS.

The undersigned is directed to say that at present Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is granted to the Central Government pensioners/family pensioners residing in areas not covered under Central Government Health Scheme administered by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and corresponding health schemes administered by other Ministries/Departments for their retired employees for meeting expenditure on their day-to-day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization. Orders were issued vide this Department's O.M. No. 4/25/2008-P&PW(D) dated 19-11-2014 for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs. 300/- to Rs. 500/- per month w.e.f. 19.11.2014.

2. Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on Allowances (with modifications), sanction of the President is hereby conveyed for enhancement of the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/- per month. The other conditions for grant of Fixed Medical Allowance shall continue to be as contained in this Department’s OMs No. 45/57/97-P&PW(C) dated 19.12.1997, 24.8.1998, 30.12.1998, 18.8.1999 and OM No. 4/25/2008-P&PW(D) dated 19.11.2014.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.

4. In their application to the persons belonging to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India vide their UO No. 169-Staff (Rules)/A.R/Ol-2016 dated 18.07.2017.

5. These orders are issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) vide their OM No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 11.07.2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Sanjay Wadhawan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


Source: http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/FMA_19JULY.pdf

Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent

No. 19024/22/2017-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 19th July, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: - Guidelines on Air Travel on Official Tours - Purchase of air ticket from authorized agent.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments' OM. No. 19024/1/2005-E.IV dated 24.03.2006, OM. No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 16.09.2010 and OM. No. 19024/1/2012-E.IV dated 09.07.2013 regarding guidelines on Air travel. As per these guidelines, in all cases of Air Travel where the Government of India bears the cost of air passage, Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/office/website of Airlines) and if needed, by utilizing the services of three Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited (BLCL), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (ATT) and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (lRCTC).

2. This Department is receiving a large number of proposals from various Ministries/Departments seeking ex-post-facto relaxation of the prescribed procedure for purchase of air tickets from authorized travel agents only.

3. The matter has been reconsidered in this Department. All Ministries/Departments are again directed to:

(i) Ensure strict compliance of extant guidelines for purchase of air ticket directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/office/Website of Airlines) or from three authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company Limited, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC only by all officials/offices under their control. Henceforth relaxation on account of ignorance/unawareness of these guidelines will not be considered by this Department.

ii) In case of non-availability of authorized agent at a particular place, ticket may be booked from website of Airlines or web portal of Balmer Lawrie & Company Ltd., M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and lRCTC.

iii) In respect of Non-officials of Committees/Boards/Panels, the concerned Ministry/Department have to mention in the meeting notice that the Non-official Member has to purchase the ticket from authorized travel agent only otherwise his claim will not be settled by that Ministry/Department.

iv) All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, etc. have to widely circulate this OM. in all offices including attached/subordinate offices/ autonomous bodies under their control with specific instructions to Heads of Departments concerned for strict compliance of these guidelines. Non-compliance of these guidelines by Ministries/Departments will be treated as lapse on the part of the concerned Ministry/Department.

Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/Guidlines_Air_Travel_19.07.2017_0.pdf
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Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee to examine the issues related to revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAY
RAILWAY BOARD

No.ERB-I/2017/23/39
New Delhi, dated 06.07.2017

ORDER

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided to constitute a Committee to examine the issues related to revision of hourly rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors of workshop/PUs staff under CRJ pattern/GIS. The Committee will consist of the following:-

(i) Executive Director/ME(W), Railway Board – Convener
(ii) Executive Director/PC-II, Railway Board – Member
(iii) Executive Director/F(C), Railway Board – Member

2. They examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the payment of incentive Bonus and Bonus Factors to workshops/PUs staff under CRJ pattern/GIS under 7th CPC revised pay structure in respect of the following categories of employees:-
SSE/SE(s) in Level 7 supervising the work of staff working on the shop floor.
JR.Engineers(s) in Level 6.
Sr.Technician in Level 5.
Tech. Gr.II in Level 4.
Tech. Gr.II in Level 3.
Tech. Gr.III in Level 2.
Semi skilled (Unskilled in Level 1)
Unskilled in-1 S (Pre-revised Scale)
3. The Committee should submit its report within six months from the date of its constitution.

4. The Headquarters of the Committee will be at New Delhi.

5. PC-VII Branch of Railway Board will be the Nodal Branch for functioning of the Committee. Therefore, all related works/issues including part. questions, RTI cases, their execution and other formalities with regard to the committee, should be dealt with by PC-VII Branch

6. The convenor and Members of the committee will draw TA/DA as per extant Rules.

(M.M. Rai)
Deputy Secretary (Estt.)
Railway Board

Source:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UTF9JU0NEcHYxR2M/view
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LATEST GPF INTEREST RATES


(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)

F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

New Delhi, the 17th July, 2017
RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.8% (Seven point eight per cent) w.e.f. 1st July, 2017 to 30th September, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st July, 2017. The funds concerned are:-

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.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

(Vyasan R.)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)

To,
The Manager, (Technical Branch)
Government of India Press, Faridabad.

F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2o17

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

Copy also forwarded to

1. Comptroller & Auditor General of India and all offices under his control.
2. Chairman, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.
3. Controller General of Accounts (10 copies).
4. Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pension (Pension Unit/All India Services Division).
5. Financial Adviser of Ministries/Departments (6 copies).
6. Chief Controller of Accounts/Controller of Accounts of Ministries/Departments.
7. Controller General of Defence Accounts.
8. Finance Secretary of all State Governments and Union Territories.
9. Secretary to Governors/Lt. Governors of all States/Union Territories.
10. Secretary Staff Side, National Council of JCM.
11. All Members, Staff Side, National Council of JCM.
12. NIC - For uploading on webhost.


(A.K. Bhatnagar)
Under Secretary(Budget) 
Source:http://dea.gov.in/sites/default/files/GPF%20Resolution%202017_0.pdf