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Friday, January 31, 2014

EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE (DA)JANUARY 2014-AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2013

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) December 2013

According to a press release issued by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for December, 2013 declined by 4 points and pegged at 239(two hundred and thirty nine). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by 1.65 per cent between November and December compared with the rise of 0.46 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing -4.96 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Onion, Ginger, Chillies Green, Brinjal, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Peas, Tomato, Potato and other Vegetable items, Sugar etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Fish Fresh, Eggs, Hen, Poultry, Milk, Pure Ghee, Garlic, Firewood, ESI Contribution, etc. putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 9.13 per cent for December, 2013, as compared to 11.47 per cent for the previous month and 11.17 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 11.49 per cent against 16.17 per cent of the previous month and 13.53 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Giridih recorded the highest decline of 12 points each followed by Ahmedabad, Chhindwara, Varanasi, Munger, Jamalpur, Nagpur and Bhavnagar (10 points each).Jamshedpur (09 points), Rourkela, Ludhiana, Tripura and Angul Talcher (08 points each) Among others, 7 points decrease was registered in 9 centres, 6 points in 8 centres, 5 points in 11 centres, 4 points in 8 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. On the contrary, Sholapur centre reported an increase of 4 points followed by Puducherry (2 points), Coimbatore and Srinagar centres 1 point each. Rest of the 3 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Varanasi and Vijaywada centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of January, 2014 will be released on Friday, 28 February, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source:pib

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay-AIRF

All India Railwaymen’s Federation 
(Estd. 1924)
No.AIRF/13
Dated: January 9, 2014
The Secretary(Exp.),
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India)
North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Reg.: Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay

On the persistent forceful demand of the Central Government employees, including Railwaymen, successive Central Pay Commissions were appointed by the Government of India with a view to improve upon wage structure and to grant parity with other employees of the Public Sector Undertakings in the wake of market inflation and price hike of essential commodities. These Pay Commissions, while recommending revised pay structure have also recommended grant of Dearness Allowance on the basis of increase in the Price Index.

The very purpose of compensating the pay with payment of Dearness Allowance is being defeated because of unbridled inflationary pressure on the economy and the consequent steep rise in the price of essential commodities.This has resulted in erosion of the value of the wage, remarkably beyond tolerable limit, as a consequence of which, payment of Dearness Allowance has failed to compensate devaluation of pay.

While Dearness Allowance was merged with the pay on crossing the percentage beyond 50% during V CPC as the actual value of wage devaluated because of market hike to compensate eroded value of the wages besides payment of Dearness Allowance, but this time Dearness Allowance, which has already gone beyond 80% w.e.f. 1st July, 2013, is yet to be merged with the pay.

It would, therefore, be quite appropriate and in the fitness of the thing that Dearness Allowance is merged with the pay for all purposes to compensate the erosion in the wage in the wake of market inflation and steep price hike of essential commodities which are posing serious constraints in the livelihood of the Govern employees in general and the low-paid employees in particular.

Yours faithfully, 
sd/-
(Shiva Gapal Mishra)
General Secretary



Source: AIRF

Action Taken on 62nd Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances

No.41034/1/2014-Estt(D) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
(Department of Personnel and Training) 

North Block, New Delhi - 110001 
Dated-30.01.2014 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject:-  Action Taken on 62nd Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice on the Status of Women Government Employees, Service Conditions, Protection against exploitation, Incentives and other related issues -regarding. 
*** 
The undersigned is directed to refer to Para 20.1 and Para 20.2 of the 62nd Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice wherein, the Committee has drawn attention to extant instructions of the Government on age relaxation for appointment of widows, divorced woman and woman judicially separated from their husbands and who were not remarried allowing age concession up to the age of 35 years (40 years for member of SCs/STs) for the post of Group 'C'and erstwhile Group 'D' filled through SSC/Employment Exchange and has directed scrupulous compliance of these instructions by all administrative authorities.

2. The Department of Personnel and Training's O.M. No. 15012/13/79- Estt.(D) dated 19.1.1980 provides that for purposes of appointment to Group C and D posts under the Central Govt. filled through the SSC and the Employment Exchange, the upper age limit in the case of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands who are not remarried shall be relaxed upto the age of 35 years (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/Schedules Tribes) by invoking the provisions in the relevant recruitment rules, subject to production of a certified copy of the judgement/decree of the appropriate court to prove the fact of divorce or the judicial separation, as the case may be (provided through DoP&T O.M. No. 15012/1/82-Estt.(D) dated 06.09.1983) . Further, this relaxation has been extended to Group 'A' & 'B' posts except where recruitment is made through open competitive examination vide DoP&T O.M. No. 15012/1/87-Estt.(D) dated 05.10.1990.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned including attached and subordinate offices for strict compliance.

sd/- 
(Arunoday Goswami)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of lndia

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES STRIKE ON FEBRUARY 12&13-LATEST NEWS

The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has called for a countrywide stir on February 12 and 13 to highlight their demands.

The conferderation had urged the Central government employees to participate in the 48-hour stir. The major demands put forth by the confederation include merging dearness in basic salary, regularisation of temporary employees, review of salary allowances and other.

Regional president of the confederation RN Parashar addressed two gatherings, one at Rail Mail Service (RMS) on Cantt side of the railway station and other at GPO on Bada Chauraha. Parashar said that the national president of the confederation KKN Kutti and national general secretary M Krishnan had urged the Centre to accept their demands while staging demonstration on January 9 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

On January 10, the decision was reached to hold a two-day stir in which the employees of railways and defence establishments were also urged to join.

He mentioned that on Wednesday, the employees of Income Tax department, postal department and others will be urged to participate in the stir.

INDEFINITE STRIKE CALL BY DEFENCE FEDERATIONS -CHARTER OF DEMANDS

INTUC
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION

INDWF/Strike/3001/2014
Dt. 28.01.2014
To
All Affiliated Unions of INDWF
Office Bearers & Working Committee Meeting of INDWF

Sub. : Indefinite Strike

Dear Colleagues,

Three Recognized  Defence Federations (INDWF, AIDEF & BPMS) have jointly decided and issued a Joint Declaration on 19.09.2013 to call for a Joint Agitation by the Defence Civilian Employees including of a indefinite strike. Notice of the Joint Declaration was sent to Defence Secretary Dt. 19.09.2013 alongwith the charter demands. The Joint Declaration and the programme of action together with the charter of demands was sent to all our affiliated unions for conducting Strike Ballot. Accordingly strike ballot was conducted by our affiliated unions as per our programme on 19.12.2013 and reports were sent to the Federation HQrs. It has been observed as per reports that more than 98% of the Defence Civilian Employees all over the country have voted in favour of the indefinite strike as the demands are very much genuine and long pending.

After receiving the reports of the strike ballot, we have sent further intimation to the secretary, Ministry of Defence that the majority employees have supported the strike and the Ministry of Defence should settle the problems forth with failing which, the Defence Civilian Employees will go on indefinite strike and the date for strike will be intimated.

Three recognized Federation have met at New Delhi on 27.01.2014 and noted with serious concern that even after more than 4 month after forwarding the Joint Declaration alongwith charter of demands, there is no progress in settlement of the issues pertaining to Defence Civilian Employees and the Govt. has not taken any step forward for a negotiated settlement/Agreement on the charter of demands.

Considering the negative attitude of the Government and Ministry of Defence towards the demands of the Defence Civilian Employees and its negligence, three Federations have decided in the meeting held on 27.01.2014 at New Delhi to organize Defence Civilian Employees for an indefinite strike starting from 17.02.2014 from 0600 AM in support of the following charter of demands. The meeting also calls upon the affiliated unions of the three Federations to jointly mobilize the Defence Workers by various agitational programmes during the period of serving strike notice on 03.07.2014 and make the strike a grand success.

The meeting also appeals to the CDRA, its affiliates and all other trade unions and associations functioning in the Defence Establishments to join the indefinite strike in the interest of unity of the Defence Employees and also realize the out standing demands of the Defence Civilian Employees.

Serving Strike Notice by Individual Affiliated Unions on 03.02.2014
Indefinite Strike Commencing from 17.02.2014. 6.00 A.M.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS
Demands on Service Matters

1) Grant of 2nd / 3rd MACP in Grade Pay Rs. 4600/- to the Artisan Staff of Defence Establishments who were granted 2nd ACP in the Chargeman Pay Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 upto 31.12.2005 (inspite of MoD’s recommendation matter is pending with Defence Finance)

2) Correlation of the hourly rate of Industrial Workers deployed on Piece Work system in Ordnance Factories in 6th CPC Pay Scale w.e.f. 01.01.2006 (inspite of MoD’s recommendation matter is pending with Defence Finance)

3) Grant of Departmental Overtime Wages to the Industrial Workers deployed on Piece Work system in the Ordnance Factories (inspite of MoD’s recommendation matter is pending with Defence Finance)

4) Grant of hourly rate to the Piece Workers of Ordnance Factories who were given MACP benefits, (inspite of MoD’s recommendation matter is pending with Defence Finance)

5) Grant of revised ACP benefits to the labourers who have completed 30 years of service by granting an one time exemption of Trade Test. (MoD’s recommendation in the matter is pending with DOP&T)

6) Grant of revised ACP benefits to the erstwhile Group “D” NIEs (MoD’s recommendation in the matter is pending with DOP&T)

7) Revision of Night Duty Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.1996 and from 01.01.2006 in the 5th and 6th CPC rates respectively by implementing the Court Judgments on the subject.

8) Doubling of the Risk Allowance for Defence Civilian Employees w.e.f, 01.09.2008 has agreed in the National Anomaly Committee Meeting.

9) Implementation of the following judgment to the similarly placed employees. As per the provisions of DOP&T OM No. A11019/2/98-AT dated 03rd September, 1998

i) Grant of MACP in promotional hierarchy (Government’s SLP dismissed in the case of CAT Chandigarh Bench Judgment on OA No. 1038/CH of 2010)-

ii) Placement from HS Grade to HS Grade-I should be ignored for . granting MACP (Judgment of CAT Principal Bench New Delhi in the case of Employees of 505 ABW, New Delhi referring various Supreme Court Judgments)

iii) Restoration of the opportunity of Chowkidars and Safaiwalas of MES for redesignation as Mate (SS) (Judgment of the Hon’ble CAT Ernakulam Bench in OA No.109/2012 dated 12.12.2012)

iv) Removal of discrimination and grant of skilled pay scale of Rs. 260-4000/950-1500 to non-petitioner Valvemen of MES (Judgment of Hon’ble CAT Jodhpur Bench in OA No. 51/2002 dated 21st July, 2003)

v) Inclusion of HRA and Transport Allowance etc. for computation of OT Wages under Factories Act 1948 based on the judgment of Madras High Court, vi) Implementation of higher Pay Scale and grade structure for the similarly placed Cooks of all Defence Establishments as granted to the Cooks of Air Force vide MoD Letter No. Air HQ./23064/Cooks/PC-4/444-CC/D (Air-!II) dated 12th November, 2013 based on the judgment of Hon’ble Principal Bench CAT, New Delhi.

10) Approval of all cadre review proposals of MTS, Durwan, Fireman, Drivers, Storekeeping Staff, Industrial Canteen Staff, Para Medical Staff, Stenographers, DEO, JJWM and Clerical Staff of OFB, DRDO, DGQA, Navy, EME, AOC, Air Force and other Directorates pending at different level.

11) Grant of PRIS to the DRDO Employees at par with Department of Atomic Energy and ISRO.

12) Revision of Fixed Medical Allowance to the Defence Employees posted at hard stations / isolated places and also grant of medical reimbursement for inpatient treatment for such employees by implementing the judgment of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

13) Grant of Four Grade Structure to the Ammunition Mechanic of NAD under Navy.

14) Grant of Four Grade Structure to the Meter Reader of MES at par with the Artisan Staff,

15) Extension of CSD Canteen facilities for retired defence civilian employees at par with Ex-Serviceman.

16) Revision of Bonus Payment ceiling and Gratuity Ceiling limit.

17) Opening of CGHS Dispensaries in all major cities and recognition of Hospitals under CGHS in Hill Stations.

DEMANDS ON POLICY ISSUES

1) Withdraw DPP-2013 which is against the interest of DRDO and Ordnance Factories.

2) No FDI in Defence Sector.

3) No disturbance in the functioning of DRDO by implementing Professor Rama Rao Committee recommendations.

4) No arbitrary reduction of manpower in the various Army Units in the name of ASEC Report in violation of the Cabinet Secretary’s directions.

5) No closure of any Defence Units including Military Farms,

6) Stop all types of outsourcing / contract and regularize all the existing contract/casual workers.

7) Fillup all the posts lying vacant in all the Defence Establishments.

8) Withdraw the New Pension Scheme.”

9) Grant of Compassionate Appointment 100% as being granted by the Railway Ministry.

10) No reduction of sanctioned strength of the Ordnance Factories based on Sourab Kumar Committee Report.

DEMANDS ON TRADE UNIONS RIGHTS AND FUNCTIONING OF JCM

1) Regular meeting with the recognized Federations by the MoD and other Directorates should be ensured.

2) Three meetings of the Departmental Council (JCM) and four meeting of the JCM-III Level Council as per the constitution of the JCM Scheme should be ensured.

3) Grant of Trade Unions rights to all the non gazetted employees working. in the Defence Establishments as being given in the case of Railway.

4) Grant of Trade Unions rights to the Employees of Hospitals and Training Establishments under MoD since these Establishments are already recognized as Industry by the Labour Ministry.

5. Grant of Trade Unions rights to the Defence Civilian Employees postedat area declared under SRO-17E.

DEMANDS ON 7th CPC ISSUES

1) Settle all the 6th CPC Anomalies and all Cadre review proposals before 7th CPC starts functioning.

2) Accept all the terms of reference of 7th CPC submitted by the staff side of National Council (JCM) to the DOP&T.

3) Implement the revised comprehensive pay packet for the Central Government Employees as on 01.01.2014.

4) To Consider the demand of merger of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief with Basic Pay and Basic Pension and also grant of interim relief.

The 4 lakhs Defence Civilian Employees who are the fourth force of the Defence of our country are committed and dedicated workforce and they work side by side with the uniformed personnel for the security of our great natioi. Their contribution to the Defence preparedness cannot be underestimated. Any disturbance in the industrial relations in the Defence Estatlishments will hamper the Defence preparedness. The Defence Civilian Employees and their Trade Unions with this responsibility in mind were patiently waiting for settlement of their demands. However, since there is no positive outcome inspite of our best efforts, the Defence Civilian Employees are forced to proceed with an indefinite Strike from 17.02.2014

Yours sincerely,
sd/-
(R.SRINIVASAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY

Source : http://indwf.blogspot.in/2014/01/indefinite-strike-by-defence-civilians.html

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/LTC.

No. A-27023/1/2014-Ad.VI(A) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Revenue 
(Central Board Direct Taxes) 
New Delhi, the 24th January, 2014 
To
All CCsIT/DGF.IT

Subject:- Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/LTC.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to enclose herewith a copy of O.M. Dy. No. 212615/Cash-2013 dated 22nd January, 2014 received from the Cash Section, Department of Revenue, New Delhi on the subject cited above for information and strict adherence I n the Department of Expenditure's O.M. No. 19024/1 /2009-E.IV, dated 16.09.2010(copy enclosed) on air travel on tours/LTC by IRS(IT) officers.
Encl. as above.

Yours faith fully, 
sd/- 
(RajKumar) 
Under Secretary to the Government of India 




Dy.No.212615/Cash-2013 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF FINANCE 
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE 

New Delhi, the 2nd January 2014 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/LTC

The undersigned is directed lo invite a reference to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure's O.M.No.19024/1/2009-E.IV. dated 16.09.2010 (copy enclosed) on the subject cited above.


2. It has been observed that various instances have come to the notice that officers from Department of Revenue and the Iwo Boards Central Board of Direct Taxes and Central Board of Excise and Customs are still not following the guidelines provided the Department of Expenditure's O.M, referred above. Either the air tickers are booked through an agent other than the Authorized Travel Agents or the journey is performed by the private air fines in contravention of the instructions issued by the Department of Expenditure. Therefore oil the concerned officers are requested to strictly adhere to the instructions of Department of Expenditure on the air travel on tours/LTC.
sd/-
(Rajinder Kumar) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

F.No.19024/1/2009-E.IV
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
(Department of Expenditure)

New Delhi dated the 16th September, 2010.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/LTC.

This Department is receiving repeated references seeking clarifications with regard to purchase of Air tickets through authorized agents and relaxation for travel by Airlines other than Indian Airlines. The following guidelines may be noted for compliance:

1. On Official Tours:

(i) For travel by Airlines other than Air India because of operational or other reasons or on account of non-availability of Air India flights, individual cases for relaxation to be referred to M/o Civil Aviation, as stated in this Ministry's OM No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 13.07.09.

(ii) Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours.

2. LTC:

(i) Travel by Air India only.

(ii) In Economy class only, irrespective of entitlement.

(iii) LTC-80 ticket of Air India only to be purchased.

(iv) Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoP&T OM No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dt. 02.12.09).

3. LTC for J&K:

(i) Relaxation to travel by Private Airlines to visit J &K while availing LTC is available to all the categories of Govt. employees, including those entitled to travel by Air [DoP&T OMs No. 31011/2/2003-Estt.(A-IV) dated 18.06.10 and 05.08.10 refer].

(ii) For purchase of Air tickets, however, the procedure as given under para 2 (iv) above should be followed.

4. All Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India are requested to strictly adhere to these instructions.

(Karan Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India.

Source: http://irsofficersonline.gov.in/Documents/OfficalCommunique/1127201410619.PDF

Kendriya Vidyalayas set to switch to 5-day week for primary classes

A proposal to cut the working hours of KV teachers was unlikely to be passed, said sources. (Reuters) A proposal to cut the working hours of KV teachers was unlikely to be passed, said sources. (Reuters)
The proposal to switch to a five-day schedule is in keeping with the Right to Education Act.

All Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country are likely to switch to a five-day week for primary classes (up to Class 5) from the new academic session.

The proposal for a five-day week to “give space for students to pursue self-learning as per their aptitude and interest” is set to be taken up by the Board of Governors of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on Tuesday. Officials said the board was likely to clear the move. However, a proposal to cut the working hours of KV teachers was unlikely to be passed, said sources.

HRD Minister Pallam Raju chairs the board, while Minister of State Jitin Prasada is a member.  The proposal to switch to a five-day schedule is in keeping with the Right to Education Act. The proposal was first mooted by the KVs in 2012, but was rejected.

“There should be no objection to a five-day week for primary students as the KVs will still be able to meet the 200 school days requirement mandated under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The schools will also be able to meet the stipulated minimum teaching hours requirement under the Act. So there is little argument to subject the younger children to an extra day at school,” said an official.

The KVs have increased working hours for teachers from 6 hours 10 minutes to 7 hours 30 minutes, as stipulated under the RTE Act. Teachers have opposed the decision.

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Granting of 3rd MACP in GP 4600/- after Restructuring of Cadre of Artisan Staff in Defence Establishments

BHARTIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
REF: BPMS / MACPS / 64 (7/3/M)
Dated: 16.01.2014 

To,
The Secretary,
Govt of India, Min of  Defence,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Granting of 3rd  MACP in GP 4600/- after Restructuring of Cadre of Artisan Staff in Defence Establishments in modification of recommendations of 6th  CPC – Clarification regarding.
Reference: 1. MOD I.D. No. 11(5)/2009-D (Civ-I), Dated 28.12.2013

Respected Sir,

 With due regards, your attention is invited to S.R.O. 13(E) Dated 04.05.1989 / S.R.O.-191 dated 28.11.1994 / S.R.O.-66 dated 27.05.2003 “Indian Ordnance Factories Group C Supervisory and Non-Gazetted Cadre (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules” which stipulates that the post of Chargeman (Tech) will be filled up by-
(a) 25% by direct recruitment after adjustment of surplus and transfer,
(b) 25% by Limited Departmental Examination and
(c) 50% by promotion from panel prepared by relevant DPC for each category
 and on failure of recruitment by promotion, by transfer failing which by direct recruitment {as mentioned in Point No. 2 of Annexure to OFB Letter No. 01/CR/A/I/Vol.II/658, dated 21.02.2011}.

It further stipulates that the post of Chargeman will be filled up by Promotion from Draughtsman or equivalent in scale of Rs.1200-2040 with 3 years service and by promotion from Highly Skilled Grade-I with 3 years of regular service failing which from Highly Skilled Grade-II with 6 years regular service in respectively category.

The above Recruitment Rule (SRO) nowhere says that the post of Chargeman will be filled by promotion from Master Craftsman.

It is to be noted that the post of Master Craftsman was created in pursuance of the recommendations of the 3rd Central Pay Commission made in Chapter 19 of Volume I of its Report, vide MOD letter No. 1(2)/80/D(Civ-I), dated 21.09.1982 in the pay scale of Rs. (425 – 640) at par with the Chargeman. Para 2(iv) of the letter stipulates that the incumbents selected for the post of Master Craftsman will forego their normal promotion to the supervisory grade; i.e., Chargeman.

The pay scale of Master Craftsman & Chargeman was revised to Rs. (1400 – 2300) as per 4th CPC but the 5th  CPC revised the pay scale of Master Craftsman to Rs. (4500 – 7000) whereas Chargeman was revised & upgraded to Rs. (5000 – 8000) w.e.f. 01.01.1996.

 Subsequently, Restructuring of Cadre of Artisan Staff in Defence Establishments in modification of recommendations of the 5th CPC has been introduced vide MOD letter No.11(1)/2002/D(Civ-I), dated 20.05.2003 which states that the post of Master Craftsman shall not be part of the hierarchy and the placement in this grade will not be treated as promotion for Highly Skilled Grade either under normal promotion rules or under ACP Scheme. Para 4(iv) of the letter states that the post of Master Craftsman (Rs. 4500 – 7000) shall continue to be considered as Highly Skilled grade for the purpose of promotion to the grade of Chargeman-II (Rs. 5000 – 8000).

It is worth to mention here that Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has already decided that the administrative instructions cannot be issued in contravention of the statutory rules {C&AG of India vs. Mohan Lal Mehrotra, 1991 Lab IC (SC) 2328, para 22} and that there can be no dispute with the proposition that a rule framed under the Proviso to Art. 309 of the Constitution cannot be modified by an executive order {State of Maharashtra & Anr vs Chandrakant Anant Kulkarni & Ors: 1981 AIR 1990, 1982 SCR (1) 665}

The Supreme Court has held in the case of “Sant Ram Sharma vs State Of Rajasthan & Anr : 1967 AIR 1910, 1968 SCR (1) 111” as under:-
“It is true that Government cannot amend or supersede statutory rules by administrative instructions, but if the rules are silent on any particular point Government can fill up the gaps and supplement the rules and issue instructions not inconsistent with the rules already framed.”

Contrary to above, vide letter cited under reference MOD has communicated that the idea of exclusion of the post of Master Craftsman (MCM) from further promotions in the hierarchy (Chargeman in the same Grade Pay) has not found favour with the Defence Finance.

 We are surprised to construe from above that Defence Finance may promote any person on any post which may be against the provisions of relevant Recruitment Rules (SRO) made under the proviso of Article 309 of the Constitution of India.

Here, we would like to draw your attention to Para 3.1 of Govt. of India, DoP&T O.M. No. 22011/5/86-Estt.(D), dated 10th April, 1989 issued as consolidated instructions on Departmental Promotion Committee, which stipulates as under:-
“ ….. A vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the recruitment rules in force on the date of vacancy, unless rules made subsequently have been expressly given retrospective effect. Since amendments to the recruitment rules normally have only prospective application, the existing vacancies should be filled as per the recruitment rules in force. Holding of DPC meetings need not be delayed or postponed on the ground that recruitment rules for a post are being reviewed/amended.”

It is worth to mention here that Para 2 of Annexure - I of DOP&T O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt. (D), dated 19.05.2009 of MACPS provides that the MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pay bands and grade pay as given in Section I, Part – A of the first schedule of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 and which is as under;

Grade Pay Rs. 1800/- Grade Pay Rs. 4200/-
Grade Pay Rs. 1900/- Grade Pay Rs. 4600/-
Grade Pay Rs. 2000/- Grade Pay Rs. 4800/-
Grade Pay Rs. 2400/- Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-
Grade Pay Rs. 2800/- Grade Pay and so on

Hence, a person who is drawing grade pay of Rs. 4200 due to 02 promotions/ACPs and completes 30 years regular service on or after 01.09.2008 will be granted financial upgradation under 03rd MACPS in grade pay of Rs. 4600/-.

 Therefore, you are requested to review the referred clarifications and withdraw the same without further delay and clarify that since the post of MCM was not in hierarchy of artisan staff cadre upto 31.12.2005, the Highly Skilled worker/MCM who were already drawing the pay scale of Rs. (5000 – 8000) under ACP Scheme may be considered for further financial upgradations in the next Grade Pay (Rs. 4600) in the hierarchy of Grade Pays.

Thanking you.

Yours Sincerely 
 sd/-
 (MUKESH SINGH) 
 Secretary/BPMS & 
 Member JCM-II (MOD)

Source:http://bpms.org.in/documents/macp-mcm-4tdp.pdf

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Fixed Medical Allowance to postal pensioners from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways.

No. 4-12(07)/2013-PAT
Government of India
Ministry of Communications &1.T.
Department of Telecommunications
Sanchar Bhavan, 20-Ashoka Road
New Delhi 110001 
Dated : 7-01-2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Jurisdiction of Postal Dispensaries located at Guntur, Rajamundry, Net lore, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Chhapra, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Raipur, Vadodara, Ambala, Dhanbad, Behrampur, Cuttack, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ajmer, jodhpur, kota, Tirchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Varanasi, Jalpaigiri and Siliguri with regard to FMA for pensioners.
In pursuance to that Deptt. of Post order No.2-2/2012-Medical dated 16.8.2013, I am directed to convey the instructions with regard to P&T dispensaries located at above mentioned places and FMA to pensioners are as below:-

1. The reduction in jurisdiction of the above mentioned postal dispensaries for the purpose of Fixed Medical Allowance to pensioners from 8 km. to 2.5 km at par with the Railways.

2. These order shall supercede all earlier orders on the subject and shall come into force w.e.f 01.09.2013.

3. All pensioners residing beyond 2.5 km. radius of the above cited dispensaries and desirous of availing Fixed Medical Allowance shall give an undertaking to this effect and surrender their Postal Dispensary cards to the Incharge of their respective dispensaries, who shall endorse the same on the said undertaking for submission to the Pension Paying Authority.

4. The Pension Paying Authority shall make necessary entries on the PPO of the Pensioner concerned and disburse FMA along with the pension as per prevailing rates (at present it is Rs.300/- per month).

sd/-
(Sanjay Agrawal)
Asstt Director General to the Govt. of India

Source: http://dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/DOC090114-002.pdf

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Decision on railwaymen’s indefinite strike on February 17

The crucial decision will be taken at a meet in Kota, Rajasthan

The national trade unions of railwaymen will decide on February 17 whether or not to go ahead with the proposed indefinite general strike to press for implementation of various long-standing demands.

Though railwaymen across the country had overwhelmingly voted in favour of a direct agitation during the ‘strike ballot’ held nationwide last month, the crucial decision on launching a general strike that could cripple railway operations is due to be taken at the meeting scheduled at Kota, Rajasthan, said N. Kanniah, general secretary of the Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU), which is affiliated to the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF).

The AIRF and the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen are the two parent trade unions representing an estimated 1.3 million railwaymen. The charter of demands include scrapping of the new pension scheme, filling up of vacancies, better working conditions for loco running staff and constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Though the Railway Board had offered to negotiate on Railway-specific demands at meetings held over January 16 and 17 in Delhi, the AIRF leadership has taken the view that some of the key demands such as merger of DA with basic pay and guaranteed pension scheme in place of new pension scheme, could only be resolved by Government of India, Mr. Kanniah said. The union leadership feels that the Railway Ministry needs to facilitate negotiations with the Centre in order to avert the strike, he said.

It may be recalled that during the strike ballot, over 96 per cent of railwaymen in the country voted in favour of an indefinite general strike.

In the six divisions across Southern Railway, 86.8 per cent of railwaymen endorsed the strike plan.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/decision-on-railwaymens-indefinite-strike-on-february-17/article5610493.ece

Friday, January 24, 2014

Brochure on reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services

No.A36011/1/2013-Estt(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
****

New Delhi ,dated 23rd January 2014

Subject: Brochure on reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services

The brochure on reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in services was last updated by Department of Personnel & Training in the year 2011. In this connection this Department’s 0.M No. No.A36011/1/2011-Estt(Res) dated 17/11/2011 refers.

2. A few instructions have since been issued on the subject. An updated brochure has now been prepared by the Reservation Division which includes all orders and instructions issued up to the year 2013. The brochure has been posted on the DoPT’s website at “persmin.nic.in ” under `OMs & Orders’–o Establishment Reservation –43rochure on Reservation for SCs. STs and OBCs in Services. In this revised brochure, the relevant orders/instructions have beenmentioned at the end of the concerned para/topic in each of the chapter. Further, the orders/instructions, referred in the brochure have also been hyperlinked to enable the reader to refer to them quickly.

3. As in the earlier brochure, this brochure also contains two parts. Part one of the brochures is self-contained and practically covers all aspects of the reservation hi central services. However, relevant 0.M’s in para (2) should be referred to before taking decisions.

4. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all their Attached/Subordinate Offices as also the Public Sector Undertakings and Statutory Bodies, etc at the earliest.

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(Sandeerp Mukherjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source :www.persmin.nic.in

[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/A-36011_1_2013-Estt.Res.-23012014.pdf]
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Issue of Uniforms Liveries to MTS directly recruited through Staff Selection Commission post 6th CPC.

Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Canit-110010

No. AN/XIV/14162/6th CPC/ Vol-V

Dated : 23.01.2014

To
All PCsDA/CsDA
All CFAs/PC of Fys) Kolkata

CIRCULAR

Subject: Issue of Uniforms/Liveries to MTS directly recruited through Staff Selection Commission post 6th CPC.

The matter regarding issue of Uniforms and liveries to MTS recruited posts 6th CPC through Staff Selection Commission was referred to Ministry for clarification.

2. DoP&T has since confirmed that Uniforms/Liveries and washing allowance to newly recruited MTS , post 6th CPC may be allowed as is being admitted to erstwhile Group ‘D’ posts of peon, daftary, jamadar, Junior Gestetner Operator, Farash, Chowkidar, Safaiwala, Mali etc. which have been designated as MTS in Group ‘C’ post 6th CPC.

Further , it should be ensured that the Uniforms/Liveries are being admitted to those expected to wear respective uniforms while on duty.

3. This is for your information, guidance and necessary action please.

sd/-
(Upendra Kumar)
For CGDA

Source: http://www.cgda.nic.in/adm/uniforms_mts_230114.pdf

24th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) to be held on 5th Febraury

F. No. 42/2/2014-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi- 110003
Date:- 23rd January, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : 24th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) to be held on 5th February, 2014 at 4.00 PM in Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi – Reg

- Venue & Time of 24th SCOVA meeting.
- Comments on Fresh Agenda Items
- Confirmation of the participation

The undersigned is directed to say that the 24th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies(SCOVA) under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) will be held on Wednesday, the 5th February, 2014 at 4.00 PM in:-

Committee Room-A,
Ground Floor, Vigyan Bhawan Annexe,
Maulana Azad Road,
New Delhi 110011

2. It is to say that the Five agenda items for discussion in the 24th Meeting of SCOVA is enclosed herewith. The concerned Ministries/Departments are. therefore. requested to kindly furnish comments on the enclosed agenda items for 24th meeting of SCOVA latest by 28th January, 2014 to the undersigned through Fax / Email (Fax No. / E-mail Address given below) and also in hard copy.

3. It is also requested that the name and telephone number of the official, not below the rank of Joint secretary/Director, nominated to attend the above meeting may kindly be sent to this Department early for further interaction relating to 24th SCOVA meeting.

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(Sujasha Choudhury)
Dy. Secretary (P)

1. Smt Suman Bala, Chief Controller (Pension), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Trikoot – II, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi.
2. Shri Rajiv Kishore, Exe. Dir (ERP), Ministry of Railways, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
3. Shri V. P. Singh, Dy. Secretary, Room No. 308-D, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
4. Shri S.C.Sharma, DDG (C & A), Department of Telecom, Sanchar Bhavan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.
5. Shri Vivek Ashish(US), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.
6. Shri Vijay Kumar Singh, Director (Administration), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.
7. Shri Anil Kumar DDG(Estt), Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
8. Shri Rajnish Kumar, DDG(PAF) Department of Posts, Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
9. Shri Ashok Kumar, Dy. Secretary(JCA), Dept of Personnel & Taining, North Block, New Delhi.
10. Shri. S.S.Singh, DDG(PG), Deptt. of Telecommunication, Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.
11. Shri Surya Prakash,Director(CP),Mjo Defence, , B-Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi.
12. Shri Shahbaz Ali, DDG(TPF & AjCs), Department of Telecom, Sanchar Bhavan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.
13. Shri Ajay Mishra, (Jt CGDA), Office of CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt., New Delhi.
14. Dr. B.C.Mahapatra, ADDG (HQ), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.
15. Shri S.C.Das, Deputy Secretary, Dept of Financial Services, Jeevan Deep Building,Sansad Marg, New Delhi.
16. Smt. Shilpi Aggarwal, Director (Fin) CCA, Ministry of Railways, Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.
17. Shri Dilip Kumar, Controller of Accounts, CPAO, Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi.
18. Shri Sumant Narain, Deputy Secretary, IFD, Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block.
19. Smt. Mamta Kundra Joint Secretary(E), DoPT, North Block, New Delhi.
20. Shri R.K.Karma (Jt. CGDA), Office of CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt., New Delhi.
21. Shri Harbans Singh (OSD), Ministry of Defence, South Block, New Delhi
22. Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi.
23. Ms. Malathi Narayanan, Under Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, Sena Bhawan,B- Wing, New Delhi.

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension &. Pensioners Welfare)

AGENDA ITEMS FOR 24TH MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES(SCOVA) TO BE HELD ON 5TH FEBRUARY, 2014 AT VIGYAN BHAWAN ANNEXE, NEW DELHI

                           AGENDA ITEMS

1. Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing at non-CGHS areas.

The present position regarding the introduction of Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners may be indicated.

2. Dedicated day for pensioners:

In line with DOP&PW (Reference No. 5/40/2012-P&PW(C) dtd 31.12.2012): Ministry of Railways which has more than 12,18,000 Pensioners/Family pensioners should create similar facility for Pensioners/family pensioners at Rly. Board, Zonal Hqs & Divisional level. Similar facility may be provided in Ministry of Defence, Posts, Telecom etc.

3. Special Family Pension for the Widows of Disabled War Veterans

A war disabled soldier, on being invalided out of service, receives war injury pension comprising war injury /disability element and service element. On his demise, war injury /disability element of the pension gets extinguished and his widow’s family pension is fixed on the basis of service element only, resulting in a sharp reduction in the pension amount. The case for basing the family pension entitlement of the widow a disabled war veteran on his last drawn pension inclusive of war injury /disability element is well merited as follows -

(A) Most war disabled ex-servicemen invalided out of service, are forced to leave service at a very young age, often with less than 5 years of service, and in very junior ranks without achieving their full potential. Service Element of their War Injury Pension is accordingly fixed very low. Combining war injury element with service element enhances the total pension to a reasonable amount.

(B) As the career of a disabled ex-serviceman is curtailed while fighting for the nation in adverse circumstances, it is imperative that after his demise, the family does not suffer financially. This can be assured to some extent by not excluding the war injury element for the purpose of computing family pension entitlement of the widow.

(C) The proposal was initiated well over 2 years ago and is currently under examination by Deptt of Ex-servicemen Welfare. However, the movement is very slow. As the issue equally concerns para-military forces under MHA, it may be piloted by DoPPW.

(D) The number of invalided out disabled war veterans is small and the benefit would accrue to the widow only after a veteran’s demise~ the financial implications therefore would be limited. The morale-boosting impact on the armed forces and para-military forces, however, would be huge.

4. Reimbursement of medical expenses to CGHS beneficiaries:-

As per instructions contained in O.M.No.S-ll030/6/2001-CGHS(P) dated 5.11.2001 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi the reimbursement of expenditure incurred on treatment availed from AIIMS will be made as per rates of AIIMS and as per entitlement of the beneficiary. However, in Chandigarh whenever a CGHS member gets treatment from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research the reimbursement of medical expenses incurred on such treatment is restricted to limits prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from time to time and the patient is left to bear the difference from his pocket, which in some cases is much more than the amount actually reimbursed to the beneficiary. Both the above Institutions are run entirely on the same pattern and with the full budgetary support provided by the Govt. of India. Rates to be charged from the patients from time to time are also approved by the Govt. of India. Once a patient is referred for specialized treatment to the PGIMER by the CMO I/C Wellness Center the patient should be normally reimbursed full charges as paid to the PGIMER as per entitlement of the beneficiary. As the CGHS beneficiaries are left to bear the huge amount from their own pocket there is great resentment amongst the retirees. It is also not understood as to why CGHS beneficiaries of Delhi and Chandigarh are treated differently by the Govt. of India.

It is requested that in view of the position explained above the Govt. of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi may kindly reconsider the above anomaly and issue necessary instructions so that the beneficiaries at Chandigarh are not left to suffer any more on this account.

5. Grant of T.A. to Non-official Members attending the SCOVA meetings- Permission to perform journey by AIR and grant of actual expenses, when the journey performed is above 1,000 km.

Generally, all the Non-official Members representing Pensioners’ Associations who attend the SCOVA meetings are in their advanced age and are not in robust health to withstand the strains associated with journeys performed by Road and Rail especially, when such journeys extend beyond 24 hours and the distance travelled is above 1,000 km. The plight of those members who are suffering from old age ailments needs no explanation. Journey performed by Air, even from a place in the southern most part of the country may not take more than 3 hours to reach the Capital city of New Delhi where SCOVA meetings are held. Further, journey by Air is not as tedious as the journey by Rail and therefore it is preferable.

Supplementary Rule 190(b) states that “A Competent Authority may, in its discretion; grant to the person concerned his actual travelling, hotel and carriage expenses instead of travelling allowance under that clause, if it considers that such allowance would be inadequate.” Further, as per the provisions contained in G.L, M.F., a.M. No.F.19024/7/82-E dated the 8th October, 1982 incorporated in Appendix 2 of F.R.& S.R. Part II (T.A.Rules) performing journey by train by the non-officials is compulsory only when the distance travelled is up to 500 km and the journey could be performed by overnight. “

Non-official Members who attend SCaVA Meetings as representatives of Pensioners’ Associations functioning in the Southern part of the Country have to travel above 2,000 km to reach New Delhi and the hours of journey, if performed by train, is also more than 40 hours. Similarly, the Members from places in Western and some places in the Eastern part of the Country have to travel for a distance of above 1000 km and the period of journey, if performed by train, will be more than 24 hours. In view of the provisions under T.A. Rules stated in the preceding paragraph, it is requested that the case of non-official members travelling above1,000 km to attend SCOVA meetings may be considered sympathetically and as a special case, grant them actual travelling expenses incurred by them when they perform the journey by Air, without limiting their claim to the train fare by entitled class, which would go a long way in helping the Pensioners’ Associations, since the Associations have to meet extra expenditure, if the T.A. claim of their representatives is restricted to the Train fare.

Source: www.persmin.nic.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/SCOVA_230114.pdf]

Determination of date of increment after expiry of duration of penalties of withholding of increments/ reduction to lower stage imposed for less than a year regarding.

RBE No. 9/2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. E(D&A) 2008 RG6-36
New Delhi, 15/01/2014

The General Marlager(P)
All Indian Railways and
Production Units etc.
(As per standard list).

Sub: Determination of date of increment after expiry of duration of penalties of withholding of increments/ reduction to lower stage imposed for less than a year regarding.

Ministry of Railways have received a few references regarding certain penalties of rule 6 of Railway Servants (Discipline And Appeal) Rules, 1968 which are having pay element imposed for less than a year. In one case, the penalty of withholding of increments was imposed on 24.3.2008 for a period of six months with cumulative effect and in the other case the penalty of reduction to lower stage was imposed on 9.2.2009 for a period of six months with non-cumulative effect.

2. The question of date of release of increment in the above cases on expiry of the penalty, in the context of fixing of 1st July as the date of increment uniformally for all Government servants following VIth CPC, has been examined in consultation with the Department of Personnel & Training. It is advised that fixing of 1st July as the date of increment for all Government servants under the Revised Pay Rules following the acceptance of the recommendation of the IVth CPC, is relevant, only in respect of Annual increment. This provision is not applicable where the increment is withheld as a measure of penalty. In cases where the increment is withheld as a penalty for a specified period restoration of the withheld increment would be at the end of the currency of the penalty and not postponed to the next 1st July. The person concerned may even be entitled to the next increment on the 1st July following the expiry of the currency of the penalty, (notwithstanding the fact that the penalty imposed on him was having postponing effect on his future increments), if he has net qualifying service of six months prior to the relevant 1st July.

3. Likewise, where the penalty of reduction to lower stage was imposed, the pay will be restored immediately on expiry of the currency of the penalty. In so far as release of next increment is concerned, the same may also be allowed immediately on restoration if the person concerned has rendered net qualifying service of six month on the 1st July preceding the date of the expiry of the currency of the penalty.

Please. acknowledge receipt,

sd/-
(Harish Chander)
Dy. Director Est. (D&A)

Source:AIRF
[http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE-09.2014.pdf]
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Remittance of NPS funds solely through electronic mode (NEFT/RTGS) from 01st April 2014

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
PFRDA/2014/01/CSG/1
Date: 09th January 2014
To,
All Central Government Ministries & State Governments

Dear Sir/Madam,

Remittance of NPS funds solely through electronic mode (NEFT/RTGS) from 01st April 2014

1. The Circulars no. PFRDA/2013/10/CRTB/1 dated 30th April 2013 and PFRDA/2013/12/CRTB/2 dated 31" May 2013 may be referred.

2. It has been observed that the following problems are presently being faced on account of remittance of NPS contribution funds through physical instruments:

a.) Higher percentage of rejection of contributions/ funds return
b.) Delays due to cheque clearing activity
c.) incidences of cheque rejection due to financial/ technical reasons.

3. All the aforementioned issues affect the timely investments of the subscribers thus adversely impacting their pension corpus accumulation. To obviate the aforesaid concerns, and in compliance of CVC instructions issued vide Office Order No. 20/4/04 File No. 98/ORD/1 dated 06-04-2004 PFRDA has decided to discontinue the remittance of NPS contribution funds through physical instruments and to accept remittance solely through electronic mode from 01st April 2014.


4. Accordingly from 01st April 2014 onwards, all the nodal offices remitting NPS contributions have to mandatorily remit NPS Contributions through electronic mode i.e. NEFT/ RTGS only.

5. The overall procedure for remittance of funds to Axis Bank (Trustee Bank), matching & booking of Subscriber Contribution Files (SCFs) and the receipt of funds from it shall remain unchanged.

6. This circular may be sent to all the nodal offices under your jurisdiction for necessary action/ compliance.

7. The contact details of NPS Cell at Axis Bank is as follows:

First Level of Contact:

S No.  Contact Person    Designation   Phone No. 
 1   Mr Abhishek Gautam      Senior Manager      022-24253678
 2    Mr Dakshesh Barbhaya      Senior Manager     022 24253639
3  Mr Yash Mayekar             Senior Manager        022 24253628

Second Level of Contact:

S No.  Contact Person   Designation   Phone No.
 1  Mr Debraj Saha  Assistant Vice President  011 43506532
 2  Mr Piyush K Singh  Deputy Vice President  022 24253680

The Circular has also been placed on PFRDA website at http://www.pfrda.org.in

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Ashish Kumar)
General Manager
Source: https://www.npscra.nsdl.co.in/download/Remittance-Update.pdf

Central Government Employees will go on two days strike on 12th and 13th February-Confederation

Confederation Of Central Govt.
Employees & Workers
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website : www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email : Confederation06@Yahoo.co.in
Email : M.Krishnan (S/G) mkrishnan6854@gmail.com
Tel :011-23092771, Mob-09447068125
No. Conf. 22/2014
Dated : 21st January 2014
To
The Cabinet Secretary,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Government of India,
Rastrapathi Bhawan,
NEW DELHI.

Dear Sir,

This is to give notice that the employees who are members of the affiliated organisations of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will go on two days strike on 12th and 13th February, 2014. The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the two days strike action is enclosed.

Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
M.Krishnan,
Secretary General


Source :http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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Compensatory leave may be granted for taking extra classes-KVS

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016
F.No. 11029/59/2013-KVS(HQ)/JC(Acad)50-1230
15th January, 2014
OFFICE ORDER

In reiteration of the Office Order No. 1-3/2002-KVS(Acad) dated 2nd April, 2003, the Compensatory Leave to the teaching staff of the Vidyalayas for attending Vidyalayas on Second Saturday, Sunday & Holidays and during breaks if the period is less than 10 days, may be regulated as follows :

(1) Half day’s compensatory leave may be granted for taking extra classes for a minimum of two and upto four hours in a day.

(ii) Full day’s compensatory leave may be granted for taking extra classes for more than four hours in a day.

(iii) Whenever teachers are required for escort and training duties etc. on second Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and breaks, normally they are required to stay for a considerable time and as such may be permitted full day’s Compensatory Leave in lieu of attending duties on each day provided they are not paid TA/DA for such duties.

(iv) Normally Compensatory Leave may be granted to the teaching staff within one month of it’s becoming due. However, in exceptional circumstances, where grant of Compensatory leave to all the staff within a month may cause serious dislocation of work, the Compensatory Leave may be permitted to be availed subsequently. Further, there will be no limit upto which the Compensatory Leave may be allowed to be availed of at a time. It may be noted that “No Leave Encashment” is payable for unavailed compensatory leave at the time of superannuation, resignation or death.

(Dr.V.Vijaylakshmi)
Joint commissioner(Acad)

Source :KVS
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Revised proforma for the enrolment of retired Government officials willing to be hired as consultants.

No.G.25014/131/2013/MF.CGA/IAÐ/320-3S 9
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
O/o Controller General of Accounts
Internal Audit division
Lok Nayak Bhavan Khan Market
New Delhi 110003
Dated: 6 Jan 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revised proforma for the enrolment of retired Government officials willing to be hired as consultants.

This office has been maintaining a list of retired Govt. officials who are willing to work as consultants.

It is requested that information about willing officials may be obtained in the revised proforma which is enclosed herewith along with terms and conditions for engagement as consultant. This will enable this office to provide relevant and necessary information to Ministries/Departments requiring services of consultants. In order to update our records the details of consultants engaged by you and feedback on the basis of their performance may also be furnished in the proforma enclosed.

sd/-
(Sonali Singh)
Jt. Controller General of Accounts

Source:http://cga.nic.in/writereaddata/RevisedProforma06012014.pdf
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Grant of fixed medical allowance to Defence civilians who residing in area not covered under CGHS.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 117
Dated: 16 /01/2014
Subject: Grant of fixed medical allowance to Defence civilians who residing in area not covered under CGHS.

Reference: This office circular No. 03 dated 30-03-1999.

Please refer to this office circular No. 03 dated 30.03.1999 under which Min. of PPG & P, Deptt of P & PW OM No. 45/57/97-P & PW (C) letters dated 24.08.1998 and 30.12.1998 were circulated for implementation of Govt. decision. As per P & PW OM dated 30.12.1998, pensioners who adopted Fixed Medical Allowance or medical facilities under CGHS or corresponding health scheme in accordance to P & PW OM No. 45/57/97-P & PW (C) dated 19.12.1997 circulated under this office circular no. G1/C/195/Vol-I/Tech dated 25.02.1998, can change their option once in the life time. As per existing procedure for change in option, pensioners submit their option to their PDA and PDAs take action accordingly.

In this context, it has been decided that pensioners who had originally opted for medical facilities under CGHS or corresponding health scheme may desire to change their option to draw Fixed Medical Allowance, in such cases Fixed Medical Allowance will be authorized by this office from the date of option, through Corr. PPO.

For issue of Corr. PPO, pensioners are required to submit their application with revised option (Specimen enclosed as annexure-A) to this office, duly supported with a certificate from PDA to the effect that above named pensioner has not opted for Fixed Medical Allowance (specimen of the certificate enclosed as Annexure-B).

In cases where pensioners have originally opted for Fixed Medical Allowance and now want to avail medical facilities, they will submit their revised option to their PDA and after receipt of revised option PDA will stop the payment of Fixed Medical Allowance from the following month of the receipt of the revised option and issue a certificate for stoppage of Fixed Medical Allowance.

 (S B Mathdevaru)
DyCDA (P)
No: G-I/C/0197/vol-II/Tech 
Dated: 16/01/2014

Annexure - A 

Certificate 

It is certified that Shri.................................................................................................................. (holder of
original PPO no...................................................................................................) has not opted Fixed Medical Allowance till the date.

PDA 
(Signature with seal) 

Annexure-B 

Form of option 


I.......................................................................................................hereby opt to claim fixed medical allowance as I am now, residing in area where no C.G.H.S. medical facilities are available.

Existing address:-
..................................................................................................... 
..................................................................................................... 
..................................................................................................... 
..................................................................................................... 

Signature........................................................ 
Name............................................................. 
PPO No......................................................... 
Head office from which retired......................... 
....................................................................... 

Date:
Station:

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-117.pdf

Wife has right to know husband's salary: CIC

Wives of government servants have a "right" to know salary particulars of their husbands and these details should also be made public by their offices as mandated under suo-moto disclosure clause of the RTI Act, the Central Information Commission has held.

Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu said every spouse has a right to information about the salary particulars of the other especially for the purpose of maintenance.

"More so, wife has a right to know the salary particulars of the husband, who is an employee of the public authority," he said.

The commissioner further said that the details about a government employee's salary is no third party information and these have to be voluntarily disclosed under Section 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act.

He said the salary paid to the public authority is sourced from the tax paid by the people in general and it has to be disclosed mandatorily under the RTI section.

"The information about the salary of employee or an officer of the same public authority cannot be considered as a third party information... Public authorities cannot reject such RTI applications about salary under the pretext of the third party information," he held.

Acharyulu warned the Home Department of Delhi government that such denial of information will be wrongful and could incur penalty. The warning was in context of an application filed by Jyoti Seherawat seeking salary slip of her husband who is employed at the Home (General) department.

The information was denied as her husband gave in written to the department that such an information should not be provided to anyone.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/wife-has-right-to-know-husband-s-salary-cic-114011900261_1.html
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Revision of Headquarter Allowance admissible to officers of organised Group-A’ Services posted in Headquarters Organisations — reg.

F. No. 4/2/2013-Estt(Pay-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi ,Dated 17th January, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of Headquarter Allowance admissible to officers of organised Group-A’ Services posted in Headquarters Organisations — reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 2/8/97-Estt. (Pay-11) dated 16th July, 1998, on the above subject and to say that consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to decide that the existing rates of Headquarter Allowance may be doubled.

2. These orders shall not apply to officers of services the cadres of which consist only of posts at the Headquarters organisations as also to officers of services who are not entitled to any special pay/special allowance while posted as Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary or ‘Director in the Central Secretariat. These orders shall be effective from the first date of the month in which this O.M is issued.

4. In so far as application of these orders to officers of the Indian Audit & Accounts Department is concerned, these orders are being issue in consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Deputy Secretary (Pay)

Source:www.persmin.nic.in
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

CLARIFICATION REGARDING 30 DAYS EARNED LEAVE TO INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES IN OFB

Office of the Principal Controller of Accounts ( Fys.)
1.0-A,S.K.Bose Road, Kolkata-700001 
No. Pay/Tech-II/1058
Date: - 10/01/2014
To
All Cs of F&A(Fys.)/Br.AOs,

Sub:- Authorisation of Earned Leave in respect of Industrial Employees (IEs) Of Ord. Fys and Ord. Equip. Fys.

Ministry of Defence vide ID No.8/1R108/D(Fy.II) dated 25/09/20,13 has clarified that the Industrial Workers employed in Ordnance factories are entitled for 30 days Earned Leave (Annual Leave) with wages. With the issuance of the clarification the provisions contained in DOP&T OM dated 20-07-1998 has become equally applicable to Industrial Employees, opted to be governed under Factories Act for Earned Leave purpose by virtue of the provisions contained in Section 78 of the Factories Act, 1948. Further, on specific queries, the Ministry confirmed that the clarification should be given effect from 20-07-1998.

In view of the above following instructions are issued for immediate implementation:

1) Entitlement of 30 days Earned .Leave for each completed year of service may be extended to IEs who are guided under Factories Act invoking provisions of Section 78 of Factories Act.

2) The benefit of calculation of leave wages as per Section 80 of the Factories Act may be extended only to those piece workers who already opted to be guided under Factories Act for EL purpose on or before 31/10/2005. No fresh option in this regard is acceptable.

3) Crediting of 30 days EL for those IEs, as specified in Para 2, may be made w.e.f. 20/07/1998 subject to maximum accumulation of 120 days upto 06/11/2006 and 300 days thereafter.

4) Calculation of leave wages of such Industrial employees, as mentioned in Para 2 and debiting of availed leave in their leave account is to be made taking into account .intervening Sunday g & Holidays as inclusive of availed leave. Hence, instead of the existing formula of P/(N-S), their leave wages may be calculated as per regular establishment i.e. taking into account the formula of P/N where 'P' means the Basic Pay and piece work profit actually earned in the month immediately preceding the leave. If holidays fall during the currency of the availed Earned Leave, 'Holiday Pay' should not be allowed separately.

(Avra Ghosh)
Joint Controller of Accounts(Fys.)
Source: http://bpms.org.in/documents/ies-leave-2k1s.pdf

Strike Notice by UFBU on 20th and 21st January 2014 - Deferred

HR & Industrial Relations

No.CIR/HR&IR/Q/2013-14/8684
January 17, 2014

Chief Executives of Member Banks
which are parties to the Bipartite Settlement

Dear Sirs,

Strike Notice by UFBU on 20th and 21st January 2014 - Deferred

Please refer to our Circular No.CIR/HR&IR/Q/2013-14/8576 dated 3rd January 2014 regarding the strike call given by the United Forum of Bank Employees (UFBU) on 20th and 21st January 2014.  In accordance with the submission in conciliation meeting held on 13.1.2014, we had convened meeting with the Unions/Associations on date. On being satisfied with the further improvement in offer in wage hike by IBA, the UFBU has decided to defer the strike schedule on 20th & 21st January 2014.

Member banks may kindly take note of the above and convey suitably to all their establishments.

Yours faithfully,

PRABIR MOULIK
SENIOR ADVISOR

Source: http://www.iba.org.in/Documents/strikedeferred14012014.pdf
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Combined Defence Services Examination (I) – 2014

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) -2014 on 09/02/2014 (Sunday) at 41 Centres all over India as per notification dated November 02, 2013.  e-Admission Certificates are available on the Union Public Service Commission web-site http://www.upsc.gov.in Candidates are advised to download and check their e-Admission Certificates carefully and bring discrepancy, if any, to the notice of the Commission immediately.  Rejection Letters citing the ground(s) for rejection have been issued through e-mails and also put on Commission’s web-site http://www.upsc.gov.in.In case any difficulty faced by the candidates in downloading e-Admission Certificates, they may contact the UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos.  011-23385271, 011-23381125 & 011-23098543 on any working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM.  The candidates can also send FAX message on FAX No. 011-23387310.  No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.


 In case the photograph is not printed clear on the e-Admission Certificates,  candidates are advised to carry three (3) photographs (one identical photograph for each session) alongwith proof of Identity such as Aadhar Card or Identity Card or Voter Identity Card or Passport or Driving License and printout of e-Admission Certificate at the venue of the Examination.


Mobile Phones, Pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises, where UPSC Examination is being conducted.  Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examination.  Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangements for safekeeping can not be assured.

Source:pib
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

No cashless CGHS treatment

Hyderabad: The 800 hospitals in the country empanelled under the Central Government Health Scheme will stop cashless transactions from February 1, 2014, because, they claim, the government has not cleared arrears of Rs 600 crore.

The aggrieved hospitals have come together under the umbrella of the Association of Healthcare Providers India and had served notice to the CGHS office in New Delhi on December 13, 2013.
A meeting with the Union health secretary K.N. Desiraju on January 9 yielded no results.

A senior officer of AHPI said, “The amount has been budgeted in the health budget and it must be released. But it is not being done. Hence, the question is, where is it going?”

Since 2010, the hospitals have been complaining of 40 per cent unauthorised deductions in the payments. Now they have come together to put across their point to the government.

AHPI general secretary for AP Govind Hari says, “The problem started in 2002 when they started inviting tenders. In doing so, they reduced the cost of surgeries drastically. Also, orthopaedic treatment costs Rs 3,200 in Karnataka and Rs 10,000 in AP. These errors in terms of determining the cost put the hospitals in a spot.”

A senior member of the APHI said, “We want to quit as it has become more of a burden than a service as the clearance promise of 180 days is hardly followed.”

Additional director, CGHS, Dr Prasad, says, “We have not received any communication from the hospitals.” But senior officers in the Begumpet office of the department say there has been an assessment of the pending amount, and deliberations have started to sort out that matter.

Source:http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140116/news-current-affairs/article/no-cashless-cghs-treatment
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Guidelines for withdrawal of 25% accumulated contributions by NPS Subscribers

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 
EXPOSURE DRAFT 
ON GUIDELINES FOR WITHDRAWAL OF 25 % OF ACCUMULATED CONTRIBUTIONS BY NPS  SUBSCRIBERS 
Issued on: 15th January, 2014 
Last date to accept Comments: 15th February, 2014 


As per Chapter VI, Sec 20 (2b) of the PFRDA act, 2013 it has been provided that withdrawals, not exceeding twenty-five percent (25%) of the contribution made by the subscriber, may be permitted from the individual pension account subject to the conditions, such as purpose, frequency and limits as may be specified by the regulations.

Keeping the above in perspective, the draft guidelines for withdrawal of 25 % of accumulated contributions by NPS subscribers are proposed and comments from the public and all concerned are invited. It may also be noted that suggestions on addition/alteration in the proposed guidelines can also be given. Comments/Feedback may be forwarded by email to the e-mail id k.sumit@pfrda.org.in latest by 15.02.2014. Comments should be given in the following format:

 Name of entity/ person                                                                                                                             
 Sr.No.  Pertains to which Section/sub-section and Page number  Proposed/ suggested changes  Rationale






Written comments in the above format may be addressed to:

Mr. Sumit Kumar
Dy. General Manager
Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority
1st Floor, ICADR Building, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area Phase - II
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110070

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

INTRODUCTION
As per Chapter VI, Sec 20 (2b) of the PFRDA act, 2013 it has been provided that withdrawals, not exceeding twenty-five percent (25%) of the contribution made by the subscriber, may be permitted from the individual pension account subject to the conditions, such as purpose, frequency and limits as may be specified by the regulations. In order to finalise the regulations for withdrawals, it becomes imperative to develop the formal aspects of the permitted withdrawals allowed under the Act for the benefit of NPS subscribers.


EXISTING EXIT / WITHDRAWAL GUIDELINES UNDER NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM (NPS)

The current exit / withdrawal guidelines under NPS are framed in such a manner that the subscriber has a long period of accumulation of corpus for providing him with a decent accumulated pension wealth when he retires or he moves out of the regular work routine due to age. Also, it lets the subscriber have the freedom to move out of the scheme at any point of time, irrespective of cause or reason which determines the complete exit from the scheme.

The following are the current rules/guidelines for withdrawals under NPS as approved by PFRDA:

a) Exit from NPS upon attaining the age of Normal superannuation (for govt. employees only) or upon attaining the age of 60 years (for all subscribers other than govt. employees): At least 40% of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber needs to be mandatorily utilized for purchase of an annuity providing for the monthly pension of the subscriber and the balance is paid as a lump sum payment to the subscriber.

b) Exit from NPS before attaining the age of Normal superannuation (for govt. employees only) or before attaining the age of 60 years (for all subscribers other than govt. employees): At least 80% of the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber needs to be utilized for purchase of an annuity providing for the monthly pension of the subscriber and the balance is paid as a lump sum payment to the subscriber.

c) Upon Death: The entire accumulated pension wealth (100%) would be paid to the nominee / legal heir of the subscriber.

For Swavalamban withdrawals under (a) & (b) in the previous page, there is an overriding condition on the lump sum payment payable due to which the entire accumulated pension wealth would be annuitised in case if the monthly pension obtained by using the 40%/80% of the pension wealth is below Rs.1000/- per month. Also, these exit/withdrawal rules as applicable to NPS can be modified/altered from time to time by the Authority as the NPS progresses.

BACKGROUND
The withdrawal of 25% of accumulated contributions under NPS is in addition to the withdrawal permitted at the time of exiting from NPS by the subscriber as specified above. The subscriber can continue to contribute in the scheme while using such withdrawal facility. These guidelines shall determine the circumstances under which the NPS subscriber can avail such withdrawal functionality under different time frames and thereby putting certain limits to which shall be adhered by him/her.

The guidelines are framed taking into the purpose and object of NPS i.e., to ensure a decent accumulated pension wealth in the accounts of the subscribers at the time of exit.

FEEDBACK /COMMENT PERIOD
The Feedback /Comments on this exposure draft received till 15th February, 2014 would be considered for evaluation by PFRDA. The decision of PFRDA on all and any matters related to the subject matter is final and binding on all stakeholders.

PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR WITHDRAWAL OF 25 % OF ACCUMULATED CONTRIBUTIONS BY NPS SUBSCRIBERS

As per Chapter VI, Sec 20 (2b) of the PFRDA act, 2013 it has been provided that withdrawals, not exceeding twenty-five percent (25%) of the contribution made by the subscriber, may be permitted from the individual pension account subject to the conditions, such as purpose, frequency and limits as may be specified by the regulations. As the decision in this regard has to form part of the regulations to be made
under Sec 52 of PFRDA Act, we need to arrive at a decision on the matter purpose, frequency and limits of such withdrawals which would be allowed.

Posts examining the various aspects of the probable needs and duration, following aspects have been proposed in respect of the aforesaid guidelines:

(a) Purpose: This withdrawal may be treated as partial withdrawal and whereby the subscriber can withdraw not exceeding twenty-five percent (25%) of the contribution made by the subscriber, may be permitted from the individual pension account for any of the following purposes only:

i) For Higher education of his/her children including a legally adopted child.

ii) For the marriage of his/her children, including a legally adopted child.

iii) For the purchase/construction of residential house or flat. However, if the subscriber already owns a residential house or flat, the same is not allowed as a ground for the withdrawal.

iv) Treatment for prescribed illnesses – suffered by subscriber or his legally wedded spouse and children. For this purpose, the prescribed illness referred above consists of hospitalization and treatment for the following diseases/illnesses:

1. Cancer
2. Kidney Failure (End Stage Renal Failure)
3. Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
4. Multiple Sclerosis
5. Major Organ Transplant
6. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
7. Aorta Graft Surgery
8. Heart Valve Surgery
9. Stroke
10. Myocardial Infarction (First Heart Attack)
11. Coma
12. Total blindness
13. Paralysis

b) Limits: It has been proposed that there should be limitation on eligibility as well as the maximum limit for each withdrawal that can be permitted till the person stays invested in National Pension System. We propose the following eligibility criteria and limit for availing the benefit:

1. The subscriber should have been in NPS for at least ten years and contributing to the scheme.
2. Subscriber can withdraw accumulations not exceeding twenty-five percent (25%) of the contributions made by him and standing to his credit in his NPS account, as on the date of application for withdrawal.

c) Frequency:
It is recommended that the subscriber may be allowed to withdraw at the most three (3) times from the scheme during the tenure and should have a gap of at least 5 years before availing the withdrawal facility for the next time. However, the mandatory requirement of 5 years gap between two successive permitted withdrawals would not be applicable in case of “treatment for above prescribed illnesses”.

We are proposing the above frequency in order to make sure that the subscriber should be left with a decent and considerable accumulated pension wealth at the time of superannuation/age of 60 years enabling him to purchase sustainable annuity.

The request for withdrawal should be sent along with relevant document through the Nodal Office/POP/Aggregator to Central Record Keeping Agency for processing of the withdrawal claim.

Source: http://www.pfrda.org.in/writereaddata/linkimages/Exposure%20Draft%20withdrawal.pdf

EPFO may provide housing to subscribers on additional payment of 10 pct

Besides managing retirement funds, EPFO may come out with a scheme to provide housing to its over 5 crore subscribers on additional contribution of 10 per cent by them from their basic wages every month.
The idea was mooted by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes during a function of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Sunday.

"EPFO can deduct extra 10 per cent of their basic wages over the mandatory contribution of 12 per cent made by them at present. The money can be used to provide them housing facility," he said.

The minister said most of the workers throughout their working life live in rented accommodation and their entire saving on retirement is spent on purchasing a house.

At present, all workers covered under the EPFO schemes, pay 12 per cent of their basic wages toward PF contribution every month. The basic wages include basic pay and dearness allowance.

Asked about the minister's proposal, EPFO's central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan said: "We will definitely work on the proposal. He (the minister) has a lot experience."

As per another official, EPFO had earlier constructed houses and provided to workers covered under its scheme. However, they did not have to make any additional contribution during the Sahib Singh Verma's tenure as Labour Minister.

EPFO has a corpus of around Rs 5 lakh crore and receives an incremental deposits of over Rs 60,000 crore every year.

An EPFO subscriber said: "The body has the huge financial strength to take up any big housing project and complete it. But one has to see that how many members would come forward to take a cut of 10 per cent cut on their basic wages."

Source:http://www.financialexpress.com/news/epfo-may-provide-housing-to-subscribers-on-additional-payment-of-10-pct/1218106
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