Monday, February 29, 2016

Budget 2016: 7th Pay Commission, OROP a challenge for Modi govt-schemes to raise fiscal burden

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents NDA government's third budget in Parliament on Monday.

Jaitley faces a tough task of balancing the needs of farm sector as well as industry. The 7th Pay Commission is going to be another big task as the recommendations by pay panel is likely to add to his fiscal problem.

Not to forget One Rank One Pay (OROP) which is also expected to result in higher spends alongwith 7th Pay Commission. Even the Economic Survey 2015-16 said that, "Fiscal 2016-17 is going to be "challenging" with the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme and the Seventh Pay Commission putting pressure on the government's expenditure."  "The implementation of the Pay Commission recommendations and the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme will put an additional burden on expenditure," the Survey said.

To get over this burden, alternative sources for revenue generation will be looked at. These measures will include improved tax compliance/better tax administration in an effort to keep the fiscal deficit in line with the revised roadmap.

The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended hike in salary and has said that the government allowances be increased significantly. Implementation of this would add about half a per cent of GDP to the Centre's wage bill.

"As per the fiscal roadmap laid out by the government, the deficit is to be brought down to 3.9 per cent of GDP in the current fiscal from 4.1 per cent in the last financial year of 2014-15.

The target for 2016-17 is to bring it down further to 3.5 per cent. The fiscal deficit target of 3.9 per cent to GDP, is achievable on the back of the "pattern of revenue and expenditure" in the first nine months of fiscal year 2015-16."

Impact of implementation of Pay Commission on inflation But reports also suggest that if the government accepts these recommendation, it would 'most likely' not destabilise prices and inflation expectations. "If the 6th Pay Commission award barely registered, the 7th Pay Commission is unlikely to either, given the relative magnitudes, even if fully implemented," the Economic Survey tabled in Parliament said.

The Survey noted expected wage bill (including railways) will go up by around 52 per cent under the Seventh Pay Commission vis-a-vis 70 percent under the 6th pay commission. Elaborating further on impact of implementation of pay commission on inflation, the Survey said in principle, inflation reflects the degree to which aggregate demand exceeds aggregate supply and pay awards determine only one small part of aggregate demand.

"Since the government remains committed to reducing the fiscal deficit, the pressure on prices will diminish, notwithstanding the wage increase," it added.

 All you need to know about salary increment; past pay commissions Besides, pre-Budget Survey said theory does suggest that a sharp increase in public sector wages could affect inflation if it spilt over into private sector wages and hence private sector demand. "But currently this channel is muted, since there is considerable slack in the private sector labour market, as evident in the softness of rural wages," it said.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended a 23.55 percent hike in salary, allowances and pension, involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore, to central government employees and pensioners.

'Review report' to be submitted likely by April-end The Pay Commission recommendations, when implemented, would have bearing on remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

Subject to acceptance by the government, the recommendations will take effect from January 1, 2016. Impact of OROP Not to forget the annual expenditure for the 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) scheme which has been estimated to be around Rs.7,500 crore which is yet another challenge.


Govt to address concerns over OROP, allowance The annual recurring financial implication on account of implementation of OROP at the current rate will be approximately around Rs 7500 crore.

The arrears from 01/07/2014 to 31/12/2015 would be approximately Rs10,900 crore. The total increase in the Defence Budget for pensions is estimated to go up from Rs 54,000 crore (BE 2015-16) to around Rs 65,000 crore (proposed BE 2016-17), thereby increasing the Defence Pension Outlay by about 20 per cent.

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-union-budget-arun-jaitley-modi-challenge-salary-hike-parliament-2026939.html

Grant of financial up-gradation under MACPS in the promotional hierarchy …

NFIR
National Federation Of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to:
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)

No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 9

Dated: 26-02-2016

The secretary (E)
Railway Board
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Grant of financial up-gradation under MACPS in the promotional hierarchy – (instead of Grade Pay hierarchy) – Item No.3 of Record Note of discussion held between the Federation and ED’s Railway Board on 12-10-2015 on MACPS Anomalies – reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s Letter No.PC-V/M/4/NFIR/Pt dated 04-01-2016
(ii) NFIR’s Letter No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 9 dated 05-01-2016 & 18-01-2016

Further to above, Federation furnishes below yet another category viz., Shorff cadre (Cash & Pay Department – Receipt side) in which case the ACP Scheme was more advantageous than the MACP Scheme introduced by the Railway Board vide Board’s letter No.PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 10-06-2009, w.e.f. 01-09-2008.
ACP Scheme
Shroff
MACP Scheme
Shroff
(Pay Scale Rs.3050-4590-5thCPC/GP 1900/-(Pay Scale Rs.3050-4590-5thCPC/GP 1900/-
Pay Scale Rs.4000-6000/GP 2400/- on Completion of 12 Years ServicePay Scale Rs.3200-4900/GP 2000/- on completion of 10 Years of service
Pay Scale Rs.5000-8000/GP 4200/- On Completion of 24 Years of servicePay Scale Rs.4000-6000/GP 2400/- on Completion of 20 years of service
 
*Pay Scale Rs.4500-7000/GP 2800/- On Completion of 30 Years of service
Note: * The above comparison clearly establishes the fact that under ACP Scheme the staff got financial up-gradation in Pay Scale Rs.5000-8000/GP 4200/- on completion of 24 years of service whereas under MACP Scheme, the staff gets GP 2800/- (replacement Grade Pay) on completion of three decades and they cannot dream of reaching GP 4200 (PB-2) under MACPS.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to include the above category of staff in the reference agreed to be made to the DoP&T for seeking guidelines.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source:NFIR
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Grant of Paternity-Cum-Child Care Leave for 30 days

Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
Audit Branch

No.1100-F(P)

Dated: 25.02.2016

MEMORANDUM

Sub: Grant of Paternity-Cum-Child Care Leave for 30 days to the male State Government employees and employees of panchayat Raj & other Local Bodies, Boards, Sponsored/non-Govt. aided Schools & Colleges, state aided Universities and companies, corporations, Undertakings etc.

Introduction of Paternity -Cum-Child Care Leave to the male State Government employees and such employees of Panchayat Raj & other Local Bodies, Boards, sponsored/non-govt. aided Schools & Colleges, State aided Universities and companies, Statutory Bodies, Undertakings and Corporations which are funded wholly or partially by the State Government was under active consideration of the Government for some time past.

2. Now, after careful consideration of the matter the Governor has been pleased to decide that all male State Government Employees as well as such employees of the bodies, boards, educational institutions, entities etc. As above with less than two surviving Children will be allowed Paternity-Cum-Child Care Leave for 30 days in the following manner.

i) Such leave may be availed of during child birth and upto the age of 18 years of the Child.

ii) During such leave he will be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.

iii) Such leave can be combined with leave of any other kind.

iv) This will not be debited against the leave account.

3. Necessary amendment in the West Bengal Rules, Part-I will be made in due course. In case of Panchayat Raj & Local Bodies, Boards, Sponsored/Non-Govt aided Schools & colleges etc. as above, the concerned Administrative Department will take steps for amendment in the relevant leave rules or regulations or bye-laws as applicable.

4. This order will take immediate effect.

Sd/-
H.K.Dwivedi
Principal Secretary
to the Govt. Of West Bengal

Source:http://wbfin.nic.in/writereaddata/1100-F(P).pdf

BUDGET 2016-HIGH LIGHTS

Nine pillars of the Budget

Governance, ease of doing business, fiscal discipline, tax reforms, Agriculture and farmers welfare , Rural sector with focus on employment , social sector with healthcare , Educational skills and job creation , Infrastrucuture and investment and financial sector reforms are the nine pillars on which the budget has been prepared.

Tax rebate: Relief of Rs 3000 per year to taxpayers with income below Rs.5 Lakh per year;1 cr tax payers to benefit

For tax payers earning below Rs 5 lakh, ceiling on tax rebate has been increased by Rs 3,000.
FM also provided relief to those living in rented houses by raising the HRA deduction from Rs 24,000 to Rs 60,000 under Section 88G.

Corporate tax

New firms from March 1 2016 to be taxed at 25% plus cess plus surcharge. No further exemptions for new companies if taxed at the 25% rate

Start-ups:
Start-ups to get 100% tax exemption for 3 years except MAT
Health insurance
Jaitley also announced a a new health protection scheme with health cover up to Rs 1 lakh per family .
LPG:
On LPG, Jaitley said 75 lakh middle class and lower middle class have given up subsidies
Govt to provide LPG connections to women of 1.5 cr BPL households at a cost of Rs 2, 000 crore in 2016-17

Customs and excise duty

Suitable changes to be made in customs and excise duty rates to boost Make In India

Here are the highlights of Budget 2016

Tax reforms: No changes have been made to existing income tax slabs

HRA allowance increased: Announcing tax reforms, FM Jaitley increased the HRA deduction amount from Rs 24,000 per annum to Rs 60,000 per annum

More than 2 crore tax payers will get relief of Rs 3,000 after Jaitley said that tax ceiling has been raised from 2000 to 5000 rupees for those earning less than Rs 5 lakh

Home buyers: First time home buyers get additional Rs 50,000 deduction for houses upto Rs 50 lakh, loan up to Rs 35 lakh

Tax on the rich

From now on a 15 % -surcharge on income tax for those with incomes exceeding 1 crore per annum. This surcharge was 12 percent until now.

Tax on cars:

Govt to levy 1 % infra cess on small cars, 2.5 % on diesel and 4 percent of SUVs for anti pollution
Housing

Service tax exempted for housing construction of houses less than 60 square metres
Cigarettes

Excise duty on tobacco increased by 10-15%, except for beedi

Organic farming

# Organic farming to get a big push : Govt will reorient its intervention in the farm and non farm sector to double the income of farmers by 2022. 5 lakh acres to be brought under organic farming over a three-year period

#Govt to provide LPG connections to women of 1.5 cr BPL households at a cost of Rs 2, 000 crore in 2016-17

# Rs 500 cr for Stand Up India to promote entrepreneurship for SC, ST, women

EPFO

#The govt will pay EPF contribution of 8.33% for all new employees for 1st three year

#Services provided by #EPFO exempted from service tax

Recue loan burden of farmers

# To recue loan burden to farmers, govt allocates Rs 15,000 crore

Aadhaar

# Aadhaar bill will be introduced in this session of Parliament. Aadhar will accurately target beneficiaries,DBT on pilot district for fertilizer, said Jaitley

Recapitalisation of banks

# Rs 25,000 crore set aside for recapitalization of public sector banks

Read more athttp://www.hindustantimes.com/union-budget/budget-2016-highlights-forex-reserves-at-its-peak-says-jaitley/story-0EiFkMdywau2o6ytM0cXyL.html
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Central government employees demand minimum Rs 26,000 pay hike; threaten strike

Central government employees have demanded a hike in the minimum pay in the upcoming Budget 2016 to be presented by the Finance Minister on February 29.

The government employees have demanded a minimum salary of Rs 26,000 as against Rs 18,000 recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission while threatening to go on strike if demands not met.

"Minimum Pay needs to be revised to Rs 26,000 per month and the minimum pay of Rs 18,000 as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission is not acceptable," said Minutes of the meeting of Joint Secretary (IC) with the members of the Staff-Side of the Standing Committee (National Council-JCM).

The Secretary, Staff-side, Standing Committee (National Council-Joint Consultative Machinery) said, the Staff-side is "not at all happy" with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and, in fact, "no section of the employees is satisfied", as the Commission has recommended a minimal pay increase as compared to the previous Pay Commissions.

The Secretary further stated that an amicable and mutually negotiated settlement of these demands is necessary as "non-acceptance would further cause resentment in the employees".

The Secretary "informed that Staff-Side has already made their stand clear to go on strike from April 11, 2016, if their demands are not considered and no amicable settlement happens", the Minutes said.

The meeting was held to discuss the issues raised by the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in their letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary, regarding their Charter of Demands on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The Staff-Side also said the central government employees need to be excluded from the National Pension Scheme (NPS), a long pending demand. The fixed monthly medical allowance for pensioners who are not covered by the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and REHS needs to be increased from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 is another major demand.

The Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) assured the Staff-Side that the concerns and demands made by them would be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries for consideration after examining the same in the light of the recommendations of the Commission.

The scheme of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) is a platform for constructive dialogue between the representatives of the Staff-Side and the official side for peaceful resolution of all disputes between the Government as the employer and the employees.

The demands are submitted to the Implementation Cell, created in the Finance Ministry, to work as Secretariat for the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.

The 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, when implemented, would have a bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. Subject to acceptance by the government, the recommendations will take effect from January 1, 2016.

Source:http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-budget-2016-what-s-on-central-government-employees-wish-list-2182025

Friday, February 26, 2016

NC JCM MEETING WITH CABINET SECY REGARDING 7TH CPC IMPLEMENTATION

Meeting of the Empowered Committee of secretaries (E-CoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary on 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation with members of the Standing Committee of the JCM National Council Staff Side will be held on 1st March 2016 at 06:45 PM



F.No.1-2/2016-IC
Government of India
Ministry Of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Implementation Cell

Dated: 25th February 2016
To

Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National council (Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road
New Delhi – 110 001
Fax- 23363167)

Subject: Meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) with Office bearers of Staff Side of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) on recommendations of the 7th Central Pay – Postponement – reg.

Meeting between JS, 7th CPC Implementation Cell & JCM Standing Council held on 19.02.2016: Minutes
Sir,

In partial Supersession of this office letter of even number dated 24.02.2016 it is intimated the meeting of the office bearers of the staff side of Standing Committee of National Council (JCM) with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) will now be held on 01.03.2016 at 6.45 PM in the Committee Room, Cabinet Secretariat,Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

2. The above change in the date and time of the meeting may please be noted.

3. Inconvenience caused is regretted.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully
Sd/-
(Ram Gopal)
Under Secretary (IC-I)

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

OROP Scheme -Latest news in PIB

Detailed instructions along with OROP tables on implementation of OROP have been issued on 3.2.2016. Considering the requirement for implementation of “One Rank One Pension”, the expenditure ceiling for Defence Pensions in BE 2016-2017 has been increased from Rs.69,876 crores to Rs.82,332.66 crores. Government has received representations from various Ex-Servicemen Associations and beneficiaries regarding anomalies and their dissatisfaction with the order of OROP scheme.

One member Judicial Committee has been appointed on 14.12.2015 to look into the anomalies arising out of implementation of OROP. The Judicial Committee will submit its report in six months.

The following instructions have been issued to Pension Disbursing Agencies(PDAs) for effective implementation of OROP:

The arrears on account of revision of pension from 01.07.2014 be paid in four equal half yearly instalments. However, family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/Liberalized family pension and all Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment.

Any required information, if not available in record may be referred to Pension Sanctioning Authority(PSA) concerned who will provide the requisite information from the available records within 15 days to the PDAs.

In case of any doubt, PDA may immediately take up the matter with nodal officers of respective PSAs, the details of which shall be notified by Pr. CDA(P) Allahabad in their implementation instructions.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Devajibhai G Fatepara and others in Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Thursday, February 25, 2016

7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees demand minimum salary of Rs 26,000

  Government employees have demanded a minimum salary of Rs 26,000 as against Rs 18,000 recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission while threatening to go on strike if demands not met.

"Minimum Pay needs to be revised to Rs 26,000 per month and the minimum pay of Rs 18,000 as recommended by 7th CPC is not acceptable," said Minutes of the meeting of Joint Secretary (IC) with the members of the Staff-side of the Standing Committee (National Council-JCM).

 Secretary, Staff-side, Standing Committee (National Council-Joint Consultative Machinery) said Staff-side is "not at all happy" with the recommendations of the CPC and, in fact, "no section of the employees is satisfied", as the Commission has recommended a minimal pay increase as compared to the previous Pay Commissions.

 The Secretary further stated that an amicable and mutually negotiated settlement of these demands is necessary as "non-acceptance would further cause resentment in the employees".

 The Secretary "informed that Staff-Side has already made their stand clear to go on strike from April 11, 2016 if their demands are not considered and no amicable settlement happens", the Minutes said.

The meeting was held to discuss the issues raised by the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) in their letter addressed to the Cabinet Secretary, regarding their Charter of Demands on the recommendations of the Pay Commission.

The Staff-side also said the central government employees need to be excluded from the National Pension Scheme (NPS), a long pending demand The fixed monthly medical allowance for pensioners who are not covered by CGHS and REHS needs to be increased from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 is another major demand.

The Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) assured the Staff-Side that the concerns and demands made by them would be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries for consideration after examining the same in the light of the recommendations of the Commission.

The scheme of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) is a platform for constructive dialogue between the representatives of the staff side and the official side for peaceful resolution of all disputes between the Government as employer and the employees.

Demands are submitted to the Implementation Cell, created in the Finance Ministry, to work as Secretariat for the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.

The Pay Commission recommendations when implemented would have bearing on remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. Subject to acceptance by the government, the recommendations will take effect from January 1, 2016.

 PTI
Read more at  http://www.oneindia.com/india/seventh-paycommission-central-government-employees-minimum-salary-demand-2023566.html

Seventh Pay Commission: Good News! 'Review report' to be submitted likely by April-end

New Delhi, Feb 24: There is good news in the store for central government employees who are waiting for the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission. Reportedly, review report will be submitted to Finance Ministry at April end.

Pay commission Sources say that P K Sinha headed Empowered Committee of Secretaries will submit its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in April end.

At the moment, implementation Cell of the Pay Commission is looking into the recommendations. After processing the report, it will be sent to Empowered Committee in April.

"After submission of the report by the Implementation Cell, the report would be examined by the Empowered Committee for cabinet nod immediately", Finance Ministry sources said.

Earlier, PMO had ordered officials to speed up review process so that it could be implemented soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked Committee of Secretaries to provide maximum benefits to central staff.

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-empowered-committee-submit-review-report-april-end-report-2022533.html

Changes in Civil Services Examination

An Expert Committee has been constituted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) under the chairmanship of Shri B.S.Baswan to comprehensively examine the various issues, raised from time to time regarding the Civil Service Examination, with respect to the eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of the Examination vide notice dated 12.08.2015. The Committee has been given extension of time till August 2016 to submit its report.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Neeraj Shekhar in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Government servant getting retirement benefit from deputation office

Appointment to a post on deputation basis is made for a period normally specified in the Recruitment Rules of the deputation post, unless the period of deputation is extended by the Government in terms of prevailing instructions. After expiry of such deputation period, the Government servant is required to revert back to the parent organization/ office. The Guidelines regulating premature repatriation from Central Deputation also provide for repatriation to parent cadre in certain cases such as to avail benefit of promotion. However, there are no specific instructions which require a Government servant on deputation to be reverted back to the parent organization/ office before retirement only to facilitate fixation of pensionary benefits.

Rule 33 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules prescribes the emoluments to be taken into account for calculating pension.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Motilal Vora in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Additional chance to civil service aspirants

Central Government provided an additional attempt in Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2015 to those candidates who appeared in Civil Services Examination 2011.

Further two additional attempts were also provided to all category of candidates with consequential relaxation of maximum age, if required, with effect from Civil Services Examination (CSE)-2014.

The Tribunal vide order dated 27.10.2015 inter alia directed the Central Government to examine whether even such candidates who were eligible to take CSE 2011 or had taken 2012 or 2013 or 2014 examination should also be given another chance to take Civil Services Examination in 2015 with new pattern.

In compliance with the directions of Tribunal, the issue was examined by the Central Government. However, the request for additional attempt in Civil Service Examination 2015 to the candidates who did not appear in Civil Service Examination 2011, was not acceded to.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. K. P. Ramalingam in the Rajya Sabha today.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7 CPC NEWS-Comments of the Ministries/Departments on Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission-Request to Expedite

F No.30-1/2016-IC
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Implementation Cell (7th CPC)

Dated: 15th February 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Comments of the Ministries/Departments on Recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission-Request to Expedite-regarding.

All the Ministries/Departments, vide the D.O.No.1-4/2015-EIII.A dated 21.11.2015 from Joint Secretary (Pers), Department of Expenditure were requested to formulate their views/comments on the issues and the posts/services under them with reference to the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and forward it to the Department of Expenditure within a period of three weeks.

2. The action involved on part of the administrative Ministries/Departments was also discussed, in detail, in the meeting with the Nodal Officers on 02.02.2016 and all the Nodal Officers were requested to furnish their comments in the ‘prescribed proforma’ circulated in the meeting, along with soft copy to the ‘jsic-cpc@nic.in within two weeks i.e. by 17.02.2016. The responses received so far are not satisfactory and comments of the most the Ministries/Departments are still awaited.

View: Implementation of 7th CPC: 1st meeting of Nodal officers will be held on 02nd Feb 2016

3. The Implementation Cell which is working as the secretariat of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) has been asked to furnish considered views of the Ministries/Departments on the recommendations of the 7th CPC.

4. In view of the above, the comments of the Ministries/Departments may be furnished to the Implementation Cell. Department of Expenditure, immediately.

This may be treated as most urgent.

(R.K.Chaturvedi)
Joint Secretary (IC)
Tel: 26116646
Email-jsic-cpc@nic.in

Source:http://www.finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/7cpc/Nodal%20Officer_15022016.pdf

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7th CPC implementation- Minutes of the Meeting of Nodal Officers held on 2-2-2016

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF JOINT SECRETARY (IC) WITH NODAL OFFICERS HELD ON 2ND FEBRUARY, 2016

A meeting of all the Nodal Officers of various Ministries/Departments, who have been appointed to interact with the Implementation Cell in connection with the processing of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, was held on 02.02.2016. Joint Secretary (IC), Department of Expenditure, presided over the meeting.

2. While explaining the background and the context in which the meeting of Nodal Officers was held, it was brought out in the meeting that after the receipt of the report of the 7th Central Pay Commission on 19.11.2015, Ministry of Finance initiated a proposal to setup an appropriate mechanism to process the recommendations of the Commission. With the approval of the Cabinet, an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary has been set up on 27.1.2016 to screen the recommendations and to firm up the conclusions for approval of the Cabinet. An Implementation Cell (IC), as a dedicated and focused wing in the Department of Expenditure (DoE) has been created to work as the Secretariat for the E-CoS.

3. As the recommendations of the Commission relate to various Ministries/ Departments, their views/comments would be essential to process the matter for submitting the same before the E-CoS. JS(Pers), D/o Expenditure wrote a d.o. letter to the Secretaries of various Departments on 21.11.2015, wherein all the Departments were requested to formulate their views/comments on the recommendations of the Commission pertaining to them after taking into account the representations of the Staff Associations and also to nominate a Joint Secretary level Nodal Officer for interaction with the Implementation Cell. While a number of Ministries/Departments have sent their comments and nominated their Nodal Officers, the comments received from some Ministries are simply in the nature of forwarding the representations of the Staff Associations without their comments.

4. In the above background, JS(IC) explained that there was a need for all the Ministries/Departments to furnish their comments in a structured format so that their collation and analysis could be placed before E-CoS in a systemic manner. Accordingly, JS(IC) impressed upon the following action points to be acted upon by the Nodal Officers to enable an expeditious processing of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission:

Departments who have not yet nominated a Nodal Officer, should do it within the next 2 days.

(ii) To be ensured that Nodal Officers are not changed midway, unless extremely unavoidable.

(iii) Nodal Officers may get acquainted with the recommendations of the Commission as specifically applicable to their Departments. Nodal Officers to find out which Wing/Office (attached or subordinate or UT) is concerned with the recommendations of the Commission. The mechanism of Nodal Officers should also be put in place in attached/subordinate/UTs so that the comments of such offices could be properly coordinated at the level of the Department concerned without any further delay.

(iv) The comments of the attached/subordinate offices/UTs should be compiled by Nodal Officers at the Department level itself.

(v) Nodal Officers to take note of any representation or demand of the Staff Association under the administrative purview of their Department. Nodal Officers to ascertain the views/comments of the concerned office on the recommendation of the Commission in the light of the representation /demands raised by the Staff Association.

(vi) In case, there is any need for consultation with the Staff Association at the level of the Department, the same may be done as per the assessment of the Department.

(vii) Thereafter, the formal views/comments of the Department should be sent to the Implementation Cell (IC) on the recommendations of the Commission, which are specifically and directly related to that Department.

(viii) In case, the Department is of the view that any recommendation which are specifically related to their Department, need any modification, adequate justification in clear-cut terms should be brought out while sending the comments to the Implementation Cell (IC).

(ix) In case of any modification, the extra financial implications (per annum) over the recommendation of the Commission should be clearly indicated.

(x) If no modification of the recommendations of the Commission is suggested, approval of the Secretary of the Department should be obtained before sending the recommendations to the Implementation Cell (IC). if, however, any modification is suggested, approval of the Minister should be obtained.

(xi) While the views/comments of the Departments on the recommendations of the Commission directly and specifically applicable to that Department are mandatory, a Department is free to offer views/comments on the recommendations which are of general nature or concerning other Departments.

(xii) Besides sending the comments/views of the Department in the running format, the same should also be sent to the Implementation Cell (IC)in the `prescribed proforma’ within two weeks. The soft copies of the same should also be sent through email. The email id of JS(IC) is : jsic-cpc@nic. in

(xiii) Nodal Officers shoud regularly keep a watch on the website of the Finance Ministry at the link http://www.finmin.nic.in/the ministry/dept expenditure/ notification/7cpc/index.asp. E-mails should also be checked regularly for the purpose. The updates/further action to be taken shall be posted there to facilitate quick action.

5. Apart from the above action points, it was also felt that sub-groups may be formed after the receipt of comments from the Ministries/Departments to accord focused consideration to certain specific issues, if necessary.

6. Besides above, after detailed deliberations, the Nodal Officers also agreed to the following :

(i) Even if the Department has no comments, it should send a response, saying that it has `Nil Report’.

(ii) While certain Departments have already given their comments, these comments would be sent again in the ‘prescribed format’ and in accordance with the points brought out in para 4 above.

(iii) Nodal officers would ensure that the comments of their Departments on all the recommendations of the Commission and also on the representations received so far from the Staff Associations are forwarded to Implementation Cell (IC) in the prescribed format in a consolidated fashion and not in piece-meal within next two weeks.

(iv) If a representation was made by a Staff Association before the 7th Central Pay Commission and the Commission after due diligence has not accepted the demand made therein, the same matter should normally not be considered at this stage. However, if Departments consider that the issues are of such nature that they require consideration at this stage also, then they may give their comments with full justifications to the Implementation Cell (IC).

7. With the above discussions, the meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.


Source: http://www.finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/7cpc/NodalOfficer_MoM02022016.pdf
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Service of Strike Notice by NFIR Unions on the GMs of Zonal Railways / Production Units

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. II/95/Part VIII

Dated: 22/02/2016

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Brother,

Sub: Service of Strike Notice by NFIR Unions on the GMs of Zonal Railways / Production Units-reg.

Ref:(i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7t CPC/CORRES(MoF) dated 13/12/2015.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NJCA(N)/2014/Part I dated 25/12/2015.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/NJCA(N)/2014/Part I dated 09/01/2016 & 09/02/2016.

*********

Please refer to NFIR’s letters cited under reference wherein a model Strike Notice required to be served on the General Managers of Zonal Railways/Production Units on 11th March, 2016 as specified in Form L of Rule 71 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 along with Charter of Demands (20+10 and 11+11 Points) have already been sent to you for necessary action.

In this connection, the Federation conveys that the affiliates should ensure the following:

The Strike Notice on Form L (prescribed under Rule 71 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947) in accordance with the provisions mentioned in sub-section (1) of Section (22) of the I.D. Act 1947. is required to be served on the respective General Managers of the Zonal Railways/Production Units on 11th March 2016 without fail.

The Strike Notice should clearly mention the date of commencement of indefinite strike i.e. 11th April 2016 (6.00 A.M. onwards) and the reasons mentioned in the Annexure to the said strike notice (i.e. Charter of Demands).

The Strike Notice is required to be signed and served by the General Secretary of the Union. Five workmen who are Office-Bearers of the Union are also required to counter sign the Strike Notice as provided in the Act.

According to the provisions of the constitution of respective affiliates, the competent body (General Council, General Body, Working Committee as the case may be) has to approve for resorting to Indefinite Strike. Wherever necessary the affiliates may convene emergency meetings for obtaining the approval for “Indefinite Strike” in order to serve Strike Notice on 11th March 2016 as decided by NJCA. Copy of the Strike Notice (duly counter signed by the five office bearers of the Union who are serving employees) and Annexures i.e. Charter of Demands is required to be addressed and sent to the following functionaries of the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India.

(i) Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central…………………………………….

(Here enter office address of the Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central) in the local area concerned)

(ii) Regional Labour Commissioner (Central)……….Zone.

(iii) Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi.

A copy of the Strike Notice along with its enclosures served on the GM and others as mentioned above should be endorsed to the NFIR and sent by e-mail latest by 12th March 2016 (hard copy be sent through speed post).

Wide publicity on the Charter of Demands needs to be given among Railway employees through pamphlets and posters in Hindi, English & other regional languages to mobilize the staff to go on strike.

The NFIR’s and NJCA’s Charter of Demands (11+11) covers all issues. These may be attached to Strike Notice as enclosure.
Federation hopes that the affiliates would take all steps to mobilize Railway employees for launching indefinite strike.

DA/As above

Yours fraternally
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source:NFIR
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Dr Jitendra Singh exhorts employees to give their best

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the current Government is committed to make its employees feel comfortable at their workplace so that they are able to give their best to improve the standards of governance.

Addressing a function, after presenting “Excellence Awards” to 44 officials working in various wings and sections of the Department of Personnel recently, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Department of Personnel plays a nodal role for bringing about new reforms for improved functioning in all the other Ministries. From this point of view, therefore, the standards of functioning within the Ministry of Department are not only expected to be excellent, but rather above excellence, so that this may accordingly be emulated by the rest of the Ministries as well, he added.

Congratulating the officials and employees who received the awards, Dr Jitendra Singh said that ideally an official or employee should not expect an award for the work assigned to him because it is part of his natural responsibilities, but nevertheless, awards like this carry their own value because they serve as an incentive and source of encouragement and inspire the officials to further improve on their performance. At the same time, he said, the peers and other colleagues in the department also look up to their award-winning colleagues to educate themselves as to how best to improve upon their working standards and achieve the same levels of performance.

Dr Jitendra Singh complimented the Government officials and bureaucrats for having been fully cooperative with the political leadership during the last one-and-a-half year of the current Government and said that one of the biggest achievements of this Government has been that it has succeeded in creating an atmosphere of comradeship among all the functionaries of Government, regardless of their position or designation and primarily the credit for this goes to the Department of Personnel.

He said that employees at each level are working round-the-clock with the sole objective of living up to the expectation of the people of this country and to fulfil the mission of citizen-centric governance under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

S/Shri Rishi Pal, C. Ganesh Kumar, Manoj Maiti, Rajesh Saraswat, M.P. Harinarayan, Atul Kumar, B.C. Halder, Sumit Kumar, P.C. Monga, D.K. Sengupta, Prem Kumar Mandal, Aman Kumar, Chander Prakash, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Dharmender Kumar, Surender Singh Tomar, Pradeep Kumar, , Mritunjaya, S.G. Mulchandaney, Jagdish Chand, Umesh Kumar Mishra, Mukesh Kumar, D.K. Sahu, S.K. Prasad, , Jitendra R. Gaikwad, D. Ramesh Babu, Pushpender Kumar, Rajneesh Jain, Shiv Ram Meena, Bhagaban Padhy, Kailash Kumar, Ishav Khan, Subhash Chand, Suresh Kumar, J. Narayanan, Dharamvir, P.S. Sodhi, Rajesh Soni, M. Venkatesan, A.M.U. Mahesh, Pavan Kumar A.M.N., Ms Rizwana Bano, Ms Sripada Swarnlatha and Ms Seema Kalra were the Government officials who were conferred "Excellence Awards" for the year 2014-15.

Shri Sanjay Kothari, Secretary DoPT and other senior officials of the Department were also present on the occasion.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Abolition of affidavit and attestation by Gazetted Officer and adoption of self-certification in KVS

KENDRlYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016

F.11029-9/2014-KVSHQ (Admn.-1)
Date: 18.02.2016

The Deputy Commissioner
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
All Regional offices

SUB: Abolition of affidavit and attestation by Gazetted Officer and adoption of self-certification in KVS-reg.

Sir/Madam,

In pursuance of the Ministry of Personnel/ Public Grievances & Pensions D.O. letter No.K-11022/67/2012-AR dated 17.07.2014, read with Govt. of Punjab Memo No.3/7/2010-Trg.(3)/1007 dated 10.03.2010, the competent authority, KVS has decided to implement the following in KVS with immediate:-

1 . Self -attested photocopy of Date of Birth Certificate by the parents/legal guardian of the child should be accepted, at the time of grant of admission instead of attestation by a Gazetted Officer/any other Authority.

2. All self-attested photocopy of testimonials from the candidates appointed in KVS be accepted instead of attestation by a Gazetted officer/any other Authority.

3. However, the self attested photocopies of Date of Birth certificate & other testimonials must be verified from the original documents for authenticity and a certificate to this effect must be recorded by Principal/Head of Office etc on the photocopy of the document before placing it on records.

This may be circulated among all Kendriya Vidyalayas functioning under your administrative jurisdiction with the instructions that the same may be brought to the notice of all staff members under proper acknowledgement. These instructions be followed by all Regional Offices/ZIETs & KVs meticulously.

(Dr. E. Prabhakar)
Joint Commissioner (Pers.)

Source:http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ANN-18-02-16.PDF
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Budget 2016 may implement 7th Pay Commission,

Union Budget 2016: A $16 billion pay rise courtesy the 7th Pay Commission on pay and pension for public servants and costly food and farm programmes could force Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to cut capital spending in the Union Budget 2016-17 that will be presented on February 29th, officials and economists say.

It could also eat into capital spending needed for railways, roads, ports and power projects, seen as vital to India's integration into the global economy. "It is not going to be a revolutionary or inspirational (budget) ... given the spending pressures," said Shilan Shah at Capital Economics. "It is most likely to lead to a sell-off in the bond market if the salary increase is implemented."

The rupee today dropped by 15 paise to end at a fresh 30-month low of 68.61 per dollar on renewed demand for the American currency from banks and importers on the back of higher greenback overseas amidst sustained foreign capital outflows.

Trading stayed in the positive zone for the better part of the day. The Sensex ended higher by 79.64 points, 0.34 per cent, at over a two-week high of 23,788.79.

The 30-share Sensex had gained over 517.18 points in the past three sessions. At the close, the NSE Nifty was up 23.80 points, or 0.33 per cent, at 7,234.55.

Gold prices fell by Rs 280 to crack below the Rs 29,000 mark to Rs 28,970 per ten grams at the bullion market today, tracking a weak trend overseas amid subdued demand from jewellers at domestic spot market. Silver followed suit and dropped by Rs 325 to Rs 37,100 per kg due to reduced off take by industrial units and coin makers.

Mobile number portability requests by consumers and market share of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance, BSNL, MTNL and other telecom firms.

Read at:http://www.financialexpress.com/photos/budget-gallery/214753/budget-2016-may-implement-7th-pay-commission-indian-rupee-at-30-month-low-gold-prices-slips-below-29000-on-weak-global-cues-more/3/

Indian Railways Launches a New Micro - Site for Railway Budget 2016-17 Update and Budget Watch

Indian Railways has started a new micro-site for latest Railway Budget update and live budget watch.  It will be a one-stop shop for all Railway budget related information.  One can watch budget live also here. Its URL is http://www.railbudget2016.indianrailways.gov.in or   www.indianrailways.gov.in/rb2016

The following features are included in it:-

Menu

Home
Indian Railways (E-booklet)
Achievement –English – Link to Achievements and Initiatives e-book in English
Achievement –Hindi - Link to Achievements and Initiatives e-book in Hindi
Environment – Link to Indian Railways marching towards better environment e-book
Budget Archive
Budget Archives – Link budget speeches of previous years
View of Rail Budget 2015 – Info graphics of budget 2015-16
Rail Budget 2016 – Coming Soon
FAQs- FAQs pdf
Photo Gallery - (a) Heritage photos (b) Present photos  (c) Rail budget 2015 photos
Tile 1 - Slide show of We promised We delivered (space for live info graphics)

Tile 2 - Video (space for live budget speech, Presently video available on Railway   men)

Tile 3 – Facebook feed

Tile 4 – Key statistics

Tile 5 – Reports on Indian Railways

Railway 360 – Axis Capital Report
Achievement Booklet
The return of the Transportation Behemoth – Morgan Stanley / Tile /             6 – Twitter feed
            Complete latest information with regard to Rail budget 2016-17 and all current data base is available on this micro-site for ready reference for media and common public.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Will the recommendations of the 7th pay commission on medical insurance become inoperative just like the 6th pay commission?

One of the favourite topic  among central govt employees is CGHS.

We do not know whether CGHS scheme will be expanded or CGEPHIS will be started.

7th CPC has given an elaborate answer to this question. In its recommendation, it has suggested to start the insurance scheme.
These days, after a certain age, one could survive only with  some medical help and by taking medicines and tablets.

The diseases which affected people rarely in the past afflict almost everyone now. So it can be said that medical expenses occupy a significant part in the family budget.

The medical expense of the central Government employees, their spouse, children and parents is increasing constantly. The money spent is not got back fully.

When the condition of the employees living in 25 places where there is CGHS facility is not good, what can we say about the condition of the employees and pensioners living in places where there is no CGHS?

The practical difficulties that exist now make the refund of the money spent by the employees coming under CS (MA)Rules  1944 is difficult. When this is so, what is the case of the lakhs of pensioners who do not come under CGHS or CS (MA)Rules  1944?

How can one manage medical expenses with the fixed monthly medical allowance of Rs 500? How can a pensioner manage sudden and great medical expenses?

CGEPHIS is the scheme which came as a solution to all these problems. It was introduced by 6th pay commission but it was never implemented. The 7th CPC has recommended the same scheme. We do not know whether it will also become inoperative.

This huge scheme could benefit 45 lakh employees, 55 lakh pensioners and their families.

Government can pay the initial premium and help the scheme to come in to force immediately. Due to this, it can lessen the possible expenses and additional work that it has to face in future. The employees and the pensioners will also feel peaceful.

Vishal

Source: http://7-paycommission.in/will-the-recommendations-of-the-7th-pay-commission-on-medical-insurance-become-inoperative-just-like-the-6th-pay-commission/

Gurgaon hospital to pay 1.5L as CGHS fine

Gurgaon: A city-based private hospital has been fined Rs 1.5 lakh for charging a central government health scheme (CGHS) beneficiary Rs 58 nearly two years ago.

Additional director of CGHS, Dr Praveen Kumar, has slapped the penalty on Max Hospital after it emerged that it refused free treatment to the Sushant Lok resident, a retired central government employee, despite being referred by the authority concerned.

As per norms, the empanelled hospitals are required to provide cashless facility to CGHS beneficiaries. However, Max charged him Rs 58. As per the guidelines, the hospital has to be charged with 15% of its bank guarantee (which is Rs 10 lakh) in case of refusal of free treatment to CGHS beneficiaries.

"The hospital has refused to provide credit facility even of (after) producing prior referral letter and charged a sum of Rs. 58," says the notice (a copy of which is with TOI).

The notice also mentions that the hospital didn't respond to the letters issued by CGHS in the past to provide explanation regarding the case, which is a violation of Clause 21(a) of MOA (Memorandum of Association between CGHS and empanelled hospitals).

A spokesperson for Max Healthcare said, "We treat all CGHS beneficiaries cashless. This particular case might have been a mistake by our front office. Though we are treating all CGHS beneficiaries as per norms, CGHS owe us over Rs 55 crore."

He added, "Also, CGHS is very conviniently sending us notices, but hasn't yet provided a copy of the MoU we signed with them. We are following all the norms though."

However, Saxena said complaints against hospitals by CGHS beneficiaries have increased two-fold in the past two to three years.

"We get about 200 complaints every month against various private hospitals for refusing treatment to CGHS beneficiaries. While private hospitals are paid by CGHS for providing the services, they only treat VIPs and neglect the common man. It is a very good decision to penalise a defaulting hospital. It will be a deterrent for other empanelled hospitals too," he said.

CGHS has 11 empanelled private hospitals, five eye clinics, eight dental clinics and three specialised diagnostic laboratories in the city. Over 1 lakh residents in the city are CGHS beneficiaries.

Read more at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Gurgaon-hospital-to-pay-1-5L-as-CGHS-fine/articleshow/51033611.cms
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Govt to monitor 'integrity' of Central government employees

The "integrity"of central government employees will now be under watch.

A confidential circular by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has asked all officers of the rank of joint secretaries and above to rate the integrity of their subordinates.

The move forms part of reforms and making bureaucracy more accountable and functional. The intergrity report will be part of the annual confidential appraisal reports (ACARs).

The ACAR is designed to adjudge the performance of government servants every year in the areas of work, conduct, character and capabilities.

The ratings will be "beyond doubt, doubtful, most doubtful".

The circular has created a flutter within bureaucracy. Many officials told dna that it has not defined the integrity.

It has also asked supervisory officers to maintain a confidential diary to note the integrity and actions of subordinate staff, and consult this diary when filing the integrity column in the ACARs.

The filing of ACARs, which starts on March 31, has to be completed by May 23.

"Officers have been asked to make a note in the diary about instances that raise suspicion about the integrity of a subordinate and the action taken to verify the truth," said a senior central government official.

It further says that senior officers till the rank of secretaries should also note the action taken by supervisors while making confidential departmental inquiries or referring the matter to the police for further action.

Though a clause of integrity was incorporated in the ACAR some years back, reporting officers were not making a clear and categorical noting.

Now, with clear classification in the columns, they will have to report and rate the integrity of staff, said a DoPT official.

Meanwhile, Union minister of state in-charge of DoPT Dr Jitendra Singh said that the government will soon devise an institutional mechanism for the welfare and utilisation of the vast resource pool of pensioners.

At present, there are more pensioners than serving employees, he said. Retired employees need to engage themselves and contribute to government initiatives like educating people to use the accounts opened under Jan Dhan Yojana, Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya and Kaushal Vikas Yojana etc as per their interests, he suggested.

Source:http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-central-government-employees-mind-your-integrity-2179790

BRIEF OF THE NJCA MEETING REGARDING 7TH CPC REPORT-CONFEDERATION

NJCA
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION,
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD, NEW DELHI-110055


No.NJCA/2016                                                                        Dated: 19.02.2016


Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief of the NJCA meeting held on 19.02.2016 with the
         Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance
         (Government of India), reg. 7th CPC recommendations
         and Charter of Demands of the NJCA

A meeting of the NJCA held today with the Convener, Implementation Cell, Ministry of Finance, Shri R.K. Chaturvedi, wherein we discussed and emphasized on all the 26-point Charter of Demands of the NJCA send to the Cabinet Secretary on 10.12.2015.

We agitated the issues of NPS, Minimum Wage, Multiplying Factor, deduction of HRA and all other important issues.

The Convener, Implementation Cell, Shri Chaturvedi, after hearing everybody, said that, he would put-up the issues to the Cabinet Secretary, and hopefully a meeting of the JCA would be held with the Cabinet Secretary and the Empowered Committee shortly within 15 days.

Let us not leave any stone unturned for preparations of the strike.

With Best Wishes!
 

                           Convener
                 Shiva Gopal Mishra
Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Friday, February 19, 2016

LTC RULES 1988- Fulfillment of Procedural requirements-DOPT

No.31011/3/2015-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: February 18, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988 – Fulfillment of Procedural requirements.

This Department is in receipt of a number of references regarding the procedural difficulties faced by the Government employees in application and settlement of the LTC claims. Sometimes, the Government servants claim that failure to follow the correct procedure was on account of a lack of knowledge of the rules/instructions. It is alleged that in some cases, processing of LTC claims takes unduly long time, particularly when the employee and the sanctioning authorities are located at different stations.

2. To remove these bottlenecks, it has been decided to simplify the procedure of application and make the procedure of processing of LTC claims time bound. The following time-limits shall be followed while processing the LTC applications/claims of the Government servants.

S.No
Course of action
Time Limit
1
Leave Sanction
5 working day + 3 working days* 
2
Sanction of LTC advance
5 working day + 3 working days* 
3
Time taken by Administration for verification of LTC claim after the LTC bill is submitted by the Government employee for settlement.
10 working days + 3 working days*

4
Time taken by DDO
5 working days + 3 working days* 
5
Time taken by PAO
5 working days + 3 working days*

*(a) Additional 3 days transit-time may be allowed in cases where the place of posting of the Government employees is away from their Headquarters, The Government employee may proceed on LTC after action on S.No. 1 .

(b) Efforts should be made to reduce the duration of processing of LTC applications/claims at the earliest. The maximum time limit should be strictly adhered to and non —compliance of time limit should be adequately explained.

(b) Efforts should be made to reduce the duration of processing of LTC applications/claims at the earliest. The maximum time limit should be strictly adhered to and non —compliance of time limit should be adequately explained.

3. Under CCS (LTC) Rules, the Government servants are required to inform their controlling Officer before the journey(s) on LTC to be undertaken. It has now been decided that the Leave sanctioning Authority shall obtain a Self-Certification from the employee regarding the proposed LTC journey. The Proforma for self-Certification has been annexed with this O.M.

4. In addition to the above, it has been decided that whenever a Government servant applies for LTC, he/she should be provided with a copy of the guidelines (Enclosed) which needs to be followed while availing LTC.

5. Employees may be encouraged to share interesting insights and pictures, if any, of the destination he/she visited while availing LTC in an appropriate forum

Enclosures:
1.Proforma for self-certification by the Government employee for LTC claims

2. DOPT Guidelines for applying for LTC - Block Year, Advance, Claim, Time Limit etc..

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India 

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_3_2015-Estt.A-IV-18022016.pdf

7th CPC NEWS-Resolutions adopted in CEC IRTSA

INDIAN RAILWAYS TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS ASSOCIATION
(Estd. 1965, Regd. No.1329, Websitehttp://www.irtsa.net )

M. Shanmugam,
Central President, IRTSA
# 4, Sixth Street, TVS Nagar, Padi,
Chennai – 600050.
Email- cpirtsa@yahoo.com
Mob:09443140817


Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary, IRTSA,
C.Hq. 32, Phase 6, Mohali,
Chandigarh-160055.
Email-gsirtsa@yahoo.com
(Ph:0172-2228306,9316131598)

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY CEC IRTSA

IN THE MEETING OF CEC IRTSA HELD AT YWCA NEW DELHI ON 08.02.2016

1 a) Resolutions regarding main demands

Central Executive Committee (CEC) IRTSA seriously regretted that the Central Government employees in general and Technical Supervisors / Supervising Engineers on Railways in particular are seriously aggrieved by extremely adverse & unjust Report of the Seventh Pay Commission and CEC IRTSA appeals to the Government& Ministry of Railway to suitably modify the recommendations especially in respect of the following major demands:

i. Pay level 8 for JE and 10 for SSE.

ii. Up-gradation of 33% posts of SSE as principal SSE & placing them in level-11

iii. DMS, CMA & JE/IT be placed in level-8 and CDMS, CMS & Sr. Er/IT be placed in level-10.

iv. Classifying SSE, CMS, CDMS &Sr.Er/IT as Group ‘B’(Gaz)

v. Common fitment factor of 3.15 times of 6thCPC basic pay for fixation of Revised Pay.

vi. Annual increment of 5% of pay.

vii. Two increments on Promotion & MACP.

viii. Withdrawal of Unfair benchmark of “very good” proposed by the 7thCPC

ix. Financial upgradation under MACPS in cadre hierarchy after 4, 8, 12 ,16 & 24 years – As per
career progression of Group ‘A’ Officers.

x. Promotion of serving Graduate Engineers to Group ‘A’

xi. Raising of all Allowances as per multiple factor

xii. Breakdown Allowance & National Holiday Allowance (NHA) equal to one day’s wages to
Technical Supervisors & Staff who are required to work beyond duty hours & on NH.

xiii. Night Duty Allowance (NDA) for actual time worked for from sunset to sunrise (instead of 10
pm to 6am).

xiv. Continuation of PCO Allowance at existing rate of 7.5% for SSE & 15% of pay for JEs & Staff.

xv. Extend PCO Allowance to CMT, Stores, Design & Drawing and other left out areas.

xvi. Teaching Allowance @ 30% of basic pay.

xvii. Risk & Hardship Allowance for sheds & depots and open line staff &Technical Supervisors.

xviii. Design Allowance for Design & Drawing Engineers.

xix. Withdrawal of NPS / National Pension Scheme.

xx. Additional Pension from 65 years onwards

xxi. Exemption of DA & other Allowances from Income Tax

xxii. Raising of Exemption Limit for Income Tax to Rs. 5 Lakhs.

1 b)Resolution regarding Pay level recommended for Chemical & Metallurgical Engineers

Vide para 11.40.124, 7th CPC recommended that, Chemical and Metallurgical Assistants should be upgraded to GP 4600, Chemical and Metallurgical Superintendents to GP 4800, and Assistant Chemist and Metallurgist to GP 5400 (PB-2). CEC IRTSA appeals to Railway Board not to dilute the recommendations of 7th CPC on the pay level of CMA & CMS.

2. Resolution regarding Empowered Committee on 7th CPC

CEC IRTSA urged upon Empowered Committee of Secretaries to take favourable decision on the memorandum submitted by IRTSA, particularly on the following main demands:

i. placing the Junior Engineers (JEs) on the Railways in Level 8 (instead of level 6); Senior Section Engineers (SSE) in Level 10 (instead of Level 7) in the new Pay Matrix and also upgrading 33% SSE post in PB 2 Grade Pay of Rs.4600 as Principal Senior Section Engineers and placed in Level-11.
ii. Classifying the posts of SSE, CDMS, CMS &Sr.Er/IT as Group ‘B’ (Gazetted)

3. Resolution on line of action

CEC IRTSA authorised the President & General secretary IRTSA to pursue the Demands at all levels and also authorized them to decide the line of action and issue directives thereon to all Units of IRTSA, for early realization of the outstanding Demands.

4. Resolution Reg struggle of CG employees

Central Executive Committee (CEC) IRTSA regretted that the 7th CPC had not made its recommendations judicially on the main demands of the Central Government employees, including those of the Railway men – in spite detailed & justified Memorandum and the oral evidence rendered by the JCM Staff Side &the Federations before the 7th CPC Consequently the constituents of JCM (Staff Side) and Federations of Central Government employees – including those of the Railways – are proposing to go in for an Indefinite Strike against the retrograde recommendations of the Pay Commission and nonacceptance of their demands.

CEC IRTSA was of the considered opinion that the proposed indefinite Strike, by the Central Government employees will seriously impair the development and economy of the country besides very adversely affecting public convenience, disrupting train operations as well as the normal life all over the country.

CEC IRTSA earnestly appealed to the Empowered Committee on 7th CPC and the Central Government to accept the genuine demands of the employees in the interest of justice, industrial peace and development of the country.

Harchandan Singh,
General Secretary,
IRTSA

Source: http://www.irtsa.net/pdfdocs/Resolutions_adopted_in_CEC_IRTSA_Meeting_on_08-02-2016_at_YWCA_New_Delhi.pdf

Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to Pension & Retirement Benefits-RSCWS

RAILWAYS SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE SOCIETY 

No. RSCWS/ CHD / Memo 7th CPC Emp Com/2016-3
Dated: 6-2-2016

1. Cabinet Secretary, Government of India &
CHAIRMAN, EMPOWERED COMMITTEE OF
SECRETARIES ON 7TH CPC, Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 004
CC to:cabinet@nic.in

2. ALL MEMBERS OF EMPOWERED COMMITTEE ON 7TH CPC

Dear Sir,

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to Pension & Retirement Benefits

We would like to draw your kind attention to the following major points & serious inadequacies & consequential serious injustice to the Pensioners. We earnestly request you for consideration of the following issues:

1. MULTIPLE FACTOR (REF: PARA 10.1.67):
I) The 7th Pay Commission has very unjustly & arbitrarily recommended the multiple factor of 2.57 for fixation of Pay & Pension. It is tantamount to less than 14.3% rise of emoluments as on 1-1-2016 (with expected DA of 125%) as against over 21% rise proposed by 6th CPC. This is especially very much unjustified in view of much high price rise in the last 10 years.

II) Long pending demand may please be accepted for merger of DA for fixing the Revised Pay & Pension;

III) It is, therefore, requested that the multiple factor should, therefore, be raised to 3.15 times of Sixth CPC Basic Pay & Pension if the merger of DA is agreed to or at least to 2.65 if merger of DA is not agreed to.

IV) The Minimum wage of Rs.18000 proposed by 7th Pay Commission is based on Dr Aykroyed formula for Minimum Need Based Wage. This has already been overruled by the Supreme Court as it does not reflect the present day needs for Housing, Social obligations and Children Education etc. The Apex Court had already modified the said formula by adding appropriate weightage for these Factors – which may please be considered for fixing the Minimum Pay and the Pay at higher Levels as well as the Pension as based thereon.

2. PARITY OF PENSION (PARA (10.1.53 & 10.1.67):
a) We welcome the recommendation of 7th CPC and thank the COMMISSION for accepting the long pending demand of Parity between pre and post 7th CPC Retirees. However the method suggested by the Pay Commission for the above purpose, needs to be revised & simplified in view of the following reasons:

i) It may not be possible to implement this Option in many cases for fixation Revised Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners in the absence of Service Records of the old Pensioners to check the number of increments earned in the Grade from which the Pensioner retired in cases where the Service Records of the old Pensioners are not available thus depriving them of the benefit of the same permanently or for many years till their records are rebuilt – which will be like groping in the dark;

ii) Basing of Pay Matrix & Pension on disproportionate Rise of Pay & Pension – given after 6th CPC – will be unjustified – as the rise given after 6th CPC was 3 times or more in PB 4 as against 2.26 times in PB 2 & PB 3;

iii) Using lower Index of only 2.57 at lower levels and 2.62 at Middle Levels as compared to 2.67, 2.72 and 2.81 at higher Levels of Posts will further accentuate the discrimination caused by the 6th CPC. The Index of 2.81 should be uniformly applied at all Levels.

iv) In the past, while fixing the salary of serving personnel in the revised scale under the 4th CPC recommendations, point to point fixation based on the number of increments already earned was not undertaken and one increment was allowed for every 3 (three) increments earned in the pre-revised scale thereby suppressing the number of increments earned in relation to the number of years actually spent in the grade.

The same principle of allowing one increment for every 3 earned in the 4th CPC scale was also followed while fixing salary of serving employees in 5th CPC scales. This has resulted in artificially suppressing the time spent in a particular level.

v) Senior Pre-2006 Pensioners will get lesser higher pension than even the Pre-2006 junior Pensioners who retired later from the same Post with slightly longer or more years of service in that Grade;

vi) Senior Pre-2016 Pensioners who retired in higher Level of Posts will get lesser pension than the juniors who retired from one or even more Levels below just because Either the Juniors could not get promoted to higher grade but had earned more increments in the lower Grade than the seniors who retired from a higher grade.

Or the two Pay Scale got merged after the retirement of the senior and thus the junior will get the benefit of all increments earned in either of the two scales while the senior will get the benefit of the increments earned only in the higher grade.

All this would be greatly unjustified.

a) It is, therefore, requested to please simplify the method for the purpose and the same should be based only on the information available in the PPO.

b) It is requested that – in order to remove the above infirmities – the Pension of Pre-2016 Civilian Pensioners be fixed at the higher of the following two formulations:

i) a) Pension of Pre 2016 Pensioners be fixed at par with Average of the Pension of Post-2016 Pensioners based on the 50% of the Average Pay in the Pay Matrix or such other formula as may be universally implementable as per readily available records of all concerned / based on the information available in the PPO;

b) Till such time the above said dispensation is implemented, minimum Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners should not be less than 50% of the minimum of Pay in the Pay Matrix of 7th CPC for the Pay Level corresponding to the Pay Scale or the Grade Pay from which the Pensioner had retired;

ii) Pension fixed after Sixth CPC be multiplied by Multiple Factor of 3.15 if the merger of DA is agreed to or at least to 2.65 if merger of DA is not agreed to (as proposed in Para 3 above)

iii) Increments earned or the number of years spent in either of the merged scales should be taken into consideration for fixing the Revised Pension.

Pensioners may please be fixed at the higher of the above – without getting any option from the Pensioner as it is an obvious matter that all will opt for the higher Pension.

3. ADDITIONAL PENSION (Para 10.1.28): 7th CPC has totally ignored the reasons of extra expenses on medical care & treatment in old age for the demand for reducing the age for grant of Additional Pension of 5% from 65 years of age, 10% from 70 years and 15% from 75 years. It has also ignored even the recommendations of DOP&PW for starting it at the age of 75 years. This has greatly hurt the Pensioners.

It is, therefore, requested that the Additional Pension may please be granted @ 5% from 65 years of age, 10% from 70 years and 15% from 75 years of age, besides continuing with Additional Pension of 20% from 80 years, 30% from 85 years, 40% from 90 years, 50% from 95 years and 100 % from 100 years of age as granted after 6th CPC.

4. FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE(Ref: Para 8.17.52): It is regretted that the 7th CPC has recommended no enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners for day- to-day medical treatment not requiring hospitalization, merely on the ground that “this Allowance was last enhanced from Rs.300 to Rs.500 pm from 19/11/2014” – even without going into the merits of the following valid reasons advanced for the revision thereof:

i) FMA should have been revised from 1-9-2008 – like all other Allowances after the 6th CPC. The belated revision done in 2014 was itself delayed by 6 years;

ii) The cost had exorbitantly increased for the Medicines, Consultation Fee and cost of Pathological Tests required for day-to-day medical treatment since 1999 (when the FMA was initially granted) and this had risen at a much steeper rate than the Price Index.

iii) Average expenditure per pensioner/per Patient on OPD in CGHS Hospitals has increased manifold and is at present over Rs.2500 per patient. This reflects the exorbitant increase in the cost of Medicines, Consultation Fee and cost of Pathological Tests etc. required for day-to-day medical treatment. The FMA of Rs.500 per month is thus a pittance of the actual expenditure on day-to-day Medical Treatment by the Pensioners who are residing in non-CGHS /RELHS areas and have thus opted out of the same.

iv) A large proportion of Pensioners were residing in remote areas or villages having no excess to CGHS Dispensaries & Railway Hospitals and as such, are wholly dependent on the paltry amount of FMA for day-to-day treatment of self & spouse.

v) It is, therefore, requested that the FMA may please be revised to at least Rs.2000 p.m. or at par with the average expenditure on OPD Treatment per month per Pensioner / Patient.

Hoping for a favorable consideration;

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,

(Harchandan Singh)
Secretary General, RSCWS

Source:http://www.irtsa.net/pdfdocs/Memorandum_from_RSCWS_to_Empowered_Committee_on_7th_CPC.pdf

Good news for central govt employees! DA likely to be hiked to 125% from existing 119%

New Delhi: Narendra Modi government is likely to hike dearness allowance (DA) by 6 percent to 125 percent.

The likely increase in dearness allowance by six percent to 125 percent from existing 119 percent would benefit over 10 million central government employees and pensioners.

The new rate of DA will be implemented from January 1, 2016, which will be applicable for 4.8 million central government employees and 5.5 million pensioners. DA is paid as a proportion of basic pay of employees.

The proposal to hike DA is moved by the Finance Ministry on the basis of accepted formula for calculation. The Union Cabinet approves the DA hike for its employees.

The Centre revised DA twice in a year on the basis of one year average of retail inflation for industrial workers as per the accepted formula.

Earlier in September last year, DA was increased to 119 percent from 113 percent which was effective from July 1, 2015. In April last year, the government had hiked DA by 6 percentage points to 113 percent of their basic pay with effect from January 1, 2015.

Read more at  http://zeenews.india.com/business/personal-finance/money-matters/good-news-for-central-govt-employees-da-likely-to-be-hiked-to-125-from-existing-119_1857266.html

Civil Services (Main) Examination,2015- Result declared

On the basis of the Result of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2015 held by the Union Public Service Commission from 18th to 23rd December, 2015, the candidates with the following Roll Numbers have qualified for the Personality Test for selection to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other Central Services (Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’).

The Personality Test for these candidates is likely to commence from 08th March 2016. Personality Tests will be held in the Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069. Detailed program for the Personality Test will be uploaded on the Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in. The e-Summon letters will be made available on the Commission’s website http://www.upsc.gov.in on 23.02.2016. The Qualified candidates who are unable to download their e-Summon Letters from the Commission’s Website at least 5 days before the commencement of the said Personality Test/Interview should immediately contact the Office of the Commission either on Phone Nos. 011-23385271, 011-23381125, 011-23098543 or Fax No. 011-23387310, 011-23384472. No paper Summon Letters will be issued for the Personality Test/Interview by the Commission.

The Candidature of these candidates is provisional subject to their being found eligible in all respects. The candidates will be required to produce the original Certificates in support of their claims pertaining to Age, Educational Qualifications, Community, Physical Handicap and other documents such as Attestation Form and TA Form etc. at the time of their Personality Test. The formats of SC/ST/OBC/ PH Certificates, Attestation Form and TA Form, etc. can be downloaded from the Website of the Commission. They are, therefore, advised to keep the said documents ready with them.

No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test, intimated to the candidates, will be entertained under any circumstances.

The candidates are advised to notify changes in their address, if any, to the Commission immediately through Fax or letters.

The mark sheets of candidates, who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days.


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

CGEGIS IN 7 CPC-NEED MAXIMUM BENEFIT TO CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES

CGEGIS was a scheme which was started especially for the central government employees. It has been in force since January 1, 1982. In this scheme, 70% of the amount deducted from the employees' salary is calculated as savings and 30% as insurance premium.

The savings alone (with interest) is given back to the employees when he/she retires. But when an employee passes away, along with the savings he/she would also get the insurance amount.

Until the 6th CPC, a meagre sum of 30, 60 120 per month was deducted.

See below table

Table 1: Present Rates of CGEGIS
GroupMonthly DeductionInsurance AmountNo. of Units (for Savings)
A1201,20,0008
B6060,0004
C3030,0002
However, in its recommendations the 7th CPC has suggested that 1500, 2500 and 5000 has to be deducted. This is no doubt a welcome change.

See below table
Recommended Rates of CGEGIS
Level of
Employee
Monthly DeductionInsurance Amount
10 and above500050,00,000
6 to 9250025,00,000
1 to 5150015,00,000
These days, many insurance companies have introduced Term Insurance plans. In such schemes even for a small premium amount, the policyholder gets coverage for a bigger sum. But the premium paid will not be returned.

The central government can keep 70% of the savings amount with itself. It could have tie-ups with insurance companies that provide maximum coverage, invest the remaining 30% with them and try to provide more benefits to the employees.

This will not only make the job of the central government easier but it will also benefit the families of the central government employees.

At the same time, as implemented in the GPF, the Central Government can give loans to employees when they have an urgent need from the 70% amount that it manages. This will make the employees (joined after 1/1/2004) in the NPS scheme extremely happy.

The CGEGIS can be improved further and the private companies to whom the 30% amount is handed over could be urged to include CGEPHIS plan too within the amount.

Despite such terms, no private company will be ready to lose the large community of central government employees comprising of one crore policyholders (45 lakh employees and 55 lakh pensioners).

For the private insurance companies, the community is a duck that lays golden eggs. Getting more benefits for the money paid by the central government employees has to be the aim.

Ratheesh