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Friday, April 29, 2016

LATEST NEWS FROM NFPE REGARDING Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                               e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                    website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com

No. PF-01(e)/2016                                                                             Dated: 28th April, 2016

CIRCULAR
To

            All General Secretaries /NFPE Office Bearers
            All Circle /Divisional & Branch Secretaries

Dear Comrades,

1.         Xth   Federal Council NFPE.

            Xth Federal Council of NFPE is scheduled to be held on 7th,8th & 9th September,2016 at Guwahati (Assam) Regional Co-ordination committee of Assam and NE has started  preparations. Reception Committee has been formed as below:

1.Shri Indibar Dewri Retired IPOs & Eminent Intellectual-Chairman
2.Com. M.R. Das , Ex. Convenor RCC of P&T Employees,  Assam & NE Circle                   –Working Chairman.
3. Com.D.K. Deb Nath- Convenor RCC Assam & NE- General Secretary.
4.Bishnu Ram Raha -Treasurer

            Notice for Federal Council will be issued separately. Federal Executive will also  be  held in the F/N of 7th September,2016 at Guwahati. Federal Councilors will be paid TA & TA by their respective CHQs as decided in last Federal Executive. No Delegate Fee will be paid to Reception Committee for Federal Councilors. However visitors/observers will have to pay Rs.1500/- as Delegate Fee as fixed by the Reception Committee.

            All General Secretaries are requested to direct Federal Councilors to book to & fro tickets to avoid inconvenience.

2.         Confederation: National Conference.

            Diamond Jubilee National Conference of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will be held at Chennai on 16th, 17th & 18th August-2016

            All India Women Convention of Confederation will also be held during National Conference. All General Secretaries are requested to decide the names of Women Comrades to participate in the Women Convention. Their TA/DA will be paid by the respective CHQs.

3.         Celebrate Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.
            This is the Diamond Jubilee year of Confederation as it was formed in the year 1956 by our great leader Dada B.N. Ghosh Ex. Secretary General-NFPTE. All are requested to celebrate Diamond Jubilee in each Circle by organizing a grand programme.


4.         Confederation Trade Union Education Camp at Dehradun (Uttarakhand)

            All India Trade Union Education Camp will be organized at Dehradun on 24th & 25th May-2016.NFPE has already allotted quota to affiliates. All General Secretaries are requested to decide delegates as per quota and direct them to book to & fro tickets. Delegate Fee has been fixed as Rs.600/-

5.         May-Day Ist May-2016.

            May Day on 1st May-2016 should be observed at all work place.

6.         All India General Strikes.

            The National Convention of Workers under the banner of All Central Trade Unions (except BMS)  and All Independent Federations have decided to organize One Day All India General Strike  on2nd September on common demands  against the anti-people economic policies of NDA Government Mobilize all to participate in the  strike.

7.         Indefinite Strike from 11th July-2016 on 7th C.P.C. related issues.

            National Joint Council of Action has decided to organize Indefinite Strike from 11th July, 2016. Notice for which will be issued on 9th June-2016. Please mobilize all Postal, RMS and GDS employees to participate in strike and make it grand success.

8.         GDS Membership verification.

            GDS membership verification is likely to be announced by the Department of Posts very soon All General Secretaries are requested to direct all Circle, Divisional and Branch  Secretaries  to extend maximum co-operation  and full support to enroll maximum no. of members in favour of All India Postal Employees Union-GDS and make it as No.1.

9.         GDS Committee.

            GDS Committee to review the service conditions and wage of GDS employees under the Chairmanship of Shri Kamlesh Chandra Retired Member , Postal services Board  has started function. Memorandum to GDS Committee  have been submitted by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS. GDS Committee has fixed date as on 26th May 2016 for oral evidence NFPE with AIPEU GDS-NFPE will present the case  before GDS Committee effectively.

10.       Retirement of Smt. Kavery Banerjee-Secretary, Department of Post.
Smt. Kavery Banerjee, Secretary, Department of Post is going to retire on 30th April-2016 on superannuation. During her period the relations between administration and staff have remained very co-ordial. Mostly problems got solved with negotiations and she never gave opportunity to staff side to go on agitation. NFPE HQ extends greetings and best wishes for her peaceful and healthy retired life.

            With revolutionary greetings.
         
Comradely yours,
                                                                                                                     
(R. N. Parashar)

Secretary General

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7th Pay Commission: Govt employees likely to get huge pay checks by June-July 2016


New Delhi: Central government employees' wait to get higher salaries under the 7th Pay Commission will be over in two months.

As per a CNBC-TV18 report, hefty payouts are likely to happen between early June and late July this year

Quoting government officials, the report said that the Empowered Group of Secretaries will likely to accept the pay commission's recommendations on salaries and pension payouts.

It may be recalled that the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The implementation of the new pay scales is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer in 2016-17. Subject to acceptance by the government, they will take effect from January 1, 2016.

Source:http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/7th-pay-commission-govt-employees-likely-to-get-huge-pay-checks-by-june-july-2016_1880390.html

Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
28-April-2016 18:39 IST
Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students

There is no such proposal at present to link promotion of teachers to performance of students. Recruitment and service conditions of teachers are in the domain of State Governments/UT Administrations. However, The Central Government has a scheme of National Award to teachers to recognize good performance of teachers across the country. School enrolment campaigns are launched by States at the start of the school academic year for awareness generation to enrol out-of-school children in schools and to reach out hitherto un-reached children in remote areas, working children, girls, children belonging to SC and ST communities, and children in difficult circumstances.

The performance of students is related to multiple factors including school and home environment. The Central Government has taken various steps to ensure teacher accountability in government and aided schools.

. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed Performance Indicators for Elementary Education (PINDICS) to track teacher performance and attendance in Government schools. PINDICS have been shared with State Governments/UTs to assess teacher’s performance.

Additionally, teachers attendance is being monitored by States/UTs through School Management Committees/School Management Development Committees/ Block Resource Centres/Clusters Resource Centres and in some cases by installing bio-metric attendance system etc.

The Central Government has launched the ‘Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching’ in December, 2014 with a vision to comprehensively address all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, professional development, curriculum design, research in pedagogy and developing effective pedagogy.

As per the mandate of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, Government of India has notified the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) as the Academic Authority at the national level for teacher education and qualification. NCTE has prescribed teacher qualifications for various levels. It has also made it mandatory that all persons holding teacher qualifications as laid down by the NCTE must also pass a teacher eligibility test (TET).These two steps by NCTE are widely seen as efforts to improve the standards of teaching with eventual positive impact on quality of education.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.

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Source: PIB

Review of performance of public servants & Service Verification:

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
28-April-2016 15:09 IST

Review of performance of public servants

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j):

“The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice:

If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered Government service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years.

(i) in any other case after he has attained the age of fifty-five years”.

(ii) In addition, as per Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, at any time after a Government servant has completed thirty years' qualifying service, he may be required by the appointing authority to retire in the public interest, and in the case of such retirement the Government servant shall be entitled to a retiring pension provided that the appointing authority may also give a notice in writing to a Government servant at least three months before the date on which he is required to retire in the public interest or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

Further, as per Rule 16(3) (amended) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the Central Government may, in consultation with the State Government concerned, require a Member of the Service to retire from Service in public interest, after giving such Member at least three month's previous notice in writing or three month's pay and allowances in lieu of such notice, -

after the review when such Member completes 15 years of qualifying Service; or

(i) after the review when such Member completes 25 years of qualifying Service or attains the age of 50 years, as the case may be; or

(ii) if the review referred to in (i) or (ii) above has not been conducted, after the review at any other time as the Central Government deems fit in respect of such Member.

(iii) The above provisions have been reiterated from time to time and recently vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 25013/02/2005-AIS-II dated 28.06.2012 and 03.08.2015, and O.M. No. 25013/1/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.09.2015.

Disciplinary cases are conducted as per prescribed procedures. Normally, the details and monitoring of disciplinary cases is to be done by the respective cadre authorities. The Central Government has also from time to time been stressing on the need to complete disciplinary cases expeditiously and monitoring the same.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:pib

REVISED DA FOR ARMED FORCE OFFICERS

F.No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi, the 18th April, 2016

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) – Revised rates effective from 1st January 2016.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s Letter No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/services) dated 6th October 2015, on the subject cited above and to say that the president is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and personnel Below officer Rank, including Non-combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125% with effect from 1st January 2016.

2. The provisions contained in paras 2,4 and 5 of this Ministry’s letter No.1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) dated 25th September 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of DA payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Armed Forces Officers/PBORs including NCs(E).

4. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance division of this Ministry vide their Dy.No.132-PA dated 11th April,2016 based on Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M.No.1/1/2016-E-II(B), dated 7th April, 2016.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Prashant Rastogi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

PROVIDING OPTION OF MORE LIFE CYCLE FUNDS TO THE NPS SUBSCRIBERS

A. Launch of NPS and Current scenario

1. The National Pension System (NPS) was introduced in 2003 for all Central Government employees (except armed forces) who joined the service on or after 01.01.2004. The NPS marked a paradigm shift from the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to Defined Contribution Scheme, thereby easing the escalating fiscal stress on the Government on account of rising pension liabilities. In 2009 different Schemes under the flagship of National Pension System regulated by PFRDA under the private sector and unorganised sector.

2. The National Pension System (NPS) has been arguably hailed as one of the best designed pension products domestically with its several unique features like full portability across jobs and geographical jurisdictions, choice of investment options to suit different risk appetites, option to choose from among several fund managers, no entry or exit loads, and perhaps the lowest
fund management charges in the world. It is also regulated by a dedicated regulator.

3. The passage of the PFRDA Act in September 2013 followed by notification of the Act on 1st February 2014 marks an important milestone in the history of the Pension Sector reforms as the Act provides an overarching mandate to the PFRDA for promotion and development of old age security in India. In light of the paradigm shift in the pension landscape in the country, it is imperative to review the progress of NPS so far and realign the existing policy framework for Pension Funds within the mandate of the Act.

4. The NPS adopted a direct selling model to keep the costs low and to avoid the urge to mis-sell due to the embedded commissions. This distributor-free and agent-free model was designed to protect the individual and to maximise the pension wealth. It was adopted even at the risk of a slow start. The NPS architecture has been designed to create an enabling environment for the citizens to save for retirement.

5. Additionally, NPS also provides flexibility to subscribers where they can switch their pension funds among three options, i.e. equity, corporate bonds and government securities. They can also change their fund managers if they are not satisfied with the performance of Pension Funds.
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Source:http://www.pfrda.org.in/WriteReadData/Links/xyzpfrda1234bf87f92-ecf3-453f-a8dd-21552f652657.pdf

Reservation in promotion

Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%.

In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 1996 for Section Officer grade were revised by UPSC. Appellants, who were declared successful in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996, were included in SOSL 1996 by this Department. Later the benefit was extended to similarly placed SC/ST officers who were declared qualified in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996. On their inclusion in SOSL 1996, these officers have become eligible for consideration for promotion to the next grade (Under Secretary) on completion of eight years of approved service in SO grade i.e. they become eligible for consideration in USSL 2004 onwards subject to the size of the zone. A proposal for review of USSLs 2004 and 2005 has been forwarded to UPSC in which these officers have been included in the zone.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

KVS TRANSFER NEW GUIDELINES

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

F.11029/2016/KVS (HQ)/E-II/TP
26th April, 2016

To,
All the Principals
Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Subject: – Adoption of New Transfer Guidelines of KVS for Teaching employees upto PGTs & Non-Teaching employees upto Assistants w. e. f. 2016 – Regarding.

Madam / Sir,

At the outset, I would like to convey my best wishes for the new academic session 2016-17 and at the same time wish to draw your attention towards an important issue i.e. Transfer Guidelines. Transfer Guidelines of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan effective from 1.4.2011 were in operation with some amendments made from time to time.

With the passage of time, we felt a need to review it. In order to make transfer guidelines more transparent, employee friendly and Information Technology enabled, KVS had invited suggestions and feedback last year from all Teaching and Non-Teaching Employees, Principals, Deputy Commissioners, other officers at Regional Offices, ZIETs and all Service Associations of KVS.

1.As a result, KVS received large number of suggestions. Further, Teachers’ Transfer Policies of the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana were taken into consideration to carve out suitable and appropriate transfer guidelines for the KVS employees.

2. You would appreciate the fact that many meaningful suggestions received from your side and many progressive elements of teachers’ transfer policies of above mentioned states have been incorporated in KVS Transfer Guidelines 2016 to fulfil the demands & aspirations of the KVS employees. I would like to mention here some specific provisions made in new Transfer guidelines.

  • Introduction of Mutual Transfer,
  • Transfer against No Taker vacancy,
  • Prioritization of Widow & Single Parent for getting transfer at a desired place,
  • Transfer of Yoga Teachers with post at choice place,
  • 25 days relaxation in delayed joining at Hard/ Very Hard stations for counting of tenure,
  • Consideration of KVS employee for request transfer after Mid- Session on account of transfer of Spouse,
  • Exemption from displacement transfer to those employees who are having disabled dependent children.
  • More points have been given to Members of JCM at KVS (HQ) & Regional level to avoid their displacement transfers,
  • Points have been awarded for seeking request transfer for those who are recipients of KVS Regional Incentive Awards.
  • A chance has been given to those employees who have been redeployed on surplus ground for coming back to previous station in the event of availability of vacancy within one year at that station.
  • An employee whose transfer orders are issued after 20th June by the KVS for Hard/ Very Hard/ NER stations he/she will be given relaxation of some more days for counting of tenure at Hard / Very Hard/ NER stations as on 30th June.
  • As the tenure for hard stations has been restored back for three years w.e.f 2016 due to administrative exigencies but employees who had been posted earlier with two years tenure at these stations have been exempted from this change.
  • With a view to make whole annual transfer process fully transparent, KVS has made a paradigm shift from old practice of manually filled Transfer Applications. Henceforth, Transfer Applications will be invited through online process and transfer orders will also be generated through computerized process on the basis of online database.
  • Every employee will be able to check his/her Transfer Count and Displacement Count on the KVS website as per the Calendar of Activities for effecting annual transfer.
  • Tentative vacancies will also be displayed on website of KVS (HQ) for the reference of employees.

3. I would assure that KVS is committed to take care of all service matters of its employees and to take all possible welfare measures. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan also expects from every one of us to rise to the occasion and to walk some extra miles to secure the success of this wonderful organization.

4. Content of this letter must be brought to the notice of every staff member of the Kendriya Vidyalaya by providing them with a copy.

With best wishes

(Santosh Kumar Mall)
Commissioner

Source:http://kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ANN-27-04-16.PDF
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7th Pay Commission: Modi Govt all set to implement recommendations; notification most likely in June

A Finance Ministry sources was quoted by a news website as saying, "But in case it's not issued in third week of June, it will be issued at the beginning of fourth week of June.

Usually it takes around one week to issue a notification, after cabinet nod".

 Ministry is also hopeful that Empowered Committee of Secretaries which is looking after the recommendations at the moment, will submit its report by June 15.

Most likely, increased payout will be handed over to central government employees earliest at the end of June or latest by July. Reports suggest that Empowered Committee of Secretaries which has been entrusted the responsibility to overview recommendations will not make much change into it.

Earlier, Modi government conceded that implementation of new pay scales proposed by the 7th CPC is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore which is around 0.7 per cent of GDP.

 Giving details of financial implications of the recommendations, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha informed Parliament that the burden on pay head would increase by Rs 39,100 crore to about Rs 2.83 lakh crore in the current fiscal.

Sinha also said that the announcement of Dearness Allowance has no impact on the recommendations of the Pay Commission. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission was set up in January.

 The recommendations of the Pay Commission will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. OneIndia News

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-modi-govt-ready-implement-increment-notification-june-report-2082940.html







Changes in NPS-PIB NEWS

The Government has proposed the following in the Finance Bill, 2016 with regard to the National Pension System (NPS):

i. Allowing 40 per cent of the NPS corpus tax exempt on lump sum withdrawal.

ii. Waiving service tax on the NPS corpus utilized for purchase of annuity.

iii. The amount receivable by the nominee in case of death of the subscriber covered under NPS has been made tax exempt.

iv. One-time portability without any tax implication has been allowed to the subscriber for shifting from recognized provident fund to NPS.

v. One-time portability without any tax implication has been allowed to the subscriber for shifting from superannuation fund to NPS.

As per the provisions of the Finance Bill, 2016, 40 per cent of the pension corpus under NPS is proposed to be tax exempt on lump sum withdrawal. Also, the proposal in the Union Budget, 2016-17 for taxation of 60 per cent of provident fund corpus under the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been withdrawn by the Government. Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) remains an Exempt Scheme.

However, EPF and NPS are different schemes available to separate categories of subscribers and they are not comparable on one-to-one basis.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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









Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Government approves 8.7% interest on EPF for 2015-16

NEW DELHI: The finance ministry has approved 8.7 per cent interest on PF deposits for over 5 crore subscribers of retirement body EPFO, lower than 8.8 per cent decided by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

"The (EPFO's apex decision-making body) CBT, at its meeting held in February 2016, has proposed an interim rate of interest at 8.8 per cent to be credited to the accounts of Employees' Provident Fund subscribers for 2015-16. The ministry of finance has, however, ratified an interest rate of 8.7 per cent," labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Monday.

This is probably the first time that the finance ministry has not given concurrence to the rate of interest on EPF as decided by CBT, which is headed by the labour minister.

EPFO had provided 8.75 per cent rate of interest in 2013-14 and 2014-15, which was higher than 8.5 per cent in 2012-13 and 8.25 per cent in 2011-12.

EPFO's estimates, which were worked out in September, projected that the body can easily pay 8.95 per cent rate of interest as it would leave a surplus of Rs 100 crore.

The EPFO pays rate of return to its subscribers on the basis of returns it generates from its investments.

However, despite the employees representatives' demand for 9 per cent rate of interest for the fiscal, the CBT at its meeting held on February 16 decided to provide an interim interest rate of 8.8 per cent for 2015-16.

Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Government-approves-8-7-interest-on-EPF-for-2015-16/articleshow/51981713.cms
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Details of minimum wages fixed for the agriculture and non-agricultural workers

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 201
ANSWERED ON: 25.04.2016

Disparity in Wages

C. MAHENDRAN
Will the Minister of
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)the details of minimum wages fixed for the agriculture and non-agricultural workers in the country, State/UT-wise;

(b)whether the gap between per-worker earning in agriculture and non-agricultural sector has considerably widened recently and if so, the details thereof along with the corrective action taken by the Government in this regard;

(c)whether the Government proposes to introduce a uniform system for fixing wage rates for the workers engaged in agriculture and non-agricultural sector throughout the country to remove the said disparity and if so, the details thereof; and

(d)whether a large number of workers engaged in low productivity activities in the unorganised sectors are facing severe challenges and if so, the details thereof and the remedial steps taken/being taken by the Government in this regard?


ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a): The rates of minimum wages fixed for agriculture and non-agricultural workers in the Central Sphere is at Annexure I. The range of minimum wages in the State Sphere is at Annexure II.

(b) to (d): There is a wide regional disparity in minimum wages due to variations in socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions, income, prices of essential commodities, paying capacity, productivity and local conditions. However, as a step towards moving for a uniform wage structure, as recommended by the National Commission on Rural Labour and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country, the concept of National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) has already been mooted by the Government in 1996 on a voluntary basis. It is revised from time to time taking into account the increase in the Consumer Price Index Number. NFLMW has been revised recently to Rs.160/- per day w. e. f 01.07.2015.

The State Governments are regularly advised to fix and revise minimum wages in scheduled employments not below National Floor Level Minimum Wage.

Source:http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/8/AU201.pdf
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Employees Contributions to EPF

As per the Audited Consolidated Annual Accounts of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) for the year 2014-15, the closing balance of Funds managed by EPFO is Rs. 6,34,174.33 crore.

Regarding EPFO being the eleventh largest pension fund in the world, no such information is available with EPFO.

The fresh accruals in 2015-16 in the three Schemes framed under the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952 as per the revised estimates is Rs. 1,01,538.54 crore.

The revised estimates for the year 2015-16 are projected to be 13.81 per cent higher than the Budget estimates. The details of revised estimates of the three Schemes are as under:

(i) Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 : Rs. 71,398.25 crore

(ii) Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995: Rs. 29,000.00 crore

(iii) Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme, 1976: Rs 1,140.29 crore.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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

Amendment to PF Act

A proposal for comprehensive amendment to the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952 is under consideration of the Government which, inter alia, includes reducing threshold limit for coverage from 20 to 10 employees under the Act.

This was stated by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS (IC) Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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


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Share of State Governments under ESIC act

As per decision of Employees State Insurance (ESI) Corporation, expenditure on medical care under ESI Scheme is shared between ESI Corporation and the State Government in the ratio of 7:1 within a prescribed ceiling which is revised from time to time. Medical expenditure beyond this ceiling is to be borne by the concerned State Government.

Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi is yet to provide their share of Rs.1127.87 crore (as on 31.03.2014). Out of this, an amount of Rs. 114.71 crore is due as 1/8th share payable within the ceiling and rest Rs. 1013.16 crore is due for payment outside the ceiling.

Steps are being taken to recover the pending dues. Matter is being persuaded at highest level including reminders at the level of Hon’ble Minister and DG, ESIC.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Govt likely to implement 7th Pay Commission award around September-October

New Delhi: The Central government employees will have to wait till September-October to get higher salaries under the 7th Pay Commission.

As per a Financial Express report, government is expecting that higher salaries released around the festival period starting with Durga Puja and Diwali will boost consumption, which will have a multiplier effect on the economy.

Though the employees will get arrears with retrospective effect from January 1, no retrospective arrears in allowances will be given. With the move, the exchequer would be able to save around  Rs 11,000 crore.

The commission had estimated the additional outgo in FY17 due to its award at R73,650 crore.

Read at  http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/govt-likely-to-implement-7th-pay-commission-award-around-september-october_1878991.html

7th Pay Commission: Govt flip-flop on EPF emboldens employees to strike work, get higher pay

New Delhi: The flip-flops by Union government on the revised EPF withdrawal norms may embolden government employees to strike work on July 11 as a means to get higher wages and allowances under 7th Pay Commission.

First, under the public outlash, the government withdrew the budgetary proposal to make 40 percent of the EPF corpus taxable. Now, under the protest of garment factory workers in the Bangluru area, central government again withdrew its February 10 notification which prevented an employee from withdrawing 100 percent of the EPF corpus before the age of 58 years.

“This labour movement of the garment workers of Karnataka state is an eye-opener for all the other working class in the entire country,”said PS Prasad, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State.

Referring to the protest of thousands of garment factory workers in Bangluru against the February 10 notification on April 18 and 19, which turned violent and threw life out of gear in the city, Prasad added, it was high time to prepare for 11th July strike under the banner of National Joint Council of Action of central government employees.

“If the Central Government employees also participate in trade union action against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC similar to the Garment Workers of Karnataka, we too can get similar results and hope for a better wage revision and a decent wage hike”, said Prasad in a post on the union's portal.

Read at http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/7th-pay-commission-govt-flip-flop-on-epf-emboldens-employees-to-strike-work-get-higher-pay_1878669.html
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE O.R.O.P. ARREARS ?

May be due to the non-availability of the following particulars with your bank, they have not paid.  Therefore, please arrange to send the attested  proof of the following particulars:-

            1. Rank
            2. Qualifying service.
            3. Group
            4. Date of Birth.

Please take a Xerox copies of the proof, get attested by your Bank’s Manager and send it to the CPPC of your bank by Registered Post immediately.

It is better if you can send the OROP arrears calculation sheet also along with the documents.  ForOROP calculation sheet, please click here.  Click FAQ on the Home page read the procedure for payment.

Addresses of some important banks and email addresses.

1.      State Bank of India, CPPC, 112/4 Kaliamman Koil Street, Virugambakkam, Chennai 92. Email: cppc.zoche@sbi.co.in

2.      Canara Bank, CPPC, Besavangudi, Bangalore 4. Email: cppc@canarabank.com

3.      Indian Bank, CPPC, 66 Rajaji Salai, Chennai 1. Email: cppc@indianbank.co.in

4.      Indian Overseas Bank, CPPC, Annasalai, Chennai 2. Email: cppc@iobnet.co.in
 
5.      Central Bank of India CPPc, 2nd Floor, MMO Building, MG Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001. Email: cppc@centralbank.co.in

6.      Corporation Bank, CPPC, Pandeshwar, Mangladevi Temple Road, Mangalore 575001.email: hogovt@corpbank.co.in                                                          :

7.      Bank of India CPPC 87A 1st Floor,Gandhibaug, Nagpur 440002. Email; cppc.nagpur1@bankofindia.co.in

8.      Union Bank of india, CPPC, 12th Floor, 239 Vidhan Bhavan Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021. Email: govtbusinesss@unionbankofindia.com.            
                 
9.      Bank of Baroda CPPC 13th Floor, 16 Parliament St. New delhi 1. Email: cppc.ho@bankofbaroda.co.in

10.  Syndicate bank CPPC, 2nd Floor, Manipal Udupi, Karnataka 574104. Email: syndcppc@syndicatebank.co.in    
                                    
Source:http://indianexserviceman.blogspot.in/2016/04/what-to-do-if-you-have-not-received.html
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7th Pay Commission – How Govt will Save Rs 11,000 Crore – Allowances currently are roughly half of the Centre’s salary bill.

The Centre is likely to implement the 7th Pay Commission award from September-October, the beginning of the festive season, to give a consumption boost to the economy. However, in order to restrict the budgetary outgo, it would pay the revised allowances only prospectively, unlike the pay component that will be paid along with arrears from January 2016.

Allowances currently are roughly half of the Centre’s salary bill; as per the pay panel award, the steepest increase — 63% — was in allowances, while the overall rise in pay, allowances and pensions recommended was 23.55%.

If the revised allowances take effect only from September this year, the savings to the govt would be to the tune of Rs.11,000 crore, official sources said. Additionally, if the railway ministry decided to toe the Centre’s line, the national transporter will save around Rs.3,800 crore. The Budget in February had provided Rs.53,500 crore towards the pay panel-induced overall rise in pay, allowances and pension (PAP) and also to finance the one-rank-one-pension scheme for the armed forces. The 7th Pay commission had estimated the additional outgo in FY17 due to its award at Rs.73,650 crore.

The Centre’s additional bill on allowances in FY 17 due to the pay panel would have been about Rs.22,000 crore, but since it would release allowances only from September (and not with retrospective effect from January as envisaged by the commission), the actual outgo would be nearly half that.

Some analysts reckon that the consumption stimulus to the economy from the increased pay to government staff this time around could be somewhat muted.

Compared with the Sixth Pay Commission award — which led to an overall salary increase of 40% and was released first with arrears of 30 months paid over two years — the disbursement now includes only six months’ arrears in pay, they noted. “If the pay commission’s award is implemented across the board (including state governments as well as public institutions/enterprises), it would bring in an additional 0.9% of GDP growth in FY17,” said NR Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. Even if states lag in implementing the pay revisions, Bhanumurthy said, GDP growth still could be at least 8% in the current fiscal, up from likely 7.6% last year.

Contrary to some reports that government employees could be asked to put part of the increased salary in bank capitalisation bonds to be issued by the Centre to infuse capital in the banks, officials said there was no such move. The government would like the employees to spend additional money in their hands to perk up the economy, sources added.

7th Pay CommissionThe seventh pay panel had projected the railways budget would bear the additional Rs.28,450 crore in FY17 due to its award. However, officials reckon that the actual requirement could be lower by about R3,800 crore for the railways due to prospective implementation of allowances.

Source:http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/pay-commission-allowances-leeway-to-save-rs-11000-crore/241779/

New Rules notified by Government to revamp Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has notified the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2016 on 14 April 2016, the birthday of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

 The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 was amended by Parliament in 2016. The amendments made stronger provisions for the protection of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from atrocities against them.

Rules have now been framed to give effect to the amended provisions. These rules will speed up the process of dispensation of justice to victims of atrocities, are strongly sensitive in cases of offences against women, and liberalize and expedite access to relief for the members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who have been victims of atrocities.

Some of the important provisions are:

(i) Completion of investigation and filing of charge sheet in the court within sixty days.

(ii) Provision of relief for offences of rape and gang rape (This provision has been introduced for the first time.)

(iii) Delinking requirement of medical examination for getting relief amount for non-invasive kind of offences against women like sexual harassment, gestures or acts intended to insult the modesty of women, assault or use of criminal force with intent todisrobe, voyeurism, stalking.

(iv) Provision of admissible relief amount to SC/ST women for offences of grievous nature, on conclusion of trial, even though not ending in conviction.

(v) Increase in the existing quantum of relief amount from between Rs. 75,000/- to Rs. 7, 50,000/-to between Rs. 85,000/- to Rs. 8, 25,000/-, depending upon the nature of the offence, while linking it with the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the month of January, 2016.

(vi) Provision of admissible relief in cash or in kind or both within seven days to the victims of atrocity, their family members and dependents.

(vii) Rationalization of the phasing of payment of relief amount to victims for various offences of atrocities.

 (x) Regular Reviews of the scheme for the rights and entitlements of victims and witnesses in accessing justice at the State, District and Sub-Division Level Committees in their respective meetings.

The Rules are an important step forward in our journey towards achieving Babasaheb Ambedkar's vision of a more equal and just society.

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

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Prepare for strike we are sure the of getting better wage hike-7TH PAY COMMISSION NEWS

Comrades,

The flash strike against the recent PF Rules, 2016 of the Central Government (i.e., Centre’s new rule on Provident Fund withdrawal) by large section of Garment Factory Workers and other Industrial Workers of Karnataka State on 18th and 19th April 2016 received immense response and there was a massive protest which resulted in road blocks for hours together, thereby the entire traffic of Bengaluru City was paralyzed. The traffic was also severely affected on Mysore, Tumkur and Hosur roads.

The COC Karnataka extended moral support and sympathy for this Labour Movement. The February 10th notification was under attack from trade unions from the beginning. The notification was published in the gazette on February 26 and created technical problems.

The violence in Bengaluru prompted the Labour Ministry, Govt. of India to cancel the February 10 notification which put restrictions on 100% withdrawal from the PF account.

Within few hours of protest in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka state , the Hon’ble Minsiter for Labour, Shri.Bandaru Dattatreya acted upon and withdrawn the notification issued on February 10th and informed that the old system will continue. This is a victory for the workers of the country.

This clearly shows that the Government of India does not want to antagonize the workers. If the Central Government employees also participate in trade union action against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC similar to the Garment Workers of Karnataka, we too can get similar results and hope for a better wage revision and a decent wage hike.

This Labour movement of the Garment Workers of Karnataka state is an eye-opener for all other working class in the entire country, Comrades if one state and one particular working class movement can bring changes to the policy of the Central Government, if the entire the entire country the Central Government employees agitate against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC (where only 14 % wage hike was provided against the staff side demand of 80% wage hike and also reducing the number of allowances and reduction in HRA rates) then the Central Government shall provide the decent wage hike by settling the issue of wage hike with the staff side NJCA like the PF issue being settled.

Comrades it is high time to prepare for 11th July strike of Central Government employees under the banner of NJCA. We shall get good results and Central Government shall grant better wage hike than the 7th CPC recommendations. Better we prepare for 11th July strike better wage hike we get.


Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary

Source : http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.in/



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tamilnadu Government Employees Dearness Allowance to Pensioners Order 2016

FINANCE [Pension] DEPARTMENT

G.O.No.118, Dated 20th April 2016.

(Thunmugi, Chithirai-07, Thiruvalluvar Aandu-2047)

ABSTRACT

PENSION  –  Dearness  Allowance  to  the  Pensioners  and  Family  Pensioners  –
Revised rate admissible from 1st  January, 2016 – Orders – Issued.

Read :

1. G.O.Ms.No.264, Finance (Pension) Department, dated: 16-10-2015.

2. G.O.Ms.No.117, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated:20-04-2016.

3. Government  of  India,  Ministry  of  Personnel,  Public  Grievances  & Pensions,   Department   of   Pension   &   Pensioners’   Welfare,   New Delhi’s   Office   Memorandum    F.No.42/06/2016-P&PW(G),    dated: 11-04-2016.

ORDER :

In   the   Government   Order   first   read   above,   orders   were   issued sanctioning the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government Pensioners / Family Pensioners as detailed below:-

Date from  which payable Revised  rate  of  Dearness
Allowance    (per  month )
1st  July, 2015. 119 %  of  Pension  /  Family  Pension
2. The  Government  of  India,  in  its  Office  Memorandum  third  read above  has  enhanced  the  Dearness  Allowance  payable  to  its  Pensioners  / Family Pensioners from the existing rate of 119% to125% with effect from 1st January, 2016.

3. Following   the   orders   issued   by   the   Government   of   India,   the Government  has  now  decided  to  sanction  one  additional  instalment  of Dearness Allowance at the rate of 6% to the Pensioners / Family Pensioners of   the   State   with  effect  from  1-1-2016.     Accordingly,   the   Government sanction the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government Pensioners / Family Pensioners as indicated below:-
Date from  which payableRevised  rate  of  Dearness
Allowance    (per  month )
 
1 s t   J a n u a r y ,  2 0 1 6
 
125% of Pension / Family Pension

4. The   Government   also   direct   that   the   increase   in   Dearness Allowance  shall be paid in cash to the Pensioners  / Family Pensioners with effect from 1-1-2016.

5. While  arriving  at  the  revised  Dearness  Allowance,  fraction  of  a rupee  shall  be  rounded  off  to  the  next  higher  rupee  if  such fraction  is  50 paise and above and shall be ignored if it is less than 50 paise.  It will be the responsibility  of  the  Pension  Disbursing Authority  including  Public  Sector Banks to calculate the quantum of Dearness Allowance payable in each individual case.

6. Pending formal authorisation  by the Principal  Accountant  General, the  revised  Dearness  Allowance  shall  be  paid  straightaway  by the Pension Pay   Officer,   Chennai-6,   Treasury   Officers   and   Public   Sector   Banks concerned.

7. This order will apply to the following categories of pensioners:-

(i) Government  Pensioners,  Teacher  Pensioners  of aided  and  local body  educational  institutions  and  other  pensioners  of  local bodies.

(ii) The  State  Government  employees  who  had  drawn  lumpsum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking / Autonomous Body / Local Body / Co-operative institution and have become entitled to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount.

(iii) Present  and  future  family  pensioners;  In the  case  of divisible family pensioners, Dearness Allowance shall be divided proportionately.

(iv) Former   Travancore-Cochin   State   pensioners   drawing   their pension  on  1st   November,  1956  in  the  Treasuries  situated  in the areas transferred to Tamil Nadu State on that date, i.e. Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah taluk of Tirunelveli District.

(v) Pensioners who are in receipt of special pensions under Extra- ordinary Pension Rules, Tamil Nadu and Compassionate Allowance.

8. The expenditure  on Dearness  Allowance  payable  to the Pensioners and Family  Pensioners shall  be  debited to the  following Heads of Account respectively:

“2071.   Pension   and   Other   Retirement   Benefits   –   01.   Civil   –  101. Superannuation  and Retirement  Allowances  – I. Non-Plan  – AC. Dearness Allowance to Pensioners – 03. Dearness Allowance (D.P.Code 2071 01 101 AC 0306)”

“2071.   Pension   and   Other   Retirement   Benefits   –   01.   Civil   –  105. Family Pensions – I. Non-plan – AC. Dearness Allowance to Family Pensioners of Tamil Nadu Government – 03. Dearness Allowance (D.P. Code 2071 01 105 AC 0308) “.

9. Orders regarding sanction of Dearness Allowance to the widows and children of the deceased Contributory Provident Fund / Non Pensionable Establishment  beneficiaries  of  State  Government  and the  former  District Board who are drawing ex-gratia will be issued separately.

10. The   increased   expenditure   due   to   the   sanction   of   Dearness Allowance in this order is allocable among the successor States as per the provisions laid down under the State Reorganization Act, 1956.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

T.UDHAYACHANDRAN

SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT  [EXPENDITURE]
original order

Government Employees As Good As Those In Private Sector: Suresh Prabhu

NEW DELHI:  Emphasising on rewarding performers to improve performance, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said government employees do not lack talent and they are as good as those working in the private sector.

Addressing a large number of civil servants in a function in New Delhi, he said there is a need to create a system where people will perform with all their ability.

"I do not think that getting people from outside or from private sector will solve all our problems. Also I am not convinced that government lacks any talent. What I am convinced about is the commitment of the people to work despite biggest challenges.

"It is not the private or public sector which is the solution. The solution lies in creating the organisation with the good people and at the same time working with the system. The systems are very important. Therefore we need to look at the system as a whole so that people will have the ability to perform well," Mr Prabhu said inaugurating 10th civil services day.

He said there is a need to identify performers and suitably reward them. "How do you get the best of talents available within the country in the system? That is something we need to think about. How do you reward a good performer? Today there is nothing like rewarding a performer.

"You have to think of a system where a good performer is properly identified. They get properly rewarded. They are properly promoted and those who are not doing good they need not be thrown out but how to actually make them doable that is the challenge," he said during the function being attended by senior officials of central government ministries and state governments.

Mr Prabhu said people in the government are as good or as better as those working outside the government. "The challenge is how to use that huge human capital and how to harness it at the time when challenges are mounting," the minister said.

"We need to develop a system where our delivery is better or at least at par with citizen expectations. Need to build systems and teams that can address today's challenges and future needs as well," Mr Prabhu said.

He said no one can deny that the country has not done progress. "No one can say that nothing has been done in the country. We have done progress and we should be proud of that," Mr Prabhu said.

The minister hoped that the India will become world's largest economy in some years. "It is a matter of time whether it is 20 years, 25 years or it may be 30 years. There is no doubt about the fact that we will be one of the largest economy in the world," he said. April 20, 2016 16:54 IST | Last Updated: April 20, 2016 16:54 IST

Read at  http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/government-employees-as-good-as-those-in-private-sector-suresh-prabhu-1397607

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

7th CPC – Expectations run high for the implementation of the Pay Commission…

After the recommendations of the 7th CPC were submitted to the Union Government on 19th November 2015, the news about its implementation was eagerly awaited by the central government employees. Before the submission of the recommendations, the Union Government indicated that the implementation of the 7th CPC will be done from the 1st of January 2016 itself and there will be no question of arrears payment. Instead of that, the government formed an Empowered Committee to analyze the recommendations and extended another four months for the detailed study of it. After the extension, everyone expected, the government will publish the notifications in April 2016. But that was also not happened as the Assembly Elections to five states were announced and now, everyone expects the implementation will take place after the results of the elections.

Now-a-days, the main attraction on the social media is the news about 7th CPC. But there are conflicting reports about the date of implementation of the Pay Commission. Some says, it is from June 2016 and some say, it is from September 2016. But there is no authenticity in these reports.

But for the employees are concerned, they expect an early implementation of the pay commission. They think that the union government is purposely delaying the notifications for the sake of saving money in the form of allowances like HRA and TA which are not calculated in the arrears to be paid to the employees. In the 6th CPC, the same had happened, as there were no arrears paid for the allowances from January 2006 to August 2008, the date of implementation of the Pay Commission.

Now, the Union Government should explain the reasons for the abnormal delay in publishing the notification. As the elections for the states are the main reason, there is no violation of the code of conduct, and permission can be obtained from the Election Commission for the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission. It is expected that the government publish the notification after the results of the assembly elections, the Cabinet will pass the bill in July 2016.

Let us hope for the best!!!!!!

Source:http://www.govtstaffnewsportal.in/2016/04/18/7th-cpc-expectations-run-high-for-the-implementation-of-the-pay-commission/

Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) & Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to Group ‘C’ & ‘D’(Railway employees)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No.36/2016.

No.E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 Vol.III

New Delhi, dated : 18.04.2016.

The General Managers/CAOs,
All Indian Railways &
Production Units etc.

Sub: Grant of Hospital Patient Care Allowance (HPCA) & Patient Care Allowance (PCA) to Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ (non-ministerial) Railway employees working in Railway Hospitals & Health Units/Clinics.

Ref: PNM/AIRF Item No. 7/2010, PNM/NFIR Item No.12/2015.

Hospital Patient Care Allowance/Patient Care Allowance was introducedon the Railways in terms of Railway Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008. As per paragraph 2 (a) (ii), of the letter dt. 9-1-2008 Pharmacists were also made eligiblle for grant of HPCA/PCA subject to fulfilment of the conditions of admissibility except exclusive store Pharmacists who were not involved in dispensing of medicines. Both the recognised Federations, namely AIRF and NFIR have raised the issue in the forum of PNM stating that there is no particular designation of Store Pharmacists in the Indian Railways. The matter has been considered in consultation with the Health Directorate of Railway Board and it has decided to remove the exception made for exclusive Store Pharmacists in paragraph2(a)(ii) in Railway Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008. Pharmacists will be entiled for payment of Hospital Patient Care Allowance / Patient Care Allowance. This would have effect from 01.01.2008 as mentioned in Railway Board’s letter no.E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dt,09.01.2008.

3. Other terms and conditions would remain the same as per Board’s letter no. E(P&A)II-98/HW-6 dt. 09.01.2008 and Board’s letter No. E(P&A)II-2013/AL-3 dt.20.02.2013

4. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Salim Md.Ahmed)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)II
Railway Board.

Source:NFIR

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f.01.01.2016


No.14-01/2011-PAP
Government Of India
Ministry Of Communication & IT
Department Of Posts
(Establishment Division)/P.A.P.Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110 001

Dated 19th April 2016

To,
All Chief Postmaster General
All G.Ms. (PAF)/Directors of Accounts (Posts).

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) at revised rates w.e.f.01.01.2016 onwards -reg.

consequent upon grant of another installment of Dearness Allowance, with effect from 1st January, 2016 to the Central Government Employees vide Government of India, Ministry Of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s O.M.No.1/1/2016-E-II (B) dated 07.04.2016,duly endorsed vide this Department letter No.8-1/2012-PAP dated 07.04.2016, the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) have also become entitled to the payment of Dearness Allowances on basic TRCA at the revised rate with effect from 01.01.2016.It has, therefore, been decided that the Dearness Allowance Payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125% on basic time related continuity allowance, with effect from the 1st January 2016.

2. The additional installment of dearness allowance payable under this order shall be paid in cash to all Gramin Dak Sevaks.

3. The expenditure on this account shall be debited to the Head “Salaries” under the relevant head of account and should be met from the sanctioned grant.

4. This issues with the concurrence of integrated Finance wing vide their Diary No.06/FA/2016/CS dated 19/04/2016.

(K.V.Vijayakumar)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)
Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Full EPF withdrawal permitted under certain conditions; new norms deferred till August 1

The Ministry of Labour has also put on hold till August 1, 2016, its notification placing withdrawal restrctions which was due to come into effect from May 1.

  As per existing rules on withdrawal of EPF, a subscriber has to be out of job for at least two months to seek withdrawal of his provident fund accumulation.

In a move that would bring cheers to Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) members, the Government has decided to permit full withdrawal of EPF corpus for purchase of house, medical treatment for self and family members, education of children in medical, dental and engineering colleges and for child’s marriage.

The Ministry of Labour has also put on hold till August 1, 2016, its notification placing withdrawal restrictions which was due to come into effect from May 1. The move has come after opposition from union representatives in the Central Board of Trustees of the EPFO.

FeMoney had reported on April 12 that the government might reconsider its stand to place restrictions on withdrawal and would allow EPFO members to retain rights over the entire accumulated EPF corpus including own contribution, contribution of employers and accumulated interest.

The labour ministry had earlier proposed that if a member is below 58 years, and employed, he or she will be allowed to to withdraw only own contributions lying in the fund and the accrued interest on that and not the entire corpus.

The new norms have proposed retirement age for provident fund purposes as 58 years against the earlier 55 years. This meant that the member would not be allowed to withdraw the employer’s contribution and the interest accrued until attaining 58 years.

“This is welcome measure. We were opposed to the move to allow EPFO to hold back a member’s money,” D L Sachdeva, General Secretary, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and member, Central Board of Trustee, EPFO told FeMoney.

As per existing rules on withdrawal of EPF, a subscriber has to be out of job for at least two months to seek withdrawal of his provident fund accumulation. EPFO corpus is created through a 12 per cent contribution from the employee’s salary along with a matching contribution from the employer and the interest accrued on the entire money.

Read at  http://www.financialexpress.com/article/economy/full-epf-withdrawal-permitted-under-certain-conditions-new-norms-deferred-till-august-1/239378/

Railway Minister directs to develop an online system for grievance redressal of both serving as well as retired Railwaymen.

The system called NIVARAN to come into operation by 24th June, 2016. 

The System to have provision for progress tracking and appeal. 

Railway Minister to personally review and monitor the functioning of this system. 

The move to benefit around 27 lakhs persons. 

In an innovative measure aimed at staff welfare, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has directed railway administration to develop an online system for the redressal of grievances of Railway Employees both serving as well as retired. The IT Department of Indian Railways has started working on developing this system which will be called “NIVARAN” and will come into operation by 24.06.2016. Under this system, a railway personnel will be able to submit his grievances online and can also track the progress in resolution or disposal of the grievances. The main focus areas of the grievance redressal will be reimbursement of medical claims, pension claim, compassionate appointment and improvement in staff quarters. The move will benefit around 13.26 lakhs serving railway employees and around 13.79 lakhs retired railway personnel that is the system NIVARAN will serve the needs of around total 27 lakhs persons.

The Railway Minister has also directed the Railway Administration to create a provision or mechanism in this system for “appeal” against a particular decision of an authority. The Railway Minister has accorded important priority to this new system and has decided to personally review and monitor the functioning of this system. The monitoring and review will also be done at Railway Board Level, at Zonal Level and at Divisional level also. The Railway Minister has always been emphasizing on measures aimed at the welfare of the staff and resolution of their problems. He has always been pointing out the sincerity, dedication and hard work being put in by the railway employees to make Indian Railways as the world class railway system.

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

State government employees demand implementation of 7th pay commission

IMPHAL, April 17: The State Government employees under the banner All India State Government Employees Confederation today demanded the State government to implement the 7th pay commission in the State at the earliest.

The second State conference of the State unit of the All India State Government Employees Confederation (AISGEC) was held today at Lamyanba Shanglen.

During the conference, the members discussed various problems and issues faced by the State government employees and adopted resolutions which include urging the State government to implement the 7th pay commission in the State at the earliest.

The AISGEC is also demanding the State government to regularise the part time and contract employees in the various State departments and to stop privatization of Government departments and institutions and detachment of workers and employees.

It is also appealing the State to increase the minimum wages.

The association further demanded the Central government to include Manipur in the special category status.

The conference further resolved to send memorandums to the concern central authorities regarding the problem being faced by the teaching and non-teaching staffs of northeast Navodayas.

Delivering the key-note address, organizing committee convenor Dr E Girani Singh said that in around 105 departments of the State government, there are more than 28,000 posts vacancies.

He further appealed to the government to fill-up the vacant posts by absorbing the contract employees.

Deputy Labour Commissioner E Tomba Singh, Retired principal DM College of Science G Tomba Sharma, Department of Physics, director IQAC MU professor S Dorendrajit, AITUC, Manipur general secretary L Sotinkumar Singh and AISGEC vice president Joykumar Singh attended the function as presidium members.

Read at http://kanglaonline.com/2016/04/state-government-employees-demand-implementation-of-7th-pay-commission/

Management trainees hold key to 'StartUp India': Dr Jitendra Singh

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 has said that young Management trainees hold the key to “Startup India Standup India” campaign. Addressing the Graduation Ceremony of Management Programme in Public Policy (MPPP) by Indian School of Business (ISB) here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said the young management trainees truly possess the professional expertise coupled with youth enthusiasm and entrepreneurship skills to show the way to the rest of their peers.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, Indians, by inheritance and experience, grow up learning management skills and the varied ‘Jugaads’ in a natural course. In fact, many of the indigenous management skills may later be required to be picked up even by the university degree holders of Management, he quipped. For example, he added, even the most illiterate housewife in India is a management operator in her own way.

Nevertheless, Dr Jitendra Singh said, in the contemporary era of specialisation, while a formal training in management is imperative for a future headway, a degree in management should not be allowed to become a prisoner of pay package because in that case, it will not be able to serve the larger and higher purpose of leading, from the front, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s mission for “Startup India Standup India”.

In his capacity as the Minister for Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh beckoned the young managers and potential entrepreneurs to come over to Northeast and try their luck in unexplored areas including organic farming, for which, the Ministry of DoNER has decided to provide added incentives to such young Startups who venture to invest in Northeast. In this regard, he also referred to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model which, he said, the Union Government is inclined to promote.

Dr Jitendra Singh also had a special word of praise for the officers in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) led by Secretary, Shri Sanjay Kothari, who had availed of ISB training facility, to depute some of their officers for this first-ever training programme of its kind in management under ISB, and remarked that an administrator who also possesses good managerial skills can always prove to be an asset for the Department or the Ministry he is serving.

Earlier, the keynote address was delivered by Shri Rakesh Bharti Mittal while Dr Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, ISB presented an overall resume of ISB and its activities.

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

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Narendra Modi government to add 2.2 lakh central employees in two years

NEW DELHI: 'Minimum government, maximum governance' has been one of PM Narendra Modi's catchiest slogans. But the Modi government is set to add more than two lakh central employees over a period of two years from March 1, 2015, despite the Centre's announcements from time to time on a freeze in fresh recruitments.

The central government's actual staff on March 1, 2015 was 33.05 lakh, which increased to 34.93 lakh in 2016 and is estimated to grow to 35.23 lakh by March 1, 2017, according to the budget estimates for 2016-17. This includes the railways — which has not added a single worker to its strength of 13,26,437 in the last three years — but excludes the defence forces.

The biggest increase of 70,000 is projected in the revenue department which comprises income tax and customs and excise, followed by central paramilitary forces, projected to rise by 47,000. The strength of the home ministry, excluding paramilitary forces, has increased by 6,000.

The cabinet secretariat, a fairly small department assisting the government, will add 301 employees, going up from 900 in 2015 to 1,201 by March 1, 2017. The I&B ministry added nearly 2,200 personnel in the last two years.

The personnel ministry, which manages government staff, added 1,800 jobs in the last two years, the urban development ministry 6,000, mines ministry 4,399 and department of space 1,000.

However, the financial allocation for salaries and allowances for the revenue department has not shown any major difference, for the reason that the department has not been able to recruit personnel due to slow progress in the cadre restructuring exercise.

Some departments have faced downsizing. Interestingly, there has been a cut in the department of rural development, the focus area of the government, where the strength has come down from 538 in 2015 to 472 in 2016-17.

A major reason for the spurt in hiring is that many departments faced acute staff crunch in Group B and C categories due to a moratorium on fresh recruitments for the past several years.

A lot of the new appointments have been in these categories. Vacancies have piled up over the years. More than six lakh posts are vacant in various central government ministries, according to the personnel ministry.

Read at  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Narendra-Modi-government-to-add-2-2-lakh-central-employees-in-two-years/articleshow/51870405.cms

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Central govt employees can go on cruise tours with LTC money

Mumbai: Aiming to increase cruise tourism, the Centre is mulling to include vacations on luxury ships under the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) scheme where government employees get their travel costs reimbursed.

"We are looking at including cruise tours under the LTC scheme. Employees can go on cruise ships at government expense," Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Suman Billa said during a session on tourism at the Maritime India Summit on Friday.

He said such a move will shore up the sagging numbers of tourists opting for cruise tours and will be a huge boost for the sector. Billa said for the five years between FY10 and FY14, there has been a 14 per cent decline in the number of tourists opting for cruise tours in the country, a trend the government wants to reverse.

In FY10, there were 55,000 domestic and 1.35 lakh foreign tourists who boarded cruise ships, which dropped to 45,000 and 70,000, respectively, in FY14, he said.

Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma today said presently only 0.40 per cent of the tourists in India opt for cruise tours, while India's share in the global cruise tourism market is 0.68 per cent. The government is targeting to take this up to 1 per cent by 2020 and further to 2 per cent later.

Most Indians "have a craze" towards cruise tourism, he said, adding that special emphasis has been laid on cruise tourism in the last 18 months.

Billa said a task force set up in November 2015 to increase cruise tourism is looking at various aspects, including developing infrastructure, simplifying procedures, increasing marketing and communication activities, and incentives and commissions.

The move to include holidays on cruise ships under the LTC is also one of the proposals the task force, chaired by tourism secretary and co-chaired by the shipping secretary, is looking into, he said.

Billa said India is best placed to take advantage of cruise tourism as it stands close to a busy route for cruise ships between the Middle East and South East Asian countries.

Source:http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/National/2016-04-15/Central-govt-employees-can-go-on-cruise-tours-with-LTC-money/221798

Depts tell staff not to leave office during work hours

To fight the deteriorating work culture in government offices, several departments have issued directions to its employees to refrain from leaving their offices during working hours.

Director, Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir, Gull Wani has issued a notice to his employees to desist from leaving the institute during office hours to visit the administrative section, considered a lucrative place for corrupt employees.

“It has been observed that employees of the institute frequently visit the administration section of the university during office hours without informing the director, resulting in administrative inconvenience at the institute. As such, every staff member is directed to desist from this,” read the notice issued by Wani.

Officials at the varsity said employees leave their respective departments during office hours and visit the administrative department, where the staff had more public dealing.

“They go to the administrative section of the university to lure people, promising them that their work will be done quickly in lieu of a bribe. It is a common practice here,” a varsity official said.

Similarly, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), earlier this month, issued a circular asking its employees to desist from practices which bring a bad name to the department.

“Some employees working in sub-offices and the central office of the SMC can be found roaming near the birth and death sections on a regular basis. Due to these agents, the public is facing a lot of problems,” the SMC circular read.

The SMC has asked its employees to remain present in their offices and perform the job assigned to them.
The situation is similar in other government departments across Kashmir where employees instead of doing their work visit other departments to earn a quick buck during the day.

In Kashmir’s lone children hospital, GB Pant, a doctor posted at the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit was put under CCTV surveillance after complaints of his absence from duty.

“We monitored his movement through the CCTV cameras and found him leaving the critical care unit during duty hours,” said a senior official at GB Pant Hospital.

The accused doctor was seen napping in his room or going out for tea during duty hours.

Medical Superintendent, GB Pant, Dr Shafaqat Khan said action had been taken against the doctor, who had now desisted from the practice.

However, officials say the government should install CCTVs cameras to monitor the movement and work of the employees in government offices.

To check absenteeism, the biometric attendance system was put in place in almost all goevrnment departments.

However, officials say employees punch in in the morning and go out during the day to do their work, like in the past.

“They come back in the evening to log out so that they are marked present for the day,” the official said.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon warned the employees to desist from leaving their offices during working hours. “Strong action will be taken against employees if found involved in such practices. We will be forced to go with no work, no wage procedure,” Samoon said. He said he would write to all heads of the departments to ensure the physical presence of the employees in offices and take action against the absent employees.

Source:http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/depts-tell-staff-not-to-leave-office-during-work-hours/222974.html

PFRDA may regulate unregulated pension funds

The Department of Financial Services (DFS), which functions under the finance ministry, is examining a proposal to bring all unregulated retirement funds under the purview of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

DFS is looking at forming a panel to look into the matter and study the scale of unregulated superannuation funds in the country to protect subscribers' interest.

"There is a proposal to have a single regulator for superannuation funds. It is difficult to say how many such funds are there across the country," said a government official.

It is not clear whether pension products floated by mutual funds or insurance companies would also come under PFRDA, as these are already regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai), respectively.

"The idea is basically to reduce the grey areas and close down the regulatory gaps," said Hemant Contractor, chairman, PFRDA. The matter is complex as multiple ministries are involved - for example, the ministry of labour is involved in matters related to payment of gratuities, said the official. He added that a panel would sort out the matter.

PFRDA has been pitching that all unregulated pension funds in the country be regulated. Under the proposed PFRDA Act, the pension regulator is responsible for promoting the pension fund industry and protecting consumers by supervising these funds. Currently, it is responsible only for regulating the National Pension System (NPS) and the Atal Pension Yojana.

A number of companies extend superannuation schemes to employees through insurance companies or set up their own PF trusts. Many of these trusts are under the ambit of Sebi, Irdai or EPFO. They all seek tax exemptions from the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT).

PFRDA has been trying to accumulate information on existing pension and superannuation schemes being run by various entities and details of their regulatory jurisdiction, supervisory mechanism, investment guidelines, risk management strategies, number of subscribers and assets under their management.

The G N Bajpai Committee had in its report called for a unified pension regime and regulations. PFRDA came into existence after the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Act was notified in February 2014.

Read at  http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/pfrda-may-regulate-unregulated-pension-funds-116041600047_1.html
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Karnataka Employees DA 32.5% to 36% w.e.f 1st January 2016

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA

Sub: Revision of the rates of Dearness Allowance- reg.

GOVERNMENT ORDER NO.FD 12 SRP 2016
BANGALORE, DATED 13TH APRIL 2016

Government are pleased to sanction increase in the rates of Dearness Allowance payable to the State Government Employees in the Revised Pay Scales 2012 from the existing 32.5% to 36% Basic Pay with effect from 1st January 2016.

2. These orders will apply to the full time Government Employees, Employees of Zilla Panchayata, Work Charged Employees on regular time scales of pay, full time Employees of Aided Educational Institutions and Universities who are on regular time scales of pay.

3. For the purpose of grant of Dearness Allowance, the term “Basic Pay” means, pay drawn by a Government Employee in the scale of pay applicable to the post held by him and includes:

a. Stagnation increment, if any, granted to him above the maximum of the scale of pay.

b. Personal pay, if any, granted to him under sub-rule (3) of Rule 7 of the Karnataka Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2012.

c.Additional incrment, if any, granted to him above the maximum of the scale of pay.

4. Basic pay shall not include any emoluments other than those specified above.

5. Government are also pleased to sanction increase in the rates of Dearness Allowance from the existing 32.5% to 36 of the Basic Pension/Family Pension with effect from 1st January 2016 to the State Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners and Pensioners/Family Pensioners of the Aided Educational Institutions whose pension/family pension is paid out of the consolidated fund of the state.

6. Government are also pleased to sanction increase in the rates of Dearness Allowance from the existing 32.5% to 36% of the Basic Pension/family Pension with effect from 1st January 2016 to the Pensioners/Family Pensioners who were drawing pay in the UGC/AICTE/ICAR scales of Pay.

7. Separate orders will be issued in respect of Employees on UGC/AICTE/ICAR/NJPC scales of pay and also in respect of NJPC Pensioners.

8. The increase in Dearness Allowance admissible under this order is payable in cash.

9. The Payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 Paise and above shall be rounded off to the next rupee and fractions less than 50 Paise shall be ignored.

10. The Dearness Allowance will be shown as a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay for any purpose.

BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE
GOVERNOR OR KARNATAKA

(NANHUNDAPPA)
Joint Secretary to Government
Finance Department (services-2)

Source:http://www.finance.kar.nic.in/gos/fd12srp2016.PDF

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