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Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary National Council(Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees 13-C, Fer...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

7th Pay Commission – CG Employees may have to Wait till January for Allowances.

7th Pay CommissionThe 7th Pay Commission continues to be a source of an irritant for the central government employees as the issues on allowances are not yet settled.

The Centre had set up a ‘Committee on Allowances’ which met last Thursday under the chairmanship of Union Secretary, Finance (Expenditure) with representatives of the Central government unions.

At the very start of the meeting, representatives of the unions expressed their anguish for ‘non-formation of High Level Committee’. According to them it was agreed to in July by the Group of Ministers (Government of India) for settling the issue of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor. The unions want the ‘minimum wage’ for Central employees to be fixed at Rs. 26,000 as opposed to Rs. 18,000 recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

“The Secretary, Finance (Expenditure) told that, the committee constituted under the chairmanship of Addl. Secretary (Exp.) with J.S. (Pers.), JS (Estt.) and JS(Imp.) as Members has been made only for this purpose. Let us believe that, after the meeting, report of the said committee would be sent to the Government of India for its acceptance’’, Mr. Mishra, secretary (Staff Side) of the National Council/Joint Consultative Machinary, noted.

At the meeting, the unions claim that they made a strong case for implementation of the allowances to be decided by the Committee from January 1, 2016.

Besides that, they claimed that they have asked for House Rent Allowance be fixed at range 10 to 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting, children education allowance of Rs. 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs.10,000. All these allowances should be tax exempt.

Staff Side demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance. The issue of special duty allowance was also raised for Northeastern region.

Their wishlist extended to ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ of Rs. 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation, review of overtime allowance, small family allowance and dress allowance.

“Various Departmental Allowances, which have been abolished, should be allowed to continue, like Breakdown Allowance in the Railways and Fixed Conveyance Allowance to Postal Department employees”, Mr. Mishra noted.

Separately, M. Ragaviah, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen-NFIR said, “While there has been no commitment from the Chairman and Official Side of the Committee, the Finance Secretary however stated that further meetings will be held and in the meantime the JCM (Staff Side) may list out common issues and send the same to the Joint Secretary (Imp) and equally Departmental specified issues be sent through the respective Administrative Ministries for examination”.

However, the future looks different and dim.

Fearing a jump in footfalls to deposit or withdraw cash following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 bank notes, the Finance Ministry is likely to scale down the the higher allowances proposal.

“The central government employees have to wait for a few weeks as the demonetisation drive is open till December 30” a finance department official said.

“As people continue to suffer after demonetisation from November 9 on account of cash crunch, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley compels to keep in abeyance the higher allowances till things normalize, and it is likely to be implemented from January next,” Finance Ministry sources revealed.

“Therefor,unless the banks can begin to function with a modicum of efficiency, the government will not announce higher allowances to save demonetisation chaos,” they added.

The committee under the headship of Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, set to decide on allowances said recently, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.”

However official sources indicate, The Finance Minister will wait for the situation to normalize to receive report on higher allowances or implement what was recommended by the 7th pay commission.

In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed, atleast till January 2017.

 Read at:: http://www.gconnect.in/7th-pay-commission/7th-pay-commission-cg-employees-may-have-to-wait-till-january.html


Minimum Pay should be fixed Rs 24,000/- and fitment formula should be 3.42 in place of 2.57-BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)

REF: BPMS/Cir/17th TC/ 11
Dated: 02.11.2016

To,

The President/General Secretary

Unions Affiliated to the Federation

&

Office Bearers & Executive Committee Members
BPMS

Subject: Agitational Programme to be held from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is hoped that all of you are well and busy in accelerating trade union activities. Under the banner of Government Employees National Confederation, we continuously demanded for removal of anomalies related to pay fixation, bonus, income tax, recommendations of Pay Commissions but the Governments did not pay any heed to our genuine demands and it is leading discontentment amongst the employees. Therefore, Government Employees National Confederation has decided that all the constituent Federation of GENC will observe an agitation programme throughout the country from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016.

Being a constituent of GENC, this federation BPMS has decided that all the affiliated unions will organize agitation programme from 05.12.2016 to 09.12.2016 like Gate Meeting, Slogan Shouting, Dharna etc. On 09.12.2016 a memorandum should be submitted to their respective Heads of the establishment addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India mentioning the following demands:

1. Minimum Pay should be fixed Rs 24,000/- and fitment formula should be 3.42 in place of 2.57.

2. Under MACP Scheme, 05 financial upgradation should be granted in promotional hierarchy in the service of 30 years.

3. Annual Increment should be @ 5% in place of 3%.

4. The Benchmark ‘very good’ should be abolished for granting of promotion, financial upgradation and annual increment.

5. The Grade pay of Group ‘C’ Rs 1900/- and Rs 2000/- should be merged and upgraded to Rs 2400/-.

6. HRA should be paid @ 35, 25 and 15% of pay.

7. New Pension Scheme should be scraped.

8. FDI should be scraped in Defence and Railway.

9. Bonus should be calculated on Rs 18,000/- in place of 7,000/- because minimum pay has been enhanced from 7,000/- to 18,000/-.

10. Income tax exemption limit (tax free income) should be extended to Rs 8,00,000/-.

11. The wards of employees died in harness should be guaranteed with 100% compassionate ground appointments.

Thanking you

Sincerely yours

(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Source : http://bpms.org.in/documents/circular-11-k2dn.pdf

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Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS

BHARARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA  MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)

CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 09415733686, 09235729390, 09335621629, WEB : www.bpmsorg.in
REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / Allowances / 251A (8/2/M)

Dated: 23.11.2016

To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence, Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO,
New Delhi 110011

Subject: Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS

Reference: This federation’s letter of even no. dated 15.11.2016

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to power point presentation in the meeting held on 18.11.2016 under the chairmanship of Defence Secretary on the allowances payable on the recommendations of 7th CPC.

Some of the following issues raised during the meeting, need to be considered by the committee in addition to the points mentioned by BPMS vide letter cited under reference:

1. Extra Work Allowance (Chapter No. 8.3) (Para 8.3.23):

(a) Caretaking Allowance (Para 8.3.20) at the rate of 10% of Basic Pay is being paid to Group ‘C’ Staff. Now 7th CPC has recommended for 2% of Basic Pay per month. It is demanded that this Caretaking Allowance should also be admissible to Defence Civilians performing the similar duties.

2. Allowances related to Knowledge Updates (Chapter 8.4)

(a) Professional Update Allowance (Para 8.4.7): This allowance should be extended to Group ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ incumbents engaged in Ordnance Development Centre (OFB), Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ of DRDO and Laboratory Technicians in Pathology of Govt Hospitals.

3. Allowances related to Working on Holidays (Chapter 8.6)

(a) Holiday Monetary Compensation (Para 8.6.6): Group ‘B’ Gazetted Supervisory Staff (Junior Works Manager) in Ord Fys have to work on Sunday and other holidays. This allowance should be extended to this Cadre also.

4. Qualification Allowance (Chapter 8.9)

Also Read:Meeting of the Committee on Allowances
Also Read:Salary Advance(10,000) Application Form
(a) Air Worthiness Certificate Allowance (Para 8.9.5): At present this allowance is being paid to Technical Tradesman in Aircraft trade @ Rs. 225/- to 450/-per month. But their Civilian counterparts are not granted this allowance. This should be looked into.

5. Allowances related to Risk and Hardship (Chapter 8.10)

(a) Boiler Watch Keeping Allowance (Para 8.10.7): Presently it is admissible to Boiler Watch Keepers on Naval Ships @ Rs. 3000/- per month. Similar nature of work is performed by the Boiler Attendants of Ord Fys. Hence, this allowance should be admissible to Boiler Attendants of OFB.

(b) Field Area Allowance (Para 8.10.18): This allowance is granted to Defence, CAPF and Indian Coast Guard. Civilian counterparts of Ministry of Defence should also be granted the Field Area Allowance.

(c) Operation Theatre Allowance (Para 8.10.35): This allowance @ Rs. 240/ per month is granted to Staff Nurse in Central Government Hospitals, who work in ICU/Operation Theatre. This federation is not agree with the 7th CPC’s recommendation (Para 8.10.80) to abolish this allowance as the amount is meagre rate. Hence, this allowance should be continued and enhanced.

(d) Submarine Technical Allowance (Para 8.10.54): It is granted to Naval Artificers and Mechanicians for the period they are deployed for submarine maintenance duties. The present rate is 2300 pm. Civilian counterparts of Navy should also be granted this allowance.

6. Allowance related to Travel (Chapter 8.15)

(a) Daily Allowance (Para 8.15.15): The 7th CPC has recommended for reimbursement of Travelling Charges for Level 5 and below at the rate of Rs. 113 per day. This is very meagre amount. Hence, it should be enhanced to Rs. 200 per day.

(b) TA on Transfer (Para 8.15.41): The 7th CPC has recommended for `reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effects’ at the rate of Rs. 25 per km for Level 5 and Rs. 15 per km for Level 4 and below category. It is not understandable how a transporter will discriminate among the employees of different categories for rate for transportation by road. Hence, it is demanded that the rate for transportation by road should be equal for all categories of employees.

This is submitted for your kind consideration and necessary action.


Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS & Member,
JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Source ::http://bpms.org.in/documents/meeting-on-allowances-mk8c.pdf

Saturday, November 26, 2016

CGHS doctors come under scanner for prescribing expensive meds

CGHS doesn't have a formal system to know which doctors are prescribing drugs outside the formulary. This exercise would have to be done on manual basis and would be very time consuming even if resources for the same could be spared.

Despite government's stringent directions for doctors to prescribe cheaper generic medicines, the Union Health Ministry has failed to trace and take any action against errant doctors. An audit conducted under a parliamentary committee, found that from the list of doctors which have been indenting maximum amount of medicines in all the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) cities, during the two years i.e. from 1st January 2014 to 31st March,2016, top ten doctors had prescribed medicines of more than Rs 100 crores each in 23 cities.

Pulling up Union Health Ministry on this facet, the parliamentary committee in its report named 'Procurement of Allopathic Drugs in CGHS', tabled in Lok Sabha this week, said, "It is tip of the iceberg and the figure could have been much larger for all the doctors in all the cities. The committee had observed that the doctors continue to prescribe drugs outside the formulary despite the adverse recommendations of the parliamentary committee. Expensive medicines are being prescribed without any check."

"In order to keep a tab on the prescription pattern of doctors, the mechanism should be strengthened and exemplary action taken against the errant doctors," the committee said. In response to the haul over the coals by the committee, Union Health Ministry has shown its inability in controlling the practice. "It is not possible to restrict prescription only to the generic formulary because of the constant evolution of new drugs, and their prescription by concerned specialists. It is also true that revision of formulary cannot be done so frequently so as to keep pace with the development of new drugs," officials of the Health Ministry stated in their reply.

"CGHS doesn't have a formal system to know which doctors are prescribing drugs outside the formulary. This exercise would have to be done on manual basis and would be very time consuming even if resources for the same could be spared. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been approached to see whether such information could be retrieved from their database, but they have replied in the negative," the reply added. In a bid to manage the problem the Union Health Ministry has given a list of doctors to NIC who have been indenting maximum amount of medicines in all CGHS cities. The Union Health Ministry has also proposed to analyse the prescriptions and indents on a sample basis to assess whether any wrong doing has taken place and draw lessons for the future.

"It is always in the interest of the patients that doctors should always prescribe generic drugs. But checking prescriptions of all the doctors is a difficult task. As far as online sale and purchase of medicines is concerned, Central Drug Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) is planning to launch a centralised online system which will help make use of new technologies to deliver medicines effectively in a regulated and feasible manner. With this prescriptions can also be checked," said Dr G N Singh, Drug Controller General of India. Previous parliamentary committees had also asked the Union Health Ministry to direct doctors to prescribe generic medicines.

Earlier, In July, 2016, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers requested the Health Ministry to make it mandatory for doctors to prescribe generic medicines and to allow pharmacists to sell generic medicines, if available, in place of branded medicines prescribed by doctors


Read at:http://www.dnaindia.com/health/report-cghs-doctors-come-under-scanner-for-prescribing-expensive-meds-2276673
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2% DA for govt staff with effect from July

The Haryana Government has decided to give 2 per cent dearness allowance (DA) to its employees on revised pay scales with effect from July 1, putting an additional financial burden of Rs 21.92 crore per month on the state exchequer. The salary and pension bills will rise as well.

Sources have said there are 1.83 lakh pensioners and 31,000 widows of deceased pensioners in the state. The total number of government employees is 2.76 lakh even as recruitment for thousands of posts has been going on.

“We have decided to give 2 per cent DA to employees on revised pay scales with effect from July 1. A proposal to this effect has been approved by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar,” said Capt Abhimanyu, Finance Minister.

The minister said the instalment of DA would be paid in cash to all state government employees on the pattern of the Central government.

The government decided to give Group C and Group D employees the option to draw salary advance up to Rs 10,000 in cash, which would be adjusted in their salary for November paid in December.
The sources said the decision was likely to further fuel the salary and pension bills of the state. The salary expenses of the state had already been rising sharply.

Figures showed that the salary bill had gone up from Rs 10,615 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 15,514 crore in 2015-16. During the last six years, the bill recorded the maximum growth of Rs 2,218 crore from 2014-15 to 2015-16 as the Congress government did large-scale recruitment during the election year.
Like salary, figures showed that the pension bill of the state had been increasing every year. It increased from Rs 3,204 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 5,400 crore in 2015-16.

The annual growth of the pension bill had been between Rs 400 crore and Rs 500 crore, but implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations had already increased it by more than Rs 1,000 crore.

The 6th Pay Commission salaries and pensions were given in December 2008 with effect from January 1, 2006. It had put an additional burden of Rs 5,125 crore as it included arrears for almost two years.

For implementing the 7th Pay Commission for government employees, the state government had made a provision of Rs 4,000 crore in its budget.

Source:http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/2-da-for-govt-staff-with-effect-from-july/327877.html

Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)

CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 09415733686, 09235729390, 09335621629, WEB : www.bpmsorg.in
REF: BPMS / MOD / 07th CPC / Allowances / 251A (8/2/M)

Dated: 23.11.2016

To,
The Dy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence, Sena Bhawan, DHQ PO,
New Delhi 110011

Subject: Meeting on Allowances: View points of BPMS

Reference: This federation’s letter of even no. dated 15.11.2016

Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to power point presentation in the meeting held on 18.11.2016 under the chairmanship of Defence Secretary on the allowances payable on the recommendations of 7th CPC.

Some of the following issues raised during the meeting, need to be considered by the committee in addition to the points mentioned by BPMS vide letter cited under reference:

1. Extra Work Allowance (Chapter No. 8.3) (Para 8.3.23):

(a) Caretaking Allowance (Para 8.3.20) at the rate of 10% of Basic Pay is being paid to Group ‘C’ Staff. Now 7th CPC has recommended for 2% of Basic Pay per month. It is demanded that this Caretaking Allowance should also be admissible to Defence Civilians performing the similar duties.

2. Allowances related to Knowledge Updates (Chapter 8.4)

(a) Professional Update Allowance (Para 8.4.7): This allowance should be extended to Group ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’ incumbents engaged in Ordnance Development Centre (OFB), Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ of DRDO and Laboratory Technicians in Pathology of Govt Hospitals.

3. Allowances related to Working on Holidays (Chapter 8.6)

(a) Holiday Monetary Compensation (Para 8.6.6): Group ‘B’ Gazetted Supervisory Staff (Junior Works Manager) in Ord Fys have to work on Sunday and other holidays. This allowance should be extended to this Cadre also.

4. Qualification Allowance (Chapter 8.9)

Also Read:Meeting of the Committee on Allowances
Also Read:Salary Advance(10,000) Application Form
(a) Air Worthiness Certificate Allowance (Para 8.9.5): At present this allowance is being paid to Technical Tradesman in Aircraft trade @ Rs. 225/- to 450/-per month. But their Civilian counterparts are not granted this allowance. This should be looked into.

5. Allowances related to Risk and Hardship (Chapter 8.10)

(a) Boiler Watch Keeping Allowance (Para 8.10.7): Presently it is admissible to Boiler Watch Keepers on Naval Ships @ Rs. 3000/- per month. Similar nature of work is performed by the Boiler Attendants of Ord Fys. Hence, this allowance should be admissible to Boiler Attendants of OFB.

(b) Field Area Allowance (Para 8.10.18): This allowance is granted to Defence, CAPF and Indian Coast Guard. Civilian counterparts of Ministry of Defence should also be granted the Field Area Allowance.

(c) Operation Theatre Allowance (Para 8.10.35): This allowance @ Rs. 240/ per month is granted to Staff Nurse in Central Government Hospitals, who work in ICU/Operation Theatre. This federation is not agree with the 7th CPC’s recommendation (Para 8.10.80) to abolish this allowance as the amount is meagre rate. Hence, this allowance should be continued and enhanced.

(d) Submarine Technical Allowance (Para 8.10.54): It is granted to Naval Artificers and Mechanicians for the period they are deployed for submarine maintenance duties. The present rate is 2300 pm. Civilian counterparts of Navy should also be granted this allowance.

6. Allowance related to Travel (Chapter 8.15)

(a) Daily Allowance (Para 8.15.15): The 7th CPC has recommended for reimbursement of Travelling Charges for Level 5 and below at the rate of Rs. 113 per day. This is very meagre amount. Hence, it should be enhanced to Rs. 200 per day.

(b) TA on Transfer (Para 8.15.41): The 7th CPC has recommended for `reimbursement of charges on transportation of personal effects’ at the rate of Rs. 25 per km for Level 5 and Rs. 15 per km for Level 4 and below category. It is not understandable how a transporter will discriminate among the employees of different categories for rate for transportation by road. Hence, it is demanded that the rate for transportation by road should be equal for all categories of employees.

This is submitted for your kind consideration and necessary action.

Also Read - Expected DA from January 2017
  Also Read : Draft minutes of Allowance Committee – DOP&T Specific allowances
Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS & Member,
JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

Source :http://bpms.org.in/documents/meeting-on-allowances-mk8c.pdf

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Poor Functioning of CGHS

Some grievances have been received from CGHS beneficiaries through grievance portals and other channels regarding functioning of CGHS. These are mainly regarding non-issue of medicines, plastic cards, shortage of doctors/ specialists and long queue of patients in Wellness Centres.

Following action has been taken by the government in this regard:                                                    
(i) Appointment of retired doctors on contract basis as a stop gap arrangement to fill the vacant posts.
(ii) Medicines, which are not available at CGHS Wellness Centres are procured through Authorized Local Chemists.
(iii) A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards
(iv)  Option for self-printing of CGHS cards for existing CGHS beneficiaries.
(v) Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi.
(vi) Initiation of tele-consultation on trial basis in Delhi from two CGHS Wellness Centres with specialists of Dr. R.M.L Hospital.

Regular internal audits and also external audits/studies on the functioning of CGHS have been carried out.

Outcome of some of the important studies are as under:

(i) Staff Inspection Unit (SIU) was carried out by Ministry of finance for Staff Pattern Norms based on patient attendance.  Recommendations of the SIU have been implemented.

(ii) Based on the study carried out by Kaul Committee, computerization of all the CGHS Wellness Centres has been done

(iii) On the basis of recommendations of the CAG Audit on procurement of medicines, Medical Stores Organization (MSO) has initiated e-tender for procurement of Anti Cancer and other Lifesaving medicines. It has also been decided to procure only L1 Rate medicines under formulary for Branded Medicines.

(iv) Committee of Secretaries (COS) has also been monitoring the functioning of CGHS since 2008 and various steps have been implemented to make CGHS beneficiary friendly. As per the recommendations of COS, UTI-ITSL has been appointed as Bill Clearing Agency for settlement of credit bills of empanelled hospitals and diagnostic centres pertaining to the treatment of CGHS pensioner beneficiaries.

(v) The functioning of CGHS is also monitored by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and as per the directions under ‘PRAGATI’, the process of linking of Aadhar Number with CGHS beneficiary Numbers has been started. A special drive was undertaken to clear the pendency of issue of CGHS Plastic cards. Provision has been made for self-printing of CGHS cards by existing CGHS beneficiaries.

(vi) DAR&PG conducted a study through Quality Council of India (QCI)   to identify   areas of Grievances in Different Ministries and organizations including CGHS and suggested possible solutions.

Based on the inputs so received:
Financial Powers of Additional Directors of CGHS have been enhanced for early settlement of medical claims of Pensioners.
Introduction of on-line registration for consultation at selected Wellness Centres in Bengaluru and in one zone in Delhi.
Aadhar-based Bio-metric attendance for the staff at CGHS Wellness Centres has been implemented in Delhi and NCR.

The following steps have been taken for improvement in the functioning of CGHS in the country:-
1. Regular Inspection of Wellness Centres is carried out.
2. Monthly advisory committee meetings are held for each Wellness Centres with CMO   (Incharge)
3. Regular monitoring of empanelled hospitals by a team constituted by Additional Directors, CGHS of cities for this purpose.
4. Regular meeting of Additional Directors, CGHS with pensioner associations.SMS alert facility to CGHS beneficiaries.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

Source: PIB News

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Pay Parity between Military and Civilian Personnel

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), an expert body constituted by the Government, gave its recommendations on emolument structure of government employees, including personnel belonging to Defence Forces, after due consultation with various stakeholders and thorough examination of various aspects involved.

 The Commission recommended separate Pay Matrix for Defence Forces after considering: (i)principles and philosophy adopted in devising the Pay Matrix for civilian employees; and (ii)some of the aspects in the rank structure unique to Defence Forces. The Government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor, Index of Rationalization, Pay Matrices and general recommendations on pay with certain exceptions in Defence Pay Matrix, namely, (i)revision of Index of Rationalization of Level 13A (Brigadier) from 2.57 to 2.67; and (ii)addition of three stages in Level 12A (Lt Colonel), three stages in Level 13 (Colonel), and two stages in Level 13A (Brigadier).

As and when issues regarding anomalies in the pay of defence personnel are brought to notice, the same are examined by the Government, on case to case basis.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Sultan Ahmed and others in Lok Sabha today.

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

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees to get higher allowances from January 2017

In a latest development around 7th Pay Commission, the government will start giving higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January, 2017.

New Delhi, Nov 23: In a latest development around 7th Pay Commission, the government will start giving higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January, 2017. According to sources in Finance Ministry, central government employees will get their higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January next. The cash crunch, following the demonetisation drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, compelled central government to keep in abeyance the higher allowances till things normalize.

The government will pay higher allowance, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, with retrospective effect from August 2016, however central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016. There is official confirmation whether the arrears would be paid too. The development comes days after central government employees unions met Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok.

The central government employees have been waiting for fatter allowance since July when the government issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th pay commission recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, which triggered a resentment among central government employees. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then formed ‘Committee on Allowances’ for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.

“The central government employees unions wanted that House Rent Allowance (HRA) be fixed at range 10, 20 and 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting when the Pay commission recommended 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively of new pay matrix, the union also asked to enhance children education allowance of Rs 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs 10,000 with tax exempt.” a sources was quoted as saying by The Sen Times.

 “The union also demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance and to hike the ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ to Rs 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation,” they added.

Sources also said that the Finance Ministry may scale down the higher allowances proposal due to ongoing cash chaos in the country. Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-central-govt-employees-to-get-higher-allowances-from-january-2017-1660453/

Disbursement Of salary for Central Govt. Employees – November and December 2016

Salary payment of Central Government employees (including Industrial Workers) normally made through Bank- Transfer since 1.4.2012. The recent decision Of the Govt. to invalidate the Rs.1000 and Rs.500 currency notes and restrictions on ATM withdrawals made the bank functioning in the country in to an extraordinary situation.

As the employees would require cash for meeting out various expenses in the first week of every month, the present general restrictions might cause certain insurmountable difficulties apart from being in the long queue before banks. To overcome the situation the NCJCM Staff Side requested the Govt to issue necessary Orders to disburse the salary for November and December 2016 in cash (lower denominations) which para 3 or Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure No. F.No.I (i) 2011/TA/365 dated 1.8.2016 provides for in this matter.

Source: http://www.gservants.com/

Facilities For The Differently Abled Persons

Improvement/augmentation of amenities at stations, including those for differently abled passengers is a continuous process. In order to provide better accessibility to passengers with disabilities, short term facilities as detailed below have been planned at all stations, beginning with ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:-

? Standard ramp for barrier free entry

? Earmarking at least two parking lots

? Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building

? Signages of appropriate visibility

? At least one toilet (on the ground floor)

? At least one drinking water tap suitable for use by differently-abled persons

? ‘May I help you’ Booth

In addition, long term facilities, as detailed below, have also been planned at ‘A-1’, ‘A’ & ‘B’ category stations:-

? Provision of facility for inter-platform transfer

? Engraving on edges of platform

Instructions also exist for provision of Wheel Chair at stations. This facility is provided, duly escorted by coolies (on payment) as per present practice. Moreover, Zonal Railways have been authorized to introduce ‘Battery Operated Vehicles’ at major Railway Stations for Disabled, Old Aged and sick passengers on first come first served basis.

Indian Railways have manufactured about 3450 SLRD/SRD coaches (SLRD-Second Class Cum Luggage Cum Guard Van & Disabled friendly compartment, SRD- Second Class Cum Guard Van & Disabled friendly compartment) which have a suitably designed compartment & toilet adapted to the needs of disabled/wheel chair borne passengers. In SLRD coaches, wider entrance door for wheel chair borne passengers, wider berths, wider compartments, space for provision of Wheel chair, larger lavatory and lavatory doors have been provided. Inside the toilets, additional grab rails on the side walls for support, wash basin and mirror at lower height have provided. It is endeavored to have at least one such coach in each Mail/Express train.

Further, the fully air conditioned Garib Rath trains have been provided with an Air conditioned disabled friendly compartment & toilets in the power cars. For assistance to visually impaired travelers, Braille signages are now being provided in newly manufactured coaches.

In order to facilitate easy movement of elderly and differently abled passengers, as per the existing guidelines, ‘A-1’ category stations qualify for provision of escalators/elevators while ‘A’ category, ‘C’ category and stations of tourist importance qualify for provision of escalators under ‘Desirable Amenities’. So far, 316 no. of escalators at 129 stations & 178 no. of lifts at 79 stations have been provided across Indian Railways. Provision of lifts and escalators at stations is a continuous process and is done as per need, priority of work and availability of funds.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Pay Hike- Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers-PIB

The 7th Central Pay Commission in its Report contained in Para 5.1.46 titled 'Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers after 20 Years' has inter-alia recommended for withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. The Government of India vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25.7.2016 has accepted this recommendation.

This was stated by the the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in the Lok Sabha today.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Deposit of old demonetized notes of 500 and 1000 in Small Savings Scheme-FINMIN

F.No.1/042016-NS
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Divisional)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 22nd November 2016
To
1. The Chief General Manager
Reserve Bank of India
Department of Government & Bank Accounts
Central Office, Byculla Office Accounts
4th floor, Opposite Mumbai Central Railway Station
Byculla, Mumbai - 400008

2. The Deputy Director General (FS)
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, New Delhi

3. The Joint Director & HOD
National Savings Institute
ICCW Building
4, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg
New Delhi-110003

Subject: Deposit of old demonetized notes of 500 and 1000 in Small Savings Scheme

Sir,
I am directed to state that Ministry of Finance has received references from Banks whether currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1000, discontinued w.e.f.9.11.2016, can be deposited in accounts opened under small savings schemes. The matter was examined in this Ministry and it has been decided that subscribers of Small Savings Scheme may not be allowed to deposit old currency note of Rs.500 and Rs.1000, in Small Savings Schemes.

2. This may be compiled strictly.

3. This has the approval of Secretary (Economic Affaris).

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Padam Singh)
Regional Director(Sr.)

Soure: http://finmin.nic.in/SSS_22112016.pdf

Reduction in Disability Pension for Soldiers

The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:-

The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system.  The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:
Rank
Levels
Rate per month (INR)
Service Officers
10 and above
27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar  Major / Equivalents
6  to  9
17000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents
5 and below
12000
The above recommendation has been accepted with the approval of the Cabinet and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly. The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation.  The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Neeraj Shekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

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

7th Pay Commission: Weekly work report to decide annual increment of Central government employees

New Delhi: The Department of Personnel and Training is going to soon bring out guidelines which will help in tracking performance of Central government employees in more transparent manner.

As per reports, Central government employees will need to give a weekly work report every Friday showing the task accomplished as well as the pending work.

The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended that Central government employees should be offered annual increments only if they meet certain performance criterion. The Pay Commission has also sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level and recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

On the basis of the weekly report, the performance of central government employees will be assessed whether they meet the performance criteria or not, and graded for annual appraisal. The employees who will fail to meet the performance criteria on the basis or the weekly work report, are likely to be denied annual increment.

The 7th Pay Commission  believes grant of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP), although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted.”

It had siad in the report that "employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments. The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees. However, since this is not a penalty, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases involving withholding increments will not be applicable in such cases. This will be treated as an efficiency bar,”

Read at:;http://zeenews.india.com/personal-finance/7th-pay-commission-weekly-work-report-to-decide-annual-increment-of-central-government-employees_1951697.html






Complaints over OROP

A Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court was appointed to look into the anomalies of implementation of OROP. The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016 which is under examination.

Out of 20,63,529 pensioner beneficiaries, 1429 complaints have been received from Ex-Servicemen and the Family Pensioners with regard to OROP benefits. Public Grievance Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the pensioners / family pensioners and taking up the matters with the concerned Departments for redressal of their grievances. Disposal of grievances is monitored at the highest level in the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri PL Punia and Shri Pramod Tiwari in Rajya Sabha today.

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

ESIC Approves the Enhancement of Wage Ceiling from Present Rs. 15,000 per Month to Rs. 21,000

The Employees State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) has approved the enhancement of wage ceiling from present Rs. 15,000 per month to Rs. 21,000/-. The draft Rules calling for objections has been published in Gazette of India on 06.10.2016. This enhancement of wage ceiling shall bring more employees under ESIC coverage. In addition, the decision has also been taken to ensure coverage of the Scheme in all districts of the Country.

The ESIC in its meeting dated 07/08/2015 has decided to bear the expenses on super specialty treatment over and above the expenditure of state government.

The ESIC in its 166th Corporation meetings held on 07.08.2015 has decided to consider eligibility of pre existing diseases i.e. for malignancy & dialysis as prospective w.e.f. 30.08.2016.

Further, ESIC has revised eligibility for Super Specialty including the children of Insured Persons with congenital diseases & genetic disorders.

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

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Abolition of Overtime Allowance in 7th Pay Commission: Fin Min's statement in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 492
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Abolition of Overtime Allowance

G. HARI
Will the Minister of
FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the expenditure on overtime allowance provided to Government employees had increased from Rs.797 crore to Rs.1629 crore during 2012-13 and if so, the details thereof; and

(b) whether the Government is considering to abolish overtime allowance in Government offices and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE (EXPENDITURE)

(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) Yes Sir. The expenditure of Rs.796.90 crore in 2006-07 was excluding the expenditure on overtime allowance in respect of employees of Union Territories whereas the expenditure of Rs. 1629.02 crore during year 2012-13 is including the expenditure in respect of employees of Union Territories.

(b) The Seventh Central Pay Commission has recommended to abolish OTA (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) and in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for those categories of staff for which it is not a statutory requirement, then the rates of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50 percent from their current levels. Recommendation of the 7th CPC on allowances are yet to be finalised.

Source: http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/10/AU492.pdf


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7th Pay Commission: Final touches given to Allowances of central govt employees; may soon see disbursal - Zee News Report

New Delhi: The Committee set up to review the Allowances sanctioned to central government employees under 7th Pay Commission is likely to have finalised Allowances for central government employees.

“Today there had been a crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances. They may finalize all the allowances in today’s meeting itself or some of them”, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees, in a circular to its fraternity.

Mishra referred to the “crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances” held on November 16.

The government had formed a committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa which has been mandated to submit its views on the 7th Central Pay Commission's proposals on Allowance. The committee had held its first meeting on July 22 and had a four-month deadline to complete its task.

The CPC examined 196 allowances and given its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks.

 Read at: http://zeenews.india.com/personal-finance/7th-pay-commission-final-touches-given-to-allowances-of-central-govt-employees-may-soon-see-disbursal_1950960.html

Interest rate on the long term saving deposits in post offices

Interest rates on bank deposits are not uniform and vary from bank to bank. Hence, a one-on-one comparison of interest rates may not be possible.

The interest rates on term deposits are deregulated and they are determined by the banks themselves as per their Board approved policies. In contrast interest rates on Small Savings Schemes are administered interest rates linked to G-Sec rate of comparable maturity.

The percentage of savings in the savings schemes in Post Office as on 31.03.2016 is 14.84% of the deposits in the savings schemes of PSBs.

The Government has taken various steps to popularise all the existing schemes by carrying out publicity through print and electronic/Audio Visual media on an all India basis. Jan Dhan Yojana is a scheme of the Government to encourage deposits in banks and promote savings.

This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Meeting of the Committee on Allowances-NC JCM

Meeting of the Committee on Allowances

Today there had been a crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances. They may finalize all the allowances in today’s meeting itself or some of them. This is just for your information. Further details shall be sent to you, once the same is available with us…

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7th cpc Allowances to Govt. Employees Loksabha Question and Answer

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 57
ANSWERED ON:  18.11.2016

Allowances to Govt. Employees
VIJAY KUMAR S.R.
SUDHEER GUPTA

Will the Minister of
FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has deferred the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations on various allowances, perks and perquisites and referred the matter to a Committee;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the terms of reference and aims and objectives of this move;

(c) whether the Committee has submitted its report to the Government and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons for the delay; and

(d) the timeframe drawn for the Committee to submit its report to the Government and the date from which the allowances including house rent, education and transport allowances are likely to be made effective?

ANSWER
FINANCE MINISTER (SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

A Statement is laid on the Table of the House

Statement Annexed with the Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 57 for 18.11.2016 by Shri S. R. Vijayakumar and Shri Sudheer Gupta on Allowances to Government Employees

(a) & (b): In view of the number of representations received with regard to substantial changes with the existing provisions relating to Allowances recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Government has set up a Committee to examine the recommendations of the Commission on allowances (except Dearness Allowance). The Committee has been asked to go into the recommendations of the Commission on various allowances and, having regard to the representations made by the staff associations as also the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and to make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the Commission are warranted and, if so, in what form. Till a final decision is taken by the Government based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will continue to be paid at existing rates in the existing pay structure. The Committee, constituted vide order dated 22.7.2016, is to submit its report within four months.


(c) & (d): The Committee has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report. On submission of the Report, the matter pertaining to allowances will be considered by the Government and appropriate decision will be taken thereafter.

Source: Loksabha.nic.in

Charter of demands – Deferment of “Strike Action” on Government’s assurance-NFIR

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

No. IV/NFIR/7CPC(IMP)/2016/R.B.
Dated: 16/11/2016

Shri Suresh Prabhu,
Hon’ble Minister for Railways,
Rail Mantralaya,
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Charter of demands – Deferment of “Strike Action” on Government’s assurance-reg.

At the outset, NFIR conveys its thanks to the Hon ‘ble Railway Minister for his initiative which had culminated into a meeting with the Group of Ministers (Hon’ble Finance Minister, Home Minister, Railway Minister and the Minister of State for Railways) on 30th June 2016 and also a separate meeting with the Hon’ble Home Minister on 06th July 2016. Pursuant to the discussions in those meetings held between the NC/JCM (Staff Side) Leaders and the Hon’ble Ministers, an assurance was given by the Government on 6th July, 2016 that High Level Committee would consider 7th CPC issues – Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., for satisfactory settlement through discussions.

Federation is disappointed to mention that although a Committee headed by Addl. Secretary (Exp), Ministry of Finance, was constituted and a few meetings were held with us, there has been no satisfactory progress. The main issues – Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factors are continued unresolved. Due to procrastination of the matters, the Central Government employees in general and Railway employees in particular are seriously disappointed as they feel that the Government is not sincere to fulfill its assurances. The National Convention of NFIR held at Guwahati from 9th to 11th November, 2016 has expressed grave concern over non- fulfillment of assurance and decided to mobilize railway employees for sustained struggle.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Hon’ble MR to kindly apprise the disappointed feelings of the employees to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his intervention to resolve the 7th CPC related issues – mainly improvement of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor through discussions with the Staff Side Federations very soon in order to preserve the healthy industrial relations in Railways.

Yours Sincerely,

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

Source : NFIR

Salary advance for the month of November, 2016 to be paid to Non-Gazetted EmployeesRailway Board

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

No.2016/E(LL)/ APW /1.
New Delhi, dt. 17 .11.2016

The General Managers,
All Zonal Railways, PUs,
Metro Railway, RDSO, CTis

Sub: Salary advance for the month of November, 2016 to be paid to Non-Gazetted Employees.

A copy of Office Memorandum No.25(30)/E.Coord/2016 dated 17.11.2016 of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance regarding advance payment of salary for the month of November, 2016 to the Non-Gazetted employees -is enclosed for necessary action.

2. For all Units covered under IPAS, CRIS has developed supplementary bill module for this payment and may be utilized. For all other Units, respective pay roll programmes may be used.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Accounts Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

(D.V. Rao).
Director/Estt. (LL)
Railway Board

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/ELL/Advance_Salary_Nov_2016.PDF

Reservation in Banks

Hon’ble Supreme Court in its Judgement dated 09.01.2015 has directed for reservation in promotion instead of concession within Group A Services carrying ultimate salary of Rs.5700/- per month upto Scale 6 which has been reversed in its Judgement dated 08.01.2016.

The directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Judgement dated 09.01.2015 and 08.01.2016 has been considered by the Government and found that based on overall percentage representation of SC/ST vis-à-vis number of employee in Group A in Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions/Public Sector Insurance Companies is 17.79% and 7.53% respectively which is fulfilling condition of percentage of 15% and 7.5% required as per the existing reservation policy of Government of India. Instruction to clarify the representation of SCs/STs in Group-A posts in Banks were issued on 20.10.2016.

The Public Sector Banks (PSBs) were clarified on 18.02.2014 that concessions mentioned in DoP&T’s O.M. dated 07.06.2013 will be available to the SC/ST officers in PSBs in promotion by selection to posts within the officer cadre up to Middle Management Grade Scale-III or Grade-C (lowest three rungs in officers’ cadres), whichever is applicable.

Representations from some SC/ST Associations were received and got examined in consultation with DoPT. DoPT has informed that at present there is no proposal under consideration to review the existing instructions.

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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

Extension of date for submission of Annual Life Certificate upto 15th January, 2017.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II,BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE
NEW DELHI-110066

CPAO/Tech/leevan Pramaan/(3)/Vol-VI/2016-17/172
15.11.2016
Office Memorandum

Subject: - Extension of date for submission of Annual Life Certificate upto 15th January, 2017.

Pensioners / family pensioners are required to submit their Annual Life Certificates during the month of November every year. In view of rush at bank branches due to demonetization of Rs.500/- and Rs. 1000/ - currency notes, this year Government of India has decided to extend the time limit for submission of Annual Life Certificates upto 15th January, 2017 for convenience of pensioners/family pensioners. Accordingly, all the CPPCs of pension disbursing banks are advised to issue necessary directions to their Pension Accounts Holding Branches (PAHB)

This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

(Vijay Sigh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

To,
1. Heads of CPPCs of all Banks
2. Heads of Government Business Divisions of all Banks
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Source: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/CPAO_Tech_Jeevan_pramaan_vol-VI_201-17_172.pdf

Revision of disability pension of pre-2016 disability pensioners -DoPT

No. 1/4/2016-P&PW(F)
Government of India
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare
(Desk-F)
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi,
Dated the 11th November, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of Government‘s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Revision of disability pension of pre-2016 disability pensioners - clarification regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission, orders have been issued for revision of pension and disability pension of pre 2016 pensioners/disability pensioners, vide this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016~P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4.8.2016. As per para 4.1. of the OM dated 4.8.2016, the existing pension/family pension is to be multiplied by 2.57 and the amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shalt be rounded off to the next higher rupee. As per para 4.4. of the OM, it was indicated that the upper ceiling of pension and family pension will be 50% and 30% respectively of the highest pay in the Government, ie. Rs..2,50,000/-

2. A doubt has been raised whether the above ceiling would also be applicable to disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules. Pension/family pension under CCS(Pension)Rules is calculated @50%/30%of the last pay drawn or average emoluments for last 10 months, whichever is more beneficial to the pensioner/family pensioner. Disability pension and family pension, under CCS(EOP)Rules is more than 50%/30% of last pay/average emoluments on account of the disability element. Therefore, it is clarified that the ceiling of pension/family pension indicated in para 4.4 of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare OM dated 04.08.2016 referred to above is applicable only in the case of pension/family pension under CCS(Pension) Rules and will not apply in the case of disability pension/family pension under CCS(EOP) Rules.

(Sujasha Choudhary)
Director
Tel: 24635979
Source: http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWF_ENG_16112016.pdf
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1st Meeting of the Anomaly Committee to be held on 1/12/ 2016-DoPT

F.No.ll/2/2016-JCA(Pt)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 15th November, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: 1st Meeting of the Anomaly Committee to be held on 1/12/ 2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) on the calculation of the Disability Pension for Defence Forces’ Personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission

The first meeting of the Anomaly Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P), will be held on 1st December, 2016 at 11.00 A.M. in Room No. 190, North Block, New Delhi on the calculation of the Disability Pension for Defence Forces’ Personnel as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The detailed agenda note will follow.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting

sd/-
(D.K. Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary(JCA)

Source:http://ncjcmstaffside.com/2016/7th-pay-commission-1st-meeting-of-the-anomaly-committee-to-be-held-on-112-2016/

Grant of 7th CPC Pay scale to those who are appointed on compassionate grounds -CONFEDERATION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1St Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001

Ref: Confdn/7th CPC/ 2016
Dated - 16.11.2016

To

Shri R. K Chaturvedi
Joint Secretary to Govt. of India
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
(7th CPC Implementation Cell)
Room No. 124, The Ashok, North Block
New Delhi - 110001
Sir,
Sub: - Grant of 7th CPC Pay scale to those who are appointed on compassionate grounds and drawing pre-revised pay scale (without Grade pay) for want of matriculation qualification - reg.

There are a few officials who are selected on relaxed standards under the compassionate appointment scheme. As they are not possessing the requisite matriculation qualification, they are being paid pre- revised basic pay (without Grade Pay), till they acquire the requisite qualification.

After the notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016, the employees who are drawing the pre-revised pay scale (without Grade pay) due to want of matriculation qualification, are not given the 7th CPC Pay scales, as it requires separate orders.

I request you to cause issuing of necessary orders extending the benefit of 7th CPC Pay scale to the above-mentioned officials also, at an early date.

Your faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Member, JCM National Council
Standing Committee
Mob: 09447068125
Email mkrishnan6854@gmail.oom

Copy to:
Com. Tapan Bose, Organising Secretary, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, 19,
B. B. Mukheriee Road, PO Nataqarh, Kolkata - 70013 (West Bengal).

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Group `C’ employees will be given an option to draw salary advance up to Rs. 10,000/- in cash-PIB

The Central Government takes several decisions to facilitate farmers, small traders, Group ‘C’ Employees of Central Government including equivalent levels in the Defence and Para Military Forces, Railways and Central Public Sector Enterprises in the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes;

Also decides to reduce the limit of exchange of old Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- notes across the counter in banks from Rs. 4500/- to Rs. 2000/-with effect from 18th November, 2016.

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes, the Government of India has been receiving several suggestions including those from the State Governments. The Government has considered various suggestions and the following decisions relating to certain operational aspects of this scheme have been taken:

i. We are now at the beginning of the Rabi season. The farmers need various inputs for their agricultural activities. While the Government is keen on promoting payment through the banking or digital system, it is felt necessary to make some quantum of cash available with farmers to meet various expenses in connection with agricultural operations. It has, therefore, been decided that farmers would be permitted to draw upto Rs. 25000/- per week in cash from their KYC compliant accounts only. These cash withdrawals would be subject to the normal loan limits and conditions. This facility will also apply to the Kisan Credit Cards (KCC).

ii. Farmers are currently selling their produce from the Kharif season in the APMC markets/mandis. The farmers who receive such payments in their bank accounts through cheque/ RTGS will be permitted to draw up to Rs. 25000/- per week in cash. These accounts will have to be KYC compliant. This facility will enable the farmers to meet their various expenses connected with agriculture. This will also infuse lot of liquidity into the rural sector.

iii. Traders registered with APMC markets/mandis will be permitted to draw up to Rs. 50,000/- per week in cash from their KYC compliant accounts as in the case of business entities. This will enable these traders to pay wages and facilitate easy loading, unloading and other activities at the mandis.

iv. For payment of crop insurance premium, States fix time limits depending on their local requirements and conditions. Consequently, the last date for payment expires on different dates. It has now been decided to extend the last date for payment of crop insurance premium by 15 days.

v. While encouraging families to incur wedding expenses through cheques or digital means, it has been decided to permit families celebrating weddings to draw up to Rs. 2,50,000/- in cash from their own bank accounts. These accounts have to be necessarily KYC compliant. The amounts can be drawn only by either of the parents or the person getting married. Only one of them will be permitted to draw this amount. This limit of Rs. 2,50,000/- will apply separately to the girl’s family and the boy’s family. The person drawing such amount has to furnish the PAN details. Further, a self-declaration will have to be submitted by the person to the effect that only one person from his/her family is drawing the amount. It is expected that members of the public will fully cooperate to ensure that the above guidelines are adhered to. Any misuse of this facility will invite appropriate action based on the self-declaration and other details.

vi. At present, over the counter exchange of old Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- notes is limited up to maximum of Rs. 4500/- per person. Reports have been received that the same persons are going back to the counter again and again, thereby cornering the facility and depriving many other people from exchanging old notes. There are also reports of organized groups indulging in such practices to convert their black money into white. It is now expected and desirable that people put their old notes into their bank accounts. However, for convenience of the people who may be on temporary visit either for work or otherwise, it has been decided to reduce this limit of exchange of old Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- notes across the counter in banks from Rs. 4500/- to Rs. 2000/-. This facility will be available only once per person. The reduced limit of Rs. 2000/- will take effect from 18th November, 2016.

vii. Central Government employees up to Group `C’ including equivalent levels in the Defence and Para Military Forces, Railways and Central Public Sector Enterprises will be given an option to draw salary advance up to Rs. 10,000/- in cash. This amount will be adjusted in their salary for November, 2016. It is expected that this decision will ease the pressure on the banks.

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

Payment of Salary advance for November 2016 to Non Gazetted CG Employees-FINMIN ORDER

No. 25(30)/E.Coord/2016
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi the 17th November 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Salary advance for the month of November 2016 to be paid to Non Gazetted employees of Central Government.

In terms of Rule 64 (2) of Central Government Account (Receipt & Payment) Rules, 1983, the President is pleased to release part salary, in advance, amounting to Rs. 10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand) by 23rd November 2016 from the salary for the month of November 2016 in the form of cash payout to all Non-Gazetted employees of Central Government.

2. Employees, who do not wish to receive the cash pay-out of the part salary advance amounting to Rs.10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand) may give their option in the enclosed proforma to their respective Drawing & Disbursing Officer by 18th  November 2016. In that case, their salary will be credited to their account on the last working day of November 2016, as usual. In case no option is received by the said date, it will be presumed that the employee has opted for cash pay-out and the payment thereof will be disbursed in cash accordingly. Residual part of their salary payable for the month of November 2016 will be released as per the existing procedure.

3. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all the Organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments.

4. Appropriate necessary instructions on the subject may be issued by respective administrative Ministries /Departments in respect of Autonomous Bodies, Department of Public Enterprises in respect of Public Sector Enterprises, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Defence in respect of the Services.

(Annie G. Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Source:;http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/misc/SalaryAdvanceOM17112016.pdf

Delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years - amendment requested-Confederation

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1St Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001

Ref: Confdn/Pension/2016
Dated - 16.11.2016
To,
The Secretary
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003

Sir,
Sub: -Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners - delinking of revised pension from qualifying service of 33 years - amendment requested.

Ref: - Your OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 06.04.2016.

Please refer to your OM No. referred above. In Para-6 of the OM reads as follows:

“It has now been decided that the revised consolidated pension of pre-2006 pensioners shall not be Iowerthan 50% of the minimum of the pay in the pay Band and Grade Pay (wherever applicable) corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale as per fitment table without pro-rata reduction of pension even if they had qualifying service less than 33 years at the time of retirement."

As per OM No. 38/86/03-P&PW (A) dated 29.08.2008 of Department of Pension and Pensioners welfare, in which the decision to implement the decision of the Govt. on 6th CPC recommendations was communicated, “pension should be paid at 50% of the average emoluments received during the last ten months, or the pay last drawn whichever is more beneficial to the retiring employee.”

The above clause of “50% of the last pay drawn" is missing in the OM No. dated 06.04.2016. when the benefit of this clause is extended to those pensioners who retired after 01.01.2006 (post 01.01.2006), it is not fair to deny the same benefit to pre-2006 pensioers, Moreover, the CAT, Principal Bench New Delhi, vide its common order on 01.11.2011, in OA 655/2010 and other 3 OAS, has directed to refix the pension of all pre-2006 retirees w.e.f 01.01.2006, based on the resolution dated 29.08.2008 of Department of pension & pensioner’s welfare. Though the above orders were challenged by the Govt, the SLP were dismissed in the Supreme Court.

The Resolution dated 29.08.2008 contains two decisions (1) delinking of the condition of 33 years and (2) calculation of pension as 50% of the last pay drawn or last ten months average pay whichever is more beneficial to the retiree. I request you to issue necessary modificatory orders to the OM dated 06.04.2016, so that the benefit of “50% of last pay drawn” will be extended to pre-2006 pensioners also.

Awaiting favourable orders.

Your faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Member JCM National Council
Standing Committee

Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, for rule 38 Invalid pension-NOTIFICATION

The Gazette of India
EXTRAORDINARY
PART II - Section 3 - Sub Section (i)
Published by Authority
No. 714]             New Delhi, Friday, October 7, 2016/Asvina 15, 1938
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi. the 30th September, 2016

G.S.R. 962(E).~-In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309‘ and clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India in relation to persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. namely:-

1. (1 ) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Pension) Amendment Rules, 2016.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, for rule 38, the following rule shall be substituted, namely

“38 Invalid pension-

(1) The case of a Government servant acquiring a disability. where the provisions of section 47 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities. Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (1 of 1996) are applicable, shall be governed by the provisions of the said section Provided that such employee shall produce a disability certificate from the competent authority as prescribed under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities. Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Rules, 1996. as amended from time to time.

(2) If a Government servant, in a case where the provisions of section 47 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (1 of .1996) are not applicable, retires from the service on account of any bodily or mental infirmity which permanently in incapacitates him for the service he may be granted invalid pension or service gratuity in accordance with rule 49, depending upon the length of his qualifying service on the date of retirement.


(3) Where a Government servant, referred to in sub-rule (2), applies for an invalid pension, he shall be required to submit a medical certificate of incapacity from the following medical authority. namely (a) a Medical Board in the ease of a Gazetted Government servant and of a non-Gazetted Government servant whose pay. as defined in rule 9 (21) of the Fundamental Rules, exceeds fifty four thousand rupees per mensem

(b) Civil Surgeon or a District Medical Officer or Medical Officer of equivalent status in other cases.

Note l.- No medical certificate of incapacity for service may be granted unless the applicant produces a letter to show that the Head of his Office or Department is aware of the intention of the applicant to appear before the medical authority and the medical authority shall also be supplied by the Head of the Office or Department in which the applicant is employed with a statement of what appears from official records to be the age of the applicant, and if a service book is being maintained for the applicant, the age recorded therein should be reported.

Note 2.- A lady doctor shall be included as a member of the Medical Board when a woman candidate is to be examined.

(4) The form of the Medical Certificate to be granted by the medical authority specified in sub-rule (3) shall be as in Form 23.

(5) Where the medical authority referred to in sub-rule (3) has declared a Government servant mentioned in sub-rule (2) fit for further service of less laborious character than that which he had been doing. he shall, provided he is willing to be so employed, be employed on lower post and if there be no means of employing him even on a lower post, he may be admitted to invalid pension or service gratuity, as the case may be, under rule 49."

[F.No. 21/1/2016-P&PW(F)]

VANDANA SHARMA, Addl. Secy.

Source: http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/2112016-PPW-F.pdf

PM Modi For Mandatory Online Filing of Babus' Performance Reports

New Delhi: The Centre has tweaked service rules to allow online filing of officers' performance reports from the next fiscal.

The move, which comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directive in this regard, will help check delayed submission of employees' confidential report which often comes as a hindrance for promotion.

It has also been decided that an officer can be assessed solely on the basis of his/her overall record and self-assessment for a year if his Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) is not recorded by December 31 of the assessment year.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has written to all cadre-controlling authorities like the Home Ministry (for Indian Police Service), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (for Indian Forest Service), Department of Public Enterprises (for central public sector enterprises) and the Department for Financial Services (for public sector banks, financial and insurance companies) in this regard.

The letter referred to instructions issued last year by the DoPT in which the authorities concerned were asked to ensure online filing of APARs.

It is expected that by now sufficient progress would have been made towards the compliance with the earlier directive and the departments would be in a position to roll out mandatory online filing of APARs/Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) from the financial year 2017-18, said the letter written by Rajiv Kumar, Establishment Officer.

A meeting of representatives of the ministries concerned has been called on Thursday to review the progress made in this regard "so as to ensure implementation of mandatory online filing of APARs from financial year 2017-18 onwards", it said.

Non-submission of employees performance reports had often came in the way of timely empanelment and appointments of officers, a senior DoPT official said.

"Now it has been decided to ensure online filing of annual performance reports of all officers of 36 central civil services including those in Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS). The National Informatics Centre has been asked to develop an online module in this regard," the official said.

The new measure is based on the direction of the Prime Minister, who wants that the officers' performance reports are filed online for greater transparency, he said.

Read at: http://www.news18.com/news/india/pm-modi-for-mandatory-online-filing-of-babus-performance-reports-1311496.html

7th Pay Commission: Central government employees to get revised salary in August

7th Pay Commission: The Government has accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor, Index of Rationalisation, Pay Matrices and general recommendations on pay.

 7th pay Commission, 7th Pay Commission latest news, 7 pay commission latest news, 7 pay commission, seventh pay commission, 7th pay latest news, pay commission latest news 7th Pay commission: The implementation notification of 7th pay Commission was issued on Tuesday.

In a major relief for lakhs of Central Government employees, the implementation notification of the 7th Pay Commission was issued on Tuesday, following which the employees will now get the revised pay from their August salaries.

The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008. The Government after consideration decided to accept the recommendations of the Commission in respect of the categories of employees covered in its terms of reference.

The Government has accepted the Commission’s recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor, Index of Rationalisation, Pay Matrices and general recommendations on pay without any material alteration with the following exceptions in Defence Pay Matrix in order to maintain parity in pay with Central Armed Police Forces.

There shall be two dates for grant of increment namely, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July; provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment on either one of these two dates depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial up-gradation.

The recommendations on Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will be referred to a Committee comprising Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel and Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members.

The Committee will submit its report within a period of four months.

Till a final decision on Allowances is taken based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised with effect from 1st day of January, 2016.

The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects of military service, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only. As before, Military Service Pay will be payable to all ranks up to and inclusive of Brigadiers and their equivalents. Short Service Commissioned Officers will be allowed to exit the Armed Forces at any point in time between 7 and 10 years of service, with a terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments.

They will further be entitled to a fully funded one year Executive Programme or a M.Tech. programme at a premier Institute.

Read at:http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/7th-pay-commission-central-government-employees-to-get-revised-salary-in-august-2936149/


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7th cpc news-Why to wait for two years?

Sir,
The Central Govt has implemented 7th Pay Commission recommendation regarding the hike in the pay, salary of the Central Govt employees, pensioners and family pensioners w.e.f January 1,2016 besides releasing 2 percent DA w.e.f July 1, 2016.

The J&K Govt has also hiked the salary and perks of ministers, and legislators. Besides, our neighbouring states have also implemented 7th CPC recommendations in favour of their respective Govt PSU employees and pensioners etc.

But, it is unfortunate that the J&K State Govt, PSU employees, pensioners and family pensioners who also deserve the hike in pay  and pension have  been asked to wait for two years  for implementation of 7th CPC  recommendations by  none other than the present Chief Minister J&K State. One  fails to understand as to why the employees and the pensioners have to wait for two years for their due. Why does not the State  raise the demand of money with the Central Govt for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations in favour of the State Govt employees, pensioners and family pensioners.

Any way, I hope that the J&K State Govt will kindly realize that when they (legislators/ministers) themselves deserve the hike in salary; pay and perks of the State Govt, employees and pensioners also deserve and need it as well. Many Govt  Employees and Pensioners Association have urged the J&K State Govt for implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations including EJAC(Q) personally meeting the Chief Minister, Finance Minister J&K State and through print and electronic media by the undersigned also but all in vain till date.

Therefore, it is requested to the Chief Minister, Finance Minister J&K State not to wait for two years but to implement the 7th CPC recommendations in favour of the J&K State Govt PSU/Employees and Pensioners at an earliest in toto/at par with the Central Govt. employees.

Yours etc….
Ashok K (Lalpuri)
45, Ajeet Colony, Gole Gujral Jammu

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