Monday, May 21, 2018

Non-acceptance of Nomination Form for Life Time Arrear (LTA).

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

CPAO/IT &Tech/Bank Performance/37 [Vol-111)/2018-19/22
15.05.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject :- Non-acceptance of Nomination Form for Life Time Arrear (LTA).

It has been observed that Pension Payee Scheduled Bank branches are not accepting Nomination Form for “Life Time Arrear” on the pretext that their branch has not received any instructions from their head office.

As per para 23 of the Scheme Booklet on acceptance of Nomination Form for Life Time Arrears provides that where the Nomination for the payment of arrears does not exist then the Authorized Bank will seek instructions of the CPAO, who will in turn, refer the matter to AG/CCA/CA/Dy.CA for obtaining the requisite sanction of Head of the Office. As such, the claimant can also approach the Head of Office where the pensioner served before his/her retirement/ death.

Moreover para 4.5.7 of the Scheme Booklet clearly states that “CPPCs may ensure that the responsibilities assigned to Home Branches are enforced so that the pensioners are not redirected to CPPC for redressal of grievances and information needs. Necessary performance measures and monitoring mechanisms, in co-ordination with the respective administrative structures to achieve the desired level of service delivery in Home Branches as well as CPPCs may be instituted by the Bank.”

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pensions).

Sd/-
(Praful Dabral)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)

Source:https://cpao.nic.in/pdf/Nonacceptance_nomination_form.pdf

Recovery of excess payment made to pensioners.

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

CPAO/IT & Tech/SCOVA/20 (Vol-I)/2018-19/20
16.05.2018

Office Memorandum

Subject :- Recovery of excess payment made to pensioners.

It has been brought to the notice of this office that some Bank branches are refusing to disburse the family pension to the family pensioners until and unless the whole overpaid amount is credited back to the bank. This issue was also highlighted in the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) meeting Chaired by Hon’ble Minister of State of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

In this context, RBI in consultation with Office of the CGA, Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure has issued instructions for recovery of excess payment made to pensioners vide their Circular No. RBI/2015-16/340 DGBA GAD No.2960/45.01.001/ 2015-16 dated-17.03.2016 which is reproduced below:

a) As soon as the excess/wrong payment made to a pensioner comes to the notice of the paying branch, the branch should adjust the same against the amount standing to the credit of the pensioner’s account to the extent possible including lumpsum arrears payment.

b) If the entire amount of over payment cannot be adjusted from the account, the pensioner may be asked to pay forthwith the balance amount of over payment.

c) In case the pensioner expresses his inability to pay the amount, the same may be adjusted from the future pension payments to be made to the pensioners. For recovering the over-payment made to pensioner from his future pension payment in instalments 1/3rd of net (pension plus relief) payable each month may be recovered unless the pensioner concerned gives consent in writing to pay a higher instalment amount.

d) If the over payment cannot be recovered from the pensioner due to his death or discontinuance of pension then action has to be taken as per the letter of undertaking given by the pensioner under the scheme.

e) The pensioner may also be advised about the details of over payment/ wrong payment and mode of its recovery.

The above uniform procedure may be strictly adhered to while effecting recovery of excess/wrong pension payments made to pensioners and necessary instructions may be issued to the bank branches to ensure that no branch may refuse the pension/family pension to the pensioners on the pretext of excess payment/ recoveries.

This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pensions).

Sd/-
(Md. Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Asstt. Controller of Accounts)

Source:https://cpao.nic.in/pdf/Recovery_excess_payment.pdf

Strike-Call given by Bank Unions on 30th & 31st May 2018.

Office of the CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam,
Delhi Cantt-110010

No. AN/ III / 3012/ Circular/ Vol.VII                               dated 17.05.2018

To,

All PCsDA/ PCA (Fys.)/ PIFAs/ CsDA/ CFAs/ IFAs
(through CGDA website).

Subject: Strike-Call given by Bank Unions on 30th & 31st May 2018.

The SBI (CMP) Hyderabad has intimated that Bank Unions have given a notice for all India bank strike on 30th and 31st May 2018. The SBI (CMP) has further requested all the controllers to upload salary / pension payment files on SBI CMP portal by 25th of May with NPB 28th May 2018.

In order to avoid delay and for smooth processing of salary/ pension payment, it is advised to upload payment files within stipulated time with NPB 28th May 2018.

Sd/-
(Praveen Kumar Rai)
Sr. Dy. CGDA (AN)

Source: http://cgda.nic.in/adm/circular/AN-III-Strike-180518.pdf
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Admissibility of air fare for children below the age of 5 years of the Government servants non-entitled to travel by air on LTC

No. 31011/3/2016-Estt.A-IV
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel & Training 
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block New Delhi. 
Dated May 15 , 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Admissibility of air fare for children below the age of 5 years of the Government servants non-entitled to travel by air on LTC - clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to invite reference to Department of Personnel Training’s O.M. No. 31011/2/2006-Estt.A dated 24.4.2006, 21.05.2007 and 03.12.2007 which stipulates that a non-entitled Goverment servant is allowed to travel by air while availing LTC provided that the reimbursement made in such cases is restricted to the train fare of entitled class. In this regard, it may be noted that while no fare is charged by Railways for a child below the age of 5 years travelling by train, airlines charge full air fare for child of 2 years of age and above.

2. This Department is in receipt of references from various Ministries/Departments seeking clarification on reimbursement of LTC claim in a situation where a child of a non-entitled Government servant, aged less than 5 years, travels by air on LTC and entitled train fare is claimed by that Government employee in respect of his/her child.

3. The matter has been examined and it is clarified that since children below the age of 5 years are not charged for rail journeys, no reimbursement shall be made in respect of the air journey performed by children, aged less than 5 years, of the Government servants who are not entitled to travel by air on LTC. It may be noted that this provision shall not be applicable for the segments where the air journey has been allowed to the non-entitled Government servants and their families under the special dispensation scheme, existent from time to time.

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

Source::http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02est/ScanRjeZP.pdf

Saturday, May 19, 2018

7th Pay Commission: This report cites sympathy for government employees' demands

7th Pay Commission: The pros and cons of raising central government employees salaries are being discussed threadbare and their fortunes are swinging this way and that depending on what the major news about the economy are. Considering that the government will have to bear a huge outgo if the pay is hiked, the state of the economy automatically acquires importance. While a number of institutions, Indian and foreign, have praised the country's economic growth and said that it is the fastest growing in the world and is set to carry the growth momentum into the next year, still there are a lot of worrying developments over the last few weeks.

The chief among them is the rise of global oil prices, which at one time breached the psychologically important $80 mark. This has forced the oil marketing companies to jack up rates to virtual records and the Centre is not stepping in to cap the rates and neither are state governments thinking of lowering VAT. Another report on Friday has indicated that the monsoon's spread may be uneven across the nation and it may well impact food prices. Inflation, as such is expected to rise. This may have forced the government to back off from any steps that deal with a big financial outgo. However, there is one institution which has listed a number of reasons that should positively impact the decision on 7th Pay Commission.

At least 6 states have implemented the 7th pay commission in 2016-17, while the rest are expected to do so, says a report. According to Motilal Oswal report, "The 5th and 6th PCs (pay commissions) boosted physical savings, not consumption. This time, however, with limited arrears and generally lower increase in salaries, a boost to (physical) savings is doubtful, let alone consumption." The report then cited sympathy for employees' demands. This has come as a big boost for central government employees.

And what are the 7th Pay commission linked demands of the government employees? They want a fitment factor hike of 3.68 times that would hike the minimum salaries of staff at the lower levels to Rs 26,000 and give a proportional boost to the upper echelons of the bureaucracy. However, the 7th CPC report that has been accepted by the government gave a hike of 2.57 times. Notably, a number of ministers in the government have spoken positively about hiking the pay by the higher margin, yet another minister has said in Parliament that this particular issue was not on the government's table at the moment, causing much disappointment among employees.

With general elections 2019, the government will be hard-pressed to turn away from the demands of the government employees to hike their 7th pay commission linked salaries.

Read at:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-7th-pay-commission-why-central-government-employees-salaries-should-be-hiked-47770
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Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016-Exercising of option for fixation of pay.

Office of the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110010

AT/II/2701/Orders-II
                                                 दिनांक: 16/05/2018

To,

All PCsDA/CsDA
All CsFA(Fys)/PCA (Fys)
(Through CGDA Website)

विषय: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016-Exercising of option for fixation of pay.


उपरोक्‍त विषय से संबंधित रक्षा मंत्रालय डी (सिव-I) के दिनांक 06.04.2018 के आई.डी. सं.2(2)/2017-D(Civ.I) के द्वारा प्राप्‍त वित्‍त मंत्रालय/व्‍यय विभाग के दिनांक 19.03.2018 के आई.डी. सं.-03-03/2018-E.III.A की प्रति आपकी सूचना एवं आवश्‍यक कार्रवाई हेतु भेजी जाती है।

A copy of MoF/DoE ID No. 03-03/2018-E.III.A dated 19.03.2018 received under MoD/D(CiV-I) ID No. 2(2)/2017-D(CiV-I) dated 06.04.2018 on the above subject is forwarded herewith for your information and necessary action at your end.

Sd/-
(आशीष यादव)
रक्षा लेखा वरिष्‍ठ सहायक महानियंत्रक

Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence
D(Civ I)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 - Exercising of option for fixation of pay

This is regarding exercising of option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure in terms of following provisions of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016:
16:

Para 5Save as otherwise provided in these rules, a Governments servant shall draw pay in the Level in the revised pay structure applicable to the post to which he is appointed.
Provisio 1Provided that a Government servant may elect to continue to draw pay in the existing pay structure until the date on which he earns his next or any subsequent increments the existing pay structure or until he vacats his post or ceases to draw pay in the existing pay structure.
Provisio 2Provided further that in cases where a Government servant has been placed in a higher grade pay or scale between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of these rules on account of promotion or upgradation, the Government servant may elect switch over to the revised pay structure from the date of such promotion or upgradation, as the case may be.

2.  Regarding the aforesaid provision, clarification was sought from Ministry of Finance/Dept. of Expenditure on the issue of exercising of option for fixation of pay by the government servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 (i.e. 25.07.2016).

3.  Now, MoF(DoE) have issued clarification dated 19.03.2018 (copy enclosed) wherein it has been clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 25.07.2016 cannot be exercised as Rule 5 of the said Rules provided for option only for promotion taking place upto 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules)

4.  The clarification guidelines mentioned in para 3 above may please be adhered to.

sd/-
(Pawan Kumar)
Under Secretary

MoD ID No. 2(2)/2017-D(Civ I)                                                                                dated 06.04.2018

भारत सरकार/Government of India
वित्‍त मंत्रालय/Ministry of Finance
व्‍यय विभाग/Department of Expenditure 
(E.III.A Branch)

Reference: Notes at p. 9-10/n of Ministry of Defence (Finance) in its File No. 12012/2/2016-AG/PB read with notes at p. 4-5/n in File No. 2(2)/2017-D(Civ.I)


MOD(Finance) may please refer to their notes at p. 9-10/n in File No.12012/2/2016-AG/PB Seeking clarification of this Department as to exercising of option for fixation of pay by the Government Servants in 6th CPC Pay Structure till their promotion which falls after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 (i.e. 25.7.2016).

2. The above matter has been examined in this Department. It is clarified that the option for fixation of pay in the revised pay structure after the date of notification of CCS(RP) Rules 2016 i.e. after 25.7.2016 cannot be exercised, as Rule 5 of the said Rules provides for option only for promotion taking place up to 25.07.2016 (date of notification of the said Rules).

3. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary (Personnel).

Sd/-
(Ashok Kumar)
Under Secretary(E.III.A)
19.03.2018

Addl. FA(RK) & JS, Ministry of Defence, South Block, New Delhi.
MoF/DoE, I.D. No. 03-03/2018-E.III.A dated 19.03.2018, North Block, New Delhi

Source: http://cgda.nic.in/audit/circulars/AT-II-Impementation-170518.pdf

Friday, May 18, 2018

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7th Pay Commission: Central staff demands go unheard in electioneering

1. Notably, lakhs of central government employees after getting initial hike are waiting for their salary revision, as they are not satisfied with fitment factor hike of 2.57 times, and want it to be 3.68 times so that their minimum salaries reach Rs 26,000, and respectively to other ranks.

2. The state governments facing assembly elections have been offering sops to people as well as their employees, and the latest being Karnataka, where the new Chief Minister announced loan waiver for farmers. Such announcements spur the demand for salary hike on part of government employees

3. Since the party in power at the Centre will face Lok Sabha elections next year, the central staff is hopeful of their demands being fulfilled, as several ministers have promised a hike to them.

4. According to Motilal Oswal's recent report, at least six states have implemented the 7th CPC in 2016-17, while the rest are yet to do so. "The 5th and 6th PCs boosted physical savings, not consumption. This time, however, with limited arrears and generally lower increase in salaries, a boost to (physical) savings

5. A recent UN report said that 7th CPC recommendations will lead to price rise and that was due to the higher housing rent allowances for government employees and military staff as recommended by the Pay panel. Such reports seem to discourage the government from taking the step.

6. Of the Central staff, employees at Indian Railways are getting restive, and their union, the All India Railway Federation (AIRF), resorted to a relay hunger strike across the nation on May 7, 2018, protesting the non-execution of various provisions of the pay panel recommendations and other demands.

Read at:http://www.zeebiz.com/india/photo-gallery-7th-pay-commission-central-staff-demands-go-unheard-in-electioneering-47650

Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment in an eligible Central Government Office

No.12035/ 28/ 96-Po1.II(VOI.III)
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Directorate of Estates
Policy-II Section

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110108
Dated the 25th April, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Amendment in the provisions for retention/allotment of General Pool Residential Accommodation on re-appointment in an eligible Central Government Office or fresh appointment/re-appointment in Statutory/autonomous/quasi-judicial bodies etc.

Reference is invited to the Directorate of Estates O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.ll) dated 8.12.2016 on the subject cited above. The matter has been reviewed by the competent authority and it has been decided to amend the para 1(g) of the O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.II) dated 8.12.2016 as follows:–

“The officers re-employed by the ACC to continue in the same post after superannuation for the extended period shall be permitted to continue in the residential accommodation occupied by them till the end of the tenure and they will be further eligible for retention on of the said accommodation as per the provisions of rule 40 of the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules, 2017 on completion of tenure. If officers are re-employed by the ACC in any other post, further retention of the said accommodations as per provisions of rule 40 of the Central Government General Pool Residential Accommodation Rules, 2017 will not be allowed. Further retention of three months only will be granted on completion of the tenure of re-appointment.”

2. The other terms and conditions of O.M No.12035/28/96-Pol.II(Vol.II) dated 8.12.2016 will remain same.

3. The above mentioned modification will be effective from date of issue.

Sd/-
(Swarnali Banerjee)
Deputy Director of Estates (Policy)

Source:http://mohua.gov.in/index.php

Review of the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules (RRs/SRs)

F.No. AB-14017/14/2018-Estt.(RR)(3139661) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
Establishment-I Division

North Block, New Delhi 
Dated: 08th May, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Review of the Recruitment Rules/Service Rules (RRs/SRs) - reg.

DoP&T vide OM No.AB-14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR) dated 31.12.2010 issued instructions laying down guidelines for framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules. Para 3.1.5 of the guidelines provide that the recruitment rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Subsequently, this Division vide OM No. AB-14017/61/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 25.03.2014 re-iterated these instructions.

2. However, it has come to the notice of this Department that many Ministries/Departments are not undertaking the aforesaid exercise as stipulated. Resultantly, recruitment/promotion of officers/employees are continued to be made on the basis of RRs which are not updated and continued to reflect old positions. It is a matter of concern that the decisions taken by the Government on the basis of Pay Commission Recommendations, Court directions, Expert Committee Recommendations etc remain un-reflected in the relevant RRs/SRs

3. Since RRs are statutory in nature and all promotions/appointments are made as per the provisions in the RRs/SRs, it is imperative that the RRs/SRs are updated in accordance with DoP&T instructions issued from time to time. In view of this, Ministries/Departments are impressed upon to immediately undertake the exercise for review of existing RRs/SRs which have not been amended in the last five years and intimate this Department about the outcome of the exercise so undertaken.

(Shukdeo Sah) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D2/D02est/amendment9wiRV.pdf

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Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of column for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Central Command) 
Cariappa Road, Cantt., Lucknow, Pin Code - 226002

No.AN/1A/1054/APAR/17-18
Dt. 01/05/2018

To,

All Sections in Main Office

All Sub offices under this organization

All Concerned

(Through Website)
Sub: Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of column for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe-reg.

A copy of DOP&T OM No. 21011/08/2017-Estt. (A-ll) dated 28.02.2018, along with enclosures, received vide HQrs Office letter NO.AN/XIII/13006/Vol-XXII dated 05.04.2018, on the above subject, is forwarded herewith for information, guidance, compliance and notice of all concerned.

GO (AN) has seen.

Sd/-
Sr. Accounts Officer(AN)


Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road. Palam. Delhi Cantt 110010

No. AN/XIII/13006/Vol-XXII
Dated 05.04.2013

To
All PCsDA/CSDA
(Through Website)

Sub: Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR)-Inclusion of columns for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe-reg.
A copy of DOP&T OM No. 21011/08/2017-Estt. (A-II) dated 28.02.2018. on the above subject is forwarded herewith for information, guidance, compliance and notice of all concerned.

Please acknowledge receipt

(Kavita Garg)
Sr. Dy. CGDA (AN)

No.21011/08/2017-Estt.(A-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated 28th February, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR) - Inclusion of columns for safeguarding the interest of officers/persons belonging to Scheduled Caste and/or Scheduled Tribe - reg.

The undersigned is directed to invite a reference to MHA, Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms OM No. 21011/3/79-Estt(A) dated 25.07.1979 and OM No. 21011/2/83-Estt.(A) dated 08.04.1983 providing for columns in Part I, Part III and Part IV of the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) form to safeguard the interests of officers belonging to Schedules Castes and/or Scheduled Tribes (copies enclosed for reference).

2. The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in its meeting with the Secretary and other officers of DoPT has directed that the existing instructions need to be reiterated and the report needs to specifically address the concern of the Commission regarding attitude of the officers reported upon towards the members of Scheduled Tribes.

3. All Ministries/Departments and Cadre Controlling Authorities are requested to ensure that the instructions contained therein are followed meticulously in letter and spirit.

Sd/-
(Sanjiv Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: www.pcdacc.gov.in

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