Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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EXPECTED DA JANUARY 2019

No. 5/1/2018-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st December, 2018

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - November, 2018

The All-India CPI-IW for November, 2018 remained stationary at 302 (three hundred and two). On l-month percentage change, it remained static between October, 2018 and November, 2018 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.35 per cent for the corresponding month of last year.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 0.14 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Coconut Oil, Milk, Banana, Apple, Chillies Green, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, French Bean, Gourd, Green Coriander Leaves, Methi, Palak, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the decrease in. index. However, this decrease was checked by Rice, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Eggs (Hen), Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Onion, Cooking Gas, Medicine (Allopathic), Cinema Charges, F lowers/F lower Garlands, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 4.86 per cent for November, 2018 as compared to 5.23 percent for the previous month and 3.97 per cent during the corresponding month of “the previous year. Similarly, the Food‘inflation stood at (-) 1.57 per cent against (-) 0.95 per cent of the previous month and 3.91 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level Howrah and Amritsar reported the maximum decrease of (5 points each) followed by Jaipur (4 points). Among others, 3 points decrease was observed in 7 centres, 2 points in 6 centres and 1 point in 21 centres. On the contrary, Jalandhar recorded a maximum increase of 9 points followed by Madurai and Chennai (6 points each) and Kodarma (5 points). Among others, 3 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 2 points in 4 centres and 1 point in 13 centres.  Rest of the 17 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above All-India Index and 41 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of December, 2018 will be released on Thursday, 31st January, 2019. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

Sd/-
(AMRIT LAL JANGID)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Source: http://labourbureaunew.gov.in/Press_Note_CPI_IW_NOV_2018_EH.pdf

Non-refundable advance to a member in case of continuous unemployment for a period of not less than one month: Notification

The Gazette of India
EXTRAORDINARY
PART II-Section 3-Sub-section (i)
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
No. 872] NEW DELHI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018/AGRAHAYANA 16, 1940

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 6th December, 2018

G.S.R. 1182(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by section 5 read with sub-section (1) of section 7 of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (19 of 1952), the Central Government hereby makes the following Scheme, further to amend the Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme, 1952, namely:-

1. (1) This Scheme may be called the Employees’ Provident Funds (Amendment) Scheme, 2018.
(2) It shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme, 1952, after paragraph 68H, the following shall be inserted, namely:-

“68HH. Non-refundable advance to a member in case of continuous un-employment for a period of not less than one month.- The Commissioner or, where so authorised by the Commissioner, any other officer subordinate to him, may permit a member, on ceasing to be an employee in any factory or establishment to which the Act applies, a non-refundable advance upto seventy-five percent of the amount standing to his credit in the Fund, if he has not been employed in any factory or other establishment for a continuous period of not less than one month immediately preceding the date on which he makes an application for such non-refundable advance.”.

[F. No. S-35012/8/2018-SS-II]

R. K. GUPTA, Jt. Secy.

Note: The principal Scheme was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide number S.R.O. 1509, dated the 2nd September, 1952 and was last amended vide number G.S.R. 436(E) dated the 4th May, 2017.

Source: https://labour.gov.in/sites/default/files/Notification_EPF_member.pdf

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- (7th CPC level 9) to Sr. Private Secretary on completion of 4 years of regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTROLLER OF ACCOUNTS (FYS)
PA Y TECH SECTION
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA: 700001

Part. I Office Order No. AT/10
Date: 18/12/2018

To

All CsFA

Subject: Grant of Grade Pay of Rs 5400/-(7th CPC level-9) to Sr. Private Secretary on completion of 4 years of regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs-4800/

A copy of CGDA No-AN/XIV/14164/7th CPC/VoI-I, dated 15/11/2018 received through email on the above subject is forwarded herewith for compliance, please.

Encl: As above.

Sd/-
Asst Controller of Accounts (Fys)


CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt - 110010

No. AN/XIV/14164/7th CPC/Vol-I
Dated: 15/11/2018

To
All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA(Fys)

Subject: Grant of Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- (7th CPC level 9) to Sr. Private Secretary on completion of 4 years of regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-

The matter regarding pay fixation on Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 5400/- (7th CPC level 9) to Sr. Private Secretary upon completion of 4 years of regular service in the grade pay of Rs. 4800/- was taken up with MoF/DoP&T.

2.  In view of the guidelines received from the Ministry, it is clarified that upon completion of four years regular service in Grade pay of 4800 (i.e. Level 8), SPS will be placed in Level 9 corresponding to Grade Pay of Rs.5400 at equal or next available cell.  Further, in case the official has been granted Grade Pay of Rs. 5400 between January to June he/she will be granted annual increment of July in that year in the Grade Pay of 4800 and will accordingly be placed under Level 9 at equal or next available cell.

3.  An illustration to the above effect is given below for better implementation.

Mr. X promoted to SPS grade in April 2012 is drawing Rs. 53600/- in Level 8 as on 01.01.2016.  Upon completion of four years in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-, he becomes eligible for placement in the higher Level 9 corresponding to Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- w.e.f. 04/2016.  Since the same cell is not available in level 9, his pay will be fixed at Rs.54700/- i.e. the next available cell under Level 9 and he will continue to draw pay at the same rate upto 30.06.2016.  Subsequently, upon pay will be fixed at Rs.55200/- (L-8).  However, as he needs to be placed in Level 9 i.e. higher pay level his pay will be fixed at 56300/- with DNI as 01/07/2017.

Necessary action may be taken accordingly.

This has the approval of Sr.Jt. CGDA(AN)

Sd/-
(Vijay Raina)
For CGDA

For CGDA

Source:http://pcafys.nic.in/files/PayTech181218.pdf

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sexual harassment at work place - LOK SABHA

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 88
ANSWERED ON: 11.12.2018

Sexual Harassment at Workplace

ASADUDDIN OWAISI
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether in view of complaints by women as part of ‘Me too movement’, the Government has constituted a group of Ministers (GoM) to strengthen legal and institutional framework to deal with and prevent sexual harassment at work place;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the composition of the GoM;

(c) the details of the existing laws to deal with Sexual Harassment at work place; and

(d) the time by which the GoM is likely to submit its report and a legal framework is likely to be framed in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR)

(a) & (b): The Government has constituted the following Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine and give recommendations for strengthening the legal and institutional frameworks to deal with and prevent Sexual Harassment at Workplace:

(i) Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister.
(ii) Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Shipping.
(iii) Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Defence.
(iv) Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development.

(c): The existing law to deal with sexual harassment at work place is the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 which aims to provide safe and secure work environment to women. The Act covers all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and provides protection against sexual harassment at all workplaces; both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized. Domestic workers are also covered under the ambit of the Act. In addition existing provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) are also applicable to various offences of sexual harassment.

(d): No time frame has been prescribed for the GoM to submit its report.

Source: LokSabha

Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 - opportunity for revision of option to come over to revised pay structure

No. 4-13/17-IC/E-IIIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 12th, December, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 - opportunity for revision of option to come over to revised pay structure

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to Rules 5 & 6 of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 regarding exercise of option to come over to the revised pay structure effective from 1.1.2016 as notified by the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 and to say that the said option was to be exercised within 3 months of the date of notification, i.e. 25.7.2016 of the said Rules. The Rule 6(4) thereof provides that the option once exercised shall be final.

2. The Staff Side of the National Council (JCM) has requested that employees may be given another opportunity to re-exercise their option in view of certain hardships caused to certain employees. A number of references have also been received in this Ministry, proposing that the affected employees may be given an opportunity to re-exercise their option.

3. The matter has been considered and the President is pleased to decide that in relaxation of the stipulation contained in Rule 6(4) of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, the Central Government employees, who have already exercised their option to come over to the revised pay structure as notified by the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, shall be permitted another opportunity to revise their initial option in terms of Rules 5 & 6 thereof. The revised Option shall be exercised within a period of 3 months from the  date of issue of these orders. The option once exercised in terms of these orders shall be final and shall not be liable to any further change under any circumstances. All other terms and conditions as laid down in the said Rules 5 and 6 shall continue to be applicable.

4. It is obvious that in respect of those employees who have already exercised option to come over to the revised pay structure from 01.01.2016 itself or in whose case the revised pay structure took effect from 01.01.2016 and who ire-exercise their option under these orders to come over to the revised pay structure from a date subsequent to 01.01.2016 as per Rule 5 of 008 (RP) Rules, 2016, the arrears on account of revised pay already drawn by them from 01.01.2016 up to the date from which they now Opt to come over to the revised pay structure shall be recovered.

5. In their application to the employees serving in IA&AD, these orders were issued after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

To,

i. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India (As per standard distribution list)

2. Guard File

3. NIC with the request that the same be posted on the website of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

Source:https://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/Revsion%20of%20Option_7th%20%20CPC%20_Eng_0.pdf


Source:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Grant of non-funtional Grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2.

Most Immediate
Court Matter
By FAX/Speed post

F. No. A-23011/62/2016-Ad.IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

North Block, New Delhi.
Dated 6th December, 2018
To,

Director General
Directorate General of Human Resource Development(HRM),
Cusotms & Central Excise, 507, Deep Shikha
Rajendra Place, New Delhi — 110 008
Subject: OA No. 1707/2016 filed by Shri R. K. Tripathi & Ors. Vs. UOI & Ors before Hon’ble CAT PB, New Delhi for grant of non-funtional Grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2 to those Inspectors who were granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- due to ACP/MACP Scheme

Sir,

I am directed to say that as per extant instructions, non functional Grade Pay of Rs. 5400 in PB-2 (pre-revised) is granted to those Superitendents/ Appraisers who have completed 4 years of regular service in the Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/, Shri M. Subramaniam, the then Inspector who was granted Grade pay of Rs. 4800/- due to ACP scheme, got favorable judgement from the Hon’ble High Court of Madras and Civil Appeal No. 8883/2011 filed by UOI was dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Review Petition in the said case was also dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

2. Consequent upon dismissal of Civil Appeal No. 8883/2011 and Review Petition in Civil Appeal filed by UOI by Hon’ble Supreme Court, the judgement of Hon’ble High Court of Madras in M. Subramaniam has been implemented in consultation with D/o Expenditure.

3. Keeping in view a number of similar court cases in different Benches of CAT/Court being decided by CAT/High Court, in favour of petitioners, the matter was examined in the Board and a proposal was referred to D/o Expendiutre to consider extension of the benefit of the direction of the Hon’ble High Court in M. Subramaniam, to all similarly placed officers. Deptt.Of Expenditure vide note dated 12.11.2018 examined the matter and sought following clarifications:-

(i) How many individuals of which posts have been allowed the benefit so far?
(ii) How many similarly placed persons are to be covered in the benefit?
(iii) Whether the similarly placed persons are holder of the same post which was held by the individuals covered in the SLP?
(iv) The financial implications on the benefit already allowed and the estimated financial implication on the similarly placed employees?

4. The details sought by D/o Expenditure vide note dated 12.11.2018 needs to be compiled from the Zonal Commissionerates. You are requested to kindly obtain the details/ information on the points mentioned above from Zonal Commissionerate, compile it and furnish the same to the Board for taking up the matter with D/o Expenditure. Since a number of court cases are pending in CAT/High Court, it is requested to expedite this exercise and detail/information be made available to the Board, by 20.12.2018.

Yours faithfully,

(M. K. Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 011-23095528
Source:MoF

Appointment on Compassionate Grounds – Priority No. 1 case- reg .

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
*****

RBE No. 181/2018
No. E(NG)II/2018/RC-1/44 pt
New Delhi, dated 27.11.2018

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways & PUs

Sub: Appointment on Compassionate Grounds – Priority No. 1 case- reg .

Attention is invited to this of!ice letter para 10 (i) and 10 (c) of Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/90/RC-1/117 dated 12.12.1990 wherein it had been laid down regarding order of priority in offering appointment on compassionate grounds.

Priority No. 10 (i) ~ Dependents of employees who die or are permanently crippled in the course of duty and 1 0 (c) – a time limit of one month should be observed within which appointment should be given and Para 6 of Board’s letter No. E(NG)II/91/RR-1120 dated 03.12.1991 wherein it had been laid down that Compassionate appointment in the clerical categories should be avoided to the extent possible. For any such appointment, General Manager should be personally satisfied that, the same is unavoidable, and offered as a last resort.

It has been decided by the Board that for the dependents of employees who die or are permanently crippled in the course of duty (Priority No.1), there should be no restriction on offering him/her clerical post and this power is hereby delegated to DRMs/CWMs solely for the dependents of employees who die or permanently crippled in the course of duty.

No. E(NG)II/2018/RC-1/44

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)II,
Railway Board.
New Delhi, dated 27.11.2018

Source:AIRF

Prevention of frauds in Pension payments ~ regarding.

Employees' Provident Fund Organisation
Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India
Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi - 110066

No. Pen.II/14/Bkg.Arg/2018/11660
Date: 04 DEC 2018

To

All Additional Central P.F. Commissioner (Zonal Offices),
All Regional P.F. Commissioner (In-charges of Regional Offices).

Sub: Prevention of frauds in Pension payments ~ regarding.

Sir/ Madam,

This is with reference to occurrence of frauds and its prevention in the process of payment of pension to pensioners in the field offices. It is suggested to take the actions as detailed below:

(i) Rotation policy of staff may be followed. The maximum tenure of three years may be followed in all Regional Offices without any exceptions. Records of charge allocation including deputing special messengers’ alongwith CD/BRS to the bank should be maintained and periodically verified by officer In-charge concerned.

(ii) Credit statement of uploaded data is being provided by the bank to the concerned EPFO office for reconciliation within a day. PPO wise reconciliation may be done by the system itself. The activity of reconciliation may be carried out under the supervision of RPFC induding credit in EPFO’s A/c No. 10 of undisbursed account.

(iii) All monthly/weekly pension payments to be validated from system (master-record of BRS) before finalizing disbursement scrolls. This will eliminate any chance of fraudulent pension payment at source (pension payment pension sanctioned).

Apart from the above actions the officer In-charge concerned should adopt all other measures as deems fit for prevention of fraud in pension payment.

The matter may be accorded priority.

Yours faithfully,

(R.M.VERMA)
Additional Central P.F. Commissioner (Pension)

Source: https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_docs/PDFs/Circulars/Y2018-2019/Pension_PreventionFrauds_11660.pdf

Extension of retirement age of Doctors- Travel Entitlements reg.

Government of India / भारत सरकार 
Ministry of Railways / रेल मंत्रालय
(Railway/Board). (रेलवे बोर्ड)
RBE No. 184/2018

No. F(E)I/2018/AL-28/72
New Delhi, dated 30.11.2018

The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Extension of retirement age of Doctors- Travel Entitlements reg.

In terms of Board's letter No. E(P&A)1-2016/RT~16, dated 20/09/2018 & 17/10/2018, doctors belonging to IRMS and Dental Doctors-under the Ministry of Railways has been provided opportunity to serve the Government upto 65 years under certain conditions on their exercising the option of posting to a clinical post.

In this connection, it has been decided that those doctors belonging to IRMS and Dental Doctors under the Ministry of Railways who transferred to clinical duties on attaining the age of 62 years will carry their travel entitlements in the same manner as it was prior to such extension.

Sd/-
(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.

No. F(E)1/2018/AL-28/72
New Delhi, dated 30.11.2018

Copy to Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India (Railways), Room No.222, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi (40 spares).

for Financial Commissioner/Railways.

No.F(E)1/2018/AL-28/72
New Delhi, dated 30 11.2018.

Copy forwarded to Principal Financial Adviser, All Indian Railways, Production Units etc.

Sd/-
(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance.(Estt),
Railway Board. 

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance/downloads/FE-I/F(E)I-2018-AL-28-72.pdf
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Govt contribution to National Pension Scheme raised to 14% of basic salary

In a bonanza for government employees, the Cabinet Thursday raised the government's contribution to National Pension Scheme (NPS) to 14 per cent of basic salary from the current 10 per cent, sources said.

Minimum employee contribution will, however, remain at 10 per cent.

The Cabinet also approved tax incentives under 80C of the Income Tax Act for employees' contribution to the extent of 10 per cent, they added.

Presently, the government and employees contribute 10 per cent of basic salary each to NPS.

While the minimum employee contribution remains at 10 per cent, the government contribution has been increased from 10 per cent to 14 per cent.

 The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also allowed government employees to commute 60 per cent of the fund accumulated at the time of retirement, up from 40 per cent at present.

Also, employees will have the option to invest in either fixed income instruments or equities, sources said.

As per the Cabinet decision, if the employee decides not to commute any portion of the accumulated fund in NPS at the time of retirement and transfers 100 per cent to annuity scheme, then his pension would be more than 50 per cent of his last drawn pay, sources said.

The government did not announce the decision in view of the ensuing polls in Rajasthan Friday.

While the government is yet to decide on the date of notification of the new scheme, sources said such changes usually come into effect from the beginning of a financing year, meaning April 1, 2019.

This formula for changes in the NPS was worked out by the Finance Ministry based on the recommendation of a government-appointed committee.

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