Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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7th CPC report submission date.CONFEDERATION


There are lot of enquiries about the 7th CPC report submission. Let us examine the following facts.
1) The 7th CPC had issued following statement in July 2015 in its websitehttp://7cpc.india.gov.in/ . Even today the same status is existing.

“Further to the memoranda received from a variety of Organisations, Federations, Groups representing civil employees in the Government of India as also from the Defence Services, the Commission has had fruitful and wide ranging discussions on relevant issues with all stakeholders. Such interactions have now been concluded. Valuable inputs have been received and the work of compilation and finalization of the report is underway, so that the Commission completes its task in the time frame given to it. Accordingly, any future requests for meeting with the Commission will not be entertained.”

This shows clearly that the 7th CPC wanted to present its report on 28th August 2015 itself with no extension of time.

2) On August 7, 2015 National Council (Staff Side) Secretary Comrade Shiva Gopal Mishraji met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur and Secretary, Mrs. Meena Agarwal. It was assumed that the report of the VII CPC, as was promised for 28th August this year, may be delayed by one month.

This shows that the 7th CPC was delayed only one month..

3) Many news papers including Danik Bhaskar, Times of India, NDTV  CNN IBN, Hindu  etc   had reported that the 7th CPC will be submitting its report on 30th  September 2015 itself.

4) The 7th CPC chairman had informed in a PTI interview Justice Ashok Kumar Mathurji had stated that “The Commission will submit its report by the end of September,”

5) The Hon’able Finance Minister had also informed the 7th CPC report will be submitted shortly.

6) The 7th Pay Commission has asked for a two month extension from the government. That the Commission is hoping that the government would take a call on One Rank One Pension, so they could modulate their own formulation in terms of pay revision. Now the one rank one pension issue has been resolved, but the formal orders are not issued, it will be issued only next month. After the issue of the ORBP orders then 7th Pay Commission will submit its report.

7) Now four month extension of term of 7th Central Pay Commission is made the Union Cabinet chaired by the Hon’able Prime Minister, gave its approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission by four months up to 31.12.2015. The Government had issued notification on 8th September “The Commission will make its recommendations by 31st December, 2015. It may consider, if necessary, sending reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalized.”

8) Now the delay in submission of report and its implementation will be there and actual benefit of 7th CPC will occur only from April 2016. As Government will constitute its own committee to study the implementation of the 7th CPC report and issuing orders. It will benefit the Government as allowances effective date may be from April 2016 instead of January 2016.  

9) When will the 7th CPC submit its report?  There are three possibilities now on submission date.
a)    If the 7th CPC feels that the assigned work has been completed it can submit its report any time, it’s only up to the 7th CPC and the Central Government. If the 7th CPC report is completed and ready for release as per paper reports then in these case the 7th CPC can directly submit its report to the Finance Ministry on 30th September without publishing the report in public due to Bihar elections. If election commission gives clearance then the 7th CPC report will be made public.

b)     There is one more possibility is that the 7th CPC report will be submitted after Bihar elections ie after November 6th.

c)     Last option is that report will be submitted only in December 2015 only.

We sincerely hope the 7th CPC report will be submitted at the earliest and the Central Government will implement the report at the earliest, so that the aspiration of the Central Government employees are taken care by the Central Government.

Comradely yours

General Secretary

Primary out-patient medical care to the general public at CGHS Centres for dengue treatment

As part of the various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to deal with the situation arising out of spread of Dengue, all doctors at various CGHS Wellness Centres in Delhi and NCR shall provide consultation services and primary out-patient medical care to all citizens- whether CGHS beneficiaries or not- who may visit the Wellness Centres with symptoms of Dengue, primarily high fever.

CGHS Wellness Centres function from 7.30.A.M. to 2 P.M. on all working days. The location of CGHS Wellness Centres may be ascertained from CGHS website at



Awareness Programme Under Pensioners’ Portal

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web based mission mode project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. The Department has also started initiative called SANKALP for channelizing the experience and skill of Pensioners towards meaningful social activities.

The Department is proposing to conduct the next such Awareness Programme for Pensioners on October 08,2015 at Ahmedabad Medical Association, AMA House, Opp H.K.Arts College. The meeting will be chaired by Shri Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary (P,AR&PG).

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programmes at different locations in the country. So far such programmes have been conducted at Chandigarh, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Lucknow, Thiruvanthapuram, Kolkata, Jallandhar, Vadora, Shillong , Agartala and Kohima for Pensioners/Pensioners’ Association who are major stakeholders.


Defence Minister to Lay the Foundation Stone for Bel’s Defence Systems Integration Complex in AP

Navratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is setting up a Defence Systems Integration Complex at Palasamudram, Gorantala Mandal in Anantapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh. It will be the largest such facility in the country once it is commissioned, covering an area of over 900 acres. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, will lay the foundation stone for this facility tomorrow in the august presence of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Science & Technology Shri Y S Chowdary.

BEL have been continuously investing in modernisation and creation of special infrastructure to cater for emerging defence business opportunities. The upcoming facility at Palasamudram is one such initiative. Shri SK Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, BEL, said that BEL is also strengthening its infrastructure in areas like Night Vision technologies and elements of Multifunction Radars. Various new Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) programmes are proposed to be taken up by BEL, namely Quick Reaction SAM, Long Range SAM, Medium Range SAM, etc. in addition to Network Centric Communication and Electronic Warfare systems.

He adds, to achieve self-reliance in defence, there is need for a very strong indigenous R&D. In this direction, BEL has not only maintained a consistent policy of R&D investments but also has launched collaborative R&D with private SME firms in the country. On an average, 80% of BEL’s Sales turnover is from indigenous R&D every year. BEL has now launched a Product Development & Innovation Centre at Bangalore to give further thrust towards indigenous R&D.

The Palasamudram facility will enable BEL to expand its Missile systems business and will carry out manufacturing and integration for the ongoing and upcoming projects. It will have state-of-the-art infrastructure such as Assembly Hangars and Hard Stands for Radars and Weapon integration, RF radiation sources for target simulation, Automatic Test Equipment, Clean Rooms for electronic assembly, Non-Explosive & Explosive Integration Buildings, Missile Storage buildings, Environmental Test Chambers, Fire Stations, Solar Power Plant, Estate and Admin buildings.

The facility is about 80 Km from the Bengaluru International Airport on NH7. The proposed Complex will be a world-class facility with Automated Guided Vehicles and Industrial Robots for material movement and handling. The facility will be built in stages as the various projects mature and the estimated investment will be about Rs. 500 Crores over a period of 3 to 4 years.

BEL also plans to expand this facility for the creation of a Military Industrial Complex to set up the necessary ecosystem for manufacture of electronic components and equipment for various upcoming Defence projects in collaboration with SMEs as part of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.


Friday, September 25, 2015



Recently, the Central Government Employee’s Welfare Ministry released an announcement which has created panic and commotion among the central government employees.

In the announcement it has been said that senior officials have to analyse the service record and decide whether employees who have completed thirty years of service or reached their 50th year should continue their service or be advised to leave service after three months notice.

Does it take a management to learn that an official or an employee is unfit to continue in service when he has reached his 50th year? Does it take thirty years of continuous service to assess the efficiency of an employee?

Can’t the ability of an employee be learnt during his probation period? Leaving an employee at such times and trying to force him out of service when he is old appears rather inhumane.

When problems like educations expenses of children, marriage and housing loan afflict employees, the announcement of compulsory retirement will certainly be a great shock.

Hence, Central Government should provide an explanation about the announcement and help clear the doubts of the central Government Employees. Changes have to be made at the beginning itself. If the Central Government brings changes at a very late period then the purpose for which it released this very announcement would become futile and ineffective. On the contrary, it will only lead to a loss of trust that employees have on the Central Government.



Compulsory Retirement to Central Government Employees on the Basis of their Efficiency may be a Difficult Task for the Government…

Recently, the Central Government had issued an order (No.25013/01/2013-Estt.A-IV) regarding strengthening of administration by executing compulsory retirement to the central government employees who are found to be inefficient, incapable or unable to fulfill the targets set by their higher authorities, after completing certain years of service.

The order brought panic among employees and questions arise how to identify those employees who are given compulsory retirement. The order was issued on the basis of CCS (Pension) Rule 56 (j) and Rule 48 which explains the above points. The government had clarified that if the order comes into effect, it won’t be treated as a punishment to the employees.

Article 311 of the Constitution of India says that the government should ensure security to an employee. As per the Rule, an employee should be well informed of any actions to be taken against him and be to given opportunity to explain on his part. But this rule is not applicable to criminal offences or against the security of the country.

The order which was released by DOPT, with some Supreme Court orders was a little bit strong than the previous ones. But it will not be an easy exercise for the government to implement the order as it has to face strong opposition from the employees, Trade Unions and Federations.

To analyze and determine employees’ efficiency was always a headache for the government. In the 6th CPC, the commission recommended special yearly increment to 20% of the central government employees in each department for outstanding performance on their field. But no such appreciations had happened so far in any of the departments.

Let us wait and see what will happen next….!



Revision of Pensions of Pre-2006 Pensioners.

NEW DELHl-110066

CPAO/IT &Tech/Revision Pre-2006 /2015-16/1331-1483


Office Memorandum

Subject: – Revision of Pensions of Pre-2006 Pensioners.

Ref:- CP AO OM NO.CPAO/Tech/Pre-2006 Revision/2015-16/708·855 date -25.08.2015

Attention is invited to DP&.PW OM No. 38/77-A/09-P&PW(A)(Vol.II) (Pt.I) dated 18.09.2015 (copy enclosed) regarding revision of pension in respect of those pensioners who had got 100% lump sum amount in lieu of monthly pension and in whose cases 1/3rd pension has been restored. These pensioners are not covered by DP&PW OM dated 01.09.2008 and subsequent amendment OMs dated 28.1.2013 and 30.07.2015. In such cases DPPW has issued separate orders for restoration of 1/3rd pension vide their OMs dated 15.09.2008, 3.4.2013 and 11.7.2013. ·

As the proposal for revision of minimum pension with reference to the fitment table in respect of such pensioners is under consideration of Ministry of Finance. Deptt. of Expenditure, therefore, for the time being, the pension cases of such absorbee pensioners are not to be revised in terms of OM dated 30.07.2015.

Hence, All Heads of the Departments/Heads of the Offices and Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs/ AGs/ Administrator of UTs are requested to ensure that revision of pension in such cases of absorbee pensioners is not done in terms of DP&PW OM dated 30.07.2015 until further orders. These cases may be treated to be excluded from the list provided by the CPAO.

(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts

No.38/77-A109-P&PW(A)(Vol.II) (Pt.I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 18th Sept, 2015

Office Memorandum

Sub:- Revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to CPAO letter No .. CPAO/Tech/Pre-2006 Revision/2016/ 13/933 dated lst September, 2015. In this connection it is informed that the cases of those pensioners who had got 100% lump sum amount in lieu of monthly pension and in whose cases 1/3rd pension has been restored are not covered by the OM dated 1.9.2008 and subsequent amendments thereto including the OM dated 28.1.2013 and 30.7.2015, In their cases, separate orders have been issued for restoration of 1/3rd pension vide OM dated 15.9.2008, 3.4.2013 and 11.7.2013. For such pensioners, the proposal for revision of minimum pension with reference to the fitment table has been referred to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure separately vide ID note No. 4/2/2015-P&PW(D) dated 12.8.2015. Department of Expenditure has also been reminded for expediting their concurrence in this regard. Until the orders in respect of such absorbees pensioners are issued after approval of Ministry of Finance, their pension is not to be revised in terms of OM dated 30.7.2015. Therefore, their cases may be excluded from the list prepared by the CPAO.

(S.K. Makkar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_Rev_pre-2006-2015-16.pdf
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Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015.

F.No. 1-3/2015-E-II (B)
Government of India Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 23rd September, 2015.

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2015.

     The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. No. 1/2/2015-E-II (B) Dated 10th April , 2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 113 % to 119 % with effect from 1st July, 2015.

2     The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1 (3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3     The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4     These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5     In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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7th Pay Commission likely to recommend up to 30% pay hike for Central government employees, say sources

New Delhi: In good news for the Central government employees, the Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend a substantial pay hike which could be up to 30% or even more, said sources on Thursday.

There will be 5 to 6% performance-based increment every year and those who are under-performing could retire by 55 years of age or after 30 years of service, added sources. House Rent Allowance could also be hiked by 10% to 30%.

The sources say that there will be a 5 to 6 per cent performance-based increment every year.

The Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations will be implemented from January 1, 2016. The Department of Personnel and Training will examine the recommendations and consult the Finance Ministry on them.

Its term was extended by four months till December 31 to give its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.


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Seventh Pay Commission Likely To Introduce Health Insurance

New Delhi: In a move that could benefit more than 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners, the Seventh Pay commission is planning to propose to introduce health insurance scheme to replace Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) at highly subsidized rates.

The pay panel has already held detailed discussions about this with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as Defence services.

The pay panel will ask the central government to urge the insurance industry to come up with feasible health insurance solution for the central government employees and pensioners. The IRDA, the insurance regulatory body of India, will be compelled to ask the health insurance companies to offer a basic insurance to every central government employee and pensioner, regardless of age or medical condition and are not allowed to make a profit off this basic insurance.

The serving central government employees in non-CGHS areas are provided healthcare facilities under the CS(MA) Rules, 1994, but pensioners are not covered under these rules.

The pensioners are, however, entitled to a fixed medical allowance of Rs 500 per month. The pensioners residing in non-CGHS areas have the option to become a CGHS member in any CGHS-covered city of their choice to avail the medical facilities under the CGHS Scheme.

Health insurance would be available for central government employees and pensioners till death, with the insured employees and pensioners will have to pay 50% of the premium from their salaries and pensions and the remaining 50% premium may be paid by the central government.

The health insurance would cover a family of six the employee and pensioner himself or herself, the spouse, two children and two parents. The maximum sum assured for family in a year could up to Rs 5 lakh.

Under the CGHS, the annual per capita expenditure is more than Rs 5,000. In contrast, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which caters to the rural masses, spends just Rs 180 per head.

The CGHS is financed mainly through the Centre’s tax revenues. Though beneficiaries do contribute a share of their wages towards premium, ranging from Rs 600 to Rs 6,000 a year depending on their pay scale, this accounts for just about 5 per cent of the total expenditure. The government shells out the remaining 95 per cent.

So, the central government also wanted for ending the CGHS in its current form and to move to an insurance-based health scheme to cut costs.

TSTNew Delhi: Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, and will soon submit report to the Finance Ministry.

Earlier in August, the government had extended Commission's term by another four months till December 31 to give recommendations.

"The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon," according to sources.

The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union Cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was coming to an end.

Headed by Justice A K Mathur, the Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel's recommendations after some modifications.

As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.

As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from January 1, 2006, the fifth from January 1, 1996 and the fourth from January 1, 1986.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Seventh Pay Commission to submit report soon

Earlier in August, the govt had extended Commission’s term by another four months till 31 December to give recommendations

New Delhi: Seventh Pay Commission is ready with its recommendations on revising emoluments for nearly 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners, and will soon submit report to the finance ministry.

Earlier in August, the government had extended Commission’s term by another four months till 31 December to give recommendations.

“The Commission is ready with recommendations and the report will be submitted soon,” people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The Commission, whose recommendations may also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff, was given more time by the Union cabinet just a day before its original 18-month term was coming to an end.

Headed by Justice A.K. Mathur, the Commission was appointed in February 2014 and its recommendations are scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2016.

The government constitutes the Pay Commission almost every 10 years to revise the pay scale of its employees and often states also implement the panel’s recommendations after some modifications.

As part of the exercise, the Commission holds discussions with various stakeholders, including organisations, federations, groups representing civil employees as well as defence services.

Meena Agarwal is the secretary of the Commission. Other members are Vivek Rae, a retired IAS officer of 1978 batch and Rathin Roy, an economist.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented with effect from 1 January 2006, the fifth from 1 January 1996 and the fourth from 1 January 1986.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Newspapers continuously update us with news about the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission which holds the highest expectation levels at present. From such sources, we come to know that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are going to be submitted on 31st of October and they may come to force from 1/4/2016.

Pay structure is very important and equally important is the promotion policy.
Assured Career Progression (ACP) which was introduced in the 5th Pay Commission, provided some comfort for the employees who suffered from lack of promotions for  long years. Before this, promotion was just an illusion. Labour Unions and Federations of the Central government employees got these benefits for us after much struggle.

In the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, which came after this, ACP was changed to MACP (Modified Assured Career Progression) and it provided an opportunity for employees who were not promoted for the last ten years  to enter the next Grade Pay.

In this, the benefit was very small as 1800, 1900, 2000, 2400, 2800, 4200, 4600, 4800 (excluding 2800-4200). Many issues in this method of Grade Pay still lie unresolved before the National Anomaly Committee.

Hence, lakhs of Central Government employees expect a favourable change in MACP at least through 7th Pay Commission. During his or her service period, an employee must have at least five promotions. This has been an important plea of the Central Trade  Unions.

The benefit of the first MACP has to be given after 8 years of continuous service and the benefit of the successive MACP has to be given after 7,6,5 and 4 years of continuous service.

If the benefits of MACP were such, certainly all the central government employees will be highly encouraged and will work hard to make all the Central Government plans and activities a great success.

This will definitely increase the productivity of the Central Government and the associated industries. Due to this, the relationship between the government and the employees will become more harmonious and there will be a peaceful working environment.

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Resolutions adopted in the Central Executive Committee meeting of BPMS regarding NPS,GRATUITYand COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT.

(An All India Federation of Defence Workers)
(An Industrial Unit of B.M.S.)
(Recognized by Govt of India, Min of Defence)
Central Office: 2A, NaVin Market, Kanpur - 208001

Dated: 21.09.2015
The Secretary,
Govt. of India, Min of Defence,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi - 110011

Subject: Resolutions adopted in the Central Executive Committee meeting of BPMS.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted for your kind information that the Central Executive Committee meeting of this federation has held on 08th & 09”" Sep. 2015 at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Complex, DRDO Township, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad and 03 Resolutions have been unanimously adopted by the CEO of the federation & the same are enclosed herewith for your kind consideration and further necessary action please.

This federation is in full hope to get favourable consideration in this regard.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Sincerely yours
Enclosed: As mentioned
General Secretary

RESOLUTION No. 1: Payment of Gratuity to NPS Beneficiaries

In spite of our strong opposition, the Government has made the New Pension Scheme applicable to all recruits after 01-01-2004. While continuing our opposition to the scheme, BPMS have given several inputs from time to time to ensure that maximum benefit be given to the employees.

As a part of this, the entire bye-laws and other issues pertaining to the formulation of the New Defined Contribution Pension System (popularly known as the NPS) was studies and it was found that as per clarification issued by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) the NPS is a replacement for only Pension, and thus, other benefits provided to employees like Gratuity remains constant i.e. the employees enrolled under NPS are also eligible for Gratuity as per provision of extant law.

After vigorously pursuing the issue, the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare had issued O.M. No. 38/41/06/P&PW (A) DT. 05-05-2009, with the approval of Cabinet to provide for Invalid Pension, Family Pension, Disability Pension, Extra-Ordinary Family Pension, Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity in respect of NPS subscribers on provisional basis. 

Consequent thereof, BPMS has been consistently demanding that this “Provisional” basis be converted into a PERMANENT BASIS feature of the NPS. The Government has, now vide DC. No. 1(4)/E-2006 DT. 17-08-2015 of JS (Pers) of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) circulated a note proposing that the budget for the payment of gratuity be projected from the office of the Controller General of Accounts.

Subsequently, the issue has been earmarked to various Ministries, who in turn have further asked comments from various channels.

The federation having taken stock of the present situation feels that asking comments etc. is not required on a Policy decision and demands that the feature of payment of Gratuity to all NPS subscribers upon Retirement or Death, be made a Permanent feature, without further loss of time.

This resolution is therefore, unanimously adopted at the Central Executive Committee Meeting of the Federation on September 08th, 2015.

RESOLUTION No. 2: Minimum Guaranteed Benefits under NPS

In spite of our strong opposition, the Government has made the New Pension Scheme applicable to all recruits after 01-01-2004. While continuing our opposition to the scheme, BPMS have given several inputs from time to time to ensure that maximum benefit be given to the employees.

Even after a lapse of more than 10 years since the arbitrary implementation of the scheme, the Government has failed to formulate a policy ensuring “Guaranteed Minimum Pension” to the subscribers of the NPS.

Having examine the issue in detailed, BPMS now demands that without any further waste of time, the Government should frame a policy to ensure that irrespective of the financial/market conditions at the time of Retirement and/or Death of the NPS subscriber, he should get a minimum guaranteed pension equivalent to FIFTY PERCENT of his last drawn Basic Pay plus dearness relief for neutralization of price rise.

This Central Executive Committee Meeting of the Federation held at Hyderabad, on September 08th, 2015, hereby RESOLVES, to call upon the Government to frame a policy to ensure that the NPS subscribers receive a minimum guaranteed pension equivalent to FIFTY PERCENT of his last drawn Basic Pay plus dearness relief thereupon at par with Central Government Employees/Pensioners.

RESOLUTION No. 3: One time relaxation & removal of ceiling for Compassionate Appointment

The Government has imposed an arbitrary limit of 5% only for filling up of vacancies on compassionate grounds, subject to several conditions. As a result of this decision, many families are living in distress and the very concept of helping the families of those employees who die in harness, stands defeated due to imposition of this ceiling.

The Federation has been taking up the issue at all levels to relax the ceiling to enable the deserving candidate get employment and thereby provide help to the families of the deceased. Having examine the issue in detailed, BPMS now demands that without any further waste of time, the Government should frame a policy to ensure that as a onetime measure, all existing cases of compassionate appoints are provided suitable employment assistance immediately.

This Central Executive Committee Meeting of the Federation held at Hyderabad, on September 08th , 2015, hereby RESOLVES, to call upon the Government to frame a policy to ensure that one time measure, all existing cases of compassionate appoints are provided suitable employment assistance immediately and to further scrap the artificial ceiling of 5% with immediate effect.

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Armed forces again demand resolution of pay ‘anomalies’ with 7th Pay Commission

NEW DELHI: The armed forces want at least five "core anomalies" in their salary structures to be resolved to establish the "correct baseline" for recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), whose term has now been extended till December 31 by the government.

While the heat and dust over one rank, one pension (OROP) is yet to settle, with a section of veterans rejecting the "diluted" version announced by the government on September 5, the serving personnel have their own deep-seated grouse over their eroding "status, parity and equivalence" as compared to their civilian counterparts.

The armed forces top brass have made several representations to the government, including the defence and finance ministries, on the core anomalies over the last one year. But have received no assurance till now. With the 7th CPC's term being extended by four months, they are now making a last-ditch attempt to get the anomalies rectified.

One of the main demands is the grant of NFU (non-functional upgradation) for officers denied promotions due to the lack of vacancies in the steeply-pyramidal structure of the armed forces. "IFS and IPS officers, as also those from organized Group A civil services, now get NFU after the 6th CPC like IAS officers. But the armed forces have been kept out of it," said a senior officer.

"This adversely impacts the morale of serving military officers. It also creates command, control and functional problems because even organizations that work closely with the military like DRDO, Border Roads Organisation, Military Engineer Service and the like get NFU," he added.

Another demand is the placement of all Lt-Generals in the HAG+ (higher administrative grade) pay-scale like directors-general of police. "As of now, only 33% of Lt-Gens are in the HAG+ scale. The status of all Lt-Gens with that of DGPs must be restored," he added.

The other anomalies deal with the grant of "uniform grade pay" and proper "initial pay fixation" of Lt-Colonels, Colonels and Brigadiers. There is also the need for all JCOs (junior commissioned officers) and soldiers to get "common pay scales", in the backdrop of the ones recruited before January 2006 not getting them.

"Successive CPCs have given a raw deal to the armed forces compared to the bureaucracy. Virtually all IAS and IFS officers, for instance, reach the apex pay scale before their retirement due to NFU. They, therefore, get OROP through the backdoor. It's high time the historical and traditional parity was restored," said another officer.

The civilian bureaucracy, however, is not impressed. It feels the armed forces keep on making "more and more demands" when they already get a lot of privileges from free rations to hugely-subsidized canteens. "Military officers and jawans already get 'military service pay' for their tougher working conditions. The demand for NFU is unrealistic," said a senior bureaucrat.

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Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary to defence civilion employees-BPMS


REF: BPMS / OFB / NDA / 200 (8/2/L)

Dated: 14/09/2015

The DDG (IR),
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary

Reference: PC of A (Fys) Kolkata letter No. Pay/Tech-II/1206/2015/13, dated 09.09.2015

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that the issue of payment of Night Duty Allowance based on actual salary, instead of notional pay of Rs.2200/- was resolved vide MOD ID No. 17(4)/2012/D(Civ-II), Dated 08.05.2015 in compliance of Contempt Petition (CP No. 200/2014 Shri Arvind Girija Singh & Ors versus UOI & Ors.) based on the CAT Jodhpur directions in CA No 34/2008 dated 5.11.2009 and subsequent ratifications by Hon’ble High Court and Supreme Court of India.

We are surprised to see the PC of A (Fys) letter cited under reference whereby ceiling for entitlement of Night Duty Allowance has been revised to Rs. 12380/- pay in Pay Band. We have strong objection on the issuance of this letter because PC of A (Fys) is not the competent authority to revise the ceiling of entitlement for NDA unilaterally as the original order has been issued by Ministry of Defence in consultation with Min of Finance, DoP&T, Def (Finance) and if there was any doubt regarding eligibility, PC of A (Fys) should have asked for clarification from the competent authorities through prescribed channels.

Further, all the court cases regarding revision of night duty allowance was related to the notional ceiling of Rs. 2200/- per month and this issue was resolved by ordering the NDA on the actual salary and nowhere court further fixed any real or notional ceiling. Even it has been already clarified in the earlier order which states that entitlement ceiling of Rs. 2200/- is not applicable to existing categories who are getting NDA. Prior to implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC, IEs / NIEs / NGOs upto Assistant Foreman (Technical) was entitled for Night Duty Allowance being a non-gazetted supervisory staff but now the post of Assistant Foreman is merged with JWM which is a gazetted supervisory post in OFB. Hence, all the Industrial / Non-Industrial & Non – Gazetted Supervisory staff are entitled for NDA on the basis of actual salary.

Therefore, you are requested to intervene into the matter so that all IEs/NIEs/NGOs may get the NDA as per actual salary in compliance with the court pronouncements in letter and spirit.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
General Secretary

Source: http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/night-duty-ptw1.pdf

Monday, September 21, 2015


Central govt depts to verify services of employees 5 yrs before retirement

Central govt depts to verify services of employees 5 yrs before retirementNew Delhi, Sept 21 (KNN) The central government departments will now have to verify services of employees working under them mandatorily after completion of 18 years of service and five years before retirement in order to check delay in processing pension cases.

It has been observed that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring from government service quite often gets delayed on account of issues relating to verification of service from time to time by authorities, the Personnel Ministry said in a directive.

Existing rules provided for issuing of a certificate regarding qualifying service after completion of 18 years of service of an employee and again five years before the date of his or her retirement.

The rules further provide that verification done under it shall be treated as final and shall not be reopened except when necessitated by a subsequent change in the rules and orders governing the conditions under which the service qualifies for pension, the Ministry said.

"It has been noticed that the certificates regarding qualifying service are not invariably issued to the government servant as required under the rules. All ministries, departments etc. are therefore requested to bring these provisions to the notice of Heads of Offices and Pay and Accounts Officers for strict compliance.

"Non-compliance of this statutory requirements may be viewed seriously," it said.

A report has also been sought from all the ministries on the status of service verification of employees already done or pending by October 15, the order said.

There are about 50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners. (KNN Bureau)

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Reckoning of GP 4600 (PB-2) as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS-NFIR

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 9

Dated: 16/09/2015

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Reckoning of GP 4600 (PB-2) as entry Grade Pay for Graduate Engineers (Drawing) for the purpose of MACPS-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM item no. 18/2011.
(ii Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2 dated 20/06/2011 (RBE No. 93/2011)
(iii) Discussions held by NFIR with the MS/FC in the meeting held on 19/05/2015

The issue of placement of Graduate Engineers (Drawing) joined railways prior to 01/09/1998 came up for discussion in the separate meeting held between the Federations and the Board (MS/PC) on 19/05/2015. During the meeting following key points were emerged:-

In a Production Unit like ICF, there are 11 Graduate Engineers. These were recruited prior to 1998 in the pre-revised Scale of Pay of Rs. 5500-9000.
These Engineers were promoted to the pre-revised Scale of Pay of Rs. 6500-10,500 through normal promotion and a few through LDCE.
Since LDCE quota for promotion to pre-revised Scale of Rs. 6500-10,500 was very limited, only a couple of persons were accommodated and the remaining persons were promoted through normal promotion against promotion quota.
Federation also desires to highlight a peculiar case of Shri Karthikeyan. N of ICF. He was working as JE-II in the pre-revised Scale of Rs. 5000-8000 (required entry qualification is Diploma in Engineering only) during the period 1992 to 1996. Since he was holding Engineering Degree he was subsequently recruited against DR Quota in the V CPC Pay scale of Rs. 5500-9000 on 11/12/1996. However he was treated as holder of entry Grade Pay Rs. 4200/- only from the date of his appointment.
2. Although in the meeting held on 19/05/2015 with the Railway Board (MS & PC) the discussions were inconclusive, the Federation did mention that those Drawing cadre staff recruited with the entry qualification of B. Tech were allotted incorrectly the Pay Scale of 5500-9000 (6th CPC/GP 4200/) instead granting them the 5′” CPC Pay Scale of 6500-10,500 (6th CPC GP 4600/-). To remedy this anomalous situation, it was suggested that in the case those Engineering Graduates (Drawing), they be reckoned as holders of entry GP 4600/- – PB-2 for the limited purpose of MACP duly appropriately modifying the Board’s letter dated 20th June 2011 for covering all such cases.

As another meeting date has not yet been fixed, the issue continues to remain unresolved. It is also relevant to place on record that while some Engineering Graduates benefited on account of induction against LDCE quota, the similarly placed Engineering Graduates who got appointed against promotion quota vacancies of Rs. 6500-10,500 (5th CPC) have not been covered for the purpose of MACP on the pretext that they were not inducted in pay scale of Rs. 6500-10,500 against LDCE Quota. This anomalous situation needs to be rectified for ensuring equal treatment to all the Engineering Graduates of Drawing cadre whether reached pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 through promotion or through LDCE quota.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to reconsider their decision and see that all Engineering Graduates of Drawing cadre are granted MACP duly treating them as holders of entry Grade Pay of Rs. 4600/- (PB-2).

Yours faithfully,

(Dr. M. Raghavaih)
General Secretary


In view of the fact that review Petition filed by UOI RP (C) NO. 2565/2015 in SLP (C) No. 6567/2015 UOI Vs M.O. Inasu dismissed by HSC on  28.8.2015,  and Following file notings of DOPW (obtained under RTI)let us hope DOP&PW will now issue necessary instructions extending benefit of full min. pension to all pre 2006 pensioners irrespective of Q.S. rendered.

The extract from the File Noting obtained from DOP&PW under RTI ACT, on pro rata pension matter.

Extract from File Noting of DOP&PW OM 30.7.2015 obtained under RTIA:

12. It may be mentioned that in its order dated 22.1.2013 and 16.8.2013 in OA No. 715/2012 and OA No. 1015/2012 respectively, Hon’ CAT Ernakulam Bench directed that the revised pension fixed in terms of para 4.2 of OM dt. 1.9.2008 would not be reduced pro rata in cases where the qualifying service of a pre 2006 pensioner was less than 33 yrs. This order of Hon CAT was challenged by D/o Revenue  in the H.C. of Kerala in OP(CAT) No. 4/2012 and No. 8/2012. Hon’ H.C. of Kerala  dismissed the Op(CAT) No. 4/2012 and No. 8/2012 vide order dt. 7.1.2014. The SLP filed by the Dept. of Revenue against the order dt. 7.1.2014 has also been dismissed by Hon’ S/C. in its order dated 20.2.2015. Learned ASG, Sjri P.S.Narsimha has advised to file a Review Petition. The concerned file is presently with MOL(CA Section) and Ms. Rekha Pandey, Adv. is drafting the RP.

13. As already mentioned above, in the order dt. 29.4.2013 of Hon HC of Delhi in WP No. 1535/2012, it was observed that the only issue which survived was, with ref. to para 9 of OM dt. 28.1.2013 which makes it applicable from 24.9.2012 instead of 1.1.2006. In view of this observation of the Hon H.C. of Delhi, we may issue orders for giving effect to the OM dated 28.1.2013 w.e.f. 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012. The question whether or not the revised pension in terms of OM 28.1.2013  would be  reduced proportionally would be examined once the order of the Hon S.C. in the RP to be filed against dismissal of SLP 21044/2014 is available  ( para 12 above)
( emphasis added)
                                                                         Sd. S.K. Makkar  US

  Noting of Secy(P)

6. Thus the court ruling has become law of the land

7. Given the fact the review/curative petition in the same matter has once been dismissed by Hon. Apex Court, as also the fact that Civil Appeal of Ministry of Defence with which the SLPs in question got tagged, has also failed, there is no chance  that a review petition may yield a different result. On the other hand this will not only engage the govt. machinery in uncessary litigation but will also result in attendant avoidable expenditure. ( emphasis added)

                                                               Sd. Alok Rawat Secy/ Pension

Hon MOS(PP)         Sd. 7.5.2015

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“Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme” to provide affordable Health Insurance to the persons with disabilities (PwDs).

MoU inked between Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and The New India Assurance Company Limited, on 21.9.2015 to launch Group Mediclaim Policy for empowerment of persons with disabilities – “Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme”

The Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, under the Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the The New India Assurance Company Limited on providing a comprehensive and affordable Health Insurance Scheme - “Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme” - for the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), here today. Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Honorary Secretary, Trust Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Ms. Neera Saxena, Deputy General Manager, The New India Assurance Company Limited, inked the MoU in the presence of Mr. Luv Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities.

Health services and its access to persons with disabilities assume a very significant role in order to enable and empower persons with disabilities (PwDs) to live independently and with dignity as possible. In this context, the Health Insurance facility becomes important but presently such products are not easily available for persons with developmental disabilities. In such a situation, a tailor made Group Health Insurance Scheme like “Swavlamban Health Insurance Scheme” has been conceived with the objective of providing affordable Health Insurance to persons with blindness, low vision, leprosy-cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor Disability, mental Retardation and mental Illness. It also aims to improve the general Health condition & quality of life of persons with disabilities.

The scheme has been designed to deliver comprehensive cover to the beneficiary as well as his family (PwD, Spouse & up to two children), has a single premium across age band and can be availed by PwDs aged between 18 years and 65 years with family annual income of less than Rs. 3,00,000 per annum. The scheme also ensures coverage of any pre-existing condition and a health Insurance cover up to Rs. 2,00,000 per annum as family floater. The scheme will be implemented through active participation of the National Institutes and Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities (CRC’s) under the DEPwD, MOSJ&E. The registered organizations shall liaise with the Insurance Company, MOSJ&E, Health service providers, National Institutes, CRCs and all the stakeholders concerned for awareness generation and enrolment. Under the MoU, the New India Assurance Company Limited will create a network of Hospitals, where the Insured persons can get cashless treatment.

Senior Officers of the Department and New India Assurance Company Limited were present during the signing of the MoU.


Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasises need to utilise pensioners' capabilities

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasised the need to utilise the pensioners’ capabilities. He was addressing the one-day Training Programme on pension related matters for officials from different Ministries and Departments at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management, here today.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, with an increase in lifespan and the status of health in the elderly also having improved over the last few years, most of the pensioners who retire around the age of 58 or 60 years, are still in the prime of their health, physical as well as mental performance. They are, in other words “retired but not tired”, he quipped and said that the challenge for the society is how best to utilise the services of this experienced and qualified lot so that their talent and capabilities do not go waste and are not lost to the nation. In this regard, he suggested that the Department of Pensions in the Government of India will do an in-depth exercise and find out various workable options.

Expressing personal gratification at the government decision to introduce a “Pension Portal” which would eliminate the need for an elderly pensioner to produce a Life Certificate every year, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Pensions is further working on a more organised single window pension system and to ensure that a pensioner during the last year of his service does not have to run around to collect “No Due Certificates” and thus waste his time and energy which he can otherwise devote to the service of the government and the nation. He also referred to a number of other pending issues requiring attention including disparity in implementation of pension benefits of 6th Pay Commission and disparity in medical expenses reimbursement from one section of employees to the other and from one State to the other, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Pensions, Government of India will devise a mechanism whereby the pensioners will find representation in the government’s decision making with regard to their matters. He also stressed regular interaction of pensioners’ representatives with the officials.

On the one hand while India is having more than 65% of its population under the age of 35 years, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, on the other hand the number of elderly population is also on the increase. A “Samanvay” between these two groups is essential to achieve the goal of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”.

The Secretary, ARPG & Pensions, Shri Devendra Chaudhry and Joint Secretary, Smt. Vandana Sharma also spoke on the occasion.



Union Health Minister reviews facilities for Dengue patients in central government hospitals in Delhi

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda reviewed facilities for treatment of dengue patients such as beds etc., in central government hospitals such as Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, AIIMS, Sucheta Kriplani hospital and Kalawati Saran hospitals under Lady Hardinge Hospital in Delhi, here today.

It was informed that 260 beds are exclusively designated for dengue patients in Safdarjung Hospital while 110 beds are earmarked in Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital which comprises 70 beds for adults and 40 for paediatrics. In addition, 93 beds in Sucheta Kriplani hospital and 70 beds Kalawati Saran hospital have been allotted for these patients. At AIIMS, in addition to the Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency wards every ward will have two beds designated for dengue patients. The Health Minister reviewed the status of adequacy of diagnostic test kits and other facilities in these hospitals. The hospitals informed that they had adequate stock of the testing kits, medicines etc.

During the review with the MS of various central government hospitals, he asked them to submit the status report on Dengue on a daily basis.

The Union Health Minister has been constantly and closely reviewing and monitoring the Dengue situation in Delhi and other states on daily basis.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Seventh Pay Commission: Employees’ Delight, Govt’s Despair

New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission report is awaited, the new pay scales will be applicable to Central government employees with effect from January 2016.

50 lakh central government employees and 56 lakh pensioners including dependents hope to get this gift from April next year. The revised pay scales are likely to be implemented retrospectively starting 1 January 2016.

Many commentators say that the average increase in basic fair pay for all government employees will be in the region of 40-45%.

This is a very rough average because for senior level officers, like the Cabinet Secretary or officials at the secretary level, the payback could increase by more than 50%.

As the Pay Commission numbers come through there could be a 30-40 per cent increase for each central government employee.

An increase of salary and allowances would boost middle class central government employees to spend more time with their families for marketing.

The economy would get a major boost from a pickup in consumption, resulting from an increase in salaries but the flip side to the hike will be a spike in inflation.

The reports of Seventh Pay Commission will be implicated from April next year as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Parliament on February 27, “The Seventh Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17.”

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said above statement in his pre-budget speech. His statement indicates that the government may implement Seventh Pay Commission report from April 2016.

The strongest criticism of Pay Commission awards is that they play havoc with government finances. The pervious pay commissions’ rollout has been negative for fiscal balances.

The recommendations of the second pay commission were accompanied with a financial impact of about Rs 39 crore. The financial burden of the implementation of the third, fourth, fifth pay and sixth pay commission recommendations has been estimated at around Rs 144 crore, Rs 1,282 crore, Rs 17,000 crore and Rs 20,000 crore respectively.

Initial estimates suggest the seventh pay commission could add Rs 1,00,619 crore to the central government’s wage bill.

The central government pay and allowances amount to 1 per cent of GDP today. State wages amount to another 4 per cent, making for a total of 5 per cent of GDP.

The medium-term expenditure framework recently presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Jaitley, which looks at an increase in pay of 16 per cent for 2016-17 consequent to the Seventh Pay Commission award. That would amount to an increase of 0.8 per cent of GDP. This is a one-off impact.

One Rank One Pension is also a rider to enforcement of the seventh pay commission’s recommendation. The government is committed to OROP for the armed forces. This would impose an as yet undefined burden on Central government finances.



Saturday, September 19, 2015

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NPS returns are market linked

An investor within the scheme has an option to choose funds based on her level of safety and risk in addition to choosing her own fund manager

The National Pension System (NPS) has been advertising a lot about the new tax deduction of Rs.50,000 for tax payers. I wanted to know more about the new deduction under section 80CCD(1)(b). Is this available only for people whose employers are investing in NPS on their behalf, or is this available for general public as well? How does the deduction work with respect to other tax benefits?

—Praveen Aggarwal

NPS is a voluntary pension scheme regulated by the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA). It was introduced as an investment option to provide for the country’s growing working community to ensure that they have an option to save for their retirement needs. The purpose was to replace the existing system of defined benefit pension to a defined contribution-based pension system.

An investor within the scheme has an option to choose funds based on her level of safety and risk in addition to choosing her own fund manager. The returns are market-linked and, hence, do not give any form of guarantee.

NPS follows an EET (exempt-exempt-tax) model—exempt at the time of contribution or investment, exempt at the time of earnings and taxable at the time of withdrawals.

Section 80CCD under the Income-tax Act, 1961, provides the tax incentive at the first stage of investment—for getting the benefit of deduction for contributions made towards NPS.

This deduction is available to all individuals—salaried as well as non-salaried. This deduction was earlier restricted to Rs.1 lakh for each financial year under section 80CCD(1) and was subsequently increased to Rs.1.50 lakh.

To further boost savings, in Budget 2015, a new section, 80CCD 1B, was introduced, under which an additional deduction of up to Rs.50,000 was allowed for contribution made towards NPS. This made the total deduction under section 80CCD to Rs.2 lakh.

If we go through the provisions of section 80CCD, there is a lack of clarity whether the additional deduction of Rs.50,000 is after exhausting the limit of 10% of salary. Is the cap on deduction of up to 10% of salary (basic + dearness allowance) under section 80CCD (1) and within the overall ceiling of Rs.1.50 lakh or is it over and above the ceiling of Rs.1.50 lakh?

While this ambiguity remains, the intent was clarified in an example quoted by the finance minister in his budget speech this year, in which it was clarified that the assessee can claim additional deduction and the deduction of Rs.50,000 was over and above the ceiling of Rs.1.50 lakh.

Let’s take an example. If you have exhausted your Rs.1.50 lakh limit of deduction under section 80C by savings in Public Provident Fund (PPF), insurance premiums, repayment of housing loan, among other things, you can further increase your tax savings by contributing up to Rs.50,000 towards NPS.

You could open an NPS Tier I account, which is the first level, to claim the tax benefits.


Friday, September 18, 2015


Verification of qualifying service after 18 years service and 5 years before retirement.-DOPT

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated the 16.9.2015


Sub : Verification of qualifying service after 18 years service and 5 years before retirement.

It has been observed by this Department that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring from the government service quite often get delayed on account of the issues relating to verification of service from time to time by the concerned authorities during the service of the concerned employee. Although detailed instructions regarding verification of service have been issued by Department of Personnel & Training and by this Department, these instructions are not meticulously adhered to resulting in delay in sanctioning of retirement benefit of the employees.

2. Rule 32 of the CCS (Pension) rules, which existed prior to December, 2012 provided for issuing of a certificate in Form 24 by the Head of Office in consultation with by the Account Officer regarding completion of qualifying service of 25 years. These rules have been amended subsequently and as per the existing provisions, a certificate regarding qualifying service is required to be issued by the HOO after completion of 18 years of service and again S years before the date of retirement of an employee. Rule further provide that verification done under that rule shall be treated as final and shall not be reopened except when necessitated by a subsequent· change in the rules and orders governing the conditions under which the service qualifies for pension.

3. It has been noticed that the certificates regarding qualifying service are not invariably issued to the government servant as required under the rules. All Ministries/ Departments etc. are therefore requested to bring these provisions to the notice of Heads of Offices and PA Os for strict compliance. Non-compliance of this statutory requirements may be viewed seriously.

4. In order to review status regarding compliance of these rules, all Ministries/ Departments are requested that the information may be collected from all establishments /office under them and the same may be compiled and sent to this Department by 15th October, 201 S in the enclosed proforma.

( Sujasha Choudhury)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


Facilities for Women Passengers for buying Train Tickets at Reservation Counters

Ministry of Railways has been providing special facilities to women passengers for conveniently buying tickets at railway reservation counters. The Ministry has further elaborated facilities as follows: -

(a) At computerized reservation office, a separate reservation counter should be earmarked for ladies if the average demand per shift is not less than 120 tickets.

(b) In case, there is no justification for earmarking of exclusive counter for ladies, the requests received from ladies should be dealt with along with the reservation requests of the specific categories viz. senior citizen, physically handicapped, ex. MPs, MLAs, accredited journalists, freedom fighters etc.

(c) At those reservation offices where separate reservation counters have not been earmarked for ladies and also those locations which have not been computerized, ladies/female passengers should not be compelled to join the general queues and be attended to separately at the same counter as for general passengers. A suitable notice board about the availability of this facility should also be displayed near the reservation counter. This facility will however be available only from 11:30 hours to avoid misuse of this facility by unscrupulous elements to block accommodation during opening hours of general and Tatkal reservation.

(d) Ladies may be allowed to purchase tickets from these reservation counters irrespective of persons for whom the reservation is being sought. However, no other persons will be allowed to purchase ticket for them from these counters.

(e) As far as earmarking of separate unreserved ticket counters for ladies, zonal Railways have been asked to assess the demand and do the needful based on the same.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

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PFRDA pitches for investing 50% pension funds in stock mkt -NPS NEWS

Currently, the proposal is lying with the government for consideration and PRFDA is actively following it, he said.

Contractor said it is one of the recommendations of the G N Bajpai committee stating the investment of pension funds into stocks market should be enhanced. Pension fund regulator PRFDA Wednesday asked the Centre to raise the limit of government employees' pension funds in the stock market up to 50 percent.

The pension funds under PFRDA is allowed to invest only up to 15 percent of the corpus into stocks market. "We want that state and central government employees should be allowed to invest more in equity. They should also get the same exposure to the stock market as the employees of private sector get which is at 50 percent," PFRDA Chairman Hemant G Contractor said today.

 Currently, the proposal is lying with the government for consideration and PRFDA is actively following it, he said. Contractor said it is one of the recommendations of the G N Bajpai committee stating the investment of pension funds into stocks market should be enhanced.

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) had set up an expert panel under the chairmanship of ex-Sebi chief G N Bajpai to review investment guidelines for national pension system (NPS) schemes in private sector. On the rationale behind the proposal, the Chairman said equity in the long run is always better performing than other instruments.

The committee has recommended diversifying investment portfolio of NPS scheme into private equity and venture capital funds. PFRDA regulates NPS, which is subscribed by employees of both central and state governments, besides private institutions and unorganised sectors. At present, NPS funds can be invested in government securities, corporate bonds and equities.

The Centre had introduced the New Pension System (NPS) in January 2004. Total assets managed under NPS are about Rs 82,000 crore, while the private sector's contribution is just Rs 5,000 crore.

Source: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/current-affairs/pfrda-pitches-for-investing-50-pension-fundsstock-mkt_3109961.html?utm_source=ref_article
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Why new Pay Commission report is important?

The Seventh Pay Commission report is awaited; it is that time of the decade when Government offices are buzz with expectation and excitement. Revision of salaries of the government employees in the country is a decennial affair. Governments, several of them, have continued with this practice despite the recommendations to the contrary, that is, to reduce the period and have a more frequent pay revision of the government employees. The 7th Pay Commission was appointed in 2014; normally the Commissions have been asked give their reports after due study of pay and allowances of government employees in 18 months. Last month, that is August, the Commission ought to have submitted it’s report.  Revision of pay scales is with effect from 1st. Jan 2016. If there is delay in implementation, which generally is the norm, it will be with retrospective effect without change in the due date.

Starting from the fourth pay commission, award of every commission has bought a virtual bonanza to the employees of the Government. Goa has one of the highest proportion of government employees to population. The all India average relatively is lower. There are 48 lakh Central Government employees and over one crore state and local government staff. Out of a total workforce of 47 Plus crore, almost 44 crore are in the unorganized sector. They are not covered by any Pay Commission; from time to time governments do fix the minimum wage rate which is neither uniform across the country nor is it followed strictly in letter and spirit. Viewed from this perspective, the pay panel’s exercise is not significant.

Yet, the Pay Commission recommendations are important from different perspectives. It has the potential to kick start the economy that has not seen growth revival for quite some time. Latest release of data regarding inflation in the economy indicates the decline of retail inflation for the second successive month. Actually, the WPI is in the red, which is a rare phenomenon.  By putting more money in the hands of the employees, government might succeed in creating more demand for goods and services. With federal states following in the footsteps of the centre, it is likely to sustain the enhanced demand for a longer time. At least with a time lag it is likely to have a rub off effect on pay and allowances in the organized private sector.

Pay and pension of central government employees amount to a full 1% of nation’s GDP. More pay will only further add to the burden of the exchequer. When the last pay commission’s recommendations were implemented, the fiscal deficit doubled to more than 6% in 2008-09.   According to the estimates submitted to the Parliament, government employees are likely to get a pay hike of around 16%. According to an estimate, this would be around 0.2 to 0.3% of GDP.

Going by the recommendations of the previous commissions, the average gross increase would be much higher, may even top 40%. The fear of higher fiscal deficit may force the government to effect cuts in spending, with education and healthcare more likely to be the ‘soft’ targets.  This will hurt the poor and lower middle class sections of our society. The government is also likely to go slow on investment in infrastructure; even in normal times government’s expenditure on capital goods is not high. This will impact the recovery process in the economy and adversely impact the GDP growth rate.

Since the appointment of 7th Pay Commission was done well in advance, there is enough lead time for submission of report. Further, if the Government takes an early decision to implement the recommendations of pay revision, it will not have to shoulder the burden of arrears of pay. In all the previous pay commissions, payment of arrears was a huge financial burden; in the last pay commission revision, arrears of salary hikes for up to two years had to be paid by governments.

Apart from pay hike, there are other expectations from this pay panel. Keeping in view the rise in life expectancy and dearth of competent staff, the age of retirement may be tweaked in favour of the employees. Performance-linked pay is another area the commission may take a serious look at.

Flexible working hours to facilitate women and persons with certain disabilities deserve consideration by the pay panel.  The recommendations, therefore, are significant and have far-reaching impact.

Source:  http://www.navhindtimes.in/why-new-pay-commission-report-is-important/
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Government employees to get reviewed at 50, says DoPT

It is time for Indian bureaucrats to remember school. Or rather, that cold and terrible sweat before exam results.

The performance of those who have either completed 30 years in service or reach 50 years of age, whichever comes earlier, will be reviewed, according to a recent Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order. Those who get negative reviews will be given a three-month notice to retire.

The DoPT, headed by PM Narendra Modi, has decided to let go of non-performing officers and those with suspect integrity by giving them compulsory premature retirement.

Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest, said the DoPT circular. For better administration, it is necessary to chop off the dead wood.

The relationship of the NDA government with its employees has seen ups and downs. This is not the first time that the government has sighted rules to ensure transparency. Earlier, the government had amended the All India Service (conduct) Rules, 1968, to include a 19-point guideline for bureaucrats which mandates that they maintain 'political neutrality' and 'take decisions solely in public interest', among other clauses.

Detailed instructions have been issued for reviewing the quarterly performance of officers. The DoPT cited various Supreme Court observations for assessment of such cases. On integrity, the circular quoted the SC: "The officer would live by reputation built around him. In an appropriate case, there may not be sufficient evidence to take punitive disciplinary action of removal from service. But his conduct and reputation is such that his continuance would be a menace to public service and injurious to public interest."

Sighting FR 56(j), the rule pertaining to compulsory retirement, the order has asked every department to set up a two-member review committee which will screen officers and employees based on the internal feedback and yearly appraisal reports.

For Group A officers, secretaries of departments would head review committees. The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of departments will mark cases where the record reflected adversely on the integrity of the gazetted officer. The CVOs are an extension of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC ). The Government of India has about 45 laky employees.

Service record

For reviews, the entire service record will be considered, DoPT said. An officer could also be appraised on the basis of how she dealt with files or by delving into other documents and reports prepared and submitted by her. The instructions from Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha also underlined the need for rotating officers working in sensitive and nonsensitive posts.

Our government has always believed in transparency. The PM has assured minimum government and maximum governance. This circular is a step in that direction, minister for department of personnel and training Jitendra Singh said. "It is a welcome step, this will help cleanse the system and ensure that those who have been misusing the system. It is necessary for the government to ensure periodic reviews," said BJP MP and former home secretary RK Singh.

"It is a welcome step by the government. Now the deserving and hard-working will get a chance to get ahead rather than those serving political masters. It will give us an incentive to perform and even go against politicians if the latter want to pressurise us to do something wrong," said a senior Haryana IAS officer posted in Rohtak, requesting anonymity.

But the review needs to be done regularly, say after every ten years. At 50 years, if some officer is let go for wrong conduct, it is hardly a punishment as he or she has had the best of time.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

J&K Bank launches Festival Advance Scheme for government employees

Srinagar, Sept. 16: J&K Bank today launched a special loan scheme for State / Central government employees drawing salary from the bank. The scheme introduced as “J&K Bank Festival Advance Scheme” has been tailored to meet the personal financial needs of the State as well as the central government employees during festivals.

Under the scheme, the bank shall be providing finance upto Rs.40,000, repayable in 10 equated monthly installments. The scheme is hassle free as the borrower would not be asked for any kind of security/guarantee. Even the borrower shall not be charged loan processing fee.

Eligible employees can avail the finance at the business unit where they maintain their salary accounts and have at least three credits on account of salary in the account. The scheme can be availed only once during a calendar year and will be available on the occasion of following Eid-ul Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha, Nowroz, Diwali, Baisakhi, Gurupurab, Losar and Christmas.

Notably, disbursement of the loan shall be made during the period of 15 days prior to festival. The scheme is available at all business units (branches) of the bank.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Payment of Night Duty Allowance (NDA) at revised rates to the eligible civilian employees working in the Establishments under the Ministry of Defence


Office  of the  Principal    Controller   of Accounts   (FYs) 
10-A,  S..K..Bose   Road.   Kolkata   –  70000


Dated : 09/09/2015


All Cs  F A (Fys)

Subject:   Payment   of Night   Duty Allowance   (NDA)  at revised   rates to the  eligible   civilian employees   working  in the Establishments   under the Ministry   of Defence


Kindly  refer to this  office  earlier   circular  no.   Pay/Tech-Il/I   206/07  dated  28/05/2015 and No.   Pay/Tech-II/  1206/2015/08  dated 29/05/2015  under which the orders for payment  of NDA at   revised   rate  have  been  issued.  In  this  regard   it  is  to  mention   that  the  ceiling   of  pay  for entitlement  of NDA  was  Rs. 2200/-  pm vide   DOPT  order  dated  04/10/1989.   Keeping  in view  of pay structure  under  6th   CPC it has been decided  that the ceiling  limit for entitlement  of NDA  may be fixed at Rs.  12380/-.   While   making   payment  of NDA, an  employee’s    pay  in  the  pay  band will be compared  with  that  figure  and  if pay in the  Pay Band   is less  than  above  limit  then  he will be eligible  for NDA at current   rates  otherwise  he is not.

If any  of the  employees  have  been  paid  NDA already   in terms   of this  office  earlier circulars  dated   28/05/2015  and  29/05/2015  whose   pay  in  the  pay  band   is  beyond   this ceiling  limit,  recovery action  may please  be initiated.

The  same  may  please  be communicated   to all the  Br. AOs  under  your jurisdiction,   for necessary  action  at their end.

This issues with the approval  of Competent  Authority.

Joint Controller of Accounts (Fys)
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Gazette released on extension of date for submission of 7th CPC as 31.12.2015


PART I—Section 1




(Department of Expenditure)


New Delhi, the 8th September, 2015

No. 1/1/2013-E. III(A).—The Government of India have decided that the Para 5 of this Ministry’s Resolution

No. 1/1/2013-E.III(A) dated 28.2.2014 shall be modified as under :—

“The Commission will make its recommendations by 31st December, 2015. It may consider, if necessary, sending reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalized.”

RATAN P. naWATAL, Fince Secy

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Can We Expect 7th CPC Recommendations soon?

7th CPC may not delay its submission

Though Central Government decided to extend 4 months life of Pay Commission, it appears that it was in the background of negotiations with Armed Forces Veterans for referring OROP issue to CPC. Now in the background of across the table settlement of OROP, Govt too not issued any orders for time extn. CPC Chairman was averse to delaying his report. Comrade R.Elangovan DREU Working President analyses the situation nicely about possibilities of submission before 39.09.2015. I do agree with this assessment. More over the postponement of SCOVA meeting scheduled in September also indicates the probability of submission by end of September. I am reproducing Elangovan's note for all to study! - KR GS AIPRPA


1.Sri A.K. MATHUR,chairman ,7th cpc told the press on 24th August that he will submit his report before 30th September.

2.Cabinet decided on 26th September to extend the tenure of 7th cpc up to 31-12-2015 which raised the suspicion that the submission of the report may be delayed.

3.But so far,until today, the finance ministry has not issued the extension order by notification.

4.The cabinet decision for extension was taken in the context of one rank one pension issue. The government wanted to refer the issue to 7th cpc.But the veterans did not agree to the suggestion. Now the issue has been settled outside the 7th cpc.Hence the need for the extension becomes unwarranted. It is why i think the finance ministry has not issued the extension order and the term as of now has ended on 27th August.7th cpc website also has not posted any extension of their tenure as no order exists for that.

5.Now cabinet has taken early decision on 1st july 2015 da so that the 7th cpc can include this da to evolve the formula for revision on 1-1-2016.You are aware that there will be no da on 1-1-2016 either of 6th cpc or of 7th cpc.

6.Government also has indicated the amount what is feasible and desirable to them through Arun jaitely’s medium term expenditure framework statement by suggesting an increase of about Rs 15000 crores which will be 25% of the basic pay. Even for 40% Rs 24000 cr is needed.Our demand is for 152% more over the existing 219%.Any increase can be possible out of the united struggle.Seriously prepare for the united struggle.

7.Under these circumstances i presume the 7th cpc may submit its report before or on 30th September 2015.


Monday, September 14, 2015

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NCJCM Staff Side demands One Rank One Pension from 7th Pay Commission

Shiva Gopal Mishra
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail: nc.jcm.ni@gmail.com


Dated 11.09.2015

Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
New Delhi.

Dear Sir,

Sub: Parity between Past and Future Pensioners

While urging for parity in Pension; for past and future pensioners before the Seventh Central Pay Commission, Staff Side, National Council/JCM vide Chapter-IV, Para 4.1 submitted as follow:-

“The Government have recently announced that “One Pension’ shall be implemented in respect of Armed Forces so that the glaring disparity between the persons of equivalent rank and status do not draw vastly unequal pensions if they retire at different point of time is undone. Already there is a complete parity in pension among the Judges of Supreme Court, High Court and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, irrespective of the date of their retirement”. Now the Government of India has accepted the demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ in respect of Armed forces.

The detailed justification for the same has already been submitted in our aforesaid Memorandum, as well as during our Oral Evidence before the Central Pay Commission.

The Civilian employees of Central Government have been waiting anxiously for implementation of the same equally for them and hope that the Seventh Central Pay Commission would administer Justice by recommending “One Rank One Pension’ to all other past and future pensioners irrespective of their date of retirement and remove the injustice done to them so long.

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/2015/ncjcm-staff-side-demands-one-rank-one-pension-from-7th-pay-commission/