Thursday, August 31, 2017

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AICPIN EFFECT FOR DA HIKE FROM JANUARY 2018

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – July, 2017

No. 5/1/2017-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st August, 2017

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – July, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for July, 2017 increased by 5 points and pegged at 285 (two hundred and eighty five). In terms of monthly change, it increased by (+) 1.79 per cent between June, 2017 and July, 2017 when compared with the increase of (+) 1.08 per cent for the corresponding months of last year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 3.12 percentage points to the total change. The House Rent index further accentuated the overall index by (+) 0.70 percentage points. At item level, Rice, Pure Ghee, Chillies (Green), Onion, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Gourd, Lady’s Finger, Palak, Parwal, Potato, Pumpkin, Tomato, Torai, Banana, Cucumber, Mango, Tea (Readymade), Bidi, Cooking Gas, Kerosene Oil, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Wheat, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Urd Dal, Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil, Poultry (Chicken), Coconut, Lemon, Petrol, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 1.79 per cent for July, 2017 as compared to 1.08 per cent for the previous month and 6.46 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at (-) 0.32 per cent against (-) 1.28 per cent of the previous month and 9.34 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Jamshedpur reported the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Delhi and Ranchi-Hatia (11 points each), Raniganj and Jaipur (10 points each) and Varanasi and Amritsar (9 points each). Among others, 8 points increase was observed in 2 centres, 7 points in 7 centres, 6 points in 7 centres, 5 points in 11 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 13 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 5 centres. On the contrary, Goa recorded a decrease of 1 point. Rest of the 6 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and 42 centres’ indices are below national average. The indices of Amritsar and Lucknow centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2017 will be released on Friday, 29th September, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Source:http://labourbureaunew.gov.in/UserContent/Press_Note_CPI_IW_JUL_2017_EH.pdf

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National Holiday Allowance.in 7th cpc

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

PC-VII No.46

RBE No. 108/2017

No. E(P&A)I-2017/HL/1

New Delhi, dated 30.08.2017.

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,
All Indian Railways & Production Units.

Sub: Implementation of recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission accepted by the Government - National Holiday Allowance.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission relating to revision of allowances, the President is pleased to revise the rates of National Holiday Allowance as under:
Level in the Pay Matrix (VII CPC)
Rate of Allowance (per day)
1 and 2384
3 to 5477
6 to 8 (limited to non-gazetted staff)630
2. The rates of this allowance will further increase by 25 percent each time DA rises by 50 percent.

3. The revised rates of allowance shall be admissible with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

4. The other terms and conditions as contained in Board’s letter No. E(P&A)l-97/HL/2 dated 18.02.1998 for grant of this allowance shall remain unchanged.

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


6. Please acknowledge receipt.

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(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director/E(P&A)-I
Railway Board.
Source:Railway Board

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Cabinet approves equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Undertakings to get the benefit of OBC reservations

Cabinet approves equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Banks, Insurance Institutions with Posts in Government so that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the norms for establishing equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. for claiming benefit of OBC reservations. This addresses an issue pending for nearly 24 years.  This will ensure that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations, on par with children of people serving in lower categories in Government. This will also prevent children of those in senior positions in such institutions, who, owing to absence of equivalence of posts, may have been treated as non Creamy Layer by virtue of wrong interpretation of income standards from cornering government posts reserved for OBCs and denying the genuine non creamy layer candidates a level playing field.

The Union Cabinet also approved the increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 6 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The new income criterion will be Rs. 8 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and will enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.

These measures are a part of the Government's efforts to ensure greater social justice and inclusion for members of the Other Backward Classes. The Government has already introduced in Parliament, a bill to provide Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes. It has also decided to set up a Commission, under section 340 of the Constitution, to sub categorize the OBCs, so that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs. All these decisions, taken together, are expected to ensure greater representation of OBCs in educational institutions and jobs, while also ensuring that the more under-privileged within the category are not denied their chance of social mobility.

Background:

In its judgment dated 16.11.1992 in WP(C) 930/1990 (IndraSawhney case) the Supreme Court had directed the Government to specify the basis, for exclusion of socially and economically advanced persons from Other Backward Classes by applying the relevant and requisite socio-economic criteria.

An Expert Committee was constituted in February 1993 which submitted its report on 10.03.1993 specifying the criteria for identification of socially advanced persons among OBCs i.e. the Creamy Layer. The report was accepted by the then Ministry of Welfare and forwarded to DoPT which issued an OM dated 08.09.1993 on exclusion from the Creamy Layer.

The OM of 08.09.1993 specifies six categories for identifying Creamy Layer (a) Constitutional/Statutory post (b) Group  ‘A’  and Group ‘B’ Officers of Central and State Governments, employees of PSUs and Statutory bodies, universities, (c) Colonel and above in armed forces and equivalent in paramilitary  forces (d) professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, Management Consultants, Engineers etc. (e) Property owners with agricultural holdings or vacant land and/or buildings  and (f) income/wealth tax asessee.

The OM further stipulates that the said parameters would apply mutatis mutandis to officers holding equivalent or comparable posts in PSUs, Banks, Insurance Organizations, Universities, etc. and Government was required to determine equivalence of positions in these organizations with those in Government.

Pending the equivalence to the established in these institutions Income criteria would apply for the officers in these Institutions.

However, this exercise of determining the equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. had not been initiated. The determination of equivalence of posts has been thus pending for almost 24 years.

The matter of formulating equivalence has since been examined in detail. In PSUs, all Executive level posts i.e. Board level executives and managerial level posts would be treated as equivalent to group 'A' posts in Government and will be considered Creamy Layer. Junior Management Grade Scale–1 and above of  Public Sector Banks, Financial Institutions and Public Sector Insurance Corporations will be treated as equivalent to Group 'A' in the Government of India and considered as Creamy Layer. For Clerks and Peons in PSBs, FIs and PSICs, the Income Test as revised from time to time will be applicable. These are the broad guidelines and each individual Bank, PSU, Insurance Company would place the matter before their respective board to identify individual posts.

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

CBDT extends date for (a) Linking of Aadhaar with PAN

CBDT extends date for (a) Linking of Aadhaar with PAN and (b) Due date for filing Income Tax Returns and Tax Audit Reports.

To facilitate ease of compliance by the taxpayers, CBDT has extended the date in the following cases:-

        i.            Aadhaar was to be linked with PAN by 31st August, 2017. The date for linking Aadhaar with PAN has been extended till 31st December, 2017;

      ii.            The ‘due-date’ for filing Income Tax Returns and various reports of audit prescribed under the Income-tax Act,1961 has been extended from 30th September, 2017 to 31st October, 2017 for all taxpayers who were liable to file their Income Tax Returns by 30th September, 2017.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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GRANT OF FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) TO THE ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS

No.1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare
New Delhi-110011

Dated: 29th August 2017

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

SUB: GRANT OF FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) TO THE ARMED FORCES PENSIONERS/FAMILY PENSIONERS IN SUCH CASES WHERE DATE OF RETIREMENT IS PRIOR TO 1.4.2003 AND WHO HAD OPTED NOT TO AVAIL MEDICAL FACILITIES AT OPD OF ARMED FORCES HOPITALS/MI ROOMS AND ARE NOT MEMBERS OF ECHS.

Sir,
The undersigned is directed to refer to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No.1(1)/98/D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 and letter No. 1(10)/09-D(Pen/Policy) dated 12th January 2011 & No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 5th May 2015 regarding grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs.500/- pm. with effect from 19.11.2014 to Armed Forces Pensioners/Family' Pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization unless the individual had opted for OPD treatment in Armed Forces Hospitals/ M.I. Rooms and convey the sanction of the President for enhancement of the amount of FMA from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/-per month. The other conditions for grant of FMA shall continue to be in force.

2. Ex-Servicemen who retired on or after 01 Apr 2003 have to-become member of ECHS Compulsorily and are not eligible to draw Fixed Medical Allowance. These orders applicable only in such cases, where the date of retirement is prior to 1.4.2003 and who had opted not to avail medical facilities at OPD of Armed Forces Hospitals/ MI rooms and are not members of ECHS.

3. These orders will take effect from 01.07.2017.

4. All other conditions as laid down in Government of India letter No. 1(1)/98-D(Pen/Sers) dated 15th June 1998 will continue to apply.

5. This issue with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence(Finance/Pension) vide their ID No. 32(9)/2010/Fin/Pen dated 16 August 2017.

6. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully

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(Manoi Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/default/files/DESW-Pension-Policy-29th-Aug-17.pdf

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Appeal for restoration of Option 1 recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission for Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners

RAILWAYS SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE SOCIETY
No. RSCWS/ HO / 7th CPC/2017-16
Dated: 23rd August, 2017

1.Shri Narindera Modi, Hon. Prime Minister India, 152, South Block, New Delhi-110001
2. Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon. Minister of Finance, Govt. of India, North Block, New Delhi-110001
3. Shri Jitendra Singh, Hon. MOS Personnel, PG & Pension, GOI, North Block, New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

Subject: Appeal for restoration of Option 1 recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission for Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners – For Parity of Pension between Pre & Post-2016 Central Government Pensioners
Reference: i) DOP&PW OM No.38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12th May, 2017 & 6th July, 2017 ii) Para 10.1.67 of 7th CPC Report for grant of Parity of Pension of Pre & Post Seventh CPC Pensioners

1.We draw your kind attention to the sad plight of large majority of Central Government Pensioners – especially the Pre-2006 Pensioners and more so the Pre-1996 Pensioners, who will suffer a major financial loss in fixation of their Revised Pension on account of an unjust decision on implementation of 7th CPC Report vide DOP&PW OM dated 12-5-2017 cited above.

2.The Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) in Para 10.1.67 & 10.1.68 of its Report had for the first time conceded the long pending demand of the Central Government Pensioners for Parity of Pension between the Pre and Post CPC Pensioners and had recommended the following pension formulation for civil employees including CAPF personnel who had retired before 01.01.2016:

i) All the Civilian personnel including CAPF who retired prior to 01.01.2016 (expected date of implementation of the Seventh CPC recommendations) shall first be fixed in the Pay Matrix being recommended by this Commission, on the basis of the Pay Band and Grade Pay at which they retired, at the minimum of the corresponding level in the matrix. This amount shall be raised, to arrive at the notional pay of the retiree, by adding the number of increments he/she had earned in that level while in service, at the rate of three percent. Fifty percent of the total amount so arrived at shall be the revised pension.

ii) The second calculation to be carried out is as follows. The pension, as had been fixed at the time of implementation of the VI CPC recommendations, shall be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at an alternate value for the revised pension.

iii) Pensioners be given option of choosing whichever formulation is beneficial to them.

3.Option 1, cited above, was very much feasible to implement as recommended by 7th CPC for revision of Pension of old Pension since according to the survey conducted by the DOP&PW, it was accepted that the Service Records of over 80% of old Pensioners were available, while those of the others could be re-built as per procedure prescribed in the Rules and as was done after 5th & 6th CPC and as per orders of the Courts in numerous cases.

4.Regrettably, the Committee formed by the Government, to consider the feasibility of implementation of Option 1 recommended by the Seventh CPC, while finding it non-feasible, did not care for the interest of the more than 80% of the Pensioners merely to save the Administration from the botheration of Re-building the Service Records of the rest less than 20% Pensioners. This was a great injustice since the 80% of the Pensioners who’s Records are available, shall suffer a loss of Pension just because of missing records of the rest 20%.

5.Instead, the Government accepted the following formula vide OM Dated 12-5-2017, as recommended by the Committee on Feasibility of Option 1:

“the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 01.01.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s, who retired/died prior to 01.01.2016, may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th CPC in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. This will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the Formula for revision of pay. While fixing pay on notional basis the pay fixation formulae approved by the Government and other relevant instructions on the subject in force at the relevant time shall be strictly followed. 50% of the notional pay as on 01.01.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 as per the first Permutation.”

6) The above said formula will very seriously and adversely affect the Revised pension of a large majority of the Pre-2016 Pensioners on account of following reasons:

a) “Parity of Pension” between Pre and Post-2016 Pensioners – recommended by the Seventh CPC – would be denied to the Pre-2016 Pensioners.

b) In the process of notional pay fixation in successive Pay Commissions, there is a lot of dilution particularly for pensioners who retired in 4th CPC period resulting in big financial loss.

c) Irrespective of the date of retirement, Option 1 would have given the same pension to pre-2016 pensioners depending upon the number of increments earned in the last Level. By denying option 1 there will be sub-groups even within the homogenous group of pre-2016 pensioners.

d) None of the above losses would occur to the Pre-2016 Pensioners if the Option 1 recommended by the 7th CPC is implemented and if the new formula is allowed as a 3rd Option in addition to Option 1 & 2 Recommended by the 7th CPC in the interest of natural justice to all Pre-2016 Pensioners.

2. It is, therefore, requested that the Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners be fixed at the highest of the 3 Options – including first two Options as recommended by 7th CPC and 3rd Option as accepted by the Government and Notified vide DOP&PW OM Dated 12-5-2017.

Hoping for a favourable consideration & thanking you in anticipation. With kind regards,


Yours faithfully, 

(Harchandan Singh)

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7th Pay commission Minimum Pay - Rs. 19670 and multiplication factor - 2.81 at all levels-NC JCM LETTER

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001

No.NC-JCM-2017/7th CPC /Fin
August 14 2017
The Additional Secretary,
(Sh. Pramod Kumar Das)
Government of India,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi

Dear Sir,

We write this with reference to the discussions the staff side had with you on 21st July, 2017,when the official side explained the various recommendations of the Allowances Committee and the Government's decisions thereon. It is however, our considered opinion that the said allowances committee did not consider various submissions made by the Staff side both orally and in writing especially on those allowances, which has a universal application. Had it been really addressed, the reduction in the transport allowance in the case of employees in the lower strata of hierarchy would not have happened. No justification had been advanced by the 7th CPC for the reduction of the House rent allowance rates by a universal 0.8 factor. The Committee has also not enlightened us as to how the said factor had been applied while making cosmetic changes in the rates. The Committee did not consider the following glaring and untenable and incorrect conclusions of the 7‘h CPC despite that the Staff Side pointed out it in their written submissions.

(i) The house rent allowance is one such allowance which is not cost indexed. As on 1.1.2016, the date on which the pay was revised, the DA stood at 125%. What justification could be offered to reduce the rates by 0.8%is inexplicable. By deferring the date of revised allowance by 18 months, i.e. with effect from 1.7.2017, the Government has enormously gained financially. The actual financial outflow on account of the revision of pay and allowances has thus become less than even what was projected by the 7th CPC. The Committee should have known that on all previous occasions, where the date of effect of pay and allowances had differed, the Govt. had granted Interim Relief and merger of DA. No such decision had been taken by the Government, prior to the setting up of the 7th CPC. Even the precedence on which the committee wrongly relied upon, had been set aside by the Board of Arbitration, not once but twice.

(ii) The cosmetic changes effected in the rates of HRA which is published to have benefited about 7.5 Iakhs employees is not correct but exaggerated.

(iii) The Committee's decision to retain some of the department specific allowances was on the suggestion made by the concerned heads of departments. The Staff side view had not been considered at all.

(iv) The Pension committee’s recommendation to reject Option No. 1 on the ground of infeasibility is further reflective of the attitude of the Government towards the employees and pensioners.

On 30th June, 2016 the staff side had a meeting with the group of Ministers headed by Shri Rajnath Singh, the Honourable Home Minister, when an assurance was held out to revisit the computation of the Minimum wage and multiplication factor. We were informed that the Committee headed by you would consider as to how the assurance could be implemented. Despite three rounds of meeting with you, nothing tangible in this regard has happened. In our earlier submissions we had pointed out with facts and figures as to how the 7'h CPC erred in their computation of the Minimum wage and how could never be less than Rs.26000 as on 1.1.2016. We are afraid that the repetition thereof would not serve any purpose. However, as desired by you, we give hereunder certain glaring, iniquitous and unjustified factors, the rectification of which could be the least the Government could do while revisiting the computation of Minimum wage and multiplication factor.

1. Dr. Aykhroyd formula does not speak of any averages. The commodity prices of a particular date is to be taken into account for the computation of minimum wage as on that date. Since the pay is cost indexed, the fluctuation in prices of commodities in future is taken care of by grant of dearness allowance. The 7th CPC took the average prices of various commodities between 1.7.2014 to 30.6.2015 to compute the minimum wage. This is clearly impermissible. If this error alone is set right, the minimum wage shall work out at Rs. 19294 and the MF at 2.76 (See Annexure 1)

2. The 7th CPC reduced the housing component by 4.5%. This was in line with the computation formula adopted by the 6tth CPC. Such reduction on the specious plea that Central Government employees are given HRA separately was ostensibly incorrect as the quantum of HRA provided for is insufficient to meet the expenses incurred by an individual employee for hiring an  accommodation. The point however, we would like to mention is that the 7th CPC did not notice that the 6th CPC had increased / retained the rate of HRA whereas the 7th CPC for no valid reason reduced all the three rates by a uniform factor of 0.8. The said decision reduced the HRA in metro cities by 6% in classified cities by 4% and in unclassified towns by 2%. Averaging out to 4%. It must be in the fitness of things, that the unwarranted reduction of housing component is restored especially in the background of the Allowance Committee refusing to restore the erstwhile rates. The computation of the minimum wage if this correction is carried out would be as in annexure 2. The minimum wage would then work out to Rs. 20232 and the multiplication factor at 2.89. This is when the commodity price is taken not as the average for 12 months but the actual price as on 1.7.2015.

3. The Honourable Supreme Court had directed that 25% must be added to arrive at the actual minimum wage in order to enable the employees to meet out various social obligations. Children education was on of the minor components of the social obligations mentioned by Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court delivered its verdict, education in the country was in the public domain and was almost free up to the secondary level. The advent of the neo liberal economic policies, imparting education to the children has become one of the costly affairs. The reduction effected by the 7th CPC to the extent of 10% attributable to children education is totally unjustified and in our opinion even amounts to non adherence to the supreme Court directive in the matter. If this error is rectified, the Minimum wage would be Rs. 21873 (MF 3.12) , the commodity prices being Rs. 9885 (actual as on 17,2015) and would be Rs. Rs. 20391 if computation is done on the basis of the average of the commodity prices as was done by the 7thCPC. The MF In the said two cases would be 3.124 and 2.913 respectively. (See annexure 3 and 3A).

4. The 7th CPC has adopted the family at 3 Units. This is no doubt in consonance with Dr. Aykhroyd formula. The family is taken consisting of husband, wife and two children, value assigned being 1+,O.8,+O.6,+O.6. In the present day society to assign a lower value for women is a misplaced and outdated notion. The gender equality demands that the family unit must be taken at 3.2. ( 1+1+0.6+0.6) Two workings are given in Annexure 4 and 4A. In annexure 4 commodity price is what it should be i.e. the actual prices as on 1.7.2015 and in annexure4 A the same is what is taken by the 7th CPC. The minimum wage in Annexure 4 shall be Rs. 19981 (MF2.94) and in the latter case the MW shall be Rs. 19193 and the MF at 2.74) Please see annexure 4 and 4A for detailed working.
The 6th CPC while formulating the Pay band and Grade pay system had applied varying multiplication factors to create the four pay bands. They had relied upon the same argument that the skilled workers are entitled to have better pay packets than the unskilled or semi skilled labourers. The 7th CPC has advocated the same theory to apply varying Multiplications factors for creating pay levels. The successive application of different multiplication factors has disturbed the vertical relativity and if this theory is perennially adopted in the construction of pay scales the present equilibrium will be drastically altered. The ratio between the minimum and maximum pay in Government sector has been widening ever since the 5th CPC recommendations were adopted. The 7th CPC has relied upon the private sector wage pattern for justifying this practice. On quite a number of occasions, the previous Pay Commissions had advocated against the wage determination in Government and Public Sector on the basis of the fair wage comparison with the private sector as the functions and assigned responsibilities and objectives are essentially incomparable. Large scale contractorisation and outsourcing have already come into stay in Governmental organizations with consequent suppression of wages at the levels of semi skilled and unskilled levels. We are not presently on the ethical aspect of this unfair practice, which a welfare Government ought not have indulged in. We are to state that by application of different multiplication factors (i.e. Upto pay level 5 =2.57, pay level 6-9=2.62,Level 10-13A=2.67, Level 14-16 =2.72,Level 18:2.78 and level 17:2.81. By applying the multiplication factor at 2.81 for the Secretary level officers, the 7th CPC tacitly admitted that the minimum wage should not have been less than Rs. 19670. (i.e. 2.81 x 7000 = 19670) In this connection we would also like to bring to you notice that the Government has now unilaterally altered the multiplication factor and Pay matrix in respect of Level 13 from 2.57 to 2.67. Assigning a lower multiplication factor to the officers of level 13 appears to be a conscious decision of the 7th CPC as the Government’s executive order in 2008 to place the staid level of officers at a higher level had disturbed the then existing vertical relativity in the Governmental hierarchy. It is, therefore, the considered opinion and suggestion of the staff side that the Government must come forward to apply the uniform multiplication factor of 2.81 at all levels both for the construction of the pay levels as also for the pay fixation in the new Pay levels for the existing employees. If our suggestion is accepted, the Minimum wage would be raised to Rs. 19670 with the multiplication factor at 2.81.

We request you to kindly convene a meeting of the staff side to cause discussions on the above submissions and arrive at a mutually acceptable conclusion.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Shiv Gopal Mishra.
Secretary

Annexure-1
S.No.Details
Amount
1Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual)9885.00
2Misc: 20%2471.00
312356.00
4Social obligations: 15% as taken by 7 cpc2180.00
514536.00
6Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25%3634.00
718170.00
8Housing 3% as adopted by 7th CPC562.00
918732.00
10Updating to 1.1.20016 as per 7 cpc formula 3%562.00
11Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.201619294.00
12Multiplication factor
2.76
Annexure 2.
S.No.Details
Amount
1Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual)9885.00
2Misc: 20%2471.00
312356.00
4Social obligations: 15% as taken by 7 cpc2180.00
514536.00
6Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25%3634.00
718170.00
8Housing 7.5% as per formula1473.00
919643.00
10Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3%589.00
11Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.201620232.00
12Multiplication factor
2.89
Annexure 3.
S.No.DetailsAmount
1Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual)9885.00
2Misc: 20%2471.00
312356.00
4Social obligations: 25% as per formula4119.00
516475.00
6Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25%4119.00
720593.00
8Housing 3% as per 7th CpC638.00
921231.00
10Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3%637.00
11Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.201621873.00
12Multiplication factor
3.124
Annexure -3A
S.No.Details
Amount
1Commodity prices as taken by 7cpc (average)9218.00
2Misc: 20%2305.00
311523.00
4Social obligations: 25% as per formula3841.00
515364.00
6Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25%3841.00
719205.00
8Housing 3% as per 7th CPC593.00
919798.00
10Updating to 1.1.2016 as per 7 cpc formula 3%593.00
11Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.201620391.00
12Multiplication factor
2.913
Annexure 4
S.No.Details
Amount
1Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual)=9885.Converted into 3.2 family units10544.00
2Misc: 20%2636.00
313180.00
4Social obligations: 15% as per 7th CPC2326.00
515506.00
6Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25%3876.00
719382.00
8Housing 3% as per 7th CPC599.00
919981.00
10Updating to 1.1.2016 as per 7 cpc formula 3%599.00
11Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.201620580.00
12Multiplication factor2.94
Annexure -4A
S.No.DetailsAmount
1Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (average as per 7cpc)=9218. Converted into 3.2 family units9832
2Misc: 20%2459.00
312291
4Social obligations: 15% as per 7th CPC2169
514460
6Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25%3615
718075
8Housing 3% as per 7th CpC559.00
918634
10Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3%559
11Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.201619193
12Multiplication factor2.74

Source:NC JCM

Monday, August 28, 2017

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Travelling Allowance Rules – Implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

No.19030/1/2017-EIV
Government Of India
Ministry Of Finance
Department Of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 18 August 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Travelling Allowance Rules – Implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Consequent upon the issuance of this Department O.M. of even number dated 13.07.2017 regarding implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC on Travelling Allowance(TA), various references are being received in this Department seeking clarifications regarding admissibility of composite Transfer Grant (CTG) and TA/Daily Allowance (DA).

2. The matter has been considered in this Department and with the approval of competent Authority, it has been decided that admissibility of CTG and Transportation of personal effects on Transfer and Retirement will be regulated as under:-

i. In case, the employee has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge prior to 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay if the personal effects have been shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

ii. In case, the employee has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge on/after 01.07.2017 the employee will be eligible for CTG at revised scale of pay, as the personal effects would be shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

iii. In case of retirement, if an employee has retired prior to 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay. if the personal effects have shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

Hindi version is attached.

Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://doe.gov.in/seventh-cpc-pay-commission
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Enhancement of Constant Attendant Allowance to railway employees.

PC-VII No.: 44/2017
RBE No. 101/2017

GOVERNMENT or INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No. F(E)III/2009/PN1/6
New Delhi, Dated : 22.08.2017

The GMs/FA’&CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 - Enhancement of Constant Attendant Allowance.

A copy of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s O.M. No. 1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2nd August, 2017  on the above cited subject is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on Railways also. CCS (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 mentioned in DOP&PW’s O.M., corresponds to Railway Services (Extraordinary Pension) Rules, 1993.

(G. Priya Sudarsani)
Joint Director, Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.
D.A.: As above.

Source: NRMU
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NEW GPF INTEREST RATES FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2017

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION 1 OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)

F.NO. 5(1)-B(PD)/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

New Delhi, the 17th July, 2017
RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2017-2018, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.8% (Seven point eight per cent) w.e.f. 1st July, 2017 to 30th September, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st July, 2017. The funds concerned are:-

1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
3. The All India Services Provident Fund.
4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund.
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
10 The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

(Vyasan R.)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)

To,
The Manager, (Technical Branch)
Government of India Press, Faridabad.

F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2o17

Copy forwarded to all Ministries/Departments of Government of India, President’s Secretariat, Vice-President’s Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, Union Public Service Commission, Supreme Court, Election Commission and NITI Aayog.

Copy also forwarded to

1. Comptroller & Auditor General of India and all offices under his control.
2. Chairman, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.
3. Controller General of Accounts (10 copies).
4. Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pension (Pension Unit/All India Services Division).
5. Financial Adviser of Ministries/Departments (6 copies).
6. Chief Controller of Accounts/Controller of Accounts of Ministries/Departments.
7. Controller General of Defence Accounts.
8. Finance Secretary of all State Governments and Union Territories.
9. Secretary to Governors/Lt. Governors of all States/Union Territories.
10. Secretary Staff Side, National Council of JCM.
11. All Members, Staff Side, National Council of JCM.
12. NIC - For uploading on webhost.

(A.K. Bhatnagar)
Under Secretary(Budget) 

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Additional benefit on death/disability of Government servant covered by New Pension System

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.2012/F(E)111/1(1)/4
New Delhi, Dated: 23.08.2017.

The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Zonal Railways/Production Units.

Subject: Additional benefit on death/disability of Government servant covered by New Pension System — clarification regarding.

Please refer to the instructions issued vide Board’s letters No. 2008/AC-II/21/19, dated 29.05.2009, No.2010/AC-II/21/18 dated 02.07.2013 and 13.07.2010, letters of even number dated 08.09.2014 and 13.01.2016 on the above mentioned subject.

2. Now, one of the recognized Federations (NFIR) have again raised the issue of non-compliance of the above instructions by Zonal Railways and reluctance on the part of Railways in providing additional relief to the widows of NPS subscribers/ NPS subscribers who have been declared invalidated. The Federation have also stated that Zonal administrations are not taking initiatives to ensure additional relief in terms DOP&PW’s D.M. dated 05.05.2009 and that they are reluctant in providing additional relief on death and disability of NPS subscribers.
3. It is once again reiterated that the aforesaid instructions may be followed scrupulously and to review all the cases for ensuring the payment of family pension, disability pension and extra-ordinary pension to the NPS subscribers in case of death/disability. Further, Zonal Railways are also advised to sensitize the administration at lower level towards the problems faced by the employees and their families.

(G.Priya Sudarsani)
Joint Director, Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.

Source: Railway Board

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Latest clarification on Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC

No. 31011/5/2014-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: August 21, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC – clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 23.09.2015 on the subject noted above and to say that as per the extant instructions, whenever a Government servant claims LTC by air, he/she is required to book the air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the services of the authorized travel agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Est(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).

2. In this regard, references are received in this Department seeking clarification whether the aforesaid condition of booking the tickets through authorized travel agents needs to be followed in cases where a non-entitled Government servant travels by air on LTC and claims the entitled train fare.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it is hereby clarified that in case of non-entitled Government servants travelling by air on LTC and claiming entitled rail fare, the condition of booking the air tickets through authorised travel agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ may not be insisted upon. In rest of the cases, the condition of booking the tickets through authorised modes shall continue to follow.

Enclosure: As above

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

Source: http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_5_2014-Estt-A-21082017.pdf
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Travelling Allowance Rules – Implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

No.19030/1/2017-EIV
Government Of India
Ministry Of Finance
Department Of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 18 August 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Travelling Allowance Rules – Implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Consequent upon the issuance of this Department O.M. of even number dated 13.07.2017 regarding implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC on Travelling Allowance(TA), various references are being received in this Department seeking clarifications regarding admissibility of composite Transfer Grant (CTG) and TA/Daily Allowance (DA).

2. The matter has been considered in this Department and with the approval of competent Authority, it has been decided that admissibility of CTG and Transportation of personal effects on Transfer and Retirement will be regulated as under:-

i. In case, the employee has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge prior to 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay if the personal effects have been shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

ii. In case, the employee has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge on/after 01.07.2017 the employee will be eligible for CTG at revised scale of pay, as the personal effects would be shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

iii. In case of retirement, if an employee has retired prior to 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay. if the personal effects have shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

Hindi version is attached.

Sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/TA%20order%20dated%2018.08.2017%20%281%29.pdf

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Revised Pay Scales as per the 7th CPC to KVS

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18.Institutional Area
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi- 16

F.No. 110239/71/2012/KVS(Hq)Budget/174
Dated: 18.08.2017

The Deputy Commissioner/Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
All Regional Offices/ZIETs.

Subject: Pay Bill for the month of August 2017-reg.

Madam/Sir,

I am to invite your attention to KVS(Hq) letter No.11015-3/2017-KVS(Admn.I)/Vol.II dated 03.08.2017 vide which the approval of the Competent Authority for adoption of revised Pay Scales as per the 7th CPC to the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan was conveyed.

It is intimated that while preparing the Pay Bill, the amount of Basic Pay may be mentioned under the coloumn “Pay in Pay Band” and the column of Grade Pay may be left blank till further orders.

As regards allowances, the conditions mentioned under point No.(c) of the letter under reference may be followed meticulously.


Pay bill for the month of August, 2017 may be prepared and uploaded in UBI Salary Portal accordingly within the stipulated time limit.

Yours faithfully,

(M.Arumugam)
Joint Commissioner(Fin)

Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in/

Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No C-173
No. G1/C/052/Vol-IX/Tech
O/o the PCDA (P), Allahabad
Dated: 11/08/2017

To
(All Head of Department under Min. of Defence)

Sub :- Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 6084/2010 and civil appeal No. 6371/2010.

Ref :- GOI, Dptt.of P&PW O.M. No. 4/34/2002-P&PW(d).Vol.II, dated 23rd June,2017 & 21st July 2017(copies enclosed).

Reference is invited to para-8 of above cited DP&PW O.M. dated 23/06/2017 vide which, it has been decided to extend the benefit of order dated 02-08-2007 of the Hon’ble Madras High Court and the Order dated 01-09-2016 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to all similarly placed absorbee pensioners. Accordingly, all such absorbee pensioners who had taken 100% lump-sum amount in lieu of pension on absorption in PSUs/Autonomous Bodies in accordance with the then existing Rule 37-A of the CCS(Pension)Rules 1972 and in whose case 1/3rd pension had been restored after 15 years, may be allowed restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years from the date of payment of 100% lump-sum amount.

2. It is, therefore, decided that revision in such cases will be carried out by this office by issue of Corr. PPO on the basis of document forwarded by respective HOOs with the following particulars:-

i. Name of the absorbees.
ii. Name of H.O.O. from which retired
iii. Date of restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension
iv. Original PPOs No. (Copy may please be attached)
v. Latest Corr. PPO No. (Copy may please be attached)
vi. Current PDA Details

a. PDA Name (i.e. Bank, DPDO, TO etc.)
b. PDA Station
c. Bank Name#
d. Branch Name#
e. Account No.#
f. BSR code of CPPC BR.#
g. IFSC Code#

Note:- If PDA is Bank, filling of columns with # mark is mandatory.

3. The absorbee pensioners whose full pension is restored in terms of the above instructions would also be entitled to revision of their pension in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time in implementation of the recommendations of the Pay Commissions, including the 7th Central Pay Commission in terms of DP&PW O.M. No. 38/37/2015-P&PW(A), dt. 12/05/2017. In is therefore, HOOs are advised to provide following mandatory information so that revision under 7th CPC may also be carried out:-
i. Last Pay drawn at the time of retirement.

ii. Pay Scale at the time of retirement.

Further, in r/o those Government Servants who retired or died before 01.01.1986 following information should also be mentioned.

iii. Notional Pay fixed as on 01-01-1986 (in case of Pre-86 retirees)

iv. Notional Pay Scale as on 01-01-1986(in case of Pre-86 retirees)

4. In view of the foregoing, you also are requested to issue suitable instructions (along with copy of this circular) to all the Head of Offices under your administrative control to ensure that application/claim on the subject matter henceforth are floated in accordance with instructions given in above Paras.

(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)
Dy. CDA (P)

Source: pcdapension.nic.in


Monday, August 21, 2017

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Submission of e-Revision Authorities through the e-Revision utility by the PAOs-CPAO

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO)

Trikoot-Il, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi – 110 066

No. CPAO/CDN/7th CPC/2017-18/311
Dated: 11th August, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Submission of e-Revision Authorities through the e-Revision utility by the PAOs reg.

Revision of about 9.5 lakhs Pre-2016 pension cases & about 16000 post-2016 cases became due as per the recommendations of 7th CPC. As per DP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04/08/2016, pension cases of Pre-2016 pensioners have already been revised by the banks by applying the multiplication factor of 2.57.

2. However, pension of pre-2016 cases needs to be revised by concerned PAOs as per OM No 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12th May, 2017. For these revision cases, CPAO has developed an e-Revision utility for sending the revision cases to CPAO. It has been noticed that some Ministries/Departments are sending on-line digitally signed revision authorities and also sending the same authorities manually to CPAO.

3.All the Ministries/Departments are requested to instruct PAOs of their Ministries/Departments that if PAOs have already sent authorities through e-Revision utility and signed digitally, there is no need to send manual revision authorities to CPAO.

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

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

Source:http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/CPAO_CDN_7th_CPC_2017-18.pdf
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Recommendations of the 7th CPC – Grant of Non-Practising Allowance(NPA) at revised rates to IRMS officers.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

S.No.PC-VII/30 RBE No.82/2017
No.PC-V/2017/A/NPA/1 New Delhi, dated 04-08-2017

The General Managers
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As Per Mailing list)

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th CPC – Grant of Non-Practising Allowance(NPA) at revised rates to IRMS officers.

Please refer to Board’s letter No.PC-V/2008/A/O/1(NPA), dt 22.09.2008 (RBE No.122/2008) regarding the existing rates of Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) admissible to IRMS Officers and as provided for in para 9 of the Schedule for Rs (RP) Rules,2016, dt. 02.08.2016 (RBE No.93/2016), the question of revision of rates of allowances (except Dearness Allowance) based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission were to be notified subsequently and separately. Until then, all allowances were required to be paid at the existing rates in the existing pay structure (the pay structure based on 6th Pay Commission) as if the pay has not been revised w.e.f 1st January 2016. Accordingly, NPA was also required to be paid at the existing rates specified in the aforesaid Board’s letter dt. 22.09.2008 (RBE No.122/2008).

2. The decisions of the Government on the revised rates of various allowances based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission and in the light of the recommendations of the committee under the Chairmanship of the finance secretary, constituted for this purpose, have since been notified.

3. Accordingly the president is pleased to decide that in modification of the existing rates of NPA as contained in the aforesaid Boards letter dt. 22.09.2008, the NPA shall now be paid at the rate of 20% of the basic pay in the revised pay structure in vogue based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay commission, as contained in the RS(RP) Rules, 2016, subject to the condition that the sum of basic pay and NPA does not exceed Rs.2,37,500 (Rupees two lakh thirty seven thousand and five hundred only). The following conditions shall regulate the grant of NPA under these orders:

(i) the term “Basic Pay” in the revised pay structure shall mean “Basic Pay” as defined in Rule 3(x) of Rs (RP) Rules, 2016, i.e., “Basic Pay” in revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed level in the Pay Matrix.

(ii) The NPA shall continue to be treated as pay for the purpose computation of Dearness Allowance and other allowances, except those allowances in respect of which the applicable orders provide otherwise, including calculation of retirement benefits. Dearness Allowance under these orders shall mean dearness Allowance as sanctioned by the Central Government from time to time in the 7th Pay Commission – related pay structure.

(iii) NPA shall continue to be restricted to those medical posts for which medical qualifications recognised under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 or under the Dentist Act, 1948 have been prescribed as an essential qualification. The following conditions shall also be fulfilled as hitherto:

(a) The Post is a clinical one
(b) The Post is a whole time post
(c) There is ample scope for private practice and
(d) It is necessary to prohibit private practice in public interest.

4. The revised rare of NPA in terms of these orders shall take effect from 1st July 2017

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

6. Hindi version of these order will follow.

(Authority:MoF’s OM No.12-2/2016-EIII.A, dt 7th July 2017)

(N.P.Singh)
Dy.Director, Pay commission-V
Railway Board

Source: http://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/NPA_Medical%20Posts_other%20than%20CHS_%20Eng.pdf
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Stoppage of Holiday Over-Time in Ordnance Factories: BPMS

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR - 208001
REF: BPMS / MOD / OFB / 186 (8/1/R)
Dated: 19.08.2017

To
Shri Arun Jaitley Ji.,
Hon’ ble Raksha Mantri Ji.,
Government of India
Ministry of Defence,
South Block,
NEW DELHI — 110 011

Subject: Stoppage of Holiday Over-Time in Ordnance Factories — Protest of.
Reference: MoD ID No.DDP-P0012/8/2017-D(Prod-II) dt.08-08-2017.

Respected Sir,

I have been directed to bring the following for your kind immediate intervention.

Vide Ministry of Defence letter cited under reference above, Ordnance Factory Board has been directed to completely stop Holiday Overtime in the Factories.

In this connection we submit that the said order issued by concerned officials is totally unjustified and is without proper application of mind, suffice to say that Over time in the Ordnance Factories is not granted as a matter of routine or luxury but there is a time tested and logical formula vis-à-vis production output on the basis of which the action is taken and it is quantifiable.

Here it may also be pertinent to note that as per the annual statement of accounts of the factories, the total cost of labour on the cost of production is constant between 12 to 13% whereas other elements like Material, Fixed Over heads ,Variable Over heads consumes bulk of cost of production.

Thus targeting Labour to cut cost is not only an unprofessional approach but also shows the biased mindset of the concerned Officials of MoD which is adversely affecting the moral, dedication of the employee and output of the OFB organization.

There is large scale resentment amongst employees as a result of which whimsical diktat of the Ministry and we seek your immediate personal intervention in the matter to provide justice to the workmen.

We therefore once again demand that status quo ante be restored, pending further discussion on the matter.

Thanking You,

Sincerely yours

(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Source: http://bpms.org.in/documents/ot-ofb-lcl4.pdf

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission —Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

No.A-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi,16th August,2017.

Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission —Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Seventh Central Pay Commission on the subject of Children Education Allowance Scheme, the following instructions are being issued in supersession of this Department’s OM dated 28-4-2014 :-

(a) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Children Education allowance will be Rs.2250/-pm.

(b) The amount fixed for reimbursement of Hostel Subsidy will be Rs. 6750/-pm.

(c) In case both the spouses are Government servants, only one of them can avail reimbursement under Children Education Allowance.

(d) The above limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. The allowance will be double for differently abled children.

2. Further, reimbursement will be done just once a year, after completion of the financial year. For reimbursement of CEA, a certificate from the head of institution, where the ward of government employee studies, will be sufficient for this purpose. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year. For Hostel Subsidy, a similar certificate from the head of institution will suffice, with the additional requirement that the certificate should mention the amount of expenditure incurred by the government servant towards lodging and boarding in the residential complex. The amount of expenditure mentioned, or the ceiling as mentioned above, whichever is lower, shall be paid to the employee.

3. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017

4. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the comptroller and auditor General of India.

Hindi version will follow.

(Navneet Misra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. Of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/A-27012_02_2017-Estt-AL-16082017.pdf

Implementation of decisions relating to Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities.

No.A-27012/03/2017-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi,16th August,2017.

Subject: Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission — implementation of decisions relating to Special Allowance for child care for women with disabilities.

Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the Seventh Central Pay Commission for providing extra benefits to women employees with disabilities especially when they have young children and children with disability, the President is pleased to issue the following instructions:-

(i) Women with disabilities shall be paid Rs.3000/-per month as Special Allowance for Child care. The allowance shall be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old.

(ii) It shall be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving children.

(iii) Disability means a person having a minimum Disability of 40% as elaborated in Ministry of Welfare’s Notification No. 16-18/97-NI.I dated 1.6.2001 and amended from time to time.

(iv) The above limit would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

2. These orders shall be effective from 1st July, 2017.

3. Insofar as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and auditor General of India.

Hindi version will follow.

(Navneet Misra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/A-27012_03_2017-Estt-AL-16082017.pdf

Implementation of Governments decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Abolishing Desk Allowance

No.A-27023/01/2017-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 110 067
Dated: 16.08.2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:-Implementation of Governments decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Abolishing Desk Allowance – Reg.

Consequent upon the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, it is stated that Desk Allowance stands abolished.

2. These orders shall take effect from 1st July 2017.

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Navneet Misra)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/A-27023_01_2017-Estt-AL-16082017.pdf

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Govt rejects demand to reduce pay gap

The pay gap under the 7th Pay Commission was a major issue for Central Government employees. The cabinet decided go ahead with the recommendations of the pay panel which suggested 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay which was effective from January 1 2016. The cabinet had cleared the recommendations of the pay panel in June which effected 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners.

Recommendations by-passed 

While clearing the pay panel's recommendations the basic hike in pay effective January 1 2016 was at 14.27 per cent. The recommendations made by the Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha for an average 30 per cent hike in basic pay was bypassed by the Union Cabinet

Pay matrices

 As per the notification there were 18 pay matrices that were approved. The notification said, the highest pay matrix (Level-18) for the Cabinet secretary to the Union government is Rs 2,50,000 (fixed), which was Rs 90,000 (fixed) in the immediate past under 6th pay commission recommendation. The rate of increase is 178%. The pay matrix in the lowest grade (Level-1) is Rs 18,000 which was Rs 7,000 under 6th pay commission recommendation. The rate of increase is 157%. The ratio of pay between the highest declared pay matrix (Level-18) and the lowest grade (Level -1) in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is 1:13.9, which was 1:12 as per the previous pay commission:

No pay gap made up 

All pay commissions in the past had made up the pay gap between the lower paid employees and the top officials from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12. In the first pay commission, the pay of the top bureaucrats was 41 times higher than the employee earning the lowest. The future pay commissions however reduced the ratio from 1:41 in 1947 to about 1:12 in 2006.

Reducing pay gap ruled out

 The government has however put aside the demand by central government employees to reduce the pay gap. The government says that no decision will be taken to reduce the pay gap under the 7th Pay Commission. Government employees have been demanding for a long time to pay ratio should be minimised. They have also demanded that Rs 25,000 should be the minimum pay in the new pay scale and the fitment factor will be higher than the 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

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Review of the progress made by Defence Establishments for revision of Pension/Family Pension of pre-2016 Central Civil Pensioners

Urgent/Time Bound
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
(Department of Defence)
D(Civ-2)

Sub: Review of the progress made by Defence Establishments for revision of Pension/Family Pension of pre-2016 Central Civil Pensioners - Minutes of the meeting convened by Shri Barun Mitra, Additional Secretary (BM) on 03.08.2017 at 5.00 PM in the Committee Room No. 111, South Block.

A copy of the minutes of the meeting held on 3 Aug 2017 on the subject cited above is enclosed for immediate action by all the concerned administrative divisions, Heads of Departments of Defence Organisations and subordinate formations.

2. Attention is also invited to Ministry of Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure) OM No.1(13)/EV/2017 dated 26 July 2017 vide which MoF have directed to furnish the following information urgently:

i) The number of cases due for pension revision (relevant data already made available by CPAO/PCDA(P) and the number of cases where appropriate action for pension revision has been completed, including payment of revised pension to retired employees along with arrears.
ii) Whether pension revision has been taken up scale-wise and if so, status of disposal at various levels pay scale wise. Whether revision in regard to fixed pay scales has been completed.

iii) Specific reason for delay in respect of cases where pension revision is yet to be made.

iv) Any other relevant issue having a bearing on speedy disposal of revision of pension cases.

3. Joint Secretaries-in-charge of various Defence organisations/subordinate offices are requested to ensure compliance of the decisions as contained in the minutes of the meeting, and also furnish the above cited information, for further transmission to the MoF, in terms of their OM dated 26 July 2017, urgently.

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(Anil Kumar)
Deputy Secretary(CP)

All the participants of the meeting dated 3 Aug 2017 (list in Annexure)
MoD ID No.12(11)/2017-D(Civ-2) dated 8 Aug 2017
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Minutes of the meeting taken by Shri Barun Mitra, Additional Secretary (BM) on 03.08.2017 at 5.00 PM in the Committee Room No. 111, South Block to review the progress made by Defence Establishments for revision of Pension/Family Pension of Pre-2016 Central Civil Pensioners

List of participants is at Annexure 

1. A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Shri Barun Mitra, AS(BM) on 03.08.2017 at 1700 Hours in Committee Room 111, South Block, to review the progress made by Defence Establishments for revision of Pension/Family Pension of pre-12016 Central Civil Pensioners. This was part of ongoing review in the context of directions of the Ministry of Finance / Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare to revise the pension of pre 1.1.2016 pensioners on the basis of 7th CPC Pay Matrix in a time bound manner.

2. Additional Secretary (BM) welcomed all the participants and explained the enormity of the task and urgency involved in view of the strict monitoring and review being made by the MoF. While attaching emphasis to the magnitude involved in a huge organisation like MoD with a very large number of pensioners/family pensioners, he emphasised the need for stringent monitoring and a pro-active approach, to complete this exercise in a time bound manner.
3. Thereafter, Shri Jayant Sinha, Joint Secretary (Establishment) gave an overview of the directions of the MoF and the procedure laid down to process and complete the revision of pension / family pension as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix. He noted that number of such cases requiring revision of pension would be in the vicinity of 5.75 lakhs. The exercise is required to be completed in a time frame given by the MoD ie. 30 Sep 2017. He invited the participants to bring forth the progress and also the problems being faced along with possible solutions.

Feedback various stakeholders and discussion

4. The Representative of CGDA (Shri Ajay Mishra, Jt CGDA) explained that as per the records of PCDA(Pension), Allahabad, there are about 3.75 lakh pensioners of which data of about 43000 have been passed on to the defence establishments for re-fixation of pension. Till date, 824 cases have been processed and 297 Revised PPOs have been issued. The figures of total pensioners (including family pensioners) are yet to be confirmed and this will be done by the CGDA in consultation with PCDA(P), Allahabad.

5. AS(BM) desired to know about the planning and the road map for bridging the glaring gap between the projected figures and progress made till date. He instructed CGDA to coordinate with PCDA(P) to locate and reconcile the data of remaining pensioners.

6. Representative of IAF (AVM O P Tiwari) informed that there are about 20000 Civil Pensioners comprising mainly Group C / erstwhile Group D employees. The basic data, including their whereabouts and email addresses are available with them and the plan to achieve to complete the exercise at their end by 31st Aug 2017.

7. Representative of Indian Navy (Cmde I.S.Grewal) informed that they do not maintain centralized data of about 30,000 Civilian pensioners as the information is with 383 Units scattered all over the country. AS(BM) advised them to constitute a dedicated team which can interact closely with CGDA/PCDA to streamline, streamline the process and complete the exercise within the targeted timelines.

8. The Representative of Indian Army (Shri Ashok Kurnar, DDG(CP) informed that PCDA has furnished them data of approx. 30,000 pensioners, and this number has been understated by the PCDA. In the meantime, they have issued directions to the lower formations to make their own efforts to locate the records of the pensioners and process the cases. AS(BM) directed them to interact closely with CGDA/PCDA to streamline the process and complete the exercise within the targeted timelines.

9. The Representative of DG, BRO (Shri A.K.Bhatnagar, CE and DDG(Pers) informed that they have received data of around 28590 pensioners. However, there are about 3000 Units which have been disbanded in the recent years. It was stated that it may be very difficult to locate and sift from their records information/service record of past employees. They also wanted to send a team to PCDA, Allahabad to reconcile the data on pensioners. In the meanwhile, they informed that 613 cases were ready to be processed. However, they required identification codes of the Heads of Office, to complete the process. They sought cooperation of CGDA in this respect.

10. The Representative of Coast Guard HO (DIG Dinesh Rajaputuran PD(Pers) informed that there are about 1000 civil pensioners, of which cases of 400 pensioners are under process. Cases of 200 will be completed by end of August. They assured to complete the process by September 2017.

11. The Representative of OFB Kolkata (Shri P. Mohanty, DDG) informed that there are 1,09,000 cases of pensioners which need to be revised in terms of MoF/DPPW orders. There are 42 Ordnance Factories and 23 Regional Offices spread all over the country where the service records of these pensioners are located. They informed that the exercise has been started and will be expedited.

12. The Representative of DRDO informed that there are 14700 cases of pensioners belonging to 60 establishments, 39 Heads of Offices in the laboratories of DRDO established across the country. He informed that their websites exhorts pensioners to approach concerned offices to furnish their service details. Substantial progress is likely to be made by them by mid of September 2017.

13. The Representative of MES (Shri V K Gupta, Joint DG) informed about their 4900 approx pensioners in various Units located in tri-services/ establishments. It was stated that they also faced the loss of record due to disbanded units. It was stated that PCDA has furnished them only the names and PPO Nos. which was inadequate to locate the posting details and HOOs of the pensioners. As regards officers, they do not anticipate any problems in revision of pension because their record is maintained by CRO located at New Delhi.

14. During the discussion, it was suggested that the requirement of insertion of Aadhar and PAN in the initial processing of Pension Fixation Order/Revised PPO would delay the process as the HoDs/HOOs do not possess these details in respect of pensioners at this stage. The entire exercise of issue of Corrigendum PPO shall have to be repeated after receipt of information from the concerned Pensioners. This timeline can be reduced if these two crucial data is allowed in the; system to be inserted subsequently and data updated automatically in the central databank of PCDA(P). It was requested that this issue may be flagged in the meeting of AS(Exp) in MoF.

15. The Representative of DGDE (Shri P. Daniel, Addl. DG) informed that there were 540 pensioners whose pension needs to be revised. It was indicated that they have already processed cases of approx 100 pensioners, of which {23 have been submitted to PCDA Allahabad after vetting by CDA. The remaining cases are in the process of vetting by CDA.

16. The Representative of DGAQA (Shri S.Chawla, ADG) informed that they have not received any data from PCDA(P), Allahabad. They are still in the process of locating the data of pensioners.

17. The Representative of MoD(Sectt) (Shri Brij Kumar, DS) infotmed that they have 1134 cases of pensioners, of which they had processed cases of 656 pensioners. However, these were not accepted by CPAO on the grounds that all cases need to be processed individually. They have started preparing individuals sheets of pensioners and are likely to complete the work by target date.

18. In CAO, there are about 5200 cases of pensioners. The details of action taken were not yet available.

Summing up and Decisions

19. Summing up the discussion, AS(BM) reiterated the necessity of proactive approach to address the issue so as to meet the deadlines prescribed. Thereafter, the following directions were issued:

i) Enumeration of numbers: CGDA to review the total number of pensioners and family pensioners for which revision exercise has to be undertaken in view of the variation in data of pensioners reported in the course of the meeting. The revised number, entity/organisation-wise may be communicated by CGDA.
(Action : CGDA)

ii) Considering the fact that many organisations do not have complete data of pensioners, dedicated teams may be constituted in each organisation that will be interacting proactively with CGDA/PCDA Allahabad to sort out the gaps in completing the exercise.
(Action : All HoDs of Def. Organisations)

iii) Allotment of Identification Codes : Allotment of Identification Codes of Heads of Offices/ DDOs will be communicated by PCDA(P) Allahabad to the HoDs within a week, to enable them to process the cases.
(Action : CGDA/PCDA(P) Allahabad)

iv) Each organisational HQ will nominate a Organisational Nodal Officer not below the rank of JS/Major General or equivalent in case of Services, to liaise with the MOD and to furnish the information/ progress Report fortnightly (15 Aug, 31 Aug, 15 Sep and 30 Sep 2017).
(Action : all HoDs of  Def. Organisations, including CGDA)

v) PCDA(P) Allahabad and CGDA will also nominate the Nodal Officers within three days to facilitate the Field Nodal Officers for liaisoning with CGDA/PCDA, Allahabad and on day to day issues of revision of pension within their organisation. The details of the Field Nodal Officers and Nodal Officers of PCDA/CGDA shall be shared with the Organisational Nodal Officers who will be reporting to MoD.

(Action : All HoDs/CGDAIPCDA(P:) Allahabad)

vi) Each organisation to create a dedicated Cell and Help Desk to process the cases of pensioners.
(Action : All HoDs of Def. Organisations)

vii) Local Subordinate officers to facilitate the pensioners who approach them to furnish their details. Drop Box / Dedicated Counter may be set up at the entrance to collect requisite information from the pensioners and to interact with them as andl when they approach their offices after travelling long distances to pursue their pension revision cases.
(Action : All HoDs of Def. Organisations)

viii) The information about the pension revisions should be highlighted on the websites of the Organisation, along with the name and contact details of the nodal officer who can be approached to furnish data in: respect of the pensioners.
(Action : All HoDs of Def. Organisations)

ix) The pensioners may be encouraged to furnish their details to the offices in which they served last.

(Action : All HoDs of Def. Organisations)

x) Taking up with MoF the issue of a common advertisement in the newspapers as also through other platforms to disseminate; information to the pensioners, and facilitating them in the process of pension revision.
(Action : MoD)

Meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair