Saturday, March 31, 2018

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Grant of vigilance clearance for obtaining passport.

F. No. 11012/7/2017-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi – 110001
Dated 28th March, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of vigilance clearance for obtaining passport.

The undersigned is directed to say that matter regarding guidelines for granting vigilance clearance to members of the Central Civil Service holding Central Civil Posts have been reviewed and it has been decided to lay down guidelines for grant of vigilance clearance to the Government servant for obtaining Indian Passport.

2. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued the guidelines for issuance of ordinary Passport to the Government servant vide O.M. No. VI/401/01/05/2014 dated 26.05.2015 in connection with procedures to be the followed in case of passport to be issued to Government servant.

3. In view of the above, it is mandatory for the administrative Department/ Controlling Authority to check whether any provision of the Section 6(2) of the Passport Act, 1967 are attracted in the case of employee, who are working under them, while obtaining Indian Passport. As such, it is required to check the vigilance  clearance of such Government servant.

4. Accordingly, it has been decided that vigilance clearance can be withheld only under the following circumstances:
(i) The officer is under suspension;

(ii) A charge sheet has been issued against the officer in a disciplinary proceeding and the proceeding is pending.

(iii) Charge sheet has been filed in a Court by the investigating Agency in a criminal case and the case is pending.

(iv) Sanction for investigation or prosecution has been granted by the Competent Authority in a case under the PC Act or any other criminal matter.

(v) An FIR has been filed or a case has been registered by any Government entity against the officer, after a preliminary fact finding inquiry.

(vi) The officer is involved in a trap/ raid case on charges of corruption and investigation is pending.

5. Vigilance clearance shall not be withheld due to an FIR filed on the basis of a private complaint unless a charge-sheet has been filed by the investigating agency provided that there are no directions to the contrary by a competent court of law.

However, the information regarding FIR may be provided to the Passport Office. The final decision will be taken by the concerned Passport Issuing Authority.

6. There may be situations wherein wards and relatives of the civil servants residing abroad (for education and other purposes) could be having medical emergencies or family events. The officer himself/ herself may require to visit abroad for medical reasons. Therefore, as a policy, ordinarily, a passport will not be granted if a disciplinary proceeding is pending against the officer. However, the competent authority can take a view wherein a foreign travel is necessitated due to extreme urgent situation like medical emergencies etc. on case to case basis.

7. All Ministries/ Departments/Offices are requested to bring the above guidelines to the notice of all Disciplinary Authorities under their control.

8. Hindi version will follow.

(Sanjiv Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11012_7_2017-Estt-A-III-28032018.pdf
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LTC to Railway employees (and Government servants whose spouses are Railway servants).

No. 31011/15/2017-Estt.A-IV
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block New Delhi.
Dated March 27, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: LTC to Railway employees (and Government servants whose spouses are Railway servants).

The undersigned is directed to say that as per extant LTC instructions, Government servants and their spouses who are working in Indian Railways are not entitled for the facility of LTC as the facility of “Free Pass” is available to them. However, Seventh CPC in its report has recommended for bringing Railway employees (and employees whose spouses are Railway servants) into the fold of LTC.

2. The matter has been considered in this Department in consultation with Ministry of Railways. It has been decided that Railway employees may be allowed to avail “All India LTC” once in a block of four years under CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988, subject to the following conditions:

(i) The railway employees shall continue to be governed fully by the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules only and availing of “All India LTC” under CCS (LTC) Rules by them will be facilitated through a Special Order under the relevant provision of the said Pass Rules.

(ii) “All India LTC” will be purely optional for the railway employees.

(iii) Even after availing “All India LTC” in a year, it will not be mandatory for the railway employee to opt for “All India LTC” in the next or subsequent block years.

(iv) No “Home Town LTC” will be admissible to Railway employees and on the same analogy, no Home Town converted LTC shall be allowed to them.

(v) The railway employees will surrender the Privilege Passes admissible to them in the calendar year in which they intend to avail the LTC facility. However, they would continue to be eligible for Privilege Ticket Orders and other kinds of passes viz., Duty Pass, School Pass, Special Passes on Medical grounds, etc., as admissible under the Pass rules. Further, if the railway employee has already availed of a Privilege Pass, then LTC will not be allowed in that year.

(vi) The railway employees on deputation to any other organization, including Railway PSUs, would also continue to be eligible for optional LTC in lieu of Privilege Pass entitlement.

(vii) The definition of beneficiaries e.g. members of family, dependents, etc and other conditions as laid down in the CCS(LTC) rules will be applicable for availing “All India LTC” facility by the railway employees, even if such beneficiaries are not entitled for Privilege Pass under the Pass Rules.

(viii) If both spouses are Railway employees then both will surrender privilege passes, admissible in the calendar year, if they opt for All India LTC.

(ix) In case of the Government employees whose spouse is working in Railways, want to avail All India LTC, either independently or with family members, then he/she/they may be allowed subject to the condition of surrendering privilege passes admissible in that calendar year for him/her/them and an undertaking in this regard shall be
given by the Government servant to his office.

3. Hindi version will follow.

(Sanjiv Kumar)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://document.ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_15_2017-Estt-A-IV-27032018.pdf

Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Act, 2018 (12 of 2018)

Ministry of Labour & Employment

Decision:The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed by Lok Sabha on 15th March, 2018 and by the Rajya Sabha on 22nd March, 2018, has been brought in force on 29th March, 2018.

Background: The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons. The main purpose for enacting this Act is to provide social security to workman after retirement, whether retirement is a result of superannuation, or physical disablement or impairment of vital part of the body. Therefore, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 is an important social security legislation to wage earning population in industries, factories and establishments.

2. The present upper ceiling on gratuity amount under the Act is Rs. 10 Lakh. The provisions for Central Government employees under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 with regard to gratuity are also similar. Before implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, the ceiling under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was Rs. 10 Lakh. However, with implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission, in case of Government servants, the ceiling has been raised toRs. 20 Lakhs.

3. Therefore, considering the inflation and wage increase even in case of employees engaged in private sector, this Government decided that the entitlement of gratuity should also be revised in respect of employees who are covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. Accordingly, the Government initiated the process for amendment to Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 to increase the maximum limit of gratuity to such amount as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time. Now, the Government has issued the notification specifying the maximum limit to Rs. 20 Lakh.

4. In addition, the Bill also envisages to amend the provisions relating to calculation of continuous service for the purpose of gratuity in case of female employees who are on maternity leave from ‘twelve weeks’ to ‘such period as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time’. This period has also been notified as twenty six weeks.

Major Impact: The Bill as passed by both the Houses of Parliament, and assented to by the Hon’ble President and notified by the Government. This will ensure harmony amongst employees in the private sector and in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Organizations under Government who are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules. These employees will be entitled to receive higher amount of gratuity at par with their counterparts in Government sector.

Gratuity Amendment Act 2018 to increase Gratuity Ceiling is Notified

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 29th March, 2018

S.O. 1419(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Act, 2018 (12 of 2018), the Central Government hereby appoints the 29th day of March, 2018 as the date on which the said Act shall come into force.

[No. S-42012/02/2016-SS-II]
MANISH GUPTA, Jt. Secy.

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 29th March, 2018

S.O. 1420 (E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 4 of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 (39 of 1972), the Central Government hereby specifies that the amount of gratuity payable to an employee under the said Act shall not exceed twenty lakh rupees.

[No. S-42012/02/2016-SS-II]
MANISH GUPTA, Jt. Secy.

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 29th March, 2018

S.O. 1421 (E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (iv) of the Explanation to sub-section (2) of section 2A of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 (39 of 1972), the Central Government hereby specifies for the purposes of the said clause that the total period of maternity leave in the case of a female employee shall not exceed twenty-six weeks.

[No. S-42012/02/2016-SS-II]
MANISH GUPTA, Jt. Secy.

Source:https://labour.gov.in/sites/default/files/184299.pdf
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Online Tracking System for Pension

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 5339
ANSWERED ON: 28.03.2018

Online Tracking System for Pension
P. C. MOHAN

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government is having any proposal for online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the departments covered under the scheme;
(c) whether payment of pension through Public Sector Banks will be revamped and their data bases are updated for the existing pensioners;
(d) if so, the details thereof;
(e) whether the Government has received any report of payment of pension even after the death of pensioner in all categories; and
(f) if so, the details of amount paid and the steps taken for recovery of the excess pension paid?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) & (b): Yes Madam. Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has implemented an online system called ‘BHAVISHYA’ for retiring central government civil employees. The system provides for on-line tracking of pension sanction and payment process. Tracking can be done by the individual as well as the administrative authorities for all actions preparatory to grant of pension and other retirement benefits. This is in line with the priorities of Government to ensure transparency and accountability in systems and processes.

At present, Bhavishya is implemented in main secretariat of 89 Ministries/ Departments except Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Post, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Tele communication and some security related sensitive organizations.

(c)& (d): There is no such proposal to revamp the payment of pension through Public Sector Banks. However, the data base for the existing pensioners is being updated by the Authorized Banks for pensions’ payment once in a year through master data reconciliation with Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) and from time to time based on the Special Seal Authority (SSA) issued by CPAO to Central Pension Processing Centers (CPPCs) of Banks.

(e) & (f): Yes Madam. The Authorized Banks submit the report of payment of pension through e-scrolls to CPAO after making the payment of pension. Life Certificate is submitted by the Central Civil Pensioners/ Family Pensioners in the month of November every year and excess payment of pension may happen if the pensioner dies before the coming November, i.e., the next due date of submission of Life Certificate. If excess/ wrong payment of pension is paid to the pensioner by Public Sector Banks then entire amount is recovered by the Banks from the pensioners/ family pensioners as per the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in this regard. During the financial year 2016-17, an amount of about Rs. 73 crore was received/ recovered from the Authorized Banks by the Central Pension Accounting Office in respect of central civil pensioners/family pensioners.

Source:Lok Sabha

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2018 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission

No.1/3/2008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, dated the 28th March, 2018.

Office Memorandum

Subject: Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.1.2018 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 26th September, 2017 regarding revision of the rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f 1.7.2017 in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/Grade Pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing 139% to 142% w.e.f. 1.1.2018.

3. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M.No.1(3)/2008-E.11(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

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(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:https://www.finmin.nic.in/
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Rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2018 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission

No.1/3/2008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, dated the 28th March, 2018

Office Memorandum

Subject: Rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2018 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 26th September, 2017 regarding revision of the rate of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1.7.2017 in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing 268% to 274% w.e.f. 1.1.2018.

3. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M.No.1(13)/97-E.11(B) dated 3rd October, 1997 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

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(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source:https://www.finmin.nic.in/
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Increase in Kendriya Vidyalaya Fees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 5013
ANSWERED ON: 26.03.2018

Increase in KV Fee
UDIT RAJ
KRISHN PRATAP SINGH

Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government is considering to increase fee in Kendriya Vidyalayas;
(b) if so, whether the Government has taken any decision so far in this regard;
(c) if so, the details thereof;
(d) if not, the reasons therefor; and
(e) whether fee in some KVs under projects sector has been increased three to four
folds recently and if so, the names of such KVs along with the reasons for such
increase?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI UPENDRA KUSHWAHA)

(a)to (d) A proposal for enhancement of tuition fees was moved by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to its Board of Governors for approval. However no decision is taken on the matter.

(e) As per the codal provisions contained in the Accounts Code for the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), the Sponsoring Project Authorities are at liberty to apply a differential fee structure in their sponsored KVs, if they so decide.

Three KVs viz Steel Plant, Visakhapatnam, Panchgram and BHEL Jagdishpur have enhanced the fees to augment their internal receipts for meeting the committed expenditure. Details are as follows:-

1. KV Steel Plant, Visakhapatnam:An increase of Rs.100 per month in the form of Project fees for Project students and Rs.350 per month (average) for non-Project students has been introduced by the project authority.

2. KV,Panchgram:An increase of Rs.500 per month in the form of development fees/Project Fees for both Project students and non-Project students has been introduced.

3. KV, BHEL Jagdishpur:An increase of Rs.927 per month (average) for BHEL students and Rs.1617 per month (average) for non BHEL students has been introduced by the Project Authority.

Source:Loksabha
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Benefits under NPS available to Govt Employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 5486
ANSWERED ON: 28.03.2018

Scrapping of New Pension Scheme
Raghu Sharma
BHAIRON PRASAD MISHRA
SUKHBIR SINGH JAUNPURIA
MOHANBHAI KALYANJIBHAI KUNDARIYA

Will the Minister of PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has received requests for scrapping the New Pension Scheme;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the response of the Government thereto;
(c) whether the Government proposes to re-introduce old pension scheme in place of New Pension Scheme (NPS);
(d) if so, the details thereof and whether the Government has received request for the same, if so, the details thereof; and
(e) whether the NPS is more beneficial to the employees than the old pension scheme and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (d): Representations have been received regarding the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) which, inter alia, include demand that NPS may be scrapped and the Government may re-introduce old defined benefit pension system.

Government has made a conscious move to shift from the defined benefit pay-as-you-go pension scheme to defined contribution pension scheme, now called as National Pension System (NPS), after considering the rising and unsustainable pension bill. The transition also has the added benefit of freeing the limited resources of the Government for more productive and socio-economic sectoral development.

There is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

(e): National Pension System (NPS) had been designed giving utmost importance to the welfare of the subscribers. There are a number of benefits available to the employees under NPS. Some of the benefits are enlisted below:

• NPS is a well designed pension system managed through an unbundled architecture involving intermediaries appointed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) viz. pension funds, custodian, central record keeping and accounting agency, National Pension System Trust, trustee bank, points of presence and Annuity service providers. It is prudently regulated by PFRDA which is a statutory regulatory body established to promote old age income security and to protect the interest of subscribers of NPS.

• Dual benefits of Low Cost and Power of Compounding– The pension wealth which accumulates over a period of time till retirement grows with a compounding effect. The all-in-costs of the institutional architecture of NPS are among the lowest in the world.

• Tax Benefits– Contribution made to the NPS Tier-I account is eligible for tax deduction under the Income Tax Act, 1961. An additional tax rebate of Rs.50000 is also allowed for contributions made to NPS Tier-I under Section 80CCD (IB) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

• Transparency and Portability is ensured through online access of the pension account by the NPS subscribers, across all geographical locations and portability of employments.

• Partial withdrawal– Subscribers can withdraw up to 25% of their own contributions before attaining age of superannuation, subject to certain conditions.

The amount of monthly annuity payable to a Government servant on exit from NPS depends upon various factors such as accumulated pension wealth of the Government servant, portion of accumulated pension wealth utilized for the purchase of annuity and the type of annuity purchased.

Under the defined benefit pension system applicable to Government servants appointed before 01.01.2004, pension is calculated based on qualifying service and the last pay drawn by the Government servant.

Source:Loksabha

2nd Option of Pension for Compulsorily Retired Officers/Employees

Indian Banks’ Association

HR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
No.HR&IR/CIR/G2/BRK/4684
March 16, 2018

Chief Executives of Member Banks which
are parties to the Bipartite Settlement

Dear Sir/Madam,

2nd Option of Pension for Compulsorily Retired Officers/Employees

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) representing workmen and officers in Banks were requesting to allow another option to those who were in the service of the Banks prior to 29th September, 1995 in case of Nationalized Banks / 26th March, 1996 in case of Associate Banks of State Bank of India and continued in service on or after that date and did not opt for pension when offered as per the scheme.

2. After holding various rounds of discussions in the matter, consensus was arrived at between the parties and a Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note was signed on 27.4.2010 to extend another option of pension to those Workmen / Officers who:-

(a) were in the service of the Bank prior to 29‘h September, 1995 in case of the Nationalised Banks/26th March, 1996 in case of Associate Banks of State Bank of India and continue in service of the Bank on the date of signing above mentioned Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note;

(b) exercise an Option in writing within 60 days from the date of offer, to become a member of the Pension Fund and

c) authorise the Trust of the Provident Fund of the Bank to transfer the entire contribution of the Bank along with interest accrued thereon to the credit of the Pension Fund. In addition, the individual employee/officer has to pay @ 2.8 times of the revised pay for the month of November 2007.

(d) were in service of the Bank prior to 29th September 1995 in case of Nationalised Banks/26th March 1996 in case of Associate Banks of State Bank of India and retired after that date and prior to the date of above mentioned Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note i.e. 27.04.2010;

(e ) exercise an option in writing within 60 days from the date of offer to become a member of the pension fund and,

(t) refund within 30 days after expiry of the said period of 60 days, the entire amount of the Bank’s contribution to the Provident Fund and interest accrued thereon received by the employee/officer on retirement together with the payment over and above the said amount at 56% of the amount.

3. Families of above mentioned employees / officers were also made eligible for said option subject to refund of Bank’s contribution to the Provident Fund received by them as mentioned in point (i) above.

4. 2nd option of Pension was, however, not made available to the employees/officers who were compulsorily retired by the Bank. As such, some of these aggrieved employees/officers approached different Hon’ble High Courts seeking relief in the matter. Various Hon’ble High Courts viz Andhra, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab & Haryana and Patna have ruled in favour of the employees/officers who were compulsorily retired. However Hon’ble Delhi High Court has taken a contrary view on the technical ground.

5. The matter was placed before the Standing Committee on HR of IBA in its meeting held on 07.12.2017. After deliberations, the committee recommended to place the matter before the Managing Committee of IBA. Accordingly, the matter was put up to the Managing Committee of IBA in its meeting held on 29.12.2017. The committee advised to seek legal opinion on the judgements as to whether 2nd option of pension may be allowed to all ex-officers/ex-employees who were compulsorily retired from Bank’s service between 29.09.1995 to 27.04.2010 or only selectively to those who approached the Bank for the same.

6. The legal opinion from Shri S.D. Kelkar, Senior Partner, Kelkar & Associates whose services have been engaged in IBA as retainer, was obtained in the matter. His opinion is as under

“Having considered the decisions rendered by the Hon’ble High Courts of Andhra Pradesh, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab & Haryana, Patna which have ruled in favour of the employees/officers who were compulsorily retired by way of punishment on the ground that they are covered by the Joint Note as well as decision of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court which has taken a contrary view on the technical ground and the fact that SLPs preferred against the judgments of the High Courts which had ruled in favour of the employees were dismissed, though such dismissal cannot be considered as law laid down by, the SC, we are of the considered view that the banks are bound to give 2“! option to all the employees/ officers who were compulsorily retired and who fall within the ambit of the Joint Note to exercise 2nd option for the following reasons:-
The Joint Note does not distinguish between voluntary retirement, superannuation, premature retirement, compulsory retirement.
Even the employees/ officers who are compulsorily retired by way of punishment are eligible for pension under the pension regulations.
Banks being “State” within the ambit of Article 12 of the Constitution of India should act in a fair and reasonable manner and should not restrict it only those who demand it. Such stand, if any, adopted by the banks may invite strictures from the Courts."

7. The views of the Legal Retainer of IBA were placed before the Managing Committee of IBA in its meeting held on 25.01.2018. The committee after deliberation concurred with the legal opinion placed before it and advised to inform all PSBs accordingly. The exact modus operandi of the extension of 2nd option to compulsorily retired employees/officers was to be worked out in discussions with GMs (HR) of PSBs to decide on a uniform methodology which will stand scrutiny of court.

8. To work out the methodology in this regard, a meeting of the GMs (HR) was convened on 28.02.2018 at IBA. After detailed discussions, a consensus has been arrived at to extend the option of pension to compulsorily retired employees/officers on same terms & conditions as are mentioned in Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note dated 27.04.2010. As per the agreed terms conditions of said Bipartite Settlement/Joint Note, Pension/Family Pension shall be payable with effect from 27th November, 2009, provided that employees/officers who are compulsorily retired after that date shall get pension from the respective dates of such retirement. Court cases, if any, in the matter may be withdrawn forthwith.

9. Please do the needful accordingly.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
B Raj Kumar

Deputy Chief Executive

Source:http://www.iba.org.in/documents/2nd-Option-Pension-4684.pdf

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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7th Pay Commission: Conflicting Reports on Hike Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor Leave Employees Baffled

New Delhi, Mar 26: Though the government said that it was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, a report claimed the Centre would announce salary hike for low-level employees from April. Conflicting reports on higher minimum pay have left central government employees baffled. Quoting Finance Ministry sources, the report said the government is ready to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for employees upto the pay matrix level 5.

“Lower-level employees will benefit by pay hike,” the sources were quoted as saying. The government, however, recently informed Rajya Sabha that it was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan said in a written reply.

The minister was responding to a question posed by Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar. Shekhar sought to know “whether Government is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs.18,000/- to Rs.21,000/- and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).”

Following government’s refusal, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) threatened to go on strike for salary hike. The NJAC Shiv Gopal Mishra, who led the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of central government employees, expressed dissatisfaction and the struggle for higher minimum pay will continue. “The employees are agitated. There is a tremendous amount of disappointment. I can assure you that the demand to raise the minimum pay has not been forfeited,” Mishra was quoted as saying.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. The government approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission despite resentment among central government employees, who have been a hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-government-to-hike-minimum-pay-fitment-factor-for-low-level-employees-from-april-claims-report-2963696/

Provision of telephone facilities and reimbursements to officers of Government of India

F.No.24(3)/E.Coord/2018
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 26th March 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject – Provision of telephone facilities and reimbursements to officers of Government of India.

The Department of Expenditure has from time to time issued instructions on provision of telephone facilities, monetary ceilings on reimbursement to the officers of the Government of India, Given the increasing dependence on telecommunication technology including mobile telephones for carrying out official work. the existing instructions have been comprehensively reviewed, revised and the following instructions are hereby circulated for compliance by all Ministry/Departments. In supersession of all earlier instructions issued by this Department on the subject.

1.Official Telephone

1.1 All officers of the level of Deputy Secretary equivalent and above are entitled for Office telephone with STD facility, For Officers Of the level below Deputy Secretary. Ministry/Departments may decide in consultation with the Financial Advisers on providing STD facility depending on their functional requirements,

1.2 ISD facility is allowed on official telephones in respect of Administrative Secretaries only.

1.3 All other cases for providing ISD facility on official telephone for officers to the level below Secretary to the Government of India may be decided by the Administrative Secretary in consultation with the concerned Financial Adviser.

1.4 Administrative Secretary/ Head of Departments may in consultation with the concerned Financial Adviser provide officers below the level Of Deputy Secretary official telephones with STD facility on functional basis. This facility should not be given in a routine manner, but extreme caution and austerity should be exercised.

1.5 Financial Advisors shall submit a half-yearly report to D/O Expenditure on the number Of ISD facility concurred/approved during a financial year.

2. Residential Telephones

2.1 All officers of the level of Deputy Secretary equivalent and above are entitled for one official residential landline telephone with STD facility.

2.2 Residential telephone can be allowed to Officials below the rank Of Deputy Secretary equivalent on functional basis subject to the condition that this facility shall be restricted to 25% of the sanctioned strength of Group ‘A’ officers in a Ministry/Department, This limit will equally apply to Attached and Subordinate offices.

2.3 ISD facility shall not be allowed on residential telephones.

2.4 Personal staff of Ministers [Private Secretary, Additional Private Secretary and 1ST PA of Ministry] and Administrative Secretary [Principal Staff Officer (PSO)/ Senior Principal Private Secretary/ Principal Private Secretary/Private Secretary], Section Officer (Parliament) and Assistant Section Officer (Parliament) are entitled to the facility of one residential landline telephone.

3. Mobile Phone handsets

3.1 Officers Of the level Of Secretary and equivalent will be entitled to reimbursement for one mobile handset costing not more than (Rupees Twenty Five thousand only) once during the whole tenure, Global roaming facility shall not be allowed on the mobile connection.

4. Reimbursement telephone call charges

4.1 Reimbursement of telephone call charges of residential telephone/ mobile phone/broadband/ mobile data/data card shall be as per entitlement given below:

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No.
Level/DesignationLimit on reimbursement
1.Secretary to the Government of India and equivalent levelRs. 4200/- per month + taxes as applicable
2.Additional Secretary to the Government of India and equivalent levelRs. 3000/- per month + taxes as applicable
3.Joint Secretary to the Government of India and equivalent levelRs. 2700/- per month + taxes as applicable
4.Director/Deputy Secretary to the Government of India and equivalent levelRs. 2250/- per month + taxes as applicable
5.Below the rank of Deputy Secretary and equivalent to the Government of India (restricted to 50% of the sanctioned strength of Group ‘A’ officers in a Ministry/Department/Attached/Subordinate office)Rs. 1200/- per month + taxes as applicable

4.2 NO SIM/data-card will be provided by office.

4.3 There will be no separate ceiling for the landline/ mobile/broadband/mobile data/data card. The amount reimbursable will cover landline and / or mobile ‘broadband/mobile data/data card connection and shall be limited to the ceiling prescribed or as per actuals whichever is lower. Call charges over and above the ceiling prescribed along with taxes thereon shall be paid by the officers

4.4 The amount shall be reimbursed on submission of bills/receipt by the concerned officer. Officers are at liberty to choose the service provider and the tariff package for residential landline/mobile phones.

4.5 In case where husband and wife are sharing the same residential landline telephone, and both are entitled for reimbursement. only one of them will be allowed reimbursement against the residential landline telephone. The claim for mobile phone charges shall be treated separately for each of the officer subject to the entitled ceiling.

4.6 Reimbursement for mobile will be restricted to the officer in whose name the mobile connection is registered.

4.7 The entitlement of an officer drawing pay in a scale intervening between that of Director and Joint Secretary would be at par with that Of Deputy Secretary/Director.

4.8 Excess expenditure up to 30% of the ceiling amount (applicable to the officer) can be reimbursed to officers of Joint Secretary equivalent and above and also to Private Secretary/ Officers on Special Duty to the Ministers subject to their submitting a certificate, duly justifying that excess expenditure incurred was for official purpose and unavoidable. This reimbursement would require the concurrence Of the Financial Adviser concerned and sanction of the Administrative Secretary/ Secretary Equivalent of the Department/ Organization. In so far as Secretary/ Secretary equivalent officer are concerned, they shall be competent to exercise the aforesaid powers in their own cases. The power to sanction this expenditure shall not be delegated.

4.9 Telephone reimbursement will not be admissible in cases Of Leave (Of any nature) and trainings which are for more than one calendar month (s).

5.  Mobile Facility during official visits abroad

5.1 Officials and delegations visiting abroad for the purpose of short official visits/meeting/ conferences/ workshops may be provided SIM card by our Mission/Embassy. In case SIM card is not provided by our Mission I Embassy, there will be a monetary ceiling of Rs.2000/- per day for officer above the level of Additional Secretary and equivalent and Rs.1000/- per day for other officers towards reimbursement Of call charges,

5.2 No mobile phone facility shall be provided during training period whatsoever including training abroad,

6. These orders shall be effective from the date of issue of this Office Memorandum.

(H. Atheli)
Director


Source: https://doe.gov.in/sites/default/files/Revised%20Telephone%20OM_26.03.2018.pdf

Monday, March 26, 2018

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Extension of CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan residing in Delhi/ NCR

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area
Saheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110116

F. No. 11086/01/2012-KVS HQ (Admn.II)/75-85

Dated: 20.03.2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan residing in Delhi/ NCR- regarding.

Consequent upon KVS’s proposal on the subject vide letter dated 29.09.2017, the Deputy Secretary (UT), Ministry of Human Resource Development vide his Letter No.F- 3-5/2011-UT-2 dated 02.02.2018 to be read with MHRD’sletter of even number dated 19.03.2018 has conveyed the decision of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government or India, New Delhi regarding extension of CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) residing in Delhi/ NCR-

2. Accordingly, medical facility under CGHS is extended to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan residing in Delhi/ NCR.

The terms and conditions mentioned in the Office Memorandum or even number dated 21.082015 will remain the same.

(U. N. KHAWARE)
ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER (ACAD/ADMN.)

Source:KVS

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Appointment on compassionate grounds-Railway Board

भारत सरकार GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
रेल मंत्रालय MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(रेलवे बोर्ड RAILWAY BOARD)

RBE No. 42/2018
No. E(NG)II/2018/RC-1/5
New Delhi, dated 21.03.2018

The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.

Sub: Appointment on compassionate grounds.

The issue of considering appointment on compassionate grounds(CG) to sons/daughters, born through other than first legally married wife has been engaging the attention of this Ministry for quite some time, in the backdrop of partial quashing of CG related instructions contained in this Ministry's letter dated 02.01.1992 regarding such appointments, by the Hon'ble High Court/Calcutta in the case (WPCT 20 of 2009) Namita Goldar & Ors. Vs UOI & Others.

2. In this regard, Railway Board has taken into account following observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, on the subject of CG appointment, in the case of State Bank of India & another Vs Rajkumar, (Civil appeal No. 1641 of 2010):

“it is now well settled that appointment on compassionate grounds is not a source of recruitment. On the other hand it is an exception to the general rule that recruitment to public services should be on the basis of merit, by an open invitation providing equal opportunity to all eligible persons to participate in the selection process. The dependants of employees, who die in harness, do not have any special claim or right to employment, except by way of the concession that may be extended by the employer under the Rules or by a separate scheme, to enable the family of the deceased to get over the sudden financial crisis. The claim for compassionate appointment is, therefore, traceable only to the scheme framed by the employer for such employment and there is no right whatsoever out side such scheme....."

3. Railway Board has also taken into account following observation of Hon'ble High Court of Jharkhand (Ranchi) in writ petition No. WP(S) 16 of 2014 (pronounced on 24.07.2014) “Compassionate appointment is a matter of policy of the employer and the employer cannot be compelled to provide compassionate appointment contrary to its policy/scheme. When there is specific circular which clearly provides that the children of second marriage of the employee shall not be eligible for compassionate appointment, no direction can be issued to the respondents to consider the case of the petitioner.”

4. The matter has been examined and in supersession of this Ministry's letter dated 02.01.1992 issued under RBE No. 01/1992 and No. E(NG)II/2012/RC-1/21 dated 03.04.2013, it has been decided that the first right of being considered for compassionate grounds appointment is vested, in cases of death of Railway servants while in service, with the legally wedded surviving widow provided she has not remarried at the time of making request for appointments on compassionate grounds. It is clarified that in cases of those Railway Servants who are governed by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, there can only be one legally wedded wife/widow, as second marriage, while spouse is living, is void/voidable in view of the Section 5(1) read with Section 11 of the Act. In this respect, Railway Board's letter No. E(D&A)92 GS 1-1 dated 10.04.1992 connects.

5. If aforementioned legally wedded surviving widow does not want herself to be considered for compassionate grounds appointment, she can nominate, for CG appointment, a “bread winner” for the family from amongst the following:

(a) In cases of those Railway Servants who are governed by the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 : Son (including adopted son); or daughter(including widowed/ adopted/married/divorced daughter). However, if such Railway Servant has left sons/daughters, who have been treated as legitimate or deemed to be legitimate, under Section 16 of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, neither widow can nominate them as bread winner for CG appointment nor such sons/daughters can claim CG appointment.


(b) In cases of those Railway Servants who are governed by their respective Personal Laws: Son(including adopted son); or daughter(including widowed/ adopted/married/divorced daughter). However, if such Railway Servant has left sons/daughters through second/subsequent legally valid marriages, i.e. other than through first wife and deceased Railway Servant have failed to obtain requisite permission for such second/subsequent marriage as required under section 21 (relating to restrictions regarding marriage) of the Railway Services (Conduct) Rules, 1966, neither first widow/second/subsequent widow can nominate such sons/daughters as bread winner for CG appointment nor such sons/daughters can claim CG appointment. Moreover, such second/subsequent widow also would not have any right to seek compassionate grounds appointment.

6. All Zonal Railway/PUs/Units are directed to decide cases accordingly.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)II,
Railway Board.

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/ENG-II/2018/2nd%20wife%20policy%20letter.pdf]

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Recruitment against Scouts & Guides quota-Railway Board

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 43/2018 
No. E (NG)-II/2015/RR-2/1
New Delhi, Dated: 22/03/2018

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units,
(As per standard mailing list).

Sub: Recruitment against Scouts & Guides quota - procedure for.

Attention is invited to this Ministry's letter of even number dated 21.09.2015 (RBE No.110/2015) laying down guidelines for filling up of posts against Scouts and Guide quota on the Railways.

2. The eligibility criteria for assessment of candidates applying against Scouts and Guide Quota vacancies have been reviewed and it has been decided to amend para 9 of Board's instructions ibid as under:
r:

(A)Written Test60 Marks
The written test will consist of 40 objective questions (40 marks) 1 essay type question (20 marks) relating to Scouts and Guides Organization and its activities and General knowledge for Grade Pay ₹1900/- and Grade Pay ₹1800/-. The syllabus for this will be as per Annexure-II.
(B)Marks on certificates40 Marks
(i) Participation/ Service rendered in National Events/ National Jamboree (including All Indian Railway Events):10 Marks
  • First Two certificates (i.e. minimum eligibility qualification)
Nil
  • One additional event
07 Marks
  • Two or more additional events
10 Marks
(ii) Participation Service rendered in State Events/Rallies:10 Marks
  • First Two certificates i .e. minimum eligibility qualification)
Nil
  • One additional event
07 Marks
  • Two or more additional events
10 Marks
(iii) Specialized Scout/Guides course organized at National/ State All Indian Railway  level:10 Marks
  • One Course
07 marks
  • Two or more Courses
10 Marks
(iv) Participation in District Rallies:10 Marks
  • One certificate
Nil
  • Two certificates
07 Marks
  • Three certificates
10 Marks
TOTAL100 MARKS

3. These instructions will be effective from the date of its issue and ongoing recruitment processes where notifications have been published, will be governed by past instructions on the subject.

4. Please acknowledge receipt.

(Ravi Shekhar)
Jt. Director Estt. (N)-II
Railway Board.

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/ENG-II/2018/RBE_43_2018.pdf

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3884
ANSWERED ON: 19.03.2018

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act

RAJENDRA AGRAWAL

MALLIKARJUN KHARGE

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-

(a)whether majority of the women in the country are not able to avail maternity leave under the Maternity Benefits Act, 2017 due to their working in the unorganized sector and if so, the details thereof;

(b)whether the Government is considering any proposal to include women working in the unorganized sector to enable them to avail the benefits under the Act, and if so, the details thereof;

(c)whether the Government is anticipating decline in rate of labour force participation of female population due to discriminatory hiring practices by the employers in order to prevent maternity benefits available under the said Act; and

(d)if so, the details thereof along with the corrective steps taken/proposed to be taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a) & (b): No, Madam. Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 is applicable to establishments employing 10 or more women irrespective of whether it is organised or unorganised sector.

(c) & (d): No, Madam. The Government is of the opinion that with enforcement of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, more and more women workers would be inclined to seek employment which will lead to increase in women labour participation rate. There are stringent provisions under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 for prevention of discriminatory practices against women work force.

Source : Lok Sabha

Educational Concession to Children of Missing/Disabled/Killed Soldiers

Cap on educational Concession to Children of Missing/Disabled/Killed Soldiers Removed
Government has decided to continue educational concessions to the children of Armed Forces Officers/Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs)/Missing/Disabled/ Killed in Action without the cap of Rs. 10,000 per month.

Ministry of Defence had persuaded the Finance Ministry twice in this regard, which is agreed upon by the latter.

The above educational concession will be admissible only for undertaking studies in a government/government aided schools/educational institutes, Military/Sainik Schools and other schools or colleges recognised by the Central or State Governments including the autonomous organisations financed entirely by the Central/State Governments.

Source:http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=177847
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Ministry of Defence illustration for Promotion Pay Fixation from the Date of Next Increment

No.1(20)/2017/D(Pay/Services)
Ministry of Defence
D (Pay/Services)

Sena Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 22nd, March 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) in the lower post and method of fixation of pay from DNI, if opted for, in respect of Army Pay Rules 2017, Air Force Pay Rules 2017 and Navy Pay Regulations 2017 in respect of Officers and JCOs/OR equivalent.

Reference is invited to Special Army Instructions (SAI-2008), Special Air Force Instructions (SAFI-2008), Special Navy Instructions (SNI-2008) dated 11.10.2008 and Army Pay Rules 2017, Air Force Pay Rules 2017 and Navy Pay Regulations 2017 dated 3.5.2017 in respect of Officers and JCOs/OR equivalent.

2. In 6th CPC regime pay fixation on promotion in respect of Defence Services Personnel was governed by provisions contained in SAI-2008, SAFI-2008 and SNI-2008. These provisions regulates pay fixation on promotion, wherein an Officer has an option to get his pay fixed in the higher post either from the date of his promotion or from the date of next increment. Similarly, consequent upon implementation of ih CPC, the pay fixation on promotion from the date of promotion is regulated by Rule 12 of the Army Pay Rules 2017, Air Force Pay Rules 2017 and Navy Pay Regulations 2017 dated 3.5.2017 in respect of Officers and JCOs/OR equivalent. This methodology of fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying duties and responsibilities of greater importance, of a Defence Services Personnel in case he opts for pay fixation from the Date of Next Increment (DNI) has been considered in this Department.

3. After due consideration in this matter, the following is decided as follows:

(i) A Defence Personnel, who is promoted or upgraded from one rank to another, subject to the fulfilment of the eligibility conditions as prescribed in the relevant Recruitment Rules, to another post carrying duties or responsibilities of greater importance than those attaching to the post held by him/her. Such, Defence Personnel may opt to have his/her pay fixed from the Date of his/her Next Increment (either 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be) accruing in the Level of the post from which he/she is promoted, except in cases of appointment on deputation basis to an ex-cadre post or on direct recruitment basis or appointment/promotion on ad-hoc basis, as applicable in the Defence Services.

(ii) In case, consequent upon his/her promotion, the Defence Personnel opts to have his/her pay fixed from the date of his/her next increment (either 1st July or 1st January, as the case may be) in the Level of the post from which Defence Personnel is promoted, then, from the date of promotion till his/her DNI, the Defence Personnel shall be placed at the next higher cell in the level of the post to which he/she is promoted.

Illustration:

(iii) Subsequently, on DNI in the level of the post to which Defence Personnel is promoted, his/her Pay will be re-fixed and two increments (one accrued on account of annual increment and the second accrued on account of promotion) may be granted in the Level from which the Defence Personnel is promoted and he/she shall be placed, at a Cell equal to the figure so arrived, in the Level of the post to which he/she is promoted; and if no such Cell is available in the Level to which he/she is promoted, he/she shall be placed at the next higher Cell in that Level.

Illustration:

(iv) In such cases where Defence Personnel opts to have his/her pay fixed from the date of his/her next increment in the Level of the post from which he/she is promoted, the next increment as well as Date of Next Increment (DNI) will be regulated accordingly.

4. It is further reiterated that in order to enable the officials to exercise the option within the time limit prescribed, the option clause for pay fixation on promotion with effect from date of promotion/ON I shall invariably be incorporated in the promotion/appointment order, as per applicability, so that there are no cases of delay in exercising the options due to administrative lapse.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance vide their 1D No. 4-23/2017-IC/E.III (A) dated 22.3.2018.

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(Prashant Rastogi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:https://mod.gov.in/

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Holiday Home online Booking Guide

Holiday Home online Booking step by step guide

Online Booking of Central Government Holiday Home is made simple now through this Holiday Home online Booking Guide.  After online booking facility introduced by the Directorate of Estates unnecessary procedures are eliminated  in booking and allotment of rooms

As summer holidays starts in few days, Spending the vacation holiday at Hill Stations or Exotic Tourist Places is become inevitable part everyone’s planning. But spending money for decent Accommodation in Tourist Spot at the season time is not affordable by middle class. But Central Government Employees those who want to visit such places with their family are having a good choice of staying at a neatly maintained decent accommodation at affordable rent. The coolest destination for accommodation is none other than Holiday Homes and Touring Officers Hostel which are constructed and maintained by Department of Estates, Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs all over India.

There are 20 Holiday Homes (HH) and 46 Touring Officers Hostels/ Guest Houses under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Out of which 19 Holiday Home and 35 Touring Officers’ Hostels are under online booking.

Conditions for Booking Holiday Homes

Only one Room can be booked in the name of a Government Servant . Staying continuously beyond five days is not allowed.

How to Book the Holiday Home – Step by Step Guide
Prerequisite to apply online

Scanned Photo of applicant
Scanned copy of ID card,  Both  size within 20kb jpeg images
Office Phone and Fax Number, email id of applicant

Steps for Online Booking of Holiday Homes

1. 1.Open the website Click : Holidayhomes.nic.in
2. Click the tab check availability
3. A new window opens

a) Select the Guest Accommodation – Select the place
b) Booking Request From Date – Enter date of check in
c) Booking Request To Date – Enter Date of Checkout (12.00 Noon to 12.00 noon)  (Maximum 5 days allowed)
d) Booking Agency – Select DOE Delhi

4. After clicking  the Report button a pop up will open , The details of availability will be shown

5. If Rooms available on your selected dates Click Back button

6. It will get you to Home page again Click Apply online Button


8. Online booking page will open, click Apply for booking in that page

9. Then Terms and Condition page will open , you need to Select I Agree Check box and Click proceed for booking

9. It will take you to the page in which you need to enter all the details

1. Fill all the details in appropriate fields and upload Photo and ID Proof
2. If you are not visiting, upload the Guest Photo
3. After filling up the details click make payment

8.After completing application form, the system, subject to availability of room, will lead to Payment Gateway where applicants have to pay booking charges along with convenience charges/transaction charges/service charges reflecting on the screen through debit card & Internet banking.

9. Select method of payment from two options

1. Net banking  or 2. Debit/Credit card

10. After selecting the method of Payment click make Payment tab

Must Note : Note down the Booking reference ID before making payment. It will help to check the status of booking later if there is any error page appears after making payment.

11. Respective Bank page will open and make the payment.

13.After successful payment to be confirmed by the bank, the room will be allotted to such applicant by the system and booking confirmation slip will be generated along with SMS.

Holiday Home online  booking confirmation

13. Click the print option and Print the Booking receipt

14. Signature of Head of Establishment and Official Seal must be obtained in the booking receipt.

15. Confirmation Slip after verification from the Administration of the applicant needs to be submitted at the counter of Holiday Home.

16.There is no provision for cancellation/refund once the applicant has submitted the application/booking charges and consequently booking is confirmed

Source:https://www.gservants.com/2018/03/25/holiday-home-online-booking-guide/19683/

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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7th Pay Commission: NJCA Threatens Strike For Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor as Govt Rejects Salary Hike Reports

New Delhi, Mar 23: After the government said it was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) has threatened to go on strike for salary hike. The NJAC Shiv Gopal Mishra, who led the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of central government employees, expressed dissatisfaction and the struggle for higher minimum pay will continue.

“The employees are agitated. There is a tremendous amount of disappointment. I can assure you that the demand to raise the minimum pay has not been forfeited,” Mishra, as reported by Sen Times, said after the government rejected reports of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “We will continue our struggle in an organised manner. If negotiations fail to bring the result, the option of agitation cannot be ruled out,” he added.

Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan recently told Rajya Sabha that the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” said Radhakrishnan in a written reply to the question in the Rajya Sabha.

The reply came in response to a question posed by Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar. Shekhar sought to know “whether Government is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs.18,000/- to Rs.21,000/- and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).”

In a separate development, the government reportedly modified the definition of pay anomaly, allowing the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to take a call on salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had issued a letter on October 30, 2017, saying that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment factor does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.

“The finance ministry is not in a hurry to finalise the pay hike for employees and we will now ask the NAC to understand the true meaning of Finance Minister’s view and to redraft the pay hike matter,” a finance ministry official was quoted as saying. “Government’s one of the highest priorities right now is to solve pay hike problem for the millions of central government employees,” he added.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. The government approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission despite resentment among central government employees, who have been a hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Read at:http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-hike-in-minimum-pay-fitment-factor-not-under-govts-consideration-njca-threatens-strike-2959835/

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7th Pay Commission: April ‘Disaster’ Ahead, Threaten Govt Employees

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: “It has been enough. Our demands have been made a joke. We were promised but the matter was intentionally dilly-dallied by the ruling BJP government,” said a Central government employee.

If the government will not take note of our demands, it will have to face dire consequences as we are not fools to whom one always tricked. Minister of State for Finance P. Radhakrishnan’s statement in Rajya Sabha is not an April ‘shocker’ for us rather it will prove an April ‘disaster’ for the adamant government, he said.

The reaction from the employees came following the news that the Modi government is not considering any hike in minimum pay.

What Angered the Employees?
Radhakrishnan, replying to a question put forward by Neeraj Shekhar at Rajya Sabha regarding the increase in minimum pay and fitment factor, said that the government is not considering any hike in minimum pay for the employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) at the moment.

The statement of Radhakrishnan has drawn a lot of criticisms with government employees even threatening to go on cease-work across the country.

Besides, the Sen Times reported that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) has threatened to go on strike. NJAC’s Shiv Gopal Mishra, who led the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of central government employees, expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s decision and said the struggle for higher minimum pay will continue, it reported.

“The employees are agitated. There is a tremendous amount of disappointment. I can assure you that the demand to raise the minimum pay has not been forfeited. We will continue our struggle in an organised manner. If negotiations fail to bring the result, the option of agitation cannot be ruled out,” Mishra was quoted by The Sen Times.

The government employees have been demanding a hike the minimum pay from the present Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

However, earlier, reports were that the government was mulling to increase the minimum by to Rs 21,000 under seventh pay commission against the demands of the employees.

Read at:http://odishatv.in/nation/7th-pay-commission-april-disaster-ahead-threaten-govt-employees-283969
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Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2018.

No.42/06/2018-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003

Dated the 22nd March,2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners – Revised rate effective from 01.01.2018.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 28.09.2017 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief admissible to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 5% to 7% w.e.f 01.01.2018.

2. These rates of DR will be applicable to (i) Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners including Central Govt. absorbee pensioners in PSU/Autonomous Bodies in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No.4/34/2002-P&PW(D) Vol.II dated 23.06.2017 for restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners/family pensioners (v) Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension (vi) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government Pensioners from Burma/ Pakistan, in respect of whom orders have been issued vide this Department’s OM No.23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 11.09.2017.

3. These orders shall not be applicable on CPF beneficiaries, their widows and eligible children who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 and revised vide this Department’s OM 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd 27.06.2013.

Separate orders will be issued in respect of above category.

4. The payment of Dearness Relief involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Relief shall not be made before the date of disbursement of pension/family pension of March, 2018.

6. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 45173/97-P&PW (G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department’s OM No. F.No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension will remain unchanged.

7. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.

8. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.

9. The offices of Accountant General and authorised Pension Disbursing Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-U dated 23/0411981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.

10. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with thc C&AG.

11. This issues in accordance with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure’s OM No. 11/2018-E.U(B) dated 15th March,2018.

12. Hindi version will follow.

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(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
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Linking of Aadhaar with PAN Card

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 4796
ANSWERED ON: 23.03.2018

Linking of Aadhaar with PAN Card
MANOJ RAJORIA
BANSHILAL MAHTO
LAKHAN LAL SAHU

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) Whether the Government has made the linking of Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar number mandatory;

(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(d) whether the Government has fixed any time frame to complete the linking of Aadhaar with PAN and extended the last date of linking PAN with Aadhaar number to 31st December, 2018; and

(e) if so, the details thereof and the manner in which it is likely to benefit the PAN card holders?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE:
(SHRI SHIV PRATAP SHUKLA)

(a), (b), (d) & (e): Sub-section (2) of section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961(‘Act’) provides that every person having PAN as on 1st July, 2017 and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, is required to intimate his Aadhaar Number to the prescribed authority in Income Tax Department on or before a date to be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette. Central Government has not notified any such date till now.

However, under sub-section (1) of section 139AA of the Act, with effect from 1st July, 2017, every person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar Number has to quote Aadhaar Number in the return of income and application form for allotment of PAN. However, where a person does not possess the Aadhaar Number, the Enrolment ID of the Aadhaar application form has to be mentioned.

While a taxpayer has to quote the Aadhaar or Enrolment ID in a return of income filed on or after 1st July, 2017, considering the technical difficulties being faced by some of the taxpayers in the process of linking Aadhaar with PAN at the time of filing the tax-returns, CBDT has provided several extensions to the taxpayers to complete the process of linking Aadhaar with PAN.

PAN being the primary basis for identifying financial transactions and correspondences of a taxpayer with the Income Tax Department (‘ITD’), it needs to be uniquely identified and de-duplicated. This is also essential to prevent its misuse and potential tax frauds. Linking of Aadhaar with PAN helps the ITD to ensure unique identity of the PAN card holders and to weed out undetected duplicate PANs.

(c) As on 12.03.2018, total number of PANs issued to ‘Persons’ belonging to all categories (i.e. individuals, firms, companies, trusts etc.) is 37,50,02,705. The number of PANs issued to the individual category is 36,54,52,662, out of which 16,84,36,386 PANs have been linked with the Aadhaar.

Source:Loksabha
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Adhaar is not mandatory to get pension: Dr Jitendra Singh

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies

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 chaired the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today. The SCOVA meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and the last such meeting was held on January 12, 2017.

During the meeting, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the SCOVA which was first constituted in July, 1986 would be completing 32 years this year. He said this platform has gone a long way in addressing in a focused manner issues related to Pensioners. He said that today’s interaction was very meaningful and stimulating, thus reflecting on the working of DoP&PW. The Minister while assuring the representatives of pensioners’ Associations said that it was no more mandatory to have one’s Adhaar Card to get his/her pension.

The Minister said that the Department of Pensions has brought out a series of OMs to benefit the Pensioners/Family Pensioners in the last 12 months including enhancing of minimum pension from Rs.3500/- to Rs.9000/- per month; the ceiling of gratuity has been increased from the existing Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs; the rates of ex-gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the families of employees who die in performance of duty has been increased from existing Rs. 10-15 lakhs to Rs.25-45 lakhs. He also said that divorced daughter will be eligible for family pension if divorce case has been filed before the death of pensioner/family pensioner, even though the judgment has been passed after the death of the pensioner /family pensioner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that this Government has given relief to the senior citizens and Pensioners in the Budget 2018-19 by allowing Standard Deduction of Rs. 40,000/- per year to the Pensioners and given exemption on tax on account of interest income from bank savings accounts has been increased to Rs. 50,000/ from Rs. 10,000/- per year. Deduction on account of health insurance premium which was earlier allowed at maximum of Rs.30,000/- has now been increased to Rs. 50,000/- in the case of Senior Citizens/Pensioners.

While addressing the meeting he said that we need to put in place an institutionalized mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. Dr. Jitendra Singh said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelize their energies in a productive direction. We should learn from the pensioners’ experience, he added. The Minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process.

In the meeting, discussions were held on the action taken report of the 29th SCOVA meeting. Further many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of PPOs of pre-2006 pensioners, Health Insurance Scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-CGHS area, Special “Higher” Family Pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, Extension of CGHS facilities to P&T pensioners, issue relating to CGHS Wellness Centre, Dehradun etc. The Minister directed for the prompt and time bound redressal of the grievances of the pensioners and said that we should have sympathetic attitude towards them.

The Secretary, DoP&PW, Shri K.V. Eapen and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by the member Pensioners Associations and senior officers of the important Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

Source:http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=177947

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Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 25/2018

No. E(NG)-II/94/RR-1/29/Pt.(3246807)
New Delhi, dated: 21/02/2018

The General Manager (P),
All Zonal Railways/Production Units
Chairman/Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs);
Chairman/Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs).
(As per standard mailing list)

Sub: Upper age limit for direct recruitment to non-gazetted posts on the Railways.

Attention is invited to this Ministry's instructions issued under RBE No. 45/2015 dated 11.05.2015, withdrawing three years relaxation in the prescribed upper age limit for direct recruitment to all non-gazetted posts.

The matter has since been reviewed and it has now been decided by this Ministry to provide a relaxation of three years above the prescribed upper age limit in open market recruitment to all non-gazetted posts.

These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of this letter. It will also be applicable on recruitment notification publlished under Centralized Employment Notice Nos. 01/2018 and 02/2018 issued by Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs).
Please acknowledge receipt.

(Ravi Shekhar)
Jt. Director Estt. (N) - II
Railway Board

Source:http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/ENG-II/2018/Age%20relaxation.pdf
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Three recent changes in National Pension Scheme (NPS)

 Relaxation of Norms for NPS
The Government of India has recently made three changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal norms. The details are as under:

1. Partial withdrawal during the service: The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), with an objective to meet the subscriber’s sudden financial requirement enrolled under NPS, has liberalized norms for partial withdrawals which also include reduction of requirement of minimum years of being enrolled under NPS from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining. Suitable amendments were made through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017 and the same has been notified on 10.08.2017.

2. Increase in the joining age under NPS: With an objective to allow individuals (under NPS-All Citizen Model and Corporate Sector Model) who are in the age bracket between 60 years and 65 years to join NPS system. Suitable amendments were made through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 and the same has been notified on 06.10.2017.

3. Exit in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber: With an objective of facilitating easy exit & withdrawal in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber covered under NPS, PFRDA has made suitable amendments through “Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Exits and Withdrawals under the National Pension System) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018 and the same has been notified on 02.02.2018.

This was stated by Shri Ship Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. (PIB)