Saturday, August 30, 2014

EXPECTED DEARNESS ALLOWANCE FOR JANUARY 2015 : AICPIN FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2014.

No. 5/1/2014- CPI 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT 
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT', SHIMLA-171004 
DATED: the 29th August, 2014

Press Release 

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - July, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for July, 2014 increased by 6 points and pegged at 252 (two hundred and fifty two). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 2.44 per cent between June, 2014 and July, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.73 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 4.42 percentage points to the total change. The House Rent index further accentuated the overall index by 1.08 percentage points. At item level, Rice, Eggs, Milk, Onion, Chillies Green, Tomato, Potato and other Vegetables & Fruits, Sugar, Tea (Readymade), Pan Finished, Doctors' Fee, College Fee, Petrol, Rail Fare, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat, Soft Coke, Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.23 per cent for July, 2014 as compared to 6.49 per cent for the previous month and 10.85 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 8.11 per cent against 5.88 per cent of the previous month and 14.10 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Nagpur recorded the maximum increase of 12 points followed by Ludhiana (10 points). Among others, 9 points rise was observed in 7 centres, 8 points in 3 centres, 7 points in 9 centres, 6 points in 23 centres, 5 points in 14 centres, 4 points in 10 centres, 3 points in 4 centres, 2 points in 4 centres and I point in 2 centres.

The indices of 35 centres are above and other 41 centres are below national average. The indices of Ernakulam and Varanasi are at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2014 will be released on Tuesday, 30 September, 2014. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov. in.

Sd/-
(S. S. NEGI) 
DIRECTOR

Source:http://labourbureau.nic.in/Press_Note_eng_july2014.pdf
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Confederation writes to Finance Ministry regarding Transport Allowance at Faridabad Gurgaon, Ghaziabad & Noida at par with Delhi rates.

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: Confederationhq@yahoo.co.in

Patron                                                 President                                                     Secretary General
S.K.Vyas                                         K.K.N.Kutty                                                       M.Krishnan
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Ref: Conf/Genl/2014

Dated – 26.08.2014

To
The Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi – 110001

Sub: Regulation of Transport Allowance at Faridabad Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Nodia at par with Delhi rates.

Sir,
Your kind attention is invited to the OM No. 21(8)2010-E-II (B) dated 01.08.2012 of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure regarding regulation of Transport Allowance at Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghziabad and Noida wherein instructions have been issued to regulate the Transport Allowance at the rates applicable to ‘Other Cities’ i.e other than 13 classified cities as per the condition laid down in OM no. 21(2)/2008-E-II (B) dated 29.08.2008. Issuance of the OM has created panics among the employees posted at these cities. Immediate action is required to be taken to avoid implementation of the OM.

In this connection following points are brought to your kind notice —

1. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure had issued OM 2(4)-E.II (B)/65 dated 05.11.1974 vide which special dispensation was given to Faridabad at Delhi rates in respect of CCA & HRA.

2. 5th Central Pay Commission had made recommendations to grant of transport allowance to Central Government employees to compensate the cost incurred on commuting between the place of residence and the place of duty. Transport allowance was implemented vide 0M No. — 1(13)97-E-II (B) dated 03.10.1997, according to which, transport allowance was to be regulated on the basis of classification of cities for the purpose of CCA. Para 3.1 of said order is reproduced below-

The cities referred to as ‘A’ and ‘A-1’ in these orders shall be the same as those classified as such for the purpose of Compensatory (City) Allowance (CCA) in terms of the orders issued separately regulating grant of CCA to the Central Government employees.

3. Vide para 4.2 8, 6th CPC had recommended abolition of CCA and increased the rates of transport allowance subsuming the element of CCA. The abolition of CCA was compensated by increasing the rates of transport allowance.

4. Faridabad has been given the status of A-1 city (as being part of the Urban Agglomerate of Delhi at par with NOIDA, Ghaziabad and Gurgan etc.) since 1974 for the purposes of HRA & CCA and since August, 1997 for the purpose of transport allowance as given above. These facilities are being extended to the Central Government employees/officers posted at Faridabad accordingly.

5. It may further be noted that, Ministry of Finance, vide No. 21 (2)/2008-E.ll dated 29.08.2008 has classified 13 cities as A-I/A which, inter-alia, includes Delhi (UA). Delhi (Urban Agglomerate) includes Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon. As such, the rates of Transport Allowance admissible for the City of Delhi, automatically stands extended to the other constituents of the Urban Agglomerate.

6. If rate of the transport allowance is reduced the rate payable to other cities, employees posted at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida & Gurgaon will be deceived from the benefit given by the 6th CPC by subsuming the element of CCA in transport allowance as they were being paid CCA at Delhi rates.

7. In view of the above, it reveals that the transport allowance was being regulated on the basis of classification of cities for the purpose of CCA and payment of transport allowance at Delhi rates, to the employees posted at Faridabad is fully justified. This stands already concluded by the orders and judgments of the Hon’ble CAT Principal Bench, New Delhi (copy enclosed for ready reference) as given below-

1) OA No. 483/2005, Judgment dated 16.09.2005.

2) OA No. 2441/2005, Judgment dated 02.08,2006

3) RA No. 296/2010, Judgment dated 14.01.2011.

4) OA No. 368/2011, Judgment dated 21.07.2011.

5) OA no. 459/2011, Judgment dated 05.08.2011.

6) CP No. 302/2011, Judgment dated 30.03.2011.

8. These judgments squarely covers this issue wherein the Hon’ble CAT, Principal Bench, New Delhi had upheld the payment of Transport Allowance at par with Delhi (UA) and the said judgments were accepted by the Government and duly implemented. It appears that the Department of Expenditure has not noticed the above judicial pronouncement and issued the clarification vide OM dated 1” August, 2012, which seem to be in contravention of the directions of the Hon’ble CAT.

It is therefore, requested to kindly take cognizance of the facts and particularly the binding judgments of the Hon’bel CAT, New Delhi as mentioned above to withdraw the latest instructions issued vide ID No. 21 (8)/2010-E-II(B) dated 01.08.2012 for reducing the Transport Allowance on par with “Other Cities”.

An early action ¡n this regard is highly solicited.

DA: as above

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/2014/08/confederation-writes-to-ministry-of.html
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Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.

No. 12/1/2009-Estt (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi the 28th August, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to implementation of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.

The undersigned is directed to say that the method of fixation of pay of State Government employees on their appointment under the Central Government has been spelt out in this Department’s OM No. 12/l/94-Estt(Pay-I) dated 24 March, 1994, 3rd January, 1996 and OM NO. 13/2/99-Estt (Pay-I) dated 18.6.2001.

2. The question of fixation of pay in cases of appointment from State Govt. to Central Govt. consequent upon revision of pay scales on acceptance of the recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission in the revised pay structure has been considered in consultation with the Department of Expenditure and the President is pleased to decide that in cases of appointment of State Government employees in Central Government on or after 1.1.2006, pay will be fixed in the following manner:-  

(a)        Where the State Government has revised the Pay scales of their employees on the pattern of VI Central Pay Commission at the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series w.e.f. 1.1.2006 the pay of these State Government employees on their appointment under the Central Government would be fixed as follows:

(i) When the appointment is to a post carrying higher Grade Pay, one increment equal to 3% of the sum of the pay in the existing grade pay will be computed and rounded off to the next multiple of 10. This will then be added to the existing pay in the pay band. The grade pay corresponding to the higher post will thereafter be granted in addition to this pay in the pay band. In cases where the appointment involves change in pay band also, the same methodology will be followed. However, if the pay in the pay band after adding the increment is less than the minimum of the higher pay band to which the appointment is taking place, pay in the pay band will be stepped up to such minimum.

(ii)        Where the appointment is to a post involving identical Grade Pay, the individual shall continue to draw the same pay.

(b)        Where the State Government have revised the pay scales of their employees after 1.1.2006 beyond the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series, basic pay of the employees is to be determined first in the Central Scale by reducing the element of DA, ADA, IR etc. granted by the State Government after 1.1.2006 (beyond the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series) and thereafter the pay would be fixed as provided in the clause (i) &(ii) under sub.-para (a) above.

(c) Where the state Government have either not revised or revised the pay scale of their employees on or after 1.1.2006 below the base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series, basic pay of these employees shall be determined first in the Central scale, by adding the element of D.A. ADA upto base index of 115.76 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series granted by the State Government and thereafter their pay would be ' fixed as provided in the clause (i) &(ii) under sub-para (a) above.

3. These orders are applicable to employees of the State Government and local bodies under the State including Emergency Divisional Accountants/Divisional Accountants/ local bodies under the State Government appointed under Central Government on or after 1.1.2006.

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

5. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-
(Mukesh chaturvedi)
Director (Pay)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_1_2009-Estt-Pay-1.pdf
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REGARDING CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION, 2005

Subject:- REGARDING CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION, 2005

An assurance was made by Minister of State (MOS), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievences and Pensions in Parliament on 04.08.2014 as under:

"Candidates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination, 2011, may be given one more attempt in 2015."

In pursuance to the above assurance given in the parliament by Hon'ble MOS (PP), the Government has decided as under:

"The candiates, who appeared in Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2011, will be given one additional attempt in CSE, 2015. details will be notified through CSE Rules, 2015 in due course".

Source:http://persmin.gov.in/AIS1/Docs/CSE-2015.pdf
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Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – regarding

F.No.11013/3/2014-Estt.(A)
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi
Dated August 25 , 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year – regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Circular of even no. dated 23.07.2014 the subject mentioned above requesting all Ministries/ Departments to bring the provisions of the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014, to the notice of all concerned for compliance. It is again requested that necessary directions may be issued in this regard urgently so that the declarations/information/returns from every public servant are received on or before the 15th day of September 2014 as stipulated in the said Rules. It is reiterated that the definition of public servant covers all Group A, B and C employees,

2. In this regard it is also clarified that the public servants who either failed or were not required to file the annual declarations as per the applicable rules [eg. Group C’ Government servants covered under CCS(Conduct) rules, 1964] are also required to file the stipulated declaration/ information/return within time.

3. Hindi version will follow. ,

Sd/-
(J. A. Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_3_2014-Estt-A_25082014.pdf

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PF Interest Rate Retained at 8.75 Per Cent for 2014-15

     The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Tuesday announced a rate of interest of 8.75 per cent on provident fund deposits for the current fiscal year (2014-15), a move which would benefit its over five crore subscribers across the country.

The decision to retain the interest rate at 8.75 per cent was taken at a meeting of the Central Board of Trustees – the apex decision making body of EPFO – chaired by Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi.

“EPFO will provide 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2014-15,” Mr Tomar told reporters after the meeting.

As per practice, the decision by retirement fund body EPFO’s trustees would be implemented after the concurrence of the Finance Ministry.

“The benefit under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme would be increased to a maximum sum assured of Rs. 3.6 lakh from existing Rs. 1.56 lakh,” said K K Jalan, EPFO’s Central Provident Fund Commissioner.

The sum assured under EDLI is provided in proportion to monthly wage ceiling which is Rs. 6,500 at present. It would be enhanced to Rs. 15,000 per month soon.

Senior Labour Ministry officials present in the meeting apprised the board that the notification regarding enhancement of wage ceiling has been sent to press after Law Ministry’s clearance and will be reality soon.

They also said that the notification providing minimum monthly pension entitlement of Rs. 1,000 under the Employees’ Pension Scheme run by EPFO will also be notified simultaneously. After notification, around 28 lakh pensioners getting less than Rs. 1,000 per month would immediately benefit.

At present, all those employees with basic wages of up to Rs. 6,500 per month at the time of joining can become members of EPFO schemes. Now with increase in wage ceiling around 50 lakh more workers are expected to come under the ambit of EPFO.

The minister also revealed that the board has decided to appoint credit rating agency CRISIL as consultant for the third time to engage new fund managers and evaluate their performance for three-year term beginning April 1, 2015.

After Crisil is appointed as consultant, it would take at least three months to appoint fund managers for EPFO.

According to an official statement, the proposed pattern of investment by Finance Ministry was discussed by the CBT during the meeting and the board was not in favour of investing in equities and exchange traded funds (ETFs).

It was decided to recommend for making the pattern more flexible to further increase the percentage of investment in government securities.

The board also discussed the feasibility of deployment of funds in AAA rated Central/state public sector undertakings. Without giving details about specific proposals, the Labour Minister said that board decided to set up a PSU cell within its Investment Monitoring Cell (IMC) to negotiate with primary issuers (of bonds) on behalf of all fund managers.

State-run NTPC has made a proposal seeking an EPFO investment of Rs. 10,000 crore in its secured non-convertible bonds under a long term agreement from 2014-15.

The trustees also decided to go in for short term (not exceeding 15 days) borrowing of funds for participation in primary auction of securities.

This move is expected to result in EPFO getting to invest in securities at more profitable rates. The funds would be borrowed by means of CBLO, corporate term repo and other such instruments for participation in primary auction of government securities and corporate bonds.

The board decided to constitute a sub-committee for construction and contract workers. The committee shall examine the various issues regarding the coverage of employees engaged in this sector and shall recommend strategies to widen the coverage and enrollment in this area.

The board was told that SBI has reduced its service charges for collecting PF contribution to Rs. 1.80 per Rs. 1,000 for net based transaction and Rs. 2.40 per Rs. 1,000 for physical transaction form the existing uniform rate of Rs. 3.

It is expected that this reduction in rates shall result in substantial savings to the tune of around Rs. 100 crore per annum for the retirement fund body.

Source:http://goo.gl/ffMSrV
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UPGRADATION OF LDC & UDC- A STEP FORWARD

BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION (BRO) SUBMITS THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB & HARYANA, CHANDIGARH THAT “...organisation accepts the position that the Government is considering the same since more than last one year and yet no decision has been taken”.

SHRI ABHIMANYU KUMAR & 58 OTHER LDCS OF BORDER ROAD ORGANISATION FILED A CASE FOR UPGRADATION OF GRADE PAY LDC FROM 1900 TO 2400 IN PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT CHANDIGARH - CWP NO. 14193/2014. COPY OF THE INTRIM ORDER ISSUED BY THE COURT IS GIVEN BELOW:
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