Thursday, March 31, 2016

Expected DA July 2016 - AICPIN for the month of February 2016

No.5/1/2016- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 31st March,2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – February, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2016 decreased by 2 points and pegged at 267 (two hundred and sixty seven). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.74 per cent between January, 2016 and February, 2016 when compared with the decrease of (-) 0.39 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing, (-) 2.21 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Arhar Dal. Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Poultry (Chicken), Eggs (Hen), Garlic, Onion, Vegetable and Fruit items, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was checked by Wheat and Wheat Atta, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk, Tea (Readymade), Sugar, Cigarette, Tailoring Charges, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.53 percent for February, 2016 as compared to 5.91 per cent for the previous month and 6.30 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 6.18 per cent against 7.61 per cent of the previous month and 7.42 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Giridih reported the maximum decrease of 8 points followed by Madurai, Tiruchirapally, Munger-Jamalpur and Bengaluru (7 points each) and Sholapur. Mundakkayam and Belgaum (6 points each). Among others. 5 points decrease was observed in 3 centres, 4 points in 8 centres, 3 points in another 8 centres. 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 10 centres. On the contrary, Quilon recorded a maximum increase of 5 points followed by Mysore and Rajkot (3 points each) and Kodarma (2 points). Among others, 1 point increase was observed in 9 centres. Rest or the 14 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 34 centres are above All-India Index and other 44 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2016 will be released on Friday. 29th April. 2016. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

Sd/-
(SHYAM SINGH NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Source: www.labourbureau.nic.in
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Don’t think 7th CPC Suggestions will Remain – Parrikar

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Don’t think 7th CPC Suggestions will Remain – Parrikar

“The seventh Pay Commission is in the form of recommendations. I do not think they (recommendations) will remain. I do not consider them as finalities. I have flagged them and will flag them properly at the right level,” said the defence minister.

7th Pay Commission Latest News – Don’t think 7th CPC Suggestions will Remain – “I will not claim that I have turned it around completely but at least something has been done so that deliveries can start. Ground has been prepared. Delivery is now the key word,” said Parrikar.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission was not final and he would take up concerns raised by the Armed Forces at the right level.

In an exclusive interview with the India Today, Parrikar said he has prepared ground for smoothening the defence procurement which needed to be backed by deliveries now.

On the concerns raised by the Armed Forces over the raw deal given to them in the 7th Pay Commission, Parrikar said it was not the final word. “The seventh Pay Commission is in the form of recommendations. I do not think they (recommendations) will remain. I do not consider them as finalities. I have flagged them and will flag them properly at the right level,” said the defence minister.

Parrikar, who inaugurated arms show DefExpo in Goa on Monday where a strong pitch is being made to further expand the growing defence sector, said negative environment surrounding the military acquisitions has changed.

“I will not claim that I have turned it around completely but at least something has been done so that deliveries can start. Ground has been prepared. Delivery is now the key word,” said Parrikar adding that there was an environment of mistrust, suspicion which can be frustrating in dealing with forces.

He said the industry cannot be held responsible for responding slowly to the changing atmosphere. “They have experienced a congested atmosphere and the breeze has only now begun flowing in. However, it cannot happen overnight. Confidence building measures are in place. Industry has begun responding,” he said outlining how smaller changes have been made.

“Offsets have taken off, exports are improving, procurement from local level has gone up. At the capital procurement level, it has not taken off or turned into a big deal because it takes longer. Industry has definitely responded.” Talking about the defence reforms like the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff, Parrikar said there are no hurdles in bringing defence reforms. “There has to be a rational decision. Drafts are being prepared and shared. Very soon it will be brought to the Cabinet,” he said.

Asked about delay in development of critical equipment like Intermediate Jet Trainers (IJT) for the IAF or submarines for the navy, Parrikar said the air force does not think the IJT is a requirement as it is training on simulators, Basic Trainer Aircraft and Advanced Jet Trainer. “Instead of three, it is a two-level, re-caliberated approach. The proposal for six under-construction Scorpene submarines is moving smoothly. Next project P75, I will tag along with our policy document on Strategic Partnership,” Parrikar said.

“When it will come about? Very soon, but I am not willing to issue a timeline. As far as Arihant, the issue should not be discussed. We are equally concerned and are moving in the right direction,” he said. The three services raised a number of issues, but when the pay commission sought the defence ministry’s comments and recommendation, the ministry negated most of the demands of the services, the officer said.

Source: India Today
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Payment of honorarium for training on projects developed by the department.

CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS CENTRE FOR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (CENTRAD)
OPPOSITE ARMY BASE HOSPITAL, BRAR SQUARE, DELHI CANTT – 110010
Ph- 011-25694268, 25694298 Fax: 011-25694308 Email: trgdiv-brar.cgda@nic.in

No. TD/3331/Circular/2016

Date: 23.03.2016

To
The CsDA (Training)
NADFM, Pune
All Regional Training Centres
DPTI, Allahabad
Delhi Training Centre, Gurgaon

Subject:- Payment of honorarium for training on projects developed by the department.

Reference: HQ Circular No. 06 dated 10.01.2013.

The instructions issued vide circular mentioned above on payment of honorarium for training on projects developed in the department have been reviewed.

2. Keeping in view the extra efforts made by the faculty in delivering training on such projects and to ensure effectiveness of training, the Competent Authority has agreed to allow payment of honorarium to officers who impart training on projects developed by the department as per the Government rules.

3. Further, it is suggested that the resource material developed for such training programmes should be retained by the respective training establishments as a resource bank of training material.

Sd/-
(Sangeet)
Dy. CGDA (HRD)
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“A significant steps towards Digital India and for easy access of health services to the common man”: Shri J P Nadda

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Shri J P Nadda launches GIS-enabled HMIS application, self-printing of e-CGHS Card

“A significant steps towards Digital India and for easy access of health services to the common man”: Shri J P Nadda

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched two major Digital initiatives to provide easy access to health services to the public: GIS-enabled HMIS application and the self-printing of e-CGHS cards, here today. Launching these initiatives of the Health Ministry, the Union Minister stated that the Health Ministry remains committed to strengthening public health systems and providing user-friendly health services in the country. He further stated that that this will provide a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen and enhance the reach of key interventions.

Terming these as significant and forward looking steps contributing to Digital India, Shri J P Nadda said: “The initiative will not only monitor the performance and quality of the health services being provided under the NHM, but will also provide effective healthcare to the rural population throughout the country”. The GIS-enabled HMIS services will provide comprehensive data on a GIS platform on 1.6 lakh Government Health facilities spread across the country. The project has been developed with the objective of enabling the effective usage of the HMIS application, enhancing analytical capabilities of States/UTs and providing a geographical display of HMIS data using GIS. The application also has scope of incorporating map layers of roads and water bodies which will provide comprehensive information regarding health facilities and disease vulnerable areas of the country. At present, the application is available in login domain of HMIS portal. It is planned to put it in public domain in near future. Moreover, the mapping provides data only on public health facilities presently, which shall soon be expanded to cover private facilities also, the Union Minister informed.

Health Management Information System (HMIS) is a web-based monitoring system that has been put in place by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) to monitor its health programmes and provide key inputs for policy formulation and interventions. It was launched during October, 2008 with uploading of district consolidated figures. To make HMIS more robust and effective and in order to facilitate local level monitoring, “facility based reporting” was initiated since April, 2011. At present, 1.94 lakh health facilities (across all States/UTs) are uploading facility wise data on monthly basis on HMIS web portal. Data are presently being made available to various stakeholders in the form of standard & customized reports, factsheets, score- cards etc. HMIS data are widely used by the Ministry and States for policy planning, monitoring and supervision purpose.

The Union Health Minister, while launching the self-printing of the E-CGHS card, stated that this will provide ease and access to all those beneficiaries such as the pensioners who may find it difficult to go to the CGHS centres for renewal, and in the event of loss/misplacement of the card. As this can be printed from any location once the process of application based on authentic documents has been approved, this enables easy reprinting by the beneficiary himself/herself. The beneficiary can access this facility by visiting the CGHS portal at cghs.nic.in where simple steps for this have been enumerated.

Also present at the meeting were Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW), and senior officers of the Health Ministry.
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7th CPC DA : A decade-long journey begins!

7th CPC DA : A decade-long journey begins!

“The Dearness Allowance calculations as per the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission come to an end; the method prescribed by the 7th Central Pay Commission comes into effect from Jan 2016 onward…!”

The 7th Central Pay Commission was appointed in order to evaluate the methods of calculating the salaries, incentives, benefits, pensions, retirement benefits, and Dearness Allowance of the Central Government employees and serving and retired personnel of the Indian defence forces, and suggest changes, if and when required. Four months have passed since the Central Pay Commission submitted its final report to the Centre.

The government at the centre has the discretion to accept, reject, or modify the recommendations made by the Central Pay Commission. It has constituted a high-level committee to look into the various suggestions in the report. The final decision on the implementation of the recommendations will be made based on the feedback from this empowered committee.

Meanwhile, the Central Government employees federations met with the high-level empowered committee to discuss various issues, including Minimum Wages and Fitment Factor, and to suggest required amendments in the report.

There is likely to be a delay in the publication of the notification containing the accepted recommendations by the 7th Pay Commission. Since the election Model Code of Conduct will be in place until the last week of May 2016, the Government acceptance notification is expected to be published in the first week of June. In that case, there are chances that the revised salaries will be issued from the month of June. Also, the arrears for the past five months are also likely to be released then.

Dearness Allowance is one of the much-anticipated topics among Central Government employees. In its report, the 7th Central Pay Commission had given a short explanation about Dearness Allowance. 

The 6th Central Pay Commission suggested elaborate changes in the method of calculating Dearness Allowance. This time however, the 7th Central Pay Commission did not suggest any elaborate changes. It has suggested that the same process be continued.

We have presented an easy-to-use calculator here for you to calculate the likely Dearness Allowance hike.

We have presented a ready reckoner of the procedures that were followed when the 5th Central Pay Commission drew to a close and the 6th Central Pay Commission came into effect, which are very likely to be followed this time too.

The AICPIN points of only the month of January are available as of now. The AICPIN points for February will be released tomorrow. You can come up with approximate AICPIN points for the remaining four months to calculate the approximate Dearness Allowance.

As of January 1, 2016, according to the Centre, the Dearness Allowance stood at 125 percent. An order of the Ministry of Finance to this effect will be released soon. In the event that the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations come into effect from January 1, 2016 onwards, the salaries of the Central Government employees will be revised by adding 125 percent to their basic pay. The new Dearness Allowance hike will be issued from 01.07.2016 onwards.

For example, if the basic pay of an employee, as on 01.01.2016, is Rs.12,000 (Grade Pay 2800 + 9200), his salary revisions and Dearness Allowance hikes as per the 6th and 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, are given below.

Employee’s Pay as on 1.1.2016 as per the recommendations of 6th CPC

Basic Pay + 125% DA: 12000 + 15000 = 27000

Employee’s Pay as on 1.1.2016 as per the recommendations of 7th CPC

Basic Pay + No DA: 31000 + 0 = 31000

(No Dearness Allowance for the period between Jan to Jun 2016 and the first instalment of additional DA will be given only on 1.7.2016)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – eNPS

1. What is eNPS ?
eNPS is an online platform provided by NPS Trust for enabling individuals to open his/her Individual Pension Account under NPS (Tier-I & Tier-II) and also facilitate the new or existing subscribers to make initial or subsequent contributions respectively to their Individual Pension Account under NPS using netbanking and debit/credit cards. eNPS does not facilitate enrolment of individuals under Atal Pension Yojana.

2. How can I open the Individual Pension Account under NPS online?

An individual can open his/her Individual Pension Account under NPS by choosing any one of the following alternatives and having netbanking faci I iti es enabled with his/her bankers :-
Option # 1 by providing Aadhaar details
Option # 2 by providing PAN details and KYC details as recorded with the Bank in which he/she maintains his/her bank account and that Bank is empanelled in eNPS

3. How Aadhaar details are processed for online opening of the Individual Pension Account under NPS?

An individual opting to open the online Individual Pension Account using Aadhaar details must have his/her mobile number registered with Aadhaar because after providing the Aadhaar number in the eNPS portal, a One Time Password (OTP) needs to be generated from Aadhaar which is sent to his/her mobile number registered with Aadhaar for authentication purposes.

On authenticating the OTP received from Aadhaar in the eNPS portal, the individual’s KYC details (demographic and photograph) as recorded with Aadhaar database gets auto populated on the online application form. Only the photograph is allowed to be replaced/substituted in the online application form if he/she desires to upload a different photograph.

Other mandatory fields are required to be filled compulsorily for completing the account opening process and subsequent generation of Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN)

4. How PAN details and KYC details as recorded with his/her Bank are processed for online opening of the Individual Pension Account under NPS?

An individual opting to open the online Individual Pension Account using PAN details and KYC details as recorded with his/her Bank must have enabled net banking facility from the bank where his/her account is held/maintained and the concerned Bank selected should also be empaneled on the eNPS platform for performing the KYC verification.

An individual providing the PAN details will be required to compulsorily fill all the mandatory fields for completing the account opening process and subsequent generation of Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN)

The name provided in the online application form is validated with the PAN records. The bank and address details provided in the online application form is authenticated by the concerned bank selected by the applicant as per the records available with the Bank in respect of the applicant. In case of rejection of KYC by the selected Bank, applicant should contact the bank as the PRAN will be get immediately categorised as ‘temporarily frozen’ and the subscriber will not be allowed to undertake any further transactions.

5. What uploads are required to be made for online opening of the Individual Pension Account under NPS?

An individual opening the Individual Pension Account in eNPS platform is required to upload his/her scanned photograph and signature in *.jpeg/* .jpg format with file size ranging between 4kb-12kb.

Uploading of scanned photograph is optional for individuals opting to open the Individual Pension Account with Aadhaar details.

6. At what stage of the online process will I be able to know that my online application has been accepted and I have been allotted a Permanent Retirement Account Number?

An applicant on completion of providing online his/her personal details as selected with Aadhar or PAN and subsequently getting authenticated from Aadhaar or PAN will be provided with an unique Acknowledgement Number for identification and future references.

After the applicant fills in all the mandatory fields of the online application form and uploads his/her photograph (optional with Aadhaar) and signature, the applicant will be redirected for initiating payment of initial contribution through netbanking or debit/credit card.
An applicant who has opted to open his/her Individual Pension Account with Aadhaar will have the option to select the mode of payment (netbanking or debit card or credit card) for making the initial contribution.

An applicant who has opted to open the Individual Pension Account with PAN and KYC authentication by Bank will be required to make the payment of initial contribution though netbanking facility provided by the concerned bank selected in the online application form.
For all successful online payments the applicant will be provided an online receipt and the Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) generated thereafter. An SMS and email alert is also sent to the Subscriber.

7. How will I know whether my Banker has verified the KYC details?

On acceptance or rejection of applicant’s KYC by the selected Bank an SMS and email alert is sent to the Subscriber towards acceptance or rejection. In cases of rejection by the concerned Bank, the reasons of rejections are also communicated to the subscriber through SMS and email and the applicant should contact the bank immediately.

8. What are the charges for online opening of Individual Pension Account under
NPS?

The online opening of Individual Pension Account with Aadhaar details is free of any charges.

An applicant opting for online opening of Individual Pension Account with PAN and KYC authentication by Bank will be charged an amount of Rs 125 (Rupees One Hundred Twenty Five Only) for KYC verification by the concerned bank selected by the applicant during the online account opening process.

9. What are the charges to be paid for making online contributions?

A subscriber contributing to his PRAN in the eNPS platform will be charged the following fees by the payment gateway services provider as permitted by NPS Tr ust:-
Sl Mode of Payment Charges
1 Credit Card 0.90% of Transaction Amount + Service Tax.
2 Debit Card 0.80% of Transaction Amount + Service Tax.
3 Net Banking of Banks 60 Paisa per Transaction + Service Tax.

10. What should I do after completing the online account opening processes?

After completion of online account opening process, he/she should take a print of the online application form, paste his/her photograph (not stapled or clipped or signed across), put his/her signature in the box provided for in the printed application form and dispatch the documents to the following address within 90 days from the date of allotment of online PRAN:-
Central Recordkeeping Agency (eNPS)
NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited,
1st Floor, Times Tower, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400 013

11. What will happen if I do not submit the documents within 90 days from the date on online PRAN allotment?

Non-submission of printed online application form along with photograph and signature within 90 days of allotment of online PRAN will render the PRAN to be categorised as `temporarily frozen’ and he/she will not be able to undertake any further transactions.

12. What is the minimum amount of contribution to be made for online opening of the Individual Pension Account under NPS?

The minimum amount of contribution to be made using netbanking or debit/credit card for online opening of the Individual Pension Account is Rs 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred Only). If applicant chooses to open Tier-II along with Tier-1 The minimum amount of contribution is Rs 1000/- (Rupees One Thousand Only).

13. What is the maximum amount or times that I can contribute to my PRAN in a month using eNPS?

There are no limits or restrictions for making contributions by subscribers to his/her PRAN using the eNPS platform.

14. Where and when will I receive the PRAN kit?

An individual completing the online account opening process and submitting the online printed application form along with photograph and signature will receive the PRAN kit at his/her communication address provided during the online registration process within 10 days from the date of receipt of completed documents at CRA.

15. When will the contribution paid online get reflected in my PRAN?

It normally takes 3-4 days for the contributions made online using eNPS being reflected in his/her PRAN.

16. Can I make changes in the application and in PRAN details online?

Subscribers desirous of changing/revising the detai Is provided i n the online application form will be able to amend the details online until the stage of initiating online payment towards initial contribution for PRAN generation is completed.

After allotment of online PRAN, subscriber desirous of changing/revising the PRAN details has to contact a registered Point of Presence and comply with the existing procedures of filling up the relevant forms and submitting the with relevant documents mentioned therein.

17. How can I make subsequent contributions to my PRAN?

All subscribers (excluding NPS Lite & Atal Pension Yojana) irrespective of their PRAN being generated through online (eNPS) or physical mode (PoP) can contribute to their PRAN (Tier I & Tier II) using eNPS platform through netbanking of empanelled banks or through credit / debit cards. Subscribers are required to quote the correct PRAN and authenticate it using the OTP received by the subscriber in his/her registered mobile while initiating the payment for contribution towards his/her PRAN.
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Notifying of Recruitment Rules within ten weeks time period after the same are approved by the UPSC

No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training 
New-Delhi

Dated: the 17th March , 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Notifying of Recruitment Rules within ten weeks time period after the same are approved by the Union Public Service Commission – regarding.

Attention is invited to this Department’s Office Memorandum of even number dated 27th January, 2016 vide which it was conveyed that the Union Public Service Commission had brought to the notice of this Department that Ministries/Departments are not notifying the recruitment rules to a number of posts which were advised upon by the Commission even after the lapse of ten weeks time. Ministries/Departments were, accordingly, requested to take immediate actions to notify the Recruitment Rules as soon as these are approved by the Commission so that the time limit of 10 weeks as prescribed in Para No. 5.2 of this Department’s O.M. No. A.B.14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR) dated 31st December, 2010, is adhered to.

2. It is once again requested that Ministries/ Departments may notify the Recruitment Rules within 10 weeks from the date of receipt of advice letter from the Commission.

Sd/-
(G.Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Review of Recruitment Rules – regarding

No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt. (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievandes.arid Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi.
Dated: the 17th March, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Review of Recruitment Rules – regarding

DoPT guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules vide para 3.1.5 dated 31 st December, 2010 provide that the Recruitment Rules should be reviewed once in 5 years with a view to effecting such change as are necessary to bring them in conformity with the changed position, including additions to or reductions in the strength of the lower and higher level posts. Further, consequent upon the implementation of the 6th CPC recommendations, DoPT vide OM dated 24.3.2009 had issued instructions to all the Ministries/Departments to initiate action to amend the existing Service Rules/Recruitment Rules in view of the revised pay structure/merger of pre-revised pay scales/up-gradation etc. These instructions were reiterated vide this Department’s OM. No. AB.14017/61/2008-Estt (RR) dated 25 th March, 2014.

2. It is understood that many Ministries/Departments have still not updated their Recruitment Rules. Periodic revision of RRs is important to ensure that candidates with requisite qualifications are selected.

3. Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to undertake revision of Recruitment Rules under their purview and update the Recruitment Rules by 30.9.2016.

Sd/-
(G.Jayanthi)
Director (E-1)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/AB-14017_61_2008-Estt.RR-17032016.pdf
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cabinet Approved 6% DA and DR hike from 1st January 2016

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet

Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 1.1.2016 

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016. This represents an increase of 6 percent over the existing rate of 119 percent of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. 

This will benefit about 50 lakh Government employees and 58 lakh pensioners. 

The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be of Rs. 6796.50 crore per annum and Rs.7929.24 crore respectively, in the financial year 2016-17 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2016 to February, 2017). 
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Implementation of 7th CPC : Minutes of the 2nd meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS)

Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission — 2nd meeting of the E-CoS

A meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) was held on 1 st March, 2016 in the Cabinet Secretariat under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary to discuss issues raised by Staff„side of JCM

2. Welcoming the members of E-CoS and JCM Staffside, Cabinet Secretary observed that the meeting had been called to take a note of concerns of Staff-side of JCM regarding recommendations of the 7th CPC and invited the members Of Staff-side of JCM to share their views on the recommendations.

3. Opening the discussion, representative of Staff-side of JCM expressed gratitude to Cabinet Secretary for inviting them for interaction regarding the recommendations of the 7th CPC and requested that more frequent interactions of JCM may be held to resolve outstanding issues across the table. It was expressed that 7th CPC has recommended a meager increase of 14% in the minimum pay as against increase ranging up to 54% during previous Pay Commissions. It was further stated that the recommendations on minimum pay, allowances, advances etc. will cause difficulty to employees. Representative of Staff-side informed that they have already submitted a charter of demands to the Cabinet Secretary bringing out the issues. These have also been discussed in the meeting of JS (IC) with Staff-side of JCM held on 19.02.2016.

4. Major concerns expressed by JCM Staff-side were as under:

The minimum pay of Rs. 18000/- p.m. recommended by the Commission is on lower side and needs to be revised upward by taking into account the prices of commodities as on 01.07.2015 and appropriately factoring in for social obligations & housing.

(ii) New Pension Scheme should be done away with. Persons governed by the NPS are deprived of Family Pension and do not have provision of provident fund. As a result they are at a disadvantageous position as compared to the persons governed by the old system.

(iii) Recommendations on allowances need to be properly examined before taking a decision.

(iv) Fixed Medical Allowance should be increased from existing Rs. 500 p.m. to Rs. 2000 p.m. as majority of cities are not covered under CGI-IS and people residing outside the CGHS covered area are unable to meet their medical needs with meager amount of Rs. 500 p.m.

(v) Recommendation regarding withdrawal of non•interest bearing advances may not be accepted.

(vi) Outsourcing of services should be discouraged as the contract workers are being exploited by contractors and at the game time the service delivery is being compromised due to inefficiency and lack of accountability of low aid contractual staff.

(vii) Enhancement in contribution towards Group Insurance Scheme, is not justified as this would reduce the actual increase in take home salary considerably. If the rates are to be raised, the Government should bear the insurance premium

(viii) The recommendation regarding grant of only 80% of salary for the second year of Child Care Leave need not be accepted as this would deter women from availing of CCL, which was introduced as a welfare measure.

(ix) Annual increments be granted @ 5% instead of existing 3% and increments may be granted on two dates viz., 1 st of January and 1 st of July of every year as in the present system of grant of increment on 1 st July of every year, employees joining/promoted after 1 st January, who do not complete 6 months services as on 1 st July, have to wait for up to 18 months for grant of increment.

(x) The Commission’s recommendation of downgrading the Assistants of Central Secretariat for bringing in parity with their counterparts in the field offices is not appropriate.

(xi) Recommendation regarding PRIS need not be accepted as no scientific mechanism has been devised to assess the performance of employees and the same could e courage favoritism.

5. Issues regarding financ al upgradation under MACPS in promotional hierarchy without grading stipulation. grant of two increments on promotion introduction of Productivity Linked Bonus, treating Grameen Dak Sevak as Government employees, removal of pap of 5% on compassionate appointment 8i full pay and allowances In case of Work Related Illness and Injury Leave improving promotional avenues for technical and supervisory staff etc. were also raised by members of JCM.

6. During the discussion, representatives of JCM also suggested that the Nodal Officers nominated by various Ministries/Departments may hold interactions with recognized Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their purview so as to identify issues specific to those Ministries/Departments for redressal.

7. After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped E-CoS in understanding the major concerns of the Staff-side and said that all issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking a final view. He further stated that the E-CoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stakeholders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.

8. Cabinet Secretary also advised the members of E-CoS to hold interactions with their Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their purview preferably within a week.

9. Meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.

Venue: Committee Room, Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan
Date of Meeting: Thursday, the 1 st March, 2016
Time of Meeting: 6:45 PM

Members of E-CoS present

1 Cabinet Secretary
2. Chairman, Railway Board
3. Home Secretary
4 Defence Secretary
5 Secretary, D/o Science & Technology
6. Secretary, D/o Personnel & Training
7. Secretary, M/o Health & Family-Welfare
8. Secretary, D/o Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare
9. Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat
10. Secretary, D/o Posts
1 1 . Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General

Secretariat for E-CoS:
1. Joint Secretary, Implementation Cell, D/o Expenditure
2. Director, Implementation Cell, D/o Expenditure

Representatives of JCM (Staff-side):

1 . Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
2. Shri M. Raghavaiah
3. Shri Rakhal Das Gupta
4. Shri Ch. Sankara Rao
5. Shri J.R. Bhosle
6. Shri Guman Singh
7. Shri R.P. Bhatnagar
8. Shri K.S. Murty
9. Shri K.K.N. Kutty
10. Shri C. Srikumar
11 . Shri R. Srinivasan
12. Shri M. Krishnan
13. Shri M.s. Raja

Source : Indwf.blogspot.in
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Tax benefit available under National Pension System (NPS)

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B- 14/A, Chhatrapati shivaji Bhawan
Qutab Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi – 110 016
Phone: 011-26517503
Fax:011 – 26517507
Website: www.pfrda.org.in

PFRDA/23/CORP/20/5

25th February, 2016

Dear sir,

Subject: Tax benefit available under National Pension System (NPS)

You would be aware that under the National Pension System (NPS), the subscribers can avail of tax benefit under Sec 80Cc D(1), up to 10% of their salary (Basic+DA) which is capped at Rs.1.50 lakhs under section 80CCE. From FY 2015-16, an additional tax deduction over and above the Rs.1.5 Lakhs, is available only to subscribers of NPS if they invest upto Rs.50,000 in NPS under Sec 80CCD(IB) of the Income Tax Act. any citizen of India including persons covered under old defined benefit pension scheme can open NPS account on voluntary basis and avail of the tax benefits u/s 80 CCD (IB) by contributing additionally Rs.50,000/- to NPS.

2. This additional tax benefit on investment upto Rs.50000/- provides an opportunity not only to those employees who are mandatorily covered under NPS, but also to all other employees who may be covered under old pension scheme/provident fund/superannuation fund, as well as to any other Indian citizen between 18 to 60 years of age, to avail of this tax benefit by opening an NPS account on voluntary basis and by investing the required amount.

3. PFRDA has provided an easy and convenient way to subscribe to NPS by recently introducing eNPS, which any individual can make use of to join NPS. A new subscriber can adopt the following eNPS methods for joining NOS:

(a) Using Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI which is authenticated through OTP received from UIDAI on the registered mobile of the applicant. In this case, the subscriber can instantly get himself/herself registered. He/she has to simply visit the eNPS module in NPS Trust website at www.npst.org.in.

(b) Using PAN and net banking of the selected bank chosen by the subscriber. In this case KYC verification is done by the Bank. The NPS account gets activated only after KYC verification by Bank. He/she has to go to eNPS module in NPS Trust website at www.npstrust.org.in.

4. A new subscriber can also open an account physically through any of the Points-of-Presence-Service Provider (POP-SP). The list is available on www.pfrda.org.in.

5. Therefore, your employees who are not NPS members can open their NPS account, and make contributions using any of the three options mentioned above. Existing NPS subscribers can also make additional contributions to avail of the tax benefit by using any of the options as stated above.

6. contribution upto Rs.50,000 in NPS for the additional tax benefit in the current year has to be made by 31-03-2016 and it is important that this message be conveyed to all your staff members and employees right upto the level of DDOs/DTOs, at the earliest. This will definitely help in their tax planning.

7. We request you to disseminate the above information to all concerned.

with regards,

Yours sincerely,
Sd/-
(Mamta Rohit)
chief General Manager

Source: http://pcdacc.gov.in/
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Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2016- Birthday of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar.

F. No.12/6/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 21st March, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Declaration of Holiday on 14th April, 2016- Birthday of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar.

It has been decided to declare Thursday, the 14th April 2016, as a Closed Holiday on account of the birthday of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, for all Central Government Offices including Industrial Establishments throughout India.

2. The above holiday is also being notified in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (26 of 1881).

3. All Ministries/Departments of Government of India may bring the above decision to the notice of all concerned.

Sd/-
(G Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/12_6_2016-JCA-2-21032016.pdf

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Monday, March 21, 2016

OROP Arrears Calculator : Know Your Pension and Arrears through online

OROP Arrears Calculator : Know Your Pension and Arrears through online

KNOW YOUR O.R.O.P PENSION AND ARREARS ON LINE

An on line solution to find the correct pension of a Defence pensioner and Family pensioner is a long pending need. Unfortunately, the PDAs and DPDOs have not given much importance to this aspect. Also frequent changes in the pension regulations, various anomalies arising while implementing the pay commission’s recommendations, rigid attitude of MOD and the lethargic attitude of the CDA(P) and CGDA have all joined together and made the Defence pension pension payment a most complicated job to the Banks.

Now the pensions of the entire 2.5 million Defence pensions have to be revised under OROP Scheme. The Banks are struggling to find a solution to this task. None of the Banks have any comprehensive software for revising the pension of such a huge number of people. The ultimate sufferers are the poor pensioners. The refinement of Defence pension account is an urgent need.

OROP orders were released on 4.2.2016. Till today, none of the banks have bothered to pay the arrears. Nowadays, the banks spent huge amounts for automation. But somehow, they have neglected the Defence pension payment.

In fact the OROP orders have simplified the entire Defence Pension payment system for fixation of revised pension and opened the gates for developing a comprehensive software for calculation of OROP arrears and fixation of revised pension. Even then, the banks are delaying payment. The Table No.7 is the basis for creating all other types of pensions for JCOs and Ors. The various Groups have been reduced to only Two Groups now. Therefore, it is easy for the banks to develop a software only for OROP arrears and revised pension. Unfortunately the banks have not given importance to this aspect. Moreover, the most important parameters required for fixing the new pension is the Rank, Qualifying Service, Group and Date of birth. The banks can pay immediately for whom the above information is available. For others, they can get it from the PSAs on urgent basis. But, it seems that none of the above work is undertaken by any of the banks.

In view of the above, we thought of developing a simple software to calculate the arrears online and forward the working sheet directly to all the CPPCs of the respective banks by email so as to enable them to take up the payment without any further delay.

Click the following link. You will be taken to Exwel Trust website. Follow the instructions given in a posting dated 12.3.2016. http://exweltrust.in/

Defence Pension
Family Pension Arrears
OROP arrears for pensioners
OROP for family pensioners
OROP with disability.

Now click only the OROP arrears for pensioners and filled up all the details. Do not try “Defence Pension” Tab and “Family Pension Arrears Tab” for the time being. At the end you will get Print PDF button. Click and take a print out if you want, and save it in your computer.

Now come back to the original blog, click the link for getting email ids of all the banks. Search your bank’s CPPCs email address and forward the OROP arrears print out as an attachment to your bank.

click here for email ids of all Banks CPPCs

This is our humble effort to make the banks to take up the payment at an early date. All the readers of this Blog, please forward and give us feedback. We welcome your comments on our efforts. Officers OROP arrears are not covered under this system. A separate software is being developed for Officers. We will inform as soon as it is ready.

Source: http://indianexserviceman.blogspot.in/
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Conference on Implementation of National Pension System by Central Government

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PRESS RELEASE

Conference on Implementation of National Pension System by Central Government

A conference on implementation of National Pension System by Central Government Ministries & Departments was organized by PFRDA on 16th March, 2016 at New Delhi. The prime objective was to provide a forum to all Central Government Ministries & Departments where the progress in the implementation of NPS with respect to subscriber coverage and services could be brought to the fore and a way forward could be provided. Senior officials from almost all the Ministries & Departments attended the conference.

Dr. B.S. Bhandari while welcoming the participants to the conference emphasised the need for discipline of remitting of the subscriber contribution especially in view of the enhanced role of the Government nodal officers as envisaged in the regulations and the provisions of the Act. He stressed on the need for enhancing capacity building of the nodal officers so that they could in turn enable the financial literacy and awareness of the subscribers. He advised about the passage of PFRDA Act in 2013 and subsequent notification in 2014. Besides, he also highlighted the robust mechanism put in place by PFRDA through notification of important regulations like Grievance Redressal and Exit & Withdrawals. The notification of regulations has cast obligations on the different functionaries in the system including the officials responsible for collection and upload of the periodic contributions.

He also stressed on maintaining discipline of timely remittance of subscriber contribution and reiterated about the OM issued by Department of Expenditure in 2009 regarding timelines to be followed by Civil Ministries. Member (Economics) advised that all three levels in government offices i.e. PrAO, PAO and DDO should enhance their knowledge for the benefit of the ultimate beneficiary i.e. the subscriber. Last but not the least, any deviation from the norms may result in levy of penalties, which will not be a desirable solution.

Chairman, PFRDA, Sh. Hemant Contractor, commended the substantial increase in the number of subscribers of the Central Govt. which crossed the figure of 16 lacs and the increase in AUM of the Central Govt. subscribers which crossed Rs. 46,000 Cr in March 2016 and account for 14% of total subscribers and 41% of total Assets under Management. He advised that the challenges before PFRDA , the  Pension Regulator were to ensure that subscriber’s interest were well taken care of and protected- that there was timely action in registration of new employees, remittances of their contributions, servicing of their requests and handling of their exit and withdrawal applications.

In this regard, he added that PFRDA was introducing online registration of government employees and online exit very soon which would streamline the process and help to render good services. He further hoped that all participants would utilise the conference to lend their suggestions and clear their doubts and other issues.

Dr. Shashank Saksena, Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance addressed the participants and advised about the transformation from the Defined Benefit (DB) system to Defined Contribution (DC) system i.e. NPS. Further, he advised that the NPS is operating on such a mammoth scale and achieved the milestones relating to 1cr in terms of no. of subscribers and 1 lakh crores in terms of AUM.

Role of nodal offices involved in Central government sector was highlighted. He also stressed upon the importance of following timelines related to various activities involved in NPS and advised the delegates to make best use of this platform for enhancing the knowledge.

Sh. Ashish Kumar, GM while summing up advised the nodal officers to play an important role in effective NPS implementation. He also stressed upon the role which can be played by the FAs & CCAs of the respective Ministries in streamlining NPS operations.

Place: New Delhi
Date: 16.03.2016

Source: www.pfrda.org.in
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Reduction of Interest Rates on Public Provident Fund and Savings Deposit

Reduction of Interest Rates on Public Provident Fund and Savings Deposit

Interest Rates on various Small Savings Schemes for the 1st Quarter of 2016-17 notified;. Additional Interest Rate spreads which the Government allows on Small Savings Schemes like PPF, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, Sukanya Samridhi Scheme and NSC etc. are being continued and included in the rates notified today.

From the year 2012-13, the interest rates on various Small Savings Schemes (SSS) are recalculated and notified in the month of March every year. These rates are applicable for the next financial year. This is being done in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee to ensure that the interest rates of Small Savings Schemes are market linked.

Accordingly, as done in the previous years, the interest rates for various Small Savings Schemes were due for recalculation in March 2016. As notified on 16th February, 2016, instead of annual resetting of interest rates for the next financial year, the interest rates from now on will be reset every quarter based on the G-Sec yields of the previous three months. Consequently, the interest rates for various Small Savings Schemes were recalculated with reference to the G-Sec yields of equivalent maturity for the months December 2015 to February 2016. Based on this calculation, the interest rates on various Small Savings Schemes for the 1st quarter of 2016-17 have been notified today. The rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the First Quarter of Financial Year 2016-17, on the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in in the schemes, shall be as under:
This is a formula driven process.

Further, as notified earlier, the additional interest rate spreads which the Government allows on Small Savings Schemes like PPF, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, Sukanya Samridhi Scheme, NSC etc. are being continued. The additional spread for these Schemes are 25 basis points for PPF, 100 basis points for Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, 75 basis points for Sukanya Samridhi Scheme, 25 basis points for five year time deposit, 25 basis points for National Savings Certificate and 25 basis points for Monthly Income Scheme. These additional interest rate spreads are being continued and are included in the rates notified today.

The quarterly revision of interest rates will ensure that the interest rates under Small Savings Schemes are more dynamically related to the current market rates, thereby enabling the Banks to move their interest rates in line with current money market rates.

Source: PIB News
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Demands Relating to Defence Pensioners : 7th CPC Report

Demands Relating to Defence Pensioners : 7th CPC Report

Demands Relating to Defence Pensioners

The Commission has received a number of demands relating to pensions for defence forces personnel through the Joint Services Memorandum (JSM) from the Services, Pensioners Associations and Bodies including those dealing with the needs of special categories like war veterans, disability etc. The demands/representations received in the Commission have been examined under the broad categories of Retiring Pension, Family Pension, Disability Pension and Ex-gratia lump sum compensation.

Demand Relating to Retiring Pension : The principal demands made before the Seventh CPC in respect of retiring pensions as applicable to the defence personnel were:

i. Minimum pension should be fixed at 75 percent of reckonable emoluments for JCOs/ Other Ranks or a compulsory early retirement compensation package or lump sum amount.

ii. Additional quantum of pension with advancing age should commence at the age of 70 years for JCOs/ Other Ranks instead of 80 years as prevails today.

iii. Pre 2006 Honorary Naib Subedar may be given pension of Naib Subedar.

iv. Defence Security Corps (DSC) personnel may be granted second pension on completion of 10 years of service at par with civilians

v. The depression in pension for qualifying service between 15 and 20 years may be removed and complete earned pension may be made admissible to Territorial Army personnel.

Minimum Pension for JCOs/ ORs : The Services, in the JSM, have sought enhancement of the Service Pension to 75 percent of last drawn reckonable emoluments for JCOs and ORs. In case enhancement of pension to 75 percent of last drawn reckonable emoluments is not granted for JCOs/OR, the Services have sought a compulsory early retirement compensation package or compulsory lateral absorption in government or PSU as an alternative.

Analysis and Recommendations: Service pension for all categories of employees has been fixed at 50 percent of the last pay drawn. The recommendations in relation to pay of both the civilian and defence forces personnel will lead to a significant increase in the pay drawn and therefore in the ‘last pay drawn’/‘reckonable emoluments.’ It is also to be noted that in the case of defence forces personnel, in particular all JCOs/ORs, the last pay drawn includes the element of Military Service Pay, which is also taken into account while reckoning pension. The Commission has Report of the Seventh CPC 402 Index also recommended an increase in Military Service Pay. The increase in pay and MSP will automatically and significantly raise the level of pension of JCOs/ORs, since pension is related to the last pay drawn/ reckonable emoluments. Therefore the Commission does not recommend any further increase in the rate of pension for JCOs/ORs.
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Relaxation of upper age-limit for widows for employment to Group ‘C’

Relaxation of upper age-limit for widows for employment to Group ‘C’

Age Relaxation for Widows

Suggestions have been received from time to time for relaxation of upper age-limit for widows. Relaxation of age up to 35 years (up to 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) for the widows, divorced and women judicially separated from their husbands who are re-married for employment to Group ‘C’ and erstwhile Group ‘D’ post has been provided vide Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum No. 15012/13/79-Estt (D) dated 19.01.1980.

Similar relaxation is provided for Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ posts except where recruitment is made through open competitive Examination vide Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memorandum No. 15012/1/87-Estt.(D) dated 05.10.1990.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri B.Vinod Kumar and Shri Ashwini Kumar in the Lok Sabha today.

Reference orders


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Reservation for Dalit Christians

Reservation for Dalit Christians

An individual belonging to Scheduled Tribes may profess any religion and the Castes/ Tribes included in the list of Scheduled Tribes under Article 342 of the Constitution, are entitled for getting the benefits of reservation in services of the Central Government.

The Scheduled Castes converted to Christianity are included in the Central List of Other Backward Classes of some of the States and are entitled to the benefit of the reservation in services of the Central Government. However, the issue of extension of Scheduled Caste status to Scheduled Caste converts to Christianity is presently subjudice in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Smt. Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh in the Lok Sabha today.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Posting of ASO in the VII CPC Implementation Cell – regarding

F. No.7 16/2016-CS.I(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
(Department of Personnel & Training)

2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-11 0003
Dated the 16th March, 2016.

ORDER

In exercise of powers conferred under Rule 19 of Central Secretariat Service Rules, 2009, the competent authority in this Department hereby orders the inter-cadre transfer of Shri Ashish Sharma, Assistant Section Officer (DR-2011), presently posted in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the Implementation Cell, 7th CPC upto 31.12.2016 or till further order.

2. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is requested to relieve the concerned officer immediately.

Sd/-
(V. Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/Intercadretransfer_ASO_160316.pdf
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Grant of HRA at a higher rate (“B” Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) – Court Case regarding

Grant of HRA at a higher rate (“B” Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) – Court Case regarding

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COURT-CASE
MOST URGENT

F.No.4-23/2000-PAP
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION & IT
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
(ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION)/P.A.P.SECTION
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI – 110 001

DATED, THE 01ST MARCH, 2016.

TO

The Chief Post Master General
N.E.Postal Circle
Shillong – 793001

ORDER

Subject: Grant of HRA at a higher rate (‘B’ Category) to the Central Government Servants Posted at Aizawl (Mizoram) – Court Case regarding.

Central Government Employees Federation of Mizoram, General Head Quarters, Aizawl, Mizoram made a representation to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India claiming House Rent Allowance at “B” Class City rates and Compensation in lieu of Rent Free Accommodation at the rate of 10% to the Central Government Employees Posted in Mizoram State based on the judgement passed by Supreme court of India in Civil Appeal No.2715/91-Union of India & Ors V/s Shri S.K.Ghosh & Others and Department of Posts Order No.8-40/87-PAP dated 7.3.1994 & No.4-52/98-PAP dated 27.02.1999. On rejection of their claim, the Central Government Employees posted in the State of Mizoram approached the Central Administrative Tribunal, Guwahati under O.A.No.381/2000. The Hon’ble CAT, in Para -5 of its order dated 12.04.2002 pronounced as under:-

“In view of the position enumerated above,I am of the-view that the applicants are entitled to House Rent Allowance at the rate prescribed for B class cities to the Central Government Employees which should be payable to the applicants at the rate of 15% from 1.1.1986 to 30.9.1986 and from 1.10.86 to 30.9.1986 and from 1.10.86 to 30.9.86 and from 1.10.1986 at flat rate prescribed under O.M.dated 7.8.1987 read with another O.M.dated 13.11.1987 and the Notification GSR No.623 (E) amending the Fundamental Rule 45 A with effect from 1.7.1987.

As regards the claim for compensation in lieu of Rent Free Accommodation the respondents are to act in conformity with the Office Memorandum No.12-11/60-ACC-I dated 2.8.1960,O.M.dated 23.2.1986 and 22.5.1987 and also to O.M.dated 13.11.1987. The respondents shall examine the each case on merits and thereafter shall pass necessary order in individual cases. Rent free unfurnished accommodation is admissible to Central Government Employees having all India transfer liability only those who are posted in Mizoram or HRA at the rate prescribed from time to time. Compensation and admissible HRA shall be granted to those persons who are entitled to rent free accommodation and could not be provided accommodation and the above benefit shall be granted only to the Central Government employees having all India Transfer liability and Posted in Mizoram vide letter No.11015/1/E/(B)/76 dated 31.7.1977. The respondents shall examine the individual cases and thereafter pass necessary orders in those Cases, others will not be eligible for the same.The application is allowed in part, No Costs”.

2. The Department filed WP No.2955/2003 in the Hon’ble High Court of Guwahati against the orders of the CAT dated 12.04.2002. The Hon’ble High court in its judgment dated 25.4.2003, “disposed of the appeal with the observations that the directions given by the Learned Tribunal in the last part of the judgment quoted above shall be complied with by the Central Government after taking due consideration of the observations recorded within a period of 6 Months. The High court observed that the case of each and every Central Government employee posted in the state of Mizoram will have to be taken separately and appropriate orders shall be passed thereon after such consideration in terms of OM dated 23.09.86, 19.03.87 and 13.11.87. The Hon’ble High court, however, observed that the employees posted in Aizawl Headquarters of the State of Mizoram being a “C”Class city may not be entitled to HRA as prescribed for “B” class cities.”

3. Aggrieved by the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Guwahati, the Central Government Employees filed a civil appeal No.646/2005 in the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme court stayed the operation of the judgment order dated 25.04.2003 of the high court of Guwahati in WP No.2955/2003. The Honble supreme Court of India has dismissed the civil appeal and passed the orders dated 17.07.2013 as under:-

“We have thoughtfully considered the submissions of the learned counsel. In our view, the direction given by the Tribunal, which has been confirmed by the High Court, merely ordains consideration of the cases of each employee for grant of City compensatory Allowance in accordance with O.M. dated 02.08.1960, O.M. dated 23.02.1986 and 2.5.1987 as also O.M.dated 13.11.1987 and nothing more. Therefore, the impugned order as also the one passed by the Tribunal do not call for interference by this court under Article 136 of the Constitution.

With the above observation, the appeal is dismissed.

However, it is made clear that if the Government of India has issued fresh instructions after 13.11.1987 then the cases of the respondents shall be considered in accordance with the latest instructions.”

4. Consequent upon obtaining the concurrence of Integrated Finance Wing of this Department, the, matter was referred to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure for decision.

5. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has considered the matter and accorded their approval in view of the decision taken by the Department of Posts to not to file any Review petition in the matter and as the Ministry of Law & Justice has advised Department of Posts to take administrative decision for implementation of the said order of Hon’ble Tribunal, implementation of the Order dated 12.04.2002 passed by the Hon’ble CAT, Guwahati Bench in O.A.No.381/2000 for grant of House Rent Allowance at “B/Y” class cities rates, as admissible from time to time, is agreed to.

6. Since, the Department of Posts had represented the Union of India on behalf of all the respondents Ministries/Departments/Offices, the approval accorded by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is therefore conveyed to all the Respondent Ministries/Departments/Offices for issuing appropriate instructions for compliance of orders dated 12.04.2002 of Hon’ble CAT, Guwahati Bench in respect of the employees working under their administrative control who were/are applicants in the said OA No.381/2000.

7. This has the approval of the Competent Authority.

Sd/-
(K.V.Vijayakumar)
Assistant Director General (Estt.)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Scheme for providing facilities to the Employees with Disabilities of Department of Personnel & Training

No. B-11011/1/ 2016-Ad-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 11 March, 2016

Circular

Subject: Scheme for providing facilities to the Employees with Disabilities of Department of Personnel & Training – reg.

In accordance with this Department’s O.M. no. 36035/3/2013 – Estt (Res) dated 31.03.2014 a scheme for providing facilities to the Employees with Disabilities in this Department has been formulated.

2. The detail of the Scheme are enclosed & circulated herewith.

Sd/-
(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Scheme for providing facilities to the Employees with Disabilities of Department of Personnel and Training:-

Name of the Schemes:-
To provide facilities to the Employees with Disabilities working in Department of Personnel and Training, for ease of doing their day to day office work. The Scheme will come into effect from next financial year i.e. from April, 2016.

Objective of the Scheme:-
The objective of the Scheme is to enable and empower Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) of this Department by providing certain additional facilities to help them discharge their duties more conveniently and effectively.

Facilities under the Scheme: –
The Scheme provides the following facilities to the PwDs:-

• Wheelchairs (Motorised, if required)
• Special furniture
• Hearing aids with battery
• Low vision aids
• Smart Cane
• Special Software/computers
•Braille Signage near lift area, toilets, canteen, fire, exit etc. /Room
Numbering/Section Name
• Provision of Beep sound in biometric attendance system
• Induction/lob specific training

Eligibility:-
PwD employees who are serving in DoPT.

Implementation process:-
Employees with disability would be given option to apply for the items mentioned above to the Administration Division through proper channel, which will be examined on case to case basis and decided with the approval of competent authority.

Grievance Redressal:-
Shri Suresh Kumar DS (Admn), is the nodal authority/Grievance Officer to address the issues, if any, relating to operation and procurement of special items, as mentioned above.

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/B-11011_1_2016-Ad.-III-11032016.pdf
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