Government okays salary cap hike for EPF; threshold for savings raised from Rs 6,500 a month to Rs 15,000
NEW DELHI: Employees earning upto Rs 15,000 a month will soon come under the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) net, with the Narendra Modi government approving a hike in the threshold for mandatory PF savings from Rs 6,500 a month to Rs 15,000.
Though the Manmohan Singh government had approved the hike in the EPF threshold this February after years of deliberations, the change couldn’t be notified before the election code of conduct kicked in.
Another UPA decision to assure a minimum monthly pension of Rs 1,000 for members of the employees’ pension scheme run by EPFO, in its final weeks in office, was also not notified before the polls.
Ministry officials had sought a fresh approval on the salary ceiling hike from the new minister for labour and employment Narendra Singh Tomar.
“The minister has approved the higher salary ceiling for mandatory EPF savings, and we will issue a notification soon for it to become effective,” said a senior government official aware of the development.
The ministry is also learnt to be examining if the minimum Rs 1,000 pension promise is sustainable.
The finance ministry, which had approved the pension promise with great reluctance and several conditionalities, had only provided funds to finance the bonanza for 2014-15.
At a board meeting in February, officials had warned that the pension assurance may have to be rolled back next year as there was no funding support beyond the first year. But their concerns were over-ruled by the previous labour minister Oscar Fernandes, who was the board’s chairman.
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO oversees the retirement savings of over 8 crore members at present and the number could go up sharply as those earning between Rs 6,500 and Rs 15,000 will come under its fold once the new rules are notified and implemented.
The EPFO’s present ceiling for statutory contributions is a mere Rs 6,500 per month – lower than the minimum wage prescribed across the country.
Twenty-four percent of an employee’s salary (up to the ceiling) is mandatorily deducted and parked with the PF office.
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Central Administrative Tribunal suspends promotion of 148 Income Tax inspectors
TNN | Jun 13, 2014
HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) comprising B Venkateshwar Rao, (member judicial) and Minnie Mathew (member administration) on Thursday suspended the promotions given to 148 income tax inspectors by the IT chief commissioner of AP, Hyderabad.
The bench was dealing with a petition by office superintendents and senior tax assistants of the department challenging the action of the chief commissioner in superseding an earlier order of the Centre.
Dr K Lakshmi Narasimha, counsel for the petitioners, said as per the order of the Centre all the posts of office superintendents, senior tax assistants, and stenographers were merged in a single cadre called executive assistants and promotions had to be effected by taking staff from this new category. He alleged that the chief income tax commissioner ignored the rule and effected the promotions.
The bench noted that the petition was filed on June 2 and the IT authorities sought several adjournments and, during the pendency of the petition, the commissioner convened the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting and gave promotions.
Source: The Times of India
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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
12-June-2014 15:40 IST
Interactive Conference with Secretaries (Pension) of State Governments
The Department of Pension & Pensioner’s Welfare held its first interactive Conference with the State Secretaries (Pension) here today with the objective of sharing information, experience and best practices on pension matters.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions stated that Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is working with the vision of ensuring a life of dignity for Pensioners. The goal is to ensure 100% payment of all retirement dues and the delivery of Pension Payment Order to retiring employees on the day of retirement itself. To this end the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has taken a number of steps including review of forms, simplification of procedures and issue of clarificatory instructions thereof etc. An online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System called BHAVISHYA has been launched. By ensuring complete transparency, this system would obviate delays in sanction and payment of pension.
In furtherance of what the Prime Minister has been insisting upon, i.e. benefits to reach to all the States and not merely restricted to Centre, the Department of P&PW, for the first time, convened a meeting with Pension Secretaries of State Governments with intention to share experiences and exchange views on common pension related issues and also to impress upon them that the vision of ensuring life of dignity for pensioners, passes on the State government pensioners too.
Invoking PM’s mantra of “Skills, Scale and Speed”, Dr Jitendra Singh, MOS(PP)stated that the Department of Pension should look into the urgent need to utilize the skill and experience of the pensioners for the betterment of the Society. This was specially necessary in view of the increase in the number of retiring employees and increased life span.
Dr. Jitendra Singh further suggested that pre retirement counseling workshops which are being institutionalized by the Department of Pensions for the Central Government retiring employees should also be organized by the State Government for the state employees. Workshops should also be geared to prepare even the younger employees to be ready to face life after retirement. He opined for old and disabled pensioners, there should be a mechanism for delivering pension at the doorstep.
The Workshop was attended by 23 States /UTs. The response of the participants was very enthusiastic and they complimented Secretary (AR& PG and Pensions) Shri Sanjay Kothari for the same. There was a general request for regular interactions of this nature.
Jammu & Kashmir Employees Retirement Age hiked to 60, on par with Central Government Staff
During the cabinet meeting of June 3 that was presided over by J&K Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, it was decided to increase the retirement age of state employees from 58 to 60, on par with the Central Government employees.
It is worth mentioning here that the resolution marks the successful culmination of more than 6 years of protests and demands made by various employees unions across the state. There are also talks that the decision was made with the Lok Sabha elections in mind, which are due at the end of this year.
The minimum age limit to qualify for state government employment has also been increased by three years to 40.
Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.01.2014: Railway Board Order No. 60/2014 dated 30.05.2014:-
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA/भारत सरकार
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS/रेल मंत्रालय
(Railway Board)/रेलवे बोर्ड
RBE No. 60/2014
New Delhi, dated 30.05.2014
All Indian Railways
(As per standard mailing list)
Sub: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f. 01.01.2014.
A copy of Office Memorandum No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 07th May, 2014 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action.
2. In pursuance of the enhanced rates of ex-gratia to the surviving SRPF(C) retirees issued vide Board’s letter No. F(E)III/98/PN1/Ex-Gr/3 dated 15.11.2006 para 1(i) of DoP&PW’s O.M. dated 07th May, 2014 may be read as under:-
“The surviving Group “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” SRPF (Contributory) beneficiaries who had retired form service during the period from 01-041957 to 31-12-1985 and have been sanctioned enhanced slab-wise ex-gratia @ Rs.3,000/-, Rs.1000/-, Rs.750/- and Rs.650/- per month respectively w.e.f. 01.11.2006, in lieu of uniform rate of Rs.600/- p.m. are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 200% w.e.f. 01.01.2014.”
3. A concordance of various instructions and orders referred to in the enclosed office memorandum with reference to corresponding Railway instructions is indicated below:-
||Para No. and Date of OM
||No. and date of Deptt. of Pension & Pensioner’s
|No. & date of Corresponding orders issued by Railway
||Para-1 of OM dt 07.05.2014
||OM No. 42/13/2012-P&PW (G) dated 17th Oct, 2013
||PC-V/2009/A/DR/1 dated 14.11.2013
||Para-1 of OM dt. 07.05.2014
||OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW (E) dt. 16-12-97
||F(E)III/97/PNI/EX-Gr/3 dated 31-12-1997
4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.
5. Hindi version is enclosed.
DA: As above.
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Transfer of sportspersons recruited against sports quota from one Railway/ Unit/ Division to another Railway/ Unit/ Division: Railway Board Order RBE No. 58/2014
RBE No. 58/2014
Clarification/Corrigendum No. 48
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY DF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRYALAY)
New Delhi dt. 29.05.2014
The General Managers(P)
All Zonal Railways including …….
Sub:- Transfer of sportspersons recruited against sports quota from one Railway/ Unit/ Division to another Railway/ Unit/ Division
Ref: Railway Board’s letters No. 2011/E(Sports)/4(3)/4(Transfer Policy) dated 17.02.2011 & 07.03.2012.
Please connect Board’s Policy letters mentioned above on the subject matter.
2. Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) have decided that non-active sports persons who are not involved in coaching or sports in any capacity and fulfilling the eligibility condition as mentioned in Para 2(i) of Board’s letter No. 2011/E(Sports)/4(3)/4(Transfer Policy) dated 17.02.2011, their cases be considered as per policy instructions for own request transfer of other Railway employees.
(This disposes of NR’s letter No. 939#/228/IRT/DLI/EIIIA dt. 23.05.2014)
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A new website for National Council JCM Staff Side
The National Council Joint Consultative Machinery was formulated in order to present the demands of the central government employees to the Government and successfully negotiate with them to ensure their implementation.
Due to the efforts of the organization’s current Secretary, Mr. Siva Gopal Mishra, an exclusive official website for the employees of the National Council JCM Staff Side was launched. Although the website was launched last year, it has only now started gaining popularity among employees.
Creation of such official websites greatly diminishes the possibilities of rumours. These websites enable the dissemination of information to millions of employees in a very short time. It is also possible now for the employees to give their feedback on the news articles and latest developments, and share them with the rest of the world.
There is no doubt that these initiatives of the National Council JCM, to keep its members updated on its various activities via the internet, would receive tremendous response from one and all.
Union Finance Minister Holds Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting With the Representatives of Trade Union Groups
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Ministry of Finance
06-June-2014 15:31 IST
Union Finance Minister Holds Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting With the Representatives of Trade Union Groups; Skill Development to be Given Priority for Generating Employment Oppurtunities.
The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that skill development would be given priority so that more and more trained workers join the Indian economy. He said that the Government will give due consideration to the Ten Point Joint Charter of Demands given by the Central Trade Unions while formulating the budgetary proposals. The Finance Minister was speaking here today while interacting with the representatives of the Central Trade Unions as part of his Pre-Budget Consultation meetings.
Along with the Finance Minister, the meeting was attended by Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Ratan P. Watal, Expenditure Secretary, Shri Rajiv Takru, Revenue Secretary, Smt. Gauri Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance among others.
The participating Central Trade Unions gave a joint memorandum to the Finance Minister for his consideration and positive response. Some of the specific proposals contained there in are given below:
Take effective measures to arrest the spiraling price rise and to contain inflation; Ban speculative forward trading in commodities; universalize and strengthen the Public Distribution System(PDS); ensure proper check on hoarding; rationalize, with a view to reduce the burden on people, the tax/duty/cess on petroleum products.
Massive investment in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. Public Sector should take the leading role in this regard. The plan and non-plan expenditure should be increased in the budget to stimulate jobs creation and guarantee consistent income to people.
Minimum wage linked to Consumer Price Index (CPI) must be guaranteed to all workers, taking into consideration the recommendations of the 15th Indian Labour Conference . It should not be less than Rs. 15,000/- p.m.
FDI should not be allowed in crucial sectors like defence production, telecommunications, railways, financial sector, retail trade, education, health and media.
The Public Sector Units (PSUs) played a crucial role during the year of severe contraction of private capital investment immediately following the outbreak of global financial crisis. PSUs should be strengthened and expanded. Disinvestment of shares of profit making public sector units should be stopped forthwith.
Budgetary support should be given for revival of potentially viable sick CPSUs.
In view of huge job losses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban on recruitment in Government departments, PSUs and autonomous institutions (including recent Finance Ministry’s instruction to abolish those posts not filled for one year) should be lifted as recommended by 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. Condition of surrender of posts in government departments and PSUs should be scrapped and new posts be created keeping in view the new work and increased workload.
Proper allocation of funds be made for interim relief and 7th Pay Commission.
The scope of MGNREGA be extended to agriculture operations and employment for minimum period of 200 days with guaranteed statutory wage be provided, as unanimously recommended by 43rd Session of
Indian Labour Conference.
The massive workforce engaged in ICDS, Mid Day Meal Scheme, Vidya volunteers, guest teachers, Siksha Mitra, the workers engaged in the Accredited Social Health Activities (ASHA) and other schemes be regularized. No to privatization of centrally funded schemes. Universalization of ICDS be done as per Supreme Court directions by making adequate budgetary allocations.
Steps be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and allocation of adequate resources for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers to provide for social security to all unorganised workers including the contract/casual and migrant workers in line with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and also the 43rd Session of Indian Labour Conference. The word BPL redefined and redistributed at the earliest.
Remunerative prices should be ensured for agricultural produce and Government investment, public investment in agriculture sector must be substantially augmented as a proportion of GDP and total budgetary expenditure. It should also be ensured that benefits of the increase reach the small, marginal and medium cultivators only.
Budgetary provision should be made for providing essential services including housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools, crèche, health care etc, to workers in the new emerging industrial areas. Working women’s Hostels should be set-up where there is a concentration of women workers.
Requisite budgetary support for addressing crisis in traditional sectors like jute, textiles, plantation, handloom, carpet and coir etc.
Budgetary provision for elementary education should be increased, particularly in the context of the implementation of the ‘Right to Education’ as this is the most effective tool to combat child labour.
The system of computation of Consumer Price Index (CPI) should be reviewed as the present index is causing heavy financial loss to the workers.
Income tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons should be raised to Rs. 5.00 lakh per annum and fringe benefits like housing, medical and educational facilities and running allowances should be exempted from income tax net in totality.
Threshold limit of 20 employees in EPF Scheme be brought down to 10 as recommended by CBT-EPF. Pension benefits under the EPS unilaterally withdrawn by the Government should be restored. Government and employers contribution be increased to allow sustainability of Employees Pension Scheme and for provision of minimum pension of Rs. 3000/- p.m.
New Pension Scheme be withdrawn and newly recruited employees of Central And State Governments on or after 1.1.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme;
Demand for Dearness Allowance merger by Central Government and PSU employees be accepted and adequate allocation of fund for this be made in the budget.
All interests and social security of the domestic workers to be statutorily protected on the lines of ILO Convention on domestic workers.
The Cess management of the construction workers is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry under the Act and the several irregularities found in collection of cess be rectified as well as their proper utilization must be ensured.
In regard to resource mobilization, the Trade Unions have emphasized on the following:
A progressive taxation system should be put in place to ensure taxing the rich and the affluent sections who have the capacity to pay at a higher degree. The corporate service sector, traders, wholesale business, private hospitals and institutions etc should be brought under broader and higher tax net. Increase taxes on luxury goods and reduce indirect taxes on essential commodities.
Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs. 5.00 lakh crore on direct and corporate tax account alone, and has been increasing at a geometric proportion. Such huge tax evasion over and above the liberal tax concessions already given in the last two budgets should not be allowed to continue.
We welcome the constitution of SIT for black money and urge for speedy action.
Effective measures should be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy including the huge unaccounted money in tax heavens abroad and within the country. Provisions be made to bring back the illicit flows from India which are at present more than twice the current external debt of US $ 230 billion. This money should be directed towards providing social security.
Concrete measures be expedited for recovering the NPAs of the banking system from the willfully defaulting corporate and business houses. By making provision in Banking Regulations Act, CMDs and executives to be made accountable for creation of NPAs.
Tax on long term capital gains to be introduced, so also higher taxes on the security transactions to be levied.
The rate of wealth tax, corporate tax, gift tax etc to be expanded and enhanced.
ITES, outsourcing sector, educational institutions and health services etc run on commercial basis should be brought under the Service Tax net.
Small saving instruments under postal and other agencies be encouraged by incentivizing commission agents of these scheme.
Other suggestions include holding of post budget consultations with the representatives of Central Trade Unions, need for directional change in policies such as stopping of mindless deregulation, encourage entrepreneurship to tackle problem of unemployment, more spending on education and skill development, removal of ceiling on gratuity, bonus and pension etc of workers and following the principle of “Same work, same wages” among others.
Representatives of different Central Trade Union groups who participated in today’s meeting included Shri B.N. Rai, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Shri Chandra Prakash Singh, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri Shanta Kumar, INTUC, Ms Amarjeet Kaur, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri D.L. Sachdeva, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Shri Sharad Rao, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Shri Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Shri Swadesh Devroye, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Shri Tapan Sen, MP (RS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Shri Dilip Bhattacharya, All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Shri Sankar Saha, All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Shri Sheo Prasad Tiwari, Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), Shri V.Suburaman, Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), Shri M. Shanmugum, LPF, Shri Prechandan, United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), Shri Abni Roy, United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and Dr. Virat Jaiswal, National Front of Indian Trade Unions among others.
Source: PIB News
Department of Personnel and Training mulls incentive plans for ministries, departments
By Bharti Jain, TNN | 10 Jun, 2014
NEW DELHI: With the Narendra Modi regime pitching for corporate work-culture in government departments, the department of personnel and training (DoPT) may soon write to all Central ministries and departments to incentivise efficient workers by naming their respective best employee of the month, organizing “off-site retreats” for the staff and facilitating their direct interface with the departmental head from time to time.
Though the incentive plan is already under implementation in the DoPT, most other ministries and departments are yet to take a cue and introduce similar norms to motivate their staff by rewarding the efficient among them.
The DoPT, as part of the initiative, confers the title of “employee of the month” to the highest achiever, decided by a committee of joint secretaries of the department. The employee of the month is rewarded a certificate of excellence by the minister concerned. Also, “off-sites” or ” DoPT retreats” are organised from time to time to discuss ideas and suggestion in a new and relaxed environment. Suggestions from employees, irrespective of their seniority, are encouraged through placement of suggestion boxes at vantage points across the DoPT office.
Besides, the personnel secretary has been meeting deputy secretary and director-level officers one-one-one, taking their inputs and suggestions on better functioning of the department.
“This incentive scheme for motivation of staff amounts is nothing but a stepping stone to corporatization of the government,” a senior DoPT official said adding that the department may now write to other ministries/departments afresh to introduce similar incentives.
Meanwhile, the DoPT also plans to implement competency-based human resource management for the higher and middle level official is in Central government departments. A pilot project is already underway in the DoPT, which has mapped the required attributes for most departmental posts and is in the process of matching them with the knowledge, skills, ethics and attitude of the incumbents. Any gaps will be analysed and filled through refresher training.
“Until now, the bureaucrats were selected for a post based merely on their service records. Now, under the competency-based HR management, the attributes of each senior post in government departments will be mapped and selection will be based on who matches these attributes best,” a DoPT official said adding that the new system may be introduced as soon as the DoPT pilot project is complete.
Monitoring of the implementation of reservation policy for ESM in Central Government Ministries/Departments, Banks, PSUS and CPMFs – designation of DGR as the Nodal Agency – Regarding. Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare Order:-
File No. 25/1/2010/D (Res-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare
South Block, New Delhi.
Dated: 04 June, 2014
All Ministries/ Deptt.
Govt. of India
Subject: Monitoring of the implementation of reservation policy for ESM in Central Government Ministries/Departments, Banks, PSUS and CPMFs – designation of DGR as the Nodal Agency – Regarding.
As per DOP&T’s Notification No. 36034/1/2006-Estt.[Res) dated 04.10.2012, 10% of the vacancies in the posts upto of the level of the Assistant Commandant in all para-military forces, 10% of the vacancies in Group ‘C’ posts; and 20% of the vacancies in Group ‘D’ posts are reserved for Ex- Servicemen (ESM) in Central Govt. jobs. Likewise 14.5% vacancies in Group ‘C’ and 24.5% vacancies in Group ‘D’ are reserved for ESM in Nationalized Banks and CPSUS.
2. Cabinet Secretariat has mandated Deptt. of Ex- Servicemen Welfare to collect and compile the data/information in respect ofimplementation of reservation policy for ESM in Central Govt. Ministries/ Departments, Banks, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Para Military Forces etc. and other implementing agencies vide their OM 1/21/5/2011-Cab dated 16.12.2013 (copy enclosed).
3. With the approval of the Competent Authority, Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) has been designated as the Nodal Agency on behalf of Deptt. of ESW to collect and compile the required data for facilitating monitoring of implementation of reservation policy for ESM.
4. All Central Government Ministries/Deptt., PSU Banks, Public Sector Undertakings, Central Para Military Forces etc. and other implementing agencies are requested to furnish data as per enclosed proforma annually w.e.f. 01.01.2014, directly to the Nodal Agency i.e. DGR. The first report may be sent by 15th June, 2014.
5. Deptt. of Public Enterprises is requested to issue suitable instructions to all CPSUs to furnish the required information directly to DGR, under intimation to this Deptt.
6. Ministry of Home Affairs is requested issue suitable instructions to all the CPMFs. Deptt. of Financial Services may also issue suitable instructions to all Nationalized Banks to furnish the required information directly to DGR in the prescribed proforma, under intimation to this Deptt.
Encl: As above
(A S Lakshmi)