Improvement in Pension disbursing System – Issues with State Bank of India Bank regarding – Pensioners Portal Orders

Improvement in Pension disbursing System – Issues with State Bank of India Bank regarding – Pensioners Portal Orders

F.No.56-6/2014-P&PW(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi dated 18th June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Improvement in Pension disbursing System- Issues with State Bank of India Bank regarding.

The names of the officers responsible for dealing with respect to pension issues in State Bank of India for Central Government Pensioners are given as below:

Name & Designation Address Telephone Email address
Shri R.P.Singh,
AGM,
Government Business Unit,
Corporate Centre, 2nd Floor,
Main Branch Building, 11, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001,
011-23407474, 011-23365389 r.p.singh @ sbi.co.in
Shri Raj Chatterji, General Manager Government Business Unit,
Corporate Centre, 2nd Floor, Main Branch Building, C-Block, 11,Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110001.
011-23407235 011-23345268 gm.gbu @ sbi.co.in

NIC (DOPPW) is requested to display the above mentioned information on the Pensioners’ Portal Website

sd/-
(kailash Chander)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.pensionersportal.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWC_230614.pdf]

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Retirement Age 60 to 62 : Cabinet enhances retirement age of teaching faculties to 62

Retirement Age 60 to 62 : Cabinet enhances retirement age of teaching faculties to 62

Cabinet enhances retirement age of teaching faculties to 62 - Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 19: In yet another major decision ahead of the Assembly elections, State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, here this afternoon, enhanced the retirement age of teaching faculties of the Universities of Kashmir/ Jammu, SKUAST, Kashmir/ Jammu and Government Medical Colleges, Srinagar/ Jammu from 60 years to 62 years.

The announcement in this regard was made by the Chief Minister during the Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers conference at Jammu few days back and the same received the Cabinet’s approval today.

The Cabinet also approved the reckoning of the five years of service rendered by Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers before regularization, for the purpose of fixing their seniority and counting such service, notionally, for pension and other retirement benefits, wherever applicable.

It was also decided that after regularization the services of Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers will be transferable within the district to which they belong.

The Cabinet also approved the setting up of a one-man commission headed by Justice (Rtd) M L Koul to enquire into the circumstances, leading to deaths by firing, or otherwise, in law and order situations in different districts of Kashmir valley, during 2010.

The Commission of enquiry will also enquire into the adequacy, or otherwise, of the force used, fix responsibility, wherever excessive force has been used, resulting in fatalities, and where due care has not been taken to avoid such fatalities, suggest measures to avoid the recurrence of such incidents in future and recommend the action to be taken against those found responsible in any such incidents.

The Commission will submit its report to the Government within a period of three months from the date of issuance of the notification in this regard.

The Cabinet also approved the recommendations of J&K State Commission of Backward Classes for inclusion of 38 villages in the list of Backward Areas.

The villages include Balsaroo, Godhan, Kadyal, Lathari, Mawa, Brahmina, Majoor, Sandal and Sumah of tehsil Akhnoor and district Jammu, Dragu, Tehsil Bhaderwah district Doda, Rajool, Kummi, Partyal, Padal, Deon, Mohargarh, Talhar, Kathar-Brahmana and Dhergarh of tehsil and district Samba, Pamrote and Fazalabad of tehsil Surankote and Gursai of tehsil Mendher district Poonch, Lower Bhatian of tehsil Thannamandi, Dehri Ralyote of tehsil Rajouri, hamlet Charung of village Hasplote, Hasyote, Rajdhani, Saim Sammat, Dodason Payeen, hamlet Ghaikhakha of village Dodasan and hamlet Remote of village Dodasan Balla of tehsil Thannamandi district Rajouri, Audsoo, Ganoora and Lalan of tehsil Anantnag, Odina of tehsil Sonawari district Bandipora, Sehpora tehsil Anantnag, Watalbagh tehsil Ganderbal, Khanpoora and Sheikhzoo of tehsil Lar district Ganderbal.

In another important decision, the Cabinet approved formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for development of the Coal Block at KudnaliLaburi, (Talcher) in Odisha allocated jointly to JKSPD & NTPC by the Union Ministry of Coal.

The SPV Board of Directors will be comprised of five Directors including Administrative Secretary PDD J&K, who will be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. The approval also includes signing of Joint Venture Agreement by the J&K SPDC & NTPC besides setting up of End Use Power Plant in Odisha with NTPC.

The allocation of the Coal Block is a major achievement for Jammu and Kashmir, which suffers from energy deficit especially during winter season when the generation of power through various HEPs decreases significantly owing to low discharge in the rivers.

The State Government with this major initiative will be able to establish a dedicated base load Thermal Power Station which would effectively wipe out the current energy deficit of nearly 28 per cent and improve the reliability of power supply round the year.

The decision is in line with the broader policy of the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to make the State energy sufficient by harnessing huge hydro potential available to the State along with the Solar and Thermal Power.

Within next five years, the State Government expects that these efforts will prove to be fruitful for the people and will give major boost to the economy of the State.

The creation of Local Area Development Fund (LADF) for all Hydro-Electric Projects commissioned during and after 2008 with contribution of 1 % free power generated by the project allocated to State for the purpose by all hydro-electric projects also received the nod of Cabinet.

The State Government will also facilitate 1 % by way of Development Grants. A special provision for creation of LADF has been made under the State Hydro Power Policy to carry out Local Development Activities to ensure visible additional benefit to local communities in the project area as part of the cost of the project.

It also approved recasting of Section 185-A(2) of the J&K Water Resources (Regulation & Management) Act, 2010 so that the fund, so created, will be operated upon by the Administrative Secretary, Finance Department, for the purpose of being utilized for the establishment of hydel projects, hydro-electric projects, multi purpose hydro-electric projects, buying back hydro-electric power projects, already established in the State, capital investment in the electric transmission and distribution network within the territory of the State, and the purchase of power by the State Government or its entities, with the prior approval of the Government.

Source: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/cabinet-enhances-retirement-age-teaching-faculties-62/

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Engagement of Consultant under the Plan Scheme ‘Pensioners Portal’.

Engagement of Consultant under the Plan Scheme ‘Pensioners Portal’.

No. 44011/2/2013-Admn.I
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel PG & Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 17th June, 2014

ADVERTISEMENT FOR ENGAGEMENT AS CONSULTANT

Subject: Engagement of Consultant under the Plan Scheme ‘Pensioners Portal’.

This Department has been implementing a Plan Scheme namely ‘Pensioners’ Portal’ – A Mission Mode Project under NeGP, Government of India.

It is proposed to engage one Consultant at Under Secretary level to assist the Department in undertaking various activities under the Pensioners Portal. The consultancy fee payable to the Consultant so selected is likely to be lump-sum monthly remuneration to be fixed based on pay last drawn under the Government minus pension plus DA (fixed). The present approved tenure of the Consultant may be up to 25th February, 2015. The Consultant so appointed may also be required to undertake tours for outstation activities for which he/she will be paid TA/DA as per Rules.

Retired Under Secretaries/equivalent having worked in social welfare schemes of Ministries/ Departments would be desirable. The retired Govt. servants having recently retired from the post equivalent to that of Under Secretary and desirous of being considered may send their bio-data in the enclosed application form so as to reach the undersigned latest by 24th June, 2014 at the email address tripti.ghosh@nic.in. They may also report for interview in room No.320, 3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi on 26th June, 2014 at 3.00 P.M. The person selected for the above position will be required to join immediately.

Sd/-
(Tripti. P. Ghosh)
Director (PP)

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/Admin1_180614.pdf

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Income tax exemption on children education allowance

Income tax exemption on children education allowance

Children Education Allowance (CEA) under section 10 (14) read with Rule 2Bb(2)(5) of the Income Tax Act is Rs.I00 per month per child.

This limit as fixed more than 2 decades back when the maximum amount of Children Education AIlowance for Central Government Employees was fixed at Rs. 100/- per month per child under the IVth Central Pay Commission. Now the current rate of this allowance is Rs.1000 per child.

Para 5.4 (A)(13) of Income Tax Circular dated 16.8.2011 indicates the details w.r.t. “Tuition Fee” which can be claimed for deduction under Section 80C. The same is reproduced below:

 

“A. As per section 80C, an employee will be entitled to deductions for the whole of amounts paid or deposited in the current financial year in the following schemes, subject to a limit of Rs.1,00,000/-:

13. Tuition fees, whether at the time of admission or thereafter, paid to any university, college, school or other educational institution situated in India, for the purpose of full-time education of any two children of the employee.

Full-time education includes any educational course offered by any university, college, school or other educational institution to a student who is enrolled full-time for the said course. It is also clarified that full-time education includes play-school activities, pre-nursery and nursery classes.

It is clarified that the amount allowable as tuition fees shall include any payment of fee to any university, college, school or other educational institution in India except the amount representing payment in the nature of development fees or donation or capitation fees or payment of similar nature.”

Apart from Section 80c,Children’s education allowance up to Rs. 100 per month per child for a maximum of two children and Hostel expenditure allowance of Rs. 300 per month per child for a maximum of two children is exempt from Income Tax. Hence 1200 only claim in this year. However since a part of the allowance relates to previous year you can claim relief under Section 89(1).

Source: CGEN.in

[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/06/income-tax-exemption-on-children-education-allowance/]

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Clarifications regarding introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

Clarifications regarding introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

F.No.W-02/0017/2014-DPE-(WC)-GL-XI/14
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Entcrpnscs Bhawan

BLock No.14, CGO Complex, Lodi Road
New Delhi, the 21st May, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Clarifications regarding introduction of Pension Scheme and Post Superannuation Medical Benefits in CPSEs

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department OM No.2(70)/08-DPE (WC) dated 26.11.2008 and 2(70)/08-DPE (WC) datcd 2.4.2009 regarding pay revision of executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSEs w.e.f. 1.1.2007 which inter-alla provides guidelines regarding Superannuation benefits including Pension and Post Superannuation Medical Benefit Scheme of the CPSES, DPE has been receiving certain queries in this regard. The following clarifications may be kept in mind while finalizing the Pension and Post Superannuation Medical Benefit Scheme of the CPSEs:

i) The condition of 30% of Basic Pay + DA for superannuation benefits as prescribed in DPE O.Ms. dated 26.11.2008 and 02.04.2009 and as amended from time to time, are to be followed strictly.

ii) These schemes (pension and post-superannuation medical benefits) would be subject to the factors like affordability, capacity to pay and sustainability of the CPSE.

iii) Government budgetary support would not be provided to operate these Schemes.

iv) It is to be ensured that by implementing the 2007 pay revision, which would include these two schemes, the dip in Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the year 2007-08 should not exceed 20% in respect of executives & non-unionized supervisors of CPSE.

v) Since the effective date of 2007 pay revision in CPSE is 01.01.2007, the proposed scheme(s) may be introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2007 or a subsequent date for the regular employees who were on the rolls of CPSE as on that date and for the employees recruited thereafter. If a regular employee does not want to contribute to the proposed scheme, he/she should have an option.

vi) Contribution of CPSE to these schemes is limited to such extent that the contribution to the total superannuation benefits which include PF and Gratuity also is limited to 30% of Basic pay plus DA. This may be reviewed every year based on the profitability/affordability of the CPSE. Contribution every year by CPSE should not be guaranteed for these two schemes.

vii) An employee should have put in a minimum of 15 years service rendered in continuity in CPSE(s) at the time of superannuation, and benefits would be allowed by a CPSE from where the incumbent has superannuated.

viii) The services rendered in thc Government prior to joining CPSE would not count for the purpose of computation of total service in a CPSE required for availing the benefits of this scheme.

ix) As regards Board level executives, who are contractual appointees, they too can enjoy the benefits under these schemes provided their total period of service rendered in continuity in CPSE(s) including the period at Board level in a CPSE is not less than 15 years, at the time of superannuation.

x) In the event of any employee resigning from the services of CPSE and joining another CPSE having broadly similar schemes, the entire amount of employer’s and employee’s contribution along with interest accrued thereon can be transferred to such CPSE. However, employees who resign from CPSE to join another CPSE, not having similar schemes, or any organization not being a CPSE (irrespective of whether such scheme exists in that organization), shall not be allowed the benefit o transferring their accumulated fund under these schemes. However, the employee’s contribution along with accrued interests shall be refundable to the employee.

xi) Benefits of the schemes should not be extended lo employees posted on deputation to CPSE from Central/State Government.

xii) In case a regular member of the scheme dies/becomes permanently disabled & incapacitated, leading to cessation of his/her service, before putting in 15 years of service in a CPSE prior to superannuation, he/she may be given the benefits as admissible under these schemes.

xiii) Cases of VRS/VSS for which specific scheme have been framed would be examined in terms of such specific schemes of VRS/VSS of the Government applicable in respect of employees of CPSEs. Benefits under these schemes would not accrue to VRS/VSS optees automatically.

xiv) At the time of superannuation, an employee may opt for Annuities from any of the designated Annuity Saving Service Providers to provide the pension and/or post retirai medical benefits.

xv) The admissibility of benefits under these schemes to the employees against whom disciplinary proceedings are pending at the time of superannuation is to be regulated as per the Conchict, Discipline & Appeal Rules of the CPSE.

xvi) In cases of resignation (excluding resignation covered under ‘technical formality clasue’) and compulsory retirement, removal, dismissal because of disciplinary proceedings. the annuity would be based only on member’s contributions, if any, and interest thereon.

xvii) DPE O.Ms. dated 08.07.2009 and 20.07.2011 relate to the creation of a Corpus for the CPSE employees who retired before 01.01.2007. There is, thus, no link between pension and post-superannuation medical benefit schemes and the corpus mentioned in OMs. dated 08.07.2009 and 20.07.2011.

xviii) These schemes will be under a “defined contribution scheme” and not under a “defined benefit scheme”. Subject to the Contribution made by the CPSE within the prescribed ceiling, and based on affordability, the benefit to the individual executive would be determined based on the accumulated amount.

xix) There should be no provision of ‘commutation’, since provision of pension in 2007 pay revision guidelines was introduced so that employees have a social security and would get a substantial monthly pension after superannuation.

sd/-
(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

Source: www.bsnleuchq.com
[http://www.bsnleuchq.com/DPE%20clarification%20on%20pension%20scheme.pdf]

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MACP on Promotional hierarchy- DoPT ignores appeal of Ordinance Factory Board, Kolkata

By Speed Post

Government of India
Ministry of Defence

Ordnance Factory Board
10A, Shaheed Khudiram Bose Road
Kolkata – 700 001.

Sub: OA No.904/2012 – Sanjay Kumar & 18 Ors-V-UOI & Ors. – Grant of MACP in the higher grade of promotional hierarchy

Ref: i) CAT Principal Bench order dated 26-11-2012
ii) OFB I.D. No.01/6th CPC/MACPS/PCC(A/A)(Pt.) dated 16-09-2013
iii) OFB I.D. of even No. dated 27-09-2013 & 28/1/2014.

 

The issue of grant of MACP in the higher grade of promotional hierarchy, was taken up with MOD vide OFB I Ds cited at ref (2) & (3) pursuant to judgment dated 26/11/2012 in the subject OA. It may be recalled that the subject OA was filed seeking MACP benefit in the higher grade of promotional hierarchy at the instance of order issued by CAT Chandigarh Bench in O A No. 1038/2010 – Shri Tilak Ram –V- UOI & Ors which was upheld by Punjab & Haryana High Court in CWP No. 19387/2011 decided on 19/10/2011. The Special Leave Petition filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court was dismissed on 15/4/2013.

Attached please find herewith copy of letter No. IOFGOA/NE/SAF/MACP/2013 dated 26/03/2014 received from GS/IOFGOA which has been addressed to DGOF & Chairman copy endorsed to Hon’ble Raksha Mantri and others. The said Association has enclosed copy of judgment in O A No. 864/2014 delivered by Hon’ble CAT Principal Bench on 12/3/2014 where the Hon’ble CAT has directed the following:

“Once an order has been passed by this tribunal and it has also been upheld at the level of Supreme Court, there is no question of waiting for an approval of any Govt. department for implementation of the same”.

A similar representation dated 3/4/2014 received from Staff Side Member, JCM-III level Council quoting the judgment dated 12/3/2014 in O A No. 864/2014 is also enclosed. It may be intimated that several OAs have been filed in different CATs/Courts on the same issue by the employees of this organization and the same are pending.

MOD is requested to convey its decision at the earliest to avoid unnecessary litigations on the issue of grant of MACP in the higher grade pay of promotional hierarchy.

Encl: As above

 

SD/-
(Smt. Arti. C. Srivastava)
Director/Admin
For Director General Ordnance Factories

Shri Amlan Das,
Under Secretary,
D(Estt/Non-Gazetted),
Room No.340-B,
“B” Wing, Sena Bhavan,
New Delhi-110 011.

Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/06/macp-on-promotional-hierarchy.html

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Principles of Determination of Pay and Minimum & Maximum Wages Submitted to 7th CPC by IRTSA

Presentation on Principle of Pay determination & Minimum and Maximum Pay – Compiled by Er. K.V. Ramesh, Senior JGS/IRTSA
Principles of Determination of Pay & Determination of Minimum & Maximum Wages Submitted to 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

Indian Railways Technical Supervisors Association (IRTSA)

M. SHANMUGAM HARCHANDAN SINGH
Central President General Secretary
Compiled by K.V.RAMESH, Senior JGS/IRTSA

Relevant Terms of reference
2.a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities / benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:-
i. Central Government employees-industrial and non- industrial;
2.b)To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind …….

Article 43. Living wage, etc., for workers
The State shall endeavour to secure, by suitable legislation or economic organisation or in any other way, to all workers, agricultural, industrial or otherwise, work, a living wage, conditions of work ensuring a decent standard of life and full enjoyment of leisure and social and cultural opportunities and …..

Job Evaluation
Scientific job evaluation methods are available for a fair comparison of wages.
Difference in nature of work can well be taken care of in scientific job evaluation.
Recommendation of 3rd CPC for adoption of Job evolution technique on experimental basis is still not tried.
Classification or Grading method is easier method for job evaluation.

Proposed method for Job Evaluation
Brief Job descriptions and details of pay scales, emoluments and other particulars be collected for various group of Employees.
Jobs can be broadly grouped like “Industrial”, “Non-Industrial” and “Secretarial” etc.
These groups may be further broken up into various sub-groups like “Artisan”, “Supervisory”, “Administrative”, “Supportive”, etc.
Separate “Grade definitions” shall be finalised for each of these Groups & sub-groups,
Indicating, type of work, level of job difficulty, area & Span of Supervision, etc
Maintaining horizontal parities & vertical relativities.
Will results in better justice, better job satisfaction, greater industrial harmony leading to higher efficiency and productivity and the time, cost and effort would definitely be worth the returns, particularly in the long run

Minimum Wage as per 6th CPC method
Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay + % DA + Compensation factor based on rise in NNP at factor Cost.
Calculation of compensation factor

Year Per Capita NNP at factor cost At constant price Increase over previous year
2005-06 26015 1872
2006-07 28067 2052
2007-08 30332 2265
2008-09 31754 1422
2009-10 33901 2147
2010-11 36342 2441
2011-12 38037 1695
2012-13 39168 1131
2013-14* 41046 1878
2014-15* 42924 1878
% Increase of NNP at factor cost on Constant Prices for the period of ten years 65%
* Assumed figures as per average increase
Proposed Minimum Pay w.e.f. – 1.1.2016
Minimum Basic Pay + DA 140%+ Compensationfactor 65% of BP + DA
Minimum Basic pay after VI CPC Rs.7000
Projected DA 140% (as on 1.1.2016) Rs.9800
BP+DA Rs.16800
Compensation factor (65%) Rs.10920
Proposed Minimum Pay Rs.27720 or Rs.28000
Proposed Number of times increase of BP 3.96
Proposed Minimum & Maximum Pay based on post 6th CPC formula
EXISTING PAY PROPOSED PAY @ 3.96 TIMES (ROUNDED OFF) OF EXISTING PAY
Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
Pay in Pay Band Grade Pay Pay in Pay Band Grade Pay
Rs.5200 Rs.1800 Rs.80,000 Rs.20,800 Rs.7200 Rs.3,20,000
Minimum Pay shall be increased from Rs.7000 to Rs.28,000. 

Maximum Pay Shall be increased from Rs.80,000 to 3,20,000.

Intermediate Pays shall be fixed in the same way.

Upgradation shall be granted to specific categories on functional & other related justification.

Determination of Maximum Pay First & then arriving Minimum Pay in the ratio of 9:1
Maximum Pay shall be fixed first as per rise of NNP and then the Minimum pay in the ratio of 9:1thereof and the Intermediate Pays shall be fixed.

Maximum Pay = Rs.80,000 x Compensation factor based on rise in NNP at factor Cost. = 80000 x 3.96 = Rs.316800 or Rs.3,20,000.

Therefore, Minimum Pay works out to be Rs.320000 / 9 = 35555 or Rs.35500.

Rate of Increments
Annual Increment:- Rate of annual increment in each grade may please be granted @ 5 per cent.
Increment on Promotion:- During Promotion minimum 10% increase in Basic Pay has to be granted.
Fixation of Pay on Promotion at par with Entry Pay:- Pay on Promotion should be fixed at least at par with Entry Pay in the Revised Pay Structure.
Thank you
Source: IRTSA
[http://www.irtsa.net/pdfdocs/7th_CPC_Principle_of_Pay_Determination.pdf]

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Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC — Merger of grades — Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts — Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013 : Railway Board Order

Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC — Merger of grades — Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts — Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013.

RBE No. 63/2014
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

No.E(NG)l-2008/PM 1/15

New Delhi, dated 16.06.2014

The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways & PUs.
(As per standard list)

Sub: Implementation of Recommendations of 6th CPC — Merger of grades — Revised Classification and mode of filling up of non-gazetted posts — Scheme for filling up of vacancies after 31.12.2013.

Ref: Board’s letters of even no dated 03.09.2009, 07.06.2010, 21.11.2011, 23.05.2012, 15.1.2013, 24.05.2013 & 03.01.2014 on the above subject.

The existing methodology and benchmarking for promotion, as enumerated in the Board’s letters referred to above, may be applied till 31.12.2014.

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Sd/-
(Amita Bhalla)
Deputy Director-II/ E(NG)I
Railway Board.

Source: AIRF

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Jurisdiction orders and implementation of Cadre restructuring exercise of the lncome-tax Department

Jurisdiction orders and implementation of Cadre restructuring exercise of the lncome-tax Department — reg

 F.No.187/4/2014-ITA.I
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
ITA.I Division

North Blocks: New Delhi
Dated the 20th June, 2014

To
All Principal Chief Commissioners of Income-tax,
DGIT (Int. Tax)
DGIT (Exemption), DGIT(Inv.), DGIT(I&CI)

Sub.: Jurisdiction orders and implementation of Cadre restructuring exercise of the lncome-tax Department — reg.

Sir/ Madam,

I am directed to refer to the Boards letters of even number dated 5.6.2014 and 6.6.2014 regarding information to be sent while forwarding draft jurisdiction orders to the ITA Division as a consequence of proposed restructuring. It was specifically requested. that the requisite information may be e-mailed besides sending by post.

2. However, it is observed that certain officers are visiting CBDT personally only for submitting the proposals to the Board and that too without any prior intimation. The undersigned is directed to convey that such visits not only result in wastage of time of officers but also lead to undesirable expenditure incurred on tour. It is reiterated that the proposals and the requisite information may strictly be sent by post and the soft copy of the same may also be sent by e-mail. At present, there is no need for personal visits. Wherever any such need is felt the nodal officer would be so informed. Any clarification, if desired, could be discussed telephonically by the nodal officer or his / her team with the officers mentioned in CBDT’s letter dated 5.6.2014.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Surabhi Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://irsofficersonline.gov.in/Documents/OfficalCommunique/1620201412347.PDF

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Revision of Passenger Fare & Freight Rate will Come into Effect from 25.6.2014

Revision of Passenger Fare & Freight Rate will Come into Effect from 25.6.2014

The Railway passenger fare and freight rate revision was done as part of interim budget presented by the previous government. But the implementation of revised rates was withdrawn by previous regime because of the elections. Meeting the annual expenditure would not be possible unless the revised rates as finalized by previous government is implemented, hence order of withdrawing implementation of revised fare and freight has been withdrawn. Accordingly, the revised passenger fare and freight rates & freight structure rationalization will come into effect from 25th June 2014 (i.e. w.e.f. 0000 hours of 25th June 2014).

In nutshell, following are the changes to be effective from 25th June 2014 (i.e. w.e.f. 0000 hours of 25th June 2014).

FREIGHT :

A flat 5% increase in freight rates and an additional increase of 1.4% on account of FAC (Fuel adjustment Component) which was due since April 2014. The overall increase in freight rates will be 6.5% approx .for major commodities.
Withdrawal of short lead concession in charging of freight for all traffic booked upto 100 kms. Minimum distance for charge has been increased from existing 100 kms to 125 kms.
The number of Low Rated Classes have been reduced from 4 to 3. Certain concessions in case of some of these commodities has also been withdrawn.

PASSENGER :

A flat 10% increase in all classes. There will be no increase upto minimum distance for charge. In addition there will be an increase of 4.2% in fares on account of FAC which is due from April 2014.
Second Class Monthly Season Ticket (MST) fares of Suburban and Non-suburban shall be charged on the basis of 30 single journeys instead of approximately 15 single journeys.  Fares of First Class Monthly Season Tickets will be charged @ 4 times the Second Class Monthly Season Tickets (MST) Fares as is done presently.  Revised fare shall also be applicable as per the existing method of computation on Quarterly Season Tickets (QST), Half Yearly Season Tickets (HST) and Yearly Season Tickets (YST), etc.  these revisions have been shown in the Season Ticket Fare Tables.

Other Charges:

There shall be no change in charges for reservation fee, superfast surcharge etc.  Such charges, wherever applicable, shall continue to be levied additionally as per existing instructions.
Service tax will continue to be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
The revised fares will also apply to tickets issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 25.06.2014.
In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference in fares and other charges on or after 25.06.2014 will be recovered either by TTEs on the trains or by the Booking/Reservation Offices before the commencement of journey by passengers.

Source : PIB

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50 paise postcard costs Rs 7 to Postal Department

50 paise postcard costs Rs 7 to Postal Department

A postcard which is sold for 50 paise actually costs the government Rs 7, according to an RTI response from the postal department listing the costs incurred by it on such services which are proving to be loss-making propositions for it.

In the year 2012-13, the per unit revenue earned from the sale of postcards was 50 paise whereas, to keep the service running, the per unit cost came to Rs 7.18, down from Rs 7.50 during 2010-11, the department said in its RTI response.

Similarly, the printed postcard was bringing a revenue of Rs 6 although the cost incurred on it was Rs 7.19 per unit in the year 2012-13. The RTI query further found that the cost of a letter card was Rs 7.18 per unit whereas the revenue earned from it was Rs 2.50.

The postal department also incurs a loss in dispatching registered newspapers with the per unit cost for a single dispatch being Rs 10.59 while Rs 20.79 is the cost for sending newspaper bundles. However, the revenue earned is a meagre 59 paise for single and Rs 1.63 for bundled dispatches, the reply said.

The postal department also said that while insurance is offered at Rs 55.24, its cost was almost three times at Rs 141.82 during 2012-13. Each dispatch of a book packet costs the department Rs 9.51 but the revenue earned by it for every delivery is Rs 2.90.

Each parcel brings revenue of Rs 40.69 while the cost incurred for sending the same is Rs 46.58. Printed books gave a revenue of Rs 2.90 to the department while the cost of dispatching such material was Rs 12.44, it added.

The response provided to applicant SC Agrawal said, “It is submitted that no annual profit and loss account is prepared in this section. However, allocation of expenditure and revenue to around 30 services is being maintained every year as an annual costing exercise on the basis of data received from different sections of the directorate.”

Source : The Economic Times

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Outcome of the meeting with Railways Ministry on 19.6.2014 – AIRF

Outcome of the meeting with Railways Ministry on 19.6.2014 – AIRF

All India Railwaymen’s Federation
4 STATE ENTRY ROAD.
NEW DELHI-110055
INDIA

POINTS RAISED BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY AIRF IN THE MEETING OF HON’BLE MR WITH THE GENERAL MANAGERS AND DRMS OF THE INDIAN RAILWAYS ON 19.06.2014 IN RAIL MUSEAUM, NEW DELHI

 

At the outset, while thanking Hon’ble MR, MoSR, CRB, other Railway Board Members, General Managers, General Secretary AIRF, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, raised the issue of digitalisation of records and making all the offices paperless. He also requested Hon’ble MR for introduction of such software which can provide all the information pertaining to employees on their mobile phones, particularly balance of leaves, Basic Pay, Dearness Allowance, Travelling Allowance, House Rent Allowance etc. and deduction being made from the salaries of the employees.

He also emphasised the demand for scrapping New Pension Scheme that came into effect from 01.01.2004 with restoration of Old Pension Scheme for all the Railway employees and liberalization of SPAD Clause to minimise stress and strain in the staff in the interest of safety.

1. IMPROVEMENT OF SAFETY ON THE RAILWAYS

(i) Thousands of Railwaymen lay their lives while working round-the-clock 24x7x365 days in all weathers, need a better treatment from the Railways and Government of India. Grievance Handling Machinery, particularly Permanent Negotiating Machinery, has been paralysed. Any grievance raised by a particular staff or union must be resolved within 60 days of raising of the grievance to remove stress of the staff, which is major danger for the safety.

(ii) Special attention to be paid for timely filling up of vacancies in Safety Categories. On account of shortage of manpower, the existing staff are compelled to adopt short-cuts, which is a potential threat to safety.

(iii) Adequate and proper training facilities be made available for skill development and to acquaint the manpower with latest technological development.

(iv) Proper infrastructure for maintenance, both preventive and routine, should be made available with adequate facilities.

(v) The New Pension Scheme, i.e. National Pension Scheme, introduced w.e.f. 01.01.2004, has totally eroded the Social Security, and the staff appointed on or after this crucial date is always afraid about their future, which also diverts their proper attention from their duty.

(vi) The system of induction to erstwhile Group ‘D’ Safety Categories, now in Grade Pay Rs.1800 and classified as Group ‘C’, needs to be de-centralized, and the old system of engagement in the form of Substitutes at the Divisional/Workshop level be restored with the process of sponsoring the names of the candidates by local Employment Exchange etc. with weightage of at least 5% marks to the wards of Railwaymen.

(vii) Modernised Tools and Equipments be made available to the technical staff engaged in maintenance of rolling stock, track, signalling gear etc.

(viii) Operating Staff, assigned the work of train passing duty, particularly on intensively utilised section should not be given additional work like commercial duties etc.

(ix) In the category of Running Staff, both Loco & Traffic, no vacancies should be allowed to continue for a longer period of time.

(x) There should be proper resting facilities at out stations in Running Rooms, including cooking facilities and at home, so that they are not subjected to work without proper rest, which is a potential to endangering the safety.

(xi) Running Staff and the staff engaged in train operations should not be compelled to work longer duty hours, for which adequate manpower be made available.

(xii) There should be no compromise in the standard of the material and components, for which strict quality check be ensured through internal assessment, creating necessary paraphernalia for this purpose. Responsibility must be fixed on any breach to life cycle of the instrument or material.

(xiii) Outsourcing of perennial nature maintenance works in all kinds of rolling stock, track and signalling gears as also the infrastructure should not be resorted to in the larger interest of safe rail operation.

(xiv) Increasing trend of outsourcing is also endangering the safety of rail operation because the contractor not only engages untrained manpower, but also violates the Statutory Rules for contractual labours, viz. not paying legitimate wages, not providing even basic facilities in gross violation of Contract Labour(Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970.

(xv) Low paid contractual labour, engaged in perennial nature of departmental works, is found indulged in theft of railway materials. It was accepted by the them CRB, Shri Vivek Sahai, in PREM Group Meeting at the apex level, that, after the introduction of CST, theft incidents have increased and condition has been deteriorated.

(xvi) Inadequacy of funds for replacement of outdated assets, including rolling stocks, track and signalling gears, is also a major hurdle in safety of rail operation.

(xvii) In the recent days, some of the incidents of fire have caused lots of casualties and given bad name to IR. Previously, there was a separate department of RPF Fire, which used to train the staff and checking fire equipments, had been abolished, leaving Railway System in the hand of private parties, responsible for such incidents. Fire Department in the Railways needs to be restored.

(xviii) Track maintenance and problems in keeping block.

(xix) Scope of the LARSGESS needs to be widened, so that the staff working in Safety Categories, who are unwilling or incapable of working, can seek Voluntary Retirement with simultaneous appointment to their qualified and capable wards with a view to induct the young bloods in the system for better productivity and efficiency.

(xx) Safety Organisation in the Railways is working on ad-hoc basis and those who are rejected in the system are posted there. Safety Counsellors, instead of counselling, do policing and punishing the staff. This mentality needs a change.

2. IMPROVING CLEANLINESS IN THE TRAINS AS WELL AS AT STATIONS

In our opinion, two types of action plan are required to be framed

(A) EFFORTS TO BE MADE BY THE RAILWAYS

(i) Latest Mechanised Cleaning System needs to be introduced departmentally with adequate material, tools and plants and imparting proper training to the staff for their effective use.

(ii) Toilets in the trains be modernised and converted to bio-toilets to make them eco-friendly.

(iii) Cleaning of toilets and fioors of train compartment be done at regular interval on some identified stations, for which sufficient manpower with materials, equipment etc. be made available.

(iv) In case of outsourcing of cleaning system, both trains and stations, the contractor, when allotted the works, complies with the terms and conditions of the contract for a short duration of time and subsequently withdraws manpower as provided for in the agreement, and the quality gradually gets deteriorated on this account. The contractual manpower engaged by the contractor, on account of being untrained, low paid and inconsistent, are incapable of maintaining quality of cleaning on, both at the stations and the trains.

(v) Paucity of funds is another major factor in non-maintaining of proper cleanliness.

(vi) Rail users are also required to be trained through display of pamphlets, posters, documentaries, exhibitions, play/drama/Nukkad Nataks etc., not to spread garbage/wastage etc. everywhere, viz. in the compartment, on railway platform, trains, tracks etc. to maintain cleanliness and for its proper monitoring CCTVs/Cameras may be installed in train compartments and on railway stations.

(vii) Rail users should also be counselled for using the toilets etc. in proper manner.

B. (i) Some Statutory Provisions be made to impose some fine on misuse of toilets, spreading garbage/wastage in the train compartments, rail platform and railway tracks etc. on the pattern of Metro Rail.

(ii) Proper system for monitoring violation of the above-mentioned Statutory Rules be introduced and ensured.

3. IMPROVING CATERING SERVICES ON INDIAN RAILWAYS

(i) Owing to Railways’ accountability for serving proper quality of meals, only Departmentally- run Catering System needs to be restored.

(ii) To provide proper quality meals, snacks, breakfast etc. onboard, fully equipped and modernised Departmental Base Kitchens need to be established at major stations with sufficient manpower and proper infrastructure.

(iii) Strict quality check, right from raw-material to finished product, needs to be ensured.

(iv) Onboard service of edible items be assigned to departmental workforce only.

(v) Staff hygiene and their upkeep with proper uniform also need to be ensured.

(vi) Staff should be provided with adequate and proper quality equipments and utensils for hassle- free onboard service.

(vii) No outsourcing should be resorted to in the interest of quality and standard of catering services.

4. IMPROVING THE PUNCTUALITY OF THE TRAINS

The factors affecting punctuality can be broadly divided into two major groups

(A) REASONS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RAILWAYS

(i) inadequacy of trained manpower in Running, Operational and Maintenance Categories.

(ii) lmproper quality of materials, leading to in-service failure.

(iii) Compelled short-cuts in working owing to shortage of manpower etc.

(iv) Over-utilization of rolling stock and tracks beyond optimum capacity.

(v) Non-provision of proper maintenance corridor, resulting in line failures.

(vi) Longer hours of duty of Running Staff and Operating Staff.

(vii) Dual System of Law Enforcement Machinery, i.e. GRP and RPF.

(viii) Old aged signalling system needs to be replaced by modernised latest signalling.

(ix) Single traction system, i.e. either diesel or electric sometimes also leads to loss of punctuality on account of line failure, as such introduction of dual traction system may be introduced.

(B) REASONS ATTRIBUTABLE TO RAIL USERS

(i) Frequent Alarm Chain Pulling(ACP) without any valid reason, resulting in remarkable loss in
running time of trains.

(ii) Non-provision of strict Statutory Rules against misuse of ACP System etc. and non
enforcement of existing rules.

(iii) Unauthorised trespassing of tracks and level crossing gates.

(iv) Overloading by the contractors, in case of leased brake-van etc.

(v) En-route violence by the unsocial elements travelling in the trains.

(vi) Dislocation of train services in terrorist affected areas.

5. IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICES RELATED TO RESERVATIONS, TICKETING ETC.

(i) Departmental PRS need to be streamlined and strengthened by providing adequate and modern equipments with trained manpower.

(ii) Timely replacement of outdated and condemned equipments etc. be ensured.

(iii) Mis-utilization of manpower in other than the assigned duties of the Reservation and Booking Staff needs to be curbed.

(iv) UTS needs to be augmented so as to create this facility on all the railway station for smooth issuing of tickets to the travelling public.

(v) Check and balance to be maintained on e-ticketing system to prevent misappropriation etc.

(vi) Smart Card System be introduced to avoid long queues on booking windows.

(vii) Credit/Debit Card System may be thought of for issue of Reserved and Unreserved ticket.

(viii) Token System with Display Board be introduced in the PRS on all important and major stations to avoid longer queues and stress on the ticket issuing staff.

6. CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT ON INDIAN RAILWAYS

(i) In the present resource constraints, double-decker passenger trains with Light Weight Bogie need to be introduced in all Mail, Express, Superfast, Passenger Trains.

(ii) For day-service trains, coaches having larger sitting capacity be utilised in place of conventional passenger coaches, for which, coaches of Jan Shatabadi Trains and Double Decker Trains would be most suitable.

(iii) For enhancement of freight loading capacity, new designs of wagons, having larger loading capacity need to be introduced.

(iv) Automatic Signalling System be introduced on all major routes to facilitate operation of more and more number of trains on the existing tracks.

(v) The length of the Mail, Express, Superfast trains may be further augmented with additional coaches.

(vi) Adequate number of Unreserved Express Trains, with newly designed coaches with sitting arrangement, be run on all major routes to cater the requirement of the poor people of the country.

(vii) Rather than providing Luggage Van in all passenger train services, separate Parcel Trains be introduced and the Luggage Van be replaced with Passenger Coaches for ordinary unreserved passengers.

7. PRIORITIZATION OF PROJECTS AND RATIONALISATION OF FUNDING

(i) Allocation of funds should be given priority for those projects which are near completion so that the money already invested in the projects can be made effective use of on early completion of the same.

(ii) Projects of national interest still need to be given emphasis in view of national integrity and fulfilment of the aspirations of the people of the isolated areas.

(iii) Keeping in view the large-number of accidents occurring on manned-unmanned level crossings, ROBs and RUBs be given priority, which would not only help averting accidents but also save remarkable amount of revenue.

8. INNOVATIVE METHODS FOR ENHANCING THE EARNING AND FUNDING OF NEW PROJECTS
(i) Improper ticket checking system, due to shortage of checking staff, causes heavy financial loss to the Railways in the form of ticketless/irregular travelling.

(ii) Upgradation system of reserved accommodation is also not working well insofar as improvement in the railway earning is concerned.

(iii) Rationalisation of passenger fare with realistic approach is of utmost importance.

(iv) Useless wastage of money on the works executed without perspective and foresightness needs to be checked and accountability be ensured.

(v) Unwarranted for procurement also needs to be checked.

(vi) Timely disposal of surplus and condemned materials needs to be ensured.

(vii) Uncalled for intensive use of government vehicle needs to be checked.

(viii) Excessive misuse of manpower needs to be affectively curbed.

(ix) Freight Booking System needs to be modernised and upgraded to make it user-friendly.

(x) Undesired works in the name of beautification at the cost of safety need to be stopped.

9. REDUCTION IN EXPENDITURE ON INDIAN RAILWAYS

(i) Unnecessary movement of managerial staff with the Saloon/RA should be minimised.

(ii) Foreign tours in the name of training to those staff and officers, particularly on the on the verge of retirement need to be stopped.

(iii) Musical Chair System on the posts of JAG and above be stopped.

(iv) Bungalow Peon System needs to be abolished.

(v) Proper utilization of surplus railway land be ensured.

(vi) Railways’ buildings need to be utilised for advertisement panels of reputed enterprises.

10. SPEEDING UP OF DECISION MAKING ON INDIAN RAILWAYS

(i) As already announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, there is urgent need of speeding the decision making, for which paperless system, e-governance would be effective tools.

(ii) The authority to take decision in a particular matter should be widely known and on the pattern of Single Window System.

(iii) Decision in the particular case be ensured in maximum three layers.

(iv) There should not be diversified responsibility in decision making.

(v) Decentralisation of powers in case of decision making.

Source: AIRF

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Raise IT Exemption to 5 Lakh, Merge DA, Scrap NPS, Funds for Interim Relief: NC(JCM) writes to Finance Minister

NC(JCM) Secretary writes to FM regarding the important major issues of Central Govt Employees as Pre-Budget Consultation:-

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

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

No.NC/JCM/2014

Dated: June 17, 2014

Hon’ble Minister of Finance,
(Government of India), Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi

Respected Sir,
Reg.: Pre-budget consultation

I, on behalf of National Council (Joint Consultative Machinery), representing more than 36 lakh Central Government Employees’, once again congratulate and welcome you on your taking over as Finance Minister of the new government, recently formed on the verdict of the people of this country.

We take this opportunity to bring to your kind notice some important major issues that need to be taken into consideration while finalising the General Budget of our country for the year 2014-15. This would definitely boost the morale of the Central Government Employees and simultaneously help a lot in overall development of our nation.

Some of the important issues are appended below for your kind consideration;

 

(i) Effective measures need to be taken to arrest the skyrocketing price rice, particularly of essential commodities effecting common man and to contain inflation, ban speculative forward trading in commodities, strengthen the Public Distribution System, ensure proper check on unlawful hoardings and rationalise the tax dutylcess on petroleum products with a view to minimise burden on common people.

(ii) Adequate allocation be ensurd in infrastructure development in order to stimulate the economy for job creation. Necessary measures are required to be taken for strengthening the Public Sector for job creation and rapid development of the country as this sector plays vital role in this regard. Plan and non-plan expenditure should be adequately increased to stimulate job creation and ensuring consistent income of the people.

(iii) Minimum Wage linked to Consumer Price Index need to be guaranteed to all workers, complying the recommendation of the 15 Indian Labour Conference as envisaged by the apex court of the country and reiterated in the 44th Indian Labour Conference held in 2012, and it should be minimum Rs 15000 p.m.

(iv) In the context of huge job losses and mounting unemployment problem, the ban imposed on recruitment in Government Departments, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies should be lifted as per recommendation of the 43 Session of the Indian Labour Conference, Instructions of the Finance Ministry to abolish the posts which are not filled for one year should be withdrawn and thumb rule surrender of posts in Government Departments and Public Sector Undertakings be stopped, while new posts be created fornew assets and increased workload without imposing any conditn of “Matching Saving” etc.

(v) In the wake of appointment of VII CPC by the former government, allocation of requiste funds be made for Interim Relief and to implement the recommendations of the VII CPC.

(vi) All the restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility coverage of the schemes under the Unorganised Workers’ Social Secuñty Act, 2008 need to be done awaywith and adequate resources be allocated for the National Fund for Unorganised Workers with a view to provide Social Security to all Unorganised Workers, including Contractual/Casual Workers in ne with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour as also the 43rd Session of the Indian Labour Conference, for which the word “Below Poverty Line” need to be re-defined at the earliest.

(vii) Necessary provision in the budget be made for providing essential services, viz, housing, public transport, sanitation, water, schools/colleges, creche for children, healthcare for the workers in the new emerging industrial areas as also separate women hostels for women workers where their participation is high.

(viii) Budget provision is required to be increased for elementary education, particularly in the wake of implementation of the justify to Education, as the same can be proved an effective tool to combat Child Labour.

(ix) The prevalent system of computation of Consumer Pñce Index needs to be reviewed owing to heavy financial loss to the workers in the present system.

(x) The ceiling limit for exemption of Income Tax for the salaried employees be raised to atleast 5 lakh per annum and fringe benefits, like housing, medical aid education facilities, Running Allowances, be exempted from Income Tax net in totality.

(xi) New Pension Scheme be withdrawn, being detrimental for Social Security, and all employees under the Central Government, State Government, PSUs, Autonomous Bodies etc. recruited on or after 01.01.2004 be covered under Old Pension Scheme. Any National Pension Scheme should be made optional in addition to Old Pension Scheme.

(xii) The genuine demand for Merger of Dearness Allowance with Pay be accepted and adequate allocation of funds for this purpose be made in the budget.

 

We also put-forth the following suggestions in regard to resource mobilisation for the purpose of fulfilment of the aspirations of the common people of the country in general and the working class in particular:-

 

  • 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. 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, as at present overwhelming majority of the population are subjected lo Indirect Taxes that constitute 86% of the revenue.
  • Concrete steps must be taken to recover huge accumulated unpaid tax arrears which has already crossed more than Rs.5 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.
  • The steps taken by the new Central Government, constituting Special Investigation Team(SIT) for recovering black money are praiseworthy and we urge for speedy action in the matter.
  • Effective measures need to be taken to unearth huge accumulation of black money in the economy, including heavy amount of uncounted money in the tax heavens abroad and within the country, and necessary provisions be made to bring back illicit flow from India, which are at present more than twice current external debt of US$ 230 billion. This huge money be directed towards providing Social Security lo the working class.

We do hope, the above-mentioned views would receive due consideration from your good-self. Besides the, there is an urgent need for continuous dialogue with the Central Government Employees, for which, the National Council(JCM), being ai effective tool, has always played a vital role during the past, however., it is quite unfortunate that the same has been made ineffective during the recent years. It is our considered view that, in the larger interest of the development of the nation, continuous dialogue on the problems of the Central Government Employees through the JCM is necessary.

It is, therefore, earnestly requested that, dialogue in the pre-budget discussion with the JCM(Staff Side) should also be ensured, so that the views expressed by them can also be taken Into account while finalising the Budget.

With kind regards!

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

 

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Pre-Budget-Consultations_17.06.2014.pdf

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Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC – Dopt Orders June 2014

Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC – Dopt Orders June 2014
F.No. 31011/4/2014-Estt (A.IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 19th June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Subject: – Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC. 
The undersigned is directed to refer to the instructions issued from time to time on the above noted subject and say that the Government employees are required to book their air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’. ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tour’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No.31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).
2. In a number of cases, it has been noticed that the aforesaid instructions are not being followed and as a result various Ministries/Departments continue to make references to DoPT seeking relaxation of the conditions for one reason or the other. The most common reasons given by the employees are unawareness of the rules and non-availability of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Ashok Tmvels, M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company at places where the tickets have been booked from. Even in such cases, the option of booking directly from the airlines through their website is available. In no case is the booking of tickets through any other agency is permissible.
3. All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India are advised to ensure that their employees are made aware of the above mentioned guidelines to avoid breach of any of the LTC rules.
4. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary(E).
sd/-
(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_4_2014-Estt-A.IV.pdf]

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Expected dearness allowance from July 2014: Central Government Employees

Expected dearness allowance from July 2014: Central Government Employees

Recently the issue of 50% DA Merger has reached the peak of expectations. Though the central government knew this development, the govt has knowingly said nothing against or favor of 50% DA Merger. Its silence on this important issue simply added the fuel to the fire of expectation. After the Election announcement, the hope on 50% DA merger is now slowly eroding. Many central government employees Federations expressed their disappointment with 7th CPC Terms of reference and merger of 50% DA was not considered by central government. After this disappointment the central government employees are now getting back to their routines. So they have started thinking about what next..!

As the rate of dearness allowance from January 2014 has been declared, the necessary order for payment of Additional installment of Dearness Allowance from January 2014 has to be issued by Finance Ministry. The enhanced rate of Dearness allowance will be paid w.e.f .1.1.2014. The enhanced rate will be paid with the disbursement of salary for the month of March 2014. The increase of dearness allowance became due from January 2014 to February 2014 will be paid as arrears.

Let us move on to ‘Expected dearness allowance from July 2014’

 

what will be the rate of DA from July 2014 ?

          The AICPIN for Industrial Workers for Seven Months from July 2013 to January 2014 have been released by Labour Bureau. The AICPIN for last two Months i.e December2013 and January 2014 have been declined by 4 and 2 points and pegged at 239 and 237 respectively. At present it is quite difficult to predict the trend of the Consumer Price Index for remaining 5 Months, as so many factors like election and policies of new government involved in it.

However, according to these seven months AICPIN, we have three Probabilities …

No

Probabilities

Expected Increase in Dearness allowance from      July 2014

Expected  DA from July 2014

1

If this declining trend continues for remaining 5 Months by 1 or 2 points

3%

103%

2

If the trend continues with movement between plus or Minus 2 points

5%

105%

3

If it continues with increasing trend by 2 points

7%

107%

According to the AICPIN released till now, the above possibilities have been arrived. As per above prediction the expected dearness allowance from July 2014 will be from 103% to 107%

Source: www.gservants.com
[http://www.gservants.com/2014/03/11/expected-dearness-allowance-july-2014/]

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Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments: Clarification by DoPT

No. 104/76/2011-AVD.1

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi , the 18th June, 2014.

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 18.10.2013 on the above subject and to say that the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been seeking clarifications from this Department on operation of the aforesaid O.M. The matter has been considered and it is clarified as under:-

 

(i) `Anonymous complaints’ are such complaints which do not carry both, name and address of the complainant and need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (i) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in para 1 above, irrespective of the nature of allegations.

(ii) The complaints other than anonymous complaints which contain vague allegations need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (ii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in sub- para (i) above.

(iii) The complaints which contain verifiable allegations and are not anonymous, need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (iii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.0.2013 referred to in para 1 above

sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: DoPT – http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/104_76_2011-AVD-I-18062014.pdf

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Amendment of Government of India’s Resolution : Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution-regarding

No. 371/4/2013-AVD-III

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block New Delhi
Dated the 16th June, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment of Government of India’s Resolution No. 89 published in the Gazette of India Part I Section 1, Extraordinary dated 21 St April, 2004(read with corrigendum dated 29th April, 2004) commonly known as the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution-regarding 
In continuation of this Department’s OM of even No. dated 3rd September, 2013 on the above subject, the undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a copy of Procedure for handling of complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution to be followed by the Chief Vigilance Officers of the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India who have been authorized as the Designated Authority to receive written complaint or disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office by or under any Central Act, Government companies, societies or local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government and falling under the jurisdiction of that Ministry or the Department.
2. The CVOs in the Ministries or Department, either on the application of the complainant or on the basis of the information gathered, is of the opinion that either the complainant or the witnesses need protection, they shall take up the matter with the Central Vigilance Commission(CVC), of issuing appropriate directions to the authorities concerned.

3. It is requested to give wide publicity to the Procedure for handling of complaints under PIDPI Resolution by placing it along with the name and designation of the designated authorities on the website of Ministries as well as of the organizations under the Ministries. A copy of the PIDPI Resolution No. 89 dated 21st April, 2004 and Amendment Resolution No. 190 dated 29.8.2013 is also enclosed

 

Encl: As above.
sd/-
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

 

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Budget 2014 – CII suggests raising 80C deductions to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs

Budget 2014 – CII suggests raising 80C deductions to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs

In its Pre-Budget wish list regarding Income Tax 80C, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has suggested to the Finance Ministry that the consolidated deduction under 80C be raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

Most Central Government employees have savings schemes that are linked with General Provident Fund. Under this scheme, the employee not only gets interest for the money saved, but also enjoys the option to withdraw the money whenever required. The money is also entitled to exemption under Section 80C. It has to be mentioned here that new employees (appointed on or after 2004) do not have this option.

If the Income tax deduction is raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh under Section 80C, then there are possibilities that savings will increase among the employees.

It has to be mentioned that CII has suggested that a separate section be created for Tuition fees (Children Education Allowance). Although the allowance given for the higher education of the children is exempted from income tax under Section 80C, the Rs. 1 lakh exemption is considered to be very low. Now a amount of one lakh is exempt form income tax for all long and short term saving schemes including General Provident Funds.

CII has also suggested that the Rs. 1.5 lakh exemption being granted for house loan interests should be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs under Income Tax Section 24 for self-occupied property.

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/06/budget-2014-cii-suggests-raising-80c-deductions-to-rs-2-5-lakhs/]

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Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time: BCPC meeting for 7th CPC Memo

Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time. – BCPC, Chennai Camp has authorised Secretary General to include five points in 7th CPC memorandum. Confederation published the details of Central Government Pensioners Organisations meeting

BHARAT CENTRAL PENSIONERS CONFEDERATION

Camp: Chennai
Date: 14.06.2014

As scheduled the meeting of the representatives of various Central Government Pensioners Organisations took place today in Chennai. The meeting was presided over by one of the Vice Chairman of BCPC Comrade R.L.Bhattacharyya. 31 representatives from fifteen Organisations participated in this meeting. This meeting was called to discuss all the amendments and suggestions received on the draft memorandum prepared by BCPC and exhibited in the websites. Two organisations viz., All India Railway Retired Employees Federation, Secunderabad led by Comrade Y.N.Sasthry and All India Federation of Pensioners Associations, Chennai led by Comrade Balasubramanian have sent their written suggestions for amendment of the Draft Memorandum. Some of the representatives on the spot gave their suggestions either in writing or even verbally.

All these suggestions etc were frankly considered and either incorporated or ignored on the basis of consensus reached in the meeting.

It was also agreed that the memorandum should be submitted to the 7th CPC on certain fundamental issues relating to Pensioners so that these could be focussed and claimed serious consideration by the pay commission. It was also decided that some issues which were pressed hard by the representatives should also find place in this memorandum as miscellaneous items. Further it was decided that a separate Memorandum should be prepared by departmental specific Pensioners organisations like Postal Pensioners, BSNL Pensioners, Railway Pensioners etc, which should form Part – II of the Memorandum.

The final draft of the Common Memorandum would be finalised before 22nd June and would be placed in the websites of both the NCCPA and BPS. All Organisations are requested to post their comments and convey them through emails to NCCPA (nccpa.hq@gmail.com) latest by 25th June, 2014. After considering these comments, the final Memorandum will be prepared and submitted to 7th CPC on behalf of BCPC and all the participating organisations by 30th June, 2014.

A summary of the proceedings of this meeting is also attested.

Having succeeded in finalising a common memorandum on pensioners  related issues, the first step in the direction of uniting the pensioners has been taken. More than submission of this Memorandum to the Pay Commission, we should present it before the mass of pensioners all over the country and educate them as to why these fundamental issues have been raised with emphasis rather than raising all and sundry issues before the pay commission. The meeting unanimously accepted this approach and authorised the Secretary General to finalise with the following five points prioritised:

   Scrapping the New Pension Scheme and PFRDA.

Parity of Pension between the past and future pensioners.

Periodical revision of pension once in 5  years in future.

Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time.

Quantum of pension @ 67% of the Last Pay Drawn or 10 months average whichever is greater and additional pension for older pensioners.

Comprehensive cashless as well as hazzle free medicare scheme for all pensioners without any discrimination.

This memorandum represents the aspirations of the entire community of pensioners and therefore it is primarily meant to be addressed to them if the Commission does not impart justice on the issues raised by us in this memorandum. The membership should be prepared and united for appropriate action to back these demands.

It is hoped that all Pensioners Organisations would endeavour to involve the entire membership in  pursuance of these goals, which we have raised before the Pay Commission.

Comradely Yours,
(S.K.Vyas)
Secretary General

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT – CONFEDERATION NEWS

PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT – CONFEDERATION NEWS

“Chairman, 7th CPC, has also made it clear that unless the Government refer the issues of DA merger, Interim relief and GDS issues to the Commission, it will not consider these issues.  Hence the ball is now in the Government’s court”.

PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT 
New Central Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has taken charge with a clear majority in the Lok Sabha election.  People of the country and the Central Government employees who suffered a lot under the UPA Government, have voted for a change.  Now it is the turn of NDA Government.  Coming days will prove whether the selection made by the voters is correct or not.

Central Government employees have to take a cautious approach towards the new Government.  As the new Government has just taken over charge and expectations are very high, jumping into any sudden conclusion may not be correct on our part.  We have to give reasonable time to the new government to make its stand clear on the issues agitating the minds of the Central Government employees.  Let us hope that our past experience in the 2000 December 14 days Postal strike when the NDA Government was in power, the support extended by the party leading NDA to the UPA Government for introducing and passing the PFRDA Bill in Parliament, the infamous downsizing order of 2001 issued by the NDA Government which paved way for abolition of thousands of vacant posts in Central Government Departments and refusal to concede any of the main demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks will not be repeated by the new Government.

The maiden budget of the new Government to be presented in Parliament in July 2014 may give us an idea on the thinking of the Government and also the attitude of the Government towards the problems faced by the common people and the Central Government employees.  Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has placed our demands before the new Government.  JCM National Council staff side has also written to the Finance Minister and Cabinet Secretary.  Our demands are not new.  Demands raised before the UPA Government are again placed before the NDA Government.
While constituting 7th Central Pay Commission the UPA Government has refused to include the main demands of the Central Government employees in the terms of reference viz:
(1) Grant of merger of DA 
(2) Grant of interim relief and 
(3) inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC.
Confederation has conducted 48 hours strike in February 2014, just before the General Election is declared, demanding settlement of the 15 points charter of demands which includes the above three main demands also.  As General Election was declared we could not move further.  Central Government employees expect that the new Government will consider positively, the demands raised in the 48 hours strike.
If the new Government also take the same stand as that of previous UPA Government and refuse to concede our genuine demands, the Central Government employees will be forced to tread the path of struggle again. Before embarking upon such a struggle, our prime duty is to build up largest unity among all sections of the Central Government employees.  Confederation is making all out effort in this direction especially to build up total unity among JCM staff side organisations.  We are even ready to make certain compromises for the sake of unity.
We have to give enough time to the new Government and we are ready to wait.  But we cannot wait indefinitely. 7th CPC has already commenced its work and has fixed target dates for submission of memorandums by Federations and Unions/Associations.  Chairman, 7th CPC, has also made it clear that unless the Government refer the issues of DA merger, Interim relief and GDS issues to the Commission, it will not consider these issues.  Hence the ball is now in the Government’s court.  Let us see how the things move.  Let us also be ready to face any situation.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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