7.6% GDP says govt policies, reforms showing results: Finmin
New Delhi: The Finance Ministry today said the projected 7.6 per cent growth rate for current fiscal is satisfactory and is a reflection of the policies and reform measures undertaken by the government in last 19 months.
“Overall, what is important is the direction of the numbers… There is improvement in the numbers which is quite satisfying.
“The policies and the reform measures the government has undertaken in last one and half years are beginning to show results. The policies and reform measures will continue,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters.
He was reacting to the advance estimates for national income of 2015-16 fiscal by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which today projected the GDP growth rate at 7.6 per cent.
According to the data, the economy grew at 7.6 per cent in first quarter, 7.7 per cent in second quarter and 7.3 per cent in the third quarter ending December 31, 2015.
“Especially satisfying and noteworthy is the industrial growth with special focus on manufacturing. Agriculture continues to be a matter of concern because of consecutive drought. Overall the direction of the numbers is very positive,” Das said.
The CSO’s estimate of 7.6 per cent growth in current fiscal is higher than the projection by RBI, Finance Ministry and IMF.
While RBI projected a growth rate of 7.4 per cent, Finance Ministry’s mid-year economic review had estimated the growth to be between 7-7.5 per cent.
Besides, IMF had said India will clock 7.3 per cent growth in 2015-16 and ADB projected it at 7.4 per cent.
Govt fulfilled promise on OROP to a large extent: Parrikar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the government has fulfilled its promise of ”One Rank, One Pension” to ex-servicemen to a large extent and it would refer “minor issues”, if any, to a one-man commission for redressal.
As promised by BJP, the government has already issued tables of various pensions as per the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) Scheme, which involves an annual fund requirement of approximately Rs 7,500 crore and Rs 10,980 crore of arrears which would be paid in four instalments, he said.
“This is one promise which is to a large extent — minus minor issues raised by a few people — has been fulfilled and we have made provision to also hear any other small, small issues…For retired community from defence forces is huge and a common formula cannot solve all the issues,” Parrikar told reporters on the sidelines of an international maritime conference here.
“So, if there are some issues left, they can be raised with the government, we will refer it to the one-man commission and then we can come out with a redressal of those mechanisms,” the minister added.
The government had last year announced that it will implement OROP under which a uniform pension would be given to armed forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service.
Redress taxpayers’ grievance in max two months: CBDT to IT dept
New Delhi: Terming as “unsatisfactory” the current pace of taxpayers’ grievance redressal process, the CBDT has asked the Income Tax department to resolve these complaints within a maximum period of two months.
In a urgent missive to all regional heads of department, Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairperson Atulesh Jindal has sought a quick resolution of these complaints as it is a key area being monitored by the government, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulling up the department on this front during a meeting last year.
Recently, similar directives were issued to the Customs and Central Excise departments working under the Central Board of Excise and Customs.
The CBDT boss has asked the tax department officials to take up this job “on priority” and report back on its compliance.
While the total number of complaints pending in the IT department are about 7,800, 81 are pending for more than one year and 1,696 are pending for more than six months.
“Considering the fact that our Citizens’ Charter clearly lays down that all grievances should be disposed of within a period of two months, it is obvious that the overall progress on disposal of grievances is unsatisfactory….
“In spite of repeated instructions from the Board from time to time, a large number of grievances have not been disposed of withing the prescribed timeline of 60 days from the date of their receipt,” Jindal wrote in a recent communication to the Principal Chief Commissioners of the department across the country.
He said that in view of this situation, it was necessary for the regional heads to “personally” monitor these cases and direct their officers to attend to these grievances “on priority”.
“The grievances are required to be redressed within a maximum period of two months of their receipt. Further, if the finalisation of a decision on a particular grievance is expected to take longer than two months, an interim reply is required to be given for delay in redressal of the grievance,” the newly appointed CBDT chief told his officers.
In order to ensure compliance, Jindal has asked that a report in this regard should be sent to his office by the end of the first fortnight of this month by each of the regional IT heads.
The CBDT, the administrative body of the IT department, gets about 1,600 complaints every month in its grievance database maintained centrally and taxpayers complaints largely pertain to issues related to non-issuance of refunds, dispute in tax demands and PAN related hassles.
Budget To Provide Rs 1.10 Lakh Cr For Pay Commission Award, OROP
Budget for the next fiscal needs to provide Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementing the OROP and Seventh Pay Commission award, besides a higher allocation for the farm sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.
Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to the Finance Ministry, he also said that India has potential to grow at a much faster pace even as he exuded confidence that fiscal deficit target for current financial year will be within target.
“During the financial year 2016-17, the central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore in order to meet the liabilities on account of implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme,” Jaitley said.
He also said that the agriculture growth in the last two years has suffered mainly due to insufficient monsoons and highest ever amount was given to the states for drought relief during the current financial year, 2015-16.
“More incentives will be given to agriculture sector for increasing agriculture production and productivity,” he said.
India, he said, continues to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but there is still potential to grow at a much faster pace.
“The world economy is passing through an uncertain and fragile situation… The silver lining is low international commodities and oil prices which in turn has helped in better macroeconomic situation of the country,” Jaitley said.
The 7th Pay Commission in November recommended increase in remuneration of about one crore government employees and pensioners which is estimated to impose an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016-17. The new pay scales, subject to acceptance by government, will come into effect from January 1, 2016.
The government had last year announced that it will implement OROP under which a uniform pension would be given to armed forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service. The scheme would be implemented from July 1, 2014.
Pay Commission Award In This Budget
The government will announce the 7th Pay Commission award in the this budget to facilitate central government employees salaries with regard to inflation, Finance Ministry official said Friday.
Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to the Finance Ministry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday, “During the financial year 2016-17, the central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore in order to meet the liabilities on account of implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme,”
He made clear that there would be no doubt for implementation of 7th Pay Commission award and One Rank One Pension (OROP) soon after Budget.
The Finance Ministry officials said the central government knows that the employees are not happy with the pay commission recommendations.
Since adjusting salary, allowance and other financial benefits to market price is a complex issue, hence the government has set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, to process the pay panel’s recommendations on pay hikes for central government employees, the officials said.
An Implementation Cell has been created in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee.
The first meeting of Nodal officers of different ministries was held on February 2 in the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee for discussing the relevant issues in connection with the processing of the recommendations of Pay Commission.
According to the minutes of the of first meeting, the employees’ associations through ministries can raise afresh the demand for pay hike which were rejected by the 7th Pay Commission but it will be done in short time as the government intend to implement pay commission award after the budget.
The 900-page report of the 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19 with a recommendation for raising minimum pay to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000. For the Secretaries it has been fixed at Rs 2.25 lakh as against Rs 80,000 currently.
The pay commission award is from Januray 1. 2016 but it is likley to be implemented from mid-this year and employees paid arrears.
The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions is 23.55%. The increase in allowances will be higher by 63% while pensions will rise 24%.
OROP Table No.27 – Ordinary Family Pension for JCO and ORs of Territorial Army
OROP Table No.26 – Ordinary Family Pension for JCO and ORs of DSC Drawing their 2nd Pension
OROP Table No.25 – Ordinary Family Pension for JCO and ORs including Honorary Commissioned Officers of Army
OROP Table No.24 – Ordinary Family Pension for EC, SSC Officers of AMC, ADC, RVC and Equivalent Ranks in Navy, Air Force
Nodal officers from all the ministries and departments of Central Government met 7th Pay Commission Implementation Cell / Empowered Committee to discuss the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission with respect to the Ministry / Department concerned.
7th Pay Commission Implementation cell – Minutes of the Meeting held on 2nd February 2016
A meeting of all the Nodal Officers of various Ministries/Departments, who have been appointed to interact with the Implementation Cell in connection with the processing of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, was held on 02.02.2016. Joint Secretary (IC), Department of Expenditure, presided over the meeting.
2. While explaining the background and the context in which the meeting of Nodal Officers was held, it was brought out in the meeting that after the receipt of the report of the 7th Central Pay Commission on 19.11.2015, Ministry of Finance initiated a proposal to setup an appropriate mechanism to process the recommendations of the Commission. With the approval of the Cabinet, an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary has been set up on 27.1.2016 to screen the recommendations and to firm up the conclusions for approval of the Cabinet. An Implementation Cell (IC), as a dedicated and focused wing in the Department of Expenditure (DoE) has been created to work as the Secretariat for the E-CoS.
3. As the recommendations of the Commission relate to various Ministries/ Departments, their views/comments would be essential to process the matter for submitting the same before the E-CoS. JS(Pers), D/o Expenditure wrote a d.o. letter to the Secretaries of various Departments on 21.11.2015, wherein all the Departments were requested to formulate their views/comments on the recommendations of the Commission pertaining to them after taking into account the representations of the Staff Associations and also to nominate a Joint Secretary level Nodal Officer for interaction with the Implementation Cell. While a number of Ministries/Departments have sent their comments and nominated their Nodal Officers, the comments received from some Ministries are simply in the nature of forwarding the representations of the Staff Associations without their comments.
4. In the above background, JS(IC) explained that there was a need for all the Ministries/Departments to furnish their comments in a structured format so that their collation and analysis could be placed before E-CoS in a systemic manner. Accordingly, JS(IC) impressed upon the following action points to be acted upon by the Nodal Officers to enable an expeditious processing of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission:
(i) Departments who have not yet nominated a Nodal Officer, should do it within the next 2 days.
(ii) To be ensured that Nodal Officers are not changed midway, unless extremely unavoidable.
(iii) Nodal Officers may get acquainted with the recommendations of the Commission as specifically applicable to their Departments. Nodal Officers to find out which Wing/Office (attached or subordinate or UT) is concerned with the recommendations of the Commission. The mechanism of Nodal Officers should also be put in place in attached/subordinate/UTs so that the comments of such offices could be properly coordinated at the level of the Department concerned without any further delay.
(iv) The comments of the attached/subordinate offices/UTs should be compiled by Nodal Officers at the Department level itself.
(v) Nodal Officers to take note of any representation or demand of the Staff Association under the administrative purview of their Department. Nodal Officers to ascertain the views/comments of the concerned office on the recommendation of the Commission in the light of the representation /demands raised by the Staff Association.
(vi) In case, there is any need for consultation with the Staff Association at the level of the Department, the same may be done as per the assessment of the Department.
(vii) Thereafter, the formal views/comments of the Department should be sent to the Implementation Cell (IC) on the recommendations of the Commission, which are specifically and directly related to that Department.
(viii) In case, the Department is of the view that any recommendation which are specifically related to their Department, need any modification, adequate justification in clear-cut terms should be brought out while sending the comments to the Implementation Cell (IC).
In case of any modification, the extra financial implications (per annum) over the recommendation of the Commission should be clearly indicated.
If no modification of the recommendations of the Commission is suggested, approval of the Secretary of the Department should be obtained before sending the recommendations to the Implementation Cell (IC). If, however, any modification is suggested, approval of the
Minister should be obtained.
(xi) While the views/comments of the Departments on the recommendations of the Commission directly and specifically applicable to that Department are mandatory, a Department is free to offer views/comments on the recommendations which are of general nature or concerning other
(xii) Besides sending the commentslviews of the Department in the running format, the same should also be sent to the Implementation Cell (IC)in the `prescribed proforma’ within two weeks. The soft copies of the same should also be sent through email. The email id of JS(IC) is : jsic¬cpc@nic. in
(xiii) Nodal Officers shoud regularly keep a watch on the website of the Finance Ministry at the link http://www.finmin.nic.in/the ministry/dept expenditure/ notification/7cpc/index.asp. E-mails should also be checked regularly for the purpose. The updates/further action to be taken shall be posted there to facilitate quick action.
5. Apart from the above action points, it was also felt that sub-groups may be formed after the receipt of comments from the Ministries/Departments to accord focused consideration to certain specific issues, if necessary.
6. Besides above, after detailed deliberations, the Nodal Officers also agreed to the following :
(i) Even if the Department has no comments, it should send a response, saying that it has ‘Nil Report’.
(ii) While certain Departments have already given their comments, these comments would be sent again in the `prescribed format’ and in accordance with the points brought out in para 4 above.
(iii) Nodal officers would ensure that the comments of their Departments on all the recommendations of the Commission and also on the representations received so far from the Staff Associations are forwarded to Implementation Cell (IC) in the prescribed format in a consolidated fashion and not in piece-meal within next two weeks.
(iv) If a representation was made by a Staff Association before the 7th Central Pay Commission and the Commission after due diligence has not accepted the demand made therein, the same matter should normally not be considered at this stage. However, if Departments consider that the issues are of such nature that they require consideration at this stage also, then they may give their comments with full justifications to the Implementation Cell (IC).
7. With the above discussions, the meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
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Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh has demanded incentive bonus for examiners in Ordnance Factories at par with maintenance workers
Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories
BPMS request to implement the Incentive Scheme for examiners in Ordnance factories as agreed with employees organisations
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.) (RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 0915733686, 09235729390, 09335621629,
WEB : www.bpms.org.in
REF: BPMS / OFB / INCENTIVE / SC (4/3/L)
Shri S C Bajpai,
Addl DGOF / AVHQ,
Subject: Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories.
With due regards, it is submitted that all the 03 recognized federations have already reflected their views and recommended to extend the existing incentive scheme (incentive bonus) for examiners deputed for quality control at par with the maintenance workers in Ord & Ord Equipment Factories.
It is learnt that all the Ord & Ord Equipment Factories have also submitted the necessary inputs to the OFB in response to OFB letter No.754/PER/POLICY(PT), Dated 23.11.2015, 02.12.2015 & 17.12.2015 on the subject matter. Since then, the beneficiaries (examiners) are eagerly waiting for the compliance of the recommendations.
In such circumstances, you are requested to take appropriate action expeditiously so that the examiners may get the incentive bonus at par with the maintenance workers without further delay.
Secretary/BPMS & Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Download BPMS letter REF: BPMS / OFB / INCENTIVE / SC (4/3/L) dated 02.02.2016
OROP Table No.90 – War Injury Element for 100% Disability (Invalid out cases) for Commissioned Officers of Territorial Army
7th Pay Commission: Ministries Can Raise Afresh Salary Hike Demand After Rejection
Ministries and departments can raise afresh the demand for pay revision if they find that some of the justified suggestions made by the staff associations were rejected by the 7th Pay Commission.
Such demands could be submitted to the Implementation Cell (IC), created in the Finance Ministry, to work as Secretariat for the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.
The CoS will screen the recommendations of the Commission and firm up the conclusions for approval of the Cabinet.
“If a representation was made by a Staff Association before the 7th Pay Commission and the Commission after due diligence has not accepted the demand made there in, the same matter normally not be considered at the stage.
“However, if departments consider that the issues are of such nature that they require consideration at this stage also, then they may give their comments with full justifications to the IC,” said the minutes of the of first meeting of the IC.
While a number of ministries/departments have sent their comments and nominated their Nodal Officers, the comments received from some ministries are “simply in the nature of forwarding” the representations of the staff associations without their comments.
The recommendations when implemented would have bearing on remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. Subject to acceptance by the government, the recommendations will take effect from January 1, 2016.
Minutes of the meeting, held on February 2, also said it was also impressed upon the Nodal Officers of ministries and departments that “in case, there is any need” consultation with the Staff Association at the level of department, “the same may be done as per the assessment of the department”.
Further, if a department is of the view that any recommendation needs modification, adequate justification should be brought out while sending the comments to the IC.
The meeting was held to formulate the action points on processing of Commission.
Inputs with PTI
OROP: Ex-servicemen vow to continue agitation
Unsatisfied with the detailed instructions and tables for One Rank One Pension scheme issued by the government, protesting military veterans today vowed to continue their agitation.
“OROP tables short-change widows, reservists, battle casualties, havildars, subedars and subedar majors. The Jantar Mantar protest will continue and legal options will be exercised,” Col Anil Kaul (Retd), spokesperson for the protesting ex-servicemen said.
The statement came after veterans met today at the Jantar Mantar to decide on the future course of action.
The veterans body has said that anomalies remain in the scheme announced by the government.
The main complaint is that instead of giving the highest pension at one rank, government has decided on giving the average pension of a rank which “nullifies” the meaning and definition of OROP.
The annual recurring financial implication of OROP at the current rate will be approximately Rs 7,500 crore, the government said yesterday as it issued detailed instructions for the scheme.
The government also issued OROP tables which said that the arrears from July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015 would be approximately Rs 10,900 crore.
86 per cent of the total expenditure on account of OROP will benefit the Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks.
The total increase in the defence budget for pensions is estimated to go up from Rs 54,000 crore (BE 2015-16) to around Rs 65,000 crore (proposed BE 2016-17), thereby increasing the defence pension outlay by about 20 per cent.
The government order said that the payment of arrears and revision of pension under OROP is to be made by the Pension Disbursing Authorities in four instalments, except for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry awards who will be paid arrears in one instalment.
The government had in November last year taken the decision to implement OROP, “fulfilling” the long standing demand of defence personnel after 42 years.
The move will benefit over 18 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows.
OROP Table No.91 – War Injury Element for 100% Disability (Invlaid out cases) for Commissioned Officers and MNS
OROP Table No.93 – War Injury Element for 100% Disability (Invlaid out cases) of EC/SSC Officers OOF AMC/ADC/RVC
OROP Table No.94 – War Injury Element (Invalidated out) for 100% Disability JCO and Other Ranks including Honorary Commissioned Officers
OROP Table No.95 – War Injury Element (Invalidated out) for 100% Disability JCO and Other Ranks of DSC
OROP Table No.96 – War Injury Element (Invalidated out) for JCO and Other Ranks of Territorial Army
OROP Table No.97 – Ordinary Pension for Army Personnel who become Non-Effective Prior to 1.6.1953