No. F. 49019/1/95-Estt-(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 19th July, 2016
Subject: One day paid weekly off for casual workers-implementation of the Order of Hon’ble CAT, Ahmedabad bench in the OA No. 214 of 2003 filed by Smt. Bhikaben Pratapbhai Prajapati
The undersigned is directed to refer to the provisions of the of Department of Personnel and Training OM No.49014/2/86-Estt (C)dated 7th June, 1988 on recruitment of Casual Workers and daily wagers. As per para 1 (vi) of the above referred 0.M, the Casual workers may be given one paid weekly off after six days of continuous work.
2. The issue of paid weekly day off for casual workers employed in offices observing five day week has been examined in the light of dismissal of the SLP by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the Bhikaben Pratapbhai Prajapati case .The issue of paid weekly off had come up for consideration in the OA No. 214 of 2003 filed by Smt Bhikaben Pratapbhai Prajapati in the Ahmedabad bench of Hon’ble CAT. The Tribunal observed:
23. What is important is that when offices work for a five days week and not for six days week, it is not at the behest of the causal workers where they can be treated differently. In our considered opinion, those workers should not be iscriminated.
3. The Hon’ble CAT had directed that the respondents should draw a Scheme keeping the scales even pertaining to those who are working in an office having five days week preferably within four months, taking stock of the totality of the facts and also considering that those who are working in six days week are being given one weekly off.
4. At present, the weekly paid off day is allowed to casual workers employed in the offices observing six day week only. The issue has been reconsidered in consultation with Department of Expenditure in the light of the Court orders. It has been decided that casual workers working in offices having a five day week may be allowed one day paid weekly off provided they have worked for a minimum of 40 hours during the said week. The relevant provisions of the Department of Personnel and Training OM No.49014/2/86-Estt (C) 7th June, 1988 are amended to this extent.
Reservation in promotion for differently-abled people
Press Information Bureau
Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances & Pensions
21-July, 2016 15:12 IST
Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) mandates every appropriate Government to appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than 3% of persons with disability of which 1% each shall be reserved for persons suffering from:
(i) Blindness or low vision;
(ii) Hearing impairment and
(iii) Locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the posts identified for each disability
During the period from 01/04/2015 to 14/07/2016, the Office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has received 101 grievances/complaints from persons with disabilities in respect of issues relating to promotion/fixation of seniority in their respective departments/organisations.
Section 47 (2) of the PWD Act, 1995 which is in force, provides that “no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on the ground of his disability”. Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities takes steps to safeguard the rights and facilities made available to persons with disabilities under PWD Act, 1995 on receipt of any complaint or on its own motion.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri C.P.Narayanan in the Rajya Sabha today.
7th Pay Commission Multiplication Factor – Govt has no proposal to increase multiplication factor to 3 – Minister replies in Rajya Sabha on question relating to 7th CPC
We all know that Central Government has promised to form a Committee to consider the increase in minimum pay and fitment formula (multiplication factor) for fixation of 7th cpc pay for existing central government employees based on which indefinite strike action proposed on 11th July 2016 was postponed.
Now, Shri. Arun Jaitli, Finance Minister has replied to a Parliament Query on the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations to the effect that In view of the multiplication factor having been accepted based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay commission, no proposal to apply 7th Pay commission multiplication factor of at least 3, is under consideration of the Government.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
QUESTION NO 28
ANSWERED ON 19.07.2016
7th Central Pay Commission recommendations
Shri Neeraj Shekhar
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has implemented the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations;
(b) if so, the details thereof along with the date of notification thereof;
(c) whether increase in pay of Central Government Officials is historically low under 7th CPC; if so, the reasons thereof;
(d) whether employees unions/trade unions have announced to go on indefinite strike against the historically low revision of salaries by Government, if so, the response of Government thereto; and
(e) whether uniform multiplication factor of at least 3 is proposed to be applied for revision of pay under 7th CPC; if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER
THE FINANCE MINISTER
(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)
A statement is being laid on the Table of the House
Statement Annexed with the Rajya Sabha Starred Question No. 28 for 19.07.2016 by Shri Neeraj Shekhar on 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations
(a) & (b): The Government has decided to implement the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission relating to pay, pension and related issues. The requisite notifications are being issued shortly.
(c) The increase in pay as recommended by the 7th Central Pay commission is based on the detailed deliberations by the Commission keeping in view all relevant factors having a bearing upon the prevailing circumstances.
(d) Employee Associations of Central Government had given a call for strike with effect from 11.07.2016 which has since been deferred. However, the Government is responsive to the concerns of the Employees’ Association and it would be the endeavour of the Government to ensure that the eventuality of a strike does not arise.
e) In view of the multiplication factor having been accepted based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay commission, no such proposal is under consideration of the Government, at present.
7th Pay Commission: Pay parity between IAS, non-IAS officers to be examined by the Government
The parliament was informed on the 18th that since the 7th Pay Commission was not able to arrive at a consensus over the issue of pay parity between IAS and non-IAS officers, the matter will now be examined in detail by the department concerned.
In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said, “7th Pay Commission could not arrive at a consensus on this issue (parity between IAS and non-IAS officers). Therefore, the matter will be examined by the concerned department in detail for further consideration”.
He said employee associations of central government had given a call for strike with effect from July 11, 2016 which has been deferred.
“However, the government is responsive to the concerns of the Employees Association and it would be the endeavour of the government to ensure that the eventuality of a strike does not arise,” the minister said.
The government has decided to implement the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The minister said the increase in pay as recommended by the Commission is based on the detailed deliberations keeping in view all relevant factors.
The three-member Seventh Pay Commission was divided over the issue of financial and career-related edge given to IAS officers as against those belonging to the other services.
Presently, the IAS officers get a two-year edge over other services for getting empanelled to come on deputation at the Centre.
A confederation representing thousands of officers of 20 civil services, including Indian Police Service (IPS) have asked the government to give equal pay and job-related opportunities enjoyed by those in IAS.
Grievance Officer to take up public complaints every Wednesday
New Delhi: Grievance Officers have been designated in all central government departments to deal with public complaints, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today.
They have been mandated to hear citizens’ grievances every Wednesday, he said.
As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, each ministry, department, public sector undertaking and autonomous organisation is required to designate a full-time Grievance Officer as Director of Public Grievances.
“The Director of Public Grievances shall be actively involved in the process of dealing with grievances. Every Wednesday of the week has been earmarked for the Director of Public Grievances for hearing grievances of citizens,” said Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
As per norms, a grievance is required to be redressed within two months. In case it is not possible, an interim reply stating the reasons for delay has to be provided.
The names of the Directors of Public Grievances for various ministries are available on www.Pgportal.Gov.In.
Revision of pension of Maj. Genl and equivalent rank Officers in Air Force & Navy retired between 1.1.1996 to 31.10.1996-reg
Ministry of Defence
Department of ex-servicemen welfare
New Delhi, dated 14th July, 2016
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff
Subject : Revision of pension of Maj. Genl and equivalent rank Officers in Air Force & Navy retired between 1.1.1996 to 31.10.1996-reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to GOI, MoD letter No.4(110)/07/D(Pen/Legal) dated 15.07.2009 issued for revision of pension of Pre-1996 retired Major Generals and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy. With the issue of this letter, the revised pension of Pre-1996 retired Major General and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy happened to be higher than pension of some Major General and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy retired between 1.1.1996 to 31.10.1996.
2. The above anomaly in pension had been under examination of the Government for some time. The President is pleased to decide that the pension of Major General and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy who retired between 1.1.1996 to 31.10.1996 will be brought at par with the pension of similarly situated Major General and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy who had retired prior to 1,1.1996 provided that the last pay drawn of a post 1996 retired Major General and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy is the same as the notional pay taken into account for revision of a similarly situated Pre-1996 Major General and equivalent rank officers in Air Force and Navy.
3. Above upward revision of pension, however, will not affect the entitlement of Gratuity that has already been determined. Also, no benefit of commutation of pension will be admissible for the additional amount of the pension.
4. The provision of this letter shall be effective from the date following the date of retirement.
5. This issues with the concurrence of MoD(Fin/Pen) U.0 No. 10(02)/2014/Fin/ Pen dated 30.06.2016
Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/ DR with Basic Pay/ pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/ DR for the purpose of fitment
No. 40-13/2013-Pen (T)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Telecommunications
Sub:Revision of pension of BSNL pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/ DR with Basic Pay/ pension, effectively amounting to 78.2% DA/ DR for the purpose of fitment
The pension to combined service optee absorbed employees in BSNL is paid by Government as per sub-rules 21 to 23 of Rule 37-A of CCS(Pension) Rules 1972.
2. Consequent to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) orders dated 26.11.2008, revision of pay of employees of BSNL was allowed with effect from 1.1.2007 vide Letter No. 61-01/2009-SU dated 27.02.2009. Subsequently, pension/family pension of employees retired from BSNL who retired between 01.10.2000 and 1.1.2007, was revised vide this office a.M. No. 40-17/2008-Pen (T) Vol.lll dated 15.3.2011.
3. Further to Department of Public Enterprises O.M. No. 2(70)/08-DPE (WC)-GL- VII/09 dated 02.04.2009, the benefit of merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay effectively amounting to 78.2% IDA as on 1.1.2007 for the purpose of fitment, was granted to the BSNL serving employees w.e.f. 10.6.2013 vide Order No. 61-01/2012-SU dated 10.6.2013.
4. The issue regarding revision of pension/ family pension of BSNL IDA pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 has been considered by the Government, and the following has been decided:
(a)The pension/ family pension of BSNL IDA pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired prior to 01.01.2007, may be revised as on 01.01.2007 notionally with actual benefit w.e.f. 10.06.2013 by adding together
(i)Existing basic pension/ family pension including commuted portion of pension, if any
(ii)Dearness relief (IDA) @ 78.2%
(iii)Fitment weightage @ 30% of the existing pension/ family pension and dearness relief (IDA) thereon.
The amount so arrived will be regarded as consolidated pension/ family pension with effect from 10.06.2013.
(b)The pension/ family pension of BSNL IDA pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired between 01.01.2007 and 09.06.2013, their pay may be revised notionally with effect from 01.01.2007 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay/ Pension effectively amounting to 78.2% IDA for the purpose of fitment, and consequential revision of pension on notional pay with actual benefit w.e.f. 10.06.2013, at par with the serving employees of BSNL. However, these pensioners do not get actual benefit of increase in pay/ pension during the period between 01.01.2007 to 09.06.2013, and they would not get increase in the amount of DCRG, leave encashment and commutation of pension on this account.
5.The other conditions with regard to commuted portion of pension, minimum pension and increase in the quantum of pension/ family pension to the old pensioners/ family pensioners, as mentioned in this office O.M. No. 40-17/2008-Pen (T) Vol.lll dated 15.3.2011 shall remain the same.
6.Action to revise pension/ family pension in terms of these provisions may be initiated suo-moto by the concerned Heads of offices. All administrative offices of BSNL handling preparation of pension papers of BSNL pensioners may be directed to initiate the process of consolidation of pension/ family pension to the BSNL IDA pensioners/ family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013, at the consolidated rates in terms of para 4 above immediately and forward the same to the concerned CCAs for consolidation and issue of revised Pension Payment Orders (PPOs).
7. The exercise to extend benefit of these orders to the pensioners/ family pensioners should be completed by 31.12.2016.
Proposed Amendments in Conduct Rules in Connection with Social/Public Media
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated: the 18th July, 2016.
The Chief Secretaries of all the States/UTs,
Subject : Amendments in All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968.
I am directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and has to say that a committee was constituted to review All India Service Rules. The committee inter-alia proposed certain amendments to the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968. Accordingly, a statement showing the existing rule and the proposed amendment in All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968 is enclosed.
2. Therefore, it is requested to furnish your comment/views on the proposed amendments latest by 12thAugust, 2016. The comments/views may also be sent by email at so- ais3.nic.in.
3. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.
Require consultants for Judicial Committee on One Rank One PensionConsultant on contract basis for a period of six months or till the tenure of the Judicial Committee – DESW Order
Engagement of retired personnel in Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
Room No. 220A, ‘B’ Wing Sena Bhawan
New Delhi, dated 18th July, 2016
It is proposed to engage retired personnel at the level of Deputy Secretary(l), Section Officer(l) Assistant Section Officer[2). Private Secretary(l), Principle Private Secretary(l), Personal Assistant (1) and Multi Tasking Staff(6) as consultant on contract basis for a period of six months or till the tenure of the Judicial Committee which ever is earlier, for attachment with Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension purely on temporary basis, as per guidelines for appointment of consultants issued vide Ministry of Defence I.D. Notc No. A-19020/2/12-GP-l dated 12-09-2012, amended from time to time. Officers retired from Ministry of Defence and having experience in Defence pensionary matters will be given preference.
2. Personnel engaged as consultants will he paid monthly remuneration of Rs 30,000/- in case of officers retired in the Grade pay or Rs 7600/-, Rs 25,000/- in case of officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/-, Rs. 22,500/- in the case of officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 5400/-, Rs. 20,000/- in the case officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 4800/-, Rs. 17,500/- in the case of officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 4600/- and Rs 10,000/- in the case of person retired as Multi Tasking Staff.
3. Personnel who have retired at the level of DS, SO, ASO, PS/PPS and MTS having age not more than 65 years may furnish their application the Under Secretary, D(Pension/Policy), Room No. 220 A, “B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th July 2016. Application received after due date will not be entertained.
7th Pay Commission: Committee formed to look into suggestions
7th Pay Commission: The committee will forward its suggestions within six months, keeping in mind the state’s financial resources and commitments towards development.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday decided to constitute a committee to look into the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations.
The committee will study the recommendations with regard to salaries, pensions, allowances and other benefits of state government employees and submit its suggestions, said an official spokesman.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been authorised to appoint the chairman of the committee, he said, adding that the Finance Secretary and representatives nominated by principal secretaries of planning and personnel departments will be its members.
The committee will forward its suggestions within six months, keeping in mind the state’s financial resources and commitments towards development, said the spokesman.
The Cabinet also approved a project to run 170 mobile medical units on public-private-partnership (PPP) basis, he said, adding that each unit will have two vehicles, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and laboratory technicians.
Besides administering first aid, the units will screen patients for communicable diseases, perform basic laboratory tests and carry out immunisation drives.
The project will be run in 36 districts, including Saharanpur, Rampur, Bareilly, Badaun, Etah, Kasganj, Kannauj, Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi among others.
In yet another important decision, the Cabinet approved the Samajwadi Hathkargha Bunkar Pension scheme under which weavers over 60 years of age will get a monthly pension of Rs 500.
For the first year, Rs 30 crore have been earmarked while for the latter stages, budgetary allocation will be made in proportion with the number of beneficiaries, said the spokesman, adding that the pension amount will be directly deposited to their bank accounts through RTGS.
The Cabinet also decided to increase the retirement age of regular employees of Uttar Pradesh Waqf Development Corporation from 58 to 60 years which would result in an additional burden of Rs 15,73,660 which will be borne by the corporation, he said.
In another important decision, the Cabinet gave its nod to relax rules under the Rapid Financial Development scheme for laying sewage and drainage pipelines in the masterplan of Saifai, the native village of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he added.
It was decided to provide a financial assistance of around Rs 10.8 crore from the scheme, as recommended by the Expenditure Committee, for the sewage and drainage scheme in Saifai as an exception.
Source: Indian Express
Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Defence
19-July-2016 17:05 IST
Anomalies in OROP scheme
A Judicial Committee on OROP headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, Retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court has been appointed vide Government order dated 14.12.2015 to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP. The Committee shall make its recommendation within one year of the date of its constitution.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra in Rajya Sabha today.
As the NDA government, aims for a double-digit growth trajectory of the Indian economy, a pay hike to almost one crore government employees and pensioners can come handy, as it will push demand. The 7th central pay commission (CPC), submitted its report earlier this year, and finance minister Arun Jaitley welcomed it, terming it ‘historic’. The cabinet accepted the recommendations last month. However, employees are not happy, and have announced plans for a protest strike.
The recommendations by the justice Ashok Kumar Mathur commission for providing a hike of an average 16 percent increase in pay, 63 percent in allowances and 24 percent increase in pension have failed to create excitement.
Officers at higher levels getting better increments are worried about the rising inflation. Moreover, they feel their salaries are not at par with those in the private sector. Meanwhile, the low-rung employees and middle-level officers are unhappy with the wages.
Therefore, soon after the release of the pay commission report, employee unions threatened to go on a nation-wide strike on July 11. Questions have been raised on the calculation of the minimum wage, which as per the latest CPC is Rs 18,000 per month as compared to Rs 7,000 earlier. Almost 33 lakh employees have demanded the minimum wage be increased to Rs 26,000. Undoubtedly, the hike is the lowest in the seven decades.
The strike, though, has been deferred for four months after home minister Rajnath Singh assured them of constituting a high-level committee to look into the demands. A sense of resentment, however, looms over the central government employees, especially among the lower rung.
Jaitley though maintains that the government employees’ salary is higher than the private sector after implementation of the 7th CPC.
“We have semi-skilled workers while private sectors have unskilled labour. Trying to establish the co-relation between the two is not required,” says KKN Kutty, president, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.
“A grade four employee working in a government job hasn’t received enough raise. To their current salary a mere amount of Rs 2,500-3,000 will be added,” says Kutty, who works in the income tax department.
“The calculation of the wages is determined on the basis of the price of 14 commodities, primarily including food items like grains and pulses. In the 7th CPC the price of those commodities has been taken lower than the actual market price.
“The raise is not as it should be,” says Kutty, citing it as a reason for resentment.
A pay commission comes after every 10 years. During their representations before the 7th CPC, Kutty and other central government employees suggested merging dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay, which could give financial benefits to employees. “This was, however, not considered. When we raised the issue, it was said that the commission had already commenced with the work,” he says.
The report prepared on the basis of a study by the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, calculated the wages by comparing them with the same in the private sector.
“Priority has been given to the corporates in defining our pay scale. It cannot be a prerequisite for our pay scale. The government should have defined our pay scale on the basis of the Aykroyd formula, which reflects the basic average cost of living in the country,” suggests Shiv Gopal Mishra, convener of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a platform of several employees unions.
Mishra, who is also the general secretary of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, however, clarifies that 7th CPC is a positive move to boost the economy. “People will start investing in consumer goods like automobiles and electronics, overall pushing the economy,” he says.
Apparently, the CPC is consumer-sentiment driven. It leads to increase in consumption and savings. “When people get more money, it comes back in the system in the form of taxation. Savings will increase… spending will go up,” Arun Jaitley had said while accepting the 7th CPC report.
“There is no sense of excitement among our officers’ group. Though the government has been citing that it will boost economy, we are worried it will raise the inflation rate,” says a senior official in the ministry of agriculture on condition of anonymity.
The CPC is likely to impact the inflation rate. It stood at 5.77 percent in early July as experts warned of a spike in coming months. Still, a good monsoon and improved economy can cushion the inflationary effects.
But civil servants in higher ranks are worried about it.
“The rising consumer demand will not neutralise the inflation rate instead it will stoke the consumer price index. So, until the next pay commission, which will come after 10 years, we will struggle in dealing with the inflation with our current pay package. Inflation eats away minimum wage each year. Therefore, employees at the lower grades will be at the receiving end,” says the senior official.
Vijendra, a grade four employee in the horticulture department of Delhi Development Authority (DDA), says, “I am not happy with the seventh pay commission. Last time we received a hike of almost 50 percent and this year it is somewhere between 14 to 25 percent.”
Meanwhile, the CPC in its report has mentioned that it has attempted to provide wages commensurate with a comfortable living, and it aims to promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture.
Vijendra, however, wonders if it possible to create such an environment in the years to come. Clearly, he is hinting that high salary does not guarantee better government services in the coming years.
“The government says they will curb corruption. Is it possible?” Vijendra asks sarcastically.
Simplification of procedure for endorsement of Family Pension entitlement in the PPO of living Armed Force Pensioners-reg
No.1(11)/2014/D(Pen/Pol) Government of India Ministry of Defence Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare New Delhi
Dated: 15th July 2016
The Chief of the Army Staff The Chief of the Naval Staff The Chief of the Air Staff
Subject: Simplification of procedure for endorsement of Family Pension entitlement in the PPO of living Armed Force Pensioners-reg.
I am directed to refer Gol, MoD letter No.6(4)/87/1369/B/D(Pens/Sers) dated 30.06.1988, which was issued for taking appropriate action for endorsement of Family Pension in the Pension Payment Orders of Armed Forces Personnel. For this purpose an application from “Appendix A” was enclosed along with ibid letter under which details of re-employment, family pension from other sources were required to be filled.
(2) After implementation of Cabinet Secretaries Commitee-2012 recommendations for grant of dual family pension to NOK of Armed Forces Pensioners, the matter was under consideration of this ministry for modification in “Appendix A”. It has now been decided to modify Appendix ‘A‘. The revised Appendix ‘A’ is attached with this letter.
(3) The other terms and conditions for endorsement of family pension in the PPO shall remain unchanged.
(4). These orders issue with the concurrence of MoD(Fin/Pen) vide their ID No.10(16)/2015/Fin/Pen dt. 30th June 2016.
Hindi version will follow.
sd/- (Manoj Sinha) Under Secretary to the Government of India
FINANCE [Salaries] DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.No.140 G.O.Ms.No.140, Dated , Dated , Dated 13th May 2016.
(Chithirai -30, Thiruvalluvar Aandu-2047)
LOANS AND ADVANCES – Advances to Government Employees for the Celebration of Marriage – Administration of the Marriage Advance Scheme – Entrustment to the Director of Treasuries and Accounts – Orders – Issued.
The Government of Tamil Nadu is granting various interest free and interest bearing advances to its employees. Among them, the following loans and advances are included under Demand 16 – Finance Department:-
Name of the Advance
Head of Account (DPC)
Interim BE 2016-2017
(Rs. in Thousands)
7610 00 202 AA
7610 00 204 AA
Warm Clothing Advance
7610 00 800 AB 0206
7610 00 800 AB 2204
7610 00 800 AB 3801
7640 00 800 AB 4006
7610 00 800 AB 4104
7610 00 800 AC 0106
Except Marriage Advance, all other advances are administered by the Director of Treasuries and Accounts.
2) In respect of Advances administered by the Director of Treasuries and Accounts, funds are allocated based on requirement from the Heads of Department / District Collectors. Whereas, in the case of Marriage Advance, sanction is accorded for notional allocation of funds to Heads of Department / District Collectors without knowing the actual requirement. This kind of fund allocation led to under utilization of funds by certain departments / districts and pendency of application for want of funds in some other departments / districts. Consequently, the huge surrender of funds occurred resulting to adverse remarks from the Accountant General (A&E).
3) The Government, after careful examination, has decided to streamline the administration of the Marriage Advance scheme. Accordingly, Government direct that the administration of the Marriage Advance Scheme be entrusted to the Director of Treasuries and Accounts as in the case of other advances listed above and issue the following orders:-
(i) The Director of Treasuries and Accounts shall be the administrator of Marriage Advance Scheme from the year 2016-2017;
(ii) The funds provided in the Budget Estimate 2016-17 under the Head of Account ‘7610 00 800 AC’- included in Demand 16 – Finance Department, shall be allocated to the Heads of Department and District Collectors based on requirement;
(iii) The Heads of Department and District Collectors shall send their requirement to the Director of Treasuries and Accounts and get funds for sanctioning Marriage Advance to the Government employees under their control as in the case of other advances;
(iv) The Director of Treasuries and Accounts shall be the Estimating, Recounciling and Controlling authority for the head of account 7610 00 800 AC;
(v) The Heads of Department and District Collectors shall follow the existing Government Orders and instructions governing the sanction of Marriage Advance;
(vi) The Director of Treasuries and Accounts shall follow the usual procedures for allotment of funds as applicable to other advances; and
(vii) The Director of Treasuries and Accounts shall issue instructions to Heads of Departments/ District Collectors on modalities for seeking funds to sanction Marriage Advance.
(By Order of the Governor)
ADDITIONAL CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT
All Central Government Employees will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights – NJCA
“Government of India to think better than Rs.18,000 as Minimum Wage, change in the Fitment Formula and many other important heartburning aspects, like National Pension System (NPS) and to handover all such issues to the committees with a commitment to consider the same within a timeframe of four months. Considering positive attitude of the senior ministers of the Government of India, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) had decided to give another four months time to the government.”
“All the Central Government Employees were ready, already even today and will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights.”
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi
Dated: July 15, 2016
Dear Friends! On the call of the National Joint Council of Action(NJCA), on hopeless recommendations of VII CPC, scrapping of National Pension System (NPS) and other long pending genuine demands of the Central Government Employees, covering lakhs and lakhs of Railwaymen, Defence (Civilian) personnel, Postal employees, working in different Central Government offices throughout the country, unitedly not only participated and contributed regularly in agitational programmes of different stages of struggle but also succeeded to reflect such an environment in the entire length and breadth of the country well before the date of commencement of nationwide “Indefinite Strike” from 11th July, 2016; that compelled the Government of India to think better than Rs.18,000 as Minimum Wage, change in the Fitment Formula and many other important heartburning aspects, like National Pension System (NPS) and to handover all such issues to the committees with a commitment to consider the same within a timeframe of four months. Considering positive attitude of the senior ministers of the Government of India, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) had decided to give another four months time to the government.
I am fully aware that, our Central Government Employees and the youth with full sincerity and dedication had unitedly created an unprecedented environment throughout the country, enlightening all the fellowmen about our demands in support of “Indefinite Strike” continuously, for which they deserve to be thanked a lot.
Earlier too I had drawn your attention and warned to be aware of such elements who will confuse and mislead you by various baseless arguments and try to weaken and derail our united struggle.
I know that, such negative thinking persons neither would have participated in the strike nor moved shoulder to shoulder in the movement of struggle. Negative thoughts not only weaken the individual, but also malign mental attitude of the others. Certain such persons, pouring in forcefully their polluted views on others, only try to break the broader unity of the movement. After all, it is not a new phenomena, such elements were found in all the strikes of the past. But nowadays; propaganda scenario has changed. Earlier, social media – WhatsApp, Facebook etc. were not available, so, such elements were launching propanganda campaign in the Canteens, Pan shops etc. In the present era, instead of using social media, WhatsApp, Facebook etc, in positive way for uniting co-workers, such elements unsuccessfully attempt to break the unity with their contaminated thought, reflecting the fellowmen that they are the only genius and ever alert and real friends of them, but such individuals always deceived and show their back at the climax of the struggle.
I had earlier mentioned; to be very careful of such vindictive personalities who have destructive thought during the struggle, meant to secure their own rights. It is waste to have even least hope of any contribution in any struggle from such individuals who during agitation/strike try to side-away themselves by all means.
For complete preparation of strong background in any movement, struggle/strike, role of an individual unit, branch, division, zonal and national level, strong change can never be devaluated, and such an strong united movement at all levels leaders ultimately encourages to give a clarion call of struggle at the national level. National leadership has to take care of all even-odd circumstances, lead his attitude, patience and safety of their force. Deep contemplation yields of the movement for him to cause execution to implement various strategies and timelines for the fulfillment of the objective of the obligation to go beyond such a positive approach rather than criticism for decisions on the subtleties of the churning the movement extended to the middle of your peers and get validness struggling peace succeeds
I have full faith that, all the Central Government Employees were ready, already even today and will remain ready with the time slot to fight for their rights.
I again remind my colleagues to be aware and give befitting reply to those having negative thinking, and a strong movement only can go ahead.
Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession – Guidelines to be followed.
No. 31011/3/2013-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated July 12, 2016
Subject: Irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession – Guidelines to be followed.
The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of draft O.M. on the subject noted above for comments within 15 days to the undersigned (email address: email@example.com)
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
The undersigned is directed to say that some instances where some Government servants colluded with private travel agents to submit LTC claims showing inflated airfare to clandestinely obtain undue benefits like free boarding/lodging/transport or cash refunds have come to notice of the Government.
2. In order to curb these malpractices the following steps may be taken:
(i) As per instructions reiterated from time to time, in all cases whenever a Govt. servant claims LTC by air, he/she is required to book the air tickets either directly through 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 & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’. Proposals from different Ministries/Departments for relaxation continue to be received on the plea that the Government servant was not aware of this requirement. Vide the OM dated No. 31011/3/2015-Estt (A.IV) dated 18th February, 2016 detailed guidelines on submission and processing of claims were circulated. These guidelines are required to be made available to Government servants whenever they apply for LTC. Plea of ignorance of the instructions therefore cannot be used by such Government servants.
The nodal Ministries of M/s Balmer Lawrie & Co. (Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas), M/s Ashok Travels & Tours (Ministry of Tourism) and IRCTC (Ministry of Railways) shall issue instructions to these organisations to ensure compliance to the instructions issued vide O.M. dated 18 th February, 2016 on issue of air tickets. Any violation of these instructions shall invite blacklisting.
(ii) Vide the Department of Expenditure’s O.M. No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 04.03.2011, it was clarified that reimbursement of air fare lower than LTC-80 fare of Air India is admissible for the journey(s) performed by Air India under LTC-80. LTC-80 fare is to be used as the ceiling beyond which no claim will be entertained. It has now been decided that in accordance with the canons of financial propriety, Government servants should purchase tickets at the lowest rate available at the time of booking for the date and time of scheduled journey. Government servant will be required to submit the print out of the tickets showing date and time of booking in addition to the fare charged. It may, however, be kept in mind that in some cases of cancellation/rescheduling, a refund fee may be applicable. This will be borne by the employee unless the journey had to be rescheduled/cancelled due to exigencies of work. The Authority which has approved the LTC will have the powers to cancel or reschedule it.
(iii) While submitting the LTC claim after completion of the LTC journey, the Govt. servant will be required to submit a self-certificate on plain papers as follows:
(1) I certify that the airfare claimed by me is in respect of the fare charged by the Airline for the air journey only and does not include any charges for any facility/undue benefit including boarding/lodging/local transport.
(2) I also certify that I have booked the ticket at the lowest fare available for the destination at the time of booking for the scheduled date and time of departure. I am aware that suppression of any information or furnishing wrong information will render me liable to disciplinary action.
3. The Administrative Ministries/Departments may also from time to time do random checks from airlines whether the tickets were booked at the lowest fare available on that date. Attention of the Ministries/Departments is also invited to Rule 3(1)(i) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 which requires the Government servants to maintain absolute integrity at all times. In addition, cheating/fraud also attract various sections of the Indian Penal Code 1860. Ministries/Departments should therefore not hesitate to take severe action against employees guilty of deliberate malpractices, particularly in collusion with travel agents etc.
4. All the Ministries/ Departments of Government of India are requested to bring the contents of this O.M. to the notice of all concerned.
(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
All Ministries / Departments of Government of India.
(As per the standard list)
Fixation of pay of existing Group ‘D’ employees in the revised pay structure
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAILWAY BOARD)
PC-VI No. 370
RBE No. 82 /2016
New Delhi, dated: 04.07.2016
The General Manager (P), All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)
Sub: Fixation of pay of existing Group ‘D’ employees in the revised pay structure – clarification reg.
Consequent upon implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC as accepted by Govt. of India, instructions regarding placement and fixation of pay of Group ‘D’ employees (other than RPF/ RPSF) in Grade pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-1 (Rs. 5200- 20200) were issued vide Board’s letter of even number dated 29.10.2008 (RBE No. 160/2008). Further clarification/ instructions on the issue were issued vide Board’s letters of even number dated 12.01.2009 & 08.11.2010.
2. On the basis of various references received from Zonal Railways and an Item being raised by NFIR on the issue; the matter has been further examined in consultation with the Ministry of Finance keeping in view the stipulation contained in Note I under Rule 7 (1) of Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and it has been decided that those non-matriculate/ non-ITI Group ‘D’ employees, who were in service on the date of notification of Railway Service (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 and retired/ expired or left service within six months of the notification of the Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, without being imparted training due to administrative reasons, may be placed in PB-1 with Grade Pay Rs. 1800/-
3. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of this Ministry.
sd/- (M.K.Panda) Jt. Director, Pay Commission Railway Board
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated : 14th July, 2016
Subject: Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965- Advice of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to be communicated to the delinquent Government servant — when a penalty is set aside-clarification
Undersigned is directed to refer to the Department of Personnel and Training OM No. F. No. 11012/8/2011-Estt.(A) dated the 19 th November, 2014 on the above subject and to say that Hon’ble Supreme Court had in Union Of India & Ors vs S.KKapoor, 2011 (4) SCC 589 decided that where the report of the Union Public Service Commission is relied upon by the Disciplinary Authority, then a copy of the same must be supplied in advance to the concerned employee.
3. Representations received from Government servants against penalty in such cases may be dealt with in the following manner. Cases decided before the date of this judgement, i.e., 16th March, 2011 need not be reopened. In cases decided after 16th March, 2011, where a penalty was imposed after relying upon the advice of UPSC, but where a copy of such advice was not given to the Charged Officer before the decision, the penalty may be set aside and inquiry taken up from the stage of supply of copy of the advice of UPSC.
4. In cases where a penalty of dismissal, removal or compulsory retirement has been imposed, the Charged Officer, if he has not reached the age of superannuation, shall be deemed to be under suspension from the date of original penalty as per rule 10(4) of CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.
5. Cases where the Government servant has retired shall be dealt with as per rule 69 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. In the cases of any other penalties, only the penalty will be set aside, but no consequential benefits like arrears of pay shall be allowed. This will be decided by the Competent Authority after conclusion of the further inquiry. Similarly, in a case where a penalty of recovery has been imposed, if the recovery is being made in installments, the recovery shall be suspended pending finalisation of the further inquiry. No refund of the recovery already effected will be made. Whether the money already recovered has to be refunded will depend on the decision of the Disciplinary Authority. Where a penalty of withholding of increments has been imposed, if a withheld increment has become due, the same may be released. There is no question of release of any arrears till finalisation of the proceedings.
6. Hindi Version follows.
All Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India.
Rs 100 crore released towards Government of India co-contribution in Atal Pension Yojana
Atal Pension Yojana is being implemented through the APY Service Providers comprising of Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, Regional Rural Banks, Cooperative Banks and Department of Post both in urban and rural areas across the country. The total number of subscribers registered under APY as on 30th June 2016 has crossed 30 lakh and every day nearly 5000 new subscribers are added.
The scheme provides for a co-contribution from Government of India for those who have registered before 31/3/2016 with an amount of 50% of the subscribers contribution up-to a maximum of Rs. 1000/- and these subscribers will be eligible for co-contribution for a period of 5 years from 2015-16 to 2019-20. Only those subscribers who are not income tax payers and not part of any other social security schemes are eligible for Government of India co-contribution. Keeping in view the above, Government of India through PFRDA has released co-contribution for the FY 2015-16 for 16.96 lakh eligible subscribers amounting to Rs. 99.57 crores. The Subscribers who have any pending contributions in their APY account till March 2016 won’t be paid with co-contribution. They have been advised by PFRDA to regularize their APY account so as to get Government of India co-contribution in the month of September. Government of India co-contribution is payable only when accounts are regular and the admissible Government of India co-contribution is paid into the Savings Bank account of the Subscribers.
Atal Pension Yojana, provides minimum guaranteed pension ranging between Rs. 1000/- to Rs. 5000/- per month for the subscriber from the age of 60 years. The Same amount of pension is paid to the spouse in case of subscriber’s demise. After the demise of both i.e. Subscriber & Spouse, the nominee would be paid the pension corpus. There is also option for Spouse to continue to contribute in APY account of subscriber for balance period, on premature death of subscriber before 60 years, so that pension can be availed by Spouse. Also, if the actual returns on the pension contributions during the accumulation phase is higher than the assumed returns for the minimum guaranteed pension, such excess returns are passed on to the subscriber, resulting in enhanced scheme benefits.