Form No. 16 for Pensioners : Issue Certificate of Tax Deducted in Form 16 to the Pensioners

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Form No. 16 for Pensioners : Issue Certificate of Tax Deducted in Form 16 to the Pensioners

Clarifications regarding use of Form No. 16 for pensioners where pensioners are drawing their pensions through banks – CBDT Circular No.761, dated 13.1.1998

1184. Clarifications regarding use of Form No. 16 for pensioners where pensioners are drawing their pensions through banks

1. The attention of the Board has been drawn to certain difficulties being faced by pensioners drawing their pensions through banks where the tax deduction at source certificate in the prescribed Form No. 16 is

some-time denied to them on the ground that no employee-employer relationship exists between the banks and the pensioner. At times, objections have also been raised by the banks on the premise that Form No. 16 relates to deductions from salaries and not from pensions. In other cases, the certificates have been denied on the ground that the bank was not aware of any other income which the pensioner may have had.

2. The matter has been considered by the Board. It is hereby clarified that :—

(a) as per section 17(1)(ii) of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the term ‘salary’ includes pension;

(b) once tax has been deducted under section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the tax-deductor is bound by section 203 to issue the certificate of tax deducted in Form 16. No employee-employer relationship is necessary for this purpose;

(c) the certificate in Form No. 16 cannot be denied on the ground that the tax deductor is unaware of the payees’ other income.

3. These clarifications may be brought to the notice of all concerned, especially the banks in your region.

Circular : No. 761, dated 13-1-1998

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Abolishing of uploading of scanned copy of PAN Card at the time of registration of establishment

Abolishing of uploading of scanned copy of PAN Card at the time of registration of establishment

No.CAIU/011(2)2018/PAN Card

Date: 08.01.2018

To

All Additional Central P.F. Commissioner (Zones),
All Regional P.F. Commissioner In-charge of ROs.

Sub:- Abolishing of uploading of scanned copy of PAN Card at the time of registration of establishment – regarding.

Madam/Sir,

At the time of registration of an establishment, employer has to upload digitally signed copy of PAN card. There is a mandate of Ease of Doing business to eliminate the requirement of submitting scanned copy of PAN card at the time of registration.

2. In this regard, it is informed that the requirement of uploading the scanned copy of PAN card at the time of registration of establishment has been examined and online system has been put in place for verifying details of PAN directly from the Income Tax Department. Hence, it has been decided by the competent authority that there is no need to upload the scanned copy of PAN card at the time of registration of establishments. Information Services Division has already carried out necessary modifications in the software accordingly.

3. The field offices are, therefore, advised not to insist on the copy of PAN card at the time of registration of a new establishment.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(S.C. Goyal)
Addl. Central P.F. Commissioner-II (CAIU)

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AIBEA & AIBOA : Joint Massive Signature Campaign

AIBEA & AIBOA : Joint Massive Signature Campaign

SAVE BANKING INDUSTRY – JOINT SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN – TARGET ONE CRORE

ALL INDIA BANK OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION

Circular No.1/VII/2018

January 8, 2018

To:
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES

Comrades,
SAVE BANKING INDUSTRY
JOINT SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN
TARGET – ONE CRORE

The present Government at the centre with the focussed approach is targeting the “main nerve centre” of economic activity of our Nation [ie] our Industry, to carry out their plan of actions. Some of them are – broadly;

1. INFUSION OF CAPITAL TO BANKS: The Government conceded our demand but they are attached the conditions of reforms [ie] consolidation through mergers etc.

2. RECOVER THE BAD LOANS THROUGH STRINGENT MEASURES: In order to silence the strong voice of the people at large, an amendment to Banking Regulation Act – “Insolvency and Bankruptcy code” was brought in. 12 top accounts amounting more than Rs.2,52,000 crores is pending before National Company Law Tribunal[NCLT] for adjudication.

Through the NCLT total money will not come back to the Banks but accommodation of the big defaulters would certainly take place.

3. ACCOMMODATION OF THE BAD LOAND DEFAULTERS AND PENALISE THE COMMON MAN / DEPOSITORS: The earning to a financial Institution is mainly through lending operations. When the bad loans are increasing, earnings are declining.

To cover the future loss, the exercise of provisioning is taking place. Small depositors are to be paid increased rate of interest, to encourage the savings. But the present position is not favourable to small investors. In the name of non-maintaining the minimum balance in the accounts, depositors are penalised by levying charges and the income earned through this method is more than the real banking transactions.

4. BRANCH EXPANSION IS THE NEED OF HOUR NOT BRANCH CLOSURE: We have proved that the favourite issue of “financial inclusion” has been brilliantly implemented by Bankmen across the country thereby nearly 21 crores of accounts have been added with a total deposit of over Rs.70000 crores. We need branch expansion to cater the requirements of the common people of this country. At this point of time, Government is seriously pursuing the issue of mergers of Banks. 5 Associate Banks mergers with SBI had already led to closure of 1000 branches . Further 200 to 300 branches, SBI is planning to close down.

5. WITHDRAW FRDI BILL: Untimely introduction of the bill by the present Government has kick started the flight of Bank deposits to mutual fund. Leading Bank- SBI- has released an advertisement in social media instigating the small investors to invest in mutual funds instead of savings, through Bank accounts. The “bail in” clause has created sufficient fear and loss of confidence in Public Sector Banks.

Comrades, our Joint signature campaign has to be actively pursued and hit the target of getting the common people involved in the noble tasks of “Saving the Banking Industry” thereby “saving the Nation”.

Plunge into vigorous campaign as the time at our disposal is too short and also precious.

Yours comradely,
sd/-
/S.NAGARAJAN/
GENERAL SECRETARY

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Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Dopt

Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Dopt
No.11012/15/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

 

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the January 10, 2018

 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Regulation of Pay on imposition of a penalty under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 – Comments regarding.

The Department intends to issue instructions on the above mentioned subject. Before the instructions in the Draft O.M. (Copy enclosed) are finalized, all stakeholders, Ministires/Departments are requested to offer their comments/views, if any, in this regard latest by 25th January, 2018 at the email address nitin.gupta@nic.in.

sd/-
(Nitin Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Budget 2018 – Will income tax limit raise to Rs 3 or 5 lakh?

Budget 2018 – Will income tax limit raise to Rs 3 or 5 lakh?

“The tax slab is expected to be raised in favour of government employees”

According to information available, the annual budget, to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1, could have some sops for the middle-class families.

Post the Seventh Pay Commission, most government servants now find themselves within the tax slab. For a number of years now, government servants have been demanding that the tax-exemption slab be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs. The current exemption stands at Rs. 2.5 lakhs. There is a five percent tax on the income in the Rs. 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs bracket.

There are prevalent talks that the government could revise the slabs. This could come as a big boon for middle income groups, especially the salaried class who are suffering due to acute inflation. No changes were made in the tax slab last year, but the tax of 10 percent on the Rs. 2.5 lakhs to 5 lakhs slab was brought down to five percent.

The budget, to be presented next month, is expected to reduce the tax on the Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs slab to 10 percent (it currently stands at 20 percent). This could spell huge relief to the salaried class.

Similarly, the tax on the Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs slab could be reduced to 20 percent (currently stands at 30 percent). A tax of 30 percent is collected on the amount exceeding Rs. 20 lakhs. Tax rate on this slab is the lowest in India when compared to most other countries.

There is currently no exclusive tax slab for those earning between Rs. 10 lakhs and 20 lakhs, and those earning more than Rs. 10 lakhs automatically end up paying 30 percent in taxes.

The income tax department could raise the tax slab in order to provide relief to the salaried class that continues to suffer from the rise in prices of essential commodities due to inflation.

There are, however, some unconfirmed reports that claim that the tax slab is not likely to be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs.

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Turnover of Canteen Store Department (CSD)

Turnover of Canteen Store Department (CSD)

Details of turnover made by the Army’s Canteen Store Department (CSD) canteen during the last three years

Turnover of CSD

Turnover of Canteen Stores Department (CSD) for the past 3 years is as under:

Year Turnover in Crores
2014-15 Rs.13709.32
2015-16 Rs.15781.73
2016-17 Rs.17156.26

No restriction has been put on entitlement of the beneficiary. However, instructions have been issued to Unit Run Canteens (URCs) for local restrictions on bulk purchases to prevent pilferage.

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Cabinet approves Cadre review of Group ‘A’ Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force

Cabinet approves Cadre review of Group ‘A’ Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Cadre review of Group ‘A’ Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).  It provides for creation of 25 posts of various ranks from Assistant Commandant to Additional Director General ranks to enhance the supervisory staff in Senior Duty posts of CISF.

The restructuring of the CISF Cadre will result in increase of Group ‘A’ posts from 1252 to 1277 with increase of 2 posts of Additional Director General, 7 posts of Inspector General, 8 posts of Deputy Inspector General and 8 posts of Commandant.

Impact:

After creation of these Group ‘A’ posts in CISF, the supervisory efficiency and capacity building of the Force would be enhanced. Timely creation of proposed posts in the Cadre Review of Group ‘A’ posts in the Force will enhance its supervisory as well as administrative capabilities.

Background:

The CISF came into existence through the CISF Act 1968 amended in 1983 declaring the Force as Armed Force of the Union. The original charter of CISF was to provide protection and security to the property of Public Sector Undertakings. The Act was further amended in 1989, 1999 and 2009 to enlarge the charter of duties and security cover to Private Sector Units and other duties that may be entrusted by the Central Government.

The CISF came into existence in 1969 with a sanctioned strength of only three Battalions. The CISF does not have a Battalion pattern like other CAPFs, except 12 Reserve Battalions and HQRs. Currently, the Force is providing security cover to 336 Industrial Undertaking (including 59 Airports) spread all over the country.  The Force, which had made a beginning with a sanctioned strength of 3192 in 1969, has grown to a strength of 1,49,088 as on 30.06.2017. The CISF has its Headquarters at Delhi. The Organization is headed by the DG which is an Ex-cadre post.

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Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

100% FDI under automatic route for Single Brand Retail Trading

    100% FDI under automatic route in Construction Development
Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India
FIIs/FPIs allowed to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market
Definition of ‘medical devices’ amended in the FDI Policy

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to a number of amendments in the FDI Policy. These are intended to liberalise and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country. In turn, it will lead to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, income and employment.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major driver of economic growth and a source of non-debt finance for the economic development of the country. Government has put in place an investor friendly policy on FDI, under which FDI up to 100%, is permitted on the automatic route in most sectors/ activities. In the recent past, the Government has brought FDI policy reforms in a number of sectors viz. Defence, Construction Development, Insurance, Pension, Other Financial Services, Asset reconstruction Companies, Broadcasting, Civil Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Trading etc.

Measures undertaken by the Government have resulted in increased FDI inflows in to the country. During the year 2014-15, total FDI inflows received were US $ 45.15 billion as against US $ 36.05 billion in 2013-14. During 2015-16, country received total FDI of US $ 55.46 billion. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of US $ 60.08 billion has been received, which is an all-time high.

It has been felt that the country has potential to attract far more foreign investment which can be achieved by further liberalizing and simplifying the FDI regime. Accordingly, the Government has decided to introduce a number of amendments in the FDI Policy.

Details:

Government approval no longer required for FDI in Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT)

Extant FDI policy on SBRT allows 49% FDI under automatic route, and FDI beyond 49% and up to 100% through Government approval route. It has now been decided to permit 100% FDI under automatic route for SBRT.

It has been decided to permit single brand retail trading entity to set off its incremental sourcing of goods from India for global operations during initial 5 years, beginning 1st April of the year of the opening of first store against the mandatory sourcing requirement of 30% of purchases from India. For this purpose, incremental sourcing will mean the increase in terms of value of such global sourcing from India for that single brand (in INR terms) in a particular financial year over the preceding financial year, by the non-resident entities undertaking single brand retail trading entity, either directly or through their group companies. After completion of this 5 year period, the SBRT entity shall be required to meet the 30% sourcing norms directly towards its India’s operation, on an annual basis.

A non-resident entity or entities, whether owner of the brand or otherwise, is permitted to undertake ‘single brand’ product retail trading in the country for the specific brand, either directly by the brand owner or through a legally tenable agreement executed between the Indian entity undertaking single brand retail trading and the brand owner.

Civil Aviation

As per the extant policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under Government approval route in the capital of Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49% of their paid-up capital. However, this provision was presently not applicable to Air India, thereby implying that foreign airlines could not invest in Air India. It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India subject to the conditions that:

Foreign investment(s) in Air India including that of foreign Airline(s) shall not exceed 49% either directly or indirectly

Substantial ownership and effective control of Air India shall continue to be vested in Indian National.

Construction Development: Townships, Housing, Built-up Infrastructure and Real Estate Broking Services

It has been decided to clarify that real-estate broking service does not amount to real estate business and is therefore, eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route.

Power Exchanges

Extant policy provides for 49% FDI under automatic route in Power Exchanges registered under the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Power Market) Regulations, 2010. However, FII/FPI purchases were restricted to secondary market only. It has now been decided to do away with this provision, thereby allowing FIIs/FPIs to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market as well.

Other Approval Requirements under FDI Policy:

As per the extant FDI policy, issue of equity shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. is permitted under Government approval route. It has now been decided that issue of shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. shall be permitted under automatic route in case of sectors under automatic route.

Foreign investment into an Indian company, engaged only in the activity of investing in the capital of other Indian company/ies/ LLP and in the Core Investing Companies is presently allowed upto 100% with prior Government approval. It has now been decided to align FDI policy on these sectors with FDI policy provisions on Other Financial Services. Thus, if the above activities are regulated by any financial sector regulator, then foreign investment upto 100% under automatic route shall be allowed; and, if they are not regulated by any Financial Sector Regulator or where only part is regulated or where there is doubt regarding the regulatory oversight, foreign investment up to 100% will be allowed under Government approval route, subject to conditions including minimum capitalization requirement, as may be decided by the Government.

Competent Authority for examining FDI proposals from countries of concern

As per the existing procedures, FDI applications involving investments from Countries of Concern, requiring security clearance as per the extant FEMA 20, FDI Policy and security guidelines, amended from time to time, are to be processed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for investments falling under automatic route sectors/activities, while cases pertaining to government approval route sectors/activities requiring security clearance are to be processed by the respective Administrative Ministries/Departments, as the case may be. It has now been decided that for investments in automatic route sectors, requiring approval only on the matter of investment being from country of concern, FDI applications would be processed by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) for Government approval. Cases under the government approval route, also requiring security clearance with respect to countries of concern, will continue to be processed by concerned Administrative Department/Ministry.

Pharmaceuticals:

FDI policy on Pharmaceuticals sector inter-alia provides that definition of medical device as contained in the FDI Policy would be subject to amendment in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. As the definition as contained in the policy is complete in itself, it has been decided to drop the reference to Drugs and Cosmetics Act from FDI policy. Further, it has also been decided to amend the definition of ‘medical devices’ as contained in the FDI Policy.

Prohibition of restrictive conditions regarding audit firms:

The extant FDI policy does not have any provisions in respect of specification of auditors that can be appointed by the Indian investee companies receiving foreign investments. It has been decided to provide in the FDI policy that wherever the foreign investor wishes to specify a particular auditor/audit firm having international network for the Indian investee company, then audit of such investee companies should be carried out as joint audit wherein one of the auditors should not be part of the same network.

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Government is planning to abolish the system of formation of Pay Commission in future? Lok Sabha

Government is planning to abolish the system of formation of Pay Commission in future? LOk Sabha

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3164

TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY, THE JANUARY 05, 2018
PAUSHA 15, 1939 (SAKA)

NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE

QUESTION

3164. SHRI CH. MALLA REDDY:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) under the 7th Central Pay Commission has submitted its interim report, if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government is planning to abolish the system of formation of Pay Commission in future, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(c) whether the Government is considering to adjust the salaries of its employees and pensioners Deafness Allowance (DA) that crosses the 50 per cent mark, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) whether the Department of Expenditure planning to take the responsibility to regularly monitor salaries and allowances of central government employees and recommend the changes if needed, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)

(a): The National Anomaly Committee set up by the Department of Personnel Training in August, 2016 following the decision of the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission has not yet met.

(b) to (d): No such proposals are at present under consideration.

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Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)- Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2017 – Payment of IDA at revised rates

DA @ 3.4% wef 01.01.2018 to Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in CPSEs – Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2017

No. W-02/0039/2017-DPE (WC)-GL-IV/18
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block 14, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 3rd January, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)- Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2017 – Payment of IDA at revised rates-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the Para 7 and Annexure-III (B) of DPE’s OM dated 03.08.2017 wherein the rates of DA payable to the Board level and below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSEs have been indicated. The next installment for revision of rates of DA is due from 01.10.2017. Accordingly. the rate of DA payable to the executives and non-unionized supervisors of CPSEs is as follows:.

(a) Date from which payable: 01.01.2018

(b) Average AICPI (2001=100) for the quarter Sept. 2017 – Nov. 2017

    Sept. 2017 – 285
    Oct… 2017 – 287
    Nov, 2017 – 288
    Average of the quarter – 286.67

(c) Link Point: 277.33 (as on 01 .01.201 7)

(d) Increase over link point: 9.34 (286.67 minus 277.33)

(e) DA Rate w.e.f. 01.01.2018: 3.4% [09.34 +277.33) x 100]

2. The above rate of DA i.e. 3.4% would be applicable in the case of IDA employees who have been allowed revised pay scales (2017) as per DPE O.M. dated 03.08.2017, 04.08.2017 and 07.09.2017.

3. All administrative Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the CPSEs under their administrative control for necessary action at their end.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

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CPSEs Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.1997 – Payment of IDA at revised rates

DA from Jan- 2018 @ 283.1% Board level posts and below Board level posts including Non-unionised supervisors in CPSE – Scales of  Pay  01.01.1997

F. No. W-02/0004/2014-DPE (WC)-GL-II/l 8
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block 14. CGO Complex
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Dated: 3rd January, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject – Board level posts and below Board level posts including Non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)- Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01.01.1997 – Payment of IDA at revised rates regarding

In modification of this Department’s O.M. of even No. dated 05.10.2017, the rate of DA payable to the executives of CPSEs (1997 pay revision) is as follows:

a) Date from which payable: 01.01.2018

b) Average AICPI (1960=100) for the quarter Sept. ’2017 – Nov.’ 2017

Sep,2017 – 6508
Oct, 20 l 7 – 6552
Nov, 2017 – 6572
Average of the quarter – 6544

c) Link Point : 1708 (as on 01.01.1997)

d) Increase over link point: 4836 (6544-1708)

e) Revised DA Rate w.e.f. 01.01.2018: 283.l% [(4836+1708) x 100]

2. These rates are applicable in the case of IDA employees, whose pay have been revised with effect from 01.01.1997 as per DPE O.M. dated 25.06.1999.

3. All Administrative Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the CPSEs under their administrative control for necessary action at their end.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

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Payment of DA to Board level/below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors following IDA scales of pay in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on 1987 and 1992 basis

DA from Jan 2018 to Board level/below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors of IDA scales in CPSE on 1987 and 1992 basis

F.No. W-02/0003/2014-DPE (WC)-GL.-I/18
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan
Block 14, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi- 110003
Dated 3rd – January, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject – Payment of DA to Board level/below Board level executives and non-unionized supervisors following IDA scales of pay in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on 1987 and 1992 basis.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para No.3 of this Department’s OM. No. 2(50)/86-DPE (WC) dated 19.07.1995 wherein the rates of DA payable to the executives holding Board level post have been indicated. In accordance with the DA scheme spelt out in Annexure-II of the said OM, the installments of DA become payable from 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, 1st October, every year based on the price increase above quarterly Index average of 1099 (1960 = 100)

2. ln continuation of this Department’s OM. of even No. dated 06.10.2017, the rates of DA payable to the executives of CPSEs holding Board level post, below Board level post and Non-Unionized Supervisors following 1DA pattern of 1992 pay scales may be modified as follows:-

(a) Date from which payable: 01.01.2018

(b) AICPI (Linked to 1960=100) for the quarter Sept.2017 – Nov. 2017

    Sept,2017 = 6508
    Oct., 2017 = 6552
    Nov, 2017 = 6572
    Average of the quarter = 6544

(c) Increase over link point : 5445 (6468-1099)

(d) % increase over link point: 495.4% (5445/1099*100)

DA Rates for various Pay Ranges

Basic Pay Per /Month DA Rates

  • Upto Rs. 3500 – 495.4% of pay subject to minimum of Rs. 10890/-
  • Above Rs. 3500 and Upto Rs. 6500 – 371.5% of Pay subject to minimum Rs. 17339/-
  • Above Rs. 6500 – and Upto Rs. 9500 – 297.2% of pay subject to minimum Rs. 24148/-
  •  Above Rs. 9500 – 247.7% of pay subject to minimum of Rs. 28234/-

3. The payment on account of dearness allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

4. The quantum of lDA payabIe from 01.01.2018 at the old system of neutralization @ Rs. 2.00 per point shift for increase of 76 points, may be Rs. lS2/- and at AICPIN, Rs. 6544 DA payable may be Rs. 1 1677.75 to the executives holding Board level post, below Board level post and non- unionised supervisors following IDA pattern in the CPSEs of 1987 pay scales.

5. All administrative Ministries/Department of Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the CPSES under their administrative control for necessary action at their end.

(Samsul Haque)
Under Secretary

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All the CSS/CSSS Officers to file the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2017 (as on 31.12.2017)

All the CSS/CSSS Officers to file the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2017 (as on 31.12.2017)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF  PERSONNEL,  PUBLIC  GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS

D.O.No.142/47/2015-AVD.I/D (Pt.)

NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001
5th January, 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

All the Group ‘A’ officers of CSS/CSSS cadre are required to submit their annual Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) of the previous year, latest by 31st January of the current year, as per Rule 18 of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Accordingly IPR-2017 as on 31.12.2017 is due to be filed latest by 31.01.2018.

2. In this context, CS Division vide their OM No. 26/01/2017-CS.I(PR/CMS) dated 21.12.2017 and 22.12.2017 has requested to all the CSS/CSSS Officers to file the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for the year 2017 (as on 31.12.2017) well in time, latest by 31.01.2018, through Web Based Cadre Management System only.

3. It may please be noted that Vigilance Clearance to Group ‘A’ Officers of CSS/CSSS cadre for the purpose of (a) empanelment; (b) any deputation for which Vigilance Clearance is sought; (c) appointment to the post of sensitive post, assignments to training programmes (except mandatory training), is examined as per the guidelines contained in DOP&T OM No 11012/11/2007-Estt.A dated 27.09.2011. As per the guidelines, non submission of IPR-2017, as on 31.12.2017 latest by 31.01.2018 would invite denial of Vigilance Clearance to the Group ‘A’ Officers of CSS/CSSS cadre, during the year 2018.

4. In view of the above, I would be grateful if necessary instruction in this regard is immediately issued to all Group ‘A’ Officers of CSS/CSSS cadre in your jurisdiction.

Yours sincerely
(Devesh Chaturvedi)

Source: DoPT

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No Stoppage of Disbursement of Pension due to Non-Linking of Aadhaar

NO STOPPAGE OF DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION DUE TO NON-LINKING OF AADHAAR GOVERNMENT

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2997
ANSWERED ON: 05.01.2018

DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION

SADHU SINGH

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the disbursement of Central Government Pension to many beneficiaries have been stopped due to non-linking of same with the Aadhaar number and if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise including Punjab;

(b) whether the Government proposes to exempt beneficiary patients suffering from leprosy or any other grave disease and hence unable to provide their biometric details and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;

(c) the other steps taken by the Government to facilitate such beneficiaries patients; and

(d) whether the Government is considering some alternative option for such beneficiary patients and if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

(a) to (d): The Government has not issued any instructions for stopping disbursement of pension to Central Government pensioner due to non-linking of the pension account with the Aadhaar number.

Instructions have been issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW) from time to time that in view of the difficulty faced by old and infirm pensioners, banks should make concrete effort to provide the facility of obtaining life certificate from the premises/ residence of such pensioners. The instructions also provide that in case of sick and infirm pensioners, personal appearance may be exempted if a life certificate in the prescribed form signed by some specified authorities is produced on the behalf of Pensioners.

Further, all Pension Disbursing Banks have also been advised by DoP&PW that where the finger prints of a pensioner are not accepted by the system, the alternate mechanism of biometric, i.e. Iris scanning, may be used in such case. In case, however, it is not possible to have Digital Life Certificate either through finger prints or through Iris scanning, the physical life certificate submitted by the pensioner may be accepted to avoid any harassment to the pensioner. In no case a pensioner should be returned without accepting his life certificate on account of non-acceptance of his biometric by the system.

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Indian Railways conceives to deploy “Drone” cameras in all its Zones/Divisions to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations

 Ministry of Railways

 Indian Railways conceives to deploy “Drone” cameras in all its Zones/Divisions to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

It will help in various activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

West Central Railways has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways.

Indian Railways has decided to deploy “Drone” cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure. It has been given directions to Zonal Railways to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations.

Drone” cameras shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities. It shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards. It is going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.

Under this initiative, West Central Railways with headquarter at Jabalpur (M.P) has become the first Zonal Railway to procure “Drone” cameras in Indian Railways. West Central Railways has already done a trial-run of those cameras last week on its all the three divisions in the following locations.

Jabalpur Division - Narmada Bridge near Bhitoni
Bhopal Division - (i) Nishatpura Yard; (ii) Third Line work between HBJ – Misrod.
Kota Division - (i) Chambal Bridge near Kota; (ii) Dakania Talav Yard near Kota.

WCR further plans to use Drone for project monitoring in 3rd line work of Bina-Katni, Doubling work in Katni-Singrouli, Important Bridge inspections and Mansoon preparedness in deep cutting portions of Ghat Sections of Bhopal and Jabalpur Divisions. Earlier, demonstration of “Drone” camera was done for project monitoring of Railway Electrification work of Jabalpur Yard.

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Promotion of SCs/STs

Promotion of SCs/STs

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2187

TO BE ANSWERED ON 01.01.2018

PROMOTION OF SCs/STs

2187. SHRI KAUSHAL KISHORE:

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:

(a)the number of people from Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) category who have been provided employment in the ministry during the last three years and the current year; and

(b)the details of the directions issued regarding upgrading/promotion of SC/ST employees working in the Ministry?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a): The details of number of people from Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) category who have been provided employment in different offices of the Ministry during the last three years and the current year are attached as Annexure-I. Details of appointment of SC/ST category people in Offices of the Directorate General of Labour Bureau, Employees State Insurance Corporation, Employees’ Provident Fund Organization and Group-C posts in Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) are being collected and will be laid on the table of the House.

(b): Upgradations/Promotions are made as per Recruitment Rules and Instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training. No specific instructions have been issued by the Ministry.


ANNEXURE-I

ANNEXURE REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) OF LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2187 FOR 01/01/2018 REGARDING PROMOTION OF SCs/STs.

Number of people from Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) category who have been provided employment in the Ministry during the last three years and the current year

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* excluding CSS,CSSS and CSCS Cadres posts as these posts are filled-up through Department of Personnel and Training.

Source : LokSabha

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Special Allowance to Nurses working in Operation Theater/Intensive Care Unit – revision of Allowances

Special Allowance to Nurses working in Operation Theater/Intensive Care Unit – revision of Allowances

No.I/5(g)/Part VI

Dated: 05/01/2018

The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Special Allowance to Nurses working in Operation Theater/Intensive Care Unit – revision of Allowances-reg.

Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No.1-B/2012.

(ii) Railway Board’s OM No. E(P&A)I-2009/SP-1/Gen1/1 dated 09/07/2010 and 08/10/2013.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g) dated 08/11/2012 & no. I/5(g)/Pt.V dated 02/09/2013 and 13/01/2014.

(iv) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare letter no.Z.28015/2012013 – N dated 17th October 2013 copy endorsed to NFIR.

(v) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2012/FE-4/1 dated 23/01/2014.

(vi) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part V dated 21/10/2014, 20/10/2015, 30/05/2017 & letter No.I/5(g)/Part VI dated 20/09/2017.

(vii) O.M.No.Z.28015/52/2017-N dated 27th September,2017 issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to all ministries/departments (Government of India).

(viii) NFIR’s letter No.I/5(g)/Part VI dated 16/10/2017.

(ix) Railway Board’s letter No.E(P&A)I-2017/SP-1/MH-1 dated 27/12/2017.

Federation desires to invite attention of the Railway Board to the letters cited under reference relating to the NFIR’s PNM agenda Item No.1-B/2012.

During NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13/14-11-2017, the Official Side through Action Taken Statement on the agenda item conveyed that the advice of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the matter was still awaited and reminders have also been sent on 26/04/2017 and 11/10/2017 to ascertain the date of enhancement of the Allowance to Rs. 360/-p.m. from Rs. 120/- p.m.

Federation is surprised to note that though the instructions have since been issued by the Board revising the rate of Special Allowance, renamed as Operation Theater Allowance to the Nursing Personnel working in the specialized areas in the Railway Hospitals under the Ministry of Railways to Rs.540/- p.m. w.e.f. 1st July 2017, vide Board’s letter dated 27/12/2017, unfortunately the said letter does not mention NFIR’s PNM agenda Item. There is, therefore necessity to issue amendment to Board’s letter dated 27/12/2017.

Further to above, Federation desires to mention that the question relating to enhancement of Special Allowance from Rs.120/- p.m. to Rs.360/-p.m. pursuant to implementation of 6th CPC recommendations, is still unanswered and payment not arranged with back date.

NFIR,therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue corrigendum to Board’s letter dated 27-12-2017 for enhancement of Operation Theater Allowance from Rs.120/-p.m to Rs.360/- p.m also with retrospective effect, duly citing NFIR’s PNM agenda item.

Federation may be kept advised of the action taken in the matter.

Yours faithfully,

S/d,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff: NFIR

Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff: NFIR.

No.IV/RSAC/Conf./Part IX

Dated: 05/01/2018

The General Secretaries of
Zonal Unions of NFIR

Brother,
Sub: Revision of Kilometrage rates and other Allowances of Running Staff-reg.

The issue pertaining to revision of Kilometraeg Allowance rates and other related Allowance for Running Staff was discussed on 4th & 5th January, 2018 at Rail Bhavan under the chairmanship of Additional Member (Staff). The NFIR’s note highlighting the position from 01/01/2006 and necessity for upward revision of Kilometrage Allowance rate was discussed. After considering the points brought out by the Staff Side on 4th & 5th January 2018, the Railway Board will respond.

Further development on the subject will be conveyed to affiliates at the earliest.

Yours fraternally,

S/d,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source : NFIR

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Details of existing pension rates of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) pensioners

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2045
ANSWERED ON: 29.12.2017

CPF Pensioners

SUKHBIR SINGH JAUNPURIA

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the details of existing pension rates of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) pensioners in the country;

(b) whether the Government proposes to increase the CPF rates;

(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) whether the Government has any information regarding the number of CPF pensioners as on 31st March, 2016, and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance

(a) to (d) The Central Government employees who are covered by CPF Rules (India) 1962 and who retired on or after 01.01.1986 are not entitled to any monthly pension/ex-gratia amount. However, the Government employees under CPF who retired between 18.11.1960 and 31.12.1985 are entitled to monthly ex-gratia amount. Presently following ex-gratia payment is admissible to the CPF beneficiaries who had retired from service prior to 01.01.1986:

S.No Group of Service to which CPF retirees belonged at the time of retirement Enhanced amount of basic monthly ex-gratia
1 Group A Service Rs. 3,000/-
2 Group B Service Rs. 1,000/-
3 Group C Service Rs. 750/-
4 Group D Service Rs. 650/-
5 Widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary Rs. 645/-

Dearness ex-gratia equal to 50% of the amount of ex-gratia and Dearness Relief, as notified from time to time as per 5th Central Pay Commission series, on the sums of amount of ex-gratia and dearness ex-gratia is being paid to them. There is no proposal to increase the aforesaid rates.

Source: Lok Sabha Q&A

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Revision of salaries and allowances of the employees of LIC

Revision of salaries and allowances of the employees of LIC

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1862
ANSWERED ON: 29.12.2017

Revision of Pension by LIC

R. GOPALAKRISHNAN

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the salaries and allowances of the employees of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) are revised periodically;

(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;

(c) whether the pension of the pensioners of LIC are also revised periodically accordingly and periodically as that of the Central Government employees;

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and

(e) the steps/measures being taken by the Government to revise the pension of the LIC pensioners as and when the salaries of the serving employees of LIC are revised?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
(a) to (e): Revision of scales of pay of the employees of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is carried out periodically i.e. every five years. Pension of the pensioners of LIC has two components – Basic Pension and Dearness Relief. Dearness Relief gets revised every six months.

Source:Lok Sabha

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