Long term and short term training programs under DFFT scheme 2019-20

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Long term and short term training programs under DFFT scheme 2019-20
F.No.1203714 112018-FTC
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Training Division

 Block IV, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi
Dated: 10.01.2019

Subject: Long term and short term training programs under DFFT scheme 2019-20.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this department’s circular of even number dated 09.11.2018 on the subject cited above and to say that the last date for finalization of applications by the individual officers/applicants has been extended up to 21.01.2019 whereas for nodal officers the last date has been extended up to 31 .01 .2019 for the purpose of finalizing the application of long term and short term program under DFFT scheme 2019-20.

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(Rajendra Prasad Tewari)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Seeking option from promoted Under Secretaries (adhoc) under Rotational Transfer Policy

Seeking option from promoted Under Secretaries (adhoc) under Rotational Transfer Policy
No.5/4/2017-CS. 1(U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

 2 Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-3
Dated 10th January, 2019.

 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Seeking option from promoted Under Secretaries (adhoc) under Rotational Transfer  Policy

 

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Departments’ Order No.5/7/2016-CS.l(U) (Vol.11) dated 21.12.2018 and Order of even number dated 28.12.2018 and 31.12.2018  whereby Section Officers of CSS were granted adhoc promotion in Grade-I (Under Secretary) of CSS on “as is where is basis” and it was stipulated to carry out Rotational Transfer of officers who have completed their tenure. Accordingly, in terms of Rotational Transfer Policy of CSS officers notified vide O.M.No.21/2!2009-CS.l(P) dated 16.07.2015, the adhoc Under Secretaries have been divided into following categories:

(i) The names of officers shown in Annexure-1 are eligible to be posted out from their present Ministries/ Departments on completion of their tenure. This includes officer returned from deputation.

(ii) The names of officers shown in Annexure-Il who have not completed their tenure are also required to be posted out as no vacancy in Under Secretary Grade are available in Ministries! Departments where they are presently posted.

(iii) The names of officers shown in Annexure-IlI who comes within two years of their retirement are also required to be posted out as no vacancy in Under Secretary Grade are available in Ministries! Departments where they are presently posted.

(iv) The names of officers shown in Annexure-IV are retained in their present Ministries! Departments as they have not completed their tenure. This includes officers who are within two years!06 months of their retirement. This includes officers returned from deputation.

(v) The details of vacancies available in Ministries! Departments of both the Groups is given at Annexure-V. The officers whose names are indicated i.n Annexure I, II and Ill are requested to indicate their preferences for posting in the enclosed format at Annexure-VI which should reach CS.I Division latest by 15.01.2019 by 2.00 PM throuqh e-mail only. In case preference for posting is not received within the stipulated date and time, it will be presumed that officer has no preference for posting. Preference of posting will be decided in order of seniority. An officer posted in Group ‘A’ Ministry/Department may opt for posting to another Ministry! Department in Group ‘A’ as well as Group ‘B’, whereas an officer posted in Group ‘B’ Ministry/Department may opt for posting in Group ‘A’ only.

2. The posting will be decided in terms of the rotational transfer policy as under:

(I) Ministries/Departments have been categorized into Group A and Group B for posting/transfer.

(ii) RTP provides tenure of six years for Under Secretary in a Ministry/Department, including tenure rendered in any other designation in the same Ministry! Department. In Group A, certain Ministries qualify for a reduced tenure by one year.

(iii) An officer shall be transferred from Group A to Group A I Group B and Group B to

Group A as the case may be.

(iv) An officer who is to be transferred out from the current Ministry/Department on completion of prescribed tenure or for want of vacancy as the case may be may also opt for posting in a Ministry/Department in the other Group where he/she had earlier served subject to the condition that there is a gap of period which is equal to tenure prescribed for the grade of Under Secretary in that Ministry.

(v) Option for posting : The officers may furnish three choices in the appropriate Group.

(vi) Options will be submitted only through e-mail at dasqupta.sk13nic.in (vii) The Placement Committee will recommend posting of officers on the basis of seniority, preference and past posting etc.

3. The cutoff date for the purpose of counting of residency period is 31.12.2018. Efforts have been made to count the residency period of the officers as per records available, personal information furnished by the officers and data available in cscms.nic.into the extent possible. In case there is any discrepancy, the same may be brought to the notice of this Department by the concerned Ministry/ Department. While counting residency period, the period served on deputation, long leave and training has been deducted.

4. For the officers who have not completed their tenure and retained in their respective Ministries/Departments, no formal posting order is required as they have already been shown against their present Ministries/ Departments vide this Department’s promotion order issued on 21.12.2018, 28.12.2018 and 31.12.2018.

5. In the present list, there are some Section Officers who got promotion on as is where is basis” in outstation offices. On their rotational transfer from outstation offices, the vacancy arise in Section Officer grade will be filled by the cadre units as per Rotational Transfer Policy.

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(Chandra Shekhar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
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DOPT – Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports and Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees

DOPT – Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports and Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees

No. 125/1/2018-19CCSCSB
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

 Date: 11th January, 2019.

 CIRCULAR

SUBJECT: Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Sports and Similar Activities amongst Central Government Employees – Programmes to be organized by Youth Hostel Association of India

Please refer to the Department of Personnel and Training Office Memorandum of even umber dated 4.12.2015 regarding Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Spors and Simlar Activities amongst Central Government Employees (copy enclosed).

2. The Youth Hostel Association of India has offered the following programme for Central Government Employees eligible under the Scheme:

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PM greets the people on the occasion of various festivals across India

Prime Minister’s Office
PM greets the people on the occasion of various festivals across India

14 JAN 2019

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of various festivals across India.

“Happy Makar Sankranti to everyone!

Best wishes on Pongal!

Greetings on the special occasion of Magh Bihu.

Happy Uttarayan.

May you all scale new heights of progress in the times to come”, the Prime Minister said.

PIB

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Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Grade Pay Rs.1800/- (level-1) to Grade Pay Rs.1900/- (Level-2)

Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Grade Pay Rs.1800/- (level-1) to Grade Pay Rs.1900/- (Level-2)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

New Delhi, dated January 8, 2019

The General Manager,
All Indian Railways/PUs,

Sub:- Reduction in the residency period for promotion from Grade Pay Rs.1800/- (level-1) to Grade Pay Rs.1900/- (Level-2)

In terms of Para 189 (ii) of IREM Vol. I, employees in Level-1, to be eligible for promotion to Level-2, should have put a minimum of 3 years of continuous service except in the case of promotion of Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe.

The matter regarding reduction in the residency period for promotion from Level-1 to Level-2 in respect of all departments, has been under consideration of the Board, consequent to a demand to this effect having been raised by both the Federations i.e. AIRF and NFIR.

Keeping in view, the fact that younger and better qualified and talented employees are now available in Level-1 of all the departments, it has been decided that the residency period for promotion from Level-1 to Level-2 in all departments may be reduced from the existing 3 years where ever prescribed, to 2 years. However, in cases where higher incumbency is prescribed, the same shall continue.

SC/ST employees possessing requisite educational qualification can be considered for promotion to the posts of Skilled Artisan against the 25% qualified staff quota on completion of one year regular service.

Para 189 (ii) of IREM, Vol.I 2009, Reprint Edition is accordingly amended as per ACS No. 260 enclosed herewith.

The issue with concurrence of the Accounts Dte. Railway Board.

(P.M. Meena)
Dy. Director-II/Estt.(NG)-I
Railway Board

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Central Government Employees Holiday List 2019

Holiday List 2019 for Central Govt Employees

Central Government Holidays List 2019 – DoPT Orders dated 11.7.2018

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the 2019

COMPULSORY HOLIDAYS
REPUBLIC DAY INDEPENDENCE DAY MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
BUDDHA PURNIMA CHRISTMAS DAY DUSSEHRA
DIWALI GOOD FRIDAY GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
IDU’L FuR IDU’LZUHA MAHAVIR JAYANTI
MUHARRAM ID-E-MILAD

Compulsory and Restricted Holidays for CG Employees 2019

THE YEAR 2019 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCATED AT DELHI/NEW DELHI

NO HOLIDAY DATE SAKA DAY
1940 Saka Era
1 Republic Day Jan 26 Magha 06 Sat
2 Maha Shivaratri Mar 04 Phalguna 13 Mon
3 Holi Mar 21 Phalguna 30 Thu
1941 Saka Era
4 Mahavir Jayanti Apr 17 Chaitra 27 Wed
5 Good Friday Apr 19 Chaitra 29 Fri
6 Buddha Purnima May 18 Vaisakah 28 Sat
7 Id-Ul-Fitr Jun 05 Jayaishtha 15 Wed
8 Id-Uz-Zuha (Bakrid) Aug 12 Sravana 21 Mon
9 Independence Day Aug 15 Sravana 24 Thu
10 Janmashtami Aug 24 Bhadra 02 Sat
11 Muharram Sep 10 Bhadra 19 Tue
12 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday Oct 02 Asvina 10 Wed
13 Dussehra Oct 08 Asvina 16 Tue
14 Diwali (Deepavali) Oct 27 Kartika 05 Sun
15 *Milad-un-Nabi Nov 10 Kartika 19 Sun
16 Guru Nanak’s Birthday Nov 12 Kartika 21 Tue
17 Christmas Day Dec 25 Pausha 04 Wed

*Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)

LIST OF RESTRICTED HOLIDAYS DURING THE YEAR 2019

NO HOLIDAY DATE SAKA DAY
SAKA ERA 1940
1 New Year’s day Jan 01 Pausha 11 Tue
2 Lohri Jan 13 Pausha 23 Sun
3 Makar Sankranti Jan 14 Pausha 24 Mon
4 Pongal Jan 15 Pausha 25 Tue
5 Basant Panchami Sri Panchami Feb 10 Magha 21 Sun
6 Guru Ravidas’s Birthday Feb 19 Magha 30 Tue
7 Shivaji Jayanti Feb 19 Magha 30 Tue
8 Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti Mar 01 Phalguna 10 Thu
9 Holika Dahan Mar 20 Phalguna 29 Wed
10 Dolyatra Mar 21 Phalguna 30 Thu
11 Hazarat Ali’s Birthday Mar 21 Phalguna 30 Thu
SAKA ERA 1941
12 *Chaitra Sukladi Apr 06 Chaitra 16 Sat
13 Ram Navami (Smarta) Apr 13 Chaitra 23 Sat
14 Vaiskhi Vishu Mesadi Apr 14 Chaitra 24 Sun
15 Vaisakhadi (Bengal) Bahag Bihu (Assam) Apr 15 Chaitra 25 Mon
16 Easter Sunday Apr 21 Vaisakha 01 Sun
17 Guru Rabindranath’s birthday May 09 Vaisakha 19 Thu
18 Jamat -Ul-Vida May 31 Jyaishtha 10 Fri
19 Rath Yatra Jul 04 Ashadha 13 Thu
20 Raksha Bandhan Aug 15 Sravana 24 Thu
21 Parsi New Year’s day Nauraj Aug 17 Sravana 26 Sat
22 Vinayaka Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi Sep 02 Bhadra 11 Mon
23 Onam or Thiru Onam Day Sep 11 Bhadra 20 Wed
24 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional) Oct 05 Asvina 13 Sat
25 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional) Oct 06 Asvina 14 Sun
26 Dussehra (Maha Navmi) Oct 07 Asvina 15 Mon
27 Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday Oct 13 Asvina 21 Sun
28 Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth) Oct 17 Asvina 25 Thu
29 Naraka Chaturdasi Oct 27 Kartika 05 Sun
30 Govardhan Puja Oct 28 Kartika 06 Mon
31 Bhai Duj Oct 29 Kartika 07 Tue
32 Pratihar Shashthi or Surya Shashthi (Chhat Puja) Nov 02 Kartika 11 Sat
33 Guru Tag Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day Nov 24 Agrahayana 03 Sun
34 Christmas Eve Dec 24 Pausha 03 Tue

*Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand

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DoPT – Furnishing of OBC data of recruitment to Commission for SubCategorization of OBC

DoPT – Furnishing of OBC data of recruitment to Commission for SubCategorization of OBC

Reminder-IV

No. 21/1/2016-CS.1 (PR/CMS)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

2nd Floor, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003
Date: 11th January, 2019.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Furnishing of OBC data of recruitment to Commission for SubCategorization of OBC – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Division’s OM of even number dated 20.02.2018, 27.02.2018, 21.03.2018 and 31.12.2018 on the above mentioned above subject matter and to state that on scrutiny of the data available on CSCMS portal, it is observed that many Ministries/Departments have not yet updated the information with reference to Categorization/SubCategorization of aBC officers, along with the data relating to the “State” from which OBC candidates appeared/selected in respect of CSS cadre (ASO to JS-insitu) in the CSCMS portal.

2. As the data is urgently required by the Commission for Sub-Categorization of aBC Officers, the concerned Ministries/Departments are once again requested to take up immediate necessary steps for updating the information, in the CSCMS portal compulsorily, by 18th of January, 2019 (Friday). The Nodal Officers of concerned Ministry/Department are authorized to update the data in CSCMS portal. The concerned Officers may also be sensitized to get their data updated in the system, in a time bound manner.
3. In case of any doubt/difficulty about the functioning of the CSCMS portal/Correctness of data in the CSCMS, Shri Krishnandan Kumar, ASO (PR/CMS)/Shri Anuj Pratap Singh (Engineer/CMS)/ may be contacted at Telephone 24629890/24629414.

4. This may be accorded, “TOP MOST PRIORITY”.

(SanjayKumar Das Gupta)
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tele: 24629412

To,
All Ministries/Departments
Director/Deputy Secretary (Admn.)
(Through website of this Department)

Source: DoPT

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Income Tax Rates AY 2019-2020 – Income Tax Circular 2019

Income Tax Rates AY 2019-2020 – Income Tax Circular 2019

Income Tax Circular 2019 – Income Tax Rates AY 2019-20

Income Tax Rates as per the Income Tax Circular No.01/2019 published by the Central Board of Direct Taxes on 1.1.2019 for the Financial Year 2018-19 (Assessment Year 2019-20)

RATES OF INCOME-TAX AS PER FINANCE ACT, 2018:

As per the Finance Act, 2018, income-tax is required to be deducted under Section 192 of the Act from income chargeable under the head “Salaries” for the financial year 2018-19 (i.e. Assessment Year 2019-20) at the following rates:

Rates of tax

A. Normal Rates of tax

SL NO. TOTAL INCOME RATE OF TAX
1.  Where the total income does not exceed Rs. 2,50,000/-. Nil
2. Where the total income exceeds Rs. 2,50,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/-. 5 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 2,50,000/-
3 . Where the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000/-. Rs. 12,500/- plus 20 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/-.
4 . Where the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-. Rs. 1,12,500/- plus 30 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-

B. Rates of tax for every individual, resident in India, who is of the age of sixty years or more but less than eighty years at any time during the financial year:

SL NO. TOTAL INCOME RATE OF TAX
1.  Where the total income does not exceed Rs. 3,00,000/- Nil
2.  Where the total income exceeds Rs. 3,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/- 5 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 3,00,000/-
3. Where the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000/- Rs. 10,000/- plus 20 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/-.
4.  Where the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/- Rs. 1,10,000/- plus 30 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-

C. In case of every individual being a resident in India, who is of the age of eighty years or more at any time during the financial year:

SL NO. TOTAL INCOME RATE OF TAX
1.  Where the total income does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/- Nil
2.  Where the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000/- 20 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/-
3.  Where the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/- Rs. 1,00,000/- plus 30 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-

The amount of income-tax computed in accordance with the preceding provisions of this Paragraph, or the provisions of section 111A or section 112 or section 112A of the Act, shall be increased by a surcharge for the purpose of the Union, calculated, in the case of every individual or Hindu undivided family or association of persons or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, or every artificial juridical person referred to in sub-clause (vii) of clause (31) of section 2 of the Act,-

(a) having a total income exceeding fifty lakh rupees but not exceeding one crore rupees, at the rate of ten percent of such income-tax and

(b) having a total income exceeding one crore rupees, at the rate of fifteen percent of such income-tax:

Provided that in the case of persons mentioned above having total income exceeding;-

(a) Fifty lakh rupees but not exceeding one crore rupees, the total amount payable as income-tax and surcharge on such income shall not exceed the total amount payable as income-tax on a total income of fifty lakh rupees by more than the amount of income that exceeds fifty lakh rupees;

(b) one crore rupees, the total amount payable as income-tax and surcharge on such income shall not exceed the total amount payable as income-tax on a total income of one crore rupees by more than the amount of income that exceeds one crore rupees.

Education Cess on income-tax and Secondary and Higher Education Cess on income-tax shall be discontinued. However, a new cess, by the name “Health and Education Cess” shall be levied at the rate of four percent of income tax including surcharge wherever applicable, No marginal relief shall be available in respect of such cess.

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Not feasible to extend the Benefits of MACP during Jan to Aug 2008

Not feasible to extend the benefits of MACP during Jan to Aug 2008

“Not feasible to extend the benefits of MACP during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008, as more than nine years of time has passed since the implementation of MACP”

Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Civilian Employees

F.No.A-26017/166/2018-Ad.IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise and Customs

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 9th January, 2019

To

All Cadre Controlling Authorities under CBIC

Subject: Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Civilian Employees -regarding

Madam / Sir,

The Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACP) for the Central Government Civilian Employees was introduced on the recommendation of the 6th Central Pay Commission vide Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T) OM No.35034/3/2008-Estt(D) dated 19.05.2009 w.e.f. 01.09.2008.

2.The Board has been receiving a number of references from individuals/ Commissionerates /CBN, CBIC, seeking clarification on the applicability of the judgement dated 08.12.2017 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal Diary No. 3744 of 2016, in case of UOI and Ors. Vs. Balbir Singh Turn & Anr. on grant of MACP from 01.01.2006 instead of 01.09.2008.

3.DoP&T is the nodal Department for regulation of MACP Scheme. The matter has been examined in the Board in consultation with DoP&T. DoP&T has, inter alia, observed that: –

The Order dated 08.12.2017 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal Diary No. 3744 of 2016, in case of UOI and Ors. Vs. Balbir Singh Turn & Anr is in the context of MACP Scheme issued by Ministry of Defence (MoD) with regard to Personnel below Officer Rank (PBOR) and hence the order of Hon’ble Apex Court is directly not applicable to the MACP Scheme issued by DoP&T for civilian employees. Therefore, request for grant of MACP benefits w.e.f. 01.01.2006 may not be agreed to on the following grounds: –

(i) The VI Pay Commission recommended separate Schemes for civilian and the Defence Personnel. After the recommendations were considered and approved by the Cabinet, D/o Expenditure issued Resolution dated 29.08.2008 in respect of civilian employees. M/o Defence issued resolution dated 30.08.2008 regarding extension of VI CPC benefits to Armed Forces Personnel. Thus, the Civilian and the PBOR personnel are governed by two different Resolutions.

(ii) The recommendations of the 6th CPC were accepted by the Government only on 29.08.2008 (30.08.2008 in case of PBOR). The recommendations of the 66 CPC were required to be examined and a scheme was to be formulated in consultation with Department of Expenditure and the same took considerable time for its implementation. Before implementation of the Scheme, a cut off date had to be decided/fixed. Accordingly, the Government has taken a conscious decision for implementing the MACPS w.e.f. 01.09.2008. Though the MACPS came into existence only w.e.f. 01.09.2008, the benefits of the existing ACP Scheme of August, 1999, was allowed to the Government servants upto 31.08.2008.

(iii) Changing the effective date of implementation of MACP from 01.09.2008 to 01.01.2006 may be beneficial to certain employees, but this would also place certain other employees at a disadvantage thereby entailing huge recoveries from them. It may be difficult to make recoveries from the employees who have availed higher financial benefit under ACP during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008 and retired from service.

(iv) The MACP is a condition of service and, hence, cannot be given retrospective effect. It is upto Government to take a conscious decision to implement it uniformly from a certain date.

(v) It is not feasible to extend the benefits of MACP during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008, as more than nine years of time has passed since the implementation of MACP and the issues have been settled as per extant instructions. The change of effective date will lead to surge of litigation particularly from employees who availed the benefits of ACP scheme during 01.01.2006 to 31.08.2008.

(vi) Vide Order dated 14.02.2017, Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Madras in Writ petition Nos. 33946, 34602 and 27798 of 2014 has held that the benefit of erstwhile ACP Scheme cannot be negated by bringing a new Scheme i.e. MACP Scheme with retrospective effect.

4.Based on the above, you are requested to take appropriate action on the references received on this issue.

5.This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

Yours faithfully,

(M.K.Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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2 Days Countrywide General Strike Working Class of India

2 Days Countrywide General Strike Working Class of India

The magnificent country wide general strike on 8-9 January 2019 reflected the tide of people’s anger against the anti worker, anti people and anti national neoliberal policies pursued by the BJP led government at the centre. It surpassed, in its sweep and depth, even the earlier two massive general strikes, on 2nd September 2015 and 2016 held during this Modi government’ regime.

The participation of workers in the general strike across sectors and the massive support and solidarity it received from all cross sections of people across the country indicate the growing resentment of people against the government. The national organisations of the peasants and agricultural workers, dalits, adivasis etc,. extended active support and called for a ‘grameen bandh’ bringing rural India to a standstill. The retired employees’ organisations also have actively campaigned for and supported the strike.

Full reports of the strike have not been received. Below is the information as up to the afternoon of 9th January.

The strike in Assam was unprecedented. All the tea gardens were closed. Refineries were closed. Workers, both permanent and contract workers picketed and demonstrated outside several refineries. Workers along with fraternal mass organisations of peasants, agricultural workers, students, women etc held rail roko all over the state. Police arrested hundreds of activists including Tapan Sharma, general secretary of the state committee of CITU.

The strike received massive response from the working class in Bihar. Road transport was totally paralyzed. Scheme workers, construction workers, beedi workers participated in the strike and held huge rallies in Samastipur, Khagaria, Darbhanga, Jamui, Begusarai and other districts. Roads were blocked in Samastipur, Katihar etc. The state bandh called by the Left parties in support of the strike, on the issues of peasants and agricultural workers and against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, on 9th January was total.

The industrial workers and employees in NCR Delhi joined the strike in a big way. Only 5 workers joined duty in the public sector CEL. The industrial areas of Okhla 3 phases, Naraina, Mayapuri, Mongolpuri 2 phases, Udyognagar, Nangloi, Wazirpur, GT Karnal Road, Badlhi, Rajasthanpuri, Bhorgarh etc, were totally closed. Workers struck work and marched in processions which culminated in rallies in different industrial areas. Around 2000 to 3000 workers participated in each rally. Teachers and students of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University joined the strike en masse. Universities were closed.

Gujarat, home state of Prime Minister Modi, witnessed such a joint strike of workers for the first time in many decades. The trade unions took up extensive joint campaign. Engineering workers in Baroda, Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Junagarh, Ahmedabad, most of them not organised under any trade union joined the strike in large numbers. Despite the threats of victimisation from the BJP government in the state, anganwadi employees and ASHAs joined the strike and held massive demonstrations in most of the districts in the state. For the first time midday meal workers joined the strike. BMS campaigned extensively against the strike calling it a ‘political strike’. Despite this, anganwadi employees affiliated to the BMS union in 3 ICDS projects in the state joined the strike and also the demonstrations held on the occasion. Big rallies were held in 8 cities – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Junagarh, Baroda, Anand and Palanpur. Around 3000 to 8000 workers participated in each.

The modern industrial area of Gurgaon in Haryana witnessed good response of the workers to the strike. Hero Honda declared 3 days’ holiday. Except Maruti, most of the big industries including Honda remained closed. Workers in all the smaller industries in the area struck work and joined rallies. A huge joint rally of industrial workers was held on 8th January. Workers in govt sector, roadways and unorganised sector like brick-kiln, forest, village chowkidar, construction etc joined the strike in a big way.

Strike in Rajasthan in different industries, both in organised and unorganised sector has been quite noticeable despite severe police repression on the striking workers in the MNC dominated industrial area in Neemrana. There have been numerous demonstrations and procession by the striking workers along with others throughout the state.

The scheme workers, MGNREGA workers, Hydel project workers as well as industrial workers in Himachal Pradesh participated in the strike. Huge rallies with mostly women workers were held in several district headquarters.

Despite the difficult political situation in the state, unorganized sector workers and scheme workers participated in the strike in thousands in Jammu and Kashmir. Interstate bus services were off the road. A procession with the participation of scheme workers, railway contract workers, construction workers, coal mine workers, hydro project workers, vendors, middle class employees etc was held in Jammu. Protest demonstrations were held in almost all the districts in the Kashmir valley.

The industrial areas of Bokaro, Ranchi, Adityapur, Gamharia in Jarkhand were almost closed due to the strike. Pharmaceutical industry was closed. Beedi workers and stone quarry workers in Pakur, Sahebganj and Chatra and Bauxite workers in Lohardaga were in total strike as were the workers in the copper mines and industry.
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Over 30 lakh workers, including industrial workers, public sector, government, bank, insurance, BSNL etc employees, scheme workers and unorganized sector workers, participated in the strike in Karnataka. There was total strike in public road transport; autos were off the road in Bengaluru. All the permanent workers in multinational corporations Toyota Kirloskar, Volvo buses and trucks, Coca Cola etc participated in the strike. Strike was total in the industrial areas of Bengaluru, Mysuru etc.

Despite the large scale disturbances sought to be created by the BJP against entry of women of all ages to the temple in Sabarimala, joint campaign was extensively conducted all over Kerala with an effort to reach every nook and corner of the state. Strike was total. Workers and members of other mass organisations picketed trains at 32 points. Train traffic was disrupted and several trains had to be cancelled. Trivandrum, Cochin and Kozhikode airport ground handling staff were on strike causing disruption of flights. Because of the campaign, people extended support to the strike. There were very few passengers in the buses and trains. Thousands of workers have gathered at the 483 strike centres which have been opened across the state. These centres were active for entire 48 hours duration of strike throughout day and night.

In addition to the total participation of Anganwadi employees, ASHAs and midday meal workers in the strike in Madhya Pradesh, thousands of workers in private industries, particularly cement industry participate in the strike. Strike was total in all the cement units where CITU had affiliated unions. In addition it was near total in Hitech and 75% in Heavy Engineering Workers. Workers in the industrial clusters in Indore, Neemuch etc,. and the contract workers in NFIL joined the strike. Though most of the road transport workers are not organised under any trade union, the extensive campaign by the CITU state committee resulted in massive participation of road transport workers with transport being seriously affected in 22 districts in the state, where no passenger buses could run. In Bhopal, 70% of the buses could not operate and 80% of city buses were stopped in depots. Even under government pressure, only 15% – 20% buses were operated. Strike in the coal mines in the state was also massive.

With the total participation of the transport workers in BEST (Bombay Electricity Supply and Transport) in the strike, bus services were off the road in Mumbai. There was total strike by workers in multinational companies like BOSCH, CEAT, Crompton, Samsonite etc. Thousands of permanent and contract workers of Reliance Industries also joined the strike. The industrial areas in Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Icchalkaranji were seriously affected due to the strike. Highways were blocked in many places. A massive rally planned jointly in Solapur could not be held as police denied permission because of Prime Minister’s visit to the city on that day.

Manipur bore a deserted look due to the massive strike. Vehicular traffic was totally stopped; educational institutions shut down and examinations were postponed. All the major markets were closed. Road blocks and demonstrations were held in many places.

There was a bandh like situation in Odisha. Road transport was totally off. Strike was 80% in cement and engineering industries. The strike in the public sector units like NALCO, Port and Dock and Indian Oil was over 80%. Scheme workers totally participated in the strike. Unorganised sector workers held rasta roko and rail roko in several places. All political parties including the ruling BJD, except BJP supported the strike.

Strike was total among the PUNBUS employees and electricity employees in Punjab and Chandigarh. Workers in the industrial areas of Ludhiana including Hero cycles, the cement factories in Bathinda, industries in Amritsar went on strike. Contract employees in private hospitals were on strike throughout the state. Scheme workers joined the strike en masse and participated in thousands in the demonstrations, rallies and rasta roko across the state.

Strike in Tamil Nadu was immense. Pondicherry witnessed a total bandh like situation with all sectors being paralysed. Over 85% of the public sector Salem steel plant employees, 70% of the BHEL employees were on strike. Workers in Neyveli Lignite, Tuticorin port and Salem Chemplast also joined the strike. The textile industry including the cooperative spinning mills, power looms, NTC mills were affected. 50% of the workers in the engineering industry were on strike. Workers in Madras Export Processing Zone also went on strike. Manufacturing units in north and south Chennai were closed. Loading and unloading were stopped. Workers in several railway goods sheds were on strike. Majority of the total markets in the state witnessed total strike. 80% electricity employees were on strike. Bill collection was closed in 90% centres. There was total strike in Thiruvallur thermal plant. 85% autos were off the road. Tea, rubber and coffee plantation workers including those in big estates went on strike. Street vendors also joined. Many other industries including the famous knitwear industry in Tiruppur, chemical industry, Salt Corporation, Ashok Leyland, tanneries, Tasmac, sugar, etc witnessed massive strike. Scheme workers joined. Beedi factories in 67 villages and towns were closed. Crackers and construction workers were on strike. 80% of autos were off the road.

Over 21 lakh workers and employees in Telangana participated in the strike. Strike was total in the automobile manufacturing units and breweries and distilleries and 80% in the engineering units in the industrial areas in Hyderabad and surrounding districts. 90% of the contract workers in NTPC joined the strike. Over 65% scheme workers joined the strike despite the threats and intimidation by the TRS government and its administration. ​

In Agartala in Tripura, despite the use of force, BJP government could manage to get only 30% of the shops opened and around 30% of buses to operate. Almost same has been the situation in many other districts of the state. Teachers attended schools but there were no students.

The main participants in the strike in Uttarakhand were the anganwadi employees and midday meal workers in addition to the government employees. In some places hotel workers, contract and outsourcing workers, work charged employees also participated. However, rallies were held in all the districts.

East India Pharmaceuticals, Britannia and other big industries in Kolkata were closed due to the strike in West Bengal. There was total strike in the jute mills with all except one being closed as well as in the engineering industry despite the terror by the Trinamool goons. There was no loading in trucks. Passenger and goods transport by in the state were practically out off roads. There was total strike in the industrial areas in 24 Paraganas, Hooghly, and Howrah. In tea garden workers in Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Dinajpur were on strike and participated in Rasta roko demonstrations. There was good strike in coal and steel in the state. 60% of the permanent workers in Calcutta port were on strike. 70% of street vendors in Kolkata joined the strike. Universities and colleges remained closed with the lecturers and students joining the strike. Despite attck unleashed by Police and Trinamool Congress goons on the striking workers in the state, it was resisted by the workers along with democratic people from all walks of lives throughout the state heroically. Police arrested hundreds of activists and leaders including Anadi Sahu, general secretary of the CITU state committee.

Participation of workers in the major industries in this strike all over the country was quite high compared to the earlier strikes.

The overall participation of strike in the coal industry was around 70%- 75%. Production and dispatch almost collapsed. Both permanent and contract workers joined the strike in almost all the big projects including the outsourced projects.

Thirty lakh electricity workers, employees and engineers in the power sector joined the strike across the country at the call of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers.

The strike in the oil sector was unprecedented, particularly in Assam. Employees in various refineries in Assam joined the strike and picketed offices. Oil workers of 3 out of the 4 unions in Kochi refinery joined the strike despite the management getting a court order banning the strike. Contract workers participated along with the permanent employees. Overall, strike in the petroleum sector has been substantive in the eastern, north-eastern and southern India while it was partial in western and northern part.

There was good strike in the steel industry with near total strike in Vizag steel, Salem steel and Bhadravati. In Rourkela steel permanent workers joined the strike and picketed the plant and strike was around 50% on the whole. Contract workers joined the strike en masse. The strike in other steel plants viz., Bokaro, Bhilai and Durgapur was partial.

Strike was partial in the ports as some of the major unions did not join the strike in some of the major ports. But cargo handling was affected in Paradip, Tuticorin, Kolkata, Haldia, Visakhapatnam and Cochin ports.

Road transport was highly affected creating a bandh like situation in many states in the country. An estimated 3.5 crore transport workers and small owners participated in the strike. The strike in the road transport sector was total with the participation of workers in public and private passenger and goods transport including autos in Kerala, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Strike was over 80% in West Bengal. Strike had serious impact in Punjab, several districts of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.

Construction workers participated in the strike in a big way as well as in the demonstrations in the entire country. Plantation workers, tea, coffee, rubber, joined the strike en masse in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and in large numbers in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

In addition to the industrial workers, the strike saw massive participation of employees in the service sectors also.

Women scheme workers in all states including where the trade union movement was weak, participated not only in the strike but in the demonstrations all over the country. They lent visibility to the strike even in places where no other trade union existed.

Strike among insurance employees was near total all over the country. Lakhs of bank employees including the officers in the Regional Rural Banks, Cooperative Banks, Reserve Bank and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) participated in the strike at the call of All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees’ Federation of India (BEFI).

Around 13 lakh central government employees joined the strike across the country as per the call given by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The strike was total in the postal and income tax departments. In addition employees of Audit and Accounts, Civil Accounts, Atomic Energy, Geological Survey of India, Customs and Central Excise, Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Central Ground Water Board, Postal Accounts, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, AGMARK, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Medical Stores Depots, Film Division of India, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Central Food Processing Laboratory, Census Department, National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), Defence Accounts, Rehabilitation Department, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Institute of Physics, LNCPE, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Canteen Employees, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Passport Department, and various other autonomous and scientific research institutes participated in the two days’ strike. The strike among central government employees was total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Assam and other North Eastern states including Tripura. In all other states 60%-80% employees participated in the strike.

State government employees in many states joined the strike in a big way. While the strike was 90% in Kerala, around 80% of state government employees in Haryana and several other states joined the strike. In Uttar Pradesh over 60% employees were on strike while it was 40% in Himachal Pradesh.

Strike in BSNL was total in Kerala, West Bengal and the north eastern states and partial in other states.

In many states retired employees, including EPS 95 pensioners extended solidarity and support to the strike by joining the demonstrations and rallies.

Huge demonstrations and rallies were held in all the states in the industrial centres and district headquarters with the participation of thousands of workers in each. Industrial workers, middle class employees, scheme workers and unorganised workers participated in these in large numbers. Thousands of workers were arrested across the country including in Assam, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal etc.

Particularly significant in the strike was the enormous solidarity and support extended by the various sections of people – the peasants, agricultural workers, women, youth and students etc. In addition, the organisations of tribals, dalits etc also supported the strike. Thousands of members of these organisations and their national and state leaders directly participated in the demonstrations, rallies, rasta roko and rail roko all over the country.

True to its commitment to the divisive ideology as a member of the sangh parivar, and ever loyal to its fraternal political wing the BJP, the BMS tried to confuse and divide the workers nursing illusions to weaken the strike. The BMS, which was involved in preparing the joint charter of demands of the central trade unions when it was part of the joint trade union movement, now finds the demands to be ‘political’. It had no problem in participating in struggles including strikes when the Congress led UPA government was in power. But, with the BJP in power, even when the government is fast carrying forward the anti worker amendment to the labour laws to trample labour rights underfoot, totally ignoring the suggestions of the central trade unions, neglecting the tripartite bodies, BMS strangely finds the government to be ‘positive’ to workers’ demands. It gathered a few breakaway groups of central trade unions and created a platform, opposed the strike and actively campaigned against the strike. But the working class of the country totally rejected its hypocritical manoeuvres. These attempts in fact boomeranged as the magnificent two days’ strike clearly showed the participation of their own ranks in the strike in several states.

What is required now is to take the struggle against the neoliberal policies forward and heighten and intensify it by strengthening the unity of the entire working class and the unity of the working class with the all the other sections of toiling masses.

Source: Confederation

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Admissible Allowances under the Scheme of DFFT of DOPT

Admissible Allowances under the Scheme of DFFT of DOPT
Admissible allowances under the full funding scheme of Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) of DOPT
F.No.12037/41/2017-FTC
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Training Division

Block-IV, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi
Dated: 09.01.2019

To
1. The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/UTs.
2. The Secretaries of all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.

Subject: Admissible allowances under the full funding scheme of Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) of DOPT.

Reference: This department’s Circular No.12037/14/2010-FTC dated 19.01.2011 and NO.12037/20/2015-FTC dated 17.10.2016.

Madam/Sir,
The Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India has been sponsoring the names of suitable officers every year for undergoing training in various universities/institutions abroad under the Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme.

2. The matter regarding the accommodation allowance to the officers deputed for undergoing DFFT programs has been reviewed in consultation with the IFD of this department and it has been decided to circulate consolidated information regarding various allowances admissible to the officers while deputed under the DFFT scheme of DoPT.

3. Long-term programmes:

(i) Monthly Living allowance:

Countries Living allowance In US$/ per month
USA 1918
UK 2014
Netherlands 1880
FRANCE 1994
Switzerland 2205
Australia 1880
Singapore 1880
Philippines 1803

(The above mentioned rates are based on the Foreign Allowance (FA) fixed by MEA in 2009 and are at 45% of FA of MEA being given to Director level officers in these countries and is subject to change as per any revision in FA of MEA officers).

(ii) Monthly Accommodation

(a) University accommodation should be taken. The same will be paid as per actual, subject to it being for a single bedroom accommodation. If the officer avail other than single bedroom university accommodation, the highest rate of the one bedroom university accommodation will be payable.

(b) In case the University accommodation is very limited and not available to all officers nominated empanelled/recommended treated for the programme, then University accommodation can be taken which will be at par with the University accommodation. In case the university recommended/em panelled accommodation are also limited and not available to all officers, then private accommodation can be taken in which case, accommodation allowance shall be paid at par with the highest of the university’s one bedroom accommodation or the actual rent paid by the officer, whichever is less on producing the supporting documents from accommodation authority viz. rent receipt, certificate from university regarding non-availability of the university accommodation etc.

(c) In case where the University accommodation/University recommended/empanelled accommodation are not available, the accommodation allowance may be given at the rate of US $750 per month and US $1000 per month in normal cities and big cities respectively.

(iii) One-time Allowances:

Warm Clothing Allowance : US $500
Departure Allowance : US $500
Arrival Allowance: US $375
Books & Assignment Allowance: US $1000

Note:The above one time allowances will be admissible to the officers deputed for one year long term program only. The officers deputed for two years IACA programs will be admissible for Warm Clothing Allowance and Books & Assignment Allowance only. The living and accommodation allowance respect of IACA programs will be regulated in terms of allowances given in short term programs.

4. Short-term programmes.
(i) Per Diem (DA):

Per Diem to be disbursed under the DFFT Scheme would be equal to per diem available to officers while ‘on tour’ as per Gol’s guidelines.

(ii) Accommodation allowance:

This allowance will be paid at par with the rates of Per Diem for training programmes upto the duration of 2 months. For programmes beyond 2 months’ duration, the rates agreed for long term programmes, i.e., US $750 per month and US $1000 per month in normal cities and big cities respectively would be applicable.

5. Further, as a matter of policy, accommodation and living allowances for one year long term program shall be paid for the period of training including one week (7 days) at the beginning of the programme and one week (7 days) at the end of the programme, subject to the total period of training being within one year.

Yours faithfully,
(Rajendra Prasad Tewari)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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Questions on New System for Promotion – Loksabha Q & A

Questions on New System for Promotion – Loksabha Q & A
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING)LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3529
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.01.2019)

NEW SYSTEM FOR PROMOTION

3529. DR. BOORA NARSAIAH GOUD:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Government is proposing to have a new system introduced to assess the integrity and reputation of bureaucrats on the basis of which promotion is given;
(b) if so, the services that are going to be considered and from when this is likely to be introduced;
(c) whether there is a proposal to send these guidelines to the States; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (d): Promotions are given in accordance with the provisions in the Recruitment Rules / Service Rules for the respective posts. The consolidated guidelines on Departmental Promotion Committees (DPC) for making recommendations in regard to fitness of officials for promotion have been issued vide Department of Personnel & Training’s OM No. 22011/5/1986-Estt.(D) dated 10.04.1989. The policy contained in this OM with regard to Benchmark, assessment of fitness, sealed cover procedure in respect of officers under cloud, zone of consideration for promotion, and other related matters has been reviewed and amended from time to time. The important amendments made in the promotion guidelines during past three years are as under:

i. OM No. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) dated 25/01/2016 regarding promotion of Government Servants exonerated after retirement-procedure and Guidelines to be followed.

ii. OM No. 22011/4/2007-Estt. (D) dated 21/11/2016 regarding Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion – role of Departmental Promotion Committee.

iii. OM No. 22011/4/2013-Estt.(D) dated 08/05/2017 regarding procedure to be observed by the Departmental Promotion Committees(DPCs) – Model Calendar for DPCs -relevant year up to which APARs are to be considered and Model Calendar for conducting DPCs and crucial date for eligibility.

iv. OM No. 22011/3/2013-Estt. (D) dated 15/11/2018 regarding promotion of Government servants found fit by review DPC after retirement – procedure and guidelines to be followed.

These instructions are applicable to all Central Government Civilian Employees and Central Services except Railways Services and services under the control of the Department of Atomic Energy, the erstwhile Department of Electronics, the Department of Space and the Scientific and Technical Services under the Department of Defence Research and Development.

The state services are under Schedule VII of Constitution and States are empowered to make rules under Article 309 in respect of services and posts under them.

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Queries in Amendment of LTC Scheme

Queries in Amendment of LTC Scheme

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

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3491
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.01.2019)

AMENDMENT IN LTC SCHEME

3491. SHRI P. NAGARAJAN:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Union Government has any proposal to amend/revise the existing rules and regulations to visit tourist destinations under LTC scheme for the Central Government employees;

(b) if so, the details thereof ;

(c) whether the Union Government has also any proposal to grant at least 15% of the total LTC fare amount to partly defray the expenses spent for accommodation and local transport arrangements while availing ‘All India Tour’ to the eligible Central Government employees;

(d) if so, the details thereof ; and

(e) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER  OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY  OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES

AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) No Madam.

(b) Not applicable in view of (a) above.

(c) to (e): No Madam. There is no such proposal at present.

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Armed Forces Veterans Day

Armed Forces Veterans Day

The Armed Force are celebrating the Veterans Day on 14 Jan to honour the veterans of the Army, Navy and Air Force.  To mark the occasion, veteran rallies will be held country wide at Armed Forces stations.  The main celebration in Delhi will take place at the Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt.  Raksha Mantri and Raksha Rajya Mantri will grace the occasion amongst many other eminent officials associated with the Veterans affairs.

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Rules of training programme on Pension & Bhavishya

Rules of training programme on Pension & Bhavishya

The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr Jitendra Singh addressed the training programme on Pension Rules & Bhavishya, organised by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here today. The programme was organised for the officials of various Ministries/departments dealing with pension related matters.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that organising these kinds of workshops provides knowledge to these officials while dealing with the pension-related issues. He said that the number of pensioners has increased significantly during the last few years because increase in the life span of individuals post independence. He added that, on the one hand, India has a huge population below the age of 40 years, and on the other hand, the ratio of elder population is also rising, due to which we have to deal with the both situations simultaneously. The Minister said that the Government led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken various steps for the pensioners, including increase in minimum pension, issue of Digital life certificates, Anubhav and Bhavishya initiatives, among others. Modern technology has been put to the maximum use by the Ministry of Personnel, he added. He also appreciated the Department’s initiative for pre-retirement counselling. The Minister emphasised that the retired employees have vast experience and should be treated as resources. Their services should be utilised they can be put to productive use in the Government, he added.

The Minister also interacted with the participants during the programme and received their inputs. He asked the officers from Department of Pensions to make note of all suggestions and difficulties faced by the participant ministries during dealing with pension related issues and take appropriate action in this regard.

The Secretary, DARPG & Pensions, Shri K.V. Eapen said that the Department has done a root cause analysis for the pension-related issues, which will be helpful in the grievance disposal of pensioners. He said that some changes have been introduced in the NPS recently which were discussed during the workshop.

The sessions included many topics such as Pension policy & gratuity, Pension procedure and Bhavishya, qualifying service, modules under Pensioners’ Portal – Bhavishya, Anubhav and Sankalp, National Pension System, submission of Life Certificate, commutation of Pension, procedure on medical facilities for retirees and family pension etc.

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Kashmir Valley Special Concession – Additional HRA, Messing Facilites, Incentive (as per 7th CPC) to CGE and Monthly Pension to Pensioners: DoPT Order

Kashmir Valley Special Concession – Additional HRA, Messing Facilites, Incentive (as per 7th CPC) to CGE and Monthly Pension to Pensioners: DoPT Order
No. 18016/ 3/ 2018 -Estt.(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
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New Delhi, the 8th January, 2019

 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Special concessions to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley in attached/subordinate offices or PSUs falling under the control of Central Government .

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The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 18016/ 1/2016-Estt.(L) dated 11th December, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to state that it has been decided by the competent authority to extend the package of concessions/ incentives to Central Government employees working in Kashmir Valley for a further period of two years w.e.f. 01.01.2018. The package for two years is as per Annexure.

2. The package of incentives is uniformly applicable to all Ministries/ Departments and PSUs under the Government of India and they should ensure strict adherence to the rates prescribed in the package. The concerned Ministry / Department may ensure implementation and monitoring of the package in conformity with the approved package, and therefore, all court cases in which verdicts are given contrary to the package would have to be contested by the Ministries/ Departments concerned.

Encl: As above

(Sandeep Saxena)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

 ANNEXURE

 ANNEXURE to DOPT’s O.M. No.18016/ 3/ 2018-Estt .(L) dated the 8th January, 2019.

DETAILS OF PACKAGE OF CONCESSIONS TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WORKING IN KASHMIR VALLEY IN ATTACHED/SUBORDINATE OFFICES OR PSUs FALLING UNDER THE CONTROL OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

[Kashmir Valley comprises of ten districts namely, Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Srinagar, Kulgam, Shopian, Ganderbal and Bandipora]

I. ADDITIONAL H.R.A. AND OTHER CONCESSIONS :
(A) Employees posted to Kashmir Valley;.

(i) These employees have an option to move their families to a selected place of their choice in India at Government expense. T.A. for the families allowed as admissible in permanent transfer inclusive of the Composite Transfer Grant at the rate of 80% of the last month’s basic pay.

(ii) Departmental arrangements for stay, security and transportation to the place of work for employees.

(iii) HRA as for Class ‘Y’ city ( 16% of basic pay) applicable for employees exercising option at (i). Such employees will be eligible for drawing the normal HRA as well at their place of posting provided Departmental arrangement is not made for his/ her stay.

(iv) The period of temporary duty extended to six months. For period of temporary duty, an incentive to be known as Kashmir Valley Special Incentive will be paid at the following rates along with food charges (as per 7th Pay Commission norms), apart from departmental arrangements for stay, security and transportation:

Pay Range Rate Per month (on pro rata)
(i) Level 14 and above Rs.9000
(ii) Level 12 and 13 Rs.8000
(iii) Level 9 to 11 Rs.7000
(iv) Level 6 to 8 Rs.6000
(v) Level 5 & below Rs.4500

(B) Employees posted to Kashmir Valley who do not wish to move their families to a selected place of residence:

A per diem allowance of Rs. 113/ – is to be paid for each day of attendance to compensate for any additional expense in transportation to and from office etc.

II. MESSING FACILITIES :

Messing allowance is to be paid to all the employees posted m J&K @Rs.97.85/- per day.

III. PAYMENT OF MONTHLY PENSION TO PENSIONERS OF KASHMIR VALLEY:

Pensioners of Kashmir Valley who are unable to draw their monthly pensions through either Public Sector Banks or PAO treasuries from which they were receiving their pensions, would be given pensions outside the Valley where they have settled, in relaxation of relevant provisions.

NOTE : 1. The package of concessions/ facilities shall be admissible in Kashmir Valley comprising of ten districts namely, Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Srinagar, Kulgam, Shopian, Ganderbal and Bandipora.

2. The package of concessions/ facilities shall be admissible to Temporary Status Casual Labourers working in Kashmir Valley in terms of Para 5(i) of the Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) Scheme of Government of India, 1993.

3. The benefit of additional HRA admissible under the Kashmir Valley package shall be admissible to all Central Government employees posted to Kashmir Valley irrespective of whether they are natives of Kashmir Valley, if they choose to move their families anywhere in India subject to the conditions governing the grant of these allowances.

4. The facilities of Messing Allowance and Per Diem Allowance shall also be allowed to natives of Kashmir Valley in terms of the Kashmir Valley package.

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Source: dopt

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10% reservation bill for general category poor – Government introduces Constitution Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister’s Office
Reservation bill

Reservation bill

10% reservation bill for general category poor is a historic step and a reflection of Government’s commitment for the poor, says PM

PM assures people of Assam and North East that their rights will be protected

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PM dedicates Four lane Section of Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad Highway- New NH-52: to the nation

Solapur-Osmanabad via Tuljapur rail line approved: PM

30,000 houses for poor to be built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in Solapur

09 JAN 2019

The Prime Minister has said that the constitutional amendment bill providing 10% reservation for general category poor is a historic step for the uplift of the poor and a reflection of the Government’s commitment to Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Addressing a public rally in Solapur, Maharashtra today, he said that the passage of the bill by Loksabha is a strong answer to those who were spreading falsehood in this regard and expressed hope that the bill will be passed by Rajya Sabha. The Prime Minster said, “We have passed a historic bill to provide 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections of the General Category in Lok Sabha yesterday. This has strengthened our resolve of Sab Ka Saath Sabka Vikas”

On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister assured the people of Assam and North East that their rights and opportunities will be protected. He said, “the bill has cleared the decks for grant of Indian citizenship to the sons and daughters of Mother India residing in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. After seeing the ups and downs of history, these brothers and sisters of ours want to be a part and parcel of India.”

The Prime Minister said that his Government’s drive against corruption and middlemen will continue unabated despite the diatribes against him. He said that he was performing his duty courageously in the fight against corruption and middlemen backed by the support and the blessings of the people..
The Prime Minister was addressing a public rally at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Solapur after launching and laying down foundation stones of several development projects for the region.Prime Minister laid the foundation Stone of 30,000 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. These will primarily benefit poor homeless people like rag pickers, rickshaw drivers, textile workers, beedi workers, etc at a total cost of Rs.1811.33 crores. He said,” Today, we have inaugurated a project of 30000 homes meant for the family of poor, labourers. The beneficiaries of this project are those who work in factories, pull rickshaws, drive auto, etc. I ensure you that very soon you will have the keys of your home in your hands.” The Prime Minister added that efforts have been made to make housing affordable for the middle class families. Now they can save up to Rs. 6 lakhs on home loans over a period of 20 years which is a reflection of the measures undertaken by the Government for Ease of Living.

In keeping with his commitment that he inaugurates the projects for which foundation stone is laid by him, the Prime Minister dedicated to the nation, 98.717 kms long stretch of the New NH-52 which will help improve the connectivity of Solapur, with the important Marathwada region of Maharashtra.NH-52 is now a four laned section of Solapur – Tuljapur – OsmanabadHighway at an estimated cost of Rs.972.50 crores.PM had laid the foundation for this project in 2014. NH-52 has road safety features like 2 major and 17 minor bridges, 4 vehicular and 10 pedestrian underpasses, besides one 3.4 km bypass at Tuljapur that will help decongest the city.

Highlighting the Government’s vision for expansion of highways for better connectivity and ease of living, the Prime Minister said, “Over the past 4 years, nearly 40 thousand kilometers of national highways have been added; at a cost of around 5.5 lakh crore around 52 thousand kilometers of national highways are under construction.”:

Announcing a boost to rail connectivity for the region, the Prime Minister said, the government has approved Solapur-Osmanabad via Tuljapur rail line, at an estimated cost of Rs. 1000 crores. He added that efforts are on to start flights from Solapur under the Regional Air connectivity scheme- Udan Yojana.

As a part of his vision of Swachh Bharat and Swastha Bharat, the Prime Minister dedicated to the nation Underground Sewerage System, and three Sewage Treatment Plants in Solapur. This will increase the sewer coverage of the town and improve sanitation in the city.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the Combined Project of Improvement in Water Supply and Sewerage System, as part of Area Based Development in Solapur Smart City, Augmentation of Drinking Water Supply from Ujani Dam to Solapur City and Underground Sewerage System under AMRUT Mission. It will bring significant improvement in service delivery and improve public health enabled by technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.
It is expected that these measures will go a long way towards giving a major push to road and transport connectivity, water supply, sanitation, employment generation etc. for the people in Solapur and the adjoining areas.

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Year End Review 2018: Ministry of Telecommunications – DoT

Ministry of Communications
Year End Review 2018: Ministry of Telecommunications
09 JAN 2019
  • Six-fold increase in Government spending on telecommunications infrastructure and services in the country – from Rs. 9,900 crores between 2009-14, to Rs. 60,000 crores (actual + planned) between 2014-19
  • Tariff reductions benefiting consumers across the country:

    - Average voice tariff declined by 67% – from an average per minute tariff of 51 paise in June 2014 to 11 paise in June 2018
    – Average data tariff declined by 96% – from Rs. 269 per GB in 2014, to Rs. 12 per GB in June 2018

  • Restoring the trust between Government and Citizens through a smooth and transparent auction of spectrum in 2015 and 2016 – more than 1382 MHz sold, realising an upfront payment of approximately Rs. 65,000 crores
  • For the spectrum auction of October, 2016, DoT received an Excellence Award from CVC in November 2017, for “Transparency in e-auction of spectrum in 2016″
  • Telecom service providers now have sufficient spectrum available to offer their sevices; the regime of spectrum shortage is a thing of the past
  • Under the BharatNet project, which is expected to trigger the era of Broadband in rural India, nearly 50% of the total 2.5 Lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the country have been connected through high-speed OFC network by October 2018, as compared to 59 GPs in June 2014; plan to complete the remaining GPs by March 2019
  • Network for Spectrum (NFS) project for Defence – project approved in July 2012; no cable laid until May 2014; 51,000 km of Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) laid in the last 4 years
  • Under BharatNet and NFS projects, OFC laid at a peak rate of 800 km per day, with an average of more than 200 km per day – a record of sorts
  • As a result of its’ role in the BharatNet project, ITI Ltd. was able to report a net profit of Rs. 102 crores (without grants) for the year 2017-18
  • Proactive engagement, planning, and investment to leverage new technologies for the welfare of citizens – High-Level Forum (HLF) for 5G India set up which submitted its report in August 2018; 5G test beds established through Industry-Academia partnership and government support; 5G field trials to be conducted over the next 12 months

Highlights in Figures

  • Increase in overall tele-density in the country – from 75% in June 2014 to 93% in March 2018, adding 305 million new subscribers
  • Mobile Internet subscriptions more than doubled – from 233 Million in March 2014 to 491 Million in June 2018
  • Over 107% increase in internet coverage – from 251 million users in June 2014 to 512 million in June 2018
  • Number of mobile Base Transceiver Stations (BTS)more than doubled – from 7.9 lakh in May 2014 to more than20 lakh in May 2018
  • Country-wide OFCcoverage doubled – from 7 lakh km in May 2014 to 14 lakh km in May 2018
    Average mobile data usage per subscriber grew 51 times – from 62 MB per month to 3.2 GB per month
  • Cheapest data tariff globally – from Rs. 300 per GB in 2014 to Rs. 12 per GB in June 2018, tariff reduction of 96%
  • Highest mobile data consumption globally at 3.4 Billion GB per month
  • Seven times growth in broadband access – from 61 million subscribers in March 2014, to 447 million subscribers in June 2018
  • Digital payment transactions through mobile grew four times- from 168 million in November 2016 to 600 million now
  • Five times jump in FDI inflows in Telecom Sector – from USD 1.3 billion in 2015-16, to USD 6.2 billion in 2017-18
  • Connecting the Unconnected areas in the country:
  • Left-Wing Extremism Affected Areas – 2335 mobile towers installed in Phase I, at a total outlay of Rs. 4,781 crores; 4072 towers approved for installation in Phase II, with a total outlay of Rs. 7,330 crores
  • Biggest ever Telecom Spend in the North-East Region -Ongoing projects with a total outlay of more than Rs. 10,800 crores, connecting border areas, highways, and unconnected villages
  • Submarine cable connectivity to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in addition to strengthening connectivity within the islands and in Lakshadweep – at an outlay of Rs. 2,250 crores
  • Extensive expansion of the Wi-Fi eco-system in rural areas,with an outlay of Rs. 10,000 crores – 25,000 hot-spots by BSNL in rural exchanges, 7,000 hot-spots (e-Choupals) by Common Service Centres (CSCs); Additional 1 million Hotspots planned by March 2019
  • Key reforms to facilitate the operation of a Robust, Competitive, and Sustainable Telecom Sector:
  • Spectrum sharing and trading allowed – to boost competition
  • Spectrum harmonisation – resulting in freeing up spectrum for auction
  • Sharing of passive (e.g., fibre, towers) and active (e.g., BTS) infrastructure
  • Deferred Payment Liabilities – to reduce financial stress in the sector
  • Easing of Right of Way (RoW) Rules and Charges – Ease of Doing Business
  • Full mobile number portability
  • Virtual Network Operators (VNO) license introduced – for effective infrastructure utilisation
    Input credit for VNO licensees allowed to ease tax burden
  • The National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 – summarises our Aspirations and Determination:
  • Missions – NDCP 2018
  • Connect India – Universal broadband coverage at 50 Mbps
  • Propel India – Attracting investments worth USD 100 Billion
  • Secure India – A strong, flexible, and robust communications infrastructure and data protection regime
  • Objectives – NDCP 2018
  • Providing Broadband to all by 2022
  • Adding 4 million jobs in the sector
  • Digital Communications sector to grow to 8% of India’s GDP by 2022 (present 6%)
  • To bring India to the top 50 rank(from present 134) in the ICT Development Index of the International Telecom Union
  • Net positive international trade in the sector – through increased local manufacturing and exports, and lower imports
  • Ensuring Digital Sovereignty of the country

Department of Posts – Highlights and Achievements

  • Average annual Speed Post revenue more than doubled – from Rs. 788 crores between 2006-14 to an average revenue of Rs. 1,682crores between 2014-18.
  • Revenue of Rs. 415 Crores from the e-Commerce business in 2017-18, with a growth of more than 20% over the previous financial year
  • Established a separate Parcel Directorate, in order to focus on this growing business segment; 42 parcel centres and 242 nodal delivery centres have already been established to handle increased volume of consignments
  • Launched at all 650 IPPB branches co-located in District HQ Post Offices along with 1,01,173 Access Points
  • IPPB will offer a 360-degree financial services suite across multiple channels – to benefit the unbanked and under-banked
  • IPPB Stats (between 1st Sep 2018 and 1st Jan 2019):
  • Total Accounts Opened:20.11 Lacs
  • Cumulative Value of Transactions: INR 561 Crores
  • Cumulative Volume of Transactions: 12.87 Lacs
  • 995 DoP ATMs are now inter-operable with other Banks.
  • Sukanya Samridhi Scheme: Out of total 1.52 Crores enrolments, 1.31 crores done through Post Offices
  • Aadhar Enrolments & Updation Centres have been made functional in 13,352 Post Offices across the country till date; more than 8 Lakh enrolments and 29 lakh updates have already been completed in these centres
  • 254 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) started across the country in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs – to provide passport services through POPSKs/PSKs in each parliamentary constituency; more than 17.5 lakh passport appointments have already been processed in these POPSKs.
  • Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal Life Insurance (RPLI) – insurance products from the DoP, with the unique feature of ‘low premium, high bonus'; renewed drive to extend the benefits of these products to promote financial inclusion in the country
  • Total Assets Under Management (AUM) (including GOI Special Securities/Floating Rate Bonds) in PLI and RPLI increased by 2.0 times between March 2014 and September 2018 – from Rs. 25,856 crores to Rs. 93,068 crores
  • Benefits of Postal Life Insurance (PLI) are no longer limited to Government and Semi-Government employees; this facility is now also available to professionals (teachers, lawyers, engineers, doctors, CAs) and employees of listed companies of NSE and BSE
  • Under SampoornaBima Gram Yojana, at least one person insured from each household in 2,529 villages nation-wide; 10,000 villages targeted by March 2019
  • A philately scholarship scheme called Deen Dayal SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude &Research in Stamps as a Hobby) Yojana was introduced in November, 2017 to promote Philately among children; under the scheme, 920 scholarships will be given every year to school-children who demonstrate interest in philately. This year as of now 83,861 students have applied under the Scholarship Scheme.
  • Department of Posts has been issuing stamps on people centric themes. Some of the themes on which stamps have been issued recently are – Ramayana, Mahabharata, Indian Cuisine, Solar System, Safdarjung Hospital etc.
  • Circular Postage Stamps to mark the commencement of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi were issued by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 2nd October 2018. This is the first time in the history of Independent India that Circular Postage Stamps have been issued.
  • Technology investments in the Department have increased from Rs. 434 crores between 2010-14 to about Rs. 1087 crore (upto Sep, 2018) between 2014-18.
  • More than 1.29 lakh SIM based handheld devices are in use by Gramin Dak Sewaks in Branch Post Offices.
  • 5.21 crore transactions have been processed successfully on National Automated Clearing House (NACH) platform since December 2016, handling more than Rs. 3,904crores
  • Postman mobile application has been introduced to update the delivery information of accountable mail, including cash on delivery, on a real time basis

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Withdrawal from New Pension Scheme – Ministry of Finance

Withdrawal from New Pension Scheme – Ministry of Finance

Government has allowed premature withdrawal from New Pension Scheme Fund. A subscriber is eligible for three partial withdrawals during the period of subscription under National Pension System (NPS), each withdrawal not exceeding twenty-five percent of the contributions made by the subscriber and excluding contributions made by the employer. There is, however, no restriction on withdrawals from the Tier-II account of the subscriber. Further, keeping in view the possibility of sudden financial needs of the subscribers, the requirement of minimum period under National Pension System (NPS) for availing the facility of partial withdrawal from the mandatory Tier-I account of the subscriber has been reduced from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining w.e.f. 10th August, 2017. The minimum gap of 5 years between two partial withdrawals has also been removed w.e.f. 10th August, 2017.

On 06.12.2018, Government has approved the following proposals pertaining to choice of Pension Fund and investment pattern for Central Government subscribers under NPS:

Choice of Pension Fund: Central Government subscribers will be allowed to choose any one of the pension funds including Private sector pension funds.  They could change their option once in a year. However, the current provision of combination of the Public-Sector Pension Funds will be available as the default option for both existing as well as new Government subscribers.

Choice of Investment Pattern: The following options for investment choices will be offered to Central Government employees:

Government employees who prefer a fixed return with minimum amount of risk may be given an option to invest 100% of the funds in Government securities (Scheme G).

Government employees who prefer higher returns may be given the options of the following two Life Cycle based schemes.

Conservative Life Cycle Fund with maximum exposure to equity capped at 25% at the age of 35 years and tapering off thereafter (LC-25).

Moderate Life Cycle Fund with maximum exposure to equity capped at 50% at the age of 35 years and tapering off thereafter (LC-50).

In case an employee does not submit any choice, the existing allocation of funds shall continue as the default option.

This was stated by Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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33.66 crore Accounts Opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY) as on 26.12.2018

33.66 crore Accounts Opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY) as on 26.12.2018 – Ministry of Finance
As apprised by banks, as on 26.12.2018, there are 33.66 crore accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY). Out of these accounts, 28.16 crore PMJDY accounts are operative accounts.Accounts could be closed by banks on request of concerned customers.  Further, vide, Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s Master Circular on Know Your Customer (KYC) Norms, dated 1.7.2015, banks are permitted to close an account in phased manner in case of non-furnishing of required KYC information and /or non-cooperation by the customer, after issuing due notice to the customer.

Number of PMJDY accounts closed is not centrally monitored. However, cumulative number of existing PMJDY accounts monitored by this Department, shows that the number of these accounts has increased since launch of the scheme.

PMJDY accounts are “Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account” (BSBDA) in nature and as per extant guidelines, there is no requirement for maintaining minimum balance in such accounts.  Accordingly, no penalty is imposed on PMJDY accounts for non-maintenance of minimum balance.

This was stated by Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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