Tamil Nadu government announces Pongal bonus for its employees, teachers and others

Tamil Nadu government announces Pongal bonus for its employees, teachers and others

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced the annual Pongal bonus for its employees, teachers, pensioners and family pensioners.

Group C and Group D government employees as well as teachers will get bonus up to Rs 3,000.

Group A and Group B employees as well as teachers, who have worked for more than 240 days, will get Rs 1,000 as special salary.

Pensioners and family pensioners will get Rs 500 as bonus.
In a statement, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said, “Totally, Rs 326.85 crore will be spent on distributing bonus for government employees and others.”

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Final allowances for central govt employees under 7th Pay Commission likely to come in March: Fin Min official?

Final allowances for central govt employees under 7th Pay Commission likely to come in March: Fin Min official?

New Delhi: The struggle of central government employees unions seeking better allowances under 7th Pay Commission may be bearing fruit soon.

Finance Ministry is expected to announce new set of allowances for central government employees by March.

“May implement new allowances structure for government staff by March”, a Finance Ministry official told BTVi on Friday. BTVi tweeted:

In October the ‘Committee on Allowances’ finalised the report but the government gave then the extension till February 22, 2017, to submit its report for getting normalised the cash crunch position.

Currently, the central government employees are getting allowances under the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

The 7th pay commission had recommended abolishing of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. On the protest of central government employees, the government set Committee on Allowances headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa To review allowances other than dearness allowance. However, it is still unclear whether arrears on allowances would be given or not.

Source : zeenews

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Pan or Form No 60 mandatory for all bank accounts – Submit to the bank by 28.2.2017

Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

08-January-2017 18:17 IST

Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017.

Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in

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Tax collection figures for the period April -December 2016 show a positive trend

Tax collection figures for the period April -December 2016 show a positive trend as Direct Taxes grow by 12.01% and Indirect Taxes grow by 25% over the corresponding period last year i.e. April-December 2015
Direct Tax and Indirect tax collection figures for the period April 2016 to December 2016 have shown a positive trend as Direct Taxes grow by 12.01% and Indirect Taxes grow by 25% over the corresponding period last year i.e. April-December 2015.
The details in this regard are as follows:

Direct Taxes

The figures for Direct Tax collections up to December, 2016 show that net collections are at Rs. 5.53 lakh crore which is 12.01% more than the net collections for the corresponding period last year. This collection is 65.3% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for F.Y. 2016-17.

As regards the growth rates for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT), in terms of gross revenue collections, the growth rate under CIT is 10.7% while that under PIT (including STT) is 21.7%. However, after adjusting for refunds, the net growth in CIT collections is 4.4% while that in PIT collections is 24.6%. Refunds amounting to Rs.1,26,371 crore have been issued during April-December, 2016, which is 30.5% higher than the refunds issued during the corresponding period last year.

After accounting for the third instalment of advance tax received in December, 2016, the collections under advance tax stand at Rs.2.82 lakh crore, which is 14.4% higher than the figures for the corresponding period of last year. CIT advance tax is growing at 10.6% while PIT advance tax has registered a growth of 38.2%.

Indirect Taxes

The figures for indirect tax collections (Central Excise, Service Tax and Customs) up to December 2016 show that net revenue collections are at Rs 6.30 lakh crore, which is 25% more than the net collections for the corresponding period last year. Till December 2016, about 81% of the Budget Estimates of indirect taxes for Financial Year 2016-17 has been achieved.

As regards Central Excise, net tax collections stood at Rs. 2.79 lakh crore during April-December, 2016 as compared to Rs.1.95 lakh crore during the corresponding period in the previous Financial Year, thereby registering a growth of 43%.

Net Tax collections on account of Service Tax during April-December, 2016 stood at Rs. 1.83 lakh crore as compared to Rs.1.48 lakh crore during the corresponding period in the previous Financial Year, thereby registering a growth of 23.9%.

Net Tax collections on account of Customs during April-December 2016 stood at Rs. 1.67 lakh crore as compared to Rs. 1.60 lakh crore during the same period in the previous Financial Year, thereby registering a growth of 4.1%.

During December 2016, the net indirect tax (with ARM) grew at the rate of 14.2% compared to corresponding month last year. The growth rate in net collection for Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax was -6.3%, 31.6% and 12.4% respectively during the month of December, 2016, compared to the corresponding month last year. The de-growth in customs collections appear to be on account of a decline of gold imports by about 46% (in volume terms) in December 2016 over December 2015.

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AIRF: Performance on negotiation with 7th Pay Commission, efforts for getting Gratuity for NPS covered Employees

Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra/General Secretary/AIRF Message to its cadres explaining AIRF Performance on negotiation with 7th Pay Commission, efforts for getting Gratuity for NPS covered Employees

AIRF General Secretary briefs about AIRF achievements.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
(General Secretary)

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen’s Federation
(Estd, 1924)
4, State Entry Road,
New Delhi-110055

Message

All of you are well aware that, All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) is the most reputed and oldest federation of the Railwaymen in India; which started its journey in the year 1924.

Prior to AIRF having been formed in 1924; there were a number of Railway Unions existing on different clusters of the Railways under the British Rule. It was realized by the entities that, despite their best efforts they were struggling to safeguard and protect the rights of the Indian Railwaymen from discrimination and exploitation. The British Rulers were highly discriminating the Indian Workers and their policies were highly loaded in favour of the Anglo-Indian Workers. Thus, ignorance of the safety, security, disparity in wages, medical facilities and uncongenial working conditions to our fellow brothers working in different British Railway clusters, compelled them to create a largest and strongest platform to fight against these atrocities and to protect their interests and induce self-respect at the working place. Collective decision and concerted efforts paved the way for formation of prestigious, strong, massive and meticulous organization to work for the well being of the Railwaymen 24x7x65.

All India Railwaymen’s Federation has a history and saga of sacrifices of its workers while fighting 1960, 1968 and 1974 strikes.

Friends! You are also aware that, recently the 92nd Annual Conference of AIRF was held at Allahabad from 8-10 November, 2016, wherein a number of issues related to staff grievances and demands of the Railwaymen were deliberated and discussed and future line of action was drawn.

It may also be appreciated that, although there are number of organizations at the All India level, it is AIRF that stood tall for the Railwaymen’s demands against the anti-workers policies of the government and forced the Government of India to constitute the 7th CPC.

Dear Friends! Though 7th CPC’s recommendations have since been announced and implemented also, but I am personally aggrieved and pained that, the Pay Commission and the Government ignored many genuine demands of the Railway employees. One of our main demands was restoration of the Old Pension Scheme for the employees who joined on or after 01.01.2004 and the other was Minimum Wage as Rs. 26,000 to the staff at the lowest level. In the recommendations of the 7th CPC both the demands were ignored. Apart from this, many other demands were also either partly or fully ignored in the recommendations of the 7th CPC. I have personally taken note of the demands/issues and not only lodged our strong protest to the government, but pursued them to form the committees to review these demands. In this context we also met a Group of Union Ministers and apprised them of the gravity and genuineness of our demands and got assurance from them that these would be duly taken care of. We have also held meetings with the Cabinet Secretary, Secretary(DoP&T), Secretary(Exp.) etc. of the Government of India, to extract maximum benefits for all of you, but up till now nothing fruitful has emerged.

On this occasion I would like to congratulate all of you that, despite all odds, the long pending demands of enhancing the limit of monthly wages for payment of PLB from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000 was acceded to with the consistent efforts of AIRF w.e.f 01.04.2014, and the payment of PLB along with arrears of 2014-15 has since been made to all the fellow Railwaymen. You may also appreciate that, the orders for payment of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity for all the NPS contributors has as well issued by the DoP&T on regular persuasions by us.

Further to this, one of our major demands for Merger of Technician Gr. II to Gr.I has also been acceded to by the Ministry of Railway in another way by upgrading substantial number of posts to the grade of Sr. Technician and Highly Skilled Technician Gr. I. It is also a landmark achievement, but still a number of grievances and demands are yet to be resolved, as such, the 92nd Annual Conference of AIRF unanimously decided to hold “All Indian Protest Day” on 14th December, 2016 throughout the Indian Railways.

Friends! At this stage I would also like to mention that, during the last sort span of period I was not keeping good health and remained hospitalized also for recovery from the ailment. As of now I am feeling perfectly well and energetic and assure you that I am for the AIRF and the cadre only. My life is for my fellow Railwaymen; with their good wishes I am with them.

As the year 2017 is approaching, I want to take this as opportunity to extend my heartfelt greetings to all of you and your families. You all are essential part to the success of our great federation, I would like to thank you all personally for showing immense faith and confidence.

I further like to appeal all of you to work hard for the betterment of the Railways. So long, the organization is strong, we are also strong. Thus, it is our prime duty to take proper care of duties and responsibilities towards our organization, society and to the nation.

I am sure that, all of you will give priority to organize the Youth and Women because without them AIRF cannot be strong. We should also keep in our mind Mission Future. I personally assure you that, you will always find me with you in your hour of need.

Please accept my best wishes for the New Year. I am sure that, you will work with great gusto and motivation to take-up the future challenges.

With fraternal greetings!
Comradely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source : AIRF

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Recommendations of the Lt Gen Shekatkar Committee – Raise in the Retirement Age of Jawans by Two Years

Defence panel raises retirement age of soldiers by TWO years to ‘cut new recruitment cost’

Recommendations of the Lt Gen Shekatkar Committee were submitted to defence minister Manohar Parrikar

The report also touches upon the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff

In order to enhance their combat capabilities, a key defence ministry panel has made several recommendations including increasing the retirement age of jawans by two years, doing away with manpower in non-combat arms and shutting down military farms.

The recommendations of the Lt Gen Shekatkar Committee were submitted to defence minister Manohar Parrikar almost three weeks ago.

The report also touches upon the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff – who would be the single point contact for the military with the government.

The main aim of the committee was to suggest means to cut down on useless expenditure and use the savings to acquire and enhance fighting capabilities of the army.

One of the most important recommendations of the committee was to increase the retirement age of jawans by two years, which will help the army save a significant amount on pensions and training of personnel.

Army jawans retire after serving a minimum of 17 years and depending upon their promotion while in service.

‘If the recommendations are accepted, jawans and junior commissioned officers till the rank of subedar major will get two more years of service,’ ministry sources told Mail Today.

‘This will reduce the cost of training new jawans along with the problem of providing them reemployment. Of the one million jawans in the army, almost 60,000 retire every year.

‘For two years, the forces can also save on recruiting new manpower,’ they said.

The Shekatkar committee has also suggested ‘optimising’ non-combat support arms in the army such as supply corps, ordnance and electrical and mechanical engineers who service cars and heavy vehicles.

‘Even in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, one can get private agencies close to the border to service and repair army vehicles,’ the sources said.

Same applies for certain functions of the supply and ordnance corps like supplying rations and clothes to the forces.

Their roles can be limited to during war and other critical assignments.

The committee has also recommended abolishing military and dairy farms, where several thousand army personnel and a considerable number of officers are involved in mundane tasks like cattle rearing and growing vegetables.

The committee has also called for downsizing the remount veterinary corps, which looks after horses and mules for ceremonial as well as operations in the higher Himalayan regions of J&K and Arunachal Pradesh.

‘With helicopters and road networks allowing vehicles to reach the last points of border areas and mountains, there is no need to maintain such a large force of mules,’ the sources said.

The NCC is also on the radar of the Shekatkar committee as a large number of officers from the Army are sent there.

‘The committee feels that retiring personnel can be trained and sent there as re-employment. This will save the army the regular personnel for operational duties,’ the sources said.

Source : dailymail.co.uk

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Demonetization vs 7th Pay Commission: Tax-paying government servants among the worst hit!

Demonetization vs 7th Pay Commission: Tax-paying government servants among the worst hit!

“Government employees, who pay regular taxes for up to the last Rupee that they earn as salaries and bonuses, are the ones who were most affected – directly and indirectly – by demonetization.”

As part of its proclaimed drive to eradicate black money, counterfeit notes, and terrorism, the Government, on November 8, announced the abolishing of Rs. 500 and 1000 notes. The acute shortage of cash, that began on November 9, continues until this day. The masses are faced with hardship in one form or the other – medical expenses, marriages, house construction, outstation and foreign travels, celebrations, last rites, school fees, and everyday expenses.

An advance of Rs. 10,000 as cash was given from the salary for the month of November only.

News sources claim that the Ministry of Finance and officials of all departments are working hard to streamline the announcement and handle its after effects.

The Central Government, which has implemented only the hike in the basic pay, as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission and has been giving it with effect from January 1, 2016 onwards and has constituted a high-level special committee under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, to look into the recommendations regarding various allowances.
The meeting of the high-level committee must be constituted in order to decide on important allowances being given to the Central Government employees, including House Rent Allowance. Although sources claim that seven such meetings had been held until now, no decision has been reached yet.

The Seventh Pay Commission had compiled its entire report within 18 months. Four months have passed, but the committee has not been able to make its mind up about one aspect of it, the allowances. This has caused tremendous irritation and frustration among Central Government employees.

Confusions and hurdles continue to plague in constituting the meeting of the high-level committee, which must decide on the issue of allowances to the Railways, Postal, defence, and armed forces. This can be deduced from the recent letter that the Secretary of National Council (JCM) had written to the Central Government. The most recent high-level committee meeting with the NC JCM Staff Side was held on September 1, last year.

The Seventh Pay Commission had listed 196 kinds of allowances (51 allowances have been recommended to delete from the list). It must be mentioned here that, of these, the committee was constituted to look into all the allowances, except the dearness allowance. No decisions have been made yet on any of the allowances. In fact, there is no official information on the next meeting date.

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Notification on amendment to the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993

Notification on amendment to the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993

TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, PART II, SECTION 3, SUB-SECTION(II)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAYS BOARD)

04-01-2017

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi,the 5th December,2016

REB No.146/2016

 

S.O.In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 of the Constitution, the president hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, namely:

1. (1) These rules may be called the Railway Services (Pension) Amendment Rules, 2016.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force on the 17th day of September, 2015.

2. In the Railway Services (Pension) Rules, 1993, in Form-1:

(a) in serial No.7, for item (a), the following shall be substituted, namely:

“(a) (i) Name of organisation (firm or company or co-operative society, etc.);
(ii) Brief nature of the organisation;
(iii) Full address of the registered office of the organisation.
(iv) Permanent Account Number or Tax Indentification Number or Registration Number of the organisation”;

(b) For serial number 9, the following shall be substitued, namely:

“DECLARATION:

I hereby declare that-

(a) I have not been privy to sensitive or strategic information in the last three years of service, which is directly related to the areas of interest or work of the organisation that I propose to join or to the areas in which I propose to practice or consult.

(b) The proposed employment will not involve conflict of interest with the policies of the office held by me during the last three years and the interest represented or work undertaken by the organisation I propose to join will not bring me into conflict with the working of the Government.

(c) The organisation in which I am seeking employment is not involved in activities which are in conflict with or prejudicial to India’s foreign relations, national security and domestic harmony. The organisation is not undertaking any activity for intelligence gathering. The employment, which I propose to take up with the organisation also will not entail activities which are in conflict with or involve activities prejudicial to India’s foreign relations, national security and domestic harmony.

(d) My service record is clear, particularly with respect to integrity and dealings with Non-Government Organisations.

(e) The proposed emoluments and pecuniary benefits are in conformity with the industry standards.

(f) I agree to with draw from the commercial employment in case of any objection by the Government.

UNDERTAKING

 

I hereby solemnly declare that the above information is true to the best of may knowlege and belief and that no material information has been concealed. In the event of any of the information being found to be false, the permission may be withdrawn without assigning any reason and without prejudice to any other action that the Government may consider appropriate, including action under the Railway Services (pension) Rules, 1993 and criminal proceedings.

 

Address of the Applicant

Place …………

Date …………

Signature of applicant

Address of the applicant”.

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

1. The Railway Services (pension) Rules, 1993 came into force on the 3rd December, 1993.
2. In order to maintain uniformity with the Department of Personnel and Training’s Notification on the issue published in the Gazette of India, vide number S.O.713(E) dated the 17th September,2015, this notification is given retrospective effect from the 17th September,2015.
3. The amendments to the said rules with retrospective effect will not adversely affect the interest of any person.

(File No.E(G)/2015/EM1/37)

sd/-
(ALOK KUMAR)
Executive Director Estt. (IR)
Railway Board.

source : NFIR

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Government asks banks to obtain PAN from account holders

Government asks banks to obtain PAN from account holders

 

New Delh: Tightening the noose around tax evaders, the government has asked banks to obtain permanent account number (PAN) or Form-60 if PAN is not available, from all bank account holders by February 28, 2017.

“Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by February 28, 2017, if not already done,” a notification by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) stated today.

The persons who are having bank accounts but have not submitted PAN or Form No 60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No 60 to the bank by February 28, 2017, the notification stated.

However, this rule will not apply to Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts (BSBDA), which are zero balance savings accounts, including Jandhan accounts.

The BSBDA were introduced to take care of simple banking needs of people, which come with free ATM card, monthly statement and cheque book.

Last month, RBI had mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts.

It further said that the banks and post offices had also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from April 1, 2016 to November 8, 2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016 exceeds the specified limits.

It has also been provided under the new rules that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

PTI

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Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

URGENT

Office of the CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt – 10

No.AT/I/1498-Army/II

Dated: 05-01-2017

To

The PCDA (CC) Lucknow, PCDA (WC) Chandigarh, PCDA (SC) Pune, PCDA (NC) Jammu, PCDA Bangalore, CDA Patna, CDA Jabalpur, CDA Chennai, CDA Secunderabad, CDA Guwahati, CDA (Army) Meerut

The PCDA(O), Pune
The PCDA(N), Mumbai
The CDA(AF), New Delhi

Subject: Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

MoD, D(Pay/Services) Letter No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services) Dt. 23rd Nov, 2016 regarding payment of enhanced rate of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel @ 132% with effect from 1st July, 2016 received through PS-3(A), AG’s Branch is forwarded herewith for your necessary action please.

2. It is requested that necessary action in regard to above cited MoD letter be taken urgently.

Jt. CGDA (P&W) has seen.

(Vinod Anand)
Sr.ACGDA (P&W)

Signed Copy

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29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting

29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting

F.No. 42/16/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date: 06th Jan, 2017

To
All the Pensioners Associations included in the SCOVA vide Resolution dated 25.08.2015

Subject: 29th SCOVA meeting under the chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(PP) – Intimation regarding Date, Time and Venue of the Meeting.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even no. dated 26th Dec,2016. The date, time and venue of the 29th SCOVA meeting is as under:

Date : 12th January, 2017 (Thursday)

Time : 11:00 am

Venue : Committee Room-A

Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi

2. It is requested that the name and telephone no. of the member nominated for the meeting may kindly be sent to the undersigned. It is further requested to bring copy of PPO and also duly Idled Mandate Form (copy enclosed) so that TA/DA reimbursement would be made through e-payment mode afterwards.

3. This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.

(Sujasha Choudhur)
Director(P)

Source: http://persmin.nic.in/Pension.asp

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Transfer of posts of CSSS to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Transfer of posts of CSSS to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

F.No-24/01/2014-CS.1 (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
CS.I(P) Section

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 3rd January, 2017

Order

The Competent Authority in Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training) hereby allocates the under mentioned posts, of CSSS to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

S.No Designation/Post Service to which belongs No. of Post Revised Strength of PA grade in DOPT Remarks
1. PA CSSS 03 98 Posts created vide DoP&PW’s letter No
: 11013/2/2015-adm.I
dated 13.07.2016

2. These posts have been adjusted against the surplus posts of P.A grades, surrendered by NITI aayog.

(K.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Copy to
1. Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare Lok Nayak Bhawan New Delhi w.r.t letter No. A-11013/2/2015/ Ad-I dated 13.72016
2. Department of Personnel & Training Admin.IV Section. North Block, New Delhi w.r.t OM No. A 11013/1/2016 ad.IV dated 19.07.2016
3. Department of Expenditure (Ms. Sangita Toppo, US) North Block, New Delhi w.r.t their 10 No. 2864811 E/C 1.12016 dated 9.11.2016
4. Deputy Secretary {CS.II)/Under Secretary(CSSS)

DoPT Order 2017

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Grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence – BPMS

Grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence – BPMS

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

05-January-2017 17:08 IST

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh delegation meets Dr Jitendra Singh

A delegation of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh’s Industrial Unit, “Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh”, held a meeting with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence. The delegation also requested the Minister to issue directions to expedite the follow-up pertaining to LTC cases pending in the DoPT.

The members of the delegation sought to draw Dr Jitendra Singh’s attention to an earlier meeting with him wherein they had brought to his notice that there is 5.85 lakh sanctioned strength of Defence Civilians, but the existing strength is only 3.98 lakh as mentioned in the report of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Thus, there is a deficiency of 1.87 lakh civilian manpower and there are about 20,000 aspirants who are seeking appointment on compassionate grounds. The members of the delegation recalled that Dr Jitendra Singh had given a positive response to them and subsequently also written to the Defence Minister to take cognizance of the issue.

As per an OM of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), there is a provision to give compassionate appointment to one of the dependants for the survival of the family in case the employee unfortunately dies during the service period leaving the family behind. But the provision for such appointment is limited to 5% of the vacancies, as a result of which, according to the members of delegation, a large number of wards are kept waiting for appointment on compassionate ground because of the ceiling.

The delegation referred to an earlier letter written by Dr Jitendra Singh to the Minister of Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar wherein the former had requested for intervention by the Defence Ministry so that the DoPT could accordingly proceed in the matter. They requested Dr Jitendra Singh to take up the issue once again with the Ministry of Defence so that their demand could be addressed. Dr Jitendra Singh assured the members of delegation that he would again seek the views of the Minister of Defence and try to work out whatever feasible.

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Guidelines and instructions in the case of Husband and Wife both working for Central Government

Guidelines and instructions in the case of Husband and Wife both working for Central Government

What are all the regulations, Guidelines and instructions in the case of Husband and Wife both working for Central Government in the situations such as applying for House Building Advance, Medical Attendance Rules, Children Education Allowance, Leave Travel Concession Etc ?

How a married couple is treated in various Central Government service matters when both Husband and Wife are serving in Central Government?

The need to have a clarity on this subject gains much significance because treatment of them could differ in each law as each one would treat them according to the intention of the particular law.

For example, both are entitled to draw HRA even if they work in the same station, and live together but not provided with Government accommodation.

But when comes to Allotment of Quarters maintained by Government, only one residence will be provided to them except in the case of Judicial separation.

This article is a compilation of regulations in various service matters in respect of Husband and Wife when both are Central Government Employees.

HBA can be claimed by either of them. As per Rule 2 of HBA Rules, for the purpose of eligibility based on cost-ceiling of the house to be constructed, pay of both of them can be taken in to account. However, for the purpose of calculating the maximum amount of advance eligible under HBA, only the pay of the employee who prefers to avail HBA can be taken in to account.

Medical Attendance Rules

In non-CGHS areas, central government employees are covered by CS(MA) Rules which provide reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by the Central Government Employees. In the case of Both husband and wife working central government, to avoid double claim for same medical expenses, either Husband or Wife is permitted to make claims for self and entire family. The person who prefers to make claims under Medical Attendance Rules should be clearly mentioned in the joint declaration given by Both Husband and Wife in this regard. In the event of promotion, transfer, retirement, etc this declaration can be revised at any time. In the case of wife prefers to avail this concession for the entire family, she can either choose her parents or parents-in-law as dependents and prefer medical claim for them.

Children Education Allowance

As far as reimbursement of payment of tuition fees and hostel fees are concerned, either Husband or Wife can avail the benefit.
Family Planning Allowance

Either Husband or Wife may prefer to receive Family Planning Allowance. Since FPA is based on pay in pay band and grade pay, it will be beneficial if the employee drawing higher pay prefers to receive the same. In that case, there is no condition specified with regard to the employee who undergone family planning.

Leave Travel Concession

Husband

Wife

  1. His wife,
  2. His two surviving unmarried children or step children wholly dependent on him,
  3. His parents and/or step mother wholly dependent on him, whether or not residing with him and
  4. His unmarried minor brothers as well as unmarried, divorced, abandoned, separated from their husbands or widowed sisters residing with and wholly dependent him, provided their parents are either not alive or are themselves wholly dependent on him
  1. Her wife,
  2. Her two surviving unmarried children or step children wholly dependent on her,
  3. Her parents and/or step mother wholly dependent on her, whether or not residing with her and
  4. Her unmarried minor brothers as well as unmarried, divorced, abandoned, separated from their husbands or widowed sisters residing with and wholly dependent her, provided their parents are either not alive or are themselves wholly dependent on her

The above mentioned provision relating to family members can be separately declared and LTC for those members can be separately claimed by both Husband and Wife, subject to conditions that children will be eligible for the benefit in one particular block as members of the family of one of the parents only and that if husband or wife avails the facility as a member of the family of the other, he or she is not entitled for claiming the concession for self independently.

Travelling Allowance

Travelling Allowance allowed in the event of transfer of one or both of them simultaneously one of the spouses can prefer the claim and the other will be treated as member of family. In such situations only one lumpsum grant can be claimed.

If a husband or wife is transfered after 60 days of transfer of the spouse, but within 6 months, 50% of transfer grant is admissible. However, if both are entitled for reimbursement of cost of travel by personal car, if required they can travel seperatey and claim both of such travel expenses.

Family Pension

Either Husband or Wife is entitled for family pension in addition to own pay or pension, if the spouse dies.

In the case of demise of such husband /wife also, who was receiving family pension for the demise of his/her spouse, the child / children of the deceased parents should be granted two family pensions subject to certain limits prescribed. Please refer to Rule 54 (11), CCS (Pension) Rules in this regard.

House Rent Allowance

HRA will be paid to both husband and wife even if they work in the same station and did not avail Government Quarters. Even if one of them avails the Government residence in the same station where the other spouse is working, he/she will not be entitled for HRA.

Central Government Health Scheme

While both alongwith their family members will be eligible for medical treatement under CGHS, the spouse drawing higher pay will contribute to the Scheme. The scheme does not cover the Parents of the non-contributing employee.

However, women employees can prefer to include her parents-in-law, instead of her parents, in the family for availing CGHS.

If both Husband and Wife prefer to contribute for CGHS, parents of both will be entitled for medical benefits under CGHS.

Allotment of Residence

For the purpose of allotment of residence status of each of Husband and Wife such as designation, pay/grade pay drawn, service experience etc will be considered independently. In other words, higher status of either of two can be taken into account for priority, higher grade of residence etc. In any case both Husband and wife are entitled for allotment of one residence only except in the event of judicial separation.

Transfer norms when Husband and wife are in Government service

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IRCTC to launch new App for faster booking of tickets

IRCTC to launch new App for faster booking of tickets

New Delhi: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited will soon launch a new ticketing App which will have several features added on the existing one for faster booking of tickets.

Equipped with latest technology, existing IRCTC Connect will now become IRCTC Rail Connect to facilitate booking of train tickets in a faster and easier way, a senior Railway Ministry official said.

IRCTC, which handles online train ticket bookings, will formally unveil the IRCTC Rail Connect App next week to cater to the growing demand of passengers to make the ticketing App more user-friendly and faster.

The new ticketing App will be based on next generation e-ticketing system. It will be synchronised with the ticketing website also, which is missing in the current system.

Travellers will continue to be able to search and book train tickets, check their existing reservations or cancel them, and get upcoming journey alerts in the new application.

IRCTC Rail Connect will retain the passenger details for the recently-booked tickets, so that they don’t have to enter their details again and again.

PTI

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Enhancement of reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes

ESIC Employees enhancement of reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes.

HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
EMPLOYEES’ STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
(ISO 9001-2008 CERTIFIED)
PANCHDEEP BHAWAN, C.I.G MARG, NEW DELHI – 110002.
E-mail : med1-hq@esic.in, Website : www.esic.nic.in

File no, Pt.V-13(14)38/09-Med.I(ESIC/SC)

Dated: 5.1.2017

To,

All SSMCs /SMCs/DMD / DMN/RDs / MSs, ESI Corporation
All Principal Secretary Labour/ Health (dealing State ESI scheme)
All DIMSs/AMOs, State ESI Scheme

Sub: Enhancement of reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes.

Sir / Madam,

Under ESIC 2.0, ESIC, is expanding its medical services with improved quality and equipping its own as well State run. facilities to maximize the medical benefits for ESI beneficiaries. During the meetings held with the State Govts, it was opined that reimbursement ceiling on medical expenditure is insufficient to rollout the medical benefits under ESIC 2.0.

Accordingly, ESI Corporation in its 170th meeting held on 15th December, 2016 has approved the enhancement of ceiling on medical expenditure incurred by State ESI Schemes, as under:

a) Increase in per capita ceiling of sharing expenditure with State Governments u/s 58 (3) from Rs. 2150 to Rs. 3000 per IP with sub ceiling of Rs. 1250 for “Administration” and Rs, 1750 for “Others” for the year 2017-18.

b) From 2018-19 “Administrative” sub-ceiling will be increased in line with CPI within the overall ceiling of Rs. 3000/- per capita.

c). The ceiling of Rs. 3000/- will be fixed from 2017-2018 to 2019-20 and reviewed annually from 2020-21 on the basis of WPI and expenditure pattern of the States.

d). The State Govt. shall present Project Implementation Plan (PIP), in accordance with the guidelines issued by ESIC time to time, by 31st October every year for the next financial year for its inclusion of the Budget of the Corporation. The PIP should contain the proposal for next Financial year and the progress made during the first six months of the current year.

i. No scheme should be included which has not been duly approved by the ESIC,

ii. Should it be proposed, during the course of a financial year, to finance any scheme which has not been included into the estimates of that year, the sanction of the ESIC shall he obtained to the method for financing it.

iii. The funds shall not be appropriated for expenditure on any item which has not been approved,

iv. The PO ESIC, is authorised to re-appropriate funds from one primary unit of appropriation to another.

e) Funds for 2017-18, will be released as per current ceiling of Rs.2150/- for the first quarter. However, the PIPs for the year 2017-18 should be submitted by 31st January, 2017 to the ESIC for release of fund as per revised ceiling.

f) The plan submitted would be duly monitored by ESIC, for effective impiementation. The funds shall be released on quarter]y basis in accordance with the letter No. V-24/11/10/2001-Med-I issued on 19th April, 2016.(enclosed).

This is for your information and further necessary action.

Yours Sincerely,
(Dr. Naveen Saxena)
OSD, MEDICAL

Order Copy

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Posting of Direct Recruit Assistant Section Officers in CSS

Posting of Direct Recruit Assistant Section Officers in CSS

Most Urgent

F.No.7 /15 /201 6-CS.I(A)
Governmen t of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, Dated the 6th January, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Posting of Direct Recruit Assistant Section Officers in CSS

At present, 121 direct recruit Assistant Section Officers are undergoing Foundational Training organized by ISTM commencing from 19.12.2016. These DR ASOs will be posted to participating Ministries / Departments of CSS.

2. All the Ministries/Departments concerned are, therefore, requested to furnish the vacancy position in the grades of Section Officer and Assistant Section Officers as on 28.02.2017 in the format given below only bye-mail at kumar.m13@nic.in by 20.01.2017 positively. While calculating vacancies in ASO grade, it may be taken into account that 81 DR-ASOs at present, undergoing foundational training at Hydera bad will join the concerned Ministries/Departments of CSS on 23.0l.2017. Their nominations to Ministries/ Departments have been uploaded on this Department’s website vide order of even number dated 27.12.2016.

1 Name of Cadre Unit
2 Vacan cies as on 28.02 .2017
SO Grade ASO grade
2(i) Sanctioned strength (including recent encadrements approved by DoPT)
2(ii) Number of officers in-position as on 28.02.2017 (including regular/adhoc)
2(iii) Vacancies as on 28.02.2017
3 Number of ASOs already adjusted against available vacancies in SO grade under GFR 254.
4 Total number of ASOs required as on 28 .02.2017

3. In case of no response by stipulated date is received it will be presumed that Ministry/Department does not require more Assistant Section Officers at present.

(K.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To,
All Ministries/Departments of CSS (through website of this Department)
DoPT order

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Central Government Employees are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation

Central Government Employees are not yet given the full Benefit of 7th CPC Recommendation

The actual increase on account of implementation of 7th CPC recommendation is still not fully available to Central govt Staffs.

The recommendation of 7th Pay Commission has been implemented with effect from 1.1.2016 and the revised salary is being paid from this effective date. The Central Government, after implementing the Pay Panel report, hasn’t announce any decision about Allowances even after 12 months, created frustration among central government employees.

The Pay Commission is constituted once in Ten Years to revise the Pay and Allowances and Pension for Govt Servants and Pensioners. Accordingly, the 7th Pay Commission was formed and it submitted its report to the Government on 19-11-2015. The Government Accepted the Report without any major changes and announced on 29.6.2016 that it would be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

Since the increase in salary which is paid from 1.1.2016 was very less, it has demolished the expectations of CG Staffs.

Very important aspect in revising Pay and Allowance is House Rent Allowance. The rates of HRA is determined based on the Population of the Cities in which the Govt Servants are working. Accordingly, 10,20 and 30% of Basic Pay is paid as HRA in Sixth CPC. The 7th CPC has recommended to revise it as 8%, 16% and 24%.

The Unions and Federations demanded to increase the HRA rates or at least to restore the Sixth CPC rates. Hence the Government has announced that a committee would be constituted to examine the Allowances, until then all the Allowances would be paid in Sixth CPC rates.  As a result of this, HRA is being paid in old rates (Sixth CPC ) along with revised 7th CPC Basic Pay to CG Staffs. Now the CG Staffs have realized that very purpose of forming a high-level committee is not for resolving the issues but it is a delaying tactics.

Consequent to Pay Revision, the major increase in Salary is used to come from HRA only. Though one year is completed after the implementation of 7th CPC recommendation, the Government is delaying to take the decision over allowances. Due to this, the CG staffs are losing monitory benefits considerably

For example ..
The increase in Pay and HRA of a Government servant who is drawing Rs.10000 in pre revised scale is given below …

6th CPC
Basic Pay DA (125%) BP + DA 10% HRA 20% HRA 30% HRA
10000 12500 22500 1000 2000 3000
 7th CPC  
Basic Pay DA (0%) BP + DA 10% HRA 20% HRA 30% HRA
25700 0 25700 2570 5140 7710
 Hike
3200 1570 3140 4710

If the Monthly salary of Government servant with 10Years of service is Rs.22500, now the Actual increase of his salary is only Rs. 3200. Through this example it is quite obvious that, one can get the real increase in salary only after the HRA is paid in 7th CPC revised rates.

 

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Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments – BPMS

Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.

Ref: BPMS/MOD/OTA/43A(7/2/R)

Dated: 03.01.2017

To,
The Deputy Secretary (CP),
Govt of India, Min of Defence,
‘B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Payment of Overtime Allowance (OTA) as per revised pay to the employees of Defence Industrial Establishments under Factories Act, 1948 consequent to implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations.
Respected Sir,
With due regards, your attention is invited to the Anomalies Committee meeting held on 26.12.2016 under the Chairmanship of AS(J) Shri J Rama Krishna Rao wherein we have reflected our concern over the delay in the revision of statutory nature allowance (Over Time Allowance under the Factories Act, 1948) in defence establishments.

In turn, the AS(J) pleased and instructed to resolve the matter of the payment of Over Time Allowance as per revised pay consequent to implementation of 7th CPC recommendations.

Meanwhile, OFB has already submitted its views on the subject matter which is contrary to the statutory provisions and the copy of the OFB’s letter is enclosed for your perusal.

Therefore, you are requested to take necessary action so that the issue of the payment of overtime allowance in defence establishments on the revised pay of 07th CPC may be resolved without further delay.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours

Sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS &
Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)

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Source: BPMS

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Certificate of re-marriage/marriage-reg

Certificate of re-marriage/marriage-reg

No.1/1/2016-P&PW (E)/23913
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
19th December,2016

OFFICE  MEMORANDUM

Sub: Certificate of re-marriage/marriage-reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Annexure XXVI of the Scheme Booklet of the O/o CGA, which is a proforma for Certificate of Re-marriage/Marriage. As per the Scheme Booklet, this certificate is to be submitted once every six months in May and November By widowers and unmarried daughters, This is required to be countersigned by ‘a responsible officer or a well-known person.

2. This department has received request from Pensioners Union of Railway Employees, Chennai. (copy enclosed) stating that the widows of the deceased employees are required to submit the certificate countersigned by a responsible officer or a well-known person. More often the widow, when approaches the show-called responsible officer/well-known person, are being harassed. They feel that the present stipulation of getting counter signature is not only unwarranted but also an affront to the womanhood in the context of atrocity against women rampant in the country. This is inconsistent with acceptance of certificates with self-attestation.

3. Therefore, the Union has requested to eliminate the provision of counter signature from others duly accepting self attested certificates.

4. This department has also received representations against provision for submission of these certificates every six months, which had been forwarded to the CPAO for further necessary action. as general references.

5. This department has already allowed submission of self-certificate for non-marriage and declaration of income vide OM dated 21st July, 1999, re-iterated vide OM dated 8th December, 2011 and 20th September, 2012 (copies available at www.persmin.nic.in ) Rule 54 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 has been amended to allow submission of marital and income certificates only once a year.

6. In view of the foregoing, Central Pension Accounting Office, Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare and Ministry of Railways are requested to make suitable changes to their respective forms for the above certificate.

sd/-
(D.K.Solanki)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Ph: 24644632

Signed copy

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