7th CPC recommendation on Disability Pension of Ex-Servicemen

7th CPC recommendation on Disability Pension of Ex-Servicemen

Government vide Notification dated 30th September 2016 have issued detailed recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to pensionary benefits of Defence Forces Personnel and the decisions taken thereon by the Government. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:-

The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system. The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:

Rank Levels Rate per month (INR)
Service Officers 10 and above 27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar  Major / Equivalents 6  to  9 17000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib
Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents 5  And  below 12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents

The above recommendation has been accepted with the approval of the Cabinet and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly.

The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation. The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Shukla in Rajya Sabha today.

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PM invites views from the people, on decision taken regarding currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000

PM invites views from the people, on decision taken regarding currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has invited views from the people, on the recent decision taken by the Union Government regarding currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000.

People can submit their views through a survey consisting of 10 questions, which is available through the Narendra Modi App. Sharing the link to this survey, the Prime Minister tweeted today that he wants a first-hand view from the people, regarding this decision.

The ten questions in the Survey are as follows:

1. Do you think that black money exists in India? a. Yes b. No

2. Do you think the evil of corruption and black money needs to be fought and eliminated? a. Yes b. No

3. Overall, what do you think about the Government’s moves to tackle black money?

4. What do you think of the Modi Government’s efforts against corruption so far? Scale of 1 to 5 – outstanding, very good, good, ok, useless

5. What do you think of the Modi Government’s move of banning old Rs 500 & Rs 1000 notes? a. Great move in the right direction b. Good move c. Will make no difference

6. Do you think demonetisation will help in curbing black money, corruption & terrorism? a. It will have an immediate impact b. There will be impact in medium to long term c. Minimal impact d. Don’t know

7. Demonetisation will bring real estate, higher education, healthcare in the common man’s reach a. Completely Agree b. Partially Agree c. Can’t say

8. Did you mind the inconvenience faced in our fight to curb corruption, black money, terrorism and counterfeiting of currency? a. Not at all b. Somewhat, but it was worth it c. Yes

9. Do you believe some anti-corruption activists are now actually fighting in support of black money, corruption & terrorism? a. Yes b. No

10. Do you have any suggestions, ideas or insights you would like to share with PM Narendra Modi?

This survey is in sync with the Prime Minister’s vision of participative governance and directly seeking the views of the people of India on key policy and execution matters.

The Prime Minister has sought answers on very pointed and direct aspects of the decision of 500 and 1000 rupee notes ceasing to be legal tender. He has also sought feedback from the people on how to make the implementation stronger.

The Prime Minister’s core beliefs of direct engagement with people are yet again on full display in the survey.

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Incentives to High Performing Railway Employees

Incentives to High Performing Railways Employees: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 174

ANSWERED ON: 16.11.2016

Incentives to High Performing Employees

T. RADHAKRISHNAN
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Indian Railways proposes to offer incentives to high performing employees;

(b) if so, the aims and objectives of the said proposal along with the criteria/ modalities fixed by the Government in this regard;

(c) the measures taken by the Government to avoid discrimination while incentives are given to the best eligible employees;

(d) the time by which the decision is likely to be taken in this regard; and

(e) the other steps taken to improve efficiency and motivation level of the Railway employees?

 

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)

(a) There is no such proposal at present.

(b) to (d): Do not arise.

(e)  There is a system to prepare Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR), wherein the employees are evaluated and such evaluation is used while deciding promotions etc. Further, to improve efficiency and motivation levels, Productivity Linked Bonus is also given to non-gazetted Railway Employees excluding RPF/RPSF personnel who instead are given ad-hoc bonus.
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Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) – Cash withdrawal for purpose of celebration of wedding

Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) – Cash withdrawal for purpose of celebration of wedding

RBI/2016-17/145
DCM (Plg) No.1320/10.27.00/2016-17

November 21, 2016

The Chairman / Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer,
Public Sector Banks / Private Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks/ Foreign Banks
Regional Rural Banks / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks

Dear Sir,
Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of existing Rs. 500/- and Rs. 1000/- Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) – Cash withdrawal for purpose of celebration of wedding

Please refer to our Circular No. DCM (Plg) No.1226/10.27.00/2016-17 dated November 08, 2016 on the captioned subject.

2. With a view to enable members of the public to perform and celebrate weddings of their wards it has been decided to allow higher limits of cash withdrawals from their bank deposit accounts to meet wedding related expenses. Yet, banks should encourage families to incur wedding expenses through non-cash means viz. cheques /drafts, credit/debit cards, prepaid cards, mobile transfers, internet banking channels, NEFT/RTGS, etc. Therefore, members of the public should be advised, while granting cash withdrawals, to use cash to meet expenses which have to be met only through cash mode. Cash withdrawals shall be subject to the following conditions:

i. A maximum of Rs.250000/- is allowed to be withdrawn from the bank deposit accounts till December 30, 2016 out of the balances at credit in the account as at close of business on November 08, 2016.

ii. Withdrawals are permitted only from accounts which are fully KYC compliant.

iii. The amounts can be withdrawn only if the date of marriage is on or before December 30, 2016.

iv. Withdrawals can be made by either of the parents or the person getting married. (Only one of them will be permitted to withdraw).

v. Since the amount proposed to be withdrawn is meant to be used for cash disbursements, it has to be established that the persons for whom the payment is proposed to be made do not have a bank account.

vi. The application for withdrawal shall be accompanied by following documents:

  • An application as per Annex
  • Evidence of the wedding, including the invitation card, copies of receipts for advance payments already made, such as Marriage hall booking, advance payments to caterers, etc.
  • A detailed list of persons to whom the cash withdrawn is proposed to be paid, together with a declaration from such persons that they do not have a bank account. The list should indicate the purpose for which the proposed payments are being made

3. Banks shall keep a proper record of the evidence and produce them for verification by the authorities in case of need. The scheme will be reviewed based on authenticity/ bona fide use thereof.

Yours faithfully,
(P Vijaya Kumar)
Chief General Manager

Encl: As above

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Central government starts paying salaries in cash to Group C employees

Central government starts paying salaries in cash to Group C employees

Group C employees of all government departments are given salaries – amounting to Rs. 10,000 for the month of November in advance

New Delhi: As rush in banks and ATMs due to demonetisation continues, Government employees belonging to Group C on Monday started receiving Rs. 10,000 in cash as advance of their salary for the month of November.

At least 1,000 Group-C employees working in the home ministry were also given Rs. 10,000 each as their salary advance.

Government employees of Group-C of all ministries, departments and associate organisations are given the salary advance in cash, a senior home ministry official said. In the home ministry, those who availed the facility got the cash in the denomination of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 100. Four make-shift counters have been installed in the home ministry.

The facility is also offered in the adjoining finance ministry in the North Block. There has been heavy rush and long queues in banks and ATMs ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 8 November that Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 notes would no longer be legal tender.

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Upgradation of posts in the Railways recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission – clearance of DoP&T

Upgradation of posts in the Railways recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission – clearance of DoP&T-reg.,

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055

No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.

Dated: 15/11/2016

The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

The Financial Commissioner (Railways),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Sub: Upgradation of posts in the Railways recommended by 7th Central Pay Commission – clearance of DoP&T-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board’s file No. PC-VII/2016/RSRP/2 –  RBE No.  93/2016 dated 02/08/2016 to GMs etc.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B. dated 12/09/2016.

Federation vide its letter dated 12/09/2016 has requested the Railway Board (MS&FC) to approach DoP&T for obtaining clearance for granting upgraded pay scales to the following categories of staff in view of specific recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission which has been referred by the Ministry of Finance to DoP&T for examination and clearance.

Sl.No Name of Posts (Para No.of Report of 7th CPC) VI CPC Grade Pay Grade Pay recommended by 7th CPC
1. Senior Section Officer (Accounts)/Senior Travelling Inspector (Accounts)/Senior Inspector (Store Accounts) 11.40.83* 4800 5400 (PB-2)
2. Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant 11.40.124 4200 4600
3. Chemical & Metallurgical Superintendent 11.40.124 4600 4800
4. Assistant Chemist and Metallurgist 11.40.124 4800 5400 (PB-2)

[* Against Item No. 1 -SSO (A/cs)/STI (A/cs)/Senior Inspector (Store A/cs) in column no.3 Para No. of 7th CPC report may be read as 11.40.83 instead 11.40.53 which was erroneously mentioned in Federation’s letter of even number dated 12/09/2016.]

Though a period of more than two months has passed, there has been no progress and it is also not known whether Railway Board is pursuing the matter with DoP&T.

NFIR once again requests the Railway Board (MS & FC) to kindly take up at the level of DoP&T immediately to accord acceptance of the recommendations of 7th CPC for upgradation of the above posts early. Action taken may be advised to the Federation soon.

Yours faithfully,

sd/-
(Dr.M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

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Enhancement of the rate of bonus payable to Casual labourers consequent on enhancement calculation ceiling of bonus for Central Government Employees from Rs.3500 to Rs.7000

Enhancement of bonus to Casual Labourers – Reply from Ministry of Labour & Employment

No.s-33027/3/2016-WB
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
(Wage Board Section)

Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg,
New Delhi dated 11 November, 2016.

Office Memorandum

Subject : Enhancement of the rate of bonus payable to Casual labourers consequent on enhancement calculation ceiling of bonus for Central Government Employees from Rs.3500/- to Rs.7000/- regarding.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of O.M. No. 49014/1/2016-Estt (C) Dated 2nd November 2016 alongwith the enclosure thereto on the subject mentioned above.

2. Action as deemed fit, may please be taken in this regard under intimation to all concerned.

3. This issues with the approval of Deputy Director General ( c ).

Encl: as above

Sd/-
(Samir Kumar Das)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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ESIC Approves the Enhancement of Wage Ceiling from Present Rs. 15,000 per Month to Rs. 21,000

ESIC Approves the Enhancement of Wage Ceiling from Present Rs. 15,000 per Month to Rs. 21,000

The Employees State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) has approved the enhancement of wage ceiling from present Rs. 15,000 per month to Rs. 21,000/-. The draft Rules calling for objections has been published in Gazette of India on 06.10.2016. This enhancement of wage ceiling shall bring more employees under ESIC coverage. In addition, the decision has also been taken to ensure coverage of the Scheme in all districts of the Country.

The ESIC in its meeting dated 07/08/2015 has decided to bear the expenses on super specialty treatment over and above the expenditure of state government.

The ESIC in its 166th Corporation meetings held on 07.08.2015 has decided to consider eligibility of pre existing diseases i.e. for malignancy & dialysis as prospective w.e.f. 30.08.2016.

Further, ESIC has revised eligibility for Super Specialty including the children of Insured Persons with congenital diseases & genetic disorders.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Pension Scheme Contribution

Pension Scheme Contribution

A new Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana” has been announced in the Budget for 2016-17 with the objective of promoting employment generation and an allocation of Rs. 1000 crores has been made. The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in 2016-17.

The PMRPY scheme is targeted for workers earning wages upto Rs. 15,000/- per month. For the purpose of the scheme, a new employee is one who has not been working elsewhere on a regular basis prior to 1st April, 2016 and has a new Aadhaar seeded Universal Account Number (UAN) on or after 01.04.2016. Under the scheme employers would be provided an incentive for enhancing employment where the 8.33% EPS contribution made by the employer will be paid by Government of India in respect of new employment from August, 2016 onwards.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Centre Proposes to Revise the Minimum Rate of Wages for Private Security Guards

Centre Proposes to Revise the Minimum Rate of Wages for Private Security Guards

The Central Government after consulting the Minimum Wages Advisory Board has proposed to revise the minimum rate of wages for the employees engaged in “Employment of Watch and Ward”. The security guards without arms and with arms are being covered under “Skilled” and “Highly Skilled” category respectively. After considering the objections/suggestions received with reference to the draft notification published on 01.09.2016, the final notification will be issued in consultation with Ministry of Law & Justice.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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7th Pay Commission – Weekly Work Report to Decide Annual Increment

7th Pay Commission – Weekly Work Report to Decide Annual Increment

The Department of Personnel and Training is going to soon bring out guidelines based on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission which will help in tracking performance of Central government employees in more transparent manner.

As per reports, CG employees will need to give a weekly work report every Friday showing the task accomplished as well as the pending work, which was suggested by the 7th pay commission.

The 7th Pay Commission has recommended that Central government employees should be offered annual increments only if they meet certain performance criterion. The Pay Commission has also sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level and recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

On the basis of the weekly report, the performance of central government employees will be assessed whether they meet the performance criteria or not, and graded for annual appraisal. The employees who will fail to meet the performance criteria on the basis or the weekly work report, are likely to be denied annual increment.

The 7th Pay Commission believes grant of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP), although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted.”

The 7th pay commission had said in the report that “employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.

The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees.

However, since this is not a penalty, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases involving withholding increments will not be applicable in such cases. This will be treated as an efficiency bar,”

Source: Zeenews

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The Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers

Letter of CCGGOO to the Finance Secretary, GOI for cash disbursement to officers

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT GAZETTED OFFICERS ORGANISATIONS

Add: Old no.4 new no.7 first Street V.V.Colony, Adambakkam, Chennai 600088.
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Confederation/Corres/2016-17/12

Dated: 18.11.2016

To
The Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure),
Ministry of Finance, Government of India,
Room No 129 – A, North Block, New Delhi.

Dear Sir,
The Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers Organisations is an apex level organization embracing in its fold a number of Gazetted Officers Organisations of the Central Government departments such as Railway Promotee Officers, Income Tax Gazetted Officers, All India Audit and Accounts Officers, Pay and Accounts Officers (Civil), Postal & Telecom financial Accounts Officers, Zoological Survey, Botanical Survey, Customs Preventive Officers, Indian Ordinance Factories Gazetted Officers, DRDO Technical Officers, DGQA Engineers, CPWD Engineers, Postal Officers, Marine product Export Development Authority promotee Officers, Statistical Gazetted Officers, etc.

As you may be aware, Sir, the Gazetted officers are facing lot of difficulties in withdrawing cash from their bank accounts due to demonetization process of Rs.1000 and Rs.500 currency notes. Many of these officers often undertake tours to discharge the Government Duties. Banks have imposed a cap of Rs.24000 from Savings Bank account. The compulsion to wait in the queue for hours for withdrawal of cash adversely affects their discharge of Government duties in time.

In view of the peculiar situation, I request you to issue necessary instructions to all Pay Drawing and Disbursing Officers to make arrangements for payment of salary of November 2016 in cash to all Gazetted and prmotee Group ‘A’ officers, as a onetime measure, on or before 30th November 2016.

Yours Faithfully,
(S.Mohan)
Secretary General

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7th Pay Commission: Final touches given to Allowances of central govt employees; may soon see disbursal

7th Pay Commission: Final touches given to Allowances of central govt employees; may soon see disbursal

New Delhi: The Committee set up to review the Allowances sanctioned to central government employees under 7th Pay Commission is likely to have finalised Allowances for central government employees.

“Today there had been a crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances. They may finalize all the allowances in today’s meeting itself or some of them”, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees, in a circular to its fraternity.

Mishra referred to the “crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances” held on November 16.

The government had formed a committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa which has been mandated to submit its views on the 7th Central Pay Commission’s proposals on Allowance. The committee had held its first meeting on July 22 and had a four-month deadline to complete its task.

The CPC examined 196 allowances and given its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks.

Source: Zee news

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Complaints against 7th Central Pay Commission: Lok Sabha Q&A

Complaints against Seventh Central Pay Commission: Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 586
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Complaints against Seventh Central Pay Commission

ANTO ANTONY
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has received complaints against the implementation of Seventh Central Pay Commission”s recommendations especially from the Armed Forces and Nurses;

(b) if so, the details thereof and the response of the Government thereon; and

(c) whether the Government has any plan to review the said recommendations pertain to Armed Forces and Nurses and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) to (c): Representations have been received from various quarters some of which pertain to Armed Forces and Nurses. While approving the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on pay, pension and other related issues, the Government has set up various Committees to examine and address some of the issues arising out of implementation of Commission’s recommendations. Based on the recommendations of these Committees on these issues, appropriate decisions will be taken by the Government.

Source: http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/10/AU586.pdf

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Disability Pension for soldiers during the 6th CPC and under the 7th CPC: Details given in Lok Sabha

Disability Pension for soldiers during the 6th CPC and under the 7th CPC: Details given in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 544
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Disability Pension of Soldiers

BALKA SUMAN
R. VANAROJA
PREM SINGH CHANDUMAJRA
SRINIVAS KESINENI

Will the Minister of
DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has decreased / reviewed the disability pay / pension of soldiers and war veterans;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the disability pay-scale for soldiers during the Sixth Central Pay Commission and under the Seventh Central Pay Commission;

(c) whether the Government proposes to abolish percentage based disability pension regime and restore the earlier slab based system and if so, the details thereof;

(d) whether there is no separate category for disability pension due to war injury and if so, the details thereof; and

(e) whether there has been anomalies in determining the disability pension for defence personnel under the Seventh Central Pay Commission and if so, the details thereof and corrective measures taken in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE) IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

(a) to (e): Disability element of disability pension is payable for disability in other than war or war like situation whereas war injury element is payable for disability in war or war like situation. With effect from 01.01.2006, the disability element is paid based on 30% of last emoluments drawn for 100% disability which is reduced pro-rata for lower percentages of disability.

The war injury element is paid at 60% and 100% of last drawn emoluments for 100% disability for discharged and invalided out pensioners respectively, which is reduced pro-rata for lower percentages of disability. The service element / service pension is paid in addition to Disability / War injury element.

7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) has recommended slab system for disability element for Defence Forces Personnel. However, for civil side, the 6th CPC dispensation of calculation of disability element on percentage basis continues which has resulted in an anomalous situation. The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

Source: http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/10/AU544.pdf

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Abolition of Overtime Allowance in 7th Pay Commission: Fin Min’s statement in Lok Sabha

Abolition of Overtime Allowance in 7th Pay Commission: Fin Min’s statement in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 492
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Abolition of Overtime Allowance

G. HARI
Will the Minister of
FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the expenditure on overtime allowance provided to Government employees had increased from Rs.797 crore to Rs.1629 crore during 2012-13 and if so, the details thereof; and

(b) whether the Government is considering to abolish overtime allowance in Government offices and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE (EXPENDITURE)
(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) Yes Sir. The expenditure of Rs.796.90 crore in 2006-07 was excluding the expenditure on overtime allowance in respect of employees of Union Territories whereas the expenditure of Rs. 1629.02 crore during year 2012-13 is including the expenditure in respect of employees of Union Territories.

(b) The Seventh Central Pay Commission has recommended to abolish OTA (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) and in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for those categories of staff for which it is not a statutory requirement, then the rates of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50 percent from their current levels. Recommendation of the 7th CPC on allowances are yet to be finalised.

Source: http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/10/AU492.pdf

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Railways Earning: Impact of implementing recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission

Railways Earning: Impact of implementing recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 88

ANSWERED ON: 16.11.2016

Proposal for bail out

PRATHAP SIMHA

Will the Minister of

RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether railways has initiated a proposal for the bail out to foot higher wage bill from the Finance Ministry, including waiver of dividend payment;

(b) whether Railways is 8-10% short of revenue target during the 1st quarter of the current financial year;

(c) whether Railways has also requested Finance Ministry to share the Service Tax collected from railway services, if so, whether Finance Ministry has acceded to proposal of Railways;

(d) whether Railways has also requested Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to provide for the concessional tickets offered to defence personnel and Persons with Disabilities, if so, response of these Ministries to share the subsidy burden; and

(e) the measures being taken by the Ministry to implement 7th Pay Commission award?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)

(a) & (b): Impact of implementing recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission on pay and pension assessed to be around Rs.20,000 crore annually has been provided in the expenditure budgeted for 2016-17. However, in view of trend of shortfall in earnings in the current year which in the Ist quarter fell short of the proportionate target by Rs.6,755 crore (14.8%), some steps need to be taken to avoid eventuality of having inadequate resources to meet the expenditure. These may, besides increasing earnings & economy measures to curb expenditure; include deferring the payment of dividend, seeking help of the Ministry of Finance for reimbursing cost of social services obligation being borne by the Railway, etc.

(c) & (d): No request as such has been made to Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

(e): The recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission as approved by Government have been implemented on Railways.

Source: http://164.100.47.190/loksabhaquestions/annex/10/AU88.pdf

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Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO: 56
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

MD. BADARIDDOZA KHAN
Will the Minister of
DEFENCE be pleased to state:-

(a) the details of aims and objectives of the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS);

(b) whether ECHS has fulfilled its mandated aims and objectives;

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

(d) whether shortcomings / deficiencies in the implementation of ECHS have come to the notice of the Government; and

(e) if so, he details thereof and the corrective measures taken by the Government thereon?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SHRI MANOHAR PARRIKAR)

(a) The aim and objective of the scheme is to provide quality healthcare to the Ex-Servicemen (ESM) pensioner and their dependents.

(b) & (c): Yes, Madam. Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) was launched on 1st April 2003. Its growth has been phenomenal. It had a beneficiary base of only about 3.5 lakh in 2003 and its beneficiary base has expanded to approximately 50 lakh. Having started with 13 Regional Centres and 227 Polyclinics, the Scheme expanded in October 2010 with 15 more Regional Centres and 199 Polyclinics, taking the total to 28 Regional Centres and 426 Polyclinics. Presently all Regional Centres and 421 Polyclinics are operational across the country. Further, ECHS has a large number of empanelled medical facilities.

(d) The shortcomings / deficiencies in the functioning of the empanelled hospitals, supply of medicines, budgetary and manpower matters, have come to the notice of the Government.

(e) Corrective steps taken / being taken to overcome the shortcomings / deficiencies include outsourcing of pharmacy, authorization of local chemists, enhancement of financial power of Officer in-charge of ECHS polyclinic to obviate the shortage of medicines, processing of medical bills of all 28 Regional Centres on-line as per rules, appropriate use of ECHS funds by the service hospitals, adherence to the terms and conditions of Memorandum of Agreement by the empanelled hospitals, recruitment of the manpower in ECHS polyclinics, de-duplication of ECHS smart cards etc.

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7th Pay Commission Allowances to Government Employees: Official Answer in Lok Sabha

7th Pay Commission Allowances to Government Employees: Official Answer in Lok Sabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO: 57

ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016

Allowances to Government Employees

VIJAY KUMAR S.R.
SUDHEER GUPTA

Will the Minister of
FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has deferred the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations on various allowances, perks and perquisites and referred the matter to a Committee;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the terms of reference and aims and objectives of this move;

(c) whether the Committee has submitted its report to the Government and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons for the delay; and

(d) the timeframe drawn for the Committee to submit its report to the Government and the date from which the allowances including house rent, education and transport allowances are likely to be made effective?

ANSWER

FINANCE MINISTER (SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

A Statement is laid on the Table of the House

Statement Annexed with the Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 57 for 18.11.2016 by Shri S. R. Vijayakumar and Shri Sudheer Gupta on Allowances to Government Employees

(a) & (b): In view of the number of representations received with regard to substantial changes with the existing provisions relating to Allowances recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Government has set up a Committee to examine the recommendations of the Commission on allowances (except Dearness Allowance). The Committee has been asked to go into the recommendations of the Commission on various allowances and, having regard to the representations made by the staff associations as also the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and to make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the Commission are warranted and, if so, in what form. Till a final decision is taken by the Government based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will continue to be paid at existing rates in the existing pay structure. The Committee, constituted vide order dated 22.7.2016, is to submit its report within four months.

(c) & (d): The Committee has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report. On submission of the Report, the matter pertaining to allowances will be considered by the Government and appropriate decision will be taken thereafter.

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Instruction to Banks for Advance Salary to Central Government Employees

Instruction to Banks for Advance Salary to Central Government Employees

Government of India
Department of Expenditure
Office of Controller General of Accounts
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan
Block-E, G.P.O. Complex, I.N.A., New Delhi-110023
Ph:No.011-24665337-40/Fax No.011-24627678

No.S-11012/1(6)/Banks/2016-17/RBD/1815-47

Dated: 18.11.2016

To
Shri P.Vijaya Kumar,
Chief General Manager,
Reserve Bank of India
Department of Currency Management,
Central Office, 4th Floor, Amar Building,
Sr.P.M.Road, P.B.No.1379,
MUMBAI – 400001

FAX NO:022-22662442

Sir,
This is with reference to Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure OM No.25(30)/E.Coord/2016, dated 17th November 2016 regarding release of Part Salary in advance amounting to Rs.10000/- form the salary for the month of November 2016 in the form of Cash Pay-out to all Non Gazetted Employees of Central Government. Also refer your office letter dated 11.11.2016 which mentions that Government Departments may be allowed to draw cash beyond the stipulated limit of Rs.10,000/- in exceptional cases only on production of evidence justifying their cash requirements in writing.

Necessary instructions may please be issued immediately to all the banks in view of the Ministry of Finance OM dated 17.11.2016 referred above to enable Govt. offices to release advance salary as per above mentioned OM.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.Shakuntla)
Joint Controller General of Accounts

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