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PCDA Circular .197 – Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Deptt. Of ESW

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PCDA Circular .197 – Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Deptt. Of ESW

Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), Draupadi
Ghat, Allahabad-211014

Circular No. 197

No. AT/Tech/30-XIX

Dated: 10.01.2018

To,

The Chief Accountant, RBI Deptt. of Govt. Bank Accounts, Central office C-7, Second Floor, Bandre- Kurla Complex, P B No. 8143, Bandre East Mumbai-400051

The Director of Treasuries of all state ……………

The Manger CPPC of Public Sector Banks including IDBI

The CDA (PD) Meerut……………….

The CDA-Chennai…………….

The Nodal Officers (ICICI/ AXIS/HDFC Bank)…………

The Pay & Accounts Officers…………………

Military and Air Attache, Indian Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal.

The DPDO………………………

The Post Master……………..

Sub: Identification/verification of additional documents produced by Defence Forces pensioners in absence of Aadhaar number as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E) dated 03.03.2017 issued by Deptt. Of ESW .

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Consequent upon introduction of Aadhaar Act, 2016, an individual eligible to receive the pension benefits is required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

However, Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare Notification No. 14(2)/2014/D (P/P)(Part-I)(copy enclosed) published in Gazette of India in 03.03.2017 vide No. S.O.747(e), provides that, till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary of pension benefits, benefits shall be given to such individuals subject to the production of certain identification documents as indicated in Notification No. S.O. 747(E).

In view of above, all the Pension Disbursing Authorities are advised to check the identification documents, as mentioned in above Notification No. S.O. 747(E), produced by defence pensioners, till Aadhaar is assigned to the pension beneficiaries. Especially as per clause b(i) and (ii) of notification No. S.O. 747(E).

S/d,
(Shubash Kumar)
DCDA (P)
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MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(Department of Ex- Servicemen Welfare)
NOTIFICATION

 

New Delhi, the 3rd March, 2017

S.O. 747(E).—Whereas, the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity;

And, whereas, the payment of pension is given to retired Defence Forces pensioners/ Family Pensioners (hereinafter referred to as beneficiaries) by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence in the Government of India under the Pension Regulations for Army, 1961, the Pension Regulations for Air Force, 1961, and the Pension Regulations for Navy 1964 and the pension is disbursed to beneficiaries through Pension Disbursement Agencies;

And, whereas, the aforesaid benefit of pension involves recurring expenditure from the Consolidated

Fund of India;

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of the section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to the said Act), the Central Government hereby notifies the following, namely: —

(1) An individual eligible to receive the pension benefits is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

(2)  Any eligible beneficiary entitled to receive pension benefits, who does not possess the Aadhaar Number or, not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, but desirous of availing pension benefits is hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment by 30th June, 2017, provided he or she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such individuals shall visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at UIDAI website www.uidai.gov.in) to get enrolled for Aadhaar.

(3)          As per regulation 12 of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means which requires an individual to furnish Aadhaar is required to offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar and in case there is no Aadhaar enrolment centre located in the respective Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means is required to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the existing Registrars of Unique Identification Authority of India or by becoming Unique Identification Authority of India registrar:

Provided that, till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary of pension benefits, benefits shall be given to such individuals subject to the production of the following identification documents, namely:

(a)          Ex-servicemen Card issued by the concerned authorities; and

(b)  (i) If he or she has enrolled, his or her Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip; or

(ii) a copy of his or her request made for Aadhaar enrolment, as specified in sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 2 below; and

any of the following documents, namely :-

(i)            Voter ID card issued by the Election Commission of India; or

(ii)           Permanent Account Number Card issued by Income Tax Department; or

(iii)          Passport; or

(iv)         Driving License issued by Licensing authority under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988); or

(v)          Certificate of Identity having photo issued by a Gazetted officer or Tehsildar on an official letter head; or

(vi)         Address card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts; or

(vii)        Kisan Photo Passbook; or

(viii)       any other document as specified by the Ministry of Defence:

Provided further that the above documents shall be checked by an officer specifically designated by the Ministry of Defence for that purpose.

2. In order to provide convenient and hassle free pension benefits to the beneficiaries, the Ministry of Defence through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means shall make all the required arrangements including following; namely:-

(1)  Wide publicity through media and individual notices shall be given to beneficiaries of pension benefits to make them aware of the requirement of Aadhaar under the scheme and they may be advised to get themselves enrolled at the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centres available in their areas by 30th June, 2017 in case they are not already enrolled and the list of locally available enrolment centres shall be made available to them.

(2)          In case, beneficiaries of pension benefits are not able to enrol due to non-availability of enrolment centres in the near vicinity such as in the block or tehsil or taluka, the Ministry through Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means is required to create Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations and the beneficiaries of pension benefits may register their request for Aadhaar enrolment by giving their name, address, mobile number with Ex-Servicemen Card and other details specified in the proviso to clause (b) sub¬paragraph (3) of paragraph 1 with their Pension Disbursement Agencies or other means or through the web portal provided for the purpose.

3. This notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all States and Union Territories except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir. Provided that this notification shall not be applicable for following categories of Pensioners or Family Pensioners, namely:—

(i)            NRI who resides in other or foreign country,

(ii)           Overseas settled Indian who is citizen of other or foreign country,

(iii)    Nepal Domiciled, Burmese and similar categories of defence pensioners.

[F. No. 14(2)/2014/D(P/P)(Part-I)]
RAVI KANT, Jt. Secy.

Source : PCDA

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Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement – Pre-Retirement Counseling

Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement – Pre-Retirement Counseling

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
MoS (Personnel) Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop “Sankalp’

Retiring employees should carry forward the Government’s flagship programmes – says Dr. Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the services of superannuating and retired employees should be gainfully utilized to carry forward the flagship programmes of the Union Government led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Addressing the Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) Workshop ‘Sankalp’ for the retiring employees of Ministries/Departments, organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW) here today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the superannuating employees can be inducted into advisory bodies of their respective offices and also to dispose of grievances. Due to increasing life expectancy, an active life lies ahead of an employee at sixty years of age and the individual is at his prime capacity and energetic. Retirement should rather be viewed as the beginning of a new innings, he said. Such interactive workshops should come out with ideas on how best the services of retired employees can be utilized, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said for the first time this Government has cared for Pensioners as much as for the working employees. Minimum pension has been raised to Rs.1,000, Jeevan Pramaan biometrics introduced for submitting digital Life Certificate, more than 1,500 obsolete rules scrapped and the Anubhav platform introduced for the first time for retiring employees to share their experience.

In his address, Shri KV Eapen, Secretary, DOP&PW and Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), said the DOP&PW has so far registered more than 2,000 pensioners and conducted Pre-Retirement Counselling for more than 3,300 employees under the Sankalp project. The Department has registered 19 Pensioners’ Associations and 16 NGOs to involve Central Government Pensioners in social activities.

The PRC workshops target retiring personnel two to two-and-a-half years before the retirement date. Topics covered are (i) Formalities to be covered for timely payment of retirement dues (ii) Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement (iii) Preparation of Will (iv) CGHS facilities after retirement and (v) Post-retirement opportunities through Sankalp.

The “Sankalp’ programme has been initiated by the Department towards this end and a web portal of the same name has also been launched. Pensioners, Pensioner Associations and NGOs can register on the website http//www.pensionersportal.gov.in/sankalp.

There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000 including defense, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners.

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FAQ on Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners (Updated 22.12.2017)

FAQ on Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners (Updated 22.12.2017)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Payment of Pension to Government Pensioners

(Updated as on December 22, 2017)

Scheme for Payment of Pension to Central Government Pensioners by Authorised Banks

Pension schemes/rules are formulated by the respective Central Government Ministries/Departments. A link to some of such schemes are available at www.rbi.org.in under Notifications> Master Circulars>Banker to Banks>Disbursement of Pension by Agency Banks. The Reserve Bank of India (the Reserve Bank) oversees disbursement of pension by its agency banks in respect of all Central Government Departments. In the process, it receives queries/complaints from pensioners in regard to fixation, calculation and payment of pension including revision of pension/Dearness Relief, transfer of pension account from one bank branch to another, etc. The Reserve Bank has analysed the queries/complaints, and put them in the form of answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. It is hoped that these will cover most of the queries/ doubts in the minds of pensioners.

1. Can the pensioner draw his/ her pension through a bank branch?

Yes. Even the Government employees earlier drawing their pension from a treasury or from a post office have the option to draw their pension from the authorized bank’s branches.

2. Who is the pension sanctioning authority?

The Ministry/ Department /Office where the Government servant last served is the pension sanctioning authority. The pension fixation is made by such authority for the first time and thereafter the refixation of pay, if any, is done by the pension paying bank based on the instructions from the concerned Central/ State Government authority.

3. Is it necessary for the pensioner to open a separate pension account for the purpose of crediting his/ her pension in authorized bank?

The pensioner is not required to open a separate pension account. The pension can be credited to his/her existing savings/ current account maintained with the branch selected by the pensioner.

4. Can a pensioner open a Joint Account with his/ her spouse?

Yes. All pensioners of the Central Government Pensioners can open Joint Account with their spouses.

5. Whether Joint Account of the pensioner with spouse can be operated either by ”Former or Survivor” or “Either or Survivor”.

Yes, the Joint Account of the pensioner with spouse can be operated either as ‘‘Former or Survivor” or “Either or Survivor”.

6. Whether a Joint Account can be continued for family pension after death of a pensioner?

Yes, the banks should not insist on opening of a new account in case of Central Government pensioner if the spouse in whose favour an authorization for family pension exists in the Pension Payment Order (PPO) is the survivor and the family pension should be credited to the existing account without opening a new account by the family pensioner for this purpose.

7. What is the minimum balance required to be maintained in the pension account maintained with the banks?

RBI has not stipulated any minimum balance to be maintained in pension accounts by the pensioners. Individual banks have framed their own rules in this regard.

8. Who sends the Pension Payment Orders (PPOs) to the authorized bank?

The concerned pension sanctioning authorities in the Ministries /Departments/ forward the PPOs to bank branches wherefrom the pensioner desires to draw his/her pension. However, on implementation of CPPCs, pension sanctioning authorities have started sending PPOs to the CPPCs of the bank instead of bank branch.

9. When is the pension credited to the pensioner’s account by the paying branch?

The disbursement of pension by the paying branch is spread over the last four working days of the month depending on the convenience of the pension paying branch except for the month of March when the pension is credited on or after the first working day of April.

10. Can a pensioner transfer his/ her pension account from one branch to another branch of the same bank or to the branch of another bank?

Pensioner can transfer his/ her pension account from one branch to another branch of the same bank and from one authorized bank to another authorized bank within the same centre or at a different centre;

11. Whether the paying branch has to maintain a detailed record of pension payments made by it in the prescribed form?

Yes. The pension paying branch/ CPPC is required to maintain a detailed record of pension payments made by it from time to time in the prescribed form duly authenticated by the authorized officer.

12. Can the pension paying bank recover the excess amount credited to the pensioner’s account?

Yes. The paying branch before commencement of pension obtains an undertaking from the pensioner in the prescribed form for this purpose and, therefore, can recover the excess payment made to the pensioner’s account due to delay in receipt of any material information or due to any bonafide error. The bank also has the right to recover the excess amount of pension credited to the deceased pensioner’s account from his/her legal heirs/nominees.

13. Is it compulsory for a pensioner to furnish a Life Certificate/Non-Employment Certificate or Employment Certificate to the bank in the month of November? If so, how can this requirement be complied with?

Yes. The pensioner is required to furnish a Life Certificate / Non – Employment Certificate or Employment Certificate to the bank in the prescribed format in the month of November every year to ensure continued receipt of pension without interruption. The pensioner can also present himself / herself at any branch of the pension paying bank for being identified for issue of life certificate. In case a pensioner is unable to obtain a Life Certificate on account of serious illness / incapacitation, bank official will visit his / her residence / hospital for the purpose of obtaining the life certificate.

There have been complaints that life certificates submitted over the counter of pension paying branches are misplaced causing delay in payment of monthly pensions. In order to alleviate the hardships faced by pensioners, agency banks were instructed to mandatorily issue duly signed acknowledgements. They were also requested to consider entering the receipt of life certificates in their CBS and issue a system generated acknowledgement which would serve the twin purpose of acknowledgement as well as real time updation of records.

A pensioner having Aadhar number can alternatively submit Jeevan Pramaan, a digital life certificate introduced by the Government of India. For obtaining this, he / she will have to enrol and biometrically authenticate himself / herself by downloading the application generating digital life certificate from the website jeevanpramaan.gov.in or other means described on the website. Once digital life certificates in the form of Jeevan Pramaan are fully implemented, pension paying branches will be able to obtain information about the digital life certificate of their pensioner customers by logging on to the website of Jeevan Pramaan and searching for the certificate or by downloading through their Core Banking Systems. Pensioners will also be able to forward to their bank branches by email/sms the relative link to their digital life certificate.

14. Who is responsible for deduction of Income Tax at source from pension payment?

The pension paying bank is responsible for deduction of Income Tax from pension amount in accordance with the rates prescribed by the Income Tax authorities from time to time. While deducting such tax from the pension amount, the paying bank will also allow deductions on account of relief to the pensioner available under the Income Tax Act. The paying branch, in April each year, will also issue to the pensioner a certificate of tax deduction as per the prescribed form. If the pensioner is not liable to pay Income Tax, he should furnish to the pension paying branch, a declaration to that effect in the prescribed form.

15. Can old, sick physically handicapped pensioner who is unable to sign, open pension account or withdraw his/ her pension from the pension account?

A pensioner, who is old, sick or lost both his/her hands and, therefore, cannot sign, can put any mark or thumb/ toe impression on the form for opening of pension account. While withdrawing the pension amount he/she can put thumb/toe impression on the cheque/withdrawal form and it should be identified by two independent witnesses known to the bank one of whom should be a bank official.

16. Can a pensioner withdraw pension from his/ her account when he/she is not able to sign or put thumb/toe impression or unable to be present in the bank?

In such cases, a pensioner can put any mark or impression on the cheque/ withdrawal form and may indicate to the bank as to who would withdraw pension amount from the bank on the basis of cheque/withdrawal form. Such a person should be identified by two independent witnesses. The person who is actually drawing the money from the bank should be asked to furnish his/her specimen signature to the bank.

17. When does the family pension commence?

The family pension commences after the death of the pensioner. The family pension is payable to the person indicated in the PPO on receipt of a death certificate and application from the nominee.

18. How the payment of Dearness Relief at revised rate is to be paid to the pensioners?

Whenever any additional relief on pension/family pension is sanctioned by the Government, the same is intimated to the agency banks for issuing suitable instructions to their pension paying branches for payment of relief at the revised rates to the pensioners without any delay. The orders issued by Government Departments are also hosted on their websites and banks have been advised to watch the latest instructions on the website and act accordingly without waiting for any further orders from RBI in this regard.

19. Can pensioners get pension slips?

Yes. As decided by the Central Government (Civil, Defence & Railways), pension paying banks have been advised to issue pension slips to the pensioners in prescribed form when the pension is paid for the first time and thereafter whenever there is a change in quantum of pension due to revision in basic pension or revision in Dearness Relief.

20. Which authority the pensioner should approach for redressal of his/ her grievances?

Branch/CPPC is the point of referral for the pensioner. Pensioners can approach the nodal officer(s) designated by the respective banks who would be holding regular meetings at different locations in their jurisdiction on lines of Pension Adalat. They can also contact the bank through toll free dedicated pension line of the respective bank to seek information related to their queries/complaints. In case of deficiency in service offered by the bank, pensioner can approach the concerned Consumer Education and Protection Cell at respective Regional Office of RBI and Banking Ombudsman under whose jurisdiction the bank branch, where the pensioner holds the account, falls.

21. Where can a pensioner get information about the changes in the pension/Dearness Relief or any pension related issue?

The pensioner can visit the Official Website of the concerned Government Department as also Reserve Bank of India Website (www.rbi.org.in) to get the information about pension related issues.

22. Whether a pensioner is entitled for any compensation from the agency banks for delayed credit of pension/ arrears of pension?

Yes. A Pensioner is entitled for compensation for delayed credit of pension/arrears thereof at the fixed rate of 8% per annum (since October 1, 2008) and the same would be credited to the pensioner’s account automatically by the bank on the same day when the bank affords delayed credit of such pension / arrears etc. without any claim from the pensioner.

These FAQs are issued by the Reserve Bank of India (The Reserve Bank) for information and general guidance purposes only which cannot be quoted in any legal proceeding and will have no legal purpose. It is not intended to be treated as legal advice or legal opinion. The Reserve Bank will not be held responsible for actions taken and/or decisions made on the basis of the same. For clarifications or interpretations, if any, readers are requested to be guided by the relevant circulars and notifications issued from time to time by the Reserve Bank and the Government.

Authority: www.rbi.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the January 10, 2018

 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Turnover of Canteen Store Department (CSD)

Turnover of Canteen Store Department (CSD)

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

Turnover of CSD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impact:

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

Background:

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

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

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Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

100% FDI under automatic route for Single Brand Retail Trading

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

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

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

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

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

Details:

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

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

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

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

Civil Aviation

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

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

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

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

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

Power Exchanges

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

Other Approval Requirements under FDI Policy:

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

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

Competent Authority for examining FDI proposals from countries of concern

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

Pharmaceuticals:

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

Prohibition of restrictive conditions regarding audit firms:

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

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Change of Uniform code for Diesel Loco Shed Staff and payment of Washing Allowance – NFIR

Change of Uniform code for Diesel Loco Shed Staff and payment of Washing Allowance – NFIR

No.III/DR/2/Part IV
Dated:04-01-2018

The Secretary (E),

Railway Board,

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Change of Uniform code for Diesel Loco Shed Staff and payment of Washing Allowance-reg.
Ref: NFIR’s PNM Item No.28/2011.

Vide Action Taken Statement provided by the Railway Board during NFIR’s PNM meeting held on 13-11-2017, it was conveyed that after issuance of guidelines vide Board’s letter No.PC-VII/2017/1/7/5/7 dated 03/10/2017 (RBE No.141/2017), remaining aspects of the Uniform including changes of uniform code for Diesel Loco shed staff has been under examination.

NFIR requests the Railway Board to kindly expedite action and convey the latest status soon with regard to change of uniform code for Diesel Loco shed staff on Indian Railways.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

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Clear endorsement regarding Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway Pensioners / Family Pensioners

Clear endorsement regarding Fixed Medical Allowance to Railway Pensioners / Family Pensioners
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
Railway Board
RBA NO 177/2017
No. 2014/AC-II/21/12(pt)
New Delhi Dated: 15.12.2017

General Managers,

All Zonal Railways / PUs

Sub:- Clear endorsement regarding Fixed Medical Allowance to Pensioners / Family Pensioners.

Ref:- Board’s Letter No. 2012/AC-II/ 21/ Misc matters dated 02.11.2012

In the recently held Meeting, All India Railwaymen’s Federation has pointed out (PNM Item no.30/ 2011) that the pensioners are facing difficulties with regard to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance despite several letters from Board emphasizing to ensure strict compliance of the instructions issued vide letter cited under reference, the latest being dated 27.10.2016 (RBA No. 80/2016).

It is ,.therefore, requested that the prevailing status on your Railway may be reviewed and pensioners’ grievance in this regard may be redressed.

(Vivek.P. Tripathi)
Director Finance / CCA
Railway Board

 

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Empanelment of Hospitals/Nursing Homes And – Diagnostic Centres For ECHS: DESW OM dated 05.12.2017

Empanelment of Hospitals/Nursing Homes And – Diagnostic Centres For ECHS: DESW OM dated 05.12.2017
No.22B(11)/2017/WE/D(Res-I)
Government Of India
Ministry of Defence
Dept of Ex-Servicemen Welfare

 

New Delhi the 05 December 2017

 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

To,

The Managing Director

Central Organisation, ECHS

Maude Line, Delhi Cantt

Subject :- EMPANELMENT OF HOSPITALS /NURSING HOMES AND- DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES FOR ECHS
1. I am directed to state that in terms of the of Govt of India, Ministry, of Defence letter No 22B(04)/2010/US(WE)D(Res) dated 18 Feb 2011 and 22B(02)/2013/US(WE)D(Res) dated 18 Oct 2013, and 22B(02)/2013/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 24 Feb 2015 it has now been decided by the 11th Screening Committee for empanelment of Medical facilities with ECHS in its meeting held on 31 Aug 2017 under the chairmanship of MD ECHS to empanel 123 Private Hospitals/Nursing Homes and Diagnostic Laboratories for different specialities and procedures as per the list attached in the Annexure:-

Ser City Name of Hospitals Annexure No
1. Agra Purushottamdas Savitridevi Cancer Care & Research
Centre
1
2. Ahmedabad Krishna Shalby Hospital (A unit of -Shalby Ltd). 2
3. Ahmedabad Aashu Dental & Multispeciality Clinic 2
4. Aluva Rajagiri HOSpital (A Unit of Rajagiri Healthcare  and
Edutational Trust)
3
5. Ambala City MM Hospital 4
6. Amravati Shreenetralya Super Speciality Eye Hospital 5
7. Amritsar Nanda Hospital 6
8. Amritsar Dr Lal Path Labs Ltd- 6
9. Amritsar Care and Cure Medicity Hospital 7
10. Amritsar Jai Kamal Eye Hospital 7
11. Amritsar Medistar Hospital 7
12. Amritsar Vision plus Eye Hospital 8
13. Amritsar Neelkanth Hospital 8
14. Bangalore Columbia Asia Hospital (A Unit of columbia Asia
Hospitals Pvt Ltd)
9
15. Batala Bajwa Hospitals 10
16. Bathinda Chahal Hospital Pvt Ltd 11
17. Chandigarh Prime Diagnostic Centre and Heart Institute (a Unit of
Prime Diagnostic Centre Pvt Ltd
12
18. Chandigarh Neeraj Eye Hospital Pvt ltd 12
19.. Chandigarh Dharam Hospital 12
20. Charkhi Dadri Goyal Dental Clinic 13
21. Delhi Shri Bhagwan Diagnostic & Imaging Centre Pvt Ltd 14
22. Delhi Cygnus MLS Super Speciality Hospital (a unit of Cygnus
MLS Hospital Pvt Ltd)
14
23. New Delhi Rockland Hospital 15
24. New Delhi Artemis Hospital (A unit of Artemis Medicare Services
Ltd)
16
25. New Delhi Delhi Institute of Functional Imaging (A unit of
Chhaitanya Diagnostics Pvt Ltd)
16
26. New Delhi Bhagat Hospital (A unit of Bhagat Hospitals Pvt ltd) 17
27. New Delhi Bharti Eye Hospital 17
28. New Delhi Metropolis Healthcare Ltd 18
29. New Delhi Dr Ashok Dentistree 18
30. New Delhi Hi Tech Eye Centre 18
31.. Dhule Seva Super Speciality and Critical Care Centre 19
32. Ghaziabad Narinder Mohan Hospital & Heart Centre (A unit of
Narinder Mohan Foundation)
20
33. Goa SMRC’s VM Salgaocar Hospital 21
34. Greater Noida Green City Hospital (A unit of AAR AAR Medical Services
Pvt Ltd)
22
35. Noida Suraksha Diagnostic Pvt Ltd 23
36. Noida Noida MRI and Diagnostic Centre (Unit of SDS Healthcare
and Imaging Pvt Ltd)
23
37. Gurgaon Rockland Hospital 24
38. Gurgaon Modern Diagnostic and Research Centre Pvt Ltd 25
39. Gurgaon Modern Diagnostic and .Research Centre Pvt Ltd 26
40. Gurgaon Columbia Asia Hospital (A unit of Columbia Asia
Hospital Pvt Ltd)
27
41. Gurgaon Eye Q Super Speciality Eye Hospitals (A unit of Eye Q
Vision Pvt Ltd)
28
42. Haldwani Eye Q Super Speciality Hospitals (A unit of Eye Q
Vision Pvt Ltd)
29
43. Hisar Sarvodaya Multispeciality & Cancer Hospital. 30
44. Hisar Eye Q Super Speciality Eye Hospital (A unit of Eye Q
Vision Pvt Ltd)
30
45.. Hisar Dr Ram Narayan Soni Ortho Hospital 31
46 Hoshiarpur Thind Eye Hospital 32
47. Hyderabad Medivision Eye and Health Care Centre Pvt Ltd 33
48. Hyderabad Partha Dental (A unit of Partha Dental Care India Pvt
Ltd.)
33
49. Jabalpur Jabalpur Hospital & Research Centre 34
50. Jagadhari Aggarwal Hospital 35
51. Jaipur Ganadhipati Purushottam Shekhawati Hospital& Research
Centre
36
52. Jaipur Dr Goyal’s Path Lab & Imaging Centre 36
53. Jaipur Marudhar Hospital 37
54. Jaipur Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Hospital 38
55. Jaipur Adinath ENT & General Hospital 39
56. Jaipur Barala Hospital and Research Centre 39
57. Jaipur Rajat Imaging Centre 39
58. Jalandhar Kidney Hospital & Lifeline Medical Institutions 40
59. Jalandhar Dr Lal PathLabs Ltd 40
60. Jalandhar Karan Hospital 41
61. Jalandhar Dr Dang’s Nursing Home & Hospital 41
62. Jalandhar Oberoi Dental Clinic 42
63. Jalandhar Dr Harpreet Eye and Dental Care Centre 42
64. Jorhat Chandraprabha Eye Hospital 43
65. Kadapa Vijaya Super Speciality Dental Clinic 44
66. Kalyan Fortis Hospitals Ltd 45
67.. Kanpur Eye Q Vision Pvt Ltd 46
68. Karimnagar Partha Dental 47
69. Karnal Park Hospitals (A unit of DMR Hospitals Pvt Ltd) 48
70. Khammam Partha Dental 49
71. Khanna Jain Multispeciality Hospital 50
72. Kolkata Suraksha Diagnostic Pvt Ltd 51
73. Kolkata Metropolis Health care Ltd 51
74. Kolkata Charnock Hospitals Pvt Ltd 51
75. Lalitpur Nepal Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Pvt Ltd 52
76. Lucknow Raj Scanning Ltd 53
77. Lucknow Grover Dental & Medical Centre 53
78. Lucknow Eye Q Vision Pvt Ltd 53
79. Ludhiana Guru Teg Bahadar Sahib Charitable Hospital 54
80. Ludhiana Brar Eye Centre 54
81. Ludhiana Anurag Eye Centre 55
82. Ludhiana Ambay Eye Care Centre 55
83. Mahendergarh Ganga Devi Pandey Eye Hospital 56
84. Mathura Nayati Multi Super Speciality Hospital 57
85. Meerut Jindal Rehabilitation & Dental Centre 58
86. Meerut IIMT Life Line Hospital 58
87. Mohali Mayo Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital (A unit of
Chandigarh Healthcare Pvt Ltd)
59
88. Mohali Indus International Hospital 60
89. Mohali Sangam Netralaya 61
90. Mohali JP Hospital 61
91. Mountabu J Watmull Global Hospital & Research Centre 62
92. Mukerian Dashmesh Dental Clinic 63
93. Mumbai S.L. Raheja Hospital (A Fortis Associate) 64
94. Mumbai Fortis Hospitals Ltd 65
95. Navi Mumbai Hiranandani Hospital (A Fortis Associate Hospital) (a
unit of Hiranandani Healthcare Pvt Ltd)
66
96. Navi Mumbai Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd 67
97. Mysore Bharath Hospital & Institute of Oncology (A Unit of
Sada Sharada Tumor and Research Institute)
68
98. Nagpur Spandan Heart Institute and Research Centre (A unit of
Spandan Heart Institute and Research Centre India Pvt Ltd)
69
99. Narnaul Goyal Netra Chikitsalaya 70
100. Nashik Apollo Hospitals 71
101. Palwal Gamma Physio Care & Pain Relief Clinic 72
102. Patiala Garg Eye Hospital 73
103. Patna Ruban Emergency Hospital (A unit of Basudeo Health
Foundation Pvt ltd)
74
104. Pune Columbia Asia Hospital (A unit of Columbia Asia
Hospitals Pvt ltd)
75
105. Raipur Ramkrishna Care Hospital (Unit of Ramkrishna Care
Medical Sciences Pvt Ltd)
76
106. Rewari Riti Eye Care Hospital 77
107. Rohtak Dr Jale’s Life Care Hospital 78
108. Roorkee Eye Q Super Speciality Eye Hospitals 79
109. Salem Nathan Super Speciality Hospital 80
110. Sikar I Max Eye Care Hospital 81
111. Sikar SB Mittal Memorial Heart & Critical Care Hospital 81
112. Sonepat Haryana Multispeciality Hospital 82
113. Sonepat Satyakiran Healthcare Pvt Ltd 82
114. Sonepat Nawal Hospital and Trauma Centre 83
115. Srikakulam Dr Kamal Vilekar Multispeciality Dental Hospital 84
116. Srinagar Noora Hospital 85
117. Surat Medical Educational Trust Association Surat of Seventh
Day Adventist Hospital
86
118. Thane Wockhartdt Hospitals Ltd 87
119. Thrissur Daya General Hospital & Speciality Surgical Centre (A
unit of Medical Centre Trichur Ltd)
88
120.  . Trichy Apollo Speciality Hospital (a Unit of Apollo Hospitals
Enterprise Ltd)
89
121. Trivandrum Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (A unit of KIMS
Health Care Management Ltd)
90
122.  . Vadodara New Vision Laser Centres (Rajkot) Pvt Ltd 91
123. Vrindavan BHRC-Dr Shroffs Eye Care Institute (Run by Dr Shroff’s
Charity Eye Hospital)
92
2. All the terms and conditions including fixation of rates payable to empanelled hospitals will be regulated under Govt of India, Ministry Of Defence letter No.22B(4)/2010/US(WE)/D(res) dated 18 Feb 2011 as amended from time to time.3. The rates for ECHS Hospital/Nursing Home, Dental Centres and Diagnostic Centres as approved by the Empowered Committee will be as per CGHS rates and will be notified by the Director, Regional Centre ECHS to all concerned including polyclinics, SEMOs, CDA/PCDA and Central Organisation ECHS.

4. Empanelment of CGHs empanelled hospitals is subject to the hospital providing proof of its being  CGHS empanelled facility as on the date of signing MoA with ECHS.

5. CGHS empanelled medical facilities will be empanelled with ECHS for the period for which the facilites hold valid MoA with CGHS. The MoA will be extendable once CGHS renews the MoA with the medical facilities.

6. NABH accredited medical facilities will be empanelled with ECHS for the period of validity of NABH certificate and the MoA will be renewed once the medical facility is issues revalidation/renewed NABH certificate.
7. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their U.O.No.34(05)/2010/Fin/Pen/Vol IV dated 28.11.2017.

(AK Karn)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India

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Issuing of Aadhaar cards through post offices and banks

Issuing of Aadhaar cards through post offices and banks
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-900

ANSWERED ON-22.12.2017

Issuing of Aadhaar cards through post offices and banks

900 . Shri Dharmapuri Srinivas

Will the Minister of ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the Government is contemplating on handing over the work of issuing of Aadhaar Cards to Post Offices and Banks in the country; and

(b) if so, the details thereof

ANSWER

(a) and (b): Department of Post, as Registrar of UIDAI, has been mandated to set up Aadhaar enrolment and update facility in designated post offices throughout the country. In addition, banks have also been mandated under Regulation 12A of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 (No. 2 of 2017) and the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) (Third Amendment) (No. 3 of 2017) to set up Aadhaar enrolment and update facility in a minimum one out of every ten bank branches.

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Restriction in conduct rules on investments by employees

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1223
ANSWERED ON-28.12.2017

 

Restriction in conduct rules on investments by employees

 

1223 . Shri Narayan Lal Panchariya

(a) whether there are any restrictions under relevant conduct rules on investments by Central Government employees in stock market/financial market instruments;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;
(c) whether Government is considering any proposal for giving greater freedom to Central Government employees to invest in such instruments; 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) & (b): Yes Sir. Rule 16 of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, is relevant for investment by Central Government employees in stock/ financial market instruments. The provisions of Rule 16 are reproduced as under:

 

“(1) No Government servant shall speculate in any stock, share or other investment: Provided that nothing in this sub-rule shall apply to occasional investments made through stock brokers or other persons duly authorised and licensed or who have obtained a certificate of registration under the relevant law. Explanation – Frequent purchase or sale or both, of shares, securities or other investments shall be deemed to be speculation within the meaning of this sub-rule.”

 

(2) (i) No Government servant shall make, or permit any member of his family or any person acting on his behalf to make, any investment which is likely to embarrass or influence him in the discharge of his official duties. For this purpose, any purchase of shares out of the quotas reserved for Directors of Companies or their friends and associates shall be deemed to be an investment which is likely to embarrass the Government servant.

 

(ii) No Government servant who is involved in the decision making process of fixation of price of an Initial Public Offering or Follow-up Public Offering of shares of a Central Public Sector Enterprise shall apply, either himself or through any member of his family or through any other person acting on his behalf, for allotment of shares in the Initial Public Offerings or Follow-up Public Offerings of such Central Public Sector Enterprise.

 

(3) If any question arises whether any transaction is of the nature referred to in sub-rule (1) or sub-rule(2), the decision of the Government thereon shall be final.

 

(4) (i) No Government servant shall, save in the ordinary course of business with a bank or a public limited company, either himself or through any member of his family or any other person acting on his behalf,

 

(a) lend or borrow or deposit money, as a principal or an agent, to, or from or with, any person or firm or private limited company within the local limits of his authority or with whom he is likely to have official dealings or otherwise place himself under any pecuniary obligation to such person or firm or private limited company; or

 

(b) lend money to any person at interest or in a manner whereby return in money or in kind is charged or paid:

Provided that a Government servant may give to, or accept from, a relative or a personal friend a purely temporary loan of a small amount free of interest, or operate credit account with a bona fide tradesman or make an advance of pay to his private employee:

 

Provided further that nothing in this sub-rule shall apply in respect of any transaction entered into by a Government servant with the previous sanction of the Government.

 

(ii) When a Government servant is appointed or transferred to a post of such nature as would involve him in the breach of any of the provisions of sub-rule (2) or sub-rule (4), he shall forthwith report the circumstances to the prescribed authority and shall thereafter act in accordance with such order as may be made by such authority.

 

2. Further, vide O.M. No. 11013/6/91-Ests.(A) dated 8.04.1992 (copy enclosed), it was clarified that shares, securities, debentures etc. are treated as movable property for the purpose of Rule 18 (3) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, which provides for intimation/ permission of an individual transaction, if the value of such transaction exceeds two months of basic pay of the Government servant.

 

(c) & (d): At present, there is no proposal under consideration of the Government for giving greater freedom to Central Government employees to invest in stock market/ financial market instruments.

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Amendment in EPF scheme for buying homes

Amendment in EPF scheme for buying homes

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1056
ANSWERED ON-27.12.2017
Amendment in EPF scheme for buying homes
1056 . Shri R. Vaithilingam

(a)whether Government will amend the Employees” Provident Fund (EPF) scheme to enable around 4 crore members of Employees” Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to withdraw upto 90 per cent of their fund for making down payments while buying houses;

(b)whether said amendment will also allow the EPFO subscribers to use their EPF accounts for paying equated monthly installments of home loans; and

(c)whether under the proposed provision in the EPF scheme, the subscribers would have to form a cooperative society with at least 10 members to avail of the facility?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a) to (c): The Government vide Notification No. G.S.R.351 (E) dated 12th April, 2017 has inserted a paragraph 68BD in Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952 for withdrawal from the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for purchasing dwelling house or flat or construction of a dwelling house.

The withdrawal amount from the Provident Fund shall not exceed ninety per cent of the employer’s share of contribution and interest thereon and employee’s share of contribution and interest thereon.

The Scheme envisages that a member can authorise monthly installment for the repayment, wholly or partly, of any outstanding principal or interest of a loan obtained in the name of the member or spouse of the member or jointly by the member and the spouse.

The payment can be made on behalf of the member to a housing agency or primary lending agency or bank concerned, etc.

The subscriber should be a member of a cooperative society or a society registered for housing purpose under any law for the time being in force and such society has at least ten members of the Fund.

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Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railway

Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railway
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

 

RRE No. 205/2017
New Delhi Dated: 26.12.2017

No. E(P&A)I-2016/RT-16

The General Managers and Principal Financial Advisers,

All Indian Railways including

Production Units etc.

Sub: Decision of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) vide OM No. A.12034/1/2017- CHS-V dated 30.09.2017 has communicated (i) post-facto approval of the Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors of Indian Railway Medical Service; (ii) approval of Cabinet for enhancement of age of superannuation of Dental doctors under Ministry of Railways to 65 years; and (iii) that Doctors shall hold the administrative post till the date of attaining the age of 62 years.

2. Accordingly, the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors under Ministry of Railways is enhanced from 60 years to 65 years.

3. Doctors shall hold administrative posts till the date of attaining the age of 62 years and thereafter their services shall be placed in Non-administrative positions.

4. Consequent upon enhancement of the age of superannuation of Dental Doctors, all Zonal Railways/Production Units are requested to review the vacancies arising from retirement in regard to direct recruitment as well as promotion so that there is no over recruitment or litigation or review DPCs because of change in “Zone of Consideration” as a result of reduction in the number of retirement vacancies.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

6. Kindly acknowledge receipt.

(Anil Kumar)
Dy. Director Estt. (P&A)-I
Railway Board

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Voluntary Retirement in Paramilitary Forces

Voluntary Retirement in Paramilitary Forces
 
PERSONNEL OF PARAMILITARY FORCES TAKING VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT

Minister of State for Home Affairs replied in Parliament(Rajya Sabha) on 27.12.2017 regarding Voluntary Retirement in Paramilitary Forces.

“As per information provided by Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles (CAPFs & AR), 19239 personnel have taken voluntary retirement from service since January, 2016.

Improvement in service conditions/ amenities and welfare of the force personnel is a continuous endeavour. A study was got conducted through Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) into the factors causing stress and suggest remedial measures and another similar study was got conducted though Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) for BSF & CRPF”. Based on the above study report, the measures, which have been taken to boost the morale and improve the working conditions and reduce stress among the force personnel, are at Annexure-‘A’.

ANNEXURE – ‘A’
R.S.US.Q.NO.1034 FOR 27.12.2017

Measures taken to improve the working conditions and reduce stress among the force personnel

(i) Transparent policies pertaining to transfer and leave of CAPFs and AR personnel. The hospitalization period due to injuries while on duty is treated as on duty. Choice posting is considered to the extent possible after the personnel served in hard area.

(ii) Regular interaction of officers with troops to find out and redress their grievances.

(iii) Ensuring adequate rest and relief by regulating the duty hours.

(iv) Improving living conditions for troops, providing adequate recreational/ entertainment, sports, communication facilities etc. Crèche facility is also provided at various establishments (where feasible) to facilitate the female employees.

(v) Facility of retention of government accommodation at the place of last posting (for keeping the family) while posted in NE State, J&K and LWE affected areas (except State Capitals).

(vi) Providing better medical facilities, also organizing talks with specialists to address their personal and psychological concerns and organizing Meditation & Yoga routinely for better stress management.

(vii) Adequately compensating the troops deployed in difficult areas.

(viii) Other welfare measures like facility of Central Police Canteen (CPC), scholarship for wards etc. Also air courier service has been provided to CAPF personnel deployed in NE States, J&K and LWE affected areas as welfare measure.

(ix) Designating retired CAPF personnel as ex-CAPF personnel for better identity and community recognition.

(x) Promotions are released regularly to eligible personnel as & when the vacancies arise. Financial benefits under Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) are given in case promotion does not take place for want of vacancies at 10, 20 & 30 years of service.

Besides above, implementation of suitable model for improvement of working conditions of CAPFs & AR is a continuous process and instructions in this regard are issued from time to time by this Ministry.

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7th CPC Military Brochure -Pay Matrix : Officers {Except Military Nursing Service (MNS)}

7th CPC Military Brochure -Pay Matrix : Officers {Except Military Nursing Service (MNS)}Pay Structure
1.3. Pay Matrix Offrs (Except MNS).

 

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7th CPC Military Brochure – Level of Ranks : (MNS) Officers

7th CPC Military Brochure –  Level of Ranks : (MNS) OfficersLevel of Ranks : MNS Officers.

(a) Lt – Level 10

(b) Capt – Level 10A

(c) Major – Level 10B

(d) Lt Col – Level 11

(e) Col – Level 12

(f) Brig – Level 12B

(g) Maj Gen – Level 13B

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7th CPC Military Brochure – Level of Ranks : Officers (Except MNS)

7th CPC Military Brochure – Level of Ranks : Officers (Except MNS)PART I : PAY

General

1.1. Level of Ranks.

All ranks are placed at various levels as per New Pay Structure. Level of Ranks are determined in accordance with the various levels as assigned to the corresponding existing Pay Band and Grades’ Pay or scale as specified in the Pay Matrix.

OFFICERS

1.2. Level of Ranks : Offrs. Level of Ranks for all offrs, incl those from AMC, ADC and RVC but excluding MNS are as under:-

(a) Lieutenant – Level 10

(b) Captain – Level 10B

(c) Major – Level 11

(d) Lieutenant Colonel – Level 12A

(e) Colonel – Level 13

(f) Brigadier – Level 13A

(g) Major General – Level 14

(h) Lieutenant General (HAG) – Level 15

(j) Lieutenant General (HAG+) – Level 16

(k) VCOAS & Army Cdrs (Apex) – Level 17

(l) COAS – Level 18

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