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PAY COMMISSION FOR UNORGANISED SECTOR

Pay Commission For Unorganised Sector

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1352
TO BE ANSWERED ON 24.07.2017

PAY COMMISSION FOR UNORGANISED SECTOR

1352. SHRI MALLIKARJUN KHARGE:

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

(a) whether the Government reviews the working conditions and pay scales of the workers working in unorganized sector by appointing commissions at regular intervals on the lines of employees of the Central Government;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) if not, whether the Government has any such proposal in this regard at present; and

(d) if so, the details thereof along with the time by which final decision is likely to be taken in this regard?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a) to (d): The Minimum Wages Act, 1948, provides for fixation/periodic revision of minimum wages in employment to prevent exploitation of workers. Under the Act, the appropriate Government, both the Centre and the States, fixes/revises the minimum wages in scheduled employments falling in their respective jurisdiction. This Act provides for fixation of hours of work, payment of overtime wages besides providing penalties for offences under the Act and the Rules made thereunder.

Source : Lok Sabha

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CSS: Appointments under Central Staffing Scheme

Appointments under Central Staffing Scheme

The Central Staffing Scheme (CSS), which is in operation for decades, provides a systematic arrangement for selection and appointment of eligible officers from the participating services at the level of Deputy Secretary, Director, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Central Government. The appointment of officers from the participating services at the Centre is an ongoing process, which includes shift/elevation of officers from one Ministry/Department to another, due to empanelment, on administrative grounds, etc. During the last three years, 798 IAS officers and 578 Non-IAS officers were appointed under the CSS. 21 officers of the All India Services from Jharkhand cadre have been appointed during this period under the CSS.

To encourage officers from participating services, including the IAS, to come on CSS, circulars are issued twice a year requesting all cadre authorities to nominate eligible officers for deputation. Therein it is indicated that the movement of officers from State level to the Centre and back helps in building up capabilities at the State level and contributing towards developing national perspectives at the decision-making levels in the Government of India. Furthermore, for Foreign/Captive post circulated by DoPT, experience of 2 years under CSS is mandatory. For consideration for Additional Secretary level empanelment, officers should have worked for at least 3 years under the CSS.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Sanjiv Kumar in the Rajya Sabha today.

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The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement

The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement 

CPAO/IT&Tech/Revision(7th CPC)/19.Vol-III/2017-l8/68

14/07/2017

Office Memorandum

Subject:- The Central Government’s decision on recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowance payment to Pensioners: revised Fixed Medical Allowance and Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement regarding.

Attention is invited to Ministry of Finance, Dcpartment of Expenditure Resolution No.11-1/2016-IC dated-6th July, 2017 on the above subject whereby it has been decided to revise the existing rates of following allowances for Pensioners:

Sl.No. Name of the Allowance Existing Rates  Revised Rates
1. Fixed Medical Allowance Rs.1000/- Rs.500/-
2. Constant Attendance Allowance on 100% disablement Rs.4500/-  Rs.6750/-

These revised rates are payable w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

In view of the above, Heads of CPPCs/Government Business Departments of all the banks are requested to arrange to credit the pensions/family pensions to the bank accounts from the month of July, 2017 onwards, for the respective pensioners who are already being paid above allowances, with the revised rates without waiting for any specific/separate authority from CPAO for such Pensioners.

This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

sd/-
(Subhash Chandra)
(Controller of Accounts)

Authority: http://cpao.nic.in/

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Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.

7th CPC Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Civilian Pensioners: PCDA Circular No. C-168 (In amendment of C-164)

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)

DRAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No. C-168

No: G1/C/0199/Vol-I/Tech

Dated: – 10 .07.2017.

To,
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(All Head of Department under Min. of Defence)

Subject: – Implementation of Govt’s decisions on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission-Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc.

Reference: – (i) GOI, Deptt. of P&PW O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A), dt. 6th July, 2017.

(ii) This office important circular no. C-164, bearing no.G1/C/0199/Vol-I/Tech, dated 30th May 2017.

GoI, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has issued a CONCORDANCE TABLE vide O.M. No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A), dated 6th July, 2017 for revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioners/family pensioners based on notional pay fixed as on 01.01.2016. A copy of the same has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for easy accessibility of all concerned. This table should be used to arrive at notional basic pay in the pay matrix of 7th CPC.

2. Reference of this office DO letter of even no. dt. 02/06/2017 is also invited, under which it was requested to all HODs that a Nodal Officer may be nominated who can be contacted for expediting the process and resolving any issue which is encountered. Details such as telephone number, mobile no., email -id etc. may kindly be intimated immediately if not already done, by email to gograntonecivil.dad[at]hub.nic.in .

3 Reference may kindly be made to this office circular no. C-164 dated 30.05.2017 wherein methodology for revision of pension consequent upon issue of GOI, DP&PW OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A), dated 12.05.2017 was conveyed. Several queries in form of letter, email, phone calls are being received for clarification of certain provisions of the ibid circular. It has been decided, therefore to circulate such clarification through this circular. Hence, topic wise clarifications are appended below:-1

a). HOO Code:

(i) At Para 20 of the circular C-164 dated 30.05.2017, it was mentioned that HOO code shall to be obtained by sending email to pcdapedp.cgda@nic.in in the prescribed proforma duly signed by Head of Office (HOO) and Head of Department (HOD). It has been seen that request for HOO code allotment is being received in this office in very sparse manner. Since, this code is mandatory for preparation of LPC-cum- Datasheet and also for transmission of PPOs to Head of Offices, it is requested to impress upon the Head of Offices functioning under your jurisdiction to kindly forward the request for allotment of HOO code immediately in prescribed manner. It is worthwhile to mention here that the term ‘Head of Department’ refer to organization such as OFB, AOC, ENG., DRDO, AF, Navy, DAD, Coast Guard etc. and Head of Office indicates the Unit (say a Factories under OFB, a laboratories under DRDO etc.) which are required to send claim for pension sanction/revision to this office. It is also planned to soon modify existing LPC-cum- Datasheet which is presently being used for processing regular pension claims for other types of pension including superannuation etc. Therefore, timely allotment of HOO Code will avoid any delay in preparation of pension claims.

(ii) It may be kept in mind while filling HOO registration form that column ORGANISATION should be filled with organisation code(as being filled in 1st column of existing LPCs) of HOD. For example if HOD is Factory organisation then ORGANISATION Column shall be filled as : 01.

(iii) It has been observed that in some cases HOO Code has been allotted, but the same isshowing error while filling LPC-cum- Datasheet through Utility because the leading zero is dropped and then the code consists of 5 digits only. The utility has been updated and the revised version of the utility is now available on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in .

b) LPC-CUM-DATA SHEET

(i). HOO Name (Column2):- It has also been observed that in the field of ‘HOO Name’ name of officer holding that appointment is mentioned. In this regard, attention is invited to filling instructions of Column 2 which mentions clearly that the column will be filled with ‘office name’ of the pensioners. For example if Govt. employee retired from HQ CWE SHIMLA HILLS JUTGAON CANTT SHIMLA, this column shall be filled as HQ CWE SHIMLA. In no case, name of the officer who is Head of the Unit or appointed to act as HOO under Delegation of Financial Power Rules 1976 should be mentioned.

(ii) In the field of PPO no., slashes ‘/’ are also being indicated. While it is clearly mentioned in filling instruction that PPO no. should be filled without slashes. For example if PPO no. is C/MISC/10250/2016, it should be filled as CMISC102502016 .

(iii) Date of Birth, Date of Appointment and Date of Retirement should be filled in (MMDDYYYY) format. For example if Date of Birth is 5th February 1950 it shall be filled as 02/05/1950. Alternatively calendar facility provided in the utility may be used.

(iv) It has been observed that pay scale at the time of retirement is not being filled in the corresponding column as provision mentioned under the caption ” PAY DETAILS”. For example: if, Govt. employee retired under 4th CPC in Pay scales 5900-200-7300 with last pay drawn 6100/- all columns from 4th CPC Pay Scale and onward should be filled properly. For example :-

4th CPC Scale (as 01.01.1986) : 31 (5900-200-7300)
4th CPC Pay/Notional Pay (as 01.01.1986) : 6100
5th CPC Pay (as 01.01.1996) : 29 (18400-500-22400)
5th CPC Pay/Notional Pay (as 01.01.1996) : 18400
6th CPC Pay Band(as 01.01.2006) : 4 (PB-IV)
Grade Pay (as 01.01.2006) : 10000
6th CPC Pay/Notional Pay (01.01.2006) without grade pay : 44700
7th CPC Level of Pay : L14
7th CPC Pay Index : 1
7th CPC Notional Pay (as on 01.01.2016) : 144200

(v) Basic Pension as on 01.01.2016 (Column 29) It has been observed that in some cases this column is filled with 50% of notional pay as on 01.01.2016, which is not correct. Filling instruction in this regard is very clear, this column is meant to reflect basic pension as on 01/01/2016 as per pre-revised scale of 6th CPC. In other words pensionary entitlement under 6th CPC should be multiplied by 2.57 and this results need to be reflected in this column.

(vi) Name of PDA (Column 45) : As per filling instructions if PDA is Bank (Code-9), then filling of Column no. 45 to 51 i.e. PDA Station, Name of Bank, Bank Account no., IFSC code of Paying Branch and BSR Code of CPPC must not be left blank.

c) Vetting of Data Sheet

(i). At Para 20 of the circular C-164 dated 30.05.2017, it was mentioned that in the annexed proforma of LPC-Cum-Data Sheet, the claim will be forwarded along with all concerned documents by the H.O.O/H.O.D to PCDA (Pension) Allahabad after getting it vetted from PAO/LAO attached. In this connection it is clarified that it is not necessary to get LPC-cum- Datasheet vetted by both authority i.e by PAO and LAO. Any one of the two may vet the LPC-cum- Datasheet before forwarding to this office.

4. In view of the foregoing, Head of Departments are requested to issue suitable instructions (along with copy of this circular) to all the Head of Offices under their administrative control to ensure that claims on the subject matter are floated in accordance with clarification given in above Paras without delay. It is further requested that HOD’s may evolve suitable mechanism to monitor progress in forwarding of LPC-cum-Data Sheet by their sub -offices functioning as on Head of Office.

(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)
Dy. CDA (P)

No: G1/C/0199/ Vol-I/Tech
Dated: 10 /07/2017

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/

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Air Travel Entitlement for JCOs in Defence Forces

Air Travel Entitlement for JCOs in Defence Forces

According to the Gazette Notification issued by the Government on 6.7.2017, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) are now eligible to travel by Air.

Those who are in Level 6 to 8 of Pay Matrix (Pre-Revised Grade Pay 4200, 4600 and 4800), as the Travel entitlement for them so far is AC II by Train only. Now the are entitled to Travel By Air in Economy Class.

Level 6 to 8 pertain to the three ranks of JCOs – Naib Subedar, Subedar and Subedar Major – in the Army, and their equivalents in the Navy and Air Force. Level 5 A of Defence Forces to be clubbed with Level 6 for travelling entitlements.

7th CPC Recommendations on Travel Entitlements: The 7th Pay Commission opines that the present provisions are adequate. Hence, status quo is recommended with the present system of differentiation based on Grade Pay duly substituted by the Levels of the Pay Matrix.

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Central Government fails to implement 7th pay commission arrears on allowances

Central Government fails to implement 7th pay commission arrears on allowances

New Delhi: Despite all that has been said about the arrears on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, an important issue for central government employees, which has now been notified on June 6 without arrears.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had claimed his commitment to implement the allowances after four months of the basic pay hike but it failed to come true.

More than 18 months have passed since the 7th pay commission report was submitted and 11 months have elapsed since the union cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for basic salary hike of central government employees, the centre now notified 7th pay commission allowances without arrears.

The government has given higher basic pay in August 2016 with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but the increased allowances, which comes into effect from July 1, 2017.

The government used delaying tactics to save the government money to pay revised allowances without arrears. Hence the ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was formed for examination allowances.

However. the government stuck with the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances and gave nod accordingly but no recommendation of the ‘Committee on Allowances’ was approved.

The delay in the implementation of allowances is chiefly because of the financial gains of the government, while financial condition of the government is very sound.

The delayed implementation of allowances have saved the government nearly Rs 40,000 crore.

The non-payment of arrears on allowances has caused tremendous irritation and frustration among the central government employees.

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All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Amendment Rules, 2017

All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Amendment Rules, 2017: Notification dated 15.06.2017

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 15th June, 2017

G.S.R. 596(E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (I) of section 3 of the All India Services Act, 1951 (61 of 1951), the Central Government. after consultation with the State Governments, hereby makes the following rules further to amend the All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Amendment Rules, 2017.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007 (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), in rule 2, after clause (b). the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

“(ba) “competent authority” means the authority as mentioned in sub-rules (7A) and (7B) of rule 9 to decide the representation of the officer reported upon against performance appraisal report disclosed to the member of Service”.

3. In the said rules, after rule 4, the following rule shall be inserted, namely:-

“4A (I) The performance appraisal report shall be generated and written by the officer reported upon electronically in the form as specified in Schedule 2.

(2) The comments of the reporting, reviewing and accepting authority shall be recorded electronically in case he is a government servant.

(3) The political executives may record their comments manually and the performance appraisal report so recorded shall be uploaded electronically as per time frame specified in Schedule 2:

Provided that in certain cases, with the approval of the Government and for reasons to be recorded in writing, performance appraisal report may be generated and written manually by the officer reported upon and any of the reporting authorities, that is, reporting or reviewing or accepting authority as per the guidelines specified by the Central Government from time to time

Provided further that prior approval of the Central Government in consultation with Department of Personnel and Training shall be taken in cases where permanent exemption from electronic filing of performance appraisal report is sought on the grounds of national security, etc. for a particular class of posts”.

4. In the said rules, in rule 5,-

(i) for sub-rule (2). the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely

“(2) Subject to the provisions of sub-rule (4). a performance appraisal report shall also be written when either the reporting or reviewing or accepting authority who is a government servant or the member of the Service reported upon relinquishes charge (other than retirement) of the post, and, in such a case, the report shall be written within the time frame as specified in Schedule 2 for completion of performance appraisal report in paragraph 9 of general guidelines for filling of the performance appraisal report form.”

(ii) for the first and second provisos to sub rule (3). the following provisos shall be substituted. namely

“Provided that only one report shall be written on a member of the Service for a particular period during the course of the financial year:

Provided further that if the member of Service occupies more than one post, the Government shall identify the post (substantive or additional charge) to report or review, well in advance of the relevant assessment year.”

(iii) after sub-rule (3), the following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

“(3A) In general one person shall write the performance appraisal reports in the capacity of reporting, reviewing or accepting authority for a given period of time

Provided that if more than one person supervises the performance of the member of Service for a given period of time. the Government shall identify the persons to report or review well in advance of the relevant assessment year.”

(iv) sub-rule (7) shall be omitted.

5. In the said rules, in rule 6, sub-rule (4) shall be omitted.

6. In the said rules, in rule 7, sub-rule (2) shall be omitted.

7. In the said rules, after rule 7, the following rules shall be inserted, namely:

7A. Restriction on reporting authority, etc. in certain cases. – Notwithstanding anything contained in rules 5, 6 and 7, it shall not be competent for the reporting authority, reviewing authority or accepting authority to write a performance appraisal report where the authority reporting the performance appraisal report is a government servant, after one month of his retirement from service; and in other cases, after one month of the date on which he demits office.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this rule,-

(a) a Minister shall not be deemed to have demitted the office if he continues to be a Minister in the Council of Ministers with a different portfolio or in the Council of Ministers immediately reconstituted after the previous Council of Ministers of which he was a Minister with the same or a different portfolio provided the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister, as the case may be, continues in office.

(b) a Minister shall be deemed to have demitted the office where pursuant to fresh elections, a new Council of Ministers has been reconstituted, even if the Minister who was in the earlier Council of Ministers finds a place in the new Council of Ministers with the same or different portfolio.

7B. Treating performance appraisal report as non-est. – The performance appraisal report, not recorded in terms of the provisions of these rules and instructions issued thereunder. shall be treated as non-est:

Provided that all the performance appraisal reports filed manually without approval of the Government to do so shall be treated as non-est”.

8. In the said rules, in rule 9,

(i) for sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

“(l) The full annual performance appraisal report, including the overall grade and assessment of integrity, shall be disclosed electronically to the officer reported upon, after finalisation by the accepting authority except in the cases where it is generated manually, to enable the officer reported upon to represent his case.”

(ii) for sub-rule (4), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:

“(4) The accepting authority shall within fifteen days from the date of receipt of comments from the officer reported upon forward the same to the reviewing and the reporting authority and call for their views on the comments and the comments of reporting and reviewing authority are required to be sought even if they have retired or demitted or relinquished office, and in case the comments of reporting and reviewing authority are not received within fifteen days from the date of receipt, it shall be presumed that reporting and reviewing authority have no comments to offer.”

(iii) for sub-rule (7), the following sub-rules shall be substituted, namely:

“(7) If the accepting authority is of a level below the Minister in the State or in the Central Government, then the competent authority to decide the representation shall be one level higher than the accepting authority and in such cases the accepting authority shall forward the comments of the officer reported upon along with the views of the reporting authority, reviewing authority and his own views to the competent authority within fifteen days of receipt of the views of the reviewing authority, and the comments of the accepting authority are required to be sought even if he has retired or demitted or relinquished office.

(7A) The competent authority shall consider the comments of the officer reported upon, the views of the reporting authority, reviewing authority and accepting authority and after due consideration, the competent authority may accept them and modify the performance appraisal report with a speaking order and the final grading shall be communicated to the officer reported upon within fifteen days of receipt of the views of the accepting authority.

(7B) If the accepting authority is the Minister in the State (including the Chief Minister) or the Minister in the Centre, then the competent authority to decide the representation will be the accepting authority himself and in such cases the accepting authority shall consider the comments of the officer reported upon, the views of the reporting authority and the reviewing authority and after due consideration may accept them and modify the performance appraisal report accordingly and the decision and final grading shall be communicated to the officer reported upon within fifteen days of receipt of the views of the reviewing authority, and the comments of the reporting and the reviewing authority are required to be sought even if he has retired or demitted or relinquished office.

(7C) If the competent authority has not seen the work for the reporting period, the representation shall be referred to the Referral Board.”

(iv) in sub-rule (9). in clause (a), for the words “and the accepting authority”. the words the accepting authority and the competent authority” shall be substituted;

(v) after clause (b) ofsub-rule (9), the following proviso shall inserted, namely:

“Provided that where the representation has been sent to the Referral Board when the competent authority has not seen the work of the officer reported upon, the Referral Board shall consider the representation of the officer reported upon in the light of the comments of the reporting authority, the reviewing authority and the accepting authority and confirm or modify the performance appraisal report. including the overall grade and the decision of the Referral Board shall be in respect of both factual observations and errors of facts and the decision of the Referral Board shall be final and the final grading shall be communicated to the officer reported upon within fifteen days of receipt of the decision of the Referral Board”.

9. In the said rules. for rule 10, the following rule shall be substituted. namely:-

10. Memorial against assessment. – Nothing in these rules shall be deemed to preclude an officer from making a memorial within the period of ninety days to the President on the performance appraisal report. as provided under rule 25 ofthe All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969:

Provided that in cases where due to unavoidable circumstances it is not possible to make a memorial under these rules within the said period of ninety days, the competent authority may relax the timeline for submission of the memorial.”.

[F.No. 11059/01/2016-AIS-III]

RAJESH KUMAR YADAV,

Under Secy. (Services)

Note: The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India. vide number G.S.R. 197(E), dated the 14th March. 2007 and were subsequently amended as under:-

(i) G.S.R. 296 (E), dated 16th April, 2007,
(ii) G.S.R. 256 (E). dated 3lst March, 2008,
(iii) Notification No. 11059/06/2010-AIS(III), dated the 22nd December, 2010.
(iv) Notification No. 11059/03/2012-AIS(III), dated the 19th February, 2013.

RAKESH SUKUL

Source: Dopt.gov.in PDF

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Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Amendment Rules, 2017

Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Amendment Rules, 2017

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS

(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 12th June, 2017

G.S.R. 575(E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the All India Services Act, 1951 (61 of 1951), the Central Government, hereby makes the following rules to amend the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Rules, 2016, namely:- 1.

1. These rules may be called the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Amendment Rules, 20 I 7.

2. They shall be deemed to have come into force on the I st day of January, 2016.

2. In the Indian Administrative Service (Pay) Rules, 2016.-

(i) in rule 2, for clause (xi), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(xi) “Level in the Pay Matrix” shall mean the Level corresponding to the existing Pay Band and Grade Pay or scale specified in the Pay Matrix in APPENDIX-I” ;

(ii) for rule 7, the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“7. Pay protection to officers on Central deputation.- If the pay of the officers posted on deputation to the Central Government, after fixation of their pay in the revised pay structure, either under these rules or as per the instructions regulating such fixation of pay of the post to which they are appointed on deputation, happens to be lower than the pay they would have entitled to, had they been in their parent cadre and would have drawn that pay but for the Central deputation, such difference in the pay shall be protected in the form of Personal Pay with effect from the 1st January, 2016″

[F.No.14021/1/2016-AIS-II]

RAJESH KUMAR YADAV, Under Secy.

Note: The principal rules were published vide notification number G.S.R. 870(E), dated the 8th September, 2016. APPENDIX-I Pay Matrix (w.e.f 01.01.2016)

APPENDIX-I

Indian-Administrative-Service-Pay-Amendment-Rules-2017

RAKESH SUKUL

Source: DoPT

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The Central Government abolished various Cesses in the last three years for smooth roll-out of GST

The Central Government abolished various Cesses in the last three years for smooth roll-out of GST 

The Central Government in the last three General Budgets viz 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 has gradually abolished various cesses on goods and services in order to prepare the ground for smooth roll- out of Goods and Service Tax (GST) from 1st July, 2017. The Central Government has taken this step in stages by abolishing various cesses so that it is easier to fit in various goods and services in different tax slabs for GST.

The Central Government in its General Budget 2015-16 had abolished Education Cess, including Secondary and Higher Education Cess on taxable services, and exempted Education Cess on excisable goods as well as Secondary and Higher Education Cess on excisable goods.

In its General Budget 2016-17, the Central Government abolished cess on cement, strawboard, three cesses including cess on Iron Ore Mines, Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines by amending Labour Welfare Cess Act, 1976, Tobacco cess by amending the Tobacco Cess Act 1975, and Cine Workers Welfare Cess by amending the Cine Workers’ Welfare Cess Act 1981 among others.

In its General Budget 2017-18, the Central Government abolished Research and Development cess by amending the Research and Development Cess Act.

 Through Taxation Laws Amendment Act 2017, the following cesses are abolished. However, the date of the implementation will coincide with the date of the GST roll-out:

  1. The Rubber Act 1947 – Cess on Rubber
  2. The Industries (Development and Regulation) Act 1951 – Cess on Automobile
  3. The Tea Act 1953 – Cess on Tea
  4. The Coal Mines (Conservation and Development) Act, 1974 – Cess on Coal
  5. The Beedi Workers’ Welfare Cess Act 1971 – Cess on Beedis
  6. The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act 1977 – Cess levied on Water consumed by certain industries and by local authorities.
  7. The Sugar Cess Act 1982, the Sugar Development Fund Act 1982 – Cess on Sugar
  8. The Jute Manufacturers Cess Act 1983 – Cess on Jute Goods manufactured or produced or in part of Jute.
  9. The Finance (2) Act 2004 – Education Cess on Excisable Goods
  10. The Finance Act, 2007 – Secondary and Higher Education Cess on Excisable Goods
  11. The Finance Act 2010 – Clean Energy Cess
  12. The Finance Act 2015 – Swachh Bharat Cess
  13. The Finance Act 2016 – Infrastructure Cess and Krishi Kalyan Cess

 However, the following cesses will continue to be levied under the GST regime since they pertain to customs or goods which are not covered under the GST regime:

  1. The Finance (2) Act 2004 – Education Cess on Imported Goods
  2. The Finance Act, 2007 – Secondary and Higher Education Cess on Imported Goods
  3. Cess on Crude Petroleum Oil under the Oil Industry Development Act, 1974
  4. Additional Duty of Excise on Motor Spirit (Road Cess)
  5. Additional Duty of Excise on High Speed Diesel Oil (Road Cess)
  6. Special Additional Duty of Excise on Motor Spirit
  7. NCCD on Tobacco and Tobacco Products and Crude Petroleum Oil.

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Central Government mulls raising retirement age of Group A officers

Central Government mulls raising retirement age of Group A officers.

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New Delhi:The central government is taking into consideration suggestions to raise the retirement age of Group A officers to accommodate the increasing number of senior bureaucrats in administration.

A top official of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on condition of anonymity said there had been active discussion over the matter and DoPT had received views from certain stakeholders to review the retirement age of Group A officers.

He however said that any changes made to the retirement age of Group A officers would not be done in the near time as a lot of engagements with stakeholders need to be done first.

“The government is looking into that, in fact DoPT has received suggestions that the kind of acumen the Group A officers achieve by the time they reach the age of 60 should be put to use for another two years.

So, the government is seriously thinking of enhancing the retirement age of the Central Group A officers to 62 to cover the cost of ageing population.

“Amongst 48.85 lakh central government employees, 85% are holding Group-‘C’ posts and 12% are holding Group-‘B’ posts whereas employees holding Group -‘A’ posts are only about 3%,” he said.

The official said any proposal to increase the retirement age of the Central Group A officers would not be hampering the financial heath of the government as only 3 per cent regular Group A officers, who will get this facility.

Besides Central Group A officers, it will also be implemented to All India Service officers (IAS, IPS and IFS), he confirmed.

He added increasing the bar on retirement age would halt the job progress of those in the lower position to get promoted.

“If government keep raising, those who are supposed to be promoted will be affected … the government accept the idea but government needs to study it thoroughly,” he also said.

Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has more than 65% of its population below the age of 35, but at the moment the government plans to increase the retirement age of Group A officers as average life expectancy rises.

There are several secretaries heading different departments have to cross their retirement age, but now they may be retained by the government owing to their experience and expertise.

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Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare dated 12.5.2017

Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017

No.1(13)/EV/2017
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 23rd May, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Procedural actions for revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees of Central Government in pursuance of the OM of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 – Regarding.

The Ministries/Departments of the Central Government are aware of the orders issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW) contained in their OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.5.2017 regarding revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 retirees. In terms of para 4 thereof, the revised pension/family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 in respect of all Central civil pensioners/family pensioners, including CAPF’s who retired/died prior to 1.1.2016 may be revised by notionally fixing their pay in the pay matrix recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission in the level corresponding to the pay in the pay scale/pay band and grade pay at which they retired/died. The said OM further provides that this will be done by notional pay fixation under each intervening Pay Commission based on the formula for revision of pay. 50% of the notional pay as on 1.1.2016 shall be the revised pension and 30% of this notional pay shall be the revised family pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016.

2. The Ministries/Departments are aware that actual implementation of the aforesaid order contained in the OM dated 12.5.2017 of the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare involves a procedure for revision of pension of such pensioners, which covers a number of agencies like the Heads of Departments/Heads of Offices, under whose administrative control a particular pensioner had worked before retirement/death, the concerned PAOs, pension accounting organizations like CPAO in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting organizations pertaining to pensioners in Ministries of Railways, Defence and Department of Posts, etc. Therefore, a coordinated action amongst these agencies is required to ensure that revision of pension in such cases is processed expeditiously.

3. Accordingly, while the substantive matter pertaining to revision of pension of pre-1.1.2016 Central Government retirees concerns Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as already provided in their aforesaid OM dated 12.5.2017 and any further substantive order thereon issued by them, there are certain procedural actions which need to be taken by the concerned administrative agencies in each Ministry/Department as well as the pension accounting organisations like the Central Pension Accounting Office under the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure; Controller General of Defence Accounts under the Ministry of Defence and similar pension accounting organisations under the Ministry of Railways and Department of Posts etc so that appropriate implementation of the orders of Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare as per their OM dated 12.5.2017 is carried out expeditiously.

4. In order, therefore, to put the procedural issues in this regard in perspective and to provide for coordinated action amongst the concerned agencies, the following procedural points of action are to be taken by the concerned agencies as brought out below:

(A) Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance

(i) The fitment tables for fixation of notional pay will be worked out by the Department of Expenditure and provided to Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare for appropriate guidelines for the purpose of issue of any further substantive order in the matter.

(B) Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

(i) The appropriate guidelines/ instructions for revision of pension based on fitment tables for notional pay will be issued for use by the pension revising administrative authorities, PAOs and pension accounting organisations in the Central Government.

(C) Pension Accounting Authorities

(i) The Central Pension Accounting Office in case of civil pensioners and similar pension accounting offices in the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts etc., shall pass on the available and relevant data of live pensioners to the concerned PAOs by 31.05.2017, if such data is already available with them. This action will be completed within two weeks. In cases where the data is not available, the same will be obtained by the pension accounting offices from the disbursing banks and shall be passed on to the concerned PAOs. This action will be taken up simultaneously and completed within four weeks.

(ii) The pension accounting offices, while passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, may also devise a suitable mechanism for electronic revision, as far as possible, to enable PAOs to process the cases of pension revision expeditiously.

(iii) The central pension accounting offices like the CPAO, at the time of passing on the data to the concerned PAOs, shall send a few illustrative examples on pension revision in such cases to the pension disbursing Banks to enable them to consider suitable changes in the software, if necessary, for the purpose.

(D) Pay & Account Office (PAO)/Head of the Department.

(i) The concerned PAOs, on receiving data from the pension accounting organizations, shall immediately, and not later than 3 days from the receipt of data, pass on the data to the concerned administration/establishment Branches/Heads of the Office (HOO)s under various Heads of Department (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments. The HOOs will also check their records to ascertain the actual numbers of retirees.

(ii) The concerned administration/establishment branches/Heads of Offices (HOO) under various Heads of Departments (HODs) of the Ministries/Departments shall take action to revise the pension in case of retirees who had worked under their administrative control, based on the orders issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare dated 12.5.2017 and any further order containing the fitment table providing for notional pay, after due verification of the relevant records.

(iii) In cases where records are readily available with the HoD/DDO, the action to process revision of pension shall be initiated forthwith and not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the list of pensioners by the PAOs from the CPAO. In such cases, revised pension cases will be sent to the PAOs for further necessary action by the concerned administrative Branches/HOOs, which normally process the pension cases in case of employees under their administrative domain on their retirement/death.

(iv) In cases where records are not readily available, the concerned HOOs/HODs will ensure appropriate action for verification of such cases and ensure expeditious revision of pension as per the prescribed procedure and passing on the same to PAOs for further necessary action.

(v) On receipt of revised pension cases from the administrative/establishment branches, the PAOs shall take further appropriate action expeditiously and pass on the duly verified pension revision authorities to the pension accounting offices like the CPAO, which will in turn take further action to issue necessary instructions/authority to the disbursing Banks without delay.

(vi) Once the revised pension authority is received by the Banks, they will ensure timely payment of revised pension and arrears, if any, to the accounts of pensioners.

5. In order to ensure effective monitoring of the progress of pension revision based on the procedure outlined above, a monitoring mechanism will also be followed as brought out below:

(i) DOP&PW will periodically monitor the Ministry-wise progress of pension revision. For this purpose, Ministry-wise details would be made available by the respective pension accounting organisations, viz, CPAO, CGDA, etc, to the Department of P&PW.

(ii) The progress of pension revision at the HOD/HOO level will be monitored by the concerned JS(Admn) of the Ministry/Department on a weekly basis. This will be included as one agenda in the Senior Officers Meetings (5OM) in each Ministry/Department.

(iii) CPAO and similar pension accounting organisations shall place online a dashboard of the progress of revision of pension cases with PAOs, CCAs, nodal authorities of Ministries/Departments and Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare.

(iv) In order to ensure timely action on the part of Chief Controller of Accounts/Controller of Accounts/PAOs and Pension Accounting Organisations, a weekly progress meeting shall be held at the level of Chief Controller of Pension and this shall be monitored on monthly basis by Controller General of Accounts, CGDA and similar levels in the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, etc.

sd/-

(Amar Nath Singh)

Director

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7th CPC Revised Civilian Pay Matrix : Gazettee Notification

7th CPC Revised Civilian Pay Matrix : Gazettee Notification

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

(Department of Expenditure)

RESOLUTION

New Delhi, the 16th May, 2017

No. 1-2/2016-IC. Whereas, vide its Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC notified in the Gazette of India, dated the 25th July, 2016, the Government of India accepted the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in respect of the categories of employees covered in the Terms of Reference contained in its earlier Resolution No.1/1/2013-E.III(A) dated the 28th February, 2014.

And, whereas, the Government has considered it necessary to make the following changes in the recommendations of the said Seventh Central Pay Commission in respect of the said categories of employees, namely:-

(1) The Defence Pay Matrix, (except Military Nursing Service (MNS)), which has 24 stages shall be extended to 40 stages similar to the Civil Pay Matrix;

(2) The Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 12A and 13 of Defence Pay Matrix shall be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. The Defence Pay Matrix (except MNS) shall, accordingly, be revised;

(3) To rectify the factual errors appearing in Level 10B and Level-12 of the pay matrix of MNS and in view of the changes in the IOR in the Defence Pay Matrix, the first stage of corresponding Levels of Pay Matrix of MNS shall also change. Accordingly, the Pay Matrix (MNS) shall be revised;

(4) The IOR of Level-13 of Civil Pay Matrix shall also be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. Accordingly, the Civil Pay Matrix as contained in Annexure-1 mentioned in para 6 of the aforesaid Resolution dated the 25th July, 2016 shall be revised. The revised Civil Pay Matrix is at Appendix-1;

(5) The provision contained in para 13 of the aforesaid Resolution dated 25th July, 2016 shall be revised to the extent that the benefit of pay protection in the form of personal pay of officers posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme, as envisaged therein, shall be given effect from 1st January, 2016 instead of 25th July, 2016. Further, this benefit shall also be extended to officers from Services under Central Staffing Scheme, coming on deputation to Central Government, on posts not covered under Central Staffing Scheme.

ORDER

Ordered that this Resolution be published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary.

Ordered that a copy of this Resolution be communicated to the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, State Governments, Administrations of Union Territories and all other concerned.

R. K. CHATURVEDI, Jt. Secy.

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Central Government notifies Exemption from Quoting Aadhaar / Enrolment ID to certain individuals

Central Government notifies Exemption from Quoting Aadhaar / Enrolment ID to certain individuals

The Central Government vide notification dated 11th May, 2017 has notified that the requirement of quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID shall not apply to the following individuals if they do not possess the Aadhaar / Enrolment ID:

  • An individual who is residing in the state of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya.
  • An individual who is a non-resident as per the Income-tax Act, 1961.
  • An individual of the age of eighty years or more at any time during the previous year.
  • An individual who is not a citizen of India.

The notification is available on the Income Tax website www.incometaxindia.gov.in.

Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, as inserted by the Finance Act, 2017 provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of Permanent Account Number with effect from 1st July, 2017. Section 139AA (3) of the Act empowers the Central Government to notify the person(s) or State(s) to which the requirement of quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID shall not apply.

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Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to the implementation of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016

Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to the implementation of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016

No.12/2/2016-Estt.(Pay -I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 11th May, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fixation of pay of State Government Employees on their appointment in Central Government, subsequent to the implementation of CCS(RP) Rules, 2016.

The undersigned is directed to state that the method of fixation of pay of State Government employees on their appointment under the Central Government has been spelt out in this OM Department’s OM No.12/1/94-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 24.3.1994, 3.1.1996, OM No.13/2/1999-Estt(Pay-I) dated

18.6.2001 and OM No.12/1/2009-Estt(Pay-I) dated 28.8.2014.

2. The question of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure in cases of appointment from State Government to Central Government consequent upon been implementation of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, has considered in consultation with theDepartment of Expenditure and the

President is pleased to decide that in cases of appointment of State Government employees in Central Government on or after 1.1.2016, pay will be fixed in the following manner:-

(a) Where the State Government has revised the Pay Scales/Grade Pays of their employees on the pattern of Seventh Central Pay Commission at the

base index of 261.41 as per AlCPI (IW)2001 series w.e.f. 1.1.2016 , the pay of employees from such State Government on their appointment under the

Central Government would be fixed as follows:

(i) When the appointment is to a post in higher Level, one increment shall be given in the Level from which the employee is appointed and he / she would be placed at a Cell equal to the figure so arrived at in the Level of the post to which appointed and if no such Cell is available in the Level to which he/she is appointed, he/ she would be placed at the next higher Cell in that higher Level. However, if the amount so arrived at after adding the increment in lower Level is less than the minimum pay or the first Cell in the higher Level, the pay shall be fixed at minimum pay or first Cell of the higher Level.

(ii) Where the appointment is to a post involving identical Level, the individual shall continue to draw the same pay.

(b) Where the State Government has revised the Pay scales/Grade Pays of their employees after 1.1.206 beyond the base index of 261.41 as per

AICPI (IW) 2001 series, the basic pay of the employee is to be determined first in the Central Pay Matrix by reducing the element of DA, ADA, IR etc. granted by the State Government after 1.1.2016 beyond the base index of 261.41 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series and thereafter the pay would be fixed as provided in the clause (i) and (ii) under sub-para (a) above.

(c) Where the State Government has either not revised or revised the pay scale of their employees on or after 1.1.2016 below the base index of 261.41 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series, the basic pay of these employees shall be determined first in the Central Pay Matrix, by adding the element of DA, ADA upto the base index of 261.41 as per AICPI (IW) 2001 series, granted by the State Government and thereafter their pay would be fixed as provided in the clause (i) and (ii) under sub-para (a) above.

3. These orders are applicable to employees of the State Government and Local Bodies under the Sta te including Emergency Divisional Accountants/Divisional Accountants appointed under Central Government on or after 1.1.2016.

4. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue after consultation with the Comptroller 86 Auditor General of India.

5. Hindi version will follow.

(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

DoPT Order

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Filling up of the post of First Secretary (Legal), Permanent Mission of India (PMI), WTO, Geneva for a period of three years

MOST IMMEDIATE/OUT TODAY

F.No. 3/1/2017-FA(UN)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the e, May, 2017

To,

1. The Chief Secretaries,
All State/ UT Governments.

2.The Secretaries of the Cadre Controlling Ministries/Departments/Departments of Gp. ‘A’ Services of the Govt. of India, participating in the Central Staffing Scheme (As per list attached).

Subject: Filling up of the post of First Secretary (Legal), Permanent Mission of India (PMI), WTO, Geneva for a period of three years- reg.

Sir/Madam,

It is proposed to fill up the post of First Secretary (Legal), Permanent Mission of India (PMI), WTO, Geneva for a period of three years. The post is at Deputy Secretary/Director level.

5. The mandatory and desirable qualifications for the post are as under :

(C) Mandatory Qualifications

(i) The officer must have worked for at least 2 years at the Centre under the Central Staffing Scheme.

(ii) The officer should have experience in trade, commerce, industry and allied sectors either at the Centre or in the State Government/Cadre.

(iii) The officer should have a degree in Law (LL.B.).

(iv) The officer should be clear from vigilance angle.

(v) The officer should not have been debarred from Central deputation.

(vi) The officer should have at least ‘Very Good’ Service record. However, preference will be given to officers who have ‘Outstanding’ service record.

(vii) The officer should not be over 54 years of age.

(viii) The officer should not have been posted on an assignment in a foreign/captive post of Government of India, earlier.

(ix) The officer should not have been nominated for foreign training or should not be on training or foreign assignment, currently.

(x) The officer should not be on study leave or long leave.

(xi) The officer should be at least one batch below the batch of officers who are currently empanelled to hold the post of joint Secretary or its equivalent with the Central Government.

D) Desirable Qualifications

(i) Exposure to international negotiations in trade, commerce, industry and allied sectors.

(ii) Work experience on legal documents and treaties.

6. This post may be circulated amongst officers eligible to be appointed at the level of Deputy Secretary/ Director in the Government of India. Name of willing and eligible officers who can be spared by the State Governments/Ministries/Departments may be forwarded/ faxed to this Department along-with Cadre clearance, Vigilance clearance, detailed Biodata and ACR Dossier/certified ACR gradings for the last five years. It may also be ensured that the “Cooling Off”, after a previous stint on deputation, if any, is complete and the officer is eligible to be appointed on Central Deputation.

7. It is requested that the applications of the eligible candidates may please be forwarded so as to reach this Department by June, 2017.

Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar)

Source: DoPT Order

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The Central Government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture income : FM

The Central Government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture income: FM

Following is the text of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley’s Statement on the subject to impose tax on agriculture income:

“I have read the paragraph in Niti Ayog Report entitled ‘Income tax on agriculture income’. To obviate any confusion on the subject, I categorically state that the Central Government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture income. As per the Constitutional Allocation of Powers, the Central Government has no jurisdiction to impose tax on agricultural income.”

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No imposition of Hindi language by Central Government

No imposition of Hindi language by Central Government

There is a report in a section of media that the Central Government is trying to impose Hindi language. In this regard reference was given to the Resolution issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Official Language and it was alleged that it has been made mandatory for Members of Parliament and Ministers knowing Hindi to deliver their speeches/statements in Hindi.

The Committee of Parliament on Official Language was constituted in 1976 and is working since then. This Committee has submitted 9 parts of its report. The 9th part of the Committee’s report was submitted to the President of India on 2nd June, 2011. The then Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Committee had given 117 recommendations. As views of all state governments and Ministries/Departments of the Central Government were to be invited on the Committee’s recommendations, it took time before the recommendations were considered and accepted by the President.

Recommendation No. 105 is as follows “All dignitaries including Hon’ble President and all the Ministers especially who can read and speak Hindi may be requested to give their speech/statement in Hindi only.”

The Central Government while accepting the above mentioned recommendation has issued a Resolution dated 31st March 2017. The Recommendation by the Committee is amply clear as it is in the form of a request and does not entail any form of Order/Instruction. The aforementioned recommendation is in pursuance with Constitutional and Statutory provisions regarding the progressive use of Official Language Hindi. Also, the recommendation is based on the policy of propagation; promotion of Official language through motivation & inspiration which is in line with the Government’s Policy.

It is clarified that such media reports are unfounded and devoid of facts.

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Central Government amends Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme through a Notification

Central Government amends Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme through a Notification.

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (c) of Section 199B of the Finance Act, 2016 (28 of 2016), the Central Government has amended through a Notification the conditions specified in clause 5 of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme.

Following is the amended Clause 5:

Now the effective date of opening of the Bonds Ledger Account shall be the date of receipt of deposits by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from the authorized banks; wherein the due tax, surcharge and penalty has been received till 31st March, 2017; Provided further that the date of deposit shall in no case be extended beyond 30th April, 2017.

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JCM Staff Side Agenda Items for discussion in the ensuing standing committee Meeting

JCM Staff Side Agenda Items for discussion in the ensuing standing committee Meeting

No.IV/NFIR/SCM/Pt.VI

13-04-2017

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: JCM (Staff Side) Agenda Items for discussion in the ensuing standing committee Meeting – reg.

Federation gives below gist of agenda items (which are related to railway staff) sent to the DOP&T for discussion in the next meeting of Standing Committee (NC/JCM)

JCM-Staff-Side-Agenda-NFIR

1. To formulate a policy for direct appointment of Trained Trade Apprentices of Central Government Industrial Establishments like Railways, Defence etc. as per the amended provisions of section-22 of Apprentice Act 1961.

The Government of India amended the Apprentice Act 1961 as Apprentices (Amended) Act, 2014 (No.29 of 2014) dated 5th December,2014 incorporating the following provision in Section-22 of the principal Act.

Section-22:  “Every employer shall formulate its own policy for recruiting any apprentice who has completed the period of apprenticeship training in his Establishment”.

 

It was agreed in the Central Apprenticeship council meeting under the Chairmanship of Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment on 8th April,2015 that M/o Labour will frame the guidelines for Govt. Industrial Establishments & PSUs for recruitment of Apprentices after completion of training, on the suggestion of Union representatives. Hence the Apprentices selected through entrance examinations etc., are facing undue hardships in getting the appointment when recruitment takes place in the establishment where they were trained. Therefore it was proposed that Govt. of India, as Employer, will formulate the following policy for recruitment of Trained Trade Apprentices.

 

Determination of Batch-wise seniority.

1. All Apprentice training institutes under Government Industrial Establishments shall maintain the seniority list of Ex-Trade apprentices in respective trades.

2. The Apprentices trained in the earlier batch will be enbloc senior to the apprentices of the subsequent batches.

3. While maintaining the batch-wise seniority, marks/grading obtained in NAC examination conducted by NCVT will be the criteria for determining intra-batch seniority of the apprentices.

4. In case the marks/grading is identical for two or more individuals, the date of birth should be the criteria for deciding the seniority.

 

Filling up of the vacancies

As and when sanction is accorded for making recruitment in the skilled grade of various trades Ex-Trade Apprentices of respective Government Industrial Establishments will be considered for such recruitment in the relevant Trade.

 

The above draft policy proposed by the staff side is requested to be considered favourably by the Government for implementation.

 

2. Revision of the benefit of Deposit linked Insurance coverage from GPF.

As per Rule 33-B of GPF Rules on the death of a subscriber an additional amount not exceeding Rs.60,000/- payable under Deposit linked insurance scheme of GPF to the dependents of a deceased employee. This rate has not been enhanced for so many years. Similar benefit for a depositor in EPF covered under the Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme 1976 is enhanced to Rs.6,00,000/-. It is therefore requested that government may consider to enhance the limit of Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme from GPF.

 

3. Implementation of the recommendation of 6th CPC with regard to Limited Departmental competitive Examination for post in Group B and Group C.

As per the 6th CPC recommendation in para 6.1.7, the employee in PB-1 with GP Rs.1800/- will be eligible to appear in LDCE for a post in PB-2 with GP Rs.4800/- provided he/she possesses the necessary qualification.

 

After 6th CPC recommendation, the number of employees in GP Rs.1800/- have acquired higher qualifications & became eligible for higher post but are not being allowed to apply for the higher post through LDCE, since the above recommendation of 6th CPC has not yet been implemented by the government.

In view of the changed circumstances, those employees in GP Rs.1800/- who have acquired the higher qualifications, their initiative & interest be considered & the Government may kindly implement the recommendation of 6th CPC.

 

4. Endorsement of Higher Education not mentioned in the PVR Forms in the Service Record of the Employees.

In column 10 of PVR (Attestation Form) i.e. Educational Qualifications, the candidates used to fill this column with minimum qualification for the post for which they are selected for appointment, due to the insufficient space in the column. However, after appointment, when they apply for endorsing their higher qualifications in the service Record, the Administration issues ‘ show Cause Notice’ to them for not disclosing their Educational qualification in the Attestation Form.

 

Since this information was not given by them due to the insufficient space in the column of attestation Form, the eventuality may not be treated as hiding the information & hence, it is requested that DOP&T may issue instructions to endorse the higher qualification in the Service Record of employees, even if it was mentioned in the PVR Form.

 

5. Restoration of the Advances withdrawn by the 7th CPC.

The Government has accepted the recommendation of 7th CPC to withdraw (i) Natural calamity advance (ii) Festival Advance (iii) LTC and TA advances (iv) Medical advance (V) Education advance & (f) vehicle advances including cycle advance. This has resulted undue hardships to the Government Employees.

Since the advances are recovered in monthly instalments from employees, it is requested that Government may restore these advances as a welfare measure.

 

6. MACP to the employees who have completed 10 years or 20/30 years on the date of their retirement.

The employees who have completed 10 years in the same grade/pay level or those who have completed 20/30 years on the last working day of the month which happens to be the superannuation/retirement day of the concerned employee, are denied MACP benefit on the pretext that they are eligible for MACP only on the next working day. Since the concerned employee retired one day before the denial of benefit. he is subjected to huge loss in pension & other terminal benefits.

 

In view of the above it is requested that the employees who have completed 10 years or 20/30 years on the date of their retirement may be granted MACP benefit on the last working day relaxing the relevant provisions in the MACP Scheme.

 

7. Payment of equal pay to equal work to the workers/employees engaged in all Govt. Offices either through contractors or directly as daily rated/contingent/casual workers as per the direction of the Supreme court.

Hon’ble supreme court delivered a judgement in the civil appeal No.213 of 2013 in the case of State of punjab Vs.jagjit singh and others citing the obligation of the Government of India to abide by the International covenant on Economic, social and cultural rights, 1966 to which the central government is a signatory.

Quoting the provisions under Article 7 of the covenant viz. (a) Remuneration which provides all workers as a minimum wages & equal remuneration for equal work (b) Safe and healthy working conditions; (c) Equal opportunities for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no consideration other than those of seniority and competence & (d) Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodical holidays with pay as well as remuneration for public holidays and various previous rulings and judgements of the Court under Article 141 of the constitution, Hon’ble supreme Court directed the State of Punjab to provide equal pay for equal work to all daily wage employees, ad-hoc appointees, employees appointed on casual basis, contractual employees and the like. concludingly, Court has decided that all such employees are entitled for wages at the minimum of the pay scale.

 

Staff Side therefore requests the Government to issue explicit instructions that the employees/workers engaged on casual/contingent/temporary/daily rated basis including those through contractors are given the rate of the minimum of the lowest pay scale and a scheme for regularization of such appointees is drawn so that these employees would be absorbed as permanent workers over a period of time.

 

8. Revision of Ex-gratin to CPF/SRPF retirees.

In acceptance of the demand of the Staff Side at the National council, .JCM, ex-gratia payments were made to the CPF/SRPF retirees. These rates fixed in 1988 were revised on 1.11.1997 and again from 2006. Presently the rates are as under:

 

Group ‘A’ Rs.3000/-

Group ‘B’ Rs.1000/-

Group ‘C’ Rs. 750/-

Group ‘D’ Rs. 650/-

 

Taking into account the fact that pay and pension were revised on the basis of the 7th CPC’s recommendation, a revision of rates of the ex-gratia to the CPF/SRPF retirees whose number is dwindling every day is warranted. Staff Side therefore requests that the rates may be appropriately revised applying the very same rationale adopted in the case of civil pensioners.

 

9. Dispense with the practice of ignoring the fraction while computing the Dearness Allowance.

For the sake of easy computation of DA the practice of ignoring the fraction was initiated. The quantum loss to the beneficiaries in the beginning was meager. Now that the administrative difficulties which prompted for ignoring the fraction has been greatly eased due to computerization and taking into account the loss for six months is no more meager, it is necessary that the practice is dispensed with. For example, the next instalment of DA is likely to be 2.95% whereas the orders would be issued for grant of only 2%. In the case of an employee, whose basic pay is Rs.50,000, the loss per month in that case would be Rs.475/-. It is pertinent to mention in this connection that in the case of Bank employees, the practice of ignoring the fraction is not followed. Staff Side therefore requests that the DA hereafter be computed without ignoring the fraction.

 

10. Include unmarried/widow/divorcee sister in the definition of family for family pension.

The scope of Family pension under Rule 52 of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was extended to the dependent disabled siblings (brother and sister) of Central Government servant/pensioners vide DOP&PW 0.1. No.1/15/2008-P&PW(E) dated 17th August, 2009. There are cases wherein an employee/pensioner remains unmarried and leaves behind dependent unmarried/widow/divorcee sister/sisters. Though cases of such types may be few and far between, nonetheless, such hapless ladies need to be taken care by the Government lest they should be left to fend for themselves, after the death of Government Servant/pensioner on whom they were fully dependent before his/her death. We request to include dependent unmarried/widow/divorcee sister/sisters in the definition of family for the purpose of family pension.

 

11. Removal of conditions of being at the “Headquarters” for a few days in a month to claim the Transport Allowance.

In regard to the grant of Transport Allowance to Government Employees it was pointed out that in many organizations viz. Central Ground Water Board, Survey of India, Geological Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, Postal workers and Indian Audit and Accounts Department etc., the employees are required to be in field formations on duty for months together. Because of the condition stipulated that the employees must be at the Headquarters for certain number of days in a month, many of them are denied transport allowance as the exigencies of work entrusted to them make them to be away from liquors for months together. The denial is, therefore, a double punishment in as much they are to be away from their family and also are asked to bear the financial loss due to the denial of transport allowance. This apart, once the Transport allowance is denied they automatically do not become entitled for City Compensatory allowance also. Staff Side therefore requests that this condition may be removed for the grant of Transport Allowance.

 

12. Transport allowance in the case of Physically handicapped person at the double rate and deduction of the same if one is on short leave. To be dispensed with.

Transport allowance is admissible for physically handicapped persons at the double the rates as per the extant instructions on the subject. This is provided for the reason that the physically handicapped person has to take the help of another person to travel and reach the office. However, if the physically handicapped person is on leave (EL, HPL etc.) proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper is deducted. Normally transport allowance is denied only when a person is on Earned leave for a period exceeding one month. There appears to be no rationale to deduct the proportionate amount of transport allowance pertaining to the helper in the case of physically handicapped person. Either a clarification may be issued to dispense with the practice if the same has been initiated by the Zonal Accounts Officers on an interpretation of the rules. If the pertinent rule itself has to be amended, the same may be done as no helper can be asked that he must suffer and sacrifice the allowance because the physically handicapped persons for some domestic reason could not go to office on a particular day in a month.

 

13. Counting full service of Temporary Casual Labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits in Railways – reg.

The Staff Side had discussed its demand for counting full service of temporary status of casual labourers for pensionary and retirement benefits at the level of Railway Ministry. Consequently, the Railway Ministry had agreed and accordingly proposal was sent to the Ministry of Finance and DoP&T seeking clearance. Unfortunately, the MoF/DoP&T have not accorded approval.

 

(a) The Casual Labourers in Railways had attained temporary status on completion of prescribed days of continuous working and got the benefits admissible to temporary Railway/Government employees such as regular Pay Scale, Medical facility etc.,

(b) The Railway Administrations have however taken abnormally long periods to absorb them as regular staff although regular posts were vacant.

(C) The status of casual labourers in railways after acquiring temporary status (termed as Temporary employees) is exactly similar to the substitutes in whose case, the total service from the date of attainment of temporary status is counted tar reckoning qualifying service for pensioner benefits,

(d) Various CATS, High Courts and even the Apex Court have given decisions against the differential treatment between the casual labour and substitutes particularly when both attained temporary status and directed to treat them at par so far as reckoning the service from the date of temporary status till the date of regularization for pensioner benefits etc.,
(e) The SLPs filed by the Union of India before the Apex Court in a few cases of casual labourers were dismissed and the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed the Union of India to calculate Pension and other retrial benefits payable to the retiring/retired employees, taking into account the 100% temporary status service.

Staff Side therefore requests to consider the above valid points and accord approval for counting total temporary status service of Casual Labourers for pensionary benefits in Railways.

 

14. Ensure Parity in Pay Scale of All Stenographers, Assistants and Ministerial Staff in Subordinate Offices and in IA&AD & Organized Accounts Cadres with Central Secretariat Staff by upgrading their Pay Scales.

The question of parity, as has been rightly pointed out by 7th CPC, is a settled matter. It is the Department of Personnel which is the Cadre Controlling department of Central Secretariat Cadre that unsettle the parity every time. What is required is to grant higher pay scale at par with Ministerial and Stenographer cadres of Central Secretariat and the similarly placed cadres in the field and subordinate offices and lA&AD & Organized Accounts cadre.

 

15. Counting of Pre-appointment induction training period as qualifying service for grant of financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme.

As per MAP orders “service rendered on ad-hoc contract basis before regular appointment on pre appointment training shall not be taken into reckoning as qualifying service for financial up-gradation under MACPS”. It is requested that pre-appointment induction training period followed by regular appointment may be reckoned as qualifying service for grant of MACP, as it is already counted as qualifying service for the purpose of increment.

 

16. Enhancement of Bonus Ceiling Limit of Casual Labourers consequent on enhancement of Bonus Calculation Ceiling of Central Government Employees.

At present, casual labourers are paid Rs,12001- as maximum bonus. This amount was fixed when the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Government employees was enhanced to Rs.35001-. As the bonus calculation ceiling of Central Government employees is enhanced to Rs.7000/-, it is requested that the ceiling of casual labourers may also be enhanced.

 

17. Grant of Corresponding 7th CPC Pay Scale to those officials who are appointed on compassionate grounds and drawing pre-revised pay )with out grade pay) for want of matriculation qualification.

As per DOP&T orders, those compassionate appointment candidates who do not posses 10th Standard qualification are to be appointed in the minimum pay scale (without grade pay) till they acquire 10th standard qualification. The minimum pay of such candidates fixed as per 6th CPC pay scale is yet to be revised. Action may be taken to revise the minimum pay as per 7th CPC recommendations.

18. Implementation of 7th CPC recommendations – Upward revision of pay scales of various categories.

The VII CPC has recommended up-graded pay scales to certain specific categories of the Railway Staff, but regrettably the matter stands referred to the DOP&T (GOI), for taking a comprehensive view in the matter.

The categories which have been recommended up-graded pay scales are appended below:-

S.No. Post Relevant Para of 7th CPC Report VI CPC Grade Pay Grade Pay recommended by 7th CPC
1 SSO (ACs)/Sr. Traveling Inspector (A/Cs)/Sr.Inspector (stores A/cs) 11.40.83 Rs.4800 Rs.5400 (PB-II)
2 Chemical & Metallurgical Asstt. 11.40.124 Rs.4200 Rs.4600
3 Chemical & Metallurgical Supdt. 11.40.124 Rs.4600 Rs.4800
4 Asstt. Chemist & Metallurgist 11.40.124 Rs.4800 Rs.5400 (PB-II)

It may be appreciated that, 7th CPC has recommended above mentioned upgrade pay scales to these categories of staff after examining in detail their recruitment qualifications, nature of duties and vertical and horizontal relativity, while these recommendations of 7th CPC should have been implemented by the Ministry of Railways without any reference to DOP&T (GOI), but the same were referred to DOP&T for taking a view.

since sufficient time has already been elapsed, it is urged that, necessary reply of the DOP&T in regard to the above should be communicated to the Ministry of Railways, so that these recommendations of 7th CPC are implemented in the Railways without any further delay.

19. Acute shortage of doctors in the Railways – Failure of the UPSC to send doctors in the Railways.

The patients visiting to Railway Hospitals and dispensaries are a dejected lot as there is acute shortage of staff and doctors. The hospitals and dispensaries are running inadequate strength of doctors against the sanctioned strength. Railway hospitals have a barren look as the treatment centre, meant for providing medical service to departmental staff and their family members, miserably fails to serve its purpose due to acute shortage of doctors. The situation is worsening day by day.

As against the large number of doctors recruited through UPSC for the Indian Railways, only a few are joining for the reason that they are not getting their choice place of posting. They are also not able to do their higher studies for which they often leave their jobs. Govt, of India should formulate policy in this regard. UPSC should also recruit specialist Doctors as per policy for the Indian Railways for up-gradation of health services over the Indian Railways. Possibilities should also be explored by the Government to have their dedicated Medical colleges on the Indian Railways, so that after training they could be retained for the Railways as is being done by the AFMC, Pune.

20. Implementation of pay scales recommended by the VII CPC in case of several common categories.

The 7th CPC in Chapter 7.7 of its recommendations have recommended specific pay scales for certain  “Common Categories”. Pay Scale recommended for Medical Laboratory Staff have been specifically dealt under Para 7.7.25 to 7.7.30 of 7th CPC Report. Government of India have already accepted these recommendations of the VII CPC and the same are to be implemented by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board). There appears to be some confusion prevailing on this issue in regard to implementation of these recommendations of the VII CPC in respect of Medical Laboratory Staff.

staff Side, therefore, desires that the pay scales and nomenclature of the revised posts of Medical Laboratory Staff, as recommended by the VII CPC under Para 7.7.29 of Chapter VII, be implemented w.e.f 1.1.2016 with all Consequential benefits as deep sense of frustration is prevailing among these staff who are fully engaged in pathological investigation of the railway patients for their proper diagnosis.

21. Recommendations of the VII CPC on the Allowances.

i) The VII CPC under Para 11.40.50 (Page No.738 of the report) has recommended special train controllers allowance of Rs.5,000 p.m. to the Train Controllers.

ii) Under Para 8.10.75 (Cell Name: R3H2) of their report, the VII CPC has recommended for RHA of Rs.2,700 p.m. to Track Maintainers/Trackmen./

iii) Special Running Staff Allowance (Para 11.40.62, Page No.740 of the VII CPC Report).

Loco pilot (Mail & Express ) Rs.2,250 p.m
Motormen Loco pilot (Passenger) Rs.1,125 p.m
Loco Pilot (Goods) Rs. 750 p.m
Guard (Mail & Express) Rs.1,125 p.m
Guard (Passenger) Rs. 750 p.m.

As per VII CPC report, Dearness Allowance will be payable on this allowance. This allowance also be extended to Loco shunter, guard (Goods) and Asstt. Loco pilot.

Additional Allowance, so paid to Running Staff,be counted for the purpose of pensionary benefits.

Affiliates are advised to circulate the above issues among cadres and also convey inpurs on each item which may be useful for discussion in the standing committee meeting of NC/JCM.

Yours fraternally,

(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)

General Secretary.

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Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f.1.7.2016 and w.e.f.1.1.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission

DA Order for Autonomous Bodies pre-revised pay scales as per 5th CPC

No.1/3/2008-E.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, dated the 7th April, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f.1.7.2016 and w.e.f.1.1.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M.of even No. dated 22nd April, 2016 revising the rates of Dearness Allowance w.e.f.01.01.2016 in respect of employees of the Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scales as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of the Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 245% to the revised rates as under:

Date from which payable Rate of Dearness Allowance admissible per month
1.7.2016 256% of basic pay
1.1.2017 264% of basic pay

3.The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1(13)/97-E.II(B) dated Yd October, 1997 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

4. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of all organisations under the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

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