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Amendment of Rule 16(1) of AIS (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 2018

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Amendment of Rule 16(1) of AIS (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 2018

Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS

(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 16th May, 2018

G.S.R.457(E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with sub-section (1A) of section 3 of the All India Services Act, 1951 (61 of 1951), the Central Government, after consultation with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, hereby makes the following rules, further to amend the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958, namely :-

1 (1) These rules may be called the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Amendment Rules, 2018.

(2) They shall be deemed to have come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the All India Services (Death-Cum-Retirement-Benefits) Rules, 1958 in rule 16, after the third proviso under sub-rule 1, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely :-

“provided also that a Member of the Service holding the post of Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir may be given extension of service, under exceptional circumstances, for a period beyond six months but the total term as Chief Secretary not exceeding three years and up to the age of sixty-two years, whichever is earlier, on the recommendations made by the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir, with full justification and in public interest, with the prior approval of the Central Government”.

[F.No. 24012/04/2018-AIS-II]

KAVITHA V.PADMANABHAN, Dy. Secy

Note : The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, vide No. G.S.R. 728 (Extraordinary) Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i) dated the 18th August, 1958 and subsequently amended by the following notifications:-

Sl. No. GSR No. Date
1. 526 04th September, 1964
2. 527 03rd April, 1965
3. 528 03rd April, 1965
4. 529 03rd April, 1965
5. 572 17th April, 1965
6. 215 12th February, 1965
7. 1915 17th February, 1966
8. 590 03rd March, 1968
9. 687 06th July, 1974
10. 755 02nd July, 1974
11. 946 07th September, 1974
12. 27(E) 24th January, 1975
13. 724 14th June, 1975
14. 2264 23rd August, 1975
15. 2635 08th November, 1975
16. 2030 20th December, 1975
17. 128 31st January, 1976
18. 196 14th February, 1976
19. 316 06th March, 1976
20. 504 10th April, 1976
21. 758 05th June, 1976
22. 757 05th June, 1976
23. 1182 14th August, 1976
24. 1765 25th December, 1976
25. 579 07th May, 1977
26. 830 02nd July, 1977
27. 831 02nd July, 1977
28. 1598(E) 6th November, 1977
29. 1700(E) 24th December, 1977
30. 252(E) 18th February, 1978
31. 253(E) 18th February, 1978
32. 460(E) 08th April, 1978
33. 922(E) 22nd July, 1978
34. 924(E) 22nd July, 1978
35. 214(E) 02nd January, 1979
36. 161(E) 03rd February, 1979
37. 373(E) 03rd February, 1979
38. 1151(E) 15th September, 1979
39. 1291(E) 22nd October, 1979
40. 512(E) 10th May, 1980
41 545(E) 17th May, 1980
42 546(E) 17th May, 1980
43 978(E) 27th September, 1980
44 248(E) 07th March, 1981
45 276(E) 14th March, 1981
46 705(E) 01st August, 1981
47 293(E) 09th January, 1983
48 557(E) 03rd July, 1983
49 712(E) Olst October, 1983
50 33(E) 21st January, 1984
51 559(E) 15th June, 1985
52 813(E) 31st August, 1985
53 275(E) 22nd May, 1987
54 343(E) 03rd April, 1988
55 271(E) 06th July, 1988
56 567(E) 16th July, 1988
57 91(E) 25th February, 1989
58 420(E) 21st February, 1990
59 101(E) 16th February, 1991
60 2890(E) 23rd November, 1991
61 308(E) 19th June, 1993
62 717(E) 19th December, 1997
63 718(E) 19th December, 1997
64 249(E) 13th May, 1998
65 252(E) 18th May, 1998
66 259(E) 22nd May, 1998
67 548(E) 31st August, 1998
68 719(E) 07th December, 1998
69 35(E) 14th January, 1999
70 702(E) 01st September, 2000
71 355(E) 14th May, 2001
72 524(E) 11th July, 2001
73 49(E) 18th January, 2002
74 779(E) 12th November, 2002
75 385(E) 07th May, 2003
76 105(E) 06th February, 2004
77 820(E) 20th December, 2004
78 617(E) 30th September, 2005
79 699(E) 30th November, 2005
80 727(E) 20th December, 2005
81 360(E) 12th June, 2006
82 20(E) 12th January, 2007
83 58(E) 31st January, 2007
84 184(E) 09th March, 2007
85 585(E) 28th July, 2011
86 612(E) 09th August, 2011
87 492(E) 12th July, 2013
88 175(E) 05th March, 2014
89 170(E) 27th February, 2017

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Deposit Linked Insurance (Amendment) Scheme,2018

Deposit Linked Insurance (Amendment) Scheme,2018

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

 NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 15th February, 2018

G.S.R. 170(E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6C read with sub-section (1) of section 7 of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (19 of 1952), the Central Government hereby makes the following scheme, further to amend the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976, namely:-

 

1. (1) This Scheme may be called the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (Amendment) Scheme, 2018.

(2) It shall come into force from the date of its publication in the official gazette.

 

2. In the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976, in paragraph 22, -(1) in sub-paragraph (3), for clause (i), the following shall be substituted, namely:-

“(i) the average monthly wages drawn (subject to a maximum of fifteen thousand rupees), during the twelve months preceding the month in which he died, multiplied by thirty times plus fifty per cent. of the average balance in the account of the deceased in the Fund or of a provident fund exempted under section 17 of the Act or under paragraph 27 or 27A of the Employees’ Provident Funds Scheme, 1952, as the case may be, during the preceding twelve months or during the period of his membership, whichever is less subject to a ceiling of one lakh and fifty thousand rupees:

Provided that the assurance benefit shall not be less than two lakh and fifty thousand rupees:

Provided further that the assurance benefit shall not exceed six lakh rupees:

 

3. The provisions of the first proviso of clause (i) of sub-paragraph (3) of paragraph 22 shall be in force for a period of two years from the date of publication of this Scheme in the Official Gazette.”

 

[F. No. S-35012/8/2017-SS-II]

S/d,
R. K. GUPTA,
Jt. Secy

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Payment of Minimum Wages to Contract/Casual Employees

Ministry of Labour & Employment

Payment of Minimum Wages to Contract/Casual Employees

04 APR 2018

The basic rate of minimum wages for the scheduled employments in the Central sphere was last revised and notified on 19.01.2017. A component of minimum rates of wage, Variable Dearness Allowance (V.D.A.), was last revised on 01.10.2017.Rates fixed for the scheduled employments in the Central sphere are applicable to establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administration, mines, oil-fields, major port or any corporation established by a Central Government. These rates are equally applicable to contract and casual labourers/worker. The implementation of the Act is done by the Centre as well as the States in respect of their respective jurisdiction. In the Central Sphere, the enforcement is secured through the Inspecting Officers of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) commonly designated as Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM) across the Country for workers falling under the Scheduled Employment in the Central Sphere including CPSUs and Railways establishments through regular inspections. In case of non-compliance, penal provisions against the defaulting employers are invoked.This Ministry is in constant endeavor towards implementing the revised rates of minimum wages. As far as employees in Railway are concerned guidelines were issued in December, 2017 to Ministry of Railways/Railway Board. Ministry of Railways has also issued instructions to its Zonal Offices across the country for strict compliance of minimum wages in December, 2017.The data of inspections, amount of claims, action taken against defaulting employer under the Minimum Wage Act, 1948 in the Central Sphere for the last three years is at Annexure ‘A’.

Annexure ‘A’

Claims cases under Minimum Wages Act, 1948

Year Claims Amount
B/F Filed Decided Awarded Recovered Paid to Workers
2015-16 3672 743 1796 66654417 44128036 34879425
2016-17 2610 1198 1138 96684922 49485990 48540964
2017-18(upto Dec.,2017) 2617 1050 819 95757253 20697840 24866702

Minimum Wages Act, 1948

Sl.No. Particulars 2015-16 2016-17 2017 -18(upto Dec,2017)
1. No. of Inspections Conducted 9803 9151 7380
2. No. of Irregularities Detected 75938 61689 62304
3. No. of Irregularities Rectified 46467 53255 28884
4. No. of Prosecutions Launched 1549 2321 1130
5. No. of Convictions 1476 1951 1721

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Income Tax benefits In Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA)

Income Tax benefits In Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA)

Sukanya-Samriddhi-Account

(i) Sukanya Samriddhi Account has been specified under clause (viii) of Sub Section (2) of Section 80(C) of Income Tax Act 1961 and deposits under these accounts enjoy benefit of this Income Tax Section up to the overall maximum limit of Rs. One lakh Fifty Thousand (1,50,000).

(ii) By Finance Act 2015, a new clause (11A) has been inserted under Section 10 of Income Tax Act 1961 under which any amount withdrawn from Sukanya Samriddhi
Account will not be included in the total income of a previous year of a person for the purpose of calculation of Income Tax.

(iii) By Finance Act 2015, a new clause (ba) has been inserted under clause (viii) of sub-section 4 of Section SOC of Income Tax Act 1961 under which a Legal Guardian can claim Income Tax benefit for the amount deposited by him or his/her girl child under the Sukanya Samriddhi Account.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
(CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECT TAXES)
NOTIFICATION NO. 09/2015
INCOME-TAX

Dated – 21st January, 2015

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (viii) of sub-section (2) of section (2) of section 80C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Government hereby specifies the ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account‘ for the purposes of the said clause.

This notification shall come into force with effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

[F.NO.178/3/2015-ITA-1]

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Central Government Approves Maternity Leave For Employees Opting For Surrogacy

Central Government Approves Maternity Leave For Employees Opting For Surrogacy

The ministry has written to all central government departments about a 2015 Delhi High Court order on this issue.

Central government’s women employees, whose children are born through surrogacy, will now be entitled to maternity leave, according to an official order of the personnel ministry.

The employees can avail of paid maternity leaves up to 26 weeks (about 180 days).

The ministry has written to all central government departments about a 2015 Delhi High Court order on this issue.

“All ministries / departments are advised to give wide publicity of its contents to the concerned officers,” the personnel ministry said in its latest directive to all the ministries and enclosed a copy of the court’s order with it.

The court verdict had come on a plea by a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher who had twins through surrogacy but was denied maternity leave as she was not the biological mother.

“A female employee, who is the commissioning mother, would be entitled to apply for maternity leave,” the court had held.

Based on material placed before it, the competent authority would decide on the timing and the period for which maternity leave ought to be granted to a commissioning mother who adopts the surrogacy route, the court said.

The scrutiny would be keener and detailed, when leave is sought by a female employee, who is the commissioning mother, at the pre-natal stage, it said.

In case maternity leave is declined at the pre-natal stage, the competent authority would pass a reasoned order having regard to the material, if any, placed before it, by the female employee, who seeks to avail maternity leave, the court order said.

In a situation where both the commissioning mother and the surrogate mother are employees, who are otherwise eligible for leave (one on the ground that she is a commissioning mother and the other on the ground that she is the pregnant women), suitable adjustment would be made by the competent authority, it said.

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No Proposal Under Consideration to Withdraw Bank Chequebook Facility

No Proposal Under Consideration to Withdraw Bank Chequebook Facility

In a section of the media, it has appeared that there is a possibility that the Central Government may withdraw bank cheque book facility in the near future, with an intent to encourage digital transactions. It is denied that there is any proposal under consideration of the Government to withdraw bank cheque book facility.

In this regard, it is emphasized that while the Government is committed to transform India into a less cash economy and promote digital and electronic transactions through multi-pronged initiatives, cheques are an integral part of the payments landscape, and form the backbone of trade and commerce, by being negotiable instruments, which often serve as the security for underlying trade transactions.

In fact, the Union Finance Minister, in the Budget Speech 2017-18, had announced, “As we move faster on the path of digital transactions and cheque payments, we need to ensure that the payees of dishonoured cheques are able to realise the payments. Government is therefore considering the option of amending the Negotiable Instruments Act suitably.”

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GDS News: Demanding Immediate Implementation of The Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report

GDS News: Demanding Immediate Implementation of The Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO THE HON’BLE DY.MINISTER OF FINANCE, UNION OF INDIA, CAMP AT NAGERCOIL-629001 BY THE CIRCLE SECRETARY OF TAMIL NADU, ALL INDIA GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS UNION

Respected Sir,

I. As per the decision of the Central Government one man committee was appointed to submit the report for the wage revision of GDS employees headed by Sri.Kamalesh Chandra Ex.Member (Personal) of this Department in leiu of seventh CPC to Central Government Employees and submitted its report to the Government on 24th November ,2016.Most of our suggestions have been given due consideration by the committee . The Secretary Post submitted this report to the Minister of communication and now the same is kept in the Ministry of Finance for approval.

2. In our department other departmental employees were getting their wage revision by the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission with effect from 01.01.2016 onwards.

3 Since there is an inordinate delay in considering and implementation of the Kamalesh Chandra Committee’s report, our AIGDS Union has announced indefinite strike from 16.08.2017 to 22.08.2017 and a mutual agreements were reached between our leaders and the Government after completion of 7 days strike. Due 10 the promise by our high dignitaries of the department at the time of discussion the indefinite strike was called off and gentleman agreement was reached between Government and the leaders and assured that the committee’s report would be implemented soon. But it is learnt that it is kept pending with the Ministry of Finance for a long period.

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Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules,1944

Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules,1944

Z 15025/105/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS

Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare EHS Section

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 9th November,2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules, 1944

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that this Ministry has been receiving representations for simplification of procedure for undergoing treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS. The matter has been examined and it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries are allowed to undergo treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS of specific treatment procedures listed under CGHS rate list are advised by a Specialist in a Central Government / State Govt. Specialist hospital or a CGHS Medical Officer without any requirement of any other referral (permission) letter.

2. Private empanelled hospitals shall perform the treatment on cashless basis in respect of pensioners, ex-MPs, Freedom Fighters, Regular employees {both CGHS and CS (MA) beneficiaries} of this Ministry & other categories of CGHS beneficiaries, who are presently eligible for credit facility and shall enclose the prescription issued by Government Specialist or a CGHS Medical Officer, in original (or a self-attested photocopy) along with the hospital bill submitted to the competent authorities.

3. Serving government employees shall enclose the prescription issued by a Government Specialist or a CGHS Medical Officer in original (or a self-attested photocopy), while submitting the medical claim to the concerned Ministry /department/office for reimbursement.

4. CGHS Medical Officer / Government Specialist shall not refer the beneficiaries to any particular empanelled hospital by name but, shall specify the treatment procedure and mention ‘referred to any CGHS empanelled centre’.

5.These orders are applicable only in respect of treatment procedures for which CGHS rates are available.

6.This issue with the concurrence of IFD vide FTS No. 3130849, dated 09.11.2017.

S/d,
[Sunil Kumar Gupta]
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel- 011-2306 1986

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SHe-Box : Online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment electronic-Box

Online complaint management system titled “Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box)” – regarding

SHe-Box-Sexual-Harassment-Electronic-Box-DoPT

 F. No. 11013/7/2016-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 – 110001
Dated 1st November, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Online complaint management system titled “Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box)” – regarding

The undersigned is directed to say that Ministry of Women & Child Development launched an online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box) on 24th July, 2017 for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace. The She-Box is; an initiative to provide a platform to the women working or visiting any office of Central Government (Central Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies and Institutions etc.) to file complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

2. Once a complaint is submitted to SHe-Box, it wiil be directly sent to the Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of the concerned Ministry / Department/ PSU / Autonomous Body etc. having jurisdiction to inquire into the complaint. The She-Box also provides an opportunity to both the complainant and nodal administrative authority to monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICCs. The SHe-Box portal can be accessed at the link given below:

http://www.shebox.nic.in/

3. Features of the SHe-Box are as under:

(i) SHe-Box is an online Complaint Management System for lodging complaints related to sexual harassment of women at workplace. The steps required for filing of complaint through SHe-Box can be downloaded from the link:

http://www.shebox.nic.in/assets/site/downloads/manual.pdf

(ii) Any woman working or visiting any office of Central Government (Central Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Bodies an.d Institutions etc.) can file complaint related to sexual harassment at workplace through this SHe-Box.

(iii) Once a complaint is submitted to the SHe-Box, it will directly send the complaint to the Internal Complaints Committee. (ICC) of the concerned Ministry /Department/PSU / Autonomous Body etc; having jurisdiction to inquire into the complaint. The Internal Complaints Committee will take action as prescribed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and update the status of the complaint through ‘Administrator Login

(iv) The status of complaint can be viewed at any time by pressing the tab ‘View Status of Your Complaint’ within SHe-Box.

4. The complaint registered in the She-Box contains only a brief description of the incident of sexual harassment at workplace. The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) is required to initiate inquiry as prescribed under Section 11 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 read with Department of Personnel & Training’s  O.M. No. 1l013/2/2014-Estt.(A-III) dated 16th July, 2015 by calling upon the complainant to provide detailed complaint along with all the relevant evidences (documentary or otherwise).

5. All the Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this OM to the notice of all officers and staff working under them. The Ministries/ Departments are also requested to advise the PSEs / Autonomous Bodies under their administrative control to bring the content of SHe-Box to all officers and staff.

6. Hindi version will follow.

(Nitin Gupta)

Under Secretary to the Govt of India

Tel: 23040264

To
The Secretaries of All Ministries/Departments
(as per the standard list)

Source: DoPT

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Revised Minimum Wages & VDA w.e.f. 01.10.2017: Agriculture – Highly Skilled, Semi-skilled, Unskilled, Supervisory/Clerical

Revised Minimum Wages & VDA w.e.f. 01.10.2017: Agriculture – Highly Skilled, Semi-skilled, Unskilled, Supervisory/Clerical

No.1/ 13(1)/2017-LS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner(C)

New Delhi
Dated: 6/10/2017

ORDER

In exercise of the powers conferred by Central Government vide Notification No. 186 (E) dated 19th January, 2017 of the Ministry of Labour and Employment the undersigned hereby declares that there shall be no increase in Variable Dearness Allowance for the period of 1.10.2017-31.3.2018 due to decrease in the average Consumer Price Index for the period January, 2017 to June, 2017 for the workers employed in Agriculture and thereby resulting in the VDA remaining the same as it was during the period of 1.4.2017 to 30.9.2017. This order shall come into force w.e.f. 01.10.2017.

Therefore, the minimum rates of wages including the basic rates and Variable Dearness Allowance payable w.e.f. 01.10.2017 to the employees would be same as under:-

Category of worker Rates of wages including V.D.A. Area wise per day
(in Rupees)
‘A’ Area ‘B’ Area ‘C’ Area
Unskilled 333+8
341
303+8
311
300+8
308
Semi-Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisory 364+9
373
335+8
343
307+8
315
Skilled/ Clerical 395+10
405
364+9
373
334+8
342
Highly Skilled 438+11
449
407+10
417
364+9
373
Clerical 395+10
405
364+9
373
334+8
342

The VDA has been rounded off to the next higher rupee as per the decision of the Minimum Wages Advisory board.

The classification of workers under different categories will be same as in Part-I of the notification, whereas classification of cities will be same as in the Part-II of the notification dated 19th January, 2017. The present classification of cities into areas A, B & C is enclosed at Annexure I for ready reference.

(A.K.Nayak)

CHIEF LABOUR COMMISSIONER(C)

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Interest Subsidy Scheme on home loans for MIG extended by another 15 months

Interest Subsidy Scheme on home loans for MIG extended by another 15 months

Subsidy of up to Rs.2.60 lakh now available till March, 2019

Centre to look in to concerns of real estate industry to meet affordable housing targets

The central government today announced that the benefit of interest subsidy of about Rs.2.60 lakh on home loans under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) will now be available for beneficiaries belonging to Middle Income Groups (MIG) fir fifteen more months beyond December this year.

This was announced by Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (Housing & Urban Affairs), Government of India, while addressing the ‘Real Estate and Infrastructure Investors Summit’ organized by NAREDCO, in Mumbai today. He said that the government decided to give more time for MIG beneficiaries to avail interest subsidy under PMAY(Urban).

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in his announcement on the 31st of December last year made applicable the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) under PMAY(Urban) to MIG, till the end of December this year. Under CLSS, MIG beneficiaries with annual income of above Rs.6.00 lakhs and up to Rs.12.00 lakhs would get an interest subsidy of 4.00% on a 20 year loan component of Rs.9.00 lakhs. Those with annual exceeding Rs.12.00 lakhs and up to Rs.18.00 lakhs would get interest subsidy of 3.00%.

Reiterating the Government’s commitment to meet the Housing for All targets in urban areas by 2022, Shri Mishra urged private investors to invest in affordable housing, being promoted by the Government in a big way with several incentives and concessions.

Shri Mishra later an hour long discussions with a 30 member delegation of NAREDCO and assured them that the Government would look into various issues raised by them in all sincerity and possible interventions would be considered.

The delegation referred to what they called anomalies in GST rates for completed and under construction housing projects, Stamp Duties being higher and kept outside the purview of GST, scarcity of land, delays in granting construction permits, lack of coordination among different municipal agencies, RBI’s high risk weightage for lending to real estate sector despite Real Estate Act coming into force, inadequate bank financing despite Non-Performing Assets in respect of construction being much less than other sectors etc.

The delegation expressed concern over GST and other taxes accounting for over one third of the cost of residential properties.

Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, who addressed the summit yesterday suggested to NAREDCO to have a detailed discussion with Secretary(HUA) for resolving the issues so that affordable housing could be given a boost.

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Cabinet approves introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Cabinet approves introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament subject to modifications of drafting or consequential nature, if any, as may be considered necessary by the Legislative Department by amending the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948). The amendment will reduce the redundancy.

The clauses being amended include those pertaining to certain modifications in the provisions of the Dentists Act, 1948 with regard to:

1. the Membership of the Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3 and

2. the Membership of State and Joint State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section 21 and clause (b) of section 23 of the said Act.

Background:

As per the existing Act, it was required to have the representation of dentists registered in Part B as Central Government nominees in the Dental Council of India and the election of four/ two members from Part B to the State/ Joint State Dental Councils. However, it has lost relevance. With a view to reducing the redundancy of the provisions of their representation, the Central Government has decided to delete these provisions so that their representation does not remain mandatory any more.

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Maximum Governance Minimum Government is the government’s motto: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Maximum Governance Minimum Government is the government’s motto: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Swachh Bharat Mission Manual launched

Two Day Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices concludes in Goa

‘Maximum Governance, Minimum Government’ is the motto of the Central Government. To achieve this motto Government is concentrated on “Citizen-First” mantra, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), MoS for PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space. He was speaking at the valedictory session of the two-day regional conference on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ which concluded in Goa today.

“Our dream is to bring Government closer to citizens so that they become active participants in the governance process. An important step for Good Governance is the simplification of procedures and processes in the Government so as to make the entire system transparent and faster. To this end Government has taken the decision to scrap 1,500 obsolete rules, started the self-certification process etc. To achieve this, the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has a key role to play,” said Dr. Jitendra Singh.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration were instituted 10 years back and first awards were presented on the 2nd Civil Services Day on April 21, 2007 to the Civil Servants for their innovative ideas and efforts in addressing the problems locally. This motivation is required for improving governance and delivery of services. He said the Priority Programmes for PM’s Award to be presented next year are (i) Pradhan Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY); (ii) Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY); (iii) Promoting Digital Payments; and (iv) Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural &Urban).

Talking about Grievance cell, he informed that Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) enabled a quantum shift in Online Government Service delivery across the country. This aims to further Government’s efforts at revamping of Public Administration system, Public Grievance Redress Mechanism, ushering in e-Governance, Digital India, more so in the context of the goal of ‘Minimum Government with Maximum Governance’ through e-Governance based Citizen Centric End-to-End Online Services. Compared to 2.70 lakh grievances in 2014, 11.94 lakh grievances were received on CPGRAMS (Central Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) in 2016. In 2017, 9.32 lakhs grievances have already been received till 25.8.17. Due to higher expectations, the grievances have increased more than 4 times in 2016, compared to 2014. However, due to intensive monitoring, the disposal rate has also increased significantly and is presently more than the rate of receipt of grievances. Action on grievances can be tracked with the help of unique grievance registration number. A timeline of two months has been prescribed for disposal of grievances. In case it is not possible, an interim reply with reasons for delay has to be provided.

Right to Information Act (RTI) is now online and from last six months it is available on mobile also, he informed.

Development Manual for District level functionaries by DARPG Swachh Bharat Mission [Gramin] was also launched during the Valedictory function. The purpose of the Development Role manual is to create an enabling mechanism for improved implementation of the Centrally sponsored schemes at the cutting edge, leading to enhanced outcomes in nature and extent. The manual is prepared with inputs from a combination of sources, including interaction with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS), review of extant scheme guidelines and circulars issued by MDWS and discussions with the key personnel involved in the implementation of the scheme.

Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar also shared his thoughts on Good Governance, Swachh Bharat, and Grievance redressal mechanisms during the valedictory session.

Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary DARPG in his address said that conferences like these are useful for promoting meaningful confluence of interactions and insights, cross-fertilization of ideas and exchange of constructive views among the policy makers, public figures, peers, practitioners and professionals who may have championed and facilitated the successful implementation of innovations in government processes, administrative reforms, and public service delivery.

With this, the two-day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices’ concluded. The DARPG has so far organized 26 such regional conferences to share experiences in the formulation and successful implementation of good governance practices and to facilitate speedy and efficient delivery of public services

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Guidelines to preserve the All India Character of Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS)

Guidelines to preserve the All India Character of Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE

D.O. No. 66(1 )/PF.II/2015

31st August, 2017

Dear Secretary,

You are aware that Government of India is implementing Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) within the framework of National Development Agenda set by Committee of Chief Ministers constituted by NITI Aayog, These schemes cater to pan Indian developmental requirements and are aimed at achieving comparable levels of development and welfare across the States and regions. To this end, it is essential to maintain uniformity in the core features and implementation process of the Schemes, It should be understood that Parliamentary approvals through budget provision and appropriation have been received for implementing the Schemes as per their core features.
2, Accordingly a set of guidelines is enclosed which may be suitably incorporated in the architecture of all the CSSs being implemented by your Ministry/Department to ensure proper adherence to the core features reflecting the all India character.

3, Action taken in this regard may be kindly intimated to the Ministry of Finance.

Warm regards,
Yours sincerely

(Ashok Lavasa)

All Secretaries to the Government of India.

 

Guidelines to preserve the All India Character of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS)

The specific name and details of each scheme receive Parliamentary approval through budget provision and the process of appropriation. Therefore, releases of funds for such schemes and their utilization must necessarily be strictly in accordance with the Parliamentary authorization.

(ii) For each CSS, a set of core features consisting of the target group, funding pattern and delivery mechanism apart from its name, logo and tag line may be made unalterable by the State Governments.

(iii) The existing guidelines of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) should be examined and important elements identified which define the national character of the scheme. There should be strict directions against any change to these at local level. Names like National Mission or Prime Minister’s programme should be used to reflect the all India character of CSS.

(iv) All Centrally Sponsored Schemes should make suitable provisions for:

(a) Media Campaign by the Central Ministries/Departments concerned .

(b) Development of common creatives that can be passed on to the States for implementation.

(c) Utilizing Doordarshan and All-India Radio for effective communication.

(d) Short messages could also be sent to beneficiaries for building a national
perspective.

(v) Programmes like the Mid-day Meal and Food Security implemented through 0/0 Food & PDS may be added to the list of programmes under the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) framework.

(vi) Workshops may be organized by the Administrative Ministries to highlight the national character and the role of Central Government in the implementation of these schemes.

(vii) Ministries may take up evaluation of the performance of the schemes by experts as deemed appropriate.

(viii) Branding of Schemes with a well-recognized logo and a tag line is an effective way to project their All-India character. The guidelines should clearly specify the places where the logo should appear in the advertisements, display boards, written communications, etc.

(ix) All Ministries administering CSS may be required to maintain data bases of beneficiaries indexed with their Aadhaar Card and Mobile numbers.

(x) Ministries may establish appropriate mechanism for communication with the beneficiaries of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

(xi) Centrally Sponsored Schemes may be launched simultaneously in several States by dignitaries such as Union Ministers, Member of Parliament etc., to give high visibility and publicity to the Schemes for the information of the public at large.

(xii) Regular campaigns may be conducted involving the beneficiaries to educate them on the features and benefits of the schemes. Success stories may be given wide publicity to provide role models to prospective beneficiaries and implementing agencies.

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Mandatory installation of LED based lighting in all Government buildings

Mandatory installation of LED based lighting in all Government buildings

F.No.25(24)/E.Coord/2017
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
(E.Coord)

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 4th August, 2017

Subject: Economy Measures – Mandatory installation of LED based lighting in all Government buildings – regarding

The Hon’ble Prime Minister on 5th January 2015 launched the National LED programme to facilitate rapid adoption of LED based home and street

lighting across the country. The programme components, Unnat Jyoti by
Affordable LEOs for All (UJALA) and Street Lighting National Programme (SNLP) are under implementation in 34 States and UTs. This programme along with Building Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of four power sector Central PSUs. EESL works on Energy Services Company (ESCO) model wherein upfront investment is done by EESL and the investment is recouped on annuity basis with performance based guaranteed energy saving during the project period.

2. Pursuant to the above the Central Government has taken a decision for mandatory installation of LED based lighting and energy efficient equipments

(Fans & ACs) in all Government buildings.

3. Government buildings is a major source of energy consumption. Usage of LED based lightings and energy efficient equipments in Government buildings will lead to economy in expenditure and savings in the long run through reduction in energy consumed.

4. Keeping in view the economy in expenditure and savings that will entail, all Ministries/Departments are requested to convert the existing lightings/equipments into LED based lightings and energy efficient equipments on priority utilizing the services of CPWO/EESL.

5. The model Agreement/Contract to be entered in to between the Client Ministry/Department and EESL is enclosed for reference. The Client Ministry/Department and EESL on mutual agreement can modify/amend the provisions of the model Agreement/Contract to suit their specific requirements.

6. In respect of those Government buildings maintained by CPWD but where the electricity bill is borne/paid by the respective Ministries/Departments, CPWD (as third party) will countersign the agreement to provide comfort to the Ministry/Department as well as extending help for implementing the contract.

7. Action taken in this regard be reported to Ministry of Power and Department of Expenditure by 15.08.2017 for monitoring purposes.

(H. Atheli)
Director

To

All Secretaries of Ministries/Departments
Copy to
1. Cabinet Secretary, Government of India
2. Prime Ministers’ Office, South Block

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GST Council Recommends Increase in Maximum Ceiling of Cess Leviable on Motor Vehicles Falling Under Headings 8702 and 8703 to 25% Instead of Present 15%

GST Council Recommends Increase in Maximum Ceiling of Cess Leviable on Motor Vehicles Falling Under Headings 8702 and 8703 to 25% Instead of Present 15%

The GST Council considered the issue of cess leviable on motor vehicles in its 20th meeting held on the 5th of August 2017 and recommended that Central Government may move legislative amendments required for increase the maximum ceiling of cess leviable on motor vehicles falling under headings 8702 and 8703 including SUVs, to 25% instead of present 15% . However, the decision on when to raise the actual cess leviable on the same will be taken by the GST Council in due course.

It was noted that after introduction of GST, the total tax incidence on motor vehicles [GST + Compensation Cess] has come down vis-a-vis the total tax incidence in pre-GST regime. The Schedule to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) (Compensation to State) Act 2017, specifies the maximum rate at which Goods and Service Tax Compensation Cess may be collected. In respect of motor vehicles, the maximum rate at which Goods and Service Tax Compensation Cess may be collected is 15%.

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Revision of rates of Allowances -extension of Government decisions on the recommendations the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of employees of Quasi Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government

7th CPC Allowances extension of Govt decision to Quasi-govt Org, Autonomous Org, Statutory Bodies funded by CG

F. No. 1/1/2016-E-III(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 26th July, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Revision of rates of Allowances -extension of Government decisions on the recommendations the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of employees of Quasi Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to this Department’s OM of even number dated 13.1.2017, regarding extension of revised pay scales based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government and to say that in terms of para 6 thereof, it was mentioned that the Central Government has not taken any decision in regard to various allowances based on the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of Central Government employees and, therefore, until further orders, the existing allowances in the autonomous organizations shall continue to be admissible as per the existing terms and conditions, irrespective of the revised pay scales having been adopted.

2. The decision of the Central Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in regard to allowances in respect of Central Government employees have since been announced as per this Department’s Resolution No. 11-1/2016-IC dated 67.2017 and the consequent Government orders have also been issued by this Department in regard to allowances like HRA, Travelling Allowance, Transport Allowance, Family Planning Allowance, etc. The attention is also invited to this Department’s OM No.29/1/2017-E-IIB dated 11th July, 2017 regarding non-disbursal of discontinued allowances.

3. Accordingly, it has been decided that such of the existing allowances at present admissible in case of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies set-up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government, as are exactly as per the Central Government pattern, may be revised in accordance with the decision contained in the aforesaid Resolution dated 6.7.2017 read with the Government orders issued in the matter. The provisions contained in this Department’s OM No. 29/1/2017-E-IIB dt. 11th July, 2017 regarding non-disbursal of discontinued allowances shall also be strictly followed. 2

4. All other stipulations including the modalities for additional financial impact on allowances, as contained in the OM dated 13.1.2017 referred to in para 1 above, shall continue to be applicable in regard to these orders.

5. Hindi version of these orders is attached.

(Amar Nath Singh)
Director

Source: [www.doe.gov.in]

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Scrapping of Interview for lower level Posts in Central Government to curb corruption – Government press release

Scrapping of Interview for lower level Posts in Central Government to curb corruption – Government press release

As per information available as on 24th July, 2017, 18 States and 7 Union Territories have discontinued the practice of interview in recruitment for lower level posts.

The objective of discontinuation of interview in selection process at lower level posts is to curb corruption, more objective selection in transparent manner and substantially easing the problems of poor aspirants. Union Territory Administration of Daman & Diu has informed that it has benefitted them economically by way of savings on account of non-application of Travelling Allowance/ Daily Allowance and other expenditure involved in calling candidates for interview. Further, Union Territory Administration of Lakshadweep has informed that local aspirants have economically benefitted from this initiative of the Government.

The States of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are yet to decide about discontinuation of interview in the recruitment of lower level posts. The States of Sikkim and Meghalaya have not adopted the process of discontinuation of interviews in recruitment to lower level posts. However, information regarding the State of Nagaland is not available. Further, it has been informed by the State of Odisha that steps have already been taken to implement scrapping of interview system concerning junior level posts (Group B & C) of all Departments.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Naranbhai Kachhadiya in the Lok Sabha today.

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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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