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Family pension to freedom fighters

Family pension to freedom fighters

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  HOME AFFAIRS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1502
ANSWERED ON-15.03.2017

Family pension to freedom fighters

1502 . Shri R. Vaithilingam

(a) whether it is a fact that the Centre is giving family pension to the freedom fighters;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether Government is considering to revise and increase family pension; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR)

(a) to (d): Yes Sir. The Centre is giving family pension to the eligible dependents of the freedom fighter pensioners under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980, administered by Ministry of Home Affairs. As per the provisions of this Scheme, after death of the freedom fighter pensioner, his/her spouse(widow/widower) and after death of spouse, his/her unmarried & un-employed daughters (up to maximum of three such daughters at any point of time) and thereafter, mother or father of the freedom fighter pensioner are granted dependent family pension.

The freedom fighter pension/family pension has already been revised and increased recently by the Central Government with effect from 15.08.2016. The amount of pension being given under this scheme to different categories of freedom fighters and their dependents are as at Annexure. Dearness Allowance/Relief as given to the Central Government Employees/pensioners has been made applicable to the freedom fighter pensioners also.

Annexure

Monthly Amount of Pension provided under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980

Sl.No Category of freedom fighters Amount of pension before the enhancement on 15.08.2016 including Dearness Relief (Per Month) Present amount of pension after the enhancement with effect from 15.08.2016(Per Month)
1. Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/spouses Rs.24,775/- Rs.30,000/-
2. Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spouses Rs.23,085/- Rs.28,000/-
3. Other Freedom Fighters/ spouses including INA Rs.21,395/- Rs.26,000/-
4. Dependent parents/eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time) Rs.3,380/-(dependent parents)Rs.5,070/-(daughters) 50% of the sum that would have been admissible to the Freedom Fighter, i.e., in the range of Rs.13,000/- to Rs.15,000/-

Source: RAJYA SABHA Q&A

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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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DA Order from 1.1.2017 to Autonomous Bodies as per 6th Pay Commission

Rate of Dearness Allowance applicable 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 scale/grade pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission

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.1.1.2017 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M.of even No. dated 9th November, 2016 revising the rates of Dearness Allowance w.e.f.01.07.2016 in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale/grade pay as per 6th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rate of DA admissible to above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 132% to 136% w.e.f.1.1.2017.

3. The provisions contained in paras 3,4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M.No. 1(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 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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Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017

Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees

DA Order Jan 2017 – Finmin Released Dearness Allowance Order

No. 1/3/2017-E-II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th March, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2017.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 1/2/2016-E-II (B) dated 4th November, 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 2% to 4% of the basic pay with effect from 1st January, 2017.

2. The term ‘basic pay’ in the revised pay structure means the pay drawn in the prescribed Level in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC recommendations accepted by the Government, but does not include any other type of pay like special pay, etc.

3. The Dearness Allowance will continue to be a distinct element of remuneration and will not be treated as pay within the ambit of FR 9(21).

4. The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded to the next higher rupee and the fractions of Tess than 50 paise may be ignored.

5. The payment of arrears of Dearness Allowance shall not be made before the date of disbursement of salary of March, 2017.

6. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In respect of Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

7. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

DA Order Jan 2017

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Notification on Dearness allowance (DA) this week

Notification on Dearness allowance (DA) this week

New Delhi: The Central government has announced to release of an additional instalment of 2 per cent of dearness allowance (DA) to central government employees and dearness relief to pensioner with effect from January 1, 2017.

Union Finance Ministry on Monday said that notification in this regard is expected to be issued this week.

The government is to notify its decision to give dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) to 4 per cent from existing 2 per cent from January 1, 2017, benefiting 48.85 lakh is employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners.

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley moved the cabinet note on March 16 for approval of releasing of an additional instalment of 2 per cent of dearness allowance (DA).

The DA/DR has been increased by 2 per cent over the existing rate of 2 per cent of the basic pay/pension to compensate for price rise and it is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendation of 7th pay commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be Rs 5,857.28 crore per annum and Rs 6,833.50 crore in the Financial Year 2017-18 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2017 to February, 2018).

The hike in the DA/DR is as per the agreed methodology of taking average of Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers for the past 12 months.

The Confederation of Central Government Employees had termed it as a meagre hike in view of actual rise in cost of living index saying the CPI-IW was far from reality.

The union had also said that there was a lot of variation in the rates of price rise of commodities by Ministry of Agriculture and CPI-IW.

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Most of the Central Government employees feel that the enhancement of DA/DR is meager

Most of the Central Government employees feel that the enhancement of DA/DR is meager

Calculation of DA/DR based on AICPIN only

“Calculation of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for Central Government Employees and Pensioners based on the methodology prescribed by the recommendations of Central Pay Commission”

Dearness Allowance is issued twice a year and the Seventh Pay Commission has adopted the same calculation methods that were prescribed by the Sixth Pay Commission.

The same series of the All-India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (Base 2001=100) are used for the calculation of DA/DR to be continued. The 7th CPC recommendations are implemented from 1.1.2017 and no DA from 1.1.2017 to 1.7.2017. And from 1.7.2017, 2% DA calculated as per the same formula recommended by 6th CPC. And then now, same calculation with the Consumer Price Index, the figure of two percent was arrived.

Most of the Central Government employees feel that the enhancement of DA/DR is meager.

The Central Government had nothing to do with the Dearness Allowance issued to the Central Government employees in the past, which were as high as 10 percent. Similarly, the government is in no way connected with the current announcement of two percent DA/DR.

The same AICPIN (CPI IW BY2001=100) adopted for the calculation of Dearness Allowance to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale of 5th and 6th CPC. For 6th CPC, 4% Dearness Allowance was calculated on the basis of the same method. In other words, it will be expected to increase from 132 percent to 136.

The Dearness Allowance is calculated based on the changes in the prices of essential commodities in 75 cities and towns in India, over a period of six months. The monthly data, called the AICPIN, are released each month, by the Labour Bureau under the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Central Government employees and Pensioners are not only getting the DA and DR, also employees working under Bank, CPSE etc,. The CPI(I-W) series are used for the calculation of DA for Bank Staff and IDA for CPSE employees. Almost the same enhancement of DA will adopt for the employees working in State Governments. Consumer Price Index will impact on the salaries and pension of more than 2 crore employees and pensioners directly.

Just watch the difference of DA amount between 6th and 7th CPC:

As on 1.1.2016 As on 1.7.2016 DA from 1.1.2017
6th CPC Basic Pay 10,000 (2400GP) 10,300 412 (4%)
7th CPC Matrix Pay 26,300 27,100 542 (2%)
da-calculation-7th-CPC

Source: www.govtenews.com

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7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances to be proposed in this month

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances to be proposed in this month

New Delhi: The Committee on Allowances will propose to increase allowances of central government employees, besides dearness allowance (DA) in this month.

DA is being paid to them with their pay packages.

The Committee on Allowances, under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, was formed in July 2016 following protests by government employees over recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

The committee was initially given four months time to submit the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Later, the Finance Minister extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017.

The Committee on Allowances is yet to submit its report, the Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said in Lok Sabha on March 10.

However, he said that the deliberations of the committee are in the final stages.

Besides the basic salary, a large portion of a central government employee’s salary is the house rent allowance (HRA); some changes are to be made in this category of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on allowances,

“The Committee on Allowances has decided against reducing the house rent allowance (HRA). The 7th Pay Commission suggested bringing down the HRA to 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively depending on type of cities,” the Finance Ministry’s officials said.

The officials also said that the Committee on Allowances would suggest, the HRA is to be kept as it was under the Sixth Pay Commission at 30 per cent, 20 per cent, and 10 per cent respectively.

The Committee on Allowances is likely to remain constant the Transport Allowance for central government employees as 6th Pay Commission recommendations including Dearness Allowance(DA), the sources added.

So, the employees now get all allowances except dearness allowance, according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

The higher allowances most probably to implement from the month of April and the cabinet may give its nod in this month, the sources confirmed.

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4% of 7th CPC Basic Pay as DA from Jan 2017

4% of 7th CPC Basic Pay as DA from Jan 2017

7thCPC-basicpay-expected-da

“The central cabinet has given its approval for issuing additional Dearness Allowance of 2% from July 1, 2017 onwards.”

Including the additional 2% DA announced earler by the Central Government, DA will be 4% of the 7th CPC basic pay from Jan 2017 for Central Government Employees.

With the Confederation of Central Government employees announced a nationwide day-long strike on 16th March 2017, the government announced an additional Dearness Allowance of 2 percent a day before on 15th March 2017.

The employees believe that the announcement was made much earlier. Even last year, the cabinet issued its approval for the second installment of July only on October 27. The Ministry of Finance issued the Government Order on November 4. But this time, in an unexpected and surprising move, the Dearness Allowance is announced much before its due time. The payment of Dearness Allowance will be issued to all categories of Central Government employees only after the Ministry of Finance issues an Office Memorandum.

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Cabinet approves 2% Dearness Allowance to Central Government Employees and Pensioners

Cabinet approves additional 2% Dearness Allowance / Dearness Relief due from January, 2017

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2017. It has increased by 2% over the existing rate of 2% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5,857.28 crore per annum and Rs.6,833.50 crore in the Financial Year 2017-18 (for a period of 14 months from January, 2017 to February, 2018).

This will benefit about 48.85 lakh Central Government employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners.

Source: PIB

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Merger of Dearness Allowance equal to 50% of basic pay w.e.f. 01/04/2004 – Reckoning as pay for running staff

Merger of Dearness Allowance equal to 50% of basic pay w.e.f. 01/04/2004 – Reckoning as pay for running staff

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. EP&A)-II/2006/RS-28.

New Delhi, dated 22.11.2016.

The General Secretary,
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen,
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110 055.

Sub.:- Merger of Dearness Allowance equal to 50% of basic pay w.e.f. 01/04/2004 -Reckoning as pay for running staff.

Ref.: (i) DC/JCM Item No. 15/2009.GS/NFIR’s letter No. IV/RSAC/Conl/Vol.VI dated 28/03/2016

 

Please refer to your letter dated 28.03.2016 under reference no. (ii) on the subject noted above. Iii this connection, it is mentioned that Board’s letter dated 21.10.2014 addressed to both the Federations highlighted that the basis for the exclusions was the Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 01.03.2004 on the merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay that was adopted by the Ministry of Railways. Vide letter dt. 28.03.2016, however, NFIR. has not agreed with the reply and has reiterated that the exclusions violate the IREM provision of. Running Allowance and that the OM dt. 01.03.2004 of MoF is not relevant in this connection.

For a better understanding of the logic on which the three exclusions have been made the table given below may kindly be seen:-

Clause No. Benefit of 30% pay element (mentioned in the clause)applicable to Running Staff Relevant wording in MoF O.M. dated 01.03.2004 pertaining to the benefit Remarks
a Entitlement for pass/ PTO LTC Specifically excluded from revision of entitlement on merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay As Railways do not have LTC. Pass /PTO revision excluded accordingly vide RBE No.77/2008
d Fixation in pay in Stationary Posts Fixation of pay not included as an admisssble benefit for revision of entitlement on merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay Counting of the benefit (of merger of DA with Basic) for Fixation of pay is an issue pertaining to all Government employees and not merely Running Staff of Railways. When this benefit has not been extended to any Government employee, it cannot be extended to Running Staff consolation. RBE No.77/2008 has been issued accordingly. As erest while Basic Pay element (without merger of 50% DA) however continued to be admissible for Fixation of pay of Running Staff in Stationary posts, there is no violation of relevant REM provision.
g Entitlement of Quarters Government accomadation specifically excluded from revision of entitlement on merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay As Railway Quarters are Government accomadation, revision of entitlement has been excluded accordingly vide RBE No.77/2008

As brought out in the table above there has been no violation of the Rules.It is therefore requested that the item may be closed.

For Secretary Railway Board

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Expected DA: Cabinet to approve the Dearness Allowance hike soon

Expected DA: Cabinet to approve the Dearness Allowance hike soon

“The Central cabinet is likely to give its approval to a two percent Dearness Allowance hike, with effect from January 2017, to the Central Government employees.”

The cabinet is, at its next meeting, expected to give its approval to the additional Dearness Allowance of two percent to Central Government employees and pensioners, to come into effect from January 1, 2017 onwards.

The 2% Additional Dearness Allowance hike will be calculated on the basis of the basic pay as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission, and will be given to more than 47 lakh Central Government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

The Dearness Allowance, issued once every six months, is given to Central Government employees and pensioners to help them manage the increase in prices of essential commodities. The Dearness Allowance is calculated on the basis of the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base Year 2001=100.

The percentage for January 2017 was arrived at by recording the prices of essential commodities at 78 towns and cities across the country, for the months of July 2016 till December 2016. Based on the data and calculation, the percentage may be fixed at 4.95 percent. But, according to the method prescribed by the Pay Commission, the decimal numbers are ignored. Hence, a Dearness Allowance of four percent will be issued with effect from January 1, 2017 onwards.

The table is given below for more information to arrive the percentage calculation.

 

M/Y CPI(IW)BY 2001=100 Total 12 Months 12 Monthly Average % Increase Over 261.42 for DA
Jul -16 280 3245 270.42 3.44
Aug – 16 278 3259 271.58 3.88
Sep – 16 277 3270 272.50 4.23
Oct – 16 278 3279 273.25 4.53
Nov – 16 277 3286 273.83 4.75
Dec – 16 275 3292 274.33 4.95

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2% Dearness Allowance Hike Likely For Central Government Employees From January 1

2% Dearness Allowance Hike Likely For Central Government Employees From January 1

The Centre is likely to announce a hike of 2-4 per cent in dearness allowance for its about 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners later this month.

New Delhi: The Centre is likely to announce a hike of 2-4 per cent in dearness allowance for its about 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners later this month.

Dearness allowance and dearness relief are provided to employees and pensioners to neutralise the impact of inflation on their earnings. The labour unions, however, are not happy with the proposed hike saying it would not be able to offset the real impact of price rise.

“The dearness allowance as per the agreed formula by the Centre works out to be 2 per cent which would be effected from January 1, 2017,” Confederation of Central Government Employees President K K N Kutty told PTI.
However, Kutty expressed dissatisfaction over such a “meagre” hike saying that the consumer price index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) which is an agreed benchmark for increasing dearness allowance is far from reality.

He said that there is difference between the quantum of price rise of commodities ascertained by the Labour Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture.

CPI-IW is an imaginary number due to poor quality of data collection by Labour Bureau and it is far from reality, he claimed.

The average CPI-IW to be taken into account for raising DA is 4.95 per cent from January 1 to December 31, 2017. Since the government has already hiked the dearness allowance by 2 per cent in October last year from July 1, 2016, it will now raise it further by 2 per cent.

As per an agreed upon formula, the Centre hikes the allowance taking 12-month average of retail inflation. The government does not consider the price rise rate beyond a decimal point for deciding the rate of the dearness allowance.

Therefore, despite the fact that the hike works out to be 2.95 per cent, the government will ignore the rate of price rise beyond decimal point and increase the DA by 2 per cent.

The dearness allowance is paid as proportion of the basic pay of the central government employees.

Kutty said that the federation in the next meeting of the national council would make a case for considering the fractions while fixing DA.

The national council is an apex forum functioning under the Department of Personnel and Training where unionists and senior official discuss issues concerning central employees.

Earlier last year, the government hiked DA by 6 per cent to 125 per cent of basic pay. The DA was later merged into the basic pay following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission award.

At present the Central government employees and pensioners are entitled to 2 per cent dearness allowance, which was effected from July 1, 2016.

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AICPIN for the month January 2017

AICPIN for the month January 2017

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for the month of January 2017.

The Labour Bureau today published the statistical index of CPI-IW for the calculation purpose of Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for the existing and retired employees of Central Government. This Consumer Price Index also used for the calculation of Dearness Allowance for Workmen and Officers Employees in Banks.

The All-India CPI-IW for January 2017 decreased by one point and stood at 274.

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7th Pay Commission: Transport Allowance not to be hiked

7th Pay Commission: Transport Allowance not to be hiked

New Delhi: The Transport Allowance for central government employees will not be hiked and remain the same as 6th Pay Commission recommendations including Dearness Allowance(DA).
The Finance Ministry today informed about the report of the ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and said no hike in Transport Allowance (TPTA) for central government employees in its report. The committee accepted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation in this regard, which was announced earlier.

The Pay Commission has revised the Transport allowance (TPTA), which is given below:

NEW-TPTA

The existing Transport allowance table for A1/A cities and other places is under:

Existing-TPTA

The Pay Commission made report, assuming that the rate of Dearness Allowance 125 percent at the time of implementation of the pay commission recommendation, i.e. on January 1 next year.
Accordingly, the employees will not get any hike in Transport allowance on the time of implementation of the pay commission recommendation as the existing Transport allowance figure automatically reached the Pay Commission revised Transport allowance figure after adding 125 percent DA.

“In partial modification, the committee has further decided that the current HRA slab, which is 30 per cent of basic pay, for metros would continue,” according to the sources.

However, the pay commission had recommended reducing the house rent allowance (HRA) to 24 per cent of basic pay as against the 30 per cent of basic pay employees were drawing under the Sixth Pay Commission.

The government has given higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 in August 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but referred hike in allowances to the Committee on Allowances.

Usually, once the recommendations of the pay commission are approved, the increase in basic pay is followed by an increase in allowances.

The hike in allowances, most probably to implement from the month of April and the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may announce it after ending the model code of conduct on March 8.

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Bureaucracy delaying higher allowances implementation

Bureaucracy delaying higher allowances implementation

New Delhi: Complicated bureaucracy is delaying the implementation of the higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, and it is now expected to start in three to four months, one leader of an employees’ union was quoted as saying.

The government has given higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 in August 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but referred hike in allowances other than dearness allowance to the ‘Committee on Allowances’ headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa for examination in July, 2016 as the 7th pay commission had recommended for abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

The government has given the committee four months to submit the report but an extension was also given up to February 22, 2017 to submit its report on higher allowances. In October last year, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa had said the committee was ready with its report.

Usually, once the recommendations of the pay commission are approved, the increase in basic pay is followed by an increase in allowances.

The government earlier said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing higher allowances.

The announcement of assembly elections in five states has also given an excuse for the government as it cannot announce allowances hikes till the model code of conduct is in place up to March 8.

The higher House Rent Allowance (HRA) segment is of great benefit to central government employees in the allowances.This segment will more than double, with the increases ranging between 106% and 122% as recommended the 7th Pay Commission. So, the central government employees have a keen interest in higher House Rent Allowance (HRA).

The pay commission has recommended the rates HRA for these cities to 24%, 16% and 8% respectively of new pay matrix.

The Commission also recommended, that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent respectively when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

The existing rates of HRA for Class X, Y and Z cities and towns are 30%, 20% and 10% of Basic pay (old pay in the pay band plus grade pay) are now paid to the central government employees according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

The top bureaucrats living government bungalows and plush flats in the posh East Moti Bagh area in New Delhi. So, they don’t take House Rent Allowance (HRA).

‘The top bureaucrats houses have modular kitchens, hot and cold water supply like in hotels, solar lighting, a club with a swimming pool and tennis courts, jogging tracks, terrace gardens, a shopping complex, a primary school and banking facilities,’ an official at the urban development ministry said. They are also taking benefit of yoga and health centre.

The luxury apartments becoming popular among the bureaucrats. The secretaries of the central departments have been allotted a plot size of 8,250 sq ft, a plint area of 1,970 sq ft, eight bedrooms, four servant quarters, two garages, front and rear lawns. Hence, they are not interested to hike allowances and the higher allowances announcement dips in face of bureaucratic apathy.

However, we hope, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may announce the higher allowances, most probably after ending the model code of conduct on March 8, which will cover 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

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Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S.No.PC-VII/14

No. PC-V/2016/PS/1(Stipend)

RBE No. 08/2017

New Delhi, dated 02-02-2017.

The General Managers
All Indian Railways and PUs
(As per mailing list)

Sub: Revision of rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees on Railways.

Ref: Railway Board’s letter No. PC-V/2008/PS/1 (Stipend) dated 15-12-2008

Consequent upon the promulgation of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 on the basis of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the issue of revision in the rates of stipend to apprentices and trainees (non-gazetted) on Railways was under consideration. Now, the President is pleased to revise the rates of stipend to the apprentices and trainees as per the schedule attached herein.

2. It is likely that some of the existing categories of apprentices on certain Railways may not have designations identical to what appears in the enclosed Schedule. In such cases, the Railway administration, in consultation with FA & CAO, should identify the designation/category of the apprentice concerned with similar case appearing in the Schedule and determine the rate of stipend applicable thereto. Wherever such identification is not possible, specific cases may be reported to the Board with verbatim comments of the FA & CAO.

3. In case, the period of training as indicated in these orders is at variance with the actual practice in respect of one or more categories, the matter should be referred to the Railway Board for decision.

4. The apprentices and trainees will draw the revised rates of Dearness Allowance appropriate to the revised rates of stipend.

5. The revised rates of stipend will take effect from 01.08.2016.

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

7. Hindi version is enclosed.

sd/
(N.P. Singh)
Dy. Director/Pay Commission-V
Railway Board

Source: NFIR

S.No. Category Training period Grade Pay in VI CPC Pay structure (?) Corresponding Revised Pay level in the 7th
CPC Pay Matrix
Revised rates of stipend in the corresponding Pay
level (2)
S & T Department
1. Telephone Operator Less than one year 1900 2 19900
2. Signal Maintainer One year 1900 2 19900
3. Signal Maintainer Eighteen months 2400 4 21700 (22400 in the second year)
4. Telecommunication Maintainer Grade III One year 1900 2 19900
5. Wireless Maintainer Grade III One year 1900 2 19900
6 Jr. Engineer (Signal) (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
7. Sr. Section Engineer (Signal) (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
8. Jr. Engineer (Telecom) (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
9. Sr. Section Engineer (Telecom) (Degree holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4600 7 44900
10. Jr. Engineer (Workshop) (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
11. Sr. Section Engineer (Workshop) One year 4600 7 44900
Civil Engineering Department
12. Jr. Engineer (Works) (Diploma holder) One year 4200 6 35400
13. Sr. Section Engineer (Works) (Degree holder) Upto one year 4600 7 44900
14. Jr. Engineer (Permanent Way) (Diploma holder) One year 4200 6 35400
15. Sr. Section Engineer (Permanent Way) (Degree holder) Upto one year 4600 7 44900
16. Jr. Engineer (Bridge) Two years 4200 6 29200 (30100 in the second year)
17. Sr. Section Engineer (Bridge) (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
18. Jr. Engineer (Engg. WS)/ JE (TM/TT) One year 4200 6 35400
19. Sr. Section Engineer (Eng WS)/SSE (TM/TT) One year 4600 7 44900
S.No. Category Training period Grade Pay in VI CPC Pay structure (?) Corresponding Revised Pay level in the 7th
CPC Pay Matrix
Revised rates of stipend in the corresponding Pay
level (2)
20. Design Assistant (Degree holder) Upto one year 4200 6 35400
Mechanical & Electrical Departments
21. Jr. Engg. (W.S) One year 4200 6 35400
22. Sr. Section Engineer (W.S) One year 4600 7 44900
23. Sr. Section Engineer (Electrical) One year 4600 7 44900
24. Jr. Engineer (Electrical) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
25. Sr. Section Engineer (Degree holder) One year 4600 7 44900
26. Jr. Engineer (Diploma holder) 12 months (52 weeks) 4200 6 35400
27. Motorman One year 4200 6 35400
28. Assistant Loco Pilot (Elec.) 17 weeks 1900 2 19900
29. Assistant Loco Pilot (Diesel) 17 weeks 1900 2 19900
Drawing Office
30. Jr. Engineer (Drawing/Design) (Mech. Elect. and S

& T Deptt.) (Diploma holder)

52 weeks 4200 6 35400
31. Jr. Engineer (Drawing / Design) (Civil Engg. Deptt.)

(Diploma holder)

52 weeks 4200 6 35400
32. Sr. Section Engineer (Drawing/Design) (Degree

holder)

One year 4600 7 44900
C.M.T (Mechanical Department)
33. Chemical & Metallurgical Assistant One year 4200 6 35400
Artisans
34. Technicial Gr. III (with Metric qualification) Three years 1900 2 18000 (18500 in 2nd year and 19100 in 3rd

year

35. Technician Gr. III (with ITI qualification or

Apprenticeship qualification in non-Railway Estt.)

Six months 1900 2 19900

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Increase in DA for Bank Employees and officers from February 2017- Orders issued

Indian Banks’ Association has issued Circular regarding Increase in DA for Bank Employees and officers from February 2017

Indian  Banks’ Association

HR & Industrial Relations

No.CIR/HR&IR/76/D/2016-1711996

February 1, 2017

All Members  of the Association
(Designated  Officers)

Dear Sirs,

Dearness  Allowance  for Workmen and Officer Employees  in banks  for the months of February, March  & April  2017 under X BPS/ Joint Note dated 25.5.2015

The confirmed All India Average Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (Base1960= 100) for the quarter ended December 2016 are as follows:-

October 2016 6345.60
November 2016 6322.77
December 2016 6277.12

The average CPI of the above is 6315 and accordingly the number of DA slabs are 469(6315-4440= 1875/4= 469  Slabs) The last quarterly Payment of DA was at 478 Slabs.  Hence there is a decrease in DA slabs of 9, i.e 469 Slabs for payment of DA for the quarter February, March & April 2017.

In terms of clause 7 of the 101h  Bipartite Settlement dated 25.05.2015 and clause 3 of the Joint Note dated 25.05.2015, the rate of Dearness Allowance payable to workmen and officer employees for the months of February, March & April  2017 shall be 46.90  % of  ‘pay’. While arriving at dearness  allowance payable, decimals from third  place  may please  be ignored.

We advise banks to pay the difference between the old and revised salary and allowance to officers on an ad hoc basis, pending amendments to Officers’ Service Regulations.

Yours faithfully,
K S Chauhan
Senior Vice President

Source : IBA

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Clarification on Dearness Allowance: Pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 in respect of freedom fighter

Enhancement of pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 in respect of freedom fighter and their eligible dependents-Clarification on Dearness Allowance-regarding

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
NEW DELHI-110066
PHONES : 26174596, 26174456. 26174438

CPAO/IT&Tech/Freedom Fighter /1 (Vol-X)/2016-1 7 /238

23.01.2017

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Enhancement of pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 in respect of freedom fighter and their eligible dependents-Clarification on Dearness Allowance-regarding.

Reference is invited to OM No. CPAO/IT&Tech/Freedom Fighter/2016-17/132 dated-08.09.2016 on enhancement of pension under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 in respect of freedom fighters and their eligible dependents and FFR Division, Ministry of Home Affairs letter No 45/06/2016-FRP) dated 28.10.2016 (both copies enclosed) whereby the existing Dearness Relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was hitherto applied to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, was discontinued and replaced by the Dearness Relief system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year.

2. Now, FFR Division, Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified vide its letter No. 45/06/2016-FF (P) dated-09.01.2017 (copy enclosed) that 2% Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2016 announced recently for Central Govt. pensioners and employees will not be applicable for the Central Freedom Fighter Pensioners whose pension have been revised/enhanced w.e.f. 15.08.2016 subsequent to the effective date of the 2% Dearness Allowance which is 01.07.2016. However, next Dearness Allowance due from 01.01.2017 and subsequent Wks will be applicable for the Central Freedom Fighter Pensioners.

3. Heads of CPPCs of all the banks are advised to take necessary action as per above instructions.

4. This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)
Ph. No.011-26166758

Order Copy

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Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

URGENT

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

No.AT/I/1498-Army/II

Dated: 05-01-2017

To

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

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

Subject: Payment of dearness allowance to Armed Forces Personnel

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

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

Jt. CGDA (P&W) has seen.

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

Signed Copy

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DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% – Dearness Allowance Estimation

DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% – Dearness Allowance Estimation

DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% based on Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) from January 2016 to December 2016 – Net increase in DA with effect from January 2017 is estimated to be 2% or 3%

All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) for the month of November 2016 has been released by Ministry of Labour few days back.

What do we need for estimating DA from January 2017 ?

After implementation of 7th Pay Commission report, same inflation index i.e Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) with base year 2001=100, which was used for 6th Pay Commission Pay, is adopted for determining Dearness Allowance of Central Government Employees and Pensioners.

The only difference in DA calculation as far as DA from January 2016 will be, will be taking the Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015 in the place of Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2005 which was used in 6th CPC DA calculation

Dearness Allowance payable after implementation of 7th Pay Commission = (Avg of CPI-IW for the past 12 months – Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015)*100/(Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015)

In order to determine DA with effect from January 2017, based on the above formula we need Consumer Price Index for the months from January 2016 to December 2016

Now that Consumer Price Index for the months from January 2016 to November 2016 is available, we have made an attempt to estimate Dearness Allowance applicable to Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from 1st January 2016, by assuming the possible CPI (IW) for the month of December 2016.

Month Actual AICPI-IW
Jan-2016 269
Feb-2016 267
Mar-2016 268
Apr-2016 271
May-2016 275
Jun-2016 277
Jul-2016 280
Aug-2016 278
Sep-2016 277
Oct-2016 278
Nov-2016 277
Dec-2016 Yet to be released

Estimation of DA from 1st January 2017:

Scenario 1 : No increase in AICPI (IW) in December 2016

AICPI (IW) for November 2016 is 277. If AICPI (IW) for December 2016 remains the same as November 2016, there will be additional 1% increase in DA from January 2017 which would make overall DA as 5%.

DA with effect from 1st January 2017 = [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+
277+278+277+277)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 5 %

Scenario 2: Decrease in AICPI (IW) in December 2016

Even if All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) decreases by 31 point and pegged at 246 in the month of December 2016, DA from January 2017 will be 4% . At the same time even for 1 point decrease in the index for December 2016 will result in lesser DA increase from January 2017 compared to Sceanrio 1 in which index is unaltered in Dec 2016.

DA with effect from 1st January 2017 = [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+
277+278+277+246)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 4 %
DA with effect from 1st January 2017 = [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+
277+278+277+276)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 4 %

Scenario 3 : Increase in AICPI (IW) in December 2016

It is very interesting to note here that, even for increase in consumer price index in the month of December up to 31 points, i.e Increase in AICPI (IW) for December 2016 to 308 points from 277 points in November 2016, DA from January 2017 will be 5% only.

DA with effect from 1st January 2017 = [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+277+
278+277+308)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 5 %

The other scenario that increase of more than 31 points in AICPI (IW) in the month of December 2016 for making DA with effect from January 2017 more than 5% is most unlikely.

Hence, it is more logical to conclude that DA from January 2017 will be either 4% or 5%.

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