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Finmin to initiate Budget exercise next week

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Finmin to initiate Budget exercise next week

Work on India’s first post-GST Union Budget 2018-19 will start next week with the finance ministry issuing timelines for different processes that will culminate with its presentation in February.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived at the parliament on Wednesday for Budget.

It may also be the current government’s last full-fledged Budget as general elections are due in 2019.

Even though independent India’s biggest tax reform of GST was implemented from July 1, the Budget for 2017-18 (April- March), had followed the practice of tax revenue projections under the heads of customs duty, central excise and service tax alongside direct tax numbers.

With excise duty and service tax being subsumed in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the classifications will undergo change, an official said.

While a new classification for revenues to be accrued from GST will be included in the Budget for next fiscal, for the current year two sets of accounting may be presented – one for actual accruals during April-June for excise, customs and service tax, and the other for July-March period for GST and customs duty.

The official said that since the GST rates are decided by a GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister and comprising of representatives of all states, the Budget for 2018-19 will not have any tax proposals concerning excise and service tax levies.

Only proposals for changes in direct taxes – both personal income tax and corporate tax, besides customs duty – are likely to be presented in the Budget along with new schemes and programmes of the government.

This will be Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s 5th Budget in a row.

It would also be the last full Budget of the BJP-led NDA government before the 2019 General Elections. As per practice a vote-on-account or approval for essential government spending for a limited period is taken in the election year and a full-fledged budget presented by the new government.

While P Chidambaram had presented the previous UPA government’s vote-on-account in February 2014, Jaitley had presented a full budget in July that year.

The official said the finance ministry will next week issue the Budget circular and start consultations with other ministries from October for Revised Estimates (RE) of expenditure for the current fiscal.

The Budget Circular contains the timelines for submission of information of budget requirements to the Ministry of Finance along with prescribed formats.

The ministries will have to provide the actual money spent in 2016-17 along with the budget estimates and Revised Estimates for current fiscal.

Along with this, they have to give the Budget they are expecting for 2018-19 as well, the official added.

Scrapping a colonial-era tradition of presenting the Budget at the end of February, Jaitley had for the first time presented the annual accounts on February 1, 2017.

With the preponement of Budget, ministries are now allocated their budgeted funds from the start of the financial year beginning April.

This gives government departments more leeway to spend as well as allow companies time to adapt to business and taxation plans.

Previously, when the Budget was presented at the end of February, the three-stage Parliament approval process used to get completed some time in mid-May, weeks ahead of onset of monsoon rains.

This meant government departments would start spending on projects only from August-end or September, after the monsoon season ended.

Besides advancing the presentation date, the Budget scrapped the Plan and non-Plan distinction and merged the Railway Budget with it, ending a nearly century-long practice.
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7th CPC Travelling Allowance – Finmin issued orders on 18.8.2017

7th CPC Travelling Allowance – Finmin issued orders on 18.8.2017

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CTG and Transportation of personal effects on Transfer and Retirement will be regulated as under:

F.No. 19030/1/2017-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, the 18th August, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Travelling Allowance Rules – Implementation of the Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission Consequent upon the issuance of this Departments O.M. of even number dated 13.07.2017 regarding implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC on Travelling Allowance (TA), various references are being received in this Department seeking clarifications regarding admissibility of Composite Transfer Grant (CTG) and TA/Daily Allowance (DA).

2. The matter has been considered in this Department and with the approval of Competent Authority, it has been decided that admissibility of CTG and Transportation of personal effects on Transfer and Retirement will be regulated as under:

i. In case, the employee has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge prior to 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay. If the personal effects have been shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

ii. In case, the employee has been transferred prior to 01.07.2017 and has assumed charge on/after 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at revised scale of pay. As the personal effects would be shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

iii. In case of retirement, if an employee has retired prior to 01.07.2017, the employee will be eligible for CTG at pre-revised scale of pay. If the personal effects have shifted after 01.07.2017, revised rates for transportation of personal effects will be admissible.

Hindi version is attached.

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(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: NFIR

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7th Pay Commission – Finmin: MACP on performance to be reconsidered ?

7th Pay Commission – Finmin: MACP on performance to be reconsidered ?

New Delhi: Good-performing Central government employees will now get MACP if their performance is not upto the mark of “very good”, the Finance Ministry officials told The Sen Times on condition of anonymity.

They has said the government will reconsider the benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation, which was enhanced to “very good” from “good” level for central government employees under the the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) scheme continues to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years of service as before, the officials said as it “accepted” the pay panel’s recommendations.

However “good” benchmark on ACR/APAR (Annual Confidential Report/Annual Performance Appraisal Report) of the employees and officers that will help them now get MACP, they added.

“The government had a wrong idea about MACP. Now, the concepts have become clear to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” they confirmed.

The government implemented the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from August 2016. The central government employees also got arrears from January 2016.

The pay panel had in its report said that performance benchmarks for MACP should be enhanced to “very good” from “good”.

The pay panel also proposed that annual increments not be granted in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or for a regular promotion in the first 20 years of their service.

The government accepted both proposals in June 2016 with basic salary hike but proposal increasing allowances has been accepted on June 28, 2017, which comes into effect from July 1, 2017 without arrears, which made resentment among the central government employees.

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7th Central Pay Commission – Resolution on Allowances, Dated 6th July, 2017

7th Pay Commission Allowances – Finmin issued Resolution

7th Central Pay Commission – Resolution on Allowances, Dated 6th July, 2017

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Expenditure)

RESOLUTION

New Delhi, the 6th July, 2017

No. 11-1/2016-IC.-The Seventh Central Pay Commission (the Commission) was set up by the Government of India vide Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III (A), dated the 28th February, 2014. The period for submission of report by the Commission was extended upto 31st December, 2015 vide Resolution No. 1/1/2013-E.III (A), dated the 8th September, 2015. The Commission, on 19th November, 2015, submitted its Report on the matters covered in its Terms of Reference as specified in the aforesaid Resolution dated the 28th February, 2014.

2. The Government, vide Para 7 of the Resolution No. 1-2/2016- IC, dated 25th July, 2016, decided to refer the allowances (except Dearness Allowance) to the Committee on Allowances (the Committee). It was also decided that till a final decision on allowances is taken based on the recommendations of the Committee, all allowances will continue to be paid at existing rates in existing pay structure, as if the pay had not been revised with effect from 1st day of January, 2016.

3. The said Committee submitted its Report on 27th April, 2017. The Government, after consideration, has decided to accept the recommendations of the Commission on allowances with 34 modifications as specified in Appendix I. The Statement showing the recommendations of the Commission on allowances and the Government’s decision thereon is annexed at Appendix II.

4. Some of the allowances paid to the Indian Navy which are also paid to the Indian Coast Guard at present have not been mentioned in the Report of the Commission. The Government has decided that these allowances which are admissible to the Indian Navy shall also be paid to the Indian Coast Guard at par with the Indian Navy.

5. The rates in respect of 12 running allowances relating to the Ministry of Railways shall be notified by the Ministry of Railways with the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance.

6. The revised rates of allowances shall be admissible with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

ORDER

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

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

R.K.CHATURVEDI,
Jt. Secy.

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7th Pay Commission: Demanding higher allowances is Realistic says Finmin

7th Pay Commission: Demanding higher allowances is “realistic” says Finmin

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New Delhi: The central government employees unions demanding higher allowances, a realistic view of what government can afford, the Finance Ministry sources have confirmed.

Speaking to senior Finance Ministry sources were keen to the demands being met, insisting the work of the ‘Committee on Allowances’ to submit its final report within May, will determine what is doable.

“The government has a lot of pressures on the purses this year and higher allowances obviously is a key one. Demands are reasonable and realistic. But the government will not be held hostage,” said one senior source last night.

They told “The issue of higher allowances is currently under consideration by the ‘Committee on Allowances’.

In line with their mandate, the committee will produce a report within May.

This report will form the basis of negotiations with the central government employees unions. Any higher allowance settlement emitting from these negotiations must be affordable and sustainable.

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, has told cabinet secretary that the higher allowances must be given with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

The committee will have regard to the national finances before accepts NJCA above demand, the source said.

The central government employees unions had threatened to call for nationwide strike in May due to delay in implementation of higher allowances.

In response to this, the sources said, “the government expects the ‘Committee on Allowances’ to report by May or even before then. They are going to be very difficult discussions and negotiations.”

The ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was formed in July last year for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 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 Arun Jaitley extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017 but committee has not yet submitted its report.

The central government employees got theirs arrears of basic pay arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries. The hike in basic pay has been made effective from January 1, 2016 but they are still awaiting for the higher allowances.

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

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Finmin: Employees to get higher allowances with retrospective effect 7th Pay Commission

Finmin: Employees to get higher allowances with retrospective effect 7th Pay Commission

New Delhi: A finance ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, today said that the Central government employees will get the higher allowances under the 7th pay commission recommendations with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.

Responding to our reporter, the finance ministry official said the central government has to accept to implement the ‘Committee on Allowances’ recommendations without any hartals by the employees’ unions.

In the past, employees unions had to come on roads and go on strike to push for implementation of pay commission, but this time the government has to order the implementation of higher allowances soon as it is their right, he said.

Employees will get the benefits of the higher allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016, the official said, adding that the government is also working on formulating plan for paying arrears on this account.

The finance ministry will formulate roadmap for payment of arrears, he added.

The government in July last year had formed the ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 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 Arun Jaitley extended the deadline for report submission to February 22, 2017.

The ‘Committee on Allowances is yet to submit its report. The committee is now in the process of finalising its report and the government would take a decision after the report is submitted. It may be taken more time to finalise its report.

Accordingly, the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is a centralised union of several central government employees unions, has told cabinet secretary that the higher allowances must be given as arrears from January 2016.

The central government employees and pensioners got theirs arrears of basic pay and pension arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries and pension respectively.

The hike in basic pay and pension has been made effective from January 1, 2016 but the they are still awaiting for the higher allowances.

I have met the Cabinet Secretary on March 28 and have submitted our demands. In which the NJCA have clearly mentioned that whenever there is an implementation of 7th Pay Commission the government has to pay higher allowances effective from January 2016. If the government fails to do so then we will object it in an organised manner, Shiv Gopal Mishra, Convenor, NJCA, said.

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7th Pay Commission: Central gov employees to get higher allowances from April 1, says FinMin

7th Pay Commission: Central employees to get higher allowances from April 1, says FinMin

New Delhi: Central government employees will get higher allowances according to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from April 1, a senior finance ministry official said.

The employees will get their April salaries with higher allowances in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, he told our reporter at the finance ministry on Monday.

Everything is decided. The Cabinet and the prime minister have to approve the Committee on Allowances report. The finance ministry has no reason to raise any question on the report of committee on allowances, he added.

He said the process to implement the higher allowances would be completed soon.

The central government approved the 7th Pay Commission scale for its employees in June, offering a highest basic pay of Rs 2.5 lakh and a minimum of Rs 18,000.

The new basic pay has been given in August 2016 with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016. The allowances, however, other than dearness allowance referred to the Committee on Allowances headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in July 2016, for examination as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

Accordingly, existing allowances are now paid to the employees according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

The Committee on Allowances was initially given a time of four months to submit its report to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

In October last year, Ashok Lavasa was quoted by some media outlets as saying he was ready with the report.

But the government gave extension to the committee up to February 22, 2017 on the pretext of demonetisation and the government said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing higher allowances.

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

The finance ministry official said the Committee on Allowances report states the current House Rent allowance (HRA) slab, which is 30 per cent of basic pay, for metros for employees. An announcement on the same is expected soon but no hike in Transport Allowance (TPTA) for central government employees in its report and the Transport Allowance will remain the same as 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

However, the pay panel had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay for Class X (metros), Y and Z cities, respectively.

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Loans and Advances by the Central Government – Interest rates and other terms and conditions

Loans and Advances by the Central Government – Interest rates and other terms and conditions

F.No.5(3)-B(PD)/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs

New Delhi, the 6th January, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Loans and Advances by the Central Government – Interest rates and other terms and conditions.

Reference this Ministry’s Office Memorandum F.No.5(3)-B(PD)2015 dated 3rd February, 2016 on the captioned subject.

2. The lending rates, categories and conditions prescribed in the aforesaid Office Memorandum have been reviewed. The revised rates of interest,categories and conditions as given in the Table below, would be applicable from 1st April, 2016 and till the time these are reviewed:

TABLE

Category of borrower & type of loan Interest rate per cent per annum
1. State Governments (EAP Loan): 8.00
2. Union Territory Governments (with Legislature):
(i) Loans upto 1 year and EAP loan 8.00
(ii) Other Loans 8.50
3. Industrial and Commercial Undertakings in the Public Sector and Cooperatives: Loans for implemantation of VRS in sick PSUs 10.00

The terms and condition and conditions regarding eligibility of loan would remain the same as that of last year. If any specific request comes in future from any other financial institution/CPSE/Autonomous Body/Cooperative, it would be examined by the Budget Division, DEA on merits of that case.

3. The terms, including interest rate of loans to Foreign Governments may be settled in consultation with Budget Division. Terms for on-lending of funds under externally aided projects should be in accordance with the prescribed pattern. In case, deviation is considered necessary, Budget Division should be consulted.

4. The interest rates prescribed above assume timely repayments and interest payments and hence no further rebate in rates is to be allowed for timely payments.

5. OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

(a) The loan sanctioning authority should meticulously follow the instructions contained in General Financial Rules, 2005 (GFR 2005), particularly, rules framed under Chapter 9 (II-LOANS) of
GFR, 2005, while sanctioning loans to various entities as stipulated therein.
(b) The instructions issued from time to time have been reviewed and are set out in the following paragraphs for facility of reference.

6. STATE GOVERNMENTS

In the case of loans to State Governments, the arrangements for payment of annual instalment of principal and interest will be as under:-
(a) Block loans for State Plan Schemes and other Plan loans for Centrally Sponsored Schemes:- These loans when drawn in instalments, will be consolidated and deemed to have been drawn as on 1st October in each year. The maturity period of the loans sanctioned for State Plans is 20 years, repayments being made in 20 annual equal instalments together with interest on the outstanding balance commencing from the following year, subject to consolidation under the award of Twelfth Finance Commission (TFC).

However, fifty per cent of these loans will enjoy a five year initial grace period, after which repayments of these loans will be effected in 15 annual equal instalments. The amounts annually payable(by way of principal and interest) would be recovered in 10 equal monthly instalments commencing 15th June, subject to debt waiver under the award of TFC.

(b) Other Loans:- The terms of repayment of these loans will be as laid down from time to time.

7. PUBLIC SECTOR PROJECTS

(A) For new installations or expansion of existing institutions:

(a) The terms and conditions of loans should be fixed with reference to the financial picture presented in the approved Project Report. (Once the pattern is settled, there should be no change except with the specific concurrence of this Department for reasons to be stated in writing).(b) The capital requirements of a project should include adequate provisions for interest payment on borrowings during the period of construction (as specified in the Project Report). The interest on loans due during the period of construction will be allowed to be capitalised to the extent of the provisions made for this purpose in the approved Project Report. In other words, while interest on loans advanced to an undertaking during the period of construction will be notionally recovered by allowing its capitalisation, the payment of interest should effectively commence after the construction period is over.

(c) The repayment of principal should ordinarily commence one year after the project commences production, the number of instalments being determined with reference to the financial projections and repaying capacity specified in the Project Report. Requests for further moratorium will be considered only in exceptional cases where the Project Report has specified any special circumstances that may necessitate a longer period of moratorium and has indicated clearly what staggering of repayment would be needed over the necessary break period. The period of loans sanctioned against capitalised interest during the period of construction may also be on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to loans provided for financing the project costs.

(d) A suitable period of moratorium subject to a maximum of five years from the date of drawal of the loans may be allowed for the repayment of instalments of principal, having regard to the nature of the project, the stage of construction etc. The period of moratorium should not, however, extend in any case, beyond two years from the date of project going into production, or in the case of programmes of expansion, beyond two years from the date of expanded project coming into operation.

(B) For meeting working capital requirements: The undertakings are expected to obtain their cash credit requirements from the State Bank of India/Nationalised Banks by hypothecating their current assets (such as stock of stores, raw materials, finished goods, work in progress, etc.) and where the entire working capital requirements cannot be raised in this manner by seeking a guarantee from Government. Accordingly, requests from Public Sector Undertakings for funds for meeting working capital requirements should be considered only to the extent the same cannot be had from the State Bank of India/Nationalised Banks.

8. GENERAL

REPAYMENT PERIOD

(A) (i) The period for repayment of loans for all parties other than State Governments should be fixed with due regard to the purpose for which they are advanced and it should be restricted to the minimum possible. Normally, no loan should be granted for a period exceeding 10 years. Where a longer period for repayment is sought, prior concurrence of the Budget Division in this Department will be necessary for fixing the period.
(ii) The repayment of a loan should normally commence from the first anniversary date of its drawal or on expiry of the period of moratorium, as the case may be. The recovery should ordinarily be effected in annual equal instalments of principal.
(iii) The period of repayment of working capital loans should preferably be restricted to two or three years. In no case, however, the period of these loans should exceed 5 years.

(B) Moratorium:

Subject to exceptions made in respect of pubic sector projects, a suitable period of moratorium towards repayment might be agreed to in individual cases having regard to the project for which the loans are to be utilised. However, no moratorium should ordinarily be allowed in respect of interest payment on loans. Ministries/Departments may with the approval of their Financial Advisers allow moratorium on repayment of principal wherever considered necessary upto a maximum period of 2 years.

(C) (i) Repayment before due date:

Any instalment paid before its due date may be taken entirely towards the principal provided it is accompanied by payment towards interest due upto date of actual payment of instalment; if not, the amount of the instalment will first be adjusted towards the interest due for the preceding and current periods and the balance, if any, will alone be applied towards the principal. Where the payment of the instalment is in advance of the due date by 14 days or less, interest for the full period (half year or full year as the case may be) will be payable. If any State Government repays an instalment of a loan which is consolidated as on 1st October, in advance of the due date by more than 14 days the interest.

(ii) Pre-payment premium: Prepayment premium of 0.25% on the loans with residual maturity of less than 10 years and 0.50% for the loans with residual maturity of 10 years and above, shall be charged. The provision does not apply to the loans to State/UT Governments.

(D) Penalty Clause:

The loan sanctions/agreements should invariably include a penalty clause providing for levy of a penal rate of interest in the event of default in repayment of instalment(s) of principal and/or interest. The penal rate of interest should not be less than 2.50% above the normal rate of interest at which a loan is sanctioned.

(E) Defaults in repayment/interest payment:

(i) In the event of a default in repayment of loan/interest payment, the recovery of interest at penal rate may not be waived unless there are special reasons justifying a waiver. However, a decision in this regard will be taken by the Ministry of Finance (Budget Division) on the advise of Financial Adviser. Even in such cases, a minimum of 0.25% should be recovered from the defaulting party as penalty.

(ii) The penal rate of interest is chargeable on the overdue instalments of principal and/or interest from the due date of their payment to the date preceding the date of actual payment.

(iii) Whenever a fresh loan is to be sanctioned to a borrower who has earlier defaulted, the loan sanctioning authority must consider the question of recovery of defaulted dues. All releases to Public Sector Undertakings against budgeted outlays should be made only after adjusting the defaults, if any, pertaining to repayment of loans and interest. If for special and exceptional reasons such adjustments are not possible, specific orders of Secretary (Expenditure) should be obtained through Budget Division, before release of fresh loans, in relaxation of extant orders, in conformity
with this Division circular No.F.2 (190)-B(SD)/91, dated 15.10.1991.

(iv) Any defaults should ab-initio serve as a warning signal to the Ministries/ Departments for which curative action has to be taken immediately.

(v) Ministries/Departments need to critically review the financial position of the borrower, including defaulting CPSUs and wherever possible, should take immediate action to recover the money due to the Government.

(vi) In the case of defaulting CPSUs, there has to be a clear road map for restructuring of these CPSUs, as prolonged approval results in burgeoning of defaults.

(vii)Ministries/Departments are to ensure that these defaults do not become fiscally unsustainable.

(viii) Wherever Ministries/Departments are considering restructuring of a CPSU, it must be ensured that besides equity infusion, funds mobilisation, rescheduling of loans/interest payments, write off of dues, etc. should be formulated holistically. However, no request for waiver/postponement of instalments on any ground whatsoever will be accepted, except in cases of companies referred to BIFR or in respect of those companies which have incurred cash losses for last three years, in conformity with this Division circular No.F.2(165)-B(SD)/94, dated 06.10.1994.

(F) Requests for modification of terms of loans:

(i) Borrowers are required to adhere strictly to the terms settled for loans made to them and modifications of these terms in their favour can be made subsequently only for very special reasons. Requests for modification of terms may relate to increase in the period of a loan or of initial moratorium period towards repayment, or waiver of penal interest or reduction in or waiver of normal rate of interest. The procedure of dealing with requests for waiver of penal interest has already been dealt with in paragraph 8. Cases involving other modifications in repayment terms should be considered in consultation with the Budget Division in this Ministry. In referring such cases, the impact of the modifications on the estimates of repayment/interest which have gone into the Budget and Government’s resources position should be succinctly brought out by the administrative Ministry.

(ii) In examining proposals for modification of the period of the loan, the interest rate at which the loan was sanctioned should also be reviewed. In the case of a loan of which repayment has already commenced the revised rate of interest should be applied ab initio only to the residuary portion of the loan outstanding on the date of extension of its period.

(iii) Requests for waiver of recovery of normal interest (either for a specified period or for the entire period) on a loan which originally sanctioned at normal rate of interest, will attract the provisions of Rule 223 (1) of G.F.R.2005 and should be dealt with accordingly.

(G) Loans sanctioned at concessional rates:

(i) In cases where loans are to be sanctioned at a concessional rate, the instructions contained in Rule 223 (1) of G.F.R.2005 have to be observed. In such cases, payment of subsidy (to cover the concession viz. difference between normal rate and concessional rate) should be made conditional upon prompt repayment of principal and payment of interest thereon by the borrower.

(ii) In cases where loans are sanctioned interest free (e.g. loans to technical educational institutions for construction of hostels) prompt repayment should be made a condition for the grant of interest free loans. That is to say, the sanction letter in such cases should provide that in the event of any default in repayment, interest at rates prescribed by Government from time to time will be chargeable on the loans.

(iii) Similarly, in the case of interest free loans to departmental canteens where subsidy is also provided to meet running expenses, the sanction letter should stipulate that in the event of any default in repayment, the defaulted dues would be recovered out of the subsidy payable.

(H) Miscellaneous: A standard form prescribed for issue of loan sanctions (Appendix-I) should ordinarily be followed.

(i) The date of drawal of a loan by the borrower will be date on which he received cash, cheque or bank draft from the Drawing and Disbursing Officer. It should be ensured that the time lag between the date of obtaining the cash/cheque/bank draft and its disbursement/delivery/despatch to the payee is reduced to the minimum. Where the cheque or bank draft is sent through post, the date of posting should be treated as the date of disbursement of the loan. The Drawing and Disbursing Officer should invariably intimate the date of payment to his Accounts Office to enable the latter to make a suitable note in his records.

(ii) In the case of loans sanctioned to parties other than State and Union Territory and Foreign Governments and Government Servants, the borrower should tender the amounts due on or before the due date, at the New Delhi Office/Main Office of the public sector bank accredited to the Ministry/ Department which sanctions the loan, in cash or by cheque or draft drawn on any scheduled bank in Delhi/New Delhi in favour of the said PSB Branch. The payment should be accompanied by a memorandum or challan in duplicate indicating (a) name of the loan sanctioning Ministry/Department; (b) No. and date of the loan sanction letter and the loan amount sanctioned; (c) amount due for payment separately for interest and principal and the head(s) of account to which the dues are to be credited in the Government Accounts; and (d) due date of payment. The borrower should be asked to tender separate chequ Outstation loanees are required to arrange the dues through their bank ensuring that the memorandum/challan and the cheque/draft reaches the aforesaid PSB Branch in New Delhi by the due date.

(iii) Ministries/Departments are required to keep close watch on timely repayments of loans advanced by them and recovery of interest thereon. Rule 220 (1) (viii) of G.F.R. 2005 provides for a notice to be given to the borrowers a month in advance of the due date of payment of instalment of the principal and/or interest thereon. Such notices may be sent in the form given in Appendix II. The borrower should not however be given any advantage in the event of non-receipt of such a notice. Repayments/interest payments due from the loanees should also be reviewed at least quarterly, and where any default has occurred, a fresh notice should be served on the borrower to arrange payment with penal/higher rate of interest in the form set out in Appendix III.

(iv) Individual cases relating to terms and conditions of loans need not be referred to the Department of Economic Affairs (Budget Division) unless it is proposed to deviate from those laid down in this Office Memorandum.

This issues with the approval of Finance Minister.

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(Vyasan R)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)

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Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes

Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes

F.No.1/04/2016-NS.II
Government Of India
Ministry Of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: December 30, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 16th February,2016, vide which the various decisions taken by the Government regarding interest fixation for small savings schemes were communicated to all concerned.

2. On the basis of the decision of the Government interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on quarterly basis. Accordingly, the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the fourth quarter of financial year 2016-17 starting on 1st January, 2017 and ending on 31st March 2017 on the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in the schemes, shall be as under:

Instrument Rate of interest w.e.f. 01.10.2016 to 31.12.2016 Rate of interest w.e.f. 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017 Compounding frequency*
Savings Deposit 4.0 4.0 Annually
1 Year Time Deposit 7.0 7.0 Quarterly
2 Year Time Deposit 7.1 7.1 Quarterly
3 Year Time Deposit 7.3 7.3 Quarterly
5 Year Time Deposit 7.8 7.8 Quarterly
5 Year Recurring Deposit 7.3 7.3 Quarterly
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme 8.5 8.5 Quarterly and paid
5 Year Monthly Income Account Scheme 7.7 7.7 Monthly and Paid
5 Year National Savings Certificate 8.0 8.0 Annually
Public Provident Fund Scheme 8.0 8.0 Annually
Kisan Vikas Patra 7.7 (will mature in 112 months) 7.7 (will mature in 112 months) Annually
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme 8.5 8.5 Annually

* No Change

3. This has the approval of Finance Minister.

(Vyasan R)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
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FinMin invites comments on Watal panel report on digital payment

FinMin invites comments on Watal panel report on digital payment

New Delhi: Finance Ministry today invited comments from stakeholders on the Watal committee report on promoting digital payments, which has suggested a separate regulator to deal with issues concerning payment, among others.

The report of the committee, which was set up last August under the chairmanship of Ratan Watal, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog, to review medium term measures necessary to promote digital payment, was made public yesterday.

“Comments/suggestions from the members of public are requested within 15 days of hosting the Report on the website of the Ministry of Finance. Decision on the Report will be taken after considering the comments/suggestions received on the Report,” an official statement said.

Stating that the overall objective of the government’s digital initiative is to halve the cash to GDP ratio to 6 per cent over the next three years, the report suggested a host of fiscal incentives to promote digital transactions.

It suggested withdrawal of all charges levied by government departments and utilities on digital payments and making it mandatory for government departments and agencies to provide option to consumers to pay digitally.

Besides, there should be incentives for consumers to make payments (including payment of fines and penalties) to government electronically by giving a discount or cash back and enable consumers to make payments (including taxes) to government through suitable digital means like cards and wallets.

The report also suggested putting a special emphasis on digital payments for recurring low value transactions and reducing custom duties on payments acceptance equipment.

On making regulation of payments independent from the function of central banking, it said the panel weighed two options on how best this could be implemented.

The first was to create a new payments regulator and the other, to make the current Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems (BPSS) within RBI more independent.

The committee also suggested instituting awards to promote digital transaction.

Following submission of the report on December 9, most of the recommendations have already been implemented by the government in its effort to make India a less-cash economy.

“Feedback/comments on the said Report may be sent to the Coin and Currency Division of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, at currency-dea@gov.In,” the statement added.

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7th Pay Commission: Finmin gets 2 months more to issue higher allowances notification

7th Pay Commission: Finmin gets 2 months more to issue higher allowances notification

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has got 2 months extension to issue the higher allowances notification under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, a Finance Ministry official said on Monday on condition of anonymity.

“The October-November month is the scheduled for issuing notification for the Finance Ministry, but the time was extended by 2 months because the cash crunch on account of demonetisation, which is taking time to get normality.

Therefor,unless the banks can begin to function with a modicum of efficiency, the government will not issue notification on higher allowances to save demonetisation chaos,” the official said.

He further said “the issue of increased financial activities after demonetisation compels the government to keep in abeyance to issue higher allowances notification for getting normalized the position and it is likely to issue from January next, after the the cash crunch will ease.

However the government wants to issue the higher allowances notification speedily in a time bound manner.”

The committee on allowances head Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said in October, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.”

The government constituted the committee on allowances in June headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances, other than dearness allowance.

“The committee has been asked to submit its report within four months and it was ready to submit its report in advance but the government intends to accept the report after December 30, deadline for depositing demonetised notes,” the official said.

Existing allowances are now being paid to the central government employees according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

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FinMin asks banks to hire retired staff to deal with cash rush

FinMin asks banks to hire retired staff to deal with cash rush

New Delhi: The finance ministry today asked banks to consider engaging retired employees to deal with the unprecedented rush for exchange of invalid currency notes and ease pressure on existing staff.

In a letter written to Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), the financial services department of the finance ministry said it should look into issues, particularly employment of retired bank staff and payment of remuneration and instruct the banks suitably at the earliest.

“In the event of extra business hours implemented to cope up with the situation, banks may require to make deployment plan of staff on shift basis so that the same person does not work for continuous long hours,” it said.

Praising commendable work done by the banking fraternity, it said banks may plan and support the officers and employees working in late hours, particularly the safety and security of women employees, with arrangements for food and conveyance.

Additional infrastructure like more terminals, separate arrangement for cash, exchange and dispensation may be implemented and services of retired persons may also be taken so that the pressure of existing staff may ease and a larger customer base is satisfied, it said.

Many employee unions have made representation to the finance ministry and IBA presented the multiple problems being faced by employees and officers on account of implementation of the demonetisation scheme.

“We are happy that the government has addressed some of the issues raised by us,” All India Bank Employees’ Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said in a statement.

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FinMin warns tax officials of action against GST protest

FinMin warns tax officials of action against GST protest

 

New Delhi: In the run-up to GST rollout, the finance ministry has warned tax officials of disciplinary action if they go ahead with planned protests, including taking mass casual leave, on the budget day.

The All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers is opposed to any assessee of excise and service tax being moved to states in the new GST regime and has given notice for protest that includes lunch hour dharnas and mass casual leave on the budget day.

The revenue department on October 10 issued an order asking officials not to go on any protest and cited service rules that bar such action.

“GST is a major tax reform. All decisions will be taken by the GST Council, keeping in mind the interest of all concerned – the tax payer and officers. Against this background, you are advised to refrain from proposed course of action,” it said.

The order cited service rules that do not permit participation in demonstrations and strikes.

The service rules attached with the order stated that “disciplinary action should be taken against the prominent participants in the ‘gherao’ by striking officers, and absence from work on account of participation in such a protest should be treated as “unauthorised absence involving break in service”.

“The absence should not be regularised as leave of any kind,” the service rules said.

Rule 7 cited in the order states that no government service shall “engage himself or participate in any demonstration which is prejudicial to the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state…”

The association plans to hold lunch hour dharnas on November 9, wearing black badge in office on December 7, day-long protest on January 5 and mass casual leave on budget day by all officers.

In its memorandum to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the association said the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and its officers and employees have experience and expertise of more than 70 years in handling excise and service tax “which is missing with state officers”.

It wanted that “none of the assessees of central excise (to be levied CGST on supply of goods) and service tax (to be levied CGST on supply of services) should be transfered to states for the purpose of levy and collection of CGST by the officers of states”.

“All central excise and service tax assessees falling above the annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh should necessarily be controlled by the Centre and its officers only. No need to say we require a strong and powerful Centre in our federal system,” it added.

It wants CBEC and its officers only to collect C-GST and I-GST. “State government officials should be allowed to collect only SGST on intra-state supply of goods and services,” the body proposed.

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7th CPC Pay Fixation and Grant of Increment in revised pay structure: Finmin Clarification

7th CPC Pay Fixation and Grant of Increment in revised pay structure : Finmin issued clarification orders on 29.9.2016

Fixation of pay and grant of increment in the revised pay structure : clarifications : regarding.

No.1-6/2016-IC(Pt.)
Government of India
Department of Expenditure
Implementation Cell

Room No.214, The Ashok, New Delhi
Dated the 29th September, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Fixation of pay and grant of increment in the revised pay structure : clarifications : regarding.

Following the notification of Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2015, this Department has received references seeking clarifications regarding various aspects of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure as also pay fixation and grant of increment in future under revised pay structure. The matter has been considered in this Department and the points of doubts are clarified as under:

1. Point of doubt: As per the provisions of FR22 (l) (a) (1), the Government servants (other than those appointed on deputation to ex-cadre post or ad hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis) have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion/ appointment or from the date of next increment.

Some of the employees, promoted between 01.01.2016 and the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 had opted for their pay fixation on promotion/financial up-gradation under MACPS from the date of their next increment in the lower grade. Consequent upon notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 i.e. 25th July, 2016, the option submitted by such employees has now turned out to be disadvantageous. Whether such employee may be allowed to revise their option under FR 22 at this stage.

Clarification: Under the changed circumstances after notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016, the employee may be allowed to exercise revised option for fixation of pay under FR22(l)(a)(1), Such revised option shall be exercised within one month of issue of this 0M. Option so revised, shall be final.

2. Point of doubt: Whether employees appointed/promoted/ during granted financial up-gradation 02.01.2015 and 01.07.2015 will be entitled to grant of one increment on 01.01.2016,.

Clarification: Since the provisions of CCS  (RP)Rules, 2016 are effective  from 01.01.2016, no increment shall be allowed on 01.01.2016 at the time of fixation of pay in the revised pay structure.

 

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(R.K.Chaturvedi)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

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FinMin issues instructions for Budget 2017-18

FinMin issues instructions for Budget 2017-18

 

New Delhi: With Centre deciding to advance Budget 2017-18 presentation by about a month, the Finance Ministry has come out with comprehensive instructions for different ministries for completion of the exercise.

The instructions were issued following the Cabinet decision to merge rail and general budgets, do away with distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure, and advance date of budget presentation with a view to complete the entire exercise before March 31, the fiscal year end.

“Several structural reforms being undertaken this year, including, removal of distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure, advancement of budget presentation by about an month and merger of demands of Railways.

“Due to these changes, the timelines and informational requirements from the Ministries have also changed. These have been duly incorporated in the Budget Circular,” said the circular.

It also contains the compendium of instructions issued from time to time by Ministry of Finance on various issues.

FinMin issues instructions for Budget 2017 to 18

 

The RE (Revised Estimate) meetings of ministries/ departments will be scheduled from October 17.

The annual exercise of budgeting aims at detailing the roadmap for efficient use of public resources taking into account the socio-economic and political priorities. Budgeting involves determination of what is to be done and achieved, the manner in which it is to be done and the resources required for the same.

With government deciding to do away with the Five year Plans post 12th Plan ending 2016-17, the Finance Ministry will carry out resource estimation for funding of various Central schemes and programmes as well as central funding for the State/UT schemes/programmes.

The ministry will be guided by the vision document being prepared by the NITI Aayog, as this will help in setting out the resource priorities of the government.

It has also asked the ministries to come up with multi-year projections of budgetary resources.

“This will need to follow the resource estimation of tax, non-tax and other receipts of the Centre for the budget year and the projection period in the medium term as per the FRBM Act,” the circular said.
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FinMin seeks status report on pay revision talks from public sector banks

FinMin seeks status report on pay revision talks from public sector banks

New Delhi: Keen to close pay negotiations in public sector banks by November 1, 2017, the Finance Ministry has asked the lenders to present status report on salary hike talks with their employee unions.

The chief executives of PSBs have been asked to intimate the ministry about “the present status/action taken by them so as to conclude the negotiations/next wage settlement by the effective date i.e November 1, 2017 positively”.

In January, the PSBs were asked to initiate the process of negotiations with the employees and conclude it prior to the effective date of November 1, 2017.

The communication to PSBs regarding wages comes in the backdrop of banks union threatening to join the strike called by trade unions on September 2 to protest against what they call anti-people policies of the government.

The wage revision of public sector bank employees has been due since November 2012. In the last wage negotiation between PSU banks employee unions and bank management, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) had settled at 15 per cent hike.

There are 27 public sector banks in the country with a combined employee strength of about eight lakh. There are about 50,000 branches of these banks across the country.

Recently, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had said all public sector banks tend to over-pay at the bottom but under-pay their top executives, even as he rued, albeit jokingly, himself being “under-paid”.

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FinMin sets up panel to suggest steps to promote card payments

FinMin sets up panel to suggest steps to promote card payments

 

New Delhi: With an aim to discourage cash transactions, the Finance Ministry has set up a high-level committee to suggest steps to promote card payments through incentives like tax rebates and cash back schemes.

The 11-member committee, headed by former Finance Secretary Ratan P Watal, will recommend various measures to “incentivise transactions through cards and digital means, e.G., through tax rebates/incentives, introduction of cash back/lottery,” the ministry said.

The panel, which will review the payments system in the country and recommend measures for encouraging digital payments, has been set up following a decision taken by the Cabinet in February.

It will also study feasibility of creating a payments history of all card/digital payments and ensure that merchants/consumers can leverage the data to access “instant, low cost micro-credit” through digital means and create necessary linkage between the payment history and credit information.

The panel will also study and recommend need for changes, if any, in the regulatory mechanism under various laws, relevant for the purpose of promotion of payments by digital modes.

“To study and recommend ways for leveraging Unique Identification Number or any other proof of identity for authentication of card/digital transactions and setting up of a centralised KYC Registry” is another key task given to it.

The committee will study introduction of single window system of payment gateway to accept all types of cards/digital payments of government receipts and enable settlements via NPCI or other agencies within specified timelines.

Another task assigned to the panel is to identify regulatory bottlenecks and suggest changes.

It will also look into the scope of integration of all government systems like Public Finance Management System, PayGov, Bharatkosh and eKuber.

The Union Cabinet in February had approved withdrawal of surcharge, service charge and convenience fee on card and digital payments.

It also approved mandating payments beyond a prescribed threshold only through a card or digital mode.

The panel has been asked to submit its report in one year.

The Watal panel will also study global best practices in payments and identify possible market failures, along with suitable interventions.

The committee members include former RBI Deputy Governor H R Khan, Chairman of Indian Banks Association, President of Nasscom and CBDT Chairperson.

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Finance Ministry to review domestic black money window

Finmin to review domestic black money window

New Delhi: With the first month nearing completion, the Finance Ministry will hold a high-level meeting to review the ambitious one-time compliance window that has been announced by the government to declare domestic black money.

The review meeting, scheduled later this week, will be chaired by Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia with CBDT members and they will be talking to all the nodal Principal Commissioners of Income Tax department of the scheme in the country, and officials said the “strategies” and action points for the successful implementation of the window called the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) will be discussed.

They said some other issues related to human resource management of the department will also be discussed in the same meeting.

The IDS was opened by the government on June 1 and will be in force till September 30.

Due taxes have to be paid by November 30 by the declarants.

Under the compliance window, income as declared by the eligible persons, would be taxed at the rate of 45 per cent which is 30 per cent plus a ‘Krishi Kalyan Cess’ of 25 per cent on the taxes payable and a penalty at the rate of 25 per cent of the taxes payable on the income declared.

The scheme was announced by the government with an aim to squeeze out black money from the domestic economy.

The government had come out with a similar scheme for Indians holding undisclosed income abroad last year.

The current scheme will apply to undisclosed income, in the form of investment in assets or otherwise, pertaining to Financial Year 2015-16 or earlier.

The declarations under the IDS can either be made online on the official e-filing website of the IT department or before the various regional principal commissioners.

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Finmin reject claims of inflation due to 7th Pay Commission award

Finmin reject claims of inflation due to 7th Pay Commission award

 

A salary hike is likely proposed by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, which has been constituted to look into the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for cabinet nod, will not fuel inflation, says Finance Ministry top officials.

 

“The implementation of these recommendations will not affect inflation. The recommended pay scale has been hiked in line with the increasing size of the budget of government of India,” they told our reporter.

The 13-member body of Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, who is processing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission decided to hand over soon its possible proposal to the the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for cabinet nod. It is likely to propose a substantial pay hike which could be up to 30 per cent or even more, said officials.

 

the 7th Pay Commission had recommended a minimum monthly basic salary of Rs. 18,000 and maximum Rs. 2,50,000. A 30 percent increase would translate into minimum basic salary of Rs. 23,400 and maximum at Rs. 3,25,000, respectively.

 

However, The Empowered Committee is likely to purpose Rs 2,70,000 as highest basic pay and Rs 24,000 as the lowest, they also likely to recommend for doubling of existing rates of allowances and advances, the officials added.

 

The government in its annual budget has provisioned Rs 70,000 crore to meet the demand for implementation of 7th Pay Commission for central government employees which will take effect from January 1, 2016, while the allowances would be paid from the date of implementation.

 

“Central government employees could get the revised pay and allowances from their August salaries and arrears are to be paid ahead of festive season of Dussehra in one installment,” the officials confirmed.

The Economists fear that the 30 percent salary hike would fuel inflation as the pay commission recommendations will also have a bearing on the salaries of the state government staff.

 

So quite understandably, the government employees are happy as pay increase will enable them to increase their consumption and meet some of their unmet demand.

 

At the same time, there is a widespread fear that the pay commission recommendations are likely to increase inflation which will reduce the purchasing power of money.

 

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan earlier said the 7th Pay Commission recommendations will not upset fiscal maths as additional expenditures will be offset by either surplus revenues or expenditure cuts.

 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier also said hat he was not worried about fiscal deficit on implementation of the pay commission’s recommendations. He said that the Pay commission award increase government expenses by Rs 1.02 lakh crore but that would not be a problem.

 

“The government has sufficient resources. Implementing the 7th Pay commission award will not affect inflation.” the official told our reporter.

 

The officials said that apart from hiking pay, the government is also likely to propose some administrative reforms, to be implemented in phases.

 

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Loans and Advances by the Central Government – Interest rates and other terms and conditions.

MOST IMMEDIATE

F.No.5(3)-B(PD)/2015
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs

New Delhi, the 3rd February, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Loans and Advances by the Central Government – Interest rates and other terms and conditions.
Reference this Ministry’s Office Memorandum F.No.5(3)-B(PD)2014 dated 29th December, 2014 on the captioned subject.
2. The lending rates, categories and conditions prescribed in the
aforesaid Office Memorandum have been reviewed. The revised rates of interest, categories and conditions as given in the Table below, would be applicable from 1st April, 2015 and till the time these are reviewed:

S.No Category of borrower & type of loan Interest rate per cent per annum
1. State Governments:* 8.50
2. Union Territory Governments (with Legislature):
(i) Loans upto 1 year and EAP loan 8.50
(ii) Other Loans 9.00
3. Industrial and Commercial Undertakings in the Public Sector and Cooperatives.
(i) Investment loans # -
(ii) Working Capital loans and loans to meet Cash losses # -
(iii) Loans for implemantation of VRS in sick PSUs 10.00
4. Financial institutions in the Public Sector, Port Trusts, KVIC, NHAI, Municipal Corporation of Delhi,Commodity Boards, Social Service Institutions, Individuals, etc. @
5. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) 9.50

* Loans to State Government would be under EAP loans only. For Ways & Means loans, State Govts. have access to RBI window. In case any State has any specific contingent requirement, the proposal would be considered on case specific basis by Budget Division.
# The window of investment and working capital loan to CPSUs from Government of India in general, is hereby closed. CPSUs, in general, are hardly having debt and hence should raise debt from market or from banks. Only if CPSU is justified as significant from ‘Strategic’/ ‘Security’ angle, banks refuse loan to it and it has no real assets including land, to monetise, would loan be extended to it at 11% with the prior approval of Budget Division. However, wherever Investment and Working Capital loan has already been extended to CPSUs in 2015-16, the rate of interest would be at 11.50% and 13.50% respectively.
@The window pertaining to loans to Financial Institutions in the Public Sector, Port Trusts, KVIC, NHAI, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, National Co-operative Development Corporation (NCDC), Commodity Boards, Social Service Institutions, Individuals etc. in general, is hereby closed seeing the offtake under this in last 3 financial years. However, if a specific case still comes in future, it
would be examined by the Budget Division, DEA on merits of that case.

3. The terms, including interest rate of loans to Foreign Governments may be settled in consultation with Budget Division. Terms for on-lending of funds under externally aided projects should be in accordance with the prescribed pattern. In case, deviation is considered necessary, Budget Division should be consulted.

4. The interest rates prescribed above assume timely repayments and interest payments and hence no further rebate in rates is to be allowed for timely payments.

5. OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

(a) The loan sanctioning authority should meticulously follow the instructions contained in General Financial Rules, 2005 (GFR 2005), particularly, rules framed under Chapter 9 (II-LOANS) of GFR, 2005, while sanctioning loans to various entities as stipulated therein.

(b) The instructions issued from time to time have been reviewed and are set out in the following paragraphs for facility of reference.

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