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Queries in Amendment of LTC Scheme

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Queries in Amendment of LTC Scheme

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL AND TRAINING)

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3491
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 02.01.2019)

AMENDMENT IN LTC SCHEME

3491. SHRI P. NAGARAJAN:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Union Government has any proposal to amend/revise the existing rules and regulations to visit tourist destinations under LTC scheme for the Central Government employees;

(b) if so, the details thereof ;

(c) whether the Union Government has also any proposal to grant at least 15% of the total LTC fare amount to partly defray the expenses spent for accommodation and local transport arrangements while availing ‘All India Tour’ to the eligible Central Government employees;

(d) if so, the details thereof ; and

(e) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER  OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY  OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES

AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) No Madam.

(b) Not applicable in view of (a) above.

(c) to (e): No Madam. There is no such proposal at present.

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98.38 Lakh Employees benefitted through PMRPY

Ministry of Labour & Employment
98.38 Lakh Employees benefitted through PMRPY

07 JAN 2019

Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) was launched on 9th August, 2016 with the objective to incentivise employers for creation of employment. Under the scheme, Government of India is paying Employer’s full contribution i.e. 12% towards EPF and EPS both (as admissible from time to time) w.e.f. 01.04.2018 for a period of three years to the new employees and to the existing beneficiaries for their remaining period of three years through EPFO.  The terminal date for registration of beneficiary through establishment is 31st March, 2019.The scheme is targeted for employees earning upto Rs. 15,000 per month. This scheme has a dual benefit, where, on the one hand, the employer is incentivised for increasing the employment base of workers in the establishment, and on the other hand, these workers will have access to social security benefits of the organized sector. Number of Employees and Establishments benefitted as on 31.12.2018 is 98.38 lakh and 1.21 lakh respectively. State-wise employees, establishment benefited and amount of subsidy disbursed is at Annexure.

Annexure

Details from PMRPY Portal from inception till 31-Dec- 2018

State No. Of Establishment Benefited During Period 01-Apr-2016 to 31-Dec-2018 No. Of Employees Benefited During Period 01-Apr-2016 to 31-Dec-2018 Subsidy Amount Disbursed During Period 01-Apr-2016 to 31-Dec-2018
ANDHRA PRADESH 8646 780535 2422534115
ASSAM 365 8258 27780925
BIHAR 737 105355 474851209
CHANDIGARH 3612 155769 548215125
CHHATTISGARH 2473 102987 359170624
DELHI 5570 628772 2137927962
GOA 352 15343 42488134
GUJARAT 11763 857175 2748520825
HARYANA 7067 823757 2633467270
HIMACHAL PRADESH 2565 110997 340391679
JHARKHAND 1110 46635 133283018
KARNATAKA 7853 963140 3471298051
KERALA 3567 165120 892195708
MADHYA PRADESH 4548 282474 1040402671
MAHARASHTRA 14193 1746468 5470612241
ODISHA 2169 110975 358483871
PUNJAB 4760 161869 626154768
RAJASTHAN 7601 376834 1029095730
TAMIL NADU 13527 1177433 3816056107
UTTAR PRADESH 12556 689057 2528746729
UTTARAKHAND 2491 243977 642416319
WEST BENGAL 3825 285416 787598144
121350 9838346 32531691225

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

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PIB: Promotion of Sports

PIB: Promotion of Sports

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Promotion of Sports

03 JAN 2019

‘Sports’ is a State subject and promotion of sports in the country, including promotion of Sports among rural youth and promotion of rural sports in rural areas is primarily the responsibility of the State Government concerned. The Central Government complements/supplements the efforts of the State Governments and the National Sports Federations (NSFs).

Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is running several sports promotional schemes across the country to identify talented sports persons in the age group of 8-25 years and nurture them to excel at national and international competitions. Many of the sports persons identified under SAI Sports Promotional Schemes belong to the rural, tribal, backward, coastal and inaccessible hilly areas of the country and are provided with training facilities in the form of expert sports coaches, requisite playing facilities, boarding & lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical/insurance and stipend as per the approved norms.

The Khelo India Scheme implemented by this Ministry provides for promotion of sports in the entire population including among youth of rural & hilly areas. Also, the scheme has a dedicated vertical, viz., Promotion of rural and indigenous/tribal games which provides for financial assistance to NSFs / Non Government Organizations (NGOs) etc. for promotion of sports in the country including rural and hilly areas. Under this vertical various NSFs have been provided financial assistance to hold competitions in various parts of the country including those in rural areas. During 2018, a total number of 36 such competitions / exhibition events had been held. It is a demand driven scheme and State/UT-wise allocation is not made.

Government jobs are provided to the medal winners as per the orders of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).

Meritorious sportspersons are recruited by various Ministries / Departments / Public Sector Undertakings / autonomous organizations under Government of India in accordance with the prevailing rules on the subject. This Ministry does not maintain any statistics on the number of sportspersons so recruited.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

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Defence: Modernisation of Armed Forces – Lok Sabha

Ministry of Defence

Modernisation of Armed Forces

02 JAN 2019

Budget Estimates, Revised Estimates, Modified Appropriation and Actual Expenditure incurred under Capital Acquisition (Modernisation) Head under Defence Services Estimates (DSE) for the last five years and the current year are tabulated below:-

(Rs. in crore)

Year Budget Estimates Revised Estimates Modified Appropriation Expenditure
2013-14 73,444.59 66,406.41 66,201.92 66,850.30
2014-15 75,148.03 66,151.73 65,706.04 65,862.38
2015-16 77,406.69 65,400.00 61,699.39 62,235.54
2016-17# 69,898.51 62,619.36 64,853.86 69,280.16
2017-18* 69,473.41 68,965.24 68,980.89 72,732.20
2018-19 74,115.99 Not yet finalised. Not yet finalised. 54,230.94@

(# figure excludes MF, ECHS, DGQA, NCC, RR, DGOF and R&D)

(* figure excludes MF and ECHS)

(@Expenditure in r/o Financial Year 2018-19 is upto November, 2018)

The Final Appropriation has been fully and optimally utilized during the said period. Internal Audit and External Audit of the allocated amount is carried out by CGDA and C&AG respectively.

In May 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 26% both subject to licensing.  Further, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry has notified revised FDI policy under which FDI is allowed under automatic route upto 49% and beyond 49% through Government route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded.

During the last three years and current year (upto October, 2018) out of total 188 contracts, 121 contracts have been signed with Indian vendors for procurement of defence equipment for Armed Forces such as Helicopters, Survey vessel, Radar, Ballistic Helmets, Artillery Guns, Simulators, Missiles, Bullet Proof Jackets, Electronic Fuzzes and ammunition.

Government is taking measures for modernization of the Armed Forces, through procurement of new equipment and upgrading of existing equipment and systems. The modernization projects are being progressed as per the approved Capital Acquisition Plans and in terms of the extant Defence Procurement Procedure.

Since the launch of ‘ Make in  India’ in September 2014, several measures have been taken by the Government to promote indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence & aerospace equipment in the country under  ‘Make in India’ by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector.

Government has also promulgated the policy of Strategic Partnership in the Defence Sector which encourages participation of the private sector in manufacture of major defence platforms and equipment in four selected segments viz. Submarines, Fighter Aircraft, Helicopters and Armoured Fighting vehicles / Tanks.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr.Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rameswar Teli and others in Lok Sabha today.

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Non-Practicing allowance of Government Doctors – Loksabha

Non-Practicing allowance of Government Doctors – Loksabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1960
TO BE ANSWERED ON 21sT DECEMBER, 2018

NON-PRACTICING ALLOWANCE OF GOVERNMENT DOCTORS

1960. SHRI MD. BADARUDDOZA KHAN:

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the doctors of Government hospitals are doing private practice despite taking non-practicing allowance, if so, the reaction of the Government thereto indicating the number of the doctors doing private practice across the country including West Bengal;

(b) whether any steps are being taken by the Government to control it, if so, the details thereof; and

(c) if not, the reasons therefor?

 

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY)

(a): Health being a state subject, information pertaining to the doctors doing private practice across the country including West Bengal is not centrally maintained. As per Rule 13 of CHS Rules, 2014, persons appointed to the Central Health Service shall not be allowed private practice of any kind whatsoever including any consultation and laboratory service.

In one case reported from Central Government Health Services(CGHS) Delhi, disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the concerned officer as per rules and procedure of the Government.

(b) & (c): As and when any instance of private practice by a Central Health Service doctor is brought to the notice of this Ministry, appropriate action is taken in the matter as per rules and procedure of the Government.

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National Pension System (NPS) Withdrawal Norms – Government Employees

National Pension System (NPS)

Ministry of Finance
NPS Withdrawal Norms

21 DEC 2018

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has changed the norms for withdrawal of National Pension System (NPS) subscribers. Keeping in view the possibility of sudden financial needs of the subscribers, the requirement of minimum period under National Pension System (NPS) for availing the facility of partial withdrawal from the mandatory Tier-I account of the subscriber has been reduced from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining w.e.f. 10th August, 2017. The minimum gap of 5 years between two partial withdrawals has also been removed w.e.f. 10th August, 2017. A subscriber is eligible for three partial withdrawals during the period of subscription under NPS, each withdrawal not exceeding twenty-five percent of the contributions made by the subscriber and excluding contributions made by the employer. There is, however, no restriction on withdrawals from the Tier-II account of the subscriber.

The extent and purpose for which partial withdrawals from the Tier-I account under NPS are permissible are as under:

Purpose

  • for higher education and marriage of his or her children including a legally adopted child;
  • for the purchase or construction of a residential house or flat in his or her own name or in a joint name with his or her legally wedded spouse. In case, the subscriber already owns either individually or in the joint name a residential house or flat, other than ancestral property, no withdrawal under these regulations shall be permitted;
  • for treatment of specified illnesses: if the subscriber, his legally wedded spouse, children, including a legally adopted child or dependent parents suffer from any specified illness, which shall comprise of hospitalization and treatment in respect of the following diseases:

(a) Cancer;

(b) Kidney Failure (End Stage Renal Failure);

(c) Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension;

(d) Multiple Sclerosis;

(e) Major Organ Transplant

(f) Coronary Artery Bypass Graft;

(g) Aorta Graft Surgery;

(h) Heart Valve Surgery;

(i) Stroke;

(j) Myocardial Infarction;

(k) Coma;

(l) Total blindness;

(m) Paralysis;

(n) Accident of serious/ life threatening nature.

(o) Any other critical illness of a life threatening nature as stipulated in the circulars, guidelines or notifications issued by the Authority from time to time.

  • Towards meeting the expenses by subscriber for skill development/re-skilling or for any other self-development activities.
  • Towards meeting the expenses by subscriber for establishment of own venture or any start-ups.
  • To meet medical & incidental expenses arranging out of disability or incapacitation suffered.

Limits

The subscriber should have been in the National Pension System at least for a period of three years from the date of his or her joining;
The subscriber shall be permitted to withdraw accumulations not exceeding twenty-five per cent of the contributions made by him or her and standing to his or her credit in his or her individual pension account, as on the date of application for withdrawal;

Frequency

The subscriber shall be allowed to make partial withdrawals for a maximum of three times during the entire tenure of subscription under the NPS. There is, however, no minimum time gap now stipulated between two partial withdrawals.

This was stated by Shri Ship Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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New Settlement Rules of SEBI

Ministry of Finance
New Settlement Rules of SEBI

21 DEC 2018

SEBI has introduced the SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 that have been notified on 30.11.2018 and will come into effect from 01.01.2019. On the date of commencement of these Regulations the existing SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 shall stand repealed.

In pursuit of the objectives of SEBI (to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of and to regulate the securities market), as new challenges arise it is important to have a convergence or integration of the quasi-judicial processes within SEBI with the alternate dispute resolution process, to bring forth a more effective harmonized scheme to operate without any conflict and delay. The SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 introduced a mathematical and transparent system of calculating the settlement amount. However over a period of time it was noticed that there was a need for revision due to changes in securities laws, new products and increase in settlement amounts.

SEBI constituted a High Level Committee under the Chairmanship of Retd. Justice A. R. Dave (Supreme Court of India) to examine the SEBI (Settlement of Administrative and Civil Proceedings) Regulations, 2014 and comprehensively re-work the regulations after taking into account developments in domestic and foreign jurisdictions. The SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 provide a more effective mechanism, the essential concomitants of a legal proceeding, without compromising on deterrence or providing equitable remedies to the affected investors.

The Settlement process is an alternative enforcement process that is beneficial to the alleged defaulter, investors and the regulator. Settlement allows the enforcement proceedings to be finalized at the earliest without a long drawn litigation while ensuring that the investors’ rights are protected. The SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 inter alia provide the following:-

  • Disclosure related violations are settled after making the required disclosures;
  • Refund to investors is made wherever required in compliance with securities laws;
  • Investors are provided the required exit or purchase option in compliance with securities laws;

Thus the SEBI (Settlement Proceedings) Regulations, 2018 are likely to make all settlements transactions relating to investors more transparent.

This was stated by Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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No Increase or Decrease the Age of Retirement of Central Government Employees

No Increase or Decrease the Age of Retirement of CG Employees
No Increase or Decrease the Age of Retirement of Central Government Employees – Minister Replied in Parliament on 19th December 2018.

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 19.12.2018, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr.Jitendra Singh said that there is no proposal at present to increase or decrease the age of retirement of Central Government Employees.

He said, there is at present no proposal in that Department for lowering the age of senior citizen. Government employees become entitle to pension on retirement.

No Proposal to increase the Retirement age from 60 to 62 or 65!
and
No Proposal to decrease the Retirement age from 60 to 58 or 55!

In last Parliament session, the Dopt Minister Clarified on Retirement Age 58 or 33 Years of Service on December 16, 2015

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Loksabha – One Rank One Pension (OROP)

Loksabha – One Rank One Pension (OROP)

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEPARTMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE

LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO.122
TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 19TH DECEMBER, 2018

ONE RANK ONE PENSION

122.DR.SHASHI THAROOR:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE
be pleased to state:

(a) whether the Justice Reddy Committee Report on One Rank One Pension (OROP) was submitted on October 26, 2017 and if so, the details thereof;

(b) the specific steps taken by the Government for the implementation of OROP since the submission of the said report;

(c) whether the Government has accepted or proposes to accept the demand for the annual revision of pensions provided to ex-servicemen;

(d) if so, the details thereof; and

(e) if not, the reasons therefor?

A N S W E R
MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SMT. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN)

(a) to (e): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 122 FOR ANSWER ON 19.12.2018

(a) to (e): The Government has implemented One Rank One Pension (OROP) for Defence Forces Personnel with effect from 01.07.2014. As on 30.09.2017, a sum of Rs.10,795.4 crores has been released to 20,60,220 Defence Forces Pensioners / Family Pensioners in four instalments towards the arrears.

The Government appointed One Member Judicial Committee (OMJC) on OROP to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP. The Terms of Reference of the Committee was as under:-

To examine and make recommendations on references received from the Central Government on the following matters:-

(i) Measures for the removal of anomalies that may arise in implementation of the OROP Letter No.12(1)/2014/D(Pen/Pol)/PartII, dated 7.11.2015.

(ii) Measures for the removal of anomalies that may arise out of interservice issues of the three forces due to implementation of OROP order ibid.

(iii) Implications on service matters.

(iv) Any other matter referred by the Central Government on implementation of the OROP or related issues.

In making its recommendations, the Committee shall take into account the financial impact of its recommendations.

The Committee submitted its report on 26.10.2016. An Internal Committee has been constituted by the Government to examine the recommendations of OMJC with respect to feasibility and financial aspects. Terms of reference of the Committee are as under:

(i) To examine and analyse the recommendations of OMJC.
(ii) To examine the feasibility of implementation of recommendations of OMJC.
(iii) To work out financial implications.

The matter is under examination by the Committee.

Source: Lok Sabha

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Central Government Employees: Promotion of Sports?

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Promotion of Sports

20 DEC 2018

There is a proposal under consideration of the Government to bring “Sports” under concurrent List from State List. In this regard, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (Department of Sports) has sought comments from the concerned Ministries/Departments as well as Governments of States/UTs.

The main objective of shifting “Sports” from State List to Concurrent List is to enable the Central Government to provide for a robust comprehensive framework for sports.

All sports promotional schemes of Department of Sports are applicable to whole country irrespective of area and gender. However, some schemes of the Ministry have specific component for increasing the participation of women and youth from tribal areas in sports.

Continuous efforts are made to increase the participation of women and youth from tribal areas in the sports. The participation of number of girls trainees under SAI Schemes have increased from 3530 (2015-16) to 4031 (2016-17) to 4426 (2017-18). Similarly, the number sportspersons of which majority of them come from rural and tribal areas of the country have increased from 11773 (2015-16) to 13684 (2016-17) to 14907 (2017-18) under SAI Schemes.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) forYouth Affairs and Sports Shri Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore Retd in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

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Redresasal of Public Grievances & CPGRAMS

Redresasal of Public Grievances & CPGRAMS

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Redresasal of Public Grievances

19 DEC 2018

As per the data available on the online Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), the year-wise number of grievances received and disposed off during the period from 1.1.2014 to 13.12.2018 in respect of Ministries/Departments of Government of India is as under:

There has been about fivefold increase in the number of grievances received in CPGRAMS from 2014 to 2017.  The rate of disposal has also kept pace with the number of grievances received during the period.  High rate of disposal has been achieved since the Government has taken every possible step to put in place a strong Grievance Redress Mechanism.

Government has taken several steps to make the Grievance Redressal Mechanism effective for quick disposal of public grievances which are as under:

(i)    Review of Grievances of identified Ministry/Department is undertaken every month during meetings conducted on PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) platform.

(ii)   For effective monitoring of grievances at Secretary level, an electronic Dashboard has been created showing the consolidated status of grievances disposed and pending, on CPGRAMS. Weekly reminders through SMS are also being sent for pending grievances.

(iii)  A Grievance Analysis Study in respect of  top 20 grievance receiving Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations listed on CPGRAMS for identifying grievance prone areas, their root cause analysis and suggested systemic reforms for reducing such grievances, has been carried out by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. Several suggested systemic reforms have been implemented by the concerned Ministries/Departments.  Some of these reforms are: automatic refunds on cancellation of Railway Tickets, Single Window Pension through disbursing Banks, intensive mechanized cleaning of coaches, e-verification of Income Tax Returns, expeditious Income Tax Returns upto Rs.50,000/-,  etc.

(iv) In continuation of the Grievance Analysis Study in respect of top 20 Ministries/ Departments receiving maximum grievances on CPGRAMS, another Grievance Analysis Study for next 20 Ministries/ Departments receiving bulk of the grievances has also been carried out by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

(v)    A Public Grievances Call Centre has been set up for reminding the concerned officials of top 40 Ministries/Departments/Organizations for expeditious disposal of grievances pending for more than 2 months.

(vi)   An Award Scheme has been launched for recognising outstanding performance with respect to disposal of grievances on CPGRAMS on a quarterly basis through issue of Certificate of Appreciation.

(vii)  Review meetings are being taken on regular basis with the representatives of Central   Ministries/ Departments for monitoring pendency of public grievances.

(viii) Training on CPGRAMS is conducted on regular basis.

(ix)  A new Mobile App which is more user-friendly for lodging of public grievances has been developed.  The Grievance Action Status can also be viewed on the mobile itself.  This has been integrated with Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG).  This initiative also facilitates lodging of grievance anywhere anytime.

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

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Promotion on Public Rating

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Promotion on Public Rating

19 DEC 2018

The Government has no proposal under consideration to promote the Government officials based on public rating/feedback.

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has informed that an “Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate (DLC)” for pensioners was launched on 10th November, 2014.

Aadhaar is used for authentication of pensioners.  As a result of this facility the pensioner is not required to present himself before his pension disbursing agency or produce other documents that he is alive.

After generation of the DLC, the pension disbursing agencies integrated with the system will get access to the submitted DLC for processing and release of pension there after.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has informed that it has a well-designed, multi-layered robust security system in place to maintain the highest level of data security and integrity in accordance with the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and the Regulations notified under the Act. Some of the security measures include provision of secure channel, implementation of Aadhaar Data Vault, Hardware Security Module, Registered Devices, Virtual ID-UID Token, biometric locking etc.

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

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Lok Sabha: Procedural Impediments of CGHS Beneficiaries

Lok Sabha: Procedural Impediments of CGHS Beneficiaries

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 780
ANSWERED ON: 14.12.2018

Procedural Impediments of CGHS Beneficiaries

JANARDAN SINGH SIGRIWAL

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has made it mandatory for the CGHS beneficiaries who have been referred to CGHS empanelled hospitals, to report back to the concerned wellness centre to endorse investigations advised by the specialists at empanelled hospitals and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the Government has taken note of inconvenience and harassment being faced by CGHS beneficiaries who have to visit dispensaries time and again for endorsement of such investigations and if so, the reaction of the Government thereto;

(c) whether the Government has received representations in this regard and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) the corrective measures taken/ proposed to be taken by the Government to simplify/change the procedure in this regard in the interest of sick people, pensioners and serving employees?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI ASHWINI KUMAR CHOUBEY)

(a) & (b): Yes; The Government vide its Office Memorandum No. Z.15025/117/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS, dated the 15th January, 2018 permitted all CGHS beneficiaries to seek OPD consultation from Specialists at Private Hospitals empanelled under CGHS after being referred by any Medical Officer/CMO of CGHS Wellness Centre. After consultation at empanelled hospitals beneficiary shall report back to concerned Wellness Centre, where Medical Officer/CMO would endorse listed investigation and issue medicines.

The Government has reviewed the matter and issued revised guidelines.

(c): Yes; some representations were received for permitting investigations on the advice of Specialist of Private Hospitals empanelled under CGHS.

(d): The guidelines for referral issued vide Office Memorandum No. Z.15025/117/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS, dated the 15th January, 2018 have been modified vide Office Memorandum No. Z.15025/117/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS, dated the 10th December, 2018 and the following modifications have been made in the interest of sick people, pensioners and serving employees:-

  • The referral shall be valid for consultations upto 3 times in the same hospital within 30 days.
  • CGHS beneficiaries have been permitted to consult upto 3 Specialists, if required during a single visit.
  • Investigations advised by Specialist of Private Empanelled Hospitals may be undertaken if they are required in emergency as certified by Specialist without endorsement by CGHS.

Source: LokSabha

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Eligibility Condition for Differently abled

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 108
ANSWERED ON: 11.12.2018

Eligibility Condition for Differently abled

JAGDAMBIKA PAL
Will the Minister of

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has revised the ‘Guidelines for conducting written examination for persons with disabilities’ issued by the Ministry on 26th February 2013;

(b) if so, the details of the revision and the reasons therefor;

(c) whether any restrictions have been imposed on educational qualifications of scribe/reader/lab assistant, if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;

(d) whether the new guidelines mandate the production of a certificate from the Chief Medical Officer/Chief Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government Hospital in addition to the disability certificate; and

(e) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT
(SHRI KRISHANPAL GURJAR)

(a) & (b) Yes, Sir. The Ministry has issued revised guidelines for conducting written for persons with benchmark disabilities on 29/08/2018 replacing the earlier guidelines issued on 26/02/2013. The revised guidelines were issued on the basis of the recommendations of the Expert Committee constituted on 26/03/2015 to look into the issues raised by UPSC and others relating to implementation of the guidelines for conducting written examination for persons with disabilities

(c) As per Clause VI of the guidelines for conducting written examination for persons with benchmark disabilities issued on 29/08/2018, In case the examining body provides the scribe/reader/lab assistant, it shall be ensured that qualification of the scribe should not be more than the minimum qualification criteria of the examination. However, the qualification of the scribe/reader should always be matriculate or above.

In case the candidate is allowed to bring his own scribe, the qualification of the scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking examination.

(d) & (e) As per clause IV of the guidelines dated 29/08/2018, the facility of Scribe/Reader/Lab Assistant should be allowed to any person with benchmark disability as defined under section 2(r) of the RPwD Act, 2016 and has limitation in writing including that of speed if so desired by him/her.

In case of persons with benchmark disabilities in the category of blindness, locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy, the facility of scribe/reader/lab assistant shall be given, if so desired by the person.

In case of other category of persons with benchmark disabilities, the provision of scribe/reader/lab assistant can be allowed on production of a certificate to the effect that the person concerned has physical limitation to write, and scribe is essential to write examination on his behalf, from the Chief Medical Officer/Civil Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government health care institution as per the specified proforma

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DoPT: Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures – Observance of proper procedure

DoPT: Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures – Observance of proper procedure

F.No. 11013/4/2018-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 11 October, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Official dealings between the Administration and Members of Parliament and State legislatures – Observance of proper procedure.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 11013/4/2011-Estt.(A) dated 1st December 2011 subsequently reiterated vide D.O. letter dated the October 9, 2012 from Secretary (Personnel), O.M. No. 11013/2/2012-Estt.A. dated 19.11.2014 and O.M. of even No. dated 7.02.2018 (copies enclosed) on the subject mentioned above and to reiterate these instructions for strict compliance on the recommendations of the Committee of Privileges, Lok Sabha in its Sixth Report tabled in the Lok Sabha on 20.12.2017 and Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha in its Fourth and Fifth Report tabled in the Lok Sabha on 01.08.2018.

2. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to ensure that instructions issued through aforementioned communications are followed by all officials concerned, both in letter and spirit. Violation of these guidelines will be viewed seriously.

3. Chief Secretaries of all States/ UTs are requested circulate these instructions to all State Government officials at the State/ Division and District levels and sensitize them with regard to their duties and obligations in so far as the movement of Members of Parliament in general and more particularly during Parliament sessions. It is also requested to periodically review implementation of these instructions.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(Nitin Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel: 011-23040264

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REINTRODUCTION OF OLD PENSION SCHEME

Reintroduction Of Old Pension Scheme

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4075
TO BE ANSWERED ON AUGUST 10, 2018/SHRAVANA 19, 1940 (SAKA)
REINTRODUCTION OF OLD PENSION SCHEME

Shri Rakesh Singh

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state

  • the details of drawbacks of the New Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced for the Government officials;
  • whether the NPS is not as beneficial monetarily as the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) and if so, the details thereof;
  •  whether the Government employees are disgruntled with the NPS and if so, the details thereof; and
  • whether the Government proposes to reintroduce the OPS replacing the NPS, if so, the details thereof and the action taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
(Shri Shiv Pratap Shulda)

(a) & (b) National Pension System (NPS) has been designed giving utmost importance to the welfare of the subscribers. Government has made a conscious move to shift from the defined benefit pension scheme to defined contribution pension scheme i.e. NPS, due to rising and unsustainable pension bill. There are a number of benefits available to the employees under NPS. Some of the benefits are enlisted below:

  • NPS is a well designed pension system managed through an unbundled architecture involving intermediaries appointed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) viz. pension funds, custodian, central record keeping and accounting agency, National Pension System Trust, trustee bank, points of presence and Annuity service providers. It is prudently regulated by PFRDA which is a statutory regulatory body established to promote old age income security and to protect the interest of subscribers of NPS.
  • The pension wealth which accumulates over a period of time till retirement grows with a compounding effect. The all-in-costs of the institutional architecture of NPS are among the lowest in the world.
  • Contribution made to the NPS Tier-I account is eligible for tax deduction under the Income Tax Act, 1961. An additional tax rebate of Rs.50000 is also allowed for contributions made to NPS Tier-I under Section 80CCD (1B) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • Subscribers can withdraw up to 25% of their own contributions before attaining age of superannuation, subject to certain conditions. Further, PFRDA vide “PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017″ dated 10.08.2017 has liberalized norms for partial withdrawals which also include reduction of requirement of minimum years of being enrolled under NPS from 10 years to 3 years from the date of joining.
  • PFRDA has increased the maximum age limit from 60 years to 65 years for joining NPS-All Citizen Model and Corporate Sector Model, vide “PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017” dated 06.10.2017.
  • PFRDA vide “PFRDA (Exits and Withdrawals under the NPS) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2018″ dated 02.2018 has facilitated easy exit & withdrawal in case of disability and incapacitation of the subscriber covered under NPS.
  • Transparency and Portability is ensured through online access of the pension account by the NPS subscribers, across all geographical locations and portability of employments.

(c) & (d) Representations have been received which inter alia also include the demand that the Government may revert to old defined benefit pension system. However, due to rising and unsustainable pension bill and competing claims on the fiscal, there is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.

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Alternative Arrangement in Place of Employees on Child Care Leave

Alternative Arrangement in Place of Employees on Child Care Leave

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

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3587
ANSWERED ON: 08.08.2018

Alternative Arrangement in Place of Employees on Child Care Leave

NAGARAJAN P.  Will the Minister of
PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Union Government is aware of the fact that the office work is being totally disrupted due to absence of women employees on account of the long paid maternity leave and child care leave;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government has calculated days and assessed working during maternity/child care leave for making provisions of staff to overcome the shortage or cope up with the work in the absence of women employees who are on maternity and child care leave;
(d) if so, the details thereof; and

(e) if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)

(a) to (e) : Disruption in the office work due to absence of women employees on account of the long paid Maternity Leave and Child Care Leave has not come to the notice of the Government. Ministries/Departments are authorized to make suitable leave arrangements to cope up the loss of work hours when an employee proceeds on any kind of leave including Maternity and Child Care Leave. There is also provision for creation of leave reserve posts to cover the leave vacancies. No centralized data is maintained in this regard.

Source : LokSabha

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Reservation for Scheduled Castes

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Reservation for Scheduled Castes

31 JUL 2018

The Constitution of India provides proportionate representation to Scheduled Castes in House of People, Legislative Assemblies of the States, Panchayats and Municipalities. Reservation in admission to educational institutions and services under the State is also available to Scheduled Castes under the Constitution. The Supreme Court has held that reservation in educational institutions and services under the State for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes should not ordinarily exceed 50%.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

PIB

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7th Pay Commission Report – LOK SABHA

7th Pay Commission Report, Burden On Finance/Exchequer, Productivity Linked Pay Hike And Any Alternative Of Future Pay Commission

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1652
ANSWERED ON: 27.07.2018

Pay Commission Reports

RAJENDRA AGRAWAL
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the reports of successive Pay Commissions have been increasing the burden on Government finances/exchequer in partially accepting their recommendations for increase in wages and if so, the details thereof;

(b) whether the last Pay Commission has suggested productivity linked pay hike to the deserving employees to eliminate below average or mediocre performance and if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether such periodic hikes in wages resulting from Pay Commission recommendations trigger similar demands from the State Government/public utility employees, imposing burden on already strained State finances and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) whether the Government is considering an alternative for increasing the salaries and allowances of Central Government employees and pensioners in future instead of forming Pay Commission and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)

(a) The financial impact of the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government, is normally pronounced in the initial year and gradually it tapers off as the growth in the economy picks up and fiscal space is widened. While implementing the recommendations of the last Central Pay Commission, i.e., the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Government staggered its implementation in two financial years. While the recommendations on pay and pension were implemented with effect from 01.01.2016, the recommendations in respect of allowances after an examination by a Committee have been implemented with effect from 01.07.2017. This has moderated the financial impact of the recommendations. Moreover, unlike the previous 6th Pay Commission, which entailed substantial impact on account of arrears, the impact in the year 2016-17 on account of element of arrears of revised pay and pension on the present occasion of the 7th Central Pay Commission pertained to only 2 months of the previous financial year of 2015-16.

(b) The Seventh Central Pay Commission in Para 5.1.46 of its Report proposed withholding of annual increment in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) or regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.

(c) The service conditions of employees of State Governments fall within the exclusive domain of the respective State Governments who are federally independent of the Central Government. Therefore, the concerned State Governments have to independently take a view in the matter.

(d) No such proposal is under consideration of the Government.

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Reimbursement of Tuition Fee

Clarification on Reimbursement of Tuition Fee and Hostel Charges provided to the children of Armed Forces Officers / PBORs missing / disabled / killed in action

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO:5354
ANSWERED ON: 28.03.2018

Reimbursement of Tuition Fee

RAJAN BABURAO VICHARE
Will the Minister of

DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government has curtailed the reimbursement of tuition and hostel fees provided to the children of working and retired armed forces personnel including martyred, disabled and missing soldiers / officers;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor along with the likely saving in Government exchequer as a result thereof;
(c) whether servicemen and ex-servicemen are distressed by the Government decision;
(d) if so, whether the Government proposes to reconsider the decision; and
(e) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (DR. SUBHASH BHAMRE)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

(a) Yes, Madam.

(b) The combined amount of tuition fee and hostel charges provided to the children of Armed Forces Officers / PBORs missing / disabled / killed in action has been capped at Rs.10,000 p.m. in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC) as accepted by the Government.

Keeping in view that both the number of students and the tuition / hostel fee are open-ended, no fixed / uniform amount of savings can be indicated. Out of total reported 2679 students during the year 2017-18, 193 students have been reported to be drawing more than the capped amount of tuition / hostel fee and savings have been reported to be Rs.3.20 crore (Approximately).

(c) Representations have been received for removal of cap of Rs.10,000 p.m. on combined amount of tuition fee / hostel charges from some of the affected beneficiaries.

(d) & (e): The Government has decided to continue the educational concession without the cap of Rs.10,000 p.m.

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Source: Lok Sabha

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