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Sunday, 29 September 2013

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET ON 23.10.2013 - STRIKE BALLOT DEFERRED

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
(Central Head Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001



CIRCULAR NO. 8/2013                                                                                      DATED – 28.09.2013


IMPORTANT CIRCULAR


CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET ON 23.10.2013 TO DECIDE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION
STRIKE BALLOT DEFERRED

Dear Comrades,

            The National Secretariat of the Confederation congratulate the affiliates and State Committees for the strenuous efforts put in by them to propagate and campaign amongst the mass of the employees of the need for an immediate wage revision and setting up of the 7th CPC and enlist the massive participation of the Central Govt. employees for a long drawn out struggle, which commenced in 2011 and the first phase of which was culminated on 12th December, 2012 in a one day strike action.  We are proud of the fact that our efforts has borne fruit  as the Government  had to announce the setting up of the 7th CPC  on 25th. Confederation, as you are aware, had always been in the forefront in formulating demands of the CGEs, presenting and articulating the issues in spearheading struggles and negotiating the demands to reach settlement.  This time also Confederation was the organization which raised the setting up of the 7th CPC and wage revision; demanded that the 7th CPC’s recommendation must be effective from 1.1.2011; insisting that the tenure of the recommendation of the 6th CPC must be ended on the expiry of the five years on par with the wage tenure of the Public Sector undertaking workers as early as in 2010.  It could justify the demands with facts and figures of the unprecedented erosion of the real value of the wages of the Central Government employees due to the high rate of inflation in the economy and shooting up of the prices of all essential commodities.  The campaign and propaganda unleashed by us together had its salutary impact on the thinking process of other sister organizations, compelled them to take note of the growing discontent amongst the rank and file of their membership and to realize the fact that the wage structure had become incapable of making both ends meet especially for those employees at the lower levels of the hierarchy. They had to perforce take up the issue of wage revision  and setting up the 7th CPC due to the ambience created by the Confederation and its affiliates by organizing series of struggles during  the period and at the same time spurning every of our attempt for a joint action. We are quite aware that sanctions cannot be generated without joint and united action of the workers.  This dichotomy practiced by the predominant organizations in the JCM inflicted irreparable damage to the cause of the Central Government  employees.

We are happy that the Government of India having realized that the large majority of the Central Government employees have become mentally attuned to the path of an inevitable struggle on wage revision  decided to avert a confrontation by announcing the setting up of the 7th CPC.   We must, however, realize that the decision of the Government  tantamount to a post dated cheque which is capable of encashment only after a long period of two and half years.  We must not take it lying down.  The agony and sufferings of the employees, especially those at the lower levels cannot be mitigated by promises and assurances.  There must be a rise in their emoluments to make them capable of meeting the ever increasing cost of essential needs.  The Government must be told categorically and compelled to agree for the merger of DA with pay; and interim relief, which had all along been the case ever since the advent of the system of Pay Commission for wage revision.  We must bring home the fact that there will be no question of any arrears arising from the recommendation of the 7th CPC as the Commission is mandated to make its recommendation before the crucial date of 1st January, 2016.

Even though, it is stated that the terms of reference would be finalized in consultation with all stake holders, the question of inclusion of GDS within the ambit of the Pay Commission, in all probabilities would be resisted by the Government. In the light of the passage of the PFRDA Bill in the Parliament, the Government might not agree to include the retirement benefits in the terms of reference.  This apart, the Government will now refer all pending matters, be it at the National Anomaly Committee, National Council or various Departmental Councils  or taken up through inter departmental references  to the 7th CPC.  In other words for the next two and half years none of the issues of the CGEs will be either discussed or settled.  We must not allow the Government to succeed in this nefarious objective.

We must note that the present announcement of setting up of the 7th CPC has also the hidden political agenda, for  many States including  Delhi  are to go to polls in the next few months.  The National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet on 23.10.2013 at Delhi. Formal notice is being sent separately. The Sectt. will decide upon the future course of action. In view of the present announcement of the Government setting up the 7th CPC it is necessary that we should defer the strike ballot decision, which is scheduled to be held on 11th to 13th November, 2013.  It is however, our considered opinion that unless we tread the path of struggle the demand for merger of DA with pay, date of effect, inclusion of GDS within the ambit of the 7th CPC and other issues in our charter of demands will not be settled at all.   The campaign chalked out must, therefore, be carried out with determination and understanding that we will succeed.   We request the leaders of the affiliates, State Committees and National Sectt. Members to ensure that the campaign programmes are implemented as planned.
With greetings,

Yours fraternally,



(K. K. N. Kutty)                                                                                                  (M. Krishnan)

President                                                                                                            Secretary General

 Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees - Revised rates at 90% effective from 1st July 2013

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees - Revised rates at 90% effective from 01.07.2013

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

S.No.PC-VI/ 325
No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1
RBE No.98 /2013
New Delhi, dated 25.09.2013

The GMs/CAO(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.07.2013.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 26.04.2013 (S.No PC-VI/315, RBE No.38/2013) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2013.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/3, RBE No.106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

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

Sd/-
(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission II
Railway Board
Railway Employees to get Revised DA @ 90% from July 2013 – Download Railway Board OrderSource: www.gconnect.in
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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2012-13 - Finmin Orders

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2012-13 - Finmin Orders

 No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch

 New Delhi, the 27th September, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2012-13.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2012-13 to the Central Government employees in Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’ who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme. The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders shall continue to be monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500/-, as hitherto. The payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders will also be admissible to the eligible employees of Central Para Military Forces and Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:
(i) Only those employees who were in service as on 31.3.2013 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2012-13 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months).

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs, 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500), Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs.3500×30/30.4 = Rs.3453.95 (rounded offto Rs.3454/-).

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more(206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observIng 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable will be (Rs.1200×30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21(rounded off to Rs,1184/-). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- p.m., the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14(10)-E. Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4. The expenditure incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budge provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

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


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(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/bonus2013.pdf]
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Friday, 27 September 2013

Madhya Pradesh on Thursday announced a hike of 10 per cent in dearness allowance (DA).

Madhya Pradesh on Thursday announced a hike of 10 per cent in dearness allowance (DA).


The BJP government of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Thursday announced a hike of 10 per cent in dearness allowance (DA).

The decision comes as a bonanza for a large number of employees and pensioners ahead of the festive season.

“The decision to hike 10 per cent DA of state government employees and pensioners was taken by the cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” Public Relations and Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma said.

With this 10 per cent hike, the total DA component will be 90 per cent of the basic salary, he said, adding that it would be paid with effect from July 1, 2013.

The DA of Madhya Pradesh government employees will now be almost at par with their Central government counterparts.

PTI
source-http://zeenews.india.com/
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7th Pay Commission announced – Focus on 7th CPC

7th Pay Commission announced – Focus on 7th CPC
 
The central government today announced the constitution of Seventh Pay Commission which will benefit about 50 lakhs central government employees and more than 30 lakhs pensioners all over India.
The Finance Minister after getting approved from the Prime Minister announced the decisions. The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016.The Central Government constitutes  Pay Commission every ten years to revise the pay scales for its employees and it is implemented with some modifications by some states. This announcement has created a joyous atmosphere among the employees and are eagerly waiting for its details.

50% DA Merge
From now, the longstanding question of merging 50% DA with the Basic Pay stands unanswered and the importance of it is slightly decreased.

Who will be the head of committee
Who will be the head of committee the employees are now awaits the announcement regarding who will head the constitution and its members.

Focus on 7th CPC
In VII CPC the anomaly  committee should rectify all anomalies in quick time rather than taking long years.
The merger of 50% DA which was announced in V CPC was not mentioned in the VI CPC . But in VII CPC, employees are expecting the merger of DA and Pay revision in between 10 years.
Final Words
This announcement may trigger in rise in prices right from the vegetable vendor to all other things.

Source: www.7thcpcnews.blogspot.in
[http://7thcpcnews.blogspot.in/2013/09/7th-pay-commission-announced-focus-on.html]
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Retirement Age may go up 62 Years in view of 7th CPC

Retirement Age may go up 62 Years in view of 7th CPC
 
7th Pay panel formed, retirement age may go up 62 yrs: Money Control

The award of the seventh pay commission will be implemented from the beginning of 2016 and will benefit nearly 3 million pensioners. But since state governments generally match central wages, the actual beneficiary list stands at over 11 million employees and pensioners.

Siddharth Zarabi
The national capital, home to a vast majority of central government employees, is headed for elections this November. And so are four other states, followed by the general elections sometime early next year. This, more than anything else, explains the central government’s hurry to promise its employees higher wages.

The award of the seventh pay commission will be implemented from the beginning of 2016 and will benefit nearly 3 million pensioners. But since state governments generally match central wages, the actual beneficiary list stands at over 11 million employees and pensioners. The fact that this award is one more in a long list of expenditure-heavy pre-election programmes, will mean several consequences for India’s finances. Back of envelope calculations suggest that even if the increments in the 6th pay commission were to be matched, the centre’s wage bill could rise by up to Rs 1 lakh crore in 2016. But on the other hand, this payout will spark a surge in consumption starting that year. Why? The sixth pay commission award amounted to around 0.5 percent of GDP and a tidy sum was handed out as arrears in the start of 2008. That extra spending power meant that the ensuing slowdown was mitigated to some extent. This could play out again in 2016.

Meanwhile, CNBC TV18 learns that the proposal to extend the retirement age of central government employees by two years has received fresh impetus. A decision on this could be taken within a week or two, and would be the second major populist decision by the UPA to woo the urban middle class and the powerful government employee mass in Indian society.

Source: Money Control
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/7th-pay-panel-formed-retirement-age-may-go62-yrs_956487.html?utm_source=ref_article
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Central Union welcomes 7th Pay Comm; seeks revision every 5 yrs

Central Union welcomes 7th Pay Comm; seeks revision every 5 yrs

New Delhi: Trade union representing central government employees today welcomed the announcement to set up the 7th Pay Commission, but demanded that recommendation be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2011.

The government has announced constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will look into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.
“We welcome the government’s move to set up the 7th Pay Commission but we have a reservation. It should be implemented with effect from January 1, 2011 as in the case of Central PSUs whose employee pay scales are revised every five years,” Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers President K K N Kutty said.

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission and its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016.

Kutty said that during the discussion, the Confederation would press for merger of up to 50 percent of dearness allowance with the basic pay, which is a prerequisite for setting up a pay commission.
As per the practice, the dearness allowance is hiked twice in a year by the Central Government to provide relief from inflation to its employees.

This is based on a set formula after factoring in the year-long average of all India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers.

The merger of DA with basic pay helps central government employees as certain allowances are paid as proportion of the basic pay and hence merger results in higher allowances.

PTI
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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Press Statement of Confederation regarding the declaration of 7th CPC

 Press Statement of Confederation regarding the declaration of 7th CPC

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
(Central Head Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi - 110001
 

Dated – 25.09.2013

PRESS STATEMENT

Central Government has announced the constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission. Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has been raising this demand before the Government right from 2011 onwards and has conducted series of agitational programmes including Parliament March and one day nationwide strike on 12th December 2012.

While welcoming the decision of the Government, we are disappointed to note that our demand for five years wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2011 and merger of DA has not been considered favourably by the Government. When the public sector employees are given five years wage revision and the erosion in real wages has reached an all time high due to steep price rise, grant of five year wage revision to Central Government employees is fully justified. Similarly every time the Government appointed pay commission merger of DA was also granted. This time Government has not acceded the demand for merger of DA with pay now. Thus by appointing pay commission employees will not be getting any financial benefit now. The demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of the 7th CPC and grant of merger of DA to GDS is also pending.

In view of the above, the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers urge upon the Government to consider the above demands also favourably failing which the confederation shall be constrained go for further agitational programmes.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Source: http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2013/09/press-statement-of-confederation.html
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Confederation news about the announcement of 7th CPC - The Secretary General congratulate the entire Central Government employees...

Confederation news about the announcement of 7th CPC - The Secretary General congratulate the entire Central Government employees..

7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNMENT




Central Government today announced the constitution of the 7th CPC. Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers has been demanding appointment of 7th CPC right from 2011 onwards. We have conducted continuous agitational programmes including Parliament March and also one day nationwide strike on 12th December 2012. After 12th December Strike we have decided to go for indefinite strike and strike ballot is also announced. We congratulate the entire Central Government employees who rallied behind Confederation. Confederation is the only organization which has conducted serious agitation demanding constitution of 7th CPC.

Government has not yet announced the Chairman, Committee members etc of the 7th CPC and also terms of reference. Further our demand for merger of DA, giving effect from 01.01.2011, inclusion of three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC, granting DA merger to GDS and settlement of other demands in the 15 points Charter of Demands are also pending. Before announcing the terms of reference of 7th CPC. If Government is not ready to accept our above demands, Confederation National Executive will meet shortly and shall decide for further course of action.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 7TH CPC IS ONE STEP FORWARD AND IT IS THE VICTORY OF THE WORKERS WHO FOUGHT FOR IT.
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7th CPC News - First separate pay commission for Indian military: NDTV News

 First separate pay commission for Indian military: NDTV News

Government to set up first separate pay commission for Indian military: NDTV

New Delhi: India's armed forces are likely to have their own pay panel for the first time since independence.

This comes as the government prepares to set up the seventh Pay Commission to decide on salary hikes for the 50 lakh central government employees, ahead of state polls and national elections due by May. The pay panel's recommendations are expected to be implemented from January 2016.

All three military chiefs had written to the Defence Minister last year, asking for pay parity with civilian employees. The armed forces have also been demanding the one rank one pension and one rank one pay rule.

They are also pushing for fixing rank pay and fixing pay structure for jawans and junior commissioned officers (JCOs).

In June last year, Defence Minister AK Antony had reportedly written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on "growing discontent among the services personnel due to the anomalies in payment and salaries."

Mr Antony had said that service personnel, ex-servicemen and pensioners were "equally agitated" and suggested that corrective action be taken or "things may take a bad turn."

A month later, the PM set up a four-member committee of secretaries, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, to look into the demands. The armed forces had then objected to the absence of military representation on the committee. Later, some of the anomalies were corrected, and the government had promised a separate pay commission for the armed forces.

Government salaries had been substantially hiked under the sixth pay commission headed by Justice BN Srikrishna. The revised pays fixed the salary of the Cabinet Secretary at Rs 90,000 a month and Secretary at Rs 80,000 per month, while making Rs 6,660 as the minimum entry level salary.

Source: NDTV
[http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/government-to-set-up-first-separate-pay-commission-for-indian-military-423434]
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Prime Minister Approves the Constitution of Seventh Central Pay Commission; Recommendations are Likely to be implemented with effect from 1st January, 2016

 Prime Minister Approves the Constitution of Seventh Central Pay Commission; Recommendations are Likely to be implemented with effect from 1st January, 2016



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance




25-September-2013 11:50 IST


FM: Prime Minister Approves the Constitution of Seventh Central Pay Commission; Recommendations are Likely to be implemented with effect from 1st January, 2016

The Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram in a statement said here today that the Prime Minister has approved the constitution of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

The fourth, fifth and sixth Central Pay Commissions’ recommendations were implemented as follows:

4th CPC                       1.1.1986
5th CPC                       1.1.1996
6th CPC                       1.1.2006


The average time taken by a Pay Commission to submit its recommendations has been about two years.  Accordingly, allowing about two years for the 7th CPC to submit its report, the recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

The names of the Chairperson and members as well as the terms of reference (ToR) of the 7th Pay Commission will be finalised and announced shortly after consultation with major stakeholders.

Source: Centralgovernmentnews
http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/prime-minister-approves-the-constitution-of-seventh-central-pay-commission-recommendations-are-likely-to-be-implemented-with-effect-from-1st-january-2016/

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7th Pay Commission - Central Government approved to constitute 7th CPC to Central Government Employees

7th Pay Commission - Central Government approved to constitute 7th CPC to Central Government Employees...

Government announces Seventh Pay Commission for central employees

NEW DELHI: Ahead of elections, the government on Wednesday announced constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016", finance minister P Chidambaram said in a statement.

The setting up of the Commission, whose recommendations will benefit about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners, comes ahead of the assembly elections in 5 states in November and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

As the Commission takes about two years to prepare its recommendations, the award of the seventh pay panel is likely to be implemented from January 1, 2016, Chidambaram said.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented from January 1, 2006, fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

The names of the chairperson and members of the 7th Pay Commission and its terms of reference will be finalized shortly after consultation with major stakeholders, Chidambaram said.

Source: www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
[http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Government-announces-Seventh-Pay-Commission-for-central-employees/articleshow/23037562.cms]
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Flash News about 7th CPC - Central Govt announces 7th CPC for Central Government Employees

Flash News about 7th CPC - Central Govt announces 7th CPC for Central Government Employees


 
Cong welcomes constitution of 7th Pay Commission

Welcoming the constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, Congress on Wednesday recalled that the BJP-led NDA government had “rejected” the legitimate formation of the Sixth Pay Commission in 2003.

Party general secretary in-charge for Communication Ajay Maken’s tweets hailing the pay commission came soon after the government announced constitution of the Commission, which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.

“7th Pay Commission of Govt employees announced. Except for 6th Pay Commission all Pay commissions are set up in 3rd year of a decade....The government should attract best of talents as its employees. Pay Commissions help in attracting and also retaining best available talents,” Mr. Maken commented on the microblogging site Twitter.

He recalled that the NDA government had rejected the Sixth Pay Commission in 2003.

“NDA rejected the legitimate formation of 6th Pay Commission in 2003.Congress setup 6th Pay Commission in 2005, now again the 7th CPC in 2013,” Mr. Maken said.

Announcing the decision earlier, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in a statement “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016”.

The setting up of the Commission, whose recommendations will benefit about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners, comes ahead of the Assembly elections in five states in November and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

The sixth Pay Commission was implemented from January 1, 2006, fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

Source: www.thehindu.com
[http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cong-welcomes-constitution-of-7th-pay-commission/article5167078.ece]
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Finmin Orders - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2013

 Finmin Orders 2013 - Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2013

No.1-8/2013-E-II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
 

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 25th September, 2013.


 OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees - Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2013.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1(2)/2013-E-II (B) dated 25th April, 2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July. 2013.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No.1(3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

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

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

6. The Hindi version of this O.M. is also issued.




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(Kishori Raman Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/da/da01072013.pdf]
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7CPC: Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees announced

7CPC: Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees announced

The government on Wednesday decided to finally announce the Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees and pensioners.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016″, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement.

The setting up of the Commission, whose recommendations will benefit about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners, comes ahead of the Assembly elections in 5 states in November and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

As the Commission takes about two years to prepare its recommendations, the award of the seventh pay panel is likely to be implemented from January 1, 2016, Chidambaram said.

The sixth Pay Commission was implemented from January 1, 2006, fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

The names of the chairperson and members of the 7th Pay Commission and its terms of reference will be finalised shortly after consultation with major stakeholders, Chidambaram said.

Last week, the Union Cabinet had approved a proposal to hike dearness allowance to 90 percent from existing 80 percent.

The increase in DA to 90 percent would result in additional annual expenditure of Rs 10,879 crore.

There would be additional burden of Rs 6,297 crore on exchequer during 2013-14 on account of this hike in DA.

With PTI inputs

Source: Zeenews
Via: Central Government Staff News
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE DEFENCE PERSONNEL - CLARIFICATION ON ECHS MEMBERSHIP

HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE DEFENCE PERSONNEL - CLARIFICATION ON ECHS MEMBERSHIP

CLARIFICATION ON ECHS MEMBERSHIP WHEN HUSBAND AND WIFE ARE DEFENCE PERSONNEL

1. There were a No of issues which come into effect when both husband and wife are defence personnel or one of them is a defence person and other is a Central Govt employee. The issues also included whether one or both parents can be made members of the ECHS.

2. We had taken up the case with the MOD and clarifications have been issued vide MOD letter No 22(20)05/US(WE)/D(Res) dated 10 Feb 2006(copy attached). In brief it contains the following clarifications:-


(a) When Both Husband and Wife are Defence Pensioners

(i) Only one has to give ECHS contribution.

(ii) Both can cover their respective parents by making two ECHS contributions.

(b) When one is a defence person and other is a Central Govt employee, the latter has the choice to withdraw from CGHS when the spouse becomes a member of the ECHS.

Authority: Central Organisation ECHS DO letter No B/49701-MOD/AG/ECHS dt 24 Feb 2006.
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Finmin Orders: Fixation of salary in Public Sector Banks to re-employed ex-servicemen

Finmin Orders : Fixation of salary in Public Sector Banks to re-employed ex-servicemen

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
JEEVAN DEEP
10, PARLIAMENT STREET.,
NEW DELHI-110 001

F. No.4/1/2012-SCT (B)

Dear,
Please refer to your D.O. No 12(35)1211/D(Res-I) dated 24/04/2012 regarding grievances of ex-servicemen re-employed in Public Sector Banks for fixation of their salary in banks.

2. In this connection, I would like to mention that the Department of Financial Services had circulated instructions/directions/Circulars such as of the DoP&T’s earlier OM No. 3/19/2009-Estt.Pay II dated 8.11.2010 as well as the Ministry of Defence (MOD)’S letter No.1(4)/2007/D(Pen/Policy) dated 09.02.2011 to all Public Sector Banks(PSBs)/Financial Institutions (FIs) and Insurance Companies (ICs) for compliance.

3. The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) sought clarification from DFS on re-fixation of pay to ex-servicemen re-employed in their Public Sector Banks on or alter 01.01.2006. Based on DoP&Ts O.M. dated 8.11.2010, it was pointed by this Department vide its letter No. 4/1/2010-SCT (B) dated 23.03.2012 that Ex-servicemen re-employed in banks who retired on/or after 01.01.2006 are eligible to pay fixation in banks based on the pay drawn by them at the time of discharge from the Defence Services which would include band pay plus grade pay but it does not include MSP. As it created confusion among banks over uniform implementation of the DoP&T’s Office Memorandum dated 08.11.2010 the circulars war treated as withdrawn.

4. It has therefore been reiterated that DoP&T’s above instructions may be followed in letter and sprit.

With regards,

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(L.K. Meena)

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Defence Pension Adalat at Jamshedpur on 29th and 30 th October, 2013

Defence Pension Adalat at Jamshedpur on 29th and 30 th October, 2013

As per the Annual action Plan of Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) Allahabad will be organising the 119th Defence Pension Adalat at Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) on 29th and 30 th October, 2013 for redressal of grievances of Defence pensioners including Defence Civilians drawing pension through PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, TOs’ and DPDOs in the State of Jharkhand and adjoining areas.

Objective
Any Defence Pensioners / Defence Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian and their families having any specific grievances relating to sanction or disbursement of Defence pension are requested to submit their representation, in writing, in duplicate to :

Sri K D S Parmar,
Pension Adalat Officer
O/o Principal CDA (Pensions),
Draupadi Ghat,
Allahabad-211014

A format of the representation is given on this website. Applicants are advised to apply as per the format, for easy processing of their applications.

Kindly Note
Applications can either be sent by post or by E-Mail
Two copies of the applications should be sent
Photocopies of Pension payment order, Corr PPO, discharge certificate (wherever required) and other documents must be enclosed
Each application will be allotted a unique Adalat Registration Number. The same should be quoted in all future correspondence.
Individual call letters notifying the date and venue of the Adalat will be sent in due course
Incomplete and unsigned representations will be rejected.
The Date of the Pension Adalat on dt 29 th & 30th Octobar, 2013 at Tulsi Bhavan, Near Gopal Maidan, Bishtapur, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand).

TA/DA will not be reimbursed to pensioners/individuals attending the Adalat for redressal of their pension related problems.

Source : www.pcdapension.nic.in
[http://pcdapension.nic.in/pa/]
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Submission of Form 14 by the spouse to the pension disbursing bank after the death of the pensioner - instructions reg

Submission of Form 14 by the spouse to the pension disbursing bank after the death of the pensioner - instructions reg

No.1127/2011-P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 20th September, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Submission of Form 14 by the spouse to the pension disbursing bank after the death of the pensioner - instructions reg.

The undersigned is directed to draw attention to the requirement of applying for family pension in Form 14 as given in rule 81 (2) (A) (ii) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

2. This Department has been receiving representations from various quarters to do away with the condition of applying for family pension in Form 14 as it is causing inconvenience to widows, who find it difficult and embarrassing to present themselves before two Gazetted Officers/persons of repute for attestation of Form 14.

3. Before commencement of family pension, personal identification details of the spouse such as specimen signature, personal mark of identification and left hand thumb impression, proof of age/date of birth of spouse and an undertaking from him/her for recovery of excess payment are to be obtained by the bank. Form 14 serves as a standard processing sheet, which defines and delineates the exact requirement of information to be given to the pension disbursing Bank. It was apprehended that in the absence of this standard, the widows may be asked to submit any relevant or irrelevant information by the bank. This could also lead to delay in commencement of the family pension.

4. The matter has been examined and it has been agreed that in case the pensioner and spouse are holding a joint account, the possibility of claim for family pension from someone else does not arise. Therefore, in such cases, there is no requirement of Form 14. The spouse may inform the Bank of death of the pensioner and request the bank for commencement of family pension, through a simple letter. He/she may enclose a copy of death certificate of pensioner, PPO, proof of his/her own age/date of birth and an undertaking for recovery of excess payment. In other cases, i.e., where the pension is not being credited to the joint bank accountbank accountbank account of the pensioner and his/her spouse, Form 14 will be continued to be obtained by the banks.  However, the condition of attestation of Form 14 has been done away with and witnessing by two persons has been considered as sufficient.

5. For all future cases, Head of Office will forward to the PAO, along with similar details for the pensioner, the specimen signature, personal mark of identification, left hand thumb impression, the proof of age/date of birth and an undertaking from the spouse regarding recovery of excess payment. After the death of the pensioner, the spouse of the deceased pensioner will be required to provide only death certificate to the paying bank, who will identify the spouse based on the information given in the PPO and its own "Know Your Customer" procedures. Where the pensioner and his/her spouse do not have a joint account, Form 14 will be required as in para 4 above.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No. 601/E.V/2013, dated 13.09.2013.

sd/-
(D.K. Solanki)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWE_200913.pdf]
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8.5% on PF deposits expected, EPFO board meeting likely on 4th October 2013

8.5% on PF deposits expected, EPFO board meeting likely on 4th October 2013: Financial Express

The reconstituted EPFO's Central Board of Trustees (CBT), which has to take a call on interest rate on PF deposits for the current fiscal, is likely to hold its first meeting on October 4. The meeting of the CBT headed by the Labour Minister is likely to be called on October 4 for reconstituting EPFO's sub-panels like its advisory body Finance and Investment Committee (FIC), an Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) official said.

As per the practice, FIC vets financial proposals of EPFO and puts those before the CBT for a final call. The committee is supposed to vet and put forward the proposal for providing a rate of interest on PF deposits every year.

EPFO could not announce the interest rate on PF deposits for the current fiscal as the FIC is yet to be constituted after the CBT was reconstituted in June.

The sub-panels like FIC were dissolved after CBT was formed again in June. Once FIC is reconstituted, the EPFO would provide official estimates to it for vetting and putting forward its view before CBT for taking final call.

According to sources, EPFO is likely to announce an interest rate of 8.5 per cent on PF deposits for 2013-14 to its over five crore subscribers, the same as provided for last fiscal.

The preliminary estimates indicate that the payment of 8.5 per cent rate of interest will leave no deficit for EPFO and could rather leave some surplus for the body.

EPFO paid 8.5 per cent interest rate to its subscribers in 2012-13, which was higher than 8.25 provided in the 2011-12 fiscal.

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com
[http://www.financialexpress.com/news/8.5-per-cent-on-pf-deposits-expected-epfo-board-meeting-likely-on-october-4/1169475]
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23rd SCOVA Agenda- Action Taken Report and Gist of Discussion by Bharat Pensioner Samaj

23rd SCOVA Agenda- Action Taken Report and Gist of Discussion by Bharat Pensioner Samaj

Gist of discussions in SCOA 23rd SCOVA meeting on 23/09/2013

20.09.2013 MOS Sh V. Narayanasamy took the chair at 4.00 PM. Joint Secy. DOP &PW Welcomed the Minister, officers from different departments / Ministries & the SCOVA members. After JS welcome address introduction of members & officers started .S.C. Maheshwari Genl. Secy. BPS while introducing himself pointed out to the Minister  that while BPS was thankful to the minister for increasing frequency of SCOVA meetings, organization will   be grateful if  instead of few hours at least one full day is earmarked for these meetings and that a system need to be put in place to lay down as to what  type & numbers of items will be accepted for inclusion in SCOVA Agenda. After introduction the MOS addressed the meeting highlighting the  work of the DOPPW & the important circulars issued in the recent past.  He assured that pensioners issues will be dealt on priority by his Ministry.

Final ATR on 22nd SCOVA meeting was then taken up for review. Lively discussion followed each item members expressed their concern over the delay in issuing revised PPOs representatives of every Ministery/Department tried to blame pensioners for the delay stating that they were  not gtiings details from pensioners & sought assistance of Pensioners’ Associations. MOS however directed all departments/ministries to suo-motto issue PPOS to all pensioners within the  target dates.

Commenting on item No2 of ATR i.e. revision of exgratia to cpf/srpf retirees, Secy. Genl. BPS pointed out that the amount of ex-gratia of Rs 645/- per month was too little for the survival of a person. Secy DOPPW retorted that these retirees were not pensioners. Secy. Genl BPS pointed out that these retirees too have a right to survive but no positive reaction could be evoked from official side or the honorable Minister. Position of items 3to 9 remained the same as given in the ATR .However, While discussing item9 of ATR it was pointed out that the M/O Rlys was still not uploading on their website all the orders & circulars issued by Rly.Bd.

Regarding item 10 & 11 of the ATR regarding anomaly in fixation of pension to DOT employees &merger of78% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners, after discussion it was decided that the department of Telecommunication will put up positive proposals by 30.09.2013.

Discussion on new Ageneda items:


Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare)
AGENDA ITEMS WITH COMMENTS FOR 23rd MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (SCOVA) TO BE HELD ON 20th SEPTEMBER, 2013, AT VIGYAN BHANVAN ANNEXE, NEW DELHI

Sl. No.AGENDA ITEMCOMMENTS
1.Submission of application in Form 14 be dispensed with for sanction of Family Pension:-
As details of family members eligible for family pension in the event of the death of the pensioner, joint photograph with the spouse and the amount of family pension payable in the event of death of the pensioner are available under Part II of the Pension Payment Order issued by the Pay and Accounts Officer or other designated authority. It is redundant and unnecessary to insist on submission of all these details in Form 14 for sanction of Family pension. On the death of the pensioner, a written request from the spouse along with a death certificate of the pensioner is sufficient to sanction the family pension. So the extant cumbersome procedure may be dispensed with and a simplified procedure introduced.
Action : D oP&PW
D/o P&PW :-
The matter has been examined in the Government. Necessary instruction for grant of family pension without Form-14 where pensioner has a joint account with the spouse and using Form-IA in other cases without having it attested are being issued shortly.
2.Extension of benefit of upgraded Grade Pay to pre-2006 retirees of S-12 grade :-
Benefit of upgraded Grade Pay Rs 4600, introduced subsequently in place of already implemented GP Rs.4,200/- for 5-12 grade in pre- revised scale of Rs 6,500-10,500 w.e.f 01.01.2006 in terms of 0.M No. F.No 1/1/2008-IC dated 13.11.2009 of Mb o Finance, Department of Expenditure is not extended to pre-2006 pensioners retired from S-12 grade. The clarification assumes importance in view of the need for protection of 50% of the minimum Pay in the Pay Band & Grade Pay in 0.M dated 28.1.2013.
(Action: D/o Expenditure, D/oP&PW)
D/o P&PW:-
The Department has sought following advice from D/o Exp:
(i) Whether the grade pay of Rs.4600/- is to be treated as the grade pay corresponding to the pre- revised pay-scale of Rs.6500-10500/- or it is to be treated as upgraded grade pay.
(ii) In case, Grade Pay of Rs.4600 is to be treated as grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.6500-10500/-, the pre- 2006 pensioners who retired before 2006 would be entitled to the benefit of this Grade Pay in terms of Para 4.2 of this Department's OM dated 1.9.2008 and OM dated 28.1.2013 issued by this Department. The D/o Expenditure has been asked to clarify as to what would be the minimum pay in the pay band plus grade pay as per the fitment table, which is to be reckoned for calculation of minimum pension for those pensioners who retired from the scale of 6500/- 10,500/- in terms of OM dated 28.1.2013
3.Complaints Against The System of Lodging of Pension Grievance :-
At present the complaints lodged with Public Grievances is forwarded to the Ministry. Therefore, complaints on Subordinate Officer take a long time to reach them (Subordinate Officer). It is therefore necessary that the complaints are forwarded directly to the officers against whom the complaint is lodged to avoid undue delay.
(Action: D/o P&PW)
D/o P&PW:
This Department has been forwarding the grievances on pension related matters, received in this Department either on line through CPENGRAMS or otherwise, to designated nodal officers of concerned Ministries/Departments/Organisations. Since even for monitoring those grievances, this Department has been interacting with the designated nodal officers, it is neither prudent not feasible to send grievances directly to subordinate formations.
4.Broad Banding of Disability Element for Pre-1996 cases. Welfare):-
In implementation of the 5th CPC recommendations, Dept of Pensions & PW had issued OM dated 03.02.2000 for revision of disability and family pensions for post 1996 disabled pensioners which, inter alia, applied the principle of broad- banding to compute reckonable percentage of disability. Vide OM dated 11.09.2001 the same benefits were extended to pre-1996 pensioners with effect form01.01.1996, These orders, like others issued by D/o P&PW, are equally applicable to civil as well as defence pensioners. MOD, however, extended the broad-banding benefit to post-96 disabled pensioners only, vide its order dated 31.01.2001, denying it to the pre-96 lot. The 2009 Cabinet Secretary's Committee, agreed to eliminate this anomaly. However, MoD(DESW) orders dated 19.01.2010 granted the benefit w.e.f 01.07.2009 only, completing ignoring the fact that the same benefit on the civil side has been extended w.e.f 01.01.1996. The matter was asain raised with Deptt/ESW in August 2010. The need to apply the orders w.e.f 01.01.96 was accepted. However, the revised orders are yet to be issued even after lapse of nearly 2- 1/2 years.
(Action: M/ o Defence )
M/O Defence (D/o Ex-Servicemen Welfare):-
The matter regarding extension of benefit of broad banding to pre-1.1.96 invalided out individuals was processed and referred to MoD(Fin) for concurrence. But MoD(Fin) returned the matter back for knowing the financial implications involved. CGDA, expressed its difficulty in furnishing the requisite information. MoD(Fin) was persuaded to process the matter without the financial implications. The case has been referred to M/o Finance by MoD(Fin) in March,2013. The DESW has been in constant touch with the D/o Expenditure to get the case finalized.
5.Appointment of Specialists and General Medical Officer in CGHS :-
Aged Pensioners are unable to go to crowded Government hospitals and obtain specialist's prescription as the Specialists in the Government Hospitals are not only reluctant to issue such prescription on one hand but also the waiting time is enormous in the hospital. It is suggested that Specialist of various disciplines may be appointed on contract as is now resorted to.
( Action: M/o Health & FW_)
M/o Health & FW:-
Keeping in view the difficulties being faced by the aged CGHS pensioner beneficiaries, feasibility of appointing specialists of various disciplines in CGHS dispensaries on part time/contract basis is being explored
6.Problems faced by non -Smart Card (old card holders) of CGHS:-
As per instructions issued by the Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide letter No.6024/2007/CGHS(HR)CGHS(P) Dated 17.12.2012 the beneficiaries of CGHS can get treatment in all CGHS covered cities in India and there is no need for obtaining temporary attachment while on a visit to another CGHS city. It has been brought to the notice of this Association by the members that if they carry CGHS cards while on visit to out stations, their dependant members, who do not accompany them, face great difficulty in case of emergency as without card Wellness Centers do not entertain any patient. Even in case of serious emergency empanelled hospitals do not entertain any patient if the CGHS card is not produced to them within four hours of admission and treat the CGHS beneficiaries as ordinary patients and cashless treatment is not permitted. Similar is the position of the card holder if he leaves the card behind for use of his dependents in his absence or the dependent(s) goes to outstation. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is requested to find out a viable solution to this problem so that the beneficiaries of CGHS do not suffer during their visit to outstation. ( Action: Mb o Health & FW)
M/ o Health & FW:-
It was decided to replace the old cards by the plastic cards meant for each beneficiary including dependent family members. Now, a beneficiary can avail CGHS facility in any wellness centre anywhere in the country on production of his CGHS Plastic Card or Paper Card. Inpatient medical treatment facility is also available in empanelled private hospitals on production of the same.
CGHS has already started issuing plastic cards at all its locations (except Jammu). Beneficiaries may apply for the same with the requisite details and get their plastic cards made from the Office of Add. Director, CGHS of the city concerned.
7.Extension of benefit of OM dt. 28.1.2013 w.e.f 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012:-
Govt. of India, M/o P&PG & Pensions, Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, New Delhi's Order No. F-38/37/2008-P&PW(A) dated 28.1.2013. In the light of the judgement of the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi dated 29.04.2013 delivered with reference to Writ Petition No's WP(C) 1535/2012, WP(C) 2348/2012,WP(C) 2349/2012 and WP(C) 2350/2012 read with Hontle Supreme Court of India's decision in SLP (C) 23055 of 2013 of the Union of India Vs CG S-(29) (SAG) Pensioners Association dated 29.07.2013, the date of effect mentioned in the GOI order dated 28/1/13 may be revised retrospectively from 1.1.2006 and arrears paid to the eligible Pensioners.
( Action:DoP&PW)
D/o P&PW :-
The advice in regard to further course of action on the dismissal of SLP No. 23055 of 2013 by the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 29.7.2013 has been sought from Department of Expenditure. The advice

Item No1.position as given under comments was agreed-item closed.

Item 2.Members were informed that DOE has not agreed. However, on the insistence of members, item kept open.

Item3.while discussing this item following was brought to the notice of the Minister

(1)That though quiet a number of buildings are lying vacant over the Indian Rlys but inspite of the fact that Pensioners Associations are ready to pay the rent,  vacant accommodation is not being allotted to them & that some Rly. Divisions do not accept pensioners associations to be the welfare organizations.  Honorable Minister took note of it.

(2) That  several items submitted by the members for inclusion in SCOVA agenda were forwarded by  DOP &PW vide their letter dated 23.8.2013 to the concerned Ministries/ Departments for direct reply but no replies have been received & that departments generally do not reply

(3) That inspite of repeated assurance given in earlier SCOVA meetings M/O Rlys is not uploading on its website the circulars/orders issued by different Directorates of Rly Board neither these are circulated to SCOVA members

(4)That though as per Indian Rly Master circular on Pension Adalat. Pension Adalat at Divisional level are to be conducted quarterly but these instructions are not being followed & that SCOVA members are not being informed about the date/place of Adalat and the Agenda

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2013/09/23rd-scova-agenda-atr.html
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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Rajasthan government Dearness Allowance (DA) orders July 2013

Rajasthan government Dearness Allowance (DA) orders July 2013


GOVERNMENT OF RAJASTHAN
FINANCE DEPARTMENT
(RULES DIVISION)


No. F. 6(1)FD(Rules)/2008                                                                          Jaipur, dated :21-09-2013


ORDER

Sub:- Grant of Dearness Allowance to State Government employees.

The Governor is pleased to order that the existing rate of Dearness Allowance payable to the State Government employees, drawing pay in Rajasthan Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008, under Finance Department Order No. F.6(1)FD(Rules)/2008 dated 19-04-2013 shall be revised from 80% to 90% with effect from 01-07-2013.

The term ‘Pay’ for the purpose of calculation of Dearness Allowance shall be the Basic Pay Le. sum of pay in running pay band and grade pay drawn and shall not include any other type(s) of pay like Special Pay or Personal Pay, etc.

The payment on account of Dearness Allowance involving fraction of 50 paisa and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fraction of less than 50 paisa may be ignored.

The amount of increase in Dearness Allowance for the period from 01-07-2013 to 31-08-2013 shall be credited to the General Provident Fund Account of the respective employees and cash payment shall be admissible from 01-09-2013 i.e. salary for the month of September, 2013 payable on 01-10-2013.

The arrear of DA from 01-07-2013 to 31-08-2013 to the employees recruited to the Civil Services on or after 01-01-2004 and who are governed by Contributory Pension Scheme, shall be paid in cash.

Source-http://finance.rajasthan.gov.in/RULES/F6(1)2008a-21.09.2013.PDF
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Friday, 20 September 2013

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.7.2013

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.7.2013


The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.07.2013, in cash, at the rate of 10 per cent increase over the existing rate of 80 per cent.
Hence, the Central Government employees as well as the pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 90 per cent of the basic with effect from 01.07.2013. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be of the order of Rs. 10879.60 crore per annum and Rs. 7253.10 crore in the financial year 2013-14 ( i.e. for a period of 8 month from July, 2013 to February 2014).
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SC/VK
(Release ID :99506)
Source: PIB
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Government approves 10% DA hike, to benefit 50 lakh central employees.

Government approves 10% DA hike, to benefit 50 lakh central employees.
The government today approved a proposal to hike dearness allowance to 90 per cent from existing 80 per cent, a move that would benefit about 50 lakh central government employees and 30 lakh pensioners.
“The Union Cabinet approved the proposal to increase dearness allowance to 90 per cent at its meeting here. The hike would be effective from July 1, this year,” a source said.
According to the source, the increase in DA to 90 per cent would result in additional annual expenditure of Rs 10,879 crore. There would be additional burden of Rs 6,297 crore on exchequer during 2013-14 on account of this hike in DA.
This is a double digit hike in DA after about three years. It was last in September, 2010, that the government had announced a hike of 10 per cent to be given with effect from July 1, 2010.
DA was hiked to 80 per cent from 72 per cent in April, 2013, effective from January 1, this year.
As per the practice, the government uses CPI-IW data for past 12 months to arrive at a number for the purpose of any DA hike.
The retail inflation for industrial workers between July, 2012 and June 2013 was used to compute the increase in DA.
Source: ECT
Via: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/government-approves-10-da-hike-to-benefit-50-lakh-central-employees/
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Central Government hikes dearness allowance to 90%

Central Government hikes dearness allowance to 90%
Release of additional instalment of Dearness Allowance to central government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners, due from 1.7.2013
The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to central government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.07.2013 at the rate of 10 percent over the existing rate of 80 percent.
The increase in DA to 90 percent would result in additional annual expenditure of Rs 10,879 crore. There would be additional burden of Rs 6,297 crore on exchequer during 2013-14 on account of this hike in DA.
Source: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/central-government-hikes-dearness-allowance-to-90/
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Cabinet to take up stock-limit extension today

Cabinet to take up stock-limit extension today
The cabinet is meeting today to consider a proposal to extend stock holding limit on pulses, edible oils and oil seeds for one more year beyond September 30,2013 to ensure their availability and check prices.
A proposal to this effect was moved by the Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
The objective is to enable state governments to continue taking effective de-hoarding steps under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 by fixing stock limits.
The Cabinet is also likely to approve a proposal to hike dearness allowance for government employees and pensioners to 90% from existing 80% of basic pay and house rent allowance. The move would benefit about five million central government employees and three million pensioners.
The hike would be effective retrospectively from July 1, this year.
Officials said the increase in DA to 90% would result in additional annual expenditure of Rs 10,879 crore on the exchequer. However, there would be additional burden of Rs 6,297 crore on exchequer during 2013-14 on account of this hike in DA.
There would be a double digit percentage point hike in DA after about three years, due to rise in prices as reflected in the consumer price index for industrial workers. It was last in September, 2010, that the government had announced a hike of 10% to be given with effect from July 1, 2010.
DA was hiked to 80% from 72% in April, 2013, effective from January 1, this year.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/cabinet-to-take-up-stock-limit-extension-today-113092000180_1.html
Via: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/cabinet-to-take-up-stock-limit-extension-today/
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Extra special pay for government staff to participate in sport

Extra special pay for government staff to participate in sport
New Delhi: All central government employees who participate in national and international sporting events will get double the amount of existing special pay, between Rs 210 and Rs 1,000.
Such sportsmen will get a minimum of Rs 210, which may go up to Rs 1,000, as special pay in addition to their salary, according to an order issued today by the Ministry of Personnel.
“The personal pay will be related to the Grade Pay corresponding to the post against which the employee concerned had initially earned or will earn the personal pay,” it said.
The personal pay is to be granted from the first of the month following the month in which the sporting events are completed and will not count for any service matter like pay fixation on promotion, retirement benefit or Dearness Allowance or City Compensatory Allowance.
The decision was taken in order to motivate government employees to participate more in sports.
The revised rate are applicable prospectively from September 1, 2013, the order said.
Source: PTI
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Expected DA from Jan 2014 – Rates of Children Education Allowance may be revised again…!

Expected DA from Jan 2014 – Rates of Children Education Allowance may be revised again…!

All Central Government Employees and Pensioners are expecting to hear the announcement of hike in the Dearness allowance by 10% from July 2013.

The Union Cabinet Committee may take the agenda point for approval on DA in the next meeting, which will be held on 19.9.2013 (Thursday).
Following the approval on DA, the total DA will go upto 90% and the DA may cross 100% very soon..!
As per the recommendations of 6th CPC,  particular allowances will be increased by 25% every time the Dearness allowance payable on revised pay scales goes up by 50%. Therefore, once again the allowances, including Children Education Allowance will be increased by 25%, when the DA crosses 100%.
There is a slight confusion in the calculation of 25% in increasing Children Education Allowance from Rs.1000 or Rs.1250. Ofcourse, there is lot of time to discuss and decide the calculation factor..!
Source : www.ekanews.blogspot.in

[http://ekanews.blogspot.in/2013/09/expected-da-from-jan-2014-rates-of.html]
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CGHS Orders – Empanelment of private hospitals (including dental clinics and eve care centres) & Imaging Centre under CGHS Jabalpur.

CGHS Orders – Empanelment of private hospitals (including dental clinics and eve care centres) & Imaging Centre under CGHS Jabalpur.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR
CENTRAL GOVT. HEALTH SCHEME
1544/A NAPIER TOWN
JABALPUR

No.6-8/13-Estt/CGHS/JBP/ 2101-13
Dated:-24.07.2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Empanelment of private hospitals (including dental clinics and eve care centres) & Imaging Centre under CGHS Jabalpur.


In reference to (I) the Ministry of Health & F.W. O.M. No. S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/ Hospital Cell(Part IX) dated 14.02.2013 vide which the ‘Continuous Empanelment Scheme’ for private hospitals and diagnostic centres under CGHS was revived and (ii) Dte. General of CGHS Office Order No. S.11045/23/2013/CG HS D-ll(HEC)/CGHS(P)/(Pt.) dated 15.07.2013, vide which powers for empanelment & issuance of notifications have been delegated to all the ADs/JDs in respect of their respective CGHS cities, a list of additional private hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres) and Imaging Centre has been finalized for a period of one year from the date of issue of this O.M. or till the next new empanelment, whichever is earlier. This list has been finalized after following the due process and terms & conditions as laid down in the O.M. dated 14.02.13 as well as signing of MOA and execution of Performance Bank Guarantee by them signifying acceptance of the terms and conditions of empanelment and rates notified under CGHS in 2010/2011 and subsequent orders.

2. The list of empanelled hospitals (including dental clinics and eye centres) and Imaging Centre is enclosed herewith.

3. This list is in addition to the list of hospitals (including Eye Care Centres and Dental Clinics), diagnostic laboratories and imaging centres issued vide Ministry of Health & F.W. OM dated 22.03.11, 12.07.11, 27.07.11, 8.9.11, 1.11.11, 16.11.11 & 5.1.12 for Jabalpur.

sd/-
Additional Director
CGHS, Jabalpur
Annexure-I
CGHS JABALPUR

List of hospitals for All available facilities 
On CGHS panel as on 31.03.2013, now enlisted with additional facilities 
NABH, Applied For
SI.No. Name of Hospital Specialities empanelled for
1. Jabalpur Hospital & R.Centre, Russel Chowk, Jabalpur. Tel.No.2450761-62 Interventional Cardiology Cath procedures, Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery procedures, Non-Invasive Cardiology procedures, Internal medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Paediatric Neonatology, Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Nephrology & Haemodialysis, General Surgery & Laparoscopic Surgery, Orthopaedic & Joint Replacement Surgery, Dental Oral & Maxi lofacial Surgery, Orthodontic Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, IOL Implantation, ENT, Skin and VD, Gastroenterology & Endoscopies, Anaesthesia and pain clinic, Radiology & Imaging & CT Scan, Pathology & Blood Bank, Physiotherapy, medical oncology and chemotherapy, Oncosurgery.
2. Metro Hospital & Cancer Research Centre, (A Unit of Satya Sai Cancer Society) Kuchaini Parisar, Near Damoh Naka Bus Stand, Jabalpur. Tel. No. 2641661, 4062000. General Medicine, General Surgery and Specialized purpose in Neurology & Neuro surgery, Urology and Nephrology including Dialysis, Orthopaedic Surgery including Joint Replacement & Arthroscopy, Gastroenterology and G.1. Surgery, Paediatrics and Paediatrics Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Endoscopic/Laparoscopic Surgery, Opthalmology, Dental, ENT, Physiotherapy, Oncology (Medical & Surgical, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy), Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Diagnostic and Imaging Centre (CT, USG, X-ray & Pathology)

List of Imaging Centres 
On CGHS panel as on 31.03.2013, now enlisted with additional facilities 
NON-NABL (Not Applicable for Imaging Centre)
SI.No. Name of Centre Specialities empanelled for
1. MP MRI And CT Scan Centre(A Unit of Sanya Hospital and Diagnostics Pvt, Ltd. Delhi) NSCB Medical College Campus Jabalpur Tel.No.0761- 2673130, 4027200 CT Scan & MRI

Annexure-II
 CGHS JABALPUR
Additional list of New Hospitals for All available facilities 
NABH Applied For
SI.No. Name of Hospital Specialities empanelled for
1. Mahakoshal Hospital Opp. Gate No. 03 Wright Town Stadium Jabalpur Tel. 2401909, 2610480,4064780 Medicine, Plastic Surgery & Burn, General Surgery & Laparoscopic Surgery, Opthalnriology, Gynae & Obst. Anaesthesia and pain clinic, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Onco Surgery, Paediatrics & Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Nephrology including Dialysis, Respiratory Medicine, ENT, Psychology, Psychiatrics, Physiotherapy. Diagnostic & Imaging
2. Aditya Super Speciality Hospital & Trauma Centre Opp. Little Kingdom School, MLB School Road Napier Town. JEW Tel. 4218312-13 Trauma & Joint Replacement, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Minimally invasive Brain & Spine Surgery, Pain Clinic, Arthroscopy, Uro Surgery, GI Surgery, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Obst. & Gynaecology, Opthalmology, Pulmonology, ENT, Dermatology, Dentistry, Psychiatry & Psychology, Physiotherapy, Infertility, Diagnostic & Imaging
Additional list of New Eye Care Centres 
Non-NABH
Sl.No. Name of Hospital Specialities empanelled for
1. Batalia Eye Hospital Dr. Batalia Road, Near Ghantaghar, Jabalpur Tel. 4065919, 2622136 As Eye Care Centre for All Available Facilities

Additional list of New Dental Clinics 
Non- NABH
Sl.No. Name of Hospital Specialities empanelled for
1. Shubham Dental Clinic, Near Ashirwad Baratghar Ranjhi Jabalpur, 9329572500, 9300161600 As Dental Clinic for All Available Facilities

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp
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PFRDA Circulars – Option to defer Annuity purchase under NPS at the time of exit

PFRDA Circulars – Option to defer Annuity purchase under NPS at the time of exit

CIRCULAR
PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PFRDA/ 2013/14/ PDEX /9 September 17, 2013
To,
All Govt depts./PAO’s/DDO/ POP’s, CRA & other stakeholders
Dear Sir/ Madam,

Sub: Option to defer Annuity purchase under NPS at the time of exit
As per the Exit guidelines of PFRDA for National Pension System (NPS) subscribers, a subscriber on attaining the Normal Retirement Age (applicable to Govt. sector subscribers) or upon attaining 60 years – is required to compulsorily annuitize at least 40% of your pension wealth and the remaining 60% can be withdrawn as a lump sum.

Also, a subscriber wishing to exit from NPS before the normal retirement age or before attainment of 60 years is allowed to exit subject to the condition that a minimum of 80% of accumulated pension wealth needs to be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity that provides for the monthly pension to the subscriber.
Presently, withdrawal of permissible lump sum withdrawal (60%) upon exit can be deferred by the subscriber to a later date but not beyond attaining 70 years of age. This is to take care of the reasons like unfavorable Market conditions or there being no requirement of the funds at that particular time.

Due to the upheavals in the market conditions including the bond market and the swings in NAV’s of the debt funds including NPS in the recent past, feedback has been received from various stakeholders that the subscribers be given an option to defer or time the annuity purchase (subject to a minimum of 40%/80% of accumulated pension wealth as applicable) akin to the deferment option for the lump sum withdrawal that is permitted currently under NPS.

PFRDA after examining the issued has approved the “Deferment option” for the annuity purchase at the time of exit from NPS with condition that such deferment can be for a maximum period of 3 years. One can initiate the annuity purchase option at any time before lapse of 3 years from the date of such deferment, by giving an application or notice to the Central Record Keeping Agency.

If no such notice is given before the lapse of 3 years from such date of deferment, the percentage of accumulated pension wealth as provided by the subscriber in the NPS withdrawal application form (subject to a minimum of 40%/80% of accumulated pension wealth as applicable) for purchase of annuity would be automatically monetized and such amount would not earn any investment income or interest to the subscriber thereafter.

This is for the information of all concerned. The circular has also been placed on PFRDA website at http://www.pfrda.org.in and CRA website at http://www.npscra.nsdl.co.in.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager
Source: www.pfrda.org.in
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