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Friday, 11 October 2013

Dearness Allowance July 2013, Dearness Relief, STATE GOVERNMENT NEWS, Tamil Nadu Government Pensioners, Tamil nadu pensioner Dearness Allowance Order

 Dearness Allowance July 2013, Dearness Relief, STATE GOVERNMENT NEWS, Tamil Nadu Government Pensioners, Tamil nadu pensioner Dearness Allowance Order

GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU FINANCE (ALLOWANCES) DEPARTMENT
G.O.No.401, Dated 10th October 2013
(Vijaya, Purattasi-24, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2044)


ALLOWANCES – Dearness Allowance – Enhanced Rate of Dearness Allowance from 1st July 2013 – Orders – Issued.

READ - the following papers:

1. G.O.Ms.No.145, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated 2nd May 2013.
2. From the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, New Delhi, Office Memorandum No. 1-8 /2013-E-II (B), dated 25th September 2013.
 
ORDER:
   In the Government Order first read above, orders were issued sanctioning revised rate of Dearness Allowance to State Government employees as detailed below:-

Date from which payable           
Rate of Dearness Allowance
(per month)
1st January 2013
80 per cent of Pay plus Grade Pay
   
2. The Government of India in its Office Memorandum second read above has now enhanced the Dearness Allowance to its employees from 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2013.


   3. Following the orders issued by the Government of India, the Government sanction the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government employees as indicated below:-
Date from which payable
Rate of Dearness Allowance
(per month)
1st July 2013
90 per cent of Pay plus  Grade Pay
   
4. The Government also direct that the above increase in Dearness Allowance shall be paid in cash with effect from 01.07.2013. 

 5. The arrears of Dearness Allowance for the months of July, August and September 2013 shall be disbursed in cash immediately. While working out the revised Dearness Allowance, fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to next higher rupee if such fraction is 50 paise and above and shall be ignored if it is less than 50 paise. 

 6. The Government also direct that the revised Dearness Allowance sanctioned above shall be admissible to full time employees who are at present getting Dearness Allowance and paid from contingencies at fixed monthly rates. The revised rates of Dearness Allowance sanctioned in this order shall not be admissible to part time employees. 

7. The revised Dearness Allowance sanctioned in this order shall also apply to the teaching and non-teaching staff working in aided educational institutions, employees under local bodies, employees governed by the University Grants Commission /All India Council for Technical Education scales of pay, the Teachers / Physical Directors / Librarians in Government and Aided Polytechnics and Special Diploma Institutions, Village Assistants in Revenue Department, Noon Meal Organisers, Child Welfare Organisers, Anganwadi Workers, Cooks, Helpers, Panchayat Assistants/ Clerks in Village Panchayat under Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and sanitary workers drawing special time scale of pay . 

8. The expenditure shall be debited to the detailed head of account `03. Dearness Allowance' under the relevant minor, sub-major and major heads of account. 

9. The Treasury Officers / Pay and Accounts Officers shall make payment of the revised Dearness Allowance when bills are presented without waiting for the authorization from the Principal Accountant General (A&E), Tamil Nadu, Chennai-18. 

  
(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K. SHANMUGAM
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT.
Source : http://www.tn.gov.in/
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Tamil Nadu Govt. : PENSION - Dearness Allowance to the Pensioners and Family Pensioners - Revised rate admissible from 1st July, 2013 - Orders - Issued.

Tamil Nadu Govt. : PENSION - Dearness Allowance to the Pensioners and Family Pensioners - Revised rate admissible from 1st July, 2013 - Orders - Issued.


GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU 
FINANCE (PENSION) DEPARTMENT
G.O. No.403, Dated: 10th October 2013
(Vijaya, Purattasi-24, Thiruvalluvar Aandu 2044)



PENSION - Dearness Allowance to the Pensioners and Family Pensioners - Revised rate admissible from 1st July, 2013 - Orders - Issued.

READ :

1. G.O.Ms.No.147, Finance (Pension) Department, dated: 03.05.2013.
2. G.O.Ms.No.401, Finance (Allowances) Department, dated:10.10.2013.
3. Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Office Memorandum F. No.42/13/2012, dated:03.10.2013.


ORDER :

 In the Government Order first read above, orders were issued sanctioning the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government pensioners / family pensioners as detailed below:-




Date from which  payable
Revised rate of Dearness  Allowance (per month)
With effect from 1st January, 2013
80% of Pension / Family Pension

   2. The Government of India, in its Office Memorandum third read above has enhanced the Dearness Allowance payable to its pensioners / family pensioners from 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2013.
   3. Following the orders issued by the Government of India, the Government has now decided to sanction one additional installment of Dearness Allowance at 10% to the Pensioners / Family Pensioners of the State with effect from 1.7.2013. Accordingly, the Government sanction the revised rate of Dearness Allowance to the State Government Pensioners / Family Pensioners as indicated below:-

Date from which payable
Revised rate of Dearness Allowance
(per month)
1st July 2013
90% of Pension / Family Pension


   4. The Government also direct that the increase in Dearness Allowance shall be paid in cash to the Pensioners / Family Pensioners with effect from 1.7.2013.

   5. While arriving at the revised Dearness Allowance, fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee if such fraction is 50 paise and above and shall be ignored if it is less than 50 paise. It will be the responsibility of the Pension Disbursing Authority including Public Sector Banks etc. to calculate the quantum of Dearness Allowance payable in each individual case.

   6. Pending formal authorisation by the Accountant General, the revised Dearness Allowance shall be paid straightaway by the Pension Pay Officer, Chennai-6, Treasury Officers and Public Sector Banks concerned.

   7. This order will apply to the following categories of pensioners:-
 
 i) Government pensioners, Teacher pensioners of aided and local body educational institutions and other pensioners of local bodies.
 ii) The State Government employees who had drawn lumpsum payment on absorption in Public Sector Undertaking / Autonomous body / Local body / Co-operative institution and have become entitled to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount.
iii) Present and future family pensioners; In the case of divisible family pensioners, Dearness Allowance shall be divided proportionately.
iv) Former Travancore-Cochin State pensioners drawing their pension on 1st November, 1956 in the Treasuries situated in the areas transferred to Tamil Nadu State on that date, i.e. Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah taluk of Tirunelveli District.
v) Pensioners who are in receipt of special pensions under Extra-ordinary Pension Rules, Tamil Nadu and Compassionate Allowance.
8. The expenditure on Dearness Allowance payable to the Pensioners shall be debited to:
   " 2071. Pension and Other Retirement Benefits - 01. Civil - 101.
Superannuation and Retirement Allowances - I. Non-Plan - AC.
Dearness Allowance to Pensioners - 03. Dearness Allowance (D.P.
Code 2071 01 101 AC 0306)"
   The expenditure on Dearness Allowance payable to the Family Pensioners shall be debited to
   " 2071. Pension and Other Retirement Benefits - 01. Civil - 105. Family
Pensions – I. Non-Plan - AC. Dearness Allowance to Family
Pensioners of Tamil Nadu Government - 03. Dearness Allowance
(D.P. Code 2071 01 105 AC 0308) ".
   9. Orders regarding sanction of Dearness Allowance to the widows and children of the deceased Contributory Provident Fund / Non Pensionable Establishment beneficiaries of State Government and the former District Board who are drawing ex-gratia will be issued separately.
   10. The increased expenditure due to the sanction of Dearness Allowance in this order is allowable among the successor States as per the provisions laid down under the State Reorganization Act, 1956.


(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

K.SHANMUGAM
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

Source : http://www.tn.gov.in/
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30 days Earned Leave for Ordnance Industrial Employees

30 days Earned Leave for Ordnance Industrial Employees

The INDWF published the latest order regarding the entitlement of 30 days earned leave of option in respect of Industrial Employees of Ordnance Factory Board. The MoD order is reproduced and given below for your information…
Ministry of Defence
D(Estt/NG)

Sub: Entitlement of 30days EL irrespective of option in respect of Industrial Employees of OFs

I am directed to refer to OFB I.D >No 265/A/A dated 19.02.2013 and 01.08.2013 on the subject mentioned above. The matter has been examined in consultation with D(Civ-II) and they opined that DopT OM dated 20.07.1998 inter alia provides ….”As per the agreement with the staff side of National Counsel (JCM) signed on 11.09.1997,the govt. has decided that henceforth the Industrial Employees in Central Government Department other than Railways shall be entitled to 30 Days EL for each completed year of service irrespective of the number of years of service rendered by the employee, subject to the holidays shall also count towards such Leave”. The matter had also been consulted with Ministry of Labour and they have also opined that the Industrial workers employed in Ordnance Factories are entitled to 30 days Annual Leave with wages as per the terms of agreement. Further even Section -78 of the Factories Act 1948 allows leave beyond 18 days for each year of service rendered once an agreement to this effect is in place. Accordingly , it would be applicable to all the OF Industrial Employees

In view of above clarifications the entitlement of Earned Leave available to the employees of Ordnance Factories may henceforth be dealt accordingly.

Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in
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Orders issued for Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of EME for the year 2012-13

Orders issued for Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of EME for the year 2012-13

The Ministry of Defence has issued orders regarding Productivity Linked Bonus to Civilian Employees of EME for the year 2012-13 on 1st October, 2013 vide No.20(3)/2013D(JCM).

The Ministry approved 28 days wages in cash as Productivity Linked Bonus for the year 2012-13 to the eligible civilian employees of EME.

The PLB shall be paid to all eligible Gp. ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted). Gp. ‘C’ and Gp. ‘D’ civilian employees of the EME who are covered under PLB Scheme for the accounting year 2012-13. The calculation ceiling of Rs.3500/- (3500×28/30.4) and other terms and conditions of the PLB Scheme will remain unchanged.

Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in
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Railway Staff seeks removal of ceiling for calculation of the PL Bonus

Railway Staff seeks removal of ceiling for calculation of the PL Bonus

Railway staff rue paltry bonus figure offered

AURANGABAD: Railway employees in Aurangabad have not welcomed the central government’s decision to pay the wages of 78 days as a bonus. Instead, they have demanded that the government abolish the ceiling for calculation of the productivity-linked-bonus (PLB) and also that PLB be decided on the actual basic pay of employees, not on the average basic pay.

Employees have said that their average basic pay is low and is around Rs 3500.

On October 2, the Union cabinet had approved the proposal of the ministry of railways for the payment of productivity-linked bonus equivalent to the wages of 78 days, for the financial year 2012-’13, for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees. Over 12.37 lakh non-gazetted railway employees are set to benefit from the decision, while the financial implication of payment of 78 days’ bonus to railway employees, which was the same last year, has been estimated to be over Rs 1,043.43 crore.

However, the decision of 78 days’ wages as bonus did not elicit a positive response, with disgruntled railway employees protesting the “poor PLB” announced by the government.

“It does not make any sense to give peanuts in the name of PLB, especially at a time when the railways have recorded an increase in the Gross Traffic Receipt of 18.85 per cent in 2012-’13, as compared to the previous year. With most of us are drawing a salary over Rs 20,000, the PLB of a mere Rs 8,975 is very low. The bonus should tantamount to at least an entire month’s salary drawn by the employee, or more,” said a station master from the Nanded division of the South Central Railways.

U Venkateswarlu, the Nanded divisional secretary of South Central Railway Employees Sangh, said, “PLB to the railway employees is now being calculated on the average Basic Pay of Rs 3,500, and not on the original basic pay. The existing ceiling for payment of PLB is Rs 3,500 per month, which was enhanced from Rs 2,500 a couple of years ago, after the unions carried out a long-drawn struggle.”

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/
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Pensioners Portal Orders – SCOVA Minutes of 23rd Meeting

Pensioners Portal Orders – SCOVA Minutes of 23rd Meeting
F. No. 42/6/2013-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Date: 07th October, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Forwarding of minutes of the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA).
Please find enclosed herewith a copy of minutes of the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary AgenCies (SCOVA) held on 20th September, 2013 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS (PP) at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi for your kind perusal and necessary action.
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(Sujasha Choudhu )
Dy. Secretary (P)
Minutes of the 23rd meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) held on 20.09.2013 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of State (PP) at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.

The list of participants is at Appendix-I
2.   At the outset Joint Secretary (P) welcomed Hon’ble MOS(PP), representatives of Pensioners Associations and the participating officers of various Ministries/Departments. She mentioned that Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies was set up in 1986 and over the years, it has served very useful purpose. The SCOVA highlighted the issues of pensioners, facilitated policy decision and provided discussion forum, where various nodal Ministries can interact. She added that the Pensioners Associations also have done good work and they deserved appreciation for their contribution. This Department itself has made sincere efforts towards simplification of rules and procedures for payment of pension and sanction of these payments. Streamlining the procedure has helped both the pensioners and the implementing agencies. The list of recent changes has been provided on the Department’s website. However, all these have been possible only because of the dynamic leadership provided by the Hon’ble Minister, who has directed that no stone should be left unturned for the benefit of the pensioners.
3. Welcoming the participants, Hon’ble MOS (PP) stated that as promised last time, the SCOVA meeting was being held for the second time in a year. The Minister appreciated the selfless service of the Pensioners Associations. On the basis of recommendation made by the Department related Parliamentary Committee, this Department is in the process of increasing the existing number of Pensioners Associations from 30 to 50. The Department has launched a web-based ‘Pensioners Portal’, a Mission Mode Project under National e-Governance Plan of the Government. The portal CPENGRAMS (Centralized Pension Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) serves as a one stop information source for the pensioners of Government of India across the country. He further highlighted the significant recent initiatives taken by the Department in the best interest of pensioners and family pensioners.
4. Thereafter, the Action Taken Report (ATR) of 22nd SCOVA meeting and Agenda items of 23rd SCOVA meeting were taken up for discussion.
5. Action Taken Report (ATR) on the points raised in the 23rd meeting of SCOVA.
i) Sl.No. 1 of ATR of para 5:
Status of issue of revised PPOs to pre-2006 pensioners.
While the target date for completion of this work for CPAD, Railways, Posts was 31st March, 2013, the status and further course of action was as follows:
a) CPAO informed that as on 08.08.2013, 71,334 cases (34,733 pre-1990 and 36,601 pre-2006), of Civil MinistriesjDeptts, are pending for revision. Approximately, 82% work of Civil Ministries/ Departments have been completed. The major reason for non-revision of the remaining cases by Ministries/Departments are non-availability of records of the pensioners in CPAO, Ministries/Departments and Banks. Efforts are also made to approach the pensioners through advertisements, however, as pension has already been revised by the banks, response from pensioners was not encouraging.
To strengthen the monitoring at the level of the Secretary of the administrative Min/Deptt, this item has been made a part of the monthly D.O to the Cabinet Secretary.
Target date: – 31st December 2013.
b) Ministry of Railways informed that they have completed the revision of 5,87,035 out of 10,93,772 cases and due to non-availability of complete information from the pensioners, they are not able to revise the remaining PPOsfor which they have asked the banks to help them. They have also issued fresh instructions in May, 2013 that the PPOs may be revised suo-moto and the revised deadline is December 2013. These cases are closely monitored by the Ministry of Railways. Hon’ble MOS (PP) desired that the Ministry of Railways should give advertisements in concerned regional languages. MOS(PP) will take up the issue with the Railway Minister, demi-officially.
Target date: – 31st December,2013.
c) Department of Posts informed that the after re-verification the number of pre-2006 pensioners have come down to 1,96,000 and now the DOP has completed 84.78% of the work. 29,855 cases are pending which will be covered by 30th November, 2013. The DOP are going through a transition from non digitisation to digitisation form, and the Department has already started ERP solution, by putting all the legacy data into ERP solution.
Target date: – 30th November, 2013.
d) Department of Telecommunication informed that as on date 53,000 cases remain to be revised. The main problem was that DOT has to depend on BSNL for the records. The Secretary of DOT will address all heads of circles of BSNL to expedite the cases by constituting a Coordination Committee at each CCA. As per their plan of action the DOT will be able to wipe out pending cases by 31st March, 2014. To enable this 31st December, 2013 has been kept as a target date for BSNLto provide all the documents relating to it.
Target date: – 31st March, 2014.
e) Ministry of Defence informed that they have started issuing corrigendum PPOs. Corrigendum PPOs could not be issued by the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities (PSAs) for want of computerised data. There was some mismatch in data between the PSAs and with the PDAs. It has been reported that the records in respect of Post 2006 pensioners have since been computerised and database exists for 4.5 lac pensioners (approx.). Digital records of 5.88 lac pensioners have also been created in respect of pre 2006 pensioners under Project SANGAM so far. Implementation of the Cabinet decision of September 2012 regarding enhancement of pension was a priority and the entire entitlement had to be revised again. MOD has set a target of issuing around 1 lac PPOs every month. Further since the orders issued in this regard did not include all categories of invalid penstoners, the file had to be moved again for amending the orders. The file is still with the Defence/Finance. MOS(PP) directed that a reference demi-officially from him to the Defence Minister may be sent.
While the digitisation of pension data will be completed by 31st March, 2014, the revision exercise for all cases is proposed to be completed by September, 2014.
(Action: CPAO, M/o Railways, D/o Posts, D/o Telecom, M/o Defence & D/oPBtPW)
ii) S1. No 2 of ATR
a) Revision of ex-gratia amount to CPF/SRPF retirees.
b) Uniform rates of DR.
d) Ex-gratia to those who voluntarily retired after 20 years of service in respect of pre 1986 CPF/SRPF retirees.
e) Ex-gratia should not be less than minimum pension and the same should be effective from 01.01.2006.
As regards (a), (b) &(e):-
The rates of CPF ex-gratia have been revised to bring these in tune with the SRPF rates w.e.f 04.06.2013. The ex-gratia payable to the families of CPF as well as SRPF beneficiaries has been increased to Rs 645/- per month w.e.f 04.06.2013.
Necessary instructions have been issued by D/o P&PW & M/o Railways vide D/o P&PW OM No.1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dt 27.06.2013 & Ministry of Railways letter No.F(E)III/98/PN/Ex.Gr./3 dt 15.11.2006, & No.F(E)III/2008/PN1/Ex.Gr./2 dt 31.07.2013 respectively and these points be dropped.
As regards (d) :-
Necessary instructions have been issued by % P&PW & M/o Railways vide D/oP&PW OM No. 41/26/2010-P&PW(E) dt. 25.06.2013 & M/o Railways OM No. 2012/F(E)III/4(1)4 dt. 15.07.2013.
Hence the item was closed.

iii) Sl. No.3 of ATR:
(13) – The Orders of Ministry of Health reiterating that all the pensioners are at liberty to opt themselves with any of the nearest CGHS hospital! dispensary may be widely circulated. Arbitrary orders dated 01/08/1996 and 01/09/1996 issued by Ministry of Health and Director of CGHS may be withdrawn and the benefit of CGHS facilities be allowed to the pensioners of Department of Post and Department of Telecom.
 
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(i) Medical facilities for existing P&T pensioners.
The representative of Ministry of Health & FW informed that the matter regarding withdrawal of OMs dated 01.08.1996 and 01.09.1996 (which provide that the P&T pensioners not participating in CGHS while in service may not be extended this facility) is sub-judice.
(Action: M/o Health & FW)
(ii) Regarding merger of P&T dispensaries with CGHS.
CGHS has taken over 19 P&T dispensaries in 12 cities w.e.f 01.08.2013 vide M/o H & FW notification dated 09.07.2013 circulated by Department of Posts vide circular No. 2-3/2009- Medical dated 18.07.2013. Accordingly, P&T pensioners residing in these cities can join CGHS to avail its facilities including inpatient medical treatment/hospitalisation etc.
Hence the issue was closed.
(iii) S.No 6 of ATR :-
Regarding additional dispensaries.
Ministry of Health & FW informed that due to the financial and logistic constraints it is not possible to open more dispensaries. Ministry is however mooting a proposal to open CGHS dispensaries at all State Capital not yet covered by CGHS. MOS(PP) said that for opening of dispensary at Panchkula, the matter from his level will be taken up again.
Ministry of Health & FW informed that with the merger of 19 P&T dispensaries with CGHS, the problem of non-availability of hospilalisation facility has been mitigated to a large extent.
Regarding empanelment of hospitals, the Ministry of Health & FW informed that in smaller cities, the empanelment of hospitals has been done only in those places where CGHS dispensaries are available. This is because the number of patients in such cities is sizeable.
On the question of computerisation of CGHS dispensary at Jammu, the Ministry of Health & FW informed that the matter is under process.
(Action: M/o Health & FW)

iv) Sl. No 4 of ATR
Dissemination of information in real time.
Department of Posts vide dt. 11.10.2012 has issued instructions for payment of DR to pensioners on the basis of OM issued by Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare, and without waiting for the separate circular. These instructions were again reiterated vide dt. 25.06.2013.
In view of this the item was closed.
v) 51. No 5of ATR
Nomination facility for Family Pensioners drawing Life Time Arrears of Family Pension.
The matter has been again examined in consultation with the D/o Legal Affairs. It has been decided that since family pension is granted only for the sustenance of the family of the deceased Govt. servant/pensioner it is not legally correct to consider the same as property of the family pensioner and therefore to facilitate nomination for the same. At the same time, instructions have been issued to allow payment of lifetime arrears up to Rs. 2,50,000 without succession certificate when no member in the family is eligible for family pension. In view of the foregoing, it is proposed that the item may be closed.
vi) 51. No 7of ATR
Nomination facility for reimbursement of expenses incurred under CGHS.
In D/o P&PW letter dated 30.07.2013, Ministry of Health was informed that seeking Affidavits/NOC etc. on stamp paper from the legal heirs/family members may cause avoidable inconvenience to them. The feasibility of reimbursing the hospitalization expenses in respect of the deceased employee/pensioner to the nominee for the purpose of GPF, gratuity, CGEGIS, etc. could, therefore, be examined. Ministry of Health & FW was again requested to re-consider the matter and to inform the decision taken in this regard.
Ministry of Health &FW informed that in the light of the observations of D/o P&PW, the issue is being re-examined.
(Action: M/o Health & FW)
vii) 51 No 8 of ATR
Extension of duty hours of CGHS Dispensaries:-
The working hours of CGHS dispensaries have since been revised to 8.00AM to 3.00 PM with a 30 minutes lunch break from 1.00 PM to 1.30 PM. It has been made applicable across the country at all CGHS locations. Hence the item was closed.
viii) S1. No 9 of ATR
CGHS sites on the net:-
Link of current website of CGHS is available. Hence, the item was closed.
ix) Sl. No 10 of ATR
Anomaly in fixation of pension to DoT employees absorbed in BSNL, who retired between 1.10.2000 and 31.7.2001.
The representative of Department of Telecornmurtlcatlons informed that the matter has been re-examined by them and a fresh proposal will be sent to D/o P&PW for consideration before 30.09.2013.
(Action: D/o Telecommunications & D/o P&PW)
x) 51. No 1.1. of ATR
Merger of 78.2% IDA with basic pension benefit to the absorbed BSNL Pensioners:-
The representative of Department of Telecommunications informed that the matter has been re-examined by them and a fresh proposal will be sent to % P&PW for consideration before 30.09.2013.
(Action: D/o Telecommunications & D/o P&PW)
6. FRESH AGENDA ITEMS FOR 23rd SCOVA MEETING.

(23.1) Submission of application in Form 14 be dispensed with for sanction of Family Pension.
The matter has been examined in the Government. Necessary instruction for grant of family pension with application in Form-14 where pensioner has a joint account with the spouse and using Form-14 in other cases without having it attested has been issued vide D/o P&PW OM No. 01/27/2011-P&PW(E) dt 20.09.2013. In view of the position explained above the matter may be closed.
 
(23.2) Extension of benefit of upgraded Grade Pay to pre-2006 retirees of S-12 grade.
Ministry of Finance has informed that the grade pay of Rs. 4600 is not the corresponding grade pay in respect of the pre-revised pay scale of Rs 6500-10,500. This grade pay is the corresponding grade pay of the upgraded post in the pay scale of 7,450-11,500. The corresponding grade pay for pre-revised pay scale of 6,500-10,500 is Rs. 4200, since the benefit of upgraded pay scale is not to be given to the pre-2006 11,500. The corresponding grade pay for pre-revised pay scale of 6,500-10,500 is Rs.4200, since the benefit of upgraded pay scale is not to be given to the pre-2006 pensioners, the pension of pre-2006 pensioners who retired in the pay scale of 6500-10,500 cannot be fixed with reference to the minimum of fitment table with grade pay of Rs. 4600. Pensioners Associations informed that there are some CAT orders allowing benefit of grade pay of Rs. 4600 to the pre-2006 pensioners who retired in the pay scale of 6,500-10,500. It was decided that since the matter is sub-judice, the final decision would be taken subsequent to court decisions.
(Action: D/o Expenditure, D/o P&’PW)
 
(23.3) Complaints Against the System of Lodging of Pension Grievance.
This Department has been forwarding the grievances on pension related matters, received in this Department either on line through CPENGRAMSor otherwise, to designated nodal officers of concerned Ministries/Deptts/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. However, the Department is working on the feasibility of forwarding e-mails where email ids of nodal office has been provided. Hence the matter may be closed.
 
(23.4) Broad Banding of Disability Element for Pre-1996 cases.
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 difficult 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. Secretary (Pension) requested the Ministry of Finance to expedite
the disposal of cases.
 
(Action: M/o Finance, D/o Expenditure & D/o Ex-Servicemen Welfare)
 
(23.5) Appointment of Specialists and General Medical Officer in CGHS.
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. Ministry of Health & FW have delegated powers to the field level committees headed by Additional Director, CGHS of that city to appoint retired Government doctors against the vacant posts of specialists. Hence, the matter may be closed.
 
(23.6) Problems faced by non -Smart Card (old card holders) of CGHS.
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 Additional Director, CGHS of the city concerned. Two new vendors have been appointed for the issue of plastic cards. Hence the matter may be treated as closed.
 
(23.7) Extension of benefit of OM dt. 28.1.2013 w.e.f 1.1.2006 instead of 24.9.2012.
It was stated that a SLP filed by the D/o P&PW has been dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 29.07.2013. The Department was considering further course of action in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Law.
(Action: D/o  P&PW)
 
Source : http://pensionersportal.gov.in/
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/SCOVA_07102013.pdf]
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3% GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR DISABLED PERSONS

3% GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR DISABLED PERSONS

      SUPREME COURT DIRECTS CENTRE, STATES TO RESERVE 3% GOVERNMENT JOBS FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre and all state governments to provide three per cent job reservation to disabled persons in all their departments, companies and institutions.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam also clarified that the principle of not exceeding more than 50 per cent reservation would not be applicable while granting quota for disabled persons.

The apex court directed the authorities to compile the number of vacancies in all their departments to give jobs to disabled persons under three per cent reserved quota within three months.

The bench said it is an “alarming reality” that disabled persons are not getting jobs because of various social barriers forcing them to live life in poverty and negligence.

It said the government has “categorical obligation” to protect the right of disabled persons and passed a slew of directions for providing jobs to them.

Source: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/3-government-jobs-for-disabled-persons/
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