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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Expected DA July 2014 completed with hike of 7 % : AICPIN for the month of June 2014

Expected DA July 2014 completed with hike of 7 % : AICPIN for the month of June 2014
Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June, 2014
No.5/1/2014-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
‘CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the 31st July, 2014
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) June, 2014

The All-India CPI-IW for June, 2014 increased by 2 points and pegged at 246 (two hundred and forty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.82 per cent between May, 2014 and June, 2014 when compared with the rise of 1.32 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.37 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Poultry Chicken, Milk, Onion, Potato, Tomato and other vegetables, Sugar, Cigarette, Electricity Charges, Bus Fare, Barber & Tailoring Charges, Toilet Soap, etc. are responsible for the increase in index.

However, this increase was restricted to some extent by Wheat & Wheat Atta, Edible Oils, Fruits, Soft Coke, Medicine (Allopathic), etc., putting downward pressure on the index. The year-on-year intlation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.49 per cent for June, 2014 as compared to 7.02 per cent for the previous month and 11.06 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.88 per cent against 7.66 per cent of the previous month and 14.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Goa, Mudurai. Vishakhapathnarn. Bengluru and Kodarma recorded the maximum increase of 6 points each followed by Ahmedabad and Hubli Dharwar (5 points each). Among others, 4 points rise was observed in 8 centres, 3 points in 11 centres, 2 points in 16 centres and 1 point in another 16 centres. On the contrary, a decline of 8 points was reported in Giridih, 2 points each in Yamunanagar  and Sholapur, and 1 point in 5 centres. Indices of remaining 12 centres experienced no change. The indices of 36 centres are above and other 42 centres are below national average.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of July, 2014 will be released on Friday, 29 August, 2014. The same will also be available, on the office website www.labourbureau.gov. in.

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(SEGI)
DIRECTOR
Source: http://labourbureau.nic.in/Press_Note_eng_jun2014.pdf
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Amendment in Factories Act to permit women employees in night shift

Amendment in Factories Act to permit women employees in night shift

While answering to a question in Parliament yesterday, Minister Vishnu Deo said that a proposal for amendment in the Factories Act, 1948 is under active consideration of the government.

In a written reply he said, amendment of Section 66 of the Act relating to permission for employment of women for night work for a factory or group or class or description of factories with adequate safeguards for safety and provision of transportation till the doorstep of their residence.

Amendment of Sections 64 and 65 of the Act to enhance the limit of overtime hours from the present limit of 50 hours per quarter to 100 hours per quarter. The amendment also proposes this limit to be increased to a maximum of 125 hours per quarter in public interest with the approval of State Government.

Presently only the State Governments are empowered to make rules under the Factories Act. It is now proposed to empower the Central Government also to make rules under the Act on some of the important provisions.
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Merger of D.A. and provision of Interim Relief : BPMS Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

Merger of D.A. and provision of Interim Relief : BPMS Memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

Merger of D.A. and provision of Interim Relief
It is strongly recommended that whenever DA cross the 50% mark, it should be merged with the basic Pay and all perquisites be given after adding the merged portion of DA.

It also recommended that in the eventuality of DA crossing the 100% mark with Pay commission recommendations awaiting, then a system should be evolved for automatic merger of the DA and also grant of Interim Relief at 10% of the revised emoluments.

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDRATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
No. BPMS/7CPC/226 A (8/3/L)
Dated: 30/07/2014
To
The Member-Secretary,
7th Central Pay Commission,
Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
1st Floor, B-14/1, Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi – 110016

Sub :- Submission of Memorandum.

Dear Madam,
We have for reference your notification inviting memorandum from stakeholders expressing their views/opinions/comments on the various terms of references to the commission.
In this context, being a responsible stakeholder, we are hereby submitting our detailed Memorandum for your kind consideration.

We also desire to depose oral evidence for the Commission, if and when called upon to do so, and shall be glad to provide any further clarification and/or information as may be needed/called upon by the Commission.

Kindly acknowledge receipt.

Thanking You,
Yours Truly,
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(M. P. SINGH)
General Secretary
Click to view complete memorandum
Source: BPMS
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NFIR’s Memorandum to Seventh Central Pay Commission – Including Proposed Pay Structure

NFIR’s Memorandum to Seventh Central Pay Commission – Including Proposed Pay Structure

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

FOREWORD

The demand for setting up of “VII Central Pay Commission” raised by NFIR and consistent struggles by the employees in support of it, had compelled the Central Government to issue Notification vide No. 1/1/2013-E.III (A) dated 28th February 2014, constituting 7th CPC under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur.

Thereafter, NFIR received communication from VII CPC seeking memorandum. Accordingly, this Memorandum has been drafted and finalized after lengthy discussions with Federation office Bearers and representatives of affiliated Unions.

Preparation of comprehensive and exhaustive Memorandum relating to duties, responsibilities, complexities, accountability, pay structures granted from time to time and finalizing the proposed pay structure and allowances etc., to be placed before 7th CPC covering all categories of railway employees was a gigantic task which has however been accomplished due to the co-operation and assistance extended by our office bearers and members.

Marathon Sessions commenced from June, 4, 2014 onwards in association with hundreds of Cadre as well staff and the inputs provided on job profiles of each category have contributed a lot for the preparation of this massive Memorandum. During the lengthy deliberations, NFIR Office Bearers have taken part effectively and assisted the team members for preparation of cogent draft, which has been finalized after vetting more than once. Entire NFIR Secretariat has contributed a lot by working overtime continuously during the process of shaping memorandum within the time schedule. They deserve special compliments for their devotion throughout the period of 55 days from June 4, 2014.

Every attempt has been made to bring out in the memorandum, the intricacies of the Railways working, complex nature of duties combined with risk factors besides the fact that due justice was not done by previous Pay Commissions to the rail work force to facilitate VII CPC to consider all these aspects.

I am confident that the Railway Employees would feel satisfied of the material placed in the Memorandum and equally pay structures and allowances etc., proposed for consideration of 7th CpC.

I welcome comments, observations and views of the readers which may be useful for taking further action.

NEW DELHI
JULY 28, 2014
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(M.RAGHAVAIAH)
GENERAL SECRETARY
Download NFIR’s Memorandum to 7th CPC
Source: NFIR
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BPS supplementary memorandum to 7th CPC-With 100% rise in DA/DR the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached 1: 25.7

BPS supplementary memorandum to 7th CPC-With 100% rise in DA/DR the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached 1: 25.7
No. SG/BPS/Supli. memo/7CPC/2
Dated : 30. 07.2014
Supplementary Memorandum to 7th CPC
Discrimination  & Disparities caused by 6th CPC

(With 100% rise in DA/DR  the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached  1: 25.7)

1. Widening of disparity in income & wealth due to Minimum Maximum Salary Ratio raised to 1:12: The minimum maximum salary ratio which had come down to 1:8 in 1996(Para 2.2.16 sixth CPC report)  which in conformity with  preamble to Constitution  should have further gone down, but was increased to 1:12 by the sixth CPC, overlooking the spirit of Indian constitutions. As pension is directly proportionate to Salary widening of minimum maximum salary ratio created vast disparity in income & wealth of highest & lowest paid . Minimum guaranteed Pension is 50% of the revised basic salary. As is clear from Para 2.1.12 to 2.1.15 of 6th CPC recommendations, while drawing comparison of Group A civil service officers’ pay packages  with that of  Public & private Sectors, VI th CPC did not accounted for service security , powers enjoyed & the latent benefits. This resulted in recommendation of disproportionate package at highest level, raising   minimum maximum salary ratio to 1:12. Consequestly with 100% rise in DA/DR  the ratio between minimum maximum pension has reached  1: 25.7causing Vast disparity in income & wealth of lowest & highest paid in civil services (Minimum salary Rs 7000 & Max. Rs 90000 of cab. Secy . Lowest Pension with DR =Rs 7000 & highest Pension with DR Rs 180000/)
and causing Vast disparity in income & wealth of lowest & highest paid in civil services (Minimum salary Rs 7000 & Max. Rs 90000 of cab. Secy) .  Pensioners at lower levels especially those corresponding to S4 to S23 pre-revised 5th CPC Scales have been  discriminated against & are the worst hit. We appeal to the commission to bring back minimum maximum Salary ratio to 1996 level i.e. 1: 8

 2. Discrimination in Parity between past and present Pensioners & within pre 2006 group of Pensioners:
In India there already exist complete parity in pension for judges of Supreme Court, High Courts, Comptroller and audit General of India(Para 137.11 of 5th CPC report) , Cab Secy & Appex Scale of 80000/. Complete  parity  has also been conceded for defence forces through OROP and to great extent  to  Scales 24 to 32 (pre-revised Vth CPC Scales) i.e. PB 4, HAG & HAG + who  are now nearer  full parity  through  varied multiplication factor  adopted by 6th CPC  & minimum guaranteed pension formula. As their revised Basic pay in pay Band 4,HAG & HAG+ revised Scales of 6th CPC is much higher (2.44 to 3.37 times) than the pre revised maximum  Basic Salary. Varied multiplication factor has also created inequality within pre2006 Pensioners group. Definitely remaining Pensioners too belong to the same category of citizens & cannot be discriminated against.

The V CPC  had observed in para 137.13 of their report that “while it is desirable to grant complete parity to all past pensioners irrespective of date of retirement, this may not be feasible straightaway as the financial implications would be considerable.  The process of bridging the gap in pensions of past and present pensioners has already been set in motion by the IV CPC. This process of attainment of reasonable parity needs to be continued so as to achieve complete parity over a period of time”.  The recommendation made in para 137.14 of their report had been accepted and implemented by the government.  While the process had to be continued further, this was not continued on the plea that VI CPC did not recommend the same (though 6th CPC did not recommend separate Scales for S,31 & 32 &33 but were given) VIth CPC going against the spirit of constitution & accepted norms of 5th CPC instead of bridging the widening gap, increased it by adopting a varying multiplication factor from 1.86 at lower levels i.e S7to S23(pre-revised 5th CPC scale) to 3.37 (S 31/HAG+Scale) at the higher level as brought out in the attached table . This resulted in denial of equal treatment within the homogenous group of  pre-1.1.2006 pensioners which  needs to be rectified retrospectively, ensuring equal rise in pension to all, through common multiplication factor.We appeal to the commission to recommend full parity to all past pensioners.  The country is on the path of registering phenomenal progress, with economy is looking up & fiscal deficit set to reduce to 3.6 by the time commissions report is expected to be out. Govt. is considering pegging-up pension of former MPs by 75%. OROP for defence, improvement in EPS 95 beneficiaries has been conceded, Parity in pension for Supreme Court, High Court Judges , CAG, Cab Secy. & apex Scale(S 33pre-revised scale) exist. Pensioners corresponding to PB4 (S24 to S29), HAG (S 30) & HAG+ (S31-32) Scales are very close to parity. Thus Pensioners corresponding to other pre revised scales & Pay Bands should not be discriminated against.

3. Anomaly  in assigning Grade pay: 
6th CPC vide their  Para 11.4 recommended: All the employees belonging to Groups ‘A’, ‘B’ , ‘C’ & ‘D’to be placed in distinct running pay bands {means one pay band each for Group C, B & 2 BP for group   ‘A’ (Para 2.2.8 of 6th CPC report). Group D stands merged with Group C } Every post, barring that of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent to have a distinct grade pay attached to it. Grade pay (being a fixed amount attached to each post in the hierarchy) to determine the status of a post with (apart from the two apex scales of Secretary/equivalent and Cabinet Secretary/equivalent that do not carry any grade pay) a senior post being given higher grade pay.  Its very clear from the above that Grade Pay is indicative of the status of the post as such it needs to be assigned according to the post from which the pensioner retired & not according to the scale from which he/she retired. But In implementation of modified parity injustice has been done to several sections of pre 2006 pensioners who retired from the posts held during IV CPC and V CPC period.  This happened mainly due to denial of modified parity as per corresponding Grade Pay of the post.  This has resulted in those who retired from the same posts & same length of service prior to revision falling behind their counterparts who retired from service after revision.  Some categories of staff suffered downgrading.  To illustrate the point, it is submitted that a Group ‘B’ Gazetted officer who retired in IV CPC scale on or before 31.12.95  has been  equated to a non-gazetted senior supervisor .  With grade pay of Rs.4200 w.e.f., 1.1.2006 indicating his status as Group C non- Gazetted . This puts a question mark on the very concept of GP & need rectification retrospectively. We suggest that modified  parity  may be implemented as per the post from which the pensioner retired.
Same fitment formula for absorbed BSNL pensioners
BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) was carved out of DoT and the employees working in Department of Telecom were enmasse transferred to BSNL on optional basis.  Before formation of BSNL, there were several rounds of discussion with unions.  It was agreed to extend the retirement benefits on combined service in accordance with CCS Pension Rules 1972.  The Government of India agreed to pay pension/family pension from ‘Consolidated fund’.  Accordingly Rule 37-A was incorporated in CCS Pension Rules 1972 which was published in Government Gazette on 30/9/2000.

The employees of DoT were absorbed in BSNL in the year 2002 but with retrospective effect from 1/10/2000.  Their pay scales were also revised from CDA pattern to IDA pattern retrospectively from 1/10/2000 with industrial dearness allowance.  The employees who retired from BSNL after 1/10/2000 have rendered their maximum service in Department of Telecom.  Most of them have served in DoT for more than 30 years.  Most of the 6th CPC recommendations like Gratuity, Enhanced Pension, Age-related additional pension, Minimum/Maximum pension etc. were made applicable for those BSNL retirees.  The Government of India is honouring its commitment of paying pension from the Consolidated fund.  Infact those who retired from BSNL after 1/10/2000 are actually BSNL retirees but Government Pensioners.

Their pension was calculated on the basis of last 10 months average emoluments for those who retired prior to 1/1/2006 and 50% of last pay drawn or last 10 months average whichever is beneficial for those who retired after 1/1/2006 as per 6th CPC recommendations and they are getting industrial dearness allowance every three months.  Their pension was revised w.e.f. 1/1/2007 on the basis of pay revision effected from 1/1/2007 for serving employees in BSNL.  The pay revision from 1/1/2007 for BSNL employees was implemented on the basis of recommendations of Second Pay Revision Committee for Public Sector Employees headed by Justice Jagannath Rao.  But for those who retired from BSNL after 1/1/2006, the recommendations of 6th CPC, like 50% of last pay drawn as pension, Minimum pension of Rs.3500/- Enhanced family pension for 10 years for those who died in harness etc. were implemented from 1/1/2006 onwards.  This duality should be put an end to.

The absorbed employees in BSNL from DoT are covered under CCS Pension Rules 1972.  Explanation under sub-rule 8 of Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 states “The amount of pension/family pension of the absorbed employee on retirement or on death from Public Sector undertaking shall be calculated in the same way as calculated in the case of a Central Government servant, retiring or dying on the same day”.
The Department of telecom vide its O.M.No.40-13/2002-PEN.(T) dated 15/1/2003 clarified the following doubts:-

Doubt 3 – What will be the emoluments for determining the retirement Gratuity/Death Gratuity on IDA pay scales?
Clarification – As per Rule 50 (5) of CCS (Pension) Rules, the emoluments for the purpose of Gratuity admissible shall be reckoned in accordance with Rule 33, provided that if the emoluments of the Government servant have been reduced during the last 10 months of his service, otherwise than as a penalty, average emoluments as referred to in Rule 34 shall be treated as emoluments.

Doubt 4 – Whether the minimum pension of Rs.1275 p.m. as well as maximum pension of Rs.15000 p.m. (i.e., 50% of average emoluments in all cases) as applicable in the CDA pay scale is also to be applicable in IDA pay scales?

Clarification – The ceiling minimum and maximum pension as existing in CCS (Pension) Rules shall continue unless specifically approved otherwise by the Government.

Doubt 5 – Whether commutation of pension as applicable at 40% (maximum) on CDA pay scale is also to be applicable in IDA pay scales?

Clarification – Yes.

Hence they should be considered as Government Pensioners.  6th Pay Commission’s recommendations were made applicable to them except the fitment formula.  We request that the fitment formula recommended by 7th CPC, be made applicable to them also.  The only difference may be, it would be in IDA Pay and IDR instead of CDA Pay and CDR.  Sub-rule 10 of Rule 37-A of CCS Pension Rules 1972 states “In addition to pension or family pension, as the case may be, the employees who opted for combined service shall also be eligible to Dearness Relief as per industrial dearness Allowance pattern”.  Further, as per the Apex Court judgement, Pay and DA/DR should be on IDA pattern only after 1980.

The commission is requested to consider this demand, applying the same fitment formula to absorbed BSNL pensioners on par with Central Government Pensioners, without changing the IDA pattern, positively and recommend to the Government accordingly.

Additional new benefits sought :

1.   Children’s educational allowance and hostel subsidy:
These benefits need to be extended mutatis mutandis to children of retired and deceased employees.  The death or retirement of an employee should not make any difference in the above regard.  Many retired employees have school and college going children because of late marriages.

2.   Festival advance or grant:
Festival advance equivalent to one month’s basic pension/family pension to be recovered in 12 equal  monthly installments will not only  help the pensioner to celebrate at least one festival in a year with children and grand children giving them gifts etc., on the occasion but also serve as an interest free advance.  Alternatively, they should be granted a substantial amount every year as festival grant.

3.   Secondary Family Pension to dependent unmarried son up to 28 years of age:
This may kindly be considered as recruitment age for certain posts under central government is presently 28 years.  Marriage of a dependent son should not be a bar for this benefit as marriage does not make any difference to the financial position unlike in the case of a married daughter.

4.   Secondary family pension to dependent widowed/divorced daughter:
It is now being restricted only to those daughters who become divorced or widowed during the life time of deceased employee/pensioner/family pensioner.  This restriction is contrary to the very purpose for and the spirit with which this benefit was conceived.  The idea is that an unmarried/widowed daughter should not be left in the lurch and exposed to undue financial hardship after the death of the parents with no other support.  The commission are therefore requested to remove the above restriction.

5.   Secondary family pension to dependent widowed daughter-in-law:
The responsibility of widowed daughter-in -law and her minor children devolves on the pensioner/family pensioner after son’s death. It is a cause of great anxiety and worry for the pensioner/family pensioner having dependent widowed daughter-in-law.  Though dependent widowed daughters of pensioners/family pensioners are extended the above benefit, in many cases they don’t have parents drawing pension/family pension.  Even otherwise, the primary reasonability of looking after them is that of the father-in-law as he cannot leave them to their fate after the death of the son.  As such the above benefit will go a long way in helping such hapless widows and their minor children.  Such cases will be very few and do not entail much financial burden to the exchequer.  This issue has earlier been raised in the SCOVA.  Matter needs to be considered from a humanitarian angle in the context of Indian family system.

6.   Physically handicapped allowance:
This is granted to PH employees while in service.  This needs to be continued even after their retirement also.

7.   Financial assistance to pensioners:
Pensioners irrespective of age have to be provided with bank loans at concessional rates of interest to meet expenditure on children’s higher education, marriages of daughters and construction/purchase of dwelling units.

8.   Running of old age homes: All Central government departments should run old age homes for their retired employees with attached medical facilities.  Railways should run such homes for their retired employees.

9.   Transport Allowance:
The phenomenal increase in the cost of transport needs no proof.  Pensioners perforce have to spend considerable amounts towards transport.  They have to attend to their day to day needs either themselves or by engaging someone for the purpose in view of the nuclear family system.  The traffic not only in big cities and towns but also in smaller places has been growing by leaps and bounds.  It is difficult for pensioners to venture out alone and they need a companion to go to hospitals and dispensaries or to attend social functions.  As such, transport allowance in one form or another has to be granted to pensioners.  The Commission are requested to consider the demand sympathetically’.

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/07/bps-supplementary-memorandum-to-7th-cpc.html
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Confederation Proposed New Pay Structure and Rate of Increment in its memorandum to 7th Pay Commission

Confederation Proposed New Pay Structure and Rate of Increment in its memorandum to 7th Pay Commission
Proposed Pay Structure and Rate of Increment
In the preceding chapters we have dealt with the various principles of pay determination as was enunciated by the successive Pay Commissions. The 6th CPC introduced the new concept of Pay Band and Grade Pay. We are not able to comprehend any logical methodology having been adopted by the 6th CPC in constructing the Pay Band and Grade Pay. In the ultimate analysis, we found that there had been no uniform multiplication factor. It varied from 2.2 time to 3. The changes effected by the Government while implementing the recommendations of the 6th CPC further compounded the confusion and making it more irrational and arbitrary.

The 6th CPC in their report stated that they have upgraded certain pay scales having appreciated the contention made by the employees organizations. They merged certain other pay scales in an effort to delayering the functions. But the new pay that emerged from such upgradation/merger was not equivalent to the higher pay scales in the said group. For instance, the erstwhile pay scales of Rs.5000-8000, 5500-9000 and 6500-10500 were merged. The multiplication factor for pay band construction was 1.86 times of the minimum. Therefore the pay band for the pre merged pay scales was determined to begin at Rs.9300/-. Having merged, the pay band must have begun at 12,090/-, i.e. 1.86 times of 6500/- in which the other pay scales were merged.

7.2 The manner in which the Grade pay was devised is also questionable. At the lower level the Grade Pay progresses @ Rs.100/- ,i.e. 1800, 1900, 2000, etc. The pay in the Band + Grade Pay at the entry level is 5200 + 1800 = 7000. An employee is entitled for 3% increment every year. He gets a financial benefit of Rs. 210 every year on account an increment whereas on promotion his grade pay gets increased by just Rs.100/- only. The Grade Pay was devised at 40% of the maximum of the pre revised time scale of pay. The maximum of any time scale of pay will depend upon the rate of increment and the span of the scale of pay. The ratio between the minimum and the maximum of all pay scales was not uniform, rather it could not be uniform.

Therefore, prescribing Grade Pay as a percentage of such variable maximum, in our opinion, was erroneous. Normally fitment benefit represent the gap between pre revised minimum and the revised minimum. The 6th CPC recommendation of Grade Pay did not serve this purpose also. Having been expressed in absolute quantum amount it gave varied benefit in different pay bands as also at different stages in the same pay bands.

7.3 The Grade Pay system brought about various anomalies, which were raised at the NAC but found no resolution despite discussions on several occasions in the last 6 years. We are of the firm view that the 7th CPC should revert to the Pay Scale System which has been time tested. We have constructed the pay scales maintaining the relativities with the time scale of pay suggested by both 5th and 6th CPC.


7.4 While constructing the pay scales we have taken the rate of increments at 5% instead of 3% presently available. We have done so on the ground that most of the PSUs including the banking industries provide the incremental rate at 5% and over a period of time it raises the salary level of the personnel. We therefore request that the 7th CPC may recommend the rate of annual increment at 5%. Incidentally we may also state that the uniform date of increment prescribed by the 6th CPC has encountered certain problems and anomalies. We, therefore, suggest that the 7th CPC may recommend, for administrative expediency, two specific dates as increment dates, Viz. 1st January and 1st July. Those recruited/appointed/promoted during the period between 1st January and 30th June will have their increment date on 1st January and those recruited/appointed/promoted between 1st July and 31st December will have it on 1st July next year. This apart we request the Commission to specifically recommend that those who retire on 30th June or 31st December are granted one increment on the last day of their service.

7.5 We have also felt that a further reduction in the number of pay scales is needed. While constructing the pay scales we have removed those pay scales pertaining to Grade Pay of Rs.1900, 2400, 4600, 8700 and the scale of pay of Rs. 75500-80000. We are of the opinion that the instrument of Special Pay which was in operation earlier should be brought back to address the need of intermediary grades in certain organizations. The Associations and Federations representing the employees and officers of various departments and various categories will submit their memorandum indicating the pay scales to be assigned to the categories of the employees and officers they represent taking into account the nature of functions assigned to those categories separately.

7.6 Presently, functional promotion is made to the next hierarchical position whereas MACP promotion is Grade Pay based, irrespective of the fact whether a particular Grade Pay exist in the hierarchy or not in the concerned department. Our suggestion to reduce the number of pay scales go a great extent to obviate the difficulty encountered due to the dual system of promotion.

7.7 We have constructed open- ended pay scales. This is to ensure that no employee stagnates without increment. The pay of the Secretary and the Cabinet Secretary has been kept as a fixed amount as has been the recommendation of the 6th CPC. In consonance with our view on the need for further de-layering, we have suggested only 14 Pay scales indicating in the table the minimum of each of them. The said 14 pay scales are given below:

In Table 7.2, the corresponding pay scales of the 6th CPC recommended Grade Pay are given for reference.




Source: CGEN.in
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Committee has formed to examine the issues of Incremental Pay in Piece Work System

Committee has formed to examine the issues of Incremental Pay in Piece Work System

The main issue of overtime for Piece workers beyond 44 3/4 Hrs and upto 48 Hrs in a week under departmental rules.

The order is reproduced as under…
ORDER
No.834/PWR/A/A
Dated 21st July 2014

Sub: Committee to examine the issue of payment of incremental pay to peice workers for working beyond 44 3/4 hrs and upto 48 hrs in a week under departmental rules.

A committee is hereby costituted with the following officers and staff side members to examine the issue of payment of incremental pay to piece workers for working beyond 44 3/4 hrs and upto 48 hrs in a week.

1. Shri Rajiv Gupta, Member/TS – Chairman

2. Shri V.Ravindran, DDG/Finance – Member

3. Shri A.K.Nayak, DDG/Admin – Member

4. Smt. Arti C.Srivastava, Dir/Admin – Member – Secretary

5. Shri Avra Ghosh, Addl. C of A(Fys) – Member

6. Representative of AIDEF – Member

7. Representative of INDWF – Member

8. Representative of BPMS – Member

2. Terms of reference for the committee will be as follows…
(i) The committee will examine the circumstances which to the decision to stop payment of incremental element of pay as part of piece workers payment for overtime working during 3 1/4 hr (per week) / 1 hr (per day) upto 48 hrs a week or 9 hrs a day.
(ii) The committee will examine the admissibility of incremental pay for the said 3 1/4 hrs within the framework of existing peicework scheme.
(iii) The committee may explore the possibility of payment of incremental pay for the said 3 1/4 hrs as a new element to the existing scheme.


3. The committee will submit its report by 4th August, 2014.

4. This issues with the approval of DGOF & Chariman/OFB.

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Member/Per
Source: INDWF
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Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-mps- Will the govt. adopt similar attitude to revise Pension of C.G & State Govt pensioners?

Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-mps- Will the govt. adopt similar attitude to revise Pension of C.G & State Govt pensioners?
Soon, a 75% hike in monthly pension for ex-mps
NEW DELHI: Former MPs, whose pensions were last revised in 2009, may now see a hefty hike in their retirement benefits. Government sources told HT that the monthly pension for exMPs is likely to go up to Rs.35,000 a month from Rs.20,000 a month — a 75% hike.

A major breakthrough in pensions for ex-MPs came under the first NDA government, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when they introduced pension for all MPs irrespective of their tenure. Earlier, only MPs who had completed a 5-year term were entitled to post-retirement benefits.

The Modi government is also set to increase the rate of additional pension for each completed year in excess of five years. The centre is considering additional pension of Rs.2,000 per month instead of the current rate of Rs.1,500.

In other words, if a parliamentarian has served for seven years, he or she will get monthly four thousand additional pension on the top of his basic pension of Rs.35,000.

Sitting MPs, who have received routine hikes to keep up with inflation, currently get a salary of Rs.50,000 per month. The additional perks and allowances include Rs.45,000 per month as constituency allowance, Rs.2,000 daily if he attends parliament and Rs.30,000 for secretarial assistance, among other things.
Parliament’s nod is required to enhance the former MPs’ pension. Government sources added that the legal amendments will be brought in the winter session after inter-ministerial consultations.

In sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thrust on welfare of women, the definition of “dependents” for family pension will also include divorced or widowed daughters of former MPs.

The government is also mulling the option of providing family pension for a much longer period of time after the MPs demise.

The pension for former MPs was introduced during the tenure of Indira Gandhi — Rs.3,000 per month — but only for those who completed a term in Parliament.

In 2009, UPA government enhanced it to Rs.20,000 per month.

Source: www.hindustantimes.com
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission on issues common to All Central Government Employees

MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY CONFEDERATION TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi – 110001
(Central Head Quarters)
Website: confederationhq.blogspot.com
E mail: confederationhq@gmail.com

No. CONF/7th CPC/Memorandum
Dated: 28th July, 2014

To The Member Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission, PO Box No. 4599, Hauz Khas Post Office New Delhi – 110016

Madam,
Sub :- Memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission on issues common to All Central Government Employees – Submission of -

On behalf of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, we submit the memorandum for the consideration of the Commission.

The staff side, National council, JCM vide their letter in NC-JCM-2014/7th CPC dated 30th June 2014 have submitted a memorandum in respect of issues common to all Central Government Employees. We are in agreement with the views canvassed therein and endorse the same fully.

As indicated in detail in the introductory Chapter, we have made certain additions to elucidate the views and contentions in respect of some matters and added a paragraph on certain other issues under the Chapter Miscellaneous. We request that the 7th CPC may consider our submissions and make appropriate recommendations to the Government.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
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(M. KRISHNAN)
Secretary General
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DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF – CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY JCM STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL

DA MERGER & INTERIM RELIEF – CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY JCM STAFF SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
Central Headquarters
1st floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001.
Dated : 23.07.2014
Com. Shiv Gopal Misra,
Secretary,
Staff Side, National Council, JCM
13 C Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.

Dear Comrade,
Sub: Memorandum of Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance.

The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers places on record its appreciation over the efforts of the Staff Side, JCM, National Council in preparing and submitting the memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission, which has received the widest acceptance and admiration of the Central Government employees. Since the last date for submitting the Department-specific memorandum has been got extended by your efforts uptill 31st July, 2014, the first phase of our endeavour and interaction with the 7th CPC will come to a conclusion in a few days’ time.

I have been directed by the National Secretariat of the Confederation which met on 17th July, 2014 to solicit your kind reference to the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side on behalf of all Federations, Unions, Associations on Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance. We are of the view that the Staff Side, in pursuance of the said memorandum, must seek an audience with the Pay Commission immediately to know the course of action the Commission would like to take in the matter. We must also seek an appointment with the honourable Finance Minister thereafter so as to ensure that a decision on our demands is taken by the Government without any further delay. We hope we need not emphasise the fact that the Central Government employees do expect financial benefit on this score as the erosion in the real value of wages as on date is phenomenal.

We shall be grateful if you will indicate to us your line of approach in the matter.

Thanking you and with greetings,
Yours fraternally,
M. Krishnan
Secretary General.

Copy to 1.Com. Raghaviah, Leader Staff Side, National Council, JCM 2. Com. Srikumar, Secretary General, All India Defence Employees Federation.

Source: Confederation
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OROP Latest News: A high level meeting was taken up by Defence Minister on July 16, 2014

OROP Latest News: A high level meeting was taken up by Defence Minister on July 16, 2014

The demand for one rank one pension (OROP) was accepted by the previous government and a provision of Rs. 500 crore was made in the interim budget. The new government, stating its intention to implement the demand many times, has also provided for it in the regular budget. However, veterans are nowhere near getting the enhanced pensions envisaged. What is the current status on OROP?

A high-level meeting was taken by the defence minister on July 16 to thrash out issues with Service Chiefs, staff of Services headquarters and the top brass of the defence ministry, including defence accounts and the department of ex-servicemen’s welfare attending.

Also present were the representatives of four major ex-servicemen’s organisations to give inputs and plead their case. Regrettably, the meeting was inconclusive. A deadlock was created over the most basic issue, the very definition of OROP between bureaucrats of the MOD on one side and the uniformed fraternity plus the veterans on the other. The defence minister stated that the Koshiyari Committee’s definition of OROP might not be acceptable to the government now. His remark to veterans to lower their expectations reveals the stand of the government on the issue, causing consternation among them.

The political executive as well as the people of this country must realise that OROP is not a concession but is meant to offset restricted terms of service to soldiers wherein they are retired at a very young age. Here, the definition set by the Koshiyari Committee must prevail in that OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to past pensioners. It is significant that this explanation had already been accepted by the government. My take is that the government needs to show political will and make good on its promises.

Source: Hindustan Times
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DoPT launches e-service record system for government employees

DoPT launches e-service record system for government employees

With the objective to promote a paperless regime and better human resource management, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has launched an e-service record book portal for government employees.
“Under the personnel information management system of e-office, the DoPT has extended the facility to its employees to view their service book online. All the other ministries have been advised to extend the facility to the civilian employees working under them,” said an official.

Earlier documented in paper files, the service record provides information on various portfolios and posts held by a particular government employee.

“In future, it would also prove to be of great assistance in an efficient management of human resource. The system can facilitate work allocation based on the skills and experiences of the employees under consideration for a particular post or department,” said the official, adding that the priority is to pick the best and suitable candidate for better output.The DoPT has also launched a Basic Leadership Skills Module for Central Secretariat Services officers at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management. The module is expected to equip civil servants with the skills that help them function efficiently in a complex and challenging environment.

“All levels of civil service need to be trained in leadership skills so that they impart their duties effectively,” said the official.

The Department plans to introduce similar modules for mid-level and advanced leadership skill development.
A Learning Resource Centre has also been set up with a mandate to identify and adopt the leading national and international practices in the field of training techniques and technologies to strengthen the Trainers Development Programme, to develop a cadre of high quality trainers.

“This would reduce the financial burden otherwise incurred on foreign trips often undertaken by government functionaries for skill training,” said the official. Both the training activities have been supported by the UNDP, under the Strengthening the Human Resource Management for Civil Services Project.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules

Fraudulent claim of Leave Travel concession – Disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant as per existing rules.

While answering to a question in Lok Sabha on 16th July 2014 about misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession by the Central Government employees, Dopt Minister said that the “Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) had received a letter from Central Vigilance Commissioner addressed to Cabinet Secretary regarding irregularities and misuse in availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) by the public servants in the Central Government, its Public Enterprises (PSEs) and Public Sector Banks, in violation of the guidelines.

The matter is being investigated by CBI.

Government of India formulates the policies and schemes keeping in mind the various service requirements of the employees and their welfare. Various Ministries/Departments & other agencies of the Government of India are responsible for the proper implementation of these policies. These policies are reviewed from time to time and also amended when situation demands.

In case of Leave Travel concession if any fraudulent claim is made, the irregularities are looked into in terms of Rule 16 of the CCS(LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim which may result in imposition of the any of the penalties specified in Rule 11 of CCS (Classification, Control and Appeal Rules), 1965. If found guilty, the Government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld during the pendency of the disciplinary proceedings”.


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Comparative study on the pay scales of LDC & UDCs of Kerala State and Central Government

Comparative study on the pay scales of LDC & UDCs of Kerala State and Central Government

LDC-UDC ISSUE:

The comments of Shri George Antony, Kalpakkam on the Memorandum submitted to the 7th Pay Commission by this Association is given below: Shri Antony has made a comparative study on the pay scales of LDC & UDCs of Kerala State and Central Government wherein it has seen that the LDC/UDC posted in Central Government are being paid much less pay than the pay of LDC/UDC of Kerala State.
 
All our friends are requested to send useful material in support of the demands put up by us to the 7th CPC to this Association so that the same may be used during oral evidence.

TKR Pillai

I have gone through your memorandum to 7th CPC. After analyzing the past pay commissions and various state government pay commissions, I have observed some facts which I would like to share with you. This may be useful for your meeting with 7th CPC in the nearby future.
The observations are listed below for your consideration.
1) There is a general conception that central gov. employee’s pay is more than state gov. employee’s pay. But this is not true in many cases. Kerala gov. employee’s pay is more than central gov. employee’s pay in many equivalent posts like LDC, UDC etc.

Source: http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/07/comparative-study-on-pay-scales-of-ldc.html
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MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government

MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government…

MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between Citizens and Government with the help of technology for growth and development of India. Through this platform, the Government aims to encourage Citizen Participation towards Good Governance by seeking their ideas, suggestions and grass roots level contribution. Citizens can participate in this unique initiative of nation building and for the very first time in the history of this country, citizens from across India will come together to share their expert thoughts, ideas and suggestions with the Government in areas related to various policies, programs, schemes etc. MyGov will empower citizens to work hand in hand with the Government.

Public can register on mygov.nic.in to participate. Getting credit points by posting views on Discussions, completing Tasks that you volunteer for, and sharing ideas and view points of others on social media. Incentives based on credit points will be announced in the future. Periodically, select volunteers/achievers can get to meet and present their views directly to the Hon’ble PM of India.

Moreover, MyGov platform gives you an opportunity to help in nation building.
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Special Feature of 2014’s Central Budget: Own house for all by 2022

Special Feature of 2014’s Central Budget: Own house for all by 2022

The new Government at the Centre has sworn to ensure that by 2022, each and everyone has a house of their own. The government plans to make this possible by increasing the tax exemptions given to house loans. The Government also plans to encourage youngsters to own houses.

Low-cost housing projects will be introduced through the National Housing Banks. This will enable people of the economically weaker sections living in the cities to build their own houses. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced that the Government has set aside Rs. 4000 Crores in the 2014-15 budget. In order to further strengthen it, the Government plans to invite foreign investment in this area. The Government is also ready to explore other options.

Jaitley has also announced that the Government is giving serious thoughts about bringing the slum rehabilitation programme under the Corporate Social Responsibility umbrella. This is in order to increase the participation of the private sector in this area. Loans to construct houses in villages are being given under the various rural housing development schemes. The National Housing Board has allocated Rs. 8,000 Crores in 2014-15 to boost these rural housing schemes.
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Income Tax Structure further needs to simplified – Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman

Income Tax Structure further needs to simplified – Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance said that tax structure needs to be further simplified so that it is easy for tax payers to comply and pay off the tax due from them. She said that the citizens want to become lawful compliant rather than tax evaders.

Ms Sitharaman was delivering the Valedictory Address at the conclusion of the two-day Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Director Generals, Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax here today. She hoped that the delebrations of the two-day Conference would be helpful to the senior officers in handling various tax related issues and in reducing tax litigation and strengthening of grievance redressal mechanism.

Earlier Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance released a Handbook on ‘Effective Handling of Cases before Settlement Commission’.

The Valedictory Address was also attended by Shri Shaktikant Das, Revenue Secretary, Chairman and Members of CBDT and senior officers of the Revenue Department among others.

Earlier, Shri R.K. Tiwari, Chairman CBDT gave details of the two day deliberations of the 30th Annual Conference of Principal Chief Commissioners, Principal Director Generals, Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax two-day and its major highlights. He assured that the officers of the Department will make all out efforts to achieve their respective targets in a transparent and fair manner.

He also said that the deliberations during the Annual Conference were very fruitful and would help the officers in dealing with various day to day tax related matters in an effective manner
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Details of the pension schemes being run by the Central Government

Details of the pension schemes being run by the Central Government

Under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) administered by Ministry of Rural Development, central assistance is provided only to old aged, widows, disabled persons and bereaved families on death of primary bread winner belonging to Below Poverty Line households irrespective of their caste category. The schemes are implemented both in urban and rural areas.

At present the scheme of NSAP comprises of 5 schemes applicable to BPL persons which are as follows:-
i. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS)
ii. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)
iii. Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)
iv. National Family Benefit Pension (NFBS)
v. Annapurna Scheme.
The details of these 5 schemes along with the amount of assistance provided is enclosed as Annexure.
Assistance under the schemes of NSAP is provided to all persons who are Below Poverty Line including Scheduled Castes. The details of number of persons belonging to Scheduled Caste benefited under the schemes of NSAP is not available, as this information is not obtained/reported by States.

A Task Force constituted under the Chairmanship of Member Planning Commission, considered all the issues, demands and suggestions relating to social assistance/ security, received from various quarters and submitted its report in March, 2013, inter-alia, recommending expanding scope of coverage and increasing the quantum of pension. Further action has been initiated to process the recommendations of the Task Force.


ANNEXURE

Eligibility criteria and the amount of assistance underthe schemes of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)

Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS): Central assistance of Rs. 200/- per month is provided to persons in the age group of 60-79 years and Rs. 500/- per month to persons of 80 years and above.

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS): Under the scheme, Central assistance @ Rs. 300/- per month is provided to widows in the age-group of 40-79 years. On reaching the age of 80 years, the beneficiary is shifted to IGNOAPS to get enhanced assistance of Rs.500/- per month.
Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS): Under the scheme Central assistance @ Rs. 300/- per month is provided to persons aged 18-79 years with severe and multiple disabilities. On reaching the age of 80 years, the beneficiary is shifted to IGNOAPS to get enhanced assistance of Rs. 500/- per month.

National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS): Under the scheme a BPL household is entitled to lump sum amount of money on the death of primary breadwinner aged between 18 and 59 years. The amount of assistance is Rs. 20,000/-

Annapurna: Under the scheme, 10 kg of food grains per month are provided free of cost to those senior citizens who, though eligible, are not receiving old age pension.

The above information was submitted as a written reply to a question in Parliament on 22nd July 2014 by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Sudarshan Bhagat.

Source: CGEN.in
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Dopt orders on submission of Assets and Liabilities Declaration under Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act 2013 by Public Servants

Dopt orders on submission of Assets and Liabilities Declaration under Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act 2013 by Public Servants

As per the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder, every public servant shall file declarations, information or return, as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st day of March every year, to the competent authority, on or before the 31st day of July of that year. This is an important difference from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and may kindly be noted.

F. No. 11013/3/2014-Estt(A)
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi
Dated July 23,2014

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year and placing the same in public domain on the websites of the Ministries/ Departments.

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the Government has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013. on 14.07.2014. The same is available on this Department’s website at http://persmin.nic.in/Lokpal_Homepage_New.asp.

2. As per the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder, every public servant shall file declarations. information or return. as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st day of March every year, to the competent authority, on or before the 31st day of July of that year. It may be noted that as per Section 2(1)(o) of the Act, “Public Servant” means a person referred to in clauses (a) to (h) of sub-sectlon (1) of section 14 of the Act but does not include a public servant in respect of whom the jurisdiction is exercisable by any court or other authority under the Army Act, 1950. the Air Force kt, 1950, the Navy Act. 1957 and the Coast Guard Act. 1978 or the procedure is applicable to such public servant under those Acts.

3. It may also be noted that the definition of public servant covers all Central Government servants (Groups A, B and C). Therefore, all Central Government servants are required to file the declaration. This is an important difference from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and may kindly be noted.

4. As per these Rules, the public servants who have filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations. information or as the case may be, annual returns as on the 1st day of August, 2014, to the competent authority on or before the 15th day of September. 2014. All Ministries/Departments are accordingly. requested to please bring the provisions of the Public Servants (furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 to the notice of all concerned for compliance.

5. Formal amendment to the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 will be made in due course.
6. Hindi version will follow
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(J.W Vaidyanathan)
Director (E)
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_3_2014-Estt-A_23072014.pdf]
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Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ cadres- matching savings

Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ cadres- matching savings

“Cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ staff, the matching savings by surrender of posts should be effected from the category itself.  Wherever it is not possible to do so from the category itself, the matchtng savings should be arranged from the department at the divisional/zonal level. If the Department/Railways are not able to provide the matching savings, the particular category/department will not be restructured”.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD
RBE No. 78/2014
New DeIhi, dated 22-07-2014
No. PC-III/2013/CRC/4
The General Managers/ Director General,
All Indian Railways/ Production Units, RDSO etc. &
Central Training Institutes.

Sub: Restructuring of certain Group ‘C’ cadres- matching savings.

As per Instructions contained in para 12 to 12.2 of Board’s letter of even no. dated 08-10-2013 (RBE No. 102/2013), for implementation of cadre restructuring of Group ‘C’ staff, the matching savings by surrender of posts should be effected from the category itself. Wherever it is not possible to do so from the category itself, the matchtng savings should be arranged from the department at the divisional/zonal level. If the Department/Railways are not able to provide the matching savings, the particular category/department will not be restructured.

2. It has been broughf to the notice of Board that there is currently shortage of Booking Clarks & Ticket Checking Staff and given the increase in passenger traffic & the introduction of new trains, Zonal Railways are finding it difficult to smoothly conduct the commercial activities of sale of tickets & ticket checking. While shortage of Commercial staff varies from zone to zone, it is particularly acute in a few zones. As such, It is viewed that since Booking Clerks & Ticket Checking Staff are being essentially, revenue earning categories, any further reduction in strength of these categories due to implementation of cadre restructuring especially in the zones already facing acute shortage, would not be desirable as it may lead to closure of counters or leaving coaches unmanned, thereby resulting in leakage of revenue.

3. The requirement of matching savings by surrender of posts is a mandatory pre-condition for cadre restructuring. Therefore, keeping in view the non-feasibility of further surrender of posts for cadre restructuring from the above mentioned two categories of Commercial Department in certain zones due to existing shortage of staff in these categories, it has been decided by Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) that after working out the financial implications for Booking Clerks & Ticket Checking Staff of Commercial Department as per instructions contained in para 12 of Board’s letter of even no. dated 08-10-2013 (RBE No. 102/2013). the General Managers may also consider the possibility of surrender of posts against matching savings from the alternate cadres at the Divisional/Zonal level, wherever absolutely must. In very rare & exceptional circumstances as a last resort, the option of using matching savings from vacancy bank may be considered as per laid down norms. However, there wouId be no revision of percendage dIstribution of posts without matching savings.

4. Except the above mentioned two categories (Booking Clerks & Ticket Checking staff) of Commercial Department, matching savings by surrender of posts for all other categories mentioned in the Annexure ‘A’ o ‘H’ of Board’s letter dated 08-10-2013 (RBE No. 102/2013), should continue to be arranged as per Instructins laid down in para 12 to 12.2 of Board’s letter ibid.’

5. These instructions are in partial modifications of Board’s letter no. 2013/TG-II/12/16/Cadre dated 31-01-2014.

6. This issues in consultation with the Commercial Directorate & with concurrence of the Finance Directorate of this Ministry.

7. This disposes of Eastern Railway’s letter no. E.740/O/Restructiring dated 02-05-2014 and E.C.Railway’s fetter no. ECR/HRD/Restructuring/Comml./14 dated 23-04-2014.
The receipt of this letter may please be acknowledged.
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(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission-II
Railway Board
Source: AIRF
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7th CPC did not agree to discuss the issue in the preliminary meeting held on 23.7.2014 – BPS : DA/DR Merger

DA/DR Merger : 7th CPC did not agree to discuss the issue in the preliminary meeting held on 23.7.2014 – BPS
7th Pay Commission did not agree to discuss the important issue of DA/DR Merger in the preliminary meeting held on 23rd July 2014.
Brief feedback on BPS Preliminary meeting with 7th CPC on 23rd July 2014

Friends,

BPS and BCPC were the first Pensioners’ organizations to be called for preliminary meeting with 7th CPC on 23rd to discuss the reply to questionnaire, the Memorandum & the allied issue submitted by them. Only 45 minutes were given to each organization. S.C.Maheshwari G.S. BPS /Chairman BCPC had the opportunity to discuss the issues from both the Forums:

Following issues were discussed & explained to the full satisfaction of the Chairman & the members of 7th CPC who were very receptive, patient & themselves actively participated in deliberations which ensued.
At the end Chairman remarked that NC JCM Memorandum is very exhaustive, includes most of the issues raised today & that he will take it as a base for consideration. 1.New Pension Scheme: Response of commission was negative. Commission was apprised of the back ground, its failure in other countries & the fate of EPS 95.They were also informed that it will be acceptable if 50% of last drawn is ensured.

2.Reasonable ratio to be maintained between maximum & minimum salary & Pension and adoption & adoption of common multiplication factor for revision

3.Ratio between maximum & minimum paid to be 5:1 for Defense Personnel and re-employment of ex servicemen as well as raising status of defense civilian pensioners to ex servicemen.

4.Inclusion of full DA in emoluments for calculating Pension. There was a very lively discussion on the issue in which the entire penal of 7th CPC participated & cross examined Secy. Genl BPS. Finally they agreed to BPS point of view.

5.100% neutralization of inflation : It was explained to the Commission that 100% neutralization is illusionary and DA is not sufficient, as the very system of calculation is faulty & unrealistic,

6. Payment additional pension to start from the age of 65 years. Chairman agreed that age of 100 years for Pensioners was illusionary.

7. Parity in Pensions : It was explained to the commission that full parity exists for High Court Supreme Court Judges, Govt. has agreed to OROP in case of Defence pensioners & Sr Bureaucrats (S32 & above ) have achieved it through modified parity formula of 6th CPC but for others who too are citizens of same category & same country even the formula for parity given by 5th CPC & accepted by Govt. is not being honored.

8. Pension to BSNL pensioners : It was submitted that since they are governed by CCS(Pension) Rules 1972. They be treated at par with C.G.Pensioners for the purpose of revision of Pension, Chairman advised to submit separate Memorandum

9. Discrimination in medical facilities to pensioners of Postal department & merger of 33 Postal dispensaries with CGHS.

10. Medical facilities :  To Pensioners following issues raised in BPS memorandum were discussed in detail & the Chairman was agreeable to BPS views. (i) “Health is not a luxury” and “not be the sole possession of a privileged few”. It is a Fundamental justify of all present & past Employees! To ensure hassle free health care facility to Pensioners/family pensioners, Smart Cards be issued irrespective of departments to all Pensioners and their Dependents for cashless medical facilities across the country. These smart cards should be valid in
  • all Govt. hospitals
  • all NABH accredited Multi Super Specialty hospitals across the country which have been allotted land at concessional rate or given any aid or concession by the Central or the State govt.
  • all CGHS, RELHS & ECHS empanelled hospitals across the country.
Medical attendants : For reimbursement of bills for treatment & for hospitalization . No referral should be insisted in case of medical emergencies. For the purpose of reference for hospitalization & reimbursement of expenditure thereon in other than emergency cases Doctors/Medical officers working in different Central/State Govt. department dispensaries/health units should be recognized as Authorized medical attendant.

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is recognized as a fundamental justify of all workers in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39for a, 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922) The Supreme court has held that the justify to health to a worker is an integral facet of meaningful justify to life to have not only a meaningful existence but also robust health and vigour.

Therefore, the justify to health, medical aid to protect the health and vigour of a worker while in service or post retirement is a fundamental justify-to make life of a worker meaningful and purposeful with dignity of person. Thus health care is not only a welfare measure but is a Fundamental justify. We suggest that, all the pensioners, irrespective of pre-retiral class and status, be treated as same category of citizens and the same homogenous group. There should be no class or category based discrimination and all must be provided Health care services at par .

(ii). Hospital Regulatory Authority: To ensure that the hospitals do not avoid providing reasonable care to smart card holders and other poor citizens, a Hospital Regulatory Authority should be created to bring all NABH-accredited hospitals and NABL-accredited diagnostic Labs under its constant monitoring of quality, rates for different procedures & timely bill payments by Govt. agencies and Insurance companies. CGHS rates may be revised keeping in mind the workability as per market conditions.

(iii). Fixed Medical allowance (FMA): As is recorded in Para 5 of the minutes of Committee of Secretaries (COS) held on 15.04.2010 (Reference Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan No 502/2/3/2010-C.A.V Doc No. CD (C.A.V) 42/2010 Minutes of COS meeting dated 15.4.2010) which discussed enhancement of FMA. “CGHS card estimates for serving Personnel: Since estimates are not available separately for pensioners M/O Health & Family Welfare had assessed the total cost per card p.a. in 2007-2008 = Rs 16435 i.e. Rs.1369 per month for OPD”.

Adding to it inflation, the figure today is well over Rs 2000/- PM. Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India vide its letter no. G-25012/2/2011-SSI dated 07.06.2013 has already enhanced FMA to Rs 2000/- PM for EPFO beneficiaries. Thus, to help elderly pensioners to look after their health, Adequate raise in FMA will encourage a good number of pensioners to opt out of OPD facility which will reduce overcrowding in hospitals. OPD through Insurance will cost much more to the Govt. As such the proposal for raising Fixed Medical allowance to Pensioners is fully justified and is financially viable.

We suggest that FMA for all C.G. Pensioners be raised to at least Rs 2000/- PM without any distance restriction linking it to Dearness Relief for automatic further increase. We further suggest that FMA be exempted from INCOME TAX. Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is a compensatory allowance to reimburse the medical expenses. As Medical Reimbursement is not taxable, FMA should also be exempted from Income Tax.

11. DA /DR merger commission did not agree to discuss the issue as it is not covered byTOR

12.Interim relief Commission response did not appeared to be very positive on our stressing the issue they said they will look into.

13. 6th CPC anomalies : Chairman asked for submission of detailed list through supplementary memorandum.

14.Plight of those born on 1.1.1938/46: Commission said, they will look into.

15. Plight of those retiring on 30June Commission said, they will look into.

16. Restoration of Commutation in 12 years: commission said thy will look into the details provided.

17. Grievance redressed. Chairman was critical of the functioning of the system already existing & remarked “ you will not be benefited. Court is the only alternative”
Friends, BPS has done its duty well, issues raised by us has received due attention from NCJCM as well as the 7th CPC.
S.C.Maheshwari
Secy Genl BPS
Source: www.scm-bps.blogspot.in
[http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/07/brief-feedback-on-bps-preliminary.html]
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Rank Pay: New Order by MoD for more monetary benefits

Rank Pay: New Order by MoD for more monetary benefits

On the rank pay controversy the Attorney General had supported some of the issues raised by the Defence Services on which there was a difference of opinion with the Ministry of Defence on interpretation of the decision of the Supreme Court.

Taking into account the legal advice tendered by the then Attorney General, the Ministry has issued a fresh letter on the rank pay issue which is to be read in conjunction with the earlier letter.

The Ministry has also agreed that the reduction/deduction of rank pay from the fixation during 5th Central Pay Commission was also incorrect and that the fixation would be rectified for the period of 01st January 1996 and beyond too.

The contents of letter is reproduced below: The letter can be downloaded by Table by PCDA.

34(10/2013/D (Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, Dated the 24th July 2014
To,
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff
CORRIGENDUM

Sub: Implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court Order dt 4th September, 2012 in IA No. 9 of 2010 in Transfer Petition (C) No. 56 of 2007 Union of India and Others versus N. K. Nair & others, etc

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry Order No. 34 (6)/2012-D(Pay/Services) dt 27th December 2012 regarding implementation of subject Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and to state that as per legal opinion tendered by the Learned Attorney General of India, the sanction of the Government is hereby accorded to modify the provisions of this Ministry’s ibid order as under:

(i) The existing para 6 will be renumbered 6 (A) and would stand revised as under:
In the twelfth line after the word ‘(integrated scale),’ the words “as on 1.1.1986” will be substituted by “w.e.f. 1.1.1986.”
(ii) A new para 6 (B) will be added as follows:

6(B) Sanction of the Government is hereby also communicated to modify certain provisions of Special Army Instructions No. 2/S/1998 dated 19th December 1997 and the corresponding Special Instructions pertaining to Navy and Air Force both bearing Nos. 2/S/1998 dated 19th December 1997, in so far as they relate to deduction of Rank Pay for fixation of revised pay of the concerned officers of  Army, Navy and Air Force in the revised scale w.e.f. 01.10.1996. The modifications/amendments in SAI 2/S/1998 and corresponding instructions for Air Force and Navy are as under:

(a) The existing para 5(a)(ii) would read as under:

(ii) After the existing emoluments have been so increased, there shall be no deduction of Rank Pay. Thereafter, the officer’s pay will be fixed in the revised scale at the stage next above the amount thus computed

(iii) A new para 6(C) will also be added in ibid MoD letter as follows:

6(C) The pay fixation formula w.e.f. 1.1.2006 as laid down in SAI 2/S/2008 and the corresponding Special Instructions applicable to the Air Force and Navy has also been examined in light of the legal opinion tendered by the Learned Attorney General. In the methodology of pay fixation of revised pay w.e.f. 1.1.2006, Rank Pay has not been deducted and has been taken into account along with Basic Pay in the pre-revised scale to arrive at the new, revised pay in the relevant pay band w.e.f. 1.1.2006 whereupon Grade Pay has also been given and an additional component of Military Service Pay (MSP) at Rs 6000 p.m. is also admissible to the Armed Forces upto the rank of Brigadier/eq. As such, the pay fixation formula w.e.f. 1.1.2006 for the relevant officers of the Armed Forces as laid down in the relevant instructions does not require any change.

(iv) Existing Para 7 will be replaced with the following:

7. Except to the extent of modifications as stated in MoD letter No. 34(6)/2012-D (Pay/Services) dated 27.12.2012 and as amended vide this letter, the aforesaid Army Instructions 1/S/87 dated 26.05.1987 and corresponding Navy and Air Force Instructions both bearing No 1/S/87 dated 11.06.1987 and 26.05.1987 respectively as amended from time to time and Special Army Instructions No. 2/S/98 of 19.12.1997 and the corresponding Special Instructions in case of Navy and Air Force both bearing No. 2/S/98 dated 19.12.1997 as amended from time to time, there shall be no change in the provisions of the aforesaid Special Army, Navy and Air Force Instructions of 1987 and 1997 pertaining to the implementation of the recommendations of the 4th and 5th Central Pay Commission.

(v) Existing para 8 will be replaced with the following:

8. As the aforesaid Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court passed on 04.09.2012 read with their earlier order dated 08.03.2010 has upheld the order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court passed on 05.10.1998 in case of Major A K Dhanapalan and as the said order of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court dated 05.10.1998 is for re-fixation of pay without deduction of Rank Pay w.e.f. 1.1.1986, and as this sanction is in compliance with these judicial pronouncements and the legal opinion of the Learned Attorney General on this issue, it is clarified that there shall be no change in respect of Special Army Instructions of Army, Navy and Air Force issued on 11.10.2008 (Army) and 18.10.2008 (Navy and Air Force) for implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission, except to the extent of the need for the fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.01.2006 necessitated due to the fixation of pay w.e.f. 01.01.1986 and 01.01.1996 in terms of these orders.

(vi) All other provisions of the MoD letter No. 34(6)/2012-D(Pay/Services) dated 27.12.2012 remain unchanged.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Defence (Finance) vide their UO No. 1(76)/2013-AG/PA (310-PA) dated 23.07.2014 and Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure vide their UO No. 94466/E.III (A)/2014 dated 09.07.2014
Yours faithfully,
(P.S. Walia)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: http://www.indianmilitary.info
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Important message to employees who are retiring within the next six months

Pre-retirement counseling workshop
Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare
Important message to employees who are retiring within the next six months

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare is organizing a Pre-retirement counseling workshop on 30th July, 2014 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM in the Conference Room of Department of Administrative Reforms, 5th Floor, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi. The retiring employees of Government of India about to retire in the next 6 months are hereby informed that they may attend the workshop. You may send your confirmation with Name, Ministry & Phone No. at the email address mkumar.mol@nic.in
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Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
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New Pension Scheme and its Impact – M. Krishnan Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees

‘New Pension Scheme and its Impact’ – M. Krishnan Secretary General of Confederation of Central Government Employees
CENTRE HAS NO LIABILITY SINCE FUND CREATED WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY PRIVATE INSURANCE FIRM

The New Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced under the New Pension Fund Development and Regulatory Authority (NPFDRA) Act passed by the United Progressive Alliance-II government with the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party will affect the existing pensioners as well as all those who joined the service prior to January 1, 2004, according to M. Krishnan, secretary-general of the Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE). Speaking on ‘New Pension Scheme and its Impact’ on the second day of the two-day First Foundation All India Conference of the All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association (AIPRPA) here on Sunday, Mr. Krishnan said that the NPS was introduced by the Centre based on the recommendations of the Bhattacharji Committee which stated that the financial position of the Central government employees would be far better at the time of their retirement since they were getting better wages while in service.

On these grounds the committee recommended the introduction of the contributory pension scheme (CPS). The committee also stated that the pensioners need not be paid any compensation for price rise except the increase in pension which they would get whenever there was a pay hike for the serving staff. Based on this, the then National Democratic Alliance government issued the order introducing the NPS and making it applicable only to those who joined service after January 1, 2004.

The UPA-I government did not cancel the order but gave a legal status to the NDA government’s order by bringing an Ordinance, which however could not be made into a law because of the opposition of the Left parties. But the subsequent UPA-II government passed the NPFDRA Act in Parliament with the support of the BJP.

With the passing of the Act, the employees who joined after January 1, 2004 suffered a 10% salary cut since this 10% went towards the New Pension Fund created under the Act. The General Provident Fund too was withdrawn for this category by the government which stated that the employees who were under the CPS would get 60% of their contribution as pension at the time of their retirement. Under the NPFDRA, the Central government had no pension liability since the Pension Fund created under the Act was to be administered by a private insurance company which would invest the fund in the share market, which only went to benefit the corporates.

“This virtually amounted to privatisation of pension,” he said.

Cautioning existing pensioners and those Central government employees appointed prior to January 1, 2004 who were under the wrong impression that the NPS would not affect them, Mr. Krishnan pointed to a clause in the NPFDRA Act which states that the NPS could, by a notification of the Government of India, be extended to those who were appointed prior to January 1, 2004 too.

The Secretary General said that a committee constituted by the Central government to work out the projected liability for it if it were to make an initial contribution towards the Pension Fund to provide pension to those who joined before the cut-off date stated that the Centre would have to contribute Rs. 3,35,628 crores to provide pension for the next 30 years, which the Sixth Pay Commission said the government could not bear.

So the committee suggested that the government could consider segregating the liability into one for those below 40 years, and another for others. But such a fund too would be managed by a private agency which would invest it in the unpredictable share market.

“So, the Damocles’ sword of the NPS hung on the existing pensioners too”, he said, adding that the Central government employees and pensioners should fight a joint struggle against the NPS.

Source: The Hindu
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PFRDA – Comments are invited on PFRDA Regulations 2014 from all concerned

PFRDA – Comments are invited on PFRDA Regulations 2014 from all concerned

DRAFT – Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Pension Fund) Regulations, 2014

1. The PFRDA Act was passed by Parliament on Sep/19/2013 and notified on Feb/01/2014. In accordance with section 52 of the Act, the Authority may, by notification make regulation consistent with the Act and rules made thereunder for carrying out the provisions of the Act.

2. “Pension fund” is defined under Section (2) (l) of the Act as “intermediary which has been granted a certificate of registration under sub-section (3) of section 27 by the Authority as a pension fund for receiving contributions, accumulating them and making payments to the subscriber in the manner as may be specified by regulations”.

3. The objective of these Regulations is to standardize and to provide regulatory framework for Pension Fund (PFs) that would provide interalia criteria for registration, capital adequacy, code of conduct, obligation and responsibilities etc. Further, the regulation would ensure an effective procedure for inspection and audit to protect the interests of subscribers.

4. Therefore, in order to safeguard the interest of the subscribers, PFs as an intermediary, through this regulation, are required to adopt high level of standard practices that requires compliance with standards for internal control and operational conduct, with the aim of protecting the NPS assets, proper management of risk and generation of optimum returns.

5. Public comments are invited on the draft regulations on Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Pension Fund) Regulations, 2014 . All comments from the public will be considered before the regulations are finalized. Comments may be forwarded by email to sumeet.kapoor@pfrda.org.in or may be sent at the under-mentioned address latest by 18th Aug 2014 as per format given below.

Aug 2014 as per format given below:

Name of the Person:
Organisation:
Designation:
Sr. No. Pertains to which regulation /Sub-regulation
(Regulation No. & Clause No.)
Proposed/suggested
changes*
Rationale
1.


2.


3.



Instruction to fill up the format:
1. All letters or emails to clearly specify the name and number of the regulation, sub-regulation and clause. 2. Separate letters/emails to be used for different regulations. 3. Each proposed amendment to be given separately. 4. Each proposed amendment (preferably) not to exceed 200 words*

Your letter(s) can be addressed to:

Ms. Sumeet Kaur Kapoor
General Manager
Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA)
1st Floor, ICADR Bldg, Plot No.6
Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, Phase II
New Delhi -110070

Source: www.pfrda.org.in
[http://www.pfrda.org.in/writereaddata/linkimages/Draft%20PF%20Regulations%20Letter1.pdf]
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ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE TO COMPULSORILY SUBMIT THEIR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE TO COMPULSORILY SUBMIT THEIR ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

All Central Government employees will now have to compulsorily submit a detailed report on their properties and debt owed by them…

Already, each year, the Group-A officials are required to submit information about the immovable properties owned by them. Now All categories of Central Government employees too have been asked to submit these details. The DOPT has issued relevant orders to this effect.

The Government has issued this order in accordance with the Lokpal rules. According to this rule, Central Government employees will now have to submit all details regarding the cash-in-hand, bank investments, share certificates, stocks and bonds, mutual fund investments, insurance policies, P.F. details, loans, motor vehicles, gold and silver ornaments, and precious metals, to the Government.

The employees have to also submit details of movable and immovable properties owned by their spouses and children. Application forms will be given to all the employees, to be filled up and submitted before the 31st of July for each financial year.

There are more than 50 lakh Central Government employees, including IAS, IPS and IFS officers, all over the country. All of them will have to henceforth submit details of their properties. If the total property owned by the employee is less than his/her four months’ basic salary, or if the total amount is less than Rs. 2 lakhs, then he/she could be considered for exemption from submitting the information.

Those who have already submitted the details will have to re-submit the form for the current financial year on or before September 15, 2014. Information also has to be furnished about the properties owned by the spouse and children.

On January 1, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval for the Lokpal Act and regulations. Following this, amendments were made to the Lokpal Act to make it compulsory for all Central Government employees to furnish their property details.

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Dopt Minister replied in Parliament about 5 Day Week for Central government offices

Dopt Minister replied in Parliament about 5 Day Week for Central government offices

The Dopt Minister said in a written reply, there is no proposal to change 5-Day Week for Central government offices.

As per media news, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri.Jitendra Singh today replied to a question in Lok Sabha, whether the Central Government plans to change the five days per week working for central government employees.

He clarified that Central Government has no such proposal to change five days per week working for central government offices and also no proposal to hike earned leave and casual leave being granted to the Central government employees.
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015

List of Holidays for Central Government offices 2015
MOST IMMEDIATE
F.No.12/5/ 2014-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 6th June, 2014
Office Memorandum

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2015.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure – I to this O.M. will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2015. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays in Annexure – II.

2. Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
to. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2, three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicated.
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANICARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAM
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI / CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA 1ST NAVRATRA / NAUROZ/CHHATH POOJA/ KARVA CHAUTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I.B./T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about

6. During 2015, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (Kartika 20). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading  establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2015, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 9(Nine) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad, Rama Navami, Id-ul-Fitr, Janamashtami and Muharram included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

Encl.: Lists of holidays
(Ashok Kumar)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)
Ph: 2309 2589
Original PDF: List of Holidays 2015
Source: confederationhq.blogspot.in
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