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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Expected dearness allowance from July 2014: Central Government Employees

Expected dearness allowance from July 2014: Central Government Employees

Recently the issue of 50% DA Merger has reached the peak of expectations. Though the central government knew this development, the govt has knowingly said nothing against or favor of 50% DA Merger. Its silence on this important issue simply added the fuel to the fire of expectation. After the Election announcement, the hope on 50% DA merger is now slowly eroding. Many central government employees Federations expressed their disappointment with 7th CPC Terms of reference and merger of 50% DA was not considered by central government. After this disappointment the central government employees are now getting back to their routines. So they have started thinking about what next..!

As the rate of dearness allowance from January 2014 has been declared, the necessary order for payment of Additional installment of Dearness Allowance from January 2014 has to be issued by Finance Ministry. The enhanced rate of Dearness allowance will be paid w.e.f .1.1.2014. The enhanced rate will be paid with the disbursement of salary for the month of March 2014. The increase of dearness allowance became due from January 2014 to February 2014 will be paid as arrears.

Let us move on to ‘Expected dearness allowance from July 2014’


what will be the rate of DA from July 2014 ?

          The AICPIN for Industrial Workers for Seven Months from July 2013 to January 2014 have been released by Labour Bureau. The AICPIN for last two Months i.e December2013 and January 2014 have been declined by 4 and 2 points and pegged at 239 and 237 respectively. At present it is quite difficult to predict the trend of the Consumer Price Index for remaining 5 Months, as so many factors like election and policies of new government involved in it.

However, according to these seven months AICPIN, we have three Probabilities …

No
Probabilities
Expected Increase in Dearness allowance from      July 2014
Expected  DA from July 2014
1
If this declining trend continues for remaining 5 Months by 1 or 2 points
3%
103%
2
If the trend continues with movement between plus or Minus 2 points
5%
105%
3
If it continues with increasing trend by 2 points
7%
107%

According to the AICPIN released till now, the above possibilities have been arrived. As per above prediction the expected dearness allowance from July 2014 will be from 103% to 107%

Source: http://www.gservants.com/2014/03/11/expected-dearness-allowance-july-2014/
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Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC – Dopt Orders June 2014

Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC – Dopt Orders June 2014
 
F.No. 31011/4/2014-Estt (A.IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
 
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 19th June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
 
Subject: – Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC. 
 
The undersigned is directed to refer to the instructions issued from time to time on the above noted subject and say that the Government employees are required to book their air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’. ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tour’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No.31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).
 
2. In a number of cases, it has been noticed that the aforesaid instructions are not being followed and as a result various Ministries/Departments continue to make references to DoPT seeking relaxation of the conditions for one reason or the other. The most common reasons given by the employees are unawareness of the rules and non-availability of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Ashok Tmvels, M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company at places where the tickets have been booked from. Even in such cases, the option of booking directly from the airlines through their website is available. In no case is the booking of tickets through any other agency is permissible.
 
3. All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India are advised to ensure that their employees are made aware of the above mentioned guidelines to avoid breach of any of the LTC rules.
 
4. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary(E).
 
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(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_4_2014-Estt-A.IV.pdf]
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Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments: Clarification by DoPT

Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments.

No. 104/76/2011-AVD.1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi , the 18th June, 2014.
Office Memorandum

Subject:- Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 18.10.2013 on the above subject and to say that the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been seeking clarifications from this Department on operation of the aforesaid O.M. The matter has been considered and it is clarified as under:-

(i) `Anonymous complaints’ are such complaints which do not carry both, name and address of the complainant and need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (i) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in para 1 above, irrespective of the nature of allegations.

(ii) The complaints other than anonymous complaints which contain vague allegations need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (ii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in sub- para (i) above.

(iii) The complaints which contain verifiable allegations and are not anonymous, need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (iii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.0.2013 referred to in para 1 above
sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: DoPT – http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/104_76_2011-AVD-I-18062014.pdf
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Budget 2014 – CII suggests raising 80C deductions to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs

Budget 2014 – CII suggests raising 80C deductions to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs

In its Pre-Budget wish list regarding Income Tax 80C, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has suggested to the Finance Ministry that the consolidated deduction under 80C be raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

Most Central Government employees have savings schemes that are linked with General Provident Fund. Under this scheme, the employee not only gets interest for the money saved, but also enjoys the option to withdraw the money whenever required. The money is also entitled to exemption under Section 80C. It has to be mentioned here that new employees (appointed on or after 2004) do not have this option.
If the Income tax deduction is raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh under Section 80C, then there are possibilities that savings will increase among the employees.

It has to be mentioned that CII has suggested that a separate section be created for Tuition fees (Children Education Allowance). Although the allowance given for the higher education of the children is exempted from income tax under Section 80C, the Rs. 1 lakh exemption is considered to be very low. Now a amount of one lakh is exempt form income tax for all long and short term saving schemes including General Provident Funds.

CII has also suggested that the Rs. 1.5 lakh exemption being granted for house loan interests should be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs under Income Tax Section 24 for self-occupied property.
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PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT – CONFEDERATION NEWS

PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT – CONFEDERATION NEWS
“Chairman, 7th CPC, has also made it clear that unless the Government refer the issues of DA merger, Interim relief and GDS issues to the Commission, it will not consider these issues.  Hence the ball is now in the Government’s court”.
PENDING DEMANDS AND NEW GOVERNMENT 
 
New Central Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has taken charge with a clear majority in the Lok Sabha election.  People of the country and the Central Government employees who suffered a lot under the UPA Government, have voted for a change.  Now it is the turn of NDA Government.  Coming days will prove whether the selection made by the voters is correct or not.
Central Government employees have to take a cautious approach towards the new Government.  As the new Government has just taken over charge and expectations are very high, jumping into any sudden conclusion may not be correct on our part.  We have to give reasonable time to the new government to make its stand clear on the issues agitating the minds of the Central Government employees.  Let us hope that our past experience in the 2000 December 14 days Postal strike when the NDA Government was in power, the support extended by the party leading NDA to the UPA Government for introducing and passing the PFRDA Bill in Parliament, the infamous downsizing order of 2001 issued by the NDA Government which paved way for abolition of thousands of vacant posts in Central Government Departments and refusal to concede any of the main demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks will not be repeated by the new Government.
The maiden budget of the new Government to be presented in Parliament in July 2014 may give us an idea on the thinking of the Government and also the attitude of the Government towards the problems faced by the common people and the Central Government employees.  Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has placed our demands before the new Government.  JCM National Council staff side has also written to the Finance Minister and Cabinet Secretary.  Our demands are not new.  Demands raised before the UPA Government are again placed before the NDA Government.
 
While constituting 7th Central Pay Commission the UPA Government has refused to include the main demands of the Central Government employees in the terms of reference viz:
(1) Grant of merger of DA 
(2) Grant of interim relief and 
(3) inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of 7th CPC.
Confederation has conducted 48 hours strike in February 2014, just before the General Election is declared, demanding settlement of the 15 points charter of demands which includes the above three main demands also.  As General Election was declared we could not move further.  Central Government employees expect that the new Government will consider positively, the demands raised in the 48 hours strike.
 
If the new Government also take the same stand as that of previous UPA Government and refuse to concede our genuine demands, the Central Government employees will be forced to tread the path of struggle again. Before embarking upon such a struggle, our prime duty is to build up largest unity among all sections of the Central Government employees.  Confederation is making all out effort in this direction especially to build up total unity among JCM staff side organisations.  We are even ready to make certain compromises for the sake of unity.
 
We have to give enough time to the new Government and we are ready to wait.  But we cannot wait indefinitely. 7th CPC has already commenced its work and has fixed target dates for submission of memorandums by Federations and Unions/Associations.  Chairman, 7th CPC, has also made it clear that unless the Government refer the issues of DA merger, Interim relief and GDS issues to the Commission, it will not consider these issues.  Hence the ball is now in the Government’s court
 
 Let us see how the things move.  Let us also be ready to face any situation.
M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/
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Issue of PPO on the Date of Retirement: PIB News

Reducing Delays in First Payment of Pension – Submission of Undertaking along with Pension Papers – Issue of PPO on the Date of Retirement – Reg
 
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
18-June-2014 15:37 IST

Reducing Delays in First Payment of Pension – Submission of Undertaking along with Pension Papers – Issue of PPO on the Date of Retirement – Reg

The Government has observed that the first payment of pension after retirement gets delayed mainly due to two reasons. One, the delay in receipt of intimation by the pensioner that pension papers have reached the bank and two, delay on part of the pensioner in approaching the bank for submission of undertaking that he shall refund or make good any amount to which he is not entitled.

In a recent workshop with Pension Secretaries of State Governments, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions stated that the Government had decided that the required “Undertaking” may be obtained by the Head of Office from the retiring Government servant and forwarded to the pension disbursing bank along with the Pension Payment Order (PPO). The bank shall credit the pension to the account of the pensioner as soon as this Undertaking is received along with the pension documents. The pensioner would no longer be required to visit the bank to activate the first payment of pension.

This change in procedure has one additional advantage that the PPO can now be handed over in person to the retiring employee along with other retirement dues. Earlier the pensioner had to approach the bank to his copy of PPO.

With this change in rules and procedures, the pensioners would be saved considerable inconvenience and delay and his pension will commence as soon as he retires.

This and other reform initiatives were brought forth by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in his meeting with the Pension Secretaries of State Governments held on June 12, 2014.

Source: PIB
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Dopt Orders on Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents

Dopt Orders on Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents
 
No.42011/3/2014-Estt.(Res.) 
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 
 
Sub: Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents – reg. 
 
There has been demand that a Government employee who is a care giver of the disabled child may not have to suffer due to displacement by means of routine transfer/rotational transfers. This demand has been made on the ground that a Government employee raises a kind of support system for his/her disabled child over a period of time in the locality where he/she resides which helps them in the rehabilitation.
 
2. The matter has been examined. Rehabilitation is a process aimed at enabling persons with disabilities to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, and psychiatric or a social functional level. The support system comprises of preferred linguistic zone, school/academic level, administration, neighbours, tutors/special educators, friends, medical care including hospitals, therapists and doctors, etc. Thus, rehabilitation is a continuous process and creation of such support system takes years together.
 
3. Considering that the Government employee.who has disabled child serve as the main care giver of such child, any displacement of such Government employee will have a bearing on the systemic rehabilitation of the disabled child since the new environment/set up could prove to be a hindrance for the rehabilitation process of the child. Therefore, a Government servant who is also a care giver of disabled child may be exempted from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints.
The word ‘disabled’ includes
(i) blindness or low vision
(ii) hearing impairment
(iii) locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy
(iv) leprosy cured
(v) mental retardation
(vi) mental illness and
(vii) multiple disabilities.
4. Upbringing and rehabilitation of disabled child requires financial support. Making the Government employee to choose voluntary retirement on the pretext of routine transfer/rotation transfer would have adverse impact on the rehabilitation process of the disabled child.
 
5. This issues with the approval of MoS(PP).
 
6. All the Ministries/Departments, etc. are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned under their control.
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(Debabrata Das)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/42011_3_2014-Estt.Res.-06062014.pdf]
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KVS: Payment of Family Planning Allowance to teachers consequent upon implementation of 6th CPC

Payment of Family Planning Allowance to Teachers consequent upon implementation of 6th Pay recommendation-regarding

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016
Fax: 26514179 TEL: 26858570
website:www.kvsangathan.nic.in
F.170228/01/2011/KVS(HQ)/Audit
 Dated:- 09/06/2014
The Deputy Commissioner / Director
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanganthan
All Regional / ZIET Offices
Subject:- Payment of Family Planning Allowance to Teachers consequent upon implementation of 6th Pay recommendation-regarding
Madam/Sir,
            I am to invite a reference to the subject cited above and to state that the matter regarding regulation of Family Planning Allowances to the teachers who undergone family planning operation before the implementation of 6th C.P.C. was referred to MHRD vide this office letter of even no. dated 03/05/2013. It has since been clarified by MHRD that the PRT who has drawn F.P.A. @ Rs.125/- in the pay scale of Rs.4500- Rs.7000 is entitled for Rs.250/- only. Copy of reference letter of KVS dated 03/05/2013 and clarification letter of MHRD dated 17/06/2013 are enclosed for ready reference.
 
            You are advised to regulate the F.P.A. of teaching staff accordingly.
Yours faithfully,
(S.Muthusivam)
Assistant Commissioner (Fin)


F. No. 3-30/2013-UT.2
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of School Education & Literacy
UT-2 Section
********
New Delhi, dated 17.06.2013
To
The Commissioner,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan,
18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jit Singh Marg,
New Delhi – 110016
Subject:- Payment of Family Planning Allowance to Teachers consequent upon implementation of 6th Pay Recommendations-regarding. 
Sir,
I am directed to refer to KVS letter dated 03.05.2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the observation of Audit Party are as per the O.M dated 24.09.2008 of the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure and do not require any clarification for its applicability. The PRT has adopted the Family Planning Allowance in pay scale of Rs. 4500-7000/- in which the revised rated prescribed is Rs. 250/-.

Yours faithfully,
(Lakhmi Chand Mehra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tele. No. 23381434
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (HQ)
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi – 110016
Phone No.: 26858570, FAX: 26514179
Website: www.kvsangathan.nic.in
Email: auditsection.section@gmail.com
170228/ 01/2011
 Date: 03.05.2013
The Deputy Secretary to Government of India,
Ministry of Human Resource Development,
New Delhi.
Sir,
Sub: Payment of Family Planning Allowance to Teachers consequent upon implementation of 6th Pay Recommendations – Reg. 
With reference to the captioned subject, I am to state that the pay scale of teachers was upgraded as under:

1 Primary School Teacher Grade III 4500-7000 Grade III 6500-10500 PB2 4200
Grade II 5500-9000 Grade II 7450-11500 PB2 4600
Grade I 6500-9000 Grade I 7500-12000 PB2 4800
2 Trained Graduate Teacher Grade III 5500-9000 Grade III 7450-11500 PB2 4600
Grade II 6500-10500 Grade II 7500-12000 PB2 4800
Grade I 7500-12000 Grade I 8000-13500 PB2 5400
3 Post Graduate Teacher Grade III 6500-10500 Grade III 7500-12000 PB2 4800
Grade II 7500-12000 Grade II 8000-13500 PB3 5400
Grade I 8000-13500 Grade I 10000-15200 PB3 6600
4 Vice Principal Grade II 7500-12000 Grade II 8000-13500 PB3 5400
Grade I 8000-13500 Grade I 10000-15200 PB3 6600
5 Principal 10000-15200 12000-16500 PB3 7600
6 Education Officer ( Renamed Assistant Commissioner) 10000-15200 12000-16500 PB3 7600

The Family Planning Allowance was revised w.e.f. 1st September 2008 as per Office Memorandum 
 
No.F.No.7(2)/2008-EIII(A) dated 24th September 2008 at double the existing amount of Family Planning allowance subject to a minimum amount of Rs.210 per month as indicated in column 7 of Annexure to the Office Memorandum(Copy enclosed for ready reference).
 
A Primary School teacher had adopted Family Planning Allowance in the Pay scale of Rs.4500-7000 and was drawing Family Planning Allowance of Rs.125. The AG Audit in one of the observations has pointed out that the Family Planning Allowance in respect of this Primary Teacher w.e.f. 1.9.2008 will be admissible @ Rs.250 per month at double the rate of Rs.125, being the amount of family Planning Allowance drawn by her and not at Rs.400 per month.
 
In view of above, I am to request you to get the matter examined in detail and to clarify if the observation by AG Audit is in order or if the Family Planning Allowance is payable @ Rs.400 per month corresponding to the Grade Pay of Rs.4200 drawn by the teacher w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
 
Yours faithfully,
 (M Arumugam)
Joint Commissioner (Fin)
Source-http://kvsangathan.nic.in/CircularsDocs/CIR-ACTT-16-06-14.PDF
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Central Government is planning to raise the Income Tax exemption slab to Rs. 5 Lakhs

Central Government is planning to raise the Income Tax exemption slab to Rs. 5 Lakhs
 
According to information from the Finance Ministry, the Government is giving serious thoughts about raising the income tax exemption slab from the current Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs. The information adds that Modi is planning to make the raising of income tax exemption slab from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs as one of the achievements of his Government’s tenure. The Finance Ministry has, it seems, sought a report regarding this from the Income Tax department. A number of other financial incentives are also likely to be announced by the Modi Government.
 
The Government has also planned to raise the tax exemption on housing loans. According to sources from the Finance Ministry, there are also plans to increase the tax exemption on medical insurance premium.
 
The reports add that Modi is trying to impress as many people as possible with the very first budget that his government is going to present. The demand for raising income tax exemption level to Rs. 5 lakhs has been a long-standing one. Economists and experts suggest that the slab be fixed in accordance to the current price and inflation levels.
 
The long-standing demand of the middle and salaried classes, to raise the income tax exemption slab to Rs. 5 lakhs from 2 lakhs, is being seriously considered by the government led by Prime Minister Modi.
 
Based on sources from New Delhi, the first budget of the newly formed Government is likely to be presented on the 11th of July. These sources say that the Finance Ministry has sought a report from the Income tax department. The sources also add that the Government is also planning to increase exemptions granted to housing loans and medical insurance premium. If all these suggestions get implemented, then it would come as a huge relief to the salaried and middle-class folks. Previously, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was considering raising the income tax exemption slab to Rs. 3 lakhs.
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BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley

BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley
 
BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley – Outcome of meeting held with Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on 16.6.2014…
 
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.)
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)
New Delhi
Dated: 16.06.2014
To,
The Office Bearers,
CEC Members, JCM (II, III) members,
Union’s President/Secretaries of B.P.M.S.
 
SUBJECT: – Brief of meeting held with Hon’ble Fin. & Def. Minister
 
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Sadar Namaskar,
 
It is for your kind information that our delegates S/Sri V L Nawade , Sadhu Singh, Mukesh Singh & Virendar Sharma today had a meeting with Hon’ble Finance & Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley at 1300 hrs. It was scheduled as a courtesy meeting but we invited his attention to the news articles on 100% FDI in defence sector because it was a great concern for all the stake holders. We reflected our concern vide a memorandum submitted by Shri Sadhu Singh (copy of the same is enclosed for ready reference).
 
Hon’ble Minister narrated how the Secretary, DIPP came to his office with the concerned minister on the same day of assuming the charge of ministry and shown the discussion paper prepared during the previous Government on 100% FDI in defence sector which he rejected at once. He has assured us that he is not in favour of 100% FDI in defence sector as neither it is required nor it is in the interest of the Nation. Not only that, he would take all the necessary steps to strengthen the existing Ordnance Factories & DPSUs but on the same time these defence installations require introspection.
 
Apart from above, some of the following issues were also brought to his notice which were considered by him very sympathetically and assured that appropriate action would be taken by concerned authorities:-
 
 
1. Defence installations should be exempted from 5% limit of Compassionate ground appointment and one time relaxation for all pending cases,
2. Re-draft the role of Defence (Finance) so that service matters like Recruitment Rules, Cadre Review, revival of sanctioned posts, payment of arrears, revision of allowances etc. may be settled at the earliest,
3. Judicial pronouncements may be extended to similarly placed non-petitioner employees,
4. The meeting of Departmental Council (JCM), MOD is not being convened regularly,
5. None of the Administrative Joint Secretaries of Departments of MOD has implemented the instruction {MOD I.D. No. 1(1)/2013/D(JCM), dated 22.10.2013} on the Mechanism to provide additional meeting opportunities to Staff Side to sort out their grievances,
6. The minimum benefit under Central Government Employees Groups Insurance Scheme should be enhanced to Rs. 10 lakh,
7. Dearness Allowance should be merged with Basic Pay,
8. Scrap the New Pension Scheme and restore old Pension Scheme,
9. CSD Canteen facilities may be provided to the retired Defence Civilian Employees,
10. A separate meeting to discuss the issues related to Department of Defence Production (OFB, DGQA, DGAQA etc.).
 
After that we met Shri Navin Kumar Chaudhari, Joint Secretary (Establishment), Min of Defence and discussed following issues besides all the above issues;
 
1. Probable date of completion (PDC) on the pattern of citizen charters should be fixed for resolving the issues, for movement of file/paper from desk to desk/section in respect of issues raised by JCM/Federations and latest position should be updated in website,
 
2. A permanent cell of empowered officers from Min of Defence, Finance, Law, Labour, DoPT etc. should be constituted in MoD so that the Cadre Review & Recruitment Rules of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ may be revised expeditely.
 
3. Remove the artificial restriction of 40 days PLB for AOC, Navy, Air Force, EME & Ordnance Factories. The PLB should not be less than the Adhoc Bonus of 30 days, and all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus should be removed, JS (E) immediately called the DS (E) & DS (CP) and instructed to convene regular meetings of JCM and next meeting of Departmental Council (JCM), MOD may be convened on 24.06.2014 in Sena Bhawan.
With regards,
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary / BPMS &
Member JCM-II Level Council (MOD)
Source: www.bpms.org.in
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Memorandum on FDI in Defence Sector submitted to Finance Minister – BPMS

Memorandum on FDI in Defence Sector submitted to Finance Minister - BPMS  
 
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES NATIONAL CONFEDERATION
(A CONFEDERATION OF DEFENCE, RAILWAYS, POSTAL, AUTONOMOUS BODY, CENTRAL & STATE GOVT EMPLOYEES’ FEDERATIONS) 
(A UNIT OF BHARATIYA MAZDOOR SANGH)
 
Ref: GENC / FDI / 01
Dated: 16.06.2014
To,
Shri Arun Jaitley ji,
Union Minister for Finance & Defence,
Government of India,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011
 
Memorandum on FDI in Defence Sector
 
Respected Sir,
 
Government Employees National Confederation (GENC), an affiliate of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, represents the 02 crores Government employees working in Central Government, State Government and Local Bodies. It has been working since last 45 yrs for the rights and welfare of employees besides taking into consideration the progress and interest of the Nation as well.
 
Vide this memorandum GENC is reflecting its concern over the news article published in Time of India on 30th May, 2014 that Govt has approved 100% FDI in Defence Sector. As usual TV Channels started debate on this issue and trade unions started opposing the Govt move. Naturally, this news also created a heated debate amongst BMS Cadres because BMS/ GENC/BPMS have strongly opposed the policy of FDI in Defence Sector.
 
It has to remind your good self that a meeting was held with the then Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Jaswant Singh on 18.07.2001 wherein BPMS expressed its apprehension on the issue of 26% FDI in Defence Sector and explained the threats to National Security as well as the Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri stated that the apprehension of BPMS on 26% FDI in defence sector would be brought to the notice of Government of India and assured that full utilization of OFB shall be strived. Later, another meeting held with the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri ji on 22.04.2002 wherein he assured that there was no proposal for privatization/corporatization of the Ordnance Factories or any other defence establishment. The same assurance was given by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Pranab Mukherji in the meeting held on 18.09.2006. When we reflected our concern before Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri A K Antony in the meeting held on 26.06.2007 that 26% FDI allowed in the private sector (for defence equipments) was to bring technology but no foreign company had so far given technology and the Govt is going to clear for 50% FDI in defence sector, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri ji assured that this was only a proposal from the Ministry of Commerce and as far as MOD was concerned , it had not been agreed to the proposal and conveyed its disagreement to the Ministry of Commerce.
 
Last year (in the month of July, 2013), news articles published in print and electronic media that Government is considering the report of Arvind Mayaram Committee on removal of ceiling of FDI in Defence, Retail, Banking etc.. It agitated the defence civilians and BMS / GENC / BPMS activists burnt the effigy of committee’s recommendations countrywide.
 
We know that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India releases Discussion Papers on various aspects related to FDI and invites the views and suggestions on the observations made in the discussion papers. In the series of these Discussion Papers, this Paper is on ‘Foreign Direct Investment in Defence sector’.
 
We also keep in the mind that the views expressed in this discussion paper issued by department of Industrial Policy & Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India, should not be construed as the views of the Government. The Department hopes to generate informed discussion on the subject, so as to enable the Government to take an appropriate policy decision at an appropriate time.
 
But India is one of the largest users and importers of conventional defence equipment. It ranks among the top ten countries in the world in terms of military expenditure and most of the global defence equipment suppliers are only system integrators and they manufacture various equipment keeping in view the requirements of a particular order placed upon them. Since the companies keep on winding-up their operations and changing hands, it is virtually impossible to ensure maintenance and product support through their life cycle. This problem exists, in particular, with indigenous equipment manufactured with critical imported components. This raises the issue of the reliability of defence supplies in times of need. Contrary to above the Indian Ordnance Factories and other Defence Public Sector Undertakings are having the capabilities to repair, mordenize or upgrade the defence equipments which they are supplying through their life cycle.
 
Defence industry is highly technology driven and capital intensive. There is no doubt that it may take some time for domestic companies to acquire a technical edge, but we are against the accessing the technology through the modality of allowing foreign companies to set up production bases/ facilities within the country itself in the Defence sector. Manufacturing within the country, through India Inc. / Members of FICCI/CII/ASOCHEM in addition to OFB/DPSUs, with full transfer of state-of-the-art technology will be a better option than importing the equipment from abroad.
 
The major reason for reluctance in encouraging the Private Sector into defence production and welcome FDI in the sector is on account of concern for the Defence PSUs and the Ordnance Factories. However, it is clear that if the import continues at the present level, the role of the Defence PSUs and the Ordnance Factories would only be further marginalised. But this may be redressed by modernizing the Ordnance Factories & DPSUs and their capacities may be enhanced by removing the hindrances.
 
Another concern is that FDI could lead to ownership and control of firms operating in a critical and highly sensitive industry being passed on to foreign hands. Even if ownership or control does not pass on fully to the foreign investors, raising of the cap could lead to their enhanced influence and say in affairs of the company’s management. A related concern is that this could lead to an increased dependence on foreign investment, for meeting our defence needs. Taken to an extreme, this could lead to a situation where a clear relationship of dependency, in terms of foreign capital and technology, develops with regard to investment drawn from specific countries/ blocs.
 
There can also be concern relating to availability or reliability of supplies in times of war. The availability of maintenance and repair capability, spare parts, material and other support to keep critical systems functioning in all circumstances is a vital concern. This is related to the vital question of whether the foreign investor would continue to serve India’s defence needs in the times of war. This concern cannot be met by imposing a condition that the Government has a right to expropriate a manufacturing facility in case there is a need to do so due to the exigencies of national security, by payment of suitable compensation.
 
The next concern is related to the issue of passing on of the critical equipment, design or source code to other players-particularly, countries inimical to Indian interests. There can be an issue of export of Defence equipment manufactured in India and exported to inimical countries. There is a general concern about the internal security aspect of manufacture of defence equipment especially small arms and ammunition.
 
There are other reasons also due to which defence civilians are opposing the FDI in Defence Sector but due to shortage of time some of those are mentioned hereinabove. Hence, kindly consider the above view in correct perspective and convey the disagreement to the proposal of Ministry of Commerce on removal of ceiling of FDI in defence sector.
Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
SADHU SINGH
Secretary General
Source: www.bpms.org.in
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Pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation [Prior to 1988]

Court case related to CPWD regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation [Prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension]:-

No. C-18013/4/2013 -EC VI/643-58
Government of India
Directorate General
Central Public Works Department
Nirrnan Bhavan, New Delhi,
Dated June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Court cases regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation.

In a court case for grant of pension for employee who was at the time of resignation from service of Central Government, the court ordered for grant of pension-where as per rules, prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension. Brief of the case is enclosed for perusal. To process this case, Ministry has desired following information:-
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(i) How many such are pending in courts under your region?
(ii) Is there any precedent case in under region where pension has been allowed to a temporary employee before 26.2.1988?

(iii) What would be the financial implication on allowing pension and to all other persons similarly placed?
You are therefore, requested to collect information from zones under your jurisdiction and furnish the same as to the directorate within one month.
(B.B. Makkar)
Chief Engineer (HQ)

Brief history of this case is as under:-

Shri P.P. Bhaskaran joined in this department on 20.11.1964 as Section Officer (later designated as Junior Engineer). He went to IAAI on deputation on 08.07.1975 and later on he got absorption in the regular service of IAAI. He was absorbed in IAAI in 01.09.1977. His service was not confirmed in CPWD (Central Government) as his turn for confirmation had not yet come. He superannuated from IAAI in December 2000. As per service record of the petitioner he was entitled for gratuity only and not pension. Prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension. Shri P.P.Bhaskaran filed O.A. No. 1008 of 2012 before the CAT, Madras Bench, to declare that he is entitled to receive pension for the period of service rendered in CPWD from 20.11.1964 to 30.08.1977. Along with the said application he also filed M.A. No.408 of 2011 to waive the waiting period of 6 month from the date of representation for filing OA. The CAT dismissed the OA as well as the MA by its order dated 22.8.2012 holding that the cause of action arose in the year 1977 and therefore it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application.

The Petitioner filed WP. No. 32214 of 2012 challenging the aforesaid order of the CAT before the Hon’ble High Court, Madras. The Hon’ble High Court by an order dated 18.11.2013 allowed the WP and directed CPWD to calculate the pension payab1e to him on pro-rata basis and disburse the arrears a period preceding three years from the date of the O.A. till date of payment.

Source: CPWD
[http://cpwd.gov.in/WriteReadData/other_cir/10702.pdf]
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BSNLMRS – guidelines for regulation of expenditure on indoor treatment – cases where no CG HS rates are prescribed for any treatment/procedure: BSNL Order

BSNLMRS – guidelines for regulation of expenditure on indoor treatment – cases where no CG HS rates are prescribed for any treatment/procedure: BSNL Order

Admn. Section
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
(A Govt. of India Enterprise)
No. BSNL/Admn.I/15-3/11(Vol.II)
Dated: June 13th 2014
To
To All CGMS, BSNL

Sub: BSNLMRS – guidelines for regulation of expenditure on indoor treatment – cases where no CGHS rates are prescribed for any treatment/procedure.

Cases are referred to Corporate Office for settlement of medical claims where CGHS rates are not available. Where CGHS rates are not available, the cases are settled as per AIIMS rates. On seeking rates from AIIMS for various implants/devices and procedures, Administrative Office (H) of AIIMS has informed that the rate list of AIIMS is avaiiable on their website – www.aiims.edu I www.aiims.ac.in (link Hospital Zone-patient care service), wherever the rates of a particular disease are not available, the concerned Department/specialist doctor may be contacted [copy enclosed].

All the field units are requested to refer the rate list of AIIMS at their website and in case of non-availability of rates in the rate list they may directly refer their cases to concerned department of the AIIMS.

sd/-
(Raj Kumar Kushtwar)
Assistant General Manager (Admn.III]
Tel. No. 23037241 Fax No. 23734260
Source: bsnleuchq.com
[http://www.bsnleuchq.com/AIIMS%20rates%20(1).pdf]
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Denial of proper wages, working hours, holidays etc., to the contract workers in Railways: NFIR writes to Railway Board

Denial of proper wages, working hours, holidays etc., to the contract workers in Railways: NFIR writes to Railway Board

NFIR
Railwaymen National Federation of Indian
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI 110055
Affiliated to : Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

No. II/57
Dated:10/06/2014
The Member Staff, Railway Board, New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub: Denial of proper wages, working hours, holidays etc., to the contract workers in Railways-reg.
Reft (i) NFIR’s refter No. II/28/Pt.III dated 04/01/2012, II/57 dated 11/04/2002, 30/11/2012, 16/08/2013 & 31/03/2014.
(ii) Railway Board’ s letter No.2013/ E(LL)AT/CNR/8 dated 26/02/2013.

NFIR vide series of letters quoted under reference have brought to the notice of the Railway Board a number of irregularities in regard to payment of wages, working hours, holidays etc.,of contract workers. The Federation has also conveyed vide letters cited under reference, that there has been gross violation of contract labour (Regulation and Abolition)Act, 1970 by the employers.

2. In this connection, NFIR further wishes to convey following irregularities committed in the similar way by the Contractors in various other Departments on the Railways:-
 

(a)1. Engineering Department:
Minimum wages are not paid to the workers and Attendance Register of workers is also not maintained. Identity Card, Medical facilities, payment slips, Accommodation for their stay and water facilities are also not provided. The contract Labourers are working on Railway Tracks in peak period are putting their lives in dangers as no safety measures taken. Railway Contractors are not making accident insurance for these labourers.
 

2. Mechanical Department:
Railway Contractor’s workers are sweeping and cleaning all the compartments of the coaches of trains. ESIC facility is not provided by the contractors but amount is recovered from their payment. Pay-slip is not given regularly. Their P.F. is deducted but where it is deposited is not known to the workers. Contractors are also not depositing employers’ share amount of P.F. in the P.F. account of workers.


 
3. Operating Department:
Railway Contractor’s workers are sweeping and cleaning Railway Stations, Railway Tracks, surrounding areas and offices in Railway premises. ESIC facility is not provided by the contractors though money is recovered from their wages. Pay-slips are not given regularly. Their RF. is deducted but where it is deposited is not known to the workers. Contractors are also not depositing employers’ share amount of P.F. in the P.F. accounts of workers. After finishing the tender. Railway Administrationis engaging these labourers to do the above work in three Railway Stations i.e. Kalyan, Panvel & Lonavala of Central Railway. The Railway Administration is unable to make payment to the labourers. After the protest rally by CRMS in February 14, the Railway Administration made payment to the labourers working in Kalyan & Lonavala, Payment but however those working in Panvel station the payment is not done.




 
4. Commercial Department (Central Railway):-
Railway Contractors are running Tea Stalls, Refreshment rooms, etc., in Railway Stations and contract workers are working as cooks, vendors helpers etc. Railway Contractors are not making payment to them. They are deputed to work on commission basis. Since the labourers are working on commission basis, they are loosing the benefit of P.F. Also unauthorized hawkers are working at the stations, thus authorised vendors are unable to manage their families in these hard days.

There are more than 50% vacancies of luggage and parcel porters, Loading and unloading work has increased, thus the labours are facing lot of difficulties. It is requested to restore clearing & forwarding Agents as existed earlier.



5. Electrical Department (Central Railway):-
The Railway Contractor labour are working as AC Attendants in AC Coaches in the passenger carrying trains. They are not paid their wages and travelling allowance as per rules. Their P.F. is deducted but where it is deposited not known to them. Contractors are also not depositing employers’ share amount of P.F. in the P.F. accounts of workers.

3. Federation further wishes to convey to the Railway Board that the Act under section 23 provides for penal action against the defaulters if contravention of the Act continues and the Departments employing the contract labour are liable to be imposed punishment.

Incidentally, it is mentioned that the provisions of Contract Labour (R & A) Act 1970 & Rules 1971 were circulated by the Railway Board to all Zones, Production Units etc., vide letter dated 26/02/2013 quoted under reference for enforcement in letter and spirit. But unfortunately no action has been taken and the Federation has been compelled to bring these issues to the notice of the Railway Board.

NFIR, therefore, once again urges the Railway Board (MS) to kindly arrange to undertake immediately investigation into the above irregularities for ensuring that contract workers are not exploited by the contractor/employer. Federation may please be advised of the action taken early.

Yours faithfully,
(M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
[https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UeVZjV2p3Z0ttS2FFT0R3VmNqQXJ2ZThZN09N/edit]
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Demand for 50% DA Merger presented to the new government

Demand for 50% DA Merger presented to the new government

It looks as if this time all the Central Government Employees Federations are seriously committed to getting 50% Dearness Allowance added to their basic pay!

All the CG employees federations have strongly made this demand to the newly formed Government at the Centre. They have all explained the reasons and submitted the justification, why they have made this demand and have requested that it be implemented.

The demand was first put forth in the middle of last year. It was hoped that the demand would be implemented before the general elections. Everybody expected an announcement in this regard at the end of the last cabinet meeting that was held on February 28, 2014. The disappointment they felt wouldn’t be easy to forget.

In order to renew this demand and present it to the newly formed government, all the federations have presented memorandums. Mr. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary of National Council JCM Staff Side, has sent a detailed letter to the Government explaining this demand.

One will have to wait and watch if the newly formed government, under the leadership of Modi, accepts this demand of more than 50 lakh employees.

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/06/demand-for-50-da-merger-presented-to-the-new-government/]
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General Budget 2014-15: NFIR Presents list of proposals to be considered

General Budget 2014-15: NFIR Presents list of proposals to be considered

NFIR has made a list of all the proposals that Central Government employees expect in the 2014-15 General Budget.

On the 11th of this month, Mr. Raghavaiah, the General Secretary of NFIR, sent a letter to the Finance Ministry, containing certain proposals that are worth considering.

The letter contains nine points that deserve serious consideration from the Ministry. These points were formulated based on the needs and demands of about 34 lakh Central Government employees, including 14 lakh Railway workers.
Income tax exemption should be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs for individuals and Rs. 7 Lakhs for senior citizens.

The 7th CPC should be instructed to submit an Interim Report on the DA Merger.
Maximum bonus limits should be raised to Rs. 10,000.

The New Pension Scheme must be discarded in accordance to the request by the Railway Ministry.

Additional pension must be granted to pensioners over the age of 70.

The longstanding demand, for exempting Transport Allowance from Income Tax calculations, must be granted.

MACP Scheme should also be extended to teachers and lecturers working in Central Government institutions.

Earned Leave and LAHP should be granted to teachers and lecturers working in Central Government institutions.

All allowances should be exempted from income tax calculations.

Source: http://90paisa.blogspot.in/
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/06/general-budget-2014-15-nfir-presents.html]
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No Six Days Week Proposal Under Consideration with the govt at present: NC JCM Press Release & Media News

No Six Days Week Proposal Under Consideration with the govt at present: NC JCM Press Release & Media News
Press Release about Government’s plan to make six days a week working in the administrative offices of Central Government.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com




PRESS RELEASE

 NEW DELHI: 14 JUNE, 2014

 Present whispering about reverting back to six days a week in place of the prevalent five days week working in the Administrative Office of the Central Government.

In this connection, the issue was discussed by Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary Staff Side, National Council(JCM) and General Secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation, with the Cabinet Secretary on 13th June, 2014, and it was brought to his notice that five days a week working was introduced, way back in the year 1985 after prolonged deliberations at the National Council(JCM) level. Various aspects, including energy saving in the form of electricity and also Statutory Provision regarding working hours were kept in view.

After discussion, Cabinet Secretary assured to Secretary Staff Side NC/JCM, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, that no such proposal is under consideration with the Government at present.


For Secretary(Staff Side)
National Council(JCM)
Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Press_release.pdf


News by The Hindu Business Line:-

No 6-day week for Govt staff: Cabinet Secretary assures unions


The Hindu Business Line New Delhi, June 14:


The Government is not considering any proposal to increase the number of working days to six from five a week in administrative offices of the Central Government, according to Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary – staff side, National Council, Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM), which is a joint group of various staff unions of Central Government employees.

Mishra stated this on the basis of assurances received from the Cabinet Secretary on Friday. The assurance came through in a meeting of the JCM with Cabinet Secretary on Friday, according to a release.

“After discussion, Cabinet Secretary assured to Secretary, Staff Side National Council – JCM, Shiva Gopal Mishra, that no such proposal is under consideration with the Government at present,” it said.

Mishra also holds the post of General Secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF).

“Five days a week working was introduced, way back in the year 1985 after prolonged deliberations at the National Council(JCM) level. Various aspects, including energy saving in the form of electricity and also Statutory Provision regarding working hours were kept in view,” stated the release.

The Unions also reiterated their view to increase the salaries by merging 50 per cent of Dearness Allowance with the basic pay, Mishra told Business Line.

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/no-6day-week-for-govt-staff-cabinet-secretary-assures-unions/article6114964.ece
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