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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Amendment of Fundamental Rules/Service Rules regarding FR 22(I)(a)(1) pay fixation of re-employed person: DoPT’s clarification

DoPT’s clarification on amendment of Fundamental Rules/Service Rules regarding FR 22(1)(a)(i) pay fixation of re-employed person.
No.997012/2014-Estt (Pay)
Government of India
Department of Personnel 8; Training
Establishment (Pay) Division
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the.26th June, 2014
CIRCULAR

It is brought to notice that any amendment of Fundamental Rules / Service Rules is required to be made with the approval of President under powers vested by Article 309 of the Constitution. It is clarified that FR  22(l)(a)(1) continues to exist.

2. Similarly, the Rule 2(2)(vii) of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008 has not been deleted as in the case of FR 22(l)(a)(1) above.

3. Hence. the mode of pay fixation as provided for in FR 22(1)(a)(1) continues to apply in respect of cases in the pre-revised scales. Also, the Rule 2(2)(vii) of CCS (RP) Rules 2008 read with OM No.3/13/2008-Estt(Payell) dated 11th November, 2008, continues to apply in cases of pay fixation of reemployed persons.

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(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Pay)

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/997012_2014-Estt_Pay.pdf
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PRICES OF THE INGREDINTS SPECIFIED IN THE 15TH ILC TO CALCULATE THE MINIMUM WAGES AS ON 01.05.2014

ILC TO CALCULATION OF MINIMUM WAGES AS ON MAY 2014 – NC JCM STAFF SIDE 
PRICES OF THE INGREDINTS SPECIFIED IN THE 15TH ILC TO CALCULATE THE MINIMUM WAGES AS ON 01.05.2014 
 
ITEMS DELHI MUMBAI KOLKTA CHENNAI BNGLR BBSR TRVDM HYDBD AVERAGE PCU/day in gms Per Month 3 CU ( in Kg)
Rice/Wheat 44 49 44 48 47 58 42 44 47 475 gms 42.75 kg 2009
Dal (Toor/Urid/Moong) 99 102 140 100 97 97 95 94 103 80 gms 7.2 kg 742
Raw Vegetables 44 46 41 40 42 50 48 41 44 100 gms 9.00 kg 396
Green Vegitables 42 43 40 42 42 43 44 40 42 125 gms 11.25 kg 473
Other Vegitables 43 43 41 40 40 41 49 40 41 75 gms 6.75 kg 277
Fruits 111 114 108 112 109 108 108 109 110 120 gms 10.8 kg 1188
Milk 44 44 39 39 36 36 36 38 39 200 ml 18 ltr 702
Sugar/Jaggery 44 43 42 44 45 44 46 44 44 56 gms 5.00 kg 220
Edible Oil 148 159 142 159 142 141 141 140 138 40 gms 3.6 kg 497
Fish 315 325 315 375 305 310 335 320 325
2.5 kg 813
Meat 423 420 438 388 403 397 398 488 425
5.0 kg 2125
Egg 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
90 Nos 450
Detergents 404 414 379 399 379 399 399 399 396

396
Clothes 198 203 178 198 178 198 198 188 192
5.5 mtr 1056
Total










11344
Housing@ 7.5%










1174
Miscellaneous @ 20%










3129
Total










15647
Additional @ 25%










5214
Grand Total – Minimum pay
for unskilled worker
in the
earstwhile Group D











20861
Minimum Pay
for Group
C Added with
30% with
the minimum
pay above











5214
Minimum Pay at Group C level










26075
Rounded to










26000
 
20% of the net minimum miscellaneous charges towards fuel, electricity, water charges, etc
Housing at the rate of 7.5% of net minimum
 
Addition Expenditure at the rate of 25% includes expenditure towards education, marriage etc of the children, medical treatment, recreation, festivals etc. as per the Supreme Court decision in 1991.
 
Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com
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Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officers (IO)/Presenting Officers (PO) – Dopt Orders

Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officers (IO)/Presenting Officers (PO).
 
No. 142/15/2010-AVD.1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated 23rd June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Honorarium to Inquiry Officers (IO)/Presenting Officers (PO).

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 31.7.2012 laying down the rates of honorarium payable to Inquiry Officer / Presenting Officer for holding departmental proceedings.
2. It has been brought to the notice of this Department that the condition mentioned in para 2.1 of the said OM, was in conflict with the provisions of FR 46 B which limits the maximum amount payable as honorarium to an individual in a financial year to Rs. 5,000/- creating confusion whether the same was within the delegated powers of the Ministry.

3. The matter has been considered and it is clarified that the honorarium payable to IO/Presenting Officer for conducting inquiry in departmental proceedings would be outside the purview of the general delegation under FR 46 B.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. No. 141412009-E.II(B) dated 16.5.2014.

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(G.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/142_15_2010-AVD-1_23062014.pdf]
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Dopt introduced new initiatives to boost morale of its employees – Idea Boxes, Employee of the Month etc.,

Best Practices and New Initiatives introduced by the Department of Personnel & Training to boost morale and effective functioning of the employees of the Department – Regarding:
 
No. I-28011 /46/2014-Coord 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, P. G. & Pensions 
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th June 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
 
Sub: Best Practices / New Initiatives introduced by the Department of Personnel & Training to boost morale and effective functioning of the employees of the Department – Regarding: 
 
During the year 2013-2014, the Department of Personnel & Training has introduced the following new initiatives to boost the morale of its employees and to give a fillip to their effective functioning: -
 
SI. No. New Initiatives / Best Practices
 
1. CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE &
 
2. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH 
Realizing that recognition of meritorious performance of employees is a critical tool in human resource management, a new non-monetary incentive in the form of an annual award of “Certificate of Excellence” to recognize the contribution of its meritorious employees of the level of Under Secretary and below has been introduced. This initiative was circulated to all Ministries/Departments vide O.M. No. A-37011/1/2013-Ad.l, dated 18th December 2013 (copy enclosed).
 
Subsequently, another monthly non-monetary incentive was introduced wherein one employee from across all categories of employees of the level of Under Secretary & below was to be designated as ‘Employee of the Month’. The awardee is given a certificate and his photograph is displayed under the relevant link in the intra-Departmental (employee) Portal of the Department.
 
Under both the initiatives, nominations of eligible employees would be called for from all Wings of the Department and the work performance and outcomes achieved by such employees would be examined by a Committee Of Joint Secretaries in DoPT. The same Committee would meet once every month to assess the nominations received from various Wings to recommend award of ‘Employee of the Month’.
 
3. APPOINTMENT OF MENTORS FOR THE EMPLOYEES JOINING DoPT 
A process of mentoring of each ‘newcomer’ in the Department with a view to sensitize the incumbent about the Department and dealing with court cases, RFD, Parliamentary matters, etc., has been introduced in the Department. The mentoring process is for a period of six months. The mentor is to be an officer two levels above the incumbent.
 
4. EMPLOYEES’ INTERACTION WITH MOS (PP) AND SENIOR OFFICERS IN OPEN HOUSE SYSTEM 
An ‘Open House’ interaction of the Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) employees and above was organized in October, 2013 which provided a platform to these employees to interact directly with MOS (PP) and other Senior Officers of the Department.
 
5. APPOINTMENT OF GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL OFFICERS IN EACH DIVISION 
In each Division, two Grievance Redressal Officers (GRO) have been appointed at US/DS/Director level to redress the grievances of the employees of inter-personal nature.
 
6. INSTALLATION OF ‘IDEA BOXES’ IN THE DEPARTMENT FOR SOLICITING ‘OUT OF THE BOX’ SOLUTIONS TO VARIOUS ISSUES 
The Department has installed ‘Idea Boxes’ to receive the innovative ideas from the employees to improve the functioning of the Department and to create a conducive work culture.
 
7. TRAINING OF THE EMPLOYEES WITH SPECIFIC FOCUS ON DEPARTMENT RELATED FUNCTIONS 
A training plan for the employees at the level of Under Secretary & below (and equivalent) of DoPT has been chalked out in consultation with ISTM. The duration of the Training Programme is one week, inclusive of a field visit outside Delhi.
 
8. RETREAT FOR OFFICERS OF THE LEVEL OF DS AND ABOVE IN THE DEPARTMENT 
The Department organized a two-day Retreat at LBSNAA, Mussoorie in October 2013 for the officers at the level of DS I Director & above in the Department. The objective of the Retreat was to discuss the stakeholders’ perception about the Department and develop an action plan to positively change the orientation of the Department towards service delivery.
 
9. INTRODUCTION OF INTERNSHIP SCHEME IN THE DEPARTMENT. 
The Department has introduced an ‘Internship Scheme’ under which applications are invited from students to work on selected topics relating to the functions of the Department. The duration of the internship is two months and they are given a stipend of Rs.10,000/- per month and a Certificate on successful completion of the internship and submission of report. The interns are selected by the Committee of Joint Secretaries.
2. The Ministries / Departments of the Government of India may consider adopting the above initiatives as a Human Resource Management Tool to motivate the industrious employees.
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(Shri Prakash)
Director (A)
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/I-28011_46_2014-Coord.pdf]
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Extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS

No: S.11045 /36 /2012 / CGHS (HEC) (Pt)
Government of India
Directorate General of Central Govt. Health Scheme
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110108, dated the 24th June, 2014
 
OFFICE ORDER

Subject: Regarding extension of validity of empanelment of All Health Care Organizations empanelled under CGHS.

Attention is drawn to the Office Memorandum issued earlier extending validity of empanelment of all health care organizations under CGHS till 30th June, 2014.

2. It has now been decided to extend the validity of empanelment of all health care organizations already empanelled under CGHS, for a further period of one month i.e. till 31st July, 2014 or till finalization of next empanelment process, whichever is earlier on same terms and conditions as defined in OM on which they were empanelled earlier.
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[Dr. (Mrs.) Sharda Verma]
Director (CGHS)
Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File706.pdf
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Salaried women to get higher income tax exemption in the Budget 2014

Salaried women to get higher income tax exemption in the Budget 2014
Good news for salaried women! Narendra Modi Government is considering higher income tax exemption limit for women in the budget for 2014-15.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley is restructuring tax slabs and is thus set to approve a proposal to raise the tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh from existing Rs 2 lakh.

The Modi government will ease the tax burden on the middle class and impose a higher tax on the super rich in its first Budget to be presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley next month.

According to the proposal, under consideration of the new government, there would also be a tax on the super- rich bracket, comprising those earning Rs 10 crore or more of 35 per cent. This category would be above the Rs 1 crore, class which currently pays an effective tax of 33 per cent inclusive of a surcharge that the earlier government had introduced.


India’s tax regime is being overhauled by Finance minster

Women will be offered a higher tax relief — the threshold income below which individuals are not liable to pay taxes—for women could be fixed at between Rs. 3,25,000 to Rs. 3,50,000.
Rs. 1 lakh annual tax deduction allowed under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act has not kept pace with the rising inflation and needs revision.

A separate deduction of at least Rs 1 lakh per year specifically for education is being considered
Exemption on home loans:  To reduce the burden on households for the interest paid on housing loan for a self-occupied house property a deduction of up to Rs 1.5 lakh is allowed. It can be increased to Rs 5 lakh per year.

Moreover, a proposal to reduce the age for tax exemption for senior citizens to 60 years from 65 years is also under consideration.


EXISTING TAX STRUCTURE
Income of less than Rs. 2 lakh a year are exempt from paying taxes.
Earning between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh annually are taxed at 10%,
Between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh at 20%
Earning more than Rs. 10 lakh pays a tax of 30%.
Source: Sahara Samay News
[http://www.saharasamay.com/nation-news/676555821/salaried-women-to-get-higher-income-tax-exemption-in-the-budget-.html]
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Dopt orders regarding weeding out of files/records

Dopt orders regarding weeding out of files/records
 
No.25/17/2014-CS-II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
 
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated: the 24th June, 2014.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 
Sub:- Weeding out of files/records – reg.
 
The undersigned is directed to say that on review, a large number of old dossiers of ACRs/ APARs in respect of PSs, PPSs ahd Sr. PPSs retained in this section are being considered for weeding out. The ACRs/APARs of officers may be destroyed after five years/more from the date of his/her retirement. As per the instruction contained in this Department’s OM No. 21011/1/2005- Estt(A)(Part-III) dated 02.04.2012, before any ACR dossier is weeded out on completion the normal retention period, it may be certified by the concerned section that no request for handing over the ACR dossier has been received from that retired officer.
 
2. Accordingly, cadre units participating in CSSS are requested to intimate the details of ACRs/APARs of more than five years vintage in respect of which requests, if any, have been received for handing over from the concerned retired officer. Details of pending disciplinary/ court cases may also be furnished. In case the requisite information being ‘Nil’ the same may also be intimated.
 
3. In case, no information is received from a cadre unit by 30.06.2014, it will be presumed that the requisite information pertaining to that cadre unit is ‘Nil’.
 
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(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source:www.presmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02csd/wof24.pdf]
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Retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh

Retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh
 
There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000 including defense, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners. This group of personnel can, by and large, offer greater maturity, experience and stability. With improved living conditions and the best of medical facilities, most of these retiring government employees would be capable of putting in a good 5-7 years of active service.
 
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
25-June-2014 21:25 IST
MoS (Personnel) Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses pre-retirement counseling programme
The retirement issue is to be handled with social mindset – says Dr. Jitendra Singh
The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare conducted a pre-retirement counseling for retirees here today. Addressing the concluding session the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the issue of retirement is to be handled with social mindset. The MoS stated that the society should feel good about it. He stated that the issue is too large to handle by the government itself and hoped that social organization should come forward to help.
 
The Department of Pensions has institutionalised regular conduct of pre-retirement Counseling workshops. These workshops target retiring personnel two to two-and-a-half years before the retirement date. Topics covered are (i) Formalities to be covered for timely payment of retirement dues (ii) Financial planning for the amounts received at retirement (iii) Preparation of Will (iv) CGHS facilities after retirement and (v) Post-retirement opportunities through Sankalp.
 
The “Sankalp’ programme has been initiated by the Department towards this end and a web portal of the same name has also been launched. Pensioners, Pensioner Associations and NGOs can register on the website http//www.pensionersportal.gov.in/sankalp.
 
Recognising the fact that a retiring government employee is very often unprepared to face the fact that he may be without a daily routine and a meaningful existence the day after he retires, the Government is looking for ways to engage the retired employees in meaningful social work.
 
There are approximately 40,000 fresh retirees every year from the Central Government Civil establishments alone. This number could be close to 1,00,000 including defense, railways, posts and telecom. In addition there is a pool of around 50 lakh existing pensioners. This group of personnel can, by and large, offer greater maturity, experience and stability. With improved living conditions and the best of medical facilities, most of these retiring government employees would be capable of putting in a good 5-7 years of active service. Further, the financial requirements are by and large taken care of by the regular monthly pension payments which are also inflation indexed. What that hurts is a sense of not being wanted anymore and the lack of a daily routine.
 
Realising the potential of such a large section of experienced, capable and productive workforce, the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare has conceptualised such pre-retirement counseling sessions for retirees. This serves as a platform for exchange of information between retiring employees and voluntary or other organisations working towards building society looking for expertise, skill and maturity which can be offered by these retired government servants. The forum will serve to facilitate matching of broad parameters of geographical location and basic skills/ expertise required/ available. Both employees and organisations will have to register on to this portal.
 
Another possibility is to bring together groups of like-minded pensioners /Pensioners’ Associations and the ministries which are looking for concurrent audit or evaluation of development schemes being implemented all over the country.
 
The stakeholders identified for the project are: Supply side:
a) Pensioners
b) Pensioners Associations identified by the Department involved in pensioners welfare
Demand side:
a) Organisations involved in Social welfare projects
b) Government Departments having Social welfare schemes
c) Indian Institute of Corporate affairs for CSR activities
d) Corporate-Public and Private with CSR funds
Source: PIB News
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Foreign Tour for Central Government Employees – Demanded by NC JCM Staff Side

Explore the possibility of allowing an employer to undertake tour outside India once in his life time in lieu of the LTC.
Leave Travel Concession
Leave Travel Concession is a facility extended to the Government employees, which enables scheme to avail holidays and undertack travel as a tourist with his family.
The facility provides him with an opportunity to be away from the monotonous daily routine and be with his family without the botherisation of the official duties. It is an established fact that if employer is encouraged to take such holidays they will reform rejuvenated and the employer is benefitted through his increased productivity.
Over the years, on representation from employees, the concession has been widened. However, some aspects of this facilities require certain further relaxations/improvements. We enumerate those as under:-
1. Permission for air journey for all categories of employees to and from NE Region.
2. Permission for personnel posted in NE Region for a journey within NE Region.
3. To increase the periodicity of the LTC once in two years.
4. Explore the possibility of allowing an employer to undertake tour outside India once in his life time in lieu of the LTC.
We request the 7th CPC to consider recommending our suggestion for improvements to the Government.
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Suggestion on Dearness Allowance for 7th Pay Commission – NC JCM STAFF SIDE

Suggestion on Dearness Allowance for 7th Pay Commission – NC JCM STAFF SIDE
National Council JCM Staff Side suggested on the issue of Dearness Allowance in 7th Pay Commission, the existing formula of computation of Dearness allowance and its payment with effect from 1st January, and 1st July may continue…
Dearness allowance

The neutralisation envisaged under the present system of computation of dearness compensation is supposed to be cent per cent, but in reality it is not the case. Actual consumer price index is much higher than the level at which DA is calculated on the basis of 12 monthly average. The average is always lower than the actual cost of living.

The calculation of consumer price index, its basis, the basket of goods on which it is based, are questionable and has become a matter of dispute. Since the Pay Commission being not the forum at which these issues could be taken, we do not propose to go into the details of this aspects.

We suggest, therefore, that the existing formula of computation of DA and its payment with effect from 1st January, and 1st July, may continue.
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