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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

7% DA from July 2014 – Prompt decision is worth appreciating..!

7% DA from July 2014 – Prompt decision is worth appreciating..!
The Centre has announced an additional 7% DA hike for the Central Government employees and Pensioners from July 2014.

Usually, agendas for central government employees’ DA hike are presented at the Cabinet meeting only on the third or fourth Thursdays of the month. There are times when these decisions were made during the last cabinet meeting of the season. Sometimes, these decisions are not made even during the last meeting and are taken up only during special meeting or at critical times.

On the 4th of this month, out of the blue, the Government announced a 7% DA hike. The cabinet’s announcement gives a positive conclusion to the relentless waiting of the past few weeks.

DA is calculated twice a year (from January to June, and from July to December) based on the changes in the Consumer Price Index (IW) BY 2001=100. The AICPIN numbers of the month are released by the Labour Bureau the following month.

In the month of August, the Labour Bureau sends the AICPIN data for the months of January to July, to the Finance Ministry. Based on the data, the Finance Ministry calculates the DA hike and the additional expense likely to be incurred, and presents the findings and reports towards the end of August to the Cabinet for its approval. The final decision is made in the month of September. This is the usual procedure.

Irrespective of the date of the Cabinet approval in the month of September, the DA hikes are calculated and given along with the salary for the month of September. Increase for the month of July and August are calculated and given as arrears to the employees and pensioners too.

Although 7% hike has been confirmed already, the prompt decision is worth appreciating!

Source : www.cgstaffnews.in
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DoPT Order on Search/Selection Committees

DoPT Order on Search/Selection Committees

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

05-September-2014 18:12 IST

DoPT Order on Search/Selection Committees

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has directed that the Search Committee/Search-cum-Selection Committee should recommend panels in the order of merit. The ACC has, however, observed that in some of the cases submitted by various Ministries/Departments, the Selection Committees/Search-cum-Selection Committees are not recommending the panel in order of merit/preference.

In view of the above, the ACC has reiterated that unless statutorily required not to arrange the names in the panel in the order of preference, the Selection Committee/Search-cum-Selection Committee must invariably indicate the order of preference.
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Expected Dearness Allowance from January 2015: Indian Government

Expected Dearness Allowance from January 2015

As all of us expected, 7% DA hike has been approved by Cabinet on 4th September 2014. Necessary order for payment of DA with effect from 1st July 2014 will be issued by Ministry of Finance soon. Here after our focus will be moving on to next instalment of dearness allowance which will be paid from 1st January 2015. We just analyse the trend of Consumer Price Index with the past seven months AICPCIN to arrive the expected DA from January 2015.

Since 2006, the AICPIN has witnessed second highest ever increase in July 2014. In 2009 the AICPIN increased by 7 points from 153 to 160 in the month of July. After that, an increase of 6 points over 246 points was declared in July 2014. It is the second highest monthly increase on AICPIN records from 2006. See the table below…

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec MaxIncrease
2006 119 119 119 120 121 123 124 124 125 127 127 127 2
2007 127 128 127 128 129 130 132 133 133 134 134 134 2
2008 134 135 137 138 139 140 143 145 146 148 148 147 3
2009 148 148 148 150 151 153 160 162 163 165 168 169 7
2010 172 170 170 170 172 174 178 178 179 181 182 185 3
2011 188 185 185 186 187 189 193 194 197 198 199 197 4
2012 198 199 201 205 206 208 212 214 215 217 218 219 4
2013 221 223 224 226 228 231 235 237 238 241 243 239 4
2014 237 238 239 242 244 246 252




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What is the impact of this highest increase of AICPIN on expected Dearness Allowance from January 2015?
It is observed that when it was 7 points increase in July 2009, it influenced very much on increasing the rate of DA to be paid from 1st January 2010 and 1st July 2010. The rate of Dearness Allowance had been enhanced by 8% from 25% to 35% with effect from 1.1.2010 and 10% increase from 35% to 45% was declared with effect from 1.7.2010. Though there was no considerable increase after those 7 points in that particular 12 months from July 2009 to June 2010, the rate of DA had been reached 8% and 10% increase level for  successive two instalments.

From this point of view, it is quite obvious that this one month increase on AICPIN is enough to play a vital role to have a considerable hike in rate of Dearness Allowance for forth coming two instalments. So this 6 points increase of AICPIN in July 2014, we can expect, will have a profound impact on increasing the rate of Dearness allowance to be paid, not only from 1st January 2015, but also from July 2015.

Let us see the three probabilities of  AICPIN trend, through which we can figure out approximately the expected DA from January 2015 

Probabilities (with AICPIN-IW points) Expected DA from Jan 2015
Average increase of 3 points for remaining 5 months 9%
Average increase of 2 points for remaining 5 months 8%
If same points (252)continues for remaining  5 months 6%
Source: www.centralgovernmentnews.com
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DOPT letter to Secretaries on filing Returns of Assets and Liabilities - Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013

DOPT letter to Secretaries on filing Returns of Assets and Liabilities - Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013

Government of India
Department of Personnel & Training
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
North Block New Delhi 110001
Bhaskar Khulbe
Additional Secretary
D.O.No. 407/12/2014-AVD-lV(B)
Dated: 8th September, 2014

Dear Secretary,
Please refer to my D.O. letter of even No. dated 1st August, 2014 regarding furnishing of information relating to assets and liabilities by public servants under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
2. In this regard, I am forwarding a copy of the Central Governments notification dated 08th September, 2014 (Annexure-l). containing an Order amending the Lokpal & Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, for the purpose of extending the time limit for carrying out necessary changes in the relevant rules relating to different services from two hundred and seventy days to three hundred and sixty days’, from the date on which the Act came into force, i.e., 16 January, 2014.

3. Government has also notified on 8th September, 2014, the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014, extending the time limit for filing of revised returns by all public servants from 15th September, 2014 to 31st December, 2014, A copy of the notification containing the said amendment Rules is enclosed (Annexure-II)

4. I request you to kindly issue orders towards ensuring compliance with these Rules by all officers and staff in your Ministry/Department and in various organisations/PSUs under the control of your Ministry/Department, within the revised time-limit mentioned in the amended Rules, by filing their revised returns of assets and liabilities to the competent authority on or before 31 December, 2014.

5. I also request you to kindly ensure that necessary follow-up action for harmonizing the provisions of the relevant rules relating to all categories of public servants (as defined in the Act) falling under the jurisdiction / administrative /cadre control of your Ministry/Department is completed within the revised time limit of 360 days now provided in the Order dated 8th September, 2014 (Annexure-l).
Yours Sincerely
(Bhaskar Khulbe)
Source : DOPT
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/do_letter_Sec.pdf]
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Dopt Notification – Addition of time limit for submission of Assest Declaration

Dopt Notification – Addition of time limit for submission of Assest Declaration

Department of Personnel and Training issued an important notification regarding the time limit for filing return of assests on its portal today. The time limit has been extended upto December 2014 to submitting of information and annual returns of assests and liabilities of Government servant.

Asset Declaration Amendment Rules
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi. the 8th September. 2014

G.S.R. 638(E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-secrion (1) read with clause (k) and clause (1) of sub section (2) of Section 59 read with Section 44 and Section 45 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules to amend 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. namely :-

I. (I) These rules may he called the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2014.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In 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. in rule 3. in the proviso to sub-rule (2), for the words on or before the 15th day of September, 2014’, the words “on or before the 31st day of December, 2014 shall he substituted.
[ F.No. 407/12/2014-AVD-lV(B) Pt.-I ]
BHASKAR KHULBE, Addl. Secy.

Note : The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary vide notification number G.S.R. 501(E). dated the 14th July. 2014.

Source : www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/Not_Assetrulesamendmentgazt.pdf]
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