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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Status of Implementation of OROP

Status of Implementation of OROP
Ministry of Defence
Press Information Bureau
government of India
21-July, 2015
The principle of One Rank One Pension for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the Government. The modalities for implementation were discussed with various stakeholders and are presently under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri Neeraj Shekhar and others in Rajya Sabha today.


Revised Norms of IT Returns; Electronic Verification of Income Tax Returns For A.Y. 2015-16 Introduced

Revised Norms of IT Returns; Electronic Verification of Income Tax Returns For A.Y. 2015-16 Introduced

As per rule 12 of the Income-tax Rules, in case of individuals and certain other specified taxpayer, returns may be filed electronically followed by submission of signed paper copy of ITR-Verification form (ITR-V). However, to provide end-to-end enabled services to the tax payers, a facility has been introduced for electronic verification of the Income-tax Returns for A.Y. 2015-16 in these cases.

Under this, a taxpayer may verify his return through Internet Banking or through Aadhaar based authentication process.

For the convenience of small taxpayers having total income of Rs. 5 lakhs or below without any claim of refund, facility for generating Electronic Verification Code (EVC) has also been provided on the E-filing website of the Department. In such cases EVC will be sent to the Registered Email ID and Mobile Number of the taxpayer. Persons using this facility will not be required to submit a signed paper copy of ITR-V to the Income-tax Department.

Taxpayers are permitted to use Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to verify their e-filed Income-tax return. The electronic signature is a type of DSC and can be used to verify e-filed Income-tax return. As mentioned above, the taxpayers can use their Aadhaar number for e-filing of return as per the Aadhaar based authentication process.

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Automatic Refund of Confirmed/ Rac e-tickets on Cancellation of Trains Becomes Effective

Automatic Refund of Confirmed/ Rac e-tickets on Cancellation of Trains Becomes Effective

Ministry of Railways
Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
21-July, 2015

Ministry of Railways have decided to grant automatic refund of Confirmed/RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets. There shall not be any requirement for cancellation/filing of TDR for refund of e-tickets in case of cancellation of trains. This has become effective with effect from July 13, 2015.
However, in case of cancellation of trains, PRS counter ticket shall continue to be refunded across the reservation counter as per the existing provisions.


7th Pay Commission Rumours – Discarding Grade Pay system – Will it be beneficial ?

7th Pay Commission Rumours – Discarding Grade Pay system – Will it be beneficial ?
A study on difference in Fitment benefit for 7th Pay Commission Pay Fixation in the case of principles of 5th CPC Pay fixation is adopted in lieu of Fitment Benefit in the form of Grade Pay System evolved by 6th CPC

Fitment benefit in the form of Grade Pay provided by 6th CPC was computed based on highest pre-revised pay in each of the pre-revised Pay Scale – Fitment benefit advocated by previous pay commisions were reckoned with Pre-revised basic Pay drawn on the effective date of CPC

While Central Government Employees keep their fingers crossed after 7th Pay Commission finished all the interaction sessions with the Employees Federations and started finalising its report to be submitted to Govt, many surmises and speculations have already started filling the air through Internet and through word of mouth about possible 7th CPC pay fixation methods.

Some of those 7th Pay Commission rumours are as follows
  • There will be no running Pay band and Grade Pay System
  • The Minimum Pay will be Rs. 21000
  • The uniform multiplication factor for arriving revised pay will be 2.86
  • The Criteria for retirement age will be either completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 60 Years whichever is earlier.
Interestingly, these rumours are spread out this time carry the tags as “inside information provided by Employees federations which participated in the 7th Pay Commission meetings”. The very character of a rumour is, it may be true or false. God only knows.

Among these, the unconfirmed news that 7th Pay Commission is to discard Pay Band – Grade Pay System may be affecting the Pay Structure of Central Government Employees very much if it is true.
In fact this is an off-shoot of proposal moot out by Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers in its reply to 7th Pay Commission Questionnaire

In this background, we made an analysis as to whether discarding of Grade Pay System would be beneficial to Central Government Employees.

As per the proposal of Confederation, the Pay Band and Grade Pay system evolved by the 6th CPC brought about innumerable anomalies and the same has to be replaced by the Pay scale structure, which was in vogue prior to the implementation of the 6th CPC.

What was Pay Scale Structure prior to 6th CPC ?  How fixation pay was made in that pay scale ?

Obviously, Pay Scale Structure contemplated by Confederation is 5th Pay Commission Pay Structure which is the Pay Structure prior to 6th CPC pay Structure.
Now, let us have a look at the 5th CPC Pay Structure and how pre-revised 4th CPC Pay was revised and fit into the same.

5th Pay Commission Pay fixation Method :

As per Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules 1997 which was notified by Ministry of Finance for implementation of 5th Pay Commission Report, Revised Pay Scales against 4th CPC pay scales are as follows

4th CPC Pay scales5th CPC pay scales
2375-75-3200-100-3500 / 2375-75-3200-100-3500-125-3750S-137450-225-11500
2200-75-2800-100-4000NEW SCALE8000-275-13500(Group A Entry)
2630/- FIXEDS-169000
3000-125-3625/3000-100-3500-125-4500/ 3000-100-3500-125-5000S-1910000-325-15200
7600/-FIXED /7600-100-8000S-3224050-650-26000
8000/- FIXEDS-3326000(FIXED)
9000/- FIXEDS-3430000(FIXED)

Further, 5th CPC revised pay of Central Government Employees was worked out by adding DA as on 01.01.1996, two installments of Interim Relief (IR-1 and IR-2) and 40% of pre-revised basic pay with Pre-Revised Basic pay drawn as on 01.01.1996. Then resultant revised basic pay was stepped up to nearest incremented pay in the revised 5th CPC pay scale against the existing 4th CPC pay scale in which the pay was drawn. The following illustration would provide clear cut idea about 5th Pay Commission Pay fixation method

Illustration for 5th Pay Commission Pay fixation

Existing 4th CPC pay scaleRs. 1640-60-2600-75-2900
Revised 5th CPC pay scaleRs. 5500-175-9000
Pre-Revised Basic PayRs. 2360
D.A as on 01.01.1996 @ 148%Rs. 3493
IR-1Rs. 100
IR-2Rs. 236
Add 40% of pre-revised B.PRs. 944
TotalRs. 7133
Nearest incremented pay in revised 5th CPC pay scale —-ARs, 7250
If one increment is ensured in the revised pay scale for every three increments in the pre-revised pay scale, the revised basic will be —- BRs. 6250
5th CPC revised Basic Pay as on 01.01.1996 (A or B whichever is higher)Rs. 7250

From the above it could be found that fitment benefit of 40% is calculated using the pre-revised basic pay received by an employee as on 01.01.1997. On the contrary, in the case of fitment benefit allowed by 6th Pay Commission in the form of Grade Pay, it has been calculated at 40% of highest Pay in each of 5th CPC Pre-Revised pay scale.

6th Pay Commission Pay Band and Grade Pay hierarchy

5th CPC Pay Scales6th CPC Pay Band and Grade Pay
NEW SCALE8000-275-13500(Group A Entry)PB-315600-391005400
S-3430000(FIXED)CAB. SEC.90000(FIXED)NIL

We are of the view that if the 7th CPC fitment benefit is calculated on the basis of existing pre-revised pay as in the case of 5th CPC then revised 7th CPC pay would be lesser than the revised 7th CPC Pay calculated by adopting the methods 6th CPC, in which grade pay (fitment benefit) has been arrived at on the basis of highest pay in the pre-revised pay Scale.

At the same time it may not be viable to arrive 7th CPC fitment benefit on the basis of highest Pay in each of Pay Band as 6th CPC Pay Band Structure has been designed in such a way that each of the Pay band accommodates many 5th CPC Pre-Revised Pay Scales

However, even after discarding Grade pay System, if the fitment benefit for 7th Pay Commission Pay revision is provided on the basis of highest pay in the fitment table provided vide O.M 1/1/2008-IC dated 30.08.2008 for the each of the 5th CPC Pre-Revised Pay Scale, then it would be Pay wise beneficial to Central Government Employees.

We invite valuable opinion of readers in the form of comments to this article so that pay fixation method beneficial to CG Employees community can be highlighted

Source: gconnect

Maruti Suzuki to get boost from Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations

Maruti Suzuki to get boost from Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations

MUMBAI: Investors expect Maruti Suzuki to get a boost from the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations later this year that will lead to salaries of government employees rising. The Pay Commission is expected to submit its report by October and this is likely to be implemented from July 2016, likely adding to an expected double-digit growth in passenger car sales in FY17. Maruti Suzuki is expected to be the main beneficiary, analysts said. The last Pay Commission report had resulted in car sales rising 18 per cent annually between FY09 and FY11.
"The Sixth Pay Commission, which was implemented in August 2008, resulted in almost 10 times increase in Maruti's sales to government employees from FY08 to FY12," Jatin Chawla and Akshay Saxena, research analysts at Credit Suisse, wrote in a July 15 report.

The market value of Tata Motors surged past Maruti Suzuki in 2010, after the Indian company turned JLR around following its acquisition from Ford in 2008. JLR more than made up for Tata Motors' poor domestic performance over the past few years. The Chinese decline has forced many carmakers to scale down targets.
JLR said June sales were flat because strong growth in Europe and North America was offset by a dramatic slowdown in China.
German luxury carmaker Audi has abandoned a target to sell 600,000 cars this year in China, its biggest market, as the country's stock market rout sapped demand for luxury cars, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Audi's Chinese sales rose 1.9 per cent to 273,853 cars in the first half. Credit Suisse reckons that a salary increase could boost demand for cars in India by 10 per cent. It upgraded the expectation for volume growth at Maruti Suzuki for FY17 to 23 per cent from 17 per cent on account of the expected pay commission boost. It also increased the stock's target price to Rs 5,100 at the end of 2017 fromRs 4,370 previously. Maruti expects there will be a repeat this time around.
"We have sold almost 200,000 vehicles to government employees in FY15," said Randhir Singh Kalsi, executive director, sales, Maruti Suzuki. "We certainly believe we can get more incremental volumes after implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission." Maruti saw a pickup mostly in the Rs 2.5-5 lakh price bracket last time around.
Others also expect a bounce. "An increase in disposable income certainly will help potential buyers to purchase high quality products. So, definitely a salary hike of government employee will propel the industry growth," said Rakesh Srivastava, president, sales, Hyundai India. Growth was seen across segments and geographies after the last pay increase, he said.
There are about 30 lakh central government employees while state government workers number about three times that. About a fourth of them are paidRs 30,000-50,000 per month and nearly 10 per cent may buy cars, Credit Suisse estimates, adding up to an additional volume of about 300,000 units.
Among those who get a pay increase, those who have set aside enough for children's education and own a home will be the ones most likely to buy a new car, said Maruti's Kalsi, pointing out that brands will need to target the entire family, not just breadwinners.
"Importantly, car buying is no longer a prerogative of the parents and their teenage children now play an important role in choosing a car," he said.
Changing consumer preferences also indicate that it won't be just entry-level cars that are likely to rise; some may look to upgrade.
"We are (expecting) incremental demand from employees for compact as well as sedan cars," said Srivastava of Hyundai. Apart from the additional pay, arrears will also play a role. The Sixth Pay Commission award saw employees getting arrears for 32 months in two installments in FY09 and FY10. This means that any delays in payment enhance the ability of an employee to buy a car. Carmakers offer special discounts for government employees and it's easier for them to get loans from public sector banks as well.

Via Economic Times

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