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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Implementation of One Rank One Pension : Modi may declare on 15th August 2015

Implementation of One Rank One Pension : Modi may declare on 15th August 2015

More than 25 lakh veterans all over the country are expecting the announcement of OROP on 15th August 2015.

Media reports are highlighted that the PM Modi may announce implementation of long pending demand of OROP Scheme on August 15 when India celebrates its 68th Independence Day.

The relay hunger strike of Ex-Servicemen has completed the 57th day today at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Protests are also being held by ex-servicemen in many parts of the country. The series of protests is jointly organized by 30 ex-servicemen welfare organizations, under the leadership of Chairman of IESM, Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh.

More than 30 lakh veterans including war widows all over the country are hoping that their pensions will be revised based on the 6th Pay Commission, and that pensions will be issued based on their ranks and the number of years that they had served.
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Disadvantages caused due to Bio-toilets introduced in the passenger coaches of Indian Railways – NFIR

Disadvantages caused due to Bio-toilets introduced in the passenger coaches of Indian Railways – NFIR
NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
No.II/34/Pt.12
Dated: 10.8.2015
The Member Mechanical,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
 
Sub: Disadvantages caused due to Bio-toilets introduced in the passenger coaches of Indian Railways reg.

The concept of bio-toilets in passenger carrying coaches was given shape by the Railway Ministry some time in the year 2011 when in a few coaches of’ passenger carrying mail/express trains, the bio-toilets were first introduced. NFIR understands that the Railway Ministry plans to fit bio-toilets in all passenger coaches by 2021.

Federation has been receiving number of complaints from the C&W Staff on malfunctioning vis-a-vis disadvantages of the bio-toilets. In this connection, NFIR having gone into the complaints received from the C&W Staff, noticed the following problems which may cause serious health hazards to staff.

The bio-toilet system is very sensitive. It has more than 100% chances of choking even with a bit of ‘Pan Gulka’ spitted in the toilets by the passengers knowing or unknowingly if not flushed properly by the passenger in the moving or stationary trains. Choking in these toilets also takes place due to throwing of Napkins, Cigarette buds, Gutka Pouch, Ladies pads, Plastic Water Boltles or their covers, liquor boltles and garbage of food stuff by the passengers resulting toilet pans and leading to public complaints. This situation has been causing tremendous pressure on staff for no fault of theirs.

The ball-valve provided which should function to drain out the waste to the ground by operating a connected pedal, never works due to faulty design. It is also reported that designs differ from one manufacturer to another, causing problems in procurement of spares.

The RDSO designed simplified standard mechanism to operate the ball valve be not compatible with old designs.

It has been further complained that improper trials of revised versions/modifications before implementation has been the real problem in procurement of spares and has been creating confusion among the Supervisors and Staff in the course maintenance.

The C&W Supervisors and staff working in pit lines have been facing lot of inconvenience during under gear maintenance, examing brake beam, brake block hanger, brake shoe assermbly, brake blocks, Safety wire rope & their pins, bogies frames and also facing serious inconvenience in piston stroke brake cylinder which faces tank of quite a big size and leaves narrow gap.
 
Bio-toilets required inspection & maintenance to ensure working of Ball-Valve & its operation linked with p-trap and Hose Connector, mounted and fitted in the narrow gap of the top surface of the tank and trough floor of the coach. C&W Engineers and Staff have been put to lot of difficulties during maintenance and have been subjected to more physical mental stress in day-to-day working. While working are being compelled to inhale foul smells emanating from the choked tanks containing human waste and have started acquiring diseases.

The process of draining out or the choked tanks generates unbearable filthy smell creating inconvenience to other technical staff working on other under gears and at times diverts their attention and Compels to ignore the necessary safety repairs due to bad work environment.

At present we have this system only on 10% of the coaches, causing serious problems. ‘The height of the problems can be measured when 100% coaches will have this system and will it be possible for staff to function? The C&W Supervisors and Slaff are reported to have become like human scavengers. It is worth-mentioning that the Government of India had banned scavenging in the year 1993 consequent to the directions given by the Apex Court through various judgements.

Federation has further been given to understand that as per Railway Board’s guidelines effluent test is required to be conducted to over 5% population of each type of coaches at an interval of 3 months and is to be conducted by the expert laboratory Staff. Unfortunatety, the Railway Authorities, instead of using Lab Staff for the said purpose, have been pestering C&W Staff to collect effluent from Bio-Tanks for conducting test in some Depots like Gwalior, despite the fact that this job is not related to C&W staff.

Federation notes with disappointment that the ‘Bio-toilet’ system introduced on the I.R. is claimed to be environment friendly but it is not so. particularly for the C&W Supervisors & Technical Staff of Mechanical Department.

NFIR, therefore. requests the Railway Board (MM) to kindly see that thorough review is conducted before proceeding further for introducing Bio-toilets in coaches.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR
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Benefits of Sixth Pay Commission to the employees who retired before 1.1.2006

Benefits of Sixth Pay Commission to the employees who retired before 1.1.2006

In Rajya Sabha on 6.8.2015, Minister of DoPT Shri Jitendra Singh replied in a writeen form to the subsequent questions regarding the benefit of minimum pension to the pensioners retired before 01.01.2006.

He said, In its order dated 01.11.2011, Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Principal Bench allowed some petitions granting the benefit of minimum pension to the pensioners retired before 01.01.2006 as per the fitment tables applicable to the employees serving as on 01.01.2006. The order dated 01.11.2011 of Hon’ble CAT was upheld by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide its order dated 29.04.2013 in Writ Petition (C) No. 2348-50/2012.

The Special Leave Petition No.36148-50/2013 filed by the Government against the order dated 29.04.2013 of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has been dismissed by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 17.03.2015.

Following the dismissal of the SLPs filed by the Government, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has issued orders vide OM No.38/37/08-P&PW(A) dated 30.07.2015 in implementation of the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.
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Jeevan Pramaan: Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners

Jeevan Pramaan: Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners

Pension is an essential source of income after retirement for senior citizens. It supports them financially during emergency and helps them look after their needs at this stage of life. One of the main requisites for the pensioners post their retirement, was to provide life certificates to the authorised pension disbursing agencies like the bank, following which their pension got credited to their account.

For obtaining a life certificate, a pensioner earlier needed to present himself/herself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or had the life certificate issued by authority where they served and had it delivered to the disbursing agency. This very requirement of personally being present in front of disbursing agency or getting a life certificate often became a major hurdle in the process of seamless transfer of pension amount to the pensioner. It was noted that it causes a lot of hardship and unnecessary inconvenience particularly for the aged and infirm pensioners who cannot always be in a position to present them in front of the particular authority to secure their life certificate. In addition to this a lot of government employees post their retirement choose to move to different location either to be with their family or other reasons, hence causing a huge logistical issue when it comes to accessing their justifyful pension amount.

Digital Life Certificate – External website that opens in a new window for Pensioners scheme of the Government of India known as Jeevan Pramaan – External website that opens in a new window seeks to ease this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing the life certificate. It aims to streamline the process of getting this certificate and making it hassle free and much easier for the pensioners. With this initiative the pensioners requirement to physically present himself or herself in front of disbursing agency or the certification authority will become a thing of the past benefiting the pensioners in a huge way and cutting down on unnecessary logistical hurdles.

Jeevan Pramaan – External website that opens in a new window is a biometric enabled digital service for pensioners. Pensioners of Central Government, State Government or any other Government organization can take benefit of this facility.

Life Certificate Application Form

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Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) – Disbursement of Pension to Ex-Servicemen

Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) – Disbursement of Pension to Ex-Servicemen

Pension to Ex-Servicemen
The Minister of State for Defence Shri Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to a question in Parliament on 31.7.2015 that the complaints regarding incorrect payment of pension, incorrect revision / underpayment of pension etc. are being received and action is taken to redress the grievances by taking appropriate action in coordination with Pension Sanctioning Authorities & Pension Disbursement Agencies.
The number of complaints received during each of the last three years and the current year are as under:-
Year  No. of complaints received
2012  32,147
2013 26,209
2014 23,178
2015(Upto 22.7.2015) 15,435

The Government is considering to implement a system of Central Pension Disbursement Agency (CPDA) to facilitate credit of pension directly to Pensioner’s bank account.
The new system is likely to be implemented from the next financial year.
For ensuring quick and seamless disbursement of pension to Ex-Servicemen, following projects are undertaken by the Government.
Digital life certificate through Jeevan Praman Portal.
Digitization of records to enable prompt pension revision in future.
Submission of e-Pension claim and issuance of e-PPO.
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BPS will not rest till all justified issues are resolved – General Secretary Maheshwari Sc

BPS will not rest till all justified issues are resolved – General Secretary Maheshwari Sc

Full Pension to Pre 2006 Pensioners with less than 33 years of service but morethan 20 years QS – at par with Post 2006 Pensioners
Dear All affected,

For the information of every body,BPS is pursuing this issue justify from the beginning through different Forums.We have pleaded it before 7th CPC also.On 30.7.2015 only we said that the DOPPW OM dated 30.7.2006 is not implementation of CAT judgment but an extension of OM dated 28.01.2013 which was a result of BPS negotiations.

We have been informed that the issue of Full Pension to Pre 2006 Pensioners with more than 20 years of service but less than 33 yrs is still subjudice. Sometimes, over eagerness to file court cases becomes hurdle in negotiations & gives chance to administration to avoid or delay the issues.

I may assure you all that BPS wks for real achievements & not for gaining extra millage, neither BPS believes in inciting unjust inspirations.

I can only assure that BPS will not rest till all justified issues are resolved. Courts are the very last resort for pensioners.

Secy Genl. BPS

Source: BPS
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Central Government Employees fear delay in getting pay hike

Central Government Employees fear delay in getting pay hike

Central government employees are being promised bigger pay and allowances in fiscal 2016-17 as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the Parliament on February 27, “the Seventh Pay Commission impact may have to be absorbed in 2016-17.”

The Finance Ministry and the seventh central pay commission said nothing till date about this after the above announcement was made by Jaitley in his pre-budget speech for fiscal year 2015-16.

Central government employees have expressed frustration at this, and are worried that the the seventh central pay commission’s recommendations might not be come out in time.

After getting pay panel recommendations, the finance ministry will review the recommendation and present the report to the cabinet but the car bazar and real estate markets will attempt to prevent the implementation pay panel in time because of the delayed implementation of the Pay Commission will not only employees getting more arrears but could also drive the car sales and real estate markets.

Earlier, the central government employees got arrears for more than 30 months because of the delayed implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission in October 2008; it’s resulted in robust demand for car loans and house loans. The employees paid margin amount of loans from arrears and instalments from their new hike salaries.

According to Neelkanth Mishra of Credit Suisse, nearly one-third of India’s middle class is employed by the government and as the Seventh Central Pay Commission comes through, there will be an improvement in discretionary spending.

“In Tier 3, Tier 4 towns where government employees are 50-60 per cent of the middle class, it is very likely that real estate markets will take off again,” he said.

If implantation of Seventh Pay Commission occurs in time, then car bazar and real estate markets, will have become sufferers.

So, there are miles to go before the pay panel recommendations will be implemented for Central government employees and fund allocation in the next budget and other issues like pretext of Fourteenth Finance Commission recommendations are expected to prevent implementation of pay commission in time for giving benefit to the car bazar and real estate markets at the cost of central government employees.

However, Union Railways Minister and Home Secretary have sought reforms and a better salaries and allowances for top Railways officials and paramilitary forces respectively.

TST
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Revised DA from 1st January 2015 for Kerala State Govt Employees and Pensioners

Revised DA from 1st January 2015 for Kerala State Govt Employees and Pensioners
Kerala State Government Employees and Teachers to get increase in DA of 6% from the existing DA of 80%. Similarly, Dearness Relief of Kerala State Pensioners would also get revised Dearness Relief
Kerala Govt announced revised Dearness Allowance to State Government Employees and Dearness Relief to State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners effective from 01.01.2015
Government of Kerala has issued orders for  hike in DA to Kerala State Government Employees and Dearness Relief to State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners with effect from 01.01.2015.
GOVERNMENT OF KERALA
Abstract
Payment of Dearness Allowance to Kerala State Government Employees and Dearness Relief to State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners – Revised rates effective from 01/01/2015 – Orders Issued.
FINANCE (PAY RESEARCH UNIT) DEPARTMENT

G.O. (P) No. 335/2015/Fin.
Dated, Thiruvananthapuram, 07.08.2015
Read: – 1. G.O. (P) No.85/2011/Fin, dated 26.02.2011
2. G.O. (P) No.87/2011/Fin, dated 28.02.2011
3. G.0. (P) No.614/2012/Fin, dated 08.11.2012
4. G.O. (P) No.220/2013/Fin, dated 14.05.2013
5. Letter No. PM/2/6-44113-141163039/694 dated 21.10.2013 of Accountant General(A&E), Kerala.
6. O.M. No. 01/02/2015 – ‘E-II (B) dated 10/04/2015 of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
7. O.M. No. F-No.42/1012014 P&PW (G) dated 27.04.2015 of the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
8.G.O (P) No. 629/2013/Fin dated 23/12/2013.
9.G.O (P) No. 72/2015/Fin dated 07/02/2015.
ORDER

In the Office Memoranda cited above, Government of India sanctioned revised rate of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief to Central Government employees, Pensioners and family pensioners with effect from 01/01/2015. On the basis of the above, following orders are issued:
 
2. (i) The rate of Dearness Allowance payable in respect of State Government Employees, Teachers, Staff of Aided Schools, Private Colleges and Polytechnics, Full time Employees borne on the contingent and work charged establishments and employees of Local Bodies will be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 86% w.e.f 01.01. 2015.
(ii) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of those employees continuing in the pre-revised scale of G.O (P) No.145/2006/Fin dated 25.03.2006 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 203% to 214 % w.e.f. 01.01. 2015.
(iii) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of teachers coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes (in whose case DA up to 50% has been converted as Dearness Pay) will be enhanced from the ‘existing rate of 212% to 223% w.e.f 01.01. 2015.
(iv) The Dearness Allowance payable in respect of the teaching staff coming UGC/AICTE scale from 01.01.2006 or thereafter and Judicial Officers will be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% w.e.f. 01.01. 2015.
(v) The Dearness Allowance payable to those employees who are continuing in the 1997 pay scales even after 01.01.2015 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 262% to 273% w.e.f. 01.01. 2015 (up to the date of effect of option under Pay Revision
2009).
(vi) The Dearness Allowance payable to those employees in Public Sector .Undertakings who were getting pay and allowances based on the scales of pay admissible under 1992 Pay Revision will be enhanced as follows with effect from 01.01.2015.
Date of effect Pay Range Rate of DA per month
01.01. 2015 Basic pay up to Rs.3, 500 p.m. 823% of Pay
Basic pay above Rs.3,500 up to Rs.6, 000 p.m. 726% of Pay subjectto a minimum of Rs.28805
Basic pay above Rs. 6000 687 % of pay subject to a minimum ofRs. 43560

(vii) The Dearness Allowance at the enhanced rates will be paid in cash with the salary for the month of August 2015 onwards. The arrear for the period from 01.01.2015 to 31.07.2015 will be drawn and credited to the Provident Fund Account of the employees along with the salary hill for any of the months from August 2015 to February 2016. This procedure is applicable to those employees continuing in the pre-revised scale even after 2009 Pay Revision and even after 1996 UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Scheme. No withdrawal other than final withdrawal of arrears of Dearness Allowance credited to· Provident Fund Account shall be made before 31.07.2019 or retirement, whichever is earlier and is applicable Mutatis Mutandisto Provident Funds other than General Provident Fund also.

(viii) The enhanced rate of Dearness Allowance will also be applicable to Part-time and Part-time contingent employees on the basis of pay drawn by them.

(ix) The Dearness Relief payable to State Service Pensioners and Family Pensioners (whose pension/family pension has been revised as per G.O. (P) No.87/2011/Fin, dated 28.02.2011) will be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 86% with effect from 01.01. 2015.

(x) The Dearness Relief payable to State Service Pensioners and Family Pensioners whose pension/family pension has not undergone revision as per G.O. (P) No.87/2011/Fin dated 28.02.2011, and also to the Pensioners/Family Pensioners coming under UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes (who retired prior to 01.07.2004 and whose family pension has been revised as per G.O.(P) No.81/2007/Fin. dated
28.02.2007 and whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P) No.211/2011/Fin dated 07/05/2011), will be enhanced from the existing rate of 203% to 214% with effect from 01.01. 2015.

(xi) The Dearness Relief payable to retired State Judicial Officers (who are drawing Dearness Relief at central rates and whose pension or family pension has not been revised as per G.O. (Ms) No. 236/10/Home dated 02.11.2010) and the Pensioners/Family Pensioners, coming under the category UGC/AICTE/Medical Education Schemes (who retired after 01.07.2004 and whose pension/family pension has been revised as per G.O.(P) No.84/2007/Fin dated 01.03.2007 and has not undergone revision as per GO (P) No. 211/2011/Fin dated 7/5/2011) will be enhanced from the existing rate of 212% to 223% w.e.f 01.01.2015.

(xii) The Dearness Relief payable in respect of Ex-Chairman and Member of Kerala Public Service Commission, whose pension structure was modified as per G.O. (Ms) No.339/2013/GAD dated 30.11.2013 will be enhanced as follows w.e.f. 01.01.2015.

Category Date of termination of service Rate of DR
Chairman and Members who were appointed from outside Government service Prior to or after 01.01.2006 86%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service. Prior to 01.01.2006 86%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service. On or after 01.01.2006 86%

(xii) (a) The Dearness Relief payable in respect of Ex-chairmen/other Members of Kerala Public Service Commission, whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O. (Ms.) No.339/2013/GAD dated 30.11.2013, will be enhanced as follows with effect from 01.01. 2015.

Category Date of termination of service Rate of DR
Chairman and Members who were appointed from outside Government service Prior to or after 01.01.2006 214%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service. Prior to 01.07.2004 214%
Chairman and Members having prior service in Government and opted benefits of combined service. On or after 01.07.2004 223%

(xiii) The rate of Dearness Relief payable to the teaching staff coming under UGC/ AICTE/Medical Education Streams who have changed over to revised UGC/ AICTE scale from 1.1.2006 and those who retired after 1.1.2006 and that to the State Judicial Officers whose pension has been revised as per G.O (Ms) No.236/2010/Home dated 02.11.2010, will be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% w.e.f 01.01.2015. This rate will be adopted only after the formal sanctioning of revision of their pension in terms of G.O. (P) No.211/2011/Fin dated 07.05.2011. The teaching staff coming under the UGC / AICTE / Medical Education Streams who have retired prior to 01.01.2006 and whose pension has been revised in terms of G.O.(P) No.211/2011/Fin dated 07.05.2011 will also be eligible for Dearness Relief at the above rate.

(xiv) The Dearness Relief payable in respect of the State Service Pensioners/Family Pensioners whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P) No.180/2006/Fin. dated 18.04.2006 and who are drawing pension/family pension as per pension revision 1997, and in respect of Pensioners/Family Pensioners coming under UGC /AICTE /Medical Education Schemes whose pension has not undergone revision as per G.O.(P) No.81/2007 /Fin. dated 28.02.2007 or G.O.(P) No.84/2007 /Fin. dated 1.3.2007 will be enhanced from the existing rate of 262% to 273% w.e.f. 01.01.2015. This will be applicable only till such date of effect of option for Pension Revision 2004, . after which the Dearness Relief payable will be as indicated in para 2(x) above and after the date of effect of option for Pension Revision 2009, Dearness Relief will be payable as indicated in para 2 (ix) above.

3. The enhanced rate of Dearness Relief due from 01. 01. 2015 will be paid along with the pension for September 2015 and arrears from January 2015 to August 2015 will be released in cash along with the pension for September 2015 .
4.The conditions laid down in the G.O. read as 8th above shall be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief under these orders.
(By order of the Governor),
Dr.K.M.ABRAHAM,
Additional Chief Secretary to Government (Finance).
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