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Government pulls up ministries on pension delay issue, sets October 15 deadline for report

Government pulls up ministries on pension delay issue, sets October 15 deadline for report

NEW DELHI: The government has raised objections to delay in starting pensions to retiring officials because their respective departments fail to issue a certificate validating the service five years before they actually retire. All ministries have now been asked to study the case of each soon-to be retiring employee to avoid such an occurrence.

The PM-led ministry of personnel has written to all ministries on September 16 that they need to submit a report by October 15 in this regard and non-compliance with the statutory requirement of issuing the said certificate “may be viewed seriously”.

As per the existing rules, a certificate regarding ‘qualifying service’ is required to be issued by the Heads of Offices after completion of 18 years of service of an employee and again 5 years before the date of the person’s retirement. “It has been noticed that the certificates regarding qualifying service are not invariably issued to the government servant as required under the rules,” the letter stated.


“It has been observed by this department that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring quite often get delayed on account of the issues relating to verification of service. Although detailed instructions regarding verification of service have been issued by DoPT and by this department, these instructions are not meticulously adhered to resulting in delay in sanctioning of retirement benefit of the employees,” said the September 16 letter.

The letter specifies a format under which all ministries have to furnish a statement now by October 15 regarding the status of issue of service verification certificates. Each ministry has to specify the number of employees to whom the certificate has been issued after 18 years of their service and 5 years before their retirement, to whom the certificate is due and number of eligible employees in respect of whom the issue of certificates is in due process. The government is streamlining the system of pension issue, including introducing an Aadhaar-based online ‘annual life certificate’ submission system.

“It has been observed by this department that processing of pension cases of the employees retiring quite often get delayed on account of the issues relating to verification of service. Although detailed instructions regarding verification of service have been issued by DoPT and by this department, these instructions are not meticulously adhered to resulting in delay in sanctioning of retirement benefit of the employees,” said the September 16 letter.

The letter specifies a format under which all ministries have to furnish a statement now by October 15 regarding the status of issue of service verification certificates. Each ministry has to specify the number of employees to whom the certificate has been issued after 18 years of their service and 5 years before their retirement, to whom the certificate is due and number of eligible employees in respect of whom the issue of certificates is in due process. The government is streamlining the system of pension issue, including introducing an Aadhaar-based online ‘annual life certificate’ submission system.

Source:http://m.economictimes.com/
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Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary – BPMS writes to OFB

Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary – BPMS writes to OFB

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)

REF: BPMS / OFB / NDA / 200 (8/2/L)
Dated: 14/09/2015
To,
The DDG (IR),
Ordnance Factory Board,
10 A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkata – 700001

Subject: Grant of Night Duty Allowance on the basis of Actual Salary

Reference: PC of A (Fys) Kolkata letter No. Pay/Tech-II/1206/2015/13, dated 09.09.2015

Respected Sir,
With due regards, it is submitted that the issue of payment of Night Duty Allowance based on actual salary, instead of notional pay of Rs.2200/- was resolved vide MOD ID No. 17(4)/2012/D(Civ-II), Dated 08.05.2015 in compliance of Contempt Petition (CP No. 200/2014 Shri Arvind Girija Singh & Ors versus UOI & Ors.) based on the CAT Jodhpur directions in CA No 34/2008 dated 5.11.2009 and subsequent ratifications by Hon’ble High Court and Supreme Court of India.

We are surprised to see the PC of A (Fys) letter cited under reference whereby ceiling for entitlement of Night Duty Allowance has been revised to Rs. 12380/- pay in Pay Band. We have strong objection on the issuance of this letter because PC of A (Fys) is not the competent authority to revise the ceiling of entitlement for NDA unilaterally as the original order has been issued by Ministry of Defence in consultation with Min of Finance, DoP&T, Def (Finance) and if there was any doubt regarding eligibility, PC of A (Fys) should have asked for clarification from the competent authorities through prescribed channels.

Further, all the court cases regarding revision of night duty allowance was related to the notional ceiling of Rs. 2200/- per month and this issue was resolved by ordering the NDA on the actual salary and nowhere court further fixed any real or notional ceiling. Even it has been already clarified in the earlier order which states that entitlement ceiling of Rs. 2200/- is not applicable to existing categories who are getting NDA. Prior to implementation of recommendations of 6th CPC, IEs / NIEs / NGOs upto Assistant Foreman (Technical) was entitled for Night Duty Allowance being a non-gazetted supervisory staff but now the post of Assistant Foreman is merged with JWM which is a gazetted supervisory post in OFB. Hence, all the Industrial / Non-Industrial & Non – Gazetted Supervisory staff are entitled for NDA on the basis of actual salary.

Therefore, you are requested to intervene into the matter so that all IEs/NIEs/NGOs may get the NDA as per actual salary in compliance with the court pronouncements in letter and spirit.

Thanking you.
Sincerely yours
sd/-
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary
Source: BPMS
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