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Friday, 23 September 2016

Casual Labourers with temporary Status in Deptt of Post - Clarification regarding contribution to GPF and Pension under the Old Pension Scheme


Casual Labourers with temporary Status in Deptt of Post - Clarification regarding contribution to GPF and Pension under the Old Pension Scheme

No.01-07/2016-SPB-I
Government Of India
Ministry Of Communications & IT
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi 110 001.

Dated: 12th September, 2016

Subject: Casual Labourers with temporary Status - Clarification regarding contribution to GPF and Pension under the Old Pension Scheme.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter no.01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 on the above cited subject and say that following clarifications are hereby issued in respect of Casual Labourers in the Postal Department in line with DOP&T OM No.49014/2/2014-Estt(c) dated 28.07.2016:

(a) The Department’s letter No.01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 restores the provisions of the scheme as it existed prior to this Department’s letter No.45-6/2005-SPB-I dated 02.09.2005. The benefit of GPF and Old Pension Scheme is applicable to all those Casual Labourers who are covered under the Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) Scheme issued vide letter No.45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991 even if they have been regularized on or after 01-01-2004.

(b) As the benefit of Old Pension Scheme and GPF is applicable to only those casual workers who are covered under the above stated scheme of 1991, all the circles may strictly ensure that it does not lead to demand by regularly recruited fresh employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 for similar benefit in place of NPS.


Yours faithfully,

(Abhay Kumar)
Assistant Director General (SPN)
Source: Department of Posts [Click here]
Casual Labourers, Deptt of Post, GPF, Pension, Old Pension Scheme, OPS
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FinMin issues instructions for Budget 2017-18


FinMin issues instructions for Budget 2017-18

New Delhi: With Centre deciding to advance Budget 2017-18 presentation by about a month, the Finance Ministry has come out with comprehensive instructions for different ministries for completion of the exercise.

The instructions were issued following the Cabinet decision to merge rail and general budgets, do away with distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure, and advance date of budget presentation with a view to complete the entire exercise before March 31, the fiscal year end.

"Several structural reforms being undertaken this year, including, removal of distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure, advancement of budget presentation by about an month and merger of demands of Railways.

“Due to these changes, the timelines and informational requirements from the Ministries have also changed. These have been duly incorporated in the Budget Circular," said the circular.

It also contains the compendium of instructions issued from time to time by Ministry of Finance on various issues.

FinMin issues instructions for Budget 2017 to 18

The RE (Revised Estimate) meetings of ministries/ departments will be scheduled from October 17.

The annual exercise of budgeting aims at detailing the roadmap for efficient use of public resources taking into account the socio-economic and political priorities. Budgeting involves determination of what is to be done and achieved, the manner in which it is to be done and the resources required for the same.

With government deciding to do away with the Five year Plans post 12th Plan ending 2016-17, the Finance Ministry will carry out resource estimation for funding of various Central schemes and programmes as well as central funding for the State/UT schemes/programmes.

The ministry will be guided by the vision document being prepared by the NITI Aayog, as this will help in setting out the resource priorities of the government.

It has also asked the ministries to come up with multi-year projections of budgetary resources.

"This will need to follow the resource estimation of tax, non-tax and other receipts of the Centre for the budget year and the projection period in the medium term as per the FRBM Act," the circular said.

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Extension of tenure of officers working as CVO in CPSEs and other organizations under Ministries/Departments beyond 5 years and upto 7 years


F.No.385/2/2014-AVD-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 21 September, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of tenure of officers working as CVO in CPSEs and other organizations under Ministries/Departments beyond 5 years and upto 7 years.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's letter No. 14017/2/2016 AIS-II dated 27.06.2016, wherein it is circulated that if the administrative Ministries/Departments and other borrowing organizations wish to retain an officer beyond 5 years, they may extend the tenure of deputation covered under earlier deputation guidelines dated 28.11.2007, where absolutely necessary in the public interest, upto a period not exceeding 7 years at a stretch subject to willingness of the concerned officer, cadre clearance from the lending authority/State Government, approval of the UPSC/ACC etc., wherever applicable.

2. In this regard, reference is made in para 5 of the above mentioned letter dated 27.06.2016 which specially states that "cases which are not covered by the O.M. dated 29.03.2012 including those where Central Government is neither a lending authority nor borrowing authority, will continue to be decided in terms of the relevant provisions/rules/instructions etc. governing them." Since the O.M. No. 20011/2/2010 AIS-II dated 29.03.2012 regarding standard terms and conditions for deputation of All India Services officers under Non Central Staffing Scheme do not cover the appointment of CVOs in CPSEs etc., the aforesaid letter No. 14017/2/2016-AIS

-II dated 27.06.2016 is not applicable for the officers working as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) and other organizations under Ministries/Departments  as the CVOs are governed under the separate guidelines issued by this Department from time to time.

(Sarita Nair)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: ccis.nic.in
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Posting of regular Under Secretary and posting on promotion to the grade of Under Secretary on ad hoc basis seeking options


Posting of regular Under Secretary and posting on promotion to the grade of Under Secretary on ad hoc basis seeking options.

IMMEDIATE
No. 5/7/20 16-CS.I(U)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
(Department of Personnel & Training)
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi 3
Dated the 22nd September, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Posting of regular Under Secretary and posting on promotion to the grade of Under Secretary on ad-hoc basis seeking options regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that it is proposed to promote 71 officers to the grade of Under Secretary on ad hoc basis against the existing vacancies. In addition, posting of 1 Under Secretary who is under posting in CS Division is also to be decided.

2. The vacancies proposed to be filled up and details of the officers who are to be considered for posting are given in the Annexures to this OM. The vacancies include vacancies on account of retirement / VRS / long leave / long training /deputation / promotion to OS grade, etc. Ministries I Departments are requested to verify the vacancy position and in case of any discrepancy the same may be brought to the notice of this Department immediately.

3. The officers are requested to exercise their option for posting as per RTP by 1.00 PM on 23.09.2016. The options may be submitted at the e mail address given below as per enclosed proforma. Posting of officers will be decided in terms of Rotational Transfer Policy. If option is not received from the officers by the stipulated time, it will be presumed that the officer concerned has no specific choice and posting will be decided by the Placement Committee accordingly. Officers who have been retained in their present Ministry / Department are requested not to submit their option for posting.

4. The officers concerned should also ensure that their data is complete in all respects in the web based cadre management system at cscms.nic.in If the data is not complete it should be first got updated through the nodal officer of the Ministry / Department / CS.I Division before submitting the option. If the data is not complete in the web based system, the officer concerned will not be considered for promotion I posting.
(Raju Saraswat)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 24629412/ Telefax: 24629414
Email: uscs1-dopt@nic.in
To: Officers concerned (through website of this Department)
Annexure-I
Vacancies in US grade in Ministries / Departments
Click to see the Order
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Constitution of Task Force for a comprehensive study on the cadre Structure of organised Group 'A' Central Services


F.No.1. 11019/10/2016 CRD
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Cadre Review Division
3rd Floor Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Deihi 03
Dated 20/09/2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Constitution of Task Force for a comprehensive study on the cadre Structure of organised Group 'A' Central Services.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated 22/08/2016 and 1/9/2016 wherein comments/views of concerned Administrative Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities/Associations representing Organised Group 'A' Central Services were invited by 15/9/2016 on the Terms of References of task Force.

2 In pursuance of decision taken in the 1st meeting of the Task Force held on 7/9/2016 the time line for submission of comments/views is being extended upto 30/09/2016. The comments can also be sent at mss.rao@gov.in.
(M.S.Subramanya Rao)
Director (CRD) and Member Secretary of the Task Force
Source: Persmin
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Expected DA Calculation starts from January 2017


Expected DA Calculation starts from January 2017

People started to calculate expected DA from January 2017 as 7 Months AICPIN Points are released so far. The Labor Bureau has released Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers for the Month of July 2016 today. Already It is confirmed that Dearness Allowance from July 2016 might be 2% as per the revised DA calculation.


Now, see the 7th CPC DA calculation Formula.

DA calculation Expected DA from July 2016 in Sixth and 7th Pay Commission

There are three main factors which determine the increase in percentage of DA in every pay Commission
1.DA calculation Formula
2.AICPIN for Industrial Workers
3. Base Average Index

1. Formula for DA calculation
Expected-DA-from-July-2016

2. AICPIN for Industrial Workers
The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) is an important statistical/economic indicator. It was first introduced on scientific lines with base 1960=100 which was based on the results of Family Living Survey conducted in 1958-59 at 50 industrially important centres. The series was then, updated on base 1982=100 and a revision in 1999-2000 has further updated the base on 2001=100. The current series of CPI-IW with base year 2001=100 covers 78 industrially important centers spread across the country

3. Base Average Index
After neutralization of DA to revise the Pay and Allowance in Every Pay Commission, the Base Average Index will be modified taking into the account of 12 Months AICPIN points of previous year to neutralization of DA
1. From 1996 onwards, the average base Index was 306.33 (with base 1982=100)
How 306.33 was arrived?
To calculate the DA in Fifth pay commission, the 12 Month Average of AICPIN for the year 1995 was taken. The 12 months AICPIN Average of 1995 was 306.33
2. From 2006 onwards, the Avarage Base Index is 115.76 (with Base 2001 = 100)
How 115.76 was arrived…?
The Government has developed a new series with base 2001, with effect from January 2006. Back data series with base 2001 can be generated using linking factor 4.63
So the AICPIN Average of 2005 (with base 1982=100) i.e 536 had to be modified using linking factor 4.63 to adopt the new series in DA calculation. Thus the Base Index Number 115.76 was arrived
3. For 7th Pay Commission what will be the Base Index…?
As the 7th Pay commission recommendations will be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016, the AICPIN average of 2005 will be the Base Index for calculation of DA for 7th Pay Commission
So formula for Calculation of DA in 7th Pay Commission is
Expected-DA
Now expectation turned towards January 2017 DA. We need 12 Months AICPIN from January 2016 to December 2016 to calculate the expected DA from January 2017. The 7 month AICPIN Points released so far is given below.
January :269
February :267
March :268
April :271
May :275
June :277
July :280
Remaining Five months AICPIN Points from August to December are Required to calculate the rate of DA from January 2017. But assuming the trend of AICPIN Index by following three possibilities we can arrive the percentage of increase in Dearness Allowance approximately.

Assumption 1
If the AICPIN for Industrial workers remain stationary at 280 for next five months
The increase in DA from January 2017 will be 5 %
So the Total DA to be paid to CG staff from January 2017 will be 7%

Assumption II

If the CPI Index fluctuates between 282 to 278 points, even then there will be an increase of 5% DA from Jan 2017

Assumption III
If the AICPIN increases steadily by 2 points for successive months from August 2016 to December 2016
Then the DA to be paid from January will be enhanced by 6 %
So the trend of AICPIN Index if goes with above expectation, 5% to 6% increase can be expected in 
DA from January 2017.

Via : gservants.com
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Cabinet gives ex post facto approval to enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters

Cabinet gives ex post facto approval to enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex post facto approval to enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters and for the spouses (widows/widowers), eligible daughters and dependent parents of deceased Freedom Fighters, under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme (SSSPS), 1980.

The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as follows:

Sl.NoCategory of Freedom FightersPresent amount of
pension (per month)
Enhanced amount of
pension (per month)
1.Ex Andaman Political Prisoners/ spousesRs. 24,775Rs. 30,000/-
2.Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spousesRs. 23,085/-Rs. 28,000/-
3.Other Freedom Fighters / spouses including INARs. 21,395/-Rs. 26,000/-
4.Dependent parents/eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time)Rs. 3,380/-50% of the sum that
would have been
admissible to the Freedom Fighter i.e. in the range of
Rs. 13,000/- to Rs. 15,000/-
(i) The revised scale of pension has taken effect from 15.O8.2016. Further, the revised total amount of pension will be taken as basic pension for the respective categories of Freedom Fighter pensioners for calculating Dearness Relief.

(ii) The existing Dearness Relief system based on All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which was so far applicable to freedom fighter pensioners on annual basis, is being discontinued and replaced by the Dearness Allowance system applicable to Central Government employees twice a year. This will be termed as Dearness Relief, the appropriate term in case of pensioners.
All freedom fighters and spouses and dependent parents/eligible daughter pensioners of deceased freedom fighters drawing pension under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 would be benefitted by the decision.

Background
  • Government of India introduced in 1969, the Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners Pension Scheme to honour the freedom fighters who had been incarcerated in the Cellular Jail at Port Blair. In order to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Independence in 1972, a regular scheme for grant of freedom fighters pension was introduced. Thereafter, with effect from 1.8.1980, a liberalized scheme, the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme is being implemented. Besides the freedom fighters, spouses (widows.widowers), unmarried and unemployed daughters (up to maximum three at any point of time) and parents of deceased freedom fighters are eligible for pension under the Scheme. Till 2016, a total of 1,71,605 freedom fighters and their eligible dependents have been sanctioned pension under the scheme. At present, 37,981 freedom fighters and their eligible dependent pensioners are covered under the scheme. Out of these, 11,690 are freedom fighters themselves, 24,792 are spouses (widows/ widowers) and 1,490 are daughter pensioners. Instructions have been issued to all the authorized banks for ensuring Aadhar linked disbursement of Freedom Fighter pension as early as possible.
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Cabinet approves merging of Rail budget with Union Budget

Cabinet approves merging of Rail budget with Union Budget

New Delhi: In a major overhaul, the Cabinet today approved advancing presentation of the annual Budget by a month, scrapped over nine decade old tradition of having a separate Railway Budget and removed classifications for expenditure to make the exercise simpler.

With a view to get all the legislative approvals for the annual spending and tax proposals before the beginning of the new financial year on April 1, the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved advancing date for presentation of the General Budget by a month instead of present practice of unveiling it at the end of February.

The Cabinet also approved merging Railway Budget with the general Budget and doing away with distinction of plan and non plan expenditure, officials said.

To facilitate this, the Budget Session of parliament will be called sometime before January 25, a month ahead of the current practice.

Accordingly, the beginning of budget preparation will be advanced to early October and GDP estimates made available on January 7 instead of February 7 now.

Till now Budget was presented on the last day of February and it is not until mid-May that the Parliament approves it in two parts. And with the monsoon arriving in June, most of the schemes and spendings by states do not take off until October, leaving just half a year for their implementation.

Early presentation of Budget would mean that the entire exercise is over by March 31, and expenditure as well as tax proposals come into effect right from the beginning of new fiscal, thereby ensuring better implementation.

Also, the 92 year old practice of presenting a separate budget for Railways has been scrapped and proposals pertaining to it would now form part of the General Budget.

This would lead to presentation of a single Appropriation Bill, including the estimates of Ministry of Railways, thereby saving precious time of Parliament by not having to hold separate consideration and passing of two Appropriation Bills.

The Cabinet also approved removal of distinction between Plan and Non Plan expenditure as the present classification resulted in excessive focus on former with almost equivalent neglect to items such as maintenance which are classified as non Plan.

The Cabinet felt it is the total expenditure, irrespective of Plan or Non-Plan, that generates value for the public. Plan expenditure was for the first time presented separately in the budget for 1959 to 1960.

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Allowances in 7th Pay Commission NOTE ON ALLOWANCES by NFPE



POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS

PF-No.PF-PJCA/20
Dated: 16th September, 2016
To
The Secretary,
Department of Post,
Sansad Marg,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 001
NOTE ON ALLOWANCES

1. The recommendation of the 7th CPC that Tough Location Allowance will not be admissible alongiwth Special Duty Allowance (SDA) should not be accepted by Government.

In para 8.10.62 of the 7th CPC the following recommendation is made

Para 8.10.62  There are some Special Compensatory Allowances that are based on geographical location and are meant to compensate for hardship faced by employees posted in such places. It is proposed to subsume these allowances under the umbrella of Tough Location Allowance.

In Para 8.10.63 the Commission made the following recommendations

The Tough Location Allowance will, however, not be admissible along with Special Duty Allowance.
At present, special allowances are paid in the following places along with Special Duty Allowance.

(a) Assam and North Easter Region : Special Compensatory allowance paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance.
(b) Andaman & Nicobar Islands : Special Compensatory Allowance paid alongwith Island Special Duty Allowance.
(c) Tripura Special Compensatory Remote Locality Allowance paid along with Special Duty Allowance.
Demand of the staff side: In all the above cases Tough Location Allowance may be paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance. Withdrawal of any of the above allowances, will result in substantial financial loss to the employees. An existing benefit should not be withdrawn, under the pretext of 7th CPC’s unjustified
recommendation.

2. Special Duty Allowance in N. E. Region should be uniform for all at 30%.
In Para 8.17.115 the 7th CPC made the following observation

Special Duty Allowance (SDA) is granted to attract civilian employees to seek posting in North Eastern and Ladhak Regions, in view of the risk and hardship prevailing in these areas. Currently the rate of SDA is 37.5% of Basic Pay for AIS officers and 12.5% of Basic Pay for other employees.

In para 8.17.118 the Commission made the following recommendation

Accordingly in line with our general approach of rationalizing the percentage based allowance by a factor of 0.8, SDA for AIS officers should be paid at the rate of 30% of Basic Pay and for other civilian employees at the rate of 10% of their basic pay.

Demand of the staff side: The discrimination between AIS officers and other civilian employees in payment of SDA should not be there and all may be paid at the same rate i.e. at the rate of 30% recommended by the pay commission for AIS officers.

3. Allowances which are not reported to 7thCPC by the concerned departments.

In para 8.2.5 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation.

We have considered all allowances reported to us, in this chapter. Any allowances, not mentioned here (And hence not reported to the commission) shall cease to exist immediately. In case there is any demand or requirement for continuation of an existing allowance which has not been deliberated upon or covered in this report, it should be re-notified by the ministry concerned after obtaining due approval of Ministry of Finance and should be put in the public domain.

Demand of the Staff Side: The above recommendation should not be accepted, as it amounts to penalizing employees for the fault of the departmental heads. The following allowance which are not reported to the commission should be retained and enhanced.

(a) PO & RMS Accountants’ Special allowance

Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants of Postal department are posted as PO & RMS Accountant after passing a qualifying examination. Taking into consideration their work which require much skill, application of mind, and knowledge of all rulings, Special allowance is granted to them. This allowance may beretained and enhanced.

4. Savings Bank Allowance in Post offices:
In Department of Posts, Savings Bank Allowance is granted to Postal Assistant working in Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) for shouldering strenuous and complicated nature of Savings Bank work. Postal Assistants need to qualify an aptitude test to get this allowance. The current rates are Rs.300/- per month for fully engaged staff and Rs.150/- per month for partially engaged staff.

In para 8.10.80 of the report, the Commission recommended as follows:

Savings Bank Allowance be abolished as the justification provided by the concerned ministry for the grant of this allowance is not sufficient for their continuance.

Demand of staff side: Savings Bank Allowance should be retained and enhanced in view of the justification given above.

5. Special Compensatory (Hill area) Allowance

In para 8.10.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation
There is hardly any hardship involved at altitude of 1000 meters (more than 3000 feets) above sea level. Hence, it is recommended that the allowance should be abolished.
Demand of the staff side: The above observation of the commission is not based on ground realities but based on presumption. Hence the above allowance should be retained and enhanced.

6. Family Planning Allowance
In para 8.17.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendations
The commission recognizes the fact that most of the benefit related to children viz. children Education Allowance, maternity Leave, LTC etc. are available for two children only. Moreover, the level of awareness regarding appropriate family size has also gone up among Government servants. Hence, a separate allowance aimed towards population control is not required. Accordingly, it is recommended that family planning allowance should be abolished.

Demand of the staff side: The above allowance may be retained. In any case, the Family Planning Allowance already granted should not be withdrawn.

7. Fixed Medical Allowance
In Para 8.17.51 of the report the 7th CPC observed as follows
It is granted to pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization, presently payable at the rate of Rs.500/- p.m. Demands have been received to increase the rate of this allowance to Rs.2000/-.

In para 8.17.52 the Commission made the following recommendation-
The Commission notes that the allowance was enhanced from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- p.m from 19.11.2014. As such, further enhancement of this allowance is not recommended.
Demand of the staff side: in the memorandum submitted to 7th CPC, the staff side had elaborately explained the justification for enhancing the FMA to Rs.2000/-. As everybody knows, old age persons are suffering from many deceases and as the cost of medicines has increased manifold the expenditure on outdoor medical treatment has also gone up like anything. With Rs.500/- p.m no pensioner can meet the medical expenses. The commission has not conducted any scientific and realistic study, but simply rejected the demand stating that it is enhanced recently. It is once again requested that the FMA for pensioners may be enhanced to Rs.2000/- p.m as in the case of EPF pensioners.

8. Cash handling Allowance
In para 8.10.9 of the report, the 7th CPC observed as follows: 
It is paid to cashiers working in Central Government departments, for handling of cash. The current rates are:

Average amount of monthly cash disbursed
Rate per month
Below Rs. 50000230
Over Rs. 50000 upto 200000450
Over 200000 upto 500000600
Over 500000 upto 1000000750
Above 1000000900

Again in Para 8.10.57 the commission observed as follows:
Treasury Allowance : This allowance is granted in Department of Posts to Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers working in Head Post offices and large Sub Post offices for handling cash. The present rate is Rs.360/- p.m for handling cash upto Rs.2 lakhs and Rs.480/- p.m. for handling cash more than Rs.2 lakhs.
In para 8.10.80 the commission made the following recommendation

Assistant cashier Allowance, Cash handling allowance and Treasury Allowance

With technological advances and growing emphasis on banking, these allowances have lost their relevance. Hence it is recommended that not only all salary be paid through banks, but Ministries/departments should work out plans to first minimize and then eliminate all sorts of cash transactions.

Demand of the staff Side: The recommendation of the Commission is not realistic. Till that time the cash transactions are eliminated the Cash handling allowance and Treasury allowance should be retained and enhanced.

9. Cycle Allowance
In para 8.15.10 of the report the 7th CPC made the following observation.
It is paid where the duties attached to the post require extensive use of bicycle and the official concerned has to use and maintain his own cycle for official journeys. The existing rate is Rs.90 p.m.

In para 15.11 the commission made the following recommendation:
The Commission is of the view that amount of this allowance is megre and the allowance itself is outdated. Hence it should be abolished.

Demand of the staff side: This allowance is at present given to more than 40000 Postmen staff and about 50000 GraminDakSevaks of the Postal Department. When the commission itself observed that an official using his own bicycle for official duties has to incur expenditure for maintenance of the cycle. When the maintenance work is done for performing official duties, the amount should be reimbursed to the official, whether the amount is megre or not. Hence this allowance should be retained and enhanced.

10. Overtime Allowance
In para 8.17.97 of the report the 7th CPC made the following recommendations :

Hence while this commission shares the sentiments of the predecessors that Government offices need to increase productivity and efficiency and recommended that OTA should be abolished (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) at the same time it is also recommended that in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for these categories of staff for which it is not statutory requirement, then the rate of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50% from their current levels.

Demand of the staff side: OTA rates are revised in the year 1987. For the last 30 years no revision has taken place. Eventhough an arbitration award for enhancement is given, the same is also pending implementation for the last 20 years. After 7th CPC revision, one hour wage of an MTS is Rs. 75/- where as rate for one hour OTA is Rs.15.85 only!!! Hence it is requested that overtime allowance wherever sanctioned must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee.

11. Dress Allowance

(a) Para 08.16.14 may be referred. The 7th CPC recommended four slabs of Dress allowance per year for various categories of employees. In the Department of Posts there are about 75000 Postmen and Multi-Tasking staff wearing uniform. Their name is not mentioned in the category of employees shown in the table. Even if it is included in the other categories of staff, then the Dress Allowance per year will be Rs.5000/- only. At present the Postmen/MTS staff of Postal department are getting more than Rs.5000/- for uniform plus washing allowance. Hence it should be made clear under which category the Postmen and MTS staff of Postal department are to be included, in the dress allowance table recommended by the 7th CPC. These official may be granted Rs.10000/- as dress allowance.

(b) It is further demanded that the Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs.32400 per annum.
(c) If cloth for dress is provided stitching charges should be revised reasonably.
(d) Washing allowance should be increased from Rs.90/- to 150/- Rupees per month.
Yours faithfully
Sd/-
(D. Theagarajan)
Secretary General
Sd/-
(R.N. Parashar)
FNPO Secretary General
Source: NFPE
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Non Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group 'A' Services in PB 3, PB 4 and HAG


No. AB.14017/30/2011 Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the 20th Sep, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Non Functional upgradation for Officers of Organized Group 'A' Services in PB 3, PB 4 and HAG.

A reference is invited to this Department OM No. AB.14017/64/2008 Estt.(RR) dated 24.04.09 on the above subject. The details of batch of the officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service who have been posted at the Centre in various grades of PB 3, PB 4 and HAG was last circulated in this Depai intent OM of even No. dated 11th August, 2016.

2. The details of the IAS officers who have been subsequently posted in the Centre in the various grades as well as the date of posting of the first officer belonging to the batch is annexed. Necessary action may be taken for grant of higher scale for the Officers belonging to batches of Organized Group A Services that are senior by two year or more and have not so far been promoted to that particular grade in accordance with the provisions of this Department's OM No. AB.14017/64/2008 Estt.(RR) dated 24.4.2009.

3. Hindi version will follow.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E 1)
Tel. 2309 2479
Annexure
Department of Personnel & Training
No. AB.14017/30/2011-Estt.(RR) dated, 2016
Sl.NoBatch and Level in
IAS
ACC order
issued on
Batch of Organized Group
'A' Service to be
considered for Non functional
up gradation
1.1999 as Joint
Secretary
22.8.20161997 and earlier w.e.f.
22.8.2016

Source: Persmin
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Cabinet approves merging of Rail budget with Union Budget


Cabinet approves merging of Rail budget with Union Budget

New Delhi: In a major overhaul, the Cabinet today approved advancing presentation of the annual Budget by a month, scrapped over nine decade old tradition of having a separate Railway Budget and removed classifications for expenditure to make the exercise simpler.

With a view to get all the legislative approvals for the annual spending and tax proposals before the beginning of the new financial year on April 1, the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved advancing date for presentation of the General Budget by a month instead of present practice of unveiling it at the end of February.

The Cabinet also approved merging Railway Budget with the general Budget and doing away with distinction of plan and non plan expenditure, officials said.

To facilitate this, the Budget Session of parliament will be called sometime before January 25, a month ahead of the current practice.

Accordingly, the beginning of budget preparation will be advanced to early October and GDP estimates made available on January 7 instead of February 7 now.

Till now Budget was presented on the last day of February and it is not until mid-May that the Parliament approves it in two parts. And with the monsoon arriving in June, most of the schemes and spendings by states do not take off until October, leaving just half a year for their implementation.

Early presentation of Budget would mean that the entire exercise is over by March 31, and expenditure as well as tax proposals come into effect right from the beginning of new fiscal, thereby ensuring better implementation.

Also, the 92 year old practice of presenting a separate budget for Railways has been scrapped and proposals pertaining to it would now form part of the General Budget.

This would lead to presentation of a single Appropriation Bill, including the estimates of Ministry of Railways, thereby saving precious time of Parliament by not having to hold separate consideration and passing of two Appropriation Bills.

The Cabinet also approved removal of distinction between Plan and Non Plan expenditure as the present classification resulted in excessive focus on former with almost equivalent neglect to items such as maintenance which are classified as non Plan.

The Cabinet felt it is the total expenditure, irrespective of Plan or Non-Plan, that generates value for the public. Plan expenditure was for the first time presented separately in the budget for 1959 to 1960.

PTI
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Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 to persons re employed in Railway Service after retirement from Defence forces


Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 to persons re employed in Railway Service after retirement from Defence forces

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)
No.2015/E(LR)I/NM 120
New Delhi,dt 20.09.2016

Sub : Applicability of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2008 to persons re employed in Railway Service after retirement from Defence forces

A meeting to discuss the above mentioned subject with the Federation (NFIR) has been fixed for the afternoon of 27.09.2016 in Board’s office.

General Secretary / NFIR vide his letter dated 09.09.2016 has advised that the following representatives will be participating in the discussions and has requested to grant Special CL and Passes to them.

1. Shri B. Chandra Sekhar Reddy (IG 110207) working under SSE/ER/LGD Carriage Workshop Lalaguda, South Central Railway, Secunderabad.

2. Shri Yesbir Singh (PF No. 13844803) working under SSE/T/D Net/BCT, Sr.DSTE /HQ, Divisional Office, Mumbai, Western Railway.

It is requested that above representatives may be advised to attend the meeting and facilities of Special Casual Leave & Pass be extended to S/Shri B. Chandra Sekhar Reddy and Yesbir Singh as requested by General Secretary / NFIR as a Special case.

Sd
(Nirmala U. Tirkey)
Dy. Director, Estt. (LR)II
Source : NFIR
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EPFO plans to hike minimum pension to Rs.2000

EPFO plans to hike minimum pension to Rs.2000

The Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is considering an option to double the minimum pension amount to Rs.2,000. The financial implications of the move are being measured. There were plans to announce the decision before the strike of central trade unions on September 2. However, sources said, the move might have been held back for a rethink on the financial impact in case of hike in pension.

It started when revised actuarial calculations showed that there was a marginal surplus in the pension fund. EPFO caters to the pension of private sector employees and some PSUs. On the basis of the surplus, it was earlier planned to either increase the pension marginally, taking it to Rs.1,250 or provide a one-time benefit. There was also a pending demand to hike the pension to Rs.3,000 a month. This led to the option of hiking the pension to at least Rs.2,000 a month being considered, said a source. There are around 20 lakh pensioners who get the minimum amount of Rs.1,000 at present.

However, the ministry of finance has to be taken into confidence before initiating such a move, said a source. The gap is filled by MoF even for paying Rs.1,000 as minimum pension. This comes to around Rs.1,000 crore a year which is given on piecemeal basis. Once the pension is hiked, the impact will be more. Though the idea has not been entirely shelved, a rethink is under way, said a source.

Meanwhile, the Employees Pension Scheme (1995) Coordination Committee, an association of retired employees, has demanded that government should merge the National Pension Scheme (NPS) with EPS. The former is a contributory pension scheme applicable to government employees having joined service after 2004. "The association argues that since returns on NPS are based on returns on investment which are uncertain, EPS should be preferred. This is because EPS at least guarantees a minimum pension," said Prakash Pathak, general secretary of the coordination committee.

The coordination committee has been lobbying for implementation of the Bhagatsingh Koshiari Committee recommendations which call for taking the minimum pension to Rs.3,000 and also adding dearness allowance to it. The committee's recommendations also call for adding a health benefit, said Pathak.
The recommendations have been lying with the government since 2013 for want of a decision. Our association has been taking up the issue at various fora, said Pathak.

Source : TOI
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