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General Provident Fund (GPF) and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.8% w.e.f. 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017

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General Provident Fund (GPF) and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.8% w.e.f. 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017.

The Government of India has announced that during the Financial Year 2017-18, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund (GPF) and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.8% (Seven point eight per cent) with effect from 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st October, 2017.

The Notification to this effect has been issued and published in the Gazette of India on 23rd October, 2017.

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DoT further simplifies the process for linking of Aadhaar with mobile number


DoT further simplifies the process for linking of Aadhaar with mobile number
- Introduces new OTP based option for consumer ease with two other convenient options
- Industry welcomes the move and pledges support to the government
In a bid to expedite compliance of telecom service providers with the Hon. Supreme Court's order dated 6th February regarding linking of Aadhaar card with mobile number and reverification process of mobile users, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a comprehensive instruction on Wednesday.

As per the new rules, the DoT has introduced three new methods to link the registered mobile number with Aadhaar i.e. OTP (One Time Password) based, App based and the IVRS facility. These new methods will help subscribers to get their mobile number linked to Aadhaar without visiting the stores of the telcos. For the ease of senior citizens and the people with disability and chronic illness, DoT has also recommended for the re-verification at subscribers' doorstep. According to the new guidelines, the telecom operators should provide an online mechanism for people to request such service and based on availability schedule the visit and complete the process.

Speaking on the development, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Communications, said "The Aadhaar number system was designed to allow all residents of the country access to critical government services and important information that they may need from time to time. Mobile penetration is increasing rapidly in the country and the subscribers need to be provided with the ease of linking of the Aadhaar number with the mobile number. It is the government's endeavour to improve convenience and reduce time and energy spent by consumers to accessing government information and services that is their right to access."

Representative of COAI stated, "The latest clarifications from the DoT are aligned with what the industry, and the subscribers need at this time. While, it will take a little time to implement the directions, we are working closely with the government to improve and enhance the convenience of our consumers for undertaking Aadhaar based e-KYC linking of their mobile number. We are implementing all the necessary processes so as to be able to use the additional methods prescribed including OTP, App based and the IVRS facility. We expect it to get much faster and easier for individual mobile subscribers to comply with the e-KYC norms using their Aadhaar Registered Mobile Number (ARMN)."

In a circular in August, DoT had given instructions to the telecom service providers to provide iris or fingerprint based authentication of Aadhaar. The new regulations have specified that the telecom service providers must deploy iris readers for this purpose within a reasonable geographical area.
Further, in keeping with privacy rules, the DoT has mandated that telecom service providers' agent should not have access to the subscribers' e-KYC data and only the name and address of the subscribers should be visible. Subscribers can verify or re-verify their mobile numbers from anywhere in the country irrespective of which service area their mobile connection belongs to.

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7th Central Pay Commission: Ceilings in respect of Office Expenditure on hospitality


7th Central Pay Commission: Ceilings in respect of Office Expenditure on hospitality

F.No. 13024/01/2016-Trg. Ref.
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Training Division
Block-4, Old JNU Campus
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-67
Dated: October 24 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Ceilings in respect of Office Expenditure on hospitality - reg

Consequent upon acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) by the Government, Sumptuary allowance and Entertainment allowance have been abolished with effect from 30.06.2017. As per Resolution of the Government dated 06.07.2017, such expenditure on hospitality should be treated as office expenditure and the Ministry of Finance was to lay down the ceilings for various levels. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No. 11-1I2016/E.Il B (ih CPC)Pt.III(C) dated 22nd September, 2017 has conveyed the ceiling of office expenditure on hospitality.

(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
To
1. All Ministries/Departments of Government of lndia (as per DoPT's standard list and a request that this OM be given wide publicity).
2. All CTIs/ATls
3. Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie.
4. Director, ISTM, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi.


No.11-1/2016/E.1I 8(7th CPC)/PUII(C)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Department of Expenditure
(7th CPC matters)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 22.09.2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Ceilings in respect of Office Expenditure on hospitality- regarding

Consequent upon acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) by the Government, Sumptuary Allowance and Entertainment Allowance have been abolished with effect from 30.06.2017, As per Resolution of the Government dated 06.07.2017, such expenditure on hospitality should be treated as office expenditure and the Ministry of Financewas to lay down the ceilings for various levels. Accordingly, the hospitality related expenditure is now to be incurred as office expenditure.

The President is pleased to decide the ceilings of office expenditure on hospitality as under:

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2. The expenditure on hospitality with ceilings mentioned above shall be booked as 'Office Expenditure'

3. The prescribed ceilings will be effective from the date of issue of this OM.
(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: DoPT
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7th Pay Commission - Revision of rate of Training Allowance


7th Pay Commission - Revision of rate of Training Allowance

No. I3024/0 I/20 16-Trg. Ref.
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
[Training Division (ISTIUPA)]
Block-4, Old JNU Campus
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-67
Dated: October 24th 2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission - Revision of rate of Training Allowance.

Consequent upon the acceptance of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) by the Government conveyed vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure Resolution No. 11-112016-IC dated July 6, 2017, the President is pleased to decide that the Training Allowance In Training Academies and Institutes shall be regulated in the following manner:
(i) Training allowance
In the National/Central Training Academies and Institutes for Group 'A' officers24% of Basic Pay
In other Training Establishments12% of Basic Pay

(ii) Training Allowance will be admissible only to the employees who join the training establishments for a specified period oftime and are then likely to go back.

(iii) Training Allowance will not be admissible to those employees who are directly recruited by such training establishments for imparting training.
2. The revised rates of training allowance shall be admissible with effect from the 1st July, 2017.

3. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

4. Hindi version will follow.
(Biswajit Banerjee)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: DoPT
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Revision of rates of Special Allowance payable to Parliament Assistants


Revision of rates of Special Allowance payable to Parliament Assistants

No. A-27023/02/2017-Estt (AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Block No. IV, Old INU Campus
New Delhi, Dated 2110.2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of rates of Special Allowance payable to Parliament Assistants.

The undersigned is directed to say that consequent upon the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations made by the 7th Central Pay Commission, the President is pleased to enhance the rates of Special Allowance payable to those wholly engaged in Parliament work during Parliament session by 50% from the existing levels of Rs. 1500/- and Rs. 1200/- payable to Assistants and UDCs respectively to the level of Rs. 2250/- and Rs. 1800/-.

2. The above limits would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%. No separate instructions on this count would be required.

3. The allowance will be admissible at full rates for every calendar month in which the Parliament is in Session for at least 15 days in that month. For month with shorter periods, the allowance will be admissible at half the rates prescribed for the full month.

4. The allowance will be admissible during the period of regular leave.

5. Normally, the allowance will be admissible to only .one Parliament Assistant in a Ministry. Where a Ministry considers it necessary to engage more than one Parliament Assistant on full time Parliamentary duty, the prior approval of this Department will be necessary. Such additional staff will also be entitled to the Special Allowance mentioned above according to the status he/she enjoys. Where this Ministry has agreed in the past to the engagement of more than one Parliament Assistant for Parliamentary work in any Ministry, this Ministry's approval need not be obtained afresh.

6. No Overtime Allowance shall be paid to Parliament Assistants for the calendar months in which the Parliament is in Session.

7. The Special allowance referred to above will be classified as "Other Allowances"

8. These orders shall take effect from 01.07.2017.
(Navneet Misra)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

All Ministries/Departments as per standard list.
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Source: DoPT
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Report of the Committee on Allowances April, 2017

Report of the Committee on Allowances
April, 2017

Preface

Government of India, vide OM No.11-1/2016-IC dated 23rd July 2016 constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure) and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health & Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chariman, Railway Board as Members to examine the recommendations of the 7th CPC on Allowances.

The Committee acknowledges the assistance provided by Shri R.K.Chaturvedi Joint Secretary (IC) and his team, Shri P.K.Das, Additional Secretary (Expenditure) who headed the Group of Officers and the members of his group, the representatives of Departments / Ministries, Services and Staff Associations in finalizing the Report.

The Committee, after due deliberations, submits its report on 27th April, 2017.

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(Ashok Lavasa)
Chairman
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(Rajiv Mehrishi)
Member
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(G.Mohan Kumar)
Member
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(C K Mishra)
Member
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(B P Sharma)
Member
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(B V Sudhakar)
Member
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(A K Mittal)
Member
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(R K Chaturvedi)
Member Secretary

New Delhi
Date: 27th April 2017
Report of the Committee on 7th CPC Allowances

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