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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Government committed to Veterans’ Welfare: Dr. Bhamre

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Government committed to Veterans’ Welfare: Dr. Bhamre 

The Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre has categorically stated that the Government is sensitive to the issues and concerns of Ex-Servicemen and all possible steps are being taken to mitigate their grievances. He also appealed to Ex-Servicemen community to utilize the available official forums like Army Veteran Portal to express their problems and seeking redressal of them through official channels.

 Addressing the Inaugural Armed Forces Veterans’ Day function at Delhi Cantonment, today, Dr. Bhamre said “Veterans are an essential part of the Armed Forces family who are the keepers of our values and culture and it is our duty to respect and honour them as they are an unbreakable link between the present and the past.” He assured the veterans and their widows that the Central and State Governments and all the Service Headquarters are fully committed to look after them.

Dr. Bhamre in his speech dwelt upon different welfare measures taken by the Government for the 
well-being of the Veterans. He mentioned that last year some important steps were taken like establishment of the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans at Delhi Cantt and the process of establishing a veteran vertical in each Area and Sub-Area level has begun to look after their welfare. 

The Minister informed that every year Ex-Servicemen rallies are organised to look after the pension grants and health needs of Veterans and their dependents and 102 such rallies were successfully organised last year.

The Minister said, the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi implemented One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, a demand which was pending for implementation for the last more than 40 years. The current position on disbursement of OROP arrears as on 27 December 2016 are as follows:- 1st instalment amounting to 3,994.49 crore has been disbursed to 19,69,385 Ex-Servicemen, while 2nd instalment amounting to 2,290.72 crore has been disbursed to 15,54,849 Ex-Servicemen. The total number of Ex-Servicemen eligible for OROP are 20,72,457.

The Minister particularly stressed upon the Skill Development of Veterans so that they can contribute effectively to the nation by starting a new innings in their career. He also stated that the ECHS, through its polyclinics all over India and Nepal is working effectively for the health care of the Ex-Servicemen.

The function was attended by many Ex-Chiefs of the three Services and serving Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal SB Deo, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua amongst hundreds of Armed Forces Veterans.

Source : PIB

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

7th Pay Commission – Resident doctors at Delhi Govt hospitals threaten mass leave.

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Resident doctors working at Delhi-government run hospitals on Tuesday threatened to go on mass leave from 17 January if their demand for implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations were not met by then.

The warning came after representatives of the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) met Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain urging him to ensure the recommendations of the 7th pay commission were implemented for resident doctors working at Delhi government- run hospitals.

Already these (7th pay recommendation) have been implemented for resident doctors in central government hospitals but they have not been implemented for us,” FORDA president Pankaj Solanki said.

“The implementation will bring in a hike in the salaries of the resident doctors. We want the health minister to issue orders to all its hospitals. We are still looking forward to a positive response from the minister in this regard,” he said. He said if their demand was not met, the resident doctors in Delhi government-run hospitals will go on mass leave from 17 January.

FORDA, an association created for the welfare of resident doctors all over India, was founded in January 2014 in Delhi.

Source: PTI feeds


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CPAO on Pensioners – Asks Banks to provide complete details regarding Pension , Arrear Payments & Recoveries

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The CPAO has instructed to Banks to follow the provisions of CPCC guidelines and instructions and provide full breakup of pension payment clearly to the pensioners.

Taking into consideration the grievances reported by Pensioners’ Associations and Pensioners, CPAO had issued instructions to Heads of CPPCs and Government Business Divisions vide OM No. CPAO/Tech/Banks Performance/2015-16/60 dated-14.06.2016 for strict compliance of above guidelines for providing detailed breakup of pension payments.

Drawing attention to the para 4.6.7 of the Accounting and Operating Procedure for Central Pension Processing Centre of Authorised Banks for Pension Disbursement to Central Government (Civil) Pensioners (February, 2012) the CPOA said, “whereby it has been provided that “The CPPC software will display on the computer screen, options and view of the details of calculation of pension and its breakup of the pension paid to the pensioner/ family pensioner. The Home Branch will act as intermediary with the CPPC and, besides providing accounts statement, provide to the pensioners the payment of TDS details, pension slip, the Due and Drawn Statement in respect of each arrear and the Annual Income Statement”.

It has again been reported by Pensioners Associations and Pensioners that “arrears of arrear of Revision of Pension, Fixed Medical Allowance, Additional Pension, Life Time Arrear etc. are clubbed with monthly payment of pension for which it becomes difficult for pensioner/family pensioner to understand if pension and arrears are disbursed correctly. Even recovery of over payment or wrong payment is not shown separately”.

Therefore, banks have been  instructed by the CPOA to follow the provisions of CPPC guidelines and instructions issued vide OM dated-14.06.2016 and provide full breakup of pension payment clearly to the pensioners. A compliance report in this regard may be sent to CPAO latest by 31.01.2017 positively.

Source : www.cpao.nic.in
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Regulator for railways coming soon, train fares likely to go up

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Regulator for Railways coming soon – Train Fares Likely to go up

Brace to pay more for your travels by railways from this summer.

Fares are expected to shoot up as the government is almost ready to set up by June an independent railway regulator that will determine passenger and freight tariffs.

Called the Rail Development Authority, it can recommend tariff changes periodically by taking into account all direct and indirect costs such as pension, debts and market-driven forces.


It will be set up through an executive order as part of a bold step to revamp the decrepit, loss-making railway network.

“The Rail Development Authority would be an independent body, housed outside the Ministry of Railways but funded through the annual railway budget sanctioned by the Parliament. The approved Budget would be placed at the disposal of the regulatory authority. It would also be permitted to arrange funds through adjudication fees, penalties levied and any other source as specified in the proposed Act,” according to the concept paper uploaded on Ministry of Railways’ website to elicit public comments.

The authority will set tariff based on cost recovery principle and “what the traffic can bear.” All the direct and indirect costs such as pension liabilities, debt servicing, replacements and renewals along with productivity parameters, market-driven demand and supply forces and future investments will be considered by the regulator before setting tariffs.

“One can expect a gradual and calibrated increase in passenger fares, but a steep rise is unlikely as the regulator will also need to take care of the people.

Recently, the government had increased tatkal booking charges by up to 33 per cent for travel in sleeper class, AC-III tier, AC-II tier and executive class through an executive order.

It is a good decision, as the freight versus fare distortions need to be addressed,” former railway finance commissioner R Sivadasan said.

The move is aimed at unshackling the railways from political reluctance to hike fares, which has bled the country’s largest public transporter that carries 23 million passengers every day.

Train tariff is heavily subsidised because successive governments have shied away from the politically unpopular move of raising fares.

Currently, 67% of rail revenues come from shipping freight and just 27% from passenger tickets. Profits earned from freight are diverted to subsidise passenger fares.

The long-awaited plan to delink passenger and freight tariffs from political decisions is likely to get cleared by the Union cabinet this month, an official said.

The regulator will ensure a level playing field to private or foreign investors.

Investor sentiment in the railways has been low because of uncertainties and frequent policy changes.

“Among its other key functions, the authority will establish guiding principles to ensure a stable policy environment for private and foreign investors,” the official said.

The regulator will have a chairman and four officials, drawn from within and outside the railways, including the private sector.
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Central government employees sit on day-long protest

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DEHRADUN: Central government employees sat on a day-long protest against lack of implementation of recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission met in the state. The members under the aegis of Co-ordination Committee of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers sat on dharna at Buddha Chowk from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday.

Talking to TOI, Jagdish Chander Chimwal, secretary of the association said, "Kendariya Karamchari Kamgar Parisangh, an association of Central government employees in New Delhi, in their meeting held on December 16 had decided to hold a one-day protest across the country on January 10 against lack of implementation of recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission. Today's protest was part of this country-wide peaceful protest."

He said, that the Government of India had given assurance to constitute a high-level committee to look into the long pending demands by all central government employees regarding minimum salary rise, revision of salary allowances and evaluation of new pension policy but the government is yet to take any concrete step in this regard.

Source : TOI
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

5th Pay Commission: Salary hike for Meghalaya Govt employees gets delayed

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The buzz among Central and state government employees in most parts of the country is about the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), its implementation, impact and benefits. However, Meghalaya, one of the seven northeastern states, is talking about the 5th pay panel.

The wait for the state's approximately 99,000 employees and 20,000 pensioners has just got extended by about six months, if a report that appeared in a regional publication is any indication. The Shillong Times said on Tuesday that the 5th State Pay Commission (SPC) is likely to submit its report on revising salary and other benefits of employees to the state government by July. 

The state government had constituted the SPC in August last year after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. The government appointed former chief secretary P. J. Bazely as the head of the panel and retired officers Uttam K. Sangma and Lambha Roy as members.

Employees of the state government had said that the raise in salary and allowances to be recommended by the 5th SPC should be at par with the hike proposed by the 7th CPC.

The previous pay revision for Meghalaya government employees was 32 percent with effect from January 1, 2007, as recommended by the 4th pay panel.

If the 5th SPC recommends a hike of about 25 percent as sought by the employees, it will entail an additional outgo of Rs 1,200 crore per annum (Rs 100 crore per month), according to The Shillong Times.

Source : IBTimes
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Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60

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Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017. 


Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

            The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

            It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

            The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in

Source : PIB
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PM delighted over 10 million downloads of BHIM App in 10 days

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PM delighted over 10 million downloads of BHIM App in 10 days



The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed delight over 10 million downloads of BHIM App in a span of 10 days.

" Delighted to know that in a span of 10 days there have been over 10 million downloads of the BHIM App.

BHIM App has made transactions faster & easier, thus making it popular among the youth. The App is also beneficial for traders.

The BHIM App is a fine example of Make in India & how technology is being effectively used to end the menace of corruption & black money",  the Prime Minister said.


Source : PIB
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Pay fitment committee to submit report in March

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Pay fitment committee to submit report in March


PATNA: The three-member pay fitment committee (PFC) headed by former chief secretary G S Kang would submit the final report on revision of salaries and allowances of the state government employees and officials in March this year.

The state cabinet had okayed constitution of the three-member PFC early last month. Finance department secretary (expenditure) Rahul Singh is member secretary of the three-member committee and rural works department secretary Vinay Kumar is its member.

The PFC has to fix the salaries and allowances of around 4.5 lakh employees of the state government in accordance with the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission meant for the central government employees and officials.

The expected hike in salaries and allowances of the state government, including pensions of around 1.5 lakh retired employees and officials, would be by around 15%, putting an additional annual burden of a whopping Rs 9,000 crore on the state exchequer.

Singh said the contractual teachers of primary and secondary schools would not be covered by the PFC, as they are attached to the panchayat and urban local bodies.

Similarly, other contractual staff manning the state government officials from the state secretariat down to the block levels - like computer operators - would also be outside the ambit of the PFC. Singh, however, indicated that the state government has been working on how best to deal with the emoluments of computer operators to their satisfaction.

Otherwise, the finance department would issue the formal notification by Monday or Tuesday next week regarding the constitution of the PFC and also the place where it would remain functional for the next three months. The PFC would function from Shram Bhawan near income-tax roundabout.

Singh said the PFC would invite and receive memoranda from organisations concerned of the government employees and officials till January 20 with regard to their demands and suggestions on the issues related to pay fixation and consequent revision of salaries and allowances, including of the retired personnel.

Thereafter, PFC would give hearing to them till the second week of February, and the full and final report be submitted to the government sometime in March, Singh said, adding that the pay revision would not prove to be a taxing problem, because most of the anomalies had been removed during the pay fixation done while adjusting their salaries and allowances in accordance with the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Source : TOI
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Mandatorily process all pension cases online: Govt to departments

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Mandatorily process all pension cases online: Govt to departments  


NEW DELHI: In order to check delay and bring in more transparency, the Centre has asked all its departments to mandatorily process all pension-related cases through an online system.

The move will result in timely sanction and grant of post-retirement benefits to employees.

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has issued instructions to secretaries of all central government departments asking them to ensure that pension cases are processed electronically.

It has been seen that despite detailed guidelines and instructions, a large proportion of retiring employees do not get their retirement benefits and pension payment order (PPO) in time, the Ministry said in an order.

It said an online pension sanction and payment tracking system called 'Bhavishya'has been launched to check delay in providing retirement benefits to employees.

Both the retiring employees as well as administrative authorities can monitor progress of pension cases at each stage online. 


All pension related cases of retiring employees have to be filed electronically from January 1, 2017 and "in no case will the pension case be delayed on account of electronic processing through Bhavishya", it said. 

Source : Economic Times
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