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Monday, 31 October 2016

Implementation of 7th Pay Commission : DESW issued order 29/10/2016

 

Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioner/Family Pensioners


No.17(01)/2016-D(Pen/Pol)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
New Delhi

Dated 29th October 2016

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff

Sub: Implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission- Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioner/Family Pensioners.


Sir
The undersigned is directed to state that in pursuance of Government’s decision on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, notified vide Government of India, Ministry of Defence Resolution No.17(1)/2014/D(Pen/Policy) dated 30th September 2016 based on Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare Office Resolution No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 4th August, 2016 and Office Memorandum F.No.38/37/20l6-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 4th August,2016, sanction of the President is hereby accorded to regulate the Pension/Family Pension of all Pre-1.1.2016 pensioners/family pensioners of the Defence Forces with effect from 1.1.2016 in the manner indicated in succeeding paragraphs. Separate Orders will be issued by this Ministry in respect of Defence Force Personnel who retired/died on or after 1.1.2016 and for revision of disability element in respect of Pre-2016 Defence Pensioners.


2. Applicability : These orders shall apply to all Defence Forces pensioners/family pensioners who were drawing pension/family pension as on 1.1.2016 under the Pension Regulations of the three Services/ State Forces and various Government orders issued from time to time.


3. Non-Applicability : The provisions of this letter do not apply to the following categories:
(i) Gallantry awardees drawing only monetary allowance attached to the award, such as Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra etc.
(ii) United Kingdom/Hong Kong & Singapore Royal Army( UK/HKSRA) Pensioners.
(iii) Persons in receipt of Compassionate Allowance, Guzara, Reservist Allowance or any other Allowance on which dearness relief is not admissible.
(iv) Reservists in receipt of Ex-gratia payment at Rs 750/- per month covered under Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 1(06)/2010-D(Pen/Policy) dated 22”d Nov 2013.
(v) Families of the deceased Reservists in receipt of Ex-gratia family pension at Rs 645/- per month covered by Govt. of India Ministry of Defence letter No.1 (06)/2010-D (Pen/Policy) dated 22nd Nov 2013.


4. Definitions : (a) ‘Existing Pensioner’ or ‘Existing Family Pensioner’ means a pensioner who was entitled to/drawing pension/family pension on 31.12.2015. This will also include a pensioner/family pensioner who became entitled to pension/family pension with effect from 1.1.2016 consequent upon retirement/discharge/death of Defence Forces Personnel on 31.12.2015. For the purpose of family pension, it also covers members of family to those who retired/discharged prior to 1.1.2016 and in whose case family pension had not commenced as the pensioner was alive on 31 .12.2015.
(b) ‘Existing Pension’ means the basic pension inclusive of commuted portion of pension, if any, due on 31.12.2015 and covers all kinds of pension viz. Retiring/Service/ Special/Reservist/Invalid Pension/ Service element of Disability/ Liberalized Disability Pension/ War Injury Pension. This will also include Pension/Family Pension which became due with effect from 1.1.2016 consequent on retirement/discharge! death of Defence Force Personnel on 31.12.2015.
(c) ‘Existing Family Pension’ means the basic family pension drawn on 31.12.2015 under the Pension Regulations of the three Services/ State Forces and other orders issued on the subject from time to time. It also covers Special Family Pension/ Dependent Pension/2nd Life award of Special Family pension and Liberalized Family pension sanctioned in battle and non-battle casualty cases.
(d) ‘Pension Disbursing Agency’ (PDA) means Treasury, Post Office, Pay and Accounts Office. Defence Pension Disbursement Office (DPDO), Indian Embassy, Nepal and authorized Public Sector/Private Sector Banks.
(a) ‘Pension Sanctioning Authority’ (PSA) means PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad, PCDA (Navy) Mumbai, and CDA (AF) Delhi, as the case may be.


5. Revision of Pension : 5.1 For existing pensioners, who have retired/died before 01.01.2016, the revised pension/family pension with effect from 01.01.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the Basic Pension (before commutation)/Basic Family Pension (exclusive of Dearness Relief) as had been drawn as on 31.12.2015 by 2.57 to arrive at revised pension under 7th Pay Commission. The amount of revised pension/family pension so arrived at shall be rounded off to next higher rupee. The Disability Element will be regulated as per Para 9. Illustrations for revision of pension are annexed in Annexure-A attached to this letter…


5.2 For this purpose, the existing Pension/Family Pension will be the Basic Pension(before commutation)/ Basic Family Pension only without the element of Additional Pension (referred to at Para 12) available to the old pensioners! family pensioners of the age of 80 years and above. The Additional Pension!Family Pension payable to the old pensioners/family pensioners will be worked out in accordance with Para 12 of this order.


5.3 Since the revised pension will be inclusive of commuted portion of pension, if any, the commuted portion will be deducted from the said amount while making monthly disbursements.


5.4 Minimum and Maximum Pension:The minimum basic pension with effect from 01.01.2016 will be Rs. 9000/- per month (excluding the element of additional pension admissible to old pensioners). The upper ceiling of pension/ family pension will be 50% and 30% respectively of the highest pay in the Government (The highest pay in the Government is Rs. 2,50,000/- with effect from 01.01.2016).


5.5 The revised Pension/Family Pension arrived at as per paragraph 5.1 includes dearness relief sanctioned from time to time by the Government.


6. Where the revised Pension!Family Pension in terms of paragraph 5.1 above works out to an amount less than Rs. 9000!-, the same shall be stepped up to Rs. 9000!-. This will be regarded as Pension/Family Pension with effect from 11.2016.


7. The existing instructions regarding regulation of Dearness Relief to employed/ re-employed pensioners/family pensioners, as contained in Department of Pension 6 Pensioner’s Welfare OM. No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 02.07.1999 and as amended from time to time, shall continue to apply.


8. Applicability to Permanent absorbees in PSUs/ Autonomous Bodies: Pension of a Defence Forces Personnel who has been permanently absorbed in Public Sector Undertaking/Autonomous Body will be regulated as under:


8.1 Pension: Where the Defence Force Personnel on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous Body continues to draw pension separately from the Government, the pension of such absorbees will be revised in terms of these orders. in cases, where the Defence Forces Personnel has drawn one time lump-sum terminal benefits equal to 100% commutation of the pension and has become entitled to the restoration of 43% / 45% commuted portion of pension as per the orders issued by this Ministry from time to time, such cases will not be covered by these orders. Orders for regulating pension of such pensioners will be issued separately.


8.2 Family Pension: In cases, where on permanent absorption in Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies, the family pension is being drawn by the family of the PSU absorbee under the orders applicable to the Defence Forces, the same will be revised in accordance with these orders.


9. Disability Element:The implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations relating to methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred to the Anomalies Committee. The disability element which was being paid to ore-2016 Defence Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 will continue to be paid till decision on the recommendations of Anomalies Committee is taken by the Government.



10. Following elements will continue to be paid as separate elements in addition to the Pension/Family Pension revised under these orders. These payments will not be taken into account for the purpose of revision as well as for applicability with regard to the minimum limit of Pension/Family Pension is. Rs. 9000/- per month.
(i) Monetary Allowance attached to Gallantry Awards such as Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra etc.
(ii) Constant Attendant Allowance (CAA), matter to be examined by Committee comprising Finance Secretary and Secretary(Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Posts, Health & Family welfare, Personnel & Training and Chairman Railway Board as members. Till a final decision is taken on the recommendation of the Committee, Constant Attendant Allowance shall be paid at the existing rates.


11. Where a pensioner is in receipt of Disabilityl Liberalized Disabilityl War Injury Pension, the minimum limit of Rs. 9000/- will be applicable to Service Pension/Service Element. Disability/ War Injury Element will be payable in addition to Service Pension/Service Element.


12. Additional Pension for Pensioners of age 80 years and above: The quantum of Additional Pension/Family Pension available to the old pensioners/family pensioners shall be as follows:-


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The amount of additional pension will be shown distinctly. For example, in case where a pensioner more than 80 years of age and hislher revised pension in terms Para 5.1 above is Rs.1000/-pm, the pension will be shown as (i) Basic pension: Rs 10000 and (ii) Additional Pension Rs 2000 p m (20% of revised basic pension Rs 10000). The pension on his/her attaining the age of 85 yrs will be shown as (i) Basic Pension = Rs 10000 and (ii) additional pension = Rs 3000 pm. Dearness relief will also be admissible on the additional pension available to old pensioners.


(Note: – The additional Pension will not be admissible on Disability Element Liberalized Disability Element / War Injury Element of Disability/Liberalized Disability/ War Injury Pension.)


13. Ex-gratia awards to Cadets in cases of disablement
The following ex-gratia award shall be payable subject to the same conditions as hitherto in force in the event of invalidment of a Cadet (Direct) on medical grounds due to causes attributable to or aggravated by military training:-
(i) Payment of monthly ex-gratia award of Rs. 9000/- per month;
(ii) Payment of ex-gratia disability award @ Rs. 16200/- per month for 100% disability during the period of disablement. The amount will be reduced proportionately from the ex-gratia disability award in case the degree of disablement is less than 100%;


14. Dearness Relief: The revised Pension/Family Pension as worked out in accordance with provisions of Para 5.1 read with Para 6 and additional pension wherever payable under Para 12 above shall be treated as “Basic Pension” with effect from 1.1.2016 for the purpose of calculation of dearness Relief sanctioned thereafter by the Government.


15. Revision of Pension for employedlre-employed pensioners: The revision of pension in respect of employed/re-employed Commissioned Officer and Personnel Below Officer Rank pensioners will also be carried out as per methodology provided in Para 5.1 ie. their Basic Pension as on 31.12.2015 will be multiplied by 2.57 to arrive at revised Pension as on 01.01.2016. The revised pension so arrived at will be the Basic Pension with effect from 1.12016. However, Dearness Relief beyond 1.1.2016 will not be admissible to employed/re-employed Commissioned Officer pensioners and Personnel Below Officers Rank pensioners, whose pay on re-employment has been fixed above the minimum of scale of pay of the re~employed post during the period of employment/ re-employment.implementation-of-7th-pay-commission-desw-issued-order


16. Methodology for Implementation and Reporting


16.1. All Pension Disbursing Agencies handling disbursement of pension to the Defence Pensioners are hereby authorized to pay pension/family pension to existing pensioners/family pensioners at the revised rates in terms of Para 5.1 above without any further authorization from the concerned Pension Sanctioning Authorities.


16.2 It is considered desirable that the benefit of these orders should reach the pensioners as expeditiously as possible. To achieve this objective, it is directed that all Pension Disbursing Agencies should ensure that the revised pension and the arrears due to the pensioners in terms of Para 5.1 above is paid to the pensioners or credited to their account in one installment within two months from the date of issue of the letter.


16.3 A suitable entry regarding revised pension with effect from 1.1.2016 fixed in terms of Para 5.1 above, as the case may be, will be recorded by the Pension Disbursing Agencies in the Pension records of the pensioners viz. Pension Payment Order, Check Register/Pension Payment Scroll Register. An intimation regarding disbursement of revised pension may be sent by the Pension Disbursing Agencies to the Office of PCDA (P), Allahabad in prescribed Annexure to these orders so that records can be updated. A hard copy of the said Annexure-B may invariably be provided by the PDAs to the pensioners concerned for their information. An acknowledgement shall be obtained by the Pension Disbursing Agencies from Office of PCDA (Pensions), Allahabad in token of receipt of the requisite Annexure.


Miscellaneous Instructions


17. If a pensioner/family pensioner to whom benefit accrues under the provisions of this order, has already died before receiving the payment of arrears, the LTA will be disbursed in the following manner:
(i) If the claimant is already in receipt of Family Pension or happens to be the person in whose favour Family Pension already stands notified and the awardees has not become ineligible for any reason, the LTA under the provisions of this letter should be paid to such a claimant by the PDAs on their own.
(ii) If the claimant has already received LTA in the past in respect of the deceased to whom the benefit would have accrued, the LTA under the provisions of this letter should also be paid to such a claimant by the PDAs on their own.
(iii) If the claimant is a person other than the one mentioned at (i) & (ii). above, LTA will be paid to the legal heir/heirs as per extant Government orders.


18. No commutation will be admissible for the revised pension accruing as a result of this revision. The existing amount of pension commuted, if any, would continue to be deducted from the revised pension while making monthly disbursements.


19. Revision of Pension/Family Pension under these orders will not affect the amount of Retirement Gratuity/ Death Gratuity already determined and paid to the pensioners/ family pensioners with reference to rules in force at the time of discharge/death.


20. Any overpayment of pension coming to the notice or under process of recovery shall be adjusted in full by the Pension Disbursing Agencies against arrears becoming due on revision of pension on the basis of these orders.


21. The revision of pension/ family pension of Defence pensioners arrived in the above manner shall be subject to the findings and recommendation of the committee set up with the approval of the Cabinet to examine the feasibility of increment based formulation recommendation of 7th Pay Commission for revision of pension and decision of the Government thereon if any.


22. These orders issue with the concurrence of the Finance Division of this Ministry vide their ID No. 10(6A)/2016/FIN/PEN dated 29.10.2016


sd/-
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


Source : DESW


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Rs 5,500 cr paid for implementing OROP- Prime Minister

Kinnaur/New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Rs 5,500 crore has been paid for implementing the OROP scheme, an issue that has been hanging fire for the last 40 years, even as he lauded the valour and sacrifice of the armed forces amid tension on the border with Pakistan.rs-5500-cr-paid-for-implementing-orop-prime-minister


Dedicating this Diwali to the armed forces personnel, he said he has "fulfilled the promise" he made to ex-servicemen on the one-rank-one-pension scheme.


Modi said the issue had been pending for "40 years" as certain people in the previous governments "did not know" about OROP, and therefore "only Rs 500 crore was allocated" for the purpose.


He also said many people thought that if the scheme was not implemented, a section of "ex-servicemen would turn against the government".


He made these remarks while celebrating Diwali with army and ITBP men in Sumdo in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district.


"Spent time with our courageous @ITBP_official & Army Jawans at Sumdo, Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh. Jai Jawan! Jai Hind!," he tweeted.


Earlier, in his monthly "Mann ki Baat" programme on All India Radio, Modi asked the people and the state governments to find ways of forging unity across the country and work to defeat separatist tendencies and mentalities.


He hailed the people including celebrities for sending overwhelming messages to his "Sandesh2Soldiers" campaign.


In the wake of ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, he said, "Unity in diversity is our strength. It is the responsibility of every citizen and all governments to forge unity and curb separatist tendencies to save the country."


In an apparent reference to tension on the Indo-Pak border, Modi credited the soldiers for maintenance of peace and security in the country and called upon everyone to remember their gallantry while celebrating Diwali.


"In the wake of recent events, our soldiers have been sacrificing their everything for the safety and security of the country. Their dedication and labour has overwhelmed me completely. Let us dedicate this Diwali to our armed forces.


"I had invited everyone to participate in the Sandesh2Soldiers campaign and I have been humbled by the response. From students, villagers and traders to political leaders and sportspersons, everyone has sent a Diwali message for our soldiers," he said while referring to the jawans who are stationed in deserts and on the icy heights of the Himalayas and security personnel who are guarding our industries and airports.


In a veiled reference to the unrest in Kashmir Valley, the Prime Minister also called for forces of unity to be strengthened and those of separatism to be defeated.


"Unity in diversity is the strength of our country. Every citizen and every government must work to find ways of forging unity and defeating separatist mindset and tendencies," he said as he remembered Sardar Patel who strived hard to forge unity in the country and bind it together.


The Prime Minister, while on his way back from Sumdo, met civilians at Himachal's Chango village, close to the Sino-Indian border. He exchanged greetings, interacted with the people there, and offered sweets to children.


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Vigilance Awareness week commences from today

The Central Vigilance Commission, as part of its efforts to promote probity in public life and to achieve a corruption free society, observes Vigilance Awareness Week every year. The week in which 31st October, the birthday of late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falls is observed as Vigilance Awareness Week. The observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week has commenced from today, with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries/Departments/Central Public Sector Enterprises/Public Sector Banks and all other Organizations.




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“Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption” has been chosen as the theme for Vigilance Awareness Week this year by the Commission.


In addition, the Commission has envisaged a concept of Integrity Pledge, for enlisting support and commitment of the citizens and corporates/entities/firms etc to prevent and combat corruption.


The observance of Vigilance Awareness Week renews our commitment to achieve the goals of promoting integrity, transparency and accountability in public life. The Commission, therefore, lays greater emphasis on generation of awareness among the public as a more effective and sustainable means of fighting corruption.

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Happy Diwali :)

Wish you all a very happy and safe Diwali :)
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Saturday, 29 October 2016

ConfederationHQ appeals to Employees and Organisations of Govt of India, Autonomous Bodies

ConfederationHQ appeals to Employees and organisations of Govt of India, Autonomous Bodies


 

No. Confdn/Genl/2016-19 Dated - 28-10-2016

AN APPEAL TO EMPLOYEES & ORGANISATIONS OF GOVT. OF INDIA AUTONOMOUS BODIES
To
All Organisations & Employees of
Govt. of India Autonomous Bodies.

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Dear Friends and Comrades,


As you are aware, the extension of benefits of revised pay structure as per CCS (RP) Rules 2016, to employees working in autonomous bodies, is still pending. There is total uncertainty regarding grant of 7th CPC benefits. Bonus payment is also pending. Everything depends upon the policy decision of the Government. The employees of autonomous bodies are totally upset, frustrated and disappointed. Discontentment of the employees are growing day by day. As the autonomous bodies are scattered all over the country, a joint struggle by them alone is not an immediate possibility.



It is in this background, the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers has decided to include the demand for wage revision of autonomous employees also in its charter of demands and agitational programmes. Accordingly mass demonstrations were conducted in front of all offices on 20-10-2016. The next phase of programme is mass dharna on 7th November 2016. Third phase is massive Parliament March on 15th December 2016 at Jantar Mantar (Parliament Street), New Delhi.



I request all the organisations and employees of autonomous bodies to join the Confederation’s agitational programme so that Government will understand your anger, protest and discontentment. I appeal to you all, to participate in the Parliament March on 15th December 2016, with your flags, banners and placards. Let the message go to the Government that the employees of autonomous bodies will not continue to keep silent and may be forced to go for direct action, including strike if situation warrants, for their legitimate demands.



Come one, Come all, Come in hundreds and thousands.
Let us make the Parliament March a historic success.
Govt. will not be allowed to indefinitely delay or deny our rights.


Fraternally Yours,


M. Krishnan,
Secretary General, Confederation,
Mob: 09447068125


Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com


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An Appeal from ConfederationHQ to CCGGOO for participating in the agitation programs

ConfederationHQ appeals to Confederation of Central Central Government Gazetted officers Organisation to participate in the agitation programs of confederation for the realization of 20 point charter of demands.


The letter of ConfederationHQ is reproduced underneath.


No. Confdn/Genl/ 2016-19 28-10-2016
AN APPEAL TO CCGGOO
To
Com: S. Mohan
Secretary General
Confederation of Central Government
Gazetted Officers Organisations (CCGGOO)
Chennai Email id-smohan1958@gmail.com

Dear Comrade,


Sub: An Appeal for participation in the agitational programs of confederation for realization of 20 point charter of demands.


As you are aware, the general attitude of the Central Government towards the demands of the Central Government employees, especially demands related to 7th Central pay Commission, is totally negative. Even the assurance given by three group of Ministers in the wake of an impending indefinite strike from July 11th 2016, that the minimum pay and fitment formula will be revised, is not yet implemented, even though the promised time frame of four months are almost over. All the revised allowances including HRA and Transport Allowance is not paid yet. The one and the only favorable recommendation of 7th CPC ie; option -I party for pensioners is not accepted on the plea of '' non-feasibility''. All anomalies are pending. Government is deliberately delaying and denying the legitimate benefits of the Central Government employees which is due from 01-01-2016. You may agree that the position is equally applicable to Gazetted officers also.an-appeal-from-confederationhq-to-ccggoo-for-participating-in-the-agitation-programs


In the above circumstances/the National Secretariat of /confederation of Central Government employees and workers has decided to organize phased agitational programs culminating in strike action. Demonstrations are conducted in front of all offices on 20-10-2016, next phase is mass dharna at all important centers on 7th November 2016, Third phase is massive Parliament March on 15th December 2016.
I request you to consider the above situation and also the programs of action of Confederation and to call upon your affiliates to participate in the Parliament March on 15th December 2016 under the banner of CCGGOO, in good number

Awaiting favorable response,

Your’s friendly,


M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125
Email. mkrishnan6854@gmail.com


 

Source  : ConfederationHQ
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Disability Pension being paid to Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 Will Continue to be paid Pending Decision of Anomoly Committee

Disability Pension being paid to Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 Will Continue to be paid Pending Decision of Anomoly Committee



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The Government Order for implementation of decision of the Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) for revision of pension of pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners has been issued on 29.10.2016. As per the order, for the pre 1.1.2016pensioners, the revised pension w.e.f. 1.1.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the basic pension/basic family pension as had been drawn as on 31.12.2015 by 2.57 to arrive at revised pension under 7th CPC.


The implementation of 7th CPC recommendation relating to methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred to the Anomaly Committee. The disability element which was being paid to pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 will continue to be paid pending decision on the recommendations of the Anomaly Committee.



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Issue of Pensioners Identity Card to pensioners with National Emblem

No. 4112112000-P&PW-(D)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS WELFARE

LOK NAYAKBHAVAN, KHANMARKET,
NEW DELHI, DATED THE 26th October, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM  

Sub:- Issue of/Pensioners' Identity Card to pensioners -reg. 


The undersigned is directed to say that instructions for issue of Identity Card to pensioners have been issued from time to time. In this Department's OM of even numbers dated 25.7.20l3, it was inter alia mentioned that it would not be necessary to have the National Emblem on the Identity Card of pensioners.

2. The matter has been reconsidered in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs keeping in view the provisions of State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rule, 2007. Ministry of Home Affairs have indicated that they have no objection to the issue of Identity Card to retired Government personnel/pensioners with State emblem. The instructions/clarifications issued by this Department's  OM in this regard stand modified to this extent.

3. All Ministries/Departments are requested to keep the above in view while issuing Identity Cards to pensioners who retired from the Central Government Civil Service. This provision will not be applicable in respect of the pensioners retired from the Autonomous Bodies, etc. Such autonomous bodies can, however, use their own logo on the Identity Cards, in accordance with the relevant instructions.

-Sd/-
(Harjith Singh)
Director
24624752



To
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India
(as per mailing list)



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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service Group “A”

 

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the first Cadre Review of Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) with the following salient features:

(a) Reduction of the total strength of the cadre from 420 to 376.cabinet-approves-cadre-review-of-indian-posts-telecommunications-accounts-and-finance-service-group-a

(b) Creation of one Apex level post of Controller General of Communication Accounts (CGCA).

(c) Creation of one additional HAG+ level post taking the grade strength to 2.

(d) Creation of two additional HAG level posts taking the grade strength from 6 to 8.

(e) Creation of 18 additional SAG level posts taking the grade strength from 37 to 55.

(f) Reduction in JAG level posts from 111 to 90.

(g) Reduction in STS level posts from 198 to 86.

(h) Creation of 21 JTS level posts taking the grade strength from 67 to 88.

(i) Creation of 46 Posts to be operated as Reserves

Background:

Indian Posts & Telecommunications Accounts and Finance Service Group ‘A” was constituted in 1972 and caters to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Department of Posts (DoP).

In Department of Telecommunications, the IP&TAFS performs the functions of assessment and collection of license fee/ spectrum usage charges, spectrum auction, USO scheme monitoring and subsidy management, exchequer control, budgeting, accounting, pension disbursement, internal audit and finance advice. In the Department of Posts, the IP&TAFS is entrusted with the functions of finance advice, budgeting, tariff and costing, accounting and internal audit.

There has been a paradigm shift in the role of Department of Telecommunications as well as the Department of Posts in recent years. In the Telecom sector, the role of the Department of Telecommunications has transformed from primarily being a Service provider, Regulator and Policy maker into the present structure whereby the Department is primarily responsible for Policy making, Licensing and Universal Service Obligation. Receipts from Department of Telecommunications, primarily License Fee, Spectrum Usage Charges and Spectrum Auction Value constitute one of the largest source of non-tax revenue for the Government of India.

Similarly, the bundle of services offered by Department of Posts has undergone a quantitative and qualitative change and the Department has ventured into areas of retailing, banking, insurance, digitizing operations etc. Further, the audit mechanism in both the Departments needs to be strengthened.

These facts coupled with the stagnation in various grades of the service necessitated a review of the structure of IP&TAFS.
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Cabinet approves New Productivity Linked Reward Scheme for all Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board employees/workers

Cabinet approves New Productivity Linked Reward Scheme for all Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board employees/workers for the years 2015-16 to 2017-18


The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to New Productivity Linked Reward Scheme for all Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board employees/workers for the years 2015-16 to 2017-18.cabinet-approves-new-productivity-linked-reward-scheme-for-all-major-port-trusts-and-dock-labour-board-employees%2fworkers


The new PLR scheme applicable from 2015-2016 to 2017-2018 will benefit about 37870 Port and Dock workers/employees in all the Major Port Trusts and the yearly outgo will be Rs. 49.58 crore.


Ministry of Shipping has formulated a New Productivity Linked Reward (PLR) Scheme for all Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board employees/workers for the years 2015-16 to 2017-18. PLR will be calculated on the enhanced wage ceiling for calculation of Bonus at Rs. 7000/- per month. PLR shall be paid annually on the basis of 50% weightage given to all India Performance and 50% weightage given to the individual Port Performance. The arrear payments of PLR for the year 2014-15 to the employees/workers by the Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board will be calculated on the enhanced wage ceiling of Rs.7000/- per month for calculation of Bonus instead of Rs.3500/- per month on the existing methodology of combined All India Port Performance.


For the year 2014-15, an amount of Rs 25.93 crore has already been paid to about 41,492 Major Ports & Dock workers/employees as per wage ceiling of Rs.3500/-. The total additional outgo for all Major Ports & Dock workers/employees on account of payment of arrear of PLR for the year 2014-15 as per enhanced wage ceiling of Rs. 7000/- will be about Rs. 25.93 crore.


There is an existing scheme of Productivity Linked Reward (PLR) for the employees/workers of Major Port Trusts and Dock Labour Board, wherein Productivity Linked Reward (PLR) was granted on yearly basis based on the settlement arrived at between Management and the Labour Federations of the Major Port Trusts.


The new PLR Scheme will foster better industrial relationship and congenial work atmosphere in the Port Sector, apart from stimulating better productivity.


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Cabinet approves Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief to all CG Staff and Pensioners

Cabinet approves release of an installment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners due from 01.07.2016 cabinet-approves-release-of-an-instalment-of-dearness-allowance-to-central-government-employees-and-dearness-relief-to-pensioners-due-from-01-07-2016


The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to release an installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to Pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2016 representing an increase of 2% of the revised Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.


 The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs. 5622.10 crore per annum and in the Financial Year 2016-17 for the period of 8 months (i.e. from July 2016 to February 2017), it would be Rs.3748.06 crore. About 50.68 lakh Government employees and 54.24 lakh pensioners will be benefitted.




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7th Pay Commission : Revision of pay scale for the Employees State Insurance Corp staff

HEADQUARTERS
EMPLOYEES STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION
(An ISO 9001-2000 certifed organisation)
PANCHDEEP BHAWAN C.I.G MARG New Delhi – 2


No.A-27/17/1/7th CPC/2016-E.III

Dated: 26.10.2016

MEMORANDUM


Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission as accepted by the Central Government – Revision of pay scale of the employees of the Corporation- Reg.


The ESI Corporation in its 169th meeting held on 06-09-2016 has given approval to amendment of the First Schedule of the ESIC (Staff and Conditions of Service) Regulations, 1959 giving effect to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission’s recommendations in the ESI Corporation, as accepted by the Central Government. The said approval of the Corporation has been ratified by the Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoL&E) as communicated vide their letter No.A-11014/01/2016-SS-I dated 25.10.2016.


2. In accordance with the above, the revised level as well as the initial pay in the new pay matrix corresponding to the existing pay in the Pay Band and Grade Pay applicable to various categories of employees of ESI Corporation are given at Annexure – 1 & 2.7th-pay-commission-revision-of-pay-scale-for-the-employees-state-insurance-corp-staff


3. A copy of the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 as notified by the Central Govt. vide Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) Notification No.GSR-721(E) dated 25.07.2016 (may please be downloaded from Government portal) may be referred to for the purpose of fixation of pay in the revised level of pay as well as the initial pay in the new pay matrix. The revised level of pay in the new pay matrix along with the CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 may kindly be brought to the notice of all employees immediately. The employees may exercise their options in writing in the prescribed proforma given at Annexure – 3 within three months of the issue of this Memorandum as per Rule 5 & 6 of the CC5 (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. It should be ensured that the contents of this order are noted by all employees including those who are on leave and those who have since retired from the services of the Corporation after 01.01.2016 so that the need for extending the date for exercising the option does not arise. The option once exercised shall be final.


4. Following guidelines are given for expediting the fixation of pay in the revised pay matrix regulating the payment of arrears of pay as a result of implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.


(i) Those employees, who give timely option to switch over to the revised level of pay in the new pay matrix, their pay may be fixed in the level corresponding to the applicable pre-revised Pay Band plus Grade Pay. Pay and allowances for the month of November, 2016 may be drawn and paid on the basis of revised pay matrix and the applicable existing pre-revised allowances after deduction of enhanced subscription to the Provident Fund, which will be calculated with reference to the revised basic pay. In so far as the employees who have joined on or after 01.01.2004 are concerned, the enhanced deduction under the New Pension Scheme will be calculated w.r.t. the revised Basic Pay and DA thereon.


(ii) In terms of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016, there shall be two dates for grant of increment namely, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July, provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment either on 1st January or 1st July depending on the date of his appointment, promotion or grant of financial upgradation. The increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) during the period between the 2nd day of January and 1st day of July (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of January and the increment in respect of an employee appointed or promoted or granted financial upgradation including upgradation under MACPS during the period between the 2nd day of July and 1st day of January (both inclusive) shall be granted on 1st day of July. For drawing the annual increment, the rule position stated in the respective CCS (RP) Rule, 2016 may be referred to.


For fixation of pay, the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure O.M. No. 1-5/2016-IC dated 29.07.2016 may be referred to (This may please be downloaded from the Government portal). In order to ensure correct and systematic fixation of pay in the revised pay matrix, a proforma for the purpose (Statement of Fixation of Pay) annexed with the said Government of India O.M. dated 01.08.2016 is enclosed (Annexure-


5). The statement should be prepared in triplicate and one copy thereof should be pasted in the Service Book of the Government servant concerned and another copy made available to the concerned accounting authorities for post-check. Attention is also invited in this connection to the Government decision contained in Government Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25th July, 2016 (This may please be downloaded from Government portal), which may be referred to.


(i) Bills may be drawn separately in respect of arrears of pay and allowance for the period from 1st January, 2016 (or the date opted by the employee) to 31st October, 2016. The arrears, computed after deduction of subscription to GPF and NPS on revised Basic Pay, may be paid in one installment. DDOs will ensure that action is taken simultaneously with regard to Corporations’ contribution towards enhanced subscription of New Pension Scheme, minimal level of GPF. Income Tax, as may be due, shall be deducted before payment of arrears.


(iv) The revised pay structure effective from 01.01.2016 includes the Dearness Allowance of 125% sanctioned from 01.01.2016 in the pre-revised pay structure. Thus, Dearness Allowance in the revised pay structure shall be zero from 01.01.2016. The rate and the date of effect of the first installment of Dearness Allowance in the revised pay structure shall be as per the orders to be issued in this behalf in future, by the Government of India.


(v) The decision on the revised rates and the date of effect of all Allowances (other than Dearness Allowance), based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission are yet to be notified by the Government of India. Until then, all such Allowances shall continue to be reckoned and paid at the existing rates under the terms and conditions prevailing in the pre-revised pay structure as if the existing pay structure has not been revised under the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 issued on 25.07.2016.


(vi) With a view to expediting the authorization and disbursement of arrears, it has been decided that the arrear claims may be paid without pre-check of the fixation of pay in the revised pay structure. The facility to disburse arrears without pre-check of fixation of pay, will not, however, be available in respect of those Corporation employees who have relinquished service on account of dismissal, resignation, discharge, retirement, etc., after the date of implementation of the Pay Commission’s recommendations but before the preparation and drawl of the arrear claims as well as in respect of those employees who had expired prior to exercising their option for the drawl of pay in the revised pay structure.


(vii) The requirement of pre-check of pay fixation having been dispensed with, it is not unlikely that the arrears due in some cases be computed incorrectly, leading to overpayments that might have to be recovered subsequently. Therefore, the Drawing and Disbursing Officers should, therefore, make it clear to the employees under their administrative control, while disbursing the arrears, that the payments are being made subject to adjustment from amounts that may be due to them subsequently should any discrepancy is noticed later. For this purpose, an Undertaking (Annexure-4) may also be obtained in writing from every employee at the time of disbursement of the arrears upto October, 2016 to the effect that any excess payment that may be found to have been made as a result of incorrect fixation of pay in the revised pay scales I pay matrix, will be refunded by him / her to the Corporation either by adjustment against future payments or otherwise.


(viii) Officer In charge of Finance and Accounts Branch of each Field Office is hereby authorized to concur the pay fixation for implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations as accepted by the Central Government, wherever Joint Director (Finance) is not posted. Pay as per the above instructions is to be fixed and arrear shall be drawn for employees from place of their present posting. Thereafter, copy of “Due and Drawn” statement may be sent to the concerned offices (where the official has been working since 0101.16), immediately after release of arrears, for making necessary entries in the relevant registers.


(ix) Since the funds for payment of October, 2016 salary (second limit) has already been released on 24.10.2016 to all accounting units, requisition of funds in response to this Memorandum may be raised separately with Finance & Accounts Division of Hqrs. Office, for early disbursement of arrears.


Receipt of this Memorandum may kindly be acknowledged. Hindi version follows.


Encl.: As above

-Sd/-


 (S.K. SINHA)


DIRECTOR


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EPFO joins network of Common Services Centers

To expand the reach of convenience offered to EPF members, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has joined the network of Common Services Centers (CSC). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EPFO and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited (CSC SPV) on 25th October 2016. The MoU is initially for a period of five years.epfo-joins-network-of-common-services-centers


To start with, the pensioners of Employees Pension Scheme of EPFO can submit their digital life certificates via Jeevan Pramaan Patra programme through a large number of points of Presence (PoP) of CSC networking in addition to those available at EPFO offices. The pensioners living in remote areas can avoid cost and inconvenience of travelling down to the EPF offices or their banks for filing paper based life certificate. In near future, it is also planned to enable various other online services namely aadhaar seeding with Universal Account Number (UAN), e KYC operated upload and update facility, UAN card related services and online claim related services.


Common Services Centers (CSC) network is one of the largest government approved online service delivery channel in the world. CSC are broadband enabled rural service delivery points established by District e Governance Societies (DeGSs), selected by the State Governments, for aggregating content and offering relevant Government to Customers (G2C), Business to Customers (B2C), Business to Business (B2B) and other services. More details about Common Services Centers (CSC) and its network can be accessed at csc.gov.in


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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Second meeting on Revision of Minimum Pay & Fitment Formula- Why It's disappointing ?

CIRCULAR DATED 26TH OCTOBER 2016


REVISION OF MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA


2ND MEETING OF THE GROUP OF SENIOR OFFICERS WITH JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE


DISAPPOINTING


2nd Meetings of the Group of Senior Officers (Constituted as per the assurance given by Group of Minister to NJCA) to discuss the grievances arising out of recommendations related to 7th Central Pay Commission, was held with JCM (NC) staff side on 24.10.2016 at 4 PM. The staff side explained in detail the justification for modification in the minimum pay and fitment formula, which was already explained in the memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015 and also in the presentation made before Joint Secretary Implementation Cell and Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary.second-meeting-on-revision-of-minimum-pay-fitment-formula-why-its-disappointing


From the response of the Senior Officers, it is not clear whether they are mandated to submit a proposal on increasing the Minimum Pay and Fitment formula to Government, as assured by the Group of Ministers on 30th June 2016. Eventhough, the time frame of four months is almost over, the urgency and seriousness was lacking on the part of the Group of officers. It seems that that Government is adopting a delaying tactics or to deny the assured increase. Perhaps, they may recommend an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula at a later date, but it is quite uncertain.


Confederation National Secretariat after reviewing these developments has decided to intensify the campaign and agitational programmes demanding the Government to honour its assurance given to NJCA leadership and also to settle the 20 point charter of demands. Make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme a grand success. Ensure maximum participation of employees in the 15th December 2016 massive Parliament March. Get ready for strike.


ALLOWANCE COMMITTEE MEETING ON DOP&T SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES


Meeting of the Allowance Committee to discuss the DOP&T Specific allowances was held on 25.10.2016. Secretary, Department of Personnel Chaired the meeting. Important allowances like Children Education Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Overtime Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Dress Allowance, Nursing Allowance, Patient Care Allowance, Family planning Allowance, Risk Allowance etc. are discussed. The Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and interacted with staff side on certain points. No commitment on any allowance was given.


JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL – STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING


The JCM (NC) Standing Committee meeting under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel was held on 25.10.2016. All agenda items were discussed. Some of the items are – JCM functioning, Compassionate appointments, amendment to the definition of anomaly, Changing MACP conditions, Ex-Servicemen pay fixation, Pay fixation option on promotion after the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016, GDS bonus enhancement to 7000/-, casual labour regularization and bonus enhancement, filling up of vacancies, upgradation of LDCs to UDCs, one time relaxation of LTC-80 availed by air by purchasing tickets from other than authorized agents, Restoration of Festival Advance, Natural Calamity Advance and Advance of leave salary, grant of entry pay recommended by 6th CPC to the promotes, reimbursement of actual medical expenditure incurred by the employees in a recognised hospital etc.


Secretary, Department of Personnel gave a patient hearing and clarified certain points. No final decision was taken on any of the agenda items. Gist published below. Minutes will be published later. It was informed that based on the discussion, each item will be examined further and decision will be taken.


AUTONOMOUS BODIES – EXTENSION OF 7TH CPC REVISED PAY STRUCTURE AND PENSIONARY BENEFITS


The issue was raised in the JCM Standing Committee meeting held on 25.10.2016 by the staff side. The official side informed that an overall review regarding the performance and financial viability etc. of each Autonomous body is being carried out by the Government. Only after completing the process decision regarding extension of 7th CPC revised pay structure and pensionary benefits, Bonus etc. will be taken. Extension of the benefits depends upon the policy decision of the Government. Hence the official side has not told any time frame for final decision. It is likely to be delayed.


Confederation has already included the demands of the employees of the autonomous bodies in its 20 point charter of demands. All Unions/Associations/Federation and employees of all autonomous bodies are requested to understand the gravity of the situation and make the 7th November 2016 mass dharna programme and 15th December 2016 Parliament March a grand success. Join the Parliament March with your flags, banners and placard with demands. Let the Government understand the discontentment and protest of employees and pensioners of Autonomous bodies. There is no short-cut to get our justified demand accepted by the Government.


GDS BONUS ENHANCEMENT TO 7000


This issue was discussed in the JCM Standing Committee meeting as a notified agenda. The official side informed that the file is still under process in the Finance Ministry and a decision is yet to be taken. Once the approval of the Finance Ministry is given the proposal is to be submitted to Cabinet for approval.


All affiliates and C-O-Cs are once again requested to extend full support and solidarity to the proposed Postal Strike on 9th & 10th November 2016, demanding bonus calculation ceiling limit enhancement to 7000/- for GDS and immediate payment of revised wages to casual labourers from 01.01.2006. Conduct solidarity demonstration in front of important Postal/RMS office on 9th & 10th November 2016.


GIST OF THE JCM STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 25.11.2016


Meeting was held under the chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Personnel. Items discussed and outcome is given below.


1.        JCM FUNCTIONING


Decision: After discussion Secretary (P), assured that the JCM would be activated and steps may be taken to hold regular meetings of JCM at National and Departmental level.


2.        COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT:


Decision: The demand of the staff side to remove 5% ceiling would be considered after studying the various. Supreme Court Judgments and the decisions of previous National Council JCM meetings.


3.        RESTORATION OF INTEREST FREE ADVANCES WITHDRAWN BY THE GOVERNMENT BASED ON 7TH CPC RECOMMENDATIONS


Decision: The demand of the staff side to restore Festival advance, Natural Calamity advance and leave salary advance will be examined further.


4.        AMENDMENT TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “ANOMALY”


Decision: The proposal given by the staff side would be considered is consultation with Department of Expenditure.


5.        FIXATION OF PAY OF RE-EMPLOYED EX-SERVICEMEN


Decision: - The anomalies in the fixation of pay of re-employed Ex-Servicemen is under consideration of DOP&T.


6.  OPTION FOR THOSE TO BE PROMOTED AFTER 25.07.2016, I.E. AFTER THE NOTIFICATION OF CS (REVISED PAY) RULES 2016.


Decision: - This issue would be considered by the Implementation Cell of 7th CPC.


7.        WITHDRAWL OF NEW CONDITIONS FOR THE GRANT OF MACP & GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY


Decision: The demand of the Staff Side for withdrawal of “Very Good” grading would be re-examined. Regarding justification of MACP on Promotional hierarchy all the points submitted alongwith the Note on agenda items by staff side was discussed in detail. The official side agreed to examine issue further based on the points raised by the staff side.


8.       BONUS CEILING TO BE RAISED TO 7000 FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAK EMPLOYEES OF POSTAL DEPARTMENT


Decision: - Revision of Bonus ceiling for GDS and Casual Labourers would be considered by Department of Expenditure.


9.        REGULARISATION OF CASUAL LABOURERS


Decision: The proposal of the staff side for regularization of all casual labourers would be considered after considering various Supreme Court judgements.


10.     FILLING UP OF EXISTING VACANT POSTS


Decision:  – Since there is no ban on recruitment, vacancies can be filled up. Instructions in this regard will be issued once again.


11.     UPGRADATION OF THE POSTS OF LOWER DIVISION CLERKS TO UPPER DIVISION CLERKS


Decision: The demand of the staff side would be considered in consultation with other Ministries.


12.   GRANT OF ONE TIME RELAXATION TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE AVAILED LTC-80 AND TRAVELLED BY AIR BY PURCHASING TICKETS FROM OTHER THAN AUTHORIZED AGENCIES


Decision: - The proposal of Ministry of Defence in this regard is under examination of DOP&T


13.     GRANT OF ENTRY PAY RECOMMENDED BY 6TH CPC TO THE PROMOTEES UNDER THE PROVISION OF CCS (RP) RULES 2008.


Decision: -    The Judgment of Chennai CAT and Principal Bench New Delhi would be examined by DOP&T and Department of Expenditure.


14. REIMBURSEMENT OF ACTUAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY THE EMPLOYEES IN A RECOGNIZED HOSPITAL.


Decision: -    A separate meeting would be held by the Health Ministry with the staff side to discuss this demand.


Some more items related to Ministry of Defence was also discussed.


Fraternally yours,


(M. Krishnan)


Secretary General


Mob: 09447068125


E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com





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Inadequate implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace : Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi expresses concern at the inadequate implementation of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013


WCD Ministry to set up Inter-Ministerial Committee and an e-platform for effective redressal of complaints of sexual harassment at workplace smt-maneka-sanjay-gandhi-expresses-concern-at-the-inadequate-implementation-of-sexual-harassment-of-women-at-workplace


The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi held a review meeting on implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in New Delhi today. Officials from the WCD Ministry, DoPT, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Railways and Department of Financial Services were present. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi expressed her concern that the complaints of sexual harassment are not being handled in a timely as well as sensitive manner. She also expressed her concern that harassment often continues over a period of time and it is only after it becomes unbearable that a woman comes out to complain. In such situations, it is the duty of Internal Complaints Committee to decide on the complaint in the shortest possible time. The Minister also pointed out that the transfer of the aggressor can never be a solution to such a complaint and there should be harsher punishments when the complaint is found to be true.


2. After extensive deliberations, the following decisions were taken:


(i) The Ministry of WCD will set up an inter-ministerial committee headed by a senior official of the WCD Ministry. This committee will review the progress of disposal of complaints of sexual harassment, get a standardized training module prepared in collaboration with ISTM, ensure that heads of Internal Complaints Committee of all ministries/departments are given training on how to handle the complaints.


(ii) The ministry will be establishing a secure electronic platform for any woman employee of the government to file a complaint under the Act directly to the Ministry of WCD. These complaints will be then taken up with the respective ministries/ departments. This will enable a monitorable and transparent system of grievance redressal under the Act.


(iii) All ministries/ departments will furnish a monthly report to WCD ministry on the number of complaints received, disposed, pending and action taken etc.


(iv) All ministries/ departments and attached offices will furnish the annual statistics of complaints received and disposed under the Act in their Annual Reports. It was also decided that the inter ministerial committee will create a panel of resource persons from which ICCs can take the external members. In another important decision taken at the meeting today, all the training programmes of all services will have a module on the Act and DoPT will issue necessary instructions for this.


(v) It was also decided that the respective cadre controlling authority will keep every complainant under observation for a period of five years so that she is not subjected to any further administrative harassment as a result of her having complained against a male superior.


(vi) It was agreed that the Act, the rights of a woman official and the responsibility of the ICC must be given adequate publicity through different methods including the websites of the ministries/ departments/ attached offices.


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Justice Reddy committee on OROP submits report

The one-man judicial committee on One Rank One Pension (OROP) submitted its report to the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, here today. The Central Government had appointed the committee under the Chairmanship of Justice L Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.


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The judicial committee had held hearings at around 20 cities/towns across the country and interacted with cross sections of Ex-Servicemen as well as their associations. The committee also received 704 representations from individuals and various Ex-Servicemen associations and had held extensive interactions with all stakeholders before submitting its report.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Do you know the new proposed salary of President & Vice President ?

Salary of President and vice president may go up to three times as the Union home ministry has prepared a proposal for raising the emoluments of the country’s two top functionaries.



The move comes following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations which has created an anomalous situation in which the salary of the President is Rs 1 lakh less than that of the country’s topmost bureaucrat, the Cabinet secretary.



The proposal is expected to be placed before the Union Cabinet for its approval soon, official sources said.


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At present, the President gets Rs 1.50 lakh per month, the vice president Rs 1.25 lakh and governor of a state Rs 1.10 lakh.
As per the proposal, the President’s salary may go up to Rs 5 lakh and vice president’s up to Rs 3.5 lakh, sources said.



After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s awards, the Cabinet secretary, who is the top-most bureaucrat in the country, gets Rs 2.5 lakh per month and a secretary in the Union government draws Rs 2.25 lakh per month.



After the Cabinet gives its nod, Bills to this effect will be tabled in Parliament, possibly in the coming Winter session, for passage.



Salaries of the President, vice president and governors were last hiked in 2008 when Parliament had approved a three-fold increase.



Till 2008, the President’s salary was Rs 50,000, the vice president’s Rs 40,000 and a governor’s Rs 36,000.
In addition, proposals are also expected to be moved for raising the pensions of former Presidents, spouses of deceased Presidents, former vice presidents, spouses of deceased vice presidents and former governors.



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Make Sports a Compulsory Subject in Schools and give marks for it: Sports Minister

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel has said that to impart the desired importance to sports , it is essential that sports is made a compulsory subject at the school level and marks are given to students for their involvement in sports activities. Addressing the 64th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) here today he said, this is also essential to deal with the growing incidence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases among children. The Minister said that for realizing the full potential of sports, it is essential that we take effective steps to promote it in educational institutions without any further delay.make-sports-a-compulsory-subject-in-schools-and-give-marks-for-it-sports-minister


Shri Goel emphasized that every educational institution should have access to a playfield and basic sports facilities. Such institutions which do not have these facilities should tie up with neighboring institutions. He said, physical education teachers should be engaged by every school. Standard guidelines should be framed and issued for admission under sports quota, relaxation to sportspersons from attendance and appearance in examinations.

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AAI Pays Final Dividend for year 2015-16

Airports Authority of India (AAI) achieved a record turnover of Rs. 10,825 crores, Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 3,697 croraai-pays-final-dividend-for-year-2015-16es and Rs. 2,537 crores as Profit After Tax (PAT) during the year 2015-16. AAI paid a Dividend of Rs. 761.21 crores for FY 2015-16 to the Government of India.


AAI presented a Cheque amounting to Rs. 482.21crores as Final Dividend for the FY 2015-16 during a function held at New Delhi.



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7th CPC implementation – Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension

 

No.42/14/2016-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare
*******


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date:- 24th Oct, 2016


7th-cpc-recommendation-option-regarding-commutation-of-additional-amount-of-pension

OFFICE MEMORANDUM


Subject:- Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC – Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension.


The undersigned is directed to state that in pursuance of Government’s decision on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission, orders have been issued for revision of provisions regulating pension / gratuity / commutation of pension etc. vide this Department’s OM 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 04.08.2016. In para of the said OM, it has been mentioned that there will be no change in the provisions relating to commutation values, the limit upto which the pension can be commuted or the period after which the commuted pension is to be restored.


2. As per Rule 10 of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, an applicant who has commuted a percentage of his final pension and after commutation his pension has been revised and enhanced retrospectively as a result of Government’s decision, the applicant shall be paid the difference between the commuted value determined with reference to enhanced pension and the commuted value already authorised. For the payment of difference, the applicant shall not be required to apply afresh.


3. References have been received in this Department that many pensioners who retired after 01.01.2016 and have drawn pension/commuted value of pension based on their pre-revised pay/pension do not wish to commute the pension which has become additionally commutable on revision of pay/pension on implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC. the matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), It has been decided that those pensioners who retired from 01.01.2016 till 04.08.2016 i.e. the date of issue of orders for revised pay/pension based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC may be given an option, in relaxation of Rule 10 of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, not to commute the pension which has become additionally commutable on revision of pay/pension on implementation of recommendations of the 7th CPC. The Cases where the additional pension after 7th CPC has already been commuted will not be re-opened.


4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with Comptroller and Auditor General of India.


5. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure ID No.192/E.V/2016, dated 30.09.2016.


6. Hindi version will follow


-Sd/-


(Sujasha Choudhury)
Director(Pension)


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JCM urges for quick action for the revision of Minimum Wage & Multiplying Factor

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 110 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)


No.NFIR/7th CPC (imp)/2016 (MoF)

Dated: 24/10/2016

The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear brother,

Sub: Meeting held on 7th CPC issues under the Chairmanship of Addl: Secretary (Exp), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance — reg.jcm-urges-for-quick-action-for-the-revision-of-minimum-wage-multiplying-factor-1


A meeting was held between the Addl Secretary (Exp), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Staff Side, NC/JCM (Standing Committee Members) at Room No.72, North Block, New Delhi, this day 24/10/2016. In the said meeting, discussions were held on “Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor”. The JCM Standing Committee members have explained elaborately and urged for quick action for the revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.


The Official Side stated that attempts will be made to find a way out for resolving both the issues. On behalf of NFIR, the meeting was attended by JCM (Staff Side) Leader M. Raghavaiah, Standing Committee members S/Shri Guman Singh, R.P. Bhatnagar & K.S. Murty.


Yours fraternally,


-Sd/-


(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary


Copy to File No.IV/NC/JCM/COR.
Copy to File No.IV/NFIR/SCM/Pt.VI.
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Monday, 24 October 2016

7th Pay Commission : Congress demands its implementation before Diwali

Panaji: The meeting with All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice-president Rahul Gandhi appears to have given Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) fresh energy as the party on Monday attempted to woo government employees. GPCC president Luizinho Faleiro held a meeting with representatives of Goa Government Employees Association and later demanded that the government roll out the seventh pay commission before Diwali.


“The seventh pay commission recommended an increase of 14% even though inflation has skyrocketed, but even that 14% is not being implemented. There is widespread resentment across the country,” Faleiro said.


The state Congress unit also criticized the state government’s announcement that Group D employees would be assimilated into the Group C category. Faleiro said that the sixth pay commission recommended a hike to the payscale of Group D employees to that of Group C category and that chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s announcement was just an excuse to delay the rollout of the seventh pay commission.


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“I met government associations and found them to be disappointed and frustrated because the government is dilly-dallying,” Faleiro said.


The Congress’s move to highlight the woes of the government employees comes a month after AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh advice to listen to government workers. “We have to listen to what government employees are saying,” Singh had said.


Faleiro issued a stern warning to party leaders and MLAs saying that dissenting voices had to be shut down. “There is no time for luxuries of talking behind the back. Rahul Gandhi has stated that leaders have to perform or perish,” Faleiro said.
Several party MLAs have voiced their dissent. While Cumbarjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar has made it clear that he wants to leave, Curtorim MLA Aleixo Lourenco has also begun to question the party leadership.


Source : TOI

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Telangana government struggles to find new revenue sources to clear pending bills

HYDERABAD: The state government is now focusing on how to earn more revenue to meet the huge pending expenditure including fee reimbursement.


With the state Cabinet’s decision to clear all pending dues, except PRC arrears to state government employees, chief secretary Rajiv Sharma on Monday held a review with the secretaries of all income-generating departments on how to improve revenues.


Sharma chalked out a plan for effective finance management. Accordingly, the special chief secretaries would monitor three to four departments each.telangana-government-struggles-to-find-new-revenue-sources-to-clear-pending-bills


He directed secretaries of income- generating departments to prepare income and expenditure statement for all departments.


The developmental and welfare works planned by each department and funds required department-wise were reviewed. The pending funds for Centrally sponsored schemes were also reviewed. In the first six months in the current budget, the state received `11,895 crore.


Rajiv Sharma directed officials to submit utilisation certificates for the Centrally sponsored schemes so that the Centre would release instalments.


“Though, we have submitted the utilisation certificates for the first instalment of backward district funds, the Centre did not release the second and third instalments amounting to `900 crore, whereas the Centre even announced third instalment to AP,” an official in the finance department told Express.


Other option before the state to augment revenues include revenue on land sales, which was dismal in last six months.


Another option was to clear the pending cases in courts to realise the money. However, this is feasible only on long term basis.


The government is also focusing on new income sources, including auction of mines.



Source : New Indian Express

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Employees to protest for regularisation, 7th pay panel on Nov 8

JAMMU: Various trade unions on Monday unanimously constituted a joint united platform under the name and style ‘J&K Government Employees, Casual Labours, Workers and Pensioners United Platform (JKGECWPUP).


This was decided at a day-long joint session of various trade unions held here under the presidium of Mohammad Gafoor Dar, Kulwant Singh, Comrade Hari Singh, Veteran trade union leader Shiv Kumar Sharma, P.C Rajinder Kumar, Nazir Ahmed Molvi, Shakti Gupta, Raj Singh, Shahid Hussain, Subash Chander and Shesh Kumar.employees-to-protest-for-regularisation-7th-pay-panel-on-nov-8


The trade union who participated in the session include J&K National Trade Union Front, J&K Employees and Workers Federation, Indian National Trade Union, J&K State Teachers association, J&K ITI Employees United Front, JDA Employees Workers Union, All Jammu Province Casual / Need Based Workers Union Power Development Department (PDD), All J&K PHE ITI and CP Workers Association, Floriculture Casual Labour Union, Command Area Employees Union, J&K Social Forestry Employees Union, Library Employees Union, J&K Sports Council Employees Union, J&K Cultural Academy Employees Union, J&K Legal Metrology Association, J&K Govt School officers association , Jammu Wild Life Employees Union, Casual Labour Union of Health and Medical Education Department and PWD Casual Labour Union.


While speaking to media persons, Mohammad Gafoor Dar declared that on 8th November a protest will be organized in front of Divisional Commissioner Office, Panama Chowk, Jammu, to focus the attention of State Government towards the burning issue of regularization policy for 60,000 causal labours of various departments and implementation of Seventh Pay Commission to the State Government employees and workers of the State. The trade union unanimously elected Gafoor Dar as Convener, Kulwant Singh as Secretary and Shiv Kumar Sharma as Finance Secretary of the United Platform.


Source : State Times

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Bring pensions under one authority to boost coverage: Regulator Hemant Contractor

NEW DELHI: Taking a case for consolidating all the pension products under its umbrella, a top official of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has said this would help bring at least 20 per cent of Indias population under its cover by 2021-22.bring-pensions-under-one-authority-to-boost-coverage-regulator-hemant-contractor



"Currently the pension coverage of all the schemes, including the Employees Pension Fund (EPF), is only 13-14 per cent of the country's population. We are hopeful that by 2021-22, we should be able to take it to 20 per cent, including EPF and other pension funds like the one for coal miners," PFRDA Chairman Hemant Contractor told IANS in an interview.



"Consolidation will open the roads for faster growth of subscribers for pension products. We have the infrastructure in place," he added.


Pension funds, including the National Pension Scheme (NPS) and the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) are regulated by PFRDA, but pension schemes floated by insurance companies are regulated by IRDAI and the ones offered by mutual funds are regulated by SEBI. Contractor also reiterated that bringing about tax parity between the NPS and the EPF scheme would provide a boost to the subscriber base of pension products.


"The stumbling block is tax, because EPF is tax free. In case of NPS, only 40 per cent is tax free. The suggestion to make NPS completely tax free has been made to the government," Contractor said.


Instead of making NPS tax free, the government had in the budget earlier this year announced that EPF would be partly taxed. This had led to an uproar from political parties and trade unions. The government was forced to rescind its decision within two weeks.


The PFRDA Act, 2013, states that the pension fund regulator will regulate all schemes other than the EPF and some other statutory funds like the Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation.
The Finance Ministry has assured the regulator that a committee would be set up soon to study the issue.


"We have drawn the attention of the government and told them that all the pension schemes floated by mutual fund and insurance companies should be regulated by us. The government has said it will form a committee to look into it," Contractor said.
Instead of making NPS tax free, the government had in the budget earlier this year announced that EPF would be partly taxed. This had led to an uproar from political parties and trade unions. The government was forced to rescind its decision within two weeks.


The PFRDA Act, 2013, states that the pension fund regulator will regulate all schemes other than the EPF and some other statutory funds like the Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation.


The Finance Ministry has assured the regulator that a committee would be set up soon to study the issue.


"We have drawn the attention of the government and told them that all the pension schemes floated by mutual fund and insurance companies should be regulated by us. The government has said it will form a committee to look into it," Contractor said.


Saying that it was pursuing the matter "vigorously" with the government, Contractor said there would be some issues about the existing pension products of insurance companies and mutual funds, but the committee being set up would look into these.


The Chairman agreed it would be a challenge to get all the information about all the existing pension products and the quantum managed.


PFRDA, which alone manages Rs 147,000 crore in pension products held by 13.7 million subscribers, said its infrastructure and manpower are fully equipped to handle the increased amount after consolidation.


The pension fund regulator is looking to expand, with a branch in Mumbai in this fiscal and one or two more branches in other parts of the country later, to better cater to the expected increase in the subscriber base, Contractor said.


"In terms of subscribers, we grew by 40 per cent last year. In quantum, we grew by 50 per cent in 2015-16. This year too we are looking at a similar increase. We are on track. The bulk of the quantum comes towards the last two months of the year-end because of the tax benefits," he said.


Source : Economic Times

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Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas Takes Over as Flag Officer Submarines

Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas, NM has assumed the duties of Flag Officer Submarines from Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindrurear-admiral-vennam-srinivas-takes-over-as-flag-officer-submarines-1, NM today, 24 October 16. Rear Adm Srinivas was commissioned on 01 July 87, and has served 25 years in the Submarine Arm. He has commanded two conventional submarines, a destroyer prior assuming command of the nuclear submarine INS Chakra. Whilst serving ashore, the officer commanded the Navy’s submarine training establishment and has been the Principal Director at Naval Headquarters. He is an alumnus of prestigious College of Naval Warfare and has also completed the Staff Course in Defence Services Staff College at Wellington.



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7th CPC: Brief of meeting which took place on 24 October 2016

No.NC/JCM/2016 Dated: October 24, 2016


All Constituents of NC/JCM
Dear Comrades!


Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with Addl. Secretary (Exp.), Deptt. of Exp., MoF(Govt. of India) to discuss the recommendations of the 7th CPC


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A meeting was held today between the Addl. Secretary (Exp.), Deptt. of Exp., MoF(Govt. of India) and Staff Side, National Council(JCM), to discuss the issues of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor.


The Staff Side explained in detail about the amendments required in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula.


The Official Side mentioned that, they are trying to find out some solution to resolve the issues of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula raised by the Staff Side.


Your's Comradely,
-Sd/-
Shiva Gopal Mishra



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7th Pay Commission: Haryana govt to implement pay panel's recommendations from November 1

Chandigarh: State government employees of Haryana will soon get the benefit of the 7th Pay Commission as per media reports.


A report in the Times of India said that the government will make the announcement soon after Diwali.7th-pay-commission-haryana-govt-to-implement-pay-panels-recommendations-from-november-1


“The announcement for the implementation of recommendations is expected to be made during Haryana Day celebrations in Gurgaon on November 1,” the TOI report said.


With a view to extend the benefit of the 7th Pay Commission to the employees in the state, the government had constituted a Committee of Finance Department and about 176 representations or suggestions have been received by it, which are being examined, Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu had last week said.


It is for the first time in the history of the country that the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has in a time-bound manner decided to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, an official release issued here quoted him as saying.


The Central government has set a record by immediately accepting and implementing the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, Abhimanyu said and reminded that the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission "were implemented after two years of the Commission's report".


Source : Zee News

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