A useful blog for Government Employees on news updates of 7th pay commission, Dearness Allowance, DOPT Orders, CGHS, CSD, LTC, HRA, Pensioners, Railway orders and other relevant informations

Monday, 28 November 2016

Bihar 7th Pay Commission : Implementation only after reviewing financial condition

Bihar: 7th Pay commission implementation only after reviewing financial condition

Bihar government on Monday said it would take a decision on implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations for over 3 lakh state employees only after reviewing its financial condition. This was stated by state Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui in reply to a short notice question of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) MLA Lallan Paswan during Question hour.

Paswan said that while the Centre had started giving benefits of 7th Pay Commission to its employees with effect from January 1, 2016 the same had not been extended to Bihar government staff.
The Finance minister was non-committal about time the state government would take to decide new scale of salary to its employees.
Siddiqui said that the Centre brought 7th pay commission without consulting states.
“We will take stock of state’s financial condition to take a decision on providing 7th pay commission benefits to state government employees,” the minister said.
On repeated questions of the RLSP MLA and leader of Opposition Prem Kumar who intervened, Siddique said that he was not saying that the state would not give benefits of new pay scale to its employees but a decision would be taken only after review of financial condition.

This article is from Indian Express

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Last date for EPFO pensioners to submit life certificates is January 15

Last date for EPFO pensioners to submit life certificates is January 15 NEW DELHI: Providing breather to its around 50 lakh pensioners amid difficulties being faced in banks due to demonetisation, retirement fund body EPFO has extended the last date for submission of life certificate till January 15. 

"Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has directed its over 120 field offices that the last date for submission of life certificate by pensioners is extended till January 15, 2017," a senior official told PTI. 

"The decision is in line with the central government's move to extend the date for submission of life certificate till January 15, 2017," he said. 

As per the practice, the EPFO pensioners are required to submit their life certificate by November. In case the pensioners don't submit their life certificate their pension is stopped. 

"The decision is taken in view of heavy work load in banks due to demonetisation. Now pensioners are also allowed to submit their life certificate at over two lakh common service centres across the country," the official explained. 

EPFO also accepts life certificate through Jeevan Pramaan software application through mobile phones. Besides the pensioners can use over two lakh common service centres across country to submit their life certificates. 

Earlier this month, the central government had extended the date of submission of life certificate for its pensioners till January 15, 2017. 

The EPFO runs three social security scheme -- Employees' Provident Fund 1952, Employees' Pension Scheme 1995 and Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme 1976 to provide provident fund, pension and group term insurance to its over four crore subscribers. 


Source : Economic Times
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State pay panel recommends 2.62-fold hike in minimum pay

State pay panel recommends 2.62-fold hike in minimum pay


GUWAHATI, Nov 28: The seventh pay commission report for Assam government employees is out, bearing good news on several fronts. The recommendations propose a 2.62-fold hike in minimum pay, automatic 20 percent addition to pension amounts for pensioners reaching 80 years of age, full family pension till 7 years after death of pensioner or when he/she would have attained 67 years of age, bringing back city allowance for State government employees posted in Guwahati, and reducing disparity between maximum and minimum salary to 8.18 from 9.08 earlier. The State government will require an additional Rs 3,238.28 crore in the next fiscal if the recommendations are to be put into effect from April 1, 2017.

Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday made the recommendations of the 7th Assam Pay and Productivity Pay Commission public. The 7th Pay Commission is headed by PP Verma, retired IAS.

“From now onwards, the minimum pay of a State government employee has been fixed at Rs 15,900, which was Rs 6,000 earlier. The hike in minimum pay is 2.62 times more than the previous one,” adding, “This implies a real increase of 16.44 percent over the previous minimum pay. The corresponding figure for hike in minimum Central pay was only 14.3 percent in respect of the 7th Central Pay Commission over 6th Central Pay Commission,” said Sarma while making the recommendations public.

However, Sarma informed that recommendations of the 7th Assam Pay and Productivity Pay Commission are yet to be accepted by the State Cabinet.

The Finance minister said a team of three commissioners of the Finance department will examine the financial implications arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. “In February 2017, the report containing recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will be placed before the State Cabinet. In the February budget, funds will be allocated for making the latest recommendations of the Pay Commission effective and hopefully we will be able to pay salaries to the State government employees from April 1, 2017 as per these recommendations,” added the Finance minister.

Sarma said this time around, the 7th Pay Commission submitted its report on time. In this context, he drew comparison with the report by the earlier Pay Commission during the previous Congress regime, that was submitted 29 months past the stipulated time.

The Finance minister also had some good news for pensioners as per the Pay panel report. “When a pensioner reaches 80 years of age, 20 percent of his pension amount will automatically be added to his actual pension that he or she gets,” said Sarma.

Similarly, there are glad tidings on the family pension front. “As per earlier rule, if a government employee dies while in service, the family of the deceased employee gets half the pension amount. But from now onwards, as per recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, the family of the deceased employee will get full pension till 7 years after his or her death or till he or she would have attained 67 years of age, whichever is earlier”

According to the Finance minister, the State government will need an additional fund of Rs 3,238.28 crore in the financial year 2017-18 for putting into effect the latest recommendations of the Pay Commission. At present, Rs 25,000 crore is spent by the State government towards salary and pension of its employees, he said.

The 7th Pay Commission has also recommended payment of ‘city allowance’ to its employees who work in Guwahati. Though the allowance was there earlier, it was stopped by the previous government. The Pay Commission has recommended same salaries for employees of district offices and employees of director offices of the State government. Earlier, there was a difference in their salaries, informed the Finance minister.

Sarma further said from now onwards if someone gets a job in the State government, the person will have to first serve for three years on probation ground, but he or she will receive only the pay scale, as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

The 7th Pay Commission has also recommended that the next pay panel should be constituted after 5 years, rather than 10 years as is the practice currently, informed the Finance minister.

Another important recommendation made by the 7th Pay Commission is that grade pay has been reduced to 24 from earlier 30, but five pay bands as fixed earlier will remain the same.

On the disparity of salaries, Sarma said it has been reduced as per recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “The Pay Commission has recommended a maximum pay of Rs 1,30,000 as fixed pay. With this, the ratio of maximum pay to minimum pay has become 8.18 as against 9.08 in case of the earlier Pay Commission,” Sarma said, adding, “The 7th Pay Commission has recommended to calculate DA from 1/1/2016 and recommended April 1, 2017 as the date of effect for these recommendations. All allowances and benefits recommended by the Commission shall have prospective effect.”

The Pay Commission has also recommended a modified scheme of Assured Career Progression. Recommendations of APC 2008 regarding creation of Assam Administrative Service have been reiterated and measures have been suggested to make it a better tool for administrative transformation. Earlier this was there twice in the career i.e. on completion of service of 10 & 24 years. Now, it is recommended for increasing this to three times in the career i.e. on completion of service of 10, 20 & 30 years.

The full 7th Pay Commission report, which has been made available on www.assam.gov.in/web/finance, can be accessed by anyone.

It may be mentioned that recommendations made by the previous Pay Commission triggered large-scale resentment among employees of Assam government. It is now to be seen how the State government employees respond to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. 


This article's Source : Sentinelassam
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Pay promise hikes employees' hope

Pay promise hikes employees' hope


The Assam government employees have every reasons to celebrate. The good news came from Dr HImanta BIswa Sarma who said that the government will implement the pay panel recommendation from April in 2017.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Monday, the finance minister said that the state government employees will get DAamount more than their central government counterparts .

According to minister, the pay commission has recommended Rs15000 as the minimum of a state government employee. He said that the government has hiked the family pension and that if the pensioner dies at 67, then the family members will get the entire amount and not half.

This article is from Assam Times
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7th Pay Commission: Salary hike to Central government employees not reflecting in GDP data

It's a tad unbelievable that an outgo of about Rs 34,600 crore during the July-September quarter (Q2) on account of salary arrears and enhanced pay to Central government employees did not boost the Indian economy in terms of higher consumption.
On Monday, the Modi government said the GDP growth rate for the April-September 2016 was 7.1 percent; when seen in the context of 7.1 percent expansion in Q1, it seems things more or less remained unchanged.

"Despite subdued growth in the world economy, India has maintained a GDP growth rate of 7.2 per cent in 2014-15, 7.6 per cent in 2015-16, and 7.1 per cent during April to September of 2016-17," Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce and industry minister told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Monday, reported IANS.
In other words, the much-flaunted boost to the economy did not happen, despite the salary hike and arrears, in addition to a normal monsoon that was supposed to have lifted rural demand.
"The combined outgo for the Centre on account of arrears for January to July and payments for August will total Rs 34,600 crore," ratings agency India Ratings (Ind-Ra) had said in August.
The recommendations of the 7th CPC cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.
Is there something amiss?
The question gains credence when seen with the growth in the volume sales for automobile companies, of 13.22 percent in July, 23.72 percent in August and 20.16 percent in September. If the increase in volume sales can't be attributed to pay hike, then it raises another question: did employees simply invest most of the money with banks and in other instruments, reflecting in a spike in bank deposits in September?

This article is from IBTimes
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PMO officials take initiative to train staff for mobile banking and cashless transactions

PMO officials take initiative to train staff for mobile banking and cashless transactions 


Following the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s call to increase cashless transactions, a unique initiative was undertaken by senior officers of the Prime Minister’s Office today.

Officers including Principal Secretary Shri Nripendra Misra, and Additional Principal Secretary Shri P.K. Mishra, conducted a workshop for staff of the Prime Minister’s Office that is based at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, to train and initiate them in the process of mobile banking, and conducting daily transactions through mobile applications such as UPI, e-wallets etc.

Officers demonstrated the process of cashless transactions, and helped their staff download the relevant mobile apps on their phones.

The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic turnout, and keenness among the participants to move towards smart banking and transaction solutions.

Officials from SBI and MyGov were also present on the occasion.

Source : PIB
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NCC Celebrates 68th Anniversary



National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world, celebrated its 68th Raising Day on 27th November 2016. In the national capital the function was marked by paying homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate. On this occasion the Defence Secretary Shri G. Mohan Kumar and Offg DG NCC Maj Gen JS Sandhu laid wreaths at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

The raising day was also celebrated all over India with cadets participating in marches, cultural activities and social development programmes. NCC in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare utilised this occasion to spread awareness about organ donations.

NCC is at the forefront of contribution towards social causes and community development activities. Its cadets have done the nation and organisation proud by their remarkable achievements in the fields of sports and adventure and have won laurels in the National Shooting and Equestrian competitions.

During the current year the NCC was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for its contribution towards Swacchta Abhiyan.

Source :PIB

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

KVs Now 100% Dearer for Students from Private Backgrounds

NEW DELHI: At least four lakh children from private backgrounds, who command one-third of the total enrollment (over 12 lakh) in over 1,000-odd Central Schools or Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV), will have to pay double the fees (Rs 1,000) per month effective April 1. Children of defence personnel and government employees are being exempted from such hikes.  KVs were set up by the Central Government across the country to offer primary and secondary school education to the children of government employees, defence and paramilitary force personnel besides public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Government sources said the financial committee of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), an administrative body which runs these schools, has already given a go-ahead for a fee hike. A senior HRD ministry official confirmed that the matter is being listed for approval before the KVS’s Board of Governors, which is expected to sit sometime soon.

An official explained that this is being done to ensure that these schools be able to raise their own resources and the additional revenue collected through this can be utilised by them for small infrastructural and other developmental works required in their respective schools.

By raising the fee 100 per cent, these schools would get an additional fund of around Rs 240 crore per annum, said an official. This is despite that the Centre allocated an annual of grant Rs 875 crore for these 1,000-odd schools for planned expenditure for finnacial year 2015-16, while it was Rs 742 crore for 2014-15 and Rs 350 crore for 2013-14 financial year. There is a huge rush for admissions to these schools, where the teaching faculty is recruited based on all-India merit tests.
With increasing demand for KVs, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has decided take the admission process online across the country from 2017-18.

A pilot project was conducted in Delhi earlier where KVS received 1.16 lakh applications for just 8,760 seats. The only way to get a seat is through quotas given to Union HRD Minister and Member of Parliament besides other quota for girl child and Right to Education.
Besides the nominal fees compared to public and private schools in Delhi-NCR, which charge over Rs 3,000 fee per month, the total pass percentage of KVs in Class XII CBSE examinations this year was 95.46 per cent.

This article is from New Indian Express

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Next Meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
RAILWAY BOARD

No. PC-VII/2016/COS/3
New Delhi Dated: 25.11.2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Nomination of Representatives of recognized federations of Indian Railways to attend the meeting on Allowances to be held on 28.11.2016.

The undersigned is directed to refer Ministry of Finance’s OM dated 21.11.2016 advising this Ministry to nominate names of representatives of recognized Federations/Staff Associations of Indian Railways to present their views on Allowances pertaining to Ministry of Railways in the meeting scheduled to be held on 28.11.2016 at North Block.

2. It is advised that the following representatives would be representing the recognized Staff Federations of Indian Railways in the aforesaid meeting.

(i) Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, AIRF

(ii) Dr. M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, NFIR.

3. With regard to the request forwarded by All India Train Controllers Association and All India Guard Council to call them for the aforesaid meeting, it is stated that this Ministry is of the view that the request may not be acceded to as both associations are un-recognized and acceding such request will result in similar demands from large number of un-recognized associations in Ministry of Railways. It is also stated that All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) are only two recognized federations of Indian Railways.

Sd/-            
(S. Balachandra Iyer)
Director, Pay Commission
Railway Board

Source: http://www.nfirindia.org
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Navi Mumbai Caretaker attaks a 10 month old baby mercilessly in a Day care

This is for the kind attention of parents who leave their babies/Children in day care / Play-schools. Due to the lifestyle change and nuclear family system, parents are forced to leave their children in play school and day cares. But do you know how they are looking after your baby ?

This video shows how a woman in day care center brutally attacks a 10-month-old baby.




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Station Directors at Railway Stations

            It has been decided that all A1 Category Railway Stations (total 75) will be headed by Station Directors in phases. Station Directors will ensure that the stations function as excellence centers for the customers with the additional objective to ensure vigilant and sensitive customer service and also superior commercial sense. The functions of the Station Directors and their teams are as under:

 Prompt, courteous and hassle-free service to customers.

 Proper cleanliness and hygiene at the station and stationary trains.

 Efficient working of booking and reservation office.

 Punctuality of trains at the station, timely placement and withdrawal of rakes at platforms of the station.

 Proper functioning, upkeep/repairs of all passenger amenities at the station.

 Upkeep of passenger enquiry system, display board etc.

 Ensuring efficient, transparent and customer oriented working of Parcel Office.

 Monitoring the service of catering/vending stall at the station.

 Prompt grievance redressal.

 Security of passengers.

 Any other items identified for making station an excellent center for customer.
           
 No extra expenditure will be borne by the Railways as the posts of Station Director will be manned by existing strength of officers without creating any additional post.


            This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 23.11.2016 (Wednesday).

Source : PIB

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Relaxation from payment of Service Charge in internet booking of Railway tickets through IRCTC



Ministry of Railways has decided that in order to help passengers and incentivise the payment through credit/debit/cash cards instead of cash payment for booking of reserved tickets, Service Charge shall not be collected on booking of e-tickets/ i-tickets from 23rd November to 31st December, 2016. Service Charge is Rs. 20 on sleeper/ 2nd Class and Rs. 40 on AC classes for booking through IRCTC.

Source : PIB
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Employment for Disabled People


The Department of Personnel & Training collects online data about the representation of persons with disabilities in the posts/services in Central Government Departments/Ministries. As per information received from 71 Ministries/Departments, there were 16,304 persons with disabilities in the Central Government Ministries/Departments as on 01.01.2014 and 20,570 persons with disabilities as on 01.01.2015 as per information received from 59 Ministries/Departments. By virtue of Entry 9 of State List of the Constitution of India, the respective States are required to implement the provisions relating to reservation for person with disabilities in their establishments. Therefore, data on official figures of employed disabled people in the States/ Union Territories are to be maintained by them.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has requested States/Union Territories from time to time to implement Section 33 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 which mandates 3% reservation in vacancies for persons with disabilities in establishment. In the Conference of States/Union Territories Social Welfare Ministers/ Secretaries/Administrators in-charge of Disability affairs dealing with empowerment of persons with disabilities held on 02.06.2016, States/Union Territories were urged to draw a mechanism to have consolidated data on employment of persons with disabilities in the State establishments.

This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Dr. A. Sampath in the Lok Sabha today.

Source : PIB

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7th CPC : Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers after 20 Years

Pay Hike 

The 7th Central Pay Commission in its Report contained in Para 5.1.46 titled 'Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers after 20 Years' has inter-alia recommended for withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. The Government of India vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25.7.2016 has accepted this recommendation.

This was stated by the the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in the Lok Sabha today.

Source : PIB
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Threshold Limit for Coverage under ESIC



The Government, in principle, decided to enhance the threshold limit of wage for coverage under the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948 from existing Rs.15,000/- pm to Rs. 21,000/- pm. For this purpose, a Notification had been issued on 06.10.2016 inviting suggestion/objections from all stakeholders.
As on 31.03.3016, the number of Insured Persons(IPs) under ESI Scheme were 2.14 crores. The additional number of IPs on account of wage revision are estimated to be 35 Lakhs.
The ESI Corporation has taken a number of decisions to absorb the increased number of workers under its net like-
Increasing hospital bed strength of ESI Hospitals by 50%, if the bed occupancy of the concerned hospital has been consistently more than 70% in last three financial years.
Up-gradation of its dispensaries into 6 & 30 bedded hospitals in a phased manner.
Partnering with private medical practitioners & private clinics for providing healthcare facilities in those areas where ESI does not have them.
This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Source - PIB

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

JK Govt’s plan to pay part of Nov salary in cash hits roadblock

The J&K Government’s announcement to pay part salary to its Non-Gazatted employees in cash has hit a roadblock with the state authorities saying that the Reserve Bank of India has expressed inability to arrange cash for the plan in one go. 

General Administration Department, in an order issued today (Government Order No: 254 -F of 2016 Dated: 23 .ll. 2016 ) has announced that the salary of November will be now credited to the employees in their accounts at the end of the month as usual instead of providing a sum of Rs10,000 in cash as was announced by the state government earlier.

On October 18, the State Government, as part of its efforts to ease out situation arising due to demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, had announced that non-gazetted employees will get Rs 10,000 out of their salary for this month in cash by November 24.

However, the State Government’s announcement couldn’t be implemented as “RBI expressed difficulties in providing additional cash to Jammu & Kashmir Bank for payment of advance salary to the state non-gazetted employees.”

Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudary told Greater Kashmir that RBI today expressed inability to arrange cash in one-go for paying part salary of the employees in cash.

“The RBI is supplying currency notes all over the country in a gradual manner. It (plan of paying part salary) involved arranging Rs 400 crore in one-go in one day. The RBI made efforts to arrange the cash but today they (RBI officials) expressed difficulty in arranging it (cash) by tomorrow,” he said.
He said the salary of this month will now be credited to the accounts of employees at the end of the month as usual.

“In the abovementioned context, the salary for the month of November, 2016 will be credited to the accounts of all employees at the end of the month as usual,” reads the order issued by Principal Secretary, Finance department this evening through GAD.

Though the RBI’s purported “No” has prompted the state government to abolish its plan. However, the central bank officials said they have only sought some more information about the proposal.

“The J&K Government had sent a request through J&K Bank for this. We have sought realistic assessment from them. They need to submit details like how many employees want advance cash. They need to furnish details about the demand. We don’t know what the total demand is,” Ashok Kumar Matto, an official at RBI’s regional office in Jammu told this newspaper.  

On being asked whether RBI has expressed inability to arrange cash, Matto said, “There is nothing like that.”

Last week, the State Government had announced that non-gazetted employees will get Rs 10,000 out of their salary in cash by November 24.

“The decision was taken at a meeting to review the inconvenience faced by the employees and general public due to demonetization and subsequent directions passed by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in this regard,” an official spokesman of the state government had said.

Source : Greater Kashmir
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7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees to get higher allowances from January 2017

New Delhi, Nov 23: In a latest development around 7th Pay Commission, the government will start giving higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January, 2017. According to sources in Finance Ministry, central government employees will get their higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January next. The cash crunch, following the demonetisation drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, compelled central government to keep in abeyance the higher allowances till things normalize.

The government will pay higher allowance, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, with retrospective effect from August 2016, however central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016. There is official confirmation whether the arrears would be paid too. The development comes days after central government employees unions met Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok.

The central government employees have been waiting for fatter allowance since July when the government issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The 7th pay commission recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, which triggered a resentment among central government employees. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then formed ‘Committee on Allowances’ for examination of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission on allowances other than dearness allowance.

“The central government employees unions wanted that House Rent Allowance (HRA) be fixed at range 10, 20 and 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting when the Pay commission recommended 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent respectively of new pay matrix, the union also asked to enhance children education allowance of Rs 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs 10,000 with tax exempt.” a sources was quoted as saying by The Sen Times. “The union also demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance and to hike the ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ to Rs 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation,” they added.

Sources also said that the Finance Ministry may scale down the higher allowances proposal due to ongoing cash chaos in the country. Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

This article is from India.com
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Latest Instruction Regarding Recruitment of Staff through Employment Exchanges

No.39020/09/2016- Estt.(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi

2nd November, 2016


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Recruitment of Staff through Employment Exchanges-regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.14024/1/2016- Estt. (D) dated 13.06.2016 (copy enclosed) wherein it was conveyed that in addition to reporting of vacancies to the local Employment Exchange/Central Employment Exchange and publication of advertisements in the Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar for wide publicity, advertisement of vacancies may also be placed at the National Career Service (NCS) Portal of Ministry of Labour & Employment, which has been developed primarily to connect the opportunities with the aspiration of youth.

2. It has now been decided that advertisement of vacancies shall now be mandatorily placed at the National Carrier Service (NCS) Portal, developed by Ministry of Labour and Employment. This will be in addition to other procedures indicated in para 1 of this Department’s OM No.14024/1/2016- Estt. (D) dated 13.06.2016.

3. These instructions shall be applicable to all services/ posts. All Ministries/ Departments are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned including attached and subordinate offices.


-Sd/-     
(N Sivaraman)
Director

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Incentives to High Performing Railways Employees



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 174
ANSWERED ON: 16.11.2016

Incentives to High Performing Employees

T. RADHAKRISHNAN
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Indian Railways proposes to offer incentives to high performing employees;

(b) if so, the aims and objectives of the said proposal along with the criteria/ modalities fixed by the Government in this regard;

(c) the measures taken by the Government to avoid discrimination while incentives are given to the best eligible employees;

(d) the time by which the decision is likely to be taken in this regard; and


(e) the other steps taken to improve efficiency and motivation level of the Railway employees?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)

(a): There is no such proposal at present.

(b) to (d): Do not arise.

(e): There is a system to prepare Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR), wherein the employees are evaluated and such evaluation is used while deciding promotions etc. Further, to improve efficiency and motivation levels, Productivity Linked Bonus is also given to non-gazetted Railway Employees excluding RPF/RPSF personnel who instead are given ad-hoc bonus.

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Source : Loksabha
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Trade Unions want income tax exemption limit to be hiked to Rs 5 lakh


NEW DELHI: Trade Unions have pitched for an hike in personal income tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh and minimum wages to Rs 18,000 in the upcoming Union Budget. 

Trade union representatives gave their wish list to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that emphasized on steps in the next Budget to create more jobs and employment opportunities. 

Other suggestions include, more focus in the Budget on social security schemes for the workers, especially those working in unorganised sectors, according to a finance ministry statement on Saturday. 

Hon'ble Finance Minister Shri Jaitley said that one of the major priorities of the government is to ensure that benefits of Social Security Schemes reach to every section of workers including those working in the unorganised sector. He said that the government is sensitive about the workers' welfare and would take all possible. 

Source : karnatakacoc
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7th CPC recommendation on Disability Pension of Ex-Servicemen



Government vide Notification dated 30th September 2016 have issued detailed recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to pensionary benefits of Defence Forces Personnel and the decisions taken thereon by the Government.  The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:-

The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system.  The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:

Rank
Levels
Rate per month (INR)
Service Officers
10 and above
27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar  Major / Equivalents
6  to  9
17000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib
Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents
5  And  below
12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents



The above recommendation has been accepted with the approval of the Cabinet and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly.



Source : PIB
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7th CPC Recommendation : Reduction in Disability Pension for Soldiers



The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommended the following on disability pension:-

The Commission is of the considered view that the regime implemented post VI CPC needs to be discontinued, and recommended a return to the slab based system.  The slab rates for disability element for 100 percent disability would be as follows:

Rank
Levels
Rate per month (INR)
Service Officers
10 and above
27000
Honorary Commissioned Officers
Subedar  Major / Equivalents
6  to  9
17000
Subedar / Equivalents
Naib Subedar / Equivalents
Havildar / Equivalents
5 and below
12000
Naik / Equivalents
Sepoy / Equivalents

  
The above recommendation has been accepted with the approval of the Cabinet and Resolution dated 30.09.2016 issued accordingly. The 6th CPC dispensation of the calculation of disability element on percentage basis, however, continues for civil side which has resulted in an anomalous situation.  The issue has accordingly been referred to the Anomaly Committee.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Neeraj Shekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

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Complaints over One Rank One Pension



A Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court was appointed to look into the anomalies of implementation of OROP. The Committee has submitted its report on 26.10.2016 which is under examination.

Out of 20,63,529 pensioner beneficiaries, 1429 complaints have been received from Ex-Servicemen and the Family Pensioners with regard to OROP benefits. Public Grievance Cell in the Department is receiving grievances of the pensioners / family pensioners and taking up the matters with the concerned Departments for redressal of their grievances. Disposal of grievances is monitored at the highest level in the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri PL Punia and Shri Pramod Tiwari in Rajya Sabha today.

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Welfare Measures for Families of Martyred Soldiers



The details regarding educational concessions, healthcare and other facilities for children of martyred soldiers is as under:

Educational Concessions:
The following educational concessions are provided to the Children of Armed Forces Officers / Personnel Below Officer Ranks, Missing / Disabled / Killed in action:

·         Tuition Fees:  Full reimbursement of tuition fee (Capitation fee and caution money not included) levied by the educational institutions concerned (including charges levied for the school bus maintained by the school or actual fare paid for railway pass for students or bus fare certified by the Head of Institutes).
·         Hostel Charges:   Full reimbursement of Hostel charges for those studying in boarding schools and colleges.
·         Cost of books / stationery:  Rs.1,000/- (Rupees One Thousand Only) per annum per student or the amount claimed by the student, whichever is less.
·         Cost of Uniform where Compulsory:  Rs.1,700/- (Rupees One Thousand Seven Hundred Only) at the maximum during 1st year and Rs.700/- (Rupees Seven Hundred Only) for the subsequent years per annum per student or the amount claimed by the student, whichever is less.
·         Clothing:  Rs.500/- (Rupees Five Hundred Only) for the 1st year and Rs.300/- (Rupees Three Hundred Only) for the subsequent years per annum per student or the amount claimed by the student, whichever is less.

The above educational concessions are admissible only for undertaking studies in Government / Government aided schools / educational institutes, Military / Sainik Schools and other Schools or colleges recognized by the Central or State Governments including the autonomous organizations financed entirely by the Central / State Governments.

Reimbursement of Children Education Allowance (CEA) shall have no nexus with the performance of the child in his / her class.  In other words, even if a child fails in a particular class, the re-imbursement of CEA shall not be stopped.

Healthcare:
Central Organization, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme provides for free healthcare to all dependents of martyred soldiers.  The dependents of martyred soldiers are also exempted from payment of one time contribution for becoming ECHS members.

Other facilities:
·         The wards of Defence / Coast Guard Personnel killed in action are the first priority for award of Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme under which 5500 Scholarships are awarded annually to the wards of ex-servicemen / widows in order to support their higher technical / professional education.
·         The wards of Defence Personnel killed in action are the first priority for MBBS / BDS seats (normally 20-24 MBBS and 2-3 BDS seats annually) reserved for Defence personnel.
·         Recurring grant of Rs.1350/-p.m. is provided to War Memorial Hostels for the children of War Widows / war-disabled.

An institutionalized mechanism at all levels down to the unit at Services’ Hqrs. exists to ensure that families / dependents of martyred soldiers are provided with uniform and adequate financial assistance.  Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat, an attached office of Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare implements other facilities / welfare measures for ex-servicemen including martyred soldiers.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Prabhat Jha in Rajya Sabha today.

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Deficiencies in Functioning of ECHS


Corrective steps taken / being taken to overcome the shortcomings / deficiencies include outsourcing of pharmacy, authorization of local chemists, enhancement of financial power of Officer in-charge of ECHS polyclinic to obviate the shortage of medicines, processing of medical bills of all 28 Regional Centres on-line as per rules, appropriate use of ECHS funds by the service hospitals, adherence to the terms and conditions of Memorandum of Agreement by the empanelled hospitals, recruitment of the manpower in ECHS polyclinics, de-duplication of ECHS smart cards etc.

There is a system of audit for quality of medicines supplied to ECHS polyclinics. Government has taken steps to correct the circulation of excess ECHS cards. An exercise was carried out to identify the ineligible dependents in 2014. This has led to a reduction of approx. 1.6 lakh cards of dependants who have become ineligible and beneficiaries who have passed away being removed from the total list of beneficiaries. Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) recommendation for New ECHS Smart Cards has been accepted by the competent authority. The new smart card system will ensure that duplicate cards get eliminated.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha today.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

7th Pay Commission : Abolition of Overtime Allowances Question & Answer by Lok


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION No.492
TO BE ANSWERED ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18,2016
KARTHIKA 27,1938 (Saka)

ABOLITION OF OVERTIME ALLOWANCE

492. SHRI G. HARI:

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether the expenditure on overtime allowance provided to Government employees had increased from Rs.797 crore to Rs.1629 crore during 2012-13 and if so, the details thereof; and

(b) whether the Government is considering to abolish overtime allowance in Government offices and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE (EXPENDITURE)

(SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)

(a) Yes Sir.The expenditure of Rs.796.90 crore in 2006-07 was excluding the expenditure on overtime allowance in respect of employees of Union Territories whereas the expenditure of Rs. 1629.02 crore during year 2012-13 is including the expenditure in respect of employees of Union Territories.

(b) The Seventh Central Pay Commission has recommended to abolish OTA (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) and in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for those categories of staff for which it is not a statutory requirement, then the rates of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50 percent from their current levels. Recommendation of the 7th CPC on allowances are yet to be finalised.

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Status of 7th Pay Commission (Allowances) - Q&A of Loksabha


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO: 57
ANSWERED ON: 18.11.2016
Allowances to Govt. Employees
VIJAY KUMAR S.R.
SUDHEER GUPTA
Will the Minister of FINANCE

be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Government has deferred the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations on various allowances, perks and perquisites and referred the matter to a Committee;

(b) if so, the details thereof along with the terms of reference and aims and objectives of this move;

(c) whether the Committee has submitted its report to the Government and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons for the delay; and

(d) the timeframe drawn for the Committee to submit its report to the Government and the date from which the allowances including house rent, education and transport allowances are likely to be made effective?

ANSWER
FINANCE MINISTER
(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

A Statement is laid on the Table of the House

Statement Annexed with the Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 57 for 18.11.2016 by Shri S. R. Vijayakumar and Shri Sudheer Gupta on Allowances to Government Employees

(a) & (b): In view of the number of representations received with regard to substantial changes with the existing provisions relating to Allowances recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Government has set up a Committee to examine the recommendations of the Commission on allowances (except Dearness Allowance). The Committee has been asked to go into the recommendations of the Commission on various allowances and, having regard to the representations made by the staff associations as also the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and to make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the Commission are warranted and, if so, in what form. Till a final decision is taken by the Government based on the recommendations of this Committee, all allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will continue to be paid at existing rates in the existing pay structure. The Committee, constituted vide order dated 22.7.2016, is to submit its report within four months.

(c) & (d): The Committee has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report. On submission of the Report, the matter pertaining to allowances will be considered by the Government and appropriate decision will be taken thereafter.


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7th Pay Commission: Weekly work report to decide annual increment of Central government employees

New Delhi: The Department of Personnel and Training is going to soon bring out guidelines which will help in tracking performance of Central government employees in more transparent manner.


As per reports, Central government employees will need to give a weekly work report every Friday showing the task accomplished as well as the pending work.

The Seventh Pay Commission has recommended that Central government employees should be offered annual increments only if they meet certain performance criterion. The Pay Commission has also sought upgradation of performance benchmark to “very good” from “good” level and recommended introduction of the Performance Related Pay (PRP) for all categories of central government employees.

On the basis of the weekly report, the performance of central government employees will be assessed whether they meet the performance criteria or not, and graded for annual appraisal. The employees who will fail to meet the performance criteria on the basis or the weekly work report, are likely to be denied annual increment.

The 7th Pay Commission  believes grant of Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP), although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted.”

It had siad in the report that "employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments. The Commission is therefore proposing withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. This will act as a deterrent for complacent and inefficient employees. However, since this is not a penalty, the norms for penal action in disciplinary cases involving withholding increments will not be applicable in such cases. This will be treated as an efficiency bar,” 

This article is from Zee News Media

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ESIC Approves the Enhancement of Wage Ceiling from Present Rs. 15,000 per Month to Rs. 21,000



The Employees State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) has approved the enhancement of wage ceiling from present Rs. 15,000 per month to Rs. 21,000/-. The draft Rules calling for objections has been published in Gazette of India on 06.10.2016. This enhancement of wage ceiling shall bring more employees under ESIC coverage. In addition, the decision has also been taken to ensure coverage of the Scheme in all districts of the Country. 

The ESIC in its meeting dated 07/08/2015 has decided to bear the expenses on super specialty treatment over and above the expenditure of state government. 

The ESIC in its 166th Corporation meetings held on 07.08.2015 has decided to consider eligibility of pre existing diseases i.e. for malignancy & dialysis as prospective w.e.f. 30.08.2016. 

Further, ESIC has revised eligibility for Super Specialty including the children of Insured Persons with congenital diseases & genetic disorders. 

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Pension Scheme Contribution


A new Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana” has been announced in the Budget for 2016-17 with the objective of promoting employment generation and an allocation of Rs. 1000 crores has been made. The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in 2016-17. 

The PMRPY scheme is targeted for workers earning wages upto Rs. 15,000/- per month. For the purpose of the scheme, a new employee is one who has not been working elsewhere on a regular basis prior to 1st April, 2016 and has a new Aadhaar seeded Universal Account Number (UAN) on or after 01.04.2016. Under the scheme employers would be provided an incentive for enhancing employment where the 8.33% EPS contribution made by the employer will be paid by Government of India in respect of new employment from August, 2016 onwards. 

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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Centre Proposes to Revise the Minimum Rate of Wages for Private Security Guards

The Central Government after consulting the Minimum Wages Advisory Board has proposed to revise the minimum rate of wages for the employees engaged in “Employment of Watch and Ward”. The security guards without arms and with arms are being covered under “Skilled” and “Highly Skilled” category respectively. After considering the objections/suggestions received with reference to the draft notification published on 01.09.2016, the final notification will be issued in consultation with Ministry of Law & Justice.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Give Relief To Wage Earners Post Cash Crunch: Trade Unions To Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI:  Trade unions on Saturday urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to take immediate steps to mitigate difficulties being faced by wage earners and small trades due to the cash crunch.

"The new issue added in this discussion apart from our 16-point charter was because of demonetisation and the scandal that has broken out," Centre of Indian Trade Unions President Tapan Sen told reporters in Delhi after unionists' pre-Budget consultations with Mr Jaitley.

"Had they gone ahead with the preparation, we would have welcomed it. They are more interested in public relation than for the actual cause. This decision of the (Narendra) Modi government proves this."

As many as 12 central trade unions' representatives met Mr Jaitley on Saturday for pre-Budget consultations as part of the customary exercise ahead of the general Budget.

Mr Sen said, "About 85 per cent of the currency was withdrawn. Small traders and unorganised sector workers are going hungry. Despite taking so much of load, bank employees are working till 12 at night, still they are earning the wrath of people for quite justified reasons."

He put the onus on the government to infuse more cash. In the memorandum jointly submitted by 10 central trade unions, they expressed deep concern over the difficulties being faced by the common man, especially the daily wage earners.

"We urge the government to take urgent steps to ameliorate their difficulties," they said in the memorandum.

They demanded that income tax exemption ceiling for the salaried persons and pensioners be raised to Rs. 5 lakh per annum. They also pushed for tax exemption in totality for all perks and fringe benefits in the railways and linking minimum monthly wage to Consumer Price Index which should be at least Rs. 18,000.

They made a representation for raising the ceiling of gratuity to Rs. 20 lakh from January 1, 2016 as done in the case of central government employees and minimum monthly pension of Rs. 3,000 under the Employees Pension Scheme run by EPFO.

All workers, they said, should be paid pension and the same should be construed as deferred wage.

The unions also sought withdrawal of notification issued for utilisation of money in 'inoperative' EPF accounts for the Senior Citizen Welfare Fund and wanted the government to scrap decision to invest EPF fund in the stock market.

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7th Pay Commission: Final touches given to Allowances of central govt employees; may soon see disbursal



New Delhi: The Committee set up to review the Allowances sanctioned to central government employees under 7th Pay Commission is likely to have finalised Allowances for central government employees.

“Today there had been a crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances. They may finalize all the allowances in today’s meeting itself or some of them”, said Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, Joint Consultative Machinery for Central Government Employees, in a circular to its fraternity.

Mishra referred to the “crucial meeting of the Committee on Allowances” held on November 16.

The government had formed a committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa which has been mandated to submit its views on the 7th Central Pay Commission's proposals on Allowance. The committee had held its first meeting on July 22 and had a four-month deadline to complete its task.

The CPC examined 196 allowances and given its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks.

This article is from ZEE News

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Reservation in Banks for Promotion

Reservation in Banks for promotion


Hon’ble Supreme Court in its Judgement dated 09.01.2015 has directed for reservation in promotion instead of concession within Group A Services carrying ultimate salary of Rs.5700/- per month upto Scale 6 which has been reversed in its Judgement dated 08.01.2016. 

The directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Judgement dated 09.01.2015 and 08.01.2016 has been considered by the Government and found that based on overall percentage representation of SC/ST vis-à-vis number of employee in Group A in Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions/Public Sector Insurance Companies is 17.79% and 7.53% respectively which is fulfilling condition of percentage of 15% and 7.5% required as per the existing reservation policy of Government of India. Instruction to clarify the representation of SCs/STs in Group-A posts in Banks were issued on 20.10.2016. 

The Public Sector Banks (PSBs) were clarified on 18.02.2014 that concessions mentioned in DoP&T’s O.M. dated 07.06.2013 will be available to the SC/ST officers in PSBs in promotion by selection to posts within the officer cadre up to Middle Management Grade Scale-III or Grade-C (lowest three rungs in officers’ cadres), whichever is applicable. 

Representations from some SC/ST Associations were received and got examined in consultation with DoPT. DoPT has informed that at present there is no proposal under consideration to review the existing instructions. 

This was stated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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