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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Disbursement of salary in cash to Strom affected area- Representation of BPMS


PRIORITY

Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-II)

Subject : Disbursement of salary in cash in the Storm (Vardha) affected area of Chennai – Representation of Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS)



Defence Civilian Employees Federation BPMS has address letter ref. no. BPMS/MoD/Payment/186(8/1R) dated 27 Dec.2016 (copy enclosed) to the MoD, on the above subject. It has been informed that the storm Vardha has caused enormous damage in the Chennai Area. The disruption of the electricity supply has adversely affected the banking services, thereby causing economic hardship to the Central Government employees working in and around the affected area. It has been requested that the serving employees in the Chennai area may please be paid the salary for the month of Dec 2016 in cash.
In view of the position reported by BPMS, it is apprehended that the ATM systems and the computer network may not be functioning in the storm affected area, which may not be allowing the public to access the electronic banking facilities. It is felt that the hardship being experienced by the affected employees should be addressed with due sensitiveness. It is suggested that necessary instructions may please be issued to the pay disbursing authorities, located in the storm affected area, to explore the possibility of disbursing the salary for the month of Dec 2016 to the Government employees in cash, in accordance with the ceilings/instructions prescribed by the Government

Sd/-            
(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary (Civ)


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Confederation serves strike notice to GOI on 28th December 2016


Confederation serves strike notice to GOI on 28th December 2016 







No. Confdn/Strike/2016-19                                                                     Dated - 28th December 2016

To,

The Cabinet Secretary
Cabinet Secretariat
Government of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan
New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

This is to give notice that employees who are members of the affiliated organisations of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will go on one-day strike on 15th February 2017. The Charter of demands in pursuance of which the employees will embark upon the one-day strike action in enclosed.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,


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

Encl: -  Charter of Demands
 

CHARTER OF DEMANDS


1. Settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th CPC recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I). Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6thJuly 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself i.e. 30%, 20% and 10%. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding Transport Allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2. Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. (See Annexure-I).
3. Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4.   Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.
5. Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.
6. No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
7.  Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8.  Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
9.   Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
10.  Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11.  Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.
12.  Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13.  Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14.  Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15.  Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16.  Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17.  Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.
18.  Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19. Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
20. Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

21. Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgement of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.


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Enhancement of Nursing Allowance to the Defence Civilian Nursing Staff

Enhancement of Nursing Allowance to the Defence Civilian Nursing Staff  


No.4/2/2009/D(Civ-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Department of Defence

Sena Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated 09th December,2016

To


1. The Chief of Naval Staff
2. DG, Ordnance Factories Board

Subject: Enhancement of Nursing Allowance to the Civilian Nursing Staff working in Clinics/Dispensaries under Defence Establishments at pay with Nursing Staff working in Hospitals.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 04th August 2016 and to say that the concurrence of MoF was sought for enhancement of Nursing Allowance to the Civilian Nursing Staff working in clinics/Dispensaries under Defence Establishments from Rs.3200/- per month to Rs.4800/- per Month, w.e.f. 04.08.2016 on account of increase in DA by 100%.

2. After considering the matter, Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) vide their ID Note No.300307017/2016-E.IV dated 18.11.2016 has concurred with the proposal stating that all the conditions mentioned in Ministry of Health & Family Welfare OM dated 19.11.2008 would be applicable to Civilian Nursing Staff working in Clinics/Dispensaries under Defence Establishments.

3. The MoD letter of even number dated 12.08.2009 stands modified to that extent.

4. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Deptt of Expenditure vide their ID Note No.300307017/2016-E.IV dated 18.11.2016, and MoD(finance) F.No.18011/1/AG/PB/2000 dated 29.11.2016 and Dy.No.236/AG/PB/2016 dated 09.12.2016.


Sd/-         
(Gurdeep Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt of India
Tel:23014675

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7th CPC Dearness Relief from July, 2016 for Railway pensioners/family pensioners- RBE 158/2016

7th CPC Dearness Relief from July, 2016 for Railway pensioners/family pensioners- RBE 158/2016



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)

S.No. 13/PC-VII
RBE No; 158/2016

File No. PC-VII/2016/I/7/2/3
New Delhi, dated: 21.12.2016

The General Manager/CAOs(R),
All India Railways & Production Units,
(As per mailing list)

Sub: - Grant of Dearness Relief to Railway pensioners/family pensioners Revised rate effective from 01.07.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission.

A copy of Office Memorandum F. No. 42/ 15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16.11.2016 of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Pensions and ‘Pensioners’ Welfare) on the above subject is sent herewith for your information and necessary action. These orders will apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also.

2. This issues with the concurrence of Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

3. Hindi version will follow.

Sd/-      
(Jaya Kumar G)
Deputy Director, Pay Commission-VII
Railway Board


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Applicability of provision below SR-147 to the family of deceased Govt. servant, in special circumstances

Travelling Allowance claim to the Family of Deceased Govt. Servant: Time Limit of 1 year can be extended as per rules.


No.19016/1/2015-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 21st December, 2016


Office Memorandum

Sub:- Applicability of provision below SR-147 to the family of deceased Govt. servant, in special circumstances- clarification regarding.




Various references are being received in this Department seeking clarification from this Department as to whether Rule below SR-148 for admitting Travelling Allowance (TA) claim by family of deceased employees beyond one year period of the death of the employee is also covered under GoI decision 2(iii) below Rule SR-147 which provides that ‘TA to Central Government servant on retirement may be availed of by a Government servant who is eligible for it, at any time during his leave preparatory to retirement, or within one year of the date of his retirement and powers to extend the time-limit of one year will be exercised by the Administrative Ministries/ Departments with the approval of the FA concerned, in individual cases attendant with special circumstances.’

2. The matter has been considered in this Department and it has been decided that the above provision below SR-147 for extension of time limit of one year with the approval of FA of the concerned Ministry, will also be applicable in case of family of the deceased Govt. servant.
3. This is issued with the approval of Joint Secretary (Personnel).

Sd/-        
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary (EG)

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Absorption of Diploma Holder as JE-II – Case of Diploma Holder progression working in RE Organization

NFIR
National Federation Of Indian Railway Men

No.I/2/Pt.III
Dated:19/12/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi


Dear Sir,

Sub: Absorption of Diploma Holder as JE-II – Case of Diploma Holder progression working in RE Organization – reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR/PNM item No.12/2011 & 24/2012.

(ii) Para 2 of Board’s letter No.2016/E(LR)I/NMI-12 dated 14/12/2016.
Kind attention of Railway Board is invited to the minutes of the PNM meeting of NFIR held on 19/20-12-2014 on the subject matter relating to agenda items No.12/2011 and 24/2012, as reproduced below:-
“Necessary instructions have been issued to concerned Zonal Railways vide Board’s letter No.E(NG)II/2011/RC-3/3/PNM-NFIR dated 22/25.08.2014. Federation was also provided with a copy of the letter.
Federation wanted that GM/RE should be written to fix up responsibility for not complying with Railway Board’s instructions”.
Federation is disappointed to state that though a period of two years has passed, action on Board’s instructions is yet to be taken by the concerned Zonal Railways and the RE Organization.
Further, Federation desires to have particulars of implementation and non-implementation of Board’s instructions dated 22/25-08-2014.
Yours faithfully,

-Sd/-         
(Dr M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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CGHS Wellness Centre gets ready

CGHS Wellness Centre gets ready

A long-pending dream of serving and retired Central government employees and their family members is set to come true in the New Year. A CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) Wellness Centre has been set up on the premises of the Government Hospital for Mental Care here.

The documents regarding transfer of land to the CGHS were handed over by the Hospital Superintendent Radharani to the Additional Director of CGHS G. Vijay Bhaskar in the presence of MP K. Haribabu on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr. Haribabu recalled that there was a demand for setting up of the CGHS Wellness Centre in Visakhapatnam for the last 25 years.


“I had promised to get the facility for the city before the general elections and began pursuing the issue soon after getting elected as MP from Visakhapatnam. Though there was a lot of vacant government land in the city, procedural delays and official apathy came in the way of realisation of the facility,” he said. Finally, a few old sheds on the land on which they were located was allotted for the CGHS centre.


Source: The Hindu
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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Dr. Jitendra Singh unveils six initiatives of DoPT to mark Good Governance Day

Dr. Jitendra Singh unveils six initiatives of DoPT to mark Good Governance Day 


The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh presided over the ‘Good Governance Day’ function, here today. He launched six major initiatives of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on the occasion of Good Governance Day.

The initiatives are: Recruitment Rules Formation, Amendment Monitoring System (RRFAMS), Immovable Property Return through Property Related Information System (PRISM), announcement of E-Service Book, Mandatory online filing of APAR by all AIS and Central Group ‘A’ Service Officers, EO App on iPhone Operating System (iOS) and launching of redesigned website of DoPT.

Main features of the new initiatives are as follows:

1)             Revamped Website of  DoPT

•   National Informatics Centre (NIC) had prepared ‘Guidelines for Indian Government Websites’ (GIGW) with a view to make government websites citizen centric and user friendly which has been circulated by the Department of AR & PG to all Government Ministries / Departments for adoption.
•   The Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India had written to all the Secretaries in this regard and advised NIC to extend necessary technology support to facilitate the departments in revising, redesigning their websites to make them compliant to Guidelines for Indian Government websites to make them usable, citizen centric and universally accessible.
•   CMF is a Content Management Framework developed by NIC, MeitY and is aligned to the mandate of PMO to standardize all the websites of Government of India under the Digital India Programme.
•   This includes standardization of Content Architecture, User Interface Design and layout and along with certain important key features such as accessibility, responsive design etc., in order to simplify the information dissemination and access by common citizens even through hand held devices (i.e. mobiles, tablets etc) to the various government services.
•   As per information available the websites of 23 Ministries / Departments have been mitigated using CMF and the websites of remaining departments are in pipeline.
•   The revamped website of DoPT is bilingual and compliant with the ‘Guidelines for Indian Government Website (GIGW).

2)      RRFAMS

•   The Recruitment Rules (RRs) for various Central Government civilian posts in the category of Group A and Group B are framed with the approval of DoPT, UPSC and Ministry of Law.  The RRs are initiated by the Ministries where the posts are located and forwarded to DoPT for approval.  After the Rules are approved by DoPT, the Concerned Ministry/Department consults UPSC in respect of those posts which are not exempted from such consultation.  This is followed by vetting of the draft notification by the Legislative Department.  Thereafter the RRs are sent to the Government Press for publishing in the Gazette.  This procedure is followed for framing new RRs as well as for amendment of existing RRS.
•   For consultation with DOPT, an electronic system, namely, Recruitment Rules Framing, Amendment and Monitoring System (RRFAMS) was introduced in 2009.  Under this system, Recruitment Rules are examined and frozen by DoPT.  The Ministries have to take printout and submit proposals on physical files. Thereafter, approval of the RRs are conveyed on physical file.  Thus the existing system involves lot of paper work and involves two stages of consultation with DOPT.
•   In keeping with the objective of ‘Digital India’, a new RRFAMS has been developed.  The new RRFAMS enables fully computerised Online examination of proposal relating to framing and amendment of  RRs by DOPT. The Ministries/Departments can submit their proposals in the online mode. The remarks/observations/approvals of DOPT will be conveyed through the system in the online mode.  This is a step towards Paperless Office.  The benefits of the new system are many, to mention a few,  it will lead to reduction in time required for approval of proposals simplifying  the procedure for framing and amendment of RRs and keep an electronic trail of the examination/comments made by various functionaries.
•   In the coming year, this system will be further expanded for electronic transmission and online consultation/approval of RRs by UPSC/Legislative Department and electronic transmission to the Government Press for notification.  
•   The new RRFAMS, besides increasing the speed of processing will also help in creation of an electronic library of Recruitment Rules. 

3)      e-Service book and HRMS

•   Service book is the most vital document of govt. employees and all data related with service of employees are recorded in the service book e.g. joining of employee, their promotion, transfer, salary, leave etc.
•   Through e-Service Book platform all service related matters affecting the service of employee will be automated.  Simultaneously we will take necessary steps for implementation in other ministries and departments of Governments of India considering specific requirement of a particular ministry/department.
•   In case of transfer of an employee from one office to other, Service book will be transferred online and all data related with employee will be instantly available to new organisation.
•   The roll out of e-Service Book is a vital step towards establishing a fully automated Human Resource Management System (HRMS) with an employee portal covering all employees of Government of India so that all processes of personnel management from “hiring to retiring” on digital platform dispensing the manual system of handling personnel management.

4)      Mandatory online filing of APAR by officers of AIS and Group A Civil Services

•   As a measure towards good governance, Department of Personnel & Training has made online filing of Performance Appraisal Reports (PAR) mandatory in respect of IAS officers in Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW), a software developed for this purpose, from the assessment year 2014-15. 
•   Instructions have also been issued to the Cadre Controlling Authorities of other All India Services and all organised Gr. A Services such as the Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, Indian Revenue Services and various Railway Services, etc. to introduce the system of online filing of APARs for their respective Services with effect from the assessment year 2015-16. Besides IAS, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service have introduced online filing of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs). Other Central Group “A” services are in process of making online filing of APARs mandatory.
•   Further, similar instructions have also been issued to the Department of Public Enterprises and the Department of Financial Services with respect to Central Public Sector Enterprises and Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions/Public Sector Insurance Companies respectively.  Regular monitoring of the progress in this regard is also being done by DoPT.
•   Online filing of APARs is crucial for good governance as it eliminates the possibility of any manipulation in the physical forms and ensures timely submission and finalisation of APARs which are invaluable tools for assessing the performance of officers with a view to chalk out their career progression and training needs.  Further, availability of APARs online makes them readily accessible to the officers concerned thereby making the system transparent and immune to inefficiencies associated with physical transit of APARs.
           
5)      Online Filing of Immovable Property Return to be effective from 1.1.2017

•   The Government has decided to introduce online filing of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) by IAS officers for the year 2015-16 as on 1.1.2017 for which the National Informatics Commission (NIC) has developed a module which has been made available on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) platform, an online portal for filing of Performance Appraisal Report.  The software was inaugurated by Hon’ble MOS (PP) on 25.12.2016 as part of the Good Governance Day celebration.  The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials including Secretary (Personnel), Establishment Officer & Additional Secretary and other officers of DoPT. For filing IPR online, the officer will have the option to either upload hard copy of the return in the module or to digitally sign the return available on module through Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) or eSign application.  In order to facilitate filing of return, a ‘User Manual-IPR’ has been provided on the Home Page of SPARROW.
•   The portal would become operational w.e.f. 01.01.2017.  The portal could be accessed by the serving IAS officers through their NIC email IDs and passwords, already provided to them for online filing of PARs in SPARROW. 
•   The introduction of online filing of IPRs would be able to address issues like – manual IPRs getting lost in transition,  IPRs though submitted by the officer but not uploaded by the State Governments, IPRs without date getting uploaded in the system, ante- dating of IPS. This is another step towards transparency and probity in governance.  It will be convenient for the officers, as instead of sending it in hard copies they would have the option to upload it in the system or to file it online. This system would also help DoPT and State Governments in easy monitoring for ensuring that all officers file their property return in time. It would also make the entire process hassle free as the hard copies would be dispensed with thereby resulting in saving of man-hours in handling the papers.

6)      Launch of iOS version of Employees Online App

•   Employees Online App (EO App) iOS version developed by e-Office & NIC-DoPT team has been launched today. It may be noted that earlier android version of the same application was launched on 28/10/2016.
•   EO App provides the information like Sr. Officers Appointment & Posting orders approved by ACC, What is New of D/o Personnel & Training website, Holiday list, Directory Listing of all Min/ Departments (contact us info) on real time basis for media persons, officers and all stake holders.
•   IAS and other Group A central services personnel can login and see their individual information  like, ER (Employee Record) sheet, APAR (Annual Performance Appraisal Report),  IPR (Immovable Property Return)  and information like offer list, Officers at centre, Training Application status, domestic, foreign training details, Civil list (IAS), vacancy circulars, OMs & Orders etc. The application has feature of “push notification” i.e. users of the application will get alert on the app whenever there is a new notification.
•   The android version that was launched on 28/10/2016 is already being widely used by the officers and media persons and other stakeholders. With launch of the iOS version, now, Apple phone users on iOS platform will be able to download the application from the Apple Store, where it is likely to be available very soon, using DoPT as the keyword. The launch of iOS version is going to further enhance the user base of the application.

DoPT has taken many concrete steps for bringing citizen centricity to the core of all its delivery mechanisms. National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), an organisation with DoPT, is providing necessary direction, guidance and capacity building inputs on Governance and management issues to the Central and State Government and their organisations.

Good Governance Day is being observed on December 25 since the year 2014, coinciding with the birthday of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

During the launch of the six initiatives of the DoPT and observance of Good Governance Day, Senior Officers of the DoPT were also present including Shri B.P. Sharma, Secretary (Personnel), Shri C. Vishwanath, Secretary, DAR&PG and Pensions, Shri Rajiv Kumar, EO & AS and other senior officers were present on the occasion.


source : PIB

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

MACPS for the Railway Employees-Implementation of seventh CPC recommendations RBE 155/2016

MACPS for the Railway Employees - RBE 155/2016


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(Railway Board)

S. No. PC-VII 2- RBE No. 155/2016
No. PC-V/20 6/MACPS/1 New Delhi, dated 19 .12.2016
The General Managers
All Indian Railways & PUs
(As per mailing list)

Subject: – Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Railway Employees-Implementation of seventh CPC recommendations.


The Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme was introduced with effect from 01 .09.2008 in pursuance of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission  by this Ministry’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dated 10.06.2009(RBE No.101/2009). Thereafter, subsequent amendments/clarifications were issued from time to time. These instructions are in force with effect from 01 .09.2008.

2. The th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in para 5.1.44 of its report has recommended inter-alia as follows:

“MA CP will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before In the new Pay Matrix, the employee will move to immediate next level in hierarchy. Fixation of pay will follow the same principle as that for a regular  promotion in the Pay Matrix. MACPS will continue to be applicable to all employees up to Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) level except members of Organised Group ‘A’ Services.”

3. The Government has considered the above recommendation and has accepted the same. In the light of the recommendations of the th CPC accepted by the Government, the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) will continue to be administered at 10, 20 and 30 years as before. Further, Para 1 and 2 of the existing Scheme (Annexure to this Ministry’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dt. 1 0.06.2009) will be substituted by the following words:-

“1. There shall be three financial upgradations under the MACPS as per 7th CPC recommendations, counted from the direct entry grade on completion of 10, 20 and 30 years services respectively or 10 years of continuous service in the same level in Pay Matrix, whichever is earlier.

2. The MACPS envisage merely placement in the immediate next higher level in the Pay Matrix as given in PART ‘A’ of Schedule of Railway Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016. Thus, the level in the Pay Matrix at the time of financial upgradation under the MACPS can, in certain cases be different than what is available in the normal hierarchy at the time of regular promotion in one’s own AVC. In such cases, the higher level in the Pay Matrix attached to the next promotion post in the hierarchy of the concerned cadre/organization will be given only at the time of regular promotion.”

4. The 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) in para 5.1.45 of its report has interalia recommended as follow:-
“Benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradation under MACPS to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’.” 5. The Government has considered the above recommendation and has accepted the same. In the light of the recommendations of the ih CPC accepted by the Government, para 17 of the Scheme (Annexure to Board’s letter No. PC-V/2009/ACP/2, dt. 1 0.06.2009) shall be substituted by the following words:-

“17. For grant of financial upgradation under the MACPS, the prescribed benchmark would be ‘Very Good’ for all the posts.”

6. These changes will come into effect from 25th July, 2016, i.e., from the date of resolution notified by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance regarding acceptance of the recommendations of the th CPC.

6.1 MACPS where it was due earlier to 25.07.2016, but not decided yet due to Administrative delay, will be decided as per criteria prevalent at that time. Cases that became due on or after 25.07.2016, will be decided as per new criteria. However, Past cases, decided otherwise, need not be re-opened.

7. The comprehensive MACP Scheme on acceptance of Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations will be issued separately.

8. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

9. Hindi version is enclosed.

Dy. Director, Pay Commission-V
Railway Board
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

HRA benefit for husband and wife working in Govt-aided schools and autonomous bodies

 HRA benefit for husband and wife


Keeping an eye on the coming Assembly elections, the Akhilesh Yadav government has proposed HRA benefit for both husband and wife working in goverment-aided schools and autonomous bodies besides proposing special allowance for junior engineers working in development projects. The state cabinet chaired by the CM which met in Lucknow proposed these decisions.

A husband and wife working in aided schools and autonomous bodies like Nagar Nigam will now be entitled to separate House Rent Allowance (HRA). Earlier, only one of them used to get HRA benefit while a couple working in state government got HRA benefits separately.

“With this decision aided schools and autonomous bodies have been brought at par as now husband and wife would both get HRA. This was a long pending demand of different associations of teachers and Nagar Nigam and it has been accepted,” a government official said on Wednesday.

In another decision, the state government has reduced VAT on e-rickshaw from the existing 12 per cent to 4 per cent. An e-rickshaw costs between Rs 60,000 and 80,000 and with reduction in VAT, a benefit between Rs 5000 and Rs 7000 will be passed on to rickshaw owners.

The state cabinet also approved special benefit of Rs 400 per month for junior engineers working in different development schemes. “The government believes that JEs should be awarded for working overtime to complete development schemes. So, the cabinet has approved special financial benefit for them,” official said.

The famous Jawhar Bagh of Meerut which was witness to violence some months back and which claimed the life of a senior police officer, will now be developed in the lines of Lohia Park of Lucknow. The state cabinet approved inclusion of more land for developing this region as Lung of Mathura.

In another decision, the government has decided to give backward caste benefit to Bhurtia caste. After this decision people belonging to this caste will get benefits in government jobs and educational fields as enjoyed by other notified backward castes.

The government also approved a proposal to include 197 villages in Lucknow city and also announced special package to distribute diesel pump sets in Bundelkhand.

The government has also agreed to give free land for construction of AIIMS like hospital in Gorakhpur. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had earlier announced that the government will provide free land but no cabinet approval was taken for this.

The state government has also approved a proposal to purchase Scorpio MUVs for Raj Bhawan.

Interestingly, the CM has called another cabinet meeting on Thursday where the government will give a final shape to the construction of Purvanchal Samajwadi Expressway. Interestingly, the CM will lay foundation stone of this expressway on Thursday evening.


Source : Dailypioneer
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7th Pay Commission: Government mulling hike in higher allowances, may pay without arrears

The government is now planning to pay higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations without arrears.

New Delhi, Dec 22: Amid reports that central government employees will have to wait til March, 2017 to get their higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, sources said the Centre may pay higher allowances soon with arrears. Sources in the Finance Ministry also said the Centre is considering to hike higher allowances for its employees. The development came after PMO asked the Finance Ministry to ready the higher allowances proposal without arrears before the budget.

The government is now planning to pay higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations without arrears. The government is in dilemma about the payment of higher allowances following cash shortage due to demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Sources said there could be hike in higher allowances, but central government employees will have to wait more to get arrears.

“We can expect the higher allowances without arrears under 7th pay commission recommendations in the coming days as the PMO thinks payment of the higher allowances with salaries on salary day cannot be “chaotic”,” a Finance Ministry sources was quoted as saying by the Sen Times. “The PMO might ask the Finance Ministry to ready the higher allowances proposal without arrears before the budget. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley can also take some time to formalise this announcement. The issue of arrears of higher allowances may not be reconsidered”, he added.

A Finance Ministry official also said the government is mulling hike in higher allowances. “The financial advisors of the government believe it could be tough to give arrears of the higher allowances as millions will queue outside the money dispensers to get higher allowances as the cash crunch may be normalised in three to four months,” said an official.

While the government is paying higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission, the issue of higher allowances has been referred to the ‘Committee on Allowances’. Ashok Lavasa, who heads the ‘Committee on Allowances’, said in October, “We are ready to submit our report, when the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up.” However the government has given an extension to the committee till February 22, which led to conclusion that the government may start giving higher allowances after March.

Until acceptance of higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

Source : India.com
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Govt Committed to Welfare of Employees- Finance minister Telangana

Making it clear that the TRS government was stuck to the welfare of the Telangana employees, the Finance Minister Etela Rajender said that  some  employees have represented for restoration of the Old Pension Scheme,  but there was no proposal to prevail upon the Central Government for getting approval for Old Pension Scheme.

During question hour in the Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday, Congress Members Challa Vamshichand Reddy, Dr G Chinna Reddy, SA Sampath Kumar and Tammannagari Ram Mohan Reddy raised    this issue  and wanted to know  whether it is a fact that several government employees in the state are opposing the Contributory Pension Scheme and demanding the restoration of Old Pension Scheme. Responding to them, the Minister referred to  the role of the employees in Telangana Movement.  He urged the opposition parties members not  to politicise the employees’ pension issue. The government  has already given  43 percent fitment and paying Rs.10,800 crore to the employees in the form of pensions. The 2.64 lakh employees were under the Old Pension Policy, the Finance Minister added. (NSS)

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7th Pay Commission : Nitish Kumar govt set to approve 7th Pay Commission for Bihar Govt Employees

Nitish Kumar govt set to approve 7th Pay Commission


Patna: The Bihar government on Wednesday paved the way for providing benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to the state officials and pensioners by announcing the setting up of a fitment committee for the purpose.

The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of state Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.

The three-member fitment committee would be headed by retired bureaucrat and former state Chief Secretary GS Kang while Secretaries of Finance and Rural Works Department Rahul Singh and Vinay Kumar respectively will be the members, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination Department Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters.

The committee would be asked to submit its report in three months, Mehrotra said.

There are around 4.5 lakh employees under Bihar government and 3.5 lakh pensioners who will get the benefit of new pay scale.
Ever since announcement of the 7th Pay Commission benefits for the central government employees, demand for similar benefits for the Bihar government have been coming.

The state Cabinet at its meeting today approved 20 proposals of different departments.

In another important decision, the Cabinet gave its nod to a proposal of the Home Department to enhance honorarium of SAP (State Auxiliary Police) personnel.

While junior commissioned officer of SAP would get a monthly honorarium of Rs 20,700 now in place of Rs 18,000 earlier for jawans the hike would be Rs 17,250 from Rs 15,000, Mehrotra said.

The cabinet also gave its nod to a proposal of state Civil Aviation Department to hire a new 7+2 seater helicopter on wet lease for five years at a cost of Rs 93,15,00,000.

Source : First Post

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Central government employees need not declare assets till new rules framed

Central government employees need not declare assets till new rules framed


New Delhi: Central government employees, who had a 31 December deadline to declare their assets and liabilities under Lokpal Act, do not need to make the disclosure for now as government is finalising a fresh set of rules.

Without specifying any date, an office memorandum has said rules will be notified in due course to prescribe the form, manner and timelines for filing declaration of assets and liabilities under the revised provision of the Lokpal Act.

In July this year, the central government employees were asked to declare their assets and liabilities by 31 December under section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. Besides this, the public servants were also directed to declare their annual return of assets and liabilities as on 31 March 2015 on or before 31 December this year. Now, in the office memorandum, the Centre has clearly stated that there is no requirement for filing declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants as of now. “... there is no requirement for filing declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants now. The Government is in the process of finalising a fresh set of rules,” the office memorandum added.

“In this regard it is stated that with the passing of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Act, 2016, the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Plan of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 and all the amendments made thereto become redundant,” the Centre said.

Under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, an employee has to give details of deposits in foreign bank accounts, expensive paintings, antiques, furniture, electronic equipments, movable assets, insurance, bonds, shares and mutual funds, among others, in the declaration. The declarations under the Act are in addition to similar ones filed by the employees under various services rules. There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

Source  : LiveMint
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National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) 


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 10000 crore and it involves incentivizing employers in sharing 25% of total cost of stipend paid to the apprentices. It is for the first time Govt. of India has come forward to incentivize the employers to participate pro-actively in apprenticeship training. On this occasion, cheques were distributed by Shri Narendra Modi for 25% share to five establishments like HAL Bangalore, BHEL Delhi, GSRTC, Gujarat, APSRTC, Andhra Pradesh and Tata Motors, Lucknow.

As a sequel to this recognition, it is expected that more and more establishments from MSMEs, Private SPSUs, CPSUs and Govt sector will come forward to engage apprentices and support Prime Minister’s vision of Skill India.

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Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act

Government Clarification on Amendment to Payment of Wages Act 


It is seen from the media reports that there is a general impression that is being created that the Government is bringing an amendment to the Payment of Wages Act to make mandatory the payment of wages to the workers only through cheque or accounts transfers. This is not the correct position.

It is clarified that the government proposes to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Payment of Wages Act which will further provide crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

This is being done to facilitate the employers from making payment of wages using the banking facilities also in addition to the existing modes of payment of wages in current coin or currency notes.

Also, the appropriate Government (Centre or State) will have to come up with the notification to specify the industrial or other establishments where the employer shall pay wages through cheque or by crediting the wages in employees’ bank account. It is, therefore, clear that the option of payment through cash is still available with the employers for payment of wages.

It may be understood that the Payment of Wages Act was passed in the year 1936 (eighty years ago) and the situation prevailing at that point of time has completely undergone a technological revolution. Most of the transactions now take place through the banking channels. The proposal of Ministry of Labour and Employment to bring an amendment to Section 6 of the Act is an additional facility of crediting the wages in the bank account of the employees or payment through cheque along with the existing provisions of payment in current coin or currency notes.

The above proposed amendment will also ensure that minimum wages are paid to the employees and their social security rights can be protected. Thus the employers can no longer under-quote the number of employees employed by them in their establishments to avoid becoming a subscriber to the EPFO or ESIC schemes.

It is also pointed out that the states like Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana have already come out with notifications to provide for payment through banking channels.

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Cabinet approves Cadre Review of Indian Telecommunications Service, Group ‘A’



The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Cadre Review of Indian Telecommunications Service, Group Á’.

The proposal has the following salient features:

(a)          Creation of one Apex level post of Director General of Telecom.
(b)          The number of Duty posts has been fixed as 853.
(c)          A Deputation Reserve of 310 posts has been provided for deputation of ITS •   officers to other Departments / organizations.
(d)          A special diminishing reserve has been provided for posting of ITS officers in BSNL/MTNL.
(e)          Cadre strength restricted to the present working strength of 1690.

            The approval would result in strengthening of the cadre structure both at the DoT headquarters and in the field units on the basis of functional requirement. It will also meet the requirement of skilled manpower in BSNL/MTNL. This will reduce the existing stagnation of ITS officers.

Background:

Indian Telecom Service Group 'A" was constituted in 1965 to meet the policy, technical and managerial functions of the government in areas related to telecommunications. Selected through Engineering Services examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission, the officers of ITS are working in management and administrative positions in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and its PSUs (BSNL, MTNL and TCIL), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Telecom Dispute Settlement Administrative Tribunal (TDSAT), and also in other Central Ministries/ Departments/ Autonomous Bodies and State governments on deputation.


The Cadre Review of ITS has been undertaken after 28 years - Last Cadre Review was done in 1988. Since the time of last Cadre review, telecom service provision functions have been hived off from DoT, but newer functions related to telecom licensing, monitoring, enforcement of license conditions, network security, interoperability, standardization, lawful interception and universal service obligation etc. have been added. In addition, a host of other functions, which were earlier embedded in operations, have increased significantly both in volumes as well as criticality. Robust Telecom infrastructure is the backbone of a Digital Society. Paradigm shifts are taking place in the Sector - bringing to fore complex issues of regulation, enforcement and security - requiring higher levels of technical supervision in the Department of telecommunications. Hence, a cadre structure of ITS officers has been proposed, which is considered essential for discharge of the role & obligations of the Department of Telecommunications. In addition, the role of ITS officers in revival of BSNL & MTNL has also been kept in view.

These facts coupled with the stagnation in various grades of the service necessitated a review of the structure of ITS.

The Cadre Strength has been restricted to the present working strength of the cadre, and the cadre review would entail no fresh financial commitment for Government.

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Monday, 19 December 2016

EPFO To Give 8.65% Interest On Provident Fund Deposits This Year, 4 Crore Employees Impacted

EPFO To Give 8.65% Interest On Provident Fund Deposits This Year, 4 Crore Employees Impacted


Retirement fund body EPFOs move will impact over four crore employees who contribute part of their salary towards the provident fund kitty.

Provident fund subscribers will get lower interest rate on their deposits this year as compared to last year. The provident fund body - the Employees Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO - at a meeting today decided to give 8.65 per cent interest rate for current fiscal year (2016-17). The move will impact over four crore employees who contribute part of their salary towards the provident fund kitty.

Provident fund subscribers had received an 8.8 per cent interest on their deposits last year (2015-16).

For salaried individuals, the employee provident fund is an important tool for savings towards retirement years. Every month, a salaried individual contributes 12 per cent of his/her salary to the EPF account the employer matches this. A part of the employer's contribution goes to into Employee Pension Scheme.

The lower interest rate on provident fund deposits comes in the wake of a general decline in interest rate across different financial savings instruments, including bank fixed deposits and small savings schemes. Analysts say that interest rates on fixed deposits are likely to fall further as the banks' kitty swells after demonetisation.

Despite the lowering of interest rate on provident fund deposits, analysts say that it still remains an attractive investment avenue. Rakesh Bhargava, director at Taxmann, said, "Reduction in rate of interest is a setback for 4 crore employees, yet the rate of interest is still very attractive in comparison to rate of interest on bank fixed deposits, National Savings Certificates, government bonds, public provident funds, etc."

If the provident fund body had retained 8.8 per cent rate of interest for the current fiscal year, it would have faced a deficit of Rs. 383 crore. The provident fund body had earlier projected an income of Rs. 39,084 crore for the current fiscal year.

The government had earlier this year sharply lowered the interest rate on small savings schemes like Public Provident Fund (PPF), Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi Account.

According to the new norms on small savings schemes effective from April 2016, interest rates will be revised every quarter as opposed to earlier norm of annual revision.

The popular Public Provident Fund will fetch an interest rate of 8 per cent for the December quarter. The rate of interest for 5-Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme and 5-Year National Savings Certificate had been reduced to 8.5 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively.

Earlier this year, the Finance Ministry had had decided to lower interest on provident fund deposits for 2015-16 to 8.7 per cent from the 8.8 per cent approved by the Central Board of Trustees or CBT, headed by the Labour Minister. The Central Board of Trustees is the apex decision-making body of EPFO. Following protests by trade unions, the government later rolled back its decision and approved an 8.8 per cent rate of interest on provident fund deposits for 2015-16.


This article is from NDTV .com
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PFRDA Organizes Conference for State Governments to Discuss Implementation of NPS

PFRDA Organizes Conference for State Governments to Discuss Implementation of NPS


A conference for State Governments was organized by PFRDA on 19th December 2016, at New Delhi to discuss NPS implementation by the state governments.

In his inaugural address, Chairman, PFRDA, Sh. Hemant Contractor congratulated winners of awards instituted by PFRDA for the State Government sector. He observed that the number of subscribers registered in State Government sector has increased to 32 lacs and also the Assets Under Management is touching approx. Rs. 79,000 crores. He urged the State Governments to frame timelines for all the activities specified by PFRDA. Currently, only 11 State Governments have issued instructions regarding timelines. Besides, framing of NPS rules for the respective states is also gaining importance and fixation of salary date will help in fixing accountability. He discussed various changes in product features and processes which will lead to increase in appeal of NPS. The prominent among them are mobile app and feature of making contributions through it, increase in usage of Tier 2 accounts due to increased returns, etc.  He also referred to the various user friendly functionalities developed in coordination with the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) for providing ease of transaction to the subscriber and the nodal offices. He advised the delegates about appointment of Ombudsman which puts onus on the State Governments to ensure prompt resolving of grievances in Centralized Grievance Management System (CGMS). He also discussed about the appointment of second CRA which will provide more choice to the State Governments.  He added that this conference and more in the coming years would act as a platform for discussion with PFRDA and interactions among States to share their experiences and practices in order to enhance cross learning.

Shri R. V. Verma, Member (Finance) while welcoming the participants to the conference commended the substantial improvement in performance of State Governments since the last such conference held in December 2016. He advised the State Governments to ensure 100% subscriber coverage month on month. He laid stress on the inclusion of NPS related activities within the scope of audit of the State Governments. He also emphasised the need for discipline of remitting of the subscriber contribution especially in view of the enhanced role of the Government nodal officers as envisaged in the regulations and the provisions of the Act. He stressed on the need for enhancing capacity building both at the nodal officer level and subscriber level. Training of nodal officers will help in enhancing the financial literacy and awareness of the subscribers. This will also help in fixing accountability of the respective officers with respect to delays in various activities of NPS.

Dr. B.S. Bhandari, Member (Economics) advised the participants about the areas of concern which need to be looked on priority. Besides, he also highlighted the responsibility of nodal officers handling NPS and advised to know the product & process. He also referred to the mandatory inclusion of employees under NPS other than those which are covered under EPF. Further, he urged the participating states to introduce NPS related training programmes in their own State Training Institutes.

PFRDA instituted awards in April 2016 for the State Government sector in order to boost the best performers and also to encourage other states to improve their performance on the same lines. Awards were distributed to Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim and UT of Chandigarh on various parameters of NPS implementation, in the Conference.

Sh. Pravesh Kumar, DGM made a presentation on performance of NPS on various important parameters. Besides performance, past trends and future challenges were also discussed in the presentation. The feedback was positively taken by the participating state governments with the assurance to working towards plugging the gaps. Sh. Sumit Kumar, NPS Trust made a presentation on pending withdrawal claims and grievances, with emphasis on early resolution. Sh. Sunil Samuel, AVP, NSDL made a detailed presentation on new functionalities introduced in the software, mobile app, online PRAN generation, DDO login, etc. Officials of 3 states – Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh also made presentations sharing their best practices.

Sh. Ashish Kumar, General Manager concluded the session by proposing the vote of thanks.

Currently, NPS has more than 1.03 crore subscribers with total Asset Under Management (AUM) of more than Rs.1,60,000 crores.

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7th CPC: Central Govt employee union calls nationwide strike on 15th February 2017

7th Pay Commission: Central Govt employee union calls nationwide strike on February 15




After a massive Parliament march conducted by the central government employees on December 15, the union has called again for a nationwide strike on February 15, 2017, demanding the Union Government to make an immediate settlement of their 21 points charter demands in 7th Pay Commission (7CPC). The strike has been called in a joint cooperation by several central government employees union against what they say “the betrayal and breach of assurance by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu”.

On 15th December a massive Parliament march was conducted in which around 15,000 central government employees from all over the states participated. In the Parliament march autonomous bodies employees and pensioners also extended their support by joining the rally. During the rally which the central government employees union view as a success also declared a one-day nationwide strike on February 15.

The strike has been announced by the National President of the Confederation KKN Kutty, Secretary General M Krishnan and several other leaders present at the rally.

According to reports, the rally condemned the authoritarian attitude of the NDA Government and also the breach of an assurance given by the trio Union Ministers to NJCA leaders who met them after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
 

21 Points Charter Demands made by central government employees:


1) The central government employees union asked the government to settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th Pay Commission recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. Honour the assurance given by the Union Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself ie: 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding transport allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.

2) Implement option-I recommended by 7th Pay Commission and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015.

3) Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 1st January 2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.

4) Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of postal department as civil servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.

5) Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.

6) No downsizing, privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of government functions.

7) Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.

8) Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.

9) Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.

10) Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.

11) Grant five promotions in the service career to all Central Govt. employees.

12) Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.

13) Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.

14) Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80 per cent for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.

15) Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.

16) Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.

17) Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.

18) Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.

19) Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition of the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.

20) Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.

21) Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgement of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.


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Muslim Govt., staff of Uttarakhand state to get 90 mins on Friday for Namaz

Muslim government staff to get 90 mins on Friday for namaz



DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand cabin
et officially allowed one-and-a-half hours' time, between 12 pm and 2 pm every Friday, to Muslim employees — including those serving in various government departments and undertakings — to offer namaz at mosques near their places of work. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Harish Rawat, late on Saturday night.

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CM Harish Rawat said that since most Muslims religiously offer namaz, they deserve to get a fixed time officially for the purpose. "We have cleared this proposal not to woo the Muslim voters in view of upcoming assembly polls in the state. The decision was taken keeping in mind the problems Muslim employees face while balancing their duty hours and namaz timings," said CM Rawat.

 
Terming the decision as a welcome gesture, Muslim organisations said it will allow all Muslims to offer namaz freely and without having to worry about work during prayer time. "Earlier, Muslim employees used to go to the nearest mosques to offer namaz during lunch break. This is a good move," said Akram Ahmad, a resident of Dehradun. 

This proposal was among 12 others ones which were okayed by the cabinet. The state cabinet also gave the nod for implementing the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission with effect from January 1, 2017. Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, senior IAS officer Anand Vardhan said about 250 lakh state government employees and over 5 lakh retired employees will get this benefit.

The cabinet also gave the green signal to the proposed metro line from Dehradun to Roorkee. The state government also cleared the proposal to merge Dehradun, Haridwar and Roorkee towns to make it a conurbation, on the lines of Delhi NCR.

The other important cabinet decisions taken on Saturday include providing health cards to over 250 lakh serving government employees and about 5 lakh retired employees that will facilitate free medical treatment up to Rs 1.75 lakh under the state-sponsored Chief Minister's Swasthya Yojna. Under the scheme, the state government will deduct a premium, ranging from 0.5% to 1% of the monthly salary or pension, to run the scheme.

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Saturday, 17 December 2016

ESIC introduces a new Scheme to promote Registration of Employers/Employees



The ESI Corporation has taken some very important decisions towards extending the Social Security cover of ESI Scheme to whole of India and for medical care for serving the workers.  Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Govt. of India chaired the 170th Meeting of ESI Corporation.

ESIC to introduces a new Scheme to promote Registration of Employers/Employees. ESIC has also approved enhancement of Ceiling on Medical Expenditure from Rs. 2150/- to   Rs. 3000/- per Insured Person with sub ceiling of Rs. 1250/- for “Administration” and Rs. 1750/- for “Others” and approves its Annual Report and Annual Accounts for the year 2015-16

            To extend the coverage to the entire workforce, a new Employer Friendly Scheme has also been approved as one-time opportunity to (a.) Encourage the employers to register themselves; (b) Encourage the employer to register employees, if any, who have been left out of coverage including contractual, casual, temporary etc.  The proposed Scheme will remain open for a period of three months from 1st January, 2017 to 31st March, 2017. The proposed scheme shall have following features: -

i.          The employers registering during the period will be treated as covered from the date of registration or as declared by them.

ii.         The newly registered employees shall be treated as covered from the date of their registration.

iii.        This will not have any bearing on actions taken/required under ESI Act, if any, prior to 1st January, 2017.

iv.        The Chairman, ESIC may be authorized to remove difficulties, if any, in implementing the Scheme.

            In order to improve the medical services under State run ESI facilities, the august body of ESI Corporation has today approved a remarkable decision to increase per capita ceiling of sharing expenditure with State Governments from existing Rs. 2150/- to Rs. 3000/- with sub ceiling of Rs. 1250/- for “Administration” and Rs. 1750/- for “Others”.  With enhancement of this ceiling, the State Governments may now further equip better their medical services to ESI Beneficiaries in its ESI medical institutions.  The enhanced ceiling of Rs. 3000/- will be fixed from 2017-2018 to 2019-2020 and reviewed annually from 2020-21 on the basis of WPI and expenditure pattern of the States. 

            The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation today approved its Annual Report and Annual Accounts for the year 2015-2016 for submitting to the Central Government and laying on the table of both Houses of the Parliament.  The Hon’ble Minister announced that the ESI Scheme is on the path of sustained growth.  It is now catering to social security needs of more than 2.13 crores insured persons which is likely to increase to many folds’ in next two to three years.  The number of beneficiaries covered under the Scheme is now 8.28 crores, which will also increase accordingly in next 2-3 years.

    Since last two-three years, the ESI Corporation has achieved a lot towards bringing more and more workers under the Social Security Coverage of ESI Scheme; bringing Health Reform agenda under “ESIC 2.0”; and also for creating a digital environment for ESIC’s working towards better delivery to our Insured Persons and Beneficiaries.

ESIC has been paying the cash benefits to its beneficiaries directly in their Bank Accounts.  Besides this. The Minister also informed that Ministry of Labour & Employment and all its divisions along with ESIC have taken-up a special drive for getting the bank accounts opened for the workers.

Smt. M. Sathiyavathy, IAS, Secretary, Labour & Employment, Govt. of India and Shri Deepak Kumar, IAS, Director General, ESIC were also present in the meeting.  Shri Bandaru Dattatreya briefed the tripartite body i.e. the Corporation about the recent initiatives/developments/achievement of ESIC:- 

•           Creating “Ease of Compliance” and “Ease of Business” by getting all important processes of ESIC online.

•           Launching of Public Grievance Module for online redressal of Grievance of the workers.

•           Extending coverage of Social Security net of ESI Scheme in the remaining North-East States.

•           Total revenue of the Corporation is Rs.14372.22 crores during the year 2015-16 in comparison to Rs. 13588.58 crores last year. 

•           The Corporation spent a total of Rs.6819.47 crores in the year 2015-16 on Medical, Cash and other benefits. 

Source : PIB
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