100% DA to Central Government Employees from 1.1.2014- Official News

100% DA to Central Government Employees from 1.1.2014- Official News

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2014

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.01.2014, in cash, but not before the disbursement of the salary for the month of March 2014 at the rate of 10 percent increase over the existing rate of 90 percent.
Hence, Central Government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 100 percent of the basic with effect from 01.01.2014. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.
The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be Rs. 11074.80 crore per annum and Rs. 12920.60 crore in the financial year 2014-15 ( i.e. for a period of 14 months from January 2014 to February 2015).

7th Central Pay Commission Terms of Reference approved by union cabinet

7th Central Pay Commission

7th Central Pay Commission Terms of Reference approved by union cabinet

The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to the Terms of Reference of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) as follows:-
a) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances and other facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, having regard to rationalization and simplification therein as well as the specialized needs of various Departments, agencies and services, in respect of the following categories of employees:- 
i. Central Government employees-industrial and non-industrial;
ii. Personnel belonging to the All India Services;
iii. Personnel of the Union Territories;
iv. Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department;
v. Members of regulatory bodies (excluding the Reserve Bank of India) set up under Acts of Parliament; and
vi. Officers and employees of the Supreme Court.
b) To examine, review, evolve and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding principles that should govern the emoluments structure, concessions and facilities/benefits, in cash or kind, as well as retirement benefits of personnel belonging to the Defence Forces, having regard to historical and traditional parities, with due emphasis on aspects unique to these personnel.

c) To work out the framework for an emoluments structure linked with the need to attract the most suitable talent to Government service, promote efficiency, accountability and responsibility in the work culture, and foster excellence in the public governance system to respond to complex challenges of modern administration and rapid political, social, economic and technological changes, with due regard to expectations of stakeholders, and to recommend appropriate training and capacity building through a competency based framework.

d) To examine the existing schemes of payment of bonus, keeping in view, among other things, its bearing upon performance and productivity and make recommendations on the general principles, financial parameters and conditions for an appropriate incentive scheme to reward excellence in productivity, performance and integrity.
e) To review the variety of existing allowances presently available to employees in addition to pay and suggest their rationalization and simplification, with a view to ensuring that the pay structure is so designed as to take these into account.
f) To examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension and other retirement benefits, including revision of pension in the case of employees who have retired prior to the date of effect of these recommendations, keeping in view that retirement benefits of all Central Government employees appointed on and after 01.01.2004 are covered by the New Pension Scheme (NPS). 
g) To make recommendations on the above, keeping in view:
i. the economic conditions in the country and need for fiscal prudence;
ii. the need to ensure that adequate resources are available for developmental expenditures and welfare measures;
iii. the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications;
iv. the prevailing emolument structure and retirement benefits available to employees of Central Public Sector Undertakings; and
v. the best global practices and their adaptability and relevance in Indian conditions.
h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above.
The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution. It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised.
The decision will result in the benefit of improved pay and allowances as well as rationalization of the pay structure in case of Central Government employees and other employees included in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
Background
Central Pay Commissions are periodically constituted to go into various issues of emoluments’ structure, retirement benefits and other service conditions of Central Government employees and to make recommendations on the changes required.

Govt approves Rs 1,000 minimum monthly pension under EPS-95

Govt approves Rs 1,000 min monthly pension under EPS-95

New Delhi, Feb 28 (PTI) Government today approved the proposal to ensure Rs 1,000 minimum monthly pension under a scheme of retirement fund body EPFO that would immediately benefit 28 lakh pensioners.
The decision to provide the entitlement under Employees’ Pension Scheme-95, run by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, was taken by the Union Cabinet in its meeting held here.
The move will immediately benefit about 28 lakh pensioners including five lakh widows. There are 44 lakh pensioners.
source : PTI News

Cabinet Approved 10% Hike in Dearness Allowance from January 2014

Cabinet Approved 10% Hike in Dearness Allowance from January 2014


100% Dearness Allowance for Central Government employees and Pensioners with effect from 1.1.2014

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to release an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to central government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2014 representing an increase of 10% over the existing rate of 90% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

7th CPC ToR to be taken up by Union Cabinet Tomorrow

7th CPC ToR to be taken up by Union Cabinet Tomorrow

Unprecedented number of proposals expected to be cleared by Cabinet on Friday

Marathon Cabinet meeting expected


Cabinet Committee recommends Parliament prorogation

Unprecedented number of proposals including the possibility of draft ordinances on anti-graft bills expected to be cleared by Cabinet on Friday

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday recommended prorogation of Parliament ahead of Friday’s Cabinet meeting which is scheduled to clear an unprecedented number of proposals including the possibility of draft ordinances on the pet anti-graft bills of the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
“It is a choc-o-bloc agenda. I have never known seen such heavy agenda before the Cabinet. We are working feverishly as if for the last supper,” a senior Finance Ministry official told The Hindu. The UPA government is keen on clearing as many proposals as possible before the expected general election announcement of the Election Commission after which the Code of Conduct comes into vogue. Among the items for clearance include 54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas and GSLV-Mark III.

Marathon Cabinet meeting expected

With the schedule for the Lok Sabha likely to be announced on Saturday, the UPA government is working “feverishly” on a record number of announcements, appointments and initiatives before the model code of conduct kicks in.

The Cabinet meeting on Friday is expected to be a “marathon” one as it will be the last opportunity for the government to take policy decisions as well as ‘populist’ sops, top Finance Ministry sources told The Hindu.

The proposals lined up for Friday’s Cabinet include 54 new Kendriya Vidalayas, space programme GSLV-Mark III, a six-lane bypass for Delhi, terms of reference for the 7 Pay Commission which was set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently.

It is expected to consider Rs. 3,500 crore budget for new broadcasting infrastructure for All India Radio and Doordarshan, 10-per cent Dearness Allowance for government employees and 600 MW hydro-power projects in Bhutan. The dearness allowance hike to 100 per cent from the existing 90 per cent is expected to benefit to benefiting 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners.

New schemes have been put up for approval by the Ministries for health, tourism, water resources, human resource development and agriculture. These include expansion of government-funded PhD seats for electronic systems design and manufacturing of hardware, a new investment scheme for urea, two new highways and a health research scheme from the Human Resource Development Ministry. Some shipping and steel projects will also come up for approvals.

Officials believe some more items could be put on the block-buster agenda. A Cabinet Minister told The Hindu that the government expects the Election Commission to announce the general election schedule on Saturday or latest by Monday.

Source : The Hindu

Forward LDC,UDC Grade Pay Up gradation in the form of Proposal – DoE to Ministry of Statistics

Forward LDC,UDC Grade Pay Up gradation  in the form of Proposal – DoE to Ministry of Statistics


DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE DIRECTS THE MINISTRY OF STATISTICS & PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION TO SEND PROPOSAL FOR UP-GRADATION OF GRADE PAY OF LDC & UDC TO THEM

Dear members/friends,

Department of Expenditure (DoE) vide OM No. 58(2)/E.III(B)/2014 dated 18th February, 2014(enclosed) has forwarded the letter/documents demanding upgradation of the grade pay of LDC & UDC to Rs. 2400 & 2800 respectively, to the Financial Adviser, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation(MoS&PI) with a direction to examine the representations and forwarding the same to DoE for consideration in the form of a proposal, through IFD. In this respect, this Association has already made it clear that the LDC & UDC issue is a clear anomaly aroused due to the discriminatory recommendation/implementation of the 6th Pay Commission and the same is to be rectified as an anomaly and not as a cadre restructuring. As has already informed you that this Association has decided to file a case in the CAT by 1st week of March for getting implemented the upgradation from the date of implementation of the 6th CPC and the preparation for the same is in full swing. However, since the DoE has directed the MoS&PI in favour of upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC and UDC, a letter demanding implementation of the upgradation from 1.1.2006 is being sent to the Joint Secretary, MoS&PI before filing the case.

Yours Sincerely

TKR Pillai
General Secretary
Mob No. 09425372172

Forwarding of letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from All India Association of Administrative Staff

No. 58(2)/E.III(B)/2014
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E.III-(B) Branch
****

New Delhi, the 18th February, 2014.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Forwarding of letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from All India Association of Administrative Staff.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith letter No. 4/GS/2013 dated 14/10/2013 from Shri T.K.R. Pillai regarding upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC and UDC in administrative branch of Government of India offices and to state that this Department does not consider the representations received from individuals or Associations and they are forwarded to the concerned administrative ministries/departments. The Administrative Ministry/Department concerned is required to examine the representations and if merit is found, the same may be forwarded to this Department for consideration in the form of a proposal, through IFD. The letter was earlier forwarded to DOPT, who in turn have returned it stating that LDCs and UDCs in the Administrative Branch of Government of India does not come under the CSCS cadre.

Sd/
(Manoj Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

To
FA(Statistics & Programme Implementation),
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation,
Sardar Patel Bhawan,

Source :aiamshq.blogspot.in

Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards - Guidelines

Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards - Guidelines


S 11011/1/2014-CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health and Family Welfare
CGHS (Policy) Division

Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: the 10th February, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards – reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M No.S.11012/3/2011-CGHS (P) dated 29.12.2011 laying down the guidelines for issue of individual plastic cards to CGHS beneficiaries. CGHS Plastic Cards were introduced in September, 2008 in Delhi NCR and the cards were initially issued with a validity period of 5 years. The CGHS Plastic Cards completing their validity period are due for renewal and accordingly fresh cards with renewed validity period are being issued by the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the city concerned. With a view to further streamline the process of renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards, it has been decided to issue the following guidelines supplementing the existing instructions on issue of CGHS Plastic Cards:

Serving beneficiary
a) Application for renewal of CGHS Plastic Cards in the prescribed proforma (Form AA) alongwith requisite documents (current photographs, copy of pay slip and address proof of residence, if changed), should be submitted through their Administrative Office to the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the respective CGHS city following the same procedure as prescribed for issue of fresh CGHS card.

b) Fresh CGHS Plastic Cards with same beneficiary ID nos. shall be issued with a validity period of 5 years.

c) Applications for renewal of old plastic cards can be made 3 months in advance prior to its expiry.

Pensioner beneficiary
a) Application for renewal of Pensioners’ CGHS Plastic Cards in the prescribed proforma (Form BB) alongwith requisite documents (current photographs, PPO or LPC, address proof, if changed) should be submitted to the parent CGHS Wefiness Centre where his /her card is registered. He / she can also submit the application to the Office of Additional Director, CGHS of the respective CGHS city for renewal of CGHS cards.

b) Fresh CGHS Plastic Cards with same beneficiary ID nos. shall be issued with validity for lifetime or up to the date for which the contribution has been made by the beneficiary.

c) Applications for renewal of old plastic cards can be made 3 months in advance prior to its expiry. This issues with the approval of Additional Secretary and Director General, CGHS.

End: Specimen Form AA and Form BB.

sd/-
(V.P.Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

Government Committed to Provide Required Fund to Implement OROP: Antony

Government Committed to Provide Required Fund to Implement OROP: Antony
The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has assured the Services that the Government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) Policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation. Chairing a meeting of the top brass of the Services and senior officials of MoD, here, last evening, Shri Antony said the Finance Minister had clarified that the figure of Rs 500 crores made available to implement the scheme was only ‘indicative’.

The meeting was convened by Shri Antony to discuss the modalities for implementation of OROP. It was attended among others by the Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh, the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Ex- Servicemen’s Welfare Smt Sangita Gairola, Secretary Defence Finance Shri Arunava Dutt, the three Service Vice Chiefs and AG from the Services Headquarters.

It was noted that “OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”.

Shri Antony directed that the Controller General of Defence Accounts should initiate immediate necessary steps in consultation with the three Services, MoD Finance and Department of ESW to give effect to the decision. He also emphasized that family pensioners and disability pensioners would be included. Ex-Servicemen may also be appropriately consulted by the Services, Shri Antony said.

It may be recalled that improvements in the pension for Defence Services have been effected by the Government on three occasions in recent times - in 2006, 2010 and 2013. As a result of these changes, the gap in pension amount between pre-2006 and post-2006 retirees has been bridged substantially. However, keeping in view the long- standing demand, the Government has accepted the principle of OROP for Defence Services. 

Online Filing of Performance Appraisal Report for IAS Officers Introduced

Online Filing of Performance Appraisal Report for IAS Officers Introduced 


The Government has introduced the system of online filing of Performance Appraisal Report (PAR) for IAS officers from the current assessment year i.e. 2013-14. The software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for this purpose was launched by Shri V Narayanasamy, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office here today. It would be operational for use by the officers posted in State as well as Central Ministries/ Department from the last week of March,2014. 

The online filing of Performance Appraisal Report will bring more probity and transparency in the recording of PAR, avoid loss of PARs during transition; ensure better monitoring and timely completion of PARs and easy and immediate access to the PARs by the authorized users. 

The software has been developed after feedback from all the stakeholders viz., States, Central Ministries/Departments through a series of meetings with Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, GAD/Personnel Departments and Joint Secretary(Admn.) of all Central Ministries/Departments. Some of the important features of the software are as follows: 

The above software would be linked to the Executive Records available on DoPT’s website indicating the name of the officer, the State where attached, present posting, etc. 

(a) Thus, the form would be pre-populated with existing information already available in the Executive Record Sheet and only details like reporting, reviewing and accepting authorities, based on the work flow for each officer would have to be filled up by GAD Department in the State/JS(Admn.) at the centre before sending it to each officer online. 

(b) The software has an inbuilt system of generating auto-alerts which would go to the concerned officers with whom the PAR would be pending for more than the specified time and thus would ensure better monitoring of the writing of PAR. 

(c) Each officer would have to digitally sign the report before forwarding it to appropriate authority. 

(d) It would also have the facility of uploading summary of medical reports, certificate of training, academic courses, appreciation letters, etc. 

(e) The software would have an in-built security mechanism to ensure that nobody can tamper with the data available in it. 

(f) For e-filing, each officer/authority involved in the work flow is required to be issued a Digital Signature Certificate(DSC) which is the digital equivalent of physical or paper certificate for authentication. The DSC being a pre-requisite for online filing of PAR, the majority of officers posted in States as well as in Central Ministries/Departments have already been issued the DSC dongle. 

To familiarize the State GAD/Admn. Division at the centre with the operations and functioning of the software, Training workshops are being organized by the NIC. The following help resources to the States and Central Ministries/Departments are also being provided: 

User Manuals on ‘ePAR’ and DSC Installation 
(a) Troubleshooting Guide; 
(b) On line Interactive Tutorials; and 
(c) Support Portal to provide feedback/queries related to software. 
(d) The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials including Secretary (Personnel), Establishment Officer & Additional Secretary, DG, NIC and other officers of DoPT. 

Centre may raise age of retirement from 60 to 62 years

Centre may raise age of retirement from 60 to 62 years

However, sources confirmed this would not be applicable for employees retiring on February 28

The Cabinet Meeting will be held on 27/2/2014

The cabinet is expected to discuss  the terms and conditions of the panel include a proposal to merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance with basic pay


The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is likely to take a major decision of increasing the retirement age of Central government employees by two years, from 60 to 62 this week. This would be applicable from March 1.

It would be one of the major decisions to be taken by the Cabinet before the model code of conduct for the general elections kicks in. In the Thursday meeting, the Cabinet is also likely to recommend dates for the elections. These could be notified on March 5.

“The government may clear the increase in age this week,” said a source. It is likely to be a part of the terms of reference of the Seventh Pay Commission, expected to file its report in 2017. The panel, however, can recommend an interim relief through the move.

The increase in retirement age would be happening after 15 years. In 1998, it was increased to 60 from 58 following implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission. Experts said it would defer payment of retirement benefits. However, sources confirmed this would not be applicable for employees retiring on February 28.

The cabinet is expected to discuss a proposal to increase the dearness allowance by 10 per cent from January 1, to make it 100 per cent and merge 50 per cent of the increased dearness allowance with basic pay. The terms and conditions of the panel include a proposal to merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance with basic pay.

The move to increase the retirement age may pressure the states to follow. The department of personnel and training was working on the proposal for quite some time. The Budget estimate on the pension outgo for 2014-15 is Rs 80,982 crore, 0.6 per cent of the gross domestic product.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com

Union Cabinet likely to approve 10% DA hike on Friday

Union Cabinet likely to approve 10% DA hike on Friday


New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) The Union Cabinet is likely to approve hiking dearness allowance to 100 per cent from existing 90 per cent benefiting 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners in it meeting scheduled on Friday.

"The Union Cabinet will take a proposal to hike Dearness allowance for its employees and dearness relief for its pensioners to 100 per cent this Friday as per agenda listed for the meeting," a source said.

source : PTI NEWS
http://www.ptinews.com/news/4442186_Union-Cabinet-likely-to-approve-10--DA-hike-on-Friday.html

Blogs views on Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance and Retirement age to 62

Blogs views on Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance and Retirement age to 62
There was huge expectation among all the central government employees from the Cabinet Meeting held last week; the central Government would announce its decision on the most expected matters like Merger of Dearness Allowance and Increasing Retirement Age to 62. Electronic and Print Media also presumed that the decision on 50% DA merger and Retirement age 62 would be taken in the said cabinet meeting. But central government has said nothing against about this matter after the Meeting.
So far no one from government side come forward to say about their stand on these issues. So these things keep the central government employees hope alive. It is expected as everybody hope the central government will announce some important decisions in respect of central government employees this week
Recently some blogs have posted some interesting things about merger of dearness Allowance and Retirement age 62.
A popular website gservants.com has already posted two articles about Merger of 50% Dearness Allowance and Increasing Retirement Age to 62 on 15-1-2014 and 17-2-2014 respectively.
Merger of 50 percent DA may soon be considered by Central Government –Sources–on 15-1-2014
Proposal for raising Retirement Age to 62 waits for Cabinet Nod-  on 17-2-2014
One of the blog of Central Government Employees News CGEN.IN forecasted about Merger of Dearness Allowance
If the 50% DA is merged with Basic Pay with effect from 1.1.2011, The benefit will be as fallows..
For Example, a govt servant was getting Rs.10000 as basic pay as on 1.1.2011, after merging of 50% dearness allowance the calculation  clearly shows the increase in salary was only 50 rupees per month…
Basic Pay
Dearness allowance 51%
Total
Basic Pay
Dearness Pay
Remaining percentage of DA 1%
Total
Difference
10,000
5100
15150
10000   
5000      
150
15100
150
The HRA is not included in this calculation, since the amount of HRA will be paid as per the entitlement of Government Servants.
The blog ‘paycommissionupdate.blogspot.in’ presumed that the announcement on Merger of Dearness Allowance and Retirement age will be expected by this week..
This week may bring cheer to central employees and pensioners
Central Govt. employees and pensioners will have some reasons to celebrate this week. The union cabinet is likely to clear some long awaited demands for its staff in the next meeting to be held later this week .The F.M., currently on foreign tour, likely to return India on 26th February and after which cabinet meeting is likely to take place.
According to information available with us, merger of 50% D.A., an additional hike of 10% D.A. from 01.01.2014, granting of Interim Relief and enhancing retirement age to 62 years are under the consideration of Govt. and some of these are to be approved in the next cabinet meeting.
As the notification of loksabha poll may be issued in the first week of March, this would be the last cabinet meeting before the code of conduct comes into force.
So the central employees and pensioners may definitely hope for some bonanza to be announced this week
One more popular website gconnect.in also posted an article on the title " Basic Pay and DA after 50% DA Merger – Estimation"
An Estimation in respect of entry level pay in pay band applicable to Four Grade Pay which will fall in to each of four 6CPC revised Pay Scales PB-1, PB-2, PB-3, and PB-4
While all Central Government Employees across India are eagerly awaiting 50% DA Merger with Pay, we have attempted to estimate the difference in basic pay and DA after 50% DA Merger for entry level pay in pay band applicable to Four Cadres with Grade Pay Rs.2400, Rs. 4200, Rs.5400 and Rs. 8700/-
See more at : Basic Pay and DA after 50% DA Merger – Estimation

Sanction of Pension Simplified and Streamlined

Sanction of Pension Simplified and Streamlined

 
As a part of a larger mandate of streamlining and simplifying the sanction of pension and payment process, the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has taken steps towards minimizing delays in sanction and disbursement of pension, and making the process more transparent.
 
The objective is to simplify the forms as well as to do away with the requirement of submission of affidavit and to accept all information and documents on the basis of Self certification. 26 forms under CCS Pension Rules (1972) have been reviewed and modified where necessary. The revised forms have been posted on the website of the Department www.persmin.nic.in.
 
The Department proposes to dispense with the requirement of a number of nomination forms for various benefits like GPF, CGEGIS, arrear of Pension and commutation of Pension by the employees. Instead, an employee will be required to fill up only one Nomination Form during the service and another nomination Form at the time of retirement. Amendment to the Forms and relevant rules in this respect would be notified by the Department very soon.
 
Revision of Forms under General/Contributory Provident Fund Rules, Extraordinary Pension Rules and Commutation of Pension Rules is under process. The Department is also reviewing the Rules with a view to reducing the time prescribed for sanction of pension from the current 24-30 months to a more reasonable 12 months.
 
An online pension sanction and payment tracking system ‘Bhavishya’ has been launched, initially in 15 Ministries. This will enable retiring government servants to themselves track progress of sanction of pension and other retirement dues against the time lines prescribed.

Central Government should pay the dearness allowance of state government employees as well – Mamata Banerjee

Central Government should pay the dearness allowance of state government employees as well – Mamata Banerjee

 

W.B Government Employees would be able to avail themselves of cashless hospitalisation facility of up to Rs 1 lakh

 
Centre should come forward and pay the dearness allowance of state government employees as well, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded today.
“Whenever the Centre announces DA, state government employees should be given the same on a par (with central government employees).
“They (Centre) give it (to central government employees) before elections. Will others (state government employees) suck their thumbs?” Banerjee asked.
“We want the Centre to pay the DA for (state government) employees,” Banerjee said. She added that paying DA cost Rs 6,900 crore to the state exchequer.
“How will we be able to afford it when the central government is taking all the money from us?” she asked.
Speaking at a convention of state government employees organised under the banner of the Paschimbanga Sarkari Karmachari Federation, Banerjee said the matter had also been taken up with the Finance Commission.
She reiterated her charge that the Union government had stopped funds for various central schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
“There should be a tax for those who lie,” she said.
She also added that restructuring should be done for the interest on loans taken from the Centre by the previous Left Front government.
“Why should we pay for the faults of CPI(M)?” she asked. Criticising the Left-affiliated coordination committee of state government employees, Banerjee said the body should now be dismantled as it did no work.
“They have no work besides criticising others. They are shameless. They did no work for the last 34 years and now, too, are not working,” she said while adding that such employees were holding up various files.
She, meanwhile, announced that housing loans would be restarted for the welfare of employees. Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for the same under a scheme entitled ‘Akanksha’.
A health scheme has also been extended for another two years under which government employees would be able to avail themselves of cashless hospitalisation facility of up to Rs 1 lakh.
“We have added new hospitals to the list and also (expanded the disease cover),” Banerjee said.
As to contractual employees, she said none would lose jobs but, due
source : The Financial Express

Private Practice by Government Doctors

Private Practice by Government Doctors


Rule 14 of Central Health Service Rules, 1996 imposes ban on private practice of any kind, whatsoever including any consultation and laboratory practice by the doctors working under Central Health Service.

One case was reported during the year 2011, and two cases during the year 2012 and one case during the year 2013. However, there was no case reported during the current year (upto 15.2.2014).

The doctors are incentivised by payment of Non Practising Allowance (NPA) at the rate of 25% of the Basic Pay in lieu of private practices. However, penal action is taken against the guilty doctors as per CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965.

This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

Government Urges all Tax Payers to Disclose Their True Income and Pay Appropriate Taxes

Government Urges all Tax Payers to Disclose Their True Income and Pay Appropriate Taxes


Income Tax Department Conducts the Second Round of Data Matching Identifying New 21.75 Lakh Potential Non-Filers and Information About Them Made Available on the ‘Compliance Module’ on E-Filing Portal of the Department

The Income Tax Department, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance has now conducted the second round of data matching which has identified additional 21.75 lakh potential non-filers. The Department has sent letters to the 50,000 potential non filers in the first batch. The information relating to the 21.75 lakh new non-filers has been made available on the ‘Compliance Module’ on the e-filing portal of the Income Tax Department. The information will be shown only to the specific PAN holder when the PAN holder logs into e-filing portal at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The PAN holder will be able to submit the response electronically and keep a print-out of the submitted response for record purposes.

Earlier the Income Tax Department had initiated a business intelligence project in February, 2013 to identify PAN holders who have not filed Income Tax Return and about whom specific information is available in Annual Information Return (AIR), Central Information Branch (CIB) data and TDS/TCS Returns. In the first round of data matching, 12.19 lakh non-filers were identified. Letters have been sent in these cases by the Compliance Management Cell and Assessing officers seeking the response of the taxpayer. The results of this initiative is very encouraging and 5,36,220 returns have been received from the target segment. Self assessment tax of Rs.1017.87 Cr. and advance tax of Rs. 898.22 Cr. has also been paid by the target segment.

While the Government urges all tax payers to disclose their true income and pay appropriate taxes, the Tax Department would continue to pursue the non filers vigorously till all the high potential non filers are covered.

AIRF demands merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay

AIRF demands merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay

In the article titled  Merger of 50 percent DA may soon be considered by Central Government –Sources  posted in gservants.com  on 15th January 2014, It is said that if the government fails to announce the Merger of 50% dearness allowance before the DA crossing 100% level, Then the central government employees demand will not be for 50% DA Merger but  for 100% DA merger. As gservants.com said, one of the important railway federation AIRF appealed the central government in its press release dated 21-2-2014 to Merge 100% DA with Basic Pay with all purposes. The Press release of AIRF is given below

PRESS RELEASE

February 21, 2014 – All India Railwaymen’s Federation(AIRF) has addressed the issue of merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay for all purposes w.e.f. 01.01.2014 to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the Finance Minister, Government of India, as Dearness Allowance will cross 100%. Unfortunately, there is no heed to this issue despite agitations at length over the Indian Railways by the AIRF.

It is also unfortunate that due 10% Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1st

January, 2014 has still not been announced by the Government of India.

AIRF earnestly requests the Government of India to immediately announce Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 1st January, 2014 all along with merger of 100% Dearness Allowance with Basic Pay.

For General Secretary
All India Railwaymen’s Federation

Source: www.gservants.com

Execution of Bond for availing Study Leave

Execution of Bond for availing Study Leave


No. 13026/4/2012-Estt.(L)
Bharat Sarkar/Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi, the 18 thFebruary. 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Execution of Bond for availing Study Leave under rule 53(4) of the CCS(Leave) Rules, 1972 – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that Government servants are allowed to avail “Study Leave’ in terms of the provisions of rules 50-63 of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972. The provisions of rule 53(4) mandates for execution of a bond by the Government Servant who is granted such leave in the relevant format prescribed for the said purpose i.e. Forms 7-10 of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972.

2. The said Bond executed by the Government servant requires putting in specified period of service after expiry of the Study Leave as prescribed by provisions of rule 50(5) of the said rules.

3. It has come to the notice of this Department that the provisions of the aforesaid bond are being circumvented and officers who have availed Study Leave proceed on prolonged spells of leave due and admissible to them and thus do not put in active service for the requisite period as indicated in the bond executed by them.

A. In view of the above position, the provisions of the prescribed format of the Bond have been reviewed in consultation with the Department of Legal Affairs and it has been decided that the prescribed forms 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the CSS (Leave) Rules, 1972 may be revised by incorporating a specific clause confirming commitment of the Government servant to put in requisite active service after expiry of the Study Leave. The copies of the revised formats are enclosed herewith. The grant of Study Leave shall continue to be regulated in terms of the relevant provisions of the rules as indicated in para 1 above. Ministry of Home Affairs etc are requested to ensure that the necessary Bond in respect of grant of Study Leave under the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 may henceforth be obtained in the revised formats.

5. These orders are being issued after consultation with the C&AG of India in respect of persons serving in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department.

6. Formal amendments to CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 are being issued separately.

sd/-
(Mukul Ratra)
Director (L&A)

Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/13026_4_2012-Estt.L-18022014.pdf]

Whether Govt. actually merged Dearness Allowance with basic pay today (20/02)

Whether Govt. actually merged Dearness Allowance with basic pay today (20/02) ?

Rumors spread very fast this afternoon that central cabinet approved terms of reference of seventh CPC and agreed to merge 50% of D.A. with basic pay for central employees and pensioners. Some of the popular websites and media sites started flashing this news. A cabinet meeting did took place today but according to sources, it was not discussed in the meeting due to paucity of time. 

Merger of D.A., granting interim relief and enhancing superannuation age are definitely being actively considered by the Govt. but nothing has been materialized as of now.

F.M. is proceeding to Australia for a five days official tour and it is most likely that cabinet will take any decision only after his return from abroad. So good news may be expected in the next weekend. 

50% DA Merger in Terms of Referance of 7thCPC- Latest Position

50% DA Merger in Terms of Referance of 7thCPC- Latest Position


Almost all the News Media are telling that Central Government is considering the demand of Merging 50% dearness allowance with basic pay. It was expected that the decision of the Cabinet committee on economic affairs would be announced after its meeting held yesterday. But  there is no any decision in this regard has been taken in that meeting.

Confederation of central government employees and workers has informed through its blog www. [http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/ ]that DOP&T has finalized the terms of reference of Seventh Central Pay Commission and submitted to Cabinet for approval. Details of the terms of reference finalized by DOP&T are not disclosed to the staff side. Details will be known only after the Cabinet meeting which is likely to be held today evening or tomorrow. (Date of Cabinet Meeting not confirmed).

In the meeting held with Secretary, DOPT on 24.10.2013 to discuss the possible Terms of Reference, the Standing Committee Members of National Council JCM told the Government that before finalizing Terms of Reference of 7th Pay commission, it should be circulated to the Members of the JCM Members. But It is informed that so far it has not been circulated to them.

The demands which have been triggered more expectation among central government employees are 50% DA Merger, Interim relief and raising retirement age to 62 . So far Central government is not telling anything against about this recently. The report published by news websites and TV Media have suggested that decision on this issue will be announced today positively.


Govt likely to increase and merge dearness allowance with basic pay- The Times of India

Govt likely to increase and merge dearness allowance with basic pay- The Times of India


The government may increase and merge dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay with the Union Cabinet expected to include the proposal as part of the terms of reference of the 7th pay commission. 

The move will facilitate announcement of interim relief to more than 50 lakh government employees and 30 lakh pensioners by the newly-constituted pay commission before the code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls come into force. 

Central government employees unions have been demanding that besides raising DA to 100%, the government should revise the pay and merge DA with basic pay, considering market inflation and price hike of essential commodities.

As per practice, DA is merged with basic pay when it breaches the 50% mark. DA merger helps employees as their other allowances are paid as a proportion of basic pay. 

An official said if merger of 50% DA with basic pay was decided, it could lead to hike in salary by around 30-35%. He added that there were instances of announcing interim relief to employees apart from DA by a newly constituted pay commission prior to their implementation. 

Merger of 50% DA with basic pay was done in the 5th pay commission, but the 6th commission did not recommended it. 

The Centre is expected to announce next month a hike in dearness allowance by 10% which would make it 100% of basic pay. It will be the second double digit DA hike in a row as the government had announced a hike of 10% in September last year, effective from July 1, 2013. 

An official said hike in DA will not be less than 10% and would be effective from January 1 this year. 

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-likely-to-increase-and-merge-dearness-allowance-with-basic-pay/articleshow/30691712.cms


Retirement age increases to 62 for Central Government Employees

Retirement age increases to 62 for Central Government Employees 


As the election dates for Lok Sabha 2014 is proceeding nearer, Congress Government is coming up with several attractive offers. In order to passify Telangana issue and to attract 11 millions employees and pensioners. Government in its next Cabinet meeting is going to extend retirement age from 60 to 62 for all Central Government employees. 

As recommended in the Seventh pay commission key features in section 128.18, recommendation of increasing the age of superannuation to 62 has been accepted by the Government after receiving the memorandum no 25012/B/14 -Est. -A. The the next cabinet meeting the decision will be taken for the same.


When 62 years of retirement age for Central Government Employee will be effective

The Seventh pay commission will be effective from 1st January 2016. Now the question is from what date superannuation at 62 years for Government employee will be effective?

As per the media report and read in newspaper Government had agreed for implementation of 62 years and will be effective from 1st Feb 2014. In next Cabinet meeting this will be finalized and declared. Since code of conduct will be effective from 1st week of March it is expected that meeting will be held in the month of February only and there will be a final decision on superannuation age as well as on Dearness Allowances from Jan 14 and merger of pay. If the decision is taken within this week the effect of superannuation will be from 1st Feb 2014. However still the final decision of Cabinet meeting is not yet announced as the Government is at present engaged in passing various controversial bills including the one of Telangana to capitalize the votes for Lok Sabha election 2014.

See more at: http://www.updatesindia.in/2014/02/Retirement-age-62-Central-Government-Employee.html

Ex-servicemen have welcomed one rank one pension

Ex-servicemen have welcomed one rank one pension

Ex-servicemen have welcomed ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme announced in interim Union budget. However, they feel that the decision has been inspired by forthcoming general elections in country.
Air Marshal (retired) Harish Masand said it is a very good gesture from government. Finally, he said, the struggle in battle filed has borne fruits. Recalling the days of dharnas at Jantar Mantar and India Gate, Masand said, “More then 21,000 medals (gallantry) were returned by ex-servicemen to President as part of their protest.”
He added that jawans and junior commissioned officers of all three forces will be benefitted.
Brig (retired) Madan Mohan Bhanot said it is the best decision taken by government for the welfare of ex-servicemen but the time is not appropriate. He said the decision seems to have been inspired by the forthcoming elections. “The same provision was always there for officers of the rank of lt general and above in all three forces,” said Brig Bhanot adding that real beneficiaries would be those in other ranks especially the jawans, who would now be able to provide better education for their children and improve the quality of life.
Col (retired) Virendra Kumar Saini said, “Jawans retire after giving the prime of their youth for the cause of nation and get peanuts in return. He is also not trained to get suitable remunerations in corporate sector, therefore the chances of his respectable earnings are reduced. For such people, this decision will really mean a lot and they will be able to lead a quality life.”
source : The Times Of India

Acceptance of One rank One Pension is a victory for Defence Personnel

Acceptance of One rank One Pension is a victory for Defence Personnel

In his recent address to a delegation of ex-military, Rahul Gandhi talked of a certain ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) scheme. The eventual announcement of its acceptance in  interim budget was received with much enthusiasm by the service men who had been demanding this financial security for a very long time.
A Supreme Court ruling from 1983 stated, “Pension is not a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer. It is not an ex-gratia payment, but a payment for past services rendered.”
Keeping this in mind, it will help draw context in understanding the importance of the OROP.

So what does the OROP signify?

Basically, it demands for equal pensions for those of who’ve retired in a particular year, whilst holding the same position as those who’ve retired in another year. So for instance, a sepoy who retired in 1995 should be paid the same amount of pension as the one who retired later.
However, so far, that has not been the case. While every pay commission bumps the salaries of government servants, pensions of ex-servicemen remain unchanged
“Whenever successive pay commissions enhance the salaries and consequently the pensions, these are effected only prospectively. The gap between past pensioners and their younger equivalents keeps widening with every successive pay commission,” explains Lt Gen Raj Kadyan, chairman of Indian Ex Servicemen Movement.
“The disparity has become uncomfortably stark after the Sixth Pay Commission. For equal service, a Sepoy, who retired prior to 1996, gets 82% lower pension than a Sepoy who retires after 2006. Similarly, among officers, a pre 1996 Major gets 53% lower pension than his post 2006 counterpart,” he elaborates.

Civil v/s Defence

Also, as compared to the other civil employees, defence personnels do not get to serve as many years as required to procure optimum pension amount. This means, while a civil servant may put in as many as 33 years and secure a 50% pension, a defence personnel would probably be retired much before he completes that many years and so will not be eligible for the same amount of pension.
Considering the rising costs of living, such “standard amounts” of pension can prove to be a financial tragedy in the making.
So, it comes as no surprise Rahul Gandhi’s push for implementing OROP would be backed with much vigour by the the defence community.
source :www.dnaindia.com

Challenges before the Seventh Pay Commission

Challenges before the Seventh Pay Commission

Why does the government appoint a pay commission every decade?

A pay panel is appointed every decade to review and recommend the pay structure for central government employees taking into account various factors such as cost of living, inflation rate, revenue growth and fiscal deficit of the government, growth in workforce, private sector job scenario and wages, and economic growth. The government has so far appointed six pay commissions. The demand for a permanent pay commission set up through an Act of Parliament has been raised once but it was not accepted by the government.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission—to be headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Mathur—to suggest the extent of hike in salaries of the 7-million-plus central government staff and pensioners with effect from 2016. Petroleum secretary Vivek Rae has been appointed as a full-time member, NIPFP director Rathin Roy will be part-time member and Meena Agarwal will be member-secretary of the new pay panel.

How did the process of pay hikes evolved?

The pay panel recommendations have evolved with time. The first central pay commission (CPC) adopted the concept of “living wage” to determine the pay structure of the government staff. The third CPC adopted the concept of “need-based wage”. The fourth CPC had recommended that the government constitute a permanent machinery to undertake periodical review of pay and allowances of its employees, but this was not accepted by the government. The sixth CPC suggested performance related incentive scheme (PRIS) to replace the ad hoc bonus and productivity-linked bonus schemes. The pay panel also suggested that the running pay band be extended to all grades of officers. Also, the sixth pay panel suggested slashing of the number of grades to 20 and one distinct pay scale for secretaries from the 35 existing earlier.

By how much have the public sector salaries increased every decade following the pay panels’ recommendations?

By and large, the salaries of central government staff have tripled every decade. The sixth CPC suggested 3 times increase in salaries from that of fifth CPC levels—it was 2.6 times for lower grade officials and slightly above 3 for higher grade staff. The increase in salary during fifth CPC was 3-3.5 times the fourth CPC levels.

What has been the fiscal implication of pay hikes?

Government finances have come under strain after implementations of each CPC. After the fourth CPC, the combined fiscal deficit of centre and states rose to 9.5% of GDP in FY87 from 7.7% in FY86. The impact was significantly harsh during the fifth CPC, especially for states—the combined fiscal deficit rose from 6.1% in FY97 to 7% in FY98 and then to 8.7% in FY99 with the aggregate deficit of states surging from 2.6% to over 4%.
In the case of the sixth CPC, the government expenditure increased by about Rs 22,000 crore during 2008-09—Rs 15,700 crore on the general budget and Rs 6,400 crore on the rail budget. The Rs 18,000 crore arrears were distributed in two years—40% in FY09 and 60% in FY10. The fiscal implication of sixth CPC coupled with fiscal stimulus in the form of higher spending and tax cuts after the Lehman crisis, increased Centre’s fiscal deficit to 6% in FY09 and 6.5% in FY10 from less than 3% in FY08.

What are the challenges before seventh CPC?

The new pay panel faces many challenges when it starts the process of reviewing the pay structures of babus. First, the economic growth has slowed sharply in the last 10 years—from over 9% between FY06 and FY08 to 4.5% in FY13. This means slower revenue growth and little room for scaling up expenditure on salaries.
Second, the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) target has already been revised more than twice after the Lehman crisis and the new target for lowering the fiscal deficit target to 3% of GDP is FY17. This again binds the government to restrict spending on salaries and wages.
Third and the most important factor, inflation has stayed high in the past few years—the CPI inflation (CPI-Industrial Workers and the new CPI) has averaged over 9% in the past eight years, which means cost of living has gone up significantly and hence necessitates higher compensation for workers. The dearness allowance of government staff has already touched 100%, which along with the rise in other allowances have more than doubled salaries since 2006.
Analysts expect the seventh pay panel to suggest 3-3.5 times hike in salaries across various grades from sixth CPC levels apart from a further rationalisation of government staff. Already, direct or permanent jobs in public sector have been shrinking while engagement of contract labour and outsourcing is on the rise. This trend is likely to continue given the fiscal imperatives of the government.
There is a perception that government salaries should rise faster at the higher grades and slowly at the lower grades to keep pace with private sector. It needs to be seen whether the seventh CPC retains the minimum:maximum ratio at sixth CPC level of 1:12. A hike in the ratio should not impinge the fisc much as the top level officials—joint secretaries and above—comprise less than 5% of the overall public sector workforce. The performance related incentives could also be reviewed to retain talent within the public sector. More than the fiscal implication, what matters is the productivity of the public sector. For instance, sluggish clearances needed for large projects have ruined investment and halved the growth rate in last three years. The silver-lining of the next CPC could be that it may boost the services sector growth and help revive the faltering economy from 2016 as higher salaries boost spending on housing, automobiles and consumer electronics.
source : The Financial Express

Interim Relief recommended by previous Pay Commissions


BJP Vision Committee Might Propose “No Income Tax” On The Service Class

BJP Vision Committee Might Propose “No Income Tax” On The Service Class

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said his party’s vision committee might propose either “no income tax” on the service class or give full tax exemption on their net savings.
“The party’s vision committee headed by Nitin Gadkari plans to propose either abolition of income tax on the service class or give full exemption of IT on their net savings,” Swamy told reporters after delivering a lecture on “Indian Economy: Present Crisis and Way Forward” here.
Due to IT people are stashing away black money abroad to evade tax, he said, adding that the committee would propose the party to put tax on people earning more than Rs 1 lakh per month, and those saving in shares, bank, stock debentures should be given full relief from IT.
If rate of saving increases, the country GDP’s will also increase, and it would help generate employment, Swamy said.
On the ruckus in Lok Sabha over Telangana, he said, “Six UPA ministers were sitting in the well and made announcements. But unfortunately the Congress party had ensured no action against them… It appears that Congress aimed to win some LS seats in Telangana by passing the bill.
source : Business Standard

Guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of persons with disabilities for efficient performance of their duties

Guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of persons with disabilities for efficient performance of their duties

No.36035/3/2013-Estt(Res)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Dated the 14th February, 2014.
North Block, New Delhi.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of persons with disabilities who are already employed in  Government for efficient performance of their duties.
The undersigned is directed to enclose a copy of draft guidelines for providing certain facilities in respect of persons with disabilities who are already employed in Government for efficient performance of their duties. It is requested that the draft guidelines may be examined and suggestions, if any, may be sent to this Department before 21 st February, 2014 as the guidelines will be issued very
shortly.
Enclo.: As above.
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
source : DOPT

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