Central Govt employees’ attendance surveillance system goes online

Central Govt employees’ attendance surveillance system goes online 

An electronic surveillance system to keep track of punctuality of government officials will become fully operational by the month end as part of Narendra Modi Government’s efforts to discipline employees.

Online trial run of the live biometric attendance system (BAS) have begun and attendance of over 50,000 employees from 148 departments can be viewed online. The system uses fingerprints to ensure that employees physically turn up and do not use proxies.

“BAS for central employees will be fully functional by the end of this month,” DeitY Secretary Ram Sevak Sharma informed.

The website, attendance.gov.in, is hooked up to computers in government offices that will identify employees through their fingerprint and unique identity number (Aadhaar).

It displays a dynamic, real-time chart of how many people are at work. It is also possible check when an individual checks in and logs out of the system.

The programme is currently being implemented in the central government offices located in the national capital and will eventually expand to all central Government employees across the country.

Wall mounted bio-metric attendance terminals have been installed in government buildings. Government employees can mark their attendance in any of the buildings where biometric terminals are installed.

So far, over 50,000 employees have registered on the site, he said, adding that around 10,000 more are expected to join this month.

The system will start with tracking attendance of central government employees stationed in the national capital, he said.

According to the information available on the attendance web portal, as many as 148 central government organisations have registered themselves for the same.

So far, about 50,027 employees have registered on the portal, of the total 66,353 employees. Out of the registered users, 47,644 employees are Aadhaar verified.

source : indianexpress.com

Frequently Asked Questions on LTC entitlements of Fresh Recruit

Frequently Asked Questions on LTC entitlements of Fresh Recruit

No. 31011/7/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (A-IV)

Dated: 26th September, 2014
North Block, New Delhi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on LTC entitlements of Fresh Recruit

The 6th CPC had recommended that “Fresh Recruits” to the Central Government may be allowed to travel to their Home Town along with their families on three occasions in a block of four years and to any place in India on the fourth occasion. This was accepted by the Government and orders were issued vide DoPT O.M. No. 31011/4/2008-Estt.(A) dated 23rd September, 2008.

2. This Department receives a number of references seeking clarifications from various Ministry/ Departments about the year wise LTC entitlements of Fresh Recruits. Based on the same, a set of frequently asked questions have been answered as under:

Question 1. What are the LTC entitlements of a Fresh Recruit?

Answer: Fresh recruits to the Central Government are allowed to travel to their home town along with their families on three occasions in a block of four years and to any place in India on the fourth occasion. This facility shall be available to the fresh recruits only for the first two blocks of four years applicable after joining the Government for the first time.

Question 2. How are the two blocks of four years applied to the Fresh Recruit?

Answer: The first two blocks of four years shall apply with reference to the initial date of joining the Government service even though the Govt. servant may change the job within the Government subsequently. However, as per Rule 7 of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, the LTC entitlement of a fresh recruit will be calculated calendar year wise with effect from the date of completion of one year of regular service.

Question 3. Are the LTC blocks of four years in respect of Fresh Recruits same as the regular blocks like 2010-13, 2014-17?

Answer: No. The first two blocks of four years of fresh recruits will be personal to them. On completion of eight year of LTC, they will be treated at par with other regular LTC beneficiaries as per the prescribed blocks like 2014-17, 2018-21 etc.

Question 4. If a fresh recruit does not avail LTC facility in a particular year, can he/she avail it in the next year?

Answer: No. Carryover of LTC to the next year is not allowed in case of a fresh recruit as he is already entitled to every year LTC. Hence, if a fresh recruit does not avail of the LTC facility in any year, his LTC will deem to have lapsed with the end of that year.

Question 5. How will the LTC entitlements of a Fresh Recruit be exercised after the completion of eight years of service?

Answer: (a) After the completion of eight years of service, when the next LTC cycle of fresh recruit coincides with the beginning of the second two year block (eg. 2016-17) of the running four year block (2014-17), he will be eligible only for ‘Home Town’ LTC if he/she has availed ‘Any Place in India’ LTC in the eighth year. Cases, where the new LTC cycle of fresh recruit coincides with the second year of the running two year block (ex. 2017 of 2016-2017), he will not be eligible for LTC in that year. Refer illustrations 1 & 3 for further explanation.

(b) At the end of the eighth year of LTC, when the new LTC cycle of a fresh recruit coincides with the beginning of a regular four year block, his entitlement in the regular block will be exercised as per the usual LTC Rules. Refer illustration 2.

Question 6. How will the LTC entitlement computed in case of a fresh recruit joining the service on 31st December of any year?

Answer: A fresh recruit who joins the Government service on 31st December of any year, will be eligible for LTC w.e.f. 31st December of next year. Since, 31st December is the last date of a calendar year, his first occasion of LTC ends with that year. Hence, he may avail his first Home Town LTC on the last day of that year. From next year onwards he would be eligible for the remaining seven LTCs. Refer illustration 3.

Question 7. How will the entitlements of a fresh recruit be computed who has joined the Govt. service before 01.09.2008?

Answer: A fresh recruit who has joined Government service before 01.09.2008 (i.e before the introduction of this scheme) and has not completed his first eight years of service as on 01.09.2008 will be eligible for this concession for the remaining time-period till the completion of first eight years of his/ her service. Refer illustration 4.

Question 8. Can a fresh recruit whose Home Town and Headquarters are same, avail LTC to Home Town?

Answer: No. A fresh recruit whose Home Town and Headquarters are same, cannot avail LTC to Home Town. He may avail LTC to any place in India on the fourth and eighth occasion only. As per Rule 8 of CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988, LTC to Home Town shall be admissible irrespective of the distance between the Headquarters of the Govt. servant and his Home Town which implies that Headquarters and Home Town should be at different places.


(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Ph. (011) 23040341
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DA for Central government employees who are drawing Pay in 5th CPC

DA for Central government employees who are drawing Pay in 5th CPC

F. No. 1/3/2008-E.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 25th September, 2014.


Subject:- Rates of Dearness Allowance applicable w.e.f. 1.7.2014 to employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised scale as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s Office Memorandum of even No. dated 22 April. 2014 revising the rates of Dearness Allowance in respect of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies who continue to draw their pay and allowances in the pre-revised scales of pay as per 5th Central Pay Commission.

2. The rates of Dearness Allowance admissible to the above categories of employees of Central Government and Central Autonomous Bodies shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 200% to 212% w.e.f. 1.7.2014. All other conditions as laid down in the O.M. of even number dated 3 October, 2008 will continue to apply.

3. The contents of this Office Memorandum may also be brought to the notice of the organizations tinder the administrative control of the Ministries/Departments which have adopted the Central Government scales of pay.

(A. Battacharya)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees w.e.f 1-7-2014

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Finance Ministry Order

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees

F.No.1/2/2014-E.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th September, 2014.


Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/1/2014-E.II(B) dated 27th March, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 100% to 107% with effect from 1st July, 2014.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(A. Bhattacharya)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in


Expected Dearness Allowance from January 2015

Expected Dearness Allowance from January 2015

As all of us expected, 7% DA hike has been approved by Cabinet on 4th September 2014. Necessary order for payment of DA with effect from

expected DA from January 2015

1st July 2014 will be issued by Ministry of Finance soon. Here after our focus will be moving on to next instalment of dearness allowance which will be paid from 1st January 2015. We just analyse the trend of Consumer Price Index with the past seven months AICPCIN to arrive the expected DA from January 2015.

Since 2006, the AICPIN has witnessed second highest ever increase in July 2014. In 2009 the AICPIN increased by 7 points from 153 to 160 in the month of July. After that, an increase of 6 points over 246 points was declared in July 2014. It is the second highest monthly increase on AICPIN records from 2006. See the table below…


What is the impact of this highest increase of AICPIN on expected Dearness Allowance from January 2015?

It is observed that when it was 7 points increase in July 2009, it influenced very much on increasing the rate of DA to be paid from 1st January 2010 and 1st July 2010. The rate of Dearness Allowance had been enhanced by 8% from 25% to 35% with effect from 1.1.2010 and 10% increase from 35% to 45% was declared with effect from 1.7.2010. Though there was no considerable increase after those 7 points in that particular 12 months from July 2009 to June 2010, the rate of DA had been reached 8% and 10% increase level for  successive two instalments.

From this point of view, it is quite obvious that this one month increase on AICPIN is enough to play a vital role to have a considerable hike in rate of Dearness Allowance for forth coming two instalments. So this 6 points increase of AICPIN in July 2014, we can expect, will have a profound impact on increasing the rate of Dearness allowance to be paid, not only from 1st January 2015, but also from July 2015.

Let us see the three probabilities of  AICPIN trend, through which we can figure out approximately the expected DA from January 2015 

Probabilities (with AICPIN-IW points)
Expected DA from Jan 2015
Average increase of 3 points for remaining 5 months
Average increase of 2 points for remaining 5 months
If same points (252)continues for remaining  5 months

FAQs on Biometric Attendance System

FAQs on Biometric Attendance System

Q.1 How does an organisation start Biometric Attendance System (BAS) for their employees?

Ans: Please submit details of the nodal officer and upload a signed request by the head of the department on attendance.gov.in portal. System would send OTP to the mobile number/email id of the nodal officer which needs to be entered again on the portal for verification. Back-end administrator would then check the details of the organisation submitted and make the organisation active by assigning it a unique sub-domain which will be the first name of the website. Nodal officer will then be sent an email by the system giving username (which will be the sub-domain name assigned to the organisation) and a password.

Q.2 Steps to be done by the nodal officer to start registration of employees

Ans: Nodal officer would need to login on attendance.gov.in with the user name and password sent on completion of step 1 and then create master list of locations of their offices, designation of their offices and divisions/units/groups within their organisation.

Q.3 How does employee start registering on the portal ?

Ans. After nodal officer completes step 1 & 2, employee can start registering on-line either at attendance.gov.in by submitting their details along with their Aadhaar number.

Q.4 What are steps of verification of employees?

Ans.Nodal Officer would need to verify details submitted by the employee including whether Aadhaar number entered by the employee belongs to them. After completing of the above verifications, employee would be informed by SMS/Email that his registration process is completed on the attendance.gov.in is completed.

Q.5 Whether an employee will be able to mark his attendance on any Biometric Attendance System (BAS) terminal installed in any Government Building

Ans. Yes, this will be possible as employee database for all central Government employees will be maintained centrally with a unique 6 digit id provided for every Government employee (based on the last 6 or first 6 digits of his/her Aadhaar number whichever is available in the system). The dashboard reports would be able show the location/building from where an employee has marked his attendance.

Q.6 How will an employee mark attendance if he/she is not having Aadhaar number ?

Ans. Aadhhar number is essential for registering an employee in AEBAS. Government employees who are not having Aadhaar number can enrol themselves for Aadhaar numbers in the special camps which are being held by UIDAI in various Government Buildings or permanent enrolment centres of UIDAI in Delhi as per details available at the link below as given:


Single point of contact for arranging Aadhaar enrollment facility at Bhawans is as per details given below.

Shri Suman Kumar,
ADG, Regional office, UIDAI, Delhi
Phone : 23481111
Email: suman[at]uidai[dot]net[dot]in

Q.7 Is network connectivity essential for marking attendance

Ans. Yes, as it is an online attendance system. Network connectivity will be essential for marking attendance. Therefore, two types of connectivity are being planned with each attendance terminal; one wi-fi connectivity on NICNET/broadband and other sim based GSM connectivity in the tablet.

At a high level the overall solution has two main components.

(i) Front End System (to be installed at client user end)

(ii) Back End System (attendance servers to be hosted in NIC data centre with connectivity to UIDAI for real-time bio-metric authentication)

The Front End System would be a hardware device like Android tablet or a Desktop PC having client application. Once the user ID (6 digit unique number assigned to an employee) is entered, the application would prompt user to provide the biometric data through finger print/Iris scanner which will be sent through the network connectivity to the backend system.

The Back End System (also called the attendance server) would have functionalities to receive data from the client terminals and send it for real-time Aadhaar authentication. It would also have features for organisation/employee registration and preparing real-time attendance reports in dashboard.

It would be possible to see dashboard reports of each organisation by using sub-domain assigned to an organisation e.g.nic.attendance.gov.in

Q.8 No of bio-metric terminals required

Ans. Every employee will need to enter his 6 digit unique id on the touch screen of the tablet and then present his bio-metric (finger print/ iris) for authentication. This may initially take up to 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on number of attempts required. With some practice and training, the time for giving bio-metric attendance by each employee may reduce to less than 10 seconds.

Therefore one bio-metric terminal may be sufficient for about 30 to 40 employees during 30 minute peak load time. Assuming 50% to 70% employees will be coming to office during the peak timings, one bio-metric terminal can be planned for catering to every 50 employees in the department. Also, multiple machines will be put in the entry gate which can be commonly used by employees of different ministries/departments, waiting time in the queue will further reduce.

Q.9 Where to install tablet based terminals?

Ans. it is suggested to install multiple AEBAS terminals at the entry gates of the buildings where security is positioned round the clock.

Q.10 Where to install desktop based finger print devices?

Ans. it is suggested to install desktop finger print devices on Windows desktop PCs connected on LAN (NICNET) in the offices of JS and above and also with section officers for marking attendance of the employees working in the respective sections in order to avoid rush at the attendance terminals installed at the entry gates.

Q.11 Who would maintain the attendance terminals, connectivity and attendance software for desktop PCs?

Ans. It would be additional responsibility of FMS who are maintaining LAN/NICNET connectivity in the Bhawans under guidance and coordination of nicnet/network managers. Additional FMS are being proposed to be deployed at Bhawans under this project.

Q.12 Type of reports which will be available on dashboard

Ans. Some of the sample reports can be viewed at jharkhand.attendance.gov.in and deity.gov.in/attendance. Attendance software is being developed with assistance of UIDAI team. Please send your valuable feedback in improving the features and MIS reports of the attendance system software.

Q.13 Expected Role of NIC HoDs/Teams posted in Ministries/Departments

Ans. Deity/NIC/NICSI/UIDAI are the implementing agency for this project and the bio-metric attendance system will need to be made operational in every ministry/department as soon as attendance terminals are delivered which is expected soon.
NIC HODs of the bhawan/ department/ministry or its attached/ subordinate office in consultation with nodal officer of that office will identify locations where attendance terminals are to be installed in the Bhawans.

Since, NICNET connectivity is the primary connectivity for running the AEBAS. NIC Bhawan network coordinators are requested to help in getting the power supply extended at those locations with help of local CPWD offices. NIC Bhawan network coordinators along with network team at NIC hqrs will also be responsible for extending LAN/alternate connectivity at the entry gates and install WI-FI access points/Attendance terminals.

NIC HODs posted in Ministries/Bhawans are requested to provide technical assistance to the Nodal officers in completing registration of all employees on the portal and provide handholding training/technical assistance in smooth installation/running of the attendance terminals. NIC HODs will also be keeping inventory of bio-metric terminals/devices installed in various locations in their Ministry/Department.

Q.14 Role of nodal officers in the ministries

Ans. Nodal officers will get the details of all employees entered on the portal and also organize special camps in their Bhawans with help of UIDAI regional office, Delhi for enrollment of employees not having Aadhaar numbers.
Nodal officers would also be responsible for creating masters of location, designation and divisions/groups within their organization.

Verification of employees data will also be done by the nodal officers of the department whereas QC team of UIDAI will be assisting in verification of Aadhhar data of employees.

You are welcome to send feedback and suggestions in help desk-attendance

source: attendance.gov.in

PF Interest Rate Retained at 8.75 Per Cent for 2014-15

PF Interest Rate Retained at 8.75 Per Cent for 2014-15

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Tuesday announced a rate of interest of 8.75 per cent on provident fund deposits for the current fiscal year (2014-15), a move which would benefit its over five crore subscribers across the country.

The decision to retain the interest rate at 8.75 per cent was taken at a meeting of the Central Board of Trustees – the apex decision making body of EPFO – chaired by Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi.

“EPFO will provide 8.75 per cent rate of interest on PF deposits for 2014-15,” Mr Tomar told reporters after the meeting.

As per practice, the decision by retirement fund body EPFO’s trustees would be implemented after the concurrence of the Finance Ministry.

“The benefit under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme would be increased to a maximum sum assured of Rs. 3.6 lakh from existing Rs. 1.56 lakh,” said K K Jalan, EPFO’s Central Provident Fund Commissioner.

The sum assured under EDLI is provided in proportion to monthly wage ceiling which is Rs. 6,500 at present. It would be enhanced to Rs. 15,000 per month soon.

Senior Labour Ministry officials present in the meeting apprised the board that the notification regarding enhancement of wage ceiling has been sent to press after Law Ministry’s clearance and will be reality soon.

They also said that the notification providing minimum monthly pension entitlement of Rs. 1,000 under the Employees’ Pension Scheme run by EPFO will also be notified simultaneously. After notification, around 28 lakh pensioners getting less than Rs. 1,000 per month would immediately benefit.

At present, all those employees with basic wages of up to Rs. 6,500 per month at the time of joining can become members of EPFO schemes. Now with increase in wage ceiling around 50 lakh more workers are expected to come under the ambit of EPFO.

The minister also revealed that the board has decided to appoint credit rating agency CRISIL as consultant for the third time to engage new fund managers and evaluate their performance for three-year term beginning April 1, 2015.

After Crisil is appointed as consultant, it would take at least three months to appoint fund managers for EPFO.

According to an official statement, the proposed pattern of investment by Finance Ministry was discussed by the CBT during the meeting and the board was not in favour of investing in equities and exchange traded funds (ETFs).

It was decided to recommend for making the pattern more flexible to further increase the percentage of investment in government securities.

The board also discussed the feasibility of deployment of funds in AAA rated Central/state public sector undertakings. Without giving details about specific proposals, the Labour Minister said that board decided to set up a PSU cell within its Investment Monitoring Cell (IMC) to negotiate with primary issuers (of bonds) on behalf of all fund managers.

State-run NTPC has made a proposal seeking an EPFO investment of Rs. 10,000 crore in its secured non-convertible bonds under a long term agreement from 2014-15.

The trustees also decided to go in for short term (not exceeding 15 days) borrowing of funds for participation in primary auction of securities.

This move is expected to result in EPFO getting to invest in securities at more profitable rates. The funds would be borrowed by means of CBLO, corporate term repo and other such instruments for participation in primary auction of government securities and corporate bonds.

The board decided to constitute a sub-committee for construction and contract workers. The committee shall examine the various issues regarding the coverage of employees engaged in this sector and shall recommend strategies to widen the coverage and enrollment in this area.

The board was told that SBI has reduced its service charges for collecting PF contribution to Rs. 1.80 per Rs. 1,000 for net based transaction and Rs. 2.40 per Rs. 1,000 for physical transaction form the existing uniform rate of Rs. 3.

It is expected that this reduction in rates shall result in substantial savings to the tune of around Rs. 100 crore per annum for the retirement fund body.

Source :Profit.ndtv.com


Revision In the rates of Personal Pay for Central Government employees for participating in sporting event

Revision In the rates of Personal Pay for Central Government employees for participating in sporting event

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

New Delhi 8th August, 2014.


Subject: Revision In the rates of Personal Pay In respect of Central Government employees for participating in sporting events and tournaments of national/international Importance.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s 0M of even number dated 19th September, 2013 in terms of which sportsperson is entitled to revise the amount of personal pay subject to a minimum of Rs.210/ per month as indicated In Column 7 of Annexure to this 0M. This revised rate is applicable prospectively w.e.f. 1.9.2013 from the date of Issue of this 0M.

2. References are received from various Ministries/Department about the applicability of this 0M prior to 1.9.2013. It is clarified that as the revised rate of personal pay has been made effective prospectively from 1t September, 2013, sportspersons who have achieved excellence In sporting events of national and International events falling between 1.1.2006 to 31.82013 are entitled to personal pay as per 0M No.6/1/97-Estt(Pay-1) dated 8th August, 2001, read with 0M No13/26/92-Estt(Pay-1) dated 23.10.2001. The revised rate of personal pay is applicable w.e.f. 1.9.2013 as indicated in Column 7 of the Annexure of 0M dated 19th September, 2013.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director( Pay)

source : http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/6_1_2013-Estt.Pay-I-08082014.pdf

Opening of New Holiday Home at Udaipur

Opening of New Holiday Home at Udaipur

No. D-11016/28/2007-Regions
Government of India
Ministry of Urban Development
Directorate of Estates

Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 31.07.2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Opening of New Holiday Home at Udaipur (Rajasthan).

                  Construction of New Holiday Home at Udaipur (Rajasthan) has been completed and it has been decided to commence the booking of new holiday home at Udaipur with immediate effect. As per existing categories, the holiday home at Udaipur comes under Category `A’ and accordingly, rates of booking will be charged. The Holiday Home is located at ‘G’ Block, Hiran Nagari, Sector-14, Near C.A. Circle, Udaipur-313001 which is about 21 km from Maharana Pratap Air Port Udaipur, 6 km from Bus stand, 6 km from Udaipur City Station and 3 km from Rana Pratap Station.

Sh Umesh Jain is present caretaker of holiday home at Udaipur and his Mobile No. is 09414003493.

Assistant Director of Estates(Regions)

Source: http://holidayhomes.nic.in/WriteReadData/Circulars/38OpeningofNewHolidayHomeatUdaipur(Rajasthan).pdf

Interim relief of 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employees

No proposal for grant of Interim Relief to Central Government employees



ANSWERED ON 05.08.2014

Interim relief of 7th Pay Commission for Central Government Employees

2814 Shri T.K. Rangarajan

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state :-

(a) the present status of the 7th Pay Commission for the Central Government Employees;

(b) whether Government has finalized proposal to give Interim Relief; and

(c) if so, the quantum of relief?



(a) : The 7th Central Pay Commission has already been set up vide Resolution dated 28th February, 2014. The Commission has started functioning

(b) & (c): No proposal for grant of Interim Relief to Central Government employees is at present under consideration of the Government.

source : Rajya Sabha

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