Bonus Ceiling will be revised or not ?

Bonus Ceiling will be revised or not ?


It seems the government is not ready to revise the Bonus Ceilings which is one of the main demand of central government employees.

The central Trade union called for one day strike on 2nd September 2015 to settle the demands raised in Charter of demands.

The government called the Central trade union leader to discuss the issues raised in the charter of demands to avoid the proposed strike.In the meeting held on 27th August 2015 the government assured that it will look into the issues and requested the Trade unions to with draw the strike action.

According to the the Press release issued by Labour ministry on 27th August 2015, the following was stated

In view of the suggestions given by Central Trade Unions in the meetings held on 19th July, 26th August and 27thAugust, 2015, the Government assured the following :
2.       For the purposes of bonus the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. Earlier in 2006-07 the calculation ceiling was decided at Rs.3500/- and eligibility limit was wage of Rs.10,000/- per month which is proposed to be revised to Rs.7,000 and Rs.21,000 respectively.

Again in the press release issued by Minisry of Labour and employment on 1st September 2015,  Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State(IC) for Labour and Employment appealed the Central Trade Unions to withdraw the strike and assured the following

2. “For the purpose of bonus, the wage eligibility limit and calculation ceiling would be appropriately revised. It is proposed to revise the wage eligibility limit from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 21,000 and calculation ceiling from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 7,000 or the minimum wage notified by the appropriate Government for that category of employment, whichever is higher. With the proposed revision of the minimum wages, the average calculation ceiling would be about Rs.10,000.

But the central trade union were not satisfied with the statement of central government and refused to withdraw the strike action and participated in all India strike on September 2nd except BMS and claimed it was success.

Meanwhile the general secretary BMS, has published a letter dated 28-8-2015 which was received from Secretary , Ministry of Labour and Employment , confirmed that the Government was considering to revise calculation ceiling for Bonus from the present level of Rs.3500/- per month to Rs.7000/- per month or the Minimum wages for the scheduled employment as fixed by the appropriate Government, whichever is higher. Minimum wages have not been fixed yet, however, the minimum wage will be fixed at a level which is respectable.

Unexpectedly the union cabinet announced 78 days bonus for railway employees yesterday but nothing has been said about revising Bonus ceiling limits. The Bonus Orders issued by various ministry confirmed that the existing ceiling Rs.3500/ will be used for calculation. Merely the announcement of bonus with same limits of calculation ceiling will not make central government employees happy. They didn’t wait to just hear the bonus announcement, they are expecting more than that .

Let us wait and see whether decision in respect of revising Bonus Ceiling limits would be taken in the meeting to be held between JCM staff side and DOPT on 9-10-2015.


Procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries

Procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries


G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.F.No.142/40/2015-AVD.I, dated 08.10.2015

Subject:- Procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries- reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s office memorandum of even number dated 8th October, 2015 laying down the procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries by the cadre controlling authorities. The services of the Inquiry Officers would be utilized by the Ministries/Departments under Government of India, State Government and PSUs for conducting Departmental Inquiries against the delinquent officials.

2. Comments/views of Ministries/Departments and State Governments are invited on the procedure laid down in the office memorandum under reference within three weeks from the posting of this office memorandum on the website of this Department(persmin.gov.in).

3. All the stake holders are requested to send their comments on the procedure for empanelment and appointment of retired officers as the Inquiry Officers for conducting Departmental Inquiries within the stipulated period. The comments may either be sent over fax (fax No.011-23092963) or e-mailed at usatl@nic.in.

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Dopt issued guidelines for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act

 

Dopt issued guidelines for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act


Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act- issue of guidelines regarding.

G.I., Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.10/1/2013-IR, dated 6.10.2015

Subject: Format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act- issue of guidelines regarding.

It has been observed that different public authorities provide information to RTI applicants in different formats. Though there cannot be a standard format for providing information, the reply should however essentially contain the following information:

(i) RTI application number, date and date of its receipt in the public authority.

(ii) The name, designation, official telephone number and email ID of the CPIO.

(iii) In case the information requested for is denied, detailed reasons for denial quoting the relevant sections of the RTI Act should be clearly mentioned.

(iv) In case the information pertains to other public authority and the application is transferred under section 6(3) of the RTI Act, details of the public authority to whom the application is transferred should be given.

(v) In the concluding para of the reply, it should be clearly mentioned that the First Appeal, if any, against the reply of the CPIO may be made to the First Appellate Authority within 30 days of receipt of reply of CPIO.

(vi) The name, designation, address, official telephone number and e-mail ID of the First Appellate Authority should also be clearly mentioned.

2. In addition, wherever the applicant has requested for ‘certified copies’ of the documents or records, the CPIO should endorse on the document “True copy of the document/record supplied under RTI Act”, sign the document with .date, above a seal containing name of the officer, CPIO and name of public authority; as enumerated below:

True copy of the document/record supplied under RTI Act.
Sd/-
Date
(Name of the Officer)
CPIO
(Name of the Public Authority)

Further in case the documents to be certified and supplied is large in number, information on RTI application should be supplied by a designated PIO but the certification of the documents, if need be, could be done by an other junior gazetted officer.

3. This may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

Source: www.persmin.gov.in

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One Rank One Pension : UFESM plans to return 10000 gallantry medals to PM


One Rank One Pension : UFESM plans to return 10000 gallantry medals to PM


Major General Satbir Singh(Retd.), leader and adviser of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen, says that the action will bring to the people’s notice that the Centre has not fulfilled our demands on One Rank One Pension.

We have planned to return our gallantry medals to the government if it intentionally continues to delay implementing the OROP scheme without making the modifications that we have sought for. This time, we won’t be returning them to the President. We will hand them over to the Prime Minister himself!

Ex-servicemen who have been conducting relay hunger strikes at Jantar Mantar for the past 115 days demanding the implementation of OROP have decided to hand over 10,000 gallantry medals to the Prime Minister as a sign of their protest. They have written a letter to Narendra Modi in this regard. This was informed by Retired Major General Satbir Singh, who also is a prominent member of the protest committee.

Although the Centre had, on September 5, agreed in principle, to implement OROP, ex-servicemen are continuing to protest because they are frustrated that seven very important clauses have not been added to the scheme. “We are planning to return the medals to him because PM Modi had promised during the elections, that he will implement OROP. Also, we want the people to know that though OROP was announced, our demands have not been accepted,” he said.

At the time of accepting the demand, on September 5, the Government had said that it will issue proper orders within a month. More than a month has passed, but there are no signs of the orders.

Meanwhile, the United Front of Ex-Servicemen has announced that it will hold a massive rally in Jalandhar on October 18 to protest against the Government’s reluctance and delay in implementing the OROP. While replying to a question, Brigadier Amarjit Singh Minhas said that only 2 percent of the ex-servicemen are happy with the OROP announcement. Seven important demands, including annual revision of pension, year of implementation, one-man commission, and inclusion of soldiers who have taken premature retirement, have not been accepted by the Government.

Meeting of the NCJCM Staff side with DOPT to discuss the issues raised in Charter of demands

National Council JCM Meeting with DoPT on 9.10.2015

Meeting of the NCJCM Staff side with DOPT to discuss the issues raised in Charter of demands


Meeting of the National Council (JCM) Staff side under the joint Chairmanship of JS (AV), DOPT

National Council (JCM) Staff side Members are invited to attend the Meeting to be held at DOPT on 9-10-2015 under the joint Chairmanship of JS (AV), DOP&T to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands by the Staff Side. One of the main Demand is Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity (No.7 of 11). All central government employees focus will be on this meeting, since some important decisions including Bonus Issue will be taken in the proposed meeting with DOPT and NCJCM staff side members.

F.No.3/1/2015-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

North Block, New Delhi
Dated 5th October 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Meeting of the National Council (JCM) Staff side under the joint Chairmanship of JS (AV), DOP&T to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands by the Staff Side

The undersigned is directed to inform that a meeting, under the Chairmanship of Ms.Archana Varma, Joint Secretary, DOP&T with Joint Secretary (Pers.). Department of Expenditure and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Labour is scheduled to be held on Friday, the 9th October 2015 at 1500 hours in Room No.190, Conference Room, North Block, New Delhi, to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of Demands.

2. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

sd/-
(G.Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Bonus Orders 2015 : 60 Days Productivity Linked Bonus for Postal Employees – Orders issued

 Bonus Orders 2015 : 60 Days Productivity Linked Bonus for Postal Employees – Orders issued

F.No.26-01/2015-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Department of Posts,
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 7th October, 2015

1. All Chief Postmasters General
2. All Postmasters General
3. Deputy Director General (PAF), Department of Posts.
4. All General Managers (Finance)
5. Directors/Deputy Directors of Accounts (Postal)
6. Director, RAKNPA/Directors of All PTCs

Sub: – Productivity Linked Bonus for the Accounting year 2014-2015.

Sir/Madam,

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President of India to the payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the accounting year 2014-15 equivalent of emoluments of 60 (sixty) Days to the employees of Department of Posts in Group ‘D’/MTS, Group ‘C’ and non-gazetted Group ‘B’Ex-Gratia payment of bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks who are regularly appointed after observing all appointment formalities, and Ad-hoc payment of bonus to Casual labourers who have been conferred Temporary Status are also to be paid equivalent to allowances / wages respectively for 60 (sixty) Days for the same period.

1.1 The calculation for the purpose of payment of bonus under each category will be done as indicated below.

2. REGULAR EMPLOYEES:

2.1 Bonus will be calculated on the basis of the following formula: –

Average emoluments x Number of days of bonus

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30.4 (average no of days in a month)

2.2 The term “emoluments” for regular Departmental employees includes Basic Pay in the Pay Band plus Grade Pay, Dearness Pay, Personal Pay, Special Pay (Allowances), S.B. Allowance, Deputation (Duty) Allowance, Dearness Allowance and Training Allowance given to Faculty Members in Training Institutes. In case of drawal of salary exceeding Rs. 3500/- (Rupees Three Thousand Five Hundred Only) in any month during the accounting year 2014-15, the emoluments shall be restricted to Rs.3500/- (Rupees Two Thousand Five Hundred Only) per month only.

2.3 “Average Emoluments” for a regular employees is arrived at by dividing by twelve, the total salary drawn during the year 2014-15 for the period from 1.4.2014 to 31.3.2015, by restricting each month’s salary to Rs.3500/- per month. However, for the periods of EOL and Dies-Non in a given month, proportionate deduction is required to be made from the ceiling limit of Rs.3500/-.

2.4 In case of those employees who were under suspension, or on whom dies-non was imposed, or both, during the accounting year, the clarificatory orders issued vide Paras 1 & 3 respectively of this office order No 26-8/80-PAP (Pt-I) dated 11.6.81 and No. 26-4/87-PAP(Pt.II) dated 8.2.88 will apply.

2.5 Those employees who have resigned, retired or left service or proceeded on deputation within the Department of Posts or those who have proceeded on deputation outside the Department of Posts after 1.4.2013 will also be entitled to bonus. In case of all such employees, the bonus admissible will be as per provisions of Paras 2.1 to 2.3 above.

3 GRAMIN OAK SEVAKS (GDS)

3.1 In respect of GDS employees who were on duty throughout the year
during 2014-15, Average Monthly Time Related Continuity Allowance will be calculated taking into account the Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) plus corresponding Dearness Allowance drawn by them for the period from 1.4.2014 to 31.3.2015 divided by 12. However, where the Time Related Continuity Allowance exceeds Rs. 3500/- in any month during this period, the allowance will be restricted to Rs.3500/- per month. Ex-gratia payment of bonus may be calculated by applying the bonus formula as mentioned below:

Average TRCA x Number of days of bonus

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30.4 (average no. of days in a month)

3.2 The allowances drawn by a substitute will not be counted towards bonus calculation for either the Substitutes or the incumbent GDSs. In respect of those GDS who were appointed in short term vacancies in Postmen/Group “D” Cadre, the clarificatory orders issued vide Directorate letter No. 26-6/89-PAP dated 6.2.1990 and No. 26-7/90-PAP dated 4.7.91 will apply.

3.3 If a GDS has been on duty for a part of the year by way of a fresh appointment, or for having been put off duty, or for having left service, he will be paid proportionate ex-gratia bonus calculated by applying the procedure prescribed in Para 3.labove.

3.4 Those Gramin Dak Sevaks who have resigned, discharged or left service after 01.04.2014, will also be entitled to proportionate ex-gratia Bonus. In case of all such Gramin Dak Sevaks, the Ex-gratia Bonus admissible will be as per provisions of Para 3.1 above.

3.5 In case of those Grarnin Dak Sevaks who were under put off, or on whom dies-non was imposed, or both, during the accounting year, the clarificatory orders issued vide Paras 1 & 3 respectively of this office order No. 26-08/80-PAP (Pt-I) dated 11.6.81 and No.26-04/87-PAP (P.II) dated 8-2-1988 will apply.

4. FULL TIME CASUAL LABOURERS (INCLUDING TEMPORARY STATUS CASUAL LABOURERS).

4.1 Full Time Casual Labourers (Including Temporary Status Casual Labourers) who have worked for 8 hours a day, for at least 240 days in a year for three consecutive years or more (206 days in each year for three years or more in case of offices observing 5 days a week) as on 31.3.2015, will be paid ad-hoc bonus on notional monthly wages of Rs, 1200/- (Rupees Twelve hundred only). The maximum ad-hoc bonus will be calculated as below:

(Notional monthly wages of Rs.1200) x (Number of days of bonus)

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30.4 (average no. of days in a month)

Accordingly, the rate of bonus per day will work out as indicated below:

Maximum ad-hoc bonus for the year

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365

The above rate of bonus per day may be applied to the number of days for which the services of such casual labourers had been utilized during the period from 1.4.2014 to 31.3.2015. In cases where the actual wages in any month fall below Rs.1200/- during the period 1.4.2014 to 31.3.2015, the actual monthly wages drawn should be taken into account to arrive at the actual ad-hoc bonus due in such cases.

5. The amount of bonus / ex-gratia payment / Ad-hoc bonus payable under this order will be rounded off to the nearest rupee. The payment of Productivity Linked Bonus as well as the ex-gratia payment and ad-hoc payment will be chargeable to the Head ‘Salaries’ under the relevant Sub-Head of account to which pay and allowances of the staff are debited. The payment will be met from the sanctioned grant for the year 2015-16.

6. After payment, the total expenditure incurred and the number of employees paid may be ascertained from all the units by Circles and consolidated figures be intimated to the Budget Section of the Department of Posts. The Budget Section will furnish consolidated information to PAP Section about the total amount of bonus paid and the total number of employees (category-wise) to whom it was disbursed for the Department as a whole.

7. This issues with the concurrence of JS&FA vide Diary No. 169/FA/2015-CS dated 07.10.2015.

8. Receipt of this letter may be acknowledged.

(Major S. N. Dave)
Assistant Director General (Estt)

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Dr Jitendra Singh writes to Chief Ministers to abolish interview for recruitment

Dr Jitendra Singh writes to Chief Ministers to abolish interview for recruitment


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 has appealed the Chief Ministers of all the States to take steps to abolish interview for recruitment to lower posts wherever possible. Dr. Jitendra Singh has written to the Chief Ministers requesting them to lead this initiative in their respective States.

As a prompt follow up to the suggestion made by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address to abolish interview for recruitment to such posts where it is not required, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) took up the matter with the State Governments of all States on September 4, 2015 following which the matter was discussed with the Secretaries of General Administration Department (GAD)/Personnel from States during the two-day workshop held in New Delhi on September 8-9, 2015.

The government’s view is that the interviews should be discontinued for recruitment to junior level posts where personality or skill assessment is not absolutely required. The objective behind abolition of interviews for such posts is that it will curb corruption, ensure more objective selection in a transparent manner and substantially ease the problems of the poor and resourceless aspirants. This will not only enable giving more weightage to the merit but also supplement the government’s resolve for “Maximum Governance, Minimum Government”.

In the letter addressed to the Chief Ministers, the Dr Jitendra Singh has informed that several Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) and Group ‘C’ (Non-Technical) posts in various Ministries/Departments and other organisations under Central Government have already been identified where the selections can be made through a competitive examination without conducting the interview. The letter further states that the matter was discussed with the Secretaries of GAD/Personnel from States during the two-day workshop held last month and some of the States have already initiated this exercise.

The Chief Ministers of different States have been requested to involve the Public Service Commission and other recruiting agencies in their respective States where interview can be discontinued and selection can be done only through examination. This would be a major step towards achieving the goal of citizen-centric transparent governance.

The DoPT and the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DAR&PG) and the Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare have recently undertaken several path breaking decisions including abolition of attestation of certificates and instead introduced self-attestation of certificates, introduction of pension portal to abolish the requirement for a written life-certificate and decision to revisit and revise the pattern and syllabus of Civil Services Examination.

Source: PIB News
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