Monday, February 8, 2016

Govt fulfilled promise on OROP to a large extent: Parrikar

Govt fulfilled promise on OROP to a large extent: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the government has fulfilled its promise of ”One Rank, One Pension” to ex-servicemen to a large extent and it would refer “minor issues”, if any, to a one-man commission for redressal.

As promised by BJP, the government has already issued tables of various pensions as per the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) Scheme, which involves an annual fund requirement of approximately Rs 7,500 crore and Rs 10,980 crore of arrears which would be paid in four instalments, he said.

“This is one promise which is to a large extent — minus minor issues raised by a few people — has been fulfilled and we have made provision to also hear any other small, small issues…For retired community from defence forces is huge and a common formula cannot solve all the issues,” Parrikar told reporters on the sidelines of an international maritime conference here.

“So, if there are some issues left, they can be raised with the government, we will refer it to the one-man commission and then we can come out with a redressal of those mechanisms,” the minister added.

The government had last year announced that it will implement OROP under which a uniform pension would be given to armed forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service.

PTI

Redress taxpayers’ grievance in max two months: CBDT to IT dept

Redress taxpayers’ grievance in max two months: CBDT to IT dept

New Delhi: Terming as “unsatisfactory” the current pace of taxpayers’ grievance redressal process, the CBDT has asked the Income Tax department to resolve these complaints within a maximum period of two months.

In a urgent missive to all regional heads of department, Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairperson Atulesh Jindal has sought a quick resolution of these complaints as it is a key area being monitored by the government, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pulling up the department on this front during a meeting last year.

Recently, similar directives were issued to the Customs and Central Excise departments working under the Central Board of Excise and Customs.

The CBDT boss has asked the tax department officials to take up this job “on priority” and report back on its compliance.

While the total number of complaints pending in the IT department are about 7,800, 81 are pending for more than one year and 1,696 are pending for more than six months.

“Considering the fact that our Citizens’ Charter clearly lays down that all grievances should be disposed of within a period of two months, it is obvious that the overall progress on disposal of grievances is unsatisfactory….

“In spite of repeated instructions from the Board from time to time, a large number of grievances have not been disposed of withing the prescribed timeline of 60 days from the date of their receipt,” Jindal wrote in a recent communication to the Principal Chief Commissioners of the department across the country.

He said that in view of this situation, it was necessary for the regional heads to “personally” monitor these cases and direct their officers to attend to these grievances “on priority”.

“The grievances are required to be redressed within a maximum period of two months of their receipt. Further, if the finalisation of a decision on a particular grievance is expected to take longer than two months, an interim reply is required to be given for delay in redressal of the grievance,” the newly appointed CBDT chief told his officers.

In order to ensure compliance, Jindal has asked that a report in this regard should be sent to his office by the end of the first fortnight of this month by each of the regional IT heads.

The CBDT, the administrative body of the IT department, gets about 1,600 complaints every month in its grievance database maintained centrally and taxpayers complaints largely pertain to issues related to non-issuance of refunds, dispute in tax demands and PAN related hassles.

PTI

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Budget To Provide Rs 1.10 Lakh Cr For Pay Commission Award, OROP

Budget To Provide Rs 1.10 Lakh Cr For Pay Commission Award, OROP

Budget for the next fiscal needs to provide Rs 1.10 lakh crore for implementing the OROP and Seventh Pay Commission award, besides a higher allocation for the farm sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to the Finance Ministry, he also said that India has potential to grow at a much faster pace even as he exuded confidence that fiscal deficit target for current financial year will be within target.

“During the financial year 2016-17, the central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore in order to meet the liabilities on account of implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme,” Jaitley said.

He also said that the agriculture growth in the last two years has suffered mainly due to insufficient monsoons and highest ever amount was given to the states for drought relief during the current financial year, 2015-16.

“More incentives will be given to agriculture sector for increasing agriculture production and productivity,” he said.

India, he said, continues to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but there is still potential to grow at a much faster pace.

“The world economy is passing through an uncertain and fragile situation… The silver lining is low international commodities and oil prices which in turn has helped in better macroeconomic situation of the country,” Jaitley said.

The 7th Pay Commission in November recommended increase in remuneration of about one crore government employees and pensioners which is estimated to impose an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016-17. The new pay scales, subject to acceptance by government, will come into effect from January 1, 2016.

The government had last year announced that it will implement OROP under which a uniform pension would be given to armed forces personnel retiring at the same rank with the same length of service. The scheme would be implemented from July 1, 2014.

PTI

Pay Commission Award In This Budget

Pay Commission Award In This Budget

The government will announce the 7th Pay Commission award in the this budget to facilitate central government employees salaries with regard to inflation, Finance Ministry official said Friday.

Addressing the Consultative Committee attached to the Finance Ministry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday, “During the financial year 2016-17, the central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore in order to meet the liabilities on account of implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations and One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme,”

He made clear that there would be no doubt for implementation of 7th Pay Commission award and One Rank One Pension (OROP) soon after Budget.

The Finance Ministry officials said the central government knows that the employees are not happy with the pay commission recommendations.

Since adjusting salary, allowance and other financial benefits to market price is a complex issue, hence the government has set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, to process the pay panel’s recommendations on pay hikes for central government employees, the officials said.

An Implementation Cell has been created in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee.

The first meeting of Nodal officers of different ministries was held on February 2 in the Secretariat of the Empowered Committee for discussing the relevant issues in connection with the processing of the recommendations of Pay Commission.

According to the minutes of the of first meeting, the employees’ associations through ministries can raise afresh the demand for pay hike which were rejected by the 7th Pay Commission but it will be done in short time as the government intend to implement pay commission award after the budget.

The 900-page report of the 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19 with a recommendation for raising minimum pay to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000. For the Secretaries it has been fixed at Rs 2.25 lakh as against Rs 80,000 currently.

The pay commission award is from Januray 1. 2016 but it is likley to be implemented from mid-this year and employees paid arrears.

The panel recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions is 23.55%. The increase in allowances will be higher by 63% while pensions will rise 24%.

Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories

Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories

Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh has demanded incentive bonus for examiners in Ordnance Factories at par with maintenance workers


Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories


BPMS request to implement the Incentive Scheme for examiners in Ordnance factories as agreed with employees organisations


BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH

(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)
(AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT OF B.M.S.) (RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GOVT. OF INDIA)

CENTRAL OFFICE: 2-A, NAVEEN MARKET, KANPUR – 208001, PH & FAX : (0512) 2332222
MOBILE: 0915733686, 09235729390, 09335621629,

WEB : www.bpms.org.in
REF: BPMS / OFB / INCENTIVE / SC (4/3/L)
Dated: 02.02.2016


To,
Shri S C Bajpai,
Addl DGOF / AVHQ,
Avadi, Chennai.

Subject: Incentive Scheme for the employees of Ordnance factories.

Respected Sir,

With due regards, it is submitted that all the 03 recognized federations have already reflected their views and recommended to extend the existing incentive scheme (incentive bonus) for examiners deputed for quality control at par with the maintenance workers in Ord & Ord Equipment Factories.

It is learnt that all the Ord & Ord Equipment Factories have also submitted the necessary inputs to the OFB in response to OFB letter No.754/PER/POLICY(PT), Dated 23.11.2015, 02.12.2015 & 17.12.2015 on the subject matter. Since then, the beneficiaries (examiners) are eagerly waiting for the compliance of the recommendations.

In such circumstances, you are requested to take appropriate action expeditiously so that the examiners may get the incentive bonus at par with the maintenance workers without further delay.

Thanking you.


Sincerely yours
(MUKESH SINGH)
Secretary/BPMS & Member, JCM-II Level Council (MOD)


Download BPMS letter REF: BPMS / OFB / INCENTIVE / SC (4/3/L) dated 02.02.2016

7th Pay Commission: Ministries Can Raise Afresh Salary Hike Demand After Rejection

7th Pay Commission: Ministries Can Raise Afresh Salary Hike Demand After Rejection

Ministries and departments can raise afresh the demand for pay revision if they find that some of the justified suggestions made by the staff associations were rejected by the 7th Pay Commission.

Such demands could be submitted to the Implementation Cell (IC), created in the Finance Ministry, to work as Secretariat for the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.

The CoS will screen the recommendations of the Commission and firm up the conclusions for approval of the Cabinet.

“If a representation was made by a Staff Association before the 7th Pay Commission and the Commission after due diligence has not accepted the demand made there in, the same matter normally not be considered at the stage.

“However, if departments consider that the issues are of such nature that they require consideration at this stage also, then they may give their comments with full justifications to the IC,” said the minutes of the of first meeting of the IC.

While a number of ministries/departments have sent their comments and nominated their Nodal Officers, the comments received from some ministries are “simply in the nature of forwarding” the representations of the staff associations without their comments.

The recommendations when implemented would have bearing on remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. Subject to acceptance by the government, the recommendations will take effect from January 1, 2016.

Minutes of the meeting, held on February 2, also said it was also impressed upon the Nodal Officers of ministries and departments that “in case, there is any need” consultation with the Staff Association at the level of department, “the same may be done as per the assessment of the department”.

Further, if a department is of the view that any recommendation needs modification, adequate justification should be brought out while sending the comments to the IC.

The meeting was held to formulate the action points on processing of Commission.

Inputs with PTI

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