Thursday, October 31, 2013

DA from July, 2013: Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations

DA from July, 2013: Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations

F. No. 2(42)/97--DPE (WC) -GL-XIXV/13
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises
Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block 14, CGO Complex, Lodi Road,
New Delhi-110003, the 24th October, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Para No. 2 and Annexure-III to this Department's O.M. dated 24.10.1997 wherein the rates of DA payable to the employees of CPSEs following CDA pattern pay scales, who are governed by HPCC recommendations had been indicated.

2. In continuation of this Department's OM of even number dated 08.05.2013, the rates of Dearness Allowance w.e.f. 01.07.2013 payable to the employees of CPSEs governed by the recommendations of HPPC, which have not revised their pay scales in terms of DPE O.M. No. 2(54)/2 08-DPE(WC) dated 14.10.2008 may be as follows:-

a) In case of CPSEs who have not allowed the benefit of merger of 50% of DA with basic pay as contained in DPE O.M. dated 24.05.2005 to their employees, the DA payable ay be enhanced from existing rate of 216% to 233%.

b) In case of CPSEs who have allowed the benefit of merger of 50% of DA with basic pay a contained in DPE O.M. dated 24.05.2005 to their employees, the DA payable may be enhanced from existing rate of 166% to 183%.

3. The payment of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

4.All administrative Ministries/Department of Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the Central Public Sector Enterprises under their administrative control for action at their end.
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(M.Subbarayan)
Director
Source: www.dpe.nic.in
[http://www.dpe.nic.in/sites/upload_files/dpe/files/glch04b145_301020130001.pdf]

A glance on "New Pension Scheme is the best retirement option"

A glance on "New Pension Scheme is the best retirement option"

The Indian population is greying. According to the latest UNFPA report, the percentage of Indians above 60 years is projected to rise to 55% by 2050. The demographics also indicate an increasing longevity owing to betterment in medical facilities. While this is good news, it also means that tomorrow's retirees will have a longer retirement and must, therefore, accumulate a bigger corpus.

Retirement planning involves disciplined saving, vigilant investment to build a sufficient retirement corpus and its judicious drawdown in the postretirement phase. The National Pension System (NPS), launched by the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority, takes all these concerns into account. It is a sophisticated innovation based on the world's best practices in the pension sector.

While saving for a long-term goal such as retirement, the cost matters a lot. Over 35-40 years, the charges can shave off a significant amount from the corpus. The NPS charges fund management fees of 0.0102% for the government employees and there's a ceiling of 0.25% for the private sector. This is perhaps the lowest in the world. Other charges are also low, making the cost-adjusted returns of the NPS quite attractive. It is estimated that the total cost of the NPS, including the fund management fee, will not exceed 0.5% per year, making it the cheapest financial product in India.

The NPS is a well-regulated, transparent and flexible scheme. It has laid down prudent investing norms for fund managers, and their performance and portfolios are regularly monitored by the NPS Trust under the overall supervision of the PFRDA. The scheme offers complete flexibility. The investor decides the percentage of the corpus that goes into equity, corporate bonds and government securities. There is only a 50% cap on exposure to equity.

One of the most outstanding features of the NPS is the 'lifecycle fund. It is meant for those who are not financially aware. It is also the default option for someone who has not indicated his desired allocation. Under this option, the investor's age decides the equity exposure. The 50% allocation to equity is reduced every year by 2% after the investor turns 35, till it comes down to 10%. This is in keeping with the strategy to opt for a higher-risk , higher-return portfolio mix earlier in life. As the investor approaches retirement , he shifts to a more stable, low-risk portfolio.

This automatic rejigging of the allocation is a unique feature of the NPS. No other pension plan or mutual fund offers such a facility to investors. There are a few funds based on age, but they are one-size-fits-all solutions, not customised to the individual's age.

Another unique feature of the NPS is the tax benefit it offers under the newly added Section 80 CCD(2). Under this section, if an employer contributes 10% of the salary (basic salary plus dearness allowance) to the NPS account of the employee, this amount gets tax exemption. This is over and above the 1 lakh tax deduction under Section 80C. It's a win-win situation for both because the employer also gets tax benefit under Section 36 I (IV) A for his contribution. By putting in money in the NPS, the employer can provide an additional tax benefit to the employee by simply restructuring the salary at no extra cost.
The NPS allows one to accumulate the corpus from the age of 18 for 40-odd years. There is minimal leakage in the form of withdrawals for competing consumption expenses. This allows the investor to reap the benefits of compounding till he turns 60.

The NPS also offers the flexibility to draw up to 60% of the retirement corpus as a lump sum to meet financial life goals like children's marriages, housing, or draw down the lump sum in a staggered manner till one is 70 years old. The rest can be used to buy an annuity from any of the seven Irdaregulated annuity service providers.

The author is the Chairman of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.

Source: Times of india

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Appeal for revision of fixed medical allowance for the Central Govt. Pensioners

Appeal for revision of fixed medical allowance for the Central Govt. Pensioners

No.4/4/2013-P&PW (D)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PENSION & PENSIONERS’ WELFARE)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
New Delhi-110 003.
Dated the 8th July, 2013

To

Shri Harchandan Singh, Secretary General,
32, Phase-6,
Mohali-160055.

Sub:- Appeal for revision of fixed medical allowance for the Central Govt. Pensioners.
Sir,

Please refer to your letter dated 23/6/13 on the above mentioned subject. Comments item concerning this Desk is as under

2. The Govt. had on the recommendation of the 5th Central Pay Commission sanctioned Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) @ Rs.100 p.m. as in the year 1997. After 6th Central Pay Commission this amount was raised to Rs.300 p.m. w.e,f. 1/9/2008. The demand for further enhancement of FMA was raised during the meeting with representatives of staff side (JCM) on pensionary matters held on 18/5/11. The demand has been examined in great detail. In view of the fact that the FMA was increased three-fold from Rs.100 to Rs.300 p.m. in May, 2010 (effective from 1stSeptember 2008) at a substantial cost to the exchequer, any further upgraded increase in FMA at this stage may not be appropriate given the constraint on the fiscal side. Govt. is in the interim, also contemplating introduction of Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners Health Insurance Scheme to meet the health care requirement of Central Govt. employees and pensioners. Therefore, the demand for any enhancement of FMA cannot be accepted at this juncture.

Yours faithfully,
(Deepa Anand)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
# 24644636

Fixation of pay on direct recruitment by UPSC: Clarification by PCA (EYS)

Fixation of pay on direct recruitment by UPSC: Clarification by PCA (EYS)

CIRCULAR
OFFICE OF THE P.C.A.(EYS)
10 A, S. K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA-700001

No. P/0/1/Circular                                                                              
Dt: 25-10-2013
Subject: Fixation of pay on direct recruitment by UPSC.

The issue regarding pay fixation in respect of the officers who were directly appointed through UPSC on or after 1-1-2006 and are in receipt of less pay than what they were actually drawing in their earlier department was under correspondence with the CGDA Office. However, clarification in this regard has since been received and it has been confirmed that such cases are to be treated as per provisions of FR22B(I) subject to fulfilment of the conditions inherent in FR-22B(l).

Since the pay fixation cases of those officers who have joined their respective offices on or after 1-1-2006 with due acceptance of technical resignation in previous Govt. Service and whose initial pay fixation has been done otherwise, need to be examined in the light of above clarification, it is requested to please forward the pay fixation proposals accordingly alongwith service books and supported documents for necessary action at this end.

JCA(Fys) has seen.
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ACA(Fys)
Source: http://pcafys.nic.in/files/Fixation%20of%20Pay.pdf

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Revision of 1/3rd commutation pension i.r.o CPSE/CAB absorbee: Pensioner Portal Order

Revision of 1/3rd commutation pension i.r.o CPSE/CAB absorbee: Pensioner Portal Order

No.4/30/2010-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated the 28th October, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of 1/3rd commuted pension portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Central Public Sector Undertakings/Central Autonomous Bodies-Implements of Government's decision on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to say that orders have been issued vide this Department's OM of even number dated 11.7.2013 for revision of 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by multiplying pre-revised 1/3rd pension by a factor of 2.26, if it is more beneficial than the revised 1/3rd restored pension as per this Department's O.M. No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 15.9.2008. These orders have been issued in compliance of the order dated 27.9.2011 of the CAT Hyderabad Bench in OA NO.710/2010 read with their order dated 22.4.2013 in C.P. 26/2012.

2. Representations have been received from the absorbees pensioners, who had taken lump-sum payment in lieu of 100% pro-rata pension on absorption, that the benefit allowed to the absorbee pensioners in terms of
O.M. dated 11.7.2013 is not adequate. These representations have been examined in this Department. The main thrust of these representation is that the 1/3rd restored pension may be revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by adding dearness pension and dearness relief as on 1.1.2006 alongwith 40% fitment benefit to the pre-revised 1/3rd restored pension.

3. The matter has been examined in this Department. The instructions for revision of 1/3rd pension were issued by this Department's O.M. No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 15.9.2008, keeping in view the formula laid down by Hon'ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in its judgement dated 24.12.2003 which was accepted in Supreme Court judgment dated 29.11.2006 and 24.7.2007.  Hon'ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench in its order dated 27.9.2011 in OA 710/2010 inter-alia observed that the a.M. dated 15.9.2008 was legally sustainable.  However, the Hon'ble CAT directed to pass an order so as to equalize the revised 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees with the revised pension of other Central Government pensioners.

4. Keeping in view the above direction of Hon'ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench, which was upheld by High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Supreme Court, orders were issued vide this Department's C.M. of even number dated 11.7.2013 to revise 1/3rd restored pension of absorbee pensioners to 2.26 times of the pre-revised 1/3rd restored pension. This is explained by the following example:
Pre-2006 full pensionPre-2006 1/3rd restored pensionRevised full pension (for DR, etc.)Revised 1/3rd restored pension in terms of OM dated 15.9.2008Revised 1/3rd  restored pension in terms of OM dated 11.7.2013
40733173920764927173

 The above formula for revision of 1/3rd pension is also in conformity with the demand made by the staff side in the meeting of National Council (JCM) held on 6.11.2012.
  5. In view of the above position, no further change in the 1/3rd restored pension of the absorbee pensioners (who had drawn lump-sum payment of absorption in Central Public Undertaking/Central Autonomous Body) is required to be made. All the representations made by the absrobee pensioners and their Associations in this regard stand disposed off accordingly. All Ministries/All Departments are requested to inform the above position to the absorbee pensioners.
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(Harjit Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWD_291013.pdf]

Unorganised workers' body opposes 7th pay commission

Unorganised workers' body opposes 7th pay commission

AURANGABAD: Opposing the central government's recent decision of setting up seventh pay commission for central government employees, Samajwadi Jan Parishad - a body of unorganised sector workers - today said that the government should rollback the announcement.

The organisation staged demonstrations in front of district collector's office here in the city. Addressing the gathering, its leader and social activist - Subash Lomte - said that the government had obliged only 7% of the total employees in the county working under its umbrella. "But it has nothing to offer to the remaining 93%," he said.

"There several instances where unorganised workers are being paid Rs 2,500 per month despite working for more than seven to eight hours a day," he said. He said that all the unorganised workers' salaries should be at par with class four employees of the central government.

Source: The Times of India

Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers: CPAO Order

Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers: CPAO Order

Government of India
Central Pension Accounting Office
Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi-110066
CPAO/Tech/Clarification/2013-14/151
22.10.2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner in the light of P&PW OM No. 38137108-P&PW (A) dated 28th January, 2013 and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers.

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare vide their OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated- 28.01.2013 has ordered to step-up the pension of pre-2006 pensioners upto 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner has retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Mb() Finance, D/o Expenditure OM dated-30.08.2008. To facilitate payment of revised pension/family pension a revised concordance table Annexure of the pre-1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 has also been enclosed with the OM dated-28.01.2013. Accordingly, necessary change in e-revision, e-filling utility was made by NIC, CGA to issue e-revision authorities for pre-2006 pensioners vide this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/e-Revision/2013- 14/33 dated-09.05.2013 read with OM No. CPAO/Tech/6th CPC/2013-14/42 dated- 16.05.2013 and issuance of e-revision authority was made mandatory with some exceptions vide this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/e-revision/2013-14/74 dated-26.06.2013.

2. Consequent upon the implementation of issuance of e- authority as mandatory some CAs/ PAOs are raising questions on imperfection of revised e-revision, e-filling utility software. After thorough examination of the orders on the subject, issued by Ministry of Finance and Deptt. of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare, it is observed that some posts in different organizations like Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Deptt. of Space, ITBP, Delhi Police, Assistants belonging to Central Secretariat Service, Stenographers Grade C (PA) of Central Secretariat Stenographer Service etc. were upgraded in the pre-revised scale of posts and were replaced by pay-band with higher grade pay in new pay structure of 6th Pay Commission. But these upgradations were applicable only from 01.01.2006. Obviously, these are not applicable for the pensioners who retired on or before 31.12.2005. This position was clarified by DPPW vide OM No.38/37/08-P&PW dated-11.02.2009. Para 5 of the OM clearly states that the benefit of upgradation of posts subsequent to their retirement would not be admissible to pre- 2006 pensioners.

3. Taking into consideration the above facts, revised e-revision, e-filling utility software has been developed which is perfect one in all respect. Therefore, it is requested to go through the P&PW OM dated-28.01.2013 alongwith the concordance table attached with it and fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) OM No.1/1/2008 IC dated-30.08.2008 carefully.

4. If e-utility software shows any discrepancy it is an indication of misfeeding of data, hence required special attention and consultancy of fitment tables as referred above. In this context, some PAOs might have allowed the benefits of upgradation of posts to pre-2006 pensioners also. Initially due to non-availability of 5th CPCs Pay Scales in the software the check which is being applied in the revised e--utility software could not be made -effective. Hence, it is advised to issue the e-authority in all the cases with some exceptions mentioned in this office OM CPAO/Tech/e-revision/2013/14/75 dated-26.06.2013.

5. Earlier, some manual authorities might have been issued in which the benefits of upgradation has been allowed to pre-2006 pensioners also. Hence, a system generated list of revision authorities PAO-wise have been prepared for the convenience of PAOs to sort out the relevant cases for review and issue amendments, if required.

Keeping in view the volume of papers, the list is being sent through e-mail to each Pr.CCA/CCAs/CAs separately. Pr.CCA/CCAs/CAs may further distribute the same among '.their respective PAOs for further necessary action.

6.. In case of any doubt the matter may be referred to Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare for further clarification.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.
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Vijay Singh
Sr. Accounts Officer (Tech.)
Source: http://cpao.nic.in
[http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_clarification_2013-14.pdf]

FinMin relaxes norms for top jobs in govt banks

FinMin relaxes norms for top jobs in govt banks

Highlights

    Fin Min to interview EDs this week for CMD vacancies arising only after August 2014

    CMDs of six public sector banks to retire in 2014-15

    This may be the first time RBI governor to conduct the interviews

    Unlike SBI, no fixed tenure for chairman in public sector banks

    Appointment process in govt banks may turn into a political slugfest
The finance ministry has relaxed the norms for selection of chairman and managing director in public sector banks which will now allow executive directors who were appointed merely couple of months back to appear in the interviews.

Interestingly, the government has decided to interview the candidates as early as this week for vacancies that will arise not before August 2014 – after the general elections.

According to norms, candidate needs to complete one year as executive director to become eligible for chairman and managing director. However, the criteria for residual service of two years of a candidate have not been tweaked.

The finance ministry has also seems to have kept the communication made by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) conveying the observations and directions of the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet regarding appointment of top jobs in government banks and financial institutions – in abeyance and proceeded with the selection process.

Among others things, suggestion was made to revisit the requirement of residual service and introduction of fixed tenure in public sector banks.

The concept of fixed tenure has been introduced in State Bank of India (SBI) by giving the new chairperson fixed tenure. Arundhati Bhattacharya, who was appointment as SBI’s chairperson earlier this month, was given a fixed tenure of three year.

The department of financial services were asked to examine if the same system could be extended to all public sector banks.

The finance ministry’s decision to relax the norms and conduct interviews early is also snowballing into a political controversy with a Shiv Sena Member of Parliament and a member of the standing committee of finance Chandrakant Khaire, writing to the finance ministry highlighting hastily selection process of CMDs in public sector banks before the finalization of the ACC guidelines.

While the government has decided to interview the candidates now, but clearance from the central vigilance commission (CVC) could not be received at this stage as such clearances are only received couple of months prior to the appointment.

A selection committee will interview 19 executive directors of various public sector banks for six positions that will fall vacant in the next financial year 2014-15. In the present financial year, chairman of four public sector banks will retire.

The government is yet to fill up vacancies in two public sector banks – Andhra Bank and Bank of Maharashtra where the chairman had retired in the last couple of months.

The selection committee is headed by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan and includes officials from finance ministry and academic world. According to banking industry sources, the new RBI governor is likely to break the tradition of sending his nominee (which is a deputy governor) and would be himself present during the interviews and conduct them.

The interviews will be conducted at State Bank of India head office in Mumbai, and not in New Delhi as earlier practiced.

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

Grant of GP 1800 to Group D/MTS who retired/expired from service after 31-08-2008 without having been imparted training: Department of Posts Order

Grant of GP 1800 to Group D/MTS who retired/expired from service after 31-08-2008 without having been imparted training: Department of Posts Order

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
GDS Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001
File No. 1-20/2008-PCC (pt)
Dated: 03.10.2013
Sub: - Grant of Grade Pay of Rs 1800 to Group D/MTS who retired/expired from service after 31-08-2008 without having- been imparted training.

The issue of allowing Grade pay of Rs. 1800 to those erstwhile group D non- matriculate employees who retire/died beyond 29-08-2008 without being imparted prescribed training for one reason or the other is currently under examination in consultation with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

2. Initially, the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide UO No. 7- 6/7/2009-IC dated 12.03,2009 had permitted grant of grade pay of Rs. 1800/- to the erstwhile Group D non-matriculate employees subject to imparting computer training. Training Division of this Department had accordingly issued guidelines on training on computer operations to non-matriculate erstwhile Group D employees vide No. 1-55/2009-Trg dated 06.04.2009.  The issue related to non-matriculate physically disabled erstwhile Group D employees was subsequently taken up and Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide UO No, 16/10/2010-Legal dated 12.08.2010 took the view that if such erstwhile Group D could perform his duties inspite of the disability, the Department may design and administer training. Orders were accordingly issued by this Department empowering Heads of Circles to devise local training programme and allow grade pay of Rs. 1800 from 01.01,2006 on imparting the required training vide No. 1-20/2008-PCC dated 23.09.2010.

3. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has sought the details of training programme organized by various Postal Circles to consider the proposal further.

4. You are requested to forward the aforesaid details immediately for further examination of the issue in consultation with Nodal Department. Details of such officials with reason for not imparting training & resultant non-allowing of GP Rs,1800/- effecting from 01-01-2006 may also be sent in the annexure.
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(Surender Kumar)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Source: www.indiapost.gov.in
[http://www.indiapost.gov.in/DOP/Pdf/Circulars/1-20_2008-PCCptdtd03Oct2013%20.PDF]

Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees: NFIR writes to Railway Board

Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees: NFIR writes to Railway Board

 NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.I/3/Pt.I
Dated: 25/10/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
NEW DELHI

Dear Sir,

Sub: Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. F(E)/III 77 PFI/3 dated 27/5/1977.
(ii) Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of RI.

Difficulties are being faced by Railway employees while withdrawing money from the their Provident Fund as the authorities have been insisting on submission of various uncalled for/unwarranted affidavits/documents with result the payments are delayed causing deep sense of frustration among employees.

2. In this connection N FIR desires to convey that provision exists under Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol-I (Reprint Edition, 1995) as below:-

    "Marriage expenses-- Withdrawals may be permitted for meeting expense subject to the following terms and conditions:-

    (a) meeting the expenditure in connection with the betrothal/marriage of the subscriber or his sons or daughters and any other female relation actually dependent on him".

Above rules no where indicate that the employee should be asked to submit affidavits and complete other unnecessary formalities causing hindrance and delay in the process unnecessarily in the drawal of employee's own money which is unfortunate despite the fact that the employees have to forego interest on the amount of money drawn from P.F.

3. For easy processing and to overcome the hurdles, NFIR wishes to state that Zonal Railways etc., may be directed to sanction and pay the amount drawn by the employee on a simple application form containing all relevant information with self certification.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue suitable instructions to all Zonal Railways/Production Units to avoid unnecessary hardship to staff. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
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(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees : ESIC Order

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees : ESIC Order

HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
EMPLOYEES' STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION

No. A-28112/1/2009-Med. VI.
Dated 21.10.2013
To
The Director (Medical) Delhi/Noida
All Medical Superintendent of
ESIC Hospitals,

Sub:- Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees including Para-medical Employees appointed in ESIC Hospitals/Institutions as per the pre-amended Recruitment Rules.

Sir,
1 am directed to convey the approval of the Corporation for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l in the pay band of Rs. 5200-20200/- to all group "D" Employees including Para-medical Employees appointed in ESIC Hospitals/Institutions as per the pre-amended Recruitment Rules, vide its 160th Meeting held on 19.09.2013 as per supplementary item no. ESIC-5 in the minutes.

In view of above, you are requested to take necessary action.

Yours Faithfully,
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(Akshay Kala)
Jt. Director (M)
Source: www.esic.nic.in
[http://www.esic.nic.in/CIRCULARS/cir_med.VI_24.10.pdf]

Railways: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance

Railways: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2011/E (LL)AT/MW/1
New Delhi dated: 24.10.2013

The General Managers, All Indian Railways, PUs and pSUs,
Metro Railway, Kolkata, CORE, Allahabad
The General Managers,(Construction), All lndian Railways
The Director General, RDSO, Lucknow
The DG/Railway Staff College, Vadodara
The Directors, IRICEN, IRIEEN, IRISET, IRIMEE, IRITM
The CAO, COFMOW, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi
The CAO, Rail Coach Factory / Raebareli, Kishan Ganj, Del
The CAO, Rail Wheel Plant, Bela

Sub: Revision of minimum rates of wages dearness allowance.

A copy each of orders No. (i) No. 1/11/(3)/2013-LS.II, (ii) No.1/11(4)/2013-LS-II, (iii) No.1/11/(5)/2013-LS.II, (iv) No.1/11/(6)2013-LS,ll and (v) No.1/11/(7)2013-LS.II dated 19.09.2013 revising the rates of variable dearness allowance for contract workers engaged in
(i) Construction or maintenance of roads or in Building operations etc., (ii) stones mines for Stone breaking & Stone Crushing, (iii) loading and unloading operations in railway goods sheds, parcel offices of Railways, (iv) Employment of sweeping and cleaning excluding activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 and, (v) employment of watch and ward respectively is sent herewith, for information and strict compliance. The rates are appticabte w.e.f.  01.10.2013

2. Railways, being Principal Employer are required to ensure that the contractors are complying with the provisions of the Contract Labour(R&A) Act, 1970 and Minimum wages Act, 1948  strictly and arranging prescribed minimum wages to the contract laborers.

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

Please acknowledge the receipt.
(Madan Lal)
Director Estt. (LL)
D.A.: As above(13 pages)

To view the revised rate of wages & DA for various categories of worker, please click the link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UamMzNVJpa0N5OG8/edit?usp=sharing

Source: NFIR

Monday, October 28, 2013

Major Concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways

Major Concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways
The details of major concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways alongwith class and element of concession is given below:

S. No.CATEGORY OF PERSONS
PERCENTAGE OF CONCESSION*
I
Disabled Passengers
1Orthopaedically Handicapped/ Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort - for any purpose 
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC Chair Car.
  • 50% in First AC and AC-2 tier.
  • 25% in AC-3 tier & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi  trains.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
2Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort - for any purpose
3Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort - for any purpose
4Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with   an escort - for any purpose.
  • 50% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
II
Patients
5Cancer patients travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodic check-up.
  • 75% in Second, First class & AC chair car
  • 100% in Sleeper & AC-3 tier
  • 50% in First AC & AC-2 tier.
  • one escort eligible for same element of concession (except in Sleeper & AC-3 tier where escort gets 75%).
6Thalassemia patients travelling alone or with escort for treatment/periodic check-up
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC chair Car.
  • 50% in First AC and AC-2 tier.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
7Heart patients travelling alone or with an escort for heart surgery
8Kidney patients travelling alone or with an escort for kidney transplant Operation/Dialysis
9Haemophilia Patients - severe & moderate form of disease - travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical check up.
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper, First Class, AC-3 tier, AC Chair Car.
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.
10Tuberculosis./Lupas Valgaris  patients travelling alone or with an escort for treatment/periodical
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
  • One escort is also eligible for check-up same element of concession.
11Non-infectious Leprosy patients -  for treatment/periodical check-up.
  • 75% in Second, Sleeper and First Class.
12AIDS patients - for treatment /check-up at nominated ART Centres.
  •  50% in second Class.
13Ostomy patients - travelling for any purpose.
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
14Sickle cell Anaemia patients- for treatment/periodical check-up
  • 50% in Sleeper, AC Chair car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
15Aplastic Anaemia patients- for treatment/periodical check-up
  • 50% in Sleeper, AC Chair car, AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier
III Senior Citizens
16Men- 60 years and above.
Women- 58 years and above.
- travelling for any purpose.
  • 40% in all classes.
  • 50% in all classes.
  • Also in Rajdhani/  Shatabdi/ Jan Shatabdi/ Duronto trains.
IV
Awardees
17Recipients of age 60 years and above, of :-
(i) President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service,
(ii) Indian Police Award for Meritorious service.
- travelling for any purpose
  • 50% for men.
  • 60% for women.
  • In all classes & in  Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains.
18Shram Awardees - Industrial Workers awarded the Prime Minister's Shram Award for Productivity and Innovation - travelling for any purpose.75% in Second and Sleeper class.
19National Awardee Teachers - honoured with National Award by the President of India for exemplary service in the field of education - travelling for any purpose. 50% in Second and Sleeper class.
20Either of parents accompanying the Child Recipients of National  Bravery Award - travelling for any purpose.50% in Second and Sleeper class.
V
War Widows
21War Widows - travelling for any purpose.75% in Second and Sleeper class.
22Widows of I.P.K.F. Personnel killed in action in Sri Lanka - travelling for any purpose.75% in Second and Sleeper class.
23Widows of Policemen & Paramilitary personnel killed in action against Terrorists and Extremists - travelling for any purpose.75% in Second and Sleeper class.
24Widows of defence personnel killed in action against terrorists & extremists - travelling for any purpose.75% in Second and Sleeper class.
25Widows of Martyrs of Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999 -travelling for any purpose.
75% in Second and Sleeper class.
VI
Students
26Students going to hometown & educational tours
- General Category -
- SC/ST Category -
  • 50% in Second and Sleeper class. 
  • 50% in First and Second class Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
  • 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
  • 75% in Monthly season ticket & Quarterly season ticket.
-Girls upto Graduation /professional/vocational courses.
Boys upto 12th standard (including students of Madrasa) between home & school
Free second class Monthly  season ticket
27Students of Govt. schools in rural areas - for study tour - once a year.
75% in Second class.
28Entrance exam - Girls of Govt. schools in rural areas - for national level for medical, engineering, etc. entrance exam
75% in Second class.
29Concession to students appearing in main written examination conducted by UPSC & Central Staff Selection Commissions.
50% in Second class.
30Foreign students studying in India - travelling to attend camps/seminars organised by Govt. of India and also visit to places of historical & other importance during vacations.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
31Research scholars upto the age of 35 years - for journeys in connection with research work.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
32Students and non-students participating in Work Camps
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
33Cadets and Marine Engineers apprentices undergoing Navigational/ Engineering training for Mercantile Marine - for travel between home and training ship.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
VII
Youths
34Youths attending National Integration Camps of :-
(a) National Youth Project
(b) Manav Uththan Sewa Samiti
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
40% in Second and Sleeper class.
35Unemployed youths : -
(i) to attend interview for job Statutory Bodies, Municipal class. Corporation, Govt Under-taking, University or Public Sector  Body.)
(ii) to attend interviews for jobs in Central & State Govt.
50% in Second and Sleeper
100% in Second class.
36Bharat Scouts & Guides - for scouting duty.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
VIIIKisans
37Kisans and Industrial Labourers - for visit to agricultural/industrial exhibitions.25% in Second and Sleeper class.
38Kisans travelling by Govt sponsored Special trains33% in Second and Sleeper  class.
39Kisans & Milk Producers - visit to National level Institutes for learning/Training
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
40Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of :
(i) Bharat Krishak Samaj and
(ii) Sarvodaya Samaj, Wardha.
50% in Second and Sleeper class.
IX
Artists & Sportspersons
41Artistes - for performance.
  • 75% in Second & Sleeper Class.
  • 50% in First, AC Chair Car, AC-3 tier & AC-2 tier.
  • 50% in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi AC Chair Car, AC-3 tier & AC-2 tier.
42Film technicians - travelling for film production related work.
  • 75% in Sleeper
  • 50% in First, AC Chair car, AC-3 Tier & AC-2 tier
  • In Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi also.
43Sportsmen participating in : ·
(i) All India and State tournaments.
(ii) National tournaments.
  • 75% in Second and Sleeper class.
  • 50% in First class.
  • 75% in second, Sleeper and First class.
44Persons taking part in Mountaineering Expeditions organised by IMF.
  • 75% in Second and Sleeper  class.
  • 50% in First class.
45Press Correspondents accredited to Headquarters of Central & State Governments/Union Territories/ Districts - for press work.
Spouse/companion/dependent children (upto 18 yrs)
  • 50% in all classes and in all inclusive fares of Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi  trains.
  • 50% concession twice every financial year.
X
Medical Professionals
46Doctors - Allopathic - travelling for any purpose.
  • 10% in all classes and in Rajdhani/ Shatabdi/Jan Shatabdi trains
47Nurses & Midwives - for leave and duty.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
XIOthers (Conference, Camps, Tours etc)
48Delegates for attending Annual Conferences of certain All India bodies of social/cultural/educational importance.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
49Bharat Sewa Dal, Bangalore - for attending camps/meetings/rallies/ trekking programmes.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
50Volunteers of Service Civil International - for social service.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
51Teachers of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools - for educational tours.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
52Members of St. John Ambulance Brigade and Relief Welfare Ambulance Corps, Calcutta - for ambulance camps/competitions.
25% in Second and Sleeper class.
XII
Izzat MST
53Izzat MST to persons with monthly income not exceeding 1500/-, working in unorganised sectors - for journeys upto maximum 150 Kms.Rs. 25/-

All concessions are applicable in Basic Mail/Express fares, unless otherwise stated.

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in
[http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/traffic_comm/Concession_list_different_persons.pdf]

7th CPC - Terms of Reference discussion with DoPT - Latest Position by Confederation

7th CPC - Terms of Reference discussion with DoPT - Latest Position by Confederation
Dear Comrades,

VII-CPC – Terms of reference -

               The members of the National Secretariat of the Confederation available at New Delhi met on 23rd Oct. 2013 and again on 24th October, 2013 to discuss and formulate our views on the 7th CPC terms of Reference.  On the basis of the discussions, we prepared a draft terms of reference and submitted it for consideration of the Staff Side.  The important points we placed in our draft for the consideration of the staff side were:-

(a)    The Commission to examine the present structure of pay and allowances and suggest changes.

(b)    To give effect to its recommendations from 1.1.2011 i.e. wage revision must be after       every five years.

(c)    D.A (50%) to be merged with pay with effect from 1.1.2011.

(d)    To determine Interim relief taking into account the erosion in the value of wages over the years,

(e)    To include GDS within the ambit of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

(f)     To revise the retirement benefits and accord pension maintaining parity in quantum in respect of past, present and future pensioners.

(g)    To extend the statutory defined benefit pension to those who have entered service after 1.1.2004.

(h)    To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM on a priority basis and within a specified time frame.

(i)      To provide cashless/hazzle free Medicare to employees and pensioners.

The Government of India had convened a meeting of the Staff side representatives on 24.10.2013 to discuss the terms of reference.  The meeting took place at 3.00PM on 24th under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Personnel.  Besides the points mentioned above, the staff raised many other matters connected with the setting up of the CPC. viz. the inclusion of labour Representative as a Member of the Commission; the anomalous  situation brought about by the Grade pay based MACP Scheme; the requirement of a mechanism to settle the 6th CPC related anomalies;  the need to allow the proposals of Cadre Review to be examined by the Government independently without referring it to CPC;  to have members in the Commission who have gained  expertise to impart to the Commission the nuances and functional requirements of various Departments;  to relook at the new Pay Structure brought in by the 6th CPC in the light of the experience between 2008 to 2013 etc.  In conclusion the staff side requested the Government to provide it with a draft terms of reference taking into account the views placed by them.  It was also proposed by the Staff Side that on exchange of the draft terms of reference prepared by the Staff Side and the Official Side, a meeting with the Secretary, Personnel and Secretary, Expenditure could be arranged to iron out the differences, if any.

The Staff Side met again on 25th at its office and deliberated upon various views presented by different organisations and finalised the draft terms of reference. We shall publish the said draft terms of reference as and when the same is submitted to the Government.
It is obvious that despite the unanimous position taken by all the organisations, the Government may not necessarily agree with many of the basic issues, viz. Date of effect, merger of  DA, Interim Relief, Coverage of GDS etc.  We appeal to our affiliates/ State COCs to continue the campaign amongst the employees to generate necessary sanctions.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

(M.Krishnan)
Secretary General.
Source: Confederation
[http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/2013/10/7th-cpc-terms-of-reference-latest.html]

Saturday, October 26, 2013

7th CPC: Feedback of the meeting with Secretary, DoPT - By AIRF

7th CPC: Feedback of the meeting with Secretary, DoPT - By AIRF

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
No.AIRF/405(VII CPC)

Dated: October 24, 2013

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Feedback of the meeting held today with Secretary, DoP&T on Terms of Reference of VII CPC

On the invitation of Secretary, DoP&T, today we met him at North Block, being led by Com. Umraomal Purohit, Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), where Jt. Secretary(Estt.), Ms Mamta Kundra was present along with the Director(JCA), Shri Ashok Kumar.

Corn. Purohit explained in detail about the background of the past Pay Commissions as he has been associated with the JCM as Secretary(Staff Side) since 1977. He said that the VI CPC though had many favourable recommendations, but it has also created many anomalies, particularly because of introduction of Pay Band and Grade Pay. Corn. Purohit further said that he had expected some draft on the Terms of Reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission from the Official Side, it would facilitate better appreciation to react.

It was also explained that the VI CPC has been based on Secretarial Structure, and there no appreciation for professional and operational needs, faced by the departments, like Indian Railways, Defence production etc. Therefore, it was demanded that some professional experts should be used to appreciate the problems of the Railwaymen and others.

Nivas also demanded that, to have a true representative character, a labour representative should be included as member in the Commission.

Besides the undersigned, Com. Rakhal Das Gupta, Working President/AIRF and Corn. JR.Bhosale, Treasurer/AIRF, were present on the occasion.

The Staff Side also raised the following issues:-

  •     Secretarial Structure - Pay Structure - Hierarchy of Industrial employees
  •     GP 5400 and other facilities
  •     Allowances
  •     Provision should be made to appreciate problems of the Railways and other departments
  •     Problems of the Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department
  •     Cadre Restructuring in Defence Production
  •     Parity between pre and post retirees
  •     Removal of the anomalies
  •     MACPS - GP Rs.2000, Stepping up of pay
  •     Court cases in the matter of MACP
  •     Pay fixation of the Promotees Vs Direct Recruits
  •     Loco Pilots and other categories
Comradely yours,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Source: AIRF

Seventh Pay Commission: Terms of Reference finalised by AIRF & NFIR

Seventh Pay Commission: Terms of Reference finalised by AIRF & NFIR

DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE 7th CPC
Finalized by the Staff Side at the meeting of 25.10.2013
A. To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits etc. to the following categories of employees.

  1.    Central Government employees - industrial and non industrial;
  2.    Personnel belonging to All India services;
  3.    Personnel belonging to the Defence Forces;
  4.    Personnel called ss Grameen Dak Sewalrs belonging to the Postal Department;
  5.    Personnel of Union Territories;
  6.    Officers and employees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Department;
  7.    Officers and employees of the Supreme Court;
  8.    Members of Regulatory bodies (excluding RBI) set up under Act of Parliament.

B. To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government Employees mentioned (A) above as on 1.1.2014.

C. The Commission will determine the pay structure, benefits facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.

D. To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees and Pensioners mentioned in (A) above;

E. To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief immediately to be merged with Pay and pension

F. To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.

G. To work out the improvements needed to the existing retirement benefits, like pension; death cum retirement gratuity, family pension and other terminal or recurring benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.

H. To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.
***
AIRF forwarding letter Feedback of the meeting with Secretary, DoPT - By AIRF
NFIR letter regarding forwarding above Draft Terms of Reference:-


NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/2013/Pt.I
Dated: 26/10/2013
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR

Dear Brother,

Sub: Setting up of 7th Central Pay Commission - reg.

The draft, terms of reference finalized by JCM Staff Side on enclose for information.
Affiliates may convey their views immediately.

DA/As above

(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC in the Administrative Branch of Government of India Offices: Confederation letter to Govt

Upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC in the Administrative Branch of Government of India Offices: Confederation letter to Govt
CONFEDERATION WRITES TO GOVERNMENT ON LDC- UDC PAY SCALE  ANOMALY

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001
Website : www.confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email : confederation06@yahoo.in

Patron S.K.Vyas 09868244035 
President K.K.N.Kutty 0981148303
Secretary General M.Krishnan 09447068125

Ref: Confdn/LDC-UDC/2013
Dated : 25.10.2013
To
The Secretary,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi-110001

Sub: Upgradation of Grade Pay of LDC & UDC in the Administrative Branch of Government of India Offices.

Sir,
This is in reference to the letter dated 14/10/2013 sent to you, on the above subject, by the All India Association of Administrative Staff, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Government of India (Copy enclosed).

As you are aware, the implementation of the 6th anomalies. The LDC UDC issue is among the most genuine anomalies for which an agenda had been submitted on behalf of this Federation in the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). So far four meetings of the NAC have been held but had not been able to settle the issue and the 5 meeting wherein several genuine anomaly cases including the LDC-UDC issue have to be discussed and decided has not been convened so far despite of repeated requests of the staff side. In this respect, it is worth to mention here that CS-II section of the DoPT had identified the LDC/UDC issue as anomaly which is the subject matter of JCA section and sent the case to JCA vide DoPT I.D. No.25/2/2013-CS.II (B) Dated 13.08/2013 for action. But it is surprised to note that the case in original has been returned to the All India Association of Administrative Staff by the CS-II section vide letter No 25/2/20134-CS II (B) dated 19/09/2013 with a direction to take up the case directly with the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. And the reason behind the returning of the case to DoPT without considering to put up it in the NAC by the JCA is not recorded.

It is further to state that 6th get selected to the post of LDC but denied an appropriate pay structure in accordance with the increased qualification. On the other hand, the educational & technical qualifications prescribed for DEO & LDC are the same but the DEO has been granted Rs. 2400 grade pay whereas the Grade pay of LDC is Rs. 1900 only. Moreover, 6th to MTS as a result the gap between the MTS and LDC narrow down to Rs. 100/.

As regards the duties and responsibilities assigned to the LDC & UDC in the subordinate offices are concerned, it is altogether different than the duties and responsibilities for the posts prescribed in the DoPT manual or assigned to these posts in the offices of Central Secretariat. While comparing the duties of DEO & LDC the DEO has only to make entry the readymade data given to them whereas the LDCs have to create data/draft letters and then to type on computer, putting up the matter through file note with justification with the support of rules and procedure. Thus LDC does more work in qualitatively and quantitative terms with less grade pay than that of the DEO. Besides, many cadres with less or equal qualification have been recommended higher pay by the 6th the Government has implemented the same.

Since the duties of the LDC & UDC in the various State Government also assigned in line of these subordinate offices and considering the volume and quality of duties assigned to them several of the State Governments who have implemented the 6th increased the pay structure/grade pay of the LDC & UDC.

From the above it is evident that the LDCs & UDCs deserve higher grade pay than the present one, commensurate with the qualifications and assignments attached to these posts. DoPT has identified the LDC & UDC issue related to anomaly and asked to take up the case with your office. It is requsted that as tens of thousands of LDC, UDC are eagerly waiting for a favourable decision from Govt, the case may be considered in a sympathetic and judicious manner so that a decision for revising the grade pay of LDC to Rs. 2400/ and that of UDC to Rs. 2800/ may please be taken.

A favourable decision in this regard is requested please.
Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Copy to: -
Com. T.K. R. Pillai

Source: www.confederationhq.blogspot.in
[http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/2013/10/confederation-writes-to-government-on.html]

Minutes of DoPT Meeting by INDWF: 7th CPC Appointment, GP 4600 to MCM under 3rd MACP, 30 Days EL iro Piece Worker, Ex-gratia on Death

Minutes of DoPT Meeting by INDWF: 7th CPC Appointment, GP 4600 to MCM under 3rd MACP, 30 Days EL iro Piece Worker, Ex-gratia on Death

INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION

Minutes of Meeting with Secretary DOP&T held on 24.10.2013 at New Delhi

INDWF/Circular/015/2013
Date: 25.10.2013
To
All Affiliated Unions of INDWF

Indian National Defence Workers Federation continuously representing in various forums and also raised before Hon’ble Defence Minister on the pending issues of Defence Civilian employees.  Now on the following issues, decisions were taken by Ministry of Defence which are as follows.

1. GRANTING OF 3rd MACP UNDER FINANCIAL UPGRADATION TO MCM AND CHARGEMAN

Master craftsman pay was upgraded to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay w.e.f. 01.01.2006 and was clarified by PC of A (Fys) that it was not considered as promotion and accordingly all these MCMs and re-designated Chargeman(T) were granted 3rd MACP on completion of 30 years of service to Rs.4600/-.  Subsequently DOP&T vide their letter dated 13.07.2012 and M of D vide their letter dated 23.07.2013 clarified that their upgradation was treated as promotion thereby denied the MACP – III and conveyed by PC of A (Fys), Kolkatta to recover the payment paid excess from Rs.4200/- to Rs.4600/- Grade Pay. This was strongly protested and represented by Indian National Defence Workers Federation to DOP&T, M of D and OFB to review the decision and grant Rs.4600/- Grade Pay.   The reduction of Grade Pay and recovery was stopped awaiting for the decision from DOP&T.  The recovery was stopped including the reversion from Rs.4600/- Grade Pay to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay in respect of serving employees.

Now, due to our efforts, DOP&T sent back the file to M of D on 14.10.2013 stating that if the MCM is not the feeder grade to Chargeman for promotion as per the existing Recruitment Rules, it may be confirmed and if so the employees completed 30 years can be considered for granting 3rd MACP to Rs.4600/-.  Now M of D had made out the proposal in conformity with SRO that MCM is not the feeder grade to Chargeman and only HS I is the feeder grade and the file was sent to M of D (Finance) for their acceptance and after obtaining clearance from M of D (Defence Finance), formal order will be issued by DOP&T revising its order dt 13.07.2013 and then all the MCMs granted Rs.4600/- under 3rd MACP will be allowed is continue.

This is a major achievement for Indian National Defence Workers Federation in succeeding to get this issue resolved with going to Court.  This will benefit existing employees and the retired employees who got the benefit of 3rd MACP Rs.4600/-.

2. ENTITLEMENT OF 30 DAYS EL IRRESPECTIVE OF OPTION IN RESPECT OF PIECE WORKERS OF ORDNANCE FACTORIES

Piece Workers are denied 30 days EL and were granted only 18 days in a year whereas 30 days EL was granted to all Industrial Employees in defence vide the agreement reached between Government of India and Staff side National Council JCM reached signed on 11.09.1997.   Since, the Piece workers have opted leave under Factories Act, 1948, they are denied the benefit of 30 days.

The issue was discussed at JCM III, II and with DOP&T by Indian National Defence Workers Federation and a proposal was sent to DOP&T through M of D, that one set of Leave Rules (Departmental Leave Rules) is acceptable for all employees and therefore, the Leave Rules under Factories Act, 1948 is to be ignored and the benefit of Leave Rules under Departmental Leave rules be granted to all Industrial Employees in Ordnance Factories.

The above proposal was agreed by M of D, Department of Defence Production to DOP&T and the same was agreed.  Accordingly, Department of Defence Production D(Estt/NG) vide their letter No. I.D.No.8/IR/08/D(Fy-II) dt 25.09.2013/04.10.2013 issued clarification to Ordnance Factory board that all  the employees are now eligible as per the agreement and as per clarification issued by Ministry of Labour for 30 days.  OFB with the approval of PC of A (Fys), Kolkatta is issuing instructions to all Ordnance Factories within 3 days granting 30 days EL which Indian National Defence Workers Federation demanded that the benefit to be granted with retrospective effect i.e. from the date of granting 30 days EL (11.09.1997 agreement).

This is an important achievement of Indian National Defence Workers Federation by which thousands of retired employees will get the benefit of 12 days in a year for encashment.  This may be communicated to the retired employees also.

3. GRANT OF EX-GRATIA LUMPSUM COMPENSATION TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE DECEASED EMPLOYEES OF ORDNANCE FACTORY ORGANISATION IN CASE OF DEATH A DUE TO ACCIDENTS WHILE ON DUTY.

All Civilian employees of Government of India are entitled for grant of Ex-gratia lump-sum compensation for an amount of Rs.10,00,000/- as per the provisions contained in Para 07 of DOP & W OM No.45/55/97-P & PW(C) dt 11.09.1998 read with para 11 of DOP & PW OM No.38/37/08-P & PW(A) dated 02.09.2008.  There are many employees expired due to accidents in Ordnance Factories has been seriously represented by Indian National Defence Workers Federation President     Shri Ashok Singh also written number of letters to Hon’ble Defence Minister to grant the Ex-gratia Rs.10 lakhs to the affected families though they have been provided employment assistance out of turn.

Now we are pleased to inform that Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production vide their letter no.444/IE/05/D/(Fy-II) dt 18.10.2013 issued sanction to Ordnance Factory Board for 30 cases with a total amount of Rs.3 Crores for disbursement immediately to the families of deceased employees.  This will be in respect of Ordnance Factory Bhandara, Cordite Factory Aruvankadu, Ammunition Factory Khadki, Ordnance Factory Khamaria, Ordnance Factory Itarsi and other factories where accidents have taken place.  This is a great achievement.

4.  APPOINTMENT OF 7th PAY COMMISSION

On the approach of INTUC, UPA Government agreed to appoint 7th Pay Commission and will be effective from 01.01.2016.  Government invited the Federations (National Council Standing Committee members) for discussing the Terms of reference for the 7th Central Pay commission.  A meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOP& T on 24.10.2013 at 1500 Hrs at North Block on behalf of Staff side we have proposed the following:
a)  Government of India should come out with their proposal on Terms of Reference and then Staff side will give their proposal.
b)  All anomalies pending including MACP to be settled.
c)  One Labour leader to be included in the commission.
d)  All pending cadre Review proposals should be delinked from 7th CPC.

After consulting the Ministry of Finance, the proposal of Draft will be given to us for discussion.

Yours Sincerely,
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary.
Source: www.indwf.blogspot.in
[http://indwf.blogspot.in/2013/10/minutes-of-meeting-with-secretary-dop.html

Postal: Department issued orders bonus to GDS employees as per with departmental and DA for per-revised 6th CPC to CG and autonomous bodies

Postal: Department issued orders bonus to GDS employees as per with departmental and DA for per-revised 6th CPC to CG and autonomous bodies

F.NO. 26-06/2011-PAP-KW
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND I.T.
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
[ESTABLISHMENT DIVISION]
DAK BHAWAN, SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI-110001.

15th OCTOBER, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Enhancement of ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia Bonus payable to Gramin Dak Sevaks from Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3500/- REG.

The undersigned is directed to convey the approval of the Competant Authority to enhance the ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia bonus payable to the Gramin Dak Sevaks, from Rs. 2500/- (Rs. Two Thousand, Five Hundred only) per month to Rs. 3500/- (Rupees Three Thousand five hundred only) per month. The decision is applicable with prospective effect i.e. from the accounting year: 2012-13 payable in the year 2013.14. The enhanced bonus calculation ceiling for the Gramin Dak Sevaks has already been indicated in the orders No. 26-4/2013-PAP Dated 4.10.2013, issued for payment of ex-gratia bonus during the financial year: 2013-14.

(SHANKAR PRASAD)
ASSTT.DIRECTOR GENERAL(ESTABLISHMENT)
Tele: 011-23036268

Postal: General Secretary Meet and appealed all the NJCM top leaders for their support for inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC

Postal: General Secretary Meet and appealed all the NJCM top leaders for their support for inclusion of GDS in 7th CPC

ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION
(Central Head Quarter)
First Floor, Post Office Building, Padamnagar, Delhi 110007

President                 :     D.N. Giri
General Secretary   :     S.S. Mahadevaiah

GDS/CHQ/1/10/2013                                       
Dated: 23.10.2013
To

Com. Umraomal Purohit,
Secretary (Staff Side), JCM,
National Council of the JCM,
13-C, Ferozesha Road,
New Delhi-110001.

Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra,
General Secretary,
All India Railwaymen’s Federation,
4, State Entry Road,
Near New Delhi Railway Station,
New Delhi-110055.

Com. M. Raghavaiah,
General Secretary,
National Federation Indian Railwaymen,
4, Chemsford Road,
New Delhi.

Com. C. Sreekumar,
General Secretary, AIDEF,
No.2, Valluvar Street,
Rani Annanagar,
Arumbakkam (PO)
Chennai-600106.

Dear Comrade,

          The Govt. of India have always kept Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Postal Department numbering more than 3 lakhs outside the purview of the Pay Commission. It is a deliberate attempt to deprive them of their rights. This has been the policy all along. The Govt. have been confusing the issue of legal status of GDS as Govt. servants and taking negative stand. After sustained agitation by GDS, a Committee headed by justice Talwar was constituted by the Govt. The Committee came to the conclusion that GDS are Central Govt. employees and Recommended accordingly. This was also earlier the view of the First and Fourth Pay Commissions. In fact first CPC considered their claims & made recommendations accordingly. Disregarding bureaucratic attempts at confusing the legal status of GDS, both these commissions refused to toe the official line and took an independent view that GDS are Central Govt. employees. The following points need specific attention.

The GDS have always been counted & treated as part & parcel of total Postal workforce. In fact they are more than 55% of the total postal workforce and are running more than 80% post offices in the country, whereas regular Postal employees are only 45%. Justice Talwar committee was firmly of the view Commission. The most important recommendation which Justice Talwar Committee made was that in future these employees should be included within the purview of the Pay Commissions, keeping in view their number, their work profile, effectiveness to the postal system and the services rendered to the public.

Attention is also invited to the landmark judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Gokulananda Dass case decided on 22.4.77 wherein it has categorically been held that GDS are holders of civil post under the union which means they are Central Govt. employees. Recently Central Administrative Tribunal Bench in Tamilnadu and Chandigarh have also held that GDS are Central Govt. employees.

The Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Deptt. have made representation to the Govt. that their claims regarding revision of their pay scales and service conditions may be included in the Terms of Reference of Seventh Pay Commission and Commission may be asked to make recommendations as in the case of other Central Govt. employees. We are soliciting your kind support to our Demand with the request that you may kindly raise our demand when Govt. invites you for discussion to finalise Terms of Reference.

With greetings,
                                                                                          Yours comradely,
                                                                                             
(S.S. Mahadevaiah)
 General Secretary

Subsistence Allowance during Suspension - for information

Subsistence Allowance during Suspension - for information
THE ALL INDIA SERVICES(DISCIPLINE AND APPEAL) RULES, 1969

4. Subsistence allowance during suspension.
4(1) A member of the Service under suspension or deemed to have been placed under suspension by the Government concerned shall be entitled to receive from that Government:-
4(1)(a) a subsistence allowance at an amount equal to the leave salary which a member of the Service would have drawn if he had been on leave on half-average pay or on half pay and in addition, dearness allowance, if admissible on the basis of such leave salary; Provided that where the period of suspension exceed three months, the authority which made or is deemed to have made the order of suspension shall be competent to vary the amount of subsistence allowance for any period subsequent to the period of the first three months as follows:

(i) the amount of subsistence allowance may be increased by a suitable amount, not exceeding 50 per cent of the subsistence allowance admissible during the period of the first three months, if, in the opinion of the said authority, the period of suspensions has been prolonged for reasons, to be recorded in writing, not directly attributable to the member of the Service;

(ii) the amount of the subsistence allowance may be reduced by a suitable amount, not exceeding 50 per cent of the subsistence allowance admissible during the period of the first three months, if in the opinion of the said authority, the period of suspension has been prolonged for reasons, to be recorded in writing directly attributable to a member of the Service;

(iii) the rate of the dearness allowance will be based on the increased or, as the case may be, the reduced amount of subsistence allowance admissible under sub-clause (i) or sub-clause (ii) above.

4(1)(b) any other compensatory allowance admissible from time to time on the basis of pay of which a member of the Service was in receipt on the date of suspension, subject to the fulfillment of other conditions laid down for the drawal of such allowance.
4(2) No member of the Service shall be entitled to receive payment under sub-rule (1) unless he furnished a certificate that he is not engaged in any other employment, business, profession or vocation.
4(3) The authority to grant subsistence allowance shall be the suspending authority.
Government of India's Decisions

(1) The Government of India have decided that:
(1) The Government of India have decided that:

(i) the amount of subsistence allowance once granted should be varied by the suspending authority under the first proviso to this rule only after recording in writing the reasons for increasing or decreasing the amount;
(ii) a member shall not be entitled to compensatory allowance of which he was in receipt prior to suspension unless the suspending authority is satisfied that he continues to meet the expenditure for which they were granted.

[G.I., M.H.A. Letter No. 13/7/58-AIS (III), dated 18th October, 1958, read with No. 7/20/59-AIS (II), dated the 17th November, 1959]

(2) The Government of India have decided that the following deductions should be enforced from subsistence allowance:-

(i) Income tax and super tax (provided the member's annual income calculated with reference to subsistence allowance is taxable).
(ii) House rent and allied charges i.e. electricity, water furniture etc.
(iii) Repayment of loans and advances taken from Government at such rates as the competent authority deems it right to fix.

(2.2) The following deductions should not be made except with a member's written consent letter-

(a) Premia due on Postal Life Assurance Policies.
(b) Amounts due to Co-operative Stores and Co-operative Credit Societies.
(c) Refund of Advances taken from General Provident Fund.

(2.3) The following deductions should not be made from subsistence allowances:-

(i) Subscription to the All India Services Provident Fund.
(ii) Amounts due on Court attachments.
(iii) Recovery of loss to Government for which a member is responsible.

(2.4) There is no bar to the recovery of overpayments from subsistence allowance but the competent authority will exercise discretion in deciding whether recovery should be held wholly in abeyance during the period of suspension or it should be effected at full or reduced rate depending on the circumstances of each case.
[G.I., M.H.A. letter No. 7/18/59-AIS (II), dated 21st October, 1959]

(3) A question having arisen, it was decided that an officer (under suspension) is entitled to receive subsistence allowance at the rate equal to leave salary which he would have drawn while on leave on half average pay or half pay as the case may be, for the first twelve months. If after the expiry of that period, the competent authority does not find it necessary to increase or decrease the amount, the officer (under suspension) will continue to receive the same amount of subsistence allowance and it is not necessary to issue fresh orders in this regard.
[G.I., M.H.A. letter No. 7/8/62-AIS (III), dated 5th May, 1962]

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Revision of monitory ceiling limit for stationary and mobile commercial staff

Revision of monitory ceiling limit for stationary and mobile commercial staff

Ministry of Railways

(Railway Board)
COMMERCIAL CIRCULAR NO. 65 OF 2013

No.TCII/2870/06
N.Delhi, dated 17.10.2013
The General Managers (Comml.),
All Zonal Railways.

Sub: Revision of monitory ceiling limit for stationary and mobile commercial staff.

Ref: Rly. Board's telemaxes of even number dated 19.04.06, 02.05.06 & 03.10.2006

In continuation of above mentioned instructions regarding declaration of private cash of Staff before taking up duty, Ministry of Railways have decided to increase the monetary ceiling from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 750/- for stationary staff and from Rs. 1500/- to Rs. 2,000/- for mobile staff with immediate effect. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned immediately.

(Vaidehi Gopal)
Joint Director Traffic Commercial(G)
Railway Board.
Source: NFIR

CPCB Order - Submission of Income Details & proof of savings for income tax financial year 13-14

CPCB Order - Submission of Income Details & proof of savings for income tax financial year 13-14

Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi
File No. AC-101/05/VG/2013-14/
September 24, 2013
CIRCULAR

Subject: Income details & proof of savings for tax calculation / deduction purposes for FY 2013-2014

The government of India imposes an income tax on taxable income of individuals. Levy of tax is separate on each of the persons. The levy is governed by the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. The Indian Income Tax Department is governed by the Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) and is part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India. Income tax is a key source of funds that the government uses to fund its activities and serve the public.

Section 192 of the I.T.Act, 1961 provides that every person (DDO in case of CPCB) responsible for paying any income which is chargeable under the head ‘salary, shall deduct income tax on the estimated income of the assessee under the head salaries. The tax is required to be calculated at the average rate of income tax as computed on the basis of the rates in force. The deduction is to be made at the time of the actual payment. However, no tax is required to be deducted at source, unless the estimated salary income exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to tax applicable in case of an individual during the relevant financial year. The tax once deducted is required to be deposited in government account and a certificate of deduction of tax at source (also referred as Form No.16) is to be issued to the employee. Finally, the employer/deductor is required to prepare and file quarterly statements in form No.24Q with the Income-tax Department PAN and address are mandatory. If not furnished, tax at source is to be deducted at the prescribed rates or 20% whichever is higher without giving any rebate/deduction.

ArrangementsBy 30th November 2013By 15th February 2014
AnnexureI & II along-with proof of the savings (self-attested) till Nov. 30th 2013.Only the documentary proof (Annexure need not be sent again) of the proposed savings (self-attested) declared in annexure II.
DeclarationDeclaration of Proposed savings in the prescribed column in annexure II which are proposed to be made after 30th November 2013 for 2013-2014.Proposed savings or proof of the savings will not be considered after this date, even if submitted.
Last Date30th November 201315th February 2014)

In case, no declaration is received by November 30th 2013, due tax will be deducted as per the current tax structure.  soft copy of this circular & saving submission annexure are also available at the employees’ corner on the CPCB’s web-site i.e. http://www.cpcb.nic.in/employee/itcircular13-14.pdf & saving submission annexure http://www.cpcb.nic.in/employee/savingsubmission13-14.pdf at Intranet portal (http://10.24.84.156:8080/cpcb.htm).

(M.S. Bansal)
Accounts Officer & I/C F&A
Income Tax Rates for the Financial Year 2013-2014

For All Assesses:
Upto Rs.2,00,000/-NIL
Rs.2,00,010/- to Rs.5,00,000/-@ 10% of (total income minus Rs.2,00,000)
Rs.5,00,010/- to Rs.10,00,000/-Rs.30,000/- + 20% of (total income minus Rs.5,00,000)
Rs.10,00,010/- & aboveRs.1,30,000/- + 30% of (total income minus Rs.10,00,000)

Things one must know:
1. As per new section 87A wef AY 2014-2015 onwards:
An assessee, being an individual resident in India, whose total income does not exceed five hundred thousand rupees, shall be entitled to a deduction, from the amount of income-tax (as computed before allowing the deductions under this Chapter) on his / her total income with which he/she is chargeable for any assessment year, of an amount equal to hundred per cent of such income-tax or an amount of two thousand rupees, whichever is less.

2. Education Cess 2% +Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Cess 1% Education Cess is applicable (2%+1%)@ 3% on income tax

3. Threshold limit of exemption from personal income tax in the case of all assesses is Rs.2,00,000. The threshold limit for a resident woman assessee is also Rs.200,000, while for a resident senior citizen over 60 years is Rs.2,50,000 and for senior citizen over 80 years is Rs.500,000.

4. The last date for filing of individual income tax return with the concerned ITO is 31st July 2014. For the Assessment year 2013-14, E-filing must for people with annual income above Rs 5 lakh.

5. Tax payers with salary income of up to Rs.5 lakh and interest from savings bank accounts up to `10,000 is required to file income tax returns in either mode manually or e.filing.
(M.S. Bansal)
Accounts Officer
& I/C F&A
Source: /www.cpcb.nic.in
[http://www.cpcb.nic.in/employee/itcircular13-14.pdf]

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