Friday, August 30, 2013

Expected DA from Jan 2014 - AICPIN for the month of July 2013

Expected DA from Jan 2014 - AICPIN for the month of July 2013
Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) July 2013

According to a press release issued today by the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour & Employment the All-India CPI-IW for July, 2013 rose by 4 points and pegged at 235 (two hundred and thirty five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 1.73 per cent between June and July compared with 1.92 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing 1.99 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk, Onions, Chillies Green, Potato, Tomato & other Vegetables. Electricity Charges, Firewood, Bus Fare, Petrol, etc. are responsible for the rise in index. However, this was compensated to some extent by Groundnut Oil, Primary and secondary School Fees putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 10.85 per cent for July, 2013 as compared to 11.63 per cent for the previous month and 9.84 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 14.10 per cent against 14.86 per cent of the previous month and 11.27 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Giridih recorded the highest increase of 16 points each followed by Kodarma (11 points), Durgapur (10 points) and Jharia, Surat, Ghaziabad and Godavarikhani (9 points each). Among others, 8 points rise was registered in 7 centres, 7 points in 6 centres, 6 points in 10 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 6 centres, and 1 point in five centres. On the contrary, Faridabad reported a decline of 6 points followed by Madurai (5 points), Coonoor (3 points), Tiruchirapally (2 points) and 5 other centres by 1 point each. Rest of the 7 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 38 centres are above All-India Index and other 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Jabalpur and Ghaziabad centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of August, 2013 will be released on Monday, 30 September, 2013. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

Source : PIB News

Pension Arrears from 01 Jan 2006 as per Court Order: Govt reply in Parliament

Pension Arrears from 01 Jan 2006 as per Court Order: Govt reply in Parliament

The orders for implementation of the decision taken by the Government on the recommendations of 6th CPC for revision for pension of past pensioners were issued vide this Department’s OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated 1.9.2008. The provisions of Para 4.2 of this OM were clarified vide this Department’s letter dated 3.10.2008.

The Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi in its order dated 1.11.2011 observed that by the OM dated 3.10.2008 the original orders of 1.9.2008 have been modified. Hon’ble CAT directed that the past pensioners may be granted, w.e.f. 1.1.2006, a minimum pension @ 50% of the minimum pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale with reference to the fitment table applicable for revision of pay of serving employees.

A Writ Petition was filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi challenging the above mentioned order. In its order dated 29.4.2013, the Hon’ble Delhi High Court has upheld the order dated 1.11.2011. After considering the order of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi and various representations received in this regard, Special Leave Petition was filed by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

This SLP came up for hearing recently on 29.7.2013 before the Hon. Supreme Court and has been dismissed. [click here to see]

The above information submitted by Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions in reply of undermentioned Lok Sabha Question:-

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 670

ANSWERED ON   07.08.2013

DELAY IN PAYMENT OF ARREARS TO PENSIONERS

670 . Shri VILAS BABURAO MUTTEMWAR
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to state:-


(a) the reasons for inordinate delay in implementation of Hon`ble High Court`s order to give effect to the payment of arrears w.e.f. 01.01.2006 to pensioners retired before 2006;

(b) whether the Government have received representations from employees organizations and other bodies in this regard; and

(c) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government on the representations?

ANSWER

Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (SHRI V. NARAYANASAMY)

(a) to (c): *** see above ***

Source: Lok Sabha Q&A

6th CPC had recommended not to merge 50% of Dearness Allowance (DA) Parliament was informed today

6th CPC had recommended not to merge 50% of Dearness Allowance (DA) Parliament was informed today
The 6th Central Pay Commission had recommended not to merge Dearness Allowance with basic pay at any stage,' Minister of State Finance Minister Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Government accepted this recommendation, he said, adding that the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission were given effect from January 1, 2006.

Some Central Government Employees Associations have been demanding for the merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay and the constitution of 7th Pay Commission.

Meena said the setting up of the next Pay Commission is considered normally after a gap of 10 years between two successive Pay Commission.

DA to central government employees is revised twice a year, with effect from January 1 and July 1, calculated on the basis of percentage increase in all India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers.

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

4 point rise in July, 2013 AICPIN: DA for Jan, 2014 may reach 100%

4 point rise in July, 2013 AICPIN: DA for Jan, 2014 may reach 100%

All-India CPI-IW for July, 2013 rose by 4 points and pegged at 235 (two hundred and thirty five). According to this increase Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees & Dearness Relief for CG Pensioner confirmed to be 98% from January, 2014.  This increase and present economic scenario are also indicating that the DA/DR for Jan, 2014 may reach 100%.  This time the DA/DR from July, 2013 is yet to be announced by govt and as per previous trend  it will be announced in third week of September, 2013. See following table for thee different situation to Expected DA/DR for Jan, 2014 :-

ExpectationIncrease/ Decrease IndexMonthBase Year 2001 = 100Total of 12 MonthsTwelve monthly Average% increase over 115.76 for   DADA announced or will be announced
1Dec-122192512209.3380.83%80%
DA/DR from July, 2013 @ 90% is yet to be announced. 2Jan-132212535211.2582.49%90%
2Feb-132232559213.2584.22%
1Mar-132242582215.1785.87%
2Apr-132262603216.9287.38%
2May-132282625218.7588.97%
3Jun-132312648220.6790.62%
4Jul-132352671222.5892.28%100%
1st Expection Min 2 point in two next month2Aug-132372694224.5093.94%
2Sep-132392718226.5095.66%
0Oct-132392740228.3397.25%
0Nov-132392761230.0898.76%
0Dec-132392781231.75100.20%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014
2nd Expectation minimum 1 point in every month and 2 point in any one month1Aug-132362693224.4293.86%100%
2Sep-132382716226.3395.52%
1Oct-132392738228.1797.10%
1Nov-132402760230.0098.69%
1Dec-132412782231.83100.27%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014
3rd Expectation: Point 1 in every month1Aug-132362693224.4293.86%99%
1Sep-132372715226.2595.45%
1Oct-132382736228.0096.96%
1Nov-132392757229.7598.47%
1Dec-132402778231.5099.98%
Expected DA/DR from January, 2014

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25% of Salary to be paid as advance due to Onam Festival in Kerala

25% of Salary to be paid as advance due to Onam Festival in Kerala
Kerala Government has decided to issue 25% of Pay and allowances as advance to the employees of State Government in the month of September.
Government order has been issued by the Finance Department on 26th August 2013, in order to celebrate the festival of Onam in Kerala, 25% of salary to be paid in advance in the month of September who are willing to avail. The advance payment will be adjusted in the salary to be paid in October, 2013.
The advance payment will be issued on 11th, 12th and 13th September 2013, to the employees working in State Government, NMR Workers of all Departments and employees of Aided Schools, Colleges and Polytechnics.

Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2013/08/25-of-salary-to-be-paid-as-advance-due-to-onam-festival-in-kerala/

Item Wise reply of Railway Board on the issues raised by AIRF.

Item Wise reply of Railway Board on the issues raised by AIRF. 
 
The following issues raised by Federations which are outside the purview of this Ministry were referred/have been referred to concerned Ministries/Deptts. :-
 

S.No.
Item
Officer(s) concerned
Comments from the concerned Dte.
1.Setting up of VII Central Pay Commission without further delay.EDPC-IIThe issue raised under this item comes under the pruview of Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
2.Merger of DA with payEDPC-IIThe issue raised under this item comes under the pruview of Ministry of Finance. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
3.Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all the staff with pension and family pension scheme as available to staff appointed prior to 1.1.2004.EDF(E)The decision of introducing New Pensoin System for all the new entrants to Government/Railway Service on or after 1.1.2004 is of the Government of India taken in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs. The Ministry of Railways, being an Administrative Ministry in respect of pensionary matter is bound to adhere to the decision taken by the Government and is not empowered to take any unilateral decision in the matter. Accordingly, the matter referred to Deptt. of Financial Services.
4.Stepping up of pay of senior employee on par with junior employee consequent on modification of ACP Scheme as MACP is pending with the Railway Board.EDPC-IFor the purpose of MACP Scheme, Department of Personnel and Training is the nodal Department of the Government and instructions issued by them on this usbject ar adopted by this Ministry in reapect of Railway Employees. The issue regaring stepping up of pay of senior employees at par with their Junior drawing higher pay under MACPS has been examined in consultation with DoP&T on a reference from the Fedetations. DoP&T have advised that stepping up of pay of senior at par with thier junior drawing higher Grade Pay under MACPS is not admissible. Since, DoP&T is the nodal Department for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to take any unilateral decision on the matter.
5.Increase the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance to all RELHS beneficiaries.EDPC-IFor the purpose of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA), Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare is the nodal Department of Govt. and instructions issued by them on FMS, are adopted by this Ministry in respect of Railway pensioners. As such, this Ministry is not in position to take any unilateral decision on this subject. Accordingly, the matter referredt ot DOP&PW.
6.Exempt Transport Allowance and Special Duty Allowance for the pruview of Income Tax deduction.DF(X)-IThe matter regarding increases in the eligible exemption limit in the case of tranport allowance from Rs.800/- p.m. to Rs.3200/- p.m. was referred to the Ministry of Finance. However, the request of the Ministry of Railways has not been agreed to by the Ministry of Finance. 

2. The matter regarding exemption of Special Duty Allowance for the purview of Income Tax has been referred to the Ministry of Finance vide Boards O.M. No. F(X)I-2009/23/6 dated 24/9/2012. Reply is still awaited therefrom.
7.Raise the ceiling limit of Rs. 3500 for the purpose of payment of PLB.EDPC-IProductivity Linked Bonus is paid on the Railways in accordance with the scheme of Productivity Linked Bonus arrived at in consultation with the recognized federations and approval of the Government. The computation ceiling for payment of PLB has been prescribed as Rs.3500/- p.m. by the Ministry of Finance, which is the nodal Ministry and this ceiling is applicable to all Ministries & Departments of the Central Govt. Ministry of Railways cannot unilaterally take a decision in the matter. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
8.Upgrade all categories of staff in Grade Pay of Rs. 2400 to Rs. 2800EDPC-IIThe pay scale of various categories of Central Government employees including Railway employees are based on the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission and accepted by the Central Government. A unilateral decision cannot be taken by Ministry of Railways on the demand raised by the Federation as it is beyond the purview of Ministry of, Railways. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
9.Granting of one increment for the employees in the categories Like MCMs, Loco Running Staff, SMs, P.Way Supervisors etc when they get horizontal promotions without reckoning the same as “Promotion” for the purpose of granting financial up gradation under MACP.EDPC-IFor the purpose of MACP Scheme, Department of Personnel & Training is the nodal Department of the Govt. and instructions issued by them on this subject are adopted by this Ministry in respect of Railway employees. As per the instructions contained in Para-8 of Annexure to policy instructions on MACPS, promotion earned in the post carzying same Grade pay in the promotional hierarchy as per recruitment rules shall be counted for the purpose of MACPS. Since, DoP&T is the nodal Department for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to take any unilateral decision on the matter. Accordingly, the matter referred to MOF.
10.Grant parity in pension and family pension to the staff/family retired prior to 01.01.2006EDF(E)In this regard it is stated that neither the 6th Pay Commission appointed by the Government has recommended nor any decision for giving full parity in pension to pre-2006 retirees with post 2006 retirees has been taken by the Government. The Ministry of Railways being an Administrative Ministry in respect of pensionary matters is bound to adhere to the decision taken by the nodal department, the DOP&PW, Accordingly, the matter referred to Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension.
11.Raise the ceiling of Incorne Tax deduction‚ from Railway employees, Ministry of Railways are from Rs. 2.00 lakh to Rs. 3.00 lakh, as recommended by the Standing Committee on Finance.DF(X)IIIn all matters relating to recovery of Inocme Tax from Railway employees, Ministry of Railways are guided by the provisions of Income Tax Act, 1967 and various instructions received from the Ministry of Finance (Central Board of Direct Taxes) from time to time. The MoF is the nodal ministry dealing with this subject. As such, the Ministry of Railways can not take any unilateral decision in che matter. Accordingly the matter referred to MOF.
12.Implement pending Board of Arbitration Awards on House Rent Allowance, Over Time, Transport Allowance besides pay scales of Accounts Department staff.EDPC-IFor the purpose of these subjects, Ministry of Finance is the nodal Department of Govt. and this Ministry is following instructions issued by them from time to time. So far no decision as such on these issues from Ministry of Finance has been received. As MoF is the nodal Ministry on these subjects, it is not possible to take any decision unilaterally. Accordingly, the mattter referred to MOF.
13.Rectification of MACP anomalies.EDPC-IFor the purpose of MACP Scheme, Depatment of Personnel & Training is the nodal Department of the Govt. and instructions issued by them on this subject are adopted by this Ministry in respect of Railway employees. The issues raised by the Federations from time to time are examined in consultation with DOP&T and decided accordingly. Since, DOP&T is the nodal Department for the purpose of MACPS, this Ministry is not in position to deviate from the instructions/clarifications issued by them on the subjects. Accordingly, the matter refer to DOP &Trg.
14.Enhancement of Income Tax exemption limit in the case of Running StaffDF(X)IIThe matter regarding enhancement of Income Tax Exemption Limit in the case of Running staff reckoning of Running Allowance as pay for the purpose of deduction of Income Tax was referred to the inistry of Finance. However, the request of the Ministry of Railways has not been agreed to by the Ministry Of Finance.

Source: AIRF

Grant of dual (Two) family pension from military as well as DSC: PCDA Circular No. 513

Grant of dual (Two) family pension from military as well as DSC: PCDA Circular No. 513


 OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)


RAUPADI GHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014
Circular No. 513
Dated: 19.07.2013

Subject: Implementation of Government decision on the recommendations of the Committee on the issue related to Defence Service Personnel and Ex Servicemen – 2012 Grant of dual (Two) family pension from military as well as DSC.


Reference: This office Circular No. 504 dated 17.01.2013.

Consequent upon issue of Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence letter No. 10(17)/2012-D(Pen/Pol) dated 21.03.2013 (copy enclosed), the facility of dual or two family pension to the families of Armed Forces Pensioners who get second re-employment in Civil departments after getting retired / discharged from military service and were in receipt of ordinary family pension as circulated vide this office circular No. 504 dated 17/01/2013 is also applicable to the DSC Personnel. Thus, family pensioners of the DSC personnel are also covered in the ambit of the ibid letter.

2. In view of the above Govt. order, it is requested that the dual family pension claim in respect of DSC personnel may be forwarded to this office for necessary action at this end.

3. The provision of this circular shall be effective from 24th September 2012.

4. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for disseminating across the all concerned.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

ACDA (P)
No. Gts/Tech/0167/XV
Dated: 19.07.2013

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in

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