Saturday, October 19, 2013

Re-Conciliation Schedule for Empanelled Hospitals/Diagnostic Centres under CGHS Delhi/NCR

Re-Conciliation Schedule for Empanelled Hospitals/Diagnostic Centres under CGHS Delhi/NCR

Venue:- R.K. Puram, Sector-12, CGHS, Hospital Cell, New Delhi.

Sr. No.Name of the HospitalDate Time
1Artemis Medicare Services Limited. Gurgaon 21.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM21.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
2Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad.21.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
3B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Pusa Road,22.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
4Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre,22.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
5City-X-ray & Scan Clinic Pvt. Ltd.23.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
6Delhi Heart and Lung Institute.23.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
7Fortis Hospital Noida.24.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
8Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhal Hospital, Vasant Kunj.24.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
9Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar25.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
10Indian Spinal Injuries Centre,25.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
11Kailash Hospital Ltd, Noida.28.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
12Lal Path Labs Pvt. Ltd, Hanuman Road.28.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
13Medanta Medicity, Gurgaon.29.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
14Max Super-Specialty Hospital, Patparganj.29.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
15Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, Janakpuri.30.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
16Metro Hospitals & Heart Institute, Noida.30.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
17Narinder Mohan Hospital & Heart Center, Ghaziabad.31.10.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
18Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital,31.10.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
19Primus Super Specialty Hospital.01.11.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
20P. Bhasin Path Lab Pvt. Ltd.01.11.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
21Rockland Hospital,05.11.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
22Sunder Lal Jain Charitable Hospital.05.11.2013 2.00 PM to 3.30 PM
23Saral Advanced Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.06.11.2013 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM
24Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital.06.11.2013 2.00 PM to 3.00 PM
25Yashoda Hospital06.11.2013 3.00 PM to 4.00 PM
Source: http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in

BSNL: Revised DA @ 85.5% from 01.10.2013 Order issued

BSNL: Revised DA @ 85.5% from 01.10.2013 Order issued

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
(A Govt. of India Enterprise)
Corporate Office
Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
H.C.M.Lane, New Delhi - 110 001.
(PAT SECTION)

CIRCULAR No.41

No. 14-1/2012-PAT(BSNL)
Dated the 15th October, 2013
Sub: Board level and below Board level posts including non-unionised supervisors in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) — Revision of scales of pay w.e.f. 01-01-2007 — Payment of IDA at revised rates — regarding.

The Department of Public Enterprises O.M. No.2(70)12008-DPE(VVC)- GL-XXIV/13 dated 4th Oct., 2013 on the above mentioned subject for revised IDA rates @ 85.5% w.e.f. 01-10-2013; is sent to all concerned for information and necessary action please.

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(A. Sinha )
Assistant General Manager (Pers-V)

EPFO Performance in September 2013

EPFO Performance in September 2013
While reviewing the work of Employees Provident Fund Organisation during September 2013, it has been observed that the Organisation settled 7,96,759 claims in its 123 offices located throughout the country compared to 7,49,639 claims settled during September 2012. More than 50 % of the offices settled more than 80% of the claims within 10 days of receipt. Offices such as Ujjain, Gwalior, Udaipur, Jabalpur, Agra and Laxmi Nagar among many others are settling 80% of the claims within 3 days. The review meeting was taken by Shri K. K. Jalan, CPFC recently.

In addition to the above, the Organisation responded to 16,586 grievances in the month of September. As a result, the number of total grievances has come to around 6,000. The earlier number was more than 25,000. It is also relevant that 101 of the 123 offices have no grievance pending for more than a month.

Rs. 6,018 crores was received during the month under remittances compared to Rs. 5,961 crores in the previous month of August. A total of 4.55 crore accounts were updated till the month of September. In order to bring about an improvement in the services, a plan for comprehensive review of the functioning of the field offices by the Central Provident Fund Commissioner has been set into motion. In this connection, new targets have been fixed by the Central P.F Commissioner. They include, a long term target of settling all claims in 3 days, per capita productivity of 15 claims per day, resolution of grievances registered in the grievance portal, EPFiGMS within 10 days, liquidation of 80% annual accounts by October,2013 and 100% by December,2013.

In order to provide safe, secure and speedy disbursement of pension, Core Banking Solution (CBS) has been made use of. Almost, 84% of the 45 lakhs pensioners are being disbursed pension monthly using CBS.

During the meeting Central P.F Commissioner reviewed the working of Compliance division and stressed the need for ensuring compliance in respect of contract employees. Noting with concern the fact that recovery of outstanding dues has to be accorded top priority, instructions have been issued to the Regional P.F Commissioners in the field offices to draw up an action plan for liquidating the same. As substantial amounts are locked up due to winding up of establishments and resultant court cases, directions have been issued to follow up with Official Liquidators. Also, instructions have been issued to verify the compliance position of manpower engaged through contractors in various ministries and departments. In an important move, it has also been decided to verify the coverage of autonomous bodies functioning under the Central and State Governments with a view to ensure that the benefits of the Act and schemes are extended to all the eligible beneficiaries.

As a part of the ongoing overhauling of the grievance redressal machinery, EPFO offices have begun directly talking to the aggrieved subscribers over telephone. From the Head Office alone, close to 1000 subscribers were contacted telephonically for redressing their grievances especially with respect to grievances which were registered directly at Central P.F Commissioner’s desk. This has improved the work culture of the Organisation.

Giving importance to the issue of keeping the office premises clean and streamlining the office functioning, 100000 kilos of old records have been weeded out.

The training academy of the Organisation, namely, NATRSS which is National Academy for Training and Research in Social Security is thinking of collaborating with International Labour Organisation. Moves are afoot to get NATRSS recognised as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ by the ILO and thereby enabling training programs of ILO to be held in NATRSS.

Source: PIB

Dopt issued guidelines regarding the protection of Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of Informers’ Resolution — 2004 (PIDPI)

Dopt issued guidelines regarding the protection of Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of Informers’ Resolution — 2004 (PIDPI)

Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of informers’ Resolution 2004 (PIDPI) : Dopt issued guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries / Departments
 

No.104/76/2011-AVD.1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel & Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

 
New Delhi, Dated October 18, 2013
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 
Subject:- Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries / Departments.
 
The undersigned is directed to say that the instructions regarding dealing with anonymous and pseudonymous complaints as contained in this Department’s OM No. 321/4/91-AVD.III, dated 29th September, 1992 and as reiterated vide DOP&T’s OM No. 371/38/97-AVD.III, dated 3/11/1997, being at variance with instructions issued by CVC in this regard vide circular No.3(V)/99/2 dated 29th June, 1999, No. 98/DSP/9, dated 31st January, 2002 and 11th October, 2002, had been receiving the attention of the Government for the past some time.
 

2. The matter was examined afresh in consultation with the Central Vigilance Commission. Subsequent to the Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of informers’ Resolution 2004 (PIDPI), the Commission has created a mechanism for handling complaints where identity of the complainant is kept secret and the complainant is provided protection. This has been endorsed and operationalized by the Central Government with the approval of the competent authority.
 
3. In view of the fact that complainants who desire to protect their identity now have the protection of the Public Interest Disclosure & Protection of Informers’ Resolution — 2004 (PIDPI), the following procedure is laid down for handling anonymous and pseudonymous complaints, in supersession of instructions contained in DoP&T’s OM No. 321/4/91-AVD.III dated 29th September, 1992:
 

(i) No action is required to be taken on anonymous complaints, irrespective of the nature of allegations and such complaints need to be simply filed
 
(ii) Complaints containing vague allegations could also be filed without verification of identity of the complainant.
 
(iii) If a complaint contains verifiable allegations, the administrative Ministry/Department may take cognizance of such complaint with the approval of the competent authority to be designated by the Ministry/Department as per their distribution of work. In such cases, the complaint will be first sent to the complainant for owning/disowning, as the case may be. If no response is received from the complainant within 15 days of sending the complaint, a reminder will be sent. After waiting for 15 days after sending the reminder, if still nothing is heard, the said complaint may be filed as pseudonymous by the Ministry/Department.

 
4. Instructions contained in para-3 above would also be applicable (with appropriate competent authority to be designated under para 3 (iii) above) for dealing with complaints against Secretaries to the Government of India or Chief Executives / CMDs / Functional Director of PSEs/PSBs/FIs, which will continue to be referred to the Cabinet Secretariat for placing before the Group of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary/Secretary (Coordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat, as the case may be, as per procedure given in Department’s OM No. 104/100/2009-AVD.I, dated 14/1/2010 and DPE’s OM No. 15(1)/2010-DPE(GM), dated 11/3/2010, as amended from time to time.
 

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(G.Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

 
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/104_76_2011-AVD-I-18102013.pdf]

RATES OF INCOME-TAX AS PER FINANCE ACT, 2013

RATES OF INCOME-TAX AS PER FINANCE ACT, 2013
As per the Finance Act, 2013, income-tax is required to be deducted under Section 192 of the Act from income chargeable under the head "Salaries" for the financial year 2013-14 (i.e. Assessment Year 2014-15) at the following rates:

2.1 Rates of tax
 
A. Normal Rates of tax:
S. No
Total Income
Rate of tax
1 Where the total income does not exceed Rs. 2,00,000/-. Nil
2 Where the total income exceeds Rs. 2,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/- 10 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 2,00,000/-
3 Where the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/- but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000/-. Rs. 30,000/- plus 20 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/-.
4 Where the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-. Rs. 1,30,000/- plus 30 Per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-

B. Rates of tax for every individual, resident in India, who is of the age of sixty years or
more but less than eighty years at any time during the financial year:

S. No
Total Income
Rate of tax
1 Where the total income does not exceed Rs. 2,50,000/- Nil
2 Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 2,50,000 but does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/-
10 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 2,50,000/-
3 Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 5,00,000/- but does not exceed
Rs. 10,00,000/-
Rs. 25,000/- plus 20 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/-.
4 Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 10,00,000/-
Rs. 1,25,000/- plus 30 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-

C. In case of every individual being a resident in India, who is of the age of eighty years or
more at any time during the financial year:

S. No
Total Income
Rate of tax
1 Where the total income does not exceed Rs. 5,00,000/- Nil
2 Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 5,00,000 but does not exceed Rs. 10,00,000/-
20 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 5,00,000/-
4 Where the total income exceeds
Rs. 10,00,000/-
Rs. 1,00,000/- plus 30 per cent of the amount by which the total income exceeds Rs. 10,00,000/-

2.2 Surcharge on Income tax:

The amount of income-tax shall be increased by a surcharge @10% of the Income-tax on payments to an individual taxpayer, if the total income of the individual exceeds Rs 1 crore during FY 2013-14 (AY 2014-15). However the amount of Surcharge shall not exceed the amount by which the individual’s total income exceeds Rs 1 crore and if surcharge so arrived at, exceeds such amount (assessee’s total income minus one crore) then it will be restricted to the amount of total income minus Rupees one crore.

2.3.1 Education Cess on Income tax: The amount of income-tax including the surcharge if any, shall be increased by Education Cess on Income Tax at the rate of two percent of the income-tax.

2.3.2 Secondary and Higher Education Cess on Income-tax: An additional cess is chargeable at the rate of one percent of income-tax including the surcharge if any, but not including the Education Cess on income tax as in 2.3.1.

3. SECTION 192 OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961: BROAD SCHEME OF TAX DEDUCTION AT SOURCE FROM "SALARIES":

3.1 Method of Tax Calculation:
Every person who is responsible for paying any income chargeable under the head "Salaries" shall deduct income-tax on the estimated income of the assessee under the head "Salaries" for the financial year 2013-14. The income-tax is required to be calculated on the basis of the rates given above, subject to the provisions related to requirement to furnish PAN as per sec 206AA of the Act, and shall be deducted at the time of each payment. No tax, however, will be required to be deducted at source in any case unless the estimated salary income including the value of perquisites, for the financial year exceeds Rs. 2,00,000/- or Rs.2,50,000/- or Rs. 5,00,000/-, as the case may be, depending upon the age of the employee.
Source: 90paisa.blogspot.in

PFRDA Orders : New Pension Scheme (NPS) - Changes in Investment Guidelines for the Government Sector

PFRDA Orders : New Pension Scheme (NPS) - Changes in Investment Guidelines for the Government Sector
 PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
CIRCULAR


File No.: PFRDA/2O13/16/PFM/4

Date: 15 Oct 2013

To,
All Pension Funds

Subject: Investment Guidelines

1. Changes in Investment Guidelines for the Government Sector

The following changes in the investment guidelines have been made :-

1.1 Debt securities selected for Investments should have a minimum residual maturity period of  three years from the date of investment by the Pension Fund.

1.2 Debt securities must have an investment grade rating from at least two credit rating agencies.  Apart from ratings by agencies. PF shall undertake their own due diligence for assessment of risks associated with the securities before investments.

1.3 Credit Default Swaps (CDS) on Corporate Bonds are eligible derivative instruments.

1.4 Rated asset backed securities (ABS) are eligible securities for investments provided they have a residual maturity of not less than three years and have an investment grade rating from at least two rating agencies.


2. Guidelines for Private Sector — Corporate CG and NPS lite

Please note that both Corporate CG and NPS Lite Schemes follow the Government pattern of investment and hence investment guidelines as applicable to the Government sector and any subsequent amendments to investment guidelines of Government sector will also be applicable to Corporate CG and NPS lite Schemes. Investment guidelines, and any subsequent changes thereto as applicable to the Government sector, therefore should be adopted simultaneously for Corporate CG and NPS Lite Scheme.


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(Subroto Das)
Chief General Manager
Source : www.pfrda.org.in
[http://pfrda.org.in/writereaddata/linkimages/changes%20Investment%20Guidelines968531261.pdf]

VII PAY COMMISSION shock for the states

VII PAY COMMISSION shock for the states.

On September 25, the government of India announced the constitution of the seventh central pay commission. While the central pay commission’s (CPC) recommendations are applicable to central government employees’ salaries, the salaries of all state government and local bodies (municipal corporations, etc) employees are revised after central government’s acceptance of recommendations of the CPC.

The first CPC was constituted in May 1946. It was based on the idea of giving the employees living wages that suit the conditions of the day, qualified by the condition that in no case should be a man’s pay be less than a living wage. The second pay commission stated that the pay structure and the working conditions of the government employees should be crafted in such a way that efficient functioning of the system is ensured by recruiting persons above or with a minimum qualification.

Cost of living and type of economy are two major factors behind the pay commission award. India is moving towards a market economy and the government has to compete with the private sector to attract talent, and hence, offer competitive salaries.

The government generally accepts all recommendations of pay commissions regarding increase in salaries. However, it skirts hard decisions such as down-sizing/right-sizing of the government, linking the efficiency/productivity of employee with future pay increase/promotions, etc. India is facing huge challenges of skilled manpower in various sectors, viz. education, technology, etc. What we need is right-sizing of the government to provide crucial services efficiently to the citizens.

Some states revise salaries of their employees on the basis of the recommendations of separate commissions/committees formed by them while some use the CPC recommendations. Salary revision of state government employees, generally, takes place with a lag from the revision of central government employees’ salaries. Two states, Karnataka and Kerala, follow schedules different from the central government’s for revising employees’ salaries, through their own salary revision committee/commission. Karnataka revised salaries of its employees on April 1, 2012; Kerala revised them last on July 1, 2009.

The salary revision, both at the central and state levels, takes place without factoring in the governments’ ability to absorb shocks of wage increase and the fiscal implications associated with it. Ceteris paribus, an increased wage bill enlarges the deficit and affects inflation, interest rates and growth prospects adversely. A higher wage bill increases government’s committed expenditure, which is impossible to adjust even in the medium-term. Increased consumption demand provides some support to growth. Generally, capital expenditure becomes the soft target of fiscal adjustment, affecting infrastructure creation and medium- to long-term growth prospects of the economy. Higher borrowing to finance current consumption and deficit leads economy to a structural weakness.

Salary revision based on the recommendations of the pay commissions in the past have taken place with retrospective effect (e.g., January 1, 1996, for the sixth CPC). Employees are paid arrears for the period between the date of salary revision and the date of first draw of the revised salary. This exerts pressure on the public finances of both central and state governments. One way of limiting the pressure would be to revise salaries frequently rather than every 10 years. The fourth CPC even recommended that there should be a permanent machinery to undertake periodic review of pay and allowances of central government employees. The government considered, but did not accept, this proposal.

Data on wage bill/salary of the central government is not available on comparable bases. However, CAG state audits and RBI’s annual publication, State Finances—A Study of State Budgets, make available some data on the wage bills of the states. RBI, in the same publication, provides annual data on non-developmental revenue expenditure under six different sub-classifications. The non-developmental revenue expenditure on organs of state, fiscal services, administrative services and pensions is taken as a proxy for a state government’s wage bill. The advantage of using this data is that it’s available for a fairly long period (1980-81 onwards). This period takes into account three different CPC awards—that of the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Salary revision has led to a rapid increase in the state governments’ wage bills in three previous instances. The average growth of states’ wage bill during 1987-88 to 1989-90 jumped to 21.3% from 13.5% during 1984-85 to 1986-87. The revenue account showed a deficit of 0.5% of the GDP from a surplus of 0.1% and the average fiscal deficit increased to 2.9% of the GDP from 2.8%. This clearly suggests capital compression for fiscal adjustment.

The fifth CPC award came at a time when economic growth was sound—the average growth during 1994-95 to 1996-97 was 7.2%. The average growth of the states’ wage bill during 1997-98 to 1999-00 shot up to 23.4% from 13.3% during 1994-95 to 1996-97. The average economic growth during 1997-98 to 1999-00 declined to 6.2% and revenue deficit ballooned to 2.1% of the GDP from 0.8%. While the revenue deficit deteriorated by 1.9 percentage points (pp) of the GDP, the deterioration in fiscal deficit was lower at 1.2 pp, suggesting adjustments in capital expenditure to accommodate salary revision and minimise fiscal slippage. A study by the World Bank concluded that the salary revision was mainly responsible for deterioration in the states’ fiscal profile.

The average growth three years before the sixth CPC was good (at 8.5% between 2006-07 and 2008-09). It fell marginally to 8.0% during 2009-10 to 2011-12. While the central government employees’ salaries were revised in 2008-09 for the state governments’, it started from 2009-10. The average growth of states’ wage bill during 2009-10 to 2011-12 was 20.8% vis-à-vis 16.4% growth during 2006-07 to 2008-09. The states’ aggregate revenue account showed a deficit (0.1% of GDP) during 2009-10 to 2011-12 from a surplus of 0.6% during 2006-07 to 2008-09. While the revenue balance deteriorated by 0.7 pp of GDP, the deterioration in fiscal deficit was at 0.3 pp, suggesting adjustment in capital expenditure to accommodate salary revision.

Some of the states severely impacted by the last salary revision (in line with the recommendations of the sixth CPC) were Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Punjab and West Bengal have relatively weaker fiscal profile. Based on the experience of the last pay revision and the present fiscal situation, these states are more vulnerable and will find it difficult to absorb the adverse shock of a new pay revision. However, based on limited information available on the seventh CPC, the time lag between the effective date and implementation of the award will be less leading to a lesser amount of arrears compared to past salary revisions. To a certain extent, this would reduce adverse impact on state finances.

The author is chief economist and head-public finance, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra).

Views are personal
Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/pay-commission-shock-for-the-states/1182510/0

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