Monday, January 13, 2014

Central Government Employees News: Expected DA from January 2014

Central Government Employees News: Expected DA from January 2014

The rate of Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government Employees is arrived from a prescribed formula. In which the main component is the Average AICPIN for Industrial Workers for twelve months prior to every January and July of every year. So it is quite obvious that everyone wants to know the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers of every month. So they can calculate the rate of Dearness Allowance approximately after every six months.

The AICPIN for Industrial workers for the month of July has been released by Labour Bureau to day. As this is the seventh month’s AICPIN , we need still five months AICPIN to calculate the rate of Dearness Allowance to be paid to central Government Employees from January 2014. But with these 7 months CPI points, the expected DA from January 2014 can be arrived approximately.

If we look at the increase rate of the AICPIN for the 12 months starting from January 2012 to December 2012, the AICPIN for the month of January 2012 was 198 and for the month of December 2012 was 219. The total increase for the year was 21 points.

For the next twelve months starting from July 2012 to June 2013, the AICPIN for July 2012 was 212 and June 2013 was 231 and the total increase was 19 points.

So we can expect that for these twelve months from January 2013 to December 2013 the increase will be more than 20 points. It should be noticed that the AICPIN is increased by 4 points for the month of July 2013. This trend is expected to be continued as the Rupee is falling against Dollar consistently. It will have a considerable impact on the prices of basket of essential commodities and Consumer Price Index too. The month of January has been started with 221 points, and this July 2013 touched 235 points level. Up to this month the total increase is 14 points. As this is the seventh month of these twelve months, the remaining 5 months will have a increase of 10 to 15 points level. So the total increase for this year will be of 24 to 29 points. According to this summary the Average AICPIN for these twelve months will be from 233 points to 234 points.

Taking all the above factors into consideration, if we apply this in the formula prescribed for calculating the rate of Dearness Allowance, the answer is as follows:

The Expected DA from January 2014 will be at 100% to 102% level
Source: www.gservants.com
[http://www.gservants.com/2013/08/30/expected-da-from-january-2014/]

EPFO trustees may decide on 8.5% interest rate today i.e. 13th Jan, 2014

EPFO trustees may decide on 8.5% interest rate today i.e. 13th Jan, 2014

 The meeting is being held nearly a year after the last in February 2013.

“There are 38 items on the agenda, including approval of the annual report, as the meeting is taking place after so long,“ said a CBT member, adding that after the board’s reconstitution in May 2013, it was meeting only now.

The CBT is headed by the Labour Minister. However, this fiscal, the Labour Ministry has seen a change of three Ministers — from Mallikarjun Kharge to late Sis Ram Ola and Oscar Fernandes now, who has been given additional charge of Surface Transport.

Contributions

In 2012-13, the total contributions received by the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) from its 8.87-crore subscribers stood at Rs 77,000 crore. The investment corpus, as of end March 2013, stood at Rs 6,32,159 crore.

With retail inflation hovering around 11 per cent, trade union representatives in the tripartite body said they would press for a higher interest rate this year.

Union demand

“We will demand 9.5 per cent for this fiscal,” D.L. Sachdeva, Secretary, All India Trade Union Congress and CBT member, told Business Line.

Once the trustees approve the interest rate, it has to be cleared by the Finance Ministry, which then notifies it, after which the interest is credited to the accounts of subscribers.


Source: Hindu BusinessLine
[http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/epfo-may-keep-interest-rate-on-pf-deposits-at-85/article5569910.ece]

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