Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dopt Orders on Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents

Dopt Orders on Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents 
No.42011/3/2014-Estt.(Res.) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated the 6th June, 2014 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
Sub: Posting of Government employees who have differently abled dependents - reg. 
There has been demand that a Government employee who is a care giver of the disabled child may not have to suffer due to displacement by means of routine transfer/rotational transfers. This demand has been made on the ground that a Government employee raises a kind of support system for his/her disabled child over a 
period of time in the locality where he/she resides which helps them in the rehabilitation. 

2. The matter has been examined. Rehabilitation is a process aimed at enabling persons with disabilities to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, and psychiatric or a social functional level. The support system comprises of preferred linguistic zone, school/academic level, administration, neighbours, tutors/special educators, friends, medical care including hospitals, therapists and doctors, etc. Thus, rehabilitation is a continuous process and creation of such support system takes years together.
3. Considering that the Government employee.who has disabled child serve as the main care giver of such child, any displacement of such Government employee will have a bearing on the systemic rehabilitation of the disabled child since the new environment/set up could prove to be a hindrance for the rehabilitation process of the child. Therefore, a Government servant who is also a care giver of disabled child may be exempted from the routine exercise of transfer/rotational transfer subject to the administrative constraints.
The word 'disabled' includes
(i) blindness or low vision 
(ii) hearing impairment 
(iii) locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy 
(iv) leprosy cured 
(v) mental retardation 
(vi) mental illness and
(vii) multiple disabilities. 
4. Upbringing and rehabilitation of disabled child requires financial support. Making the Government employee to choose voluntary retirement on the pretext of routine transfer/rotation transfer would have adverse impact on the rehabilitation process of the disabled child.
5. This issues with the approval of MoS(PP).
6. All the Ministries/Departments, etc. are requested to bring these instructions to the notice of all concerned under their control. 
sd/-
(Debabrata Das) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/42011_3_2014-Estt.Res.-06062014.pdf]

LTC: Leave Travel Concession – Air Travel concession ends today

LTC - Leave Travel Concession – Air Travel concession ends today

Concession of Air travel, which the Central Government employees have been enjoying for the past 6 years, comes to an end today. It is saddening to see that a scheme, that was so popular and enjoyed by all across ranks, has come to an end.

Travelling by airplane with the entire family is still not an ordinary feat for the majority of Indians. It therefore comes as no surprise that the ones who didn’t utilize this opportunity are regretting it.

For countless Central Government employees who completed a year in service and took their parents and siblings on a plane journey, it will be a memory worth cherishing for a very long time.

Former employees, who had served for 30-40 years but didn’t enjoy this facility, sure have their regrets. No matter how sophisticated and comfortable buses, trains and ships are, they can’t quite match the thrill of travelling by air.

There are no indications yet that the scheme could be extended, but one can be sure only after the 2014-15 General Budget is presented.

Source: 90paisa.blogspot.in
[http://90paisa.blogspot.in/2014/06/leave-travel-concession-air-travel.html]

Central Government is planning to raise the Income Tax exemption slab to Rs. 5 Lakhs

Central Government is planning to raise the Income Tax exemption slab to Rs. 5 Lakhs

According to information from the Finance Ministry, the Government is giving serious thoughts about raising the income tax exemption slab from the current Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs. The information adds that Modi is planning to make the raising of income tax exemption slab from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs as one of the achievements of his Government’s tenure. The Finance Ministry has, it seems, sought a report regarding this from the Income Tax department. A number of other financial incentives are also likely to be announced by the Modi Government.

The Government has also planned to raise the tax exemption on housing loans. According to sources from the Finance Ministry, there are also plans to increase the tax exemption on medical insurance premium.
The reports add that Modi is trying to impress as many people as possible with the very first budget that his government is going to present. The demand for raising income tax exemption level to Rs. 5 lakhs has been a long-standing one. Economists and experts suggest that the slab be fixed in accordance to the current price and inflation levels.

The long-standing demand of the middle and salaried classes, to raise the income tax exemption slab to Rs. 5 lakhs from 2 lakhs, is being seriously considered by the government led by Prime Minister Modi.
Based on sources from New Delhi, the first budget of the newly formed Government is likely to be presented on the 11th of July. These sources say that the Finance Ministry has sought a report from the Income tax department. The sources also add that the Government is also planning to increase exemptions granted to housing loans and medical insurance premium. If all these suggestions get implemented, then it would come as a huge relief to the salaried and middle-class folks. Previously, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was considering raising the income tax exemption slab to Rs. 3 lakhs.

Source: www.7thpaycommissionnews.in
[http://7thpaycommissionnews.in/central-government-is-planning-to-raise-the-income-tax-exemption-slab-to-rs-5-lakhs/]

BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley

BPMS leaders met Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley – Outcome of meeting held with Finance & Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on 16.6.2014…


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


New Delhi
Dated: 16.06.2014


To,
The Office Bearers,
CEC Members, JCM (II, III) members,
Union’s President/Secretaries of B.P.M.S.

SUBJECT: – Brief of meeting held with Hon’ble Fin. & Def. Minister

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Sadar Namaskar,

It is for your kind information that our delegates S/Sri V L Nawade , Sadhu Singh, Mukesh Singh & Virendar Sharma today had a meeting with Hon’ble Finance & Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley at 1300 hrs. It was scheduled as a courtesy meeting but we invited his attention to the news articles on 100% FDI in defence sector because it was a great concern for all the stake holders. We reflected our concern vide a memorandum submitted by Shri Sadhu Singh (copy of the same is enclosed for ready reference).
Hon’ble Minister narrated how the Secretary, DIPP came to his office with the concerned minister on the same day of assuming the charge of ministry and shown the discussion paper prepared during the previous Government on 100% FDI in defence sector which he rejected at once. He has assured us that he is not in favour of 100% FDI in defence sector as neither it is required nor it is in the interest of the Nation. Not only that, he would take all the necessary steps to strengthen the existing Ordnance Factories & DPSUs but on the same time these defence installations require introspection.

Apart from above, some of the following issues were also brought to his notice which were considered by him very sympathetically and assured that appropriate action would be taken by concerned authorities:-

1. Defence installations should be exempted from 5% limit of Compassionate ground appointment and one time relaxation for all pending cases,

2. Re-draft the role of Defence (Finance) so that service matters like Recruitment Rules, Cadre Review, revival of sanctioned posts, payment of arrears, revision of allowances etc. may be settled at the earliest,

3. Judicial pronouncements may be extended to similarly placed non-petitioner employees,
4. The meeting of Departmental Council (JCM), MOD is not being convened regularly,

5. None of the Administrative Joint Secretaries of Departments of MOD has implemented the instruction {MOD I.D. No. 1(1)/2013/D(JCM), dated 22.10.2013} on the Mechanism to provide additional meeting opportunities to Staff Side to sort out their grievances,

6. The minimum benefit under Central Government Employees Groups Insurance Scheme should be enhanced to Rs. 10 lakh,

7. Dearness Allowance should be merged with Basic Pay,

8. Scrap the New Pension Scheme and restore old Pension Scheme,

9. CSD Canteen facilities may be provided to the retired Defence Civilian Employees,

10. A separate meeting to discuss the issues related to Department of Defence Production (OFB, DGQA, DGAQA etc.).


After that we met Shri Navin Kumar Chaudhari, Joint Secretary (Establishment), Min of Defence and discussed following issues besides all the above issues;

1. Probable date of completion (PDC) on the pattern of citizen charters should be fixed for resolving the issues, for movement of file/paper from desk to desk/section in respect of issues raised by JCM/Federations and latest position should be updated in website,

2. A permanent cell of empowered officers from Min of Defence, Finance, Law, Labour, DoPT etc. should be constituted in MoD so that the Cadre Review & Recruitment Rules of Group ‘B’, ‘C’ & ‘D’ may be revised expeditely.

3. Remove the artificial restriction of 40 days PLB for AOC, Navy, Air Force, EME & Ordnance Factories. The PLB should not be less than the Adhoc Bonus of 30 days, and all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus should be removed, JS (E) immediately called the DS (E) & DS (CP) and instructed to convene regular meetings of JCM and next meeting of Departmental Council (JCM), MOD may be convened on 24.06.2014 in Sena Bhawan.


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

Source: www.bpms.org.in

Pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation [Prior to 1988]

Court case related to CPWD regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation [Prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension]:-

No. C-18013/4/2013 -EC VI/643-58
Government of India
Directorate General
Central Public Works Department


Nirrnan Bhavan, New Delhi,
Dated June, 2014


OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Court cases regarding pension by employees who were temporary at the time of resignation.
In a court case for grant of pension for employee who was at the time of resignation from service of Central Government, the court ordered for grant of pension-where as per rules, prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension. Brief of the case is enclosed for perusal. To process this case, Ministry has desired following information:-.

(i) How many such are pending in courts under your region?
(ii) Is there any precedent case in under region where pension has been allowed to a temporary employee before 26.2.1988?
(iii) What would be the financial implication on allowing pension and to all other persons similarly placed?

You are therefore, requested to collect information from zones under your jurisdiction and furnish the same as to the directorate within one month.

(B.B. Makkar)
Chief Engineer (HQ)

Brief history of this case is as under:-

Shri P.P. Bhaskaran joined in this department on 20.11.1964 as Section Officer (later designated as Junior Engineer). He went to IAAI on deputation on 08.07.1975 and later on he got absorption in the regular service of IAAI. He was absorbed in IAAI in 01.09.1977. His service was not confirmed in CPWD (Central Government) as his turn for confirmation had not yet come. He superannuated from IAAI in December 2000. As per service record of the petitioner he was entitled for gratuity only and not pension.

Prior to 1988, temporary employees were not eligible for pension. Shri P.P.Bhaskaran filed O.A. No. 1008 of 2012 before the CAT, Madras Bench, to declare that he is entitled to receive pension for the period of service rendered in CPWD from 20.11.1964 to 30.08.1977. Along with the said application he also filed M.A. No.408 of 2011 to waive the waiting period of 6 month from the date of representation for filing OA. The CAT dismissed the OA as well as the MA by its order dated 22.8.2012 holding that the cause of action arose in the year 1977 and therefore it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application.

The Petitioner filed WP. No. 32214 of 2012 challenging the aforesaid order of the CAT before the Hon’ble High Court, Madras. The Hon’ble High Court by an order dated 18.11.2013 allowed the WP and directed CPWD to calculate the pension payab1e to him on pro-rata basis and disburse the arrears a period preceding three years from the date of the O.A. till date of payment.

Source: CPWD
[http://cpwd.gov.in/WriteReadData/other_cir/10702.pdf]

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