Thursday, June 19, 2014

Expected dearness allowance from July 2014: Central Government Employees

Expected dearness allowance from July 2014: Central Government Employees

Recently the issue of 50% DA Merger has reached the peak of expectations. Though the central government knew this development, the govt has knowingly said nothing against or favor of 50% DA Merger. Its silence on this important issue simply added the fuel to the fire of expectation. After the Election announcement, the hope on 50% DA merger is now slowly eroding. Many central government employees Federations expressed their disappointment with 7th CPC Terms of reference and merger of 50% DA was not considered by central government. After this disappointment the central government employees are now getting back to their routines. So they have started thinking about what next..!

As the rate of dearness allowance from January 2014 has been declared, the necessary order for payment of Additional installment of Dearness Allowance from January 2014 has to be issued by Finance Ministry. The enhanced rate of Dearness allowance will be paid w.e.f .1.1.2014. The enhanced rate will be paid with the disbursement of salary for the month of March 2014. The increase of dearness allowance became due from January 2014 to February 2014 will be paid as arrears.

Let us move on to ‘Expected dearness allowance from July 2014’


what will be the rate of DA from July 2014 ?

          The AICPIN for Industrial Workers for Seven Months from July 2013 to January 2014 have been released by Labour Bureau. The AICPIN for last two Months i.e December2013 and January 2014 have been declined by 4 and 2 points and pegged at 239 and 237 respectively. At present it is quite difficult to predict the trend of the Consumer Price Index for remaining 5 Months, as so many factors like election and policies of new government involved in it.

However, according to these seven months AICPIN, we have three Probabilities …

No
Probabilities
Expected Increase in Dearness allowance from      July 2014
Expected  DA from July 2014
1
If this declining trend continues for remaining 5 Months by 1 or 2 points
3%
103%
2
If the trend continues with movement between plus or Minus 2 points
5%
105%
3
If it continues with increasing trend by 2 points
7%
107%

According to the AICPIN released till now, the above possibilities have been arrived. As per above prediction the expected dearness allowance from July 2014 will be from 103% to 107%

Source: www.gservants.com
[http://www.gservants.com/2014/03/11/expected-dearness-allowance-july-2014/]

Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC - Dopt Orders June 2014

Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC - Dopt Orders June 2014
 
F.No. 31011/4/2014-Estt (A.IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 

North Block, New Delhi-110 001 
Dated: 19th June, 2014 

OFFICE MEMORANDUM 
 
Subject: - Clarification regarding purchase of Air Tickets from Authorized Travel Agents for the purpose of LTC. 
 
The undersigned is directed to refer to the instructions issued from time to time on the above noted subject and say that the Government employees are required to book their air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. 'M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company'. 'M/s Ashok Travels & Tour' and 'IRCTC' (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No.31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s). 
 
2. In a number of cases, it has been noticed that the aforesaid instructions are not being followed and as a result various Ministries/Departments continue to make references to DoPT seeking relaxation of the conditions for one reason or the other. The most common reasons given by the employees are unawareness of the rules and non-availability of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Ashok Tmvels, M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company at places where the tickets have been booked from. Even in such cases, the option of booking directly from the airlines through their website is available. In no case is the booking of tickets through any other agency is permissible. 
 
3. All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India are advised to ensure that their employees are made aware of the above mentioned guidelines to avoid breach of any of the LTC rules. 
 
4. This issues with the approval of Joint Secretary(E).
 
sd/- 
(B.Bandyopadhyay) 
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
 
Source : www.persmin.gov.in
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_4_2014-Estt-A.IV.pdf]

Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments: Clarification by DoPT

Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments: Clarification by DoPT

No. 104/76/2011-AVD.1
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi , the 18th June, 2014.
Office Memorandum

Subject:- Guidelines regarding handling of complaints in Ministries/Departments.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 18.10.2013 on the above subject and to say that the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been seeking clarifications from this Department on operation of the aforesaid O.M. The matter has been considered and it is clarified as under:-

(i) `Anonymous complaints’ are such complaints which do not carry both, name and address of the complainant and need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (i) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in para 1 above, irrespective of the nature of allegations.

(ii) The complaints other than anonymous complaints which contain vague allegations need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (ii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.10.2013 referred to in sub- para (i) above.
(iii) The complaints which contain verifiable allegations and are not anonymous, need to be dealt with in terms of para 3 (iii) of the DOP&T O.M. dated 18.0.2013 referred to in para 1 above
sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Source: DoPT – http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/104_76_2011-AVD-I-18062014.pdf

Amendment of Government of India’s Resolution : Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution-regarding

No. 371/4/2013-AVD-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block New Delhi
Dated the 16th June, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment of Government of India’s Resolution No. 89 published in the Gazette of India Part I Section 1, Extraordinary dated 21 St April, 2004(read with corrigendum dated 29th April, 2004) commonly known as the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution-regarding 

In continuation of this Department’s OM of even No. dated 3rd September, 2013 on the above subject, the undersigned is directed to enclose herewith a copy of Procedure for handling of complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution to be followed by the Chief Vigilance Officers of the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India who have been authorized as the Designated Authority to receive written complaint or disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office by or under any Central Act, Government companies, societies or local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government and falling under the jurisdiction of that Ministry or the Department.

2. The CVOs in the Ministries or Department, either on the application of the complainant or on the basis of the information gathered, is of the opinion that either the complainant or the witnesses need protection, they shall take up the matter with the Central Vigilance Commission(CVC), of issuing appropriate directions to the authorities concerned.

3. It is requested to give wide publicity to the Procedure for handling of complaints under PIDPI Resolution by placing it along with the name and designation of the designated authorities on the website of Ministries as well as of the organizations under the Ministries. A copy of the PIDPI Resolution No. 89 dated 21st April, 2004 and Amendment Resolution No. 190 dated 29.8.2013 is also enclosed

Encl: As above.
sd/-
(M.M. Maurya)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

Budget 2014 – CII suggests raising 80C deductions to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs

Budget 2014 – CII suggests raising 80C deductions to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs

In its Pre-Budget wish list regarding Income Tax 80C, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has suggested to the Finance Ministry that the consolidated deduction under 80C be raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

Most Central Government employees have savings schemes that are linked with General Provident Fund. Under this scheme, the employee not only gets interest for the money saved, but also enjoys the option to withdraw the money whenever required. The money is also entitled to exemption under Section 80C. It has to be mentioned here that new employees (appointed on or after 2004) do not have this option.
If the Income tax deduction is raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh under Section 80C, then there are possibilities that savings will increase among the employees.

It has to be mentioned that CII has suggested that a separate section be created for Tuition fees (Children Education Allowance). Although the allowance given for the higher education of the children is exempted from income tax under Section 80C, the Rs. 1 lakh exemption is considered to be very low. Now a amount of one lakh is exempt form income tax for all long and short term saving schemes including General Provident Funds.

CII has also suggested that the Rs. 1.5 lakh exemption being granted for house loan interests should be raised to Rs. 5 lakhs under Income Tax Section 24 for self-occupied property.

Source: CGEN.in
[http://centralgovernmentemployeesnews.in/2014/06/budget-2014-cii-suggests-raising-80c-deductions-to-rs-2-5-lakhs/]

Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time: BCPC meeting for 7th CPC Memo

 Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time. - BCPC, Chennai Camp has authorised Secretary General to include five points in 7th CPC memorandum. Confederation published the details of Central Government Pensioners Organisations meeting


BHARAT CENTRAL PENSIONERS CONFEDERATION

Camp: Chennai
Date: 14.06.2014

As scheduled the meeting of the representatives of various Central Government Pensioners Organisations took place today in Chennai. The meeting was presided over by one of the Vice Chairman of BCPC Comrade R.L.Bhattacharyya. 31 representatives from fifteen Organisations participated in this meeting. This meeting was called to discuss all the amendments and suggestions received on the draft memorandum prepared by BCPC and exhibited in the websites. Two organisations viz., All India Railway Retired Employees Federation, Secunderabad led by Comrade Y.N.Sasthry and All India Federation of Pensioners Associations, Chennai led by Comrade Balasubramanian have sent their written suggestions for amendment of the Draft Memorandum. Some of the representatives on the spot gave their suggestions either in writing or even verbally.

All these suggestions etc were frankly considered and either incorporated or ignored on the basis of consensus reached in the meeting.


It was also agreed that the memorandum should be submitted to the 7th CPC on certain fundamental issues relating to Pensioners so that these could be focussed and claimed serious consideration by the pay commission. It was also decided that some issues which were pressed hard by the representatives should also find place in this memorandum as miscellaneous items. Further it was decided that a separate Memorandum should be prepared by departmental specific Pensioners organisations like Postal Pensioners, BSNL Pensioners, Railway Pensioners etc, which should form Part – II of the Memorandum.

The final draft of the Common Memorandum would be finalised before 22nd June and would be placed in the websites of both the NCCPA and BPS. All Organisations are requested to post their comments and convey them through emails to NCCPA (nccpa.hq@gmail.com) latest by 25th June, 2014. After considering these comments, the final Memorandum will be prepared and submitted to 7th CPC on behalf of BCPC and all the participating organisations by 30th June, 2014.

A summary of the proceedings of this meeting is also attested.

Having succeeded in finalising a common memorandum on pensioners  related issues, the first step in the direction of uniting the pensioners has been taken. More than submission of this Memorandum to the Pay Commission, we should present it before the mass of pensioners all over the country and educate them as to why these fundamental issues have been raised with emphasis rather than raising all and sundry issues before the pay commission. The meeting unanimously accepted this approach and authorised the Secretary General to finalise with the following five points prioritised:

   Scrapping the New Pension Scheme and PFRDA.

    Parity of Pension between the past and future pensioners.

    Periodical revision of pension once in 5  years in future.

    Minimum pension should not be less than the minimum pay of the lowest cadre at any point of time.

    Quantum of pension @ 67% of the Last Pay Drawn or 10 months average whichever is greater and additional pension for older pensioners.

    Comprehensive cashless as well as hazzle free medicare scheme for all pensioners without any discrimination.

This memorandum represents the aspirations of the entire community of pensioners and therefore it is primarily meant to be addressed to them if the Commission does not impart justice on the issues raised by us in this memorandum. The membership should be prepared and united for appropriate action to back these demands.

It is hoped that all Pensioners Organisations would endeavour to involve the entire membership in  pursuance of these goals, which we have raised before the Pay Commission.

Comradely Yours,
(S.K.Vyas)
Secretary General
Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

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