Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14 – Finance Ministry Orders

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14 – Finance Ministry Orders
 
No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch
New Delhi, the 16th September, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject :- Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2013-14 to the Central Government employees in Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme. The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders shall continue to be monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500/-, as hitherto. The payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders will also be admissible to the eligible employees of Central Para Military Forces and Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:
(i) Only those employees who were in service as on 31.3.2014 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2013-14 wIll be eligible for payment under these orders. Prorata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months).

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments In a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will there after be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500), Non.PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs. 3500×30/304=Rs.3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.3454/-).

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more (206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observing 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable will be (Rs.1200×30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184/-). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- p.m., the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14 (10)—E. Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4. The expenditure incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the ComroIler and Auditor General of India.
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(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/bonus2014.pdf]

All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers to stage protest

All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers to stage protest

With nothing left to be happy about in terms of career prospects, pay or any other service matter, superintendents of central excise, service tax and customs will gather before the residences of Joint Secretary (Administration) and Member (PandV) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs on September 20 in a symbolic manner to highlight their pain through a Satyagraha programme in New Delhi.

The same programme will be observed before the residences of CBEC chairperson and the Revenue Secretary on September 21.

Despite disappointment, job dissatisfaction, demotivation, humiliation and frustration, the revenue targets are regularly being achieved above the set targets by the sincere, committed and dedicated efforts of these officers but nobody is worried about their career prospects.

These officers are forced to retire at a PB2 (the lowest Group B gazetted) post with only single promotion in the service career of 35-40 years after joining as Inspector whereas their common entry counterparts are easily enjoying PB4 levels (Joint Secretary and Commissioner, top level Group A posts) after getting 5-6 promotions.

These officers are getting promotion (if any) merely to Junior Time Scale while their counterparts of CPWD, CSS, CSSS, AFHQS, Railway Board, Rajya Sabha Secretariat and many others like administrative services, police services, forest services, engineering services, state services etc. to senior time scale.
The employee grievance redressal mechanism has totally failed. These poor officers are also forced to work under the extreme juniors of Customs belonging to the same cadre.

Not only it, they are also deprived of the due pay scales in comparison to their analogous counterparts. The rights to grow, make progress and live with dignity have been snatched from them. There is no change in the scenario regarding their career prospects despite of the repeated representations and requests made to the administration.

“If career prospects were disclosed at the time of the recruitment, these officers would have never joined this job,” said Ravi Malik, Secretary General, All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers.

Malik also disclosed the facts that the direct IRS officers have been ensured up to nine promotions to upgrade them within the standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT by creating the posts at apex, HAG+ etc. levels in the higher scales even without availability of the eligible officers but no measures are being taken for the actual workforce of CBEC in the form of Central Excise Superintendents and Inspectors to promote/upgrade them within the standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT.

Their counterparts of Income Tax (CBDT) and the Assistants of CSS under the same Department of Revenue are able to reach the post of Commissioner and Joint Secretary. Almost all other counterparts of them are also reaching the PB4 levels.

The CBEC is even unable to conduct the DPC for promotions from Group ‘B’ to Group ‘A’ at prescribed intervals. Nothing has been done for these poor officers for decades to improve their career prospects. They are given false assurances but nothing has ever happened. All of other cadres below Group ‘A’ except Inspectors and Superintendents are also already getting 5 to 6 promotions in CBEC.

Malik added that the cadre restructuring, which should have been implemented immediately after its notification on 18.12.13 particularly keeping in view the monthly mass level retirements of our officers without getting even IInd promotion, is still pending even after more than eight months of its notification.
“Now under the prevailing circumstances, we have no option other than the revival of the Satyagraha programme to sit before the residences of the authorities including Commissioners/ADG’s, Chief Commissioners/DG’s, Joint Secretary, Members, Chairperson, Revenue Secretary, Minister of State (Revenue) and Finance Minister requesting them for immediate implementation of cadre restructuring and taking concrete measures independent of cadre restructuring to retire our officers also in PB4 under the hope of being listened in a better way at the residences of the authorities,” he said.

“In view of the above, our officers limited to 51 in number will gather peacefully before the residences of the Joint Secretary (Admn.) and Member (PandV) of the CBEC on 20.09.14 (Saturday) and the Chairperson of CBEC and Revenue Secretary on 21.09.14 (Sunday) under the ’51 programme’ requesting these authorities to fulfill our demands as per the charter of demands enclosed herewith,” he added.

“Under next step, such programmes will be observed before the residences of the Commissioners and Chief Commissioners throughout India and before the residences of other higher authorities in Delhi, if our demands are not acceded,” said Malik.

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

Minutes of the Advisory Committee Meeting for Web-based Pensioner’s Portal held on 29th August, 2014

Minutes of the Advisory Committee Meeting for Web-based Pensioner’s Portal held on 29th August, 2014

F.No.41/30/201 1-P&PW(C)

MINUTES OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29th AUGUST, 2014 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY (PENSION, AR&PG)

A list of participants is annexed.

2. A meeting of the Advisory Committee for Web-Based Pensioners’ Portal under NeGP was held on 29th August, 2014 under the chairmanship of Secretary (P, AR&PG) in Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi with a view to seek suggestions etc. for further improvements of the Pensioner Portal.

3. Secretary (P, AR&PG) welcomed the participants and requested J S (Pension) to give a brief background of constitution and role of the Advisory Committee. JS (Pension) while giving the background mentioned that the Pensioner Portal has been progressing well based on the inputs provided from time to time by user Departments forming part of the Advisory Committee. The participants were also informed that since the last meeting of the Advisory Committee was held in June, 2013, the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) have added to the Portal two new components namely Bhavishya (an On-line Pension Sanction and Tracking System) & Sankalp (an initiative to channelize the skill and expertise of pensioners in to meaningful social activities post retirement). While giving a brief description of background and concept of these two new applications, a brief glimpse of these two web based applications was also shown online to the participants. Both initiatives were well appreciated by the member of Advisory Committee. The participants were also informed that the website of Pensioners Portal which includes latest circulars/instructions/activities of the Department is regularly being updated.

4. At this point of time and in the context of Bhavi a software, the issue regarding timely processing of pension papers of prospective pensioners also came up. Secretary (PARPG) desired that the Departments/Offices dealing with pension papers should play a pro-active role in discussing with the pensioners any existing discrepancies/shortcomings in the service records and how best these could be rectified! overcome to avoid delay in processing the pension papers. He desired that all required actions should be completed well before the date of the retirement for timely disbursement of retirement dues.

5. The representative of Bharat Pensioner Samaj felt that software similar to Bhavishya should also be introduced for Railway Pensioners. To this, ED, Railway Board informed that Railways is already in the process of setting up separate Portal for Railway Pensioners named Arpan. He also informed that Railways, on pension matters, have been following the circulars/guidelines etc issued by DoPPW. Secretary (Pension) mentioned that circular issued by DoPPW should get percolated to all lower formations/implementing agencies as soon as possible to avoid any erroneous interpretations of Rules etc. and BHAVISHYA utilised in all Ministries/Departments for ensuring timely sanction of pension.

6. Thereafter, the agenda points were taken up. I S (Pension) explained the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the decisions taken in the last Advisory Committee meeting. The representative of Bharat Pensioner Samaj had sought some clarifications on point No. 4 of the ATR regarding FAQ format, linkage with the Website of Pensioner Portal and extending cooperation with Pensioner Association, which was explained by the representative of M/o Railways. With regard to extending cooperation to the identified Pensioner Associations by We Railway, it was decided that the DoP&PW will reiterate their earlier instructions on the same. The representatives of Bharat Pensioner Samaj and Indian Ex-Service League also stated that the computers with Scarmer & Printers which were supplied to them in 2008-2009 under Pensioner Portal Scheme are now obsolete (being old version) and it should be replaced by new one with latest compatible version. On this, it was felt that National Informatics Centre (NIC) team may visit these Associations in Delhi and give a feedback on the issue.

7. Giving a lead for discussions for further improvement of Pensioner Portal, Secretary (Pension) wanted to know from the representative of D/O Electronics & Information Technology (Deity) whether the evaluation of Pensioner Portal has reached its maturity and whether the mechanism of the Advisory Committee imbibed to play Advisory Role for improvement of Pensioner Portal still exists. The representative of Deity informed that new technologies such as Mobile Service Delivery, Cloud Computing ( Meghraj), AppStore etc. have recently emerged in the field of Information Technologies. The Deity has taken an initiative to study 5 big NeGPs for revamping those NeGPs by incorporating these technologies. DoP&PW can also think of new architecture for revamping of Pensioner Portal. This matter can be further discussed with Deity and on the basis of discussions Deity may come up with a new Project. Use of mobile applications would be desirable. J S (Pension) also pointed out to the representative of Deity for completing the lrnpact Assessment of Pensioners Portal by an independent agency for which DoP&PW has been writing to Deity for the last one year or so.

8. The DDG, NIC was of the View that since the Portal is meant for Pensioners who may not be so computer savvy and other stakeholders, the users of the Pensioner Portal should be visited to have more realistic view of improving the Pensioner Portal. The representative of D/O Ex- Serviceman Welfare mentioned that the present format of CPENGRAMS do not contain provisions for sending reminders by nodal officers to its subordinate formations. This facility should be created and there should be a provision of ‘Alert’ for ‘Directions’ subsequently issued by nodal Ministry to its subordinate formations. He also desired that there should be such facility for search of cases of Defence Personal on the basis of Army ID number which is carried by Defence Personnel throughout their service period and thereafier.

9. The representative of National Ex-Service League felt the need for simplification of use of Grievance Redressal facility for rural areas as most of the Ex-Servicemen reside in these areas. He was, however, informed that since internet facilities are speedily percolating to rural areas also through Common Service Centres (CSC), there should not be any difficulty even for pensioners from rural areas to make use of facilities under Pensioner Portal. However, the use of CSCs by pensioners in village areas could be worked out as this would lead to more optimum utilisation of resources.

Source: http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/09/minutes-of-advisory-committee-for-web.html

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