Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Expected DA From July 2015 – AICPIN for the month of Feb 2015

Expected DA From July 2015 – AICPIN for the month of Feb 2015

The Labour Bureau just now released the index of CPI(IW) for Industrial Workers for the month of February 2015.

According to the press release, the index is decreased by one point and pegged at 253.

No.5/1/2015- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
`CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the 31st March, 2015
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – February, 2015

The All-India CPI-IW for February, 2015 decreased by 1 point and pegged at 253 (two hundred and fifty three). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.39 per cent between January, 2015 and February, 2015 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.42 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 0.66 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Eggs (Hen), Fish Fresh, Onion, Vegetable items, Sugar, Petrol, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was neutralised by Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Groundnut Oil, Goat Meat, Tea (Readymade), etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 6.30 per cent for February, 2015 as compared to 7.17 per cent for the previous month and 6.73 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.42 per cent against 7.81 per cent of the previous month and 7.56 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Tiruchirapally recorded the highest decline of 7 points followed by Guntur (4 points), Mysore, Chhindwara Siliguri and Puducherry (3 Points each) Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 15 centres and 1 point in 18 centres. On the contrary, Belgaum and Kodarma centres reported a highest increase of 3 points each followed by Kanpur, Bokaro and Doom-Dooma Tinsukia (2 points each).
Among others 1 point increase was observed in 13 centres. Rest of the 21 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 37 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Vishakhapathnam centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of March, 2015 will be released on Thursday, 30th April, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureau.gov.in.

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(S.S.NEGI)
DIRECTOR
 Source: http://labourbureau.nic.in/press%20note%20eng%20feb%202015.pdf

AICPIN for Feb 2015 – Labour Bureau Publishes today

AICPIN for Feb 2015 – Labour Bureau Publishes today

One of the important nodal department of Central Government, the Labour Bureau is today releasing the statistics of consumer price index for the month of February 2015.

This index particularly used for the calculation of Dearness Allowance in respect of Central Government employees and Pensioners.

The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) is an important statistical/economic indicator. It was first introduced on scientific lines with base 1960=100 which was based on the results of Family Living Survey conducted in 1958-59 at 50 industrially important centres.

The series was then, updated on base 1982=100 and a revision in 1999-2000 has further updated the base on 2001=100. The current series of CPI-IW with base year 2001=100 covers 78 industrially important centers spread across the country.

Step guide for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules

Step guide for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules

No. AB.14017/13/2013-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
***
New Delhi the 31st March, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Step guide for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules.

The undersigned is directed to state that this Department has issued guidelines on framing/amendment/relaxation of Recruitment Rules vide OM No. AB-14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR) dated 31.12.2010 which inter-alia provides thirteen column Schedule (Annexure-I) to be annexed with the notification of the Recruitment Rules. A detailed step guide (column-wise) for processing of the proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules is enclosed. The step guide material may be used for filling up thirteen columns Schedule (Annexure-I) to be annexed with notification part of the recruitment rules for various posts under Ministries / Departments.

2. Hindi Version will follow.
Under Secretary to the Government of India
*(Link: Circular->Establishment-> Recruitment Policies)

To
(1) All the Ministries/Departments (As per the standard list).
(2) The President’s Secretarial, New Delhi
(3) The Vice-President Secretariat, New Delhi
(4) The Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi
(5) The Cabinet Secretariat, New Delhi
(6) The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, New Delhi
(7) The Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi
 
Copy to:-
(1) Rajya Sabha Secretariat/Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi
(2) All the attached offices under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
(3) Establishment Officer and AS.
(4) ) Secretary, National Council (JCM), 13, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi
(5) All Staff Members of the Departmental Council (JCM), Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
(6) NIC (DoP&T) for placing this Office Memorandum on the Website of DoP&T.

Step guide for processing of the Proposal for framing / amendment of Recruitment Rules

Advance Reservation Period increased from 60 Days to 120 Days from Tomorrow (1.4.2015)

Advance Reservation Period increased from 60 Days to 120 Days from Tomorrow (1.4.2015)
From Tomorrow Advance Reservation Period for Booking Reserved Train Tickets increased from 60 Days to 120 Days
The Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking accommodation in trains from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey). Accordingly, from tomorrow i.e 1st April 2015 the booking in trains from train originating stations will open and remain available for 120 days. For instance, as on 1.4.2015, for trains leaving on 28th July 2015, the reservation can be obtained for journey commencing on all days between 1.4.2015 upto 28.7.2015.

There will, however, be no change in case of certain day time Express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains etc, where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in the case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

Cancer Treatment under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944 – List of 27 Hospitals recognised

Cancer Treatment under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944 – List of 27 Hospitals recognised

No. 1-1/13/Hospital Cell/R&H/CGHS (Pt.I)/CGHS (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi- 110 108
Dated : 23rd February, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Cancer Treatment under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules, 1944

With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandum of even number dated 2nd September, 2008 and to state that in view of empanelment of several Cancer hospitals under CGHS the matter was re-examined, and it has now been decided to modify the Office Memorandum as follows:
i) CGHS beneficiaries and beneficiaries covered under CS(MA)Rules, 1944 shall be permitted to get themselves treated from any of the under mentioned 27 (Twenty seven) hospitals recognized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare under the National Cancer Control Programmes that are funded by the Government of India, subject to the condition that the reimbursement will be as per the rates fixed in the Regional Cancer Centers under Central Government, if any or as per actual, whichever may be less.
  1. Andhra Pradesh – M.N.J. institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad.
  2. Assam – Dr. B. Borooah Cancer institute, Guwahati.
  3. Bihar – Indira Gandhi institute of Medical Sciences, Patna
  4. Chandigarh – Post Graduate institute Medical Education Research, Chandigarh.
  5. Chhattisgarh – Pt. ,i.J.N Medical College & Dr. BR. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital, Raipur.
  6. Delhi – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi.
  7. Gujarat- Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, Ah medabad, Gujarat.
  8. Haryana – Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak.
  9. Himachal Pradesh- Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.
  10. Jammu & Kashmir- Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar.
  11. Jammu & Kashmir- Government Medical College -Jammu.
  12. Karnataka – Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore.
  13. Kerala – Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.
  14. Madhya Pradesh – Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Gwalior.
  15. Maharashtra – Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital Research Centre, Nagpur.
  16. Maharashtra -Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
  17. Manipur- Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal.
  18. Mizoram – Civil Hospital, Aizwal.
  19. Odisha – Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack.
  20. Puducherry – Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research.
  21. Rajasthan – Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment & Research Institute, Bikaner.
  22. Tamil Nadu – Govt. Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Research Institute & Hospital, Kancheepuram.
  23. Tamil Nadu – Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai.
  24. Tripura – Civil Hospital, Agartala.
  25. Uttar Pradesh – Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow.
  26. Uttar Pradesh – Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad.
  27. West Bengal – Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata.
ii) In cities where there are no facilities for cancer treatment in any of the empanelled private hospitals powers are hereby delegated to the Addl. Directors of CGHS of the concerned cities in respect of CGHS and to HOD/ Head of Office in respect of serving employees covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for grant of permission for undergoing treatment at any hospital that provides treatment to cancer patients, subject to the condition that the reimbursement shall be limited to the prevalent CGHS rates or actual expenditure – whichever may be lower. Permission shall however be granted for the specific treatment procedures as advised by a Government specialist.

iii) Powers are also hereby delegated to the Additional Directors of CGHS of the concerned cities in respect of CGHS and to HOD/ Head of Office in respect of serving employees covered under CS(I\/IA) Rules, 1944 for grant of permission for post-operative follow up treatment from the same centre, where permission has been granted earlier for cancer treatment as per the terms and conditions of OM dated 10.04.2001 regarding Post-operative follow up treatment.
2. These orders shall be in force till further orders.

3. This issues with the concurrence of Integrated Finance Division vide CD No. 115650 /2015 dated 15-01-2015.
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(RAVI KANT)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVT. OF INDIA

Source: http://msotransparent.nic.in/writereaddata/cghsdata/mainlinkfile/File963.pdf

Central Government Approves Rs. 1,500 Crore by way of Budgetary Support to Andhra Pradesh for its New Capital

Central Government Approves Rs. 1,500 Crore by way of Budgetary Support to Andhra Pradesh for its New Capital
Press Information Bureau,
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
30-March, 2015
 
In consonance with Section 94(3) of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the Government of India has agreed to provide Special Financial Support for essential facilities for the new Capital of Andhra Pradesh including construction of Raj Bhavan, State Secretariat, State Assembly and High Court etc.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has approved Rs. 1500 crore by way of Budgetary Support for providing support to new Capital of Andhra Pradesh. This would include Rs. 1000 crore for support to essential amenities for the new Capital of Andhra Pradesh for which necessary approval has been given to Ministry of Urban Development.

Another Rs. 500 crore has been approved which would be spent exclusively for construction of Raj Bhavan, State Secretariat, State Assembly and High Court etc. in the new Capital of Andhra Pradesh.

A letter of approval has also been sent by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India to the Union Ministry of Urban Development in this regard.

Monday, March 30, 2015

7th Pay commission may drop the Pay Band-Grade Pay System

7th Pay commission may drop the Pay Band-Grade Pay System

The All India Audit & Accounts Association has met the 7th pay commission on 27-3-2015  to tender its Oral evidence. The Association observed that the 7th pay commission was of the view to discard the Pay Band – grade pay system. The feed back of the Meeting is posted in its Blog. The text of feedback report is given below

All India Audit & Accounts Association
CSV Warrier Bhawan
Ghaziabad
Reference : AIA /Circular-10/2015,
dated 28.03.2015
To
Unit Secretaries
Members & Spl Invitees NE & Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,
Tendering of Oral Evidence before 7 CPC
The 7th CPC had invited the All India Audit & Accounts Association for tendering oral evidence on 27th March 2015 at this office at Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi. In addition to the Secretary General, Coms M.Duraipandian, V.Nageswara Rao, KL Gautam and Anilkumar appeared before the Commission for the oral evidence. The Commission was present in full strength

The following demands were placed before the Commission:

1. Upgradation of LDC of GP 2400

2. Correcting the distortions in the implementation of 6 CPC recommendations with respect to IA & AD and organised Accounts Viz.
i) grant of GP 4200 to Auditor / Accountant

ii) grant of GP 4600 to SA, granting parity with Assistants of CSS

iii) grant of GP 5400 to AAO on completion of 4 years

3. Grant Promotion to SA to GP 4800 and higher starting pay of PB 2, 5400 to AAO and space for further career advancements for these orders

There was detailed discussion on each of our demands. It was pointed out by us that CAG of India has also recommended each of above demand and also grant of GP 6600 and 7600 to AOs and SAOs. The Chairman appreciated it. The Commission assured to take a positive look on our demands which are also supported by CAG.

The demands were explained in its historical background and also on functional basis. The recommendations of the past pay commissions were also brought to the notice of the CPC. The award by the Central Board of Arbitration in favour of the employees in respect of parity between SA and Assistants in CSS was particularly pointed out. Chairman expressed his unhappiness on the non implementation of the award by the employees and workers.

On our demand for career progression for SA and AAO, the Commission stated that though it is sympathetic it is not sure what could be done, given the hierarchical structure available in IA and AD.

We also raised the issue of re-introduction of Touring Special Pay and pointed out to the Award that was won by the All India Audit & Accounts Association from the Board of Arbitration and its rejection by the Parliament in 2002.

We further requested for introduction of 4 advance increments on passing of Departmental confirmatory examination, explaining the system prevailed before 3rd CPC, recommendation of 3rd CPC following which it was discontinued and its re introduction in 1981 an amount equivalent to 3 increments. We pointed out that the conversion of this qualification pay into deemed allowance after 5 CPC and requested for its re-introduction.

During the discussion the Chairman observed that the commission is of the view to discard the PB-GP System.

ORAL EVIDENCE BY STAFF SIDE NC, JCM
On 23-24 March 2015, the Standing Conïnittee of Staff Side, NC, JCM, tendered the oral evidence before the 7 CPC. The delegation was led by Shri Raghavaiah, Leader, Staff Side and Corn Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side.

Com KKN Kutty presented the memorandum on behalf of the NC, JCM. The gist of discussion is given in the enclosed Circular issued by Corn Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side.

The Pay Commission stated that the principle that vuld guide to determine the minimum wage shall be Dr Aykroid formula on it (ie 15 ILC norms). It has further stated its intention to do away with pay band/grade pay system. On some other issues, the Pay Commission has sought the views of the Staff Side (which shall be conveyed to the Commission shortly).

With greetings,

Your Fraternally
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(M.S. Raja)
Secretary General
Source: All India Audit & Accounts Association

All central government employees are waiting for the announcement of DA.


All central government employees are waiting for the announcement of DA.

Dearness Allowance is not only important for Central Government employees but also for all the State Government employees.

As we all know, generally, Dearness Allowance is given twice a year based on the inflation rates.
Mostly, this DA has been released at end of February or March. Occasionally, it has been released in the month of April.

Only after the DA for the Central Government employees is announced, most of the State Governments will make DA announcements. After the approval of the Cabinet, the Finance Minister will announce the DA order.

The pensioners have placed a plea to the government to release the DR Relief order also when it announces the Dearness Allowance in order to avoid possible delays in getting DR Relief.

In this scenario, it is natural for the employees to expect the announcement of DA every day. Let us hope that the announcement will come soon.

Past years announcement of Dearness Allowance date vised table below.

Dearness
Allowance
Effect Date
Percentage of
Dearness
Allowance
Announcement
Date
01/07/2011 58% 15/09/2011
01/01/2012 65% 23/03/2012
01/07/2012 72% 24/09/2012
01/01/2013 80% 18/04/2013
01/07/2013 90% 20/09/2013
01/01/2014 100% 28/02/2014
01/07/2014 107% 04/09/2014
01/01/2015 May be 113% (6%) ?

Source: http://www.geod.in/

Promotion of LDCs to the post of UDC through Limited Departmental Examination for the year 2012-13 & 2013-14) – Revised Panel

Promotion of LDCs to the post of UDC through Limited Departmental Examination for the year 2012-13 & 2013-14) – Revised Panel.

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
18, Institution Area,
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi -110016
Tele.:011-26858570/26514179(Fax)
Website: www.kvsangathan.nic.in
Speed Post
F.NO. 11056/LDE/UDC/2014-KVS(HQ)(E-111)
Date : 20.03.2015
MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Promotion of LDCs to the post of UDC through Limited Departmental Examination for the year 2012-13 & 2013-14) – Revised Panel.

The Competent Authority has approved promotion of the following Lower Division Clerks to the post of Upper Division Clerk consequent upon their selection through Limited Departmental Examination for the year 2012-13 & 2013-14, in the pay band of Rs.5200-20200 with Grade Pay of Rs. 2400/- and posted to Kendriya Vidyalayas/ROs/HQ as shown in column 6 against their names.

They must communicate their unconditional acceptance positively by 23.03.2015 and get relieved by 30.03.2015 for joining the place of posting as UDC after availing joining time as per rules. If they fail to get relieved by 30.03.2015 this offer of promotion will automatically be treated as withdrawn and no further communication will be entertained in this regard. The candidate who is figuring in the select panel for both the years i.e. 2012-13 and 2013-14 with posting to one place, wilt have the option to accept his /her offer for any one year of his/her choice by 23.03.2015. If the candidate accepts the offer but does not mention the year of panel, it will be assumed that he /she has accepted the offer for the year 2012-13.

Source: http://kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ann-20-03-15.pdf

What central government employees can expect from the 7th Pay Commission

What central government employees can expect from the 7th Pay Commission

Sounds odd, but the highest paid Indian bureaucrat till 1959 was the railway board chairman and not the cabinet secretary. The top rail bureaucrat, who was earlier called chief commissioner of railways, drew a basic salary of Rs 3,250 per month, a smart 8.3% more than that of the cabinet secretary, the senior-most bureaucrat in India. But as the fortunes of Indian Railways dwindled over the years — its market share in freight movement has shrunk from 90% in 1950 to 30% now — the clout of the rail bosses and their corresponding rank and pay have also slipped.



Today, the railway board chairman and eight other top rail babus receive a salary equivalent to a government of India secretary, a scale which as many as 230 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and 40 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers also draw. For good measure, the cabinet secretary now not only draws a higher salary than the railway board chairman, his superior rank comes with better perks including a bungalow at Prithviraj Road located in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), a 5,541 officers-strong cadre responsible for collecting direct taxes in India, now claims that IRS should get better pay and perks than IAS. The entry-level salary for all Group A Central services is the same now, but thanks to two more increments and faster promotions, IAS maintains an edge over others. The basis for this claim? "Today, IRS — not IAS — is the revenue collector for the government. So, it's logical that that the edge given to IAS  should be given to us," says Jayant Misra, Income-Tax commissioner and general secretary of IRS Association. In a 58-page-long memorandum to the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC), which is now examining a pay hike for Central government employees, the IRS Association argued that the primary reason for higher pay to the Indian Civil Service (ICS) of the British era and its successor service, IAS, was that they were revenue collectors. But now, the dynamics have changed, they claim.



IRS has argued that the net direct tax collection has grown 9.35 times between 2000-01 and 2013-14, an impressive piece of statistics in the backdrop of only 5.4 times expansion of GDP during the corresponding period. Also, the cost of revenue collection in India is one of the lowest in the world, which according to IRS officers is yet another reason for demanding a good deal from the CPC. For every Rs 100 they collect, the tax department spends merely 57 paisa. In percentage terms, the cost of  revenue collection in India is one of the lowest in the world, which according to IRS officers is yet another reason for demanding a good deal from the CPC. For every Rs 100 they collect, the tax department spends merely 57 paisa. In percentage terms, the cost of revenue collection in India is 0.57% as against 1.58% in Japan, 1.35% in France, 1.17% in Canada and 1.05% in Australia.



Welcome to the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring before the Big Sarkari Pay Hike. With a new pay scale for 36 lakh Central government employees, and also pensioners, likely to come into effect from January 1, 2016, the officers and non-gazetted staff of various services have been lobbying hard to get a good deal from the 7th CPC. Unlike in the private sector, the pay hike in government is a once-in-10-years-affair, making every CPC, right from the first that submitted its report in 1947, a hugely powerful agency. No doubt, government employees have to undergo an annual appraisal process called Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR), but that exercise is important only for promotion, and not for any pay hike. Government employees do get a regular hike in dearness allowance, a measure meant for offsetting inflationary pressure on their earnings, but at the end of the day it is the CPC that fixes the bureaucrats' pay for 10 long years.



That's precisely why officers and staff of every service can't afford to ignore the CPC. Constituted in February 2014 under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Mathur, the 7th CPC has an economist and two bureaucrats as its members. Most of the employees' associations have already had at least one round of talks with the Commission. And some are waiting for Round II.



The Ripple Effects

A cursory glance at the memorandum submitted by IPS Central Association on behalf of Indian Police Service (IPS) will throw light on the importance attached to a pay commission. The 137-page memorandum, a copy of which was reviewed by ET Magazine, is well designed and comparable to any standard report prepared by a global consultancy firm. PV Rama Sastry, an Inspector General of Police at National Investigation Agency (NIA) and secretary of IPS Central Association says the memorandum  is the result of intense in-house research, factoring in the macro environment of growth, development, equity and justice vis-a-vis the role of a police officer. Though Sastry is the spokesperson of 4,720 IPS officers, the memorandum prepared by his team encompasses the role and needs of 30 lakh police personnel across India out of which 10 lakh come under the gamut of the pay commission. As the CPC recommendations are often accepted by the state governments as well, the remaining 20 lakh  police personnel too may eventually benefit.


The IPS memorandum has quoted a number of reports to suggest that the tough life of a cop justifies the demand for a fatter hike. For example, it has quoted articles published in two journals — Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health and International Journal of Pharma and Bio-Sciences — to conclude that one of two cops in India suffers from sleep disturbances and anxiety whereas chances of cardiovascular problems increase by 38% after a person joins as a police officer. Among other demands (see What it Expects), IPS wants better life and health insurance cover, an overtime allowance and also a new perk called allowance for "un-social" hours (for duty between 8 pm and 6 am).

Railway officers too cite round-the-clock work demands as a reason for better salary. "A railway officer may be called to join duty any time during the night. The pressure always remains as it's a 24x7 work," says RR Prasad, an Indian Railway Personnel Service officer and secretary general of Federation of Railways Officers' Association. The Indian Railways is a gigantic organisation with over 13 lakh employees, 16,000 of whom are officers. Both the officers and staff associations have made their representations to the 7th CPC. The officers want non-gazetted staff to get their dues but they demand the proportion of the pay of the lowest and the highestpaid employee should increase from current 1:12 to 1:18



To be sure, a formula towards pay parity has been the hallmark of the last few pay commissions. A government entry-level peon now gets a monthly pay of Rs 14,000, if dearness allowance is factored in. Similarly, a mid-level government driver's monthly salary, including allowances, is Rs 30,000, at least two times that of his counterpart in a private sector company. And that's why the salary gap between the lowest and highest paid government servant has drastically decreased over the last three decades.


The pay commissions have also reduced the disparity among the officers of various services. Till the late 1980s, an IAS officer used to receive a salary that's 25% higher than that of a Group A service officer. Today, the pay for all officers, at least at the entry level, is same. But IAS and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers still maintain an edge over others as their empanelment process (a step to get higher posts) is much faster.


Balancing Act

An IPS officer can become a joint secretary to government of India only two years after an IAS of the same batch can reach that level. Similarly, there has been a nine-yearlong gap in joint secretary empanelment between IAS and IRS, something many services claim is a continuation of the British legacy. Today, IAS officers at the level of deputy secretary and director at the Centre constitute about only 13% of the total officers. But as the hierarchy goes up, the percentage of IAS vis-a-vis others also rises. For example, 75% joint secretaries to government of India belong to IAS and IFS, and the percentage of IAS and IFS goes further up to 95 in case of government of India secretaries.

"The edge that the IAS has must continue. Why will a person join the IAS after quitting a job in HSBC Bank if that edge is missing? IAS officers have work experiences at Tehsil, sub-divisions, district, state and Central government levels. We interact with the political executives at all levels. IAS should remain a premium service," says Sanjay R Bhoosreddy, a joint-secretary-ranked officer and secretary to IAS (Central) Association.

On its part, the Indian Economic Service (IES) which has a cadre strength of 511 officers, represented in 55 Central government departments, has demanded parity in pay, perks and promotions of all services, including IAS, so that the "officers deliver what they have been employed for rather than fret over their pay and promotion prospects".

The question is how far the 7th CPC will go in changing the pay and associated service conditions like empanelment and promotions. IAS officers have pulled out a 1991 Supreme Court judgement (Mohan Kumar Singhania and Others vs Union of India and Others) where it was said that other services should not approach the pay commissions and attempt to change the rules of career progressions and push for a case for parity with the premier service. But other services are continuing their demand for pay parity and also for the creation of more departments where the IAS can't dictate. At present, only three major ministries — railways, external affairs and post — are not headed by IAS but run by their own cadres. Now, IPS wants a new department of internal security headed by a cop and IRS wants a separate direct tax department headed by a taxman.

Will the 7th CPC venture into such nuances? Or will it, like the past few pay commissions have, adopt a simple formula of Multiplier 3 under which the basic salary is hiked by three times or more depending on the economic health of the nation. If that is the case, it won't be too hazardous to make a prediction: A secretary to government of India will get a basic monthly salary (excluding DA) of Rs 2.4 lakh (current basic salary multiplied by three) and the cabinet secretary Rs 2.7 lakh from  January 1, 2016. And, yes, perks, DA and other allowances will be extra.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/

Sukanya Samriddhi Account / Yojana - Highest fetching interest scheme across all schemes.

Sukanya Samriddhi Account / Yojana - Highest fetching interest scheme across all schemes.
Disclaimer :- The information is compiled by Akula.Praveen Kumar, Marketing Executive, Medak HO, AP Circle. Author of blog does not accepts any responsibility in relation to the accuracy, completeness, usefullness or otherwise of the contents.
Sukanya Samriddhi Account/Yojana is a Small Savings Special deposit Scheme for girl child. This scheme is specially designed for girl’s higher education or marriage needs.

Highest fetching interest scheme across all schemes.

The Scheme launched for the welfare of the girl child, to save and educate the girl child.

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Features of Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA):


  • Who can open the account? – Sukanya Samriddhi a/c (or Khata) can be opened on a girl child’s name by her natural (biological) parents or legal guardian.
  • What is the Age limit? – SSA can be opened in the name of a girl child from the birth of the girl child till she attains the age of  10 years.  ( As per SB Order No. 2/2015 : The Girl child who is born on or after  02.12.2003 can open account )
  • How many accounts can be opened? – A depositor may open and operate only one account in the name of same girl child under this scheme. The depositor (or) guardian can open only two SSA accounts. There is one exception to this rule. The natural or legal guardian can open two or three accounts if twin girls are born as second birth or triplets are born in the first birth itself.
  • How to open a SSA account? Accounts in name of the girl child can be opened in post offices or in any branch of a commercial bank that is authorized by the Central Government to open an account under this scheme rules.
  • What is the minimum deposit to open the account? – The account may be opened with an initial deposit of one thousand rupees. The minimum contribution in any financial year is Rs 1000. Thereafter the contributions can in multiples of one hundred rupees.
  • What is the maximum deposit amount? – a minimum of one thousand rupees shall be deposited in a financial year but the total money deposited in an account on a single occasion or on multiple occasions shall not exceed Rs 1.5 Lakh in a financial year.
  • Deposits in an account may be made till the child completes fourteen years, from the date of opening of the account.
  • Is there any penalty? – If minimum (Rs 1000 pa) amount is not deposited, the account will be treated as an irregular account. This can be regularized/renewed on payment of Rs 50 per year as penalty. Along with this, the minimum specified subscription for the year (s) of default should be paid.
  • What is the mode of deposit? – The deposits in Sukanya Samruddhi scheme can be made in the form of Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque. Where deposit is made by cheque or demand draft, the date of encashment of the cheque or demand draft shall be the date of credit to the account. The cheque or DD should be drawn in favour of the postmaster of the concerned post office or the Manager of the concerned bank.The depositor (parents or guardian) has to write the account holder’s name (child’s name) and the account number on the backside of the instrument.
  • What is the Rate of Interest on Sukanya Samriddhi Account? – The applicable rate of interest on SSA for the financial year 2014-2015 is 9.1%. This is one of the highest rates of interest offered by Government on small savings scheme
  • Is interest rate fixed or variable? – The rate of interest is not fixed and will be notified by the central government on a yearly basis.
  • The account can be transferred anywhere in India if the girl shifts to a place other than the city or locality where the account stands.
  • Is Premature withdrawal allowed? – 50 % (half of the fund) of the accumulated amount in SSA can be withdrawn for girl’s higher education and marriage after she attains 18 years of age. The account’s balance at the end of preceding financial year is used for the calculation.
  • Can the girl child operate the account? On attaining age of ten years, the account holder that is the girl child may herself operate the account, however, deposit in the account may be made by the guardian or parents.
  • Is premature closure allowed? In the event of death of the account holder, the account shall be closed immediately on production of death certificate. the balance at the credit of the account shall be paid along with interest till the month preceding the month of premature closure of the account , to the guardian of the account holder.
  • The scheme would mature on completion of 21 years of the girl child, from the date of opening of the account, with an option of keeping the account till marriage.
  • Can the girl child continue the account after her marriage? – The operation of the account shall not be permitted beyond the date of the girl’s marriage.
  • What are the required documents to open Sukanya Samriddhi Account? – Birth certificate of the girl child has to be produced. The depositor (parents or guardian) has to submit his/her identity and address proofs.
  • On opening an account, the depositor shall be given a pass book. It will have date of birth of the girl child, date of opening of account, account number, name and address of the account holder and the initial amount deposited. The depositor has to present the passbook to the post office or bank at the time of depositing/receiving the interest/on maturity.

Tax Benefits on Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme

The amount that is deposited under Sukanya Samriddhi Account will be eligible for income tax exemption under Section 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.

At present, only the contribution of up to Rs 1.5 lakh toward Sukanya Samridhi Yojana is eligible for tax deduction under Section 80C. But discussions are on to also exempt the interest income and withdrawal amount. We can expect a formal announcement on this in the coming Union Budget 2015-16.
(Issue of making interest income and withdrawal exempt from taxation can be done by Department of Revenue (DoR) through legislative amendments. The matter is under examination of DoR)

Sukanya Samriddhi Account vs Public Provident Fund (PPF)

Both Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) and Public Provident Fund (PPF) aims to seed the savings habit but both schemes have their own pros and cons.

Stressing on the girls role in making the India competitive and prosperous nation, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has today launched a new small savings account for the girl child “Sukanya Samriddhi Account” as an integral part of the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” campaign.

Sukanya Samriddhi Account was initially introduced by Shri Arun Jaitely in his maiden budget speech but has been officially launched today by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He has handed over bank account details to five girls under the “Sukanya Samridhi Yojna” (girl child prosperity scheme).

Sukanya Samridhi Yojna is a special deposit scheme for girl child only but one another popular scheme to benefit child (irrespective of girl or boy) is Public Provident Fund (PPF).

Let’s see the difference between Sukanya Samriddhi Account and Public Provident Fund (PPF)

Sukanya Samriddhi Account vs Public Provident Fund (PPF)
Points of Difference
Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA)
Public Provident Fund (PPF)
For whom
Only for Girl Child.
For every Indian Citizen.

Age Limit
From the birth till she attains age of 10
years.
No age limit.

By whom
By the girl child who has attained the age
of 10 years or by the natural or legal guardian.
By the Individual but by the natural or
legal guardian for the minor child.

Where to open
Post office and nationalized banks but not
private banks.
Post office and nationalized banks,
including private banks.

Number of Account
One account for each girl child, maximum up
to 2 or 3 accounts if twin girls are born in the second birth or triplets are
born in the first birth.
Each Individual can hold only one account in
his name.

Minimum Contribution
    Rs.1,000
Rs.500

Maximum Contribution
   Rs.1.5 lakhs in all accounts.
Rs.1.5 lakhs in all accounts.
Interest Rate
9.1% per annum for fiscal year 2014-15.
8.70% per annum for fiscal year 2014-15.

Tax Benefit on the Contribution
Contributed Amount will be deductible u/s
80C.
Contributed Amount will be deductible u/s
80C.

Tax Benefit on the interest earned
At present no tax benefit is announced for
the interest earned. A mere sum of Rs.1,5o0 will be deductible u/s 10(32) .
Interest Earned is tax free under PPF.

Time Period of contribution
Minimum tenure of contribution is 14 years
from the date of opening of account.
Minimum 15 years and then in blocks of 5
years.

Maturity
21 years from the date of opening of
account.
15 years from the fiscal year of opening of
account.

Penalty
Rs.50 per year if minimum contribution is
not made.
Rs.50 per year if minimum contribution is
not made.

Mode of Deposit
Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque
Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque

Premature Withdrawal
Allowed up to 50% for the girl’s higher
education and marriage after she attains 18 years of age
No premature withdrawal is allowed except in
case of death of the account holder.

Loan
No loan can be taken on the SSA balance.
Loan can be taken from the third year of
opening of account to the sixth year.

Taxation on Maturity
No tax will be levied on the maturity
amount.
No tax will be levied on the maturity
amount.

Note:
1. Interest rate under both the schemes will be notified each year by the Government.
2. Interest will be compounded yearly under both schemes.
3. Loan on the PPF balance is restricted to 25% of the balance at the end of 2nd year.
4. At present interest earned on SSA account is taxable in the hands of guardian but it may get tax rebate in the upcoming budget.
5. Contributed amount get deduction u/s 80c up to Rs.1.5 lakhs including all other eligible investments.

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Payment of Salary and other Personal Payments, Salary by Cash on optional basis or through Cheque / Electronically through Bank – instructions

Payment of Salary and other Personal Payments, Salary by Cash on optional basis or through Cheque / Electronically through Bank – instructions

No. 2-1/2007-08/PA (Tech-I) D-813-897
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION & IT
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
PA WING: TECH-I BRANCH
DAK BHAVAN: SANSAD MARG
NEW DELHI-110001
Dated:11-12-2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub : Payment of Salary and other Personal Payments, Salary by Cash on optional basis or through Cheque / Electronically through Bank – instructions regarding.

In continuation of this Directorate O.M. of even No. D-482-558 dated 11.07.2007 wherein clarificatory Orders for disbursement of salary to the staff through POSB Accounts were issued and further O.M. of even No.D-255-326 dated 14.05.2009 wherein decision of Director General (Posts) for disbursement of Pay and Allowances to all employees of Department of Posts through cheque and/or through direct credit to the Salary/Savings Accounts of the employees concerned was conveyed for implementation in letter and spirit.

2. Further, another O.M. of even No. D-473-524 dated 03.10.2012 was issued, wherein decision of DG (Posts) was conveyed that payments of Salary and other personal payments including Retirement/Terminal benefits to all employees of Department of Posts mandatorily be made through Bank including POSB electronically by issuing payment advices with immediate effect. However, in special and exceptional cases, payment of Pay and Allowances including other personal payments to the employees can be made through cheque only with the prior approval of Head of Office/Divisional Head/Head of Postal Accounts office.

3. The case has been carefully re-examined in the light of provisions contained in Ministry of Finance, Gazette Notification dated 30.03.2012 and Department of Expenditure, Controller General of Accounts OM. F. No. 1(1 )/20ll/TA/292 &303 dated 31.03.2012 & 11.04.2012 and it has been decided by DG (Posts), that hence forth, all Government Servants of Department of Posts are permitted to receive their Salary by direct credit to their Bank Accounts or in Cash or by Cheque, at their ‘option’ and payments other than Salary like HBA above Rs. 25000/- and all payments towards settlement of Retirement/Terminal benefits such as Gratuity, Commuted value of Pension, Encashment of Leave Salary, CGEGIS, withdrawal from General Provident fund, etc. by issue of payment advices, including electronically signed payment advices, Cheque / POSB Account or Bank Account.

4. All concerned are requested to issue suitable instructions to all Drawing and Disbursing Authorities working under their administrative jurisdiction for strict compliance.

5. The receipt of this OM may kindly be acknowledged to Sh. Naresh Kumar, Asstt. Chief Accounts Officer (PEA), Room No. 412, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi – 110001

/Sd/-
(Rajnish Kumar)
DDG(PAF)

Download Department of Posts Office Memorandum No. 2-1/2007-08/PA (Tech-I) D-813-897 dated 11.12.2014

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DOP Mobile Money Transfer Service www.dopmobile.in

DOP Mobile Money Transfer Service www.dopmobile.in

Department of Posts Mobile Money Transfer Service
http://www.dopmobile.in/

OVERVIEW

DOP Mobile Money Transfer is a service that enables instant money transfer from one place to another place using mobile, through Indian post offices. The consumer just needs to have a mobile while the actual transmission of the money is initiated by the Postal Assistant, using his/her special handset. The process for money transfer is very simple to understand and follow. The remitter (sender) can submit money (Cash In) at any of the covered post office and automatically, the amount is transferred to a central position, which can be collected by recipient customer (Cash Out) from any of the covered Post offices. As soon as the Cash in happens, both the sender and the recipient get a SMS on their mobile phones. The sender gets a Transaction ID and a Six (6) digit secret code in the SMS while the Recipient only gets the Transaction ID. Recipient can claim the money from any of the covered Post Offices by showing the Transaction ID that he receives on his mobile in the SMS and the Secret code, which he gets from the sender. In order to make process smooth and convenient, a notification sms is being sent to remitter as well as to recipient regarding transaction irrespective of their telecom operator.

 For this initiative, India's pioneer and largest communication service provider (CSP), BSNL will provide mobile connections to DOP’s designated officials and BSNL will bring Global technology for Mobile Money Transfer. Each Post office shall be provided with a mobile handset with pre loaded application by BSNL’s technology partner M/s Maverick Mobile Solutions.

Important Note:
Solution uses encrypted SMS for communication between DOP mobile handset and central server.
Limit for transactions in a predetermined time, value of transaction and number of transactions per assistant, per post office etc, could be imposed as per requirements in order to reduce risk.

Certain data query services viz. Daily Transaction, Get balance, Get Transaction Details have been provided in mobile handset through the pre-loaded mobile application itself, on the Mobile.

FEATURES

ECONOMICAL
Economical as compared to traditional money order, where rate is 5% of the amount to be remitted.

SECURE AND QUICK DELIVERY
DOP Money Remittance process enables you with smart quick and safe money transfer.

WIDESPREAD REACH
Wide spread reach through larger number of Post Offices and ubiquitous BSNL GSM network as compared to similar other products from other banks/Telcos.

TRUSTED ORGANIZATION
Managed by the trusted organizations i.e. India Post, BSNL.

WORKPROCESS
DOP money remittance is a mobile application that enables us with immediate money transfer from one place to another place using mobile, through Indian post offices. The process for money transfer is very simple to understand and follow. For this initiative, India's oldest and largest communication service provider (CSP), BSNL will provide mobile connections to DOP’s designated officials and BSNL will bring Global technology for Mobile Money Transfer.

FAQ

Q: In how much time money can be collected at the destination post office?
As soon as the recipient receives a notification sms with transaction Id and secret code from the sender, he/she can collect money at destination post office.

Q: Do I need to go to a specific Post Office to get the money?
You can go to any covered post office for Cash Out. It is not necessary to go to a particular post office. All you need to have is the Transaction ID and the Secret Code.

Q: What is the maximum limit for one transaction in one day?
No limit on the number of transactions. However the minimum amount is 1,000 rupees while the maximum is 10,000 rupees.

Q: Is there any transaction charges, if yes what are those?

As following:-
Slabs Fee (Rs.) Tax (Rs.)
1000 - 1500
40
5
1501 - 5000
70
9
5001 - 10000
100
12

Q: What if the sender/ the recipient does not receive sms notification?
The sender must inform to the Cash In postal assistant regarding this so that he/ she will resend the same.

Q: In how many days the recipient must collect money at destination post office?
The recipient must collect money within 14 days of transaction.

Q: What would happen with the money, in case the recipient does not collect it in predefined time?
In case the recipient does not Cash Out the amount within 14 days, the amount is sent back to the sender and a Cash In reversal SMS with new transaction-id will be sent to remitter. The remitter can withdraw money within 7 days (prescribed) after this SMS.

Income Tax Exemption on LTC – Income Tax provision relating to Leave Travel Concession under Section 10 (5)

Income Tax Exemption on LTC – Income Tax provision relating to Leave Travel Concession under Section 10 (5)

Leave Travel Concession applicable to Central Government Employees and other Salaried Class Employees is exempted under Section 10 (13A) of Income Tax Act as a prequisite to an employee. However, Income Tax Exemption on LTC is not blanket one and involves many conditions such as spending of amount received under LTC for purpose of preforming holiday travel declared, restriction of exemption to economy fare of the national carrier by the shortest route to the place of destination in the case of Air Travel etc.

We have provided here a brief on eligibility criteria for availing Income Tax Exemption on LTC:

1. LTC / LTA granted by an employer is exempted from Income Tax only when the amount is spent for the purpose of performing holiday Travel to a place in India. While LTC for government employees is only an reimbursement of travel expenses, this restriction would apply only for employees of Private Companies which pay LTA as lumpsum irrespective of employee performing holiday travel.

Journey Performed by
Exemption Limit
Air Air Economy fare of the national carrier (Air India) by the
shortest route to the place of destination
Places   connected   by   rail
and  journey  performed  by any mode other than by air.
First Class Air conditioned rail fare by the shortest route to
the place of destination
Place      of      origin      and
destination or part
thereof  not  connected  by rail.
a)  Where  public  transport  system  exists,  first  class  or
deluxe class fare on such transport by the shortest route to the place of destination.
b) Where no public transport system exists, first class A/C rail fare, for the distance of the journey by the shortest route, as if the journey has been performed by rail

Foreign Travel – As per the provisions of the Rules, exemption is not allowable in case of travel abroad.
Obligation of the employer –The employer has to satisfy the obligation that leave travel (fare) concession is not taxable in view of section 10(5)  and he is not only required to be satisfied about the provisions of the said clause but also to keep and preserve evidence in support thereof.

2. In the case of air travel, Income Tax Exemption is restricted to economy fare of the national carrier by the shortest route to the place of destination. As LTC Rules of Central Government Employees provides for granting LTC by Air only if LTC 80 Tickets of Air India are purchased for the shortest route to the destination, this condition would again would apply only to Private Employees.

3. IT Exemption on LTC performed by self and family. The term Family includes – Spouse and children of the employee (not more than two surviving children born after October 1998). It also includes parents, brothers, sisters who are wholly or mainly dependant on the employee. The child includes step child and adopted child.
4. The exemption shall be available in respect of 2 journeys performed in the block of 4 calendar years.

5. Exemption is available only in respect of air fare, rail fare and bus fare. No exemption will be available in case of other expenses.

Extract of Section 10(5)

“Section 10(5)  in the case of an individual, the value of any travel concession or assistance received by, or due to, him,—

(a)  from his employer for himself and his family, in connection with his proceeding on leave to any place in India ;

(b)  from his employer or former employer for himself and his family, in connection with his proceeding to any place in India after retirement from service or after the termination of his service,

subject to such conditions as may be prescribed (including conditions as to number of journeys and the amount which shall be exempt per head) having regard to the travel concession or assistance granted to the employees of the Central Government :

Provided that the amount exempt under this clause shall in no case exceed the amount of expenses actually incurred for the purpose of such travel.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this clause, “family”, in relation to an individual, means—

(i)  the spouse and children of the individual ; and

(ii)  the parents, brothers and sisters of the individual or any of them, wholly or mainly dependent on the individual; ]”

Conditions for the purpose of section 10(5) as Prescribed in Rule 2B of Income Tax Rules- Extract of Rule 2B

2B. (1) The amount exempted under clause (5) of section 10 in respect of the value of travel concession or assistance received by or due to the individual from his employer or former employer for himself and his family, in connection with his proceeding,—

    (a)  on leave to any place in India;

    (b)  to any place in India after retirement from service or after the termination of his service,

Shall be the amount actually incurred on the performance of such travel subject to the following conditions, namely :—
[(i)  where the journey is performed on or after the 1st day of October, 1997, by air, an amount not exceeding the air economy fare of the national carrier by the shortest route to the place of destination;

(ii)  where places of origin of journey and destination are connected by rail and the journey is performed on or after the 1st day of October, 1997, by any mode of transport other than by air, an amount not exceeding the air-conditioned first class rail fare by the shortest route to the place of destination; and

(iii) where the places of origin of journey and destination or part thereof are not connected by rail and the journey is performed on or after the 1st day of October, 1997, between such places, the amount eligible for exemption shall be :—

(A)  where a recognised public transport system exists, an amount not exceeding the 1st class or deluxe class fare, as the case may be, on such transport by the shortest route to the place of destination; and

(B)  where no recognised public transport system exists, an amount equivalent to the air-conditioned first class rail fare, for the distance of the journey by the shortest route, as if the journey had been performed by rail.]

(2) The exemption referred to in sub-rule (1) shall be available to an individual in respect of two journeys performed in a block of four calendar years commencing from the calendar year 1986 :

[Provided that nothing contained in this sub-rule shall apply to the benefit already availed of by the assessee in respect of any number of journeys performed before the 1st day of April, 1989 except to the extent that the journey or journeys so performed shall be taken into account for computing the limit of two journeys specified in this sub-rule.]

(3) Where such travel concession or assistance is not availed of by the individual during any such block of four calendar years, an amount in respect of the value of the travel concession or assistance, if any, first availed of by the individual during first calendar year of the immediately succeeding block of four calendar years shall be eligible for exemption.

Explanation : The amount in respect of the value of the travel concession or assistance referred to in this sub-rule shall not be taken into account in deter-mining the eligibility of the amount in respect of the value of the travel con-cession or assistance in relation to the number of journeys under sub-rule (2).]

    [(4) The exemption referred to in sub-rule (1) shall not be available to more than two surviving children of an individual after 1st October, 1998 :

    Provided that this sub-rule shall not apply in respect of children born before 1st October, 1998, and also in case of multiple births after one child.]

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