Saturday, February 21, 2015

MACP Promotion Benefits to Govt Employees at right time – Granting MACP upgradation without delay – Dopt Instructions on 18.2.2015

MACP Promotion Benefits to Govt Employees at right time –  Granting MACP upgradation without delay – Dopt Instructions on 18.2.2015

The nodal agency of Indian Government, Department of Personnel and Training has instructed to all the Ministries/Departments on 18th Feb 2014 regarding the promotional scheme for Central Govt employees is called MACP. Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Civilian Employees which is operational w.e.f. 01.09.2008. MACP Scheme envisages the three financial upgradations at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service to all regularly appointed Group “A”, “B”, and “C” Central Government Civilian Employees.

As per para 6 of DOPT’s O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.05.2009, the Screening Committee would follow a time-schedule and meet twice in a financial year – preferably in the first week of January and first week of July of a year for advance processing of the cases maturing in that half. Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half (April-September) of a particular financial year would be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of any financial year would process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half (October-March) of the same financial year.

It has come to notice of this Department that the benefits of MACPS are not being granted as per the schedule/provisions in the MACP Scheme leading to dissatisfaction and grievances among the employees. Therefore, Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure strict compliance to the time limits indicated in MACPS for grant of benefits under this scheme as and when the employees become eligible for such benefits.

CGHS employees threaten indefinite strike from today

CGHS employees threaten indefinite strike from today
Demand that recruitment be conducted for 2,000 vacant positions
Throwing almost 37 lakh beneficiaries into jeopardy, employees of the central government health scheme (CGHS) dispensaries have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Friday, unless their demand to fill 2,000 vacant posts is met by the Union health ministry. On Thursday, employees, who also staged a demonstration on Thursday, submitted their demands to health minister J P Nadda.

Mirror was told that for 37 lakh beneficiaries across India, there are only 4,000 employees. In Pune, 117 employees are deputed to handle nine dispensaries, two homoeopathy clinics and two laboratories.

Francis Ellis, general secretary of all-India CGHS, told Mirror that out of the 117, 30-odd are set to retire in the next one month. “While beneficiaries keep increasing, we are suffering a lack of manpower. There are 6,000 sanctioned posts, of which 4,000 are occupied. We need at least 5,000 employees to cater to all beneficiaries,” Ellis said.

“If the ministry fails to act, it will leave beneficiaries — who are on regular medicines for diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc. — stranded,” said Jaidev, president of the all-India CGHS employees association.
Those who visit dispensaries for routine health check-ups and to buy medicines will be left with no choice but to resort to private hospitals or chemist shops, said Madhav Bamne, the past president of all-India central government pensioners association.

“A good amount of money will then be needed to be spent. Us pensioners, who are paid a paltry amount of money, will find it difficult to afford private treatment. The CGHS employees association should think twice before calling a strike, which will affect us severely,” said Bamne

All efforts to reach Nadda were futile, as his secretary insisted that the minister was busy at a meeting on this issue.

Read at: Pune Mirror

7th Pay Commission has invited National Council JCM/Staff side for a meeting on 25.02.2015

7th Pay Commission has invited National Council JCM/Staff side for a meeting on 25.02.2015

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION

D.O. No. 7CPC/158/Meetings/2015
18th February, 2015
Dear
The Seventh Central Pay Commission has, from the time of its constitution, engaged with a variety of stakeholders on issues which it has been mandated to cover in accordance with its terms of reference. Based on the wide ranging interaction the Commission has had in the recent months, certain broad issues have emerged before the Commission. The Commission has also been seeking from individual Ministries/Departments their views on the issues posed, in relation to matters that are relevant to the Ministries.

The Commission has had the occasion to interact with the National Council and its constituents in May 2014. Before the Commission firms up its views on the major issues it is mandated to cover, a discussion with the National Council would be very useful.

Accordingly, a meeting of the National Council with the 7th Central Pay Commission has been scheduled at 11.00 am on 25 February, 2015, in the Conference Room, 1st floor, B-14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional , Area, New Delhi
Yours sincerely,
(Meena Agarwal)
Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery for
Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road,
New Delhi – 110001

Budget: Government may relax LTC norms to boost tourism

NEW DELHI: In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit.

The Ministry, sources said, it is also considering a proposal to allow employees to avail Leave Travel Concession (LTC)/ Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) every year as against the current practice of two times in a block of four years.

At present, LTA or LTC covers only economy class air travel or first class (AC I Class) rail fare. An announcement in this regard is likely to be made in the Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 28.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier expressed his keenness to promote tourism. Experts are of the view that encouragement to the tourism sector will promote development of different regions and create employment opportunities.
 
"To boost domestic tourism and also provide some tax relief to the individuals, the Leave Travel Concession benefit should be increased to one visit for every financial year," KPMG (India) Partner Vikas Vasal said.

He further suggested that tax concessions should also be made available for stay in hotel may also be covered to help families avail of a holistic benefit.

The LTC/LTA is available to the individual and his family including spouse, two children, parents, brothers and sisters, who are wholly dependent on the assessee.

"There is a huge scope for developing the tourism industry in India which provides direct and indirect employment to millions of people. Therefore, an enhanced tax relief to individuals on LTC will benefit the overall economy," Vasal said.
 

MoD seeks clarification on the dependency of family members in CGHS & CS(MA) Rules

Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing CGHS coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendations of the VI CPC-Clarification regarding

No. 9(6)/2014/D(Civ-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
Sena Bhavan, New Delhi

Dated, 30th December, 2014
 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing CGHS coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendations of the VI CPC-Clarification regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to the above mentioned subject and to state as follow:
As per MoH&FW ()M No. S-11012/1/98-(‘GHS‘(P) dated 10.12.2008 issued with the commence of Deptt of Expenditure vide ID No. 566/EV/2008 dated 4.11.2008- “It has been decided, in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, to revise the income limit for the purpose of providing CGHS coverage to the family members of the CGHS covered Central  Government employees to “Rs. 3500/- glus the amount of dearness relief on basic pension of Rs. 3500/- as on the date of consideration.
 
The income limit for dependency of Rs. 3500/- plus amount of the deamess relief on the basic pension of Rs. 3500/- as on the date of consideration Shall also be applicable for the cases covered under CS(MA) Rules, 1944 for the purpose of examining divisibility of family members of the Central Government emplqvee for medical facilities under the Rules.
 
2. However, the Note 1 below sub-section 1(1) of Section 4 of Swamy’s Compilation of the Medical Attendance Rules as amended vide Deptt of Expenditure ID No. 566/E.V/2008 dated 4.11.2008 states that “A member of the family is treated as dependent only if his/her incomes from all sources including pension/family pension is less than Rs. 3500/- (excluding dearness relief on the basis pension of Rs. 3500/)".
 
3. Since, the Note 1 below sub-section 1(1) of Section 4 of Swamy’s Compilation of the MA Rules is contradictory to the MoH&FW’ OM dated 10.12.2008, it is requested that the necessary clarification on the dependency of family members may be furnished to this Ministry immediately.
 
(Gurdgep Singh)
Under Secretary to e Govt. of India
 
To
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
[CGHS(P) Section],
Nirman Bhavan New Delhi.
 
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
(MS Section),Nirman Bhavan,
New Delhi.
Copy to: Shri Mukesh Singh, Secretary, Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS), 2-A Naveen Market, Kanpur -20001

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