Thursday, April 30, 2015

Central Government Allows 5% of PF Funds to be Invested in Share Market

Central Government Allows 5% of PF Funds to be Invested in Share Market
 
The Central Government has allowed investing up to 5% of the Provident Fund capital in the stock market. As a result, Rs.5000 crore is expected to be released for investment this financial year. A circular from the Ministry of Labour has confirmed that 5% of the PF amount has been sanctioned for investing in the stock market.

The money will be invested in stock market based EDFs. Mr. Shankar Agarwal, the Secretary of Departmetn of Labour, said that announcements to this regard were made about two or three days ago. Rs.80,000 Crore was the total amount collected in the EPF in the financial year 2014-15. The amount is expected to cross Rs.1 lakh crore before the end of the current Financial Year. The number of persons qualified for EPF, and the amount raised, have increased after the salary limit was raised from Rs.6500 to Rs.15,000.

Agarwal has said that initially only 1% of the EPF reserve was going to be used for investments. This is going to be raised to 5% before the end of the financial year. The Ministry of Finance has suggested that between 5 to 15% of the funds can be invested in the markets. Agarwal added that since it was the first time, they are going to be very cautious and invest only 1% of the funds.

“The money is the sweat and blood of workers. We don’t want to carelessly invest it in the stock market. Hence, we have planned to invest only 5% of the money in the first stage,” he clarified.

He said that the plans are to invest only in EDFs. He added that no decision has been made about percentage of investment aimed at public sector companies. In the past, EPF, which has about 6 crore members, has been investing only in Central Government bonds.

Source: CG Staff News

DA Orders for CDA pattern employees of CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendation w.e.f 01.01.2015

DA Orders for CDA pattern employees of CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendation w.e.f 01.01.2015

G.I., Min. of HI & PE, Dep. of Pub. Enter., O.M.F.No.2(54)/08-DPE (WC)-GL-VII/15, dt, 17.4.2015
Subject: Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendation w.e.f 01.01.2015.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Para No. 2 and Annexure-III to this Department’s O.M. dated 14.10.2008 wherein the rates of DA payable to the employees who are following CDA pattern pay scales had been indicated.

2. The DA payable to the employees may be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% with effect from 01.01.2015.

3. The payment of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

4. These rates are applicable in the case of CDA employees whose pay have been revised with effect from 01.01.2006 as per DPE O.M. dated 14.10.2008.

5. All administrative Ministries/Department of Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the Central Public Sector Enterprises under their administrative control for action at their end.

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10% Tax Proposed on PF Withdrawals

10% Tax Proposed on PF Withdrawals

The Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has decided to impose a tax of 10.3% on the amount withdrawn from the EPF within five years of starting the accounts.

EPF accounts have to be created in all the concerns that employ more than 20 workers, with salaries of Rs.6,500 and Rs.15,000 per month. 12% of their salaries are deducted and are deposited into the PF account each month. The company contributes an equal amount to the account. 10.3% tax shall henceforth be imposed if the employee retires within five years of starting the account, or if he quits his employment with one company and joins another company, or if he decides to reclaim the amount in the EPF account.

If the annual EPF payment exceeds Rs.30,000, he has to produce his PAN card number. If the employee doesn’t have a PAN card or if he fails to submit the PAN details, he will not be given the amount in the account. About 90% of the EPF scheme (or nearly 8.5 crore people) do not have PAN Card details.

Those who do not have PAN cards shall have to pay the maximum taxable percentage of 35% on the amount that is due to them. Those who are reclaiming their PF money after five years won’t have to pay any taxes.

Source: CGEN.in

DA Orders for Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) – 113% from January 2015

DA Orders for Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) – 113% from January 2015

G.I., Min. of Defence, O.M.F.No.1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services), dated 16.4.2015

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) – Revised rates effective from 1st January, 2015.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s letter No.1(2)/2004/ D (Pay/Services) dated 24th September 2014, on the subject cited above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank, including Non-Combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107% to 113% with effect from 1st January, 2015.

2. The provisions contained in paras 2, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s letter No. 1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) dated 25th September 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of DA payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Armed Forces Officers/ PBORs including NCs(E).

4. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance Division of this Ministry vide their Dy. No. 145-PA dated 16th April, 2015 based on Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M. No.1/2/ 2015-E-II (B), dated 10th April, 2015.

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Source: www.cgda.nic.in

Recommendations on Prevention of Corruption Bills

Recommendations on Prevention of Corruption Bills

The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice presented its 69th Report on the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 on 6th February, 2014.

The recommendations made in the aforesaid Report are under consideration of the Government. The Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, in order to fill certain gaps in description and coverage of the offence of bribery so as to bring it in line with the current international practice and also to meet more effectively, the country’s obligations under United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

The said Bill, inter alia, proposes to address the supply side of corruption (punishment to bribe-giver), to protect honest public servants from vexatious prosecution for any bona fide omission or commission in the discharge of official duties and to lay down clear criteria & procedure for sanction of prosecution.

Having regard to the fact that the Bill contemplates an important paradigm shift in defining the offences relating to bribery, Government sought the views of the Law Commission of India on the proposals contained in the Bill. The Law Commission of India, in its 254th Report on the Bill, presented to the Government on 12th February, 2015, has suggested a number of significant improvements in the Bill which are also presently under consideration of the Government, with a view to moving necessary official amendments in the said Bill.
Government is keen to have the Bill passed by Parliament at the earliest. However, since the Bill will have to be considered and passed by both Houses of Parliament, it is not possible to indicate any timeframe for the purpose.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri B. Sriramulu, Shri D.K. Suresh and Shri Anto Antony in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB News

Minutes of PNM/AIRF meeting - discussion on left over items held on 20.02.2015

F.No.2014/E(LR)I/NM 1–9

Sub: PNM/AIRF meeting held on 12-13 December, 2014 – discussion on left over items held on 20.02.2015 in Committee Room, Rail Bhawan-Minutes thereof.
.........
The following officers and representatives of AIRF attended the meeting:

Official SideAIRF
S/Shri/Smt.
M. Akhtar, AM(Staff)
Neera Khuntia, EDPC-II
P.P. Sharma, EDE(G)
K. Shankar, DE(P&A)
D.V. Rao, DE(LL)
Anuradha Singh, D(MPP)
D. Mallik, DE/IR
S/Shri
Rakhal Das Gupta, President
Shiva Gopal Mishra, Genl. Secretary
J.R. Bhosale
Mukesh Galav
N. Kanniah


EDPC-I
5/2006: Avenues of promotion of Senior Supervisor in Scale S-13 to S-14 Group ‘B’ (Gazetted) on railways.
Official stated that the matter has been referred to Ministry of Finance. However, as agreed in the Fast Track Meeting, this will also be discussed by EDPC with the concerned officer(s) of Ministry of Finance to explain to them once again that upgradation is different from pay revision.
 
16/2008: Assured Carrier Progression Scheme applicable to Motormen of BCT division of Western Railway.
Official Side advised that Western Railway vide Board’s letter dated 04.07.2014 was asked to furnish the factual position in the matter which is still awaited. Federation told that a reply has been sent by Western Railway a day before. It was agreed to connect and examine the same. However, copy of Board’s Letter 04.07.2014 will also be given to the Federation, as desired by them.
 
30/2008: Voluntary Retirement of Drivers and Gangmen.
It was explained that the demand of Federation that staff retiring in GP `1900/- and eligible in LARSGESS and whose ward is to be appointed in the GP `1800/- may also be allowed the same eligibility conditions prescribed for railway employees retiring in `1800/- (i.e. 20 years and age bracket of 50-57 years), has already been examined and it was decided by Board that as posts in GP `1900/- are Group ‘C’ posts, relaxing the eligibility conditions to 20 years from the existing 33 years qualifying service and age bracket of 55-57 years is not feasible of acceptance. However, the other demand of constituting the Assessment Committee in respect of GP `1900/- at Divisional level has already been accepted and necessary instructions in this regard have also been issued vide Board’s letter dated 03.01.2014.
However, Federation insisted for a review on the 1st issue raised.
 
6/2009: Extra Ordinary Leave in continuation with Maternity Leave taken without production of proper medical certificate.
The provisions on the issue i.e. ‘EOL in continuation with Maternity Leave without production of Medical Certificate-treatment of this period as qualifying service’ has been reiterated vide Board’s Letter dated 11.07.2014.
(Closed)
 
10/2009: Liberalization in the Safety Related Voluntary Retirement Scheme.
Necessary instructions issued vide Board letter dated 03.01.2014.
(Closed)
 
12/2009: Grant of PCO Allowance/Incentive Bonus to technical staff supporting shops/Sections (including CMT/C&M Lab.), Drawing/Design, I.T. Power Supply and Stores etc.) – in Railway Workshops and Production Units- Treating them as part of Inspection, Planning & Planning & Progress wings of PCO.
A separate meeting with AM/PU on this issue was held on 04.12.2014. Federation desired that follow up action be advised to them.
 
7/2010: Inclusion of left out categories of the staff working in Railway Hospitals of the Indian Railways for the purview of Hospital Patient Care Allowance.
Federation was advised that two more categories i.e. Physiotherapist and Dental Hygienist are being considered under the purview of HPCA in consultation with Health Directorate of Railway Board and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
However, the Federation insisted that the other categories viz., cooks, Masalchis who are allowed HPCA under the orders of Health Ministry which is the nodal Ministry in the matter, may be allowed HPCA. Their demand was noted for examination.
 
9/2010: Grant of pay scales of `5000-8000 w.e.f. 01.01.1996 to the Sub-Overseer Mistry/ Supervisor(Works), now Jr. Engineer (Works).
Federation has been replied in the matter vide Board’s Letter dated 07.07.2014 to which no further reference has been received. Federation will get back, if necessary.
 
17/2010: Payment of Transport Allowance to the staff living in Ghaziabad (Northern Railway).
It was explained to the Federation that the matter has been consulted with Ministry of Finance who have clarified that the Railway employees posted at Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida are entitled to Transport Allowance at the rates as applicable to ‘other places’.
 
However, the Federation brought out that this has been allowed in some other offices. It was agreed to connect such orders and examine the issue.
 
27/2010: Implementation of recommendations of VI CPC – Grant of Transport allowance to Railway employees.
This issue will be discussed by the Federation with Board (MS and FC).
 
3/2011: Revision of rates of Kilometreage Allowance and Allowance in lieu of Kilometreage (ALK).
The matter is being deliberated by a committee constituted.
 
4/2011: Placement of Pharmacists in the Entry GP of `4200(non-functional grade) on completion of two years service in GP `2800 as well as grant of three MACPs to the Pharmacist category on the Indian Railways.
Reference has been made to Ministry of Finance for waiving off the overpayment made on account of erroneous grant of financial upgradation to Pharmacists. Reply from MOF is still awaited.
 
9/2011: Caretaking Allowance to Hostel Staff and merging of Caretaker posts with Ministerial Staff.
A detailed proposal for merger of caretaking staff with ministerial staff was called from IRISET which has since been received and the matter is under process.
 
10/2011: Grant of pay scale `5000–8000 (pre–revised)/ PB–II GP `4200 in new pay scales to Tower Wagon Drivers of Electrical Department.
Details regarding number of TWDs, their qualifications, scale of pay, method of selection etc. have been obtained from the Zonal Railways and the same is under examination.
 
13/2011: Grant of LAP, LHAP and Casual Leave to paramedical staff engaged to work in Railway Hospitals etc. on contract basis.
Official Side mentioned that para medical staff engaged to work on contract basis in Railway Hospital etc. are not treated as railway servants. As such they cannot be brought under the purview of leave provisions applicable to railway servants.
Federation stated that of late contract labour has been introduced in the railways and they are to be treated at par with casual labour. Federation also drew attention to Court orders on the issue of casual labour.
 
30/2011: Issue of PPOs and making entry of payment of Medical Allowance to Pensioners/ Family Pensioners.
Division - wise status of implementation of Board’s instructions dated 02.11.2012 on the issue of grant of FMA to railway pensioners has been reiterated on 08.12.2014. However, if the Federation has any specific instance of non payment by any bank, that can be taken up separately with concerned bank.
 
8/2012: Extension of second chance in the matter of Aptitude Test under LARSGESS Scheme.
Discussed.
 
18/2012: Payment of Breakdown Overtime Allowance to Mechanical Supervisors(C&W) – Mechanical Department.
Federation insisted that the demand may be considered in the light of instructions issued vide Board’s letter No.E(P&A)II -98/BDA-1 dated 25.05.1999. It was agreed to examine the matter.
 
32/2012: (A) Wrong implementation of MACP Scheme in IT Cadre.(B) Granting of financial benefit under MACP Scheme to EDP Staff.
Official Side stated that a separate meeting was held on this issue on 24.07.2013 wherein it was agreed that the Federation will provide further input after gathering information in respect of IT cadre of other Ministries. However, no input has been received from the Federation so far. Further, Federation requested for inclusion of this issue in the list of items to be discussed with MS & FC.
 
38/2012: Extension of scope of LARSGESS.
Federation insisted that the suffix ‘working on track’ in Board’s letter dated 24.03.2014 should be done away with because the same employee who has been covered under this scheme may be working at different places at different point of time and may not always be working on the track. It was agreed to examine the demand in consultation with Establishment Directorate.
 
40/2012: Earmarking of posts for promotion of Non-Appendix 3 IREM Qualified Accounts Assistants in the merged cadre of Sr. SO(A/Cs) and SO(A/Cs).
Federation requested for a meeting with Adviser (Accounts).
46/2012: (A) Payment of Running Allowance to medically de-categorised Running Staff kept on supernumerary posts.(B) Fixation of pay of medically de-categorized Running Staff while kept on supernumerary posts- Grant of benefits of Running Allowance.
Federation stated that they will reply to Board’s letter dated 12.09.2014. The demand is to be re-examined thereafter.
15/2013: (A) Proper implementation of LARSGESS in case of the candidates declared unsuitable in PET in 2010 Cycle.
(B) Minimum educational qualification for appointment under LARSGESS – Case of the wards of railway employees opted for LARSGESS in the year 2010.
(D) Alternative appointment to the wards of the railway employees under LARSGESS who failed to qualify the prescribed medical examination
Position explained to the Federation. However, Federation demanded that nonMatriculate wards should be given employment in 1S (`1300) and after six month training, they may be placed in GP `1800, which is to be examined.
23/2013: Denial of appointment under LARSGESS to the wards of railway employees working in Safety Categories.
Discussed.
(Closed)
24/2013: Payment of Special Allowance to Traffic Gatemen deployed to work on Level Crossing Gates.
The matter is under process. However, the Federation demanded that it should be done as in the case of Engg. Gates.
28-B/2013: Provision of Child Care Leave for women employees.
It was brought out by the official side that stipulation for making arrangement for leave reserve has not been laid down in the provisions on CCL by DOP&T. As such, this Ministry cannot unilaterally alter or modify the existing provisions.
However, AIRF insisted that Indian Railway being operating and industrial department the Railway Board should review and decision should be taken to facilitate women employee for forwarding them hassle free CCL .
29/2013: Stepping up of pay to Loco Running Supervisors promoted prior to 01.01.2006, viz-à-viz their juniors promoted after 01.01.2006.
Official Side stated that the matter is subjudice and is also being deliberated in Fast Track Committee. Federation demanded that recovery may be pended till the matter is finalised.
13/2014: Fixation of pay in case of financial upgradation under MACPS.
Official Side explained that while granting financial upgradation under MACP Scheme and fixation of pay in context thereof involves financial implications, it is logical that the concurrence of Associate Finance be obtained as per principles of financial propriety.
15/2014: MACP Scheme for Railway Servants – Treatment of employees selected under LDCE/GDCE Scheme – Clarification reg.
Position was explained to the Federation bringing out why the demand cannot be agreed to. However, on their insistence it was agreed to re-examine the matter.
ED(T&MPP)
1/2012: Revised Training Modules for Supervisors of Mechanical Engineering Department.
Instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways/Pus vide Board’s Letter No.E(MPP)2009/3/10 dated 28.02.2013. As regards Promotee Supervisors, instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways vide Board’s Letter No.E(MPP)2009/3/22 dated 26.09.2014.
EDE(G)
29/2011: Retention of railway quarter in favour of totally medically incapacitated railway employees.
Paper put up to Board through Finance.
47/2012: Retention of Railway accommodation at the previous place of posting in case of staff posted in newly formed Divisions.
Necessary instructions have already been issued vide Board’s Letter No.E(G)2007 QR1-5 dated 05.09.2014.
(Closed)

EDE(G)/DE(W)
21/2010: Revision in the Dress Regulations – 2004.
Discussed with both the Federations (AIRF and NFIR) and matter is under finalisation.
 
19/2011: Raising of upper age limit in case of entitlement of Privilege Passes/PTOs for dependent sons.
On the insistence of the Federation, it was agreed to review the matter and file to be put up to Member Staff.
7/2012: Implementation of various welfare schemes announced by the then Hon’bleMinister for Railway during her Rail Budget Speech.
Federation requested for details of action taken on the various recommendations as also a meeting with the Hon’ble MR before the Rail Budget. It was agreed to send them the position separately.
12/2012: Provision of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes in favour of widows of ex-railway employees.

&
1-A/2013: Provision of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to the spouse/widow of deceased railway employees appointed on compassionate ground.
Official Side explained that the matter has been re-examined in consultation with Finance Dte. The request was, however, not considered feasible due to wider legal and administrative implications.

Federation requested for a separate meeting associating EDF(E).
28/2012: Sanction of Flood Relief Fund for the flood affected staff over the Indian Railways.
Managing Committee of Railway Minister’s Welfare & Relief Fund did not approve financial assistance for flood affected Railway employees residing Varanasi due to heavy rains in August, 2008 as the event/incident pertained to an earlier period and RMW&RF cannot be a source for reimbursement/refund for loss caused earlier. Furthermore, these floods were not declared as natural calamity by any appropriated authority.

No proposal has been received for financial assistance at Jaunpur and Mughalsarai.

Proposal for financial assistance at Ambala was not agreed to by SBF Calamity Relief Fund Committee.

Federation desired action taken in case of Vishakhapatnam calamity and J&K floods. Federation urged that fast action be taken in respect of these cases.
 
4/2013: Reduction in lower age limit of the pensioners/their widows from 65 to 60 years for entitlement of Companion in lieu of Attendant to 1st Class/1st A Class Post Retirement Complimentary Passes.
Discussed.
(Closed)
7/2014: Issue of Special Passes on medical ground in favour of two attendants in case of kid patient.
To be examined again.
10/2014: Provision of two sets of Post Retirement Complimentary Passes to retired railway employees working in GP `1800.
Official Side brought out that Finance Directorate has not agreed to the Federation’s demand. However, on their insistence, it was decided to put up the papers afresh to Member Staff.
11/2014: Entitlement of Passes to the widows as Dependent in the Passes issued to their wards – Enhancement of income limit for the same.
Position explained.
(Closed)

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/establishment/E%28LR%29/airf%20lo%2015-02-20.pdf

Amendment order to the Lokpal Removal of Difficulties Order, 2015

Amendment order to the Lokpal Removal of Difficulties order, 2015.

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)
ORDER
New Delhi, the 27th April, 2015
 
S.O. 1095(E) — Whereas the Central Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 62 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), made the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the said Order) with effect from the 15th February, 2014 for the purpose of carrying out modifications and amendments in all existing rules regulating the filing of property returns and making of declaration of assets by public servants so as to bring them in conformity with the provisions of the said Act, within a period not exceeding one hundred and eighty days from the date on which the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 came into force, i.e., the 16th January, 2014;
 
And whereas, the Central Government initiated the process of modifications and amendments of all existing rules dealing with the subject matter of filing of annual returns and making of declaration of assets by public servants in consultation with various authorities, such as, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the Election Commission, the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, the Ministry of Law and Justice (Department of Legal Affairs Central Government amended the said Order on 8th September, 2014, extending the said period of two hundred and seventy days to a period of three hundred and sixty days for the purposes of section 44 of the said Act;
 
And whereas, the Committee constituted by the Central Government on 28th August, 2014 to simplify the forms and the process in which public servants shall make declaration of assets and liabilities as required under the said Act and the rules made thereunder, submitted its first Report to the Government on 1st October, 2014, wherein the Committee suggested simplification of form prescribed for submission of statement regarding movable assets and the form prescribed for submission of statement regarding debts and liabilities by public servants, under the aforesaid rules;
 
And whereas, the processing of necessary amendments to the aforesaid rules so as to incorporate the revised forms for filing statement regarding movable properties and the statement regarding debts and liabilities and the circulation of the revised formats, after their due notification in the Official Gazette, to all Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Union territory administrations and the further process of follow-up action in terms of the said rules requiring all officers of the All India Services working in connection with the affairs of the State Governments and the officers and start working in various organisations and public sector undertakings under their control so as to ensure due compliance with the revised rules by all of them, could not be completed within the limit of three hundred and sixty days as contemplated in the principal order as amended by the order dated 8th September, 2014;
 
And whereas, the Central Government has decided to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, to address various inconsistencies noticed in the said Act and, in that context, a need was also felt to amend the provisions of section 44 of the said Act so as to harmonise the provisions of the said section with the relevant provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and rules framed there under, the All India Services Act, 1951 and rules framed there under, the rules framed by the Central Government in pursuance of article 148 and article 309 of the Constitution and also various statutes setting up autonomous bodies and Public Sector Undertakings and the rules framed there under, and accordingly amended the said Order on 26th December, 2014, extending the said upto 30th April, 2015 for the purposes of section 44 of the said Act;
 
And whereas, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, as introduced in the Lok Sabha on 18th December, stands referred to the Department related Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice for examination and Report;
 
And whereas the said Committee has held meetings on 8th January.2015, 3rd March, 2015, 8th April, 2015 and 15th April, 2015 with non-official stakeholders, where the Department of Personnel and Training was requested to attend and respond to the questions raised by Hon’ble Members, the detailed Questionnaires received from the Committee and also to the memoranda submitted by the various stakeholders to the Committee;
 
And whereas, the proposed amendments which include amendment to the provisions of section 44, the exercise of aligning the existing rules and other statutory provisions with the Lokpal Act cannot be given effect to till the Bill is passed by Parliament after taking into consideration the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee;
 
And whereas, any action in the matter of harmonisation of rules can be taken only after the Committee presents its report to Parliament, consideration thereof by the Government and passing of the aforesaid amendment Bill by Parliament and accordingly the enforcement of the provisions of the Act is likely to take time; and hence it has become necessary to extend the said period of eighteen months to a period of twenty-one months, and the Central Government has accordingly decided to extend the period after taking into account the aforesaid factors;
 
Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 62 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, the Central Government hereby makes the following amendment further to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014, namely:—
 
In the said Order, in paragraph 2, in sub-paragraph (1), for the words “within a period not exceeding eighteen months”, the words “within a period not exceeding twenty-one months” shall be substituted.
 
[No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B) I]
 
JISHNU BARUA, R. Secy.
 
Note.—The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2014 was published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide notification number S.O. 409(E), dated the 15th February, 2014 and subsequently vide notifications number S.O. 1840(E) dated the 15th July, 2014, S.O. 2256(E) dated the 8th September, 2014 and S.O.
 
3272(E) dated the 26th December, 2014.

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

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Payment of Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA) on monthly basis with disability pension to Armed Forces personnel

Payment of Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA) on monthly basis with disability pension to Armed Forces personnel – Reg.

“Constant Attendance Allowance shall be paid on monthly basis during the period of award along, with disability or war injury pension as the case may be.”

No.I(2)/2013-D(Pen/Pol)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
D(Pension/Policy)
New Delhi, Date: 27th April 2015
To
The Chief of Army Staff
The Chief of Naval Staff
The Chief of Air Staff

Subject: Payment of Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA) on monthly basis with disability pension to Armed Forces personnel – Reg.

Sir,

The undersigned is directed to state that as per Regulation 89 of Pension Regulation for the Army Part-l (Edn-2008) and equivalent provisions in Navy and Air Force Pension Regulations, payment of Constant Attendance Allowance is made in arrears twice in a year along with disability pension/ war injury pension on the basis of declaration/certificate submitted by the pensioner to his/ her pension disbursing agency (PDA) in May and November each year subject to fulfillment of other prescribed conditions.

2. Keeping in view of the hardships being faced by the disabled pensioners in claiming Constant Attendance Allowance. Government was reviewing the said provision from quite some time. In partial modification of above provision, the President is now pleased to decide that henceforth Constant Attendance Allowance shall be paid on monthly basis during the period of award along, with disability or war injury pension as the case may be.

3. Concerned Armed Forces Pensioners shall submit a declaration on the format enclosed as Annexure with this order to their pension disbursing agency at the time of initial payment of CAA and thereafter on annual basis at the time of his/her annual identification. During initial declaration pensioner shall state in item III of the Annexure that he/she will employ an attendant for the upcoming one year or up to the date for which CAA has been sanctioned whichever is earlier. During subsequent annual declarations pensioner would also complete item II of the Annexure providing a declaration for the period from the date of last declaration. Payment made against declaration under item III of Annexure shall be treated as provisional and would be final on submission of subsequent declaration under item II.

4. In case a pensioner drawing CAA becomes inpatient in any Government Hospital / Institution or is gainfully employed, he shall immediately report the matter to the FDA. Since, CAA is being paid, on the basis of annual declaration, any overpayment on account of CAA noticed with reference to the declaration quoted above, shall be adjusted from the monthly pension due to the pensioner.

5. All other team and conditions. for grant and payment of Constant Attendance Allowance which are not. affected by this order, shall remain unchanged. Pension Regulations of the three Services shall be amended in due course.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Finance division of this Ministry vide their ID. No. 10(08)/2014/Fin/Pen dated 09/04/2015.

Hindi version will follow.
Yours faithfully
sd/-
(Prem Prakash)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Constant Attendance Allowance

Source: www.desw.gov.in

Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014

Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2015:-

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 27th April, 2015

G.S.R. 322(E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (k) and clause (l) of sub-section (2) of section 59, read with section 44 and section 45 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1 of 2014), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014, namely:—

1. (1) These rules may be called the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2015.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014, in note 3, in the proviso to sub-rule (2), for the words “on or before the 30th day of April, 2015″, the words “on or before the 15th day of October, 2015″shall be substituted.
[F.No.407/12/2014-AVD-IV(B)]
JISHNU BARUA, R. Secy.

Note.— The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, vide notification number G.S.R. 501(E), dated the 14th July, 2014 and amended vide notification numbers G.S.R. 638(E), dated the 8th September, 2014 and G.S.R. 918(E), dated the 26th December, 2014.

Source: www.persmin.nic.in

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