Wednesday, November 23, 2016

7th Central Pay Commission Pay Hike

7th Central Pay Commission Pay Hike

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

23-November, 2016
Pay Hike

The 7th Central Pay Commission in its Report contained in Para 5.1.46 titled 'Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers after 20 Years has inter-alia recommended for withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service. The Government of India vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated 25.7.2016 has accepted this recommendation.

This was stated by the the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question by Shri Ram Charitra Nishad in the Lok Sabha today.


Threshold Limit for Coverage under ESIC

Threshold Limit for Coverage under ESIC

The Government, in principle, decided to enhance the threshold limit of wage for coverage under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948 from existing Rs.15,000/- pm to Rs. 21,000/- pm. For this purpose, a Notification had been issued on 06.10.2016 inviting suggestion/objections from all stakeholders.

As on 31.03.3016, the number of Insured Persons(IPs) under ESI Scheme were 2.14 crores. The additional number of IPs on account of wage revision are estimated to be 35 Lakhs.

The ESI Corporation has taken a number of decisions to absorb the increased number of workers under its net like-

Increasing hospital bed strength of ESI Hospitals by 50%, if the bed occupancy of the concerned hospital has been consistently more than 70% in last three financial years.

Up-gradation of its dispensaries into 6 & 30 bedded hospitals in a phased manner.

Partnering with private medical practitioners & private clinics for providing healthcare facilities in those areas where ESI does not have them.

This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Relaxation from payment of Service Charge in internet booking of Railway tickets through IRCTC

Relaxation from payment of Service Charge in internet booking of Railway tickets through IRCTC

Ministry of Railways has decided that in order to help passengers and incentive's the payment through credit/debit/cash cards instead of cash payment for booking of reserved tickets, Service Charge shall not be collected on booking of e-tickets/ i-tickets from 23rd November to 31st December, 2016.

Service Charge is Rs. 20 on sleeper/ 2nd Class and Rs. 40 on AC classes for booking through IRCTC.


7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances from January

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances from January

New Delhi: The central government employees to get their higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from January next, the top Finance Ministry sources told today.

When asked whether the arrears would be paid too, they said, “Higher allowances will be paid with retrospective effect from August 2016 but the central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016.”

“The central government employees unions wanted that House Rent Allowance (HRA) be fixed at range 10, 20 and 30 per cent of the basic linked to the classification of the town of posting when the Pay commission recommended 24%, 16% and 8% respectively of new pay matrix, the union also asked to enhance children education allowance of Rs 3,000 and hostel subsidy of Rs 10,000 with tax exempt.” the sources said.

The union also demanded inclusion of post-graduate and professional courses in children education allowance and to hike the ‘Fixed Medical Allowance’ to Rs 2,000 with Dearness Allowance Indexation,” they added.

The unions put their demands before the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, which met last Thursday.

The Union Cabinet cleared the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension on June 29 but decision on its suggestions relating to allowances has been referred to the Committee on allowances as the pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. So, there was resentment among employees over suggestions to scrap some allowances.

Fearing a jump in footfalls to deposit or withdraw cash following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes, the Finance Ministry is likely to scale down the the higher allowances proposal.

“As people continue to suffer after demonetisation from November 9 on account of cash crunch, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley compels to keep in abeyance the higher allowances till things normalize and it is likely to implement from January next,” Finance Ministry sources revealed.

Until acceptance of higher allowances, the allowances are now paid according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.


Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee

Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee.
No .22011/4/2007-Estt. (D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public and Training
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi - 110 011
November 21, 2016

Sub: Guidelines on treatment of effect of penalties on promotion - role of Departmental Promotion Committee

The Department of Personnel & Training vide its OM of even number dated 28.4.2014 issued instructions on the above subject. Paragraph 7(d), 7(f) and 7(g) of the said OM provides as follows:
7(d) If the official under consideration is covered under any of the three condition mentioned in paragraph 2 of OM dated 14.9.1992, the DPC will assess the suitability of Government servant along with other eligible candidates without taking into consideration the disciplinary case / criminal prosecution pending. The assessment of the DPC including 'unfit' for promotion and the grading awarded are kept in a sealed cover. [Paragraph 2.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.1992]

7(f) If any penalty is imposed on the Government servant as a result of the disciplinary proceedings or if he / she is found guilty in the criminal prosecution against him / her, the findings of the sealed cover / covers shall not be acted upon. His / her case for promotion may be considered by the next DPC in the normal course and having regard to the penalty imposed on him / her [paragraph 3.1 of DoPT OM dated 14.9.1992].
7(g) In assessing the suitability of the officer on whom a penalty has been imposed, the DPC will take into account the circumstances leading to the imposition of the penalty and decide whether in the light of general service record of the officer and the fact of imposition of penalty, the officer should be considered for promotion. The DPC, after due consideration, has authority to assess the officer as 'unfit' for promotion. However, where the DPC considers that despite the penalty the officer is suitable for promotion, the officer will be actually promoted only after the currency of the penalty is over [paragraph 13 of DoPT OM dated 10.4.19891.

2. Questions have been raised by the Ministries and Departments asking whether this is applicable in the case of 'Censure' also. In this regard, it is reiterated that paragraphs 7(d), 7(f) and 7(g) cited above are applicable in all the recognized penalties under CCS (CCA) Rules including the minor penalty of Censure as well for which no currency has been prescribed, it would mean that as per para 7(g), if the DPC considers the officer fit for promotion notwithstanding the award of censure, he / she can be promoted without referring to the currency of penalty.
(G. Jayanthi)
Tel. no. 2309 2479
DoPT Order 2016

Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff - Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance

Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff - Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance.

RBE No. 135/2016
No. 2014/E(P&A)II/HPC Report
New Delhi, dated 18.11.2016
The General Managers(P)/CAOs,
All Indian Railways
and Production Units etc.

Sub: Recommendations of the High Power Committee to review the duty hours of running staff - Decisions thereof on Breach of Rest Allowance.

The High Power Committee, constituted to review the duty hours of running staff and other safety related categories made its recommendations on various aspects related to working hours of these categories. The recommendations have been duly considered by the Board and the following decisions relating to Beach of Rest Allowance have been made:
(i) The provisions contained in Rule 10 regarding Breach of Rest Allowance in the "The Rules for the Payments of Running and other Allowances to the Running Staff on Railways, 1981" are reiterated. Breach of rest whether at Headquarters or at outstation should be permitted only in emergent situations like accidents, natural calamities and national emergencies subject to operational exigencies.

(ii) There should be no Breach of Rest Allowance for breach of rest at Outstaions. It will, however, continue to be admissible for breach of rest at Headquarters.

(iii) There should be no Breach of Rest Allowance for breach in periodical rest. However, if need does arise for curtailment of periodical rest, it should be permitted only if the running staff has availed a complete night in bed during the periodical rest.

(iv) The present rates for payment of Breach of Rest Allowance will continue.

(v) Cases of breach of rest should be regularly monitored at a sufficiently high level in divisional offices and zonal offices.
2. This issues with the conncurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.
(Salim Md. Ahmed)
Dy.Director/Estt. (P&A)II,
Railway Board

Bank Employees demands Overtime Allowance for Extra Work and Working on Holiday - BEFI

Bank Employees demands Overtime Allowance for Extra Work and Working on Holiday - BEFI

Overtime Allowance for Extra-Work
53, Radha Bazar Lane, (1st Floor), Kolkata – 700 001 Website:
(Ph):033- 2225-4414/2236-5108 (M) 94331 44271 Fax: 033-2236-5109/2242-0690

11th November 2016
By Fax: 022-22184222
The Chief Executive
Indian Banks’ Association
World Trade Center Complex, Centre - 1, 6th Floor
Cuffe Parade
Mumbai - 400 005

Overtime Allowance for Extra-Work

You are aware of RBI directive to Banks on working beyond scheduled business hours on 10th and 11th as also to keep the Banks open on 12th (Second Saturday) and 13th (Sunday) of this month with a view to facilitating customers, as also those having no Bank account, deposit/exchange //500// and //1000// Rupee Notes since demonetized. Accordingly, all the Banks have issued necessary instructions to the employees for working extra-hours on two working days and on two holidays as aforesaid. However, while so issuing instruction to their respective employees, most of the Banks have not issued any direction to the respecting paying authorities for payment of appropriate Overtime Allowance to the employees concerned, as provided for in the Bipartite Settlement, for such extra-work and/or working on holidays.

Notwithstanding our serious reservations about the justification of the present demonetization and/or the manner and authority for making the announcement, etc., we cannot and have not been oblivious to the untold inconveniences the general public have been put to because of such shock announcement. To mitigate at least a little of the harassment they have been forced to endure because of the whims of the authorities that be, we have suitably advised our members, and have also called upon the Bankmen beyond our fold, to exert as much as possible to help

the constituents deposit and other sections of the public (non - Account holders) exchange the demonetized currencies in their passion.

Simultaneously, interests of the employees being the topmost priority of our agenda, we wish to ensure that they are not put to unnecessary inconvenience in realizing their legitimate dues, in respect of the extra work and/or working on holidays, from their respective employer-Banks.

In the circumstances, we request your suitably advising your member Banks to issue appropriate instruction for payment of Overtime Allowance, in terms of the Bipartite Settlement, to the employees concerned, for the extra-work as aforesaid.

Your await your appropriate positive action at your earliest convenience.
Yours Sincerely,
Text of PRESS HAND OUT dated 10.11.2016

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