Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Important Notice for the Applicants of Lateral Recruitment to Senior Positions in Government of India - DoPT

Important Notice for the Applicants of Lateral Recruitment to Senior Positions in Government of India - DoPT
NOTICE

File No: F.8/292/2018-R(C&P)
UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Lateral Recruitment to Senior Positions in Government of India

This is with reference to the applications invited by the Department of Personnel Training (DOPT) from talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building to join the Government at the level of Joint Secretary on contract basis in the following ten Department/Ministries of the Government:
(i) Department of Revenue
(ii) Department of Financial Services
(iii) Department of Agriculture Cooperation Farmers' Welfare
(iv) Ministry of Road Transport Highways
(v) Ministry of Shipping
(vi) Ministry of Environment, Forest Climate Change
(vii) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
(viii) Ministry of Civil Aviation
(ix) Department of Economic Affairs
(x) Department of Commerce

The task of selection of suitable candidates from amongst those who have already applied in response to the same has now been entrusted to the Union Public Service Commission by the competent authority on 29th October, 2018. All candidates who have already submitted the application to DOPT are hereby instructed to fill up a Detailed Application Form (DAF) which seeks to obtain additional specific information of the candidates regarding qualifications and experience so as to facilitate the selection process. A mail is also being issued separately to each of the candidates who have applied, through their registered e-mail ID indicated in their online applications submitted in response to DoPT Advertisement. The candidates may access the link (https://upsconline.nic.in/oralateral/candidate/LoginFinal.php) also indicated in the mail addressed to them and submit online all the requisite information asked for in the DAF before 06.00 PM 1st January 2019

The essential qualifications indicated in the original advertisement are the minimum and mere possession of the same does not entitle candidates to be called for Test/ Interview. As the numbers of applications are large, Commission may adopt suitable short listing criteria to restrict the number of candidates to be called for Test / Interview to a reasonable number by any or more of the following methods:

(i) By defining the comparable level of experience suitably.
(ii) On the basis of any specific experience or higher Experience in the relevant field than the minimum prescribed in the advertisement.
(iii) On the basis of higher/ relevant Educational Qualifications than the minimum prescribed in the advertisement.
(iv) By holding a Recruitment Test.

The candidate should, therefore, mention all his/her qualifications and experience in the relevant field over and above the minimum qualifications.

The candidates are required to upload documents in support of the Educational Qualification and Experience claimed by them in DAF. Degree / Diploma / Certificate may be uploaded in support of the educational qualification. If Degree / Diploma is not available, Provisional Certificate along with full Mark sheet may be uploaded. For experience, up-to-date and full Experience Certificate, unambiguously indicating the nature of duties, dates and duration of experience, level / position, responsibilities etc issued by the employer may be uploaded. In case, the submitted documents do not satisfactorily support the claim made, the applications would be liable to be rejected.

Similarly, applicants who have claimed relevant experience but the Experience Certificate attached in support of that is not for the entire duration claimed or do not support the claim made would be rejected. Only the time period of relevant experience for which Experience Certificate has been submitted would be considered.

Appointment letters, office orders, transfer orders, resignation letters, pay certificates, service certificates, posting orders, affidavits and the certificates attested by the candidates themselves or self employment certificates are not considered as proof of experience.

Candidates will be short-listed for Test/Interview on the basis of the information provided by them in their DAF. They must ensure that such information is true. If at any subsequent stage or at the time of Test/Interview any information given by them or any claim made by them in their online DAF is found to be false, appropriate action as deemed fit, would be taken against such candidates. DAF received after last date of submission i.e. 06.00 PM on 01/01/2019 would not be considered.

Source: DoPT

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Caution to be exercised in respect of the documents submitted by the officers of CSS

Caution to be exercised in respect of the documents furnished by CSS officers in service matters/sanction of claims: DoPT

F. No. 7/17/2018-CS.I(A)
Government of India
Ministry or Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 11th December, 2018
Office Memorandum
Subject: Caution to be exercised in respect of the documents submitted by the officers of CSS.

It has been reported by a Cadre Unit of CSS that an officer of CSS cadre has indulged in forgery of documents relating to his family details, LPC claims for medical reimbursement and education qualifications etc. The matter is under investigation.

2. Meanwhile, this has been viewed seriously by the competent authority in this Department and it is hereby requested to exercise caution while examining/ forwarding the document of officers for deputation etc. Due diligence may be adopted for verification of documents furnished by officers in service matters/sanction of claims etc.

3. The forwarding officers / controlling officers are, in particular, requested to verify the details furnished by the officers concerned and also to countersign all pages of the representation of officers before sending the same to DoPT.
(Rajul Bhatt)
Director (CS I)
To
Joint Secretaries (Admn/Estt.) of Cadre Units participating in CSS
Through website)

Source: DoPT

Restricted Holiday List 2019: Occasion of Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh in place of Lohri to be observed on 13/01/2019 - DoPT OM

Restricted Holiday List 2019: Occasion of Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh in place of Lohri to be observed on 13/01/2019 - DoPT OM

F. No. 12/2/2018-JCA-2
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment (JCA) Section
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the December, 11 2018
Corrigendum

Subject: Restricted Holiday List 2019: Occasion of Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh in place of Lohri to be observed on 13/01/2019 - DoPT OM

In the list of holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2019, circulated vide communication of even no. dated 11.07.2018, in the list of list of Restricted Holidays contained in Annexure-II, the entry 2 may be read as under:

S.No.HolidayDateSaka DateDay
1940 SAKA ERA
2.Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday in place of Lohri13.01.2019Pausha 23Sunday
2. Hindi version will follow.
(Jugal Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India
PH: 23093074
To
1. All Ministries/ Departments of Government of India.
2. UPSC/CVC/C&AG/PMO/Lok Sabha Secretariat/Rajya Sabha Secretariat / President’s Secretariat Vice-President’s Secretariat/Supreme Court / High Court / Central Administrative Tribunal / Election Commission of India / Minorities Commission National Human Rights Commission / Central Information Commission
3. All attached and subordinate offices of Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions.
4. Secretary, Staff Side, National Council (JCM), 13-C, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi.
5. All Staff Side Members of the National Council (JCM).
6. All Staff Side Members of the Departmental Council (JCM), Ministry of Personnel, PG. and Pensions.
7. Chairman / Secretaries, Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees (As per updated list from Welfare Section).
8. National Commission for Scheduled Castes /National Commission for Scheduled Tribes/ National Commission for Backward Classes.
9. PS to Cabinet Secretary.
10. Deputy Secretary (Coordination), Delhi Govt. Secretariat, I.G. Stadium, l.T.O., New Delhi.
11. The Manager (Store), Government of India, Forms Store, 166, Lenin Sarai, Kolkata (with 10 spare
copies).
12. The Chief Secretaries to all the State Governments / Union Territories.
13. Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, PTI Building, New Delhi (with 5 spare copies)
14. Deputy Director (Bills), Dte. Of Printing, B-Wing, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi (with 5 spare copies)
15. Positional Astronomy Centre, Block-AD, Plot No.8 Sector-V, Salt lake, Manish Bathan, Kolkata - 700091
16. Facilitation Centre, DOP&T (20 copies)

Source: DoPT

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 - Table of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018

Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 - Table of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018

Central-Government-Employees-Group-Insurance-Scheme-1980

CGEGIS Table for 4th Quarter 2018 (from 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018) of Benefits for the saving fund

No. 7(2)/EV/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 10 December, 2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980 - Table of Benefits for the savings fund for the period from 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018.

The Tables of Benefits for Savings Fund to the beneficiaries under the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme-1980, which are being issued on a quarterly basis from 01.01.2017 onwards, as brought out in this Ministry's OM of even number dated 17.03.2017, for the quarter from 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018, as worked out by IRDA based on the interest rate or 8% per annum (compounded quarterly) as notified by the Department or Economic Affairs as per their Resolution No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2018 dated 04.10.2018, are enclosed.

2. The Tables enclosed are of two categories as per the existing practice. As hitherto the first Table of Benefits for the saving fund of the scheme is based on the subscription or Rs.10 p.m. from 1.1.1982 to 31.12.1989 and Rs 15 p.m. w.e.f.. 1.1.1990 onwards. The second Table or Benefits for savings fund is based on a subscription of Rs.10 p.m. for those employees who hod opted out or the revised rate or subscription w.e.f. 1.1.1990.

3. While these orders are in respect of Table or Benefits for the period from 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018, the Tables already issued for the first quarter, second quarter and third quarter i.e. for the period 01.01.2018 to 30.09.2018 are also reproduced for the sake convenience and consolidation.

4 In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department , these orders are issued after consultation with the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.

5 Hindi version of these orders is attached.
Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Director
Source: doe.gov.in

TDS deduction under section 194A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 in case of Senior Citizens

TDS deduction under section 194A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 in case of Senior Citizens

F. No. Pr. DGIT(S)/CPC(TDS)/Notification/2018-19

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Directorate of Income-tax (Systems)
New Delhi
Notification No. 06 /2018
New Delhi, 06th December, 2018

Subject: - TDS deduction under section 194A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 in case of Senior Citizens - reg.

It has been brought to the notice of CBDT that in case of Senior Citizens, some TDS deductors/Banks are making TDS deductions even when the amount of income does not exceed fifty thousand rupees. The same is not in accordance with the law as the Income-tax Act provides that no tax deduction at source under section 194A shall be made in the case of Senior Citizens where the amount of such income or, the aggregate of the amounts of such income credited or paid during the financial year does not exceed fifty thousand rupees. (Please refer to the third proviso to sub-section 3 of section 194A)

2. Under sub-rule (5) of Rule 31A of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Director General of Income-tax (Systems) is authorized to specify the procedures, formats and standards for the purposes of furnishing and verification of the statements or claim for refund in Form 26B and shall be responsible for the day-to-day administration in relation to furnishing and verification of the statements or claim for refund in Form 26B in the manner so specified.

3. In exercise of the powers delegated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (Board) under sub-rule (5) of Rule 31A of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) hereby clarifies that no tax deduction at source under section 194A shall be made in the case of Senior Citizens where the amount of such income or, the aggregate of the amounts of such income credited or paid during the financial year does not exceed fifty thousand rupees.
Sd/-
(Dewangi Marthak)
Asstt. Commissioner of Income-tax(CPC-TDS)
O/o the Pr. Director of Income-tax (Systems)
New Delhi
Source: incometaxindia.gov.in

Career progression of the staff working in GP Rs.1800

Career progression of the staff working in GP Rs.1800

All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi-110055
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: December 8, 2018
The Chairman,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Sub: Career progression of the staff working in GP Rs.1800

Dear Sir,
As I have discussed this issue personally with your goodself and tried to get resolved the issue regarding career progression of the staff working in GP Rs.1800; because in many departments; the employees working in GP Rs.1800 are stagnating in GP Rs.1800 for 15 years and even 20 years, and these are the staff those who are working in GP Rs.1800 are virtually doing the job of skilled nature, in almost all the departments, including Technical and Non-Technical.

It would be in all fairness if 50% posts of GP Rs.1800 should be upgraded to GP Rs.1900, which will resolve the problems of the Railway Industry as well as the employees.

In this connection, it is worth-mentioning that, we have also requested your goodself for reduction in the Direct Recruitment Quota, and the employees having qualification of RRB should be given benefit for their selection against those vacancies through "LDCE open to all" policy, to facilitate the highly educated staff available over the Indian Railways.

We sincerely hope that, you will kindly consider it favourably and do the needful.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF

Monday, December 10, 2018

Approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS would be benefitted from the streamlining of the National Pension System

Ministry of Finance

Streamlining of National Pension System (NPS)

National Pension System-NPS-Central-Government-Employees

 

Posted On: 10 DEC 2018 3:01PM by PIB Delhi
Decision
The Union Cabinet in its Meeting on 6th December, 2018 has approved the following proposal for streamlining the National Pension System (NPS).
  • Enhancement of the mandatory contribution by the Central Government for its employees covered under NPS Tier-I from the existing 10% to 14%.
  • Providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to central government employees.
  • Payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012.
  • Tax exemption limit for lump sum withdrawal on exit has been enhanced to 60%. With this, the entire withdrawal will now be exempt from income tax. (At present, 40% of the total accumulated corpus utilized for purchase of annuity is already tax exempted. Out of 60% of the accumulated corpus withdrawn by the NPS subscriber at the time of retirement, 40% is tax exempt and balance 20% is taxable.)
  • Contribution by the Government employees under Tier-II of NPS will now be covered under Section 80 C for deduction up to Rs. 1.50 lakh for the purpose of income tax at par with the other schemes such as General Provident Fund, Contributory Provident Fund, Employees Provident Fund and Public Provident Fund provided that there is a lock-in period of 3 years.
Background
The new entrants to the central government service on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the National Pension System (NPS). The Seventh Pay Commission (7th CPC), during its deliberations, examined certain concerns regarding NPS and made recommendations in the year 2015. The 7th CPC recommended for setting up of a Committee of Secretaries in this regard. Accordingly, a Committee of Secretaries was constituted by the Government to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of NPS in the year 2016. The Committee submitted its report in the year 2018. Accordingly, based on the recommendations of the Committee, draft Cabinet Note was placed before the Cabinet for its approval.

Implementation strategy and targets
The proposed changes to NPS would be made applicable immediately once time critical decisions are taken in consultation with the other concerned Ministries / Departments.

Major impact
  • Increase in the eventual accumulated corpus of all central government employees covered under NPS.
  • Greater pension payouts after retirement without any additional burden on the employee.
  • Freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and investment pattern to central government employees.
  • Benefit to approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS.
  • Augmenting old-age security in a time of rising life expectancy.
  • By making NPS more attractive, government will be facilitated in attracting and retaining the best talent.
Expenditure involved
The impact on the exchequer on this account is estimated to be to the tune of around Rs. 2840 crores for the financial year 2019-20, and will be in the nature of a recurring expenditure. The financial implications on account of provisions regarding payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012, would be in addition to the amount indicated above.

No. of beneficiaries
Approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS would be benefitted from the streamlining of the National Pension System.

States/districts covered
Pan India.

Details and progress of scheme if already running
Presently, the new entrants to the central government service on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the NPS. NPS is being implemented and regulated by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority in the country.

PIB

DoPT: Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC- compliance of instructions regarding

DoPT: Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC- compliance of instructions regarding.

No. 31011/2/2018-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk
North Block, New Delhi-10001
Dated: December 10, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Procedure for booking of air-tickets on LTC - compliance of instructions regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's O.M. No. 31011/5/2014-Estt.A-IV dated 24.09.2014, 23.09.2015 and 21.08.2017 on the procedure for booking of air tickets on LTC and to say that as per the extant instructions, whenever a Government servant claims LTC by air, he/she is required to book the air tickets directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the services of the authorized travel agents viz. 'M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company', 'M/s Ashok Travels & Tours' and 'IRCTC' (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Est(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey(s).

2. In this regard, it is observed that despite reiterating the above instructions from time to time, this Department still continues to receive numerous references from various Ministries/Departments and individuals seeking relaxation for booking of air tickets for the purpose of LTC through private travel agents. In most of the cases, the common reasons cited by the Government employees are lack of awareness of the rules and work exigencies.

3. Therefore, all the Ministries/Departments are advised to ensure wide circulation and strict compliance of the guidelines stated in para 1 of this OM. This point may also be emphasized by the Administration whenever any advance is sought or intention to avail LTC is conveyed by the Government servant. It is stated that henceforth only those cases, where it is established that bonafide mistake has occured and the Administrative Ministry/Department is satisfied that undue hardship is being caused to the Government servant, shall be considered by this Department for relaxation provided that the information is received in the Proforma enclosed along with supporting documents.
End.: As above
(Surya Na ayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
To
The Secretaries
All Ministries/Departments of Government of India
(As per the standard list)

Source: DoPT

Appointment on Compassionate Grounds - Railways

Appointment on Compassionate Grounds - Railways

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE No. 181/2018
New Delhi, dated 27.11.2018
No. E(NG)II/2018/RC-1/44 pt
The General Manager(P)
All Indian Railways & PUs

Sub: Appointment on Compassionate Grounds - Priority No. 1 case- reg.

Attention is invited to this office letter para 10 (i) and 10 (c) of Board's letter No. E(NG)II/90/RC-1/117 dated 12.12.1990 wherein it had been laid down regarding order of priority in offering appointment on compassionate grounds.

Priority No. 10 (i) - Dependents of employees who die or are permanently crippled in the course of duty and 10 (c) - a time limit of one month should be observed within which appointment should be given and Para 6 of Board's letter No. E(NG)II/91/RR-1120 dated 03.12.1991 wherein it had been laid down that Compassionate appointment in the clerical categories should be avoided to the extent possible. For any such appointment, General Manager should be personally satisfied that, the same is unavoidable, and offered as a last resort.

It has been decided by the Board that for the dependents of employees who die or are permanently crippled in the course of duty (Priority No.1), there should be no restriction on offering him/her clerical post and this power is hereby delegated to DRMs/CWMs solely for the dependents of employees who die or permanently crippled in the course of duty.
(Neeraj Kumar)
Director Estt. (N)II,
Railway Board.

Brief of the meeting held on 07.12.2018 with Hon'ble Minister for Railways

Brief of the meeting held on 07.12.2018 with Hon'ble Minister for Railways

All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi - 110055
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: December 8, 2018
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Sub: Brief of the meeting held on 07.12.2018 with Hon'ble Minister for Railways

Dear Comrades,
Yesterday I met Hon'ble Minister for Railways and shown our anguish against the inordinate delay in resolving the problems of the Railwaymen at an earliest. We have also mentioned about the discussions held with the Railway Board on 4-5 December, 2018 and our decision of "Work To Rule".

He had given positive response and called the Member Staff and Financial Commissioner(Railways), Railway Board, telling them to resolve the problems of the Railwaymen at an earliest, including implementation of four grade structure, in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, in case of Trackmen/Track Maintainers, revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff, Restructuring of the IT Cadre, etc. etc. The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere and Hon’ble MR had appreciated the sentiments of the Railwaymen organized under AIRF.
This is for your information.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Pending burning issues of the Railwaymen

The undernoted burning issues have been time and again brought to your kind notice for early redressal thereof because non-redressal of these issue is causing serious deep sense of discontentment among the Railway Staff……

1.Implementation of four grade structure in the ratio of 10:20:20:50 in case of Trackmen/Track Maintainers - As you are very well aware that, the Joint Committee on Package and Career Progression of Trackmen had, unanimously recommended to grant four grade structure to the category of Trackmen/Track Maintainers in the ratio of 10:20:20:50 with a view to facilitate advancement prospects to this ever neglected category of the staff who are directly involved in safe train operation by maintaining railway track. Despite assurance given by the Railway Board, during the course of discussions in Railway Board PNM with AIRF, that, orders would be issued within a couple of days to implement the said four grade structure, final outcome is still awaited, due to which serious resentment is brewing among the Trackmen/Track Maintainers.

2.Revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff - This issue has also been deliberated at length at several occasions, but unfortunately, Railway Board’s instructions to this effect are yet to be issued. The Running Staff, both Loco & Traffic, are seriously concerned due to inordinate delay in revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other allowances related to Running Staff because on previous occasions the revision used to be done just after implementation of recommendations of the successive Central Pay Commissions.

I would, therefore, seek your personal intervene, so that, revision of the rates of the aforesaid allowances is done without any further delay.

3.Restructuring of the IT Cadre - Information Technology has gained paramount importance in all walks of the life. While IT Cadre was formed in the Indian Railways more than a decade ago, but there is still some confusion in regard to dysfunction and Human Resource Management. Railway Board had issued instructions for Cadre Restructuring of IT Cadre (Ref.No.2016/AC-II(CC)/37/9 dated 18.04.2017(RBA No.45/2017), No.2017/AC-II(CC)/37/7 dated 29.06.2017 and No.2017/AC-II/37/9 dated 29.12.2017), but unfortunately, an impracticable condition was imposed to surrender all the vacant posts in the cadre, whereas, in Cadre Restructuring of other categories, only number of posts of Matching Money Value were surrendered and not the entire vacant posts. We have been regularly pursuing this issue, and the present Financial Commissioner, Railway Board, also assured to take necessary action in the matter, but final outcome is still awaited.

I would, therefore, request that, this issue should also be looked into on priority and revised orders issued early.

I sincerely hope that, the above issues would definitely be given due attention and necessary instructions shall be issued without any further delay, keeping in view the discontentment brewing among these vulnerable categories of the Railwaymen.

Source: AIRF

Sunday, December 9, 2018

New Pension Scheme Demand To Scrap it: NPS to OPS

NPS to OPS: New Pension Scheme Demand To Scrap it

New Pension Scheme Demand To Scrap it

New-Pension-Scheme-Scrap-NPS-OPS

NEW PENSION SCHEME (NPS): The New Pension Scheme is made compulsory for Government employees was brought into effect 2004, this has effected them a lot, lot of agitations are being carried out on scrapping the New Pension Scheme, this agitations has forced many State Governments such as Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi State Governments to reconsider this New Pension Scheme and formed an expert committee to review this New Pension Scheme. This New Pension Scheme was not implemented by West Bengal State Government. In this angle an analysis is made all about New Pension Scheme and ways to scarp or modify the New Pension Scheme to benefit the Government employees at large is suggested.

Need for Pension : The Pension System thus started in India was finalized by the Indian Pension Act of 1871. It appears that the British Government had the conception of providing its pensioners increase in their pensions to neutralize the effect of inflation.

Pension is a reward for past service. It is undoubtedly a condition of service but not an incentive to attract new entrants, the Pension is paid for past satisfactory service rendered, and to avoid destitution in old age as well as a social welfare or socio-economic justice measure, the fact that the cost of living has shot up and correspondingly the possibility of savings has gone down and consequently the drop in wages on retirement.

That pension is neither a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer and that it creates a vested right subject to 1972 rules which are statutory in character because they are enacted in exercise of powers conferred by the proviso to Art. 309 and clause (5) of Art. 148 of the Constitution; (ii) that the pension is not an ex-gratia payment but it is a payment for the past service rendered; and (iii) it is a social welfare measure rendering socio-economic justice to those who in the hey-day of their life ceaselessly toiled for the employer on an assurance that in their old age they would not be left in lurch.

As on 01-01-2018 there were 51.96 lakh pensioners in the country, including from Central Civil Services, Railways, and Post, Defence and Defence civilians.

EVOLUTION OF NEW PENSION SCHEME (NPS) IN INDIA:

In 1991 Government of India as introduced diverse economic reforms to pull the country out of economic crisis and to accelerate the rate of growth. These reforms are often described as the New economic policy (NEP) or policy of LPG where L for liberalisation; P for privatisation; G for globalisation. The Congress Government under the Prime Ministership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri P. V. Narasimha Rao, the signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to get the IMF loan in which the IMF had imposed various conditions to get the soft loan which includes pension reforms , which the Indian Government Congress Government had accepted it to reform in a 10 years period .

On the basis of the decision taken in the Eleventh Conference of State Finance Secretaries held in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) during January 2003, a Group was constituted by the RBI in February 2003 to study the pension liabilities of the State Governments and make suitable recommendations.
The "Pension Fund" to be created under the proposed revised schemes should be kept completely outside the States' Consolidated Fund and the Public Account

The pension systems, both for Civil Servants and other citizens, as evolved over the years have begun to show signs of financial stress in many countries, including India. Since the pension benefits of Government employees are usually paid from the general revenue of the Governments, the steep rise in such liabilities adversely affect the fiscal soundness of the Government entities. In India too, the increasing pension liabilities of the Central and State Governments have emerged as a major area of concern, especially in the wake of fiscal deterioration in recent years. About 20% of the state Government funds are spent on pension.

During the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee of NDA was in power from 1998 to 2004 which implemented this agreement of IMF on pension reforms . The NDA Government constituted two committees namely B.K.Bhattacharya committee headed by Shri B.K.Bhattacharya, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka as chairman and under the Chairmanship of Shri Biju Patnaik, Chief Minister of Orissa , both these committees recommended introduction of New Pension Scheme (NPS) & Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh of Congress (UPA) was in power from 2004 to 2014 continued to accept these pension reforms.
The New Pension Scheme (NPS) was announced on December 22, 2003 by the NDA Government, for all new government employees excepting those in the Armed Forces. This brand new system replaces the defined benefit system of pension and this includes GPF. Contributory pension scheme is for entrants who joined after 1st January 2004.

While the NPS is mandatory for the Central government employees, it has potentially a much wider reach. As of March 2007, 19 states which have decided to introduce similar schemes, mandating newly recruited civil servants to mandatorily join the NPS‐type scheme.

The NPS started with the decision of the Government of India to stop defined benefit pensions for all its employees who joined after 1 January 2004. While the scheme was initially designed for government employees only, it was opened up for all citizens of India in 2009. Over 15 lakhs Government employees are currently registered in NPS scheme.

The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) at the Ministry of Finance, notified a new pensions regulator in August 2003, before the NPS commenced operations in January 2004. The PFRDA bill was presented in 2005, and was finally passed in Parliament in 2013.
Let us analyse why Government is adopting the pension reforms:

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1The ratio of retirees to workers is on continuous rise and further by 2030 the 25% of the population (200 million pensioners) will be above 60 years of age.The large number of employees are effected by the New Pension reforms, hence Government should keep it in mind the interest of the large chunk   of employees
2The Pension system shall put enormous financial pressure on the Government and take away funds meant for social cause spending, this will cause a drain on the state of economy.About 80 % of employees are Group "C" workers, the pension amount is ultimately spent by them for their daily needs and money flows into the market and economy will not be effected , secondly Government is a model employer and it has social responsibility towards its employees.
After a decade of existence, there is need to examine the existing NPS and compare the performance of this system to the goals with which it was created.

*One of the key bottlenecks has been the lack of a sound regulatory framework, put in place by an empowered and independent regulator. The PFRDA Bill that had been pending since 2002 was finally passed in 2013. This enables the formal institutionalisation of the PFRDA as the regulator of the NPS. The PFRDA can now take on the task of both the relatively short term agenda of closing the gap between the current NPS and the original design.
*Central government employees can invest in these assets only through their Tier II account which get higher returns on longer period.
  • After the enactment of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Act, 2013, it is not the exclusive liability of the government to pay the pension."
    The Ministry of Finance will oversee and supervise the Pension Funds through a new and independent Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.”
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL PENSION SCHEME?
Each Government employee contributes 10 % of his salary (Basic Pay + DA + DP) to the pension account , which is then matched by a Government contribution of an equal amount .
National Pension Scheme or New Pension scheme is a pension plan offered by the government. Investment in this scheme is via debt and equity market. The invested amount is locked until retirement. At retirement age, you can withdraw 60% of the maturity amount while the balance40% must be invested in annuity. The maturity amount is taxable. The NPS is regulated by the PFRDA and fund management is by designated fund managers from the private and public sector. NPS has the lowest charges.

From our salaries and daily allowance, 10 per cent is cut towards pension and an equal amount is given by the government. This amount is invested into the share markets under the new scheme.
An NPS subscriber can withdraw 25% of his contribution to the corpus for emergencies before retirement. Instead of withdrawing the entire amount at retirement, you can withdraw Rs 25,000, or 25% of your contribution, earlier, without any tax incidence. The remaining Rs 1.75 lakh is withdrawn on retirement.

New Pension Scheme extension of benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity to the Central Government employees covered by New Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)-regarding. All these condition would be equally applicable for grant of gratuity to employees covered under New Pension Scheme.

An individual can claim tax deduction of upto 10 percent of the salary contributed towards NPS under Section 80 C. For those contributing through the corporate scheme, an employee can claim tax deduction on contribution made by the employer, not exceeding 10 percent of his basic salary plus dearness allowance (if any) Under Section 80 CCD (2). This is above the overall limit of Rs.1 lakh offered under Section 80C.

How New Pension Scheme (NPS) is affecting the Government employees.

The New Pension Scheme is highly disadvantageous to the Government employees under the present situation the pension amount is invested into the share markets under the new scheme. If the markets are doing well, the employees will get a good pension if the share market fails no pension is available to them. Under the old system, employees would get a fixed amount as pension that was 50 per cent of their last basic salary. When the salary was hiked, the pension amount too would be revised. Under the present NPS system, there is no security as pensions depend on market conditions. Secondly the NPS is highly disadvantageous if the length of the Government service is less if a employee serves for 20 years, he draws a pension of about Rs 3,000/- to Rs 5,000/ only. If he completes 33 years of service he draws about Rs 12,000/- to Rs 15,000/- compared to Rs 15,000/- to Rs 20,000/- in the old pension system, this new pension system needs a deep study and its minimum pension should be at least 50% of the last pay drawn. It is upto the Government how and where the money is invested, but a minimum guarantee of 50% of the last pay drawn should be assured by the Government to the employee.

Under New Pension Scheme is in reality much steeper than what the quantum of pension would indicate the differential treatment for those retiring under Old Pension scheme and New Pension Scheme, would be according differential treatment to pensioners who form a class irrespective of the type of retirement and, therefore, would be violate of Art. 14. It was also contended that classification based on fortuitous circumstance of retirement in old or New Pension Scheme, fixing of which is not shown to be related to any rational principle, would be equally violate of Art. 14.

Pension Scheme around the Globe : The USA, Canada, United Kingdom, China , Germany etc. Governments have a scheme of a Defined Benefit (DB) pension is where you receive a specific amount of pay out that is guaranteed by employer, regardless of how their pension investment performs. Your defined benefit amount depends on how much is paid into the plan and your years of service with that employer.

CONCLUSION:The Indian Government should also have a similar Defined Benefit (DB) pension scheme like other major countries in the world have, as many state Governments are re thinking on the New Pension Scheme, hence this New Pension Scheme should be remodelled to suit the Government employees. The Government should take up more social responsibilities of protecting its employees.
We request the government to reintroduce the old pension system. For this a greater movement should take place amongst the New Pension Scheme employees forcing Central Government to rethink the new pension policy adopted after 2004.
P.S.Prasad
Working President
COC Karnataka
Source: http://karnatakacoc.blogspot.com/

Grant of Non Functional Grade Pay Rs. 5400 to Inspectors under ACP/MACP Scheme - CBDT

Grant of Non Functional Grade Pay Rs. 5400 to Inspectors under ACP/MACP Scheme - CBDT Orders dated on 6.12.2018

OA No.1707/2016 filed by Shri R.K.Tripathi & Ors. Vs. UOI & Ors. before Hobble CAT PB, New Delhi - for grant of non-functional Grade Pay of Rs.5400/- in PB-2 to those Inspectors who were granted Grade Pay of Rs.4800/- due to ACP / MACP Scheme
Most Immediate
Court Matter
By FAX/Speed post
F.No.A-23011/62/2016-Ad.IIA
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
North Block,New Delhi.
Dated 6th December,2018
To,
Director General
Directorate of Human Resource Development(HRM),
Customs & Central Excise,507,Deep Shikha,
Rajendra Place,New Delhi-110 008

Subject: OA No. 1707/2016 filed by Shri R.K. Tripathi & Ors before Hon'ble CAT PB,New Delhi for grant of non-functional Grade pay of Rs. 5400/- in PB-2 to those Inspectors who were granted Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/-due to ACP/MACP Scheme

Sir,

I am directed to say that as per extant instructions,non functional Grade pay of Rs.5400 in PB-2 (per-revised) is granted to those Superintendents/ Appraisers who have completed 4 years who was granted Grade pay of Rs. 4800/- Shri M.Subramaniam,the then Inspector who was granted Grade pay of Rs. 4800/-due to ACP scheme, got favorable judgment from the Hon'ble Supreme Court.Review Petition in the said case was also dismissed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court.

2.Consequent upon dismissal of Civil Appeal No.8883/2011 and Review Petition in Civil Appeal filed by UOI by Hon’ble Supreme Court,the judgement of Hon'ble High Court of Madras in M. Subramaniam has been implemented in consulation with D/o Expenditure.

3.Keeping in view a number of similar court cases in different Benches of CAT/Court being decided by CAT/High Court, in favour of petitioners,the matter was examined in the Board and a proposal was referred to D/o Expenditure tp consider extension of the direction of the Hon'ble Court in M.Subramaniam,to all similarly placed officers.Deptt.Of Expenditure vide note dated 12.11.2018 examined the matterand sought following clarifications:-

(i) How many individuals of which posts have been allowed the benefit so far?
(ii) How many similarly placed persons are to be covered in the benefit?
(iii) Whether the similarly placed persons are holder of the same post which was held by the individuals covered in the SLP?
(iv) The financial implications on the befit already allowed and the estimated financial implication on the similarly placed employees?

4.The details sought by D/o Expenditure vide note dated 12.11.2108 needs to be compiled from the Zonal Commissionerates. You are requested to kindly obtain the details/information on the points mentioned above from Zonal Commissionerate, compile it and furnish the same to the Board for taking up the matter with D/o Expenditure. Since a number of court cases are pending in CAT/High Court, it is requested to expedite this exercise and detail/information be made available to the Board, by 20.12.2018.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(M.K.Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Source: Confederation

Effective rate of tax and credit available to the builders for payment of tax are summarized in the table for pre-GST and GST regime

Ministry of Finance

Effective tax rate on complex, building, flat etc.

08 DEC 2018
It is brought to the notice of buyers of constructed property that there is no GST on sale of complex/ building and ready to move-in flats where sale takes place after issue of completion certificate by the competent authority. GST is applicable on sale of under construction property or ready to move-in flats where completion certificate has not been issued at the time of sale.

Effective rate of tax and credit available to the builders for payment of tax are summarized in the table for pre-GST and GST regime.

PeriodOutput Tax RateInput Tax Credit detailsEffective Rate of Tax
Pre- GSTService Tax: 4.5%VAT: 1% to 5%
(composition scheme)
Central Excise on most of the construction materials: 12.5%VAT: 12.5 to 14.5%
Entry Tax: Yes
No input tax credit (ITC) of VAT and Central Excise duty paid on inputs was available to the builder for payment of output tax, hence it got embedded in the value of properties. Considering that goods constitute approximately 45% of the value, embedded ITC was approximately 10- 12%.Effective pre-GST tax incidence: 15- 18%
GSTAffordable housing segment: 8%,
Other segment: 12% after 1/3rd abatement of value of land
Major construction materials, capital goods and input services used for construction of flats, houses, etc. attract GST of 18% or more.ITC available and weighted average of ITC incidence is approximately 8 to10%.Effective GST incidence, for affordable segment and for other segment has not increased as compared to pre- GST regime.

Housing projects in the affordable segment such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Rajiv Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or any other housing scheme of State Government etc., attract GST of 8%. For such projects, after offsetting input tax credit, the builder or developer in most cases will not be required to pay GST in cash as the builder would have enough ITC in his books of account to pay the output GST.

For projects other than affordable segment, it is expected that the cost of the complex/ buildings/ flats would not have gone up due to implementation of GST. Builders are also required to pass on the benefits of lower tax burden to the buyers of property by way of reduced prices/ installments, where effective tax rate has been down.

PIB

DoPT: Filling up of unfilled vacancies in various grades of CSSS in regional offices of Staff Selection Commission

DoPT: Filling up of unfilled vacancies in various grades of CSSS in regional offices of Staff Selection Commission
TIME BOUND
No,25/11/2015-CS-II(C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated 07th Dec, 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Filling up of unfilled vacancies in various grades of CSSS in regional offices of Staff Selection Commission - reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even number dated 06,09,2017 on the above mentioned subject and to say that at present the following posts of PAs & Stenos Grade 'D' of CSSS and SSA of CSCS at Regional Offices of SSC, are proposed to be filled upon transfer basis :

S.No.Regional office of SSCName of PostVacancies
1.SSC(WR), Mumbai(i) PA01
(ii) Steno D01
(iii) SSA01
2.SSC(ER), Kolkata(i) Steno D01
3.SSC(NER), Guwahati(i) PA01
(ii) Steno D01

2, It is requested to give vide publicity to this OM within the Ministries/Departments of CSSS and forward the applications of willing officials for the above mentioned posts of Personal Assistant and Stenographers Grade 'D' of CSSS and SSA of CSCS at regional offices of SSC along with their Personal particulars in the enclosed proforma not later than 21.12.2018 to this Department for being considered for the aforesaid posts.

3. Before sending the particulars, it may be ensured that the web based data in respect of the official(s) are updated.
Encl: As above
(Preeti Khanna)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
To
Under Secretary (Admn,) of all cadre units of CSSS/CSCS with a request to give wide publicity among eligible staff members.

BIO·DATA

1. NAME:
2. DESIGNATION:
3. CSL No.:
4. DATE OF BIRTH:
5. PRESENT MINISTRY/DEPARTMENT:
6. PERSONAL CONTACT NUMBER:
7. EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
8. EXPERIENCE (INCLUDING DEPUTATION DETAILS) :
S.No.GradeMinistry/DepartmentFromToAttached With
9. MEDIUM
10. Reasons for seeking outstation post:
DATE:
(Signature of the applicant)
Source: DoPT

List of BSNL Holidays 2019 in Tamil Nadu Circle

List of BSNL Holidays 2019 in Tamil Nadu Circle

List of Closed and Restricted Holidays for the Administrative and Operative Offices of BSNL Tamil Nadu Circle for the year 2019
List of BSNL Holidays 2019 in Tamil Nadu Circle
HolidayDateDay
1.Pongal (Additional Holiday)15.01.2019 Tuesday
2. Republic Day26.01.2019 Saturday
3. Maha Sivarathri (Additional Holiday)04.03.2019Monday
4. Mahavir Jayanthi17.04.2019Wednesday
5. Good Friday19.04.2019Friday
6. Buddha Prunima18.05.2019Saturday
7. Idu'l Fitr05.06.2019Wednesday
8. Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)12.08.2019Monday
9. Independence Day10.09.2019Thursday
10. Vinayaka Chaturthi (Additional Holiday)02.09.2019Monday
11.Muharram10.09.2019Tuesday
12. Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday02.10.2019Wednesday
13. Dussehra08.10.2019Tuesday
14. Diwali27.10.2019Sunday
15. Milad-Un-Nabi10.11.2019Sunday
16.Gurunanak's Birthday12.11.2019Tuesday
17. Christmas Day25.12.2019Wednesday

Friday, December 7, 2018

Cadre Restructuring of Group 'C' employees in Department of Posts Clarification

Cadre Restructuring of Group 'C' employees in Department of Posts Clarification
No. 25-04/2012-PE-I (Vol.III)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(PE-l Section)
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110001
Dated: 05th December, 2018
To,
All Chief Postmasters General/Postmasters General.

Subject: Cadre Restructuring of Group 'C' employees in Department of Posts Clarification - reg.

Sir/Madam,

Kindly refer to this office letter of even number dated 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 27.05.2016, on the subject mentioned above, wherein it was instructed that "these instructions will be effective from the date of issue of the orders. The actual benefit would, however, be admissible to the eligible officials from the date of actual promotion"

2. However, vide this office letter of even number dated 10.11.2017, in para 4.5, it was clarified that “the promotion will be effective from the date of issue of the original order dated 27.05.2016 as per existing instructions on the subject. It will be applicable to all eligible officials including those who were in service but now retired”.

3. In this regard, this is to clarify further that these LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I and HSG-I (NFG) posts will be deemed to have been upgraded to these grades only w.e.f. the dates they are filled up, i.e. from the date the promoted official assumes the charge. Otherwise, the post will remain in the lower grade.

4. Hence, the instruction issued vide para 4.5 of letter dated 10.11.2017 stands modified accordingly.

5. Further, clarification issued vide this office letter of even number dated 16.03.2018, w.r.t. the issue raised by J & K Circle at para 4(b) and by N E Circle at para 8 stands modified as per para 3 above.

6. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
Yours faithfully,
(Tarun Mittal)
Asstt. Director General (Pen.)/LO-PE-I
Tele: 011-2304 4822

National Pension Scheme: Good News for central government employees! Government contribution to NPS to rise to 14% of basic salary

National Pension Scheme: Good News for central government employees! 

Government contribution to NPS to rise to 14% of basic salary

In a bonanza for government employees, the Cabinet Thursday raised the government's contribution to National Pension Scheme (NPS) to 14 per cent of basic salary from the current 10 per cent, sources said. Minimum employee contribution will, however, remain at 10 per cent. The Cabinet also approved tax incentives under 80C of the Income Tax Act for employees’ contribution to the extent of 10 per cent, they added. Presently, the government and employees contribute 10 per cent of basic salary each to NPS.

While the minimum employee contribution remains at 10 per cent, the government contribution has been increased from 10 per cent to 14 per cent. The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also allowed government employees to commute 60 per cent of the fund accumulated at the time of retirement, up from 40 per cent at present. Also, employees will have the option to invest in either fixed income instruments or equities, sources said.

As per the Cabinet decision, if the employee decides not to commute any portion of the accumulated fund in NPS at the time of retirement and transfers 100 per cent to annuity scheme, then his pension would be more than 50 per cent of his last drawn pay, sources said. The government did not announce the decision in view of the ensuing polls in Rajasthan Friday. While the government is yet to decide on the date of notification of the new scheme, sources said such changes usually come into effect from the beginning of a financing year, meaning April 1, 2019. This formula for changes in the NPS was worked out by the Finance Ministry based on the recommendation of a government-appointed committee.

Source: www.centralgovernmentnews.com

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Deferring of “Work To Rule”, scheduled from 11th December, 2018

Deferring of “Work To Rule”, scheduled from 11th December, 2018
We have already briefed you regarding our discussions held with the Member Staff, Railway Board, and other officials of the Railway Board, on 4th December, 2018, brief of the discussions held on 4th and 5th December, 2018, is also enclosed herewith..
AIRF
All India Railwaymen's Federation
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: December 4, 2018
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,

Sub: Deferring of "Work To Rule", scheduled from 11th December, 2018

We have already briefed you regarding our discussions held with the Member Staff, Railway Board, and other officials of the Railway Board, on 4th December, 2018, brief of the discussions held on 4th and 5th December, 2018, is also enclosed herewith:-

The Member Staff, Railway Board, had persistently requested us and also sent us a communication (Railway Board's letter No.2018/E(LR)II/NM 1-9 dated 05.12.2018) in writing that the items raised by AIRF are under very active consideration of the Railway Board, but need some time, therefore, we should withdraw our call of "Work To Rule", scheduled from 11th December, 2018.

After prolonged discussions, between the Railway Board as well as with the Zonal General Secretaries, and in consultation with the President AIRF, it has been decided that, the proposed call of "Work To Rule", scheduled from 11th December, 2018, should be deferred for the time being and we should wait for some time for the outcome of the assurances given by the Railway Board.

I know that, all of you had worked round-the-clock for mobilizing the Railwaymen to prepare them for “Work To Rule”. Now, it has become more important to reach each and every Railwayman for thanking them for creating the tempo as well as we should also inform them about the assurances given by the Railway Board, based on the brief of 4-5 December, 2018, sent to you.
With lots of greetings,

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: AIRF

DoPT: Level 13 in Pay Matrix - Internal Financial Adviser Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)

DoPT: Level 13 in Pay Matrix - Internal Financial Adviser Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
No.22/1/2018-EO (MM-II)
Government Of India
Ministry Of personnel, Public Grievances & pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated, 5th December, 2018

Subject: Filling up the post of Internal Financial Adviser (Level 13) at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai.

This is regarding filling up the post of Internal Financial Adviser (Level 13 in the Pay Matrix) at Bhabha Atomic Research Centra (BARC) Mumbai under the Department Of Atomic Energy on deputation basis, The applications were invited for the post vide circular of even number dated 31.10 2018(copy enclosed). The last date for submission cf application was 30.11 2018.

2. It has been decided to further extend the lest for submission Of application till 04.01.2019.

3. This may be brought to the notice Of all concerned and the application(s) of the eligible candidate(s) may please be forwarded accordingly.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(J.Srivivasan)
Director (MM)
Source: DoPT

ESIC: Recruitment of Around 5200 Various Posts in ESIC Under Way

Ministry of Labour & Employment
ESIC to Allow Non - IPs to Avail Medical Services from its Underutilized Hospitals
Recruitment of Around 5200 Various Posts in ESIC Under Way
06 DEC
The ESI Corporation during its 176th meeting held on 05.12.18 under the Chairmanship of Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Labour & Employment (I/C) has taken some very important decisions towards improvements in its service delivery mechanism.

In the meeting, It was decided to allow Non-IPs (Non Insured Persons) to avail medical services from underutilized ESIC Hospitals after levying User Charges at a subsidized cost of Rs. 10/- for OPD Consultation, at 25% of CGHS package rates for admitted patients and to provide medicines on actual rate initially for one year on pilot basis. It will immensely help common people get the quality medical care at very low cost. Besides, it will ensure full utilization of resources of hospital for people’s cause.

Recruitment to the 5200 posts in various categories like Social Security Officer, Insurance Medical Officer Grade-II, Junior Engineers, Teaching Faculty, Paramedical & Nursing Cadre, UDC and Steno etc. in ESIC is under process.

To meet the shortage of specialist/super specialist doctors in some of the ESIC Hospitals, the ESIC approved for hiring of full time contractual specialists/super specialists in the department of Anaesthesia, Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Gyne, Ortho, Cardiology, Nephrology and Medical Oncology after inviting open tender.

Keeping in view the rise in the National Floor Level Minimum Wages to Rs. 176/-, it was decided in the meeting to Enhance the exemption limit for payment of employees’ share of contribution from Rs. 137 to Rs. 176.

Shri Heera Lal Samaria, Secretary, Labour & Employment, Sh. Raj Kumar, Director General, ESIC, ESIC representatives of Employees and Employers and ESI Corporation Members, representatives of state govts. and senior officers of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.

PIB

Extension of retirement age of Doctors- Travel Entitlements

Extension of retirement age of Doctors- Travel Entitlements: Railway Board RBE No. 184/2018

Government of India / भारत सरकार
Ministry of Railways / रेल मंत्रालय
(Railway/Board). (रेलवे बोर्ड)
RBE No. 184/2018
No. F(E)I/2018/AL-28/72
New Delhi, dated 30.11.2018
The General Managers,
All Indian Railways etc.
(As per Standard Mailing List)

Sub: Extension of retirement age of Doctors- Travel Entitlements reg.
In terms of Board's letter No. E(P&A)1-2016/RT~16, dated 20/09/2018 & 17/10/2018, doctors belonging to IRMS and Dental Doctors-under the Ministry of Railways has been provided opportunity to serve the Government upto 65 years under certain conditions on their exercising the option of posting to a clinical post.

In this connection, it has been decided that those doctors belonging to IRMS and Dental Doctors under the Ministry of Railways who transferred to clinical duties on attaining the age of 62 years will carry their travel entitlements in the same manner as it was prior to such extension.
Sd/-
(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance (Estt.),
Railway Board.
No. F(E)1/2018/AL-28/72
New Delhi, dated 30.11.2018
Copy to Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General of India (Railways), Room No.222, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi (40 spares).
for Financial Commissioner/Railways.
No.F(E)1/2018/AL-28/72
New Delhi, dated 30 11.2018.
Copy forwarded to Principal Financial Adviser, All Indian Railways, Production Units etc.
Sd/-
(Jitendra Kumar)
Dy. Director Finance.(Estt),
Railway Board.
Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

DoPT: The Fundamental (Amendment) Rules, 2018 - Amendment in FR 22(I)(a)(1)

DoPT: The Fundamental Amendment Rules 2018 - Amendment in FR 22(I)(a)(1)
amendment-rules-dopt

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

New Delhi, the 19th November, 2018 

G.S.R.370.- In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 and clause(5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Fundamental Rules. 1922, namely:-
1. (1) These rules maybe called the Fundamental (Amendment) Rules, 2018.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Fundamental Rules. 1922, in rule 22. in sub-rule (1), in clause (a). for sub-clause (I). the following sub-clause shall be substituted, namely:-

"(1) where a Government servant holding a post, other than a tenure post, in a substantive or temporary or officiating capacity is promoted or appointed in a substantive. temporary or officiating capacity, as the case may be, subject to the fulfillment of the eligibility conditions as prescribed in the relevant Recruitment Rules, to another post carrying duties and responsibilities of greater importance than those attaching to the post held by him, his initial pay in the time-scale shall be fixed by giving one increment in the level from which the Government servant is promoted and he or she shall be placed at a cell equal to the figure so arrived at in the level of the post to which promoted or appointed and if no such cell is available in the level to which promoted or appointed, he shall be placed at the next higher cell in that level.

Save in cases of appointment on deputation to an ex cadre post. or to a post on ad hoc basis or on direct recruitment basis, the Government servant shall have the option, to be exercised within one month from the date of promotion or appointment, as the case may be, to have the pay fixed under this rule from the date of such promotion or appointment or to have the pay fixed initially at the next higher cell in the level of the post to which he or she is promoted on regular basis and subsequently, on the date of accrual of next increment in the level of the post from which Government Servant is promoted, his pay shall be re-fixed and two increments (one accrued on account of annual Increment and the second accrued on account of promotion) shall be granted in the level from which the Government Servant is promoted and he or she shall be placed. at a cell equal to the figure so arrived, in the level of the post to which he or she is promoted; and if no such cell is available in the level to which he or she is promoted, he or she shall be placed at the next higher cell in that level.

In cases where an ad hoc promotion is followed by regular appointment without break, the option is admissible from the date of initial appointment or promotion. to he exercised within one month from the date of such regular appointment.

In cases where an officer has retired as ad hoc before being regularised to that post and later on has been assessed during the process of regularisation and found fit by the competent authority along with his or her juniors, who are still in service and are eligible to avail of the option facility from a date on which the retired employee was still in service, the same option facility shall also be extended to the retired employee, to be exercised within three months from the date when his or her junior became eligible to avail of option facility and in cases where such retired employee was
himself the junior most, he or she may exercise the option facility within three months from the date when his or her immediate senior became eligible to avail of option facility:

Provided that where a Government servant is immediately before his promotion or appointment on  regular basis to a higher post, drawing pay at the maximum of the level of the lower post, his initial pay in the level of the higher post shall be fixed at the cell equal to the figure so arrived at in the level of the post to which promoted or appointed by increasing his pay in respect of the lower post held by him on regular basis by an amount equal to the last increment in the level of the lower post and if no such cell is available in the level to which he is promoted or appointed, he shall be placed at the next higher cell in that level."

[F.No. 13/1/20 17-Estt.(Pay-I)]
RAJEEV BAHREE, Under Secy.

Note: The Fundamental Rules came into force from 1st January, 1922 and these rules were amended earlier as per  details below:-
1. Ministry of Finance Notification No.2(9)-E.III/61 dated 01.02.1963;
2. Ministry of Finance Notification No.1(1 )-E.III(A)/65 dated 20.02.1965;
3. Ministry of Finance Notification No. l(25)-E.IlI(a)/64 dated 30.11.1965;
4. Ministry of Finance Notification No. F.1(25)-E.ITT(A)/64 dated 01.10.1966;
5. Ministry of Finance Notification No. I (3)-E.TTI(a)/64-Pt.1I dated 18.07.1967;
6. Ministry of Finance Notification No. I (6)-E.TII(A)/68 dated 26.04.1968;
7. Ministry of Finance Notification No. l(25)-E.IIJ(A)/64 dated 27.05.1970;
8. Ministry of Finance Notification No. 18(13)-E.IV(A)/70 dated 29.01.1971;
9. Ministry of Finance Notification No. l(9)-E.1II(A)/74 dated 30.10.1974;
10. Ministry of Home Affairs Notification No. l(6)-P.U.1179 dated 23.11.1979;
11. Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms Notification No. F. I (8)-P.U.T/80 dated 29.01.1981;
12. Ministry of Home Affairs Notification No. l/9/79-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 06.10.1983;
13. Ministry of Home Affairs Notification No.1 3/5/84-Estt.(Pay-T) dated I 7.08.1984;
14. Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. I3/5/84-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 24.09.1985;
15. Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. Il/I /85-Estt.(Pay-t) dated 24.04.1986; and
16. Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. I / I 0/89-Estt.(Pay-I) dated 30.08.1989.


Source: DoPT

Amendment in Part-V of schedule to CCS (CCA) Rules 1965-Appointing Authority Disciplinary Authority in respect of Group B and C post in the Ordnance Factories and Other units under OFB

Disciplinary Authority for 'B' and 'C' Group - INDWF
Disciplinary authority in respect of Group 'B' and 'C' post in Ordnance Factories
INTUC
INDIAN NATINOAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
R.Srinivasan
General Secretary
INDWF/Circular/028/2018 Date:04.12.2018
To
ALL Affiliated unions of INDWF
Ordnance and Ordnance Equipment factories

Sub: Amendment in Part-V of schedule to CCS (CCA) Rules 1965-Appointing Authority Disciplinary Authority in respect of Group B and C post in the Ordnance Factories and Other units under OFB-reg

Ref:1. MoD(D-Estt) (NG)Id No.50(23)/2013D(EStt)NG Dated 29.11.2018
2.OFB letter No.3977/BM/Per/DISC Dated 03.11.2018

Dear Colleagues,
After 6th CPC,the employees who are granted Rs.4200/- Grade Pay have been classified as Group 'B' Industrial and Non-Gazetted by DOP&T. Though these categories of employees have been appointed by the Sr. General Managers/General Managers of Heads of the establishments but disciplinary powers in respect of Group 'B' and 'C' Civil posts have been authorised to Chairman OFB.

The issue of delegation of powers to Sr.GM/GM of the respective factoris was discussed in JCM III and the same was taken up by OFB to MoD and DOP&T. Now it has been approved by amending the Part V schedule to CCS(CCA) Rules 1995 delegating the powers to the appointing authority in respect of dealing the disciplinary cases of Group 'B' Non-gazetted and Non-Industrial and Industrial employees drawing the Grade pay of Rs.4200/- and below. In respect of Group 'B' Gazetted officials will be concerned by ADCOF.

This is submitted for information of all the unions.
Yours Sincerely,
sd/-
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary
Source: INDWF

7th CPC Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers

7th CPC Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers.

7th CPC Military Service Pay (MSP)

Govt Rejects Main Demand

7th CPC Military Service Pay (MSP) - Govt Rejects Main Demand

Central Government has rejected the main demand for higher Military Service Pay for Junior Commissioned Officers.

As per the media news today, the Army Headquarters was very upset over the decision of the Finace Ministry. Around 1.12 lakh military personnel including 87,646 Junior Commissioned Officers and 25,434 personnel of equivalent rank from the Navy and the India Air Force will be impacted by the decision.

The Defence Force Personnel, particularly the JCOs in Army, demanded to increase the MSP from Rs.5500 to Rs.10000. Earlier the 7th Central Pay Commission has recommended MSP Rs.5200 to JCOs.(Table shown the rates of MSP recommended by 7th CPC)

7th Central Pay Commission has applied a common multiplication factor of 2.57 on MSP of JCOs and ORs. As per methodology, the MSP has been raised to Rs.5200 pm from Rs.2000 pm.
The long pending demand on MSP that the commission forgot to consider that both JOCs and Equivalents are also Group 'B' Officers.

Whereas, the Group 'B' officers in Military Nursing Service, MSP had been fixed Rs.10800 pm. All JCOs and ORs (Combatants) demanded to raise the MSP to Rs.10000 pm at par with MNS Officers.
The 7th CPC recommended the rates of MSP was as follows:

DesignationExisting Rate of MSPRecommended by 7th CPC
Service Officers600015500
Nursing Officers420010800
JCO / ORs20005200
Non Combatants (Enrolled) in the Air Force10003600

MSP will continue to be reckoned as Basic Pay for purposes of Dearness Allowance, as also in the computation of pension. Military Service Pay will however not be counted for purposes of House Rent Allowance, Composite Transfer Grant and Annual Increment.

The Military Service Pay, which is a compensation for the various aspects e.g., intangibles linked to special conditions of service, conducting full spectrum operation including force projection outside India's boundaries, superannuation at a younger age and for the edge historically enjoyed by the Defence Forces over the civilian scales, will be admissible to the Defence forces personnel only.

Brief of the meeting held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the important issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board

Trackmen structure, Running Allowance, LARSGESS, Bonus, Post upgradation etc.: Issues discussed in the meeting held on 4th Dec 18 with Member Staff/Railway Board.

A meeting was held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the vital issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board, wherein the following deliberations took place.

A.I.R.F.
All India Railwaymen's Federation
No.AIRF/24(C)
Dated: December 4, 2018
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,
Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the important issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board

A meeting was held today with the Member Staff, Railway Board, to discuss the vital issues raised by AIRF with the Railway Board, wherein the following deliberations took place:-

Implementation of four grade structure, in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, in the case of Trackmen/ Track Maintainers - Member Staff informed that, four grade structure, in the ratio of 10:20:20:50, is approved by the Full Board, and the file was put-up to Hon'ble MR for his approval. Hon'ble MR wanted certain clarifications from the Engineering Directorate, and the same was submitted by the said Directorate. This will be finalized after arrival of Hon'ble MR who is busy in the state elections.
Revision of the rates of Running Allowance and other Allowances related to Running Staff - After lengthy discussions; the Member Staff informed that, the file is put-up to Hon'ble MR for his approval, and after his approval, the file would be sent to the MoF. The Member Staff further informed that, the matter is vigorously pursued by him with the MoF.

Continuance of the LARSGESS - The Official Side informed that, after consultation with the Solicitor General, original scheme would be implemented after submitting it to the court. The court has given time for submitting the final result.

Advancement of prospects of the staff working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800 and GP Rs.4600 - After prolonged discussion, the Member Staff agreed that, there is stagnation of the staff working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800. Federation (AIRF) pointed out that, due to various surrenders in Grade III Technicians as well as other cadres, the present incumbents working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800 are not getting promotions. Due to direct recruitment in GP Rs.4600, people are not having any promotional prospects as there are no grades in GP Rs.4800 and GP Rs.5400. Federation(AIRF) wanted that, as was done on previous occasion, 50% of Direct Recruitment vacancies should be thrown open for promotion for the staff working in erstwhile GP Rs.1800, and also GP Rs.4800 and GP Rs.5400 SSEs and Sr. Supervisors should be made Gazetted.

Non-revision of rates of Incentive Bonus/Bonus Factor and PCO Allowance paid to Technical Staff and Supervisors of the PUs and Maintenance Workshops - The Committee appointed by the Railway Board is expected to submit its report within a month's time, and then only; the item will be finalized.
Upgradation of the Apex level of Group 'C' to Group 'B' - AIRF insisted that, powers are vested with the Railway Board to grant upgradation for the apex grade Supervisors to Group 'B'. This was also confirmed by the Finance Secretary(Exp.) on the previous occasion, and the minutes of the said meeting given to the Railway Board. In spite of that, the matter is dragged by the Railway Board by sending proposal to the MoF. The Federation(AIRF) insisted that, decision should be taken at the Railway Board level itself. Member Staff directed the AM(S) to put-up all the particulars, including minutes of the Cabinet Secretary, for taking a decision. The Federation(AIRF) insisted that, as per the Act and Codal Provisions as well as Business Rules, the powers are vested in the Railway Ministry and they should not run to the DoP&T and MoF.

Regularization of the Act Apprentices in Railways - AIRF demanded that, all the Act Apprentices imparted training in the Railways should be absorbed in the Railways. It was explained to the Member Staff that the orders were available previously, but unfortunately, Board have issued orders and implemented the orders with back date, depriving the Act Apprentices from the absorption in the Railways. The Federation demanded that, new Apprentices Act, passed by the Parliament, has given full powers to decide procedure for absorption of these Act Apprentices. Federation demanded that, Screening Type system should be adopted for absorption of the Act Apprentices. Member Staff agreed to study the problem after finalization of the present RRC examination.

It is worth-mentioning here that, there will also be another round of discussions with the Member Staff, Railway Board, tomorrow, i.e. on 5th December, 2018, and the outcome of the said meeting shall also be communicated to all of you.
With Fraternal Greetings,
Yours faithfully,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source: www.airfindia.org

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

UFBU meeting All India Strike - Talks with IBA on wage revision - Offer increased to 8%

UFBU meeting All India Strike - Talks with IBA on wage revision - Offer increased to 8%

CIRCULAR NO. 31
Date: 30.11.2018
TO ALL AFFILIATES & MEMBERS
Dear Comrades,
  • Talks with IBA on wage revision - Offer increased to 8%
  • UFBU meeting - Call given for All India Strike on 26th 2018 against amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank.
We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. UFBU/2018/20 Dated the 30th November 2018 issued by Com. Sanjeev K. Bandlish, Convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), for information of all affiliates and members.
With revolutionary greetings,
Yours sincerely,
(SANJEEV K. BANDLISH)
GENERAL SECRETARY

"After the last round of discussions held on 12-10-2018, there was another round of Bipartite Talks between IBA and UFBU today in Mumbai. IBA team was led by Shri Rajkiran Rai G. (MD & CEO of Union Bank of India) Chairman of the Negotiating Committee of IBA. UFBU was represented by leaders of all the nine constituent unions.

IBA's increased offer: Picking up the thread from the discussions of the last round of discussions wherein we had urged upon the IBA to improve their offer of 6% hike in the cost of pay slip components, IBA today revised their offer and increased their offer to 8% instead of 6% offered earlier. IBA also reiterated their formula of further wage increase based on their proposal linked to annual increase in Operating Profit and on Return on Assets of the Banks. While welcoming their improved offer, we stated that differential wage increase based profits of each Bank is not acceptable to us and that the wage revision in the Banks should be uniform as has been hitherto. We also further stated that their revised offer is far below our expectations. Hence, we urged upon the IBA to further revise their offer substantially to an acceptable level. We further stated that the issue of full mandate i.e. wage revision for Officers to cover all Officers upto Scale-VII should also be resolved. IBA expressed their limitations in this regard but we insisted them to find an amicable solution to this important issue.

We have requested the IBA to hold further discussions at the earliest and also hold Sub Committee meeting to sort out other remaining issues raised by us in the Charter of Demands. IBA agreed to this suggestion.

UFBU MEETING: Thereafter, meeting of the UFBU was held at AIBEA Office. While taking note of the improved offer of IBA, the meeting expressed its disappointment that the revised offer is totally inadequate to meet our expectations and further noted with concern the attitude of the IBA in not coming forward to resolve the mandate issue. The meeting decided to pursue these issues vigorously.

WE OPPOSE MERGER AND AMALGAMATION OF THE 3 BANKS - ALL INDIA STRIKE ON 26-12-2018: Regarding the proposed amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the meeting noted that the Government and the concerned Banks were moving ahead with their decision and hence it was decided to give the call for observing All India Strike on 26th December, 2018.

Separate circular with other preparatory programmes will be issued shortly. We call upon all our constituent unions and members to start preparations for this strike action.

Comrades, we are passing through challenging times and hence our unity and united approach will be highly imperative to face these challenges and attacks."

NCBE Cir. 31

Non-Grant of Revised Pension (7th CPC) to Pre-2016 Retirees

Non-Grant of Revised Pension (7th CPC) to Pre-2016 Retirees
NFIR
National Federation of India Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055
No.II/35/2018
Dated: 16/11/2018
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Non-grant of revised pension 7th CPC to pre-2016 retirees - reg.
Ref: NFIR’s letter No. II/35/20l8 dated 08/09/2018

In view of difficulties faced for revision of pension (w.e.f. 01/01/2016 -7th CPC) of retired Running Staff consequent upon non-reckoning of 55% add on pay element to retired Running Staff, 30% add on pay element for retired Loco inspectors (pre-2016) and non-reckoning of 'Charge Allowance' granted to JA Grade Officers (worked on adhoc basis and retired) which is counted as pay for all purposes as per extant instructions, NFIR vide its letter dated 08/09/2018 requested the Railway Board to make adequate provisions in the ARPAN software to enable the zonal Railways tb redress the grievances of retired staff.

Along with its communication dated 08/09/2018, Federation also enclosed copies of Western Railway and Sourh Central Railway's letters dated 06/07/2018 & 10/08/2018 wherein specific difficulties/problems faced by the zonal Railways were highlighted’ Federation feels disappointed that though a period of more than two months passed, neither.rectification in the software ARPAN has bleen don. no, Federation apprised of steps taken to mitigate problem.

While enclosing copy of Federation's letter dated 08/0912018 (together with enclosures), NFIR once again requested Railway Board to kindly intervene to see that rectification in the software is ensured soon. Federation may please be apprised of the action taken in the matter.
Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

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