Monday, June 24, 2019

Government proposes to increase the minimum pension for EPF pensioners?

Government proposes to increase the minimum pension for EPF pensioners?
EPFO


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO: 23
ANSWERED ON: 24.06.2019

EPF Pension

N.K. Premachandran
Will the Minister of

LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the Government has received report from the Committee appointed for study of the issues of EPF pensioners and if so, the details thereof;
(b)the details of the recommendations of the said Committee;
(c)whether the Government has initiated action for implementation of the recommendations of the said Committee and if so, the details thereof;
(d)whether the Government proposes to increase the minimum pension for EPF pensioners and if so, the details thereof; and
(e)whether the Government also proposes to stop the realisation of amount from the pension on account of commutation of pension after realising the commuted amount and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)

(a) to (e): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 23 TO BE ANSWERED ON 24.06.2019 BY
SHRI N.K. PREMACHANDRAN REGARDING EPF PENSION.

(a) & (b): Yes, Sir. The Committee appointed for Evaluation and Review of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995, headed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment has submitted the report on 21st December, 2018. The report inter-alia has given observations/ recommendations on the following issues:
  • Increase of Minimum Monthly Member Pension
  • Period over which the Average Pensionable Salary is calculated
  • Restoration of commuted value of pension
  • Re-introduction of the provision for commutation of pension
  • Restoration of the provision of Return of Capital
  • Linking the monthly pension with cost of living index
  • Issues of payment of pension on higher/actual wages to employees of exempted establishments.

As far as pension on higher wages is concerned, the issue is sub-judice.

(c): The consultation process on the recommendations/observations on the Committee’s report has been initiated with Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Central Board of Trustees (CBT). CBT is a tripartite body representing trade unions, employers besides representatives of Central and State Governments.

(d): The decision on increase of minimum pension for EPF is dependent on the outcome of the consultation process and has impact on Budgetary resources of the Government as the Committee has recommended that increase in pension has to come from the Budgetary resources.

(e): No decision has been taken to restore the commuted value of pension, as it has implications on sustainability of the funds under Employees’ Pension Scheme, maintained by EPFO.

Source: LOK SABHA

Defence: Vacancy in the Army

Defence

Vacancy in the Army

Ministry of Defence
24 JUNE
The total posts vacant in the Army as on 01.01.2019 are 45,634, including 7,399 posts which are above the rank of Second Lieutenant. Recruitment in the Army is a continuous process and vacancies occur due to various reasons like accretions of posts from time to time, tough selection procedures, difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk involved in the service career as also inherent limitation of number that could be trained without compromising the quality of training. Vacancies are filled progressively through recruits who complete training.

Publicity expenditure for recruitment in Army including recruitment notifications during the last three years is as follows:

S.No.Financial YearAmount (in Rs. lakhs)
12016-17378.87
22017-18199.47
32018-19216.19

This information was given by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in a written reply to Shri Rakesh Sinhain Rajya Sabha today.

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RAJYA SABHA - Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons

RAJYA SABHA

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-292
ANSWERED ON-24.06.2019

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons

292 . Dr. Banda Prakash
Will the Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports be pleased to state the details of funds released/ utilized/ disbursed/ sanctioned under the scheme ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons’ to provide for lump sum financial assistance for medical treatment to outstanding sportspersons now living in indigent circumstances, State/ UT-wise?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS
[KIREN RIJIJU]

The details of the funds sanctioned under the scheme ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons’ for medical treatment of sportspersons during 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 (as on 20.6.2019), State/UT-wise are given in Annexure.

Source: RAJYA SABHA

NPS - Withdrawal of resignation of Central Government Servants Appointed after 31.12.2003 covered under the National Pension System

NPS

Withdrawal of resignation of Central Government Servants Appointed after 31.12.2003 covered under the National Pension System

No.28035/2/2014- Estt.(A)
Government Of India
Ministry Of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department Of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi - 110 001
Dated: 10th June,2019
Office Memorandum

Subject: Withdrawal of resignation of Central Government Servants Appointed after 31.12.2003 covered under the National Pension System (NPS) - reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that instructions on the procedure to be followed for Resignation from Service have been provided vide Ministry of Home Affairs O.M.No.39/6/57-Ests.(A) dated 06.05.1958, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) O.M.No.28034/25/87-Estt (A) dated 11.02.1988, No.28034/4/94-Estt. (A) dated 31.05.1994 and No.28035/2/2007 -Estt.(A) dated 04.02.2007. Para 5 of DoPT O.M. dated 11.02.1988 referred to above, provides the procedure for withdrawal of resignation as governed by Rule 26 (4) to (6) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. References are being received from Ministries/ Departments on the request for withdrawal of resignation by Government servants appointed after 31.12.2003 and for whom CCS (Pension) Rules are not applicable. The matter of withdrawal of resignation of Government servants of Central Civil Services/Posts, appointed after 31.12.2003 who are covered under the National Pension System (NPS) and for whom CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 is not applicable has been considered in this Department and with the approval of the competent authority, it has been decided that the following guidelines/instructions may be followed while considering the request for withdrawal of resignation of the aforesaid Government Servants.

2. The appointing authority may permit a person to withdraw his resignation in the public interest on the following conditions, namely:
  • that the resignation was tendered by the Government Servant for some compelling reasons which did not involve any reflection on his integrity. efficiency, or conduct and the request for withdrawal of the resignation has been made as a result of a material change in the circumstances which originally compelled him to tender the resignation.
  • that during the period intervening between the date on which the resignation became effective and the date from which the request for withdrawal was made, the conduct of the person concerned was in no way improper;
  • that the period of absence from duty between the date on which the resignation became effective and the date on which the person is allowed to resume duty as a result of permission to withdraw the resignation is not more than ninety days;
  • that the post, which was vacated by the Government servant on the acceptance of his resignation or any other comparable post, is available.
3. Request for withdrawal of a resignation shall not be accepted by the appointing authority where a Government Servant resigns his service or post with a view to taking up an appointment in or under a private commercial company or in or under a corporation or company wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Government or in or under a body controlled or financed by the Government.

4. when an order is passed by the appointing authority allowing a person to withdraw his resignation and to resume duty, the order shall be deemed to include the con donation of interruption in service for the purpose.

5. No withdrawal from NPS corpus shall be permissible within a period of 90 days from the date on which the resignation becomes effective. i.e the resignation is accepted by the competent authority and the Government servant is relieved of his duties. However, the aforesaid condition shall not be applicable in case of death of the government servant after the resignation becomes effective.

6. The provision for withdrawal of resignation shall not be applicable for temporary Government Servants.

7. Above guidelines/instructions will be applicable only for the Government Servants appointed on central civil service/posts after 31.12.2003 who are covered under the National Pension System (NPS) and for whom CCS (Pension) Rules,1972 is not applicable. Further, these guidelines/instructions will be applicable till the time the statutory rules regarding withdrawal of resignation for such Government Servants are notified.

8. This O.M. shall be prospective and cases already settled shall not be opened.

9. this issues in consultation with the office of comptroller and Auditor general of India.

10. It is requested to bring it to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.
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(Kaabindra Joshi)
Director

Eligibility of Unmarried / divorced / widowed and dependent real sister of Govt. servant / pensioners for Family Pension

Eligibility of Unmarried/ divorced/ widowed and dependent real sister of Govt. servant/ pensioners for Family Pension: Agenda Item 47th NC(JCM) Meeting

[Part of the Minutes of the 47th Meeting of National Council (JCM) held on 13th April, 2019 issued by DoPT vide OM No. 3/1/2019- JCA dated 13.06.2019]

6.5 D/o Pension & Pensioners Welfare & D/o Financial Services:

6.5.2 Item No. 21/19/NC-47 - Eligibility of Unmarried/ divorced/ widowed and dependent real sister of Govt. servant/pensioners for Family Pension.

Staff Side stated that government have already included widowed/ divorced/ unmarried and dependent daughters, who have attained 25 years of age, in the definition of family for family pension. Dependent disabled siblings (i.e. real brothers/ sisters) are also now eligible for family pension. Unmarried/ divorced/ widowed dependent real sister of a Government servant / pensioner may also be made eligible for family pension.

Reply of the Official Side :
It was a considered decision of the government to grant family pension to dependent disabled brothers and sisters of Central Government Employees / Pensioners. There are no fresh grounds to reconsider this decision and to extend family pension to all dependent siblings.

The Chairman desired that this may be re-examined

CGDA - Bio-metric Attendance System (BAS) for punctuality in Defense Accounts Department

CGDA

Bio-metric Attendance System (BAS) for punctuality in Defence Accounts Department
Office of the CGDA
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt.-10

No.AN/III/3012/ Misc/BAS dated 17.06.2019
To
ALL PCsDA/CsDA/CsFA/PIFAs/IFAs/RTCs
Admin-IV (Local)
(Through CGDA’s website)

Subject: Bio-metric Attendance System (BAS) for punctuality in Defence Accounts Department - reg.

As per the directions of Government of India, Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) was to be implement in the Defense Accounts Department for making attendance by all the officers and staff. Accordingly, guidelines/instructions were issued to all the field offices vide HQrs letter dated 20.02.2015 and 16.07.2015 for implementation of AEBAS and enrolment of officers/ staff.

It has come to the notice of the Competent Authority that directions/instructions issued by the HQrs office on the are not being followed properly by the officers. Regular complaints are being received regarding non-punctuality and non-making of attendance on AEBAS by the officials of the department. AFBAS has also not been implemented in some of the sub-offices. The same has been viewed seriously by the Competent Authority.

In View of the above, all the Principal Controllers/Controllers are requested of look in to the mtter and ensure that:

1) Registration of all the sub-offices under your organization on AEBAS.
2) Enrolment of all Officers / Staff on AEBAS.
3) Marking of attendance the present status may please be furnished urgently through E-Mail (anIII.cgda@nic.in) for perusal of the Competent Authority.
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(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)
Dy. CGDA (AN)

7th CPC special increment to Central Government Servants for participation in sporting of national or international

7th CPC

Special increment to Central Government Servants for participation in sporting of national or international

[Part of the Minutes of the 47th Meeting of National Council (JCM) held on 13th April, 2019 issued by DoPT vide OM No. 3/1/2019-JCA dated 13.06.2019]

6.4 DoPT

6.4.14 Item No.29/19 /NC-47 - Revision of Sports increment
Staff Sided stated that in order to encourage sports activities, every department has been permitted to recruit sports personnel and maintain teams at the Government cost. However, presently practice of providing incentive to sports personnel varies from department to department as there are no uniform guidelines. It is necessary that some general guidelines must be issued in this regard.

Reply of the Official Side :
DoPT has issued guidelines from time to time on the issue of special increment in the form of personal pay to Central Government Servants for participation in sporting events and tournaments of national or international importance. Vide OM dated 11.06.2018, DoPT has revised the rates of these increments in the context of the 7th CPC applicable to all the Central Government Civilian Employees and posts.

This item may be treated as closed.

NFIR PNM pending items - quick redressal of issues

NFIR PNM pending items - quick redressal of issues

NFIR

No. NFIR/PNM/113
Dated: 10/06/2019
The Member (Staff),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: NFIR PNM pending items - quick redressal of issues - reg.

Although PNM meeting under your chairmanship was held on 25th/ 26th April, 2019 and subsequently the pending PNM Items relating to PC-I Directorate were also discussed on 04th June, 2019 in a special meeting, many items are continued to remain unresolved. Many pending PNM Items can also be settled by issuing fomral orders as the demands are within the parameters of norms and logic.

NFIR has also sent fresh PNM Agenda to the Railway Board on 29th May, 2019 as the Federation is eager for formal meetings in quick succession for sorting out the staff grievances through serious dialogue. Some of the demands listed in the fresh Agenda can also be agreed to, straightaway and orders issued by Railway Board without waiting for discussion. The Federation's request is that the PNM Items which can be agreed without waiting for formal discussion need to be identified and decisions communicated bv the Board and this initiative would motive employees.

NFIR, therefore, requests your kind intervention to see that the Railway Board gives greater priority for resolving PNM Items soon. Federation may kindly be replied of steps initiated on this specific proposal.
Yours faithfully,
(Dr.M.Raghavaiah)
Source: NFIR

Disbursal of salary for the month of June 2019 is applicable to only an attached office under the DoE of CGA and PFMS Project Cell

Disbursal of salary for the month of June 2019 is applicable to only an attached office under the DoE of CGA and PFMS Project Cell

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure , Ministry of Finance clarifies that it's Order dated 18th June 2019 relating to the disbursal of salary for the month of June 2019 is applicable to only an attached office under the Department namely, the O/o Controller General of Accounts (CGA) and the officials working in the PFMS Project Cell and is temporary in nature to avoid exceeding the Vote on Account limit

22 JUN 2019

It has been brought to notice that an internal Confidential Office Order pertaining to the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is being circulated in various social media platforms.

It is clarified and informed that the Department of Expenditure 's Order dated 18th June 2019 relating to the disbursal of salary for the month of June 2019 is applicable to only an attached office under the Department of Expenditure namely, the O/o Controller General of Accounts (CGA) and the officials working in the PFMS Project Cell and is temporary in nature to avoid exceeding the Vote on Account limit.

The General Public is also forewarned and cautioned not to circulate the Order since it is confidential in nature and may attract punitive actions under the applicable legal provisions.

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CCSCSB - DoPT Orders 2019 - Inter-Ministry Swimming Championship 2019 - 2020

DoPT Orders 2019

Inter-Ministry Swimming Championship 2019 - 2020
No.15/1/2017 -18- CCSCSB
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
(CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES CULTURAL AND SPORTS BOARD)
Room No.361 , 'B' Wing, 3rd Floor,
Lok Nayak Bhavan, New Delhi-3
Date: 21-06-2019
CIRCULAR

Sub: Inter-Ministry Swimming Championship 2019 - 2020 - regarding.

Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board is organizing Inter-Ministry Swimming Championship 2019-2020 on 29th - 30th July, 2019 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool (Talkatora Swimming Pool), Mother Teresa Crescent Road, New Delhi. The Ministry / Department desirous to participate in the Tournament may send their entries in the prescribed performa (copy enclosed) along with the entry fee and photocopy of Identity Card of all the players. The entry fee for the single event is RS.30/- and for Team/ Relay Championship is Rs. 150/-.

Kindly note that there will be only one team from each Ministry, the Ministry may include in their team persons working in the attached and subordinate offices located at Delhi / New Delhi. All teams/individuals would be represented as part of Ministry's team only. Central Government autonomous organization like UPSC, Election Commission, C&AG's Office, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, President Secretariat, PMO etc. can send an independent team. The entries are to be sent through the Welfare Officer of the Ministry concerned.
An individual cannot take part in more than three individual's events. Competition will not be held where less than 4(four) entries are received both in team and individual event. In case, at any time, it is found that a player included in the team is not eligible, the team could stand automatically disqualified from the tournament.

No entry will be accepted unless accompanied with fee. The entry fee should be deposited only through online mode in the Boards account. Details of Board's account are as under:

Name: Secretary CCSCSB, A/c No: 90432010052140, IFSC Code: SYNB0009043, Bank : Syndicate Bank, Khan Market, New Delhi.

Payment can also be made through BHIM Application by scanning the following: 971 7990948@upi
The entry should be sent in the prescribed form duly signed by the Welfare Officer/ Under Secretary (Admn) concerned and should reach on or before 23.07.2019. No entry will be accepted at the venue.
The rules and regulations governing the eligibility conditions for participation, etc. in the Inter-Ministry Tournament are available on the website of the Department of Personnel & Training (persmin.nic.in/ DOPT / Welfare/ Sports / About Sports Board).

(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Secretary (CCSCSB)
To
(I) Welfare Officers/ Under Secretary (Admn.) the all Ministries / Departments, New Delhi.
(ii) Shri PK. Mondal, Convener, Swimming, Mobile No. (9911332123)
(iii) Administrator, Dr. Shayma Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool, New Delhi.
(iv) Notice Board of CCSCSB, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi.

ANNEXURE

CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES CULTURAL AND SPORTS BOARD
Note:
  1. An Individual cannot participate in more than three individuals events
  2. All entries of the competition will be received only in the Sports Board no entries will be taken at the venue.
  3. Merit certificate will be issued at later date to be decided by the Board.
  4. Uniformed services/ Police / Para-Military personnel are not eligible. Ministries / Departments have to keep in view the above said instructions while forwarding the entries of their Ministry in the Tournament.
  5. In case, at any time, if it is found that a player included in the team is not eligible, the team could stand automatically disqualified from the tournament.
Source: DoPT

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