Friday, July 12, 2019

PFRDA Circular regarding enhanced Govt Contribution from 10% to 14% under NPS i.r.o. Central Autonomous Bodies

PFRDA Circular regarding enhanced Govt Contribution from 10% to 14% under NPS i.r.o. Central Autonomous Bodies

PENSION FUND REGULATORY
AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutub Institutional Area,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi-110016

PFRDA/17/07/11/0002/2019-SUP/CG
07.06.2019

To,

All Principal Accounting Officers of Central Autonomous Bodies

Sir/ Madam,

Subject: Necessary instructions for all CABs (Central Autonomous Bodies) concerned with reference to gazette notification F.No.1/3/2016-PR dated 31/01/2019 issued by Dept of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance containing recent announcements under NPS- reg.

This is with reference to the gazette notification F.No.1/3/2016-PR dated 31/01/2019 issued by Dept of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance (copy enclosed).

Vide the aforementioned notification, certain changes under NPS have been announced by Central Government including enhanced contribution by the Central Government to its employees covered under NPS from the existing 10% to 14% (to Tier-I account). The changes under said notification are applicable w.e.f. 01-04-2019 for Central Government employees. However, the circular is silent on the its applicability to the employees of the CABs covered under NPS.

In view of the above, PFRDA has requested the Department of Expenditure to clarify whether the above-mentioned changes/ modifications under NPS would be applicable to employees of Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) covered under NPS.

In the interim, PFRDA has been approached by various CABs who have individually obtained their internal approvals for enhancing the employer contribution from 10% to 14% and hence, have sought PFRDA’s approval for uploading the same through the existing CRA functionality.

In light of the above and till the time clarification emerges on the matter of applicability of notification dated 31.01.2019 on CABs , it has been decided by the competent authority that the CABs who have obtained such internal approvals, should obtain a separate and express approval/concurrence for the applicability of the said provisions of the notification dated 31.01.19 on their employees from Department of Expenditure (DOE), Ministry of Finance.

Consequent upon receipt of such approval from the DOE, Ministry of Finance, a copy of the referred approval may be forwarded to the CRA, for necessary action at the CRA’s end.

Yours Sincerely,

(Sumeet Kaur Kapoor)
Chief General Manager

Source: NPSTrust.Org.in

Department of Posts - Merging the Postmasters Cadre with the General Line Cadre

Department of Posts - Merging the Postmasters Cadre with the General Line Cadre

No. 25-19/2018-PE-I
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts
(PE-I Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg
New Delhi – 110 001
Dated: 10th July, 2019

ORDER

In supersession of Postal Directorate Order No. 13-2/2010-PE-I dated 03.02.2010 & 25.11.2010, it has been decided with the approval of the Competent Authority to merge the Postmasters Cadre with the General Line Cadre with the following number of posts and designate them as per details given below: –

S. No. Existing Cadre (No. of Posts) Merged with Revised Strength After Merger
1 Postmaster Grade-III (495) Higher Selection Grade-I (HSG-I)/Level-7 HSG-I = 2618 (2123 + 495)
2 Postmaster Grade-II (511) Higher Selection Grade-II(HSG-II)/Level-6 HSG-II = 9090 (8579 + 511)
3 Postmaster Grade-I (2097) Lower Selection Grade (LSG)/Level – 5 LSG = 28591 (26494 + 2097)

2. As per the Directorate Order No. 13-2/2010-PE-I dated 03.02.2010, it was stipulated that 116 posts of PS Group ‘B’ will be deemed to have been designated as Senior Postmaster with effect from the dates they are filled up. However, the posts of Senior Postmaster in the Postmaster Cadre were not operated/filled up as per the provisions of the Department of Posts, Senior Postmaster (Group B Gazetted), Postmaster (Grade III and II – Group B non-Gazetted) and Postmaster (Grade I – Group C non-Gazetted) Recruitment Rules, 2010. Hence, these posts of Senior Postmasters in the Postmaster Cadre did not come into existence. Therefore, 116 posts of PS Group ‘B’ intended to be operated as Senior Postmaster will continue to be in the sanctioned strength of PS Group ‘B’, i.e. 866.

3. Instructions for merger of identified Postmaster Grade POs with other POs shall be issued separately in due course of time.

4. The guidelines/instructions for preparation of inter-se seniority list of LSG including Postmaster Grade-I officials, HSG-II including Postmaster Grade-II officials and HSG-I including Postmaster Grade-III officials and posting of officials currently holding the posts of Postmasters Cadre shall be issued by Personnel Division separately.

(Smriti Sharan

Dy. Director General (Estt.)
Tele: 011-2304 4718

Empanelment cases – Below Benchmark grading in ACRs prior to reporting period 2008-09(DOPT)

Empanelment cases – Below Benchmark grading in ACRs prior to reporting period 2008-09(DOPT)

No.21011/14/2016-Estt(A-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi.
9th July 2019

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Below Benchmark grading in ACRs prior to reporting period 2008-09 – Empanelment cases.

Reference is invited to this Department 0.M. No.21011/1/2010-Est(A) dated 13.04.2010, vide which decision of the Government was conveyed that if an employee is to be considered for promotion in a future DPC and his ACR prior to the period 2008-09, which would be recknonable for assessment of his fitness in such future DPCs, contain final grading which are below the benchmark for, his next promotion, the concerned employee will be given a copy of the relevant. ACR for his representation, if any, before such ACRs are placed before the DPC. Subsequently, vide D.M. of even number dated 22.05,2014, it was further clarified that in cases where benchmark at one level varies from a benchmark at another level ;post and where the ACRs prior to the period 2008-09 are also reckonable for assessment of his fitness in any DPC subsequent to the next promotion (including any empanelment/financial upgradation), a copy of the ACR shall be given to the officer concerned, for representation, if any.

2. The matter has been considered in this Department with reference to empanelment for holding posts at the level of Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary/Secretary under Central Staffing Scheme (CSS). The process of empanelment under CSS and the process of empanelment for promotion in the cadre, are distinct. Unlike promotion in the cadre, where a fixed benchmark is prescribed, empanelment for holding posts under CSS is done on the basis of evaluation of ,ACRs/APARs, overall service record, vigilance status of officers and Multi-source Feedback from relevant stakeholders etc. as per the extant, guidelines in this regard. There is no pre-determined benchmark, as such, for empanelment under CSS.

3. It is, therefore, clarified that the provisions of DoP&Ti’s D.M. No.21011/01/2010-Estt(A) dated 13.04.2010 are not applicable to empanelment for holding Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary/Secretary level posts under the Central Staffing Scheme. The word ’empanelment’ appearing in Para 2(c) of D.M. No.21011/01/2010-Estt(A) dated 22.05.2014 implies empanelment for promotion to a cadre post and not empanelment for holding a post under the Central Staffing Scheme.

(Kabindra Joshi)
Director(E-ll)

Defence Budget Allocation for 2019-20 at Rs3.19 Lakh Crore, Excluding Defence Pension

Defence Budget Allocation for 2019-20 at Rs3.19 Lakh Crore, Excluding Defence Pension

Union Budget for the financial year 2019-20, presented by the Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament today, envisaged a total outlay of Rs27,86,349 crore. Out of this Rs 3,18,931.22 crore has been earmarked for Defence (excluding Defence Pension). For Defence Pension, an amount of Rs 1,12,079.57 crore has been provided in Budget Estimate 2019-20. Total Defence Allocation (Rs4,31,010.79 crore), including Defence Pension, accounts for 15.47 per cent of the total Central Government expenditure for the Financial Year 2019-20.

The allocation of Rs 3,18,931.22 crore represents a growth of 7.93 per cent over Budget Estimates (2,95,511.41crore) and 6.87 per cent over Revised Estimates (Rs 2,98,418.72 crore), respectively for the Financial Year 2018-19.

Out of Rs 3,18,931.22 crore allocated for the Financial Year 2019-20, Rs 2,10,682.42 crore for Revenue (Net) expenditure and Rs1,08,248.80 crore for Capital expenditure for the Defence Services and the Organisations/ Departments under Ministry of Defence. The amount of Rs 1,08,248.80 crore allocated for Capital expenditure, includes modernisation related expenditure. The Capital Allocation of Ministry of Defence under BE 2019-20 is 31.97 per cent of the total Central Government Capital Expenditure, which is Rs 3,38,569 crore.

In a significant development, import of Defence Equipment not manufactured in India has been exempted from Basic Customs Duty. This will have an impact of augmenting the Defence Budget by approximately Rs 25,000 crore on account of savings in expenditure on Customs Duty over the next five years.

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