Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2014.

Pensioners Portal Orders : Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2014.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievacnes & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioner's Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date: 09th April, 2014

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners/familypensioners - Revised rate effective from 1.1.2014.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM No. 42/13/2012-P&PW(G) dated 3rd Oct, 2013 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Relief (DR) payable to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 90 % to 100% w.e.f. 1st Jan, 2014.

2. These orders apply to (i) All Civilian Central Government Pensioners/Family Pensioners (ii) The Armed Forces Pensioners, Civilian Pensioners paid out of the Defence Service Estimates, (iii) All India Service Pensioners (iv) Railway Pensioners and (v) The Burma Civilian pensioners/family pensioners and pensioners/families of displaced Government pensioners from Pakistan, who are Indian Nationals but receiving pension on behalf of Government of Pakistan and are in receipt of ad-hoc ex-gratia allowance of Rs.3500/- p.m. in terms of this Department's OM No. 23/1/97-P&PW(B) dated 23.2.1998 read with this Department's OM No. 23/3/2008-P&PW(B) dated 15.9.2008.
3. Central Government Employees who had drawn lump sum amount on absorption in a PSU/Autonomous body and have become eligible to restoration of 1/3rd commuted portion of pension as well as revision of the restored amount in terms of this Department's OM No. 4/59/97-P&PW (D) dated 14.07.1998 will also be entitled to the payment of DR @ 100% w.e.f. 1.1.2014 on full pension i.e. the revised pension which the absorbed employee would have received on the date of restoration had he not drawn lump sum payment on absorption and Dearness Pension subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down in para 5 of the a.M. dated 14.07.98. In this connection, instructions contained in this Department's OM NoA/29/99-P&PW (D) dated. 12.7.2000 refer.
4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.
5. Other provisions governing grant of DR in respect of employed family pensioners and re-employed Central Government Pensioners will be regulated in accordance with the provisions contained in this Department's OM No. 45/73/97-P&PW(G) dated 2.7.1999 as amended vide this Department's OM No. F. No. 38/88/2008-P&PW(G) dated 9th July, 2009. The provisions relating to regulation of DR where a pensioner is in receipt of more than one pension, will remain unchanged.
6. In the case of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, necessary orders will be issued by the Department of Justice separately.
7. It will be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities, including the nationalized banks, etc. to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case.
8. The offices of Accountant General and Authorised Public Sector Banks are requested to arrange payment of relief to pensioners etc. on the basis of these instructions without waiting for any further instructions from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Reserve Bank of India in view of letter No. 528-TA, II/34-80-II dated 23/04/1981 of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India addressed to all Accountant Generals and Reserve Bank of India Circular No. GANB No. 2958/GA-64 (ii) (CGL)/81 dated the 21st May, 1981 addressed to State Bank of India and its subsidiaries and all Nationalised Banks.
9. In their application to the pensioners/family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.
10. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure conveyed vide their OM No.1( 4)/EV/2004 dated 07th, April, 2014.
11. Hindi version will follow.
( Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Embargo for further allocation of business to Private Sector Bank and removal of state-wise jurisdiction from authorized banks for disbursement of Central Civil Pension

Embargo for further allocation of business to Private Sector Bank and removal of state-wise jurisdiction from authorized banks for disbursement of Central Civil Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi-110066
CPAO/Tech/Amdt. Sch. Book/2013-14/291
Office Memorandum
Sub:- Embargo for further allocation of business to Private Sector Bank and removal of state-wise jurisdiction from authorized banks for disbursement of Central Civil Pension.
In pursuance of CGA office letter No. S-11012/2/3(19)/Banks/RBD/2004/2077 dated 31.08.2013 read with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure letter No. 7/10/2012-13 dated 13.09.2012 removal of state-wise jurisdiction from HDFC Bank for disbursement of civil pensioners introduced vide Correction Slip No. 21 to the Scheme for payment of pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorised Banks is withdrawn with immediate effect. Accordingly status so as on 31.07.2013 should be maintained. A list of States as on 30.07.2013 in which the HDFC was authorized to disburse the civil pension is enclosed for ready reference.

In view of the above, all Pr. CCAs/CAs with independent charge are advised to issue necessary instructions to all their Pay Sz Accounts Offices and Head of offices under their payment control not to accept any of the paying branch of HDFC Bank Ltd. from any of the fresh retirees for disbursement of their pension. If any such case comes to the notice where the pensioner has opted the HDFC bank for his pension payment he may be advised to change his options to avoid unnecessary correspondence in this regard causing delay in starting the pension payment and consequent discomfort to him.
This is issued with the approval of Competent Authority.
(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (Tech)
List of States (as on 30.07.2013) in which HDFC Bank was authorized to disburse the Civil Pensions.
1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Bihar
3. Chandigarh
4. Chhattisgarh
5. Goa
6. Gujarat
7. Haryana
8. Himachal Pradesh
9. Jharkhand
10. Karnataka
11. Kerala
12. Madhya Pradesh
13. Maharashtra
14. Orissa
15. Punjab
16. Rajasthan
17. Tamilnadu
18. Uttar Pradesh
19. West Bengal
20. Delhi

5th CPC had ACP, 6th CPC had MACP; what does 7th CPC have?

5th CPC had ACP, 6th CPC had MACP; what does 7th CPC have?
Assured Career Progression (ACP) is a boon to employees who have been suffering without promotions for years.
Employees who got their jobs towards the end of 1960s had to face countless hurdles. One of them was the problem with promotions.
There were many who didn't get any promotions for 30 years. Countless others retired without getting a single promotion in their careers.
To put an end to this, all the Federations fought together and made the Government to implement the ACP (Assured Career Progression) promotion scheme. It enabled the employees, who didn't get any promotion for 12 and 24 years, to get one or two promotions respectively. A number of employees benefited from this.
These promotions were given to the employees based on their ‘Promotional Hierarchy’. This was introduced in the 5th CPC and continued to be enforced until 31.08.2008.
In the 6th CPC, MACP was introduced instead of ACP. Though both were almost the same, there were some differences. These differences created a lot of confusions.
The special feature of MACP was that instead of 12 and 24 years, it ordered promotions for employees who weren't given any career advancements in 10, 20 and 30 years.
The promotions given under MACP were not in accordance to the ‘Promotional Hierarchy’. Instead, they followed the ‘Grade Pay Hierarchy’. This was the biggest drawback of MACP.
Getting promotions for a raise of Rs 100 or 200 remained unacceptable for many. Finally, one could say that MACP earned the anomaly of being dragged to the court the most number of times.
This is also one of the features that are creating the most expectations this time. Let us wait and see what changes the 7th CPC makes in this.


What is the Necessity for MACP to Emulate ACP’s Promotional Hierarchy?

What is the Necessity for MACP to Emulate ACP’s Promotional Hierarchy?
For a number of years, Federations have been demanding that employees who had not been given promotions for 10, 20 or 30 years be given promotions or upgradations by MACP (Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme) on the basis of their respective Promotional Hierarchy. The Government refused to oblige by stating very clearly in the 6th CPC that promotions will be given only on the basis of Grade Pay Hierarchy. 
There are no such recommendations in the ACP Scheme (Assured Career Progression Scheme), which was introduced by the 5th CPC. In fact, there was not even a Grade Pay format in its Pay Structure. There was also no usage of ‘Hierarchy’ in it. A lot of confusion was created after the introduction of the Grade Pay Structure by the 6th CPC. Two distinct hierarchies were created – Promotional Hierarchy and Grade Pay Hierarchy. 

Promotional Hierarchy is based on the pay structure depending upon the employee’s grade and department. Two employees with similar designations and ranks, but in different departments, will notice this difference. This is not applicable to everybody.
On the other hand, Grade Pay Structure is common for all. This is the reason why there are differences between an employee who gets promotions under the regular system and one who gets promotion under MACP. In order to rectify this discrepancy, a number of employees had approached the courts and had succeeded. 
This would become clearer with this example: 
Let us assume that an LDC employed with a Central Government office under a promotional hierarchy of 1900-2400-4200. Regular Promotion is given on this basis only. 
If the employee has not been given a promotion for 10 years, then, instead of the next Grade Pay of Rs. 2400, he will be given a grade pay hike of Rs. 2000. Instead of Rs. 4200 Grade Pay, he will be given Rs. 2800. This is the reason for all the confusion. 
But, the point to be observed here is that it was granted on the basis of Promotional Hierarchy, introduced by the ACP of the 5th CPC. 
Let us also look at the explanation given by the Government. 
Only those who haven’t received any promotion for 10 years are given promotions or upgradations under MACP.  Pay fixation is done based on 3% increment and the differences between Grade Pay. If the employee gets a regular promotion a month after getting pay fixation, then, the difference in the Grade Pay will be calculated on the basis of his entitlement and given immediately. The intention of the scheme was to remove the anguish of the employees who weren’t given any promotion for more than 10 years.


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