Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.07.2015

Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.07.2015.

G.I., Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare. O.M.F.No.42/10/2014-P&PW(G), dated 28.10.2015

Subject: Grant of Dearness Relief to CPF beneficiaries in receipt of ex-gratia payment w.e.f 01.07.2015.

In continuation of this Department’s OM No. 42/10/2014-P&PW(G) dated 26th May, 2015, the President is pleased to grant the Dearness Relief at the rate of 5th CPC w.e.f. 1.7.2015 to the following:

(i) The surviving CPF beneficiaries who have retired from service between the period 18.11.1960 to 31.12.1985 and are in receipt of ex-gratia @ RS.600/-p.m. w.e.f. 01.11.1997 under this Department’s OM No.45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 & revised to Rs.3000, Rs.1000,Rs.750 & Rs.650 for Group A, B, C & D respectively w.e.f 4th June,2013 vide OM No. 1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dtd.27th June, 2013 are entitled to Dearness Relief @ 234% w.e.f. 1.7.2015.

(ii) The following categories of CPF beneficiaries who are in receipt of ex-gratia payment in terms of this Department’s OM No. 45/52/97-P&PW(E) dated 16.12.1997 are entitled to DR @ 226% w.e.f. 1.7.2015.

(a) The widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary who had retired from service prior to 1.1.1986 or who had died while in service prior to 1.1.1986 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs. 605/- p.m. & revised to Rs 645 p.m w.e.f 04th June ,2013 vide OM No.1/10/2012-P&PW(E) dated 27th June,2013.
(b) Central Government employees who had retired on CPF benefits before 18.11.1960 and are in receipt of Ex-gratia payment of Rs.654/-, Rs.659/-, Rs. 703/- and Rs. 965/-.

2. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee. In their application to the Indian Audit and Accounts Department,these orders issue in consultation with the C&AG.

3. This issues as per Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide their OM No 1(4)/EV/2004 dated 25.05.2015 and OM No.1(3)/2008-E.II{B) dated 01.10.2015.

4. Hindi version will follow.


Ad-hoc Bonus orders for the employees working in various autonomous organizations

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2014-15 — Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies

bonus-centralgovernmentnewsF.No.7/22/2008 E-III(A) Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure E III (A) Branch

New Delhi, the 26th October, 2015.


Subject:- Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2014-15 — Extension of orders to Autonomous Bodies.

Orders have been issued vide this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.7/24/2007 E-III(A) dated 16th October, 2015 authorizing 30 days emoluments as Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for the accounting year 2014-15 to the eligible Central Government employees not covered by the Productivity Linked Bonus Schemes, subject to terms and conditions laid down therein.

2. The undersigned is directed to say that it has now been decided that the Non-PLB (Ad-hoc) bonus so admissible subject to the terms and conditions laid down in the aforesaid orders, may be extended to the employees of autonomous bodies, partly or fully funded by the Central Government which (i) follow the pattern of pay structure and emoluments identical to that of the Central Government and (ii) do not have any bonus or ex-gratia or incentive scheme in operation.

3. In case of doubt as to the operation of these orders the clarificatory orders, circulated vide this Ministry’s O.M. No.14(10)E-Coord/88 dated 4.10.88, as amended from time to time, may be kept in view, mutatis mutandis.

4. Any request for funding by the Government to meet the liability on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) in respect of various autonomous organizations would not be considered by the administrative Ministries concerned, as the expenditure on Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) should be met from within the existing budgetary provisions of the respective organizations. While the Autonomous Bodies not funded by the Central Government may also adopt these orders as per their own administrative and financial judgment in respect of their employees, no liability for funding will, in any case, lie on the Central Government on this account.

(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India


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Central Government setup a committee to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Rules

Central Govt setup a committee to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Rules

Government Sets-Up A Committee to Simplify The Provisions of The Income Tax Act, 1961

The Government of India has constituted a Committee with a view to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, with the following composition:

(i) Justice R.V. Easwar, (Retd.), former Judge, Delhi High Court and former President, ITAT – Chairman
(ii) Shri V.K. Bhasin, former Law Secretary – Member
(iii) Shri Vinod Jain, Chartered Accountant – Member
(iv) Shri Rajiv Memani, Consultant – Member
(v) Shri Ravi Gupta, Sr. Advocate – Member
(vi) Shri Mukesh Patel, Tax-Advocate – Member
(vii) Shri Ajay Bahl, Consultant – Member
(viii) Shri Pradip P. Shah, Investment Adviser – Member
(ix) Shri Arvind Modi, IRS (IT:81009) – Member
(x) Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh, IRS (IT:95006) – Member

The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Committee shall be as follows:
i) To study and identify the provisions/phrases in the Act which are leading to litigation due to different interpretations;

ii) To study and identify the provisions which are impacting the ease of doing business;

iii) To study and identify the areas and provisions of the Act for simplification in the light of the existing jurisprudence;

iv) To suggest alternatives and modifications to the existing provisions and areas so identified to bring about predictability and certainty in tax laws without substantial impact on the tax base and revenue collection; and
The Committee shall set its own procedures for regulating its work. The Committee can also work in Sub-Groups and the draft prepared by the Sub-Groups can then be approved by the whole Committee. The Committee will put its draft recommendations in the public domain. After stakeholder consultations, the Committee will formalise its recommendations. The Committee can give its recommendations in batches. The First Batch containing as many recommendations as possible shall be submitted by 31st January, 2016.
The Term of the Committee shall be for a period of one year from the date of its constitution.


Inviting comments on the proposed Recruitment Rules to the posts of Data Entry Operator Grade 'E' (Grade Pay Rs 4600) and Data Entry Operator Grade 'F' (Grade Pay Rs. 4800)

Proposed Recruitment Rules of Data Entry Operator Grade 'E' (Grade Pay Rs 4600) and Data Entry Operator Grade 'F' (Grade Pay Rs. 4800) in C&AG

NEW DELHI-110 124
Sub: Inviting comments on the proposed Recruitment Rules to the posts of Data Entry Operator Grade 'E' (Grade Pay Rs 4600) and Data Entry Operator Grade 'F' (Grade Pay Rs. 4800).

Indian Audit and Accounts Department proposes to frame Recruitment Rules (RRs) for the posts of Data Processor (Grade Pay Rs. 4600) and Senior Data Processor (Grade Pay Rs. 4800) hereinafter referred as Data Entry Operator Grade E' and Data Entry Operator Grade 'F'. The proposed RRs containing draft Notification and Schedule given/posted below have been framed in accordance with the Model RRs, circulated by the DoP&T Vide OM N o AB-14017/2/2011-Estt (RR) dated 30.05.2014 and supplementary instructions circulated Vide OM No. No.AB-14017/2/2011-Estt (RR) dated 10.12.2014.
2. In terms of DoP&T OM No AB-1401 7/61/2008-Estt.(RR) dated 13.10.2015, comments on the proposed Notification and Schedule of Recruitment Rules are invited from all stake holders in the following format:
Serial N o./Column N o of the proposed Notification/Schedule of RRs to the post of DEO Grade 'E'Comments

Serial N o./Column No of the proposed Notification/Schedule of RRs to the post of DEO Grade 'F'Comments

3. The comments as per the above format should reach by Speed Post to this office latest by 25.11.2015 on the below mentioned address
Shri Ranjit Singh,
Asstt. C &AG (N),
0/0 the C&AG of India,
9, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,
New Delhi- 110124.
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Coverage of all construction workers under the ambit of Employees Provident Funds and Misc. Provisions Act, 1952

Centre move to bring all construction workers under EPFO

The Additional Provident Fund Commissioner has sent a circular to all regional PF offices instructing them that senior officials should visit construction spots, including roads, bridges, pipeline, railway line, buildings and enrol the workers for the benefit of the scheme.
(Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt of India)
Head Office
Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi - 110 065

No. C-III/110001/4/3(71)Misc./2013/DL/
Dated: 15.10.2015 

All Regional PF Commissioners,
In-charge of Regional /Sub Regional Offices

Subject: Coverage of all construction workers under the ambit of Employees Provident Funds and Misc. Provisions Act, 1952.

May please refer to Head Office Circular No. C-III/ 110001/4/3(71) Misc /2013/DL/12802 dated 08.10.2013 (Place at Sl. No.428) and Circular No CIII/110001/4/3(71)Misc/2013/DL/34862 dated 22.01.2015 CPFC has also sent e-mails on the subject. The issue has also been discussed in various meetings held at Zone level and attire Head Office level and instructions have also been given vide those minutes.
2. A latest letter from the Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment addressed to the CPFC is enclosed. It emphasize on the coverage of all the Building & Other Constructions Workers to ensure that this coverage is complete. The following should be done immediately.

(i) Meetings should be held with Central Public Sector Undertakings which are functioning under your area in one or other way to ensure that all workers employed in the construction work are registered under UAN. Minutes of the meeting should be uploaded on the website and should be sent on email of CPFC as well as on the email of ACC(Compliance)

(ii) Meeting should be held with State PSUs and State Department so ensure that all coverage of through construction workers takes place in respect of the workers working in these PSUs or departments including those deployed through contractors / sub-contractors. Minutes of these meetings be uploaded on the website and should be sent on email of CPFC as well as on the email of ACC(Compliance). 

(iii) Meetings with all the Trade Unions representatives should be held to deliberate on the issues of coverage of construction workers and action should be taken as per law on the suggestions made by the union representatives. The minutes of the meetings and action taken report be uploaded on the website and should be sent on email of CPFC as well as on the email of ACC(Compliance). 

(iv) All construction sites which are located in your regions/sub- regions be visited. Photographs be taken, especially when the work is going on. This must be done in respect of the buildings where the area being constructed is 10,000 sq.ft. or more and in respect of other construction works also such as road, railways, laying pipe-lines, bridges etc;. A library of such photographs should be maintained invariably and EPFO Head Office will come up with a website for keeping track of these photographs. Therse photographs are not for the sake of photographs but for coverage of all workers which are working on these sites. 

(v) You were directed through an earlier circular that you should guide all the employers having more than 500 or more workers which are engaging staff on outsourcing basis. The meetings of such employers having more than 500 employees in your zone should also be held and minutes of such meetings be uploaded on the website.

3. Principal employers be made liable to ensure compliance in respect of construction / other contractual workers deployed by them through contractors / sub contractors. It may also be impressed upon the principal employer that merely giving code numbers of contractors will not be suffice. To ensure compliance of construction workers engaged through contractors / sub contractors, they should not only ensure separate ECRs containing PF account numbers of their workers burt also copies of wages salary register and attendance register. Remittances of PF and ECRs should be verified by Principal employers from EPFO's website before releasing the bills to avoid manipulations / misappropriation of PF dues b'y their contractors / sub contractors.

4. Principal employers should also be advised to mention PF account number and UAN number on I-card of each worker. UAN numbers of all workers be got activated so that the workers can get their E-pass books and even know about deposit of PF by contractors lat month alongwith PF balance just by giving a missed call from registered mobile.

5. For the purpose of aforesaid inspections standing permission is granted and matter should not be referred to seek permission from CAIU at Head Office.

6. Action on these above points should be taken and a monthly report should be sent as to how much coverage of employees increased in your area. It needs to be ensured that such workers get the UAN so that he is entitled for portability benefits. Monthly report be submitted by 15th of the following month in enclosed performa by e-mail in excel format 

(This issues with the approval of CPFC)

Yours faithfully,
Addl. Central PF Commissioner-I (Compliance)


Decentralization of Central Pension Accounting Office

Decentralization of Central Pension Accounting Office is not administratively feasible

No. A-11019/25/2015/MF.CGA(A)/NGE/AICAEA-HQ/425
Dated, the 19th October, 2015
The Secretary General,
All India Civil Accounts Employees Association,
17/2-C, P&T Quarters, Kali Bari Marg,
New Delhi -110001.
Subject: Decentralization of Central Pension Accounting Office.
I am directed to invite your kind kind attention towards demand No. 17 of Charter of Demands submitted vide letter No. AICAEA/HQ/A-2/2015/519 dated 02.06.2015 on the subject cited above and to state that proposal has been examined by the CPAO and they have not recommended the decentralization of CPAO on the grounds that Electronic Government National Plan Scheme has been fully implemented in the CPAO.  As such, it is not administratively feasible to decentralization the CPAO.  A copy of CPAO's letter No.CPAO/Tech/Decentralization of CPAO/2015-16/1653 dated 12.10.2015 is forwarded herewith for your kind information.

Yours faithfully,
(D.D.K.T. Dason)
Assistant Controller of Accounts

NEW DELHI-110066
CPAO/Tech/Decentralization of CPAO/2015-16/1653
Sh. D.D.K.T. Dasan
Asstt. Controller of Accounts
Office of the Controller General of Accounts
7th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Subject:- Decentralization of Central Pension Accounting Office.
I am directed to refer to your Office Letter NoA-l 1019 25.2015 MF.CGA(A)/NGE/AlCEA-HQ/387 dated- 01.10.2015 on the subject cited above and to offer the comments of CPAO as under:-
Taking into consideration rapid strides being made in IT decentralization of CPAO is not recommended due to the following. facts:-
i) With the movement towards e-PPO and e-Revision. the communication is increasingly being made with banks electronically minimising the effect of distance in transactions.
ii) After the operationalization of receipt of revision authorities from PAOs through digital signatures and on electronic mode. the pension processing shall become more efficient.
iii) E-PPO project for revision is Operational with four banks i.e. SBI, Chandni Chowk, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank. Moreover, PFMS Division is developing a pension module under PFMS which is likely to be implemented w.e.f. 01.04.2016. After that it is expected that processing of pension payment will be more smooth and fast for stakeholders.
iv) It is desirable to reduce the human interface to minimise malpractices or malafied intentions.
v) The communication modes like telephone. e-mail, SMS etc. are becoming quickest. Hence any pensioner can lodge his grievance to Grievance Cell of CPPC of the concerned bank or grievance cell of CPAO.
vi) With the introduction of Defined Pension System w.e.f. 01 04.2004, out flow of new retirees is expected to reduce.

vii) Every information/ latest relevant orders and instructions are available at CPAO’S website and
accessible to all the stakeholders including pensioners.

viii) Pensioners have been provided the download facility of true copy of the Special Seal Authority by using login and passwords provided by CPAO.

ix) Banks/CPPCs are important agencies for outreach purposes-for pensioners.
(Vijay Singh)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)
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Festival advance for government employees hiked to Rs 10,000

Festival advance for government employees hiked to Rs 10,000

Mumbai: Keeping in view guidelines of the Centre, the Maharashtra government has decided to increase the festival advance of non-gazetted employees to Rs 10,000.

Festival Advance for Government Employees Hiked to Rs 10,000

The advance, which was earlier Rs 5,000, will cover nine major festivals – Diwali, Ramzan Id, Christmas, Parsi New Year, Rosh Hoshnaa (Jewish new year), Buddha Jayanti, Independence Day, Republic Day and Sanvatsari (last day of Jain’s ‘Paryushan).

“Non-gazetted state government employees will now get festival advance of Rs 10,000 for nine major festivals. The limit earlier was Rs 5,000. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has taken this decision keeping the guidelines of the Central government in mind,” an official from the state finance department said.

A Government Resolution (GR) in this regard has also been issued by the finance department on October 18.

“As per the GR, non-gazetted state government employees having pay band of Rs 4,800 or less will get this benefit,” the official said.

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