Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations to TamilNadu State Government Employees

Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations to TamilNadu State Government Employees

7th CPC for TamilNadu State Government Employees
 Implementation of 7th CPC Recommendations to TN State Employees : The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to constitute a 5 Member Committee of Higher Officials to implement the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission. The committee will submit the report within four months (30th June).

Following the implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission to the employees working under Central Government, the Tamilnadu Chief Minister has today decided to constitute a 5 Member Secretary level committee formed to implement the recommendations of 7th CPC to State Govt Employees, Teachers and employees of Localbodies.

Recognised State Government Employees Unions are requested to send the proposal of pay structure and all other demands to the committee.

The committee will examine, review and recommend changes that are desirable and feasible regarding the principles that should govern the emoluments structure including pay, allowances, pension and other facilities/benefits.

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7th Pay Commission: Increased salaries attracting young India to apply for Government Jobs

7th Pay Commission: Increased salaries attracting young India to apply for Government Jobs
Increased salary prospects due to 7th Pay Commission is attracting young talent in India towards the Government Jobs

Government Jobs in India have long attracted people from every walk of life. While the basic call of a government job in India was the stability associated with it, many had chosen to walk the path of the treacherous private sector. The biggest call of the private sector was indeed the higher pay packages and the chances of a life style of many aspired for. That, however, is changing. All thanks to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The increased starting packages have over the past year increased the interest of young Indians towards Government Jobs. For the first time in India, Government Jobs mean more than just a stable job. It means increased salaries with benefits, suggests reports.

Numbers are evident. Only last year when Indian Railways released the notification for recruitment in the Non Technical Popular Category, a mind boggling 92 lakh people applied for 18000 jobs. Such was the increased numbers that Railway Recruitment Board had to introduce another level in the recruitment process to bring it down to considerate numbers. Around 3 lakh candidates had then appeared in the second stage of which results are expected anytime. Similar is the case in case of Banking. While Banking has always attracted a steady, it is thanks to the increased salaries for Clerks and Probationary Officers that more and more candidates are applying for the exam.

The trend continues. State Bank of India Probationary Exam was announced recently for 2,313 posts. Given the trend of last year, SBI is expecting applications from around 20 lakh candidates. With a starting salary that could go as high as 12 lakhs, the interests for the jobs are bound to be phenomenal.

The applications are still on and close on March 6, 2017. It is not just at the level of graduates though. For Staff Selection Commission, the number of candidates applying for CHSL or the Combined Higher Secondary Level has also seen a two fold increase.

The numbers are promising, if any. It can be simply argued that India constantly needs good talent and energetic work force to manage its increasing institutional pressure. A stable and high paying job is sure to retain the best of the country towards developing the national assets and human capital. Engineers, doctors and professionals from all spheres are required in the various governmental departments. The changing face of the work force, the stricter guidelines and the stronger applications all hint towards a better and reformed public sector. The 7th pay commission has seemed to help and provide an impetus towards the building of the nation.

Source: India

Seventh Pay Commission: Talks On Allowance Today, Report Likely Soon

Seventh Pay Commission: Talks On Allowance Today, Report Likely Soon

The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the committee.

The panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review Seventh Pay Commission allowances is expected to soon submit its report to the government. Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a joint body of unions representing central government employees, said talks in this matter are in the final leg. The employee union body will be meeting the panel members today on the issue of Housing Rent Allowance or HRA related to Seventh Pay Commission.

The government had in June accepted the recommendation of Justice AK Mathur-headed Seventh Pay Commission in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension but its suggestions relating to allowances were referred to the committee. The Seventh Pay Commission had examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalisation, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances.
The committee on allowances was initially given a time of four months to submit its report to the finance minister. Till a final decision is taken, all existing allowances are being paid at the Sixth Pay Commission rates.
The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new Basic Pay, depending on type of cities.

The Seventh Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.

Typically, in case of housing allowance, arrears are not paid.

Allowances form a significant chunk of government employees' salary. Some analysts had earlier said that implementation of the housing allowance portion of the Seventh Pay Commission as well as GST or Goods and Services Tax could push up average inflation.

"At worst, if the government is under pressure, this allowance can be pushed to the next year, as was done in the previous pay commissions. The housing allowance does not attract arrears," HSBC Securities had said in an earlier report.

The Cabinet had also decided to constitute two separate committees to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission's Report.

Source: NDTV

Introduction of SPARROW for CSS officers - completion of various tasks

Introduction of SPARROW for CSS officers - completion of various tasks

No. 22/10/2015/CS-I(APAR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of personnel & Training

2nd Floor, Loknayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 22nd February, 2017

Subject: Introduction of SPARROW for CSS officers - completion of various tasks- reg .

The undersigned is directed to say that 'SPARROW' has been introduced for recording on-line APARs for Deputy Secretary and above level officers in CSS and equivalent levels in CSSS from the financial year 2015-16.

2. The time-limits for performing various activities on the 'SPARROW' system were extended vide this Department's Office memorandum of even number dated 27th May, 2016. The window for 'SPARROW' CSS was closed on 31st December, 2016. A number of Ministries/Departments requested for reopening of this window for completion of various tasks in the system. Therefore, the window for 'SPARROW' (CSS) has been re-opened on the request of these departments to facilitate the nodal officers to take action in the 'SPARROW' system as per the extended date-line.

3. However, it is clarified that the dates extended beyond 1 sl January,2017 are for taking necessary action for dealing with representations, disposal of representations and similar actions on the part of the nodal officers. Dates for recording of APARs would be same as contained in the Office Memorandum dated 27th May, 2016.

4. It is also reiterated that as per instructions of this Department, APARs of CSS officers are required to be uploaded on CSCMS. Hard copy of the APARs generated on SPARROW will be kept in CS-I Division/CS-II Division. It would not be practicably possible for these Divisions to download all the APARs from 'SPARROW' and then keep them in the relevant APAR folders including their uploading in the CSCMS system.
5. It is, therefore, requested that Ministries/Departments may ensure following action at their end for efficient management of APARs generated in the 'SPARROW' system :
i) To complete the task required at their end in the SPARROW system before the aforesaid date.
ii) To download the APARs generated online on 'SPARROW' and to upload PDF files in CSCMS.
iii) The PDF files so downloaded from SPARROW may be sent to this Department for custody.
6. In addition the details of hard copies of APARs (other than on-line mode), giving justification for not recording the APAR through 'SPARROW' may be sent to this department.
(Chandra Shekhar)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
All Ministries/Departments for (CSS) & (CSSS)
Copy to DS (CS-II) for information.

Source: DoPT Order 2017

Government launches free anti-virus for PC, mobile phones

Government launches free anti-virus for PC, mobile phones

New Delhi: The IT Ministry today launched botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre for Rs 90 crore to provide free anti-virus to computers and mobile phones for removing malicious softwares "I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system," IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the launch of Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) will collect data of infected systems and send it to ISPs and banks. These ISPs and banks will identify the user and provide them the link of the centre, launched in name of Cyber Swachhta Kendra.

The user will be able to download anti-virus or anti-malware tools to disinfect their devices.

"The project has budget outlay of Rs 90 crore spread over period of 5 years," CertIn Director General Sanjay Bahl said.

As of now 58 ISPs and 13 banks have come on board to use this system.

The ministry also launched M-Kavach for security and anti-theft solution for mobile phones, USB Pratirodh to ensure only authorised person is able to access pen drive and AppSamvid for identifying genuine applications at the time of installations on computers.

The minister directed Cert-In to also set up National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) by June.
The government has approved Rs 900 crore for NCCC which will monitor and handle cyber attacks on Indian internet space in real time.

"Safety and security is integral. As the Prime Minister said cyber threat is akin to bloodless war. I don’t have slightest doubt cyber security is not only going to be big area of Digital Swachh Bharat but also going to be big area of digital growth, digital employment and digital commerce," Prasad said.

To encourage startups in the field of cyber security, the minister announced that government has reduced testing fee for their product by half.

At present Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), a division under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, charges testing fee in the range of Rs 8-10 lakh per case but startups in the field of cyber security will need to pay only around 4-5 lakhs.

To strengthen cyber security ecosystem in the country, Prasad said that CERTs will be set up at state level as well and 10 more STQC testing facilities will set up.


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