Saturday, June 24, 2017

Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 : Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5

7th CPC Pay Fixation on Promotion/MACP after 01.01.2016: Clarification reg CCS (RP) Rules 2016 Rule 5 & FR 22(1)(a)(i) by CGDA
Important Circular
AN-PAY Section
10-A, S.K. BOSE ROAD, KOLKATA: 700001

NO. 115/AN-PAY/V/7th CPC
Date: 21/06/2017
All CFAs(Fys)/ All Branch Accounts offices
All Sections of Main Office
RTC Kolkata/CIA Kolkata

Subject : - Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 : Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5.
Reference :- HQrs office, New Delhi letter No AT/II/2702/Clar dated 28/04/2017.

Reference is invited towards HQrs. Office communication cited above (copy enclosed), under which it has been clarified with an illustration that officials promoted or granted MACP between 01/01/2016 to the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 may opt to enter the 7th CPC after availing benefit of promotion under 6th CPC.

2. Further, attention is also invited towards HQrs. Office communication bearing No. AN/X1V/14164/7th CPC/Corr/Vol-l dated 16/12/2016 (copy enclosed) addressed to CDA Secunderabad with a copy to CDA, 1T & SDC, Secunderabad regarding fixation of pay under 7th CPC in light of implementation of FR 22 (1)(a)(l) vide GoI, Dept. of Expenditure (1C) OM dated 29/09/2016 for implementation those who are actually entitled.

3. In view of the above, it is requested to obtain option form and undertaking from the eligible officials fall under the issues explained vide ibid HQrs. Office communications and be forwarded to this office for further necessary action at this end.
Encl : As stated above.
(S K Ghosh), IDAS
Asst. Controller of Accounts (Fys.)
Office the Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt-110011

No. AT/II/2702/Clar Dated: 28 Apr 2017

All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA (Fys)/CFA (Fys)
(Through NIC mail server)

Subject: Implementation of CCS (RP) Rules 2016: Clarification regarding exercise of option under Rule 5.
Reference: This office UO Note of even No dated 28-02-2017

As per this office UO Note cited above, the issue of availability of option to enter the 7th CPC w.e.f. 01-07-2016 (i.e., from the date of next increment in terms of proviso 1 of rule 5) to those employees who have got promotion/upgradation in a higher grade between 1st day of January, 2016 and the date of notification of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 had been referred to MoD along with an illustration (given below) of pay fixation of an employee who got financial upgraradation on 17-01-2016 in the grade pay of Rs 5400/- (PB2); MoD was requested to examine the issue and clarify the matter w.r.t. illustrative pay fixation.

2. The illustrative pay fixation forwarded to MoD/ D (Civ-I) is as follows:


Pay as on 01-01-2016 in the pre-revised pay structure in PB 2 (Rs 19300-34800) with grade pay Rs 4800/-Rs 25080/- (20280 +4800)
Date of grant of MACP in PB 2 with grade pay Rs 5400/-17-01-2016
Pay fixed wef 01-07-2016 by granting difference of gradeRs.25680/- (20280 +5400)
Pay on 01-07-2016 on accrual of annual increment @ 3% of Rs 25080/- (20280 + 4800) {Rs 7524 rounded off to Rs.760/-}Rs 25840/- (21040 +4800)
Promotional increment @ 3% on grant of MACP on 01-07-2016Increment Rs 775.2 rounded off to Rs 780/-
Pay fixed w.e.f. 01-07-2016 in the pre-revised structure in PB 2 (Rs. 9300-34800) by granting promotional incrementRs 27220/- (21820 + 5400)
Amount arrived at by multiplying the existing pay as on 01.07.2016 with the fitment factor of 2.57 (the individual opted for fixation of pay under CCS (RP) Rules 2016 w.e.f. 01-07-2016)Rs. 69855.4
Revised pay fixed as Per Rule 7 of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 in the new pay matrix in level 9 w.e.f. 01-07-2016Rs 71300/-

3. Now MoD/ D(Civ-I) has intimated that the illustrative pay fixation as provided above seems to be correct and in consonance with the provisions mentioned in CCS (RP) Rules, 2016.

4. Affected cases may be dealt with accordingly.

This has the approval of Addl CGDA (PP&W).
(Vinod Anand)
CGDA, Ulan Batar Road, Palam, Delhi Cantt.-110010

No. AN/XIV/14142/Seventh CPC/Vol-I
Dated: 16/12/2015
No.1. Staff Road,

Subject: 7th CPC Pay Fixation - Tulip - publicaction of Pt.II.O.O. - Reg.
Reference: Your Office letter No.AN/PAY/5005/FF/2016 dated 23-11-2016

The pay fixation-proposed at Annexure A of your letter cited under reference in respect of Sh. A.K. Banerjee SAO was examined in the light of extant provisions orders on the above subject and it is intimated that based on the information provided by your office, the methodology adopted seems to be correct.
Further, the GoI, Dept. of expenditure (IC) OM dated 29.09.2016 and provisions of FR 22(i)(a)(1) are also self explanatory to deal with such cases.

2. In the light of above, it is requested to take up the issue with CDA IT & SDC also for making necessary amendments/provisions in TULIP Programme in line with the methodology shown in Annexure A of your letter to avoid any discrepancies in pay fixation. Action taken report in this regard may be intimated urgently alongwith copy of the Pt.II O.O. for pay fixed under rules.

This has the approval Sr. Dy.CGDA(AN).
(Ajay Goel)
Letter No. No.AN/Pay/5005/PF/2016 Dt. 22.11.2016.
Name : Sh. A.K. Benerjee, Accounts Officer
Pay as on 31.12.2015 : 24260+5400 (level 9)
Promotion : SAO (01.04.2016)
7th CPC Option : 01.01.2016.
FR22(1)(a)(1)Option : DNI.

1Level in the revised Pay structure: 9.Pay Band9300-34800 : 15600-39100
2Basic Pay in the Revised Pay: 77900 (01.01.2016)Grade Pay4800540054006600
3Granted SAO Promotion on 01.04.2016 in Level 10.1062200692007320088400
4Pay raised to Rs.80000 as on 01.04.2016 in Level 10: Since opted FR 22 1(a)(1) DNI in the lower scale.1368000756008000096600
5Pay in the upgraded Level i.e. Level 10: 84900 on 01.07.2016 as per his FR 22(a)(1) option, after giving promotion increment and annual increment in the lower Scale16743008260087400105600

Sr. Accounts Officer (AN)

Status of Revision of Pension Under 7th CPC CPAO

Status of Revision of Pension Under 7th CPC

Government of India
Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-Il, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110 066
Dated:23rd June, 2017
Office Memorandum

Please refer to our meeting notice No.CPAO/Co-ord/7th CPC(100)/2017-18/208 dated 20th June to review the progress of the status of revision of pension under 7th CPC and our email following the same regarding:

1. Status of providing list of revision cases made available by CPAO to PAOs under their logins to respective HODs

2.Status of receipt of pension revision cases at the level of PAOs

The information is still awaited from many Ministries/Departments.

It is once again requested to provide the status on the above by email at the email id urgently. The status will be reviewed by CGA in the scheduled meeting on 28th June,2017.
(Md.Shahid Kamal Ansari)
Asstt. Controller of Accounts

PFRDA conducts workshop on National Pension System (NPS) for Corporates in coordination with FICCI

PFRDA conducts workshop on National Pension System (NPS) for Corporates in coordination with FICCI at Bhubaneswar today; More than 10.83 lacs subscribers are registered under NPS-Private Sector (all Citizen and Corporate);Overall number of NPS and APY subscribers have crossed 1.62 crore with overall Asset under Management (AUM) of more than 1,91,725 crore.

A Corporate Meet was conducted at Bhubaneswar,Odisha today by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) in association with FICCI, Odisha State Council to promote NPS among the corporates. PFRDA has been conducting NPS workshops at various locations across the country.
Shri A. G. Das, Chief General Manager, PFRDA addressed the participants and briefed the contours of NPS for Old age income security. He informed that in the changing demographic status of the country, pension is one of the most important factor to be considered by everyone. National Pension System (NPS) promoted by Government provides the platform to every segment of the society for savings for retirement. He requested the participants to think NPS not only for tax benefits, but also as a product which can yield market related returns and secure their regular income in the old age.

Shri Vivek Pattanayak, Chairman, MSME panel, FICCI Odisha State Council in his welcome address lauded the efforts of PFRDA for organizing such meetings across the country and creating awareness about NPS which can be effective platform for corporates to provide pension to their employees for their old age income security.

Shri Maniprasad Samal, Assistant General Manager, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), Bhubaneswar (a PSU registered as Corporate under NPS) informed the participants about their experience of facilitating NPS to their employees and the need and benefits of implementing NPS in the organization. He briefed the advantages for Corporates and its employees under NPS.

Shri Akhilesh Kumar, Deputy General Manager, gave a detailed presentation on NPS and informed the participants about the features, benefits and the process of joining NPS to the employees as well as to the employer.He requested the participants to  utilize this meet for better understanding of NPS and implementing the same in their respective organizations.

More than 90 participants from around 50 corporates attended the workshop. Bhubaneswar / Odisha based POPs were also present for the workshop.

PFRDA officials clarified the queries regarding joining of NPS, tax benefits, POPs details, timelines, transfer of superannuation fund to NPS, annuity etc to the participants.

The recent developments under NPS-Private Sector (All citizen and Corporate) are listed below:
  • Process of Transfer of Superannuation / Recognized Provident Fund to National Pension System.
  • Allowing option to change the investment choice or asset allocation ratio  twice in a financial year
  • Dispensing of requirement of submission of physical application form in case of subscriber opening account online and e-Signing the document.
  • Introduction of Alternative Investment Fund-a separate class of Asset “A”
  • Introduction of two new life cycle funds (LC 75 and LC 25)
  • Under Tier-I account, minimum contribution requirement in a financial year is reduced from Rs 6,000/- to Rs 1,000/-
As on 22nd June 2017, more than 10.83 lacs subscribers are registered under NPS-Private Sector (All Citizen and Corporate). There are more than 6.13 lacs employees of 3,631 registered corporates have joined NPS under NPS Corporate Model and more than 4.70 lacs subscribers have joined NPS under NPS-All Citizen Model. The overall number of NPS and APY subscribers have crossed 1.62 crore with overall Asset under Management (AUM) of more than 1,91,725 crore.

PFRDA's endeavor is to significantly scale up these segments during the ongoing months.


EPFO signs MoU with HUDCO under new Housing Scheme of EPF & MP Act-1952

EPFO signs MoU with HUDCO under new Housing Scheme of EPF & MP Act-1952

Dr. V.P. Joy, Central Provident Fund Commissioner and Dr. M. Ravi Kanth, CMD HUDCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the august presence of Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour & Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya for facilitating "Housing for All by 2022" here today.

By taking one step forward to achieve Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of Housing for all by 2022, EPFO has amended EPF Scheme 1952 vide Gazette notification No. G.S.R. 351(E) dated 12th April, 2017 to provide assistance in acquiring affordable houses to the EPF members by allowing withdrawal from the provident fund to the extent of 90% of the total PF accumulation and also facilitating payment of installment of housing loan. The major objective of this scheme is to assist in building houses for workers integrating with housing programmes of the Central and State Governments.

The salient features of this scheme are:-

1. Bringing together all stake holders namely, workers, employers, financial institutions & housing agencies to provide workers' need for Housing.

2. Forming Housing societies for collective action, ten or more members can register a society. Society will arrange housing units from public/private housing providers, apply to the concerned PF office through the society for getting Certificate of Fund & Contribution.

3. Channelizing the corpus of EPF savings to build affordable housing for the working class, withdrawal of up to 90% of accumulations in members Provident Fund Accounts is allowed.

4. Banks/Financing Agencies can make use of certificate issued by Commissioner to arrive EMI for withdrawal under Para 68 BD (3) of EPF Scheme.

5. Full/ Part repayment of loans out of monthly P.F. Contributions.

6. Eligibility condition relaxed for such withdrawal, now membership period of EPF reduced from 5 years to 3 years.

7. Members can avail interest subsidy up to 2.20 lakh in Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) through Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation through its Nodal Agency HUDCO and National Housing Bank for those members whose annual income is less that the amount specified in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.

8. Individual housing loan repayment can be done by authorizing EPFO to pay installments directly to the lending agency.


CBDT notifies new scrutiny notices with e-facility for taxpayers

CBDT notifies new scrutiny notices with e-facility for taxpayers

New Delhi: The CBDT has notified revised income tax scrutiny notices that will allow taxpayers to conduct their business with the taxman over the Internet without needing to visit the I-T office, hence reducing physical interface between them.

The new format pertains to three types of notices that are issued by the taxman under section 143(2) of the Income Tax Act (scrutiny of tax return) and the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the policy-making body of the department, has told all field I-T offices in the country that "all scrutiny notices..

., shall henceforth, be issued in these revised formats only".

"This has become necessary in view of board's (CBDT) decision to utilise e-proceeding facility for electronic conduct of assessment proceedings in a widespread manner from this financial year," the CBDT order, issued yesterday, said.

The three revised notices have been accessed by PTI and are meant for procedures of limited, complete and compulsory manual scrutiny.

A scrutiny procedure in the income tax system pertains to a case where a taxpayer is required to provide a number of documents and testimonials to the assessing officer (AO) after his or her case is picked up for a threadbare examination after study of their tax returns.

The department has said in the past that it only picks less than one per cent of the total I-T returns (ITRs) filed for examination under the long-drawn scrutiny process but this has still been a issue of grievance for many assessees.

Each of the three, one-page notices, will bear the name of the assessing officer, their designation, telephone and fax number and now, their email id too.

A taxpayer can use their account on the official e-filing website of the department ( or their personal email id to conduct their scrutiny assessment dealings with the AO.

"The department wants itself to be seen as a facilitator for the honest tax paying public without him or her requiring to visit the tax office and conducting their dealing with the AO with ease of the click of a computer mouse.The e-proceeding is aimed to curb complaints of harassment and corruption in tax related issues," a senior officer of the department said.

The new notices will also carry a five-point explanation about the new changes being made for the taxpayer with the ushering in of the Internet-based e-proceeding regime in the Income Tax Department.
"As part of the e-governance initiative to facilitate conduct of assessment proceedings electronically, I-T department has launched e-proceeding facility.

"It is a simple way of communication between the department and assessee, through electronic means, without the necessity to visit the income tax office for conduct of assessment proceedings. This taxpayer friendly measure would substantially reduce the compliance burden for the assessee," the note says.
However, the AO will have discretionary powers to call for additional documents and records and seek personal appearance of the taxpayer if there is a reason for him to delve deeper into the case and such a thing is not possible over the e-proceeding communication link.

The CBDT is also expected to soon implement the system of conducting the limited scrutiny cases via the 'e-proceeding' system through the official e-filing website.


Government Makes Aadhaar Mandatory for TB Patients to Avail Government Aid

Government Makes Aadhaar Mandatory for TB Patients to Avail Government Aid

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry has made Aadhaar a compulsory document for tuberculosis patients to be able to avail treatment under the government’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

"An individual eligible to receive the benefit under the scheme, is hereby, required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication," a government notification said. This also means that patients suffering from TB will also be unable to get cash benefits under a central government scheme till they produce their Aadhaar card.

RNTCP under the National Health Mission for promotion of universal access to TB care provides for a conditional cash assistance. The beneficiaries include TB patients, private healthcare providers and treatment supporters."

"This notification will come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all the states and Union territory Administrations except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir," it added. India has 2.8 million cases of TB as of data from 2015.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently said that tuberculosis epidemic in India was "larger" than what had been previously estimated and asserted that the country is among those six countries which accounts for 60% of the 10.4 million new TB cases in 2015.

The ministry has asked patients without Aadhaar card to get themselves enrolled by August 31. It will also offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for those who do not have an Aadhaar number. Till a patient gets the Aadhaar number, he or she can avail the benefits with the help of Aadhaar enrolment ID slip, or other government documents such as voter identity card, PAN card, etc.

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