Friday, December 9, 2016
REVERTING OF NPS EMPLOYEES TO OLD PENSION SCHEME FROM THE DATE OF ARISING VACANCY - GOVT. WILL FILE APPEAL IN THE HIGH COURT AGAINST CAT JUDGMENT: RAJYASABHA Q&A
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1506
Revision of NPS employees to Old Pension Scheme
1506 . Shri Neeraj Shekhar
(a) whether Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam bench has ordered the Central Government to revert the employees who had joined after 1st January, 2004 under NPS to Old Pension Scheme and has observed that date of vacancy should be the basis for inclusion under NPS or Old Pension Scheme instead of date of joining, if so, details thereof;
(b) whether Government has reverted them to Old Pension Scheme, if so, details thereof, if not, reasons therefore; and
(c) whether Government would issue notification for all Central/State Governments and Autonomous Organizations employees in this regard, as per the above orders, if not reasons therefore?
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
(a) The Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in its judgment has declared that the applicants of Original Application No. 20/2015 are deemed to have been appointed from the date of vacancy arose and they shall be included in the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.
(b) No Sir. It has been decided to file a petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the orders of Hon’ble CAT in Original Application No. 20/2015.
(c) No Sir, as it has been decided to file a petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala against the orders of Hon’ble CAT in Original Application No. 20/2015.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCE ON THE SAD DEMISE OF THE IRON LADY OF INDIA ! LET HER SOUL TO REST IN PEACE !
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Aadhaar-based Authentication for Card Present Transactions
December 02, 2016
The Chairman and Managing Director / Chief Executive Officers
All Scheduled Commercial Banks including RRBs / Urban Co-operative Banks /
State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks/
Authorised Card Payment Networks / White Label ATM Operators /
Payments Banks / Small Finance Banks
Dear Madam / Sir,
Aadhaar-based Authentication for Card Present Transactions
A reference is invited to our circular DPSS.CO.PD.No.892/02.14.003/2016-17 dated September 29, 2016 wherein banks were advised to ensure that all new card present acceptance infrastructure deployed with effect from January 1, 2017 are enabled for processing payment transactions using Aadhaar-based biometric authentication also.
2. It has been brought to our notice that the rate of deployment of acceptance infrastructure has slowed down owing to the mismatch between demand and supply of such Aadhaar-enabled devices. Therefore, on a review, it has been decided to extend the time for deployment of Aadhaar-enabled devices till June 30, 2017. However, banks may continue to make necessary arrangements, including changes as host-end, network level and device readiness, as required to ensure adherence to above instructions.
3. Further, it is also clarified that the instructions contained in our circular dated September 29, 2016 are for deployment of new card acceptance infrastructure. As regards enablement of existing card acceptance infrastructure for processing payment transactions using Aadhaar-based biometric authentication, the timeline will be advised in due course.
4. This directive is issued under Section 10(2) read with Section 18 of Payment and Settlement Systems Act 2007 (Act 51 of 2007).
5. Please acknowledge the receipt of this circular.
(Nanda S. Dave)
Chief General Manager
Revision of Income limit for dependency for the purpose of providing Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) coverage to family members of the CGHS covered employees subsequent to implementation of recommendation of the seventh Central Pay Commission
Assessment of equivalence of employees
It is a fact that evaluation of the equivalent or comparable posts in public sector undertakings, Banks, Insurance companies, Universities, private employment vis-à-vis Government posts could not be established so far. However, the extant instructions of Department of Personnel and Training dated 8.9.1993 read with instructions of 14.10.2004 provide that till such time the equivalence of comparable posts in such organizations vis-à-vis Government posts are established, the criteria of income/wealth test shall apply to determine their creamy layer status.
The benefit of reservation is not available to the candidates who fall in creamy layer. However, as per the extant instructions, the sons and daughters of persons employed in public sector undertakings, Banks, Insurance companies, Universities, private employment etc. having income of upto Rs.6 lakhs either from salary or from other sources would fall in non-creamy layer and would be eligible to get the benefits of reservation under Other Backward Class (OBC) category.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Smt. Chhaya Verma and Ch. Sukhram Singh Yadav in the Rajya Sabha today.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Departmental Council (JCM) will be held on 20-12-2016 at 11.00 A.M. under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Posts).
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
No. 06/03/2015-SR Dated 30th November, 2016.
Subject: Notice for the next Departmental Council (JCM) meeting in the Department of Posts.
The meeting of the DepartmentalCouncil (JCM) will be held on 20-12-2016 at 11.00 A.M. under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Posts) in G.P. Roy Committee Room, 2nd Floor, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi.
Please make it convenient to attend the meeting. The meeting will be followed by lunch.
( K. Mathivanan)
Director (SR & Legal)
1. Shri R.N. Parashar
2. Shri D. Theagarajan
3. Shri Giri Raj Singh
4. Shri D. Krishna Rao
5. Shri P. Suresh
6. Shri T.N. Rahate
7. Shri J. Ramamurthy
8. Ms. R. Seethalakshmi
9. Shri Subhash Chakravarthy
10. Shri Pranab Bhatacharjee
11. Shri T. Satyanarayana
12. Shri N. Ramappa
13. Shri P.K. Muralidharan
14. Shri Dharam Pal Sharma
15. Shri Shivkant Mishra
India Post Payment Bank Ltd (IPPB) has released the Call Letters for IPPB Scale II, III and V Recruitment Online Exam 2016. The online examination for the above mentioned posts is scheduled to be held on 17th December 2016.
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Economy in use of paper – Digitisation of publications to save on stationery and expenditure - Ministry of Finance
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Expenditure)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th November, 2016
Subject: Economy in use of paper – Digitisation of publications to save on stationery and expenditure
Ministry of Finance has been issuing instructions from time to time on expenditure management, fiscal discipline and on the need for economy and rationalisation of Government expenditure. Instructions on use of judicious use of paper have been issued by this Department in the past and similar instructions are also contained in the Manual of Office Procedure published by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.
2.Expenditure Management Commission has also recommended that publications should be digitised wherever possible, to save on stationery and expenditure. Considering that electronic publications (e-publications) are environment friendly, all Ministries / Departments may review the utilisation of their different publications and to start with e-publish some of their non-Statutory publications while considerably reducing use of paper e-publications would also serve as a good digital repository for posterity that can be accessed anywhere unlike manual publications.
3.All Ministries / Departments may issue suitable instructions in this regard in respect of organisations / entities and field organisations under their administrative control.
4.This issues with the approval of FS and Secretary Expenditure.
Director (E. Coord)
Thursday, December 1, 2016
HYDERABAD: Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer K Sudheer Babu reportedly made fraudulent cash exchange transactions at different post offices in Greater Hyderabad, according to investigators, in fresh revelations following raids at post offices.
On interrogating Babu, the senior superintendent of post offices, Hyderabad, CBI sleuths found that in addition to exchanging 36 lakh demonetised currency in a fraudulent manner at Himayatnagar sub-post office, in cahoots with his office assistant G Ravi Teja and Himayatnagar sub-postmaster G Revathi, the IPoS officer had also exchanged lakhs of rupees of demonetised currency at other post offices in his jurisdiction.
CBI sleuths discovered that at the Himayatnagar sub-post office only 987 cash exchange request slips were found, which accounted for cash exchange of only 36,28,000, whereas the total amount of cash exchanged at the post office was 74,73,500.
On questioning, Revathi told CBI sleuths that on November 12 she had issued 36,00,000 in new currency to Ravi Teja in exchange for demonetised currency on the oral instructions of Babu.
The CBI sleuths have been grilling Sudheer and Teja to identify post offices where fraudulent transactions took place and other officials who may have assisted the IPoS officer in executing the fraud. They were also questioning Sudheer to find out whose demonetised currency he had exchanged and for what commission.
The sleuths have registered a case against Sudheer, Ravi Teja, Revathi and unknown private persons under sections, 120-B r/w 406, 409, 477-A of the Indian Penal code C and 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of the PC Act. With the help of postal vigilance officials, the CBI is gathering more evidence and arrests are likely in a day or two.
COURTEST: THE TIMES OF INDIA Nov 29, 2016, 12.17 PM IST
It has been informed, by the S. R. Section that JCM Departmental Council Meeting scheduled to be held on 20th December-2016 at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
All Members of JCM (DC) are requested to attend the Meeting in time.
Formal notification will be published after receipt from Directorate.
Hence the RJCM meeting proposed on 20.12.2016 is now requested to be rescheduled by first week of Jan.2017.
Confederation draft Memorandum to Hon’ble Finance Minister conveying our views and demands for inclusion in General Budget 2016-17
1) All National Secretariat Members
2) All affiliated organisations
3) All COCs
It is proposed to submit a Memorandum to Hon’ble Finance Minister conveying our views and demands for inclusion in General Budget 2016-17. Draft Copy of the Memorandum is given below.
Please suggest additions/Modifications, if any, required, within two days.
Mob: 09447068125E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DRAFT MEMORANDUM
THE STRIKE BECOMES INEVITABLE
K. K. N. Kutty, National President, Confederation
It is now more than four months that the Government has held out the assurance to the leaders of NJCA that they would revisit the minimum wage determination and the consequent fitment factor of the 7th CPC. The understanding reached on 30th June, 2016 was that the Government would set up a high level committee to examine the complaint made by the employees organizations to the effect that the 7th CPC had not adhered to the norms of the Dr. Aykhroyd formula. The said decision was in the backdrop of the NJCA’s strike notice which was served on 9th June, 2016 and its resolve to go ahead with the said decision to organize the indefinite strike action from 11th July, 2016.
The employees had realized that contrary to the impression, the 7th CPC imparted to the leaders during their interaction with it, its final suggestions were extremely nugatory and were the product of pressure exerted by the Government on the Commission .at the fag end of its functioning. They found that the minimum wage determined by the commission was in violation with the agreed principles of wage determination in the case of civil servants, it had recommended the least quantum increase in the wages in comparison with all the earlier Commissions; it had reduced the rates of various allowances without any valid rhyme or reason; it had abolished certain allowances despite the continuance of the extra functions/circumstances for which those allowances were originally granted; had abolished all interest free advances; had withdrawn the existing benefits, perks and privileges which had originally granted to a section of the employees and officers taking into account the peculiarities of the assigned jobs to them etc. Naturally the disappointment that arose from such negative attitude of the Commission paved way for anger and consequent agitation, creating thus an atmosphere of confrontation.
The setting-up of a committee under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary was, therefore, seen as a step in the right direction. After about six months deliberations, the Committee seems to have given a report to the Government content of which was not made public. However, during its inter action with the Staff Side, the Committee had given the impression and indication that it would make changes to the quantum of minimum wage and fitment factor and the Fixed Medical Allowance of the Pensioners would be suitably amended. The Committee intimated the staff Side that the Government would set up separate Committees for allowances and advances to effect a relook into the matter in consultation with various nodal departments of the Government of India. In other words, the Government through the Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary conveyed that it would create a conducive climate for a fruitful negotiation and settlement.
The 29th June proclamation in the form of Notifications was a bolt from the blue . Was it designed to discredit the NJCA leadership or snub the Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary or reflection of the arrogance of the party in power was not discernible. It was in that background the NJCA met on 30th June and decided unanimously to go ahead with the preparation for the indefinite strike action. Undoubtedly the Government’s attitude had added fuel to the fire of anger and the leaders especially at the gross root level ,who had hoped that the Government would avert the situation of confrontation welcomed the decision of the NJCA wholeheartedly.
The late night discussions, the group of Ministers had with the NJCA leadership on 30th June, 2016 and the offer of a negotiated settlement of the core issues through the setting up of a high level committee was considered a step in the right direction by the NJCA leadership while accepting the offer of talks, though the State level leadership in quite a number of states felt that the Government was indulging in chicanery.
The time frame of six months for the Committee to complete its deliberations and make suggestions to the government on the core issues was over technically on 6th November, 2016 . The National Secretariat of the Confederation met and rightly decided to chalk out a series of programmes of action, the second phase of which would be carried out on 15th June, 2016 in the form of a massive march to the Parliament house. These programmes are to culminate in a strike action. Isolated action, the Confederation is fully aware is not capable of bringing about compulsion on the Government to revise their decisions promulgated on 29th June, 2016. Confederation is confident that the Defence and Railway organizations who are the predominant partners in the NJCA would realize the gravity of the situation and enliven the NJCA and spearhead the movement to its logical end. Isolated ventures will not be avoidable in certain exigencies, when demarcation in action becomes necessary so as to maintain the character and ideology of the organization and confidence of its members becomes paramount.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
1st Meeting of the Anomaly Committee to he held on 01.12.2016 un the Chairmanship of Secretary (P) on the calculation of the Disability Pension for Defence Forces’ Personnel as per the recommendation of the 7th CPC
RECORD NOTE OF THE DISCUSSION ON DOPT-SPECIFIC ALLOWANCES, HELD WITH THE STAFF-SIDE, NATIONAL COUNCIL (JCM) AT 3.00 P.M. ON 25.10.2016 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY (P).
A discussion on the DoPT-specific allowances with the Staff-Side National Council (JCM) was held at 3.00 p.m. on 25.10.2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary(Personnel) in Room NO.119, North Block, Delhi in compliance with the direction contained in the minutes of the 2nd meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 01.09.2016 that every Ministry/Department should firm up its views/comments on allowances relating to the Ministry/Department after holding discussion with their Staff Associations.
2. List of participants is at Annexure.
3. At the outset JS(JCA) welcomed all the members of the Staff side of the National Council of JCM to the discussion on department specific allowances. JS(JCA) informed that in the second meeting of the Committee on Allowances it was decided that all the department specific allowances will be discussed with the JCM. After a brief introduction it was decided to discuss the following department specific allowances on which has received the comments for Staff-Side.
Children Education Allowance (CEA)
The Staff-Side has stated that the benefit of Children’s Education Allowance should be extended to the Graduate and Post Graduate levels also. They have informed that the private institutions are charging exorbitantly. So, subject to a ceiling on tuition fees and hostel fees, the CEA should be extended to the Graduates and Post Graduates level. Staff-Side has informed that they had also represented to the Pay Commission for simplifying the procedure wherein they had suggested that reimbursement should be based on the bonafide certificates from the schools where the children are studying. This suggestion has been accepted by the Pay Commission and the Staff-Side has requested that it should be implemented.
On the issue of DOPT’s circular on e-receipt, Secretary, DoPT clarified that this circular had been issued before the government accepted the 7th pay Commission recommendation.
Night Duty Allowance (NDA)
Staff-Side has pointed out that the Night Duty Allowance (NDA) is still being paid at the 4th CPC rate. Even though there is a Board Of Arbitration award in favour of employees that from 01.01.1996 it should be given in the 5th CPC pay scale, the government did not accept the arbitration award and even today employees are getting it at the same rate as it was prevalent during the 4th CPC period. In the Ministry Of Defencc a lot of litigation had taken place and the matter went up to the Supreme Court. Hon’ble Supreme Court directed that it should be paid on the basis of the actual pay drawn and that NDA should be revised w.e.f. 01.04.2016 at the 6th CPC pay scale which has been implemented by the government. However, the audit authorities came up with an objection that there is a ceiling for it which has been objected to by the Staff-Side.
Apart from that, the 7th pay Commission has recommended that it should be worked out with the actual pay of the employee being are criterion. However, in spite of that, except for the Ministries of Defence and Railways, employees working in other Ministries/Departments are getting it at 4th CPC rate. Thus, the absence of uniformity on this allowance across Ministries/ Departments is Very glaring which, according to the Staff-Side, is a principal source of litigation and will continue to remain so. Therefore, the Staff-Side has suggested that an early revision of the without ceiling, and on the basis of the actual basic pay, and extending it to whoever is asked to do night duty will go a long way in reducing litigations in the future.
Over Time Allowance (OTA)
Staff-Side has pointed out that there are two types of over time duty. One is covered under the Factories Act, 1948, and the other is for the office staff. In the first case, since it is a statutory obligation, the pay Commission has not recommended anything on it. But for those Central Government employees who are not covered under the statutory provisions of the Factories Act, OTA is paid at a single rate of Rs.15.85/- Only and, that too, fot the first hour immediately after the scheduled office Closing time, it is Nil. In case of OTA there is also an arbitration award from 01.01.1996 that it should be at par with the 5th CPC pay scale. However, neither it has been implemented not have the rates been revised.
The Staff-Side has stated that if an employee is asked to word after office hours, the rate of OTA Should be as per 7th CPC Pay Scale. Staff-Side is of the opinion that overall means working after office hours, and asking an employee to work beyond office hours automatically entitles him/her to this allowance. The Over Time rates should also be above the normal level. It was pointed out by them that as per 7th CPC. an is paid @ Rs.75/hour; whereas overtime allowance is @ Rs.15.85/- only. Even an outsider employed on casual basis is being paid hourly wages which are more than OTA. The Staff-Side is strongly of the view that if government is deploying a person on overtime work then he has to be paid at least according to the rate of salary which he is getting.
Cash Handling Allowance (CHA)
Staff-Side has informed that the 7th CPC recommendation on its abolition is based on the fact that in most of the offices today salary disbursement is not made in cash. It is credited to the individual bank accounts. But cash transactions do take place in certain offices like the Post Offices where cash handouts are made under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. PLI is also another example. Therefore, if it is stopped all of a sudden, no person will show interest in working as cashiers and take the additional responsibility of handling huge amounts of cash. Therefore, the Staff-Side has contended that till all cash transactions are ehminated, CHA should continue.
It was also pointed out by them that this allowance depends on the amount of cash transaction; when the volume of cash transaction comes down, the allowance also proportionately come down.
Uniform related allowances subsumed in a single Dress Allowance (including shoes)
Staff-Side has informed that the 7th Pay Commission has recommended that Persons Below Officers Rank (PBOR) should be given Dress Allowance @ Rs.10,000/- per month. There are 5 Ordnance Factories under Ministry of Defence where persons are exclusively deployed to produce special high altitude dresses for the combat forces of the army. 12000 employees are working in these 5 factories. Therefore, if a uniform rate like this is maintained, it will have an adverse impact on the quality of these high altitude uniforms and will thus jeopardise the safety of the army men and the nation as a whole. Staff-Side is stated to have already made a request to M/o Defence not to implement this recommendation. Army has also taken a stand that this will result in substandard or sub quality material So this recommendation on the Dress allowance for PBOR should not be implemented.
As far as Civilian employees are concerned, it has been stated that the 7th CPC has recommended four slabs of Dress Allowances for various categories. One of the categories is called ‘others’. Whereas, in the Department of Posts there are about 75,000 postmen and Multi Tasking Staff wearing uniform. There is no mention about these postmen and multi tasking staff in any of the categories shown by the Pay Commission. If it is presumed that they come under ‘Others’, then they will be getting Rs.5,000 Whereas at present they are getting around Rs.7,000 plus washing allowance. As such a separate category should be there for postmen and MTS also and the allowance should be Rs.10,000/-.
It has also been pointed out that there are many categories like canteen employees, security staff, chowkidars which have not been mentioned and who are eligible for uniform or uniform allowances. It has to be clarified whether these categories will be covered under ‘others’. Staff-Side has stated that whosoever is getting Dress Allowance as on today should continue to get that. Staff-Side has also informed that the recommendations on Dress Allowance have created a lot of discrimination among staff working in similar circumstances.
Staff-Side has also drawn attention to the Dress Allowance with respect to the Nursing Staff. It has been stated that earlier also Nursing Staff were not given normal washing allowance or dress allowance considering the importance or the peculiar conditions prevailing in hospitals. Now they have also been bracketed in the general category. They were getting Rs.750 as Uniform Allowance and Rs.450 as Washing Allowance per month. Now there is no separate category that has been given to them. For them a different dispensation was made taking into account their special requirements because they work in such an environment where their uniforms require regular washing entailing a substantial expenditure. As these have not been accounted for in the 7th CPC, the nursing staff should have a special dispensation, as is strongly felt by the Staff-Side.
JS (JCA) has requested Staff-Side to submit a note on the justification or break-up of the amount of Rs.32,400(maximum) as suggested by them and the Staff-Side has agreed to provide the same.
Secretary, DOPT summed up the demands of the Staff-Side by observing that those who were getting Dress Allowances, their allowances should not come down. And the categories of the employees which had special dispensation in the past and have not been mentioned this time or have been clubbed together with other categories need clarification.
(Action: JS(JCA)/Staff Side)
The Staff-Side has informed That Ministry of Defence is engaged in arms and ammunitions manufacturing etc. In the process of manufacturing them, the staff engaged for this purpose, have to handle hazardous chemicals, acids and so many Other poisonous combinations. Cabinet has approved 45 risk operations pertaining to Defence civilian employees. Apart from that, because of the technological developments taking place fast and as the requirement of the armed forces is increasing for getting modern equipments, ammunitions and explosives, new risk operations have also come into existence of which Ministry of Defence is aware and have recommended also accordingly. In spite of this, the existing Risk Allowance has been abolished by the Pay Commission. It has been pointed out by the Staff-Side that it has not been subsumed under the risk and hardship matrix. Rather it comes in the abolition list. In no matrix are the risk operations of Defcnce civilians are covered. Staff-Side has informed that they have discussed this with Defence Secretary and Defence Ministry is going to recommend in favour of its inclusion in one Of the matrix.
In response to the query of Secretary, DOPT as whether the activities which have been considered to be risky have all been identified, Staff-Side has clarified that it has been identified by a high level committee and approved by the Cabinet, 45 risk operations have been identified and approved. But within a period of 2 decades, lot of new ammunitions and new explosives have come in the arsenal, alongwith a lot of hazardous chemicals and acids. So, M/o Defence has again appointed a committee and they have identified that all these ate additional risk operations over and above the 45 identified, where Defencc Civilian employees are actively involved. But the Pay Commission has abolished Risk Allowance. So this has to be incorporated in onc of the risk matrix.
Staff-Side has pointed out that in the 7th CPC report it has been stated that any allowance not mentioned and hence not reported to the Commission shall cease to exist immediately. They have requested that this recommendation should be rejected. On the contrary, the administrative Ministries should come forward and recommend for their abolition or retention.
Staff-Side has also stated that 7th CPC has abolished all advances completely. Noting that we regularly celebrate a number of festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid and keeping the general sentiment in mind, they are of the view that advances are very necessary. Moreover, these advances are required to be paid back to the government.
On Family Planning Allowance, the Staff-Side has stated that since the Government has not changed its Family Planning policy, the allowance should be continued, At least in the case of those people who were getting it they should continue to get as they have fulfilled all conditions when the allowance were granted. Otherwise be drop in their emoluments.
The Staff –Side also demanded that the 7th CPC had not revised the rate of Fixed Medical Allowance for pensioners. Therefore, the Fixed Medical Allowance for pensioners may be revised ro Rs.2000/- from existing Rs.500/-