Thursday, January 5, 2017

Amendment in RRs for revising the upper age limit as 30 years for the recruitment made under Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC for the post carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800

Amendment in RRs for revising the upper age limit as 30 years for the recruitment made under Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC for the post carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800/.
No.AB-14017/48/2010-Estt.(RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel P.G & pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 28th, Dec 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Amendment in RRs for revising the upper age limit as 30 years for the recruitment made under Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by SSC for the post carrying Grade Pay of Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800/-.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 31st May, 2016 issued in pursuance of meeting in DoPT on the issue cited in subject above. All the participant Ministries/Departments were requested to send a proposal for amendment of the Recruitment Rules for the posts having Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/-, 4600/- and 4800/- which are part of CGLE so as to revise the upper age limit as 30 years, in consonance with the guidelines on framing/amendment of Recruitment Rules dated 31.12.2010.

2. Further, DoPT vide OM dated 14.09.2016 requested all participating Ministries / Departments to convey the status for amendment of the RRs of the posts carrying Grade Pay Rs. 4200, 4600 & 4800/- and to furnish a copy of the notification of the Recruitment Rules.

3. A statement containing the details of the posts for which recruitment rules are required to be amended is enclosed. The cadre controlling authorities of respective Ministries/Departments are requested to inform this Department about the current status of amendment. A copy of the notification issued for amendment in RRs may be sent to this Department latest by 10.01.2017.
(G. Jayanthi)
Director (E-I)
Details of the posts for which RRs are to be amended

Name of the Post Grade PayMinistry/Department Existing Upper age CGLE-2016
Assistant4600Central Vigilance Commission18-27 years
Assistant4600M/o Home Affairs21-27 years
Assistant4600M/o Railways18-27 years
Assistant4600M/o External Affairs18-27 years
Assistant4600M/o Defence18-27 years
Assistant4600Other Ministries18-27 years
4200
Inspector of Income Tax4600D/o Revenue18-27 years
Inspector (Central Excise)
Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Inspector of Posts4200D/o Posts18-27 years
Divisional Accountant4200D/o Expenditure18-27 years
Inspector4200Central Bureau of Narcotics18-27 years

Authority: Dopt

7th Pay Commission: Personally pained as Government ignored genuine demands, says NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra

7th Pay Commission: Personally pained as Government ignored genuine demands, says NJCA convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra

NJCA had led a relentless campaign to seek upgradation of minimum salary to Rs 26,000, instead of Rs 18,000 proposed by 7th Central Pay Commission.

New Delhi, Jan 4: National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor Shiv Gopal Mishra once again lashed out at Centre for not paying heed to the demands of aggrieved central government employees. Mishra, who also heads the All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF), claimed that he is personally pained since the government has ignored the genuine demands raised on behalf of employee unions. Mishra listed two of the most genuine demands which he wanted Centre to fulfill: Upscaling of minimum salary to Rs 26,000 and enabling Old Pension System for employees hired on and after 1st January, 2014.

"In the recommendations of the 7th CPC both the demands were ignored," Mishra said in his statement issued for AIRF. He further added, “held meetings with the Cabinet Secretary, Secretary(DoP&T), Secretary (Exp.) etc. of the Government of India, to extract maximum benefits for all of you, but up till now nothing fruitful has emerged,” he added.

Centre had constituted a High Level Committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to look into the anomalies raised following the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The allowances of government employees, along with arrears would only be cleared after the committee submits is report. The allowances are likely to be rolled out following the Union Budget.

The report of 7th Pay Commission was notified by Union Government in July. Although the salaries have been hiked using 2.57 fitment factor. However, the hike in allowances were put on hold as employee unions had raised objections. The 7th Pay Commission report submitted by Justice (retd) AK Mathur subsumed 37 and abolished 51 out of the incumbent 196 allowances.

Apart from the National Council (Staff Side), Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers have launched a campaign against Centre, seeking fulfillment of 21-point-charter of demands. They have called for a nationwide strike on February 15.

7th Pay Commission: Top 2 developments before Budget 2017 raise hopes for Central government employees

7th Pay Commission: Top 2 developments before Budget 2017 raise hopes for Central government employees

The finance ministry seems better placed now after demonetisation to decide on raising allowances as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

With the dust at least partly settled over demonetisation and the subsequent disruption at the finance ministry, there seems to be renewed cheer among Central government employees of a decision on allowances as recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Two developments in this regard are worth taking note of, even as Budget 2017 is about a month away.

As has been reportedly earlier, the second amnesty scheme for tax defaulters - Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 - estimated to net the Modi government a substantial amount, the financial outgo of Rs 1,02,100 crore no longer seems to be a hurdle.

However, the note ban decision and the spate of activities that followed the decision about raising allowances to the back burner made employees restive.

Now they hope the government will quickly move on the issue that involves about 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

While a website claiming to represent bureaucrats said that the finance ministry is likely to pay the enhanced allowances (possibly along with arrears) after Budget 2017 in February, another said that employees have sought a meeting with the ministry to resolve the issue at the earliest.

"Government is very pleased to pay the higher allowances to its employees after Budget. The acute cash crunch in banks and ATMs that prevailed for a month following the demonetization move of the government has eased from January 1, as the daily withdrawal limit from ATMs has been increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,500. Hence, the Finance Ministry felt it would be wiser to announce of higher allowances after Budget," the Sen Times quoted a senior finance ministry official as saying.
Another significant development is a communication by the staff side National Council of the Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) seeking an early redressal of the issue.

"Almost four months have passed (since September 1, 2016 meeting) without any outcome. All the Central Government Employees are quite agitated as well as are having mental agony because allowances of the VII CPC, have not been implemented. You are therefore, requested to fix-up a meeting of the Committee on Allowances, at an earliest to resolve the issues placed in the memorandum of the Staff Side(JCM) on various allowances," the letter read.

The CPC examined 196 allowances and gave its recommendations on abolishing or raising some of them while recommending others to be subsumed with other perks. It had proposed 138.71 percent hike in HRA and 49.79 percent for other allowances, while submitting its voluminous report in November 2015.

The Budget for the financial year 2017-18 is likely to be presented on February 1 by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Source: ibtimes.co.in

DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% - Dearness Allowance Estimation

DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% - Dearness Allowance Estimation

DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% based on Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) from January 2016 to December 2016 - Net increase in DA with effect from January 2017 is estimated to be 2% or 3%

All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) for the month of November 2016 has been released by Ministry of Labour few days back.

What do we need for estimating DA from January 2017 ?

After implementation of 7th Pay Commission report, same inflation index i.e Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) with base year 2001=100, which was used for 6th Pay Commission Pay, is adopted for determining Dearness Allowance of Central Government Employees and Pensioners.
The only difference in DA calculation as far as DA from January 2016 will be, will be taking the Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015 in the place of Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2005 which was used in 6th CPC DA calculation

Dearness Allowance payable after implementation of 7th Pay Commission= (Avg of CPI-IW for the past 12 months - Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015)*100/(Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015)

In order to determine DA with effect from January 2017, based on the above formula we need Consumer Price Index for the months from January 2016 to December 2016

Now that Consumer Price Index for the months from January 2016 to November 2016 is available, we have made an attempt to estimate Dearness Allowance applicable to Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from 1st January 2016, by assuming the possible CPI (IW) for the month of December 2016.
MonthActual AICPI-IW
Jan-2016269
Feb-2016267
Mar-2016268
Apr-2016271
May-2016275
Jun-2016277
Jul-2016280
Aug-2016278
Sep-2016277
Oct-2016278
Nov-2016277
Dec-2016Yet to be released

Estimation of DA from 1st January 2017:

Scenario 1 : No increase in AICPI (IW) in December 2016

AICPI (IW) for November 2016 is 277. If AICPI (IW) for December 2016 remains the same as November 2016, there will be additional 1% increase in DA from January 2017 which would make overall DA as 5%.

DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+
277+278+277+277)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 5 %

Scenario 2: Decrease in AICPI (IW) in December 2016
Even if All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) decreases by 31 point and pegged at 246 in the month of December 2016, DA from January 2017 will be 4% . At the same time even for 1 point decrease in the index for December 2016 will result in lesser DA increase from January 2017 compared to Sceanrio 1 in which index is unaltered in Dec 2016.
DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+
277+278+277+246)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 4 %
DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+
277+278+277+276)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 4 %

Scenario 3 : Increase in AICPI (IW) in December 2016

It is very interesting to note here that, even for increase in consumer price index in the month of December up to 31 points, i.e Increase in AICPI (IW) for December 2016 to 308 points from 277 points in November 2016, DA from January 2017 will be 5% only.

DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+
275+277+280+278+277+
278+277+308)/12]-(261.4)
X100/261.4
= 5 %

The other scenario that increase of more than 31 points in AICPI (IW) in the month of December 2016 for making DA with effect from January 2017 more than 5% is most unlikely.

Hence, it is more logical to conclude that DA from January 2017 will be either 4% or 5%.

Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes

Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes

F.No.1/04/2016-NS.II
Government Of India
Ministry Of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
(Budget Division)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: December 30, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 16th February,2016, vide which the various decisions taken by the Government regarding interest fixation for small savings schemes were communicated to all concerned.

2. On the basis of the decision of the Government interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on quarterly basis. Accordingly, the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the fourth quarter of financial year 2016-17 starting on 1st January, 2017 and ending on 31st March 2017 on the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in the schemes, shall be as under:

InstrumentRate of interest w.e.f. 01.10.2016 to 31.12.2016Rate of interest w.e.f. 01.01.2017 to 31.03.2017Compounding frequency*
Savings Deposit4.04.0Annually
1 Year Time Deposit7.07.0Quarterly
2 Year Time Deposit7.17.1Quarterly
3 Year Time Deposit7.37.3Quarterly
5 Year Time Deposit7.87.8Quarterly
5 Year Recurring Deposit7.37.3Quarterly
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme8.58.5Quarterly and paid
5 Year Monthly Income Account Scheme7.77.7Monthly and Paid
5 Year National Savings Certificate8.08.0Annually
Public Provident Fund Scheme8.08.0Annually
Kisan Vikas Patra7.7 (will mature in 112 months)7.7 (will mature in 112 months)Annually
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme8.58.5Annually
* No Change

3. This has the approval of Finance Minister.
(Vyasan R)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Tele: 01123092326
Source: Finmin.nic.in

Relaxation of procedures to be followed in considering requests for medical reimbursement

Relaxation of procedures to be followed in considering requests for medical reimbursement - Clarification
No. S.11011/14/2016-EHSS
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 108
Dated: the 4th November, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Relaxation of procedures to be followed in considering requests for medical reimbursement - Clarification

The undersigned is directed to state that the condition mentioned in Para 3(2)(g) of this Ministry's OM No. 4-18/2005-C&P [Vol.1I-Pt (I)], dated 20.02.2009 is modified to the extant as under:
"The treatment was obtained in private non-empanelled hospital under emergency, while on official tour to another city."

2. Further, it is also clarified that the cases, which were processed and decided earlier on the basis of OM dated 20.02.2009, should not be reopened.

3. This OM will be effective from the date of issue.

4. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source: CGHS.gov.in

Revision of Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshops and Production Units

Revision of Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshops and Production Units

Since recommendations of the VII CPC have already been accepted by the government, and most of them have been implemented by the Ministry of Railways as well, resulting in revision of various pay scales etc., it would be quite appropriate that, Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor be revised for Workshops and Production Units Staff w.e.f. 01.01.2016, i.e. date of implementation of recommendations of the VII CPC at an early date.

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen's Federation
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD,
NEW DELHI - 110055
INDIA
The Member Rolling Stock,
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Revision of Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshops and Production Units

Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor of Workshops and Production Units Staff were last revised vide Railway Board’s letter No.2008/M(W)/814/38 dated 27.07.2010 after implementation of recommendations of the VII CPC and revision of pay scales etc. based on that.

Since recommendations of the VII CPC have already been accepted by the government, and most of them have been implemented by the Ministry of Railways as well, resulting in revision of various pay scales etc., it would be quite appropriate that, Hourly Rates of Incentive Bonus and Bonus Factor be revised for Workshops and Production Units Staff w.e.f. 01.01.2016, i.e. date of implementation of recommendations of the VII CPC at an early date.

An early action in the matter shall be highly appreciated.
Yours Faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary
Source : http://www.airfindia.org/

Dearness Relief (DR) Calculation Sheet

Dearness Relief (DR) Calculation Sheet

Since 7th Pay Commission  (New Formula)
MonthAll India Index% of Increase
Jan-162690.48
Feb-162670.93
Mar-162681.38
Apr-162711.86
May-162752.40
Jun-162772.91
Jul-162803.45
Aug-162783.90
Sep-162774.25
Oct-162784.53
Nov-162774.76

Presently Dearness Allowance for January 2017 is staying at 4.76%. If trend of AICPIN continues as such, minimum 5% DA is expected w.e.f January 2017
S.C.Maheshwari
Secy Genl BPS
Source : http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/

7th Pay Commission - SBI Releases arrears for Veterans

7th Pay Commission - SBI Releases arrears for Veterans

Public sector bank State Bank of India (SBI) said that it has released Rs 3,323.24 crore in arrears to defence pensioners as part of the 7th Pay Commission on Friday. The bank released the amount to about 9.94 lakh pensioners, Rajnish Kumar, managing director (national banking group), said in a statement.

Last month, the bank released about Rs 4,003 crore worth in arrears to 4.60 lakh retired services pensioners. The bank serves to the largest share of central government pensioners across the country and to about 50 percent of total defence pensioners.

This means that so far, roughly Rs 7,300 crore worth in arrears has been released to defence pensioners till now.

In October, the defence ministry had said that it had deferred the representation of the armed forces for a percentage-based system rather than a slab-based system for determining disability pension to the Anomaly Committee of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

The move followed criticism from the opposition parties and the defence forces over a letter issued on September 30, which had stated that a slab-based system will replace the percentage method of calculating the pension for the disability pension for the Army, Navy and the Air Force personnel.

"Service Headquarters have represented that the percentage based system should be continued under the 7th pay commission for calculating disability pension for Defence Services at par with their Civilian counterparts. The Ministry has referred the representation of the Service Headquarters to the Anomaly Committee of 7th pay commission for consideration," a statement by the defence ministry stated.

PTI

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances to be paid after Budget

7th Pay Commission: Higher allowances to be paid after Budget

New Delhi: The higher allowances under 7th pay commission is set to be paid to central government employees and pensioners after the budget 2017-18.

A top official in the Finance Ministry told The Sen Times on the condition on anonymity, "Government is very pleased to pay the higher allowances to its employees after Budget."

He added that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier expressed confidence that the currency shortage would be mitigated after December 30.

"The acute cash crunch in banks and ATMs that prevailed for a month following the demonetization move of the government has eased from January 1, as the daily withdrawal limit from ATMs has been increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,500. Hence, the Finance Ministry felt it would be wiser to announce of higher allowances after Budget." the official revealed.

Currently, the central government employees are getting hike in basic pay with retrospective effect from January 2016 under the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission but they are getting allowances according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.

The 7th pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances, so the government referred hike in allowances other than dearness allowance to the 'Committee on Allowances' headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa for examination.

The 'Committee on Allowances' has finalized the report on the allowances in October, however the government gave extension the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit its report.

TST

Meeting with the Staff Side (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and their implementation

Meeting with the Staff Side (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and their implementation.
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
No.NC/JCM/2016
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side),
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E Mail : ncjcm.np@gmail.com
Dated: December 29, 2016
The Addl. Secretary(Exp.),
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Meeting with the Staff Side (JCM) on the recommendations of the 7th CPC and their implementation.

We had our last meeting on 24th October, 2016, wherein, while concluding, it was assured that, you would consult the Secretary (Expenditure) and would hold next meeting shortly. It is quite unfortunate that, so far much time have passed and nothing has been heard from your end.

Inordinate delay in Revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula is creating lots of problems, and the Central Government Employees are agitated because this issue had been agitating their minds since implementation of 7th CPC Report

You are, therefore, requested to call a meeting with the Staff Side(JCM) to discuss and resolve these issues at the earliest.
With Kind Regards!
Sincerely yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Source : ncjcmstaffside

Expected DA from Jan 2017 : AICPIN for November 2016

Expected DA from Jan 2017 : AICPIN for November 2016

Press Release

Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers on Base 2001=100
CPI(IW) Base 2001=100 Monthly Index Letter - November 2016

JANUARY 2016269
FEBRUARY 2016267
MARCH 2016268
APRIL 2016271
MAY 2016275
JUNE 2016277
JULY 2016280
AUGUST 2016278
SEPTEMBER 2016277
OCTOBER 2016278
NOVEMBER 2016277
DECEMBER 2016

No. 5/1/2016 - CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: 30th December, 2016
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) - November, 2016

The All-India CPI-IW for November, 2016 decreased by 1 point and stood at 277 (two hundred and seventy seven). On 1-month percentage change, it decreased by (-) 0.36 per cent between October and November, 2016 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.37 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum downward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (-) 1.33 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Arhar Dal, Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Groundnut Oil, Chillies Green, Banana, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, French Beans, Gourd, Green Coriander Leaves, Lady’s Finger, Methi, Palak, Potato, Radish, Tomato, etc. are responsible for the decrease in index. However, this decrease was checked by Wheat, Wheat Atta, Gram Dal, Goat Meat, Tea (Readymade), Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, Petrol, Toilet Soap, etc., putting upward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 2.59 per cent for November, 2016 as compared to 3.35 per cent for the previous month and 6.72 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 1.66 per cent against 2.99 per cent of the previous month and 7.86 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Salem reported the maximum decrease of 10 points followed by Bokaro (9 points), Raniganj and Kolkata (6 points each) and Ahmedabad (5 points). Among others, 4 points decrease was observed in 2 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 8 centres and 1 point in 15 centres. On the contrary, Jaipur recorded a maximum increase of 6 points followed by Rourkela and Srinagar (3 points each). Among others, 2 points increase was observed in 5 centres and 1 point in 7 centres. Rest of the 25 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 35 centres are above All-India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Jabalpur, Vishakhapathnam and Ludhiana centres remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of December, 2016 will be released on Tuesday, 31st January, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.

Meeting with the Committee on Allowances

Meeting with the Committee on Allowances
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary
Ph.: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi - 110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC-JCM-2016(Allowances)
The Secretary(Expenditure),
Ministry of Finance,
(Government of India),
North Block,
New Delhi
Dated: December 29, 2016
Dear Sir,
Sub: Meeting with the Committee on Allowances

The Staff Side, National Council(JCM) had a meeting with the Committee on Allowances on 1st September, 2016, wherein it was advised us to send the committee a detailed note. Subsequently, on 16th September, 2016 we sent a detailed note on the allowances to your goodself with the hope that the Committee on Allowances would consider the same, and in case of reservations, they would at least hold a meeting on the detailed memorandum submitted by the Staff Side(JCM).

Almost four months have passed without any outcome. All the Central Government Employees' are quite agitated as well as are having mental agony because allowances of the VII CPC, have not been implemented.

You are, therefore, requested to fix-up a meeting of the Committee on Allowances, at an earliest to resolve the issues placed in the memorandum of the Staff Side(JCM) on various allowances.

Here it is worth-mentioning that, the issues related to DoP&T were discussed by the Secretary (DoP&T) with the Staff Side on 25th October, 2016. The Staff Side is of firm opinion that, there should be resolution to the demands, and these Allowances should be implemented with effect from 01.01.2016, i.e. the date from which VII CPC has been implemented.
Sincerely yours
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)
Source : http://ncjcmstaffside.com

Grant of Dearness Relief to Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission

F.No.42/15/2016 - P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan
Khan Market, New Delhi - 110003
Date: 28th Dec, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Dearness Relief to Pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension - Revised rate effective from 1.7.2016 on implementation of decision taken on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department's OM of even no. dated 16.11.2016 wherein it was decided that the Dearness Relief from 01.07.2016 @ 2% of basic pension / family pension would be admissible to Central Govt Pensioners / Family Pensioners. Vide Para 3(iii) of the said OM, it was also mentioned that those order would not be applicable to the pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension in the pre-2016 pay scales / pay.

2. Subsequently, this Department has issued orders vide OM No 38/49/2016-P&PW(A) dated 30.11.2016 for revision of provisional pension sanctioned based on the pre-revised pay in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department's OM No. 38/37/08-P&PW(A)(ii) dated 04.08.2016.

3. Accordingly, the pensioners who are drawing provisional pension and whose provisional pension has been revised in accordance with the instructions mentioned in this Department's OM No. 38/49/2016-P&PW(A) dated 30.11.2016 would also be entitled to dearness relief on their revised provisional pension, in terms of this Department’s OM No. 42/15/2016-P&PW(G) dated 16.11.2016.

4. Payment of DR involving a fraction of a rupee shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee.

5. It wi!l be the responsibility of the pension disbursing authorities to calculate the quantum of DR payable in each individual case

6. In their application to the pensioner / family pensioners belonging to Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue after consultation with the C&AG.

7. Hindi version will follow.
(Charanjit Taneja)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Order Copy

Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training - case of SSEs

7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates

Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training - case of SSEs (S&T)-reg

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chemlmsford Road, New Delhi - 110 055

No. IV/NFIR/7 CPC (Imp)/2016/R.B.
Dated: 28/12/2016
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of pay fixation under 7th CPC Pay Matrix level to the RRB empanelled candidates who have completed training - case of SSEs (S&T)-reg.

Representations have since been received that RRB empanelled candidates for the post of SSE (S&T) have completed the prescribed induction training on 1st June 2016 particularly on North Central Railway, but however, they have not been granted pay fixation in 7th CPC Pay Matrix till date. It has further been represented by the recruitees that similarly recruited candidaies as SSE, P. Way, C&W etc., have already been granted pay fixation 7th CPC Pay Matrix. The discrimination against directly recruited SSEs (S&T) has been causing disappointment and resentment among them, who feel that the Administration has been indifferent towards their entitlements of 7th CPC Pay Matrix.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to kindly intervene and issue suitable instructions to the GMs of Zonal Railways (more particularly General Manager, N.C. Railway) for ensuring that all such SSE (S&T) trainees who have completed training are granted 7th CPC pay from the date subsequent to the date of completion of training without loss of time.
Yours faithfully
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source : NFIR

Opening of New Kendriya Vidyalaya in Khanpur Distt, Roopnagar, Punjab

Opening of New Kendriya Vidyalaya in Khanpur Distt, Roopnagar, Punjab

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
18, Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg
New Delhi 110 016
F. 11029-06/2013-KVS/(HQ)/(Admn-1)/Vol-II
Date: 20.12.2016
OFFICE ORDER

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) vide office-order of even number dated 04.03.2014, conveyed approval of Government of India, for establishing 54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas under Civil Sector with the stipulation that the sponsoring authority concerned is required to transfer the identified and demarcated land and also to give possession of the same to KVS prior to opening of the new Kendriya Vidyalaya. Kendriya Vidyalaya. Khanpur, Distt. Roopnagar, Punjab is one of these 54 new Kendriya Vidyalayas sanctioned.

Since the land in the matter of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanpur, Distt. Roopnagar, Punjab has been transferred in favour of Kendriya Vidyalaya concerned, the sanction of the Commissioner, KVS is hereby conveyed to start this new Kendriya Vidyalaya under Civil Sector with effect from 01.04.2017 in academic session 2017-18 at the following location:

S.No.Name of Kendriya VidyalayaKendriya Vidyalaya will be made functional at:
1Kendriya Vidyalaya, Khanpur,
Distt. Roopnagar, Punjab
C/o Power Colony, GGSSTP, Roopnagar, Distt.
Roopnagar, Punjab.

The above Vidyalaya will start functioning from class I to V (single section in each class) during the academic year 2017-18 and thereafter will grow consequently based on feasibility.

The admission process may be completed within the time schedule as per extent admission guidelines of KVS.
(S.Vijayakumar)
Joint Commissioner (Admin)
Order Copy

Higher Allowances: Central government employees have no option but to wait for cash flow to ease

Higher Allowances: Central government employees have no option but to wait for cash flow to ease

New Delhi: The central government wants to announce higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission award for its 48 lakh employees and 52 lakh pensioners, after taking the steps to ease the cash flow, that has been a major problem ever since demonetisation was announced for higher allowances announcement, official sources said.

The hike in basic pay without allowances is not helpful for maintaining central government employees’ living standard, Finance Ministry sources told on Friday.

They had also said the allowances of government employees besides basic pay should increase which would give them some financial comfort, a step they had hoped might be taken after next budget, when the cash crunch would ease.

They added that the decision on higher allowances to push since getting of payments to made ease and without facing cash crunch. Hence, the Finance Ministry felt it would be wiser to announce of higher allowances when the cash flow to ease.

In the current financial year, the government has given higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but the hike in allowances other than dearness allowance referred to the 'Committee on Allowances'.

It compelled the the central government employees to get the allowances according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.

"The committee on Allowances headed by the Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa has finalized the report on the allowances in October but the government don’t want to announce it now, so the government gave extension the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit the report on higher allowances for getting normalized the cash crunch position, " the Finance Ministry sources said.

They also added that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may announce the higher allowances in his budget speech for 2017-18.

TST

Government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

Government notifies law on rights of persons with disabilities

New Delhi: Government has notified the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which provides for reservation in government jobs for persons with benchmark disabilities from 3 to 4 per cent, and in higher education institutes from 3 to 5 per cent, Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said today.

"The Bill was passed by Parliament in the winter session and then it was sent to the President for his assent. After the nod from the President, it was notified on Wednesday," Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said on the foundation day of the National Trust.
On the occasion, Gehlot launched the mobile app and Facebook Page of the National Trust.

"Through the app, information regarding the schemes and programmes will be disseminated. The Facebook page was launched with an aim to bring together all NGOs and organisation working in this field on the same platform," Gehlot said.

With the enforcement of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, every child with benchmark disability between the age group of 6 and 18 years will have the right to free education.
The legislation has been made to bring Indian laws in line with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Under the newly enacted Act, the types of disabilities have been increased from the existing seven to 21.

The newly added types include mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, chronic neurological conditions, specific learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, speech and Language disability, thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, multiple disabilities including deaf blindness, acid attack victims and Parkinsons disease.

Also, disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept and government will have the power to add more types of disabilities
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As per the Act, assaulting, insulting, intimidating, denying food to a person with disability or sexually exploiting a differently-abled woman and performing a medical procedure on such women without consent which may lead in termination of pregnancy will draw a jail term up to five years once the law is passed.

Any person who contravenes any provision of the act will be punished with a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakh.

PTI

Indian Railways Measures to Promote Digital Payments

Indian Railways Measures to Promote Digital Payments

In pursuance of this announcement made by Government of India for promotion of Digital & Cashless Economy, Ministry of Railways has initiated some additional following package of incentives and measures. This shall be made effective from 1st January 2017.

1. Ministry of Railways has decided to instruct Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras (YTSKs) to install POS machines and accept payments through all banks debit/credit cards for issuing both reserved and unreserved tickets. They are encouraged to accept payments through other modes also like UPI, USSD, e-wallet, Aadhar enabled payments system.

2. Ministry of Railways has decided to instruct Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Seva (JTBs) are also instructed to accept payments through other modes like UPI, USSD, e-wallets, Aadhar enabled payments system to issue unreserved tickets.

3. Ministry Of Railways have decided to allow 5% Discount for booking of Retiring Room through digital means like using debit/credit cards.

4. Ministry of Railways have decided that 0.5% discount in the base fare of season tickets (Monthly, quarterly, Half yearly, yearly) over suburban section shall be granted in case the payment is made through digital means through debit card, credit card etc.. Other charges like MUTP surcharge, Mela surcharge, service tax etc., if applicable shall be levied separately on the base fare arrived at after giving the 0.5% concession.

PIB

7th CPC Report : Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers

7th CPC Report : Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers

No.IVA {JCA (Ny2014/Part III)}
Dated: 27.12.2016
Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
South Block,
Raisina Hill,
New Delhi-110001

Respected Sir,

Sub: 7th CPC Report - Revision of Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor etc., Assurance given by Senior Ministers-reg.

NFIR brings to your kind notice that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) - consisting JCM constituent organizations of Central Government employees have deferred the Indefinite Strike action on the assurance of Senior Cabinet Ministers on 30th June 2016 that a High Level Committee will be constituted to consider the demands of JCM (Staff Side) within four months for improving the minimum wage and applying revised multiplier factor for pay fixation in 7th CPC Pay Matrices to the Central Government employees which include over 1.3 million Railway employees.

Pursuant to the assurance of Group of Ministers as mentioned above, the decision to go on indefinite strike by Railway employees has been deferred, hoping that there shall be a negotiated settlement on the Charter of demands already submitted to the Cabinet Secretary by the JCM (Staff Side).

NFIR however expresses its deep sense of disappointment over breach of commitment as more than five months passed from the date of assurance given to the Leaders of JCM (Staff Side) by the Group of Ministers (Hon’ble Finance Minister, Home Minister, Railway Minister and Minister of State for Railways). The Railways specific issues on which agreement was reached between the Railway Board and the Federations have also not been implemented till date.

The Railway employees of all categories are greatly disappointed over non-fulfillment of assurances, consequently, there has been a feeling among Rail workforce that the Government is not sensitive towards resolving their genuine grievances and equally not sincere to honour its commitments.

NFIR also beings to your kind notice that even though the successive Railway Ministers have sent proposals to Finance Minister that Railways should be exempted from National Pension System (NPS) in view of complexities, unique nature of working of Railway employees and their arduous working conditions, the Government has not given its approval till now, resultantly, the Railway employees who had joined from 01/01/2004 are extremely agitated as there is no social security to them and their families in the form of guaranteed pension at par with those appointed prior to 0110112004. The unique nature of duties are comparable with Defence Forces Personnel. The death rate of Railway employees in the course of performing duties is 700 per aturum and the average number of staff injured on duty is about 3000 per annum as reported by the High Level Safety Review Committee headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar.

NFIR further brings to your kind notice that the Indian Railways has the track record of dedicated working on account of unquestionable loyalty, dedication and devotion of Railway employees to Indian Railways. Most of them perform duties at remote places, jungle areas where minimum living facilities are not available. It needs to be appreciated that not a single man day was lost on employees’ account during the past four decades.

NFIR, therefore, requests your kind intervention in ensuring that the Government implements its commitments on revision of minimum wage and multiplier factor for the Central Governrirent employees which include rail workforce. Federation also requests that other issues which are pending before various Committees constituted by the Government may be got finalized on the basis of submissions made by JCM (Staff Side) before those Committees and also before the Cabinet Secretary. NFIR at the same time requests to kindly arrange to issue appropriate directive for solving Railways’ specific issues through negotiated settlement very soon. Also kind attention of Hon’ble Prime Minister is invited to NFIR's communication vide letter of even number dated 0111112016 and subsequent reference by the PMO to the Secretary, Department of Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) vide PMO ID No. PMOPG//D1201610326695 dated04lIl12016, endorsing copy to the Federation, in this regard.
With regards,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Copy to Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Government of India, Room No. 104, North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi-110001 for necessary action please.
Copy to Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Government of lndia, North Block New Delhi- 1 I 000 I for necessary action please.
Copy to Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi for necessary action please.
Copy to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi for necessary action please.

Source: NFIR

Railways announces 10 pct rebate in vacant berths from January 1

Railways announces 10 pct rebate in vacant berths from January 1

New Delhi: The Railways on Thursday announced 10 per cent rebate in the basic fare for vacant berths after finalisation of the reservation charts from January 1 onwards.

The rebate will be effective for six months beginning from January 1 next year. All other charges like reservation and super fast will be levied accordingly.

According to a railway notification, a passenger can avail 10 percent rebate in basic fare for availing the vacant berths in all reserved categories including AC and Sleeper class after the finalisation of the chart.

ANI

After 7th Pay Commission salary hikes, move on to raise minimum wage ceiling under EPF

After 7th Pay Commission salary hikes, move on to raise minimum wage ceiling under EPF

The minimum wage ceiling under the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) could soon be raised to Rs 25,000 from the existing Rs 15,000.

A hike in the wage limit as proposed would mean all employees drawing basic salary Rs 25,000 would have to compulsorily contribute to the provident fund.

The minimum wage ceiling under the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) could soon be raised to Rs 25,000 from the existing Rs 15,000. A proposal to to enhance the limit is likely to be sent by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to the government. A decision to propose the change has been taken at a recent meeting of Sub-committee of the Central Board of Trustees, EPFO, on contract workers held on November 7. Central Board of Trustees (CBT) is the highest decision-making body of the EPFO.

A hike in the wage limit as proposed would mean all employees drawing basic salary Rs 25,000 would have to compulsorily contribute to the provident fund. However, those drawing above that limit will have the option to become member of the provident fund, and can opt out if they want to.

The move comes in wake of changes in the wage structure in accordance with the proposal of the 7th Pay Commission. Trade union representatives at the CBT sub-committee meeting pointed out that the minimum wage of Central government employees after implementation of the Pay Commission report has been hiked to Rs 18,000. and hence the EPFO's wage ceiling of Rs 15,000 needs to be altered. They pointed out that there could be further increase in minimum wages from the Rs 18,000 is likely with the trade unions demanding a minimum wage of at least Rs 21,000 to Rs 22000.

In fact, the Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) is directly linked to the minimum wage ceiling. At present, If an employee is earning up to Rs 15,000 he or she can avail of benefits under the Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI). The scheme provides life insurance of up to Rs 6 lakhs.

Source: FE

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