Saturday, July 21, 2018

Central government staff set to get yet another dearness allowance hike

  NEW DELHI: After a Pay Commission bonanza of 2% hike in dearness allowance in March, central government employees and pensioners can expect another round of salary increase with the government set to modify the index and base year for calculating dearness allowance. 
        The labour ministry is working on a new series of consumer price index for industrial workers (CPI-IW), which is used to determine dearness allowance (DA). 
DA is a cost of living adjustment allowance paid to government employees, public sector employees and pensioners in the country. It is calculated as a percentage of an employee’s basic salary to mitigate the impact of inflation on people. 
         A senior government official told ET that the labour bureau under the ministry has finalised the new CPI-IW with base year 2016. It is proposed that the base be revised every six years to capture the changes in living expenses more quickly,, the official said. The existing CPI-IW has 2001 as the base year. 
     The move is likely to benefit 11 million employees and pensioners. The last revision in the base year was in 2006 by the Sixth Central Pay Commission to 2001 from 1982. 
The new index will include addition of new industrial centres to make price gauze more representative, taking total number of industrial centres under consideration to 88 against 78 now, the official said. Several new items are being added to the list, including cars and mobiles, to reflect the change in lifestyle of industrial workers over the last 15 years. 
      The trend so far is that the weightage of transport, healthcare and housing has gone up many fold in the new series in the monthly expenditure of an industrial worker, especially consumption of petrol and diesel with the addition of cars to it, while there is decline in overall food basket which is being diversified,” the person said. With increase in fuel prices, cost of healthcare and housing, it is expected that there will be some increase in new index. Since this index is used to determine dearness allowance of all government employees and industrial workers there may be significant financial implication, running into crores of rupees with the revision in base year, the official said. 
      The new index will soon go to the technical advisory committee for vetting, after which it will go to the national tripartite consultation before it is finalised, the official said. The labour bureau had taken approvals from standing tripartite committee at all stages development of the index, the official added. Based on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the Union Cabinet had in March this year increased DA to 7% from 5% effective January 2018, thus benefitting 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners. 
      The combined impact on the exchequer on account of DA and DR (dearness relief) has been pegged at Rs 6,077 crore per annum and Rs 7,090 crore in 2018-19 (for 14 months from January 2018 to February 2019). 

Economic Times

Friday, July 20, 2018


Reversion to Old Pension Scheme

Reversion to Old Pension Scheme

In accordance with the scheme for National Pension System (NPS), as notified vide Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs)’s Notification No. 5/7/2003-ECB & PR dated 22.12.2003, the System is mandatory for all new recruits to the Central Government service (except armed forces) from 01.01.2004. Accordingly, as per Rule 2 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, as amended on 30.12.2003, these rules are applicable to Government servants appointed to civil posts on or before 31.12.2003. The date on which the vacancies arose or the date on which the examination was conducted for filling up the vacancies is not relevant for deciding the applicability of the Central Civil Services (Pension) rules, 1972.

Ministry of Home Affairs have not sought any advice from Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare on the question of having a policy to cover the paramilitary personnel appointed after 01.01.2004 under the Old Pension Scheme on the ground that the vacancies arose, or the examination was conducted, in the year 2003. However, a reference was received from Ministry of Home Affairs in a specific case relating to appointments as Sub-Inspector in various Central Para Military Forces after selection in August, 2003 on the basis of an Examination conducted in 2002. Appointments on the basis of these selections were made in Central Reserve Police Force in 2003 and the candidates appointed were covered by the pension scheme under Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972. However, in the Border Security Force, offers of appointment on the basis of the same examination/selection were issued in January, 2004. On a petition filed by some personnel appointed in the Border Security Force on the basis of that examination, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi directed to cover the petitioners under the Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1972 on the grounds of administrative delay on the part of Border Security Force in making appointments. The order of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi was implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs/Border Security Force in view of the peculiar circumstances of that case. The decision taken in that case is, however, not relevant for deciding applicability of Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules to all appointments made on or after 01.01.2004 in the Central Para Military Forces or in any other Department/organization on the basis of year of examination/selection.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


CGHS Orders – Reimbursement of cost of Neuro-implants for CGHS/CS(MA) beneficiaries

No. Misc.12014/2005/CGHS(R&H)
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the9th July, 2018
Subject:- Permission /Approval for reimbursement of cost of Neuro-implants, viz., Deep Brain Stimulation implants, Intra-thecal Baclofen Pump, lntra-thecal Morphine Pump and Spinal Cord stimulators for CGHS/CS(MA) beneficiaries
With reference to the above subject the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandam of even Number dated 23/06/2006 and 4/12/2008 and OM No.S.3849/09/CGHS(R&H)-CGHS(P) dated 8/12/2014 vide which the rates and guidelines for Permission /Approval for reimbursement of cost of Neuro-implants, viz., Deep Brain Stimulation implants, Intra-thecal Baclofen Pump, Intra-thecal Morphine Pump and Spinal Cord stimulators for CGHS/CS(MA) beneficiaries were notified and to convey the approval of competent authority to allow reimbursement of cost of the above mentioned neuro-implants under CGHS/CS(MA) Rules at the same ceiling rates and guidelines and conditions till the rates for the above mentioned implants are notified by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
(Bindu Tewari)
Director (EHS)
Signed Copy


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reversion from Senior Time Scale (STS) to Junior Time Scale (JTS) of Indian Postal Service (IPoS), Group 'A' - Case of Shri V. Kanagarajan

Leave to a Government servant who is unlikely to be fit to return to duty

Leave to a Government servant who is unlikely to be fit to return to duty
No 18017/1/2014-Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 110 067
Dated: 17.07.2018
Subject: Leave to a Government servant who is unlikely to be fit to return to duty — Reg.
The undersigned is directed to say that the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 have been amended vide Notification G.S.R. No. 438 (E) dated 03.04.2018 (copy enclosed) to bring them in conformity with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Accordingly, it has now been decided that leave applied under rule 20, shall not be refused or revoked without reference to the Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. Further, any leave debited for the period(s) granted after receipt of the certificate of disability of the Medical Authority, shall be remitted back into the leave account of the Government servant. The Certificate of Disability is required to be issued in Form ‘3A’ which should be signed by a Government doctor of a Government medical board. Further, a Government servant who is granted leave in accordance with the provisions of clause (b) of sub rule (1) of rule 20 of CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, the provisions of section 20 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016(49 of 2016) shall, suo-motu, apply.
2. These orders are to be effective from 19.04.2017.
3. Hindi Version will follow.
Encl: As above
(Sandeep Saxena)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Signed Copy