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

LOK SABHA Q & A- REVENUE EARNED, MAN POWER, INFRASTRUCTURE AND RECRUITMENT

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.

Pib

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
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
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).
sd/-
(Bindu Tewari)
Director (EHS)
Signed Copy

VERIFICATION/RECONCILIATION OF GPF WITHDRAWALS/AND MAINTENANCE OF MANUAL GPF LEDGERS AND BROADSHEETS - REG


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
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
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

The Government is considering a proposal to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Amendment in RTI Act

Posted On: 18 JUL 2018 3:34PM by PIB Delhi
The Government is considering a proposal to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005.
A notice of intention has been given to introduce “The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018” in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and its passage during the current session of Parliament.  The purport of the amendments proposed is to provide for enabling provision under the RTI Act to frame Rules regarding salaries, allowances and conditions of service for Chief Information Commissioners and Information Commissioners and State Information Commissioners.  Presently, there are no such provisions available under the RTI Act.
Consultations with Department of Expenditure, Department of Legal Affairs and Legislative Department have been undertaken while preparing/formulating the RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
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, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

VERIFICATION/RECONCILIATION OF GPF WITHDRAWALS/AND MAINTENANCE OF MANUAL GPF LEDGERS AND BROADSHEETS - REG

Recommendations of the 7th CPC - Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance and Hostel Subsidy - Consolidated instructions.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

7th CPC National Anomaly Committee: Minutes of Meeting held on 17.07.2018 by NC JCM - Less hope on Minimum Pay/Pension & Pay Matrix Anomaly


National council(Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C,Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com
No.NC-JCM-2018/NAC
Dated: 17/07/2018
To
The All Member of the
National Council (Staff Side) JCM
Comrades,
The meeting of the 7 CPC National Anomaly Committee was held today (17/7/2018). Shri Chandramouli, Secretary (P), DOPT presided over this meeting. The Department of personnel had identified the following six items only for discussion: 
  1. Item No. 3- Removal of condition of 3% stipulated to grant bunching benefit 
  2. Item No. 4- Fixation of pay on promotion 
  3. Item No. 5- Removal of Anomaly in Pay Matrix 
  4. Item No 8- Lesser Pay in higher level of Pay Matrix 
  5. Item No. 9 - Bunching of steps in the revised pay structure 
  6. Item No. 14 – Grant of GP 5400 to Sr Section Officer of Railways and AAOs of IA&AD and Organised Accounts (Civil Accounts, Postal Accounts and Defence Accounts) 
The above items were subjected to discussions and the following decisions were taken. 
 
Item No 3 – The Govt. will consider as to how the matter could be resolved after assessing financial implications 
Item No 4 – The suggestion of the Staff Side to fix the pay on promotion at the next higher stage after granting one increment was not accepted. After discussion it was agreed that Govt would address the issue on case by case basis. Those who are covered by the anomaly described under this item have been advised to make representation to Fin. Ministry directly. The staff side however insisted that the entire anomaly would he resolved if two increments are granted while on promotion/MACP. 
Item No. 5 & 8 – it was agreed by the official side that this is an aberration ·and shall be addressed. 
Item No 9- Rejected by official side 
Item No 14 – The matter is under consideration of the Govt.
Alter completing discussions on the above items, the Staff Side insisted that the following remaining items may also be taken up for discussion.
Item No.l  Anomaly in computation of Minimum Wage
Item No.2. 3 % Increment at all stages
Item No.6 Anomaly due to index rationalization
Item No.7 Anomaly arising from the decision to reject option No. 1 in pension fixation
Item No. 10 Minimum Pension
Item No.11 Date of Effect of Allowances -HRA. Transport Allowance, CEA etc.
Item No.18 Anomaly in the grant of D.A. installment w.e.f. 1.l.2016
 After discussion on the above items. the official side informed that the DOPT had already examined those issues and have come to the conclusion that those items will not come under the ambit of the definition of Anomaly. The Staff Side contested this. It was decided that the DOPT will convey the reasoning to the staff side and hold meeting with the Staff Side to sort out the differences.
The following items has been referred to Departmental Anomaly Committee of the respective Department/Ministries.

Item No.15. Technical Supervisors of Railways
Item No.16 Anomaly in the assignment of replacement of Levels of pay in the Ministry of Defence. Railways, Mines etc in the case of Store Keepers
Item No. 17 Anomaly in the assignment of pay Levels in the case of Research Assistants in Ministry of AYUSH. Homoeopathic Department.
The staff side then raised the following other issues.

1. Central Govt employees may be granted one more option to switch over to 7 CPC from a date subsequent to 25th of July 2016 - the official side informed that the matter is under consideration and a decision would be taken shortly.

2. The issue of pay fixation of ex-servicemen in the last pay drawn by them before retirement from armed forces is remaining unsettled - the official side informed that the matter has been referred to Min. of Defence by DOPT for their comments. Decision would be taken after receipt of comments from MOD.

3. The Staff side raised the issue of not convening meetings of the National Council. JCM and Standing Committee.

4. The staff Side also informed of the decision taken by the NJCA in its meeting held on 3-7-2018 of the revival of the deferred indefinite strike by the Central Govt Employees if no settlement is brought about on major demands like upward revision of minimum pay. fitment factor and NPS before 7-8-2018.

With Greetings

Yours faternally,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Extending Old Pension Scheme to Casual Workers regularised on or after 1.1.2004

Procedure for extending the benefits of Old GPF / Pension Scheme to those casual workers covered under the Scheme of 1993 and regularized on or after 01.01.2004.




7TH CPC NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITEE MEETING 17TH JULY 2018





Committee to discuss CSI/SAP issues:

 it is learnt Directorate appointed a committee to find out solutions CSI/SAP issues in a time frame other details will be intimated to our colleagues shortly.
T.N. RAHATE
President  FNPO.

Extending Old Pension Scheme to Casual Workers regularised on or after 1.1.2004

Procedure for extending the benefits of Old GPF / Pension Scheme to those casual workers covered under the Scheme of 1993 and regularized on or after 01.01.2004.
CPAO Order
CPAO/IT & Tech/Clarification/P&PW/ 13 [Vol- III) / 2018-19/68
13.07.2018
Office Memorandum
Subject: -Procedure for extending the benefits of Old GPF / Pension Scheme to those casual workers covered under the Scheme of 1993 and regularized on or after 01.01.2004.
It has been observed that the pension cases of casual labour who were regularized on or after 01.01.2004 and eligible for old GPF/Pension Scheme vide DOpT 0M No.49014/ 2/2014-Estt(C) dated 28.07.2016 have not been processed by the concerned Ministries/Departments. In order to avoid the hardship to the pensioners all the Ministries/ Departments/PAOs have been requested to finalise the pension cases of the pensioners after following the procedure below:-
1) Deptt. may issue the order that the old GPF Scheme/ Pension Scheme is applicable to the concerned official.
2) CPAO may be requested through concerned Pay & Accounts Office to stop Provisional Pension after cancellation of PPO, if issued.
3) NSDL may be requested by the concerned PAO to deposit the NPS subscription, Govt. Contribution plus interest thereon into the Govt. Account through ERM of NSDL.
4) On receipt of the amount it may be classified by the concerned PAO as below:-
Procedure for Extending Old Pension Scheme
5)GPF and Pension case of the concerned official may be processed as per the CPF Rules and CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972 after adjusting the Provis10nal Pension paid to the pensioner, if paid This issues with the approval 0f the Chief Controller〔 Pensions〕
[Praful Dabral]
Sr.Accounts Offlcer〔 IT&Tech〕
Ph No.011‐ 26166758

View the Order Copy

Change in Interest rate in all variants of IPPB savings bank accounts.



Directorate appointed a committee to find out solutions CSI/SAP issues

Dear  colleagues
             Committee to discuss CSI/SAP issues: it is learnt Directorate appointed a committee to find out solutions CSI/SAP issues in a time frame more detail will9 be intimated to our colleagues shortly.

T.N. RAHATE

President  FNPO.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Joint Circle Conference of NAPE Gr-C,NUPE PM&MTS and NUGDS : Rajastan Circle.

Joint circle conference of NAPE c,  postmen and MTS,  NUGDS of Rajastan held at Sri Rajaram ashram,  Shikarpura,  Jodhpur from 13/7/2018 to 15/7/2018 under the chairmanship of Dr Bhagawan Ram NAPE c circle president.  

Open session held at 4pm on 13/7/18. Sri Sivaji Vasireddy,  GS NAPE c innagurated the conference and addresses the gathering.  

On 14/7/18 subjects committee meeting held and discussed about the issues like CSI,  RICT,  MACP/RTP court cases,  Cadre restructuring, GDS committee, GDS strike,  IPPB and five days a week. Sri Gulam Rabbani,  CHQ president of NUPE PM&MTS also attended as guest and addresses the meeting.  

On 15/7/18 election of office bearers completed unanimously.  Sri Hari Singh Mahala,  OA Jhujhunu DO,  Dr Bhagawan Ram,  OA,  Jodhpur DO and Sri Syam Sundar Sharna,  Bikaner were elected as Circle president,  Circle Secretary and Circle Treasurer respectively.  Sri Jwala singh and Sri Radhe Shyam were again elected as CS Piv and CS NUGDS.  

The CHQ conveys best wishes to the newly elected office bearers of Rajastan Circle.  

Team of Jodhpur division has made excellent arrangements to the delegates and guests. 









Felicitation to our Legandary Leader Sri.D.Kishan Rao Ex.SG FNPO & Ex.GS NAPE Gr'C by Wanaparthi Division , Telangana Circle.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – REGARDING.

Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to persons with disabilities employed

CGHS Contribution and Ward Entitlement

CGHS Contribution and Ward Entitlement
Revised Monthly Subscription for CGHS facility w.e.f. 1st January 2017 is as follows:

Contribution to be made by the Pensioners/Family Pensioners would be the amount that they were subscribing at the time of their retirement or at the time of the death of government servant. Entitlement of wards in private hospitals empanelled under CGHS (Based on basic pay in pay band) is as follows:

More details visit https://cghs.gov.in

Provisional All India Seniority List of Postmaster Grade-III as on 31.12.2016

MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – REGARDING.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Annexures submitted by Central GDS JCA to Secretary, DoP.

Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to persons with disabilities employed in Central Government

                                                                No.21/3/2017E-IIB
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 12th July, 2018
Office Memorandum
Subject: Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to persons with disabilities employed in Central Government.
References have been received in this Department seeking clarification whether Transport Allowance at double the normal rate is admissible to persons with disabilities employed in Central Government who have been provided with Government Accommodation within one km. of office or within the campus housing the place of work and residence.
2. The matter has been considered in this Department and it clarified that persons with disabilities employed in Central Government, as mentioned in Para 2(iii) of 0M No.21/5/2017-EII(B) dated 07.07.2017 regarding grant of Transport Allowance as 7th CPC rates, are eligible to draw Transport Allowance at double the normal rates + DA thereon, irrespective of whether they are residing within the campus – housing the place of work and residence or Govt. or private accommodation within one km. of office.
All other terms and conditions regulating the Transport Allowance at double the normal rates will remain the same.
4. This is ssued with the approval of Secretary (Expenditure).
sd/-
(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary to the Govemment of India

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Double Transport Allowance for persons with disabled employees - DoPT Clarification Dt.12.07.2018



25th NUR-C TAMIL NADU Circle Conference Open session:

Department of Posts – India Post (Ministry of Communications) – Latest Orders


Department of Posts (Ministry of
Communications) – Latest Orders
Order No.
Date
Details
56-01/2018-PAP
04/07/2018
52-01/2018-PAP
04/07/2018
4-7/MACPS/2009-PCC
(Pt.)
02/07/2018
7-8/2016-PCC(Pt.)
02/07/2018
SB Order
No.08/2018
02/07/2018
17-31/2016-GDS
27/06/2018
17-31/2016-GDS
27/06/2018
38-1/2017-PE-II
27/06/2018
16-1/2017-inspn
26/06/2018
17-31/2016-GDS
25/06/2018
2-1/2018-PAP(E-3074059)
19/06/2018
50-01/2018-PAP
18/06/2018
17-03/2017-PAP
18/06/2018
14-01/2013-PAP
14/06/2018
CEPT-1/Admin/Staff
12/06/2018