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Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approval

Percentage of HRA in 7th pay commission after cabinet approval

The Pay commission has recommended HRA should be rationalized by using the factor 0.8 which is used for rationalising the percentage based allowances. The 7th CPC recommended 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively. The Commission also recommended that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

The cabinet committee reviewed the recommendations on Allowances and they are not able to give a decision over the Allowances. Hence the Union Cabinet  decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. And it is said that the Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months.

In the press release issued by government said the following

” The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.”

The above press release  concluded with a statement of ” Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates”

Since the House Rent Allowance also listed among one of these 196 Allowances, the status HRA is not clear now. The existing rates of HRA is 30%, 20% and 10% for class X, Y and Z respectively. Whether these existing rates of HRA will be paid based on revised pay or pre revised pay..? It needs to be clarified when implementation of 7th pay commission is in process.

Cabinet approved improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix in Some Levels

Cabinet approved improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix in Some Levels

The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :

· Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.

· A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.

· Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs. 1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.

· Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.

· Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.

NFIR Disappointed over not increasing Minimum wage and Fitment Factor

NFIR Disappointed over not increasing Minimum wage and Fitment Factor

National federation of Indian railwaymen
3,Chelmsford road,New delhi-110055

PRESS NOTE

The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)’s General Secretary expressed serious disappointment and unhappiness over the Government’s decision on minimum wage. Although there is justification of upward revision of minimum wage, the Government has not done justice to the employees. Similarly, the multiplier factor has not adequately been revised, Dr. Raghavaiah General Secretary NFIR said.

” Dr. Raghavaiah further said that as already decided by the NJCA, Railway employees will go on strike from 6:00 AM of 11th July 2016″

(Dr. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR

No improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor is highly disappointing – AIRF

No improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor is highly disappointing – AIRF

A.I.R.F
All India Railwaymen Federations
4,STATE ENTRY ROAD, NEW DELHI-110055
No.AIRF/160
Dated: June 29, 2016
The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades!

Sub: Cabinet approval on the VII CPC report

As all of you are aware that the Union Cabinet has accepted the report of the VII CPC today.

It has been noticed that there is no improvement in Minimum Wage and Multiplying Factor as well, which was our hard pressed demand. Instead, wages, as recommended by the VII CPC have been accepted as it is, which is highly disappointing.

Only two committees have been formed, one to take care of the allowances and another for National Pension Scheme, which will submit their reports within four months time.

It is quite unfortunate that, our demand for improvement in the report of the VII CPC has not been considered by the government.

Therefore, it would be quite appropriate that, we should go ahead with our preparations for “Indefinite Strike”, slated to be commended from 06:00 hrs. on 11th July, 2016.

You are also advised to intensify the mass mobilization.

With fraternal greetings!

Yours faithfully
(Shiv Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source: AIRF

Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission

Cabinet approves Implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission

7th Pay Commission implementation Highlights

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) on pay and pensionary benefits. It will come into effect from 01.01.2016.

In the past, the employees had to wait for 19 months for the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations at the time of 5th CPC, and for 32 months at the time of implementation of 6th CPC. However, this time, 7th CPC recommendations are being implemented within 6 months from the due date.

The Cabinet has also decided that arrears of pay and pensionary benefits will be paid during the current financial year (2016-17) itself, unlike in the past when parts of arrears were paid in the next financial year.

The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.

Highlights:

1. The present system of Pay Bands and Grade Pay has been dispensed with and a new Pay Matrix as recommended by the Commission has been approved. The status of the employee, hitherto determined by grade pay, will now be determined by the level in the Pay Matrix. Separate Pay Matrices have been drawn up for Civilians, Defence Personnel and for Military Nursing Service. The principle and rationale behind these matrices are the same.

2. All existing levels have been subsumed in the new structure; no new levels have been introduced nor has any level been dispensed with. Index of Rationalisation has been approved for arriving at minimum pay in each Level of the Pay Matrix depending upon the increasing role, responsibility and accountability at each step in the hierarchy.

3. The minimum pay has been increased from Rs. 7000 to 18000 p.m. Starting salary of a newly recruited employee at lowest level will now be Rs. 18000 whereas for a freshly recruited Class I officer, it will be Rs. 56100. This reflects a compression ratio of 1:3.12 signifying that pay of a Class I officer on direct recruitment will be three times the pay of an entrant at lowest level.

4. For the purpose of revision of pay and pension, a fitment factor of 2.57 will be applied across all Levels in the Pay Matrices.

5. Rate of increment has been retained at 3 %. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.

6. The Cabinet approved further improvements in the Defence Pay Matrix by enhancing Index of Rationalisation for Level 13A (Brigadier) and providing for additional stages in Level 12A (Lieutenant Colonel), 13 (Colonel) and 13A (Brigadier) in order to bring parity with Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) counterparts at the maximum of the respective Levels.

7. Some other decisions impacting the employees including Defence & Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel include :

  • Gratuity ceiling enhanced from Rs. 10 to 20 lakh. The ceiling on gratuity will increase by 25 % whenever DA rises by 50 %.
  • A common regime for payment of Ex-gratia lump sum compensation for civil and defence forces personnel payable to Next of Kin with the existing rates enhanced from Rs. 10-20 lakh to 25-45 lakh for different categories.
  • Rates of Military Service Pay revised from Rs. 1000, 2000, 4200 & 6000 to 3600, 5200, 10800 & 15500 respectively for various categories of Defence Forces personnel.
  • Terminal gratuity equivalent of 10.5 months of reckonable emoluments for Short Service Commissioned Officers who will be allowed to exit Armed Forces any time between 7 and 10 years of service.
  • Hospital Leave, Special Disability Leave and Sick Leave subsumed into a composite new Leave named ‘Work Related Illness and Injury Leave’ (WRIIL). Full pay and allowances will be granted to all employees during the entire period of hospitalization on account of WRIIL.


8. The Cabinet also approved the recommendation of the Commission to enhance the ceiling of House Building Advance from Rs. 7.50 lakh to 25 lakh. In order to ensure that no hardship is caused to employees, four interest free advances namely Advances for Medical Treatment, TA on tour/transfer, TA for family of deceased employees and LTC have been retained. All other interest free advances have been abolished.

9. The Cabinet also decided not to accept the steep hike in monthly contribution towards Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) recommended by the Commission. The existing rates of monthly contribution will continue. This will increase the take home salary of employees at lower levels by Rs. 1470. However, considering the need for social security of employees, the Cabinet has asked Ministry of Finance to work out a customized group insurance scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

10. The general recommendations of the Commission on pension and related benefits have been approved by the Cabinet. Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation. Revision of pension using the second option based on fitment factor of 2.57 shall be implemented immediately. A Committee is being constituted to address the implementation issues anticipated in the first formulation. The first formulation may be made applicable if its implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its Report within 4 months.

11. The Commission examined a total of 196 existing Allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 Allowances and subsuming of 37 Allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for Allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on Allowances. The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing Allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

12. The Cabinet also decided to constitute two separate Committees (i) to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of National Pension System (NPS) and (ii) to look into anomalies likely to arise out of implementation of the Commission’s Report.

13. Apart from the pay, pension and other recommendations approved by the Cabinet, it was decided that the concerned Ministries may examine the issues that are administrative in nature, individual post/ cadre specific and issues in which the Commission has not been able to arrive at a consensus.

14. As estimated by the 7th CPC, the additional financial impact on account of implementation of all its recommendations in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16.

Source: PIB News

Cabinet approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission

Cabinet approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission

The Cabinet approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on Wednesday

The recommendations will result in a hike in salaries of over one crore government employees and pensioners.

The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels. The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.

Reports says that Minimum pay is Rs.18000/ and maximum pay Rs.is 2,50,000

The Pay commission recommended Minimum pay Rs.18,000 with increase of 14.29%. The same is approved without any change.

 Detail of the pay commission will be announced later in a press conference.



Union Cabinet likely to discuss report on recommendations of 7th Pay Commission today

Union Cabinet likely to discuss report on recommendations of 7th Pay Commission today

The Cabinet is likely to discuss the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission today. The recommendations will result in a hike in salaries of over one crore government employees and pensioners.

The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels. The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to 18,000 rupees per month from current 7,000 rupees while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at 2.5 lakh rupees per month from current 90,000 rupees.

The date of implementation for the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission is from 1st of January this year. As per government estimates, the total financial impact of implementing the pay commission recommendations in the 2016-17 fiscal is likely to be 1.02 lakh crore rupees.


Implementation of 7th CPC : Finance Ministry prepared a Cabinet note based on ECoS report – AIDTOA

Implementation of 7th CPC : Finance Ministry prepared a Cabinet note based on ECoS report – AIDTOA

Based on the ECoS report, the Finance Ministry may be preparing a Cabinet note and the VII CPC issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.

GOVT SHOULD NOT TAKE THE CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS FOR A RIDE.
CONFRONTATION WILL BECOME INEVITABLE IF UNILATERAL ORDERS ARE ISSUED

It seems that Govt. is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues. Based on the ECoS report, the Finance Ministry may be preparing a Cabinet note and the issue may come up for approval by the Cabinet as early as June 29.

The Seventh CPC report was submitted on 19th November 2015 after a delay of about 3 months. The Government especially the Finance Minister had assured that the final decision over the report will be taken within 4 months. On 19th June 2016, the delay has crossed seven months. Till date the Govt. has not come forward for a negotiated settlement. Instead, Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) headed by Cabinet Secretary conducted a meeting with the staff side on 1st March 2016. In the meeting Govt. did not disclose its mind on any of the demands raised by the staff Side in the charter of demands submitted to Govt. Staff Side explained the justification for each demand but official side didn’t make any comment, either positive or negative. The concluding paragraph of the minutes of the meeting reads as follows:

“After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped ECoS in understanding the major concerns of the staff side and said that all issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking final views. He further stated that the ECoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stake holders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.”

It may be seen that, neither did the Govt. side made any commitment on any demands, nor did they indicate in the minutes that further discussion will be held with the staff side to arrive at a negotiated settlement on each demands. It seems that the Govt. is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride.

The JCM staff side Secretary, in his letter dated 2nd May 2016, addressed to Cabinet Secretary, has made the stand of the staff side clear, without any ambiguity. The letter reads as follows:

“I have been directed to draw your attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Council JCM held on 7th May 2008 and our rejoinder submitted to Govt. in the matter of Report of 6th CPC.

You will kindly find that it was not only a general discussion, but also official side explained their views on each and every issue.

I would therefore request your good self to kindly arrange for similar type of meeting for bi-lateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the staff side, NC/JCM before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.”

Thus the picture is clear now. The Government, it seems, has a hidden agenda to take the staff side for granted without giving any further opportunity for a negotiated settlement. The staff side on the other hand has taken a position that if unilateral orders are issued, without taking the staff side into confidence, the NJCA shall go ahead with the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 as already informed to the Govt.

The coming days are crucial. If the Govt. adopts delaying tactics or issue unilateral orders rejecting our demands, then confrontation shall become inevitable. The stand taken by the then Nehru Govt. that “Pay Commission report is an award and is not negotiable” has resulted in the historic indefinite strike of 1960, which commenced on July 11th midnight.

Central Government Employees and Officers comprising Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government departments are demanding modification in the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commissions including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of New Contributory Pension Scheme, No FDI in Railways and Defence, filling up of vacancies, No outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc.

The NJCA & CCGGOO had already given strike notice to Government. As the Government is not ready for a negotiated settlement, the Central Government employees and Officers have to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike a total success.

About 33 lakhs Central Government Employees and Officers will participate in the strike. 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the Central Government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if Government refuses to settle the demands relating to 7th CPC recommendations as majority of the state Governments are implementing the Central pay parity to their employees also.

On the one hand NJCA & CCGGOO are fighting for the cause of Central Government Employees and Officers and on the other hand rumour mongers are spreading false news through social media. Rumour mongers are coming out daily with different kind of news and pay scales about 7th Pay Commission. Please don’t believe rumour mongers on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media sources.

There had been no meaningful discussions with the NJCA & CCGGOO so far. The computation of Minimum wage by the 7th CPC deserves to be rejected as the commission has, in a bid to suppress the entitlement doctored the formula itself. The wages of an MTS in civil service, who is a group C employee cannot be less than Rs 26000 on the basis of the formula evolved in 1957 to which the Government is a party. There cannot therefore be any question of reduction in the quantum of minimum wage.

The NPS, which the Government introduced for those joined after 1.1.2004 in Government service has to be construed as a fraud perpetuated and deserves to be abandoned. There cannot be two classes of civil servants in the country; one making contribution but still not getting any assured pension and the other entitled for a statutory defined pension without any contribution. Those who are covered by the NPS in Central Civil Service are now more than 40% of the total personnel. The Government must be bold enough to address this issue.

It is high time, that the Government comes forward, hold meaningful and fruitful discussion with NJCA & CCGGOO and settle the Charter of demands. The continued procrastination is a sure step to confrontation and the Central government employees in the Country will certainly commence the strike action from 11.7.2016.

The entire civil services, which include the Railways, Postal, Defence and all other services of the Government of India, will come to a grinding halt on 11.7.2016.

Cabinet consent likely for the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations tomorrow

Cabinet consent likely for the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations tomorrow

The Seventh Pay Commission was constituted in order to revise the salaries and pensions to the Central Government employees and pensioners. After 21 months, the commission submitted its detailed report in November. With intense opposition from all quarters, including pensioners, the Centre constituted a high-level committee led by PK Sinha, to look into the recommendations.

The committee has submitted its report to the Government. After incorporating the recommendations and suggestions made by the committee, the Ministry of Finance is all set to obtain the approval of the cabinet tomorrow, June 29, 2016. A meeting of the cabinet will be called for tomorrow.

The Central Government employees have been more than curious to know about the recommendations suggested by the PK Sinha committee. Speculations continue on issues like minimum wages and Fitment Factor, confusing the employees more and more. The last such speculation fixed the minimum wages at Rs.23,000. Reports in a leading English newspaper, that the Fitment Factor is not likely to be 2.7, have only added to the confusion.



Cabinet is likely to take up 7th Pay Commission recommendations for Central Government employees on June 29

Cabinet is likely to take up 7th Pay Commission recommendations for Central Government employees on June 29

The Cabinet is likely to take up Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for government employees on June 29.

Implementation of new pay scales recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer annually.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in his Budget for 2016-17 provisioned Rs 70,000 crore towards Seventh Pay Commission awards, which is around 60 per cent of the incremental expenditure on salaries.

The Pay Commission’s recommendations are due from January 1, 2016.

The central government constitutes the pay commission every 10 years to revise the pay scales of its employees. The Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to revise remuneration of about 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

Source : NDTV Profit


PARLIAMENT MARCH & RALLY OF ABOUT 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – CONFEDERATION

PARLIAMENT MARCH & RALLY OF ABOUT 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – CONFEDERATION

MASSIVE PARLIAMENT MARCH & RALLY OF
ABOUT 20000 CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11TH JULY 2016

33 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL PARTICIPATE

A massive parliament march and rally of about 20000 Central Government Employees was held at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 24th June 2016. The rally was organized by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of Central Government Employees comprising Railways, Defence, Confederation and Postal organizations demanding modification in the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commissions including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of New Contributory Pension Scheme, No FDI in Railways and Defence, Grant of Civil Servant status to Gramin Dak Sevaks, filling up of vacancies, enhancement of bonus ceiling, No outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc.

The NJCA had already given strike notice to Government on 9th June 2016. The Modi Government is not ready for a negotiated settlement with the staff side. The rally called upon the entirely of Central Government employees to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike a total success.

The rally was presided by Shri. N. Raghavaiah (General Secretary, NFIR & Chairman NJCA), Coms. Shiv Gopal Mishra (General Secretary AIRF & Convenor NJCA), Sreekumar (Secretary General AIDEF) M. Krishnan (Secretary General, Confederation) R. N. Parashar (Secretary General, NFPE) Guman Singh (President, NFIR), Rakal Das Gupta (President, AIRF) K. K. N. Kutty (President, Confederation) B. C. Sharma (NFIR) S. K. Tyagi (AIRF), Mrs. Champa and Mrs. Gita Pandey addressed the rally

About 33 lakhs Central Government Employees will participate in the strike. 40 lakhs Central Government Pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the Central Government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if Government refuse to settle the demands relating to 7th CPC recommendations as majority of the state Governments are implementing the Central pay parity to their employees also.

Source: Confederation








Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017 - Dopt Orders

Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017 - Dopt Orders

12/8/2016-JCA-2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training
JCA-2 section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 24th June. 2016

Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government offices during year 2017- reg.

It has been decided that the holidays as specified in the Annexure —I to this O.M. will be observed in the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2017. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself / herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list or Restricted Holidays in Annexure — II.

2.Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three holidays as per para 3. below:

1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI IDEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
10. IDU’L FITR
11. IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR JAYANTI
13. MUHARRAM
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)

3.1. In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned in para 2 , three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to Central Government offices within the concerned State shan be notified accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as indicate.

1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
2. HOLI
3. JANAMASHTAMI IVAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI VINAYAK CHATURTEA
7. MAKAR SAKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
9. ONAN
10. PONGAL
11. SRI PANCHAML / BASANT PANCH.AMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BKHU / MASHADI UGADI / CENTRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDL PADAVA 1st NAVRATRA /NAURAJ/CHHATH POOJA/KARVA CHAVTH.

3.2 No substitute holiday should be allowed if any of the festival holidays initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festivals falling on the same day.

4. The list of Restricted Holidays appended to this O.M. is meant for Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9 occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1 above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.

5.1 For offices in Delhi / New Delhi, any change in the date of holidays in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary, depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).

5.2 For offices outside Delhi / New Delhi, the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.

5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be made through P.I .B /T.V. /A.I.R. / Newspapers and the Heads of Department / Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.

6. During 2017, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday , October 19, 2017 (Ashvina 28). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on “Narakachaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on- “Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.

7. Central Government Organisations which include industrial, commercial and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays / occasions may be determined by such establishments / organisations themselves for the year 2017, subject to para 3.2 above.

8. Union Territory Administrations shall decide the list of holidays in terms of Instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

9. In respect of Indian Missions abroad, the number of holidays may be notified in accordance with the instructions contained in this Department’s O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 17th December, 2002. In other words, they will have the option to select 11(Eleven) holidays of their own only after including in the list, three National Holidays and Mahavir Jayanti, Id-ulZuha (Bakrid), Vijay Dashmi, Muharram, Guru Nanak Birthday and Miladun-Nabi(Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) included in the list of compulsory holidays and falling on day of weekly off.

10. In respect of Banks, the holidays shall be regulated in terms of the extant instructions issued by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

11. Hindi version will follow.

sd/-
(K.Salil Kumar)
Under Secretary (JCA)

Encl.: Lists of holidays

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Cabinet Approval for 7th Pay Commission Recommendation in 1st week of July 2016

Prime Minister himself will come forward to announce the Increase and changes in recommendations of 7th CPC

“It is expected the that the Prime Minister himself will come forward to announce the Increase and changes in recommendations of 7th CPC, keeping in mind of CG Employee’s dissatisfaction over recommendations of 7th CPC.”

Cabinet Approval for 7th Pay Commission Recommendation in 1st week of July 2016

Some News websites claims that the Meeting of Empowered Committee of Secretaries took place on 14th June and the report was submitted to Finance Ministry.

The News further stated that the Cabinet Note was being prepared by Finance Ministry and it will be sent to Union Cabinet for its approval.

The Staff Side, however, were unable to confirm this news.

But the Agencies closely associated with the Ministry told, the Report of Empowered Committee was finalized and Cabinet Approval for Implementation of 7th Pay Commission Recommendation will be accorded in the first week of July 2016.

The report of the Empowered Committee will be reviewed by the Union Cabinet.

Presumably the ECoS Report will just be carrying the Views Expressed by all the Stakeholders. They, in fact, may not be expected to recommend the Government to increase the Pay and Allowances. So there will not be any modifications in recommendations of 7th Pay commission in the ECOS Report.

But it is expected the that the Prime Minister himself will come forward to announce the Increase and changes in recommendations of 7th CPC, keeping in mind of CG Employee’s dissatisfaction over recommendations of 7th CPC.

Until then it is announced Publicly by the authorities concerned, all the news about 7th Pay Commission have to be considered as just Rumours.


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Non-settlement of genuine demands of the Central Government Employees

Secretary of NC JCM Staff Side writes to MPs regarding VII CPC and Genuine Demands of CG Employees

Ph.: 23382286
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/2016
Dated: June 17, 2016
Respected Sir/Madam,

Sub: Non-settlement of genuine demands of the Central Government Employees

More than 32 lakh Central Government Employees working in various ministries of the Government of India. including Railways, Postal, Defence (Ordinance Factory and other Civilian Employees), Central Secretariat, Income Tax, Audit & Accounts and other employees of the government departments are aggrieved since long on non-settlement of their various demands.

The report Of the Vll CPC has further made them aggrieved because of the retrograde recommendations, including non-scientific calculation of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula. The issue of National Pension Scheme(NPS) had been very heartburning for more than 1.1 million young Central Government Employees who have been deprived from the Defined Pension/Family Pension and we are agitating this issue with the Central Government since its inception.

Under the above compelled circumstances, the National Joint Council of Action has taken a decision to go on “‘Indefinite Strike” from 06:00 a.m. on 11th July. 2016

The Central Government Employees of this country have always stood for the development and good governance of the country. but do feel de-motivated because of the inaction on their pending demands. we do have written to Hon’ble Prime Minister of India vide letter No.NC/JCW2016/CS/PM dated 14.06.2016 (copy enclosed for ready reference) the request that. the government should immediately come forward for negotiated settlement with the NC/JCM on the demands of the Central Government Employees to avoid unnecessary confrontation.
We earnestly hope that. you will kindly lay your hands and support us in our struggle as well as put pressure on the Government of India far resolution of our genuine demands at an earliest

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary, Staff Side National Council(JCM)

Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com

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Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary/Staff side writes to the Prime Minister on 14th of June 2016 regarding issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015

7th Pay Commission – NJCA Writes to PM on 7th Pay Commission related issues and regarding NPS – He reports that the central government employees are very much disappointed with the recommendations of the 7th pay commission

Here is the excerpt of the letter which Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary/Staff side wrote to the Prime Minister on the 14th of June 2016 regarding 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

‘With Great regret I bring to your notice that the central government employees demands have no ears to hear, hence we are forced to go on an indefinite strike from 11th July 2016.

Dear Sir, the central government employees are very much disappointed with the recommendations of the 7th pay commission. We have written to you before too, and to the empowered committee also. However we feel even after expressing our grievances, there is no concrete action taking place.

Sir, The new pension scheme is a curse on the employees. As far as employees are concerned, they are worried that in future they may be deprived of their pension in total. They are also worried that there is no guarantee of either family pension nor gratuity as per 7th pay commission recommendations. The central government employees are in fact very much annoyed and anxious with the 7th pay commission recommendations.

There are about 11 lakh employees, out of which around 5 lac employees are from railways, most of whom are responsible for safety, and our demand is, their job should be non transferable, for the safety reasons, since they know their area better.

Sir, we hope that you will do the needful to release the stress through which the employees are going on now.

Sir, we write to you in the hope that you do the needful and accept our just demands.’

The Charter of Demands send to the Prime Minister

Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.

Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc. in Railways& Defence, different categories in other Central Govt. establishments by the 7th pay commission.

Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
i) No privatization/outsourcing/contractorisation of governmental functions.
ii) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pay, pension and allowances to the GDS.

No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.

Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; regularize the casual/contract workers.

Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.

Extend the benefit of Bonus Act,1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc

Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with effect from the Financial year 2014-15.

Ensure Five promotions in the service career of an employee.

Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour Reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.

Revive JCM functioning at all levels.

Empowered Committee recommendations on 7th Pay Commission report – Detailed report by Mr.Dorai

Empowered Committee recommendations on 7th Pay Commission report – Detailed report by Mr.Dorai

MEDIA REPORT THAT EMPOWERED COMMITTEE OF SECRETARIES ARE PLANNING TO RECOMMEND 30 PERCENT INCREASE IN BASIC PAY SHALL ACTUALLY RESULT IN LOWER BENEFIT THAN WHAT THE 7TH CPC RECOMMENDED – M.DORAI

Recent news appearing in the media that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are planning to recommend 30 percent increase in the Basic Pay of Central Government employees has come as a bolt from the blue as it shall fetch lower benefit than what has been recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

It is not clear whether the media is bungling on this issue without confirming the authenticity of any such move by the Empowered Committee.

Surprisingly quite a large number of central government employees and the Central Government Employees Federations/Associations including the media are not aware that 7th CPC had already recommended a minimum of 32% increase in the basic pay. In fact the recommendation works out to more than 32% increase in basic pay and may go even up to 40% in most of the cases, since after multiplying the existing Pay and Grade Pay by a factor of 2.57 the resulting figure is fitted into the pay matrix at the next higher slab.

The following illustration shall make clear the percentage of increase in basic pay which come to more than 32% of the basic pay:

Under 6th CPC: Assumed Pay & G.P Rs.29490+ D.A at 125% Rs.36863= Rs.66,353
Under 7th CPC: Pay & G.P Rs.29490 x 2.57 factor = 75,789 to be fixed at the next slab of Rs. 77,700 at level 10 in the Grade Pay of Rs.5400
Fitment Benefit : Rs.77,700 – Rs.66,353 = Rs.11,347
Percentage of increase: 38.32% of the basic pay (Rs.11,347 / Rs.29490 =38.47%). The increase will be only 17.10% if both basic and D.A are to be added.(Rs.11,347 / 66,353 = 17.10%)

The VII CPC has arrived at a factor of 2.57 for multiplication with the pre-revised Basic Pay comprising pay in the pay band and grade pay to arrive at new basic pay thereby including 32% of increase in the basic pay. The VII CPC have recommended 32% hike uniformly to all the employees as fitment benefit to the existing pay and grade pay and raised the existing 2.25 factor to 257% or 2.57 factor.
(The increase come to 14.22% if both the basic pay and D.A. are reckoned. However it must be noted that none of the pay commissions in the past had projected the increase by including both basic pay and D.A but had taken only Basic Pay into account for arriving at the percentage of fitment benefit granted as a bonanza.)

THE FOLLOWING COMPARISON OF FITMENT BENEFIT GRANTED BY 6TH CPC AND THE 7TH CPC SHALL GIVE CORRECT PICTURE:

INCREASE GRANTED UNDER 6TH PAY COMMISSION:

i. The 6th CPC had granted approximately 40% increase on the maximum of 5th CPC basic pay scale without taking into account Dearness Pay and D.A as on 1/1/2006 for the purpose of projecting the increase. The fitment benefit of 40% was distinctly shown as Grade Pay.)

ii. The increase granted by 6th CPC works out to 21.5% only if D.P and D.A are to be included in basic pay (40/1.86* factor = 21.5%)

( *1.86 factor means: 1 is to be taken as 100 which stands for Basic Pay and .86 should be taken as 86% which constitute 50% of Dearness Pay +24% DA on both Basic Pay and Dearness Pay i.e. Basic Pay100 + D.P 50 =150 x 24% =36% totaling to 186 or 1.86 factor which the employees had already drawn under 5th CPC Pay Scale as on 1/1/2006)

INCREASE RECOMMENDED UNDER 7TH PAY COMMISSION:

i. The recommended increase in basic pay by 7th CPC without taking into account 125%D.A as on 1/1/2016 come to a minimum of 32% which may go upto 40% of basic pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay depending upon the slab in which the 2.57 multiplication factor gets fitted into at various levels of pay in the pay matrix.

ii. The recommended increase come to only 14.22% if both the basic pay and the 125% D.A as on 1/1/2016 is taken into account.(32/2.25 =14.22%) In other words 2.57*-2.25** = 32.

(*2.57* factor means: 1 + 1.25 + 32 =2.57. While 1 stands for 100% Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay, 1.25 stands for 125% D.A. as on 1/1/2016 and .32 stands for 32% increase in Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and grade pay recommended as Fitment Benefit by VII CPC totaling to 257% or 2.57 factor.

(**2.25 means: 1 + 1.25. While 1 stands for 100% of Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay, 1.25 stands for 125% of D.A. as on 1/1/2016 totalling to 225 or 2.25 factor which the employee was already drawing under 6th CPC Pay Scale as on 1/1/2016. Added to it is 32% fitment benefit on Basic Pay comprising Pay and Grade Pay totaling to 257 or 2.57 factor. In other words 2.25 + 32 =2.57 factor).

Thus it may be seen that if the media report is really true that the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are planning to revise the increase in fitment benefit to 30% of the Basic Pay alone, it is highly deplorable as it shall lead to still lower fitment benefit than what has been proposed by the 7th CPC which recommended 32% minimum increase in the basic pay by arriving at 2.57 factor. This 2.57 factor recommended by 7th CPC for multiplication of basic pay shall come down to 2.55 factor if the Empowered Committee of Secretaries are going to recommend 30% increase in basic pay alone as under:

Basic Pay = 100%
D.A. as on 1/1/201 =125%
Fitment Benefit =30%
Total 255% or 2.55 factor

CONCLUSION: It is high time, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries entrusted with the task of reviewing the recommendations of VII Central Pay Commission desist from taking any hasty decision without fully analyzing the ground realities as the result will be dismal if really such a move is on the anvi. This 32% minimum increase in Basic Pay comprising Pay in the pay band and Grade Pay recommended by VII CPC which come to only 14.22% increase if both basic pay and D.A is taken into account, has caused disgruntlement and anguish among all the central government employees. If there is going to be an increase of 25 to 30 percent on both basic pay and grade pay or 50 to 60 percent increase on basic pay alone, then there can be some contentment among the central government employees who have been desperately waiting for a pay hike for more than 10 years. What is required is a concerted and concrete effort to solve the grievances relating to pay hike, in consultation with the stake holders with a pragmatic approach to resolve the issues.

M.DORAI
Deputy Director
ESIC MODEL HOSPITAL
(Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India)
Rajajinagar,Bangalore-560010- is the Author of this article

Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway Employees posted to new zones/new divisions – Railway Board orders

Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway Employees posted to new zones/new divisions – Railway Board orders

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
RBE.No.63/2016
No.E(P&A)II-98/HRA-6
New Delhi, dated 13/06/2016
The General Manager/CAO’s
All Indian Railways & Production units

Sub: Grant of House Rent Allowance to Railway Employees posted to new zones/new divisions – regarding.

Attention is invited to the instructions contained in Board’s letter of even number dated 9/3/2004 and 17/02/2016 on the above subject.

2. The matter has been considered by the Board subsequent to issue of letter No.e(G)2009 QR-1-2 dated 05/04/2016 and it has been decided that railway employees posted to ECR and NWR may be allowed house rent allowance upto 31.12.2016 on the same terms and conditions laid down in the letter of even number dated 09/03/2004 ibid and as emended/clarified from time to time.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

sd/-
(Salim Md.Ahmed)
Dy.Director/E(P&A)-II
Railway Board.


Authority: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/

Policy / Guidelines for setting up of Sanskriti type schools

Policy / Guidelines for setting up of Sanskriti type schools

No.22/212010 -Welfare
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training

Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, dated 07.06.2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Policy / Guidelines for setting up of Sanskriti type schools.

The success of the innovative and experimental project of setting up of SANSKRITI School has led to demands from various other regions of the country for setting up of such schools in those locations as well.
2. It is observed that All India Services as well as Central Services Officers face similar problems in other large metro cities where they are posted on transfer and where it becomes very difficult for them to secure admission for their children in schools. Similarly officers of all India services and State Civil Services also get frequently transferred from various stations within the State to state capital and they also face similar problems.

3. It is, therefore, view of the Government that as a welfare measure Government of India should also encourage and support opening of Sanskriti type Schools in other parts of the country.

4. Accordingly, a draft policy note for schools on the pattern of the Sanskriti School has been prepared and attached for comments of the Ministries/departments.

5. It is, therefore, requested to furnish comments of the Ministry/Department on the draft policy note for schools on the pattern of the Sanskriti School latest by 20th June, 2016 to this Department.

(Chirabrata Sarkar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Report of the committee to decide reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and other organizations

Report of the committee to decide reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and other organizations under different Ministries/Departments and rationalization of pay, incentive, allowances etc. of CVOs

F.No.325/10/2015-AVD-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 10 June, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDAM

Subject: Report of the committee to decide reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and other organizations under different Ministries/Departments and rationalization of pay, incentive, allowances etc. of CVOs.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 10thDecember, 2015 whereas a report of the committee chaired by AS(S&V), DoPT, for reassessment of CVO positions in CPSEs and other organizations under different Ministries/Departments and rationalization of pay, incentive, allowances etc. of CVOs, was sent to 33 Ministries/Departments with the request to furnish comments, if any positively by 23rd December, 2015. It was also mentioned that if no comments are received within the prescribe time it will be presumed that Ministries/Departments have nothing to say in the matter. However, comments were received only from 16 Ministries/Departments till date. 17 Ministries/Departments have not furnished any comments.

2. All 17 remaining Ministries/Departments are once again requested to furnish their comments, if any in this matter positively by 20th June, 2016. If no comments are received within the prescribe time it will be presumed that Ministries/Departments have nothing to say in the matter and DoPT will finalize the same.

(Sarita Nair)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Parliament Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice to visit Bengaluru, Chennai and Bhopal

Parliament Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice to visit Bengaluru, Chennai and Bhopal

The Department-related Parliament Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice will visit Bengaluru, Chennai and Bhopal beginning 20th June, 2016. The committee consisting of 28 MPs will be chaired by Dr E.M.S. Natchiappan.

During the visit, the Committee will hold meeting with the representatives of recognised political parties and Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state on implementation of Model Code of Conduct for Political Parties during General Elections. The members will also meet the representatives of State Governments, State Public Service Commission and Administrative Training Institute and Indian Institute of Management in the respective states, on the subject of appointment of advisors/experts in Government establishments.

During visit to Bengaluru, the committee will visit the National Law School of India University and hold interaction with Christ University School of Law, Law Academies, Law firms including State Judicial Academy, Bar Council of Karnataka and University Law College, Bangalore University on “Promotion of Legal Education and Research under the Advocates Act, 1961”. The Committee will also hold meeting with State Bank of Mysore, Vijaya Bank, Aeronautical Development Establishment, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) and National Small Industries Corporation on the “Status of implementation of Public Grievance Redressal Mechanism, Vigilance Administration and Right to Information Act”.

In Chennai, the committee will visit the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University and hold discussions on “Promotion of Legal Education and Research ”. The committee will also hold meeting with representatives of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Indian Overseas Bank, Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (BHAVINI), National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd, Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Airports Authority of India on the “Status of implementation of Public Grievance Redressal Mechanism, Vigilance Administration and Right to Information Act”.

During its visit to Bhopal, the committee will hold discussion with Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL), Northern Coalfields Limited, National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC), Metallurgical & Engineering Consultants (MECON Limited), Bharat Coking Coal Limited and Oriental Insurance Company Ltd on the “Status of implementation of Public Grievances Redressal Mechanism, Vigilance Administration and Right to Information Act”. The committee will also visit the National Judicial Academy of India, Bhopal and hold interaction on Promotion of Legal Education and Research.

Source: PIB News

Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can now join and subscribe to NPS online through eNPS

Non Resident Indians (NRIs) can now join and subscribe to NPS online through eNPS

NRIs have a pivotal role to play in the Indian economy. India has the second-largest Diaspora in the world, with around 29 million people living in over 200 countries and out of these 25% live in the Gulf countries. Most of the Indians going to the Gulf and some other countries go for employment and return to India after having worked abroad for a certain period.

NPS can provide a long term solution to their old age income security. NPS has been available to NRIs for some time through Bank offices and now, to further ease the process of joining, eNPS is being extended to Non-Resident Indian subscribers.

NRIs can now open NPS Accounts online if they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card

Till now, NRIs could open NPS accounts only through paper applications by approaching Bank offices but this has now changed. Through eNPS, a subscriber will be able to open an NPS account from the comfort of his home. All he will need is an internet connection and an Aadhaar/ PanCard.

Further, NRIs will be able to open NPS accounts both on Repatriable and on Non Repatriable basis. On a Repatriable basis, an NRI will have to remit the amount through his/her NRE/FCNR/NRO account.

For Non-Repatriable scheme, NRIs will be able to join NPS through their NRE/FCNR/NRO accounts at the time of maturity or during partial withdrawal, the NPS funds would be deposited only in their NRO accounts.

Both Repatriable and Non-Repatriable schemes will greatly appeal to NRIs who intend to return to India after their employment abroad, in view of their attractive returns, low cost, flexibility and their being regulated by the PFRDA, a Regulator established by the Central Government .

Source: PIB News

Minutes of the Pre Retirement Counseling workshop held on 31st May,2016

Minutes of the Pre Retirement Counseling workshop held on 31st May,2016

Minutes of the Pre Retirement Counseling workshop held on 31st May,2016 at Vigyan Bhawan under the chairmanship of Secretary (Pension)

A Pre Retirement Counseling workshop was conducted on 31st May,2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi for retiring employees of various Ministries/Departments of the Central Government.

At the outset, Joint Secretary (Pension) welcomed the participants and gave a brief overview of the workshop. During the technical sessions she informed the participants about the road map for sanction of pension and other retirement benefits and the role and responsibility of the retiring employee as well as that of Head of Office for timely payment of retirement dues. Participants were asked to complete all formalities in time and submit Form 5 to Head of Office. Head of Departments were requested to monitor the delay at various stages through Bhavishya.

In the next session, participants were informed about Sankalp, the scheme of Department of Pension & PW for engaging pensioners for voluntary work. Retiring employees were asked to share their experience through Anubhav portal so that the institutions could benefit from their experience and the institutional memories could be strengthened. The Anubhav forms submitted by pensioners were collected.

Dr.Tiwani, Director, CGHS informed the participants about the CGHS scheme for pensioners and family pensioners and the procedure to get temporary card after retirement.

In the next sessions basic advice on investment, preparation of will and benefits available to senior citizens including Income Tax benefits were also covered.

During the question and answer session, following issues were raised by the participants:

Issue 1: Service verification has not been completed in time and there was an round delay in processing of pension cases.

• It was agreed that the matter would be taken up with the concerned Ministry. A general set of instructions would also be sent.

Issue 2: A participant raised a point that for the CGEGIS, payment is delayed due to missing entry in the service book.
• JS(P) stated that the matter has been taken up with Department of Expenditure and would be followed up.

Issue 3: One of the participant asked whether vigilance clearance is required at the time of retirement.
• It was informed that there is no provision in pension rules.

Issue 4: One participant enquired whether any pension process will be delayed on account of non availability of record of government accommodation and not informed by Directorate of Estates.

• JS (P) stated that Directorate of Estates is responsible for giving timely information on dues to be deducted on account of license fee etc. Gratuity may be paid by office it Directorate of Estates does not inform in time.

The workshop ended with Vote of Thanks to the participants.

Change in Retirement age of Non-Teaching, Public Health and GDMO sub-cadres of CHS

Change in Retirement age of Non-Teaching, Public Health and GDMO sub-cadres of CHS

Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Non-Teaching, Public Health Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Health Service to 65 years

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Cabinet
15-June-2016 16:34 IST

Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Non-Teaching, Public Health Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Health Service to 65 years

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for enhancement of the age of superannuation of (i) Non-Teaching and Public Health Specialists of Central Health Service from 62 years to 65 years and (ii) Doctors of General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) sub-cadre of Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years.

The target group would be officers of Non-Teaching, Public Health and GDMO sub-cadres of CHS. The decision would help in better patient care, proper academic activities in Medical colleges as also in effective implementation of National Health Programmes for delivery of health care services.

There is no financial implications as the vacant posts would have to be filled up quickly to ensure continuity of patient care.

Background:

• The age of superannuation in respect of all four sub-cadres of Central Health Service was 60 years prior to 2006.

• The age of superannuation of the three specialists sub-cadres (Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health), except GDMO sub cadre, was enhanced, with the approval of the Cabinet in its meeting held on 2.11.2006, from 60 to 62 years.

• The age of superannuation of teaching sub-cadre was further enhanced from 62 to 65 years with the approval of the Cabinet in its meeting held on 05.06.2008 in view of huge shortfall of teaching specialists. The approval was limited to Teaching specialists engaged in teaching activities only and not occupying administrative positions.


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