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Swachh Bharat Pakhwada (May 16-31, 2016) Action Plan for Pensioners’ Associations

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Swachh Bharat Pakhwada (May 16-31, 2016) Action Plan for Pensioners’ Associations

No. 55/10/2016-P&PW (C)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 9th May, 2015
The Secretary / President
All identified Pensioners’ Associations
(As per enclosed list)

Subject; Swachh Bharat Pakhwada (May 16-31, 2016) Action Plan for Pensioners’ Associations.

Sir,
As you are aware Government of India has launched Swachh Bharat Mission to achieve total sanitation and cleanliness by 2nd October, 2019. It has, therefore, been desired that each Ministry, based on the Ministry’s areas of responsibility, draw out and implement at least a fortnight long action plan every year to bring into focus, its contribution towards Swachh Bharat Mission and also to carry out substantive work related to Swachhta.

2. As a step towards this direction, this Department has prepared an action plan, to involve Pensioners’ Associations identified under Pensioners’ Portal in this mission, with special reference to ‘Swachh Bharat Pakhwada’ being observed during May 16-31, 2016. Under the proposed action plan, Pensioners’ Associations are expected to:-

(i) Organize a mass pledge by members of Pensioners’ Associations (copy enclosed)

(ii) Sensitize their members on cleanliness in their neighborhood.

3. In view of above you are requested to observe the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada during May 16¬31, 2016 by organizing the above activities by involving members of your Pensioners’ Associations.

4. You are also requested to take photographs of activities undertaken by you during the Pakhwada and send the same along with a report on the activities undertaken by your Association, immediately after duration of the Pakhwada, for uploading the same on Pensioners’ Portal website.

Your faithfully
sd/-
(Seema Gupta)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Introduction of SPARROW for CSSS officers

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Introduction of SPARROW for CSSS officers

No. 25/1/2016-CS-II(A)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated 12th May, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Introduction of SPARROW for CSSS officers.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even number dated 13.04.2016 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the website enabling online filing of APAR for CSSS officers has been made live by this Department which may be accessed through https:/Isparrow-csss.eoffice.gov.in.

2. In this regard, all the Ministries/Departments of CSSS were requested to nominate officers to perform the roles as functionaries i.e. Custodian (Nodal Officer), Custodian(Alternative Functionary), PAR Manager and EMD Manager. The Ministries/Departments were requested to provide the same information in respect of officers nominated in the enclosed proforma to NIC.

3. Ministries/Departments, as per the Annexure, have either not furnished the requisite information so far or have furnished only hard copies. Concerned Ministries/Departments are requested to expedite the requisite information on priority basis through e-mail,as requested.

(Kameshwar Mishra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Tel.: 24623157

To
Under Secretaries (Admn.) of all Ministries/Departments
Copy to: NIC, DOPT (Shri S. N. Sowpari, Sr. Tech. Director), North Block New Delhi.

Annexure to OM No. 25/1/2016-CS.II(A) dated 12.05.2016
S. No. Ministry/ Department
1. Agriculture & Cooperation
2. Animal Husbandry, Dairying &
Fisheries
3. Commerce
4. Culture
5. Defence
6. Earth Science
7. Env., Forests and Climate Change
8. Expenditure
9. Food & Public Distribution
10. Health & Family Welfare
11. AYUSH
12. DONER
13. I&B
14. IP&P
15. Labour
16. Minority Affairs
17. MSME
18. MNRE
19. Petroelum & N G
20. Planning Comm.
21. Posts
22. Power
23. Rural Development
24. Science & Technology
25. Shipping
26. Social Justice & Empowerment
27. Steel
28. Supply
29. Telecom
30. Tribal Affairs
31. Union Public Service Commission
32. Water Resources, River Development
and Ganga Rejuvenation
33. Woman and Child Development

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One Rank One Pension – Last date for representation on Pension Anomalies extended

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One Rank One Pension – Last date for representation on Pension Anomalies extended

F. No. 12(39)/2015/D(Pen/Pol)(Part-V)
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare
D(Pension/Policy)

New Delhi, Dated 09.05.2016

Public Notice for addressing anomalies on One Rank One Pension (OROP)

Government of India, Ministry of Defence, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare vide Public Notice No. 12(39)/2015/D(Pen/Pol)(Part-V) dated 13.04.2016 had invited representation, suggestions/views on the revised pension as notified under OROP order dated 03.02.2016, to the MoD, DESW through post or by email by 29th April 2016.

2. Keeping in view several representations received requesting for the extension of last date for submission of representation, suggestions/views on the revised pension as notified under OROP orders, the last date of the submission of representation, suggestions/views has been extended upto 15th May 2016.

Postal Address:
Under Secretary/D(Pension/Policy)
Room No. 220A,
‘B’ Wing
Sena Bhawan; New Delhi-110011

Email ID: us-pen-pol@desw.gov.in

(R.K. Arora)
Under Secretary (Pension/Policy)
Tele: 01123012973

Govt is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues with the staff side – Confederation

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Govt is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues with the staff side – Confederation

GOVT SHOULD NOT TAKE THE JCM(NC) STAFF SIDE FOR A RIDE CONFRONTATION WILL BECOME INEVITABLE IF UNILATERAL ORDERS ARE ISSUED

It seems that Modi Govt. is not in favour of a negotiated settlement on the 7th CPC related issues with the staff side. The Seventh CPC report was submitted on 19th November 2015. Six months are almost over since then. 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 staf fside 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 Modi 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 Govt, 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. Employees have faith in the NJCA and they believe that the NJCA leadership shall assert itself and shall not compromise on major demands.

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.

The NJCA leadership should be ready for a showdown, if Modi Govt refuse to arrive at a negotiated settlement with the staff side as demanded by Secretary, JCM(NC) staff side.

M KRISHNAN
Secretary General
Confederation

Source: confederationhq.blogspot.in

Filling up the post of Director, National Institute of Social Defence(NISD) under the D/o Social Justice and Empowerment

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Filling up the post of Director, National Institute of Social Defence(NISD) under the D/o Social Justice and Empowerment.

F.No.4/1/2012 EQ(MM-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block New Delhi
Dated 10th May, 2016

To,
1. The Chief Secretaries,
All State Governments.
2. All Secretaries,
Ministries/Departments of Government of India

Subject : Filling up the post of Director, National Institute of Social Defence(NISD) under the D/o Social Justice and Empowerment.

Sir/ Madam,
It is proposed to fill up the post of Director, National Institute of Social Defence(NISD) under the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. NISD is an autonomous organization. This is a non CSS post.

2. Officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary/Director of the Government of India or equivalent level, eligible for appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme are eligible for the post. The period of deputation is 4/5 years for Dy. Secretary/Director respectively.

3. The post may be circulated amongst the officers eligible to be appointed at Deputy Secretary/Director or equivalent level in the Government of India on priority basis. Names of willing and eligible officers who can be spared by the State Governments/Ministries/Departments may be forwarded to the Department along with cadre clearance, vigilance clearance, detailed bio-data in the enclosed proforma and CR Dossiers of last five years. For officers working in the cadre, it may also be ensured that the ‘Cooling off, after a previous stint on deputation, if any, is complete and the officer is eligible to be appointed on Central Deputation as per instructions.

4. It is requested that the application(s) of the eligible candidate(s) may please be forwarded so as to reach this Department within one month from the date of issue of this circular.

Yours faithfully,
(Jagannat Snnivasan)
Deputy Secretary

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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Meeting with MoS, DoP&T Dr. Jitendra Singh - BPMS

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Meeting with MoS, DoP&T Dr. Jitendra Singh - BPMS

Hon’ble MoS has assured positively to enhance the minimum pay, multiplying factor of 7th CPC

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(An Industrial unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh) 
Recognized by Ministry of Defence, Govt of India 
02 A, Naveen Market Kanpur – 208001

REF: BPMS / Circular / 17th TC / 01
Dated: 07.05.2016
To,
Office Bearers & CEC Members BPMS,
President / Secretary of unions
affiliated to BPMS.

Subject: Meeting with MoS, DoP&T Dr. Jitendra Singh.

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Namaskar,
I hope that all of you will be quite well. This is to inform you that today (07.05.2016), a meeting held with Hon’ble MoS, DoP&T Dr. Jitendra Singh, attended by Shri Sadhu Singh, Shri Virendra Sharma along with other office bearers of Railways, Postal, Autonomous Bodies under the leadership of Shri Pawan Kumar, Regional Organizing Secretary Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.

Hon’ble MoS has assured that the Government of India is considering positively to enhance the minimum pay, multiplying factor of 7th CPC. But exact amount / number would be decided / declared by the Cabinet Committee.

He further assured that DoP&T is actively considering for grant of one time relaxation for compassionate appointment in Ministry of Defence.

For payment of Bonus arrears to Central Government employees, he is going to write a letter to finance Minister, Govt of India to issue necessary directives.

Hon’ble Defence Minister has fulfilled his promise / statement of 17th Triennial Conference of BPMS regarding Ordnance Factories Recruitment Centre (OFRC) on 29th April, 2016.

All of you are requested to give it a wide publicity through gate meetings, print and electronic media, press conference etc.

With regards,

Brotherly yours
Mukesh Singh
Dy General Secretary

Source: www.bpms.org.in

Abolition of 85% post falling vacant meant for direct recruitment in the grade of JSA(erstwhile LDC) - Dopt orders

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Abolition of 85% post falling vacant meant for direct recruitment in the grade of JSA(erstwhile LDC) - Dopt orders

DoPT has abolished 85% reservation for direct recruitment quota in the grade of JSA (erstwhile LDC) of CSCS based on Cadre Restructure committee recommendations.

No. 13/3/2016-CS.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
(CS.II Division)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110 003.
Dated: 5th May, 2016.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Abolition of 85% post falling vacant meant for direct recruitment in the grade of JSA(erstwhile LDC)-reg.

In pursuance of DoP&T’s O.M. No. 9/2/2003-CS-ll dated 20th April, 2005, it was decided to abolish 85% of the posts falling vacant on or after 03-10-2003 meant for direct recruitment quota in the grade of JSA (erstwhile LDC) of CSCS. The said decision was taken by the Cabinet after considering the recommendations of the report of First Cadre Restructuring of CSS.

2. However, it is observed that though a number of the cadre units have achieved the target of abolition of 85% of the posts falling vacant on or after 03-10-2003 meant for direct recruitment in the grade of JSA(erstwhile LDC) of CSCS every year. Some cadre units as shown in Annexure still have to achieve the target.

3. The Ministries/Departments shown in the Annexure are requested to take necessary action to abolish the remaining posts immediately and furnish a compliance report to DoP&T by 13th May, 2016 along-with a copy of the Office Order of the number of posts abolished. The deadline may please be strictly adhered to.

(Rajesh Sarswat)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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Anubhav- showing outstanding work done during service- Submission of details by the retiring employees regarding

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Anubhav- showing outstanding work done during service- Submission of details by the retiring employees regarding

F.No-21/ 13/2015- CS I (P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
(Departmen t of Personnel & Training)

Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated 05th May 2016

Office Memorandum

Subject:-“Anubhav”-showing outstanding work done during servlceSubmission of details by the retiring employees regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 04th January 2016 and 01st February 2016 on the subject mentioned above and to state that the write-ups in respect of the CSS/CSSS officers, as mentioned in Annexure-I, are yet to be accepted/ published on the “Anubhav Portal”.
2. HoO and HoD of the Ministries/Departments concerned are requested to kindly scrutinize the pending write-ups for acceptance/publication at the earliest.

3. All Ministries/Departments are also requested to impress upon
CSS/CSSS officers retiring within a period of six months to submit a write-up providing details of their work that has contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness of Government functioning or/and any innovation which led to improved work culture or any other contribution considered significant. Link to Anubhav Portal is available in the Home Page of this Department’s Website at persmin.nic.in->DOP&T->Anubhav.

( Raju Saraswat)
Under secretary to the Government of lndia

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

MACP on Promotional Hierarchy – Associations Demand for Withdrawal of SLP from Supreme Court

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MACP on Promotional Hierarchy – Associations Demand for Withdrawal of SLP from Supreme Court

Mr. SK. Mann President, National Head Quarters Confederation of Defence Recognised Associations (CDRA) has written a letter to the Prime Minister of India, regarding MACP on Promotional Hierarchy.

MACP on Promotional Hierarchy – MACP Scheme on Grade pay basis instead of the promotional hierarchy as it was in ACPS, resulting into the great detriment and huge financial and terminal benefit loss to the employees.

Mr. SK. Mann President, National Head Quarters Confederation of Defence Recognised Associations (CDRA) has written  a letter to the Prime Minister of India, regarding MACP on Promotional Hierarchy.  here are the quotes :

1. With profound regards we on behalf of more than 50 recognized associations functioning in various directorates of MoD request your honour for redressal of our genuine and justified grievances with regard to the injustice about the financial up-gradation under MACP Scheme inflicted upon the weaker section of the subordinate employees by the Govt of India during 2009 quite wrongly and against all the canon of justice. During the regime of NDA Govt. heated by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihar Vajpayee Ji an ACP Scheme to the employees of group B. C & D was granted in the form of two financial up-gradations in the promotional hierarchy after completion of 12 & 24 years service as a ‘safety net’ to deal with the problem of genuine stagnation due to inadequate promotional avenues. Alas! The above just and genuine scheme was ruthlessly distorted and destroyed during 2009 by the then UPA Govt by converting it into the MACP Scheme on Grade pay basis instead of the promotional hierarchy as it was in ACPS, resulting into the great detriment and huge financial and terminal benefit loss to the employees.

2. It is submitted with respect that the said scheme of MACPs was switched over from existing ACPS without having any consideration of anomalous consequences and awful repercussions in the matter of financial discriminations. With a view to further clarify the anomaly of this scheme it would be imperative to quote an example here that a Junior Engineer in MES who complete his 24 years service on 31-08-2008 shall be granted the 2rd up-gradation in pay scale of Executive Engineers i.e. in the PB-3 (15600-39100) + Grade Pay 6600/- in the erstwhile ACPs, where as the another Junior Engineers having completed the 30 years on 01-09-2008 is eligible for 3rd up-gradation in PB-2 (9300-34800) + Grade Pay 5400/- under the modified ACPs resulting in huge loss at least Rs. 20,000/- per month even after putting 6 years extra period of his services. Subsequently these anomalous and unjust projections were consequently brought into the notice of the authorities and persuaded vigorously but all in vain despite their admission about the said anomalies.

3. Finding no way out, the employees from different departments of Central Govt including MoD sought for the legal intervention by filing the petitions in the Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh, New Delhi, Guwahati, Calcutta and Ernakulum etc. Wherein all the judgments were in favour of the employees directing the respondents to grants the MACPs in promotional hierarchy. In the appeals filed by the Govt. in the Hon’ble High Courts the orders of the various CAT stands upheld Unfortunately, the Govt. further preferred to file the SLPs in the Hon’ble Supreme Court against the orders of the Hon’ble High Courts admittedly, the Hon’ble Supreme Court would take a considerable time to deliver its judgment on the said SLPs. Such delay to deliver the justice shall adversely affect a large chunk of the poor employees who are not in position to contest the case in Supreme Court owing to their financial constraints. In this context it is pertinent to mention here that the Hon’ble Supreme Court opined that in case of service matters where the High Courts and benches of CAT delivered the judgements in favour of the employees, no appeal in the Supreme Court by the Govt. is desirable.

4. We would also like to draw your kind attention to the fact that earlier the status of CAT remained equal to High Court and an employee had to contest his case at two stages only i.e. in CAT and then in Hon’ble Supreme Court but later on the channel contesting the case became CAT then High Court and then further Hon’ble Supreme Court. Therefore the opinion of Hon’ble Supreme Court that way is quite genuine.

5. In view of the above mentioned circumstances we pray before your esteemed authority to kindly be graciously pleased to direct the concerned department of Govt, of India for withdrawal of SLPs from the Hon’ble Supreme Court in order to provide the relief to the weaker sections of the society and to meet the ends of justice as a special case. We do hope that your kind action in the matter will certainly bring the good days for the subordinate employees of the Central Govt.

Source: AIAMSHQ

7th Pay Commission accepted few of the demands in principle – BPS

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7th Pay Commission accepted few of the demands in principle – BPS

Secy Genl. BPS speech at Lumding on 2.4.2016 on 02.04.2016

Respected Guests, office bearers Govt pensioners welfare organization MujjafarNagar , Brothers & Sisters,

I thank you all to have invited me and to be with you this day at Mujjafar Nagar.

Ladies & gentlemen we are all eagerly waiting for the notification implementing 7th CPC recommendations. Presently Implementation cell of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries is examining the grievances of employees and the Pensioners. After giving final touch to report, Empowered Committee will send recommendations to PMO for its nod. Once PMO go through the report, it will be placed before the Cabinet for final approval. The whole process may still take another about one months or so. We are getting information through print media that PMO has forwarded our representations/demands to the Empowered Committee of Secretaries with instructions to adjust genuine demands as far as possible.

Comrades, 7th CPC invited & listened patiently to Bharat Pensioners Samaj more than once. I, as Secy Genl Bharat Pensioners Samaj, got the chance to interact with the comm.3 times..7th CPC has accepted few of our demands in Principle.

So let us today examine what we asked for, what CPC recommended, and the Grievances as well as discrepancies we have referred to ECOS for redressal and the genuineness of our demands &grievances.

1.Stating that pension is always related to Salary, we represented to the pay commission to calculate need base minimum wage ensuring that wide gulf between haves & have lots is reasonably reduced. Pay Comm. after discussion did agree to calculate need base minimum wage for a family of 4 i.e. Husband wife & Two children. However, Pay Comm. without updating the criteria evolved by ILO in 1957 which in turn was based on age old Dr. Wallace Aykroyd formula for an average Indian family of four involved in   moderate physical activity considering it as three consumption units — husband: one unit, wife: 0.8 unit and two children below 14 yrs of age: 0.6 units each, calculated the minimum Salary.

Considering the changes which have taken place since 1957 BPS has raised three major issues in this reference .1 Considering wife of the employee as 0.8 unit as compared to husband as 1 unit is gender bias. Today physical & and intellectual activities of the lady of the house are in no way less than her male counterpart. She needs the same rather more nutrients, calories and clothing.  No 2. That growing children below 14 yrs. age for their healthy intellectual & physical growth needs much more and better nutrients, Calories, education & clothing compared to 1957. Then how they can betaken as 0.6 unit compared to head of the family. And No3 that Prices of commodities/facilities taken by the pay commission are on lower side compared to actual market prices. Also instead of reducing minimum -maximum paid ratio CPC has increased it.

These factors put together have resulted in calculation of Minimum Salary on lower side and is responsible for increased min-max ratio & lower common multiplication factor, thus minimum Salary needs upward revision.

If this is done common multiplication factor 2.57 which resulted in much less the rise than given by earlier Pay commissions will automatically go up.

2 OROP for all While asking for One Rank One Pension  i.e persons retired from same rank, same seniority & equal length of service should get equal pension irrespective of date of retirement. We explained to the 7thCPC that ‘Justice must be equal for all, otherwise, it breeds contempt, discontent, inefficiency, corruption & finally the insurgency. Vast inequality of income and wealth between lowest & the highest paid, violates Article 14of the Constitution, has already induced contempt, discontent, inefficiency & corruption in Civil services.

Govt. granted One Rank One Pension (OROP) to Armed forces. Judges granted it to themselves. Even aperiod of private practice of lawyer judges is to be counted towards qualifying service. Higher bureaucracy got it through modified parity. All other Central Govt. Pensioners are definitely not the 2nd grade citizens! One Rank One Pension to all retirees is now a constitutional requirement to ensure equality.

7th CPC re-iterating the famous D.S.Nakra case   agreed in principle & did recommend 100% parity but the method of implementation & the pay matrix evolved defeats the purpose. Not only that it will not provide full parity for lower & middle level retirees, it will result in juniors drawing more pension than their seniors & give more benefit to direct group ‘A’ retirees. Moreover, there are errors in the matrix designed. For example, entry pay for 4800GP in PB 2 is calculated as Rs18175 instead of Rs18750.

We have therefore sought rectification of such discrepancies in pay matrix ensuring that persons retired from same rank, same seniority & equal length of service get equal pension irrespective of date of retirement.

Common Multiplication factor: We had pleaded before the pay comm.to provide a common multiplication factor applicable to all, so that everyone get equal % rise.

Pay comm. while positively reacting, recommended 2.57 as common multiplication factor by dividing revised minimum Salary by existing min.Salary but in the first place since minimum salary calculated wrongly to keep it on lower side, this factor remained to be low to provide only .32% benefit which is lower than .40% provided by earlier pay panels. And secondly 7th CPC provided from back door a factor of 2.81 to higher ups through the jugglery of Pay matrix. We have therefore sought from the ECOS a common multiplication factor of 2.81 for all.

Downward revision of 100yrs age for additional pension i.e. additional pension to start from the age of 65 yrs. BPS pleaded before the Pay Panel that in the present scenario of climatic changes, incidence of pesticides in food articles and rising pollution, old age disabilities/diseases set in by the time an employee retires and go on manifesting very fast, needing additional finances to take care of these disabilities and diseases, especially as the cost of health care has gone very high.  Grant of 100% additional Pension after 100 years of age is rather illusionary in view of chances of survival up to or beyond age of 100 years being rare.

It is therefore, requested that 10% Additional Pension should be granted every 5 years from the age of 65 to 75 years & thereafter 20% every 5 years from 80 years onwards and 100% at the age of 90yrs. After discussions pay comm. Had agreed to consider granting additional age related Pension from the age of 75 yrs.& above. But alas! Issue was rejected merely because defence ministry did not accept it. We have requested ECOS to revisit the issue stating that in case defence ministry does not agree let the defence pensioners not have it. Why make all others to suffer for the sake of one section?

Fixed medical allowance (FMA): 

BPS represented that: M/O Health & Family Welfare spent per card Rs.1369 per month in 2007-2008 for OPD. Adding to it inflation, the figure today is well over Rs 2000/- PM. Ministry of Labour& Employment, Govt. of India vide its letter no. G-25012/2/2011-SSI dated 07.06.2013 has already enhanced FMA to Rs 2000/- PM for EPFO beneficiaries. Thus, to help elderly pensioners to look after their health minimum of Rs 2000/- FMA be granted. Adequate raise in FMA will encourage a good number of pensioners to opt out of OPD facility which will reduce overcrowding in hospitals. OPD through Insurance will cost much more to the Govt.

We suggested that FMA for all C.G. Pensioners be raised to at least Rs 2000/- PM linking it to Dearness Relief for automatic further increase and without any distance restriction as distance restriction is discriminatory to those who do not choose Govt. schemes/hospitals. We further suggested that FMA be exempted from INCOME TAX. Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) is a compensatory allowance to meet day today medical expenses. As Medical Reimbursement is not taxable, FMA should also be exempted from Income Tax.

This demand has been rejected by the Pay Panel on the ground that FMA was recently hiked from Rs 300 to Rs500PM.

We have represented to ECOS to revisit the issue & to accept the demand to raise FMA to Rs 2000/ PM. NCJCM is supporting our demand & we expect some positive result

Medical facilities/Health care:BPS represented That “Health is not a luxury” and “not be the sole possession of a privileged few”.

It is a Fundamental Right of all present & past Employees!

To ensure hassle free health care facility to Pensioners/family pensioners, Smart Cards be issued irrespective of departments, to all Pensioners/Family Pensioners and their Dependents for cashless medical facilities across the country. These smart cards should be valid in  :

• all Govt. hospitals

• all NABH accredited Multi Super Specialty hospitals across the country which have been allotted land at concessional rate or are given any aid or concession by the Central or the State govt.

• all CGHS, RELHS & ECHS empaneled hospitals across the country.

Reimbursement of bills for treatment & for hospitalization: No referral should be insisted in case of medical emergencies. For the purpose of reference for hospitalization & reimbursement of expenditure thereon in other than emergency cases, doctors/Medical officers working in different Central/State Govt. department dispensaries/health units should be recognized as Authorized medical attendant.

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is recognized as a fundamental right of all workers in terms of Article 21 read with Article 39 A, 41, 43, 48A and all related Articles as pronounced by the Supreme Court in Consumer Education and Research Centre & Others vs Union of India (AIR 1995 Supreme Court 922)

We suggested that, all the pensioners, irrespective of pre-retiral class and status, be treated as same category of citizens and the same homogeneous group. There should be no class or category based discrimination and all must be provided Health care services at par. We also requested the commission to recommend to govt. to make preventive health care an essential ingredient of all health care schemes for retired Persons. And that CGHS,RELHS, ECHS&ESI should be pooled together to provide a strong network of health care with lager coverage area

Hospital Regulatory Authority: To ensure that the hospitals do not avoid providing reasonable care to smart card holders and other poor citizens, a Hospital Regulatory Authority should be created to bring all NABH-accredited hospitals and NABL-accredited diagnostic Labs under its constant monitoring of quality, rates for different procedures & timely bill payments by Govt. agencies and Insurance companies. CGHS rates may be revised periodically keeping in mind the workability as per market conditions.

The 7th pay comm. recommends Medical Insurance for all. This of course will be beneficial to all those who are presently not covered by any of the present schemes. But the major issues with Insurance scheme for pensioners’ i.e. (1) Coverage of existing disease (2) OPD facilities (3) Amount of coverage for a family (4) Amountof Premium and its yrly payment need to be resolved before introduction. On pooling of different existing schemes to increase coverage & easy accessibility, Pay Comm. did agree that it will create a very strong network of health care but has left it to the Govt. to look into.  On the issue of Smart card for cashless treatment for all pensioners in all empaneled hospitals 7th pay comm. has not come out with any recommendation.

The Pay Panel recommendation regarding withdrawal of discriminatory orders of MOH &FW regarding Postal Pensioners & merging of all postal dispensaries with CGHS is welcomed.

7th pay commission has either rejected for left unaddressed the issues like:

1. Ratio between min & max. paid to be brought back to 1:8.

2. Upward revision of pension to 67/65% of last drawn.& Family pension 50% of LPD

3 Removal of discrimination with those who retire on 31.12 & 30.06

4.  Modification of NPS to ensure Family Pension as per pre 2004 rules & that min pension shall not be less than 50% of last drawn

5. DR merger with pension whenever it goes above 50%

In a scenario wherein Corporates are swallowing 5.3 lac crore through unpaid loans and Legislators are in a spree to hike their own Salaries & Perks.What if our genuine demands/grievance are not addressed?:

Prepare for long drawn struggle?–  What are the options?:

1.Legal remedy: it is not a viable solution for pensioners as it takes years & need huge money.

2. Print & Electronic media:  Does not high light our issues. Most of the times it involves substantial payments for paid news /Press conferences.

3.Representations/correspondence & meetings with Ministers & Govt.officials are of little use except for resolving individual grievances.

4. Demonstrations Rallies: Will be effective if we are able to pool few thousand pensioners. This will need months of advance preparations, strong contacts, communication and money.

5. Mustering support of Politicians: Will be helpful. However, this will come if we have large following & good contacts as they always eyeyour vote strength.

6. Social media: Is very strong & effective platform we already have a large audience of over 22 lac consisting of Elderly, younger people, politicians, Ministers, MPs, Govt. officers& professionals. In short persons from all walks of life. Over 12 lacs of pensioners are computer savvy who can play very important role.

7.Pensioners Own media: i.e Periodical magazines / newsletters, websites blogs, Facebook Pages,Twitter handles.You Tube Channels: Can prove to be very effective for creating awareness, dissemination of information and motivation.

8. Join hands with Trade unions /confederations /Associations of employees: For them Pensioners issues are the last priority for them. Recently while trimming down their demands,they have dropped down all the issues of Pensioners except that of FMA

Ladies & Gentlemen,

As far back as 1955 Retired Justice late Sh.Shankar Saran of Allahabad high court, dreamed of giving a strong voice to pensioners community through consolidation. He dreamed of developing systems to enable pensioners of the country to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence. With this dream he founded Bharat Pensioners Samaj in 1955 which has today grown into the largest Federation of Pensioners Associations with over 7 lac members through over 650 Affiliates & Associates.

Moving forward through the decades with this dream of the founder, BPS took on its shoulders the responsibility of Welfare of Pensioners Community.

After years of welfare work for the Pensioners community BPS evolved 4 ‘C’ action plan for the final fulfillment of the dream i.e 4 C action plan, The prerequisites for 4C action plan

1) Collection of Pensioners Contact details i.e. Mob. Phone Nos &email addresses,2) Identification of issues 3). Motivation 4). Designing & launching a campaign

The four “C” action Plan

1. Communicate: World has changed & is constantly changing we too need to change ourselves. Even developed countries have realized that moving alone is not possibleanymore and have started communicating with other countries. Same is true for pensioner’s organizations instead of wasting time & energy in raising new or reviving dormant organizations we need to form strong conglomerate of existing live Federations and Associations. As main aspirations i.e. Financial, Social security &healthcare are common, this is possible. To achieve it communication is the basic tool. So communicate amongst yourself, with your members, affiliates, associates, MOU partners, with Civil Society, National / local leaders, with Media and with the employees retiring in next six months. Spread awareness about, what pensioners did for the country & are still doing for the civil Society. Apprise Civil Society about their service conditions, entitlements as per Constitution, Supreme court pronouncements. Empower Pensioners & Pensioners to be with information, knowledge & network to interconnect. Aggressively use Social Media & modern digital technology to interact among yourself & with the civil society to enable them to understand pensioner’s/family pensioner’s issues& the deficient areas.

2. Coordinate: Coordinate not only to seek govt. support in deficient areas but to develop systems which may enable all of us to act as one family with mutual confidence, support and growing interdependence. Comrades, if we have to survive with dignity then such should be our system of mutual confidence, interdependence & coordination that none of us feel lonely &helpless.

Share information, technology and resources with Affiliates/Associates MOU partners/sister organizations &members. Coordinate and provide support to members, affiliates and associate associations. Coordinate & stand shoulder to shoulder with the administration & fellow citizens during National emergencies and natural calamities. Launch and participate in welfare activities such as organ donation for the good of civil society.

3.Consolidate:  Inspire more & more pensioners/Associations/Federations to come together. Strive to bring all C.G; State, PSU, EPS95 &statuary body pensioners/family pensioners together.  Inspire sister organizations sign MOUs to jointly & severally struggle for resolving common issues. BPS, AIFPA, NFRPPalghat& AISCCON have been successfully wkg with such an agreement. I inviteother likeminded pensioner’s organizations to join. BPS today has over 22 lac audience on Social media platform, let us utilize the facility for pensioners’ cause. We have thrown it open to all likeminded organizations. Add more & more, friends, viewers &followers on Social media pages. Share pensioner’s related posts as much as possible. Twit & retweet pensioners/ sr citizen issues issue

Due to age &ailments, traditionalagitational   methods like Dharnas, Demonstrations etc are losing sheen for pensioners. Let us blend old & new techniques, strengthen presence to highlight pensioner’s issues & deficient areas. Streamline & inter- link available resources like publications, websites, Blogs, Groups, Face book, Twitter, You Tube etc. BPS has launched a pilot project ‘PENSIONERS OWN MEDIA’ under which publications of likeminded Pensioners organizations who willingly provide us their publications in pdf format up-to 5MB are being uploaded on BPS website, Blog, Face book, Twitter & BPS 1955 yahoo group.BPS ‘Bharat Pensioner'(monthly publication) has circulation ofover 64000 pdf copies through Social media &email.

4.Contribute: Contribute whatever you can, your ideas, knowledge,experiences, efforts & of course money to make the project succeed.

Let us make best use of modern technology /opportunities combined with traditional methods to consolidate ‘Elderly Vote Power’, the ultimate weapon & panacea for all our ills.

Comrades, we are not a helpless, useless or a tired lot. Neither we are a liability to the society or a burden on the exchequer. We are an asset for the civil society & the Govt.

We can still turn the TIDES. With ‘elderly vote power’ we have the ability to change Govt. Even in our death we have the capacity to give life to 5 persons (by organ donation)

We may not live to see the end results but it is our responsibility to give correct direction & a road map to pensioners of tomorrow.

Today I call upon the entire fraternity of Sr Citizens to unite& move forward.

Jai hind, Jai Bharat.

Er. S.C. Maheswari
Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Source: Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Central Government takes strict action against defaulting/non performing tax officers

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Central Government takes strict action against defaulting/non performing tax officers

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

05-May-2016 17:28 IST

Government takes strict action against defaulting/non performing tax officials/officers; For the First Time, 33 officials/officers including 7 Group ‘A’ officers prematurely retired for non-performance and 72 officers/officials including 6 Group ‘A’ Officers dismissed in other departmental / disciplinary actions in the last two years.

There is a general perception that no action is taken against the defaulting tax officials for their non performance as well as in case of harassing the tax assesses among others. The present Government has taken various steps to change this perception following the principle of good governance. After the present Government took over two years back, it has taken strict action against such revenue officers/officials in order to fix their accountability.

For the first time, 33 officers / officials of the Revenue Services, including seven Group ‘A’ officers, have been prematurely retired for non-performance under Rule 56(j) of CCS (Pension) Rules. Further, 72 officers / officials have been dismissed including six Group ‘A’ officers, in other departmental/ disciplinary actions in the last two years.

Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission – Rejoinder submitted by NCJCM staff side

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Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission – Rejoinder submitted by NCJCM staff side

We have submitted a rejoinder on the report of VII CPC, seeking bilateral settlement on the issues related to VII CPC.

You are gracious enough to convene a meeting on 1st March, 2016, wherein members pf the Staff Side, National Councii(JCM) and Empowered Committee of Secretaries participated.

Subsequently, another truncated meeting was held on 30th March, 2016. In both the meetings Official Side heard our views, but no re.action of the Official Side was expressed except general remarks.

I have been directed to draw your kind attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Councii(JCM) held on t h May, 2008 and our rejoinder submitted to government in the matter of report of VI 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 goodself to kindly arrange for similar type meeting for bilateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM before Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com/

Revision of time limit for drawal of advance for the purpose of LTC journey by train - Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 13.5.2016

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Revision of time limit for drawal of advance for the purpose of LTC journey by train - Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 13.5.2016

F. No. 31011/8/2015-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001 
Dated May 13, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Revision of time limit for drawal of advance for the purpose of LTC journey by train.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/5/98-Estt.(A) dated 30.03.1998 regarding relaxation of time-limit for drawal of LTC advance, wherein it has been stated that a Government employee can draw advance for LTC journey for himself and his family members sixty-five days before the proposed date of the outward journey.

2. Since, the Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) for booking accommodation in trains from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 1st April 2015, the time-limit for drawal of LTC advance by the Government servants may be increased from 65 days (i.e. 2 months & 5 days) to 125 days (i.e. 4 months and 5 days) in case of journey by train.

3. Cases where the LTC journey is proposed to be undertaken by other modes of transport viz. air/sea/road, the time-limit for drawing LTC advance shall remain 65 days only.

4. In all the cases, where an advance is drawn for the purpose of availing LTC, it will be mandatory for the Government servant to produce the outward journey tickets to the Competent Authority within ten days of drawal of advance in order to verify that he has actually utilised the amount to purchase the tickets.

Sd/-
(Surya Narayan Jhb)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Admissibility of catering charges in respect of rail journey performed on LTC – Clarification orders issued by Dopt on 12.5.2016

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988 - Admissibility of catering charges in respect of rail journey performed on LTC – Clarification reg.

No. 31011/11/2015-Estt (A.IV) 
Government of India 
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: May 12, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988-Admissibility of catering charges in respect of rail journey performed on LTC – Clarification reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that several references are received in this Department from various Ministries/Departments seeking clarification regarding the admissibility of catering charges charged by the Indian Railways in respect of the rail journey(s) performed by Rajdhani/Shatabdi on LTC.

2. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it is clarified that if the Government servant has to compulsorily avail the catering facility and the cost is included in the rail fare for Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains, the fare charged shall be reimbursable in full as per the entitlement/eligibility of the Government servant.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

Minimum Pension – Ministry of Labour & Employment

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Minimum Pension – Ministry of Labour & Employment

Minimum Pension

The Government has notified a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 vide Notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E), dated 19th August, 2014 effective from 01.09.2014 for the year 2014-15 which is continued beyond March, 2015 without any break.

However, no proposal is under consideration of the Government at present for providing inflation-linked Dearness Allowance (DA) to pensioners of EPS, 1995. The issue of index-linking of pension by fully neutralizing inflation was considered by the Expert Committee constituted by the Government in the year 2009 for review of EPS, 1995 and the same was found not feasible in the case of a funded scheme like EPS, 1995 wherein the contribution of the employer and Government is at a fixed rate of 8.33 per cent and 1.16 per cent respectively. Therefore, the value of benefits cannot be left open-ended by linking it with inflation which is variable.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

PIB

Filling up the post of Canteen Attendant in the Departmental Canteen of Department of Personnel & Training

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Filling up the post of Canteen Attendant in the Departmental Canteen of Department of Personnel & Training. – Reg.

No.A.32022/ 3/ 2011-Ad.III (Vol-II)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated 4th May, 2016

To,
The Director,
Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity,
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,
PTI Building, Parliament Street,
New Delhi – 110002

Subject: – Filling up the post of Canteen Attendant in the Departmental Canteen of Department of Personnel & Training. – Reg.

Sir/ Madam,
I am directed to say that this Department proposes to fill up Seven (7) (number of vacancies are tentative and may vary) vacant posts of Canteen Attendant in the Pay Band-I (Rs. 5,200/- Rs.20,200/ -) with Grade Pay of 1800/- in the Departmental Canteen of this Department purely on temporary basis. The post of ‘Canteen Attendant’ is a direct recruitment post to be filled up through Employment Exchange by candidates having educational qualification of Matriculation or equivalent. The age limit of the said post is 18-25 years as on the last date for submission of application form.

2. . Applications of willing and eligible candidates may be sent along with; i) Bio-data (as in proforma at Annexure-I); ii) Attested copies of certificates (matriculation (mandatory) and certificate/ diploma in hospitality management/ cooking/ catering (optional) only); iii) A valid Employment Exchange Registration ID number (mandatory);  to the Under Secretary (Coordination-II), Department of Personnel & Training, Room No. 3, North Block, New Delhi, within 60 days from the date of publication of this vacancy circular in the Employment News.

3. It is therefore, requested to advertise the same in the Employment News.

A copy of the relevant Employment news may also kindly be sent to this Department.

Yours faithfully
(Kulbhushan Malhotra)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in


Reimbursement of rail fare on LTC in respect of children of 5-12 yrs age group - Clarification orders issued by Dopt

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 Reimbursement of rail fare on LTC in respect of children of 5-12 yrs age group - Clarification orders issued by Dopt

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988 – Reimbursement of rail fare on LTC in respect of children of 5-12 yrs age group.- Clarification reg.

No. 31011/3/2016-Estt (A.IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: April 29, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel concession) Rules, 1988 – Reimbursement of rail fare on LTC in respect of children of 5-12 yrs age group.- Clarification reg.

As per Railway Board’s circular No. 71 of 2015, Ministry of Railways have decided that in case of children above 5 years and under 12 years of age, for whom full berth/seat is sought at the time of reservation, full fare shall be charged. It is mentioned that if berth/seat is not sought for the children of age 5 years and under 12 years of age at the time of reservation, then half of the adult fare shall continue to be charged subject to minimum distance for charge. This would be effective for the travel w.e.f. 10.04.2016.

2. In this regard, several references have been received in this Department from various Ministries/ Departments seeking clarification as to whether the full fare charged by the Railways for reservation of berth for children between 5 years and 12 years shall be reimbursable while availing LTC facility.

3. The matter has been examined in consultation with Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and it has been decided that for the family members of the Government servant, aged between 5 yrs and under 12 yrs, the actual rail fare shall be reimbursed for LTC, as per the choice of rail tickets purchased by the Government servant.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in

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