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Issuance of ₹ 500 bank notes without inset letter, in the Mahatma Gandhi (New Series)

Issuance of ₹ 500 bank notes without inset letter, in the Mahatma Gandhi (New Series)

The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 500 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, without any inset letter, bearing signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, and the year of printing '2016' printed on the reverse of the banknote.

The design of these notes to be issued now is similar in all respects to the ₹ 500 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series which was notified through Press Release : 2016-2017/1146 dated November 08, 2016.

All ₹ 500 bank notes issued earlier in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series will continue to be legal tender.

Alpana Killawala
Principal Adviser

Press Release : 2016-2017/1461

Authority: https://rbi.org.in/

Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA

Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

08-December-2016 16:52 IST

Latest Guidelines for nomination in SCOVA 

The Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) is a forum for holding consultation with the stakeholders, i.e., the pensioners through their Associations and various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India to get feedback on implementation of pension related policies, to discuss and critically examine the policy initiatives and to mobilise voluntary efforts to supplement the Government action.

A mechanism has been put in place for nomination of a Standing Group comprising of 5 Associations and a Rotating Group comprising of 10 Associations through a Resolution issued from time to time. As per the existing mechanism the Standing Group serves for 3 terms of 2 years each or till the pleasure of the Chairman of SCOVA whichever is earlier and Rotating Group serves for 1 term of 2 years and is eligible for re-nomination for one more term. These Associations represent various categories of Central Government pensioners from various Regions/States.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra in the Rajya Sabha today.

Resolving of old pension cases

Resolving of old pension cases

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

08-December-2016 17:34 IST

Resolving of old pension cases 

Ministries/Departments of the Government sanction pension/family pension as per Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 and send pension papers through Pay and Accounts Office and Central Pension Accounting Office to the pension disbursing agency, which is generally a public sector bank. 

This department monitors grievances of retiring employees/pensioners through Centralised Pension Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS). The department rigorously monitors the grievances registered under CPENGRAMS. Various reports are generated and examined on the cases of delay/ pendency/non-payment. There is no grievance case, including that of lonely women, pending for over 10 years. There is no proposal under consideration for opening of Fast Track Unit of pension to resolve old and pending cases.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Anubhav Mohanty in the Rajya Sabha today.

Shri Bandaru Dattatraya calling on Shri Arun Jaitley to discuss issues relating to Demonetization

Shri Bandaru Dattatraya calling on Shri Arun Jaitley to discuss issues relating to Demonetization 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment

08-December-2016 16:36 IST

Shri Bandaru Dattatraya calling on Shri Arun Jaitley to discuss issues relating to Demonetization 

The Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya met the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley and discussed the issues relating to demonetization and gave suggestions keeping in view the welfare of the workers in New Delhi yesterday. Shri Dattatreya requested Finance Minister to initiate steps to deploy mobile ATMs in all the workers/industrial clusters specially in remote and rural areas where there is pre-dominance of workers. Labour & Employment Minister also discussed to take steps to address the wage payment related issues, issues of plantation workers and construction workers. Shri Dattatreya while appreciating the efforts of the Finance Minister in reviving the old lower denomination notes, also highlighted the importance of issuing more and more lower denomination notes (Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50 & Rs.100) in large numbers, as this will be beneficial to a large number of workers. Shri Dattatreya also requested to expedite and print more Rs.500/- notes for circulation and to ensure their availability to industrial and other institutions which employ large number of workers.

Labour & Employment Minister also apprised Shri Arun Jaitley about the campaign undertaken by the Labour & Employment Ministry to open bank accounts and stated that so far 52,852 camps have been held till date all over India where in 13,76,243 accounts opened. He said, senior officers have been deputed to various States to oversee the campaign that has been conducted by the team of officers for opening of bank accounts. Shri Dattatreya also informed the Finance Minister that these camps that were conducted with cooperation of the bank officials resulting in the opening of more accounts.

Demise of Selvi J Jayalalitha - State Mourning will be observed for seven days from 06.12.2016

Demise of Selvi J Jayalalitha - State Mourning will be observed for seven days from 06.12.2016

GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU
ABSTRACT

Demise – Demise of High Dignitaries – Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu – Demise on 5th December, 2016 – Notification – Issued.

PUBLIC (SPECIAL.B) DEPARTMENT

G.O. Ms.No.926

Dated: 05.12.2016

Tiruvalluvar Aandu, 2047
Dhunmuki, Kaarthigai, 20

ORDER:

The Government of Tamil Nadu announce with profound regret, the demise of Selvi J Jayalalitha, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at 11.30 p.m. on Monday, the 5th December, 2016. State Morning will be observed for seven days from 06.12.2016, during which period the National Flag on all Government Buildings will be flown at half-mast. No official entertainment will also be held during this period.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

(P. RAMA MOHANA RAO)
CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

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NOTIFICATION

Under the Explanation to Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (Central Act XXVI of 1881) read with Notification of the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs No.20-25-26, Public -1, dated 8th June 1957 the Government of Tamil Nadu hereby declares that Tuesday, the 6th of December, 2016 as a public holiday as a mark of respect to Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

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PUBLIC (SPECIAL.B) DEPARTMENT
G.O.Ms.NO. 930

Dated: 06.12.2016
Thunmugi, Kaarthigai – 21, Thiruvalluvar Aandu-2047

Read:
G.O.Ms.No.929, Public (special-B) Department, dated 06.12.2016

ORDER:

Under Clause (3) of Article 166 of the Constitution of India, the Governor of Tamil Nadu allocates among his Ministers, the Business of Government as follows:-

1.
Thiru O. Pannerselvam,
Hon’ble Chief Minister
Hon’ble C.M.
Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police, Home, Finance Planning, Legislative Assembly, Elections and Passports, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (Training)
2.
Thiru Dindigul C.Sreenivasan,
Minister for Forests
M (Forests)
Forests
3.
Thiru Edappadi K.Palaniswami,
Minister for Public Works, Highways & Minor Ports
M (PW, Highways & MP)
Public Works, Irrigation including Minor Irrigation, Programme Works, Highways and Minor Ports
4.
Thiru Sellur K.Raju,
Minister for Co-operation
M (Co-op.)
Co-operation, Statistics, Ex-Serviceman Welfare
5.
Thiru P.Thangamani,
Minister for Electricity, Prohibition & Excise
M (Electricity, P & E)
Electricity, Non-Conventional Energy Development, Prohibition and Excise, Molasses and Prevention of Corruption Act
6.
Thiru S.P. Velumani,
Minister for Municipal Administration & Rural Development, Implementation of Special Programme
M (MA & RD, Impn. Spl. Prog.)
Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Panchayats and Panchayat Unions, Poverty Alleviation Programmes, Rural Indebtedness, Urban and Rural Water Supply, Implementation of Special Programme
7
Thiru D.Jayakumar,
Minister for Fisheries
 M (Fisheries)
Fisheries and Fisheries Development Corporation
8.
Thiru C.Ve. Shanmugam
Minister for Law, Courts & Prisons
M (Law, Cts. & Pri.)
Law, Courts and Prisons
9.
Thiru K.P.Anbalagan,
Minister for Higher Education
M (Hr. Edn.)
Higher Education including Technical Education, Electronics, Science and Technology
10.
Dr.V.Saroja, Minister for Social Welfare & Nutritious Noon Meal Programme M (SW & NNMP)
Social Welfare including Women’s and Children’s Welfare, Orphangaes and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development, Beggar Homes, Welfare of Differently Abled and Social Reforms & Nutritious Noon Meal Programme.
11.
Thiru M.C. Sampath,
Minister for Industries
M (Industries)
Industries, Steel Control, Mines & Minerals and Special Initiatives
12.
Thiru K.C.Karuppannan,
Minister for Environment
M (Environment)
Environment and Pollution Control
13.
Thiru R.Kamaraj.
Minister for Food & Civil Supplies
M (Food & Civil Supplies)
Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection and Price Control.
14.
Thiru O.S.Manian,
Minister for Handlloms & Textiles
M (H &T)
Handlooms & Textiles
15.
Thiru Udumalai K. Radhakrishnan,
Minister for Housing & Urban Development
M (Hg. & UD)
Housing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority
16.
Dr.C. Vijaya Baskar,
Minister for Health & Family Welfare
M (Health & Family Welfare)
Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare
17.
Thiru R.Doraikkannu,
Minister for Agriculture
M (Agriculture)
Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Agro Service Cooperatives, Horticulture, Sugarcane Cess, Sugarcane Development and Waste Land Development
18.
Thiru Kadambur Raju,
Minister for Information & Publicity
M (Information & Publicity)
Information & Publicity, Film Technology and Cinematograph Act, Stationery and Printing and Government Press
19.
Thiru R.B. Udhayakumar,
Minister for Revenue
M (Revenue)
Revenue, District Revenue, Establishment, Deputy Collectors, Weights and Measures, Debt Relief including Legislation on Money lending Chits, Registration of Companies
20.
Thiru Vellamandi N.Natarajan,
Minister for Tourism
M (Tourism)
Tourism, Tourism Development Corporation
21.
Thiru K.C.Veeramani,
Minister for Commercial Taxes
M (CT)
Commercial Taxes, Registration and Stamp Act
22.
Thiru K. Pandiarajan,
Minister for School Education & Sports and Youth Welfare
M (Sch. Edn. & S & YW)
School Education, Archaeology, Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department
23.
Thiru K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji,
Minister for Milk & Dairy Development
M (Milk & DD)
Milk and Dairy Development
24.
Thiru P.Benjamin,
Minister for Rural Industries M (RI)
Rural Industries including Cottage Industries, Small Industries
25.
Dr.Nilofer Kafeel,
Minister for Labour
M (Labour)
Labour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census, Urban and Rural Employment and Wakf Board.
26.
Thiru M.R.Vijayabhaskar,
Minister for Transport
M (Transport)
Transport, Nationalised Transport and Motor Vehicles Act
27.
Dr.M.Manikandan,
Minister for Information Technology
M (IT)
Information Technology
28.
Tmt V.M.Rajalakshmi,
Minister for Adi Dravidar & Tribal Welfare
M (AD & TW)
Adi Dravidar Welfare, Hill Tribes and Bonded Labour
29.
Thiru G.Baskaran,
Minister for Khadi & Village Industries Board
M (Khadi & Village Indus. Board)
Khadi and Village Industries Board, Bhoodan and Gramadhan
30.
Thiru Sevvoor S.Ramachandran,
Minister for Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments
M (HR & CE)
Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments and Tamil Official Language & Tamil Culture
31.
Tmt S. Valarmathi,
Minister for Backward Classes & Minorities Welfare
M (BC & MW)
Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Overseas Indians, Refugees & Evacuees and Minorities Welfare
32.
Thiru P.Balakrishna Reddy,
Minister for Animal Husbandry
M (AH)
Animal Husbandry

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

P. RAMA MOHANA RAO
CHIEF SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

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

No Service Tax charged while making payments through credit card and debit card

No Service Tax charged while making payments through credit card and debit card

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

08-December-2016 19:55 IST

Government waives service tax charged while making payments through credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card; waiver limited to payments up to Rs. 2,000 in a single transaction 

When a customer uses a credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card for payment of his purchase of goods or services, the merchant/service establishment is charged certain merchant discount rate (MDR) by credit card or debit card issuing banks. With a view to promote digital transactions and encourage merchant establishments to accept such card payments, Government has waived service tax on such amount charged while making payments though credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card. However, this waiver is limited to payments upto two thousand rupees only (Rs.2000) in a single transaction.

Special Discount for Petrol, Train Seasonal Ticket, Insurance Premium and Toll Fees on Digital Payment

Special Discount for Petrol, Train Seasonal Ticket, Insurance Premium and Toll Fees on Digital Payment

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
08-December-2016 18:20 IST

Package for Promotion of Digital and Cashless Economy 

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes, there has been a surge in the digital transactions through use of credit/debit cards and mobile phone applications/e-wallets etc. To further accelerate this process, the Central Government has decided on a package of incentives and measures for promotion of digital and cashless economy in the country. 
These incentives/measures are following: 

1. The Central Government Petroleum PSUs shall give incentive by offering a discount at the rate of 0.75% of the sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 4.5 crore customers buy petrol or diesel at such petrol pumps per day who can take benefit of this incentive scheme.  It is estimated that petrol/diesel worth Rs.1800 crore is sold per day to the customers out of which nearly 20% was being paid through digital means.  In the month of November 2016 it has increased to 40% and the cash transaction of Rs.360 crore per day have got shifted to cashless transaction methods.  The incentive scheme has the potential of shifting at least 30% more customer to digital means which will further reduce the cash requirement of nearly Rs. 2 lakh crore per year at the petrol pumps.

2. To expand digital payment infrastructure in rural areas, the Central Government through NABARD will extend financial support to eligible banks for deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000.  These POS machines are intended to be deployed at primary cooperative societies/milk societies/agricultural input dealers to facilitate agri-related transactions through digital means.

This will benefit farmers of one lakh village covering a total population of nearly 75 crore who will have facility to transact cashlessly in their villages for their agri needs. 

3. The Central Government through NABARD will also support Rural Regional Banks and Cooperative Banks to issue “Rupay Kisan Cards” to 4.32 crore Kisan Credit Card holders to enable them to make digital transactions at POS machines/Micro ATMs/ATMs.

4. Railway through its sub urban railway network shall provide incentive by way of discount upto 0.5% to customers for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 80 lakh passengers use seasonal or monthly ticket on suburban railways, largely in cash, spending worth nearly Rs.2,000 crore per year.  As more and more passengers will shift to digital means the cash requirement may get reduced by Rs.1,000 crore per year in near future.

5. All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh.

Nearly 14 lakh railway passengers are buying tickets everyday out of which 58% tickets are bought online through digital means.  It is expected that another 20% passengers may shift to digital payment methods of buying railway tickets.  Hence nearly 11 lakh passengers per day will be covered under the accidental insurance scheme.

6. For paid services e.g. catering, accommodation, retiring rooms etc. being offered by railways through its affiliated entities/corporations to the passengers, it will provide a discount of 5% for payment of these services through digital means.

All the passengers travelling on railways availing these services may avail the benefit.

7.  Public sector insurance companies will provide incentive, by way of discount or credit, upto 10% of the premium in general insurance policies and 8% in new life policies of Life Insurance Corporation sold through the customer portals, in case payment is made through digital means.

8. The Central Government Departments and Central Public Sector Undertakings will ensure that transactions fee/MDR charges associated with payment through digital means shall not be passed on to the consumers and all such expenses shall be borne by them.  State Governments are being advised that the State Governments and its organizations should also consider to absorb the transaction fee/MDR charges related to digital payment to them and consumer should not be asked to bear it.

9.  Public sector banks are advised that merchant should not be required to pay more than Rs. 100 per month as monthly rental for PoS terminals/Micro ATMs/mobile POS from the merchants to bring small merchant on board the digital payment eco system.

Nearly 6.5 lakh machines by Public Sector Banks have been issued to merchants who will be benefitted by the lower rentals and promote digital transactions.  With lower rentals, more merchants will install such machines and promote digital transactions. 

10. No service tax will be charged on digital transaction charges/MDR for transactions upto Rs.2000 per transaction.

11. For the payment of toll at Toll Plazas on National Highways using RFID card/Fast Tags, a discount of 10% will be available to users in the year 2016-17.

Expand the digital payments eco-system and facilitate the move towards cashless transactions

Expand the digital payments eco-system and facilitate the move towards cashless transactions

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

06-December-2016 19:47 IST

In order to facilitate the move towards cashless transactions, the Government has directed the banks to install an additional one million new PoS terminals by 31st March 2017;. 2,73,919 camps organized to open banks accounts for unorganized labour in which 24.54 lakh accounts opened. 

As part of the plan to expand the digital payments eco-system and facilitate the move towards cashless transactions, the Government has decided that an additional one million new PoS terminals should be installed by 31st March 2017. Towards this end, banks have already placed orders for 6 lakh PoS machines and another 4 lakh PoS machines are likely to be ordered in the next few days. The country today has about 15 lakh PoS terminals across different merchants to facilitate card based payments.

A special drive has also been undertaken jointly with Ministry of Labour & Employment and States’ Administration to open banks accounts for unorganized labour by holding camps at various locations. A total of 2,73,919 camps have been organized so far in which 24.54 lakh accounts have been opened.

In the light of the Government’s decision to demonetize Specified Bank Notes w.e.f. the midnight of 8th November 2016, banks are making all out efforts to facilitate genuine transactions. Appropriate action is being taken against individuals involved in irregular and unauthorized activities. Since 3rd December 2016, action against 7 officials of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) have been taken.

In addition, audit has been taken-up in few branches of Public Sector Banks (PSBs). The Concurrent Audit is also being initiated as per the requirement and under the extant guidelines of RBI.

Government of India takes policy decisions to encourage cashless/electronic transactions

Government of India takes policy decisions to encourage cashless/electronic transactions

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

05-December-2016 15:58 IST

Government of India takes policy decisions to encourage cashless/electronic transactions; Asks the Government employees to take the lead and maximize the usage of Debit Cards for personal related transactions instead of cash 

In the recent years, advancements in banking technology, progress in mobile banking and innovative technologies to facilitate digital payments have enabled large number of small denomination transactions to be handled smoothly in electronic mode. The Government of India has taken policy decisions encouraging cashless/electronic transactions.

In its endeavour on moving towards the electronic payments, the Central Government Ministries/Departments have been crediting the salary and other payments for the majority of its employees electronically, direct into the designated bank accounts of the employees. Given the progress made in banking technology, it is assumed that each employee would be in possession of a Debit/ATM card linked to his/her bank account. Ensuring and encouraging Government Employees to maximise the usage of Debit cards for personal related transactions instead of cash would go a long way serving with the employees serving as ‘ambassadors’ for the digital push and also motivate, encourage the general public in taking-up the cause.

All Ministries/Departments are requested to encourage their employees to make use of Debit Cards for personal related transactions instead of cash. Ministries/Departments should liaise with their accredited banks and set-up special camps to facilitate obtaining of and ensure that all its employees are in possession of Debit Cards. Ministries/Departments may also issue similar advisories to their attached/subordinate offices, PSUs, Autonomous Bodies etc.

Complete digitization of Government payments

Complete digitization of Government payments

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

05-December-2016 15:33 IST

Any Payment above Rs.5,000 to Suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions etc by Government Departments to be now made through e-Payment to attain the goal of complete digitization of Government payments. 

In order to attain the goal of complete digitization of Government payments, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has again reviewed the existing limit of Rs. 10,000/-(Rs. Ten Thousand only) prescribed regarding e-payment to Suppliers etc. It has now been decided to lower this threshold limit from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 5,000 (Rupees Five Thousand only).The last review in this regard was made only in August, 2016.

Accordingly, all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India have been now directed by the Ministry of Finance to ensure with immediate effect that all payments above Rs. 5000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) to suppliers, contractors, grantee/loanee institutions etc. are made by issue of payment advises only.

Tax Investigations unearth mis-use of Jan-Dhan Accounts


Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

04-December-2016 13:37 IST

Tax Investigations unearth mis-use of Jan-Dhan Accounts; Account holders once again urged by CBDT not to consent to any kind of mis-use of their accounts which would expose them to the dangers of being held responsible for the tax evasion by unscrupulous elements. 

Investigation being conducted by the Income Tax Department across India into the sudden surge in cash deposits in Jandhan accounts have revealed various inconsistencies. Undisclosed moneys of approximately Rs.1.64 Crore deposited by persons who have never filed returns of income being below the taxable limits, into their Jandhan accounts have already been detected at Kolkata, Midnapore, Ara (Bihar), Kochi and Varanasi. Rs. 40 Lakh has been seized from one such account in Bihar. Undisclosed income so detected will be brought to tax as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, apart from other actions depending upon the outcome of investigations.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), once again urges the account holders not to consent to any kind of mis-use of their accounts which would expose them to the dangers of being held responsible for the tax evasion by unscrupulous elements.

Benefits of Debit Card Activation - FAQ

Benefits of Debit Card Activation - FAQ

QUESTION 1. Why it is important to have active debit cards?

ANSWER: Debit Card makes your payments much more convenient and secure through an
electronic payment facility directly from your bank account. Debit card can be used for purchases online or at shops by directly debiting your Bank account. Debit cards can also be used to withdraw cash from an ATM.

QUESTION 2: How is a customer benefited by debit cards?

ANSWER: Major benefits to customers are
  • It is more convenient to carry a small, plastic card instead of a bulky Cheque book or a large amount of cash.

  • Easy to obtain: Once you open an account most institutions will issue you a debit card upon request.

  • Convenience: Purchases can be made using a chip-enabled terminal or by swiping the card rather than filling out a paper cheque.

  • Safety: You don't have to carry cash or a Cheque book. Debit cards are protected by a four digit pin number that you set yourself. This pin is needed to make any purchase with your debit card.

  • Readily accepted: When out of town (or out of the country), debit cards are usually widely accepted (make sure to tell your financial institution you’re leaving your city; to not have an interruption in service).

  • It’s a Cash Card Too: Debit cards still have the ability to give you cash, you can take them to an ATM and use them there to withdraw the cash. 

  • Insurance: National Payment Corporation of India has introduced Insurance cover in case of accidental death or permanent disablement of Rs 1 Lac for NonPremium cards (RuPay Classic) and Rs 2 Lac for Premium cards (RuPay Platinum) to eligible RuPay card holders. The RuPay Insurance programme will continue for financial year 2016-17, i.e. from April 01, 2016 to March 31, 2017.


QUESTION 3: Can I use my debit card if I have not used it for long?

ANSWER: Yes. It may however require activation. Please check the forwarding letter that came with your debit card. Please check your Bank website.

QUESTION 4: How do I generate a PIN ?

ANSWER: Banks provide PIN by mail, which is either dispatched by bank to the cardholder address. Some banks also offer Green Pin facility online. Banks also facilitate change of PIN to suit your requirements.

QUESTION 5: What are the recent steps taken for promoting debit card payments?

ANSWER: Some of the recent initiatives towards popularizing Debit card usage are:
MDR (Merchant Discount Rate) which a merchant (Shopkeeper) pays the Bank for POS transaction are reduced to zero on debit cards till 31th, December 2016. Excise duty payable on acquisition of POS machine which was earlier 16.5% has been waived till 31st March 2017.

QUESTION 6: What should you do if a shop asks you for an additional amount for use of
your debit card?

Answer: As per the norms prescribed by card networks, shops should not ask for any additional amount called surcharge or convenience fee. You can refuse to pay an additional amount for use of your card and register complaint to your bank on its website or otherwise.

QUESTION 7: Can one refuse to pay additional amount as banks have waived their charges
on one of debit cards till 31st December 2016.

Answer: Although all banks have waived MDR up to Dec 31, 2016, customers are not required to pay additional amount even after that if demanded by the shopkeeper, as this is to be paid by the shopkeeper.

QUESTION 8: Why should Merchant encourage card use?

ANSWER: Merchant are benefitted to encourage debit card transaction as:
  • Cost of Digital transaction is lower than handling Cash.
  • Deposition of cash in bank is not required as the amount will be automatically credited to account.
  • Credit History is created for the merchant which will help him in taking more support from banks and other financial initiatives of government time to time.
  • Manual reconciliation is not required at merchant side. He can always refer to his account.
  • Accepting payment cards can enable merchants to increase their revenues
  • Increased sales: Cards enable consumers to make quicker and easier payments.
  • Better customer service: Electronic payments offer customers more flexible payment options - faster checkout times for customers and a more efficient way of paying. Also, innovations such as Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) payments, allow consumers the ability to purchase and take possession.

Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi for all Central Government offices

Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi

F.N0.12/18/2016-JCA2
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
JCA Section

North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 7th December, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Change of date of holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad during 2016 for all Central Government administrative offices located at Delhi / New Delhi.

As per list of holidays circulated vide this Ministry’s 0.M.No.12/7/2015-JCA-2 dated the 11th June, 2015, the holiday on account of Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad falls on Tuesday the 13th December, 2016. It has been brought to notice of this Ministry that in Delhi Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad will be celebrated on 12th December, 2016.

Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad holiday to 12th December, 2016 in place of 13th December, 2016 as notified earlier, for all Central Government administrative offices at Delhi / New Delhi.

2. For Offices outside Delhi / New Delhi the Employees Coordination Committees or Head of Offices (where such Committees are not functioning) can decide the date depending upon the decision of the concerned State Government.

Hindi version will follow.

(D.K.Sengupta)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in/dopt.asp

Clarification regarding effect of warning, censure etc on promotion - CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965

CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 — Clarification regarding effect of warning, censure etc on promotion

F.No.11012/12/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment A-III Desk

North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 6th December, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 — Clarification regarding effect of warning, censure etc on promotion.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. No. 11012/6/2008-Estt.(A) dated 7th July, 2008 on the above mentioned subject and to say that vide para 2(iii) of the said OM, it was instructed that where a departmental proceeding has been instituted, and it is considered that a Government servant deserves to be penalized for the offence/misconduct, one of the prescribed penalties may only be awarded and no warning, recordable or otherwise, should be issued to the Government servant. However, while considering cases for empanelment, the ACC has observed that in many cases, rather than exonerating the officer or imposing a penalty on him, administrative warning is issued even when disciplinary proceeding were drawn against him. Administrative warning is not recognized as a penalty.

2. In view of the above, the following position as contained in various instructions issued so far on warning/Censure etc. are reiterated for strict compliance:-

(i) As clarified in the Ministry of Home Affairs O.M. No. 39/21/56-Estt.(A) dated 13 th December, 1956, warning is administered by any authority superior to a Government employee in the event of minor lapses like negligence, carelessness, lack of thoroughness, delay etc. It is an administrative device in the hands of superior authorities for cautioning the Government employees with a view to toning up efficiency and maintaining discipline. There is, therefore, no objection to the continuance of this system. However, where a copy of the warning is also kept in the Confidential Report dossier, it will be taken to constitute an adverse entry and the officer so warned will have the right to represent against the same in accordance with the existing instructions relating to communication of adverse remarks and consideration of representations against them.

(ii) Where a departmental proceeding has been instituted under the provisions of CCS(CC&A) Rules 1965, after the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings, the officer is either exonerated or where it is considered that some blame attaches to the officer, he should be awarded one of the recognized statutory penalties as given in Rule 11 of the CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 i.e. at least ‘Censure’ should be imposed. In such a situation, a warning, recordable or otherwise, should not be issued.

(iii) Warning, letter of caution, reprimands or advisories administered to Government servants do not amount to a penalty and, therefore, will not constitute a bar for consideration of such Government servants for promotion.

3. All the disciplinary authorities in Ministries/Departments are, therefore, requested to keep in view the above guidelines while dealing with disciplinary case against the Government servants.

4. Hindi version will follow.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (E)

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in/dopt.asp

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