Wednesday, March 08, 2017

General Provident Fund (CS)Rules - GPF Advance Limit Enhanced upto 12 Months of Pay

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General Provident Fund (CS)Rules - GPF Advance Limit Enhanced upto 12 Months of Pay

Amendment to the provisions of General Provident Fund (Central Service )Rules 1960- liberalization of provisions for drawal of advance from the Fund by the subscribers.

“Enhance the limit of advance upto 12 months of pay or three-fourth of the amount at credit, whichever is less”

No 3/212017 -P&PW (F)(i)
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Desk-F

3rdFloor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-11 0003
Dated 7th March, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Amendment to the provisions of General Provident Fund (Central Service )Rules 1960- liberalization of provisions for drawal of advance from the Fund by the subscribers – regarding.

The General Provident Fund (Central Service )Rules came into force in 1960. Rule 12 of the said rules provide for drawal of advance by the subscribers, to be sanctioned by the competent authority for reasons indicated in the Rules. Some amendments have been made from time to time to address the concerns raised by the subscribers. However, the provisions, largely. remain restrictive. There is a felt need to liberalize provisions, raise limits and simplify the procedure.

2. The provisions in the. rules have now been reviewed and it has been decided to permit the subscriber to prefer an advance from General Provident Fund (Central Service) Rules 1960 for the following purposes:
Subject:

(i) Illness of self, family members or dependents,

(ii) Education of family members or dependent of the subscriber. Education will include primary, secondary and higher education, covering all streams and educational institutions,

(iii) Obligatory Expenses viz. betrothal; marriage, funerals, or other ceremonies,

(iv) Cost of Legal proceedings, .

(v) Cost of defence,

(vi) Purchase of consumer durables,

(vii) Pilgrimage and visiting places of eminence. This will include any travel and . tourism related activities.

3. It has been decided to enhance the limit of advance upto 12 months of pay or three-fourth of the amount at credit, whichever is less. Amount of advance will be recoverable in a maximum of 60 instalments. The advance may be sanctioned by the declared Head of Office . .

4. The declared Head of Department is competent to sanction an advance from the fund for reasons not covered above.

5 Maximum time limit of fifteen days is being prescribed for sanction and payment of an advance from the Fund. In case of emergencies like illness etc., the time limit maybe restricted to seven days.

6. In all the above cases of advance, no documentary proof is required to be furnished by the subscriber. A simple declaration by the subscriber explaining the reasons for advance would be sufficient.

7. Necessary amendment to the GPF(Central Service)Rules 1960, giving effect to the above provisions will be issued in due course.

8. In so far as persons serving in Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

9. This issues with approval of Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No. 4(1)/EV/2017 dated 28.02.2017.

10. Hindi version of this OM will follow

(Sujasha Choudhury)
Director


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

DoPT Instruction regarding fixing of timelines for finalizing disciplinary proceedings

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DoPT Instruction regarding fixing of timelines for finalizing disciplinary proceedings

F.No.11012/9/2016-Estt.A-III
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi — 110001
Dated: 7 March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment in Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 regarding fixing of timelines for finalizing disciplinary proceedings - regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that it has been proposed to amend the CCS(CC&A) Rules 1965 by introducing stringent timelines for completing Disciplinary proceedings in a time bound manner. The proposed draft Notification for amending CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 is enclosed herewith. Before framing the Rules, all stakeholders, Ministries / Departments are requested to offer their comments/views, if any, in this regard at the e-mail address poulose.ev13.nic.in latest by 21st March, 2017.

(Poulose.E.V)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

Will announcements regarding 7th CPC Allowances be made this week?

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Will announcements regarding 7th CPC Allowances be made this week?

“Will the authorities announce the Government’s decisions regarding all the allowances for the Central Government employees, including the HRA, at least this week?”
The 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on the allowances being given to the Central Government employees was nothing short of controversial. The employees were very dissatisfied that the Commission had recommended that the rates of HRA percentage, which they had been receving for the past ten years, be reduced. The various Central Government employees’ unions and federations announced protests to review the recommendations on Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor including HRA.

The centre responded by constituting a special high-level committee, chaired by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa to review the recommendations on allowances by the 7th CPC. The government had initially instructed the committee to submit its report within four months. Later, citing the stagnation that resulted due to demonetization, the committee was given an additional two months’ time. The extended duration ended last month.

The Allowance Committee was expected to submit its report to the government on February 22. The media – print, websites of all the leading dailies and countless blogs, were full of contradictory reports and guesses. There is no concrete information available on this issue until now.

Meanwhile, the CGDA published a circular on 3rd March 2017 regarding Alloawnce Committee on its official portal. The circular said, MoD has received an Office Memorandum from the Finance Ministry on 23.02.2017 regarding HRA. The O.M. had instructed the Ministry of Defence to submit a detailed report of all its employees, those who were given Government accommodations, and on those who were receiving house rent allowances.

The order said that the step was taken as part of its response to the demand made by the Staff Side of National Council JCM and many other Ministries/Departments, to revise the rates of HRA percentage recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

Latest reports claim that the government has decided to release its reports after studying the current status of HRA in the Defence sector, which employs the most number of employees among the various Central Government Ministries.



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