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Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners’ Portal

Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners’ Portal.

F.No.55/14/2017-P&PW(C)
Government of India
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi

Identification of Pensioners Associations under the Pensioners’ Portal.

A Project on Pensioners’ Portal entrusted to Department of P&PW aims at the welfare of Central Civil Pensioners across the country. Its specific objective is to facilitate redressal of Pensioner’s grievances and provide detailed information, guidance etc on pension and other retirement related matters through various stake holders. The project envisages inter-alia association of registered Pensioners’ Associations of Central Government Employees and other welfare organizations in the implementation process.

Under the above project this Department has already identified 46 Pensioners Associations on the basis of the following criteria. These Associations are given one time hardware/software and Grant-in-Aid up to Rs.75,000/- per annum to participate in the implementation of the scheme to defray expenses on certain approved
components such as telephone/internet connection, stationary etc.

This Department now intends to identify Pensioners Associations in 2017-18 from 11 States and 4 UTs which are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Tripura, Goa,Nagaland, Mizoram, Andaman & Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur,Sikkim, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Dadra & Nagar Haveli looking after the welfare of Civil/Railways/Defence pensioners. The Central Government Pensioners Associations desirous of getting identified under the Pensioners’ Portal may send their details as indicated below along with copies of relevant documents with reference to above criteria along with a write up on their vision/plan to work towards welfare of Central Government Pensioners to Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare at the address given above within 30 days from date of publication of advertisement in newspapers. Super scribing – “Identification under Pensioners Portal”

1) Name of Pensioners’ Association with Address etc.
2) Date of Registration/incorporation
3) Memorandum of Associations (MOA)& rules, if any
4) Objectives of the Association
5) Sources of funding
6) Total membership of the Association
7) Audited Accounts for last 3 years
8) Annual Activities Report for last 3 years
9) Publication/journal details
10) Composition of General Body
11) Number of General Body Meetings held
12) Premises (whether hired or owned) by the Association
13) Infra-structural details
14) With whom the Association interact frequently
15) Is the Association also involved in social activities in addition to pension related matters. If so, provide details thereof along with documents/ photographs etc.

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(Seema Gupta)
Director (PW)
Authority: http://www.pensionersportal.gov.in/

Stepping up of pay of senior of CSS promotion in the Officers’ Grade than juniors – DoPT

Stepping up of pay of senior of CSS promotion in the Officers’ Grade than juniors – DoPT

F.No.18/2/2014-CS-I(S)
Government of India
Ministry of PG & Pensions
Department of personnel & Training

2nd Floor, A Wing, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market
New Delhi, the 6th November, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Stepping up of pay of senior of CSS promotion in the Offcers’ Grade than juniors – reg.

Representations have been received from some CSS officers in whose case re-fixation and recovery orders have been issued by concerned Ministries/Departments in pursuance to DOPT 0M
20.05.2014, requesting withdrawal ot the OMs referred above.

2. It is once again clarified that 0M No.5/16/80-CS.l dated 13.4.1988 was issued on acceptance of award by Board of Arbitration in CA Reference No.7 of 1984 which allowed stepping up of pay at an Assistant of CSS, who is senior by virtue of having been recruited through an earlier examination but is drawing less pay on promotion in the Grade of officer than his junior recruited through a letter examination, up to a level equal to the pay of such junior Sexton Officer in the same cadre i.e. senior DR Assistant to junior DR Assistant of later exam on their promotion as Section Officer, Vide OM No.5/21/192-CS.I dated 23.2.1994 this benefit of stepping up was extended to Section Officers appointed through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) (again applicable to Assistants only). OM NO.5/1/96-CS.l dated 8.10.1996 further extended this benefit in case of promotee Assistants and also to the cases where both junior and senior have been recruited on the basis of the same Select List/Assistants Grade Examination, as the case may be in accordance with OA No.365/90 (Shri K.C.Sehgal Vs UOI and OA No .869/91 (Shri L.K. Chawla VS UOI), which were upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

3. That there are general guidelines of stepping up of pay issued by the Ministry Of Finance vide 0M No.F.2(78)-E.III(A) dated 04.02.1966 and this Department vide 0M dated 04.11.1993. One Of the conditions of the general guidelines for allowing stepping up of pay to a Senior Govt. servant with reference to a junior in the lower grade also.

4. However, certain clarifications were issued by CS-I Division, DoPT in 2007 and 2008 to individual Ministries/Departments, on references received from them, which were at variance with the general conditions of stepping up of pay i.e. stepping up of pay was allowed even if junior was drawing more pay than the senior in the lower grade i.e.  in Assistant Grade. Therefore, vide OM dated 29.5.2009, the clarifications issued in 2007 & 2008 were withdrawn and Ministries/Departments were advised to strictly allow stepping up enforcing conditions laid down in OM dated 8.10.1996. Departments were also informed vide OM dated 21.05.2010 that as the matter was still under consideration, status-quo, as on date, might be maintained in the matter of stepping up of pay of Section Officer of CSS till the matter attains finality. Eventually, the matter attained finality and a consolidated OM as vetted by the Estt..(Pay) Division of this Department and Department of Expenditure was issued on 20.05.2014.4. However, certain clarifications were issued by CS-I Division, DoPT in 2007 and 2008 to individual Ministries/Departments, on references received from them, which were at variance with the general conditions of stepping up of pay i.e. stepping up of pay was allowed even if junior was drawing more pay than the senior in the lower grade i.e.  in Assistant Grade. Therefore, vide OM dated 29.5.2009, the clarifications issued in 2007 & 2008 were withdrawn and Ministries/Departments were advised to strictly allow stepping up enforcing conditions laid down in OM dated 8.10.1996. Departments were also informed vide OM dated 21.05.2010 that as the matter was still under consideration, status-quo, as on date, might be maintained in the matter of stepping up of pay of Section Officer of CSS till the matter attains finality. Eventually, the matter attained finality and a consolidated OM as vetted by the Estt..(Pay) Division of this Department and Department of Expenditure was issued on 20.05.2014.

5. The Ministries/Departments were requested vide OM dated 20.05.14 that stepping up of pay already allowed in cases where the individuals are not covered by the OMs dated 13.04.1988, 23.02.1994 and 08.10.1996 and general conditions as laid down in OM dated 04.11.1993, should be reviewed and pay re-fixed accordingly. That excess payments made to the employees in the cases of wrong stepping up of pay should be recovered in terms of DOP&T’s OM No. 18/26/2011-Estt(Pay-I) dated 06.02.2014 and a compliance report in this regard furnished to this Department. It was further clarified vide OM dated 08.7.2014 that all the three OMs and general conditions of stepping up of pay are not exclusive of each other and the three OMs are to be read with and subject to the general conditions reiterated vide OM dated 4.11.1993, therefore, stepping up of pay is not to be allowed where junior was drawing more pay than the senior in the lower grade.

6. As regards, OA No. 2884/2015 and similar OAs filed in this regard, it is observed that only applicants in these cases have been granted interim stay by the Learned CAT. That the said OAs have been filed by the applicants in the individual capacity. Thus in all those cases where stepping up of pay has been allowed, but where the benefited individuals were not covered by the OMs dated 13.4.88, 23.2.94 and 8.10.96 and the general conditions of stepping up of pay as laid down in the DOP&T’s OM No.4/7/92-Estt(Pay-I) dated 04.11.93, pay will have to be re-fixed and recovery of excess payment, if any, is to be made.

7. Therefore, vide reminder OM dated 27.12.16, the Ministries/Departments were requested to expedite the compliance reports as requested vide OM dated 20.05.2014 except in those cases where matter of recovery is subjudice/stayed by order of any competent court.

8. It may be mentioned that one of the similarly placed officers, in whose case orders for stepping up of pay with reference to a promotee assistant was issued but not implemented, had approached CAT(PB) through OA No.1199/2014(H.C. Rai vs. UOI). The CAT vide its order dated 28.03.2017 while dismissing the OA had categorically ruled that the stepping up of his pay was not in consonance with the provisions of OM dated 20.05.2014 i.e. OMs dated 13.4.88, 23.2.94 and 8.10.96

9. With regards difficulty being faced by some Ministries/Departments in establishing links/chain of officers in refixation/recovery matters, it is hereby mentioned that many Ministries/Departments have already issued re-fixation orders establishing links by themselves as per the instructions issued by this Department.

10. All the Ministries/Departments are thus again requested to furnish the compliance reports in the prescribed proforma, latest by 15th November 2017.

11. In view of above, the representations/OMs of following have nor merit and are accordingly disposed off:
Sl.No.
Name & Designation
Ministry/Deptt.
01
Smt. Veena Dunga, US
Cabinet Sectt.
02
Shri Avinash Chandra, US
NITI Aayog
03
Shri Brajesh Kumar Mathur, US
NITI Aayog
04
Shri P.S. Thakur, US
ISCS, M/o Home
05
Shri P.K. Tyagi, US
Consumer Affrs,
06
Manoj Kumar Singh, US
Posts
07
Shri Satish Chander, US
Civil Aviation
08
Shri U.K. Bhardwaj, US
Civil Aviation
09
Shri Amit Ghosal, US
Civil Aviation
10
Shri Anup Pant, US
Civil Aviation
11
Shri Sanjay Singh, US
Civil Aviation
12
Shri S.V. Ramana, US
Civil Aviation
13
Shi K.C. Patra, US
AHD&F
14
General Secretary, CSS Forum
——
15
Shri Ajay Malik, US
Labour & Employ.
16
Shri Subhash Kumar, US
Labour & Employ.
17
Shri G.A. Raghuvanshi, US
Labour & Employ.
18
Shri Santhosh Kumar Singh, US
Labour & Employ.
19
Shri Atul Kumar Singh, US
Labour & Employ.
20
Shri Raj Kumar, US
Labour & Employ.
21
OM No.A-29015/08/2014-D(Est.I/Gp.II)-Pt. dt. 1st
March 2017
Defence
22
OM No.G-12012/1/2016-E.I dt. 7thFebruary
2017
Food & PD
(Anil Tripathi)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Click to view the OM

Authority: www.dopt.gov.in

Minister appealed to the Trade Unions to call off the proposed Dharna

Minister of State for Labour and Employment(Independent Charge) Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar appealed to the Trade Unions to call off the proposed Dharna

Meeting of Labour & Employment Minister with Central Trade Union Organizations on 12 Point Charter of Demands 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment(Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar met the representative of all Central Trade Unions in Shram Shakti Bhawan on 7th November 2017 to discuss the issues raised in 12 Point Charter Demand of CTUOs. The meeting was attended by representatives of major Central Trade Unions including BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and NFITU as well as Secretary, Labour and Employment Mrs. Sathiyavathy and other the senior officers of the Ministry. 12 Point Charter Demand of CTUOs inter alia raises issues of minimum wages, price rise, unemployment, disinvestment, universal social security, compulsory registration of trade unions, increase in minimum pension under EPFO and strict compliance and enforcement of labour laws. The Minister said that the Government has highest regard for the consultative process and he is committed to uphold it. He referred to the calls for nation-wide demonstrations on 9th-10th and 17th November by the CTUOs and BMS respectively and appealed the Trade Unions to rather engage in the constructive discussions on each of the issue raised by them. 

Minister said that the Government and the Ministry of Labour and Employment has consistently and continuously taken pro-labour decisions and initiatives. He talked about initiatives like simultaneous increase in Minimum wages, the provision for National Floor Level Minimum wages in the proposed Labour Code on Wages. The Bonus Amendment Act, the decision to enhance Minimum pension to Rs. 1000/- as well as the other initiatives taken by other Ministries. 

Trade Union representatives primarily demanded the Government to address the issues of enhancing Minimum Pension to Rs. 3000/- as well as Minimum Wages. They also talked at length about the issues related to enforcement of labour laws, and social security for unorganized workers including growing contractualization. 

A presentation was also made by the Ministry to present an updated status on the 12 demands raised by the CTUOs. 

Addressing the Media persons the Minister expressed hope that the talks with the Trade Union Representatives was positive and it was done in a cordial atmosphere. He appealed to the Trade Unions to call off the proposed Dharna.

Source: PIB News

Direct Tax Collections for F.Y. 2017-2018 show Growth of 15.2% up to October, 2017 at Rs. 4.39 lakh crore

Direct Tax Collections for F.Y. 2017-2018 show Growth of 15.2% up to October, 2017 at Rs. 4.39 lakh crore 

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

07-November-2017 17:24 IST

Direct Tax Collections for F.Y. 2017-2018 show Growth of 15.2% up to October, 2017 at Rs. 4.39 lakh crore 

The provisional figures of Direct Tax collections up to October, 2017 show that net collections are at Rs. 4.39 lakh crore which is 15.2% higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year. Net Direct Tax collections represent 44.8% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for F.Y. 2017-18 (Rs. 9.8 lakh crore).  Gross collections (before adjusting for refunds) have increased by 10.7% to Rs.5.28 lakh crore during April-October, 2017. Refunds amounting to Rs. 89,507 crore have been issued during April, 2017 to October, 2017.

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of 'NIRBHAY' Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile

DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Trial of 'NIRBHAY' Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile 

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved yet another feat today with the successful test flight of ‘NIRBHAY’ - India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile which can be deployed from multiple platforms. It was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. The missile has the capability to loiter and cruise at 0.7 Mach, at altitudes as low as 100 m. The flight test achieved all the mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash, boosting the confidence of all scientists associated with the trial. 

The missile took-off in the programmed manner and all critical operations viz. launch phase, booster deployment, engine start, wing deployment and other operational parameters demonstrated through autonomous way point navigation. The guidance, control and navigation system of the missile is configured around the indigenously designed Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) and MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with GPS system. The missile majestically cruised for a total time duration of 50 minutes, achieving the range of 647 km. The missile was tracked with the help of ground based radars and other parameters were monitored by indigenous telemetry stations developed by DRDO. 

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, hailed the success of DRDO Scientists and complimented them for this inspired achievement. She was optimistic that this successful trial would take India to the select League of Nations for possessing this complex technology and sub-sonic cruise missile capability.

Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence (R&D), Dr. S Christopher, DG (Aero) Dr. CP Ramanarayanan, Director ADE, RCI , ITR and CEMILAC, along with other senior DRDO scientists and user representatives from Army witnessed the momentous launch and congratulated the team ‘NIRBHAY’ for making DRDO proud for the long awaited achievement.

Source: PIB News

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