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GOVT PAYMENT THROUGH DEBIT/CREDIT/NET BANKING FACILITY-CGA

No.1(1)/2006/ECS/TA/165

Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure Controller General of Accounts 7th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market New Delhi-110511 Date: 28/03/2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Guidelines for payment of Government money into the accredited bank branch of the Ministry/Department through Debit/ Credit Cards and Net Banking facility.

The facility to public for crediting the Government receipts directly into the accredited bank of the Ministry/Department has been provided under Rule, 7 of Central Government Account (Receipts and Payments) (Amendment) Rules, 2012.

At present, the, Government receipt is realized in cash or by Cheque or Demand Draft or by Money Order or Postal Order, or, in such other forms as may be prescribed by the Government‘in terms of Rule 18 of Central Government Accounts (Receipts and Payments) Rules, 1983.

The transfer of funds through electronic mode has also been prescribed by the Government under the Payment and Settlement Act, 2007. Payments through Debit/ Credit Cards and Net Banking have also gained popularity across the country. It has, therefore, been decided to introduce the facility of Debit/CreditCards and Net Banking also for payment of Government receipts into the accredited bank branch of the Ministry/Department.

2. The Debit/Credit Cards and Net Banking facility will be available to the‘public subject to the following conditions:-

2.1 The Ministries/Departments will make necessary banking arrangement through their accredited banks authorized by RBI for handling Government transaction under Section 45(1) of RBI Act,. 1934.
2.2 The engagement of accredited bank and any other intermediary by the accredited bank as gateway for Debit/Credit Cards and Net Banking shall be governed by ‘The Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (No.51 of 2007 dated 20-12-2007)

23 The intermediaries will follow the directions for Operation of Accounts and settlement of payments for electronic_-.transactions as issued by the RBI vide letter No. RBI/2009-10/231(DPSS.CO PD. No.1102/02.14.08/2009-10) dated 24-11-2009 (Annexure-I).

They will be responsible for collection of money, its payment to the accredited bank and refund of failed/disputed transactions to the customers within the period prescribed by the RBI in theaforesaid letter.

2,4 The commission to the intermediaries on the transaction Will be charged from the enstomer along with the transaction as per the prei/ailing practice and rates. The Government will not be responsible for any such payment to the intermediaries.

2.5 The Ministries/Departments and their respective accreditedbanks Shall create facilities for the public for payment of money through Debit/Credit Cards and Net. Banking.

The electronic challan form, to be filled up electronically with such details of the transaction which are necessary for reporting, reconciliation and. accounting purpose; will be facilitated online at the payment gateway by the Ministries/Departments.

2,6 The accredited-hank will be responsible for cellating, scrolling and reporting transaction-wise all aforesaid. payments to Pay and Accounts Office and remittance of the same into the Government Account in the RBI within the time limit i.e.
T+1 working day as prescribed by the RBI in consultation with Controller General of Accounts vide letter No. RBI/2014715/416 (DGBA.GAD.NO.H 3203/42.01.01 172014-15) dated 21-01-2015 (Annexure-II)

2.7 The accredited bank will function as acquirer bankrfor all cards and follow the instructions issued by the RBI-for handling Government transactions through e-payment and provide challans, scrolls and DMS of such transactions in the electronic form to the Pay and Accounts Office. The Govennnent account and scrolls-should give transaction-wise details.

2.8 For successful card payment; the accredited bank will generate a unique challan number linked to the branch code with clear identifier for the mode of payment that is provided on the cyber receipt instant receipt.

2.9 The payment of Government money, once credited to Government Account trough Debit/Credit Cards and Net Banking, will be refunded as per the departmental procedure for refund of revenue and payment will be made by the Payand Accounts Office through normal mode of payment.

2.10 Ministries/ Departments may utilize Services available on ‘Non-Tax Receipt Portal’- bharatkosh.gov.in for non-tax receipts. 3. , All the Ministries/Departments may keep the above guidelines in View While introducing the Debit/Credit Cards and Net Banking facility for payment of Government money into bank account by the public. The Ministry/Department desirous to introduce such facility may do so 'in consultation with their Pr. CCA/CCA/CA or head of accounting organization.

(Shankari Murali) Joint Controller General of Accounts

Encl.: As above.

Source:http://cga.nic.in/writereaddata/GuidelGovtMoneyintoBanksOM165dt28032016.pdf

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Recent Update (06-04-2016)

Implementation of One Rank One Pension Recent Update (06-04-2016)

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP). The details are as follows:

1. The benefit will be given with effect from 1st July, 2014.

2. Pension will be re-fixed for pre 1.7.2014 pensioners retiring in the same rank and with the same length of service as the average of minimum and maximum pension drawn by the retirees in the year 2013. Those drawing pensions above the average will be protected.

3. The benefit would also be extended to family pensioners including war widows and disabled pensioners.

4. Personnel who opt to get discharged henceforth on their own request under Rule 13(3) 1(i)(b), 13(3) 1(iv) or Rule 16B of the Army Rule. 1954 or equivalent Navy or Air Force Rules will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP. It will be effective prospectively.

5. Arrears will be paid in four half-yearly instalments. However, all the family pensioners including those in receipt of Special/Liberalized family pension and Gallantry award winners shall be paid arrears in one instalment.

6. In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 year.

7. Constitution of Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, Retd. Chief Justice of Patna High Court on 14.12.2015 which will give its report in six months on the references made by the Government of India. The implementation of OROP will result in enhanced pension for the pensioners/family pensioners of Defence Forces. The setting up of the Judicial Committee headed by Justice L. Narasimha Reddy will help in the removal of anomalies that may arise in the implementation of OROP order dated 7.11.2015.
Financial implications on account of grant of OROP including Pre-Matured Retirees (PMR) cases would be Rs. 10925.11 crore for payment of arrears and annual financial implication would be Rs. 7488.7 crore. Till 31st March, 2016, 15.91 lakh pensioners have been given the first instalment of OROP, which amounts to Rs. 2,861 crore.

Information is being gathered for processing on priority basis, the cases of 1.15 lakh pensioners after filling in the gaps of information such as the length of service being assessed, etc.

Source: PIB

7th Pay Commission News

7th Pay Commission News – Pension issues discussed in Empowered Committee Meeting on 1st March 2016 –

Restoration of commuted value of pension after 12 years, Enhancement of Pension and Family Pension, Retirement gratuity and death gratuity, Increasing Fixed medical allowance etc

7th Pay Commission matters: The Government has appointed an empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The staff side and the Pensioners Associations have given Charter of demands to the Cabinet Secretary. First meeting with Cabinet Secretary was held on 1st March, 2016

Staff side explained the justification of each and every demand and conveyed the large scale resentment amongst the Central Govt. Employees to the Cabinet secretary. The Cabinet Secretary did not make any commitment on any demand
. He said that this is only a preliminary meeting. Com. K.K.N. Kutty represented the Confederation. The NJCA meeting held on 7th March 2016,decided to defer the date of commencement of indefinite strike to 11th July 2016 taking into consideration the decision of Election Commission to give dates of elections in 5 states and coming into effect the model code of conduct. Therefore final decision on the Pay Commission can be expected only after the elections are over.

The Cabinet Secretary also wanted more time to study various issues raised by the staff side. Major points on which the staff side is agitated are Minimum pay Rs.18000/- Confusions in the implementation of Pay Matrix, Age related pension after 75 years, Restoration of commuted value of pension after 12 years, Enhancement of Pension and Family Pension, Retirement gratuity and death gratuity, Increasing Fixed medical allowance and tagging it to cost of living index etc.,
[Extract of Circular Dt. 10-3-2016 issued by Com.K.K.N. Kutty, Secretyary General of ITPF on the periodical meeting of JCM National Council, with the Secretary, Pension P&PWA held at the the Conference hall of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi today i.e. 10.3.2016 by the staff side.]

Extension of the benefits of full pension to pre-2006 pensioners who had completed more than 20 years of service but less than 33 years. The Staff side said that despite series of judgements in favour of the pensioners, the Government has not yet issued the orders. Recently the Nagpur Tribunal has issued a contempt notice to the Government. They also alleged that the pensioners are being dragged to litigation. The Representatives of the Pension Department informed that the Department of Expenditure had not agreed to extend the benefit generally to all which has resulted in filing appeal. The representative of the Department of Expenditure stated that in the light of the view of the Department of legal affairs, the matter would be re-examined. Grant of modified parity to all those who retired prior to 1.1.2006 with reference to the upgraded post: The Staff Side stated that the Department of Pension has taken a very narrow view of the matter and the cases are dragged to the courts of law. The very spirit of the recommendation of the 5th CPC to bring about at least modified parity if not full parity has not been appreciated by the Govt. The issue was discussed at length. The official side pointed out the decisions of the Court in favour of the position taken by the Government in the case of K.S. Krishnaswany in CANO. 3174/3006, which has been upheld by the Honourable Gujarat High Court. In reply the Staff Side pointed out that the said decisions quoted by the official side had come about due to the phrase employed while issuing the original order viz. corresponding replacement scale. After some discussions, the Chairman agreed to look into the matter afresh and revisit the order of the Department of Pension in the matter. Pensioners Adalat: The meeting also discussed the difficulties of Pensioners during the hearing of Pension Adalat. The Staff Side pointed out the need to engage some knowledgeable person to assist the complainants. The official side said that there had been no prohibition in the matter. The Petitioners are entitled to seek the assistance of another pensioner in presenting his case. If specific complaint of denial of this facility is brought to their notice, the Pension Department will issue the necessary instruction in the matter. Source: Karnataka Income Tax Dept Pensioners Association

One Rank One Pension – Nipping 7th CPC Anomalies In The Bud

It may be fitting for services HQs and veterans associations to take up these specific issues for rationalization. The following questions arises from the recommendations of the 7th pay commission in relation to pensions of pre 01 January 2016 retirees of the defence services. @ Para 10.2.87

(i) of the recommendations mentions “Pay Band and Grade Pay” as a means of first “fixing” at minimum level in the 7 CPC matrix for calculating notional pay of pre 01 Jan 2016 defence retirees. But retirees of pre 01 Jan 2006 era only had a pay-scale and no grade pay to identify with the “levels” of the 7 CPC matrix. How will pre 01 Jan 2006 retirees fix their notional pay in the matrix as Grade Pay and Pay-Bands were introduced only after 01 Jan 2006 by VI CPC? @ Then, the same para goes on to recommend that a retiree should add the number of increments “earned” in that level for arriving at the notional pay. Does that mean the increments actually granted or the number of increments from the last pay drawn counting back to the lowest stage of the pay-scale in which a pre 01 Jan 2006 retiree retired? @ Para 10.2.86

(ii) of the 7 CPC recommendations provides an alternate calculation, viz., of multiplying by 2.57 the pension fixed at time of implementation of VI CPC. But pensioners are already drawing OROP pension with DR at 125%. Thus 2.25 X OROP pension presently being drawn is likely to be higher than the 2.57 X VI CPC pension recommended by 7 CPC. Does that mean 7 CPC will provide a negligible increase, if any, in pensions of defence retirees? @ To take an example, if five increments plus two stagnation increments actually earned by a Lt Col (or equivalent) who retired with, say, 28 to 30 years of service in August 2004 are put in the matrix at “index” of 7, his notional pay will correspond to a Lt Col of post 01 Jan 2006/01 Jan 2016 era with 13+7=20 years of service i.e. 10 years less than the 2004 Lt Col. Even if the Aug 2004 Lt Col retiree is eligible to count total increments on the pay-scale of 13500-400-17100 down from his last pay (with stagnation increments) of 17900/-, the number of increments comes to 12. If that is put in the matrix, in level 12-A, the Lt Col’s notional pay would be fixed at index 12 which corresponds to a current Lt Col with 13+12=25 years of service, which will be about 4 to 5 years less than the actual service put in by the 2004 retiree. Does the 7 CPC intend to do away with the “equal service” clause of OROP in this fashion? It may be fitting for services HQs and veterans associations to take up these specific issues for rationalization.

Source: AS blog

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7th Pay Commission, OROP will add to inflation; CPI may rise 150 bps in two years

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The Reserve Bank of India has warned that the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission and the impact of one-rank-one-pension (OROP) award could lead to a major increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation.



7th pay commission - RBi policy reviewThe Reserve Bank of India has warned that the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission and the impact of one-rank-one-pension (OROP) award could lead to a major increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation. (PTI)
The stubborn underlying inflation momentum is unlikely to be helped by the 7th Pay Commission award and the effects of the one-rank-one-pension (OROP) award, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said during is monetary policy review meet.
The Reserve Bank of India has warned that the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission and the impact of one-rank-one-pension (OROP) award could lead to a major increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation. The RBI said that the 7th CPC itself could lead to a nearly 190 basis points increase in CPI inflation.
“The stubborn underlying inflation momentum is unlikely to be helped by the 7th Pay Commission award and the effects of the one-rank-one-pension (OROP) award,” the RBI has said in its Monetary Policy Report released on Tuesday along with the Credit Policy.
CPI inflation stood at 5.2 per cent in February 2016. Going forward, CPI inflation is expected to decelerate modestly and remain around 5 per cent during 2016-17

7th Pay Commission Matter: Circular issued by Karnataka Income-Tax Dept. Pensioners Association:-

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KARNATAKA INCOME-TAX DEPT. PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION
No.40, 2nd Main Road, Income-tax Layout, Vijayanagar, Bangalore-560040.

Date: 14/03/2016
CIRCULAR-2
Dear Friends,


7th Pay Commission matters: The Government has appointed an empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The staff side and the Pensioners Associations have given Charter of demands to the Cabinet Secretary. First meeting with Cabinet Secretary was held on 1st March, 2016 . 
View 7th CPC: Meeting of JCM National Council with Empowered Committee on 1st March 2016

Staff side explained the justification of each and every demand and conveyed the large scale resentment amongst the Central Govt. Employees to the Cabinet secretary. The Cabinet Secretary did not make any commitment on any demand. He said that this is only a preliminary meeting. Com. K.K.N. Kutty represented the Confederation. The NJCA meeting held on 7th March 2016,decided to defer the date of commencement of indefinite strike to 11th July 2016 taking into consideration the decision of Election Commission to give dates of elections in 5 states and coming into effect the model code of conduct. Therefore final decision on the Pay Commission can be expected only after the elections are over. The Cabinet Secretary also wanted more time to study various issues raised by the staff side.

Major points on which the staff side is agitated are Minimum pay Rs.18000/- Confusions in the implementation of Pay Matrix, Age related pension after 75 years, Restoration of commuted value of pension after 12 years, Enhancement of Pension and Family Pension, Retirement gratuity and death gratuity, Increasing Fixed medical allowance and tagging it to cost of living index etc., [Extract of Circular Dt. 10-3-2016 issued by Com.K.K.N. Kutty, Secretyary General of ITPF on the periodical meeting of JCM National Council, with the Secretary, Pension P&PWA held at the the Conference hall of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi today i.e. 10.3.2016 by the staff side.]

Extension of the benefits of full pension to pre-2006 pensioners who had completed more than 20 years of service but less than 33 years. The Staff side said that despite series of judgements in favour of the pensioners, the Government has not yet issued the orders. Recently the Nagpur Tribunal has issued a contempt notice to the Government. They also alleged that the pensioners are being dragged to litigation. The Representatives of the Pension Department informed that the Department of Expenditure had not agreed to extend the benefit generally to all which has resulted in filing appeal. The representative of the Department of Expenditure stated that in the light of the view of the Department of legal affairs, the matter would be re-examined. 

Grant of modified parity to all those who retired prior to 1.1.2006 with reference to the upgraded post: The Staff Side stated that the Department of Pension has taken a very narrow view of the matter and the cases are dragged to the courts of law. The very spirit of the recommendation of the 5th CPC to bring about at least modified parity if not full parity has not been appreciated by the Govt. The issue was discussed at length. The official side pointed out the decisions of the Court in favour of the position taken by the Government in the case of K.S. Krishnaswany in CANO. 3174/3006, which has been upheld by the Honourable Gujarat High Court. In reply the Staff Side pointed out that the said decisions quoted by the official side had come about due to the phrase employed while issuing the original order viz. corresponding replacement scale. After some discussions, the Chairman agreed to look into the matter afresh and revisit the order of the Department of Pension in the matter.

Pensioners Adalat: The meeting also discussed the difficulties of Pensioners during the hearing of Pension Adalat. The Staff Side pointed out the need to engage some knowledgeable person to assist the complainants. The official side said that there had been no prohibition in the matter. The Petitioners are entitled to seek the assistance of another pensioner in presenting his case. If specific complaint of denial of this facility is brought to their notice, the Pension Department will issue the necessary instruction in the matter.

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GOVT AGAIN COMMITS TO COMPLY WITH CAT JUDGMENT FOR REVISION OF PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS WITH LESS THAN 33 YEARS SERVICE BUT SEEKS MORE TIME FOR COMPLIANCE

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Orders are likely to be issued early for full Pension to the Pre-2006 Pensioners who retired after 10 years of service on superannuation or 20 years of service on Voluntary retirement or on absorption in PSUs. Their pension shall be revised as per judgment of CAT New Delhi instead of Pro-Rata Pension.

Govt. advocate, while replying to the Contempt Petition filed by CGSAG (S-29) Pensioners Association-vs-UOI, had agreed in CAT New Delhi on 16-2-16, to implement within 4 weeks the CAT judgements (dated 21-4-2015 in OA 1165/2011 & Dated 22-1-2016 in OA 2165/2011, RA 165/2015 & 175/2015).

In the hearing of the Contempt Petition in the CAT on 31-3-2016, the Govt. Advocate sought more time to submit compliance orders on the judgment. The next date for hearing was fixed on 25th May, 2016.

Earlier, the Department of Expenditure, wanted to restrict the said benefit to the Petitioners, but finally agreed in a Meeting with Staff Side JCM on 10-3-2016, to reconsider the matter in view of the opinion of Deptt. of Legal Affairs for implementation of the CAT orders.

(Source- http://www.rscws.com/ )

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