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7th Pay Commission Latest update: Views on NJCA Communication Read more: http://www.staffnews.in/2016/06/7th-pay-commission-latest-update-views.html#ixzz4AQPoIwjG Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Share Alike Follow us: @StaffNews_In on Twitter | cgenews on Facebook

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7th Pay Commission News – NJCA has issued a communication to all its constituent member orgainisations indicating the expected recommendations of Empowered Committee on 7th Pay Commission report. NJCA has observed as follows:-

1. Slight Increase in Minimum Pay more than what was recommended by 7th Pay Commission

2. However, increase in minimum pay is not going to result in consequential upward revision in fitment formula and pay matrix.

3. 7th Pay Commission has proposed for reduction in the HRA rate from the present of 30%, 20% and 10% to 24%, 16% and 8% respectively. There is no indication as such from Empowered Committee for restoring these HRA rates to the present level.


4. 7th Pay Commission has recommended for abolishing more than fify allowances. However, staff side is for restoring those allowances. The Empowered Committee may propose for forming a Committee by Government for getting its opinion on necessity of granting various allowances

5. As far as NPS scheme is concerned all Central Trade Unions an Federations are demanding for replacing the same with Old Pension Scheme (Defined Pension). It is expected that this matter may be referred by the Govt to a Committee formed for this purpose.

6. 7th Pay Commission has recommended for proving two options in respect of revision of present pension on implementation of its recommendations. As per first option (option 1), revsion pension will be determined on the basis of number of increments earned by the pensioner in the pay scale from thish he / she retired. Option 2 provides for arriving at the revised pension by multiplying the present pension with multiplication of factor of 2.57. A pensioner can choose any one of the options that is beneficial to him / her.

However, NJCA has now indicated that Department of Pension and Defence Ministry are against the option 1, as they are not possession of necessary records for revising the pension as per Option 1. As most of the pensioners would be benefited only if their pension is revised on the basis of increments earned by them, this will be great loss for them if Govt ignores 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations for revision of pension on the basis of increments earned by pensioners.

The communication dated 27.05.2016, by NJCA Click link given below to view-

7th Pay Commission Latest: Slight increase in minimum wages, Parity in Pension unacceptable, New Committee for Advances, Allowances & NPS...

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Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension orders issued by Dopt on 1.6.2016

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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.
No.31011/7/2014-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: June 1st, 2016
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir – Extension reg.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014 where Government servants in relaxation to CCS(LTC) Rules, were allowed to travel by air to visit Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), North East Region (NER) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N) on LTC for a period of two years against conversion of one block of Home Town LTC. The relaxation was given subject to air travel by Air India only.
2. Later vide DoPT’s O.M. of even no. dated 28.11.2014, the Government decided to allow travel by private airlines to visit Jammu & Kashmir under this special dispensation scheme subject to certain conditions. The scheme was valid for a period of one year from the date of issue of the O.M. and expired on 27.11.2015.
3. It has now been decided to extend the scheme for a further period from the date of issue of this O.M., till the date of expiry of the of the special dispensation scheme of travel by air to J&K, NER and A&N, i.e. 25.09.2016. All other terms and conditions prescribed in this Department’s O.M. dated 28.11.2014 shall continue to apply.
(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: 28th November, 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit J&K.
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014- Estt.(A-1V) dated 26th September, 2014. It has been decided that the Government servants while availing Leave Travel Concession (LTC) to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under the special dispensation scheme allowed by the aforesaid O.M. may also travel by private airlines subject to the following conditions:-
(i) Officers entitled to travel by air may also travel by private airlines from their headquarters;
(ii) Officers not entitled to travel by air may be permitted to travel by private airlines between Delhi /Amritsar and any place in J&K.
2. Air travel by private airlines is to be performed in Economy Class only an at LTC-80 fare of Air India or less.
3. Air Tickets to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.
4. All other conditions prescribed in this Ministry’s O.M. No. 31011/3/2014-Estt.(AIV) dated 26.09.2014 would continue to apply.
5. The order will remain in force for a period of one year from the date of issue of this order.
(B. Bandyopadhyay)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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Retirement age increased to 65 for Central Govt Doctors – MOHFW orders on 31.5.2016

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Enhancement of Age of superannuation of Specialists of Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-Cadres of CHS and General Duty Medical Officers of CHS
No.A.12034/1/2014-CGHS-V
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi
Dated: the 31st May, 2016
ORDER
The President is pleased to enhance the age of superannuation of the specialists of Non-Teaching and Public Health sub-cadres of Central Health Services (CHS) and General Duty Medical Officers of CHS to 65 years with immediate effect.
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(B.Bandyopadhyay)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Authority: www.mohfw.nic.in

Parity in Pension between Old & New Pensioner in 7th CPC: NCCPA Circular

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Parity in Pension between Old & New Pensioner in 7th CPC: NCCPA Circular
NCCPA CIRCULAR
NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
13/c Feroze shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001
Dated: 30.5.2016
Dear Comrades,
We send herewith a copy of the NJCA Circular letter dated 27th May, 2016. The same is self-explanatory. You could see there-from that the Government might not positively react to the demands placed by the NJCA over the recommendations of the 7th CPC. Simply raising the minimum wage by a few rupees without any consequential change in the fitment formula or pay matrix will not bring about any tangible benefit. The revision of the minimum wage along would benefit only those who are likely to be recruited to the cadre of MTS in future. As you are aware, the 7th CPC had not accepted any demand of the employees. It is beset with dissenting notes in many chapters. The fight between the personnel in the organized Group A Services and all India Services had triggered such dissenting note on the part of the Member who retired from the IAS. A significant section of the Secretaries to various Departments, we were told, were against any revision over the recommendations of the 7th CPC. In any case, we are to await the outcome of the discussions at the NJCA meeting scheduled to be held on 3rd June, at New Delhi.
Coming to the issues pertaining to the Pensioners, we must recall that the 7th CPC had rejected almost all the demands unanimously placed before them by the Pensioners organizations. While tendering oral evidence the Staff Side had inter alia pressed for the parity for the past pensioners before the Commission, especially in the background of the granting of one rank one pension to the Defence Personnel. It is ironic to note that the Defence Ministry which had piloted the demand of the Ex-service men for one rank one pension i.e.parity between the past and present pensioners has now taken a stand against such parity for civil servants. No personnel either in the organized Group A services or All India Services would stand benefited by the present recommendation of the 7th CPC except a few as most of them were in receipt of almost time bound promotion in their career. The modified parity one must recall has only benefited the upper echelons in the bureaucracy. One can understand that the Govt. refusing to make improvements over the suggestion made by a Commission. But it must be most intolerable when the Govt. refuses to implement a recommendation which was the outcome of a persistent presentation jointly by almost all the beneficiaries. The plea advanced for non acceptance of the recommendation is the alleged impracticability due to the non availability of the relevant records. Should the pensioner suffer for the reason that the concerned department of the Government has not kept the records properly? It is the most callous approach and must be resisted with all the force that we can command. We cannot afford to have this situation to develop. We are certain that most of the individual pensioners would be able to provide the requisite information needed to consider the first option in the pension fixation to the concerned department and most of the Departments would be able to verify the same with the available documents with them. We must however await the decision of the NJCA in the matter.
In the meantime, all affiliates will take such action needed to mobilize the pensioners and undertake a serious educational campaign.
With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
KKN.Kutty.
Secretary General.

Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund Rules, 2016 – Notification issued by Govt

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Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund Rules, 2016 – Ministry of Finance Notification for Operation and Maintenance of the fund which is created using unclaimed deposits in various small savings schemes operated by Govt

Central Government notifies the rules for Senior Citizen Welfare Fund utilising unclaimed PPF, EPF and other Govt sponsored Small Savings funds.  Earlier in the budget speech, FM had stated that this fund will be utilized to subsidize the premiums of vulnerable groups such as old age pensioners, BPL card-holders, small and marginal farmers and others
[(Will be Published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub Section (i)]
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Economic Affairs
New Delhi, the 18th March,2016
NOTIFICATION
G.S.R (E) In exercise of the powers conferred by section 128 of the Finance Act, 2015, 20 of 2015 the Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:-
1. Short title, extent and commencement.-
(1) These rules may be called Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund Rules, 2016
(2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official
Gazette.
2. Definitions.-
(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,–
(a) “Act” means the Finance Act, 2015.
(b) “Government” means the Government of India.
(2) Words and expressions used in these rules and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.
3. Establishment of Fund.-
(1) The Central Government hereby establishes a Fund to be called the Senior Citizens Welfare Fund for promoting the welfare of the Senior Citizens and for such other purposes as specified in Chapter VII of the Act.
(2) The Senior Citizens Welfare Fund shall be an interest bearing account in the
Public Account of the Union of India and shall be administered by the Committee.
(3) Every institution shall transfer the unclaimed amounts, including those under the following schemes, to the Fund namely:-
(a) Small savings and other savings schemes of the Central Government including the Post Office Savings Accounts, Post Office Recurring Deposit Accounts, Post Office Time Deposit Accounts, Post Office Monthly Income Accounts, Senior Citizens’ Savings Scheme Accounts, Kisan Vikas Patras, National Savings Certificates (all issues), Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts and discontinued Small Savings Schemes;
(b) Accounts of Public Provident Funds under the Public Provident Fund
Scheme, 1968 maintained by the Institutions concerned; and
(c) Accounts of Employees’ Provident Fund under the Employees’ Provident
Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.
(4) Every Institution shall prepare list of unclaimed amounts lying as unclaimed deposits in the accounts and notify to the public in the manner provided under rule 7.
(5) All unclaimed amounts, referred to in sub-rule (2), shall be transferred by the institution to the Fund within one year from the date of notification of these rules in the Official Gazette:
Provided that the period so specified may be extended by such further period or periods, as the Central Government in the Ministry of Finance may deem fit, on a request for grant of such extension by the institution.
(6) The Institution shall identify the unclaimed amounts on annual basis and make transfers to the Fund on or before the 1st day of March, each year.
(7) The transfers by the Institutions shall be made on a net basis, namely, the unclaimed deposits minus the claims accepted in accordance with the law for the time being in force, of the accounts whose balances have already been transferred to the Fund.
4. Administration of Fund:-
(1) The nodal Ministry for the administration of the Fund shall be the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
(2) The Fund shall have its secretariat located in the Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment.
(3) The Fund shall be administered by a Committee consisting of –
(a) The Secretary in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment who shall be the ex-officio Chairperson;
(b) An official not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by the Department of Financial Services – Member;
(c) An official not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Member;
(d) An official not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by the Ministry of Rural Development – Member;
(e) An official not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation – Member;
(f) An official not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment-Member;
(g) Officials not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be nominated by the Ministry sponsoring the proposal and by other Ministries concerned with the specific proposal;
(h) Financial Adviser, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
(i) An official, not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India, to be, nominated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment – Member Secretary;
(4) The Committee shall meet at least twice a year.
(5) The Committee shall take decision as to the utilisation of the amount in the Fund for the purposes specified in the rule 6.
(6) The Committee shall provide Ministry-wise details of budgetary allocation
required for the following financial year, to the Central Government in the Ministry of Finance:
Provided that the allocations shall be made by the Ministry of Finance, keeping in view the estimated and absorptive capacity for the authorised purpose and to ensure the perpetuity of the Fund.
(7) The Committee may regulate its rules of business, in addition to, and without prejudice to anything provided under these rules, for the conduct of its business.
5. Rate of interest.-
The eligible rate of interest for the money lying in the Fund shall be determined and notified by the Central Government in the Ministry of Finance under sub-section (5) of the section 124 of the Act, on an annual basis.
6. Utilisation of Fund.-
(1) The Fund Shall be utilised for such schemes for the promotion of the welfare of Senior citizens in line with the National Policy on Older Persons and the National Policy on Senior Citizens.
(2) The schemes referred to in sub-rule (1) shall include_
(a) schemes for promoting financial security of senior citizens, including but not limited to, old age pensions, long term saving instruments and employment in income generating activities;
(b) schemes for promoting healthcare and nutrition of senior citizens, including but not limited to, affordable health care programs, mental health services, health insurance schemes, nutrition education programs and training and orientation in health care of senior citizens;
(c) schemes for promoting welfare of elderly widows;
(d) schemes related to old age homes, short stay homes and day care of senior citizens;
(e) schemes related to education training and information needs of senior citizens;
(f) schemes related to research activity on ageing and information systems on senior citizens;
(g) any other scheme, with the approval of the Committee.
(3) The sponsoring Ministry or the Department of the Government or the State Government concerned shall be responsible for the processing of the scheme, its monitoring and implementation:
Provided that the proportion of the costs incurred towards the benefit of Senior Citizens only shall be funded from the proceeds of the Fund.
(4) The Committee may issue detailed guidelines for the implementation of any scheme for the welfare of the Senior Citizens under these rules.
7. Publication of Information.-
(1) Each institution shall, before crediting the unclaimed amount to the Fund, publish the information relating to accounts in which unclaimed deposits are lying, in the manner provided under this rule.
(2) The Institution shall identify the unclaimed amounts and prepare a list of the accounts containing details of the unclaimed amount by the 30th day of September of each financial year.
(3) The Institution shall try to contact each of the account holder of the unclaimed amount, by all reasonable means of communication, including written notice, e- mail and telephone, on at least two occasions, within a span of a period of sixty days.
(4) The Institution shall display the list prepared under sub-rule (2) for the general information of the public, on the notice boards of the relevant offices and on the website of the Institution concerned for at least a period of sixty days, inviting claims, if any.
8. Annual Report.-
(1) The nodal Ministry, referred to in rule 4, shall prepare an annual report by the 1st day of May, each year, for the activities undertaken in the previous financial year.
(2) The nodal Ministry shall make arrangements for the approval of the annual report by the Committee within one month of its preparation.
(3) The Annual report shall include the activities undertaken by the Committee, the schemes approved for funding, the major decisions of the committee, the schemes pending for approval and the details of the amounts credited and debited from the Fund.
(4) The Committee may issue detailed guidelines for the preparation of the annual report.
(5) The nodal Ministry shall make available the annual report on the website of the Ministry, after it is laid before the Parliament under sub-section (3) of section 127 of the Act.
F.No. 13/20/2014-NS.II
(Prashant Goyal)
Joint Secretary

PFRDA Concept paper on Choice to the Government Employees in NPS – Various options are discussed for the benefit of Government employees

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PFRDA has published a concept paper on choice to be given to Government Employees as far as their NPS fund concerned.  The Concept paper has been published for getting comments and suggestions from public and other stakeholders.
NPS concept paper for comments and suggestions
FOR PUBLIC AND STAKEHOLDERS COMMENTS
1. CHOICE TO THE GOVT EMPLOYEES
Reasoning: Key reasons to claim choice to the Govt. employee from are –
1. Shift in risk from employer to employee: It cannot be over emphasised that the movement from DB scheme to NPS marks a shift in onus of funding the old age income security from the employer to the individual employee, through his/her individual retirement accounts.
2. Mandate under PFRDA Act 2013: It is in this back ground that the PFRDA Act provides for opportunities to the subscriber to maximise his returns in the risk return paradigm. Section 20(2) of PFRDA Act, 2013, states that there shall be a choice of multiple pension funds and multiple schemes. Hence, post the notification of the PFRDA Act, there is need to align the investment framework for the Govt employees including Central Govt employees.
3. Parity with other subscribers: The subscribers under the private sector are already enjoying a choice in the selection of Pension Fund Manager(both public and private sector PF) as well as the choice to allocate funds amongst the three asset classes (Equity(E), Corporate Debt (C) and G ( Govt securities) with only ceiling of 50% on equity. On the other hand, the investment pattern for the Central Govt employees prescribes preponderance of fixed income securities, which can currently go upto 95% while the maximum exposure in equities is restricted to 15%, effectively limiting subscriber choice.4. Recommendations of the Bajpai Committee report (2015) : The recently released report of the Bajpai Committee has also recommended the opening of the choice of pension funds and allowing same investment pattern as permitted to the private sector employees
4. Recommendations of the Bajpai Committee report (2015) : The recently released report of the Bajpai Committee has also recommended the opening of the choice of pension funds and allowing same investment pattern as permitted to the private sector employees

For Veteran's sake Flight had emergency landing : Don't we wish our citizens in this country also have the same type of attitude towards our Soldiers?

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This past week I was on a four and a half hour,  non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Atlanta, Georgia. In all my years of travelling, I have learned that each time a plane has the  opportunity to stop, there is potential for unexpected challenges.  Flight  delays,  weather  and airline crews can create unanticipated challenges on any trip.  Therefore, I always try to fly non-stop between my destinations.
 
About an hour into this particular flight, the  Captain's voice  rang  over the intercom. He asked if there was a physician or  nurse on the  plane.  If so, he asked them to identify themselves by ringing the  flight  attendant call button beside their seat.

I listened carefully but heard no one ring their  bell. I  immediately began to wonder what was happening.  In a few minutes, Captain informed us that there was a medical emergency on 
 
board and asked again if there was a physician or a nurse who could help.

When there was no response, we were told that we were going to make an emergency stop in Denver, Colorado. He apologized but  told us that  there would be a medical emergency team waiting to meet us at the gate, and  that  we would probably only be delayed by about thirty minutes.  Though it was  necessary, we knew we would all be inconvenienced by the extra stop.

About half an hour later, we landed at Denver International Airport  and the medical crew immediately came on board. However,  everything took  longer than had previously been expected. An elderly  gentleman, about 85 years old, had suddenly taken ill. It was not clear whether  he had experienced a stroke or a heart attack.

Even after the gentleman was carried off of the plane, we still sat  there for quite a while. The original "short" stop turned into about an  hour  and a half.  When we finally pushed back from the gate and were in the air, the pilot apologized profusely for the  unavoidable delay.  He said that since the stop had taken longer than expected, those  passengers who  needed  to make connections in Atlanta would miss their flights,  but would automatically be booked on the next flight out.

You could almost hear the moans and groans throughout the air
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plane of everyone who was being inconvenienced by unexpected stop. Then  the pilot did one of the classiest things I have personally ever seen or  heard anyone do.

He spoke into the intercom and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I  thought you might be interested in one bit of information. The elderly  gentleman who was taken off the plane was a "Marine" in World War II.

I am holding in my hand a copy of the Congressional Medal of Honour that was awarded to him and signed by President Harry Truman in 1945." The pilot went on to say, "I realize that we have al l been inconvenienced today. However, in light of the fact that this gentleman was a war hero and was inconvenienced for four years of his life in order that we might experience the freedoms that we enjoy today, I thought you all should know that."

Immediately, the air
 
plane was filled with applause. Everyone was cheering and so pleased to know that the gentleman had been cared for in a way that was fitting and appropriate.
 
As we continued to fly, I thought to myself, "Isn't that interesting? We were concerned that we were inconvenienced for a couple of hours, and yet this gentleman's entire life was interrupted and inconvenienced for over four years while he went and fought in a war to protect the freedoms and values that we love and hold dear in this country today."

I breathed a prayer for the gentleman and asked God to bless him for all he had done to help us understand what freedom is all about.

(Source- via e-mail from  Ravinder Benal Ravi Vet)

DOPPW stand against implementation of 100% parity in pension (recommendation by 7th CPC- BPS Appeals to Cab. Secy.

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7th Pay Commission Award From July 1

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will take the Empowered Committee of Secretaries' proposal to the Union Cabinet for its approval in this month.
“The 7th Pay Commission award will be implemented after taking decision of the cabinet in light of recommendations made in the reports of the 7th Pay Commission and the recommendations Empowered Committee of Secretaries, which will be made on June 11″ he said in reply to our question.
The cabinet expects giving the 7th Pay Commission award to central government employees in the next month, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give his approval to the 7th Pay Commission award like he approved the proposal of extending the retirement age of all doctors of the Central Health Service to 65 years, creating a record of sorts by clearing the proposal in less than than 24 hours of receiving it from the Health Ministry, said a top PMO official on Tuesday asked not to be named because he was not authorized to release the information.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries would scrutinise recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on June 11 finally to make government able to announce the 7th Pay Commission award to implement from July 1, Finance Ministry official said.
Accordingly, the brightest diyas of coming Diwali will be lit outside houses of central government employees. For, when the rest of the world is reeling under the fear of losing jobs.
The 7th pay commission recommendations’ implementation could not have been timelier, some economic experts say. So when the world is plunging in recession, central government employees are busy counting their blessings along with the hard cash they will receive in August as arrears from January 2016.
The several central government establishments such as the railways, telecom, air force, army, CPWD, CRPF, DRDO, CISF, Income Tax, Survey of India, customs and excise, among others are in happy mood.
These would perhaps live up to the ‘happy and prosperous’ Diwali greeting. After all, they will get arrears as well as bonus ahead of festive season.
The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur proposed the highest salary at Rs 250,000 and the lowest at Rs 18,000. The commission also recommended 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, 23.55% overall increase in salary, allowances and pensions. The increase in allowances was recommended 63% while pension was proposed to rise 24%.
The previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike in basic pay which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
A 13 members Empowered Committee of Secretaries, led by cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was formed in January to review the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission before cabinet nod and the committee is likely to finalize its work on June 11.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries is likely to reach the conclusion to propose 30 percent basic pay raise instead of 14.27 per cent, which was recommended by 7th Pay Commission. They are also mulling for doubling of existing rates of such allowances and advances, which has been recommended for abolition by the 7th Pay Commission, sources said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will take the Empowered Committee of Secretaries’ proposal to the Union Cabinet for its approval in this month,” they said.
The new pay scales will be effective from January 1 for all central government employees.
TST

DISCUSSION ON ISSUES OF VETERANS AND THEIR PAIFUL LEGAL BATTLES FOR DISABILITY PENSIONS

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Special Aadhaar Enrolment drive for Pensioners, from May 30 to June 10, 2016

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Pensioners will also get opportunity to seed data for digital life certificate
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a special enrolment drive for pensioners who are yet to enroll for Aadhaar. The drive is being conducted to enable Pensioners avail the convenience of Jeevan Pramaan, an initiative of Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare, Government of India.
Every year, pensioners need to provide a life certificate to an authorized pension disbursing agency such as a Bank, Post office etc., for receipt of pension. To get a life certificate the pensioner is required to either personally present oneself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or have the Life Certificate issued by the department/authority where they served earlier and have it delivered to the disbursing agency. This entails considerable hardship to the senior Citizens.
Jeevan Pramaan, a digital life certificate which utilises the Aadhaar identity platform, addresses this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing a life certificate. A pensioner just needs to biometrically authenticate at the nearest centre. After successful authentication, the digital life certificate is stored in a Life Certificate Repository, which can be accessed by the Pension Disbursing Authority.
To facilitate pensioners to avail the facility of Jeevan Pramaan, which is based on Aadhaar Identity platform, UIDAI and Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare have taken initiative to carry out special enrolment drive for Pensioners through banks which are Registrars for enrolment for Aadhaar as well as Pension Disbursing Authorities.
The banks which include names like State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, have also been asked to conduct special Aadhaar seeding camps where Pensioners will be requested to provide their Aadhaar details to their respective banks from which they draw pension so that they can get a digital life certificate – Jeevan Pramaan.
The enrolment drive and the Aadhaar seeding camp is being run from May 30 to June 10, 2016.
“We hold special enrolment drives to help people who are yet to enrol for Aadhaar. This particular exercise has been initiated to make sure pensioners get an Aadhaar number if they still don’t have one and seed the Aadhaar details of pensioners so that they can get a Jeevan Pramaan,” said Director General & Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
So far over 15.41 Lakh pensioners have already registered for the Aadhaar-enabled Jeevan Pramaan service.
Source: PIB News

Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank

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The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for setting up the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity.
The total expenditure involved in this project is Rs 800 Crore. All citizens, especially 40% of the country’s population that is outside the ambit of formal banking in the country will benefit from this project. The project will be rolled out in the entire country in a phased manner.
The IPPB will obtain banking licence from RBI by March 2017 and by September 2017, its services will be available across the country through 650 payments bank branches, linked post offices and alternative channels riding on modern technology including mobiles, ATMs, PoS/ m-PoS devices etc and simple digital payments.
The proposal will further the cause of financial inclusion by providing basic banking, payments and remittance services and facilitate financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pensions and access to credit in tie-up with third party financial providers with special focus on rural areas and the unbanked and under-banked segments. It will generate new employment opportunities for skilled banking professionals and will generate opportunities for propagating financial literacy across the country. It will create the largest bank in the world in terms of accessibility and in time, will encourage the move towards a less cash economy.
Background
Setting-up of the IPPB to further financial inclusion was one of the budgetary announcements during 2015-16. The Department of Posts had obtained the “in-principle approval” of the RBI in September 2015 to set up the India Post Payments Bank. The India Post Payments Bank will leverage the Department’s network, reach, and resources to make simple, low-cost, quality financial services easily accessible to customers all over the country.
Source: PIB News

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