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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Army chief launches whatsapp number for soldiers to post grievances

NEW DELHI:
Amidst jawans taking social media routes to raise their anger against attitude of senior officers, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has launched a whatsapp number, on which any soldier can post his/her grievances. Perturbed over series of videos being viral on social media by jawans , Army chief Rawat last month came with a suggestion box in his office, where any soldier can directly write to him, avoiding protocol. Assuring full confidentiality, the Army chief had announced anyone, irrespective of ranks or service, can use this mechanism to put whatever they wish to write into these letter boxes so that grievances can reach him directly. Gen Rawat said the soldiers should write to him with names but he will ensure that the names of the personnel is deleted before any action is taken.

The whatsapp number announced to register the complaint is — +91 9643300008, will be called complaint and advisory board.

The move came in after BSF, CRPF and Jawans from other regiments raised their voice on social media in regard with the low quality of food and poor conditions which were provided to them. Taj Bahadur, a BSF jawan, highlighted the problems with images of burnt chappatis and runny daal that they are served during the mealtimes. In the video, that went viral, Tej came out with disclosure that there are even times when the soldiers have to go to sleep on an empty stomach. Following BSF jawan's post, a CRPF Jawan Jeet Singh, raised the issues being faced by them. Even Army jawan YP Singh also lodged similar protest on social media against army’s buddy tradition.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

COAS OPENS DIRECT LINE - WHATSAP TO REGISTER COMPLAINTS

COAS OPENS DIRECT LINE - WHATSAP TO REGISTER COMPLAINTS :

COAS OPENS DIRECT LINE - WHATSAP TO REGISTER COMPLAINTS :

+919643300008

(SOURCE- FB A/C OF VETERAN JAWANS/NEWS X)



SONAMARG AVLANCHE 15 BRAVE HEARTS MARTYRED

SONAMARG AVLANCHE 15 BRAVE HEARTS MARTYRED -

More The 15 Armymen who tragically perished in the Jan 25 avalanches in Gurez & Sonamarg, J&K. 



(SOURCE- TWITTER A/C OF Shiv Aroor)


OROP : VETERANS CALL OFF FAST UNTO DEATH STIR

Three members of the ex-servicemen fraternity on 'Fast Unto Death' (FUD) at Jantar Mantar for 'full' One Rank One Pension (OROP) have called it off following appeals from fellow veterans. However, they said that their protest would continue. Three veterans, Mrs Sudesh Goyat, Hav Major Singh and Hav Mohinder Singh with the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) have been on fast unto death since January 15. On Sunday, Mrs. Goyat was admitted to Army's Research & Referral (RR) hospital after her health deteriorated. Veterans said that as her condition worsened, doctors advised that she must have oral diet. In view of that, the veterans collectively appealed to her to end the fast which she accepted on Wednesday afternoon.

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, Chairman of IESM said that they would continue their agitation till the government implemented ‘full’ OROP. He said that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had refused their requests for a meeting which he said was “total insensitivity and apathy on the part of the Government.” A group of veterans had rejected the version implemented by the government stating that it deviated from the accepted definition of OROP which means equalisation of pension every year as against the approved five years. Defence sources said that Mr. Parrikar was busy in the election campaign in Goa as well as the events related to the Republic Day.

(Souece - http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/OROP-veterans-call-off )

In a first of its kind 11 General officers & ladies undertake hunger strike from 26 Jan 2017.

In a first of its kind 11 General officers & ladies undertake hunger strike from 26 Jan 2017.

They are: -
1. Maj Gen BS Dhillon
2. Lt Gen SS Grewal
3. PI soorma
4. Maj Gen RN Wadhva
5. Lt Gen JBS Yadav
6. Maj Gen VK Tiwari
7. Maj Gen Bhutani
8. Lt Gen Hari Unial
9. Lt Gen AK Saini
10. Maj Gen Surjit Singh
11. Maj Gen Satbir Singh

Join our VETERANS in their struggle for our future. . I am looking for positive response from everyone who is affected by any Fauji in life to show their support, solidarity to veterans. Remember it is our responsibility to support the VETERANS because they are struggling for our future. Our veterans want our support ... don't let them down. Let us do it

Jai Hind

26/01/2017, 1:40 pm - NDA S S Cheema: IMG-20170126

(Source- Via Gp E-mail)

PM Modi, Parrikar let down soldiers on One Rank One Pension, says Congress

PM Modi, Parrikar let down soldiers on One Rank One Pension, says Congress

Congress leader Sachin Pilot addressing a press conference in Jaipur.(PTI Photo) Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has let down soldiers on the One Rank One Pension issue, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said on Friday, referring to Parrikar as BJP’s “return gift” to Goa. “As far as One Rank One Pension is concerned, this government has actually gone back on its commitment. The honourable Prime Minister, then a PM candidate, had assured to implement OROP in full.” “Why are those people, army officers and jawans still sitting at Jantar Mantar and protesting if all demands were fulfilled,” Pilot told a press conference at the state Congress headquarters in Panaji, adding that “there is actually a betrayal of trust because a lot of ex-servicemen supported the BJP on that issue”. “A lot of generals, army jawans, officers of the army, etc. have met Rahul Gandhi and I was also present at that meeting and they feel absolutely cheated. It is not becoming of a national leader to commit something publicly and then not deliver on it. In the fallacy that they have sold and Parrikar is party to it,” the Congress leader said. Referring to comments made by senior BJP leaders, who during the ongoing poll campaign in Goa, had referred to Parrikar as a “gift” to the central government, he said: “As far as him being a gift to government of India, he is probably more like a return gift.” “I think BJP should have the courage to declare what they are really intending to do, as opposed to play games with the people of Goa,” he said. The BJP has hinted that Parrikar, who was elevated to the Union cabinet in 2014, may return to state politics after the February 4 polls.

7th Pay Commission: Post Independence, salary of senior Central Govt officials’ hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh

7th Pay Commission: Post Independence, salary of senior Central Govt officials’ hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh

According to a rough calculation, in last 68 years, the government has increased the minimum salary of its employees from Rs 55 to Rs 18,000 per month - which is a hike of 32,727 per cent. By Zeeshan Shaikh | Updated: January 27, 2017 6:11 PM IST Follow Email 0 Shares Facebook share Twitter share Share on Google+ Share on Whatsapp

7th Pay Commission: Post Independence, salary of senior Central Govt officials' hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh

New Delhi, January 27:

After Independence, the Indian government has announced seven central pay commission on a regular interval. In last 68 years, since India got its Independence there has been an impressive hike in salary of senior central government officials’, which has gone up from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2.50 lakh. Also in last 38 years, the minimum wage has not seen any big changes as it has increased from Rs 55 (1st Pay Commission) to Rs 18,000 (7CPC). Under the 7CPC the high-powered committee had recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in the basic pay of government employees. In 1947, after India got its Independence, the lowest salary of central government employees was Rs 55 per month while most of the senior central government employees took home a salary of Rs 2000 per month. The 1st Pay Commission continued till 1957 after which the minimum wage was increased to Rs 80 while maximum salary was increased to Rs 3,000.
After 6th Pay Commission came into effect the minimum wage came up by Rs 7000 per month whereas the monthly salary of senior government officials rose to Rs 90,000.
Under the 7th pay commission slab, the salaries of the government employees saw a significant rise. The basic pay under the 7CPC the lowest salary was increased to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,0000 while the salary of the senior government officials has gone up to Rs 2.50 lakh from Rs 90,000.

According to a rough calculation, in last 68 years, the government has increased the minimum salary of its employees from Rs 55 to Rs 18,000 per month – which is a hike of 32,727 per cent. While the salary of senior government officials has seen a drastic jump, from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 2.50 lakh per month – which is a hike of 12,500 per cent.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the central government employees who have been waiting for higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission since July last year, will have to wait for three to four months more to get pay bonanza. The central government is likely to delay the payment of the higher allowances as the model code of conduct has been imposed following the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand. The five state polls will begin on February 4 and the results will be declared on March 11. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Interest Rate of General Provident Fund w.e.f. 1.1.2017 – Finmin Orders

Resolution – accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the GPF and other similar funds – 2017, w.e.f. 1st January, 2017

(PUBLISHED IN PART I SECTION OF GAZETTE OF INDIA)

F.No.5(1)-B(PD)/2016

Government of India

Ministry of Finance

Department of Economic Affairs

(Budget Division)

New Delhi, Dated the 18th January, 2017

RESOLUTION

It is announced for general information that during the year 2016-2017, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.0% (Eight per cent) w.e.f. 1st January, 2017 to 31st March, 2017. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st January, 2017. The funds concerned are:-

1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services)
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India)
3. The All India Services Provident Fund 4. The State Railway Provident Fund
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services)
6. The Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund
7. The Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

sd/- (Vyasan R.)
Deputy Secretary (Budget)

www.finmin.nic.in

Thursday, 26 January 2017

OROP: veterans call off fast

Three members of the ex-servicemen fraternity on 'Fast Unto Death' (FUD) at Jantar Mantar for 'full' One Rank One Pension (OROP) have called it off following appeals from fellow veterans.

However, they said that their protest would continue. Three veterans, Mrs Sudesh Goyat, Hav Major Singh and Hav Mohinder Singh with the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM) -- have been on fast unto deathsince January 15.

On Sunday, Mrs. Goyat was admitted to Army's Research & Referral (RR) hospital after her health deteriorated. Veterans said that as her condition worsened, doctors advised that she must have oral diet. In view of that, the veterans collectively appealed to her to end the fast which she accepted on Wednesday afternoon.

Maj Gen Satbir Singh, Chairman of IESM said that they would continue their agitation till the government implemented ‘full’ OROP. He said that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had refused their requests for a meeting which he said was “total insensitivity and apathy on the part of the Government.” A group of veterans had rejected the version implemented by the government stating that it deviated from the accepted definition of OROP which means equalisation of pension every year as against the approved five years.

Defence sources said that Mr. Parrikar was busy in the election campaign in Goa as well as the events related to the Republic Day. 

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/OROP-veterans-call-off

Cabinet clears Pension Scheme (VPBY 2017) for Seniors with 8% return.

Cabinet on Tuesday approved a pension scheme (VPBY 2017) for senior citizens under which insurance behemoth LIC will provide a guaranteed return of 8 per cent for 10 years, as part of government’s social security and financial inclusion programme.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister gave its post-facto approval for launching of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 (VPBY 2017), an official statement said. “The scheme will provide an assured pension based on a guaranteed rate of return of 8 per cent per annum for ten years, with an option to opt for pension on a monthly/ quarterly/half yearly and annual basis,” it said.

The scheme will be implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) in the current financial year to provide social security during old age and protect elderly persons aged 60 years and above against a future fall in their interest income due to uncertain market conditions.

The differential return — the difference between the return generated by state-owned LIC and the assured return of 8 per cent per annum would be borne by the government as subsidy on an annual basis. VPBY 2017 is proposed to be open for subscription for a period of one year from the date of launch, the statement said. The pension scheme, the release said is a part of government’s commitment for financial inclusion and social security.

Source: BL

DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5%

Dearness Allowance Estimation JANUARY 19, 2017 BY GCONNECT TEAM DA from January 2017 will be 4% or 5% based on Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) from January 2016 to December 2016 – Net increase in DA with effect from January 2017 is estimated to be 2% or 3% All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) for the month of November 2016 has been relased by Ministry of Labour few days back.

What do we need for estimating DA from January 2017 ? After implementation of 7th Pay Commission report, same inflation index i.e Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) with base year 2001=100, which was used for 6th Pay Commission Pay, is adopted for determining Dearness Allowance of Central Government Employees and Pensioners. The only difference in DA calculation as far as DA from January 2016 will be, will be taking the Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015 in the place of Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2005 which was used in 6th CPC DA calculation Dearness Allowance payable after implementation of 7th Pay Commission= (Avg of CPI-IW for the past 12 months – Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015)*100/(Average of CPI-IW recorded in 2015) In order to determine DA with effect from January 2017, based on the above formula we need Consumer Price Index for the months from January 2016 to December 2016
Now that Consumer Price Index for the months from January 2016 to November 2016 is available, we have made an attempt to estimate Dearness Allowance applicable to Central Government Employees and Pensioners with effect from 1st January 2016, by assuming the possible CPI (IW) for the month of December 2016.
MonthActual AICPI-IW
Jan-2016269 Feb-2016267 Mar-2016268 Apr-2016271 May-2016275 Jun-2016277 Jul-2016280 Aug-2016278 Sep-2016277 Oct-2016278 Nov-2016277 Dec-2016

Yet to be released Estimation of DA from 1st January 2017:

Scenario 1 :
No increase in AICPI (IW) in December 2016 AICPI (IW) for November 2016 is 277. If AICPI (IW) for December 2016 remains the same as November 2016, there will be additional 1% increase in DA from January 2017 which would make overall DA as 5%. DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+275+277+280+278+277+278+277+277)/12]-(261.4)X100/261.4 = 5 %

Scenario 2:
Decrease in AICPI (IW) in December 2016 Even if All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) decreases by 31 point and pegged at 246 in the month of December 2016, DA from January 2017 will be 4% . At the same time even for 1 point decrease in the index for December 2016 will result in lesser DA increase from January 2017 compared to Sceanrio 1 in which index is unaltered in Dec 2016. DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+275+277+280+278+277+278+277+246)/12]-(261.4)X100/261.4 = 4 % DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+275+277+280+278+277+278+277+276)/12]-(261.4)X100/261.4 = 4 %

Scenario 3 : Increase in AICPI (IW) in December 2016 It is very interesting to note here that, even for increase in consumer price index in the month of December up to 31 points, i.e Increase in AICPI (IW) for December 2016 to 308 points from 277 points in November 2016, DA from January 2017 will be 5% only. DA with effect from 1st January 2017= [ (269+267+268+271+275+277+280+278+277+278+277+308)/12]-(261.4)X100/261.4 = 5 %

The other scenario that increase of more than 31 points in AICPI (IW) in the month of December 2016 for making DA with effect from January 2017 more than 5% is most unlikely.
Hence, it is more logical to conclude that DA from January 2017 will be either 4% or 5%.

Income Tax Rates FY 2016-17 (AY 2017-18)

Finmin Orders CIRCULAR
NO : 01/2017 F.No.275/192/2016-IT(B) Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Revenue Central Board of Direct Taxes North Block, New Delhi Dated the 2nd January, 2017

SUBJECT: INCOME-TAX DEDUCTION FROM SALARIES DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2016-17 UNDER SECTION 192 OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961.

Reference is invited to Circular No.20/2015 dated 02.12.2015 whereby the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income under the head "Salaries" under Section 192 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter ‘the Act’), during the financial year 2015-16, were intimated.
The present Circular contains the rates of deduction of income-tax from the payment of income chargeable under the head "Salaries" during the financial year 2016-17 and explains certain related provisions of the Act and Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereinafter the Rules).
The relevant Acts, Rules, Forms and Notifications are available at the website of the Income Tax Department- www.incometaxindia.gov.in.

2. RATES OF INCOME-TAX AS PER FINANCE ACT, 2016: As per the Finance Act, 2016, income-tax is required to be deducted under Section 192 of the Act from income chargeable under the head "Salaries" for the financial year 2016-17 (i.e. Assessment Year 2017-18) at the following rates: 2.
1 Rates of tax
A. Normal Rates of tax:

B.Rates of tax for every individual, resident in India, who is of the age of sixty years or more but less than eighty years at any time during the financial year:

 C. In case of every individual being a resident in India, who is of the age of eighty years or more at any time during the financial year:


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Aadhaar based Rail Reservations for Senior Citizens Mandatory from April 2017.

Come April 1, 2017, reservation of rail tickets for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) cards on a mandatory basis for both counter and e-tickets.
However, such a requirement will be optional during January-March 2017. The Railway Ministry has decided to implement Aadhaar-based ticketing system for senior citizens in a two-phased manner. Accordingly, from January 1 to March 31, 2017, requirement of Aadhaar verification for getting concessional tickets for senior citizens will be on a voluntary basis.

From April 1, 2017, such a requirement would become mandatory. Advance verification for senior citizens through Aadhaar card has already been taken up by providing notice to senior citizen passengers to submit their Aadhaar card details online on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website or through the reservation offices from December 1 this year onwards. However, verification will be optional during the implementation of the first phase if a senior citizen wants to purchase ticket on full fare. But there will be no change in procedure with regard to concession to senior citizens in unreserved ticketing. With effect from April 1, 2017, passengers in the senior citizen category will not need to carry any of the original documents, including Aadhaar card, for the purpose of identity proof. It will bring in transparency in rail ticket reservations for senior citizens, making the verification process easy and convenient. It will also prevent misuse of such a facility as ticket collectors can instantly verify the claims of passengers.

Our objective is to ensure that only bona fide passengers with legitimate tickets travel in trains and thereby prevent revenue losses to Indian Railways,” he pointed out. A major benefit of Aadhaar linked rail reservations for senior citizens is that it will stop touts and unauthorized agents from booking tickets in fake names and then selling these at a higher price.

Monday, 23 January 2017

NOTICE FOR EX-SERVICEMEN : CSD SALES

Indian Military Veterans
Please be advised that as of 1st March 2017, ALL Canteens will ONLY be doing sales against payments by Credit or Debit cards.
Cash sales will NOT be accepted.
Kindly take appropriate action right now to have a valid card, thanks.

(SOURCE : FB AC OF Thakur Praveen Kumar, VET)
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Aadhaar Number to be a must for Filing I-T Returns.

Aadhaar Number to be a must for Filing I-T Returns.

The government of India is planning to make Aadhaar number a must for filing of income tax returns from next fiscal year and link all bank accounts to the unique identity number by the end of this financial year. All bank accounts to be seeded with Aadhaar by Mar 31, Aadhaar to be made mandatory for PDS as well.

The government is planning to make Aadhaar number a must for filing of income tax returns from next fiscal and link all bank accounts to the unique identity number by the end of this financial year.

Sources in the government said the work on both fronts was moving steadily and relevant amendments to the Income Tax Act, 1961, in this Budget are under ‘active discussion’ to ensure mandatory linkage of tax returns to Aadhaar numbers. At the same time, the Aadhaar-based authentication of beneficiaries is to be made mandatory for delivery of subsidised grain under the Public Distribution Scheme. An ITR after being filed has to be verified by the assessee. It is not treated as valid until it is verified by the taxpayer. In the existing process, a taxpayer can verify his/her return electronically or physically (i.e by sending signed ITR-V to Centralized processing Center (CPC) in Bangalore). Individuals/ HUFs who file their return in form ITR-4 and are required to get there accounts audited have to compulsorily file their returns using Digitally Signed Certificate. Consequently, they do not need to verify the returns as the returns are digitally signed. Taxpayers have the option to e-verify their respective returns at the time of uploading or after uploading. In case of an already-uploaded return, taxpayers can e-verify the same by clicking on the “e-Verify Return” option under the “e-file” tab after logging into the site. E-verification modes

1. EVC received on the registered mobile number and e-mail. Electronic Verification Code (EVC) is a 10 digit alphanumeric code which can be generated through an e-Filing portal and is valid for 72 hours.
2. Aadhaar OTP
3. Login to e-Filing through net banking. 4. Bank account-based validation.

Physical Verification / Paper verification Alternatively, you can verify your return by sending the physical acknowledgment (ITR-V) to CPC Bangalore. How to e-verify through EVC: Under this alternative, two options are displayed to the taxpayers, which are:

1. “I already have an EVC to e-verify my return.”
2. “I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to e-verify my return.”

Under the first option, the user sees a screen where he has to enter the pre-generated EVC in the provided text box and click “Submit” to e-verify. No further action is required. Under the second option, the user can get the EVC on his registered email ID and mobile number. (This option is available for taxpayers whose total income is less than Rs 5 lakh and there is no refund).

Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary

Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary :

Report of the Committee on Allowances NJCA National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road New Delhi — 110055 No.NJCA/2017
Dated: January 19, 2017

All the Constituents of National Council(JCM) Dear Comrades,

Sub: Brief of the meeting held today with the Cabinet Secretary

A meeting was held today with the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, wherein myself as well as Com. M. Raghavaiah were present. We explained him about various issues of the Central Government Employees pending at the government level. The main issues were NPS, Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, Allowances, Pension and Very Good Benchmark, etc. etc.
The Cabinet Secretary informed us that, Pension issues have already been referred to the Cabinet, and the report of the Committee on Allowances is likely to be submitted in the next month. So far as issue of NPS is concerned, he has already directed the committee to hold a meeting with the Staff Side, which has already been fixed for 20th January 2017.

The issue of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula is also being vigorously pursued by the government. He said that, inordinate delay was because of the various problems, but the intention of the government is very clear that, they want to resolve the problems of the Central Government Employees. He also advised us to have patience for some time and given us an assurance that he would try to get resolved pending issues of the Central Government Employees as early as possible.
Comradely
yours,
(Shiva Gopal Mishra) Convener

(Source – http://ncjcmstaffside.com)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

central government might delay the hike higher allowances by by another 3-4 months

Central government employees’ pay bill are unlikely to get increased salary up to March for higher allowances, as the central government might delay the hike higher allowances by by another 3-4 months on the pretext of the model code of conduct, which is currently in place for five states assemblies’ poll.

The ‘Committee on Allowances’ led by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa has finalized the report on the allowances in October last year but the government don’t want to announce it now, so the government gave extension the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit the report on higher allowances under the pretence of the cash crunch position.
The government has given higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016 to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission but referred hike in allowances other than dearness allowance to the ‘Committee on Allowances’ for examination as the 7th pay commission had recommended for abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

Wishing anonymity, a finance ministry official said, “the government want to keep in abeyance to issue higher allowances notification as government wishes to give the higher allowances without arrears from August,the implementation month of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, to its employees. If the government gives the nod higher allowances with retrospective effect from August 2016, the arrears should be paid and the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is very much against the payment of higher allowances arrears and it is just a tactic to delay the announcement of higher allowances to compel the central government employees to get the allowances according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification.”

LETTER TO RM BY GEN SATBIR SINGH FOR ACTUAL IMLIMENTATION OF OROP ACTUAL OROP NOT YET IMPLEMENTED ONE MAN JUDICIAL COMMITTEE NOT YET MADE PUBLIC

Dear Raksha Mantri,

1. Please refer the following letters :-
(a) Letter dated 16 Nov 2015 regarding serious anomalies in the Notification for the Implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) issued on 07 Nov 2016. (b) Letter to Justice L.Narasimha Reddy, Retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court dated 25 Mar 2016 regarding “Urgent Need to Rectify Anomalies in OROP in Govt Notification dated 07 Nov 2015 and Table dated 03 Feb 2016.
(c) Letter to Justice L.Narasimha Reddy, Retired Chief Justice of Patna High Court dated 25 Mar 2016 regarding “Change of Definition of OROP in various correspondence of DESW Noticed.
(d) Letter dated 25 Mar 2016 regarding One Rank One Pension.
(e) Letter dated 27 Nov 2016 regarding non implementation of Actual OROP.
(f) Letter dated 23 Dec 2016 regarding non implementation of Actual OROP Letter.

2. With concern and anguish, we wish to bring to your Notice that the Actual OROP as assured by the Hon’ble Prime Minister has not yet been implemented. The anomalies arising out of the 07th Nov 2015 Govt Notification for the implementation of OROP has not been rectified. The anomalies were pointed out to your goodself vide our above quoted letters. This avoidable delay is causing serious concern to the defence, widows and ex-Servicemen.

3. One Man Judicial Committee report, it is learnt was submitted to Govt on 26 Oct 2016, however, neither the same has been made public nor its recommendations implemented. Sir, we the defence family have been on Protest Movement and Relay Hunger Strike (RHS) at Jantar Mantar for the past 582 days, no one from the Govt has enquired or addressed our concerns, instead the Govt continues to inform the people of the country that it has implemented OROP. You know Sir, the same is not true, OROP as per the definition approved by the Govt through its executive order dated 26 Feb 2014 is far away from what has been implemented. Not only the actual OROP has not been implemented as per the approved definition, the wrongly implemented OROP has been carried forward to the 7th CPC with Cascading adverse affect on pensions of defence fraternity.

4. The statements from the Govt that OROP has been implemented and some negative people were protesting is very hurting to the Ex-Servicemen and widows. Sir, if actual OROP is implemented after removing the anomalies, we will immediately lift our Protest Movement from Jantar Mantar. We are only there for our legitimate democratic rights of protest which is being carried out in a soldierly manner, with dignity and respect and within the constitutional norms. Sir, we are your erstwhile soldiers and not civilian unions. We request you to consider implementing Actual OROP, which has been pending the last 42 years.

5. We are thankful to Govt that it has taken the step to announce implementation of OROP, but what has been implemented is far from the Actual OROP. We are also concerned that the Govt has unfairly amended the approved definition as per the Govt executive order dated 26 Feb 2014 and announced in the Parliament by MOS for Defence on 02 Dec 2014.

6. May we request you for your personal indulgence to rectify the anomalies arising out of the Govt Notification on 07 Nov 2015. May we also request for a meeting with you Sir, of a delegation of three members for half an hour at your earliest please.
With regards,

Yours Sincerely,
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd)
Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen Jantar Mantar & Chairman Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM)
Mobile: 9312404269, 01244110570 Email:satbirsm@gmail.com

Copy to:- General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM Chief of the Army Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Army) South Block, New Delhi-110011 For information and action please.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC Chief of the Air Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force) Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011 Our request as above.

Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC Chief of the Naval Staff & Chairman Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC) Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy) South Block, New Delhi -110011 Our request as above.

Budget 2017 – Expectations of the Salaried Class.

Budget 2017 – Expectations of the Salaried Class.

With the Union Budget 2017 just a couple of weeks away, there are expectations that the government will take some measures to help the common man, especially the salaried class, who has rallied behind the government’s decision on demonetization despite suffering a lot post the note ban.
Experts are also of the view that the upcoming Budget 2017 should provide some tax gain for the common people to soothe at least the cash ban pain. Otherwise also, “there are only a few tax concessions available to individual tax payers. Most of the current set of tax benefits like medical reimbursement, conveyance allowance etc., at the present level, do not offer any real economic benefit to the individual tax payers. Instead they only add to the administrative burden for the employers as claims made by the employees have to be reviewed and processed by them,” says Vikas Vasal, National Leader-Tax, Grant Thornton India LLP. Thus, either these tax benefits should be substantially increased or they should be done away with and instead a special tax benefit like the erstwhile standard deduction be introduced. “This would simplify the tax law, reduce administrative burden and curtail unnecessary litigation associated with these tax concessions,” suggests Vasal. In view of the above, here’s what to expect from the Budget 2017 for the salaried class:

1. Tax slab rates should be revised upwards It is widely expected that there may be some upward revision in the income tax slabs to provide some relief to the common tax payers. What is making people more optimistic is the recent hint from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley himself that income tax slabs could further be increased, lowering the tax burden on taxpayers due to higher revenue being collected on account of cashless systems. Some people are even expecting that the government should increase the current income tax exemption limit from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. However, the common expectation is that the exemption limit be raised from the current Rs 2.50 lakh per annum to Rs 3 lakh, while the subsequent slabs of 10 per cent, 20 per cent and 30 per cent should be applicable to annual income range of above Rs 3 lakh and up to Rs 10 lakh, above Rs 10 lakh and up to Rs 20 lakh and above Rs 20 lakh, respectively. If implemented, this will help alleviate the common man’s sufferings to some extent.

2. Reduction in tax rates Salaried individuals are always at a loss when it comes to tax rates since they end up paying high amount of taxes when they fall into high salary brackets. Currently anyone who earns more than Rs. 10 lakh per annum pays 30% tax on the amount exceeding Rs. 10 lakh. Thus, he has to forgo a large portion of his income in taxes. Hence, apart from revision in tax slabs, change in tax rates would always be a welcome move. “The IDS scheme of the government launched last year is expected to add a lot of tax revenues to the government coffers with almost Rs. 75,000 crore declared as black money. Considering a tax rate of 45%, almost Rs. 35,000 will be collected as taxes. These revenues are expected to help the government reduce the tax rates in the coming FY,” informs Vaibhav Sankla, Director, H&R Block India.

3. Higher deduction for interest paid on housing loan Housing and the real estate sector are facing a lot of hardship. The recent media reports indicate that sales have declined substantially and the sentiment is quite low. It is a fact that the real estate sector is one of the key growth engines for a developing economy like India. It provides large-scale employment to unskilled and semi-skilled workers in the country, which is a need of the hour, to boost employment opportunities for a large scale population. This sector also impacts a few of the critical sectors like cement, steel, logistics etc., which in turn are important for the overall growth of the GDP. Also, “keeping in view the government’s agenda of providing housing for all, it is imperative that some tax concessions are provided in the Budget. One such option could be to increase the tax deduction for interest paid on housing loan from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. This will also provide an immediate boost to the banking services sector, which is flush with funds post demonetization and looking at avenues to lend money to the masses,” says Vasal. Some tax experts also believe that people having a single home need to be allowed to deduct the entire amount paid as interest on home loan. Vaibhav Sankla, for instance, says that currently the home loan interest deduction is capped at Rs. 2 lakh per annum for self-occupied house property and deduction of actual interest paid is allowed for a second home that is given on rent or is deemed rented. However, “nowadays buying a second home is not very common owing to high property prices. In such cases, home owners possessing a single home need to be allowed to deduct the entire amount paid as interest on home loan. This would be a welcome relief for salaried individuals since they do not have much scope for tax saving and moreover this is an expense-based deduction,” says Sankla.

4. Increase in deduction for insurance premium The deduction under 80D is currently capped at Rs. 25,000 for self, spouse and dependent children. An additional deduction of Rs. 25,000 is available for parents and Rs. 30,000 if they are senior citizen parents. Hence the total deduction available under this section can go up to Rs. 55,000. A deduction for preventive medical expenses is also available up to Rs. 5,000 spent as a part of the overall deduction. A deduction for the actual expenses made in this regard on medical insurance premiums will be a welcome move since insurance premiums are very high, especially when it comes to parents. The cap of Rs. 5,000 on preventive health check-up expenses should also be removed in budget 2017. It will help salaried individuals to save huge amounts in taxes.

5. Increase in deduction for education and childcare expenses Childcare nowadays has become very expensive for parents, especially for those staying in metro cities. The maximum deduction for tuition fees permitted under Section 80C is Rs 1.5 lakh per financial year, with deductions eligible only for two children per assessee. Tuition fees generally constitute a very small portion of the entire education fees for the year. This deduction should be extended to other portions of the fees as well. “Childcare in big cities also calls for daycare expenses, especially for working parents. The expenses many a time run into more than Rs 1-2 lakh per annum. These expenses should also form a part of deductions under Section 80C. This will provide another expense-based deduction to individuals and be a great move towards providing a deduction aimed at working parents,” says Sankla.

6. Deduction for rent paid where no HRA is paid by the organization Generally, organisations pay HRA to employees in order to ease the burden of rent and there is an exemption available under the tax laws on HRA. However, there are instances when organisations do not include HRA in the salary components. When HRA is not paid by the organization, salaried individuals are being allowed a deduction of Rs. 5,000 per month under Section 80GG from FY2016-17. This deduction should be increased to at least Rs. 10,000 for metro cities. This is because rent for a decent accommodation in metro cities has risen to this level and there is a need to increase the deduction so that salaried individuals get the benefit of this deduction.

7. Standard Deduction There are many deductions/ exemptions like medical reimbursement, conveyable allowance, meal allowances etc. Employees actually incur much more cost and obtain very little tax benefit. To highlight, a family of four members will incur on an average, say, Rs 50,000 plus on general medical ailments. And if the family has senior/ailing households, then this expenditure for general hospital/doctor visits and medicines may be much higher. Therefore, there is need to take a re-look at all such benefits and increase them substantially in line with the current economic reality. Same is the case with other tax benefits like travel allowance etc. Keeping this in view, there is need for a special tax benefit like the erstwhile standard deduction to be introduced tne budget 2017.

Source: FE

7th Pay Commission CGHS Recommendations on monthly subscription, eligibility of wards – Orders issued

7th Pay Commission CGHS related recommendations on revision of rate of subscription, eligibility for wards on the basis of revised pay – Govt issues Orders

No. S.11011/11/2016- CGHS (P)/EHS

Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare EHS Section Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 9th January, 2017

Sub: Revision of rates of subscription under Central Government Health Scheme due to revision of pay and allowances of Central Government employees and revision of pension/ family pension on account of implementation of recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s OM No. S.11011/2/2008-CGHS(P) dated 2oth May, 2009 vide which orders were issued revising the rates of monthly subscription for availing CGHS facility, as also the entitlement for free diet, entitlement of accommodation in private empanelled hospitals under CGHS, etc.

2. Consequent upon revision of pay on the basis of the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, it has been decided to revise the rates of subscriptions, to be made by employees pensioners, for availing benefits under the CGHS, with effect from 1st January, 2017. It has also been decided to revise the monetary ceiling limits for various entitlements of the beneficiaries for availing CGHS facilities.

3. In supersession of all earlier instructions, the following revisions are being made, in so far as it relates to the facilities mentioned below:
(A) Monthly Contributions for availing CGHS facility:
Sl. No.Corresponding levels in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPCContribution (Rs. Per month)
1.Level: 1 to 5250
2.Level: 6450
3.Level: 7 to 11650
4.Level 12 & above1000 (B)

Entitlement of wards in Private hospitals empanelled under CGHS: Corresponding Basic Pay drawn by the Ward entitlement Sl. No.Corresponding Basic Pay drawn by the officer in 7th CPC per monthWard entitlement
1.Up to Rs. 47,600/-General
2.Rs. 47,601/- to Rs. 63,100/-Semi-Private 3.Rs. 63,101/- and abovePrivate

(C) Monetary Ceiling for Free Diet: The monetary ceiling for free diet for CGHS beneficiaries is revised to pay/ pension /family pension of Rs. 44,900/- per month.

(D) Monetary ceiling for free diet [or beneficiaries suffering from TB or mental disease): The monetary ceiling for free diet in case of beneficiary suffering from TB or Mental disease is revised to pay/ pension /family pension of Rs. 69,700/- per month.

(E) Pay slab for determining the entitlement of Nursing Home facilities in Government / State Government / Municipal Hospitals: The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement of nursing home facilities in Central Government / State Government / Municipals Hospitals is revised to pay / pension / family pension Rs. 47,600/- per month and above.

(F) Monetary Ceiling for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government [State Government / Municipal Hospitals: The monetary ceiling for determining the entitlement for direct consultation with Specialists in Central Government / State Government/Municipal Hospitals will continue at the existing rates until revision of the same after consultation with Ministry of Finance.

(G) Pay slab for determining the entitlement of accommodation in AIIMS, New Delhi. The revised entitlement, as per the pay drawn by the officials, is as follows:
Sl. No.Corresponding Basic Pay drawn by the officer in 7th CPC per monthWard entitlement
1.Up to Rs. 63,100/-General
2.Rs. 63,101/- to Rs. 80,900/-Private 3.Rs. 80,901/- and aboveDeluxe/Private

4. It is clarified that the reference to pay in this order relates to the pay drawn in the level of pay.

5. Pensioners have an option to get their CGHS pensioner card made by either making CGHS contribution on an annual basis (twelve months) or by making contribution for 10 (ten) years (120 (one hundred and twenty) months) for getting a pensioner CGHS card with life-time validity. It is clarified that:
(i) Contribution to be made by pensioners / family pensioners would be the amount that they were subscribing at the time of their retirement or at the time of death of the Government servant;
(ii) Pensioner beneficiaries, who have already obtained CGHS card with life time validity by paying a lump sum amount equivalent to 10 years’ contribution, will not be required to pay any additional amount as a result of the revision in the rates of contribution for availing CGHS facility;
(iii) Entitlement of pensioners / family pensioners, who have already deposited their contribution for life time CGHS facility, will not be changed.
(iv) Pensioners / family pensioners who are contributing to the CGHS on an annual basis and wish to continue to avail CGHS benefits will have to contribute at the revised rates up to the time of contribution needed to cover a period of a total of ten years from the time pensioner CGHS card was issued for the first time to them. The revised rate of contribution for the remaining period would be with reference to the level of pay that he / she would have drawn in the post held by him / her (at the time of his / her retirement / death) had he / she continued to be in service now but for his / her retirement/ death; and
(v) Any pensioner / family pensioner who is entitled to avail CGHS facility has not so far got his / her pensioner CGHS card made, the rate of contribution in such cases will be with reference to the level of pay that he / she would have drawn in the post held by him / her (at the time of his / her retirement / death) had he / she continued to be in service now but for his/ her retirement / death.

6. This issues with the concurrence of the Department of Expenditure vide their I.D. Note No. 18(1)/EV/2016, dated 24/11/2016.
7. Hindi version will follow.

sd/- (Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Download EHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare order No. S.11011/11/2016- CGHS (P)/EHS dated 09.01.2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

OROP suicide: Supreme Court declines plea against Delhi govt’s order

OROP suicide: Supreme Court declines plea against Delhi govt’s order of granting one crore to ex-serviceman

A bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar observed that a court could not interfere with such decisions since the issue did not involve violation of fundamental rights. The Supreme Court Friday declined to entertain a PIL, which had complained against the Delhi government’s decision to grant financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the family of a retired soldier, who killed himself in November last year while demanding the implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme for retired soldiers.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar observed that a court could not interfere with such decisions since the issue did not involve violation of fundamental rights. It further cited the example of granting scholarships and awards to meritorious students, pointing out that the court could not ask a government to start issuing written and speaking orders in all instances. “If you are unhappy about what has happened, go and sit in dharna… tell the government that we are not going to vote for you again. But it does not violate any fundamental right,” remarked the bench while dismissing the petition.

The PIL was filed by a group, Media Research and Welfare Society, which alleged that CM Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement for financial assistance to the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal was unjustified as there was no provision in the law to give compensation to a man who commits suicide.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Army Day: PM Narendra Modi salutes invaluable service, courage of soldiers

Army Day: PM Narendra Modi salutes
invaluable service, courage of soldiers

Saluting the courage and invaluable service of the Army on theoccasion of the 69th Army Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on  Sunday said he is proud of his soldiers who are willing to sacrifice
everything for the nation. Greetings to all soldiers , veterans and their
families on Army Day , "We salute the courage and invaluable service
of the Indian Army," Prime Minister tweeted this morning.

Disability Pension being paid to Pre-2016 Defence Forces Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 Will Continue to be paid Pending Decision of AnomAly Committee


The Government Order for implementation of decision of the
Government on the recommendations of the 7th Central PayCommission (CPC) for revision of pension of pre-2016 Defence
Forces Pensioners has been issued on 29.10.2016.
As per theorder, for the pre 1.1.2016 pensioners, the revised pension w.e.f.1.1.2016 shall be determined by multiplying the basic pension/
basic family pension as had been drawn as on 31.12.2015 by 2.57 to arrive at revised pension under 7th CPC.

The implementation of 7th CPC recommendation relating to
methodology for calculation of disability element has been referred
to the Anomaly Committee.
The disability element which was being paid to pre-2016 Defence
Forces Pensioners as on 31.12.2015 will continue to be paid
pending decision on the recommendations of the Anomaly
Committee.

(SOURCE - PIB /NW Release ID :153104)

AUTONOMOUS BODY’S PAY REVISION ORDERS ISSUED

AUTONOMOUS BODY’S PAY REVISION ORDERS ISSUED

Pay revision of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies etc. set up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government – Guidelines

F.No.1/1/2016-E.III(A)
Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure New Delhi, 13th January, 2017

Office Memorandum

Subject: Pay revision of employees of Quasi-Government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies etc. set up by and funded/controlled by the Central Government – Guidelines

The employees working in the Quasi-government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies etc. set up and funded/controlled by the Central Government, are not Central Government employees and, therefore, the benefits implemented by Central Government in respect of Central Government employees as part of their service conditions, are not directly applicable to the employees working in such autonomous organizations.

The application of such benefits as given to Central Government employees in respect of employees of such autonomous organizations as well as the manner and conditions governing such application, including sharing of the additional financial implications arising thereon, requires specific approval of the Central Government. The autonomous organizations are expected to manage their affairs in such a fashion that their dependence on Central Government for financial support to meet the extra financial implications is minimal, as such autonomous organizations are expected to be financially Self-sufficient So as not to cause any extra burden on the Central Exchequer.

2. In the above background, the question of extension of the revised pay scales in terms of the CCS (RP) Rules, 2016 as notified on 25.7.2016 in respect of Central Government employees based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, to the employees of the Quasi-government Organizations, Autonomous Organizations, Statutory Bodies, etc., Set up and funded/controlled by the Central Government, where pattern of emolument structure, i.e. pay scales and allowances, in particular Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance, are identical to those in case of the Central Government employees, has been considered by the Government and it has been decided that the revised pay scales as per the Pay Matrix, as contained in Part-A of the Schedule of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 as well as the principle of pay fixation as contained in the said rules, may be extended to the employees of such organizations, subject to the following stipulations:-

(i) The conditions of service of employees of these organizations, especially those relating to hours of work, payment of OTA etc. are exactly Similar to those in Case of the Central Government employees.
(ii) The revised pay structure shall be admissible to those employees who opt for the same in accordance with the extant Rules.
(iii) Deductions on account of Provident Fund, Contributory Provident Fund or National Pension System, as may be applicable, will have to be made on the basis of the revised pay w.e.f. the date an employee opts to elect the revised pay structure.

3. The revised pay scales contained in Parts B & part C of the Schedule of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016, shall not be automatically applicable to the employees Of Autonomous Organizations. The concerned Administrative Ministry shall consider such cases keeping in view whether these pay scales are justified for the category of staff of Autonomous Organizations based on functional considerations, recruitment qualifications, as well as the applicable pre-revised pay scales. Based on such an examination by the concerned Administrative Ministry, appropriate proposals, if justified, would be submitted to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, through their Integrated Finance.

4. In case of those categories of employees whose pattern of emoluments structure, i.e., pay scales and allowances and conditions of service are not similar to those of the Central Government employees, a separate ‘Group of Officers’ in respect of each of the Autonomous Bodies may be constituted in the respective Ministry/Department. The Financial Adviser of the respective Ministry/Department will represent the Ministry of Finance on this Group. The Group would examine the proposals for revision of pay scales etc. taking into account the views, if any, expressed by the Staff representatives of the concerned organizations. It would be necessary to ensure that the final package of benefits proposed to be extended to the employees of these Autonomous Organizations etc. is not more beneficial than that admissible to the corresponding categories of the Central Government employees. The final package recommended by the ‘Group of Officers’ will require the concurrence of the Ministry of Finance. 5. In regard to the additional financial impact arising out of the implementation of the revised pay Scales, as provided above, the following parameters shall be kept in view:-

(i) In respect of those Autonomous Organizations, which have not been depending upon the Government Grants for their operations or for meeting the cost of salary, including those autonomous organisations which are in a position to meet the additional financial impact from their Own internal resources, the additional financial impact shall be met by the concerned autonomous organizations without any financial support whatsoever from the Government, No financial Support shall be given by the Central Government in Such cases.

(ii) In respect of the other Autonomous Organizations. which are not in a position to meet the additional financial impact, either fully or partly, on account Of the implementation of the revised pay scales, the concerned autonomous organization will take up the proposals with the Advisers of the respective Administrative Financial Ministry/Department, bringing out the extent to which the additional cost could be met internally, the shortfall to be made up and the reasons for the shortfall. While giving concurrence to the implementation of the revised pay scales, the Financial Advisers shall ensure that the extent of Government support is kept at the minimum, and in no case the Government support shall be more than 70% (seventy percent) of the additional financial impact.

(iii) In respect of Autonomous organisations set up under a specific Act of Parliament, not generating adequate internal resources to meet the additional financial impact, the extent of Government support may be more than 70% of the additional impact, provided in the opinion of the concerned Financial Adviser the nature of functions and the fund position of the organisations so warrant.

(iv) The mode of payment of arrears, as laid down in Rule 14 of the CCS(RP) Rules, 2016 shall be followed, subject to the overall financial impact and the capacity of the concerned autonomous organization to absorb the cost without putting any avoidable burden on the Governments finances, provided the conditions mentioned above are met. 6. The Central Government has not taken any decision so far in regard to various allowances based on the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of Central Government employees and, therefore, until further orders the existing allowances in the autonomous organizations shall continue to be admissible as per the existing terms and conditions, irrespective of the revised pay Scales having been adopted.

(Amar Shth Singh)
Director

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Central government employees to get Rs9000 minimum pension: Jitendra Singh

Minimum pension for central government employees has been increased to Rs9,000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount PTI There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country. 

New Delhi: The minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount for central government employees, union minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday. Addressing the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (Scova) in the city, he said almost 88% of pension accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar. There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country, said Singh, minister of state in Prime Minister’s office.

He further said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs10-15 lakh to Rs25-35 lakh, as per a release issued by personnel ministry. The Scova meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW). Singh said there is a need to put in place an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. He said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelise their energies in a productive direction. “We should learn from the pensioners’ experience,” said Singh.

The minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process. Many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of Pension Payment Orders of Pre-2006 pensioners, health insurance scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-Central Government Health Service (CGHS) area and special higher family pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, etc. The meeting was attended by the member of pensioners associations and senior officers of the important departments of the central government.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Central government employees sit on day-long protest

DEHRADUN: Central government employees sat on a day-long protest against lack of implementation of recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission met in the state.

The members under the aegis of Co-ordination Committee of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers sat on dharna at Buddha Chowk from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday.

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Nothing illegal in  Talking to TOI, Jagdish Chander Chimwal, secretary of the association said, "Kendariya Karamchari Kamgar Parisangh, an association of Central government employees in New Delhi, in their meeting held on December 16 had decided to hold a one-day protest across the country on January 10 against lack of implementation of recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission. Today's protest was part of this country-wide peaceful protest." He said, that the Government of India had given assurance to constitute a high-level committee to look into the long pending demands by all central government employees regarding minimum salary rise, revision of salary allowances and evaluation of new pension policy but the government is yet to take any concrete step in this regard.

CGDA Restructuring of SAS Examination System:

To review the existing system of SAS Examination, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. G. D. Pungle, IDAS, PCDA (O) Pune. The Report of the Committee is appended as Annexure - ‘A’ to this circular.

CGDA Restructuring of SAS Examination System:
CGDA OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER GENERAL OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS CENTRE FOR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (CENTRAD) OPPOSITE ARMY BASE HOSPITAL, BRAR SQUARE, DELHI CANTT. - 110010

Most Important Circular
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No.AN/ SAS/ 16200 / Restructuring/ 2016 Dated: 06.01.20 17
To
All the PCsDA, including Principal IFAs
All Controller of Defence Accounts including IFAs
The Pr. Controller of Accounts(Fys.), Kolkata and All Controllers of Finance and Accounts(Fys.) Including Chief Internal Auditors

Subject: Restructuring of SAS Examination System.

The present SAS Rules have come into force with the approval of MoD(Fin) vide their ID No.26(1)/C/2007 dated 08.03.2007. Since then nature of audit and account in the department have undergone a paradigm shift from conventional regulatory audit to propriety audit with efficient utilization of information technology resources. The introduction of IT projects like SUGAM, TULIP, DOLPHIN, AASHRAYA etc. and updating of procurement manuals have led to transformation of the working environment of our offices and also necessitated us to be more vigilant and well acquainted with upcoming changes. In today’s era of Information Technology and percolation of IFA System to the lowest services formation, one of the primarily role of the department is as financial manager.
Departmental candidates are promoted to the grade of Assistant Accounts Officer after passing of SAS Examination. They being a first line supervisor are primarily responsible for efficient managing of the section and forms the cutting edge of the core functions of the department.

2. Keeping in view the changing requirements of skill sets at first supervisory level as well as various changes in the department during last decade including revision of Office Manuals, more focus on financial advice, implementation of various IT modules as well as issue of various government instructions, a need has been felt to review the existing system of SAS Examination. Accordingly, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. G. D. Pungle, IDAS, PCDA (O) Pune. The Report of the Committee is appended as Annexure - ‘A’ to this circular.

It has been decided that following issues needs to be deliberated by all Principal Controllers / Controllers and commented upon:
i) The present concept of screening the genuine candidates through Preliminary Test may be looked into and a candidate need not to pass preliminary examination more than once in his / her career.
ii) For increasing and expending domain knowledge in the functioning of the client organisation/ customers for enhancing and enriching the department work in Audit and IFA, training material for understanding the Defence Services /Organisation is to be prepared by liaison with the Services Training Institutes.
iii) At present a candidate is required to Secured 40% Marks in each paper and 45% in aggregate in SAS Part-I and SAS Part-II Examination. Further, in SAS Part-II Examination there are 02 qualifying papers of Office Communication (Paper-VIII) and Fundamentals of EDP (Paper-IX). In these qualifying papers, a candidate is to secure 40% Marks only and their marks are not accounted for in the aggregate. As drafting and computer skill is one the predominant areas in today’s working environment, which a supervisor is invariably required to excel, the qualifying papers may be considered to be a part of mainstream papers and their marks could be added to the aggregate.
iv) Learning, being a continuous process and is essential for the all - round development, a chapter regarding learning skill in paper of Office Communication may be introduced or feasibility of the same be explored.
v) Keeping in View the deficiency at AAO level, the Viability of conducting SAS Part-II examination more than once in a year into may be examined
3. In View of the foregoing, it is enjoined upon all the Principal Controllers and Controllers to examine the recommendations of the Committee and offer their considerate View on restructuring of SAS Examination System by 27.01.2017. In case, it is observed that some other issues merits inclusion in the proposed syllabus and pattern of examination which will strengthen the examination system, the same may also be elucidated with full justification for further deliberation.

sd/- (Sangeet) Sr.Dy.CGDA (SAS)

Source: CGDA.NIC.IN 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Pongal is now a Compulsory Holiday, says Centre

Pongal is now a Compulsory Holiday, says Centre

The Central government on Tuesday, January 10, declared Pongal as a compulsory holiday after the issue was raised by many angry politicians and the general public. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday requesting that Pongal be included in the list of Compulsory Holidays to be observed by all Central Government Administrative offices in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Panneerselvam requested that just as the Government of India’s Circular relating to list of 12 optional holidays from which three are to be selected includes an ‘Additional day for Dusshera’, an ‘Additional day for Pongal’ may also be included in the list of optional holidays. “This apparent diminution in the importance accorded to Pongal for the past several years has created disquiet and an impression that an important people’s festival of Tamil Nadu has been ignored by the Central Government,” Mr. Panneerselvam contended.

Pongal, the prominent harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, is a social festival that transcended all religions and a number of social, recreational and sporting events including jallikattu were organised along with Pongal festivities, which usually last for three or four days, he said. For the State Government, the holidays start from January 14 and last till January 16, which is Uzhavar Tirunal (Farmers Day).

Source: from the web

Pongal Holiday is not in the List of Compulsory Holidays 2017

Pongal Holiday is not in the List of Compulsory Holidays 2017

In Tamil Nadu, agitation Programme is being organised against the government decision of not including the Pongal Holiday in the list of Compulsory Holidays for the year 2017 for central government offices. It is quite a surprise that some Political parties and Tamil Media are telling that Central Government has removed the Pongal holidays from the List of Compulsory Holidays for the year 2017. Since 2009, there is no such order issued by DoPT (A Nodal Ministry for Central government employees) that includes Pongal festival in the List of Compulsory Holidays.

The Orders for Central Government Holidays from the year 2009 are available in DOPT website The Holiday for the Festivals which are celebrated in States shall be decided by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at other places in the State from the list of restricted Holidays declared by central government. There are three such Holidays can be decided by State Coordination committees or Co Ordination committees in Departments for Central Governments offices functioning in States.

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DR Calculation Sheet Since 7th Pay Commission

DR Calculation Sheet Since 7th Pay Commission (New Formula)

MonthAll India Index% of Increase Jan-162690.48 Feb-162670.93 Mar-162681.38 Apr-162711.86 May-162752.40 Jun-162772.91 Jul-162803.45 Aug-162783.90 Sep-162774.25 Oct-162784.53 Nov-162774.76
Presently Dearness Allowance for January 2017 is staying at 4.76%. If trend of AICPIN continues as such, minimum 5% DA is expected w.e.f January 2017

CLARIFICATION FROM CDA- RECRUITS

CLARIFICATION REGARDING PAYMENT OF DELINKING ARREARS TO RECRUITS CLARIFICATION REGARDING PAYMENT OF DELINKING ARREARS TO RECRUITS A CLARIFICATION LETTER RECEIVED FROM CDA ALLAHABAD

NO.Gts/Tech/E-mail/148/Vol-XXVI dt.09.12.2016. on the subject reproduced for information of all concerned. 


Recruits and others having service less than 15 years service can submit this letter

to the bank and claim Delinking arrears.

Please make use of the menu and claim your arrears along with the CDA letter copy.

Types of Leave applicable to Central Government Employees as per Leave Rules

A brief on all Types of Leave applicable to Central Government Employees as per Leave Rules
Earned Leave, Half Pay Leave, Commuted Leave, Leave Not Due, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Study Leave, Extraordinary Leave, Chile Care Leave and More

1. Earned Leave:- Earned Leave is ‘earned’ by duty. The credit for earn leave will awarded at a rate of 15 days on the 1st of January and 1st of July every year. It can be accumulated up to 300 days in addition to the number of days for which encashment has been allowed along with LTC. Maximum of 180 days at a time can be availed in the case of Earned Leave.

2. Half Pay Leave :- All Government servants are entitled to 20 days of HPL for every completed year of service. Half pay leave is calculated at 20 days for each completed year of service. For eg, if you are in service for 2 years , you will be having a total of 40 days of half pay leave. The service includes periods of duty and leave including extraordinary leave with or without MC. Half pay leave can be availed with or without MC(Medical Certificate). From 1st January 1986, half pay leave is credited in advance at the rate of 10 days on the 1st of January and 1st of July every year.

3.Commuted Leave:- This Leave is granted on medical certificate normally. Commuted leave not exceeding half the amount of half-pay leave due can be taken on medical certificate. Up to a maximum of 90 days can be taken during the entire service without medical certificate where such leave is utilized for an approved course of study certified to be in university interest. It can be taken up to a maximum of 60 days can be granted to a female employee in continuation of maternity leave without medical certificate and upto a maximum of 60 days can be granted without medical certificate to a female employee with less than two living children, on adoption of a child less than one year old. Commuted leave may be granted at the request of the employee even when earned leave is due to him.

4. Leave Not Due:- This Leave is also granted on medical certificate normally. Leave not due is granted when there is no half-pay leave at credit and the employee requests for the grant of Leave Not Due. It is granted only medical certificate if the leave sanctioning authority is satisfied that there is a reasonable prospect of the employee returning to duty on its expiry. It may be granted without medical certificate in continuation of maternity leave, and may be granted without medical certificate to a female employee with less than two living children, on adoption of a child less than one year old. The amount of leave should be limited to the half-pay leave that the employee is likely to earn subsequently. Leave not due during the entire service is limited to a maximum of 360 days and due will be debited against the half-pay leave that the employee may earn subsequently.

5. Maternity Leave :- Maternity leave is granted to women government employees.
1) Pregnancy: 180 days – Admissible only to employees with less than two surviving children.
2) Miscarriage/abortion (induced or otherwise): Total of 45 days in the entire service.
However, any such leave taken prior to 16.6.1994 will not be taken into account for this limitation. Admissible irrespective of number of surviving children. Application to be supported by a certificate from a registered medical practitioner for NGOs and from AMA for GOs. The maternity leave is not debited to leave account and full pay is granted. It cannot be combined with any other leaves and counts as service for increments and pension.

6. Paternity Leave :- A male employee with less than two surviving children may be granted Paternity Leave for a period of 15 days during the confinement of his wife. During the period of such leave he shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. Paternity Leave shall not be debited against the leave account and may be combined with other kind of leave as in the case of Maternity Leave.

7. Study Leave:- Study leave may be granted to all government employees with not less than five years’ service for undergoing a special course consisting of higher studies or specialized training in a professional or technical subject having a direct and close connection with the sphere of his duties as a civil servant. The course for which the study leave is taken should be certified to be of definite advantage to govt from the point of view of public interest and that particular study should be approved by the authority competent to grant leave. The official should submit a full report on the work done during study leave. Maximum of 24 months of leave is sanctioned. In the case of CHS officers 36 months of leave can be granted at a stretch or in different spells. Study leave will not be debited to the leave account and may be combined with other leave due. Study leave is not granted for studies outside India if facilities are available in India and to an official due to retire within 3 years of return from the study leave.

8. Extra Ordinary Leave :- Extraordinary leave is granted to a Government servant when no other leave is admissible or when other leave is admissible, but the Government servant applies in writing for extraordinary leave. Extraordinary leave cannot be availed concurrently during the notice period, when going on voluntary retirement and EOL may also be granted to regularize periods of absence without leave retrospectively.

9. Casual Leave :- In a calendar year eight days of casual leave is permissible. Casual leave is not a recognized form of leave and is not subject to any rules made by the Government of India. An official on Casual Leave is not treated as absent from duty and pay is not intermitted.
(i) Casual Leave can be combined with Special Casual Leave/vacation but not with any other kind of leave.
(ii) It cannot be combined with joining time.
(iii) Sundays and Holidays falling during a period of Casual Leave are not counted as part of Casual Leave.
(iv) Sundays/public holidays/restricted holidays/weekly offs can be prefixed/suffixed to Casual Leave.
(v) Casual Leave can be taken while on tour, but no daily allowance will be admissible for the period.
(vi) Casual Leave can be taken for half day also.
(vii) Essentially intended for short periods. It should not normally be granted for more than 5 days at any one time, except under special circumstances.
(viii) LTC can be availed du ring Casual Leave.
(ix) Individuals appointed and joining duty during the middle of a year may avail of Casual Leave proportionately or to the full extent at the discretion of the Competent Authority.

10. Child Care Leave :- Woman employees having minor children may be granted Child Care Leave by an authority competent to grant leave for a maximum period of 730 days (2 years) during their entire service for taking care of up to two children., whether for rearing or to look after any of their needs like examination, sickness, etc.. Conditions for Child Care Leave
1. Child care leave shall not be admissible if the child is eighteen years of age or older equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave.
2. It can be availed in more than one spell.
3. It can not be debited against the leave account.
4. It may be combined with leave of the kind due and admissible.

11. Hospital Leave:- Hospital leave is admissible to Group ‘C’ employees whose duties involve handling of dangerous machinery, explosive materials, poisonous drugs and performance of hazardous takes and to Group ‘D’ Employees. Medical certificate from an authorized medical attendant is necessary for grant of this leave. This hospital leave may be combined with any other kind of leave due and admissible, provided total period of leave does not exceed 28 months.

12. Vacation Department Staff leave Entitlement :- The leave entitlements of employees of Vacation Departments (i.e. departments where regular vacations are allowed during which those serving in them are permitted to be absent from duty) are the same as those serving in non-vacation Departments except in respect of ‘earned leave’. No earned leave will be admissible to a government servant of a vacation Department in any year in which he avails of the full vacation. The vacation can be combined with casual leave.

13. Special Disability Leave :- Special disability leave admissible to all employees when disabled by injury intentionally or accidentally inflicted or caused in or in consequence of the due performance of official duties or in consequences of official position. The disability above should have manifested within three months of the occurrence to which it is attributed and the person disabled had acted with due promptitude in bringing it to notice. The leave sanctioning authority, if satisfied as to the cause of the disability, may relax the condition and grant leave in cases where disability has manifested more than three months after the occurrence of its cause. Special disability leave is also admissible when disabled by illness incurred in the performance of any particular duty, which has the effect of increasing liability to illness or injury beyond the ordinary risk attaching to the civil post held, under the same condition.This disability should be certified by an Authorised Medical Attendant to be directly due to the performance of the particular duty. Maximum of 24 months of leave may be granted. May be combined with any other leave. Will count as service for pension. Will not be debited to the leave account.

14. Child Adoption Leave:- Child adoption leave is granted to Female employees, with fewer than two surviving children on valid adoption of a child below the age of one year, for a period of 135 days immediately after the date of valid adoption. Leave salary will be equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave. It may be combined with leave of any other kind. Leave not debited against the leave account.

15. Leave to Probationers :- A person appointed to a post on probation is entitled to all kinds of leave admissible under the rules to a permanent servants according as his appointment is against a permanent post.

16. Leave to Apprentices :- Apprentices are admissible to leave on medical certificate, on leave salary equivalent to half pay for a period not exceeding one month in any year of apprenticeship

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