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Friday, 10 March 2017

"Allowance committee did not submit report yet " - Govt reply in Loksabha

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Friday, March 10, 2017

"Allowance committee did not submit report yet " - Govt reply in Loksabha

"The Committee on Allowances has been constituted vide order dated 22.07.2016. The Committee is to examine the recommendations of the 7th CPC in regard to various allowances having regard to the representations made by the Staff Associations and the suggestions of the concerned Ministries/Departments and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th CPC are warranted and if so, in what form."
"The Committee has not submitted its report to the Government.The deliberations of the Committee are in the final stages. Decisions on implementing the Report will be taken after the Report is submitted by the Committee."
As stated by  SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL, MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE in Loksabha on 10th March 2017

Lavasa Committee yet to finalize report
A panel headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and tasked with examining the 7th Pay Commission’s (7th CPC) recommendations on allowances has been unable to reach a conclusion in its last scheduled meeting last Friday. It will now have a few more meetings before submitting its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Business Standard has learnt.

In late June last year, after implementing the CPC proposals on salary and pension for the central government’s 4.7 million employees, Jaitley had announced the Lavasa panel would examine the suggestions on allowances. It had time till October to give the report but this got delayed. The decision on allowances was postponed because the CPC wanted a number of these to be abolished or subsumed. Employee unions were opposed.

“There were no conclusive decisions taken at the meeting last Friday. There will be some more meetings. For now, the panel is not ready to give its report to the Finance Minister,” said a senior government official aware of the developments.

It was earlier reported that the panel would submit its recommendations to the government’s political leadership soon and the Centre could announce revised allowances any time after March 11, the day of counting the votes for the five Assembly polls, and probably before the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament ends. That timeline now seems doubtful.

Aadhaar now mandatory for army pensions and free cooking gas connections

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Aadhaar now mandatory for army pensions and free cooking gas connections
Suchetana Ray and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
09 March 2017
New Delhi
The Union government has made the 12-digit Unique Identification (UID) number must for poor women to get cooking gas connections and defence pensioners to receive their payments, in notifications released this week.
The move is expected to draw criticism from activists who say the enrollment to the Aadhaar programme should not be a condition to receive state benefits.
Women below the poverty line (BPL) will need to present their Aadhaar cards if they want free cooking gas (LPG) connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a gazette notification said.
“...The use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency,” said the government notification.
In a similar notification published in the gazette on March 6, the government said Aadhaar will be mandatory for all retired defence personnel and family members of deceased ex-servicemen to receive pensions.
The BPL women have time till May 31 and military pensioners have time till June 30 to enroll using the UID.
Sources in the oil ministry, the nodal authority for PMUY, said that oil marketing companies will facilitate the process of Aadhaar application for BPL families.
This move comes after the government mandated Aadhaar last year for claiming subsidy on LPG cylinders.
There are nearly 30 lakh defence pensioners in the country with the total pension budget amounting to Rs 80,000 crore after the implementation of the one rank-one pension (OROP).
“There is a clear Supreme Court order that public service cannot be denied because of Aadhaar, but the government continues to violate it. By doing this, the government is excluding people who need these services the most,” said Anjali Bhardwaj, founder of Satark Nagril Sangathan.
The government has made Aadhaar cards mandatory for several social welfare schemes, including mid-day meals, subsidised rations and LPG connections.
As part of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, announced in the Budget 2016, five crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families over the next three years. A sum of Rs 8,000 crore has been set aside for this scheme.

Lok Sabha passed today on 9th March 2017 the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

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Lok Sabha passed today on 9th March 2017 the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which inter-alia includes increasing maternity benefit to woman covered under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 from 12 weeks to 26 weeks up to two surviving children in order to allow the mother to take care of the child during his/her most formative stage, providing maternity benefit of 12 weeks to Commissioning mother and Adopting mother, facilitate “work from home” to a mother with mutual consent of the employee and the employer, making mandatory in respect of establishment having fifty or more employees , to have the facility of crèche either individually or as a shared common facility within such distance as may be prescribed by rules & also to allow four visits to the crèche by the woman daily, including the interval for rest allowed to her and every establishment to intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment about the benefits available under the Act.

The bill was presented in the Lok Sabha by the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya.

The Maternity Benefit(Amendment) Bill, 2016 has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha on 11th August,2016. These changes will have major impact on the health, well-being and growth of the future generation in the Country. It will have positive impact on women’s participation in labour force and will improve the work- life balance of the women workers. The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act, 2016 will come into the force only after the President’s assent.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

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