Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Photo of today's Directorate meeting to discuss about the recommendations of 7th CPC

Opposition to notification of OROP

221 Shri Palvai Govardhan Reddy

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to satate :-

(a) the details of notification issued by Government on OROP;
(b) whether it is a fact that all ex-Servicemen opposed the notification and returned their medals;
(c) the details of each of the demand put forth by ex-Servicemen/ex-Servicemen Association and each of the demand accepted by Government;
(d) the details of contentious demands not accepted by Government;
(e) the reasons for not accepting the same; and
(f) the constraints in accepting the unaccepted demands?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (RAO INDERJIT SINGH)

(a) Government vide Ministry of Defence letter No. 12(01)/2014/D(Pen/Pol)-Part-II, dated 7.11.2015 has issued orders for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) for the Defence Forces Personnel. Salient features of the OROP are as under:-

(i) Pension of the past pensioners would be re-fixed on the basis of pension of retirees of calendar year 2013 and the benefit will be effective with effect from 01.07.2014.

(ii) Pension will be re-fixed for all pensioners on the basis of the average of minimum and maximum pension of personnel retired in 2013 in the same rank and with the same length of service.
(iii) Pension for those drawing above the average shall be protected.

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

(v) In future, the pension would be re-fixed every 5 years.

Personnel who opt to get discharged henceforth on their own request under Rule 13(3) 1(i)(b), 13(3)1(iv) or Rule 16B of the Army Rule 1954 or equivalent Navy or Air Force Rules will not be entitled to the benefits of OROP. It will be effective prospectively.
The Government has decided to appoint a Judicial Committee to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.
(b) to (f): Government has accepted the demand of ex-servicemen associations to implement OROP, payment of arrears w.e.f. 1.7.2014 and coverage of PMR cases under the scheme upto 7.11.2015. However, Certain ex-servicemen associations have been demanding for changes in methodology for fixation of pension, periodicity of its revision, coverage of future PMR cases, etc.

The Government has decided to appoint a Judicial Committee to look into anomalies, if any, arising out of implementation of OROP.

Source: RAJYA SABHA

7th CPC recommendations on the allowances granted Central Government Employees

7th CPC recommendations on the allowances granted Central Government Employees and Defence Personnel on the basis of qualification


Qualification Allowances : Allowances Covered
1.Aeronautical AllowanceMeant for Defence Technicians – It is recommended that this allowance can be increased by 1.5 times of  present quantum.  Further this allowance has to be increased by25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent. Indian Coast Guard Personnel are also eligible for this allowance
2.Air Worthiness Certificate AllowanceThis allowance is presently granted to technical tradesmen in aircraft trades. It is recommended thatthis allowance can be increased by 1.5 times of  present quantum.  Further this allowance has to be increased by25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent. Indian Coast Guard Personnel are also eligible for this allowance
3.Classification AllowanceRecommended to raise it by a factor of 2.25 to ₹270 pm for each stage for X group and ₹225 pm for each stage for Y group.
4HigherQualificationIncentive for CiviliansPh.D. or equivalent – Rs.30000PG Degree/Diploma of duration more than one year, or equivalent – Rs.25000
PG Degree/Diploma of duration one year or less, or equivalent – Rs.20000
Degree/Diploma of duration more than three years, or equivalent – Rs.15000
Degree/Diploma of duration three years or less, or equivalent – Rs.10000
the incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants.
5Judge Advocate General Department Examination AwardThis allowance should be subsumed under Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel
6Language AllowanceRecommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. with further rise by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent
7Language AwardRecommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. with further rise by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent
8QualificationAllowanceRecommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. with further rise by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent.  This allowance should be extended to personnel of Indian Coast Guard also
9QualificationGrant and Technical AllowanceCommission advises to study the courses coming under each category and the courses should be relevant to their career.  Revised Higher Qualification Incentives for Defence Personnel from Grade I to V courses are Rs.30000, Rs.25000, Rs.20000, Rs.15000 and Rs.10000.  Tier-I Technical allowance will be paid on monthly basis.
10Unit Certificate and Charge Certificate AllowanceRecommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. with further rise by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent
11Higher Proficiency AllowanceTo be considered under Higher Qualification Incentive
12Language Reward and AllowanceSince the amount of the allowance is meagre. Hence, it should be abolished.
13Post Graduate AllowanceThis allowance is granted to doctors up to the level of NFSG who are PG Degree or PG Diploma holders.  Recommended to raise it by a factor of 1.5. with further rise by 25 percent each time DA increases by 50 percent. This allowance should also be extended to medical doctors who are dentists and veterinarians.
14QualificationPayRecommended to raise it by a factor of 2.25. The amount will further rise by 25 percent each time DA crosses 50 percent. The nomenclature should be changed to Railway Accounts Examination Allowance

Proposal to increase the ceiling of Bonus – Minister replied in Parliament

Changes under Bonus Act

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Ministry Labour and Employment in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today stated that there is a proposal to increase the eligibility limit and calculation ceiling under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965.

The minimum wage in the country may not be comparable to those of developed countries owing to differences in exchange rates, purchasing power parity of local currencies, etc. Also under the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State Governments are appropriate Governments to fix, review and revise the minimum wages of the workers employed in the scheduled employment under their respective jurisdictions. As regards minimum wages in States, there is disparity due to variations in socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions, income, prices of essential commodities, paying capacity, productivity and local conditions. However, as per the available information, a statement showing the range of rates of minimum wages in all the States/Union Territories is enlisted here.

Category wise Range of Minimum Rates of Wages in All States as on 01.12.2015.
* Data is yet to be received. Figures indicate rates of wages as on 31.12.2013
The minimum wages shown for unskilled category for the state of Assam and West Bengal do not include the rates for Tea plantation. However, the rate of Tea Plantation in Tamil Nadu and Kerala are higher than the minimum for unskilled category.

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Seventh Pay Commission (7th CPC) Damps LTC and Tours


Bruhaspati Samal
Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C
Bhubaneswar Division

While travelling up above the world so high enjoying the beauty of the blue sky, passing through the moving clouds, observing the magnetism of the green earth with panoramic rivers, hills and mountains sheltering exotic flora and fauna, Mr. Mohapatra became very emotional. Oh, the veritable paradise !Tears of joy rolled down from his eyes. For the first time in his life he availed flight travel to Jammu & Kashmir under Leave Travel Concession (LTC) which was completely unimaginable for him.

He told his wife and children, “My Department sanctioned me Rs.88000/- interest free advance for which I could be able to offer this facility to you all. Otherwise, a low paid employee like me had no hope to avail flight travel to J& K.”

Immediately his 17 year old son told, “ Dad, now our Hon’ble Prime Minister has also been very much generous towards the Central Govt. employees. Soon LTC will be extended to SAARC countries. Do you know?”

“Yes” - Replied Mr.Mohapatra.
“Then next time we must visit to Sri Lanka” – Proposed his 12 year old daughter.

“Oh ! Sure.” – Promised Mr.M ohapatra passionately with the decision to show his family at least one foreign country before retirement.”

Similar promises were made by so many Central Govt. employees to their family members.

Mr. A K Jena and Mr. R K Mohapatra, Postmen staff who were earlier working as Grameen Dak Sewak and never dreamt of availing such a facility, did avail LTC soon after completion of one year as Departmental employee and visited Jammu & Kashmir with their family members in a most delightful manner in flight taking 90% advance from the Department. Similar is the case of such low paid employees like Mr. Mohanty and Mr.Routray who travelled to Andaman & Nicober Islands taking Rs.75000/- each interest free advance and Mr. Pattnaik and Mr. Dash who availed the facility to North East India with their family members with Rs.60000/- advance each under LTC.

At the time of submitting the Memorandum to 7th Central Pay Commission on common issues concerning all Central Govt. employees, the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Worker had appraised the commission, inter alia to explore the possibility of allowing an employee to undertake tour outside India once during the service career in lieu of the Leave Travel Concession.

While oral evidences were going on with the CPC by several Unions/Associations/Federations and all Central Govt. employees were waiting for some good news from the CPC, their joy knew no bounds with the declaration of our Hon’ble Prime Minister in his maiden speech at SAARC Summit held in Nepal in November, 2014 emphasising with his soothing words the need for enhancing connectivity in the region. The civil aviation ministry gave its nod to a proposal to provide LTC for government employees to Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka to boost tourism in the region. It was told that Pakistan and Bangladesh were left out for now because of security issues and the new LTC Rules are being finalised by the Centre.

The issue was strongly highlighted with terminological exquisites in the media along with the interview of Hon’ble Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions who told PTI "The Government has been taking many steps to promote trade and travel. This is one of such steps to further boost ties among SAARC nations. Employees will be able to avail LTC to visit some SAARC countries. A proposal in this regard is being finalised by the government," (as published in http://www.business-standard.com ,http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com,http://www.financialexpress.com, http://www.deccanchronicle.com).


Everybody waited for the golden opportunity and good time to come.

But to the utter dissatisfaction and surprise of all Central Govt. employees, the 7th CPC which submitted its report to the Govt. on 19th November, 2015 narrated the provision of granting interest free advances to Central Govt. employees as irrelevant and outdated and recommended for abolition of such 12 interest-free advances including LTC and Tour. (Para 9.1.4 of 7th CPC Report).

Where are the good days? – all Central Govt. employees grumbled. The recommendations of the 7th CPC are certainly retrograde since employees’ welfare have been grossly ignored.

Mr. Mohapatra’s sweet dream to travel abroad was rattled into pieces in a moment. He became ashamed of his promises to his family. Now visit to Sri Lanka on his part is to build castles in the air. His light purse made his heart heavy.

“Will the new LTC Rule at all bring any benefit to the low paid employees ?” – he asked himself suffused with tears in his eyes. Can a low paid employee gather lakhs of rupees to book the tickets from his own pocket to avail LTC ?

Abolition of interest free advances is only intended to discourage to avail LTC. The proficiency shown by the Pay Commission through its analytical dexterity to save the costs involved in administering these advances in Para 9.1.4 of its Report is absolutely whimsical and thus an impediment to employees’ welfare.

In addition, now Govt has introduced a scheme for promotion of Adventure Sports and similar activities amongst Central Govt. employees by providing financial assistance to such eligible employees in the form of reimbursement of Travel Expenses, programme fee and Hiring Charges of equipment. (DoPT letter No. 125/1/2015-16-CCSCSB, dated 4th December, 2015).

Presently, an amount sufficient to cover the officials’ personal travelling expenses is being sanctioned as interest-free advance to be adjusted immediately after completion of the scheduled tour. But if the Govt follows the recommendations of the 7th CPC, nobody will be interested to avail such facility also.

While the Govt. is declaring several welfare activities on one hand to gain popularity, recommendation of the 7thCPC for abolition of advances to avail such facilities remains quite jeering and unenthusiastic.

The Govt. needs to address this issue carefully before implementation of such exceedingly regressive recommendations.
Source : http://aipeup3bbsr.blogspot.in/

Updation of Gradation Lists (Upto the Year 2000) of Inspector of Posts

Guidelines on Internation Money Transfer service scheme

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Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission - Meeting Notice

Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission — Meeting Notice

No.21/19/2014-CS.I(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
C.S.I Division
2nd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Dated the 7th December 2015
Meeting Notice
Subject: Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission — meeting with CSS/CSSS/CSCS Associations
The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even number dated 3.12.2015 and 4.12.2015 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the venue of the meeting scheduled for 7.12.2015 at 3 PM has been shifted to R.No. 119, North Block (Conference Room of MHA).

2. The service associations representing CSS, CSSS, CSCS and MTS (Central Secretariat) personnel may depute their representatives to the meeting. List of Associations is attached.

(Srinivasaragavan)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tele.: 24629412

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More than 70% of corporate India employees regret working in private sector

Seventh Pay Commission effect: More than 70% of corporate India employees regret working in private sector

More than 70% of corporate India employees regret working in the private sector in view of the pay increases recommended for central government employees by the Seventh Pay Commission, shows a survey of 700 private sector employees by Times jobs. 

All the respondents to the survey on the impact of pay commission felt there should be a minimum wage increase in the private sector as well although 77% thought the private sector scores higher in terms of opportunities 



Simplification of procedure for Form No.15G and 15H

F.No.: DGIT(S)/CPC(TDS)/DCIT/15GH/2015-16/14425-556
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Directorate of lncome-tax(Systems)
New Delhi.

Notification No. 4/2015
New Delhi, 1st of December 2015
Subject: Simplification of procedure for Form No.15G and 15H - regarding
Section 197A of the Income tax Act provides for no deduction in certain case by submitting a declaration using Form I5G/I5H as laid down in Rule 29C of the Income tax Rules. The manner of filing such declaration and the particulars have been laid down in Rule 29C of the Income tax Rules. The person responsible for paying any income of the nature referred to in sub section (1) or sub section (1A) or sub section (1C) of section 197A (hereinafter called ”payer”) shall enable the payee to furnish the declaration in electronic form after due verification through an electronic process. The declarant shall mandatorily quote his/her PAN in the declaration form I5G/H in accordance with the provisions of section 206AA(2).

A unique identification number shall be allotted to declaration (paper /electronic). The payer shall digitize the paper declaration and upload all declarations (including electronic declaration and digitized declaration) received during a particular quarter at departmental site (www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in) on quarterly basis. Further, clause 5 of rule 29C provides that the payer shall also furnish transactions covered under 15G/15H declarations in quarterly TDS statement in accordance with the provisions of clause (vii) of sub rule (4) of rule 31A irrespective of the fact that no tax has been deducted in the said quarter.

In exercise of the powers delegated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (Board) under sub para (7) of para 2 of Notification issued vide 5.0. No.2663(E) dated 29th September 2015, the Principal Director General of Income-tax(Systems) hereby specifies the procedure, formats and standards in this regard asunden

1. Furnishing and verification of the electronic declaration :

Rule 29C enables the payer to receive electronic declaration after due verification through an electronic process. The payer shall be responsible for proper verification of the declarant through an electronic process and shall implement the verification process after due diligence to ensure non- repudiation of the declarant. The payer shall archive log of all electronic activities in the process of furnishing of electronic declaration and the payer shall be responsible to establish the identity and credentials of the declarant in case of any dispute. The declarant shall mandatorily quote his/her PAN in the declaration form ISG/H in accordance with the provisions of section 206AA(2). 

2. Allotment of UIN (Unique Identification Number):

2.1 UIN shall consist of following three fields (a), (b) and (c):

a) Sequence Number (10 alphanumeric for Form 156/15H) given as follows;

15G
10 alphanumeric characters starting with G 
followed by 9 digits(Eg. 6000000001)

15H
10 alphanumeric characters starting with H
followed by 09 digits(Eg. H0000000001)

b) Financial year for which declaration is being furnished
c) TAN of the payer

2.2 Paper declaration shall be digitized by the payer and the same shall bear sequence number out of the same “running sequence number(Field ’a’ of UIN) series”, as used for online submission.

2.3 UlN running sequence number series shall be reset to 1 in case of each TAN of the payer at the start of each F.Y.

3. Furnishing or making available the declaration to the income-tax authority :

3.1 The payer will upload, the 156 and 15H declarations (digitized/electronic) received during a quarter, on quarterly basis, in the given file format on the e-filing site (www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in).

3.2 In addition to the above, the payer shall quote ”sequence number” (Field ’a’ of UIN) in quarterly TDS statement against the transaction covered under ISG/H declaration in accordance with the provisions of clause (vii) of sub rule (4) of rule 31A irrespective of the fact that no tax has been deducted in the said quarter.

4. Reconciliation Mechanism :

4.1 The payer will be responsible for reconciliation of the allotted UlNs vis-a vis reported UINs to the ITD through reporting in quarterly TDS statement as well as through upload of declarations on quarterly basis.

4.2 The payer shall file exceptional report for the following UlNs: a) UlNs not reported in TBS statements b) UlNs not uploaded on ITD website. The format of the report will be made available at the departmental website separately.

(Ps. Thuingaleng)
Dy. Commissioner of Income Tax (CPC-TDS)
0/0 The Pr. Director General of Income-tax (Systems)

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No proposal for providing inflation-linked DA to pensioners of EPS, 1995

There is no proposal under consideration at present for providing inflation-linked Dearness Allowance (DA) to pensioners of EPS, 1995

The minimum pension for pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 remains at Rs. 1000/- per month. The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 29.04.2015 has approved continuation of minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month under EPS, 1995 beyond 2014-15 in perpetuity with certain conditionalities. The deductions on account of benefits availed by pensioners on the basis of choice exercised at the time of making claim like Commutation, Return of Capital and Short Service Pension are continued to be applied on the minimum pension amount. 

There is no proposal under consideration at present for providing inflation-linked Dearness Allowance (DA) to pensioners of EPS, 1995. The issue of index-linking of pension by fully neutralizing inflation was considered by the Expert Committee constituted by the Government in the year 2009 for review of EPS, 1995 and the same was found not feasible in the case of a funded scheme like EPS,1995. In EPS, 1995, the contribution of the employer and Government is at a fixed rate of 8.33 per cent and 1.16 per cent respectively. Therefore, the value of benefits cannot be left open-ended by linking it with inflation which is variable. 

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Ministry Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

7th Pay Commission – Voyages of 7th Pay Commission

7th Pay Commission – Voyages of 7th Pay Commission, Please read this news paper report published in Business Standard:-

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