Saturday, May 21, 2016

Latest Standard Operating Procedure of APY through Identified Post Offices

Latest Standard Operating Procedure of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) through Identified Post Offices

1. General

Any individual or existing Swavalamban Yojana subscriber who has completed 18 Years of age and is below 40 Years of Age on the day of applying can open APY account in any authorized CBS Post Office. The contribution for APY will be debited every month (if opted for monthly) or the first month of a quarter (if opted for Qtrly.) or first month of the Half Year (if opted for Half Yearly) from the subscriber Savings Account based on the Standing Instruction provided by the subscriber in APY Subscriber Registration Form. Under the APY, the subscribers would receive the fixed pension from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 per month (Rs. 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000), at the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions. The contributions would vary as per the age of the subscriber on the day of joining APY and the pension amount opted by the subscriber. In addition, Government co-contribution (50% of the total contribution or Rs. 1,000/- per annum, whichever is lower) will be made available for 5 years, i.e., from the Financial year 2015-16 to 2019-20 for the subscribers who join the scheme up to 31st March, 2016 and who are not covered by any Statutory Social Security Schemes and are not Income Tax payers. GDS employees who are members of SDBS are not eligible for APY enrollment under Swalamban Yojana. However, these GDS employees if eligible as per age criteria, can enroll as APY subscribers in addition to the membership of SDBS under normal enrollment but shall not be eligible for Government Contribution. Similarly, Departmental employees who are subscribers of NPS and eligible for APY as per age criteria can also enroll for APY but shall not be eligible for any Government contribution.
1.1 At Post Office Level, following activities are to be undertaken:
  • Acceptance of Subscriber Registration Application and issuance of acknowledgement.
  • Capturing of minimum registration details in APY Module.
  • Handle requests for the subscribers such as Subscriber Details Modification, Issuance of Transaction Statement to the subscriber (based on request received)
  • Resolve the grievances/queries of the subscribers, if any
1.2 At Nodal Office Level, following activities are to be undertaken:
  • Download of PRAN Library from CRA system and updating in APY Module
  • Preparation &Upload of Subscriber Registration details in the CRA system
  • Receiving Response File from CRA system for Subscriber Registration
  • Upload Subscriber Contribution File (SCF) in the CRA system
  • Remit the contribution amount to the Trustee Bank as per the SCF uploaded in the CRA system
  • (For APY, Sansad Marg HO of Delhi Circle will be the Nodal Office)

2. Activities to be carried out at authorized CBS Post Offices.

2.1 CBS Post Offices are being registered as NLCC for accepting subscription to APY. In first phase, all CBS HOs were registered and list of CBS HOs with their NLCC number was sent to circles over mail from Director CBS. This is being extended to CBS SOs and will be extended to BOs under CBS Hos and SOs in a phased manner. Therefore, any Savings Account standing at any CBS SO or HO will be eligible for subscribing in APY but registration can be accepted only at authorized CBS HOs and SOs having NLCC number. For the time being, Accounts standing at BOs attached to CBS HOs and SOs should not be accepted for APY. SOP for handling Accounts standing at BOs attached to CBS SOs and HOs will be circulated separately.

2.2 Any Postal Official (including GDS attached to any CBS HO or SO) can pursue either a depositor having Savings Account in any EDBO/SO/HO migrated to CBS Platform or any Indian Citizen who is ready to open a Savings Account in any such post office which is migrated to CBS, to fill Atal Pension Yojana (APY) Subscriber Registration Form to get Guaranteed Pension after attaining age of 60 Year by paying Monthly/quarterly/half Yearly contribution as given in the attached table. Any existing Swavalamban Yojana Subscriber can also apply for APY registration on the prescribed form for Swalamban Yojana Subscriber. GDS who have already enrolled for SDBS and are in the age bracket of 18-40 years should be encouraged to join APY as a fresh subscriber as there is no guaranteed Pension in SDBS but in APY, Pension if guaranteed. 

2.3 It has to be ensured that the Savings Account holder or Indian Citizen who wants to open new savings account for this purpose has already completed 18 Years of Age but not yet completed 40 years of Age (as per Date of Birth mentioned in any of the KYC Documents showing date of birth). The Account Holder has the option to select Pension Amount of his/her choice between Rs.1000/-, 2000/-, 3000/-, 4000/- and 5000/- per month. Contribution amount (monthly/Qtrly/Half Yearly) can be seen from the attached table.

2.4 First Contribution amount (as per table) will be deducted from the Savings Account Balance on the day of successful registration. For, subsequent contribution, the Savings Account Holder should be pursued to maintain balance (minimum balance+ Contribution amount as per table) in his/her Savings Account on any working day of the month (if contribution is to be deducted monthly) or any working day of the first month of a quarter i.e January or April or July or October ( if contribution is to be deducted quarterly) or any working day of the first month of a Half Year i.e April or October (if contribution is to be deducted Half Yearly as half year in APY starts from April to Sept. and Oct. to March every year). If sufficient balance will not be available in Savings Account in the required month, penalty fee will (@Rs.1/- per Rs.100/- contribution per month) will be added to the amount of contribution be charged and deducted from the Savings Account.

2.5. Postal Official (including GDS) who collects APY Subscriber Registration Form has to ensure that the depositor is above 18 Years and below 40 Years of age and has filled all fields with * mark. The official will fill his/her own details in the Form at “ To be filled by the official who collects form” part of the form and sign to become eligible for incentive. Incentive will be payable only on the successful registration of the subscriber.

2.6 When any POSB Account Holder or new customer attends post office either directly or through any messenger, Counter PA has to very carefully examine the Subscriber Registration Form and see that all the mandatory fields are filled by the depositor/customer. If Form is received through a Postal Official who has already filled details for becoming eligible for incentive, the Counter PA or BPM has to countersign the Form with name, designation, office of posting and HO from where pay is drawn to become eligible for incentive of their part.

2.7 Counter PA or Designated PA (CPA) at SO/HO will receive Subscriber Registration Forms for APY or Subscriber Registration Form of Swavalamban Yjana Subscribers either at the Counter or from other Postal Officials. Before doing data entry into the Finacle menu CAPY, CPA will go to IES menu and verify signatures on the Form (if depositor is literate) and tally signatures with signatures in Finacle. If signatures are tallied, he will invoke Finacle menu CAPY and select functions as ADD. Then enter Account Number in the relevant Field as shown in the below screen shot:-

2.8 All account holders of Joint'B' account can apply for registration with same Savings Account number but Account holders of Joint "A' type of account are not eligible for registration through same Savings Account. In case any of the joint account holder of a Joint'B' type of Savings Account applies for registration, CPA, in addition to Account number, has to enter CIF ID of the account holder also who wants to enroll for APY as shown in the below screen shot:-

CPA will click on "GO" and following fields will be auto-populated:-

2.9 If any of the mandatory field is not auto-populated or date of birth is populated as 1.7.1960 and Gender as OTHERS, PA has to go to CCRC to modify the CIF. While modifying CIF, user has to modify date of Birth as written on the Subscriber Registration Form, Correct the Gender, enter Mobile Number, E mail ID, Aadhar Number etc. and Supervisor has to verify the CIF Modification. Once this is done, PA will again go to the CAPY and enter Account Number and CIF ID (in case of Joint Account) to get all these fields Auto-Populated.

2.10 CPA has to ensure that account stands in any CBS Post Office i.e SO or HO (not in BOs attached to CBS SO or HO) and fill the following fields from the Subscription Registration Form as shown below:-

(a) If Married is ticked in the Form, Spouse (husband or wife) name entered in the Form has to be entered in the SPOUSE NAME field. In the field Nominee Name, name of spouse has to be entered and in the field, Nominee Relationship, Wife or Husband has to be selected.

(b) CPA should note that Nomination is mandatory. If subscriber is unmarried, he/she has to fill nominee name and relationship in the form. From the Form, CPA has to fill the details of nominee. If depositor has already made nomination in Savings Account, that will be populated but these fields will be in editable form and CPA has to replace the nominee details as mentioned in the Subscription Form.

(c) Date of birth is a mandatory field and will be populated from CIF level. If it is shown as 1.7.1960, it should be first corrected in CIF Modification as mentioned above.

(d) Guardian's name is mandatory if nominee is minor. CPA has to see the date of birth mentioned in the Form for minor and enter Guardian Name mentioned in the Form in the relevant field.

(e) Income Tax Payer Field will be shown as "NO" by default. CPA has to see the tick mark entered in the Form in the relevant row and if it is ticked as "Yes", CPV has to change this field to "Yes".

(f) In the field "Pension Amount", CPA has to select the amount of pension as selected by the subscriber in the form.

(g) CPA has to select Frequency of Installment in the relevant field i.e Monthly/Qtrly/Half Yearly based on the Frequency of Contribution selected by the Subscriber in the Form. CPA should not select the frequency of "Yearly" in the system.

(h) Based on this selection, system will display the contribution. Customer/depositor may be told that this amount will now be debited from his/her account and for subsequent period, he/she has to keep this amount in the savings account over and above the minimum balance.

(i) There is a field of "Beneficiary of other Social Security Scheme" and default value is "NO". CPA has to see the subscription form and if subscriber has ticked as "Yes", the CPA has to modify the same to "YES" in the relevant menu.

(j) After entering all the data, CPA has to click in "VALIDATE" button. If any mandatory field is still not filled or populated, system will go to that field. Once system validate, the CPA has to click on "SUBMIT" and handover the Form to Supervisor.

(k) Supervisor will go to CAPY menu and select the function as "Verify". All the data fed by CPA will be displayed. Supervisor should tally the data fed by CPA with the Form and click on Submit. At this time, contribution amount will be debited from Savings Account and PRAN No. will be generated and added in the data.

(l) Supervisor will note down PRAN NO. on the top of the form and sign in the portion "FOR OFFICE USE" and put his/her designation stamp.

(m) CPA will go to CAPY and inquire with the account number. He/she can see all the data including PRAN No. on the screen. CPA will fill the ACKNOWLEDGMENT portion of the Form from the data and place the same before Supervisor for signature and stamp. 

(n) CPA will cut the acknowledgment portion and hand over to the subscriber or who brought the form. In case of BOs, Acknowledgment portion will be sent through BO Slip.

(o) Subscription Registration Form should be kept in the Guard File of A4 size and preserved with Supervisor.

(p) If Form presented is of Swavalamban Yojana Subscriber, User will click of the relevant field as YES and enter PRAN number in the relevant field.

2.11 Accounting of the Amount Deducted.
(a) Amount deducted for the new registration will be shown in the SB LOT and SB Consolidation as withdrawal in the CBS HO where entry is made.

(b) CPA will go to HFINRPT and generate report POST OFFICE REPORT OF SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES by selecting date and scheme type as APY to see the total amount collected under APY and mention the amount in SB Cash to tally the accounts.

(c) For subsequent deposits, an Auto Debit batch will run from 1st January 2016 at all CBS Offices on daily basis which will deduct the required amount from Savings Account of the subscriber (as and when balance is there in the account). This amount will not be included in the SB LOT and Consolidation of the SOL where account stands instead, it will be accounted at Sansad Marg HO. A report has been configured in HFINRPT which will show the account numbers from which amount is debited. This Auto Credit report need to be generated by CBS Offices as and when required and this amount should not be accounted in the SB Withdrawal and APY Deposit.

(d) This amount debited from Savings Accounts through batch will be accounted at Sansad Marg HO by tallying the same with the extraction batch. As and when any depositor/customer comes for inquiry about the contribution deducted, CPA of any CBS Post Office can go to HACLI and provide information to the deduction to the customer.

(e) If any customer wants ledger copy of the APY Account, CPA has to go the NSDL Web Site and generate the same. This can be saved in the desktop and print out can be given to customer free of cost. Detailed procedure for this is attached with the SOP.

2.12 Process for claiming INCENTIVE for handling APY.
(a) At CBS HO, all Forms presented at the HO Counter and successfully accepted would be handed over to designated PA(s) who will enter these forms in MS Excel in the following format:-
Data to be entered:-
Sl.No., Account Number, Name/Designation/Office of Posting/HO from where pay is drawn of Postal Employee including GDS who collected Form.
At the end:- Total No. of Forms
(d) Special Monitoring Cell at each CBS HO at the end of each Year will prepare incentive bill of APY showing no. of forms collected by each Postal Official (including GDS) and amount of incentive against each official or set of officials before 15thApril of each Year. Format of Incentive Bill is given Below:-
Name of Postal Official (including GDS)
No. of Forms collected/Handled in the Year
Amount of incentive
Total Number of Forms collected in the Year
Amount of incentive of HO Monitoring Cell
e) This bill will be sent to Divisional Head who will issue sanction against the Incentive Head of Account subject to availability of funds (will be circulated in Accounting Procedure) and sent back to HO. Divisional Office will send yearly statistics to its RO/HO by 20th of April alongwith its Incentive Bill to RO/CO. RO will maintain yearly statistics of the Divisions under it and issue sanction of incentive bill of DO subject to availability of funds under relevant head of account. RO will send its yearly data to CO by 30th of April of the Year which will issue sanction of incentive Bill of RO subject to availability of funds under relevant head. CO will maintain data of Forms collected by all the Regions and issue sanction of Incentive for its own staff subject to availability of funds under relevant head. CO will send yearly statistics of Forms collected and incentive sanctioned to F.S Division of Directorate and DAP by first week of the month of May.

(f) On receipt of Sanction from Divisional Head, Accounts Branch of HPO will prepare Incentive Payment Bills for the staff and charge these bills (after payment) in the APY Incentive. (Accounting Head will be circulated in accounting procedure).

(g) F.S Division of Directorate would maintain statistics of Forms Collected by all the Circles and raise its incentive bill to Delhi Circle which will issue sanction from the relevant head.

(h) DAP will issue sanction of Incentive Bill for its own staff engaged for this activity and book the amount under APY Incentive head.

(i) DDG(PAF) Directorate, on yearly basis, collect information from DAPs on number of new APY Accounts Opened, number of live APY Accounts as on 31st March, Amount of APY Contribution Collected, Amount of APY Contribution sent to PFRDA. PA Wing will intimate these figures to FS Division which will raise the claim to PFRDA for release of APY Account handling charges. Once this amount in credited into Sansad Marg HO remittance account, intimation will be sent to DDG(PAF) and PAO(DElhi) for booking the incentive amount i.e Rs.60/- per new account opened into Incentive Head of Account and remaining in the income head of the Department (accounting heads shall be intimated through Accounting procedure). PA wing will issue sanction of its own incentive bill.

2.13 Activities to be carried out at Nodal Office i.e Sansad Marg HPO (Delhi Circle) .
(a) Sansad Marg HO (designated PA/SA) will run APYX1 batch job at 1015 AM in the morning for the batch date of previous day. After getting extraction file of Registration, it will be first uploaded into Off Line NSDL Utility. If there is any error, it will be rectified either at Sansad Marg HO or by relevant Post Office through respective CPC (by CPC Delhi) or by Infosys L2 Team through a Meops Ticket raised by CPC Delhi.

(b) Once the file become error free, it should be uploaded into NSDL website. After getting success message, in CUUTR menu, registration flag has to be updated and verified. After this, Sansad Marg user has to run APYX2 batch job for subscription. After getting extracted file, again this has to be uploaded into Off Line NSDL Utility. If there is any error, process given in point (d) has to be followed. Once, file becomes error free, it has to be uploaded into NSDL Web Site. After successful upload, a NEFT/RTGS Challan is generated from the NSDL site.

(c) User has to go to CUUTR and update subscription flag and verify the same. NEFT/RTGS Challan has to be given to Treasurer for remittance of APY collection to NSDL. Treasurer will account for the amount as Drawn from Bank and APY Collections Remitted to NSDL. For its own collections, Sansad Marg HO will account for the amount as mentioned in para 2.11 (b).

(d) For subsequent contribution, Sansad Marg HO will generate a CUUTR report from Finacle. This will show total amount collected through Auto Credit Batch and new registrations. Sansad Marg user will run AYX3 batch Job and after getting extraction file, this has to be uploaded into offline NSDL utility. Once it is error free, it has to be uploaded into NSDL Web site. After successful, upload, another Challan will be generated by NSDL system. Amount of both the challans will be equal to the amount shown in CUUTR Report. Separate NEFT/RTGS has to be sent for this subsequent contribution to NSDL by the Treasurer. Amount remitted for subsequent contribution will be shown as SB W/D and APY Collection (Accounting Head will be given by PAF Division of Directorate through accounting procedure) and Drawn From Bank and APY Contribution Remitted to NSDL at Sansad Marg HO. 

(e) Accounting Heads of APY Collection and APY income (to be received from PFRDA on annual basis) are to be created and intimated by PA Wing of Directorate through Accounting procedure.
Incentive structure (per successful registration) for Atal Pension Yojana (APY)

APY :-

Any Postal Official including GDS who bring APY Form- Rs.30.00
GDS BPM(additional work as BPM if form is brought by any other official)-Rs.6.00
Counter PA (additional work as Counter PA if form is brought by any other official)- Rs.6.00
Counter Supervisor/SPM (For verification of forms presented at counter or received from BO)- Rs.6.00 
HO Special Monitoring Cell Officials- Rs.4.00
Accounts branch of HO:- Rs.1.00
Divisional Office Monitoring Cell:- Rs.3.00
Ro/Co Monitoring Cell:- Rs.1.00 
Directorate Monitoring Cell.:- Rs.1.00
DAP Monitoring Cell:- Rs.1.00
Directorate Monitoring Cell (PAF)- Rs.1.00

Minimum Pension – Ministry of Labour & Employment

Minimum Pension – Ministry of Labour & Employment
Minimum Pension
The Government has notified a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 vide Notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E), dated 19th August, 2014 effective from 01.09.2014 for the year 2014-15 which is continued beyond March, 2015 without any break.

However, no proposal is under consideration of the Government 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 wherein 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 Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission – Rejoinder submitted by NCJCM staff side

Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission – Rejoinder submitted by NCJCM staff side

We have submitted a rejoinder on the report of VII CPC, seeking bilateral settlement on the issues related to VII CPC.

You are gracious enough to convene a meeting on 1st March, 2016, wherein members pf the Staff Side, National Councii(JCM) and Empowered Committee of Secretaries participated.

Subsequently, another truncated meeting was held on 30th March, 2016. In both the meetings Official Side heard our views, but no re.action of the Official Side was expressed except general remarks.

I have been directed to draw your kind attention towards minutes of the Standing Committee of National Councii(JCM) held on t h May, 2008 and our rejoinder submitted to government in the matter of report of VI CPC.

You will kindly find that, it was not only a general discussion, but also Official Side explained their views on each and every issue.

I would , therefore, request your goodself to kindly arrange for similar type meeting for bilateral settlement on each of the issues raised by the Staff Side, NC/JCM before Empowered Committee of Secretaries.


7th Pay Commission Latest News – 27% increase expected as against 14.29% recommended

7th Pay Commission Latest News – 27% increase expected as against 14.29% recommended by 7th CPC – Increase in Minimum pay expected now is Rs. 20,000 in the place of Rs. 18000 recommended by 7th Pay Commission
In addition to revision of minimum entry pay and multiplication factor, staff side has been demanding revision of annual increment from 3% to 5%, and reconsider 7th Pay Commission’s proposal to abolish various allowances 
Recent developments regarding implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations indicate that Govt may consider some of the demands of Staff Side, JCM such as minimum pay and multiplication factor etc., relating revision of Pay Central Government Employees.

7th Pay Commission has recommended that minimum Basic Pay of Central Government Employees which is Rs. 7000 presently to be increased to Rs. 18,000. This works out to 14.29 % increase when taking in to account the dearness allowance of 125% with effect from 1st January 2016.

As far as existing employees are concerned 7th CPC has recommended that their present basic pay has to be mulitiplied by 2.57, to arrive at new new basic pay as on 1st January 2016. This new basic pay is 14.22% more than the existing one.

Multiplication Factor as per 7th Pay Commission Report:

Multiplication Factor
Existing Basic Pay (Pay in pay band + Grade Pay1
Existing Basic Pay with DA2.25
7CPC recommended Basic Pay2.57
(Net increase = 14.22%)
Since the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations provided an increase of 30% to 40% in the pay of Employees, pay hike of 14.22% proposed by 7th Pay Commission was termed by Staff Side, JCM as very meagre and retrograde.

In this background, now it is disclosed by reliable sources that Empowered Committee formed by the Govt to process the 7CPC recommendations is considering the staff side’s demand to revise the minimum pay to Rs. 26,000. Minister of State for Finance has also promised to consider the demands of staff side for revising the minimum and multiplication factor, favourably.

It is learnt that Govt may persuade Staff Side to settle with the minimum pay of 20,000 and multiplication factor of 2.86. This is 27% more than present pay. As a result Net increase in Basic Pay will be 27%

In addition to revision of minimum entry pay and multiplication factor, staff side has been demanding for revision of annual increment from 3% to 5%.

Minister of Railways introduced Wi-Fi services at Three More Railway Stations i.e. Patna, Ranchi & Visakhapatnam

Minister of Railways introduced Wi-Fi services at Three More Railway Stations i.e. Patna, Ranchi & Visakhapatnam

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the High Speed Wi-Fi services at Patna (Bihar), Ranchi (Jharkhand) & Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) Railway Stations through Video Conferencing from Rail Bhawan, New Delhi for the commuters at these Railway Stations. The Wi-Fi facility for the visitors & rail users at these stations has been commissioned by RailTel in association with Google for providing high speed state of the art world class internet experience to the commuters. Chairman, Railway Board Shri A.K. Mital, Member Engineering Shri V.K. Gupta, M.D. RailTel Shri R.K. Bahuguna, and other board Members were present at Rail Bhawan to grace the occasion. Various dignitaries were also presented at the respective abovementioned Railway Stations.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that as the India is heading towards digitalization, Internet has become the basic need of every individual for which they are entitled to. He said that to bring the railway stations to world standard and to keep pace with the latest technology, provision of high speed WiFi is the first step in this direction. He said that so far this facility has been provided at 19 Railway Stations which will be extended to 100 Railway Station in the coming one year. He said that after completion of this project of providing WiFi facility at all 400 stations, it would be the biggest WiFi service in the world. He said that Indian Railways have been taking lot of measures to improve the facilities for the railway users and the coming time will also bring lot of new facilities which will make the railway passengers feel proud. 


7th Pay Commission Report – Areas which require Revision / Modification by Empowered Committee

7th Pay Commission having been tabled already, now it is left to Empowered Committee (appointed for examining the report of the Commission) to consider the demands of Staff Side.
7th Pay Commission Report – Areas which require Revision / Modification by Empowered Committee as per Staff Side demands – Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Annual Rate of Increment, Date of Effect, Ratio between Minimum Pay and Maximum Pay, Fixation of Pay on Promotion etc.

After 7th Pay Commission formed in February 2014, staff side JCM consisting of members who are also office bearers of various staff organisations had submitted detailed memorandum to the Commission and suggested the quantum of Minimum Pay, Fitment Formula, Annual Rate of Increment, Date of Effect, Ratio between Minimum Pay and Maximum Pay, Fixation of Pay on Promotion etc., for taking in consideration by 7th Pay Commission in its recommendations.

However, many of the demands of the staff side were not favourbly considered by the 7th Pay Commission in its recommendations.

Now, Staff Side have been impressing upon Empowered Committee, the need for rectification / modification / revision of many of retrograde recommendations of 7th Pay Commission

We provide here a brief of the areas with respect to which Staff Side members will have to demand for revision / modification of the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.

1. Minimum 7th Pay Commission Pay and Ratio between Minimum and Maximum Pay:7th Pay Commission has proposed a basic pay of Rs. 18000 as minimum entry pay in Central Government Service (Pay of MTS). However, Staff Side JCM is of the view that as per approved methods such as Dr.Aykroyd Formula, minimum pay in Central Government Service should be Rs. 26,000.

2. Date of Effect and Fitment Formula:Staff Side JCM had put forth before 7th Pay Commission that uniform fitment formula / multiplication factor of 3.7 to be applied while fixing the basic pay of existing employees.

  • With regard to Date of effect of 7th Pay Commission pay and allowances, members representing staff side submitted before 7th CPC that Central Government Employees are due for pay revision every ten years and that in order to rectify the delay in implementation of pay commission award in the past, the present pay commission award has to be given effect from 1st January 2014.
  • Contrary to Staff Side JCM’s suggestions, 7th Pay Commission has fixed the fitment formula / multiplication factor as 2.57. While mere merger of DA with existing pay in pay band and Grade pay would require a multiplication factor of 2.25, 7CPC proposed fitment formula / multiplication factor of 2.57 would result in increase in basic pay to an extent of 14.22% only.
  • Hence, convincing 7th CPC empowered committee for a higher multiplication factor / fitment formula would be the foremost concern of Staff Side JCM.
  • As far as date of effect of 7th Pay Commission award is concerned, the commission has not accepted the suggestion of Staff Side. It has observed that since the previous pay commission was given effect from 1st January 2006, the present pay commission award will have to be made effect only from 1st January 2016.

3. Annual Rate of Increment and Date of Increment:Staff JCM in its memorandum before 7th Pay Commission suggested that since most of the PSUs including the banking industries provide the incremental rate at 5% and over a period of time it raised the salary level of the personnel, rate of annual increment for Central Government Employees will have to be fixed at 5%.

Further, uniform date of increment prescribed by the 6th CPC resulted in many anomalies, Staff Side JCM submitted that two specific dates as increment dates, Viz. 1st January and 1st July will have to be introduced. Those recruited/appointed/promoted during the period between 1st January and 30th June will have their increment date on 1st January and those recruited/appointed/promoted between 1st July and 31st December will have it on 1st July next year.

Also, staff side required that those who retire on 30th June or 31st December are granted one increment on the last day of their service, since they serve the entire one year of service required for an increment as on the date of retirement

Recommendation of 7th Pay Commission on the rate of increment:

In spite of valid argument of staff side for recommending annual increment rate of 5%, 7th Pay Commission has not made revision in annual increment and Promotional increment which have been recommended at the rate of 3% of basic pay.

4. Scrapping of NPS:Staff Side JCM is of the view that New Pension system (NPS) has to be scrapped and all the employees who have joined in Govt Servic on or after 01.01.2004, are to be brought to defined pension scheme.

However, 7th Pay Commission observed that the NPS will have to be continued; that Govt should frame necessary law / Policy for proper investment of NPS fund in Equity and that a strong grievance redressel will have to be formed to serve NPS employees.

5. Transport Allowance:With regard to Transport Allowance, Staff Side JCM presented the demand that if at all Transport allowance is meant to defray transport charges then low paid employees ought to have been paid higher transport allowance then higher level officers as they only travel from long distances to reach office. Hence, it was suggested by Staff Side that uniform transport allowance be paid irrespective of level of the cadre
Pay RangeX class citiesother places
Up to Rs.75,000Rs. 7500 plus DARs. 3750 plus DA
However, 7th Pay Commission has not modified the structure of Transport allowance on the basis of pay level. The existing DA on Transport Allowance has been proposed to be merged. The new rates of Transport Allowance suggested are as follows:
Pay LevelHigher TPTA Cities(Rs. pm)Other Places(Rs. pm)
9 and above7200+DA3600+DA
3 to 83600+DA1800+DA
1 and 21350+DA900+DA

6. MACP:

  • It has been demanded by Staff Side JCM that five hierarchical promotions to be granted under MACP. Presently only 3 financial upgradations either in the form of promotion or time bound financial upgradation to next grade pay are being ensured under MACP.
  • 7th Pay Commission has not made any proposal for revising the number of upgradations under MACP which is three at present.
  • With regard to the benchmark for performance appraisal for MACP as well as for regular promotion, 7th Pay Commission has recommended that in the interest of improving performance level, the same has to be enhanced from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good.’
  • 7th Pay Commission has also noted that introduction of more stringent criteria such as clearing of departmental examinations or mandatory training before grant of MACP can also be considered by the government.

Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers:

7th Pay Commission has proposed that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.

The Commission has proposed for withholding of annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for MACP or a regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.

7. House Building Advance:

Staff Side JCM had demanded for increasing the advance to 50 times of the Salary and fixing the rate of interest not more than 5%.

As per 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, 34 times of Basic Pay OR Rs.25 lakh OR anticipated price of house, whichever is least can be availed as House Building Advance.

The requirement of minimum 10 years of continuous service to avail of HBA has been proposed to be reduced to 5 years.

If both spouses are government servants, 7CPC has proposed that HBA should be admissible to both separately. Existing employees who have already taken Home Loans from banks and other financial institutions would be allowed to migrate to this scheme, as recommended by 7CPC.

8. Children Education Allowance:

Suggestions of Staff Side:

Presently the allowance is admissible for two children, for studying in a recognised school up to XII standard. The maximum ceiling is stipulated at Rs.18000/- since this allowance had been hiked by 50% because of the DA component in salary having been crossed 100% on 1.1.2014. It is suggested that doubling of this allowance and increasing the same by 50 % whenever the DA crosses over by 50%

Further, it has been suggested that the CEA scheme may be extended to cover children studying for Graduate/Post Graduate and Professional courses.

7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on Children Education Allowance:

CEA (Rs. pm)1500×1.5 = 2250Whenever DA increases by 50%, CEA shall increase by 25%
Hostel Subsidy (Rs. pm)4500 x 1.5 = 6750 (ceiling)Whenever DA increases by 50%, Hostel
Subsidy shall increase by 25%

7th Pay Commission has not accepted the Staff Side’s demand that CEA to be applicable for children beyond class 12.

9. HRA:

House Rent Allowance suggested by Staff Side JCM
X classified cities60%
Y classified towns40%
Z classified/unclassified  places 20%

House Rent Allowance recommended by 7th Pay Commission
Population of
Class of
HRA rates as % of Basic Pay
(including MSP and NPA)
50 lakh and above
50–5 lakh
Below 5 lakh

HRA when DA crosses 50%
Population of
Class of
HRA rates as % of Basic Pay
(including MSP and NPA)
50 lakh and above
50–5 lakh
Below 5 lakh

HRA when crosses 100%
Population of
Class of
HRA rates as % of Basic Pay
(including MSP and NPA)
50 lakh and above
50–5 lakh
Below 5 lakh

10. LTC:

Staff Side JCM demanded the following as far as Leave Travel Concession applicable to Central Government Employees is concerned

1. Permission for air journey for all categories of employees to and from NE Region.
2. Permission for personnel posted in NE Region for a journey within NE Region.
3. To increase the periodicity of the LTC once in two years.
4. Explore the possibility of allowing an employer to undertake tour outside India once in a service career in lieu of the LTC.

7th Pay Commission Report on LTC:

It could be found that suggestions of Staff Side JCM such as increasing the frequency of All India LTC, permission for air travel for all categories of employees in respect of NE Region etc., were not discussed in the report of 7th Pay Commission.

The proposal to split hometown LTC has been considered and it is recommended that splitting of hometown LTC should be allowed in case of employees posted in North East, Ladakh and Island territories of Andaman, Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

Also, it is obsered by 7th Pay Commission that LTC to foreign countries is not in the ambit of this Commission.

11. Gratuity:

Suggestions of Staff Side JCM:

Staff Side JCM suggested that in respect of gratuity payable to employees ceiling of 16.5 times and the quantum limit of Rs. 10 lakhs should also be removed. It was pointed out that in the banking industry there is no such ceiling of 16.5 months‟ salary but the retiring bank employees are getting at the rate of ½ a month salary for every year of service even over and above 33 years of service. Hence, in respect of Central Government Employees also for a service span exceeding 33 years, the gratuity should be higher and the above ceiling be withdrawn.

7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on Gratuity:

It has been recommended by 7th Pay Commission that ceiling of gratuity is to be raised from the existing Rs.10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh from 01.01.2016. Further, as per Commission’s recommendations, Gratuity is to be partially indexed to Dearness Allowance. It is proposed that the ceiling on gratuity may increase by 25% whenever DA rises by 50 percent.

7th Pay Commission – Pensioners to Gain the Most – A Report

7th Pay Commission – Pensioners to Gain the Most – While the 7th Pay Commission pay scale increase of serving employees is 16%, pensioners will see a 23.63% rise.

7th Pay Commission on pay and pension: Once the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission are implemented, the biggest gainers will be pensioners. While the 7th Pay Commission pay scale increase of serving employees is 16%, pensioners will see a 23.63% rise. However, the big gain per se is in allowances, which rise by as much as 63%. Here is an elaboration of the 7th Pay Commission pension recommendations:
  • Going by the numbers, pension payments could well be the next time-bomb. Based on the 7th Pay Commission data, already pension payments account for a third of the government’s wage bill. That is going to rise sharply over the next 10 years. It is driven by the fact that 9.48 lakh employees accounting for 29% of the 30.32 lakh employees on the rolls now are in the 50-60-year band. By this time in 10 years, that means the government will need to pay for an additional million pensioners. So, the pension bill will continue to rise – with better health, most people live almost 20 years after retirement.
  • The Urban Development Ministry will see the sharpest fall (61.3%) followed by the Department of Posts (41.6%). However, the Indian Railways will account for half of the retirees (4.94 lakh). Despite the 37.5% fall in employees, the Indian Railways will still have 9.22 lakh employees if no new ones are hired.
This is also due to the fact that there has been no real move to reduce the government employee base over the years. While there are 33 lakh employees now it was 32.74 lakh in 2006 and 32.31 lakh in 2010. The only relief from the pension bomb will come when those employed after 2004 come to retirement age. These people are covered under the National Pension Scheme where the pensions they receive will depend on the payout they make while being employed. However, these employees will reach the retirement age a good 30 years from now. Check out 7th Pay Commission on pay and pension quick calculator below:
Employees (in lakh)
In 50-60- yr group
% share
Defence (civil)
Urban devp
Atomic energy
Accts & audit

CBSE to declare Class 12 results 21.05.2016 at 12 noon on

As 1,067,900 students are eagerly waiting for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 Results 2016, finally the results are to declared on May 21 at 12 noon on

As per the officials, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the results of the Class 12 today, i.e. May 21, at 12 noon.

The candidates can access the results from the official website, the link for which is

How to get the results?

In order to get the results, the candidates are required to follow the steps listed below:
  • Go to the official website
  • Click on the link, 'CBSE Class 12 Results 2016'
  • Enter the roll number.
  • On submitting the same, the results will appear on the screen. The candidates must take a printout for future use. 
  • This year, a total of 14,99,122 candidates have applied, out of which 44,66,41 are girls and 6,21,259 are boys.
  • The results will be emailed to the candidates. The post-result counselling will begin from May 21 and continue till June 4, the timings of the same will be from 8 am to 10 pm 
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was founded on November 3, 1962. It's headquartered at Preet Vihar, New Delhi. CBSE regulates and supervises the development of education in the country. Its primary function includes preparing academic programmes and organising examinations, especially for Class 10 and Class 12 students. 
For any query, the candidates can visit the official website, the link for which is