Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ambiguity Continues !! Some More Clarifications Required From 7th CPC Orders in These Cases.

As per the available orders of 7th CPC one can opt:-


(i) Fixation of pay form 01.01.2016
(ii) Continue to draw in old scale up to next increment
(iii) (or) subsequent increment.
(iv) Those who got promoted / MACP granted during 01.01.2016 to 25.07.2016 (date of issue of orders) can opt to fix pay with DNI and exercise FR22(i)(a)(i).

But ambiguity for the following cases :-

MACPs are not promotions only financial up gradations. These are not granted in systematic convene of DPCs for more and more cases. Orders are being issued with retrospective date of implementation.
Let one X got MACP for completion of 20 years of Service on 04.06.2016 and MACP orders for this up gradation would have been granted on 01.12.2016. (let exercise of one month revised option also completed) . In such cases what is the criteria for pay fixation.

Due to administrative failures (or) other reasons / state bifurcation issues many more promotions for DPCs could have not been completed in more departments.

Very important and grave in equality option for pay fixation for promotion / up gradation from G.pay Rs.2800 to G.pay Rs. 4200/- cases:-

The variation in G.pay in 6th CPC from Rs.2800 to Rs. 4200/- is more compared to other pay grades. The officials those who were recruited during the years 2016 and 2017 are eagerly waiting for MACPs (for completion of 20 years) for jump in G.pay Rs.4200/- Some cases up to 25.07.2016 have no problem for fixation point of view. After this cru(al)cial date all comes under this years are financially losing much more amount compared to few months seniors to them. Due to forcible fixation from 01.01.2016 each and every one losing Rs.5000/- (approximately- pay & allow.) in pay every month. And finally there will be recurrence of loss in pension and retirement benefits. The issue was explained in previous articles in this blog by taking example for Rs.16490/- (g.pay Rs.2800) promoted to Rs.4200.

This was highlighted by NFPE while wrote a letter to Secretary on this issue. It is welcoming issue to union point of view first taken up for welfare of their members. 

What is the Loss to the officials ??? What is the gain to the Departments ???

By opting this option one who can forego 7th cpc arrears up to pay fixation date. For those who drawing in G.pay 2800/- promoted to Rs.4200/- case due to forego of arrears minimum loss is Rs.50000/- Max loss (up to 01.01.2017) is Rs.120000/- ( approximate) . This is not a financial burden issue to the department. All most all falls under this period are ready to forego in light of their long balance of career. 

There is a need to take up this issue by all other unions/ associations for the sake of their members/ officials. Hence govt. may think and issue revised options for those who got promoted from 26.07.2016 to DNI (01.07.2017) with pay fixation & exercise FR22(i)(a)(i). The above issue not only for grade pay 2800 to 4200 but also for other grade pays. If this option issue not settled by the way of appeals the Unions have no other option to put this an item of demand in forthcoming strikes. 

( by M.S.Reddy, Ex-Accountant )
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Convert NPS to Old Pension Scheme - O.A. allowed - applicant deemed to have been appointed from the date of vacancy arosed

In the OA No. 180/00020/2015 filed before hon. CAT Ernakulam Bench (Kerala Circle) , Applicants are directly recruited Postal Assistants, appointed in the year 2005 against the vacancies arose in the year 2002. They are aggrieved by not including them in the statutory pension scheme under the CCS (Pension)

Hon. CAT, Ernakulam Bench (Kerala Circle) in OA No. 180/00020/2015 dated 15.02.2016, allowed the O.A as no other third party interest is put in jeopardy and as the applicants will not be eligible for other benefits like pay for the aforesaid period. Hence it is declared that the applicants are deemed to have been appointed from the date the vacancy arose and that they shall be included in the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. Respondents are directed to collect necessary subscription under the Provident Fund Rules and the contributions collected from the applicants under the new pension scheme shall be credited to their general provident fund account. It is made clear that no other financial benefits including increments and backwages have been granted to the applicants for the aforesaid period.
In this connection RTI has been made for seeking status of the case. The reply received from the Regional office is attached herewith for information.
Information Shard by
Shri. Dhavan Sangani,
OADO, Rajkot DIvision, Rajkot - 360 001

Centre warned employees of disciplinary action if they indulge in criticism of the govt or its policies

Govt warns employees against criticising policies
Press Trust of India | New Delhi October 10, 2016

The Centre has warned employees of disciplinary action if they indulge in criticism of the government or its policies.

The move comes after officers of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) and All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers, among others, suggested changes in Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), a private company tasked with creating information technology infrastructure for the goods and services tax (GST), and composition of Revenue Secretary-led GSTcouncil secretariat.

“Of late, it has been noticed that some associations or federations have commented adversely on the government and its policies. It may be brought to the notice of all associations or federations that if anyone indulges in criticism of the government and its policies, appropriate action (including disciplinary action) shall be taken,” an order issued recently by finance ministry said.
It cited service rules that bar any government servant from making any adverse criticism of any policy or action of the government.

“No government servant shall, in any radio broadcast, telecast through any electronic media or in any document published in his own name or anonymously, pseudonymously or in the name of any other person or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent policy or action of the central government or state government,” the service rules say.

Citing existing norms, the finance ministry said the primary objective of the service associations is to promote common service interest of its members.

The ministry asked chief commissioners and directors general concerned to ensure that only recognised employees associations get the benefits mentioned in the rules.

All recognised service associations or federations are entitled for certain benefits such as correspondence and meetings with the head of administrative departments, provision of accommodation for the association subject to availability, facility of special casual leave up to 20 days in a year to office-bearers of associations and payment of Travelling Allowance and Dearness Allowance for attending officially sponsored meetings.

“In the case of service associations or federations which are not recognised or whose recognition has expired, office-bearers of such associations or federations shall not be entitled for these benefits,” the finance ministry said.

Besides service associations, Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy has also been opposing majority stake for private entities in GSTN and has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi objecting to this.

The central government holds 24.5 per cent stake in GSTN, while state governments together hold another 24.5 per cent.

The remaining 51 per cent equity is with non-government financial institutions, like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and LIC Housing Finance.

“Management of GSTN be entrusted to Directorate General, Systems of Central Board of Excise and Customs, as GSTN is a newly created special purpose vehicle, which does not have any experience in implementing any IT project or domain knowledge in Indirect Tax laws,” the IRS association had said in a statement.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, had recently approved ‘Project Saksham’, a new indirect tax network (systems integration) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

The total project cost involved is Rs 2,256 crore, which will be incurred over a period of seven years.

Source : http://www.business-standard.com

26th Universal Postal Congress closes in Istanbul

11.10.2016 - After providing three weeks of high level deliberations, the UPU Universal Postal Congress came to a close October 7 in Istanbul, Turkey.
UPU International Letter-Writing Competition winner Nguyen Thi Thu Trang is honoured at the closing ceremony of the 26th Universal Postal Congress in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo: Ugur Cobanoglu).

Some 2,000 representatives from 155 countries participated in the Congress, where they discussed more than 450 proposals
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Among the results of their deliberations was the adoption of the Istanbul World Postal Strategy, which sets the course for the UPU’s work over the next four years. 
The strategy—based on integration, innovation and inclusion—strives to improve interoperability of postal network infrastructure, ensure sustainable and modern products, and foster market and sector functioning. 

“The message to us has been that the UPU must transform and the Post must be able to transform itself if we are to be relevant in the future,” said UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein. 

“We have a dynamic society that’s changing by the day and technologies that are causing some disruption to the way we do business. We must be able to be agile and flexible in the way we do business,” Hussein remarked. 

For his part, PTT Corporation CEO, who chaired the Congress Kenan Bozgeyik thanked member countries: “With your vision and your participation we were able to pave a brighter future for our industry.” 

Member countries also adopted the Istanbul Business Plan, which guides the implementation of the Istanbul World Postal Strategy by setting work proposals, targets and financials for carrying out the strategy’s goals.

The plan will be finalized, taking into account all adopted work plans and decisions made regarding the UPU budget.

LETTER-WRITING

The closing ceremony also provided a venue to celebrate 2016 UPU International Letter-Writing Competition winner Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, who received a standing ovation from member countries after reading her award-winning letter aloud. 

Trang, a 15-year-old student from Viet Nam’s Hai Duong province, won first-prize for her touching letter written in the voice of Alan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy whose lifeless body was found ashore in Bodrum, Turkey. His image was shared widely across global media and social media as an example of the horrific measures faced by refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. 

“My forty-five-year-old friend, you still remember our story, do you not? We followed our parents to flee from the war and violence of our hometown in Kobani, dreaming of a ‘promised land’ in the European sky. Yet that dream ended only twenty minutes after the ship departed,” she read.

“I’m out of breath by the very words and moving tribute this young lady has given to that image we have all seen,” said the UPU Director General. 

This year’s theme had asked children to write a letter to their 45-year-old self. The theme was in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the competition.

LOOKING FORWARD

The Istanbul Congress designated Côte d’Ivoire as the host of the 27th Universal Postal Congress in 2020. It will take place in Abidjan. 

Member countries also decided to hold an extraordinary Congress in 2018, where they will debate issues left unresolved at the 26th Congress, such as the reform of the UPU. The event will be hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

“We are en route to Abidjan with a stop-over in Addis Ababa. The course is set and our enthusiasm and dynamism remain untouched,” said UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz. 

The 26th Universal Postal Congress was held between 20 September – 7 October. 

Source : http://news.upu.int/no_cache/nd/26th-universal-postal-congress-closes-in-istanbul/