Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Deadline for linking Aadhaar to PAN extended to December 31, 2017

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with biometric identifier Aadhaar till December 31, a source said.

The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar for taxpayers was to end on August 31.

This comes at a time when the government has granted a similar extension for furnishing of Aadhaar for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.

The revenue department will notify December 31 as the due date for linkage.

Also, the Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the government's decision on Aadhaar and has posted the matter for next hearing in November.

And so, the extension was in line, the source said.

Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
However, those categorised as non-resident Indians as per the Income Tax laws, people who are not citizens of India, those above 80 years of age and residents of the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir had been exempt from the requirement.

The source further said that people who do not have Aadhaar can file their Income Tax returns, but their returns will not be processed till they submit their Aadhaar number.

The tax department had on July 31 stated that "unless a finding is made that Aadhaar is constitutionally not valid, tax return filers will need to link their PAN with Aadhaar by August 31, 2017."

Incidentally, December 31 is also the deadline for people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar.

Tax filers, however, were allowed to file their annual income returns by August 5 without linking their Aadhaar with PAN.

They were to just quote Aadhaar or the acknowledgement number for having applied for the ID.
It had further stated that "income-tax returns filed will not be processed should tax filers fail to link Aadhaar and PAN on or before August 31, 2017. "

The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar previously was July 31 but was extended to August 31.

Promotions from Grade I Stenographers to Private Secretary (GCS Group B Gazetted ) - TN Circle

Our Postman Shri. Muthukalvan St. Thomas Mount Head Post Office has selected as Deputy Collector

St. Thomas Mount Head Post Office Postman Shri. Muthukalvan has selected as Deputy Collector ( Group I services, Tamilnadu State). He is now working in Railway Services and passed in UPSC Preliminary Exam also.

POST OFFICE SAVINGS SCHEMES : AN ALTERNATE INVESTMENT AVENUE FOR THE RISK-AVERSE INVESTOR

Setting aside money in post office deposits are generally considered by many to be an extremely traditional way of saving cash. 

However, over the last few years, post offices in India are more or less operating like any other commercial bank offering a wide range of savings, deposits and long-term investment plans to retail investors. 

Besides the regular savings and recurring deposits, investors can choose from the multiple risk–free options that post offices offer, right from term deposits for the salaried class to senior citizens looking to receive moderate returns on their life savings.Let’s take a look at some of the post office offerings, features, and benefits to investors.

Term deposits:

Period: 1- 5 years
Category of investors Individual, Joint
Limits- Min. limit- Rs 200; Max limit- Not defined
Interest payable: Calculated quarterly and paid annually
Income tax benefit: 5- year TD’s are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the IT Act.
Monthly Income Scheme (POMIS)-
Period Not available
Category of investors Individual, Joint
Limits Min. limit- In multiples of Rs 1500
Max limit- 4.5 lakhs (individuals); 9 lakhs (joint)
Interest payable Monthly
Income tax benefit Not applicable
Public Provident fund (PPF)-
Period 15 years
Category of investors Individual
Limits Min. limit- Rs 500; Max limit- Rs 150,000 per financial year
Interest Payable Compounded annually and paid on maturity
Income tax benefit Deposits are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the IT Act.
National Savings Certificates (NSC)-
Period 5 years
Category of investors Individual
Limits Min. limit- In multiples of Rs 100; Max limit- Not defined
Interest Payable Compounded annually and paid on maturity 
Income tax benefit Deposits are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the IT Act.

Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)-
Period 5 years
Category of investors Individual, Joint
Individual = > 60 years
Individual = > 55 years and < 60 years, retired under superannuation or VRS
Limits Min. limit- In multiples of Rs 1000; Max limit- 15 lakhs
Interest Payable Quarterly
Income tax benefit Deposits are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the IT Act.
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)-
Period Can be encashed after 2.5 years
Category of investors Individual, Adults on behalf of minors
Limits Min. limit- Rs 1000; Max limit- Not defined
Interest Payable Compounded annually and paid on maturity
Income tax benefit Deposits are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80C of the IT Act.
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSA)-
Period Until the child completes 21 years
Category of investors Individual, Adults on behalf of minors
Limits Min. limit- Rs 1000; Max limit- Rs 150,000/ financial year
Interest Payable Compounded annually
Post Office Schemes are a good alternative to banks for risk averse investors, as they offer a wide range of products for different classes of investors. With interest rates in India declining steadily, the return on investment from these schemes will barely beat inflation.

Short- medium term investments in post office savings are acceptable as interest received from these savings instruments can be measured in terms of income growth.However, investors considering long-term capital growth in addition to income growth will need to look at other forms of investments in addition to the ones offered by post offices.

Source:-http://www.moneycontrol.com

Recruitment of MTS from GDS : Andhra Pradesh Circle Notification.

Holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling the MTS vacancies under 25% quota of vacancies among GDS and for Recruitment of MTS (Sepoy/Packer) for Army Postal Service to the extent of 25% of vacancies for 2016-2017.




SSC Re-Exam Schedule of Multi Tasking (Non Technical) Staff Examination 2016 (Paper-I) & Other Posts

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has published Re-Exam Schedule of Multi Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff Examination 2016 (Paper-I) & Other Posts. The Commission would be conducting (i) Stenographer Grade ’C’ & ‘D’ Examination 2017; (ii) Re-examination of MTS (NT) Examination 2016 (Paper-I) and (iii) Examination for Selection Posts, Phase-IV/2017 (Matriculation, Higher Secondary and Graduation Levels), as per the following schedule:

S.No. NameofExamination Tentative Dates of
Examination
1. Stenographer Grade ’C’ & D
Examinatio2017
11.09.2017to 14.09.2017
2. Re-examinationofMultiTasking(Non
Technical) Staff Examination 2016 (Paper-I)
16.09.2017to 26.10.2017
3. Examination for Selection Posts
Matriculation Level –Phase-IV(A) HigherSecondary Level–Phase-IV(B) GraduationLevel - Phase-IV(C)
05.11.2017
15.11.2017
18.11.2017
Exam Schedule: Click Here

Practice Test for Computer Based Examination for Multi-Tasking Staff (NT) , 2016: Click Here

Indian Army to undergo major reforms: Govt

New Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) Major reforms will be carried out in the Indian Army to enhance its combat capability which will include redeployment of nearly 57,000 officers and other ranks as well as ensuring better utilisation of resources, the government announced today.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said perhaps for the first time after Independence, such a big and "far-reaching" reform process is being initiated in the Army.

Replying to a question on whether the exercise was undertaken keeping in view the Dokalam episode, Jaitley said, "This is not specific to any incident. It had been going on much prior to Dokalam." 

The reform initiatives were prescribed by a committee headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (retd) which had a mandate to recommend measures for enhancing of combat capability and rebalancing defence expenditure of the armed forces to increase "teeth to tail ratio".

The 'tooth-to-tail' ratio refers to the amount of supply and support personnel (termed as tail) for each combat soldier (tooth).

The panel had suggested 99 recommendations for structural changes in the Army and out of which the defence ministry has accepted 65 after consultations with all the stakeholders, Jaitley said.

He said operationalisation of the reforms begins "now" while the defence ministry stated that the process will be completed by December 31, 2019.

The Army has a total strength of around 12 lakh personnel and is one of leading ground force globally.

"The net effect of this is, as to various, different functions in the Army, as per the changed environment of technology, economy, combat capability of the Army, how it is to be best utilised," Jaitley told reporters.

In a statement, the ministry said civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the armed forces for improving efficiency.
Army sources said around 31,000 civilian staff will be redeployed including in new formations, adding reform will be carried out in the Army's education corp as well.

Jaitley said the Union Cabinet was today apprised of the defence ministry's decision to carry out the reform process in the Army.

The Shekatkar committee was appointed in May last year and it had submitted its report in December.

"In a first ever exercise after Independence, the Ministry of Defence in consultation with the Indian Army has decided to reform the Indian Army in a planned manner. These decisions were approved by the Defence Minister," the ministry said in a statement.

In the first phase, it said the reforms will involve redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks and civilians.

It said optimisation of signals establishments, closure of military farms and army postal establishments in peace locations as well as restructuring of repair echelons in the army including base workshops will also be part of the extensive exercise.

The ministry said there will be redeployment of ordnance echelons to include vehicle depots, ordnance depots and central ordnance depots apart from streamlining inventory control mechanisms.

The reform will also be carried out to ensure better utilisation of supply and transport facilities and animal transport units.

There will be enhancement in standards for recruitment of clerical staff and drivers in the Army as also steps will be taken to improve the efficiency of the National Cadet Corps.

"Implementation has begun with the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security to close 39 military farms in a time bound manner," the ministry said.

The Army's commanders in April had deliberated extensively on enhancing the force's overall strike capability.

"Restructuring by the Indian Army is aimed at enhancing combat capability in a manner that the officers/JCOs/ORs will be used for improving operational preparedness and civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the armed forces for improving efficiency," said the defence ministry.

It said optimisation of signals establishments will include radio monitoring companies, corps air support signal regiments, air formation signal regiments, composite signal regiments and merger of corps operating and engineering signal regiments.

Recruitment of Postmen/MailGuards for the year 2016-2017 from GDS and MTS : AndhraPradeshCircle

Holding of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for filling the posts of Postmen/Mail Guards for the year 2016-2017 from GDS and MTS - Reg.





Cadre review - proposals seeking modifications in the proposed decisions of the cadre review committee

Cadre review - proposals seeking modifications in the proposed decisions of the cadre review committee

OBC creamy layer concept extended to PSUs, financial institutions

Cabinet approves equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Banks, Insurance Institutions with Posts in Government so that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations 
Finance minister Arun Jaitley briefs the media after a cabinet meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the norms for establishing equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. for claiming benefit of OBC reservations. This addresses an issue pending for nearly 24 years. This will ensure that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservations, on par with children of people serving in lower categories in Government. This will also prevent children of those in senior positions in such institutions, who, owing to absence of equivalence of posts, may have been treated as non Creamy Layer by virtue of wrong interpretation of income standards from cornering government posts reserved for OBCs and denying the genuine non creamy layer candidates a level playing field.

The Union Cabinet also approved the increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 6 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country, for excluding Socially Advanced Persons/Sections (Creamy Layer) from the purview of reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The new income criterion will be Rs. 8 lakh per annum. The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and will enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.

These measures are a part of the Government's efforts to ensure greater social justice and inclusion for members of the Other Backward Classes. The Government has already introduced in Parliament, a bill to provide Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes. It has also decided to set up a Commission, under section 340 of the Constitution, to sub categorize the OBCs, so that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs. All these decisions, taken together, are expected to ensure greater representation of OBCs in educational institutions and jobs, while also ensuring that the more under-privileged within the category are not denied their chance of social mobility.

Background:

In its judgment dated 16.11.1992 in WP(C) 930/1990 (IndraSawhney case) the Supreme Court had directed the Government to specify the basis, for exclusion of socially and economically advanced persons from Other Backward Classes by applying the relevant and requisite socio-economic criteria.
An Expert Committee was constituted in February 1993 which submitted its report on 10.03.1993 specifying the criteria for identification of socially advanced persons among OBCs i.e. the Creamy Layer. The report was accepted by the then Ministry of Welfare and forwarded to DoPT which issued an OM dated 08.09.1993 on exclusion from the Creamy Layer.

The OM of 08.09.1993 specifies six categories for identifying Creamy Layer (a) Constitutional/Statutory post (b) Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ Officers of Central and State Governments, employees of PSUs and Statutory bodies, universities, (c) Colonel and above in armed forces and equivalent in paramilitary forces (d) professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, Management Consultants, Engineers etc. (e) Property owners with agricultural holdings or vacant land and/or buildings and (f) income/wealth tax asessee.

The OM further stipulates that the said parameters would apply mutatis mutandis to officers holding equivalent or comparable posts in PSUs, Banks, Insurance Organizations, Universities, etc. and Government was required to determine equivalence of positions in these organizations with those in Government.

Pending the equivalence to the established in these institutions Income criteria would apply for the officers in these Institutions.

However, this exercise of determining the equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs, PSBs etc. had not been initiated. The determination of equivalence of posts has been thus pending for almost 24 years.

The matter of formulating equivalence has since been examined in detail. In PSUs, all Executive level posts i.e. Board level executives and managerial level posts would be treated as equivalent to group 'A' posts in Government and will be considered Creamy Layer. Junior Management Grade Scale–1 and above of Public Sector Banks, Financial Institutions and Public Sector Insurance Corporations will be treated as equivalent to Group 'A' in the Government of India and considered as Creamy Layer. For Clerks and Peons in PSBs, FIs and PSICs, the Income Test as revised from time to time will be applicable. These are the broad guidelines and each individual Bank, PSU, Insurance Company would place the matter before their respective board to identify individual posts.

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AKT/VBA/SH
(Release ID :170348)
Source : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

No change likely in Financial Year, date of Budget could be advanced further

The government is unlikely to change the financial year to January-December, though it is considering whether it could further advance the date of the presentation of the Budget by a fortnight or so. 

The government this year presented the Budget on February 1, departing from the British-era practice of announcing Budget proposals on February 28. 

India currently follows April-March financial year, again a 150-year-old tradition dating back to British rule. 

The government had been mulling a shift to January-December financial year and set up a committee to deliberate the issue. 

Finance minister Arun Jaitley had on July 21 in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha said, "the matter of changing financial year is under consideration of the government". 

"For now (2018-19), changing the financial year appears unlikely," a senior government official told ET, adding that switching this year would mean the budget would have to be presented by end of October or early November, which is unrealistic. 
In addition, there is a is thinking that as a big change in taxation — the GST — has been rolled out, it will take some time to settle down. The GST rollout was preceded by the demonetisation exercise. Change in financial year at this juncture will add to the disruption. 

As elections are scheduled to be held in 2019, experts believe that the government will not change the financial year then as well. 

There have been divergent views on aligning the financial year with the calendar year. 

A committee under former chief economic advisor Shankar Acharya was set up in July, 2016 to look at the feasibility of the idea. The panel, however, did not find much merit in the idea. 

A NITI Aayog discussion note, on the other hand, said a change in the financial year was required as the current system leads to sub-optimal utilisation of working season. The financial year is not aligned with international practices and it impacted data collection and dissemination from the perspective of national accounts. 

A parliamentary panel also recommended shifting the financial year to January-December. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, subsequently, at the NITI Aayog governing council meeting on April 23 this year asked the states to "take initiatives in regard of advancing the financial year from January to December", following which Madhya Pradesh announced its intent to change the financial year. 

While a change in the financial year period for now appears unlikely, advancing the date of the budget is a possibility. The government is happy with the outcome of an early budget this year. It enabled front loading of government spending and its capital spending went up by 58 % in the first two months of 2017-18 as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. 

Source:-The Economic Times

7th CPC Allowances : Daily Allowance

Daily Allowance - All provisions will apply to Railways Personnel also. - Existing system of Daily allowance in the Ministry of Railways to continue.
Level Ceiling for Reimbursement per day
14 and above Rs. 7500
12 and 13 Rs. 4500
9 to 11 Rs. 2250
6 to 8 Rs. 750
5 and below Rs. 450

Amount Payable
If absence from HQ <6 hrs 30% 

If absence from HQ between 6-12 hrs 70% DA

If absence from HQ >12 hrs 100% DA

Ceiling of reimbursement will further rise by 25 percent whenever DA increases by 50%.

Transfer/posting in the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

Suggestions related to Welfare Schemes : Department of Posts

Suggestions related to Welfare Schemes : Department of Posts

Suggestions related to welfare Schemes-Please go throw linked letter No. 1-01/2017-WL & Sp dated 29.08.2017 on the above subject,our colleagues are requested to send suggestions/inputs to our Federation on or before 02.09.2017.

D.Theagarajan
Secretary General
FNPO.



Calling for application of volunteers from Postal Assistant having accounts qualification to work in PTC - Mysuru against the post of Junior Accountant

Calling for application of volunteers from Postal Assistant having accounts qualification to work in PTC - Mysuru against the post of Junior Accountant

RECOVERY OF WRONGFUL / EXCESS PAYMENTS MADE TO GOVERNMENT SERVANTS

No.18/03/2015-Estt. (Pay-I)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the 2nd March, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Recovery of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM No.18/26/2011-Estt (Pay-I) dated 6th February, 2014 wherein certain instructions have been issued to deal with the issue of recovery of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants in view of the law declared by Courts, particularly, in the case of Chandi Prasad Uniyal And Ors. vs. State of Uttarakhand And Ors., 2012 AIR SCW 4742, (2012) 8 SCC 417. Para 3(iv) of the OM inter-alia provides that recovery should be made in all cases of overpayment barring few exceptions of extreme hardships.

2. The issue has subsequently come up for consideration before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of State of Punjab & Ors vs Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc in CA No.11527 of 2014 (Arising out of SLP(C) No.11684 of 2012) wherein Hon’ble Court on 18.12.2014 decided a bunch of cases in which monetary benefits were given to employees in excess of their entitlement due to unintentional mistakes committed by the concerned competent authorities, in determining the emoluments payable to them, and the employees were not guilty of furnishing any incorrect information / misrepresentation / fraud, which had led the concerned competent authorities to commit the mistake of making the higher payment to the employees. The employees were as innocent as their employers in the wrongful determination of their inflated emoluments. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its judgment dated 18 th December, 2014 ibid has, inter-alia, observed as under:
“7. Having examined a number of judgments rendered by this Court, we are of the view, that orders passed by the employer seeking recovery of monetary benefits wrongly extended to employees, can only be interfered with, in cases where such recovery would result in a hardship of a nature, which would far outweigh, the equitable balance of the employer’s right to recover. In other words, interference would be called for, only in such cases where, it would be iniquitous to recover the payment made. In order to ascertain the parameters of the above consideration, and the test to be applied, reference needs to be made to situations when this Court exempted employees from such recovery, even in exercise of its jurisdiction under Article 142 of the Constitution of India. Repeated exercise of such power, “for doing complete justice in any cause” would establish that the recovery being effected was iniquitous, and therefore, arbitrary. And accordingly, the interference at the hands of this Court.”

“10. In view of the afore-stated constitutional mandate, equity and good conscience, in the matter of livelihood of the people of this country, has to be the basis of all governmental actions. An action of the State, ordering a recovery from an employee, would be in order, so long as it is not rendered iniquitous to the extent, that the action of recovery would be more unfair, more wrongful, more improper, and more unwarranted, than the corresponding right of the employer, to recover the amount. Or in other words, till such time as the recovery would have a harsh and arbitrary effect on the employee, it would be permissible in law. Orders passed in given situations repeatedly, even in exercise of the power vested in this Court under Article 142 of the Constitution of India, will disclose the parameters of the realm of an action of recovery (of an excess amount paid to an employee) which would breach the obligations of the State, to citizens of this country, and render the action arbitrary, and therefore, violative of the mandate contained in Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”

3. The issue that was required to be adjudicated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court was whether all the private respondents, against whom an order-of recovery (of the excess amount) has been made, should be exempted in law, from the reimbursement of the same to the employer. For the applicability of the instant order, and the conclusions recorded by them thereinafter, the ingredients depicted in paras 2&3 of the judgment are essentially indispensable.

4. The Hon’ble Supreme Court while observing that it is not possible to postulate all situations of hardship which would govern employees on the issue of recovery, where payments have mistakenly been made by the employer, in excess of their entitlement has summarized the following few situations, wherein recoveries by the employers would be impermissible in law:-

(i) Recovery from employees belonging to Class-III and Class-IV service (or Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ service).
(ii) Recovery from retired employees, or employees who are due to retire within one year, of the order of recovery.
(iii) Recovery from employees, when the excess payment has been made for a period in excess of five years, before the order of recovery is issued.
(iv) Recovery in cases where an employee has wrongfully been required to discharge duties of a higher post, and has been paid accordingly, even though he should have rightfully been required to work against an inferior post.
(v) In any other case, where the Court arrives at the conclusion, that recovery if made from the employee, would be iniquitous or harsh or arbitrary to such an extent, as would far outweigh the equitable balance of the employer’s right to recover.

5. The matter has, consequently, been examined in consultation with the Department of Expenditure and the Department of Legal Affairs. The Ministries / Departments are advised to deal with the issue of wrongful / excess payments made to Government servants in accordance with above decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in CA No.11527 of 2014 (arising out of SLP (C) No.11684 of 2012) in State of Punjab and others etc vs Rafiq Masih (White Washer) etc. However, wherever the waiver of recovery in the above-mentioned situations is considered, the same may be allowed with the express approval of Department of Expenditure in terms of this Department’s OM No.18/26/2011-Estt (Pay-I) dated 6th February, 2014.

6. In so far as persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

7. Hindi version will follow.
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(A.K.Jain)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

Authority :www.persmin.gov.in

Deadline to link Aadhaar, PAN may not be extended

The income tax department is unlikely to extend beyond August 31, the date for linking Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar. Earlier this month, the tax department had extended the deadline till August 31, but cautioned that returns would not be processed until the “linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done“. 

The deadline was extended as there were complaints that taxpayers were unable to link the Aadhaar number with PAN because of different names in the two databases. 

Sources in the tax department said there was no move to extend the date now as enough time had been provided to link PAN and Aadhaar. 
“Not to the best of my knowledge,“ said a senior tax official when asked whether the date for linking PAN and Aadhaar would be extended. 

The tax department had received several complaints from taxpayers expressing their inability to link the two identification numbers. 

The Supreme Court verdict on privacy as a fundamental right has triggered talk that it may have an implication on Aadhaar, and any adverse impact could impact the move to link PAN and Aadhaar. 

Ajay Bhushan Pandey , CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India, the entity that handles Aadhaar, has been quoted as saying that taxpayers will have to link PAN and Aadhaar by August 31 as the SC ruling is unlikely to have any impact on the process of linking the two databases as of now. 

The government views the linking of PAN and Aadhaar as an “effective anti-evasion measure“ and is part of its strategy to fight black money. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Function 7 days in a month in city: HC to CAT

NAGPUR: In a big relief to lawyers and litigants fighting cases related to Union government's jobs, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Central Administrative Tribunal's (CAT) registry to continue its interim order of sitting for a week in Nagpur at least once in a month.

A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye also asked the centre to take decision on petitioner's representation of demanding permanent CAT bench in the city, having jurisdiction of Khandesh, Vidarbha and Central India, within six weeks.
Before disposing off the PIL by CAT Bar Association at Nagpur and its secretary Anil Bambal through counsels — Mohan and Akshay Sudame, the court granted liberty to the petitioners to re-approach if directives were not complied with by the respondents.

CAT was established on October 2, 1985, with a view to resolve disputes of central government employees at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Allahabad. Later it was expanded to 33 benches while circuit sittings are conducted in other major cities.

These sittings were initially held at alternate months in the city, but later its periodicity was reduced and quarterly sitting was held to adjudicate the cases. Subsequently, even those were discontinued and there was no sitting from April to December in 2014.

The petitioners contended that on account of irregular sittings, pendency of cases jumped from 337 in 2007 to 641 by the end of 2014. On an average, about 250-300 cases are filed at Nagpur every year. Due to irregular sittings of CAT bench, the pendency of cases has jumped.

Explaining the plight of people from Vidarbha, who had to travel 850 kms to Mumbai for their cases due to irregular CAT sittings, the petitioners argued that not all could afford frequent travel, especially the class-III and IV staffers.

The usual practice is that if an interim order is granted, matter is fixed immediately after 15 days for their speedy disposal such as transfer. Though a large number of cases is pending before the tribunal for last several years, the circuit sitting is being held only for a week in two months.

They pointed out that since large number of the central offices is operating in the city recruiting thousands of employees, it is perfect place to establish the permanent CAT bench. They included — Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs, Accountant General, Geological Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, Metrological Department, Railways, Department of Posts, Director of Accounts (Posts), Archaeological Survey of India, Central Public Works Department, Survey of India, Central Government Health Scheme, Mines Safety Department and several others.

Fee for default in furnishing return of income

For the current financial year (2017-18), a new late fee has been introduced for late filing of Income Tax return.
Fee for default in furnishing return of income.
234F. 
(1) Without prejudice to the provisions of this Act, where a person required to furnish a return of income under section 139, fails to do so within the time prescribed in sub-section (1) of the said section, he shall pay, by way of fee, a sum of,—
 (a) five thousand rupees, if the return is furnished on or before the 31st day of December of the assessment year;
 (b) ten thousand rupees in any other case:
Provided that if the total income of the person does not exceed five lakh rupees, the fee payable under this section shall not exceed one thousand rupees.

(2) The provisions of this section shall apply in respect of return of income required to be furnished for the assessment year commencing on or after the 1st day of April, 2018.

Biennial Circle Conference of Rajasthan Circle

Dear Comrades,
The 4th Biennial Conference of AIPSBCOEA of Rajasthan Circle was held on 12.08.17 and 13.08.17 atTripolia Balaji Mandir, Sanganer, Rajasthan. The team headed by Com. V.K. Jain has convened well and appropriate arrangements on venue place for lodging and fooding. The leaders of sister unions of NFPE were also present namely Com. Manoharlal Circle Secy. P-III and Com. Sanjeev Agrawal Secy. Admn. Union who delivered their valuable speeches with assurance to extend full support and due co-operation to increase the membership of AIPSBCOEA.

The Conference was graced by General Secretary and he focused in his speech to be alert for future challenges and call for the members of AIPSBCOEA to fight against the anti-employees policies of the Department / Govt. to safe our identity in the Department.
The new set of Circle Office bearers of the Association have been elected unanimously in the leadership of Com. Kailash Chandra Banjara President and Com. V.K. Jain Circle Secretary. The photographs of newly elected Circle Office bearers are produced below alongwith General Secretary in centre.
VIRENDRA TEWARY 
General Secretary

Minutes of the 12th meeting of Postal Services Staff Welfare Board (PSSWB)held on 22.08.2017

Minutes of the 12 th meeting of Postal Services Staff Welfare Board (PSSWB)held on 22.08.2017 under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble Minister of State for Communication (I/C)


7th CPC : CONSOLIDATED ORDERS ENDORSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POST

7th CPC : ORDERS ENDORSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POST


Exemption for travel in airlines other than Air India - reg. (Click the link below to view)
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Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 (Click the link below to view)
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Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance (Click the link below to view)

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Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Implementation of decisions relating to Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with disabilities   (Click the link below to view)

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Implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission - abolishment of Sumptuary Allowance        (Click the link below to view)
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Implementation of Governments decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Abolishing Desk Allowance      
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Recommendations of 7 th CPC : Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance : DoP Order

Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance : DoP Order.

Bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 : DoP Order

Recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) - bunching of stages in the revised pay structure under Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2016 : DoP Order

Inspection Questionnaire for CBS HOs/SOs and AOICO inspection on HO/SBCO

Inspection Questionnaire for CBS HOs/SOs and AO ICO (SB) inspection on HO/SBCO

(Click the link below to view)

2017 – FIFTH COACHING CLASS FOR IPO EXAMINATION AT MADURAI

2017 – FIFTH COACHING CLASS FOR IPO EXAMINATION AT MADURAI  (TAMILNADU CIRCLE) FOR EIGHT DAYS FROM 10.09.2017 (SUNDAY) TO 17.09.2017 (SUNDAY) FOR ALL SUBJECTS

Shri. M.Bakthavatchalam. M.A. B.L., Senior Supdt. of Post Offices (Retired) and  Shri. P.Karunanithy, Supdt. of Pos (Retired) will conduct Coaching class for eight days for ensuing IPO examination at Madurai as detailed below:
Venue
Tamilnadu Government Employees Association building, No. 11, Mela Perumal Maistry veethi, near Chennai Silks and opposite  to Park Plaza Hotel, opposite Railway station , Madurai 625 001
                              Eight  days classes
10.09.2017    (Sunday) to 17.09.2017 – (Sunday)
Fourth session is going on at Madurai. Many candidates from Punjab, Jharkandh, Uttara Pradesh, Mathiya Pradesh, Maharastra, Kerala, Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamilnadu are attending the class. RMS Candidates are also attending the coaching class.

1. Coaching classes will be conducted from 0830 hours to 1800 hours.

2. Special classes will be conducted for RMS Candidates regarding postal side basic matters.

3. Study materials can be obtained in the coaching class.

4. Fees: Rs. 500/- (Five hundred only)  per day.

5. Coaching classes are conducted in English only. IPO candidates from neighbouring Circles may also participate.

5. Male and female officers may stay in  Hotel Grands Central, No. 82, Mela Perumal Maistry Veethi, Near Chennai Silks, opposite to  Railway Station Madurai 625 001. (Contact number: 0452 2343940 and Mobile No. 90431 33312). Rent for Double Bedroom per day is Rs. 600/-. There is no separate single room. We have to book only double bedroom This lodge is very nearer to our coaching class.

6. Another lodge is available for male candidates as detailed below:
        LODGE SELECTION, No. 70, Town Hall Road, opposite to  Railway Station Madurai 625 001.                                                              
(Contact number: 0452 2342625 and 0452 4377087).

Rent for Single Bedroom per day is Rs. 320/-.
Rent for Double Bedroom per day is Rs. 420/-.
Rent for Triple  Bedroom per day is Rs. 520/-. This lodge is also very nearer to our coaching class.

7. Ladies Hostel facility: THENDRAL VILLA WOMEN’S HOSTEL, No. 19, V.P.Ratinasamy Nadar Road, Near Ulavar Santhai, B.B.Kulam, Madurai 625 002.        Warden: Smt. M.Devi Contact numbers: 96260 88806 and 73050 20787. Only Rs.350/- is charged per day for both boarding and lodging.

8. Please bring the following books which are under the serial numbers of my list of books for IPO Examination.
        Sl No. 1,4,5,6,10, 11,14, 14-A,17,18,19,21 and 22.

Important note: Willing officials  are requested to send a SMS to Cell No:  094433 29681 regarding their participation in the coaching class. This is very much required for making other arrangements.


For further details,  please contact
Shri. P.Karunanithy,B.Sc., Retired SPOs : Cell number : 094433 29681 and
Shri. M.Bakthavatsalam. M.A. B.L., Retired SSPOs Cell number: 075984 81056

Welcome to all.

 Examination books for IPO 2017
from Shri. P.Karunanithy, Retired SPOs
Catelogue dated 13.08.2017

Minimum wage should not have been less than Rs.19670 – Multiplication factor 2.81

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Ph: 23382286 
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint consultive machinery
for central government employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi — 110001 
E Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC-JCM-2017/7thCPC / Fin 
14,August 17


The Additional Secretary,
(Sh. Pramod Kumar Das)
Government of India,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
North Block, New Delhi

Dear Sir,
We write this with reference to the discussions the staff side had with you on 21st July, 2017 when the official side explained the various recommendations of the Allowances Committee and the Government’s decisions thereon. It is however, our considered opinion that the said allowances committee did not consider various submissions made by the Staff side both orally and in writing especially on those allowances, which has a universal application. Had it been really addressed, the reduction in the transport allowance in the case of employees in the lower strata of hierarchy would not have happened. No justification had been advanced by the 7th CPC for the reduction of the House rent allowance rates by a universal 0.8 factor. The Committee has also not enlightened us as to how the said factor had been applied while making cosmetic changes in the rates. The Committee did not consider the following glaring and untenable and incorrect conclusions of the 7th CPC despite that the Staff Side pointed out it in their written submissions.

(I) The house rent allowance is one such allowance which is not cost indexed. As on 1.1.2016, the date on which the pay was revised, the DA stood at 125%. What justification could be offered to reduce the rates by 0.8%is inexplicable. By deferring the date of revised allowance by 18 months, i.e. with effect from 1.7.2017, the Government has enormously gained financially. The actual financial outflow on account or the revision of pay and allowances has thus become less than even what was projected by the 71h CPC. The Committee should have known that on all previous occasions, where the date of effect of pay and allowances had differed, the Govt. had granted Interim Relief and merger of DA. No such decision had been taken by the Government, prior to the setting up of the 7th CPC. Even the precedence on which the committee wrongly relied upon, had been set aside by the Board of Arbitration, not once but twice.

(ii) The cosmetic changes effected in the rates of HRA which is published to have benefited about 7.5 lakhs employees is not correct but exaggerated.

(iii) The Committee’s decision to retain some of the department specific allowances was on the suggestion made by the concerned heads of The Staff side view had not been considered at all.

(iv) The Pension committee’s recommendation to reject Option No. 1 on the ground of infeasibility is further reflective of the attitude of the Government towards the employees and pensioners.

On 30th June, 2016 the staff side had a meeting with the group of Ministers headed by Shri Rajnath Singh, the Honorable Home Minister, when an assurance was held out to revisit the computation of the Minimum wage and multiplication factor. We were informed that the Committee headed by you would consider as to how the assurance could be implemented. Despite three rounds of meeting with you, nothing tangible in this regard has happened. In our earlier submissions, we had pointed out with facts and figures as to how the 7th CPC erred in their computation of the Minimum wage and how could never be less than Rs.26000 as on 1.1.2016. We are afraid that the repetition thereof would not serve any purpose. However, as desired by you, we give hereunder certain glaring, iniquitous and unjustified factors, the rectification of which could be the least the Government could do while revisiting the computation of Minimum wage and multiplication factor.

Aykhroyd formula does not speak of any averages. The commodity prices of a particular date is to be taken into account for the computation of minimum wage as on that date. Since the pay is cost indexed, the fluctuation in prices of commodities in future is taken care of by grant of dearness allowance. The 7thCPC took the average prices of various commodities between 1.7.2014 to 30.6.2015to compute the minimum wage. This is clearly impermissible. If this error alone is set right, the minimum wage shall work out at Rs. 19294 and the MF at 2.76 (See Annexure 1 ) 

The 7th CPC reduced the housing component by 4.5%. This was in line with the computation formula adopted by the 6tth CPC. Such reduction on the specious plea that Central Government employees are given HRA separately was ostensibly incorrect as the quantum of HRA provided for is insufficient to meet the expenses incurred by an individual employee for hiring an accommodation. The point however, we would like to mention is that the 7th CPC did not notice that the 6th CPC had increased / retained the rate of HRA whereas the 7th CPC for no valid reason reduced all the three rates by a uniform factor of 0.8. The said decision reduced the HRA in metro cities by 6% in classified cities by 4% and in unclassified towns by 2%. Averaging out to 4%. It must be in the fitness of things, that the unwarranted reduction of housing component is restored especially in the background of the Allowance Committee refusing to restore the erstwhile rates. The computation of the minimum wage if this correction is carried out would be as in annexure 2. The minimum wage would then work out to Rs. 20232 and the multiplication factor at 2.89. This is when the commodity price is taken not as the average for 12 months but the actual price as on 1.7.2015. 

The Honourable Supreme Court had directed that 25% must be added to arrive at the actual minimum wage in order to enable the employees to meet out various social obligations. Children education was on of the minor components of the social obligations mentioned by Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court delivered its verdict, education in the country was in the public domain and was almost free Hp to the secondary level. The advent of the neo liberal economic policies, imparting education to the children has become one of the costly affairs. The reduction effected by the 7th CPC to the extent of 10% attributable to children education is totally unjustified and in our opinion even amounts to non adherence to the supreme Court directive in the matter. If this error is rectified, the Minimum wage would be Rs. 21873 (ME 3.12) , the commodity prices being Rs. 9885 (actual as on 7,2015) and would be Rs. Rs. 20391 if computation is done on the basis of the average of the commodity prices as was done by the 7thCPC. The MF In the said two cases would be 3.124 and 2.913 respectively. (See annexure 3 and 3A). 

The 7th CPC has adopted the family at 3 Units. This is no doubt in consonance with Dr. Aykhroyd formula. The family is taken consisting of husband, wife and two children, value assigned being 1+,0.8,+0.6,+0.6. In the present day society to assign a lower value for women is a misplaced and outdated notion. The gender equality demands that the family unit must be taken at 3.2. ( 1+1+0,6+0.6) Two workings are given in Annexure 4 and 4A. In annexure 4 commodity price is what it should be i.e. the actual prices as on 1.7.2015 and in annexure4 A the same is what is taken by the 7th CPC. The minimum wage in Annexure 4 shall be Rs. 19981 (MF2.94) and in the latter case the MW shall be Rs. 19193 and the MF at 2.74) Please see annexure 4 and 4A for detailed working. 

The 6th CPC while formulating the Pay band and Grade pay system had applied varying multiplication factors to create the four pay bands. They had relied upon the same argument that the skilled workers are entitled to have better pay packets than the unskilled or semi skilled labourers. The 7th CPC has advocated the same theory to apply varying Multiplications factors for creating pay levels. The successive application of different multiplication factors has disturbed the vertical relativity and if this theory is perennially adopted in the construction of pay scales the present equilibrium will be drastically altered. The ratio between the minimum and maximum pay in Government sector has been widening ever since tie 5th CPC recommendations were adopted. The 7th CPC has relied upon the private sector wage pattern for justifying this practice. On quite a number of occasions, the previous Pay Commissions had advocated against the wage determination in Government and Public Sector on the basis of the fair wage comparison with the private sector as the functions and assigned responsibilities and objectives are essentially incomparable. Large scale contractorisation and outsourcing have already come into stay in Governmental organizations with consequent suppression of wages at the levels of semi skilled and unskilled levels. We are not presently on the ethical aspect of this unfair practice, which a welfare Government ought not have indulged in. We are to state that by application of different multiplication factors (i.e. Upto pay level 5 =2.57, pay level 6-9=2.62,Level 10-13A=2.67, Level 14-16 =2.72,Level 18=2.78 and level 17=2.81. By applying the multiplication factor at 2.81 for the Secretary level officers, the 7th CPC tacitly admitted that the minimum wage should not have been less than Rs. 19670. (i.e. 2.81 x 7000 = 19670) In this connection we would also like to bring to you notice that the Government has now unilaterally altered the multiplication factor and Pay matrix in respect of Level 13 from 2.57 to 2.67. Assigning a lower multiplication factor to the officers of level 13 appears to be a conscious decision of the 7th CPC as the Government’s executive order in 2008 to place the staid level of officers at a higher level had disturbed the then existing vertical relativity in the Governmental hierarchy. It is, therefore, the considered opinion and suggestion of the staff side that the Government must come forward to apply the uniform multiplication factor of 2.81 at all levels both for the construction of the pay levels as also for the pay fixation in the new Pay levels for the existing employees. If our suggestion is accepted, the Minimum wage would be raised to Rs. 19670 with the multiplication factor at 2.81. 

We request you to kindly convene a meeting of the staff side to cause discussions on the above submissions and arrive at a mutually acceptable conclusion.

Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
Shiv Gopal Mishra.
Secretary

Annexure 1

S.NO. DETAILS AMOUNT
1 Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual) 9885-00
2 Misc: 20% 2471
3   12356-00
4 Social obligations: 15% as taken by 7 cpc 2180
5   14536
6 Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25% 3634-00
7   18170-00
8 Housing 3% as adopted by 7 th CPC 562-00
9   18732-00
10 Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3% 562-00
11 Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 19294-00
12 Multiplication factor 2.76

Annexure 2

S.NO. DETAILS AMOUNT
  Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual) 9885-00
2 Misc: 20% 2471
3   12356-00
4 Social obligations: 15% as taken by 7 cpc 2180
5   14536
6 Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25% 3634-00
7   18170-00
8 Housing 7.5% as per formula 1473
9   19643 - 00
10 Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3% 589-00
11 Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 20232-00
12 Multiplication factor 2.89

Annexure 3

S.NO. DETAILS AMOUNT
1 Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual) 9885-00
2 Misc: 20% 2471
3   12356-00
4 Social obligations: 25% as per formula 4119-00
5   16475
6 Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25% 4119-00
7   20593-00
8 Housing 3% as per 7 th CpC 638
9   21231-00
10 Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3% 637-00
11 Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 21873-00
12 Multiplication factor 3.124

Annexure 3A

S.NO. DETAILS AMOUNT
1 Commodity prices as taken by 7cpc (average) 9218-00
2 Misc: 20% 2305-00
3   11523-00
4 Social obligations: 25% as per formula 3841-00
5   15364
6 Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25% 3841-00
7   19205-00
8 Housing 3% as per 7 th CPC 593
9   19798 - 00
10 Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3% 593-00
11 Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 20391-00
12 Multiplication factor 2.913

Annexure 4

S.NO. DETAILS AMOUNT
1 Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (actual)=9885. Converted into 3.2 family units 10544-00
2 Misc: 20% 2636
3   13180-00
4 Social obligations: 15% as per 7 th CPC 1 2326-00
5   15506
6 Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25% 3876-00
7   19382-00
8 Housing 3% as per 7 th CPC 599
9   19981-00
10 Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3% 599-00
11 Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 20580-00
12 Multiplication factor 2.94

Annexure 4A

S.NO. DETAILS AMOUNT
1 Commodity prices as on 1.7.2015 (average as per 7cpc)=9218. Converted into 3.2 family units 9832-00
2 Misc: 20% 2459
3   12291-00
4 Social obligations: 15% as per 7 th CPC 2169-00
5   14460-00
6 Conversion of unskilled into semi skill category.25% 3615-00
7   18075-00
8 Housing 3% as per 7 th CpC 559
9   18634-00
10 Updating to 1.1.20p16 as per 7 cpc formula 3% 559-00
11 Total: Minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 19193-00
12 Multiplication factor 2.74

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