Saturday, February 18, 2017

Transfers and postings in PS Group-B cadre in AP Circle

Central Government Employees Observe 6th March 2017 as ‘BLACK DAY’ – Confederation

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT CALLS UPON ALL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

Observe 6th March 2017 as BLACK DAY
Against the betrayal of Central Government employees and pensioners by group ministers of NDA Government.

Demanding increase in minimum pay and fitment formula.
Dear comrades
We know that all of you are in the midst of hectic preparation and campaign for making the 16th March Strike action a great success. As has been explained in the article, which we have placed on our website, the NDA Government, led by BJP has exhibited the worst anti-employee attitude in the post independent era of our country. This Government has treated its own employees as its worst enemy. The decision taken by the Union Cabinet on 29th June, 2016 rejecting even the recommendations made by the high level committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary was unprecedented. Even the setting up of various committees was nothing but an eye wash. Nothing will come out of that. Even the NPS Committee on which the young comrades had pinned some hope of at least getting a minimum guaranteed pension will produce nothing. The discussions at the JCM fora has been converted into mostly monologues i.e. the official side simply listening and not reacting. The Government, it appears, has made the Pension department to reject the one and only recommendation of the 7th CPC which was considered to be positive i.e. Option No.1 for pensioners on the specious ground that the same is not feasible to be implemented. The allowances committee has dilly dallied its deliberation and would now submit its report after the extended period of 6 months expires on 22.02.2017. Even if they make any positive recommendation, which is seldom expected, the NDA Government would not act upon it. They have very successfully postponed the payment of the revised allowanced for 15 months.

In the face of such terrible onslaught, betrayal and chicanery, which no Government in the past has every indulged in, it is surprising that some of our friends who has a predominant role in the movement of the Central Government employees has unfortunately chosen to wait and watch. It appears that they have chosen to wait endlessly hurting the cause of the workers.

We have no hesitation to affirmatively state the obvious that we have chosen the right path, the path of struggles, which can only the choice of the working class against tyrannical attitude of the employer, howsoever, powerful they may be. We must realize that those who are in the saddle of power today are not permanently posted there. We were witness to the abysmal downfall of persons who were arrogant personified. It appears that the reasonableness, righteousness and patience we had exhibited have been taken as signs of cowardice. The undeniable fact is that those who fight, only can win. We, therefore, appeal to you to carry on with conviction and courage.

Eight months will be over on 6th March, 2017, when the Group of Ministers held out the assurance of revisiting the minimum wage and multiplication factor. It is now crystal clear that that was an act of chicanery. No committee was set up and no discussions were held to seriously consider the issue. We, therefore, appeal to all of you to ensure that the day, i.e. 6th March, 2017 is observed as a day of betrayal and all our members are requested to wear a Black badge with the following words inscribed on it in bold letters and conduct demonstrations in front of all Central Government offices.

HONOUR THE COMMITMENT MADE ON
13TH June & 6TH JULY, 2016
REVISE THE MINIMUM WAGE AND
MULTIPLICATION FACTOR

6TH March 2017 must be yet another occasion to mobilize our members to ensure their participation in the 16th March, 2017 strike action and ultimately win all the demands in the charter.

We fight to win and we shall win.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally,

(M Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob: 09447068125

Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Source: http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

HRA may be 30 per cent of Central Govt Employees

The HRA may be 30 per cent of basic pay of central staff of Metro Cities. The Committee of Secretaries headed by Finance Secretary is recommended. According to sources, the recommendation went to the agreement. Hopefully by the end of March, the Cabinet issued a note in April, it can be applied.
Source:- The Economic Times

Cadre Restructuring of Group C, Hyderabad City Division Started

CADRE RESTRUCTURING OF GROUP-C , HYDERABAD CITY DIVISION STARTED:-

7th Pay Commission Allowances Committee may suggest betterment of HRA on 20th February 2017

Allowance committee may suggest betterment of HRA The committee formed to examine allowances for central Govt. employees may submit it’s report to Finance Ministry on Monday, the 20th February 2017.
Also Read Report on allowances likely to be submitted on Monday. According to media report as published in Financial Express, “A year after implementation of the new pay- and pension-related recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), the government is likely to approve the revised allowances proposed by it for central government staff after the ongoing state elections are over, by March 15.

The reworked allowances are likely to be effective from April 1 and at least in the case of the employees in metro cities, the house rent allowances (HRA) could be a little more generous than the CPC’s award, sources told FE. Taking note of employees’ representations, a finance secretary-led panel is looking at HRA of 30% of basic pay for those in cities with a population of over 5 million, against 24% recommended by CPC, the sources said. In the Sixth CPC award period (2006-2015), HRA was 30% for these cities.

A draft Cabinet note for implementation of the revised allowances would be circulated soon, the sources said.

HRA accounts for about 60% of the total allowances bill.”

After Upgradation SpeedNet 4.5 Issues & Solution

BOs Not Showing For Invoicing Article or Taking Returns of Article 

Reply From CEPT :

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Office Showing Not Upgraded on SpeedNet MIS

Even After Successful Upgradation of Office in Speednet Version 4.5 Office is Not Reflection on SpeedNet MIS


Reply From CEPT :
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ZERO Value SPCOD Article

After doing data entry and then transferring the SPCOD article to meghdoot postman module, the amount against some articles appear to be 0 ( zero) and due to this we are unable to dispose these article in proper way. 

Reply From CEPT :
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7th Pay Commission: Why is Narendra Modi government dilly dallying to implement higher allowances?

In last one year a lot have been spoken about the higher allowances under the 7th pay Commission by the Union Government officials and along with several other members of various central government employeesunion. But it is strange that an important issue – on employees higher allowances – has now been strangely absent from the government agenda, due to which there is no final outcome.
The real question which comes in front of central government employees is that after the approval of 7th Pay Commission recommendations on July 1, 2016; Why is Narendra Modi government is dilly-dallying to implement the recommendations under the higher allowances?

Some reports suggest that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had first claimed that the higher allowances must be implemented after four months of the basic pay hike but it failed to come true. Some suggest that complicated bureaucracy is stopping the government to implement higher allowances.

Almost 15 months have passed since the Union Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a detailed report on 7th Pay Commission and seven months have elapsed since the Union Cabinet approved the 7CPC recommendations for salary hike of central government employees, but the government is still dilly dallying for the higher allowances.

The government has decided to give higher basic pay in August 2016 with arrears, which will be effective from January 1, 2016, to its employees on the recommendations of a high-powered committee headed by retired judge Ashok Lavasa. But the hike in allowances other than dearness allowance referred to the high-powered committee recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.

As per now, the central government employees are paid allowances according to the 6th Pay Commission recommendations until issuing of higher allowances notification. In October 2016, Ashok Lavasa said, “We are ready to submit our report, whenever Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls up”.
But the union government gave an extension to the high-powered committee up to February 22, 2017, on the pretext of demonetisation and the government said that the cash crunch was the reason behind the delay in announcing higher allowances.

The announcement of assembly elections in five states has given an excuse for the government as it cannot announce pay hikes till the model code of conduct is in place up to March 8. The government is using delaying tactics to save the government money to pay higher allowances without arrears from August 16.

Also, the delay in the implementation of higher allowances has caused tremendous frustration among employees. There are chances that the BJP led NDA government may face a backlash in the assembly elections in the five states, two of which is ruled by the party either directly or in an alliance.

7th Pay Commission: Confederation of Central Government Employee calls nationwide strike on March 16

New Delhi, Feb 16: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley might announce the higher allowances on 7th pay commission this April and G connect reports that the central government employees might go on strike against 7th Pay Commission low pay hike on March 16. As no collective decision for bringing back indefinite strike could be taken in the NJCA meeting on January 17, confederation has called on one day nationwide protest strike on March 16, 2017.
Confederation feels that since past 8 months they had been waiting after the assurances were made by the government and now there is no point of holding back.

NJCA in July 2016 had demanded of withdrawal of New Pension Scheme (NPS) or exclusion from it. On July 6, 2016, NJCA had issued a statement after the delayed strike, ” We have noted that government has made a different committee to review NPS and this affects who employees inducted into the government on or post-January 1, 2004.

Youth were happy as they were made to believe that the committee will note the demands of NJCA to cancel NPS or remove central government workers from it. But the NPS committee on discussions with the staff side JCM on February 10, the core issues like removing NPS, minimum pension to NPS subscribers etc. were absent in the discussions.

Additional Secretary, about the meeting, informed that removing of NPS was not within the purview of committee and also informed that the NPS is committee is run by the government to make NPS solid and not kill it.He also said that destroying NPS will not be fruitful and thus the Central government has dropped this idea.

Railway federation had also demanded exemption from NPS and their demands were also not met.

On June 30, 2016, Jaitley had clarified that Government has taken the decision to implement the recommendation of 7th CPC to bring the past and present pensioners on the same table. NJCA then wrote to Rajnath Singh seeking his intervention as subject to feasibility had been imposed.

Government has taken a U-turn from the assurances made and is not ready to take the JCM staff side seriously. All the employees and pensioners are totally dissatisfied and are venting their anger on different platforms, which includes social media as well.

Few have penned down by the NJCA should bring back the postponed strike.

M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation wrote since aeons we all had been waiting for a dialogue but nothing was cemented till date. He further wrote that central government employees across India are negative on the fact that government did not take up staff side JCM after the government received recommendations of Central pay commission. Krishnan lashing out at the Modi government stated that it cannot make a fool of all employees and pensioners all the times.

Other issues like GDS, Casual-Contract Labour, Equal Pay For Equal Work etc. were not discussed by the site staff NJCA.
Source : http://www.india.com/

HACSP menu not available in production server of Finacle but available in MIS Server

Dear Circle CPC's/SPOC,
As part of performance improvement activities, HACSP menu is now available in MIS Server, instead of Production Server for the following user roles:
  1. SUPERVISOR
  2. SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR
  3. SBCO SUPERVISOR
Henceforth, HACS/HACSP menus will not be accessible to these users in Production Server. HACS will continue to be accessible to users having Inspecting Official/Auditor role in Production Server. In this connection, you're requested not to raise any tickets in Service Desk.

Thanks and Regards,
Hariharan S,
Service Desk Team,
CEPT, Chennai - 02

Difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Account in New Pension Scheme (NPS)


What is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Account in NPS? Many Government employees or others subscribed to NPS. However, the majority of them do not know what is the meaning and difference of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Accounts of NPS.

Let us first brief about NPS.

  • NPS or New Pension Scheme is a retirement product launched by Government of India. It is managed by PFRDA (Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority). This product helps you to create retirement corpus.
  • Any citizen of India (whether resident or NRI) can invest in this scheme. The age of the subscriber must be within 18-60 years of age. However, an individual of unsound mind or existing members of NPS are not allowed to open new account.
  • Therefore, an individual can open only ONE NPS account.

How to open NPS Account?

  • You have to fill the application form and provide the relevant KYC documents at your nearest POP-PS (You will find the list in PFRDA portal).
  • However, if you want to open new Tier 2 account, then the process is different. You have to approach POP-PS with copy of PRAN (Permanent Retirement Account Number) and Tier 2 activation form.
  • The subscriber has to make the first contribution while opening the account. Minimum contribution for Tier 1 is Rs.500 and Rs.1, 000 for Tier 2.
  • Note-Now you can open NPS account online and also contribution can be made it online through eNPS portal. Refer my latest post on the same “eNPS – How open and invest in NPS account online?“.

What are the investment choices?

  • Asset Class E-Invests predominantly in the equity market. You may say high return and high risk.
  • Asset Class C-Invests in fixed income instruments other than Government Securities. Risk is medium in this category.
  • Asset Class G-Invests in Government Securities. So lower risk and lower return.
  • Along with that, you have two different options to choose regarding allocation.
  • Active Choice-You have the option to choose your investment among E, C or G asset classes. However, if you opted for E asset class, then the maximum equity exposure is 50% only.
  • Auto Choice-If you don’t want to take active part in switching asset class, then PFRDA will do it according to your age. It is predefined.
  • You can change both scheme preference and investment choices at any point of time. But it is allowed only once in a year.
  • Please remember that there is no ASSURED RETURN from NPS.
  • Your retirement fund will be managed by fund managers appointed by PFRDA. Currently there are six fund managers. They are as below.
  • ICICI Prudential Pension Funds Management Company Limited, Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund Limited, Reliance Capital Pension Fund Limited, SBI Pension Funds Limited, UTI Retirement Solutions Limited, and Annuity Service Provider (ASP).
  • You can change your fund manager at any point of time. This change is allowed only one time in a year.
  • Along with that, PFRDA tied with IRDA approved Life Insurance companies to pay the pension once the subscriber reaches 60 years of age. They are as below.
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India, SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd., ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Reliance Life Insurance Co. Ltd. and HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

Following conditions apply:

  • Subscriber is not covered under employer assisted retirement benefit scheme and also not covered by social security schemes under any of the following laws:
  • Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1952
  • The Coal Mines Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1948
  • The Seamen’s Provident Fund Act, 1966
  • The Assam Tea Plantation Provident Fund and Pension Fund Scheme Act, 1955
  • The Jammu & Kashmir Employee Provident Fund Act, 1961
  • Subscriber contribution in NPS is minimum Rs. 1000 and maximum Rs.12000 per annum, for both Tier1 and Tier II taken together, provided subscriber makes minimum contribution of Rs.1000 per annum to his Tier 1 account
  • Based on the limitations mentioned above, I think most people reading this blog will be ineligible.

How to exit from NPS?

Once you attain the age of 60 years, you can withdraw up to 60% of accumulation as lump sum and rest 40% will be converted into pension.
If you want to exit from NPS before 60 years of age, then you are allowed to withdraw only 20% accumulated amount. You have to buy a pension product with that 80% fund.
However, in case the death of the subscriber, a nominee is allowed to withdraw 100% of NPS.
I wrote a post on recent changes about new withdrawal of exit rules of NPS. Refer below post.
National Pension System (NPS)-New Partial Withdrawal and Exit Rules
This is the brief about NPS.
Let us come back to the main purpose of this post. I tried to put it the difference in below image.

Note-

-As per recent PFRDA circular dated 8th August, 2016, the minimum contribution in Tier 1 Account is now reduced to Rs.1,000 a year. There will be no minimum investment limit for Tier 2 account (Earlier, it was Rs.250). Also you no need to maintain the minimum balance in Tier 2 account (Earlier, it was Rs.2,ooo).

-From Budget 2016, the 40% withdrawal at the time of your retirement from NPS will be tax-free. Rest 60% of the corpus will be treated taxable income as per old rules. Hope this above table cleared your doubts. 
Conclusion-You notice that when it comes to taxation, NPS is one of the worst products. Everybody concentrating on the tax benefits of NPS while investing. However, they forget the tax issues at retirement or at withdrawal. Along with that, liquidity is an issue with NPS. For Government employees and corporate employees, no option but to invest.

Cash withdrawal limit week from 17.02.17 to 23.02.17, is configured

 Cash withdrawal limit week from 17.02.17 to 23.02.17, is configured 
From 20.02.17 onwards, withdrawal limit for cash ( ( including ATM withdrawals)) will be increased from 24,000 to 50,000

If customers withdraw 24, 000 before 20th Feb, remaining 26,000 can be withdrawn from 20th Feb to 23th Feb

CEPT - FSI Team

HANDLING OF COURT CASES ON THE ISSUE OF APPLICABILITY OF CCS (PENSION) RULES INSTEAD OF NPS IN RESPECT OF GDS

HANDLING OF COURT CASES ON THE ISSUE OF APPLICABILITY OF CCS (PENSION) RULES INSTEAD OF NPS IN RESPECT OF GDS APPOINTED TO REGULAR DEPARTMENTAL POSTS AFTER 01-01-2004

How to claim tax benefit on tuition fees under Section 80C

Sending kids to school has an inbuilt tax advantage for the parents as the tuition fee qualifies for tax benefit under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The amount of tax benefit is within the overall limit of the section of Rs 1.5 lakh a year. 

For tax purposes, the fee (amount) reduces the total gross income, and thereby the tax liability. Say, you fall in the highest income slab and pay not only a 30.9 per cent tax rate, but also Rs 80,000 a year as schools fees, the tax saved would amount to Rs 24,720 in that year 

Here's how to get the maximum benefit out of tuition fees. 

Are all institutions eligible? 

Tuition fees paid at the time of admission or anytime during the financial year to any university, college, school or educational institution based in India qualifies for tax benefit. 

What kind of education? 

It has to be a full-time education, including any play school activities, pre-nursery and nursery classes. The institution can be either private or a government sponsored one. 

What is not covered? 

At times, parents have to make payments, other than tuition fees, to the educational institutions. Payments like development fees or donation or capitation fees, etc., are not covered and do not qualify for tax benefit. Also, if you haven't paid the fees on time, the applicable late fee paid will not be eligible. 

Tax benefit for how many children? 

The benefit applies for the fees paid for up to two children. So if a couple has four children, both can claim tax benefit as both have a separate limit of two children each. 

Which parent gets the tax benefit? 

The parent who makes the payment gets the tax advantage. If both parents are working and pay taxes, both can claim individually up to the amount of fees paid. 

If both are working and want to take the benefit under Section 80C for the amount paid by them respectively, they can do so. So if the fee paid is Rs 2 lakh, of which the father has paid Rs 50,000, while the mother has paid Rs 1.5 lakh, both can claim the amount individually as per the payment made by them. 

Conclusion 

As the upper limit for Section 80C tax benefit is Rs 1.5 lakh a year, see how much of that gets exhausted through tuition fees and then decide on further tax savers. While the tax benefit on tuition fees is incidental and helps you to save tax during the early days of your child's education, do not forget to create a long-term investment plan for his higher education. 

Estimate the amount needed for higher studies and create a savings plan towards that goal, preferably through SIPs in 3-5 equity diversified mutual funds scheme. To ensure that the goal is met, do buy adequate life cover, preferably through a pure term insurance plan.
Source : The Economic Times

RE-CONSIDERATION OF BCR PROMOTION ON PAR WITH JUNIORS BY THE DIRECTORATE - COURT ORDER

RE-CONSIDERATION OF BCR PROMOTION ON PAR WITH JUNIORS BY THE DIRECTORATE AS PER THE HON'BLE SUPREME COURT'S ORDER DATED 13.02.2017 INI.A.NO.2,3,412016 IN SLP NO. 35654/2015

Dear Comrades,
The Department issued orders for the Modifications of TBOP/BCR Scheme vide D.G. Posts letter No. 22-5/95-PE-l dated 8.2.1996 & 26.3.1996 that all the officials such as, UDCs in the Circle Office and SBCO, LSG (both l/3rd and 2/3rd), P.O. and R.M.S. Accountants, whose seniority was adversely affected by implementation of BCR scheme placing their juniors in the next higher scale of pay will now be considered for next higher scale of pay from the date their immediate juniors became eligible for the next higher scale.

Latter on, the Department issued orders Vide D.G Posts letter No. 22-6/2000-PE.I dated 17.5.2000 that Completion of 16/26 years of service is a must for promotion under TBOP/BCR Scheme.

Now, the Directorate is seeking information from al Circles to reconsider the BCR promotions on par with the juniors as per the Directorate order given below. 

All Circle Secretaries are requested to have a touch with your Circle office and review the gradation list issued on or after 2000 to 2008 until the introduction of MACP. The individual representation format will be published shortly in the Union website.
[P.A.MHATHRE, GENERAL SECRETARY]

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No.22-612000-P. E. I (Pt.)
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
Department of Posts, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi.
Dated the 16th Februarv. 2017
To
All Heads of Circles.

Subject:- Revision of guidelines for considering placement under TBOP/BCR Scheme in cases where seniors are considered for placement at par with their juniors - regarding.

Sir/Madam,
As per the Hon'ble Supreme Court's Order dated 13.02.2017 inI.A.No.2,3,412016 in SLP No.35654/2015 this Department is to review the Directorate's Order No.22-6/2000-PE dated t7 /5/2000 for extending benefit to seniors for grant of Second financial upgradation i.e. BCR w.e.f. on par with juniors who got higher pay scale after completion of 26 years of service. In this connection, the following information is required on urgent basis:-
SL NO POINT REPLY
1 Number of senior SBCO employees who were not granted financial upgradation under the BCR Scheme on account of non completion of 26 years whereas their juniors were granted financial upgradation under BCR scheme after completion of 26 years.
2 In such case, if all the senior SBCO employees are granted financial upgradation under BCR scheme w.e.f. the date of their juniors were granted BCR, what will be the total financial implications thereof.
2. lt is reiterated that as per the direction of the Hon'ble Supreme Court the entire exercise is to be completed in a TIME BOUND manner. It is therefore, requested that the above information may please be sent by return FAX or email adgestt@indiapost.gov.in in any case latest by 20.02.2017.

SD: (Tarun Mittal)
ADG(PE-l)
Ph.23036239

Below the order:      

Inspection Quarters inaugurated in Race Course Post Office, Vadodara- Order Copy