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Revised allowances for Central Government Employees likely to be announced after April 12

Revised allowances including House Rent Allowance will likely be announced for the Central Government staff after the ongoing Budget session of Parliament is over on April 12.

NC JCM writes to Cabinet Secretary to settle various issues including revision of HRA

Grievances of the Central Government Employees – Secy./Staff Side writes to Cabinet Secretary

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

Ph: 23382286
National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
for Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi – 110001
E-Mail : nc.jcm.np@gmail.com

No.NC/JCM/2017
Dated: March 29, 2017

The Cabinet Secretary,
Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grievances of the Central Government Employees

Owing to serious discontentment on various retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, there had been countrywide resentment among the Central Government Employees, and the Staff Side(JCM), under the aegis of the NJCA, had decided for an “Indefinite Countrywide Strike”, commencing from 6th July, 2016, which was deferred after negotiations with the GoMs, comprising of Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs, Finance Minister, Railway Minister and State Minister for Railways, held on 30.06.2016, wherein it was assured that, demands of the Central Government Employees, viz. improvement in Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula, Rates of Allowances, Guaranteed Pension/Family Pension in lieu of NPS etc. would be resolved within a fixed time frame of four months, for which committees were constituted by the Government of India.
While substantial delay took place in setting-up of various committees itself, however, it is a matter of deep concern that, the committees have not yet finalized their reports despite lapse of more than eight months time.

The Staff Side had, at the very outset, opposed setting-up of Committee on Allowances, demanding upward revision and restoration of certain allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC, nevertheless, the government on the contrary constituted the said committee.

It may be recalled that, it has been an established convention in the past also that, payment of the revised rates of the allowances is done w.e.f. the date of implementation of the report of the Central Pay Commission, but this time, unlike previous occasion, the Central Government Employees are still being paid House Rent Allowance, Transport Allowance etc. on the pre-revised rates.

It was being expected that, Committee on Allowances would complete its proceedings within the fixed timeframe and the CGEs would be paid allowances on the revised rates w.e.f. the date of implementation of the 7th CPC report, but unfortunately, it is being delayed inordinately, owing to which there is serious resentment brewing among the CGEs.
While Committee on Allowances also met on the previous day, i.e. 28.03.2017, and we were expected that it would finalize its recommendations in the said meeting, but on enquiring we have been made to understand that, the issue of revision of rates of HRA was even not discussed in the said meeting.

We, therefore, take this opportunity to apprise you that, unjustified and inordinate delay in finalizing the reports of the committees is not only breach of the assurance given to the Staff Side by the GoMs, but also creating an uncongenial atmosphere among the CGEs.

It would, therefore, be quite appropriate that, the issue may be considered with all seriousness as per assurance given to the Staff Side, and revision of the rates of the allowances, NPS, Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula and Pension/Family Pension, along with restoration of certain allowances abolished by the 7th CPC, be finalized without further loss of time in the larger interest of industrial harmony in the country.

With Kind Regards!

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary

Source: www.ncjcmstaffside.com

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Aadhaar should not be undermined by critics: Ashok Lavasa

Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa
Amid mounting criticism by Opposition and civil society on the government’s efforts to make Aadhaar mandatory for a number of schemes, including to pay income taxes, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa defended the move and said the government’s initiatives should not be undermined. Speaking at an industry body event on Wednesday, Lavasa said for many years Indians applauded developed economies which had common unique identification for their citizens.
“I think this platform of Aadhaar which has been created should not be undermined. It is very important. Linked to this is the whole gamut of public expenditure which is a matter of concern not only for those who want more efficiency in public spending but also all of us who are concerned with transparency and removal of corruption,” Lavasa said. “It (Aadhaar) is revolutionary in the sense and what it has done is something which has not been done anywhere in the world. You have 105 crore (1.05 billion) people who have a unique identity.” 

Apart from central government schemes such as the rural employment scheme, employee pension benefit, food security act, livelihood missions, schemes for expecting mothers, small businesses, crop insurance policies, anganwadi schemes and various other programmes with or without direct benefit transfers, the Narendra Modi government has also passed rules or amended existing acts to make Aadhaar mandatory to pay taxes and to link with all mobile numbers. This even as the Supreme Court has stated that Aadhaar is not compulsory to avail benefits under central government schemes. 

The criticism has increased after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tried to bring in additional amendments in the Finance Bill to make mandatory the linking of Aadhaar with PAN cards. Not only Opposition MPs like Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress and Tathagata Satpathy of the Biju Janata Dal, but even Rajeev Chandrashekar, affiliated to the ruling party, raised concerns on privacy issues related to unique identification database.

Lavasa also said the direct benefits transfer (DBT) in various social sector schemes have resulted in savings to the tune of Rs 34,000 crore for the Centre. “There have been some palpable achievements in some of the schemes where DBT has been implemented. There is an assessment that in all these schemes, the quantum of savings would be about Rs 34,000 crore. So far, DBT has been implemented in 78 schemes and there are many more in which it has to be implemented,” he said.

Stating that use of technology has made the system more transparent, he said Aadhaar seeding has brought about efficiency and inter-linking of beneficiaries has enabled weeding out bogus and un-deserving people.

“About 1.73 lakh (173,000) public distribution scheme shops have point of sale machines and all these are Aadhaar-enabled. The fertiliser depots are in the process of installing PoS machines. The subsidy in fertiliser has remained where it was in previous years, but the subsidy in kerosene has come down tremendously, the finance secretary stated as an example.

Lavasa also reiterated India’s gross domestic product growth for 2016-17 was expected to be around seven per cent and could be higher than 7.5 per cent for 2017-18. Speaking on the increasing trend among western leaders stressing on protectionism, Lavasa said at a time when people were talking about building walls, literally and figuratively, and when global trade was expected to reduce as a share of global growth, Indian industry should focus on deepening and strengthening the local economy. “It is important for industry to look into the Indian market in a bigger way, how to strengthen the rural economy,” he said.

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Tax Exemption to National Pension System

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
RAJYA SABHA

STARRED QUESTION No. *285
TO BE ANSWERED ON TUESDAY, THE 28th MARCH, 2017
7,CHAITRA, 1939 (SAKA)
TAX EXEMPTION TO NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM
*285. SHRI N. GOKULAKRISHNAN:
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the maturity amount of the National Pension System has no tax benefits like Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF);

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether Government has received any representation requesting to provide tax exemption to NPS at par with PPF and EPF; and

(d) if so, the stand of Government in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
(SHRI ARUN JAITLEY)

(a)to (d):- A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement referred to in reply to parts (a) to (d) of Rajya Sabha Starred Question No.*285 for 28th March, 2017 by Shri N. Gokulakrishnan, MP reg. Tax Exemption to National Pension System.

(a)&(b) Prior to Finance Act, 2016, National Pension System (NPS) referred to in section 80CCD was Exempt, Exempt and Tax (EET) i.e., the monthly/periodic contributions during the pension accumulation phase were allowed as deduction from income for tax purposes; the returns generated on these contributions during the accumulation phase were also exempt from tax; however, the terminal benefits on exit or superannuation, in the form of lump sum withdrawals, were taxable in the hands of the individual subscriber or his nominee in the year of receipt of such amounts unlike PPF and EPF which have been enjoying EEE regime i.e. Exempt, Exempt, Exempt.
Vide Finance Act, 2016, section 10 of the Income-tax Act was amended to provide that any payment from National Pension System Trust to an employee on account of closure or his opting out of the NPS shall be exempt from tax, to the extent it does not exceed forty percent of the total amount payable to him at the time of closure or his opting out of the scheme. Further, Section 80CCD was also amended by Finance Act, 2016 to provide that the whole amount received by the nominee of NPS subscriber on his death shall be exempt from tax.

Further, vide Finance Bill,2017 as passed by the Lok Sabha on 22.03.2017, it has been proposed to exempt partial withdrawals by employees from their NPS accounts in accordance with the guidelines prescribed under Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act,2013.

Furthermore, it has also been proposed in the Bill to amend section 80CCD of the I.T.Act,1961 so as to increase the upper limit of deduction for contribution into NPS from ten per cent of gross total income to twenty per cent in case of individual other than employee.

(c) &(d) Yes, Madam, the Government has received such representations in the past and the stand of Government was reflected in the amendments made in Income-tax Act vide Finance Act,2016 and Finance Bill 2017 as discussed above.

Women to get 26 weeks maternity leave, President nod to new law

New Delhi: Women employees will now be able to get paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks, as per a new law.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 that has made changes in some of the provisions of over 55-year-old law entitling certain benefit to women employees.
The new law makes it mandatory for every establishment with fifty or more employees to have the facility of creche within a prescribed distance.

The employer is also bound to allow four visits a day to the creche by a woman.

Every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment regarding every benefit available under the new law, the statute says.

An employer can also permit a woman to work from home after she has availed maternity leave.
"In case where the nature of work assigned to a woman is of such nature that she may work from home, the employer may allow her to do so after availing of the maternity benefit for such period and on such conditions as the employer and the woman may mutually agree," it says.

The law also allows maternity leave of 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child below the age of three months, and for commissioning mother (a biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in any other woman).

The entitlement of 26 weeks paid leave under the law is only for first two children. A woman with two or more children will be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, says the law which will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people.

The statute that will help approximate 1.8 million women workforce in organised sector, has amended Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 that regulates grant of maternity benefit to women employees in certain establishments.

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on March 9 and Rajya Sabha on March 20.

India is at third position globally in terms of the number of weeks of maternity leave after Canada (50 weeks) and Norway (44 weeks).

The president gave his assent on Monday.

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Can Postmaster Gr-i/ii/iii (or) can any one sign using green ink?

Laws in India: Is there any legal or constitutional rule regarding the use of green or red ink on official or government forms/documents?
An important issue came up before the Vajpeyi's Cabinet. Cabinet sent it to the ministry's officials for more remarks and opinions. The file got circulated while some junior officer wrote his comments in Green ink. 

The cabinet secretary was not happy with this so he demanded an explanation. The junior officer in tern asked him to show any rules prohibiting use of green ink. 

Secretary moved the file to minsiter who then refferred it to Ministry of Personnel. That ministry said there is no such rule and Ministry of Science and Technology should be consulted. MTS sent the file to Minsitry of Archieves which said black ink has higher durability compared to others but there is no major difference. 

The cabinet asked Ministry of Defence as to what protocol the defense follows. Turns out that Army, Air Force and Navy all had totally different rules about color of ink. 

After 1 entire year wated on this, and the original decision remaining pending the cabinet eventually simply came up with one random rule. 
This story is the first chapter of Arun Shourie's book "Governance".
As per the available source of information there is no statuary rule in India for usage of green ink in official documents. School principals, auditors, doctors, engineers, police stations are widely using green or red ink signs even they are not gazetted. This is useful for distinguish from clerk to officer marks on file or documents. But govt. encouraging to use block or thick blue which gives better impression on scanning. Postmasters-i/ii/iii can use green or red for official forms as head of the office to distinguish other signs. In India signature in green is not a status of gazetted. As per Indian legal point of view there is no restriction but it depends on the receiver’s choice.

1.55 lakh post offices to become access points for the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)

Postal department installs 976 ATMs
 
1.55 lakh post offices to become access points for the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)
The Department of Posts has installed 976 ATMs which are mostly located in the rural areas of India, union minister Manoj Sinha informed the Lok Sabha. 

The minister said that the Department of Posts has set up India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company on August 17, 2016 under the Companies Act 2013, to further the financial inclusion objectives of the government. 
The IPPB has launched operations in Raipur (Chattisgarh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand) with 8 access points on January 30, 2017. It is proposed to set up access points co-located with district level post offices in up to 650 districts with linkages to all the post offices throughout the country by September, 2017, subject to feasibility and fulfillment of regulatory requirements. 

Thus after complete roll-out, approximately, 1.55 lakh post offices will become access points for the IPPB. Read: India Post launches payments bank Sinha said that IPPB has not installed any ATM, as of now. IPPB has issued 1,619 Debit Cards of which 832 debit Cards have been issued in Jharkhand and 787 debit Cards have been issued in Chattisgarh. 

The minister said that many companies have approached the Department of Posts for IPPB which include domestic and international financial entities in the field of banking, insurance, international money transfer, mutual funds etc. Some preliminary discussions had taken place with International Finance Corporation (World Bank); no formal proposal to this effect has been received. 

While the department is in various stages of discussions with them, decision on formal partnerships will be taken after carefully evaluating the entire value proposition that they propose for the common man, he said. - See more at:

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7th Pay Commission: Employee Unions Seek Early Finalisation Of Allowance Report.

The allowance committee is supposed to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th central pay commission related to allowances are warranted and if so in what form.

A high level committee examining the recommendations of 7th pay commission on allowances held a meeting with different stakeholders on Tuesday. A top union official told NDTV that the employee representatives have sought an early finalisation of allowance panel report. Meanwhile, the allowance committee has sought views from different ministries on 14 benefits, a Press Trust of India report said, citing sources. These allowances include accidental allowance, outstation detention allowance, trip allowance, and ghat allowance. The committee on allowances (related to 7th central pay commission) was constituted through a government order dated July 22, 2016. The allowance committee is supposed to examine and make recommendations as to whether any changes in the recommendations of the 7th central pay commission related to allowances are warranted and if so in what form.
Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal on March 24 had again clarified that the allowance committee related to 7th pay commission is yet to submit its report. The minister added the allowance committee is now in the process of finalising its report and the government would take a decision after the report is submitted. The minister also explained why the allowance committee has taken more time to finalise its report. The allowance committee related to 7th pay commission awards “has taken more time than was initially prescribed in view of large number of demands received,” he clarified.
“The committee has received a large number of demands on allowances and even now receives demands in this regards. All the demands have been diligently examined,” the minister said.
The allowance panel is likely to finalise its views on HRA or house rent allowance at its next meeting, reported news agency Press Trust of India, citing sources. The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that HRA be paid at the rate of 24 per cent, 16 per cent and 8 per cent of the new basic pay, depending on type of cities. The 7th Pay Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA be revised to 27 per cent, 18 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively when DA crosses 50 per cent, and further revised to 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent when DA crosses 100 per cent.


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Gujarat Postal Circle recruiting for 413 Multi-Tasking Posts (MTS); Last date is 10.04.2017

Department of Posts, also commonly known as India Posts is one of the oldest communication systems in India. Gujarat Postal Circle has invited application for the post of 413 Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) cadre (earlier known as Group-D) in Administrative/ Subordinate Post Offices in Postal/ Railway Mail Service Division/Unit Circle under direct requirement. 

Job Details: Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) 

Vacancies: 413 Posts
Subordinate Post Office: 325 Posts
Administrative Office: 88 Posts 

Important Dates: 

Submission Of online applications: 24.03.2017 to 10.04.2017
Last Date For Submission Of Application Fee : 12.04.2017 

Eligibility Criteria: 

Candidates must have completed matriculation from any recognized Board. Age: Minimum & Maximum age limit is 18 to 25 years as on 10.04.2017 (SC & ST Category 5 years, OBC-NCL Category 3 years & PWD Category 10 years) As part of the selection process, all applicants need to appear for an Aptitude Test (Multiple Choice Questions) that is held for a total of 100 marks. The duration of the Aptitude Test will be for 2 hours (120 minutes). There is no negative marking for any wrong answer. The registration fee of Rs.600 must be paid by all general & OBC male categories of applicants. The amount of Rs 200 must be paid by candidates belonging to SC/ST, Ex-Servicemen & Women.

Interested candidates may apply online through the website
https://ojas.gujarat.gov.in from 24.03.2017 to 10.04.2017 till 23.59 P.M. thereafter website link will be disabled.

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