Monday, May 29, 2017

New Menu "CICD " deployed in Finacle by CEPT,FSI Team to inquire PAN/ADHAR/Mobile/PMY/ATM/e-Banking linked/availed or not using CIF/A.C. ID

Dear Finacle Users,
A new menu CICD is now available for inquiring PAN/Mobile/Aadhaar and status of linked PMY schemes on entering CIF or Account ID.
This menu is available to all users; if any specific work class is unable to access the menu, please intimate to your concerned CPC.

Upcoming Features:
A patch is being processed now on this menu to show all the linked accounts and list of services opted by the account holder such as ATM, E-banking etc. This patch is expected to be deployed next week.
Source: DOPFinacle

40 crore workers from unorganized sector to be covered under social security schemes: Shri Bandaru Dattatreya

Labour Code on Wages to be sent to cabinet for approval: Labour & Employment Minister 
3.87 crore candidates & 14.8 lakh establishments registered on National Career Service Portal 
The Minister of State for Labour & Employment (IC), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya has announced that the 40 crore workers from unorganized sector will be covered under social security schemes such as ESIC & EPFO. The Minister said that the Government is committed to ensure wage, jobs and social security for all workers including unorganized sector. Shri Dattatreya was addressing a function on the 3 years achievements of the his ministry in New Delhi today. He said that the Ministry is implementing reforms and new ways and means for employment generation. India is the only country which has launched Shram Suvidha Portal for effective compliance and ease of doing business. The Ministry is implementing the National Career Service (NCS) project as a vibrant platform for transforming and strengthening the public employment services in the country.
Shri Dattatreya said that the Ministry got the following Acts passed by the Parliament during last 3 years.

1- The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016 which ensures complete prohibition on employment of children below 14 years and also prohibited the adolescents (14-18 years ) to work in hazardous occupation/processes

2- The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 under which maternity benefit to woman has been increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children and 12 weeks for more than two children

3- The Payment of Wages(Amendment) Act,2017 enables the employers to pay the wages to their employees by cash or cheque or crediting it to their bank account.

4- The Employees’ Compensation (Amendment) Act, 2017 has the provision to increase the penalty for contravention of Act from present Rs.5000/- to Rs. 50,000/- extendable to Rs.1 Lakh.

5- Payment of Bonus Amendment Act, 2015 has enhanced the eligibility limit under section 2(13) from Rs. 10,000/- to Rs.21,000/- per month.

6- The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 has been amended by notification to include “fixed term employment” for textile (apparel) sector as a part of textile package to enhance employment.

The Labour & Employment Minister said that the Ministry is working on the proposed codification of existing Labour Laws into 4 Labour Codes.
(i) Labour Code on Wages
(ii) Labour Code on Industrial Relations
(iii) Labour Code on Social Security and Welfare
(iv) Labour Code on Occupational Safety and Working Conditions
The Group of Ministers has approved the Labour Code on Wages and it will be sent to cabinet for approval.

The Minister said that the Minimum wage (per day) for non-agricultural worker in the ‘C’ area category increased from Rs.246/- to Rs.350/-, Rs437/- in ‘B’ Area category and Rs.523/- in ‘A’ area category. He also informed that the Shram Suvidha Portal is a single unified web portal for submissions of common Annual Return under 9 Central Acts and monthly common Electronic Challan Cum Return (ECR) for EPFO and ESIC. He also informed that Unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) is allotted to Units and 19,23,162 Lakhs LIN allotted as on on 22nd May, 2017. Total 2,95,423 inspections have been assigned and out of that 2,76,931 inspections have been uploaded as on 22nd May, 2017. Common registration under EPFO and ESIC has been facilitated on the Shram Suvidha Portal since 30th April, 2017.

Shri Dattatreya said that Registers/Forms to be maintained under various labour laws are simplified. 56 Registers/- Forms under 9 Central Labour Laws and Rules made thereunder have been replaced with 5 common Registers/Forms. The notification has been issued on 28th March, 2017 for reducing Forms under certain Labour Law Rules from 36 to 12. It is applicable to the establishments under the jurisdiction of Central as well as State Governments.

He said that employers can apply for EPF code number online by uploading of digitally signed documents. As on 06th December, 2016 around 1.52 Lakhs establishments have been obtained online registration on OLRE portal. Universal Account Number(UAN) has been made compulsory and online credit system introduced. Minimum pension under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 has been revised to Rs. 1000/- in perpetuity per month w.e.f. April 2015. Time limit for claim settlement has been reduced to 10 days from 20 days. No documents required and only self-certification is necessary for withdrawal under the EPF scheme for the accounts linked with Aadhaar.

The Minister informed that ESIC is now covering complete districts instead of targeted industrial clusters. Coverage expanded to all 393 districts where these clusters are located. 301 districts have been fully covered. In the second phase, the target is to cover all the remaining districts of the country. “One IP-Two Dispensaries” scheme has been launched for the benefit of migrant workers. Now Insured Persons can choose two dispensaries, one for self and another for family through an employer.

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya said that over 3.87 crore candidates, 14.8 lakh establishments are registered on the National Career Service (NCS) Portal and it has mobilized over 6 lakh vacancies. Around 540 job fair were organised in 2016-17. The NCS project also involves setting up of 100 Model Career Centre to deliver quality employment services and these centres are being set up in collaboration with States and Institutions. NCS has partnered with Department of Posts and common services centre to extend registration of job seekers through the Post Offices.

Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) scheme has been announced to incentivize employers for new employment. Government will be paying the 8.33% EPS contribution for these new employment for the period of 3 years. For the textile (Apparel & made up) sector, Government will also pay the 3.67% EPF contribution of employers for these new employees. Till now benefit have been transferred to 1,954 establishments covering 75,848 beneficiaries under the scheme with an expenditure of Rs. 6 crores (approx.).

Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour Scheme has been revised with effect from 17th May, 2016 where financial assistance has been increased from Rs.20,000/- Rs.1,00,000/- per adult male beneficiary, Rs 2 Lakh for special category beneficiaries such as children including orphans or those rescued from organized & forced begging rings or other forms of forced child labour and women. Rs 3 Lakh in cases of bonded or forced labour involving extreme cases of deprivation or marginalization.

The Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Ms. M. Sathiyavathy in her welcoming address said that the Government is creating environment to facilitate employment with quality and fair wages. For this number of initiatives and programmes have been undertaken.

On this occasion, Shri Dattatreya inaugurated Centre of Excellence (Ophthalmology) of ESI PGIMSR & Model Hospital and Physiotherapy & X-ray units of ESIC on PPP model for beneficiaries for Delhi region. He also inaugurated EPFO Regional Office, Delhi (West) and Regional Office, Delhi (Central). The Minister Felicitated six model employers and also released a book on 3 years’ achievements and initiatives of the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

Proposal for Cadre Restructuring of Group -C Employees in Department of Posts : Vijayawada Region in Andhra Pradesh Circle

Get ready to file your ITR: Deadline for employers to provide Form 16 is May 31

The time has come for your employer to inform you about the taxes deducted in the previous year i.e. for the financial year 2016-17. Each month, the employer would have deducted tax at source (TDS) on your salary income and deposited the same to the government. 

The income tax Act mandates everyone who deducts TDS to issue a certificate to the individual. Under section 203 of the Income-tax Act, 1961, the employer is mandated to issue Form 16 to the employees showing the total TDS on income. 
And this should happen before the end of this month. Archit Gupta, founder & CEO informs, "The last date for the employers to share the form 16 with the employees is 31st May of the financial year immediately following the financial year in which income tax was paid and tax deducted." However, in case there is no TDS deducted, the employer need not issue the TDS certificate in Form 16. 

Budget 2016 gave few extension in TDS submissions. "The due dates were extended for submission of TDS Returns. But no extension has been announced for Form 16 yet. It must be kept in mind that an extension in the deadline for employers to provide Form 16 will reduce the time available for filing of returns for the salaried who rely on Form 16 to prepare their returns", says Gupta. 

Penalty for employer 

It is compulsory for the employer to furnish Form 16 to the employee, whether it is the present or any previous employer. "Under section 203 of the Income Tax act, 1961 read with rule 31 of the income tax rules 1962, it is mandatory to furnish." But, what if the employer fails to do so? "Under section 272A (2) (g) of the Income Tax act, the employer is liable to pay the penalty," says Gupta. 

In case the employer has not provided the Form 16 to the employee by May 31 and delays it, there are penalties in place too. Gupta says, "If the employer fails to furnish the form 16 within the due date, he is liable to pay a penalty of Rs.100 per day of default till he issues the form. However, the penalty will not exceed the amount of tax deductible." 

What to do if not received 

At times employees find it difficult to collect the Form 16 from previous employers and sometimes even from the present ones. "The only remedy in case employer refuse to issues Form 16 is to complain to the concerned assessing officer in writing, who will take appropriate action or initiate penalty proceedings against the employer. The employee, however, has no other legal remedy against his employer in case he refuses to issue the certificate except to intimate about such default to the concerned assessing officer, who may take appropriate action or initiate penalty proceedings against the employer." 

What all is there in Form 16 

Form 16 is a summary of the total amount paid to the employee and the TDS on it. 

There are two parts in Form 16- Part A and Part B. While the basic information of the employer and employee, like name, address, PAN and TAN details, period of employment with the employer, summary details of TDS deducted and deposited with the government are captured in Part A, while Part B includes Income chargeable under the head 'Salaries', any other income reported by employee, the various deductions under Chapter VI-A such as section 80C, Section 80D etc. 

Lastly, it will carry the figures for total income (earned during the previous year) and the tax applicable to it. "Part A must be generated and downloaded through Traces Portal. Part A of Form 16 also has a unique TDS Certificate Number. Part B is prepared by the employer manually and issued along with Part A," says Gupta. 


In addition to the salary income, an employee may have other income too. Once you have received the Form 16 but had not declared any other income to the employer( and therefore no TDS was deducted on it), you may show it while filing the income tax return, the last date for which currently stands at 31st July. 

Source:-The Economic Times

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7th CPC Revised Pay Matrix - Pay Protection to officers on Central Deputation: DoPT Order

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi, dated the 19th/22nd May, 2017

(i)The Chief Secretaries of All States/UTs
(ii)JS(P), Ministry of Home Affairs North Block, New Delhi
(iii)JS(IFS), Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

Subject: Amendments in the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission – reg.

The Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide Resolution No.1-2/2016-IC dated the 16th May, 2017 has made certain changes in the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. The following changes are relevant for All India Service officers:

(i) The Index of Rationalisation (IOR) of Level 13 of Civil Pay Matrix shall be enhanced from 2.57 to 2.67. Accordingly, the Civil Pay Matrix as contained in Schedule-III of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 08.09.2016, IPS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated the 23.09.2016 and IFS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 28.09.2016 shall be revised as at Appendix-I (copy enclosed)

(ii) The provision contained in Rule 7 of the aforesaid Rules shall be revised to the extent that the benefit of pay protection in the form of personal pay of officers posted on deputation under Central Staffing Scheme, as envisaged therein, shall be given effect from 1st January, 2016 instead of 25th July, 2016. Further, this benefit shall also be extended to officers from Services under Central Staffing Scheme, coming on deputation to Central Government, on posts not covered under Central Staffing Scheme.

Accordingly, the Rule 7 of IAS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 08.09.2016, IPS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated the 23.09.2016 and IFS (Pay) Rule, 2016 dated 28.09.2016 shall be revised as under:

7. Pay protection to officers on Central deputation -
“If the pay of the AIS officers posted on deputation to the Central Government, is fixed in the revised pay structure, either under these rules or as per the instructions regulating such fixation of pay on the post to which they are appointed on deputation, and happens to be lower than the pay they would have been entitled to had they been in their parent cadre and would have drawn that pay but for the Central deputation, such difference in the pay shall be protected in the form of Personal Pay with effect from the 1st January, 2016”.

2. The State Government is requested to furnish their comments on the proposed amendments immediately and positively by 26th May, 2017. If no reply is received by this time, it would be presumed that the State Government concurs with the said amendments.

3. This issues with the approval of the competent authority.

Yours faithfully,
(Rajesh Kumar Yadav)
Under Secretary to the Government of India


7th Pay Commission Part II: Harsh times ahead for central government employees

They are not a vote bank for Modi government, hence they should not expect much
S Murlidharan,@smurlidharan
In June 2016, the Modi government took the central government employees head on by granting a niggardly hike in pay following the 7th Pay Commission recommendations - just 14 per cent or so as against the 6th Pay Commission’s egregious hike of 51 per cent a decade earlier in 2006.

This was hot on the heels of implementing its poll promise to armed forces' veterans - OROP, or one-rank-one-pension. To its credit, the Modi government did not go overboard even while honouring its OROP commitment.

Instead, it stood its ground and assured only a quinquennial (every five-year) exercise to bring parity in pension for same rank holders as against the annual parity demanded by the veterans.
If the Modi government could act tough with the armed forces' veterans, it could act tougher still with the central government employees. And act it did last year when it cleverly bought time for itself by separating pay revision from the allowances revision.

Pay revision, as said earlier, was jaw-dropping except for the employees at the lower levels. Having prepared them for the worst, the allowances part of the revision, separately considered by e-cos (empowered committee of secretaries led by former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa), would most probably be announced soon, may be in July 2017.

The 20 per cent reduction in house rent allowance across the board, resulting in HRA for example becoming 24 per cent of basic salary in X cities from the existing 30 per cent, is on the cards despite talks of the e-cos going soft on the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in this regard.

The 7th Pay Commission had also recommended axing of 52 of 196 allowances and merging of 36 allowances with the existing ones.

Though the Modi government has remained tight-lipped about its stand on the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in so far as allowance is concerned, it is unlikely to heed them if its record of acting tough is any indicator, especially when the one making demands is not a vote bank.

Modi and his finance minister Arun Jaitley know that central government employees do not matter at the hustings. Photo: India Today 
Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan is a slogan which resonates across the nation. But at 257 per 1 lakh of population, central government employees are no vote bank, unlike jawans and kisans.

It seems the Modi government has decided to challenge the status quo and shibboleths. While Modi may not be an innovator (by the way, the term itself is a back-handed and grudging compliment for those who tweak or steal inventions) as he is sought to be hailed and feted with by his party, BJP, he is arguably the one who doesn’t hesitate to rock the boat and ruffle feathers.

He first showed this proclivity when he abolished the Planning Commission soon after being installed in office and more recently when he demonetised high denomination currency notes, even though the jury is still out on whether he cut the nose to spite the face by doing so.

It is this proclivity that should temper enthusiasm, if any, in the ranks of central government employees that the Modi government would make up in the 7th Pay Commission Part II (allowances) what it cruelly denied in Part I last year.

Modi and his finance minister Arun Jaitley not only know that central government employees do not matter at the hustings, except perhaps in the Delhi elections, but also know that indulging them would upset the tender finances of state governments, many of which emulate the Centre while granting pay hikes and many of which are BJP-ruled.

They also know that central government employees as a class are a pampered lot at Rs 18,000 a month income as opposed to the national average of Rs 7,700 (statistics borrowed from my previous article on the subject dated March 23, 2017), even though that admittedly is way below what some of our honchos help themselves to unconscionably when it comes to their salary vis-à-vis the garden variety employees.

Gramin Dak Sevaks : Sanctioned strength and Working strength as on 31.3.2015

GDS : Sanctioned strength and Working strength as on 31.3.2015

अब डाकघर में भी बनेंगे आधार कार्ड डाक विभाग और UIDAI में हुआ समझौता PVC कार्ड जारी किए जायेंगे 25000 डाकघरों से होगी शुरुआत

अब डाकघर में भी बनेंगे आधार कार्ड
डाक विभाग और UIDAI में हुआ समझौता
PVC कार्ड जारी किए जायेंगे
25000 डाकघरों से होगी शुरुआत

भारतीय डाक विभाग आम जनता की सेवा के लिए हर दिन नई योजनाएं ला रहा है । हाल ही में डाकघरो में पासपोर्ट सेवा केंद्र बनाकर जनता को खुशियो की सौगात दी है तो रोजगार पंजीकरण केंद्र के रूप में भी डाकघर जल्द ही काम करना शुरु कर देंगे ।
हर जगह आधार कार्ड की अनिवार्यता को देखते हुए जल्द ही डाकघरों में आधार कार्ड बनने लगेंगे । डाक विभाग और UIDAI में 09 मई 2017 को एक समझौता हुआ है जिसके अनुसार जुलाई 2017 के बाद डाकघरों में आधार कार्ड पंजीकरण और अपडेशन का काम शुरू हो जायेगा ।

Every department should disclose demonetisation details: CIC

NEW DELHI: It was the duty of every government department concerned with demonetisation to spell out all relevant facts and reasons behind the radical move, the Central Information Commission has observed.

In what could be the first comments of the transparency panel on the lack of information about the notes ban decision, Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said any attempt to withhold information would generate serious doubts about the economy.
He said the attitude of building "steel forts" around the decision needed to be done away with. 

"It is very difficult to reconcile with the attitude of building steel forts--that could not be broken even by 'Bahubali'--around the public affair of demonetisation in a democratic nation, if governed by rule of law," he said.

He was referring to the 2015 blockbuster film Bahubali.

The observations assume importance in the background of the Prime Minister's Office, the Reserve Bank of India and the Finance Ministry rejecting RTI applications which sought the reasons behind the notes ban.

The move to scrap Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016.

Acharyulu was deciding a case of an RTI applicant, Ramswaroop, who had sought information from the post office in Pinto Park Air Force area about the total currency exchanged there, the people who exchanged it and the number of customers who provided their identification proof for exchange.

The postal department claimed they did not have the information in a consolidated form.

Directing the department to disclose the information, Acharyulu also said all public authorities should reveal information about the move which has affected every citizen of the country. 

"All the public authorities have a moral, constitutional, RTI-based democratic responsibility to explain to each and every citizen who is affected by demonetisation, the information, reasons, impact and remedial measures, if discovered any negative impact," he said. 

He said the CPIO should not have brushed aside this RTI request which reflected his blatant anti-transparency attitude.

He said each person was affected by the decision and even beggars, rikshaw pullers, push-cart sellers reeled under this stroke. 

"If the suffering was just temporary and there will be windfalls in future, let that also be told to the people officially by each and every public authority concerned with demonetisation," he said. 

He said if public authorities shy away from disclosing any information related to notes ban, it would raise serious questions in the mind of general public.

Canada issues Eid-ul-Fitr postal stamp

Canadian postal service has issued an Eid-ul-Fitr celebratory stamp on country’s 150th anniversary.

“As Canada reaches its 150th birthday, our stamp committee reflected on some themes that need to reflect the Canada of today,” Deepak Chopra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canada Post said.

The stamp has ‘Eid Mubarak’ inscribed in Arabic on top of which is a minaret and a yellow pattern signifies architecture that is unique to Islam.

The stamp has blue and orange as its base colours.

Canada last issued a stamp pertaining to Islamic festivities some 50 years ago and until then the state only celebrated Christian and secular holidays.

According to Canada Post, the stamp has been issued for three years and would become a practice if it does well.

Canada is set to issue stamps over Jewish as well as Hindu festivities as well.

Accountant Examination paper I 2017 - UP Circle