Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HRA 30% , 27% or 24% ? All eyes on cabinet meet tomorrow

The wait to get clarity on allowances like House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Dearness Allowance (DA) under the 7th Pay Commission may be over on Wednesday as the Cabinet is likely to convene a meeting and announce its decision. 
One crore Central Government employees and pensioners are waiting for news on their arrears and allowances like HRA and DA. 

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended HRA too be fixed at 24%, 16% and 8% depending on the cities employees workin. 

However, employees were not happy with this increase and demanded 30%, 24% and 16% HRA. 

The Committee on Allowances that FM Jaitley set up last year under leadership of Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa submitted its reported earlier this year and suggested HRA to be fixed at between 25% and 27%. 

Although the HRA recommended by Committee on Allowances is higher than the one given by 7th Pay Commission, it is still lower than what the employees demanded. 

Under the 7th Pay Commission, nearly 200 allowances have been subsumed into a smaller batch.
There has been considerable delay on the allowances front of the 7th Pay Commission as the Empowered Committee of Secretaries submitted its report to FM Jaitley on June 1, 2017. 
Source : Zee Business

Postponement of provision relating to TDS (Section 51) and TCS ( Section 52) of the CGST / SGST Act 2017

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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
26-June-2017 16:21 IST

Postponement of provision relating to TDS (Section 51) and TCS ( Section 52) of the CGST / SGST Act 2017 

With the objective of ensuring smooth rollout of GST and taking into account the feedback received from the trade and industry regarding the provisions of deduction of tax at Source under Section 51 of the CGST / SGST Act 2017 and collection of tax at source under Section 52 of the CGST / SGST Act 2017, the following has been decided :-
1. The provisions of Tax Deduction at Source (Section 51 of the CGST / SGST Act 2017) and Tax Collection at Source (Section 52 of the CGST/SGST Act, 2017) will be brought into force from a date which will be communicated later.

2. Persons who will be liable to deduct or collect tax at source will be required to take registration, but the liability to deduct or collect tax will arise from the date the respective sections are brought in force.

3. The persons who were liable to be registered under clause (ix) of Section 24 of the CGST / SGST Act, 2017 (as they were supplying goods or services through electronic commerce operator who is required to collect tax at source under Section 52) will not be liable to register till the provision of Tax Collection at Source is brought under force. In other words, persons supplying goods or services through electronic commerce operator liable to collect tax at source would not be required to obtain registration immediately, unless they are so liable under Section 22 or any other category specified under Section 24 of the CGST / SGST Act, 2017 .

This step has been taken to provide more time for persons liable to deduct tax at source / E-Commerce Companies and their suppliers to prepare for the historic tax reform.

7th CPC: Pay hike for University staff, faculty likely in July - ET News

NEW DELHI: The much-awaited pay revision for lakhs of faculty and staffers across higher education institutes is likely to get a go-ahead by Guru Purnima (July 9), effecting an average of 15% salary hike with effect from January 1, 2016.

The Human Resource Development ministry is set to take Cabinet approval to grant an average 15% hike to about eight lakh faculty and staff across all Central and state universities as well as the Centrally funded technical institutes, including IITs, IIMs, NITs, IISERs, sources told ET.
The pay hike—estimated to cost the government Rs 75,000 crore over three years—was also taken up for discussion at the PMO on Monday, ET has learnt.

The last pay revision for teachers in 2006 gave them a pay packet higher than a civil servant and the edge is likely to stay. While academic pay scales are different from civil servants, it is expected that an assistant professor will be paid about Rs 1600 more at basic level vis a vis an entrant civil servant.

The pay revision will benefit about 7.5-8 lakh faculty and staff in state government-funded colleges and universities, 30,000 employees at the Central Universities and about 30,000 at centrally funded technical institutes.

While the cost estimates for central universities and CFTIs is Rs 600 crore each, with the Centre bearing half the cost for states, it will amount to about Rs 12,000 crore. The pay hike will apply to the next three years, mapping on the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to the educational institutes and according a near 15% average salary increment, sources said.

As per 7th pay commission fitment formula, a teacher's salary will be revised by a multiplier of 2.72 (applied to the basic salary and academic grade pay) for professor and above and a multiplier of 2.67 for assistant professor and above.

Issues of service conditions and tenure will be left for the University Grants Commission to address.

The Pay Review Committee constituted by the UGC had submitted its report to the ministry in February recommending a 20% hike. The pay panel committee for CFTIs had sought a hike in the Cumulat ive Professional Development Allowance for faculty to encourage research work and global exposure for faculty pay parity for Directors of all institutions. While the CPDA hike has been accepted by the HRD ministry, it has been decided to retain the higher salary structure for directors of institutes of national importance.

Two commemorative postage stamps on "SURVEY OF INDIA"

Two commemorative postage stamps of denominations Rs5 and Rs15 on "SURVEY OF INDIA" were issued by India Post on 22.06.2017

GDS Pay Commission regarding

Hon'ble M.P Prof. Ravindra V. Gikwad Member Parliamentary Satnding Committee on Agriculture & Consultative Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. written letter to Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitely & Hon'ble MOC, Shri Manoj Sinha-reg. GDS Pay Commission. 

Good news for professors! Pay hike for University staff, faculty likely in July

The last pay revision for teachers in 2006 gave them a pay packet higher than a civil servant and the edge is likely to stay. 
NEW DELHI: The much-awaited pay revision for lakhs of faculty and staffers across higher education institutes is likely to get a go-ahead by Guru Purnima (July 9), effecting an average of 15% salary hike with effect from January 1, 2016. 

The Human Resource Development ministry is set to take Cabinet approval to grant an average 15% hike to about eight lakh faculty and staff across all Central and state universities as well as the Centrally funded technical institutes, including IITs, IIMs, NITs, IISERs, sources told ET. 

The pay hike—estimated to cost the government Rs 75,000 crore over three years—was also taken up for discussion at the PMO on Monday, ET has learnt. 
The last pay revision for teachers in 2006 gave them a pay packet higher than a civil servant and the edge is likely to stay. While academic pay scales are different from civil servants, it is expected that an assistant professor will be paid about Rs 1600 more at basic level vis a vis an entrant civil servant. 

The pay revision will benefit about 7.5-8 lakh faculty and staff in state government-funded colleges and universities, 30,000 employees at the Central Universities and about 30,000 at centrally funded technical institutes.

While the cost estimates for central universities and CFTIs is Rs 600 crore each, with the Centre bearing half the cost for states, it will amount to about Rs 12,000 crore. The pay hike will apply to the next three years, mapping on the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to the educational institutes and according a near 15% average salary increment, sources said. 

As per 7th pay commission fitment formula, a teacher's salary will be revised by a multiplier of 2.72 (applied to the basic salary and academic grade pay) for professor and above and a multiplier of 2.67 for assistant professor and above. 


Issues of service conditions and tenure will be left for the University Grants Commission to address. 

The Pay Review Committee constituted by the UGC had submitted its report to the ministry in February recommending a 20% hike. The pay panel committee for CFTIs had sought a hike in the Cumulat ive Professional Development Allowance for faculty to encourage research work and global exposure for faculty pay parity for Directors of all institutions. While the CPDA hike has been accepted by the HRD ministry, it has been decided to retain the higher salary structure for directors of institutes of national importance.

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What are the expectations of Pensioners – PCDA listed 15 points

What are the expectations of Pensioners – PCDA listed 15 points 

Expectation From Pensioner

1. Timely Submission of Pension Claims:Application for grant of pension /gratuity /commutation/revision should be submitted to Head of Office/RO concerned. The application should be submitted well in advance so that it reached the PCDA (P) Allahabad office (through HOO) at least three months before the date of your retirement. Only then it can be ensured that the Pension Payment Order (PPO) reaches you (through your HOO/RO) before your retirement.

2. Reminder /queries to know status of a claim: There is thirty days drill for PCDA (P) office for notification of pension/Family Pension (and 60 days drill for Disability/WIP cases). Therefore once a pension claim is sent to the PCDA (P) office, reminders/FAX /queries regarding that claim should not be sent for atleast 35 days (65 days for Disability /WIP cases) from the date your claim is sent by your RO/HOO to PCDA (P). The queries should be sent to the officer-in charge of that section (which can be seen from ‘Organisational structure’ on this Website along with the references/letter number under which claim submitted.

3. Check the PPO: On receipt of an intimation memo relating to notification of your pensionary awards/copy of PPO, you should check that the pensionary awards have been notified correctly as per extent rules.

4. Corrections required in your PPO: If you feel that some correction is required in your PPO, you should contact your RO/Head of Office /Pension Disbursing Agency (PDA) for taking up the matter with Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Allahabad.
5. In case of any change in your residential address , you should send an intimation to your PDA/HOO/RO

6. Annual identification: For Annual identification you should appear before your PDA/submit Life Certificate failing which your pension may be stopped.

7. Loss of PPO: Where the P.P.O.(Pension Payment Order) notifying your pensionary awards has been lost you should make a request to your P.D.A. to furnish a Loss Certificate to the P.C.D.A.(P) to obtain a duplicate copy of P.P.O.

8. In case of re-employment in any Central or State govt./Autonomous bodies/Public Sector Undertaking, the full facts of re-employment should be given by you to your PDA (Pension Disbursing Authority) immediately after re-employment occurred. In case of non-re-employment, a declaration to this effect may be given to your PDA, once in a year in the month of May positively.

9. Details of family, post discharge changes: In case you have married after retirement or have children born after retirement , please furnish full details with relevant certificates to your RO/HOO. In case the joint notification of your Family Pension is not done, please ensure that same is done immediately. You can take up the issue through your RO/HOO with the PCDA(P) or other Pension Sanctioning Authority (PSA)

10. In case there is a handicapped child, the details of your family members including the name of handicapped child should be given to your RO/HOO and an acknowledgment should be obtained.

11. In the event of conviction by a court of law, full facts of the case should be reported to the PDA/P.C.D.A.(P).

12. Change of PDA: If you desire to draw your pension from another paying agency you should make a request to your current PDA for transfer of your pension account to the PDA from where you now desire to draw your pension. No reference is required to be made to the Pension Sanctioning Authority i.e. P.C.D.A(P), Allahabad for change of PDA.

13. References to PCDA(P) Office: If you desire to make a reference to the office of PCDA(P), Allahabad on any issue, please quote your PPO No,(under which your PPO was originally sanctioned, and also latest Corrigendum PPO number) apart from other details .

14. For restoration of commuted portion of pension after 15 years, from the date of receipt of commuted value of pension, please apply to the PDA on the prescribed form as PCDA (P) has got no role in this regard.

15. Please nominate the person to whom you want to authorise Life Time Arrear on your demise and submit the nomination form to your PDA. In case you want to change it please submit a change nomination form to your PDA to avoid hardship to your nominee to get the amount of Life Time Arrears .

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/pcdapension/pp/expectation.htm

GDS are not alone

A customer appreciation to India Post


Railway issues order on Very Good Criteria for MACP for its staff

Sub: MACPs awarded from 25.7.2016 based upon VG criteria in APARs. 

As per Railway Board letter Xo.PC-W2016/MACPS/l dt.19/12/2016, Very Good criteria in APARs has been adopted. CRMS has pointed out in HQ PNM item No.29(4)/2017 that staff have not been provided with a copy or their APAR so that they can represent to the competent authority in case any of their APAR during the relevant period is falling short of Very Good.
The matter has heen examined. While copy Of the APAR is to be supplied to all the staff in terms of Railway Boarďs Ietter No. 2009/SCC/3/6 18/08/2009, in order overcome the problem on hand. it has been decided that copy Of the APARs of relevant years should be supplied to all such staff without fail who are going to be considered for MACP in the near future. The MACP Committee should not finalise proceedings in respect of such staff whose APAR during the relevant period is below the benchmark of VG, but its copy not been supplied to him. MACP proceedings in respect of such staff should be finalized only afer it is confirmed by the custodian of APARs that the same have been communicated to the staff and the period of representation is over.

Incentives to the GDS

Revised Incentive Structure to post office staff involved in MGNREGS related work regarding Order dated 03.07.2013

Old order copy of Incentive Structure  for reference:
Subject : Incentive Structure to Post Office Staff Involved in NREGS related work Order dated 18.01.2010