Tuesday, July 11, 2017

WHEN WILL DA REACH 25% ?


Air Travel is allowed for Central Government employees from Level 6 and above

Now the Air Travel is allowed for Central Government employees those who are in Level 6 (Pre Revised Rs.4200 Grade Pay) and above. It is Good News for those who are in Level 6 to 8, as the Travel entitlement for them so far is AC II by Train only. Now the are entitled to Travel By Air in Economy Class.

The Central Government published Gazette Notification for 7th CPC Allowances on 6th July 2017. The 7th CPC has recommended that 53 allowances be abolished and 37 be subsumed in an existing or a newly proposed allowances. But the Government has decided to retain 12 Allowances from that 53 Allowances and allowed 3 Allowances to continue as separate allowance from these 37 Allowances recommended to be subsumed. Finally the Committee on Allowances and ECoS after the discussion with stakeholders, recommended to Modify 34 Allowances [See the List of 34 Allowances and Modifications]

The 7th CPC has recommended that Travelling Allowances can be continued without any changes. But the Government has decided to extend the Air Travel Entitlement to Govt Servants those who are in Level As per the Gazette Notification issued by Government of India, the Travelling allowance is rationalised to enable the Central Staffs from Level 6 to 8 to Travel by Air . The Official concerned clarified that, this Modified Travel Entitlement will be extended to LTC also.

How to calculate capital gains and tax liability on inherited property

Shobhana has inherited a non-agricultural plot worth Rs 10 lakh from her late grandmother. The plot was bought before 1980. What are the tax implications for Shobhana? Will she have to pay tax on her inheritance, considering the plot will be transferred in her name? 

What if she wants to sell the property? Will the proceeds be fully tax-exempt, since she only inherited it and did not acquire it? Considering that no cost of acquisition is available, how will she compute the gains for taxation purposes? 

There is no tax liability for Shobhana at the time of inheritance. However, any profits made on the sale of inherited land are taxable as capital gains. This implies that should Shobhana decide to sell it, capital gain from sale of the inherited property will be fully taxable in her hands. Therefore, it is important that she secures the documents substantiating the inheritance of land. 
Having said that, the period of holding will be considered from the date of purchase by her grandmother. The cost at which her grandmother bought the house prior to 1980 shall be considered as cost of acquisition. But since the cost of the land is not available and the same has been acquired before 1 April 1981, fair market value of the land as on 1 April 1981 can be considered as the cost of acquisition. For ascertaining the same, Shobhana must engage the services of a registered valuer. 

The LTCG shall be computed as the difference between net sale proceeds and indexation cost of acquisition. For indexation, the cost of acquisition should be adjusted by applying the cost inflation index (CII). CII for 1981-82 and the financial year in which Shobhana sells the property will be considered. 

The year of inheritance has no importance in the calculation of long-term capital gains. She can also add the costs incurred with respect to procedures associated with the will and inheritance, obtaining succession certificate, costs of executor, property valuer etc. while computing the cost of acquisition. 

In case there are any residual capital gains, Shobhana may have to either pay tax on it at the rate of 20% or save capital gains tax by buying specified bonds u/s 54EC. 

(The content on this page is courtesy Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL). Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta.) 

Source:-The Economic Times

Status of Cadre Review Proposals as on 06.07.2017

Status of Cadre Review Proposals as on 06.07.2017

Procurement from GeM portal to save taxpayers' money

Use of government's e-market (GeM) portal by central and state departments for procurement of goods and services will help in saving taxpayers' money, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. 

The central and state governments procure goods and services worth over Rs 5 lakh crore annually, she said. 

"If that is the quantum of taxpayers money being spent on procurement of goods for the government, there needs to be an open and transparent process and therefore bringing it on board a platform like this (GeM) is absolutely important," she said. 
The minister was speaking at a national consultative workshop for the government buyers and sellers on GeM here. 

Of Rs 5 lakh crore, "even if we save 10 per cent because of the transparent way in which we do business, it would be a great saving for the public exchequer," Sitharaman added. 

She asked the states to utilise this facility for a larger public interest. 

Buying goods and services from this portal would help in reducing cost, getting more choices to buyers, she said, adding that GeM promotes ease of doing business for both buyers and sellers. 

Five states and a union territory including Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh and Telangana have inked an MoU with GeM for smart procurement of goods and services. 

Through this agreement, the states would put in place a mechanism for smooth implementation of GeM framework. It would also ensure timely payment by state departments to the vendors registered on the GeM portal. 

It has been made mandatory on GeM to make payment to the vendors within 10 days of receipt of goods and services. 

Speaking at the workshop, Director General, Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals (DGS&D) Binoy Kumar said that currently over 20,000 sellers are registered on this portal for selling over 50,000 products. 

"This portal reflects the government's commitment for transparent and accountable system of public procurement," he said, adding that states' savings would increase due to this system. 

GeM was launched by the commerce ministry to bring greater transparency and efficiency in public procurement 

Source:-The Economic Times

Andhra Pradesh Circle Postman/Mail Guard Examination Results held on 29.01.2017

Andhra Pradesh Circle Postman/Mail Guard Examination Results held on 29.01.2017

MAKE TOMORROW ONE DAY HUNGER FAST PROGRAMME SUCCESS

MAKE TOMORROW ONE DAY HUNGER FAST PROGRAMME SUCCESS

CHQ calls upon One day hunger fast in front of Divisional offices on 12-07-2017.

All Circle/Divisional and Branch Secretaries are requested to submit memorandum to the Hon'ble P.M, FM &MOC.

Please download below Memorandum. 


MEMORANDUM


To


1. The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Govt. of India,
New Delhi-110001


2. The Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi-110001 


3. The Hon’ble Communication Minister
Govt. of India,
Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi-110001


Respected Sir,


On behalf of 2.6 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks in the Department of posts, Most respectfully, this union is submitting memorandum requesting Hon’ble Prime Minister’s intervention for an early implementation of GDS committee Report.


The Gramin Dak Sevaks render their valuable services in one lakh thirty thousand Branch Post offices located in remote areas. Their services are extended to more than 80% population of the country. Unfortunately these low paid employees are being neglected for last 160 years. Nobody care them. This union is requesting the Hon’ble Prime Minister to grant 8 hours work and regularization of GDS. 

The Govt. of India appointed one man committee under the presidentship of Sri Kamalesh Chandra retired Postal Board Member to examine wage structure and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks in the month of November 2015. The Committee submitted its report to the Department of posts in the month of November 2016. The Department assured this union on 24th April 2016 during strike negotiations that the committee report will be implemented as early as possible. There is no remarkable action from the Department for implementation. All the GDS are under frustration due to inordinate delay. Hence this union is holding country wide hunger fast today. All the GDS are requesting the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s intervention for an early implementation of GDS Committee report.

Yours faithfully



MEMORANDUM


To


1. The Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Govt. of India,
New Delhi-110001


2. The Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Government of India,
North Block, New Delhi-110001 


3. The Hon’ble Communication Minister
Govt. of India,
Sanchar Bhavan, New Delhi-110001


Through the Divisional Head,________________Division.


On behalf of 2.6 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks in the Department of posts, Most respectfully, this union is submitting memorandum requesting Hon’ble Prime Minister’s intervention for an early implementation of GDS committee Report.


The Gramin Dak Sevaks render their valuable services in one lakh thirty thousand Branch Post offices located in remote areas. Their services are extended to more than 80% population of the country. Unfortunately these low paid employees are being neglected for last 160 years. Nobody care them. This union is requesting the Hon’ble Prime Minister to grant 8 hours work and regularization of GDS. 


The Govt. of India appointed one man committee under the presidentship of Sri Kamalesh Chandra retired Postal Board Member to examine wage structure and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks in the month of November 2015. The Committee submitted its report to the Department of posts in the month of November 2016. The Department assured this union on 24th April 2016 during strike negotiations that the committee report will be implemented as early as possible. There is no remarkable action from the Department for implementation. All the GDS are under frustration due to inordinate delay. Hence this union is holding country wide hunger fast today. All the GDS are requesting the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s intervention for an early implementation of GDS Committee report.


Yours faithfully

1.
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7th CPC : Payment on account of discontinued allowances – FINMIN Order

F,No.29/1/2017 FE.II(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi, dated the 11th July, 2017.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Payment on account of discontinued allowances – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to inform that the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances have been accepted by the Government with 34 modifications.

2. In this regard, attention is drawn to Para 8.2.5 of the Report of the 7th CPC wherein it has been mentioned that any allowance, not mentioned in the Report (and hence not reported to the Commission), shall cease to exist immediately. In case there is any demand or requirement for continuation of an existing allowance which has not been deliberated upon or covered in this report, it should be re-notified. by the Ministry concerned after obtaining due approval of Ministry of Finance and should be put in the public domain.
3. As the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances have come into effect from 1st July, 2017, disbursement of all existing allowances which have not been specifically recommended for continuation in terms of the Resolution dated 6th July, 2017 shall be discontinued from the salary of the month of July, 2017.

4. In view of the nature of the Allowances specific to Ministry of External Affairs, these allowances were not covered by the 7th Central Pay Commission, Hence this order will not be applicable to allowances specific to Ministry of External Affairs.

5. It shall be the responsibility of the Heads of the Department to ensure that no bills relating to disbursement in respect of such allowances is drawn by the Head of Office/Drawing Disbursing Officers under their purview/jurisdiction. Pay and Accounts Officers shall ensure that no payment is effected if any such bill relating to the disbursement of the discontinued allowances is submitted to them. If such bills are received, they should be returned to the DDO and intimation thereof shall also be given to the Head of the Department and the Chief Controller of Accounts.

sd/-
(Annie George Mathew)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

Account PBS Pension and Arrears Payment Error and Solution

While generating pensions and arrears payments voucher-entire vouchers. we are getting error "SUBQUERY RETURNED MORE THAN 1 VALUE. THIS IS NOT PERMITTED WEN THE SUB QUERY FOLLOWS=,!=,<,<=,>=OR WEN TE QUERY IS USED AS AN EXPRESSION. 

Solution

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Accounts PBS - PLI Premium View/Delete/Modify Runtime error and Solution

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Centre assessing bureaucrats on integrity and reputation

India has put in place a comprehensive policy on promoting bureaucrats that goes way beyond the annual confidential report and takes into consideration factors such as integrity, reputation and ability to work hard. 

This is the first time that officers are being assessed on such parameters before being promoted as secretaries or additional secretaries, senior officials told ET, describing the initiative as one of the most important administrative reforms at the Centre. 

A group of five retired secretaries picked by the Prime Minister's Office in 2014, after the Narendra Modi government took office, shaped the policy which evaluates bureaucrats on seven parameters including leadership, effectiveness in delivery, domain understanding and administrative skills. 
"So the integrity of a bureaucrat and his or her general reputation as someone not prone to taking bribes or commissions or circumventing administrative processes to suit corporate groups or vested interests is being taken most seriously," said one of the officials, who did not wish to be identified. The new system of evaluating bureaucrats is based on a lot of analysis and research. 

"We studied the best practices in private sector companies, and administration in several countries and international organisations to structure the system here," the official said. Earlier, the government used to consider the Central Vigilance Commission report as the basis for assessing candidates' integrity. But the CVC could not ascertain a bureaucrat's involvement in a case of corruption or impropriety unless it was in the records. 

"Most bureaucrats are good at administrative record-keeping and hence escape processes that can get them into trouble later," another official said. "But reputation is something that travels far and wide, and now we insist on evaluating a person on his past and present activities, many of which don't make it to records." 
Under the new system, senior and junior colleagues of a bureaucrat being evaluated are asked questions about the bureaucrat's general reputation. They are asked some specific questions about the general reputation and integrity of the person based on their information on the background of the bureaucrat, to which they can choose among "I strongly agree", "I don't agree completely" or "I strongly disagree". 

The intention is to reach as close to the truth as possible, according to senior officials, who said that a lot of psychometric and psychological research findings have gone into framing the questions. 
This is a far cry from accepting the annual confidential report or ACR as the primary basis for promoting bureaucrats. Earlier, ACRs were given by "reporting, reviewing and accepting" officials who used to rank officers 'poor', 'average', 'good', 'very good' or 'outstanding', and more recently, on a ten-point scale. 

A court order had mandated that the evaluated officers be shown their results, after which it became a norm for most officials to give outstanding ranks to the officers. "After this, there was no honest assessment as nobody wanted to displease the junior person openly... 90% of ACRs were outstanding. Also, the system was fully tilted towards bureaucrats who pleased the bosses. Now the evaluation goes beyond ACR to general reputation build over years," an official said. 

The checks don't stop with this expert committee, though, and the candidates are further scrutinised by a Cabinet secretary-led team of senior officials. The five-member group of retired secretaries started evaluating the bureaucrats under the new system for the first time in 2015. In addition to charting out a plan to evaluate bureaucrats more holistically, it looked at what some of those in charge of framing the process saw as "unnecessary traditions". 

"The UPA government had made it a rule to appoint officers just short of 60 as secretaries of home and defence by giving an extension of two years only to reward some favourite officers," a senior official said. 

"This was started only to suit some of the officers they wanted to utilise for their purpose. We think if we have good younger officers fit for these positions, we should let them take charge." Recently, senior bureaucrat Sanjay Mitra was appointed as the defence secretary and Rajiv Gauba the home secretary under the new system. Both belong to the 1982 batch of IAS and they will have more than two years before superannuation. 

Source:-The Economic Times

Extension of NPS Fortnight from 11th July, 2017 to 21st July, 2017 : Benefits of downloading NPS mobile app

Extension of NPS Fortnight from 11th July, 2017 to 21st July, 2017.
With a view to promote and create awareness about the National Pension System (NPS) and improve the quality of services provided to the subscribers, PFRDA is observing NPS fortnight from 27th June, 2017 to 11th July, 2017 successfully. Keeping in view the demand raised by Government Nodal Offices and also benefits to the NPS subscribers, PFRDA has decided to extend the NPS Service Fortnight from 11th July, 2017 to 21st July 2017. During this extended period also all the nodal offices, Pay and Account Offices and DDOs under the Central and State Governments, Points of Presence/ banks/ aggregators/ banking correspondents etc. will be involved with the acquisition, servicing of NPS subscribers and creating awareness about the National Pension System, in a proactive manner.
NSDL has also developed an exclusive web link i.e. https://npscra.nsdl.co.in/nps.php ,which encapsulates all the information and functionalities related to NPS subscriber, including ‘NPS Mobile App’, which may be instrumental for effective & efficient use of NPS Service Fortnight.

Benefits of downloading mobile app:

The NPS Mobile APP gives details of Subscribers account online without approaching their respective nodal offices. The Subscriber can access latest account details as is available on the CRA web site using user ID (PRAN) and password. The APP gives better user experience and provides additional functionalities such as

(i) View of current Holdings viz Percentage of Asset allocation among PFMs (Unit , NAV & Amount) & total value of holdings etc.
(ii) Request for Transaction Statement for the year on your email ID.
(iii) Change of contact details like Telephone, Mobile no. and email ID.
(iv) Change of Password / Secret Question
(v) View of Accounts detail viz name, address, associated nodal office and registration no. etc.
(vi) Regeneration of password using secret question.
(vii) View of last 5 contribution transactions carried out
(viii) Processing of voluntary contributions for Tier I as well as Tier II
(ix) Modification of address using Aadhaar authentication

PFRDA has also advised the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA/NSDL) and all the nodal offices/ PAOs/ DDOs/PoPs/ Banks etc in this matter for actively assisting the subscribers during this extended period of fortnight.

7th Pay Commission: Govt employees to get monthly HRA hike of up to Rs 48,000, but maximum increase of Rs 33,000 for now

The central government employees will get maximum monthly HRA (House Rent Allowance) hike of Rs 33,000 from their July month salaries but it will be revised upwards by Rs 40,500 and Rs 48,000 when DA crosses 25 percent and 50 percent respectively. 

New Delhi: More than 48 lakh central government employees will start getting HRA (House Rent Allowance) hike in the range of 106 percent to 157 percent from this month (July, 2017) salaries as the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications.

The central government employees belonging to highest level in the pay matrix, will get more monthly HRA (House Rent Allowance) of Rs 33,000 from July month salary as their HRA has been increased from Rs 27,000 to Rs 60,000, meaning a hike of 122 percent. However, the HRA of these employees will be increased by Rs 40,500 to 67,500 and by Rs 48,000 to Rs 75,000 when DA crosses 25 percent and 50 percent respectively.
While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received.

The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27th April, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.

"HRA is currently paid @ 30% for X (population of 50 lakh & above), 20% for Y (5 to 50 lakh) and 10% for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities. 7th CPC has recommended reduction in the existing rates to 24 percent for X, 16 percent for Y and 8 percent for Z category of cities," the government said in a statement.
As per recommendation of AK Mathur Panel
Population of City            DA above
Present Proposed 50% 100%
Above 50 lakh (Class X) 30% 24% 27% 30%
5 lakh to 50 lakh (Class Y) 20% 16% 18% 20%
Below 5 lakh (Class Z) 10% 8% 9% 10%










"As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than Rs 5,400, Rs 3,600 and Rs 1,800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of Rs 18,000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh employees belonging to Levels 1 to 3," it added.
"7th CPC had also recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in government accommodation and get HRA," it said.

As per modification in AK Mathur recommendation, cleared by Union Cabinet
Population of City DA above
Present Proposed 25% 50%
Above 50 lakh (Class X) 30% 24% 27% 30%
5 lakh to 50 lakh (Class Y) 20% 16% 18% 20%
Below 5 lakh (Class Z) 10% 8% 9% 10%
Net impact on HRA
As the Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of A K Mathur-led 7th Pay Commission on allowances so the HRA component of central government employees will increase ranging between 122 percent and 157 percent.

Take, for instance, a central government employee at the very bottom of the pay scale, where the basic pay (pay of pay band + grade pay) is now Rs 7,000, would currently be entitled to an HRA of Rs 2,100 in a Class X city. As per 7th Pay Commission, the new entry level pay at this level is Rs 18,000 per month against which the new HRA for a Class X city would be Rs 5,400 per month, that is 157 percent more than the existing level.

Similarly, at the highest level of the pay scale, the Cabinet Secretary and officers of the same rank have a basic pay of Rs 90,000, which means they are entitled to current HRA of Rs 27,000 in Class X towns. After the revised pay scale, the new basic pay is Rs 2.5 lakh, for which the HRA would be Rs 60,000, meaning a hike of 122 percent.
Existing Basic Pay (6th CPC)  HRA (6th CPC)
Entry Pay as per 7th CPC

Revised HRA as per 7th CPC (after Cabinet approval)

Class X

Class  Y
Class Z
Class X
Class Y Class Z
7000 2100 1400 700 18000 5400 3600 1800
13500 4050 2700 1350 35400 8496 5664 2832
21000 6300 4200 2100 56100 13464 8976 4488
46100 13830 9220 4610 118500 28440 18960 9480
90000 27000 18000 9000 250000 60000 40000 20000
As far as other allowances are concerned, the Union Cabinet has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC.

"The decision to retain these allowances has been taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy. It has also been decided that 3 of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities. This has been done on account of the unique nature of these allowances," as per the govt statement.

"The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th CPC. This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in Railways, Posts, Defence and Scientific Departments," it said.