Wednesday, December 06, 2017

GDS to MTS & MTS (Sepoy &Packer) for Army Postal Service Examination Results ( held on 08.10.2017) : Andhra Pradesh Circle

GDS to MTS & MTS (Sepoy &Packer) for Army Postal Service Examination Results ( held on 08.10.2017) : Andhra Pradesh Circle

Chittoor Division

Cuddapah Division
Tirupati Division
Ananthapur Division
Nandyal Division

Kurnool Division 
Visakhapatnam Division
Anakapalli Division
Rajahmundry Division
Kakinada Division
Srikakulam Division
Parvatipuram Division 
Vizayanagaram Division

JCM III OFB council meeting decisions held on 20, 22 & 23 November 2017

Date: 01.12.2017

All Affiliated Unions of INDWF in OFB,
Office Bearers, Working Committee Members & Special Invitees

OFB JCM III level council meeting and APC meetings held on 20, 22 & 23 November, 2017 held at OFB Hqrs Kolkatta.

On 21.11.2017 the Piece work Correlation sub-committee meeting held at Kolkatta under the Chairmanship of Shri A.K. Agarwal, Sr. GM. OF Khamaria at OFB Hqrs, Kolkatta

The brief of discussions, progress and the outcome in the meeting are given below. Further, the 4th APC meeting discussions and proposals for the future of the Ordnance Factories is also given for the information of all the affiliated unions.
Discussions and the decision of the JCM III level meeting held on 20 & 22, November 2017.

After the rationalisation of posts in respect of Industrial Employees and Non-Industrial Employees sanctioned strength, large numbers of vacancies have arised in Ordnance Factories in addition to the normal recurring vacancies. Some factories have completed the exercise of conduction DPC/Trade Test and filled the vacancies. Whereas, some factories refused to fill the vacancies due to pending case before Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on the subject reservations in promotion treatment of SC/ST candidates promoted on their own merit. In the JCM III meeting it was raised and demanded that the promotions are to be effected based on the clarification given by DOP&T OM No. 36012/11/2016-Estt (Res) Dt. 30.09.2016.

The issue was discussed and OFB vide their letter No.CP(c) Np314/2016/Per/Resv(SCT) Dt. 20.11.2017 directed all Ordnance Factories as mentioned below:

“DOP&T OM No.36012/11/2016-Estt(res) Dt 30.09.2016 clearly indicates that the policy of effecting promotions to reserved categories persons to unreserved post is sub-judice in the Hon’ble Apex Court of India and till such time that the SLP’s are decided by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, while considering promotions, the DOP&T OM Dt 10.08.2010 and Railway Board circular No. 14.09.2010 on the subject reservation in promotion treatment of SC/ST candidates promoted on their own merit, are to be relied upon”.
Factories are requested to effect the promotions accordingly, for which necessary instructions may please be issued.
(Copy of the OFB letter posted in Comnet of OFB Dt 2.11.2017 in Per/Reser (SC/ST)

Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, vide their OM NO. 19030/1/2017-EIV Dt 13.07.2017 issued revision of Travelling Allowance rules for the employees which are applicable w.e.f. 01.07.2017 i.e., Travel entitlements within the country
• Entitlement for Journeys by ‘Sea or River Steamers
• Mileage allowance for journey by Road
• TA on Transfer
• TA entitlement of Retiring employees
It was made a request by INDWF that the above order has been circulated by Ministry of Defence. Department of Defence D(Civ-I) vide their letter Dt 17.07.2017 for implementation, but the same has not been circulated by OFB to the Ordnance Factories for giving effect, and grant the revised benefits on these allowance. OFB has confirmed that the above orders in this respect have been recently issued through Comnet to Ordnance Factories this order can be downloaded from Comnet of Ordnance Factories and can avail the benefits w.e.f. 01.07.2017.

The issue of granting relaxation in respect of the Defence Civilians employees was taken up with MOD and DOP&T to grant one time relaxation under LTC 80 Scheme. DOP&T vide their ID note No. 1193324/2016-Estt(A-IV) Dt 13.01.2017 and 03.07.2017 have advised the administrative ministry department to examine each case on the certain broad parameters/criteria and where it is satisfied to grant relaxation as prescribed by DOP&T. The same was circulated by MoD letter dated 18.07.2017 for examination of individual cases and proposals on these lines. In this respect, there are large numbers of cases, the final claims have been rejected and recovery has been effected by Ordnance Factories on the closed cases. It was demanded that OFB needs to issue necessary letters to Ordnance Factories to grant one time relaxation by verifying the cases/claims on case by case and accordingly it should be disposed, till such time the recovery should not be effected with penal interst.
OFB has replied that necessary instructions were given still remainders will be issued to process the cases by granting relaxation under LTC-80 Scheme.

It was mentioned that IR problems at RFI is creating severe discontentment among unions and employees. RFI management after the theft of some pistol components have arrested the concerned people but imposed restriction on unions. Works Committee Society members etc and total activities of welfare matters have been stopped. The production is not very appreciable the targets are far below than the expected level. RFI management instead of concentrating on production productivity affairs they are only serious about distrubing the IR. This needs to be interfered for restoration of peace and of IR. Member WV&E & Chairman assured that is would be reviewed and settled and at the same time requested the Federation to advice the respective unions to extend the co-operation to the present General Manager who is retiring on 30.11.2017.

The Ordnance Factories had sanctioned posts for Direct Recruitment an Industrial and Non-Industrial category to each Ordnance Factories and the job is entrusted to OFRC. It was claimed although necessary written test have been conducted in respected of Group ‘C’ post in each Ordnance Factories but the results are abnormally delayed which raises apprehensions. The delay may lead to some kind of manipulations. The Staff side raised this issue and demanded to finalise without any further delay and time limit should be fixed after conducting the written examination. OFB assured necessary steps would be taken to release the results at the earliest.

Distance Education Diploma (Technical) obtained from various educational institutions were denied on the plea that these institutes are not recognised by AICTE. Recent judgement of Supreme
Court was issued.It was demanded that OFB should in consultation with AICTE and UGC needs to declare the institutes which are authorised to declare distance education diplams. Further the Diplomas already obtained from the Distance Education institution may be recognised for promotion purpose.

After raising the issue at MoD for lifting the ceiling of NDA i.e., Rs.12380/- (BP +DP on 6th CPC) was agreed and instruction were issued by OFB and CGDA on this issue. INDWF demanded OFB to issue necessary instructions notifying the categories both Non-Industrial Employees and NGO’s who are performing Night Duty in Ordnance Factories. Industrial Employees are fully eligible without ceiling, for Non-Industrial Employees and NGO’s they have assured on 21.11.2017 the notification was issued by OFB with the concurrence of PC of A (Fys) which has been uploaded in the Comnet of OFB. This may be downloaded from the comnet and claim is allowed to get the benefit even in the past.

Though MoD has already approved and granted 3% increment for MCM on their promotion to CM (Tech) having higher responsibility from Industrial to Supervisory post but the same has not been accepted by PC of A (Fys) yet, on the reasons that MCM is not the feeder category to Chargeman as per the existing SRO. After discussion PC of A (Fys) agreed to review and grant 3% increment for the promotee CM from MCM.

At present Overtime Allowance is being calculated based in the VI CPC pay scale due to the Overtime Allowance has not been granted on the VII CPC pay scale. It was raised in the meeting that even VI CPC pay scale the annual increments, promotional pay, MACP benefits on pay have not been taken into account for calculation of Overtime Allowance. The pay on 01.07.2016 is only taken for calculation of Overtime bacause PC of A (Fys) have made package on that day. It was demanded that the package is to be revised to add all this earning for calculation of Overtime Allowance as on accruing benefits PC of A (Fys) revise the package taking into account of all these earnings.

National Council JCM, Departmental Council JCM, OFB level JCM in all these forums Finance and Accounts official responsible for taking decisions are participating regularly, whereas in JCM IV level it has been informed by local union that the official from finance and accounts are not participating are they are deputing the auditors only who are not having any authority to take any decision. In this issue it was deliberated PC of A (Fys) agreed to issue necessary instruction to depute not less than Accounts officer.

The issue was discussed and demanded that the vacancies in the JCM are not filled for last 3 to 4 years. Therefore, it was demanded that the existing vacancies needs to be filled immediately. If there is any discrepancy of seniority in CM and also the senior people are left out, it can be considered for promoting through review DPC; because of discrepancy in seniority the total promotion should not be delayed. OFB agreed on 20.11.2017 and accordingly 1203 promotions have been effected/granted and the order has been issued on 21.11.2017. It was further discussed that Electrical and Clothing technology no promotions were ordered to JWM. It was requested that they may also be considered for promotion in order to maintain parity which can be adjusted in the future vacancies of JWM. This was agreed to reconsider.

In the absence of clarity after VII CPC for fixation benefit on promotion was not granted since DOP&T has issued necessary orders that provision of fixation of Pay under FR 22(a)(i)(a) existing. It was demanded that the provision of FR 22(a)(i)(a) for granting fixation of pay or promotion be implemented. OFB agreed to implement the same.

After VI CPC those who have been granted Rs.4200/- Grade Pay they were classified as Group ‘B’. Though their appointments are given by the General Manager as appointing authority by their disciplinary cases are being dealt by OFB and disposal of their Disciplinary cases are dealt by Chariman OFB. Since the number of persons are quite large and for dealing large number of cases of OFB. Since the number of persons are quite large and for dealing large number of cases by OFB takes lot of time and delay of disposal of cases makes more time. It was demanded by INDWF, the Chairman OFB should delegate power to Sr. General Manager / General Manager as disciplinary authority to handle the disciplinary cases at Factory level.
14) Regarding the declaring results of LDCE which was held in the year 2016 are not yet released because of pending Court Case at Madras CAT. The case will be expedited however OFB has clarified that to avoid litigation in the Direct Recruitment LDCE the answer key after examination will be declared in the public domain so that the candidates can verify the right answers and if any complaint is reported that would be rectified if found genuine. This practice is followed after this exercise only the results will be declared.

It was represented by INDWF that accumulation of leave upto 300 days for Industrial Employees was agreed by Government of India and orders were issued during November 2016. Whereas the disparity in respect of leave accumulation upto 315 days after June of every year is not allowed. This may be considered to include 15 days beyond 300 between July and December. This was agreed to reconsider.

The payment of Time wages for Piece workers between 44 ¾ and 48 hours ( 3 ¼ Hours) on Saturdays which was paid till March 2006 was stopped w.e.f. 01.04.2006. This needs to be restored justifying the reasons for payment of Time wages for Piece workers was submitted by the Staff side to JCM and was discussed. Two Sub-committees from Official side was formed, their reports are not in favour. Finance of OFB refused to recommend. Staff side jointly made a request; OFB should discuss in the Board meeting and may be forwarded to M of D despite finance refused. It was agreed by OFB to forward the proposal after duly approved in the Board meeting.

The issue of granting payment of incentive to Examiners at par with Maintenance workers i.e., 50% of the factory average who recommended by the Sub-committee of JCM III. The second part for extending to other employees is kept pending. Though the Board had agreed for granting of incentive to Examiners, OFB finance did not agree. It was demanded to refer to M of D for their approval. The same was agreed by OFB.

Ordnance Factories are not filling the 5% of vacancies in a Recruitment year. It has been informed to OFB that many factories are not filling the compassionate appointments for the last few years. The same was agreed and OFB vide their letter No.039/(6) Comp.Appt/Per/Policy Dt 29.11.2017 issued instructions to Sr.GMs/GMs directing to make all out efforts to fill up pending Compassionate appointment vacancies at the earliest.

Thousands of employees appointed in various factories through Direct Recruitment away from their hometown. They are making claims and approaching different levels politically and Trade Union/Federations. Very few are getting through but large numbers of employees are denied.
The issue was discussed in JCM III and a committee is formed from official side. The proposals submitted by Federation is under consideration on Transfer of the following methods.
– Compassionate grounds
– Transfer of the employees whose spouse is working away from them
– Mutual Transfers
– Public Transfer etc
The committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Rajveer Singh, DDG/Co-ord, OFB New Delhi office will submit the report and policy will be finalised and implemented.

Large numbers of employees including Industrial employees were deputed on deputation to carry out Official/Factory work to different places at far of places including border areas. The bills produced for stay and food were not approved after lapse of 2-3 years by local accounts for want of VAT/Registration No and made recoveries of advances with penal interest. Many are retired employers. It is requested to sanction the bills based on the 5th CPC rates without production of bills and settle the cases. PC of A (Fys) were requested to issue instructions to LAO to settle the cases which was agreed to review and settle.

After creating electronically generated bills and payment made through ECS, the revenue stamp affixing was dispersed. But, whereas some factories are insisting to affix revenue stamp beyond
Rs. 25000/- and some factories are insisting beyond Rs. 5000/-. It is requested PC of A (Fys) to give the clarifications and instruction to LAOs, OFB about this issue.

Source: INDWF

Rajasthan Government Employees Plan Massive Protest Over Implementation of 7th Pay Commission

Rajasthan Government Employees Plan Massive Protest Over Implementation of 7th Pay Commission A large number of angry Rajasthan government employees have planned a massive protests in districts headquarters across the state on December 13, when the Vasundhara Raje government celebrates four years in office, to press their demands, including implementation of 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016, instead of January 2017. 
Earlier this month the state government of Rajasthan had announced that it would provide benefits to its nearly 12.5 lakh employees and pensioners with effect from January 1 this year under the 7th Pay Commission panel recommendations. 

Protesting against this announcement, a large number of state government on Sunday morning employees gathered at Ram Niwas Garden to take out a protest rally to the Civil Lines area. The employees planned to stage a protest under the banner of Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sankyukt Sangharsh Samiti. 
The convenor of the Samiti, Gajendra Rathore, the state employees will stage a phase-wise protest. On Friday, they will go on a mass leave while on December 11, they will observe 48-hours of fast. On December 12, they will observe a pen-down protest and on December 13, there will be a massive protest staged at district headquarters. 

The “failures” of the ruling BJP in completing its promises will be highlighted on this occasion. 

The employees will also highlight the 14-point charter announced by the BJP before the state polls which also promised equal pay scale of state government employees with that of a central government. 

The protest will also remind the BJP of its “failed promises” at a time when it celebrates its four years of formation of government in the

DA likely to increase 2% from January 2018

Expected Dearness allowance from January 2018
AICPIN for October 2017 increased 2 Points and it confirms 2 % DA hike from January 2018
2 Percent DA hike almost confirmed from January 2018 with this 2 point increase in AICPIN for October 2017. The AICPIN stayed stable at 285 points from July to September 2017. Now it increased 2 points and pegged at 287. So 2% hike in DA from 1st Jan 2018 can be expected.No.5/1/2017-CPI

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Five Savings Schemes You Should Consider For Investments

Dear readers, you may be earning a lot but if you are not able to save enough, neither will you get money in times of need nor can you save on the taxes that you have to pay to the government. Thus, investing in the right savings schemes is of prime importance. The investment decision, however, is not that easy. One has to take care of several aspects like the returns it will generate, the lock-in period of investment, tax benefits and many more things.
Here are five key savings schemes and the benefits that they offer:

1. Employee Provident Fund

Employee Provident fund (EPF) is meant for salaried employees. EPF is a compulsory retirement savings scheme for public as well as private sector employees. The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment supervises this fund.
Interest rate:
The interest rate on EPF is decided by the EPFO board every year based on the weighted average return generated by the fund. For fiscal 2016-17, it paid an interest of 8.65 per cent.
Tax benefits:
The amount that you contribute towards your EPF will qualify for tax deduction under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, subject to a maximum of Rs. 1.50 lakh. The interest you earn on your EPF savings every year and the final maturity amount is exempt from tax.

2. Public Provident Fund

Public Provident Fund (PPF) offers safety with attractive interest rates and returns that are fully exempted from tax. The minimum deposit in a PPF account in a financial year is Rs. 500 and the maximum is Rs. 1.5 lakh.
Interest Rate:
Since April last year, interest rate on PPF and other small savings scheme are being recalibrated every quarter. Investors in PPF currently get an interest rate of 7.8 per cent.
Tax benefits:
PPF enjoys EEE or exempt, exempt, exempt status - contribution, interest and maturity proceeds all are tax free.

3. Fixed Deposits

Fixed deposits (FD) are one of the most popular savings instrument available in the country. People still prefer to lock their investments in FDs due to their flexibility and liquidity. Fixed deposits, also known as term deposits, offer a fixed rate of interest for the entire tenure of their deposit.
Interest rate:
Rates of interest vary from bank to bank. For example, on a 1-year tenure of fixed deposit for less than Rs. 1 crore, State Bank of India (SBI), India's biggest lender, offers an interest rate of 6.25 per cent. But this is for usual FDs which do not give tax-saving benefits.
Tax benefits:
Interest income earned from bank fixed deposits is fully taxable, unlike savings bank account where one gets income tax exemption on interest earned up to Rs. 10,000 a year. In case of bank FDs, banks deduct tax at source (TDS) at the rate of 10 per cent if the interest income for the year is more than Rs. 10,000. TDS is calculated by checking the combined interest income of all branches of a particular bank.

Some banks also offer tax saving fixed deposits. The amount that you invest in these FDs qualifies for income tax exemption under section 80C. However, the interest that you earn from a tax-saving FD will be taxable.

4. National Pension Scheme

The National Pension System (NPS) was launched on 1st January, 2004 with the objective of providing retirement income to all the citizens. NPS aims to institute pension reforms and to inculcate a habit of saving for retirement amongst the citizens, states the NPS website.

"Considering that it provides greater choice over asset allocation, potential for return enhancement and the additional tax deduction of Rs. 50,000 over and above the Rs. 1.5 lakh that it offers, individual taxpayers, specifically the younger generation, should consider allocating more funds towards it," said Tarun Birani, Founder and CEO of TBNG Capital Advisors.
Interest rate:
In case of NPS, returns are market-linked. "In our view, the potential of returns in a market-related investment like NPS is higher than of a guaranteed return instrument like PPF/PF. This is due to two reasons, one is the choice of equity exposure in NPS and secondly the component of professional fund management," Manoj Nagpal, CEO of Outlook Asia Capital, told NDTV Profit.
Tax benefits:
An investment of up to Rs. 2 lakh (Rs. 1.5 lakh under section 80C and an additional Rs. 50,000 under section 80CCD) is eligible for tax deduction under NPS.

5. National Savings Certificates

This savings scheme is offered by the government of India, and is sold in all post offices. The amount invested in this scheme qualifies for tax deduction under section 80C.
Interest rate:
The rate of interest currently being offered on NSC is 7.8 per cent, according to India Post website. For example, the maturity value of a certificate of Rs. 100 purchased on or after 1.10.2016 shall be Rs. 146.93 after five years.
Tax benefits:
Deposits up to Rs. 1.50 lakh in NSC qualify for deduction under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. There is no maximum investment limit in NSC and also TDS is not deducted on the interest amount. However, interests earned on NSC are taxable.

Achievement of India Post in IITF 2017

IndiaPost Pavilion has been awarded Gold Medal in IITF 2017 for “Excellence in Display” in “PSBs, Commodity Boards, EPCs & other Govt. Departments/Organisations category.