Mar 31, 2018

7th Pay Commission: Dearness Allowance for central government employees hiked to 7 per cent

The Union Cabinet approved two per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees on Wednesday. This decision will see 1.10 crore central government staff and pensioners receive 7 per cent of their basic pay as DA, instead of 5 per cent. The hike will be put into effect from January 01, 2018.

The Dearness Allowance hike is expected to benefit 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners. Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief are given to employees and pensioners respectively to curb the effect of inflation on their earnings. This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, a government statement said.

Mar 29, 2018

Biggest Let Down Of Government – It’s No Easy Task To Upset Voters Across Such Wide Demographies

It’s not easy to upset business tycoons, salaried employees and small traders all at the same time. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has, however, accomplished this feat with customary aplomb.

Businessmen say “inspector raj” is back with a vengeance. Demonetisation has had unintended consequences. Lakhs of Indian businessmen and traders proved more imaginative than the government had thought. They contrived to convert virtually all their black money to white, depositing crores of rupees in cash into their bank accounts, preferring the risk of income tax scrutiny and raids to losing unaccounted cash holdings.

No Proposal To Replace National Pension System (NPS): Government

There is no proposal to replace the National Pension System (NPS) with the old pension scheme, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

The NPS gives the utmost importance to the welfare of subscribers, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.

“Representations have been received regarding the implementation of NPS which, inter alia, include the demand that the NPS may be scrapped and the government may re-introduce the old defined benefit pension system,” the minister added.

The government made a conscious move to shift from the defined benefit pay-as-you-go pension scheme to the defined contribution system, now called NPS, after considering the “rising and unsustainable pension bill”, he said.

Aadhaar Linking Deadline For Govt Schemes Extended To 30 June

The extension comes at a time when a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to the constitutionality of Aadhaar

The government on Wednesday extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to avail of various services, subsidies and benefits under section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, by three months to 30 June.

The earlier deadline was 31 March.

Subsidies for cooking gas and kerosene, and even scholarships are transferred to citizens from the Consolidated Fund of India under section 7 of the Aadhaar Act.

7th Pay Commission: Mizoram Govt Intends To Implement Salary Hike This Year

Mizoram finance minister Lalsawta on Wednesday informed the state legislature that the state government intended to implement the seventh central pay commission during 2018-2019.

Replying to questions from five members, Lalsawta said that the government had been waiting for the recommendation of a committee to study the seventh pay commission which was yet to submit its report and recommendations.

The four-member committee, constituted on 13 November last year, is headed by the State Planning Board Vice chairman H. Liansailova and was instructed to submit its report within six months.

He said that the state government would incur additional expenditure of Rs563.24 crore if and when the seventh central pay commission recommendation was implemented.

Source - Gconnect 

RBE 40/2018, Clarification regarding issuance of passes on longer route to destination ,if this longer happens to be quicker than the direct route.

Mar 28, 2018

Extension Of CGHS To All Retired Employees Of Kendriya Vidyalaya Residing In Delhi/NCR



F.No.11086/01/2012-KVS HQ(Admn.II)/75-85

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of CGHS to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya residing in Delhi/NCR- regarding.

CGHS Facilities Extended To Retired KVS Employees




Extension of CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan residing in Delhi/NCR- regarding

KV OM regarding CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN

18 Institutional Area, Shaheed Jeed Singh Marg

F. No. 11086/O1/2012-KVS HQ (Admn.II)/75-85

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Extension of CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan residing in Delhi/NCR- regarding.

Consequent upon KVS’s proposal on the subject vide letter dated 29.09.2017, the Deputy Secretary (UT), Ministry of Human Resource Development vide his letter No,F. 3-5/2011-UT-2 dated 02.02.2018 to be read with MHRD’s letter of even number dated 19.03.2018 has conveyed the decision of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi regarding extension of CGHS facilities to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan {KVS) residing in Delhi/NCR.

2. Accordingly, medical facility under the CGHS is extended to all retired employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan residing in Delhi/NCR.

The terms and conditions mentioned in the Office Memorandum of even number dated 21.08.2015 will remain the same.

(U.N.KHAWARE)

ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER (ACAD/ADMN.)

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CBDT Extends PAN-Aadhaar Linking Deadline To June 30

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Tuesday extended the deadline of PAN linking with Aadhaar till June 30, 2018. Earlier, the CBDT had fixed March 31 as the deadline to link the documents while filing the Income Tax Returns.

This is a fourth extension given by the government (CBDT) for individuals to link their PAN with their biometric ID number. The move comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court directing extension of the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with various other services.

On March 7, the government had told the Supreme Court that it might extend the deadline as some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing of the Aadhaar case. “We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments,” said Attorney General KK Venugopal.

सरकार ने मुंह मोड़ा, कहा अनुच्छेद 370 समाप्त करने का कोई प्रस्ताव नहीं

जम्मू एवं कश्मीर को विशेष दर्जा प्रदान करने वाले संविधान के अनुच्छेद 370 को समाप्त करने का कोई प्रस्ताव केंद्र सरकार के पास नहीं है. मंगलवार को यह जानकारी केंद्रीय गृह राज्यमंत्री हंसराज गंगाराम अहीर ने दी. लोकसभा में एक लिखित प्रश्न के जबाव में अहीर ने कहा, “सरकार के पास फिलहाल ऐसा कोई प्रस्ताव विचाराधीन नहीं है.”

साल 1954 में राष्ट्रपति के एक आदेश के बाद संविधान में यह अनुच्छेद जोड़ा गया था, जो जम्मू एवं कश्मीर के लोगों को विशेषाधिकार प्रदान करता है, और राज्य विधानसभा को कोई भी कानून बनाने का अधिकार देता है, जिसकी वैधता को चुनौती नहीं दी जा सकती.

SC/ST एक्‍ट पर विरोध के सुर: बीजेपी सांसद सावित्री बाई फुले BSP से जुड़ने को तैयार, दलित MP करेंगे पीएम से मुलाकात

उत्तर प्रदेश में बहराइच से बीजेपी सांसद सावित्री बाई फुले ने अब पार्टी के खिलाफ ही मोर्चा खोल दिया है. उनका कहना है कि पार्टी में दलितों पिछड़ों (SC/ST) के साथ इंसाफ नहीं हो रहा इसलिए वह एक अप्रैल को लखनऊ में रैली करेंगी. वह इस मुहिम में मायावती से भी जुड़ने को तैयार हैं. उधर, यूपी सरकार में सहयोगी दल के मंत्री ओम प्रकाश राजभर ने भी फिर सरकार के कामकाज़ से नाराज़गी जताई है.

SC/ST एक्ट में बदलाव के सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फैसले को लेकर विपक्ष के साथ-साथ सरकार में भी खलबली है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फ़ैसले पर पुनर्विचार याचिका दाख़िल करने की अर्ज़ी को लेकर एनडीए के सभी दलित सांसद पीएम नरेंद्र मोदी से संसद में मुलाकात करेंगे. कांग्रेस भी सरकार से इस फ़ैसले पर पुनर्विचार याचिका देने की मांग कर रही है. वहीं राष्‍ट्रीय अनुसूचित जाति आयोग आज राष्‍ट्रपति से मिलेगा और उसने पीएम मोदी से भी मिलने के लिए समय मांगा है.

Income Tax Offices To Remain Open From March 29-31 For Filing Belated Returns

Income Tax offices and Ayakar Seva Kendras (ASKs) will remain open during holidays from March 29- 31 to facilitate taxpayers in filing returns before the end of the current financial year.

The last date for filing belated returns for Assessment Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 and revised returns for Assessment Year 2016-17 is March 31, 2018.

“To facilitate filing of Income Tax returns and completion of associated work, all income tax offices throughout India shall remain open from March 29-31, 2018, ” a finance ministry statement said.

Aadhaar Is Not Mandatory For Pension – Minister Replies In Pensioners Meeting

Aadhaar is not Mandatory for Pension – Aadhaar is not mandatory to get pension – Dr. Jitendra Singh has said in SCOVA Meeting that Aadhaar is not mandatory to get pension.

DoPT Press release regarding Aadhaar is not mandatory to get pension

Dr. Jitendra Singh chairs 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) here today. The SCOVA meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and the last such meeting was held on January 12, 2017.

Gratuity For Private Sector, Government Employees At Par For Tax

The Parliament recently approved the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The highlight of the Bill is that it will allow the government to raise the limit of tax-free gratuity whenever required, through an executive order. Under the 7th Pay Commission, the ceiling for government employees went up to Rs20 lakh. With the change in the Bill, the government has removed the Rs10 lakh limit, which will benefit private sector employees.

Kulin Patel, head of retirement, South Asia, Willis Towers Watson, said the government has “introduced words that basically say that the central government will now be able to notify a cap as and when required.” This will give them flexibility to change the cap on tax-free gratuity without having to change the primary legislation.

Aadhaar-Verified Digital Life Certificate Not Must For Pension: EPFO

The EPFO issued a circular on March 23, stating that pensioners who were unable to submit digital life certificate should not be deprived of pension they are entitled to receive. The EPFO has done this as it has been bought to their attention that pensioners have stopped receiving pension due to non-submission of Digital Life Certificate or Jeevan Pramaan. In the circular, the EPFO has asked officers to re-examine all rejected cases and to that genuine cases are accepted. This circular pointed out the alternative methods for digital life certificate detailed in its November 8 circular.

The provident fund body had issued a circular on November 8, 2017 instructing its officers to make “All out efforts” to obtain Jeevan Pramaan digitally from EPS 1995 pensioners. However, the circular further stated that in case pensioners are unable to submit their life certificates digitally, then the physical form should be accepted in these two ways:

7th Pay Commission: Govt Employees May Take Agitation Route If Demands For Pay Hike Not Met

According to reports, about 50 lakh-odd employees can go on a strike after the government’s decision to not increase the salaries of Central government employees beyond the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission. Earlier this month, the government delivered a big blow to the employees when it disclosed to the Rajya Sabha that it had no plans to revise their pay scale. 

“The minimum pay of Rs 18,000 [per month] and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” said Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan in a written reply. 

Mar 27, 2018

Post-High Court Bail, Supreme Court May Review Its SC/ST Ruling

The Supreme Court may have a relook at its recent ruling diluting the SC/ST Act to prevent any immediate arrest and denial of anticipatory bail to the accused except needed in bonafide cases. A three-judge bench indicated this while considering a petition challenging an order of the Gujarat High Court granting anticipatory bail to some people accused of beating up a Dalit.

A two-judge SC bench comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and UU Lalit had earlier ruled that before arresting anyone under the law, a preliminary inquiry should be done to ensure that it was not a mala fide case.

The court had toned down the provisions in a bid to prevent its misuse and protect honest public servants discharging bona fide duties from being blackmailed with false cases.

Independence Not Merely Through Law, But Good Decisions, Govt Responds To RBI

After RBI governor Urjit Patel said that the apex bank is constrained by inadequate legal powers to regulate public sector banks in the wake of PNB scam, the government hit back saying that independence is not acquired merely by law but also good decision making and actions. Responding to a questions from students of Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on Monday said, “Independence is not acquired through the law but a large part is acquired through reputation and the history of good and effective decision-making.”

Illustrating the point further, Subramanian pointed out that when if a central bank (RBI) is independent and marks a series of bad decisions, its credibility is lost. “So, what is important is not just what is there in the law but actual practice of a central bank,” he noted.

Government Drafts Digital Health Security Law; Rs 5 Lakh Fine, Five-Year Jail Term For Data Breach

Amidst the alleged data breach, the central government has drafted the digital health security law. According to the draft, perpetrators carrying out any breach will face punishment up to five years imprisonment and a Rs 5-lakh fine, according to The Indian Express report. The draft Digital Information in Healthcare Security Act (DISHA) categorically states that any health data including physiological, physical and medical records, sexual orientation and history and biometric information are the property of the person who it pertains to.

The Act also talks about a health information exchange, a National Electronic Health Authority and a State Electronic Health Authority. It has laid down that a clinical establishment (as defined in the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010). These three authorities shall be duty-bound to protect the privacy, security and confidentiality of the owner’s digital health data. It says the owners have the right to privacy, security and confidentiality of their digital health data. The owners the right to give or refuse consent for generation and collection of such data.

Trains With Brains: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s Mantras For Rail Employees

Trains with brains – that’s what Railway Minister Piyush Goyal believes the use of artificial intelligence can mean for the Indian Railways network. Addressing a conference on artificial intelligence (AI), Goyal told a big group of railway employees to brace innovation and look to create an Indian Railways of the future.

The railway minister asked the 1.3 million railway employees family not to fear AI, but to use it to the advantage of the Indian Railways network – from safety, passenger amenities, growth efficiency to better revenues and cost effectiveness, Goyal said that the possibilities are endless.

“How we can serve our passengers better, how our freight customers can be happier, how can we expand capacity without investing thousands and lakhs of crores of rupees, how we can make passengers feel safe, how we can improve the security of our women travellers, can we monitor cleanliness, quality of catering, toilets – how can we harness artificial intelligence for social and economic good,” Goyal urged railway employees to ideate.

Income Tax Alert! Top 3 Tasks You Need To Do By March 31



With just a few days left for the financial year to end, here are three tax related tasks—filing returns of previous years, investing in tax-saving instruments and booking long-term capital gains (LTCG) from equities that one must complete to start the next financial year on a secure footing.

File returns for previous years

As per Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, the due date for filing income tax return (ITR) is July 31 of every assessment year for individual / Hindu Undivided Family. An assessee can file a return within two years from the end of the relevant financial year. However, the Finance Act of 2016 made an amendment in Section 139(4) and the time limit for filing of return has been reduced from two years to one year from the end of the financial year. If you have not filed income tax returns for FY16 and FY17, then file it by March 31.

However, if you have incurred any loss, you won’t get the benefit of carrying forward the loss like business loss, short-or long-term capital loss in the next financial year. Also, if you have made any mistake in filing before the July deadline and want to revise the return, then do it before March 31 as a tax payer can file his revised return at any time before the expiry of one year from the end of the relevant assessment year or before the completion of assessment, whichever is earlier. There are penalties and interest for filing tax returns late. A taxpayer who files a late return will have to pay a penalty of Rs 5,000 and even interest on the tax amount due.

Complete tax-saving investments

Under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, a taxpayer gets deductions of Rs 1.5 lakh for investments in Public Provident Fund, life insurance premium, National Savings Certificates, 5-year bank or post office deposits, equity-linked savings scheme, principal repayment for housing loan, etc. If you have not invested in these tax-savings schemes, do that before March 31 to save tax up to Rs 45,000 depending on your income slab.

Moreover, under Section 80D, medical insurance premium of up to Rs 25,000 paid for self, spouse and children will qualify for deduction. Also, a taxpayer can invest in National Pension System, which is an ideal investment tool for retirement planning where up to 50% of the contribution of non-government employees can be invested in equities (index funds) and the rest between corporate and government debt paper. Tax exemption is allowed for up to Rs 50,000 in a year under Section 80CCD, which is over and above the benefit available on Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C. Book long-term capital gains from equities

From April 1, LTCG arising out of the sale of equity and equity mutual funds, held for more than one year will be taxed at 10% without benefit of indexation. However, LTCG of up to Rs 1 lakh in a financial year is exempted and LTCG accumulated till January 31, 2018, is exempted from tax. For equity purchased before July 31, 2017, the acquisition cost is higher of the (a) actual acquisition price or (b) the highest price observed on January 31, 2018.

Experts suggest booking gains from equities trading above January 31 prices. One should not sell those stocks that have done well in the past, but are currently trading below their January 31 prices as tax authorities will not treat the fall since January 31 as a short-term capital loss. As Rs 1 lakh of gains are tax-free at the end of every year, one can sell some equity investments and immediately buy them again. Since the markets will be closed on March 29 and March 30 due to holidays, your last chance to sell securities and make tax-free gains is on March 28, 2018. Although the saving is Rs 10,000, this would compound and can make a lot of difference if one does it for a long time with the power of compounding.
Source-Gconnect

Govt To Borrow Rs 2.88 Lakh Crore In April-Sept; Issue Inflation Indexed Bonds

The government will borrow Rs 2.88 lakh crore in the April-September period of 2018-19, lower than Rs 3.72 lakh crore it had borrowed in the first half of the current fiscal, and introduce bonds linked to CPI or retail inflation.

Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said that, in consultation with the Reserve Bank, it has also decided to issue Government Securities (G-Sec) with 1-4 year maturity as demanded by primary dealers.

At a meeting with finance ministry officials last week, the dealers had suggested that the government out with shorter duration bonds as the likely change in interest rate by the RBI could have a bearing on long duration bonds.

Telephone Facility To Central Government Officers

Telephone Facility to Central Government Officers – Provision of telephone facilities and reimbursements to officers of Government of India.

Finance Ministry OM regarding provision of Telephones
F.No. 24(3)/E.Coord/2018
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 26th March 2018
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject :- Provision of telephone facilities and reimbursements to officers of Government of India.

Gratuity Ceiling Increased To Rs. 20 Lakh For Government, PSU And Private Sector Employees

Gratuity Ceiling increased to Rs. 20 lakh for Government, PSU and Private Sector Employees – Upper Ceiling on Gratuity 20 Lakhs – Gratuity Bill Passed by Parliament

PIB news on Gratuity Ceiling increase up to Rs. 20 lakh
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 passed by Parliament

Major Changes In NPS – Relaxation Norms

Major Changes in NPS including Withdrawal Norms – Three major changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal norms

PIB news on Major Changes in NPS
Relaxation of Norms for NPS
The Government of India has recently made three changes in the National Pension Scheme (NPS) including withdrawal norms. The details are as under:

Option For 7th Pay Commission Fixation Of Pay On Promotion From The Date Of Next Increment

Option for 7th Pay Commission fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment – Ministry of Defence OM dt.22.3.2018

Availability of option for fixation of pay on promotion from the Date of Next Increment (DNI).

Mar 26, 2018

A Dubious First: PNB Is Just 5 Days Away From Getting A Defaulter Tag

The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may have to step in to avoid an unprecedented event in Indian banking. Close to Rs 1,000 crore of Union Bank of India’s exposure on account of letters of undertakings (LoUs) issued by Punjab National Bank is due in the next few days.

If the state-owned PNB does not pay back the amount by March 31, Union Bank (another government owned lender) will have to treat PNB as a defaulter in its books, provide for the loan, and even classify the amount as non-performing asset (NPA) if auditors insist.

“It would be a peculiar situation because for the first time a bank (PNB) would be technically described as defaulter,” a senior banker said. In the event of fraud, banks are required to make full and immediate provisioning against outstanding as well as categorise the loan as NPA.

3 Key Tax Changes For Senior Citizens Which Will Come Into Effect From April 1, 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced many key changes in the last budget that he presented. The latest tax related changes will come into effect from April 1 this year. The changes in the income tax rules range from LTCG on equities to standard deduction for the salaried employees. Other than that there are some changes for senior citizens as well. Most of these changes will come into effect from April 1 this fiscal year. Here are the 3 income tax changes which will come into effect from April 1, 2018: 

Interest earned by senior citizens 

Senior citizens will get a deduction up to Rs 50,000 in respect of interest earned from deposits held with banks, co-operative society and post office. At present, deduction up to Rs 10,000 is allowed for all individuals from interest earned from deposit accounts – not time deposits – which are held with any bank, co-operative society and post office. Under section 80TTA no separate deduction will be available for interest income earned from savings account for the senior citizens.

Revised 7th CPC Deputation Allowance Details

Revised 7th CPC deputation allowance details – Deputation Allowance Revised Rate – Minister’s reply Lok Sabha

Minister’s reply to Lok Sabha regarding revision of Deputation Allowance.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3062
ANSWERED ON: 14.03.2018
Deputation Allowance

6 Reasons Why You Should Say NO To Credit Cards

Credits cards are believed to be one’s best friend in times of need and crisis. Yes, they also prove to be one sometimes. However, the million-dollar question is: Is this reason good enough to own a credit card?

You may also argue that there are many other advantages of credit cards, like they give discounts and cash back rewards, interest-free period of 45 to 55 days, and also help you build a credit history.

Good! Have you, however, ever realised that if credit cards can help you build your credit history and score, they can also ruin them forever if used recklessly, because of which you won’t be able to take a personal or home loan ever in your life? Are you also aware that crores of people the world over have fallen into a debt trap because of credit cards only, which has ruined many homes?

Banks Told To Be Vigilant On Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked banks to provide Aadhaar-based onetime password (OTP) for opening of bank accounts only in the presence of the customer, in a banking outlet.

In a letter addressed to commercial banks, UIDAI Chief Executive Officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey cited instances of misuse of Aadhaar while opening accounts.

The direction is a huge blow to the banks that are heavily dependent on Aadhaar-based OTP authentication process for account opening (where the customers do not have to visit branches) or use tab banking to open accounts by visiting the customer’s residence.

Delhi High Court Slams Govt’s ‘Creamy Layer’ Criteria

The Delhi high court has slammed the Centre’s method of calculating the “creamy layer” for wards of persons from “Other Backward Classes” working in PSUs — a key reason behind the rejection of many OBC aspirants for IAS and other elite services over the last five years.

In a crucial judgment last week, the HC directed the Centre to recalculate the “creamy layer” for petitioners within eight weeks – reviving hopes that they may be able to join the civil services after being rejected earlier.

“Creamy layer” pertains to better off individuals among OBCs, who are ineligible for Mandal reservations.

Instruction To Issue Acknowledgement For Pension Life Certificate By Banks

Instruction to issue acknowledgement for pension life Certificate by Banks – Simplification of Pension Procedure – Submission of Life Certificate

CPAO OM on simplification of Pension procedures.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE
NEW DELHI-110066
PHONES : 26174596, 26174456, 26174438
CPAO/1T &Tech/Bank Performance/37 (Vol-III)/2017-18/208
19.03.2018
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Simplification of Pension Procedure – submission of Life Certificate.

No Plan To Change Retirement Age Of Central Government Employees

No plan to change retirement age of Central Government Employees – No Change in the retirement Age – Minister’s reply to Lok Sabha question

There are no changes in the retirement age of central government employees, Dr.Jitendra Singh confirms in the Lok Sabha Q&A Session
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 4181
ANSWERED ON: 21.03.2018
Retirement Age

AIIMS Jodhpur Recruitment 2018: 798 पदों पर निकली भर्तियों के जल्द करें ऑनलाइन आवेदन

एम्स जोधपुर ने अपने यहां खाली पदों पर भर्तियों निकाली हैं. 798 पदों पर निकली इन भर्तियों के लिए इच्छुक उम्मीदवार ऑनलाइन आवेदन कर सकते हैं. आवेदन करने की अंतिम तारीख आठ अप्रैल है. पद और योग्यता से जुड़ी अन्य जानकारी नीचे दी गई है….

इतनी चाहिए योग्यता- इन पदों के लिए आवेदन करने वाले उम्मीदवारों का बीएससी और नर्सिंग का कोर्स किया होना जरूरी है. सभी भर्तियां अलग-अलग पदों के लिए निकाली गई हैं.

यहां से करें आवेदन– इन पदों के लिए आवेदन करने वाले उम्मीदवार विभाग की आधिकारिक वेबसाइट www.aiimsjodhpur.edu.in/facultyrecruitment.php पर जाकर आवेदन कर सकते हैं.

UPSC Recruitment 2018: Applications Invited For Multiple Posts

UPSC recruitment 2018: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has invited applications for the posts of Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist and Junior Hydrogeologists on the official website upsc.gov.in.

For these posts, the commission will conduct a competitive examination. UPSC has invited interested and eligible candidates to apply for a combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2018 by logging on to the official website.

The last date to submit the application is April 16, 2018 till 5 pm. Candidates who wish to apply for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. More details about exam are given below:

Mar 23, 2018

Retirement Age of CG Employees – Lok Sabha Q&A




Retirement Age of CG Employees – Lok Sabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 4181

ANSWERED ON: 21.03.2018

Retirement Age

Grant of 10 days CL – Who are not entitled to 17 holidays – MoD Orders



Grant of 10 days Casual Leave to those Civilian employees under Defence Establishments who are not entitled to 17 holidays per calendar year

Government of India
(Department of Defence)
Ministry of Defence
D(Civ-ll)


Subject: Grant of 10 days Casual Leave to those Civilian employees under Defence Establishments who are not entitled to 17 holidays per calendar year

Cap On educational Concession to Children of Missing/Disabled/Killed Soldiers Removed – MoD Orders



Cap On educational Concession to Children of Missing/Disabled/Killed Soldiers Removed – MoD Orders

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

Cap On educational Concession to Children of Missing/Disabled/Killed Soldiers Removed
Government has decided to continue educational concessions to the children of Armed Forces Officers/Personnel Below Officer Ranks (PBORs)/Missing/Disabled/ Killed in Action without the cap of Rs. 10,000 per month.

7% DR from Jan 2018 – Orders issued by DoPPW



Grant of Dearness relief to Central Government pensioners/family pensioners- Revised rate effective from 01.01.2018

No.42/06/2018-P&PW(G)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003
Dated the 22nd March,2018

Replace ‘Khichdi’ Of Pension Orders With One Rule – Supreme Court

The apex court asked government to frame a law to regulate the retirement benefit.

Observing that a plethora of instructions issued by the central government on granting pension created confusion among retired government officials, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked it to frame a law to regulate the retirement benefit.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the government had no clarity on how to fix the pensions amount and retired officials had to suffer. The apex court passed the remarks while deciding the plea of a retired railway employee who is fighting a legal battle 27 years after his retirement on fixation of his pension amount.

The Supreme Court finally decided against the retired official but asked the central government to take steps to prevent pensions woes of retired officials.

7th Pay Commission: Indian Railways Revises Rates For Employees

7th Pay Commission news: The 7th Pay Commission recommendation for revision of a salary bracket has been cleared. It has been revealed that as far as night duty allowance of Indian Railway employees has been revised. The Railway Board confirms that present formulation of weightage of 10 minutes for every hour of duty performed between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 would continue. The Ministry of Railways in its order (S.No.PC-VII/95, RBE No. 36/2018; No.E(P&A)II-2017/HW-1) on March 8, 2018 has instructed the General Managers/CAOs and all Indian Railways & Production Units in this regard.

The board order referring to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, said, “Consequent upon the decision taken by the Government of India on the recommendations of the 7th pay commission, the President is pleased to decide that the hourly rate of NDA shall be equal to {(Basic Pay+Dearness Allowance)/200) which would be admissible to eligible categories of non-gazetted Railway Servants classified under chapter XIV of the Railway Act, 1989 read with the Railway Servants (Hours of Work and Period of Rest) Rules, 2005 for work put in during the period from 2200 hrs to 0600 hrs. The rate should be worked out separately for each employee. The present formulation of weightage of 10 minutes for every hour of duty performed between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 would continue.”

Government Employees Can Be Directed To Work On Public Holidays – Minister’s Reply

Government Employees can be directed to work on public holidays – As per Fundamental Rules (F.R.) No.11, the whole time of a Government servant is at the disposal of the Government which pays him

Clarification regarding Government Employees can be directed to work on public holidays
Opening of Office on Holidays
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Opening of Office on Holiday

SC Is Right To Pull Up Government: LINKING OF AADHAAR WITH PENSION IS WRONG

The Supreme Court on March 21 raised an important question on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar card for drawing pension by retired government employees.

The top court has rightly observed that pension is “not a subsidy but an entitlement of a person for years of service he/she has rendered to the government in discharge of official duties”.

The five-judge bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act on the premise of the citizen’s fundamental right to privacy.

Pension is an entitlement under the respective central or state civil and defence service rules (as applicable) and not a benefit under any of the social schemes. Therefore, there seems to be no basis for its inclusion under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

DA From January 2018 For Railway Employees – Orders Issued


DA from January 2018 for Railway Employees – Dearness Allowance to Railway employees Revised effective from 01.01.2018

Revised DA for Railway employees at 7%
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
Ministry of Railways (Rail Mantralaya)
(Railway Board)
PC-VII No.- 97
File No. PC-VII/2016/1/7/2/1
RBE No.: 39/2018

Exemption From NPS For Railway Employees NFIR Demand

Exemption from NPS for Railway Employees NFIR demand NFIR – Exemption of Railways from New Pension Scheme (NPS)

Federation re-iterates the valid points placed below, urging upon the Railway Ministry to impress upon the Government, the need for exempting Railways from National Pension System (NPS).

Mar 22, 2018

7th Pay Commission MACP Pay Fixation – MACP Calculator



7th Pay Commission MACP Pay fixation – How to fix pay of central government employees on grant of MACP (Modified Assured Career Progression) on or after 1st January 2016? – GConnect 7th Pay Commission MACP Calculator

1. The benchmark for considering the grant of MACP to Central Government Employees has been increased. Earlier the benchmark recorded in APAR (Annual Performance Appraisal Report) as “Good” will be the minimum eligibility (Click here to checkout MACP before 7th Pay Commission). Now benchmark in APAR for grant of MACP after 7th Pay Commission has been revised to “Very Good”.

Accordingly, MACP OM dated 19.04.2009 has been modified by OM O.M. No.F.No.35034/3/2015-Estt.(D), dated 28.09.2016 as follows

7th Pay Commission Night Duty Allowance Orders For Railway Employees


7th Pay Commission night duty allowance orders for railway employees – Revision in the Night Duty Allowance (NDA)
Railway Board confirms present formulation of weightage of 10 minutes for every hour of duty performed between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 would continue.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS

(RAILWAY BOARD)

S.No.PC-VII/95

RBE No. 36/2018

No.E(P&A)II-2017/HW-1

3rd MACP To Railway Nursing Personnel

3rd MACP to Railway Nursing Personnel – NFIR – Grant of GP 6600/- in PB-3 as 3rd MACP to Nursing Personnel in Railways

NFIR requests for intervention of Railway Board in Grant of MACP for Nursing Personnel
N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
No.IV/MACPS/09/Part 11
The Member Staff,
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of GP 6600/- in PB-3 as 3rd MACP to Nursing Personnel in Railways-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s PNM Item No. 29/2017.
(ii) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s O.M. No. Z-28015/5/2016-N(Pt.) dated 09th September, 2016.
(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/MACPAS/09/Part 10 dated 12/09/2016
Federation invites kind attention of the Railway Board to NFIR’s PNM Agenda Item No. 29/2017 wherein demand has been raised for according approval to grant of 3rd MACP in GP 6600/- (PB-3) to those Nursing Personnel who have been awarded 1st and 2nd financial upgradation under ACP Scheme in the cadre hierarchy (5th CPC Pay Scales) upto 31st August 2008. The demand has been raised by the Federation based on the decision taken by the nodal Ministry i.e. the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide O.M. dated 09th September, 2016, copy of which has also been provided by the Federation to the Board vide its letter dated 12th September, 2016.
Incidentally, Federation desires to mention that the subject matter could not be discussed in the NFIR’s PNM meeting held with the Railway Board on 13th & 14th November, 2017 due to paucity of time, however, the issue has been discussed informally with the ED/PC-1 on 14th & 15th January, 2018 by the General Secretary, NFIR and it was requested that orders in this connection may be issued soon on the basis of the decision of the nodal Ministry vide O.M. dated 09th September, 2016. Federation also conveys that the Railway Ministry is part of the Government of India and it bound to implement the instructions issued by the nodal Ministry in so far as the staff of Para – Medical categories working on Indian Railways is concerned. Taking different view in the matter and again referring the subject to the nodal Ministry or the DoP&T will cause further delay, leading staff dissatisfaction.
While enclosing copies of PNM agenda and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare OM’s dated 90th September, 2016 and our letter dated 12/09/2016, NFIR expresses its disappointment over Railway Board’s negative approach and the same time urges your kind intervention.
DA/As above
Yours faithfully

(Dr.M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Item No.29/2017
Sub: Grant of erstwhile GP 6600/- (PB-3) as 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS to Nursing Personnel in Railways-reg.
Ref: (i) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s OM.No. Z-28015/5/2016-N(Pt.) dated 09th September 2016.
(ii) NFIR’ s letter No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10 dated 12/09/2016 to Railway Board.
NFIR vide its letter dated 12/09/2016 invited Railway Board’s attention to the O.M. dated 09th September 2016 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the subject relating to granting 3rd MACP in GP 6600/- (PB-3) to the Nursing Personnel of the Central Government. Para A of the said O.M. stated that those staff nurses/nursing sisters/assistant nursing superintendents who have been awarded 1st and 2nd financial upgradation under ACP Scheme in the hierarchy of Vth CPC Pay Scales Rs. 5500-9000 and 6500-10500 upto 31st August 2008 are entitled for replacement Grade Pay of 4800/- (PB-2) and 5400/- (PB-3) of VI CPC and therefore, the 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS is to be granted to those staff in erstwhile GP 6600/- (PB-3) and accordingly the same may be revised if the said MACP has been granted in GP 5400 (PB-3).
From the decision of the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare, it is clear that those Nursing Personnel in Railways, promoted to Scale Rs. 5500-9000 (V CPC) or got ACP benefit are to be treated as holders of GP 4800/- (PB-2)/pay matrix level 7 and those who were in Pay Scale Rs. 6500-10500/7450-11500 either through 2nd ACP or through promotion upto 30 August 2008 to be treated as holders of GP 5400/- (PB-3)/pay matrix level 9. As the MACPS came into effect from 01/09/2008, those Nursing Personnel who got Grade Pay 5400/- (PB-3) and fulfilled the condition for entitlement of 3rd financial upgradation, should be granted erstwhile GP 6600 (PB-3) as 3rd MACP. The Federation further contents that the cases of Nursing Personnel who have been granted GP 5400 as 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS, need to be reviewed for granting erstwhile GP 6600 as 3rd MACP instead GP 5400 (PB-3).
NFIR., therefore, requests the Railway Board to accord approval for allowing erstwhile GP 6600/- (PB-3) as 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS to the Nursing Personnel in lieu of erstwhile GP 5400 (PB-3).
N F I R
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, Chelmsford Road,
New Delhi – 110055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
No. IV/MACPS/09/Part 10
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
New Delhi
Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of GP 6600/- in PB-3 as 3rd MACP to Nursing Personnel in Railways-reg
Ref: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s O.M. No. Z-28015/5/2016-N(Pt.) dated 9th September 2016.
NFIR invites kind attention of Railway Board to the O.M. dated 09th September 2016 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (copy enclosed) on the subject relating to granting GP 6600/- (PB-3) as 3rd MACP to the Nursing Personnel of the Central Government, Para A of the said O.M. states that those staff nurses/nursing sisters/assistant nursing superintendents who have been awarded 1st and 2nd financial upgradation under ACP Scheme in the hierarchy of Pay Scales Rs. 5500-9000 and 6500-10500 upto 31st August. 2008 are entitled for replacement Grade Pay of Rs. 4800/- (PB-2) and Rs. 5400/- (PB-3). In the said para it has also been stated that the 3rd financial up-gradation under MACPS wherever granted in GP 5400/-(PB-3), the same be revised to GP 6600/- (PB-3).
From the above decision of the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare,-it is clear that those Nursing Personnel in Railways, promoted to Scale Rs. 5500-9000 (V CPC) or got ACP benefit are to be treated as holders of GP 48001- (PB-2) and those who were in Pay Scale Rs. 6500-10500/7450- 11500 either through 2nd ACP or through promotion upto 31st August 2008 be treated as holders of GP 5400/- (PB-3). As the MACPS came into effect from 01/09/2008, those Nursing Personnel who got Grade Pay 54001- (PB-3) and fulfilled the condition for entitlement of 3rd financial upgradation they should be granted GP 6600 (PB-3) as 3rd MACP. The Federation states further that the cases of Nursing personnel who have been granted GP 5400 as 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS, needs to be reviewed for granting OP 6600 as 3rd MACP instead GP 5400 (PB-3).
NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue modified instructions to the GMs etc., for allowing GP 6600/- (PB-3) as 3rd financial upgradation under MACPS to the Nursing Personnel in lieu of GP 5400 (PB-3).
DA/As above
Yours faithfully,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
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