Central Government makes it clear that there is no proposal to reduce the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58 years
Central Government makes it clear that there is no proposal to reduce the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58
The Narendra modi Govt. had to field its crisis managers on Thursday to end what it called a "sttrong misinformation campaign" which it feared could hurt the ruling BJPs electroal interests in the Deklhi electiond due soon.
The trouble caused by a WhatsApp message that was being circulated fast and furious. It purported to reproduce a government reply in parliament on whether it was planning to lower the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58 years.
The message alleged that the government had said in the Rajya Sabh a that iw would be tabling a bill proposing a cut in the retirmenet age in the Budget Session in March 2015.
Three ministers issued strong denials in quick succession, even as the government ordered an investigation into the origins of the message. FM Arun jaitley told NDTV, "These are all baseless rumours and thre is no question of altering the retirement age of CG employees. It is 60 years and will remain 60."
Parliamentary Affairs Minister m Venkaiah Naidu and Miniser of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh too denied any such proposal.
A study of the message circulated on WhatsApp confirmed that someone has altered the question posed by a Rajya Sabh MP on December 11 and the Ministers reply, meticulously keeping the format of a written reply in Parliament intact.
To ensure a quick burial for what could have burgeoned into a major headache for the government, the department of persoonel and training also posted the governments actual reply online and issued a press release to say that there was no proposal to lower the retirement age.
The sources called it "an act of forgery by an expert". They alleged that it was a "political conspriacy" intended to enrage the large population of CG employees in Delhi. "CG employees had contributed to the rise of AAP fairly successful debut in the 2013; six months later the same voters voted for Modi and dumped AAP," said a senior Minister.
With states on board, the Cabinet now likely to approve the Constitutional Amendment Bill on GST tomorrow, paving the way for tabling of the the new legislation in the ongoing winter session of Parliament. The revised GST Bill, which takes into account the deal reached between states and Centre on contentious issues, could be taken up for approval by the Cabinet tomorrow, sources said. The government wants to introduce the Bill in the ongoing winter session that concludes on December 23.
In a compromise deal, the Centre last evening had decided to keep petroleum out of the proposed GST in return for states agreeing to entry tax being subsumed in the new indirect tax regime proposed from April 2016.
The launch of Goods and Service Tax (GST) has been hanging in balance for about seven years now as states were concerned about their revenue losses on introduction of the new tax regime.
The GST Bill needs to be cleared by at least half of the states, besides Parliament, before its implementation.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-230
7th Pay Commission
230 . SHRI SHANTARAM NAIK
a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;
b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;
c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;
d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;
e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and
f) if so, the details thereof?
SHRI JAYANT SINHA
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations.
(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.
(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.
Following PM Narendra Modis visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit, the government is mulling a proposal to provide leave travel concession (LTC) for Central Government employees to four countries – Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka to boost tourism in the neighbourhood. The LTC will be modeled on the schemes for the north-east and J&K which helped increase tourism and fuelled economic improvement in the two regions.
Sources in the tourism ministry said "introuducing LTC for 20 lakh government employees could encourage greater people to people exchange among the SAARC Countries. But there will have to some reciprocal arrangement. We are working on that". Sources said India is in touch with the countries to consider the proposals viability.
Times of India
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
ANSWERED ON 11.12.2014
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
ANSWERED ON 04.12.2014
States have rejected the centres draft Bill for them GST dealing a major blow to the Modo Govts resolve to roll out the reform at the earliest.
The Centres States stalemate has put a question mark over whether the Modi Govt will be able to introduce the GST Constitution Amendment Bill during the ongoing Winter session of Parliament.
At a meeting of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Thursday, States opposed the Centres draft Bill and its proposal to extend the GST to petroleum goods and entry tax. Consensus eludes Centre and States on the three main issues of compensation, petrol tax ans entry tax. Empowered Committee would not support the Centres Bill unless it conceded to the States three demands.
The GST will subsume all excise and services taxes. States want compensation from the Centre for the revenue they will lose over five years from the shift to the GST regime. States also want a clause on the compensation to be inserted in to the GST Constitution Amendment Bill.
CBEC under F.No. A12018/3/2014-AdII dated 8.12.14 forwarded the draft amendments in the IRS(C&CE) Gr-A Rules 2012 to offer comments latest by 18.12.14. Copy of the said draft RRs is available in the website of CBEC.
As per RRs, an Assistant Commissioner appointed by promotion on a temporary post (2118 posts in total) would again be appointed as Assistant Commissioner on a regular post. Thus, such officer would be retired only from the post of Assistant Commissioner and would not be able to promote as Deputy Commissioner. Clearly Board does not want to promote Superintendents of Central Excise beyond the post of Assistant Commissioner. A Superintendent of Central Excise would be promoted to the post of Assistant Commissioner Temporary and thereafter, if possible due to his remaining period of retirement, he would be appointed as Assistant Commissioner Regular. Thus, our Superintendents would be bound to retire as Assistant Commissioner even if they have more than 4 years of service on being appointed as Assistant Commissioner Temporary. Secondly, the post of Deputy Commissioner has been stated to be filled up by PROMOTION only whereas it is a time scale after 4 years of regular service in the grade of Assistant Commissioner.
Government issues 18 new commandments for CG employees and asked them to maintain responsiveness to the public
The Modi-government has issued 18 new commandments for its employees and asked them to maintain responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section of the society. The Central Civil Services (conduct) (Third Amendment) Rules,2014 notified by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recently, also make it mandatory for employees to “make choices, take decisions and make recommendations on merit alone”.
Every government servant shall at all times maintain high ethical standards and honesty, political neutrality, promote the principles of merit, fairness and impartiality in the discharge of duties, maintain accountability and transparency, maintain responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section and take decisions solely in public interest and use or cause to use public resources efficiently, effectively and economically, the amended rules said. They should also maintain courtesy and good behaviour with the public, commit himself to and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values, defend and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, decency and morality, and declare any private interests relating to his public duties and take steps to resolve any conflicts in a way that protects the public interest, it said.