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Delay in Government Inquiry No Bar on Promotion

 

The Central Administrative Tribunal asked Tamil Nadu government to consider promoting an Indian Forest Officer to rank of Chief Conservator of Forests, observing that an officer could not be penalised for inordinate delay on the part of government in completing disciplinary inquiries against him.

IFS officer Ramachandra Pati joined as Assistant Conservator of Forests in 1985. He was promoted to Conservator of Forests in 2004. He became eligible for promotion to Chief Conservator of Forests in 2010. However, disciplinary proceedings for his alleged shortfall in performance under Tamil Nadu Afforestation Programme were initiated in 2005 and 2006, said Pati in his petition. These proceedings were not completed after a lapse of around five years. In his current petition Pati pleaded that inquiry report be opened and government act on the recommendations.

Countering his arguments, the government said the delay was because of Pati’s refusal to cooperate with the inquiry authorities. But the inquiry had been completed

Further, “if an officer with pendency charges of a grave nature is promoted to the next level without reference to the disciplinary proceedings, there will be no meaning in initiating such proceedings”, it said adding the “punishment of censure” was imposed on Pati.

The bench of judicial member K Elango and administrative member P Prabhakaran disposing of the petition asked the government to consider Pati for promotion as an officer cannot be held liable for delay of an inquiry.

Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com

MERGER OF DA WITH PAY OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – MINISTER’S REPLY IN THE LOK SABHA

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2831

ANSWERED ON 07.02.2014

 

MERGER OF DA WITH PAY

UNSTARRED QUESTION 2831

Shri RANJAN PRASAD YADAV/ AVTAR SINGH BHADANA

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

ANSWER

MINISTER OF THE STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

(a) the percentage of Dearness Allowance (DA) with respect to basic pay of the CentralGovernment Employees as on date;

(b) whether there is any proposal to merge 50 per cent DA into basic pay of Central Government Employees and Pensioners;

(c) if so,  the details thereof; and

(d) if not, the reasons therefor?

(a) With effect from 1st July, 2013, the rate of Dearness Allowance (DA) payable on the revised pay of Central Government employees is 90%.

(b) No Sir.

(c) In view of (b) above, the Question does not arise.

(d) The Sixth Central Pay Commission did not recommend merger of DA with basic pay at any stage. This has been accepted by the Government vide Resolution dated 29th August, 2008.

Source : loksabha.nic.in

Update by SG-AIACEGEO

R PRESENT POSITION AND IN SITU PROMOTIONS.

 
Dear friends,
 
namaste.
 
1. I am getting regular queries regarding the clearance of reorganisation/allocation file by the FM. Current status is that it has been returned by the FM office to bring on 24.04.14 as FM couldn't attend the office on 09.04.14 to till date. Now, he is expected to come to office on 24.04.14.  
 
2. I am also getting queries about the status of newly promoted AC's on in-situ basis. Actually, here in-situ means is to work at place of posting itself as AC. It doesn't mean to perform the duties of Superintendent as in-situ AC. The Board was also consulted today on this issue. It was clarified that the officers have to assume the charge of AC only as also mentioned in the para 5 of the promotion order. Thus, these officers are to be posted as AC on their present place of posting till transfer orders are issued. Para 3 and 5 of the promotion order are self explanatory in this regard. Sh. Josef Antony, the concerned Under Secretary, may be contacted on phone by the field authorities for any clarification.
 
Love,
 
 
Ravi Malik.
SG/AIACEGEO

 

Hyderabad Customs arrests one more person in Gold Smuggling case

Hyderabad Customs has arrested one Shujath Ali from Dubai who allegedly gave gold biscuits to an airhostess who was caught with 13 KGs of gold on Wednesda in RGIA.  The arrest was made on the information provided by the  Emirates Airlines airhostess  Sadas Khan. The man was brought to the city and further investigations and interrogations are on to unravel the larger gold smuggling racket. 

It is becoming clear that there is an international gold smuggling racket that is operating for smuggling of gold into the country from RGIA, Hyderabad. In the year 2013-14 itself around 60 KGs worth Rs. 18 Crores Gold has been seized by Hyderabad Customs in RGIA.

Sadas Khan was arrested and produced in the Economic Offences Court at Nampally, Hyderabad which has awarded her fourteen days judicial remand.  Sadas Khan has reportedly confessed that Shujath Ali came with her in the same flight and after coming to know about  the gold seizure by AIU,  he fled to Dubai. On alert, Dubai Officials have detained him on his arrival there and  was sent back to Hyderabad in another flight. 

Hyderabad Customs has arrested 28 smugglers and 68 cases have booked against them during the year 2013-14. During this year around 8 Kgs of Gold worth 2.20 Crores has so far been seized by Hyderabad Customs. 

Hyderabad Customs seizes 2.7 KG of Gold from a passenger in RGIA, Hyderabad

Hyderabad Customs has sezied 2.7 Kgs of Gold worth around Rs. 1 Crore in RGIA, Hydrabad  being smuggled by a passenger Ms. Fathima who arrived from Dubai by Qatar Airways this morning.

Of late, Hyderabad Customs has been doing  remarkable and commendable job in containing, controlling and seizing of  Gold being brought in illegally by several passengers.

KUDOS Hyderabad Customs. Job being well done. Keep it up. 

CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE – Supplement FAQ RELEASED BY DOPT

DOPT has issued FAQ on Children Education Allowance supplement the FAQs in respect of Estt. (Allowances) Section already placed in public domain vide F. No. 21011/08/2013-Estt.(AL)

No. I-11020/1/2014-Estt.(AL)

Government of India/Bharat Sarkar

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Personnel & Training

 


                                                 Establishment (Allowances) Section

 


Children Education Allowance Scheme (CEA)

SI. No.

Frequently asked Questions

Answer

1.

Whether the examination fees as charged by the school is reimbursable?

“Examination fee” has been included as part of reimbursable items as indicated in para 1(e) of O.M. dated 2nd September, 2008, subject to the fulfillment of other existing conditions vide OM No.12011/01/2012-Estt.(AL) dated 31-07-2013. The said orders do not have a retrospective effect.

2.

Whether reimbursement of amount of fee paid during 1st and 2nd quarter could be claimed in 3rd or 4th quarter, without the fee receipts of the 3rdand 4th quarter?

No. As it is reimbursement for the whole year, original receipts for the fee paid for the 3rd/4th quarter has to be submitted to ensure that the child has not dropped out of the school in the mid-session. O.M. No.12011/01/2013- Estt.(Allowances) dated 23.04.2013 refers.

3.

Whether a Government servant is required to give a certificate that the spouse, if earning, has not claimed CEA?

Yes. In terms of O.M. No.12011/01/2013-Estt. (Allowances) dated 23.04.2013, the claimant Government servant is required to furnish an undertaking that reimbursement of CEA has not been claimed in respect of the child by the spouse of the claimant.

 

 

Govt. says no timelimit for submission of report by 7th CPC

It is  not possible to indicate the exact time by which the Report of the 7th CPC will be submitted & The 6th Central Pay Commission did not recommend merger of Dearness Allowance with basic pay at any stage.

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-2057

ANSWERED ON-11.02.2014

Seventh Pay Commission


2057 . SHRI NARENDRA KUMAR KASHYAP
Will the MINISTER OF FINANCE be pleased to state:

(a) Whether Government has announced constitution of Seventh Pay Commission for the Central Government employees;

(b) if so, the details thereof; and

(c) the time by which the Pay Commission is expected to submit its report?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

(a) and (b): Yes, Sir. The constitution of the 7th Central Pay Commission is as under:-

(i) Shri Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur – Chairman
(Retired Judge of the Supreme Court
and Retired Chairman,
Armed Forces Tribunal)

(ii) Shri Vivek Rae,  - Member (Full time)
(Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas)

(iii) Dr. Rathin Roy,  - Member (Part time)
(Director, National Institute
of Public Finance and Policy)

(iv) Smt. Meena Agarwal, – Secretary
(OSD, Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance)

(c): It is not possible to indicate the exact time by which the Report of the Seventh Central Pay Commission will be submitted.

 
 

Merging of DA with basic pay of Central Government employees – Rajya Sabha News
 
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-2062

ANSWERED ON-11.02.2014
 
Merging of DA with basic pay of Central Government employees
 

2062 . SHRI PRABHAT JHA, ARVIND KUMAR SINGH, KUSUM RAI

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:

 
(a) whether Government is actively considering to merge existing dearness allowance payable to Central Government Employees with basic pay;
 
(b) if so, the details thereof, and if not, the reasons therefor; 
 
(c) whether Government has received any representation from employees associations in this regard;
 
(d) if so, the details thereof and the details of action taken thereon; and
 
(e) the reasons for delay in constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission?
 
ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE

( SHRI NAMO NARAIN MEENA)

 
(a) No Sir.
 
(b) The 6th Central Pay Commission did not recommend merger of Dearness Allowance with basic pay at any stage. This has been accepted by the Government vide Resolution dated 29th August, 2008. 
 
(c)&(d) A number of representations have been received from Associations/Organizations of Central Government Employees demanding merger of 50% of Dearness Allowance with basic pay. However, in view of (b) above, the same has not been agreed to. 
 
(e) The Government has already decided to constitute the 7th Central Pay Commission under the Chairmanship of Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, Retired judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Finance Ministry rejects proposal to raise IT Exemption limit for salaried class

The Finance Ministry has rejected the recommendation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by former FM Shri Yashwant Sinha, on raising the income tax exemption limit to Rs. 3 lakh. The recomendation was made as part of the Committee's report on the Direct Taxes Code (DTC). Adjusting the slabs will cause tax revenue losses to the tune of Rs. 60,000 crore a year to the Exchequer, the Ministry has said.  It has, however, agreed to the recommendation on reducing the age for tax exemption for senior citizens from 65 years to 60 years. The Ministry has also rejected the recommendation on inflation-proofing the tax exemption. 

              The Parliamentary Committee had proposed no tax on income upto Rs. 3 lakh per annum; at the rate of 10 per cent for Rs. 3-10 lakh; 20 per cent for Rs. 10-20 lakh; and 30 per cent on annual income beyond Rs. 20 lakh. AT present there is no tax on income upto Rs. 2 lakh per annum. Income of Rs.2 to 5 lakh attracts tax at the rate of 10 per cent, 20  per cent on Rs. 5-10 lakh and 30 per cent on income beyond Rs. 10 lakh. 

DRI, Hyderabad Unit seizes 7.7 gold at RGIA, Hyderabad.

The DRI, Hyderabad Unit on Tuesday caught two passengers – Osman and Javed, who flew in by Emirates and Air India flights respectively – who tried to smuggle gold weighing 7.7 Kg at RGIA, Hyderabad. They concealed the gold in plate form in an electric iron box and at wire inside edges of a suitcase. The seized gold was worth Rs. 2.17 crores. Further investigations are on. 

Multi-task duties of a Group-B Central Excise Officer

A friend of our sent us this picture showing the multi-task, multifarious and multifaceted duties being performed by a Group-B C.E.Officer.

While performing these varied duties including quasi-judicial duties, keeping a vigil on coutnrys frontiers etc we are required to refer to any number of statutes including CEA, Customs Act, Finance Act,1994, IPC, CrPC, Evidence Act etc…etc…etccc. and several Rules and Regulations made there-under. And of course, we have to keep track of Boards Notifications, Circulars, Instructions, Judicial Citations etc.  from time to time while performing our enviable duties. 

However, it is not Neighbours envy and owners pride. 

It is Neighbours glee and owners shame.

It is Neighbours Career Progression and owners humiliating career stagnation.

For all these duties, WE ARE REWARDED WITH ONE PROMOTION IN OUR CAREER OF 35 YEARS OR AT THE MOST SECOND PROMOTIONS JUST TWO OR THREE MONTHS BEFORE YOU RETIRE.

JAY HO CENTRAL EXCISE OFFICER.