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DA to go up by 6% from 1st July,2015 onwards?

It is learnt that the DA for CG employees will be enhanced by 6% from 1st July,2015 on-wards taking the total DA to 119% from the present 113%. The decision to enhance the DA will be taken in the Cabinet meeting to be held in the first week of September,2015. 

DoPT issues fresh instructions on filing of Lokpal Declarations

Jishnu Barua, IAS

Joint Secretary (S&Vig.-II )

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING

MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES

AND PENSIONS

NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI – 110001

 

D.O. No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IN(B) Part.I                                                       Dated: the 30th July, 2015

Dear Secretary,

Kindly refer to my D.O. letter of even number dated 30th April, 2015 regarding furnishing of information relating assets and liabilities by Public Servants under provisions of Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and forwarding therewith copies of the Government of India Notifications dated 27th April, 2015.Returns for Central Government Employees

2. In this regard, I am now forwarding herewith a copy of the Government of India Notification dated 03rd July, 2015, further amending the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual  of Assets and Liabilities and Limits for Exemption  of Assets in filing Returns) Amendment Rules, 2015.

3. In view of the aforesaid notification of Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Returns of Assets and Liabilities and Limits for Exemption of Assets in filing Returns) Second Amendment Rules, 2015, the timelines for filing of returns/declarations, specific to different years, by public servants under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, are as follows:

a. the first return (as on 1st August, 2014) [as was initially required to be filed by 15th September, 2014] can now be filed by 15th October, 2015.

b. the annual return (as on 31st March, 2015) [as was initially required to be filed by 31st July, 2015], can now be filed by 15th October, 2015.

c. the subsequent annual returns (as on 31st March of each year ) are required to be filed by 31st July of that year.

4. In view of the above, I would like to request you to kindly bring the above mentioned position to the notice of all concerned and to issue orders towards ensuring compliance with these rules by all officers/staff in your Ministry/Department and organisations/PSUs under the control of your Ministry/Department.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

(Jishnu Barua)

Period for applying LTC Advance – Government servant can draw the Leave Travel Concession advance 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey

Personnel Ministry has issued a press release on Period for applying LTC Advance

Period for applying LTC advance

A Government servant can draw the Leave Travel Concession advance 65 days before the proposed date of outward journey.

Indian Railways has fixed the advance reservation period as 120 days excluding the date  of journey w.e.f. 01.04.2015 for all long distance mail/express trains as well as Shatabdi Express trains.

The issue  of any change in instructions relating to drawal of advance for LTC has to be decided keeping in view all factors including changes made by the Railways, as well as financial implications.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Kiranmay Nanda in the Rajya Sabha today.

Asset and Liablities Return under Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 – Consolidated Instructions issued by DOPT

DOPT reiterates the instructions issued earlier (D. O. No. 407/12/2014-AVD-IV-B dated the 30th April, 2015) that all Government Servants belonging to Group A, Group B, Group C and erstwhile Group D will have to file declaration  of Assets and Liablities as on 15th August 2014 and as on 31st March 2015under Lokpal on or before 15th October 2015

Rule 18 [1) (i) of the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, every Government servant shall on his first appointment to any service or post submit a return of his assets and liabilities, in the form prescribed by the Government, giving the full particulars of movable, immovable and valuable property and debts and other liabilities, etc..

All Government servants i.e., belonging to Group A, Group B, Group C and erstwhile Group D, are now required to furnish the declaration of their assets & liabilities under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 as per following schedule.

(i) The first return under the Lokpal Act (as on 15th August. 2014) should be filed on or before 15th October. 2015;

(ii) The next annual return under the Lokpal Act, for the year ending 31st March, 2015 should be filed on or before 15th October. 2015; and

(iii) The annual return  for subsequent years as on 31st March every year should be filed on or before 31st July of that year.

Digital Life Certification – List of Government Employees due for retirement with their Aadhaar Number, PAN, Mobile Number and Email ID to be provided by Heads of office to PAO

Dept of Expenditure, Central Pension Accounting Office issued an OM on Preparation of list of Government servants due to retire along with their Aadhaar numbers  and incorporation of Aadhaar number in PPO Booklet

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/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2015-16/515 to 662.

     10.07.2015

Office Memorandum

Subject:- Preparation of list of Government servants due to retire along with their Aadhaar numbersand incorporation of Aadhaar number in PPO Booklet.

1. As a part of Digital India initiatives, Digital Life Certification (DLC) of the pensioner has been made an option for submission of life certificate by the pensioner in the month of November each year. As the role of Aadhaar has become vital, a column for Aadhaar has already been provided in the Pension Payment Order booklet. Accordingly, all Heads of Offices have to ensure that wherever available same is provided to their Pay & Accounts Offices alongwith pension papers of the retiring government servants. In this regard, a provision has also been made in CAM-52 (PPO Booklet) by adding the following columns after existing column no.5.

6. Permanent Account Number for Income Tax (PAN)

7. Aadhaar No. (if Available)

8. Mobile No. (if Available)

9. E-Mail ID (if Available)

2. The seeding of Aadhaar with pensioners’ PPO number and their bank accounts is being closely monitored by Prime Minister Office. While this information is being regularly collected by CPAO from banks, the processing of fresh pension cases alongwith Aadhaar number is a very important requirement for expediting seeding of Aadhaar number by banks with PPO number & bank accountand smooth implementation of submission of DLCs by pensioners in the month of November.

3. Further, attention is invited to Rule 56 of CCS (Pension) Rules which provides that:-

“(1) Every Head of Department shall have a list prepared every three months, that is, on the 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October each year, of all Government servants who are due to retire within the next twelve to fifteen months of that date.

(2) A copy of every such list shall be supplied to the Accounts Officer concerned not later than 31st January, 30th April, 31st July or 31st October, as the case may be, of that year.”

4. To avoid any delay in finalizing the pension cases all Heads of Offices should have first-hand information of the Aadhaar number while preparing the list of retiring government officials as per the provision of Rule 56 of CCS (Pension) Rules and should provide the same to the Accounts Officer concerned not later than 31st January, 30th April, 31st July or 31st October of that year.

5. In has been observed that during the month of June, 2015; out of 3101 fresh PPOs (PensionPayment Orders), only in 220 cases Aadhaar numbers have been indicated. All Pr. CCAs/CCAs/ AGs are once again requested to ensure that all fresh PPOs are sent to CPAO with Aadhaar numberswherever available and quarterly list of would be retirees as mentioned in para 3 & 4 above also mention Aadhaar numbers wherever available.

(Subhash Chandra)

Controller of Accounts

RS Select Committee on GST submits its report

The landmark bill on Goods and Services Tax on Wednesday won majority support of the Rajya Sabha Select Committee, which endorsed almost all the provisions while also agreeing to demands of parties like Trinamool Congress for a five-year compensation to states.
The committee, headed by BJP's Bhupender Yadav, in its report submitted to the House suggested changes in clauses pertaining to compensation and levy of 1 per cent additional tax by the states on inter-state supply of goods.
The report, however, is marked by dissent notes from Congress, AIADMK and Left parties, which have expressed their opposition to the GST Constitution Amendment Bill in the existing form.
The bill, which has already been approved by Lok Sabha, will now have to be taken up for passage in the Upper House.
As it is a Constitution Amendment Bill, the bill has to be approved by two-third members in the Rajya Sabha.
The ruling BJP government does not have a majority in Rajya Sabha and will have to depend upon support of regional parties and allies for passage of the bill.

PM meets Trade Union Leaders

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met leaders from various Trade Unions, over tea. The meeting followed extensive consultations that these leaders had with an inter-ministerial team headed by the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, earlier in the day.

The Prime Minister heard the views of the Trade Union leaders on various issues of interest to workers, including in areas related to economic policy, and related laws.

The Trade Unions represented at the meeting included AITUC, All India United Trade Union Centre, All India Central Council of Trade Unions, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, CITU, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, Hind Mazdoor Sangh, INTUC, Labour Progressive Federation, National Front of Indian Trade Unions, Self-Employed Women’s Association, Trade Union Coordination Centre, and United Trade Union Congress.

Union Ministers Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri Piyush Goyal and Dr. Jitendra Singh were present at the meeting.

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Central Government Employees and Trade Union Strike on 2nd September 2015 – Confederation reports on non-friendly nature of Govt towards Central Government Employees

On 26th May, The day Modi Government at the Centre completed one year in office, Workers National Assembly at the Mavlankar Auditorium in the National Capital, New Delhi, in one voice condemned BJP-led NDA Government’s anti worker, anti-peasants, anti-people and pro-corporate, pro-MNC one year’s rule and declared country wide united protests and resistance through General Strike on 2nd September 2015 against these policies and to pursue 12 points charter of demands.

The unanimous declaration of the National Convention, organized by All the eleven Central Trade Unions and National Federations of Employees of all sectors and services condemned the Modi Government for bringing sweeping changes in the Land Acquisition Act permitting forcible acquisition of land from the farmers and drastically curbing farmer’s right to land and agricultural worker’s right to livelihood, bringing sweeping changes in the labour laws in favour of the employers, attack on the existing social securities  like EPF, ESI benefits, cutting budgetary allocations  to scheme which benefit the poor like MNREGA, dismantling of the Public Distribution System, disinvesting profit making public sector undertakings, Not implementing tripartite decisions  of the successive Indian Labour Conferences (ILCs), Ignoring the 10 point demands submitted earlier by the Central Trade Union pending since UPA Government etc.

The Central Government Employees are the worst sufferers due to the policy offensives of the Government. No DA Merger, No Interim Relief, No retrospective date of effect to 7th CPC from 01.01.2014 as demanded by JCM Staff Side, refusal to include Gramin Dak Sewaks under 7th CPC, denial of revision of wages and regularization of casual labourers, non implementation of Cadre Restructuring agreement signed by Postal department and Postal federations, 5% condition on Compassionate  appointment, non revision of bonus ceiling, non implementation of arbitration awards, non convening of JCM National Council are the one year balance sheet of the Modi Government in the Central Government employees sector. Over and above this, policy offensives like Task Force Committee Report on Postal Corporatisation, Bibek Debroy Committee Report on Railway privatisation , corporatisation of the 41 Ordinance  factories in the defence sector, move to close down printing, stationery and publication department and Medical store depots, non filling up of vacancies, downsizing, outsourcing, contractrisation, privatisation, are also being implemented in an aggressive manner.

The atrocious attack on the working people of the country including Central Government employees should be combated resolutely. The anti worker character of the neo liberal policies and the capitalist class interest behind these policies must be thoroughly exposed. It is to resist and repulse these attacks on the working class that the united trade union movement gave a call for a country wide general strike on 2nd September 2015.

From 1991 onwards, when the congress  government started implementing these policies, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has been opposing it and had joined the main stream of the working class in resisting the onslaught of imperialist globalization policies. Confederation National Executive had decided to join the one day strike on 2nd September 2015.

This strike must act as a strong warning to the BJP-led Government that the working class of the country, which has a great history of struggles and sacrifices, is not going to let these attacks pass. We call upon the entire Central Government employees to join the strike en-masse and make it a grand success.

Source: Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers

The News on 7th CPC Recommendations has begun to emerge- View point of 7th pay commission news

Yesterday gservants has posted an Article on 7th pay commission Recommendation. One of the central government employees news website 7th paycommission news.in has posted its views especially about this article..which is given below

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission have slowly started to make their way to the media in the form of unconfirmed news. The information that was being extensively discussed by all for more than a week now has finally made it to the websites yesterday.

It has now been confirmed that the 7th Pay Commission will submit is report to the Government next month. With the report being given a final shape, certain pieces of information have already started to hit the media. Some of the workable recommendations of the commission are out.

In 2006, a number of such unconfirmed reports surfaced, when the 6th Pay Commission report was being prepared, because the report was not submitted to the government on time. Due to the delay, there was tremendous curiosity to find out what the report contained. This led to a lot of rumors. Since the internet didn’t become that popular in those days, those rumors were hard to believe. Most of them were circulated by word of mouth.

 

Now, despite the fact that there are plenty of news sources, since it has become possible to trace the point of origin of the information, such rumors have reduced. This time around, the information was given by the leaders of Federations. Yet, one can neither completely accept them as true, nor dismiss them as entirely false.

Since the government and the major employees federations have their own websites, it has become possible for the information to spread to the corners of the world within minutes. Also, retracts and denials too have become equally fast, thus killing the rumours immediately. With a number of other individual websites and blogs too covering the news about Central Government employees, the readers are now able to differentiate between news and rumours.

There is nothing surprising or shocking in the news reports that have now surfaced. A minimum basic pay of Rs.21,000 is an expected one. The recently released Kerala Pay Commission too has recommended the minimum wage at Rs.17,000 (from 01.01.2014 onwards). The National Council has demanded that it be Rs.26,000 per month.

It is a well known fact that the Grade Pay System had been a source of constant irritation. The dual Hierarchy System (Promotional hierarchy and Grade Pay hierarchy) will come to an end. There will not be any more confusion about the promotions that come through MACP.

The Multiplication Factor of 2.86 does sound very low. NC JCM had pressurized the Pay Commission to fix it at 3.7. The 6th Pay Commission had fixed it at 1.86, and also given Grade Pay. Since the DA now stands at 125% (including July 2015 and January 2016), this could end up being substantial.

Information about retirement is unexpected. Unconfirmed reports claim that the 7th Pay Commission is planning to recommend 33 years in service or the age of 60 (whichever comes early) as the criteria for superannuation. Since the recommendations will be implemented from 01.01.2016 onwards, many are likely to get affected.

And also some key messages revolving about the recommendations are…
There will be no running Pay band and Grade Pay System. The Pay scales will be open ended to avoid stagnation in the scales. The CCA will be separated into two components as it was in the 5th Pay Commission. CGEGIS Insurance Coverage and Monthly premium will be increased. Classification of Posts will be Modified and the 7th Pay Commission recommendation will be implemented with effects from 1.1.2016

Source: 7thpaycommissionnews.in

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