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Meeting with Chief Commissioner, Hyderabad on framing of new IZT Policy for Superintendents of Hyderabad CCA

Chief Commissioner, Hyderabad Zone has conducted a meeting with the  Superintendents Associations  (AIACEGEO) on 26-2-2015 for framing of new Inter Zonal Transfer Policy for Superintendents of Hyderabad CCA,. Our Hyderabad Zone Association and Guntur Association have attended the meeting. Tirupati Association have submitted written submissions. 

Commissioner, Hyderabad-I Commissionerate also participated in it. 

It has been agreed by the Chief Commissioner  that:

1. Tenure on promotion from Hyderabad Zone to Vizag Zone will be 990 days.

2. Tenure on rotation from Hyderabad Zone to Vizag Zone will be 330 days

3.  For lady officers it will be one time  tenure of  330 days. 

4. Officers transferred on rotation during AGT,2014 and completing one year on or before 31-7-2014 will be repatriated in this AGT to Hyderabad Zone. 

5. Other officers completing prescribed  tenure of two/three years will be repatriated in this AGT to Hyderabad.

6. Vizag Zone Officers completing minimum tenure of four years in Vizag Zone will be eligible for applying for transfer to Hyderabad Zone without any cap. 

7. Officers promoted during CR-2014 and later on will be sent to Vizag Zone in this AGT as per the requirement. Left over officers  will be sent next year as per the requirement. 

8. Only after completion of the CR batch and subsequent batches, senior officers will be  sent on rotation as per requirement in future. 

9. Since all the CR-2014 and subsequent batch officers need not be sent to Vizag in this AGT, which set of officers should go to Vizag Zone in this AGT  i.e. from bottom of the list or vice-versa  will be decided later. 

10. IZT Policy will be issued by next week.

11. Alert list will be published by 15th March,2015.

12. IZT Order will be issued by 15th April,2015. 

13. The new IZT Policy,2015 will be effective for all the officers promoted from CR-2014 onwards. 

      We thank the Hon'ble Chief Commisisoner, Hyderabad Zone and Commissioner, Hyderabad-I Commissionerate for being receptive and considerate towards Associations submissions and for giving a well-thought out, forward looking and humane IZT Policy. 

Hyderabad Zone celebrates Central Excise Day,2015

Hyderabad Zone celebrated Central Excise Day,2015 on 24-2-2015  with pomp, show and gaiety. Officers were awarded with Meritorious Certificates for their  distinguished service. Several sports persons were also felicitated for their achievements. 

Departmental Officers participated in several cultural performances. 

Pictures below show Shri Subhash Chandra Bose, Superintendent, CCO and Shri M.V.S.N.Vamshidhar, Superintendent, Audit Commissionerate being awarded with Merit Certificates. 

Wish You all a Happy Central Excise Day,2015

Budget 2015 expectations on Income Tax Front – Assocham Survey report

A survey carried out by industry body Assocham has found that a majority of salaried employees want Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to increase the income tax exemption in the forthcoming Budget.

A hike in income tax exemption from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh will lead to savings of up to Rs. 5,000 for those who fall in the Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh tax bracket. Those in the Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh tax bracket will save up to Rs. 10,000, while those in the highest tax bracket can save up to Rs. 15,000.

Any increase in exemption in income tax would leave more money in the hands of people and will increase their purchasing power, Assocham said. If Mr Jaitley hikes income tax exemption limit, it will be for the second time in two years that salaried employees will get a relief on taxes.

The other big expectation is about exemption on housing loans. 78 per cent of those surveyed want interest exemption on home loans to go up to Rs. 5 lakh from Rs. 2 lakh. Property prices in the country have gone up sharply over the years and many individuals have to pay large amounts as interest for home loans. Exemption on interest on home loan was hiked by Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakh in the previous Budget.

A large number of respondents in the survey also voted for hiking exemption limit under section 80C of the Income Tax Act; the section makes investments worth Rs. 1.5 lakh on saving instruments such as fixed deposits, national saving certificates and public provident funds exempt from taxes. “Hike in exemption limits will boost the savings rate in the Indian economy to 35 per cent of GDP from below 30 per cent currently,” said Assocham secretary general D S Rawat.

88 per cent of respondents want the government to reduce the record-high duty on gold import. Import duty on gold was hiked to 10 per cent in 2013 when the economy was struggling with a high current account deficit and volatile rupee. Nearly 82 per cent of the salaried class expects a separate deduction of Rs. 50,000 for the payment towards annuity or pension plans. Deduction of the amount paid towards annuity plans u/s 80CCC and NPS u/s 80CCD come under the threshold limit of section 80C currently.

Around 55 per cent of the survey respondents were between 25 and 29 year-old; 26 per cent fell between 30 and 39 years; 16 per cent were between 40 and 49 years. The survey was carried out among employees from 18 broad sectors, with maximum share contributed by employees from IT/ITes sector (17 per cent). It was conducted across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun, etc. About 500 salaried employees from the different sectors were covered by the survey from each city on an average.

Source: NDTV

DoPT issues fresh instructions to all Ministries on Declaration of Assets and Liabilities by CG Employees under Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 – All Departments to start preparatory steps for filing of returns

F. No. 11013/3/2014-Estt.(A)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Department of Personnel & Training

Establishment Division

North Block, New Delhi — 110001

 

Dated February 17, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 — Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year — regarding

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’ OM of even no. dated /16.01.2015 clarifying the provisions relating to submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants. As per this clarification, all Government Servants have been advised that:

(i) The annual Immovable Property Return (IPR), as on 31.12.2014, under the existing CCS(Conduct) Rules, 1964 is required to be filed on or before 31.01.2015;

(ii) The first return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (as on 01.08.2014) should be filed on or before 30.04.2015; and

(iii) The next annual return under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, for the year ending 31.03.2015, should be filed on or before 31.07.2015.

2. The Secretaries of all Ministries/ Departments have also been requested that all concerned may be suitably advised to file the IPRs and the return under the Lokpal Act as per the dates indicated above. A compliance report in respect of the IPRs filed by Group ‘A’ Officers of the Central Civil Services, as on 31.01.2015, has also been requested by 30.04.2015. It has also been requested that similar action may be taken by the authorities controlling services not covered by the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964.

3. In this regard it has been directed that all preparatory steps for the purpose of filing returns under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, be put in place. An online system for filling the annual declarations of assets and liabilities by the public servants, as in PRISM (Property Related Information System) for IAS officers developed by NIC, may be adopted.

4. The Cadre Controlling Authorities are accordingly requested to please take immediate steps for putting in place all preparatory steps.

5. Hindi version will follow.

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(Mamta Kundra)

 

Joint Secretary (Establishment)

Update on Hyderabad CCA/Zone matters

1. IZT Poilicy:

   Yesterday we have met CC-Hyd and Commissioner-I on IZP/ICT Policy. We had a long discussion with Commissioner-I. He has promised to hold a meeting with us next week  on both IZT and ICT policies and to release Policies in the first week of March,2015. He has also promised to release alert list of IZT and ICT by third week of March,2015 and to issue IZT Orders by April,15th. 

   Yesterday Vizag Zone CC had a meeting with Hyderabad CC on IZT. OIutcome of the meeting is not known. 

2. Buildings for new Commissionerates in Hyderabad Zone:

    It seems the building shortlisted in Ameerpet area is likely to be finalised soon for housing Service Tax, Audit and Hyderabad-IV Commissionerates. FRC is likely to be issued by CPWD in another week. Thereafter, it will be sent for Board approval. If things go well, new office premises should be ready in another six months. 

3. Grant of MACP-II to elligible Superintendents:

     We have submitted a representation to CC and Commissioner-I on immediate conducting of Screening Committee Meeting for grant of MACP-II to all the eligible officers from April,2014 onwards. WE have told Commissioner that it is badly delayed. Commissioner-I has responded positively and stated that Screening Committee meeting will be conducted on 25th of this month. 

     Letter submitted to CC and Commissioner-I on MACP is published below.

DoPT issues fresh instructions to conduct timely Screening Committee meetings – to meet twice in a financial year viz., in January and July for advance processing of MACP list maturing in that half

No.35034/3/2008-Estt. (D)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block, New Delhi, the 18th February, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:-MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME FOR THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES-instructions regarding,

This Department on the recommendation of Sixth Central Pay Commission in Para 6.1.15 of its report and in supersession of previous Assured Career Progression Scheme, vide O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.05.2009 introduced the Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the Central Government Civilian Employees which is operational w.e.f. 01.09.2008. MACP Scheme envisages the three financial upgradations at intervals of 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous regular service to all regularly appointed Group “A”, “B”, and “C” Central Government Civilian Employees.

2. As per para 6 of DOPT’s O.M. No. 35034/3/2008-Estt.(D) dated 19.05.2009, the Screening Committee would follow a time-schedule and meet twice in a financial year preferably in the first week of January and first week of July of a year for advance processing of the cases maturing in that half. Accordingly, cases maturing during the first-half (April/September) of a particular financial year would be taken up for consideration by the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of January. Similarly, the Screening Committee meeting in the first week of July of any financial year would process the cases that would be maturing during the second-half (October-March) of the same financial year.

3. It has come to notice of this Department that the benefits of MACPS are not being granted as per the schedule/provisions in the MACP Scheme leading to dissatisfaction and grievances among the employees. Therefore, Ministriy/Departments are advised to ensure strict compliance to the time limits indicated in MACPS for grant of benefits under this scheme as and when the employees become eligible for such benefits.

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(Mukta Goel)

Director(E-I)

Employee can’t be kept under suspension for over 3 Months: Hon’ble Supreme Court

Hon'ble  Supreme Court has prescribed that a government employee cannot be kept under suspension for over 90 days in the absence of a charge sheet against him as such persons “suffer the ignominy of insinuations, the scorn of society and the derision of their Department”.  Observing that “protracted period of suspension of delinquent government employee has become a norm”, a bench of Justices Vikramajit Sen and C Nagappan said suspension, specially preceding formulation of charges, was essentially transitory or temporary in nature and must be of short duration.

“If it is for an indeterminate period or if its renewal is not based on sound reasoning contemporaneously available on the record, this would render it punitive in nature,” it said. Dwelling on the issue, the bench observed that “the suspended person suffering the ignominy of insinuations, the scorn of society and the derision of his Department, has to endure this excruciation even before he is formally charged with some misdemeanour, indiscretion or offence.

 “His torment is his knowledge that if and when charged, it will inexorably take an inordinate time for the inquisition or inquiry to come to its culmination, that is to determine his innocence or iniquity.

“Much too often this has now become an accompaniment to retirement. Indubitably the sophist will nimbly counter that our Constitution does not explicitly guarantee either the right to a speedy trial even to the incarcerated, or assume the presumption of innocence to the accused,” the bench said.

 Accordingly, it directed that “the currency of a suspension order should not extend beyond three months if within this period the Memorandum of Charges/ Charge sheet is not served on delinquent officer/employee; if Memorandum of Charges/Charge sheet is served a reasoned order must be passed for the extension of the suspension.” The apex court’s judgement came on a petition by defence estate officer Ajay Kumar Choudhary, who was suspended in 2011 for allegedly issuing wrong no-objection certificates for the use of approximately four acres of land in Kashmir.

 Based on the findings given in the verdict, it said the officer can challenge his continued suspension.

“So far as the facts of the present case are concerned, the Appellant has now been served with a Charge sheet and therefore, these directions may not be relevant to him any longer. “However, if the Appellant is so advised he may challenge his continued suspension in any manner known to law, and this action of the Respondents will be subject to judicial review,” the bench said.

PTI

National Council (Staff Side) JCM replies to DOPT letter on Central Government Employees Indefinite strike from 28.04.2015

Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary

NATIONAL COUNCIL (STAFF SIDE)

Joint Consultative Machinery

for Central Government Employees

13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001

 

No. NC/JCM/2015                                                          Dated 16.02.2015.

The Director/JCA,

Government of India,

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension,

Department of Personnel & Training,

New Delhi.

 

Dear Sir,

Ref: Your letter No. 3/1/2015-JCA dated January 2015

The views expressed in your letter under reference are well taken. The JCM Scheme was introduced in 1966 with the provision of holding periodical meetings to resolve the grievances of Central Govt. employees. But the Scheme has been kept in suspension in animation for the last ordinary meeting of NC/JCM was held on. 15.5.2010. Standing Committee much less the Anomaly Committee is no substitution to ordinary meeting. Since beginning of theintroduction of the Scheme the meeting of the Standing Committee of NC/JCM was used to be held one/two days earlier to the ordinary meeting to iron out the progress of the outstanding items of ordinary meeting and the same procedure continued for years together. Unfortunately, of late, this procedure has been given good by.

The removal of anomaly of CPCs are not only the issues. The grievances of Central Govt. employees are piling up, the Govt. has been taking unilateral decisions in detriment for the interest of the Central Govt. employees. There is no attempts on the part of the Govt. to discuss those issues by holding ordinary meeting of the NC/JCM, causing serious resentment and anger amongst Central Govt. employees.

Vide this office letter under reference we have submitted the issues which are of serious consequences in the service life of Central Govt. employees.

You will appreciate that Staff Side NC/JCM can not remain a silent spectator when grievances are not resolved and the Govt. continue to take unilateral decisions in detriment to the interest of Central Govt. employees.

However, meeting with Cabinet Secretary in Chair may be held to discuss the issues already submitted for arriving at a logical conclusion on the issues.

Yours faithfully,

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(Shiva Gopal Mishra)

Secretary

National Council

(Staff Side) JCM

 

      DOPT letter No. 3/1/2015-JCA dated January 2015

No.3/1/2015-JCA

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension

Department of Personnel & Training

New Delhi,

dated the  January, 2015

To
Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra,
Secretary, Staff Side,
National Council (JCM)
13, C Ferozshah Road
New Delhi

Sir,

Please refer to your letter No.NC/JCM/2015 dated 11th January, 2015 addressed to the Cabinet Secretary regarding the National Council (Staff Side)’s decisions to call for strike on 28th April, 2015.

2.        You will appreciate that the Government has set up the Joint Consultative Machinery with the objective of promoting harmonious relations and of securing the greatest measure of cooperation between with Government, in its capacity as employer and the general body of its employees in matters of common concern, and with the object, further of increasing the efficiency of the public service.  Four meetings of the National Anomaly Committee and three meetings of the Joint Committee on MACP and Standing Committee meeting held on 7.05.2014 were also held in recent past to discuss the anomalies arising out of the implementation of the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

3.          In view of the above, you may like to take action, as deemed fit, to ensure that the true spirit of the JCM Scheme is maintained.

Yours faithfully,

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(K.Kipgen)

 

Director (JCA)

One Rank One Pension – OROP is getting final Shape – Large provision to be made in the Budget 2015

Achchey Din seems likely to dawn on the armed forces, or ex-personnel in particular. The government is giving final shape to their long standing demand of adopting One-Rank One-Pension (OROP).

Bureaucrats are currently burning midnight oil to pore over the fine print of at least four options to implement the OROP scheme. A source in government, aware of the developments, says a decision is expected soon and a large provision in the Budget, or soon after.

“We are very hopeful that the long overdue injustice to the armed forces will be reversed in this budget,” says Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd) who leads the IESM or Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, which lobbied intensely for OROP since 2008. “Both UPA and NDA have agreed to our OROP so we see no reason that it will be held back now,” he says.

 

For 40 years the retirees, now numbering three million, have been bristling under what they perceive as “neglect and humiliation” by political parties and successive governments. Its extreme manifestation, from their perspective, was the denial of OROP. Lack of empirical data on the cost of this pension, plus political reluctance of the parties fuelled much of the denial and delay. The former military staff launched public agitations to make their case, often embarrassing the government.