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Central Government makes it clear that there is no proposal to reduce the retirement age of CG employees from 60 to 58 years

There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.

The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.

The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Press Release of Ministry of Home Affairs

Attention of the Government has been drawn to some news items appearing in a section of the press regarding proposal of the Central Government to reduce the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years.

It is clarified that Government has no proposal to reduce the age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 58 years.

Source : Press Information Bureau

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. 

NDTV

Central Cabinet to approve GST Bill today?

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 Reply on 7th Pay Commission and its Interim Report

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-230
ANSWERED ON-25.11.2014

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?

ANSWER

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.

Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal likely on LTC map for Central Government employees

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

NO PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE RETIREMENT AGE TO 62 YEARS

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 2121
ANSWERED ON 11.12.2014
Increase in retirement age
2121 Shri Mahendra Singh Mahra
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has decided to increase the retirement age of Central Government employees from 60 years to 62 years, if not, by when such a decision is expected to be taken;
(b) whether such a decision would not result in reduction of employment opportunities to the educated youth of the country; and
(c) if so, the details of rationale for increasing the retirement age?
ANSWER
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)
(a): No, Sir.
(b) & (c): Do not arise.
source : Rajya Sabha

DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR MISUSING OF LTC

OVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO 1330
ANSWERED ON 04.12.2014
Misusing of LTC
1330 Shri T. Rathinavel
Will the Minister of PERSONNEL,PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether Government has cautioned officials against misusing the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) claims option;
(b) whether Government has decided to carry out random verification of air tickets submitted by officials to ascertain whether the LTC claim is genuine; and
(c) whether a Government officials found indulging in any malpractices in this regard, can be penalized and prevented from availing LTC for the next two to three years, if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER
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)
(a) & (b): Yes, Sir. All the Ministries/Departments have been advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. Further, to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/Departments have been advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.
(c): In case of any fraudulent activities in Leave Travel Concession coming to the notice of the designated body/agencies, the irregularities are looked into in terms of Rule 16 of the CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 and disciplinary proceedings are initiated against the Government servant on the charge of preferring a fraudulent claim of LTC. If the disciplinary proceedings result in imposition of any of the penalties specified in Rule 11 of CCS (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, the Government servant shall not be allowed the next two or more sets of LTC in addition to the sets already withheld.
source: Rajya Sabha

States Reject Centres Goods and services tax Bill

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 places draft RRs for IRS (C&CE) service in CBEC site for comments by 18-12-2014

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.