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FinMin issues Orders on revised DA wef 1-1-2015

No. 1/2/2015-E-II (B)

Government of India Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

North Block, New Delhi,

Dated: 10th April, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.1.2015.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum F.No. 1-2/2014-E-II (B) dated  18th September, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 107 % to 113 % with effect from 1st Jan, 2015.

2     The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1 (3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3     The additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4     These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5     In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Sd/-

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Release of additional installment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2015

The  Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.01.2015 at the rate of six percent increase over the existing rate of 107 percent.

Hence, Central Government employees as well as pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 113 percent of the basic pay with effect from 01.01.2015. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be of the order of Rs. 6762.24 crore per annum and Rs. 7889.34 crore in the Financial Year 2015-16 (i.e. for a period of 14 months from January 2015 to February 2016).

This will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

Source : Press Information Bureau

One Rank One Pension cleared by Finance Ministry – OROP file is with Prime Minsiter says Ex- Servicemen Welfare Blog

The much expected One Rank One Pension Scheme has been approved by Finance Ministry as reported by Ex-Servicemen Welfare Blog. This blog further says that One Rank One Pension is now available with Prime Minister for his appoval and that OROP originally proposed by Defence Ministry was not diluted while it is approved by Finance Ministry.

LTC Claims – DOPT OM for avoiding ineligible Leave Travel Concession Claims – Need for observing prescribed procedures

F.No. 31011/3/2015-Estt(A-IV)

Ministry of Personnel, Pensions & Public Grievances

Department of Personnel & Training

Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block, New Delhi

Dated April 1,2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- LTC Claims -. Need for observing prescribed procedures

This Department receives a large number of recommendations for relaxation of some or the other provision of the Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988, (hereinafter referred to as LTC Rules), in individual cases. It is seen that, in most cases the situation arises are due care had not been exercised by the Government servant and/or the administrative authority in claiming LTC or in examination.

2. The references mainly relate to:

a) Late submission of claims;

b) Booking of air tickets through an agency not authorised by the Government for this purpose;

c) Travel by private vehicles; and

d) Claims for wrong block of years.

3. In this connection it may please be noted that the primary responsibility’for ensuring compliance with the rules is that of the Government servant. The of-repeated plea of ignorance of rules cannot be a valid ground for relaxation of rules. At the same time it has also been noticed that the administrative authorities have also shown laxity and due diligence on their part could have prevented such situations from arising.

4. Late Submission of Claim

4.1 In terms of Rules 14 and 15(vi) of LTC Rules, the time limit for submission of LTC claim is

i) Within three months of completion of return journey, if no advance is drawn;

ii) Within one month of “completion of returnjoumey, if advance is drawn.

Powers have been delegated, as under, to the Ministries/Departments to relax these limits with the concurrence of the Financial Advisor.

a) Upto 6 months, if no advance is drawri;

b) Upto 3 months if advance is drawn, provided the Government servant refunds the entire amount of advance (not merely the unutilised portion) within 45 days of completion of return journey.

4,2 As per Rule 12(a) of the ‘Compendium of Rules on Advances to Government Servants’, it is the responsibility of the Head of Office to effect recovery of advances and also to see that the conditions attached to each advance are fulfilled. The Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) is required to keep a watch on the advances and furnish monthly statements to the AP&AO. In addition, the DDO is also required to adjust all outstanding short term advances at the close of financial year.

5. Booking of air tickets through agents other than Government approved agents

5.1 Government servants travelling by air under LTC are required to book their tickets either directly from the airline or through the approved agencies viz: Mjs Balmer Lawrie Co. Ltd/ M/s Ashok Tours & Travels Ltd/IRCTC. Booking through any other agency is not permissible.

6. Travel by private vehicles.

6.1 As per LTC rules, a Government servant may travel only by vehicles operated by Central/State Government or local bodies or by any corporation in the public sector owned/controlled by Central/State Government. Journey on LTC by taxi, auto-rickshaw etc, are permissible only between places not connected by rail. This is further subject to the condition that these modes Operate on a regular basis from point to point with the specific approval of the State Govemments/transport authorities concerned and are authorised to ply as public carriers.

7. Claims for wrong block of years

7.1 Whenever a Government servant applies for LTC advance, the administrative authority is required to verify from the service book and certify the entitlement of the Government servant. Cases of the type mentioned in para 2(d) would not arise, if this is properly done.

8. LTC Rules also provide that a government servant who has been granted LTC Advance is required to submit copies of the tickets within 10 days of drawal of advance. The administrative authority can at this stage itself check the date of commencement of journey; whether ticket has been booked direct from airline or through approved agency etc. Any discrepancy can be brought to the notice of the government servant so that he can take remedial action, if needed.

9. Even in cases where advance is not drawn, the Government servant is required to give prior intimation of his intention to avail LTC. The administrative authority can check the details indicated especially w.r.t entitlement. A watch can also be kept to ensure timely submission of claims.

10. All Ministries/Departments are requested to bring the contents of this OM. to the notice of all concerned. It may also be noted that requests for relaxation of rules shall be considered by this Department only if it is established that the deviation is due to reasons beyond the control of the Government servant and there has been no laxity on the part of the administrative authorities concerned.

sd/-

(Sukesh C aturvedi)

Director (Establishment)

Central Excise and Customs Employees are waiting anxiously for 7th Pay Commission Report..!

The employees of Central Excise and Customs Department and also other  employees of the Central Government are waiting anxiously to know about the increase amount in their salary after 7th Pay Commission.

 
The Seventh Pay Commission will be submitting its recommendations to the government soon. The employees are anxious and tensed up over whether the commission’s report would contain their expected concessions in the issue.
 
There are around 30 lakh employees throughout the nation working in various departments of the Central Government. The Pay Commission was constituted to recommend suitable changes in the salary of the Central Government servants based on the increase in the prices of essential commodities. The commission will submit its report once in 10 years to the government.
 
The Seventh Pay Commission will be submitting its report in August. After incorporating certain changes relevant to the State Governments, the concessions recommended by the commission in its report are to be awarded to the employees of the State Government also. So, both the Central and State Government employees are anxiously awaiting the commission’s report with much expectation. Already employees belonging to various departments have submitted petitions underscoring requests for increase in pay and other concessions to the Seventh Pay Commission.
 
Central Government Employees’ Association has said in its statement, “The minimum salary for a Central Government employee should be fixed at Rs. 26,000 per month; instead of only three promotions, we should be given the opportunity of five promotions on par with gazetted officers. Appointments based on humanitarian grounds should be made within three months. Employees under the categories B and C should have total income-tax exemption. The present method of determining the pension amount as 50% of the basic salary should be increased to 67%.”
 
Apart from these, the employees are putting forth many other demands also. And, many have submitted petitions independently also apart from the collective petitions.
 
The Pay Commission will submit its report to the Central Government once in 10 years. “The Commission will submit its report within two years of its institution. Increase in salary and promotions to the employees of the Central Government will be awarded as per the recommendations of the commission only. With some modifications, the recommendations would be carried out for the employees of the State Governments also.

Central Government Employees Federations call for March to Parliament demanding DA Merger, Interim Relief and Wage Revision from 01.01.2014

Five lakhs central govt. Employees march to parliament. Clarion call of JCM National council staff side, for settlement of ten points charter of demands.

You are all aware that the constituents of the National Council (JCM) representing the employees in Railways, Defence, Postal, Income Tax, Audit Departments etc., have jointly conducted a convention at New Delhi on 11.12.2014 and adopted a joint declaration demanding the central government to settle the Ten Point Charter of demands also against the anti workers policies.

Subsequently, National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was formed at National level and Railway Federations have taken the responsibilities of forming Joint Council of Action at State level and District levels. Accordingly the employees were organised and conducted protest meetings demanding the Government of India to consider to settle the demands.

1. Effect wage revision of Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting the memorandum of the Staff Side JCM: ensure 5 year wage revision in future: grant Interim Relief and Merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.

2. No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of Defence Ordnance Factories and Posta Services.

3. No Ban on recruitment / creating of posts.

4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.

5. No outsourcing; Contractorisation, Privatisation of government functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;

6. Revive the JCM Functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.

7. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.

8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.

9. Remove the Bonus Ceiling.

10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.

Since, no response was reviewed from the Government of India to settle the demands, it was decided by the NJCA decided in its meeting to conduct a Mass Demonstration at New Delhi on 28.04.2015 at 09.00 Hrs by organising the Central Government Employees to participation in large numbers.

 

Indefinite strike if demands are not settled by govt. Railway federations, defence federations and confederation of central govt. Employees and workers will spearhead the nationwide struggle.

All affiliates of confederation and all state committees (c-o-cs) are once again requested to ensure maximum participation of employees in the rally as per quota already fixed and circulated. Please bring flags, banners and playcards also.

Come in thousands to make the rally the biggest rally in the history of central govt. Employees. Let us demonstrate the anger, protest and determination of thirty lakhs central govt. Employees in front of Narendra Modi Government.

Corrigendum to ICT Policy,2015 of Superintendents of Hyderabad Zone issued

Central Government to hold stress relief programmes for officers: Dr. Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Govt of India’s Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) will hold a series of regular “stress relief” and rejuvenating programmes including Yoga, workshops, sports, cultural events, etc. for IAS, Civil Services and other government officers in order to help them maintain a conducive frame of mind and ensure a harmonious well-being. At the same time, DoPT has also mooted a “stress management” segment in the Induction course for new employees joining State Services in the three States of Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and based on the experience from these three States, the same practice would be replicated in other States as well.

Dr Jitendra Singh said such efforts not only help in rejuvenating the energies and spirits of officers who are subjected to increasing work load and office stress but also help in bringing together the fraternity of civil service officers from all over India thus promoting a spirit of comradeship among them.

Increasing accountability and rising expectation level in administrative work tend to take their toll, said Dr Jitendra Singh and therefore, in-house provisions for stress management are called for. In this context, he referred to a two-day “Stress management” programme for officers being organized at New Delhi on 28th and 29th of this month followed by a Yoga course for officers beginning from April in forty different centers across India.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the DoPT will not only plan events for government officials but will also devise programmes for their children in the form of academic tutorials, summer coaching camps, etc.

CGHS Wellness Centres Working Hours Revised Again

 

No: S.11030/55/2012-CGHS(P)
Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare

Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108
Dated the 24th March, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Revised Timings for CGHS Wellness Centres

The undersigned is directed to refer to the OM of even no. dated 26th March, 2013 vide which the revised timings of 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM in the CGHS Wellness Centres were enforced w.e.f. 1st April, 2013. This Ministry has received representations from association of doctors of CGHS (All India G.D.M.O. Association) and other sections of CGHS beneficiaries for change in duty hours/ timings of the Wellness Centres. In this regard, after due consideration, it has been decided to further revise the timings of CGHS Wellness Centres from the current timings of 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM to the revised timings of 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM as per the following details :

1. The CGHS Wellness Centres will be functional from 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM without a lunch break, on a trial basis for three months w.e.f. 1st April, 2015.

2. The CGHS Wellness Centres in New Delhi which are currently functional for 24 hours, will continue to function as usual in shifts.

3. The new timings will be applicable to all CGHS Wellness Centres in all CGHS cities across the country

4. The new timings would also apply to the AYUSH dispensaries / units under CGHS all over the country.

The new timings for CGHS Wellness Centres will be effective from 1st April, 2015 on a trial basis for three months. Further decision in the matter will be taken after considering feedback to this change.

This issues with the approval of Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Sd/-
[Bindu Tewari]
Director CGHS(P)

One Rank One Pension to be finalised in April and payment in May – arrears to be paid in 4 installments

One Rank One Pension(OROP) latest Message from Shri Thaneswar Sen, Chairman, NEXCC.

Message from Shri Thaneswar Sen, Chairman, NEXCC.

Shri Manohar Parikkar, Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India, met representative of our organization(NEXCC) led by ShriV.N.Mishra, Secretary General (as Chairman is indisposed).

We had  20/25 minutes cordial discussion had in connection with implementation One Rank One Pension(OROP). He has assured our delegation, that by 1st week of April,2015, modalities will be finalized & 1stpayment will be made on 1st week of May,2015. Arrears will be paid in 4 equal installments.

Considering the deferred assurance given by the Hon’bleDefence Minister, available Central Committee Member in Delhi, decided to defer our agitational programme on 6th& 7th April,2015. It is further to intimate that Central Executive Committee to a later date.

The representative also brought to the knowledge of the Hon’bleDefence Minister about the ECHS meeting scheduled to be held on 05th April, 2015,at New Delhi, also & Military Service Pay(MSP) anomalies, which he assured to look into.

Source: ex-sergeant.blogspot.in