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CS LTC Rules 1988 – Clarification on eligibility of LTC Home Town Concession – Frequently Asked Questions and Clarification to the same provided to DOPT

No. 31011 /4/2007-Estt.(A-IV)

Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

Department of Personnel and Training

Establishment (A-IV) Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001

Dated: May 18, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988- Clarification regarding eligibility of Home Town Concession- Frequently Asked Questions.

The undersigned is directed to say that this Department receives a number of references from Government servants/ various Ministries/Departments seeking clarifications regarding the eligibility of Government employees in respect of Home Town LTC. The point of doubts raised and their clarifications are as under :-

S.No.  Query Clarification
1. Whether the employees whose Headquarters/ Place of posting and Home Town are same, are eligible for Home Town LTC? No. Government employees whose headquarters/ place of posting and Home Town are one and the same are not eligible for Home Town LTC.
2. Whether the employees who are not eligible for Home Town LTC may avail the Special Concession scheme of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to North East Region, allowed by DoPT’s 31011/3/2014-Estt.A-IV 26.09.2014? No. Employees whose Home Town & Headquarters are same are not eligible for Home town LTC and hence, the question of conversion of Home Town LTC to travel to these places under special concession scheme does not arise.
3. Whether the employees residing in cities / towns outside Delhi which fall under other states of National Capital Region (NCR) are eligible for Home Town Concession? Yes, Cities/Towns which outside Delhi and fall in other states of NCR are not to be treated as Delhi Headquarters. Hence, the Government employees whose headquarters are Delhi and reside in cities/towns outside Delhi falling in other states of NCR, are eligible for Jammu & Kashmir & Andaman & Nicobar Islands as eligible for Home Town Concession.

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(Surya Narayan Jha)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Prosecution in Corruption Cases

It has been frequently observed that investigating agencies do not send complete proposals of sanction for prosecution and processing of cases are delayed due to unavailability of requisite documents. During the last one year at least 12 such incomplete cases have been received. Incomplete cases have been submitted by CBI as well as state vigilance/investigating agencies of different states.

Department of Personnel & Training has circulated Hon’ble Supreme Court’s guidelines in judgement of Criminal Appeal No.1838 of 2013 to all Chief Secretaries of State Governments & all Ministries/Departments of Government of India & Central Bureau of Investigation vide this Department’s letter No.142/15/2015-AVD.I dated 26.03.2015. It has been mentioned in guidelines that the prosecution must send the entire relevant record to the sanctioning authority including the FIR, disclosure statements, statements of witnesses, recovery memos, draft charge sheet and all other relevant material. In order to curb the delay, DoP&T has switched over to Single Window system with effect from 01.08.2014 for receiving prosecution sanction proposals in the Department as per the revised check-list.

CBI/State investigating agencies cite different reasons for not submitting the relevant papers in individual cases.

This was stated by the Minister of State for 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 A. Arunmozhithevan in the Lok Sabha .

PIB

Order for Merger of 50% DA, Retirement age news goes viral in Social Media

Recently rumour mill went overdrive in social media with the following news that

1.central government decided to Merge 50% DA with basic pay with effect from 1.1.2015 and order will be issued within 15 days

2. Encashment of Earned Leave to be curtailed to 180days instead of existing 300 days.

3.It went on to say that age of Retirement will be on completion of 33 Years of service or at the age of 58 Years whichever is earlier

According to the Social Media , the above strong decisions were taken in last three meeting of cabinet committee to recommend 7th pay commission. Further the post published in social media warned the central government employees that if above decisions are implemented; they should not expect more from 7th Pay Commission. Since it is considered to be the indication of what the think tank of central government will do for its employees.

We enquired about this rumour with one of the Member to the National council JCM, who recently met the 7th Pay Commission. According to him, the central government has firm on its decision not to accept the Merger of DA with Pay, since the due date of the 7th Pay Commission to submit its recommendation is nearing and the central government in many occasions cleared that the recommendation of 7th pay commission will be implemented from 1.1.2016. So there is no question of issuing order for merger of 50% DA with effect from 1.1.2015.

Further he clarified that the present government wanted to use the man-hours of central government employees productively by introducing new systems like bio metric attendance etc. Hence curtailing EL Encashment will lead the central government employees to take more leave if it is not allowed for encashment. So there is no need to implement such proposal as government point of view is against taking leave by Govt officials.

There is mixed response from the sources whether the retirement age of central government employees will be revised or not. It is believed that the present government is in favour of reducing retirement age to 58. But at the same time government doesn’t want loose resources of knowledge gained through experience by reducing retirement age of Government employees. Since the work culture of government service is deteriorating day by day due to various factors , govt would like to retain the experience of the senior Government officials . Anubhav is the one of the initiative introduced by the central government to improve the work culture of youngsters in government service. So there will not be any change in retirement age of central government employees at present.

Source: Gservants.com

7th Pay Commission fitment formula to be in the range of 2.72 times to 3.72 times and Minimum Wage of Rs. 20,000 fully justified – Confederation, Karnataka State

Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka State has published a note in its official site to the effect that retail prices taken into account by confederation for calculation of Minimum wage calculation presented before 7th Pay Commission are much lower than the retails prices statistics published by Govt. Hence, demand for Minimum wage of Rs. 20,000 presented by Confederation before 7th Pay Commission is fully justified.

The Karnataka State Confederation has also indicated that fitment formula likely to be adopted by 7th Pay Commission for fixing existing Central Government Employees in the revised 7th CPC pay structure will be in the range of 2.72 times to 3.72 depending upon the weightage.

The Text of Note published by Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Karnataka State is as follows

Comrade,

The DIRECTORATE OF ECONONMICS & STATISTICS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION MINISTRY OF AGRILCULTURE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA NEW DELHI  has published the RETAIL PRICES OF FOOD AND NON FOOD ITEMS VIDE http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/  PLEASE GO THROUGH THIS IMPORTANT LINK .  which contains district wise price report.

http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/Bulletin.aspx

You can get any price of any article using the Query option.

http://rpms.dacnet.nic.in/QueryReport.aspx

The prices  of many items provided by the Staff side JCM  are lower than the retail prices provided by the Government agency  . Hence the Minimum wage of Rs 20,000/- is  justified for the  erstwhile Group “D” with effect from 1/1/15 using Dr Aykroyd  formula . After weightage of 25% for Group “C” it works out to Rs 26,000/- .

Please click here for Prices of Food items as on 1/1/15

Please click here for Prices of Non Food items as on 1/1/15

Please click  here for Minimum Wage Caluation Sheet 

The fitment formula  may range from 2.72 times to 3.72 depending upon the weightage.

The Sixth Central Pay Commission has recommended a minimum wage of Rs 6600/- per month   against the demand of Rs 10,000/-  per month as worked out by Staff side of JCM, Today the minimum need based wage works out to Rs 26,000/ per month.

Comradely yours

(P.S. Prasad)

General Secretary

PAN Made Mandatory For Central Excise Registration

Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been made mandatory for private firms seeking central excise registration.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, who is the administrative head of Central Excise.

CBEC Chairman Kaushal Srivastava, 



The registration will now be given within two days of filing online applications, as per the new simplified rules formed by the Finance Ministry “to improve the ease in doing business in manufacturing”.

 

Applicants seeking registration shall mandatorily quote PAN of the proprietor or the legal entity being registered in the application form, CBEC Notification No.7/2015-Central Excise (N.T.), dated March 01 said.

“Government departments are exempted from the requirement of quoting PAN in their online application. Applicants other than government departments shall not be granted registration in the absence of PAN,” it said.

Applicant shall also quote his or her email address and mobile number in the application form for communication with the department, it said, adding that the communication with assessee is being made electronic to reduce transaction time.

The registration in central excise envisages filing of application online, submission and examination of documents, verification of premises, submission of verification report, generation of registration certificate and dispatch of its signed copy, among others.

Under the new simplified procedure, once duly completed application form is received online, registration would be granted within two working days and issued online without any examination of the documents and verification of documents or premises before the grant of registration, thus initiating “trust based” registration, the Ministry order said.

The registration is needed to pay central excise duty charged on goods produced within the country.

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DoPT issues instructions for convening DPC meetings within the prescribed time frame

Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions has instructed all Departments to conduct the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meetings within the scheduled time frame. DOPT has warned that delay in conducting the DPC will result in shortage of adequate man power and career progression of the employees. 

NO. 22011/1/2011-Estt(D)

Government of India .

Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions

(Department of Personnel and Training)

North Block. New Delhi – 110001

Dated-23rd April; 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Timely and. advance action in convening of Departmental Promotion

Committee meeting in terms of Model Calendar-regarding.

The undersigned is directed to state that with a view to having the approved select panels for promotion ready in advance in a time-bound manner, this Department has issued a Model Calendar for DPCs vide OM No. 22011 /9/98-Estt. (D) dated 8th September, 1998 as modified vide OM No. 22011/4/2013-Estt.(D)

dated 28.01.2015. An indicative pattern has been provided in the Model Calendar for various events involved in the pre/ post DPC related actions. All the Ministries/Departments have been impressed upon from time to time by this Department to adhere to the prescribed time-line so as to ensure that the panel is ready in time and is utilised as and when the vacancies arise during the course of the vacancy year.

2. Appointment Committee of Cabinet has viewed it seriously that the DPCs are not being convened in time. Delay in promotion affects the manpower planning and impedes the career progression of the employees. The delays .in conduct of DPC negate the very purpose of the Model Calendar for DPCs issued vide Office Memorandum No.22011/9/98-Estt.(D) dated 8th September, 1998 as modified vide OM No. 22011/4/2013-Estt.(D) dated 28/01/2015.

4. The objective of timely promotions of employees in various Ministries/Departments can be achieved only by granting the promotion in time.

5. All the Ministries/Departments are, therefore, once again advised to ensure strict compliance of instructions in order to achieve the desired objectives of timely convening of DPCs/preparation of approved select panels within the prescribed time frame.

(S.K. Prasad)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Tele. No. 23040340

Parliament may see face-off between Government and Opposition over GST Bill

Another face-off between government and opposition could be seen in Parliament with Congress today sticking to its demand for referring the long pending Goods and Services Taxes bill to the Standing Committee for scrutiny.There have been many changes in the new bill brought up for consideration by the government in the Lok Sabha and therefore, it was incumbent that it be sent to the Standing Committee, Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev told reporters.

At the same time, Dev made it clear that her party was not against the bill which was their baby, but it was against the procedure being adopted. “GST is our baby. We do not oppose as a matter of policy.

What we are opposing is the procedure. The Standing Committee route is being bypassed,” she said. She remained non-committal to questions whether the party would vote against the measure if the Government planned to ‘bulldoze’ it. The GST bill (The Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill, 2014) has been listed for further consideration and passage in Lok Sabha today.

The bill was moved on Friday by Finance minister Arun Jaitley who had said it was a “win-win” measure for both the Centre and the states as he sought to allay the apprehensions of some state governments that they would lose revenue if GST was implemented. When implemented, the GST is expected to eliminate several logistical logjams and vastly increase the speed of freight, as a World Bank study showed Indian truckers lose millions of operating hours a year stuck at interstate checkpoints, creating more opportunities for harassment and bribe-taking.

PTI

Travel by Premium Trains on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer – Govt Servants not allowed

Finance Ministry has issued an OM  clarifying that Government Servants are not eligible to claim train fares if they travel by Premium Trains on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. In case they travel by such trains they will be reimbursed actual fares admissible normal fare only.

No. 19046/2/2008-E.IV 

Government of India 

Ministry of Finance

Department of Expenditure

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North Block, New Delhi.

Dated the 22nd April, 2015.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Travel by Premium Trains on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc.• Clarification reg.

References have been received in this Department seeking clarification regarding entitlement of Central Government servants to travel by “Premium Trains”, being run by the Indian Railways, while on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc.

2. It is clarified that travel by Premium Trains by Central Government servants on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. is notallowed and therefore, the fare charged for Premium Trains by the Indian Railways for the journey performed by Premium Trains shall not be reimbursable. In cases where journey on Official Duty/Tour/Training/Transfer etc. has already been performed by Premium Trains, the amount reimbursed shall be restricted to the admissible normal fare for the entitled class of train travel or the actual fare paid, whichever is less.

 (A. Bhattacharya)

Under Secretary to the Government of India

Last Date for Declarations under Lokpal extended from 30-4-2015 to 15-10-2015

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Conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country for unmarried Government servants

 

F. No. 31011/1/013-Estt (A..IV)
Government of india
Ministry of Personnel. Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment A-IV Desk

North Block. New Delhi-110 001

Dated April 21, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Leave Travel Concession (LTC) entitlements of  – Conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country permissible under the sunmarried Government servantspecial dispensation scheme – Clarification — regarding.

In relaxation to the Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988, special dispensation is allowed to the Government servants from time to time. Presently, one such dispensation in operation is the relaxation to the Government servants to travel by air to visit North-East Region or to Jammu & Kashmir or to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands by converting one block of Home Town LTC available to them.

2. Vide this Department’s Office Memorandum No. 31011/17/85-Estt.(A) dated 03.04.1986, unmarried Central Government employees, who have left their wholly dependent parents/sisters/minor brothers at their home town are allowed the benefit of LTC to visit their home town every year. This concession is in lieu of all other LTC facilities admissible to the Government servant himself and to his/her parents/sisters/minor brothers.

3. This Department is in receipt of references seeking clarification on the admissibility of conversion of Home Town LTC facility into travel to different parts of the country, which is permissible under special dispensation, to such unmarried Government servants.

4. The matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance. It has been decided that the facility of conversion of Home Town LTC to allow travel to different parts of the country, under the special dispensation scheme, will also apply to an unmarried Central Government servant, who is eligible to avail the benefit of LTC to visit Home Town every year. This facility may be availed by converting one occasion of Home Town LTC out of the four Home Town LTC occasions available in a block of four years.

(Surya Narayan Jha)
Under Secretary to the Government of India