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LTC Air Ticket for CG Employees enhanced by 80 to 150 per cent by Air India

30.85 lakh CG Employees are supposed to use Air  India for their leave Travel concession (LTC).
According to government rules, it is mandatory for all Central government employees to use Air India to avail LTC. The employees, who get LTC twice in four years, can choose to go by air, Railways, roadways or ship.

The Air India website has a special section for LTC Tickets. Bookings can also be done through authorised agents such as state-owned Tourism and travel companies like Ashok Travel and Tours, Balmer and Lawrie and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. It has been found that for a ticket booked on November 9 (Sunday) during the evening hours for a Delhi-Hyderabad Air India flight for December 14, a normal one-wa passenger fare was Rs 5,901, which was almost same as those offered by private airlines like Jet Airways, IndiGo and GoAir. However, Air India’s LTC fare was more than double the amount at Rs 13,248 for the same trip.

 

Similarly, LTC Fares for other domestic and international destinations on November 9, as it has been further discovered, were much higher than normal ones. As LTC ticket bookings are the most lucrative segment for loss-making Air India, over 20 seats on any domestic flight are reserved for such passengers.When contacted, the Air India spokesperson claimed that LTC fares are better than market fares. But the fares shown on the Air India website accessed by the reporter belie that claim.The spokesman further said, “Central government employees also get the benefit of changing their travel schedule or cancelling tickets. The cost of cancelling tickets is very minimal compared to cancellation in case of normal fares. The cost of LTC ticket is more or less the same if you compare with private carriers.”

 

A senior government official said that while the objective of travelling by Air India seems to be to save money for the government, it actually ends up paying more for LTC.

“The government is losing crores of rupees due to this overcharging by Air India,” he added.

In June, the DoPT) in an order reminded all government employees to buy LTC tickets from Air India. “As far as possible, air tickets on government account may be obtained directly from the Air India (booking counters,  offices,  websites) and if obtaining tickets directly from Air India is not possible, the services of authorised travel agents may be availed of,” the DoPT said in an order. The DoPT order further stated that in several cases, it has been noticed that the instructions are not being followed and as a result, various ministries and  departments continue to make references to DoPT seeking relaxation of the conditions for one reason or the other. DoPT is also cautious about fake presented by government employees.

 

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Mandatory Induction Training for Probation Clearance – Central Government Employees under Probation have to under go Induction Training to get confirmed in Central Government Service

No.28020/1/2010-Estt(C)
Government ot India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
( Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block, New Delhi
Dated the 30th October 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
 

  Subject:  Introduction of mandatory Induction Training for Probation Clearance – regarding.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M of even number dated 21st July. 2014 wherein consolidated instructions on Probation / Confirmation in Central Services were issued for ready reference to all concerned. As per extant instructions during the period probation, or any extension thereof. candidates may be required by Government to undergo such courses of training and instructions to pass examinations and tests as Government may deem fit as a condition to satisfactory completion of the probation.
 
2. It has been decided that in all cases of direct recruitment there should be a mandatory induction training of at least two weeks duration. Successful completion of the training may be made a pre-requisite for completion of probation. The syllabus for the training may be prescribed by the Cadre authorities and the Training Division of DOPT can be consulted. if required.
 
3. The recruitment rules for all posts, wherever such a provision does not already exist, may be amended to provide for such mandatory training. Till such time as the Recruitment Rules are amended. a clause on the above lines may be included in the offer of appointment.

(J.A.Vaidyanathan)

Director (Establishment)

Shri Kaushal Srivastava has been appointed as and taken over as Chairman, CBEC

Shri Kaushal Srivastava has been appointed as and taken over as Chairman, CBEC.

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Aadhaar Number to be included in the Service Book of the Central Government Employees – DOPT Order

No.Z-20025/9/2014-Estt.(AL)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
Block-IV, Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi, November 3rd 2014
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Inclusion of Aadhaar (Unique Identification) number in Service Book of Government  Servants —

The undersigned is directed to invite attention to the provisions of the Supplementary Rules which relate to maintaining records of service of a Government employee. As per provisions of SR 199 every step in a Government servants’ official life must be recorded in his Service Book and each entry attested by the Head Of Office. As per SR 202, Heads of Offices are to obtain the signatures of the Government servants in token of their having inspected their Service Book annually. Further Rule 32 of the CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 povides for issuing a communication on completion of 18 years of service, as part of preparatory work for sanctioning pensionary benefits. The Service Books at present contains details of  bio data, posting details, qualifying service, security details, HBA, CGHS, CGEGIS, LTC, etc.
2. It has been decided to include the respective Aadhaar numbers also of all Government servants in their Service Books. The e-Service Book format already provides fields forAadhaar number of the Government servant.
3. All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to ensure that the Service Books of all employees have an entry of the employees’ Aadhaar number. The attached and subordinate offices under their control may also be suitably instructed for compliance,
(Mukul Ratra)
Director

SG writes letter to CC-Hyderabad Zone with copy to Chairman and Member-P&V on non-repatriation of tenured completed Superintendents from Vizag Zone to Hyderabad Zone.

Non repatriation of tenure completed Superintendents from Vizag Zone to Hyderabad Zone in the last Promotion-cum-allotment Orders has caused severe disappointment, distress, heartburn, frustration, disdain, demoralisation and disenchantment among the aggrieved officers thus eroding their confidence in the administration. 

AIACEGEO, Hyderabad Zone, as you all know, has spared no effort  and left   no stone unturned  to prevail upon the administration to repatriate all the tenure completed officers but to of no avail unfortunately. It is really unfathomable as to how and why the provisions of the transfer policy could be violated for whatever reason. 

We have taken up this issue at national level. This non-repatriation and violation of provisions of IZT Policy has been pointed out fiercely and forcefully by our General Secretary, Shri A.Venkatesh  in the National Convention held in Daman from 1-11-2014 to 2-11-2014. 

Both SG and President have been requested to take up the matter personally with the Chairman and Member (P&V). Both of them have understood our feelings and promised to take up this sensitive issue separately with the Chairman and Member (P&V) this week itself. 

In the mean time, SG has written letter to our CC with copy to Chairman and Member (P&V) to ensure speedy justice in the matter. We assure our bretheren that we will not take lying down this humiliation and insult and that we will continue to pursue this matter at all levels. 

Copy of the SG letter is published below. 

Letter to CC by SG

Department of Expenditure issues guidelines on austerity measures

Posts that have remained vacant for more than a year are not to be revived –  Austerity Instructions

No.7(1)/E.Coord./2014
Government of India
Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure

North Block,

New Delhi, 29th October, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Expenditure Management – Economy Measures and Rationalisation of Expenditure.

           Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has been ‘” issuing austerity instructions from time to time with a view to containing non-developmental expenditure and releasing of additional resources for priority schemes. The last set of instructions was issued on is” September 2013 after passing of the Union Budget. Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the Government. In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimize available resources. With this objective, the following measures for fiscal prudence and economy will come into immediate effect:-

2.1 Cut in Non-Plan expenditure:

For the year 2014-15, every Ministry / Department shall effect a mandatory 10% cut in non-Plan expenditure excluding interest payment, repayment of debt, Defence capital, salaries, pension and Finance Commission grants to the States. No re-appropriation of funds to augment the Non-Plan heads of expenditure on which cuts have been imposed shall be allowed during the current fiscal year.

2.2 Seminars and Conferences:

(i) Utmost economy shall be observed in organizing conferences/ Seminars/workshops. Only such conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. which are absolutely essential, should be held wherein also a 10% cut on budgetary allocations (whether Plan or Non-Plan) shall be effected.

(ii) Holding of exhibitions/fairs/seminars/conferences abroad is strongly discouraged except in the case of exhibitions for trade promotion.

(iii) There will be a ban on holding of meetings and conferences at five star hotels except in case of bilateral/multilateral official engagements to be held at the level of Minister-in-Charge or Administrative Secretary, with foreign Governments or international bodies of which India is a Member. The Administrative Secretaries are advised to exercise utmost discretion in holding such meetings in 5-Star hotels keeping in mind the need to observe utmost economy in expenditure.

2.3 Purchase of vehicles:

Purchase of new vehicles to meet the operational requirement of Defence Forces, Central Paramilitary Forces & security related organizations are permitted. Ban on purchase of other vehicles (including staff cars) will continue except against condemnation.

2.4 Domestic and International Travel:

(i) Travel expenditure {both Domestic Travel Expenses (DTE) and Foreign Travel Expenses(FTE)} should be regulated so as to ensure that each Ministry remains within the allocated budget for the same after taking into account the mandatory 10% cut under DTE/FTE (Plan as well as Non-Plan). Re-appropriation! augmentation proposals on this account would not be approved.

(ii)While officers are entitled to vanous classes of air travel depending on seniority, utmost economy would need to be observed while exercising the choice keeping the limitations of budget in mind. However, there would be no bookings in First Class.”

(iii) Facility of Video Conferencing may be used effectively. All extant instructions on foreign travel may be scrupulously followed.

(iv) In all cases of air travel the lowest air fare tickets available for entitled class are to be purchased! procured. No companion free ticket on domestic/ international travel is to be availed of.

Creation of Posts

(i) There will be a ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts.

(ii) Posts that have remained vacant for more than a year are not to be revived except under very rare and unavoidable circumstances and after seeking clearance of Department of Expenditure.

3. Observance of discipline in fiscal transfers to States, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies at Central/ State/Local level:

3.1 Release of Grant-in-aid shall be strictly as per provisions contained in GFRs and in Department of Expenditure’s OM No.7(1)/E.Coord/2012 dated 14.ll.2012.

3.2 Ministries/Departments shall not transfer funds under any Plan schemes in relaxation of conditions attached to such transfers (such as matching funding).

3.3 The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure – Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan – to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts ouistanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.

3.4 The Chief Controller of Accounts must ensure compliance with the above as part ofpre-payment scrutiny.

4. Balanced Pace of Expenditure:

4.1 As per extant instructions, not more than one-third (33%) of the Budget Estimates may be spent in the last quarter of the financial year. Besides, the stipulation that during the month of March the expenditure should be limited to 15% of the Budget Estimates is reiterated. It may be emphasized here that the restriction of 33% and 15% expenditure ceiling is to be enforced both scheme-wise as well as for the Demands for Grant as a whole, subject to RE ceilings. Ministries/ Departments which are covered by the Monthly Expenditure Plan (MEP) may ensure that the MEP is followed strictly.

The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure – Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan – to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts ouistanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.

4.2 It is also considered desirable that in the last month of the year payments may be made- only for the goods and services actually procured and for reimbursement of expenditure already incurred. Hence, no amount should be released in advance (in the last month) with the exception of the following:

(i) Advance payments to contractors under terms of duly executed contracts so that Government would not renege on its legal or contractual obligations.

(ii) Any loans or advances to Government servants etc. or private individuals as a measure of relief and rehabilitation as per service conditions or on compassionate grounds.

(iii) Any other exceptional case with the approval of the Financial Advisor. However, a list of such cases may be sent by the FA to the Department of Expenditure by so” April of the following year for information.

4.3 Rush of expenditure on procurement should be avoided during the last quarter of the fiscal year and in particular the last month of the year so as to ensure that all procedures are complied with and there is no infructuous or wasteful expenditure. FAs are advised to specially monitor this aspect during their reviews.

5. No fresh financial commitments should be made on items which are not provided for in the budget approved by the Parliament.

6. These instructions would also be applicable to autonomous bodies funded by Government of India.

7. Compliance

Secretaries of the Ministries / Departments, being the Chief Accounting Authorities as per Rule 64 of GFR, shall be fully charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance of the measures outlined above. Financial Advisors shall assist the respective Departments in securing compliance with these measures and also submit an overall report to the Minister-in-Charge and to the Ministry of Finance on a quarterly basis regarding various actions taken on these measures / guidelines.

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(Ratan P.Watal)
Secretary(Expenditure)

Source: www.finmin.nic.in

Sri Kaushal Srivastava, Member, is given additional charge as Chairman of CBEC

Shri  Kaushal Srivastava,Member, CBEC is given additional charge as Chairman of CBEC till his regular appointment as the the next chief  replacing the incumbent Ms. J M Shanti Sundharam who is retiring today. 

                                                         Shri Kaushal Srivastava

Income Tax 2014-15 – Exemptions available to Salaried Employees for the Financial Year 2014-15 (Assessment Year 2015-16)

Finance Act 2014 has made following changes relating to determination of Income Tax payable by Salaried Employees, which provide income taxexemption varied from Rs.15,000 to Rs. 30,000 on the basis of taxable income of individual.

1. Taxable Income eligible for full exemption fromincome tax increased from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh

2. Additional deduction of Rs. 50,000 under Section 80 C, CCC, CCD(1):

Deduction allowed under Section 80C, 80CCC, and Section 80 CCD(1) for savings/investments, premium for annuity / pension fund and employee contribution to NPS respectively has been increased to Rs. 1.5 lakh from Rs. 1 lakh (Section 80CCE Limit)

3. Income Tax exemption on Interest paid on housing loan under Section 24 of the Income TaxAct increased from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh

In addition to above three new changes, Income Tax Rebate of Rs. 2000 for taxable income up to Rs. 5 lakh continues this year also under Section 87A of Income Tax Act

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Shri Kaushal Srivastava, IRS – Next Chief of CBEC?

Shri  Kaushal Srivastava, Officer of the Indian Customs and  Central Excise Service, is tipped to be appointed as the next chief of the Central Board of Excise and Custom  (CBEC), replacing incumbent Ms. J M Shanti Sundharam who retires this month.

                        Shri Kaushal Srivastava

Shri Kaushal Srivastava, a 1978-batch Indian Customs and Central Excise Service (IC&CES) officer, is currently serving as a Member (budget) with additional charge of computerisation and vigilance.  He is the senior-most in the board after the present Chairperson  J M Shanti Sundharam.

Shri Srivastava, previously held the post of Chief Commissioner, Central Excise, Delhi before joining as a member in CBEC on October 22, last year. A law graduate, Srivastava, will have a tenure of eight months as he will retire on June 30, next year, on his attaining the age of superannuation.

 The CBEC has six members apart from the Chairman and is the apex body for policy and administrative issues related to indirect taxes i.e customs, central excise and service tax.

Two of the six  posts of members are lying vacant in Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) till date.

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Central Government Employees Federations to observe Protest Day on 5th December

50% D.A. of Central Staff should be merged with Pay and Interim Relief should be paid to all employees, pending finalisation of the 7th Central Pay Commission

 

NOCGE – National Organisation of Central Government Employees issued a press release, in which it has been stated that  National Protest day will be observed by all Trade Union Federations on 5th December 2014 to draw the attention of Central Government to resolve the pending issues. All the affiliated unions are asked to observe this protest day on 5th December