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Friday, March 24, 2017

Proposed RRs of AO/AAO of IP&TAFS Group 'B'

Promotion of Digital/Cashless Transactions by Government



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

24-March-2017 16:51 IST

Promotion of Digital/Cashless Transactions by Government 
The data on payment system indicators such as Paper Clearing, National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) and National Automated Clearing House (NACH), registered growth in December, 2016 as compared to November 2016. However, the same showed a decline in January 2017 as compared to December 2016.

• Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) recorded a growth in January 2017 and December 2016 as compared to November 2016.

• Card transactions at Point of Sale (POS) registered growth in December 2016 as compared to November 2016. However, the same declined in January 2017 as compared to December, 2016.

• Pre-paid Payment Instrument (PPI) - considerable growth in January, 2017 and December, 2016 as compared to November, 2016.

In order to attract general public and facilitate significant behavioural change among public towards digital transactions NITI Aayog had launched two major schemes - Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for merchants. 12,72,290 consumers and 70,000 merchants have won prizes for digital payments made through AEPS, USSD, UPI and RuPay cards as on 22nd March 2017.

To incentivize the States/UTs for promotion of digital transactions, it was decided that Central assistance of Rs. 50 crore would be provided to the districts for undertaking Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities to bring 5 crore Jan Dhan accounts to digital platform. The fund allocation is based on proportion of Jan Dhan accounts of all States/UTs. Under the scheme an incentive @ Rs. 10/- is provided for every individual who has transited to digital payment mode and undertaken at least two successful transactions by any of the five digital payments modes viz: UPI, Rupay / Debit / Credit / Prepaid Cards, AEPS, USSD and E-Wallets. NITI Aayog has so far released an amount of Rs 15.06 crore to 533 Districts as first installment.

In addition to above following measures were also taken to promote less cash payment :

• Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App which supports remittance transactions both push and collect was launched.

• Approval has been given for introduction of revised architecture of Unified USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data ) platform (*99#) USSD 2.0 version. This integrates UPI based transactions for USSD users through any type of handset.

• In principal approval has been accorded to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for launch of pilot for the Aadhar Pay Payment mechanism, which will enable the merchant to accept payment from customers using their Aadhar number and biometric data to be authenticated by UIDAI.

• In-principle approval has been given for launching the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) system, which uses the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for vehicle identification and toll calculation; the toll will be automatically deducted from the prepaid accounts linked with the respective RFID tag.

• In order to facilitate wider acceptance of card payments, the following special measures for debit card transactions (including for payments made to Government), has been introduced for a temporary period between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017 ;

i. For transactions upto ? 1000/-, MDR has been capped at 0.25% of the transaction value.

ii. For transactions above ? 1000/- and upto ? 2000/-, MDR has been capped at 0.5% of the transaction value.

With a view promote less- cash payments, the Reserve Bank of India has been releasing its Vision for Payment and Settlement Systems in India on its website since May 2005. The latest Vision document titled “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018” has been released on its website on June 23, 2016. The Vision-2018 aims at building best of class payment and settlement systems for a ‘less-cash’ India. The broad contours of Vision-2018 revolve around 5 Cs – coverage, convenience, confidence, convergence and cost. To achieve these, Vision-2018 will focus on four strategic initiatives such as responsive regulation, robust infrastructure, effective supervision and customer centricity.

This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

P O & RMS Accountant Examination scheduled to be held on 28.05.2017

 
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Implementation of creamy layer criteria

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

23-March-2017 16:20 IST


Implementation of creamy layer criteria 
In case of recommendation of name of a candidate by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for service allocation, the candidate is considered for allocation to one of those services by the Government for which he has indicated his preference subject to fulfilment of other conditions like Medical fitness, eligibility for availing reservation as per Civil Services Examination Rules and extant instructions on the subject. Further, vacancies reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates are filled by the candidates eligible for availing OBC (Non Creamy Layer) reservation.

The Supreme Court of India in the Indra Sawhney judgement referred to ‘creamy’ layer as those sections or identified groups among the backward classes who are excluded from the purview of reservation. Further, the criterion for determining creamy layer amongst OBCs is provided in the Schedule to the OM dated 08.09.1993. For Category VI of the aforesaid Schedule, wherein Income/Wealth Test for determination of creamy layer has been prescribed, the income ceiling is revised from time to time. The current income ceiling for that purpose is Rs 6 Lakh per annum, as stipulated in DoPT OM dated 27.05.2013.

This was stated by the 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 in a written reply to a question by Shri Devender Goud T. in the Rajya Sabha today. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Appointment to LSG Cadre under Cadre Restructuring Proposal of Group-C Postal Employees in Odisha Circle - Memo for Head Quarters Region, Bhubaneswar

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7th Pay Commission: Can Narendra Modi government gift you higher allowances from April?

IndiaToday.in  | New Delhi, March 21, 2017
 
All hope may not be lost for Central government employees who were expecting the government to make an announcement on higher allowances under the Seventh Pay Commission after the election season.
According to some media reports, the Committee on Allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa may submit its report before the end of this month, giving a glimmer of hope to employees who can expect to get revised allowances from April.

The Committee on Allowances missed its earlier February 22 deadline for submitting its review report on the recommendations by the Seventh Pay Commission on allowances.

HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMITTEE ON ALLOWANCES:
  1. Replying to a question on Seventh Pay Commission in Lok Sabha on March 10, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal had said the committee on higher allowances was yet to submit its report. The minister, however, added that deliberations with the committee were in the final stage.
     
  2. The Committee on Allowances was formed in July last year after government employees protested against the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. The commission had recommended scrapping 53 of the 196 allowances for government employees and also suggested merging a few others.
     
  3. The Ashok Lavasa-led committee was given four months' time to submit its review report on the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission. The deadline for report submission was later extended to February 22, 2017. 
     
  4. Allowances form a significant part of a government employee's salary and the delay in announcement on a proposed hike has led to growing resentment among nearly 50 lakh employees.
     
  5. It was believed that once the model code of conduct was lifted following the end of the elections in five states, the government would soon make an announcement on higher allowances.
     
  6. The second part of the Budget session is still on and the Committee on Allowances, as per some media reports, is expected to submit its report before the end of March. If the recommendations are implemented by month-end, employees can expect to get revised salaries from April. 
     
  7. Among allowances, the Lavasa committee's recommendation on house rent allowance will be most-closely followed. HRA is one of the fatter allowances that employees get and the Seventh Pay Commission had recommended reducing it by 2-6 per cent depending on type of cities.
     
  8. If reports are to be believed, the Committee on Allowances is likely to recommend no changes in HRA, keeping them as they were under the Sixth Pay Commission at 10, 20 and 30 per cent for different tiers of cities.

Bank officers want pay equality with central govt officers

Mumbai, 

At a time when the government is contemplating cutting employee benefits to 10 laggard public sector banks, bank officers have demanded that they should be given revised basic pay at par with central government officers on the same principles of

The negotiations have not started yet, as not all have given the mandate to Association (IBA) to negotiate on their behalf. Meanwhile, United Forum of Bank Unions, the umbrella organisation of bank unions, is yet to appoint coordinator for negotiations. But unions on a standalone basis have started to demand high emoluments. At the end of December 2016, the gross bad debt of the banking system crossed ~6 lakh crore and the total stressed assets is estimated to be more than ~9.5 lakh crore.

The government on March 16 shot a letter to 10 stating that capital infusion in these would depend upon quarterly milestones and only after these sign a memorandum of understanding with unions to sacrifice employee benefits should there be a need.

The had recommended overall 23.55% hike in basic plus allowances. The government had accepted 14.27% hike in basics, while the allowanced would have to be decided later. According to reports, allowances could be decided in this month itself.

The current wage pact comes to an end in October. The last wage negotiation, pending since 2012, was settled in May 2015 at 15% hike.

This time the government wanted to finish the process early and so it prodding to start the negotiation process, starting January of 2016, but dilly-dallied. Finally, in December 2016, the government shot its fourth letter to to start the process with the unions. Still, not all have given the mandate to the IBA. The State Bank of India (SBI), for example, will give the mandate to unions only after the merger process is over in April.

According to sources, 16 – all from the public sector - have given a mandate to the IBA to negotiate on behalf of Five banks, including the SBI, Dena Bank and Bank of Baroda are yet to send mandate. The SBI will perhaps send in April after integration with associate banks, sources said.

The IBA will form panel and can start the negotiation with unions only after its gets all the mandate, an official at the IBA said.

The letter has gone to the IBA from by a joint committee of All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, All India Bank Officers’ Association, Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress and National Organisation of Bank Officers.

In their demand letter, these organisations have also demanded very steep hikes in dearness allowances (DA) and wage increases, for example, merger of special allowances with dearness as on 31 October 2017, with existing basic pay. And have asked for a revised DA formula “with provision for automatic merger and improvement in compensation against price rise.”

Besides, an “equal to amount of last drawn increment should be granted every year after reaching a maximum in the scale,” and “date of sanction of annual increments should be on January 1 and July 1 every year,” are also in the demand letter.

There are also such demands as two months’ salary to compensate expenses on transfer and payment of lump sum amount of transfer to meet the education expenses of children.

Out of 34 demands, there are provisions for improvement in leave travel concession and making the mode of entitlement as “air travel to all the officers, and executive class for senior executives.”

Also, the unions are back in their demand of five-day banking and Provident Fund calculation at the rate of 12% of the total salary and allowances. Plus gratuity at the rate of one month salary and allowances, without any ceiling. According to the income tax rules, provident fund is calculated only on the basic salary. Gratuity is calculated on 15 days basics. Besides, the unions want abolishment of new pension scheme and roll back to the old pension system.

“Unions always demand the moon and scale down to a laughable level,” said a senior officer who is part of a union. “Bank books have deteriorated since 2012 (when the last wage pact got implemented) and can’t do deficit budget like the government. What will happen is that government will refer the wage structure to the Pay Commission and unions will have absolutely no role in the process,” said the senior executive, who did not wish to be named.

If the commission gets to decide on bank pay, the chances of any hike will go for good, fear some union members.


Charter of demands

1. Revised basic pay at par with central govt officers 

 
2. Revised DA formula automatically adjusting price rise 

 
3. equal to last drawn increment to be granted every year after reaching maximum in scale

 
4. Two months’ salary to cover incidental expenses on transfer

 
5. Payment of lump sum amount on transfer to meet education expense of children

 
6. Leave fare compensation with entitlement of air travel for all officers and executive class for seniors

 
7. Provision for crèche facility/flexi timings/work from home for women employees

 
8. Five-day banking

 
9. Family should include father in law and mother in law, brothers and sisters (divorced or deserted)

 
10. PF to be calculated on total salary and allowances, not only on basic
Source :  http://www.business-standard.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Central Civil Services (Leave) Amendment Rules, 2017.

THE GAZETTE OF INDIA : EXTRAORDINARY
[PART II—SEC. 3(i)]
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training) 
 
NOTIFICATION 
 
New Delhi, the 15th March, 2017 
 
G.S.R. 251(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 read with clause(5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, namely:- 
 
    1.    (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) Amendment        Rules, 2017.
         (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette. 
 
   2.     In the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, for rule 48, the following rule   shall be substituted, namely:- 
 
"48, Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment -Leave upto a period of 90 days may begranted to an aggrieved female Government Servant on the recommendation of the Internal Committee or theLocal Committee, as the case may be, during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment ofWomen at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the leave granted to theaggrieved female Government Servant under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account".
[F. No. 13026/2/2016-Estt. (L)]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy. 

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Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) requests the Chief PMG, Odisha to keep the implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal in Odisha Circle in abeyance till amicable settlement of the issues raised by the Staff Side

Postal Joint Council of Action
National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE)
Federation of National Postal Organizations (FNPO)
All India Postal Employees Union, Group-C
National Association of Postal Employees, Group-C
Odisha Circle Branch, Bhubaneswar – 751 009
No. PJCA-Odi/Cadre Restructuring/2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 21st March, 2017
To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001
 
Sub :   Request to keep the implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal in Odisha Circle  in abeyance till amicable settlement of  the issues raised by the Staff Side  
 Sir,     
This is to bring your kind notice that  Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation & Ex-Secretary General, NFPE & Shri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO met Shri B. V. Sudhakar Secretary, Department of Posts on 17.03.2017 and submitted a detailed letter (No. PJCA/Cadre Restructuring/2017, dated 17.03.2017) explaining the issues arising out of implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposals of Postal Group ‘C’ employees with the suggestions of the staff side to mitigate the grievances of the staff and held discussion with him. The Staff side requested the Secretary, Department of Posts to keep the implementation of Cadre Restructuring proposal in abeyance till the issues raised by the staff side are sorted out amicably.
The Secretary (Posts) assured for positive consideration.  
Accordingly, Shri Tilak De, Member (P) (Additional Charge) has also been requested on 18.03.2017 by the Staff Side to issue instructions to all Circle Heads to keep the implementation process of Cadre Restructuring in abeyance.
The copes of both the letters addressed to the Secretary(Posts) and Member(P) are attached here with for kind reference.
            Under the circumstances, we would like to request you again kindly to wait for a definite reply from the Directorate in this regard and not to issue posting orders of the approved LSG officials till receipt of a clearance from the Secretary (Posts) on the issues raised by NFPE and FNPO which is presently pending at Directorate level and both NFPE and FNPO are jointly pursuing the issue.
A line of reply on the action taken is highly solicited.
With regards.
Attached : As above.
Yours faithfully,

(MANORANJAN SARANGI)
Circle Secretary, NAPE, Group-C
Odisha Circle
(BRUHASPATI SAMAL)
Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C
Odisha Circle

After 7th Pay Commission payment, now 12 lakh CPSE staff to get Rs 20,000 cr windfall wages in 2017-18

In a move that could boost consumption and stimulate the economy, central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) are likely to pay out an additional R20,000 crore in 2017-18 as recompense to 12 lakh employees. This would be the second time in two years that government employees are getting pay hikes; central government staff got hefty pay hikes last year following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The salary revision for four lakh CPSE executives will likely take place in July with retrospective effect from January 1, 2017, and is expected to cost R8,000 crore/year, sources told FE. These pay hikes are expected to be followed by a wage revision for over 8 lakh workers which would cost the CPSEs another R12,000 crore in a year, they added.

The salary revision exercise, based on the recommendations of the 3rd Pay Revision Committee (PRC) constituted by the department of public enterprises, will be carried out by each CPSE separately by negotiating with employee unions.

The 3rd PRC, which broadly followed the 7th Central Pay Commission award, has suggested a 15% pay hike (on sum of basic pay, stagnation increments and industrial dearness allowance) subject to ability of the CPSEs to bear the financial burden. The pay hike can be nil for executives of some CPSEs if the additional cost due to salary revision is over 40% of their average profit before tax of last 3 years. The 7th CPC had recommended a 14.3% pay increase for central government staff.

The PRC has recommended a minimum pay of Rs 30,000/month, from Rs 12,600/month now, for executives and a maximum of Rs 3.7 lakh for CMDs, from Rs 1.25 lakh, (for Schedule A CPSEs). The maximum pay of CMDs varies for other category CPSEs. Depending on profits, the CPSEs are categorised into different schedules, with highest being Schedule A, followed by B, C and D.

The PRC’s report on salary revision of executives is currently with the Cabinet secretariat. The government is likely to form a committee of secretaries shortly to look into the report before the Union Cabinet gives the go-ahead for its implementation around July.

The salary and wage bill of 235 operating CPSEs stood at Rs 1.27 lakh crore in FY15 and is estimated to have reached over Rs 1.4 lakh crore in FY17. The salary hike for executives, who share nearly 40% of the total pay bill of CPSEs, are likely to be implemented by only profitable companies, whose number is understood to have come down to 140 in FY16 against 157 in FY15. However, the wage hike for workers is likely to take place even in non-profitable ones, sources said.

The once-in-ten-years salary and pension revision for over 1 crore central government staffers and pensioners entailed an additional cost of Rs 84,933 crore in FY17. The revised allowances, if implemented from April, may cost an additional Rs 29,000 crore to the government (including railways) in FY18.

The 7th Pay panel’s award implementation is usually followed by the public sector undertakings as well as state governments. Besides additional pay to CPSE staff, the likely pay revision for state government staff could give a consumption-led boost to the economy in FY18.
Source :  http://www.financialexpress.com

Centre Eases Norms For Speedy Payment Of Dues Under Government Employees’ Insurance Scheme

The finance ministry has simplified norms to speed up payment of savings fund on account of Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) for retiring central government employees.

In number of cases delay occurs in payment of such dues owing to missing entries.

The issue was considered in consultation with Department of Pension and Pensioners' Welfare and Controller General of Accounts, the ministry said in a circular.

“It has been decided that in order to ease the process of payment of Savings Fund on account of CGEGIS at the time of retirement...payment of accumulation under the Savings Fund of CGEGIS be made without awaiting confirmation of deduction of each monthly subscription of CGEGIS...,” it said.

The norm has been tweaked as service verification of the employee is carried out based on the monthly salary payment, and the CGEGIS subscriptions are mandatory deductions from these payments.

All ministries and departments have been asked to ensure compliance of the new instructions so that the dues of CGEGIS of government servants retiring on attaining the age of superannuation are “discharged with due promptness”.

There are about 48.85 lakh central government employees.

Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet had approved release of an additional instalment of dearness allowance (DA) to central government employees and dearness relief (DR) to pensioner with effect from January 1, 2017.

The DA/DR has been increased by 2 percent over the existing rate of 2 percent of the basic pay/pension to compensate for price rise and it is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission.
Source : https://www.bloombergquint.com