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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cabinet approves the repealing of the obsolete and redundant laws

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Government of India

18-January-2017 15:23 IST

Cabinet approves the repealing of the obsolete and redundant laws 
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 to repeal 105 Acts.


The two Member Committee constituted by the PMO, the Law Commission of India and the Legislative Department identified 1824 redundant and obsolete Central Acts for repeal.  After careful examination and consultation with various Ministries/Departments in the Government of India, four Acts have been enacted to repeal 1175 Central Acts (during the period May, 2014 to August, 2016) by Parliament which are –

i)        The Repealing and Amending Act, 2015 (17 of 2015) repealing 35 Acts; The Repealing and Amending (Second) Act, 2015 (19 of 2015) repealing 90 Acts;

    ii)        The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Act, 2016 (22 of 2016) repealing 756;

  iii)        Appropriation Acts including Appropriation (Railways) Acts;

  iv)        The Repealing and Amending Act, 2016 (23 of 2016) repealing 294 Acts.

 Out of the aforesaid 1824 Acts, 227 Acts (including Appropriation Acts enacted by Parliament for the States under President's Rule) are identified to be repealed by State Governments have been requested to take necessary action to repeal them.

A list of remaining 422 Central Acts was circulated among all the Ministries/ Departments for their comments on repeal of Acts pertaining to their respective Ministries/Departments. Till date, 73 Ministries/Departments including Legislative Department have given their comments whereby they have agreed to repeal 105 Acts and disagreed to repeal about 139 Acts. On the basis of the comments/concurrence received from the Ministries/Departments, 105 Acts have been identified for repeal by this Department.

Advancing Budget to Feb 1 will ensure quality in Govt expenditure

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Government of India
Special Service and Features

18-January-2017 14:28 IST

Advancing Budget to Feb 1 will ensure quality in Govt expenditure

      The Central Government earmarked close to Rs 20 lakh crore on the expenditure head of the Budget for 2016-17. It would be safe to assume that for the financial year 2017-18, the total expenditure to be allocated by Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley would be between Rs 22 lakh crore and Rs 23 lakh crore. This would be about 14 per cent of India’s Gross Domestic Product at current prices.                                                            
 Prakash Chawala

Unlike in the past when the Budget was presented to Parliament on the last working day of February, the Finance Minister would do the honours on February 1, for 2017-18.  Without going into any political debate, an independent analysis would certainly make out a strong case for advancing the Budget presentation, purely on the ground that it would help the government to achieve two most import objectives.

The first and foremost goal is and should be to achieve the quality of expenditure and the way the Central schemes and projects are executed would certainly change when the money allocated to each of them is approved by Parliament well in time and transferred to the concerned departments or ministries.  The second achievement following from the first would be the difference a quality government spend makes to the country’s GDP growth. The government expenditure in excess of Rs 20 lakh crore would make a huge difference to revival of investment and boosting consumer demand, also helped by implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission report for the Central Government employees.    

Under the system  prevalent so far, the Budget is presented in the Lok Sabha on the last working day of February and a vote on account is obtained from Parliament to draw money from the Consolidated Fund of India from April 1, the opening day of the new financial year.

The Budget session is divided into two phases and it is in the first phase that the Vote on Account is obtained to enable uninterrupted functioning of the government while the full and final Parliamentary go-ahead is available some time in May towards the end of the  second phase of the Budget  session.  While the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech comprising tax and non-tax proposals at the time of the Budget presentation is considered an important policy direction of the government of the day, quite often his closing speech at the end of the exhaustive parliamentary debate on the Budget is used at times to make any amends, depending on the popular response to the Budget proposals.

But by the time the full and final outlays are available, at least first quarter of the financial year is over and out.  It is in the second quarter that the departments begin work on implementing the projects and programmes as announced in the Budget, the most important blue-print of the government.  The government funds cannot be spent just like a private business house does. It must follow well laid down procedures which can stand scrutiny of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and various other agencies like the Central Vigilance Commission, besides Parliamentary committees.  No wonder, the bureaucrats tasked with the implementation of the programmes and policies would rather err on the side of caution.  The entire procedure of floating tenders, finalizing the deals etc can take another few months, making it possible for the departments to place the orders with the contractors only in the middle or end of the third quarter in most cases. The money gets spent in the last quarter and somehow, has to be spent by March 31.

Naturally, the pressure is back-loaded on the system, resulting at times in dilution of the quality of expenditure, not by design but by default.

All that would change for better with advancement of the Budget, which should now get passed in the first phase of the Budget session even after demands for grants of different key ministries are adequately debated in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.  The intention of the government is to begin the spending programmes right in the beginning of the fiscal, making the Budget implementation front-loaded, rather than back- loaded.  

While such an option is always welcome, the requirement of it is much more urgent at this state of economy which has to deal with the issue of revival in consumer demand and boost investment, which has to be led by the government, given the fact that the private sector is over-leveraged with idle capacity in several key sectors. As is well conceded by senior ministers in different economic wings of the government, the state expenditure in sectors like roads, airports, ports, shipping, agriculture infrastructure etc would show the way to the economic revival in the fiscal 2017.  Once a momentum is built, the private sector should then get a multiplier effect and the entire virtuous cycle would see a transformation.

With an expectation of great focus on the rural landscape in the Budget, the government programmes relating to agriculture and the allied sectors should really be catalytic in the GDP momentum in the coming months.  

So, the entire Budget exercise must get completed sooner than later. The issues relating to the GDP relating to the current fiscal which become the basis for the next year’s Budget estimates can get sorted out with advance statistical tools and techniques. What matters is the intent.   
*Prakash Chawla is a senior New Delhi-based journalist writing mostly on political-economic issues.  The views expressed in the article are author’s own.

District level philatelic exhibition "KATAKPEX-2017" from 20 to 21 January, 2017 in Cuttack



Much awaited meeting of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) was held on 17th January 2017 at National Council (JCM) Staff-side office at New Delhi. Leaders of Railways, Defence, Postal and Confederation attended. Detailed discussions were held on the developments that took place after the deferment of the indefinite strike of 11th July 2016 and also on the totally negative attitude of the Government towards the 7th Pay Commission related issues of the Central Government Employees & Pensioners, including increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment formula, Allowances, Pensioner’s Option-I etc.

Unfortunately, there was no consensus regarding revival of the deferred indefinite strike. Hence no decision could be taken. Meeting ended with a decision to meet again after some days. In the meantime NJCA Chairman and Convener may try to meet the Cabinet Ministers who have given the assurances on 30th June 2016 to NJCA leaders.

As there is no immediate possibility for revival of the indefinite strike by NJCA, Confederation National Secretariat has decided to intensify the mobilization campaign and preparation for making the 16th March 2017 one day strike a grand success. All Affiliated Organizations and C-O-Cs are once again requested to make all –out efforts to ensure cent percent participation of employees in the strike. In addition to the campaign programme of National Secretariat members, each affiliated organization and C-O-Cs should chalk out their own separate campaign programme.  Please give wide publicity through local print / electronic media and social media like whatsapp, facebook etc.

No doubt, our strike will have a great impact in settling the demands and also in exposing the powers-that-be who betrayed the cause of 33 lakhs Central Govt Employees and 34 lakhs Pensioners.

Somebody should come forward to protest and also, if necessary, to suffer and Confederation is ready for it.

Let Confederation lead and others follow.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System for Central Government employees - reg.

Extension of scope of Additional Relief on death/disability of Government Servants covered by the New Defined Contribution Pension System(NPS).

Revision of Provisional pension sanctioned under Rule 69 of the CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972.

Extension of scope of grant of Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners who are in receipt of provisional pension or pension in the pre-revised scale of 5th CPC w.e.f. 01/07/2012.

Enhancement of withdrawal of limits from ATMs and Current Account

7th Pay Commission: All you need to know about how states are stealing a march on Centre  | Posted by Kritika Banerjee
New Delhi, January 17, 2017

While implementing the recommendations of the pay commission will come at a huge economic cost, several states have gone ahead with it from January 1.

It has not been a happy new year for the employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies as the revision of their salaries and pension under the Seventh Pay Commission gets further delayed.

In a recent notification, the Finance Ministry said the Seventh Pay Commission will not directly apply to autonomous organisations.

The note asked autonomous organisations to work out their affairs in a way that it does not put extra burden on the central exchequer.

 The administrative ministries concerned will consider such cases keeping in view whether these pay scales are justified based on functional considerations and recruitment qualifications, the notification said.

Here's all you need to know about the Seventh Pay Commission story so far:
  1. The seventh central pay commission submitted its report in November 2015 and the Narendra Modi government approved it in June last year. Over six months later, the Modi government is yet to implement the recommendations of the seventh pay commission in its entirety.
  2. The seventh pay commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay--the lowest in 70 years. The previous sixth pay commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.
  3. The recommendations will result in a hike in salaries of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and payouts of 58 lakh pensioners.
  4. While implementing the recommendations of the pay commission will come at a huge economic cost, several states have announced that they will go ahead with it.
  5. Jammu and Kashmir government, for instance, announced in its budget that it will implement the recommendations of the seventh pay commission from April 2018 to give a massive 23.5 per cent hike to lakhs of government employees and pensioners in the state.
  6. Among other states, poll-bound Uttarakhand was among the first to implement the pay commission's recommendations from January 1. Nearly 2.5 lakh government employees and pensioners are likely to benefit from the decision.
  7. Manahor Lal Khattar government in Haryana too announced that state government employees will get the benefit from the new year. The chief minister said contractual employees like Anganwadi workers and data entry operators will also be covered under the revised pay package scheme.
  8. The Uttar Pradesh government too said the seventh pay commission will be implemented January 1 onwards. Ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in the state, the decision will benefit 16 lakh government employees and six lakh pensioners.
  9. Goa also announced it will implement the seventh pay commission recommendations before the model code of conduct came into force on January 4.

Single Sign On-CSI-FSI Integration Process

From: DDG (Technology)

Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:24 PM

To: All CPMG

Cc: ADG (CSI); Director (Technology)

Subject: Single Sign On-CSI-FSI Integration Process

Respected Madam/ Sir,
As you are aware the pilot (I) rollout of CSI has been successfully completed in Mysuru Division, Karnataka. As part of the CSI project,each employee has been provided with an employee code which will be used as a login ID.

The counter-staff now has multiple log-in credentials viz; CSI log-in, Finacle log-in and McCamish log-in. This system is not only cumbersome, time taking but also not very secure from the point of view of authentication of financial transactions.

In view of the above points it has been decided that there shall be only one log-in credentials per user for all applications. The CSI shall provide the Single Sign On (SSO) solution for this functionality. . The SSO solution shall ensure that each employee having the CSI log-in credentials should be able to access Finacle and McCamish. The SSO shall have verification and authentication system to make it a secure system. This would help the Employees as they will not have to handle multiple log-in credentials. It will be beneficial for the Department and the public as every financial transaction shall be authenticated. The chances of frauds and embezzlements using others’ log-in credentials will reduce drastically thus making the system more reliable and secure.

It is required that each employee’s ID provided by CBS and PLI is mapped with the one provided by the CSI. This activity is essential to avoid any operational difficulties once the SSO is rolled out.  In order to do this mapping the M/s TCS has provided a portal along with the log-in credentials for each division. The CBS User-id and PLI user-id along with the mobile number and Aadhar number are to be filled in for all employees on this portal. Some data is pre-populated including mobile number and adhaar number for officials who have already shared these details.

In case of addition of new employees whose names might not be reflecting on the portal, it is requested to follow the procedure of getting their AD user created for them. Once their AD users are created the portal shall automatically be updated and their names shall reflect on it.

It is requested that due-diligence may be followed in this activity as SSO shall become extremely important for smooth functioning of the Post Offices. The link of the portal is given below:

The log-in credentials is attached to this mail. It is requested to complete this activity by 1st December, 2016.

Yours Sincerely,

​ Ashish Kumar
Deputy Director General (Technology)
Dak Bhawan,Sansad Marg, New Delhi-110001

Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 - Relaxation to travel by private airlines to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

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B D & Mktg Directorate asks for willingness of PA/SA to work on deputation


Transfer policy for officers of Indian Postal Service(IPoS), Group 'A' (Junior Time Scale, Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade and Senior Administrative grade).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Give info on payments to brokers: CVC to government work bidders

NEW DELHI: Irked over delay in completion of departmental inquiries, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has asked all departments to ensure that such proceedings are completed in time.

As per rules, a departmental inquiry against a government employee needs to be completed within six months and a final decision has to be taken by authorities concerned on it in the next two months.

"The Commission has observed that the conduct and finalisation of departmental inquiry proceedings are unduly delayed and even after receipt of Inquiry Officer's report, further processing for its consideration and final orders of the respective disciplinary authorities take long time," the probity watchdog said in an order issued to Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs)--who act as distant arm of the CVC-- of all departments.

They have been asked to send details of all such departmental inquires cases pending with them to the CVC by this month end.

"All departmental inquiries need to be completed in time so that an honest employee is not harassed. The details have been sought as there are instances where inquiries are completed in the stipulated time period but pending final decision. The Commission wants to check these instances," a senior CVC official said. 

In a study conducted by the Commission, it has been noticed that while the average time taken by the administrative authorities in finalisation of disciplinary proceedings is more than two years, the maximum time taken in a particular case was eight years and at least in 22 per cent cases the inquiry took more than two years.