Saturday, 31 October 2015

Implementing OROP, 7th Pay Commission recommendations will not lead to cash crunch: Jayant Sinha

Implementing OROP, 7th Pay Commission recommendations will not lead to cash crunch: Jayant Sinha

The Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha, has said that implementing the One Rank One Pension scheme for military pensioners and the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will not bankrupt the nation.

The Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley had a meeting with the financial experts in New Delhi yesterday. Following the meeting, Mr. Jayant Sinha spoke to the mediapersons. He said –

“We are managing the country’s finances very well. Experts have appreciated our efforts. The government’s financial condition is very stable. Therefore, there wouldn’t be a cash deficit even if the government implements the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Similarly, the government can very well manage the additional cash burden incurred by implementing the One Rank One Pension scheme for the military.

Implementing the OROP will result in additional expenses of Rs.8000-10,000 crores this year. The 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations will be submitted to the government in December this year. Giving increments to the Central Government employees will result in additional expenses to the Government. He confirmed that the government can comfortably manage these expenses.

A lot of important issues, including financial burdens, increasing employment opportunities and agricultural outputs, were discussed at the pre-Budget consultation. Some of the leading names in financial management in India had participated in the meeting. It is normal for governments to hold such meetings prior to the annual budget, but it is unusual that such a meeting was held with six months to go before the next Budget is due. Sinha said that the valuable suggestions that were given by the experts have made the meeting worthwhile, and have convinced them that holding such meetings in advance was a good move.

A number of useful suggestions were given on the schemes that have to be implemented in the current and the next Financial Years. The meeting also paved way for the joint implementation of many a schemes, he said.

Discussions on agriculture and the issues related to it took up most of the time at the meeting. “We discussed a number of suggestions on how to improve our agricultural production. We talked about financial deficits and ways to reduce expenses and austerity measures. We had also discussed public investment options and the importance of making them profitable.

“The other most important topic that we had talked about was the Ministry of Finance. We had discussed the need for increasing the loans offered to farmers, and to the micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and the necessity for increasing job opportunity for youngsters. We had also discussed the steps that need to be taken to boost the large-scale and production-based industries, which are among the biggest sectors that offer employment.”

Source: CGEN.in
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Extension of CSD Canteen Facilities to retired Defence Civilians

Extension of CSD Canteen Facilities to retired Defence Civilians

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
DEFENCE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
No. AN/VII/7063/CSD/Misc
Dated: 20.10.2015
To
All PCsDA/PCA(Fys) Kolkata, CsDA
(Through CGDA website)

Subject: Extension of CSD Canteen Facilities to retired Defence Civilians

Reference: This office letter of even No. dated 21.08.2015.

In continuation of the above, the following clarification on some of the common points raised in various representations received in this office is as under:

Sl.No. / Common Points raised in the representations / Clarification

a) Whether the retired employees of the Defence Accounts facility as the orders from the DDGCS does not explicitly say so.
Yes. The retried employees of the Defence Accounts Department are eligible for the C.S. D Canteen facility

b) Whether the DAD Pensioners can get the application forms authenticated only from the office from which they have retired.
The authentication of the application forms may be carried out by the nearest Controller, under the jurisdiction, the pensioner is currently residing or the application is made. Also, the nominated Officers are directed to authenticate/countersign the application forms of any DAD pensioner, if the application is submitted to him/her.
The authentication is to be carried out, based on submission of the documents as required by the Canteen authorities.

c) What is termed as ‘Govt Order for Retirement?
The Part II. Office Order issued by the Controllers in respect of the retiring employee will suffice the requirement.

d) The said order does not speak about the eligibility of the Family Pensioners. Whether the same are eligible for the C.S.D Canteen Facilities?
The extension of CSD Canteen Facilities to the Family Pensioners is implied as the QMG branch letter dated 12.08.2015 does not make any distinction between the Retired Defence Civilian Employees and Family Pensioners. The term DAD Pensioners includes within its ambit the Family Pensioners also, as they are drawing pension authorized by PCDA(P) Allahabad.

sd/-
(Mustaq Ahmad)
Sr. ACGDA (AN)

Authority : www.cgda.nic.in
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Government approves hike in bonus ceiling from Rs. 3500 to Rs 7000

Government approves hike in bonus ceiling from Rs. 3500 to Rs 7000

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet decided to double the wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers and establishments with 20 or more workers.

“The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs 3,500 was approved by Union Cabinet here,” a source said after the Cabinet meeting.

The amendment bill will be made effective from April 1, 2015. Now the bill will be tabled in Parliament for approval.

The bill also seeks to enhance the eligibility limit for payment of bonus from the salary or wage of an employee from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 21,000.

The Payment of Bonus Act 1965 is applicable to every factory and other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year.

The bill also provides for a new proviso in Section 12 which empowers the central government to vary the basis of computing bonus.

At present, under Section 12, where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds Rs 3,500 per month, the minimum or maximum bonus payable to employees are calculated as if his salary or wage were Rs 3,500 per month.

The last amendment to both the eligibility limit and the calculation ceilings under the said Act was carried out in 2007 and was made effective from April 1, 2006.

This amendment in the Act to increase wage ceiling and bonus calculation ceiling was one of ssurances given by the Centre after 10 central trade unions went on one-day strike on September 2.

The government had hinted at meeting workers’ aspirations on nine out of 12 demands submitted by the unions.

Source : AIRF
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Record Note of the 5th Meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) held on 29th May, 2015 and 9th June, 2015

Record Note of the 5th Meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) held on 29th May, 2015 and 9th June, 2015

Dopt issued today the record Notes of the 5th Meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) held on 29th May, 2015 and 9th June, 2015 including the participants...

G.I. Dept. of Per. & Trg., O.M.No.11/1/2015JCA, dated 19.10.2105

Subject: Record Note of the 5th Meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) held on 29th May 2015 and 9th June, 2013.

The undersigned is directed to forward herewith a copy of the Record Note/Minutes of Anomaly Committee Meetings held on 29th May, 2015 and 9th June 2015 under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary for information and necessary action.

Encl: As above.
sd/-
(G. Srinivasan)
Deputy Secretary (JCA)

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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Revising Retirement age does not come under the purview of 7th Pay Commission.

Revising Retirement age does not come under the purview of 7th Pay Commission.

Recently the news about retirement age is blown out of proportion in Social Media. In Social Media it has been signaled casually that the retirement age will be brought down to 58 years. Initially it was said that 7th pay commission going to recommend the criteria for retirement age as either 33 years of Service or 60 Years of age whichever comes first.

And gradually it is reduced to 58years of age or 33 years of service and finally ends up with 30 years of service or at the age of 55 years.

7th pay commission Vs Retirement Age

Does it worth to believe the news circulated in social media about 7th pay commission recommendation and retirement age..? We asked the Federation sources about this and they want to maintain anonymity told that it depends upon the individuals to decide whether it is true or not. We should not blame the media for everything. We should be able to know the difference between the news and rumors.

One of our Sources told that revising the retirement age will not fall under the purview of Pay commission. It should be decided by central government only. No Pay commission has recommended anything about Retirement age so far.
Federation Leaders were asked about this retirement age issue, when it became sensational in Print and e-Media, why don’t they come forward to clear the doubts on this sensational issue?. They told that they didn’t want do give importance to the rumors and hear says.

They said, “We need to clarify the doubts of our cadres across the country whenever it was rumored in social media about their service related sensational issues. But when sensational becomes routine, it’s not our business to respond to such hearsays on daily basis”

“As far as retirement age is concerned we know that 7th pay commission cannot recommend revising the retirement age of central government employees, since it does not fall under the purview of 7th Pay Commission. Even we won’t accept it if the central government tries to reduce the retirement age,” the sources added.

Source: http://govtstaffnews.in/revising-retirement-age-does-not-come-under-the-purview-of-7th-pay-commission/
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No more direct interviews from January 1, 2016 – Narendra Modi

No more direct interviews from January 1, 2016 – Narendra Modi

“Cancelling the direct interview process will be of tremendous relief to the poor people who desperately look for recommendations, and will reduce the instances of frauds committed by brokers who promise jobs on payment of money.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the system of direct interviews for the Group B, C and D posts in Central Government offices shall be cancelled from January 1, 2016 onwards. Henceforth, clearing the written round is all it takes for qualifying. Direct interviews shall not be held anymore. The news has brought great relief to job seekers all over the country.

Here are excerpts from the Prime Minister’s Sunday weekly address to the nation, ‘Mann ki Baat,’ on the radio:

“On my Independence Day address, I had presented a suggestion that the direct interview round for entry-level employees in central government services should be cancelled. Following this, the Central Government has completed all the tasks required to remove the direct interview rounds for lower-level employments. Henceforth, there shall be no direct interview round for jobs of the Group B, C, and D categories in Central Government services. This shall come into force from January 1, 2016 onwards.

Direct interviews encourage irregularities and corruption. The system also leads to the exploitation of the poor by those in power. Money is being looted from the poor in the name of finding jobs for them. Most often, they don’t get the jobs even after paying money.

While pondering over it, I wondered why direct interviews have to be conducted for these recruitments. I have never heard anyone claim that they can completely analyze the behaviour and mindset of a person by simply talking to him or her for a few minutes. Cancelling the process of direct interviews will stop the people of the economically weaker sections from spending huge sums of money for recommendations and bribes to get the jobs. This will save them from the traps of brokers who con them and loot money from them.

Source: 90Paisa blog
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Discontinuation of interview for Junior Level Posts in the Government

Discontinuation of interview for Junior Level Posts in the Government

Immediate

F. No.39020/09/2015-Estt(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)

New Delhi, the 27th October, 2015

To
The Chief Secretaries of all the State Governments/Administrators of the Union Territories.
(As per list attached).

Subject: One day workshop scheduled for 29.10.2015 at Civil Services Officers Institute (CSOI), New Delhi, to be conducted for the Principal Secretaries of GAD of States/UTs, in connection with discontinuation of interview for Junior Level Posts in the Government


Madam/Sir,
In continuation of this Department’s letters of even number dated 20.10.2015 and 23.10.2015 on the above subject, it is informed that due to unavoidable administrative reasons the One day workshop scheduled to be conducted on 29.10.2015 at Civil Services Officers Institute (CSOI),
New Delhi, for the Principal Secretaries of GAD of States/UTs, in connection with discontinuation of interview for Junior Level Posts in the Government, has been postponed to 16.11.2015.

2. It is also informed that the venue for the Workshop i.e. CSOI, New Delhi, will remain same.

3. You are therefore requested to kindly depute the concerned officer to participate the Workshop. As requested earlier, the details of the Officer being deputed may be sent to this Department, on the following e-mail:

Jssv1-dopt@nic.in

4. Inconvenience caused is regretted.

Yours faithfully,
(Dr.Devesh Chaturvedi)
Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

Authority: www.persmin.gov.in
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7th Pay Commission likely to recommend work-from-home options for physically handicapped, women employees

7th Pay Commission likely to recommend work-from-home options for physically handicapped, women employees

“The 7th Pay Commission is finding out if there are possibilities for differently-abled and women employees of the Central Government to work from home.”

According to sources, the 7th Pay Commission has sought for the opinion of the Department of Information and Technology regarding this option. The 7th Pay Commission has asked to study the possibilities of differently-abled and women workers to perform simple and specialized tasks from home and stay connected via the internet and other telecommunication tools.

The 7th Pay Commission has asked the Department of Information and Technology to identify such jobs for the less than 10,000 differently-abled workers who are currently employed by the Central Government.

Sources also say that Flexi-time Working Hours options are being considered for the more than 3.5 lakh women who are employed by the Central Government.

Since it is impossible for both these segments of workers to work during night shifts, the 7th Pay Commission is looking for options to employ them in specialized monetary and supervisory works which could be performed from home. It is being said that the step will be of tremendous relief for employees who have to travel long distance to reach their offices, and for the employees who work in congested offices.

It can be inferred that the 7th Pay Commission is particular about giving priority to women and differently-abled workers. Sources say that the 7th Pay Commission believes that greater productivity could be expected from them.

It is a well-known fact that telecommuting and work-from-hope options have become very popular in the private sectors and highly specialized tasks are sometimes performed this way. The 7th Pay Commission wants to bring in this work culture to the Central Government jobs too.

Meanwhile, news and updates about the 7th Pay Commission continue to flow into the news media. The Commission is very likely to submit its report to the Government by the end of December. Sources say that the final stage of preparing the report is now on.

Speculations about 35 percent salary hike, increasing the minimum pay to Rs.21,000, 4 MACP promotions, modernizing the CGHS medical facilities, and most importantly, about the retirement age, continue to surface. Readers are requested to not believe in any of them because all of them are mere figments of the writers’ imagination.

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Supreme Court ponders over revoking reservation in higher education

Supreme Court ponders over revoking reservation in higher education

The Supreme Court has advised the state and central government to remove caste-based reservations in higher education and select students based solely on merit.

States like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu had moved the Supreme Court on requesting permission to impose reservations in higher studies. The petition was looked into by the Supreme Court bench consisting of Justices Deepak Mishra and PC Pant.

Post Independence, no changes have been made in the reservation policies for higher education. Keeping the welfare of the nation in mind and for improving the quality of higher education, the caste-based reservation system must be removed and deserving students must be chosen based solely on merit.

The bench said that it hopes that the centre and the state governments will make apt decisions in this regard without any further delay and obstacles. Since Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are currently under the President’s rule, contrary legislations cannot be implemented in those states.

The issue of caste-based reservations for higher studies in the state of Tamil Nadu has been adjourned to November 4.

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Expected DA Jan 2016 – AICPIN for September 2015

Expected DA Jan 2016 – AICPIN for September 2015

No.5/1/2015-CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU

CLEREMONT, SHIMLA-171004
DATED : 30th October, 2015

Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – September, 2015

The All-India CPI-IW for September, 2015 increased by 2 points and pegged at 266 (two hundred and sixty six). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.76 per cent between August and September, 2015 which was static between the same two months a year ago.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.78 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Urd Dal, Mustard Oil, Onion, Cauliflower, Green Coriander Leaves, Potato, Tea (Readymade), Sugar, Electricity Charges, Private Tuition Fee, Flower/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Wheat, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken), Eggs (Hen), Apple, Coconut, Tomato, Petrol, Washing Soap, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 5.14 per cent for September, 2015 as compared to 4.35 per cent for the previous month and 6.30 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 5.71 per cent against 3.55 per cent of the previous month and 6.46 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Chhindwara reported the highest increase of 10 points followed by Varanasi (9 points), Pune, Tripura, Jalpaiguri and Bhilwara (6 points each). Among others, 5 points rise was observed in 5 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 16 centres and 1.point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Goa recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points followed by Ernakulam 3 points. Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 2 centres. Rest of the 9 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 36 centres are above All India Index and other 42 centres’ indices are below national average.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of October, 2015 will be released on Monday, 30th November, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www. labourbureau.gov. in.

(S.S.NEGI)
DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL

Authority: http://labourbureau.nic.in/
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