Monday, September 22, 2014

60 DAYS BONUS FOR POSTAL EMPLOYEES-NFPE

F.NO.26-04/2014-PAP
Government of India
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Department of Posts,
(Establishment Division)

Dak Bhawan, Sensed Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001

No. 26-04/2014-PAP

Dated: 19. September, 2014

1. All Chief Postmasters General
1 All Postmasters General
3.Deputy Director General (PAP), Department of Posts.
4.All General Managers (Finance)
5.Directors/Deputy Directors of Accounts (Postal)
6. Director, RAKNPA/Directors of All PTCs

SUB:PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS FOR THE ACCOUNTING YEAR 2013-2014.

Sir/Madam,

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President of India to the payment of Productivity Linked Bonus for the accounting year 2013-14 equivalent of emoluments of 60 (sixty) Days to the employees of Department of Posts in Group `D/MTS, Group ‘C’ and non-gazetted Group ‘B’. Ex-Gratia payment of bonus to Gramin Dak Sevaks who are regularly appointed after observing all appointment formalities, and Ad-hoc payment of bonus to Casual labourers who have been conferred Temporary Status are also to be paid equivalent to allowances / wages respectively for 60 (sixty) Days for the same period.

1.1 The calculation for the purpose of payment of bonus under each category will be done as indicated below.

2, REGULAR EMPLOYEES

2.1 Bonus will be calculated on the basis of the following formula: –

Average emoluments  X  Number of days of bonus
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30.4 (average no of days in a month)

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GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY-IOFGOA

GRANT OF MACP ON PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY-
Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association writes to Government

Indian Ordinance Factories Gazetted Officers Association (IOFGOA)had written a letter (given above) to the Government in view of the CAT Principle Bench New Delhi judgment dated 01/05/2014, directing the Government to implement MACP on promotional hierarchy within 3 months from the date of the judgment. Since the Government has not taken any action on the matter so far the Association has filed contempt of Court and the next date of hearing of the case is 11/11/2014.

As regards the SLP filed against Shri Babu Ram & Ors, according Shri S B Chaubey, General Secretary, his Association has decided to bear the expense of one Advocate to defend the case in Supreme Court.

-TKR Pillai, GS

INDIAN ORDNANCE FACTORIES GAZETTED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
(RECOGNISED BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AS PER CCS (RSA) RULE,1993)
FOUNDED ON 19-08-1994
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
HD.QTR.:SMALL ARMS FACTORY, KALPI ROAD, KANPUR-208009

No. : IOFGOA/NEHQ/SAF/MACP/2014
Dated. 16/05/2014

To,
The DGOF & Chairman
Ordnance Factory Board
10-A, S. K. Bose Road,
Kolkata-700 001 (W.B.)


Sub: Implementation of Hon ’ble Principal CAT Judgment dtd: 01/05/2014 in OA No-1493/2014 Filed by IOFGOA for grant of MACP in the hierarchy of promotional posts after completion of 10, 20, and 30 years of service.


Ref: ( 1). Our representation to OFB vide No: IOFGOA/NE/SAH MACP/ 2013 Dt 30/ 10/2013.
(2). Our Representation to OFB vide No: IOFGOA/NE/SAF/MACP/2014 Dtd: 26/03/2014.
(3). Our Representation to OFB vide No:IOFGOA/NEHQ/SAF/2014 dtd:18/04/2014.
(4). Hon’ble Principal CAT Judgment dtd: 01/05/2014 in OA No. 1493/2014 filed by IOFGOA (certified copy enclosed)

Respected Sir,

With reference to Implementation of Hon’ble Principal CAT Judgment dtd: 01/05/2014 for grant of MACP in the hierarchy of promotional posts after completion of 10, 20 and 30 years of service the following is submitted for needful action within stipulated time please.

(1). Indian Ordnance Factories Gazetted Officers Association (IOFGOA) has been representing vide ref-1, 2 & 3 for grant of MACP in the hierarchy of promotional posts after completion of 10, 20, and 30 years of service to its members in light of the various court orders. Due to non implementation of the same in Ordnance Factories IOFGOA filed a suit in Hon’ble Principal CAT vide PT-17/2014 converted in to OA-1493/ 2014.

(2) Hon’ble Principal CAT has passed its Judgment on 1“ May 2014 vide ref-4 in Our OA No-1493/2014 to grant MACP In the hierarchy of post with direction to DGOF Chairman/OFB to implement the same within a period of 3 months. In the judgment dated 1“ May 2014 in OA-1493/2014 Hon’ble Principal CAT has directed DGOF Chairman/OFB to take final decision within 3 months considering the order of Hon’ble Pricipal CAT passed in OA No: 864/2014.

(3) A certified copy of the Judgment dated 1“ May 2014 in OA No-1493 has been received in OFB on 15"‘ May 2014 in its record section and in its NG Section. However another certified copy of the same is enclosed herewith with as ANNEXURE-1 for implementation please. The operative part of the judgment is reproduced below for ready reference please.

“QUOTE: In an other OA No:864/2014 Shri Om Prakash & others v. Secretary(NCERT) decided by this Tribunal the following directions were issued.

In our considered view, once an order has been passed by this Tribunal and it has also been upheld at the level of the Supreme Court; there is no question of waiting for an approval from any Govt. department for implementation of the same. The respondents, therefore, should have considered the representations of the applicants on merits.

In view of the above position, we dispose of this all at the admission stage itself with the direction to the respondents to consider the representations of the applicants in the light of the judgment of Punjab and Haryana High Court in CWP No.19387/2011 (supra) as upheld by the Apex Court in SLP (CC) No.7-167/2013(supra) and decide their cases under intimation to them. The aforesaid exercise shall be completed within a period of one month from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. There shall be no order as to costs‘.UNQUOTE.”

QUOTE: The respondents be directed to dispose the long pending matter and to take final decision after considering the afore noted order of this Tribunal. UNQUOTE.”

QUOTE: We agree with the arguments of the learned counsel for both parties and accordingly direct the respondents to consider the applicants representation in light of the related instructions and the scheme of MACP, and while doing so shall also keep in view the afore noted order of this Tribunal . Respondents shall thereafier , pass a reasoned and speaking order to be communicated to the applicants within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. Any consequential action arising out of the aforesaid decision taken by the respondents on the representation shall be regulated within a further period of eight weeks from the date of decision. OA is disposed with aforesaid direction. UNQUOTE."

(4) It is also very much pertinent to mention that Hon,ble CAT Chandigarh has already implemented the MACP in hierarchy of post for its own employees as per the existing orders passed by Hon,ble High Court Chandigarh & Supreme Court. After implementation of the same by Hon’ble CAT Chandigarh there is no matter to think more in implementation by any other Department. A copy of the Implementation order of Hon,ble CAT Chandigarh No. 28/4/ 2009-Estt/ 1978, Dt. 07.02.2014 is enclosed herewith as ANNEXURE-2. for reference please.

(5). Prayer:

1. It is requested that OFB may please implement the order dated 15‘ May 2014 in OA No-1493 passed by Hon’ble Proncipal CAT and issue instruction to all Ordnance Factories/ Units under OFB at the earliest to grant MACP in the hierarchy of Post after completion of 10, 20 & 30 years of service.

2. It is also requested that the same be implemented for all entitled in Ordnance Factories Organization because this case was filed by a cadre representing Association IOFGOA in larger interest of the employees.

3. It may please be implemented within three months from 15/05/2014 because the order is to be implemented within three months of receipt of the order and the order has been received in Record & NG both sections of OFB on 15/05/2014.

Submitted for timely implementation please.

With Profound Regards,
Sincerely Yours
sd/-
(S. B. Chaubey)
General Secretary/IOFGOA

Copy to:

Honorable Raksha Mantri Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Honorable Raksha Rajya Mantri, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Secretary, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (PPG&P), Govt. of India, Room No-112, North Block, New Delhi - 110 001.
Secretary, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110 011
Secretary, Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure, Govt. of India, North Block, New Delhi
Jt. Secretary/P&C, Defence Production, Ministry of Defence Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi- 110 011
DDG/Admin, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
DDG/IR & NG, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
Dy. Secretary(P), Defence Production, Ministry of Defence Govt. of India, B-Wing, Sena Bhawan New Delhi-110 011
Director/IR, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
Director/NG, OFB, 10-A, S.K. Bose Road, Kolkata-01
Under Secretary]D(Esttablishment-Gazetted) Govt. oflndia, B-Wing, Sena Bhawan New Delhi-110 011
General Secretary] CDRA & Member-JCM-II-MOD and JCM-I96-Defence Apartment, 17-Paschim Vihar, Rohatak Road, Delhi-87
Leader/Staff Side-JCM-III-OFB & JCM-II-MOD and Member JCM-I-GOI C/o Ordnance Clothing Factory, AVADI-600 54 (TN)
Secretary/Staff Side-JCM-III-OFB & JCM-II-MOD and Member-JCM-I-GOI No.-6, Sixth street, Vaishanavi Nagar, RCC Post, Chennai-600 054 (TN)
General Secretary/AIANGOs & Member-JCM-III-OFB C/o Field Gun Factory, Kanpur-2008 009.
Copy of above letter has published by Shri TKR Pillai on his blog [http://aiamshq.blogspot.in/2014/09/indian-ordnance-factories-gazetted.html] with following message:-


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj donates to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund

A delegation of “Bharat Pensioners’ Samaj” (BPS), the largest and oldest organization of Pensioners in India met Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy, here today. The delegation handed over a cheque as donation to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) in the aid of flood victims of Jammu & Kashmir and also dispatched two trucks full of relief material including ration and clothes to Jammu & Kashmir.

Acknowledging the contribution made by the Pensioners’ Association, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that even though the money and material contributed by them were going to be of immense help in carrying out the relief work, but more than that, it is the symbolic gesture of these elder retired officials, which is like a blessing for all of us who are engaged in pulling Jammu & Kashmir out of this ordeal.

Expressing solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir in their hour of distress, Secretary General of BPS, Shri S.C. Maheshwari informed Dr. Jitendra Singh that their organization is a conglomerate of 648 organizations of pensioners from different departments with branches spread all over India and in the days to come, more donations for Jammu & Kashmir relief will be handed over on behalf of these different groups of pensioners.

Shri Maheshwari said that BPS has also launched a campaign for organ donation and wherever needed in the rescue and relief of flood victims in Jammu & Kashmir, they would be ready to help medically also.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Additional Benefits on death/disability of Government servant covered by NPS

RBE No.96/2014

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (BHARAT SARKAR)
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAIL MANTRALAYA)
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2012/F(E)III/1(1)/4 New
Delhi, Dated: 03 09.2014.
The GMs/FA&CAOs,
All Indian RailwayslProduction Units/RDSO.
(As per mailing list)

Subject: Additional benefit on death/disability of Government servant covered by New Pension System- clarification regarding.

A copy each of the Ministry of Finance. Department of Financial Services O.M No.11/23/2013-PR dated 21.05.2014 and the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)’s letter No.PFRDA/24/FXIT/10 dated 22.08.2014 is enclosed for information and compliance. These instructions shall apply mutatis mutandis on the Railways also

2. The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DOP&PW)’s OM dated 05.05.2009 and the PFRDAs circular No.PFRDA/2013/2/PDEX/Z dated 22.01.2013 mentioned in the Ministry of Finances OM dated 21.05.2014 were circulated to the Zonal Railways vide Boards letter No.2008/AC-II/21/18 dated 29.05.2009 and letter No.2010./AC-II/21/18 dated 02.02.2013 respectively.

3. Please acknowledge receipt.

sd/-
(Amitabh Joshi)
D.A.: Two. Deputy Director Fi V ce (Estt.)III,

No.11/23/2013-PR 
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Financial Services
Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street
New Delhi. dated 21st May, 2014

Office Memorandum

Subject: Additional benefits on death/ disability of Government servant covered by National Pension System (NP5)- clarification -reg.

The undersigned is directed to refer to Railway Board, Ministry of Railways OM No. 2012/F(E)III/1/4 dated 14th January 2013 on the subject above and to say that the comments of this Department on the Ministry of Railways’ reservations as under Para 3 of above OM, are as under:
"The PFRDA s clarification that the benefit granted vide the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare (DPPW) OM. dated 05. 05 2009 are over and above the benefits admissible under Notional Pension System (NPS), needs to be modified to the extent that the employee or the legal heirs of the employees. who wish to opt for pension or family pension as per the DPPW order; can not avail of two pension related benefits under the NPS and CCS (Pension) Rules. 1972 simultaneously."

2. For any further clarification on the DPPW OM dated 05th May 2009, Ministry of Railways may kindly get in touch with the DPPW itself.

3. This issues with approval of Joint Secretary, Departrnentof Financial services, Ministry of Finance.


(Surinder Kaur)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
1st Floor, ICADR Building, Plot No. 6.
Vasant Kunj Institutional Area,
Phase - II, New Delhi - 110070
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager

PFRDA/24/EXIT/10
22nd Aug, 2014
Mr. Amitabh Joshi
Deputy Director Finance (Estt.)III,
Railway Board,
Ministry of Railways,
Rail Bhawan, New Delhi-01

Subject: Additional Benefits on death/disability of Government servant covered by NPS

Dear Sir,

This has reference letter No. 2012/F-El‘ (lll)/1/4 dt. 30”‘ June, reference the OM No. 11.23/2013 dt. 21th May, 2013 with respect to Railway Board, Ministry of Railways OM No. 2012/F(E)lll/1/4 dated 14th January 2013 on the subject cited above.

In this regard, we wish to inform you that we have included the same in our proposed Exit Regulations and which shall ensure that in case if the government or government authority or entity registered as government sector) (as employer) under the NPS with the central record keeping agency (ORA) provides any additional relief or benefit to the family members of a deceased NPS subscriber/subscriber due to any ground like invalidation leading to loss of employment in lieu of the benefits available under National Pension System, the claimants to the accumulated pension wealth of the deceased subscriber/subscriber would be free to avail such benefits subject to the condition that they specifically agree and undertake to transfer the accumulated pension wealth to the Government dept unconditionally’.

We have already provided this information t.o Department of Financial Services (DFS), vide letter no. PFRDA/24/101E-82, dt. 13* July 2014, copy of which is enclosed herewith for your information.

Yours faithfully,

sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peri

Source:http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202014/RBE%2096_2014.pdf
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Army establishes cell for ex-servicemen-BS

An Eastern Command Army Veteran Cell has been set up at Fort William here to meet the welfare needs of ex-servicemenrmy establishes cell for ex-servicemen

"The army remains committed to its ESM (ex-servicemen) for their overall welfare. Grant of post-retirement benefits, health-care, canteen facilities as well as meeting the aspirations of the veterans towards daily care are being looked with due alacrity by serving warriors of the east," a defence release said.

The cell will be headed by a Brigadier-ranked officer may be approached by veterans at the toll free number 1800-325-2477, it said.

It has been set up along the lines of the army veteran cell formed at the Army headquarters last year to look into all issues relating to the veterans and ensure speedy resolution of their cases, it said.

A grievance handling web portal already exists at the Army's official website where veterans can lodge their grievances.

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/army-establishes-cell-for-ex-servicemen-114081900721_1.html
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Revision of guidelines regarding Purchase of Note Book, Lap-Top, etc., by Ministries/ Departments.

F. No. 8(25)l2012-Ell (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 19th September, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subiect: Purchase of Note Book, Lap-Top, etc., by Ministries/ Departments - revision of guidelines reg.

In supersession to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum bearing nos. 1(15)/E.ll(A)/2009 dated 26 May 2009 and 14th May 2012 regarding purchase of Note Book/Lap-Top computers by Ministries/Departments and delegation of powers thereof. it has been decided that lap-top; tablet; notepad; ultra-book; notebook, net-book or devices of similar categories may be issued to officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary/equivalent and above for discharge of official work. These powers shall continue to be exercised by the Secretary of the Ministry/Department concerned in consultation with the Financial Adviser. It would be the prerogative of the Administrative Secretary to decide on the nature of gadget to be issued to the eligible officers.

2. This would, however. be subject to the following conditions:

i. Cost of the device, including standard software should not exceed Rs. 70,000/-

ii. Purchase procedures prescribed under GFRs/CVC guidelines may be followed.

iii. The officer who is given the device, shall be personally responsible for its safety and security, which shall continue to remain Government property. In case of its loss, cost will be recovered from the officer based on the book value of the device. The officer concerned will be at liberty to get the device insured at his personal cost.
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iv. Only one device may be issued to an entitled officer. The officer will have the option to retain the device after four years by paying 10% of the original cost.

v. For the purpose of calculation of the book value, a depreciation of 25% per year, on reducing balance. be adopted.

vi. No new device may be sanctioned to an officer, who has already been allotted a device, in a Ministry/Department, up to four years or till the fitness of such device is certified by NIC of that Ministry/Department, whichever is later. Upon the transfer of the officer to another Ministry/Department of the Government of India, he may exercise the option of carrying this device to his new posting with the approval of the Administrative Secretary. No new device may be issued to a new incumbent if the device is returned by his predecessor upon his transfer from that Ministry/Department. except when such device has completed the stipulated period of four years or its useful lifespan, whichever is later.

vii. Disposal of the gadgets may be as per extant norms prescribed for e-waste disposal.

3. This issues with the approval of Secretary Expenditure
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(Anil Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/misc/laptopnotebookpurchase19092014.pdf
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees-Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014.

F. No. 1/2/2014-E.II (B)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 18th September, 2014.
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees-Revised Rates effective from 01.07.2014.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No.1/ l/2014-E.II(B) dated 27th March, 2014 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Deamess Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 100% to 107% with effect from 1st July, 2014.

2. The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1(3)/2008-E.II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4. These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees, separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5. In so far as the employees working in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued with the concurrence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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(A. B arya)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

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7 th Pay Commission's visit to Mussoorie/Dehradun

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission has started holding meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a first-hand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.

Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Mussoorie/Dehradun between 8th October and 10th October 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.


Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in. The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail.

The last date for receiving request for meeting is 30th September, 2014 (1700 hours).

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REMOVE THE BONUS CEILING OF Rs.3500-BPMS

To,                                                        

The Prime Minister,                     The   Minister of Labour & Employment
Govt. of India,                                           Government of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill,                        Shram Shakti Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001                                  Rafi Marg, New Delhi- 110001

Through: Proper Channel

SUB: Submission of memorandum of demand
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Hon’ble Sir,
‘Government Employees National Confederation’ is a confederation of all industrial unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh which decided in its meeting held on 08.09.2014 to observe a week long agitation throughout the country from 15th Sep to 20th Sep 2014 in protest/demands of one of the various prevailing National issues.  Accordingly, being a constituent of BPMS/GENC/BMS this union has observed an agitation programme from 15.09.2014 to 20.09.2014 through Gate Meetings, Demonstration at Main Gate of the establishment, Wearing Black Badges and other peaceful methods
and we are submitting a memorandum of demand through proper channel for your kind consideration and suitable action at the earliest please–

Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus Act has been amended by Act 45 of 2007 (w.e.f. 01.04.2006) regarding calculation of bonus with respect to certain employees which states as under:-

“Where the salary or wage of an employee exceeds three thousand and five hundred rupees per mensem, the bonus payable to such employee under Section 10 or, as the case may be, under Section 11, shall be calculated as if his salary or wage were three thousand and five hundreds rupees per mensem.”

Meanwhile, Central Government has accepted the recommendations of 06th CPC with effect from 01.01.2006 and fixed the minimum basic pay plus grade pay as Rs. 5200 + 1800 = 7000. Therefore 28,06,369 Group ‘C’ (Non Gazetted) and 1,13,477 Group ‘B’ (Non Gazetted) total thirty lakh approx. Central Government employees are getting the bonus @ Rs. 3500/- per mensem under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 or Productivity Linked Bonus whereas none of them is drawing wages less than Rs. 7000/- per mensem excluding other allowances which has been causing discontentment amongst the employees.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary directives to remove the ceiling of Rs.3500/- per mensem under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 and Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme.

An early action is solicited please.

With regards,
Sincerely yours

(Name of Secretary)
Secretary
Copy to:
1. The General Secretary/B.M.S.,
2426, Ram Naresh Bhawan, Tilak Gali,
Pahar Ganj, New Delhi-110055

2. The General Secretary,
Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh,
02, Navin Market, Kanpur–208001
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For your kind information please.

Source: http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/genc-memorandum-5vxz.pdf
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enforce ‘One Rank One Pension', Say Ex-Servicemen

KOCHI: Their demand for ‘One Rank One Pension’ started in 1983. Even after 30 years, the plea of ex-servicemen, the first to raise such a demand, is falling on deaf ears, when the judges, MPs, MLAs, bureaucrats and many others receive pensions based on their rank.

The former UPA Government has thrice earmarked fund in its budget for ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme. But the ex-servicemen, who once served the country, are yet to get their due. Left with no other alternative, ex-servicemen across the country have decided to go for hunger strike on Wednesday.

“After the sixth Pay Commission in 2006, the Army personnel who retired a day before it and after it with the same rank get a pension with wide gap. Those who retire early gets a considerably lower pension than those who retire recently. It has been 30 years, since we had requested them to bridge the gap,” said  Pratapan, secretary, National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee, Ernakulam.

Many committees constituted to study the subject were also in their favour of the ex-servicemen. In 2009, the UPA government allocated Rs 2,144 crores in the budget for the scheme. In 2012, they allocated Rs 2,300 and finally in 2014, the Central Government set aside Rs 500 crore. The then Defence Minister A K Antony said the ‘One rank one pension’ scheme would be implemented from April 1, 2014.

The K M Chandrashekar committee also submitted a report in favour of ex-service men. “But the officials conveniently brushed aside the directive by the then Defence Minister aside. The officials of the Ex-servicemen Welfare Department at Delhi is throttling every efforts taken in this regard,” he said. The Modi Government has now allotted Rs 1,500 crore for it. But various other committees state that it needs around Rs 3500 to implement the scheme.

Source:Indian Express
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Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14.

No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch
New Delhi, the 16th September, 2014

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2013-14.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2013-14 to the Central Government employees in Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group ‘B’, who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme.

The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders shall continue to be monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500/-, as hitherto. The payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders will also be admissible to the eligible employees of Central Para Military Forces and Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:-

(i) Only those employees who were in service as on 31.3.2014 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2013-14 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro­rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months).

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted, To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500), Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs. 3500×30/30.4=Rs.3453.95 (rounded off to Rs.3454/-).

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more (206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observing 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable will be (Rs. 1200×30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21 (rounded off to Rs.1184/-). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- p.m., the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14 (10)- E. Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debit able to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4.The expenditure incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budget provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

5.In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt, of India

Source:http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/bonus2014.pdf
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MINUTES OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29th AUGUST, 2014

MINUTES OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29th AUGUST, 2014 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY (PENSION, AR&PG)

A list of participants is annexed.

2. A meeting of the Advisory Committee for Web-Based Pensioners’ Portal under NeGP was held on 29th August, 2014 under the chairmanship of Secretary (P, AR&PG) in Lok Nayak Bhawan, New Delhi with a view to seek suggestions etc. for further improvements of the Pensioner Portal.

3. Secretary (P, AR&PG) welcomed the participants and requested J S (Pension) to give a brief background of constitution and role of the Advisory Committee. JS (Pension) while giving the background mentioned that the Pensioner Portal has been progressing well based on the inputs provided from time to time by user Departments forming part of the Advisory Committee. The participants were also informed that since the last meeting of the Advisory Committee was held in June, 2013, the Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) have added to the Portal two new components namely Bhavishya (an On-line Pension Sanction and Tracking System) & Sankalp (an initiative to channelize the skill and expertise of pensioners in to meaningful social activities post retirement). While giving a brief description of background and concept of these two new applications, a brief glimpse of these two web based applications was also shown online to the participants. Both initiatives were well appreciated by the member of Advisory Committee. The participants were also informed that the website of Pensioners Portal which includes latest circulars/instructions/activities of the Department is regularly being updated.


4. At this point of time and in the context of Bhavi a software, the issue regarding timely processing of pension papers of prospective pensioners also came up. Secretary (PARPG) desired that the Departments/Offices dealing with pension papers should play a pro-active role in discussing with the pensioners any existing discrepancies/shortcomings in the service records and how best these could be rectified! overcome to avoid delay in processing the pension papers. He desired that all required actions should be completed well before the date of the retirement for timely disbursement of retirement dues.

5. The representative of Bharat Pensioner Samaj felt that software similar to Bhavishya should also be introduced for Railway Pensioners. To this, ED, Railway Board informed that Railways is already in the process of setting up separate Portal for Railway Pensioners named Arpan. He also informed that Railways, on pension matters, have been following the circulars/guidelines etc issued by DoPPW. Secretary (Pension) mentioned that circular issued by DoPPW should get percolated to all lower formations/implementing agencies as soon as possible to avoid any erroneous interpretations of Rules etc. and BHAVISHYA utilised in all Ministries/Departments for ensuring timely sanction of pension.

6. Thereafter, the agenda points were taken up. I S (Pension) explained the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the decisions taken in the last Advisory Committee meeting. The representative of Bharat Pensioner Samaj had sought some clarifications on point No. 4 of the ATR regarding FAQ format, linkage with the Website of Pensioner Portal and extending cooperation with Pensioner Association, which was explained by the representative of M/o Railways. With regard to extending cooperation to the identified Pensioner Associations by We Railway, it was decided that the DoP&PW will reiterate their earlier instructions on the same. The representatives of Bharat Pensioner Samaj and Indian Ex-Service League also stated that the computers with Scarmer & Printers which were supplied to them in 2008-2009 under Pensioner Portal Scheme are now obsolete (being old version) and it should be replaced by new one with latest compatible version. On this, it was felt that National Informatics Centre (NIC) team may visit these Associations in Delhi and give a feedback on the issue.

7. Giving a lead for discussions for further improvement of Pensioner Portal, Secretary (Pension) wanted to know from the representative of D/O Electronics & Information Technology (Deity) whether the evaluation of Pensioner Portal has reached its maturity and whether the mechanism of the Advisory Committee imbibed to play Advisory Role for improvement of Pensioner Portal still exists. The representative of Deity informed that new technologies such as Mobile Service Delivery, Cloud Computing ( Meghraj), AppStore etc. have recently emerged in the field of Information Technologies. The Deity has taken an initiative to study 5 big NeGPs for revamping those NeGPs by incorporating these technologies. DoP&PW can also think of new architecture for revamping of Pensioner Portal. This matter can be further discussed with Deity and on the basis of discussions Deity may come up with a new Project. Use of mobile applications would be desirable. J S (Pension) also pointed out to the representative of Deity for completing the lrnpact Assessment of Pensioners Portal by an independent agency for which DoP&PW has been writing to Deity for the last one year or so.

8. The DDG, NIC was of the View that since the Portal is meant for Pensioners who may not be so computer savvy and other stakeholders, the users of the Pensioner Portal should be visited to have more realistic view of improving the Pensioner Portal. The representative of D/O Ex- Serviceman Welfare mentioned that the present format of CPENGRAMS do not contain provisions for sending reminders by nodal officers to its subordinate formations. This facility should be created and there should be a provision of ‘Alert’ for ‘Directions’ subsequently issued by nodal Ministry to its subordinate formations. He also desired that there should be such facility for search of cases of Defence Personal on the basis of Army ID number which is carried by Defence Personnel throughout their service period and thereafier.

9. The representative of National Ex-Service League felt the need for simplification of use of Grievance Redressal facility for rural areas as most of the Ex-Servicemen reside in these areas. He was, however, informed that since internet facilities are speedily percolating to rural areas also through Common Service Centres (CSC), there should not be any difficulty even for pensioners from rural areas to make use of facilities under Pensioner Portal. However, the use of CSCs by pensioners in village areas could be worked out as this would lead to more optimum utilisation of resources.

l. Decisions
 i) All required actions for completion and processing of Pension papers should be completed well before the date of the retirement for timely disbursement of retirement dues.
(Action: All Ministries/Department)

ii) All circulars issued/uploaded by DOPPW on their website should get percolated to all formations and implementing agencies as soon as possible to avoid any erroneous interpretations of Rules etc. In addition to this M/O Railway will also make a link with FAQS of DoP&PW through their website.
(Action: All Ministries/Department)

iii) For extending cooperation to the identified Pensioners Associations by M/o Railway, the DoP&PW will reiterate their earlier OM.
(Action: DoP&PW & M/O Railways)
iv) The representatives of Bharat Pensioner Samaj and Indian Ex-Service League also stated that the computers with Scanner & Printers were supplied to them in 2007-2008 under Pensioner Portal Scheme are now obsolete (being old version) and it should be replaced by new one with latest compatible version. On this, National Informatics Centre (NIC) mentioned that a team of NIC-DOPPW will look into the matter and accordingly give their views in the matter.
(Action: NIC-DoP&PW)
v) Consideration of a new project on architecture for revamping of Pensioner Portal with new technologies
(Action: Deity, NIC & DoP&PW)
vi) Impact Assessment of Pensioners Portal by an Independent Agency.
(Action: Deity)
(vii) Present format of CPENGRAMS under Pensioner Portal do not contain provisions of sending reminders by nodal officers to its subordinate formations and also make provision of ‘Alert” for directions subsequently issued by nodal Ministry to its subordinate formations
(Action: NIC-DoP&PW)

2. Concluding the meeting, Secretary (Pension) observed that there is a large force of pensioners’ which needs to be handled with dignity. We should be able to take forward this message ‘by improving the facilities available under Pensioner Portal. He also thanked all participants and other Ministries for extending all cooperation for achieving the objectives of Mission of Pensioners Welfare.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR WEB-BASED PENSIONERS’ PORTAL HELD ON 29st AUGUST, 2014

Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Sh. N.Ravi Shanker, Secretary (P, AR&PG) - In Chair
Ms. Vandana Sharma, Joint Secretary (Pension) C
Ms. Tripti P. Ghosh, Director (PP)
Ms. Sujasha Choudhary, DS (P)
Sh. Prem Kumar, Sr. Consultant
Sh. S.P. Kakkar, Consultant

Ministry of Home Affairs

Ms. Shyarnala Mohan, Director (Admn. & Vigt.)
Sh. U.S Banerjee, Under Secretary

Department of Ex-Serviceman & Welfare

Sh. T.R. Singhal, DS (PG)
Sh. Gaurakh Nath

Ministry of Railways

Sh. Rajiv Kishore, ED (ERP)

Department of Post

Ms. Trishaljeet, DDG (Establishment)
Sh. Amit Pankaj, ADG

Department of Telecommunications

Sh. M.L.Sindhi, ADG
Ms. Geeta Arora

Department of Electronics & Information Technology(Deity)

Ms. Renu Bhudiraja, Sr. Director
Sh. Tushar Rai, Consultant NeGD
Sh. Ajoy Agarwal, Consultant, NeGD

NIC

Shri GK Gaur, DDG
Shri S.N.Sowpari, Sr. Tec. Dir. NIC-DOPT
Shri Sriram, Tec. Dir. NIC-DOPPW
Sh. Ani1Bansal, SSA

Indian Ex-Service League

Col. K.S. Yadav
Capt. Ratan Singh

Bharat Pensioners Samaj

Sh. S.C. Maheshwari, Secy. Gen.

Source:http://scm-bps.blogspot.in/2014/09/minutes-of-advisory-committee-for-web.html
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All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers to stage protest

With nothing left to be happy about in terms of career prospects, pay or any other service matter, superintendents of central excise, service tax and customs will gather before the residences of Joint Secretary (Administration) and Member (PandV) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs on September 20 in a symbolic manner to highlight their pain through a Satyagraha programme in New Delhi.

The same programme will be observed before the residences of CBEC chairperson and the Revenue Secretary on September 21.

Despite disappointment, job dissatisfaction, demotivation, humiliation and frustration, the revenue targets are regularly being achieved above the set targets by the sincere, committed and dedicated efforts of these officers but nobody is worried about their career prospects.

These officers are forced to retire at a PB2 (the lowest Group B gazetted) post with only single promotion in the service career of 35-40 years after joining as Inspector whereas their common entry counterparts are easily enjoying PB4 levels (Joint Secretary and Commissioner, top level Group A posts) after getting 5-6 promotions.

These officers are getting promotion (if any) merely to Junior Time Scale while their counterparts of CPWD, CSS, CSSS, AFHQS, Railway Board, Rajya Sabha Secretariat and many others like administrative services, police services, forest services, engineering services, state services etc. to senior time scale.

The employee grievance redressal mechanism has totally failed. These poor officers are also forced to work under the extreme juniors of Customs belonging to the same cadre.

Not only it, they are also deprived of the due pay scales in comparison to their analogous counterparts. The rights to grow, make progress and live with dignity have been snatched from them. There is no change in the scenario regarding their career prospects despite of the repeated representations and requests made to the administration.

"If career prospects were disclosed at the time of the recruitment, these officers would have never joined this job," said Ravi Malik, Secretary General, All India Association of Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers.

Malik also disclosed the facts that the direct IRS officers have been ensured up to nine promotions to upgrade them within the standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT by creating the posts at apex, HAG+ etc. levels in the higher scales even without availability of the eligible officers but no measures are being taken for the actual workforce of CBEC in the form of Central Excise Superintendents and Inspectors to promote/upgrade them within the standard residency periods prescribed by DOPT.

Their counterparts of Income Tax (CBDT) and the Assistants of CSS under the same Department of Revenue are able to reach the post of Commissioner and Joint Secretary. Almost all other counterparts of them are also reaching the PB4 levels.

The CBEC is even unable to conduct the DPC for promotions from Group 'B' to Group 'A' at prescribed intervals. Nothing has been done for these poor officers for decades to improve their career prospects. They are given false assurances but nothing has ever happened. All of other cadres below Group 'A' except Inspectors and Superintendents are also already getting 5 to 6 promotions in CBEC.

Malik added that the cadre restructuring, which should have been implemented immediately after its notification on 18.12.13 particularly keeping in view the monthly mass level retirements of our officers without getting even IInd promotion, is still pending even after more than eight months of its notification.

"Now under the prevailing circumstances, we have no option other than the revival of the Satyagraha programme to sit before the residences of the authorities including Commissioners/ADG's, Chief Commissioners/DG's, Joint Secretary, Members, Chairperson, Revenue Secretary, Minister of State (Revenue) and Finance Minister requesting them for immediate implementation of cadre restructuring and taking concrete measures independent of cadre restructuring to retire our officers also in PB4 under the hope of being listened in a better way at the residences of the authorities," he said.

"In view of the above, our officers limited to 51 in number will gather peacefully before the residences of the Joint Secretary (Admn.) and Member (PandV) of the CBEC on 20.09.14 (Saturday) and the Chairperson of CBEC and Revenue Secretary on 21.09.14 (Sunday) under the '51 programme' requesting these authorities to fulfill our demands as per the charter of demands enclosed herewith," he added.

"Under next step, such programmes will be observed before the residences of the Commissioners and Chief Commissioners throughout India and before the residences of other higher authorities in Delhi, if our demands are not acceded," said Malik.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/all-india-association-of-central-excise-gazetted-executive-officers-to-stage-protest-114091500838_1.html
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Draft Model Cadre Review Proposal

1-11019/25/2014-CRD
Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Personnel
(Department of Personnel & Training)

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi — 110003
September 12, 2014

Subject: – Draft Model Cadre Review Proposal.

In the meeting of the Cadre Controlling Authorities held on 22nd July, 2014, it was decided to draft a model Cadre Review Proposal to facilitate the cadres. The same is enclosed along with a check list of documents/ information required to be sent along with the, cadre review proposal.

(Mona Singh)
Director(CRD)

Information required for examination of the Cadre Review proposal:

a. Whether representatives of the service association(s) consulted.
b. Whether the proposal has been referred to Department of Personnel and Training with the due approval of the Integrated Finance Division and the Minister in charge.
c. A certificate to the effect that no court case is pending which will have bearing on the proposed cadre review.
d, Name of the contact officer(s) who can furnish additional information, if needed’.
e. A copy of recruitment rules with latest amendments.
f. A copy of Civil list/seniority list.
g. Whether an attempt has been made in the proposal to encadre all the posts which have similar functions and responsibilities.
h. Any recommendation of Pay Commission or Parliamentary Committees or Audit Report or any other Expert Group on the Service may also be included.
i. As per instruction issued by the Department of Expenditure, the cadre review proposal should not result in any increase in the number of posts.
j. Information as per proforma prescribed in the Monograph.

Read more:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/draft.pdf
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