Friday, April 29, 2016

LATEST NEWS FROM NFPE REGARDING Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                               e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
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No. PF-01(e)/2016                                                                             Dated: 28th April, 2016

CIRCULAR
To

            All General Secretaries /NFPE Office Bearers
            All Circle /Divisional & Branch Secretaries

Dear Comrades,

1.         Xth   Federal Council NFPE.

            Xth Federal Council of NFPE is scheduled to be held on 7th,8th & 9th September,2016 at Guwahati (Assam) Regional Co-ordination committee of Assam and NE has started  preparations. Reception Committee has been formed as below:

1.Shri Indibar Dewri Retired IPOs & Eminent Intellectual-Chairman
2.Com. M.R. Das , Ex. Convenor RCC of P&T Employees,  Assam & NE Circle                   –Working Chairman.
3. Com.D.K. Deb Nath- Convenor RCC Assam & NE- General Secretary.
4.Bishnu Ram Raha -Treasurer

            Notice for Federal Council will be issued separately. Federal Executive will also  be  held in the F/N of 7th September,2016 at Guwahati. Federal Councilors will be paid TA & TA by their respective CHQs as decided in last Federal Executive. No Delegate Fee will be paid to Reception Committee for Federal Councilors. However visitors/observers will have to pay Rs.1500/- as Delegate Fee as fixed by the Reception Committee.

            All General Secretaries are requested to direct Federal Councilors to book to & fro tickets to avoid inconvenience.

2.         Confederation: National Conference.

            Diamond Jubilee National Conference of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers will be held at Chennai on 16th, 17th & 18th August-2016

            All India Women Convention of Confederation will also be held during National Conference. All General Secretaries are requested to decide the names of Women Comrades to participate in the Women Convention. Their TA/DA will be paid by the respective CHQs.

3.         Celebrate Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.
            This is the Diamond Jubilee year of Confederation as it was formed in the year 1956 by our great leader Dada B.N. Ghosh Ex. Secretary General-NFPTE. All are requested to celebrate Diamond Jubilee in each Circle by organizing a grand programme.


4.         Confederation Trade Union Education Camp at Dehradun (Uttarakhand)

            All India Trade Union Education Camp will be organized at Dehradun on 24th & 25th May-2016.NFPE has already allotted quota to affiliates. All General Secretaries are requested to decide delegates as per quota and direct them to book to & fro tickets. Delegate Fee has been fixed as Rs.600/-

5.         May-Day Ist May-2016.

            May Day on 1st May-2016 should be observed at all work place.

6.         All India General Strikes.

            The National Convention of Workers under the banner of All Central Trade Unions (except BMS)  and All Independent Federations have decided to organize One Day All India General Strike  on2nd September on common demands  against the anti-people economic policies of NDA Government Mobilize all to participate in the  strike.

7.         Indefinite Strike from 11th July-2016 on 7th C.P.C. related issues.

            National Joint Council of Action has decided to organize Indefinite Strike from 11th July, 2016. Notice for which will be issued on 9th June-2016. Please mobilize all Postal, RMS and GDS employees to participate in strike and make it grand success.

8.         GDS Membership verification.

            GDS membership verification is likely to be announced by the Department of Posts very soon All General Secretaries are requested to direct all Circle, Divisional and Branch  Secretaries  to extend maximum co-operation  and full support to enroll maximum no. of members in favour of All India Postal Employees Union-GDS and make it as No.1.

9.         GDS Committee.

            GDS Committee to review the service conditions and wage of GDS employees under the Chairmanship of Shri Kamlesh Chandra Retired Member , Postal services Board  has started function. Memorandum to GDS Committee  have been submitted by NFPE & AIPEU-GDS. GDS Committee has fixed date as on 26th May 2016 for oral evidence NFPE with AIPEU GDS-NFPE will present the case  before GDS Committee effectively.

10.       Retirement of Smt. Kavery Banerjee-Secretary, Department of Post.
Smt. Kavery Banerjee, Secretary, Department of Post is going to retire on 30th April-2016 on superannuation. During her period the relations between administration and staff have remained very co-ordial. Mostly problems got solved with negotiations and she never gave opportunity to staff side to go on agitation. NFPE HQ extends greetings and best wishes for her peaceful and healthy retired life.

            With revolutionary greetings.
         
Comradely yours,
                                                                                                                     
(R. N. Parashar)

Secretary General

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7th Pay Commission: Govt employees likely to get huge pay checks by June-July 2016


New Delhi: Central government employees' wait to get higher salaries under the 7th Pay Commission will be over in two months.

As per a CNBC-TV18 report, hefty payouts are likely to happen between early June and late July this year

Quoting government officials, the report said that the Empowered Group of Secretaries will likely to accept the pay commission's recommendations on salaries and pension payouts.

It may be recalled that the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

The implementation of the new pay scales is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore on the exchequer in 2016-17. Subject to acceptance by the government, they will take effect from January 1, 2016.

Source:http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/7th-pay-commission-govt-employees-likely-to-get-huge-pay-checks-by-june-july-2016_1880390.html

Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
28-April-2016 18:39 IST
Linking Promotion of Teachers to Performance of Students

There is no such proposal at present to link promotion of teachers to performance of students. Recruitment and service conditions of teachers are in the domain of State Governments/UT Administrations. However, The Central Government has a scheme of National Award to teachers to recognize good performance of teachers across the country. School enrolment campaigns are launched by States at the start of the school academic year for awareness generation to enrol out-of-school children in schools and to reach out hitherto un-reached children in remote areas, working children, girls, children belonging to SC and ST communities, and children in difficult circumstances.

The performance of students is related to multiple factors including school and home environment. The Central Government has taken various steps to ensure teacher accountability in government and aided schools.

. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed Performance Indicators for Elementary Education (PINDICS) to track teacher performance and attendance in Government schools. PINDICS have been shared with State Governments/UTs to assess teacher’s performance.

Additionally, teachers attendance is being monitored by States/UTs through School Management Committees/School Management Development Committees/ Block Resource Centres/Clusters Resource Centres and in some cases by installing bio-metric attendance system etc.

The Central Government has launched the ‘Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching’ in December, 2014 with a vision to comprehensively address all issues related to teachers, teaching, teacher preparation, professional development, curriculum design, research in pedagogy and developing effective pedagogy.

As per the mandate of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, Government of India has notified the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) as the Academic Authority at the national level for teacher education and qualification. NCTE has prescribed teacher qualifications for various levels. It has also made it mandatory that all persons holding teacher qualifications as laid down by the NCTE must also pass a teacher eligibility test (TET).These two steps by NCTE are widely seen as efforts to improve the standards of teaching with eventual positive impact on quality of education.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.

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Source: PIB

Review of performance of public servants & Service Verification:

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
28-April-2016 15:09 IST

Review of performance of public servants

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j):

“The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice:

If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had entered Government service before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years.

(i) in any other case after he has attained the age of fifty-five years”.

(ii) In addition, as per Rule 48 of CCS(Pension) Rules, 1972, at any time after a Government servant has completed thirty years' qualifying service, he may be required by the appointing authority to retire in the public interest, and in the case of such retirement the Government servant shall be entitled to a retiring pension provided that the appointing authority may also give a notice in writing to a Government servant at least three months before the date on which he is required to retire in the public interest or three months' pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.

Further, as per Rule 16(3) (amended) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the Central Government may, in consultation with the State Government concerned, require a Member of the Service to retire from Service in public interest, after giving such Member at least three month's previous notice in writing or three month's pay and allowances in lieu of such notice, -

after the review when such Member completes 15 years of qualifying Service; or

(i) after the review when such Member completes 25 years of qualifying Service or attains the age of 50 years, as the case may be; or

(ii) if the review referred to in (i) or (ii) above has not been conducted, after the review at any other time as the Central Government deems fit in respect of such Member.

(iii) The above provisions have been reiterated from time to time and recently vide DoPT’s O.M. No. 25013/02/2005-AIS-II dated 28.06.2012 and 03.08.2015, and O.M. No. 25013/1/2013-Estt.A-IV dated 11.09.2015.

Disciplinary cases are conducted as per prescribed procedures. Normally, the details and monitoring of disciplinary cases is to be done by the respective cadre authorities. The Central Government has also from time to time been stressing on the need to complete disciplinary cases expeditiously and monitoring the same.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:pib

REVISED DA FOR ARMED FORCE OFFICERS

F.No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence

New Delhi, the 18th April, 2016

To
The Chief of the Army Staff
The Chief of the Air Staff
The Chief of the Naval Staff

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Armed Forces Officers and Personnel Below Officer Rank including NCs(E) – Revised rates effective from 1st January 2016.

Sir,
I am directed to refer to this Ministry’s Letter No.1(2)/2004/D(Pay/services) dated 6th October 2015, on the subject cited above and to say that the president is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Armed Forces Officers and personnel Below officer Rank, including Non-combatants (Enrolled), shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 119% to 125% with effect from 1st January 2016.

2. The provisions contained in paras 2,4 and 5 of this Ministry’s letter No.1(2)/2004/D (Pay/Services) dated 25th September 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of DA payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Armed Forces Officers/PBORs including NCs(E).

4. This letter issues with the concurrence of Finance division of this Ministry vide their Dy.No.132-PA dated 11th April,2016 based on Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure) O.M.No.1/1/2016-E-II(B), dated 7th April, 2016.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Prashant Rastogi)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

PROVIDING OPTION OF MORE LIFE CYCLE FUNDS TO THE NPS SUBSCRIBERS

A. Launch of NPS and Current scenario

1. The National Pension System (NPS) was introduced in 2003 for all Central Government employees (except armed forces) who joined the service on or after 01.01.2004. The NPS marked a paradigm shift from the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to Defined Contribution Scheme, thereby easing the escalating fiscal stress on the Government on account of rising pension liabilities. In 2009 different Schemes under the flagship of National Pension System regulated by PFRDA under the private sector and unorganised sector.

2. The National Pension System (NPS) has been arguably hailed as one of the best designed pension products domestically with its several unique features like full portability across jobs and geographical jurisdictions, choice of investment options to suit different risk appetites, option to choose from among several fund managers, no entry or exit loads, and perhaps the lowest
fund management charges in the world. It is also regulated by a dedicated regulator.

3. The passage of the PFRDA Act in September 2013 followed by notification of the Act on 1st February 2014 marks an important milestone in the history of the Pension Sector reforms as the Act provides an overarching mandate to the PFRDA for promotion and development of old age security in India. In light of the paradigm shift in the pension landscape in the country, it is imperative to review the progress of NPS so far and realign the existing policy framework for Pension Funds within the mandate of the Act.

4. The NPS adopted a direct selling model to keep the costs low and to avoid the urge to mis-sell due to the embedded commissions. This distributor-free and agent-free model was designed to protect the individual and to maximise the pension wealth. It was adopted even at the risk of a slow start. The NPS architecture has been designed to create an enabling environment for the citizens to save for retirement.

5. Additionally, NPS also provides flexibility to subscribers where they can switch their pension funds among three options, i.e. equity, corporate bonds and government securities. They can also change their fund managers if they are not satisfied with the performance of Pension Funds.
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Source:http://www.pfrda.org.in/WriteReadData/Links/xyzpfrda1234bf87f92-ecf3-453f-a8dd-21552f652657.pdf

Reservation in promotion

Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%.

In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Examination 1996 for Section Officer grade were revised by UPSC. Appellants, who were declared successful in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996, were included in SOSL 1996 by this Department. Later the benefit was extended to similarly placed SC/ST officers who were declared qualified in the modified results of SO LDCE 1996. On their inclusion in SOSL 1996, these officers have become eligible for consideration for promotion to the next grade (Under Secretary) on completion of eight years of approved service in SO grade i.e. they become eligible for consideration in USSL 2004 onwards subject to the size of the zone. A proposal for review of USSLs 2004 and 2005 has been forwarded to UPSC in which these officers have been included in the zone.

This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ronald Sapa Tlau in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

KVS TRANSFER NEW GUIDELINES

Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

F.11029/2016/KVS (HQ)/E-II/TP
26th April, 2016

To,
All the Principals
Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Subject: – Adoption of New Transfer Guidelines of KVS for Teaching employees upto PGTs & Non-Teaching employees upto Assistants w. e. f. 2016 – Regarding.

Madam / Sir,

At the outset, I would like to convey my best wishes for the new academic session 2016-17 and at the same time wish to draw your attention towards an important issue i.e. Transfer Guidelines. Transfer Guidelines of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan effective from 1.4.2011 were in operation with some amendments made from time to time.

With the passage of time, we felt a need to review it. In order to make transfer guidelines more transparent, employee friendly and Information Technology enabled, KVS had invited suggestions and feedback last year from all Teaching and Non-Teaching Employees, Principals, Deputy Commissioners, other officers at Regional Offices, ZIETs and all Service Associations of KVS.

1.As a result, KVS received large number of suggestions. Further, Teachers’ Transfer Policies of the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana were taken into consideration to carve out suitable and appropriate transfer guidelines for the KVS employees.

2. You would appreciate the fact that many meaningful suggestions received from your side and many progressive elements of teachers’ transfer policies of above mentioned states have been incorporated in KVS Transfer Guidelines 2016 to fulfil the demands & aspirations of the KVS employees. I would like to mention here some specific provisions made in new Transfer guidelines.

  • Introduction of Mutual Transfer,
  • Transfer against No Taker vacancy,
  • Prioritization of Widow & Single Parent for getting transfer at a desired place,
  • Transfer of Yoga Teachers with post at choice place,
  • 25 days relaxation in delayed joining at Hard/ Very Hard stations for counting of tenure,
  • Consideration of KVS employee for request transfer after Mid- Session on account of transfer of Spouse,
  • Exemption from displacement transfer to those employees who are having disabled dependent children.
  • More points have been given to Members of JCM at KVS (HQ) & Regional level to avoid their displacement transfers,
  • Points have been awarded for seeking request transfer for those who are recipients of KVS Regional Incentive Awards.
  • A chance has been given to those employees who have been redeployed on surplus ground for coming back to previous station in the event of availability of vacancy within one year at that station.
  • An employee whose transfer orders are issued after 20th June by the KVS for Hard/ Very Hard/ NER stations he/she will be given relaxation of some more days for counting of tenure at Hard / Very Hard/ NER stations as on 30th June.
  • As the tenure for hard stations has been restored back for three years w.e.f 2016 due to administrative exigencies but employees who had been posted earlier with two years tenure at these stations have been exempted from this change.
  • With a view to make whole annual transfer process fully transparent, KVS has made a paradigm shift from old practice of manually filled Transfer Applications. Henceforth, Transfer Applications will be invited through online process and transfer orders will also be generated through computerized process on the basis of online database.
  • Every employee will be able to check his/her Transfer Count and Displacement Count on the KVS website as per the Calendar of Activities for effecting annual transfer.
  • Tentative vacancies will also be displayed on website of KVS (HQ) for the reference of employees.

3. I would assure that KVS is committed to take care of all service matters of its employees and to take all possible welfare measures. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan also expects from every one of us to rise to the occasion and to walk some extra miles to secure the success of this wonderful organization.

4. Content of this letter must be brought to the notice of every staff member of the Kendriya Vidyalaya by providing them with a copy.

With best wishes

(Santosh Kumar Mall)
Commissioner

Source:http://kvsangathan.nic.in/GeneralDocuments/ANN-27-04-16.PDF
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7th Pay Commission: Modi Govt all set to implement recommendations; notification most likely in June

A Finance Ministry sources was quoted by a news website as saying, "But in case it's not issued in third week of June, it will be issued at the beginning of fourth week of June.

Usually it takes around one week to issue a notification, after cabinet nod".

 Ministry is also hopeful that Empowered Committee of Secretaries which is looking after the recommendations at the moment, will submit its report by June 15.

Most likely, increased payout will be handed over to central government employees earliest at the end of June or latest by July. Reports suggest that Empowered Committee of Secretaries which has been entrusted the responsibility to overview recommendations will not make much change into it.

Earlier, Modi government conceded that implementation of new pay scales proposed by the 7th CPC is estimated to put an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore which is around 0.7 per cent of GDP.

 Giving details of financial implications of the recommendations, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha informed Parliament that the burden on pay head would increase by Rs 39,100 crore to about Rs 2.83 lakh crore in the current fiscal.

Sinha also said that the announcement of Dearness Allowance has no impact on the recommendations of the Pay Commission. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission was set up in January.

 The recommendations of the Pay Commission will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. OneIndia News

Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/7th-pay-commission-modi-govt-ready-implement-increment-notification-june-report-2082940.html







Changes in NPS-PIB NEWS

The Government has proposed the following in the Finance Bill, 2016 with regard to the National Pension System (NPS):

i. Allowing 40 per cent of the NPS corpus tax exempt on lump sum withdrawal.

ii. Waiving service tax on the NPS corpus utilized for purchase of annuity.

iii. The amount receivable by the nominee in case of death of the subscriber covered under NPS has been made tax exempt.

iv. One-time portability without any tax implication has been allowed to the subscriber for shifting from recognized provident fund to NPS.

v. One-time portability without any tax implication has been allowed to the subscriber for shifting from superannuation fund to NPS.

As per the provisions of the Finance Bill, 2016, 40 per cent of the pension corpus under NPS is proposed to be tax exempt on lump sum withdrawal. Also, the proposal in the Union Budget, 2016-17 for taxation of 60 per cent of provident fund corpus under the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been withdrawn by the Government. Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) remains an Exempt Scheme.

However, EPF and NPS are different schemes available to separate categories of subscribers and they are not comparable on one-to-one basis.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0