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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7th Pay Commission: No consensus reached between Committee on Allowances and central govt employees’ unions; HRA to be finalised in next meeting

New Delhi, Mar 29: The Committee on Allowances held a meeting with representatives of the central government employees’ unions on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission on Tuesday, but no consensus could be reached. During the meeting, central government employees expressed concern over the delay in finalising report of the Committee on Allowances on higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commision.

The employee representatives sought an early finalisation of allowance panel report. In the next meeting, the issues of the house rent allowance (HRA) will also be finalised.

The Committee on Allowances also sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of 14 allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. The high-level committee will finalise its report on payment of allowances to 47 lakh government employees after receiving comments from ministries. These 14 allowances had not been factored in previously and the concerned ministries have been asked to give their views on what is to be done with them, reported PTI.

The government is keen to give out the revised allowances from the fiscal year beginning April 1 but will take a call on payment of arrears in case the rollout is delayed. The government is waiting for the report of the Committee on Allowances. The panel will hold another meeting with the representatives of the central government employees’ unions and discuss the 7th pay commission recommendation of reducing the HRA to 24 per cent of basic pay as against the 30 per cent of basic pay employees were drawing under the Sixth Pay Commission.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 others out of 196 allowances. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended abolition of or subsuming of allowances like acting, assisting cashier, cycle, condiment, flying squad, haircutting, rajbhasha, rajdhani, robe, shoe, shorthand, soap, spectacle, uniform, vigilance and washing.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley constituted the Committee on Allowances under Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

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Retirement Facilities for Employees Resigned from CPSEs

Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) issued OM No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE(WC) dated 01.02.2017 clarifying the term “technical formality clause” as mentioned in point xvi) of OM No. W-02/0017/2014-DPE (WC) dated 21.05.2014. This has no effect on the provisions of the OM dated 21.05.2014.

In term of para vii) read with para x) of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE)’s OM dated 21.05.2014, any employee resigning from service of CPSEs and joining another CPSE having broadly similar schemes of pension and post superannuation medical benefit the entire amount of employer’s and employee’s contribution along with interest accrued thereon would be transferred to such CPSE. The services rendered in CPSEs prior to resigning would also be counted for the schemes. Thus, these provisions are available even prior to issue of the OM dated 01.02.2017 on ‘Technical formality’.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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PF Account Portability

The Universal Account Number (UAN) provides portability for the employees covered under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions (EPF & MP) Act, 1952. It enables portability of Provident Fund (PF) accumulation when the details of Bank Account, Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) seeded in UAN database of the member and are verified by employer on change of job.

The total number of UAN seeded with Aadhaar and are portable are 25,70,274

As per para 72(6) of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952, certain amounts are classified as Inoperative Accounts. All such Inoperative Accounts have, however, definite claimants.  As on 31.03.2016, an amount of Rs. 40,865.14 crore had been classified as Inoperative Accounts in Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF).

The following actions have been taken by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to facilitate payments from inoperative accounts:

(i)            EPFO has launched a portal namely Inoperative Accounts Online Help Desk to assist the members to identify their inoperative accounts.

(ii)          Awareness campaigns have been undertaken through electronic as well as print media from time to time to educate the members to transfer or withdraw their PF accumulations.


The total amount paid to the beneficiaries from inoperative accounts during the last four years is as under:

Year
Amount settled
(Rs. in crore)
2012-13
2890.40
2013-14
4316.71
2014-15
6491.01
2015-16
5826.89This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
This information was given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Modernisation of ESIC Hospitals

Modernization of ESIC Hospitals is a continuous process and is being carried out in all ESIC Hospitals. Under its reform agenda ESIC 2.0, ESIC has taken a number of reform initiatives to modernize and improve the condition of Employees' State Insurance (ESI) hospitals, which are to be implemented throughout the country. The details are as under:

§  To make available electronic health records of patients.
§  Up-gradation of dispensaries to 6 bedded hospitals.
§  Day wise change of hospitals bed sheets.
§  24x7 medical helpline
§  Evening OPD for senior Citizen & differently abled patients.
§  Cancer detection/ treatment facilities.
§  Cardiology treatment facilities.
§  Dialysis facilities.
§  OPD registration through mobile phones.
§  Behavioural training to the staff.
§  May I help you’ facility for Patients/Attendants.
§  Feedback system for indoor patients.
§  Proper attractive signage.
§  Complete immunization facilities.
§  Facility of Yoga.
§  Telemedicine facilities.
§  Ayush facilities.

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

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Expansion of ESI Hospital Services

The Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Corporation has taken a number of reform initiatives to expand the services of ESI Hospitals in the country. The ESI Corporation in its 167th meeting decided to establish ESI hospitals and dispensaries based on geographical necessity i.e. the health facility should be created not based on the present Insured Persons' population but on the basis of projected population of the Insured Persons after a period of three years for dispensaries and five years for hospitals. Also, ESI Corporation has accepted the recommendation of 46th Indian Labour Conference to upgrade its dispensaries into 6 and 30 bedded hospitals in phased manner.

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

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Backlog Vacancies -PIB NEWS


As per information provided by 10 major Ministries/Departments including Public Sector Banks/Financial Institutions, Central Public Sector Undertakings etc., 28,713 vacancies remained unfilled as on 31.12.2016, which comes to about 31% of 92,589 backlog vacancies reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The Government had constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of the then Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to make an analysis of the reasons for non-filling up of reserved vacancies and to suggest remedial measures. Based on the recommendations of this Committee, Department of Personnel and Training issued instructions in November/December, 2014 to all Ministries/Departments to constitute in-house Committee to identify backlog reserved vacancies, study of the root cause of backlog reserved vacancies, initiation of measures to remove such factors and to fill up the backlog reserved vacancies.

Various Ministries/Departments have constituted in-house committee and initiated action for filling up of reserved vacancies.

Department of Personnel and Training monitors the progress in filling up of reserved category vacancies for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes with 10 Ministries/Departments having majority of the employees in Central Government. Six meetings were held in this regard.

The total number of backlog reserved category vacancies is 28,713 in respect of those 10 Ministries/Departments.

As per information provided by those 10 Ministries/Departments, 20,975 vacancies for Scheduled Castes, 15,874 vacancies for Scheduled Tribes and 27,027 vacancies for Other Backward Classes have been filled up during the period 01.04.2012 to 31.12.2016.

These 10 Ministries/Departments have been requested to take expeditious action with regard to the unfilled reserved backlog vacancies.

This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Neelam Sonker and Shri Dushyant Chautala in the Lok Sabha today.

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Concession in Online Booking of Rail Tickets

Indian Railways provide the online concessional fare ticket booking facility to senior citizens, physically challenged and accredited press correspondents. Further expansion to include remaining categories eligible for concession in rail fare for online ticket booking facility is a continuous and ongoing process.

With a view to promoting online booking of tickets and payment through digital modes, service charge on e-ticket which was `20/- for Sleeper (SL) & Reserved Second Class (2S) and `40/- for all other classes has now been withdrawn for the tickets booked from 23.11.2016 to 31.03.2017.

   This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 29.03.2017 (Wednesday).

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the NPS

No.57/1/2016-P&PW(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

3rdFloor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 23rd March, 2017

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 -reg.

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi is hereby forwarded for information and further necessary action.

(Harjit Singh)
Director

Encl. as above.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining implementation of the National Pension System (NPS) held on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi

A meeting of the Committee to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System was held under the Chairmanship of Shri C. Viswanath, Secretary (Pension) on 17.03.2017 at Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi with JCM ( Staff side). The following were present:

Official side

1. Ms. Vandana Sharma, Additional Secretary (Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare).

2. Shri Gyanendra Tripathi, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (representing Secretary DoPT).

3. Shri G.S. Yadav, Joint Secretary and Legal Advisor, Department of Legal Affairs).

4. Shri Amar Nath Singh, Director, Department of Expenditure (representing JS (Pers), Deptt. Of Expenditure).

5. Dr. B. S. Bhandari, Member, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.

6. Shri Pravesh Kumar, DGM, PFRDA.

JCM (Staff Side)
7. Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side (JCM),

8. Shri M. Raghavaiah, Leader(JCM Staff Side) & General Secretary, NFIR

9. Shri Guman Singh, President, NFIR

10. Shri K.K. N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CG employees & Workers

11. Shri C. Srikumar, General Secretary/AIDEF, Member National Council, JCM

12. Shri R. Srinivasan, General Secretary, INDWF, Member, National Council (JCM).

2. Additional Secretary (Pension) made a brief presentation on the recommendation of the 7th CPC and the decision of the Government on setting up of the Committee, composition of the Committee, formation of three Sub Committees and issues being considered by each of the Sub Committee. The presentation also brought out the issues raised and suggestion made by the employees’ Associations and other stakeholders for streamlining the implementation of NPS.

3. Thereafter, JCM (Staff side) made following observations / suggestion :

• NPS amounts to discrimination between employees appointed before and after 01.01.2004 and also between service personnel and civilian employees within Defence Department. Personnel retiring with less service period are getting very little pension with no revision linked to price index. Government employees should be excluded from the purview of NPS. In case, however, it minimum was not possible to exempt the Government employees from the NPS, a pension @ 50% of the last pay drawn with dearness relief may be ensured to all NPS employees on their retirement.

In the Defence Department, the contributions of around 250 employees have not been credited to their NPS accounts and are presumed to be lying in suspense account. The matter should be looked into.

There is lot of confusion over NPS among employees due to deficiencies in communication of information. Employees are not getting any statement of their deductions /accumulated fund. The statement of transaction i.e. details of contribution made by employees, matching contribution from the Government and the accumulated wealth as on date should be communicated to employees at regular intervals. This may be provided in the form of passbook to the employees in physical form.

Employees should be made aware about the grievance mechanism available under NPS and the authorities whom they could approach for redressal of their grievances. Employees should be made aware of the procedure for correction of Name, address and contact details etc. in the NPS account.

Rules on entitlements to employees / family on death or disability of an employee covered under NPS may be framed. There may be no objection to option to the employee / family to get family pension / disability pension under the old pension scheme or the benefits under NPS, in the event of death / disability of the employee during service.

Study on International practices on the pension should be done and functional difficulties in NPS may be sorted out. Best practices should be adopted after the study.

4.Secretary ( Pension) assured that the concern raised by the JCM (Staff side) would be duly considered and addressed in the report of the Committee.

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

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IMPORTANT MACP NEWS

VERY IMPORTANT JUDGEMENT
FROM HON'BLE HIGH COURT OF MADRAS

IMPLEMENTATION OF MACP RETROSPECTIVELY W.E.F. 01-09-2008 AND DENYING PROMOTIONAL HIERARCHY UNDER ACP FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED REQUIRED SERVICE DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN 01-09-2009 TO 19-05-2009 HELD NOT LEGAL    

 JUDGEMENT COPY
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Field offices of EPFO directed to settle claims in cases of deaths within seven days of receipt of such claims

The field offices of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) have been directed to settle claims in cases of deaths within seven days of receipt of such claims. As per paragraph 72(7) of the Employees’ Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme, 1952, the claim complete in all respects submitted along with the requisite documents shall be settled and benefit amount paid to the beneficiaries within 20 days from the date of its receipt by the Commissioner.

Public Relations Officer and officials in the Facilitation Centres of EPFO have been instructed to scrutinise the claim forms received in respect of death cases and guide the claimants for submission of all required documents in one go only. An official has been specially earmarked to handle such claims. Regional Provident Fund Commissioners have been directed to personally monitor the death cases on day-to-day basis.

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

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