Friday, February 5, 2016

Punpex - 2016, Punjab State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 6th - 9th February 2016.

Punpex-2016 : 3rd Punjab State Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 6th to 9th February 2016 at Chandigarh.


Venue: Main Auditorium, DAV College, Sector 10 D, Chandigarh - 160 011.


I-T Dept Cautions Taxpayers Against Sharing PINs, Passwords

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department today cautioned taxpayers not to share their PIN or password of mails, saying it never asks for such details.

In a statement, the department said it is to ensure that taxpayers are aware the department does not seek confidential or financial information of the taxpayer over email.

“The Income Tax Department never asks for your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts through e-mail,” it said.

“The Income Tax Department appeals to taxpayers not to respond to such emails and NOT to share information relating to their credit card, bank and other financial accounts,” it added.

The Income Tax Department has been at the forefront of using technology in implementing its e-governance initiatives, it said, adding, most of its routine communication to taxpayers is through email and SMS.

“Therefore, the department is very sensitive and alert to attempts made by fraudsters to spoof the Department’s identity to send phishing emails,” it said.

The statement further said all taxpayer reports of phishing emails are forwarded to incident@cert-in.org.in which is a government of India agency mandated to fight against such threats.

Further, the department has implemented best practices such as SPF (Sender Policy Framework), DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail) and DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) for its email domains.

Use of these protocols enables the email receiver domains such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc to determine whether or not a received email is actually from the defined sender such as the Department and block phishing emails from reaching the taxpayer, it said.

Listing out dos and don’ts, it has asked the taxpayers to check for the domain name carefully as fake emails will have miss-pelt or incorrect sounding variants of websites of the Income Tax department.

“Do not open such emails in spam or junk folder and do not reply to such emails. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code,” it said.

Do not click on any links and even if you have clicked on links inadvertently in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details, it added.

Source : PTI

Prospectus- State level philately exhibition - Delhi Circle

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Advances to Government servants - Rate of interest for purchase of conveyances during 2015-2016

To view Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs OM dated 3rd February 2016, please CLICK HERE. 

Inviting comments of stakeholders on proposed draft RRs of HSG-I in SBCO

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Comments on the Transfer policy,2011/modification of 2012 which is in place for the officers of Indian Postal Service, Group A

To view Directorate memo No. 4-19/2011-SPG dated 5-2-2016, please CLICK HERE. 

Operational Hand Book on ATM, Version 1.1

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

39th All India Conference at Jaipur on 13th and 14th February 2016 .... Donation coupons

It has been reported by Circle Secretary, Rajasthan Circle that as on date only following circles have deposited / remitted the donation coupon. 

Sl. No.
Name of Circle
Amount  in Rs.
1
Karnataka  (Raichur & Madikeri)
3000.00
2
Delhi
15000.00
3
Assam
5000.00
4
West Bengal
15000.00
5
Madhya Pradesh
10000.00
6
Maharashtra (Beed HO)
6000.00

The remaining circle secretaries are once again requested to remit the maximum donation amount to Rajasthan circle for grand success of AIC. 

The amount may kindly be deposited in following account. 

POSB Account standing at : CPMG Office SO Jaipur

Name of POSB Account Holder : Shri Bhupendra Parashar & S. R. Panchal

POSB Account No. : 0266317751

SOL ID No. : 30200101

After deposit of amount in above said POSB account, photocopy of counterfoil of the pay-in-slip (SB-103) may be sent to Shri Bhupendra Parashar, Circle Secretary, Rajasthan Circle through whatsApp on mobile No. 9414576782. 

Secondly, those who have yet not informed about their arrival / departure particulars at/from Jaipur are also requested to intimate the details immediately to CS Rajasthan Circle through email on  bhupendraparashar@gmail.com


To view notifications of pre-conference CWC and All India Conference to be held at Jaipur on 13-2-2016 and 14-2-2016, please CLICK HERE.  

All Circle Secretaries, CHQ Office Bearers are directed to take out the print out of notifications and submit to their CPMG for issue of special casual leave memo to all members and delegates. 


Shri Jayant Sinha, MoS (Finance) inaugurates the Second Pension Conclave

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Employees union seeks PM’s intervention for early release of Pay Commission award

Jammu: An employees union Tuesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for early release of the Seventh Pay Commission award.

The National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) President Subash Shastri sought the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for early release of Seventh Pay Commission award for central government employees and requested him to ask the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (COS) to early finalize the review of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for cabinet nod.

Shastri has expressed concern over the slow processing of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations implementation.

Shastri also urged Prime Minister Modi to provide sufficient fund to state governments for starting their preparation to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees.

An Empowered Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has been set up on January 27, to process for implementation the report of the Seventh Pay Commission.

The first meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries was held on Tuesday to formulate action points for processing Seventh Pay Commission report but the minutes of the meeting were not released on Tuesday.

An Implementation Cell has also been created in the Finance Ministry which works as the Secretariat of the Committee.

The 900-page report of the Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur was presented to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 19 with a recommendation that the new scales will be implemented from January 1 this year.

The pay commission recommended a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay, the lowest in 70 years. The previous Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

The Pay Commission has recommended a total 23.55 per cent increase in salary, allowances and pension, along with a virtual one rank one pension (OROP) for central government employees.

The minimum pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000. For the Secretaries it has been fixed at Rs 2.25 lakh as against Rs 80,000 currently.

The Empowered Committee may bring slight changes to the Pay Commission recommendation within the government’s expenditure Rs 1.02 lakh crore in 2016.

In a significant recommendation, the Pay Commission’s report favored introduction of a health insurance insurance scheme for central government employees and pensioners and doubling the gratuity ceiling to Rs 20 lakh.

Source:http://www.tkbsen.in/2016/02/employees-union-seeks-pms-intervention-for-early-release-of-pay-commission-award/

Mappex 2016: 12th Madhya Pradesh Philatelic Exhibition (5th February to 7th February 2016)


Pay and pension revision recommendations are scheduled to take effect from January 1

Member of the Seventh Central Pay Commission Rathin Roy has suggested that to meet its fiscal deficit target the Government should merge the basic pay and dearness allowance (DA) of central government employees in the current year and defer implementing any real increases in pay and pensions. This, the member has said, could be done by compensating those who would have to bear the burden of the deferred effect by giving them a “more generous award distributed over several years”.

“I am saying that the increment need not all be given at one go... It can be staggered and made more generous… So this could be done for pay and for pension,” Dr. Roy told The Hindu in an exclusive interview. “Now I am not competent to say whether this is politically feasible or not,” he, however, added.

Last month, the Union Cabinet set up an empowered committee of secretaries under the Cabinet Secretary for processing the recommendations of the Commission.

The pay and pension revision recommendations of the Commission are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2016, but Dr. Roy, who is also the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy’s Director, has suggested that the implementation should be pushed to April 1.

What they should get, from April 1, 2016, is what they would get if we merge the basic pay and the DA, which is more or less what they are already getting, he said. “That will mean some increase in allowances but other than house rent allowance the burden of that [on the government budget] will not be very high.” He has also recommended that the Government defer allowances, principally the house rent allowance. “The case for that is strong because we are in the midst of fairly flat growth in consumption expenditure and rents are not going up much.”

Ahead of the presentation of Union Budget 2016-17, the Government is considering options for keeping the fiscal deficit for the next year within the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management target. The Government’s fiscal deficit in 2008-09, the year the Sixth Central Pay Commission award was implemented, doubled to 6 per cent, though not all of the increase was on account of the pay and pension hikes. Currently, Central government pay and allowances account for 1 per cent of the country’s GDP.

The Seventh Pay Commission, which submitted its report in November 2015, estimated that the total financial impact due to the hike in pay and allowances of central government employees recommended by it would be Rs 1,02,100 crore. Of this, Rs 73,650 crore will be borne by the General Budget and Rs. 28,450 crore by the Railway Budget. The Commission was set up by the UPA government in February 2014 to recommend revisions of remuneration for 48 lakh central government employees and 55 lakh pensioners.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com

Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC - Minutes of the Meeting of Joint Secretary (IC) with Nodal Officers held on 2nd February, 2016

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Transfer and Postings orders in the Grade of Chief Engineer (Civil) and Superintending Engineer (Civil) - order dated 04.02.2016

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Periodical Review under FR 56(j)/ FR 56(i)/ Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 197

To view Directorate memo No. 9-04/2016-SPG dated 4th February 2016, please CLICK HERE. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Status of Cadre Review Proposals processed in DoPT as on 31.01.2016

6th Cadre Review of IPoS is under active process. CRC meeting was held on 28/12/2015. Approval of MoS (PP) has been obtained and file is sent to DoE for approval of Ministry of Finance. 

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Timely completion of disciplinary proceedings/departmental inquiry proceedings - Improving Vigilance Administration - CVC orders

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One Rank One Pension (OROP) implementation tables issued

The Government of India had taken the historic decision to implement OROP in November, 2015. This fulfilled the long standing demand of the Defence Forces personnel after 42 years and benefited over 18 lakh ex-servicemen and war widows.

In pursuance of the order issued on 07/11/2015, detailed instructions alongwith OROP Tables have been issued today. 

• The annual recurring financial implication on account of implementation of OROP at the current rate will be approximately Rs. 7500 crore. 

• The arrears from 01/07/2014 to 31/12/2015 would be approximately Rs. 10,900 crore. 

• 86 percent of the total expenditure on account of OROP will benefit the JCOs/ORs.

• Payment of arrears and revision of pension under OROP is to be made by the Pension Disbursing Authorities in four installments, except for family pensioners and pensioners in receipt of gallantry awards who will be paid arrears in one instalment.

• The total increase in the Defence Budget for pensions is estimated to go up from Rs. 54,000 crore (BE 2015-16) to around Rs. 65,000 crore (proposed BE 2016-17), thereby increasing the Defence Pension Outlay by about 20 percent. 


Declination of Promotion to Postal Service Group 'B' cadre - order dated 28.01.2016

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UTSAV-2016 8th Delhi Philatelic Exhibition

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Memorandum called on GDS issues......


Updation of Gradation list of Inspector of Posts - upto the year 2000 - regarding

To view, Directorate memo No. 9-9/2011-SPG dated 28.01.2016, please CLICK HERE. 


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Health Tips : Diabetes and hypertension – A bit too much?

Diabetes and hypertension – A bit too much?
"Ek se bhale do" goes a popular Hindi song. However, this is certainly not true for diseases. Diabetes is emerging as a worldwide public health problem.1 India has one of the highest number of diabetic patients in the world, as many as 30 million, and this number is growing by the day. 

Studies show that diabetes is directly responsible for 1,09,000 deaths in India and will affect 87 million of us by 2030. However, 1 out of every 4 Indians are not even aware that they have diabetes and many do not know that it can be prevented.

People belonging to our vast country differ not only on basis of caste, religion, socioeconomic status, lifestyle and food habits but also diabetes management.  Added to this, Indians suffer double the trouble since 1 out of every 2 diabetic patients is also hypertensive (has high blood pressure).  Overlap of diabetes and hypertension greatly increases the risk for heart, brain, kidney and eye-related complications as well as death.

Treatment guidelines recommend that hypertension in diabetes patients should be controlled effectively to get maximum benefit. To check the importance of BP-lowering in reducing the risk of various complications in diabetic patients, researchers from the George Institute of Global Health in the UK and Australia assessed data from studies involving 1,00,354 diabetic patients. They found that each 10mmHg lowering of systolic blood pressure (SBP; one of numbers used to denote blood pressure) was linked with reduction in heart disease, stroke and death risk by 11-27%. Kidney and eye complications were also similarly reduced.

Moreover, the researchers found that patients who were less hypertensive at the beginning showed greater reduction in complications after treatment. Tailoring treatment according to the BP values in diabetic patients can thus be highly successful. So if you are diabetic, control your BP to the level your doctor recommends to reap maximum benefits!5

Ref 1. Mohan V et al. Int J Hypertens. 2013;2013:409083. doi: 10.1155/2013/409083. 2. Baruah MP et al. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2014 MayJun; 18(3): 254-263. 3. Lago RM et al. Nature 2007;3(10):667. 4. Mancia G et al. European Heart Journal (2013) 34, 2159-2219. 5. Emdin CA et al. JAMA. 2015;313(6):603615.

The article has been contributed by : Dr. B. G. Muralidhara, Interventional Cardiologist, Chairman and Chief of Cardiology Department, Trinity Hospital and Heart Foundation, Bangalore.

Source : TOI

Promotion : STS to JAG

To view Directorate order No. 2-8/2015-SPG dated 2nd February 2016, please CLICK HERE. 




CHQ congratulate to all officers on their promotion 

1.15 Crore Subscribers for National Pension System (NPS) as on 23.1.2016

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
02-February-2016 16:35 IST

1.15 Crore Subscribers for National Pension System (NPS) as on 23.1.2016 

National Pension System (NPS) had 11,459,555 subscribers with a total corpus of Rs. 90, 327 crore as on 23rd January, 2016. The total Assets under Management are worth Rs. 109,140 crore while Assets under Management per subscriber is Rs. 95,000 on an average. 

The number of NPS Subscribers of the Central Government are 1611,020 with a total corpus of Rs. 34,754 crore while subscribers from the different State Governments are 2,859,094 with a total corpus of Rs. 45,486 crore. The number of NPS subscribers in the Corporate Sector are 448,509 while in Unorganized Sector is 128,484, the total being 576,993. The number of subscribers under NPS Lite include 4,463,637 and under Atal Pension Yojana (APY) 1,948,811, with a total number of subscribers 6,412,448 in these two categories. 

NPS subscribers of Central Government are 14.1% of the total subscribers while that of the State Governments are 24.9%. The NPS subscribers under NPS Lite constitute 39% while under APY 17% of the total subscribers. 

Since PFRDA has completed two years of its statutory status on 1st February, 2016, to mark this occasion, PFRDA in collaboration with all its intermediaries in the National Pension System including Central and State Governments’ Nodal Offices, POPs, Aggregators, Central Recordkeeping Agency and NPS Trust etc. is observing NPS Service Week from 1st to 6th February, 2016. This week-long campaign is being dedicated to service-orientation towards the subscribers and aimed at awareness building and improved information dissemination. During this Service Week, besides sharing of information on the range of functionalities and services now available under the NPS, the subscriber community will be apprised about the need for constant updation of data/information to enable the system to operate at its optimum service level, so that the intended benefits can reach all the employees/subscribers under NPS. Besides, the subscribers will also be able to make best use of all the opportunities and facilities.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) is organizing the 2nd Pension Conclave in national Capital on 4th February 2016 with the theme, “Towards Universal Pension: Coverage, Adequacy and Sustainability” in which all the stake holders are expected to participate and share their experiences. PFRDA proposes to use this occasion to acknowledge/award the best performing banks and Post Offices in mobilization and registration of subscribers under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) up to 31st December 2015, and institute awards for best performing POPs under the Voluntary segment of the National Pension System. 

Earlier, PFRDA launched NPS Awareness Programme for State autonomous bodies, Unorganized Sector, Corporate Sector and other categories in order to highlight the benefits of joining NPS and has requested the various State Governments to implement NPS more inclusively among the State Autonomous Bodies, Boards, Corporations, Societies, Universities and State aided institutions under various State Government departments. During the awareness programme, key features and benefits of NPS, details and process of joining NPS, details about NPS architecture investment and exit guidelines of NPS are highlighted.

Jeevan Pramaan- A Hit With Pensioners

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
02-February-2016 15:00 IST

Jeevan Pramaan- A Hit With Pensioners

Jeevan Pramaan (https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/) provides a big relief to all pensioners. A pensioner can now digitally provide Annual Life Certificate to the authorities for continuity of pension instead of presenting himself physically or through a Life Certificate issued by specified authorities every year. Lakhs of pensioners on various schemes are already benefitting from it. 

Launched by the Prime Minister on 10th Nov 2014, nearly 12.5 Lakhs pensioners have registered for Digital Life Certificate (DLC) in about a year. Interestingly the enrolled pensioners come from different districts of the country showing the interest the facility has generated all over the country including in far flung rural and hilly districts. Started with Civil pensioners of Central Government only, several other pensioner schemes have adopted Jeevan Pramaan and provide this facility of Digital Life Certificate to these pensioners. Presently apart from civil Central Government employees, Defence services, Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), Post Offices, Railways, Defence Pensioners Disbursement Office (DPDOs), several PSUs including Mumbai Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust and New Delhi Municipal Council are providing this service. 

State Governments have also recognized the potential of Jeevan Pramaan and adopted the service. State Governments of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Pondicherry, Odisha, Andaman & Nicobar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have already started providing these services. 

Jeevan Pramaan service is provided by NIC through a Central Portal developed on Open source. The platform is highly scalable. Developed using in-house manpower, the portal has been developed and maintained free of cost to all the user agencies and is also free for pensioners. 

In Jeevan Pramaan a pensioner can digitally show that he or she is alive using his/her biometrics. Biometric devices are available in CSC’s, Bank branches, Pensioner associations, Govt. offices etc. More over any citizen can also purchase a finger print scanner and do the identification from home. A typical finger print scanner currently costs around Rs. 2600/- only and the prices are expected to come down in future. The usefulness of Jeevan Pramaan will increase even further as the biometric authentication device gets integrated with mobile phones.

All pension disbursing organizations, which have a requirement of periodic life certificate to continue disbursing pension are welcome to join this free offering.

For more details they are required contact Ms Nandita Chaudhri, DDG, NIC (Email:)

Action against subletting of Govt. Accommodation & Garage and misuse of Garage by the allottees

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Health Tip....

3 postal employees arrested for sharing army info with Pakistan spy

To read the news published in The Economic Times on 1/2/2016, please CLICK HERE. 

Mappex - 2016, 12th Madhya Pradesh State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 5th - 7th February 2016

Mappex-2016, 12th Madhya Pradesh State Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 5th to 7th February 2016 at Indore.

Venue: Pritam Lal Dua Auditorium, Regal Chauraha, South Tukoganj, Tukoganj, Indore - 452 001.

All IP/ASPs working in Indore Region are requested to visit Mappex-2016 and open one philatelic deposit account and also purchase one my stamp sheet. 

Circle Conference : Rajasthan Circle

It has been reported by Shri Bhupendra Parashar, Circle Secretary Rajasthan Circle that their pre Circle working Committee Meeting and 6th Biennial Circle Conference will be held at Jaipur on 12th February 2016 16.00 hrs and 14th February 2016 at 10.00 hours respectively. 

Now take a selfie, open a bank account

In a few weeks, you can probably create a bank account with a self ie. All you'd have to do is upload a selfie, a photo of your PAN card taken with your mobile phone, and a scan of the QR code of your Aadhaar card using an app. They'll serve as Know Your Customer (KYC) credentials, and you can open a bank account and conduct transactions up to Rs 10,000 a month. 

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Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act - The Journey of a Decade

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
01-February-2016 12:05 IST

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

The Journey of a Decade

The Mandate of the Act and Achievements

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) completes ten years of implementation on 2nd February 2016. The achievements of a decade are a cause of national pride and celebration. Since the start of the programme, the expenditure on the programme has amounted to Rs. 3,13,844.55 crore and out of this 71% has been spent on wage payments to workers.  

Of the workers, the percentage of Scheduled Caste workers has consistently been about 20% and Scheduled Tribe workers has been about 17%. A total of 1,980.01 crore persondays have been generated, out of which the percentage worked by women has steadily increased much above the statutory minimum of 33%. 

Sustainable assets have been created linked to conservation of natural resources and overall development of Gram Panchayats. More than 65% of the works taken up under the programme are linked to agriculture and allied activities.  

Revival of the Programme  

The past year, 2015-16, has seen a revival of the programme. The personday generation is the highest in the second quarter (45.88 crore) and third quarter (46.10 crore) than it has been in the last five years. The national personday generation to date at 146 crore is well above what this figure was at this time last year.  

44% of all wage payments are being made on time. More than 64% of total expenditure is on agriculture and allied activities, the highest in three years. 57% of all workers are women, well above the statutory requirement of 33% and the highest in three years. 23% of all persondays are being done by SC workers, and 18% by ST workers, the highest in three years.   

This revival has been achieved due to a slew of reforms undertaken by the Ministry of Rural Development. Most important of these has been the timely release of funds to states to provide work on demand. An electronic fund management system has been successfully instituted which allows for real time and transparent release of funds to implementing agencies and beneficiaries. There has been consistent coordination between banks and post offices and constant monitoring of pendency of payments has led to a reduction in wage delays.  

The Ministry has reacted swiftly to the distress situation of droughts in nine states by declaring an additional 50 days of employment in the drought affected areas.

Way Forward 

The focus for the upcoming years will be on simplification and strengthening of procedures for the implementation of the MGNREGA as an employment guarantee. A Master Circular is being issued today which consolidates all key instructions from the Central Government on the implementation of the Act. Beyond this, states are encouraged to innovate with flexibility.

The convergent planning exercise currently underway in 2569 backward blocks in the country will be consolidated in the State Rural Development Plan (SRDP) which will be the basis of implementation and monitoring for the coming year.

Concurrent social audits and community monitoring will be undertaken. There will be a renewed focus on sustainable individual assets to benefit the poor and vulnerable households with the following targets; 5 Lakh farm ponds and 10 Lakh Vermi and NADEP compost pits in the FY 2016-17.  There will be a continued focus on construction of Anganwadi Buildings and individual household latrines.

The Ministry will focus on imparting skills to workers. It will aim to train and place 10,000 Barefoot Technicians from worker households and through Project LIFE, skill and train workers for wages, for self-employment and livelihood upgradation. 

Over payment of Transport Allowance - Audit instructions reg.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Central employees entitled to get 125% Dearness Allowance from 01.01.2016

The Seventh Pay Commission headed justice A K Mathur has correctly predicted the dearness allowance (DA) hike to 125 per cent from the existing 119 per cent since January 2016.

The much awaited All India Consumer Price Index (Industrial Workers) for the month of December 2015 has been released by Govt. It has decreased by one point from 269 from 270 which was recorded in the month of November 2015.

This confirms that DA from January 2016 will be 125% which was estimated by 7th Pay Commission.

Consequently, no correction or change in 7th pay commissionfitment formula / multiplication factor of 2.57, will be needed now with respect to DA factor is concerned.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

39th All India Conference at Jaipur on 13th and 14th February 2016

Bhupendra Parashar
It is once again requested to all Circle Secretaries, members, delegates and visitors to intimate their arrival particulars at Jaipur to Shri Bhupendra Parashar, Circle Secretary, Rajasthan Circle on his email id bhupendraparashar@gmail.com immediately to enable him to make further arrangements etc.  Mobile No. of Bhupendra Parasher is 09414576782. All those who are desire to attend AIC are requested to book their to and fro tickets from their originating station itself.

National Pension System (NPS) Service Week will be observed from 1st February to 6th February, 2016

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
29-January-2016 11:35 IST

To mark the completion of two years of statutory status of PFRDA, National Pension System (NPS) Service Week will be observed from 1st February to 6th February, 2016 dedicated to service-orientation towards the subscribers and building awareness and improved information dissemination.

PFRDA would be completing 2 years of its statutory status on February 1, 2016 as the ACT conferring the statutory status to PFRDA was notified on 1st Feb 2014. To mark this occasion, PFRDA in collaboration with all its intermediaries in the National Pension System (NPS), namely the Central and the State Governments nodal offices, POPs, Aggregators, Central Recordkeeping Agency, NPS Trust etc. is observing NPS Service Week from February 1- 6, 2016. This week-long campaign is being dedicated to service-orientation towards the subscribers and aimed at awareness building and improved information dissemination.

On this occasion, besides sharing of information on the range of functionalities and services now available under the NPS, the subscriber community shall be apprised about the need for constant updation of data/information to enable the system to operate at its optimum service level, so that the intended benefits now available under the new functionalities, can reach all the employees/subscribers under NPS. Besides, the subscribers will also be able to make best use of this opportunity and facilities available therein. 

Following are some of the activities which may be undertaken by the nodal officers in the proposed NPS Service Week: 

• Creating awareness about the NPS – Salient features of the scheme, the process of joining it, special efforts to reduce subscribers’ grievances, etc.

• Printing and distribution of the subscriber brochure for Govt. Subscribers.

• Updation of subscriber details through S2 Form.

• Conversion of non IRA to IRA compliant status. 

• Advising subscribers regarding benefits associated with PRAN being IRA compliant and updation of contact details. 

• Printing of Transaction Statement for the subscribers and distributing the same on the specific request of the subscriber. 

• Suitably rewarding/ acknowledging the best performing office/ branch/ person on completion of the NPS Service Week. 

PFRDA has also advised the CRA (NSDL) in this matter for actively assisting the Nodal Offices, POPs and aggregators in this campaign and for providing necessary guidance and further information to the employee-subscribers. This exercise is likely to help around 95 lakhs subscribers and would be available through more than 2 lakhs of points of interface comprising of Government offices , banks, non- bank Points of Presence and aggregators. 

On its part, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority is organizing the 2nd Pension Conclave in Delhi on 4th February 2016 with the theme, “Towards Universal Pension: Coverage, Adequacy and Sustainability”. All the stake holders – POPs, CRA, TB, PFs, Custodian, Nodal Officers etc are expected to participate and share their experiences. PFRDA proposes to use this occasion to acknowledge/ award the best performing banks and Post Offices in mobilization and registration of subscribers under the Atal Pension Yojana up to 31st December 2015 and institute awards for best performing POPs under the Voluntary segment of the National Pension System.

February to be observed as ‘Sukanya Samriddhi’ month

TIRUCHI, January 30, 2016 : The Department of Posts will observe February as “Selvamagal Semippu Thittam month” and a campaign for opening of Sukanya Samriddhi accounts will be conducted in all the 11 postal divisions in the central region.

About 2.9 lakh accounts have been opened in the post offices in Central Region so far under the scheme. There are more than 3,500 post offices in the central region.

Special counters would be set up in all 24 head post offices at Chidamabram, Cuddalore, Karur, Kulittalai, Kumbakonam, Melakaveri, Mayiladuturai, Sirkali, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pattukkottai, Tiruthuraipundi, Pudukkottai, Perambalur, Srirangam, Thuraiyur, Mannargudi, Papanasam, Thanjavur, Lalgudi, Tiruchi, Kallakurichi, Tirukoyilur, andVriddhachalam.

Institutions such as schools, banks, and government offices can open accounts in bulk and contact the respective Postal Division or call 9443847055 to get the accounts opened on their premises itself.
Under the scheme, accounts can be opened in the name of girls aged below 10 by crediting a minimum amount of Rs. 1,000. Subsequent deposits can be made in multiples of Rs. 100 and a minimum of Rs. 1,000 has to be deposited in the account every financial year.

The maximum amount for a financial year is Rs. 1,50,000, a Postal Department release said.

The interest rate which was 9.1 per cent for 2014-15 has been enhanced to 9.2 per cent for 2015-16, the release added.

Source :  http://www.thehindu.com

Sack erring government officials who don't mend ways, PM tells secretaries

NEW DELHI: In a stern message to government officials refusing to mend their ways despite repeated complaints, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked secretaries to carry out assessment of such employees and recommend action, including dismissal and slashing their pension. 

The PM also asked all central government departments, which have to extensively deal with the public, to set up a grievance-monitoring mechanism. 
The PM's warning came as he reviewed grievances relating to the excise and customs department during his monthly interaction with central government secretaries and chief secretaries of states through Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI), a web-based interface, sources said.
"Though he (the PM) specifically asked the excise and customs department to identify and take action against such officials, he said the message is for all secretaries and chief secretaries," a secretary level official told TOI. 

The department of personnel and training (DoPT) rules specify the circumstances under which an a government officer can be "retired" in "public interest". Rule 56(J) of Fundamental Rules says, "Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, the appropriate authority shall, if it is of the opinion that it is in public interest to do so, 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." 

Employees attaining 55 years can be impacted under this rule.
Similarly, Rule 48 of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rule says, "At any time after a government servant has completed 30 years qualifying service, (a) he may retire from service or (b) he may be required by the appointing authority to retire in public interest, and in case of such retirement, the government servant shall be entitled to a retiring pension."

 As per rules, the government can initiate disciplinary action against any employee for dereliction of duty, and his pension and other benefits can be withheld pending investigation. 

In an official release, the PMO said that taking strong exception to public complaints and grievances related to the customs and excise department, the PM asked for "strict action against responsible officials. He urged all secretaries whose departments have extensive public dealing, to set up a system for top-level monitoring of grievances immediately".

 Officials said though the Central Board of Excise and Customs said it had already been initiating steps to warn errant officials and installed CCTV cameras to keep tab on them, the PM observed that they must take quick action in such cases. 

Sources said Modi also asked top bureaucrats to work together and resolve prickly issues quickly and get out of the "government way of doing business" by passing files from one to another. 

This was Modi's ninth such interaction through PRAGATI. 

Source :  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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Implementation of 7th CPC – Meeting of Nodal officers of various Departments on 2.2.2016

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Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC – Meeting of Nodal officers of various Departments will be held on 2.2.2016

Meeting of Nodal officers of various Departments – implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC – Issues on way ahead

F.No.1-1/2016- IC
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, 29.1.2016

Meeting Notice

Subject : Meeting of Nodal officers of various Departments – implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC – Issues on way ahead.

In order to process the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the Cabinet has approved setting up of an Empowered Committee of Secretaries chaired by the Cabinet Secretary. Accordingly, the ECOS has been set up as per this Ministry’s OM No.1-4/2015/EIII-A dt. 27.1.2016 (copy placed on the website of this Ministry, viz, www.finmin.nic.in).

2. As provided in the said OM dt. 27.1.2016, the Implementation Cell created in this Ministry shall work as the Secretariat for the ECOS.

3. This Ministry has already requested all the Ministries/Departments vide DO letter No.1-4/2015/EIII.A dt. 21.11.2015 from JS(Pers) addressed to all the Secretaries to nominate a nodal officer at the level of a Joint Secretary to interact with the Implementation Cell during the curse of processing of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.

4. Accordingly, Joint Secretary (Implementation Cell) shall take a meeting of all the Nodal Officers of the Ministries/Departments on 2.2.2016 at 11 .00 a.m. in Conference Hall (R. No. 72), North Block, New Delhi to discuss the relevant issues in connection with the processing of the recommendations of the 7th CPC and to concretise the points of action pertaining to all the Ministries/Departments in general and also in regard to specific issues concerning individual Ministries/Departments with a view to enabling an effective, holistic and quicker processing of the recommendations of the 7th CPC and for submission of the matter before the ECOS.

5. As this is the first meeting of the Nodal Officers to formulate the action points on the way ahead on processing of the recommendations of the 7th CPC, it is requested that the concerned nodal officers may kindly make it
convenient to attend the meeting.

sd-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
To,
All the nodal officers of Ministries/Departments, as per list attached.
Authority: www.finmin.nic.in