Thursday, January 19, 2017
Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal to deaf and dumb employees of Central Government – Finmin Orders
Governmént of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Subject: Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal to deaf and dumb employees of Central Government
In supersession of this Department O.M.No.21(2)/2011-E-II(B) dated 19.02.2014 regarding admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to employees who are deaf and dumb. the undersigned is directed to say that the matter has been re-examined and it has been decided with the approval of Competent Authority that Transport Allowance at double the normal rates is admissible to Hearing Impaired employees also in addition to employees who are both deaf and dumb.
2. Transport Allowance at double normal rates would be admissible to the ‘Hearing Impaired employees having loss of sixty decibels or more in the better ear in the conversation range of frequencies’ as per Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Fun Participation) Act, 1995.
3. The admissibility of Transport Allowance at double the normal rates to above categories of employees is subject to recommendation of the Head of ENT Department of a Government Civil Hospital and fulfilment of other conditions applicable in respect of other disabilities mentioned in D/o Expenditure’s O.M. No. 19029/1/78-E-lV (B) dated 31st August, 1978 read with dated 29.08.2008.
4. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Departrnent are concerned, this order issues in consultation with the Comptroller And Auditor General of India.
5. These orders would be effective from 19.02.2014.
6. Hindi version is attached.
Deputy Secretary (EG)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Sub : Cadre Restructuring of Group ’C’ employees in Department of Posts.
D.G. Post letter No. 25-04/2012-PE-I dated 27th May, 2016.
The Cadre Restructuring of Group-C employees of Department of Posts has been undertaken in consultation with Department of Expenditure , Ministry of Finance in pursuance of the approval concurrence of the Department of Expenditure vide ID No. 2(45)E.III Desk/2015 dated 12th May,2016 , a list at distribution of the posts containing the existing and revised posts of Postal Assistants, Lower Selection Grade, Higher Selection Grade II & I and also a few HSG-I (Non-Functional Grade) is enclosed for implementation with the following instructions:
a) The post of SPMs in Single Handed and Double Handed Post Offices to the cadre of LSG posts (GP Rs.2800) shown in the annexure now allotted to the Circle , will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.2800/- in the Pay Band-I..
b) The post of SPMs in Triple Handed Post Offices, in the extent of HSG-II posts (GP4200) shown the annexure now allotted to the Circle and all other existing norms based LSG Posts in Post offices will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4200- in the Pay Band-II. In no case, the total number of HSG-II posts shall exceed the number of posts allotted to the Circle.
C) Existing posts in HSG-II to the extent of posts now allotted and shown in the annexure , will be placed in the Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- in the Pay Band-II along with the existing HSG-I Posts . Remaining HSG-II posts if any shall remain in the GP of Rs.4200 only. In no case, the total number of HSG-I posts shall exceed the number of posts allotted in the Circle.
d) The Cadre Restructuring of these posts are only in respect of the posts from Postal Side other than the posts of RMS ., Circle and Regional Offices and SBCO Wings.
e) If the revised number of posts is in excess of the existing strength of a particular grade the difference will be deemed as newly sanctioned posts in that grade . Similarly, if the revised number of posts is in a grade is less than the existing strength the number of posts equal to the difference will be treated as having been abolished in that grade.
f) The vacancies arising out of the restructuring will be filled up only from the amongst the official who fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down in the recruitment rules for the post.
g) The new HSG-I (Non Functional Grade) with the grade pay of Rs.4800/- is only for those who are senior most and completed not less than a minimum service of 2 years in HSG-I subject to the number of posts specified for the Circle in HSG-I (Non Functional Grade) (for example the number of NFG officials in AP Circle should never exceed (17) after following usual procedure of non functional upgradation(s).
2. These instructions will be effective from the date of issue of the orders. The actual benefit would however be admissible to the eligible officials from the date of actual promotion.
3. Receipt of the order may be acknowledged. Immediate action initiated and compliance report sent at the earliest.
Assistant Director General (PE-II)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
In order to move towards digitization of cash transactions at post offices for its Saving Bank Customers, Department of Posts (DoP) has approached the State Bank of India to provide customized services of State Bank Buddy wallet for branches of Post Offices. Cashiers/Postal Assistant at authorized Post Offices will accept two kinds of withdrawal forms from their Saving Bank customers. One for withdrawing cash and other for loading their Buddy wallet.
Draft of process flow is summarized below:
1. DoP would like to open wallets for their identified Post offices across India.
2. To begin with, DoP will start with 1000 Post Offices and then extend to larger no. of Post Offices. All these Post Offices will be provided with a smart phone, by the respective Divisional Heads/Chief Postmaster/Sr. Postmasters. These phones Will be the assets of the post Office concerned and Will be the deposited in the treasury at end of the day. At the beginning of the day the phone will be given to the SB Cashier handling the Buddy wallet.
3. State Bank Buddy wallet will be downloaded from Google play /Apple store and wallet account will be registered on these (Post Offices’ Official) Mobile Numbers.
4. Sansad Marg HO will be assigned as a nodal office for SBl buddy. DoP will share with SBl the list of mobile nos. to be used on Post Office counters. Against each mobile no. in the list, name & address of PO along with other details considered important for accounting and MIS.
5. SBI will prefund all 1000 post office e-wallet accounts with Rs.20,000 (each wallet to be topped up with Rs.20,000).
6. Cashiers/Postal Assistant at Post Offices will pay to their (PO) customers, through P2P facility (using “Send Money/Ask Money) against special withdrawal forms presented by the customers.
7. At 4.30 pm each day, Buddy Team at GITC will send MIS to NDMB (Sansad Marg) & Sansad Marg HO containing the amount consumed by each PO wallet during the day.
8. At the closure of Post Offices? customer dealing, 3:00 pm State Bank Buddy team will run a scheduled job and block all these wallets so that no further transactions can be made on that day.
9. Buddy team will generate Daily Transaction MIS of these wallets post office wise and share it with DoP
10. No PO wallet will be topped up during the day for increased requirement etc.
11. Buddy team will unblock these wallets in SOD (Start of Day) so that wallets will be operational for use.
1- Between Customer & Cashier/Postal Assistant
i. Customer should download buddy wallet from play store or apple store. Assistance may be required. The cashiers/Postal Assistant will be trained by SBI.
ii. Customer should use 'Ask Option" in Buddy giving mobile number of the Cashier.
iii. The statement of transactions on the wallet of the cashier can be made available by the Bank
At Post office
i. Debit SB account of customer
ii. Credit Wallet Account of customer
The individual PO will download the Buddy report, check it against the transactions made and will
(A) Either confirm that the report tallied with the transactions done in the post offices, to the nodal office.
Buddy Wallet team (email@example.com) Sansad Marg HO will pay SBl Sansad Marg main branch at the end of the day as per demand raised by them. In the case of any dispute which is raised by post offices as per para B above, the adjustment would be made next day.
Subscribers of National Pension Scheme (NPS) will soon have an option to choose Central Record keeping Agency as the sector regulator PFRDA has appointed Karvy Computershare to offer such services.
Currently, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure is the only CRA, which establish an internal system that delivers compliance with standards for internal organisation and operational conduct, with the aim of protecting the interests of NPS subscribers and their assets.
“Karvy Computer share Pvt Ltd is currently at an advanced stage of CRA system development and is expected to become operational in the near future,” said the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).
Now there will be two CRAs operating in the NPS system – NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure and Karvy Compurtershare, it said.
Karvy was issued Certificate of Registration by the PFRDA in June last year.
“The choice of CRA can be made by the employer (existing or prospective) between the existing CRA and the new CRA depending on the policy of employer in case where there is employer-employee relationship,” the regulator said.
Voluntary subscribers will have an option to choose a CRA while in the case of NPS-Lite subscribers, the aggregator will decide on the CRA.
In case of government sector subscribers, the government will chose the CRA for rendering the services.
A CRA is responsible for recordkeeping, administration and customer service functions for all NPS subscribers. The function includes receiving instructions from subscribers through the points of presence, transmitting such instructions to pension funds and effecting switching instructions received from subscribers.
It acts as an operational interface between PFRDA and other NPS intermediaries such as pension fund managers, annuity service providers, and Trustee Bank.
As on November 30, 2016 there were about 1.4 crore subscribers under NPS with over Rs 1.61-lakh crore asset under management.
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7th Pay Commission: Central Govt employee union calls nationwide strike on February 15, demand settlement of 21-points-charter demand
7th Pay Commission: Central Govt employee union calls nationwide strike on February 15, demand settlement of 21-points-charter demand
New Delhi, December 17: After a massive Parliament march conducted by the central government employees on December 15, the union has called again for a nationwide strike on February 15, 2017, demanding the Union Government to make an immediate settlement of their 21 points charter demands in 7th Pay Commission (7CPC). The strike has been called in a joint cooperation by several central government employees union against what they say “the betrayal and breach of assurance by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu”.
On 15th December a massive Parliament march was conducted in which around 15,000 central government employees from all over the states participated. In the Parliament march autonomous bodies employees and pensioners also extended their support by joining the rally. During the rally which the central government employees union view as a success also declared a one-day nationwide strike on February 15.
The strike has been announced by the National President of the Confederation KKN Kutty, Secretary General M Krishnan and several other leaders present at the rally.
According to reports, the rally condemned the authoritarian attitude of the NDA Government and also the breach of an assurance given by the trio Union Ministers to NJCA leaders who met them after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
What are 21 Points Charter Demands made by central government employees:
1) The central government employees union asked the government to settle the demands raised by NJCA regarding modifications of 7th Pay Commission recommendations as submitted in the memorandum to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015. Honour the assurance given by the Union Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the existing percentage itself ie: 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 per cent. Accept the proposal of the staff side regarding transport allowance. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2) Implement option-I recommended by 7th Pay Commission and accepted by the Government regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners, without any further delay. Settle the pension related issues raised by NJCA against item 13 of its memorandum submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015.
3) Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 1st January 2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4) Treat Gramin Dak Sewaks of postal department as civil servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS. Publish GDS Committee report immediately.
5) Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits. Revise the wages as per 7th CPC minimum pay.
6) No downsizing, privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of government functions.
7) Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the benchmark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-matrix hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8) Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
9) Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to access the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
10) Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11) Grant five promotions in the service career to all Central Govt. employees.
12) Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13) Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in Loksabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14) Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80 per cent for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15) Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16) Ensure cashless medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17) Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.
18) Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19) Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition of the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
20) Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016.
21) Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgement of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.