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7th Pay Commission: Committee on HRA, other allowances to submit its final report next week

 New Delhi: A high-level committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa is likely to submit its final report on HRA and ther allowances to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley next week. 

The final recommendations on allowances will benefit over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners.

The allowance committee is likely to take 4-5 days more to submit its final report to the government, as per sources familiar with the matter.

The committee was earlier expected to submit its report to the government this week.

The committee, which was asked to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendation for abolition of 53 allowances out of a total of 196 and subsuming another 36 into larger existing ones had held a conclusive meeting on April 6.

The committee, at its previous meeting on March 28, had sought comments from the ministries of defence, railways and posts on treatment of 14 allowances. These allowances include accidental allowance, outstation detention allowance, trip allowance, and ghat allowance.

The Lavasa Committee was constituted in June last year after the government implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The 7th Pay Commission had earlier proposed the rate of House Rent Allowance (HRA) at 24 percent, 16 percent and 8 percent of the Basic Pay for Class X, Y and Z cities respectively.

The Commission had also recommended that the rate of HRA will be revised to 27 percent, 18 percent and 9 percent when DA crosses 50 percent, and further revised to 30 percent, 20 percent and 10 percent when DA crosses 100 percent.

The 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.

Out of a total of 196 allowances, it had recommended abolition of 53 and subsuming of another 36 into larger existing ones.


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Postal Department Releases Stamps To Commemorate History Of Transport In India

The Postal Department has released 20 stamps portraying the history of transportation in India, it includes palanquins, animal driven carriages and carts, rickshaws, vintage cars, buses, metro, trams. The automotive world in India has had diverse modes of transport, and the postal department of India is commemorating the history of transportation in the form of stamps.




The Postal Department of India has for the first time released 20 stamps portraying the history of transportation in the country, and it includes palanquins, animal driven carriages and carts, rickshaws, vintage cars, buses, metro rail and trams.



The special series of stamps have been labelled as 'Means of Transport through the Ages' and exhibited at the country's only transport museum - Heritage Transport Museum.



The Heritage Transport Museum have played a pivotal role in the formulation of these stamps as fifteen out of the twenty unique series stamps have pictures of vehicles that are now at the museum.



Ms Kalpana Rajsinghot, Postmaster General, Gurgaon Region, Haryana Circle, Department of Posts presented the special series stamps.




Also, present at the commemorative event, Tarun Thakral, Founder & Managing Trustee, Heritage Transportation Trust.



The commemorative stamps are in the form of small sheets in a prestige booklet published for the first time. Each stamp's value ranges between Rs 5 and Rs 25, and they can be purchased at any of the 81 philatelic bureaus across India.

Sad Demise

Mother of Shri Sachin Dandekar, IP, Navi Mumbai Regional Office expired today at 1515hrs. It is a shock to family of Shri Sachin Dandekar.


This Association conveys heartfelt condolence on his demise and pray to almighty to give courage to the family members to bear the shock.

Superannuation Retirement

Shri M T Choudhari, Sr.PM, Amravati HO, Nagpur Region is retiring from Government Service on superannuation on 31.03.2017.


This Association Wishes him a very Happy and Healthy Retired Life 

Superannuation Retirement



Shri N P Arsay, Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices, Akola Dn., Nagpur Region is retiring from Government Service on Superannuation on 31.03.2017.


This Association Wishes him a very Happy and Healthy Retired Life 

Validity of Self Attested affidavits


The second Administrative Reforms Commission in its 4th Report titled ‘Ethics in Governance’ and 12th Report titled ‘Citizen Centric Governance’ had stressed on the need for simplification of Government procedures. As a part of simplification, the State Government of Punjab in the year 2009-10 decided to do away with the practice of submitting of affidavits and also allowing of self-attestation of copies of certificates for small level Government jobs. However, this decision did not have any bearing on the requirement of submission of affidavits in the Courts as per the law. This initiative of State Government of Punjab had won the Prime Minister’s Civil Services Award. As the part of replication of the aforesaid initiative, the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting on a regular basis the Central Ministries/ Departments and the State/UT Governments to adopt the similar procedure. This is a continuous process. 

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 Shri Mahesh Poddar in the Rajya Sabha today.

PIB.

Distribution of Group C Posts After Cadre Restructuring in All over India

30069 PA posts are reduced in cadre restructuring.  On other hand 21514 LSG, 7381 HSG-II & 967 HSG-I new posts are increased besides 735 posts in new HSG (NFG) cadre created.These reduction and increase has not made any change in the total sanction strength of Gr. C cadre. 
 

Sad Demise


Mother of Shri Janawade, ASP expired today at 1630hrs, at Native place. It is a shock to family of Shri Janawade Sir.


This Association conveys heartfelt condolence on his demise and pray to almighty to give courage to the family members to bear the shock.

RESTORATION OF OLD PENSION SYSTEM IN PLACE OF CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SYSTEM


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
RAJYA SABHA
UN STARRED QUESTION NO. 2130
TO BE ANSWERED ON MARCH 21, 2017/PHALGUNA 30, 1938 (SAKA)
RESTORATION OF OLD PENSION SYSTEM IN PLACE OF CONTRIBUTORY PENSION SYSTEM
2130. Shri T. G. Venkatesh
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the newly introduced Contributory Pension System is not beneficial to the employees and so the employees unions are requesting Government to re-introduce the old pension system in its place, if so, the details thereof; and
(b) whether any representation has been received in this regard by Government, if so, the details thereof and the stand of Government in this regard?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance 
(Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar)

(a) & (b) National Pension System (NPS), which is a contributory pension system, has, inter alia, the following features which benefit the employees:
  • NPS is a well designed pension system managed through an unbundled architecture involving intermediaries appointed by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) viz. Pension Funds, Custodian, Central Recordkeeping and Accounting Agency, National Pension System Trust, Trustee Bank, Points of Presence and Annuity Service Providers. It is prudently regulated by PFRDA which is a statutory regulatory body established to promote old age income security and to protect the interests of subscribers of NPS.
  • Dual benefit of Low Cost and Power of Compounding– The pension wealth which accumulates over a period of time till retirement grows with a compounding effect. The all-in-costs of the institutional architecture of NPS are among the lowest in the world.
  • Tax Benefits– Tax benefits are available to the NPS subscribers under various provisions of the Income- tax Act, 1961.
  • Transparency and Portability is ensured through online access of the pension account by the NPS subscribers, across all geographical locations and portability of employments.
  • Partial withdrawal– Subscribers can withdraw up to 25% of their own contributions towards their pension account, before attaining superannuation age for certain specified purposes subject to certain conditions.
Representations have been received from certain quarters regarding the implementation of NPS which, inter alia, include the demand that NPS may be scrapped and the Government may revert to old defined benefit pension system. However, there is no proposal to replace the NPS with old pension scheme in respect of Central Government employees recruited on or after 01.01.2004.
Source: RAJYA SABHA

Aadhaar Card Can't Be Mandatory For Government's Welfare Schemes: Supreme Court


Government can't be stopped from using Aadhaar card in schemes like opening of bank accounts.
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar cannot be mandatory for central welfare schemes, the Supreme Court said today, but added that it cannot stop the government from linking the 12-digit identification number to the opening of bank accounts or filing of tax returns.

The government recently made it mandatory for citizens to produce the 12-digit Aadhaar number for benefits under nearly three dozen central schemes including free mid-day meals for schoolchildren. Aadhaar was also made compulsory for scholarships and other schemes for backward castes and the disabled. Aadhaar cards are mandatory for subsidized cooking gas and foodgrains.

The government has said it will enable people to get their biometric identity documents by June 30.

Aadhaar cards will also be needed for filing tax returns - a move that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says will check tax evasion.

The Supreme Court today said it cannot stop the government from doing so but reiterated its earlier order that Aadhaar cannot be mandatory for people to benefits under official welfare schemes.

Last week, responding to opposition criticism in parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that Aadhaar may soon become the only card required to identify a person, replacing Voter IDs and PAN or Permanent Account Number. He said as many as 98 per cent or 108 crore people have Aadhaar numbers.

The government has said that until all beneficiaries are assigned Aadhaar cards, subsidized foodgrain will be provided on ration cards and Aadhaar enrolment slips or a copy of an applicant's request for Aadhaar enrolment.

The centre has asked states to link Aadhaar numbers with the ration card or with bank accounts for cash transfer of food subsidy.

The use of Aadhaar as the identity document for benefits or subsidies simplifies delivery and helps make the system more transparent and efficient, the government says.

Now Postal Assistant becomes AAO - New Recruitment rule of Assistant Account Officer


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Promotion of Digital/Cashless Transactions by Government

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance

24-March-2017 16:51 IST

Promotion of Digital/Cashless Transactions by Government 
The data on payment system indicators such as Paper Clearing, National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) and National Automated Clearing House (NACH), registered growth in December, 2016 as compared to November 2016. However, the same showed a decline in January 2017 as compared to December 2016.

• Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) recorded a growth in January 2017 and December 2016 as compared to November 2016.

• Card transactions at Point of Sale (POS) registered growth in December 2016 as compared to November 2016. However, the same declined in January 2017 as compared to December, 2016.

• Pre-paid Payment Instrument (PPI) - considerable growth in January, 2017 and December, 2016 as compared to November, 2016.

In order to attract general public and facilitate significant behavioural change among public towards digital transactions NITI Aayog had launched two major schemes - Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana for merchants. 12,72,290 consumers and 70,000 merchants have won prizes for digital payments made through AEPS, USSD, UPI and RuPay cards as on 22nd March 2017.

To incentivize the States/UTs for promotion of digital transactions, it was decided that Central assistance of Rs. 50 crore would be provided to the districts for undertaking Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities to bring 5 crore Jan Dhan accounts to digital platform. The fund allocation is based on proportion of Jan Dhan accounts of all States/UTs. Under the scheme an incentive @ Rs. 10/- is provided for every individual who has transited to digital payment mode and undertaken at least two successful transactions by any of the five digital payments modes viz: UPI, Rupay / Debit / Credit / Prepaid Cards, AEPS, USSD and E-Wallets. NITI Aayog has so far released an amount of Rs 15.06 crore to 533 Districts as first installment.

In addition to above following measures were also taken to promote less cash payment :

• Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App which supports remittance transactions both push and collect was launched.

• Approval has been given for introduction of revised architecture of Unified USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data ) platform (*99#) USSD 2.0 version. This integrates UPI based transactions for USSD users through any type of handset.

• In principal approval has been accorded to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for launch of pilot for the Aadhar Pay Payment mechanism, which will enable the merchant to accept payment from customers using their Aadhar number and biometric data to be authenticated by UIDAI.

• In-principle approval has been given for launching the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) system, which uses the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for vehicle identification and toll calculation; the toll will be automatically deducted from the prepaid accounts linked with the respective RFID tag.

• In order to facilitate wider acceptance of card payments, the following special measures for debit card transactions (including for payments made to Government), has been introduced for a temporary period between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017 ;

i. For transactions upto ? 1000/-, MDR has been capped at 0.25% of the transaction value.

ii. For transactions above ? 1000/- and upto ? 2000/-, MDR has been capped at 0.5% of the transaction value.

With a view promote less- cash payments, the Reserve Bank of India has been releasing its Vision for Payment and Settlement Systems in India on its website since May 2005. The latest Vision document titled “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018” has been released on its website on June 23, 2016. The Vision-2018 aims at building best of class payment and settlement systems for a ‘less-cash’ India. The broad contours of Vision-2018 revolve around 5 Cs – coverage, convenience, confidence, convergence and cost. To achieve these, Vision-2018 will focus on four strategic initiatives such as responsive regulation, robust infrastructure, effective supervision and customer centricity.

This was stated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

Decision on 7th CPC allowances – Deep sense of frustration among employees



Decision on 7th CPC allowances – Deep sense of frustration among employees
Delaying 7th CPC allowances announcement will cause deep sense of frustration among Central Government employees.
“Reports indicate that the Government might take more time to announce its decisions regarding the Ashok Lavasa Committee’s report on allowances that were prescribed by the Seventh Pay Commission”
The Committee on Allowances was formed under the leadership of Ashok Lavasa in July 2016 to review the recommendations on allowances by the 7th CPC. The committee was initially given 4 months period to submit its report to Finance Ministry.
Later, citing the stagnation that resulted due to demonetization, the Finance Ministry extended the period for submitting the report to 22nd Feb 2017.

Replying to a question in the Parliament, Central Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, on March 10, that the Allowance Committee has not yet submitted its report and that the government will immediately announce its decisions on the report as soon as it is received. He added that the committee is in the last leg of preparing its reports and that it would be submitted to the government very soon. And again, the DoPT Minister said the same statement in the Lok Sabha on 22nd March 2017.
Previously, it was said that the government will announce its decision as soon as the assembly elections in the five states concluded. Also, announcements were expected in Arun Jaitley’s budget speech in the Parliament. BJP’s win in the elections is now believed to be the reason behind a dramatic change in the situation.
As far as the Central Government employees are concerned, those living in the accommodations provided by the government are not bothered by the House Rent Allowance because the government doesn’t pay them any House Rent Allowance. Moreover, most higher officials stay in government accommodations.
Decisions on allowances offered to the armed forces are of special significance.
More than 50 lakh employees are hoping that the Centre will implement the revised allowances from April 1 onwards.

Sad Demise


Mother of Shri Suresh Bansode, Postmaster, Aurangabad, expired today, the funeral ceremony at Beed at 2000hrs today. It is a shock to family of Shri Suresh Bansode.


This Association conveys heartfelt condolence on his demise and pray to almighty to give courage to the family members to bear the shock.


Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment: CCS (Leave) Amendment Rules, 2017


THE GAZETTE OF INDIA: EXTRAORDINARY [PART II-SEC. 3(i)]
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(Department of Personnel and Training)

NOTIFICATION
New Delhi, the 15th March, 2017

G.S.R. 251(E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to article 309 read with clause (5) of article 148 of the Constitution and after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in relation to the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, the President hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, namely:-


1. (1) These rules may be called the Central Civil Services (Leave) Amendment Rules, 2017.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972, for rule 48, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:

48, Special Leave connected to inquiry of sexual harassment - Leave upto a period of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female Government Servant on the recommendation of the Internal Committee or the Local Committee, as the case may be, during the pendency of inquiry under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the leave granted to the aggrieved female Government Servant under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account.

[F. No. 13026/2/2016-Estt. (L)]
GYANENDRA DEV TRIPATHI, Jt. Secy.

Footnote : The principal rules were published vide Notification Number 80. 940, dated the 8th April, 1972 f and were last amended vide Notification number G.S.R. 711(E) dated the 8th October, 2014.
Note : The principal rules were published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section 3, Sub-section (i), vide number S.O. 940 dated the 8th April, 1972 and have been subsequently amended.

Read at dopt.gov.in

Branches of SBBJ, SBH, SBM, SBP and SBT to operate as branches of SBI from April 1, 2017

Date : Mar 20, 2017
Branches of SBBJ, SBH, SBM, SBP and SBT to operate as branches of SBI from April 1, 2017



All branches of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT) will function as branches of State Bank of India from April 1, 2017. Customers, including depositors of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore will be treated as customers of State Bank of India with effect from April 1, 2017.
The Government of India has issued the Acquisition of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur Order 2017, Acquisition of State Bank of Hyderabad Order 2017, Acquisition of State Bank of Mysore Order 2017, Acquisition of State Bank of Patiala Order 2017 and Acquisition of State Bank of Travancore Order 2017. The orders dated February 22, 2017 issued by the Government of India were published under Extraordinary Part II-Section 3-Sub-section (i) in the Gazette of India sanctioning the Acquisition of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore by State Bank of India in terms of sub section (2) of Section 35 of the State Bank of India Act, 1955 (23 of 1955).
Alpana Killawala
Principal Adviser
Press Release : 2016-2017/2504


Operating Procedure of GDS Fee Collection in Post Offices





Sad Demise


Father of Shri Kiran Reddy, IP, Mumbai Regional Office, Mumbai  expired today, the funeral ceremony at his Native place. It is a shock to family of Shri Kiran Reddy.


This Association conveys heartfelt condolence on his demise and pray to almighty to give courage to the family members to bear the shock.


Voluntary Retirement


Smt. Juee Palekar, ASP, Pune Regional Office is retiring from Government Service on Voluntarily on 15.03.2017.

This Association Wishes her a very Happy and Healthy Retired Life 


Sad Demise

Father of Shri D. T. Phanse, ASP, Circle Office, Mumbai  expired  on 12.03.2017 at 20:30 hrs. at his Native Ratnagiri due to old age It is  a  shock to family of Shri D T Phanse


This Association conveys heartfelt condolence on his demise and pray to almighty to give courage to the family members to bear the shock.



Regarding bunching of pay of IP ASP in Maharashtra Circle, details required for Bunching of Pay (Fixation)

Dear colleague's ,
              
This is regarding bunching of pay w.r.t. IP ASP of Maharashtra Circle.



It has been brought to my notice that the bunching of pay benefit has not been given to the individuals who are entitled to it, as such the said matter has to be raised with the higher authority. Hence  all Members are requested to provide details in the following link so as to consolidate the same for further course of action and taking the matter with higher authority with complete data.




Circle Secretary
Maharashtra

DOP Order : i.Grant double TA to Deaf and Dump ii.Permission to travel by private airlines in c/w donation of organs iii.Applicability of SR147 in Special cases - Clarifications

DoP order on (i) Grant of Transport allowance at double rate to Deaf and Dumb Employees of Central Government ( ii). Permission to travel by private airlines in respect of journey performed for donation/transplantation of organs by Government servant and (iii) Applicability of provision below SR-147 to the families of deceased Govt. servant in special circumstances






Features of Post Office Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)


Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)


Post Office Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been notified with effect from August 2, 2004. The Scheme offers a new avenue of investment and return for Senior Citizen. The investment under this scheme qualify for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 from 1.4.2007.

Salient features of POSCS (Post Office Senior Citizens Savings) Scheme

Eligibility

  • Any citizen, who has attained age of 60 years or above on the date of opening of the account.
  • Who has attained the age 55 years or more but less than 60 years and has retired under a Voluntary Retirement Scheme or a Special Voluntary Retirement Scheme on the date of opening of the account within one month from the date of retirement.
  • No age limit for the retired personnel of Defence services provided they fulfill other specified conditions.
  • A depositor may open the account in his individual capacity or jointly with spouse.
  • The accounts may be opened singly or jointly with spouse.
  • More than one account can be opened provided the total amount deposit does not exceed the prescribed limit.
  • Eligible applicants can open account by submitting application on Form A.
  • Non-residents and HUFs are ineligible to open the account under the scheme.
  • In case of cheque, the date of realiz​​ation of cheque in Govt. account shall be date of opening of account.

Minimum amount

Rs. 1,000/-

Maximum amount

Rs. 15,00,000/- (Rs. fifteen lakhs). In case of retiring employees the amount cannot exceed the amount of retirement benefits.

Maturity period

Five years

The depositor may extend the account for a further period of 3 years by submitting application on Form B

Nomination facility

Available
A depositor may change nomination by submitting application on Form C.

Interest

Period
Interest Rate
Upto 31.03.2012
9.00% per annum
01.04.2012 to 31.03.2013
9.30% per annum
01.04.2013 to 31.03.2014
9.20% per annum
01.04.2015 to 31.03.2016
9.30% per annum
01.04.2016 to 30.09.2016
8.60% per annum
01.10.2016 onwards
8.50% per annum
Interest is payable quarterly on 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
If the interest payable every quarter is not claimed by a depositor, such interest do not earn additional interest.

Mode of payment of interest

  • In case of SCSS accounts, quarterly interest shall be payable on 1st working day of April, July, October and January. It will be applicable at all CBS Post Offices.

Premature withdrawal

In case the account is closed after expiry of one year but before expiry of two years from the date of opening of the account, an amount equal to 1.5% of the deposit shall be deducted and the balance paid to the depositor.
Premature closure is allowed after one year on deduction of 1.5% interest & after 2 years on deduction of 1% interest.
Application for premature closure of the account may be submitted on Form E.
No deduction shall be made in case of premature closure of an account at any time due to death of a depositor. Application for premature closure by spouse (Joint Holder)/nominee(s)/legal heirs of the account may be submitted on Form F.

Tax benefits

Investment under this scheme qualifies for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 from 1.4.2007.

Interest Taxability

Taxable

  • Other features

  • The Account can be transferred from one post office to another