Grant of Transport Allowance at double the normal to deaf and dumb employees of Central Government – Finmin Orders


“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”

No.20/2/2016-E-II(B)
Governmént of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 17.01.2017
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

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 fulfillment 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 Department 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.

(Nirmala Dev)
Deputy Secretary (EG)


Authority: www.finmin.nic.in

Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) Committee Report




 
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The Old system of payment of time related continuity Allowance (TRCA) is dispensed with and replaced with a new wage payment system. Under the new wage payment system, 11 TRCA slabs are subsumed into 3 wage scales with two levels each for BPMs and for other than BPMs. One wage scale would be common for both the categories of GDSs.

New Wage Scales

1. 10,000 – 24,470 (Other than BPM Level 1)
2. 12,000 – 29,380 (Other than BPM Level 2 & BPM Level 1)
3. 14,500 – 35,480 (BPM Level 2)

  • The minimum working hours of GDS Post Offices and GDS is increased to 4 hours from 3 hours.
  • The new working hours for GDS Post Offices will be 4 hours and 5 hours only.
  • The Level 1 GDS Post Offices/GDSs will have 4 hours as working hours and Level – 2 will have 5 hours as working hours.
  • The Point System for assessment of workload of BPMs has been abolished.
  • The new wage payment system is linked to revenue generation of GDS Post Offices. Under the new system, there will be no increase in wagess of BPMs from Level-1 to Level-2 on the basis of workload but the same will be increased based on achievement of prescribed revenue norms which is fixed at 100% for normal areas and 50% for special areas which presently have 15% anticipated income norms.
  • The GDS Post Offices not achieving the prescribed revenue norm within the given working hours will have to open GDS post offices for minimum of additional 30 minutes beyond the prescribed working hours.
  • The GDSs BPMs will be paid Revenue Linked Allowance @10% beyond Level 2 wage scale if they will be successful in achieving revenue beyond prescribed norms
  • The GDS Post Offices has been categorized into A,B,C and D categories based on the revenue generation norms. The GDS Post Office in A category will achieve 100% revenue. The Committee has recommended a set of actions for each category of GDS Post Offices.
  • The six approved categories of GDS are subsumed into two categories only. One category will be Branch Post Master and all other 5 categories of GDSs are subsumed into one multi tasking category.
  • The job profile of Multi Tasking GDS is expanded to include work such as Business Development and Marketing etc. Their jobs will no more be confined to their old designations. The Assistant BPM will assist BPMs for increasing revenue generation.
  • The GDSs working in the GDS Post Offices will be known as Assistant Branch Post Master (ABPMs) and those working in the Department Post Offices will be known as Dak Sevak (DS).
  • The minimum wage has been increased to Rs.10000/- per month and maximum to Rs.35,480/- per month.
  • The rate of annual increase is recommended as 3%.
  • A composite Allowance comprising of support for hiring accommodation for GDS Post Offices as well as mandatory residence, office maintenance, mobile and electricity usage charges etc. has been introduced for the first time.
  • Children Education Allowance @ Rs.6,000/- per Child per annum has been introducted for GDS.
  • Risk & Hardship Allowance @ Rs.500/- per month for GDSs working in the special areas has also been introduced.
  • A Financial upgradation has been introduced at 12 Years, 24 years and 36 Years of services in form of two advance additional annual increases.
  • The ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs.60,000 to Rs.5,00,000/-
  • The GDS contribution for service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) should be enhanced maximum up to 10% and minimum up to 3% of the basic wage per month, whereas the Department should contribute a fixed contribution of 3% of the basic wage of the GDSs.
  • The coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme has been enhanced from Rs.50,000/0 to Rs.5,00,000/-.
  • The contribution of Department in Circle Welfare Fund (CWF) has been increased from Rs.100/- per annum to Rs.300/- per annum.
  • The Scope of CWF is extended to cover immediate family members such as spouse; daughters, sons and dependent daughters in law in the scheme.
  • The Committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of financial grants and assistance in the Circle Welfare Fund.
  • The Committee has recommended addition of Rs.10,000/- for purchase of Tablet/Mobile from the Circle Welfare Fund in the head ” Financial Assistance from Fund by way of loans with lower rate of interest (5%)”.
  • Provision of 26 weeks of Maternity Leave for women GDSs has been recommended.
  • The wages for the entire period of Maternity Leave is recommended to be paid from salary head from where wages of GDSs are paid.
  • The Committee has also recommended one week of Paternity Leave.
  • The Committee has recommended 5 days of emergency leave per annum
  • Leave accumulation and encashment facility up to 180 days has been introduced.
  • Online system of engagement has been recommended.
  • The maximum age limit of 50 years for Direct Recruitment of GDSs has been abolished.
  • Minimum one year of GDS service will now be required for GDSs for Direct Recruitment into Departmental cadres such as MTS/Postman/Mail Guard.
  • Alternate livelihood condition for engagement of GDSs has been relaxed.
  • Voluntary Discharge Scheme has been recommended.
  • The Discharge age has been retained at 65 years.
  • The Limited Transfer Facility has been relaxed from 1 time to 3 Time for male GDSs. There will be no restriction on number of chances for transfer of women GDSs. The power for transfer has been delegated to the concerned Divisional head.
  • The ex-gratia payment during put off period should be revised to 35% from 25% of the wage and DA drawn immediately before put off.
  • The committee has recommended preferring transfer before put off duty.
  • The compassionate Engagement of GDSs has been relaxed to give benefits to eligible dependents in all cases of death of GDS while in service.
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    Categories of GDS:

    Present Nomenclature
    Category
    BRANCH POST MASTER
    All Branch Post Masters
    ASSISTANT BRANCH POST MASTER  
    GDS  MD, GDS MC
    DAK SEVAK
    GDSSV,GDS PKR
    , GDSMM
    ..
      Viability of GDS Post Offices:

    New norms for calculation of GDS Pos are recommended.
    Further Categorization of GDS POs based on proportion of Revenue / Expenditure
    Category of GDS PO
    Revenue Norm
    Urban & Rural (Normal)
    100% of its expenditure
    Rural (special)
    50% of its expenditure
    ..
    Category
    Colour
    Proportion of Revenue to expenditure
    A
    Green
    100% or more of prescribed form
    B
    Orange
    75% to 99% of prescribed form
    C
    Pink
    50% to 74.99% of prescribed form
    D
    Red
    Less than 50% of prescribed form

    Workload assessment:

    In place of point system, the Committee recommends the new wage payment system. The new system linked to revenue generation and not to work load.

    Rural Business Development and Marketing:

    The Committee Recommended many items for successful realization of rural business potentials.

    Committee recommends to improve the accessibility, visibility and infrastructure of GDS POs.

    PO are with 10’ X 10’ dimensions in ground floor.
    Building owned by Gram Panchayat
    Building owned by Central Govt or State Govt. ie.,schools or offices BPM’s own house
    Proper rented accommodation in a busy place of the village
    Building owned by NGOs.

    With all furniture and power supply.

    Legal status of GDS:

    The Committee observed that the matter is sub judice.

    The Department should take suitable steps to increase security of job, prevent exploitation and increase income of GDSs so that they feel secure and live happily with in the GDS system and with the existing legal status.

    Terms and conditions of engagement.

    The Committee recommends changes in Rule-3A.
    Introduce voluntary discharge scheme on willing to leave the post before 65 years
    Discharge from the service on the last day of the month.
    Relaxation on limited transfer facility.

    Recommendations on wage structure and fixation of wages.

    Committee recommends raising of minimum duty from 3 hours to 4 hours of all GDSs
    Comparison : BPM = Postman
                            Asst. BPM & Dak Sevak = MTS
    Minimum wage fixed at :
    Rs.10,000- for 4 hours & Rs.12,000- for five hours. (Level-I)
    Rs.12,000- for 5 hours & Rs.14,500- for five hours (Level-2)
    Annual increase @ 3% on 1st January or 1st July
    Wage matrix & Wage Level Table & Arrears calculation Table are given in detail.

    Allowances:

    Dearness Allowance – no change
    % of DA with regular employees – no change
    Increased rate of DA – no change

    Recommended allowances :

    Composite Allowance
    Cash Conveyance Allowance
    Combined Duty Allowance
    Children Education Allowance
    Revenue linked Allowance for eligible BPMs
    Risk & hardship allowance

    Allowances to be withdrawn:

    Office Maintenance Allowance
    Fixed Stationery Allowance
    Boat Allowance
    Cycle Maintenance Allowance
    Uttarakhand Allowance
    Split Duty Allowance.

    Composite Allowance Includes:

    Rent for housing GDS PO, Rent for Accommodation, washing-repairs-maintenance of premises, furniture, stationery charges, electricity usage charges for office, Mobile / Telephone usage charges, Boat Allowance/ CMA/ TA, Hospitality charges for drinking water, other incidental charges.

    Performance Related Incentive

    Revenue linked allowance along with the present system of incentives with automatic payment at the end of each month.

      Ex-gratia Bonus:

    Dept should re-examine the formula for payment of bonus and ex gratia bonus with reference to the share of revenue generated by the departmental as well as GDS POs.

    Methods of engagement

    Method of selection : on line method engagement should be introduced.
    Recruiting Authority : appended to the GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules, 2011
    Qualification :SSC/SSLC from State Board/CBSE/ICSE with certificate course or diploma course in IT
    Knowledge of local language.
    Maintenance of Reservation roster at divisional level.
    Stop the security in the form of FG bonds, introduce 5 year TD or NSC as security.

    Career Progression

    There is need to increase the Direct Recuitment quota of GDS in Postman & Mail Guard because of large working strength of GDS and to provide them with better opportunities for getting into departmental posts.

     Introduce a guaranteed special increase in wages after 12, 24 & 36 years of service with two annual increases.

    Designation of GDSs should be changed after each financial upgradation.

    Leave & substitute arrangement:

    Paid leave should be renamed as ordinary leave and enhanced from 20 to 30 days in a year.

    Introduce Encashment of Ordinary leave.
    Introduce ‘emergency leave’ for 5 days in a calendar year, but no carry forward.

    No full time substitute will be engaged.

    Women GDS – 26 weeks of maternity leave and paid from salary head.
    Paternity leave for 7 days.

    Disciplinary Rules:

    Department  should add a new punishment of ‘compulsory discharge from the service’ in the list  “major penalties’ and the content of Rule-9 of GDS (Conduct & Engagement)Rules 2011.

    Social Security Schemes:

    Severance Amount : @ Rs.4,000 from 01-01-2016 for every completed year of service subject to maximum of Rs.1,50,000-.

    Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS):

    GDS contribution should be revised as minimum of 3% and maximum of 10%  of the basic wage per month.

    Department contribution should be fixed as 3% of the basic wage.

    Bring the GDS under the purview of Gratuity Act with an upper limit of Rs.5,00,000-

    Group Insurance Scheme : 
    Enhance the rate of monthly subscription by Rs.500 per month with insurance coverage of Rs.5,00,000-.

      Welfare Schemes:

    GDS CWF subscription should be enhanced from Rs.20- to Rs.100- pm.
    Department grant should be enhanced from Rs.100- to Rs.300- PA.

    Point system should not be applied to the compassionate appointment of dependents of GDS.

    Photo identity cards to all GDS with free of cost.

NEW PAY TABLE OF GDS - AS PER GDS REPORT RELEASED ON 18-01-2017








Happy Makar Sankranti To All Members and Viewers


Happy Makar Sankranti 2017: Get your patang and manja ready because this Saturday is Makar Sankranti. The holiday falls every year on January 14, although due to the earth’s revolutions, it is predicted that by the year 2050, it will fall on January 15, according to India Times. The festival, which is known by many names like Uttarayan, Maghi and Khichdi Parv, marks the start of the spring. It is celebrated by flying kites and eating til chikki, however, over the years, it has gained a certain amount of notoriety as many birds are injured by the kite threads. Another popular food during this festival is til gur laddoos. You must have heard of the popular Marathi saying, “Til gur kha, god god bola (eat sweets and say sweet things).” On this joyous day.

Happy Lohri To All Members and Viewers

Lohri is celebrated on January 13, 2017, and devotees festival celebrates this festival by worshipping the bonfire. Lohri festival is celebrated on winter solstice day which signifies the beginning of the end of winter season. Lohri is closely linked to Hindu festival Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated one day after that. While celebratign Lohri festival, children sing various songs and collect money from elders, while women sing Sunder mundriye ho while they go around the bonfire. It is said that Lohri festival is associated with the harvest of the rabi crops as it is the best time when Punjab farmers harvest sugarcane crops. Maghi Sangrand, is the day celebrated after Lohri which is the financial New Year. Further in the evening, a bonfire is lit and everyone gathers around it. People worship the bonfire by offering food including peanuts, popcorn and sweets made of til-
In the evening, a bonfire is lit and everyone gathers around it. People worship the bonfire by offering food including peanuts, popcorn and sweets made of til-chirva, gajak,  peanuts, popcorns and revri. They also keep on chanting “Aadar aye dilather jaye” which means ‘May honor come and poverty vanish’. The festival signifies that there is a happy event in the family during the elapsed year. Liquor, one of the major elements flows freely during the festival. During this special occasion, you can find some really yummy and tradition food items including gajjak, sarson da saag and makke di roti in a Punjabi house. 

Wish you a very Happy Pongal To All Members and Viewers


Pot rice to Sun God
Sugarcane to Cow and Ox
Sweet rice to You and Me
Good milk to Friends and Family !!
Happy Pongal to all!

Grant of honorarium to IP/ASPs/PS Gr. B/Gr. A Officers deployed during demonetization drive of currency notes at post offices - reg

No. CHQ/AIAIASP/Demonetization c. notes/2017               Dated :   13/1/2017


To,
Shri B. V. Sudhakar, 
Secretary (Posts), 
Department of Posts, 
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi 110 001. 

Subject: Grant of honorarium to IP/ASPs/PS Gr. B/Gr. A Officers deployed during demonetization drive of currency notes at post offices - reg

Respected Sir, 

IP/ASP Association intend to bring to your kind notice that Postal fraternity stood rock solid with the Government and worked round the clock for the success of demonetization drive from 9-11-2016 to 30-12-2016. Most of the IPs/ASPs/PS Gr. B and Gr. A officers have worked relentlessly on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and during extended duty hours up till midnight on all working days without any excuse or leave, apart from carrying out their routine work. Thus, our Department contributed the most in the successful demonetization drive and consequently got high-quality appreciation from PMO. 

It is pertinent to mention here that the bank authorities has recognized efforts of their staff and come out with a benevolent idea of rewarding them by granting/paying honorarium/incentive @ Rs 3000/- per employee involved in the drive. They have also been granted special leave for the extra work attended by them. Our staffs involved in this successful drive also deserve similar appreciation and similar incentive/honorarium purely as a matter of reward for their relentless service. 

It is therefore requested to kindly look into the issue and consider grant of honorarium/incentive to IP/ASPs and other postal staff involved in the demonetization drive so that our employees feel themselves at par with bank officials. This Association expect a positive reply in this regard which will definitely motivate our cadre officers and the postal staff for such additional work. 

Hoping for a positive action and line in reply is requested.        

Yours sincerely, 

Sd/- 
(Vilas Ingale)
General Secretary 

Child care leave to be applied for in advance: Punjab and Haryana High Court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that child care leave has to be applied for in advance by a woman employee working with the Haryana Government.

Justice Rajiv Narain Raina of the High Court has also made it clear that it can be availed after the go-ahead by the authorities concerned. The permission for child care leave cannot be granted ex post facto (with retrospective force).

The development is significant as Haryana Government rules make it clear that child care leave is admissible to a woman government employee for a maximum period of two years or 730 days during her entire service for taking care of her surviving children.

It is permissible only for the first two children of the government employee. Their age has to be below 18 years for the mother to avail the leave.

The ruling by Justice Raina came on a petition by Shashi Bala against the state and other respondents. A government employee, she moved the High Court after the department concerned refused to grant ex post facto permission for child care leave.

Taking up her petition, Justice Raina asserted that by the very nature of things, child care leave has to be applied for in advance and due permission needs to be accorded. The right was valuable, because a woman employee would get full salary for the period of child care leave.

“It cannot be applied for to act retrospectively and therefore, there is nothing wrong in the department holding that ex post facto permission cannot be granted,” Justice Raina asserted.

Before parting with the order, Justice Raina observed that the first request in the case in hand was made on April 6, 2011, for granting backdated child care leave with effect from November 30, 2010, to March 30, 2011. Dismissing the plea, Justice Raina added that there was no merit therein.

Haryana Government rules suggest that child care leave cannot be demanded as a matter of right and no one can, under any circumstances, proceed on child care leave without prior proper sanction by the competent authority.

Child care leave is also admissible during the probation period, provided the probation period is extended by the period of child care leave availed. Besides this, the leave may not be availed for a period of less than 30 days.


IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH
CWP No.26951 of 2016
Date of decision:22.12.2016
Shashi Bala
… Petitioner
Versus
State of Haryana and others
..Respondents.

CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJIV NARAIN RAINA
Present: Mr.Ravinder Malik (Ravi), Advocate for the petitioner.
RAJIV NARAIN RAINA, J.(Oral)

By the very nature of things, Child Care Leave has to be applied for in advance and due permission accorded. The right is valuable because female employee gets full salary for the period of Child Care Leave. Child Care Leave cannot be applied for to act retrospectively and therefore, there is nothing wrong in the Department holding that ex post facto permission cannot be granted. In this case first request was made on 6.4.2011 for granting backdated Child Care Leave w.e.f 30.11.2010 to 30.3.2011.

No merit.
Dismissed.

(RAJIV NARAIN RAINA)
JUDGE
22.12.2016
Meenu

Central government employees to get Rs 9000 minimum pension : Jitendra Singh

New Delhi: The minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person besides a two-fold hike in ex-gratia amount for central government employees, union minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday. 

Addressing the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (Scova) in the city, he said almost 88% of pension accounts have been seeded to Aadhaar. There are about 50-55 lakh pensioners in the country, said Singh, minister of state in Prime Minister’s office. 

He further said that minimum pension has been increased to Rs9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs10-15 lakh to Rs25-35 lakh, as per a release issued by personnel ministry. 

The Scova meeting is organised by the Department of Pensions and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW). Singh said there is a need to put in place an institutionalised mechanism to make good use of the knowledge, experience and efforts of the retired employees which can help in the value addition to the current scenario. 

He said the retired employees are a healthy and productive workforce for India and we need to streamline and channelise their energies in a productive direction. “We should learn from the pensioners’ experience,” said Singh. The minister also said that the DoP&PW should be reoriented in such a way that pensioners become a part of nation building process. 

Many issues related to pensioners were discussed threadbare, such as revision of Pension Payment Orders of Pre-2006 pensioners, health insurance scheme for pensioners including those residing in non-Central Government Health Service (CGHS) area and special higher family pension for widows of the war disabled invalidated out of service, etc. The meeting was attended by the member of pensioners associations and senior officers of the important departments of the central government.

Obtain PAN or Form no 60 from account holders by Feb 28, 2017 - Income Tax Rules Amended



Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
08-January-2017 18:17 IST

Income-tax Rules amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017.

Income-tax Rules have been amended to provide that bank shall obtain and link PAN or Form No. 60 (where PAN is not available) in all existing bank accounts (other than BSBDA) by 28.02.2017, if not already done. In this connection, it may be mentioned that RBI vide circular dated 15.12.2016 has mandated that no withdrawal shall be allowed from the accounts having substantial credit balance/deposits if PAN or Form No.60 is not provided in respect of such accounts. Therefore, persons who are having bank account but have not submitted PAN or Form No.60 are advised to submit the PAN or Form No. 60 to the bank by 28.2.2017.

The banks and post offices have also been mandated to submit information in respect of cash deposits from 1.4.2016 to 8.11.2016 in accounts where the cash deposits during the period 9.11.2016 to 30.12.2016 exceeds the specified limits.

It has also been provided that person who is required to obtain PAN or Form No.60 shall record the PAN/Form.No.60 in all the documents and quote the same in all the reports submitted to the Income-tax Department.

The notification amending the relevant rules is available on the official website of the Income-tax Department i.e. www.incometaxindia.gov.in 

http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/communications/notification/notification_2_2017.pdf


Source: PIB