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DA for government employees, pensioners may be hiked 2%

The proposal to provide 2% hike dearness allowance for government employees is listed on agenda of the Union Cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

Brief of the meeting of the Standing Committee(JCM) and also meeting of the Committee on Allowances held on 25.10.16
No.NC/JCM/2016 Dated: October 25, 2016
All Constituents of NC/JCM
Dear Comrades!
Sub: Brief of the meeting of the Standing Committee(JCM) and also meeting of the Committee on Allowances held today
A meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Council(JCM) was held today under the Chairmanship of Secretary(DoP&T), wherein Staff Side(JCM) shown anguish against total collapse of the JCM Machinery.
The Secretary(DoP&T), who is also Chairman of the NC/JCM Standing Committee, assured that, he would try to improve functioning of the JCM Machinery as a whole.
In the said meeting, the agenda sent to the DoP&T for the meeting of the NC/JCM Standing Committee was discussed in detail, and on most of the items reply of the DoP&T was “the issue will be examined”.
Subsequently, in the meeting of the Committee on Allowances, held today, the allowances pertaining to the DoP&T, particularly Children Education Allowance, Night Duty Allowance, Overtime Allowance, Unreported Allowance, Small Family Allowance, Risk Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Uniform(Dress) Allowance, were discussed in detail.
It was assured by the Secretary(DoP&T) that, the issues raised by the Staff Side(JCM) would be taken up in the Allowance Committee meeting.
Comradely Yours
Shiva Gopal Mishra
Secretary Staff Side
National Council JCM
Source : NCJCM STaff Side


GDS Compassionate Appointments - Guidelines about engagement on compassionate grounds against GDS posts - clarification.
Indication of Aadhaar number in Pension papers of all employees – regarding.

NEW DELHI – 110066
CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/(3) Vol-II/2015-16/56
Office Memorandum
Subject:- Indication of Aadhaar number in Pension papers of all employees – regarding.
Attention is invited to CPAO OM No. CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/20l5-16/1770 dated 07.03.2016 and D.O. letter dated 30.07.2015 from CGA to all secretaries (civil Ministries) followed by OM No. CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/2016-17/07 dated 07.04.2016 regarding incorporation of Aadhaar number in the fresh PPOs.
2. In terms of section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefit and services) Act,2016 “The central Government or, as the case may be, the state Government may, for the purpose of establishing identity of an individual as a condition for receipt of a subsidy, benefit or service for which the expenditure is incurred from, or the receipt therefrom forms part of the Consolidated Fund of India, require that such individual undergo authentication, or furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or in the case of an individual to whom no Aadhaar number has been assigned, such individual makes an application for enrolment: Provided that if an Aadhaar number is not assigned to an individual, the individual shall be offered alternate and viable means of identification for delivery of the subsidy, benefit or service”. Further, DP&PW has intimated vide 0M No. 1/20/2016-P&PW (E) dated-08.08.2016 (copy enclosed) that it has issued a revised format for the application for pension by retiring employees (Form-5) in which Aadhaar number is to be indicated, if available. DP&PW has also requested Secretaries of the Ministries/ Departments to ensure that only the latest revised Form-5 & 7 complete in all respects including Aadhaar number, where available, are forwarded along with pension papers to the PAO.
3. In view of above, all Pr. CCAs/CCAs /CAs/AGs/ Administrators of UTs are again requested to issue instructions to PAOS to invariably watch the mention of Aadhaar Number in Pension paper received from Heads of Offices. Further it is also requested to take up the matter with JS (Admin) and Heads of Department/ Heads of Offices of respective Ministries/ Departments to ensure for providing Aadhaar number in pension papers in all cases being submitted to concerned PAOs to enable them to incorporate the same in PPO booklets.
(Subhash Chandra)
Controller of Accounts
Download CPAO OM CPAO/Tech/Jeevan Pramaan/(3) Vol-II/2015-16/56 dated 20.10.2016

30,000 contractual employees to regularised: 

In a major decision ahead of the polls PunjabCabinet today regularised services of over 30,000 contractual employees of the government.
Employees working on contract, adhoc, daily-wage, temporary and work-charged basis in government departments, boards, corporations and societies will be regularised, a spokesman with the Chief Minister's Office said. 
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by PunjabChief Minister
 here today.
The spokesman said these employees should have completed three years of continuous service, fulfilled educational qualifications and age limit at the time of appointment
The proposal was finalised yesterday in a Cabinet Sub Committee meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Industry Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani were part of the committee.
The last decision on regularisation was taken in the last tenure of the SAD-BJP government in which 45,000 employees were regularised.
Pays of those regularised will be protected and they can continue to draw salary for three years.
"Group-D employees will be regularised like those in Group A, B and C," he assured.
In another landmark decision, the Cabinet "adopted" all employees taken through private outsourcing agencies or contractors.
These employees will now be shifted straightaway to a direct arrangement and become the government's contractual employees. They will be eligible for benefits, he said
The Cabinet directed the Chief Secretary to ensure all cases related to employment are decided and disposed within three-weeks on compassionate grounds.
It further decided to fill vacant posts related to all reserved categories, SC, OBC and physically handicapped. The CM intervened to ensure employees were given benefits for their past services and not be considered fresh recruits.
"They will be given pay protection and will be allowed to draw pay equivalent to their last pay," the CM said.
In a goodwill gesture, the Cabinet approved special grant-in-aid of up to Rs 50 lakh to war widows (or their legal heirs) of soldiers martyred in the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak and 1962 Indo-China wars.
The Cabinet after verification will give the grant in
three half-yearly installments--one of Rs 20 lakh and two of Rs 15 lakh.
It also approved amendments to the Fiscal Incentives for Industrial Promotion (Revised) 2013. Now incentives like exemption from Mandi Fee/Rural Development Fee already given to the established/under construction basmati processing units from December 2013 to September 2015, as a part of incentives, will not exceed the approved fixed capital investment.
It approved formation of a finance management cell for the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department
It will monitor accounts related to all procurement agencies and ensure proper accounting of funds given to agencies and their recoveries/payments.
In view of allotment of liquor vends for 2016-17, the Cabinet gave its nod to make certain amendments for issuance of L-1A License in pursuance with directions of and Haryana High Court, he said.
Consequently, eligible person/firm could obtain L-1A license directly from the department, after fulfilling the necessary conditions, said spokesman.
Conceding to the demand of 1984 riot affected families, the Cabinet also gave approval to execute conveyance deed of the houses/booths allotted to them on allotment rates instead of collector rates.
In a bid to attract huge investments in industry, trade and housing sector, the PunjabCabinet today approved amendments in an earlier policy approved on February 27, 2008.
The revised policy envisages mega housing projects. If more area is added than the approved, then to complete development works in the additional area will be on the basis of PAPRA and five years will be given for its completion.
In case of upgradation of category by the promoters of Super Mega Mixed Use Integrated Industrial Park Projects, they would be entitled to the incentives of upgraded category as well as five years time (without penalty) for the completion of increased area from the date of supplementary agreement.
Likewise, if a promoter has additional area and the category is not upgraded then he would be entitled for five years time (without penalty) for its completion. But the incentives would remain the same as of the existing category.
It decided that the District Labour Court, District Consumer Forum and District Social Welfare offices should be set up at Pathankot.
Meanwhile, Congress chief Amarinder Singh welcomed the regularisation of contractual employees.
"Better late than never. I had promised to regularise all contractual employees as soon as I came to power but I'm happy to see that they have been given their due just a few days before Diwali," he said, adding, the Badal government has finally seen sense.
He described the development as a victory for the contractual employees who had for long been agitating for regularisation.

Source:Business Standard



It is unfortunate that the government has not taken care of our demands which were kept to them almost three months ago
New Delhi, October 24: The second meeting of senior government officials with central government employees unions leader has already started in New Delhi over the hike in their minimum wage. The meeting started at 4:00 pm and will end in few hours after which a major announcement is expected today. Most of the central government employees believe that the in spite of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promise, the government had not done enough for them and the government has not cared to make any attempt to hike minimum pay till date. The high-level meeting between the Additional Secretary (Expenditure), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side) NJCA, was earlier postponed and it was held today at 4:00 PM.
In the meeting, the NJCA Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra is also present along with senior other officials. Earlier there was a similar meeting held in which senior officers failed to arrive at any decision for hiking the minimum pay of central government employees. Shiv Gopal Mishra was earlier reported saying that, the government has assured us they will act in minimum pay, but so far nothing had happened. After the 7thPay Commission recommendations made by the panel was accepted by the Narendra Modi government, Shiv Gopal Mishra and his fellow union leaders had threatened to carry out indefinite strike across India. The government which took seriously the threat then promised to hike the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000. The meeting took place at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award when he met with representatives of central government employees unions’ leaders.  One of the central government employees who didn’t wish to be named said, “It is unfortunate that the government has not taken care of our demands which were kept to them almost three months ago”.
According to the consensus, the central government employees unions had demanded a hike of Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and also asked to raise the fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. The government had also formed a 22-member high-powered committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September to look at the anomalies coming out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. The Narendra Modi government has accepted most of the recommendations made by the panel on of the 7th Pay Commission, which has been implemented from January 1, 2016
Source:- India.com

Commutation of Pension as per 7th CPC - DPPW issued orders on 24.10.2016

Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC - Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension

Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
khan Market, New Delhi-110003
Date:- 24th Oct, 2016

Subject: Implementation of the recommendation of the 7th CPC - Option regarding commutation of additional amount of pension.

The undersigned is directed to state that in pursuance of Government’s decision on recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission, orders have been issued for revision of provisions regulating pension/gratuity/commutation of pension etc. vide this Department’s OM 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 04.08.2016. In para of the said OM, it has been mentioned that there will be no change in the provisions relating to commutation values, the limit upto which the pension can be commuted or the period after which the commuted pension is to be restored.

2. As per Rule 10 of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, an applicant who has commuted a percentage of his final pension and after commutation his pension has been revised and enhanced retrospectively as a result of Government’s decision, the applicant shall be paid the difference between the commuted value determined with reference to enhanced pension and the commuted value already authorised. For the payment of difference, the applicant shall not be required to apply afresh.

3. References have been received in this Department that many pensioners who retired after 01.01.2016 and have drawn pension/commuted value of pension based on their pre-revised pay/pension do not wish to commute the pension which has become additionally commutable on revision of pay/pension on implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC. the matter has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), It has been decided that those pensioners who retired from 01.01.2016 till 04.08.2016 i.e. the date of issue of orders for revised pay/pension based on the recommendations of the 7th CPC may be given an option, in relaxation of Rule 10 of CCS (Commutation of Pension) Rules, 1981, not to commute the pension which has become additionally commutable on revision of pay/pension on implementation of recommendations of the 7th CPC. The Cases where the additional pension after 7th CPC has already been commuted will not be re-opened.

4. In their application to the employees of Indian Audit and Accounts Department, these orders issue in consultation with Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

5. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure ID No.192/E.V/2016, dated 30.09.2016.
(Suiasha Choudhury)
Authority: http://www.pensionersportal.gov.in/