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Ref:9/NAPE/172 /2016                                                                                     24/11/2016
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan ,
New Delhi-110 001
Sub: Extension of benefits of Retirement Gratuity and Death       Gratuity to the Central Govt. Employees covered by new Defined Contribution Pension System (National Pension System)-regarding.
Ref: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dept of Pension and Pensioners Welfare memo no. 7/5/2012-P &PW (F)/B dated 26.08.2016,
Your kind attention is invited to the letter cited above, wherein the Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions, Dept of Pension and Pensioners have been issued to grant gratuity in respect of Govt employees covered by the National Pension System. The orders will be applicable to those Central Civil Govt. Employees who joined the Govt. Service on or after 01.01.2004.
 Though the concerned Ministry has issued orders in August 2016 itself, DOP is yet to issue orders to our employees
 Hence it is requested that necessary action may kindly be taken to issue orders to the Heads of the Circles at the earliest so as to enable the officials who have retired from service covered by National Pension System to receive the benefits.  
Yours Sincerely,
Secretary General.

   Copy to:
1)Shri A.K.Dash, Member (P),
2)MS.Manju Pandey DDG(P).

7th Pay Commission related issues – Minister comments on Government Committee which assured trade unions/JCM to consider the revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula

Minister’s reply in Rajya Sabha on Government Committee for consideration of issues of 7th Pay Commission recommendations
ANSWERED ON-22.11.2016
Government Committee for consideration of issues of 7th CPC recommendations
713 . Shri Neeraj Shekhar
(a) whether Group of Ministers including Union Minister for Finance had assured the representatives of various trade unions/JCM to set up a Committee to consider the demand of revision of Minimum Wage and Fitment Formula under 7th CPC with a mandate to finalize its report within four months;
(b) if so, the present status of the Committee;
(c) the reasons for the delay in report by the said Committee even after elapsing of more than four months;
(d) whether the Committee on Allowances has finalized its report;
(e) if so, the details thereof along with the salient recommendations thereof; and
(f) if not, the reasons therefor?
(a) to (c): In pursuance of the assurance given by the Union Ministers to the representatives of the National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, meetings have been held by a group of senior officers with them to discuss their demands in this regard.
(d) to (f): The Committee on Allowances has been interacting with various stake-holders to discuss their demands and has so far held discussions with National Council (Staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery, representatives from staff associations and officials from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Posts. The Committee may also interact with the representatives of some other major Ministries/Departments and stakeholders with whom consultations are yet to be held before finalizing its Report.

Source : Rajya Sabha

Two variants of new Rs 500 note surface, RBI says printing defect due to rush.

BENGALURU: Just two weeks into circulation, there are already different variants of the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Rs 500 notes+ , which experts fear could not only create confusion in the minds of the citizens but also aid counterfeiting — countering which was one of the top objectives of Centre's demonetization move and introduction of new notes.

TOI found at least three case studies where the new notes have been found to vary from one another. In case of one note Abshar (he goes by one name), a resident of Delhi, says: "There is a more than visible shadow of Gandhi's face, besides alignment issues with the national emblem on the note and even serial numbers."

Rehan Shah, a resident of Gurugram pointed out that the size of the borders of the notes were different. In case of two notes a Mumbai resident got when he made change for Rs 2,000 the notes were of different colours, with one being of a lighter shade. While he shared the picture with TOI, he refused to go on record.

RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala, said: "It is likely that notes with printing defect has got released due to the current rush. However, people can freely accept such a note in transaction or return it to RBI."

Former Home Secretary GK Pillai told TOI: "Prevention of counterfeiting is almost impossible, with official mechanisms in Pakistan printing notes with access to as much sophistication as we do. So, it is only a matter of delay and temporary suspension of such notes in the country that one could have hoped for. I cannot yet comment on the Rs 500 notes as I am yet to see them, the Rs 2,000 notes are of good sophistication. That said, if the RBI says there is only one new 500-note it is printing, there should exist only one."

Experts pointed out that multiple variants of the official notes will aid people attempting to infuse fake notes. "As it is people find it difficult to understand all features of an official note and fail to check for everything before they accept one. Now, if there are too many versions of the official note, slipping in another would be easier than otherwise," a service IPS officer who has dealt with crime for many years said.

Between January 2013 to September 2016, India has seized Rs 155.11 crore worth of counterfeit currency notes, Rs 27.79 crore of which was seized in the first nine months of this year. While the value of the seizures is hundreds of crores, the number of notes seized are only 31 lakh, indicating that majority of them were high denomination notes.
Also, the seizures as security agencies point out time-and-again, are only a tip of the iceberg.

Former DG&IG of Karnataka ST Ramesh, while echoing the views of the experts of different variants of notes aiding fake currency rackets, said: "Local printing of such notes has almost stopped. The notorious gangs from Coimbatore are more or less dead and all notes come in from outside through Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries. Different variants of official currency will certainly aid counterfeiting and it must be curbed immediately, unless of course, the RBI has strategically released this."