Saturday, 20 December 2014

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Interim Report of 7th Central Pay Commission – Official announcement of Finmin

                                                               MINISTRY OF FINANCE     
                                                                    RAJYA SABHA
              QUESTION NO 230
ANSWERED ON 25.11.2014
7th Pay Commission

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to satate :-a) the details of meetings, the 7th Pay Commission has taken so far and the items/issues discussed till date;

b) the States, visited, by the Commission if any till date and the States which the Commission proposes to visit;
c) whether the Commission proposes to take the views of the State Governments as regards their pay-scales since invariably, most of the States adopt the Central Pay Commission reports;

d) whether Commission proposes to submit any interim report;
e) whether the Commission proposes to make any recommendations to bring in financial transparency; and
f) if so, the details thereof?


(a)&(b): The 7th Central Pay Commission is required to make its recommendations on its Terms of Reference. Also, the Commission is to devise its own procedure. The Commission’s Terms of Reference do not enjoin upon it to keep the Government updated on its functioning and the procedure being followed by it during the course of its deliberations. 

(c ): The Terms of Reference of the Commission provide that the Commission will make its recommendations, keeping in view, inter alia, the likely impact of the recommendations on the finances of the State Governments, which usually adopt the recommendations with some modifications.

(d)to(f): The Commission is required to submit its report on its Terms of Reference. However, no Report, including any interim one, has so far been submitted by the Commission.



Payment of salary in cash - option to DoP officials

Monday, 15 December 2014

List of closed Holidays/Restricted Holidays to be observed by both administrative and operative offices in A.P and Telangana States

Circle office vide CO Lr.No.Tech/Holidays/15 dated 01/12/2014 circulated the list of closed Holidays/Restricted Holidays to be observed by both administrative and operative offices in A.P and Telangana states.

Government to celebrate Good Governance Day on Christmas

Children may have been spared the need to compulsorily attend school onChristmas day, but bureaucrats may not be as lucky. The government is readying a plan to celebrate December 25 as 'Good Governance Day', possibly spoiling the holiday plans of many who had been looking forward to a five-day weekend. 
Minister of state for personnel and in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh, told ET on Monday that a plan is being finalised for activities for bureaucrats on December 25. "We are in the process of finalising a plan for government officials for that day," Singh said, effectively indicating that officials, especially senior ones, could end up having to attend office on what is a gazetted holiday. 

Revision of flat rate of licence fee for General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country

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Report of Shyamala Gopinath Committee on Small Savings Schemes

The Shyamala Gopinath Comrnittee constituted on Small Savings Schemes has submitted its report to the Government. Major recommendations of the committee were:- (i) to reduce/abolish agent`s commission except Manila Pradhan Kshetriya Bachat Yojana (MPKBY) agents to restrict management cost (ii) secondary market yields on Central Government Securities of comparable maturities should be the benchmarks for the interest on various small savings instruments and should be reset every 1st April (iii) Committee recommended to reduce minimum share for States from 80% to 50% against net collection and recommended that amount received on redemption of Central/State Governments securities should be reinvested between Centre and States in the ratio of 50:50. 

After detailed deliberation and in light of views received from State Governments, various Departments of Central Government and Agent`s Association, most of the recommendations of the Committee are being implemented. 

In view of developments observed by the Committee in 2011 on AML/CFT front the KVP was recommended to be discontinued by the Committee. KVP has been re-notified by the Government on 23-9-2014. Under the re-notified KVP the investor has to undergo the Know Your Customer (KYC) modalities at Post Office or Bank. 

This was stated by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State in Ministry of Finance in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Consolidated instructions on suspension - Latest

Please CLICK HERE    to view Department of Personnel & Training OM No.11012/17/2013-Estt (A) dated 2nd January, 2014.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Free Treatment Facility for Children with Cancer

The treatment of children with Cancer in various Government Hospitals is either free or subsidized both for the Central and State Government Hospitals. Cancer can be diagnosed and treated at various levels in the Government health care system. Hence the number of such facilities for the States is not centrally maintained.

Government of India provides facilities for treatment of cancer through Central Government Hospitals/Institutions in different parts of the country such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, PGIMER Chandigarh, JIPMER Puducherry, Chittranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata etc. Oncology in its various aspects has focus in case of new AIIMS and many upgraded institutions under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY). The proposal of setting up of National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar and development of 2nd campus of Chittranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata has also been approved. 27 Regional Cancer Centres were recognized and supported under the erstwhile National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) for treatment of cancer patients.

In addition, Government of India has in the year 2013-14, approved a scheme for enhancing the Tertiary Care Cancer facilities in the country. Under this scheme (Tertiary component of NPCDCS), Government of India will assist 20 State Cancer Institutes (SCI) and 50 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCC) in different parts of the country. The maximum assistance inclusive of State Share for SCI is Rs.120 crores and for TCCC is Rs.45 crores. The Central and State share will be in the ratio 75:25, and for North East and Hill States this ratio would be 90:10. Financial assistance to patients is also provided under the Health Minister’s Discretionary Grant and Health Minister’s Cancer Patient Fund under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi.

The MoS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.


Agenda items for the Departmental Council meeting.

JCM National Council Staff side organisations will be organizing a National Convention of all Central Government Employees at New Delhi on 11.12.2014. Railway. Defence and Confederation will participate in the convention. Convention will adopt a joint declaration on future course of agitational programmes on the following demands of the Central Government Employees.
1.      Effect of wage revision of Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of staff side JCM, Grant interim relief and merger of 100% DA, Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report within the time frame of 18 months.
2.      Include the Gramin Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC.
3.      No privatization or FDI in Railways and Defence establishments.
4.      No ban on recruitment/creation of Posts.
5.      No outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization of government functions. Withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, stationery offices and Medical Stores Depots. Regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers.
6.      Scrap PFRDA and restore the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
7.      No Labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of workers.
8.      Lift the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
9.      Revise the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.
10.  Remove the bonus ceiling.
11.  Ensure five promotions in service career.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Hudhud Cyclone - Appeal from CPMG for voluntarily contributions

“Reducing the retirement age of central government employees from 60 to 58 will help to solve the unemployment problem in India?”

“The Financial Express”, one of the leading newspapers recently published a news article on the Central Government’s plan to reduce the retirement age of employees from 60 to 58. This news shocked the central government employees.
“Reducing the retirement age of central government employees from 60 to 58 will help to solve the unemployment problem in India?”
Reasons for decreasing the retirement age from 60 to 58:
The following reasons are attributed for decreasing the present age of retirement:
1) To create more employment opportunities for the youth
2) To increase the contribution of younger employees in the government sectors and
3) To compensate the loss accrued due to payment of allowances
Unemployment issue:
  1. None can have any disagreement about the fact that employment opportunities should be provided for the unemployed. There are so many ways for solving the unemployment problem. They are:
1) Introducing new employment policies
2) Filling all the positions lying vacant and
3) Promoting self-employment by introducing new schemes and providing suitable facilities and many more ways can help to solve the problem of unemployment.
Increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62 for scientists:
In the Rajya Sabha, for a question raised on increasing the retirement age for scientists from 60 to 62 in written format, the response given was: “it is under consideration”.
The important reasons for increasing the retirement age for scientists are:
1) Their experience and expertise should benefit the younger generation and
2) The average life span has increased.
“Isn’t there a need to increase the retirement age of employees working in other fields?”
Allowance issue:
Extra allowance that has to be paid is cited as a reason for bringing down the retirement age of employees from 60 to 58. However, in reality, the pay commission is set up only once in 10 years and benefits the central government employees.
“In the long interval of 10 years, only these allowances help the employees to cope with inflation”.
In the past, the average service period of a central government employee was 30 to 40 years. Presently, as the age limit for appointment has been relaxed, the average service period has come down to 20 to 30 years. Due to this, an employee can only have 2 or 3 pay commissions in his service period.
In this situation, citing allowance as a reason for decreasing retirement age and altering the present allowance rates will adversely affect the economic condition of central government employees.
Average retirement age in the world:
The average retirement age of many nations is between 63 and 65. Comparatively speaking, even the age of 60 is obviously a very early age for retirement. In this context, we do not know whether the employees will accept 58 as the age of retirement.
Will early retirement solve the unemployment problem?
Employment for all is a very important. It is the duty of a nation to provide employment to all her youth and lead them in a better way. The hope and aspiration of every youth in this country is to get a good job. They do not expect the retirement age to be brought down from 60 to 58.
Even when all the 50 lakh central government employees retire, will it help to resolve the unemployment problem of this nation ?   Read more

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