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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dopt Minister Clarifies on Retirement Age 58 or 33 Years of Service

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Dopt Minister Clarifies on Retirement Age 58 or 33 Years of Service

In Lok Sabha today, the Dopt Minister Shri Jitendra Singh said that there is no proposal to reduce the retirement age to 58 years of age or 33 years of service for Central Government employees.

Comparison on fixation benefit given by 6th CPC & recommended by 7th CPC – IRTSA

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Comparison on fixation benefit given by 6th CPC & recommended by 7th CPC – IRTSA

COMMON MULTIPLE FACTOR NEEDS TO BE HIKED

At present, without implementing 7th pay commission recommendations, year on year increase in the expenditure in both pay and pension has averaged about 11%. Thus real increase on account of increase in pay, all allowances & pension will be only 12.55% (23.55% – 11% = 12.55%). Real increase on account of Pay & DA will be only 5% (16% – 11% = 5%). It is clearly evident that financial implications will be very marginal on account of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. In the scenario of increase in Government revenue every year and reduction in staff strength of every year, pay element in Government expenditure will come down every year with respect to revenue earning or GDP.

Central Pensioners : 37% are in the 60-70 age group

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Central Pensioners : 37% are in the 60-70 age group

Age Analysis of Pensioners as on 01.01.2014 : Payment of additional pension/family pension with advancing age came into force based on recommendations of the VI CPC. This Commission, with a view to ascertain the strength in various age groups, called for information on age profile of pensioners and family pensioners. The data with regard to pensioners in terms of various age groups, as reported to the Commission, for the five categories of pensioners’ viz., Central Civil, Railways, Post, Defence (Civil) and Defence (Services) is as under :

Strength of Central Govt Pensioners as on 01.01.2014

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Strength of Central Govt Pensioners as on 01.01.2014

Strength of Pensioners as on 01.01.2014 : Pensioners can be broadly categorised into Civil and Defence. Within civil pensioners there exist three broad categories: Central Civil, Railways and Post.

As on 01.01.2014, as per data reported to the Commission, the total number of pensioners were 51.96 lakh. The category wise break up is shown in the pie chart below


Pensioners and Family Pensioners
The break-up of the total 51.96 lakh pensioners as on 01.01.2014 between pensioners and family pensioners, category wise, is as under:


The table above brings out the following:
i. Of the total 51.96 lakh pensioners as on 01.01.2014, 11.83 lakh viz., 23 percent were family pensioners.

ii. Civilian pensioners consisting of Central Government Civil, Railways and Posts, as on 01.01.2014 number 27.81 lakh while defence pensioners (including defence civilians were 24.15 lakh. Defence pensioners (including defence family pensioners and defence civilians) constitute 47 percent of all pensioners.

Source: 7th CPC Report

Rationalisation of Death Gratuity by 7th Pay Commission

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Rationalisation of Death Gratuity by 7th Pay Commission

The Commission has received representations pointing to a need for rationalization of current slabs for death gratuity, especially for the slab of 5 to 20 years of qualifying service in which family pensioners are stated to be placed at a disadvantageous position.

Analysis and Recommendations : As per Rule 50 of Pension Rules, the death gratuity admissible will be as follows, subject to the maximum limit prescribed for the gratuity:

Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension

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Reduction in the time period for Restoration of Basic Pension

The Commission has received a number of representations requesting reduction of restoration period of commuted portion of pension from the existing 15 years.

7th Pay Commission Report on Leave Encashment of EL

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7th Pay Commission Report on Leave Encashment of EL

Enhancement of ceiling of Earned Leave for purposes of Leave Encashment

The Commission has received representations seeking raising the ceiling limit of 300 days to 450 days for purposes of Leave encashment.

Grant of one time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointment in Ministry of Defence

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Grant of one time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointment in Ministry of Defence. BPMS writes a letter to Defence Minister regarding compassionate appiontment in the establishments of MoD.

BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
(AN ALL INDIA FEDERATION OF DEFENCE WORKERS)

Ref: GENC / MOS / Appointment / 01
Dated: 10.12.2015
To,
Dr. Jitendra Singh,
Minister of State,

Subject: Grant of one time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointment in Ministry of Defence.

Hon’ble Sir,

Through this letter, I would like to invite your attention to the following grievance of Civilian employees working in the Ministry of Defence:-

Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to Pension/Retirement Benefits – RSCWS

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Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to Pension/Retirement Benefits – RSCWS

RAILWAYS SENIOR CITIZENS WELFARE SOCIETY
IDENTIFIED & RECOGNISED BY DOP&W GOI UNDER PENSIONERS PORTAL

No. RSCWS/CHD/7th CPC Rep/2015-1
Dated: 6th December, 2015
Secretary,
Government of India,
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare,
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi.

Subject: Recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission relating to Pension/Retirement Benefits
Reference: Your office letter No. 38/66/13-P&PW(A)(Vol.II) Dated 1st/3rd December, 2015

We would like to draw your kind attention to the following major points of serious injustice with the Pensioners, with a request for justice and required relief for the Pensioners:

1. FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (Ref: Para 8.17.51): It is regretted that the 7th CPC has recommended no enhancement of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioner for day to day medical treatment not requiring hospitalization, merely on the ground that “this Allowance was last enhanced from Rs.300 to Rs.500 pm from 19/11/2014’.

New Rules for Cancellation and Refund of Railway Tickets

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New Rules for Cancellation and Refund of Railway Tickets

Under normal circumstances no refund is granted on confirmed, RAC and Waitlisted tickets after the departure of the train.

With effect from 12.11.2015, certain provisions of Railway Passengers (Cancellation of tickets and refund of fare) Rules have been amended and comprehensive Railway Passengers (Cancellation of tickets and refund of fare) Rules 2015 have been notified through Gazette Notification G.S.R. 836(E). dated 04.11.2015.

Recommendations on Family Planning Allowance in 7th CPC Report

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Recommendations on Family Planning Allowance in 7th CPC Report

Family Planning Allowance

Family Planning Allowance (FPA) is granted to Central Government employees as an encouragement to adhere to small family norms. The existing rates are as under:

7th CPC recommended to extend the benefit of MACP to DSC Personnel

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7th CPC recommended to extend the benefit of MACP to DSC Personnel

Grant of Financial Upgradation under MACP to the DSC Personnel

The proposal of the Services is that the benefit of MACP should be extended to the Defence Security Corps (DSC), on the grounds that they have been implemented for all government employees including defence forces personnel except DSC personnel.

To advance their case it has been contended that Ex-Defence Forces Personnel reenrolled into DSC are treated as a fresh intake for pay and allowances and do not carry forward the financial and other benefits availed in the former service and are placed in the lowest pay scale in the Pay Band. There is very limited scope for promotion in DSC due to restricted rank structure. Hence, denial of the financial upgradation under MACP Scheme to DSC Personnel, in their view, is totally unjustified.

Performance is the main constraint on Annual Increment in 7th CPC

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Performance is the main constraint on Annual Increment in 7th CPC

Withholding Annual Increments of Non-performers after 20 Years

There is a widespread perception that increments as well as upward movement in the hierarchy happen as a matter of course. The perception is that grant of MACP, although subject to the employee attaining the laid down threshold of performance, is taken for granted. This Commission believes that employees who do not meet the laid down performance criterion should not be allowed to earn future annual increments.

RBI denies Message on Currency Notes circulating on Social Media

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RBI denies Message on Currency Notes circulating on Social Media

The Reserve Bank of India has today denied having issued a communication circulating on social media alerting members of public that banks will not accept currency notes with scribbling on them from January 1, 2016.

The Reserve Bank has reiterated that all currency notes issued by it are legal tender and banks and members can freely and without fear accept them in exchange for goods and services.

Travelling Allowance – Analysis and Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission

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Travelling Allowance – Analysis and Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission

This allowance is in the nature of travel entitlements for different ranks of government employees. No demands have been received regarding this allowance.

Analysis and Recommendations : The Commission opines that the present provisions are adequate. Hence, status quo is recommended with the present system of differentiation based on Grade Pay duly substituted by the Levels of the Pay Matrix:

IRTSA requested to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all Pensioners

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IRTSA requested to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all Pensioners

IRTSA requested to grant of Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.2000 pm to all retired employees & Pensioners in its memorandum submitted to the Joint Secretary of Implementation Cell, 7th Central Pay Commission as follows…



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